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f the drop in disposable incomes recorded in the West, and elsewhere in the country between 2008 and 2009 is replicated in 2010 and 2011 it can be estimated that our income levels have fallen by close to 25% since the start of the downturn. The latest CSO figures, which show results for 2009, indicate that average disposable income per person nationally dropped by 8.1% from 2008. The figures themselves, which indicate residual incomes after tax and housing costs, show a drop of €1,833, from €23,239 to €21,356. In Connacht, where the drop was below the national average, Leitrim recorded the most significant fall with incomes dropping from €21,359 to €19,814, a consequence, perhaps, of the end of the housing boom in the region. In Sligo, which still has the eighth highest average disposable income of any county in the state, the drop was in the region of 6.6%. The county’s estimated disposable income in 2009 was €20,677. As mirrored nationwide, disposable incomes in Sligo back in 2000 were €12,368, increasing gradually over the Celtic Tiger years, with the first recorded drop in 2009. The average drop in Connacht was 6.5%, with the lowest drop recorded in Mayo, where figures fell from €20,642 to €19,562, or just over 5%.The drop in Roscommon reflected the region’s average at 6.5% with the county’s disposable income just below Mayo’s level at €19,435. Galway, while experiencing a drop of almost 6.5%, still tops the table in Connacht with disposable incomes per person of €21,071. Generally, the largest drops were recorded in the South East and Mid-west regions with average falls of around 9.5%. The average disposable income per person in Dublin, at €24,316 (falling from €26,414 in 2008) is still 13.9% above the national average. The only other county to exceed the average is Kildare at €21,877. Cork, Limerick and Galway are the only other counties to exceed the €21,000 mark. Kerry, Donegal, Offaly and Monaghan, are registered a s the poorest counties with average disposable incomes less than 90% of the national average. Furthermore, the first three aforementioned counties have been in this position for more than a decade. Ironically, the Washington-based Brookings Institute last week positioned Dubliners as being the 4th richest people in Europe and the 14th richest in the world.

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Charities get on board Trap's mountain climb TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's ramble with soccer boss Giovanni Trapattoni to the summit of Croagh Patrick on April 28 is to become a major fundraiser for local charities. It was revealed at the weekend that Mr Kenny confirmed the climb and said he hopes other walkers will join them. FAI president John Delaney will also take part in the climb. Mr Trapattoni paid a fleeting visit to the base of the mountain at Murrisk last year and was presented with a blackthorn climbing stick by local trader Kevin Maloney. Later, the Italian expressed a desire to make the climb in thanksgiving if Ireland was lucky enough to reach the finals. A group known as 'The Kilimanjaro Nine' -- who climbed the highest mountain in Africa with Mr Kenny some years ago -- is also preparing to remobilise for the Croagh Patrick challenge. The climb will be made just three weeks before Ireland's first game in the Euro 2012 championships. After an artery operation last year, Mr Trappatoni (70) is said to be fighting fit for the challenge.

Retirements could up waiting lists HEALTH Minister James Reilly has admitted that planned hospital procedures may have to be postponed as a result of the expected 3,500 early retirements from the health service at the end of this month. The effect of the expected retirement of around 1,600 nurses, 85 consultants and other frontline staff from the health service may stall the Minister's waiting list initiative, which has so far seen some reductions in treatment waiting times. The Minister said recently it would be necessary to slow down on the number

of planned procedures carried out in hospitals, and increase productivity later in the year. He said contingency plans to deal with the impact of the early retirements were well advanced. It was recently announced that the numbers waiting over 12 months for operations dropped from around 1,200 in the middle of last year to 370 at the end of the year. Currently, there are around 26,000 on waiting lists for over three months, compared to over 30,000 back in September.

