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Cusack Park (Ennis)

Cusack Park is a GAA stadium in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. It is the primary home of the Clare Hurling, Gaelic Football and Peil na mBan teams at all grades. Named after the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack, the ground had an original capacity of about 28,000, but following a 2011 safety review, the certified capacity was reduced to 14,864. Three sides of the ground are terraced - the two areas behind the goals and one terraced length of the pitch, covered. In 2006 there were media reports of substantial offers from property developers to buy the stadium and relocate it to a new 42,000 capacity site outside the town centre; however by 2009 it appeared unlikely given the recent Celtic Tiger crash. Between 2009-12, Clare GAA invested over €500,000 in refurbishment works including pitch drainage and fencing around the pitch. In 2015 a major renovation started, this included the demolition and re-erection of the main stand and construction of a new entrance/exit at the north side of the stadium.

Once completed in late 2017 the official capacity was increased to 19,000 people for the start of the 2018 season. On 17 June 2018 the stadium was sold out for the first time since re-opening for the visit of local rivals Limerick GAAThe knockout stages of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship and the Clare Senior Football Championship are held annually in the stadium. List of Gaelic Athletic Association stadiums List of stadiums in Ireland by capacity Stadium Location World Stadiums Article

2015–16 Championnat de France Amateur 2

The 2015–16 Championnat de France amateur 2 is the 18th season of the fifth tier in the French football league system in its current format. The competition is contested by 112 clubs split geographically across 8 groups of 14 teams each; the teams include the reserve teams of professional clubs. 22 teams were promoted as champions of the Division d'Honneur of the regional leagues. 12 teams were due to be relegated from the CFA, however two were reprieved due to demotions or resignations of other teams. 7 teams due to be relegated to the regional leagues were reprieved. On 30 May 2015, Le Poíre-sur-Vie VF resigned from the National division, took the place of their reserve team in CFA2, with the reserve team being relegated to the regional league. On 5 June 2015, US Colomiers were placed in CFA2, following their relegation from the National, due to an administrative failure regarding the registration of an amateur player. However, this decision was overturned by appeal on 15 July 2015. On 30 June 2015, CSO Amnéville requested relegation to the regional league.

The reserve teams in CFA2 cannot obtain promotion if their centre de formation is deemed of insufficient quality. The following teams are not eligible for promotion from CFA2 this season: Group A Brest Group C Niort Group D Bastia Évian TG Nîmes Group E Clermont Dijon Group F Strasbourg Group G Amiens Boulogne Group H AC Ajaccio Paris FC Outcomes below are provisional and subject to ratification by the FFF. Rennes reserves, Chartres, ES Paulhan-Pézenas, Andrézieux, Reims reserves, Lille reserves and Le Havre reserves are promoted to CFA as champions of their respective groups. Toulon, champions of Group D, are set to merge for next season with Toulon-Le Las, forming Sporting Club Toulon; the new club will play in CFA, with their reserves taking the place in CFA2. Accordingly, Annecy are promoted to CFA from Group D as best placed team. Lusitanos St-Maur, Montpellier reserves, Raon-l'Étape and Granville are promoted, due to having the best record of the 2nd placed clubs against the top five teams eligible for promotion in their respective groups.

Reims reserves are Champions of 2015–16 Championnat de France Amateur 2, due to having the best record of the four promoted sides against the teams finishing in 2nd to 6th in their respective groups. Saint-Lô, Challans, Châteauroux reserves, Blagnac, Aix-les-Bains, Thiers, Thaon, Épernay, Valenciennes reserves, Gonfreville and ASPTT Caen are relegated to their regional Division d'Honneur as a result of finishing 13th or 14th in their respective groups. Poiré-sur-Vie, Tourcoing and Angoulême are relegated to their regional Division d'Honneur, due to having the worst record of the 12th placed teams against the teams finishing in 7th to 11th in their respective groups. On 8 June, the FFF confirmed that Luçon would be administratively relegated from 2015–16 Championnat National to the regional Division d'Honneur; this resulted in a reprieve for Angoulême. On 31 May, the FFF confirmed that Colmar would be administratively relegated, in addition to their sporting relegation from 2015–16 Championnat National.

Colmar subsequently filed for bankruptcy, will reform in the regional Division d'Honneur. This results in a reprieve for Aubagne. On 21 June, it was confirmed that Moulins would be administratively relegated to the regional Division d'Honneur due to bankruptcy; this resulted in a reprieve for Tourcoing. Moulins completed a merger with Yzeure, forming Moulins Yzeure Foot 03. On 10 June, it was confirmed that Châtellerault would be administratively relegated to the regional Division d'Honneur due to financial issues; this resulted in a reprieve for Lannion. If any administrative events lead to teams from outside the relegation places being relegated relegated teams will be reprieved in the following order: Based on record against the teams finishing in 7th to 11th place in their respective groups. Based on record against the teams finishing in 8th to 12th place in their respective groups; as of end of season Official site Standings and statistics

Mxit

Mxit was a free instant messaging application developed by Mxit Ltd. in South Africa that ran on over 8,000 devices, including feature phones, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and tablets. According to a study by consultancy World Wide Worx, Mxit had 7.4 million monthly active subscribers in July 2013, of which 6.3 million were South Africans. The company announced its closure in a statement on October 23, 2015. All of the company's intellectual property and technology assets were donated to The Reach Trust, an independent public benefit organisation. While the organisational changes did not affect the mobile social network, users were still able to access and use all its services, in September 2016 it was announced that the service would be closing on September 30. Mxit originates from a university town in South Africa. In 1997, Herman Heunis established Swist Group Technologies and focused on the mobile telecommunications industry, developing software and providing system support to large Telco's.

