Shiromani Akali Dal president (SAD) Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the party would start a “struggle”’ against the ruling Congress government for allegedly distorting history related to the Sikh faith and Sikh gurus by misrepresenting facts through the newly released chapters of the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board.“We would start the struggle to force the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the Congress government in the State to apologise to the ‘Khalsa Panth’ for repeatedly and deliberately insulting the Sikh Guru Sahiban,” he said.Mr. Badal said a 48-hour long protest “”=dharna” would commence in Amritsar on November 1. “I will sit for the first 24 hours and then the SGPC chief Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal would sit for the next 24 hours,” said Mr.Badal.He said the next phase of the “’struggle”’ would be announced at the conclusion of the “dharna” in case the Congress government did not apologise.Mr. Badal asked for exemplary punishment to all those responsible for casting insults against the great Gurus through blasphemous versions of history. “Mere withdrawal of the repeatedly sacrilegious text-books was not enough to atone for the grave sin of casting insults against the great Gurus,” he added.
Continue Reading Previous AI experts address key questions about AI fairnessNext Cervoz: ultra-thin NVMe storage for industrial embedded application Display manufacturer and supplier, Midas Displays, has announced the introduction of a range of plug and play HDMI TFT display modules. The new displays are available in three different size and resolution options, have excellent brightness and contrast performance, and feature a fully integrated interface PCB.With the addition of a Raspberry Pi SBC, the Midas Displays HDMI TFT display module becomes a fully functional, easy-to-use LCD monitor. The integrated interface PCB has a 40-pin GPIO interface and a standard 19-pin type-A HDMI interface connector, enabling direct connection of a Raspberry Pi SBC. The HDMI TFT modules can also easily be used with many other single board computers. These key features enable the HDMI TFT displays to be used with any external HDMI input source.Midas Displays also supports interconnect solutions to enable enhanced connectivity of the Raspberry Pi to the HDMI TFT display module. A bespoke HDMI to HDMI interconnect board connects the HDMI output of the Raspberry Pi to the display mounted interface PCB, and a Type-A USB to Micro-B USB cable enables touch-screen functionality to be implemented. All three display modules feature excellent optical performance which ensure bright, clear and concise images, high brightness white LED backlights, and a 16:9 Landscape aspect ratio. The operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C enables reliable operation in extreme temperature environments.For applications that require a dedicated graphical user interface, capacitive and resistive touch-screen options are available for all modules. The new Midas Displays 5.0″, 7.0″ and 10.1″ HDMI TFT modules have outstanding optical performance and compact mechanical dimensions, enabling these displays to be used in a wide range of industrial equipment and embedded applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
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Cheteshwar Pujara was a constant thorn in the flesh for Australia during the four-Test series Down Under. He buried the Aussies with his hundreds and frustrated them with the balls he faced. Eventually Nathan Lyon asked Pujara if he wasn’t bored, having batted hours and hours against them.Pujara led the charge for India with scores of 123, 71, 24, 4, 106 and 193 in a historic Test series triumph in Australia. During his marathon 193 in the final Test in Sydney, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon asked Pujara “Aren’t you bored yet?”. Pujara smiled and continued to bat.But that wasn’t the first time the Australian cricket team got frustrated with their nemesis. Back in 2017, Pujara had grinded the Aussie attack in Ranchi,Pujara said he did not expect Lyon to say such a thing but recenty revealed there was something funnier he had heard during the 2017 Test series against Australia.”I never thought that he’ll say such a thing. And then when we were playing against Australia in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017, one of the players came and told me ‘Now if you don’t get out, we’ll have to ask for wheelchairs.’ I was batting on 170-plus. That’s the best sledge I remember from an Aussie player,” Pujara told the Times of India.”There were many instances but I remember the first Test. Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine tried to sledge me. They almost felt that the game was over when we were 40 for four, they thought that we’ll be bowled out for 150-160.advertisement”And even later on, I think in the third or fourth Test, they were trying to sledge me but at the same time, they started laughing in the end. Lyon came and told me: ‘Aren’t you bored of batting now? You’ve scored so many runs'” he said.Also Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Team India physio after batting for 1258 balls in Australia series
Toni Kroos says he “rued” signing a contract extension at Bayern Munich in 2010 after returning from a loan spell and believes he went underappreciated during his early years at the club.The Germany international spent 18 months on loan at Bayer Leverkusen between 2008-10 having struggled to win a regular place in the Bayern first team.He signed a new deal on his return to the Allianz Arena and went on to establish himself as pivotal member of the team that won the 2013 Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He left Bayern for Real Madrid the following summer, and angered fans of his former club by stating on his arrival in Spain that Real were “a cut above” the German champions.And in a new film documenting his life and career, Kroos says he often felt undervalued and underappreciated during his early years at Bayern.”I was often told how great I was and how I was doing everything right,” said Kroos. “Still I did not play. I was convinced I deserved more.”Originally I did not want to return [from Leverkusen]. When I signed my extension, I rued it ten minutes later.“While I signed the contract, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented: ‘Wow, you have got a great contract now.’ It was like he told me: ‘So now you have to play a little better.'”The film, titled ‘Kroos’ and set for release in Germany on July 4, canvasses opinion and insight from people who have been close to Kroos during his career, including officials at his former club Bayern.Uli Hoeness, Bayern’s vocal club president said: “Toni is a great player. But there is not one player in the world who can do everything all by himself.“A club sometimes has to make hard decisions. This decision [to let him go to Madrid] was a hard one and maybe a wrong one, no doubt.”Since signing for Real, Kroos has enjoyed a trophy-laden five seasons, winning three Champions League titles as well as the 2017 La Liga crown.He signed a new deal at Santiago Bernabeu in May which will keep him at the club until 2023.
