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January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Given that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again.center_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 18 years since MBA crown, Raffy Reavis, Chito Victolero win title together again Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Paul is averaging 15.6 points, 8.0 assists and 2.1 steals this season for the Rockets, who host San Antonio on Saturday.His latest injury came on a relatively innocuous-looking play. Paul dribbled behind his back near midcourt while cutting right, and the ball got knocked away by Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. That was the moment where Paul grabbed the back of his left leg — the telltale sign of a hamstring issue.He went directly to the Houston locker room, never returned and was dressed and gone before the room opened postgame.“It’s definitely tough because he’s a big-time playmaker and ball handler for us,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon said. “In this offense you need all of the playmaking that you can have and usually me, Chris, and James have the ball in our hands trying to play-make for other people and provide good scoring.”Paul is 33, and not even half a season into a four-year, $159.7 million contract that he signed with Houston back in July. He was struggling with his shot of late — connecting on 34 percent of his tries in his most recent five games entering the matchup in Miami — but was still a big factor in Houston being able to match a season high with five straight wins.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “We’ve got to figure it out,” said Rockets guard James Harden, the league’s reigning MVP. “Injuries happen.”Seeing Paul grab at the back of his leg surely conjured up bad reminders of his right hamstring strain late last season, the injury that knocked him out of Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won both of those games to erase the Rockets’ 3-2 lead in the series, and went on to sweep Cleveland for the NBA title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Rockets are 0-5 without Paul this season, and have dropped nine straight when he doesn’t play going back to last season. Including playoffs, the Rockets are 77-22 when Paul plays.“I’ve had hamstring issues before and I know how frustrating they are,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade, one of Paul’s closest friends in the league. “And especially an injury like that … last year you could say it cost them a championship not having him out there with the hamstring. It’s hard, but I just want him to stay positive. It’s a small hurdle again and you get over it, but it starts mentally first. Physically, I know he will do the work.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, passes to center Clint Capela (15) as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Different leg. Same problem.Chris Paul has another hamstring issue to deal with, and the Houston Rockets are bracing for another stint without their All-Star point guard. Paul will have an MRI in Houston on Friday to determine the severity of the strain in his left hamstring, one that he hurt during the second quarter of the Rockets’ 101-99 loss in Miami.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets were winning by eight in Miami when he got hurt, and got outscored by 10 the rest of the way. And the combined winning percentage of their next nine opponents is .601 — so being without Paul for a while would obviously make this looming stretch even more daunting for a Rockets team that has been decidedly up and down this season.They lost only 17 regular-season games last season. They’ve nearly matched that already, off to a 16-15 start, and entering Friday are tied for merely the eighth-best record in the jammed Western Conference. The Rockets are two games out of fourth, and two games out of 14th.“It’s definitely going to be tough,” Gordon said of the prospects of being without Paul for a while again. “But we’ve just got to make adjustments and play even better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of area wrestlers, including six CIF titlists, are one tournament away from reaching the state championships. Lancaster’s Jeff Merrill (112), Highland of Palmdale’s Greg Burton (125), Crespi of Encino’s Gary Espinosa Jr. (130), Simi Valley’s Mikey Murphy (152), Royal of Simi Valley’s Shane Crosley (152) and Kevin Dunn (125) all won individual CIF titles in their respective weight divisions last weekend, and are competing to clinch a slot in the state championship tournament March 2-3 in Bakersfield. The top eight in each weight division at this weekend’s Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto will earn a spot. There will be 23 area wrestlers competing to qualify. One champion that stands out is Espinosa. The Crespi wrestler is only a sophomore and is trying to follow in the footsteps of a former Celt, the San Fernando Valley’s only state champion Sione Fue. Only this time, Espinosa wants to make it easier for him to qualify for state. Fue made his way into