Triathlon Ireland funding on track for 2014

first_imgThe Irish Sports Council (ISC) last week made its announcement on the funding available for sport in 2014.Triathlon Ireland’s core funding received a slight reduction from €97,700 in 2013 to €96,038 in 2014. However Triathlon Ireland’s Women in Sport program received a seal of approval and was given a slight increase from €14,250 in 2013 to €15,000 in 2014.So, overall Triathlon Ireland’s funding remained largely unchanged from 2013. High Performance funding from the ISC remains at €260,000, which Triathlon Ireland uses to develop a talent development pathway and provide a support infrastructure for aspiring elite athletes. The funds also help develop a Talent Identification System, along with providing services to the country’s senior athletes that will allow them to develop to their maximum capability.Elite fundingIreland’s top ranked triathlete Aileen Reid, née Aileen Morrison, is one of three senior triathletes to receive direct ‘carded funding’ from the Irish Sports Council for 2014. The ISC’s International Carding Scheme provides funding for elite athletes across 15 different sports.Aileen Reid is to receive the top level of ‘Podium’ funding in 2014. Her funding increases to €40,000, up from €20,000 in 2013; and is a welcome boost following her silver at the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London last September.Other triathletes benefitting from ISC carded funding in 2014 are Bryan Keane and Ben Shaw, who both receive €12,000.As one of 59 national governing bodies, Triathlon Ireland (TI) receives core funding for the day to day running of the sport. This is intended to cover administration, participation programmes, coach development, hosting events, implementing strategic plans and the employment of professional staff. TI is also one of 18 NGBs to receive support for a High Performance Program.TI’s Junior Squad has increased from 6 athletes in 2013 to 17 in 2014; and the number of senior athletes on program has also increased from 5 to 8. This obviously puts increased pressures on the High Performance budget.Tri on the upTriathlon Ireland notes that, over the course of 2013, the number of people participating in triathlon increased – with membership of Triathlon Ireland up by 15% to 8450. The number of tri clubs increased by 15.5% to 82 while the number of clubs with junior sections also increased and now stands at over 25.www.triathlonireland.comwww.irishsportscouncil.ie Relatedlast_img read more

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Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 2

