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

How does Paul Guenther feel about facing his longtime former team?

first_imgALAMEDA — Paul Guenther tried to stop Bengals opponents for 13 seasons. On Sunday, he’ll try and stop his longest-tenured employer for the first time.Guenther served as a defensive assistant in Cincinnati from 2005-13, then as defensive coordinator from 2014-17 before joining Jon Gruden’s staff in 2018. He’ll return to his old home for the first time this weekend when the Raiders (3-10) visit the Bengals (5-8), the only difference his black outfit accompanied by a splash of silver instead of …last_img read more

South African women marine pilots make history

first_imgRay Maota Precious Dube and Pinky Zungu aretwo of the marine pilots who recentlyreceived their open licences.(Image: TNPA) Marine pilots guide ships throughdangerous or congested waters, suchas harbours. However, they still only actas advisors to the captain, who retainslegal, overriding command of the vessel.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jozi DonjeanyMeropa Communications: Senior consultant+27 31 201 0550 or +27 79 898 2211RELATED ARTICLES• SA opera diva’s big win in Moscow• SA maritime industry set to grow• Maritime sector a major job spinner• New DHL service to boost US-SA trade• Aviation, matirime careers for youthThree South African women have set the standard in Africa by becoming the first black female marine pilots on the continent to gain open licences, enabling them to navigate ships of all sizes and types into local waters.Precious Dube, Bongiwe Mbambo and Pinky Zungu, who are three of only five female marine pilots in South Africa, are tasked with guiding ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbours.The marine pilot acts as an advisor to the captain, who maintains legal, overriding command of the vessel.Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), said: “The maritime sector used to be one that was closed off to the historically disadvantaged, including women, but this is changing and we are geared for even greater success stories than this.”The three women are products of the TNPA’s development scheme, which has been encouraging more equitable participation in the maritime sector since the 1990s.Transnet offers aspirant students bursaries to complete a national diploma in maritime studies – specialising in navigation, and a national diploma in marine mechanical engineering.These courses can be taken at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology.Rufus Lekala, chief harbour master in South Africa and the youngest in the world, said: “These women have put us on the map once more and should be very proud of their achievements.”Winning the trust of sceptical captainsDube, from Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal, was the first in the group to gain an open licence.“The captains of foreign ships can be very sceptical when you’re a woman because it’s not common for them to see a female marine pilot; although I’ve heard there are a few in the US and possibly Australia,” she said.Dube said she had to demonstrate her knowledge of the port to the male ship captains before they were confident of her ability to steer their vessels into and out of the harbour.The two other women to qualify with an open licence have also shattered preconceptions and – in one case – even become somewhat of a spectacle.Mbambo, originally from Esikhawini on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal and now living in Glenwood in Durban, recalled how a ship captain actually video-recorded and photographed her while doing her job.Zungu added: “Being at sea was difficult at first. I was the only cadet and the only female on a Russian cruise ship where only the captain spoke English well.”Luckily, she eventually met another South African woman on board to whom she could relate.“Today I love my job and can imagine myself still doing this at the age of 65,” she said.Climbing the ranksThe group’s journey from cadet to master pilot was a lengthy one, involving many assessments and exams.The women were part of Transnet’s one-year maritime programme and did practical at-sea training on shipping lines such as Safmarine and the Unicorn.Training at sea was followed by an oral exam. Once they passed this, they became junior deck officers who auto-piloted vessels and managed safety equipment.The next step was becoming tug masters and then, after another year’s course, junior pilots.Becoming junior pilots enabled the trio to move up the ranks and through different grades until they reached their open-licence milestone.last_img read more

Sidhu’s TV show puts govt. in a spot

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to seek legal opinion on whether his Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu can continue to appear as a celebrity judge on a popular television show. “Capt. Amarinder has said he is not sure what the law says regarding a Cabinet minister working on a television programme, and will have to ask the State’s advocate general to give legal advice on the matter,” his media advisor, Raveen Thukral, told The Hindu.Conflict of interest“It’s about whether there’s any conflict of interest if he [Mr. Sidhu] continues to work in television…If there is any, then the Chief Minister will talk to him [Mr. Sidhu] and bring it to his knowledge,” he added.The controversy erupted after Mr. Sidhu recently said that he will continue to appear on a popular TV show as a celebrity judge. “TV shows will not interfere with my Cabinet responsibilities. The public had elected me five times with what I have been doing…If they don’t have a problem, why should anyone else have it,” Mr. Sidhu had said. ‘Not office of profit’He insisted that his TV shows will not interfere with his Cabinet responsibilities. “I have no liquor, sand mining or transport business like former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. I earn a living through TV shows and I will be in Chandigarh from Monday to Thursday and in Amritsar from Friday to Sunday. What I do at night should not be anyone’s concern. I will take first flight back to Punjab after TV shoots in Mumbai,” he said.Mr. Sidhu, who currently holds the portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs, has been maintaining that doing a TV show does not come under the ambit of “office of profit”.Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur has come out in support of his husband through a Facebook post, saying that the issue was being over-hyped without any reason.“Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic,” she wrote on Facebook. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

