One third of venue and festival websites offer no

first_imgOne third of venue and festival websites offer no information about the accessibility of their events, according to a biennial survey of the live music industry.Two out of three disabled music-lovers could not find the information they needed online, and three-fifths of them were put off buying tickets as a result, while less than one-fifth of websites provided a good standard of access information.The survey results are part of the third State of Access report by the user-led campaign Attitude is Everything, and were based on research including 280 mystery shopping reports by Deaf and disabled people and a survey of 386 venue and festival websites.  This year’s report focuses on the need for more festivals and venues to provide good information about access on their websites, with AIE calling on venues and festivals to sign up to its Access Starts Online campaign.The campaign – developed in partnership with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and Independent Venue Week – supports event organisers to add an access information page to their websites, with the help of an online template.Nine AIF festivals and one venue have signed up to the campaign since its launch last year.One mystery shopper says in the new AIE report: “A lack of access information is very off-putting, as it seems to show that the venue or festival isn’t bothered about access needs.” Another adds: “The festival’s only access information on their website went on about how difficult access was likely to be for disabled people as the festival took place in fields. I decided not to bother!”Suzanne Bull (pictured at the report’s launch), chief executive of AIE, said: “Digital has revolutionised the live sector and how music lovers buy tickets, find information and share their experiences.”But she said that a lack of access information online had become a “constant source of frustration to millions of disabled fans”.She said: “Evidence suggests that many will not risk attending an event if they are unsure about access facilities.“We should not be letting these online failures hold back the tide of progress, especially when they are so easy to fix.  “Signing up to Attitude is Everything’s Access Starts Online initiative is something all live music businesses can do.“Not only does it cost nothing, but it represents a vital first step towards greater inclusivity and improved customer service that help these venues and festivals to reach new audiences.”Del Garland, an AIE mystery shopper who spoke at the report’s launch at the Bush Hall venue in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, said: “Going to a venue for the first time is very difficult for Deaf and disabled people… you want to know you will be in a safe venue and you want to know what to expect.“You want to be able to get that information from a website. It is not enough to have an email contact or a phone number which [may not be monitored all the time].You really need that information upfront.”He pointed out that tickets for big-name acts often sell out quickly, so “you want that information so you can get in there and increase your chances of being able to see that gig”.Figures shared by AIE with Disability News Service show that the campaign has made substantial progress in the last two years.Although the 2014 and 2016 figures are not directly comparable, because of changes in how they were compiled, they show the proportion of venues with step-free entrances rose from 51 per cent to 67 per cent, and venues with at least one accessible toilet rose from 75 to 88 per cent.Venues with a lowered bar rose from 22 to 38 per cent; festivals with a lowered bar rose from eight per cent to 23; venues with a hearing loop for performances rose from 20 to 38 per cent; and venues with a viewing platform or area rose from 42 per cent to 63 per cent.Speaking after the event, Bull said she believed the live music industry was now ahead of other sectors on access, partly because of AIE’s work with festivals and venues.She said: “We have been supportive. We haven’t named and shamed. That doesn’t get you anywhere. It puts people’s backs up.”Bull said AIE focuses on making the “business case” for access improvements when it talks to venues and festivals.She said: “We spend quite a lot of time focusing on the business case because a lot of people we work with are commercial enterprises and they have to think about their bottom line all the time.“So that is why we spend a lot of time saying access generates custom.“We say to people in the music industry: ‘This is what your peers are doing. Don’t you want to do that as well?’”But she said she was not complacent about progress, and thought that the “softer” parts of the Equality Act could need to be tightened up.She pointed to confusion about whether venues or promoters were responsible under the act for ensuring accessible ticketing, free tickets for personal assistants, and access information.She said that none of these areas currently appear to be caught by the Equality Act’s provisions.Picture by Joanna Dudderidgelast_img read more

