Month: July 2019

Userled and disabled peoples organisations hold

first_imgUser-led and disabled people’s organisations hold the key to fighting back against the government’s long-term assault on the welfare state, according to a leading disabled academic.In his new book, All Our Welfare: Towards Participatory Social Policy, Professor Peter Beresford argues that service-user and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) “offer a force for achieving change” and for moving towards a “future sustainable welfare state”.Beresford (pictured), who chairs Shaping Our Lives, the national network of disabled people and service users, says in his book that the new identity movements of the 1970s – such as the disabled people’s movement – developed new ways of thinking.They offered new ideas and models of support, and more equal methods of research; and they developed co-operatives, and focused on environmental sustainability and the importance of meeting people’s needs and rights.But faced with a dominant right-wing media and politics, they survived only as an “undercurrent”.Now, he says, the disabled people’s movement, which overcame “massive struggles” to develop its own pioneering, user-led services, can provide the foundation for a new “revisioned” welfare state, pushing back against the current media and political forces that want to marginalise the idea of welfare.“I don’t see any other progressive way forward,” he told Disability News Service (DNS). “If we don’t manage to have that then I fear for where this country will be heading.”He believes that successive governments have performed a “conjuring trick”, by transforming the welfare state – which historically has included services such as the NHS, social care, education and social housing – to simply mean welfare benefits.“The welfare state, according to this government, is now ‘welfare’,” he says, “which means ‘people getting benefits that you are paying for, who are scum.’ That’s how they are presenting it.”But Beresford, who is professor of citizen participation at the University of Essex and emeritus professor at Brunel University, is convinced that the seeds of the downfall of the government’s right-wing, anti-welfare state approach have already been sown.“It’s difficult to be optimistic in terms of how many terrible things are going to continue to happen,” he told DNS, “but I don’t see it is a sustainable road of travel in where we are headed, I really don’t.”He believes that younger people will feel more and more beleaguered by the prospect of huge higher education debts, and having to find the money to cope with job insecurity and – if the welfare state continues to be whittled away – healthcare, pensions and social care.Young families with disabled children “will not tolerate what people tolerated 20, 30, 50 years ago; they want a life for their children; they see their children as like anybody else”.And older people, he says, now worry about their grandchildren, and where their jobs will come from, and where they will live.He believes these factors will provide a “growing groundswell that will be encouraging for the radical movements like the disabled people’s movement”.“The concerns are rising,” he says. “My concern is how long it will take, how much damage will be done in the meantime.”Beresford believes that the most important question is “how we look after each other in modern society”.“This government has pretended that we can do that on our own and that really the issue is all these people claiming rights and income they are not entitled to.”But he does not advocate a return to the “old paternalism” of the post-war welfare state, which “failed to involve people, was top-down, and failed to understand diversity”.Instead, his book points towards a future welfare state that is “financially and environmentally sustainable”, that is “participatory”, where “social rights and needs guide economic policy”, and in which “supporting each other is recognised as a productive creator of real wealth, personal and collective well-being”.If this is to be achieved, he says, the disabled people’s movement has to highlight “not only the bad things that are happening now but the good things it has to offer, and show non-disabled people what disabled people can offer in a much more systematic way”.He also wants to see user-led organisations build more alliances.“We have got to be outward-looking as movements, we have got to collaborate more, we have got to be more tolerant of each other’s differences, we have got to really work on addressing diversity in our activities.”But he feels “optimistic” for the future, as long as disabled people and their organisations work “in concert” with others.“People listen to people with shared understanding and experience, people like them,” he says. “We must show that commonality.”He is convinced that the values represented by the disabled people’s movement and user-led organisations will win through.The values that he says have been imposed on society – individualism, fighting each other, greed and criminality – “seem immensely powerful, but they don’t stand up to investigation”.Instead, what ordinary people want are “traditional values about treating people with respect and not discriminating”.“They are the things that the disabled people’s movement, the other movements and user-led organisations are fighting for,” he says. “They are eternal values and those values will out.”last_img read more

