A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end t

first_imgA crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused.Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s Queen’s speech, said he believed the result of the general election showed voters were “no longer willing to buy neoliberal austerity”.He told peers that austerity had caused “a great deal of personal misery”, with one in four children living in poverty, the use of foodbanks continuing to rise, and a social security system that was “increasingly inhuman and self-defeating”.He pointed to disabled people losing their Motability cars – and consequently their jobs –because of the government’s personal independence payment reforms, while other benefit claimants have had their payments sanctioned for “unavoidably missing appointments”.He added: “The film I, Daniel Blake is all too true to life. The iniquitous work capability assessment finds people fit to work who are patently unfit and who, coroners find, are taking their lives as a result.”Lord Low (pictured, speaking in the debate) said that this “misery” was caused by “conscious, strategic decision-making” by the government, including cutting £12 billion from social security spending in the last parliament, on top of nearly £20 billion cuts under the coalition government.He said this was part of a 40-year project to “systematically shrink” public sector spending to just 36 per cent or less of national income, compared with 44 per cent in Germany and 50 per cent in Denmark.And he told fellow peers that the Grenfell Tower fire showed the harm caused by this attack on state spending, with the NHS and other public services in crisis and local services unable to cope.He said: “Local government, which provides many of these services, will have lost 60 per cent of its funding by 2020.“The election and the Grenfell Tower fire should serve as a wake-up call that we need to change course.”He called instead for government to borrow while interest rates are low in order to “invest in infrastructure, thus giving people work, getting them off the dole and being productive, fuelling growth by spending and creating demand for consumer goods, and paying taxes and boosting receipts for the exchequer”.The independent peer said he believed that voters in the general election had been attracted by the alternative to “neoliberal austerity” offered by the policies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, which although they were widely described as “hard left” were in fact “fairly standard social democracy”.Lord Low also said that the “colossal misjudgements” of the last two prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May – over calling the Brexit referendum and a snap general election – showed that it was “surely no longer possible to sustain the pretence that the Conservative party is self-evidently more effective than the Labour party as a vehicle for governing the country”.And he said that “people should realise that the centre of gravity has shifted [leftwards], in defiance of the political establishment, the media and the commentariat”.last_img read more

Shuttered Farina restaurant evicted from 18th Street space

first_img 0% Tags: Business • real estate • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana appears to have been officially forced out of its space on 18th and Dearborn streets after an eviction. Documents taped to the door indicate the eviction took place Sept. 20. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration had seized Farina’s liquor license in early July over nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties.According to court documents, the landlord filed for an eviction toward the end of July, alleging that the restaurant had not paid the roughly $11,000 rent for two months, nor water and garbage bills totaling more than $8,000. The eviction case was decided by default in the landlord’s favor, court documents indicate.center_img A worker at the restaurant’s pizzeria by the same name on Valencia and 18th streets offered little detail, saying a manager was unavailable and directing Mission Local to the restaurant’s website, which gives no indication of the closure. last_img read more

Mission High principal claims developer reps impersonated Planning Commission members on phone

first_imgGuthertz canceled the meeting, claiming it might disrupt an open house scheduled for later in the same night. “I would be honored to host the Planning Commission hearing at Mission High on another date, so that the Mission community can participate in democracy on this important issue,” Guthertz said in his statement. Guthertz independently confirmed to Mission Local that the statements attributed to him in the press release are accurate. He claims to have received a call from, among others, Gene Royale, a co-founder of the Maximus-funded nonprofit Mission for All, which has canvassed the neighborhood, stumping for the development opponents have labeled “The Monster in the Mission” and proponents call “1979 Mission.”   Joe Arellano, a spokesman for Maximus Real Estate partners, said “I can categorically deny we had anything to do communications with the principal of this nature.” Messages for Royale, who is affiliated with an organization an arm’s reach from Maximus, have not yet been returned. Arellano was adamant that Maximus wanted the meeting to take place, as it is in the company’s interest to hold a hearing to move the project forward. He then claimed that the cancelation of the meeting was the work of the opposition, stating he “wouldn’t be surprised” if this was some manner of false flag operation from Plaza 16.Mission High School, viewed from Dolores Park.“I can say with 100-percent certainty that no member of the Plaza 16 steering committee made that phone call,” said Chirag Bhakta of the Plaza 16 Coalition. “To accuse us of making this phone call and to question the validity of the Mission High School principal is low — yet reminiscent of how this developer wants to work in San Francisco.”  Dueling rallies are now scheduled for this afternoon, following the release of dueling press releases this morning. Supporters of the project, including members of Mission For All, will hold a demonstration to express dissatisfaction over the meeting’s cancellation. That takes place at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. A press conference by the Plaza 16 Coalition, likewise, is scheduled for 3 p.m. at 18th and Dolores. A Planning Commission hearing regarding the 331-unit development proposed for the 16th and Mission BART Plaza was supposed to take place this afternoon at Mission High School. But according to Mission High’s principal, the hearing was canceled after he purportedly received a series of bizarre phone calls from a representatives of the project’s developer, Maximus Real Estate partners. Those phone calls, according to a statement from Mission High principal Eric Guthertz included in a press release sent out by the Plaza 16 Coalition, came from people who initially misidentified themselves. “When I asked these phone callers where they were from,” reads Guthertz’s statement, “they first claimed to be from the Planning Commision but then admitted they were from Maximus.” The callers allegedly warned the principal that the scheduled meeting would be marred by “potential disruptions and protests.” Accusations fly as Mission High meeting regarding 1979 Mission project, the so-called “Monster in the Mission,” is controversially canceled Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

