Muff’s mighty DJ Ois Bosh making his Electric Picnic debut

first_imgDJ Ois Bosh from Muff has a massive weekend ahead as he makes his debut at Ireland’s biggest music festival – Electric Picnic.Oisin McLaughlin, who turned 18 last week, is performing alongside Junk Kouture students on both the Little Picnic & Trailer Park stages this Sunday in Stradbally.‘The Bosh’ will be on music duties when past Junk Kouture students from Laois take to the stage and wow the crowds with a mini catwalk show. DJ Ois Bosh has already played a number of music festivals across the country this year including Kaleidoscope Festival in Co. Wicklow and OTB in Buncrana.This weekend is set to be another amazing experience for the young, talented deck spinner. Ois said he was “absolutely thrilled” to be playing at the Junk Kouture showcase, adding: “We are ripping up a storm at the sold-out Electric Picnic 2019 in Stradbally this Sunday so it will be great fun for myself and the talented students!!” Fans can catch Ois for an epic DJ set on the Little Picnic stage on Sunday afternoon from 2pm followed by a performance at the Trailer Park stage that evening.  “So if you’re out and about at EP this Sunday, make sure to stop by for a great mix of recycled fashion, colour and music.”Another familiar Inishowen man will feature on the EP line-up this weekend – but the only singing he’ll be doing is singing the praise of the Donegal food scene!Chef Brian McDermott of the Foyle Hotel in Moville is hosting a ‘Taste Donegal’ showcase in the Theatre of Food on Saturday 31st. He’ll be cooking up a storm and championing delicious Donegal food during the tasty demonstration.Foyle Hotel, Moville Chef Brian McDermott Muff’s mighty DJ Ois Bosh making his Electric Picnic debut was last modified: August 29th, 2019 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:dj ois boshElectric PicnicmuffMUSICoisin mclaughlinlast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Get em’ while you can — Pacific halibut closes Friday

first_imgNorth Coast offshore adventures will be limited to just rockfish come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. for the remainder of the 2016 season. The quota of 29,640 pounds will be surpassed according to CDFW unless the fishery is closed based on the latest catch projections.Beginning in 2015, CDFW committed to in-season tracking of the fishery to ensure catch …last_img

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Africa targets free trade area by 2017

first_img1 February 2012Africa will target the establishment of a continental free trade area by 2017, according to a document issued at the closing of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday.“The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) should be operationalised by the indicative date of 2017,” the document said.The AU has made a three-step plan in preparation for the ultimate CFTA target.The first step is to finalise the tripartite agreement among the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Southern African Development Community by 2014.The second step is to urge other the continent’s other trade blocs – the Economic Community of West African States, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Arab Maghreb Union, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States – to follow this example by reaching parallel agreements between 2012 and 2014.The third step is to consolidate the tripartite and other regional free trade areas into the CFTA initiative between 2015 and 2016.“Enhanced intra-African trade and deepened market integration can contribute significantly to sustainable economic growth, employment generation, poverty reduction, inflow of foreign direct investment, industrial development and better integration of the continent into the global economy,” the document read.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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Banyana and Zimbabwe in goalless draw

first_img14 July 2014Banyana Banyana played to a goalless draw against Zimbabwe at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Friday in an international friendly. South Africa entered the clash fresh off a 2-1 win over Africa Women’s Championship hosts Namibia in Windhoek a week earlier.Coach Vera Pauw made two changes in defence from the team that faced the Namibians, bringing in Lebogang Ramalepe at right back, while Gloria Thato took over on the other side of the field at left back.The match was played on an artificial turf and the home side started at a high tempo, forcing Sasol Banyana Banyana to concede a corner in the opening seconds of the match.Disallowed goalSouth Africa, though, were the first to find the back of the net in the 10th minute, but Refiloe Jane’s effort was ruled off-side.The Mighty Warriors responded well and piled pressure on Banyana Banyana, getting off a couple of shots on target, but South African goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni made some fine saves to deny the Zimbabweans a reward.After the break, Banyana Banyana had a chance to open the scoring when Jane made a good connection with the ball from inside the box in the 50th minute, but her header was directed into the Zimbabwean goalkeeper’s hands.Leandra Smeda almost stole a win for Banyana Banyana with three minutes of play remaining, but it was not to be as the match ended in a stalemate.Tight rivalryIn their previous match against Zimbabwe, played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto in April, Banyana Banyana had to come back from two goals down to draw 2- 2.In May, they qualified for the African Women’s Championship (AWC) after the Comoros withdrew from qualifying following a 13-0 thrashing at the hands of South Africa in the first leg of their qualifiers against the 2012 AWC runners-up.The following month, June, Banyana defeated Botswana 4-0 in Vanderbijlpark in the first of a number of friendly matches the team will play to prepare for the AWC, which takes place from 11 to 25 October.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Women in South Africa earn less than men

