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Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spirit

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first_imgKerrykeel couple Mary and Michael Whoriskey have vowed not to let this week’s burglary dim their Christmas spirit.Each year, the kind-hearted couple sets up an amazing Christmas lights display outside their home at Gortcally. The event has raised thousands for local charities in the past 15 years and large crowds came out for the big switch-on on Friday night last.But the Whoriskeys were shocked yesterday to find that the charity donation box was stolen from their entrance gate. As garda investigations get underway, Mary tells Donegal Daily that the burglary was a disheartening blow to their joyous fundraiser.“I just couldn’t believe it. We are coming on 16 years and nobody has ever laid a finger on anything,” Mary said.The sad discovery was made shortly before 11pm last night, when Mary when to take the donation box inside for the night. Proceeds from this year’s display will be donated to Donegal Hospice and the local Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service.“I went down to say a prayer at the crib, like I always do, and to unlock the box and take it inside. But it was gone.” Mary Whoriskey“I was upset at first,” Mary said, but she soon came to look on the positive side of the incident and hopes that no substantial donations were made during the day.She said: “I thought to myself ‘you hate for this to happen’ but Monday is a quiet day for us. I looked back on my records from the same Monday last year and we didn’t take in much. So, for it to happen, it was the best night.”Having trusted people to visit their home at Christmas for the past 16 years, Mary said she won’t let the burglary stop their charitable efforts.“It’s a lesson learned. Michael will be in the workshop soon making a lock so good they’ll need cutters to take it away. “I know in my heart and soul this was nobody from the locality. We have people travelling from all over to visit and we love to see people coming.” Whoriskeys Christmas Lights Display 2019Before the new box is made, anyone visiting in the next few days is invited to make a donation directly to Mary.“I’ll be at home in the kitchen, all donations will be very welcome,” she said.Meanwhile, Gardaí have launched a public appeal for information relating to the burglary. The theft occurred sometime between 3.30pm and 10.30pm at the Whoriskey’s house at Gortcally, outside Kerrykeel, on Monday 25th November.The donation box is described as a handpainted box with white lettering.  Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Milford Garda Station on (074) 915 3060Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spirit was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Is This a Joke? eBay and Verizon Win Privacy Award

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro In a surprise announcement, eBay, and Verizon have been awarded the top titles of “Most Trusted Companies for Privacy” by the Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe. According to a recent survey, these companies were shown to offer clear privacy statements, customer-friendly notices, great access to information, solid cookie management and sound data sharing practices. While the companies may excel on paper, it’s hard to believe these are the top privacy-related companies based on public sentiment alone. It appears that the Ponemon Institute’s expert panel and the 6,486 US consumers surveyed have lost their long term memories. When it comes to privacy, eBay has had its fair share of controversies. Despite the fact that it recently announced plans to sell the majority of Skype, it was under eBay that the internet telephony company admitted to a privacy breach by its Chinese partner TOM Online. Not only was the company discovered to be filtering out and saving politically charged messages containing words like “Dalai Lama” and “Tibet”, but a security breech allowed others to gain access to those messages on TOM’s servers. A Citizen Lab report entitled Breaching Trust went so far as to accuse TOM Online of complying to government surveillance. While some of these actions may be considered necessary to offer services in a foreign country, US privacy advocates are adamant against all those who comply with the “Great Firewall of China”. While Verizon was one of the first companies brave enough to stand up against the RIAA’s file sharing crackdowns, in recent years the company has come under fire for its own privacy offenses. In early 2009, the company was ordered by the FCC to stop its aggressive marketing practices. When customers were porting from phone to cable services Verizon was illegally using proprietary client information in its last chance to retain fleeing customers. Meanwhile, in March the company was widely criticized in the blogosphere for its efforts to share customer info with affiliates through an overly complicated 45 day opt-out campaign. The information to be shared with affiliates included services purchased (including call records), billing info and location info. Although eBay and Verizon do have their merits as service providers, they hardly deserve to receive today’s accolades. It looks as if these announcements are more about rewarding privacy policies rather than practices. Photo Credit: Rob Pongsajapancenter_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Subscriptions Come to Apple’s App Store: Good News or Bad News for Movies, Magazines?

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first_imgApple announced the availability of its new subscription service in the App Store today. This service extends the billing service made available with the recent launch of News Corp’s The Daily.That means that subscriptions purchased from within the App Store utilize the same billing system that’s used to buy apps and make in-app purchases. Publishers will be able to set the price and the length of the subscription – weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly, or yearly. Apple touts this one-click subscription and renewal option, which will give customers the ability to manage all their subscriptions – including cancellations and payments – from within their iTunes account page.Will Subscriptions Save (Digital) Magazines?Despite the promise of slick content delivery via the iPad, digital magazine subscriptions have been lackluster. Part of the problem, until now, has been their availability only as single issues, forcing customers to purchase each copy individually rather than subscribe to the magazine for regular updates. Wired Magazine, for example, launched its iPad app to much acclaim and excitement, and while it sold 100,000 of its debut issue, those sales have plummeted since, down to 23,000 for the November 2010 issue.Publishers will give Apple a (hefty) 30% cut of subscriptions – the same revenue share for app developers. Although the subscriptions will make it easier for customers to buy digital content, publishers have long balked at some of the privacy restrictions Apple has put in place, arguing that they need to have more customer information than Apple was willing to provide in order to help sell ads and provide their subscribers the content they want. According to today’s press release, customers will have the option of providing the publisher with their name, email address and zip code when they subscribe. There’s no word in today’s press release from Apple if and when publications will join The Daily in offering subscriptions.The Repercussions for Others Who Sell Digital Content via the App StoreAlthough the news of the subscription model might sound, at first, like good news for those who’ve struggled to port their content delivery mechanisms to the iTunes store, there are hints in today’s announcement of trouble ahead. Apple will allow publishers to sell digital subscriptions outside the app, but there Apple says that the same subscription offer must be made available – at the same price or less – to customers who subscribe within and outside the app.But here’s the sentence that has some folks worried: publishers may no longer provide links in their apps (to a web site, for example) which allow the customer to purchase content or subscriptions outside of the app.That language may have vast repercussions on the apps that do offer digital content now. After all, as the press release states, Apple’s new subscription service is available to “all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.” That doesn’t just mean subscriptions for Wired. That means subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Pandora. And as the recent dust-up with the Sony Reader indicates, it may limit the ability for apps like Amazon Kindle to point users to their website in order to buy content to later consume on the iPad. It may be that Apple is confident of its lead and market share with the App Store and with the iPad. But with Android hot on its heels and with a crowd of tablets in the wings, waiting for their moment in the spotlight, Apple’s new subscription service may make magazine subscriptions easier at the expense of driving some frustrated customers and publishers elsewhere. Tags:#Apple#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Related Posts last_img read more

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