No shortage of Laois gear for supporters before the Leinster final

first_img Pinterest Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th June 2018 No shortage of Laois gear for supporters before the Leinster final For many Laois supporters, being in a Leinster final is like Christmas coming early, and Jack Nolan is selling all the festive presents you could ever need.Hats, banners, scarfs and headbands – you won’t need to go up to the Jones Road in Dublin to get your hands on these. Jack is selling them all in his shop on Railway Street in Portlaoise.Jack explained why he wanted to get in all the Laois gear in the run up to the Leinster final.Streets lined with blue and white“When Laois got to the 1996 All-Ireland final against Kerry, we were the only shop selling flags.“We put out a request for shops and hotels to hang bunting but there was no-one selling Laois merchandise,” said Jack, who is also the Midlands 103 commentator for the game and a columnist with LaoisToday.“Mary Delaney from Shanahoe used to make the flags and then we had another great sporting year in 2003 and got in more stock for that,” Jack added.Jack is selling four different size flags as well as windsocks, headbands, scarves, hats and keyrings.“I hope people buy Laois gear – not just so we can sell them but so that people are getting out and supporting the team.“It would be great to see the the whole county covered in blue and white in the days coming up to the final,” he added.Nolan’s Portlaoise Locksmiths has been long recognised as the Number 1 Locksmith in Portlaoise, Laois and the greater Midlands region.Over 35 years in business, Nolan’s Locksmiths are the Locksmiths based in Portlaoise town and so provide the quickest response in the area to emergency callouts, 24/7, 365 days a year.SEE ALSO – Laois U-20 football team named ahead of Meath clash Facebook WhatsApp Community TAGSJack NolanLeinster final Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sponsored No shortage of Laois gear for supporters before the Leinster final Sponsored Pinterest Community Twitter Previous articleChanges to areas announced ahead of 2019 Local ElectionsNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, June 14, 2018 LaoisToday Reporter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Online Training Platform Launched for Dressage and Para

first_img SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The FEI has today launched the FEI eDressage™ Online platform in partnership with Black Horse One (BHO) and SAP, to provide a unique environment for FEI registered Dressage and Para Dressage athletes to boost their training and development.FEI registered athletes can upload videos to the FEI eDressage™ Online platform every week for their FEI Dressage tests to be judged anonymously by a pool of FEI 5* level Dressage and Para Dressage judges. In the first phase, a number of videos will be randomly selected and athletes will then be provided with feedback on their performance and given pointers for improvement.“This new platform is yet another example of the ways in which technology can be introduced into equestrian sport to transform training techniques,” FEI Commercial Director Ralph Straus said.“Athletes now have the opportunity to have their tests remotely evaluated by a group of top level judges and to receive key insights that could benefit their performances.“While the current pandemic highlights the value of a platform like this to athlete training when travel and competition restrictions exist, it can also be particularly useful to athletes residing in remote regions of the world, who would otherwise be unable to avail of the international expertise provided through this platform.”Although the platform has been designed primarily with the horse and athlete in mind, it has the potential to become a valuable source of content for training FEI Officials in close collaboration with the FEI’s online e-learning platform, FEI Campus. The user-generated content would allow the FEI to improve the video material used in training programmes for FEI Dressage and Para Dressage judges.The FEI eDressage™ Online platform is not the first time software development company Black Horse One, and the market leader in enterprise application software SAP, have come together with the FEI to create unique technological solutions for the sport.While previous initiatives have been created to enrich the competition experience for live audiences and judges, the FEI eDressage™ Online platform has been specifically created for a non-competitive environment. Tests will not be judged and no rankings will be provided, but performances will be critiqued by an elite group of judges purely for training purposes.“It is an absolute pleasure for us to launch the FEI eDressage Online platform together with the FEI and SAP, our close partner for many years now,” CEO of Black Horse One Daniel Göhlen said.“We at Black Horse One provide innovative, high-performance software solutions specialised in equestrian sports and see this new platform as a fantastic technological development to support athletes all over the world, especially during these current uncertain times. The FEI eDressage Online platform is built on the basis of our paperless judging solution eDressage and benefits from several of our other innovations which have been supported by SAP and established by the FEI.”SAP Director of Strategic Partnerships in Equestrian, Henrike Paetz, also welcomed the initiative. “The launch of the new FEI eDressage Online platform is another milestone in our partnership with the FEI and long-standing cooperation with Black Horse One,” she said.“Providing a virtual training and feedback environment for international athletes is an innovative way to stay connected and up-to-speed during these challenging times and beyond and reflects our ambition as the Official Analytics Sponsor of the FEI Dressage World Cup series. We are proud to once more help reinvent the athlete experience based on our SAP Cloud Platform technology.”Previously, the two companies combined their expert knowledge in technology and fan engagement to create the award-winning Spectator Judging® app in 2017.The app enables audiences at FEI Dressage World Cup™ events to get into the judge’s seat, with audience scores and rankings created in real-time during the competitions and then placed side-by-side with official results on the arena scoreboards. It’s a dynamic way for live audiences to participate more actively in the sporting action provided by the world’s top Dressage athletes and their horses.A further collaboration between SAP and Black Horse One in 2018 led to the development of the Dressage Paperless Judging software, a system allowing FEI Dressage and Para Dressage competitions to be scored without a scribe having to write down each mark on an FEI Dressage score sheet. The Paperless Judging system was designed to deliver finished and signed scores and comments to athletes immediately after each test, and also maintain fan engagement by reducing the time between the end of a competition and the awards ceremony.“The beauty of the FEI eDressage Online platform is that it has the potential to grow and develop over time and become something larger than we initially imagined,” FEI Director Information & Sports Technology Gaspard Dufour explained. “For developments like these to really impact a sport, it is necessary that our technological partners understand equestrian and the needs of our stakeholders. Long-term collaborations like ours show that having the time to grow and develop together can impact the industry in a meaningful way.” Tags: Dressage, Para-Dressage, FEI eDressage™ Online platform, Black Horse One, SAP, Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Win Quoc Gran Tourer gravel shoes, buy stylish DZR Zurich boots, matte Sidis

