Implementing Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) in an organization is one thing, getting the organization to use it for the intended purposes it is another. When you visit some offices, you will notice staff entertaining themselves on Facebook, chatting through Yahoo! Messenger, emailing pictures to friends and family, or playing online games. All of these occur during work hours! Even worse, in some offices you find staff watching Nigerian movies (NOLLYWOOD) on their PCs or laptops. And with the 4G/3.9G modems that are on the market today, more musical video downloads and Skype video conferencing (non-work related) have become ubiquitous. Upon seeing this, you begin to wonder whether there are any controls regarding the use of ICTs in the organization. In today’s article, I discuss ways to develop an ICT policy to govern the use of ICTs within an organization.Undoubtedly, today’s workforce is one characterized by an increased use and familiarity with digital communications, social networks, instant gratification and a 24/7 always-on connected lifestyle. The phone (mobile or desk phone), e-mail and the Internet are the most important communications tools used in the workplace today. In a nutshell, the workplace is continuously being defined by increasing flexibility and mobility, where employees are able to work however, wherever and whenever they choose.But all of the developments that ICTs bring do not come without risks, especially when employees in an organization are given no limits on how to use these tools. The improper use of ICTs bring about negative impacts the organization’s mission and goals: employees tend to loose productivity due to time spent on social media in the workplace, incidents of malware directly attributed to the use of social media through the organization systems tend to increase; violation of privacy policies attributed to information shared on social media sites goes on the increase and so on. Oftentimes, technical solutions such as the installation of firewalls and other security applications are implemented to address these problems. But those measures are never enough, hence, the need for an ICT policy.As the ICT department tries to meet the needs of the workforce, it also needs to develop policies to ensure the acceptable uses of ICTs within the organization. Developing an ICT policy for an organization is as important as having any other policy within the organization. Note also that, an effective policy allows the organization to define how and for what purposes ICTs will be used, while also providing the opportunity to educate employees about ICTs and the risks and reward associated with them.Developing and implementing an ICT policy can also be difficult as there are no quick-fixes or one-size-fits-all solutions that can suffice for every organization. This is because every organization is different, and the approach taken to meet objectives and/or ensure compliance will vary from one environment to another, even those in the same industries. But several basic things need to be done to ensure that the organization’s ICT policy works. These include: building executive support, building consensus among stakeholders by involving them in the process, including the right contents in the policy, performing an internal and external research, drafting and ultimately disseminating the policy. Building executive support means gaining the blessings of top management. No policy will succeed without the support of senior leadership. Therefore, the senior leadership is needs to understand the necessity of developing and maintaining an ICT policy; whether it is for compliance, cost reduction, security, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Return on Investment (ROI), avoiding liability, and so on. In fact, the senior leadership should participate in the introduction of the ICT policy to the organization to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of the purpose of the policy.Building consensus among the stakeholders is also very important since the policy will affect them. As the policy is being developed all stakeholders must be involved in the discussion of its establishment, and this can be done by creating a committee. This committee should consist of the owner of the policy, subject matter experts, frequent users of the policy, and representatives from groups affected by the policy. Including the Human Resources, Financial, and Legal departments is also a good idea. This will ensure the policy being developed is fully understood by everyone concerned and that it has their backing once it is implemented. A broad base of support is one of the best assurances for policy success.The contents of the policy is another “component” that must be taken seriously since policies differ from organizations to organizations. But basically, the policy should include a statement of purpose, description of the users affected, history of revisions (if there are any), definitions of any special terms, and specific policy instructions from management. Additionally, performing an internal research is also imperative to developing a good ICT policy. This means