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Over half (58%) of disabled people feel at risk of losing their jobs and one in two (53%) have experienced bullying or harassment at work because of their impairments, according to new research by disability charity Scope. The survey of disabled people has highlighted the issues that disabled people face and the risk they face falling out of work.The Government has made a welcome commitment to halving the disability employment gap. Yet the employment gap between disabled people and the public has remained static at nearly 30% for the past decade.The research also found that:
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  • One in eight disabled people (13%) have been overlooked for a promotion
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Catherine, 47, from Yorkshire, said:  "I've been disabled for five years and a wheelchair user for three. I had been working for my employer for 13 years when my condition began to affect my work.“I fought hard not to let it affect my job and got support through Access to Work in order to keep working. I asked for a minor adjustment to my workload but was told by my employer that I wasn't fit for work, but if I went on sick leave my job would be at risk.”Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, said: “There is no reason why someone with an impairment should be discriminated against at work or feel at risk of losing their job– this level of exclusion in the workplace is not acceptable.“These figures demonstrate that employers and Government need to be doing much more to support disabled people in the workplace.“If the government is serious about halving the disability employment gap it must set out reforms which not only lead to a change in employer attitudes but also offer disabled people better access to in-work support.”In October 2016, the government launched its Green Paper on work, health and employment. Scope wants to see this consultation lead to a significant change in attitudes and expectations, with employers taking a proactive approach to ensuring workplaces inclusive and flexible and disabled candidates and employees are treated fairly.

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It looks like Guy Ritchie, director of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, may have found his Genie.According to hollywoodreporter.com, Will Smith is in early talks for the magical, musical role. In the original 1992 animated film, the Genie was voiced by the late Robin Williams. Previously, Will Smith was in talks with Tim Burton for the live-action Dumbo movie, but that deal never materialized because of scheduling conflicts.If the deal is made, Smith's casting would be the first big role for the Ritchie movie. For the leading roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, Disney studio plans to cast newcomers. A casting call has been made for 18-25-year-old Middle Eastern actors to audition for these leads. Rehearsals have already begun and shooting will take place in the UK from July 2017 to January 2018.The Live-action adaptation of Aladdin will also be a musical. John August wrote the screenplay for this movie. Dan Lin, who already produced Ritchie's two Sherlock Holmes movies for Warner Bros is also producing Aladdin, while Jonathan Eirich is executive producer.The original animated movie was based on the Arabic folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp. It was the highest-grossing film that year. The animated movie won two Academy Awards - one for Best Original Song with "A Whole New World" and one for Best Original Score. It also won three Golden Globes – for Best Original Score, Best Original Song ("A Whole New World" once again) and a special award for Robin Williams' voice acting. Altogether, this Arabic fairy tale won 25 awards and had 18 nominations. It grossed $504m for Disney 25 years ago and launched a successful merchandising line.


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Wonga, the British payday loan company that provides short-term loans has notified hundreds of thousands of its customers of a data breach. The data that was stolen include customer bank details like names, addresses, account numbers and sort codes. Wonga is investigating the “illegal and unauthorised access” to its servers that have left customers in Britain and Poland vulnerable. According to a spokesperson from the lending company, 245,000 customers were affected in Britain and 25,000 in Poland.The company suspected foul play last Tuesday but evidence of hacking was confirmed beyond doubt on Friday. Customers were notified via text and email the next day to take precautionary security measures. Stolen data may also have included the last four digits of bank cards, but the company has insisted that customers’ accounts are secure.The company has warned customers to look out for ‘unusual activity’, which means customers should be very suspicious and on high alert. Customers should be apprehensive of cold calls or emails requesting sensitive information. Wonga hasWonga has apologised to its customers and has set up a help page and dedicated phone-lines to customers. The company has asked customers to change their passwords and to ask their banks to look out for any suspicious activity.Hackers are becoming more audacious and online companies and institutions have an obligation to educate customers on the best security practices. According to the Police and Information Commissioner's office, “all organisations have a responsibility to keep customers' personal information secure.” Wonga is working with security agencies to investigate the extent and the source of the data breach.