first_imgBy: Leah McCann & Steph BeckettAudio Collaborative 2020 kicked off Wednesday with some excellent insights into the audio sector of the AV industry. (In case you missed it, our day one recap is here.)Thursday, we were excited for more. Day two of the show would bring forth topics from esports and the music industry to livestreaming and TikTok — all conversations intertwined with how audio, in all applications, plays a lead role in the success of our AV systems.Our wrap-up coverage continues.The Evolution of the Gamer (& Subsequent Opportunities in Audio)To get us started on day two, Futuresource’s Sarah Carroll introduced Carl Hibbert, associate director of entertainment content and media at Futuresource. Hibbert joked that he’d attempt to give us his best hot take on “gaming in 15 minutes” (which is tough to do, since the esports industry is so varied and exciting). Having a bit of background on this topic via previous learnings from Futuresource, we were excited to hear from Hibbert how the market has evolved since.Gaming is consuming more of consumers’ time and wallets, Hibbert led. It’s also changing revenue streams for the audio industry. What are the opportunities for the audio hardware and entertainment industry? he asked.First ask, Why gaming? For one, there’s been phenomenal continued growth in it. The gaming sector has managed to monetize around hardware, peripherals and more, all against a cycle of free content available to consumers. Additionally, a lot of content discovery is taking place through gaming, Hibbert said. This has begged new business models and revenue generation, as well as a spark of innovation, in this space. With people spending more time at home this year, too, gaming (similar to music and video) has been able to satisfy people’s appetites — and it hasn’t felt the hit that other entertainment verticals such as live sports did.Will there continue to be innovation in this varied ecosystem? Hibbert pointed to healthy growth and definite potential:When the level of isolation slows, we’ll start to see renewed attendance at live esports events again, Hibbert continued. Leading esports gamers today, like Ninja, are pushing brands in gaming too — mind you, younger demographics are more and more engaged with this type of star, as opposed to the stars of previous generations. Notably, for our readers here: With this growth in esports comes subsequent growth in audio hardware (e.g., gaming headsets) too.Gaming shares will only grow, today’s session highlighted. And with that will come brands and media companies piggybacking on the success of this industry.Accelerated Growth: Live Streaming of Concerts & UGCJames Kirby, market analyst at Futuresource, moderated our next panel featuring Meridith Rojas of Logitech, Jim Odom of PreSonus Audio Electronics and, joining midway through the panel, Katy Templeman-Holmes of Harman.Despite a huge hit to live events and venues this year, people are sharing more content than ever, Kirby led. This opens up the possibility for accelerated growth of UGC (user-generated content) and livestreaming of events like concerts. The internet has played such a massive role in music distribution, creation and collaboration, Odom agreed. He sees three parts of the confluence and growth of UGC:Internet bandwidth is available to many more people today.Production tools have gotten easier, simpler and more accessible — usually low cost but, often, free. Training’s simple too. Go peruse the several thousand videos on creating music on PreSonus’s website, for example.Everybody is stuck at home. If you had any inkling to create a short movie or music before, you may have had time to explore it during the quarantine.On the topic of UGC, Rojas discussed applications in which new types of content are being driven. TikTok, for example, has a low barrier to entry. It allows people to create content in a mostly frictionless way, requiring few skills. It opens the door for a lot of content creators, while many just find it cathartic and enjoyable. Thus, the number of content creators this year has quadrupled, Rojas argued.Kirby transitioned to discuss the livestreaming and event component of the industry. The virtual event boom is becoming somewhat of a supplement to live events in addition to the physical event itself, he added. We’ve learned things during the lockdown that have forced us to be more creative in delivering virtual events. But what’s temporary? What will continue? Rojas feels strongly that, even as we try harder to substitute our live events with virtual ones, it’s not the same. People go to live events (and for music in particular) for the social aspect as much as they do the music. Virtual events are missing the “human element,” but Rojas of course realizes livestreaming and the virtual element will remain. She noted a few creative applications, like concerts held in Twitch, etc.OK, so there’s increased opportunity for virtual events — but what will stick? Odom questioned. The live-events scene is devastated right now. His argument: Virtual events to supplement it? Great. But to replace it? No way. There’s a huge industry of people trying to figure it out right now — we’re all inventing new tools for livestreaming; but how does a virtual fan interact with other virtual fans? Odom argued, as so many others have this year, that the technical experience has to be better.Templeman-Holmes countered that remote production has absolutely been realized, as we’ve gotten better at executing live performances remotely. She finds this makes for a more efficient process in time and finances. Templeman-Holmes feels much of this will stick — and anywhere where tech answers people’s desire to be engaged and immersed (sometimes just to escape) is a win.AV Collaboration Tools & App Usage Skyrocketing During LockdownHello! Steph here again for the second half of the wrapup! I want to talk about my two favorite sessions of this particular day of the Audio Collaborative 2020. The first one I want to chat about really quickly is the panel session titled, “AV Collaboration Tools and App Usage Turbocharged During Lockdown.”See related  Livestreaming Movement Gains More Momentum During PandemicThis panel was moderated by Futuresource’s Adam Cox, and included the following panelists:Marty Bodley, Director, Emerging Businesses — BoseTJ Varghese, Product Manager — GoogleJason Goecke — VP and General Manager — Intel UniteThe conversation of this portion began simply with opportunity during COVID-19. Y’all are crazy if you don’t recognize that there are opportunities within the tragedy that is COVID. According to Marty (and a report he cited from Frost), the number of people working from home went from 25 million to 150 million. All of those new home workers were and are looking for new technology. So what’s next for those who manufacture and sell that technology? What will work-from-homers want next? Marty says it will likely be things that allow you to shift easily from home to office environments — because people won’t want to come into the office full-time in the (near) future.Adam also posed the question of how this technology also incorporates audio. Like yes, it’s called videoconferencing. But chances are, you’ll continue a meeting if someone’s video messes up as long as you can hear them. If you can’t hear a person on a video call, though, it’s game over.TJ stepped up to plate to talk about this one. He said that it’s super important for meetings to have quality audio and for those products to actively work to make people sound natural and remove distracting noises from the background of calls. Basically — you can’t have a videoconference without audio.Final point I’ll make for this session — the panel talked briefly about what would happen if the pandemic magically ended tomorrow or the next day. Is work-from-home so embedded in our culture that we’ll drag our feet at going back?The panelists don’t think so. They all pretty much echoed one another’s thoughts and said yeah, the pandemic has lasted for over six months now. But that isn’t long enough for working from home to be ingrained in society. It will be a fair shift back to office life — but working from home will be more heavily relied upon than it ever was pre-COVID. We all know we can do it now, and we know that it works.OK Boomers — Let’s Learn About TikTokI know your kids all know what this is: the dreaded TikTok. The app that has taken over society and swallowed us whole. I resisted as long as I could — politely watching the TikToks that others would send me via Safari, but refused to download the app. “It’s the security concerns for me!” I proclaimed.But like, OK. So another app gets my data. I’m sure it’s not that useful — whoever gets it will just see how long I spend on Twitter. Whoops. ANYWAY — I downloaded TikTok and I literally can’t stop watching them. I am addicted. I’ve started learning the viral dances. My family is worried.I gave you that backstory to let you know how excited I was that there was an entire session on utilizing TikTok for AV. How cool! I’d like to thank David Saidden for walking us through what this looks like. Here are a few key points:These are what a few of the interfaces look like on the app. There is a lot you can do! And the app recognizes the videos you like, what you watch all of, what you rewatch — then it starts to cultivate recommendations specifically on your app usage. I don’t know what it says about me that all of mine are Twilight-themed.There are a few TikToks that have gone majorly viral like the one above. And with it led to major brand recognition. I don’t know if you all have tried to go to your local Food Lion lately, but the Ocean Spray is pretty much wiped out because of the above video. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac entered Billboard 100 for the first time since the ‘70s. Brands everywhere are trying to have a viral moment like this and TikTok is solidifying itself as an app to make that happen — more than just a video platform for those darn Gen Z kids.Final point, the app is developing some pretty cool development features because as David mentioned, it wants to expand from being the app that your kids use. And it is! So, definitely stay ahead of the curve and start figuring out how this app can help you and your brand break some new ground.Recaps & TakeawaysDay Two of Audio Collaborative 2020 — once again — offered a fresh set of insights and content themes around where audio is headed. Some of the themes discussed Thursday:Gaming is on the up and up. The market has figured out how to monetize different things and it is WORKING. But there is always room for more growth.User-Generated Content is also growing! (Thanks TikTok — we’ll come back to that.)The live events market is down right now, but it will never be out.People are consuming work-from-home technology right now, but soon there will be a need for technology that can switch between home and office life.TikTok is a fun app, yes, but it’s also a great tool for marketing and reaching a new audience.Thanks for reading our wrapup! The archived content for Audio Collaborative 2020 will be available for an additional six months. Register for Audio Collaborative 2020 here. Also, as seen in the tweets above, you can look at all the live coverage from this event by searching “#AudioCollaborative2020” on social media.last_img read more

