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first_imgMARIE Green received an early Christmas present when she recently matched all four numbers in the Finn Harps Super 4 Lotto draw.  By doing so, Marie scooped the €10,000 jackpot for herself.  The jackpot, the largest in the history of the long running Harps lotto, had been sitting at its €10,000 ceiling for just over six months. Marie, living in Knock, Ballybofey is well known to many around the Twin Towns area – she is employed in the Births, Deaths & Marriages Office in the HSE in Stranorlar.The four magic numbers drawn in the lotto draw on Tuesday 5th November were 1, 11, 20 and 26.  Marie was presented with her winnings by Charlie McHugh from the Finn Harps Lotto committee.  Joe Doherty sold the winning ticket to Marie.In addition to Marie receiving €10,000 in the Jackpot, the Harps lotto gave away a further €10,000 throughout the year through the weekly €200 prize which is distributed when the jackpot isn’t won.  Therefore, in excess of €20,000 was won by Harps lotto players throughout the last twelve months.  The Harps lotto is one of many vital fundraisers that is run in order to keep senior football alive in Donegal.  The lotto alone generates approximately €25,000 for the club in any given year.It has never been easier to enter the Finn Harps lotto – it can be done online at www.finnharps.ie.  Enter today, and you could soon be scooping the jackpot too!Jackpot joy as Marie scoops largest ever Finn Harps lotto prize! was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:finn harpsMarie GreenSuper 4 Lottolast_img read more


first_img27 June 2014 The government has set itself the target of procuring 75% of goods and services from South African producers as part of its drive to create a new class of black industrialists and entrepreneurs, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. This target was ambitious but “eminently achievable,” Ramaphosa said during the gala dinner of the Black Business Council (BBC) in Johannesburg on Thursday evening, adding: “We are quite literally building the nation.” The Deputy President said the government’s drive for radical economic transformation had to ensure “faster, inclusive growth, combined with much higher levels of employment creation, reduced inequality and the deracialisation of the economy”.Support for local suppliers A critical part of this programme, he said, was the government’s massive strategic investment in infrastructure, which aimed to promote broad-based black economic empowerment through support for local suppliers and contractors. “A lack of diversification and growth in the productive sectors of our economy has in the main contributed towards the de-industrialisation of our economy over the past 30 years. “We will need to focus on marketing and supply activities to enable small scale producers to enter formal value chains and take advantage of economies of scale.” Ramaphosa said successful black entrepreneurs and industrialists would require broader access to financial services to fund growth in existing and new sectors. “We can no longer ignore poor lending practices and excessive charges in some parts of the financial sector, and the lack of more inclusive and accessible financing opportunities. “Through our development finance institutions, we will provide increased access to affordable lending that supports diversification of the economy, broad-based black economic empowerment, and investment in smaller businesses in the productive economy.”‘Black business must lead’ However, radical economic transformation also needed partnerships, Ramaphosa said, adding that black business had a key role to play in identifying where needs existed and in developing proposals on how to address these needs. “Black business must lead. It must develop strategies, working with government, labour and the rest of the business community, to train tens of thousands of engineers, actuaries, accountants, teachers, doctors and project managers. “Black business must look at how emerging entrepreneurs can be financed, supported and provided with market access. Our developmental state needs partners in the business community who supports the vision of a racially integrated industrial economy.” Ramaphosa urged the council to join with the government in developing mechanisms that supported meaningful transformation and greater equality in the workplace. “Government is prepared to do its part by fostering an environment for growth and investment through the development of adequate infrastructure, provision of services such as energy, and water, mobilisation of industrial financing, consistency and certainty in regulation, removal of unnecessary burdens for business and the improvement of our skills base.” He said the country needed a dynamic and entrepreneurial class of black industrialists. “We need people who will take a long-term perspective, roll up their sleeves and drive the development of our productive capabilities from the shop floor up. “As a nation, we are looking to black business in particular to take this country forward. It needs to be an active agent in the implementation of the National Development Plan. It needs to be a driver in its own right of radical socio-economic change.”