A disabled journalist is calling for action to address widespread discrimination in the media industry after a news agency told him he had not been interviewed for a job because he did not have a qualification in shorthand.Declan McSweeney has tried several times to apply for posts with Mercury Press in Liverpool – and with other news organisations – and has been told on each occasion that he was not suitable for the role.But on the last occasion the agency admitted that the experienced journalist would not be considered because he did not have a recognised shorthand qualification.McSweeney (pictured, interviewing former Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen), who has cerebral palsy, has previously worked as a journalist in Ireland and London for more than 20 years, and has his own system of shorthand that he has used successfully throughout his career.But he was told that this would not be acceptable for the Mercury position.A senior executive for the agency, which is owned by Birmingham-based Caters News Agency, told him in an email: “To follow up your comment about it not being mandatory to be qualified in shorthand.“We have never once stated that you could not get a job with another company without this qualification, rather it is our own company policy to require any applicant to have this.“Again, I would like to point out that this is not discriminatory in any way, shape or form.”He also threatened to call the police if McSweeney persisted in complaining about the way he had been treated.After Disability News Service approached Caters for a comment and asked why it had apparently refused to make a reasonable adjustment for McSweeney under the Equality Act, it claimed its comment about shorthand was “a human error mix-up our end”.Chris Dyche, co-owner of Caters, said: “I have written to Declan explaining everything and setting the record straight, as he had been given incorrect information, unfortunately.“We don’t discriminate against anybody. We haven’t on this occasion or any other occasion.“We are a mature and responsible company. There had simply been a human error mix-up our end, resulting in a miscommunication to Declan, which I’m now happy to correct.”Caters had not confirmed by noon today (Thursday) what reasonable adjustments it would make to another disabled journalist in McSweeney’s position.Dyche also apologised to McSweeney and told him in an email that he should not have been told that his “lack of a formal shorthand qualification is the reason why you have not been selected for interview” because the company had “quite a number of people who work for us who don’t have a formal shorthand qualification”.He said the reason he was not given an interview was that his past experience had been in the wrong areas of journalism.McSweeney previously worked as a journalist for more than 18 years with the Offaly Express in Ireland, which has now closed, and in London for the Romford Recorder and as a sub-editor with Associated Press.After he was made redundant by an Irish company in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008, he returned to the UK and attempted to re-enter the industry but has been unable to secure any employment as a journalist.He believes this is partly due to age discrimination – he is 58 – but also because his impairment means he cannot achieve a recognised shorthand qualification.He said: “The issue of shorthand continues to present impossible barriers to my returning to journalism.”He believes this discrimination is widespread and points to the case of Kyle Gunn, a journalism student with cerebral palsy, who was originally told that he would fail his course because he would not be able to pass a shorthand exam.Following outrage over the case, the Scottish Qualifications Authority agreed to start offering a separate journalism qualification that did not require shorthand.McSweeney said: “I feel that Mercury/Caters need to ensure that their advertising in future contains no reference to 100 words per minute shorthand, because even if they do have journalists who don’t have a shorthand qualification, their advertisements have been specifying it, and staff there told me it was a requirement.“However, this is a much wider issue than one company.“The Kyle Gunn case underlines how endemic discrimination on grounds of disability is, and the failure of editors generally to grasp that insisting on shorthand is discriminatory because there are many of us who could not get a shorthand qualification if we studied for it for one million years, due to a condition we were born with.“I am aware, for example, of a deaf woman who was unable to pursue a journalism career because of the shorthand requirement.“I have been told by other media outlets that they could not hire me for this reason, that a judge would have to be able to read my notes if there was a dispute, but I have been advised by legal sources that there is no foundation to this idea.”He said a further problem he faced was the failure of the regional media in Britain to recognise the validity of experience in Irish journalism, when British journalists are frequently and successfully employed by Irish media.The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) declined to comment on the shorthand issue.But an NUJ spokeswoman said: “News organisations must make the necessary adjustments for disabled media workers so they can play their full part as journalists.“The NUJ campaigns for equality and improved diversity across all sectors of the industry.“It is absolutely crucial that disabled journalists are given access to the profession on an equal footing and can also bring their perspective to bear on stories.”
Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.At the end of a long day filled with discussion about which of the Brexit options would gain a majority in parliament, MPs voted in favour of… nothing, again. Having given themselves the opportunity to express support for an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal and force the Prime Minister’s hand, the Commons asked itself ‘what do we want to do about Brexit’ and replied ‘dunno’. Another round of indicative votes will likely be held on Wednesday, but there is no doubt that the ‘no, no, no, no’ outcome last night was “disappointing”, as Jeremy Corbyn put it.Actually, disappointing is an understatement. Labour members and MPs are furious with the government, Tories and each other. The motion for another referendum received the most support but was rejected by 12 votes, while the customs union proposal enjoyed the slimmest defeat of just three votes (reflecting the same pattern as last week’s results). There was hope that Common Market 2.0, with new Labour and SNP backing, would do very well. Ultimately, it fared much better than last time but was defeated by 21. So, what happened? Why couldn’t MPs get their act together and settle on a compromise?The answer is very simple: too many weren’t willing to compromise. Almost everyone in Westminster – myself included – has expected MPs to shift their red lines as the exit date nears. Because that would be the reasonable thing to do, particularly now that the EU has told us to find an alternative by April 12th or risk leaving without a deal. But some are still voting only for their first preference, not for all the alternatives that they could live with, which was supposed to be the point of this indicative process.Although Common Market 2.0 advocate Stephen Kinnock has serious reservations about another referendum, he switched from abstaining to voting for the Kyle/Wilson idea. Was this repaid in kind? No – those most strongly in favour of a public vote spurned the chance to support a softer Brexit than May’s deal. Incredibly, six Labour MPs (plus all ex-Labour “Change UK” MPs) who defied the whip back in June to vote *for* the EEA decided to defy the whip again – this time to vote *against* a Norway-style arrangement. Whether they are aware that ‘Remain’ vs ‘Remain’ isn’t possible to have on the ballot paper is unclear.There is also a lot of anger towards the Labour leadership for letting those rebels in frontbench positions off the hook. Andrew Gwynne switched from abstaining to voting in favour of a public vote, but shadow cabinet members Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett remain implacably opposed to the idea and again abstained – as did nine junior shadow ministers. There seems to be no consistency in whether frontbenchers have to resign if they defy the whip on this issue.Whatever your position on Brexit, pro-PV or not, there is something to be incensed by – and frankly all of the anger is understandable. Of course Labour MPs are exhausted and simply doing what they believe is right. But that can be difficult to remember when – along with “Change UK” and the Lib Dems – have been just as uncompromising as the Tories who are still voting against May’s deal even though they’d prefer it to any Brexit option other than no deal, and just as unwilling to shift their red lines as the Prime Minister.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Brexit /Indicative votes /
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SAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 16 game against Hull FC at the KC Stadium.Ade Gardner, Anthony Laffranchi and Francis Meli miss out through injury whilst Shaun Magennis is unavailable through suspension.Tommy Makinson returns as does Mark Flanagan, Carl Forster, Josh Jones, Adam Swift and Lee Gaskell whilst Tony Puletua will make his 100th appearance for the Saints.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Carl Forster, 26. Josh Jones, 34. Adam Swift.Peter Gentle will choose from:2. Will Sharp, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe, 6. Richard Horne, 7. Brett Seymour, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Joe Westerman, 15. Richard Whiting, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 17. Sam Moa, 19. Jordan Turner, 22. Martin Aspinwall, 23. Ben Crooks, 28. Danny Nicklas, 34. Jay Pitts, 36. Matthew Russell.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.Tickets are still available for the fixture and details are here.Stat Pack:2012 Meeting:St Helens 10, Hull FC 22 (SLR6, 9/3/12)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 10St Helens won 23 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final and wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)One drawUps and Downs:Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
