North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime

first_imgThe North Donegal Community Network (NDCN) and An Garda Síochána have joined forces to roll out a new ‘Community Safety Campaign’ across North Donegal targeting the real threat to public safety of Cyber-crime, scams and fraud, and to promote public awareness on the issue.Sergeant Rory Harrison who is a forensic and a computer science expert with the Gardaí is leading out on the initiative under the direction of Superintendent David Kelly in response to the increase in the number of cyber-crimes being reported by people in Donegal.Chairperson of NDCN, Benny Trearty said: “Cyber-crimes can affect people from all ages, backgrounds and professions. The scammers will try and take money from anyone. “They are experts at what they do and are targeting good people in a multitude of ways. They really don’t care who you are if they can profit from what they do.”NDCN have worked with An Garda Síochána to pilot three ‘Staying Safe Online’ events in Termon, Dunfanaghy and Cranford during May 2019, taking a lead on the issue on behalf of communities across North Donegal.The talks cover a variety of issues including credit-card fraud, malware, phishing, password fraud, hacking, data breaches, online exploitation, identity theft, ransom and impersonation.NDCN community representative James Trearty added: “We believe that keeping the community informed about the different types of crimes and tactics used is critical. “Crime is crime, it’s just that criminals are now using different tactics online. There should be no fear in the public’s mind and the public are encouraged to report any form of crime to An Garda Síochána whether online or otherwise.“An Garda Síochána’s main concern is about public safety online and about fraud prevention. We are responding to the ever-increasing range of tactics used by criminals online.“Our approach to public protection focuses on education, awareness and prevention. This is the focus of the talks, how to protect you and your family online. Parents will find these talks of huge benefit.”The final in the series of the pilot talks is on this Monday night 20th May in Cranford Community Centre at 8pm.All are welcome so please feel free to come along on the evening. North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gardaí issue road safety plea ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

first_imgThis August Bank Holiday period the An Garda Síochána is appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads.Gardaí issued the warning as the county prepares itself for a busy holiday period – statistics indicating an increased risk of collisions during public holidays.They are now appealing to all road users to play their part in helping to ensure the safe use of our roads. A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána said: “We dread going to the scene of a serious or a fatal road traffic collision.“We really dread having to call to a home to break the worst imaginable news to a family and we do know as we drive up the laneway of a home that what we are about to say will bring their whole world crashing down around them.“It is soul-destroying and in many cases it is avoidable.“Please do not ever drive under the influence of drink or drugs, do not speed and always wear your seatbelt. The results of drink, drug driving or speed can be utterly devastating. “We hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend and please drive with care for yourself and others.” Gardaí issue road safety plea ahead of Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Even Warriors’ Steve Kerr can appreciate Raptors’ biggest fan

first_imgHe’s the Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan. He always sits in the same floor seat at Scotiabank Arena. He’s so recognizable that he can often be seen chatting with players and coaches from the opposing teams.He’s apparently even got a fan in Warriors coach Steve Kerr.And the most surprising thing about this superfan? It’s not Drake who we’re talking about.Meet Nav Bhatia, a man we’ll be seeing a lot of when the Warriors play in Toronto in the first two games of the NBA Finals beginning Thursday …last_img read more

