first_imgA GAA club giving away a new €200,000 home in Donegal has gone global with record interest from around the world just 24 hours before the draw is made.The St Eunan’s club in Letterkenny is running its TENTH house giveaway with proceeds from the €100-a-ticket draw tomorrow night going towards developing their grounds in the town.And at one stage yesterday there were queues outside a local estate agent’s office which has become the club’s headquarters for the weekend. “The deadline for buying a ticket is 9pm this Sunday and there’s been a frenzy of activity both locally and from all over the world,” said Draw co-ordinator and local solicitor Ciaran Haran.“We set up a dedicated website at gaahousedraw.com and sales of tickets there are coming in thick and fast. This morning (Saturday) we could see purchases from all over Ireland, across England and Scotland and also from New York, Boston, Chicago, Melbourne, Sydney and even one from Bangkok.“If anyone wants to see where the Donegal diaspora is, they just have to look at where our tickets have been sold in the past few days. It’s incredible. We even sold tickets in Brazil and Argentina a couple of weeks ago.”The draw takes place at Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel tomorrow night (Sunday). “We will be uploading the results on social media so that everyone who has bought a ticket locally in Donegal or around the world can log on to see if they’ve landed the big prize – a brand new 3-bedroom A-rated home in the heart of Letterkenny.“We have some great runners-up prizes including a Med cruise too.”For club member and estate agent Brendan McGlynn, queues outside his office have caused a stir.“We’ve certainly never had a queue for a free house,” he laughed.“The whole town across our two parishes in Letterkenny has come together because St Eunan’s is at the heart of the community and people know any profits we make on ticket sales goes right back into the club. That’s the GAA ethos. “We’ve been humbled by the support we’ve had from GAA families across Ireland and around the globe. There are more than 30 clubs across Donegal and members of every single one of them have bought tickets. GAA people support GAA people.”The winner of the last draw – in 2017 – was Justin Brett. The County Sligo software developer bought two tickets online from his then home in London.Tickets can be bought for the 2019 draw up until 9pm on Sunday on gaahousedraw.comThe new three-bedroom home – complete with solar panels – is situated in a new housing development at Rann Mór, a five minute walk from Letterkenny town centre. Ticket frenzy as Donegal GAA club gives away new house in draw this Sunday was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

first_img2 May 2013 South Africa is attracting new attention from Chinese, Indian and Russian investors – including a planned visit by Chinese buyers who aim to spend R5-billion in the country later this year, says Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October. Speaking to SAnews this week, October said the Chinese government was planning to co-ordinate a buying mission for their retail trading houses and state-owned enterprises in September, and was looking at spending R5 billion in provinces across the country. He said his department had signed a range of agreements at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit which took place in Durban in March. These included agreements signed with China for setting up a cement plant in Limpopo province, and another with Chinese conglomerate Cherry to explore the possibility of setting up ship repair and small ship building facility in Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. In another agreement concluded at the BRICS summit, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), which has a 20% share in South Africa’s Standard Bank, agreed to invest its share of dividends over the next five years in local renewable energy projects. October said the department’s Russian counterparts had agreed during talks at the Durban summit that they would send buying missions to look at expanding purchases of South African juices and other long-shelf-life food products. He said Russia was now the biggest market for South Africa’s citrus fruits, with 12% of citrus exports heading to Russia. South Africa had been able to gain market share there, as European citrus is currently blighted by black-spot disease. Meanwhile, in March, Indian conglomerate the Action Group signed an agreement to set up an agricultural export hub at the Dube Tradeport in Durban. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgHe loves it. He loves it not. Indian cricket remains mysterious. First, he swears during the match fixing drama that he will have nothing to do with cricket.Then he appears on assorted golf courses, leaving no one in doubt as to what his sport of choice is. He aims, he,He loves it. He loves it not. Indian cricket remains mysterious. First, he swears during the match fixing drama that he will have nothing to do with cricket.Then he appears on assorted golf courses, leaving no one in doubt as to what his sport of choice is. He aims, he claims, to represent India in golf too, and become a double international.FLIP FLOP: Kapil Dev on cricketJust when it was safe to start reading the sports pages again, Dev lashes out at the “attitude” and “commitment” of players like Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, “I get the impression that they are not part of a team unit.” Strange because that should mean he did an awful job as India coach