Month: July 2019


SAINTS beat Salford 3212 on Friday – but the win

first_imgSAINTS beat Salford 32-12 on Friday – but the win came at a cost as Keiron Cunningham explains:“I expected what they threw at us – that is definitely the strongest Salford team you will have seen for the last two or three weeks. Rangi Chase was influential for them and they had a lot of possession.“Part of me says the team were dumb at times but part of me says you have to tip your hat to us as we were resilient once again.“We weren’t as good as previous weeks, but that probably was down to what Salford threw at us.“We went into some dark places tonight; it’s hard when you’re down on numbers and you lose the energy battle. That is the time your middle makes errors with the weight of possession and we did well to come out with the result. We lost four in the end and it hurt us. We had to try and juggle the team and defend Mark Flanagan on an edge.“In the end I am very happy with the win – but it is a costly win for us.“James Roby hurt his hand, Josh Jones his shoulder and they will both be assessed early in the week. When I saw the Tommy (Makinson) incident on the video it didn’t look good but he is up walking so the signs are good. We will have to suck it and see what happens.”He continued: “We scored some sensational tries. In the first half we had two good ball sets and scored twice. When we lost players we lost our shape and when Luke Thompson went off I was happy to get the victory from there. Shannon McDonnell was great and Tommy Mak superb.”last_img read more

Its derby week and Saints travel to Wigan on Thur

first_imgIt’s derby week and Saints travel to Wigan on Thursday (7:45pm) knowing they will finish top of the Betfred Super League heading into the Super 8s.Justin Holbrook’s men are eight points clear of the Warriors and will look to make that ten with their 13th win in a row.However, form counts for nothing in a derby and Shaun Wane will have his side fired up to check the table topper’s progress.Tickets for this match remain on sale from the Ticket Office and there is FREE coach travel available for 2018 Members.To claim simply call into the ticket office or telephone 01744 455 052.You can buy your tickets via the two options above, or online here.last_img

Angler catches 12foot long Tiger shark on Topsail Island

first_imgTeam reels in large shark on Topsail Island (Photo: Get Bent LBSF) TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY/Carolina Sportsman) — A angler recently caught a shark that was more than 12 feet long along an area beach.The Carolina Sportmans reports David Schmidt of Holly Ridge, N.C. and the Get Bent land-based shark-fishing team celebrate big sharks from late August through October, because that’s when they’re showing up off the beach of Topsail Island.- Advertisement – On Sept. 14, Schmidt paddled out his favorite bait and wound up getting bowed up with a beast ― a 12-foot-3 tiger shark estimated to weigh between 700 and 750 pounds.Around 7:30 that evening, Schmidt and his teammates set up shop at their usual spot on the beach, and Schmidt hopped in his kayak to deliver a 10-pound chunk of tarpon about 500 yards out, where the water reaches 20-foot depths. After a good soak with the bait held in place by a 12-ounce spider weight, it was picked up close to 11:30 by a fast-moving target, and Schmidt strapped into his fighting harness to fight back.Related Article: Shark off Big Island bites tourist’s thigh“As soon as it hit, I knew it was a good fish,” Schmidt said, “because it wasn’t like a slow roll or anything. That thing ate the bait and it was taking off quick.”Despite its grand entrance, the shark’s strength seemed to wane, and that gave Schmidt the opportunity to gain line.Read the full story.last_img read more

Duke Energy asks customers to reduce electricity use during cold snap

first_imgDuke Energy (Photo: WSOC) Duke Energy Progress officials are asking customers to reduce electricity use until 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 to help avoid potential high energy demand on the electric grid caused by frigid temperatures, according to a news release.The release said Duke Energy Progress serves customers in western and eastern North Carolina including Raleigh, Wilmington and the Asheville region, and northeastern South Carolina including Sumter and Florence.- Advertisement – To help lessen energy demand on the power grid during the extreme cold expected Monday and reduce the potential for isolated power outages, Duke Energy Progess offers the following tips:Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.Turn off unnecessary lighting.Postpone household chores that require electrical appliances.Unplug cellphone / tablet chargers. These devices draw energy even when not in use. Operate ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room. Leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.For more tips, you can visit: read more