the title match out of the consolation bracket after losing a couple of tight matches. Espinosa opens competition against Atascadero’s Andrew Hernandez in the 130-pound division, which also features Westlake of Westlake Village’s Dan Nguyen. Arian Ghaffari (36-4), also from Westlake, will wrestle in the 119-pound division. center_img “I’m going in there blind,” Espinosa said. “I’ve never wrestled against these guys. I expect good competition. I hope it’s tougher than CIF.” Dunn is also looking for tough competition after ripping through league and championship tournaments with a 47-2 record. He’s the favorite to finish first at the tournament, which begins today and concludes Saturday, after he drew the top seed and a first-round bye. “CIF and the Masters is just practice for state,” said Dunn, who qualified for last year’s state competition. “State is where I expect it to be tough and I’ll be ready for that.” Highland’s Burton also earned a bye and could be a threat in the 125-pound bracket. Murphy (47-7) also earned a bye in his bracket, while teammate Matt Bruno (160) will wrestle Highland’s Ryan Gifford in the opening round. Merrill didn’t earn a bye as a CIF champion, but will wrestle a lower seed in the first round of the 112-pound bracket, which will also feature Royal’s Sam Mestaz. Mestaz’s teammate Crosley (41-6) and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City’s Matt Katz will be competing in the 152-pound category. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment
first_imgLOS ANGELES – One is a secretive aviation legend who made history by designing the first private manned rocket to reach space. The other is a publicity-savvy entrepreneur shooting to take his famous brand literally out of this world. American engineer Burt Rutan and British tycoon Sir Richard Branson may seem like they come from different planets. Yet the improbable duo are in the same orbit – forming the Spaceship Co. in 2005 to launch ordinary people into space without government help. “You have a billionaire funding a rebel inventor. Putting those two together makes perfect sense,” said space enthusiast Peter Diamandis, founder of the nonprofit X Prize Foundation, who has known both men for nearly a decade. Aviation history has other odd couples: The wealthy Harry Guggenheim financed the early rocket work of the loner Robert Goddard; international arms dealer Charles Flint helped the Wright brothers sell their airplanes outside the United States; telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell enlisted Glenn Curtiss, a brash motorcycle manufacturer, to help build a practical plane. Now it’s Branson, the adventuring chairman of the multibillion-dollar Virgin Group of companies, who is investing at least $200 million for a fleet of suborbital passenger spaceships being designed by Rutan. Rutan heads the obliquely named Scaled Composites LLC, the kind of techie operation at which a new milling machine is announced on its Web site with an exclamation point. Rutan’s latest effort is based on his SpaceShipOne prototype, a shuttlecock-shaped, hybrid rocket motor-powered craft that became the first private, piloted vehicle to reach space. For the achievement, the project collected $10 million from the X Prize Foundation in 2004. Since the two teamed up, a rush of do-it-yourself players have angled to break into the fledgling space tourism market. But the polar opposite personalities have grabbed the spotlight, partly because of Rutan’s track record and Branson’s aggressive marketing. How the new space race plays out is being closely watched by space and business experts. There are many unknowns, including long-term business prospects and safety. A single fatal crash, after all, could hobble the infant industry. Rutan and Branson have repeatedly said safety is their main focus. Spaceship Co. is their first venture into space, though they have known each other since 1990 and collaborated on the record-breaking Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft. For most of his life, Rutan, 63, had a single-minded focus on pushing the envelope of experimental aircraft design. Described by some as a genius, he has designed some 40 unique aircraft and now has his sights set on space. He has said he really wants to go to the moon before he dies. Branson, 56, is a swashbuckling daredevil flitting between projects. A high school dropout, he built the Virgin empire into a world brand. The Virgin logo is slapped in some of the most terrestrial places – music stores, cell phones, airlines, graphic novels, to name a few. A decade ago, Branson trademarked Virgin Galactic with the hopes of ultimately flying the brand in space. The men differ in their appearance as well as their social circles. With his 1970s-style muttonchops and leather jacket, Rutan works among engineers, technicians and pilots on a wind-swept Mojave Desert airfield. Branson – with his golden, tousled hair and goatee – hobnobs with celebrities, relaxes on his private Necker Island and makes cameo appearances in Hollywood movies. Their differences don’t end there. They have a different philosophy on publicity. So far, any announcements