An 84-year-old retired Donegal farmer and cancer survivor has picked up a EuroMillions Plus winning cheque for €500,000 from National Lottery headquarters.Charlie Meehan, 84, from Manorcunningham, was one of two EuroMillions Plus winners who claimed €1 million between them on the same day.Charlie, who decided to go public with his win, purchased his golden ticket at Barclay’s Newsagents in Raphoe for the EuroMillions Draw on February 5th. Speaking from the National Lottery Winners Room with family members by his side he said: “It is nearly three weeks since I won this prize and it hasn’t had any great effect on me at this stage! I had cancer of the bladder in 2012 and spent several weeks in hospital. Thankfully I am still clear of cancer and that to me is more important than any money. This is the icing on the cake for me.”Charlie said he checked his numbers on teletext on the night of his big win.“I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to be absolutely sure so I woke my daughter Ann who was asleep in bed. She got an awful fright at first when I woke her up. She checked the numbers online and confirmed the win. “Charlie, who has three children and four grandchildren, then woke his wife Ruby and told her they had come in to some money. “Her immediate reply was ‘How much’” he quipped! Asked what he plans to do with his winnings he said: “There are a few women around the house who have their ask in! This will give us more comfort and I will look after my family. But nothing can compensate you for your health and once I am well I am happy.”Charlie finally get his hands on his €500k lotto cash was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie Meehandonegallottowinner
PricePEAKPEAKREGREGREGREGPEAK For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.WeatherCool, wetter weather continues this week. In fact, only one day is predicted to reach 70, and there is at least a chance of rain every day. Make sure you dress for the weather! ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsFrom an entertainment standpoint, the main attractions are Disneyland’s holiday shows, like the new Mickey’s Happy Holidays parade at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band, can be found here. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri World of Color2211112 Disneyland8-128-128-108-108-108-108-12 SL SL Admission and HoursFor those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets during the week are Peak pricing ($149/$141) on the weekends (including Friday) and Regular Price ($129/$122) the remaining days. Regular park hours are as follows this week: A Christmas Fantasy Parade2222222 DisneylandSL SC DX FXSL SC California Adventure8-108-108-98-98-98-98-10 Fantasmic!2200002 For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.Passholder blockouts ease off a bit this week. Flex reservations are required on Saturday, Sundays and Friday, and are unavailable for Saturday as this goes to press; check here for the most up-to-date information. Share This!With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, you can look forward to low crowds (and, sadly, rain) at Disneyland Resort this week. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and NotesWe are in the thick of the holiday season now, highlighted at Disneyland by the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, which is a celebration of holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment! New this year is Mickey’s Happy Holidays, a twice daily parade/dance party of characters. Over at Disneyland Park, in addition to holiday decor galore, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks are now running nightly, and holiday merchandise is available for sale in the parks as well. In addition to the Festival and the special holiday shows, make sure you check out the ¡Viva Navidad! celebration featuring traditional costumes, music, and entertainment, and a street party with the Three Caballeros. Some attractions are also getting into the holiday spirit — in addition to Haunted Mansion Holiday, which continues, Cars Land favorites transform to Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, and its a small world gets its annual holiday overlay. Finally, there’s a new Let It Glow tree display distributed throughout the Downtown Disney District. You can find more information about all of the holiday offerings here.Frozen is now in theaters, but guests experiencing Frozen — Live at the Hyperion will still have an opportunity to check out a sneak peek of Frozen 2.CrowdsCrowds dip noticeably as compared to last week, as kids are back in school until winter break. Only Saturday is predicted to have crowds of any consequence. California AdventureSL SC DX FXSL SC Believe… Holiday Fireworks1111111 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Mickey’s Happy Holidays2222222 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport: FX: FlexRefurbishmentsEverything is showing open this week at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley remains dark until next spring. As always, however, refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.