THE Saints produced the performance of the season to topple Leeds Rhinos 26-24 on their own midden and gain a modicum of revenge for the defeat earlier in the season.The early exchanges showed just how even a match this was going to be as both sides had to be on their mettle to keep their line intact.It was the home side that managed to turn some early pressure into points as a miss pass created space for the winger to cross in the corner.On their next set from the kick off, big drives from James Tilley and the ever improving Olly Davies down the left saw the Saints close. As the ball was spread right Greg Wilde’s half break and offload gave just enough space for Lewis Galbraith to touch down in the corner. Lewis Charnock’s majestic touchline conversion gave the Saints the lead.It was all Saints now as the pack began to get the better of their counterparts. Greg Richards broke the line taking the ball to the fullback only to be tackled looking for support. Connor Dwyer’s pass to Ben Parry was knocked down for a Saints scrum on the Leeds 10 metre line. The Saints battered the line only to see Danny Yates’ delightful grubber somehow missed by Parry and Jack Ashworth in the corner.From the restart sloppy tackling down the middle allowed the home side to regain the lead and it was extended five minutes later as they again exploited Saints’ right edge defence.This put the Saints eight points behind and you sensed that another try to the home side may blow the game wide open.The Saints were having none of it, however, as Connor Dwyer ruthlessly punished the Rhinos for a penalty on their own 30 whilst in possession. Dwyer ran a great line to take Yates’ short ball and score under the black dot.Despite being two points behind all was positive in the Saints dressing room as the players acknowledged that they could all do better and that they were unlucky to be behind having been held up over the line and had a try chalked off for a forward pass.Again the second period started like the first with both teams testing each other out and the home side scoring first from a dummy half sneak at the line.But that was as good as it got for the Rhinos as the Saints pack showed real character to haul themselves back into the game.The comeback was sparked by André Savelio who had an immense game as his first back after a prolonged time out with illness. He swatted off four would-be tacklers on a mazy 20 metre run before offloading to Adam Saunders. From the play the ball Yates’ was held up over the line and his cross kick on the last was just too far for Ben Parry to catch and touchdown.The home side were rocking though and the breakthrough came around the hour mark. Tilley was again held short but quick hands to the right from the play the ball gave Saunders space to put a miss pass out to Galbraith for the winger to get his second of the game.From the kick off the Saints came charging back with Savelio held up over the line for a third time. From the restart Tilley again went close but from the restart Charnock strolled over unopposed and converted his try to give the Saints the lead.Charnock was again on hand to put Greg Wilde in at the right corner but with a little over eight minutes to go he slipped on taking the vital conversion which would have given the Saints a two score cushion.In the spirit of making a fabulous spectacle of the game the Saints conceded a try in the corner but the conversion went wide.The final three minutes were nerve wracking but the Saints held on for a massive victory, only surpassed by the celebration in the dressing room afterwards.Half backs Charnock, Yates and Dave Hewitt led the team around the park well, Dom Speakman and Lewis Foster were lively at the play the ball and the back line is growing in stature each game. But hats must be taken off to the forwards who outshone their bigger opposition and when the chips were down came up snarling with desire and the Saints deservedly got the spoils.Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Ash Handley 2, Elliot Minichella, Matty Dudman, Jacob Morgan.Goals: Ben Light 2.Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith 2, Lewis Charnock, Greg Wilde, Connor Dwyer.Goals: Lewis Charnock 3.Half Time: 12-14Full Time: 26-24Teams:Leeds:1. Josh Sunley; 5. James Duckworth, 3. Thomas Minns, 4. Alex Foster, 2. Ash Handley; 6. Ben Light, 7. Robbie Ward; 8. Liam McEvoy, 9. Vila Halafihi, 10. Jordan Baldwinson, 11. Elliot Minichella, 12. Mason Tonks, 13. George Milton.Subs: 14. Matty Dudman, 15. Matty Blake, 16. Jacob Morgan, 17. Rob Mulhern.Saints:1. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Greg Wilde, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 10. James Tilley, 9. Dom Speakman, 8. Greg Richards, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 13. Connor Dwyer.Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Adam Hesketh, 19. Chris Webster, 20. Dave Hewitt.