himself from 1999-2000.Surely fostering fellow-feeling should have been a piece of cake for the all-time great team man and World Cup winning captain. Or does all this have to do more with the fact that the current Indian team, having had its fill of Dev, is not afraid to say so?First the seniors put in a request to the BCCI for a professional coach from overseas. Now, the birdies say, they have asked BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya to diplomatically undo his appointment of Dev as the team’s fast bowling coach for the 2003 World Cup.Hell hath no fury than a superstar scorned perhaps?last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is pleased to announce the National Training Squads for the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides. The sides to compete at the 2005 All Nations in New Zealand this October, will be selected from these squads and this is an important step in preparation for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Please note that there have been 18 members selected in each squad, with several still yet to finalise their paperwork. When this has been done their names will be added to the website. The actual sides (of 14 players) will be announced after each squad holds its training camp midway through this year. Congratulations again to the selected players and good luck with your preparations for the All Nations tournament. Please also note that the date for the announcement of the Australian Senior sides for the All Nations tournament is April 29 on the ATA website. The National Training Squads: MENS OPEN: Matt Curran – ACT Drumayne Dayberg-Muir – Qld Ash Farrow – Qld Chris Farrow – Qld Phillip Gyemore- Qld Nathan Jones – Qld Trent McDonald – Qld Scott Mitchell – NSW Turoa Needham – Qld Ben Roberts – Qld Steve Roberts – NSW Ben Robinson – Qld Gavin Shuker – Qld Garry Sonda – NSW Jason Stanton – NSW Jamie Stowe – NSW Jarod Tump – Qld Anthony Ziade – NSW Coach: Tony Trad WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz – NT Sharlene Harriman – NSW Renee Henderson – Qld Rachael Holden – NSW Amanda Judd – NSW Kristy Judd – NSW Shelley Matcham – WA Dominique Maher – NSW Kelly McGennity – Qld Melissa Pitfield – NSW Rachel Reid – Qld Peta Rogerson – Qld Sharyn Williams – Qld Louise Winchester – NSW Claire Winchester – NSW Roxy Winder – Qld Kelly Woods – NSW Coach: Kerry Norman MIXED OPEN: Kate Adams – Qld Andrew Baggio – NSW Ricki Best – Qld Troy Clark – Qld Beaudene Currie – Qld Brad Davids – NSW Amy Fong – Qld Belinda Grech – NSW Jarah Jennings – ACT Teena McIlveen – NSW Ben McCullen – Qld Justin Mitchell – Qld Stacey Lapham – NSW Matt Tope – NSW Hayley Rogerson – Qld Daniel Rushworth – NSW Stephanie Sorrensen – NSW Dean Wilbow – NSW Coach: Gary Madders Any media enquiries, please contact Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing crackdown on terror financers, security agencies have identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI, officials said Sunday. The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financiers in a big way. Thirteen individuals and their properties have been identified by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and action has been initiated, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Individuals identified during these investigations have been found providing money to all major terrorist groups like LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen as also Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior government official said. Funds were provided to the leadership of Kashmir-based terrorist groups for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youths to militant ranks. Operational activities of terror groups, including attacks on security forces, camps and convoys, are also being financed, the official said, adding money obtained through these channels are being used by major secessionist formations, especially the Hurriyat Conference. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday These funds are used for maintaining Hurriyat’s top leadership and a massive propaganda machinery to arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Centre. It is also being utilised to spread false information through media contacts, newspapers and social media, the official claimed. The official said these are in turn used to instigate and lure misguided youths to resort to anti-India activities, violent street protests and stone pelting on security forces at encounter sites. Extensive use of such funds is being made to finance institutions such as select mosques, madrasas and organisations like recently banned Jamat-e-Islami(JeI)(J-K), for focusing on subverting locals, another official said. In the first strike, action was initiated to attach a plush bungalow of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Gurgaon, the official said. He is, at present, lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Watali is allegedly a major conduit for funnelling terror finances into India, the official said. Documents seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) indicate that he was receiving money from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, Salahuddin, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan High Commission here, the official claimed. Watali is known to have important sources of Hawala financing operating out of Dubai. Besides him, another 10 leaders were brought into the multi-agency action on terror funding. The ED has zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and begun action to