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Is Covid19 putting your
business at risk from a Cyber Attack?
INVEST in Sefton us reminding
local businesses that Cyber Security never stops. New attackers, tactics and
threats emerge every day… From phishing emails, ransomware and data breaches,
all can seriously disrupt business operations, leading to financial loss, down
time and reputational damage. The Covid19 pandemic has seen an increase in
businesses asking their employees to work remotely. This has brought a new set
of threats from cyber attacks targeted at insecure network connections and
un-pass worded mobile devices, leaving systems open to attack. On Thursday, 15
October Investsefton is running a live interactive webinar Covid19: Protecting
Your Business from Cyber Attack with Clive Campling, MD of Southport based
Jigsaw Business Networks Limited. The webinar will be at Introductory level,
with specialist guidance on the main security threats to your business, how to
develop an employee remote working policy, and things you can do to protect your
business. To book your place/s should email Sharon or Dominique at:-
InvestSefton@Sefton.Gov.UK or call:-
01519343452. The Webinar will be held on Thursday, 15 October 2020, from 10.30am
Southport BID reminds people
that Southport businesses remain open as new rules come in
SOUTHPORT BID is reminding people
that the vast majority of Southport businesses will remain open, as new
Coronavirus restrictions come into place this week. On Monday, 12 October 2020,
the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that Southport and the rest of the
Liverpool City Region will become the 1st area in the country to move into the
new Tier 3 restrictions. This will see the closure of some businesses, from
Wednesday, 14 October 2020, such as:- indoor gyms, fitness studios, dance
studios, sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres
and casinos. Pubs and bars can remain open, but only where they operate as if
they were a restaurant; which means serving substantial meals, like a main
lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said:- "Despite these new
restrictions, the vast majority of the businesses in Southport will remain open.
This includes our fantastic choice of shops, our restaurants, our beauty salons,
hairdressers and barbers, many of our pubs which serve food, and others too. A
great number of our businesses have successfully remained open throughout the
whole of this pandemic with others reopening safely this Summer. Southport BID
has been working very closely with venues across Town to help ensure that they
are fully Covid safe and have all the correct safety measures in place. Our
local businesses have put huge amounts of effort and time into operating safely,
ensuring that customers and diners can social distance. We want to continue to
reassure everyone that they can shop and dine out in Southport with full
confidence. It is devastating to see great businesses forced to close again, but
we hope this will be a very temporary measure and that they will be back open
again soon. Financial support for those businesses and their staff members has
been made available by the Government. We are aware that there is huge concern
that these measures do not go far enough. We are ensuring these concerns, along
with other BID's nationally, are shared with National BID bodies who are working
with central Government to negotiate wider support. We are happy to help any of
the businesses in the Southport BID area which need advice, and will continue to
keep businesses updated on changes as they happen through our website and social
media. It is more important than ever that local people keep taking advantage of
all that our Town has to offer and support our local independents if they are to
survive. We can still enjoy lunch with our household groups, or get take away
coffees and take a walk with a friend and we can most certainly still start our
Christmas shopping and enjoy being in a safe, open air Town."
Southport BID has recently launched the new Southport Gift Card as a way of
encouraging people to support local businesses. For more details please visit:-
Dobbies search for Santa
THE hunt is on for Santa to work
in Dobbies Southport store this Christmas. The UK's leading garden centre
retailer has a host of magical in store events and experiences in the 2020
Christmas calendar and suitable candidates are being called on to fill the boots
Dobbies is looking for people who love the spirit of Christmas to take on the
role, bringing the magic of Christmas to life for customers of all ages. As well
as working in the grotto, Santa will also meet with family groups at Dobbies'
festive breakfast and party events.
The safety of customers and team members is Dobbies' number 1 priority and as a
result the grotto experience will be different this year, as Santa and the elves
will be adhering to social distancing guidelines.
A spokesperson for Dobbies said:- "At Dobbies we're proud to deliver
memorable Christmas experiences. The role of Santa is perfect for enthusiastic
individuals who are keen to ensure our customers have a 1st class experience and
get everyone into the festive spirit. We will be closely following Government
guidelines to ensure all events from our Christmas programme are safe and
enjoyable for all."
Applicants are invited for the role of Santa, with a full training programme
provided for those who are successful. A highly rewarding and enjoyable role
guaranteed to get customers into the Christmas spirit, successful candidates
will be responsible for creating memorable moments for visiting families and
Dobbies is looking for reliable, hard working individuals who are confident,
kind and have a jolly nature. From regaling stories from the North Pole and
asking children about their Christmas list, candidates will spread happiness and
capture the imagination of children of all ages.