CATALANS handed Saints a 30-12 defeat at Langtree Park on Thursday.Two tries in five second half minutes did the damage after Keiron Cunningham’s side fought back from 10-0 down.Scores from Theo Fages and Luke Walsh had made it a two-point game at half time.But Catalan turned the screw and secured the win.After a tight opening five minutes, a Saints error handed the Dragons prime position right on the try line.And they took full advantage, Jodie Broughton darting over courtesy of a scrappy pass.Fages and Jon Wilkin each attempted kick-throughs at around the 10 minute mark, but Broughton profited following from a penalty to go over in the corner once again.Jordan Turner almost went down the left hand side for an immediate reply and then Saints couldn’t make the best of a Jake Spedding break.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Roby went close moments later too – and forced a drop out – before the Saints finally got on the board.A fantastic run from the returning Lama Tasi gave the home side great field position before Turner, on the left hand side, turned it back inside for Fages to plunge over.Saints were on top but a loose pass in their own 40 metre area handed the impetus back to the visitors.They snaffled up the loose ball and after a strong run, Broughton crossed for his hat-trick.Saints hit back almost immediately.A bullocking run down the middle from Alex Walmsley got Saints within 20 metres – and on the last Walsh took the line on, chipped over and collected to go under the sticks.Pure magic from the half back maestro.Saints had a nightmare start to the second half as Catalans crossed twice in just five minutes.Richie Myler opened scoring as he latched on to Glenn Stewart’s half break on just 45 minutes.And moments later Pat Richards put the Dragons in command after he finished off a break down the left hand side.Saints won back to back drop outs on 53 minutes – but they couldn’t find a way over the lineTheo Fages went close for his second of the evening, but Broughton crossed for his fourth with 15 to go.Richards then added a penalty to seal the win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Fages, WalshGoals: Walsh (2 from 2)Dragons:Tries: Broughton (4), Myler, RichardsGoals: Richards (3 from 7)Penalties:Saints: 6Dragons: 4HT: 12-14FT: 12-30REF: Robert HicksATT: 9362Teams:Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 3. Jordan Turner, 21. Matty Dawson, 33. Jake Spedding; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Andre Savelio, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 27. Jack Ashworth, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 28. Morgan Knowles. Dragons:1. Tony Gigot; 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Vincent Duport, 5. Pat Richards; 6. Todd Carney, 7. Richie Myler; 14. Dave Taylor, 28. Alrix Da Costa, 15. Julian Bousquet, 11. Glenn Stewart, 8. Louis Anderson, 13. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 10. Rémi Casty, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Gregory Mounis, 18. Thomas Bosc.
LAURA Wright, one of the world’s leading young classical artists, has been confirmed as one of the leading acts at this year’s First Utility Super League Grand Final on October 8.Wright, who has more than a million album sales under her belt, will sing Jerusalem just before kick-off for the fourth year running at Super League’s biggest night of the year at Old Trafford.The Grand Final always provides top class entertainment both on and off the field and Laura Wright can’t wait to perform,“I’m so thrilled to have been invited back to perform Jerusalem at this year’s Super League Grand Final.” said Wright.“The atmosphere is going to be electric and the game is bound to be nail biting so get your ticket now and come and join the party!”
Simon Woolford’s resurgent Giants are six points off the top four but have lost just one game in their last ten matches.And whilst Saints have won both meetings between the two sides this season, Friday will be a different propostion as the Super 8s begin.Four Game Package:We are giving fans the opportunity to be at all of our four home Super 8s fixtures with our fantastic Super 8s package.This package offers you the chance to save up to £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions, £13 for Youth and £28 for Juniors.Prices:West stand: £80 (Adult) £55 (Concessions) £45 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Bronze: £85 (Adult) £65 (Concessions) £50 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Silver: £100 (Adult) £75 (Concessions) £55 (Youth) £20 (Junior)To get your Super 8s package or single game ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.,Four Game Package:We are giving fans the opportunity to be at all of our four home Super 8s fixtures with our fantastic Super 8s package.This package offers you the chance to save up to £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions, £13 for Youth and £28 for Juniors.Prices:West stand: £80 (Adult) £55 (Concessions) £45 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Bronze: £85 (Adult) £65 (Concessions) £50 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Silver: £100 (Adult) £75 (Concessions) £55 (Youth) £20 (Junior)To get your Super 8s package or single game ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Talk of merging Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools is one stop closer to reality.The Columbus County School Board is meeting Monday morning to vote on the merging resolution.