first_imgFancy winning the wedding of your dreams worth €15,000.Then the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey, in association with a number of the top wedding suppliers in the North-west are hosting a dream wedding competition. One lucky couple will prevail as the winners of an amazing prize of an all inclusive wedding with a reception for up to 150 guests, to the value of €15,000 to be held at the Villa Rose Hotel.To enter the competition, couples will go head to head in a “Mr & Mrs to Be” style competition, with heats taking place in January 2013.Finalists from each heat will then proceed through to the grand final which will determine the overall winners of this amazing prize. The competition is limited to approximately 40 couples so anyone entering will have a one in forty chance of winning.The prize package consists of: Wedding Reception sponsored by the Villa Rose Hotel; Bridal Gown from the Bridal Rooms at McElhinney’s Department Store; Men’s Suit Hire from Evolve Menswear; Bridesmaids Dress by Celebrationz; Wedding Photography by Gerard McHugh; Wedding Cars by Gerard McGirr; Wedding DVD by Arthur Lynch; Cake by Heidi’s Creative Cakes; Wedding Entertainment from DJ John Bosco & Mr Majestic; Flowers by Ballybofey Florist; Drinks Reception by Findlater & Febver. This package is valued at €15,000 and will be an excellent start to married life for the lucky winners.The competition is open to anyone wishing to enter; however terms & conditions state that any couple who have already booked with another venue are strictly prohibited from entering.In order to enter simply contact The Villa Rose Hotel on 074-9132266 for an application form or email weddings@villarose.net for further details. WIN THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2012 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:000competitionVilla Rosewedding€15last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – It’s been called “the skiddiest of all Skid Rows”: 50 square blocks of run-down hotels, abandoned factories, burned-out storefronts, dingy bars and seedy liquor stores, interspersed among hundreds of makeshift homes, most of them built with discarded cardboard boxes and stolen shopping carts. Located an easy walk from City Hall, police headquarters and other downtown seats of power, this last stop for the destitute has been a fixture of the nation’s second-largest city for nearly a century. Folk singer Woody Guthrie called it “the skiddiest of all Skid Rows” in his 1943 autobiography “Bound For Glory.” Poet Charles Bukowksi said it was populated by “people who are mutilated and almost dead … creeping, crawling, uncared for creatures.” These days the area has been getting a less poetic though equally hard look. With a burgeoning real estate market bringing luxury apartments and condos to the edge of Skid Row, city leaders are torn between letting gentrification roll over the area or trying to make it a more hospitable environment to get help with homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and other troubles. Among other measures: Police have conducted drug stings, making more than 5,000 arrests during the first three months of the year, including one in which actor Brad Renfro was caught trying to buy heroin. Authorities tried to keep thousands of people from sleeping on the streets, but a federal appeals court stopped the effort until the city provides adequate beds to house all of its homeless. The City Council placed a yearlong moratorium on demolition of about 240 Skid Row flophouses while officials try to balance affordable housing needs against the conversion of older buildings to apartments that can rent for more than $1,000 a month. If all of the projects now under development are completed, the number of housing units in downtown could more than double to nearly 40,000 in five years. Some of the estimated 14,000 homeless people on Skid Row fear they could be shuffled off to the suburbs to make room for those projects. An ambitious plan by a group called Bring L.A. Home proposes the use of temporary shelters throughout Los Angeles County. “They don’t want to get rid of homeless people, they just want to move them around to where people won’t see them,” said Franklin Smith, a homeless man who can often be found perched on a shopping cart outside a small toy store along Skid Row. Steve Van Zile, an executive with SRO Housing Corp., which refurbishes old buildings and rents apartments for as little as $66 a month, said the housing boom is a concern for his nonprofit organization. “Finding properties is always the issue for us,” he said. “It is getting harder and harder,” as the price of real estate rises. Estela Lopez, who lives in the area, says the boom shouldn’t be blamed for Skid Row’s dilemma, although it may have focused more attention on a place she says has been in need of fixing for years. “In my lifetime, the area has gone from being the Skid Row for people who were down and out, down on their luck and needing help, to an area that is violent, an area that is taking people’s lives through illness and disease and drug addiction or through stabbings and fights,” she said. As executive director of the Central City East Business Association, a pro-business and property