A Donegal-based businesswoman got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak last Saturday– to win a whopping €52,000!Getting to spin the famous wheel on the Winning Streak game show never came into the mind of Annmarie Doherty, who lives in Greencastle, Co. Donegal – it was enough for her to just appear on the show. But the Derry native won a massive €30,000 on the wheel to add to the €22,000 in cash she won earlier in the show.Annmarie plans to buy a new car with her winnings as her old one recently failed the NCT. She said she will also treat her husband, Michael, who will soon be turning 50, and their twin boys Finn and Loughlin (14). Annmarie Doherty from Greencastle, Co. Donegal, pictured at the presentation of the Winning Streak winners’ cheques with Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host; Annmarie Doherty, the winning player; Niall Andrews, Head of Sales and Operations at the National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.Leading up to the programme, Annmarie was a mixed bag of nerves and excitement. Annmarie picked up her winning ticket from GALA Express, Drung, Quigley’s Point, Co. Donegal.She said she was overwhelmed by the many well-wishers in her community and the number of texts and messages from far and wide wishing her luck.Annmarie told hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy how she and Michael were childhood sweethearts who lost touch. But they reconnected in their twenties when they were living and studying in Trinity College in Dublin where Michael was studying Computer Science and Annmarie Business and Economics. Annmarie also has a Master’s Degree in Woman Studies from UCD.The couple, now married for 25 years, have pooled their expertise and run their own business a Motarme – a business-to-business technology marketing firm. Before that Annemarie worked for a range of Chambers of Commerce and also in marketing and public relations for Local Enterprise Boards. She was also the former President of the Donegal Women in Business Network. A grand total of €184,000 was won on this week’s episode of the Winning Streak National Lottery game show.Donegal woman bags €52,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: January 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)
First things first, it was announced that Disney characters like the Fab Five, characters from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more would be a part of the fun. The exterior of the cabins will feature iconic beloved Disney characters incorporated into their design, like Belle and Beast, the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Mickey and Minnie, and more. ©Disney Share This!When it was announced at the D23 Expo that the Walt Disney World Resort was getting a gondola transportation system, called the Disney Skyliner, I was a little surprised. It was a cool idea, but the questions soon started coming to my mind. Today, Disney answered some of the questions I had, as well as some additional ones.©Disney One of the destinations will be Epcot. Guests will be able to enter and exit at the International Gateway entrance located near World Showcase. The design of the Disney Skyliner station here will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions. The station will be covered with metal and glass canopies, will feature hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that call back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Oh and let’s not forget about the views, because Guests traveling to Epcot will experience a birds-eye view of World Showcase.©Disney The main hub of the Disney Skyliner will be at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. At this station, Guests will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean. It will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes.©Disney I think I love the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Skyliner station the most though because the design style will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.Over at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Guests will share a Disney Skyliner station. Here, the station will feel whimsical and fit both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.Finally, Guests will be treated to fantastic views as cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.Are you excited about experiencing the Disney Skyliner? Stay tuned to the blog for further information!