The Minister's Special Delivery Unit managed to cut waiting lists in the latter part of last year through use of unused capacity in the system and greater efficiency. It has also managed to reduce ED trolley numbers so far this year. However, it is feared that both waiting lists and trolley waits could rise again as a result of staff shortages and the impact of €750 million in health budget cuts this year. Dr Reilly has pledged that by the end of this year, no-one should have been waiting more than nine months for a planned hospital procedure.

Low income families struggling to cover everyday needs – new report LOW-income households are struggling to meet a basic standard of living. A new report revealed people who rely on social welfare or the national minimum wage do not have enough money to cover everyday needs. Co-author Sr Bernadette Mac Mahon, of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, said the study shines a light on the income that is needed for a minimum essential standard of living across a spectrum of household types. "It demonstrates that many households in situations of reliance on social welfare or the national minimum wage live with an insufficient income," she said. "Income inadequacy means many households live below a level which has been defined as socially acceptable by Irish society." The year-long study by Trinity College's Policy Institute and the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice was part funded by the Department of Social Protection. It found the income of an urban household with two adults and two children who live on unemployment benefits is only sufficient when both youngsters are of preschool age.

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At all other stages income is inadequate and peaks at a weekly shortfall of €168 when one child is at second level and one is 19. But for a single income family, the combination of the minimum wage and benefits is adequate until at least one child reaches the second level school age group. Meanwhile the shortfall for a single, female pensioner can be as much as €105. Sr Bernadette added: "Failure to ground the national

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The Jobs for Ballina theme was to the forefront at the demonstration march in the town on Sunday. DESPITE competition from sporting events on Sunday last in excess of 1,000 demonstrators took to the street in Ballina to protest against the closure of beds in local healthcare facilities. Placards at the march also revealed the town’s determination to create and retain jobs and preserve the local economy. Three TDs from the county, Fine Gael’s Deputy Michelle Mulherin and John O’Mahony, in addition to Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary (who has been outspoken on the reduction in beds) were present, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Deputy Michael Ring the notable absentees. Ballina Trade Council Chairman Matt Farrell, speaking at the march, said the protests had only begun in Ballina. The cost of restoring the 14 beds at St. Joseph’s would be in the region of €14,000. The event was organised by the Trades Council and marchers were addressed by representatives of the Active Retirement Association, Croi, Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Ballina Mental Health Association. The voiced their concern and anger over the implications of the closures at the hospital, in ad-


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MONTENEGRO'S top state prosecutor -- the equivalent of Ireland's DPP - has sanctioned the investigation after receiving a report from the country's anti-money-laundering unit. A spokesperson for Montenegro's Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (APMLTF) indicated that this would involve the assistance of foreign banks and police forces. According to an Irish Independent report, the special unit, reporting to Montenegro's Supreme State Prosecutor (SSP), investigated the accounts of a company founded by the Tubbercurry man in the eastern European country. It raised concerns about a number of cash transfers by Mr Fingleton and an associated company -- in and out of Montenegro between 2006 and 2011.

The red flags were raised during a routine inspection completed last December after Mr Fingleton's company, New Fjord Developments, had been placed into bankruptcy. The company had been set up by Mr Fingleton and a business partner to redevelop a hotel in the Balkan state, but the deal went sour. It is understood that the SSP has ordered further investigations based on that report before deciding what action -- if any -- should follow. Cash transfers at the centre of the investigation include a sum of €500,000 moved by Mr Fingleton to an account in his name at the Atlas Mont Bank in Podgorica, Montenegro, in November 2010. Most of this was moved weeks later, on January 21, 2011, when Mr Fingleton transferred €480,000 to the London Barclays Bank account of his son, Michael Fingleton Jnr. Also under scrutiny is €128,498 transferred by Mr Fingleton from a separate, company account in Montenegro to his son's London bank account. Both transfers occurred shortly after Mr Fingleton had been hit with a €13.6m debt judgment by Ulster Bank over a failed land deal in Co Cavan. Last night the APMLTF said it had rejected, as "unfounded," objections to its preliminary report raised by Mr Fingleton's Belgrade lawyers.