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Toddlers who chill in front of TV are at later risk of being victimized by classmates

first_imgEmail LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Pagani came to her conclusions by looking at 991 girls and 1006 boys growing up in Canada. The children’s TV watching habits were reported by their parents and their victimization in grade 6 was self-reported by the children themselves. Children were asked questions such as how often they had belongings taken away from them and how often they were verbally or physically abused.“Every standard deviation unit increase of 53 minutes in daily televiewing at 29 months predicted an 11% standard deviation unit increase in bullying by sixth grade classmates,” Pagani said. “This figure takes into account other confounding factors that might influence the likelihood that the child would be bullied, such as his behaviour and cognitive abilities and the characteristics of his family: their income, functioning, composition and the level of the mother’s education.”Assuming that the programs watched are developmentally appropriate, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that daily screen time not extend beyond 1 to 2 hours per day for children age 2 and over.“The AAP recommendations particularly relate to quantity of televiewing time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and for children, half should be spent meeting basic needs – eating, sleeping, hygiene – and the remainder spent on enriching activities and relationships,” Pagani said. “Because play represents an unstructured activity that does not require direct compliance, it allows children to be creative and provides parents with a chance to get acquainted with how their children perceive and interact with others on a socioemotional level. Having a chance to interact also gives a chance to correct or promote certain social behaviors. Excessive viewing time during the early years can create a time debt for pursuits involving social play. This study underscores the importance of better parental awareness, acknowledgement, and compliance with existing recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”center_img For young children, the number of hours spent watching TV at the age of 29 months correlates to the likelihood he’ll be bullied in sixth grade, says Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital.“It is plausible that early lifestyle habits characterized by less effortful interactive experiences, such as early televiewing, can ultimately result in social skill deficits. More time spent watching television leaves less time for family interaction, which remains the primary vehicle for socialization,” Professor Pagani explained. “Early television exposure is also linked with developmental deficits associated with brain functions that drive interpersonal problem solving, emotional regulation, socially competent peer play, and positive social contact. Finally, TV viewing may lead to poor eye-contact habits – a cornerstone of friendship and self-affirmation in social interaction.”The study was published in Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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New evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces stress by altering brain connectivity

