July 2019

Regressive government policies have disproportiona

first_imgRegressive government policies have disproportionately affected the ability of disabled women who have experienced violence and abuse to access the services they need, according to a new report.Shaping Our Lives (SOL), which has written the report, sayssome services have been discriminating against disabled women under theEquality Act because of a lack of knowledge and training, and a “pitiful” lackof accessible buildings.It says thatthese failures are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Personswith Disabilities.The report, A Refuge for All, was published this week after twoyears of research led by disabled women with experience of violence and abuse.It comparesthe situation with the findings of the Making the Links report published 10years ago by Women’s Aid, which found that although disabled women were twiceas likely to experience domestic violence and abuse as non-disabled women, theyfaced significant barriers in accessing services.SOL’s reportconcludes that little has changed in the last 10 years and in some cases provisionhas worsened.Because of cutsto services, disabled women have often not been able to secure local support, andthey have faced lengthy waiting-times and have had to travel long distances tosecure support.Just as therewas 10 years ago, there is a lack of accessible information; refuges and otherbuildings providing services are still inaccessible; and there is still a lackof knowledge and understanding by professionals.Disabledwomen also still face the risk of having their children removed by socialservices if they escape an abusive or violent partner.Research suggests that the number of disabled womenexperiencing violence and abuse has been increasing, says the report, while disabledvictims of domesticabuse “suffer more severe and frequent abuse over longer periods of time thannon-disabled victims”.The project worked in two areas, Bexley in south-eastLondon, and Birmingham, to examine how local services could be made moreinclusive for disabled women. The report concludes: “The pilot site interventions demonstrate that trainingand advice from disabled women and user-led organisations can have an enormousimpact on services’ readiness to work confidently with disabled women and thata number of small inexpensive adaptations can improve the accessibility of theservice delivery.”SOL’s BeckiMeakin, the project manager and author of the report, said: “It was veryworrying to hear about the experiences of disabled women seeking support fromviolence and abuse. “I expectedto see progress in the last 10 years, but instead access to services hasworsened and sometimes was non-existent in a woman’s local area.”She added: “Theregressive funding policies for violence and abuse services has reducedprovision for all women, but it has disproportionately affected access fordisabled women who in turn are almost three times more likely to experienceviolence and abuse.”The reportwas funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Tampon TaxFund.Among itsrecommendations for improvements, the report calls for a central resource ofinformation for disabled women; investment in more accessible refuge spaces; disabilityequality training for staff; access action plans for each service; andco-production of services with disabled women.Meakin said:“I believe that only by listening to and working equally with disabled womenexperiencing violence and abuse will we be able to increase their sense ofself-worth and remove the practical, prejudicial and systemic barriers thatexclude them from using violence and abuse services.”The project has also published a toolkit which can be used by services toassess themselves against best practice and devise a plan of action forimprovement, often at low cost.AshleyStephen, co-founder of Disabled Survivors Unite, who helped with the project, said:“This project is vitally important and showcases the unique barriers thatdisabled women face in accessing domestic abuse services. “One disabledwoman being turned away due to an inaccessible refuge is too many.”DisabilityLabour also said the report was of vital importance.FranSpringfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, said: “As someone who is a survivorof domestic violence, I know how inaccessible refuges can be.“It isimportant that women fleeing domestic violence have a safe space, not only interms of physical and emotional safety, but also that it meets theiraccessibility needs.“We knowthat domestic violence services are receiving far less money than they need tobe able to provide these crucial services, which undoubtedly save lives. “We would encouragecouncils to ringfence such funding and look to supporting refuges to enablemuch-needed adaptations to be made.”last_img read more