first_img5 August 2015Subject choices made at school will make a huge difference to a woman’s pay years after she has left school, according to a report released this month – Women’s Month.The Women’s Report 2015: Equal Pay for Equal Value, published by the South African Board for People’s Practices, says skills scarcity drives high pay. “Women who hold a general Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities, as well as women with a business studies major, except accounting, are more likely to earn lower incomes than those who hold Bachelor’s degrees in sciences or accounting,” it says.The report, a collection of research papers, asks that if women contribute equally, why should they not earn equally? It finds that women in South Africa are, on average, earning 15% less for doing the same jobs as men.It concludes that the gender gap is still a reality in many South African companies. “There may be many reasons for this, both historical and structural,” reads the report.“It is essential that senior leadership and in particular, the Human Resources executive identify inequity and devise a remedial plan of action to address this, in order to avoid future challenges, comply with legislation, and more importantly treat all their staff with the same dignity and respect, and recognise the full value of the women they employ through equal pay for equivalent work.”Prof Anita Bosch of the University of Johannesburg’s management department, the author of the report, says that gender pay inequalities have been with us since the start of paid work for women, “and unfortunately, may not be all that easy to eradicate”.The report finds that women’s skills are often undervalued, which leads to occupational segregation.Skills such as caring, nurturing and organising, which are generally associated with women, do not carry a high monetary premium. Further differentiators in women’s pay are aspects such as the taking of career breaks and lower investment in women’s training and development.“If you are not visible at work, or your CV has a gap that is non-work-related, your prospects of earning a high salary on return to work, irrespective of your skills, are not outstanding,” Bosch says.The report notes that companies often take the view that they would rather invest in the development of workers who will provide a return on their investment, than invest in women who will eventually fall pregnant and resign.“Furthermore, workplaces reward those who work disproportionately long hours.”But Bosch stresses that merely stating women work shorter hours than men do, and therefore earn less than men, is not a valid justification for pay differences. The hourly rate that these women earn, she points out, is often also lower than that of men doing the same work for a full working day.And when a person joins a new company, she says that since organisations want to limit salary negotiations, it is easier to ask for an old payslip and give the incumbent a 10% raise on the previous salary.“When a woman changes jobs, she is often offered only a slightly higher salary than the one that she received at her previous employer. She therefore may remain at a low level of pay.”Bosch concedes that experience, thanks to a history of inequality in the workplace, plays a role when it comes to candidates applying for the same job. However, experience is used a “cloak word” to hide why an employer chooses to pay more for a particular person.Source: Business Techlast_img read more

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Service Cavities for Wiring and Plumbing

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Conventional wood-framed walls perform many functions. Exterior walls are supposed to support the roof load, resist racking, and provide insulation. They must also provide space for routing electrical cables and (in some cases) plumbing pipes or even ductwork. If the walls are built properly, they should also include an air barrier.Timber-frame manufacturer Tedd Benson has criticized our conventional approach to building walls. He calls these multipurpose walls “entangled,” and he proposes a new approach to wall building — one that begins by disentangling the various functions of a wall. According to Benson, “Wires and fixtures should be separated from high-performance wall and roof systems whenever possible. [At Bensonwood Homes,] we add a mechanical chase layer to our walls always, and to our roof panels when there is a heavy mechanical demand in that area. Otherwise, we have dedicated chases at the building peak, at the eave and other strategic locations when necessary. The point is that after sealing a building…, we need to also make changes and upgrades easy and provide a path other than one that violates the integrity of the envelope.”There are many ways to disentangle utilities from the other functions of a wall. Approaches range from timber-framing, to PERSIST construction, to the use of Larsen trusses, to a variety of techniques adopted by Passivhaus builders in Europe. One element shared by many of these techniques is the service cavity.A service cavity (installationsebene in German) is a “wall-within-a-wall” — a secondary wall on the inside of an exterior wall. It can be framed conventionally, using vertical 2x4s or 2x3s, or it can be created by installing horizontal 2×2 or 2×3 strapping. The main purpose of a service cavity (also called a “service core”) is to provide room to run wiring, plumbing, and ductwork.Most proponents of service… last_img read more

