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Only 7% gig economy workers are registered with Socso



More workers should register to benefit from the protection provided under Penjana Gig


AWARENESS level among gig workers on the importance of having social and financial protection is still low, as only 7% or 28,425 gig economy workers are registered with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) so far.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (picture) said the government hopes that more workers will contribute to Socso to benefit from the protection provided under the short-term National Economy Recovery Plan (Penjana) Gig.

“According to Socso, from January 2020 until now, only 28,425 (7%) gig economy workers out of their target of 400,000 workers are registered with Socso,” he said when presenting the 11th report of the Prihatin Rakyat economic stimulus package and Penjana yesterday.

“At a cost of RM232.80 annually, the government subsidises 70% (RM163) and 30% (RM69.80) is provided by the platform provider,” he added.

To promote the gig economy and provide a social safety net system for the gig economy and informal sector workforce, the minister said the government would facilitate policies to support the growth of the gig economy and the welfare of its workers through several initiatives and funds under Penjana.

The funds include a matching grant of up to RM50 million for gig economy platforms who contribute to their gig workers towards Socso’s employment injury scheme of up to RM162 and Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) i-Saraan contribution of up to RM250 yearly.

Additionally, there would be RM25 million for the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp’s (MDEC) Global Online Workforce (GLOW) programme, which will train Malaysians to earn income from serving international clients while working from home online.

Tengku Zafrul said he has also had the opportunity to meet with some of the workers and employers who benefitted from the Penjana Gig Programme and its social security.

“Under the Penjana Gig initiative, several engagement sessions were held with agriculture, hawkers, passenger transportation, goods and food sectors, and over 38 gig platform service providers.

“Alhamdulillah (God willing), the assistance received was effective and has helped to ease the burden of business cashflow, as well as save jobs,” he explained.

My30 Programme and PenjanaKerjaya

Highlighting other Penjana initiatives, Tengku Zafrul shared that as at June 30, a total of 77,790 of My30 unlimited monthly travel passes for commuters in the Klang Valley had been sold.

“The government’s subsidy for these passes is valued at RM13.2 million,” he said.

Secondly, as of July 6, 2020, the PenjanaKerjaya, which is the hiring incentive and training assistance programme, with a government allocation of RM1.5 billion, have seen 106,308 job vacancies advertised, and 123,919 job seekers were registered through the MYFutureJobs initiative.

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN)

Achieved a 97.5% implementation rate, with the total number of BPN recipients stood at 10.25 million, valuing at RM10.92 billion.

Between June 26 and July 6, around 30,000 BPN recipients received their payments via Bank Simpanan Nasional branches nationwide. As for the BPN appellants group, 140,000 single individuals and households had received the BPN assistance amounting to RM120 million from an allocation of RM139 million.

Cash Incentives for Taxi Drivers, Tour Guides and Tour Bus Drivers

As at July 6, the government had assisted 28,962 taxi drivers amounting to RM17.4 million for recipients from the first phase.

For the second phase recipients, the appeal date was closed on July 1, and the appeals are currently under review with payment expected to be made in mid-July.

Additionally, 7,414 tour guides received RM4.4 million cash aid. The status of tour bus drivers are still being updated and the result will be announced by the end of this month.

Prihatin Special Grant for Micro SMEs

Total disbursement as of Monday was approximately RM1.63 billion, benefitting 544,632 Micro small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Wage Subsidy Programme

RM7.15 billion had been approved for 310,622 employers benefitting more than 2.48 million employees up till this week.

Socso has been entrusted with the implementation of RM17 billion worth of measures.

EPF’s Covid-19 Assistance Programme

Has seen 37,900 receivers and 10,528 applications approved, amounting to RM70.4 million in terms of employers’ contribution.

SME Soft Loan Funds

Administered by Bank Negara Malaysia, the fund have had total financing amounting to RM8.7 billion approved by local banks and officially accepted by SMEs, and this has benefitted 20,104 SMEs.

Loan Repayment Moratorium by Financial Institutions

The moratorium, which took effect on April 1, 2020, has an estimated value of RM51.4 billion as of this week.

Out of this figure, a total of RM17.9 billion was utilised by the business sector while the remaining was utilised by the rakyat.

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Windstream sparks a fiber deployment with electric co-op in Georgia to bring 1-Gig speeds to rural areas




Windstream has struck its first partnership with an electric co-op to expand the footprint of its fiber broadband service into rural areas of Georgia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Windstream and Colquitt EMC, which serves seven counties, will share responsibility for expanding Windstream’s Kinetic fiber optic broadband network over the next several years to reach some of Georgia’s most rural areas. Once the build-out is completed, Colquitt EMC’s members will have access to Windstream’s Kinetic broadband service with internet speeds up to 1 Gig.

