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

DD Medical Matters: What is Lupus?

first_imgThis week  Dr Ciarán  Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice takes a look at an interesting condition called Lupus  (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus).Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) to give the full title, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body and can cause a variety of symptoms depending on what part is affected. These range from tiredness (due to anaemia) depression, anxiety,  right through to joint pains, headaches, chest pain and even mouth ulcers. It tends to affect women more than men and about 1 in 1000 people are affected. The typical patient is female in her 20s, 30s or 40s.  It is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking the body’s own cells. It is not fully understood what causes it and while there seems to be some hereditary factor, there are other factors involved also. Sunlight, infections and even certain medicines may have a role. How does it affect the patient?Joint and muscle pain are very common in SLE, particularly in the small joints of the hands and feet. The pain can “hop” from one joint to another and stiffness is more common in the morning. Rashes may develop, particularly a very specific type of “butterfly” pattern rash on the face, but rashes elsewhere are common also. Mouth ulcers are common in people with SLE as well as hair thinning. Anaemia is common, though usually mild and lymph nodes may swell. Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs and inner chest wall) and chest pain may occur as well as problems with the kidneys. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon as well as headaches. Tiredness is also a common feature. Symptoms tend to flare up from time to time and then settle again. How will I know if I have it? If your doctor suspects Lupus they will send certain blood tests.  Once diagnosed, regular monitoring of blood tests are required. Other scans and x-rays may be required depending on the part of the body affected. Can it be treated?We cannon cure Lupus but we can usually help ease the symptoms. Specialists will oversee treatment but usually medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and even steroids are used. More severe cases may require medicines to settle the immune system. Will I get better? The outlook for patients with Lupus is very good and active normal life is usually possible. Treatments are good and while joint pain and skin symptoms are annoying they can usually be managed well with medicines. Serious complications tend to occur within the first 10 years so after that, they are unlikely to occur. Severe disease where the kidneys or brain are affected can be life-threatening but modern immunosuppressive treatments have greatly improved outcomes even in these rarer cases. Lupus can cause an increased risk of miscarriage but in the case of mild or well-controlled Lupus, pregnancy tends to uneventful.  Kidney involvement may cause blood pressure problems, however. The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor. Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasound is a full-time GP  at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny,  Tel 0749164111scallys.ieDD Medical Matters: What is Lupus? was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare 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:dr mcdadid roartylupusMedical Matterslast_img read more

Protection sought for South Africa’s sardines

first_img8 June 2015Scientists are trying to prove that the sardines that appear on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline are a different population group in the hope of pressuring the government to give them better protection.There is a belief that time is running out, with research revealing that with each passing season the annual sardine run is becoming less predictable.It is unclear why, but over-fishing of the commodity before it reaches the KwaZulu- Natal coastline is believed to be a contributing factor.Last week, a pilot shoal landed in Margate, but recent rough seas may have dashed any hope of another shoal being spotted any time soon.The shoal moves up the East Coast generally when water temperatures drop during winter, beginning its trek at the Agulhus banks, south-east of Port Elizabeth. The main batch heads up the West Coast while a smaller group, just 2% to 5% of the entire South African population, goes to KwaZulu-Natal.KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board operations head Mike Anderson-Reade admitted another poor season could be problematic following the lacklustre season of the last two years.Fewer sardines“Last year was the first time I did not handle a sardine in my career. If we have three bad cycles then we possibly have a reason to be concerned.“It is important. It is nature’s bounty. Very little is for free yet these fish provide good protein. It is a special event,” said Anderson-Reade.Dr Allan Connell, a South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity honorary research associate who has been collecting sardine eggs for 25 years at Park Rynie on the South Coast, said his data had revealed that the last 12 years had been less “predictable than the first 12 years”.Connell takes samples weekly, sometimes daily, which includes 226 separate species of eggs and early larvae of fishes spawning pelagic eggs.“The first half of my data in relation to sardines was stable and predictable, the second half not so.”Study of ear boneConnell said the researchers were trying to prove that sardines spawned on the KwaZulu-Natal coast returned every year for their approximate five-year life cycle. To do this they were peering into the otolith (ear bone) for their study. The study is currently focused on juveniles of about 10mm to 15 mm, with larger sardines expected to be part of a later study. “Our first study has shown that the chemistry of the otolith is different in the Natal Sardine to the West Coast Sardine.”He said they were waiting to complete two more studies. “One batch in research is not conclusive enough to convince statisticians. But because the sardine runs have been wobbly, the chances are less that we will find juveniles.”He said if their research was conclusive and proved that the KwaZulu-Natal sardine was a different population from that of the West Coast sardine, it could be used to tighten fishing controls.“Without the science it will be difficult to convince the politicians of the need to better manage the sardines.”Justin Mackrory, the chief executive of South Coast Tourism, said the annual sardine run, nicknamed ‘The Greatest Shoal on Earth’, helped to contribute to the about R500-million economic injection into the region during winter.The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was approached for comment but was unable to provide a response at the time of going to press.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Twitter Is Teasing Its Musical Future