Liberal Democrats have voted for a new social secu

first_imgLiberal Democrats have voted for a new social security policy that will scrap the “fitness for work” test and all benefit sanctions, despite many disabled party members calling for a more radical approach to welfare reform.The vote at the party’s annual conference in Brighton (pictured) means that scrapping the work capability assessment (WCA), all benefit sanctions, the personal independence payment (PIP) 20-metre rule, the bedroom tax and the benefit cap are all now party policy.Members were voting on a policy paper that called on the party to devolve the provision of employment support to local authorities, which would also be asked to deliver – or contract out – the eligibility test that replaces the WCA.This replacement test would introduce a “real world” element into the assessment of eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits.The policy paper, Mending The Safety Net, called for the benefit sanctions system to be reformed so there was “greater scope for discretion with a stronger safety net to prevent sanctions causing extreme hardship”.But party members voted strongly in favour of an amendment that said benefits sanctions were “fundamentally wrong and leave people destitute who are already in poverty”, and should be replaced with a scheme that provides claimants with incentives to engage with the system, rather than punishing them when they do not.The motion, as amended by the call to scrap sanctions, was carried by 363 to 202 votes, and now becomes party policy.Before the vote there were suggestions that some disabled activists may quit the party if the motion was carried, because they did not believe the policy paper put enough distance between the Liberal Democrats and their former coalition partners in the Conservative party.But so far that does not appear to have happened.The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas, the party’s new work and pensions spokeswoman, told the conference that the policy paper was “thoroughly well thought out” and “an innovative, practical and humane roadmap for the sort of welfare system we want in this country”.She said: “Don’t be fooled into thinking that this makes the paper just tinkering at the edges of the current system.“It is not just tinkering, it is the most radical plan I have ever seen for welfare reform.”She said the “real world test” that would replace the WCA was based on a pioneering system in the Netherlands, and she added: “It will help to ensure that claimants are not put through impossible hoops for non-existent jobs.”Jennie Rigg, who chairs Calderdale Liberal Democrats, spoke against the motion, saying that benefit sanctions were “unjustifiable, inhumane and immoral” while the motion was “fundamentally flawed” and “mired in coalition policy-think”.She said that devolving assessments to local level was “not going to make them any better”.After the vote, she said on Twitter that the new policy was “tinkering at the edges of the benefit system and keeping most of the Tory bull***t in place” and that she was “utterly devastated that lib dems voted for it”.Ryan Mercer, the party’s candidate to fight Putney at the next general election, speaking against the motion, told the debate: “We don’t need to mend this broken safety net, we need to replace it with something far more ambitious.”Lib Dem activist Sarah Noble, also arguing against the motion, said: “We must be forward-thinking, not sliding backwards into this coalition-think.“We need a radical alternative to our failed and discriminatory welfare system. This isn’t it.”Dr Kirsten Johnson, who proposed the sanctions amendment, told the conference that the sanctions system was “inhumane”, and added: “We must, we must, we must scrap benefit sanctions. It is the moral and it is the decent thing to do.”But Lord [Jonny] Oates, who was Nick Clegg’s chief of staff throughout the coalition, and is the party’s former director of policy and communications, argued against scrapping sanctions.Lord Oates, who served on the working group that drew up the policy paper, said that it proposed “radical changes” to sanctions that would allow “greater flexibility and discretion”, and added: “If we reject sanctions… the public will think we have gone mad.”Matthew Clark, a disabled party member making his first speech at conference, who supported the motion, said the Tory benefits system was “creating a sticky web, trapping and entrenching vulnerable people who can be and deserve better”.He said he had “wasted valuable time not developing myself but learning how to jump through hoops” to secure the support he needed, while he said he had faced a “long battle” to regain his benefits after they were removed, in what he said was a “centralised and impersonal” system.He said that many disabled people feared the “complex” benefits system and were afraid to even ask simple questions of DWP in case they were sanctioned.But he opposed calls to scrap sanctions completely and backed a failed bid, through another amendment, to retain the benefit cap at a level equal to average household earnings.Former Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott, who chaired the working group, said she was “very proud” of the policy paper, which she said had “strong policies and a Liberal heart” and was “radical” and would “enable us to campaign for a fairer benefits system now”.She said that one of the “most important and bold measures” was the scrapping of the WCA.Arguing against banning sanctions completely, she said that some charities had told the working group that placing conditions on receiving benefits “can have a role in ensuring vulnerable people engage”.George Potter, the disabled activist who was a member of the working group that drew up the paper, and was a key critic of the impact of austerity policies on disabled people while the party was in coalition, told Disability News Service (DNS) after the debate that he was “disappointed that the motion went through, even though it has been amended to commit us to abolishing sanctions”.He said: “It doesn’t go anywhere near far enough in tackling the failure of the welfare system around disability issues or to offer a coherent vision for the future of the welfare system generally.“However, the reactions from the floor during the debate make me optimistic that there is plenty of appetite for this topic to be revisited at a future conference and I’m now going to be working with a broad coalition of party members to bring something better to a future conference.“In the meantime, I’m at least glad that the party has accepted the principle of scrapping the WCA and sanctions – it’s encouraging that at least we’re moving on from this idea that welfare should be about punishing people for non-compliance with arbitrary, bureaucratic regulations.”Among the reforms he had wanted to see was for both ESA and PIP to be scrapped, and replaced with a disability pension for those unable to work, which would provide them with a decent income – similar to the system in Germany – and a new additional living costs benefit for disabled people.He said this would focus more on providing the necessary support for disabled people and less on how to ration it.last_img read more

It was widely expected that PMQs would be particul

first_imgIt was widely expected that PMQs would be particularly interesting today. There is high drama in Westminster, after all: three MPs quit the Conservative Party to join “The Independent Group” this morning, adding to its band of eight ex-Labour MPs. But the only news-y thing about the latest PMQs session was the remarkable sight of Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston taking their places on the opposition benches. Sitting beside the seven original splitters and Joan Ryan, they looked delighted to be there.The opportunity to talk about defections was largely rebuffed by Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, and it was left to the SNP’s Ian Blackford to raise the matter. He told the Commons that British politics is “imploding” and “Scotland deserves better”. Pressing her ear to a speaker in the Commons bench, May cackled.The Prime Minister and Chipping Barnet backbencher Theresa Villiers had agreed early on in the session to respond to the main news of the day by condemning Labour’s handling of antisemitism. Their attack was supported by quotes from the resignation letter of Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan. When Corbyn replied that his party “takes the strongest action to deal with antisemitism wherever it rears its head”, members on the Tory benches heckled and one shouted “rubbish!”.The Labour leader moved swiftly on to Brexit – and why wouldn’t he? While the headlines are dominated by the news of MPs splitting off from the main parties, the ‘no deal’ outcome feared by a majority of parliamentarians is just around the corner. Labour antisemitism still features heavily in reports on the new Commons grouping, but what really unites them is a strong opposition to Brexit and an advocacy of a fresh EU referendum. They must have been just as keen to hear about May’s next steps as Corbyn.As usual, though, May offered no illuminating answers. Asked whether she was seeking to remove the backstop, make it time-limited or give the UK the right to exit unilaterally, the PM simply replied that there are “a number of ways” to address the backstop issue. Then she refused to rule out ‘no deal’. Then she declined to comment on customs union membership. We’ve seen this exchange before, more than once, but now 29th March is just over a month away. The Westminster bubble is full of excitement as Labour and the Tories splinter, yet Brexit is no clearer.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