SIA Soliola has been injured as a result of an all

first_imgSIA Soliola has been injured as a result of an alleged assault by three men in St Helens on Sunday night.The three men have been arrested.The Club will not be making any further comment.last_img

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgFirst half tries from Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote were added to by tries in the second half by Regan Grace, Jack Ashworth, Jonny Lomax and a Coote second as Saints came away with a 40-12 victory.And Percival insists it was a tough game and believes the Saints must continue to build ahead of the derby next week.“It was tough and a bit similar to last week going set for set in the early stages. We said it was going to be a hard game, they had a good team out and it was a real tough game and especially with the hostile crowd it was good to get the win.“We need to keep building. Last week was a good win and we wanted to carry on doing that this week and we showed that tonight, coming all the way to Hull and putting in a good performance. We have got some big games coming up so we need to keep focussed for them, but it is going good at the minute.”On our derby opponents Wigan next week, Percival said:“Wigan are coming good now, they are climbing up the table and they are a great side so to get a derby game at home next week is going to be brilliant. We are playing well, they are now playing well so it should be a really good game!”Saints are next in action in a non-televised derby. You can grab your tickets for the derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

New Hanover Co NAACP wants early voters to head to the polls

first_img The turnout for the Moral March To The Polls was about sixty people and organizers hope that number grows in the coming weeks.“Even though you can vote on November 7th, some things may come up. It may rain or you may get in an accident, anything can happen before November 7th, so when there’s an opportunity to vote early, we encourage you to do that,” said James Ray, a candidate for Wilmington City Council.The cutoff for early voting is November 4th, so the NAACP will continue their push until then. New Hanover County residents cast their vote ahead of Election Day (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County NAACP is urging people to march to the polls ahead of Election Day on November 7th.Early voters were asked to come to the New Hanover County Board Of Elections Monday morning to make their voices heard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Free hurricane benefit concert Saturday in Wilmington

first_imgWilmington Strong (Photo: Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the Cape Fear continues to rebuild after Florence, the City of Wilmington is helping raise money and honoring first responders with a benefit concert.The fun starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and runs until about 10 pm.- Advertisement – The concert features L Shape Lot, Jared Sales (Coastal Collective) and the Port City Stars, Wilmington Reggae Responders, and more.It’s at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington.Relax and enjoy great music this Saturday 10/13 from 3-10 p.m. at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for the free #WilmingtonStrong Hurricane Florence Relief Concert. 100% of proceeds will benefit our community. Can’t make it? Stream it live at: https://t.co/N03yLiJkrV pic.twitter.com/08otcOmxB0— Wilmington NC (@CityofWilm) October 11, 2018Related Article: By the numbers: Reasons why Florence was a historic stormThe concert is 100 percent free. The United Way of the Cape Fear will be there to collect donations.last_img read more

Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris

first_img After the storm damaged many trees in his neighborhood, he wanted to create something to remember them by. From that came these ornaments, pieces of maple and oak trees cast in epoxy and “Hurricane Florence 2018” screen printed on the front.You can purchase Stokes’s ornaments at two Wilmington shops – Blue Moon Gift Shop or Going Local NC. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local man creates ornaments every year inspired by the past year’s events. This year, Hurricane Florence stirred his creativity.Ryan Stokes is an artist, and felt the hurricane defined him and our entire area after it swept through in September.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Get down to some beach music at the Spring Beach Blast

first_imgSpring Beach Blast (Photo: North Carolina Music Hall of Fame) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Get ready to get down with some beach music, with North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees, at the Spring Beach Blast.On Sunday March 24, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will present a fundraiser concert from the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington. Three legends of beach music will perform live.- Advertisement – Doors at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater open at noon with the event starting at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $30. The price will increase on the day of the event at $35.Tickets may be purchased online at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame museum. Tickets are also available at both Redix locations in the Wilmington and on the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre website.last_img read more

