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first_imgDamian Timoney from Donegal Town, Co. Donegal won €35,000, including a luxury holiday, at the National Lotteryís Money Spinner event held at Breaffy House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on Saturday 28 last. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Brian Ormond, Money Spinner Host; Damian Timoney, the winning player and Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery. The winning ticket was purchased in Spar, Timony News, Bridge Street, Donegal Town.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyDamian Timoney could well be the luckiest barman in Ireland.On Saturday night last Damian, from Donegal Town, scooped €35,000 on the National Lottery’s Money Spinner Wheel. But Damian has revealed that it’s not his first time to hit the jackpot.The well-known barman also appeared on RTE’s The Big Money Game Show last July when he scooped €36,000 – clearing him a cool €71,000 in less than a year.Damian from Castle Street, in Donegal Town also win a luxury holiday to compliment his cash prize on Saturday evening.When Damian appeared on The Big Money Game Show last year, he said, “This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. ” But that obviously wasn’t the case for lucky Damian.Damian said, “It’s true what they say lightning can strike twice for some, and luckily for me he did.”He used his Big Money windfall to buy a car, help his family, and take his son to New York on a holiday.He hasn’t made any plans this time around but his mother Mary would love a new settee.Damian lives with his parents Mary and Eamon.He has one son Kevin (22) who lives near Ballybofey. He discovered the good news when his friend, Julie Lynch, messaged him on Saturday evening saying she had been hoping her three stars would be called out and his were instead.He watched the draw on YouTube when he got home from work to see if it was true.Damian revealed had a medal from Lourdes in his wallet for good luck.IT’S ‘DOUBLES’ ALL ‘ROUND FOR IRELAND’S LUCKIEST BARMAN! was last modified: June 30th, 2014 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:BarmanDamian Timoneydonegalnational lotterylast_img read more

Double joy as Donegal woman wins €40,000 after welcoming new baby

first_imgThere were double celebrations for a lucky family in Donegal who won €40,000 on Winning Streak, just four weeks after they welcomed a new baby boy.Louise Mills, who is from Malin and lives in Culdaff, scooped a cool €40,000 on the RTE gameshow last Saturday night. The cash windfall couldn’t have come at a better time for the family, as their newest arrival meant they needed a bigger car! Louise and her husband Raymond have four boys and it was celebrations all round when her name was chosen for last weekend’s Winning Streak.Louise was feeding her four week old last week while watching Winning Streak on TV when she had to pause the show. Her phone then rang and it was her mum, Eileen, who was frantic and screaming down the phone. Louise thought something was wrong and waited for Eileen to compose herself and then she told her daughter she was going to be on Winning Streak. Louise quickly hung up the phone and fast forwarded the show to the point where Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy were drawing the players for next week and heard her name be called out!Louise had a big support team of family in the RTE studio last Saturday to cheer her on as she played the gameshow and successfully bagged a €40,000 prize. The winning ticket was bought from An Post, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.Sinead Kennedy Winning Streak co-host; Ronan Leech, The National Lottery; Louise Mills, the winning player and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak Game Show co-host. Pic. Justin Mac Innes/ Mac Innes PhotographyDouble joy as Donegal woman wins €40,000 after welcoming new baby was last modified: November 20th, 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:Winning Streaklast_img read more

St. Bernard’s looks to claim another Little 4 title when it travels to Ferndale on Saturday

first_imgWith just two weeks to go in the regular season, there’s more than just potential playoff seeding at stake right now.That’s exactly the case when two of the Little 4’s biggest rivals meet this weekend.St. Bernard’s and Ferndale renew their heated rivalry on Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field, as the Crusaders can clinch their third straight outright Little 4 title with a victory over the Wildcats.The Crusaders, arguably the hottest team on the North Coast entering the …last_img

