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You’ll find no shortage of compact, wireless speaker devices intended for use with smartphones and tablets.

Sorting out which one to buy can be difficult, though, so start with your device.

If it’s an Apple one, you will have more choices. Some of the fancier ones incorporate a wireless feature called “AirPlay” for streaming audio from your device to the speaker with excellent sound quality. Speakers with docks for iPhones and iPads are common, too.

If you have a non Apple mobile device, cross AirPlay speakers off the list. This leaves an audio technology called Bluetooth, which has slightly inferior audio quality, but is ubiquitous and works with most phones and tablets (including the Apple ones).

Bluetooth devices tend to be cheaper than AirPlay equivalents, too, though there are prominent exceptions.

AirPlay has the advantage of flexibility since it piggybacks on a home’s Wi Fi network, and is therefore controllable at greater distances than a Bluetooth device.

With all of the above as preamble, consider my two latest finds. It doesn’t come cheap at $400, either, but it’s one of the nicest such products I’ve ever used.

Above all, I like how it sounds Great!

Non Apple mobile gizmos can play via an auxiliary port, which all such speakers have Jack in with an audio cable and you’re rockin’. This arrangement is less flexible, however, since it keeps you from using your device while audio is playing.

I recommend this speaker though I’ll warn you AirPlay has been a bit quirky in my experiences with non Apple audio gear.

AirPlay setup with iHome’s $300 iW1 speaker was pretty convoluted (involving a downloadable app and a number of steps), and maintaining a reliable AirPlay connection was often problematic.

I’m having similar issues with the UE. Sometimes my iPhone can see the speaker on the shared Wi Fi network. Sometimes it cannot. This is annoying. Good thing I can dock the iPhone which isn’t an option with the iW1 and the newer $200 iW2.

This is why I love my old Apple iPod Hi Fi speaker, which has aged well and will dock any Apple handheld device, but not an iPad. AirPlay can be added via Apple’s AirPort Express Wi Fi router with few of the connectivity issues I’ve seen when trying third party AirPlay compatible devices.

You can use the AirPort Express with any non AirPlay speaker, for that matter.

It sounds awesome, though, and is highly flexible for households that might have a combination of Apple and non Apple handheld devices. An iPhone or iPod Touch can dock on top. Bluetooth means virtually all devices Apple and non Apple can connect wirelessly. Optionally, use an AirPort Express to add AirPlay capability.

The Beats is “portable” only the sense that it work run off a bunch of those huge D Cell batteries, a feature shared by my iPod Hi Fi. I did that only once with my old pal The batteries ran down pretty quickly.
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Microblogging platform Twitter Inc has been in talks with Berlin based audio sharing website SoundCloud in its efforts to add a music service to its offering, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Twitter has weighed up deals worth billions of dollars and has also considered buying music streaming service Spotify and internet radio provider Pandora Media Inc, the newspaper.

The company has aggressively expanded its capabilities to carry multimedia content. Last year, it acquired “We Are Hunted,” a three person music streaming startup from Australia.

Twitter’s renewed interest in music streaming companies comes after Apple Inc acquired Beats, the headphones and music streaming firm founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, for US$3 billion.

The Beats deal was seen as Apple’s effort to jumpstart an uneven attempt to make headway in music streaming, the fastest growing segment of the market, as iTunes sales decline.
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PARMA, Ohio Harold Brown was among a group of fighter pilots who made history during World War II: the Tuskegee Airmen. Nov. 9 at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma.

Brown flew 30 missions before the Nazis shot down his P 51 Mustang plane in May 1944. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying in the 332nd Fighter Group. The nation’s first African American military pilots the famed Tuskegee Airmen manned the squadron’s planes.

“Veterans Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have defended this nation,” said Rick DeChant, executive director of the Tri C Veterans Initiative. “Harold Brown is one of those inspiring heroes, and we’re honored to welcome him to Tri C.”

The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. military.

Brown logged 30 missions as a bomber escort fighter pilot before he was shot down and captured. forces liberated him from a prisoner of war camp in 1945.