Nearly 8footlong alligator spotted outside Sunset Beach home

first_imgPhoto: Sunset Beach Police Department SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A very large alligator was found outside a Sunset Beach home early Thursday morning.Sunset Beach Police received a call around 6:30 a.m. about an alligator outside a home at 491 Sandpiper Bay Drive located in the Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club community.- Advertisement – According to Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar, the caller reported the gator was resting on someone’s front sidewalk.In a picture from police, the alligator was on the sidewalk leading from the driveway to the front door.“Officers stood by to make sure that no one would get near the alligator until it finally decided to leave on its own,” Klamar said.Related Article: North Carolina nonprofit rescues calf from family’s bathroomOfficers at the scene estimated the alligator to be nearly 8 feet in length. They said the alligator went to a pond right behind the home.last_img read more

Pope Francis visits the church of San Giulio in Monteverde

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Papa Franġisku jżur il-parroċċa ta’ San Giulio, fil-periferija ta’ rUMAPapa Franġisku jżur il-parroċċa ta’ San Giulio, fil-periferija ta’ rUMA Pope Francis celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent on a pastoral visit to the Parish of San Giulio in Monteverde, in the western sector of the Diocese of Rome. The visit comes at the conclusion of three years of renovation work following the collapse of the roof. This was the 19th parish in Rome visited by the Pope.Dedication of the new AltarDuring his visit, the Holy Father will take the occasion to dedicate the church’s new altar, in which the relics of St John Bosco, St Margaret Mary Alocoque, and St Maria Goretti will be placed. Pope Francis was welcomed by Bishop Paolo Selvadagi, the auxiliary with care of the western sector of the Diocese; the Pastor, Fr Dario Frattini; and Fr Rinaldo Guarisco, the Superior General of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, to whom the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted.Before the Sunday Mass, Pope Francis met with several sick people in a room on the ground floor. Moving to the upper level, in the rectory, the Pope met with a group that set up a living Nativity scene to raise funds for the work of rebuilding. He also spoke with newlyweds, as well as couples preparing for marriage; before greeting volunteers of Caritas and those whom they assist by their charitable work.During his visit, the Pope also spoke with those responsible for planning and for carrying out the work of reconstruction work in the parish.Sacraments in the ParishIn the temporary structure used during the work of renovation, Pope Francis received children and young people who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation; along with families of children who have received, or will soon receive, the Sacrament of Baptism.Immediately before the celebration of the Mass, Pope Francis heard the Confessions of several of the parishioners.Papal visits in RomeThe visit to the Parish of San Giulio is the nineteenth formal visit Pope Francis has made to Roman Parishes. For various occasions, he has also gone to other Roman churches, including the Basilica of Santa Sofia, the home of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic community in Rome. In addition, during his pontificate, Pope Francis has also visited the Evangelical Lutheran community, the Anglican church of All Saints, and the Jewish Synagogue, all in Rome.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Popes Good Friday service focuses on sex trafficked girls

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy March 30, 2018. REUTERS//Stefano Rellandini – RC127C3DBBC0Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy March 30, 2018. REUTERS//Stefano Rellandini – RC127C3DBBC0 The suffering of children sold for their organs and young African girls prostituted on Rome’s streets will dominate Pope Francis’ Good Friday service, led by an Italian nun who has devoted her life to helping sex trafficking victims.Sister Eugenia Bonetti has won multiple awards for her work with trafficked women and children in Italy, Nigeria and Benin since the 1990s, providing legal services, repatriation and shelter to some of an estimated 40 million trapped in slavery.“Let us think of all those children … bought and sold by human traffickers for organ harvesting, used and abused on our streets by many, including Christians, who have lost the sense of their own and others’ sacredness,” she will tell the crowds.“Like the young girl with a slim body we met one evening in Rome while men in luxury cars lined up to exploit her. She might have been the age of their own children.”The Church has set its sights on human trafficking in recent years, with Francis branding forcing women into prostitution a “crime against humanity” and urging Catholics to “open their eyes” to victims.As he prepares to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics in the countdown to Easter Sunday, the pope chose Bonetti to write meditations for the 14 “stations of the cross” which commemorate the last hours of Jesus’s life.The prayers will call on Catholics to alleviate the suffering of the poor, homeless, jobless, undocumented migrants and those stuck in transit camps, on boats denied entry to safe ports or shipwrecked in the Mediterranean.Bonetti will describe how she walked the streets of Rome looking for a young woman recently arrived in Italy, where many African migrants wash up, hoping for a fresh start only to be snared in prostitution.“In the darkness, I caught sight of her curled up and half asleep at the edge of the street. When she heard me calling, she awoke and said she couldn’t go on,” Bonetti will say.“‘I can’t take it any more’, she kept repeating. I thought of her mother. If she knew what had happened to her daughter, she would burst into tears.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Peace is the only way forward

