A disabled woman with a new baby is set to be evicted a fortnight before Christmas because the Department for Work and Pensions stopped her benefits when she failed to attend a “fitness for work” test she had not been told about.Jacqui Madonia was left “in despair” as she was told to survive on one foodbank voucher a week, a single hardship payment of £80, and the “occasional tenner here and there” from her family.The assessment was supposed to take place just 13 days after Madonia gave birth to her second son Edward by caesarean on 4 July at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.The former civil servant told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in an employment and support allowance (ESA) questionnaire that she was due to give birth by caesarean before she went into hospital.But she received a letter sent on 18 July which asked her why she had failed to attend a work capability assessment (WCA) the previous day.She explained that she had not been told – either by letter or by text – about the appointment, but then received a further letter saying that her ESA had been removed because it “can be assumed [the letter] was delivered as there was no evidence to the contrary”.She told Disability News Service (DNS) she had never missed an ESA appointment deliberately and never would.Along with her ESA, her housing benefit and child tax credits were also removed, leaving her with almost nothing to live on as she appealed the decision through DWP’s mandatory reconsideration process.She did not want to claim jobseeker’s allowance when her ESA was removed because she would have had to lie about being fit for work, when she knew she was not.Because her rent was no longer being paid, her private landlord told her she would be evicted on 12 December.She was also appalled that DWP subsequently claimed that the assessment she failed to attend had been booked for 17 August.She believes the department changed the date because ESA rules say a woman cannot be asked to attend a WCA within 14 days of giving birth.After DNS contacted DWP about her case, it reversed its position and placed her in the ESA work-related activity group.The mother-of-two said last night (Wednesday) that she felt as though she had been living through a “nightmare”.She had previously had seven miscarriages, before giving birth through IVF to her first son Harrison, who is now three, and Edward, who was conceived naturally.She said the ordeal DWP had put her through felt like “someone is standing on your head and pushing you under water”.She said: “I feel numb by the whole ease with which they can destroy somebody.“I know that some people have committed suicide [in situations like this] and I can totally see how something like that can happen. The system is so cruel.“They called me on Monday afternoon to say they were going to reverse their decision. They said they had simply made a mistake with the dates.”She was told she would now be asked to attend a rearranged WCA, and would have both a letter and a text reminder sent to her.But she said the civil servant who spoke to her told her he still could not guarantee if she would receive the text if the letter again failed to arrive.Even though her ESA has been reinstated, and she will have her payments backdated to the middle of August, there is no guarantee that her landlord will reverse the decision to evict her.She said: “It has just set me back so far when I should have been spending this really important time with Edward.“My mental health has suffered significantly, and the most precious time with my new-born has been taken away from me. It’s unforgivable and so cruel.”Her ex-partner is also in financial difficulties because he has had his own claim for ESA rejected, but is planning to move back in with her and their two children to try to support them.A DWP spokesman said in a statement that the decision to reinstate her ESA was made on Monday (9 October).He later tried to claim that the decision was made before DNS contacted DWP about the case, even though that contact was made on 6 October.He also claimed that the department had not been told that she was about to give birth “and therefore could not put the right support in place, including deferring her WCA”.He said: “A decision was made on 9 October to award ESA to Ms Madonia and place her in the work-related activity group.“She has been notified and will receive payment ASAP, which will be backdated to 18 August. We have written to Ms Madonia to inform her of the outcome.”He refused to comment on the failure to notify her of her assessment, or why the department had changed the date on which she was supposed to have been assessed.He has also refused to say whether DWP would apologise to her for leaving her facing eviction two weeks before Christmas.She contacted DNS after reading about another benefit claimant, Roy Bard, whose personal independence payment was stopped after he failed to turn up for an assessment he had not been told about.Concerns were raised then that DWP was using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people’s benefit claims, to help it cut spending on social security.She told DNS: “I don’t want other parents to go through this. Anybody could end up in this position, and it is so, so wrong.”