He continued to serve in the military following the war and spent more than two decades on active duty. Among his posts was a position with the Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from the Air Force in 1965 as a lieutenant colonel.

After his military career ended, Brown started a new career in higher education. He began as an instructor and after earning a master’s degree and doctorate climbed the ranks to become vice president of academic affairs at Columbus State Community College.

He now lives in Port Clinton. Brown wrote an autobiography, “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman,” which was published earlier this year by the University of Alabama Press. A book signing will follow the program.

Tri C serves thousands of Northeast Ohio veterans annually through its Veterans Initiative.

Parma Heights just concluded its observance of National Red Ribbon Week. 23 31 as National Red Ribbon Week.

Residents were encouraged to wear red ribbons to show their support for the country to have a drug free environment. The campaign was established in 1988 by Congress to encourage a drug free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and reduction efforts.

“All City Council members and I recognize and support National Red Ribbon Week,” said Mayor Michael Byrne.

Now open: Batteries Plus Bulbs opened a new store at 7611 W. Ridgewood Drive in Parma on Oct. 30.

The store provides access to nearly 60,000 different types of batteries, light bulbs and related products for household and business needs. Customers also can buy online and pick up their merchandise at the store.

In addition to light bulbs and batteries, the store has a We Fix It repair center that will repair phones and tablets, including Apple devices, as well as most Samsung devices, Beats by Dre headphones, will replace batteries for watches, keyless entry and phones, will rebuild battery packs and more.

For a limited time, the new store will be giving away coupons for free AA and AAA household batteries. Sunday.

Fall back: Don’t forget to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed on Nov. 4. Daylight Saving Time ends that night, which means it will be getting darker even earlier for the next few months. Nov. 8 at the Civic Center.

Lunch will be served free to all independence residents who are veterans or military personnel.

Registration is required. For more information, call 216 524 7373.

Dance deadlines: Time is running out to purchase tickets for the first Father Daughter Dance and Mother Son Dance in Parma Heights. Both events are for parents and their children age 13 and younger.
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Introduction: Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into a Wireless Portable Bluetooth Audio System A2DPHowdy folks! I had the idea of turning my Raspberry Pi into something like the Beats By Dre portable audio system found here:It’s a cool product, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not really down to pay $400+ tax for some fancy looking speakers (which don’t even give you rechargeable batteries, by the way). So I decided to set off to replicate the functionality without the hefty price tag.

OBJECTIVE: To create a Raspberry Pi that automatically boots into the command line and becomes discoverable via Bluetooth. Any Bluetooth enabled device with the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) support will be able to push audio to the Pi through its Analog (default) or HDMI speaker output. When a Bluetooth device connects, the PI routes the connection through to Pulse audio and Bluetooth discoverability is turned off. The audio should play seamlessly from here. You can then disconnect your device (likely a smartphone) and the PI will become discoverable again via Bluetooth and another device is free to connect. The default pass key will be 0000 but most devices input this automatically so it should be hassle free!

NOTE: I did find that a lot of other people in the Linux community have attempted to do the same thing to their PI but not as successfully as I have! My setup allows the device to run headless (without a monitor) from boot and any Bluetooth device can connect and disconnect without an issue. I’ve seen a lot of other people with tutorials that make you login via command line first or login to the desktop and setup the Bluetooth connection manually. LAME!
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The goal of this is to be as similar to a product as possible. 🙂 enjoy!

NOTE: This tutorial assumes you have a fair amount of Linux/command line knowledge. I won’t be explaining basic commands or ideology so if this is above your head find a friend!

