<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/government/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ International Tech Start-up 'golfscape' Boosts Golf Tourism in Ireland ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/international-tech-start-up-golfscape-boosts-golf-tourism-in-ireland-d4ad3f0e1e34c7a859469cfcfebb29a8 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/international-tech-start-up-golfscape-boosts-golf-tourism-in-ireland-d4ad3f0e1e34c7a859469cfcfebb29a8 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

The leader in worldwide golf reservations and technology plays a key role in the growth of the €270 million Irish golf tourism market

London, United Kingdom — 17 September 2019 — Following the success of its European expansion earlier this year, golfscape announced today its launch in Ireland. The fast-growing golf tech business has integrated with multiple courses on the Emerald Isle to expose the region’s world-class facilities to an international user base. The first and only worldwide tee time booking platform is making golf easier to book for both local and international players by moving courses online to increase accessibility while supporting the area’s rapid growth in golf tourism.

Earlier this year, the Irish Times highlighted the importance of golf tourism in a feature revealing that more than 200,000 overseas visitors play golf in Ireland every year. Golf plays a significant role in Irish tourism, resulting in considerable increases in the hospitality sector. International golfers are estimated to contribute almost €270 million to the Irish economy, with up to 50% of them coming from the United States.

“We are driving our international user base to Ireland and accelerating the growth of overseas visitors to the area. We are supported by a global team of talent that continues expanding to benefit our partner courses,” said golfscape CEO Raghad Mukhaimer. “Our unique expertise will play a key role in promoting the region abroad to achieve Ireland’s goal of growing international tourism. Players all over the world can book golf online as easily as they book hotels and flights on Expedia.”

Established in 2013, VC-funded golfscape has seen huge success in implementing its cutting-edge technology solutions in Africa, Near East, and Asia-Pacific. With over 400,000 users from more than 200 countries, golfscape is positioned to add value to its partner golf courses and provide golfers in Ireland and around the world with a more seamless, secure, and easy way of booking golf.

golfscape has received tremendous support from the region’s golf courses including one of Ireland’s leading golf properties – Fota Island Resort – partnering in the launch of the Irish market. Earlier this month, golfscape invited US golf sensation Katie Kearney to review the top golfing destination. In collaboration with world-class Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, the journalist and influencer of over 300,000 followers helped introduce the campaign to promote golf in Ireland.

About golfscape:

golfscape was founded in 2013 with a vision to revolutionize the golf industry with technology for the modern golfer. Today, golfscape is the industry leader providing its reservations and operations services in over 30 golf destinations across Europe, Africa, Near East, and Asia-Pacific. golfscape's OS platform delivers course operators next-generation tee sheets, member and visitor mobile apps, as well as revenue-generating technologies and services. The golfscape team is dedicated to developing intelligent systems that empower the golf industry with tomorrow’s technology.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or learn more at golfscape.com


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Jenna Heidstrom, Marketing Director
jenna[at]golfscape.com, +44 20 7183 6863

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17 Sep 2019 07:05:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ Lack of money will stymie government fuel poverty review ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/lack-of-money-will-stymie-government-fuel-poverty-review-9195ca82bdd00a2d91449d0233c8a982 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/lack-of-money-will-stymie-government-fuel-poverty-review-9195ca82bdd00a2d91449d0233c8a982 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

A lack of funding to tackle statutory targets on fuel poverty in England could have damaging long term consequences, according to the End Fuel Poverty Coalition.

The Coalition's response to the Government's Fuel Poverty Strategy Review broadly welcomes the consultation, but warns there are major areas which need improvement.

Fuel poverty means that a household is forced below the poverty line as a result of the cost of using energy in their home. Using the current measurement, at least 2.53m households are in fuel poverty in England alone.

The Strategy review proposes widening this definition to include all low income households living in cold homes (the ‘Low Income, Low Energy Efficiency’ indictor). The government believes this will better incentivise energy efficiency. This increases the number of fuel poor households in England from 2.55 million to 3.66 million: an increase of 44%.

The Coalition's response argues that the most crucial action that Government can take is to support proposals for a new ‘Clean Growth Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund.’ This would help the poorest households living in the worst F and G-rated homes, mainly in hard to heat homes.

The Coalition's detailed response to the Strategy Review also calls for additional improvements, to create a longer term framework for energy efficiency. These include:

Better regulation of the private sectorMake the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme more accessible to those in greatest needIntroduce more locally led, area-based schemes to improve energy efficiency, backed up by a national “safety net”Ensure all improvements are of the highest and safest qualityExamine new financial measures to improve energy efficiency across the wider housing stock such as stamp duty reforms, zero interest loans, etc.

