Retired Donegal couple scoop €60,000 Telly Bingo prize

first_imgDonegal has two new lotto winners.The latest €60,000 Telly Bingo winner was sold in Inishowen.Donald McGonagle and wife Eileen from Greencastle, Co. Donegal were ecstatic after finding out they scooped the Telly Bingo Snowball prize on Thursday. Well-known local shop Farrens Newsagents confirmed they sold the winning ticket.The life-long Telly Bingo players, who are married for over 55 years, plan to enjoy their windfall by taking a sun-soaked cruise in the Mediterranean.The couple religiously watch the Telly Bingo show on RTÉ every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but ironically missed the all-important show when their €2.50 ticket netted them a Snowball prize of €60,000!“We had no idea that the top prize of Telly Bingo had even been won to the day after the draw,” said a delighted Eileen McGonagle. “We were pottering around Moville and we saw a poster in the window in the shop to say that they had sold the €60,000 prize.“We got a little flutter of excitement as we got our tickets out to check them in the shop but we never would have imagined we would be the lucky winners.“There has been great excitement around the town ever since with a lot of well-wishing neighbours and friends, it’s just been brilliant.”Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyAs the retired couple celebrated their incredible Telly Bingo win, they discussed how it came at a poignant time when they were celebrating the birthday of their daughter who had passed away previously“It was a very emotional week for us. On the day we won the Telly Bingo prize, we were celebrating our daughter’s birthday who is no longer with us,” Eileen added. “We firmly believe that she’s after pulling a few strings up there to look after us! Money isn’t everything but it will allow us to do things we weren’t in a position to do before.“We both love the sun so we’ve started planning a cruise around the Mediterranean very soon. We just can’t wait.”Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyRetired Donegal couple scoop €60,000 Telly Bingo prize was last modified: July 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

‘Multiple sex partners driving HIV’

first_img16 August 2006Multiple concurrent partnerships in which consistent condom use tends to be low, combined with low levels of male circumcision, are the key drivers of HIV/Aids in southern Africa.This is according to a report released on Monday following a meeting of experts convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The meeting was attended by prominent researchers, members of national Aids bodies, and representatives the United Nations and various NGOs and international donors.The report forms part of a series of activities being undertaken by the SADC, in partnership with regional partners and the international community, to highlight issues around HIV prevention.According to the report, significant contributing drivers of HIV/Aids in southern Africa were: male attitudes and behaviours, intergenerational sex, gender and sexual violence, stigma, lack of openness, untreated viral sexually transmitted infections, and lack of consistent condom use in long-term multiple and concurrent partnerships.“These drivers are worsened by underlying social and structural factors such as high population mobility, inequalities of wealth, cultural factors and gender inequality that render young women particularly at risk of HIV infection, in addition to their greater biological vulnerability,” the report noted.It is estimated that approximately 40% of all people living with HIV globally are in the SADC sub-region, and that approximately 37% of all new infections in 2005 occurred in this sub-region.Longer-term multiple relationshipsThe report said that in the high-prevalence countries of mainland southern Africa, high-risk sexual activities – such as casual sex, sex with commercial sex workers and other individuals at high risk of HIV infection – were no longer the main drivers of the epidemic in terms of numbers of new infections.It said HIV transmission was more likely to occur within longer-term multiple concurrent sexual partnerships, as people were less likely to consistently use condoms within these more regular relationships.The experts also reviewed the evidence from a recently concluded randomised controlled trial on male circumcision in Orange Farm in South Africa’s Gauteng province.CircumcisionThe study indicated that male circumcision had a 60-75% preventative effect on potential HIV transmission. Evidence from other observational studies also showed the protective effect of male circumcision on HIV transmission.However, the experts warned that male circumcision on its own was not enough to prevent HIV infection, and that circumcised males should still use condoms and reduce their number of partners.In relation to abstinence, the experts’ meeting concluded that, while this might result in delays in young people starting having sex, this did not have a large impact on their lifetime risk of HIV infection once they started being sexually active.The participants also noted that voluntary counselling and testing had not been shown to have as strong an impact on behaviour change as previously hoped.“Counselling and testing is still very important, however, as an entry point for care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, increased openness and reduced stigma, in addition to any impact for HIV prevention,” the experts said.They concluded that interventions should focus on:Reducing the number of multiple and concurrent partnerships;Addressing male involvement and responsibility for sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and support, and reducing gender violence and sex with women much younger than themselves;Increasing consistent and correct condom use;Preparing for a possible roll-out of male circumcision; andContinuing to campaign for delayed sexual debuts in the context of increasing condom use and reducing multiple sexual partnerships.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ash chaos

