MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Speaks to the role of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – New legislation is needed for the abuses in communication, whether it is fake news or irresponsible use of social media, said Pakesia Parker-Edgecome, Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, during her contribution in the House of Assembly.Mrs. Edgecombe made her remarks during the debate, in which she thanked the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, for her Speech from the Throne.The Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister said that she oversees Cinemas and Films, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Bahamas Information Services, Cable Television, Relations with the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, and Relations with BTC.She stated that even though many strides have been made at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), there still remain many hurdles that are faced.   “We are a democratic nation, and with democracy comes freedom.   With that freedom, however Mr. Deputy Speaker, we must remain responsible.”The BCB is where she started, noted Mrs. Edgecombe, and said it was good to her and played an integral role in where she is today.   “So therefore, Mr. Deputy Speaker, keenly aware of the challenges that the BCB may still face, I take it personal when persons continue to lambast the corporation and the many talented workers that are there.”Every entity has its difficulties, she added, and what exists today is as a result of many Members of Parliament having utilized ZNS as their personal public relations machine, the corporation thus following them at their whim.She pointed out: “Mr. Deputy Speaker, let me remind this House that ZNS is a news organization, while Bahamas Information Services is the government’s PR machinery.“That means the professionals get to choose what they deem newsworthy and of national importance at ZNS – the professionals.   So therefore, I appeal to my fellow Parliamentarians, let the staff of the BCB do their job without feeling that if they were to make a decision in the best interest of the organization, a pink slip will follow.“I also advise my fellow colleagues that the Bahamas Information Services is the government’s PR machinery.   Each Ministry is equipped with an Information Officer, all you need to know is the name of that person, and you will have your PR right intact.   BIS is here for you, that is the PR machinery.”Mrs. Edgecombe addressed what is a growing concern in the community.   “Whether it be fake news or the irresponsible use of social media, Mr. Deputy Speaker, it is high time that further legislation is brought, necessary to curb the abuses in communication.”   She added that she, along with her team, will work along that avenue.Communication will lead the way in all the work that needs to be done; and even though little attention was given to this area in the Speech from the Throne, she thinks that this will change in the future.By: Robyn Adderly (BIS)Photo Caption:  Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.  (BIS Photo) 18003732876center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday September 30

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.A review of some of the news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including thoughts on the three White police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, receiving accolades and money from a right wing media organization.
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Trying for infrastructural development so that enrollment rises Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Monday said his department is planning for amalgamation and at the same time developing infrastructure at the primary schools to have a proper balance of teachers and students. There are schools in which students are less in comparison to the teachers and vice versa.”The total number of primary schools in the state is 50,108 presently out of which 2,048 schools have students where the number is less than 20. We are trying for infrastructural development so that the enrollment goes up and at the same time introducing English-medium schools in the state. We have already identified 100 schools for English-medium among which 65 schools have already been upgraded. We have set a target of having 1,000 English-medium schools,” Chatterjee said in response to a query from TMC MLA Bankim Hazra at the state Assembly on Monday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee, during the course of supplementary questions, provided data before the House of the number of schools where students’ strength is less than 20. The number of upper primary schools in this regard is 554, secondary schools are 76 and higher secondary schools are 14. “We have not closed down any of these schools and are trying all means to attract students. The department is providing laptops with projectors in a number of schools to make the learning experience interesting. Providing mid-day meals should not be the only means to attract students and there should be something for the students which involve some sort of brain work on their part,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateChatterjee further pointed out that the Left Front government’s decision in 1982 to do away with English in the primary level had resulted in a sharp decline of students in government schools as they have opted for private English-medium schools which teach the subject right from the pre-primary level. The minister also expressed his concern over the mushrooming of CBSE and ICSE and Montessori schools over which the state primary Board has no control. “The permission to set up these schools are given by the Central government and we only provide the No Objection Certificate (NOC). We have already spoken to the Centre and highlighted the problem. Until we are empowered by the Centre to have our say in granting permission about setting up the schools, we are helpless,” he claimed.last_img read more

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Hacker duo hijacks thousands of Chromecasts and Google smart TVs to play

first_imgOn Wednesday, a hacker duo hijacked thousands of Google’s Chromecast streaming adapters, Google Home smart speakers and smart TVs with built-in Chromecast technology to play a video urging users to subscribe to Swedish Youtuber ‘PewDiePie’s’ Youtube channel. The hacked smart TV’s also displayed a message on the similar lines. The hackers behind this hacking campaign –codenamed CastHack– are known on Twitter as TheHackerGiraffe and j3ws3r. The attack took advantage of badly configured routers to find streaming devices exposed to the public internet. Once found, the hackers renamed the device’s Wi-Fi name, and then played a PewDiePie Youtube video. A website detailing the hack lists the statistics on the number of devices forced to play the video, total renamed devices, total exposed devices and much more. The website shared some of the information the hackers had access to, including “what WIFI your Chromecast/Google Home is connected to, what bluetooth devices it has paired to, how long it’s been on, what WiFi networks your device remembers, what alarms you have set, and much more.” However, they state that “We’re only trying to protect you and inform you of this before someone takes real advantage of it. Imagine the consequences of having access to the information above.” They further added that  “We want to help you, and also our favorite Youtubers (mostly PewDiePie)’. According to Variety, the attack was part of a marketing campaign- “Subscribe to PewDiePie”-that fans of the Swedish video-game streamer and vlogger have been engaged in since late last year. The goal of that campaign is to defeat the Indian Youtube channel T-Series for the title of ‘Youtube’s most popular channel’ by gaining more subscribers than the latter. How did the attack take place? The attack exploited a Chromecast bug allegedly ignored by Google for almost five years. According to ZDNet, the ongoing CastHack takes advantage of users who use incorrectly configured routers that have the UPnP (Universal Plug’n’Play) service enabled, a service which forwards specific ports from the internal network on the Internet. The ports are 8008, 8009, and 8443, normally used by smart TVs, Chromecasts, and Google Home for various management functions. The streaming devices expose these ports on internal networks, where users can operate them by sending commands from their smartphones or computers to the devices for remote management purposes. Routers with incorrectly configured UPnP settings make these ports available on the internet. This allowed FriendlyH4xx0r to scan the entire internet for devices with these ports exposed. Once devices are identified, the hacker said another script renames the devices to “HACKED_SUB2PEWDS_#” and then tries to autoplay a video (now taken down by Youtube) to promote PewDiePie’s channel. A Google spokesperson, told Variety via email: “To restrict the ability for external videos to be played on their devices, users can turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). Please note that turning off UPnP may disable some devices (e.g. printers, game consoles, etc.) that depend on it for local device discovery.” This is the second time that HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r have teamed up to promote PewDiePie’s channel. Both said they were behind a hack in November that forced printers around the world to print out sheets of paper telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie. You can head over to The Verge for more insights on this news. Read Next How IRA hacked American democracy using social media and meme warfare to promote disinformation and polarization: A new report to Senate Intelligence Committee 16 year old hacked into Apple’s servers, accessed ‘extremely secure’ customer accounts for over a year undetected Quora Hacked: Almost a 100 Million users’ data compromised!last_img read more

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