Dr Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, and one of the core authors of the Coalition’s response, commented:

"Fuel poverty policy has been in the doldrums for several months, so that this consultation is welcome evidence that the Government wants to revive policy.

"There is recognition of the crucial importance of energy efficiency improvements, but no statements yet of appropriate funds. And yet there needs to be prompt, positive action to upgrade all the fuel poor in F and G-rated properties in the next 15 months, as promised.

"The growing emphasis on regulation, for instance of the privately rented sector, is encouraging, but still depends on enforcement to be effective. We believe this is a great opportunity for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to be strong and really champion the fuel poor."

Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research at National Energy Action (NEA), said:

"Without more ambitious action 160,000 fuel-poor households could still be living in the least efficient homes by 2020, with the Government way off-track towards meeting its 2030 statutory target. As well as the devastating impacts cold homes have on their occupants, the delayed cost of inaction extend to all of us.

"Addressing fuel poverty is a crucial part of meeting the new stretching carbon targets. Without a big improvement in current efforts, the government will not meet its climate change targets. Poorer households will benefit the least from energy policies, whilst paying a higher share of the costs, despite making lower contributions to our overall emissions.

"But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending fuel poverty is in our grasp through a National Energy Efficiency Programme, fully funded support for those in fuel poverty and reform of the private rented sector."

A full copy of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition response is available online.

You can follow the Coalition on Twitter @EndFuelPoverty.

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17 Sep 2019 07:05:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ Brexit a Bigger Threat to Children's Future than Climate Change According to 1 in 5 Parents ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/brexit-a-bigger-threat-to-childrens-future-than-climate-change-according-to-1-in-5-parents-6cc2db19a36431cf3b249263f0440179 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/brexit-a-bigger-threat-to-childrens-future-than-climate-change-according-to-1-in-5-parents-6cc2db19a36431cf3b249263f0440179 Thursday 12 September, 2019

Parents have plenty to worry about. But 1 in 5 parents with children under the age of 18 believe the biggest threat to their children’s futures is Brexit.

That’s according to a recent survey carried out by Perpetual Fostering, which polled 2,000 UK Mums and Dads about the future for their children.

Brexit didn’t poll highest on the list of threats, however. The top spot went to the “rising cost of living,” with 41% citing this as their biggest concern. Climate change took 23% of the vote.

How it Varies Regionally

There are slight variations in the findings regionally too, with the highest Brexit concern in Northern Ireland (28.3%) and the highest concern about the cost of living in Yorkshire (47.50%).

RegionClimate ChangeBrexitThe Employment MarketThe Rising Cost of LivingOther (Please SpecifySouth East26.80%14.80%10.50%44.70%3.10%South West25.20%20.90%13.70%38.80%1.40%West Midlands23.30%14.90%16.70%43.30%1.90%North West21.30%18.70%16.20%41.30%2.60%North East21.60%21.60%16.70%38.20%2.00%Yorkshire21.20%17.30%11.70%47.50%2.20%East Midlands20.40%21.10%10.60%46.50%1.40%East England24.20%15.40%13.40%45.60%1.30%Scotland24.10%26.20%16.60%30.30%2.80%Northern Ireland23.90%28.30%15.20%32.60%0.00%Wales 26.30%21.10%12.60%36.80%3.20%London22.00%20.90%18.90%36.50%1.70%

Other Answers

Of the 2% respondents who gave another specified answer, common answers included:

CrimeTerrorismThe Government

Lisa Witter, Manager at Perpetual Fostering, comments:

“There are so many things for parents and carers to worry about! Climate change and the political landscape are both concerns for many. But clearly parents are predominantly concerned with the immediate and clear threat of the rising cost of living and how that will have an impact on their children.

Ever topical, Brexit wasn’t too far off climate change in terms of how parents rate the threat. Much of this could be related to the sheer uncertainty of it all and the fact none of us really know what will happen yet.”

Raw data is available at https://perpetualfostering.co.uk/insights/threats-to-future-children/

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12 Sep 2019 13:15:05 GMT
<![CDATA[ Opendium Launches Green Online Safety Scheme ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e Tuesday 10 September, 2019

British Online Safety Business Launches Green Web Filtering for UK Schools.

United Kingdom. (September, 2019) - With concern about climate change growing, we all have a responsibility to do our bit for the environment. Schools, as much as anyone, must look after their students' futures. This September, web filtering supplier Opendium is launching a new scheme to help UK schools to meet their online safety obligations in an environmentally responsible way.

