Volunteers to escort abortion clinic users

first_imgTwitter THERE has been an overwhelming response from Limerick people volunteering to act as escorts to local women availing of abortion services.Fears of anti-abortion protests have prompted one of the steering group of the ’Lawyers for Choice” campaign to explore providing a voluntary escort service for women under the banner of ‘Siúl Liom’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Among the first of the many to reply to her Tweet about the plan were a stream of Limerick people, including one pregnant woman, all of whom offered to be escorts for women walking to and from services which involve termination of pregnancy.Limerick’s Maternity Hospital was among the first of the country’s hospitals to say they were ready to accept referrals for pregnancy termination when the new legislation came into being on January 1.Lawyers for Choice steering group member, Sandra Duffy, said the ‘Siúl Liom’ initiative is her own rather than that of Lawyers for Choice members, but the group is “supportive” of it she told the Limerick Post.“This is at the very early stages as yet and I put out the tweet to see if we could put together a network of support,” she said.Ms Duffy, confirmed that there was a groundswell of support from Limerick, with offers rolling in to help women have safe passage in the event of protests being staged. Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Email Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleCork City defeat Limerick FC in pre-season friendlyNext articleFilm Review – The Favourite Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthVolunteers to escort abortion clinic usersBy Bernie English – January 13, 2019 2243 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Do Public Cloud Workloads Require Protection? You Bet.

first_imgDell EMC Launches a Cloud-Native Data Protection Service, Ensuring Your Workloads’ Data Is Always ProtectedNot long ago I had a conversation with a CEO of a SaaS company, who runs their application in a public cloud. I asked him how he protected his data, and his response was “we have automatic recovery of the compute instances in the cloud”. We then spent a few minutes discussing the differences between protecting the compute instances (provided by the cloud provider) and protecting the data. Once we cleared that out, he responded to my original question by: “there’s no need to protect the data, since the cloud storage never fails, we’ve been using it for 3 years and it did not fail”. Before I could ask him about some recent events of public cloud unavailability, he continued: “however, we did have a few data losses due to a failure in our internal processes, which caused data to be deleted unexpectedly. This was a major embarrassment to us and caused serious business impact”.I believe this conversation represents some of the myths and beliefs many share about public clouds. Don’t get me wrong, public clouds are an awesome way to build and deliver your services to the market, without the hassle of buying, installing, maintaining and operating your IT infrastructure. Surely they have their toll in cost and loss of flexibility and control, but if this works for your business, that’s an interesting option to explore. However, one could never assume that running on a public cloud means they could waive their responsibility to protect their (or their customers’) data. The cloud providers do not assume responsibility for the data protection and backup, and specifically call this out in their customer agreements. While published reliability and data retention for some public cloud storage types are impressive, these are not necessarily relevant to all types of storage that are available and used in the cloud, which require special handling. Moreover, data could be lost not only due to infrastructure reliability, but many other reasons could cause that, as was demonstrated by my conversation with that CEO. If we apply what we have learned from protecting data in on-prem data centers, only a small fractions of data loss events are caused by complete failure and disasters of a data center. Most recoveries are required due to:Imperfect operational processes or human errors could result deletion or alteration of important data.Failure of a regular maintenance operation such as a database upgrade could cause records or whole DB loss.Cyber-attack, such as ransomware or a computer virus, could deem the whole data stored on one’s account unusable.Internal attack, such as by a disgruntled employee, could result loss of complete sets of data and severely impact the business.While many solutions aim to address one or more of these threats, the best protection is still to simply take frequent backups of the data, and store them in a protected location.Dell EMC has applied its experience in protecting data and workloads for customers of all sizes, and its #1 position in the data protection domain to help its customers continue safeguard their data also when they choose to run their workloads in the public cloud. A wide variety of options exist to cover the needs of almost every customer (more details here). However, in some situations, a cloud-native approach is required to accommodate the needs of the cloud workloads, e.g.:When the preferred approach by the IT Ops/cloud team is to leverage the public cloud tools, but they want someone to automate this for them.When a SaaS solution is preferred over installing and maintaining backup and recovery software.When the application is refactored to use native cloud services (such as DBaaS) that prevent seamless integration with traditional solutions.Meet Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM), a new SaaS offering that is fully operated by Dell EMC and manages public cloud environment protection needs in a simple and automated manner. Once users subscribe to the service, they can just log into the CSM portal, provide the credentials to their cloud accounts (for security, provide a username with limited permissions) and start defining policies. That’s it. In less than two minutes, customers’ environments are protected with no installation needed.The CSM service will automatically discover cloud workloads and volumes, in all relevant regions, and apply the defined policies to those instances based on their tagging. It will retain snapshots only within the defined retention period and delete older ones, saving cloud storage costs. If at any time a user needs to restore an instance, it happens with a single click, and users can restart the instance on the same or any other availability zone within the region.CSM enables IT Ops and cloud environment administrators in organizations of any size to benefit from using the cloud services for protecting their data, but without the need to program and script data protection policies & processes. They can rely on Dell EMC’s over 20 years in data protection experience to deliver a service that ensures their data is protected according to their own business needs. It also enables the people in the organization who are monitoring and ensuring data protection compliance (e.g. a data protection analyst) to easily validate that the defined policies follow the business needs and regulatory guidelines, without diving into long JSON scripts or pieces of code.CSM’s Key BenefitsEase of Use: With a powerful policy engine, Cloud Snapshot Manager helps you backup your environment by taking snapshots based on tags and lower your public cloud snapshot costs by deleting old snapshots per retention policies.Highly Scalable: Designed from the ground up for cloud-scale, Cloud Snapshot Manager can manage a large number of instances and snapshots. It provides auto scaling, audit logs and reports, so as the company grows, data protection scales with it.Multi Tenancy: Public cloud users can discover and automate native snapshots life-cycle across multiple cloud accounts and regions based on policies with ease. Users can create a new account or add the software entitlement to an existing account. Each Cloud Snapshot Manager account can have multiple users with login credentials who can access the public cloud account associated with that account, optimizing IT effectiveness across multiple lines of businesses within the organization.Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection, whether workloads are running on premises or in the cloud. The Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT through the creation of a hybrid cloud, as well as transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions.Trying out the CSM service is easy: just visit DellEMC.com/CSMfreetrial to enroll in a free trial. More information on CSM including a data sheet is available at DellEMC.com/CSM. Annual service subscriptions are available for any desired number of instances.last_img read more