SAINTS have announced new deals for winger Tommy Makinson and back rower Scott Hale, both aged 19.Makinson has signed a two-contract and Hale one year.Coach Royce Simmons praised both players for the progress they have made this year and considers they have real potential for the future as Saints’ players.“Both Tommy and Scott have had more first team opportunities than we envisaged this year due to first team injuries, but have both grasped them well,” he said. “They have showed that they have real potential.“I’m sure we’ll see more of each in the future.”Tom signed from Hindley and Wigan St Judes and has made 17 appearances this season; scoring nine tries and kicking one goal.Forward Hale joined the Saints from Haydock and has appeared twice off the bench in 2011.Both came through the Club’s famous Academy system.
‘OH When the Saints’ is the title of a special exhibition at the World of Glass, Chalon Way East which is a must see for fans of St. Helens RFC and rugby league in general.Featuring historic items from Saints’ past and present, the exhibition opens on September 17 and runs until Sunday November 13.“We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition about the Saints,” says Hannah Longworth, the Curator at the World of Glass. “The exhibition caters for all ages and I am sure that anyone who visits us will really enjoy the experience.”Saints’ superstar of the 1970s, George Nicholls, brought in a jersey from the 1976 club tour of Australia especially for the exhibition, which will feature in the ‘Greatest 17′ section.“There are certainly some unusual items on view,” adds Club Historian Alex Service, “including several poignant reminders of our former Knowsley Road home. But for me, the highlight has got to be Alf Ellaby’s four caps (Lancashire, England and the 1928 and 1932 Great Britain tours), when representative rugby was so important. They look stunning!“Visitors are also greeted by a larger than life image of James Graham running with the ball – an ideal photo opportunity!”Pictured is George Nicholls, a member of Saints’ Greatest 17, handing over a 1976 jersey to Hannah Longworth, Curator of the World of Glass.
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GIVEN the traumatic events concerning the U16’s from the night before, this should have been a much easier and more rewarding match, writes Graham Henthorne.However, having missed a glorious chance in the opening set of the game when a wide ball from Matty Costello instead of the short option taken would have seen Tom Nisbett in at the corner. Couple that with then allowing the Bulls to stroll downfield and go over untouched on the last and this turned into a much tougher assignment than it should.Buoyed by this early success the Bulls tore into the Saints both with and without the ball. The Bulls line speed was better than the Saints all evening and gave little room for manoeuvre to half backs Brad Billsborough and Elliott Jenkins.This should have been made easier on the quarter hour as the Saints drew level.Having delivered the inside ball to Costello which the fullback eventually fed inside to Josh Eaves who jinked his way over from 15 out, the half back was viciously hit late off the ball.Had he stayed down longer than he did the outcome may have been different but a talking to and no card was ever going to be enough.The two sides went set for set with each other for most of the half with the Saints showing little in the way of enthusiasm.Two penalties in succession gave the Saints just enough momentum to put the Bulls on their own line and on the last Costello did what he should have done earlier in shooting a miss pass out to his winger Nisbett who touched down in the corner.The harsh reality of the situation was spelled out in no uncertain terms at the break and seemed to have paid dividends as a good kick chase to Billsborough’s towering bomb forced the centre into dropping the ball.Three times the Saints were held short as firstly Matty Lees, playing against his old club, then Jenkins and finally Cameron Brown tried their luck. On the last and stuck in the right corner Kev Brown gave enough of a dummy to fool his opposite number and give himself enough space to touch down.Billsborough was again spot on with his kick off the touchline to give full rewards for the score.Lees again showed the rest of his pack the way with two good drives gaining two penalties on the way to the Bulls 30 metre line. From the play the ball Jordan Olmez showed what good hands he has taking the ball to the line before slipping a great short ball out to Sam Royle whose fabulous line and strong running saw him over untouched.The game was gone but instead of playing hard to rattle up some points the Saints almost ambled through the final 20 minutes and this lacklustre attitude cost them dear as with the last two plays of the game the Bulls went 70 metres and scored in the corner.Lacklustre is unfortunately the best description of most of the Saints team both I defence and in support of each other in attack.Thankfully not all, however, as Matty Lees again ran hard and with purpose in attack and defence. He was joined in that respect by two of the newest graduates to the team in Sam Royle and especially Chris Kellett who charged into the Bulls line on numerous occasions.Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Wilf Moxon (3), Ryan Leadbeater (79).Goals: Alix Stephenson 2 from 2.Saints:Tries: Josh Eaves (13), Tom Nisbett (24), Kevin Brown (43), Sam Royle (61).Goals: Brad Billsborough 4 from 4.Half Time: 6-12Full Time: 12-24Teams:Bradford:1. Alix Stephenson; 2. Jay Panter, 3. Rowan Milnes, 4. Brandon Wood, 5. Ryan Leadbeater; 6. Mathew Fletcher, 7. Jack Wilson; 8. Evan Hodgson, 9. Reiss Butterworth, 10. Oliver Wilson, 11. Wilf Moxon, 12. Vytas Vaznys, 13. Thomas Doyle (C). Subs: 14. Ebon Scurr, 15. Lawrence Okanga-Ajwang, 16. Jake Lightowler, 17. Elliott Culling.Saints:1. Matty Costello; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Tom Nisbett; 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliott Jenkins; 19. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Joe Sharratt, 12. Mike Weldon (C), 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Sam Royle, 16. Christian Kellett, 17. Evan Bullen.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNCW SPORTS) — First-year Head Coach C.B. McGrath said the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion UNCW men’s basketball team gained a lot of valuable experience in a series of games to benefit the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund on Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center.The Seahawks and McGrath, who spent 14 seasons on the bench with head coach Roy Williams, went 2-1 on the day, defeating UNC Greensboro and East Carolina – a pair of state teams they’ll face during the regular season – and falling to defending national champion North Carolina.- Advertisement – With Gov. Roy Cooper and several Tar Heel coaches and former players in attendance, UNCW navigated 40 minutes over three different segments, utilizing several lineup combinations.Junior forward Devontae Cacok, a First-Team All-CAA preseason pick, scored 20 points in the three sessions to pace the Seahawks. Senior playmaker Jordon Talley added 15 points and freshman shooter Jeff Gary collected 10 markers.“It wasn’t your true exhibition game because we saw three different opponents,” said McGrath. “We saw three different styles and it was terrific getting to play in front of some fans.Related Article: Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling“It was the best-case scenario for us. We got to see some different styles and help people in North Carolina who really need some help after suffering from recent disasters. We were honored to be a part of it.”UNCW heads into its final week of practice for Saturday’s regular season opener vs. N.C. Wesleyan at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks and Battling Bishops tip off at 7 p.m. in McGrath’s debut as UNCW’s head coach.Inspired by Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson’s charity efforts following Hurricane Harvey, Kansas head coach Bill Self originated the idea of charity games as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).Each season, NCAA Division I programs are allowed to play two preseason games – any combination of exhibition games vs. non-DI programs or closed scrimmages vs. DI opponents. Since most schedules were already completed, a waiver from the NCAA was required, with all proceeds going toward charity. A total of 84 NCAA Division I programs have participated in the special games.Money from the governor’s N.C. Disaster Relief Fund is being distributed to non-profit and faith-based organizations that are helping with recovery efforts to offset the estimated $1.6 billion in damage incurred by Hurricane Matthew. North Carolina requested $929 million in disaster relief from the federal government, but received just $6.1 million.Disaster Relief Jamboree Game Results | Nov. 5, 2017North Carolina 21, East Carolina 20UNCW 19, UNCG 16UNCW 24, East Carolina 22UNCG 32, North Carolina 24UNCG 15, East Carolina 15North Carolina 38, UNCW 22UNCW 19, UNCG 16The Seahawks jumped out on the Spartans, 9-2, and survived a last-second shot by Justin Jordan to hold on for a 19-16 victory in the second of six mini-games on the day.UNCW shot 50 percent, canning 9-of-18 shots, and outrebounded UNCG, 12-10, as Cacok contributed eight points and added six boards.Five different players reached the scoring column for UNCW, which started Jordon Talley (G), Jaylen Fornes (G), Ty Taylor (G), Marcus Bryan (F) and Cacok (F) in the scrimmage.The Spartans and Coach Wes Miller enjoyed a record-setting season in 2016-17, winning the Southern Conference title and carving out a 25-10 record. UNCG was picked to finish third in the SoCon preseason poll behind junior guard Francis Alonso, who led the team with 14.9 ppg and a program-record 102 three-pointers one year ago.UNCW’s Devontae Cacok scores against UNCG during an exhibition in Chapel Hill on Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)UNCW 24, East Carolina 22The Seahawks used balanced scoring and a strong effort on the glass to edge the Pirates, 24-22, in a matchup of longtime rivals.After the Greenville club scored the first four points of the contest, the Seahawks rattled off 10 of the next 13 points for a 10-7 advantage after freshman Jay Estime’ sank a trey on the left side.Talley paced all scorers with eight points and Estime’ chipped in six points and two rebounds.ECU fashioned a 15-18 record last season and is picked to finish 11th in the American Athletic Conference. Kentrell Barkley is ECU’s top returning scorer and rebounder with 13.