Opendium has been helping schools across the UK to protect children for 14 years. The most obvious part of their work is to protect children from the internet's many dangers whilst safeguarding and promoting the huge number of ways that the internet can be used for their benefit. Going beyond that, people live much of their lives online these days and Opendium are perfectly placed to spot children who are facing serious challenges in the offline world too. School staff can be given an early warning so that they can intervene and help children suffering from problems such as abuse, depression, drug abuse, etc.

"But we must never overlook the fact that environmental damage, such as climate change, is putting those same children at risk," explained Opendium's Technical Director, Steve Hill. "Opendium believe that protecting children from the immediate dangers must never come at the expense of putting their future in jeopardy."

Opendium has partnered with sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offer a simple way for schools to safeguard their students in an environmentally responsible way.

ClimateCare works with organisations around the world to invest in accredited carbon reduction projects. Their portfolio of projects not only offset CO2 emissions, but provide immediate and tangible improvements to peoples' lives.

Whilst Opendium's cloud based online safety products are hosted in data centres that use 100% clean energy, they were concerned about the CO2 emissions from their, more popular, on-premises options. Opendium's new carbon offsetting scheme, in partnership with ClimateCare, offers schools a simple way to meet their environmental and social responsibilities whilst keeping children safe online.

"Opendium are very proud to partner with leading carbon reduction experts ClimateCare, who are trusted by many of the world's leading organisations to help to reduce their carbon footprint."

Established in 2005, Opendium supply sector-leading online safety, web filtering, firewalling and networking expertise to the UK education sector. Opendium's culture centres around taking ownership of the customer's problems to support and deliver a timely solution.

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10 Sep 2019 14:53:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ Horizon Technologies and the Satellite Applications Catapult to supply satellite data to the UK National Maritime Information Centre ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/horizon-technologies-and-the-satellite-applications-catapult-to-supply-satellite-data-to-the-uk-national-maritime-information-centre-a8c3ea7277816ad20ac0deaf0fa44b4e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/horizon-technologies-and-the-satellite-applications-catapult-to-supply-satellite-data-to-the-uk-national-maritime-information-centre-a8c3ea7277816ad20ac0deaf0fa44b4e Tuesday 10 September, 2019

September 2019 – Horizon Technologies and the Satellite Applications Catapult have signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) to supply satellite data from their new IOD-3 AMBER satellite. This data will provide government end-users with crucial maritime information allowing law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and potentially intercept law breakers at sea.

Horizon Technologies already has a proven track record of working with national governments, international and regional organizations, and private industry. This partnership with NMIC will cement Horizon Technologies’ position as a leading supplier of maritime intelligence from satellites.

The satellite forms part of the Satellite Applications Catapult’s In-Orbit Demonstration programme (IOD), funded by Innovate UK, and combines three different types of data, including information from satellite phones, to help track marine vessels.

At present, all ships are fitted with Automatic Identification Signals (AIS), which can be detected by satellites, but AIS can be disabled to avoid detection when undertaking activities such as illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling, and transhipments. This new satellite will reduce the dependency on AIS by using other sources of data to provide location information.

The payload on board IOD-3 AMBER will be able to locate and track vessels worldwide by picking up their electronic emissions using an L-band Satphone detection sensor package derived from the existing FlyingFish™ system. This is combined with an AIS receiver and sensors to detect, geolocate, and classify X/S-band maritime radars, allowing correlation of these signals against the presence of AIS beacons.

John Beckner, CEO of Horizon Technologies said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with NMIC to supply our new data set to the UK government. Around the world, governments and law enforcement agencies are dealing with a dramatic increase in crime at sea, and our service will give the UK a new and powerful source of information to detect and take action against this type of illegal activity.”

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult said, “The IOD-3 AMBER satellite exemplifies what can be achieved by a UK organisation with an innovative idea in a market with significant demand and commercial potential. The partnership with NMIC is a key step, as it secures an important customer for the data supplied by IOD-3, ensuring that Horizon Technologies has a bright future supplying data to governments around the world, all from their base in the UK.”

Phil Ponsford from NMIC said, “The new data that will be provided by IOD-3 AMBER will revolutionise the way we use information from satellites to tackle the full range of maritime security threats to the UK. It has the potential to assist UK agencies in preventing a wide range of illegal activities including smuggling and people trafficking, and I’m sure it will fill a vital information gap in our maritime collection requirement as it comes online.”


