David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Friday, January 08, 2016

Be Cyber Streetwise and Think Random to create strong passwords this January

To help people be more secure online, the Cyber Streetwise #thinkrandom campaign is urging people to think ‘random’ to create strong passwords.

More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer. If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details or your clients’ details if you are a business owner.

To help you keep your data secure, a new Cyber Streetwise campaign has been launched to encourage you to create strong passwords by using three random words. Combining three words which mean something to you but are random to others will create a password that is strong and more memorable. Use separate passwords for your business and home account as well to further decrease the chances of multiple security breaches.

Cyber Streetwise’s #thinkrandom campaign will be promoting the use of three random words from 8 – 10 January 2016 from its Facebook and Twitter (opens in a new window) accounts to help people be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals. Keep an eye out for a range of inspirational random ideas and don’t’ forget to share the posts.

The #thinkrandom campaign is part of the wider Cyber Streetwise campaign which is encouraging people to take three simple steps to help stay secure online. These are:

Make passwords stronger by using three random words

Install security software on all devices

Always download the latest software updates

Posting courtesy of www.police.uk

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Plans for PCC's to oversee fire services 'dangerous'

Picture courtesy of the Press Association.

Plans to allow fire and rescue services in England to be overseen by police and crime commissioners have been called "dangerous" by the Fire Brigades Union. The Home Office is due to take control of fire and rescue policy in 2016, with the government consulting on emergency services working together more closely. Ministers argue it could lead to large savings and benefits to the public. But the FBU said PCCs governing fire and rescue services would cause the "fragmentation" of emergency services.

'Threaten' public trust

Currently fire and rescue services are overseen by bodies made up of local councillors. The government has said it wants to see a more joined-up approach in the way police and fire services work together.

As well as proposing to make PCCs responsible for some fire services, it has also said that fire chiefs could become chief constables and run both police and fire services under a PCC. But the FBU said associations with the police could damage the trust firefighters have built in their communities.

In a statement on its website, the union said PCCs did not "bring any skills or expertise to the the fire and rescue service", with some having an "unfortunate record for ill-judged interference in operational matters". It added: "Enabling PCCs to govern fire and rescue services will neither deliver economic, efficient or effective emergency services, nor optimise public safety.

'Half baked suggestion'

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack described the proposal as a "half baked suggestion" and accused "one or two" PCCs supporting the plan of "empire building". He told the BBC: "There's very little evidence, there's no research been carried out, there's no support for it among firefighters and there's no support for it among police officers, there's no support among local communities and yet the government seems to be intent on forcing it though." But Surrey PCC Kevin Hurley said: "There are many similarities in the way in which fire services and police services work, the way they are trained, the way they acquire their equipment and so on."

Mr Hurley said it would be better for the services to work together to support merging "back office functions" and "make the best of this in the public interest", rather than trying to block the proposals.

"Money is always going to be an issue in terms of what the fire service or police can put out into the field, and there are all sorts of opportunities to take cost out and put that money back into the front line," he added.

Home Secretary Theresa May said she was "determined" to improve efficiency in fire and rescue services. She said fire services had poor procurement, IT systems and buildings management and indicated plans to introduce an independent inspectorate as well as ordering routine performance data to be published. Mrs May said: "I look at the fire and rescue service and I see the need for many of the same reforms that I started in policing five years ago. "Better local accountability, more transparency and a relentless focus on efficiency. "So, while I continue to finish the job of reform in policing, I am also determined to properly kick start the job of reform in fire."

She added that allowing PCCs to take over fire and rescue authorities would "provide direct, democratic accountability in fire as we now have in policing".

The FBU said the plans were a "smokescreen for the government's cost-cutting" and would negatively affect polices forces, too.

Article courtesy of the BBC.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas greetings to bloggers everywhere

I send my warmest Christmas greetings to all my blogger friends and hope that you and your families will be blessed with much joy, love and peace as we celebrate the reason for the Season:->

The Holy Family
Mary, Joseph and the infant child Jesus

May the New Year bring you the blessing of great happiness and good health. I am very mindful that I have neglected my postings in recent months for which I apoligize to my regular readers, especially my most loyal blogger Annette. I will try my best to rectify that situation in 2016.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Heartfelt congratulations to our beloved Queen Elizabeth on becoming, last week, the longest ever serving Sovereign of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 226 days.

A remarkable achievement and one served with outstanding loyalty and dedication to all of her subjects both at home and throughout the Commonwealth of Nations.

Long may she continue to reign over us and may God bless her with good health and wise counsel.

Since the age of 8 Her Majesty has been my Queen. I still proudly possess the silver Coronation spoon presented to me at our local Coronation sports day. Many years later I was on uniformed police duty when she visited Plymouth during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

I also thank God for the whole Royal Family and HRH Prince Philip in particular for his constant love and support of Her Majesty throughout her extremely long reign.

Monday, August 10, 2015

True friends are priceless

TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT . DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE. THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND , 'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE'. THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS, WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH. THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING, BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE: 'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE'. THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM WHY? HE REPLIED, 'WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.. BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT'

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE. THEY SAY IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON, AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEM, A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN , AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET THEM !

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Lose with dignity. Win with humility

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Car with toy Llama strapped to roof stopped by Police

The interestingly decorated hatchback has been driving around Sussex with music blaring and the boot open !

Courtesy of Scott Docherty - www.policeoracle.com Picture credit: Sussex West RPU/Twitter

Friday, June 12, 2015

Spotted on the beach !

Two priests went off to Ibiza on holiday and decided that they would make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as members of the clergy.

As soon as the plane landed, they headed straight to a clothes shop and bought some really outrageous shorts and shirts, sandals and sunglasses,etc.

The next morning, they went to the beach, dressed in their "tourist garb" and were sitting on beach beds, enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a beautiful blonde in a tiny bikini came walking straight towards them. They could not help but stare and when she passed them she turned to them, smiled and said, "Good morning Father, good morning Father," nodding and addressing each of them individually, then passed on by.They were both stunned - how in the world did she recognize them as priests ?

The next day they went back to the clothes store, bought even more outrageous outfits - these were so loud, you could hear them before you even saw them ! And again they settled on the beach in their sunbeds to enjoy the sunshine, etc.

After a while the same gorgeous blonde, wearing a string bikini this time, came walking towards them again. (They were glad they had their sunglasses on because their eyes were about to pop out of their heads).

Again, she approached them and greeted them individually: "Good morning Father, good morning Father," and started to walk away.

One of the priests could not stand it any longer and said, "Just a minute young lady. Yes, we are priests, and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world did YOU know?"

She replied, "Oh Father, don't you recognize me,..............I'm Sister Immaculata !"

Postscript: Lord, Give me a sense of humour. Give me the ability to appreciate a clean joke.