FOUR second half tries saved the day for Saints as

first_imgFOUR second half tries saved the day for Saints as they came from behind to beat Salford City Reds 32-10 at the new Salford Community Stadium, writes Louise Fildes.Salford took a 10-0 lead during the first half only for Josh Jones to pull one back on the stroke of half time.But a quick double from Lance Hohaia and Tommy Makinson turned the match on its head before the floodgates opened in the final stages.Saints scored through Jonny Lomax, Michael Shenton and Paul Wellens to seal the win and put pressure on Catalans in third.Conditions prior to kick off were atrocious, with heavy rain battering down.And although it seemed to hold up for kick off, it reared its ugly head midway through the first half.That led to a quiet opening 20 minutes as both sides failed to build any momentum, with errors and penalties affecting both sides.But it was Salford who scored first; Vinnie Anderson stretching over to give them a slender lead.Saints went close on a two occasions – both denied by the officials – before Danny Williams scored Salford’s second try after a superb passing movement down the right hand side.Josh Jones pulled on back for the visitors as he plucked a Lance Hohaia kick out of the air, goaled by Makinson, and it almost got better as the clock ticked down.A fine pass from Michael Shenton just couldn’t be hauled in with the try line beckoning.Saints opened the second half in the worst possible style, kicking the ball straight into touch from the kick off.But they made amends five minutes later when Hohaia finally got the nod from the officials.Tommy Makinson then went over after a superb high kick from Lee Gaskell to put Saints ahead.Both teams struggled with the conditions and errors were aplenty but as the home side tired, Saints began to exploit gaps in the defence.A testing high kick was taken easily by Lomax who ghosted through on 72 minutes to give Saints a comfortable lead and four minutes later it was Michael Shenton’s turn to get on the scoresheet as he breezed in to the right of the posts.And it was left for Paul Wellens to grab his 203rd try in Saints colours with a superb solo effort down the left hand side.Match Summary:Salford:Tries: Anderson, WilliamsGoals: Holdsworth (1 from 2)Saints:Tries: Jones, Makinson, Hohaia, Lomax, Shenton, WellensGoals: Makinson (1 from 3), Gaskell (3 from 3)Penalties:Salford: TBCSaints: TBCHT: 6-10FT: 32-10REF: James ChildATT: 5,447Teams:Salford:1. Luke Patten; 2. Jodie Broughton, 4. Joel Moon, 3. Sean Gleeson, 5. Danny Williams; 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 7. Matty Smith; 12. Shannan McPherson, 24. Stuart Howarth, 15. Adam Sidlow, 11. Matty Ashurst, 27. Vinnie Anderson, 13. Stephen Wild.Subs: 14. Chris Nero, 17. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 20. Ben Gledhill, 21. Jordan James.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tom Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10, Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 20. Lee Gaskell.last_img read more

SAINTS new kit is inspired by one of the most famo

first_imgSAINTS new kit is inspired by one of the most famous moments in our history.The Red V is extended across the shoulders in homage to the famous ‘Wide to West’ try of 2000.The shorts are predominately white with red flashes whilst the socks are red with white tops, with Saints woven down the reverse.And we proudly display our name – St.Helens R.F.C. – on the collar on the rear of the kit.The material is vector polyester which is designed to keep you cool in hotter weather and warmer in colder times.The badge is dimension welded whilst the ISC Logo and the Club Name are embroidered on the right chest and back of the neck respectively.You can pre-order yours here.last_img read more

