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first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSFergus BrophyPhilip Brophy Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Very sad day’ as tragic Laois brothers laid to rest Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter The two Laois brothers who were died tragically following a diving accident at the weekend have been laid to rest.Fergus (42) and Philip (34) Brophy, from Lough, Portarlington, died on Sunday afternoon in the quarry in Portroe in Tipperary.Portarlington Parish Priest Fr Tom Dooley, who presided over the mass in St John’s Church in Killenard this afternoon, described it as ‘a very sad day’. By LaoisToday Reporter – 9th July 2020 WhatsApp Pinterest News Home News ‘Very sad day’ as tragic Laois brothers laid to rest News “We have lost two valued and loved members of our community. Their tragic deaths has created a deep void in the lives their parents Seamus and Dinah and in the life of Michelle, Fergus’s wife.”Fr Dooley also spoke the mark that Fergus and Philip left on the world.He said: “Despite our sadness today, we also give thanks for the lives of Fergus and Philip – for all they achieved and all they accomplished in their short lives.“From the symbols that were brought up at the beginning, we get a glimpse of those achievements.“Both excelled in their studies and their places of worked. Both loved sport, played football here with O’Dempsey’s and were loyal followers of the Laois team.“They loved to compete and took up triathlons. The highlight was when Philip won the gold medal in Nice in France as best ironman in the world.“Their great passion was sub-aqua diving and both were diving masters. They did this all over the world – exotic places like Mexico, Brazil and Egypt.“So today, let us think of their achievements and their accomplishments.“But let us also offer our deepest sympathies to their family and friends. We all know that these days are the most traumatic for them.“We are grieving with you and we will do all we can to support you over the next days, weeks and months.”The two men are survived by their parents Dinah and Seamus, their brothers James and Patrick, sister Emma, and Fergus’s wife Michelle.Fergus and Michelle lived in nearby Ballybrittas, while Philip lived in the family home in Lough.Both men worked as engineers for Vodafone while they also played football for their local GAA club, O’Dempsey’s.May they Rest in Peace.SEE ALSO – ‘Teenagers hit very hard’ as details emerge of ‘shed parties’ He said: “This is a very sad day for Fergus and Philip’s family and a sad day for the wider community and all of the people who knew them.“The news of the deaths of Fergus and Philip Brophy was a message that shocked and saddened all that knew them. We could scarcely believe it on Sunday evening and we can scarcely believe it now. Previous articleStudents with Down Syndrome to be included in Summer ProvisionNext articleGardai carry out inspection of pubs for compliance with regulations LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Electric Picnic last_img read more