1 February 2013 South Africans from across the political spectrum have paid tribute to Amina Cachalia, a staunch anti-apartheid activist and long-time friend of former president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, aged 82. “A seasoned campaigner for women’s rights and one of the liberation movement’s foremost stalwarts, Amina came from a fiercely political family and dedicated her life full-on to the emancipation of all oppressed people in South Africa,” the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. Her political activism saw her play leading roles as a member of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress and Transvaal Indian Congress, as treasurer of the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) and as patron of the Federation of Transvaal Women, among others.‘Tireless fighter for liberation’ “Our country has lost one of the most tireless and consummate fighters for liberation that we have known,” President Jacob Zuma said, “and we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, comrades and all who had the privilege of knowing her.” Cachalia had several stints in prison, including when she was arrested during the 1952 Defiance Campaign and also participated in the 1956 Women’s March against apartheid pass laws, and became a banned person at various stages. African National Congress (ANC) spokesman Jackson Mthembu said “Comrade Amina” was “among the women who are credited for having placed gender equity firmly as a site of struggle and aligned it to broader struggles led by the ANC. As an individual she lived through the pain of police harassment, imprisonment, house arrests, banning and humiliation.” Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said, that, as a member of the Indian Youth Congress and founder of the Women’s Progressive Union, Cachalia “fought fiercely to overcome injustice and racial discrimination”. Zille said that Cachalia, together with Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Ida Mtwana, had founded Fedsaw, which led 20 000 women on the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. A Member of Parliament after South Africa’s first democratic elections of 1994, Cachalia received the Order of Luthuli in recognition of a life spent fighting for freedom and democracy.‘Travelled a long road with Mr Mandela’ The Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Friday that it had learned with great sadness of Cachalia’s passing. “Amina Cachalia travelled a long road with Mr Mandela and his family. She and her husband Yusuf were friends with Mr Mandela in the years before he went to prison,” the foundation said in a statement. “After he was imprisoned in 1962, they kept in touch through letters. Only after he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison was he finally allowed to be visited by Mrs Cachalia and her husband. “They resumed their friendship after his release in 1990. In 1995 Mrs Cachalia assisted him at a luncheon he arranged for the widows of leaders from across the political spectrum. As the widow of apartheid prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd could not attend, Mr Mandela travelled to the white enclave of Orania to visit her. Mrs Cachalia accompanied him. “On 1 June 1986, when he was in Pollsmoor Prison, he wrote her a letter saying: ‘I love you and Yusuf very much and you are always in my thoughts … There is, therefore, no danger whatsoever of me forgetting you.’” SAinfo reporter
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad has said that senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Sharad Pawar, N Srinivasan, Rajiv Shukla and other BCCI members should also be held responsible for the FEMA violations during IPL season 2.The former India cricketer has spoken for the first time since his ‘asteen ka saanp’ barb got tongues wagging in Delhi’s political circles.Leak e-mailsAzad had tweeted that the leak of British politician Keith Vaz’s e-mails was an inside job against Sushma Swaraj. Azad, on Twitter, claimed that it was a ‘snake in the grass’ and a media personality who are conspiring against Swaraj.”#BJPs #AsteenKaSaanp & #Arnab conspire against BJP leaders. Guess the snake? IStandWithSushmaSwaraj @SushmaSwaraj,” he had tweeted, giving rise to speculations about the BJP leader who was being hinted at.Speaking exclusively to Seedhi Baat on AAJ TAK, Azad has defended his comments and said regardless of what action the party may decide to take against him, he stands by his comments and there is no question of taking the charge back or apologising to anyone.”I am not against IPL. All the people who are in the IPL’s governing council are responsible for the scam. Where were all of them when Lalit Modi was doing this? Where were the BCCI officials?” Azad asked.Reacting on Finance minister Jaitley, Azad said, “I don’t want to take any name in this issue.I don’t have any personal enmity with Jaitley ji. If speaking truth is a crime, I will keep on committing this crime. Arun Jaitley should also have stepped in when all the scams were taking place.”advertisementThe BJP MP then took his attack a step further by saying that the Enforcement Directorate should expand the scope of its inquiry to investigate all those who were part of the governing council of the IPL and the executive committee of the BCCI.Azad added that the responsibility to stop the IPL loot rested not just with Lalit Modi but also with other members at the helm of affairs in the BCCI.Responding to the Opposition threat of stalling the forthcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, Azad said if the Opposition expands the scope of the demand to include a probe against all members of the governing council and national executive then he would also “join the Opposition-led protest despite being a BJP MP”.
