Beyond the Pen, Redefining the Role of the Secretary was organised by the Secretary Consortium under the auspices of the Office of the 61st General Secretary of the UGSRC, Cornelia Djordjormey (LadyCornelia).
Beyond the Pen was to enlighten secretaries about the importance of their role in the organisation they find themselves and that their role transcends just taking minutes and keeping accounts of meetings. This program was to redefine their role and let them understand that they have much to contribute in the shaping of the institutions or groups they represent.
Some of the participants were, Secretaries of Junior Common Rooms (JCRs), Departmental Associations, Clubs and Organisations and Religious groups.
Secretaries of UG- Accra City Campus GIJ, GIMPA, UCC, UPSA were in attendance.
Invited Student leaders and most aspiring student leaders were present as well.
The Dean of Students Secretary Joyce Bentil Annan, spoke first, perhaps, because she had other equally important things to do.
She touched on the duties of a Secretary, and amongst them are that:
• they’re responsible for the management of data in the office.
• they are to uphold confidentiality, thus keep private info from the public.
• they help to keep the organization’s projects on strict timelines.
• they scrutinise budgets to make sure that they conform to statutes of the organization.
Secretaries are expected to:
• read extensively, in order to provide more services;
• resolve to improve their output seasonally/annually; and
• know the temperaments of their senior colleagues and co-workers, so they can cooperate, amongst others.
Derrick Schandorf Ayirebi Acquah was the MC, and he spoke on minutes writing.
He defined a minute as a document that reflects the highlights of salient details in a meeting.
He gave the features of a minute. He said it captures the:
• Matters Arising
• Acceptance of Order Paper
• Suggestions, Resolutions
He mentioned that, in a meeting, opiners names are supposed to be attached to their opinions.
He answered a question which sought the difference between a resolutionary and a procedural minute.
His answer was, with a resolutionary minute, on decisions arrived at are recorded, but with a procedural minute, all key events, including the deliberative and decision aspects are captured.
Dr Alidu Seidu, a senior lecturer at the Political Science department spoke on building strong networks . His was an interactive session.
During the interaction, some stumbling blocks to networking were highlighted. Some are:
• Bad follow-up methods
• Incompatibility of fields
• Low development/branding
Significance of networking:
• A form of investment
• Makes one visible
• A source of knowledge/information
He mentioned that networking can be done in both formal and informal ways.
How networking is done:
• People selection
• Proving ones worth
• It should be a win-win outcome
• Credibility should be established
• Using social Media
He mentioned that “we’re to quit networks that influence us negatively.”
Dorcas Aboraa Sika Marfo, former UGSRC Secretary spoke on personal branding.
She said “personal branding is how we’re perceived by others. It goes beyond physical appearance.”
She mentioned that the most of our work toward personal branding should go into our:
• Soft Skills
• Belief System
She mentioned that we should not be selective in dealing with people, and do the right things at all times.
Honourable Oppong Nkrumah (Minister for Communications) was the guest speaker, but could not make it due to the road accident at Kintampo which demanded his presence.
Derek Sage – Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR Secretary- Comment
“It was a very insightful program. I got to learn of revolutionary and procedural minutes on the day.”
He further said, “I also liked the fact that it wasn’t a UG-only thing; Secretaries from other schools were invited.”
This is another milestone for the promising Lady Cornelia, a seminar of this sort is worth the purse of the SRC. We hope subsequent leaders will make it an annual event.
All you need to know about PORN sites. |Must Read
Watching porn online entails an unsettling paradox: We want and expect our viewing habits to be totally private. Yet we know the modern digital economy is built on constant surveillance of our browsing habits.
That’s why potential and current porn viewers need to know what data adult sites can collect about them—and what they do with it. Men’s Health recently reached out to digital privacy and security experts, major porn sites, and adult industry figures to find answers to these questions.
“Porn websites are no more anonymous than any other website,” says Dylan Curran, director of tech for the digital security firm VFT Solutions. Like most sites, they log information on your IP address, the type of device and browser you’re using, and how your machine has interacted with the site in the past, stored in cookies. Sites can also choose to track what you click, how long you play videos, stay on a page, and other basic usage information. This holds true even if you’re using a browser’s private or incognito mode, which just prevents your computer from building a local history of pages you’ve visited.
But do they know who I am?
In theory, some porn sites could, with a little digging, use other digital databases to connect an IP address, browser fingerprint, or device to a named individual, says Rob Shavell, co-founder of online privacy firm Abine. They could also create comprehensive data files on named individuals’ porn viewing habits on their sites, which they could potentially sell to others.
However, streaming giants Pornhub and xHamster told Men’s Health they don’t use this data to identify specific individuals. (Users can and do at times opt into providing them more personal, identifiable info.) MindGeek, the firm behind Pornhub—and, by one 2018 estimate, 80 per cent of all mainstream online porn traffic—has told reporters in the past that it does not sell this data, or its analytics, to others.
Major porn sites do use data to get a sense of user demographics, so they can serve you content others in your demo-like. Companies like MindGeek that own streaming sites and film studios can also use that info to guide movie production. Cookie data also allows them to funnel content that they think you specifically will enjoy directly toward you—even if in theory they don’t know who you are, and just know your IP address or browser information.
Shavell notes that it’s hard to know from the outside which porn companies, of the thousands out there with ever-shifting privacy policies, may be involved in worrying identified data collection, “and which ones are just using the data on us to optimize our next visit” on their sites.
