first_imgA Letterkenny family are celebrating after a father gave his son a €1m winning lotto ticket.Odhran Doherty, who is just 23 years old, was given the lucky ticket by his dad Liam last weekend.The pair are very close and work together on the family farm at The Glebe, Letterkenny. The family never thought their numbers would come up but Odhran was left speechless on Saturday evening when he checked the numbers on the ticket and realised he was the only winner.Dad Liam revealed how he had bought three lottery tickets in the shop, one each for himself and wife Margaret and one for Odhran.Odhran was going to a party in the local Dry Arch bar at Bonagee that evening and called into the adjoining shop to check his ticket.Speaking exclusively to Donegal Daily dad Liam revealed “He rang me and said the ticket had said he was a winner. He checked with the guy in the shop but they said it was too big for them to tell him how much he had won. “He told me I had better come out. I thought it was an early April’s Fool joke or something. When I got out to him he came out of the party with his hands above his head and said he was a millionaire.“I took the ticket off him for safe-keeping and we realised later there was only one winner of the one million euro.”Mum Margaret says the family have been on a high since learning they won the jackpot.“He simply couldn’t believe it at first but it soon sunk in and he was just so delighted. I have a pain in my neck from all the hugs he has given me.“He’s a lovely big young fella and this will set him up now for life. We’re just so delighted for him,” said Margaret. Odhran is the youngest of three siblings.Eldest brother Shane is a pharmacist and has his own pharmacy in Manchester while sister Lana is a solicitor with a practice in Gorey, Co Wexford.Having put the ticket in a safe place Odhran decided he would call in on Barclay’s shop in Raphoe where dad Liam had bought the lotto ticket.Odhran spoke with owner James Barclay and asked him if he knew who the owner of the winning lotto ticket was. Mr Bartley replied he had heard some rumours but didn’t know who exactly had won the €1 million.Margaret added “That’s when Odhran stuck out his hand and told James Bartley that he was speaking with the winner. It sounds so funny but that would be Odhran alright.”A former pupil of Woodlands National School and St Eunans College in Letterkenny, Odhran is big into farm machinery and a new vehicle could well be on the cards with his new-found wealth.Mum Margaret added “We won’t let it go to his head. We’ll sit down as a family and we have two solicitors in the family so he won’t be short on advice.”The small border town of Raphoe in Co. Donegal has claimed its third big National Lottery win of the year, with a local shop selling last night’s Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket worth a massive €1 million!Barclay’s Newsagents in the Diamond, Raphoe, is certainly on a winning streak.This is their second big win in recent weeks.The sold a EuroMillions Plus winning ticket landing local man Charlie Meehan €500,000 in February.And in an incredible run of luck the Centra Store in Raphoe sold the winning Match 5 Plus Bonus winning ticket from the Lotto Draw on Feb 28th – nabbing that ticket holder a cool €98,068.Odhran’s one million euro winning numbers were: 8, 11, 16, 18, 20, 46 and bonus number 40.Breaking: Letterkenny family celebrate as father gives son €1M lotto ticket was last modified: April 3rd, 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:donegallotto winnerOdhran DohertyRaphoelast_img read more

first_imgRed Bluff >> With 3 goals in the opening half and a pair in the second half Friday night, the Red Bluff Spartans soccer team cruised to a home win over the Enterprise Hornets, 5-1.With the win the Spartans go to 8-3-1 and are even at 1-1 in league play. They are scheduled to face the Chico Panthers (11-1-1 overall, 2-0 league) at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Chico.Lady Spartans 1, Enterprise 1Redding >> The Lady Spartans came from behind to tie the Enterprise Hornets Friday, 1-1, in Redding. …last_img read more

first_imgBarbadian singer Rihanna is using her clout as a world famous pop star to support education in Malawi. Through her charity she is donating much-needed bicycles and financial support to learners to help them stay in school. The initiative follows her recent visit to Malawi.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna with an Ofo bicycle. The world famous pop star is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)CD AndersonThe five-year bike programme is part of a partnership between Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Chinese bicycle manufacturer Ofo is making and delivering the bikes to Malawi for free.The foundation, started by Rihanna in 2012 as a tribute to her grandparents, who taught her the importance of education, is dedicated “to improving the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture”.It has already helped to build medical facilities in Barbados, as well as sponsored scholarships for underprivileged young women in the US, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti. It also helps to finance and support artisan fashion manufacturing in Haiti.In February 2017, Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard University Foundation for her organisation’s charity work.Following a visit to Malawi in June 2017, where she met local NGOs and educators, Rihanna started the 1 KM Action Campaign, which will donate bicycles to Malawian schoolgirls.“[The initiative] will be solely dedicated to helping the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” the singer said in announcing the programme.Her foundation has delivered the first batch of 100 bikes to the community, and will continue to sponsor delivery of more than 3,000 bicycles over the next five years.As simple as the idea of a bicycle that enables a child to get to school is, says the GPE, the contribution will go a long way towards helping to solve some of the regional transport challenges contributing to Malawi’s high drop-out rates. Although 4.6 million children attend primary school in Malawi, only 8% reach and complete secondary education. The drop-out rate is higher for girls, for a variety of reasons, but transport is the primary stumbling block.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. Rihanna visited the country in June 2017. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)During her visit to Malawi to finalise the programme, Rihanna said: “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out, because they are so smart. It’s sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete [their schooling].”In addition to the bikes, the girls involved in the initiative will benefit from the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship programme, which sponsors university studies for young women. Speaking to USA Today about her involvement in education, Rihanna said that “to be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour. Higher education will help to provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”Watch a short documentary about Rihanna’s visit to Malawi and the 1 KM Action CampaignCheck out the Clara Lionel Foundation and GPE websites to see more of the organisations’ work.Source: OkayAfrica, Clara Lionel Foundation, Global Partnership for EducationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgIf you want to protest, this is how you do it.Reject the fear-mongering tactics of those who would infect you with their own fears. Reject all attempts of those who would capture your attention and make you afraid for their own financial gain. Reject the actions of those who want you to be fearful in order that they might gain power.Instead, embrace unconditional love.Reject people who sow the seeds of divisiveness or who capitalize on the events of the day to sort you into categories that they can then manipulate. Reject the idea that some of us are so different that we are separate from each other.Embrace that we are more alike than any differences anyone might discover.Reject the belief that the circumstances of your life cannot be overcome unless something external changes. Reject the belief that your life is in anyone else’s control. Reject the idea that you can’t do anything to make a difference now.You can change everything right now. Embrace your personal power.Reject the idea that the universe is scarcity, that there isn’t enough for you to have whatever it is that you want. Reject all attempts to infect you with jealousy and envy.You will know that there is more than enough when you embrace abundance.If you want to take part in a real revolution, start rejecting the poor beliefs that infect so many and start embracing beliefs that serve you. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgMost, like the white mischiefgirls, don’t seem to mind.Last year, Indian Premier League (IPL) parties were big, glitzy, open house affairs where film stars danced with cricketers and cheerleaders. IPL after-parties, titled IPL Nights, were broadcast on TV and the media was invited. Mehr Jessia Rampal organised fashion shows organised, top-flight players put,Most, like the white mischiefgirls, don’t seem to mind.Last year, Indian Premier League (IPL) parties were big, glitzy, open house affairs where film stars danced with cricketers and cheerleaders. IPL after-parties, titled IPL Nights, were broadcast on TV and the media was invited. Mehr Jessia Rampal organised fashion shows organised, top-flight players put in an appearance and the then IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi preened. It’s another story that last year’s dos were blamed for the poor performance of several cricketers. So much so that when Chirayu Amin took charge of the IPL after Modi’s exit, the first thing he objected to was the ‘specially ticketed event’ leading to a ban on after-parties.In IPL Season 4, the parties have been banned-not for cricketers or the sponsors, but for the media. And for cheerleaders as well, ever since Gabriella Pasqualotto, 22, blew the whistle on the seamier side of the game, describing cheerleaders as “walking porn” and certain cricketers as “naughty”. Most top Indian cricketers now take the party elsewhere, smoking and drinking discreetly behind closed doors-away from the prying eyes of the fans and fanfare. The foreign players hang around disconsolately.Take the IPL party after the Bangalore match, where Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 13. It was the day after Pasquolotto had been sent off to Johannesburg, South Africa, for writing an all-too-frank blog. There were no young girls in hot pants. Cricketers Virat Kohli, Abhimanyu Mithun, Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher walked in a good three hours after the match and stuck together. Tilakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle didn’t dance with the girls as they did after the win on May 8.advertisementGabriella Pasqualotto has described cheerleaders asAnd it’s all thanks to “Gabby”, aka Pasquolotto, who is now fielding offers of a Bollywood movie and an Indian reality TV show. “We’re as good as grounded. Like little schoolchildren,” says a cheerleader referring to her former teammate from Mumbai Indians. In Bangalore, the girls missing from the party were the White Mischief cheerleaders, named after the vodka brand that belongs to Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits Limited. “We are in a country where we don’t know anyone. Why would we not want to go to a party and have some fun? What Gabby did was very unprofessional,” says a cheerleader for Mumbai Indians.”We do have people to look after us, but that doesn’t mean the odd sponsor won’t paw us at a party. All this ogling in public can be unsettling, but you get used to it after a bit,” says a cheerleader from Kings XI Punjab. IPL has sourced most of its cheerleaders from South Africa, thanks to their familiarity with cricket. “We all love cricket and that’s one of the reasons we were chosen,” says Denise Schoeman, 24, a White Mischief girl. Schoeman is a beauty pageant winner back home and this is her second season with IPL. Cheerleaders are reportedly paid 8,000 rand (Rs 52,000) a month.What about the ogling by the Indian spectators? “We have received so much warmth. We go shopping and buy saris, or go out for a meal, escorted of course, and I cannot tell you how much fun we have. We have absolutely no cause for complaint,” says Schoeman.Neither does Pasqualotto, who will return to India to attend the inaugural Formula 1 event in October. “My agent will talk later,” she said in an e-mail to India Today. “I cannot divulge details,” Amanda, her mother, said when asked if Pasqualotto had already landed film role. Who knows, she just might make it to the IPL Season 5 after-party as a star guest.last_img read more