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg.North Carolina 38, UNCW 22The Seahawks ran into a fired-up Tar Heel squad in the day’s finale and lost, 38-22, to the hosts after UNC came up short, 32-24, to UNCG earlier in the afternoon.The Tar Heels made 15-of-25 shots for a sizzling 65.2 percent in building an early 20-11 advantage and used a 10-0 run late in the contest to pull away.Gary was a bright spot for the Seahawks. The Colorado Springs sharpshooter sank 3-of-4 from deep to lead the team with nine points. Cacok chipped in eight points on 4-of-6 shooting.The Tar Heels carved out a 33-7 record in 2016-17 with Joel Berry as the catalyst. Berry collected 14.7 ppg and dished out a team-high 138 assists. Theo Pinson added 6.1 ppg for UNC.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two of the four people charged in a deadly armed robbery in Sunset Park are now in prison.Yesterday, Mark Steven Landreth, Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of David Leroy Clark, 55.- Advertisement – On March 20, 2016, just before 6:00 pm, Clark was attacked and robbed in his home at 513 Alabama Street. Investigators say Donna Beck drove Landreth, William Fought and Joshua Chavis to Clark’s home to sell him pain medication.Once they were inside, the three men beat Clark and stole money, prescription medication, and watches, according to the distric attorney’s office.Clark was able to call for help. EMS took Clark to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He died a few weeks later, on April 8.Related Article: Police: Woman gave birth to 1st 2019 baby in car used for methPolice identified Beck as a suspect. She told investigators she gave the men a ride to Clark’s home, asked Clark if he was ok, then left the men there.Beck admitted to police she heard the men say that if Clark did not give up his property, they would beat him and take everything he had.Connie Jordan, the Assistant District Attorney assigned to handle this case, told the Court, “This was a brutal attack against an infirm man who was unable to defend himself. Once the men had access into Mr. Clark’s home, Mr. Clark had no chance.”Landreth received an active sentence of a minimum of 26 years and a maximum of 33.25 years in prison.Beck pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon on June 15. She is serving a minimum of 18.41 years and a maximum of 23.16 years in prison.Charges against Landreth’s co-defendants, Fought and Chavis, are still pending.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been six months since the Republican-led US Congress passed a tax overhaul. Wednesday morning business owners in the area got a chance to speak with two lawmakers about changes they hope will keep the economy growing.Tax reform and rolling back regulations were just a few topics discussed during a roundtable at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce with Senator Thom Tillis and Congressman David Rouzer.- Advertisement – The pair of republican lawmakers sought insight into how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is doing across the state.“Apple and others are looking at North Carolina as a possible opportunity to expand their headquarters,” Tillis said. “We’ve seen minimum wage increases in terms of what the private sector wants to do and the retail, and banking, and a number of other areas. We’ve seen thousands of bonuses given out.”Tillis and Rouzer sat down with local business owners to discuss what works and what needs to be changed.Related Article: Rep. David Rouzer talks hurricane recovery efforts after assessing devastation“Additional infrastructure, additional access to broadband, additional access to roads so that you have the kind of corridors that a major employer needs,” Tillis said.Some business owners, like Kusek Financial Group owner Patricia Kusek, want more rollback of regulations.“You really don’t realize it until it really does get into your everyday operation and it’s like almost every week there was some other requirement or regulation that was making it take twice as long to do what I normally would do. Or maybe to make it so difficult you just couldn’t do it at all,” Kusek said.Another issue discussed, an aspect of the Farm Act and Rouzer’s push to have able-bodied people on food stamps work at least 20 hours.“More jobs are going to be created, and it means more workers are going to be needed,” Rouzer said. “So this is coming at a critical time where you have 3.9% unemployment. That means there’s not that many workers out there available for these jobs to be filled. This is going to enable those who are on the sidelines, who are able-bodied, to be able to get the training they need in order to move on and have a meaning career.”Other issues discussed at the roundtable were foreign trade and immigration.