Solidarity community on laborers minds at SFs Cesar Chavez parade

first_img Tags: cesar chavez • Events • unions Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Laborers, union organizers, and teachers were among those who took to Mission Street on Saturday in a parade honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez. They chanted “si se puede,” carried signs representing various unions and schools, and reflected on social organizing.Alexa Galan-Klaus, a literacy coach at Cesar Chavez Elementary School who walked with a group that included many children, said it’s key for kids to “feel like they have a voice in advocating for social change.” “It’s always important to remember the power of bringing communities together in pride and peaceful demonstration,” said Avery Gerber, a teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary school. The day of the parade also marks the 100th day in office of a very different political figure: Donald Trump. His likeness made an occasional appearance in the parade – in one case attached, upside-down, to a model of the Golden Gate Bridge on one of the floats.center_img “He’s alienated everybody. You pick a group, and he’s made ‘em mad,” said Charlie Hernandez, business manager at the Ironworkers Local 377.Nonetheless, he said, some union members supported Trump – but most are watching closely to see if he delivers on his campaign promises. “He says he’s going to build infrastructure. Labor will listen to that, but the proof is in the pudding,” Hernandez said. But beyond policy promises, Chavez’ legacy makes a stark contrast to the current political climate because of its emphasis on the collective and on mutual support, some in the parade said. “Cesar Chavez was one of those who stood up for those that couldn’t speak up themselves,” said Dan Hung, a journeyman with the Sprinkler Fitters Local 483. “For someone to be born in America and speak up for others not from here is very admirable, thinking about the people, not ‘our country first’ or ‘us against them.’”Bart Pantoja, Business Representative with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades whose father and uncle worked in farm fields, pointed to Chavez’ work promoting human rights and fair wages. “Many men and women like him believed in something better. Not just surviving in America, but thriving,” Pantoja said. “It does go against the Trumpisms out there – Bringing jobs back to America, that means paying a fair wage so people can live in more than shanties.”Organizing, he said, is a key tool for laborers – a sentiment shared by many attending on Saturday.“Having a strong sense of solidarity and community is really important during these times,” said Galan-Klaus.As the parade came to a close on 24th Street, its crowd joined a street fair featuring food and music, but also dozens of organizations devoted to social justice and advocacy work.More photos of the parade:last_img read more

BART station musician Ron Kemp brings simple joy to frazzled commuters

first_imgRush hour at San Francisco’s Civic Center BART station brings one word to mind: nightmare. Whether being sandwiched between other strap-hangers during your commute or braving pedestrian road rage en route to holiday shopping, the experience ranges from monotonous to downright offensive. But when riders get off at Civic Center, they’re greeted by a reprieve from the madness: the sweet melody and soulful guitar strings of local homeless artist Ron Kemp. Kemp, 60, has been playing here and at the Powell BART station since last October, improving his craft, inspiring fellow San Franciscans, making friends who are trying to help him get on his feet and ultimately trying to survive. “I look forward to coming down the escalator and hearing your music,” writes a fan named Michelle on Kemp’s Facebook page. Michelle describes herself as a Civic Center commuter who works at a nearby childcare center. “I think you bring a lot of joy to people,” she goes on to tell him. 0% Vikram hopes that the crowdfunding page will keep Kemp here. “Ron is truly a one of a kind gentleman who deserves your help. The nights are freezing and the heater doesn’t work as the car needs a new radiator. He hasn’t been able to save enough money to make a deposit for an apartment,” Vikram’s message reads.Without assistance, Kemp likely won’t be able to stay in Bay Area. But he’s not giving up yet. Commuters march past as he strums along to U2’s “One Love.” Some appreciate his heart and talent, while others charge on. “One life with each other: sisters, brothersOne life, but we’re not the same. We get to carry each other, carry each other” That world includes some of the best classic rock songs – “Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles, for example, and his own music, which offers simple melodies and heartfelt lyrics that convey his journey. “A Song For You” recounts the struggles of a street performer. “Lookin’ back life’s been good to me, filled with laughter and with pain…It took a while to find my way, through the sunshine and the rain…”“Your performance is absolutely the best part of my commute,” writes someone named Grant on Facebook, who also commutes through Civic Center. “I’m so glad to hear you play, it reminds me that there’s so much more to life than the office.”Kemp’s musical career started in high school glee club, which led to being in a band named Fast Food in his early 20s. He was even known in the Bay Area as “The Minstrel” for a time. Kemp knew early on that his voice was his natural talent. But it wasn’t until 1986 when he saw a musician playing guitar in San Francisco that he was inspired to learn the instrument himself. Soon he was adding music notes to his lyrics. Before he knew it, he was producing harmonies that people seemed to like. A lot. “It’s like sunshine at the end of that tunnel,” writes Bob of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Country or folk are genres he hears a lot when describing his music. But he prefers to call it “heartfelt easy listening rock ‘n roll.” Of his two albums, the first was a compilation of nine songs titled Better Late than Never. And in 2015 he released Simple Life, a five-song EP. Although he recorded over a dozen songs for the EP originally, he couldn’t afford to have them all edited and hoped that proceeds from it would cover the rest. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out. But he’s still hopeful. His current single, “So Close,” is another attempt to fund an album. “I am so happy that your gifts are being shared with so many people. You brighten the world one song at a time,” writes Kate from Madison, Wisconsin.As a Maryland native, Kemp’s first extended stay in the early ’90s in San Francisco lasted seven years. He remembers that time fondly. “Back then, you could just walk the city and have a good day,” he said. “You could hear a good live band on the corner here, you could go have lunch at a banging place with a sidewalk cafe, you could go over to Golden Gate Park, something great [would be] going on in the Haight, there was always something good and cultural and it was just warm.”He saw success as a busker after returning home to Maryland. He frequently played at the Shady Grove station in the DC metro area, where he had a strong fanbase that supported him at gigs. He was doing so well that he was able to pay for an apartment and a car. The East Coast winters, however, meant that there were many months during which he couldn’t perform at his regular outdoor spots, and would have to find alternative sources of income until the season changed. He’d worked previously in lumberyards and restaurant management, but decided that was not a life he wanted. So he and his partner returned to the Bay Area in October of last year to find a much different San Francisco than the one he left in the late ’90s.“The people I met [before] were amazing. I have not met those people this time around. It’s so much colder,” he said, adding solemnly, “The warm and fuzzies are long gone.” He is making more than he did last time, and even more than he did in Maryland. Yet he is stuck living out of his car. “You know you’re pricing everyone except for Googlers out of here,” he said, “and that sucks.”For Kemp and his partner, “eating in” isn’t an option without a kitchen and eating out takes a big chunk from his earnings – “being in the car and being homeless is expensive.”Once he gets stabilized, Kemp wants to become involved in advocacy work to address what he feels is an unfair housing situation. “I’ve always loved the city but it’s never been like this,” he said. “You can’t keep pushing the culture out of San Francisco and expecting it to thrive.”A hand-scribbled letter a passerby tossed into his open guitar case, which bears a sticker for his website, reads, “SF needs artists like you. Stick around.” On Oct. 25, Bhanu Vikram, a station agent at Powell Station BART,  greets riders, answers questions, and assists tourists struggling with payment. Photo by Mallory Newmancenter_img When Bhanu Vikram, a station agent at Powell, first heard Kemp, he told the busker that he couldn’t perform with an amplifier. Then, Vikram changed his mind. “He ended up liking it and came over and said, ‘You can turn it up some, I like it.’ And we’ve been friends ever since then,” Kemp said.“He’s wonderful, the way he sings. It just moves me, and it moves everyone,” says Vikram. “I’ve always said, ‘Thank you for coming here and spreading all the positive vibes.’”Vikram, a 36-year-old immigrant from southern India, lived in the Mission for six years before settling in South San Francisco, where he could get more bang for his buck. “I’ve gone through my own struggles as an immigrant and I have come to the verge of being homeless a few times,” Vikram said. “[It] makes me feel bad for others who are trying but [are still] homeless.” To help Kemp, Vikram recently started a GoFundMe campaign.It’s easy to see why people are drawn to Kemp. Like his music, he has a calming effect. It’s not just his salt-and-pepper hair or his easy laugh, nor his relaxed wardrobe, which is weathered but tidy, nor his deep rhythmic voice or even his kind eyes. What puts people at such ease is his smile. It reveals perfect pearly whites, exudes warmth and invites people in.Photo by Mallory Newman. Tags: BART • Music • public transportation • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