first_imgLast week we gave you a Sneak Peek at new carbon-reinforced gravel shoes coming soon from Quoc. Before you can even Kickstart them, you can win a pair. Back to what you can buy, DZR has a limited edition boot for women, blending tall boot style & on-the-bike function. And Sidi, long a fan of high gloss adds new matte finishes to road & trail.Win Quoc Gran Tourer gravel shoes before anyone elseBefore their Kickstarter opens Mar 15, Quoc is giving away a pair of these pre-production Gran Tourer gravel & bikepacking shoes to one of our readers. The carbon-reinforced shoes were produced as a part of this initial pre-production batch to prep for their crowdfunding project and will come with a pair of Quoc merino socks. To enter to win a pair of these shoes:1. like our Gran Tourer Instagram contest post…2. tag two gravel or bikepacker friends in the Instagram comments…3. follow both @bikerumor and @quocgravel, and lastly…4. register over at Quoc’s contest page.Enter now, with the last deadline on Mar 6. The winner will be announced on Mar 15. Everyone who signs up will also get on Quoc’s VIP list, giving you a heads up on the best limited discount deal available when their Kickstarter campaign opens.Quoc.ccDZR Zurich women’s boots blend function & styleDZR’s latest urban cycling shoe is a limited edition zip-up boot designed for women. Mixing the look of a stylish tall boot with a cycling specific SPD-compatible construction, DZR’s owner & designer Shane Rattazzi calls the Zurich 2.0 boots “just about the only clipless shoes you would want to wear with a skirt, ’cause we can mash on our pedals and still wear a dress.”Available in limited quantities, she wanted a minimalist design to transition from bike to around town. The Zurich 2.0 is made of a mix of a nubuck leather/textile upper with a full-length zipper, and an SPD-ready natural gum sole. It gets a leather lining to fit closely to the foot, and features a Variable Flex Shank that balances pedaling efficiency & walkability. The $230 shoes are available in this steel blue or burgundy and sizes from 37-40 (although only 39 & 40 look to be in stock now.)DZRshoes.comSidi Matt Line, more subtle matte finish cycling shoesNew to the Italian shoemaker’s 2018 line-up are matte finishes for their top Shot road & Tiger mountain bike shoes. Adding on to the array of standard colors & gloss finishes, the matte shoes aim to be a tiny bit less flashy.They are still Italian cycling shoes though. So while the majority of the new black or white synthetic Techpro uppers get a matte finish, the still get combined with showy red, blue, or yellow primary colors.Sidi.comlast_img read more

