No insurance issue for Lisa’s big Limerick clean-up

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Cllr Lisa Marie SheehySINN Fein councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy has described the Good Friday Team Limerick Clean Up as a fantastic project to get people working together in a positive way. However, the public representative for Cappamore-Kilmallock said she was disappointed with the effort by the Council to address issues with signage. “I took it upon myself to clean some unreadable signage and used a clippers to remove briers that were growing over other signage. I called Team Limerick organisers to ask if I be insured cleaning signs on Good Friday and they said I would so I can’t understand why insurance would be an issue for council workers,” she said. TAGSCllr Lisa Marie SheehyGood Friday Team Limerick Clean UplimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Twitter Advertisement Email NewsLocal NewsNo insurance issue for Lisa’s big Limerick clean-upBy Alan Jacques – April 9, 2015 554 Linkedincenter_img Previous articleSinn Féin guided by history at Easter commemoration in LimerickNext articleTV – Something for the Weekend Alan Jacques Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

New app helps reporters tell a better story

first_imgCadet journalists, community reporters, activists and others interested in reporting on a news story and submitting it to a community newspaper can now make use of the Pocket Reporter app.The Pocket Reporter is designed to help citizen journalists or reporters working at a grassroots level. This app is seen as the editor who advises the users on the types of questions to ask while reporting. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanAn app has been developed to help improve journalism at a community or grassroots level. The Pocket Reporter, touted as a “news editor in your pocket” is aimed at citizen journalists, community journalists of independent publishers, and those who want to get it right when writing a news story.Raymond Joseph, a journalist at Code for South Africa (Code4SA), says Pocket Reporter was developed because there are many journalists, especially freelancers, who do not have access to a news editor.“When I started out, I was briefed by my editor before I went to the scene of a news story. After I returned from that news story I would be briefed by my news editor again,” he explains.Pocket Reporter was developed by Code4SA in partnership with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).Joseph says the partners undertook market research before building the app. “Not enough people have Blackberry phones. Only a few have iPhones. The most common cellphone among citizen- and community journalists is the Android.“I also know that young people use their phones as typewriters.”The app was designed to be as simple to use as possible. Changes were made following testing on some community journalists. Joseph and his team at Code4SA tested the app again before launching it.How the app worksSome of the newspapers that are members of the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)The Pocket Reporter is an easy to use tool that helps the reporter collect all the information needed, Joseph explains. “It makes sure there are no holes in the story. This tool will help to improve content and make sure the people ask the right questions.”First download the app, which then walks you through a news story:Go to Google Play and search for “Pocket Reporter”, then download the app on to your Android phone.Enter + to choose an article type, or go to My Stories to add more info to previous articles.Choose your article type.Name your article and click “start this story”.Work through the questions and fill in the answers in the boxes with the information you gather.You can now email your information to yourself to work on your story later, or email it to your news editor.If you don’t have all the information to answer the questions asked on the app, Joseph says, you can return to the story. “It is saved on your app automatically. You can always go back to add information.”No internet connection neededTo overcome data costs, no internet connection is needed to use the app. “You only need an internet connection to download it or if you want to update the app.“Also, you need an internet connection to send the information to your own email address or to the editor.”For security, you don’t have to give any personal details when downloading the app, assures Joseph. “You stay in charge of the information. You can delete the story or the app after you are finished using it.”Your information is safe, because there is no server that saves it, he adds.Association of Independent PublishersThere are 204 independently owned newspapers in South Africa, according to the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)The Pocket Reporter was launched in October at the AIP national conference in Johannesburg.The AIP is a national organisation for advancing the interests of independent grassroots print media in South Africa. It comprises mostly small, independent newspapers, but also represents newsletters, magazines and online publications.The AIP holds a two-day conference with the theme “My South Africa, my story” in October 2016. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)Established in 2004, the AIP has about 250 members nationally, most of which are small, community based, grassroots publishers living in the communities they serve.Louise Vale, executive director of the AIP, says community media are growing.According to her, AIP members employ 2 000 people directly and 2 000 indirectly, such as freelancers. In South Africa, independent publishers are generally small, micro and medium enterprises. “They contribute about R150-million every year to the economy,” says Vale.One of the challenges is that they do not get much financial support, especially through advertising. “This is despite the fact that these independent publishers’ advertising rates are the lowest – lower than a mainstream newspaper would be.”It is difficult for independent publishers to run their businesses, Vale says, because of lack of funding from big companies or the government. “It’s sad because these independent publishers provide a real service to the people on the ground.”Gauteng has the most independent publishers in the country, followed by the Eastern Cape. This graph shows the monthly print order and publication frequency. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)Pocket Reporter is a great tool for journalists, she says. “It will help people a lot to get facts out in the field. There are lots of interns in the industry and the editor won’t necessarily have time to brief them.”Editors of independent publishers often have to do other tasks too, such as selling advertising space or social media marketing.Community media reports use voices on the ground, Vale adds. “We should actually have a platform where the mainstream media work with these community journalists. That way they get to hear the voices on the ground and give that input to the national agenda.”Independent publishers have about 28 million readers a month.Diversity in community mediaAIP members publish primarily in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, in a diverse range of languages and service a diverse range of interests.More than 80 members publish in a combination of English, Afrikaans and a local language. The AIP represents print media published in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and Tshivenda, among other languages.A total of 78% of publications are black-owned, and 28% are owned by women.The geographical communities served range from rural Cofimvaba to the urban people of Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and the Cape Flats, from Makhado to Gansbaai, from Mangaung to Jozini and further.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Storm Warning: Why 100% Cloud Uptime Is Impossible

