Archive for ‘Business’

June 7, 2011

UK in revolt over creeping rise of EU Commissioners’ power as they impose stealth taxes on British families and reduce EU inward contribution to Britain

[Tonya Gillam, EU News Contributor]

Britain’s greedy EU masters in Europe have gone a tad to far this time with the British in a move that will involve British families paying more than £200 a year apiece directly into the coffers of the unelected Commissioners.

The move is part of another bid to save the troubled Euro, by imposing stealth taxes upon member states and also cutting contributions inward to those states.

Bill Cash, chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny committee  is reported to have said: ‘This kind of attempt to stitch up the British people can only be answered by the simple word: No. The veto must be used…the Prime Minister knows he is heading for a showdown which he can only lose now that the Liberal Democrats are so weak.’

Another MP, Douglas Carswell said: “Eurocrats simply don’t get it..we have been forced this year to increase massively the amount of money we pay to the EU, both in the budget and through the bailouts of eurozone countries, and still they want more…iIf people want good public services and reasonable rates of tax, we need to decide whether it’s possible to remain members of the EU. The time has come to ask: Is it worth all this?’  He is calling , together is a significant number of other MPs, for Britain to leave the EU as a matter of priority.

Well Britain, don’t say you weren’t warned – check out UK Independence Party Leader, Nigel Farage‘s video commentary on the criminal past of the incumbent EU Commissioners – viewer discretion advised as the video is shocking.

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May 26, 2011

Strong, beautiful and sexy, WTA’s new ad campaign says it all

[Linda Laville, Sports Contributor]

The Women’s Tennis Association‘s (‘WTA’) new global ad campaign “Strong is Beautiful”, showing 38 contemporary and upcoming women tennis stars is making Internet waves due to its highly-charged sexual undertones.

The campaign’s video and photo shoots, some of which are featured here, are going viral by all accounts and are set to be shown via all known and available media outlets including TV and social media sites. It is intended to be driven over 80 markets in the next two years.

And yes, it is sexy. Working from the themes: ‘athleticism and grace’, ‘strong is beautiful’,  the featured tennis stars have been made into the  most-followed household names on the planet.

The WTA says the hard-impact ad campaign is designed to support its drive for stronger contacts with fans worldwide and to advertise upcoming stars as well as contemporary ones.

See more, read more………..

May 26, 2011

Earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shakes Fukushima region on May 24th 2011

[Sumi Aleksander, Japan News Contributor]

USGS: On Tuesday 24th May 2011, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck the Honshu region which encapsulates the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. No tsunami, or damage reports have been made.

The Honshu region is a notoriously unstable part of Japan and practically each day earthquakes at M4 to 6 strike the area.

An anonymous source at the UN has disclosed that it is looking into the Fukushima plant disaster to decide whether Japan was negligent in building the a nuclear plant in such an unstable part of the country and in that respect whether it should be made to compensate all countries that are now affected from serious radioactive contamination from the nuclear disaster that struck the plant.

May 25, 2011

G8 Nations warned by powerful action groups – no Internet censorship, or else

[Kuzu Ahmed, Internet Freedom Contributor]

Mail.com: Large Internet information services companies, digital players and Internet activists are warning G8 countries meeting in Paris this week, that if politicians continue to attempt to limit internet access and censor information sharing on the Internet, those restrictions will become increasingly irrelevant as they will be deliberately circumvented.

Recent times have seen increasing resistance from the large Internet information services companies like Google and Twitter as well as Internet activists who together have poured cold water on politicians’ censorships on the Internet, which they claim are in contravention of the human right of freedom of expression.

The message was discussed among the leaders of the Group of Eight  – eight of the world’s most influential countries – which began a meeting in France on Thursday to discuss the impact of the Arab uprising which seem to have been enabled by the Internet.

According to Jean-Francois Julliard of Reporters Without Borders “G-8 governments should say very clearly for once that Internet access is a fundamental human right.”  He says that more than 60 countries have Internet restrictions in activity and many are following suit.