Charges dismissed in Leland cellphone fraud case

first_imgDaniel Gbediame, 26, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. LELAND, NC (StarNews) – Charges were dismissed Monday against a Fayetteville man arrested in August on allegations he fraudulently obtained over $11,000 in new cellphones.According to a news release at the time of the arrest, Daniel Kwaku Gbediame, 26, was charged by the Leland Police Department with obtaining property by false pretenses in the amount of $11,550 in new cell phones.- Advertisement – The release stated officials believed Gbediame was “involved in multi-jurisdiction fraud involving new cellular phones.”But on Monday the Brunswick County charges against Gbediame were dismissed, according to the Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office.last_img

Brunswick Co to turn on water sewer for disconnected customers

first_imgTap water (Photo: MGN) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County will turn on services for all water and sewer customers that were disconnected for non-payment prior to Hurricane Florence, until County offices re-open so payment arrangements can be made.Brunswick County will also waive all late fees during this period, until normal operations resume in the County.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Inspections will open a temporary satellite office in Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow) in the concession stand building. The satellite office will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily beginning Thursday, Sept. 20. The satellite office will offer permitting services and inspections for storm-related issues.last_img

Ombudsman Report Cases increase by 6 in 2018

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> While the number of written complaints the Ombudsman dealt with increased in 2018, increases were primarily focused on cases seen by Commissioners.According to the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2018, the office dealt with 553 complaints, 33 more than 2017 (6%). However, the Parliamentary Ombudsman saw fewer than 7% last year (313 – 2018 / 336 – 2017). In contrast, there were increases seen across the Commissioners for Education, Environment and Planning and Health.In numbers, the Education Commissioner saw 54 cases compared to 39 last year (up 38%), Environment and Planning 84 compared to 62 (up 35%) and Health saw 102 compared to 83 (up 23%).The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s cases still remained 57% of the total case load for 2018.Referring to just over the last two decades to 2018, the Ombudsman has seen a gradual decrease in the number of written complaints. This has dropped from 1,112 in 1996 to 313 in 2018. In comparison, the number of written enquiries received has dropped since 1996 but fluctuated considerably until 2018, from 849 in 1996 to 438 in 2018.Credit: Ombudsman Annual Report 2018Majority of complaints received by sectors under Office of Prime Minister According the report, 46 cases connected to sectors operating under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) were received during 2018.The majority of these were raised about Identity Malta (Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs) (12), closely followed by the People and Standards Division (9). Of the 48 received just over half were investigated (28) and just over a third didn’t involve the sector (18).The second largest number of complaints by sector, were received by the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP). The majority of the 39 complaints received pertained to the Lands Authority (Lands) (17) and to Transport Malta (15).The third largest sector of complaints was the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity (MFCS) with 32 total complaints. The Department of Social Security accounted for the majority of these with 20 complaints.Interestingly, the largest number of complaints directed to the Ministry for Energy and Water Management (MEW), referred to the water and electricity utilities company ARMS. The company received almost half of all the complaints (15) lodged at the Energy Ministry (31). Of those 15, 13 were investigated.The full report can be viewed here: WhatsApplast_img read more