first_imgRelatedDisabled Youths want Increased Access to Tertiary Training and Jobs FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Youth leaders from the disabled community are clamoring for greater access to tertiary-level training and employment opportunities, as they struggle to gain equality with their able-bodied peers. The youths voiced their concerns to Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, and United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, among other stakeholders, during a roundtable discussion hosted at the US Embassy in Kingston on Friday (April 20), in observance of Global Youth Service Day. Miss Deaf International, Cassandra Whyte, who communicated through an interpreter, noted that most young people in the deaf community are marginalised and discriminated against because of their disability. She said one of their main areas of concern is tertiary level education, as local institutions do not have the proper facilities or programmes in place to make learning accessible to them. “It is very hard to get education for the deaf community. Many of them, they are ready and they are qualified, they have their CXCs, but Jamaican universities are just not accepting them,” she said, noting that many have to go abroad to study. “What I want is for the deaf to stay in Jamaica and be creative here. I want the universities to be open to us, so we can study and get our degrees,” she said. Miss Whyte, who is a social worker at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, said employment opportunities for members of the deaf community are also limited. “Many persons have their qualifications, but they just have to sitting there waiting and we have many deaf people who are very skilled and they are ready to work, but when they go to these companies, the bosses say ‘no we can’t accept you, because you are deaf’,” she informed. Delegate of the National Youth Council, Shanna Parkes, who is visually impaired, echoed the sentiments of Miss Whyte, noting that young people from the disabled community experience discrimination “everyday”. Miss Parkes noted that parents are often to be blamed for their children receiving little or no education, as many of them are embarrassed that they have a disabled child and so they lock them away at home instead of sending them out to school. “There are disabled children, who reach the age of 20 and they have never been taught,” she remarked. In response, Miss Hanna said the Ministry, through the National Council for Youth Development (NCYD) and its various other agencies, will be working to address the issues affecting the youth in the disabled community. Among the initiatives is expanding the Auto-Skills learning programme to reach more young people, who are physically challenged. Auto-Skills is a computer software, which provides users with an individualised, highly effective and scalable literacy intervention solution. It is designed to help struggling students of all ages, skills and abilities, to master the fundamentals of reading. “This is an initiative that we can definitely roll out at all the YICs (Youth Information Centres) overtime,” said NCYD Executive Director, Roberta Ellis. “So, it’s just getting the equipment, getting the software, and having it in all the youth information centres, so both attached and unattached young people, including the disabled, can have access,” she stated. A group of some 25 young people from various communities throughout Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine participated in the roundtable discussion, which focused on the work of the youth in their communities, their achievements, and the challenges they face; and policy issues related to marginalised youth, unemployment, and youth inclusion in planning. The discussion was facilitated by President of the National Youth Council, Ryan Small and Youth Ambassador, Paul McFarlane. Some of the suggestions, which arose from the discussions included: additional funding for young entrepreneurs; further incentives for employers willing to employ members of the disabled community; mentorship programmes with students helping other students to learn; parenting workshops; and more community volunteerism among young people; more programmes focusing on positive values and moral in young people; and the integration of youth programmes in order to maximise results and save money. Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilises young people across the world, who want to improve their communities through service and service-learning. Advertisements RelatedDisabled Youths want Increased Access to Tertiary Training and Jobs By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter RelatedDisabled Youths want Increased Access to Tertiary Training and Jobs Disabled Youths want Increased Access to Tertiary Training and Jobs CultureApril 24, 2012last_img read more

first_imgThis post and all soccer posts in 2018 are brought to you by Soccer Shots.  They are the premier youth soccer organization in all of Ohio.Last night the dream season of Cleveland SC came to a heartbreaking end.  They fell in round two of the NPSL Playoffs 1-0 on the road in Ann Arbor.It was a close match as the only goal allowed was very late in the contest.  Ann Arbor didn’t break through until the 56th minute.It was a great season for Cleveland as this was only their third loss on the pitch all year.  They will be back better then ever next season, starting in April with tryouts.You can scroll below for a full replay of the match starting at the 15 minute mark of the video. Related TopicsCleveland SCNPSL Vince McKeelast_img read more

first_img*Seattle Seahawks arena DJ, DJ DV One, is featured in a new Billboard article about NFL teams traveling with professional DJ’s who provide the inspiring soundtrack to the practice and warm-up sessions. DV tells Billboard that one of the most surprising things about DJing a practice is Coach Dan Quinn handpicking the music.“One of the most surprising things is Coach Quinn himself,” he said. “I didn’t really know how hands-on he was going to be with the music…but he will come to me and be like, “Play this, play that.” I will never forget this — as soon as I met him, he was like, “Can you do me a favor?” The first two people he asked me to play were Tupac and Rick Ross. From that moment on, it set the tone.”DJ DV has been providing music for the team for nearly a decade and he spoke about the moment upper management realized the value in having a DJ help get the players pumped.“When Pete Carroll came on, things changed. I was DJing in Touchdown City, an event center where people go before the game starts. Pete Carroll realized there was a DJ there, and he was like, “We need this energy at our practices.” One of the upper management guys came to me and said, “Are you available for three weeks in the summer to do our public practices?” I came and I would do those gigs — he sort of used me as a tool to motivate and get the players pumped up for the public practices. Then, after that, he was like, “This shit works — we need you on the field before the game starts.”DV also revealed that the weird dynamic between star quarterback Russell Wilson, his girlfriend Ciara, and rapper Future prevent him from playing music by either artist.“This year, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for Future. But that dynamic is weird too, because I can barely play Future with Ciara running around and that’s her baby’s dad,” DJ DV said. “It’s just that he has a dope-ass album out right now, players like to hear it, it definitely gets you pumped up.”DV added that while he used to play Ciara’s music, now that she and Russell are an item, he refuses to play her out of risk of being teased.“I also feel weird playing Ciara, because I was playing Ciara before she started dating Russell. I’d play “Goodies” and stuff like that for the crowd because its mainstream — it’s dance-y music, it’s popular, it’s stuff that you can get away with playing. Now that she’s dating Russell, I don’t want people to be like, “He’s just playing that because she’s dating Russell.”Read more from his interview at Billboard.last_img read more

