CyberIsle

CyberIsle 2021 is less than two weeks away on 19 October and OCSIA has just been announced that members of the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will be in attendance.  The NCSC representatives are from the Small / Medium Organisation Team and will be available during the event to provide advice and guidance to those attending on protecting your organisation from cyber attacks.

This years CyberIsle is focussing on resilience and the NCSC representatives will have plenty of good advice and guidance to help protect your business or charity –no matter what size. OCSIA would stress, and the statistics support this, that ANY organisations, no matter what size, can be severely impacted by cyber and would encourage attendance at this FREE TO ATTEND event on Tuesday 19th October at the Villa Marina. Tickets and info at www.gov.im/cyberisle Some small simple steps could save you time, money or even the whole business.  If there is one event you attend this year make it CYBERISLE 2021.

Fibre

The DfE and Manx Telecom have said that 50% of the island’s homes and businesses have now been by passed by ultrafast fibre broadband – one year into the programme’s accelerated four year roll-out – and meaning that more of the island’s population can now connect and enjoy faster and more reliable broadband speeds.

Last year Manx Telecom was awarded a £10 million contract to deliver ultrafast fibre broadband in nine intervention zones across the island as part of the island’s National Broadband Plan (NBP). An additional £1.5 million was provided in August 2021 to accelerate the programme from five years to four.

Gary Lamb, CEO at MT, commented: ’We are pleased to have achieved 50% of premises now passed with fibre, including more than a quarter of those identified as hard to reach under the National Broadband Plan. This is despite the many delays and other constraints our engineers have faced in carrying out the works during a pandemic. We are very much on track to reach the target of 99% premises passed by fibre by the end of 2024. We are also working hard to connect premises to the network once it becomes available to them, enabling customers to enjoy the advantages of fibre’s faster speeds, improved resilience and capability as soon as possible, and ultimately contributing to our national ambitions for world-class connectivity.’

Ramsey Pier

£50,000 has been awarded to Queens Pier Restoration Trust from the Dormant Assets Fund, which is being distributed by Manx Lottery Trust on behalf of Isle of Man Treasury.

In 2017, after years of consulting, fundraising, and campaigning, the repair of the pier got underway with Phase One – the restoration of bays one-three – commencing. After a massive community effort, including the sponsorship of decking planks, Phase One is now complete. With 60 bays in total, the Queens Pier Restoration Trust is restoring the pier bay-by-bay and the grant from Manx Lottery Trust will cover the costs of materials for a bay on Phase Two of the project, including steel, wood beams and railway sleepers. 

Graham Curphey, Treasurer and Trustee at Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust, said: ‘We are very pleased to be awarded a grant of £50,000 from Manx Lottery Trust. This is a marvellous and very generous award which will fund a bay on Phase Two of our restoration. On behalf of the Trust, we offer our sincere thanks to the Manx Lottery Trust.’

Record Gas Increase

Industry leaders have called on government to help keep businesses and industries running as wholesale gas prices hit record highs. The price of UK gas has hit its highest level ever, rising by 37% in the past 24 hours. High demand for gas and reduced supply are behind a surge in wholesale prices. The high price of wholesale gas has put a number of UK energy firms out of business in the past few weeks and halted production across industries.

Tinder Danger

A woman who was pictured being arrested at the Sarah Everard vigil has said ‘about 50’ police officers have since contacted her on Tinder leaving her ‘terrified’. Patsy Stevenson, 28, said the officers approached her on Tinder after she was handcuffed at the vigil on 13 March.  She said they knew she was ‘fearful of police’ and had done it ‘for a reason’. The Met said its officers ‘must abide by our high standards of professional behaviour, both on and off duty’.

Boris and Porkies

The prime minister is not taking the prospect of a national pig cull seriously, according to a top vet. Some 600 pigs have already been shot and a mass cull is ‘the next stage’, the National Pig Association said.  Boris Johnson asked a journalist if he had ever eaten a bacon sandwich, saying: ‘Those pigs when you ate them, were not alive’. Vet Duncan Berkshire, who is involved in planning any cull, said the remarks were “enormously disappointing”.

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