owners group, Lopez helps lead nighttime walks through Skid Row as part of her group’s efforts to take back the streets. “You’d be surprised how few people take us up on that offer,” she said, noting only four did on a recent walk. One of those who didn’t was Smith, a former dispatcher for a trucking company. Dirty and disheveled but surprisingly articulate after seven years on the street, he spends much of his time outside the toy store. The owners don’t run him off when he asks passers-by for spare change and allow him to stow the wooden box he uses as his portable toilet behind the building. Like more than half of those on Skid Row, drugs and mental problems appear to be his enemies. Although Smith said he’s never been in trouble with the law, he holds a lighter in one hand and a marijuana cigarette in the other as he speaks, quickly flicking away the latter when officers in a passing police cruiser give him the onceover. He talks repeatedly of a government conspiracy to keep him from getting his relief checks and says he shuns homeless shelters because they want to search his shopping cart before they’ll let him in. Instead, he lays his blanket down on the sidewalk near a local police station, saying it’s safer there. He is one of about 3,000 people who sleep on Skid Row streets each night, according to Don Spivack, deputy director of the County Community Redevelopment Agency. About 8,000 live in hotels that range from dirty flophouses with little more than a cot and a hot plate, to clean, recently renovated buildings like those run by SRO Housing Corp. Another 3,000 live night-to-night in area shelters. The unfunded plan released last month by Bring L.A. Home proposes spending $12.4 billion to create 50,000 units of low-cost housing and a handful of shelters throughout the county. “The idea is to make it a stable neighborhood, as much as you can for the population that you’re dealing with,” Spivack said. ——— Inside Homeless immigrants among L.A.’s poorest, both on and off Skid Row. / A5 Homeless say safety, drugs are big worries along Skid Row. / A5160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_img REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker no dice He captioned it: “Thanks for your wise words. I feel truly blessed.”It is unknown how the conversation came about between the two parties, however Abraham would have struggled to find a better mentor.Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers ever to play the game. smart causal huge blow 2 possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday REVEALED Latest Premier League News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Abraham appeared in Chelsea’s 2018 pre-season tour Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tammy Abraham has revealed that he recently received a motivational FaceTime call from Brazil’s Ronaldo.The young Chelsea striker, who is now back at the club following loan spells at Bristol City and Swansea, posted a screen shot of the conversation on Instagram. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card silverware 2 During his career, he played for multiple European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and Milan.‘El Fenomeno’ was also a star for his national team, scoring 62 goals in 98 caps.He was part of two World Cup winning squads for his country, and bagged two goals in the 2002 final against Germany. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORTlast_img read more

first_imgPROMOTED POSTMark (on right) is pictured here with Declan Irwin.Irwin Expert Electrical management & staff are delighted to welcome Mark Walshe to their team at Irwin Expert Electrical, Port Rd., Letterkenny.Mark has worked in the IT, Computers & Electrical Appliance business locally for over 9 years. His expertise and experience in the industry is vast and exceptional. Mark has impressed Irwin Expert Electrical after only a short while with his knowledge and customer service skills.Specialising in IT, and just about anything to do with computers, he will be on hand at the showroom, Port Rd., Letterkenny with his colleagues to advise you all on the best options for a computer, laptop or tablet, PC or Mac, what software to install and most of all give you the best possible deal on whatever it is you are looking for.Call in and say hello to the lads if you are on the market for a new computer, laptop or tablet.You might also see Mark hovering around the TV Centre or Home Appliance centre, always ready to give the customer “service at it’s best”. Don’t forget to call in and say hello and ask any team member all about IT! Mark is pictured here with Declan Irwin, of Irwin Expert Electrical.And don’t forget ……….!Donegal Daily has teamed up with Bosch and Irwin Expert Electrical for this great free giveaway just for our readers.And entering couldn’t be easier.All you have to do is answer the following question – “What strapline is used by Bosch Home Appliances?” Once you know the answer, you can simply send an email and like Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook.So send your answer along with your name, address, email and mobile number to our competition address at irwinelectrical1@gmail.comThat’s it. It couldn’t be easier. To get your hands on