Lucky Afke Barr to appear on Winning Streak following business heartbreak

first_imgBuncrana woman Afke Barr has had a wonderful change of fortune just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.Afke will be the next local person to appear on RTE’s Winning Streak and follow in the footsteps of a long line of Donegal players this year so far.Afke, who is the wife of Buncrana draper John Barr, was given her winning gameshow ticket following a tragedy at the family business in February. The well-known store was burnt down in a fire which also damaged the Buncrana Plaza on Main Street. 4th February 2019: The scene of the fire on Buncrana Main Street. Photo: Northwest NewspixThanks to help from the Buncrana community, the John Barr Drapery Store business shortly reopened at another premises. Afke received a good luck card, containing a lucky Winning Streak ticket, which was the very one that was pulled out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.The new John Barr Fashion store in BuncranaThere was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke Barr being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who wish her all the best.Afke Barr is originally from the Freisland in the Netherlands but has lived in Ireland for 33 years.  She met her husband John in Listowel at the All Ireland Fleadh and got married in the years that followed and now, 33 years later, the pair have two daughters in their twenties, Caoimhe and Orla.Afke will be surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and she hopes that her family’s luck following the fire is about to change with a big win on the show. Winning Streak airs this Saturday 11th May at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.Lucky Afke Barr to appear on Winning Streak following business heartbreak was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:afke barrbuncranagameshowjohn barrWinning Streaklast_img read more

49ers Garoppolo on his dad, knee comeback, even Nick Bosa

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SAN JOSE — Jimmy Garoppolo beamed with family pride Wednesday morning in his warm-up act before reporting to the 49ers facility for more rehabilitation work on his rebuilt knee.First, Garoppolo joined his father, Tony, a recently retired electrician, in a signing-day presentation for nearly 100 high school students entering skilled trades as a profession.[vemba-video …last_img

Should City Governments Sponsor Seed Funds?

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In February, Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams announced the city would put $500,000 towards a seed fund to help encourage regional startups. And on Friday of last week, the Portland Development Commission announced it had finally chosen the five local business leaders to help launch the fund, predicting it would be “open for business” by the fall.Portland isn’t the only city undertaking these sorts of early-stage investments. Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his city was sponsoring an Entrepreneurial Fund, in a partnership with Firstmark Capital that had over $20 million earmarked to fund startups.Following a rather dour report from the Kauffman Foundation that placed Seattle at the bottom of major metropolitan areas for entrepreneurial activity, the Seattle-based technology blog Techflash asked its readers if Seattle should setup its own, similar early-stage fund.The majority of responses to their poll were negative: the city had better ways to spend its money. And although the economic contribution of a healthy entrepreneurial climate is something that cities want to foster, managing these investments might prove difficult. While a city like New York not only has a sizeable startup fund but has a large community of investors, it remains to be seen how a small, city-run seed fund like Portland has created will impact both the local investment and the local entrepreneurial communities.What do you think? Should cities be in the angel business? What other steps – beyond the usual “tax incentives” – can cities take in order to help foster a strong local startup community?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoDerby fire five past Man Utd U18

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby fire five past Man Utd U18by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18s were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County yesterday.Hit by a three-goal, seven-minute Rams salvo in the first half, it was a blow which the Reds couldn’t recover from, despite Mark Helm’s strike providing a glimmer of hope before the interval. Two further Derby goals after the break put the game well out of United’s reach.The trio of Bjorn Hardley, Calen Gallagher-Allison and Hannibal Mejbri – all 16-year-olds – were called up to make their full Under-18 debuts in place of Connor Stanley, the suspended Reece Devine and Will Fish, who had made an impressive bow for the Under-23s against Fulham the previous evening at Leigh. last_img read more

a month agoRangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added. last_img read more