SAINTS hit the summit of Super League following a

first_imgSAINTS hit the summit of Super League following a 32-12 win over Salford Red Devils at Langtree Park.A first half demolition saw them lead 24-0 before the visitors cut the deficit to 12 points.But a superb Shannon McDonnell try secured a much needed victory.Keiron Cunningham’s side had most of the early possession but it was the Devils who had the first real chance.They almost opened up the right hand side in the opening stages and then forced a drop out in the ninth minute.Saints defended their lines and then went ahead – and it was thanks to James Roby.His break after a great Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook quick play the ball saw Tommy Makinson scorch 50 metres for the opener.The winger backed up his score with a nice conversion and then stopped a certain try on 19 minutes with a textbook tackle.Likewise did his centre partner Mark Percival – returning after a two week layoff – later in the half on Junior Sau.Salford came again two minutes later with Chase trying a chip over the top on the last.But McDonnell collected, broke about seven tackles, went 70 metres and then fed Swift to scampered over into the corner.Makinson bettering a wonderful try with a boomer off the touchline.And it got better as four minutes later Wilkin showed great feet to put Turner in.Saints turned the screw further by forcing Salford to come off their line with some great last tackle kicking.Captain Wilkin in particular was placing his clearances with aplomb.And the home side’s total domination on both sides of the ball was underlined when Percival, with three on him, offloaded to McDonnell who somehow stuck Makinson in for his second.Saints went in 24-0 to the good but that lead was cut five minutes into the second half.A simple kick through evaded McDonnell and his opposite number Niall Evalds pounced.And Rangi Chase capped his return with a great try following his own cute pass.Salford rolled forward again and were unlucky not to score after having four sets on Saints’ line.The D did the trick and then Saints brought some normality to proceedings with a cooly taken penalty from Makinson in front of the sticks.That came on 59 minutes – but two minutes earlier Salford were lucky to have 13 men on the field after Burns was hit late, high and off the ball.Saints seemed angry and hit back in true style. On 65 minutes Mose Masoe offloaded, Andre Savelio took it on and sent a superb ball into the welcoming arms of McDonnell.With that score, down two players in Josh Jones and James Roby, Saints killed off the comeback.A good win in all for the Champions made by a superb first half performance – but there will be anxious medical checks on Jones, Roby and Tommy Makinson – who came off in the final stages – next week.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson (2), Swift, Turner, McDonnellGoals: Makinson (6 from 6)Devils: Tries: Evalds, ChaseGoals: Patterson (2 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 8Devils: 5HT: 24-0FT: 32-12REF: Ben ThalerATT: 11,674Teams:Saints: 34. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.Devils:19. Niall Evalds; 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Junior Sau, 18. Mason Caton-Brown, 5. Greg Johnson; 6. Rangi Chase, 14. Theo Fages; 8. Adrian Morley, 24. Liam Hood, 16. Scott Taylor, 31. Cory Paterson, 12. Weller Hauraki, 25. George Griffin.Subs: 11. Harrison Hansen, 15. Darrell Griffin, 17. Jordan Walne, 37. Logan Tomkins.last_img read more

The buildup is intensifying and the lads are work

first_imgThe build-up is intensifying and the lads are working hard ready for the start of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.We begin our campaign against Castleford at the Totally Wicked Stadium in what sure to be a mouthwatering clash.The two sides played out some humdingers last season and of course, the Tigers enjoyed that golden point extra time win over Saints to take them to the Grand Final.The game is on Friday February 2, with a 7:45pm kick-off, and you can watch it in style with us.The 1873 Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy great food and entertainment, with like-minded people, before taking in the match.Our Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability)Price for our game with Castleford is £55 for adult members and £33 for juniors, whilst non-members price are £70 and £42.To find out more, or to book, call us on 01744 455 053.last_img read more

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State orders Chemours to provide bottled water to more well owners near

first_imgNCDEQ crews take water samples from residential wells near the Chemours plant on Sept. 15, 2017. (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) — The state has directed Chemours to provide bottled water to eight more well owners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility after new preliminary test results show GenX above the state health goal in residential drinking wells.The number of residential well owners receiving bottled water from Chemours now stands at 19, because of GenX detections above the provisional state health goal of 140 parts per trillion.- Advertisement – The state had directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 well owners earlier this month. Testing of residential wells by Chemours and the state started soon after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility’s property.“We are making sure everyone relying on private wells found to have high levels of fluorinated compounds has been supplied with bottled water,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “People deserve to know their water is safe, and we will continue to test residential wells near the facility and to communicate those results and what they mean to people in the community.”Chemours is testing residential drinking water wells near the facility for GenX. DEQ is also testing residential wells; in addition to testing for GenX, the state agency is also testing for two other fluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS. The state agency is testing for the three fluorinated compounds because they all have established health goals.Related Article: EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in waterThe company’s latest preliminary results, received Tuesday, showed GenX in seven new wells.To better understand the ongoing testing, the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services have scheduled a community information session from 6-7:30 p.m. October 5. The information session will be in the gymnasium of Gray’s Creek Elementary School, 2964 School Road, Hope Mills. It is the second information session state officials have hosted to answer peoples’ questions about private well testing near the facility.DEQ began collecting water samples for testing from 34 residential drinking water wells near the facility on September 15.On Tuesday, DEQ received preliminary results for the first seven wells the state agency tested. The state had test results that showed GenX above the health goal in two wells, including one well that had already been tested and identified through results from Chemours that DEQ reported earlier this month. Four residential wells had detections of GenX below the health goal, and one did not detect GenX. None of the seven wells had exceedances of PFOS or PFOA; however, one or both compounds were detected in three wells.Chemours’ latest preliminary test results show GenX was detected at levels below the provisional state health goal in two wells; it was not detected in three residential wells.Some of the wells serve multiple residences, and all homeowners with GenX above the provisional state health goal have been provided bottled water. Most of the wells with elevated levels of GenX are north of the facility. The state’s and company’s test results have not been validated.More information about the state’s ongoing testing and investigation of fluorinated compounds can be found here.last_img read more

