More than half of disabled people who have tried to buy tickets for live music events have had to call premium-rate phone numbers to arrange access, according to a new survey.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they had experienced problems with booking access alongside their ticket, while nearly three-quarters said such barriers had been discriminatory.The results of the national online survey were published by the user-led music charity Attitude is Everything (AiE) as part of its fourth State of Access Report on the live music industry.Of the 53 per cent who said they had been forced to use premium rate phone lines to book access, several reported that this had cost them more than £20 in phone charges.Although the survey results cannot be directly compared – because they were obtained through different methods – they do appear to show an improvement since a survey of AiE mystery shoppers in 2014 found 95 per cent of respondents had experienced problems when booking access and 88 per cent said they had felt discriminated against.This year’s State of Access Report focuses on problems associated with booking tickets for live music events.Publishing the report, the charity also launched a new taskforce, the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, which aims to address five key problems encountered by Deaf and disabled live music fans when booking tickets.The pan-industry group includes more than 35 trade bodies, ticketing agencies, event promoters and venues, including UK Music, PRS for Music, Ticketmaster, Festival Republic and Live Nation.The areas the coalition will address include: the need for a single proof-of-disability system that is uniformly recognised and accepted across the UK; all venues and events to provide quality online information about access; more choice and flexibility when booking tickets for fans with access requirements; and a more dependable system for managing access bookings.The coalition will also target the need for “equal access”, so that disabled fans can book access for pre-sales of tickets, VIP and artist meet-up tickets, and when using entertainment gift cards; can resell accessible seats; are not charged to use access booking lines; and can easily book tickets for a personal assistant if they need one.The report concludes that access across the live music industry “remains a mixed picture”.It adds: “Many venues and events have moved beyond basic reasonable adjustments to improve access for customers in impressively creative and collaborative ways.“On the other hand, there are venue and event organisers now being left behind as they continue to enact outdated and potentially discriminatory policies that impact the ability of Deaf and disabled people to access the paid-for services they provide.”Suzanne Bull (pictured), AiE’s chief executive and the government’s disability sector champion for music, said: “Although there has been much progress in making the ticketing process accessible and inclusive, and certain venues and companies are definitely getting this right for their Deaf and disabled customers, we felt that only a comprehensive and truly unified approach would be able to drive through the real and lasting changes that we need. “In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive.“Disabled customers should be able to buy a ticket online, they should be encouraged to attend shows with their friends, and not have to jump through undignified hoops when things go wrong.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Going to a gig or festival is an experience that everyone should be able to enjoy.“It’s therefore incredibly important that disabled people have the right access when booking tickets for live music events, which is why I’m really pleased to see leading businesses from across the music industry coming together to improve accessibility. “We know that disabled people and their households have a combined spending power of £249 billion a year, proving that being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”AiE also announced that it will convene a new cross-sector group that will “exchange ideas and unite around common principles when it comes to accessibility”, across music, cinema, theatre, heritage and sport, and will focus on issues such as the provision of access information, providing evidence of access requirements, and implementing access bookings.Organisations that have already pledged to join the group include Arts Council England, Shape Arts, Level Playing Field, UK Theatre and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.Picture by Joanna Dudderidge
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Veronica Wernicke is one of millions of children who learned about cancer at an early age.“My mom was diagnosed when I was in second grade. So, that’s pretty much a majority of my life and you feel very alone. Yes, I had my sister and she had me, but the kids in our neighborhood didn’t know what it was like to have a parent with cancer,” Wernicke said.- Advertisement – Her mom tried to find things for the whole family to do. She eventually came across Camp Kesem, a camp for kids whose parents have cancer. Wernicke went to camp at a chapter in Illinois and said it changed her life.“They just created a really strong family for me and they just made lasting memories that I’ll never forget and they understood,” Wernicke said.Now, she wants to do her part for the Cape Fear and bring Camp Kesem to UNCW. Camp Kesem is adding new chapters and she needs votes to make a camp here a reality.Related Article: Weather postpones UNCW baseball game“You can vote once from your computer, once from your phone, and then you can share the vote on either Facebook or Twitter. And then that counts as three votes per day. So, I’m just asking you to vote, share the vote, tell your friends, pass it on, and just so we can get it out there,” Wernicke said.She wants the program to make a difference for kids in this area, just as it did for her.“As a child of a parent who had cancer, you don’t meet a lot of people who understand. Like friends will say like they’re sorry or they’re sympathetic but they don’t know what that feels like. At Camp Kesem, people know what it’s like but they don’t make you feel sad. They make you feel happy,” Wernicke said.Voting closes on Friday. If you want to show your support, vote here.
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Planning for a new park started after a meeting on Monday. Town administrator Daisy Ivey says the plan is estimated to cost $1.1 million.McGill associates is handling the plans. The open piece of land will include a permanent band stand, a playground, water features, a trail around the park, restroom facilities and more.- Advertisement – There is not set timeline yet for completion.
