Donegal lotto players’ frenzy over €130M jackpot

first_imgA lucky EuroMillions player from Donegal could see their own name added to Ireland’s Rich List tonight!Whoever scoops the €130 million jackpot will go straight in at number 124, above Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy; Irish businessman, Ben Dunne; and Irish actor Liam Neeson if they win tonight’s massive EuroMillions jackpot.Speaking ahead of Friday’s EuroMillions Mega Draw, Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery said: “Every so often EuroMillions gives back to its players by offering special draws. Together with the National Lottery’s EuroMillions partners, we have boosted the jackpot to an incredible €130 million.” “This is the largest EuroMillions jackpot since the Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Co. Dublin in February – the highest ever jackpot won in Ireland.“We are expecting huge interest from our players who hope to become Ireland’s 15th EuroMillions jackpot winner. It would be incredible to get a second Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner in the space of a few months”.Ireland ranks as the third luckiest country when it comes to Euromillion jackpot wins per capita, behind Portugal and Luxembourg.[2]To be in with a chance of being the 15th lucky Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner, play EuroMillions in-store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30pm this Friday. Here is the roll call of the lucky 14 Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners to date:July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.July 2008: A lucky player from Co. Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary.June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million. September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow. July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping CentreIn June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary.February 2019: The Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Reillys Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.Donegal lotto players’ frenzy over €130M jackpot was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalFrenzylottolast_img read more

Gardai hunt man after armed hold-up at Letterkenny shop

first_imgGardai are hunting a man after staff were threatened by a knife-wielding robber at a shop in Letterkenny last night.A lone male entered Kernan’s shop at Lower Main Street around 10.30pm last night and threatened staff.He demanded money from the till and a small amount of money was handed over before the male fled on foot. Staff were shaken but physically unhurt during the raid.Garda forensics were at the shop this morning while uniformed Gardai have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries all morning.Gardai have appealed to anybody who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously last night near the shop to contact them.Gardai hunt man after armed hold-up at Letterkenny shop was last modified: July 10th, 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)last_img read more

Partnering for better SA schools

first_img21 September 2010 Industry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project (S@CC), which tackles educational challenges in South Africa. The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the country. S@CC project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.” The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government. The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school. This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation. Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds. The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils. Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.” O’Connell is one of the S@CC project endorsers.Partners for possibility Community and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community. Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.” Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien. Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said. Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties. “S@CC appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiative There are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project. There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg. These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the S@CC Everyone from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the project The school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP. Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.” Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies. A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective. Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve. PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Gold for Phelps, World Record for Ledecky

first_imgGOLD COAST, Australia — The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record.The old and the new faces of world swimming delivered on expectations Aug. 23, with 29-year-old Phelps following up on his relay gold by winning his first individual title since returning to international competition following 1 ½ years in retirement.The most decorated swimmer in history won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.29, edging long-time U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte.In the next final, 17-year-old Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of the meet, taking 0.49 seconds off her world mark from the U.S. nationals to lower the record to 3 minutes, 58.37 seconds.(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2019 TV buying advice Get a 2018 TV now or wait for

first_img iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice 8.3 No idea Quantum dots, more dimming zones 8.2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice The best TVs of CES 2019 Vizio P-Series Best new feature Vizio P-Series Quantum I’m guessing LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, coming soon, won’t perform significantly better than the 2018 versions seen here. Sarah Tew/CNET The last big TV sale event of the season, the Super Bowl, is now behind us, and ahead lie a bunch of brand-new 2019 models to tempt shoppers. Late winter and early spring are when most of the new TVs hit store shelves and online, and some are even available now. If you want a new TV now, perhaps one thought is “I shouldn’t buy an obsolete 2018 TV now when new ones are just around the corner.” Allow me to add a complexifier or two. A 2018 TV bought today is not obsolete. TVs are a mature technology and most will do everything you need for years to come. The improvements on many 2019 TVs will be minor compared to 2018 models available now. For most of this year, you’ll pay more for a 2019 TV than you will for the roughly equivalent 2018 model. The earliest you can expect 2019 TV prices to fall to 2018 levels is mid-November 2019. If you’re OK waiting until November and Black Friday season to buy your 2019 TV, then by all means do so. You’ll probably get the best deal on a new TV.  7.0 2 Now playing: Watch this: TVs 13:20 None Brighter, more dimming zones, 75-inch size available 2019 TV comparisons No Yes 8.6 2018 CNET rating Sony X900F But if you want a new TV now and missed your opportunity to snag something in the last few months on-sale, you face a conundrum. Will the 2019 version coming soon be a better choice than 2018 version you can buy now? I can’t actually answer that question for sure until I review the new TVs and compare them directly to the older ones. But in my years of doing just that as a TV reviewer at CNET, I’m willing to take some educated guesses now. No Samsung Q8 Comments Processing Viewing angles, processing No Vizio M-Series Quantum Tags Processing Samsung Q9 Quantum dots, more dimming zones Yes Yes LG OLEDB8P AirPlay 2, HomeKit Sony X950G Viewing angles, processing Samsung Q80R iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Vizio E-Series The best TVs at CES 2019 Vizio V-Series Katz’s guess: Significantly better picture? 6.9 No 7.7 2019 TV series 8.7 Vizio M-Series AirPlay 2, HomeKit Built-in Alexa AirPlay 2, HomeKit 2018 TV series 8.0 7.5 None No Yes 8.1 Armed with the information from the chart above, you can get some idea of what the TVs of 2019 will bring to the table compared to their predecessors, and hopefully make a more informed decision. And if you’re looking for more info on 2019 TVs, here the latest I have on 2019 TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. Some stuff to keep in mind: Again, these are just guesses based on manufacturer info and my past experience testing TVs. I haven’t seen any of the 2019 TVs in person beyond brief glances at CES, let alone subjected any to a full CNET review with measurements, side-by-side comparisons and the whole bit. I say “significantly better” because even those TVs that get a “No” could show slight improvements. For example, improved processing on the C8 last year did produce a somewhat better picture than the B8 in my tests, but it was so minor that I still chose the less-expensive B8 as CNET’s Editors’ Choice for high-end TVs. Just because I’m guessing a 2019 TV will have a better picture doesn’t mean the 2018 version isn’t worth buying. I’m guessing the successor to the TCL 6 series (whatever they end up calling it) will be a better performer for example, but the 6 series is still an excellent choice and remains CNET’s Editors’ Choice for now. Speaking of TCL, it’s the only maker on the chart above that hasn’t specified model numbers for most of its 2019 TVs. Hence the “TBD” and “No idea.”Unless you’re rich, no 2019 8K TV is worth waiting for. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a Dolby Atmos user who needs eARC, no 2019 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 features is worth waiting for. A handful of new 2019 TVs lack immediate predecessors I reviewed, yet could still be excellent choices for some buyers this year. They include the Samsung Q70R (the cheapest Samsung with full-array local dimming, or FALD), the Hisense R8 (an inexpensive Roku TV with FALD) and of course LG’s rollable OLED. The bottom line? All of this advice will evolve as I review new 2019 TVs, the 2018 models start selling out and the 2019 TVs fall in price. As always, waiting until later in the year will help you make a more informed decision. But if you can’t wait, here are the best TVs to buy right now. 8.7 Vizio P-Series Quantum X LG OLEDC8P TCL 5 TCL S405/S305 TBD AirPlay 2, HomeKit Samsung Q90R Yes 61 Photos 8.1 LG OLEDB9 TCL S425/S325 Far-field mic for hands-free voice TBD Brighter Vizio P-Series Quantum Quantum dots, more dimming zones None TCL 6 No Share your voice Picture quality improvements Built-in Alexa TBD 2018 vs. 2019 TVs compared: Buy now or wait Here are all of the TVs CNET reviewed in 2018 (with overall ratings) and all of their nearest 2019 successors. I’ve noted the major improvements, based on TV manufacturer information available now, for both image quality and features. Finally, I guess whether the 2019 TV’s picture quality will be any better than its predecessor. LG OLEDC9 last_img read more

Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techierlast_img read more

7 including Indian soldiers killed in fresh Kashmir violence

first_imgMourners pray as they pay their respect to a 33-year-old woman killed by a mortar shelling at Chhajla village in Mendhar near the Line of Control (LoC) border with Pakistan on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIndian forces on Friday fought battles with militants in Kashmir that left seven dead, whilst being dragged into fierce artillery barrages with Pakistani rivals along the troubled territory’s angry ceasefire line.At least one person was killed by mortar fire that has intensified in a worrying sign that Kashmir faces prolonged fallout from new hostilities between India and Pakistan.Seven people were killed in the latest raids that have been staged virtually daily since an Islamist suicide bomber hit a convoy in the Himalayan region on 14 February killing 40 Indian paramilitaries.Troops laid siege to a house in the Handwara district of India’s only Muslim-majority state, believing they had killed two militants inside.However one survived, a police official told AFP. Hours after the firing stopped when security forces went in to retrieve the bodies the man emerged from debris and opened fire, killing four soldiers before he was shot dead.A civilian was killed in later protests over the clash, the official added.- Line of violence -Indian and Pakistan fighter jets staged tit-for-tat raids as they wrangled over responsibility for the February suicide attack.India blamed Pakistan, which denied any role, as it does in an armed uprising in Muslim-majority Kashmir that has left tens of thousands dead since 1989.Pakistan’s promise to release an Indian pilot shot down in the aerial dogfight this week eased the threat of a wider conflict between the neighbours.But there are heightened fears that Kashmir could become the focus of new tensions.”There is a very high risk of escalation towards localised, but more intense direct Indian-Pakistani military confrontation in Kashmir,” Jane’s Intelligence service said in a study this week.Alongside the raids, heavy mortar and artillery fire across the Line of Control — which has separated Kashmir into rival sectors since 1947 — sent residents on both sides scurrying for cover.Indian paramilitary troopers stop a motorcyclist as they block a road in Srinagar on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFP- Lights out, hopes fade -One woman was killed and an Indian soldier wounded during shelling late Thursday and early Friday at the southern end of the unofficial frontier, according to police.Three hundred people turned up for the funeral of 33-year-old Amina Akhtar who was walking in a field near the village of Chhala when shrapnel from a mortar shell pierced her neck, killing her on the spot.”Poor people are getting killed and their homes are destroyed. We don’t want our men, women and children to die like this. We need peace,” said resident Nagina Bano, who blamed the Indian government.Indian authorities told villages to turn off lights to avoid becoming a target for Pakistani gunners. But it did not help Surjeet Kumar, village chief at Kalal, near the town of Nowshera.With regular explosions and gunfire breaking the night-time silence, Kumar said he was in his house when nine 120mm mortars hit.One shell left a huge hole in the stone bedroom wall, smashing the windows and furniture. Eight other shells failed to explode.”We want peace or an all out war. We don’t want to live in bits and pieces,” Kumar said.”We are very scared. They are firing heavy weapons not just bullets. Yesterday Pakistani jets were flying over our village. We haven’t cooked or eaten properly since the shelling began.”Kalal has no protective shelter and the only school has been closed for a week. Most of the children have been sent away.With more explosions and gunfire echoing around the valley, Kumar’s wife Raj Banti said they may leave too.”We cannot live like this. If we are given an option we would definitely leave this place forever. We are poor but still love our lives,” she said.last_img read more