Googles Knowledge Graphs making Search intelligent

first_imgAdvertisement As the Internet becomes readily available and continues to play an integral role in our everyday life, Google has been improving its algorithms to further personalize the search experience.At an event in Kampala, Google’s Uganda Country manager Ham Namakajjo explained the company’s latest search feature, Google Knowledge graphs.The graph is made up of a database of over 500 million real-world people, places and things as well as 3.5 billion defining attributes and connections which aims to understand people’s search queries and provide some added information in a box on the right hand side of the search results page. – Advertisement – Namakajjo says that the perfect search engine should understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want. Amit Singhal, Google’s search chief has described the addition of the knowledge graph as a “quantum leap” towards search connecting to real life requests and moving away from key words.Namakajjo goes on to say that with the Knowledge Graph project, they have started teaching Google search what real-world things are; everything from roller coasters, to famous artists, to bodies of water and how they’re all connected.“But in the future we want to offer a computer that works just like the one in Star Trek – it should be smart enough to tell you: ‘You’re going to London tomorrow, the weather is rainy, bring an umbrella.’ Or ‘Here’s an article about your favourite football player that you didn’t know about.’ Imagine actually having an intelligent conversation with your computer,” Namakajjo adds.He however says that for that to happen, Google needs to get smarter. It needs to “think” more along the wavelength of people. And that’s what we’re trying to build.Today the Internet has become a vital tool in every aspect of life and the Google Knowledge Graph project is a step in the right direction in as far as making knowledge accessible is concerned.last_img read more

Cybercrime fight intesified in Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement The Tanzania Global Learning Centre (TaGLA) has organised a three-day face to face workshop on cyber security and its effects on corporate businesses and government institutions in Arusha Region on April 16-19 this year.This workshop is relevant due to increased cyber risks. The aim is to provide public awareness, understanding and experience on cyber attacks, which often target companies, organisations and government bodies, which are now technologically interconnected.Corporate or government businesses can be at risk if there is no effective machinery to detect and check cyber attacks, which result in financial losses, intrusion of privacy and security. Participants will be able to acquire some hands-on experience on how to effectively carry out corporate cyber security, knowledge on internet policies and cyber security and key security skills to enhance their daily cyber crime controls, monitoring and prevention. – Advertisement – So, it is useful to computer security and technical support personnel, system administrators, network programmers, database administrators, network administrators, network engineers, IT managers, IT auditors and all IT stakeholders from private and public sectors as well as military and police personnel.The workshop will be facilitated through a blended approach comprising lectures, group work and presentations. After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be assessed on the content and a certificate will be issued to each of them.Cyber security is an amalgamation of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programmes and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access. “The threat is advancing quicker than we can keep up with it. It changes faster than our idea of the risk.It’s no longer possible to write a large white paper about the risk to a particular system. You would be rewriting the white paper constantly…,” says US security services provider Adam Vincent. Linked to cyber threats is an increase in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) skimming incidents, whereby criminals are stealing money from ATMs using fake debit/credit cards.Some bank customers now prefer opening their accounts with mobile phone companies to keeping their money in banks for fear that it could be stolen at anytime. So, the misuse of ICT is threatening stakeholders whether at individual, corporate or government levels.“Cyber security is extremely important in today’s world. Since new viruses are always created, computer and internet users must increase their cyber security literacy and skills,” says a Dar es Salaam-based computer technician, Thomas John.He notes that without adequate up-to-date cyber security literacy, computer and internet users will be at great risk for they may find themselves being spied on and their information stolen unawares. According to the TaGLA Training and Information Services Manager Dickson Mwanyika, the workshop will enable participants to acquire practical knowledge on internet policies and key cyber security skills to enhance daily controls, monitoring and prevention of cyber crime.He says senior researchers and cyber security experts will cover various topics on the subject matter. Kenyan trainers on fraud detection, investigation and prevention, Abdallah Komesha and Kitonyi Augustine, say since the effects of fraud including cyber attacks have far reaching consequences, organisations suffer financially and so managers should set clear guidelines and mechanisms of dealing with them.Although ICT has facilitated communication, it can easily be manipulated to steal personal information, cause financial losses and psychological burdens to victims. You might have received e-mails from unknown sources and wondered how they got your e-mail address.You might have also heard of people, whose personal communication has been invaded by other users to their advantage. This just shows you how important cyber security is. Computer users everywhere are vulnerable to spyware. This is a type of software that spies on what one does on one’s computer by transmitting personally identifiable information from one’s computer to some place without the user’s knowledge.Spyware programmes collect personal information, such as internet surfing sites visited. The result is slow connection speed, loss of internet connection or functionality of other programmes or computer damage. Cyber attacks go against security policies.The distributor of spyware usually presents a programme as a free useful tool or software agent. Users download and install the software without immediately suspecting that it causes harm to them. “Key loggers record what keys one presses on one’s keyboard and so we must be aware of this type of fraud,” says Komesha.“Scammers can use one’s details to steal one’s online banking password or other personal information and use the information fraudulently. A key logger can be connected to one’s computer for fraud purposes without the knowledge of the user. So, it is good to familiarise oneself with how spyware is done to protect one’s personal information saved on the computer,” says Augustine.Spyware may cause direct and indirect economic decline due to losses suffered by prominent corporations and firms and their clients. Through the use of computer and internet services, users can nowadays communicate faster, while in the past they relied on letter writing only, which was time consuming.So, letter writing has dropped considerably thanks to ICT advancement, but there are side effects of ICT advancement, which we have to deal with to protect personal information from being accessed by unauthorised users. Tanzania is rapidly changing because of ICT advancement and people can now communicate and get things done faster.This is a great leap in development, which needs to be maintained. People, who have access to internet services prefer sending e-mails to writing letters to family members, friends, business partners, companies, organisations or institutions. Besides computers, mobile phones have also e-mail and SMS facilities.As a result, more and more people can access e-learning, e-government and e-commerce services and know what is happening. Thus, computer users must know about cyber security and protect personal information from theft, while remaining linked to other users. It requires detection and investigative skills to deal with cyber attacks, whenever they occur.Detecting spyware is difficult and should be made an aspect of routine business in both the public and private sectors. Resources must be allocated specifically for the task. But all these risks can be minimised if more and more employees in the public and private sectors know how to protect personal, company, organisational or institutional information from being stolen, which can endanger people’s lives and national securityCredit: Daily Newslast_img read more

