The Ballinahinch clubman, who’s 31 follows in the footsteps of James Woodlock and Conor O’Mahony who also retired in recent days.The midfielder was part of the All Ireland winning Tipp team in 2010 while he also picked up five Munster titles and one league title, while he was also named an All Star twice.Shane says the level of training required to play Championship hurling is intense and this played a role in his decision.
January 10, 2003The seating area facing the Ceramics Apse has become an extension of the Arcosanti Resident Art Show. A display of metal sculptures catches the eye and imagination. [Photo & text: sa] These pieces are some of the products of the Metalshop at Arcosanti which has a wide variety of welding equipment. TIG, MIG, stick and gas welding are all available to our staff and students. [Photo & text: sa] During each workshop the Metal Shop Coordinator takes on a new assistant. The scrap metal used for student practice has become quite artistic. The pieces on display are the combined work of more than a dozen students. [Photo & text: sa] Once an assistant is trained, he or she will be involved in a variety of metal work all over the Arcosanti site. [Photo & text: sa] Metal shop coordinator Ron Chandler is showing his latest project, a good size movable grill cut from an old roofing tar tank. [Photo & text: sa] The ‘Super Grill’ is complete. Ron comments: ‘The kids have fun doing art for practice. This is how I practice’. This awesome many layered grill will star at many barbeques at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
Daniel SimmonsThe content strategies of vendors will lead to global sales of OTT TV retail set-top boxes exceeding telecom IPTV set-top shipments this year, according to research from IHS. According to the research group, 31 million retail OTT set-tops will be shipped in 2015, compared to 30 million IPTV boxes shipped by telcos.The upsurge in retail box sales will be a direct result of the content strategies of leading vendors Apple, Google and Roku, according to IHS. These providers have been more aggressive in adding content sources to their devices than rival players including game console vendors, according to the group.“OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens. It was assumed that smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish,” said Daniel Simmons, director of connected home research at IHS.“Ultimately buying a dedicated box enables viewers to choose the OTT services they watch on their TV, rather than simply living with the pre-installed options.”IHS noted that pay TV operators are also contributing to sales of OTT devices by deploying internet-connected OTT devices to extend their video-on-demand libraries and the range of catch-up services they provide. Total shipments of connectable set-top boxes will, according to the research group, are exceeding sales of retail OTT boxes by a huge margin. In 2018, connectable pay TV box shipments will grow to 169 million units, compared to 38 million retail OTT box shipments, says IHS.