first_imgThe spectacular eruption of the Mt Kelud volcano in east Java on Thursday night is causing flight cancellations and significant delays for flights between Australia and South-East Asia.At least two people have died, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians have been evacuated and four airports have been closed after the volcano erupted hurling red-hot ash and rocks.The ash cloud was covering the entire island of Java and reached an altitude of 55,0000ft — well above the cruising altitude of 40,000ft.It has now moved in a south-west direction and climbed as high as 65,000ft. It now threatens flights between the Middle-East and Australia.Planes cannot fly through thick ash because it can clog the engines.According to the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, the ash cloud covered all of Java on Friday.Yesterday, Virgin Australia said it was “very sorry for the inconvenience however the safety of our customers is the highest priority”.“Our meteorologists are continually monitoring the weather situation, in consultation with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, and we will recommence normal operations as soon as the volcanic ash cloud safely allows it,” an airline spokesman said.It recommended passengers check their latest flight status information online the airline website.Garuda Indonesia said that all its international flights were still operating normally but disruptions might occur.Indonesian authorities have closed the domestic airports of Jogjakarta, Surabaya, Malang and Solo.Indonesia Air Asia is continuing to operate normally.In June 2011, air travel in Australia and New Zealand was thrown into chaos by ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile which swept over southern Australia and New Zealand.The ash cloud went around the world twice and disrupted travel plans for hundreds of thousands of travellers.In May 2010, thousands of flights were grounded in Europe after Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted.The most extraordinary encounter with an ash cloud was in June 1982 when a British Airways 747 flying from London to Perth via Kuala Lumpur operating Flight BA9 with 263 passengers and crew had total engine loss after it flew through volcanic ash caused by the violent and sudden eruption of Mt Galunggung in Indonesia.Capt. Eric Moody and his crew, in an amazing display of skill, cleared the engines of ash by putting the 747 into a steep dive.The engines were restarted when the aircraft reached about 12,000ft.last_img read more

Amla named SA Sports Star of the Year

first_img22 August 2011Hashim Amla, the world’s top ranked one-day international batsman, was named Sports Star of the Year at the South African Sports Awards at Sun City on Sunday evening.He received the award ahead of US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, breaststroke superstar Cameron van der Burgh, IRB Sevens Series Player of the Year Cecil Afrika, and Banyana Banyana’s leading goal-scorer, Noko Matlou.Amla was voted the Cricket South Africa Fans’ Cricketer of the Year at the SA Cricket Awards in June. His fellow cricketers also voted him the SA Players’ Player of the Year.In September, he will be up for the LG People’s Choice Award at the LG ICC Awards 2011.Van der Burgh, the world record holder in the 50 metres breaststroke in both short and long course, and the short course record holder over 100 metres, beat Amla, Schwartzel and Afrika to win the Sportsman of the Year Award.Recently, he won bronze medals over both distances in the Fina World Championships in Shanghai. He did the double in the Commonwealth Games in 2010.Sportswoman of the YearNoko Matlou, the 2008/09 African Women’s Player of the Year, was named Sportswoman of the Year. She was part of the team that claimed bronze at the African Women’s Championships, which were held in South Africa in 2010.The others finalists were Pietie Coetzee, the all-time leading goal scorer in international hockey, and javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, who recently set an African record at the 2011 Summer Universiade with a tremendous throw of 66.47 metres, which places her fourth in the world rankings this year.Ernie Els, who entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in May, was presented with a Steve Tshwete lifetime achievement award.Fifth dan black belt Kyokushin karateka Peter “Poison” Thage, the head of the Matsushima Karate Association of South Africa, also received a lifetime achievement award.Three of the main drivers behind South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup were recognised with lifetime achievement awards too: Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Danny Jordaan, Chairman of the LOC Irvin Khoza, and former South African Football Association President Molefi Oliphant.Jordaan was also honoured as Administrator of the Year.Team of the YearThe Bulls, winners of the Super 14 in 2009 and 2010, were named Team of the Year, while coach Frans Ludeke picked up the Coach of the Year Award.The Newcomer of the Year went to swimmer Chad le Clos. During 2010, he won a gold, three silvers, and a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Then, at the Commonwealth Games, he captured two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. He added a gold medal in the Fina Short Course World Championships in Dubai in the 200 metres butterfly.South African wheelchair tennis players starred in the categories of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability.Men’s winner, triple amputee Lucas Sithole is ranked number one in South Africa and is also ranked number 14 in the world for the Quads men’s singles. Women’s winner Kgothatso Montjane occupies 13th place in the world rankings and was unbeaten at the ITF World Team Cup, which was held in Pretoria earlier this year.The Federation of the Year Award was presented to Swimming South Africa, which claimed the honours ahead of the South African Golf Association and the South African Hockey Association.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa joins the Nelson Mandela Foundation and University of Fort Hare to host Nelson Mandela Centenary Dialogue

