Shock as another Donegal post office to close at end of month

first_imgAnother Donegal post office is set to close its doors for good at the end of this month.Kilcar Post Office is to join a raft of other postal outlets to close their doors across the county this year.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has expressed his shock at the decision by An Post. He said “Kilcar Post Offices effectively serves the entire Parish of Kilcar, as there is no other Post Office within the district. Not for the first time have, I stated that there is no strategic thinking in how An Post are permanently closing these Post Offices; this post Office is critical to the overall services provided for the town of Kilcar.”Based in the precedent of previous appeals which were lodged with An Post regarding the numerous other post office closures, he added that it seems to be a pointless exercise but the community of Kilcar must make every effort in order to save their post office stated Pat the CopeHe added “The ultimate decision that has allowed these post office closures was signed off on by this present Government; and it certainly is doing untold damage to rural Ireland. The loss of a post office to any town or village has such a massive devastating effect on that area.“The Government continues in its failing to fully understand what it is like for rural communities, it is the most anti-rural Government in the history of this state and this is another example of those disastrous policies that is ultimately shutting down rural Ireland step by step.” Shock as another Donegal post office to close at end of month was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:closuredonegalkilcarPat The Cope Gallagherpost officelast_img read more

Facebook Brags: 35% Adjusted their Privacy Settings

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos After Facebook’s recent privacy settings “adjustment,” the social network is now reporting that 35% users who had never before engaged with their privacy settings took the initiative to do so instead of accepting the updated suggestions put before them by the social network. To Facebook, this number is a very, very good thing. Although nowhere near a majority of users, this engagement rate is much higher than industry averages. Plus, as Facebook’s director of public policy Tim Sparapani points out, “35% of 350 million users is an extraordinary number.” But should Facebook really be proud here? What about the other 65% of users who blindly accepted the defaults?According to an article in Baynewser, Sparapani said that a typical engagement rate for users interacting with their settings is 5% to 10%. This information came out during a recent roundtable discussion organized by the Federal Trade Commission. The panel’s focus was technology and privacy. However, Facebook wouldn’t reveal what the number was prior to December’s appearance of the “privacy changes” dialog box splashed across the tops of Facebook homepages. This dialog box, something Facebook called its “transition tool,” was where the company explained the changes and asked its users to either accept the new recommended settings or make their own adjustments. It was the tool that thrust the once-private posts from millions of users into the light, making status updates public along with friend lists and Facebook page subscriptions. It was the tool that made Facebook function a lot more like rival Twitter, a social network for public sharing. Flipping around the PR spin on this event, what we’re learning through Sparapani’s reveal is that the vast majority of Facebook users accepted the new defaults and then moved on with their life. However large Facebook’s network may be, however many millions 35% represents, however bigger a figure that is than the industry average, most would agree that it’s not a number worth bragging about… especially when most users have been duped into over-sharing content that they think is private. Is 35% Worth Bragging About?This raises the question, is Facebook truly proud of this change? Surely Facebook doesn’t think that the other 65% actually wanted their status updates public by default? There are plenty of indications that’s not the case. Outside of the numerous finger-wagging reports by tech industry pundits, analysts and commentators, these changes have come to the attention of the general public in ways that few other esoteric reports regarding social networking settings ever have before. For example, Internet users have been emailing around (warning, shameless plug ahead)this article detailing Facebook privacy settings so much that it landed on NYT’s most emailed list for days on end as the number one story. (It’s still there now, just further down).If users weren’t generally outraged over these changes, there probably wouldn’t be a petition to sign nor would the FTC be receiving complaints about the matter. Interestingly enough, it’s worth noting that users aren’t angry enough to actually abandon the social network – at least not in any significant numbers. They’re just mad. That speaks greatly to how deeply entrenched Facebook has now become as a part of our everyday communication infrastructure. The company can essentially bait-and-switch its millions of users, promising a private place for online socialization, then turn around and open up its network to the Web at large, and they get away with it. Afterwards, the company gets to pat itself on the back that 35% of its users were smart enough to not fall for its tricks. Facebook, in our opinion this isn’t something you should brag about. It’s not a move worthy of praise.Update! Facebook sent the following clarification regarding the 35%: “The 35% is actually 35% plus all the percent of others who had already adjusted and who, therefore, got their old settings.” sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#security#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Maharashtra announces rehabilitation package for submerged villages