What is the Raspberry PI?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing and games. It also plays high definition video. Raspberry PI website

You can learn more about the PI and how to get one, here:

Raspberry Pi

Bluetooth v4.0+ micro USB dongle

4GB SD Card

for [portable audio] Battery pack for Raspberry Pi

Enclosure to keep everything inStep 1: Prepare SD for Base Operating SystemGo ahead and pop in your SD card into your card reader. For this setup we will be using Raspbian Wheezy, which is the latest Debian based OS for the PI at the time of this writing. You should be able to find the latest version here:

downloads

Download and uncompress the image file and note the location. If you’re using a Mac it should be trivial to burn the image to the SD card. :(Step 2: Login to the PI Through a Monitor/keyboard or Network SSHYour PI will need to be connected to the Internet at this point, either through a LAN or a WiFi connection. I won’t be covering how to connect your PI to WiFi or login from SSH;
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Dumb question. Of course not! You need more than the locals, much more. So what’s your in home, wireless preference: Bluetooth or Wi Fi? Tivoli loaded the Albergo with Bluetooth, an instant attraction to mobile users who cannot put their devices down. Ever.

Tivoli is counting so much on potential buyers’ BFF relationship with Bluetooth that they’ll pay, gulp, $299.99 for a 4.5 inch tall table radio with one speaker, a monochromatic display and that scary, endless telescopic antenna.

The Albergo is a descendant of the still available, still analog Model One ($149.99) AM FM radio, designed for 2000 release by audio legend Henry Kloss. The similarities, alas, are mostly their two bricks of peat shape.

The Albergo’s internals, the company says, share none of the work by the late Kloss. The puny volume dial is now the alarm button. The actual volume control and on/off button is a rotary dial on top the size of a quarter.

By scanning manually you’ll need the full user’s manual, available online, to figure out how to defeat auto scan and tuning in to the area’s low power FM college stations, you’ll hear the quality of Albergo’s tuner.

Pairing an iPhone with the Albergo took about a minute, and I quickly had Slacker playing through the Albergo with song title and artist scrolling across the radio’s screen. For actual stereo, users can attach Tivoli’s Albergo stereo speaker ($99.99). It does not have a telescopic antenna and does not do Bluetooth.

The Albergo, Italian for “hotel,” is, indeed, designed for, and suited to, a hotel or guest room. Dre are buying headphones too good for their computer. They’ll need another accessory, a digital to analog converter (DAC) like Meridian’s Explorer, coincidentally priced at $299, to make both their music and headphones sing. These two use an asynchronous USB design that controls of how much, and when, data is sent through the computer’s USB interface. Doing so minimizes a distortion known as jitter.

Aside from a headphones output, the Explorer has an analog digital combo output that will connect to virtually any home audio system. (It’s plug and play with a Mac but requires driver downloads for Windows.) Using it with a music player like JRiver for Windows or, for Mac, BitPerfect, Audirvana Plus or Pure Music, will invigorate a music collection of CD or better quality files.

The Explorer, at $299, is a shocker from Meridian, a British company better known for audio exotica like $225,000 video systems, $65,000 speakers and $7,500 digital media systems.

Still, the Explorer is overkill for the average iTunes customer. It handles multiple sampling frequencies up to 192 kilohertz a CD, by comparison, is 44.1 kilohertz each signaled by a tiny LED. That reduces the DragonFly, which maxes out at 96 kilohertz, to an everyman’s DAC.

The Explorer sounds more like classically British loudspeakers laid back, almost romantic. The DragonFly sounds slightly more lively and forward. Either will make any music on a computer sound better, whether played through headphones or an audio system. Is Bluetooth enough?.
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As shoppers prepare to gorge on deals, retailers await the annual feast.

Starting Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, stores are ready to stoke shoppers’ appetite with bountiful bargains.

About 140.1 million shoppers, or six in 10 people, say they will or may shop either Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation’s “Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations” survey.

That is on par with the 140.3 million who said the same last year. Friday, has hired an extra 30 to 35 people to help with the annual rush.

“We don’t like people waiting in line. We do everything we can to keep lines to almost nonexistent down to a minimum of one to two people,” said Jim McClure, president and CEO

of Drysdales Western Wear. 169, will offer an eight hour sale and a four day holiday sale through Monday.

