Women EHF CL Tight win for Oltchim in Germany

Oltchim ValceaRomania handball Women’s EHF Champions League begins with an away win of the clear favorite, Oltchim Valcea over German Buxtehude 24:20 (13:11). Winner was decided in the last three minutes, when experienced Romanian team made 4:0 series for the two important points at the beginning of European season.* C.S. Oltchim Rm.Valcea :– Talida Tolnai 14 saves– Oana Chirila 11– Oana Manea 3– Patricia Vizitiu 3– Yeliz Ozel 3– Marija Jovanovic 2– Iulia Managarova 1– Ionela Stanca 1* Buxtehuder S.V. :– Krause 21 saves– Techert 4– Lamein 3– Bulau 3– Melbeck 3– Klein 2– Langkeit 2– Stapenfeldt 2– Lutz 1 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL begins – Andrea Lekic about Györ, Serbia, herself… Next Story → Champions League: Favorites win!

HP prognosis of Olympics Mens Denmark to break the Handball rule

← Previous Story Julia Nikolic (Portjanko) joins Zvezda Zvenizgorod Next Story → Hungarians tested “Copper Box” successful over Great Britain Claude OnestacroatiaDenmark handball favouritefranceHandball in LondonHandball prognosisOlympic handball prognosisSerbian eaglesSlavko GoluzaUlrik Wilbek Always before the biggest Handball Tournaments, Handball-Planet.com making prognosis of the favourites. Our team of journalist made it also before the Olympic Games in London.„Handball rule“ that the European champion in the year of Olympic Games never takes gold at Olympic tournament seems to be broken. For Handball-Planet.com, Denmark is the biggest favourite to win the tournament and take gold medal. „Handball Guru“, Ulrik Wilbek has fantastic mix of young and experienced players, well-known „scandi-system“ and experience of OG 2008 in Beijing, where also Danes came as the European champion. Hansen, Landin, Lauge, Markussen, fantastic wings and defense players are able to repeat EHF EURO 2012 from Serbia.Second biggest favourite is Croatia. Slavko Goluža needs time to improve himself, but also to assure the players to believe in him. Even this could be a problem for Croatia, bunch of players know who to play Olympic tournament. Venio Losert has two Olympic Gold medals from Atlanta and Athens, but also „Olympionics“ are Balic, Lackovic, Vori, Vukovic, etc.Third medal winner could be France. After disaster in Serbia, guys of Claude Onesta are highly motivated to show that their time didn’t past. Bad club’s season for majority of the players, without „fresh blood“ in some younger guys as Accambray, who will start as substitute, could be a serious problem for legendary generation. Brothers Gille, Dinart and Fernandez are handball legends, but nobody can win all the time…Fourth team could be Spain. Team of Valero Rivera showed class at two last big events in Sweden and Serbia. Spaniards don’t have some „big star“, but they are compact squad with „heavy and tall defense“ and attack without a lot of mistakes.From 5th to 8th place:SERBIAIn the „Group of Death“ someone has to „miss“ ¼ Final, but also some team has to „pick up“ France as a rival in that stage. Serbia could be that team as the fourth team from group B. Under that circumstances, „Eagles“ will have less chances to secure semi-finals. This generation of Serbian players are on the TOP of their NT careers. With 100% on the court, they could be problem for anyone…SWEDENNothing more than qualification to TOP8 will be Swedish achievement in London. This team probably wouldn’t survive Group B, but competing with Tunisia, Argentina and Great Britain, Andersson and Co. will qualify for quater-finals.ICELANDOG is nice opportunity that handball world says „Thanks Olafur“. Iceland has average performance in the last two years. Palmarrson, Petersson, Stefansson and Sigurdsson could make some surprise, but you can never know…TUNISIAInteresting squad of Tunisia will probably beat Argentina in the match for „position 4“ in Group A. Hmam, Tej, Jalouz and Bouganmi are able to do that. Tunisia won’t be outsider in clashes with Iceland or Sweden…From 9th to 12th place:HUNGARYSomeone has to stay out of the TOP 8 from group B. Clashes will be amazing, but on the end, Hungary has the lowest rating of all the European teams in the Group.ARGENTINASimonet and Co will play nice handball, but on their own limits…KOREAEven people who are very much involved in every day handball don’t know what to expect from Korea. However, it would be a huge surprise that Asian champion beat some Europeans…GREAT BRITAINHandball is happy that for the host-nation of the Olympic Tournaments have“ exotic“ handball nations as USA, Australia, China, GB.  GB has to play the best handball and promote our sports on the island… read more