an understanding of the organizations mission, goals, and culture must be gotten prior to the development of the policy. This will ensure that the policy works for and with stakeholders, rather than against them. Now, while the goal of the policy is to create a more compliant and secure environment without making things overly difficult or incomprehensible for the stakeholders, the contents of the policy should clearly state that inconveniences in terms of usability will be inevitable.Upon drafting and finalizing the policy, the policy should be reviewed by the organization’s legal counsel to ensure that it complies with Liberian laws before disseminating it to employees. The completed policy should often be reviewed to make sure it continues to comply with applicable laws and the needs of the organization. New laws, regulations, and court cases that emerge after the completion of an ICT policy have the potential to affect it.In terms of dissemination, it is advisable to request the Human Resource department to provide a hard copy of the ICT policy to users and have them acknowledge receipt of it. Require users to sign a document of acknowledgement to be placed in their individual personnel files. Subsequently, the policy must be placed on the organization’s Intranet, if there is one, or somewhere prominent. Stakeholders must be reminded about the ICT policy periodically though e-mails and short training presentations either on the intranet or during workshops.Finally, a good and regularly reviewed ICT policy can be both an effective employee relations tool and a helpful defense against lawsuits. This policy should explain clearly what kind of user behavior is acceptable and what is not. For example, no user is allowed to install his/her own copy of Windows 7 on the organization’s computers; or chat on Facebook during work hours. Hopefully, the injection of an ICT policy in your organization will save the organization from litigation, reduce cost, etc., and not make users/stakeholders hate the ICT department!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lindo Creek CoI The wife of Lindo Creek Massacre victim Clifton ‘Berry’ Wong said she heard the news about miners being killed, but brushed it aside and went about her domestic chores, only to have her entire world collapse later that night.Collette Wong took to the stand before the Commission of Inquiry into the June 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre and tearfully recounted when she received the news of her husband Clifton Wong’s death.Clifton Wong’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, on the standThe woman related that prior to heading into Lindo Creek, her husband had been home to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday, and while heading into Lindo Creek, he had promised to send some money to celebrate their daughter’s birthday on June 13.The woman said the last communication she had had with her husband was when he stopped at Kwakwani before heading into Lindo Creek, and he had told her, ‘I love you’, and had asked her to take care of their five children.Collette explained that when she did not hear from her husband for their daughter’s birthday, she made contact with his boss, Leonard Arokium, and asked that he contact the camp, which he promised to do.Amidst tears, Collette Wong said her nephew-in-law was the one who had informed her of her husband’s death on June 21, at sometime around 12:30hrs.“I bravely said, ‘Hit me with it,’ he said, ‘You already heard’, and I said there was a newsflash. At that moment I did not panic,” she said. To confirm the news, she then called Arokium, and her worst fears became true.“Upon hearing that, I went upstairs. The children were already in their bed, and I woke them up and said, ‘He is no more! He is no more!’ ” the still grieving woman related before breaking down on the stand.She said her screams were so loud that they woke up the entire neighbourhood, and persons came over to enquire what was going on.She said that apart from media operatives, the family was visited by Social Welfare Officers, but she noted that they did not receive any form of counselling or therapy to deal with their loss.Collette Wong said she was also fearful of the heavy Police presence in her street during the wake held for her husband. She further related that her brother-in-law, Courtney Wong, was asked to provide the Police with an SNA sample, and that the family was never contacted about the burial of her husband’s remains.Also taking the stand was the late Clifton’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, whose birthday he was supposed to send money for. The woman related that when her father did not call her for her birthday, she sensed something was wrong.She said that her father was a family man and would never miss their birthdays, and she still remembers the last present he had given her before he was murdered.Romain recounted that, in 2007, her father had presented her with a pair of gold jingles (bangles) for her birthday, but after his death, the family had to sell those to supplement their finances.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.