JAMES Graham Jonny Lomax James Roby and Jon Wilk

first_imgJAMES Graham, Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Jon Wilkin have been named in England’s 24-man squad for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations tournament.They will be part of the side that faces Wales (October 29), Australia (November 5) and New Zealand (November 12).The top two teams from the group matches will advance through to the Gillette Four Nations Final at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday November 19.“I am really happy with the balance of the squad,” head coach Steve McNamara said. “There is an excellent blend of strength, experience and flair and we have real quality in every department.“For the squad and my coaching staff it is important to look forward and make sure we are fully prepared and ready for what should be an excellent Gillette Four Nations tournament.“One of the pleasing aspects for me is the significant amount of home grown talent that has come through the Academy system. At least three quarters of the squad is made up of players that are Federation Trained and that just shows the strength we now have and the clear pathway we are trying to promote.”Squad:Carl Ablett (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside)Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos, Milford)Tom Briscoe (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)Garreth Carvell (Warrington Wolves, Stanningley)Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers)Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers, Lock Lane)James Graham (St Helens, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers, Umina Bunnies)Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos, Milford)Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors, Queens)Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves, Eccles)Jamie Peacock (captain) (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Jack Reed (Brisbane Broncos, South Logan Magpies)James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors. Wigan St Pats)Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton)Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm, King Cross)Jon Wilkin (St Helens, East Hull)Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, Myton Warriors)England also announced the 22-man England Knights squad to feature in their upcoming autumn programme:Joe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers)Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens)Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)James Donaldson (Bradford Bulls, Wath Brow Hornets)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Jamie Foster (St Helens, Blackbrook)Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders)Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island)Danny Houghton (Hull FC, East Hull)Scott Moore (St Helens, Blackbrook)Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham)Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Pats)Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook)Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone Lions)Kris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors)Joe Westerman (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round 18 game at Salford City Reds.With no reported injuries from the International Origin and Knights’ games at the weekend, the squad is the same that was named for the Bradford clash.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Phil Veivers will choose from:1. Luke Patten, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Sean Gleeson, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Danny Williams, 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 7. Matty Smith, 11. Matty Ashurst, 12. Shannan McPherson, 13. Stephen Wild, 14. Chris Nero, 15. Adam Sidlow, 16. Luke Adamson, 17. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 20. Ben Gledhill, 21. Jordan James, 23. Gareth Owen, 24. Stuart Howarth, 27. Vinnie Anderson.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is James Child.Tickets are still available for the fixture and details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last four meetings with Salford, with the City Reds’ last victory coming 42-34 at The Willows on 15 May, 2010.2012 Meeting:St Helens 38, Salford 10 (SLR2, 10/2/12)Super League Summary:Salford won 4St Helens won 26Ups and Downs:Salford highest score: 42-34 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 39-26, H, 1997)St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)Player Stats:LOUIE McCARTHY-SCARSBROOK needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career.McCarthy-Scarsbrook has played club rugby for Harlequins (97 games, 2006-2010) and St Helens (49 games, 2011-2012), and has also made three England appearancesFRANCIS MELI – two tries away from 100 Super League tries (98 for St Helens, 2006-2012)last_img read more