Dentists give thumbs down to scheme THE country's dentists say they can no longer endorse the medical card free dental scheme. The Irish Dental Union says following recent cutbacks to entitlements under the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS), the dental profession no longer has any confidence in the operation of the scheme. Over the past two years, treatment entitlements under the DTSS have been cut back, with the result that medical card patients can effectively only receive emergency care under the DTSS. In a letter to the HSE and the Department of Health, the Union says the scheme no longer provides treatments deemed necessary within patients' treatment plans and dentists are forbidden by the HSE from providing these treatments to patients. The union says the cuts to the

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IT'S the cheapest house in Ireland. A cottage in Co Leitrim is to go under the hammer next month with a reserve price of just €7,500. The two-bed rural retreat is one of 100 lots to be auctioned in the next Allsop Space auction on March 1. The cottage is situated near Gallough's Lough, 2km outside the south Leitrim village of Carrigallen and features a reception room, two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Also three holiday homes up for auction are located at the Marella Holiday Village in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. The reserve on each property is not

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Boyle B&B gets top award LOUGH KEY House B&B has been named in the top 25 B&Bs in Ireland, according to Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2012. The Boyle B&B business won the award based on customer reviews. Proprietor Frances McDonagh was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when contacted. “We put a big emphasis on service and on ensuring the people have everything they need when they stay here. It is always great to get such positive reviews, but we won’t be resting on our laurels. To be recognised is a great reward for us and shows that we are doing something right,” she said. The success of the business is testament to Frances’ passion and determination, which saw her totally restore the house, after she purchased it in 2001. “I moved from Galway and wanted to live in an old house and this 200-year-old Georgian Period house instantly appealed to me. People at the time said that I was crazy opening a B&B in a Boyle in a recession, but fortunately, things are going really well and this accolade is just wonderful.After working on the house for a number of years, I opened it up to the public in May 2007, to coincide with the opening of Lough Key Forest Park and thankfully things are going well for me,” she explained. “I’ve had people staying here from places as far away as Japan and Korea and

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Music Festival planned for Westport House WHILE details have yet to be revealed it now seems certain that a two-day music festival will take place at Westport House in June of this year. This, in addition to the traditional Westport Music Festival means that the West Mayo town will be really buzzing this Summer.The popularity of such an event was demonstated in Sligo in 2010 when thousands flocked to see Leonard Cohen at Lissadell House. Fáilte Ireland revealed the good news when they announced that €40,000 in funding has been allocated for a music festival in Westport this summer. Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, is quoted in the statement welcoming the development, and says he is delighted that through Fáilte Ireland his Department were able to provide support to this latest music event in Westport. It is understood the funding is for a new two day music and arts festival to be hosted on the grounds of Westport House, and reportedly being planned for the second last

weekend in June. A spokesperson for Westport House confirmed that ‘The Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts’ was being planned for later this year. Speculation is rife as to who will feature at the event, with names such as Imelda May, The Waterboys and even Van Morrison being touted around Westport. It is understood that the event will have an official launch in the coming weeks where all will be revealed, and that it will be advertised nationally with promotion for the event being looked after outside Westport. In additional to the planned two-day event and the traditional Music Festival, a further free open-air concert is being discussed by Westport Town Council after Cllr Michael McLaughlin proposed the idea at the recent budget meeting of the council. He was successful in securing dedicated funding of €20,000 for the proposal, and has stated that he favours a traditional Irish music themed event. Certainly, much to look forward to in Westport this Summer.