BENS BLOG Cheltenham 2014 God is a Bookmaker

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, do you sometimes question the meaning of life and what comes next? Often, I ask myself whether the Punters & Staff will be allowed into Heaven? Or if a separate area, with counsellors on hand to deal with all of their problems and impositions, will be provided for them? Attending events such as Cheltenham and Royal Ascot, really is so painful, having to repeatedly see the faces, of those who have knocked or rumped you, one way or another over the years. I hope it won’t be like that for the rest of eternity for myself and my Bookmaker brethren.What I can assure you of though, Blog, is that God is, in fact, a Bookmaker. How do I know this? How has this piece of divine inspiration reached my disturbed mind? Well, when he built Cheltenham, it obviously took some time. Shall we say a week? There is the perfect layout of the course to consider. The viewing, without equal. And the fabulous hills that sit in the background.There was one thing that he didn’t forget though…One vital aspect, of a racecourse, that assures me he’s one of the good guys…He built a hill.A hill that breaks favourites. It stops them dead in their tracks, and their steering goes, between one and two out. I know that my work is done, when the crowd, that has been building up and up in their cheers all the way round, is suddenly silenced. And again…the Cheltenham Hill has saved the bookmakers.Suddenly, they don’t know they’re 5/4 chances anymore. As the 25/1 shots glide by, they are just levelled up, to being another horse running up a steep field.Whenever there’s a short-one running in a race at Cheltenham and a puntery type asks me what I fancy to beat it. I ALWAYS respond: ‘I fancy THE HILL. THE HILL will beat them all!!’.Yes, I am that mad, Blog.1 day to go.In other news:I have spent the weekend in Brighton: Visiting The Elderly and Infirm (to hear about their ever growing litany of self-inflictions), The Staff (to sooth any pre-Cheltenham union-faces), Belindabelle (must keep showing face here, Blog), running with my dog, Mr Josh, and also enjoying some self-indulgence at my favourite Italian: Marrocco’s. It just gets better and better. The best, thin in the middle but puffed up and crunchy on the sides, pizza bases. Delicious homemade ice-cream (don’t miss the Snickers flavour). And simply the finest starter you will find: their Seafood Bruschetta. Go on, treat yourself.Getting ready to stick it right up some of those Cheltenham jollies! Come on The Hill, get me out of trouble YET AGAIN!!B xlast_img read more