For more information contact: Tim Pinchin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Satellite Applications Catapult, tim.pinchn@sa.catapult.org.uk, 07741 195955

About the Satellite Applications Catapult

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board. See sa.catapult.org.uk for more information.

About Horizon Technologies

Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite phone monitoring systems for ISR applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. They are the OEM for the FlyingFish™ system which is flying on numerous ISR aircraft worldwide. FlyingFish™ systems fly daily on missions for NATO and FRONTEX. Horizon Technologies has offices in the United Kingdom, and the USA. In 2020, Horizon Space Technologies will be launching the first of their Amber commercial SIGINT CubeSats and providing customers with a new maritime intelligence data product. Reading, UK based Horizon Technologies was named as one of Europe’s fastest-growing businesses in the fourth annual Inc. 5000 Europe rankings. Visit: www.HorizonTechnologies.com.

About the IOD Programme

The In-Orbit Demonstration programme is funded by Innovate UK and the UK Space Agency and offers satellite service providers a fast-track, low-cost opportunity to launch a satellite from the International Space Station in as little as 18 months. It provides an affordable in-orbit testbed, along with a range of operational and business support services to exploit the commercial potential of the mission.

The IOD-3 AMBER satellite will work together with Horizon Technologies’ Amber Ground Exploitation Station (GES) to be co-located with NMIC in Portsmouth. The development of the GES was funded by Innovate UK in 2018 to provide end-to-end data services linked to illegal maritime activity to customers worldwide, and the GES will be operational by the time IOD-3 AMBER is launched. The satellite bus will be supplied by Glasgow-based AAC Clyde Space and will be deployed into orbit from the International Space Station by launch provider Nanoracks.

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10 Sep 2019 07:05:03 GMT
<![CDATA[ YOU ARE AWESOME! A BIG, YELLOW THANK YOU TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 Monday 9 September, 2019

Friday 20th
September 2019, London, UK: An open-topped, double-decker, bright yellow bus will be driven all around London stopping at Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts to say thank you to the awesome men and women of the Emergency Services.

September 2019, will be a day to remember for all of the amazing people who protect us and save lives every day. The mission of the day is to permanently cement respect and gratitude from the public in the form of continuous kind gestures to the Emergency Services; like buying someone a coffee, a donut, or some other way of saying thank you. The more sporadic and unexpected the gestures are, the more special they will feel.

Michael Howard, Founder of The Awesome Movement said, “Following a BBC News article in September 2018 of notes being left on an Ambulance berating paramedics for parking over a drive whilst on an emergency call, I was shocked, but also made a realisation, we don’t show our appreciation enough. Almost immediately I created a group of like-minded individuals to help change the way that we as a country think about our awesome Emergency Services teams throughout the country going out and risking their lives to protect and save ours.”

Shocking facts:

Around eight paramedics are subjected to a serious attack every day, including stabbings, assaults and verbal abuse.
Recorded attacks on Firefighters have soared to a whopping 900 per year.
Over 15% of nursing staff have experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or members of the public.

Michael and his team of Awesome Appreciators will be driving an open-topped bright yellow bus all around London to shout about the amazing work that these brave men and women do every single day. Starting at 0630am at London Ambulance HQ, Waterloo Road, SE1, they will be visiting Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts.

Michael says, “Putting yourself in danger, saving someone’s life and dealing with harrowing events every day is unbelievable and worthy of our huge appreciation and gratitude. Our goal is to have a National Awesome Day every year, but more importantly we want the public to show their appreciation continually. For example; when you see someone from the emergency services, say thank you, buy them a coffee, make them feel appreciated.”

The Awesome Movement was founded in 2018 in London, UK by Michael Howard as a response to the horrific statistics relating to how Emergency Services staff are treated.

Instagram: @awesome_movement

Facebook: @awesomemovement

Web: www.awesomemovement.co.uk

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09 Sep 2019 17:40:30 GMT
<![CDATA[ Fresh Award Win Highlights SmartSurvey’s Growing Presence in Global Online Survey Software Market ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/fresh-award-win-highlights-smartsurveys-growing-presence-in-global-online-survey-software-market-bdf355fcdc0cc6c0e17713aa7fd61bb8 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/fresh-award-win-highlights-smartsurveys-growing-presence-in-global-online-survey-software-market-bdf355fcdc0cc6c0e17713aa7fd61bb8 Monday 9 September, 2019

Latest tech accolade caps a series of award wins during the Summer of 2019

Tewkesbury 9th
September 2019: Leading UK-based digital survey solutions provider, SmartSurvey, has been named a Rising Star in the Online Survey Software category of the Summer 2019 Customer Success Report, published by B2B software specialists Featured Customers. This latest accolade swiftly follows SmartSurvey’s award win with business technology software reviewers G2 Crowd, which is reflective of the online survey provider’s growing reputation and appeal in the global online survey software market.