The Beach Boys are known for hits like Kokomo, Surfin’ U.S.A., Barbara Ann, I Get Around and Good Vibrations.The band is led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring.The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their debut more than 50 years ago.Related Article: Witness photos lead to ID of downtown Wilmington hit-and-run suspectWith every ticket purchased, buyers will receive a digital copy of Mike Love’s new double album “UNLEASH THE LOVE”.Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. online at capefearstage.com and 2 p.m. through Ticket Central by calling (910) 362-7999 or by visiting the Wilson Center. The Beach Boys are coming to the Wilson Center on December 18, 2018. Photo: The Wilson Center WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Cape Fear Community College announced The Beach Boys will perform at the Wilson Center as a stop on their Reasons for the Season Christmas Tour.The performance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sewer work could impact evening and overnight traffic on a busy road in Wilmington for a few weeks.The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority says drivers may experience temporary lane closures on portions of South College Road starting Monday.- Advertisement – Get realtime traffic updates from the Operation Gridlock teamCFPUA says a contractor will be doing inspections and maintenance on sanitary sewer mains. The work is scheduled nightly between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., approximately one block in each direction between Wilshire Boulevard and Lake Avenue.Click here to see a map of the work areaRelated Article: Bladen County crossroads to get roundaboutCFPUA says the work is expected to continue through the end of May. Contractors will do video inspections on and clean, repair and install lining as needed on sanitary sewer main. CFPUA says the program helps minimize issues within the sewer system.
After being diagnosed with Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis his junior year, high school became even more challenging.But things are looking up for him and his family. He will be put on a list to receive a transplant in the next few weeks.He said that his situation has been painful, but that he wants anyone who is going through a tough time to remember that it could always be worse.Related Article: Brunswick high schools approved for new artificial turf fields“It’s not as bad as what a lot of people are going through,” Townsend said. “You gotta count your blessings. Yeah, I’ve got a liver disease. Yeah, I need a transplant but at the same time at least I’m not gonna die tomorrow. Live your life and have fun don’t be stuck on the small things.”After Zach receives his transplant, he plans to drive across the country and run a YouTube channel.If you would like to help Zach’s cause, please visit his COTA page.If you would like to stay updated on Zach’s story, please visit his Facebook page. SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — West Brunswick High School Graduation was on May 31.Zach Townsend is one of those grads, and like any other teen, he dealt with plenty of obstacles along the way, but unlike any other teen, his obstacles include a rare liver disease.- Advertisement –
Advertisement “We have been receiving a number of reports recently that scam artists are sending out hoax SMS and emails, purportedly from Nokia, that offer some sort of money if one were to respond in a similar way that lotteries are run. We would like to clarify that, those messages are not coming from Nokia and that we do not do money lotteries. We are asking people to beware and know that this ‘lottery’ is a scam,” said Kenneth Oyolla, Nokia, General Manager, East and Southern Africa.“Our advice is that if you do receive something dubious like this, DO NOT reply to these messages or pass them on. The thing to do is to delete the message without responding. You might also consider contacting the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to report such hoax messages,” said Mr Oyolla.He added: “We continue to remind people that bank details should never be given to strangers, particularly if all you know about that person is a contact mobile number and nothing else. If you haven’t entered any competition, or if the prize looks too good to be true, then it almost certainly will be. Let’s have a safe 2011.” – Advertisement – How the Nokia Lottery scam worksThere are a couple of methods these scammers use, in the hope of stealing your money.Method 1: A mobile phone user will receive an email claiming they have been chosen at random, to receive a prize, usually a large figure of money. In this case, £350,000 is the prize. However, to receive winnings the mobile phone user is informed he/she must send them some money as an admin charge. £650 in this same case. They hope you’ll be so dazzled by the large sum of money they claim you have won, that you will send the administration fee. It is at this point you will never hear from them again and your money will be lost.Method 2: This is commonly used through contacting a mobile phone user