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Is Twitter moving on to bigger and better things? Maybe louder, more musical ventures? That’s what it sounds like as the seven-year-old San Francisco micro blogging site confirmed Thursday that sometime last year it had acquired We Are Hunted, a music discovery service. Social music is a huge space,  with social music apps bringing like-minded listeners together and exposing them to new music. This process is known as music discovery. Spotify is one such discovery service, with a freemium streaming music library valued in the $3 billion range. Rhapsody and Pandora are other major players in streaming music and discovery.In the pure discovery realm, Shazam has become the go-to app to find out just what song is playing whenever you hear a track for which you just have to know the title. There’s countless others, with the mobile market becoming a fast-evolving sector for engagement between musicians, brands and listeners. It’s a new way to gain loyalty from fans and online exposure for artists. Twitter’s purchase, We Are Hunted, tracks popular songs on social media, which means Twitter is likely prepping its own music app. This morning All Things D wrote that Twitter Music could launch as early as today, or by this weekend – timed to match the opening of the Coachella music festival. The new service would recommend users music based on who they follow on Twitter.Ramping up that likely possibility, a landing page aptly titled has gone live to help facilitate the process and get users to sign in to authorize the new music-trending app.It’s still early morning, but expect Twitter to reveal its sing-songy plan later today, or this weekend at the latest. Now it looks like Twitter is stepping into the same arena. Are your ears burning yet? Image courtesy of Twitter. Tags:#music#social#twitter Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popesculast_img read more