on when the first customers might experience zero gravity has been one-sided, with details only trickling from Branson’s Virgin Galactic camp. Branson recently told a trade show in California that construction of the Rutan-designed SpaceShipTwo will be ready within a year followed by another year of flight tests. If all goes well, Virgin officials say the spaceship will be unveiled by early next year with the maiden commercial launch in 2009. Rutan, on the other hand, has been relatively silent. He would only confirm that he is designing SpaceShipTwo and the mothership aircraft that will launch it. Despite the buzz by Virgin Galactic, Rutan has not publicly released a schedule for completing work. Rutan told The Associated Press: “It is quite some time off.” Before Rutan teamed with Branson, he was partners with another billionaire – Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul G. Allen, who, like Rutan, tends to shy away from publicity. Allen invested more than $20 million of his fortune to fund SpaceShipOne and was tightlipped about his involvement until a public unveiling in 2003. Rutan’s Mojave Desert shop is closed to the public. He doesn’t give tours because he says it’s time-consuming and fears proprietary information will be leaked. An exception came last year when a group of Virgin Galactic founders – people who paid $200,000 to experience five minutes of weightlessness – visited. Even that came with strings attached: Each had to sign an agreement promising not spill what they had seen or heard. Tim Pickens, who was the chief propulsion engineer for SpaceShipOne, said employees couldn’t even acknowledge the existence of the top-secret program under Rutan’s orders. “He said, `Man, we can’t have NASA get a hold of it. There’s no way I can let this program get out,”‘ recalled Pickens, who now runs his own propulsion company. Even Branson, who was funding GlobalFlyer at the time, didn’t find out about SpaceShipOne until 2002 when his deputies visited Rutan on unrelated business and noticed an odd-looking spaceship in the hangar. In speeches since SpaceShipOne’s history-making flights, Rutan has admitted that the Allen-backed project was a year behind schedule. No one noticed, he said, because no timetable was ever released. Rutan faces a different challenge this time around pairing up with the publicity-seeking Branson. The sleekly designed Virgin Galactic Web site promises amateur astronauts a spacious cabin to float around in and large portholes to coo at the curvature of the Earth. Initial flights will rocket out of the Mojave and later from a still-to-be-built spaceport in New Mexico where voters earlier this month narrowly approved a tax to support the project. Absent an actual spaceship to show off, the company last year unveiled a conceptual mock-up of the interior featuring reclining seats and spacious windows that excited space bloggers. Branson was center of attention as he strapped himself in a seat and gave two thumbs up. Rutan was nowhere to be found. “We don’t go out and promote Virgin Galactic because that would be improper and unfair to the other spaceline customers,” said Rutan, who declined to elaborate. “I have to be careful to not favor.” Branson was traveling and unavailable to comment. Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn says the two have a mutual respect and are more alike than most people think. “I think Burt understands the commercial needs that we have and we understand his wish to keep as much of his technological development under wraps as long as possible,” Whitehorn said. Adventurer Steve Fossett says both men have different strengths: Rutan is the visionary while Branson is the salesman. “Virgin wants to get into business as soon as possible, but a designer like Scaled needs time to do it right,” Fossett said. Rutan and Branson at a glance NAME: Elbert Leander “Burt” Rutan BIRTHDATE: June 17, 1943 BIRTHPLACE: Born in Estacada, Ore., and raised in Dinuba, Calif. CAREER TRAJECTORY: In 1974, founded the Rutan Aircraft Factory, where he developed research aircraft. Opened Scaled Composites in 1982 to develop aerospace prototypes, including the award-winning SpaceShipOne. The craft became the first private manned rocket to reach space in 2004. FUN FACTS: Was a National Aviation Hall of Fame honoree in 1995 and received the Presidential Citizen’s Medal from President Reagan in 1986. QUOTE: “I do want to go to the moon in my lifetime and I want to see affordable travel to the moon in my lifetime. … I’d like to see my grandchildren go to the more interesting moons of Saturn and Jupiter.” (May 4, 2006, at the 25th Annual Space Development Conference in Los Angeles) NAME: Richard Charles Nicholas Branson BIRTHDATE: July 18, 1950 BIRTHPLACE: Born in Shamley Green, England CAREER TRAJECTORY: Founded the Virgin brand in 1970 as a mail-order record retailer. It has since evolved into 200 businesses in more than 30 countries, including music megastores, airlines, cell phones, cosmetics, comic books and space tourism. FUN FACTS: Authored the autobiography “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way” and starred in the defunct reality