Frank McDaid from Moville, Co. Donegal won €58,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on the 7 February 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Frank McDaid, the winning player; Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from EuroSpar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA CO Donegal man is celebrating after winning €58,000 on RTE’s Winning Streak.Frank McDiad from Moville pocketed the cash in the weekend show.Frank and his wife Elizabeth have been married for the past 43 years. They met in Glasgow and moved first to Cork before settling in their native Donegal in 1980. They have six children – Mary, Martina, James, Fiona, Frank and Aisling and have eight grandchildren.Their daughter Martina flew in for the show from San Jose, California with her two children Evelyn and Jack.It was either he or Elizabeth that bought the Scratch Card. They were recording Winning Streak and watching it last Saturday when Frank’s sister-in-law Marian rang and told them the wonderful news. Pandemonium occurred in the McDaid household after that!Frank enjoys watching sport and soccer in particular. He has no lucky charms but he is lucky in life and things work out well for him. He would like to pay another visit to California. He was there to visit his daughter and really enjoyed the experience. This time he would like to go to Las Vegas as well! FRANK’S THE TOAST OF MOVILLE AFTER €58,000 WINNING STREAK was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Frank McDaidlotto winlotto wionWinning Streak
Romaana NaidooThere are just 218 days until 27 April 2014, when South Africa marks a significant milestone – 20 years of democracy.In preparing for the anniversary, citizens have been urged to join the likes of Lead SA and Brand South Africa to pledge their support in building national pride and reflecting on how far the country has come in two decades. Along with the Department of Arts and Culture, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly SA, four initiatives in this vein were launched by Lead SA on 20 September in Soweto.Richard Simmonds dressed for Freedom FridayFreedom Friday is a call on the nation to wear something every Friday that expresses their pride in being South African. This includes anything from a jersey of a favourite football or rugby team to traditional wear. Other projects to celebrate South Africa’s heritage as well as 20 years of democracy include 20 Hours of Volunteerism, between 20 September and Freedom Day, 27 April 2014; Wikipedia Wordathon, to improve South Africa’s digital footprint on the online encyclopaedia; and 20 Memorable Moments, which will retell people’s stories about their most memorable moment in the past two decades.On 27 April 1994, South Africa cast aside centuries of discrimination and oppression to form a new society built on a foundation of freedom and democracy. This change marked the beginning of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee kicked off the festivities for the launch of the initiatives by explaining the importance of having the event on Vilakazi Street.“It is a great privilege to be here today as we make history. It is fitting that we gather in Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which enjoys a prominent place in the history of South Africa … We are here today to start a journey of reflection and celebration as we count down the days to 20 Years of Democracy on 27 April 2014,” he said.“Some of you may recall every day since the first vote was cast on that day in 1994, and even the days, months and years before, while others were born to a free South Africa. We have a great opportunity to look towards the future with a greater understanding and appreciation of our past.”Unique storyBrand South Africa’s chief executive officer Miller Matola and Lead SA’s Yusuf AbramjeeThe South African story, Abramjee said, was as unique as the people who made up the diverse and vibrant nation. It was a story of great sacrifice and perseverance; it was the stuff of legends.An excited Miller Matola, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, spoke about 20 years being a significant milestone for all citizens. “We must all now participate in driving the future we would like to see for ourselves, our children and the generations of descendants who will come after us,” he said.