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Don’t Let Them Change You

first_imgThere are many good reasons to turn down business that you could win. But the most important reason to turn down business is when taking it would mean unintentionally changing your business strategy.Some sales organizations end up changing their strategy to lowest price without meaning to. They start selling to prospective clients who sell lowest price to their own clients and customers, and just like that, these unsuspecting sales organizations are part of the lowest price value chain. They rationalize the decision to take the low price (and low margin) by extolling the great virtues of volume and revenue, underestimating the impact it has on their business, the additional time it takes to serve their large, low margin client over their smaller, higher margin clients, the challenges of executing without the necessary profit to do so. I once heard someone jokingly refer to this strategy by saying, “We’re losing money on every transaction but we’re going to make it up on volume.” The additional volume isn’t a benefit when it crowds out new, high margin clients.You are better off selling to your dream clients, the clients for whom you create breath taking, jaw dropping, earth shattering value. By creating the value you are meant to create for clients who benefit from it, you will be allowed to capture an appropriate portion of that value. If lowest price isn’t your strategy, winning clients on price will change you . . . for the worse.Agreeing to provide the lowest price isn’t selling. It’s the opposite of selling.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Strauss slams Indian bowling, tips hosts to win 4th Test

first_imgAndrew Strauss believes that India can never win matches with just four bowlersTaking a dig at the Indian approach ahead of the Old Trafford Test, former England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that the visitors not only need more aggression but will also find it extremely difficult to win a Test match with four bowlers in their XI.Anderson Abused Jadeja “I think India have a big problem if they are playing with only four bowlers. That is a mistake. I don`t think they can win matches with just four bowlers,” opined Strauss.”I understand they want to select a team based on conditions and pitch. But considering those factors, they got it completely wrong at the Ageas Bowl. The pitch at Southampton has a reputation of turning towards the end of the match. So I was very surprised to see them not play R Ashwin there,” said Strauss.Having a win under their belt at Lord`s, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company decided to go with an extra batsman in the third Test at Rose Bowl. The hosts drew level the five-match series and Strauss was surprised by the moves of the Indian think tank.”I was even more surprised that they decided to play an extra batsman and leave out Stuart Binny. It showed that they were negative and had a defensive mindset. They were trying not to lose the match and when you play with that outlook, more often than not, you will get beaten,” he added.advertisementIndia lost by 266 runs at Southampton after earning a 95-run victory in the second Test and Strauss lauded the English effort.”It was a good comeback from that Lord`s defeat. That was a bitter pill for England to swallow because everything was in their favour and they squandered that chance. So there was real pressure on them at Southampton and they put on a near-perfect performance.”From the moment they won the toss and elected to bat, they put India under pressure. Their captain is back in form, Ian Bell is getting runs, James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled better as well. It you have a perfect template of how to win a Test match, that was it,” said Strauss.”With this new team that England have, it is evolving Test by Test and it is important for senior players to show junior players the way. Until this third Test, it was the other way round and that`s not ideal.”It was the reason why England haven`t won more Test matches off-late and Lord`s was the final coffin. The senior players did their job in this third Test and I can tell you there will be a lot of confidence in their dressing room now,” he added.Perhaps one of the pivotal moments of the Test, and indeed the series, was when Ravindra Jadeja dropped the beleaguered Cook on 15 and the opener went on to get 95 runs in the first innings.He followed it up with a more fluent half-century in the second innings, signalling the end to his woeful form as well as a danger sign for India.”Cook was under enormous pressure and it is hard to think of any England captain in recent times who was under more pressure. It was a combination of the team completely misfiring, his own poor form, and then his captaincy, because there was so much on his plate. But in Southampton, he was finally able to show why he is such a good cricketer. I am delighted to see him come through that ordeal,” said the former England opener and Cook`s one-time partner at the top of the order.If Cook is England`s most important batsman, then the same can be said of Virat Kohli. In his six innings on tour, the Delhi batsman has disappointed with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39 and 28, averaging a paltry 16.83 so far.”Kohli has the ability to take the game away from the opposition and he came into this series with a lot of expectations. People expected him to be the stand-out player but he has had some good deliveries and a bit of bad luck. It really hasn`t happened for him so far,” said Strauss.”But at the same time, in certain instances like in Southampton, he should have played Moeen Ali a lot better. There are just not enough sizable contributions from Kohli and other batsmen to support Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane at the moment,” Strauss pointed out.advertisementThe momentum seems to be with England and they are certainly buoyed by the fact that James Anderson escaped a ban for his alleged push against Jadeja as well and Strauss said its a positive sign.”A lot of it rode on Anderson`s hearing. India would have been happy if he was banned no doubt, because England have relied so heavily on him. If he had been banned then it would have been 50-50 going into this fourth Test,” said Strauss.”But with him playing on, and considering the Southampton win where England ticked so many boxes for things that went right for them, they will have a big spring in their step and will be tough to beat. England are favourites to win at Old Trafford,” he signed off.last_img
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9 months agoWolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno insists there’s no reason for concern after their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.The visitors were outclassed – especially after the dismissal of Willy Boly in the 19th minute.But Nuno reasoned, “We showed character, we were brave to stay in the game, always working hard, but we can’t stop all the chances for Man City.“We tried to have speed and to maintain the organisation, then play clearly on the counter attack.“You have to stay compact, knowing the result is going to be difficult. You have to work yourself until the end and my boys did it, so we must look ahead to the next challenge at home.”He continued: “We are learning every day, since last season. What we try is to concentrate on ourselves. We know that we must do better to compete against such a big and fantastic team.“There’s always a challenge for us. We can’t erase the game from our memories, but we’ll try because what is important is the next one.” last_img read more