NCGOP Twitter Rep Walter Jones in hospice care

first_imgRep. Walter Jones FARMVILLE, Pitt County (WCTI) — Rep. Walter Jones, who serves most of this area as a representative of the state’s 3rd Congressional District, is currently under hospice care.The NCGOP Twitter account and state Republican chairman Robin Hayes released a statement through Dallas Woodhouse, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party:- Advertisement – “The News about Walter Jones entering Hospice is extremely sad for the entire Republican family. He pray for comfort and peace for him and his family.”Jones was granted a leave of absence on Dec. 11 after an illness kept him away from Congressional votes since September. He has been battling illness and had surgery on Jan. 15 after breaking his hip.To continue reading, click here.last_img read more

Mebane man discusses his passion for metal detecting

first_img “I’ve always tried to find things,” Dixon said.  “I would always look for arrowheads even when we came to the beach here, sharks’ teeth, if something was lost I would try to find it.Hurricane Florence changed the beach dynamic.“It left a layer of sand that was probably original to the beach in the 1940s,” Dixon said.Related Article: Hurricane Florence victims: Here’s how to get a free Christmas treeHe started finding 1940s coins and WWII ammunition. Beach renourishment has buried a great deal of the potential findings far too deep for a metal detector to uncover, but that won’t stop him from trying.“I’m just trying to save history,” Dixon said. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — One man’s trash is Bradley Dixon’s treasure.Searching for unknown things has been a life long passion of his, starting where he grew up in Mebane. This passion eventually led him to North Topsail Beach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Firearms for hunting 13000 licences renewed in 2018

first_imgIn 2018, 12,913 licences for the carrying of firearms for hunting were renewed, while 165 new licences were issued for the same purpose.This was stated by Minister Michael Farrugia during a Parliamentary sitting after he was asked a question with regards to hunting licences issued in 2017 and 2018 by MP Edwin Vassallo.Farrugia also said that in 2017, 12,925 Police licences for the carrying of firearms for hunting were renewed, while 224 new licences were issued.Hunting licenses allow the holder to hunt birds from land and sea as well as rabbits. A person can possess more than one licence.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Deploying US troops in Poland wholly defensive ambassador says in riposte to

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher talks to American pilots at the Polish military air base in Krzesiny, near Poznan, Poland June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Marcin GoclowskiU.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher talks to American pilots at the Polish military air base in Krzesiny, near Poznan, Poland June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Marcin Goclowski The 2A U.S. agreement with Poland to send 1,000 extra troops to the country is a defensive measure needed for its security, the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw said on Monday, replying to accusations from neighbouring Russia that the move is aggressive.U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge last week to dispatch the troops to Poland was a step sought by President Andrzej Duda because of past Russian aggression against Poland and to help solidify his country’s ties to the West.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency RIA last week that Washington’s move probably reflected “aggressive” intentions.Another lawmaker, ex-commander of Russia’s special forces Vladimir Shamanov, said he was concerned that the U.S. drones could be capable of carrying nuclear weapons at some point.In response, U.S. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher said that“what we’re talking about is merely defensive, (making) a country enabled to defend its borders”.“And history is proving, particularly here in Poland, that (a country) has to be very careful with regard to its neighbours and be able to defend itself,” she told Reuters in an interview while visiting a military base in western Poland where U.S. F-16 jet fighters are stationed.Russia was Poland’s overlord for almost half a century until the collapse of Communism across eastern Europe in 1989-90.But Polish jitters about Russia rose anew in 2014 when Russia back a pro-Moscow separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine, and annexed the Crimea region from that country, another eastern neighbour of Poland.In response to Moscow’s increased geopolitical assertiveness, the United States sent troops to Poland as part of a 2016 agreement with the NATO military alliance. About 4,500 U.S. soldiers are deployed on a rotational basis.“…We’re talking about the eastern flank of NATO and our responsibilities as important war allies – Poland and the United States. We want to take the necessary actions to be defensive,” Mosbacher said.At a meeting between Duda and Trump last week in Washington, Warsaw also signed a memorandum on cooperation with the Americans with regard to building Poland’s first nuclear power plant, expected to cost 100 billion zlotys (£21 billion).Mosbacher said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if the United States provided some financing for construction of the plant, which is expected to start operating in 2033 with a capacity of 1.0-1.5 gigawatts (GW).(Reporting by Marcin Goclowski)WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Facebook overtakes MSN to become Britains number two website