Candidates in Southport can apply to work in Santa's Grotto this Christmas now
Rural organisations join
forces in proposal for amendment to Highways Act 1980
ENGLAND'S rural groups have
joined forces to call for an amendment to the Highways Act 1980, which would
improve safety on the public rights way of network following a spike in
livestock related deaths. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA),
National Farmers Union (NFU), Countryside Alliance (CA) and Tenant Farmers
Association (TFA) have written to Rural Affairs Minister, Lord Gardiner,
outlining how the amendment would enable farmers to temporarily divert public
rights of way where livestock are present. This diversion would help reduce the
risk of further serious incidents happening to visitors in the countryside and
allow farmers to operate their businesses safely and effectively. The proposal
provides a temporary diversion for a limited period of time, following a short
notice period with clear notices placed at either end of the route.
Deputy President of the CLA Mark Tufnell said:- "We believe that our
proposal will help save lives. There have been a number of tragic incidents
recently of walkers being killed by livestock while visiting the countryside.
Our priority is people's safety, and by amending the Highways Act landowners
will be empowered to take the necessary steps to protect the public."
Also commenting on the call was NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts who said:-
"Sadly, we have learnt of several incidents recently in which members of the
public have lost their lives. The countryside is a busy working environment, so
we need to ensure that the millions of people who visit every year can continue
to do so safely and responsibly. This proposed change in the law would allow
farmers to quickly, easily and temporarily divert public rights of way where
livestock are present to further reduce the risks."
Head of Politics at Countryside Alliance James Legge add:- "The law must
recognise that the countryside is a place of work as well as recreation. The
current Highways Act fails to balance the needs of farmers and land managers to
raise livestock while also being able to take necessary steps to protect public
safety. The proposed change in the law would enable farmers and land managers to
raise livestock and protect public safety, without reducing the ability of the
public to enjoy the countryside. The Government needs to recognise the problem
and act to ensure the law is fair and workable, and most importantly helps
prevent any further tragic loss of life."
TFA National Vice Chairman Robert Martin commented:- "The devastating loss
of life that we have experienced recently in the countryside could be prevented
easily by taking the simple and reasonable approach we have outlined. We want
walkers to be able to enjoy the countryside safely alongside farmers going about
their day to day business."
This idea was sparked by a pilot scheme in Cornwall, which used permissive paths
(a route landowners allow the public to use) to offer an alternative route when
livestock are being grazed on the land. The temporary diversion would solve the
current problems without these drawbacks, which includes existing rights of way
remaining permanently open. Although it's an option that remains a useful tool
for landowners, permissive paths are not suitable in all instances as the
original route must remain open, leaving walkers exposed to potential risk. The
current process for permanently diverting public rights is complex and
inflexible. Read the proposals in the letter to Lord Gardiner
Time for ministers to
protect British farmers
RESPONDING to the Agriculture
Bill's completion, CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:- "Government
Ministers have successfully convinced MPs they can be trusted to protect food
production standards without the need for legislation. Time and again Ministers
have promised to protect British farmers from a flood of cheap imports produced
to animal welfare and environmental standards far below our own. They must now
make good on that promise and show that such trust is well placed. Farmers
across the country will be watching Government's every move very closely from
hereon in. The CLA will do all it can to support Government efforts to promote
free trade; so long as their guarantee to uphold our standards and values is
CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "The CLA will support any new
free trade deals outside the EU which grow and boost UK trade, but it is
imperative that equivalent standards are met in order to prevent undercutting of
the UK market with products of lower environmental and animal welfare standards.
Any future food imports should meet the UK's environmental standards. All
farming in the UK is subject to stringent regulation designed to protect both
the welfare of animals and the wider environment. Alongside high quality, safe
and traceable crops and livestock, UK farmers deliver wildlife habitats and
water protection through a broad variety of agri-environment programmes. It
would only be fair that any future food imports via free trade agreements must
also be required to meet the same environmental standards, otherwise we risk
undercutting our own farmers' work in this regard."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
17,234 cases and
the total number now stand at:-
634,920, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:-
143, within 28 days
of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The
total number of deaths of people who have had a positive
test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory
43,018, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
4,367. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:- 540,396 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 132,328 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL CITY REGION
Halton, 2,384 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 4,041 confirmed
Sefton, 5,162 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 3,613 confirmed
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
West and Chester,
5,850 confirmed cases.
3,251 confirmed cases.
5,049 confirmed cases.
4,901 confirmed cases.
4,267 confirmed cases.
4,318 confirmed cases.
3,799 confirmed cases.
3,698 confirmed cases
5,683 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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