by SMS. These text messages will tell you you’ve won a heap of money, like in this case, but you must first phone a telephone number or email back to hand over your bank details. Do not do this. Never give your bank details to a stranger, especially if all you know about them is their mobile phone number.Whatever method they use, they will be asking for the same thing. Either your bank account details, or some money in another form and the messages they send always look official, but they’re not. They’re fake.Examples of hoax emails and SMS circulating:Hoax claim: Free Nokia mobiles “Nokia Is Giving Away Phones For “FREE”!! Nokia is trying word-of-mouth advertising to introduce its products. And the reward you receive for advertising for them is a phone free of cost!”Hoax claim: Nokia mobile Promo “In line with the commemorating event marking our 142nd anniversary we rolled out over £ nnnnn (n Million Great Britain Pounds) for our 142nd Anniversary Draws. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company mobile numbers, and 30,000,000 individual mobile numbers from the 45 mobile networks from Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually in Britain, London.This promo is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the verification process of your prize, you are required to fill and send the claims form below.”Hoax claim: Nokia/UK promo Congratulations! Your cell phone has won you xxxxx (GBP) pounds in the ongoing NOKIA/UK PROMO. For claims call: 44xxxxxxxx or email: email@example.comWhat to do if you receive a Nokia Lottery scam SMS or emailDon’t respond to the messages, doing so will only encourage them to keep contacting you. There are several agencies and sites out there to help you, where you can report the fraud in the hope to get these stopped.
Advertisement Nokia and Microsoft CEOs at a previous eventMicrosoft just announced that it’s acquiring Nokia’s devices and services business for more than $7 billion in cash. The Company will pay $5 billion for Nokia’s cellphone division and $2.18 billion to license Nokia’s patent portfolio.Microsoft is to also get a hold of Nokia’s extensive mapping technology, including the mapping company Navteq. – Advertisement – The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 and is subject to approval by shareholders and regulators.“Nokia will now write its next chapter, focused on enabling mobility through its leadership in networking, mapping & location, and advanced technologies,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop wrote in a joint blog post.“For Microsoft as well, today is a bold step into the future, a huge leap forward on our journey of creating a family of devices and services that delight people and empower businesses of all sizes”Nokia CEO, StephenElop will be stepping away from his CEO role to become the executive VP of devices and services at Microsoft. He was a former Microsoft exec before he joined Nokia.Microsoft is also buying Nokia’s legacy. The acquisition also gives Microsoft instant access to millions of people in emerging markets running feature phones, which could pay off for Windows Phone when those users are ready to upgrade to something smarter.In their blog post, Ballmer and Elop say that the acquisition means Microsoft can now “realize the full potential of the Windows ecosystem.” Read another way, it sounds like they’re admitting Microsoft has squandered some of that potential so far.Source: Venture Beat
Advertisement NYTimes.com went dark for the second time in a month on Tuesday, 28/August afternoon, but that doesn’t mean the newspaper will stop publishing. Bypassing the DNS, The Times is continuing to publish stories under its bare IP address. And the reporters are continuing to write.Aside from being fast and smart, the Times’s work around is relatively simple. The internet as we know it relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to direct us to the location of websites that are actually located at a numerical IP address. NYTimes.com, for instance, simply points you to servers located at 18.104.22.168. So when hackers manage to hijack a domain—which is apparently what happened with this latest Times hack—the IP address and everything on the servers that it points to remains intact. (Pro Tip: If NYTimes.com isn’t working for you, you can just type in the IP address and access the entire site.)So what about that hack? It appears that the Syrian Electronic Army got ahold of The New York Times‘s domain and rerouted it to one of its own sites. A Times spokesperson said soon after the outage that the trouble was “likely result of malicious external attack.” However, malice can’t trump quick thinking. – Advertisement – Update: As service remains intermittent, the Syrian Electronic Army allegation is starting to look more likely. Some users reported seeing this graphic when trying to visit The Times‘s website:Credit: GIZMODO