South African women benefit from entrepreneurial programme

first_imgThe Department Of Water and Sanitation recently launched a three-year entrepreneurship programme which gives women the opportunity to mentor each other and learn about business.Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, was in Johannesburg on Friday 14 October to launch the Women in Water Empowerment Programme that will support 90 female-owned companies.Besides offering knowledge and support, the initiative will also help the entrepreneurs become more effective and efficient in delivering water and sanitation related services to the public, said the department.Mokonyane said they are especially targeting rural development initiatives. She added that the goal is to create jobs, empower women and invest in skills.Watch the minister talk about the benefits for the youth:The programmeThe Women in Water Empowerment Programme has three divisions: the Mentorship Project, the Entrepreneurship Incubator Project, and the Women’s Forum.The Mentorship Project aims to:Build a network of partners.Provide knowledge in dealing with partners, networks and clients.Refine the product or service offering.Provide introduction workshops, interactive follow-up sessions, and training where there are gaps.The Entrepreneurship Incubator Project focuses on growing and transforming the economy, creating jobs and attracting investment.The project will cover:Skills development, assessment and support.Business and entrepreneurship analysis.Clear achievable short term (three to six months) and longer term (one year) milestones for beginners and intermediates.A clear mechanism for preferential procurement.Listen to a few of the women talk about their companies:Money already spent on small business ownersAccording to Mokonyane, the spending on past initiatives didn’t support entrepreneurs well enough.She said the department spent R13.5-billion on procurement between 2015 and 2016, of which R2.2-billion was spent on small business. That is 16% of the total procurement for the period.Of that portion, just R1.1-billion was spent on black-owned companies. Of the amount dedicated to black business, R102-million was spent on women-owned companies and R738 000 spent on youth. Persons with disabilities received nothing, said Mokonyane.The other R1.1-billion of the small business expenditure went to procurement of goods and services from white-owned businesses.Mokonyane said there has been a 12% improvement in spending on SMMEs over the last two years. “It is, therefore, against the backdrop of this poor showing that we go over our commitment for transformation. [We] have made it a point to focus on tangible procurement transformation by ensuring that women, youth and persons with disabilities are specifically targeted in the current procurement processes,” she said.Mokonyane said the incubator forms part of government’s year long programme in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March.She said the project options being considered are:Full scale dam projects (small and large) and large upgrades.Sanitation projects.River rehabilitation projects.The Rehabilitation of Canals programme.Sources: The South African Government, Department: Water and Sanitation, Facebook, and SouthAfrica.info reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Court summons man in Unnao frame-up case

first_imgA Delhi court on Saturday summoned another person for allegedly conspiring to frame Unnao rape survivor’s father in a case of illegal firearms possession after taking cognisance of a supplementary charge sheet filed by the CBI. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma directed Sharadveer Singh to appear before it on September 5. The court had earlier framed charges against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar, three former U.P. policemen and five others for allegedly framing the rape survivor’s father in an illegal arms possession case.False documentsThe court noted on Saturday that Singh was part of the alleged conspiracy to frame the rape survivor’s father by planting arms and for falsely implicating him by creating false documents. The CBI named Singh for offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 166 (public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document), 193 (false evidence), 201 (disappearance of evidence) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record ) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act. The court had earlier also framed all the accused for allegedly murdering the rape survivor’s father while in judicial custody. The counsel of the rape survivor and her mother, advocate Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, had earlier told the court that there were lapses in the CBI investigation and further probe was required to bring forth the role of others involved in the alleged conspiracy. The CBI had told the court that further investigation was going on and it may come up with a supplementary charge sheet in the case. The woman was allegedly raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor. The court had also framed the MLA in the rape case. The rape survivor’s father was arrested on April 3, 2018, and died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018.last_img read more

