Fantastic Furlongs pass the test on Ireland’s Fittest Family

first_imgA Donegal family have entered the battle for the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family in the action-packed RTE reality series.The Furlongs from Greencastle Inishowen had great success in the first episode of the new series which aired on Sunday. The fun-loving family are well-used to racing together and they made it over the line to join coach Donncha O’Callaghan’s team.Mum Kate, dad Alan and daughters Leonie and Orlaith impressed in the nail-biting Vertigo test, with Kate overcoming her fear of heights to scale a plank 33ft over Dublin. The four Team Furlong members are: Dad Alan (56) who enjoys running and is a retired hurling player; mum Kate, (56) who runs and practices Reiki; daughter Leonie (26) works as a Chartered Accountant in Galway and is a keen runner and footballer; Orlaith (25) is in her final year of her PhD studying to be a nutritionist. She’s a gym junkie and loves water sports.The new series of Ireland’s Fittest Family became even more ambitious this year as 20 families from across Ireland took on the first set of challenges.Team RooneyThe Rooneys from Ballyshannon also battled it out in the opening episode.Their all-rounder team was made up of ultra-cyclist mum Eleanor (53), county footballer and hurler Oisin (20), lifeguard, triathlete and Gaelic footballer Maebh (19) and county Minor Footballer and Hurler Senan (16). However, despite their mighty effort, the Rooney family didn’t make it to the coaches’ selection. Fans of the qualifying Furlongs will have to wait two weeks to catch the clan on their screens in episode three on Sunday 11th November.The team will be battling under Coach Donncha’s mentorship for a place in the quarterfinals.Back in 2016, the Ryan Family from Kilmacrennan enjoyed notable success in Ireland’s Fittest Family, coming third in the final.Fantastic Furlongs pass the test on Ireland’s Fittest Family was last modified: October 31st, 2018 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) Tags:furlongsIreland’s Fittest FamilyrooneysRTEteam furlonglast_img read more

Facebook Gets a Suggested Pages List

first_imgNew Facebook users now see a list of some of the most often “liked” Pages on Facebook when they sign up for the popular social networking service. New users get the option to choose from about 100 popular Pages. These Pages mostly belong to celebrities, brands, news outlets and politicians. Eric Eldon first wrote about this new addition to Facebook’s sign-up process on Inside Facebook and notes that this list is “clearly designed to get users engaged immediately.” To some degree, this list is similar to Twitter’s now defunct Suggested Users List.Glenn Beck, Barack Obama, Walmart and the New York TimesWhen we signed up for a new account to test this feature, Facebook recommended Peter Frampton’s and Barack Obama’s Pages to us, as well as the Pages of Glenn Beck, Trisha Yearwood, Walmart, American Idol, Starbucks, Tide, Coca-Cola and about 100 more Facebook pages. The list we saw featured slightly more celebrities (ranging from Lady Gaga to Paula Deen) than brands, but it also included a number of media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times and Fox News.It is not clear how Facebook organizes this list of suggested Pages, but it looks like the company presents new users with a random mix of some of the most often “liked” pages. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web Being included in this list will surely give these Pages a major boost in subscribers. Unlike Twitter’s old Suggested Users List, however, Facebook’s list is not a random sampling of the accounts that Facebook’s engineers like. Instead, the process looks to be more democratic. The list actually shows how many people “liked” a given Facebook Page and the list only highlights the most popular Pages on the site. The number of “likes” for the Pages that appeared when we signed up for a new account ranged between 50,000 to 2 million “likes.” Getting First-Time Users to Like PagesFacebook is clearly trying to make the experience for its first-time users better with this new list. Obviously, the company is also trying to highlight Facebook Pages in the setup process. New Facebook users are probably signing up to connect with their family members and friends, but the new sign-up process also highlights the fact that Facebook can be a good source for news updates and allows users to connect to celebrities and brands.If you would like to connect with the ReadWriteWeb team on Facebook, head over to our ReadWriteWeb Facebook Page. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Video Chat

first_imgRIM’s newly launched tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is getting video chat, the company announced this morning at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida. The app, which works over Wi-Fi only for now, lets users callt heir contacts from their Video Chat contact list, or by entering in the BBID email address of the person they want to call.The new application, arriving later this week via an over-the-air update, supports a notifications feature which alerts you to incoming video calls. You can then accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call altogether. A “Do Not Disturb” feature is included as well, so video calls do not interrupt you when you’re doing other things – like watching a movie, playing a game, or, we suppose, actually working.With Video Chat, you’ll see a picture-in-picture display so you can preview your image before placing the call. You can also switch cameras during the call, in order to show your caller what you’re seeing around you. A mute feature and call logs are available, too.To maintain a list of friends and colleagues available for calls, the app ships with a Friends List feature which lets you list your contacts, associate a picture with their contact entry.RIM says the app will begin to roll out starting on May 3. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

1st Test: South Africa seal 206-run win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa’s bowlers needed a little more than an hour of the final day’s play to dismiss Sri Lanka for 281 in their second innings and claim a 206-run victory in the first Test on Friday.Kyle Abbott struck twice and Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and spinner Keshav Maharaj mopped up the tail to complete a comprehensive victory for the hosts at St George’s Park and conclude a satisfactory start to the three-match series. (SCORECARD)”We had to toil hard for this one but the bowlers got great benefit today from all the hard work they put in,” winning captain Faf du Plessis told reporters. South Africa took the last five wickets for just 41 runs.”We expected we would need to work hard to get all their 10 wickets but our seam attack has proven itself and we have been playing some really good cricket lately,” he added.Sri Lanka had displayed dogged resistance on Thursday after being set a mammoth target of 488 early on the fourth day and stymied South Africa’s hopes of wrapping up the result with a day to spare.A day of toil for the home attack produced just five wickets but by stumps, captain Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva were the last recognised batsmen for Sri Lanka and needed to dig in on Friday to give their side any chance of salvaging a draw.However, Mathews departed in the third over of the day, trapped leg before wicket by Abbott for 59 and then De Silva followed four overs later in similar fashion for 22.advertisementPhilander had to change direction on his follow through but made good ground to snatch a one-handed catch to remove Rangana Herath for three off his own bowling. Rabada then sent Dushmantha Chameera back without scoring with a searing delivery that took a healthy edge.Nuwan Pradeep was the last wicket to fall, bowled by Maharaj for four, leaving Suranga Lakmal unbeaten on 19.”I thought we could have batted a lot better. We played some terrible shots today and that was our downfall,” Mathews said.”We need to get more runs on the board for our bowlers to bowl at in the next Tests.”South Africa, who won the toss and opted to bat, amassed 286 in their first innings and Sri Lanka scored 205 in reply. South Africa’s second innings was declared on 406 for six.Both teams have little time to recover before the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town begins on Monday.last_img read more