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Hope on the horizon as Adare Village shines bright with annual…

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first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick LimerickNewsHope on the horizon as Adare Village shines bright with annual Christmas Tree centre pieceBy Meghann Scully – December 8, 2020 190 Print WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener IN a year like no other, the Village Hall Committee in Adare Village, Limerick are doing their utmost to bring festive cheer to the community keeping one very special tradition alive – the annual village Christmas tree – albeit in a different way.While the annual Adare Village Christmas tree lighting gathering could not take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the village Christmas tree this year has been lit up and it shines brightly as a beacon of light and hope for everyone who passes through this beautiful village.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The charming Adare Village Christmas tree is a very special tradition.  Over the years it has been described by many as the ‘first feeling of home’ as people returned to the area for Christmas holidays with family and friends.  The Adare Village Hall Committee are more committed than ever to keep this tradition alive in 2020.This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Memory Bulb tradition and it is even more poignant this year.  The community can buy a bulb on the tree to represent someone they have lost. Everyone who purchases a bulb receives a memory card showing each and every person’s name so they can all be held in the heart of the community.This has become a cherished keepsake from year to year. These cards are delivered locally by the committee but are posted out all over the world.  Bulbs cost €5 each and this year information will be circulated to every household in the parish.  Details will follow soon.The Village Hall Committee are also planning a big celebration for next year.  In 2021, the village celebrates the 75th anniversary of Lady Nancy Dunraven gifting the first public tree in the country to the community of the Village.  A tradition which has stood tall since.Chairman of the Village Hall Committee at Adare Village, Paudie Griffin, said: “We hope the village Christmas tree will bring a new sense of togetherness in the village this Christmas and remind people of our wonderful community and the need to shop local and to keep our village alive.“We have so many wonderful shops, boutiques, pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels which we all need to support. The tree this year was funded by a ‘ go fund me page’ set up by the committee. This has been very well received with donations coming in from around the globe and we thank everyone for their support.”“The message is loud and clear from Adare Village.  Our tree will stand proudly at the top of the village this year to represent our fight against Covid, to honour the people we have loved and lost and to show solidarity with our frontline workers.  Covid won’t stop this wonderful tradition!  It makes our hope burn brighter.” he added. Facebookcenter_img Previous articleWATCH: “We don’t mind who the public want to win”- Morrissey says Limerick focused on selfNext articleWATCH: Ireland End Autumn Series With Convincing Win Over Scots Meghann Scully Email Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Fight phishing

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first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaYour personal computer mostlikely contains keys to your money and your life. And they’re not exactlyvaults. Computer experts say following a few basic tips, though, can preventoutsiders’ access.”More and more peopleare becoming victims of computer phishing when they could easily preventit,” said Bill Blum, a senior systems specialist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Sciences. “Just as they do in thephysical world, scam artists on-line develop new and more sinister ways totrick you.””Phishing” is a playon “fishing,” or casting out hooks in hopes of enticing someone tobite. It’s an attempt to get financial information from you, Blum said.These e-mails most oftendirect you to a false Web site. “For example,” he said, “you mayget an e-mail that appears to come from your banking institution saying theyare having a problem with your account. You click on the URL, go to the Website and key in your password information.”Whoa. That’s not good.”You have just given them the first chink in your armor to performidentity theft on you,” Blum said.Once phishers gain accessto your bank information, they can search further for credit card numbers andyour Social Security number, he said.How can you tell whether asite is truly your bank’s Web site?”Secured portions ofsites like banking sites have URLs that begin with https,” Blum said.”The ‘s’ stands for secure. You should also see a closed‑lockgraphic, usually in the lower right corner of your screen, when you’re on asecured site. If the graphic is an open lock, you’re on an unsecuredsite.”The closed lock doesn’tguarantee the site is safe. “But it’s a major step in the rightdirection,” he said.Blum says you can furtherprotect yourself from phishing by never responding to requests for personalinformation in e‑mails or pop‑up windows.”When in doubt,”he said, “call the institution that claims to be the sender of the e‑mailor pop‑up window before you respond.”Always visit Web sites bytyping the URL into your address bar. Never access it by clicking on the URL inan e-mail.To make sure you aren’t aphishing victim, Blum said, routinely review your credit card and bankstatements for errors. The sooner you find them, the sooner you can take actionto correct them.”Report suspected abusesof your personal information to the proper authorities as soon aspossible,” Blum said. “Typically, the credit-reporting agencies youshould contact are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian.”Four steps to secure yoursystem, he said, are:1. Install an antivirusprogram and keep it up‑to‑date. Periodically scan your entiresystem for viruses.2. If you’re running aWindows‑based system, always perform your Windows critical updates(www.windowsupdate.com) with Internet Explorer.3. Install a spyware detectionand removal program, such as Ad‑aware (www.lavasoftusa.com) or SpyBot(www.safer‑networking.org). “You pick up spyware when you go to Websites or get spam‑type e-mail,” Blum said. “Programs like Ad‑Awareand SpyBot can help keep spyware away.” Both are free.4. If you’re get on-linethrough DSL or cable access, install a software firewall. “It allows youto control traffic in and out and prevents all other traffic,” Blum said.”The most common are Windows Firewall (if using Windows XP), ZoneAlarm andF‑Secure Client Security.” Dial‑up users don’t always needfirewall protection. But it’s always helpful.If installing softwareintimidates you, Blum said, contact a reputable computer professional. Or justbuy current computer magazines for tips and visit Web sites likewww.zonelabs.com.last_img read more