this cool new toaster get liking Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook and email the competition answer.https://www.facebook.com/irwinexpert MARK BRINGS ‘IT’ ALL TO IRWIN EXPERT ELECTRICAL was last modified: August 26th, 2015 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:buncranadonegalIrwin Expert Electricalletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgAuthorities at City of Derry Airport have been forced to close and cancel all flights in and out of the airport due to flood damage.The busy transport hub has been struck by a deluge of flood waters after the overnight rain which has devastated many parts of the North West.Passengers who were due to travel from City of Derry Airport today are being warned not to come to the building. Passengers are also advised that heavy rain and flooding has led to hazardous driving conditions on the road. People are told to contact their airline directly with queries. Pictures shared on the airport’s Facebook page show the departure hall, offices and outdoor areas all under several feet of water.City of Derry AirportCity of Derry AirportA statement from the airport said: BMI Regional flight, BM1501 from City of Derry Airport to London Stansted, scheduled to depart at 06:10hrs on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. As a result, BMI regional flight, BM1502, from London Stansted to City of Derry Airport, scheduled to depart at 08:40hrs on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 has also been cancelled.Passengers travelling on bmi regional’s evening services to and from London Stansted, (flight BM1507 or flight BM1508) please contact airline for more info. Disrupted passengers are advised to contact the airline on 0330 333 7998 or alternatively email the airport info@cityofderryairport.com.All flights cancelled at Derry Airport amid shocking flood scenes was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 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:City of Derry AirportFLOODINGTravellast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Roberta Rottigni Tags:#cyber attacks#IoT#VPN Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Roberta Rottigni is a tech blogger. Born in Italy but adopted by Israel, she loves writing, traveling, and learning about innovative, tech-related trends. She doesn’t leave the house without a good book in her bag! AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), despite their somewhat esoteric name, aren’t unknown to everyday users. Many people, including myself, use VPN apps or Chrome extensions like Hola to get onto sites that are blocked or otherwise inaccessible in certain countries.Many people find themselves using a VPN for the sake of convenience, very few implement one for the purpose of security.With the ever-growing popularity of IoT devices, however, it’s important to consider using a VPN as an extra security measure. IoT devices gather a variety of confidential data, which makes companies more than a little bit annoyed and apprehensive.  For IoT devices within the home, a VPN helps prevent sensitive personal information from passing into the wrong hands. For businesses, it helps shield confidential company data from potential exposure.Preventing Eavesdropping and LeaksThe eavesdropping potential for IoT devices — particularly for smart home speakers like the Amazon Echo — has caused skepticism and even fear about IoT devices in general. South Park captured these fears in one of its latest episodes. It’s a spoof in which Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos use Alexa to spy on and manipulate an unsuspecting public.Of course, South Park’s account is a hyperbole. But IoT devices, by their very nature, do collect hoards of personal or confidential information, leaving personal data especially vulnerable to hackers or spies. Within the home, for instance, a smart security camera gathers data about when family members are and aren’t home. A smart fitness device will know information about a person’s location, physical health and exercise habits — and what anyone in the house is talking about with their friends.VPNs not only encrypt data, but they also mask a user’s geographical location and IP address. Protecting this data helps prevent third parties, whether hackers, Internet Service Providers, government agencies, or others who might try to gather information about your activities. This means that other entities cannot infiltrate an IoT device and start eavesdropping or leaking confidential information.Protecting Against Common Attacks: Botnets and MITM AttacksA VPN can help protect against two common IoT attacks: botnets and MITM attacks.A botnet is a network of computers or other internet-connected devices that are infected with malware. The devices are controlled as a group, making it possible for hackers to launch large-scale attacks. These attacks can be conducted not just from computers but from all IoT devices as well; hackers can infect a large number of IoT devices with malware to create a botnet that they can use to debilitate a company or access its data. Using a VPN helps mitigate these risks by ensuring that the channel between an IoT device and its server are completely protected.Likewise, VPNs help prevent