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Email Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Evidence has suggested that mindfulness meditation training may increase default mode network connectivity within brain regions important in top-down executive control – especially the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. These regions are important for a wide range of high-level processes, such as attention, planning, reasoning and cognitive flexibility. It is thought that this in turn improves emotion regulation, stress resilience, and stress-related health outcomes.The study, led by David Creswell of Carnegie Mellon University, combined these findings to test whether mindfulness meditation training increases connectivity between the posterior cingulate cortex and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and whether these changes lead to improvements in neurogenic inflammation (nerve swelling which can occur solely due to stress).35 stressed job-seeking unemployed adults were randomly assigned to either a 3-day mindfulness meditation program or a relaxation training program. Participants completed a resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan before and after the program – this is used to evaluate connectivity between brain regions when a person is not performing a task. They also provided blood samples before, and 4 months after, the program – this was taken to measure for neurogenic inflammation changes (more specifically, they tested for interleukin-6, an established biomarker that is elevated in high-stress populations).The results revealed that mindfulness meditation training increased resting state connectivity between the highlighted brain regions, whilst relaxation training did not. Furthermore, mindfulness meditation appeared to reduce neurogenic inflammation when measured after 4 months, whilst there were increases in the relaxation training group. Further analyses found that these changes to brain connectivity explained 30% of the overall mindfulness meditation training effects on neurogenic inflammation.These findings provide the first evidence that mindfulness meditation training increases resting state connectivity between top-down executive control regions, highlighting an important mechanism through which it reduces stress levels in stressed individuals. Mindfulness meditation reduces stress by increasing brain connectivity between top-down executive control regions, according to a recent study published this July in Biological Psychiatry.Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to personal inner and outer experiences, by using acceptance, patience, and compassion. Training programs have been shown to reduce stress levels in stressed individuals, including in stress-related psychiatric and physical health illnesses.Within the brain, mindfulness meditation has also been shown to influence the default mode network – an interconnected set of brain regions. This network is most commonly shown to be active when a person is daydreaming or their mind is wandering.last_img read more

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Delivery Guy Hurt In Pizza Heist

first_imgIn Riverhead shortly after midnight on Friday, February 28, a pizza delivery man was punched in the face and robbed by three males who made off with the pies without paying.Police said the victim was delivering the pies on East Main Street and was on foot at the time of the incident. When approached by the suspects he asked for payment, and was instead hit in the face. The man told Riverhead Town police the suspects took the pizza and fled westbound.Riverhead police patrol units and a K9 officer responded to the scene and conducted a search that yielded negative results. The victim refused medical treatment.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Riverhead police at 631-727-4500.Stabbing Near Unity ParkA neighborhood that has seen an alarming crime rate suffered another incident February 28. Police said a man was stabbed on Oakland Drive West in Riverhead. He checked into Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of the wound, said to be a puncture on his upper left arm. Hospital officials notified police. The victim did not provide police with a description of the assailant.Jail For Involvement in Fatal Drug CaseA Flanders man accused of allowing two other men to sell drugs out of his Riverhead auto repair shop, resulting in the death of a Riverhead man who overdosed on their fentanyl-laced heroin, was sentenced in Suffolk County Criminal Court.Bryan Hale, 53, of Flanders, is going to jail for three years.He was indicted in March 2019 with John Brophy, 49, of Riverhead and LaShawn Lawrence, 35, of Greenport, for their involvement in the death of a Riverhead man in September 2018.Court papers reveal Hale, who owns the auto repair shop at 500 Lincoln Street, allowed Brophy and Lawrence to sell drugs from the premises.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Referral fee ‘witch hunt’ will ‘jeopardise thousands of jobs’