first_img Derek Butler and Denis O’Donovan were the only crew to have a clean sheet at the end of the Skibbereen Carbery Navigation Trial at Lissavaird, completing the 85 mile route without dropping a single mark. Their closest rivals were Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes, who lost 12 marks. Another ex-champion, Michael Coyne, took third place in his Vauxhall Nova, the highest placed of the two wheel drive cars. John Ward took the honours in the Modified Final, with Derek Lenehan the winner of the Production class. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Victory for Noel Greene’s Mitsubishi Mirage in the Super Final at Mondello Park yesterday clinched runner up position in the Parts for Cars National Rallycross Championship for the Dubliner. He was well clear of the Impreza of Darragh Morris at the finish of the main race of the day, having earlier beaten former title holder Derrick Jobb in the Supercar Final.last_img read more

first_imgDaniel H. Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Riverhead Books, 2018), says timing isn’t an art, but rather a science. There’s a huge body of research, from economics to anesthesiology and dozens of other disciplines, that shows people can make evidence-based timing decisions. Refining that skill can give HR leaders an edge, Pink says. HR tends to focus on what people are doing, how they are doing it, who will do it and why. They don’t give the question of when enough consideration, Pink says. But they should. Doing so affects productivity and organizational performance. “Start taking the question of ‘when’ more seriously,” he advises. “Timing isn’t everything, but it’s a big thing.”In your book, you stress the importance of breaks. Why?Breaks are an integral part of performance. I’m not suggesting employees take hourlong breaks multiple times during the day, but rather 10-minute breaks more regularly. Also, some breaks are more rejuvenating than others. Social breaks with others are more restorative than breaks taken alone. A dose of nature is more replenishing than spending time in a windowless room. It’s better to move than to stay still.How can leaders leverage the “midpoint slump” that commonly delays projects?Midpoints have powerful effects: the slump and the spark. Midpoints can bring us down, but they can also fire us up. HR leaders can use a midpoint to motivate employees to finish strong by saying, “We’re at the midpoint, and we’re not where we ought to be.” There’s something about being a little behind at the midpoint that is galvanizing. One study showed basketball teams that were behind by one point at halftime were more likely to win than teams ahead by one point.How do temporal landmarks impact turnover?A temporal landmark is a marker in our day where we stop, think and pay attention. People are most likely to leave jobs on their work anniversaries, for instance. HR executives should pay attention to those landmarks and not wait until then to talk to employees. HR should have every employee’s work anniversary date in their calendars. At the end of the first year, evaluate the person’s experience and have a ritual to mark the milestone in a positive way.When is the ideal time to quit a job?Two factors dictate if a person should quit: Is the work challenging? And is it within a person’s control? Having one of those things isn’t enough. If a person doesn’t have control over his work, he’s going to burn out quickly. If it isn’t challenging, he’s going to get bored.Also, switching jobs is a good way to boost a salary, and the ideal window for that is between three and five years. If you’ve worked somewhere for fewer than three years, you may not have enough experience, but if you wait longer than five years, you might have started moving up the ranks and are less likely to leave.Originally published on the SHRM Book Blog.last_img read more