Having launched in 2010, the rapidly growing online survey specialist, who is experiencing 40% year on year growth, has already become a trusted survey supplier to some of the world’s leading brands across multiple sectors.

SmartSurvey was one of only a few companies who successfully met the criteria necessary for inclusion in the survey software category of FeaturedCustomers’ Customer Success Report. The online survey provider earned their Rising Star award based on the authentication, quality and volume of their customer success content across a mix of case studies, testimonials and user reviews from multiple third-party sites.

Having seen how crucial research has become to the success of market leaders in both B2B and B2C sectors, companies of all sizes are now looking at how they can better utilise their data to make smarter decisions. They have realised the power that gathering internal and external feedback provides in helping them develop better strategies across marketing, training, employee relations, customer engagement and more; driving significant impact to their profitability and market share. Consequently, the demand for simple to use, quality survey software continues to grow. SmartSurvey’s ability to meet these requirements, together with the advanced performance and high levels of security offered by their survey software, has led to the company already successfully helping more than 250, 000 customers worldwide.

The latest awards are a great endorsement for the company and offers a marker towards their next stage of development, which SmartSurvey’s CEO, Mo Naser is extremely excited about:

“We are really delighted with this achievement, which together with our earlier award win with G2 Crowd, reflects our emergence as a significant player in the global online survey software market. Given today’s heightened customer concerns around data protection and security due to current Brexit uncertainties, our ability to provide clients with a completely UK based offering, both regards to our team and data, which is hosted on UK based servers, puts us at a distinct advantage. It is a value proposition, which very few of our rivals can offer. And it is an opportunity we are relishing, as we look forward to providing even more customers with the higher levels of data security assurances, they need to collect feedback throughout their business and drive better decisions and outcomes.”

More details about the Rising Star award, the Summer 2019 Customer Success Report and SmartSurvey’s profile, which includes detailed product scorecard ratings is available at: https://www.featuredcustomers.com/vendor/smartsurvey

Notes to editors

About SmartSurvey:

SmartSurvey is a UK-based provider of digital survey solutions. Launched in 2010, the company has rapidly grown into one of the leading online survey software suppliers in the UK and across Europe. Its powerful, secure and easy to use software, enables customers to create innovative surveys and questionnaires that helps them to deliver impactful results. A trusted provider for its customers, SmartSurvey is an ISO 27001 accredited and Cyber Essentials Plus Certified company, which hosts all its data securely on UK-based servers.

For more information go to: www.smartsurvey.co.uk

About FeaturedCustomers:

FeaturedCustomers, the world’s only customer reference platform for B2B business software & services, helps potential B2B buyers research and discover business software & services through vendor validated customer reference content such as customer testimonials, success stories, case studies, and customer videos. Every day their platform helps influence the purchasing decisions of thousands of B2B buyers in the final stages of their buying cycle from Fortune 500 companies to SMB’s.

For more information, visit their website.


For further information, please contact:

Phil Cleave

Content Marketing Executive


Email: phil@smartsurvey.co.uk

Tel: 01684 342267

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09 Sep 2019 13:06:33 GMT
<![CDATA[ Intrafocus is a Crown Commercial Service Supplier of QuickScore ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/intrafocus-is-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier-of-quickscore-0c515eeae9b068d1f064ec6caa1a2f84 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/intrafocus-is-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier-of-quickscore-0c515eeae9b068d1f064ec6caa1a2f84 Monday 9 September, 2019

Intrafocus is proud to announce it is a Crown Commercial Service Supplier of QuickScore the world-acclaimed Key Performance Indicator (KPI) management software. Intrafocus is a Crown Commercial Service Supplier to the UK Government's Digital Marketplace called the G-Cloud 11 Framework. This means any government department can order QuickScore quickly and easily through the existing Digital Marketplace processes. You can find the Intrafocus entry here: KPI and Management Dashboards."We are delighted with this change in status," says Clive Keyte, Director at Intrafocus "being a Crown Commercial Service Supplier is a great honour and we are confident we will meet the challenge and deliver the very best KPI Management solutions to the UK Government."Intrafocus is one of the very few suppliers who can provide strategic consultancy that is underpinned by a world-acclaimed software solution. It is a well know industry problem that even the most well thought through strategies fail during the implementation phase. The Intrafocus seven-step Strategic Planning Process (SPP) is based on the industry-standard Balanced Scorecard strategic methodology. But more importantly, the Intrafocus model uses QuickScore to ensure that not only is a strategy captured, but it is measured and monitored throughout the entire lifecycle including implementation.About IntrafocusIntrafocus is a business-performance management consultancy and software reseller. The software, provided by Spider Strategies®, is a KPI and scorecard management system linking KPIs to goals, strategic objectives, and initiatives or projects. Intrafocus runs balanced scorecard and strategy workshops to help organisations build, implement and manage strategy. The software is used by companies, large and small, across the world. The software can be easily integrated into any strategic planning process or added later as a management tool.