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#data protection#Netflix mike pav Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Guest author Mike Pav is engineering vice president of Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of data protection solutions for the cloud.When Amazon Web Services crashed on Christmas Eve (which brought down Netflix among other high-profile sites), Amazon offered this explanation: its elastic load balancers failed. Load balancers, as the name implies, distribute the network’s workload. Among their most important functions is protecting the system’s components from becoming overburdened and shutting down. After Amazon’s outage, the Web became a virtual fount of suggestions for avoiding more such glitches. Some said Amazon’s cloud customers should write their own load balancers. Others said service providers like Netflix should deploy multiple data centers as insurance against another PaaS failure.(See also: Why Netflix’s Christmas Eve Crash Was Its Own Fault)Failure Is An OptionA month later, it seems clear to me: Cloud outages, while rare, will continue to be a fact of life.Here’s why: Perfection is simply too expensive. To achieve uptime of more than 99.99% requires an investment of  money, machine and human resources that – given the rarity of failures – just isn’t worth it. The extra cost inevitably would be passed along to customers, all but negating the cloud’s cost advantage. Instead, customers should expect PaaS providers to provide them with a well-reasoned plan for handling any disruptions.PaaS providers should be the first to know when an outage has occurred:They should be able to estimate when service will be restored.They should know and be willing to report who was impacted, and whether data was irrevocably lost.After an outage has been reported and until service is restored, PaaS providers should supply customers with regular status updates.Once service has been restored, they should offer a detailed post-mortem as well as a plan for avoiding future interruptions.Here’s where it gets tricky: PaaS providers are understandably reluctant to offer gory details for fear that they will lose current or prospective customers. If the PaaS company in question is publicly traded, those fears will be compounded by the worry that its stock price will tumble.The real reason to sign onto a PaaS has nothing to do with whether it claims to offer 100% uptime. You choose a PaaS provider because it offers scalability and elasticity, and the same efficiency and user experience regardless of the level of system usage. Applications can be built and delivered on a PaaS an order of magnitude faster when compared with non-cloud-based systems.Using a PaaS not only reduces a customer’s total cost of ownership – they operate on a pay-per-use model – it allows them to delegate tedious and time-consuming IT chores like system monitoring and maintenance. With that stuff out of the way, PaaS customers can focus their resources on truly adding value for their constituencies.Even after the well-publicized outages, the reason so many high-profile companies – including Netflix – still use Amazon as their PaaS provider is because it does a great job of providing ready-to-use features. AWS isn’t 100% reliable, but it can be used with very little up-front investment and scaled as needed. And that is an enormous improvement over the Information technology systems of the past.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