The game which kicksoff at 230pm at the Queensw

first_imgThe game, which kicks-off at 2.30pm at the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham, LL13 8UH, will see a number of the first team squad get a run out alongside top age Academy players.Reserves Coach Paul Wellens will head the side and the squad is:Cameron Brown, Liam Cooper, Matty Costello, Luke Douglas, Josh Eaves, Alex Eckley, Rob Fairclough, Chris Follin, Callum Hazzard, Kian Horridge, John Hutchings, Jorge Lewtas, Ben Morris, Aaron Smith, Matty Smith, Adam Swift and Jack Welsby.Tickets for the game are priced at £10 adults, £7 concessions and £3 under 16s, pay on the gate.You can follow the game @saints1890 on Twitter.last_img

ILM passengers welcome new airline set to begin services to two major

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Our nation’s capitol and the Windy City are the latest cities people here in the Cape Fear can connect to. The Wilmington International Airport announced a new major airline is coming to town.Four new flights a day as well as at least a hundred passengers will be coming to ILM as the airline gets set to launch here in April.- Advertisement – “To be able to fly out of here direct, I think it will be great for Wilmington,” said passenger Sue Paul.ILM passengers will have more options come spring of 2018.“We have a new major airline that is announcing scheduled service to our airport,” said Airport Authority Chairman Carter Lambeth in an afternoon news conference.Related Article: Setbacks, storm impacts still seen around downtown businessesThat airline being United who will begin new non stop flights from Wilmington to Chicago-O’Hare and Washington-Dulles airports.Parents like Paul remember the headaches of trying to get to one of those airports.“I pretty much the last three years had to fly out to Chicago to visit my daughter who lived there,” Paul said. “I always had to go to Raleigh then fly out to Raleigh into Charlotte.”It’s taken more than four years to make this happen.“It’s been coming for a long time, they say a growing airport is the sign of a growing community,” Airport Director Julie Wilsey said.Airport officials are hopeful these new routes will help the businesses locally and those looking to do business in the Cape Fear.“We have a lot of partners that might have gone to a connecting hub elsewhere,” Wilsey said. “Now they’re going to go non stop so think of the time that’s saved for those business travelers.”It’s that business travel alongside the expected increase in passenger travel that also has leaders in the Wilmington business community excited for the new addition.“That’s another positive impression that we are able to make about the Wilmington region,” said Billy King who heads Wilmington Business Development. “So we look forward to touting that new information all the clients we work with.”last_img read more

10th annual Sex Matters event educates students at CFCC

first_img “It’s just kind of awakening, realizing everything that’s going on around the community and just driving through the courthouse everyday and everything downtown, just kind of seeing what going on around and everything that’s taking place,” CFCC Sophomore Santiago Aparcio said.Presenters included the rape crisis center, the New Hanover County District Attorney’s office, New Hanover County Health Department and Coastal Horizons. Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing was offered as well. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are many misconceptions and myths when it comes to sex. So, Cape Fear Community College held it’s annual “Sex Matters” event to educate students and the community.The event focused on dispelling myths about sexually transmitted infections as well as offering practical information regarding birth control, sexual assault and prevention, testing and treatment. Many students were shocked when they heard about the impact human trafficking has on the area. They say they want to pay more attention now.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cops at the Doughnut Shop event to raise money for Special Olympics

first_imgKrispy Kreme Doughnuts (Photo: Washuotaku / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department will be at Krispy Kreme on Friday to raise money for a good cause.Officers will be at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 2822 South College Road, on April 20 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. as part of the two day Cops at the Doughnut Shop event, and will be collecting money for Special Olympics of North Carolina.- Advertisement – All donations of $6 or more will receive a coupon for a free dozen doughnuts.WPD will be joined by members of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the UNCW Police.last_img