first_imgThe legacy of our late former President, Nelson Mandela lives on through the spirit of Ubuntu and robust dialogue around socio-economic issues.The year 2018 marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. To honour his centenary and the legacy he left the world – South Africans in particular – people are encouraged to engage with and reflect on the life and times of Mandela.In keeping up with the centenary celebrations of Madiba, Brand South Africa on Saturday 6 October, partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, as well as the University of Fort Hare to host a dialogue under the theme: The Life and Times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Are we Living His Legacy?         Fort Hare alumnus, Mr. KC Mabelane officially opened the proceedings before handing over to Mr Yase Godlo, Manager: Mandela Day and Outreach at the Foundation, who shared the story of Nelson Mandela.Mr Godlo shared how the idea of Mandela Day was inspired and officially recognised: “We’ve taken on the custodian of Mandela Day after it was recognised by the UN in 2009. At the foundation, we ensure that it remains a programme that changes lives. The Mandela name is one we use when we seek to be more than ourselves.”Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Relations, Mpumi Mabuza, spoke about Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Programme that encourages active citizenship and social cohesion, and also lobbies ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things in their communities as Play Your Part ambassadors.         The Dialogue on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela was facilitated by Prof. Lulama Makhubela, former Deputy Vice Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research & Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology; on the panel was Commissioner at Competition Commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele, SANParks Managing Executive for Conservation Services, Dr Luthando Dziba, Executive Director: Human Resources & Transformation at UJ, Ms Phindiwe Gida and Ms Unati Speirs, Group Chairman at AgriConsult Investment Holdings.Commissioner Bonakele said: “For our generation, the key is finding what the mission is, which I think we have done, but also accepting that we are agents of that mission. In our understanding of the trajectory of law, the human rights in SA, one cannot debate human rights today without material economic questions. So everything comes back to what we are going to do as a generation to make our society one that was envisioned by our forebearers, Nelson Mandela being the leader of such.”The discussion also touched on socio-economic conditions in South Africa, Security and Political Conditions since 1994 as well as issues relating to class, race, gender and disability and how living the Mandela Legacy can help us achieve greatness.         “As amazing as Madiba was, there is no way he could single-handedly change the fate of socio-economic issues in South Africa. So I look at him as a visionary”, Ms Phindiwe Gida concluded.Brand South is proud to have been a part of the dialogue that emboldens the legacy of Nelson Mandela and that helps us take accountability by playing our part.Images: Aphiwe Boycelast_img read more

Sponsor Post: Want to Stand Out in the Bay Area? Make the “Hottest Companies in San Francisco” List