first_imgICardinal Charles Bo working tirelessly for peace in his country, MyanmarICardinal Charles Bo working tirelessly for peace in his country, Myanmar Lamenting the “shopping list of human hatred,” Myanmar’s cardinal has called for religious leaders to “light a candle of hope” by insisting that not only is peace possible, it is “the only way.”Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, made this appeal while speaking at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York, last week, sponsored by the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD).The meeting discussed the UN’s sustainable development goals for the year 2030. The 17 goals were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, and are meant to address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.“This recognition that religious leaders are influential in peace making is a reality the world leaders and the civil society actors need to take into account. Often there is a tendency to implicate religions and their leaders to direct or indirect cause of conflicts. This is sad because many parts of the world, especially in Asia and Africa, the religious leaders play a major role as opinion makers, community leaders who could influence the faithful towards peace not conflict,” Bo told the gathering.The cardinal gave the example of Myanmar, which has experienced years of military rule and ethnic conflict. “For the nearly six decades of its existence, the country has been at war, brother against brother. So much blood and tears have been shed,” Bo said.Shopping list of hatredThe shopping list of human hatred is nauseating: Nearly a million internally displaced people, nearly a million fled as refugees, nearly 4 million forced into distress migration, around 22 internal conflicts continue to simmer,” he continued. “The country, once the richest in the whole of South East Asia, remains one of the poorest countries in the world.”Bo said that in Myanmar, “war has mutilated sustainable development.” “The dream of human dignity is becoming a receding dream. Despite all the great resources, we look for aid from rich countries. We are the proverbial blind beggar begging with the golden plate,” he said. However, the cardinal said that the religious leaders in Myanmar are taking a “proactive role” in building peace.“My country is a deeply religious country. It is a country of pristine Buddhism. There are 500,000 monks and 70,000 Buddhist nuns. And the Catholic Church has 800 priests and 2,200 nuns,” he pointed out.Contribution for peace“All these religious live in remote villages, influencing the people’s life and faith. Their role in maintaining peace through imparting values like compassion is an extraordinary contribution to the peace of Myanmar. The culture is soaked in reverence for the religious people. Religious people impart great values in the society,” he said.The cardinal spoke about his work with the organization Religions for Peace, which sent a multi-religious team as independent observers to the conflict-ridden Rakhine State, the flashpoint of the current Rohingya crisis.The team included Buddhist monks, as well as leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Hindu faith communities.“This good will visit was very helpful in cooling down the situation and also building confidence among the stakeholders. This is a first visit to the areas by the neutral groups,” Bo said. “While the world was indulging in strong criticism the visit of the Religions for Peace really helped in opening the doors of dialogue.”Church as mediatorHe also spoke about the Church’s role as a mediator between the government and many of the ethnic militias in the country. Noting that many of the ethnic minority groups are Christian, Bo said the Church has proactively worked for peace and helped the government to reach out to the militia groups for dialogue.“Both the army and the armed groups have been maintaining good relationship with church leaders to facilitate peace moves. There are specific cases of peace deals that were agreed based on the initiatives of the Catholic bishops,” the cardinal said.“All major religions teach the core vision: Humanity is one huge family. We are all brothers and sisters. We share the same spirit: Inter-being and inter-dependence. We are one. The great fruits of religious people is articulated in the simple sentence: Compassion is the common religion of humanity.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Missing man in Marsalforn Bay found

first_imgA missing man that was reported missing in Marsalforn Bay in the early hours of this morning, has been found.A police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the man, who was last seen holding on to a buoy late last night.His disappearance was initially reported to the police at 2AM, prompting police and a helicopter from the Armed Forces of Malta to carry out a joint search.The police initially said that they had found a number of items which they believe belonged to the missing man.The man was discovered at around 8.30AM in a car and understood to be in good health.The man’s name is Kenny Davidson.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Yahoo IPv6 upgrade could shut out 1 million Internet users

