It’s never been more important for businesses to be digitally savvy but with the digital world growing at such a fast pace, it’s easy to feel left behind or as if you’re constantly playing catch-up. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can benefit hugely from having an effective digital presence but it’s crucial they make limited resources work effectively. Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Yorkshire Bank and Telegraph Spark shows a quarter of businesses in the North West feel they need more technology, and most of them are planning to increase their investment in new tech this year. So, how can you make sure you invest wisely and use digital skills to transform your business? An event being hosted by Yorkshire Bank in Manchester on April 30 will offer invaluable tips and tricks to equip you with the right digital tools for your business needs. Digital Skills Training is the latest in a programme of events organised by Yorkshire Bank, in … [Read more...] about Facebook has chosen Manchester to host a special digital event
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The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the extradition of Eric Eoin Marques to the US this week ended a five- and-a-half year battle by the Dubliner to be allowed to face justice at home. But while those five and a half years have opened up many nooks and crannies in the country’s extradition laws and procedures to scrutiny, the protracted process has shed little light on the man at the centre of the saga. Marques, now aged 33, is facing charges in the US of involvement in a massive international network of buyers, sellers and distributors of child pornography. The allegation is that he provided the online technology — the web hosting space — for websites offering the most vile child abuse imagery, enabling them to operate under the radar in the unregulated darknet and making him, as the court heard, “the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet”. His mastery of web technology — self taught — is not in doubt, but conflicting … [Read more...] about Man with socialisation difficulties or a cold-blooded criminal?
FOR A GLIMPSE of how the internet is taking hold in India, catch one of Mumbai’s double-decker buses. Even at rush hour, when people pack so tightly into the ancient vehicles that it is difficult for the conductors to collect fares, and stragglers hang out of the open door, commuters still find space to get out their mobile phones. Dozens of tiny screens glow with WhatsApp messages, news and gossip sites, Bollywood films and Hindi serials.Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.Just three years ago there were only about 125m broadband internet connections in India; by last November the number had reached 512m. New connections are growing at a rate of 16m per month, almost all on mobile phones. The average Indian phone user now consumes more mobile data than most Europeans.If any one person can take credit for this spectacular growth, it is Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man. With his service, Jio, a mobile network launched in … [Read more...] about Mukesh Ambani wants to be India’s first internet tycoon
It is five days before article 50 is triggered, and I’m sitting in the sunshine outside a pub in Islington with the man who bankrolled Brexit. If victory lies with anyone this weekend, it maybe lies with Arron Banks. Though Nigel Farage is the face of Brexit, Arron Banks is the man who made it possible. He bought Brexit. Or at least paid for it. Until 2014 he was an unknown Bristol businessman. Now he’s the biggest political donor in British political history. The most powerful. He put more money into funding the Leave campaign than anyone else – more than £7m. He donated his office space, his computer equipment, his senior staff. He’s the co-founder of Leave.EU, the so-called “provisional wing” of the Leave campaign, spearheaded by his close confidante Nigel Farage, and he’s now contemplating his next move: taking an axe to the rest of the parliamentary system. He only began pouring his money into politics in earnest in 2014 with a … [Read more...] about Arron Banks: ‘Brexit was a war. We won. There’s no turning back now’
Alden Woods Arizona Republic Published 2:00 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 TUCSON — Maybe he’ll fly again, so Mark Kelly tries to stay in near-astronaut shape. He turns down TV requests if they interfere with his workouts and searches his schedule for afternoons to play golf. A couple of years ago, he learned how to skydive. And he always finds time for a hike or a workout at Gym 244, a bare-bones facility that reminds him of the one NASA used to have, before they ripped it out and replaced it with something new. Kelly covets routine, and Gym 244 feels familiar. His face is on a Wheaties box by the front door. There’s no central air-conditioning, so the brick walls trap heat and sweat. He likes that. It scares off lesser men. The Tucson temperature topped 108 degrees when Kelly arrived at the gym on a recent Monday afternoon. It was hotter inside. He walked through an open door and found his trainer of three years, Chris Gartrell, … [Read more...] about Mark Kelly: Former astronaut living his life with a new set of choices