A night of festive food, fashion and shopping was had by many women in Ballybofey last night at the Ladies Christmas Night Out hosted by Patton Frozen Foods and The Igloo.Jackson’s Hotel was filled with an array of Christmas market stalls showcasing unique handmade crafts, foods and creative gifts. Guests then enjoyed a food demonstration from chef Rachel Allen and four fashion shows.All proceeds from the event will go to the Donegal Hospice and The Caolan Melaugh Fund. Visit Donegal Woman for the full social diary, fashion photos and report.The guests enjoyed prosecco, mulled wine and canapes which kept the festive theme going strong on the night.Paddy McMenamin presented the show, and chef Rachel Allen provided a cookery demonstration and impressed everyone by making an entire Christmas Dinner within three hours.Speaking to Donegal Woman after the event, Rachel said, “It was fantastic. It was so much. It was just such a lovely festive atmosphere. Paddy was of course hilarious. But really, it was for two such good causes as well, which just brings it all home. I’ve been up in Donegal quite a bit recently and I loved it. I really love it up here.” Four fashion shows from Chiq Maternity, The Gray Rooms, Pure Boutique, Verve Donegal Town provided many Christmas party dress ideas. Around 500 women turned out for the excellent cause, and organiser Louise Patton and compere Paddy McMenamin were delighted to see so many supportive women having a good time.Caolan Melaugh will be turning two this weekend. Caolan and his family were unable to be there on the night but they were very much in everyone’s thoughts.Check out all the photo galleries on DonegalWoman.ieDonegal ladies bring glamour and goodwill to charity night out was last modified: December 8th, 2016 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:Ballybofeyeventsladies Christmas night outRACHEL ALLEN
A girl injured in a car crash in West Donegal in 2014 has been awarded €15,000 in Donegal Circuit Court.The court heard that the girl, who was five at the time of the crash, was strapped into a child’s seat in the rear of the car being driven her mother. The child suffered an injured knee, from which she fully recovered from, but she then began experiencing “occasional car sickness” after the event, as well as travel anxiety, barrister James O’Donnell BL stated.Mr O’Donnell said he was recommending the settlement sum to the court for his client.He said the child still experiences travel sickness on occasion at present but the condition is improving.The child’s father was in court for the ruling.Judge Cormac Quinn granted the recommended settlement sum saying in his view it was “quite a good settlement” and awarded €15,000 to the child plus costs and legal fees totalling €1,756.Child who still suffers travel sickness after crash awarded €15,000 was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 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:awardcourtdonegaltravel sickness
Daniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife Majella has finished her cancer treatment and they are both looking forward to spending Christmas together.Daniel and MajellaDaniel is currently touring America but he says he cannot wait to get home to Donegal for the festive season.“I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel as she says “normal again”. “We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” he said.Daniel will play Dublin’s Convention Centre before Christmas and will also appear on The Late Late Show on December 13th.However despite Majella’s amazing recovery from cancer, Daniel has revealed that the festive season will be tinged with sadness after the passing of Majella’s dad Tom.Tom died in Tenerife when he fell down some stairs in October and suffered a brain bleed. Daniel says Tom was one of his biggest fans and would have been annoyed that Daniel cancelled some of his concerts because of his father-in-law’s death.“It was a great shock for everyone as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the 5 weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment.“However God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing.“Before he passed away he was looking forward to seeing would our album “A picture Of You” make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts. He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour.” DANIEL REVEALS MAJELLA’S CANCER TREATMENT IS FINISHED AS THEY PLAN QUIET CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 2013 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelltreatment
If a fine line exists between bravery and stupidity, between exhilaration and anguish, between logic and the ridiculous, you’ll cross all of them and back again several times within a matter of seconds simply by jumping out of a plane. Now I know that. It’s not as if one of my lifetime goals is to compete in the U.S. National Skydiving Championships, which began Tuesday at Lake Perris in Riverside County. But when offered the chance to take one giant leap – an innocent tandem jump, leashed up to someone who’s done it more than 10,000 times, just to feel the same kind of adrenalin rush that an extreme athlete must live with on a daily basis – it seemed like a no-brainer. Turns out, the brain is the last to know just what an outrageous proposition this can be. Driving direction from the San Fernando Valley: From the 101-S, merge to the 134-E to the 210-E and take the 57-S. Merge onto the 10-E for 16 miles to the I-15-S about three miles. Take the 60-E toward Riverside for 12 miles and continue onto the 215-S for 16 miles. Exit D Street, go 1 miles, turn left at 11th Street, continue onto Chase Road, turn right at Goetz Road. Estimated driving time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (100 miles). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “There was a time when sky diving was dangerous and sex was safe,” Melanie Conaster, who co-owns the Perris Valley Skydiving School and adjoining resort with her brother and parents, tried to explain upon our arrival at the desolate area off Interstate 215. “Now, sky diving is one of the safest things you can do and sex …” By the way, Melanie, why are you limping? “I’ve made more than 5,000 dives in 14 years, and I did a stupid thing,” she explained, setting her crutches down. “I landed on ground that had a lot of dirt clods and I twisted my ankle pretty bad. First time I’ve ever made such a bad judgment.” Should we turn and run back to the car now or wait for rush-hour traffic to die down? Temperatures were nearing 100 degrees when we started a morning tour of the facilities in an attempt to make peace with what was about to happen. In the Bombshelter Restaurant, pictures and newspaper clippings fill every inch of wall space with those who’ve taken the plunge – from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Tom Green and Drew Barrymore to Andy Roddick and Mandy Moore to the crazy Bush twins. At this drop zone, the biggest in Southern California, they handle more than 120,000 sky dives a year. If anyone had bit the dust from a bungled jump, we would have heard about it. Right? For those who couldn’t stomach this whole wild, blue yonder thing, there was a safer option. A wind tunnel nearby that looks like a Disneyland rocket-ship ride is actually an eight-story tower shooting a 120 mile-per-hour column of air to simulate an actual free fall. Since sky diving is only for those 18 and older, the indoor SkyVenture is a place where kids can experience the rush, as well as a training room for those who want to practice maneuvers under much safer conditions. And, it’s bolted to the ground. It’s about 11 a.m., and the small group gathers in the sky diving school building. If you need to go to the bathroom, here’s your last chance, they tell us. Three others who were going to jump decide to go. I stay behind. This could easily come back to haunt me. I start filling out an information sheet. After listing all emergency contacts, how I’d like my organs donated and whether I cared to be left on life support, there are six more pages of legal documents to sign, initial and date. “By signing this document you are giving up valuable legal rights in the event you should be injured,” says the first paragraph. “You will probably not be able to win your lawsuit even though someone beside yourself was legally at fault.” Another paragraph to initial makes sure you know that “the landing area has trees, fences, power lines … . hidden holes, poisonous snakes, unpredictable wind conditions and other natural and man-made objects that can cause injury upon landing” and I
Dear Leslie, In a recent column you suggest that someone start his or her own business after a bad termination. Everything I have heard elsewhere has the opposite view and I agree with it. Employers are hesitant to hire someone who has their own business. The reason is obvious. An entrepreneur is much more likely to quit a job working for someone else and start a new business, depriving the employer of the employee they spent a lot of money to train. A person who decides to start their own business but still intends to continue working for others in the future should do two things: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 1. Continue looking for an outside employer. 2. Never mention that they have/had their own business – unless, of course, the period of time between employer jobs is too long and cannot be otherwise accounted for. Dear Reader, You’ve laid out the real concerns of employers who are wary of hiring entrepreneurs. But if you address these issues directly, some may well be persuaded to reconsider. “You can argue the upside by saying, ‘I’ve been there, I’ve done that and now stability and being part of a team are more important to me,”‘ says Dave Opton, CEO of ExecuNet ( www.execunet.com ), a fee-based Web site that provides job search and career management for executives. For companies looking to hire new leaders, entrepreneurial experience falls into the plus column. “They want people who can adapt quickly, and who have demonstrated that they are self-motivated and have produced results,” says Opton. Opton says never hide your business because it’s so easy