MITM (Man-In-The-Middle) attacks, which involve third parties intercepting network traffic — for example, between an IoT device and the network’s central access point. VPNs, by encrypting traffic, ensure that the data gathered from the IoT device is unreadable–even in the event that a malicious actor intercepts that traffic.VPNs and IoT Go Hand-in-HandWhile consumers and businesses love IoT devices for the sake of ease and convenience, there is a great deal of outcry over the security of such devices. No device, whether a smart home speaker or smart vacuum cleaner, is without such controversy.Business, as well as individuals, need to be cautious about the security loopholes that can come with such devices. For companies, there are plenty of recommended business VPN providers that will help ensure more secure operations without compromising on network speed. For everyday consumers, free VPN services, many of which are quite reputable and secure, work just as well.It’s ultimately the responsibility of the production side to make such devices more secure. As it stands, however, IoT devices have too little computing power to include inbuilt security features and encryption software.For now, it’s up to the users to take the first step in protecting themselves. In order to account for the lack of sufficient inbuilt security mechanisms, we need to make VPN use an inherent part of responsible IoT device use. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

first_imgAfter blockbuster Dabangg Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make a comback in Rowdy Rathore along with Akshay Kumar.Bollywood’s original Khiladi Akshay Kumar returns to what he is best at- action. He will be seen packing some hardcore kicks and punches in Prabhu Deva directed Rowdy Rathore when it releases Friday.Made with a budget of approximately Rs.40 crore, the film is a remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu. It is co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. The film will be released in 2,300 screens in India and around 400 screens overseas.The film revolves around Shiva (Akshay), who is a small-time conman. He is head-over-heels in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. The picture perfect world of Shiva turns upside down with the entry of six-year-old girl Neha, who believes he is her father.Shiva also becomes the victim of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals, who seem to know something he doesn’t. In the quest to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret, something which takes him to a small town in Bihar.That town is ruled by a ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls. The inhabitants of the small town find a saviour in Shiva.Akshay is said to have learned combat karate for his role in the film. He is seen sporting a rugged look in the film. The movie bosses had launched an online hunt for Akshay’s look for Rowdy Rathore.The cast and crew of the film had a tough time shooting in Karnataka’s temple town of Hampi. The shoot was disrupted after activists alleged that the makers didn’t use the minimum number of local dancers that they had promised.Sonakshi’s red sari act in the song Chhammak challo chail chabeeli has compelled people to draw comparisons with Kareena Kapoor’s Chhammak chhallo in RA.One. However, the actress brushes it off as mere co-incidence and insists the two songs should not be compared.Filmmakers have been coming up with innovative ways of promoting a film or launching the music and Rowdy Rathore too tried a new trick. The film’s music was launched in a chawl in Mumbai.This will be Sonakshi’s second release after blockbuster Dabangg.After this, Akshay and Sonakshi will appear together in Joker and strike a hattrick with Once Upon A Time Again.Two of the film’s songs have a slew of Southern and Hindi film actors making a special appearance. While Chinta ta chita has Tamil star Vijay, Kareena Kapoor, Rajesh Hamal and Prabhu Deva himself, Aa re pritam pyaare has Maryam Zakaria, Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan and Amit Kumar.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgItalian footballers will wear black armbands during their Euro quarter-final against reigning world champions Germany on Saturday as a mark of solidarity with the people of Bangladesh, after Friday’s terrorist attack.At least 20 foreigners, including some Italian citizens in Dhaka were killed by Islamic State militants at a Bangladesh cafe.”The build-up to Italy’s Euro 2016 quarter-final against Germany at the Stade de Bordeaux this evening has been overshadowed by the tragic deaths of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bangladesh which also included some Italian citizens,” said a release on the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio website.”The Italian federation, the Italy national team and everyone involved with the Italy football set-up would like to extend their condolences to the victims’ families and to the entire country.””In view of this, UEFA has accepted the FIGC’s request for the Azzurri players to wear black armbands during the match against Germany as a sign of solidarity at this difficult time,” the statement added.