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Your favourite wearable tech, VR or smart home company is probably going to announce something at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Image Credit: MarkShimazuPhotography Advertisement The biggest tech show kicks off next week – here’s what to look out for Your favourite wearable tech, VR or smart home company is probably going to announce something at CES in Las Vegas.The news will kick off on Monday 4th January with indie startups vying for your attention. Then all the main news comes over the course of Tuesday 5th January and for the rest of the week.Wareable will be out in force, elbowing European livebloggers out of our way, chatting to the CEOs, founders and designers you want to hear from and, you know, finally learning how to win big at craps. – Advertisement – New Fitbit trackers comingFitbit trackers. Image Credit: ExpertProductInquiryFitbit CEO James Park has been dropping big hints about what Fitbit, 2015’s most successful wearable tech company, has in store for 2016: advanced sensors, coaching and fashion partnerships are all on the cards.It’s very likely we will see new devices land at CES – we haven’t had new wearables since late 2014 and Park will be at the Fitbit press conference. We’ll be there reporting live and Fitbit promises its “exciting news” will “ignite the world of health and fitness in 2016”.When? 7.30am PST, Tuesday 5th JanuaryMisfit will reveal two new wearablesFlash Frost. Image Credit: MisfitThat’s what Misfit’s CEO Sony Vu told us a few months back. He’s now also chief technology officer of Fossil’s connected devices after it swallowed Misfit whole earlier in 2015.Vu also hinted that only one of the new Misfit devices will be a fitness tracker and confirmed moves into identification, smart home controls and payments via updates to Shine and Flash wearables. Vu also hinted at further fashion partnerships, so we could see more Swarovski accessories.When? Probably Tuesday 5th January (official CES Press Day)Second gen HTC Vive demosSecond gen HTC Vive. Image Credit: PopsciA couple of pictures leaked of the second gen HTC Vive – which was officially announced as coming to CES this month – along with its redesigned controllers. We will be trying out the new Vive set up at CES to let you know what’s new and HTC has also been teasing a big technological breakthrough.VR took the No.1 spot in our list of 50 wearable tech game changers for 2016 and what HTC and Valve are doing with their PC peripheral is set to blow gamers’ minds when the VR headset lands in April.When? Wareable’s Vive demo is at 12.30pm PST, Tuesday 5th JanuarySamsung demos experimental conceptsSamsung health tracking smart belt.Just this week we heard about three of Samsung’s wacky C-Lab concepts for new wearables including a motion controller for the Gear VR, a health tracking smart belt and a smartwatch strap that lets you hear audio from your device by pressing your finger to your ear.We’ll be heading down to try out all three prototypes as Samsung is looking for feedback before turning these into real products. We’re real helpful like that.When? Samsung’s Eureka Park stand opens on Wednesday 6th January, Samsung’s press conference: 2pm PST, Tuesday 5th JanuaryHuawei set to launch a Watch for womenHuawei Smart Watch. Image Credit: HuaweiA smaller, more female-friendly version of the sleek Huawei Watch is set to drop at CES 2016 according to anonymous sources.The Android Wear watch is one of the more unisex smartwatches on offer but it’s still a big, fairly chunky device – both Motorola and Pebble have since launched smaller, lighter and thinner smartwatches.When? 10am PST, Tuesday 5th JanuaryUnder Armour’s smart scale might showHTC Under Armour’s smart scale. Image Credit: DrRemember the rumour about a HTC and Under Armour smart scale? Well, it seems the delayed HTC Grip hasn’t stopped the two companies forging ahead with other health and fitness plans.We could see the Bluetooth enabled UA Scale make an appearance at CES. It should measure weight and body fat and pair to both smartphones and wearables. If it launches, it won’t be the first smart scale and we could well see other companies moving into this space at CES.When? Your guess is as good as oursWe’re hoping for VR news from SonyPS4 compatible VR headset. Image Credit: GameSpotMore of a wish than a solid rumour, we’re hoping for some more VR news out of Sony after it revealed a bunch of super exciting new PlayStation VR games. Top of our wish list is a price and release date for its PS4 compatible VR headset (now that we know Oculus is due Q1 and HTC due Q2).But we could also see a mobile VR headset from Sony, perhaps restricted to its Xperia smartphones. Stranger things have happened…When? 5pm PST, Tuesday 5th JanuaryAnd there’s more Asus, BlackBerry, Withings, Garmin, Polar, Jawbone, LG, Intel, Motorola – all these tech and wearable tech companies will be at CES 2016 and we’re not sure what wearables or smart home devices to expect just yet. We also have a FashionWare fashion tech catwalk show to look forward to.And if you’re holding out for something in particular, it’s worth remembering that Apple, Xiaomi and Magic Leap will all be staying away from CES this year.Keep an eye on our CES news hub for in-depth news, hands on photos and first impressions and interviews all week.[Wareable]