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09 Sep 2019 06:05:03 GMT
<![CDATA[ Dr. Kypros Chrysostomides discusses The UK As a Guarantor Of The Republic Of Cyprus ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/dr-kypros-chrysostomides-discusses-the-uk-as-a-guarantor-of-the-republic-of-cyprus-811d00b1015cb733bfe3585e7f81f07d https://pressat.co.uk/releases/dr-kypros-chrysostomides-discusses-the-uk-as-a-guarantor-of-the-republic-of-cyprus-811d00b1015cb733bfe3585e7f81f07d Saturday 7 September, 2019

The illegality of the Turkish invasion and the continuing occupation of the northern territory of the Republic of Cyprus allegedly in accordance with the Treaty of Guarantee of 1960, is self evident. This question has been discussed by scholars of great calibre who have confirmed such illegality. Neither the wording of the Treaty, nor international law and practice in general would justify such action on the part of Turkey.

The 1960 Treaty of Guarantee is an international treaty entered into according to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, between the newly established Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In examining the legality of such guarantee mention is always made of the basic guidelines of Article 103 of the Charter, which provide that:

“In the event of a conflict between the obligations of the Members of the United Nations under the present Charter and their obligations under any other international agreement, their obligations under the present Charter shall prevail.”

In order to ascertain the degree of compliance of the Treaty of Guarantee with said guidelines one must look firstly at Article 2(1) of the Charter as well as Article 2(4) which expressly prohibit the use or threat of use of force to settle differences between sovereign states and is undoubtedly a jus cogens
provision; also, whether the exceptions provided for in Articles 51 and 53 of the Charter apply. If, according to appraisal by international authorities including international court judgments, the provisions of the above articles do not justify such military intervention, then any such action is manifestly illegal.

No doubt both Cyprus and the UK consider the Treaty as binding and as creating obligations under international law, which should be performed in good faith (Art. 26 of the VCLT – pacta sunt servanda).

It is also self-evident from the facts surrounding the 1974 invasion that the UK clearly failed to perform its obligations under the treaty in a number of ways, as per Articles II and IV of the Treaty:

It failed to ensure the independence of the Republic of Cyprus against foreign aggression.It failed to ensure the territorial integrity of the RoC. It allowed and continues to allow violation of the principle of the indivisibility of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974 and after (see Cyprus Constitution, Article 185)It further failed to act for the security of the RoC.It failed to secure the constutional order of the RoC.It blatantly failed to resist partition by military force of the RoC.It failed to act for the re-establishment of the constitutional order of the ROC.It failed to act in November 1983 against the declaration of separate “independence” in the occupied areas and failed to prevent a territorial division or activities tending to promote forcible division of the country.It failed to prevent further expansion of the Turkish troops in August 1974. The 3rd
Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in 1987 established in no uncertain terms that the extension of the initial invasion after the 14th
August 1974 “…was illegal both in terms of the 1960 Treaties and in terms of the UN Charter and general international law”.It failed to prevent the illegal violation of the demographic fabric of the people of the RoC through the illegal transfer of settlers by the occupant power, which it had also guaranteed as part of the constitutional order of the Republic of Cyprus.

No doubt both Cyprus and the UK consider the Treaty as binding and that it creates obligations under international law, which should be performed in good faith (Art. 26 of the VCLT – pacta sunt servanda).

It may be said by way of counter argument that in the meantime events have intervened that have brought about a fundamental change of the situation or even a waiver of the rights of the Republic of Cyprus under the Treaty. These events are the intervention of the S.C. and the acceptance by Cyprus of the intercommunal negotiations as a means of resolving the situation that was allowed to occur, among others, by the failure on the part of the U.K. to act, as described already. I believe that such an argument connot be sustained.