While surround sound, wireless, and multiroom audio tend to generate the biggest buzz these days, many audio enthusiasts still swear by a relatively simple amp with two channels — preferably analog.The Billie amplifier — named after Billie Holiday — aims to combine the precision of digital components with the analog magic of tubes into one package, and is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. We’ve seen plenty of other amplifiers created with that same goal, but the striking minimalist appearance of this amplifier, combined with its high-grade components make it worthy of a closer look.Related: Astell & Kern unveils gorgeous hi-res player for the cheap(er) seatsThe Billie amplifier is well-equipped to drive just about any speakers you throw at it, combining a tube preamp featuring JJ ECC99 tubes with one of Bang & Olufsen’s touted ICEpower Class D amplifiers that delivers a claimed 125 watts per channel. The unit can also function as a headphone amp, making it a good fit for your high-end headphones. Amplifiers can consume a fair amount of electricity and generate heat, so the Billie automatically shuts itself off after 45 minutes of inactivity.A total of three analog inputs are available, with one dedicated turntable input. Two optical SPDIF inputs are available as well, allowing for digital input from components like a PC, CD player, or high-res audio player. The ESS Sabre DAC supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio, while wireless audio is available via Bluetooth connectivity.Plenty of amplifiers aimed at audiophiles make a point of looking like they belong in a ’70s-era recording studio, with wobbling V/U meters and plentiful shiny metal knobs. The glistening tubes atop the Billie will show that it’s working as intended, but otherwise it presents a decidedly sleeker approach than most nostalgia seekers, with a brushed metal body available in black and silver complemented by two simple sculpted wooden knobs: one for volume and the other for switching inputs.If this pretty package doesn’t exactly sound cheap, it’s because it isn’t. The Billie Amp in silver goes for roughly $650, and if you want it in black it will cost you just under $690. A number of Early Bird specials are currently available, but they’re quickly running out, with the earliest and cheapest deals already gone.At the time of this publication, Heaven 11 Audio has crossed the halfway mark of its $70,000 goal, with plenty of time left in the campaign. Assuming the amp gets funded, the company expects to begin manufacturing units by November of this year and shipping by December — as long as there are no snags in the final testing, which can and does happen with Kickstarter projects.See the Billie campaign page on Kickstarter for more information.A version of this post was first published on our “brother site” Digital Trends. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 Editors’ Recommendations Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtape
Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (November 21) announced in Parliament the areas to be designated as the boundary of the Cockpit Country and of the Cockpit Country Protected Area. The protected area will include existing forest reserves, significant hydrological and ecological features and cultural and heritage sites. This area comprises approximately 74,726 hectares and will be referred to as the Cockpit Country Protected Area and will be protected under specific legislation as advised by the Attorney General. Prime Minister Holness also announced that no mining will be permitted in the Cockpit Country Protected Area. In this regard, the Mining Act and any existing mining licences will be amended to close these areas to mining. Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (November 21) announced in Parliament the areas to be designated as the boundary of the Cockpit Country and of the Cockpit Country Protected Area.Prime Minister Holness says Cabinet adopted the Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. (2005) Boundary as the boundary of the Cockpit Country.This boundary will be declared and gazetted.Meanwhile, the protected area will include existing forest reserves, significant hydrological and ecological features and cultural and heritage sites.This area comprises approximately 74,726 hectares and will be referred to as the Cockpit Country Protected Area and will be protected under specific legislation as advised by the Attorney General.“The goal of defining the boundary is to ensure forest conservation, protection of biodiversity, preservation and improvement of traditional livelihoods and the creation of new economic opportunities from heritage, health and wellness tourism and eco-tourism”, the Prime Minister declared.No Mining will be permitted in Cockpit Country Protected AreaPrime Minister Holness also announced that no mining will be permitted in the Cockpit Country Protected Area. In this regard, the Mining Act and any existing mining licences will be amended to close these areas to mining.