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UK: DCMS Secretary of State speech at the Summit For Democracy

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Hello everyone,

First, can I just say that I’m delighted to be representing the UK at this important summit.

It’s important because – as President Biden has said – democracy isn’t a given. Every generation has to fight for it.

As one of the world’s oldest democracies, the UK has a real dog in this fight, as the Americans like to say.

And in 2021, in what is officially the “Digital Age” of mankind, much of that battle is now waged online.

So I want to take this opportunity to talk a little about democracy and technology.

About the huge benefits that tech has brought to free nations all over the world.

But also ultimately, what we’re doing in the UK – and with countries around the world – to ensure the tech revolution is a democratic one.

Only last week, I welcomed government officials from around the world to London, for the Future Tech Forum.

And while we were there, we had some really honest and frank conversations about the challenges we’re currently facing.

I think it’s important, as always, to remind ourselves that tech has done so much to improve our lives…

…to make us more prosperous and more productive, to connect us with friends and family all over the world.

But given the vast power of tech today, there’s also, unfortunately, vast potential for it to be used to cause harm.

Algorithms can send dangerous misinformation and poisonous abuse all over the world in seconds.

Authoritarian governments can use tech to track, to intimidate, and to repress.

It’s on all of us to mitigate those risks, and make sure that tech reflects our liberal, democratic values.

Until now, governments around the world have been a little on the back foot with all of this.

The pace of change in tech is so fast, we’re often playing catch-up.

But from what I saw at the Future Tech Forum, there’s now real political will – and real momentum – across the globe to set some solid ground rules: ones that will define the next chapter of tech.

And the UK is helping to write those rules.

A few months ago, we published our draft Online Safety Bill.

This is a truly groundbreaking piece of legislation.

It’s one of the most comprehensive attempts to regulate big tech companies, like Facebook and Twitter and TikTok for the very first time.

And we’ll be going further than any other country to hold them accountable for what’s on their platforms and to enshrine protections for freedom of expression.

But like a lot of countries, including the U.S., we’re also looking at how our democratic values can be baked in from the start – which brings me to the theme of this event.

Of all the democracy-affirming technologies, we’re particularly interested in ones that can help us use personal or sensitive data responsibly.

And so the UK government is actively exploring the role of privacy-enhancing technologies, or PETs, to support confidential data sharing, access and use.

The US and UK have both been doing cutting edge work in this area.

But we felt we needed to go further.

And so today I am very pleased to announce that together, the US and UK are launching a joint prize challenge next year on privacy-enhancing technologies.

These technologies can help democracies unleash the power of data and AI to tackle big societal challenges – from financial crime to the race to Net Zero – while respecting fundamental rights like privacy.

We’re both very hopeful that this new prize challenge will give the R&D of these particular technologies a big boost – and we’re looking forward to updating you all on our progress at next year’s Summit.

By working together on projects like this, democracies can make sure that tech serves citizens, rather than seeking to control them.

Tech is global by its nature. It doesn’t recognise borders – and neither should we.

By teaming up, we can ensure our version of the tech revolution – one that is open and democratic – prevails.

Which is why, as I said at the start, summits like this are so important.

And with that, I’ll hand back to the moderator for the panel session.

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Brutal lady gives man beating of his life (Photos, Video)

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A trending video has surfaced on social media where a lady was seen giving a man the beating of his life as onlookers refused to separate them.

It was clearly a role reversal as the lady, holding a bag on one hand was seen flinging the man down several times forcefully.

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The incident happened in one of the Asian countries. No one knows what could have led to the fight.

The video was posted by Nollywood actress, Queeneth Hilbert on her Instagram page.

While people watched, the lady, with no underwear on, was tearing the sorry man apart, as she rained blows on his face.

An elated Hilbert wrote after posting the video: “Like what did I just watch ? 😱 Drop the motherfuckin bag bitch 🤦‍♀️ Tag someone who can do this 👆”

The video has garnered thousands of views and lots of comments, with the women happy that a ‘weaker vessel’ has pummeled a man to submission in a one-sided fight.

