June 16, 2021

Donegal duo scoops €93,000 on Winning Streak – and ANOTHER local player is picked!

first_imgTwo Donegal women are continuing the county’s lucky run on Winning Streak after taking home a combined haul of €93,000 last Saturday.And another Donegal resident is on her way to the RTE studios on 27th April!Mary Doran, from Woodthorpe in Newtowncunningham, was chosen for the next show in an unprecedented lucky streak for the county. Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal bagged herself a cool €48,000 including a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000 in the most recent episode of the gameshow.St Johnston woman, Kathleen Coyle won €45,000 when her niece’s husband, Christopher Boyce, played in her place.And Chris Gillespie, a chef from Co. Antrim who bought his ticket in Carrick in Donegal, cooked up a storm as he won a hefty €50,000 in cash, as well as a holiday to Oslo in Norway, worth €3,000.Sarah McCarron last week said that the great news of getting on Winning Streak had the whole town of Clonmany buzzing. She admitted to being overwhelmed by the good wishes of all her friends and neighbours over the past week and says her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since. Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal has won €48,000 including a holiday to Madeira on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Centra, The Cross, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.She is very well known in the area as she works in the local pharmacy and says that Clonmany is a close knit town.Sarah has been married to Terence for the past 24 years and they have three children: Ciaran (21), Sean (17) and Clare (19) who were all excited ahead of their mum’s Winning Streak appearance last Saturday night, along with Sarah’s parents Paddy and Rose and Sarah’s sister Anne. Her two brothers, Michael and Don McGonagle, who run the Ballyliffin Hotel in Donegal – which they took over from their father Paddy – weren’t able to make it but watched the show, along with a crowd of locals at the hotel.It was her son Ciaran who Sarah had to thank for her Winning Streak luck, as he bought her a couple of Winning Streak scratch cards for Mother’s Day card a couple of Sundays ago. These gifts ended up getting her on Europe’s second longest-running TV game show.Sarah said she has no plans as of yet for any winnings from the show as she was just focussed on the day out and absorbing the Winning Streak experience with her loved ones. She will now take her time to decide how to spend her cash. Kathleen Coyle from St. Johnston, Co. Donegal has won €48,000 including a car on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Crana Superstores, Cockhill, Co. Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyKathleen Coyle from St Johnston, Co Donegal had just returned from mass last Saturday evening, which caused her to miss most of the Winning Streak show, when her phone started ringing with her niece telling her she had been pulled out of the Winning Streak drum. She quickly switched on the television while her phone was hopping and she watched the last few minutes of the show, refusing to believe the good news until she saw her name after the end credits of the programme.Kathleen then set about selecting who would play in her place. She is very close to her niece Annette, who lives in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and both decided that Annette’s husband Christopher Boyce would take on the role. Christopher is more than happy to do this for his wife’s aunt and certainly did her proud, winning her €45,000 in cash.Christopher states that he has now scored himself some serious brownie points with Kathleen by winning her a good haul from the show. Chris Gillespie from Belfast Co. Antrim has won €53,000 including a holiday to Oslo on last Saturday’s (13th April 2019) Winning Streak Game Show Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyBelfast chef, Chris Gillespie, had bought his lucky ticket during a work night out back in January. He was working in An Cistin restaurant in Glencolumbkille at the time – a place where he does seasonal work but has since gone back to live and work in Belfast.Chris brought his family and fans from all over Ireland to RTE this weekend to cheer him on to spin the wheel. Friends and relatives came from counties Cork, Meath, Wexford, Donegal and of course, Antrim.As well as being a soccer fan, Chris is also a member of Fortwilliam Golf Club in Donegal and he tries to get a round in when he is back in Donegal, where a lot of his relatives still live.Winning Streak will take a break for Easter Weekend, but Donegal viewers will be tuning in again on Saturday 27th April to see Mary Doran play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars!Donegal duo scoops €93,000 on Winning Streak – and ANOTHER local player is picked! was last modified: April 15th, 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:national lotteryRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