“The Government is of the view that this area is too valuable in terms of its ecological and hydrological importance and uniqueness to allow mining which may result in permanent and irreversible harm and deprive future generations of the benefit of this national asset. While we will forgo the extraction of millions of tonnes of high grade bauxite and limestone with potential earnings of billions of United States dollars; we cannot put a price tag on the loss to our water resources and biodiversity,” he explained.With regards to the forested areas, the Cabinet has decided to extend the existing Cockpit Country, Litchfield-Matheson’s Run and the Fyffe and Rankine Forest Reserves to take in the broadleaf forests which are in close proximity to these areas.Prime Minister Holness pointed out that protection of these forests play an important role in the country’s climate change mitigation strategy by serving as a sink for greenhouse gases and will inform the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as assist the country in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which reference climate change, life on land, clean water and sanitation.In relation to the historical and cultural sites within the area, the Prime Minister said the Ministry with responsibility for Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust have advised that sufficient safeguards exist under the Jamaica National Heritage Trust Act to protect the cultural and historical sites and artefacts in the area.He pointed out that in arriving at the decision of the boundary for the Cockpit Country, the Government has shown its commitment to preserve this unique national treasure for the benefit of present and future generations of Jamaicans and visitors alike.“We acknowledge that there may be differing views; however in a true spirit of partnership to ensure that our current actions secure the future for the generations to come. We look forward to the renewed sense of responsibility and continued active participation in the sustainability of Jamaica land we love,” concluded Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister’s comprehensive response and announcement in Parliament followed wide and extensive consultations with experts, stakeholders and environmentalists on the Cockpit Country and the Protected Areas.
Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced. Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced.“We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation.Minister Montague was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that the service is expected to commence on the Montpelier to Catadupa leg in St. James as a tourist attraction, and eventually extended to Appleton in St. Elizabeth.“In addition, the stops along the route will have Jamaican businesses, hairdressers, vendors and craft people, all from the immediate community… no big chain stores,” Mr. Montague said.He added that these stakeholders are being facilitated because “we want to put life back into these communities”, while advising that “we are in the process of also identifying and training these people”.The Minister said repairs on buildings along the targeted routes to be utilised for various engagements will commence shortly, with a maintenance facility slated to be established in Montpelier.“They are now looking at starting a railway museum, food court, Kiddies Park, and other attractions, so that while we wait on the final approval from the agency, the people can benefit,” Mr. Montague further informed the House.Meanwhile, the Minister advised of plans by the Government to introduce a school train service from Old Harbour to Spanish Town and Spanish Town to Linstead in St. Catherine.“The technical requirements are here and the expertise is in-house. What we need is some funds and I am confident that when our discussions with the Ministry of Finance are complete, we will know if we will start one leg, then the next, or both at once,” Mr. Montague said.He added that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will provide buses on a special route, to sync with the trains.“The service will get our children off the streets of Spanish Town early, and it is safe and reliable. As we improve the roadways, people will buy more cars and, eventually, the gridlock on our roads will continue. That is why we are encouraging a proposal to provide an elevated light rail service in Kingston and Portmore,” he stated. Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation. Story Highlights “We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.
