SEE ALSO – Laois’s exclusion from Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is labelled a ‘joke’ WhatsApp Jack Dooley. Tweeting about the issues that really matterFruit pastilles taste the exact same and jelly tots! Hats off to Rowntrees ye played a blinder pic.twitter.com/U1euJAePcx— Jack Dooley (@JackDooley_4) April 11, 2018 Well said Peter. Like, what the f***?I see Laois is no longer part of the Midlands, which is an interesting development. Is this the tourism equivalent of calling Finglas ‘Glasnevin North’? https://t.co/21hqMM19M3— Peter Farrell (@PeterFarr_) April 12, 2018Niall Kavanagh was equally perplexedLooks like we in Laois are neither one thing nor the other! More Ancient East than Hidden Heartland but realistically in tourist’s “no mans land” #brokenhearted ? @EoinFBarry @Failte_Ireland @CommunicateIre @LaoisToday— Niall Kavanagh (@niallerkav) April 12, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Potholes, the Dubs and forgotten Laois – it’s our Tweets of the Week By Steven Miller – 14th April 2018 Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Potholes, the Dubs and forgotten Laois – it’s our Tweets of the… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Council Twitter A good line of thinking, in fairnessDon’t be superstitious. Nothing will happen on Friday the 13th that cannot happen on Saturday the 14th. ?????????????— fr paddy (@frpaddybyrne) April 13, 2018 Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest Brian Ramsbottom speaks from experience when he explains why goalkeepers should never get involved in a shemozzleI’ve said it before many times, goalkeepers should never get involved in melees, they stand out like a sore thumb. Any of the Juve players could have been cautioned there, but Buffon was the easy one to see. Sad for him, but he should have known better. Sport is a motherfucker.— Brian Ramsbottom (@TheOneRam) April 11, 2018 This is all-too-common on rural roads around the county unfortunatelyRoads in Wolfhill are in awful condition following the winter. I’ve raised it with @LaoisCouncil pic.twitter.com/lTyMQPyYRh— EoinBarry (@EoinFBarry) April 12, 2018 A small bit of a sun. A small bit. And people lose the run of themselves. International rugby player Alison Miller called it for what it wasSo many people going around in shorts today. It’s not warm at all. Madness. #madness #freezing— Alison Miller (@aligal1984) April 8, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Community Pinterest Dagger Langton, another great Park-Ratheniska man, copped a supporter during the Allianz Hurling League final doing a very serious job keeping tabs of the score in a little notebook. We’re pretty sure Nowlan Park has a scoreboard but this man wasn’t taking any chancesYour man behind the Tipp goals is doing a great job keeping the scores.#kk/Tipp #TG4— Dagger (@daggerlang) April 8, 2018 Previous articleLeaving Cert Series: The young man from Portlaoise CBS preparing for the big examsNext articleDisappointment for Total Recall in Aintree Grand National Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook There’s always something going on in the country that will get us all wound up on social media.This week was no different. Potholes, the Dubs, and Laois being forgotten about (again) were among the topics to grab our attention over the last seven days on Twitter.It’s hard to disagree with Wooly on this one Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Absolutely unfair if Dublin get two home super 8 games and everyone else get one…other counties shouldn’t stand for it if they do @officialgaa https://t.co/ZDBoUE2DG5— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) April 13, 2018 Rugby Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad
GERMAN Railway announced on April 9 that its infrastructure business DB Netz AG was to restructure its activities on a corridor basis. The 37500 route-km network will be divided into 22 route corridors, in order to co-ordinate planning and maintenance work more efficiently. Over the next three years, DB Netz expects to invest around DM15bn in maintenance and upgrading of the network, including trackwork, structures and signalling. Traditionally, each project has been managed separately, with various works taking place on the same route at different times. Bringing the planning and implementation together into route groups will allow better co-ordination, and is expected to reduce the number of temporary speed restrictions by around 50%.DBNetz has also introduced a new structure of track access charges for use of the German rail network. After changes to meet EU directives, these came into operation on April 1, with reductions in the cost for smaller open access operators. n
