WASHINGTON: A fortune cookie delivered the winning lottery number and a US$344.6 million jackpot to an American retiree, who has an eight-year-old to thank. “I never expected to win. I just got lucky,“ a still-overwhelmed Charles Jackson said after claiming the huge Powerball prize in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jackson, who is 66, said the lucky number was written on the slip of paper his stepson’s daughter retrieved from a fortune cookie. “She is eight years old. Me and her grandma went to a Vietnamese restaurant. We always give her the fortune cookies. And I said: ‘Save the fortune for me and I look at the numbers on the back, I might want to play them.’ “That’s where it came from,“ he said Tuesday at a news conference. Jackson said he usually plays the same five numbers in the weekly lotteries but had never won until now. “I’m kind of stunned,“ he said. — AFP … [Read more...] about US lottery-winner owes US$344m jackpot to a fortune cookie
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REUTERS: When Jelena Ostapenko cracked a backhand down the line to win the French Open in 2017, it flew with a sound that seemed to herald a new star in women's sport.For two glorious weeks the grinning youngster had swung her lime green racket with abandon, her plaited ponytail swinging side-to-side as she ousted increasingly impressive challengers day-by-day.Initially, there had been nothing to suggest she would go deep at Roland Garros, much less shake up the world of women's tennis. Certainly not in her first match when she laboured past a little-known American in three unremarkable sets.But Ostapenko grew in stature by the round. By the middle of the tournament she had beaten a Grand Slam champion, Sam Stosur, and in the quarter-finals she biffed a player who had once been world number one, Caroline Wozniacki.In the final, she threw caution to a warm wind and walloped an incredible 54 clean winners - a figure which matched precisely her error count - to beat Simona Halep and … [Read more...] about Where are they now? Ostapenko’s back with hope but high hurdles
Angelica Jones: Voters are wiser now Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - May 16, 2019 - 11:31am MANILA, Philippines — Former sexy actress Angelica Jones has clinched the top spot as board member in Laguna’s third district. After losing in the vice gubernatorial race in the province last 2016, the so-called “Miss Flawless” was one of the candidates who have been proclaimed winners in Laguna, setting a comeback in her political career. "Sa panahong ngayon, very wise na kasi ang mga tao, ang mga botante. Hindi na puwede idaan ito sa artista lang, or sa pera lang. Ang nakikita ko dito, 'pag hinahalal ka ng taumbayan, mahalin mo, at gumawa ka ng magagandang programa (Nowadays, voters have become wiser. It’s not enough that you’re just a celebrity or you just have money. What I see here now is if the people love you, love them back and do good programs)," Angelica told ABS-CBN News. … [Read more...] about Angelica Jones: Voters are wiser now
The significant advantage of a frequent flyer programme is obviously the miles. With these programs, frequent flyers receive perks such as free flights, upgrades and other travel-related perks. Luckily, there is no limit on how many programs you can join. But to get as many frequent flyer miles as you possibly can, it doesn't make sense to enrol in every single airline's programme. When selecting an frequent flyer programme, go for the airline that has the most flights out of Singapore or the one that serves the destinations you are likely to visit more often. FLY OFTEN, SAVE BIG When choosing the best airline rewards programme for you, there are three factors you should take into consideration: - How easy (or not) it is to earn a flight with your miles and rewards. - Whether you get extra perks other than flights. - Whether blackout dates apply to the programme. - How soon do the miles expire. - And, how easy it is to achieve a higher status (silver, gold, elite, etc.). WHY ARE … [Read more...] about Best frequent flyer programs in 2019: Are they still worth it?
By Joshua Partlow The Washington Post David A. Fahrenthold Tues., April 30, 2019 HILLSDALE, N. Y.—His bosses at the Trump country club called it “side work.” On some nights, after the club’s Grille Room closed, head waiter Jose Gabriel Juarez — an undocumented immigrant from Mexico — was told to clock out. He pressed his index finger onto a scanner and typed his personal code, 436. But he didn’t go home. Instead — on orders from his bosses, Juarez said — he would stay on, sometimes past midnight. He vacuumed carpets, polished silverware and helped get the restaurant at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, ready for breakfast the next day. All off the clock. Without being paid. Article Continued Below “It was that way with all the managers: Many of them told us, ‘Just clock out and then stay and do the side work,’ “ said Juarez, who spent a decade at … [Read more...] about At Trump golf course, undocumented employees said they were sometimes told to work extra hours without pay