Comedia OkonLagos wrote: “Hmmmm… It’s fun and games now. It would be a different ball game if the reverse was the case.”

Brutal woman humiliates man

Obidinma Ijeoma wrote: “Just imagine, she was not wearing wig n holding a hand bag .. brutal oh.”

As for Empress 5887, “😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Jesus Christ how can a lady beat a man like this?”

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Official_gracey said: “I’m happy she gave him what he deserve 😌.😂😂😂”

Butrish Mercy wrote: “Some guys deserves this kind of beating to reset their brain…😂😂😂😂😂😂”

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From Mu, Delta, IHU to NeoCov, here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

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From Mu Delta IHU to NeoCov here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

 

The deadly coronavirus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan during the year 2019. Over two years and the world is still battling the virus and its variants. Here is a list of the variants

Mu variant

The ‘Mu’ variant was first reported in the United States during January 2021. The cases only numbered in the single digits.

The World Health Organisation continues to classify ‘Mu’ as a ‘variant of interest’ globally.

 

Alpha variant

The Alpha variant of coronavirus is believed to have gained ‘skills’ to successfully block the ‘innate immune system response.’

A research states that the variant blocks the airways sensors, thus stopping the process where these sensors ‘warn’ the immune system about the presence of a virus in the body.

Since the variant has learnt how to block the functioning of the sensors, the body is unable to produce any anti-viral protein interferon.

 

Beta variant

A scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Sage claimed, John Edmunds, warned that the Beta variant  may be able to evade Covid vaccines.

“The Beta variant has remained a threat throughout. It is probably less infectious than the Delta variant that is spreading here in the UK at the moment. Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent,” he said.

 

Gamma variant

The Gamma variant was first discovered in Brazil.

Samples of a study collected in Manaus between November 2020 and January 2021, highlighted that the Gamma variant is 1.4–2.2 times more transmissible.

It further showed that it is capable of evading 25–61 per cent of inherited immunity from previous coronavirus diseases.

 

Lambda variant

The variant was first reported in Peru during December 2020. As per NHS, the main symptoms include high temperature, continuous cough, a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.

 

ALSO READ: 4 covid safety behaviours the NHS is asking people to do as Plan B restrictions lifted

 

 

The Delta variant of coronavirus was responsible for a wave of cases in most countries. It was first identified in India and it led to a second wave in the nation.

 

Delta variantCDC claimed that the Delta variant is twice as contagious as earlier variants; and might could cause more severe illness.

Those affected by the Delta variant experience fever, cough, loss of taste, smell, as well as extreme tiredness. Sore throat, headache and diarrhea are also less common symptoms.

 

 

 

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Binatone launches new rechargeable fans, blenders in Nigeria

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Electronics manufacturing firm, Binatone Nigeria has launched new rechargeable fans into the Nigerian electronic market along with two new models of blenders and steam irons.

Managing Director of Global Appliances Nigeria Limited, distributors of Binatone products in Nigeria, Mr Prasun Banerjee said in a statement that the new rechargeable fans were of high quality designed to run on battery for up to five hours on high speed.

“The RCF -1855 rechargeable standing fan is a high quality fan designed to run on battery for up to 5 hours on high speed, and up to 10 hours on low speed, with up to nine speed controls and a timer that can run for up to nine hours. The rechargeable fan is really an energy efficient solution to the power problems mostly found in the Nigerian household,” he stated He said the new blenders and irons were cost effective and available in all parts of the country. He said the blenders are the newest entries into the affordable range of top quality of blenders in the Nigerian appliances market stressing that the product provides the high quality Binatone assurance along with the comfort of affordability and accessibility.

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“They are built with overheat protection technology along with a 300-Watt Long Life turbo motor which is sure to ensure users get the best value for your money. These blender jugs come with the Binatone proprietary unbreakable jugs while the SI – 1830 steam iron comes with non-stick ceramic base for easy gliding over fabric, with a variable steam burst to protect your fabric and provide the most hands-on ironing experience,” he noted. Stressing that all Binatone products comes with a two year warrantee, Mr Banerjee disclosed that the company maintains an efficient after sales service across Nigeria.

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