Any violation or failure to observe obligations under a valid treaty establishes responsibility of the state acting against it or failing to act in accordance with it. Such responsibility is actionable before the International Court of Justice, in accordance with Article 36 of its Statute, as it creates a dispute, provided, of course, that the states concerned have accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court. I believe that the UK and Cyprus have done so. But I understand that the UK has revised once more its declaration on the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ excluding cases where a relevant application emanates from a member or a previous member of the Commonwealth (see latest declaration of 22 February 2017).

At the same time, however, an advisory opinion could be requested from the ICJ via the organs of the UN, i.e. the GA or the SC. Such an advisory opinion could cover the responsibilities of the UK (as well as those of Turkey) and could focus on questions such as the need to restore the constitutional order of the Republic, the illegal transfer of settlers and others. The fact that such advisory opinion has not so far been sought, may frustrate the success of such request before the ICJ.

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<![CDATA[ Put prevention at a premium for place-based health dividend, Localis urges ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/put-prevention-at-a-premium-for-place-based-health-dividend-localis-urges-0ac6ea6e7387d7d45389b220cf78acd3 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/put-prevention-at-a-premium-for-place-based-health-dividend-localis-urges-0ac6ea6e7387d7d45389b220cf78acd3 Friday 6 September, 2019

Ministers should fully fix cuts to public health funding and put a premium on preventative care budgets, targeting resources and funding to parts of the country that would benefit most from immediate help, a new report from the think-tank Localis has recommended.

In a report entitled ‘Local Practice – long-term sustainability through place-based health’, Localis calls for the introduction of a Prevention Premium – modelled after the schools’ Pupil Premium – to support the joined-up delivery of public health in an area.

The Prevention Premium would be calculated on population factors such as unemployment rate, numbers of children in low-income families and percentage over-65s as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, childhood obesity and physical inactivity in adults.

According to analysis undertaken by Localis, residents of Blackpool, Hull and North East Lincolnshire are the top three areas that would benefit most from a prevention premium, followed by four North East areas including Middlesbrough, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Sunderland.

The report also calls for major local employers to have a bigger role in improving community health alongside pleas for better use of NHS data and property assets.

To fix a looming crisis in the healthcare labour market, the report recommends local authorities should work hand-in-hand with NHS Trusts in filling gaps for overseas health and care workers after-Brexit, and also urges an overhaul to how we recruit and retain UK born nursing and social care staff in areas where they are most needed.

Report co-author, Localis research officer, Zayn Qureshi, said: “This report stresses the need for individuals to take back control over their own health and shows what could be possible by taking a whole-place view - one focused on delivering better health outcomes at local level.

“Where we live, and the communities in which we grow up in shape who we become, and this has a profound effect on our continual health. We must, therefore, help communities to constantly improve their collective health through a radical emphasis on the preventative as a first line of defence.”

“Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran, said: “The Spending Round announcement of a real terms increase in the Public Health grant, helping local authorities continue to provide prevention and public health interventions is clearly a welcome step. But funding needs to be restored to 2015 levels as a minimum.

“Local Practice makes this funding case for a stronger place-based health system, offering a pragmatic argument for liberating resources, assets and the huge latent potential that exists within every community for generating greater wellbeing and prosperity.

“It is a call to rationally manage limited resources and deploy data and new technology for the best results. As such the report offers, we hope, a prescription to astutely integrate agents of health with guardians of place for the sake of delivering the best and most appropriate care to people through all stages of life.”

Report co-authors, Dr Geoffrey Boxer and Linda Boxer MBA, said: “Having worked across the spectrum of healthcare for almost 40 years we have first-hand experience of how the NHS operates, from primary care to management of services within a specialist teaching hospital environment through to research & development and clinical trials.

“We welcome this opportunity to use our unique perspective to consider what reforms might revolutionise the NHS and address the challenge of delivering increasingly complex and expensive therapies to an ageing population within a tightly constrained budget.

“Amongst the reforms that we believe have such potential is the encouragement of consumer-led healthcare and empowerment of local practitioners to generate solutions to specific regional healthcare and wellbeing issues.”


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Notes to Editors:

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here:


The top ten places for preventative care demand are:

1 Blackpool

2 Kingston upon Hull, City of

3 North East Lincolnshire

4 Middlesbrough

5 South Tyneside

6 Hartlepool

7 Sunderland

8 Wolverhampton

9 Medway

10 Knowsley

Report recommendations:

1. We reiterate our call for local authorities to be given a coherent and comprehensive finance settlement that is fit for purpose. One that is set on longer cycles of ten years, which would facilitate long term planning of the prevention agenda.