– challenges existing parties to 2020 showdownA new political party, the self-dubbed Democratic National Congress (DNC), has announced its presence on the national landscape). On Sunday, it threw down the gauntlet to the existing political parties with general and regional elections slated for 2020.DNC leader, Craig Sylvester, noted in a statement that he has always been anLeader of the Democratic National Congress, Craig Sylvesteradvocate of new political parties. He noted that his DNC party will go toe-to-toe with the other parties in 2020 under the theme ‘Bringing Guyana into the 21st century’.“As a preliminary estimate, we only require twenty persons to assume ministerial portfolios for a resounding victory at the polls,” Sylvester said. “The party’s official launch and public discussion forum is due to be held soon.”“The Democratic National Congress will be committed to the principle (of) Guyana (being) governed as a democratic republic, where the authority of the state and its government is created and sustained by the consent of its people through their elected representatives,” Sylvester said, reeling off his party’s draft constitution.He also promised that a sound, effective political system for choosing and replacing governments through free and fair elections will be sustained.
In the second, the flood-gates opened, as the Huskies began to take advantage of an inexperienced goaltender in the Beaverlodge net. Fort St. John would add four more in the second, and another five in the third, for a final score of 12-2.The Huskies got goals from Cody Hildebrand (2), Cody Kalb (3), Ryan Stickel, Kole Norris, Cam MacKinnon, Brighton Campbell (2), Luke McInerney, and Linden Apsassin. Bob Bailey and Taylor Jones replied with goals for Beaverlodge. Ty Gullickson got his second consecutive start in goal for Fort St. John, adding his second win of the series, after recording a shutout in game three.Once the Blades began to realize the game was slipping out of reach, they began to crank up their physical play, leading to six different fights, as well as some chippy play both ways.Robbie Sidhu was held to one assist in the game, but was one of six Huskies to drop the gloves. “I think they were just mad from what happened with their goalie” Sidhu said afterwards, “but I don’t think we can control that.”Advertisement By Jon Zacks – Advertisement -The Huskies rolled to a 12-2 win in game four of their first-round playoff series on Monday night, to force a fifth and deciding game.It was an eventful night in Beaverlodge, with more than 100 minutes in penalties assessed, and six fights breaking out.The game seemed almost destined to end up in chaos, after the ejection of Beaverlodge goaltender Nolan Bowker (which led to a lengthy delay) and some bad blood, during game three in Fort St. John on Saturday.Without the services of their two carded goaltenders (Bowker was suspended, and Cody Gayse was out of town), Beaverlodge was forced to start defenceman Tyrell Jones in goal in game four. And while the Blades kept it close through the first period, it seemed only a matter of time until the dam would burst.The Huskies got first period goals from Cody Hildebrand, Cody Kalb, and Ryan Stickel, while Bob Bailey and Taylor Jones replied for Beaverlodge, for a 3-2 Fort St. John lead after 20 minutes.Advertisement “Apparently they’ve got a goalie now, so it should be a good game” Sidhu says of the game five matchup. “If we come out hard, we should easily win the series” he added. Even Kole Norris got in on the act, dropping his gloves to defend himself after getting jumped by Nick Darke for the second consecutive game. “We told the guys just to keep their heads, and protect themselves” Huskies Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier said after the game. “Don’t go out there looking for fights … but they happen. We had a couple of guys get jumped tonight, and a couple other incidents happen, and that’s not allowed.”Payden Wongstedt’s eagerly anticipated return to the Huskies lineup was short-lived, as the Captain was ejected just five minutes into the game, for a hit-to-the head on Cody Moulds. As well, a member of the Beaverlodge coaching staff was kicked out, for his arguments after a disallowed Blades goal in the second period.Click here to listen to a highlights package from game four.[asset|aid=2571|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c45281f6b353adf00eec8d3fbd321254-pups blades #4_2_Pub.mp3] And so, the stage is now set for a game five showdown. The deciding game will be held in Fort St. John on Wednesday night. If the Huskies win, they will advance to play the Grande Prairie Wheelers in the second round. If the Blades win, they would likely play the top-seeded Whitecourt Wolverines.Advertisement
