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Huawei Drives Smart Banking Services into New Era
Huawei, a global information communication technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced an expanded focus in helping financial institutions to deliver innovative services to their customers by bringing to market a series of next-generation banking technologies as well as additional consultancy expertise. Rising technology trends such as cloud computing, big data analytics, smart and virtual banking concepts are accelerating the digitization of the local financial industry. To keep up with the demands of a globally integrated marketplace, financial firms in the Middle East today are increasingly turning to ICT to drive innovation and deliver services to customers that are both secure and reliable. CIOs are looking to new technologies that can manage and store the influx of mission critical data. A need to ensure resilient network security that allows for extended customer services such as mobile banking is also essential.
From http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/huawei-smart-banking-services-659868, February 23, 2015

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Cannot be Ignored in Development Agenda, UN Experts
“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework. The call came as the second session of negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda closes this week in New York.
From http://bit.ly/1GFjA8K, February 23, 2015

Fiji: Access to ICT for Persons with Disabilities
THERE is room within the Pacific to develop and change mind-sets concerning persons with disabilities using information communication technology (ICT), says Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, South Pacific Computer Society president. Speaking at the Youth Regional Conference on Disability yesterday morning, Ms Tamanikaiwaimaro said this would be possible if they synergised initiatives and build effective partnerships in the Pacific region to combat ICT accessibility problems for persons with disabilities.
From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=295530, February 23, 2015

Accessible Council Websites 'Perform Better for All'
Research for Socitm, the representative body for public service ICT professionals, compared the 43% of sites rated as satisfactory for disabled accessibility with those rated less accessible. It found that performance on a number of tasks was 41% better for the accessible sites than the rest. A report by Socitm said its research suggests “a significant relationship between the accessibility of the websites for people with disabilities and the more general usability of the websites for everyone”.
From https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/accessible-council-websites-perform-better-all, February 23, 2015

Australia to Introduce Tactile Banknotes
The Governor, Glenn Stevens has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people who are blind or have low vision.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/australia-to-introduce-tactile-banknotes/, February 19, 2015

US Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements
The Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/us-access-board-proposes-updated-ict-accessibility-requirements/, February 19, 2015

UAE: Smart Learning Aids for Students with Hearing Disabilities
Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in their school. Al Amal School for Deaf Students, which is part of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services introduced the program to 14 grade eight and nine students.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/17/smart-learning-aids-for-students-with-hearing-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Allahabad University to Amend Admission Rules for People with Disabilities
Allahabad University authorities, on Wednesday agreed to consider the proposal of amending admission under disability quota for the next academic session (2015-16).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/allahabad-university-to-amend-admission-rules-for-people-with-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Telekom Networks Malawi Sets Up Disability Inclusive Classrooms in Lilongwe
Premier mobile service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has donated K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability inclusive environment at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe’s Area 25. The money will be used to transform the school’s environment into an inclusive one for children with disabilities. Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony in Blantyre, TNM’s Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the mobile operator is committed to ensuring that children with disabilities access quality education and become self-reliant
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/18/telekom-networks-malawi-sets-up-disability-inclusive-classrooms-in-lilongwe/, February 19, 2015

Africa: Aitec's Regional ICT Summit to Focus On How Tech Can Improve Quality of Lives
Aitec Africa has convened an ICT Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi Kenya on the February 18 - 19, 2015 aimed at a want to turn the long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region's citizens and lift to world class status.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502171233.html, February 18, 2015

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