Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons

first_imgDenis O’Donnell has once again embarked on a trip halfway around the world to take part in the Boston World Major Marathon.He completed the gruelling marathon in a time of 4 hours 22 minutes, an impressive feat when you take into consideration how many hills are in the route.It nows means the Arranmore man has completed five out of the six World Major marathons challenges after Boston, London, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. Denis O’Donnell competing in the Boston Marathon 2019O’Donnell, who has completed 11 marathons in total, now aims to take on his final World Major marathons challenge in Berlin in September.In 2018, Denis had taken on the challenge of the Tokyo Marathon in memory of his mother Frances who passed away in April 2017, while also raising vital funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.Speaking to Donegal Daily at the time, O’Donnell said: “I’d like to do all six, that’s been the target since I started running.“I wasn’t big into fitness as a child or adult, it’s been in the last seven years I have progressed from the treadmill at the local gym, to doing local 5k and 10ks. When I got into it I started thinking more about what I was eating and started tweaking things.” Since he endeavours on America’s east coast, O’Donnell has returned to the Island to organise the Darkness into Light event for the fourth straight year.Denis is the driving force behind Arranmore’s Darkness into Light walk, which raises vital funds for Pieta House.This years event takes place on May 11th at 4.15am starting at the community centre, with a late ferry at 3am coming to the island for the event and returning afterwards.“Running brings about other things, it can bring everyone together,” O’Donnell said.“Darkness into Light became the whole community’s thing and everyone has a part to play in it. It brings everyone out at a crazy time in the morning and everyone gets a really good buzz from it.” Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons was last modified: April 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Ex-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at it again, equates vanquished rival with ‘storm troopers’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIf there is a more homely, avert-your-gaze, hide-the-children rivalry trophy in college sports than the Paul Bunyan trophy, I’ve yet to see it.The unsettling expression. The fright-wig beard. Hands on hips and leaning back as if about to…Let’s just say the prize was fitting given the competitive exercise: Michigan vs. Michigan State. They were still talking about Saturday’s inelegant game on Monday. (And not just …last_img read more

South Africa upgrades birth certificates

first_img5 March 2013 Nkosinathi Dludla and his wife Patricia on Monday became the first South African parents to receive an unabridged birth certificate for their new baby boy, Sakhile. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor visited the young couple at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg to hand them an unabridged birth certificate for their four-day old son. South Africa’s new birth certificates contain details of both parents along with added security features that will make duplication much more difficult. Pandor said her department would no longer issue abridged birth certificates, as part of a move to secure the integrity of South Africa’s National Population Register, and to eradicate identity book theft and fraudulent birth registrations. “This initiative will really give us a chance of having a national population register that we all trust and which we can use for planning service provision,” Pandor said. “As from today, all [newborn] babies will be receiving unabridged certificates, and our wish is to issue them on the spot, but at the most it will be within 30 days.” The certificates will be issued at no cost to first-time applicants. Existing abridged certificates will, however, continue to remain legal documents. Speaking to SAnews at her hospital bed, Patricia Dludla said: “Being the first mother in the country to receive these new birth certificates, it is a real honour to me. I feel so special.” Pandor also issued an unabridged certificate to Silulami Libalele, whose baby girl, Dala, was born on Saturday. “Together with my wife, we are very excited by the department’s move to issue this new birth certificate to our baby without us travelling to their offices,” said Libalele, adding that his daughter’s name, Dala, means “to create”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Play Your Part heads to Mpumalanga to encourage youth entrepreneurship

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, in partnership with the Youth Economic Alliance, will host Grade 11 and 12 High School learners, as well as young entrepreneurs in Mpumalanga, to engage in a community outreach activity, themed “turn your ideas into currencies”.The Youth Economic Alliance Non-profit Company (YEA), is an entity established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship. It champions youth entrepreneurship through targeted programmes that collectively address the unemployment problem among youth (particularly in previously disadvantaged backgrounds) by providing them with opportunities to develop their businesses, as well as providing access to resources and linkages needed to realize their potential, as young social and economic entrepreneurs.The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya will give the keynote address. Deputy Minister Siweya is a youth activist and a philanthropist who is very passionate about promoting a culture of reading and writing.The outreach activity will emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities.The conversation on Play Your Part will seek to identify innovative solutions and opportunities big or small for the community. This is to encourage and guide them on how to leverage opportunities in entrepreneurship towards a progressive frame of thinking and action.Media is invited to attend. Details are as follows:Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2019Time: 12h00 -15h00Venue: Bongisimbi Comprehensive SchoolThomas Mahlangu4052 Thys Jonker StreetAckervilleeMalahleniFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi Ntanzintombin@brandsouthafrica.com or 064 890 6819Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved.last_img read more