The Ugandan farmers with Androids…

first_imgAdvertisement Each Android phone has an open-source data-collection app that feeds into a system called Salesforce. The Grameen innovation counters the electrical challenges in the East-African country, that would otherwise doom projects dependent on electrical power, by utilizing rechargeable batteries which solar energy can sustain.The project is organized around 400 select farmers, known as ‘community knowledge workers’, who own Android phones—and 3 in 4 of all their peers value their high-tech extension services. But an Android phone costs US$600 plus upkeep costs, nearly twice the per capita income in Uganda. So, how do these smart phone owning farmers acquire them legitimately? The project offers select farmers loans to purchase the phones. On the surface, this approach suggests a level of sustainability, but I have a few reservations.First, are the benefits of using a smart phone, compared to a regular phone, so great that a farmer ought to take a loan and bear upkeep costs (combined) twice his/her country’s per capita income simply to access information? Of course, information is important, but it is only one variable among many that must be resolved to result in improved earnings for the farmers. Second, even if in the long-term ‘community knowledge workers’ charge for the services they offer, and even pay a fee to the platform providers, how long will it be before they can recoup and repay their loans? What is the interest rate on these ‘Android loans’? These are critical questions that ought to be answered in order for us to truly grapple with the potential economic impact of deploying this sophisticated technology. – Advertisement –last_img read more

JUMIA introduces the Mobile Week – The biggest mobile sale ever

first_imgAdvertisement JUMIA, is set to rock with the biggest mobile phones sale ever done across different countries.From June 1st to June 7th, thousands of mobile phones from seven of the most appreciated brands will be available for a grab at incredible rates JUMIA websites.The Mobile Week is set to be launched simultaneously in all the countries where JUMIA operates with astounding deals on mobile phones during a whole week. – Advertisement – The concept is rather simple: one day, one brand. So throughout seven days, shoppers will see devices of seven brands listed at “shocking” prices.The promotion will start on June 1st with the impressive Innjoo mobile phones and tablets.Then will follow Microsoft on Tuesday 2nd, Itel on Wednesday 3rd, LG on Thursday 4th, Infinix on Friday 5th, Samsung on Saturday 6th and finally, Xtigi on Sunday, June 7th.Much more than the very successful “BlackFriday”and”12.12″ launched last year, the Mobile Week is a unique event because of its duration. 7 days during which shoppers can finally buy their dream phone, replace their old ones or ultimately, offer a phone to that very special someone.last_img read more

