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

Council warned to trim trees after lorry curtain rip

first_imgThe Letterkenny-Milford council is being asked to ensure roadside trees are sufficiently cut back following a recent incident outside Ramelton.The side curtain of a lorry was ripped after it hit a low-hanging branch on the Race End Road in Ballyare.Repairs to the tear came as a costly expense to the owner, Cllr Michael McBride told the local authority this week, as he called for action to ensure it doesn’t happen again. “A lot of lower bushes on this road are cut back, but it was a stump of a high branch that caught it (the side curtain) and it was a significant expense to the person,” he told the council.Cllr McBride asked for hedge cutters to be vigilant for high sided vehicles.He said: “I would hope that we have people out hedge cutting and for any branches up high that they would mark them and get people who cut trees to come back and get them.“We know that curtain sides are very expensive.” Council warned to trim trees after lorry curtain rip was last modified: November 13th, 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)last_img read more

Chile fans to travel South Africa in style

first_img4 June 2010When it comes to travelling around South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, most fans will be relying on regular types of transport such as bus, airplane, train and car. But some Chilean fans have other plans.On 14 June, overland vehicles will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, just two days before Chile’s game against Honduras in Nelspruit. The overlanders will be filled by 56 Chilean football fans who will follow their team around the country in massive 4×4 trucks.“We have set the tour from 14 until 25 June, the last Chilean game of the first round, and we are going to sleep every night in a different place,” says Pamela Mendoza, the team organiser and leader. “After the 25th we will have to adapt the itinerary according to the results.”The first destination of the tour will be the Chilean Bar, set up for the first game in Nelspruit, where the fans will have the opportunity to meet their countrymen and get into the swing of the World Cup.“We are coming to South Africa because we believe in our national team, we are soccer fans, and this is the most important sports party in the world,” says Mendoza.Overlanding has become a popular tourism pastime in South Africa. The massive, custom-built 4×4 trucks offer tours to some of the region’s most inaccessible destinations, giving a unique experience of the landscape and the people who inhabit it.Klaus Dreckman is one of the La Roja fans who will be joining the overland tour, and aside from the football he is looking forward to the prospect of visiting South Africa.“There is a lot of excitement because of the experience that we are about to have: travelling around a country very different to ours in culture, getting to know spectacular places, living unimaginable experiences, and to be witness of the biggest party in world sports,” says Dreckman.However, these fans are here, first and foremost, to show support for their national side. “We’ll bring our flags, not only the Chilean but also the ones that different overlanders are bringing to represent their own cities (Punta Arenas, Iquique and even Eastern Island),” says Mendoza.“And of course we are planning to get some vuvuzelas!”“We are going to be a red tide flood in each city and stadium,” says Dreckman.The “overlanders” are confident that Chile will perform well in the tournament. “There is a lot of expectations about what Chile can do in the World Cup,” says Drekman. “To be in second place, only one point behind the five-time world champions [Brazil], shows us that this young team, it’s ready for big challenges.”With the tournament kick-off less than one week away, the Chilean fans are full of anticipation. “The mood could not be better,” says Mendoza. “We are going to have an unforgettable experience and enjoy all the marvels that soccer and South Africa have to offer.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