show “The Rebel Billionaire.” QUOTE: “We’re going where no one has gone before. There’s no model to follow, nothing to copy.” (Dec. 14, 2005, at the site of the proposed Virgin Galactic spaceport headquarters in New Mexico) – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Tags: fuba national basketball leagueKampala University EaglesKCCA MenMichael BazanguNorman BlickRonnie MutebiSaidi AmisSharing YouthtopWarriors KCCA Men (Red) lost to Power on Sunday. (PHOTOS/FUBA)FUBA NBL 2019Wednesday, 29-05-2019YMCA Court, Wandegeya-KCCA Men Vs Kampala University, 6:30 PM-Warriors Vs Sharing Youth, 8:30 PMWANDEGEYA – The FUBA National Basketball League returns on Wednesday, May 29th, with two games at the YMCA Court in Wandegeya.The early tip-off will see KCCA Men and Kampala University face off as both sides seek to escape the wrong side of the table, early.With the two coming off defeats this past weekend, it will be interested to see how each responds.KCCA who added experienced-Norman Blick to their roster lost 66-82 to Betway Power on Sunday and will be hoping to get the better of debutantes KU.Francis Mbuyi had a strong game against Power, posting 16 points and 7 rebounds and he will be the man to look to, for KCCA as they eye a third victory of the season.Currently occupying the second and last relegation spot, KCCA have so far managed to get the better of only Falcons and Our Saviour, two of the other three sides currently occupying the bottom 5 on the standings.With a good record against the other struggling teams, KCCA must be fancying their chances here.For KU, they have so far endured a baptism of fire, of sorts in the top tier.The 66-78 loss to Falcons on Sunday was their 6th in 8 games and their record is only good enough for 4th from bottom.Like KCCA, KU’s two victories have come against sides occupying the bottom five. The defeated Sharing Youth 70-65 on May 11th before triumphing 60-55 against Our Saviour.The game between these two sides may be viewed as a motivational factor as the winner registers a victory that may yet kick start their season and in turn help them escape the clutches of relegation as early as possible.In the other day’s game, wounded Warriors will take on struggling Sharing Youth.Warriors were a perfect 0-6 in their first six games until last weekend when they took on UCU Canons.Ronnie Mutebi’s side were defeated 62-60 by the Mukono based side with all their star players struggling with their respective shot.Michael Bazangu led the team scoring with just 11 while Saidi ‘Camelo’ Amis managed a mere 10.Bazangu (right) top scored for Warriors against UCU Canons last weekend.It is an issue that Mutebi must have worked on since then and Warriors will be expected to make lightweight of their Wednesday opponents.For Sharing, after so how clinching a playoff spot last season, the Nsambya based side looked set for a tussle at the wrong end of the standings this campaign.With just two victories in 7, Sharing start the day in 10th, two spots away from the bottom of the pile and if things do not improve instantly, they may have bigger concerns to think about that making it to the play offs this time round.FUBA NBL upcoming games-A1 Challenge vs KCCA Leopards (Women) @6:30pm-Betway Power vs Falcons (Men) @8:30pmComments last_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe National Lottery is this week celebrating the anniversary of the first ever Lotto draw with a flashback to an unforgettable win in Donegal.Letterkenny widow Brigid McGrath was the happy-go-lucky winner of a life-changing sum back in April 1998. Brigid’s one punt ticket, bought at Proctor’s Newsagents in Letterkenny, won her £147,059 (punts) – the equivalent of €2 million in today’s money.The mother of four, who has since passed away, became an instant celebrity appearing on the front of newspapers and on news bulletin for days as well as being a guest on the Late Late Show hosted by Gay Byrne. The National Lottery have shared Brigid’s interview from the archives to relive the heart-warming moments, click here to watch it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationallotteryireland/videos/1653146381421768/Image: www.lottery.ieAfter the win, Brigid bought houses for her adult children and she also treated herself to a lovely cottage in Letterkenny Town. She was a great patron for the local community.The man who sold that first winning Lotto ticket, Brendan Proctor of Proctor’s Newsagents in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, recently spoke to the National Lottery about the excitement at that time.“1988 was a completely different era in Ireland. The country was coming out of one of the worst recessions in the history of the State, and the new Lotto game allowed people for the first time to play for sums of money that they could never have imagined in their wildest dreams.” Proctor’s 1988. Image via Lottery.ieHe said: “The week of the first draw was just crazy. In my own shop in Letterkenny Town ticket sales were through the roof. On the Saturday of the draw queues for tickets were out the door such was the frenzy around the launch of the game.”It was announced late on Saturday night that the Lotto had been won – but the National Lottery remained tight-lipped on the location of the winning ticket, something which created huge anticipation around the country with rumour and gossip as to who the lucky winner might be.