SA delegation confident ahead of COP17

first_img23 November 2011 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, the leader of South Africa’s delegation to COP 17, says “exam fever” is the best analogy to explain how the government is feeling just days ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Molewa was in Durban on Tuesday for a pre-COP 17 meeting and to address the media on the readiness of the South African delegation to the meeting. The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.Exam jitters The minister said the South African delegation had prepared itself exhaustively for the event but was experiencing a bit of “exam fever”. But working with colleagues from around the globe had definitely eased some of the jitters. She was extremely pleased with the rate at which South Africans had educated themselves about climate change. Molewa said the words “climate change” were now being used on a daily basis. She said a few days ago when she was in rural areas in the Eastern Cape, people were talking about the global issue. As the leader of the South African delegation to COP 17, Molewa was confident that the team had done its work and would continue to do so in the next few weeks.Three focus areas The delegation would focus on three preparatory areas, the first being the development, compilation, approval and lobbying of the South African negotiating position. The second area will be the coordination and implementation of greening and legacy projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change. The Public Climate Change Outreach and Mobalisation Programme – aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the issue – is the third area of focus. Molewa also touched on the gazetted National Climate Change Response Policy, which outlines the government’s vision for an effective climate change response and transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy and society. “As part of our programme, we have proactively engaged with domestic stakeholders to develop South Africa’s position and policy, on the basis of which we engaged with the African continent and other negotiating colleagues such as the BASIC countries,” said Molewa.Carrying the aspirations of a continent The minister added that COP17 must provide opportunities for both South Africa and Africa to ensure climate change patterns did not threaten development. “For Africa, the success of the climate change talks is central, since it is projected that by 2080, about 70-million people and up to 30 percent of Africa’s coastal infrastructure could face the risk of coastal flooding because of sea level rise. “South Africa, carrying the aspirations of Africa and the developing world, hopes to succeed in keeping the Kyoto Protocol as part of a future climate regime, as we negotiate an outcome of the negotiations under the Convention.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA, US firms in agri-tech hub deal

first_img1 August 2013 DuPont Pioneer, the largest US producer of hybrid seeds, has acquired majority ownership of South Africa’s Pannar Seed as the two companies move to advance agricultural research and technological innovation in Africa. The deal, announced on Wednesday, involves the two companies partnering to bring farmers in South Africa and across the rest of the continent more choices and better products in terms of seeds. Pannar has established strong operations throughout Africa, and DuPont will build on this foundation through the deal. “The partnership between Pioneer and Pannar is beneficial on many levels,” DuPont Pioneer president Paul Schickler said in a statement on Wednesday. “It represents growth opportunities for both businesses, for employees and for the productivity of small-scale and commercial farmers who form the backbone of Africa’s economy and who will feed the continent’s rapidly growing middle class and increasing population.” Pannar will be able to access the DuPont genetics library and its maize breeding and biotechnology capabilities, and DuPont will tap into Pannar’s expertise across Africa and its maize genetics developed specifically for Africa.‘SA as a centre of innovation’ “One of the key outcomes of the partnership will be the establishment of a world-class technology hub for Africa through which South Africa will become a centre of innovation in seed breeding,” Schickler said. DuPont Pioneer will invest R62-million by 2017 to establish the hub. “The Africa technology hub will comprise a network of research facilities and testing locations in South Africa and around the continent in which Delmas, South Africa, will serve as a technology center of the network,” the US firm said. “A critical benefit of this partnership will be the newly energised product pipelines for Pioneer and Pannar that will flow from combining the companies’ complementary germplasm pools and leveraging the expanded research infrastructure and network under a unified research strategy,” said Schickler. Data sharing will also form part of the deal, as the Africa technology hub will be connected to DuPont’s global research and development network. “Applying the advanced breeding technologies and data-sharing infrastructure of Pioneer to our breeding programs will greatly strengthen the capacity of both brands to continue to meet farmers’ demands for high yielding varieties that offer improved disease resistance, drought tolerance and the ability to withstand varying degrees of insect pressure,” said Pannar chairperson Brian Corbishley. Skills development of African farmers will be a key focus of the technology hub. “We will train local scientists in our world-class technologies, enabling them to learn from our global research program, as well as encouraging academic programs in plant breeding,” Schickler said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New card game encourages South Africans to become positive forces in communities

first_imgThe creator of a new local card game – Game for Humanity –  that encourages kind deeds and community sharing, is aiming to inspire all South Africans to make a positive difference in their world.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)CD AndersonDeveloped by Capetonian social entrepreneur Marc Buhrer, Game for Humanity is styled as an easy to play community-based card game where “everyone is a winner.” Buhrer launched the game at the beginning of 2017.How the game worksA deck contains 30 cards, each including a single instruction: a simple act of kindness, giving or community generosity. Examples include things such as ‘buying someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donating clothes and blankets to a charity’ or ‘giving a stranger a hug’.Once a player has performed the task, they pass on the card to the recipient of the gesture, so that that they can ‘pay it forward’.“It’s expected for them to continue with that random act of kindness, and hopefully the card has a life span of a few days, months or even years,” Buhrer told talk station, Radio 702.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)According to the game’s website, the intention is to “[have] fun while spreading a positive outlook and mentality between human beings irrespective of age, race, gender, religion.”The game, Buhrer said, is to counteract negativity, globally, with something that has the ability to make someone smile and think about how one simple gesture can have a world-changing effect.Listen to the Radio 702 interview with Buhrer, as he explains the game and its growing impact: The game currently has massive support among the social media community. It’s Instagram account encourages contributions from the public to show how they are using the cards to make the world a better place.Inspiring humanity in the nation’s classroomsEach pack of 30 cards is available in two variations: one for the general community and one for schools that has specific tasks of kindness aimed at encouraging young people to be a positive force against bullying and racism.“It’s up to the youth to understand and believe that there is no such thing as a negative outcome, merely hiccups and hurdles being part of life’s rich tapestry,” Buhrer said.He hopes to develop other variations of the game, one aimed at creating positivity in corporate office environments, and one focused on health and wellness.For more information on the game, visit the Game for Humanity website. Source: 702 Radio, Game for Humanity websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Polling booths in Madhya Pradesh to display criminal records, assets details of nominees