TOMMY Makinson is enjoying preseason and sees the

first_imgTOMMY Makinson is enjoying preseason and sees the Huddersfield friendly in January as ideal preparation for the new campaign.The 21-year-old has made 46 appearances for Saints todate but knows nothing is guaranteed heading into the New Year.“We have been working really hard over the last few weeks and are all looking forward to the new season,” he said. “It’s one of the hardest preseasons we’ve had and we are improving and learning all the time.“Our first test of that will be against Huddersfield and I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping it will be a big year.”Saints will take on Huddersfield Giants in a friendly at Langtree Park on Friday January 11, 8pm.Tickets are on sale now from just £6 and at present only the South and West Stands will be open.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Rou

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Round 26 Super League match against Warrington Wolves.Only one change has been made from the 19 that was named ahead of the Wakefield match – Joe Greenwood being recalled in place of Greg Richards.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 27. Anthony Walker, 36. Stuart Howarth.Tony Smith will choose his Warrington side from:2. Chris Riley, 3. Chris Bridge, 5. Joel Monaghan, 6. Lee Briers, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Garreth Carvell, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison, 14. Micky Higham, 15. Simon Grix, 16. Paul Wood, 17. Mike Cooper, 18. Chris Hill, 19. Stefan Ratchford, 20. Rhys Evans, 21. Tyrone McCarthy, 23. Gareth O’Brien.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details are hereStat Pack: Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)St Helens 18, Warrington 25 (SLR3, 25/2/11)St Helens 28, Warrington 12 (SLQPO, 10/9/10)Warrington 24, St Helens 26 (SLR24, 31/7/10)Super League Summary:St Helens won 38 (includes wins in 2010 & 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 6 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens remains one point away from 1,000 in his career. He has scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998. He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Ade Gardner needs one try to reach 200 career touchdowns. His total of 199 has been scored as follows: 173 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003). He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).Francis Meli needs three tries to reach 150 whilst in the British game. He has touched down 143 times for St Helens since 2006, to go with 4 tries for The Exiles (2011-2012).last_img read more

Jake Spedding and Dominique Peyroux are recalled t

first_imgJake Spedding and Dominique Peyroux are recalled to the side in place of the injured Ryan Morgan and Danny Richardson.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 26. Jake Spedding, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia.Ian Watson will choose his Salford 17 from:1. Gareth O’Brien, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Niall Evalds, 6. Robert Lui, 7. Michael Dobson, 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 12. Weller Hauraki, 13. Mark Flanagan, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Ryan Lannon, 20. Kris Brinning, 21. Greg Johnson, 22. Kris Welham, 24. Jake Bibby, 29. Todd Carney, 30. James Hasson.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Scott Mikalauskas.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The Academy products have each agreed a oneyear c

first_imgThe Academy products have each agreed a one-year contract, with an option for a further year in the Club’s favour.“I’m really pleased that Aaron and Josh have re-signed for next season,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “They are two young local players who have come through the system here and have worked hard to be part of the first team squad.“We have a fantastic hooker in James Roby but Aaron Smith showed the other week what a good young player he is becoming.“Josh is following in his footsteps and to have both of those players competing hard for future years is fantastic.”Aaron, 21, made his debut at Catalans earlier this month and has also been on loan at Hull KR as well as playing on dual-registration for York and Featherstone this season.He signed into the Saints’ system from Blackbrook at the age of 11 and has represented England at under 18s.Aaron was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016, as was Josh.Eaves, 20, has also been on dual registration this season with Whitehaven.He played his amateur rugby at Clock Face and is actively involved with the Saints Community Development Foundation.Memberships for the 2019 season are now on sale. Click here to find out more.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgSaints face Wigan in a ‘Bad Friday’ derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium with tickets selling fast and Lomax insists Friday’s clash with the Warriors “means so much” to both sets of fans.“You’re brought up on the derby as a young lad, he said. “If you are a Saints fan or a Wigan fan, it means so much. Some games mean more and this is one of them!“It’s a local derby, local rivalry and form and league table goes out of the window for these games. It is something we look forward to and something you want to be a part of as a kid when you grow up and nothing changes as you continue through your career. You are upset if you miss them and if you are a part of them you look forward to them. The whole week is built up and it is different to other weeks.”As Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook alluded to, Wigan have found form in recent weeks, winning five games on the bounce and Lomax insists he and the rest of the Saints squad knew it was only a matter of time before our neighbours found their feet.“We had no doubts about how good of a side Wigan are. Even at the beginning of the year, their form wasn’t where they wanted it to be but at the end of the day they were champions last year for a reason and have been there or there about’s every year.“If they haven’t won it they have been up there and that is what you expect. Wigan are a champion side and their form is reflecting that. There is a lot of mutual respect between the two teams and it is for that reason – because we are two good teams. Hopefully we can put on a good spectacle come Friday.The game is not televised for the first time in 24 years, but Jonny believes that can hopefully add to the atmosphere on the night with close to a sell out expected.“I suppose it is a bit of bizarre one because as fans you want to see these games, but I suppose it [the atmosphere] will only add to the spice of the game and hopefully it can be a sell out, the atmosphere will be loud and that will add to the excitement about playing in these games.” For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.,Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.last_img read more