Additionally,  Tony Wang, the general manager of the social networking site Twitter, said that Internet censorship is self-defeating and commented that:  “the response to bad speech should be more speech.”

Read more…

May 25, 2011

Free invitation to prestige UK cloud computing event hosted by Microsoft and Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk: Cloud computing has gone viral – that’s official!

To celebrate the advancing technology’s arriving, the Telegraph is offering free invitations to a gala event to be held at London’s landmark ‘Gerkin’ building on June 22nd 2011.

The event is being hosted by the Daily Telegraph and Microsoft and will include speakers from both companies and the government and is proving very attractive as a networking venue for those interested in the latest IT phenomenon.

As from today, there are only 50 places left, so if you are an IT boss in a company employing more than 250 people, apply with good reasons for you to be at the event and you should get in. If you get in, remember to tell the Telegraph that iToD Daily tipped you off!

To apply for a place, click on this link, or the picture above.

Good luck!

May 24, 2011

UK Government agencies lose £527 million in 2010/2011 to fraudsters

[Benedikt Hoffman, Financial Fraud News Contributor]

International Association for Asset Recovery:  The UK government is proving to be a soft touch for fraudsters as it lost taxpayer‘s money to fraudsters to the tune of some £527 million in the period 2010/2011 according to KPMG‘s Government Fraud Barometer published this May.

According to the report, in the past year, there was a 142 percent uplift in fraud incidents against government agencies.

Whereas, the high level of fraud incidents against government agencies had decreased in 2007/2008 as a result of the government’s focus on value added tax (VAT) cheats which led to a high number of prosecutions in that year, but the focus on tax skimming by fraudsters has returned with a vengence according to recent trends.

Around 114 tax fraudsters were prosecuted in the past year in cases representing around £527 million in thefts (up from £277m in 2008/09).

According to Jeremy Outen, UK Head of Fraud at KPMG: “Financial criminals are now becoming more businesslike and methodical ….The current generation of organized crime is targeting fraud – making payment systems, such as banking, tax and benefits vulnerable to attack…..Traditionally, criminals have relied upon physical acts, such as robbery – they can now commit a fraud and achieve the same returns for much less risk. This is fuelling the audacity and ambition of professional criminals, driving up the size of a fraud…..In addition, technology and large scale processing (such as online or call centers) have made large scale frauds easier to accomplish.”

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May 23, 2011

UK media and MP John Hemmings defy UK judges on privacy injunctions

[Gillian Bilks, Privacy Law Contributor]

Following the prolific tweeting and publication of the details of a privacy injunction granted to a UK celebrity, footballer Ryan Giggs, by a Scottish newspaper, British MP John Hemmings has added fuel to the fire of the intense controversy surrounding the granting of such injunctions by UK courts.

It appears that the MP, John Hemmings, abused his ‘parliamentary privilege’ to deliberately raise the matter in the UK’s parliament in contravention of the injunction in such a manner that the name of the celebrity, the footballer was able to be published in the proceedings of parliament which in turn can be published by the media.

The MPs argument for so doing is that privacy law in the UK is unsustainable and anything deemed to be ‘private’ by a UK court, if Tweeted, or prolifically published on social media sites, or on the Internet, lose their court protection and can be freely published by British newspapers in contravention of the court’s order.

Referring to the recent tweeting of the footballer’s privacy injunction he had commented (according to the Guardian): “You can’t imprison 75  thousand twitterers for breaking the law”.  Presumably, this menace of a parliamentarian is using the same logic that applies to speeding offences in the UK – that as thousands of UK motorists break speeding laws each day, the law making them offences should be discontinued.

It seems that Mr. Hemmings has an agenda – which is one for the UK media who thrive on controversy and invasion of people’s privacy to support sales in these troubled times for print media. In that regard, the more of a celebrity you are, the more of a prime target you are to get special treatment by the media for your every indiscretions, or presumed ones.