first_imgThe voters will be able to see details like criminal records, assets and liabilities of contestants at every polling booth in the local bodies polls of 37 local bodies in Madhya Pradesh, slated for August 11.Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) has issued a circular here, directing the officials engaged in the election process, to display the affidavit of the contestant vying for the post of President or the Corporator in the ensuing polls, a public relations department officer said.The officer said this arrangement is made for the polls in 37 local bodies on an experimental basis.The large flex hoardings displaying the candidates’ affidavits would be put up at every booth, he said.The official said the decision was taken as voters have the right to know the details which the candidates have filed in the affidavits during the election process.“Through this way, voters would be able to see the details of the candidates before casting the vote,” the officials said.Activists in the State fighting for voters’ rights have welcomed the decision.“We welcome the decision because the voters can take an informed decision. They will now be able to check the candidates’ antecedents before entering to polling station,” said Rolly Shivhare, Madhya Pradesh convener of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Ms. Shivhare said a delegation of ADR had called on the SEC commissioner R Parsuram in this connection.“The SEC Commissioner promised that efforts are being made to make this practice (of displaying candidates’ details at polling booths) mandatory in the ensuing elections of local bodies. It would be better if this practice is adopted in the elections for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha,” she said.Ms. Shivhare claimed that Madhya Pradesh is the second state after Maharashtra to adopt this practice.The 37 local bodies, including 14 municipalities and 23 nagar parishad, will go to polls on August 11, while the counting would be held on August 16.last_img read more

Tamaraws regain solo 4th, oust Red Warriors

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES The Red Warriors fell out of Final Four contention after dropping to 3-10.FEU and UE were at a standstill after the third quarter tied at 49, but the Tamaraws found their groove in the fourth with Arvin Tolentino capping off a 21-8 scoring stretch with a four-point play with 3:27 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said their game against the Red Warriors was a crucial one for the team, which came into the game having lost its last two outings and is in a tight race for the fourth spot.“Well after that loss to UP [University of the Philippines] we really needed this win,” said Racela. “Actually, we need more wins in our remaining games but this is a good confidence-booster for us going into the homestretch.” Read Next UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors03:43UAAP Season 80 Preview: FEU Tamaraws02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University momentarily gained solo fourth place after brushing off University of the East, 79-63, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta ColiseumThe Tamaraws improved to 6-6 but will still wait for the result of the game between University of the Philippines and Adamson University to determine if they will keep sole possession of the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Grateful Manuel vows not to disappoint Ginebra fans John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jasper Parker orchestrated for FEU finishing with 18 points and eight assists while Prince Orizu towed the Tamaraws inside with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tolentino, who’s celebrating his 22nd birthday, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds off the FEU bench.Alvin Pasaol led UE with 18 points and seven boards while Mark Olayon added 14 points and six assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rickie Fowler birdies last 3 holes to take Phoenix Open lead