“As the Georgia Broadband Availability Map shows, more than 70% of unserved areas are in rural Georgia,” said Commissioner Christopher Nunn of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, in a statement. “This Windstream-Colquitt EMC partnership is significant, as it demonstrates the importance of working collaboratively to close the gap and improve connectivity for millions of Georgians.

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“Through this investment and many others like it, providers and communities seek to deliver an essential business and quality-of-life need that is key to long-term vitality of rural areas all across our state.”

Windstream and Colquitt EMC, which has 45,000 members, will start their joint planning sessions for the broadband network expansion.

“This is a great day for Windstream, Colquitt EMC and Colquitt’s members,” said J Berkshire, president of Windstream operations in Georgia, in a statement “By combining resources, our two organizations will accelerate Kinetic broadband deployment to customers in many locations in Colquitt’s service territory. For Windstream, this is another important step in our continuing effort to expand broadband access in some of the most hard-to-reach areas of Georgia. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the great folks at Colquitt EMC that will benefit all of our shared communities.”

RELATED: Ahead of bankruptcy exit, Windstream Holdings posts loss of $162 million in Q2

Windstream is aggressively building out its fiber footprint with the addition of $2 billion in capital in order to offer its 1-Gig broadband service in additional rural areas. During last week’s second quarter earnings report, Windstream added 22,000 Kinetic broadband subscribers in the second quarter, which was the company’s highest quarter net subscriber additions in over a decade.

Windstream, which is slated to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy near the end of next month, plans to participate in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction in October. In January, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its RDOF program for faster broadband speeds in order to help close the digital divide in rural areas. RDOF will push out up to $20.4 billion in funding over the next 10 years to build and connect gigabit broadband speeds in unserved rural areas.

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New NETGEAR Cloud Managed Multi-Gig WiFi 6 Access Points Deliver the Ultimate Business WiFi




SAN JOSE, Calif.–()–NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), the leading provider of networking products that power businesses both large and small, today announced the availability of Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Access Points, WAX610 and WAX610Y (outdoor), for an optimal WiFi experience in every business environment. This new WAX610 family brings next generation WiFi 6 (802.11ax) performance to small businesses (SMBs) delivering up to 70% faster speed to each individual device than previous generation WiFi 5 (802.11ac)1. With the increased capacity for more simultaneous device connections, the WAX610 with WiFi 6 provides the flexibility of both a robust and secure WiFi solution for small and medium businesses to serve the networking demands of today without the high-cost of IT overhead and with an industry-leading lowest total cost of ownership.

WAX610 is ideal in moderate to high density client device environments such as offices, schools, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and medical centers, providing an enterprise-grade WiFi network security with WPA3. With Insight Remote Cloud Management, WAX610 is the perfect choice for managed service providers and integrators who must offer their customers the latest feature rich WLAN technology with little overhead and minimum IT cost. The WAX610 works seamlessly with NETGEAR Insight managed switches, routers and network storage, and is also compatible with previous generation WiFi client devices and Access Points (WiFi 5 (802.11ac) or WiFi 4 (802.11n)).

WAX610Y is the best complement to WAX610 for use in outdoor settings. NETGEAR WAX610Y is designed to provide advanced WiFi connectivity in harsh environments including prolonged exposure to sunlight, cold, frost, snow, rainfall, hail and humidity. The WAX610Y is rated IP55 which supports continued operation in adverse weather conditions with temperatures that range from -20C to 60C and is ideally suited for construction sites, loading docks, school yards and restaurants with outside dining.

“While the WiFi industry has made progress in recent years in increasing speeds by leaps and bounds, small businesses still face challenges in managing connectivity with increased traffic and users. Capacity continues to be a challenge, namely, supporting multiple concurrent users for small businesses, and NETGEAR is here to help solve the unique business cases that SMBs face,” said Richard Jonker, vice president of SMB product line management for NETGEAR. “This requirement is particularly acute for SMBs where very high throughput to each individual device may not be paramount.”

“Wireless access points should be providing different levels of network connectivity for a large quantity of client devices, with good throughput, stable connection, and robust responses to environmental changes. The WAX610 and WAX610Y Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Access Points deliver on the capacity, speed and performance demands of today’s small businesses,” Jonker added.

With updated WiFi 6 technology such as OFDMA, upstream and downstream MU-MIMO, and increased speed, coverage, and capacity, you can be confident that you are getting the highest performance WiFi for years to come. Plus, you get the assurance that you can now add more connected devices to your business WiFi network without any slowdowns or dead zones.

Unprecedented WiFi Security for Businesses

Small and medium organizations are now able to provide enterprise-level security without the enterprise cost. The Insight remote management solution helps with easy configuration and maintaining the security of the network.