Among its specials, the store’s entire stock of Levi’s will be 20 percent off, McClure said. Also, shoppers who buy two pair of boots, get half off the second pair that is of equal or lesser value than the first pair.

“It’s really the most important four days of the month of November. In most retail business, including ours . November and December are the two biggest months of the year,” McClure said.

Shoppers who don’t want to fight the crowd can purchase online and pick up their purchase in the store. Some Black Friday specials, however, are available instore only, McClure said.

Deals abound

Many stores will get a jump on Black Friday by opening on Thanksgiving. Some such as Wal Mart, Kmart and Bass Pro Shops will be open all day Thanksgiving. Others such as JCPenny, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears, Best Buy and Target will open early Thanksgiving evening. Friday.

“The company is promoting this Thanksgiving as one of the biggest promotion events in the company’s history,” said Guy Griffith, store leader of JCPenney at Tulsa Promenade. Friday.

Shoppers will find $2.99 Home Expressions bath towels, $4.99 Disney mini plush toys, and $9.99 deals after a $10 mail in rebate on small kitchen appliances such as a four slice toaster oven, griddle, coffee pot and deep fryer, Griffith said.

“We’re expecting the entire week to be huge,” Griffith said. Thursday. Most will be $10 off a purchase of $10 or more, but one in every 100 customers will receive a $100 coupon off a $100 purchase, Griffith said.

Customers can shop now in the store’s fine jewelry department and reserve their purchase and lock in the Black Friday price before the sale officially starts.

Additionally, JCPenney will be handing out free limited edition snow globes when it opens Thanksgiving evening.

“This is going to be the place to be. We’ve got amazing coupons on top of the amazing doorbuster prices,” Griffith said.

Rodney Watson, general manager of Best Buy at Tulsa Hills Shopping Center, expects foot traffic to be even higher this year than last in part because it’s the retailers second year to open on Thanksgiving. The economy also is doing well. Friday.

“It just feels like to me that things are more positive. Also a big part of it too is the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. This area just continues to grow and grow and grow,” Watson said.

The store has products “stacked to the rafters,” said Watson. “It seems like we’ve got more of the product that people want than we’ve ever had.”

That includes ultra high definition TVs that have four times the picture of high definition TV, tablets, cell phones, gaming consoles and GoPro cameras.
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If they win, the Truro Agromart will donate their prize to the Colchester 4H for repairs to their barn at the exhibition grounds.

“The numbers are against us before we even start,” says Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community everybody is sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it’s really taken off. We have even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

Conrod says 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4 H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4 H clubs in Nova Scotia.

The contest is sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA is offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.

If they win, the Truro Agromart will donate their prize to the Colchester 4H for repairs to their barn at the exhibition grounds.

“The numbers are against us before we even start,” says Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community everybody is sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it’s really taken off. We have even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

Conrod says 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4 H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4 H clubs in Nova Scotia.

The contest is sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA is offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.
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every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time, Trump declared in his State of the Union address. you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

Despite his calls for bipartisanship, Trump spoke with tensions running high on Capitol Hill. illegally ahead of a new Feb. 8 deadline for funding operations. The parties have also clashed this week over the plans of Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation involving Trump presidential campaign a decision the White House backs but the Justice Department is fighting. President Donald Trump is kicking off his State of the Union speech with recollections of the year past and paying tribute to American heroes. He said, have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. (Jan. 30)

The controversies that have dogged Trump and the ones he has created have overshadowed strong economic gains during his first year in office. His approval ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of his presidency, and just 3 in 10 Americans said the United States was heading in the right direction, according to a poll by The Associated Press NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In the same survey, 67 percent of Americans said the country was more divided because of Trump.

At times, Trump address appeared to be aimed more at validating his first year in office than setting the course for his second. He devoted significant time to touting the tax overhaul he signed at the end of last year, promising the plan will tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses. from a sweeping Asia Pacific trade pact, declaring: era of economic surrender is totally over.

