Letterkenny Chamber certainly did the “business” on Friday night at their annual Gala Dinner Dance and Awards at the Mount Errigal Hotel.The cream of local businesses put on their best suits and dresses for the event which was hugely well-attended.Special guest on the night was Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Dessie Larkin who said that growth in local business is the way in which Letterkenny and Co Donegal will emerge out of the recession. Competition on the night in the various categories was fierce.One of the biggest cheers of the night went up when the young businessmen from Evolve won the Retailer of the Year Award in the AIB sponsored category..Evolve opened its doors four years ago and since then it has gone from strength to strength, having expanded in the middle of the recession.Speaking after the event, owner Mark and JP McCloskey said they were delighted to have won the award. “We are so lucky to have such great staff that care for the business as if it was their own, and this award is only possible because of the great work they do. We also would like to congratulate the other nominees in our category, Premamon and Joe’s Butchers (McGees) and wish them all the best. Well done to all the other winners and nominees on the night.”The category winners were: Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Watson Hire – Mangan Tours; Excellence in Marketing – sponsored by Value Centre – Swilly Group; Growth Through Export – sponsored by Enterprise Ireland Gartan Technologies Retailer of the Year – sponsored by AIB Evolve Menswear Business Excellence Award – sponsored by Letterkenny Town Council Safetech Best Start Up Award – sponsored by LYIT & CoLab Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top.Each year the Chamber makes an award to a person who has added much to the business and community life of Letterkenny.Now in it’s 8th year the Chamber was delighted to present this award to Ben Sweeney.Still opening the Port Road shop every morning he has come a long way from the small garage on lower Main Street. Ben says the secret of his success is energy and hard work as well as keeping the focus on the customer. A delighted Ben accepted the award from Galway businessman Gerry Rabitte, owner of Highland Radio.The biggest anticipation and highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Business Person of the year.Three businesses were in contention, Swilly Group, Brian Gallagher Station House Hotel and Joseph Mangan, Mangan Tours. The excitement built as each finalist was previewed on the big screen.The winner of the 2012 Letterkenny Business Person of the Year is Brian Gallagher, Station house Hotel. On accepting the award Brian thanked his wife Christine and paid a huge tribute to his staff.A popular winner, the audience gave Brian a standing ovation and he was delighted and surprised by this honour.John Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber commented “ there was such a fantastic atmosphere of positivity this evening right from the beginning and the sense of excitement built throughout the evening.”LETTERKENNY COMPANIES DO ‘BUSINESS’ AT CHAMBER AWARDS was last modified: November 18th, 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)
Along with other global landmarks, Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg will be illuminated in pink for the month of October to raise awareness of breast cancer.For the fourth year running, the City of Johannesburg has partnered with international cosmetics company Estée Lauder to highlight breast health and early detection of the disease.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Nelson Mandela Bridge PINK ILLUMINATION in support of breast cancer awareness drive. #breastcancerawareness ^LM pic.twitter.com/3AbFhVgnsd— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 21, 2016“The lighting of the Nelson Mandela Bridge will serve as a reminder that the earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better are one’s chances of beating it,” said Dr Mpho Phalatse, the member of the mayoral committee for health and social development.South Africa was ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates, the city said.“Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women and is the most prominent cancer in women worldwide, increasing particularly in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages,” said Estée Lauder SA general manager Loren Dreyer.She said calling attention to breast cancer “serves to create a dialogue around taking a conscious interest in one’s health”.Watch:Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels is celebrating Ohio Agriculture Week March by traveling across Ohio this week to highlight the impact of Ohio’s largest industry. Accounting for more than $123 billion in annual economic impact and one out of every eight Ohio jobs, agriculture impacts all corners of the Buckeye state.Highlights of Ohio Agriculture Week will include:• A visit to the farm of Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitor Lori Millenbaugh in Crestline• A stop at Toft’s Dairy/Ice Cream in Sandusky• Recognition of Aubrey Fetchik, the winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage program who grew a 27 pound cabbage.• A visit to the soon-to-open Buckeye Agricultural Museum and Education Center in Wooster. The nearly 20,000 square feet facility will celebrate agriculture in northeast Ohio.• Learning about Ohio’s growing hops segment by visiting Rustic Brew Hops farm in Union County.• A commemoration of an important milestone in the Asian Longhorned Beetle program — the eradication and lifting of the quarantine of a satellite location in Clermont County.Here is more from Dale Minyo and Director Daniels.Dale interview with Director Daniels Ag Week
Equifax breach: You can now file a claim for your share of the $700M settlement John McAfee ‘released from confinement’ How to become a privacy ninja: Use these journalist tools NSA aims to up its cybersecurity game Now playing: Watch this: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images Robinhood warned its customers in an email Wednesday that their passwords may have been stored in plaintext. The stock trading service said it discovered the issue on Monday night, when it found “some user credentials” stored in readable formats on its internal systems.”Your Robinhood password may have been included,” Robinhood said in the email. “We resolved this issue, and after thorough review, found no evidence that this information was accessed by anyone outside of our response team.”Still, it recommends changing your password.A Robinhood spokesperson told CNET sister site ZDNet via phone that not all users were impacted, but did not say how many were. Passwords are now being hashed using the Bcrypt algorithm, according to a help page, ZDNet added. Share your voice Inside a password-free future Tags 2:46 Security on CNET null Computers Security 0
Road Accident LogoThree people were killed after a truck hit a pick-up van on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Nayadingi of Saturia upazila in Manikganj on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as pick-up van driver Chan Mia, 28, from Rangpur, Zillur Rahmn, 30, and Hamidur Rahman, 30, of Jashore’s Keshabpur upazila.Highway police said the accident took place around 7:30am when the goods-laden truck hit the pick-up van transporting poultry, killing two on the spot and injuring the driver.Chan Mia succumbed to his injuries when he was being taken to Manikganj district hospital, said Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Golra highway police.