freeze and seize such assets. The ongoing investigation in the first phase has determined and quantified assets valued at over Rs7 crore as proceeds of terror funding crimes, the official said. The 13 identified individuals include Mohd Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, who through Hizbul, has been actively involved in creating unrest in Kashmir and other parts of India, according to a document prepared by security agencies. Being a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Salahuddin has a wide network of local sympathisers, who act on his instructions and collect funds sent by him to fuel secessionist activities, it said. Hafiz Saeed, self-styled chief of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ul- Dawaa, and other separatist leaders of the state, including members and Hurriyat cadre, have been raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels like Hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J-K. The document said Aftab Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh, a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) founder member, was spokesperson and legal advisor to the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz faction). During a search at his residence in Srinagar, NIA seized various incriminating documents and during interrogation, Shah confessed that his charter of duties included monitoring incidents, issuing statements, arranging meetings and conferences. Shah, son-in-law of TeH separatist leader Syed Geelani, was closely associated with JeI (J-K). The 13 individuals also include Mohammed Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Akbar Khanday, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Saifullah and Nawal Kishore Kapoor Khan, self-styled chairman of National Front, an organisation affiliated to Hurriyat, was part of the Muslim Jaanbaaz Force and earlier involved in various militant activities, the document said. Dar was JKLF-R chairman and is a terrorist involved in criminal and anti-national activities since 1990. He received arms training in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 1989-90.Khanday is a JeI(J-K) member and trusted lieutenant of Geelani. He knew of anti-India protests in the Valley. Kalwal, a former militant trained in PoK, is a key fund raiser for stone pelters.He collects funds on behalf of Hurriyat and spearheads protests, the document said. Bhat, a former Hizbul militant, went to PoK for arms training and was involved militancy cases.He is a trusted aide of Geelani and was aware of systems of fund collection and distribution by the Hurriyat leader to operatives, who indulged in anti-India activities. He has visited the Pakistan High Commission here with Geelani several times, it said. Kapoor, Watali’s close associate, remitted Rs 5.6 crore to Watali for which he has not been able to produce any document.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court on Thursday that Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam, and other accused received 42 million euros as kickbacks in the deal.The probe agency, in its 3,000-page supplementary charge sheet also named David Syms, Michel’s alleged business partner, and two firms owned by them– Global Trade and Commerce Ltd and Global Services FZE — as accused. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In its first charge sheet, filed against Michel in June 2016, ED had alleged that Michel and others received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he will decide on whether to take cognisance of the ED’s supplementary charge sheet and to summon the accused on April 6. ED’s special public prosecutors D P Singh and N K Matta told the court that British nationals Syms and Michel through their firms had received the money without undertaking any work against the receipt of such amount. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe money was received by the firms to execute the 12 helicopters deal but no helicopters were bought, ED said. “The money was paid by Westland Group companies to these two firms. The money was then routed to different companies and individuals. This was done through these two firms in which both (Michel and Syms) of them are directors… Syms’ bank statement records showed that substantial amount has been credited to it,” ED said. The agency said that this money trail completed the missing link in the total EUR 70 million trail of the AgustaWestland deal which was being investigated by it. ED said that EUR 28 million was routed through the other channel by co-accused lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Rajeev Saxena and his wife Shivani and their firms. It had earlier alleged, in the charge sheet, that companies owned by Saxena and his wife — Interstellar Technologies, Mauritius, UHY Saxena, Dubai, Matrix — have received proceeds of crime from Global Services FZE. ED had claimed that Michel had entered into 12 contracts through two of his firms with Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Westland Helicopters, UK and so on. Michel, extradited from Dubai in December last year, was one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI. On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal. The CBI on September 1, 2017, had filed a charge sheet in the case in which Michel was named as one of the accused.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The star campaigners of Congress including its president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Shatrughan Sinha will blaze campaign trail for party candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. The party has drawn up a list of 40 senior leaders including Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit for the campaigning that will pick up pace in the coming days, according to party leaders.”We have sought permission of high command for a major road show of Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Vadra, before May 6,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The Congress plans to hold a series of road shows of Gandhi siblings and other prominent leaders, rather than organising a big public rally, party insiders said.last_img read more