But this wasn’t just a case of Villanova playing poorly. Wisconsin also played a great game. The Badgers had one of their best 2-point shooting performances of the season (65 percent from inside the arc), and they outworked ‘Nova on the glass as well. Just as importantly, Wisconsin held the nation’s fourth-best offense to one of its weakest games of the year, in part by taking the air out of the ball and denying opportunities to one of the nation’s top fast-break offenses.1Wisconsin wasn’t perfect — the Badgers made the upset more difficult than it had to be with 14 turnovers and some truly abysmal foul shooting.So Wisconsin was good, and Villanova bad. There was a third character in the making of this upset, however: the NCAA selection committee, which did Villanova no favors as the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. As part of the most difficult region in the bracket, Wisconsin was an 8 seed with a KenPom.com rating similar to others seeded as high as fourth (Butler), third (Florida State) and even second (Arizona) in other regions. From the Round of 32 on, Villanova was staring down a tough slate of opponents, and that would have been true whether they held on against Wisconsin or not.Now, our model has a new favorite in the East, with a 37 percent chance of making the Final Four: Yep, it’s the No. 2-seeded Duke Blue Devils. But this might not be the last we see of the Badgers either — the model gives them the second-best odds of winning the region (in part because they’re already in the Sweet 16), with a 21 percent probability of earning the school’s third Final Four berth in four seasons.Check out our March Madness predictions. So much for one of the most uneventful NCAA tournaments ever. After a quiet first round that saw the better seed win 26 of 32 games, Villanova — the defending tourney champion — became the first No. 1 seed to fall with a 65-62 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.The Wildcats didn’t play their best game. They shot just 41 percent from the floor with an offensive efficiency of 107 points per 100 possessions, both well below their season averages, and they allowed an extremely uncharacteristic 111 points per 100 possessions at the other end of the floor. For a team that consistently played above its averages during its championship run last season (particularly on offense), this was a callback to previous tournament disappointments by Jay Wright-led Villanova teams.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket
As Colin Kaepernick’s job hunt has crept into training camp, the parameters of debate have shifted. Just a few months ago, the contention was over whether or not Kaepernick was good enough to play in the league. That no longer seems to be the case. Last week, reports circulated that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome were both interested in signing Kaepernick, but were met with resistance by owner Steve Bisciotti, who framed hesitance over signing Kaepernick as a PR concern.“Your opinions matter to us,” Bisciotti said at a fan event, referring to fan opinion over Kaepernick. “We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as Ozzie says, scrimmaging it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.”Kaepernick’s ability to play the position no longer seems to be in doubt. Players have spoken in support of Kaepernick, and most serious analysis reliant on game study arrives at the conclusion that Kaepernick is not just a competent quarterback, but is also better than he was when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013. Cian Fahey, who catalogues quarterback performance at Pre-Snap Reads, found Kaepernick to have outplayed Ravens starter Joe Flacco.And yet Kaepernick doesn’t have a team. It’s obvious Kaepernick is being frozen out for his political opinions, but it’s less apparent how extraordinary it is that a player like him can’t find a team. Back in March, Neil Paine and I wrote about Kaepernick’s situation and noted that it was strange for even a halfway decent quarterback to remain unsigned so deep into free agency. Four months later, it’s no longer merely unusual — it’s practically unheard of.Here are the free agent quarterbacks from the past five offseasons, charted by their Total Quarterback Rating in the previous season and how many days they remained in free agency before being signed by a team. (The size of the dots represent the number of pass attempts.) No above-average quarterback has been unemployed nearly as long as Kaepernick this offseason. The most comparable scenario — Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract showdown with the New York Jets last offseason — isn’t really comparable at all, since Fitzpatrick was the one exerting leverage over the team, not the other way around.It’s easy to lose sight of the reality that good quarterbacks often never even reach free agency, let alone remain unsigned for so long. That’s especially the case for our discussion of Kaepernick, which has shifted from his merit as a player to concern-trolling and a consideration of business practicalities. So while Kaepernick is clearly an outlier on the chart above, the fact that he’s on it at all should be just as surprising.Additional research by Neil Paine