‘This will be a toyi-toyi of a special type’ Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, also speaking at the dinner, said the time had come for black South Africans “to fight for what they should have been enjoying for a very long time. “This will be a toyi-toyi of a special type, because the toyi-toyi that we’ve been seeing of late is the reflection of the energy that is directed to burning schools and libraries. Now, we need to turn that energy into a better energy that is contributing to a better South Africa.” Zulu said the government was fully aware of all the challenges faced by small business in the country, and was ready to partner with small businesses to help them benefit from the opportunities available. At the same time, South Africans needed to “ask what they can do for themselves, to ensure that they contribute positively to their respective communities”. With the amount of government support available, she said, there was no reason for small businesses in South Africa not to prosper. “Small business on the African continent operates under difficult circumstances. Many of them don’t have the institutions that South Africa has. Many of them do not have the financial support that we have. But they are thriving.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology City-jumping, history-loving, smartphone-toting nerds are getting a fun new tool for Android and iOS today. Location discovery app It Happened Here has updated its catalogue today to bring rich information to users in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. It Happened Here shows users interesting factoids about locations close to them. Kicking it in Georgetown in D.C. and want to see the infamous stairs that Father Karras threw himself down at the end of The Exorcist? The app uses Google Maps and will show a pin with your location and a pin for the nearest events around you. Just follow the map on your phone and you will soon find yourself standing at the bottom of the steps of cinematic lore.With a degree in history and the natural curiosity of a journalist, I often times feel that I am not getting the most out of a city when I travel. I know there are supposed to be cool things around, but I am just not sure what they are. This is even more true since I live in the D.C. area, a region with its fair share of interesting history. Playing with It Happened Here I get a good snapshot of sites to visit based on where I am standing. The app is kind of like having a location-aware guidebook in your pocket. Legacy guidebooks like Frommer’s have iPhone apps but they are nowhere near as intuitive as It Happened Here or Plnnr. For instance, the Frommer’s app provides a tip calculator, currency converter and time translator but is not location-aware and the purpose of the app is to get users to download Frommer’s city guides from the app store.Plnnr is an interesting application in the location-discovery arena but, as the name suggests, it is more about planning a trip than learning the history around you. Plnnr is a tool that can help you create and track an itinerary to degrees of minutiae. That is the opposite of It Happened Here, which is probably better for more serendipitous discovery than for planning a trek around a city.One drawback of It Happened Here is that you have to purchase cities one at a time. The initial download is $2.99 with each additional city costing the same. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#Location#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web last_img read more


first_imgBrand Dhoni is becoming bigger by day. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been one of the highest earning cricketers, is now fifth most financially valuable athlete on earth. The good news comes soon after Captain Marvel led India to first Test at Lord’s in 28 years. MS Dhoni plays a shot off the bowling of England’s James Anderson during the fourth day of the second Test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 20, 2014. AP PhotoDhoni, who became the first Indian captain to ever win all three ICC trophies and cemented his legacy as one of the cricket-crazy nation’s best captains of all time, has been valued at 21 million dollars, trailing Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, US golf legend Tiger Woods (they are tied at the first place), American professional basketball player LeBron James, American professional golfer Phil Mickelson and tennis beauty Maria Sharapova.April 14, 2013 | Face value Rs 100 croreLagaan II: Heroes of Lord’sJuly 21 | Ishant says Dhoni told him to bowl bouncersJuly 23, 2014 | Indian players say they had prepared to take on England on green topsIPL 7: Dhoni takes Super Kings to a clinical winApril 8, 2011 | INDIA TODAY COVER – Captain Marvel Federer, who holds a record 17 Grand Slam tennis titles, and Woods, who has won 14 major golf titles (second only to Jack Nicklaus’s record 18), are valued at 46 million dollars each. Then comes LeBron James, who is valued at 27 million dollars. Federer and Woods earned 46 million dollars each in 2013 while Dhoni bagged 21 million dollars, Sports24 quoted Forbes as saying.advertisementAccording to reports, Federer’s endorsements include Nike, Rolex, Lindt and Jura Elektroapparate. His 10-year contract with Nike is reportedly worth a total of $100m. Woods is also sponsored by Nike.The top 10 most valuable athletes according to Forbes are:1. Roger Federer (Tennis) and Tiger Woods (Golf): 46 million dollars each2. LeBron James (Basketball): 27 million dollars3. Phil Mickelson (Golf): 25 million dollars4. Maria Sharapova (Tennis): 23 million dollars5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket): 21 million dollars6. Usain Bolt (Track and Field): 20 million dollars7. Kobe Bryant (Basketball): 