2. In addition to the public health grant, upper tier local authorities should be provided with a Prevention Premium, modelled after the Pupil Premium grant for school funding, to help support the transition to public health delivery interlinked across all council functions and wider civil society actors and institutions. The premium would be calculated based on demographic factors, reflecting two pinch points for public health. On the one hand, the rate at which the population is ageing and on the other the prevalence of child poverty.

3. The new government should work toward releasing the Social Care Funding Green Paper at the earliest convenience, the paper should contain guidance on the joining-up of services to create holistic public health strategies as a form of preventative care.

4. The beneficial role Local Economic Anchors can play in tackling emerging public health challenges should be recognised by giving them a seat at the table on Health and Wellbeing Boards. This would lead to further collaboration between all local stakeholders including the local health and social care sector, local authorities and business.

5. Integrated Care Systems should be funded to employ health economists, to evaluate public health initiatives within a place and their effect on local NHS demand.

6. Roles should be created within Integrated Care Systems for marketing specialists, to work with local authorities within the ICS area to develop links between the NHS, the local community and the commercial healthcare and fitness sectors.

7. Constituent local authorities should be given a formalised role to act as conveners for Integrated Care Systems to actively engage with local educational institutions, to ensure a holistic, joined-up health education system, sensitive to local context, is in place.

8. CCG mergers should be halted and rolled back, with the aim of achieving parity with local government to ensure the legitimacy of locally-delivered healthcare.

9. Government, the NHS and local authorities must commit to greater collaborative working. Central to this, these partners must also sensitively and securely unlock greater potential from locally-derived patient data ‘the jewel in the health service crown’. This will mean funding to build robust systems for the effective storing, mining and analysis of larger databases including clinical and public health outcomes at appropriate sub-regional level. From this point forward, joint funding arrangements involving NHS England should be put in place, with the goal of analysing the success of health interventions across local public services.

10. In line with existing reforms to public property assets, efforts should be made by managers of the NHS estate to collocate different healthcare professionals from across the health service – e.g. GPs, nurses, pharmacists – in modern working environments within the community that support best patient care.

11. A joint nursing role that combines health and social care responsibilities should be created. This would accelerate steps toward delivering integrated care, give nurses a practical understanding of what this means, and offer concrete career prospects. For example, by employing individuals on a rotational basis whereby they work part time in the community, and part time in the acute setting, one would develop a range of skill sets, which would allow people more scope and opportunity regarding their career prospects.

12. A comprehensive immigration system that puts place-based needs first is essential post-Brexit. We propose a deal whereby visa quotas per sector are devolved to local government as they are best suited to know the needs for growth in their area. Local authorities in partnership with local NHS trusts are in a better position to identify their and recruit for themselves. Even outside of healthcare, local authorities can identify key sectors where immigration is needed and can fill gaps whilst creating incentives for people to take opportunities to train and work in their areas.

13. Efforts should be doubled to reverse the fall in numbers of nurses, GPs, and other health and social care professionals through a focus on increased homebased training. A start should be reversing the abolition of bursaries for nursing students. More institutions and places to study should be made available, with clear incentives laid out for training in specialities where there are current shortages. This should involve having clearly laid out opportunities for an upward career trajectory to boost morale.

14. Efforts should also be made to attract more young British people to work in social care, especially in areas which have experienced a brain drain and thus have a higher median age. This involves a necessary boost of investment into the social care budget, which would allow for raising wages, and creating new opportunities and prospects for social workers.

About Localis

Who we are

We are an independent, cross-party, leading not-for-profit think tank that was established in 2001. Our work promotes neo-localist ideas through research, events and commentary, covering a range of local and national domestic policy issues.


Our research and policy programme is guided by the concept of neo-localism. Neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation. It is positive about promoting economic prosperity, but also enhancing other aspects of people’s lives such as family and culture. It is not anti-globalisation, but wants to bend the mainstream of social and economic policy so that place is put at the centre of political thinking.

In particular our work is focused on the following areas:

• Reshaping our economy. How places can take control of their economies and drive local growth.

• Culture, tradition and beauty. Crafting policy to help our heritage, physical environment and cultural life continue to enrich our lives.

• Reforming public services. Ideas to help save the public services and institutions upon which many in society depend.

What we do

We publish research throughout the year, from extensive reports to shorter pamphlets, on a diverse range of policy areas.

We run a broad events programme, including roundtable discussions, panel events and an extensive party conference programme.

We also run a membership network of local authorities and corporate fellows.


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