ONLY ON WWAY Local police chief returns to crime scene with gifts

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A high speed chase spins into a positive message for one Columbus County family and hundreds of others on social media. Following the incident that happened over the weekend, Kenny Smith shared a Facebook post with a strong message.“That’s what this was about, about shedding light on good stuff, not bad,” Smith said.- Advertisement – Smith shared the positive post about local police officers, specifically Northwest Police Chief Copelen Taylor, getting nearly 500 likes, 130 shares and counting, and dozens of comments.“So when I read it I actually cried,” Taylor said.The high speed chase started in Brunswick County and ended up in a crash and search in Columbus County. Taylor and two other Navassa police officers were looking for the suspect in Smith’s backyard. All the commotion scared Smith’s young daughter and her friend who he thinks of as a daughter.Related Article: Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real needBut it is what Taylor did once the suspect was in custody that moved Smith to tears.“He went from a gun pointed this way looking for somebody to holstered and hugging my children like it’s gonna be ok kind of thing. And it was good stuff,” Smith said.“I got on my knees and I talked to the little girls and told them it was okay. I said we caught the bad guy and I gave them a hug,” Taylor said.It was a stressful situation for anyone, especially kids.“Well not only are we police officers, but the majority of us are parents as well. So I would have hope that an officer would have done the same thing to my kids if they were terrified and upset,” Taylor said.The following day Taylor brought the girls stuffed animals. When he went to drop them off he was greeted at the door by Smith, the girls had just left for a birthday party.“He shook my hand and then he just grabbed me and gave me a hug,” Taylor said. “And that just made me cry. It made me really feel good.”Smith said the kind gesture was above and beyond the call of duty.“It makes me feel good to know that, you know, that my daughters have a positive experience with the police department. That they know that they’re there for them to protect them. And they’ll never forget that. They’ll never forget that,” Smith said.The girls named one of the stuffed animals “Chief Teddy Bear” after Taylor. To read Smith’s full Facebook post, click here.last_img read more

The latest update on Boiling Spring Lakes conditions

first_img -A conference call will be held at 1 p.m. with an update on numbers.-According to Duke Energy, power should be restored by Sunday at 11:45 p.m. All residents of BSL are Duke customers and not BEMC.-All roads are passable with the exception of two breaches in the road on Boiling Spring Road and South Shore Drive.Related Article: Pender County Utilities to waive late fees-As for rebuilding the dam, that will likely take months to years to rebuild.The update below is from Tuesday evening.Water –  Today the County restored water service to the south side of the lake.  During the 1 pm conference call today County Utilities announced that main line along the railroad tracks on Alton Lennon appears to have survived the dam breach and working with MOTSU that they may energize the line tomorrow and start bringing on portions of the north side of the Big Lake.  No schedule announced but plenty of County Utility trucks in town today.Power –  During the 1 pm conference call today Duke Power representative announced that “…all power will be restored to Brunswick County residents by 11:46 pm Sunday..”.Water/Supplies – US Army and National Guard mobilized and began deliveries by air of supplies to Spring Lake Park and South Brunswick today.  Those deliveries will continue for the foreseeable future.Pumping – Public Works began pumping on Holly/Redwood and Pinecrest today and will continue 24/7 until water is down.  As a side note the area over the tracks that I thought would be whipped out actually fared very well.  Very little flooding other that Pinecrest and that was not even bad.Road Access – Phillips Enterprise completed city wide cutting of trees out of roadways.  Only trees left across roads were for safety purposes due to road washouts to not allow traffic to run into trouble.  City public works will take care of those as we begin filling up washouts around the city.Road Washouts – Quarry’s reopened today and we were able to get material delivered and begin road repairs around the city.  We have numerous washouts alongside roads that we have coned off and will over the immediate future be filling and and repairing.Stabilization of Sanford Dam – NCDEQ Dam Safety contacted the City today to inquire about stabilization efforts for what is left of Sanford Dam to avoid any additional problems to MOTSU railroad tracks.  At this point our consulting engineer Terracon has taken the point in talking with NCDEQ on this matter and is working with Scott Garner at ECO to see what the county can do in this effort.  I mention this just to bring it to your attention at this time cause I’m sure we will be hearing more.  All costs that we may incur will be FEMA reimbursement eligible.  Just got a call from Army Corp of Engineers and will be having a meeting with some Colonel tomorrow about subject.City Hall Office Hours – City hall will be remained closed Wed-Fri for normal administrative functions.  Both City Hall and Police Department non-emergency calls are being answered 7 am to 7 pm daily to provide information to the public.  I’m still trying to get answer to when internet service via Spectrum will be restored to the City with no luck.  Now that cellular service was restored we are able to handle essential work via cellar service via “hot spot” from a MiFi.  Payroll was processed to day for Thursday for pay to city employees. Boiling Spring Road – NCDOT was back out today with their consulting engineering firm examining the damage to their road.Debris Removal  – Met with P&J and they performed an assessment of the city to determine what they will need to deploy to perform storm debris pickup.  We are still TENTATIVLEY looking at the week of October 8th for the first of two pickups but IF power and water are truly restored by Monday of next week to most of the City we may move it up since debris is already starting to pile up.Trash Pickup – Waste Industries is planning on starting their normal routes tomorrow so HOPEFULLY they will be in BSL next Tuesday for normal pickup. An aerial view of the big lake in Boiling Spring Lakes on Sept. 17, 2018, after a dam breach emptied it during Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WTVD) BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief shared the following update on what current conditions are like.-As of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, 60 percent of the town’s residents have water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man found dead in Little River

first_imgHORRY COUNTY, SC (WWAY) — Police in Horry County are looking for answers after a man was found dead in Little River.Police say Brian Scott Nunn, 42, was found dead in the area of Hwy 111 in Little River Saturday.- Advertisement – The Horry County Police Department says it is handling it as a homicide investigation.Anyone with any information about Nunn’s death should call (843) 915-TIPS (8477) or email