to turn up information through electronic searches. You may get fewer interviews, “but at least they’ll be real.” Dear Leslie, I am a 31-year-old male who just read your article on the importance of men “shedding tears.” As children, we are taught to hold our emotions back, to stand up and “be a man.” I openly express my emotions through tears. It feels good. I learned long ago that if I were to bottle up these emotions, they would turn into anger and rage, and that was not healthy for me or anyone I was involved with. The “Male Gender Stress Syndrome” theory holds that many men are emotional wrecks due to the pressure to live up to society’s expectations. In this constant mask wearing, men inflict stress upon themselves, which in turn can lead to drug abuse and verbal and physical abuse of loved ones. If this is what it means to be a man, then I wish my chromosomes started out a bit differently. I applaud your article. Dear Leslie, You asked for responses to that guy who wrote that women have “castrated” enough men over the past 30 years and told you to butt out and “Let us men be the way that has worked for us all since the beginning of time.” Perhaps he should tell that to all those New York City firefighters who shed tears as they watched their comrades’ bodies being recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center in the days following Sept. 11, 2001. He might also say the same thing to the members of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq who have to go through similar ordeals. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Almost all Irish Water customers who paid the Domestic Water Charge will be getting their money back by the end of the year.The government has announced today that refunds will be issued in the Autumn to some 990,000 customers of Irish Water and most will be repaid by Christmas.Customers will receive up to €325, depending on the size of their household. Account holders will be automatically refunded by the utility, by way of a cheque. There is no application process involved. The Government has announced it will be introducing legislation on the refunding process before Irish Water can begin.Irish Water are now putting a team in place to begin this work and will communicate with customers advising them what they need to do to ensure their refund is paid correctly as soon as the legislation is passed.Almost €1m customers will be repaid their domestic water charges totalling €173m. The cost of refunding customers will be approximately €5m.Customers do not need to contact Irish Water to get their refund. Irish Water will send a cheque to the account holder at their address. If you have moved or if your personal details have changed please call 1850 448 448. Irish Water to refund domestic water charges was last modified: September 6th, 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)
Fáilte Ireland is calling for new participants to join their KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme. The programme is to support those involved in the tourism sector and the local community, who welcome and engage with visitors to Donegal.This programme begins with an interactive workshop on what to see and do in Donegal. This workshop is for anyone who interacts with a visitor to ensure that every interaction is a truly memorable one. You can sign up by choosing from one of the following workshop events:Thursday, 6th June @ 10.00am (Registration from 9.30am)ORThursday, 6th June @ 6.00pm (Registration from 5.30pm)Venue: Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal F92 FKX6At the core of this programme will be a network of local people coming together to share their local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their visit to Donegal. The programme will also feature, social media initiatives, a Local Experts Pass and opportunities to network with other tourism businesses and interests. The National Tourism Development Authority are calling on all visitor-facing employees, local volunteers and people in the Donegal community that regularly interact with visitors.So, if you own a B&B, work in a Hotel, restaurant, pub, retail store, taxi company, or if you are active in your local community, this programme is for you.This is a Free event and places are on a first come first served basis. To register for one of the Workshops listed please email email@example.com.Would you like to be a Local Expert on all things Donegal tourism? was last modified: May 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) Tags:donegal tourismFailte Irelandknow donegallocal expertsWorkshop