first_imgMinisters have been warned that banning personal injury referral fees will put thousands of jobs at risk and do nothing to reduce insurance premiums. Darren Werth, chairman of the Claims Standards Council, which represents claims management businesses, admitted he was shocked by the government’s announcement. Werth accused the insurance lobby of running a ‘propaganda campaign’ against the industry and warned that many people will be worried about their jobs following the ban. ‘I cannot understand any motivation for this other than a witch hunt and it has caught everyone totally unawares,’ he said. ‘There are roughly 3,500 claims management companies in this country with thousands of staff. You’re talking about a loss of revenue in corporation tax and VAT, not to mention potential unemployment for many. ‘Insurers are the real offenders here and as a result claims management companies and solicitors will suffer, with no benefit for the client – indeed premiums will probably rise.’ Werth stressed that just 14% of personal injury cases are filed as a result of a referral fee, with a far greater proportion of clients finding a solicitor through advertising or word of mouth. He said claims management companies usually receive around £200 for an average referral involving a name and contact details, with the charge only rising when the CMC carries out lengthy vetting work and background checks that save time for both the solicitor and insurer. ‘Referral fees are an effective way of marketing and why should the legal profession not be allowed to market their services? ‘One insurer in 2009 spent £182m on advertising but no-one is questioning that. There is no evidence that premiums will fall as a result of this and the worry is that it will push referral fees underground.’ He said the Claims Standards Council will now wait for more details on the ban, including how the government plans to define a referral fee and when the ban is likely to implemented.last_img read more

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A just god?

first_imgRichard Dawkins would make short work of Jonathan Goldsmith’s musings on religion and science (25 March), ruthlessly dismissing the idea that justice exists beyond us as an ‘eternal lamp’. If science is the ultimate explanation, then justice, exactly like law, is a rapidly changing artificial human construct, determined like everything by an overriding biological survival instinct. Humans after all are just clever animals, and justice, like law, truth, kindness and so on, is ultimately just a meaningless chemical reaction in the brain. The idea that ‘human beings cannot change principles of justice’ has no place in a purely scientific view of the world – instead it comes straight from this country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and DNA. If there really is an ‘eternal lamp’ of justice then that strongly implies the existence of a just god. Surely, Jonathan Goldsmith can do better than ‘not to think too much about’ this ultimate issue? Alastair Bates, Gilbert Stephens, Sidmouth, Devonlast_img read more

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Legal charity calls on firms to support vulnerable staff

first_imgElizabeth Rimmer‘We get calls from lawyers at all stages of their careers who have made mistakes and are frightened to admit them, we get calls from junior lawyers who do not feel supported by their manager and are questioning if the law is for them, we get calls from lawyers who are being bullied and harassed by colleagues,’ said Rimmer.She explained that the competitive legal environment, 24/7 culture and financial pressures on firms mean people are unwilling to seek out help.In this case it is up to their firms to spot the signs that fee earners are struggling and provide an environment where they can open up.‘No one should feel frightened in the legal workplace to talk to a manager or a colleague about a work matter that is worrying them, as serious as the consequences may be, the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is true,’ added Rimmer.‘We know that making the transition into practice can be a particularly vulnerable time for junior lawyers and that an approachable and supportive management style is vital at the start of their legal careers.’Contact LawCare support services:Helpline: 0800 279 6888Email: support@lawcare.org.uk Legal charity LawCare has urged law firm bosses to do more to protect junior staff members who may be showing signs of desperation.This week the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal opted to allow Sovani Romana James to continue in practise despite being found to have created and backdated letters to give the impression a case was progressing.The tribunal decided that James, who at the time worked for south-east firm McMillan Williams, was under pressure to record more hours and showed signs of anxiety and stress, but was not given the required support by her managers. The firm has yet to comment on the case.Elizabeth Rimmer, chief executive of LawCare, said James’s situation was a familiar one to her charity, as a range of factors are contributing to a working environment that takes its toll on lawyers’ mental health and wellbeing.last_img read more

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Watch: music video debuts for new Prince single Holly Rock

first_imgThe music video for new Prince single Holly Rock has been released.Originally written and recorded for Sheila E., the song is the second track to be lifted from the critically acclaimed album Originals. Holly Rock was tracked at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles at the end of April 1985 the same week he recorded Kiss for his Parade album.Holly Rock is available to stream and download, and is accompanied by a vibrant new animated video, created by London-based Electric Light Studios, and co-produced by The Prince Estate and Warner Records. Watch it below:Holly Rock was recorded for the Krush Groove soundtrack and Prince gave Sheila E. sole writing and producer credit, even though he produced the track and co-wrote it with her. Originals is the first time that Holly Rock has appeared on a Prince-related album and been made available digitally.Originals, out now, is a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings of Prince’s versions of songs he gave to other artists such as The Glamorous Life, Manic Monday and Nothing Compares 2 U.The album is available to download and from streaming partners and physically on CD, 180 gram 2LP, and limited edition Deluxe CD+2LP Purple Vinyl set. Buy Originals now.last_img read more

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