20Jusuf Nurkic9.039.6428.4211.1117.31 1Pascal Siakam11.8712.67$37.36M$1.54M$35.82M 12Rudy Gobert13.7914.7143.4023.2420.16 9Giannis Antetokounmpo14.8815.8846.8424.1622.68 2Nikola Vucevic13.9114.8443.7812.7531.03 13Ben Simmons8.398.9526.416.4319.97 17Monte Morris6.376.8020.051.3518.70 18D’Angelo Russell8.098.6325.467.0218.44 5Karl-Anthony Towns11.3312.0935.667.8427.82 10Kemba Walker10.5611.2733.2412.0021.24 We won’t find out who won until late June, but the 2018-19 NBA season treated basketball fans to one of the great MVP battles in recent memory. Several worthy players hung around the race for large portions of the season, including Paul George and Nikola Jokic. But in the end, there were two: Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden — each of whom has several arguments working in his favor.Antetokounmpo is the best player on the best team1By record, at least. in the league, and he led the 60-win Bucks to the best defense and fourth-best offense in the NBA. He averaged an unheard of 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He is also one of the best defenders in the league — a top-tier candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.Harden, meanwhile, carried an offensive burden unlike any in modern NBA history. His 40.5 percent usage rate is the second-highest of all time. He finished the season averaging 36.1 points per game, eighth-most in league history and the most since Michael Jordan ticked off 37.1 per game in 1987. Harden boosted his deep attempts far beyond what previously seemed either possible or reasonable, taking 13.2 triples per game and connecting on them at a 37 percent rate.2He made 378 shots from beyond the arc, second only to only 2016 Stephen Curry in NBA history.Really, though, the argument between the two players is less about who had the better season and more about the definition of “valuable.” Is it just the best player in the league? Is it the best player on the best team? Is it the player whose performance was most outstanding, whatever you decide that means? Is it the player whose team needs him the most? Is it some combination of all of those things, as well as a few others? Different players, coaches, executives, fans and media members have different definitions.What if we took the word “valuable” as literally as possible, though, and tried to identify the player who provided his team with the greatest bang for its buck throughout this season? After all, what’s more valuable than performing at a level that far outstrips your salary, allowing your team to spend those surplus dollars on more talent elsewhere?The first step to answering this question is to quantify the dollar value of a win in the NBA. There were 1,230 games played this season, which means there were 1,230 wins up for grabs. According to Basketball-Reference.com, NBA teams handed out more than $3.6 billion in salary this year. Dividing that figure by 1,230 means that a single win was valued at $2,949,908.82.We can then turn to ESPN’s Real-Plus Minus and specifically RPM wins, a stat that uses a player’s RPM and his possessions played to estimate his contribution to the number of his team’s wins. Not all players qualified for the RPM leaderboard, so there was a slight shortfall of wins produced by the 514 players who did qualify. We applied a multiplier to each of those player’s totals in order to account for the shortfall. Then, we multiplied the dollar value of a win by the number of adjusted RPM wins each player produced to pinpoint the dollar value of that player’s production. Subtracting his actual 2018-19 salary from that number yields a surplus, meeting our goal of identifying the best bang-for-buck player in the league this season. 19Willie Cauley-Stein7.237.7122.764.7018.06 14Joe Ingles10.4511.1532.8913.0519.85 It should come as no surprise that both Antetokounmpo and Harden ranked among the league leaders in both the value of their production and the surplus value they provided their teams. The Rockets received more than $27 million in surplus value on Harden; the Bucks got nearly $23 million in surplus on Antetokounmpo. Neither player, though, led the league in surplus value. Harden ranked sixth, while Antetokounmpo ranked ninth (and second on his own team).3Brook Lopez, who produced $32.77 million in value compared with a paltry $3.38 million salary, held that crown. Fellow MVP candidates George ($30.22 million) and Jokic ($19.49 million) also ranked highly in surplus value, but again, neither of them led the league.4Though George did lead the league with a production value of $60.78 million. Instead, the league leader was do-it-all Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, with a surplus value of nearly $36 million.Siakam is quite good, obviously, but he’s not nearly as good as the MVP types just yet. By any traditional MVP definition, he doesn’t really fit. But we’re not looking for a traditionally defined MVP here — just the player whose value most exceeded his salary. And that’s why Siakam makes perfect sense.Siakam broke out in a huge way this season, emerging as both the favorite for Most Improved Player and a candidate for one of the All-NBA teams. He averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 combined steals and blocks per game while getting to the line 3.8 times a night and canning 36.