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APTN National News OTTAWA–Sen. Mike Duffy dropped another bombshell Monday and again tied the unfolding Senate scandal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his office.Duffy said a Conservative Party lawyer cut a $13,560 cheque to cover his legal fees associated with a $90,000 deal to pay back his Senate expenses.Duffy said Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton cut the cheque on direction from Harper.“That’s right Senators, not one payment, but two,” said Duffy. “It was all part of his strategy negotiated by (Harper’s) lawyers to make a political situation embarrassing to his base go away…He (Harper) had my legal bills fully paid. Why would he do that? He would never do that if he believed my expense claims were improper. He did this, because as I’ve said from the start, this was all part of his strategy, negotiated by his lawyers and the Conservative party’s lawyer’s to make a political situation embarrassing to his base go away.”Duffy tabled a copy of the cheque stub and transmittal letter with the Senate to back up his claim. The stub is dated April 3, 2013, which came from Cassels Brock & Blackwell, which is Hamilton’s firm. The cheque is addressed to Duffy’s lawyer.Duffy also implied that the $90,000 used to pay for his expenses may not have come from Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright.“This is on top of the $90,000 which they say came from Nigel Wright,” said Duffy. “I have never seen a cheque from Nigel Wright.”Harper has said Wright used his own personal funds to cover Duffy’s expenses.Duffy also said he was coached by the PMO to “deceive Canadians” about the source of the $90,000. Duffy initially said the money came from a Royal Bank of Canada loan.“I reluctantly agreed to go along with this dirty scheme,” said Duffy.Duffy was once a prominent television news personality before he was appointed to the Senate by Harper in 2008.Duffy says he was told by Wright that his expenses were fine.“I am told that you have complied with all the applicable rules and that there would be several Senators with similar arrangements,” wrote Wright, in a Dec. 4, 2012, email to Duffy from the former chief of staff’s personal Gmail account, which means the information cannot be obtained through access to information, “This sure seems to be a smear.”The Senate is currently debating a motion to suspend Duffy, Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Sen. Pamela Wallin for two years. Harper has thrown his weight behind the motion.All three Senators, who were all kicked out of the Conservative caucus, face allegations of filing improper expense and housing claims.Brazeau on Friday accused the government leader in the Senate of offering him a “backroom deal” to get a lighter punishment if he apologized for his expenses and housing claims.Documents tabled by DuffyDownload (PDF, Unknown)
APTN National NewsAdam Beach needs no introduction.The well known actor and producer from Manitoba recently opened the Adam Beach Film Institute in Winnipeg.Beach was recently in Ottawa talking to a major gathering of TV and media executives looking into the future of broadcasting.He talked to APTN National News about whether we could see more Aboriginal characters on our TV and movie screens.
Companies in this story: (TSX:AGT)The Canadian Press REGINA — AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. has agreed to be taken private by investors including CEO Murad Al-Katib in a deal that values the company at $436 million.The Regina-based company says it has elected to proceed with the $18-per-share transaction proposed last July upon the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors and a fairness opinion from TD Securities.In early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, AGT shares were up nearly 12 per cent or $1.86 at $17.70.The buyers include Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. — which partnered with AGT and several First Nations communities to buy the restored rail line and port at Churchill, Man., this fall — and Point North Capital Inc.AGT is an international distributor of food and ingredients, as well as a processor of pulses and specialty crops including lentils, peas, chickpeas and canary seed.The deal must be endorsed by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders and a simple majority vote by shareholders that are not part of the buyer group. AGT has agreed to pay an $11.5-million break fee if the deal fails under certain circumstances.“Following a fairly lengthy process to consider the interests of all stakeholders of AGT and the future of the company, the management group, together with the other members of the buyer group, are excited at the prospect of a new chapter of AGT,” said Al-Katib in a news release.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 16, 2014 6:46 am MDT Loonie closes up despite poor manufacturing data; greenback weakens, oil rises AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar erased early losses to move higher as the U.S. dollar weakened somewhat and oil prices bounced off the US$80 a barrel level.The loonie closed up 0.07 of a cent at 88.9 cents US after going as low as 88.02 cents US as traders sought safety in the U.S. dollar amid volatile markets and data showing a steep slide in Canadian manufacturing shipments in August.Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales fell 3.3 per cent to $52.1 billion in August, the first decline of 2014.The agency said the loss was mainly due to lower sales of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts. Economists had expected a drop of 1.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Markets have been volatile and commodity-based currencies such as the loonie have sustained losses amid worries about a faltering global economy.“Disinflationary pressures warn of more slack in the global economic outlook than expected, complicated by Ebola and geopolitical risks,” observed Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist and managing director at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.“Soft U.S. data yesterday, including disappointing retail sales… served to fuel fears.”The flight to safety has been reflected in sharply lower bond yields in recent days. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was well off its session lows and, at late afternoon, stabilized with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note little changed at 2.15 per cent.Canada’s commodity-sensitive currency has also felt the weight of falling prices for metals and particularly crude oil, which fell below the key US$80 a barrel level Thursday morning amid reports of increasing supplies and a faltering global economy that has dampened demand prospects. Prices bounced back and November crude rose 92 cents to US$82.70 a barrel.Meanwhile, other commodities were lower Thursday as the December gold bullion contract faded $3.60 to US$1,241.20 an ounce while the December copper contract lost three cents to US$2.98 a pound.