Montpellier and PSG began Championship race

← Previous Story GREAT BRITAIN’S HANDBALL STARS SPREAD THEIR WINGS Next Story → Kiril Lazarov’s “Best 7” team-mates! Championship race in French LNH started with two impressive wins of candidates for the title. Montpellier showed fantastic form on the beginning against newcomer in elite – Billere 50:24 with fantastic performance of Dragan Gajic (12), while PSG beat Cesson Rennes 34:23 (Abalo 8, Honrubia 6, Hansen 5) in the first match under new management and structure. Toulouse and Aix played 34:34. France handballFrench handballLNHMontpellierPSG

Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back for Sweden

Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back to Swedish national team! Sweden will be stronger for experienced left back in upcoming period which brings World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark, but also domestic EHF EURO 2020 which will be finished in Stockholm. “In our eyes, Kim is a world-class player in both the defense and attack game. My faith and hope is that he will make our team even better and even harder for the opponents to defeat, “ says Swedish national coach Kristján Andrésson to the Swedish handball federation .The new PSG Handball star won Olympic silver medal in London 2012 with Swedish team.Sweden will play against Austria and Spain in the upcoming EHD week. BRUTALLY HONEST, Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz: Handball was never my passion – A lot of players would like to take year-off Kim Ekdahl Du RietzSwedish handball ← Previous Story Japan 2019 set goal high – 300.000 spectators! Next Story → VIDEO: “Wild boy from SG Nußloch” – Christian Zeitz read more

Victim of Tipperary shooting named as Shane Rossiter

first_imgTHE VICTIM OF a fatal shooting in Co Tipperary has been named as 30-year-old Shane Rossiter.Gardaí have confirmed that the shooting happened at around 6.45am in the Tipperary village of Golden on Wednesday.He was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel where he was later pronounced dead.A post-mortem examination has been concluded but Gardaí the results are not being disclosed for “operational reasons”.No arrests have been made at this stage.Investigations are ongoing.An appeal has been issued for anyone with any information about the incident to contact Gardaí at Tipperary Town on 062 80670, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Man dead after shooting in Tipperary village>last_img