After Wednesday’s large scale rioting and violence by agitating farmers, the situation in Mandsaur and neighbouring districts in western Madhya Pradesh was slowly improving amid heavy deployment of the State police and the anti-riot Rapid Action Force (RAF). The Shivraj Singh Chauhan government shunted out the district collectors of Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam and also the police superintendent of Mandsaur, the epicentre of the agitation that turned violent. In its report to the Home Ministry, the State government admitted that the five farmers who were killed on June 6 during the protests indeed died in police firing. On Thursday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and others were detained for several hours by the police when they tried to enter Mandsaur district where the five protesters were killed, triggering violence in the Malwa region. The farmers have been agitating since June 1, demanding higher price for their produce. Mr. Gandhi and other senior leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot and Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav had come to meet the families of those killed. The administration imposed curfew in Mandsaur and Neemuch districts before the arrival of the Opposition leaders while mobile-based internet services remained suspended in five districts since Tuesday. The State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh also admitted in Bhopal that the five farmers fell to police bullets. However, he blamed the district collector and police chief for failing to control the situation. High dramaIn Naya Gaon, 70 km from Mandsaur, there was high drama as the police tried to stop what had turned into a political rally of sorts with Mr. Gandhi accompanied by other leaders, seeking to enter the State from the Rajasthan border. Mr. Gandhi slammed the NDA government at the Centre and the BJP government in the State for their “anti-farmer policies.” “He [Modi] can’t waive off farmers’ loans, can’t give better prices for their produce but can only give bullets,” Mr. Gandhi said, holding the PM and CM responsible for the killing of the five farmers. Mr. Gandhi and the other leaders were released after a four-hour detention at a cement company’s house near Naya Gaon. Agrarian distressMr. Sharad Yadav also lambasted the NDA government for the agrarian distress and unrest in several parts of the country. “Ever since this government came to power in 2014, it has ruined the agrarian and rural economy. Today, farmers are in distress across the country,” Mr. Yadav said as he was being detained and taken into a police. In its report submitted to the Centre, the Madhya Pradesh government said the protesting farmers, demanding loan waiver, had allegedly set ablaze 25 trucks and two police vans along the Mhow-Neemuch highway on June 6. The police tried to control the mob with a lathicharge and then by lobbing tear gas shells, the report said. However, the report said, when the farmers continued with the “violence, arson, vandalism and destruction of public property,” the police fired on them.It said the violence had broken out in eight districts — Mandsaur, Dhar, Jhabua, Neemuch, Ratlam, Dewas, Shajapur and Sehore — and the State government was taking all possible steps to restore peace.(With inputs from Vijaita Singh)
An IAS officer has offered to adopt both daughters of CRPF head constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha from Bihar who was killed in the terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir last week.The 32-year-old Bihar cadre officer, Inayat Khan, who is at present the District Magistrate of Sheikhpura in the State, said: “Though the government is doing a lot for the families, as a responsible citizen of the country I thought we too should do something. I would like to take up the responsibility of the girls’ education, marriage and other things.” Two from BiharOf the 40 CRPF men killed in the February 14 attack, two personnel are from Bihar — Sanjay Kumar Sinha of the 176th battalion, and Ratan Kumar Thakur, constable with the 45th battalion. Sinha’s family lives in Masaurhi area of Patna district while Ratan Kumar Thakur is from Bhagalpur. Ratan Kumar Thakur leaves behind a four-year-boy and his pregnant wife.Before leaving for Jammu earlier this month, Sinha had spent a month-long vacation at his home in Masaurhi. “He went to join duty promising to come back soon to look for a suitable boy for our elder daughter’s marriage,” said Sinha’s grieving wife. “Ratan had promised to call us soon after reaching Srinagar that fateful day but his call never came,” Niranjan Thakur, father of Ratan Thakur, said.Opens bank accountMs. Khan, who hails from Agra in Uttar Pradesh, has donated two days’ salary for the families and has appealed to all district government officials to donate a day’s salary. “I have opened an account in the local Canara Bank branch and urged everyone to donate whatever they can for the families of the two personnel from Bihar killed in the terror attack…it is more like crowdfunding,” she added. “Whatever amount is collected by March 10, we will make it public through media and divide equally between the two families,” she told The Hindu.
A 12th grader of Indian origin from the US (Portland, Oregon) is striving to make the world a better place for the visually-impaired through a non-profit that he launched while he was all of 14 years old.Sai Hitesh Vavilapalli, whose parents migrated from Visakhapatnam to the U.S., flew to India with his parents for the Christmas holidays when he was 14 years old.Read it at The Hindu Related Items