Did taxi-firm scoop the €4.4M Lifford lotto loot?

first_imgSpeculation is rife that a firm of taxi drivers have won the latest lotto jackpot.The National Lottery is appealing to players on both sides of the border to check their numbers to see if they are the holders of Saturday’s winning €4.4 million jackpot on a ticket sold in Lifford.Local speculation is in overdrive that a firm of taxi-drivers just a few hundred yards across Lifford Bridge in the Co Tyrone town of Strabane. The golden quick pick ticket, sold at Daly’s Topaz on the Letterkenny Road in Lifford, could have been purchased over the border.Delighted store owner, Austin Daly, said that between 40 and 50 per-cent of his business is from over the border in Co. Tyrone.He said “You never know. We have a lot of passing traffic here as well as a good local trade. So who knows! We are spreading the word to our customers. All in all it’s a great week for Lifford and for Donegal”.He added: “The excitement is unbelievable since news broke late Saturday night that we sold the winning ticket. Everybody is in good form and we have a lot of people coming through hoping the luck will rub off on them!” Meanwhile, the National Lottery revealed today that since Lotto was launched in 1988 Co. Donegal has had a total of 90 Lotto jackpot winners sharing over €116 million.“We are delighted that Donegal has scored its 90th Lotto jackpot win. We are reminding all our players, especially those on both sides of the border, to check their tickets. The winning numbers are: 1, 2, 7, 33, 34, 40 and bonus number was 6.“So far we have had no contact from a lucky winner. What a great way for someone to celebrate Blue Monday if they discover today they have come into this mega win.”Meanwhile, the spokesperson is also reminding players to check if they have matched five numbers and bonus from Saturday night’s Lotto draw to win a cool €283,274. Incredibly this winning Quick Pick ticket was sold down the road from Lifford at G & S Supermarket, Church Road in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.Did taxi-firm scoop the €4.4M Lifford lotto loot? was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:Daly’s TopazdonegalLiffordlottolast_img read more

The therapeutic power of saying “No”

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.As freelancers we need to manage our work, our time, our money, the direction we’d like our business to go.Learning to say no is a key step to grow your business exactly the way you want to. And a way to become a trusted professional.But saying no to what?NO to bad payersIs it worth keeping a client who always seems to forget to pay you by your terms, or altogether? Is it worth having to work hard with the worry all that time will go to waste?You know the answer.Yes, it is scary to say farewell to a client, let’s not lie to ourselves. But then you’ll find it is liberating, too. It is, trust me. You will find other clients and you’ll be able to work with the peace of mind of knowing your time, efforts and knowledge will be rightly rewarded. And with people as reliable as you.Trust and reliability must be there on both sides: you do your work at the best of your powers, on time, under the agreed terms, and the other side pays you the agreed sum on time, on your terms. This is the business you want.NO to working during the weekend or at nightI work in the translation business, and some agencies have the bad habit of taking for granted freelance translators who can (or want to) work over the weekend, sending you work on Friday late afternoon for delivery at the start of business on Monday.Of course this is a personal choice, and every one of us has had to work weekends or holidays once in a while, due to work overload (there are times when clients seem to call out to one another and come knocking at our door all at the same time, aren’t there?).But it should not become a habit. Once you have worked for the whole weekend, how do you think you’ll feel on Monday? Fresh with new energies? Don’t think so.It is also a matter of professional dignity and of avoiding going from being a freelancer to being chained to your desk. Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for freelancers. In the back of our minds there’s always a tiny (sometimes not-so-tiny) nagging voice asking you, “What if I refuse this and no other project comes along?”In time, we all learn work isn’t (usually) steady and not to be too scared of dry spells (remember that in those times when you can’t even come up for air).NO to work beyond your abilities or capacitiesSaying no can help us become better professionals as well. Like refusing more work where we are already overloaded, knowing we couldn’t give the additional work all of our usual attention, time and focus.Equally important is learning to saying no to work that is beyond our expertise. Being jack-of-all trades is not a smart choice in today’s business world, where the holy grail is, on the opposite, specialization.Saying yes may be easy. Most of the times, saying no is not. It is scary, it generates doubts, sometimes regrets.But it is a stepping stone in becoming a better professional. And in leveraging the free side of our work approach to get a better quality of life.I am an Italian specialist in marketing, creative and legal translation and editing. I put my many years of experience to the advantage of my clients by creating texts resonating with the Italian-speaking audience and making brands locally relevant. Connect with me on Twitter or visit my website.last_img read more

After two years of significant growth the openso

first_imgAfter two years of significant growth, the open-source AMP Project is proposing an open governance model. AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a library that enables developers to create mobile-friendly content and have it load quickly for end-users.The team explained that when they initially chose a governance model for the project, they focused on agility. Though AMP is powered by the feedback of those that use it, governance was often centered around the tech lead who ultimately chose what was to be executed and how.That model worked for smaller projects, but doesn’t scale well to the size of the AMP Project today. When the project first started, it had just two contributors, but has since grown to over 700 contributors and 10,000 commits running on millions of websites.To account for this change in scale, AMP wants to move to a new governance model that gives a voice to all of the constituents of the community. This proposed change is based on months of research, the team explained.When developing the new governance model, the AMP Project team had these goals in mind: Encourage a wider variety of voices at all levels of contributions, even from those who do not contribute code, but are still impacted by AMP.Make it more clear how individuals and companies can have a voice in the AMP Project.Avoid slowing down day-to-day work on AMP as a result of the governance model.Learn what worked and hasn’t worked in other open-source projects, such as Node.js and Kubernetes.The new model proposes that the power to make significant decisions in the project will move from a single Tech Lead to a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) that includes representatives from companies that have committed resources to building AMP. For fairness, the new committee shall not have a company sit on more than a third of the seats.The new governance model also adds an Advisory Committee with representative’s from the AMP Project’s constituencies that will advice the TSC.Finally it adds Working Groups that will have ownership over certain aspects of AMP to replace the informal teams in place today. The Working Groups will have a clear method for input as well as a well-defined decision-making process.One of the first tasks that AMP will take on in working towards this new model is to complete the initial membership of the governance groups.The AMP team also noted that it is exploring the idea of moving AMP to a foundation in the future, a decision on which it will seek the input of the TSC, the AC, and the community. The team believe that these changes to governance are the first step in that direction.last_img read more