  • WPA3 for the highest level of WiFi connection security
  • Eight separate wireless networks (SSIDs) can be used for administration, employees, customers or guests and IoT devices (WiFi surveillance cameras, thermostats, door locks and sensors) with separate and secure VLANs
  • Dynamic VLAN per RADIUS user assignment, a feature specially designed for businesses who use RADIUS to efficiently manage user accounts and access

NETGEAR Insight Remote Cloud Management Solution

Unique and advanced features in the Insight Managed devices include:

  • Instant discovery and setup of your Insight Managed Wireless Access Points
  • Centralized configuration of wireless networks, SSID, WiFi security and roaming policies and VLAN tie-ins with switches, ports and PoE, for efficient and secure networks
  • Remote monitoring and simplified ongoing firmware management of your Insight Managed devices (WiFi, switches, routers, NAS) with performance dashboards, alerts and troubleshooting features including remote reboot
  • Single pane-of-glass multi-device, multi-network, multi-site and multi-tenancy remote monitoring and notifications

To learn more about how the Insight Remote Management Solution can help enhance network management for small business, please visit the Insight Demo on


NETGEAR Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Access Point (WAX610) is available and shipping today in the US and Europe with the following pricing:

WAX610-100NAS in the US for $179.99 USD

WAX610-100EUS in Continental Europe for 189.99€ and the UK at £174.99 GBP

NETGEAR Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Outdoor Access Point (WAX610Y) is currently available via pre-order and will be shipping in both the US and Europe within the quarter:

WAX610Y-100NAS in the US for $249.99 USD

WAX610Y-100EUS in Continental Europe for 269.99€ and the UK at £249.99 GBP

For more information about the latest advancements to NETGEAR’s next-generation of advanced wireless devices, please visit

1 up to 70% increased speed on the 2.4GHz band and up to 30% on the 5GHz band compared to equivalent WiFi 5 Access Points.

7-foot distance. 2×2 11AC AP and 2×2 AC client doing a file download from a local NAS: Speed is 623 Mbps (5ghz), 113 (2.4Ghz)

7-feet distance. 2×2 11AX AP and 2×2 AX client doing file download from a Local NAS: Speed is 815.7 Mbps (5Ghz), 194.7 (2.4Ghz).

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR® (NASDAQ: NTGR) has pioneered advanced networking technologies for homes, businesses, and service providers around the world since 1996 and leads the industry with a broad range of award-winning products designed to simplify and improve people’s lives. By enabling people to collaborate and connect to a world of information and entertainment, NETGEAR is dedicated to delivering innovative and advanced connected solutions ranging from mobile and cloud-based services for enhanced control and security, to smart networking products, video over Ethernet for Pro AV applications, easy-to-use WiFi solutions and performance gaming routers to enhance online game play.

The company is headquartered out of San Jose, Calif. with offices located around the globe. More information is available from the NETGEAR Investor Page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the NETGEAR blog at

©2020 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, Nighthawk, Nighthawk Pro Gaming and the Nighthawk Pro Gaming logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

* Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR’s business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR’s products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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Stivo Simple Boy: Huge Gig That Changed My Parents’ Lives




Kenyan Musician Steven Otieno, AKA Stivo Simple Boy on Monday August 3, gave insights on his musical journey including how his family had benefitted from his talent.

Speaking in an interview on Jalango TV, the Heshimu Ndoa hitmaker stated that since his songs went mainstream, he had landed a number of opportunities to perform.

He recalled that the most he had been paid for a performance was Ksh 50,000 for an event at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) which he used to help his parents living in the countryside.

“My parents live in ushago (countryside) where they have water problems, so I sent them the money to dig a well to easily get water for their home use,” he disclosed.

Kenyan musician Stivo Simple Boy on April 11, 2020

Kenyan musician Stivo Simple Boy photographed on April 11, 2020


Stivo Simple Boy further stated that his parents were proud of his music career noting that it was not the case when he first started.

“My parents used to complain to me when I tell them that I want to do music and they would tell me that it was witchcraft. These days they are very supportive,” he stated.

He further addressed online comments he had been getting, touching on his appearance. The musician noted that he had learnt to deal the negativity having grown up in Kibra which had given him tough skin.

“When you do something, not everyone will love you. I will continue to work to please my fans,” he stated.

He maintained that music is his passion adding that he will use it to keep campaigning against drug abuse and crime that have affected many young people in Kibera slums due to unemployment and poverty.

Stivo Simple Boy advocated for young people to put in hard work in their various hustles and avoid ills such as drugs and crime.

During the interview, the rapper made it clear that he was not currently dating and he was content with life at the moment.

He further stated that he was looking to grow his music and even source for collaborations with international artists.

Watch the video of the interview below:

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