Expertise in business is useful in all sectors of Canada’s job market, from manufacturing and retail to non-profit and corporate.Brock University’s new Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is geared to Niagara professionals looking to upgrade their skills and undergraduate students who want to pair their degree with business expertise.“This program meets the needs of the local community and makes the school of business more accessible, with more options,” said Prof. Ernest Biktimirov, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, Goodman School of Business.Applications for the January 2016 and September 2016 terms are already being accepted.Biktimirov said the diploma program is primarily comprised of the first five required credits of Goodman’s popular Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.“It is designed to provide individuals with a breadth of knowledge across key functional areas of business,” he said. “The skills from this graduate diploma will make students much more employable.“Business degrees teach individuals skills that can be applied to a wide spectrum of professional careers.”Given the program’s short duration, Biktimirov said it is especially attractive to working professionals in Niagara as well as Brock graduates from non-business disciplines looking to gain skills to aid them in a managerial position or entrepreneurial endeavor.“Graduate diploma programs are becoming very popular, particularly among working professionals who are looking to acquire post-graduate academic credentials,” said Prof. Mike Plyley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Brock’s MBA program is well established and the diploma program is a natural addition to the Goodman School of Business. Those choosing to go the diploma route will find it a highly intensive path of study. Professionals choosing this path will be able to apply existing skills and experiences to enhance their credentials as they continue in their careers.”Biktimirov said if candidates have significant managerial experience, they could receive conditional acceptance that exempts them from some admission requirements, such as taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or achieving a minimum undergraduate average.The diploma program is normally a two-term, one-year program for full-time students. The program is also available to people interested in part-time study.Currently, there are approximately 1,700 graduate students at Brock pursuing degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Brock’s 46 graduate programs emphasize engagement in research, scholarship and professional development.For more information on the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration visit the website.
Source: Ilkka HartikainenFor fencing, you can prepare by practicing your footwork and getting your thighs used to being in a half squat position while moving. It’ll hurt, but it’ll help.Top tip from the pros: In shooting, it’s important to control your breath (after running) so that your aim is steady while your arm is extended straight ahead of you with the pistol in hand.“I think we all hold our breath when we shoot,” says Olympic pentathlete Natalya Coyle. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“But for me it’s about continually practicing it. Because the more you do it, the easier it is. At the start, it’s all a bit alien because you’re trying to shoot and your heart rate is flying through the roof.”Overall, across the five disciplines, Coyle adds the overarching principle:“Just listen to your coaches and don’t be worried if it’s not going very well at the start. It will always get better.”So go find yourself a coach, an epee and a pistol, and get modern pentathloning.45kg, 5ft gymnast Kacy Catanzaro absolutely bossed US television’s toughest obstacle courseSports you should definitely try this summer… water-skiingSports you should definitely try this summer… open water swimming IT’S SUMMER, AND there’s frig all midweek sport to command your full attention. So you’ve got ample time to get out there and try your hand (and feet) at a new sporting pastime.Over the coming (hopefully stone-splitting) months we’ll bring you some top tips on how to take on those sports you’ve always liked the look of, but didn’t quite get around to. This week… modern pentathlon. Natalya Coyle (right) in action in the Copper Box at London 2012. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOGive it a go if… you don’t like the idea of sticking to just one sport.If swimming and running isn’t taking you anywhere, why not combine those two with a bit of fencing, shooting and horse riding thrown in for good measure?Go on, no bother to ya.What you need: As you’ll notice, these five events require a sizeable amount of equipment. You can run and swim without much new gear, sure. But guns and ‘swords’ are things you’ll have to pick up along the way. You won’t have to buy your horse, fortunately, as half the challenge of competition is using a strange one.I can’t afford any / all of that, now what? This ain’t golf. You can’t kit yourself out fully on day one. Feel your way in.Pentathlon Ireland run ‘taster sessions’ for the sport which would normally cost you an annual membership fee of €25, but you can try out modern pentathlon disciplines free of charge on August 31. If that goes well and you find out just how much you love shooting an air pistol and fencing (it’ll be a lot) then you can go back on the learn to fence programme which runs through September and October before the National Championships. Arthur Lanigan-O’Keefe checks the board at the 2012 Games. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhere? Pentathlon Ireland’s base is within the National Sports Campus in north Dublin. From time to time they will also dot talent ID sessions around the country, but none are currently planned.Hey, did we mention you can do it for free if you get yourself to Dublin? Head to Pentathlon.ie to get in touch.Anything I can do before taking it on? Before going on to the full five-strong pentathlon, you can always try out the individual disciplines. You can swim and run cross-country anywhere on the island. There are a handful of fencing clubs (listed here) although most are attached to colleges.