Afke Barr celebrates €37,000 win following business heartbreak

first_imgBuncrana woman Afke Barr had plenty of local supporters cheering her on as she won a cool €37,000 on Winning Streak last Saturday, just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.The Dutch native celebrated her luck on the popular TV gameshow as she won an electric car (Renault Zoe) worth €25,000 on the very first game. She went on to scoop a further €12,000 in cash from the show.Afke’s Winning Streak appearance is a result of an unfortunate tragedy following a fire at her family’s business in Buncrana. Akfe, who is originally from the Netherlands. is married to John Barr of the ‘John Barr’ Drapery store which burnt down last February.  Thanks to help from the Buncrana community, the business shortly reopened at another premises and a good luck card containing a lucky Winning Streak ticket was the one which was pulled out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy two weeks ago.There was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who were cheering for her in living rooms across the town last Saturday.Afke was surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and was delighted with her family’s change of luck following the fire.Winning Streak will take a week’s break due to RTÉ Eurovision coverage and will return to RTÉ One on Saturday 25th May where five more players from all over Ireland will get the chance to play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars. Afke Barr celebrates €37,000 win following business heartbreak was last modified: May 14th, 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

Experts believe Stanford’s Bryce Love can rebuild draft status

first_imgDid Stanford running back Bryce Love hurt his NFL draft stock by not coming out following a prolific junior year?Maybe. Maybe not.Interviews with four different draft analysts regarding Love indicate his considerable statistical slippage will have NFL teams looking at him very closely. But they look closely anyway, and if Love excels in the off-season, he could still be a Day 2 selection after the first round is complete.The general consensus is even if Love had come out following a …last_img

South Africa top Monaco in Davis Cup clash

first_img De Jager also complimented the Irene Country Club and the crowds that showed up to support the home team. “Irene Country Club is a perfect Davis Cup venue. My team and Monaco have thoroughly enjoyed the stay and warm hospitality, and compliments to the Club for being such magnificent hosts. “The fans came out in their droves. We had full houses on the weekend and it proves that there are a ton of people out there that are loyal and passionate about tennis and are hungry to see the local stars in action.”Friday Scholtz was the hero for South Africa on Friday when he beat Balleret, ranked about 600 places above him in the world rankings, after Monaco had taken the lead through Arneodo. The Monagasque number two outlasted De Voest in five sets, winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Scholtz then came out on the right side of a five-setter, delivering a 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory for the home team. On Saturday, South Africa took a 2-1 lead in the tie after a tightly contested doubles clash. Recent Australian Open doubles runner-up Raven Klaasen teamed up with Ruan Roelofse to claim a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over Guillaume Couillard and Thomas Oger.Forthcoming tie South Africa will next face Lithuania in another home tie from 4 to 6 April. Tennis South Africa will announced the venue within the next few weeks. SAinfo reporter 3 February 2014 South Africa secured a 3-2 win over Monaco at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria on Sunday to advance to round two of the Euro/Africa 2 Davis Cup competition. Victory was clinched at 3-1 up when Rik de Voest, the South African number one, defeated Monaco number one Benjamin Balleret 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. It was a very different de Voest that came onto court on Sunday than the one who did battle on Friday. When de Voest lost the opening rubber on Friday against Romain Arneodo, he struggled with his serve and didn’t play the big points well. On Sunday, though, de Voest was on top of his game and troubled Balleret from start to finish.‘Today I played well’ “I just felt so motivated and on fire today,” De Voest said afterwards. “I put up a big fight on Friday, but didn’t play that well. Today I played well. I was motivated to do well and restore some pride in front of my home crowd fans.” Balleret said he had expected a tough test from De Voest. “We both had lost going into Sunday’s rubber, so whoever lost on Sunday was going to be loser of the weekend. I didn’t want that and nor did Rik, and I must give credit to Rik for lifting his game to the level he did. He was far the better player out there,” the Monaco number one said. Monaco claimed the final match of the tie when Nik Scholtz retired at 5-7 down to Romain Arneodo due to a persistent hip flexor strain.‘We are so happy’ South African captain John-Laffnie De Jager declared himself delighted with the win. “A win is a win. We are so happy that we could pull off the win against Monaco in front of an enthusiastic home crowd,” he said. “I must give credit to Monaco for the big fight they put up, but huge applause to the South African lads for pulling off the win. Rik was a very different player on Sunday. Rik was the Rik I am used to and he proved once again to be such a crucial part of our side.”last_img read more