19 million dollars8. Li Na (Tennis): 15 million dollars9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football): 13 million dollars10. Lionel Messi (Football): 13 million dollarslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman Martin reveals more Larsson talks plannedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United chairman Ron Martin has revealed more talks are planned with Henrik Larsson over the manager’s job.Former Sweden, Barcelona, Manchester United and Hoops striker Larsson was an interested spectator as the Shrimpers picked up a 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday under the guidance of caretaker boss Gary Waddock.Martin admits Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 games for Celtic, is high on his short-list to replace Kevin Bond.He said: “Having Henrik Larsson join us on Saturday was simply part of the continuing interview process.“I have a number of people to see this week and shall also be talking further with Henrik.“This necessary due diligence to find the best option for the club is also not a negative reflection on Gary Waddock who is, in any event, well placed to influence our thinking.“The team under his guidance did excellently against MK Dons.“Whilst it is possible I am, nevertheless, doubtful a decision will be made, and implemented, by the weekend.” last_img read more


first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license An anti-corruption project aiming for port calls without demands for in-kinds payments, harassment, or the threat of illicit delays has been completed in Nigeria with positive outcomes. Nigeria is one of the most challenging countries to do business in with unlawful demands commonplace, according to Danish Shipping.For the shipping industry there are numerous steps in the vessel clearance process which lead to inefficient operations and increase the opportunity for illegitimate demands in ports.As an example, an analysis carried out by the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and United Nations Development Programme concluded that it can take more than 140 signatures to get a vessel or cargo cleared by the local authorities.“Unlawful demands put a huge risk on vessel crew and shipping companies. Cases of extortion, harassment and threats of violence are, unfortunately, not uncommon,” according to Danish Shipping.“It is of upmost importance for the shipping sector that trade and port calls are free from any illicit demands that cause iniquitous delays and stressful situations for the crew,” Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director, Danish Shipping, said.The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network has been active in Nigeria for a number of years and has been able to push for improvements in ports processes. With funding from several donors the network has been able to develop a platform of tools to improve the port environment.These tools have been tested in Nigeria with positive feedback and have been further enhanced by an integrity training kit for port officials. A recent survey of shipping companies calling at ports in Nigeria has demonstrated that the anti-corruption project had a positive effect on the operating environment in the country.To date the project has supported the implementation of harmonized operational procedures in ports, the establishment of a grievance mechanism process, and has carried out an integrity training program for 1,000 stakeholders in Nigeria together with Martine Anti-Corruption Networks local partner.last_img read more


first_imgVienna: Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) grappled Tuesday with the fallout from heavy losses in Sunday’s elections as its scandal-hit former leader said he was bowing out of politics. The man at the centre of scandals which have dogged the party over the summer, disgraced former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, announced Tuesday “a total withdrawal from politics and public life” — but this may not be enough to stem the instability at the heart of the party. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportStrache, who led the FPOe for 14 years, was forced to quit all his posts in May over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” tapes, which showed him appearing to offer public contracts to a woman he believed was a Russian oligarch’s niece in return for campaign help. That affair put an end to the FPOe’s coalition with the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) of Sebastian Kurz. In the days leading up to Sunday’s election, another scandal broke, this time involving Strache’s alleged misuse of party money. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAll this led to a stinging rebuke from voters, who sent the FPOe plummeting to 16 percent, down almost 10 points from their 2017 results. Strache said on Tuesday that he considered his membership of the party suspended and wanted to “avoid at all costs… any splits within the FPOe”. His announcement was seen as an attempt to pre-empt an election post-mortem meeting of the FPOe’s national executive on Tuesday. New leader Norbert Hofer said after the meeting that the party was indeed suspending Strache, and added: “If the allegations of the past few days aren’t refuted, he will be expelled.” Last week prosecutors confirmed they were investigating Strache’s expenses and had questioned his former bodyguard and his former office manager “on the suspicion… of submitting fake receipts” costing the party more