- Advertisement – Back in the Spring of 2015 the schools were asked to provide Columbus County Commissioners with an assessment of which schools need improvements the most.Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Charles K. Garland said the merger would not save money and would reduce state funding.“We feel like it would be a significant loss of state dollars coming into a poor economic county such as Columbus County. The merging of two systems we are already 95th in the state out of 100 counties in our per pupil funding,” Garland said.Related Article: Emergency bill proposed for students, teachers in wake of hurricane FlorenceWhiteville City Schools will also be having a meeting Monday night at 6:30 with anti-merging on the agenda.The final vote comes down to commissioners.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every day, there’s a non-profit in our area working to teach kids arts and confidence.DREAMS of Wilmington started more than 20 years ago and offers various programs for youth development through the arts. The program specifically targets youth living in poverty.- Advertisement – The goal of DREAMS is to create high-quality, free-of-charge programs where youth in need can receive the benefits of a top-notch arts education.Children involved with DREAMS are known as DREAMers and are taught youth entrepreneurship, leadership skills, how to make plans for their academic future and about giving back to the community.This summer, DREAMS is offering multiple summer camps. Because many children miss out on going to camp due to financial reasons, DREAMS offers an opportunity for you to donate to help a camper here.Related Article: Shutdown leads to freeze on grant funding for vital local non-profitThere are also opportunities to invest in a child’s life through a sponsorship. $1500 sponsors a child at DREAMS for an entire year, $500 gives 140 children healthy snacks for two weeks and $150 provides one art class with all the supplies they need for a semester.To learn more about DREAMS, click here.
Police lights (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who hit a car in the Port City Java drive-through Thursday morning.The victim told police while he was waiting in the drive-through line at the coffee shop on South 17th Street, the suspect rear-ended him, backed up, drove around the building and left.- Advertisement – Police say the suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties with a short beard. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark red older model SUV, believed to be either a Jeep or Toyota 4Runner. It had a high lift and the paint was faded.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 765-0861 or use Text A Tip.
CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — From marching in parades to taking part in competition, band is an essential part of many students’ academic lives.In this week’s Teacher of the Week, we’re shining the spotlight on Amy Sandlin, a band teacher at Holly Shelter Middle School.- Advertisement – Sandlin says she enjoys nurturing the budding talent of young musicians.During our visit, seventh-graders were sight reading music for their upcoming spring concert.“Most of them, when they come into sixth grade, don’t know how to read music, play an instrument and it can be challenging,” Sandlin said.Related Article: Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following FlorenceBut Sandlin is up for the challenge. She’s been teaching sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at HSMS nine years. Altogether, she’s taught band 25 years.“I grew up in a family of musicians, my brother is also a music teacher in Apex, NC, my father is a musician as well,” she said. “I can’t imagine going a day without experiencing music.”Sandlin says learning to play music also teaches students valuable social skills.“The students I have in these classes are not all from the same background, they don’t all hang out in the same groups,” Sandlin said. “A lot of times, they don’t even like each other, but they do have to learn in this setting to be able to work together towards a common goal or nothing we play is going to sound good.”Abby Mendoza is in eighth grade and she’s been in Sandlin’s band classes for the last three years. She says learning to play music has helped her to focus more in other classes.“It takes a lot of learning to do the flute and it helps me focus more with school because learning the flute is difficult but it helps make it easier with everything else,” Mendoza said. “She’s (Sandlin) told me to always be myself and never stop achieving your goals and its helped me to succeed in her class to play my flute really well.”On behalf of WWAY and Mattress & Furniture Liquidators, we’re delighted to recognize Sandlin as our Teacher of the Week which HSMS Assistant Principal Scott Carter said is a well-deserved honor.“Those kids that come to us and are focused are going to accomplish a lot of things but in middle school, part of our job is to help those kids learn how to focus and I think that’s where Ms. Sandlin excels by teaching those kids how to focus so they can be successful,” Carter said.How does it feel to be our Teacher of the Week?“It feels pretty amazing. I’m very surprised. I’m always humbled. I always feel like I have great kids and they make me look good,” Sandlin said. “I can’t imagine having done anything else as my career.”Click here if you would like to recommend an educator for Teacher of the Week. Each week’s winner receives a $100 gift card.
(Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The President of The British Motor Car Club of The Cape Fear Terry Walters sat down with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick to talk about The BMCCF and there Brits at The Battleship Car Show.The British Motor Club of The Cape Fear is preparing for their annual car show which will be held at Battleship Park in Wilmington on Saturday.- Advertisement – The cars featured will include a wide variety of classic and antique British cars such as Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Bentley, Morgan, and many more. Late model British cars such as Mini, Lotus, and Aston Martin as well as many European, Asian, and American sports cars in addition to many classics will also be there.Registration is $30 per vehicle and includes a dash plaque for the first 100 cars registered, discounted battleship admission, and a chance for one of the 25 best in class awards that will be presented. Cars will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the awards presentation will be after 2 p.m.Admission is free to the public. The event will feature a food truck, ice cream truck, and The Rusty Bumpers Band. There will also be an opportunity for the kids to vote for their favorite car.
Some of the participants at a Digital Natives workshop in South Africa back in 2010. Advertisement Some of the participants at a Digital Natives workshop in South Africa back in 2010.The war between natives and immigrants is ending. The natives have won.It was a bloodless conflict fought not with bullets and spears, but with iPhones and floppy disks. Now the battle between the haves and have-nots can begin.The post-millennial “digital native,” a term coined by U.S. author Marc Prensky in 2001 is emerging as the globe’s dominant demographic, while the “digital immigrant,” becomes a relic of a previous time. – Advertisement – The digital native-immigrant concept describes the generational switchover where people are defined by the technological culture which they’re familiar with.Prensky defines digital natives as those born into an innate “new culture” while the digital immigrants are old-world settlers, who have lived in the analogue age and immigrated to the digital world.Although not Luddites, the immigrants struggle more than natives to adapt to hi-tech progress.The author of “Teaching Digital Natives,” whose success pushed him onto the speaking circuit, says the explosion of technology over the last 10 years is just the start of a symbiotic new world. Computers and handsets are becoming an extension of body and mind, creating a Cyborg-like population.Prensky cites the 100-meter runner Oscar Pistorius, an athlete with prosthetic legs, as an example of how technology is used to enhance our lives. He told CNN: “For humans, what used to be this body of flesh and bone, all that is now just the center… Being human is a moving target.”The human race and its struggle to keep up with technologyPrensky says that at no time in history has technology moved so fast. Today the latest high-tech gizmos can be passe even before hitting the shop floors.In the past — during the post-industrial revolution era, for example — accelerating technology has plateaued. So, with the meteoric rise of new social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype, history suggests the world is overdue for a slowdown.But Prensky says this time, any slowdown in the digital age is a “myth,” as innovation will only press forward “faster… And faster and faster.”He told CNN: “We are not going through a transition to another faze of stability, and that is the key point. People will always be behind now and that will be a stress they have to cope with.”The new normConnecting with one another in the modern world requires a knack for social networking and texting, which is the norm for the digital native. But for the immigrant, it can be akin to learning a whole new language.Prensky illustrates his point with former director of the CIA David Petraeus. In November, he was embroiled in a scandal that revealed he had an affair with Paula Broadwell.The FBI uncovered the affair while it investigated e-mails that Broadwell allegedly sent to a Petraeus family friend, Jill Kelley.Prensky labels this naivety by immigrants as “digital stupidity” — by assuming that when people decide to post online or send e-mails, they believe privacy is automatically applicable.“People get frightened by change and they should be. They need courage to face the future these days, especially those who feel left behind.” Prensky said. “People adapt instinctively and humans are very good at that. The young people live in the context; the older people see the changing context and struggle.”Digital povertyAs technology filters into every corner of the globe and tech cities spring up in some unlikely places from Bangalore to Tel Aviv, a new gulf is emerging to separate the digitally savvy from the disconnected: Poverty.In India, over two-thirds of the population live on less than $2 a day, according to the World Bank. But a United Nations report still says that mobile phones are more common than toilets, with nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion population armed with a handset.Nishant Shah, a director at the Centre for Internet and Society in India, told CNN that defining natives and immigrants by generation is a “serious concern.” According to Shah, Prensky’s views were formed from the “privileged” position of living in