BJP down but not out in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgLisar village, on the border of Shamli and Muzaffarnagar, earned notoriety as the epicentre of the 2013 riots that engulfed western Uttar Pradesh’s sugarcane belt. A rural community, torn asunder by the violence, has still not recovered. There remains just one Muslim family, the rest having left in the 2013 exodus.The electoral choices of the village underwent a shift in the recent Kairana bypoll, with Jats voting for the Rashtriya Lok Dal in large numbers. There are complaints galore vis-a-vis the BJP, which emerged as their party of choice in 2013.Sugar mills, Jat farmers say, have paid their dues only till December 2017. “We have to be paid outstanding dues till April and even May. The BJP promised that it would get our dues cleared within two weeks but little happened,” says Veer Singh, brooding over the hukkah. He adds that many youth still have riot cases pending against them, and the BJP has done little to help.The complaints multiply as more people join the discussion — one topic being that Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh was made to vacate his bungalow in Delhi.Jats here have high hopes from the grand alliance shaping up, but agree that the BJP would win without it.Talk about the riot and the Jats are either in denial or exude a martial pride. The responses vary from claims that Muslims set their own houses afire for compensation to the assertion that Jats cannot be defeated in combat. “Jats can fight them on their own strength any day. They don’t need the BJP for that,” says an ageing Veer Singh at his large house.However, the Jat-dominated Titoly village, at a distance from the epicentre, is mixed in its political choices. “The Jats have just taught a lesson to the BJP. A package has already been announced. But many will vote again for the BJP in 2019,” says Satender, a Jat farmer.His son, who just trained in Delhi to write the Civil Services exam, says: “The Hindu-Muslim polarisation is here to stay. It deepened in 2013, with the SP government provoking the Jats by backing Muslims.”Virender Singh, an old Jat farmer, says it is too early to predict what will happen in 2019. “If the alliance stays, the BJP may lose by a narrow margin, but if even one party walks out of the grand alliance, the BJP will surely win here.”OBC inroadsApart from the upper castes — Brahmins, Thakurs and Baniyas — who are strongly with the BJP here, the party has made deep inroads among the most backward castes. The Kashyap settlement on the outskirts of Lisar shows that this most backward caste is strongly aligned with the BJP.“There has been no Prime Minister like Narendra Modi. If he returns in 2019, we will have Ram Rajya,” says an old, frail man who belongs to the caste. Asked if his life has changed for the better under the BJP, he says, “We are poor labourers and our condition can never change, but Modi is making the country proud all over the world.”What does Ram Rajya mean for him? “Law and order is much better under the BJP and goons have been reined in. Is this not Ram Rajya,” asks the man who refuses to reveal his name.The group of Kashyap caste members — with lands ranging from a measly one to three bighas, even as five bighas form an acre here — assert that they are “proud Hindus” and will vote for the BJP again.“Mandalisation whetted the appetite of smaller, backward castes for representation, but the SP and the BSP were more identified with the Yadavs and Jatavs. The RSS and the BJP have reached out to many smaller OBCs and this has worked for them,” Allahabad-based academic Badri Narayan told The Hindu over phone. With the BJP not fielding Muslims, it also has more seats to offer to the most backward sections without reducing the share of the upper castes.Dalit woesHowever, the BJP faces brewing Dalit discontent in the region. Ashok, a small shopkeeper in Lisar’s Harijan settlement — the caste engaged in leather work in U.P. calls itself Harijan in rural areas — says the Saharanpur incident and the jailing of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad rankle the Harijans.Asked why he thought the Bhim Army was targeted, he lowers his voice and says: “They fought the Thakurs. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also a Thakur. Caste decides these things here.”A grand alliance can possibly make Muslims, Dalits and a chunk of Jats vote together in 2019. But the BJP — powered by community polarisation, upper caste goodwill and strong support from smaller OBCs — is still no pushover here.last_img read more

PoK women win local body polls in Kupwara

first_imgTwo women from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), married to local men, won the sarpanch and panch seats uncontested from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.“Arifa Begum, 35, has won the polls. She has all required documents, like voter identity card, to contest the polls,” said Additional Commissioner Revenue, Kupwara, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din. Ms. Begum, a resident of PoK capital Muzaffarabad’s Palandari village, had submitted her nomination papers for both the panch and sarpanch seats from Khumriyal-B in Kupwara. Locals said Ms. Begum’s husband Ghulam Mohammad Mir had crossed the Line of Control and sneaked into PoK in 2001 “apparently for arms training”. In 2010, Mr. Mir took the Nepal route to return to his village, while availing of the then “rehabilitation policy for stranded youth in PoK”. “In Muzaffarabad, I met the girl and decided to marry her,” Mr. Mir was quoted. Ms. Begum has been provided “adequate security” as militants have called for a boycott of the polls. Another Muzaffarabad-born contestant, Dilshada, 30, from PoK’s Chitter village, also won unopposed a sarpanch seat from Prangroo-Kalamabad-Mawar in Handwara. Dilshada came to this part of Kashmir in 2012. She married Mohammad Yousuf Bhat in Muzaffarabad after the latter crossed the LoC in 1997 “when he was just 15 years old”. Dilshada and her husband also took up the rehabilitation policy and returned to Kashmir.last_img read more