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Westport to get €5m in Smarter Travel Programme WESTPORT will be one of just three towns to benefit from a new initiative announced last week by Public & Commuter Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, who announced the results of a major new sustainable transport investment programme – the Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas. Limerick City, Dungarvan and Westport have officially become Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas 2012-2016 representing a city area, medium-sized town and small town. The three areas will see a combined investment of €23 million over the next five years that will encourage a behavioural switch to more sustainable forms of transport. “These three places will become pioneering towns for sustainable transport in Ireland. Limerick, Dungarvan and Westport will be among the most innovative leaders in Ireland in terms of transport policy and investment,” stated Minister Kelly. “The three areas submitted excellent proposals for transforming people’s travel behaviour, with support from local businesses and communities. The governments’ investment in Smarter Travel Areas will reshape and transform these areas, reducing congestion and pollution, improving road safety, creating local employment opportunities, and improving people’s health and fitness, as well as enhancing town and streetscapes locally. Smarter Travel Areas is a €23 million investment programme pioneering initiatives to look at different approaches to transport and spatial planning to encourage people out of their cars. A competition for investment was initiated in 2009 with local authorities invited to submit bids to become Ireland’s first Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas. €5m will be invested in Westport, €9m in Limer-

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“These were high quality bids with very strong community, business and public support in these areas,” stated Minister Kelly. A measure of Westport’s success can be gleaned from the fact there were 39 initial applications received from Local Authorities. 11 of these proposals were shortlisted, including Galway and Loughrea. The shortlisted Areas were asked to submit detailed bids and business cases for government investment for consideration by a selection panel, involving representatives from DTTAS, DEHLG and an independent expert in sustainable travel. At the competition launch in 2009, the intended programme expenditure was €50 million over 5 years, but in the current economic climate, this has been reduced to €23 million. Although the very high quality bid submitted by Galway city and county was highly regarded and ranked second by the selection committee other factors meant it was excluded from the final selection. However, Galway will benefit from between €20-25 million in transport investment over the next five years through the regional cities programme and will be treated as a major priority for transport investment.


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ixth class students in Sligo are invited to enter a special art competition which is being organised by students of the Bachelor of Business in Marketing at IT Sligo and Sligo Fair Trade as part of Fair Trade Fortnight 2012. Fair Trade Fortnight will run throughout Sligo from February 27 to March 11, and the star of Dragon’s Den and owner of Insomnia coffee shop outlets, Bobby Kerr, will speak about his business experience with fair trade suppliers at a public lecture in IT Sligo on Thursday March 1st. Head of Department of Business at IT Sligo, Dr Catherine McGuinn, is encouraging members of the public to get involved in Fair Trade Fortnight; “Sligo Fair Trade will be holding a number of events around town during the fortnight and I want to encourage as Pictured at the launch of Fair Trade Fortnight at IT Sligo are: Paul O'Donnell, many people as possible to get in- marketing student; Nicola Allan (Fair Trade Sligo), Kevin Meehan, marketing stuvolved in this very worthy initiative.” dent; Dr Catherine McGuinn Head of Dept of Business at IT Sligo), marketing Marketing students at the Institute student, Paddy King. are coordinating the Institute’s events, she explained; “Our class students have until February 24th to enter their Bachelor of Business in Marketing in- pictures; “We’re looking for pictures with a theme of volves a strong project based learning el- ‘Fair Trade’. The entries will be displayed in the Johnement to allow students experience real ston’s Court Shopping Centre and there are some life projects and Fair Trade Fortnight is great prizes up for grabs,” said Dr McGuinn. just one of the campaigns The public lecture by Bobby Kerr will take place they’re involved in during at 1pm on Thursday, March 1st in the Institute’s the year.” Sligo sixth Main Building and all are welcome to attend

