Elderly man fends off burglary during early morning house raid

first_imgAn elderly man held off an intruder who tried to break into his home in Castlefin.The attempted break-in took place at 1.30am on Sunday morning last at Carricknashane.The man heard a loud bang on his door and went outside to find a man with a balaclava and wearing all grey clothing. The intruder demanded money and then tried to get past the man and into the home.However, the elderly man held the intruder off and he fled.Garda Grainne Doherty said that while the man was unhurt, Gardai said people should not confront intruders.She advised people to use chain locks on their doors and to keep their doors locked at all time. She added “This man was brave but thankfully he was not hurt. It is not advisable to open dors especially late at night but fortunately, this man was unharmed.”Anybody with any information on this attempted raid is asked to contact Letterkenny Gardai on 074 9167100.Elderly man fends off burglary during early morning house raid was last modified: November 15th, 2019 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:burglarycastlefindonegalGardailast_img read more

Brand SA unveils 2010 campaign

first_imgA still from the television advert inviting allof Africa to rally behind the 2010 FifaWorld Cup.The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), the custodian of Brand South Africa, has launched a major campaign to spark enthusiasm and unite the country and the continent behind the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.Download the press release here (PDF, 42 KB)Anchoring the campaign are two stunning new television adverts, one inviting Africa to rally behind the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the other celebrating ordinary South Africans as the “champions” who will make the World Cup a success.View Vuvuzela: Africa’s Call on SouthAfrica.infoView Team South Africa’s Champions on SouthAfrica.infoThe adverts aim to “drive excitement for a football championship that is going to be colourful, vibrant, intoxicating and alive with a fusion of cultures, dance, song and music,” IMC acting CEO Paul Bannister said in a statement on Monday.Bannister described the campaign as uniquely South African. “It exudes warmth, is inspirational, involving and makes you feel proud. The campaign is about celebration and solidarity, encapsulating the African and South African spirit of ubuntu.”A collaboration between the IMC, South African Tourism and the 2010 Local Organising Committee, the campaign was launched at the annual Indaba travel trade show in Durban on Monday.The partnership seeks to achieve a holistic approach to marketing the World Cup, with a domestic component that celebrates and encourages the active involvement of South Africans in the 2009 and 2010 events.The TV adverts will be complemented by an online campaign – harnessing the IMC’s South Africa portal www.southafrica.info, the SA Tourism website www.southafrica.net, social networking and mobile sites – to help South Africans get ready to welcome the world in 2009 and 2010.Monday’s launch at Indaba featured an invitation to South Africans to learn “the diski dance … and to start feeling the excitement that’s growing all over the world for the biggest showcase of capability and hospitality in the history of the country.”At the same time, it emphasised that South Africa will be hosting the World Cup on behalf of the continent.“From the onset, we have said that this World Cup does not belong to South Africa alone, but to all of Africa,” said South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle. “In developing a communication campaign specifically targeting this aspect, and communicating in a manner that is widely appreciated, fun and contagious, we are firmly positioning this event and the host continent as alive and vibrant.”Bannister said it was time for Africans and South Africans to “start to celebrate the 2010 World Cup with passion and enthusiasm. We believe that this campaign will begin to ignite the nation. South Africa is going to generate and have fun.“If we host this event to the very best of our ability and show the world real South African hospitality, the country and the continent will benefit enormously, and the World Cup will be the springboard that it has always promised to be.“Ke nako – it really is time for this continent to celebrate and deliver to the world the spectacular party and celebration it’s been waiting for.”The adverts will flight on various South African television channels from Monday, and launch elsewhere on the continent this week.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaSouth African TourismSouthAfrica.infoTourism Indaba 2009South Africa 2010Fifalast_img read more

Hyperlocal Heartbreak: Why Haven’t Neighborhood News Technologies Worked Out?

first_imgNeighborhood news aggregator Outside.in has been acquired by AOL, according to multiple reports this morning. Apparently it’s being bought for less than the big pile of money that high-profile investors put into it, back when hopes were high. It’s sad, really: the ambitious hyper-local news technology services of the last few years don’t seem to be working out very well.Outside.in, EveryBlock and Fwix are the three sites best known for building out automated collection and analysis of news about particular neighborhoods of cities around the United States. There is huge, exciting potential there – but it takes resources to develop technology and media sites like this. Maybe a shortage of resources is why none of these sites are the thriving hub of activity that many people hoped they would be. There are many different theories why, but all three of the leading startups in this space feel like a disappointment so far.Give me the news about my neighborhood, please. Give me the restaurant reviews, the crime reports, the events listings, the gossip. Give me the art and the music I can find if I walk out my door. Give me a robot that finds the news stories too small for almost anyone else to care about. I care about what’s happening in the neighborhood around me and I want to see the fabulous new technologies of open government data, online news syndication, social networking and data mining all put to service to fulfill hyperlocal news wishes and dreams I didn’t even know I had yet.Outside.in, for one, has been hobbled by uninspired Web design, the same shortage of users and community that all the big hyperlocal news sites have and a limited feature set. Everyblock, despite being acquired by MSNBC and having more and better data than all competitors, is a ghost town with an inflexible UI and a stale feature-set in the limited number of cities it serves. (I love Everyblock and check it every day, but even a redesign the site is currently testing is little more than a cosmetic brush-up. It’s disappointing.)The third leading startup in this space, Fwix, looks good and works well all over the country – but feels lightweight and less inspiring than a magic mix of multimedia news about my neighborhood ought to. We wrote excitedly about another machine-powered hyperlocal news startup called Nozzl Media a year ago, but looking at that site makes you suspect that company’s answer would likely be the same that several competitors offer: don’t judge us by our anemic home pages, we’ve got a powerful API that’s feeding hyperlocal news into countless partner sites around the Web where things are going great. All of these sites are led by widely respected news reporting super-nerds, but they don’t seem to be building what they could be.Check out my neighborhood on Everyblock, for example. So far this morning there’s a beautiful big house for sale in the neighborhood, and a nice little condo. There a couple of good restaurant reviews and a couple of negative reviews for other local businesses. Last night there was an unwanted person report down the street, a meeting of local French speakers practicing, a car ran into a bicyclist and the police arrested a guy for allegedly holding people up at gunpoint at ATMs. Am I glad I scanned all that news? Yes, I am. Maybe most people just want to know about the ATM robberies on TV news though, and that’s enough for them. I think the rest of the news is interesting, but Everyblock does a terrible job presenting it well. It doesn’t feel like this whole hyperlocal news technology thing is working out very well, so far at least. Maybe it’s not fully baked enough yet. Maybe the public hasn’t caught up enough. Maybe the economics aren’t there yet. Maybe local TV news is still good enough for users. Maybe hyperlocal is best when it’s hyper-human, not powered by robots. Maybe not very many people want what these sites offer. See the discussion below for other peoples’ thoughts on why this hasn’t worked out.Whatever the problem, maybe AOL can solve it with Outside.in as a part of its small but growing local news effort Patch.I sure hope someone can nail it. Give me the news about my neighborhood, please. Give me the restaurant reviews, the crime reports, the events listings, the gossip. Give me the art and the music I can find if I walk out my door. Give me a robot that finds the news stories too small for almost anyone else to care about. I care about what’s happening in the neighborhood around me and I want to see the fabulous new technologies of open government data, online news syndication, social networking and data mining all put to service to fulfill hyperlocal news wishes and dreams I didn’t even know I had yet.It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen yet, though. 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