Share Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesLewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, shares a laugh with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a discussion at the conservative Hudson Institute.Updated at 2:07 p.m. ETPresident Trump took the extraordinary step Friday of overruling the judgment of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and granting a pardon to I. Lewis Libby Jr., who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.Libby, known as “Scooter,” was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007 in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. Bush had commuted Libby’s sentence but did not issue a full pardon.“I don’t know Mr. Libby, but for years, I have heard that he has been treated unfairly,” Trump said in a statement from the White House. (Full statement below.) “Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.’”The Libby pardon is only the latest twist in a story of spies, leaks, accusations of hidden motives and abuse of power. In pardoning Libby, Trump, who complains almost daily about leaks, put himself in the peculiar position of pardoning a man convicted of involvement in a national-security leak.There has been no indication that Trump had a particular interest in Libby’s case until recently, when John Bolton, an ally of Cheney’s, took over as national security adviser at the White House.Democrats reacted sharply at Trump’s pardoning. California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House intelligence committee, linked the pardoning to the Russia investigation, charging the president is sending the message, “You have my back, and I’ll have yours.”On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a “leaker and liar” he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby. This is the President’s way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 13, 2018Conservatives have long championed Libby’s cause, but Bush, while commuting Libby’s 2 1/2-year sentence, thus saving him from prison, refused to pardon him.Pressed repeatedly by Cheney at the time of Libby’s conviction, Bush asked a team of White House lawyers to examine the case. But when they concluded that the jury had substantial reason to convict, Bush told his vice president that he would not pardon Libby, prompting an angry Cheney to reply, “You are leaving a good man wounded upon the field of battle.”In his book, Bush said he was taken aback by the harshness of the remark. “In eight years, I had never seen Dick like this, or even close to it. I worried that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested.”Indeed, according to friends of both men, the relationship never was the same between the two men.In pardoning Libby, Trump has not done much concrete for Cheney’s former chief of staff. Libby was disbarred after his conviction but reinstated in 2016. In some jurisdictions, a convicted felon also loses the right to vote, but in the District of Columbia and Maryland, felons can vote once they have served their time in prison.A pardon grants forgiveness for a crime, not exoneration, but many see it as removing the stigma of a conviction.Trump’s pardon may send another message — that he is willing to use his pardon power to reward loyalists and to punish prosecutors he sees as running amok.Spies, spooks and a Comey connectionLibby was prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald, a longtime career prosecutor, appointed to investigate the leak of the CIA officer’s identity by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey.Comey went on to become FBI director and was fired by Trump, a move that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller, another former FBI director whom Trump almost daily accuses of conducting a “witch hunt.”The saga that led up to Libby’s conviction began in 2003 when Joseph Wilson, a former diplomat, wrote a New York Times op-ed column, contending that Cheney had deliberately ignored evidence showing that Iraq was not seeking to acquire material needed to build nuclear weapons.Wilson’s claim, undercutting the justification for waging war against Iraq, was based on material he gathered in Niger for the CIA.To undercut Wilson’s claim, administration officials told reporters that he had been sent on the fact-finding mission at the behest of his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked at the CIA.Publication of that leak blew her cover, a potential federal crime. Libby was not charged with disclosing a CIA officer’s identity, however. Nor was the man who actually did blow Plame’s cover, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. But Armitage readily admitted his involvement to prosecutors and a grand jury.Libby, however, was convicted on four counts of obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI and lying to the grand jury. He maintained that the differences between his testimony and others was just a matter of a different recollection of events.In all, eight witnesses, many of them high-ranking members of the Bush administration, contradicted Libby’s testimony. And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence “overwhelming.”Bush, in examining the case afterward, was willing to save Libby from going to prison by commuting his sentence, but he was not willing to pardon him.Trump’s decision to pardon Libby is one of three pardons he has issued in his nearly 15 months in office. Most notably, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose crackdown on immigrants in the U.S. illegally, resulted in a conviction for criminal contempt.That was a charge supported by the Trump Justice Department — until the president pardoned him.Here’s the full statement from the White House:“Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I. ‘Scooter’ Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial. President George W. Bush commuted Mr. Libby’s sentence shortly after his conviction. Mr. Libby, nevertheless, paid a $250,000 fine, performed 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation.“In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said. The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law. The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented ‘credible evidence’ in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had ‘changed her recollection of the events in question.’“Before his conviction, Mr. Libby had rendered more than a decade of honorable service to the Nation as a public servant at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the White House. His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers.“In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon. ‘I don’t know Mr. Libby,’ said President Trump, ‘but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.’ “Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.