How To Make The World Safer For Email

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Guest author Jeremy LaTrasse is the CEO and co-founder of Message Bus, and was a co-founder of Twitter.30 years ago a Digital Equipment Corporation rep sent the first piece of spam. In 2013, the problem of spam has become an epidemic with severe if often unseen consequences. We now live in a world filled with digital messaging abuse; according to security giant Symantec, 65.9% of all email is spam!These days, the vast majority of that spam is caught and filtered before it reaches end-users’ inboxes. But it’s still out there, gumming up the works of the Internet and wasting huge amounts of network bandwidth as well as compute power and storage. And still enough gets through to make the practice worthwhile for the spammmers.The threats faced by everyone who gets email vary wildly from penny stock ads and offshore pharma spam to phishing emails and virus-laden attachments. Socially engineered email content leveraging relevant and timely news are hardest to spot. A classic example is tax-time emails that claim to come from the IRS (despite the IRS stating it will never contact anyone by email).Malicious content and links are hidden behind innocent URL shortners (such as, etc.) and hyperlinked text make detection of bad links particularly challenging. And compromised social media accounts may be the most effective ways to spread abuse and malware because we trust our friends and family.A Question Of TrustYet trust is required for effective communication, especially when identity is involved. How can you, as an email recipient, trust that you are who you claim you are and that the message you are sending me is not malicious?The answer comes in the form of email authentication technologies that help establish identity. These technologies present evidence establishing where the message came from and who sent it.The email industry’s leading organizations and thinkers have been working on ways of stopping fraudulent email for years. The most recent innovation, DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) is helping email services like Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail quickly determine the legitimacy of incoming messages. For DMARC to be successful, though, both senders and receivers need to come to the table; recently Twitter announced that it would sign all of its outbound email with DMARC.DMARC’s rapid adoption by the receiver side of the email world (ISPs and mailbox providers) has resulted in nearly 60% of the world’s inboxes secured using DMARC technology in the first year alone. Much of the technologies actively establishing trust and identity are invisible to the end recipient, but Hotmail users might have seen a little green Shield icon in their inboxes – this seal informs recipients that Hotmail has taken an extra step to ascertain the identity of the sender.Despite the email industry’s best efforts, however, fighting spam still requires the cooperation of the people and organizations who send and receive emails.(Mass) Email Senders Have A ResponsibilitySenders of legitimate email must take steps to ensure message security and protect their customers and their brand:Ensure all messages pass SPF (sender policy framework) and DKIM (domain keys identified mail) authentication.Publish a “reject” DMARC policy with reporting enabled.Scan the Internet for “cousin” domains, domains that may be mis-spellings of a legitimate message/corporate domain and have those taken down. (These are often a source of malware and spam aimed at unsuspecting recipients.) Protecting the brand’s integrity also protects customers, everything is connected. Respect existing acceptable use policies and terms of service as they’re published by ISPs and mailbox providers.Stay familiar with the data privacy laws in the countries where they do business; ensure that all messages and messaging practices follow applicable regulations defining privacy and data security.5 Ways To Protect YourselfAnd regular email users also have to take steps to protect themselves:Use different passwords for different logins.Never share personally identifiable information (passwords, social security numbers, bank accounts, etc.) via email: Your bank will never email you and ask you to confirm your bank account number or the password you use to log into your account. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you don’t know who sent it, delete it. If it was important, they’ll send it again.Your operating system will update itself if you allow it to; usually you just have to agree once and it’ll happen forever after. Look for email personalization in messages. Marketers leverage first name/last name, and other information you’ve shared with them when setting up an account to help identify them as legitimate senders.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#email jeremy latrassecenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

KKR vs MI: Rohit Sharma in intense chat with umpire after another dubious decision

first_imgRohit Sharma was seen having an animated discussion with umpire S Ravi after the latter didn’t give Manish Pandey out off a Mitchell Johnson delivery in the 14th over during Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against the Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.Pandey tried to cut a ball and got a healthy bottom edge, handing a clean catch to Ambati Rayudu behind the stumps, who didn’t waste a second to go up and appeal. Although, Johnson didn’t appeal, Rayudu, Rohit and others went straight up but that was not fruitful as Pandey escaped.The Mumbai captain, who was clearly disappointed with the decision, reacted animatedly and charged towards the umpire and kept talking to him for quite a while before finally letting it go.Ultra-edge later showed that there was a healthy nick.However, things got better as Hardik Pandya removed Colin de Grandhomme on the very fast ball off his second over to break the dangerous partnership between Pandey and the Kiwi to dent Kolkata in their chase of 174.Pandey finally fell for 33 to Hardik with KKR’s score being 149/7 from 17.1 overs.Mumbai went onto win the match by nine runs as Kolkata finished on 164/8 from their 20 overs.This is the second time in this season that Rohit was caught having an argument with an umpire. The 30-year-old have been earlier fined for showing dissent . Earlier, Rohit played a steady knock of 27 from 21 balls to help Mumbai reach 173/5 from their 20 overs.Mumbai, who have already qualified for the playoffs finished top of the table 20 points from 14 games. While Kolkata, who are third in the table now with 16 from 14 games, will have to wait for Sunday to know whom among the Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant they will face in the eliminator on May 17 in Bengaluru.advertisementlast_img read more