the U.S.Shah added: “[Prensky’s] observations may describe a generation gap that the U.S. faced, but if you transplant the same definition to other parts of the world, natives are sometimes indistinguishable from immigrants.”The real fear for Shah is the new hierarchies created by digital literacy and the class systems that will be shaped by access to digital technologies.The call of the developing worldAs mobile networks extend their reach and areas become increasingly urbanized, Western tech companies are seeking to tap markets with large populations.Last year, Finnish phone maker Nokia released a range of smart phones targeted at consumers in emerging markets, particularly in Asia, to compete with cheaper Android devices.But Shah argues bombarding a country with technology and infrastructure is not a rounded solution to the digital poverty problem.India, for example, has connectivity and access in abundance, but the country continues to suffer from a generation of “digitally poor classes.” He argues that simply providing the equipment does not help young people understand how that technology can better their lives without education and training.Shah told CNN: “Just because young people have tech access in India, it doesn’t make them digital natives.” He added, “It creates digital outcasts — people whose supposed problem of access to the world has been resolved.”Prensky, however, believes a “networked planet” is a sign developing nations will soon close the digital divide. Even those who don’t yet have the technology still know that it exists, and will have it before long.The world in 2020By 2020, Prensky predicts people across the globe will be plugged into the “AORTA,” — Always On RealTime Access — a term coined by Mark Anderson, the chief of the Strategic News Service — specializing in technology news. A future in which people are constantly able to access information and news from anywhere on the planet.Shah says that the works of science fiction may offer the most accurate insight into our futuristic society.He said: “The presents that we live in, are the futures that our pasts have imagined.”“Let us hope that the technologies of the future will also be designed to protect that which is sacred, and that which is important in our own understanding of being human.”This feature was first published on CNN.
The BlackBerry “Priv”—named for its emphasis on privacy—runs a full version of Google’s Android operating system but features some of BlackBerry’s highly respected security and productivity features. Image Credit: IBTimes Advertisement BlackBerry Ltd’s new Android phone hitting the market this week could be the company’s last attempt at making its devices profitable before ending production.The Canadian company has unveiled several new phones in the two years since chief executive officer John Chen took over, but none has managed to stop hardware sales from falling. Chen has repeatedly said he will exit the device business if he can’t make it profitable.The BlackBerry “Priv”—named for its emphasis on privacy—runs a full version of Google’s Android operating system but features some of BlackBerry’s highly respected security and productivity features. It comes preloaded with an application that tracks how much other applications on your phone are accessing your personal data and location. It also has BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard, which slides down from under the touch screen. – Advertisement – “Perhaps there’s something else in the pipeline, but this device does seem like a last stand,” Brian Colello, a Chicago-based analyst at Morningstar Investment Services, said in an interview. “We’ve seen new products come out for the last couple years, BlackBerry’s trying to get a hit with any form factor, any price point and now it’s with a different operating system.”With its share of the global smartphone market at less than 1%, BlackBerry has been working to shift its focus to higher-margin software sales. As he tries to turn around the company’s fortunes, Chen has held onto the phone business, which still accounts for about 40% of revenue. Blackberry could stop producing phones within the next year if it doesn’t begin turning a profit, he said at a conference in October.Software target Chen is working to reach $500 million in software revenue by March 2016 by acquiring security-focused software companies and building up new products like secure teleconferencing. BlackBerry completed its $425 million acquisition of Good Technology Corp. on Monday, a deal the company said will contribute about $160 million in revenue in the first year.Ron Louks, BlackBerry’s head of devices, said the company will make announcements about its product “road map” in the beginning of 2016, but declined to say whether it would announce a new phone. Chen has said the company is going ahead with software updates to its BlackBerry operating system.By running Android for its new device, the Priv sidesteps one of the biggest problems BlackBerry has had in persuading people to use its phones: a lack of applications. As the company’s operating system waned in popularity, developers stopped making applications that were compatible with it, prompting even more people to ditch its devices.If the Priv sells better than BlackBerry’s two most recent major releases, the Passport and the Classic, it may keep the phone business going, Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Financial LP, said in an interview.