first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo has been one of the most vocal Internet companies to express concern about industry estimates that 0.05% of Internet users will be unable to access Web sites that support both IPv6 and the current standard, IPv4.IPv6 experts say some Internet users will experience slowdowns or have trouble connecting to IPv6-enabled Web sites because they have misconfigured or misbehaving network equipment, primarily in their home networks. Corporate users also could experience IPv6 brokenness because of faulty firewall settings.The Internet Society’s estimate that 0.05% of users will be unable to reach IPv6-enabled content may seem miniscule, but it actually represents around 1 million Internet users based on estimates that 2 billion people access the Internet. – Advertisement – “The numbers are going to vary from site to site, but it’s definitely very critical that everybody understands that when they do make themselves available through both IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time what impact there will be on a small percentage of users,” says Jason Fesler, an IPv6 architect with Yahoo.Fesler explained that for end users with IPv6 brokenness, Web sites that support IPv6 and IPv4 simultaneously in what’s called dual-stack mode will appear to be suffering from an outage.“A certain number of users do have IPv6 on their systems, but they have it configured in such a way that their system believes they have a working IPv6 Internet connection when in reality they don’t. Or their Web site browser will prefer IPv6,” Fesler explains. “This will result in timeouts that can be anywhere from 5 seconds to several minutes. From an end user’s point of view, the first major Web site that goes dual-stack is going to appear broken while other Web sites will appear to be up.”Concern about IPv6 brokenness is one of the reasons that Yahoo has agreed to participate in the Internet Society’s World IPv6 Day along with Facebook and Google. Scheduled for June 8, World IPv6 Day is a 24-hour trial of IPv6 connectivity that will allow participating Web sites to gauge the true level of IPv6 brokenness.“One of the aspects of World IPv6 Day is to help people understand that it may not be a particular site that’s down,” Fesler says. “Multiple sites will be in this together” and will all appear to be down to end users suffering from IPv6 brokenness.Following the World IPv6 Day trial, Yahoo plans to offer IPv6 on its main Web address – www.yahoo.com – in the fourth quarter.“We could turn on IPv6 today and have users hit it, but we don’t think it would be seamless,” says Adam Bechtel, vice president of infrastructure at Yahoo.Web sites such as Yahoo are upgrading their Web servers, load balancers and software to support IPv6 because the Internet is running out of address space using IPv4.IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices – 2 to the 128th power.Less than 5% of the world’s IPv4 address space remains unallocated, and experts predict that the remaining IPv4 addresses will be assigned from the central pool to the regional registries in February. Regional registries, in turn, are expected to hand out the remaining blocks of IPv4 addresses to network operators by October.Once IPv4 addresses are depleted, Web sites will need to either support IPv6 or use complex mechanisms such as carrier-grade network address translation (NAT) to communicate with IPv6-based users.Second-largest engineering projectYahoo has been working on IPv6 development since 2008, but in the last year it has become the company’s second-largest IT infrastructure project. Only ongoing tech refresh efforts are costing Yahoo more engineering time and effort these days, executives say.“In 2010, we rolled IPv6 into a corporate program called IP Survivability. We’re taking a two-pronged approach. We need to stretch out our IPv4 usage longer, as well as get to the point where we can deploy IPv6. We probably have around 100 to 150 people involved,” Fesler says.Yahoo has IPv6-enabled routers deployed, supports IPv6 peering with other carriers, and has connected one of its data centers to the Internet via IPv6. In order to serve up IPv6 content, the company’s engineers developed software for address translation, caching and proxying – dubbed the Yahoo Traffic Server – that it provided to the Apache Foundation last year as open source code.“We have the Yahoo Traffic Server up and running, but we don’t have it available to end users yet,” Bechtel says. “We’re still in the process of vetting it and getting our processes in line to make sure we get all the kinks worked out.”Bechtel describes IPv6 as presenting “an immense, immense set of challenges” for a Web site with as much traffic as Yahoo’s.“The network piece is pretty far along for most, but you’ve got all the operational pieces and the instrumentation,” Bechtel says. “One out of every 2,000 users is going to have some level of brokenness. There are issues that carrier-grade NATs are going to introduce with the aggregation of IP addresses. The issue of geo-targeting is very significant, too… IPv6 is touching a lot of our people.”Yahoo is hoping that it can deploy IPv6 on its main Web site without having to rely on DNS whitelisting, a technique that Google has deployed to serve up IPv6 content only to users who are known to have end-to-end IPv6 connectivity and no IPv6 brokenness.“At this time we don’t see a way to avoid [DNS whitelisting],” Fesler says. “But hopefully as part of the outcome of World IPv6 Day and further benchmarking of users, we’ll be able to find out that the level of IPv6 brokenness is such that it’s not necessary.”Yahoo’s embrace of IPv6 is good news for IPv6 proponents because the site reaches more than 25% of all Internet users, Alexa says. Yahoo is the fourth most popular Web site on the Internet.The top three traffic-producing Web sites – Google, Facebook and YouTube – already support IPv6 on special-purpose Web addresses, rather than their main Web sites.Yahoo is embracing IPv6 because it believes that an increasing number of those users will be accessing the Internet on IPv6-based devices, such as smartphones that connect to Verizon’s LTE network.“What are really driving us to IPv6 are two concerns,” Bechtel says. “We couldn’t scale with the available IPv4 space, and equally important was having IPv6 customers be able to connect to us. We realized that customers would not be able to get to us in the 2012 time frame.”Having focused on IPv6 for several years, Yahoo executives say they are surprised by the number of Internet companies seemingly in denial that IPv4 depletion is a serious issue.“There is still some sentiment that people think this isn’t real, that IPv4 may exhaust but we may figure out ways around it,” Bechtel says. “In the end, people are going to spend as much time on those workarounds as they would be going to IPv6.”See related story: IPv4 vs. IPv6 SOURCE: Network Worldlast_img read more