SA vs Ire: South Africa beat Ireland by 131 runs

first_imgJean-Paul Duminy missed his century by a single run as South Africa beat Ireland by a massive 131-run margin in their World Cup Group B match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday. ScoreChasing 273, Ireland were bundled out for 141 in 33.2 overs.Like South Africa, Ireland too saw their opener William Porterfield walk back early. A good length ball from round the wicket that was pitched on the off by Morne Morkel, saw the left-hander nick the ball to Graeme Smith in the slips when the score was 8/1 off the last ball of the second over.South Africa could have got another one early had Morkel no dropped Paul Stirling in the third over. But, the joy was short-lived for the Irish team as in the very next over Morkel made amends and got the better of Stirling with Jacques Kallis performing the final rites. Stirling fell for 10 and South Africa lost their second wicket on 19/2. Then came a lull as far as South Africa bowlers were concerend as both Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien were trying hard to build the innings. But, the storm wasn’t far away and it took the shape of Jacques Kallis. Kallis struck on the fifth ball of his first over to despatch Niall on 10 and Ireland lost their third wicket on 35.The spinners too got going with offie Johan Botha claiming Ed Joyce on 51/4.Finally, Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The duo had put 41 runs on board for the fifth wicket when another spinner.advertisementThis time a left-arm spinner Robin Peterson got rid of ‘giant killer’ Kevin on 19 to reduced Ireland to 92/5 in 22 overs. But his over was far from over and on the fifth ball of the same over he got the other man who had got the partnership going. Wilson fell on 31 off a LBW decision that even saw the Irish team waste their review. Ireland were now 95/6.A few minutes later Peterson got rid of Alex Cusack to increase his victims tally to three and reduce Ireland on 107/7. From here on things just fell apart for the Ireland team as the last three wickets fell in the space of 34 runs.Morkel and Peterson finished with three wickets a piece.South Africa inningsEarlier, J.P. Duminy scored a fine 99 as South Africa put 272/7 on board after being put to bat.It turned out to be a rather poor start for the South Africans as they lost their opener Hashim Amla early. Amla fell trying to play an upper cut off Boyd Rankin. The ball took a thickish edge of his bat and George Dockrell took a fine catch in the deep. He scored 18 of 17 balls. South Africa lost their first wicket on 18/1 in the 5th over.The slide started with that wicket as soon South Africa were reduced to 117/5 with their in-form batsmen back in the pavillion.Skipper Graeme Smith, who has been out of form since long, was the second wicket of the day out on a run out. South Africa lost him on 52/2 in the 10th over. Smith managed to score just seven runs.But, there was more to come as Dockrell clean bowled Morne van Wyk and Jacques Kallis got run out and South Africa were reduced to 95/4 in the 21st over.The Proteas plight was far from over. Soon Faf du Plessis too walked back when the score was a partly 117/5. Paul Stirling flighted the ball outside the off-stump, Plessis was lured into playing a shot and an edge off his bat was easily taken by Trent Johnston in the slips cordon. South Africa fell to 117/5 in the 27th over. Finally, J.P. Duminy and Colin Ingram provided some stablity to the South Africa innings. However, just when things were looking up for South Africa, Johnston struck again to send Ingram back. A slower ball from him deceived the batsman, who went for a sweep but the ball kept low and struck his stumps to reduce South Africa to 204/6 in the 40th over. Ingram put 87 runs for the sixth wicket with Duminy before getting out on 46.Towards the end Duminy and Johan Botha helped South Africa reach a decent total at the Eden Gardens. The duo put on 65 runs for the seventh wicket before Duminy fell on 99 while attempting a big hit in the last over off John Mooney. He didn’t quite time the ball and ended up giving a catch to Johnston in the deep. He fell when the South Africa score was 269.advertisementBotha and Robin Petersen remained unbeaten to help South Africa post 272/7 in 50 overs.last_img read more