first_imgPistons win again with Griffin, beat Heat Daniel Berger, left, Rickie Fowler, and Bryson DeChambeau, right, finish the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament TPC in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic via AP)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler birdied the last three holes to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcoming a sluggish start in front of the largest crowd in golf history.Justin Thomas went the other way, wasting a brilliant opening run with another late meltdown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Former Arizona State players Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie were a stroke back along with Bryson DeChambeau. Phil Mickelson was two shots behind, another former Sun Devils star riding the crowd support.“It means a lot to me,” Mickelson said. “It’s very helpful and very important to my success. I think it’s been a big instrument in allowing me to get into the round and play and have fun and get out of the technical side.”The crowd pushed the week total to 654,906, just short of the record of 655,434 set last year.Fowler is trying to finally win in the desert. He finished a shot behind Hunter Mahan in 2010, lost to Hideki Matsuyama on the fourth extra hole in 2016, and tied for fourth last year.“It’s just a matter of time,” Fowler said. “It would just be nice if it was sooner rather than later.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Xander Schauffele and Daniel Berger also were 12 under. Schauffele shot 66, and Berger had a 68.“I’m getting the full experience playing with Phil and Jon,” Schauffele said. “Especially when all of us are playing well.”Fowler is wearing a pin on his hat with a picture of Griffin Connell, the area boy he befriended at the event who died last week at age 7. Griffin was born with a rare airway disorder.“We actually had a ball go a little left on 11 today and we joked about it that Griffin took one in the chest and kept it out for us,” Fowler said.center_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Fowler shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to reach 14-under 199 with a round left at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, the fan-friendly layout packed with an estimated 216,818 fans on an 80-degree afternoon.“I really made some good swings coming in,” Fowler said. “I just wasn’t getting the ball close enough and finally on the last few there I was able to get some good looks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fourth-ranked Thomas, the PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times last season, birdied the first six holes to take the lead. But instead of making a run at his second sub-60 round in a little over a year, Thomas had to fight for an even-par 71 that left him eight shots back. He dropped six strokes in a three-hole stretch, making a bogey on the par-4 14th, a triple bogey on the par-5 15th and a double bogey on the rowdy par-3 16th. On Thursday in the first round, he had a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17.Thomas left the course without speaking to the media. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The four-time tour winner began his birdie run with a 17-footer on 16 and connected from 9 feet on the par-4 17th and 18th holes. He also birdied 13 after playing the first 12 in even par with a birdie and a bogey.“I just kind of had to fight through it,” Fowler said. “The swing was just a fraction off. It wasn’t bad, still made some good swings out there, but just had to try and get the ball in the short grass, get some looks and try not to make many mistakes.”Rahm had a 65, playing alongside Mickelson and Schauffele for the third straight day. The 23-year-old Spaniard had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine. He won two weeks ago in the California desert at La Quinta to jump to No. 2 in the world.“I hit the ball really well off the tee, gave myself a lot of opportunities,” Rahm said. “But the main key today was my iron play. My game was a lot more accurate than the first few days and thanks to that I had a couple better birdie chances and a couple more went in.”Reavie birdied the final two holes for a 67.“To win tournaments out here is great, but to win one that you grew up going to would be very special,” Reavie said. “For me, this is a fifth major.”DeChambeau shot 68. He lost the lead with a bogey on 17 after driving into the water.“Tempo and rhythm,” DeChambeau said. “If I can control that and control my golf swing like I have been the past three days I think that I’ll be fine.”Mickelson birdied the final two holes for a 66. He’s making his record-tying 29th start in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013.“If you look at it, it looks like a very simple, solid bogey-free round, 5 under,” Mickelson said. “It was anything but that. I made some really nice up-and-downs to keep the round going and when I did hit some good tee shots and hit some good shots into the fairway I was able to get aggressive and make some birdies.”last_img read more

CWG probe begins, govt sets up panel

first_imgThe probe into alleged financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) restarted on Friday even as the government set up a committee to fix accountability for lapses. The committee will be headed by V.K. Shunglu, former chief of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), and evaluate the organising and conduct of the Games. It will examine the lessons learnt, fix accountability and submit a report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh within three months.At the same time, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Enforcement Directorate (ED), CAG and CBI returned on the trail of the Suresh Kalmadi-led CWG Organising Committee. The CAG is all set to resume its audit of the Games Village from Monday. CAG chief Vinod Rai visited the Village on Friday along with Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and did a survey.  The CVC too has stepped in to examine the bid documents of CWG projects even as the CBI received complaints from various sources about malpractices. According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate will restart its investigation next week.  With the pressure building up, CWG Organising Committee CEO Jarnail Singh ordered the preparation of all documents by Saturday for inspection. The run-up to the Games was marred by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The BJP, which had then raised the matter in Parliament, again demanded a thorough probe. “The jury of the people is out. They cheered each player and artiste but jeered Kalmadi and company. This shows the mood of the nation. We will pursue issues of corruption and mismanagement in CWG preparations,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told agencies on Friday.advertisementThe Congress said that the guilty, if any, should not be spared. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “If at all there has been an alleged misappropriation and wrongful spending of government funds, it obviously needs to be probed and people found responsible should be brought to book.”last_img read more