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera on Monday as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time.”Rivera is a relief pitcher who spent his entire 19-year-career with the New York Yankees. He holds the all-time record for saves and was the first player elected to the baseball Hall of Fame unanimously when he was enshrined this summer.Trump recalled Rivera’s “dominance” en route to a career that included 13 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. The president also praised the Panama native who became a U.S. citizen on his charity work.The White House ceremony made references to Rivera’s playing career, including playing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Rivera’s theme song.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share via Email “Have you ever known a team to win the title by January? Me neither, it’s totally unrealistic,” he said, before adding how satisfied he was that his team have shown no signs of over-confidence. “When you win a lot of games in a row there is a risk of being ‘OK we can do less and we are going to win the same’, but the way we played from the beginning here showed me a lot. You can’t win all the time by five or six goals. That is not football at the highest level.”He did believe, mind you, that City should have won at least 5-1 here. “We want to win titles so we need to be clinical,” he said.He had a point. City squandered a clutch of late chances with Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and David Silva all uncharacteristically wayward in front of goal.City had found West Brom to be awkward opponents when they visited here last month in the Carabao Cup, eventually winning 2-1 thanks to a pair of goals by Sané. The German picked up where he left off by opening the scoring in the 10th minute. The defence was cut asunder by Fernandinho’s sharp low pass, allowing Sané to slam a shot past Ben Foster.The goalkeeper appeared to be taken by surprise by the sudden ferocity of Sané’s shot but three minutes later it was City’s turn to be shocked, as West Brom drew level. They had already hinted at an ability to catch City out at the back when, in the fifth minute, Salomón Rondón ran on to a pass over the top by Grzegorz Krychowiak before John Stones got back to smother the danger. Stones was unable to bail out his team in the 13th minute when Gareth Barry’s chip found Rodriguez, who lifted the ball over the advancing Ederson and into the net.Luck turned against Barry two minutes later when he attempted to block Fernandinho’s low shot from 25 yards but succeeded only in helping it into the net via the post. Barry did not deserve such ill-fortune but Fernandinho could be said to have earned a good break as he was among City’s best performers.In the 26th minute City’s hypnotic passing lulled West Brom to sleep and David Silva was able to get on the end of a delightful pass by De Bruyne, but the Spaniard headed over the bar .West Brom seldom managed to carry the play down to the other end of the pitch but when they did they made City uncomfortable. A panicky slice by Fabian Delph in the 33rd minute enabled Rondón to send a header goalward from 10 yards, but not with enough power to alarm Ederson.Sirens also sounded for the goalkeeper in the early minutes of the second half when Krychowiak crept in unnoticed at the back post to be on the end of a cross from the right, but his header turned out to be as weak as Rondon’s.Sterling came off the bench on the hour to quash the home team’s resistance. Replacing Bernardo Silva, who had been tidy but not incisive, the England winger finished off an intricate City move in the 63rd minute, sidefooting a cross by Kyle Walker into the net.Tony Pulis threw on Matt Phillips in pursuit of a comeback that never looked likely. West Brom mustered enough of a threat to expose more nervousness in City’s defence – encapsulated by Nicolás Otamendi’s yellow card for a wild tackle on Jake Livermore – but could not bother Ederson until stoppage time. That was when Otamendi goofed again, unwittingly chesting a cross by Barry into the path of Philipps, who poked the ball into the net from five yards. That was not enough to salvage a draw but it might have proved a point: that West Brom can be dangerous when they attack. Wilfried Zaha’s 97th-minute goal ends West Ham’s resistance at Crystal Palace Manchester City match reportscenter_img Premier League Share on Messenger The Observer This was scruffy by Manchester City’s recent standards, but they still had far too much class for their opponents and duly collected their eighth Premier League win on the spin. Goals by Leroy Sané, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling restored their five-point lead at the top of the table.Strikes for West Brom by Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips briefly introduced a smidgen of suspense into this contest, but ultimately served only as tantalising reminders that City do have vulnerabilities. The question is whether anyone will be able to exploit those often enough to prevent them from sashaying to the title. Pep Guardiola scoffed at Jürgen Klopp’s suggestion that City could have the title wrapped up ridiculously early. Share on LinkedIn West Bromwich Albion Reuse this content Share on Facebooklast_img read more