“Brand South Africa is inspired by the launch of the Freedom Friday initiative. We look forward to working with our partners on this initiative, as well as with all citizens to find new ways to celebrate our democracy, our freedom, our nationhood.”Matola explained that through the National Development Plan citizens would be able to achieve a better future for all. “We must each of us play our part to make this a better reality.”He concluded by quoting Nelson Mandela: “Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come, that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.”Among those at the launch were Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula; Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile; Leslie Sedibe, Proudly SA’s chief executive officer; Phumla Williams, GCIS’s acting chief executive officer; struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada; social cohesion advocate Judge Yvonne Mokgoro; and Primedia Broadcasting’s chief executive officer, Terry Volkwyn.Youth commitment20 years of freedomAcknowledging the youth’s support and active participation, Abramjee introduced some inspirational schoolchildren. Among them were Madison Volkwyn; Jordan van der Walt, the Lead SA hero of the year; and Tshogofatso Dhlamini. Madison, a pupil at Redhill High School in Johannesburg, spoke about a business studies and design project that inspired her and a group of friends to give back to an underprivileged school in Orange Farm in the form of a colourful play area.The group was instructed to go out and implement a sustainable, green corporate social responsibility project, “whatever you want, whatever you need, but you need to do it yourself”. “For us, being raised in homes that are very open and exposed to the current situations of the people in our country, we were hopeful that we could find somewhere where we could make an impact but we hadn’t gone looking specifically for a place to do community service,” she explained.“Solwazi Primary School is a way of helping keep the children occupied during the day, educating them and helping to keep them off the streets, as many of these children are orphans. When interviewing the directors of the school, they expressed the importance of playing and felt that their students were being deprived of this aspect of their schooling, especially in the foundation phase of Grade R and grades one to three,” she said.“Studies have shown that low-income children have limited opportunities to play. Having gone to a school such as Redhill, my peers and I have always had boundless opportunities … which I have no doubt has significantly helped us to this very day. When visiting the school, seeing those 600 children, playing in what could only be described as a flat, dusty playground, with no equipment and nothing to stimulate these children’s minds or provide a ritualistic form of exercise, it really sparked a desire in us to make a change, however small.”Tshogofatso, a Grade 11 pupil at St Martin de Porres School in Orlando West, Soweto gave a moving speech about the importance of national heritage and pride. “Heritage is anything that we discover or know about the past. But heritage is not simply history – that which befalls us – it is rather what we choose to know, keep, and value from the past. Heritage is that part of our history which defines us and which we cherish.”She said: “A shared heritage provides us with a common past, and this gives us a sense of identity and belonging … A shared heritage is like a rich mine from which we may select and emphasise that good that we choose to cherish and to celebrate with others. These aspects of heritage tie us to other human beings, often forming the strongest human bonds.“One of the most important things about heritage is that it gives us a sense of identity, defining who we are, as well as seeing that we are part of something that is bigger than what we are, and something in which we can take pride,” she said.
2 November 2016The film Mandela’s Gun tells the story of a young Nelson Mandela and the symbolism of his side-arm weapon. A semiautomatic Makarov pistol given to him by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, the gun came to represent his revolutionary awakening and the start of the armed struggle against apartheid.On his clandestine return to South Africa in 1962, Mandela feared imminent capture by the apartheid government. So he wrapped his gun in foil and heavy-duty military material and buried it under a tin plate on Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia, Johannesburg.The new film, directed by Bafta-winning British director John Irvin (The Dogs of War and Hamburger Hill), uses a mix of documentary footage, interviews with South African anti-apartheid activists, and dramatisations of Mandela’s journey. Mandela’s Gun was filmed in Algeria, Ethiopia, Botswana and South Africa.Mandela is played by renowned local actor Tumisho Masha. After more than 20 major film and TV productions on Mandela, it is the first time a South African actor portrays the iconic leader.Countdown to the opening movie for the inuagural #JoburgFilmFestival Mandela’s Gun happening tonight. 