Uganda gets new ICT Minister in minor Cabinet reshuffle

first_imgAdvertisement IN: Eng. John NasasiraPresident Yoweri Museveni Thursday made changes to his cabinet, with Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda moving from the ICT ministry to Health, where he served in the ’90s.Former minister of Works, Eng. John Nasasira has now been appointed the ICT Minister.Dr. Rugunda has served in the ICT Ministry for close to 3 years, and last week officiated at the launch of the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU). – Advertisement – “The ICT Association of Uganda is welcome to support the efforts of NITA-U and the Government in general in developing the ICT sector and eliciting benefits from the sector to Ugandans of all walks of life,” said Rugunda at the launch of the ICTAU.“This could be realized through the active participation by the Association in policy issues that the Government may wish to consult on – thus providing advisory services that will ensure that our people and the private sector interests are catered for in government planning and implementation,” he added.ICTAU Chairman, Simon Kaheru, welcomed the appointment of Eng. John Nasasira, calling upon stakeholders to work with the new Minister to develop the sector:“Let’s welcome Eng. John Nasasira to the Ministry of ICT as Full Minister and work with him for the improvement of our Sector,” Kaheru said in a statement.“WE ALL have a role to play in making things work – the Minister and his team as well as we, the Private Sector and members of the general public,” he added.In other changes, Army boss Gen. Aronda Nyakairima has been appointed new Minister of Internal affairs while Katumba Wamala is the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).In other changes, Mary Karooro Okurut moves to the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry. Former Health Minister ONdoa becomes presidential advisor on Health.Rose Namayanja takes over as Information and National Guidance Minister from Okurut. Hillary Onek, who was at Internal affairs Minister, is moved to Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.About Eng. John Nasasira61-year-old John Nasasira has continuously represented Kazo County, Kiruhura District, in the Ugandan Parliament, from 1989 until today, a span of over two (2) decades. Between 1989 and 1991, he served as Minister of State for Works. From 1991 until 1992, he served as an Adviser to the President of Uganda on Public Relations. In 1992 he was appointed Minister of State for Works, Transportation and Communications, servng in that capacity until 1994.From 1994 until 1995, Nasasira was one of the delegates to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Uganda Constitution. He also served as Minister of State for Agriculture, during the same period. In 1995, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, serving there until 1996. In 1996, he was appointed Minister of Works, Housing and Communications. For ten (10) years, he served in that capacity, making him one of the longest-lasting cabinet appointments in the National Resistance Movement government. In 2006, a new Ministry of Information Communication Technology was created and John Nasasira’s portifolio became Minister of Works and Transportation.last_img read more

Ethiopia unveils telescope in first phase of space programme

first_imgAdvertisement Last  Friday, Ethiopia unveiled the first phase of a space exploration programme, which includes East Africa’s largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research in the region.The optical astronomical telescope is mainly intended for astronomy and astrophysics observation research,” said o.Observatory director Solomon Belay said The observatory, which was formally opened on Saturday, boasts two telescopes, each one metre (over three feet) wide, to see “extra planets, different types of stars, the Milky Way, and deep galaxies.” – Advertisement – Ethiopian-Saudi business tycoon Mohammed Alamoudi funded the 3.4 million dollar (2.5 million euro) observatory which is  run by the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS).It is 3,200 metres (10,500 feet) above sea level in the lush Entoto mountains on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which is an ideal location because of its minimal cloud cover, moderate winds and low humidity, experts said.The Ethiopian government is set to launch a space policy in coming years.The ESSS is now looking to open a second observatory, 4,200 metres (13,800 feet) above sea level in the mountainous northern town of Lalibela, also the site of the largest cluster of Ethiopia’s ancient rock-hewn churches.Photographs from the ESSS show scientists with testing equipment looking for the best site to put the next telescope on the green and remote peaks, as local villagers wrapped in traditional white blankets watch on curiously, sitting outside their thatch hut homes.The country will also launch its first satellite in the next three years, ESSS said, to study meteorology and boost telecommunications.Ethiopia is not the first African nation to look to the skies; South Africa has its own National Space Agency, and in 2009 the African Union announced plans to establish The African Space Agency.Source: Zee Newslast_img read more