He spoke about potential agenda items for 2018 in broad terms, including a call for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending and partnerships with states and the private sector. He touched only briefly on issues like health care that have been at the center of the Republican Party policy agenda for years. Some Republicans are wary of the hardline elements of Trump plan and it unclear whether his blueprint could pass Congress.

Trump played to the culture wars, alluding to his public spat with professional athletes who led protests against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, declaring that paying tribute to the flag is a duty.

Republicans led multiple rounds of enthusiastic applause during the speech,
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but for the opposition party it was a more somber affair. Democrats provided a short spurt of polite applause for Trump as he entered the chamber, but offered muted reactions throughout the speech. A cluster of about two dozen Democrats, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, remained planted firmly in their seats, staring sternly at the president and withholding applause.

After devastating defeats in 2016, Democrats are hopeful that Trump sagging popularity can help the party rebound in November midterm elections. In a post speech rebuttal, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was seeking to undercut Trump optimistic tone and remind voters of the personal insults and attacks often leveled by the president.

may land a punch, Kennedy said, according to excerpts from his remarks. might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.

On international affairs, Trump warned of the dangers from regimes, like Iran and North Korea, terrorist groups, like the Islamic State, and like China and Russia challenge our interests, our economy and our values. Calling on Congress to lift budgetary caps and boost spending on the military, Trump said that power is the surest means of our defense.

First lady Melania Trump, who has largely stayed out of the spotlight following the latest allegations of Trump infidelity,
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arrived at the capitol ahead of her husband to attend a reception with guests of the White House. Those sitting alongside the first lady included an Ohio welder who the White House says will benefit from the new tax law and the parents of two Long Island teenagers who were believed to have been killed by MS 13 gang members.

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Some staffing agencies seek hard to get H 1B visas for high skilled workers, only to contract them out to other companies. There nothing inherently illegal about contracting out visa recipients, but the workers are supposed to maintain a relationship with their employers, among other requirements.

In some cases, outsourcing firms flood the system with applicants. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency said in a new policy memo released Thursday it will require more information about H 1B workers employment to ensure the workers are doing what they were hired for.

Companies will have to provide specific work assignments, including dates and locations, to verify the “employer employee” relationship between the company applying for an H 1B and its visa recipient.

H 1B visas are valid for three years and can be renewed for another three years. It is a visa that is near and dear to the tech community, with many engineers vying for one of the program 85,000 visas each year. (20,000 of that quota are reserved for advanced degree holders.) Demand for the visa often exceeds the supply in that case, a lottery system is activated.

“Since there is a limited number of H 1B visas it is important that those visa workers go where they are legitimately needed,
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” attorney Sara Blackwell told CNN. Blackwell advocates for American workers replaced by foreigner visa holders.

The government crackdown is in line with Trump direction to federal agencies to implement a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy. The administration proposed new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas particularly the H 1B program.

The USCIS says it may limit the length of the visa to shorter than three years based the information an employer provides. For example, if an employer can prove the H 1B holder is “more likely than not” needed for the full three years, the government might issue the visa for fewer than three years.

The memo also says the administration wants to prevent employee “benching.” That when firms bring on H 1B visa holders but don give them work and don pay them the required wages while they wait for jobs. Most projects don need foreign workers for the full term, according to Monty Hamilton, CEO of IT contractor Rural Sourcing.

Although most agree that some employers abuse H 1B visas, how pervasive the abuse and how to prevent it remains a sensitive and divisive issue.

Robert Cormier, a retired criminal investigator for federal law enforcement, says that asking for more information from third party companies could help the government crack down on bad actors. The threat of prosecution if companies are caught lying could be enough to deter fraud.

“That could change the game completely,” he told CNN.

Others say it could have an unintended consequence: Hurting those who are using the H 1B properly, according to Betsy Lawrence,
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the American Immigration Lawyers Association director of government relations.

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The flying Ireland international touched down inside the opening 20 seconds, putting the westerners on course to top Pool 5 after an unbeaten run of five wins and a draw which has earned them home advantage in the quarter finals. Their opponents will be Gloucester who finished as runners up to Pau in Pool 3.