Mens hockey Mason Jobst named firstteam four other Buckeyes receive B1G honors

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerFive members of the 13th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team received Big Ten honors on Monday.Sophomore forward Mason Jobst was named to the All-Big Ten first team and recognized as the conference’s scoring co-champion with Minnesota sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy, racking up 34 points in conference play. Sheehy won Big Ten Player of the Year.Jobst had 13 goals and 21 assists in league play, and collected 51 points on 18 goals and 33 assists in the regular season.A trio of seniors were named to the All-Big Ten second team — goaltender Christian Frey, defenseman Josh Healey and forward captain Nick Schilkey.Sophomore forward Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection, scoring a career-high 11 goals and 22 assists, including nine goals and 11 assists coming in Big Ten play.On Saturday at Wisconsin, Jobst scored a goal and had an assist to surpass the 50-point barrier for the first time since R.J. Umberger had 53 points in 2003.Jobst ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42), but leads the nation in the category since the start of the second half of the year (1.67).Following first-team honors in 2016, Healey earned his way onto the second-team all-conference with 24 points on four goals and 20 assists. His plus-18 rating is third among blue-liners in the conference and ranks eighth nationally at his position.Schilkey was the do-it-all player for the Buckeyes in the regular season. The senior from Marysville, Michigan, led the Big Ten with 26 goals and ranks second in the NCAA with .81 goals per game. The 26 goals are the highest single-season total for one player in the program since 1997. He had 39 points in the regular season, 18 of which came against Big Ten opponents.Frey ended the season with a .916 save percentage in conference games and a .910 save percentage in the regular season. Frey was injured for part of the season, and shared playing time with fellow senior goaltender Matt Tomkins. Frey was 9-7-3 with one shutout this season.Senior goaltender Logan Davis received one of six Big Ten sportsmanship awards.OSU plays in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan State in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. read more

Rob Heffernan withdraws after 40km of European Championship race

first_img50 KM WALKING World Champion Rob Heffernan withdrew himself 10km before the end of today’s European Championship race in Zurich.With a fast pace set from the outset, the Corkman took some time to settle into his race rhythm. He did that and looked well-placed going into the middle section in fourth place.However, he never managed to make inroads into the top two places and as leader Yohann Diniz extended his lead on his way to setting a new world record of 3:32.33 Heffernan battled with injury. And, after stopping briefly to stretch out a strain, eventually pulled out before the race was three hours old.Donegal’s Brendan Boyce finished in 16th place with a new personal best time of 3:51.27. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThere was better news on the track as three Irishmen started in the heats of the 1500m. John Travers and Ciarán Ó Lionáird went in the first heat and the latter claimed his spot in the next stage with a time of 3.39.79 good enough for seventh-place finish.Heat two saw 23-year-old Paul Robinson put in stunning late burst to claim fourth place in a time of 3.39.83.5 everyday super foods you should work into your diet this weekend‘This is for dad’: Brad Thorn’s Bledisloe Cup preview is absolutely perfectlast_img read more

Rep Glenn testifies on bill preventing conflicts of interest in wind farm

first_img Categories: Glenn News,News 12Dec Rep. Glenn testifies on bill preventing conflicts of interest in wind farm deals Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee, testified today on his bill preventing conflicts of interest for local officials related to potential wind farm developments.Glenn’s bill would prohibit members of local government planning commissions from voting on issues on which they or their families have direct financial interests. The bill includes strong provisions to make sure local officials can’t vote to allow wind projects if those officials would personally profit because they have already signed a wind lease contract on their own private property.Failure to disqualify themselves from such votes would constitute grounds for removal from office and could result in a felony charge and fines.“Public officials should act in the public’s best interests – not their own financial interests,” Glenn said after testifying on his bill. “Government officials shouldn’t be voting on wind farm developments if they stand to personally profit from the projects.”The legislation would apply to any potential conflict of interest situation where a planning commission member has a direct financial interest. According to testimony Tuesday, conflict of interest concerns have surfaced in several proposed wind farm locations in Michigan.Glenn’s bill would strengthen current law regarding conflicts of interest at the local government level.“Existing law has not sufficiently addressed this issue,” Glenn said. “We need legislation with some teeth in it. We cannot have situations where members of a government board would be allowed to vote on a project that would pay them $1,000 or more a month if the project is approved.”Glenn said the need for this measure has been heightened because of the state’s mandate that 15 percent of all energy come from renewable sources.Glenn added that he wants to ensure decision-making authority regarding commercial wind projects remains in the hands of local officials or local residents themselves.“These decisions about whether to allow wind energy developments should be made at the local level, and they should be made with integrity and without conflict of interest,” Glenn said.House Bill 4968 remains in the Energy Policy Committee.###last_img read more