than 5,000 euros ( 5,500). Strache again on Tuesday vehemently protested his innocence and insisted that he had been the target of a shadowy conspiracy. The party had previously also enthusiastically echoed this idea and some voices inside the party say its main mistake in the campaign was not being aggressive enough. “Instead of closing ranks we let this attack destabilise the party,” controversial artist and FPOe member Odin Wiesinger told AFP. “We made too many useless concessions to our opponents,” he added. But since Sunday’s poll debacle, many others have had the knives out for Strache. “The problem is home-made,” the leader of the FPOe in the Tyrol region, Markus Abwerzger, told Oe1 radio. “It’s not some foreign intelligence agency or the media who have got us into this situation but we ourselves,” he said, calling on the party to stop playing the victim. Some had speculated that Strache would split off from the FPOe to form his own party.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF has settled the entire Rs 8,700 crore amount payable to DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), its joint venture with Singapore-based GIC, by transferring various completed commercial properties and land parcels as well as cash payment. With settlement of this dues, the company said it has completed the exercise of transforming its balance sheet and consolidation of all rental assets under the DCCDL. DLF holds 67 per cent stake in DCCDL, while Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC holds 33 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAt the end of 2018, DLF owed Rs 8,700 crore to DCCDL and the amount payable came down to Rs 5,600 crore by July 1, 2019. In a filing to the BSE on Wednesday, DLF said the “inter-company payables have now been fully settled”. As part of the settlement, DLF has transferred its shareholding in its arm DLF Info Park Developers (Chennai) at an enterprise value of Rs 1,000 crore. This subsidiary holds nearly 27 acres of land. That apart, it has transferred its shopping mall in Saket, South Delhi for an enterprise value of Rs 1,012 crore. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysDLF also transferred its shareholding and compulsorily convertible debentures (48.2 per cent of the fully diluted capital) in Fairleaf Real Estate Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company that owns One Horizon Center commercial project in Gurugram, for an enterprise value of Rs 1,700 crore. According to sources, DLF has settled around Rs 2,000 crore through cash. “This has been a major restructuring exercise and has now resulted in a larger alignment of the Group’s rental assets under the DCCDL platform,” DLF said. After these transfers and consolidation of commercial assets, DLF said DCCDL is positioned even more strongly to continue its growth journey. “The total settlement of receivables (net of values received for transfer of shareholding / dividend received from DCCDL and other inter-company adjustments) will result in an increase in the company’s net debt by only Rs 475 crores approx,” the filing said. DLF said it has completed the final chapter of its balance sheet transformation. Earlier, DLF had transferred Mall of India project at Noida, Uttar Pradesh to DCCDL at an enterprise value of Rs 2,950 crore. The realty firm had also transferred 3.05 acres land parcel at Gurugram, Haryana. DCCDL currently holds nearly 30 million sq ft of rent-yielding commercial assets, largely in Gurugram, with annual rental income of about Rs 3,000 crore. In December 2017, DLF entered into this joint venture with GIC when DLF promoters sold their entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore. This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in the DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL.last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Alberto Salazar pushed himself to the brink and beyond as an athlete, and preached the same philosophy as a coach to distance running stars. But the 61-year-old Cuban-born American’s will to win finally went too far, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has banned him for four years for multiple doping violations. Salazar has been a major figure in American athletics for four decades. He won the 1980, 1981 and 1982 New York Marathons and the 1982 Boston Marathon, and later coached such stars as Britain’s Mo Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Salazar arrived in the United States as a toddler. His father was a friend of Fidel Castro who fought alongside him in the revolution but later opposed the Communist government. The family moved to suburban Boston, where Salazar won a state cross country crown in 1975. He helped the University of Oregon capture the US collegiate cross country title in 1977, taking national college individual honors the following year. In 1980, Salazar qualified for the US Olympic team at 10,000m, but the Americans boycotted the Moscow Games and Salazar tackled a new challenge: the marathon. He quickly conquered the 26.2-mile (42.195km) event. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters At 22, Salazar won his marathon debut in New York, then set a career-best of 2hrs 8mins 13secs to defend his title. In 1982, he took New York and claimed his only Boston Marathon title in what was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun” with Dick Beardsley. After besting Beardsley in a sprint finish, a dehydrated Salazar collapsed and had to be treated in hospital with intravenous fluids. Salazar finished 15th in the marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then trained and competed until retiring in the mid-1990s, when he began moving into coaching, joining with Nike to form the Oregon Project in 2001 to train distance runners. The program includes Donovan Brazier — who won the 800m world title Monday as news of Salazar’s ban exploded into the athletics scene — and Sifan Hassan, who won the women’s 10,000m world crown two days earlier. Stripped of his credentials at the World Championships in Doha, Salazar has vowed to fight the ban, which was handed down for violations including trafficking testosterone, tampering with the athlete doping control process and using banned infusion techniques. A four-year ban was also issued to Dr Jeffrey Brown, who was a physician for numerous Nike Oregon athletes, and a paid consultant on performance enhancement for the Project, part of a scheme to manipulate testosterone levels without testing positive. “While acting in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Mr Salazar and Dr Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect,” USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart said. – Olympic glory, Salazar scrutiny – =================================== Salazar said he was “shocked by the outcome” of USADA’s years-long investigation. Farah won the first Olympic gold for the Nike Oregon Project in 2012 in London in the 10,000m event. Longtime Salazar pupil Galen Rupp took the silver just behind him, and Farah went on to claim the 5,000m gold. But Steve Magness, who spent 18 months as Salazar’s assistant coach in the project before leaving shortly before the London Olympics, spoke out as a whistleblower when BBC’s Panorama and ProPublica investigated doping allegations around Salazar in 2015. Testimonies from various figures alleged microdosing of testosterone, among other suspicious actions. Salazar denied wrongdoing. Farah stuck with him and won another golden double at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Rupp took marathon bronze and Nike Oregon’s Matt Centrowitz won the 1,500m. But doping allegations nagged. Farah left Salazar in October 2017. The USADA case against Salazar and Brown went to the American Arbitration Association, with hearings conducted in May and June 2018 setting the stage for the arbitration rulings handed down Monday. Salazar said he and his athletes “have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA,” and claimed, “I have always ensured the WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) code is strictly followed.” “The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping.”last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar inside a Delhi court in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India. The agency took Yasmin Kapoor into custody after she was produced before a Delhi court. She was lodged in Tihar jail in another case being probed by the CBI. After taking her into custody, the ED sought her custodial interrogation from Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj, which was allowed till October 9. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Advocate Nitesh Rana, the special public prosecutor for the ED, told the court that Kapoor was required to be quizzed to unearth the larger conspiracy and for that her custody was needed. The court, which had last month cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kapoor in the money-laundering case, passed the order after Rana submitted that Kapoor was misusing the bail granted by the court. Kapoor was granted anticipatory bail by the court on March 22, while Talwar was in judicial custody in the case lodged by the ED. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports There were reasons to believe that the tainted money, received from the foreign airlines, was used for the acquisition of Kapoor’s residential property in New Delhi, Rana said. The ED claimed that several companies, in which Kapoor was a shareholder along with Talwar, received the proceeds of the crime. It said the agency’s probe in this regard was underway. Kapoor had sought anticipatory bail claiming that the ED threatened her to take names and also to convince Talwar to give names of government officials or political functionaries, failing which she would be arrested. Talwar was deported from the UAE in connection with the money-laundering case. The ED had earlier said it needed to interrogate Talwar to get the names of Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India officials, who had favoured the foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia. The agency had claimed that entities directly or indirectly controlled by the accused received exorbitant amounts from Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia and submitted a chart of a total of USD 60.54 million allegedly received by firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008 and February 6, 2009. Talwar’s alleged role in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime at the Centre was under the scanner as well. Talwar was booked by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in criminal cases of corruption, while the Income-Tax department charged him with tax evasion. Kapoor is currently in custody in a case of alleged violation of foreign exchange rules by Talwar’s NGO, Advantage India. The case relates to alleged misappropriation of Rs 90 crore received by Advantage India through foreign funding.last_img read more