o t t o n r o l e v a r lly t e K l o e a h c T a by R ? l e v a tr do not travel read only one “The world is a book and those who icularly poignantly this week part s ring te quo d page.” This renowne lving the luxury cruise ship following the devastating tragedy invo Italian quote. At my time of the off ulty diffic re which ran into seve , as a result of this event rewriting, the number of injured and dead ous news reports from the semains unconfirmed; however the vari nching tales of near death wre t lect few survivors all involve hear scenarios. experience as “the most horOne survivor openly speaks of their couple’s dream honeymoon ng rifying ordeal imaginable”, as this youcapable nightmare. The couple ines an me beca enly sudd ion expedit desperation became wideexplain how scenes of sheer panic and the few available lifeboats and even more sparse over spread as passengers began to fight survival. Efforts which were all too often, proven futile. lifejackets in a final attempt to ensure this ordeal the importance of travel in today’s society is, in However, despite the tragic nature ofe. my opinion one of irreplaceable valu ent I have been privileged enough to have been afforded As a nineteen year old college stud of different cultures through a combination of family ety the opportunity to experience a vari ions. I have found such opportunities integral in providing edit exp d nise orga p grou and ’ daily life, in today’s holidays n monotonous and hectic routines of a welcome break from the all too ofte opportunity to sunbathe make up free with less than hike through the picever increasing materialistic society. The Southern Spain or a fresh air fuelled perfect hair under the leafy palms of from the often, recession dominated atmosphere of Irish turesque Alps are all welcome breaks awarded with a culture today. the traditional tourist resorts, one is Similarly by exploring areas outside nature of our world today, through gaining a valuable first chance to recognize the multi diverse

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A phone app which illustrates the impact alcohol has on personal appearance aims to "shock people into drinking just a little bit less", its creator has said. The Drinking Time Machine app, part of the Scottish Government's alcohol behaviour campaign, shows users how drink can speed up the ageing process. Consuming alcohol can give people poor skin, brittle nails and hair, disrupted sleep and poor mental health. More serious problems can be caused long term, such as chronic liver disease, with one in 30 female deaths in Scotland linked to alcohol. The app is available for free throughout February. Its designer Auriole Price said: "Working with the Scottish Government to launch the first-ever app will help to show people how they will look if they drink too much alcohol. The main aim of the app is to shock people into drinking just a little bit less. "We are appealing to people's vanity as the effects of alcohol can include red broken veins on the cheeks, bloodshot eyes, a bloated face and deeper wrinkles." Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "With Scots drinking more than (people in) any other part of the UK, this campaign aims to encourage adults in Scotland, particularly women, to recognise how much they are actually drinking and to help them make small changes to the way they drink, which can improve their health and well-being." On Tuesday, the day the alcohol behaviour campaign is launched, Ms Sturgeon will head to Brussels to discuss the Scottish Government's plans for minimum unit pricing with the European Commission for Health John Dalli and Scottish MEPs. She said: "Whilst encouraging people to make better choices about their alcohol consumption are important, I still believe there is more that can be done and that is why I will continue to press the case for minimum pricing. "Doctors, nurses, the police, academics and politicians, as well as growing numbers of the general population, have now recognised the harm that alcohol is doing to our communities and the benefit minimum pricing will bring: saving lives and reducing crime."

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Facebook in massive stock flotation FACEBOOK could be heading for a record stock flotation after unveiling plans to sell shares to the public. The social networking site aims to raise five billion US dollars (£3.15 billion) in what is expected to be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) from an internet company. Eight years after it began, the company now has 845 million monthly users worldwide and last year made a profit of one billion dollars (£631 million). Registration documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also reveal that founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, 27, owns 28.4% of Facebook.The documents do not include Facebook's market value, but reports suggest it could be as much as 100 billion dollars (£63 billion). Facebook hopes to raise five billion dollars in its IPO, which would be the most for an internet company since Google raised 1.9 billion dollars in 2004. In a personal letter, Mr Zuckerberg stressed that Facebook's "social mission" was to "make the world more open and connected". He added: "We don't wake up in the morning with the primary goal of making money, but we understand that the best way to achieve our

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THE rowdy rabble of sheep were caught on a camera phone running amok in the farmer's yard as he attempted to navigate his way out of his driveway and away from the funny farm. The 23 second clip shows the frustrated farmer caught in a woolly whirlwind of sheep as the furry animals create an impenetrable shield around the vehicle. The novice cameraman can be heard laughing hysterically at his friend's misfortune as he records the strange event, while the unlucky driver furiously hoots his horn attempting to bulldoze his way past the problematic herd. The video, dubbed 'Sheep Cyclone', has now been viewed over 800,000 times on video sharing website Youtube with the caption: 'We have surrounded you. Come out with your hands up'. Many YouTube users believe they know the reason why the dizzy animals were in such a spin, claiming that sheep run together in a circular motion when they are scared.

