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Crime doesn’t stop for a bank holiday…

Wild in the aisles

A woman has been locked up for attacking a Tesco employee after she was caught stealing cosmetics.

Lisa Ramsay also struggled with four police officers sent to arrest her at the Kingsway supermarket on Sunday.

The 32-year-old has now been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Ramsay pled guilty to stealing cosmetics before assaulting staff member Stuart Scotland.

He had liquid thrown over him by Ramsay, who tried to kick him on the head and tried to strike him on the body with her elbow.

She also admitted using her nails to apply pressure.

Previous offender Ramsay, of Dunmore Street, Dundee, later struggled violently with four police officers.

Solicitor Theo Finlay said: “She has been self-medicating with Valium and the taking of Valium on this particular occasion is what has brought upon this behaviour.

“She is somebody with real and pressing difficulties in her life.”

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis deferred sentence on Ramsay until later this week for the case to call alongside other matters.

She was remanded in custody meantime.

Facebook fall-out

A Glenrothes woman punched her half-sister in the head over a Facebook post.

48-year-old Miriam Barowicz admitted to assaulting Ruth Gray in the street before pushing her to the ground.

Barowicz, of Canmore Road in Glenrothes, attacked her family member in the middle of the day in the town’s South Parks Road on March 16.

While walking in the street, Barowicz spotted Ms Gray walking her dog and lunged into a vicious attack.

She was ultimately disturbed when a pair of passers-by shouted at her to stop.

Days later, Barowicz was interviewed at Kirkcaldy police station and admitted to the attack.

At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, she pled guilty to striking Ms Gray with her fist and pushing her, causing her to fall over.

Her defence solicitor explained that a social media post published by Ms Gray “seems to have touched a nerve.”

The conviction was Barowicz’s first since getting in trouble in the Hamilton area in 2008.

Sheriff Kenneth Anderson instructed her to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work over the next year.

Alleged theft

A trial has been fixed for a man accused of stealing food, cash and boilers.

John Stewart is also charged with stealing boilers from a travellers site.

The 26-year-old allegedly broke into amenity buildings at two plots within the Dundee City Council-owned Balmuir Wood travellers site in Tealing on March 8 to steal a quantity of water boilers.

On Saturday, Stewart allegedly stole a box containing cash and food from East Scryne Cottages, Carnoustie.

Stewart, of Teviotdale Avenue, Dundee, pled not guilty when he appeared from custody at the city’s sheriff court.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis fixed a trial for December at Forfar Sheriff Court and released Stewart on bail.

Prison drug supply

Reports have been ordered for a man who tried to flood HMP Perth with etizolam.

Scott Cameron pled guilty to attempting to be concerned in the supply of the Class C drug at the prison between May 14-16 2020.

The 29-year-old admitted the offence when he appeared from custody at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday.

Cameron, of Aird Crescent, Kirkhill, Inverness, had sentence deferred for a social work report to be prepared.

The case will next call at Perth Sheriff Court in July. Cameron was released on bail.

Also…

A parrot-loving pensioner threatened to take an axe to his neighbour over concerns engine fumes from a classic car could harm his birds.

James Craig, 66, erupted just three weeks after his new neighbours moved in to his street.

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Dennis Cox posing with a gun on social media.

A Dundee thug jailed for trying to murder his ex-partner has had his prison sentence extended for a frenzied assault on a fellow inmate.

Dennis Cox, who has more than 40 convictions, attacked Charles Anderson in a stairwell at HMP Perth in April last year.

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How To Enable Dark Mode On Facebook iOS, Android & Web

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Facebook has a dark mode option that is easier on the eyes and can save a device’s battery. It can be enabled on the web, iOS, or Android.

Like many other services, Facebook offers a dark mode for iOS, Android, and the web that switches out dark text on a bright background for light text on a dark background. Dark modes are easier on the eyes, especially at nighttime, and can also help to reduce smartphone and laptop battery use. However, some Facebook users were recently surprised to see that the option to turn on dark mode had disappeared.

It wasn’t initially clear why the option to enable dark mode had disappeared but, eventually, Facebook confirmed that there had been a technical issue and that it was working to fix it. In the meantime, a potential fix for those missing dark mode on iOS did the rounds. Fortunately, the issue has been resolved for many people, while for others it may just be a case of updating the Facebook app. However, the whole episode provides a timely opportunity to remind people how to change the dark mode settings on Facebook — or to explain it for the first time for those who may not have been aware of the option.