BRICS leaders’ informal meeting on the margins of the G20

first_imgThe BRICS leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China on Sunday 4 September 2016. From left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Indian President Narender Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)Global political, security, economic and governance issues was the focus of discussions between leaders of the BRICS grouping of major emerging markets – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held on the margins of the Group of 20 Summit in Chinese city of Hangzhou on 4 September 2016.To further strengthen the partnership, the BRICS leaders reaffirmed that cooperation would be based on principles of openness, solidarity, equality, mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation between them.Access to international law courts would improve the state of developing economies and the citizenry. Corruption, illicit cross-border financial-flows, and ill-gotten wealth derived from illegal activities are challenges that can best be tackled through enhanced cooperation between G20 countries.Wealth looted from developing economies, often invested through financial institutions in developed economies, robs developing economies of funding institutional and infrastructure development.Macroeconomic policy coordination between G20 member countries would ensure the benefits of any economic recovery would be sustainable and more equitably shared. Focused national growth strategies would only achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth if G20 members worked together.The G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth could be a driver for mid and long term growth and sustainable development. Its recognition of the importance of innovation in growth was welcomed.New trade protectionist policies being implemented across the globe was a concern to the BRICS leadership. Strengthening the role and negotiation functions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would allow the regulatory body to facilitate market inter-linkages and an inclusive, rules-based and open world economy.BRICS leaders stressed the importance of the WTO adherence to a rule-based, open, transparent, non-discriminatory and inclusive global trading system. However they believe the WTO needs to put development at the centre of its policies.Implementation of the outcomes reached by trade ministries in Bali and Nairobi would go a long way to creating a more equitable global economy. The BRICS governments have called for early ratification and enforcement of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.International Monetary Fund (IMF) allocation quotas did not reflect present-day global economic realities. BRICS leaders are calling on the IMF to review the way resources are distributed, and increase their funding reserves. Direction from G20 members could ensure a fairer reflection of emerging and developing economies.Completion of the 15th General Review of Quotas – including a new quota formula – by the 2017 annual meeting would create a more effective and efficient global economic architecture, this would create the environment for resilient growth.BRICS leaders also congratulated India for the speed of its implementation and the expansion of the BRICS cooperation agenda. As chair of the grouping, India will host the upcoming 8th BRICS summit in Goa between 15-16 October.Progress in the implementation of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership underscored the importance of the 2020 BRICS Roadmap on Trade, Economic and Investment Cooperation. This has strengthened trade, business and tourism ties between BRICS nations.India has been at the forefront of strengthening of these ties through the ongoing series of people-to-people exchanges across the provinces and cities of India.The New Development Bank’s approval of its first set of loans also drew praise from the assembled leaders. The first loans as well as the successful issuance of the Bank’s first funded programmes in the renewable and green energy sectors. Leaders applauded the Bank’s potential as a source for bridging finance for infrastructure projects.Universal access to energy and energy security are critical to shared prosperity and the future of the planet. They acknowledged the importance of affordable, clean and renewable energy to sustainable development.The success of the G20 Hangzhou Summit earned the Chinese government plaudits from the BRICS leadership. They applauded the emphasis placed on a development agenda and encouraged all G20 members to strengthen macroeconomic cooperation, promote innovation, robust and sustainable trade and investment growth.BRICS governments reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. BRICS leaders expect that the agenda in China would encourage a new vison of inclusive growth from G20 governments. In this regard, they welcomed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialisation in Africa and Least Developed Countries.Cooperation and ongoing dialogue with other emerging market economies would be strengthened. Fostering innovation between interconnected, inclusive and invigorated usher in a new era of global growth and sustainable development.International cooperation would blunt the threat of international terrorism and the risk of destabilization these heinous acts represent. BRICS leaders united to condemn terrorist violence that continue to disrupt global peace and security and undermine social and economic confidence.In expressing sympathy and support to innocent victims, they reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There can be no justification for terror or violence whether based on ideology, religion, politics, race or ethnic identity. They emphasised that a united effort guided by international law, with the United Nations playing a central role, was needed to combat terrorism.last_img read more

Most ‘Houses That Breathe’ Aren’t Very Comfortable

first_img RELATED ARTICLES ‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building MythsHouses Need to Breathe … Right?Buildings Don’t Need to Breathe Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV? GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation Choices Recently I heard another comment from a builder who wants to build a house that breathes. I started to reply in an e-mail, and then decided to write a blog instead.What we are doing nowadays in the world of high-performance homes is based on studying hundreds of thousands of houses built in the last half century that have failed — including the majority of superinsulated and passive solar homes built in the 1970s and 1980s in the Northeast — and applying those lessons to building a durable house.Houses from before that time period that failed for one reason or another are mostly gone, and many of those that remain are piggy banks for big oil. We put our money in and the oil companies take it out. Simple. (Usually, I like simple, but not in this case.)For the past few decades, most builders in the Northeast have been living in a vacuum, while builders in northern European and Canada paid much more attention to how houses fail, learning from them and adapting. Now the conversation is opening up again, and we are taking a seat at the table. A house has to breathe? Really?I have lived in houses that breathe my whole life. It sucks.Aside from the part where you have to give your money to someone else just to prevent freezing to death in the winter, there is the comfort aspect of things. Houses I have lived in have never been all that comfortable, whether in terms of temperature or moisture levels or even wiping mildew off the window sills.Now, with two children, I worry about the air quality and mold issues inherent in my “house that breathes.” I would rather be able to seal up the house in the winter and be confident that I was breathing fresh Vermont air all the time than have to step outside for a breath of fresh air or open up the doors and windows if I screw up on getting the wood stove going.Six months out of the year, I would still have the choice to open the windows and turn off the HRV.We do seem to have more summer moisture and humidity problems than we used to, but we also have access to more durable and proven materials and building methods. Some builders and architects are taking advantage of this, but most are building the same way they did 20 years ago, despite all the failures.A house that breathes and has little or no insulation is a barn. And If you want to heat it, that means coming to terms with giving your money away. Jesse Thompson says, “People breathe air through their lungs, not their skin. Why should houses be any different?” If you want your house to breathe, give it a set of lungs — in other words, provide it with a mechanical ventilation system.There are a range of options for doing this, from exhaust-only bathroom fans and range hoods (simple and cheap, but where does the makeup air come from in a very tight house?) to a full-on heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system. These are also fairly simple and effective, although significantly more expensive. But they have the added advantages of recovering much of the heat from the outgoing air as well as providing fresh incoming air exactly where you want it. For more information, just type “HRV” or “house ventilation” into the search box on Green Building Advisor, and start reading.center_img Robert Swinburne is a part-time architect and full-time homemaker living on 49 acres with his wife and two young children in Halifax, Vermont. He was a carpenter for several years after architecture school and is now a licensed architect and passive house designer with over 100 completed projects in the Northeast. Bob maintains a blog (primarily for therapeutic reasons) under the moniker “Vermont Architect.”last_img read more

Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Richard Jefferson #34 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. AFPNew York, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers trimmed their roster Saturday ahead of the upcoming NBA season, trading forward Richard Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to Atlanta while releasing center Kendrick Perkins and guard Isaac Hamilton.The Hawks, who released Felder and Jefferson to save $3.8 million in combined salary, also received second-round picks in the 2019 and 2020 NBA Draft from Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Welcome, Matt Perkins, 32, helped Boston win the 2008 NBA crown and played in three pre-season contests for the Cavs. Hamilton had only been signed on Wednesday.The Cavaliers open the NBA’s 72nd season at home Tuesday against Boston. /cbb Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Atlanta sent the Cavaliers the draft rights to 22-year-old Greek forward Dimitrios Agravanis, who has played the past four years for Olympiacos of Greece, and Ukrainian guard Sergiy Gladyr, who has played the past two seasons for Monaco.The Cavaliers also sent the Hawks $3 million but will save $12.8 million in luxury tax payments by making the deal, ESPN reported.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make,” said Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman. “Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have with us this season.”Jefferson, 37, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in his 16th NBA campaign. Felder, 22, averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists in his first NBA season.last_img read more

2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships preview

first_imgOver 1,500 players and spectators will converge on Port Macquarie for the four day event which showcases the top under 18’s talent in Australia. The championships have returned to the traditional Under 18’s format after the inclusion of the Under 20’s division in 2008, with 36 teams competing at the tournament.The event is Port Macquarie’s second national Touch Football tournament this year, after the National Touch League was hosted at the stadium in March.QSST’s Boys and Girls teams will both be looking to again take a clean sweep of the Under 18’s titles after their dominance at the 2008 championships, but will face tough competition from NSWCHS, NSWCCC, SQBD Sharks and Brisbane City Cobras in both divisions. Local hopes will be high after the Northern Eagles fifth placing in the Under 18’s Girls last year, and the experience of their coach – Australian Women’s 20’s player, Stephanie Halpin, will be of great benefit to the team. The Under 18’s Boys team will be looking to improve on their result of 14th at the 2008 championships with the help of the talent Port Macquarie brothers, Nick and Matt Bale. The round games will be played from Wednesday to Friday, before the semi finals and finals are played on Saturday. To keep updated on scores and news throughout the tournament, please visit the National Youth Championships website: read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Report Frontline Quits Gener8 Maritime Pursuit

first_imgzoom Norwegian tanker shipping giant Frontline has shelved its plans to purchase its US-based rival Gener8 Maritime, the Wall Street Journal reported.Fredriksen said earlier that he was looking into the purchase of a ship operator that ran at least 20 VLCCs, with Gener8 Maritime being singled out as the likely candidate.A vessel combination deal between Frontline and Gener8 Maritime, which operates a fleet of 23 tankers, would have created the world’s biggest tanker fleet, featuring 43 very large crude carriers.Frontline was linked with Gener8 Maritime after the Norwegian firm abandoned plans to acquire DHT Holdings after a number of unsuccessful bids for outstanding shares of common stock in the compatriot tanker owner.However, DHT’s Board turned down several offers from Frontline, deeming them inadequate.Following the latest dismissal of legal action against DHT Holdings by the Marshall Islands court, Frontline seems to have admitted defeat and is moving on.“We will not spend time pursuing the DHT track,” Reuters reported earlier today citing Frontline’s Chief Executive Robert Hvide Macleod as saying.Furthermore, prompted by the current market conditions in the sector, Fredriksen’s firm reportedly decided to abstain from merger and acquisition moves for the time being.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Florin Andone enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone was buzzing after scoring his third goal for the club in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.Andone scored Brighton’s third goal in their 3-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as the Seagulls advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.“It’s my style and I live for those moments, I’m very happy because it will give me confidence as a striker to score,” he told the club’s website.“I feel a real connection with the fans, I think they love me, that’s the feeling I get, and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement to the team.“The win is good for us and it was important for a lot of the squad to get good game time this afternoon.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We played very well and deserved the victory, the feeling when I scored was crazy – sometimes you lose yourself in the moment after getting a goal and that’s what happened.“We’re in good form in the league and won today, this is the way to continue.“For me personally, I work hard every day in training in a very competitive squad – both I and Glenn [Murray] push one another and get on really well.“Our relationship is great – he’s a really good guy, this is the way we must continue – the group is very close and strong. It doesn’t matter who is playing and who isn’t, because the team is very competitive.”last_img read more