In 2000 Clockspeed Mobile, a research and development division of Swist Group Technologies, developed a Massive Multiplayer Mobile game named Arya. The game was SMS based and was not successful due to the high cost of SMS since GPRS was still not implemented. In 2003 the game was reassessed and the MXit concept was conceived by Herman that same year, MXit has evolved to become a major IM player in the South African arena thereafter. In April 2004 Clockspeed Mobile on July 1, 2006 became MXit Lifestyle Ltd.. In January 2007, media giant Naspers acquired a 30% stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. In 2013, competitor 2go overtook Mxit in term of users across Africa. In September 2011, Mxit was acquired by World of Avatar. Following the abrupt resignation of boss, Alan Knott-Craig, Jr. Francois Swart received the nod from Mxit to become the new CEO. Former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan was announced chairman of the Mxit board in September 2013; the shutting down of Mxit was announced on October 23, 2015 in a public statement by the company after user numbers dropped over the last 2–3 years.

Competition from other social platforms such as Blackberry Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger along with Mxit's own lack of technological advances in the social arena attributed to the company's closure. The donating all of its intellectual property and technology assets to independent public benefit organisation The Reach Trust was announced in the statement issued by the company. In September 2016, active users of Mxit were notified that the service would be closed on September 30. Mxit was first released as a mobile phone instant messaging client, required Java and internet connectivity via CSD, GPRS, 3G or Wifi to run. Built for feature phones, versions were released for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile devices and tablets. In addition to one-on-one and group chat functions, Mxit offered public chat zones, as well as apps and a games ecosystem. Mxit was available on a variety of mobile and computing platforms, each independently developed for the platform; those were: Android BlackBerry OS iOS Java ME Linux using Pidgin Mac OS X using Adium Microsoft Windows using Pidgin and MXit EVO Windows Phone Mxit operated in many international markets.

Mxit was supported in Malaysia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy and South Africa. In August 2007 Mxit commissioned their European Data Centre located in Germany; the purpose of this server farm was to take over most of the international traffic from the South African servers. In September 2010, Mxit launched in Kenya, making it the first country outside of South Africa to have access to the full range of features. On November 4, 2014, Mxit scored 0 out of 7 points on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's secure messaging scorecard, it lost points because communications are not encrypted in transit, communications are not encrypted with a key the provider doesn't have access to, users can't verify contacts' identities, past messages are not secure if the encryption keys are stolen, the code is not open to independent review, the security design is not properly documented, there has not been a recent independent code audit. Official website

Evans Diamond

Evans Diamond is a college baseball stadium in Berkeley, California, on the campus of the University of California. Opened in 1933, it is the home field of the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12, with a seating capacity of 2,500. Evans Diamond is located in the UC sports complex in the southwest corner of campus, pressed between George C. Edwards Stadium to the west and Haas Pavilion to the east. Named Edwards Field, it was renamed after Clint Evans, the Cal head coach from 1930–54; the stadium was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $275,000, paid for by the donations of UC alumni. Construction was done by a San Leandro landscaping company; the turf at Evans Diamond is natural grass, the infield dirt is a combination of crushed cinder and the traditional clay. The outfield wall is 320 feet from home plate in the corners, 365 feet in the power alleys, 395 feet in center field. In the right field corner are the batting cages and pitching machines, covered by a roof. In the left field corner is the other bullpen, without batting cages.

Both bullpens are separated from the field of play by fences. The Jackie Jensen press box lies directly above the last row of stands. Beyond the left field wall is Bancroft Way, the southern border of the UC campus. Beyond the right field wall is the concrete grandstand for the track stadium; the baseball field has an unorthodox orientation, with the catcher and batter facing southwest, into the mid-afternoon sun. Evans Diamond is in need of major renovations because the stadium is no longer considered up to the standards needed to host NCAA tournament games; this was a problem as as 2011, when the Golden Bears had to host their 2011 Super Regional vs. Dallas Baptist University at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara. One of the Cal Baseball Foundation's primary goals is to see improvements at Evans Diamond including the addition of field lights so the stadium can host night baseball games. In the near future, the facility will have to be able to host large television crews to accommodate the newly created Pac-12 Network.

Before California baseball's alumni game on October 21, 2012, it was announced that Evans Diamond will receive lights and a new video and scoreboard by the first conference games in 2013. For the first time in the venue's history, Evans Diamond will be able to host night games during the 2013 season. While the actual stadium has in the past been considered inadequate by NCAA standards, the baseball program does have new locker rooms and training facilities inside neighboring Haas Pavilion. List of NCAA Division I baseball venues

Beyond the Mist (Robin Trower album)

Beyond the Mist is guitarist and songwriter Robin Trower's eleventh solo album and his first after leaving Chrysalis Records. It contains two studio tracks and five live recordings. Cover painting is by Tony Roberts; the album was re-released on CD by Jem and re-issued on CD by Black Cross in 2007. All songs written except where noted. "The Last Time" – 5:56 "Keeping a Secret" – 4:16 "The Voice" – 4:17 "Beyond the Mist" – 5:30 "Time Is Short" – 4:35 "Back It Up" – 5:00 "Bridge of Sighs" – 10:29 Robin Trowerguitar Dave Bronzebass, vocals Martin Clapson – drumsTechnicalRecorded and mixed by Steve ForwardTracks 3 to 7 recorded live in April 1985 at The Marquee Club, England. Robin Trower - Beyond the Mist album releases & credits at Discogs Robin Trower - Beyond the Mist album to be listened on YouTube