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook’s users are spending more time on the site too, according to Nielsen, which reports an increase from five hours and 56 minutes a month in May 2009 to six hours and 39 minutes last month.Ashley Highfield, Microsoft’s UK managing director, said he was “not fussed” to have been leapfrogged. He said that MSN was being re-focussed after a period in which it had benefitted from being the page that Hotmail users, and others, were automatically routed to after being logged out.Mr Highfield told the Telegraph: “I almost want our page views to drop.” He said he was more focussed on the length of time people spent on MSN and whether they made repeat visits. – Advertisement – He said that his plan for building a new kind of audience for MSN meant adding social features and technological innovation to the existing editorial. Microsoft, he said, should be leading the way in making its website a technological showcase for what can be done on the web and on mobile platforms. Source: The Telegraph Newslast_img read more

Wi Fi on the Underground to cost £2

first_imgAdvertisement Wi Fi on the London Underground will be charged at £2 from January next year for customer who aren’t on the  EE or Vodafone networksVirgin Media has announced it plans to charge commuters on the London Underground for using its Wi Fi network from this coming January. The network was rolled out and used for free by commuters during the London Olympics earlier this year, but Virgin Media says using it will incur a £2 charge from early next year.Commuters who are on the EE, Virgin Media and Vodafone networks, however, will continue to enjoy free access to the Wi Fi network. Both EE and Vodafone have signed a deal with Virgin that will allow their customers to continue to connect for free. Mobile phone owners who aren’t on any of these networks will have to buy pay-as-you-go passes to access Wi Fi on the Tube. – Advertisement – According to Virgin Media’s Executive Chief of Broadband, Jon James, the London Underground’s Wi Fi network has been a big hit with commmuters so far.“Wi-Fi on London Underground has been an incredible success with over 700,000 people already online and a remarkable million sessions every day,” Said JamesThe broadband network currently covers 72 Underground stations but Virgin Media says it plans to connect a further 20 stations to its network in December.Source: T3last_img read more