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has announced that villages that were fully submerged in the recent floods will be rehabilitated either on State land or private land that the government is willing to buy at market rate, said Chandrakant Patil, Cabinet Minister for Revenue, PWD (Excluding Undertakings) and Guardian Minister for Kolhapur and Pune, on Wednesday.The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said the plan will be put in place first for over 100 villages on an immediate basis. The first of the villages to be fully rehabilitated on revenue land will be in the vicinity of Pune. “If that is not available, we will rehabilitate the village on private land,” he said.The minister also took stock of the affected areas in the region and said the government is providing all the required assistance, including ₹5,000 as immediate relief and foodgrains. Mr. Patil said the government will do everything possible to rehabilitate over 300 submerged villages in Pune and Kolhapur. “It has also undertaken on a priority basis rehabilitation of damaged bridges. We are informing the victims of State benefits made available after the floods,” he said, after the tour on Wednesday. The Maharashtra Cabinet has already announced ₹6,813-crore assistance for flood-hit people, out of which ₹4,708 crore was allocated to Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara and ₹2,105 crore to the Konkan and Nashik.The State Cabinet has already decided to pay ₹16,602 as compensation towards the destruction of a pucca home while approving ₹5,200 for partial damages. Meanwhile, ₹4,000 will be compensated for a hutment. An estimated 23,000 homes have been destroyed while others have been partially damaged, officials said. Senior officials said the Cabinet has approved ₹222 crore for rebuilding homes and may eventually tap into schemes such as Ramai Awas Yojna and Shabri Gharkul Yojna. The floods have caused damage in over 750 villages, while near 4.5 lakh people have been displaced.last_img read more

Group of 32 banks offer to form SPV to manage IPL Deccan Chargers franchise

first_imgA group of 32 banks has reportedly offered to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to manage the beleaguered IPL Deccan Chargers franchise and have sent their proposal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).According to reports, the proposal was placed before a BCCI working committee meeting held in Chennai on Saturday. However, it seems the Board was not keen at all on handing over the charge of the financially-crippled Deccan Chargers to the banks.Reacting to the banks’ proposal, a BCCI official reportedly said that there was no guarantee that the proposal would work smoothly, especially as the Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), the owners of the franchise, have defaulted on payments several times.At an emergent meeting of the IPL governing council on Friday night, less than a day before the banks’ proposal reportedly reached the N Srinivasan- BCCI, decided to scrap the debt-ridden Deccan Chargers for “breach of contractual obligations?? and decided to float a tender to invited bidders for a new team.On Saturday morning, the DCHL, which in 2008 bought the franchise for $ 107 million at an auction, moved BCCI president N Srinivasan the Bombay High court. The court would take up the issue on Monday. And till the time the case reaches a conclusion, the BCCI has held back the plan of the new tender.DCHL is reportedly reeling under a debt of over Rs 4,000 crore. DCHL has borrowed the money from several banks and other lenders.They have not even paid the players’ salaries, which is reportedly between Rs 35 crore and Rs 40 crore.On Saturday, the BCCI’s marketing committee decided to float a fresh tender for an additional team, but did not make an announcement to that effect after the DCHL moved the Bombay High Court.advertisementThe committee also shortlisted 10 cities for that purpose – Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Dharamsala, Indore, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Cuttack, Kanpur (Greater Noida), Rajkot and Ranchi.The marketing committee also fixed the base price for the new team – Rs 300 crore for five years.Deccan Chargers got an opportunity to stay afloat when PVP Ventures, a film producing and real estate firm from Hyderabad, responding to the franchise tender, came up with a reported bid worth Rs 900 crore. But Deccan on Thursday rejected the bid, and the next day the IPL governing council terminated the franchise.last_img read more