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County Laois

County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is located in the south of the Midlands Region and is located in the province of Leinster, was known as "Queen's County." The modern county takes its name from a medieval kingdom. It has been known as County Leix. Laois County Council is the local authority for the county. At the 2016 census, the population of the county was 84,697, an increase of 26% since the 2006 census; the first people in Laois were bands of hunters and gatherers who passed through the county about 8,500 years ago. They hunted in the forests that covered Laois and fished in its rivers, gathering nuts and berries to supplement their diets. Next came Ireland’s first farmers; these people of the Neolithic period planted crops. Their burial mounds remain in Cuffsborough. Starting around 2500 BC, the people of the Bronze Age lived in Laois, they produced weapons and golden objects. Visitors to the county can see a stone circle they left behind at Monamonry, as well as the remains of their hill forts at Clopook and Monelly.

Skirk, near Borris-in-Ossory, has a Bronze Age standing ring fort. The body of Cashel Man indicates that ritual killing took place around 2000 BC; the next stage is known as the pre-Christian Celtic Iron Age. For the first time, iron appeared in Ireland, showing up in the weapons used by factions who fought bloody battles for control of the land. At Ballydavis, archaeologists have discovered ring barrows; the county name derives from Loígis. In the 11th century, its dynastic rulers adopted the surname Ua/Ó Mórdha, they claimed descent from a member of the Red Branch Knights. By the first century AD, the western third of Laois was part of the Kingdom of Ossory; the eastern part was divided into seven parts, which were ruled by the Seven Septs of Loígis: O’More, O’Lalor, O’Doran, O’Dowling, O’Devoy, O’Kelly and McEvoy. When Ireland was Christianised, holy men and women founded religious communities in Loígis. St. Ciarán of Saighir founded his monastic habitation in the western Slieve Bloom Mountains as the first bishop of Ossory, reputedly before St. Patrick.

His mother Liadán had an early convent. Between 550 and 600, St. Canice founded Aghaboe Abbey and St. Mochua founded a religious community at Timahoe. An early Christian community lived on the Rock of Dunamase; the Synod of Rathbreasail that established the Irish dioceses was held near Mountrath in 1111, moving the Church away from its monastic base. As religious orders with strong ties to Rome replaced older religious communities, the wooden buildings of the early Christian churches in Laois gave way to stone monasteries; the Augustinians and Dominicans established themselves at Aghaboe Abbey, while the Cistercians took over an older religious community at Abbeyleix. The Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169-71 affected Laois as it was a part of the Kingdom of Leinster. In Laois, the fortress on the Rock of Dunamase was part of the dowry of the Irish princess Aoife, given in marriage in 1170 to the Norman warrior Strongbow. Advancing Normans surveyed the county from wooden towers built on top of earthen mounds, known as mottes.

They built stone fortresses, such as Lea Castle, just outside Portarlington. Several of the county’s towns were first established as Norman boroughs, including Castletown and Timahoe. From 1175 until about 1325, Normans controlled the best land in the county, while Gaelic society retreated to the bogs and the Slieve Bloom Mountains; the early 14th century saw a Gaelic revival, as the chieftains of Loígis caused the Normans to withdraw. The Dempseys seized Lea Castle. Examples of tower houses built by the Irish Mac Giolla Phádraig chieftains are found at Ballaghmore and Cullahill Castle, both decorated with Sheela na gigs. In 1548, the English confiscated the lands of the O’Mores, built "Campa," known as the Fort of Leix, today’s Portlaoise, it was shired in 1556 by Queen Mary as Queen's County, covering the countries of Leix, Slewmarge and that part of Glimnaliry on the southwest side of the River Barrow. Laois received its present Irish language name following the Irish War of Independence. Laois was sometimes spelt "Leix".

Portlaoise is the county town. Loígis was the subject of two Plantations or colonisations by a mix of Scottish and English settlers; the first occurred in 1556, when Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex dispossessed the O'Moore clan and attempted to replace them with Scottish and English settlers. However, this only led to a long drawn-out guerilla war in the county and left a small Scottish and English community clustered around garrisons. There was a more successful plantation in the county in the 17th century, which expanded the existing Scottish and English settlement with more landowners and tenants from both Scotland and England. Neither plantation was successful due to a lack of tenants and because of continuous raids and attacks by the O'Moores. In 1659, a group of Quakers led by William Edmundson, settled in Mountmellick, while a group of Huguenots were given refuge in Portarlington in 1666 after their service to William of Orange in the Williamite War in Ireland. What followed was a period of relative calm.