Gemalto Releases Findings of 2014 Breach Level Index

first_imgAdvertisement Gemalto, a leading firm in digital security has today released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, revealing that more than 1,500 data breaches led to one billion data records compromised worldwide during 2014.These numbers represent a 49% increase in data breaches and a 78% increase in data records that were either stolen or lost compared to 2013.The Breach Level Index (BLI) is a global database of data breaches as they happen and provides a methodology for security professionals to score the severity of breaches and see where they rank among publicly disclosed breaches. The BLI calculates the severity of data breaches across multiple dimensions based on breach disclosure information. – Advertisement – According to data in the BLI originally developed by SafeNet, the main motivation for cybercriminals in 2014 was identity theft with 54% of the all data breaches being identity theft-based, more than any breach category including access to financial data.In addition, identity theft breaches also accounted for one-third of the most severe data breaches categorized by the BLI as either Catastrophic (with a BLI score of between 9.0 and 10) or Severe (7.0 to 8.9). Secure breaches, which involved breaches of perimeter security where compromised data was encrypted in full or in part, increased to 4% from 1%.“We’re clearly seeing a shift in the tactics of cybercriminals, with long-term identity theft becoming more of a goal than the immediacy of stealing a credit card number,” said Tsion Gonen, Vice-President of Strategy for Identity and Data Protection at Gemalto. “Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes. As data breaches become more personal, we’re starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding.”In addition to the shift toward identity theft, breaches also became more severe last year with two-thirds of the 50 most severe breaches according to their BLI score having occurred in 2014. Also, the number of data breaches involving more than 100 million compromised data records doubled compared to 2013.In terms of industries, retail and financial services experienced the most noticeable trends compared to other industry sectors in 2014. Retail experienced a slight increase in data breaches compared to last year, accounting for 11% of all data breaches in 2014. However, in terms of data records compromised, the retail industry saw its share increase to 55% compared to 29% last year due to an increased number of attacks that targeted point-of-sale systems. For the Financial Services sector, the number of data breaches remained relatively flat year over year, but the average number of records lost per breach increased ten-fold to 1.1 million from 112,000.“Not only are data breach numbers rising, but the breaches are becoming more severe,” added Gonen. “Being breached is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’  Breach prevention and threat monitoring can only go so far and do not always keep the cyber criminals out. Companies need to adopt a data-centric view of digital threats starting with better identity and access control techniques such as multi-factor authentication and the use of encryption and key management to secure sensitive data. That way, if the data is stolen it is useless to the thieves.”Through its acquisition of SafeNet, Gemalto offers one of the most complete portfolios of enterprise security solutions in the world, enabling its customers to enjoy industry-leading protection of digital identities, transactions, payments and data – from the edge to the core.  Gemalto’s complete portfolio of SafeNet Identity and Data Protection solutions enable enterprises across many verticals, including major financial institutions and governments, to take a data-centric approach to security by utilizing innovative encryption methods, best-in-class crypto management techniques, and strong authentication and identity management solutions to protect what matters, where it matters.  Through these solutions, Gemalto helps organizations achieve compliance with stringent data privacy regulations and ensure that sensitive corporate assets, customer information, and digital transactions are safe from exposure and manipulation in order to protect customer trust in an increasingly digital world.For a full summary of data breach incidents by industry, source, type and geographic region, download the 2014 Breach Level Index Report.last_img read more

David Lutalo wins 2nd MTN Caller Tunez Online Award

first_imgMTN’s Retention and Social Media Manager Susan Kayemba hands a Dummy Cheque to David Lutalo at the MTN CRBT Awards prize handover held at MTN Nyonyi gardens Advertisement David Lutalo’s “Manya” single grew in popularity with 10,964 new downloads in October to win the MTN CallerTune of the Month award for the second time. The same song garnered 6,692 unique downloads to win the prize for the most downloaded MTN CallerTune for the month of September in the on-going MTN CallerTunez Online awards initiative.“We are pleased to once again reward David Lutalo for his great song Manya that has become a household tune to MTN customers and music lovers across Uganda. Manya has truly grown into a massive tune on our CallerTunez portal from 6,692 new downloads in September to 10,964 new downloads in October. It’s exciting to note that our customers appreciate Ugandan music and are consuming it in innovative ways like through MTN CallerTunez,” said MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Mapula Bodibe.David Lutalo becomes the first artiste to win MTN CallerTune of the month for two consecutive months. He will get UGX. 2.5M from MTN Uganda as an appreciation for his efforts. Rema Namakula was the first winner of the MTN CallerTunez Award in the inaugural month of August with her song Muchuzi. – Advertisement – “It’s a blessing that I have once again won the MTN CallerTune of the Month in the ongoing MTN CRBT online awards. I am grateful to MTN Uganda for creating the awards which are clearly improving and extending our music’s reach. CallerTunez offer Artistes with a revenue generating alternative more so now when there is no copyright laws implementation and our CD sales continue to decrease.” Remarked David Lutalo.[related-posts]To participate in the CallerTunez online awards, customers simply need to dial *170*2# and download a CallerTune of their choice at only UGX. 550 per month. Lucky customers that participate in downloading CallerTunez stand a chance to win up to UGX 1,000,000 and Huawei devices every month.On his part, Korubare Fulugyensiyo, a resident of Isingiro and winner of MTN CallerTunez customer of the month of October commented, “I am very happy to have won a Huawei Tablet but happier that MTN Uganda always promises and delivers. I call upon all customers to take part in the MTN CallerTunez Online awards by downloading a tune of their choice. They may be the next winners.”Korubare Fulugyensiyo an excited David Lutalo fan from Isingiro receives a Tablet from MTN’s Retention and social media manager Susan Kayemba at Nyonyi Gardens Kololo.MTN continues with its vision of delivering a bold new digital world by innovating through initiatives like CallerTunez online awards. For artistes, CallerTunez are fast becoming an alternative business model, complementing other revenue streams and for customers it’s an affordable way of entertaining themselves while supporting their own.“The awards are to appreciate the artistes who produce the music and the customers who consume the music. I encourage all our customers to download a CallerTune of their choice”, concluded Ms. Mapula.last_img read more

