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On his first day in office, Joe Biden (top) banned discrimination based on gender expression

This morning/afternoon.

Further to Joe Biden’s executive order that would enforce the US Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock v Clayton decision declaring that :

“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports…..All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Via The Guardian:

The order, mandates that every agency must act to ensure the enforcement of this new rule within 100 days of 20 January.

Crucially, it states the Bostock decision should also apply to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination in federally funded schools, in keeping with Biden campaign promise that his Department of Education would investigate and address any violations of transgender students’ rights. States that fail to comply would risk legal action or the loss of federal education funding.

Last year, bills to restrict transgender athletes’ participation to their sex recorded at birth were introduced in 17 different US statehouses…

Joe Biden’s gender discrimination order offers hope for young trans athletes (The Guardian)

Alternatively…

In Bostock, the justices held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited an employer from firing an employee on the basis of homosexuality or “transgender status.” Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for a 6-3 majority, took pains to clarify that the decision was limited to employment and had no bearing on “sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes”—all regulated under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. “Under Title VII, too,” the majority added, “we do not purport to address bathrooms, locker rooms, or anything else of the kind.”

The Biden executive order is far more ambitious. Any school that receives federal funding—including nearly every public high school—must either allow biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls’ sports teams or face administrative action from the Education Department.

If this policy were to be broadly adopted in anticipation of the regulations that are no doubt on the way, what would this mean for girls’ and women’s sports?

“Finished, done,” Olympic track and field coach Linda told me.

Joe Biden’s First Day Began the End of Girls’ Sports (Abigail Shrier, Wall Street Journal)

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MO, from The Art of Sport, has been combining his love of fine art and sports photography, since lockdown started.

he has now amassed a collection of 100 such artworks (at link below), including his latest (above).

Can you name the painting and the sporting moment?

The Art of Sport

Previously: When Sports And Arts Collide

JD Sports and Peter Mark in Dublin City centre

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ:

All sporting activity is set to get the green light to resume from 29 June under plans going to Cabinet this afternoon, RTÉ understands.

However, individual sporting organisations will decide how best to proceed after that date.

It is possible, according to Government sources, that most organisations might decide not to return to competitive action for some time.

Meanwhile

It is expected that the reopening of hairdressers and barbers will also be brought forward.

It is also understood that gatherings of up to 50 will be allowed indoors from 29 June under the proposals set to be tabled at Cabinet today.

This would rise to 100 from 20 July. Outdoor events will see crowds of 200 permitted from 29 June and this would increase to 500 from 20 July….

Right so.

Sporting activity set to resume from 29 June (RTÉ)

Rollingnews

Yesterday

Aldi and the IRFU announced the latest  winners of the  Aldi Play Rugby sticker competition for primary schools to win one of two €50,000 sports facility makeovers.

St. Peter & Paul’s National School, Drumconrath, Navan, Co Meath, St. Joseph’s National School, Leitrim Village, Co Leitrim will have 50,000 big ones to spend at their ‘leisure’

Ian Collins writes:

Due to the phenomenal success of the last two competitions, Aldi also announced  that it will return for 2020, and stickers will be available in stores from TODAY

The competition is easy to enter and works by primary schools collecting 300 of Aldi’s exclusive Irish rugby men’s and women’s stickers for their primary school.

Available in Aldi’s 140 Irish stores, shoppers collect one sticker for every €30 they spend in store between 31st January & 24th April…

Register here

How big?

The Camden Bar, Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2.

Sarah Halpin writes:

Owned by the Murry Pub Group and powered by Samsung, The Camden Bar takes the Irish pub to the next level with its new multipurpose entertainment venue.

It features a massive 303″ Samsung LED video display, which is the largest pub screen in the UK and Ireland.

If the Samsung Wall wasn’t enough, the venue also features sixty-five Samsung 75″ displays and five 65″ Samsung displays dotted throughout the bar.

No matter where you’re situated within the venue, you’ll be sure to catch every goal, try and basket from multiple angles.

Three hundred and three inches.

Pics: Samsung Ireland

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A rare, curvaceous 1957 Jaguar XKSS .

In 1957, a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry destroyed every unfinished XKSS chassis. This car was one of only sixteen to have been shipped before the fire.

Having won a series of races in Canada between 1957 and 1961, it was fully restored to Concours quality by its current owner, who acquired it in 1997.

Yours right now for a mere $16,000,000 (€15,000,000)

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This afternoon.

The Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua, Dublin 4

Sports Ministrer Shane Ross launches a public consultation process on the development of a new National Sports Policy Framework with Republlc of Ireland football manager Martin O’Neill (top and pic 3) and Paralympic Paralympic Bronze medalist Ellen Keane (pic 2).

The aim of the consultation process is to give all stakeholders the opportunity to feed into the development of the new National Sports Policy which “provide a framework for sport in Ireland over the next ten years and will set the agenda for Sport Ireland”.

Fight!

Full document here

The closing date for submissions is January 6, 2017.

Stakeholders to have their say in National Sports Policy Framework (MerrionStreet)

Rollignews

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Rugby with weapons.

Finally.

Seamus Cassells writes:

“I play a sport called Jugger, its sort of like a 5-aside game of rugby, where four players on the team are armed. So it looks like like a cross between rugby and fencing. It’s a very fun sport, and is actually quite big in some places internationally even though its very small here. We’re holding a an international tournament on the 7th and 8th of June where German, Spanish, American and Irish teams will be competing, and want to spread the word so people can come see what its like and enjoy the spectacle. We’ve been representing Ireland in quite a few Jugger tournaments abroad, and we’re looking forward to doing it on our home ground again. The girl in the air is Marion, one of our players btw.”