1 city. 20 venues #WeLoveFilm pic.twitter.com/1Thr4cxpDw— Joburg Film Festival (@JoburgFilmFest) October 28, 2016Producer Moroba Nkawe told Variety that the long process of bringing the story to screen was similar to the remarkable, pan-African trip Mandela made as a young freedom fighter in exile. “As we uncovered more information through research, the story grew and…led us to film across the African continent, as we tried to bring to life this amazing, untold journey.”Mandela’s Gun to open on 28th October at #JoburgFilmFestival. Check out the latest scoop on @ScreenAfrica pic.twitter.com/SOXHJaZsc9— Joburg Film Festival (@JoburgFilmFest) October 17, 2016Intent on building an army against the apartheid government, the young Mandela had yet to even shoot a gun, let alone own one. So in exile, travelling across Africa on false passports, he got military training in Algeria and Ethiopia. It was here that he received the Selassie gift. He then moved south to Tanzania and later Botswana, building up tactical and political support from governments and individuals.Returning to South Africa, Mandela gathered together anti-apartheid activists, ANC members and other supporters at Liliesleaf to plan the armed struggle.“Not only were we rediscovering Mandela’s journey and a part of our history that is seldom spoken about,” said Nkawe, “but also learning what a huge debt South Africa owes to the African continent for the support they gave in our liberation struggle.”Interviews in the film include first-hand accounts of that time from Mandela’s comrades, such as Dennis Goldberg and Ronnie Kasrils.The all-South African cast includes Zethu Dlomo, Nick Boraine and Meren Reddy. Desmond Dube plays ANC stalwart Govan Mbeki.The soundtrack by Abdullah Ibrahim includes classic South African music of the period, and new material written for the film.Guns buried 20 paces from the kitchenThe story of the hidden weapon was only revealed after Mandela was released from prison in 1990, during his first visit to Liliesleaf in 30 years. The late veteran journalist Allister Sparks recalled being with Mandela at the time. He told the Mail & Guardian in 2011: “He was reminiscing about all the things that had gone on while he was there. He asked the house maid, ‘Where’s the kitchen? I buried some weapons here 20 paces from the kitchen.“We went to the kitchen and he stepped out his paces but by the time he got to 10 he hit the garden wall. So it was over in the neighbour’s property. We never found it and Nick Wolpe (Liliesleaf Trust chief executive)has been digging ever since.“Negotiations for the sale of the neighbouring property have been underway for over five years. But the gun has still not been found.The film will be on at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in November and December 2016.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Increasing demand for corn and corn farmer profitability is key to the National Corn Growers Association’s mission, and this was clearly evident at the recent meeting of NCGA’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team (CPQAT).Farmer team members from across the U.S. discussed several potential avenues for finding new uses for corn to drive demand. Potential areas of focus are new food uses for corn, new plant-based chemicals from corn and more specifically using corn as a feedstock to replace chemicals currently manufactured from petroleum.“Developing new uses for corn is nothing novel. It has always been important. Within the last 20 years, fuel ethanol went from being a new use for corn to our second largest market. And look at the impact that has had on farmer profitability,” said Larry Hoffmann, chairman of the CPQAT. “But trying to keep corn use ahead of our growing productive capacity is a never-ending challenge. We are currently exploring the concept of an open innovation contest as a way to engage researchers to drive corn use.”Open Innovation focuses on uncovering new ideas or new applications of corn. This process allows us to look beyond our normal research networks and find new applications. Projects uncovered through the open innovation process may be eligible for financial support or other in-kind activities to accelerate them through the research phase and into commercial production.