The Cheater’s High And Other Reasons We Cheat

first_imgNPR:This week on Hidden Brain, we take on cheating.Lying and deception are part of being human. And it begins from a very young age. In fact, YouTube is filled with videos of imaginative children trying out little lies, usually to get out of trouble. We at Hidden Brain were taken with this brother/sister duo, Jackson and Reagan, as their mom interrogated them to find out who marked up the wall.…Professor Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School has found in her research that people tend to be more forgiving of unethical behavior if it is creative (or in this case, cute). This is something she’s also found in her own life as the mother of a 3-year-old.“I find myself looking at my son sometimes deceiving me, telling me the light on his alarm clock is on when I know that it’s not,” she says. “And I want to reward the creative excuses and descriptions of his behavior. But at the same time I feel like it’s deception and it should be punished.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Rail Baltica agreement signed

first_imgEUROPE: Agreements to establish an equally-owned company to co-ordinate the construction of the Rail Baltica standard gauge line between the Polish border and Tallinn were signed by representatives of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on October 28. ‘This is the largest-scale joint project in the history of our country, and the establishment of a joint venture shows that all countries are taking the project seriously’, said Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs & Infrastructure Urve Palo. RB Rail is to be based in Riga and will be responsible for project development, approving important decisions and marketing. It will be owned by national companies Rail Baltica Statyba (Lithuania), Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas (Latvia) and Rail Baltic Estonia, which will each make a start-up contribution of €0·65m, hold a one-third stake and appoint two board members. Each country would finance and own its section of the 728 km double-track 1 435 mm gauge electrified line, which would be designed for mixed-traffic operation. It is envisaged that 240 km/h passenger trains would run every 2 h, taking around 4 h from Tallinn to the Polish border.A 2011 study by Aecom priced the project at €3·68bn. Latvia provisionally estimates its 235 km section would cost €1·27bn, while Estonia expects to finalise the route for its €1bn section shortly, based on studies undertaken by Hendrikson & Ko. The three countries envisage up to 85% EU co-financing, which Lithuania’s Minister of Transport Rimantas Sinkevičius said would be essential. The countries plan to submit their first applications for funds February 2015. Detailed studies are to be undertaken in 2016-19, with construction to start in 2020 for completion in 2024.The route would pass to the west of Vilnius, but at Lithuanian insistence there is provision in the agreement for a future branch to its capital.The creation of the joint venture ‘is a long awaited event for all three Baltic countries’, said Latvian Minister of Transport Anrijs Matīss. ‘This important transport artery will serve as a bridge between Europe and the Baltics, and contribute to economic development.’last_img read more

County wraps up budget talks

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] County got one step closer to a final budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as over a month of money talks continued during Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Court meeting.Before things kicked off in earnest, County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. offered a comment to commend County staff for their work on the budget. “A few months ago, the administration and management was looking at a shortfall for this fiscal year,” Treviño said. “A $5.2 million budget deficit.”“Our general fund budget looks to be $87 million and based upon the most recent numbers, we are right at a balanced budget,” Treviño said.The Court has considered several requests from County departments, including requests for additional staff, reclassification of certain law enforcement officers, and additional funds to cope with expanding underfunded services, such as at the newly expanded animal shelter, or within the veterans affairs department.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedBalancing ActTo approve budget, County raises taxes, dips into general fund By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] After months of deliberation, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved a tax increase and the appropriation of monies from the general fund in order to balance its 2017-2018 fiscal budget. Property taxes will…September 22, 2017In “News”County gets clean audit reportBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Despite a slight increase in revenues, the Cameron County general fund was down in 2017, with much of the budget going towards law enforcement and public safety. That was the report delivered by Carlos Barrera, a certified public accountant with Brownsville-based Long Chilton,…April 20, 2018In “News”County talks beach nourishment, budgetBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] During a regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved a grant application for a beach nourishment project at application. The Court also continued financial discussions amid final preparations for its vote on the 2017-1018 fiscal budget scheduled for later…September 8, 2017In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Shopify confident on pot ecommerce because cannabis isnt Kylie Cosmetics

