We experienced something of an outage last night. It looks like the server could not cope with the load during a normal low usage time. This suggests that it was a Denial of Service Attack on the server. Hopefully that is because we are making waves by speaking up and not just because some spammer let their bots run wild.
Sooner or later if you are doing any amount of business on line in Thanet then the phrase Search engine Optimisation (SEO) is going to show up sooner or later. But what does SEO in Thanet mean?
Targeting an finite population of web users with SEO is much harder than simply blasting the millions of people on the web. However the millions of web users are unlikely to be particularly motivated to use your business unless they come from Thanet. That is where Thanet SEO comes in.
This is the Thanet Star guide to avoiding snake oil salesman and getting good Thanet SEO.
» Continue Reading: Does your Thanet business cover these SEO basics?
There should be, I feel, many reasons to be proud of Thanet.
Just recently I started a personal challenge (for reasons documented here) and part of that challenge was to find a damn good reason to be proud of the country I come from. That got me thinking about being proud of the district I come from too.
So I thought I would throw it open to you guys to help me compile a list of reasons to be proud of Thanet.
These are not photographs of Tornadoes people.
The local media has finally noticed that Thanet experiences plenty of down-draft vortex winds but seems fixated on calling them tornadoes, which they very much are not.
The "Thanet Tornadoes" are actually fairly common funnel clouds.
A funnel cloud can be caused by Squall Line Thunderstorms (commen in these parts) and any other highly differentiated cold fronts moving in. These cold fronts usually bring rain and are very common here in Thanet.
When funnel clouds form in conditions such as ours they lack the energy to last any real time and definitely lack the energy to transform into tornadoes.
» Continue Reading: Did you fall for the local press "tornado" mistake?
Liberal Democrat Candidates for Thanet have called for the inspectors' report on East Kent hospitals to be taken seriously but local Conservative MPs are dismissive.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated two hospitals as inadequate and the QEQM as "requiring improvement" The BBC have reported.
The Trust’s other hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Ramsgate, was told that improvements were required in many areas – in particular A&E. The trust has been recommended for special measures – the NHS’ regime for failing hospitals. says The Indipendant.
Also identified were long standing cultural issues of bullying and harassment. The number of staff who would recommend the trust as a place to work or be treated was significantly below the national average, we understand.
George Cunningham (Lib-Dem PPC for Thanet North) said that
patients deserve the best care and dedicated staff deserve the best management. Hospital Trusts are complex organisations and it is difficult for individuals to hold them to account. Expert inspections are an essential part of keeping hospitals well run.
According to the damning report, which MP Roger Gale has been dismissive of, risks to patients were not always identified. Even when risks were properly identified they were not always acted on by the trust.
Much of what is in the report we have already recognised, claimed chief executive Stuart Bain which raises the question of why these issues have not yet been addressed.
We can't pretend everything in the garden is rosy says George Cunningham,
I hear from hardworking and caring staff who love their jobs but have been frustrated by poor management, and from patients whose experiences have been a mixture of the outstandingly good and the quite unacceptable.
» Continue Reading: Lib-Dems condemn Tory attitude to failing Hospital