Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal

first_imgA Donegal woman has shared a warning to others after experiencing a month of scam calls relating to her phone service.The woman, who is a customer of Eir, said she was receiving phone calls multiple times a day for four weeks from scammers claiming there was a problem with her broadband or landline.The caller then asked for credit card details but when she did not provide them the call was transferred to a premium rate international number. After four weeks of persistent calls, the local woman has finally had the problem fixed by Eir.She advised other people who are targeted to contact their provider.She said: “It started maybe one call a day from a foreign number however in the last week this has rocketed to multiple calls all day and even at 01.05am this morning.“The number is different each time but yesterday the number began with 0074915 so I automatically read it as a local number. “The scam is, if the call is answered, they tell you there is something wrong with your broadband or line and ask for card details. If the person answering doesn’t give these they then ask the person to press 1 to be directed to another team.However when the person does this they transfer the call to a premium rate international number and the landline owner receives a bill for an outrageous amount.”The Donegal woman said she had a positive experience when she contacted Eir, who changed her phone number and added extra security measures.This issue is just one such scam affecting phone customers recently. People on social media have contacted Eir about their issues, and in some cases the fraudsters are threatening to cut off a person’s broadband if they do not provide details.The Eir support site advises customers to take care with spoof callers. Customers are advised to contact their banks if they hand over credit card details to the callers. “Eir will never require access to your computer or your credit/debit card details in relation to a fault/repair,” the company said.Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 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)Tags:eirscam callslast_img read more

Here’s how Raiders made sure ‘Hard Knocks’ wasn’t a distraction

first_imgIf there’s an afterlife, somewhere on Tuesday night Al Davis was smiling through gritted teeth and pumping his fist after the Raiders one-upped the NFL establishment again. And make no mistake, the final episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” was the culmination of a nearly two-month victory march for the Silver & Black.The Raiders couldn’t stop NFL Films’ cameras from invading their training camp for the docuseries, but they made damn sure they stifled the process. HBO was left with much more …last_img

East Cape entrepreneurs define nation brand

first_imgFrom left, Sybert Liebenberg and Vuyo Zitumane of the Eastern Cape Tourism Agency, Dr Garth Cambray, Brand South Africa trustee Neela Hoosain, Ben Nyaumwe and Iggy Sathekge at the Port Elizabeth stakeholder summit.The second Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit kicked off in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on 12 July 2011 with a host of representatives from government, business and civil society gathering to discuss ways to grow the nation’s reputation and competitive spirit.Initiated by the Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.The first session was held in Johannesburg in May, with similar events taking place soon in the remaining seven provinces.“The South African brand is about the promise we are making,” said Iggy Sathekge, Brand South Africa director for stakeholder relations.“If investment communities come here are see that we do not have what we promised, there will be a gap. There’s a gap because we are not being brand ambassadors ourselves – we have to start creating these internally before we can expect other people to see us in a particular way.”Brand South Africa believes that by getting South Africans to become passionate about what the country represents, each citizen becomes an embodiment of the brand promise.“If each South African becomes excited about this, we will have 49-million ambassadors who are pushing for this particular brand,” Sathekge added.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.‘If you do it, you’ve got to do it right’Having brought the world-class Radisson hotel group to South Africa, Port Elizabeth property mogul Ben Nyaumwe is one such man.“I believe that if we have entrepreneurs in this country, we will attract investors. Here’s an example: the Radisson didn’t come and choose Port Elizabeth … there was a local entrepreneur, Ben Nyaumwe, who went to group’s operators in Brussels and said ‘hey, come and look at this amazing city of Port Elizabeth’. And they came and saw and they said ‘yes, we will partner with you’.”Nyaumwe believes this approach is an example of thinking globally, acting local. “Our products cannot be inferior, if you do it, you’ve got to do it right – or stay home.“When I started talking about establishing a five-star hotel in Port Elizabeth about six years ago, many people were sceptical. But look where we are now: we’re sitting with a hotel group in the city that operates with 80% occupancy levels right throughout the week.”Although the Radisson is now the biggest international hotel group in South Africa with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, there wasn’t a single establishment in the country before Nyaumwe stepped in.“We were the pioneers. Through local innovation coming out of Port Elizabeth, and growing out of this investment, we managed to ensure that the Radisson came to Johannesburg and got a presence right opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Gautrain in Sandton. That says a lot about Port Elizabeth and the potential we have. The Radisson group came here before it went to Sandton – that’s important.”Local effort leads to top global brand Dr Garth Cambray, managing director of Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, is another brand ambassador in the Eastern Cape with a local approach and global vision.Like the name suggests, his company makes wine from fermented honey, also known as mead, which is the oldest known fermented beverage on earth having been invented in Africa 20 000 years ago.Founded in 2001 with only 15 employees, the meadery now produces up to 15 000 bottles of the drink a year, as well as stocks of mead vinegar, honey mead mustard, conventional honey and honey-based jams and marmalades.Cambray has also established a similar facility in the US, which produces 66 000 bottles of award-winning mead a year that’s sold across 38 states.But he’s making sure that the benefits of the innovation remain right where mead first came from.Through several empowerment initiatives, Makana Meadery has trained over 400 unemployed people – some as far away as the Congo – to keep bees, without which mead would never exist, and sell their honey for profit.The meadery has also helped develop the local economy of Grahamstown by ensuring that previously disadvantaged residents have a 50% stake in the venture.“In terms of the global growth of the mead industry, we’re seeing that more and more brands are available – so with that, there is an increased availability of the mead product. This is growing our local brand too. We just have to help other people make mead – like we do in the US – and they grow our brand for us. It’s a very non-aggressive marketing style, but it works. It’s all about ubuntu.”Gold was the first resource in South Africa which made the country globally competitive – the next will be the “gold in our biodiversity”, Cambray said, “and the things that symbolise this are our bees and the beverage they hep produce”.last_img read more