Despite a loss to Stevens Point, young and veteran talent looks poised to elevate Tigers softballBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield softball team looks like it could be on the rise in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this year.After an impressive 3-0 showing at Mauston last Friday and Saturday, which included a WVC win over Wausau West and nonconference victories over sectional foes Eau Claire Memorial and Memonine, the Tigers ran into the buzz saw that is perennial state powerhouse Stevens Point on Tuesday, falling 17-5.The Stevens Point game aside, the Tigers have shown that with a mixture of a few veterans and a number of varsity newcomers, they are a team that should be much improved from last year’s squad that finished just 9-17 overall and 4-8 in the WVC.“The more time we can get on the field, the more reps we take, it’s only going to help us,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “We’re working on the things we need to do because we are a young team but also building confidence by playing games. Every time we make a mistake, hopefully we learn from it and don’t make that mistake a second time.”Marshfield’s top returning player is Lexi Dupee, a second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection at catcher last season after she hit a team-high .514 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored in league play.Dupee has moved to shortstop this season to make room for one of four freshmen on the varsity roster as Emily Draeger has taken over the catching duties.Megan Donahue will serve as one of the Tigers’ pitchers, and fellow freshman Morgan Nordbeck has started at second base so far this season. Another freshman, Kaitlyn Konrardy, is also on the roster.Donahue will share pitching duties with senior Caitlyn Kozik, a Viterbo University recruit, who is in her fourth varsity season.Both Donahue and Kozik have been among the top hitters for Marshfield thus far this season as the Tigers were off to a 3-1 start and a 1-1 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Conference heading into Thursday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids.Senior Kayla Kluge returns at first base, and junior Mary Kloos and Donahue share time at third base. Sophomores Melissa Roberts and Alyssa Ede and junior Alyssa Wilhelm are all new starters in the outfield.With so many new faces, Voss said he knows the team is a work in progress but the great start last weekend will only help fuel the team as competition heats up over the next month or so.“We got off to a nice start at 3-0, but at the same time, as a coaching staff, we knew there are always things we need to work on,” Voss said. “SPASH is a good measuring stick. The bad thing is we played them the fourth game of the season, and we have a young team that is still adjusting to learning different positions and getting used to playing together. Now we know kind of where we fit.“We can only do so much in practice, and it has to show in games too. The more we play, which in the next four weeks is going to be a lot, hopefully it starts to show eventually.”Marshfield’s next home game is Tuesday against Merrill at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 January 2006An African court to rule on cases of gross human rights violations on the continent is ready to start hearing cases, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Tuesday.Briefing the media after the closing session African Union heads of state summit in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said that while the location of the court was still to be finalised, the 11 judges had already been elected – including Bernard Ngoepe, South Africa’s Judge President of Transvaal.In addition to hearing cases of gross human rights violations such as genocide, the court will also have the power to render an opinion, at the request of a member state, on any legal matter relating to AU human rights instruments.“The court is ready to function,” Dlamini-Zuma said.The heads of state have requested member states to submit their comments on the “draft single legal instrument” by writing to the AU Commission, with the closing date for submissions 31 March.The draft single legal instrument is a document containing recommendations on the merger of the African court of human and people’s rights and the court of justice of the organisation.The union has also decided that the merger document should be submitted to a joint meeting of the People’s Rights Commission and legal experts from member states for finalisation.The final draft will be submitted and presented for review at the seventh ordinary session of the Executive Council and Assembly to take place in Bujumbura, Burundi in July.The election of the 11 judges must still be ratified by the Assembly of Heads of State after the final draft has been approved. Their term of office ranges from two to six years.Source: BuaNews