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Building Hockeys Advanced Stats Dream Team

Last week, the basketball website Ballislife.com tweeted a fun exercise, asking NBA fans to pick their dream starting five. The catch? It assigned dollar values to each legend and set up a monetary constraint which no lineup’s total cost could exceed. Do you want Michael Jordan as your starting shooting guard? OK, but he’ll cost you $5 of the $15 you have, so now you have just $10 of cap money to spend on four other players.It’s an entertaining spin on the classic “dream team” debate (although I’ll leave the basketball arguments to others). A few days later, though, Matt Henderson created his own version for hockey, giving us $18 to spend on our post-expansion NHL all-star team:Neil Greenberg, who runs The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, posted his dream team analysis Thursday, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at the pros and cons of dream team building from an advanced stats point of view.GoalieEven at $4, Dominik Hasek is a steal. (As Greenberg noted, Hasek’s save percentage was much better than that of contemporaries like Martin Brodeur, even though Hasek is worth only $1 more than Brodeur by Henderson’s values.) In fact, during his career, Hasek was the outlier of all goaltending outliers. Because of the large influence of random variation in save percentages, most goalies can’t consistently distinguish themselves very much from an average netminder. But Hasek seemed to be the exception. In his career, he allowed 79 percent as many goals per shot as the league did, and was one of the only goalies ever to consistently sustain a very high level of play over a number of consecutive seasons. Hasek’s basically a no-brainer as the goalie for this team.As an aside, if Hasek had not been available, it might have made sense to buy the $1 goalie (in this case, Ed Belfour, a fine goalie who allowed 93 percent as many goals per shot as the league over his long career) and spend more on building a strong lineup of skaters. Because it’s difficult to predict how well a goaltender will play in a given season (much less a series or a game), it doesn’t usually make much sense to sink a huge percentage of a team’s payroll into one of them — a good piece of strategy in this exercise and in life.DefensemenThe four most valuable non-goalie seasons ever according to Tom Awad’s all-in-one stat Goals Versus Threshold (GVT; think Value Over Replacement Player for hockey) belong to Bobby Orr. Orr costs the maximum “salary” here ($5), but the difference between his production at his peak (an average of 45.6 goals above replacement per year in his best five seasons, with a career-high of 49.5 in 1970-71) and that of the next-best defenseman is truly massive. Among the next-best available D-men, neither Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson nor Denis Potvin ever produced a GVT better than 31.1 in any of their seasons.Speaking of Larry Robinson, it’s worth noting that he costs only $2 in salary despite putting up some of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history. In 1976-77, Robinson notched 85 points (ranking 12th among all players, not just defensemen) and set the non-Orr record for highest plus/minus in a season with a +120 mark. That performance was worth 30.4 goals above replacement in GVT’s estimation; Robinson also had five other seasons of at least 19.9 GVT, giving him a higher five-year peak than Nicklas Lidstrom despite Lidstrom costing more than twice as much in Henderson’s dollar values.CenterThe second-best non-goalie ever by peak GVT is Wayne Gretzky, who owns the two best non-Orr seasons ever by a skater (each were worth more than 43 GVT). Gretzky also costs the maximum ($5), which, when combined with the salaries of Hasek, Robinson and Orr, will leave only $2 to spread across two wingers. But like Orr and Hasek, Gretzky’s production was such a radical outlier that he’ll be worth the price. (For one thing, there’s plenty of evidence backing up the notion that super-elite playmakers, such as Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, can have a dramatic positive influence on teammates’ shooting percentages.)WingsOn the wings, we’re now essentially “stuck” with $1 pickups Jari Kurri and Johnny Bucyk as Gretzky’s linemates. There are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a bad thing, though. First (and this should be self-evident): Kurri and Bucyk are both Hall of Famers! It’s not like we’re picking from the dregs of the hockey universe here. In fact, Kurri and Bucyk had better GVT numbers in their best five seasons than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille did in theirs, despite Hull costing four times as much as Kurri and Robitaille costing five times as much as Bucyk. Secondly, statheads have found evidence that — despite the importance placed on strong depth in hockey’s conventional wisdom — building a top-heavy team with a few stars and a bunch of lesser players is not such a bad thing.So, there you have it, the best team our $18 could buy: Hasek, Orr, Robinson, Gretzky, Kurri and Bucyk. According to the average of each player’s best five seasons, our team would produce 200.3 GVT in a hypothetical full season.In a perfect universe, our team would face that of Greenberg (Hasek, Mark Messier, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara) and everyone else in the Twittersphere, and settle the matter on the ice. Obviously, that can never happen — and maybe it’s more fun this way anyhow. read more

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