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He is a wonderful defender, capable of handling himself both in space and on the block, wreaking havoc in passing lanes and containing ball-handlers off the dribble. He also served as the point man in the Raptors’ league-best zone defense and the one of the primary drivers of their defense-to-offense transition attack. Toronto outscored its opponents by 10.7 points per 100 possessions with Siakam on the floor, per NBA.com, the eighth-best figure among the 353 players who appeared in at least 40 games. He carried the Raptors in several games when Kyle Lowry and/or Kawhi Leonard sat out because of injuries or load management; he was also a rotation mainstay, playing in 80 of 82 games, all but one of which he started.And Siakam did all of this while drawing a salary of just $1,544,951, as a former No. 27 overall pick playing in the third year of his rookie-scale contract. He produced like a star — Siakam ranked 11th in production value per RPM wins — while being paid less than 391 other players in the league. Add it all up, and he produced by far the most surplus value of any player this season, with the difference between him and No. 2 Nikola Vucevic slightly exceeding the difference between Vucevic and No. 7 Danny Green, Siakam’s teammate in Toronto. Considering that neither Siakam nor Green is even Toronto’s best player, it’s no wonder the Raptors are among the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in this year’s NBA Finals.5Provided they can bounce back against the Magic.If that is indeed how these playoffs play out, Siakam will almost surely have played a valuable role — maybe not the “most valuable” by popular definitions, but one that far exceeds the value of his paycheck. 7Danny Green11.6012.3836.5110.0026.51 RKNAMERPM WINSAdjusted WINS*WINS VALUEACTUAL SALARYSURPLUS VALUE * RPM wins were adjusted to account for players who did not qualify for the RPM leaderboard.Numbers may not add up because of rounding.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com 6James Harden18.2619.4857.4730.4327.04 16Nikola Jokic14.0114.9544.1024.6119.49 4Brook Lopez10.4111.1132.773.3829.38 Check out our latest NBA predictions. 11De’Aaron Fox8.398.9526.415.4720.94 Pascal Siakam led the NBA in most bang for the buckNBA players by value provided to their teams above their salaries as measured by Real Plus-Minus (RPM) wins, 2018-19 season 3Paul George19.3120.6060.7830.5630.22 8Donovan Mitchell8.899.4927.983.1124.87 15Patrick Beverley7.908.4324.875.0319.84
Ohio State then senior offensive lineman Billy Price (54) talks to linemen Michael Jordan (73) and Jamarco Jones (74) prior to a play in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State junior offensive lineman Michael Jordan played with both Pat Elflein and Billy Price, former Ohio State guards who switched to center in their final year of eligibility. Starting at guard from the moment he stepped foot onto campus, Jordan did not expect that he would continue the trend. Despite never playing center before in his college career, Jordan was offered to continue the trend by offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. The third-year lineman said he thought he might be offered the job at some point in his collegiate career, but said he was not forced to move if he did not want to. The final decision to move Jordan to center came down to one of the main ideas Studrawa has brought to his offensive line room since he arrived at Ohio State. “Just the fact that we could have the best five guys out there at one time,” Jordan said.With Jordan moving to the middle, a spot opened up at the left guard position; a spot fifth-year senior Malcolm Pridgeon had been preparing for all training camp. Even if the left guard spot had not opened up with Jordan changing positions, Pridgeon knew he had to work to earn playing time on the offensive line. “I didn’t look at the opportunity like that in camp,” Pridgeon said. “I just knew that this summer, I knew I had to get in my playbook and really grind it out and I did.” Pridgeon was joined on the left side of the line by another player who switched sides on the Ohio State offensive line. After being listed as the No. 2 right tackle behind then-junior lineman Isaiah Prince on the Cotton Bowl depth chart, sophomore Thayer Munford made the move from the right to the left side of the line, taking the starting tackle spot. Initially listed as co-starters with junior Joshua Alabi, Munford has recovered from his hip flexor injury that limited him to splitting the starting role in the season opener. The position switch did not faze Munford at all, saying he does not care where he plays as long as he plays. “I’m comfortable anywhere,” Munford said. “ It doesn’t matter where I am as long as I just go hard and do what’s best for the team.” This mentality is what has worked for Studrawa’s offensive line: emphasize versatility and rotation to get the best five linemen on the field at one time. That strategy worked again on Saturday afternoon. The Ohio State running game recorded 375 yards on the ground against Oregon State, with rushers averaging 7.1 yards per rush and scoring five touchdowns on the ground. Also, in pass protection, the offensive line blocked redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins effectively, allowing no sacks and one quarterback hit. Jordan said much of that success had to do with the offensive line having to go up against the Ohio State defensive line in practice. He said as he was learning the center position, he had to learn quickly, specifically mentioning blocking defenders like junior defensive tackle Robert Landers. Adjusting to his new role as the center on the offensive line, having to direct the rest of the line on who to block and being that leader in the middle, Jordan said he did not really feel fully comfortable at the position until after Saturday’s season opener. However, Jordan represents the idea of versatility and ability that the Ohio State offensive line strives to have, something that Munford said the unit proved against the Beavers. “To be honest with you, we just some dogs,” Munford said. “The whole offensive line are just some dogs. We will go over there and just beat the living crap out of everybody. It doesn’t matter who you are.”