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A new study from Forrester Research predicts that online video download services will see sales peak this year, as consumers move other sources of online video. Read/WriteWeb reported yesterday that CBS is increasingly releasing content for free or via ad-supported mediums such as, Joost. Further, consumers are confronted with a growing number of video-on-demand options from their cable or satellite providers and Internet services.Though sales of television and film downloads via services like iTunes and Amazon Unbox will nearly triple this year, according to the report, it is unlikely that such services will see much growth in 2008 and beyond unless the market shifts dramatically.“The paid download market … is ultimately a dead end,” writes James L. McQuiveny, saying that media producers will need to create new ad-supported business models to survive. The good news for media executives, says the report, is that today’s video downloaders tend to be younger and have higher incomes than the general online population. They’re more tech-savvy and will pump more money into online video this year. However, attracting users outside of those early adopters will be hard without a change in business model and delivery method.Are paid download services like iTunes a dying breed?Tempted by better audience measurment and complete control over advertising content, Forrester predicts that media distributors will shift to ad-supported streams, or even downloads. The Adobe Media Player, for example, will allow content producers to offer downloadable Flash video with embedded ads that can be updated and measured accurately.According to the report only 24% of the general Internet population owns a DVR, while 50% of the current video downloaders own one. That mainstream audience, who are not used to time-shifted, sans-advertising television, will likely be less resistant to ad-supported online media. However, notes the report, mainstream viewers “wonÄôt appreciate the value of a download until it can be viewed on the TV screen. Yet only 20% of households, none of them mainstream, are interested in buying a special device to do the trick, and only 4% want to spend more than $100 to do it.”That seems to spell good news for cable and satellite companies that can push video-on-demand services direct to a viewer’s television, without forcing them to buy extra equipment, and for set-top boxes like the Xbox 360 (which Microsoft says will have IPTV capability by year’s end), Tivo (which already integrates with Amazon’s Unbox service), and Apple TV (which Forrester predicts predicts will become a broadband service provider by its second iteration).It seems like common sense that free video would win out over pay-to-download in the end, as long as quality is kept high and advertising intrusions are kept to a minimum. But will users really opt for ad-supported streaming video over to save money on ad-free downloadable content? Are the iTunes video store, Amazon Unbox, et. al. part of a dying breed? Or will paid download video services continue to thrive? Tags:#Analysis#web josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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(From left) Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar celebrate after beating West Indies in the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Diamond Jubilee six nation tournament in Calcutta on November 27, 1993. Photo: ReutersOne of the finest Indian allrounders of all time, Kapil Dev was a “disappointment” when it came to coaching, reveals batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his just-released autobiography Playing It My Way, a PTI report stated.Tendulkar has claimed that he was left disappointed by Kapil during one of the Australia tours since the coach never involved himself in strategic discussions.In the chapter Tumultuous Times: India in Australia, November 1999-January 2000 Tendulkar has written that he had high expectations from Kapil.”During my second stint as captain, we had Kapil Dev as our coach. He is one of the finest cricketers to have played for India and one of the best allrounders of all time, and I had great expectations of him in Australia.”I have always maintained that the coach’s job is an important one, for he is in a position to play a key role in formulating team strategy. Who better than Kapil to come up with options for me during a tough tour of Australia?”However, his method of involvement and his thought process was limited to leaving the running of the team to the captain, and hence he did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field,” Tendulkar writes.The Indian batting great also shared his frustration on how some of his moves as captain did not pay off but the same strategy clicked when other captains employed it.advertisementTendulkar talked about the 1997 Sharjah series where he promoted Robin Singh to bat at number three but the southpaw failed and he had to cop heavy criticism from the media.”The match against Pakistan on December 14 highlights how things were just not going my way. I was batting at number four in this competition, at the selectors’ request. Sourav and Navjot Sidhu had given us a good start against Pakistan, and when Sidhu got out at 143 for 2, I sent in Robin Singh, the all-rounder, to accelerate the innings. It was a strategy I had given considerable thought to. .”Manzoor Akhtar, the leg-spinner, was at one end bowling around the wicket to the right-handed batsmen. The theory was that Robin, a left-hander, would be able to negotiate his leg-spin better and also hit some big shots. However, Robin got out without scoring after just three balls from Azhar Mahmood, the medium-pacer, and the experiment proved a disaster. In the press I was criticised for sending in Robin ahead of me and the move was blamed for our defeat,” Tendulkar recalled.”A month later, however, in January 1998, Azhar, back as captain, repeated the very same move in the final of the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup in Dhaka against Pakistan.”Robin was sent in at three to keep up the momentum after Sourav and I had got off to a flier and this time Robin played a terrific hand, scoring 82 and setting up the run chase.”This was arguably a bigger gamble, because he was pitted against the off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and it is no secret that left-handers find it more difficult against off-spinners.”The same experiment was now hailed as a master stroke.Not without reason is it said that success has many fathers while defeat is an orphan,” he wrote.