Pinterest Home Sport Rugby Portlaoise RFC U-15s dominate in big home win SportRugby Community Community Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleWater ponding problem highlighted in Portlaoise estateNext articlePolitical rivalry, departed friends and a new perspective as Fine Gael set out their stall in Portlaoise Bronagh Scully Council Pinterest Facebook Twitter Portlaoise 39 New Ross 0U-15 Leinster League Division 1Portlaoise RFC U-15s secured full points in this Leinster league match against New Ross at the weekend.The first half went from end to end with neither team getting to control the game. Portlaoise eventually got the first score after Glen Connolly made a good run up the left hand side and Callen Dunne was stopped short of the line.The resultant scrum left it easy for Conor Doran to pick and power over the line for his first try. Dylan Cahill narrowly missed the conversion kick.Portlaoise dominated the scrums and took three against the head, but that was the only place they could claim supremacy as constant handling errors and indiscipline kept New Ross in the game, half time score, 5 0 to Portlaoise.The home side got a good start to the second half, after they reclaimed the kick off and Doran ran in for his second try.Portlaoise started to get their game going and after a quick penalty and some slick passing by the backs, James Kidd went in for a try.It wasn’t long before Portlaoise went over again, after a sloppy lineout for New Ross, Doran gathered the loose ball and offloaded to the supporting Cian Coffey who went over for his first try in Portlaoise colours.Portlaoise pinned the away side into their own half and it wasn’t long before Conor Doran drove the entire New Ross pack over their line to score his second hat trick in two weeks.The home side were enjoying themselves now and threw ball around confidently, Sean Ward picked from a quick ruck and ran in under the posts for his side’s sixth try, Matthew Coonan converted to leave it 32 0 to Portlaoise.Portlaoise continued to attack, and it took a good covering tackle to stop James Kidd after a blistering run down the right hand side.It wasn’t long before Ward went over for his second try, Coonan converted to leave the final score 39-0 to Portlaoise.Squad: Callen Dunne, Bobo Lawal, Brian Barry, Glen Connolly, Declan Cox, Daragh Phelan, Cian Coffey, Conor Doran, Marc Bracken, Mitch Fitzpatrick, Mikie Daly, Paul Flanagan, Ciaran Culliton, James Kidd, Dylan Cahill, Eoin O’Brien McCormack, Sean Ward, Darragh Davies, Ronan Donlon, Matthew Coonan, Brian Keane.SEE ALSO – Remarkable Alex not letting autism or loss of vision stop him from achieving anything WhatsApp By Bronagh Scully – 18th January 2019 Portlaoise RFC U-15s dominate in big home win WhatsApp Facebook TAGSPortlaoise RFC New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year
Firing the middlemen: How blockchain can reshape digital distributionKorrobox CEO Benjamin Huang discusses how the platform intends to eliminate costs of payment handling and fraudHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterFriday 13th April 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareTackling the monolithic digital distribution platforms head-on, Korrobox has revealed how it plans to put an end to the middlemen using blockchain technology. Founded by former Blizzard, Riot, and Twitch employees, Korrobox aims to remove the middleman from digital distribution and eliminate the costs associated with payment handling and fraud, passing the money back to developers. With platforms like Google Play, the App Store, and Steam taking a 30 per cent cut of game sales, developers are losing out argues Korrobox CEO and co-founder Benjamin Huang. Korrobox estimates that after the platform fees, licensing fees, and marketing, the average developer only earns $6 for every $20 game they sell on current platforms.”Developers are not getting their fair share of the profits given all the effort, dedication, and risk that goes into developing and marketing games,” reads the start-up’s white paper. Benjamin Huang, KorroboxSpeaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Huang explains how Korrobox is poised to disrupt the status quo by decentralising distribution . “The main reason these platforms exist is they have a huge user base, they handle payments, and they handle DRM,” he says. “We could take blockchain technology and do the latter two — payments and DRM — without a middleman. “The thing that’s unique about Korrobox is that we’re the first [digital distribution] platform that’s going to take Ethereum – we take Bitcoin as well but that’s very expensive to transact on – and we’re going to be the only platform that is not a middleman.” Using smart contracts built on blockchain technology, Korrobox can entirely remove the need for a centralised distributor to act as a conduit for the transaction. Smart contracts, simply put, are a programming protocol that considers all conditions of the contract and makes sure that every aspect is fulfilled before the transaction is completed. It sounds obvious, but the higher security of blockchain means that it theoretically can’t be tampered with. “Riot was almost shut down by Visa because there was so much fraudulent activity on there it couldn’t process payments because they were such a risk” “It means that the developer has generated the game access token, and makes sure that the player purchasing the game has funds in their Ethereum wallet, and once both of those things are fulfilled, then it makes the transaction happen,” says Huang. “So instead of us processing the transaction and granting access to the game server, we just help developers set up this smart contract that then fulfills the order.” Without a middleman, there is no one to take a cut but there is also no one to adopt the risk of inadvertently accepting fraudulent payments.Video games are one of the most common channels for laundering stolen credit cards, but with blockchain there can be no fraudulent transactions.”One of the main reasons a developer cannot handle their own payments is because the expectation is that someone is going to use their game to launder stolen credit cards,” says Huang. “It’s something that happened