Lawmakers speak out on new study about Sutton Lake contamination

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Heavy metals are contaminating Sutton Lake in New Hanover County, according to a new study.Two local lawmakers held a news conference this morning to discuss the study and its impacts.- Advertisement – “People are on this lake right now, on boats, catching fish that I believe have high metal content, and they’re going to be eating them,” Rep. Deb Butler said.Sutton Lake is popular with recreational boaters and fisherman. It’s something you may not be able to see in the water, but officials say they don’t even know just how deep down this contamination goes.New research from Duke University’s Avner Vengosh shows large amounts of lead, cobalt and other heavy metals in Sutton Lake.Related Article: Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angstCape Fear River Keeper Kemp Burdette says there have been coal ash spills from the nearby Duke Energy plant for years, but one of the biggest was after Hurricane Florence.“They need to pay for monitoring of the lake that they’ve polluted,: Burdette said. “You can’t understand the situation without actually going out and collecting the data and looking at it.”At a news conference this morning , Sen. Harper Peterson (D-New Hanover) and Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said the contamination needs to be addressed now, because people’s health is at risk.“Originally, Duke Energy had 14 coal-fired electric plants. They’re now to seven, I believe,” Butler said. “It’s time to fast track the closure to these coal-fired plants. We need to encourage Duke to embrace renewable energy sources sooner than later.”Butler says it is not OK for the clean-up costs to fall onto taxpayers.Sen. Harper Peterson says this contamination is a nation-wide issue.“This is an issue not only here,” Peterson said. “It’s not an isolated issue. This cumulative effect of coal ash spills over the last 50 years is evident throughout the state and most likely, throughout the country.”Officials say they don’t know just how far down in the lake this contamination goes. Butler and Peterson say the issue needs to be addressed now.“It is not OK to lollygag on this process, and it is not okay for them to suggest that this contamination is quote, ‘old news,’” Butler said.June 11 in Raleigh, studies will be presented on research on health impacts from coal ash.A representative from Duke Energy says the company has shared sediment results from as far back as the 1990s with North Carolina Wildlife, so these findings are not new.The lake only became public in 2014, and most importantly, Duke Energy says, their tests show that the lake is well within water quality standards.last_img read more

Alleanza Bidla Party and Exodus start TV station

first_imgAction by Maltese Broadcasting Authority has led to the political programme Exodus on F-Living TV from being banned from being broadcast until after the European Parliament elections.However, in a statement issued today, programme host and leader of Alleanza Bidla Party Ivan Grech Mintoff has said that he refuses to abide by what he calls “this undemocratic action”. Henceforth, Exodus will be broadcasting as Exodus DGT TV online on the internet transmitting 24 hours a day, every day, on an internet platform and via IPTV.“The Broadcasting Authority insists it is acting to ensure fair media coverage. But the two major parties have their own TV/radio stations and can transmit their political message 24/7 without being limited by the Broadcasting Authority.  Are alternate parties to be silenced? All parties are given a few minutes each on the public service channel during the whole five-week campaign period. Why should this limited time be controlled by authorities? The actions of the Broadcasting Authority run counter to the European values of free speech and democracy and call in question the legitimacy of the elections,” Mr Grech Mintoff said.“Exodus will not be silenced. We have overcome PN and PL’s media duopoly and will be louder than before. The programme is easier to be reached by everyone with the capacity for a larger audience. This gives a real political choice to Maltese citizens in the coming European Parliament elections. We will be offering time to all the other parties and individual candidates on our TV station. We insist that the Maltese voter be given the right to hear from all parties in the elections. We will practice the democracy that we believe in,” he added.Alleanza Bidla Party Co-leader and Exodus programme host Dr Rebecca Dalli Gonzi stated, “The face of politics is changing and we want to ensure that television audiences receive a balanced view of our political discussions which is so much needed in today’s fast-paced media platform. News today is history tomorrow.”Exodus DGT TV may be viewed under the Maltese TV channels that the IPTV provider has set up or via internet by using an IPTV player and by streaming the following URL: <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

New Banking software launched in Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement According to Mr Tunde Oladele, Sofgen Africa chief executive officer, the launch of the Temenos T24 cloud platform is meant to offer local small and medium (SME) banks and microfinance institutions a secure core banking system on a shared model accessed via a pay-per-use model.Speaking during this year’s Sofgen executive committee meeting held in Nairobi on Friday August 17 which brought together top Sofgen executives as well as top management and representatives of various client banks and financial institutions, Mr Oladele said that most MFIs are unable to invest in robust IT systems due to high costs involved.“Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are faced with increased cases of fraud due to their non-robust IT systems and infrastructure. This can be mitigated against with the use of the Temenos T24 cloud-based software which is available more cost effectively on a subscription basis with the charges being made depending on the number of accounts and clients,” said Mr Oladele. – Advertisement – The Temenos T24 cloud-based banking software solution, added Oladele, is comparatively cheaper as no operational expenditure and annual license fees to maintain and support continuous investment are required from the client, with the only charges being the annual subscription and on-boarding fees.The launch of the Temenos T24 cloud-based software for MFIs by Sofgen comes when the industry is faced with rising cases of online fraud, with a recent research by Deloitte East Africa indicating that East African banks lost Kshs 4.05 billion (US $ 48.3 million) to fraud in the last 18 months or upto June 2012, mainly through insider collusion.Mr Alexandar Dembitz, Sofgen Group chairman noted that lax standard within countries’ banking systems and infrastructure also provides loopholes for fraud and money laundering to rise and thrive.The Temenos T24 MFI banking software solution provides the client with a pre-configured model bank based on microfinance and community banking best practices and comes with all the necessary control, efficiency, productivity, scalability and low-cost business benefits.MFIs and community banking providers – the target market for the Temenos T24 cloud-based software – offer low income earners and those in informal employment access to basic financial services such as loans, savings, money transfers and micro insurance. The MFIs and community banks serve an estimated 40 per cent of the world’s population and have a growing market worth about US $ 80 billion globally.Nairobi’s Local microfinance institutions are now able to access worldclassTemenos T24 core banking software more cost effectively after Sofgen, an IT consulting firm, introduced the solutions on a shared model accessed via the cloud platform. According to Mr Tunde Oladele, Sofgen Africa chief executive officer, the launch of the Temenos T24 cloud platform is meant to offer local small and medium (SME) banks and microfinance institutions a secure core banking system on a shared model accessed via a pay-per-use model. Speaking during this year’s Sofgen executive committee meeting held in Nairobi on Friday August 17 which brought together top Sofgen executives as well as top management and representatives of various client banks and financial institutions, Mr Oladele said that most MFIs are unable to invest in robust IT systems due to high costs involved. “Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are faced with increased cases of fraud due to their non-robust IT systems and infrastructure. This can be mitigated against with the use of the Temenos T24 cloud-based software which is available more cost effectively on a subscription basis with the charges being made depending on the number of accounts and clients,” said Mr Oladele. The Temenos T24 cloud-based banking software solution, added Oladele, is comparatively cheaper as no operational expenditure and annual license fees to maintain and support continuous investment are required from the client, with the only charges being the annual subscription and on-boarding fees.The launch of the Temenos T24 cloud-based software for MFIs by Sofgen comes when the industry is faced with rising cases of online fraud, with a recent research by Deloitte East Africa indicating that East African banks lost Kshs 4.05 billion (US $ 48.3 million) to fraud in the last 18 months or upto June 2012, mainly through insider collusion.Mr Alexandar Dembitz, Sofgen Group chairman noted that lax standard within countries’ banking systems and infrastructure also provides loopholes for fraud and money laundering to rise and thrive.  The Temenos T24 MFI banking software solution provides the client with a pre-configured model bank based on microfinance and community banking best practices and comes with all the necessary control, efficiency, productivity, scalability and low-cost business benefits. MFIs and community banking providers – the target market for the Temenos T24 cloud-based software – offer low income earners and those in informal employment access to basic financial services such as loans, savings, money transfers and micro insurance.The MFIs and community banks serve an estimated 40 per cent of the world’s population and have a growing market worth about US $ 80 billion, globally.last_img read more

