Your daily outdoor news bulletin for April 23, the day William Shakespeare was born in 1564, much to the chagrin of every 10th grader in America:Maryland Man Dies in Tough MudderA 28-year-old Ellicott City, Md. man died Sunday during a Tough Mudder in Berkley County, W.Va. on Saturday. Avishek Sengupta was treated by staff and medics on site after being pulled from a deep pool in the “Walk the Plank” aquatic obstacle – in which participants jump into water from platforms as high as 15 feet. The event held at Peacemaker National Training Center was particularly difficult for participants, 20 of whom were taken to the City Hospital of Martinsburg with injuries ranging from heart attacks to hypothermia. According to a Tough Mudder spokesperson, Sengupta is the first person to die in an event since the first one in 201o (750,000 participants in 50 events over that time frame). Sengupta’s official cause of death was drowning and was ruled accidental by the medical examiner.West Virginia is Stressed OutOf all the lists that West Virginia could land on, this one is a little unexpected. According to a Gallup Poll, the Mountain State is the most stressed state in the Union, narrowly beating out Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah, and Massachusetts. Actually, none of these states make a whole lot of sense; you would think New York would at least crack the top five, but apparently WV, KY, and UT have been leading the list for the past five years. With all the beauty in WV, with the woods and mountains and rivers, you’d think it would be easy to relive some of that anxiety, but that’s before you factor in mountain top removal mining, fracking, high rates of obesity, and poverty. So there you go. No surprise on the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii is the least stressed state.Loveland Avalanche Victim Warren Wilson GradOne of the victims of the worst avalanche accident in Colorado history had ties to Western North Carolina. Rick Gaukel, 33, majored in outdoor leadership at Warren Wilson College and was the department’s outstanding student in 2005 and the MVP of the mountain biking team that same year. Gaukel was part of a group of six skiers and snowboarders caught in the avalanche at Loveland Pass on Saturday, only one survived the slide.
12/8 Wynford Street Aspley is advertised as NBN read. Picture: Realestate.com.auYOUR IP address may be almost as important as your physical address in future, but only half of Queenslanders who can access NBN have chosen to connect to it.Rollout figures to May 4 show that only 427,283 Queensland premises had activated their NBN service – a mere 43 per cent of those in the state who currently had the ability to do so.In total 989,607 Queensland premises were ready for service including fixed line, fixed wireless and satellite access to NBN Co.According to experts, being able to connect to the NBN was a feature that was increasingly as important as things like airconditioning and solar power.Thousands of listings on Realestate.com.au were marketing themselves as “NBN connected” or “NBN ready” in Queensland, a factor that works in favour of Brisbane suburbs that now have the fastest internet speeds in the city, but which was also a positive attribute for rural acreage properties that have access.According to Finder.com.au tech expert Alex Kidman, some of the top Brisbane suburbs for NBN connection were blue chip ones such as Ascot and Hamilton, but also middle to outer ring locations like Boondall and Banyo, Eagle Farm, Nudgee, Redland Bay, Aspley, Fitzgibbon and Taigum.“The NBN is still a foreign concept for many Australians, because so few (relatively speaking) have access, even though we’ve heard about it for years now,” Kidman said.But he said high speed internet connectivity would considered a basic necessity in future.“Buying a home is a long term purchase by definition, whether it’s to live in or even as an investment property. Either way, making sure it’s as liveable as possible, for yourself or prospective tenants should be a priority, and this day and age, internet services are like water or electricity. They’re expected, and it makes sense to buy intelligently as a result.”He said if a solid internet connection was high on a buyer’s wish list, they would prioritise areas that were NBN ready.“This is especially true if you run a business from home or have a big family with lots of devices to connect.”Buyers can check if a property is NBN ready by searching for the NBN tracker online and punching in the required address.Top Brisbane suburbs for NBN:Eagle FarmMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHamiltonNudgeeRedland BayAscotAspleyFitzgibbonTaigumBoondallBanyo(Source: Finder.com.au)
Michael and Neil testing out the new state of the art foresight sports golf simulator in-store.Donegal stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are certainly ‘getting into the swing of things’ with their new business venture.The friends and team-mates are today putting the final touches to their first business venture – ‘Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.’The Donegal stars will officially open their new store at Station Roundabout in Letterkenny tomorrow (Fri). Fellow Glenswilly GAA Club member Shane Tinney (son of Paddy Tinney) tries to deal for the best price with Neil Gallagher and Micheal Murphy when he got a pre- opening tour of the new sport shop in Letterkenny today. Photo Cristeph Brian McDaidBut in between stocking the shelves with the latest sports-gear and footwear, the lads took a little time out to test the latest state-of-the-art golf simulator!The lads say they are delighted to be opening the shop but have insisted their focus is on a certain game against Dublin in just over two weeks time at Croke Park.The guys say they are hoping for a quiet launch tomorrow.However, with the amount of goodwill being shown towards these two guys and their team-mates, they might just expect a few customers coming through the doors. Michael or Neil wouldn’t be drawn on if they plan on stocking Dublin jerseys before the big game.But rumours that Bernard Brogan is being flown in to perform the official opening has definitely been ruled out! MICHAEL AND NEIL GET INTO SWING OF BUSINESS ON EVE OF BIG OPENING! was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGAAMichael Murphy Sports and LeisureOPENING