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Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners

first_imgRepresentatives from both Mica Action Donegal and the Mica Action Group have called on the government to engage with banks to support mica affected homeowners with the required 10% contribution.The two groups met yesterday met with Joe Mc Hugh to get an update on progress on the Mica scheme.Joe Morgan from Mica Action Donegal also gave Minister Mc Hugh an update on his ongoing engagement with key mortgage lenders across the county and received assurance from Minister Mc Hugh of his support on this issue. Joe Morgan, Chairperson of the MAD, said: “Councillor Liam Blaney and I have been lobbying lenders in Donegal over the past four to five months on behalf of homeowners who are affected by the defective blocks issue to try to get them to support homeowners in some way towards their 10% contribution.“We have made representation to the major lenders (i.e. AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, and Ulster bank) and have pointed out the benefits to each of the lenders of supporting homeowners in this scheme.“Specifically we have asked each lender to offer a range of supports to homeowners, namely: 0% interest loans for fixing homes, restructuring existing mortgages to support zero increase in monthly repayments and importantly in the case of those homeowners who don’t have sufficient money to contribute towards fixing their home, a request to the bank to make up any shortfall in the 10% contribution.“Reinstating market valuation to Mica properties is of equal benefit to both the homeowner and the lender and secures the investment on behalf of both parties,” he said. “We are approaching the lenders, based on the principle of dual interest in order to guarantee that all homes can be fixed. The alternative, where homeowners do not have access to funding, is mortgage default and repossession.“Given the current market valuations of Mica properties, this cannot make fiscal sense.“Whilst the major lenders have been willing to participate and have been engaged in our meetings with them, they have highlighted Central Bank regulation as a stumbling block towards flexibility in the options they can offer to their customers.Therefore in the meeting yesterday, we asked Minister McHugh to engage with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to start a dialogue with the Central Bank with an aim of publishing a joint statement supporting unique and extraordinary measures to ensure mortgage defaults and associated repossessions are avoided.“A recent social media poll indicates almost 60% of existing secured finance on Mica properties is held with lenders where the Irish Government still have a significant shareholding. “This means that the Government have a responsibility and the necessary influence to support us in this,” he added.“Indeed, agreement on proposals will not only facilitate the homeowner and the lender but will also avoid a noteworthy impact on the exchequer finances brought about by a significant level of mortgage default.“The proposed Mica scheme is described as almost operationally ready.  However, in my opinion, the scheme will be out of reach of many homeowners who will struggle to find the necessary funding to make up the 10% private contribution.“Delays in realising the necessary funding will only serve to escalate the funding requirement and therefore increase the likelihood of the homeowner losing their home and the lender and state interest being reduced to next to nothing. Time is of the essence” “I am delighted that Minister McHugh has committed to a discussion with Minister Donohoe to further this request. Confirmation of a joint communication from The Department of Finance and The Central Bank supporting proposals will significantly influence the level of participation we can expect from lenders in Donegal.”Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners was last modified: October 22nd, 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

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Takeaways: Sharks lines are finally falling into place

first_imgSAN JOSE — Trap averted.The Sharks (24-13-7) showdown with the Los Angeles Kings (17-24-3) had all the ingredients to be a classic letdown game. The game came on the heels of an emotional win over the NHL’s top team where the Sharks played without three starting defensemen. The Kings entered the game ranked 15th in the Western Conference, an easy opponent to look past. The Sharks are also in middle of another grueling stretch, playing three games in four nights at home with a fourth game in …last_img read more