Hackers attack several BBC Twitter accounts

first_imgAdvertisement Several BBC Twitter accounts, including its weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds were hijacked by a group calling itself Syrian Electronic Army earlier.A series of tweets about fake weather conditions in Middle Eastern countries began appearing on Thursday afternoon.The accounts are the latest in a series of large corporate Twitter feeds to have been breached. – Advertisement – The BBC said that it now has control of all three accounts and all inappropriate content has been deleted.A BBC spokeswoman said: “We apologise to our audiences that this unacceptable material appeared under the BBC’s name.”The attacks began in the early afternoon on Thursday. At the same time, BBC staff were alerted to a phishing email that had been sent to some BBC email accounts. It is not yet clear if the two are related.The email contained a link that if clicked on could expose password details.The BBC weather Twitter feed, which has 60,000 followers, was among those affected.Alongside the standard tweets from the weather feed such as “‘last night was chilly” some more bizarre comments began emerging.They included: “Saudi weather station down due to head-on collision with camel.”Another read: “Chaotic weather forecast for Lebanon as the government decides to distance itself from the Milky Way.”The group claiming responsibility has previously spread messages in support of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad.The BBC’s Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds were also affected.Faris Couri, BBC Arabic’s editor-in-chief said in a statement: “Today at around 11.00GMT, BBC Arabic’s twitter account @BBCArabicOnline was hacked. Since then, several pro-Assad news tweets were published by the account.“We strongly condemn such action and apologise to our audiences,” he said.Social engineeringThe attacks on the BBC are the latest in a series of hacks on high-profile Twitter accounts.Last month Burger King and Chrysler saw their Twitter feeds hijacked while a quarter of a million Twitter users had their passwords stolen.“The BBC is an obvious place to attack as it a trusted brand and so anyone who wishes to broadcast a message can reach a audience that are likely to pay attention, certainly initially,” said Prof Alan Woodward from the department of computing at the University of Surrey.“The most likely source of the hack is via social engineering – someone managing to elicit the password by fooling the user who keeps the password,” he added.Increasingly experts are now calling for Twitter to step up security and offer two-factor authentication, essentially a disposable, single-use password for its users.Writing about the hack on his blog, security consultant Graham Cluley said it was unclear how the password had been cracked.“The good news is that the hack doesn’t appear to have been done with the intention of spreading malicious links or scams. Instead, it appears that the Syrian Electronic Army are trying to spread political messages about Syria instead,” he said.“You should always use hard-to-guess, hard-to-crack, unique passwords for your online accounts that you are not using anywhere else on the web.”Credit: BBClast_img read more

African businesses can now enjoy the power of Kofax Capture thanks to

first_imgAdvertisement Astel (UK) ltd has teamed up with Kofax to distribute its range of image and content capture products into the African marketplace.Kofax produces a range of software designed to automate and accelerate business processes. Its range of image and content capture solutions capture all types of paper, electronic documents and forms, before processing them into accurate and actionable information for core business applications, processes and workflows.Yuvraj Jobanputra, Astel’s Managing Director, said: “The key to the success of Kofax’s range of content capture solutions is their flexibility and scalability. Being able to capture information from virtually any source – whether it’s scanners, multi-function printers, print streams, email, fax or web services – is perfect for businesses with a diverse range of systems. – Advertisement – “We’re sure our resellers across Africa will find that Kofax products complement the needs of local businesses looking to accelerate their business processes.”In addition to the range of more traditional paper-based capture systems, Kofax has a range of solutions to suit the modern way of working: Kofax Mobile Capture turns a smart phone or tablet into a sophisticated scanning device which not only captures a document, but also cleanses it and extracts critical data.  Kofax Web Capture provides a comprehensive toolkit for creating powerful web-based applications with image viewing/scanning capability.  Using devices like multifunction peripherals (MFPs), network scanners, smartphones or tablets, Kofax Front Office Server extends existing business processes to customer-facing employees. By simply dropping documents into a feeder or taking a picture, they can initiate transactions, workflows and capture processes at the earliest point of contact. Kofax e-Transactions automates the electronic delivery of documents to a business process via secure email, removing the need for printing, mailing, scanning and data entry.last_img read more