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

Rail expansion ‘to boost SA economy’

first_img5 February 2014 The upgrading and expanding of South Africa’s rail network will relieve the burden on the roads, significantly increase the country’s export capacity and stimulate further investment and job creation, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday, Gigaba said a total of 6 405 kilometres of rail would be replaced on South Africa’s general freight, coal and ore lines, increasing the country’s freight capacity by 149.7-million tonnes. “Existing logistics corridors will be expanded and new ones will be established, and 1 317 new locomotives and 25 000 new wagons will be procured [over the next five years],” he said. “We will be able to increase our exports of coal by over 50%. Our ability to move general freight on rail will have more than doubled in capacity, and Transnet’s container handling capacity will increase by 75%.”Catalysts for further investment, employment Gigaba said that state-owned companies were acting as catalysts for additional investment in the economy. Infrastructure development was a critical stimulant, Gigaba said, with Eskom planning to invest over R500-billion in the economy over the next five years, and Transnet set to invest over R300-billion over a seven-year period. State-owned companies falling under the Department of Public Enterprises invested R53-billion in the economy three years ago, Gigaba said; this year they would be investing over R113-billion – an increase of over 100%. “Our infrastructure state-owned companies are already key providers of employment, and with the additional infrastructure capacity that will be built, [they] will become even more important sources of employment.” By 2017, he said, Transnet alone would support the direct and indirect employment of approximately 30 000 people. The company had also secured R175-million from the Department of Higher Education and Training to recruit and train 1 000 learners to study maritime engineering. “State-owned companies are playing a leading role in skills development and will be investing over R2.8-billion in the current financial year,” he added. “Over the last year, more than 16 000 learners were trained in scarce and critical learning programmes within state-owned companies of the DPE.” Also addressing Monday’s briefing, outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dame said the power utility was “serious about helping black business to bloom”, and that Eskom had “finalised the structure of a fund for developing mines to assist emerging black miners”. Gigaba added: “By 2015, we will ensure that over 50% of coal for Eskom comes from black miners.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

MH370 final report is just the beginning of a new search for the truth

first_imgThe final report into the disappearance of MH370 issued by Malaysia is not final for the relatives, the aviation industry or the conspiracy theorists.It is just the beginning of a new phase of the search into the most bizarre disappearance of modern history.The 495-page report is comprehensive but despite the pages of detail the authorities are “unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370.”It is a great shame that all the Malaysian authorities responsible for the aviation industry in March 2014 were not as thorough when MH370 disappeared.At the time of the disappearance, the Malaysian oversight of its airline industry was only 30 percent compliant with international standards.Read: Families disappointed in the MH370 report.It was as though everyone was asleep at the wheel on that haunting Saturday morning.Fighters should have been scrambled to follow MH370 as has been done many times around the world – including Australia – when a plane goes “silent.”The report raises the issue of the captain’s flight simulator but in stark contrast to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report backs away from any connection to the events of MH370.The Malaysian report says that the Royal Malaysian Police Forensic Report concluded: “that there were no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations.”However, the ATSB said that “six weeks before the accident flight the Pilot in Command had used his simulator to fly a route, initially similar to part of the route flown by MH370 up the Strait of Malacca, with a left-hand turn and track into the southern Indian Ocean.”The Malaysian report does, however, point the finger at human intervention.It says that the aircraft was under manual control not autopilot when it made the various turns and that it could not be established whether the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilots.The Malaysians also agree with the ATSB that at the end of the flight the plane was in a dive with no-one on control with the aircraft’s flaps retracted rather than a pilot controlled soft ditching on the ocean as suggested by some.It also states that some of the debris that was found was almost certainly from the interior of MH370 indicating a violent impact.It is certain that this report is not the end and hopes are high within the industry that US-based Ocean Infinity will resume that search for MH370 later in the year – possible just outside the areas of greatest interest as identified by the ATSB, CSIRO, UWA and the Independent Group.last_img read more

Hack Your Help Files

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes You probably have lurking around your company a collection of moldy compiled HTML files, left over from another era when those were the cat’s meow and the latest and greatest in online help technology. Well, this week Mindtouch is prepared to help you convert them over into a more social setting and bring those dusty help files into something that can be more useful today. I am talking about help files that were designed by Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe RoboHelp, XMetal and several Microsoft products too. The company offers a SaaS-hosted help system called TCS that starts at $180 a month and goes up from there. Included is a new feature with the ability to do the compiled HTML conversions and import into TCS. Hierarchies, cross-link references, image and page formats are all maintained.When brought into TCS, they are searchable, indexed, and a Web-based knowledge base that instantly gives you the ability to do analytics on their content. Think of this as instant liberation for your legacy help desk software.While this isn’t all that sexy, it is a very utilitarian function and something worth investigating. Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#news center_img david strom 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more