DUBAI: Egyptian footballing legend and Liverpool Striker Mo Salah is all too familiar with winning on the pitch, but it was his 11-month-old namesake that scooped the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) $1 million lottery prize this week.
The baby boy’s father, Ramees Rahman, from Kerela, south India, bought his newborn the ticket on Jan. 15 and thought no more about it, until Tuesday, Feb 4, when he received the call from DDF.
The Abu Dhabi-based accountant said he was super excited when they told him the news about the big win.
Explaining why he named his son after his favorite star, Mo Salah, the football-crazy Rahman said: “I like him… I love his dedication, style and the way he plays,” Rahman said.
“I’m passionate about football. I’m not a great player and don’t play much myself, but I do watch the games on television,” he added.
And he said he hoped one day he and his son could meet his sporting idol.
Skeptic of world being round dies in California rocket crash
“Mad” Mike Hughes said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round
His home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth in California
Updated 24 February 2020
BARSTOW, California: A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth.
“Mad” Mike Hughes was killed on Saturday afternoon after his rocket crashed on private property near Barstow, California.
Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was at the rocket launch, said Hughes, 64, was killed.
The Science Channel said on Twitter it had been chronicling Hughes’ journey and that “thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time.”
“It was always his dream to do this launch,” the Twitter message said.
Hughes also was a limousine driver, who held the Guinness world record for “longest limousine ramp jump,” for jumping 103 feet (31 meters) in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine, at a speedway in 2002.
A video on TMZ.com showed the rocket taking off, with what appears to be a parachute tearing off during the launch. The steam-powered rocket streaks upward, then takes around 10 seconds to fall straight back to earth. Shrieks can be heard as the rocket plows into the desert.
Freelance journalist Justin Chapman, who was at the scene, said the rocket appeared to rub against the launch apparatus, which might have caused the mishap with the parachute.
In March 2018, Hughes propelled himself about 1,875 feet (570 meters) into the air. He deployed one parachute and then a second one but still had a hard landing in the Mojave Desert in California, and injured his back.
“This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways,” Hughes said after that launch. “This thing will kill you in a heartbeat.”
He said in a video that his goal was to eventually fly to the edge of outer space to determine for himself whether the world is round.
“I don’t want to take anyone else’s word for it,” he said in the video, posted on the BBC News website. “I don’t know if the world is flat or round.”
In another video posted on his YouTube site, Hughes said he also wanted “to convince people they can do things that are extraordinary with their lives.”
“My story really is incredible,” Hughes once told The Associated Press. “It’s got a bunch of story lines — the garage-built thing. I’m an older guy. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, plus the Flat Earth. The problem is it brings out all the nuts also.”