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Amazing table tennis baby Jamie a smash hit on YouTube A table tennis-playing baby has become a smashing success on YouTube after wowing viewers with ping pong skills way ahead of his young years. APPEARING in a video named 'Jamie playing multiball', wonderkid Jamie returns shot after shot while perched on the left hand side of the table. He calmly swats the balls back at his dad and trainer, pausing only to regain his Zenlike composure. On 44 seconds he displays a wholly unconventional backhand before gleefully launching into a series of powerful smashes aimed straight at his dad. In fact so efficient is Jamie in his Forrest Gump-esque whiff waff skills that his dad has to refill the box of table tennis balls halfway through. While most of the praise online has understandably been reserved for Jamie, one commenter on YouTube remarked on his father, saying 'that is an awesome dad'. Jamie's dad may have his work out however in coaching him to greatness, however; since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988 Chinese athletes have dominated, winning 20 out of 24 gold medals available

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Friday 3rd February, 8pm €25/€20 Enchanting and evocative, Mozart's final masterpiece The Magic Flute, is a lyrical love story, set against an atmospheric backdrop of fantasy and mischief. This profound but light-hearted tale is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages combining moments of high comedy with intrigue, kidnap, and initiation rituals. Opera Theatre Company is delighted to celebrate 25 years of touring opera

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arraroe or the area which is also known as the Old Ballisodare road, has become Sligo’s number one out of town commercial centre district. The Sligo Retail Park, together with numerous Car Showrooms, NCT Test Centre and many other commercial developments, is a thriving business location. It is only 1 mile to Sligo town centre and the area is very well served with a very strong network of roads. Access to Sligo town centre and to the main Galway-Dublin road is straightforward. The first business heading out from

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f you really want to impress your sweetheart at Valentine’s buy her flowers, if you love her come to Feehilys Florist. We are located in Bridge Street and Carraroe. We at Feehilys Florist would like to give you a few tips on buying flowers for your loved on Valentines Day. Take a look at our website where we have a great selection of beautiful floral Valentine’s gifts for that someone special. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website, or you are looking for a specific arrangement call us on 071 9170000 or call into us in Bridge Street or Carraroe, and we would be happy to help. Book early to avoid disappointment. We always have arrangements made up in both shops, but Valentine’s Day tends to be a very busy time for us, so if you book in advance you will be guaranteed what you want.

Florist we get in plenty of Roses! How many flowers would you like to order ½ dozen, 1 dozen, two dozen roses or would you like a hand-bouquet of mixed flowers, colours etc. Ask yourself what is your budget. If you would really like to impress her don’t stop there, we have beautiful love balloons, teddies and chocolates in stock. At Feehilys Florist we make your life easier and instead of walking into a flower shop and asking yourself all these questions, we have picked up the best bouquets and arrangement possible and displayed them in our online shop for you to choose. You can easily pick the type of flowers, the quantity and most importantly you will not be pressured by a good florist and pushed into buying the most expensive flowers he has. With Feehilys Florist what you see is what you get and we have made sure to give you an assortment of different type and prices so you could choose while staying at the comfort of your home or office. Lastly, don't forget to add a nice message something that will make her feel loved and special. If you need help were here. Most importantly though, guys, Valentine's Day is a day to splurge on your loved one, so don't hold back :) Show her how romantic you can be We deliver around the corner and around the world and we Deliver all day Valentine’s Day.

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