‘Salah, Mane and Firmino are unbelievable’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Mane and Firmino earn ‘unbelievable’ praise from Liverpool colleague Can Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool celebrate Mane Firmino Can Salah Liverpool Premier League Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané The Reds’ fearsome attacking unit has been in dazzling form of late, with impressed team-mates at Anfield among those quick to sing their praises Plaudits continue to rain down on Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with Emre Can the latest to hail their “unbelievable” talents.The Reds have been full of goals this season, with their collective tally across all competitions passing 100 during a Premier League meeting with West Ham.A fearsome attacking unit has contributed 66 efforts towards that century, with Salah leading the way with 31 during a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino, meanwhile, has 22 goals to his name and Mane 13, with the in-form trio all on the scoresheet once again in a crushing 4-1 victory over the Hammers.Can told Liverpool’s official website after another star showing: “It’s amazing. The front three can score in every game at any minute. It’s unbelievable how good they are. They did it again.”We are always happy if they can score and we win.”Germany international Can actually opened the scoring against West Ham, with the 24-year-old nodding home from a well-rehearsed set-piece.”I’m happy that I could score because we trained it and I scored like that,” she added.”It’s always good when you train something and score like that. I’m happy, of course, when I can score and help the team.”It remains to be seen how much longer Can will be around to aid the Liverpool cause, as he heads towards the end of his contract and free agency, but for now he remains fully committed to the cause.“It’s a really important [time of the season],” said a man being heavily linked with a summer move to Juventus.“The next game is next week against Newcastle at home again – and we want to win that as well. We have to look from game to game and our aim is to win every game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Learning Framework for Public Sector

first_img In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework. The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector. Story Highlights In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector.Another pillar will deal with the minimum level of training that any public service officer ought to have within any year.Additionally, she said the framework speaks to professional pathways, ensuring that every job within the public service falls within a particular professional grouping.The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping.She said this will be the competency framework pillar.“While we know that leadership would be a key competence, given the importance of it for the transformation that is envisaged for the public service, it has been itemised also as a pillar under the framework,” Dr. Brown said.Information and communications technology (ICT) is another pillar, as all the other pillars rely on the requisite ICT.“With the ICT pillar, at any point in time a public officer, or his or her manager can see how he or she is progressing in terms of development along a professional pathway using these,” she said.“Based on this pillar also, Government officials will be able to see how many persons we have across the public sector who are trained in a particular area,” Dr. Brown added.The CEO emphasised that the framework will anchor and sustain the transformation.Another pillar of the framework will be Government Learning needs analysis,which is a comprehensive analysis to determine the gaps in knowledge competency within the public service.The final pillar will be the orientation and reorientation of public sector workers, Dr. Brown noted.This will include new employees to the public service receiving a standard orientation of the public sector; gaining knowledge about Government formation, and reporting relationships. Additionally, existing staff will be reoriented.The CEO said that implementation should take approximately three years, and that MIND has been working with the Cabinet office; the Ministry of Finance and other key stakeholders for the implementation.last_img read more

Fans friends identify Toronto rapper Robin Banks as victim in Woodbridge shooting

first_imgAdvertisement “I would appreciate it if all my followers can pray for @RobinBanksTT #stoptheviolence #repost,” Toronto rapper and Banks’ collaborator Pressa shared over Instagram and Twitter.Their track, “Wass Gang” released in November 2015 recently surpassed two million views on Youtube.Banks’ management company, Up Top Movements, weren’t immediately available for comment. Advertisement York Region police responded to reports of a shooting outside the Cameo Lounge on Steeles Ave. W., near Weston Rd., around 2:45 a.m. Emergency crews arrived to find three people suffering from gunshot wounds. A woman and man, both 26, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.A 22-year-old man from Toronto remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. Police refused to identify him. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The shooting happened inside and outside (the hookah lounge),” said Const. Andy Pattenden.There were as many as 150 people inside the club at the time of the shooting, he said.Police issued a warrant Tuesday for Rushawn Anderson, 19, and Nicholas Rhoden, 26. Both Toronto men are wanted for attempted murder and are considered armed and dangerous. Police are also looking for a 2013 black, four-door Honda Accord with the licence plate BZMX 845. Advertisement Login/Register With: York Region police have refused to confirm that a man critically hurt in a shooting at a Woodbridge hookah lounge early Monday was Toronto rapper Robin Banks.But hundreds of fans, friends and collaborators, are using the #PrayforRobinBanks hashtag over social media to send their blessings and prayers, hoping the 22-year-old artist will recover.Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill shared a photo of Banks over Instagram with a caption that read “Pray 4 da kid” that has been liked nearly 27,000 times. Twitterlast_img read more