September marks the month of suicide prevention and within the military, caregivers and family members can provide assistance to their loved one by becoming aware of their service member’s emotional well-being. Between 2008 and 2010, 53 percent of suicides were by service members who had never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior Journal article. Suicides and Suicide Attempts in the U.S. Military, 2008-2010). In many cases the 53 percent that committed suicide were in some form embedded within the home environment.These numbers speak volumes within the military community and are the reason families need to take a stand in identifying suicidal signs and supporting warriors when they need they need it the most. The Caregivers’ Guide to Battling Suicide on the Home Front provides information for caregivers on understanding suicide prevention, risk factors, warning signs and caregiving strategies to combat suicide within the home.If you are a caregiver or family member of a service member who may be exhibiting signs of suicide, get help now. Contact the Military Crisis Line where qualified professionals provide free, confidential support to service members and their families at 1-800-273-8255.This post is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
Politicians wave during the closing ceremony of 34th National Games.A spectacular air show and a musical extravaganza with a dash of Bollywood marked the closing ceremony, which drew curtains on the controversies-ridden 34th National Games in Ranchi on Saturday night.After 14 days of intense competition, hosts Jharkhand put up a glittering closing ceremony at the athletics venue of the Mega Sports Complex, even as country’s top leaders decided to gave it a miss on Saturday night.After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken too skipped the ceremony at the last minute, apparently due to beleaguered IOA chief Suresh Kamadi’s veiled attack on the sports ministry.In absence of the top politicos, Kalmadi “declared the National Games close” as the political overtones dogged the closing ceremony.Indirectly taking a dig at the political heads, Kalmadi quipped, “I’m not going to give anymore bhasan (speech). Enough of bhasan has already been given,” as he went on to “declare the Games close”.With smiles and loud cheers all around, the spectacular ceremony lived up to the expectation at the jam-packed Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Mega Sports Complex in the outskirts of the city.The best of the ceremony was preserved for the last part as Bollywood heartthrob Katrina Kaif danced to hit numbers that brought the entire atmosphere alive.The four-hour long closing ceremony left an indelible impression on the people of Jharkhand.”It was a lifetime experience for me. Right from the air show to the item numbers, it really made us proud of the state. I have never seen such a programme and I’m sure everybody liked it,” Amit Kumar Jha, an enthralled volunteer, said.advertisementThe ceremony came as a balm for the Jharkhand Olympic Association who had received all the brickbats for the tumultuous build-up that had witnessed six postponements and a delay of four years after Guwahati hosted the previous edition in 2007.Divided into a total of five segments, the four-hour long closing ceremony began with a spectacular air show by the airforce who enthralled the audience with some breathtaking performances over the stadium.About an hour’s slot was allotted to the formal part of the show that saw arrival of the dignitaries, formal speeches and announcement of the closing as the torch was put off and the Games flag was handed over to the representatives of Kerala, the hosts of the next Games. .There was a jumble march-past by all the participating athletes which signified their friendship and bond of togetherness. It was followed by speeches by the dignitaries.Jharkhand Olympic Association chief R K Anand said, “People might be saying many things about the use of infrastructure but let me assure that it will be the hub of sporting activities even after the Games.”Virdhawal Khade and Richa Mishra were adjudged Best Male and Best Female athletes, while Raja Bhalendra Trophy for the champions were given to the Services Sports Control Board who topped with 70 gold, 50 silver and 42 bronze.An audio-video feature film, ‘Journey For All’ marked the beginning of the cultural segment as school children performed ‘Ye Desh Rangila’ inviting loud cheers from the crowd.There were also clippings of moments of glory, nail biting moments, sights and sounds of Jharkhand and rural to global transformation of the state that marked the show.Percussion, wind and string instrumentalist of Jharkhand created a tune titled ‘Wings of Aspiration’ which was followed by Thang-ta, a martial arts presentation by Manipur and Giddha and Bhangra dances of Punjab.Child prodigies, Hemant Brijwasi, Yatharth and Anamika Chuadhary, winners of different TV reality shows, performed separate Tri Colour Act before one shehnai, 100 dhaks, 100 nagaras (drumbeats), 800 paika (warrior dancers) and 66 dancers (33 pairs representing each dance forms) gave a special farewell tribute, aptly titled ‘Bidaai’.In the final segment of the ceremony, about 180 artists from Kerala showcased their cultural and traditional heritage in a 12-minute slot directed by National award winning filmmaker Shyama Prasad as they rendered ‘Varika Varika’ (welcome to Kerala).Shaan’s mesmerising crooning performance brought the atmosphere alive as a spectacular laser show lit up the evening, while ‘Katrina Kaif Live’ became the buzzword of the ceremony that closed with a spectacular fireworks dazzling the Ranchi sky.- With PTI inputs
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