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  • in reply to: Ty pawb ( again ) #210565

    Rob
    Keymaster

    A day after the orig post it appears Ty Pawb did a tweet with a timetable, and Wrexham Council have highlighted it this morning specifically noting “Half term activities for children”…

    Perhaps evidence of a ‘more engaged relationship with local media channels’!

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Local data rejected by Cefn Councillor #197434

    Rob
    Keymaster

    A month on…

    1. Borras & Rhosnesni 454 per 100k 22 cases

    2. New Broughton 360 per 100k 28 cases

    3. 349 per 100k on Minera 20 cases

    4. The quite broad “Wrexham West” 324 per 100k with 27

    Also looks highest in North Wales aside from pockets in Flintshire.

    Source: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary – go to the MSOA then drop down for Wrexham

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Data breach #197433

    Rob
    Keymaster

    This one has been a bit of a puzzler but the server provider has been looking at this since it was flagged up as a possible issue.

    Avast report if an email address is linked to any released data lists current or historic (using them will subscribe you to them) but entering email to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ will give you similar data.

    Wrexham.com does appear on a ‘new’ list of 25,000 sites however the figures involved didn’t seem to match. There are some email addresses we have checked that flag up, but others (my own for this account for example) do not. There are a few other sites that will trigger alerts from sites that have never been used (again as a personal example I am listed on an issue about online game Evony that I have never heard of) , so it is unclear what the reality of any issue is – and it is stated as ‘unverified’ on the above link with commentary from some experts such data is over egged.

    After spending some time investigating it appears the data referenced could have came from the very old vBulletin software the forums ran on, and were moved from back in 2014-15. One of the reasons for moving was for security. On moving from vBulletin to this current software all users had to set new passwords, and to be clear that process would mean any passwords would be new – and even if old ones reused the ‘hash’ or mathematical stored version would be ‘salted’ so would not appear as the same.

    There is no proof that was the case but would be a best guess.

    Out of an abundance of caution we would suggest (here and anywhere!) if you are still using passwords from 2012-2015 then they should be changed, and as always would suggest using strong passwords.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: NHS #190778

    Rob
    Keymaster

    In today’s Ministerial briefing Rob from Wrexham.com asked specifically about staff moving from ward to ward — this question was clearly known by the Minister in advance yet she could only respond with a “I think!” about internal risk of cross infection.

    So I think those measures are in place, and certainly as I say there has been an increase in testing in the Wrexham area.”

    She also referenced the community testing as if it was still in place when it ceased on Saturday.

    [b]It is time to get real clarity particularly when the questions are provided in advance — perhaps Rob could let us know how long in advance are the questions submitted?[/b]

    The process is quite straightforward, the afternoon before the brief we find out who the Minister will be, and we ask to take part. We join the zoom about 12:15, Minister walks out and takes questions. There is no advance sight of any questions, nor is it requested.

    From our end the questions are put together after 2-3 of us having a chat or knocking them about as things spring up, and usually the night before we make a short list, however that can change if something comes out in the morning – or even during the briefing. The reason for having a big list of questions is there can be several others ahead of us in the queue, and often questions get asked by others. It is a valuable opportunity so we don’t want to be sat there reasking stuff that has already been answered. It is more work but hopefully worth it.

    We also try and make the questions fit the Minister a little, so today was not the Health Minister but we had a health questions. Our thinking was today’s Minister would be in Cabinet, probably get the internal circulars or info however it works, and also has a voice – that is why we asked for her personal opinion on the matters raised.

    It does appear there are prepared answers replying to a topic not a question at times, but out of the near 100 briefings in the pandemic we have participated in there has certainly been more info now public than without them.

    The other good bit is now the precedent is there hopefully a range of media can remotely take part in such non-pandemic briefs in the future.

    (on a wider point, can everyone play nicer on these threads?! :) )

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Covid increase in Wrexham #188243

    Rob
    Keymaster

    Looks like someone is trying to do some form of news management- Wrexham.com had an article on the 18th but no follow up since — lets hope someone comes out with what is actually happening and whether we should be worried or not.
    https://www.wrexham.com/news/38-staff-test-positive-for-coronavirus-at-rowan-foods-health-minister-concerned-at-north-wales-outbreak-188062.html

    We have asked Public Health Wales, who are apparently leading things locally, for information but had no reply.

    We have asked via two other separate routes, one last night and one earlier today, to basically nudge PHW to hopefully respond / include us on any local communications.

    We asked the First Minister yesterday about the local issue – and on a tweet today tagged PHW in as well, with a hope it might get them to release local information more widely.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Your forum posts could have won a tenner! (2012) #187974

    Rob
    Keymaster

    A blast from the past (to anyone reading this in 2020 – this was from 2012!) and yes think it got to low double figures. It would be good to try and revive some of the early idealistic ideas…

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Welsh Covid 19 Testing #185464

    Rob
    Keymaster

    https://north.wales/news/welsh-health-minister-criticises-unhelpful-and-misleading-uk-government-coronavirus-testing-website-14881.html

    Welsh Government don’t seem happy with the UK Gov website as you have pictured :

    Speaking on BBC Radio Wales yesterday morning, the minister said: “It’s really unhelpful because that does give a misleading impression about the availability for tests in Wales for people who need to have tests done.

    “Actually, we have different methods of getting people the tests that need them, but because there’s a policy divergence on who should be tested, and what the purpose of the test is, then that website I think is particularly unhelpful.

    “It would be much better if it would describe the differences in approach being taken rather simply saying this isn’t available in Wales.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Coverage of Coronavirus on Wrexham.com twitter #184094

    Rob
    Keymaster

    Interesting briefing response from Police Chief Constable elsewhere in UK today:

    “We will not at this stage be starting to marshal supermarkets and checking the items in baskets and trolleys to see whether it is a legitimate necessary item but…if people do not head the warnings…we will start to do that”

    Northants Police have clarified what you can see in that video…

    “suggestions made in the media”… er!

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    in reply to: Coverage of Coronavirus on Wrexham.com twitter #184063

    Rob
    Keymaster

    Interesting briefing response from Police Chief Constable elsewhere in UK today:

    “We will not at this stage be starting to marshal supermarkets and checking the items in baskets and trolleys to see whether it is a legitimate necessary item but…if people do not head the warnings…we will start to do that”

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    in reply to: Coverage of Coronavirus on Wrexham.com twitter #184044

    Rob
    Keymaster

    We took that to the proverbial top to hoping to get a strong message. This week we tried to ask the Health Minister “Do you think there is a responsibility on retailers to only sell essential items?”

    We cited the local examples of DIY and garden shopping sprees as well. The Welsh Gov comms team did not pass it up to the podium sadly, nor any of the other ones put forward (despite those in the room getting follow ups too).

    We have had quite a few people working at various levels in retail in touch very concerned about their own health, risks they are being asked to take, and as tweeted 4-5 days ago, “Message from a retail worker who wants to stay anon “Can only echo your recent tweet. Many people are treating this as a joke. Coming out to browse, or to buy a single item. Its surreal. The elderly are coming out, sometimes daily and its just not being taken seriously.” ”

    Happy to call out Tesco and Aldi as much as those creatively looking to find an excuse to dodge advice and or laws.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

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