POMONA – One might say Diamond Ranch High School track standout Terry Prentice already has accomplished enough to claim a successful prep career. But that won’t stop him from trying for more. Prentice took first place in the high hurdles (13.92 seconds), 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.42) and the long jump (24 feet, 5 inches) at last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals. He also took high hurdles (14.11) and long jump (23-10
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- Despite a tough three-weeks with off the pitch shenanigans threatening to derail their otherwise brilliant season, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says the team’s focus will not be deterred ahead of Wednesday evening’s CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash with Tanzania’s Yanga at Kasarani.Before departing for Tanzania for the CECAFA Kagame Cup, Gor Mahia players had staged a go slow demanding unpaid allowances and the drama followed them all the way through to Tanzania where they were ultimately suspended from the tournament after refusing to pick their third placed team medals. But on Wednesday, the team switches its attention to a competition that has the potential to re-write their club history.“Whatever happened in the past is in the past and we have to concentrate on the job at hand. We have had our issues off the field which have psychologically affected the players, but we need to look at what’s ahead of us and keep working for it,” the tactician noted.Captain Harun Shakava affirmed that the players have their eyes fixed on the prize and have put the woes that wobbled their ship over the past month behind their back.Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava trains at the Kasarani Stadium on July 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We met the chairman on Monday evening and he talked to us as players and he assured us that our grievances will be addressed. We hope it comes into action but for us, our focus is on this game and getting the three points,” the captain noted.Gor Mahia are pegged second in the standings with two points off back to back draws against leaders USM Alger and Rayon Sport and a win on Wednesday will be a huge step towards qualifying for the quarter finals of the competition.“It is a very important game to both teams because everyone wants the three points. But I believe my players are motivated as they go into this game and they are focused and in the right mentality,” the tactician noted.He expects a tough challenge from Yanga who have vowed to give their all for three points in Nairobi and has cautioned his players to ensure they start the game early and make use of the chances they create.“We have always created chances, we have dominated games. Against Rayon we should have won, at home against USM we should have also won looking at the chances we had. We have worked on a few things in training and hopefully they show on the pitch,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe is however wary that their tough fixture line up might come to bite as they will be playing their seventh game in less than three weeks.“Sometimes it is very difficult to work on things because you have to play, recover, then play again. But we gave the players some two days off just after CECAFA and we hope it helped them relax and they will be fresher coming into this game,” the coach noted.The team will be without defender Joash Onyango who is suspended having picked up a red card against USM Alger and Kerr is expected to fill his void with Charles Momanyi.“Shakava and Joash have been fantastic; Charles has been outstanding with his attitude and professionalism. He has not held his head down when we needed him. Joash is devastated he is not playing but Charles can fill that gap,” the coach said.Meanwhile, the tactician says he is pleased with the playing surface at Kasarani which will be hosting it’s first game since the tie against USM Alger in May.The pitch had been closed down so the grass grows well after being hurriedly opened for the Hull City friendly match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 England goalkeeper Ben Foster Goalkeeper Ben Foster will miss England’s friendly against Norway, along with the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday.The West Brom shot-stopper picked up a knock in training on Tuesday and has returned to the Baggies for treatment as a precautionary measure. At this time, Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson will not call up any replacements.The Three Lions meet Norway in a Wembley friendly on Wednesday night before flying to Switzerland for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.