* UWF baseball opened its 2019 season with a 9-5 comeback win over No. 4/5 Florida Southern Friday at Jim Spooner Field. Joey Bend led the Argos attack with a 3-for-4 night that included three RBIs.* UWF struck six times in the seventh inning to erase a three-run deficit. The season-opening win was the first for the Argos since 2015. Much of the game was played through a steady, driving rain, which caused multiple pauses in the action but never an extended delay.* Games 2 and 3 of the series both proved to be tight affairs. The Argos dropped the second game 4-2. In Game 3, UWF fell behind 3-0 but stormed back to take a 5-3 lead that held until the seventh. There, the Mocs stole the advantage and staved off the UWF comeback effort to take the series. UWF opens at Rollins Friday. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT. The series will continue Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m CT before wrapping Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. CT. UWF baseball (1-2) will remain on the road Feb. 13 at Spring Hill before returning for five games in four days vs. Christian Brothers and Nova Southeastern beginning Feb. 16. SOPHOMORES STEP UP VS. FLORIDA SOUTHERN ARGOS WIN OPENER VS. MOCS “Really just looking forward to our teams first road trip, and seeing how we respond to lessons we hope they learned from the Floorida Southern series and applying them to our keys to success against Rollins,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. Print Friendly Version #ARGOS# SCOUTING ROLLINS * The Tars are 2-1 so far this season. The team battled Lenoir-Rhyne to open the season and won the opening and closing games of the three-game series.* The series vs. UWF is part of a six-game homestand to open the season for Rollins. They head to Flagler for their first road game Feb. 12.* The Tars struggled with the bats vs. Lenoir-Rhyne, hitting just .191. The team got excellent pitching though to power the two wins. The staff held the Bears to just three runs for the series.* Senior Cameron Enck won the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week award after shutting Lenoir-Rhyne out in a 5-0 win to open the series. He went seven innings of one-hit, seven-strikeout ball.* Rollins is coming off a 20-29 season a year ago. The team went 8-22 in conference play in 2018. UWF defeated the Tars in both games of a Feb. 2018 doubleheader in Pensacola.* The Tars were ranked T-6th in a preseason poll of Sunshine State Conference coaches. The team is looking to overcome the losses of 2018 pitching stars Brad Case, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Brian Auerbach, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.* UWF is 19-6 vs. Rollins since 2006 and has won the last four head-to-head matchups.For the latest information on UWF baseball, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. * Sophomores Matthew Estrada and Josh Pahlad helped the Argos to the Game 1 win vs. Florida Southern Friday. Estrada posted an early 2-RBI single to put the Argos on top. Pahlad entered a three-run game with two on and no out in the eighth. He would go on to post two scoreless innings and earn the second save of his UWF career.* Estrada, last year’s GSC Freshman of the Year, turned in a strong performance all series vs. the Mocs. The Pensacola native went 5-for-12 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two hit-by-pitches across the three games.* Estrada was one of four Argos, along with seniors Robert Lopez, Joey Bend and Matthew Jones, who had four hits in the opening series. LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEOPENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF baseball will head to Rollins College this weekend for its first road series of 2019. The Argos are coming off a tight series vs. No. 4/5 Florida Southern last weekend.
Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at Bangkok’s indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6. Dozens or more went home unknowingly carrying the coronavirus.The wayward boxing fans led an inevitable rise in infections this month that forced the government to abandon its less than sturdy approach to combating COVID-19 that has failed to inspire public confidence.As of Friday, confirmed cases from three boxing stadiums in Bangkok totaled 72, more than a fifth of the national toll of 322. An actor, a major-general, a politician, a boxing trainer and a slew of ordinary fans are among the coronavirus cases from the March 6 event.It’s feared hundreds more in all corners of the country could be viral time bombs. Health officials take the threat seriously.”The more people who report themselves, the easier it is for us to track down others with the virus before it’s too late.” said Dr. Thaveesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the Public Health Ministry.But even as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha this past week announced measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 — including postponing a major three-day holiday, shutting down schools and allowing provincial governors to close any gathering spaces — he insisted the country was not going into shutdown.He told his countrymen the crisis had not yet reached Phase 3, a pandemic that would be triggered by significant domestic transmission of the virus. How that would be determined is hard to judge, especially because Prayuth’s government has been criticized for a lack of transparency and consistency in releasing information.Even a crackdown implemented this week on arrivals sends a mixed message. Instead of banning international flights, as several nations have done, foreign visitors must have health certificates affirming they are free of the virus. The requirement is impractical, because in many if not most countries, it’s hard to even get tested without showing symptoms of the illness.Any illusion that Thailand would somehow avoid a spike in infections was dispelled this month with the discovery of a cluster case from a single discrete source. The infected people were a group of millennials who were reported to have been partying at an upmarket Bangkok nightspot with a visitor from Hong Kong. Health authorities scolded the partygoers for sharing drinks and cigarettes.Just days later, a local celebrity in Muay Thai circles posted a message on his Instagram account. Muay Thai is the national sport, with a devoted fan base nationwide spanning social classes.”This is NOT a joke, for those that have been in close contact with me the last few days please take precautions. I have the Covid-19 virus#covid 19,” said the March 13 message from Matthew Deane Chanthavanij, next to a video of him wearing a black surgical mask.Some people initially derided his post as a publicity stunt, for which he could be criminally prosecuted. It also exposed a second, potentially more dangerous cluster: the Lumpini Stadium boxing crowd.Matthew Deane, as he is usually called, is an actor, model, singer and athlete. The 41-year-old Australian-born Eurasian is also a serious devotee of Muay Thai, and even owns a boxing gym.He was a master of ceremonies at the Lumpini Stadium match, stepping into the ring to interview boxers and promoters and hand out prizes to winners of a raffle.The air-conditioned hall was hosting the first big Muay Thai event of the season. Eleven bouts started at 6 p.m and ended just after midnight. The crowd of about 5,000 roared every time punches and kicks were exchanged.“We were squeezed against each other. Normally the place isn’t that crowded,” said Suwan Jitpinit, who traveled from his hometown in Sukhothai province, a 420-kilometer (260-mile) drive.“At other regular events, there would be about 1,500 to 2,000 people in the stadium but because this was a special match, there were many more people,” recalled the 37-year-old boxing critic. He stayed in Bangkok for a match at another stadium before going home on March 10.On the drive home, he began to feel feverish and was shivering so much he had to ask someone else to drive. When he arrived that evening, he went to a local hospital and was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Not feeling any better three days later, he sought help from a bigger hospital in nearby Phitsanulok.After hearing the news about Matthew Deane, he asked to be tested for coronavirus. The result came back positive. His wife was infected too, and their village in Sukhothai is now under quarantine.Ordinary boxing fans from other provinces, both near Bangkok and in the north, the northeast and the south, have also tested positive for the disease.Among them: a local politician who is especially diligent in attending to his constituents in a province east of Bangkok.According to reports in the Thai media, between the time he attended the Lumpini match and when he tested positive, Kitti Paopiamsap, head of the Chachoengsao provincial administration organization, attended six weddings, six funerals, three community meetings (two of them with the elderly), three Buddhist ordinations, three fairs and at least four other public meetings.”It is sad that the boxing event has aggravated the situation,” said Pinit Polkhan, who shared announcing duties with Matthew Deane and like him caught the virus. “Certainly, the boxing industry is taking a hard hit, and the whole country as well.” Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 21st March, 2020 10:28 IST Kickboxing Match In Bangkok Leads To Spike In Infections Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at Bangkok’s indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6. Dozens or more went home unknowingly carrying the coronavirus. First Published: 21st March, 2020 10:28 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US