“I found out on the Sunday morning when the National Lottery called me at home to tell me I had sold the winning ticket. What a feeling that was! We had such a small close-knit community in Letterkenny and knowing that one of my neighbours had won a truly astounding amount of money was amazing. We had to keep it quiet for a couple of days but once the news got out it was a complete media circus in the town as reporters from every corner of the country flocked to get the scoop on who the lucky winner was.”National Lottery chief executive, Dermot Griffin, said the total paid out on the Lotto draws, including jackpot wins, over 30 years is more than €4.4 billion.The highest Jackpot win was a mega €18,963,441 won in June 2008 by a syndicate in Carlow. And the counties with the most Lotto jackpot wins over 30 years are Dublin (572), Cork (173) and Galway (92). Dermot Griffin said: “The Lotto is one of our most popular games and that is reflected in that fact it has sustained over three decades and is as popular as ever. The game has changed over the years with the draw now taking place twice a week on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s but it still is giving our players the chance to dream and hope that one day it could be them!”Letterkenny woman’s Lotto win celebrated 30 years on was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:lottonational lotteryproctorslast_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 19 (PTI) Disappointed at Indias two-run defeat via Duckworth-Lewis method at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan in the Womens World T20 cricket tournament here today, skipper Mithali Raj conceded that the home side lost the match in the first six overs of both the innings. Asked to bat, India struggled badly and scored just seven runs for the loss of two wickets in the six overs of powerplay to finally scamper to 96 for seven. The scenario was the same when the home side came out to defend the score as Pakistan raced off to 39 for one in the first six overs of their powerplay before eventually winning the rain-affected match by two runs under D/L method. “In the initial overs the way we batted, bowled and fielded became very crucial. While batting we got stuck in the first six overs and also gave away runs while bowling,” a dejected Mithali said at the post-match press conference. Pakistani eves were a disciplined lot in their bowling and fielding departments as they stifled Indian batters, who failed to get going, striking just six boundaries and one six during their innings. “They (Pakistan) were very disciplined and were backed by their fielding. In the first 10 overs we hardly got any boundaries. We could not bowl with discipline when we started off the innings,” the Indian captain said while praising the opponents. “As a team we did not play according to our expectation. This is part of sport but it is disappointing (to lose via D/L method). It could have been different had we played the last four overs but because of D/L we lost just by 2 runs. It is unfortunate and frustrating,” Mithali said. With a win and a loss under their belt, the Indian women will now play two crucial Group B matches against England and the West Indies in their quest for a semifinal berth. “Now we have two important games against England and West Indies. We have to regroup and play our best cricket to qualify for the semifinals,” said the Indian captain. PTI SSC PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) Automobile manufacturers, Tata Motors, Ford India and Nissan India Thursday announced plans to hike prices of their passenger vehicles from next month to partially offset the impact of rising input costs.Nissan India said it will increase prices by up to 4 per cent across its models.”The revised prices will be applicable across all available models for Nissan and Datsun, effective January 1, 2019,” the company said in a statement.The company sells a range of passenger vehicles under two brands — Nissan and Datsun starting from entry level Datsun RediGo to Nissan GT-R priced between Rs 2.56 lakh and Rs 2.12 crore.”In the wake of the global commodity price increase and shift in foreign exchange rates, we need to pass on the rising costs to our consumers,” Nissan Motor India Director (sales and commercial) Hardeep Singh Brar said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Ford India announced that it will increase prices of its models by up to 2.5 per cent from January to partially offset the impact of rising input costs.”We are taking this step due to increase in input price owing to high commodity prices and frequent fluctuations in foreign exchange rates,” Ford India Executive Director – Marketing, Sales and Service, Vinay Raina told PTI.Ford sells a range of models, from compact utility vehicle Freestlye (starting price Rs 5.23 lakh) to iconic sports car Mustang priced at Rs 74.62 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).Similarly, Tata Motors also said it will hike prices of its passenger vehicles across models by up to Rs 40,000 from January 1, 2019, to offset the impact of rising input costs and increase in fuel prices.advertisementThe company’s passenger vehicles portfolio ranges from entry-level small car Nano to the premium SUV Hexa, which are currently priced between Rs 2.36 lakh and Rs 17.97 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).”The changing market conditions, rising input costs and various external economic factors have compelled us to consider this price increase,” Tata Motors President of Passenger Vehicles Business Unit Mayank Pareek said.Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar, BMW, Renault and Isuzu have already announced price hike from next month citing impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates. PTI MSS RKL BALlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLewis Hamilton has curtailed his pre-race activities before the Monaco Grand Prix as he comes to terms with Monday’s death of his friend Niki Lauda. Lauda was the non-executive chairman at the Mercedes team and had been instrumental in persuading the British driver to join them. Hamilton was withdrawn from the FIA press conference in Monte Carlo before it took place on Wednesday and did not speak to any media.On Tuesday Hamilton issued a heartfelt tribute on Instagram to the three-time world champion, who died aged 70, and although scheduled to speak to the press on Wednesday Mercedes requested that he was allowed to miss the conference. Motor sport Read more Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger My friend Niki Lauda was a street-fighter and a shining talent in F1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Niki Lauda Support The Guardian Topics Lewis Hamilton More than a machine: Niki Lauda was an F1 rebel in his own way Reuse this content Formula Onecenter_img news Read more Formula One 2019 Share on WhatsApp “We asked for Lewis to be excused earlier today following Niki’s death,” the team said in a statement. “We ask for your understanding in the circumstances that Lewis lost a very close friend in Niki fewer than two days ago.” Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, replaced him at the press conference.Lauda had been an integral part of the Mercedes team since 2012, when Michael Schumacher was driving for them. At that point, however, the team had won only one race in the three years since they returned to F1 in 2010. Impressed by Hamilton, then with McLaren, Lauda went out of his way to persuade him to join Mercedes.“If Schumacher couldn’t get the Mercedes team running up front for three years and you [Hamilton] next year are doing much better it makes a huge impact on your personality and people will rate you much higher,” Lauda later said of his discussions with the British driver. “In the end it convinced him that the challenge is what he wants to do.” Share on LinkedIn Play Video 1:53 Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Mercedes GP “It is a big loss for F1, for the sport. He was an icon we lost, and will be impossible to replace,” Vettel said. “He was very outspoken, a true character, a true racer, passionate for the sport, all things people respected. He is leaving a big gap that we won’t be able to fill.”The Mercedes team members will wear black armbands from Thursday and display a tribute to Lauda on their cars this weekend. ‘Danke Niki and Lauda’s signature will be on the nose and one of the stars on the engine cover will be red in his honour. The pair became increasingly close over the following seven years as Mercedes went on to enjoy remarkable success, securing five consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles, with Hamilton taking four titles. Lauda’s death has had a big impact at Mercedes. The team principal, Toto Wolff, also rescheduled a press conference he was due to give and the team said he would not be in present on Wednesday.Drivers across the paddock paid tribute to Lauda in Monaco, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel reflecting the feelings of all that the Austrian would be sorely missed. Vettel had also been close to Lauda, who had been touched to receive a letter from the German when he was recovering from a lung transplant operation last year. Vettel explained in Monaco that he had written the letter as a mark of his respect for Lauda. Niki Lauda: looking back at the life of a Formula One legend – video obituarylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis ready for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis is ready to move to Rangers next month.The Daily Express says Davis has played just twice this season for Southampton and is keen to move on and get playing again.The 33-year-old was brilliant for Rangers during a four-year spell where he captained the club.And he’s got his sights set on a return to help the Steven Gerrard revolution.Gerrard is now looking for another midfielder after cutting Ovie Ejaria’s loan deal short and sending him back to Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more