Facebook News Feed Algorithm Update to Curb Tiny Group of Spammers

first_imgFacebook NewsFeed in mobiles. Image Credit: Engadget Advertisement Facebook said on Friday it was changing the computer algorithm behind its News Feed to limit the reach of people known to frequently blast out links to click bait stories, sensationalist websites and misinformation.The move is another step by the world’s largest social network to weed out spam, a battle Facebook has fought for years but that gained urgency after hoax news stories spread widely during last year’s US presidential campaign.Facebook said the change would reduce the influence of a “tiny group” of people it has identified who share vast amounts of low-quality public posts daily. Only about 0.1 percent of people who share more than 50 posts a day fall into that category, the company said. – Advertisement – The change would affect only links shared by those people, not their photos or other posts, the company said.“Our research shows that there is a tiny group of people on Facebook who routinely share vast amounts of public posts per day, effectively spamming people’s feeds,” said Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s vice president for the News Feed, in a blog post.[related-posts]Ahead of the November 8 US presidential election, Facebook users saw false news reports saying Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump and that a federal agent who had been investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was found dead.The algorithm behind the News Feed determines which posts people see from friends, advertisers and other sources, and the order in which they appear depending on how users responded to previous posts.Facebook, which has 2 billion monthly active users, frequently tweaks the computer code behind the News Feed.The latest tweak will have a negligible effect, said Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor who monitors social media, in a telephone interview, adding that Facebook needs to hire more content moderators.“Communications platforms used to employ a whole lot more humans, but what we’ve been led to believe now is that technology will solve everything,” Grygiel said.In May, Facebook announced a change that would give lower prominence to links that lead to pages full of deceptive or annoying ads.A change in August was designed to deemphasise stories with clickbait-style headlines.Friday’s change will de-prioritise links from specific spammers, Mosseri said.source: Reuterslast_img read more

PREVIEW Aston Villa v West Brom

first_img[dropcap]Q[/dropcap]uarter final weekend in the FA Cup and at 5.30pm we get an action replay of Tuesday night’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Brom which saw Villa grab a last gasp penalty to win 2-1.WBA are very poor away from home, having won just one of their last 10 games and Villa were full value for their win.The stats are also on the side of Villa. This is the 13th time these sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup, with Aston Villa progressing nine times and West Brom just three.For Villa, captain Ron Vlaar is expected to be back after a calf injury whilst West Brom’s captain Darren Fletcher is cup tied.Aston Villa v West BromFA Cup5.30pm (BBC1)HEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 Premier Aston Villa 2-1 West BromDec 2014 Premier West Brom 1-0 Aston VillaJan 2014 Premier Aston Villa 4-3 West BromNov 2013 Premier West Brom 2-2 Aston VillaJan 2013 Premier West Brom 2-2 Aston VillaSep 2012 Premier Aston Villa 1-1 West BromApr 2012 Premier West Brom 0-0 Aston VillaOct 2011 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 West BromApr 2011 Premier West Brom 2-1 Aston VillaDec 2010 Premier Aston Villa 2-1 West BromI’m keeping things simple with a win on Villa at around 13/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ASTON VILLA for 4 points at around 13/8 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 99.72 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW England v India 3rd Test