Tax forms and money (Photo: Pictures of Money / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Your deadline to file taxes is a little more than one month away.Do you need help? Good news! Some seahawks are ready to help.- Advertisement – UNCW’s Cameron School of Business is offering free tax preparation through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.The program is for anyone who earned less than $66,000 last year.If you qualify bring your social security card, photo ID, tax documents and a copy of your prior year’s tax returns.Related Article: UNCW grants 28 high schoolers opportunity to learn about STEAM majorsUNCW’s free tax-prep service is Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on South College Road.There are several other dates the service will be available. Click here for them.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers who travel on Interstate 40 over the Northeast Cape Fear River in New Hanover County will encounter lane closures starting Wednesday.NCDOT says the closures are for crews to inspect the bridge.- Advertisement – The closures will be in place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day through Friday, with one lane remaining open in each direction.Drivers are encouraged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching the bridge during the lane closures for their own safety, as well as the workers conducting the inspection.
Church members cooked the meal, and they even had free health screenings and flu shots.Free clothing and shoes were also available for families in need.Pastor Darwin Murrill says the event grows every year. He says it is their opportunity to give back.Related Article: Team Rubicon helps with hurricane relief in Wilmington“This is actually for everybody. So we’re just pleased to be able to do that. We have some great cooks and some delicious food. And people are leaving here smiling. This is just our moment to be able to induce some love in our community,” said Darwin Murrill.Pastor Murrill says this year is even more special, after Hurricane Florence left a lot of the Wilmington community with nothing. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Word Changing Hearts Ministries held their annual Thanksgiving meal for the Wilmington community Wednesday.The church has been putting on the event for almost 18 years. The event was held at Douglass Academy, free of charge to all families.- Advertisement –
This English Bulldog could be featured in iconic Cadbury commerical. (Photo: Cadbury) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have some exciting news for one Wilmington furry friend. Henri the Bulldog is the winner of the first “Bunny Tryouts” for the Cadbury company.This Easter, Henri, who lives with his owners Kathie & Tim Santillo in Wilmington will star with the Cadbury bunny in the brand’s iconic “Clucking Bunny” commercial.More than 4,000 entries of pets wearing bunny ears were submitted to the first official Cadbury “Bunny Tryouts”.- Advertisement – Henri will make his debut with the Cadbury bunny himself in this year’s commercial, which will be released in April.The Santillo’s won $5,000 and Cadbury is also donating $10,000 to the ASPCA.
Prom dress (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Any girl who needs a prom dress and accessories in New Hanover County is now able to get help.Cinderella’s Closet is having its first shopping event at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – Cinderella’s Closet helps girls who have financial issues afford clothing for their prom.More girls are still needed to sign up for Saturday. You can register right up until the event.There will be a second event on Saturday, April 13.Related Article: Local Rotary Club previews fundraisersIf you any questions, you can email Cinderella’s Closet.
Advertisement LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique visitors in June, an increase of about half a million from the month before, according to new data from comScore, the Internet analytics firm. By contrast, fewer than 33.5 million Americans visited Myspace last month, a drop of about 1.4 million U.S. visitors from May.The numbers don’t tell the whole story — Myspace still has an estimated 130 million active users, compared with roughly 115 million for LinkedIn — but it’s another symbolic blow to the once-dominant social network, which is struggling to reinvent itself.U.S. traffic to Myspace is half of what it was in June 2010, when the site had more than 66 million unique visitors, according to comScore. Myspace still leads third-place Twitter, which had 30.6 million visitors last month, although at their current rates, Twitter will eclipse Myspace in the next few months. – Advertisement – By comparison, Facebook, social networking’s ever-expanding behemoth, had 160.8 million unique visitors in June.LinkedIn was surging even before the company went public in a splashy and successful debut in May. The social network has been adding about a million members each week, CEO Jeff Weiner said in March.A new survey sheds some light on how are people using LinkedIn, which lets members post résumés, search for jobs and network with other professionals in their fields.According to a survey of 500 LinkedIn users by Lab42, a market-research firm, 35% of members visit the site daily, and 42% update their profiles regularly. Perhaps not surprisingly, the survey found that top-level executives and entry-level workers use LinkedIn differently: The younger members use the site mostly to find jobs, while the senior executives use it for networking and promoting their businesses.More than half of LinkedIn members are based outside the U.S.Source: CNN News