However, most porn companies do have a vested interest in protecting their patrons’ privacy, lest a PR disaster costs them a huge amount of their trust, user bases, and current or future profitability.
A study by Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft Research, and the University of Pennsylvania looking at 22,484 porn sites in March 2018 found that 93 per cent sent user data out to an average of seven different external entities. That’s actually not bad by modern digital standards; as of 2018, YouTube sent data onwards to about 20 other parties. But it is hardly assuring to worried users.
Pornhub, xHamster, and other big porn sites told Men’s Health that they try to make sure any information they send on to third parties remains anonymous. However, it is not clear that every third party offers the same type or level of data anonymization. Daly Barnett of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that sometimes, even if you’ve scrambled one piece of a user’s data, like their IP address, an entity could still, in theory, identify them using other bits of info. And many third-party services have long been incredibly opaque about what they collect and how they use it beyond their core services.
Widespread HTTPS encryption prevents them from reading the full, after-the-slash, URL for a page their customer was on. However, as of 2018, only 17 per cent of porn sites had HTTPS security. So many porn sites still leak information about users’ searches, page views, and so on to ISPs. Then they can, in many jurisdictions, sell that information on to other firms or hand it over to the state.
The natural concern is that some of our porn data will, through one or more diffuse channels, end up in the hands of data brokers, companies that suck up all the info they can find on individuals. These brokers create dossiers on people, which they then sell on to everyone from credit rating agencies to marketing firms to other individuals. Even a few bits of fragmentary info on our viewing habits, anonymous in abstract, when sucked into a data broker’s massive archives could be used to build at least broad profiles on the sexual proclivities and porn viewing habits of named individuals.
Few big name data brokers, due to legal, company policy, or PR considerations, could work with porn data even if they wanted to. But there are, Barnett notes, many small, largely unregulated data brokers who use dubious sourcing to hoover up everything on us that they can. He says he hasn’t seen sexual information appear in their profiles yet, but he “wouldn’t be surprised” if they had it stashed away, or were selling it very discreetly. And while there may not be many corporate buyers interested in granular breakdowns on individuals’ porn habits, as these profiles become cheaper, more robust, and more widely accessible, Shavell argues there is a clear, growing market for them: individuals looking for dirt on people with whom they have an axe to grind.
So what do I do now?
What’s a guy to do to protect against the as-of-yet speculative, but still palpable, risk of your porn data leaking into the world? Unfortunately, the experts’ Men’s Health consulted for this piece said there is no one tool or tactic, or even one surefire set of tactics, that can fully mitigate this risk.
With that in mind, Barnett notes that one of the easiest steps to take to secure yourself is making sure that you are using a browser that places a premium on security. Browsers like Firefox, Iridium, and Tor take pains to build privacy protections into their systems, he says. You can also install one of many free browser extensions to block many third-party trackers from reading your most of your data, make HTTPS protections run on non-encrypted sites, or even provide real-time alerts on the snooping tactics a website you are visiting is employing and suggestions on how to react to them. It also doesn’t hurt, Barnett adds, to use a VPN and an ad blocker, and to clear your browser’s cookie cache to limit the amount data sites can glean.
Shavell also recommends limiting the number of porn sites you browse—ideally down to one—to minimize the avenues your data could leak through. If you decide to create an account on that site, or limited pool of sites, to access paid or premium content, he adds, make sure to use a throwaway email address created specifically to register for with site and anonymized payment, like a virtual credit card and phone number. The more personal data you willingly give when registering, the more direct and clear the risks—and not just of gradual data leakage. There have been numerous cases of hacks and data breaches exposing registered porn site users’ emails, passwords, and credit card info, all of which can be used for identity theft, to call out an individual for their habits in sextortion scams (a fairly common racket), or for social shaming.
No matter what we do, ultimately we all have to accept the fundamental paradox of online porn: If we want to adult content privately online, there’s always a risk that we’ll be caught out on it publicly. That risk is incredibly low. But it is real. It can be mitigated, but never eliminated. We either need to accept that or go back to buying porn in hard copy from a store 30 miles from our homes in cash while wearing a hoodie and shades. Given the choice, most of us will eat the risk.
Akuapem Poloo angrily attack artiste who wanted to ‘chop’ her in the name of video shoot
Actress cum video vixen Akuapem Poloo has descended heavily on a popular artiste for chopping her freely under the guise of a video shoot.
According to what we gathered from the audio the said musician is a Ghanaian but based in Italy who invited the vixen to a hotel for a video shoot only for him to just chop her.
After the ‘chopping’ the musician failed to settle her with the agreed money which made her anger to launch the attack in a phone conversation.
Akuapem Poloo herself confirmed the story but stated that she wasn’t banged but she insulted him because he called the next day to express his interest in going out with her.
She posted: “HOW CAN YOU CALL ME FOR A MUSIC VIDEO AND NEXT DAY YOU CALL AGAIN THAT YOU WANT TO DATE ME SO HE WAS RECORDING IT WHILE TALKING TO ME AND THINGS WENT WRONG I ENDED UP INSULTING HIM OOOOO ME I CAN INSULT PAA.????????This is what they are talking about oo Haha I really insulted him paaa this doesn’t mean he fucked me he didn’t even get the chance to meet me. @lekghana thanks for tagging me this so they gave it to you so you post it for them”
UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY
The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).
On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.
Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.
As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.
Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.
In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.
Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.
He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.
Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!