first_imgSport can be the scene of great comebacks for many reasons but even by modern standards Ben Stokes’ return to the fray is a remarkable one and it looks likely that the England all-rounder will be celebrating victory on his return to the squad.A week is a long time in sport and what looked as if it could be one of best series seen here for a good few years is quickly on the verge of becoming a damp squib, thanks to some brilliant bowling from the hosts and terrible batting from the visitors.The second test went England’s way at Lord’s despite the Test nearly being rained off, and after a cool week with constant clouds, India were caught in a perfect storm. According to @TheCricketProfessor, there were only 13 Test matches since 2006 when bowlers found more swing in one particular innings – the ball was moving at an average of 2.83 degrees through the day. Analyst Ben Jones calculated that on the second day, “No bowling attack in world cricket has found more swing in the last three years than the 1.7° England found.”!With the floodlights constantly on and the dark clouds above, there was little that could be done as England’s four bowlers tore through the Indian lineup.The worry for India is that conditions are not going to change. Trent Bridge has traditionally always been a haven for swing and the average first-innings total in the last 11 Tests is 299. Tests there tend to become shootouts – Australia were bowled out for just 60 in the 2015 Ashes when Stuart Broad took 8/15 and South Africa managed to skittle England for 205 & 133 last summer.The toss will play a big part here – eight of the last 11 Tests which have produced results at Trent Bridge have been won by the side batting first – but England (8/13 to win the test with starsports.bet) are worthy favourites with the weather set to be cloudy for the five days.Bowlers ought to have a field day and Virat Kohli will be delighted to have Jasprit Bumrah back to assist Mohammed Shami in the swing bowling department. Shami is unlucky not to have more wickets so far and is far more accurate than Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav.Ben Stokes replaces Sam Curran – unfortunate to lose his position after starring at Edgbaston – and there should be a good battle on for the top wicket-taker in the first innings. Woakes was bowling brilliantly once he was settled at Lord’s, but James Anderson (9/4 to take the most wickets in the first innings with starsports.bet) picked up nine wickets for 43 runs at Lord’s and his Test record at Trent Bridge – 60 wickets at 18.95 – suggests he’ll be at it again.In terms of the batting markets, it could be best to try Johnny Bairstow. He’s the top run-scorer during the series and will be protected from the moving ball thanks to his position at 5, a big bonus at Trent Bridge.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK JOHNNY BAIRSTOW Top England First Innings Batsman 5 pts at 13/2 with starsports.betBACK JAMES ANDERSON Top England First Innings Wicket Taker 5 pts at 9/4 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 131.23 points(not including Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

Fondren Library Acquires McMurtry Collection

first_imgShare CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE:(713) 831-4792E-MAIL: pmontgom@rice.edu MCMURTRY MANUSCRIPTS, NOTES ARRIVE AT RICEA major collection of manuscripts by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Larry McMurtry, including novels, movie scripts and videos of daily filming for “Streets of Laredo”–complete with scribbled notes complaining because the TV towns needed more dust–arrived at Rice’s Fondren Library this week. The collection contains papers showing McMurtry’s obsession with the proper look and feel of the made-for-television movies that are based on his novels “Dead Man’s Walk” and “Streets of Laredo.” He complained in handwritten notes to the producers of “Streets of Laredo,” which starred James Garner, that one actor’s coat was too new, another couldn’t ride a horse, and that a principal cast member was guilty of overacting.The manuscripts arrived at Rice in 44 large plastic crates, delivered to Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center, the permanent home of the collection. The list of McMurtry manuscripts includes: “Texasville,” “Flim Flam: Essays on Hollywood,” “Anything for Billy,” “Some Can Whistle,” “Buffalo Girls,” “The Evening Star,” “Streets of Laredo,” “The Late Child,” “Dead Man’s Walk,” “Comanche Moon,” “Terms of Endearment” and an unpublished, ongoing work in McMurtry’s handwriting titled “The Dairy Queen.”Also included are collaborative works of McMurtry and Diana Ossana. The inventory of McMurtry and Ossana works include the manuscripts for the novels “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “Zeke and Ned.” Other works include the papers from two television mini-series “Dead Man’s Walk” and “Streets of Laredo.” Those papers include original scripts, production files, video cassettes of each day’s shooting, pertinent reference books, and correspondence with producers, directors and agents.Rice and McMurtry have a long relationship. He earned his master’s degree from Rice in 1960. He served as an associate professor of English at Rice from 1969 to 1972. He left Rice to devote himself to writing.Rice University is a leading American research university–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superior teaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate and professional programs, residential college system, collaborative and interdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### AddThislast_img read more