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 Aravo Solutions Inc.Booyah Inc.Castlight HealthClairMailCloud Engines Inc.Cloudmark Inc.ClustrixCyan Optics Inc.CyberArts Licensing LLCDelivery Agent, Inc.EcastEightfold LogicEngine YardEnvivio, Inc.EventbriteFlurry, Inc.Glam Media, Inc.Glassdoor.comHealthline Networks, Inc.Hi5 NetworksInvolverIPWirelessJiWire, Inc.Joyent Inc.Kontera Technologies, Inc.LeadQual LLCLithium TechnologiesLivescribe Inc.Lookout, Inc.LoopNet Inc.Meraki Inc.MOG Inc.MuleSoftNetShelter Technology MediaOktaPandoraPolarion SoftwareProsper Marketplace, Inc.Quantcast CorporationRapleafReply! Inc.richrelevance™ScribdSensys NetworksSugar Inc.TapjoyTeachscapeTokBox Inc.TRUSTeTwilioTwitterUstream TVWorkday, Inc.Xobni CorporationXoom CorporationYola Inc.Zendesk Inc.Zoom SystemsZoosk Inc.ZyngaJust ask Lead411. The information services company has scoured through 2,200 San Francisco-based companies to determine which are the hottest in terms of growth and revenue for its annual “Hottest Companies in San Francisco” award.Some of the top 59 companies are no brainers, like Twitter and TRUSTe. Others are companies in software, wireless, Internet, hardware, or media that are still under the radar (though maybe not for long), like Cyan Optics and Mog. Expect to see great things from the startups on this list in the not-so-distant future.The Quiet Newcomers“We were pleased to see so many companies not yet developed into startup superstars,” said Thomas Blue of Lead411, “It’s exciting to identify these companies so early in their careers. We fully expect them to become household names within a few years.”Take, the website destined to change how employers and employees interact. The career and workplace community, which recently received $12 million in funding from Battery Ventures, allows users to find and anonymously share reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers.Sensys Networks, which is on this year’s Inc. 500 list, makes and installs in-ground, wireless sensors that detect traffic at intersections and on freeways to provide better data collection, control and aggregation and to manage traffic flow. The company has increased its revenues by 256% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $13.2 million in 2009.Each of the 59 finalists for the “Hottest Companies in the San Francisco” award have a story to tell.The CriteriaTo qualify for the award, the companies had to meet certain criteria:Be in software, wireless, Internet, hardware, or media industryBe privately held and operate in San FranciscoHave 150% increase in revenues over the past two years and over $3 million in yearly revenues; ORHave over $12 million in funding in the past two yearsThe Future Definitely Looks BrightIf the award winners are any indication of what to expect in the future in technology and media (and we think they are), we are going to continue to see innovations that change the way we work, play and connect.Take Ecast, the hospitality network that delivers digital music, games, entertainment, information and interactive advertising to more than 10,000 bars and nightclubs across the United States. Its multimedia jukeboxes do more than play the latest Rhianna song: they can also suggest a drink based on ingredients, find local concerts and offer in-house promotions.Or JIWIRE who is removing the difficulty of finding Wi-Fi hotspots by offering access to the largest multi-national hotspot directory encompassing 11,000 locations, as well as how-to guides for getting unwired.Teachscape provides data-driven, outcomes-based software solutions and services that increase student achievement by improving instructional leadership and practice. In other words, it’s a company that is helping both teachers and students succeed with technology.All these are companies that are changing the face of our world. By supporting their efforts, we can be a part of the next wave of invention. To view the winners of the “Hottest Companies in San Francisco” click here.This post was written by Susan Payton, owner of Egg Marketing & Public Relations. She also writes on Lead411’s blog. Editor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd as a startup, especially in the Bay Area. Startups are sprouting up every minute and begging for the attention of VCs and journalists alike. But who are the real success stories? Who will we see around in five or 10 years?Lead411’s Hottest Companies in San Francisco Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Most Mumbai police stations operating illegally: Nitesh Rane

first_imgMumbai, Jun 7(PTI) Congress MLA Nitesh Rane today alleged that 72 out of total 94 police stations in Mumbai are made to operate “illegally” due to apathy by the state government.”I have found that out of total 94 police stations in Mumbai, 72 police stations are working illegally as they do not have proper infrastructure and other amenities.”These police stations do not have proper water, electricity or telephone connections, and police officers posted there have no option but to work,” Nitesh, son of Congress leader Narayan Rane, told PTI.He represents Kankavali constituency in Konkan region.Alleging structural anomalies, he said some of the police stations are not even recognised by the civic body.”This government has turned a blind eye towards the police welfare and is doing nothing to solve the woes of those jawans (police personnel) who are tasked with the utmost responsibility to protect us,” Nitesh alleged.When asked about the basis of his claims, the legislator said, “Its not something hidden. You go to any police station and find out the facts yourself.”Nitesh said the police personnel are supposed to wear leather shoes even during monsoon. “Why dont you (government) provide and allow them to wear sports shoes that would help them run faster?,” he asked.He claimed that the police stations lack basic amenities like toilets and women personnel do not have changing rooms.Nitesh said he has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking his intervention to resolve the plight of policemen by convening a meeting of senior officials. PTI APM NSK KIS SREadvertisementlast_img read more