Jani, 10 from Finnish paid $10000 for finding a security flaw in image-sharing social network, Instagram. Image Credit: entrepreneur Advertisement Jani, 10, has been awarded with $10,000 (approximately 33.4 million UGX) after he found a security flaw in popular image-sharing social network platform; Instagram, making him the youngest ever recipient of the firm’s “bug bounty” prize.According to Android Authority, “Jani found an exploit or simply a bug in Instagram that allowed him to delete any comment that he wanted to on the popular image sharing social site.”Facebook Inc. routinely pays cash bounties to users; researchers, hackers, entrepreneurs, who can reveal security flaws in any of their platforms, including Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger. – Advertisement – Since the program’s launch in 2011, Facebook has paid out over $4.3 million in bug bounties.Many companies including; Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Uber, Tesla who offer these bounty programs to users; researchers, hackers, entrepreneurs, to share flaws with the company, rather than selling them on the black market.[related-posts]
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[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esI was there in 1957 when the riot took place, I don’t think I have ever been so scared in all my life.Let me try and explain what took place.In 1957 the rules of greyhound racing were that if a dog had a fight during the race it would be disqualified and the race would be declared void. A claxon horn would be blown, with the track announcer calling out “No race ! No race !”.OkWell the race in question, the even money favourite, drawn in trap six was involved with an outsider, drawn in trap four, the two dogs were racing side by side as they came round the last bend.Trap six without question turned its head and interfered with trap four, they continued to run together until the winning line, everybody was waiting for the horn to blow, instead the announcer called photo finish.How can it be a photo finish people asked? It has to be a no race. Photo finishes in 1957 took 2 or 3 minutes to develop, so we all waited for the result.“The result of race…. Is first trap six, second trap four”. A loud cheer went up by the punters who had backed the favourite. No sooner had the cheering died down came the announcement:“No race ! No race ! The judges have disqualified trap six for fighting. No race ! No race !”Well for a few seconds all was still, then one or two people starting booing, in another few seconds twenty or thirty started booing and within a minute there were at least a hundred people crowded around the judges’ box screaming and shouting.Why call for a photo finish and call out the result THEN decide it was a no race. I knew there would be trouble.If any of you are old enough, you may remember that at the top of the main grandstand there was a tea room and bar the whole length of the straight with glass windows overlooking the track.I, with my Uncle Cherry (so called because of his way with the ladies) were standing near the track when out of nowhere came a mighty crash. I looked up and saw a chair come hurtling down, it had been thrown from the bar at the top of the stand. As it hit the ground this was swiftly followed by more chairs. They were being thrown from the tea bar windows, as fast as they could get their hands on them.This was just the beginning, people on the ground picked up broken chairs and started throwing them at the stewards box which was only slighlty elevated. The next thing I recall was that there was an almighty crash when one of the restaurant windows broke. My Uncle said its time to go, he parked his car on the other side of the track as it was easier to get out. Not tonight Josephine, as we started to walk round the track we saw a fire had started in the grandstand in the popular enclosure.Between the 3rd and 4th bend was a Tote board. As we approached it people were trying to set it on fire however it would not burn it was made of glass, painted white, when this was realised they started to destroy it any way they could.We were too frightened to get by with all the glass being broken. After about 5 minutes we moved on, the track lighting was nearly all pulled down, there was fire all over the place and by now the police and fire brigade had arrived.As we moved closer to the exit the firemen’s hoses were everywhere but already some of the rioters were trying to cut them, with knives, I have no idea where they came from.It took us 30 minutes to get out, normally no more than 5 minutes.My Uncle took me to the Nags Head, a place on the Holloway Road, where my father would pick me up on his way home from Wimbledon. I could not wait to tell him what had happened and as I opened the car door he said he had heard it on the news.I believe the stewards had made a terrible mistake.Had they called a no race that would have been the end.Seven people were arrested and found guilty of causing damage to the amount of £3,000. In today’s money that is approx £100,000.
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