Anglo-Irish landowners enclosed the land and built fine houses, including Durrow Castle, Heywood House and Emo Court. In 1836, a branch of the Grand Canal stretched to Mountmellick, further stimulating industry in that town; the Great Famine of

South Carolina Highway 187

South Carolina Highway 187 is a 30.1-mile-long state highway in the U. S. state of South Carolina. The highway travels through rural areas of Anderson County. SC 187 begins within Anderson County, it travels in a northerly direction. It passes Mountain View Cemetery and Poplar Spring Cemetery before intersecting SC 181, they have a brief concurrency. SC 187 travels to the northwest and crosses over Weems Creek and Buchanan Creek, it has an intersection with SC 412 and one with U. S. Route 29; the highway begins curving to the northeast. In West Gate, it intersects SC 24; the two highways travel concurrently to the northwest and cross over part of Lake Hartwell on the Calvin Wesley Belcher Bridge. A short distance they split at the Portman Shoals Intersection, with SC 187 traveling to the north, it passes by a KOA Kampground just before an interchange with Interstate 85. Just to the west of La France, the highway passes Pendleton. Farther to the northeast, it meets its northern terminus, an intersection with US 76/SC 28, just south of Pendleton.

The entire route is in Anderson County. U. S. Roads portal United States portal Media related to South Carolina Highway 187 at Wikimedia Commons SC 187 South Carolina Hwy Index

Louisiana State University rugby

The Louisiana State University Rugby Football Club referred to as LSU Rugby, represents Louisiana State University in college rugby and rugby sevens. The team is part of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference and they play their home matches at the UREC Field Complex on LSU's campus; the LSU Rugby team dates back to 1970, founded by Jay McKenna and Hal Rose. LSU won. LSU Rugby became a member of the Texas Rugby Union in 1996. LSU Rugby competed at the 1998 Western Rugby Collegiate Championships, led by Head Coach Steve Triche. In 2005, Scott McLean was named head coach of the LSU Rugby team. In the 2008-09 season, the team won the SEC rugby title in the fall, in the spring advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I national rugby tournament. During the 2009-2010 season, LSU went to its second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, but lost to Penn State 31–25. LSU players Adam Ducoing, Bobby Johns, Cody Cadella were named to the Collegiate All-American teams at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.

LSU Rugby joined the College Premier Division, where they played in the Mid-South conference against teams such as Texas A&M and Oklahoma. LSU competed at the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship, a tournament held at PPL Park in Philadelphia and broadcast on NBC. LSU finished in ninth place, winning the consolation bracket with victories over Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame. LSU Rugby joined the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference in 2011. In 2012, Bob Causey was named head coach of the LSU Rugby team, following the retirement of Scott McLean. In 2012, LSU were the SCRC West Division champions and advanced to the SCRC playoffs, before losing to Florida in the SCRC semifinals. LSU flyhalf Allen Alongi led the SCRC Conference in points scored during the 2012 season. In 2013, LSU won the West Division of the SCRC Conference, finishing with a 5–1 conference record, before losing to South Carolina in the SCRC playoffs. LSU had a successful 2014 season, going undefeated in conference play to become the SCRC West Division champions, before losing to South Carolina in the SCRC finals.

LSU secured a berth in the 2014 national D1-AA playoffs, where they faced Central Florida in the Round of 16. LSU Rugby was suspended in November 2014 due to a violation of the school's alcohol policy, but the team was reinstated in January 2015. Many current and former players have been selected to Regional and National Select Sides, several LSU Tigers contributed to the victory of the Louisiana U-19 All-stars in national competition. In addition, former LSU players have been team members of the USA U-19 Eagles in international competitions and have participated in the Down Under Rugby training program in Australia; the following LSU players have been called up to play for the United States national rugby union team: Bob "Red" Causey — 8 caps as lock, including 1 cap against South Africa, 2 against England and in the World Cup. Boyd Morrison — 2 caps as center. Joey Husband Gary Giepert Flanker 1985 U S Junior Eagle tour of Europe compiled 5 - 1 record. 1986 Junior Eagle v. Japan Dallas, Tx.