first_imgWhen we first looked at the conviction of three Google employees by an Italian judge in late February, we agreed with Google’s stance that the conviction attacked the very ideals of the Internet as we know it.The comments in reaction to this article were many and varied, often speculating on the reasoning behind the conviction. Today, a CNet article identifies profit as the judge’s reasoning behind the decision.As Google stated when the convictions were first handed down, the case was concerned with a video of “students at a school in Turin, Italy [who] filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate. The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police.” According to the Associated Press translation of the court document (PDF), the judge said Google’s profiting off of the video was the reason behind the conviction.“In simple words, it is not the writing on the wall that constitutes a crime for the owner of the wall, but its commercial exploitation can,” wrote Judge Oscar Magi, continuing to say that the Internet was no longer an “unlimited prairie where everything is permitted and nothing can be prohibited”. Profit, especially that profit which is made from completely automated advertising systems, seems like an odd reasoning to hold a content provider responsible for the content uploaded by its users. The oft-quoted statistic to keep in mind here is that YouTube has more than 20 hours of video uploaded every minute to the service. Judge Magi, however, argues that “the overwhelming speed of technical progress will allow, sooner or later, ever more stringent controls on uploaded data on the part of Web site managers”.Google gave CNET the following statement in response to the news:“We are reading the full 111-page document from the judge. But as we said when the verdict was announced, this conviction attacks the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built. If these principles are swept aside, then the Web as we know it will cease to exist, and many of the economic, social, political and technological benefits it brings could disappear. These are important points of principle, which is why we and our employees will vigorously appeal this decision.”We have to say, we still agree with Google on this one, as far as the spirit of the conviction goes. Holding the content host, YouTube in this case, liable for the content of its users attacks the very foundation of the Web. If, as some claim, Google knowingly allowed the content to stay on the site, then its a different story. But if the company immediately responded to official requests to remove the video, it should not be held responsible for its users’ content. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgItaly Under-21 boss Paolo Nicolato admits that while Sandro Tonali’s senior promotion “gives us a lot of pleasure, it also gives us some problems.” Tonalo was drafted into the full Italy squad after Marco Verratti pulled out, leaving Nicolato with mixed feelings as he also had Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli pinched. “It gives us a lot of pleasure, but it also gives us some problems,” he said at a Press conference. The Azzurrini face Iceland and Armenia this international break, yet to concede a goal in four games under the CT and in a strong position to quality for the European U21 Championship if they win both fixtures. “Two tough games are waiting for us, against teams who are doing well, but I’m also confident because we have a whole week ahead of us and we can prepare to the fullest, something that hardly happens for us. “I expect a physical match against Iceland, due to the size of the opponents. However, we will also face a team in good form, given that their domestic season is nearly over.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

first_img “According to the sandbox effect,Google temporarily reduces the pagerank of new domains, placing theminto what is referred to as its sandbox, in an effort to counter theways that SEOs attempt to manipulate Google’s page ranking by creatinglots of inboundlinks to a new web site from other web sites that theyown.” Or, in other words, if you’ve got a new domain that Googledoesn’t trust yet, you can be put in the sandbox and it’s going to benear impossible for you to rank for any competitive terms until Googletrusts you enough to take you out of the sandbox. So there you have it. Originally published Dec 14, 2009 11:28:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Google Updates Topics: ), Rand Fiskin, from SEOmoz.  Here’s what he had to say: One of the more richly debated topics amongst SEO experts is theGoogle Sandbox. The pinnacle of online authority, Wikipedia, describesthe Google Sandbox thusly: solutions to Google penaltiescenter_img . [full article] So, does the Google Sandbox exist, or is it a myth?  I wasn’t sure, so I asked the smartest SEO ninjas I know (and one of the smartest SEO people How about you?  Do you feel like you’ve had a site stuck in the Google Sandbox and are not allowed to play with the other children?  Leave us a comment with your sandbox and ranking woes. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack “Google’s sandbox is neither mythical nor cartoonish. It’s spelled traffic doom for thousands of sites.Although the causes of this frustrating filter (and the solution) arestill unknown, webmasters should be paying attention to potential signsof danger. If pages on your site can’t rank for obviously navigationalqueries (particularly those that include your brand name), you mightwant to look for anywherelast_img read more