Introducing AVG Zen Video

first_imgAdvertisement Everything is becoming more and more connected making “the internet of things” more interesting. As more devices join the internet, you get worried how you will keep them all protected.AVG has taken a giant leap towards this goal, and made a product that represents a shift in how we perceive and control our online security called AVG Zen™.AVG Zen connects the devices from desktop to mobile, the data, and the people behind them together in one simple package with the aim of making our complicated digital lives much simpler. Through one app, AVG Zen makes it easy for users to see the security and privacy settings of all their devices from a single place. – Advertisement – What’s more, AVG Zen provides a single place for AVG’s 177 million active users to protect their connected devices and their personal data.The idea behind AVG Zen is to place the individual with all of these devices back in control of their data and their security as we believe that through control comes choice.Another great thing about AVG Zen is that it gives customers a consistent user experience across all devices so that even beginners can quickly learn how to manage and secure their multiple devices with ease.  At least that is one thing that is getting simpler in an increasingly complex world.But lastly, and most importantly, AVG Zen is designed to give real people peace of mind as they go about their daily lives. As the Internet becomes the center of our connected world, AVG Zen is there to connect the dots.See Video below:Source: AVGlast_img read more

Kaspersky Lab Statistics Attacks involving financial malware rise to 28 million in

first_imgAdvertisement Financial Cyber Threats In 2013, a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab, shows that cyber criminals are increasingly trying to gain access to the online accounts of users. Last year, the number of cyber attacks involving financial malware increased to 28.4 million – 27.6% more than 2012.Programs designed to steal financial information include banking Trojans, key-loggers and two relatively new classes of malware – one that steals from Bitcoin wallets and another that downloads software to generate the crypto-currency. The combined activity of programs targeting Bitcoin became one of the main drivers behind the growth in financial cyber attacks in 2013. Another factor was the discovery of a number of dangerous vulnerabilities used by criminals to conduct cyber attacks via the popular Java platform.Kaspersky Lab security solutions protected 3.8 million users from financial attacks (an increase of 18.6% year on year) in 2013. Banking Trojans, including the notorious Zbot, Carberp, and SpyEye programs, accounted for two-thirds of financial malware. However, compared with 2012 the share of this type of malware has fallen due to an increase in activity by malicious programs targeting Bitcoin. – Advertisement – In Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Peru, Turkey and Ethiopia, the proportion of financial cyber-crime is the greatest. In these countries, this type of threat accounted for more than 12% of all malware incidents.In South Africa, over 83,000 attempts to infect user’s PCs with financial malware were detected by Kaspersky Lab’s solutions in 2013. This is an over 105% increase in comparison to 2012. An average number of attacks of financial malware per user was 3,6; the number of users attacked raised by 139% in comparison with 2012 – more than 4% of users faced them.The proportion of key loggers, malicious programs that intercept keystrokes, also saw a gradual decline as cyber criminals switch from these highly specialized program to Trojans with a wide range of functions.With the explosive growth of in the number of mobile apps capable of stealing money from users’ bank accounts in 2013, there was also a lot of activity in the mobile malware segment. The number of these types of threats in Kaspersky Lab’s collection grew almost 20 times throughout the year. The vast majority of attacks targeted the owners of Android smartphones.Sergey Lozhkin, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab said,“Last year saw a significant increase in the proportion of financial cyber threats, with malware designed to steal money playing a key role. The popularity of banking Trojans and other programs targeting financial data is due to the fact cyber criminals can use them to make money quickly. The current situation has forced users and financial institutions to take active measures against online threats, while security software vendors have to develop new protection solutions.”To counter financial cyber threats, Kaspersky Lab solutions for home users and small businesses integrate Safe Money technology that protects user data during online banking and e-payment sessions.Companies that provide financial online services to their clients may benefit from Kaspersky Lab’s comprehensive Kaspersky Fraud Prevention platform.  It was developed to deliver rigorous, multi-layered security for online transactions: a server solution to check customer transactions as well as applications to protect users’ computers and mobile devices.Malware is not the only method used by criminals to steal money online; phishing, or creating fake copies of sites to obtain confidential user data, is also popular. In 2013, Kaspersky Lab protection solutions blocked more than 330 million phishing attacks, of which 31.45% were performed using the names of banks, e-payment systems or online stores.The ‘Financial cyber threats in 2013’ report used data obtained voluntarily from Kaspersky Security Network participants. Kaspersky Security Network is a globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure designed to quickly process depersonalized data about threats which users of Kaspersky Lab’s products encounter.last_img read more