first_imgTORONTO – Shopify Inc.’s vice president is “very confident” that the first day of recreational pot sales in Canada will be smooth on websites backed by its software because “cannabis isn’t Kylie Cosmetics.”While pot demand may be high on Oct. 17, it is unlikely to exceed the tens of thousands of orders of Lip Kits per minute on Kylie Jenner’s company website, which uses Shopify, said the Ottawa-based e-commerce company’s vice president and general manager Loren Padelford.“These stores are going to get hit hard, and there’s going to be a lot of people browsing… If this is bigger than a Kylie Lip Kit drop, I think that’s going to surprise everybody,” he said.When Canada legalizes cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17, age of majority consumers will be able to purchase certain marijuana products in some stores, but the vast majority of sales will be online.For example, Ontario will not have any brick-and-mortar cannabis retail stores until next spring after the Progressive Conservative government changed the distribution model from government-run outlets to private retailers. In British Columbia, there will only be one physical store ready in Kamloops, B.C.Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island — where online sales of cannabis will go through government portals — as well as some private retailers in other provinces, are using Shopify for their e-commerce websites.The company has spent months preparing for the first day of legal pot for adult use with the provincial entities and retailers using its e-commerce software, Padelford said.The technology company has conducted a “tremendous” amount of testing on these cannabis stores, including mock checkouts, and will continue preparing until the sites go live at 12:01 a.m.The portals will be largely similar to online shopping for other products, but there will be age-verification components and the cannabis sales portals will have educational information for consumers, he said.Also, similar to online sales of alcohol in some provinces, there will be identification-checking and signatures needed upon delivery, and no unattended packages will be left at buyers’ doors.Protocols will also be in place to protect buyers’ personal data, such as encryption and data storage requirements depending on the province’s privacy law, he added.“There’s lots of attention being paid to the security of the data and ensuring that people’s private information isn’t shareable or easily accessed,” Padelford said.Data privacy concerns in connection with cannabis have been heightened in light of recent comments from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency that marijuana users as well as those who work in the legal industry may face additional scrutiny when heading south of the border, where the drug remains federally illegal.Meanwhile, the cannabis industry globally represents an opportunity for Shopify, as more countries warm up to the drug for medicinal and recreational purposes.“This is really a global story right now. And we’re already working with international customers like Jamaica… We’re going to be excited on the 17th, but that’s just the beginning of how this market will go. We really think Canada is going to be the benchmark for the world.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)last_img read more

Street Banners designed by local artist for the 2020 BC Winter Games

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local woman, Harriet Stanford designed the new street banners that can be seen on 100th street to commemorate the upcoming 2020 BC Winter Games.When the Fort St. John Community Arts Council put out a call for proposals, Stanford decided to try her hand at designing them with the representation of four different sports, which are displayed in a northern context.  “I’ve always enjoyed creating art, but I’ve never done it professionally,” says Stanford. “Creating these banners gave me a new skill set to work with.” “There are big skies, northern lights, wind and snow. I wanted to pick lesser represented sports and put them firmly in a northern context,” says Stanford. Fort St. John will be host to the BC Winter Games in seven months and welcoming up to 1,200 athletes, 300 coaches and 200 officials to the region. With the economic impact estimated to be approximately $1.6-million for the city. “The Games are an opportunity for us to showcase our community to the province. The Arts Council coming on board with this year’s banner design honouring sport is just one more demonstration of our community pulling together,” says Darren Snider, President of the Fort St. John BC Games Society. “The new street banners are a perfect example of how these major events bring our community together. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council has been instrumental in creating incredible street banners over the years, and this year’s program continues that tradition,” says Mayor Lori Ackerman. Stanford has lived in Fort St. John her whole life, even though she has recently moved away, she still resides in Northern BC and shared she is proud to be from the northern part of the province.last_img read more