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MTN to build fibre-optic backbone

first_img10 September 2007South African cellular operator MTN has announced plans to build a 5 000km fibre-optic network covering the country’s major centres within the next two years in order to cope with the increasing demand for bandwidth from its customers.“MTN has designed and mapped out its own national backbone network and is in the process of going out to tender to identify relevant suppliers and obtain final constings for the laying of 5 000km of optical fibre cables to build the MTN network,” MTN SA managing director Tim Lowry said in a statement last week.The decision to build a national backbone follows a successful two-month pilot project during which fibre-optic cables were laid between the Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton, Illovo and Rosebank, with companies such as SABMiller and the JSE taking part.Lowry told Engineering News that while the pilot project cost R10-million – R8-million for the fibre and R2-million for equipment – the national backbone could cost up to R1.3-billion, depending on possible joint ventures or partnerships.“Having been awarded a commercial licence to self-provide, MTN is now in a position to launch the first commercial offering by a mobile network service provider,” he said.“We are going with self-provisioning to cut operational and customer costs and we are now the alternative choice to the current fixed-line operator.”Under its mobile licence, MTN may self-provide the telecommunication facilities used to build its mobile converged telecommunications services, while also leasing out excess capacity on its fixed infrastructure.The company already has experience in building and running fixed-line networks in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.The statement adds that customers will now have access to products that will enable them to bundle virtual private networks (VPN), internet provision, hosting, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and mobile lines.MTN Business head of network solutions Mike Brierley told Engineering News while the normal lead time attached to fibre-optics was about 12 months for the incumbent fixed-line operator, MTN would be able to roll out the service in between six and 12 weeks.The company aimed to offer three services ranging between 2 megabits per second and 1 gigabit per second, up significantly from current offerings of between 64 kilobits per second to 10 megabits per second.“The demand for high-speed internet and VPN access services within the corporate market is growing daily,” Lowry said.“A fibre-optic network offers MTN almost infinite capacity, and can carry far more information at higher speeds over much greater distances, using far less power than copper cables.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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World set to celebrate Mandela’s 91st