with Riot, seven or eight years ago. Riot was almost shut down by Visa because there was so much fraudulent activity on there it couldn’t process payments because they were such risk.”Attracting an audience won’t be easy, Huang concedes, especially in a market flooded with similar blockchain effort. However, he hopes that conscientious consumers who want to give more to their favourite developers will favour Korrobox over something like Steam. With so many blockchain distributors competing for oxygen, Korrobox has taken the atypical path by not having an initial coin offering, something Huang says gives his platform a distinct advantage. Unlike many new platforms, Korrobox is using Eterheum rather than its own platform specific currency. While ICOs have attracted a great deal of attention in recent months, with start-ups raising millions of dollars in the blink of an eye, developing a platform specific currency has one potentially crippling drawback. The problem with a platform specific cryptocurrency, Huang explains, is its instability. Demand ahead of a game release would spike, causing the currency value to inflate, making it more expensive for the consumer. Conversely, when the publisher then tries to resell the coin for a currency they would normally use, the demand would have plummeted, making the coin worth less and leaving the publisher out of pocket. As that currency is only accepted by that platform, it essentially becomes worthless. Everyone loses, except perhaps the cryptocurrency operator. “That’s fundamentally the problem with an ICO and fundamentally the problem with issuing a new coin, it doesn’t actually work out, the economics are flawed,” says Huang. “Fundamentally the problem with an ICO and fundamentally the problem with issuing a new coin, it doesn’t actually work out, the economics are flawed” “We thought about it so much, even our advisor said we could raise $10 million in funding really easy and we could not worry about the pressure of making it a business for at least a little bit. But we were like yeah, that shit doesn’t work. I don’t think I can convince a developer to use this one-off coin only for my platform – it’s not attractive.”Korrobox development director Matt Sorg recently published an article explaining the economic problems with ICOs. Based on his arguments, while Korrobox still has to compete against Steam, Google Play, and the App Store, it should have an edge over its other blockchain rivals. Of course, if Korrobox intends to offer this free and secure distribution platform, then how does it profit from the endeavour? According to Huang, Korrobox plans to give developers the tools to build a secondary market of peer-to-peer sales on top of the platform. Developers have tried in the past to create real money auction houses, but efforts have been fraught with failure. “Blizzard was one that tried to do it and ran into problems because there was a stack overflow problem with Diablo III where people were able to create crazy funds by duplicating gold and all sorts of other stuff through the auction house because there was a bug on it,” says Huang.”Even Blizzard has trouble doing real money auction houses so this lets smaller developers attempt at it and do it in a very secure way without much risk.”As a result, skin resales, real money auction houses, and tradable in-game items all have black markets built around them that are rife with fraud and require the presence of a tenuous middleman to oversee transactions. But once again, through the use of smart contracts, players can trade in-game items freely without the need for an escort site. By providing a safe, reliable alternative to these black markets, developers and publishers can provide more options for players to trade items among themselves, knowing that the transactions cannot be exploited. Korrobox then takes a five per cent cut, while the publishers take ten per cent and the rest goes to the seller. Some recent blockchain distribution startups have suggested the possibility reselling full digital games peer-to-peer, but that’s not something Korrobox intends to facilitate.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “No developer, no publisher, would want a used game to be sold,” says Huang. “It actually doesn’t make sense in terms of their incentives. Even if they get a very large cut, say even 70 per cent of that transaction, they would rather sell it to the second person at the discounted price instead of having someone get the game removed from their inventory and lose complete access. They would much rather sell the game at a reduced price to that second player. Economically it doesn’t make sense, they don’t want to do it.”Essentially Korrobox is attempting to build a new consumer market from scratch. It has even developed its own platform specific customisation avatars which users can buy, sell, and trade items for. The avatars are also open to developers, giving them a free license to make legitimate games with the assets for the Korrobox platform. Huang estimates Korrobox would only need 50,000 monthly active users for a liquid market using this model. From there, it can begin to chip away at the monoliths’ control over distribution. 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La Vista Church News: There also is an optional competition aspect that will take students to Quizzing meets around the state one Saturday per month, with the possibility of making it to a regional competition in San Diego, Calif. Children (grades K-6) will study the book of Genesis this year. Teens (grades 7-12) will study Hebrews and 1&2 Peter. Quizzing practices begin with the school year in mid-August at La Vista Church of the Nazarene, 15 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock. The first meet is in October with the last regular meet in March and regionals in May. Direct questions about Quizzing to [email protected] It’s almost Quizzing season! Quizzing is a fun and in-depth Bible Study Program that guides students in kindergarten through 12th grade in intentional study and memorization of God’s Word. Those with children in their life interested in Quizzing this year may complete this form, which will help schedule lessons and practices.
