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  Code of Ethics >> Speaker directs release of funds for MP's code of ethics The speaker of parliament has directed immediate release of funds to enable adhoc committee set up by the house to complete work on code of conduct to regulate the conducts of members of parliament. He is optimistic the adoption of the report will help address conducts of MPs and regulate their engagement with the public. The committee headed by Alban Bagbin was setup in July last year, but financial constraints have stalled their activities. Vice chairman of the committee, Paapa Owusu Ankomah, tells parliament the document will be ready only if money is released to validate work done so far. We have done all the preliminary work. It is left for a validation workshop for the committee to be done. The last time, the chairman inform me that he was facing some financial challenges to enable us meet because he [is in] touch with two experts or consultants to assist the committee in that regard. I am awaiting further information from him and having regard to events of the past few days, I wish to assure the House that we will try and speed up the process so that at least, latest by the end of this session, we would have adopted the Code of Ethics”, Paapa Owusu Ankomah noted.  Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho in his response, directed the clerk of Parliament to resource the committee with the needed materials so that it can complete the work and submit report to the House as soon as possible. He, therefore, expressed hope in the leadership of Parliament in pursuing the issue and providing the necessary advice that will assist the House redeem its dignity.    Intellectual Property Right >> UP student wins contest using 'stolen' photo It was indeed a stolen shot. Mark Joseph Solis, a graduate student of the University of the Philippines, has admitted submitting a photo he did not take for the Chilean Embassy in Manila’s contest.  The photo, which won him $1,000 and round-trip tickets to Chile and Brazil, was actually taken by Brazil-based Gregory John Smith. Solis has since apologized to Smith, a Rappler report said.   “I am writing to you to express my deep remorse and sincerest apologies for claiming your photo as mine,” Solis said in his letter.   He added that he had been keeping Smith’s photo as his wallpaper in his computer, as an “enduring reminder of what every amateur photographer should aspire for.”   “The sheer amount of the prize, the stiff competition, and the unique opportunity to be abroad” pushed him into joining the contest using Smith’s photo, Solis said.   He added: “It was a regrettable lapse on my judgment, and no words can express how sorry I am for taking your photo as mine.”   Solis also said he is coordinating with the organizers and will be “surrendering everything that has been given to [him] in t his competition, actually and virtually.”   Original photo  Smith has earlier cried foul over the use of his photo, which he said could have been taken from his Flickr account. He took the photo in Brazil in 2006. The award-winning photo, Smith said, was srcinally captioned “Neptune, King of the Sea” and was actually taken on a beach in Rio de Janeiro. It featured a boy playing with his brothers. “There is really no limit to people’s abuse of others in this world. This is one of my photographs that  just won first prize in a contest that I never entered,”  Smith said on Facebook. The photo won the top prize in the photo competition “Smiles for the World,” the brainchild of  Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Mayorga. Solis had claimed the photo was of a boy named Nilo from Zamboanga City. He captioned it “The Mettle of the Filipino Spirit,” even inventing a story that Nilo helped his father farm seaweed. Now, the real owner of the photo wants the prize money and the travel privileges for himself to visit a youth program he is helping in the Philippines. Addressing Ambassador Mayorga, Smith said: “It is important to turn the entire situation around into something positive for the underprivileged children who really need this prize much more than Solis did.”   He added, however: “I thank everyone for their concern and support, but hopefully this will not be turned into a witch hunt. There is enough suffering in the world, either self-inflicted or otherwise.”   Trending: 'Serial plagiarist?'  Solis won an international photo contest for the United Nations International Year of Water   Cooperation, using the same photo owned by Smith. In that contest, however, Solis said the photo was of a boy who helped his father harvest seaweed in the Ramanathapuram district of India. Solis also submitted another photo stolen from Flickr — and even removed a watermark — for   theOffice of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process photo contest in 2011. The latest plagiarism sent social media abuzz, especially with UP students, alumni and professors discussing it over online forums. Solis is a UP political science graduate and is currently enrolled in the state university’s Masters in Public Administration program. “Plagiarism is stealing, and that is that,” Chad Osorio commented in one of the posts about the issue on the Facebook group Narinig ko sa UP (Overheard at UP).   “The fact that one steals ideas, abstract concepts, rather than actual objects, does not excuse intellectual property theft,” Osorio said further.    John Ultra meanwhile said in the same thread: “He is a bright promising young man. Maybe he thought he could always get away with it. Too clever for his own good.”   Impact of IT in quality life >> Impact of Information Technology on Nigerians No doubt, the use of information technology has increasingly made the world a better place, considering its huge benefits. The benefits however may have some unintended consequences, if the technology is not well deplored and managed, writes Amaka Eze For billions of people around the world, the internet has become an essential part of their everyday social and business lives; although almost taken for granted, technology has helped organisations, corporations, and individuals steer through daily life with less hitches and headaches as was the case some decades back. Information technology as it is known today is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones, according to Wikipedia. THISDAY sought to discover how information technology affects businesses, individuals, and public service entities. It looked at how the use of information technology varies for individuals, organisations and institutions. It also enquired on what could be done to increase the impact and presence of technology on our daily lives. The responses as was expected were very interesting and educating. Advanced professionals in their various fields and the younger generation referred to Information technology as the new way of life whose ramifications are almost endless. These professionals and executives however called on relevant bodies to ensure that people are not left on the crossroad, yearning for more, but to ensure that the available infrastructure are properly harnessed to foster further growth. They also called for cautioned when using the internet.
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