Mobile Money without borders Remittance growing big in the ecosystem

first_imgTO GO WITH Lifestyle-IT-India-business-village FEATURE by Ammu KannampillyIn a picture taken on November 18, 2010 a neigbhourhood shopkeeper writes down transaction details after transferring money for customers using text commands on a mobile phone in New Delhi. India’s hunger for new technology is as sharp in its countless small villages as in its shiny office towers or shopping malls — and businesses are waking up to an area of massive potential growth. Specific designs being aimed at Indian villagers include a mobile phone cash-transfer system, robust low-energy refrigerators and a clever twist on the humble kitchen stove. AFP PHOTO/Manpreet ROMANA (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement The mobile money industry continues to grow globally, with more than 270 live mobile money services in 93 countries. In Uganda, the amount of money transacted through mobile money by December 2015 was UGx. 32.5 trillion according to the Bank of Uganda.This growth however is not the same for mobile money use cases. According to GSMA Intelligence reports, mobile money usage continues to be dominated by two use cases: person-to-person (P2P) transfers and airtime top-ups. Mobile money providers are exploring new models and products – such as account-to-account (A2A) interoperability, international remittances, merchant payments, salary disbursements and government-to-person (G2P) transfers – but the volumes and values of these represent only a minority of overall transactions.International Remittances and Mobile Money – Advertisement – International remittances are a major and stable source of income for people in many developing markets with mobile money as both the sending and the receiving channel.In Uganda, WorldRemit recently partnered with MTN to enable users all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. Same in Rwanda. Remit Uganda (https://useremit.com/about_us) also aims to make it easy for users to make real time money transfers from debit or credit card to mobile-money from all over the world to registered mobile-money users in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.According to the 2015 Mobile Money – International Remittances Report, one in seven Africans (approx. 120 million) receives remittances from friends and family abroad, representing USD 60 billion and as much as a third of total GDP2 in some African markets. Although ‘North-South’ remittance flows are the largest, one in three remittances are sent from within Africa.On a low note however – Africans pay the highest transaction fees in the world: the cost of sending money to Africa reaches 12.4% of the face value of the transaction on average—much higher than the global average of 8.6%. The World Bank has also found that the 10 most expensive remittance corridors in the world are all intra-African, and estimates that if remittance fees across Africa were brought down to 5% (the average rate for G8 countries), USD 4 billion could be put back into the hands of Africans.The Cost of Sending Remittances December 2015 Data. Credit: World BankThis sector of the industry still has some major challenges and needs to be disrupted, however, according to industry experts;“We already know that the region is receiving $3+ billion in remittances. What most people don’t know is that a respectable chunk of that is cross border, within the EAC itself! We hear that sending money to Africa from EU and America is one of the most expensive financial corridors in the world. What’s less discussed is the even more expenses crossborder remittance corridor in the region.” TMS Ruge, Remit Uganda.“We can’t solve that by begging incubated players in the field – Western Union, MoneyGram – to reduce their fees. You have to force innovate. But that gets complicated with telecom’s walled gardens and geopolitical borders and national interest. We truly won’t see a sea change until we can achieve true interoperability across networks and across borders and markets. The key is to be ready when that happens.” He added.The Cost of Using Different Channels to Send MoneyThe World Bank findings put the cost of sending money through a post office as the least expensive, while going through a commercial bank is still the most costly. Post offices’ remittance charges are at 5.88% as of 2015 while using banks to send money is the most expensive at 11.12%.The benefits to the customer of using their mobile money account for international remittances:Reduced cost of transacting: Mobile money transactions tend to be competitively priced compared to the alternatives.Easy access to agent outlets: A large agent network, established for a domestic service, makes it much more convenient for senders to put cash into, or recipients to withdraw cash from, their mobile money accounts.Fast, simple transactions: It is relatively fast and easy to send or receive money via mobile.Secure transactions: mobile money services are safer than informal means of money transfer.Reduced reliance on cash with its associated risks.Credit: GSMA Intelligence Reports, World Bank Reportlast_img read more