Gardai appeal for information following burglary in Lifford

first_imgGardaí at Letterkenny Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to a burglary that occurred at a house in Lifford last weekend. The incident happened in the Commons area of the Donegal town on October 5th (Saturday) between 8pm and 11.15pm.The front door of the house was forced open and the house was ransacked. A sum of money was stolen from the house.If anyone in that area noticed any people/cars that arouse suspicion on that date then we would ask them to contact Letterkenny Gardaí on 074-9167100.Gardai appeal for information following burglary in Lifford was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Judge Sachs honoured in NY

first_imgPoster for an address Judge Albie Sachs gave on same-sex marriage to the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Programme in 2006Janine ErasmusJustice Albie Sachs, who spent five decades of his life fighting for freedom and democracy in South Africa, will be honoured on 17 March by Shared Interest, a leading social investment fund based in New York.At the company’s annual awards gala Sachs will receive recognition for his fight for social and economic justice and human rights in South Africa.Also to be honoured for their commitment to economic democracy and development in South Africa are US leaders Debra Lee of Black Entertainment Television Networks (BET), Nadine Hack of beCause Global Consulting, and Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens Circle.A young freedom fighterBorn in 1935, Albert Louis Sachs began his career in 1956 as a civil rights advocate, defending those charged under South Africa’s apartheid laws. Many of his clients faced the death penalty, and Sachs himself was harassed by security forces, being banned and twice detained in solitary confinement.In 1966 Sachs went into exile in England, where he continued to study law, and then Mozambique. He spent 11 years in each country but, as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement, did not escape the watchful eye of the South African security forces. In 1988 Sachs was almost killed by a bomb planted in his car by South African agents. The blast took most of his right arm and the sight in one eye, but didn’t manage to stop his work.In 1990 the ANC and other anti-apartheid organisations were unbanned in South Africa, and Sachs returned home. He served on the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC, and played an important role in the negotiations between the apartheid government and the ANC that led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy.The supreme law of South AfricaSachs is currently a justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Established in 1994, the Constitutional Court deals with matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Constitution, the supreme law of South Africa. The court does not make judgements of innocence or guilt – those are for the ordinary courts to decide – but instead interprets the Constitution and applies it to matters of dispute.Sachs was appointed to the court by former president Nelson Mandela. He has been instrumental in a number of important decisions, most notably that on same-sex marriage. Here the court overthrew the current statutory definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, saying that this definition was a violation of the Constitution’s general mandate of equal rights, more specifically of its mandate against discrimination based on sexual orientation.Sachs has also been a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s International Bioethics Committee, and helped draft the International Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights.In 2006 President Thabo Mbeki awarded Sachs the Order of Luthuli, bestowed on South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.Working to empower the entrepreneurShared Interest believes South Africa to be a model of economic justice, and works to help the country’s disadvantaged communities uplift themselves. It facilitates finance for people wanting to start businesses or buy homes, builds partnerships with US-based individuals and companies interested in investing in South Africa, and works with organisations to promote and recognise women as the primary drivers of development in communities.Its core belief is that supporting income-generating activities leads to economically sustainable communities. To this end the company has since 1994 helped more than 1-million disadvantaged South Africans, 75% of them women.Shared Interest’s South African partner, the Thembani International Guarantee Fund, provides guarantees for bank loans to community development financial institutions. In this way banks are encouraged to extend credit to these institutions, which serve those who do not have bank accounts. This gives South African entrepreneurs the opportunity to get small businesses off the ground and also contributes to the building of housing and social facilities in communities.Supporting South Africa’s democratic developmentThe US companies to be honoured have also played a role in South Africa’s democratic development. BET, a cable network targeting young African Americans, as far back as 1994 organised a Mandela Freedom Fund Telethon to support South Africa’s change to a democratic government. The company has remained active in the country, taking on work such as coordinating and marketing the first Durban Jazz Festival in 2001. BET content is also licensed to satellite television provider DStv in South Africa.BeCause Global Consulting specialises in cause-related marketing and corporate citizenship. The company helped Sachs raise funds to buy and commission the art collection of Constitution Hill, the home of the Constitutional Court. Here beCause worked with Artists for a New South Africa in Los Angeles and South Africa Partners, which promotes partnerships between the US and South Africa.Sachs was a friend of the late exiled South African artist Gerard Sekoto, and many of the artist’s drawings are held in the court’s collection.Also to receive an award is Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens’ Circle, which attempts to resolve conflict situations by bringing together groups of concerned individuals – students, businessmen, clerics, educators and activists – in programmes and discussions. The organisation has worked in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cuba and Israel, as well as in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former anti-apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu serve on the Global Citizens’ Circle advisory board, as did the late activist Beyers Naudé.In October 2007 Shared Interest honoured Tutu during a gala dinner with the theme of “From one touch – a million ripples”. A well-loved figure both in South Africa and abroad, Tutu has been an inspirational – and often outspoken – campaigner for better values in society. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against racial injustice in his homeland, and chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in the mid-1990s. He is also honorary chair of Shared Interest’s board of directors.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Strategy