Whether you’re using Facebook on the web or via one of its mobile apps, changing the dark mode settings are simple. Web users should pull up the Facebook homepage and look for the downward-pointing arrow button in the top right corner. Clicking this will open a drop-down menu in which there is a ‘Display & accessibility’ option. Selecting that will pull up a further menu in which Facebook’s dark mode can be toggled on or off. It’s also possible to toggle on or off a ‘Compact mode’ that makes font size smaller so that more can fit on the screen and to tinker with some keyboard shortcut settings.

Facebook Dark Mode On iOS & Android

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iOS users, meanwhile, should open the Facebook app and look for the hamburger menu that looks like three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner. Tapping that will pull up a menu in which there is a ‘Settings & Privacy’ option. This expands when tapped to show a ‘Dark Mode’ menu item, among others. Once that has been selected, users are presented with three choices: on, off, or ‘System.’ The first two are self-explanatory, turning dark mode either on or off, while the ‘System’ option defaults the dark mode setting to whatever is selected in the phone’s overall settings. It’s a neat little trick that can help to provide consistency across apps.

The process is much the same for Android users, but they should look for the hamburger menu in the top right corner rather than at the bottom. Once tapped, users will see a menu with the same ‘Settings & Privacy’ option. That, in turn, will show a ‘Dark Mode’ option when tapped where users can change the setting to their preference.

More: How To Turn On & Schedule Dark Mode On Twitter

Source: Facebook



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Facebook users warn of being tagged, enticed to click on malicious links

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

MANILA, Philippines — Several netizens have warned other Facebook users about accounts being tagged again to malicious links and other content which supposedly lead to hacking and phishing incidents.

According to a post from one Facebook user, she was tagged in several posts that appeared like news articles and video feeds, that when clicked would supposedly put an account at risk of being hacked.

This is not the first time though that this issue was raised by Facebook users: In April, there were several posts that enticed people to click on a particular link to watch a sex video.

People were also tagged in the post by their friends, even if their friends say that they did not make any comments.  Later on, it was revealed that the site is actually meant for phishing scams, or for obtaining personal details of a netizen.

Facebook said back in April 21 that it had already investigated the incident, adding that it seems the tagging of users is not targeted.

After the spread of such links, Facebook’s country spokesperson advised users not to click on suspicious links, and refrain from providing personal or confidential details online.

“We encourage people not to open any suspicious links or messages, and to use our reporting tools if they see any suspicious activity or content that violates our Community Standards,” the spokesperson added.

According to Facebook’s Help page, the ability to tag people on comments and posts, even if you are not friends with the Facebook user, depends on the privacy settings.

“Anyone can tag you in photos and other posts. Tags from people you’re not friends with may appear in your timeline review, where you can decide if you want to allow them on your timeline. Remember, posts you choose not to allow on your timeline may appear in News Feed and elsewhere on Facebook,” Facebook’s page said.

“Depending on your settings, you’ll receive a notification when someone tags you. You can choose what notifications you receive about tags from your settings,” it added.

Facebook said that these are the following steps users could take to avoid being tagged by people outside of your friend list:

  1. Click the options button in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
  3. Click Notifications in the left column.
  4. Click Tags to see all your choices.
  5. From here, you can:
  • Choose the audience you want to get notifications from. Click the circle to the right of the audience (example: Anyone or Friends) to select.
  • Choose how you want to get the notifications. Click to the right of Push, Email or SMS to select https://www.facebook.com/help/226296694047060/?ref=u2u

Aside from social media managers, technology experts and law enforcers from the Philippine National Police’s Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) have warned the public continuously about sites pretending to be legitimate but are actually designed to obtain information or sensitive details like bank account numbers and passwords.

Such websites should be avoided, authorities said.

READ: How to protect yourself from cyber fraud and fake bank emails 

READ: Taking steps to avoid phishing scams 

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Police chief in Michigan apologizes for liking pro-Israel Facebook post

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JTA — The chief of police in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb with a substantial Arab American minority, has apologized for liking a pro-Israel social media post after drawing criticism for it from some in his community.

“A couple days ago, I liked a profile photo of a colleague and professional friend that I have now learned also contained a message that upset many people,” Ronald Haddad said on May 18, the Detroit Free Press reported. “I’m sorry for any hurt or confusion that mistake caused.”

Haddad, who is Lebanese-American and Christian, said he identified with the “Palestinian struggle” and later posted a photo of a Palestinian flag in his office.

“This Palestinian flag has been in my office for years,” he said. “My Lebanese parents raised me on the Palestinian struggle for rights. So let me be clear. I am a proud Arab American, and I loudly say: #FreePalestine.”

Haddad came under fire from local leaders after he liked a change in a profile picture by a police officer in another department. On May 11 — a day after the latest Israel-Hamas fighting started — the officer added an “I stand with Israel” banner to his profile picture.


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The new profile photo also bore the logo of the American Jewish Committee.

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