Of course, the response to all this from ‘ironcast’ David Cameron, the UK prime minister who had reneged on his party’s election manifesto that once in power there would be a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty,  is that it seems that that the law seems ‘unsustainable’ and needs review. What about burglaries, speeding offences? Will he ‘legalise’ them too as there are certainly many of them taking place each day in the UK which makes them kind of ‘unsustainable’ too?

My feeling is that the media and MPs in its pocket should not be allowed to run roughshod over the integrity of the British legal system.  Laws are made to be obeyed and it is deeply embedded into the structure of the British legal system that it is nothing less than a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment, to flout a court order, such as an injunction. If the media get away with it, then where will it all stop – likely when there is a total breakdown of law and order in the UK.

Furthermore, when MPs try to break court orders by abusing parliamentary privilege, if their intention is to flout the injunction, then, by law, they are in contempt of court and lose the protection of their parliamentary privilege. Mr. Hemmings was warned of this by the British Speaker and it is likely that the judges will go for his head on this one.

In the wider scheme of things, it would be an idea for the judges to make privacy injunctions more amenable to all. At the moment, at a cost of some 100,000 pounds, only the rich can afford them. If they became considerably less expensive and were more, or less available to all, then the British public who see them currently as the ruling class’ way of silencing the masses, would be more tolerant of them and embrace their value.

The UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve, has been instructed by the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, to have a joint committee review the recent controversy surrounding the use of the superinjunctions. He told MPs that his committee would would look to see how the current system was working.

May 20, 2011

Facebook goes viral on child sex photos

[Tanya Korosova, Social Networks News Contributor]

Guardian.co.uk: Facebook, the popular social networking site with over 500 milliion users, is taking child sex abuse very seriously now.

So much so that it is introducing powerful technology called PhotoDNA which has been built by Microsoft that will automatically scan for child abuse, millions of photos posted by users in a massive drive to rid the site of paedophiles who are incresingly viewing Facebook as a haven for getting to kids.

In the past Facebook has been heavily criticised for its hitherto lax attitude to child protection on its site which has over 8 million users who are children.

The new system will be operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which is based in Virginia.  According to Microsoft, the system can detect child pornography with zero false positives.

May 20, 2011

Revolutionary desk brings sheer heaven to nerds and the techno-appreciative

[Kevin Johnson, Technology News Contributor]

Gizmodo’s Melanie Pinola says today’s up and coming workspace has got to be one with a computer integrated into a desk with a glass top for wowy lighting – sheer heaven for the nerdy and the techno-appreciative!

Peter (or, L3p D3sk) in the Cooler Master 2011 Case Mod Competition, presents the scratch build as storage unchallenged: 10TB+; Overclock potential: 4,5Ghz+; nice to look at and completely made of aluminum and glass; watercooled; no cables in sight; easy to change hardware. And…completely silent!

The full features can be examined here…..Also you can check out the photo gallery of the wonder desk here…

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May 20, 2011

A resounding ‘no’ for Gordon Brown, but Mandelson is up for the IMF’s top job

[Joe Pretovsky, IMF News Contributor]

International Business Times: Following the lukewarm response to Gordon Brown’s animated overtures for the IMF’s top job following the resignation of its former chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, on sex charges, it seems that British peer and ‘dark lord’ politician, Peter Mandelson, may be up for the job.

According to news reports on the Guardian’s Martin Kettle‘s blog, he has been recommended robustly by China and:  “Mandelson is definitely interested. The coalition might be open to it too. Germany and France are another matter. Mandelson nevertheless ticks a lot of boxes.”

China apparently likes Mr Mandelson very much, in fact, almost too much. That is because he wowed Chinese politicians when during China’s recent problems with milk contaminated with melamine, at the height of the scandal he had drank a whole glass of Chinese yoghurt even after it had come to pass that the melamine added to the Chinese milk menu had given kidney stones to thousands of Chinese babies, had also disposed of four and as a result had been banned worldwide.

Mr Mandelson was admitted to hospital the week after the event for kidney stones trouble amidst widespread appreciation of the Chinese.

Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier, said after the event: “I was deeply moved to see Mr. Mandelson drink the yoghurt”. It seems that so was Mr. Mandelson.