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos See also: Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy SettingsI’d guess most of those 50% of changers were first time privacy appliers, because privacy was presumed before.Schnitt says that only 15 to 20% of Facebook users have ever changed their privacy settings before, so 80 to 85% of people will now be switched by “recommendation” to share their content with the whole web. Schnitt doesn’t like the word “default,” he says, because this is such an easy option to change. He says that means that privacy groups are wrong when they say Facebook is tricking or confusing people – that this change has in fact meant a jump from %15 to 50%+ of users making a decision about their privacy settings. That’s good!Why The Change? Schnitt said that the company experimented with calls for users to re-evaluate the confusing privacy settings without any default option (“recommendation”) preselected. “People didn’t interact with it and they asked for a recommendation,” he told us. “85% of people agreed with our recommendations before.” By that he means that the 85% of people who never changed their privacy settings agreed with Facebook’s recommendations before and would likely do so again now. I asked whether most people signed up for Facebook because it was private between friends and family and Schnitt argued that was just one way to interpret it.“In 2007, when on Facebook you did not have any options but to share just with friends, we added more options as the world has changed,” he said. “I don’t think there were people then asking for public sharing, but people asked us to share more broadly.” (I asked if those people were marketers and Schnitt said he didn’t know what they do for a living.)Now in 2010, it’s time to share even more broadly – if you so choose.Why are things changing at Facebook? “Because the site is changing,” Schnitt said, “our userbase is changing and the world changing.”How is the userbase changing? “It’s growing in size and people are sharing more information with more people,” he told me.Hasn’t the premise always been that Facebook prioritizes limited exposure of shared content in order for people to feel more comfortable sharing and thus share more? Schnitt said the world was changing and that so long as they feel in control of who sees what, everyone seeing things they post will likely be good for most people.And then came the big answers to the big questions. How is the world changing? Isn’t Facebook, having grown from 140 million users 12 months ago to being the 3rd largest nation on earth at 350 million users today, in fact a leading agent changing the world? Isn’t this change proscribing cultural change, instead of just reflecting it?“Tens of millions of people have joined Twitter,” Schnitt said. “That’s wide open. So is MySpace.” I asked for more examples of the world changing in that way. Reality TV? “Frankly, yes,” he said,”public blogs instead of private diaries, far more people commenting on newspaper websites than ever wrote letters to the editor.”I told Schnitt I didn’t buy much of that beyond maybe Twitter (maybe you do, readers) but that I wanted to discuss what Facebook’s interests were in moving its hundreds of millions of users towards more public sharing.Facebook’s Public Sharing AgendaSchnitt’s first explanation of Facebook’s interest in increased openness was what I expected him to say. It’s the same thing founder Mark Zuckerberg says and it is no doubt an important part of the story.“By making the world more open and connected, we’re expanding understanding between people and making the world a more emphathetic place,” Schnitt said. “And we know that when users find their friends, are found by their friends and learn more about the world around them – they find more value on the site. From a business perspective, if users are finding more value from the site they will come back more and engage in more activity. And you can imagine the business consequences of that.”That means ads. Traffic and ads. And empathy and world peace. That’s the new Facebook! Recommending you share your content with the whole web at large because users requested it, because it believes the world is changing that way so you’ll feel comfortable with it, because it believes openness increases human connection and because it’s going to increase traffic and advertising revenues. (See Chris Saad for a good argument that there’s nothing wrong with this.)Do you agree with Barry Schnitt of Facebook? I suspect that most people on Facebook will not. Millions of people hated the Facebook Newsfeed when it was introduced, though (they said it was a privacy violation) and now it’s changed the world and is widely beloved.Facebook may just be doing us all a service, but it sure would be nice if they’d be more honest about what they are doing. This was a refreshingly frank interview, but most of Facebook’s communication has felt like obfuscation.In the end, I suspect this will not be a terrible thing. People will not be completely unsophisticated in their engagement with these new settings, and some people will end up tiring of Facebook’s pushes towards public settings and leave for other emergent networks. And the world will become more public. In the mean time, I think many users are going to be unhappy about it. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification We reported yesterday that Facebook is aiming to get people to be more public on the site and that anyone who hasn’t changed their privacy settings will now see it “recommended” that their status updates, photos etc. be exposed to the whole web. I had a unique opportunity to speak to Barry Schnitt, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook and quite a frank guy, at length this afternoon about Facebook’s privacy policy changes.Schnitt said “your understanding is basically correct,” but disagreed with the negative light I saw the change in. Becoming less private and more public is “a change just like it was a change in 2006 when Facebook became more than just people from colleges,” Schnitt told us. “Facebook is changing,” he said, “and so is the world changing and we are going to innovate to meet user requests.” Do you buy that? The State of the Transition22 million randomly chosen users have been prompted to re-evaluate their privacy settings so far, Schnitt said, out of 350 million users on the site. Those who have edited any privacy settings before will see those old settings selected as the new default, unless they were more public with their phone number and birthday than Facebook recommends. Facebook doesn’t recommend that you expose your phone number and birthday to everyone, just your friends of friends at most. Facebook does recommend that you share the content you post to the site, including status messages and photos, with everyone across the whole web. That’s new. If you’ve never edited your privacy settings before, Facebook will set the new default on the “transition” page to share all your posted content with everyone. You are free, of course, to change that setting. Schnitt told me that so far, more than 50% of users who have gone through the transition screen have in fact changed their “posts I create” setting. Schnitt did not know, however, what percentage of those people were changing it for the first time and away from “everyone” vs the percentage of people who were taking the opportunity to change a restrictive setting to a newly more public one. last_img read more