Cong releases poll manifesto with focus on jobs farmers Nyay

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, making a slew of promises, including giving Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘Nyay’ scheme, filling up 22 lakh government vacancies, bringing a separate budget for farmers and fixing a single moderate GST rate. The 55-page document titled ‘Hum Nibhayenge’ (We will deliver) focused on addressing the issues of joblessness, farm distress, safety of women and boosting the rural economy, with stress on building a narrative on “real issues” faced by people. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The manifesto was released by party president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram among others. For farmers, Congress promised to put them on the path from “Karz Maafi” (loan waiver), to “Karz Mukti” (freedom from loans). This will be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit, the party said, adding it will present a separate “Kisan Budget” every year, if voted to power. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speaking on the occasion at the Congress headquarters here, Gandhi said the Congress will allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, strengthen government hospitals and give high-quality healthcare access to poor if voted to power. The party also promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. The Congress president alleged that the BJP government had spread hate and divisiveness in its five year rule and his party will work towards uniting India by bringing people together. “Our manifesto process reflects our commitment to a higher vision, that of listening to the ‘jan awaaz’. It is not the ‘mann ki baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people,” he said in a preface of the manifesto. With this manifesto, Gandhi said the Congress has offered to people “the only national alternative — a distinct alternative that is unwavering in its commitment to truth, freedom, dignity, self-respect and prosperity for our people.” He promised to make India “strong and united, and a just and prosperous society”. On the party’s showpiece minimum income guarantee scheme or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), the party’s manifesto promised to give Rs 72,000 per year to the poorest 20 per cent households in India. To the youth of India, Congress pledged to make jobs its top priority, saying it will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020, persuading the state governments to fill 20 lakh vacancies and creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local bodies. The party said it will also provide a fillip to private sector by incentivising businesses for jobs creation and employing more women. On GST tax, the Congress said it will radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. It also promised panchayats and municipalities a share of GST revenues. The Congress, it said, will reverse the trend of declining defence spending under the NDA government, and increase it to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. “We will expedite all modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces in a transparent manner. We will improve social security, education and health facilities for our Paramilitary Forces and families,” the party said. On education, Congress promised that school education from Class I to Class XII in public schools shall be compulsory and free. The party promised to pass in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha the Women’s Reservation Bill reserving 33 percent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies. “Congress will also reserve 33 percent of all posts/vacancies in the Central government for women,” it said.last_img read more

Tesla Autopilot sex act Musk courts controversy

first_imgSan Francisco: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has courted fresh controversy after approving adult actor Taylor Jackson’s sex act with a man in the driver’s seat while riding an Autopilot-enabled Tesla car. Jackson uploaded the act on adult entertainment portal pornhub and tweeted: “Holy shit, I made @Tesla the #1 search on pornhub.” Musk, who is facing scrutiny from the US regulators over his irresponsible tweets, invited fresh controversy with his tweet. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Turns out there’s more ways to use Autopilot than we imagined,” he replied to Jackson late on Thursday. “Shoulda seen it coming.” His tweets sparked jokes, memes, GIFs and criticism on the micro-blogging platform. “I love Teslas, but I honestly hope you don’t do that again. Life is a gift and it’s often too short to do risky stuff,” tweeted a user. Porbhub also tweeted: “Reporting you (Jackson) to Elon for not having two hands on the wheel with autopilot enabled.” Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India All autopilot crashes so far involved human drivers willing to control the vehicle at any time and yet couldn’t stop the accidents. A pedestrian was killed in 2018 by a self-driving Uber while the driver was watching content streaming service Hulu. Tesla has already made it clear that its assistive autopilot technology can’t be used without driver’s input. Tesla is also being sued by the family of Wei “Walter” Huang, a software engineer who died when his Model X with Autopilot crashed into a highway safety barrier in 2018. On the other hand, after weeks of negotiation with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over his controversial Twitter activities, Musk has agreed to more specific oversight on his tweets about the company. According to the settlement reached between the two parties, all tweets from Musk about Tesla’s financial health, sales or delivery numbers would have to be pre-approved by a company lawyer. But a tweet on a sex act inside a Tesla? No clarity on that.last_img read more