The Free Internet Cafe for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the first in the whole of Africa, which opens the World Wide Web, making The Gambia a leading light in Africa, with this technology by allowing free and total access to surf the net send and receive emails and for students to enhace their studies with the aid of this pioneering software. No more do they need to rely on a third party to read to them newspapers, magazines, books, letters and world wide information. - Simon Wezel - growing younger with the Internet

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Simon Wezel - rowing younger with the nternet

Simon Wezel—"Growing

younger with the Internet"

Last year saw the explosion of the Worlg Wide Web with websites of every genre imaginable. The trend is not about to change for this year. The growth of sites will continue and an important focus this year will be security of websites against hackers and crackers, As E-Commerce seeks to reinvent itself after the .bubble burst, more interesting websites are expected catering for selected audiences in creating a niche market. The content for websites becomes very important here in choosing whom to attract. Either way, let us hope the sites featured in the column will continue to broaden your horizons on the information super highway. This week and hopefully for the next few weeks. we take a break away from the usual hottest sites to feature different folks in the country who are avid users and might I say players in the Internet Revolution down \pard plain here. For the past few weeks, the focus has been on up and coming computer whiz kids but not to be outdone, this week we feature someone who is actually growing younger with the Internet. Agc ain't nothing but a number and this fine gentleman is certainly a testament to this statement. He started way back in the days with the commodore 64, Amstrad machines and all sorts of computer gear we deem archaic now. In his own words, "they saw the Internet coming a long time ago" He started his programming days working for a transport company between UK and Holland and his programs are still in use, engineered with a millennium touch. He is also a member of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers. Simon Wezel is the name and he is the founder and Secretary General of Kingfisher Trust whose aim is to assist and support the smiling coast in more ways than one. Buoyed by his use of computers. no time was wasted to get Kingfisher Trust online. Designed by him, stands out in cyberspace and not only does it champion the cause of the charity but it also carries numerous appeals for other causes. There are photos of some of the repairs that need to he carried out at the Campama psychiatric Hospital and appeals for donations to support this cause. The websitc is also host to the Tanje Village Museum site, the cute GambiCats page. Gambia Unesco clubs, and the soon to he added page of Sima Vocational Training Centre. As Simon points out. the main aim of the site is also to promote other Gambian non-profit and youth organisations in cyberspace at no cost He is calling on all similar organisations to take this opportunity to have an online presence free of charge courtesy of kingfisher.gin. In his own words. computers and the Internet for that matter can become a gateway to a whole host of resources if harnessed the right way. He believes that the introduction of IT in schools is long overdue and if introduced, the benefits of computers and the Internet will begin to he felt by all sectors of society. Ask him about his age and he will tell you that computers and the Internet are just unbelievable and at times he just feels like a whiz kid on top of the world! Eitherway, I might just start a campaign targeting the Social Security . Corporation to introduce computers with Internet access to the package of pensioners all around the country. A thought Simon certainly shares...............

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