IN 2009, the GAA moved to put an end to pitch invasions by supporters. The perceived wisdom at the time was that for Gaelic sports to be internationalised, they must mirror etiquette displayed by other international sports and pitch invasions were too primal for airing on a global stage. Of course it was also at a time when health and safety had gone mad. I'd never heard of anyone being injured running onto a pitch to congratulate or commiserate their friends in all my early years, that is, until 2010. When the final whistle blew on March 17 and Crossmaglen Rangers won their fifth All-Ireland Club title, the customary pitch invasion began. The first person to enter the pitch was man-handled in a way befitting of a black card offence. As he fell to the floor, the squeals of pain could be heard over the roaring crowd. No-one else was prevented from entering the pitch on that day after that event. We later found out he broke his leg in the collision, which was ironic given the stewards … [Read more...] about John McEntee: Can GAA keep a lid on emotions?
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To reduce size, builders are including fewer bedrooms and skipping the three-car garages, the latest builder survey's show."Nearly half of all new homes in the year 2015 had four bedrooms or more," Quint said. "It's moderated a little bit."Surveying buyers, the builders say that most of them want a house with a median size of about 2,066 square feet."We are building homes that are still significantly larger than what the average buyer wants," Quint said. When the National Association of Home Builders surveyed potential homebuyers, it found that they want clean clothes and dirty dogs.Laundry rooms were at the top of buyers' "must-have" list. But pet washing stations were among features most buyers turned their noses up at. Outdoor kitchens, laminate countertops and media rooms were also on their "don't want" lists."Buyers remain tilted to single-family detached homes," Quint said. "Seventy-seven percent said they'd like to buy that kind of house."Sixty-four percent of … [Read more...] about Builders are shrinking U.S. homes to keep a lid on costs
PR-wise, social media has really had a rough few years. After it was somewhat naively triumphed as an unambiguous force for good in the wake of the Arab Spring, people are waking up to its dangers. We’ve already covered the inconvenient truth that our brains may not be evolved enough to cope with it, and the awkward realisation that fake news and trolling could be a feature rather than a bug – but it’s hard not to have some sympathy for the companies struggling with the scale of a sociological experiment that’s unprecedented in human history. Every day, over 65 years’ worth of video footage is uploaded to YouTube. Over 350 million photos are posted on Facebook. “Hundreds of millions” of tweets are sent, the majority of which are ignored.All of these statistics are at least a year out of date – the companies have broadly come to the collective conclusion that transparency isn’t actually an asset – so it’s almost … [Read more...] about How AI is struggling to keep a lid on the social media tinderbox
PARIS -- Crowds of yellow-vested protesters angry at President Emmanuel Macron and France's high taxes tried to converge on the presidential palace Saturday, some scuffling with police firing tear gas. Demonstrators waving French flags and wearing the movement's signature neon vests gathered before dawn near the Arc de Triomphe, then tried to march down the Champs-Elysees toward the presidential palace. Blocked by police, they tried other routes. Protesters threw flares and other projectiles, and were repeatedly pushed back by tear gas. Groups in yellow vests also gathered near the iconic Bastille plaza and a few other spots around Paris. By midday, as many as 5,000 demonstrators had gathered in Paris' center, according to BBC News. More than 500 were detained in the city, said a Paris police spokeswoman, The Associated Press reported. Exceptional security measures are in place, aimed at preventing a repeat of last week's rioting. Authorities deployed … [Read more...] about Police fire tear gas at Paris protesters as authorities seek to keep lid on unrest