Good, but inadequate, provisions in new proposals: Goa-based NGO

first_imgThe proposed Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 has some good provisions, but may not address the demands of the victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, says a Goa-based social work organization, ARZ, committed to combating such trafficking across the country.Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Director of ARZ, Mr. Arunendra Pandey asks, “Undoubtedly, the Bill has some good provisions but can that be the only reason for demanding it’s passage in Parliament?Mr. Pandey, who recently documented views of such survivors and victims from across the country, said that most of the victims and survivors feel that only prosecuting traffickers is not enough.“During our interactions with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex workers, both have shared that they want protection from prosecution, non-shelter-based rehabilitation, livelihood alternative/job, house, and pension,” said Mr. Pandey. But the Bill does not address most of these demands, he added.As a major stakeholder in combating this crime, that collaborates with law enforcement agencies and also undertakes rehabilitation work in a big way, NGOs working towards this cause should have been consulted in a comprehensive and a transparent exercise, Mr. Pandey said.“Have the NGOs supporting this Bill informed the beneficiaries that in the name of “right to rehabilitation” they have been provided the option of choosing between a “Protective Home” and a “Rehabilitation home”. I wonder if they know that even if they are victims they can be prosecuted for soliciting, indulging in commercial sexual activity in a public place, lack of proper documents, etc.,” Mr. Pandey said.“Should the NGOs in the best interest of the victims, be demanding the passage of the Bill in its present form or to send it to the Parliament select committee for review?” he asked.ARZ has rehabilitated many women from the erstwhile red-light area of Baina in the port town of Vasco in south Goa, through an alternate livelihood option provided by “Swift Wash,” a mechanised laundry unit.On the occasion of “World day Against Trafficking in Persons” on July 30, ARZ will release a documentary series “Mandi” which will kick off a # MeToo victim of sex trafficking campaign to create awareness, in Panaji, Mr. Pandey said.“Mandi” consists of four movies highlighting experiences of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation at different stages. Of these, “Helpless” emphasises reasons for entry, “Commodity,” the truth about life in commercial sexual activity, “Opportunities,”about demands and experiences around exiting, and “Misconceptions,” which details how society misunderstands these victims.“The voices in these documentaries are of victims from red light areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa,” said Mr. Pandey.For this initiative, ARZ is collaborating with the Mumbai-based Centre for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute Of Social Sciences.last_img read more

Thirdy hopes to crack Gilas roster

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nationals departed Saturday morning for Doha, where naturalized big man Blatche rejoins them and rounds out the cast of 14.Ravena has represented the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships in Bangkok in 2013 and in the Jones Cup in Taiwan last year.But making the final Gilas roster in the matches against Qatar or Kazakhstan could be Ravena’s biggest national team milestone.Guiao previously noted that the Ateneo star has a “realistic chance” of making the final cut for the sixth window.“Right now, my focus is solely to be prepared to be able to become the best version of myself,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs if being in the pool wasn’t already an achievement in itself, Thirdy Ravena will be flying to Qatar with the National team that is hoping to crack a berth in this year’s World Cup in China.“You can’t help but be overwhelmed sometimes,” he told reporters Friday morning during the Nationals’ only scrimmage before plunging into two crucial games in the Asian qualifiers this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Can’t blame him if he entertains thoughts of making the squad.“Hopefully,” said the 22-year-old Ravena. “Right now, I’m just thinking of being prepared for anything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRavena, the only nonprofessional cager in the pool, joins a cast of PBA champions, tested veteran internationalists and former NBA player Andray Blatche in the Philippines’ bid to go perfect on this road trip.“Supposedly, there’s no longer pressure since I was already able to represent the country a few times, and I’ve already dealt with pressure in the UAAP—which I think is kind of the same,” he said. “But it’s hard not to be consumed by it.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more