USA: Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator Karen Hedlund joined state Governor Pat Quinn at the opening of Nippon Sharyo USA’s passenger rolling stock manufacturing plant in Rochelle, Illinois, on July 19.The $50m plant has been established by the US subsidiary of Japanese firm Nippon Sharyo to meet the Buy America requirements of federally-funded projects. It is expected to employ 250 people by the end of 2013, with the capacity to produce 120 vehicles/year. Its initial projects will be to assemble and fit out vehicles for commuter services in Illinois, California, Virginia and Ontario in Canada.
Initial reports from the USGS’s indicated the quake was felt in Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling and towards Anchorage. The 4.6 quake reported by the Alaska Earthquake Center — struck at 8:41pm. It was centered 8.3 miles east-northeast of Big Lake and struck at a depth of about 22 miles. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The 15th Pattaya AmAm Golf TournamentWednesday, March 9, Greenwood – Stableford1st Simon Payne (0), Gary Constable (2), Dave Clark (14), Mike McNaney (14), 83pts 2nd Brian Libbey (7), Yasuo Suzuki (8), Trevor Schirmer (11), Stephen Lewis (14) 80pts3rd Chris Voller (4), Mikael Andersson (8), Steve Jones (9), Rung Paungsal (11) 78pts4th Russell Exley (6), Phil Groves (8), Don Scott (8), Stephen Beard (17) 77pts5th Al Keith (4), Grant Cadell (12), Rod Howett (18), Roar Berger (20) 76pts Near Pins: (A2) Tom Byrne; (A6) Russell Exley; (C3) Mike McNaney; (C6) Al KeithTechnical Prizes: (A8) Yasuo Suzuki; (C2) Simon Payne; (C7) Dave Clark; (C9) Evan Millar2’s: Mikael Andersson, Steve Jones, Gary Constable, Joe McArdleThe fifteenth Pattaya AmAm, held for the first time over the testing A and C courses at Greenwood, proved to be a very well supported and much appreciated event by those that took part.The 2011 winning AmAm team: Simon Payne, Gary Constable, Dave Clark and Mike McNaney.The format as usual was Stableford scoring with handicaps rounded to the nearest whole number after making a deduction of 25 %, allowing two team member’s scores to count on each hole without restriction on the number of times a player’s score could be counted.The conditions for the day were very difficult following a lot of rain during the previous days leading up to the competition, and with ‘lift and place’ not the rule on the day it put a premium on long carries from the tees.A strong wind that strangely seemed to be against on almost every hole added to the player’s difficulties and it was not surprising that the end results were well below the normally expected level.The visiting team from Ras Al Khaymer showed the value of long and straight, as their top players Simon and Gary made a hard day look somewhat easy on many of the holes, enabling the team to almost stroll home three clear of the rest of the field.The second placed team led by the inform Brian Libbey and well supported by Yasuo Suzuki, Trevor Schirmer and Stephen Lewis, held off a strong challenge from the third team ably led by Chris Voller and Mikael Andersson.Russell Exley’s team failed to maintain their momentum through the closing holes to slip to fourth as Al Keith’s team took fifth just another single point behind them.Back at The Haven Stephen Beard announced the winners as Russell Exley presented the trophies having thanked everyone that had assisted in producing another successful team event, including the catering staff who once again rounded off the day with a great buffet followed by quite a few wet ones that went on late into the night.
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SPURS will ask Manchester United to let them have Anthony Martial as part of any deal taking Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford.Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino is ready to let the Belgian go after an injury-plagued season at Wembley but Spurs are determined to drive a hard bargain, valuing Alderweireld at £70m-plus.5 Spurs want Anthony Martial as part of any deal for Toby AlderweireldCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe Londoners know they need to sell now to prevent Alderweireld being able run down his contract or use a clause to move for just £22m next summer.And if any deal is on the table, Tottenham are ready to make their own move for France ace Martial, who has fallen down the United pecking order under Jose Mourinho.Spurs refused to buckle when Alderweireld, 29, demanded a rise to £150,000 per week in order to sign a new deal at the club.Tottenham had offered Alderweireld an increase to £110,000 per week but the negotiations were broken off as the Belgian’s status in the Spurs squad diminished.Tottenham, Man United, PSG… where does Toby Alderweireld’s future lie? 5 Tottenham value defender Alderweireld at £70millionCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Spurs know they need to sell now to prevent the Belgian running down his contractCredit: PA:Press Association5 Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of French star MartialCredit: PA:Press Association5 Poch believes he can reignite Martial’s career and that he can provide extra firepower to his attackCredit: PA:Empics SportPochettino made it clear at the end of the season that he regarded Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as his first-choice central defensive duo, signalling his readiness to let Alderweireld go.But Poch is keen on landing Martial, who has always impressed against Tottenham with his pace and versatility.The best Premier League goals of the season: what was your favourite?VIDAL JAIL THREAT Arturo Vidal could face up to ten years in jail for ‘GBH’United landed the young Frenchman from Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth up to £58m but he has struggled to make a mark in his two years under Mourinho.Pochettino, though, believes he can reignite Martial’s career and give Spurs extra firepower as they prepare for their return to N17 and their new 62,000 home next season.Some of the funniest moments from this seasons Premier League