Rebels win fourth consecutive NTL mixed open title

first_imgBy BEN HARRISMixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Good people and a strong bond between those people were the reasons Sydney Rebels have won the last four mixed open titles at the X-Blades National Touch League.The Rebels defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5-4 in a heart-racing final at Coffs Harbour. It was a replay of last year’s decider in which the Rebels won 9-8.This year’s score wasn’t as big as 2013 but it was as exciting.Rebels’ co-captain Christian Frost said, despite the team’s average age of 32, they were still playing top quality touch football.“Good people, absolutely good people,” Frost said about the key to the Rebels’ success over the last four years.“They have self-respect, they work hard and they have a great attitude. Everybody just wants to be with each other, they love each other.”The Rebels scored first through Daniel Rushworth in the fifth minute and it wasn’t for another eight minutes before the Sydney scored their second thanks to Jeremy Locke.Locke’s touchdown opened up the floodgates as three more touchdowns were scored in the final few minutes of the first half with the Rebels leading 4-1 at the break.Both teams exchanged touchdowns before the Cobras scored twice more to be behind by one.For the last 10 minutes, it was a nail-biting affair as neither team gave an inch.Cobras’ wing Kate Barker had a chance to level the score but couldn’t grasp Ryan Jacks’ pass.The Rebels were able to hold on for the win, which gave them their 38th consecutive NTL win and their sixth mixed open title.“Brisbane lifted the tempo from last year, they are a great opponent,” Frost said.The players of the match were Gareth Young (Rebels) and Candice Ashley (Cobras). Touchdowns: Rebels 5 (Daniel Rushworth, Jeremy Locke, Emma Hamilton, Manu Wakely, Sophie Connelly); Cobras 4 (David Sen 2, Arepa Ohia, Kate Barker).Mixed open final timeline:5th minute Rebels 1-0 Cobras – Daniel Rushworth touchdown.13th minute Rebels 2-0 – Jeremy Locke touchdown.14th minute Rebels 2-1 – David Sen touchdown.15th minute Rebels 3-1 – Emma Hamilton touchdown.20th minute Rebels 4-1 – Manu Wakely touchdown.Half-time – Rebels 4-1.22nd minute Rebels 4-2 – David Sen touchdown. 26th minute Rebels 5-2 – Sophie Connelly touchdown.27th minute Rebels 5-3 – Arepa Ohia touchdown.30th minute Rebels 5-4 – Kate Barker touchdown. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksMixed open finallast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Matty Willock cuts short St Mirren loan

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Matty Willock cuts short St Mirren loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Matty Willock has cut short his loan at St Mirren.Willock had joined St Mirren on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old made 14 appearances for the Ladbrokes Premiership club. A statement from the Paisley club read:“St Mirren Football Club can confirm that Matty Willock has left the Buddies and will return to his parent club, Manchester United.“The club would like to thank Matty for his contributions and wish him well for his future career.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNorwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost us

first_imgNorwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner admits they were caught out by Burnley for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.Leitner acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the defeat.”We knew exactly how Burnley would play. They had one plan which was to kick it high and be prepared for the fight. To be honest, in the first 15 minutes they were better than us and did well, so they deserved the lead.”Teemu had a big chance and I had a shot on target. With a bit more luck, maybe we would have scored and been back in the game. We found some solutions in terms of creating chances, but now we have to analyse the game and keep going.”It was the perfect start for Burnley. For us it was more of a shock to concede two goals very early in the game. That’s always tough but we showed a good reaction and wanted to keep playing and to come back into the game. We made some mistakes, but we tried everything, and we will fight for the next game.”You can take something positive from every game, but the dressing room was disappointed. We will analyse the game, talk about it and find solutions for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more