And the January 2016 Geocacher of the Month is…

first_imgShare with your Friends:More A few weeks ago we read about three geocachers who go above and beyond for their local geocaching community.Staubfinger0702, wer2ys4u, and OrigamiFolder are a trio of amazing geocachers spanning two continents. Their CITO events, gadget caches, and challenging puzzle caches are loved by all who encounter them. And all three of them are known for their extraordinary willingness to share their love of geocaching with others.Each of the nominees is already a winner, with a prize package headed their way. But only one geocaching person, or couple, can be named the january 2016 Geocacher of the Month. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments.staubfinger0702, wer2ys4u, and OrigamiFolder (and friends) Please keep an eye out for a few changes to the Geocacher of the Month program in February 2015.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month. These descriptions can be written in any language.Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Of OrigamiFolder, Anthony Stealth says:“OrigamiFolder is one of the most well rounded geocachers I have the pleasure of knowing. Not only that, but he is one of the greatest people I know. I have often said, and others have as well, that it is the people we meet through the game that matters the most. There are several I have met who are not just excellent cachers but are TRULY EXCEPTIONAL people and OrigamiFolder is one of those few.”Of wer2ys4u, Craig Wells says:“Wer2ys4u deseves this award … and then some. Geocaching can be more than just hiding and finding things. He utilized this hobby of ours as an avenue for a higher purpose, namely connecting kids that are in the foster care system (many for years without a real family or home) to adults that were interested in adopting them. What the description above didn’t tell you is that four of those kids that participated in this actually did connect with adults who are adopting them, giving them a permanent, loving home. Those kids found a lot more than geocaches that day!”Of staubfinger0702, Jenny says:“My vote definitely goes to staubfinger0702! He’s created a great diversity of geocaches: multi-caches for kids (even old kids like us!) where you have to go on a scavenger hunt using a metal detector etc.; the amazing Dexter caches, where you first create your personal blood bath (still got the pics, that was a fun day!) with “Dexter 1” and then investigate a murder in a rented garage with “Dexter 2″. He’s created some fabulous night cache Wherigos, and organized an astonishing Lost Place Event at the Heppenheim Asylum. I could go on for ages. His caches are my favorite ones among the approximately 2000 caches I have found. Hardly any owner puts that much dedication to his work.”Although all three of these geocachers deserve accolades, there has to be one winner.The January 2016 Geocacher of the Month is staubfinger0702!The exceptionally high quality of staubfinger0702’s geocaches was a recurring theme in comments left by the community. His geocaches, as paedeldreter says, aren’t just boxes hidden in the woods, they’re “adventures and experiences.”Geocachers pose at staubfinger0702’s famous Dexter 2 cache.The detail and precision with which staubfinger0702 writes his geocache descriptions is rivaled only by the caches themselves, which are often complex, interactive adventures that take geocachers from the middle of the woods, to the middle of a vineyard, to a spooky garage.Staubfinger0702’s caches have garnered such fame, that geocachers outside of his province, many even outside of Germany, have his geocaches on their bucket lists. Once you’ve done a staubfinger0702 cache, lamp post caches feel like child’s play, and even a crafty birdhouse cache may garner less praise. With his caches, staubfinger0702 is raising the level the the game for hiders and finders alike.staubfinger0702 at the site of another very famous German geocache.Staubfinger0702 is often found geocaching with his family, friends, or canine companions.staubfinger0702, top centerCongratulations to staubfinger0702, and to all three nominees for their outstanding contributions to the game we all love! SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Syed Ashrafuls body reaches home

first_imgSyed Ashraful IslamThe body of Awami League presidium member and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, who passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday, was brought back home on Saturday, reports UNB.A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying his body landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening.An AL delegation, led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, received the body of the AL former general secretary at the airport.From the airport, the body is being taken to his Bailey Road official residence and it will later be kept at the mortuary of the Combined Military Hospital for Saturday night, according to the AL press release sent to the media on Saturday.The first namj-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of the Jaitya Sangsad at 10:30am on Sunday. He will be given a guard of honour there, it said.Later, Ashraf’s body will be taken to his home district Kishoreganj by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at Sholakia Eidgaon Maidan at 12:00pm. Then his body will be taken to Mymensingh where another janaza will be held at Anjuman Eidgah at 2:00pm, the release said.The mortal remains will be flown back to the capital from Mymensingh and the Awami League leader will be laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard after Asr prayers, it added.Syed Ashraful died of lung cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok around 9:45pm on Thursday at the age of 67.Syed Ashraf, son of national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, left behind one daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.He was elected MP from Kishoreganj-1 constituency five times – 1996, 2001, 2008, 2014 and 2018. In Sunday’s election, the AL leader came out successful from the parliamentary seat.He, however, could not take oath on Thursday when all the Awami League MPs were sworn in.The AL leader submitted a letter to the Speaker on the day seeking time for taking the oath.His wife Shila Islam died of cancer at a London hospital on 22 October last.Syed Ashraf, a member of the 10th parliament, took a 90-day leave from the Jatiya Sangsad from 18 September for receiving treatment in Thailand.In 2008, Syed Ashraf returned home from London to steer Awami League during the army-backed government when the party went through a difficult time.He was made the party’s general secretary in 2009 and served for two consecutive terms till 2016.Syed Ashraf was made LGRD and cooperatives minister after Awami League formed the government through the 29 December election in 2008. He was given the charge of the same ministry after the party won the 5 January election in 2014.Syed Ashraf was, however, removed from the ministry on 9 July, 2015 and made a minister without portfolio.A week later, he was made the public administration minister.last_img read more