DOJ to probe netizen behind Sen. Kiko’s daughter rape threat

first_imgGuevarra added he advised Cuneta that the identity of the person who posted an offending message to Frankie and his location should be clearly established first before she could file a complaint. “I. WILL. FIND. YOU. YOU FACE ME, YOU COWARD. DUWAG. TANDAAN MO KUNG SINO AKO. NANAY NI KC, FRANKIE, MIEL, AT MIGUEL. YOU CROSSED THE LINE,” Cuneta wrote on her social media accounts. Alcos, commenting on the statements of Frankie in a Facebook page, said that “pasalamat ka iha, kung ang edad ko ay 12 yrs. magtago ka na sa tatay mong senador Kiko matsing dahil hahanapin kita para gahasain. Tapos sisihin mo tatay mo dahil hindi ako makukulong.”/PN MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to verify the identity of the person who threatened to rape the daughter of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Frankie. DOJ secretary Menardo Guevarra said Frankie’s mother, award-winning actress Sharon Cuneta, have reached out to him over the weekend and is determined to file a criminal complaint against the person. Cuneta went ballistic at social media over the weekend as she defended her daughter against a certain Sonny Alcos, who supposedly said that he would find Frankie and rape her.center_img “GOD HELP ME AND THE LAW! GOD HELP YOU WHEN I FIND YOU. HINDI KITA PATATAHIMIKIN. TANDAAN MO ITO: AKO AY ANAK NI PABLO P. CUNETA. MALI ANG BINANGGA MO, DEMONYO KA,” she added. “[But] it appears that Sharon, through her own efforts, has identified the person concerned, including his location and the name and address of his employer,” Guevarra said. Frankie has been vocal against “rape culture,” saying a person’s attire is not an invitation to rape. She even had an argument with TV and radio personality Ben Tulfo for her stand. “Should Ms. Cuneta proceed to file a criminal complaint with the DOJ, we shall verify the respondent’s identity and address for the purpose of giving him notice,” the Justice secretary added.last_img read more

Austin hits back at Sullivan “slur”

first_img The 26-year-old QPR striker has been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs over the summer after scoring 18 goals as the Hoops dropped out of the top flight last season. West Ham are one of several sides who have reportedly looked to make a move for Austin, who was called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for the final two internationals of the season, but QPR have not budged from their £15million valuation. Charlie Austin has hit back at an “outrageous slur” from West Ham owner David Sullivan after he said signing the player would be a big risk for the club. “For the record, there is nothing wrong with my “ligaments”, as has been suggested. My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don’t think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever. “I scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season, which would not be possible were I feeling discomfort or pain. “Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent. “For a senior figure at a Premier League club to insinuate that I could break down at any moment is an outrageous slur on my professionalism and the work that has gone into making me the footballer than I am today. I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against Rotherham.” The Hammers are keen to add a forward to their squad with Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all nursing injuries – with boss Slaven Bilic admitting it is a striker he is most likely to bring in before the close of the window. It is understood West Ham had a list of up to 12 forwards who they were looking to bring in, but it appears Austin is not one of them as QPR look to hang on to their main asset in their battle to secure an immediate return to the Premier League. A response to Austin’s comments from Sullivan came via Jack Sullivan, son of the Upton Park chief. Jack Sullivan published on Twitter a statement he said was his father’s message. In it, David Sullivan says his comments were taken “out of context” by Austin. “He is a player I greatly admire. However, he failed a medical at Hull two years ago,” the statement from David Sullivan adds. “Clearly an old injury left a severe doubt with the Hull medical team about the longevity of his career. “I fully accept he is playing very well and the old injury is not impacting upon him at this moment in time.” Sullivan, in the statement, says different medical officials may take varying views of Austin’s knee. He adds: “I was simply saying at West Ham United we’ve been very unlucky with injuries to strikers, going right back to Dean Ashton and the fact three of our main four strikers are injured at this moment in time. So for us, with our limited budget, our bad luck over injured strikers and the fact he failed a medical at Hull would be a risk we couldn’t take. “However, I’m sure many other clubs would take a different view and I hope he plays on until he’s 37 or 38 as he’s clearly a super professional and a great player.” But, when asked on the Knees Up Mother Brown podcast if Austin was a target, Sullivan was bullish about the former Burnley striker’s injury record. “They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?,” Sullivan said. “To sign a £15m player is a big risk. He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it. “If we had £100m to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15m and gamble one-sixth of our budget’. But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits. “And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up. If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.” Austin released a personal statement on Twitter in reply to the Sullivan comments, defending his fitness and his professionalism. “I feel I have no option but to address the inaccurate, misleading and uninformed innuendo about my physical condition that has been raised today by an individual who is not privy to my personal health history,” his statement read. “It is one of a number of inaccurate reports about my so-called injury problems which have been made over the summer. Press Associationlast_img read more