1 Arsenal and Manchester United target Karim Benzema could be on his way out of Real Madrid with manager Rafa Benitez desperate to sign Fernando Llorente.According to reports in Spain, Benitez has asked his boss at the Bernabeu to sanction a move for the Juventus striker, which they are not massively keen on.But even if the paymasters at Real do not sanction the move for the 30-year-old, who scored only seven Serie A goals last season, the fact the manager wants another centre-forward is likely to unsettle France international Benzema.Ronaldo is untouchable at Madrid while homegrown starlet Jese is unlikely to be sacrificed so the former Lyon man would be the most likely attacker to be moved on to free up space and funds for a new forward.Arsene Wenger has coveted the 27-year-old for some time and their shared homeland might give the Gunners boss the edge in negotiations.But United have cash to spend and could gazump their Premier League rivals if a bidding war breaks out. Karim Benzema
1 Each week, a leading band or musician takes the talkSPORT Starting XI. Ladies and gentlemen… Matt Nicholls from Bring Me The Horizon…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?I don’t know if Rotherham could afford many! It would just be nice to have someone who can put the ball in net.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?“Don’t Let Me Drown” (Drown by Bring Me The Horizon)Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I’m sorry, but it would have to be Rotherham’s New York Stadium. I’ve been trying to make it happen for ages!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Zlatan Ibrahimovic – he just doesn’t give a s**t at the end of the day.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Premier LeagueWhen you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?I didn’t really have many music posters when I was younger. It was more computer game posters. I did have loads of football posters though. Mainly ones from Shoot magazine with Ryan Giggs and all the classic 90s players.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Steve Evans – he’s mental! He splits opinion, but for me he’s the king. I was apprehensive to start with, but you can’t argue with two back to back promotions and championship survival last year.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Anything by Bring Me The Horizon. I would love it if one of the players was a fan of the band!Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Recently, Jonson Clarke-Harris has been an exciting signing. He’s got massive potential but needs more game time. Ben Pringle’s departure was a bit s**t. It was maybe time to go, but he was a big personality and a definite fan favourite.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any player from Sheffield WednesdayWhat’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?The best has to be Three Lions. Worst is Vindaloo by Fat Les. Bring Me The Horizon
COURTS: A businessman forged the signature of a bank manager on bank guarantees to keep two cigarette companies supplying his shop with their products. Wade McGinley, 46, of 1 Tiramacool, Buncrana appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court. The father-of-seven pleaded guilty to forgery in illegally obtaining cigarettes valued at more than €24,000.The court heard how Mr McGinley had two contracts with tobacco companies John Player and JTI Gallaher, and in 2009 he began having difficulty making payments to both companies.It was at this stage that John Player and JTI Gallaher sent reps to Mr McGinley’s shop with bank guarantee forms.Mr McGinley assured both reps that the bank guarantees would be signed and he then sent the form to his bank which was AIB.AIB refused to authorise the guarantees and sent a letter back to the defendant informing him of their decision.McGinley then scanned the AIB bank stamp from his computer onto the bank guarantees, and forged the signature of the branch manager Joe Doherty.Detective Garda Mark Doherty outlined that in 2011 they had been contacted by a department at AIB Fraud Prevention Group concerning transactions involving McGinley and tobacco companies “JT Ireland” and “John Players”.The sum of money involved for JT Ireland was more than €8,000 while John Players was for more €16,000.He said in 2009 the companies had sought bank guarantees from McGinley in order to supply him with tobacco for his shop but the two guarantees supplied were forgeries not issued by AIB in Buncrana.McGinley was interviewed by AIB Buncrana branch manager, Mr Joe Doherty, in November 2010 after the tobacco companies contacted the bank to invoke the guarantees due to the non payment by the shop owner.McGinley was interviewed by Gardaí in 2011 and admitted forging the signature of Mr Doherty as well as the bank stamp which he copied on his home computer.He told gardaí he believed the document was “only an old bit of paper” and “not important” but he was sorry to have wasted the officers’ time.He also said he would pay back the money owed but the court heard John Players were repaid just over €4,000 of the €16,000 and JT Ireland have not been repaid anything to date.Barrister Damian Crawford BL said his client had “catastrophic debts” but he co-operated fully with the investigation.Character witness Mr Noel Bradley, a former Missionary priest, gave evidence that he had known McGinley for more than 30 years.He said McGinley took over the running of the shop from his mother but did not possess her acumen for business and was “naive” with money but was a “kind, gentle” person.Judge John O’Hagan said it was a “very deliberate crime” where he not only kept the money owed but also the profits derived from the sale of the cigarettes.He said if McGinley repaid €3,000 each to both companies by December he would consider a community service order. If the money was not paid “all avenues” were open to him, he added.Businessman forged bank manager’s signature to obtain €24,000 of cigarettes was last modified: July 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBbank managerbuncranaciagerttesdonegalWade McGinley