With Niyi Adeolokun notching his hat trick on the half hour mark, fellow back Bundee Aki, Tiernan O’Halloran and Matt Healy, on the occasion of his 100th Connacht cap, also touched down to give Connacht a 36 14 lead at the interval.

Axel Muller and Daniel Ikpefan were Oyonnax’s try scorers, and the visitors deserve credit for slowing up Connacht’s scoring rate until Tom Farrell made it over out wide in the 66th minute and try number eight arrived late in the form of a scrum won penalty try.

It was man of the match Adeolokun who got the scoreboard moving within seconds of the kick off. Oyonnax had a kick blocked down and Adeolokun won the race to gather Kieran Marmion’s pinpoint chip over the top and score in the right corner. Craig Ronaldson was just wide with his conversion attempt.

It was 12 0 to Connacht by the third minute, prop Conor Carey carrying with intent before O’Halloran’s excellent offload out of a double tackle sent Adeolokun gliding past the covering defender to score behind the posts and out half Ronaldson converted.

A monster 25 metre maul up the left wing preceded Aki’s 10th minute score as he finished off another well weighted kick through from Marmion, the ball sitting up invitingly for the onrushing Ireland centre to dot down just to the left of the posts.

Ronaldson’s left footed conversion briefly had the French side 19 points in arrears, but they used a couple of penalties to get into striking range and following a bout of pressure on the Connacht line, full back Muller stretched out of a tackle from Eoghan Masterson to score near the left corner. Anthony Fuertes added a well struck conversion.

Muller’s opposite number O’Halloran bagged Connacht’s bonus point by the 20 minute mark after Aki’s delayed pass put Eoin Griffin darting into a gap and Healy was up in support to deliver the scoring pass to his back three colleague.

Evading three defenders via Griffin’s looping pass, Adeolokun completed his hat trick with a cracking finish after some impressive handling from the home backs. Healy got in on the act a couple of minutes later, running in his eighth European try of the season thanks to a series of well timed passes from Ultan Dilane, captain John Muldoon and Aki. O’Halloran converted as Ronaldson had departed with a suspected hamstring injury.

The Connacht defence gave way on the stroke of half time as Oyonnax winger Ikpefan cut through for their second try, a high quality effort from outside the 22. Despite a disjointed feel to the second period with a number of replacements coming on, Connacht, who had moved O’Halloran to out half, wrestled back control of the game in the final quarter.

Adeolokun was almost over from his fourth try early on the resumption, but both sides were guilty of missed scoring opportunities as Oyonnax threw a crooked lineout and the visitors did enough to deny replacement scrum half Caolin Blade who went close from a brilliant 50 metre break.

The 5,017 strong crowd watched further breaks from forwards Dillane and James Connolly, although handling errors prevented Connacht from adding to their lead. That was until nice hands in the visitors’ 22 released centre Farrell to score on the right hand side and O’Halloran expertly tagged on the extras for 43 14.

Despite the injury enforced departure of tighthead Carey, Connacht’s scrum was in dominant form to win a penalty try with five minutes remaining. That score saw Connacht hit the half century mark for the second time in three pool matches. They have now won their last six home fixtures in Europe, equalling their best ever run between December 2008 and April 2010.

Speaking afterwards, Connacht’s latest centurion Healy said: “It couldn’t have gone better for us tonight. It was a little bit of a runaway in the end, I thought we were clinical, the forwards had a great game, the maul went well and a couple of backs really shone.

“Niyi got man of the match and a hat trick for himself, so it was a good day all round. The weather cleared up and it was perfect for us, it was the running rugby we like to play so it worked out well. We’ve a couple of weeks off now, a bit of rest and we’re back to the Sportsground for a couple of back to back games which is exciting.”

Adeolokun added: “We’re delighted to get the quarter final, especially at home. It’s always great to play at home in the Sportsground because it’s going to get loud, it’ll be noisy and they’ll get behind us so we’re delighted to be able to play at home it just gives us every chance to get further.”
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