first_img‘It is in your hands to make of our world a betterone for all’ – Nelson Mandela (Photo: Mandela Day) The world will be buzzing this Saturday: it’s the birthday of the world’s favourite person – Nelson Mandela turns 91 on 18 July.The great man, looking frail and white-haired these days, has watched and grieved at the deaths of his closest comrades, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, but still he survives. And he still lives in Houghton with his wife, Graca Machel.Many would agree that besides his humanity and humility, one of his greatest assets is something very simple – his inimitable smile. Madiba is a global citizen, with the freedom of over 50 cities, including Johannesburg, in addition to dozens of awards and honours.While the world celebrates his birthday on Saturday, he will spend the day quietly at home with his family.National celebrations will take place in Mary Fitzgerald Square, in Newtown, under the theme “Working together for the common good of our nation”. There’ll be a programme of speeches, music and dance, starting at 9am.Mandela Day activitiesPerformers will include Taliphani (Venda dance), TK Dancers, Sechaba, Winnie Khumalo, RJ Benjamin, Chommie, Arthur, Nhlanhla Nciza, Zamajobe, Kwela Tebza, Jonas Gwagwa, Kunle Ayo from Nigeria, DJ Sbu, Stoan Seate, Florence Masebe and Meshack Mavuso.Mandela DayThere has been a call, spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the 46664 Campaign, to make 18 July Mandela Day, to forever celebrate the sacrifices he made for peace and reconciliation in South Africa.“We are humbled by the call for an annual Mandela Day in our honour,” reads a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf. “Our struggle for freedom and justice was a collective effort. Mandela Day is no different.“Mandela Day will not be a holiday, but a day devoted to service. It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own communities.”Mandela Day would involve taking 67 minutes in the day to do something for the good of humanity and the planet, in recognition of the 67 years Mandela devoted to liberating South Africa.“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes,” says the Mandela Day website, www.mandeladay.com.“A prisoner for 27 years, an activist for 67 years, an inspiration for 91 years,” records a video clip on the website.The call is supported by President Jacob Zuma, who, in his first state of the nation address, asked South Africans to highlight Mandela’s legacy. “Let us wholeheartedly support Mandela Day and encourage the world to join us in this wonderful campaign.“Mandela Day will be a celebration of Mandela’s life, values and principles and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them,” he added.Members of Parliament will participate in Mandela Day by campaigning within their communities through constituency work-based programmes in recognition of Madiba’s 67 years of sacrifice.The Mandela Day website has a page where people from all continents have indicated what they will be doing for 67 minutes on the day. You can leave your Mandela Day imprint on the page.“It is in your hands to make a difference. The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make of our world a better world for all,” said Mandela at a concert in his honour.The University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, together with the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, is conducting a week of celebrations, culminating on Saturday with painting and beautifying Jabavu High School in Alice in Eastern Province, as well as cleaning the town.The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Dialogue Programme will convene a community dialogue on xenophobia in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town. Foundation staff will visit three children’s homes in Tshwane to deliver books and to talk about Madiba’s life and legacy.World supportWorld leaders are also pledging their support. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for one, supports the day.“Mandela Day is an important opportunity to honour Nelson Mandela and to honour his historic and memorable achievements … it is a day dedicated to the idea that every individual has the power to change the world for the better … so as we celebrate the first Mandela Day, let us build a legacy worthy of bearing his name,” said Brown.Last week, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus gave this year’s Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, a micro-finance bank that loans money to the very poor; it has a re-payment rate of 99,6 percent.Yunus wholeheartedly supports the Mandela Day concept. “The world is so lucky to have a person like Nelson Mandela. To celebrate his birthday in the form of Mandela Day is so appropriate, but it must become part of human heritage, rather than a one-off celebration.”Mandela Day activitiesOn Wednesday, 15 July, former US president Bill Clinton will host a Mandela Day gala dinner and auction at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. Machel will join the festivities, together with Mandela’s daughter and grandson.Guests at the gala will include Brown, who will make a video address, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife.46664, a global events company raising money for HIV/Aids projects under the umbrella of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has supporters like actors Forest Whitaker, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, who will pay a special tribute to the great man. Actress Whoopie Goldberg will appear along with other invited guests, as well as a number of elite NBA superstars. Performers Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys will join the glittering line-up.Other performers will include Jonathan Butler, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Keisha Whitaker, Harry Belafonte, Beyoncé and Jay Z. The concert will be streamed live on Mandela Day TV.The dinner will culminate in an exclusive Christie’s auction. Funds raised on the night will help to promote Madiba’s legacy through the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664 HIV/Aids projects and outreach campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa.An interactive installation to honour Mandela’s legacy opened this week at the Vanderbilt Hall. Six words – listen, learn, unite, act, speak, lead – representing Mandela’s struggle against social injustice, are in 3D and are illuminated in the display.“The back of each word has detailed information about his life, stories and speeches: ‘listen’ contains messages relating to his most powerful speeches; ‘learn’ presents his biography with iconic images; ‘unite’ recalls inspiring stories in which Mr Mandela showed the importance of reconciliation; ‘act’ explains the work of the different foundations that Nelson Mandela founded; ‘speak’ challenges visitors to consider how they might speak up against injustice; and ‘lead’ is a display that allows visitors to write their pledge to help at a local cause of their choice,” says the 46664 website.“The installation serves as a testimony and a salute to the life of Madiba and is part of a global effort to help people realise their individual power to change the world around them for the better.”Two songwriters, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, have donated their song, Two Hands, to Mandela Day. The video can be seen on www.46664.com. Brand South Africa / Heartlines picnic celebrate Mandela Day 10am SaturdayNelson Mandela’s birthday has become much more than a celebration of his birth, it’s become a day of service. Known as Mandela Day, 18 July is a day when ordinary people can do something to make a difference to the world around them.People are being encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their day to community service.Brand South Africa will be joining Heartlines to host a picnic at The Wilds for 120 orphans and vulnerable children from Hillbrow. There will games, jumping castles, face painting and – a must for every birthday party – a large cake with 91 candles.The picnic, from 10am to lunchtime, will also see the organisers plant a tree, showing the youngsters the importance of caring for the environment.Mandela Day is an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, endorsed by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address to Parliament, to celebrate the sacrifices Madiba made in the struggle for reconciliation in the country.The 67 minutes recognises the number of years Mandela devoted to the struggle for liberation.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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