first_imgGerman manager Jürgen Klopp came out and blamed himself for not explaining to his Liverpool players that they can’t run too long with the ball.In what was considered as one of the most important matches for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the Reds visited San Paolo Stadium and got a painful defeat against Napoli with a late Lorenzo Insigne goal.The German manager was not happy with his attacking players after the match because he believed that they kept the ball during long periods of time, he wanted them to release it quicker than they actually did during the match.“Sometimes Bobby [Firmino] ran too long with the ball, or Sadio [Mane] ran too long. When that happens, you cannot produce. The midfielders or the full-backs tried to go forward, but we lost the ball and had to go back in the other direction. It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves,” said Klopp after the match.“It was an interesting looking group before we started and it’s still interesting now. We want to play better than we did tonight, but even if we don’t play brilliantly, we want a result. Tonight we weren’t as good as we could be,” he added.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Liverpool boss didn’t want to blame his attacking players completely, he also confessed that he has a great deal of responsibility for this result: “A big part of that performance is my fault. I need one night to watch the game again, but it looked not like it should have looked.”Jürgen Klopp admitted #LFC’s performance was not good enough after watching his side lose 1-0 to Napoli. https://t.co/ghfYYqj7xR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFormer Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina for World Cup glory in 2022 but claimed the team needs an overhaul.Messi is currently taking time away from the national team after a tough campaign in Russia, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the international scene.Sampaoli left his post after last summer’s tournament but says Messi and Argentina could be crowned world champions in Qatar.“Of course yes, but this needs a process, for everything that has happened up to now and you don’t break the process; you correct it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“For the next World Cup or Copa America, you need organisation, unlimited confidence and knowing that everything requires a process.“If you don’t win the Copa America, you have to keep the process, not break it. Enough of this madness that if you do not ‘win’, ‘you’ are a loser. It’s not like that: if you believe, you can win even later. But you have to believe.”Messi will be 35 when the next World Cup begins and has declined to comment on his international future.last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes poll survey resultsMany viewers have voted for Baba Bashkar and Tamanna Simhadri in the elimination round from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3, in the third week in the poll conducted by International Business Times, India.Instead of the secret room, Big boss held the nominations for elimination openly in the living area. He asked everyone to put the nomination seal on the faces of the two housemates who they want to send out of the house. After everyone it, he announced that five contestants like Tamanna, Punarnavi, Vithika, Bashkar and Rahul were nominated for elimination from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the third week.The audience were given the option to vote through phone calls and Hotstar App to save their favourite inmates. The voting process ended at Friday midnight and Nagarjuna is set to show the doors to one of these five contestants on Saturday or Sunday night. The viewers are eagerly waiting to see who will walk out of the house.IBTimes India conducted a survey to predict the contestants, who the audience wants to eliminate from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the third week. Our poll has got a huge response with thousands of casting their votes in it. Here are the results of our survey.In IBTimes India’s poll, Vithika Sheru, Punarnavi Bhupalam and Rahul Sipligunj have received 11.73, 10.75 and 7.53 per cent of the total votes and they are third, fourth and fifth options for elimination, respectively. Baba Bashkar is the first choice for eviction with 37.04 percent of our readers opting for him to out of the show. Tamanna Simhadri has got 32.95 percent votes and she is the second choice for the elimination.Among the top two choices, Baba Bashkar is very friendly and cordial to other housemates. He has always maintained distance from fights and arguments and tried his best to entertain the viewers. On the other hand, Tamanna Simhadri has also been entertaining, but at times, she was irritating with her overacting and fights with Ravi and a few others. It should be seen who among them would be shown the doors by Nagarjuna.last_img read more