[related-posts]Declining shipments BlackBerry shipped 800,000 smartphones in the quarter that ended 29 August, its lowest since at least 2007.“It doesn’t take a lot of phones to really move the needle for this company,” said Gillis, who has a buy rating on the stock.The company’s shares gained 2.9% to $7.50 at the close in New York and have declined 32% this year.The Priv, with a retail price of $699, is targeted at a “very, very competitive market,” of high-end Android phones, Colello said, including those made by HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. The new device is BlackBerry’s latest effort to find a phone that can stabilize sales as the company transitions toward Chen’s software revenue target, he said.“They’ve done a good job of continuing to lower their break-even level for the hardware side to stay in business, but even though the bar’s going lower and lower, the sales still aren’t keeping up,” he said. “I think BlackBerry’s still searching for a hit phone.” Bloomberg[Live Mint]
Advertisement WhatsApp is tipped to add a new feature to its iPhone app that will let you edit and revoke sent messages. The upcoming feature is said to be disabled by default for WhatsApp for iPhone beta app users, though it’s expected to be available soon. Another tipped feature is the ability to preview shared archive files, such as ZIP and RAR files.Apart from edit option, as we mentioned, WhatsApp for iPhone users will also get a revoke option which will mean that the sent message never existed. However, this probably will work only in the case if the recipient hasn’t seen the message from the sender. Currently, WhatsApp lets users delete messages on the device level and the deleted messages remain visible to the recipient.The upcoming feature to edit or revoke sent message will work by long pressing a sent message. Unfortunately, there is no word when the new feature will be available to WhatsApp for Android beta users. The news was first reported by @WABetaInfo that tracks beta releases of the app and it also tweeted an image showing the upcoming feature. – Advertisement – Separately, WhatsApp is testing another feature on its iPhone beta app that lets users preview the contents of archive files – such as ZIP or RAR – shared with them. The feature was once againWhatsApp earlier this month received an update that brought two new features – streaming videos while they download, and animated GIF image support to the Android app. Earlier, the two features were available to WhatsApp beta users only.With the new WhatsApp video streaming, users were able to play videos right away without waiting for it to download first. Another feature available to users out of WhatsApp beta was the animated GIF image support. In WhatsApp, users can now send GIF via the attach file button which will open the Gallery on the device, and users can find the right GIF image to be shared.source: WABetaInfo and Gadgets 360 News
Advertisement WorldRemit, a leader in the digital money transfer service has added Android Pay to its service, offering a new way for WorldRemit’s Android Pay users to send money internationally and reach millions using mobile money accounts.Pioneering a mobile-first approach to the $600bn a year remittance industry, the move sees WorldRemit bringing together the leading players in mobile payments from Silicon Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa.Launching the global rollout of the service at MoneyConf 2017, WorldRemit will enable Android Pay users to safely and securely send money to +112 million mobile money accounts accessible via its network. The integration will make WorldRemit the only remittance provider offering international payments through Android Pay around the globe. – Advertisement – By connecting directly with Android Pay, WorldRemit customers can transfer money instantly across continents in just 5 taps – without entering credit card or 3DS details. Using mobile money, a recipient customer can then pay for school fees, utility bills and groceries among other things directly from their mobile phones – without the need for 3G or wifi. As Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenization, payments are sent with a virtual account number providing an extra layer of security.WorldRemit currently sends money to more mobile money accounts than any other operator in the world. The company enables migrants to send money from their smartphones to the mobile phones of the people they love, in over 140 countries to be paid out in cash, paid into a bank account or into a mobile money account.“Currently 60% of WorldRemit app users are on Android, which is also by far the most popular mobile operating system in the developing world, where 2 billion people are still unbanked, but critically half a billion use their mobiles as a bank account,” said Alice Newton-Rex, VP of Product at WorldRemit.“This integration with Android Pay is the next logical step of our mobile first approach, and continues our commitment to providing greater financial inclusion.’’Pali Bhat, Director, Product Management at Google, said: “We want to make it easier for organisations like WorldRemit to offer a simpler, faster in-app payment solution for their customers. With Android Pay, people will be able to speed through checkout with their Android phones in a few clicks”.WorldRemit users make around 600,000 transactions every month, sending from over 50 countries to more than 140 destinations.
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