Saturday, 31 March 2012

Shabba Himself, Jah Digga & Fonzo - Better Days [Music Video HD]

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

PHD MEDIA - Fatal (AKA F.T), Riz, Fonzo & Mini Man [SMG]

News: Indian call centres selling YOUR credit card details and medical records

  • Data belonging to 500,000 Britons on offer to criminals and marketing firms
  • Crooks offering information on customers of major High Street banks

By Tom Gardner

Big business: About 330,000 people are employed in India's call centres, in an industry worth around £3.2 billion a year.



Confidential personal data on hundreds of thousands of Britons is being touted by corrupt Indian call centre workers, an undercover investigation has discovered.

Credit card information, medical and financial records are being offered for sale to criminals and marketing firms for as little as 2p.

Two ‘consultants’, claiming to be IT workers at several call centres, met undercover reporters from The Sunday Times and boasted of having 45 different sets of personal information on nearly 500,000 Britons.

Data included names, addresses, and phone numbers of credit card holders, start and expiry dates as well as the three-digit security verification codes.

The information – much of which related to customers at major financial companies, including HSBC and NatWest - would be a goldmine for criminals, allowing fraudsters to syphon thousands of pounds from bank accounts within minutes.

IT consultant Naresh Singh met the undercover reporters in a hotel room in Gurgaon, a town near Delhi, carrying a laptop full of data.

He told them: ‘These [pieces of data] are ones that have been sold to somebody already. This is Barclays, this is Halifax, this is Lloyds TSB. We’ve been dealing so long we can tell the bank by just the card number.’

He said that much of the data would be less than 72 hours old, adding: ‘They would just have got the credit card and not only credit cards, that would be debit card as well.’

Other information being hawked around by unscrupulous workers was sensitive material about mortgages, loans, insurance, mobile phone contracts, Sky Television subscriptions, according to The Sunday Times sting.

The data would enable direct marketing companies to target customers more effectively.

Call centres are a £3.2 billion industry in India, with an estimated 330,000 people employed by them.

Many British companies have outsourced services to the India, but a public backlash over the use of foreign workers has seen some withdrawn.

Action: Richard Bacon MP has warned of the growing problem of data insecurity and called for the Government to investigate

Action: Richard Bacon MP has warned of the growing problem of data insecurity and called for the Government to investigate

Spanish bank Santander, which owns Abbey, announced last year it would no longer use Indian call centres.

Indian authorities say their efforts to combat corruption have been hampered by the unwillingness of companies, keen to avoid negative publicity, reporting data losses.

The Government is now being called on to take action against widespread reports of data insecurity.

Conservative member of the Commons’ public accounts select committee, Richard Bacon MP, said this was not only a matter for the organisations involved but also the authorities.

He called on the British Government to investigate the latest allegations.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

PHD MEDIA - Fonzo - 'The Prelude' Freestyle #TeamBoutDat

Megaman: Metropolitan Police Stop Artists From Progressing

So Solid Crew’s Megaman has opened up about why he feels the Metropolitan Police’s 696 form is preventing artists (particularly urban artists) from progressing.

Form 696 is a ‘risk assessment’ that requires club promoters to provide the police with information about any events being held in the 21 London boroughs listed, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of the artists and DJs performing and even the type of music being played (although it was announced in 2009 that venues would no longer be asked about music style). These details are said to be important for the police to determine which events attract troublemakers and therefore be able to keep the public safe.

However, there has been a considerable amount of uproar about the fact that form 696 is targeting the type of music that is listened to mostly by black and asian minorities.

So Solid Crew are well aware of form 696 after falling victim to it a decade ago and are still stopped from performing at a number of venues to this day. Megaman shared his views on the subject with Jasmine Dotiwala of The Voice:

If you’ve been affiliated with gangs, then the 696 form will prevent you from performing and moving forwards. That kind of thing leaves many artists disheartened and forces them to return to the negativity they were involved in before… I think they [the police] introduced the form so there’d be a legal way to prevent artists from progressing.

Mega believes the form isn’t allowing artists to do their job:

A lot of corporate [music] companies like Universal, EMI and Warner Bros are signing a lot of these acts; acts that were previously from or have been affiliated with gangs in the past… I’m not sure how lawful it is to prevent artists like that from performing and adhering to their contract.

Although he makes the valid point that football matches are never stopped due to the potential risk of violence, he isn’t completely opposed to the form and doesn’t think ‘the form needs to be abolished totally, but we need to monitor how it’s being used.’

One has to wonder, as Lowkey questioned in The Guardian, does form 696 actually lower violence at musical events? Or does it just highlight subtle racism within the Metropolitan police?

Monday, 19 March 2012

Movie Madness - Blud! Review

So its finally here "BLUD!" after the successful screening of the short film which was held at the BAFTA house in London.