Craig Federighi and Apple want to make coding cool

first_imgApple’s senior vice president of software engineering are hoping to generate that same spark in millions of school-age children, some of whom may participate in free, one-hour courses at Apple Stores around the world. Image Credit: Voice of America . Advertisement Craig Federighi wasn’t a born computer nerd.“I first got exposed to [coding] when I was 10 years old on an Apple II,” Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering  told me over the phone last week. After that “fireworks went off in my head,” he added.Now Federighi, Apple and a host of other companies participating in Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code program, sponsored by the non-profit organization, are hoping to generate that same spark in millions of school-age children, some of whom may participate in free, one-hour courses at Apple Stores around the world. – Advertisement – “It’s so important because if we can get as many people as possible that spark, that realization that programming is for them, that starts off a process. I believe coding is fundamental to literacy in the future,” said Federighi.It’s Apple’s third year of participation and this year the company is expanding the program to virtually all of its 468 stores (you can check availability here). Apple hopes to reach 10,000 students during the one-day event on December 10.“Hour of Code workshops are incredibly popular in our stores and our teams love the opportunity to enrich young lives. And as students grow and learn, the community gets stronger as well. I cannot think of a better gift this time of year than to use our stores, our products and our amazing, talented teams to educate and inspire the next generation,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, in an emailed statement.“We’re inspired to see this grassroots movement continue to grow and humbled by Apple’s support for the campaign,” said a spokesperson, “helping young people everywhere take a first step to build the technology that’ll change our world, not just use it.”In Apple stores, participants as young as six years old will encounter thematic programming courses that revolve around what organizers think are some of their key interests, includingStar Wars and Minecraft.Minecraft, which is owned by Microsoft, highlights the multilateral participation on the Hour of Code project. Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Amazon are all partners and support the Hour of Code Program.“Yes, many of our peers are also sponsors or involved in some way in the Hour of Code. While we certainly have our differences in other areas, we’re all passionate about seeing the next generation of kids learning to program,” Federighi told me.[related-posts]Microsoft and Google are actually hosting a Hour of Code kick-off event in Times Square, New York, on Monday.Can it be cool? Federighi explained that the goal is to expose everyone to coding or at least the fundamentals of it. But is the term “code” too daunting for some? Federighi told me that while that might have been true a generation or so ago, things have changed for today’s generation.“Using these devices, using the product of computer programming, has become so much part of every young person’s lives, as a user of tech, this generation is very technology native…Now I think every kid realizes that huge aspects of their lives are effected by software,” he said.There will surely be some students who will have the same epiphanous moment Federighi had when he was 10 and turn into lifetime programmers. However, that’s not necessarily Hour of Code’s goal.Apple’s software engineering lead said that getting them “thinking like a programmer” is a skill that can help in virtually any profession. We talked about my own limited programming background and Federighi insisted that my early exposure likely helped me succeed.The programming students will encounter throughout Hour of Code week is, admittedly, nothing like what I or the 10-year-old Federighi faced on his Apple II. “It used to take a lot more determination to dig in and to develop the passion. Now it’s so much more accessible,” he said. Instead of lines of code, today’s programmers might be stringing together prepackaged code blocks.Many students are finding remarkable success with today’s programming tools.At a recent Apple Developers Conference Scholarship Program event, Federighi recalled, students as young as 12 would rush up to him to show him an app they had programmed. “What they’ve been able to achieve at such a young age, I’m envious,” he said.Federighi still loves programming, even if he doesn’t get to dig in on any of Apple’s production code — at least for now. The last time he coded full-time was before returning to Apple in 2009 (Federighi was there from 1996 to 1999). Now he tends to do it in his spare time and when on vacation. He codes in XCode and Apple’s new Swift programming language, sometimes on a game or apps, and other times, using XCode’s Playgrounds feature, on bits and pieces of code relating to projects Apple is currently working on. Federighi does it to, as he put it, “kick the tires.”If Apple and other Hour of Code partners achieve their goal of exposing thousands of children to the power and, perhaps, fun of coding, there will likely only be a handful of future Federighis among them. Perhaps the exposure will also stop people from thinking of coding as something daunting and start considering it as something else.“Hopefully coding can become cool, we’re all still pulling for that,” said Federighi.[Mashable]last_img read more

Amazon in talks to lease Boeing jets to launch aircargo business

first_imgAmazon Books in Seattle, Washington. Image Credit: GlassDoor Advertisement Inc is negotiating to lease 20 Boeing Co 767 jets to start its own air-delivery service next month, seeking to avoid delays from third-party carriers, the Seattle Times reported, citing cargo-industry executives.Amazon has approached several cargo-aircraft lessors to line up the planes, the newspaper reported on Friday, citing a senior aircraft-leasing company executive familiar with matter.The ecommerce giant has had talks with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), Atlas Air and Kalitta Air, Seattle Times said. – Advertisement – Amazon expects to go beyond its Wilmington, Ohio trial run, being operated by ATSG, and start a larger air-cargo operation by the end of January, the newspaper said.ATSG and Kalitta Air could not be immediately reached for comment. Amazon, Boeing, and Atlas Air declined to comment.Amazon shares were slightly down at $668.89 in afternoon trading on Friday.[related-posts]last_img read more

IBM Acquires Cloud Consulting Firm Bluewolf for 200 Million

first_imgAdvertisement International Business Machines Corp(IBM) has acquired Salesforce consulting firm Bluewolf Consulting LLC.The terms of the deal have not officially been disclosed but the price is reported to be $200 million.IBM is planning is to intergrate Bluewolf’s reach with its own cloud software and infrastructure capabilities. – Advertisement – In January, IBM acquired cloud video hosting service UStream.Bluewolf was founded in 2000 and has been providing services to Salesforce since 2002.They claim that their technology-driven method combines their team’s years of experience with cloud solutions that continually connect their clients with their customers.last_img