Cameron Falcon — played as hooker for the United States national under-20 rugby union team at the 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. Gary Giepert Francis Mayer Brian Q. Davis Adam Ducoing Cameron Falcon College rugby Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference LSU Men's Rugby SCRC Rugby USA Rugby

Not That Funny

"Not That Funny" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1980. Composed and sung by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, it was written as a response to the punk movement in the late 1970s. To achieve a "weird-sounding vocal", Buckingham performing his vocal part on the ground in a push-up position, he insisted on recording the vocals in a replica of his own personal bathroom, installed in Studio D of the LA Village Recorder. Engineer and co-producer Ken Caillat taped a microphone to the bathroom's tile floor to accommodate for Buckingham's request. While released as a single in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, "Not That Funny" was not released elsewhere. Instead, the track's B-Side, "Think About Me", was issued as the third single in North America. Like the singles from Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled release, both singles were remixed for radio. While "Think About Me" reached the Top 30 in both the US and Canada, "Not That Funny" failed to chart at all. Despite the lack of initial success, the song became a live staple at Fleetwood Mac concerts.

"Not That Funny" has been performed on the Tusk tour, Mirage tour, The Dance tour, the Live 2013 tour. For the Tusk tour, the band wanted their keyboard tech, Jeff Sova, to play synthesizers on the song in order to recreate some of the additional sounds heard on the record. However, this idea was dropped. Instead, the only keyboard used on the song was a Yamaha console piano, played by Christine McVie. "Not That Funny" has received positive reception. Stephen Holden, a reviewer for Rolling Stone, compared the production of the track to a beautifully recorded basement tape. Another reviewer from Rolling Stone pointed similarities in the guitar work between "Not That Funny" and a Go Insane track, "Loving Cup". Raoul Hernandez of The Austin Chronicle said that "Not That Funny" demonstrates Buckingham's ability to craft pop/rock songs, that it reveals the "staleness" of Rumours. Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, keyboards Christine McVie – piano John McViebass guitar Mick Fleetwooddrums

2010 WPS Dispersal Draft

The 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft was a special draft for Women's Professional Soccer after the Los Angeles Sol withdrew from the league. Players from the team were dispersed to the remaining seven teams in the league via the draft; when the Los Angeles Sol folded on January 28, 2010 after a potential sale of the team fell through at the last minute, WPS, running the team after AEG backed out, announced that the nineteen players under contract to the Sol would be dispersed to the remaining WPS teams in a dispersal draft, held on Thursday, February 4, 2010. The draft order for the first and third rounds is Atlanta Philadelphia, followed by the remaining six teams in the reverse order of finish from the 2009 season. ^ Via trade with Atlanta Beat. Saint Louis will send defender Kia McNeill, midfielders Angie Kerr and Amanda Poach, Athletica’s second round choice in the dispersal draft to Atlanta. In exchange, Saint Louis will receive Atlanta’s first round pick, number one overall, in the dispersal draft, Atlanta’s second round pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.

^^ Via trade with Chicago Red Stars. ^^^ Via trade with Chicago Red Stars. List of WPS drafts 2011 WPS season Full Results on Women's Professional Soccer main site

Nude Ants

Nude Ants is a live album by American pianist Keith Jarrett, released on the ECM label in 1980. It was recorded at a live performance by Jarrett's'European Quartet', featuring Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen, at the Village Vanguard in New York City in May 1979; the title of the album is a play on the phrase "New Dance", the title of the penultimate song. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "The pianist much dominates the music but Garbarek's unique floating tone on his instruments and the subtle accompaniment by Danielsson and Christensen are noteworthy.". The album is a persuasive illustration of Jarrett's refined work with European classical and folk music influences. "Chant of the Soil" - 17:13 "Innocence" - 8:15 "Processional" - 20:33 "Oasis" - 30:35 "New Dance" - 12:57 "Sunshine Song" - 12:03All compositions by Keith Jarrett. Recorded at the Village Vanguard, NYC in May 1979 Keith Jarrett - piano Jan Garbarek - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone Palle Danielsson - bass Jon Christensen - drums