After avid speculation from the teaser the vision became a lot clearer, I enjoyed being a part of this project and would like to send big respect to Fredi who I look forward to working with a lot more in the future. As well as mad respect to Ashley Walters for being a pioneer and inspiration in the field.

be sure to check the following mediums for more info on "Blud" and check out the exclusive footage and interviews below.



Below is some audience/cast reactions including yours truly :)


#FonzoFiles: Gordon Boateng - “Age is just a number”

Football’s youngest chief executive:

Kick It Out's 'Leading the Way' conference is under two weeks away. The campaign caught up with Gordon Boateng, football's youngest chief executive, who will be acting as a mentor at the event.

Gordon Boateng is a man way ahead of schedule. Having cut short his playing days to concentrate on management in his early 20s, the north Londoner has recently become English football’s youngest chief executive after stepping up to board room level at Blue Square Bet North side Histon.

“Age is just a number,” said the 30-year-old, founder of The Empire, a specialised consultancy service giving advice and direction to football players. “I have proved my credentials in other capacities at non-league level before, and I’m ready to do it as a chief executive. This is a massive challenge and something that I’m relishing.”

Timing has been crucial in Boateng’s career to date. Following spells as a player at a number of clubs including Bristol City, Leyton Orient and Norwegian side Kvinesdal IL, the promising striker decided to take a different path. Taking up his inaugural first-team coaching position at then Ryman League Division Two team Clapton, Boateng assumed further managerial roles in non-league with Bishop’s Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge, Brimsdown Rovers, Harlow Town, Cheshunt, and Leyton thereafter.

“I moved around around the non league circuit,” admitted Boateng, the winner of numerous league titles and trophies during his period as a manager. “I needed to do this, in order to gain experience, which is everything in the football world. It may appear that I haven’t really settled anywhere, but if I hadn’t have done that, I wouldn’t be where I am now. The position I am in at Histon is the right one for me at this stage in my career. I’m here for the long-term, there’s no rush to go anywhere.

“The most important thing is to see the club run properly and professionally, with the correct football infrastructure, from top to bottom. We have implemented an academy and scholarship programme, and there is a real focus on the grassroots element in everything we do at the club. Everybody is singing from the same hymn sheet, and the foundations are being put in place to eventually turn us into a Football League side in due course.”

Sharp focus has been drawn upon the shortage of black faces in the board room in recent years, something which makes Boateng’s emergence all the more impressive. It comes as no surprise to the man himself though. Having battled against the odds throughout his life, he has never let anything deter him from reaching his goals.

“I’ve had a lot of knockbacks to deal with and that’s what has really driven me on and made who I am today. I had an interview for various managerial roles before and was told ‘your face doesn’t fit’. A lesser person would have given up there and then, but I wouldn't ever allow barriers to prevent me from getting to where I want to be or believe I deserve to be. My skills and ability define me, not the colour of my skin. At some point I will get to the very top that is a fact – I’ll make it to the Premier League.”

Having to juggle business interests with duties at Histon means Boateng rarely has a minute to spare. Yet, he always finds time to incorporate his faith into everything he does. "Christianity has always guided me,” revealed Boateng, who points to God as the reason for his survival in a near fateful car crash in 2009. “It was said in the All Souls Penticostal Church in Angel Islington by the Deaconess Aunty Janet Asare that I will make it in the world of football, become a household name and make a difference.”

Boateng hasn't relied upon faith alone in helping him to get to where he is today. Despite previously working under well-renowned managers such as Tony Pulis, Tommy Taylor and John Still, it's three lesser-known figures that have been most influential in his development, including Kick It Out’s very own Troy Townsend. “Troy, Rudy Geohagen and Errol McKellar have all been key in my football career. They’ve always given me words of encouragement, helped me to maintain my focus and most importantly, believed in me as a leader. The support I’ve had from my mum and brother, my close friends and the rest of my family has also helped me to strive to do better.”

Boateng is now keen to make a difference himself. Having gained heaps of experience throughout his own footballing journey, he feels as though he is in a position to aid the next generation of youngsters looking to make their way in the industry. “I want to give people the confidence and belief that they can be whatever they want to be,” commented Boateng, a nominated mentor for Kick It Out’s ‘Leading the Way’ conference later this month.

“We all have places we want to be, and places we aspire to get to, and you need to box clever and back yourself in order to make that happen. There are always hurdles to overcome, but you have to take the initiative. It’s not about waiting around for a miracle - you have to get out there, make things happen, meet people and sell yourself, Believe in yourself, keep networking and keep moving forward. Everybody has their own niche, it’s crucial that we put this on display.”

Boateng’s story would make one hell of a book some day. You can guarantee there’s still a fair few chapters to be written yet though….