Advertisement The platform includes an e-portal that will facilitate online filing of applications for goods inspection and integrated electronic databases for management of lab testing activities, standards inspection and payment channels.Currently, it takes more than three hours to deliver a certificate of analysis for product tests done at UNBS laboratories in Kampala to customs stations like Malaba.In addition, physical filing of applications for product tests has frequently generated queues, leading to frustration among importers. Under the e-portal, certificates of analysis will be accessed online, which will save on travel costs and time. – Advertisement – However, lack of decentralised testing facilities, owing to inadequate funding, importers will continue to deliver physical product samples to UNBS offices in Kampala.Funding is also blamed for inadequate staffing at the standards agency; a situation that has restricted its border operations to a 12 hour schedule unlike its partner agency, Uganda Revenue Authority that currently enjoys 24 hour, and seven-day-customs operations.“The new automated system will help integrate lab testing functions, standards inspection and payments channels on a single platform that will be supplemented by an intercom system to connecting our staff in real time. In addition, we are considering distribution of mobile data gadgets to our staff to facilitate upload of information while in the field,” explained Topista Agoa Mpora, the ICT Co-ordinator at UNBS.Though the automated platform promises more efficiency than the manual system, importers of chemical or biologically active products which require microbiology tests that sometimes take up to five days will still have to endure long waits.Local businesses are upbeat over the prospect of improved services at UNBS.“As part of the general economy, we feel UNBS is a bit challenged on technical systems. It lacks sophisticated testing tools, has suffered from underfunding and needs vigorous staff training to enable it deliver better services,” said Richard Wejuli Wabwire, corporate relations and regulatory affairs director at Uganda Breweries Limited.But some traders feel a one stop integrated standards control and customs system would deliver more efficiency and even lower rates of corruption that hurts local business people, according to Issa Sekitto, spokesperson for the Kampala City Traders Association. Source: The EastAfrican
Advertisement Uganda has over 594,000 people on Facebook. Many Brands have realized the power of social media and hence adopting it as a way of reaching out to their fans and clients. MTN Uganda leads the revolution with 109,745 facebook fans followed by NTV Uganda with 81, 146 fans.Among celebrities, Bebe cool leads the race at position Number 3 with 76,650 fans, followed by Navio with 42,843 fans. Below is a list of the 10 facebook pages with most followers.NameTotal Likes1MTN UG109,7452NTV Uganda81,1463Bebe Cool76,6504Airtel Uganda72,2945Club58,5186The New Vision54,5027Orange Uganda52,8558NAVIO42,8439Radiocity 97FM35,70110Desire Luzinda35,55811Daily Monitor35,091
Advertisement Nigerian mobile network operator Globacom has revealed that its mobile subscriber base is approaching the 30 million mark.The revelation was through local newspaper Vanguard which quoted the company’s national sales coordinator for North West operations, Samuel Edoho.Edoho was quoted saying that Globacom’s wireless customers have grown from 28.22 million at the end of December 2014 and 23.42 million at 31 March 2014, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). – Advertisement – He attributed the growth in subscriber numbers to the firm’s continued investment in its network infrastructure and the launch of innovative customer-orientated services.‘We are still very aggressive, we will keep the spirit high and assure Nigerians who have no confidence in the market of our determination to offer them best experience ever across all network,’ he added.Via
Donald Trump at one of his presidential campaigns. Image Credit: Independent Advertisement Hackers targeted the computer systems of presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Party organizations as well as Democratic Party networks, sources familiar with investigations into the attacks said.At least one Trump staff member’s email account was infected with malware in 2015 and sent malicious emails to colleagues, according to one insider for the Republican candidate’s campaign and an outside security expert. It was unclear whether or not the hackers actually gained access to campaign computers.In the past month, U.S. security officials have said that starting last year, hackers infiltrated computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and her party’s congressional fundraising committee. – Advertisement – U.S. officials said they have concluded that Russia or its proxies were responsible, leading to calls by some Democrats and cyber security officials for the Obama administration to blame Russia publicly. Kremlin officials have dismissed the allegations as absurd, but there is anxiety in Washington over the possibility that a foreign power might be using hacked information to meddle in the Nov. 8 U.S. election.[related-posts]The Trump campaign has hired security firm CrowdStrike, which also is assisting the Democratic National Committee, according to one person briefed on the matter. The company declined to comment.A different outside security firm was hired to examine software the Trump and Clinton campaigns use to manage mailings, electronic outreach and other campaign efforts, another person who was briefed on the issue said.A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign declined to comment. A spokesman for the Republican National Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.The tools and techniques used to hack Republican targets resemble those employed in attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the DNC and Clinton’s campaign organization, two sources said. That has led U.S. officials to reach a preliminary assessment that Russia’s military and civilian intelligence agencies or their proxies have targeted both political parties.Attempts to hack into Republican political organizations over an extended period were reported in intelligence bulletins circulated by U.S. agencies, four sources said. They did not disclose the identities of the organizations.Two U.S. security officials said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have offered assistance to both political parties in identifying possible intrusions and upgrading their defenses against what one of the officials called “constantly evolving threats.”[Reuters]
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