American confesses to murder as he is executed

first_imgAN AMERICAN MAN confessed to a murder he had long denied as he was put to death last night in Florida by lethal injection.William Happ, 51, had spent 24 years on death row in connection with the death of a young woman named Angela ‘Angie’ Crowley in 1986.The state corrections system used a new lethal chemical for the first time, and the execution reportedly did not go smoothly.Florida news reports said Happ took more than 15 minutes to die, as his body repeatedly made convulsive movements.He was pronounced dead at 6:16 pm (20:16 GMT), said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the state prison system.FootprintHapp, who had drug and alcohol problems, met Crowley in a parking lot. The woman was strangled and raped, and her body found in a canal.He was initially arrested for an unrelated crime, and the murder probe led to him because of a footprint of his that was found by investigators.In a statement expressing his last words as he lay on the table where he was ultimately executed, Happ confessed. He had written:For 27 years, the horrible murder of Angela Crowley has been clouded by circumstantial evidence and uncertainty. For the sake of her family, loved ones and all concerned, it is to my agonising shame that I must confess to this terrible crime.He added: “I wish to offer my most sincere and heartfelt apologies not only to those concerned for Angela Crowley but also to those I deceived and allowed to believe in my innocence”.It was the 80th execution in Florida since capital punishment was reinstated in the United States in 1976. It was the 31st this year in the country.As stocks of the usual lethal injection drug dwindle, most US states that carry out executions are turning to new drugs. This is sparking lawsuits from death row prisoners that the changes will cause undue suffering.Such is the case of another death row inmate in Florida who is scheduled to be put to death in November.- © AFP, 2013Mentally disabled inmate on death row gets stay of execution in US>Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas>last_img read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgExempt from f.o.i. just proves how corrupt it all isHe received 7,082 green thumbs. 2. On the same article, where Phil Hogan exclaimed that an agency could not be made out of thin air, Fatray Kennedy called for protests, a sentiment which at least 5,355 people approved of. Imagine instead if the outrage on social media and ringing joe Duffy everybody took to the streets in protest.They would be the end of Irish water.3. It was one of our most-read stories of the week and it certainly got you talking. After reading about the poor, young man who got himself into a bit of bother after a bicycle crash, Harygarford noted that: He wasn’t complaining for the first 5 weeks! Tragedy struck a Dublin family this week when a young pregnant woman went into cardiac arrest. She delivered her baby but died shortly after. The newborn had severe brain damage and was being kept alive in a maternity hospital. Because the parents of the child were not married, the father was not deemed the legal guardian and could not make decision about its care or when to turn off life support. The High Court did this instead. Margot Doherty explained the legal situation in her column and Fiona Ward shared her personal story, calling for change:When my baby boy was born he needed emergency surgery. I was in an awful state physically and mentally yet the surgeons would only speak to me and the consent forms were pushed under my nose to sign while my fiance stood beside me. He was completely ignored. He had to relay everything the surgeons said and what I had signed back to me because I was so doped up on painkillers I couldnt remember anything!! It was an awful experience for him things need to change!!Finally, in another poll this week, we asked people about their holiday plans. This answer from Kieran Casey got us all chocked up – sad and happy, all at the same time.Yes I’m going home to beautiful Ireland..Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie. That was in relation to the cyclist who had an erection for seven weeks but did not present to hospital for five weeks. He received 2,228 thumbs up for the comment. 4. Last Saturday, we shared an image discovered in the 1983 State Papers which showed Penney’s dedication to helping the Irish economy. Kevin Leon Shore was given 2,135 green thumbs for his analysis: If it wasn’t for Penney’s and aldi the people of Ireland would be naked and starving5. Fergal Reid had a fair question – which at least 1,992 wanted to ask as well – on a piece about a ban on ‘clocking car mileage’. This isn’t currently illegal?? Some of the best comments left on the site this week There was much discussion under a poll about how employer’s should treat staff who have recently lost a beloved pet. Hugh Conaghan shared his heartbreak:When my pet Labrador died after 14 years in our family we were devastated.I remember the feeling when my sister contacted me and having to console my mother. It is amazing how they become part of our lives. He was always there at the centre of our attention whether it was running around excited on Christmas morning because we were all up so early or the year he ran off with a full ham and slept for about a day. No I didn’t expect a day off with pay to mourn his loss but I’m not ashamed to admit that I took two at my own expense because I was heartbroken. My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming.You’re welcome. (YouTube: BBC Comedy Greats)This week’s Burning Question dealt with a fiercely controversial issue. Should you dig down to the second layer of the biscuit tin or chocolate box before the first is finished? You overwhelming said this was a ‘definite no, no’ (Editor’s Note: You’re all mean, joyless Treat Police). But at least you’re not sonny black, who did this to his special someone:I opened a tin of roses last night and took all the ones I like and cello taped the lid back on.I’m going to do the same with a tin of Jacobs USA biscuits tonight.When she finds out she will kill me but it’s too much fun.Readers seemed to really enjoy our science columnist Conor Farrell’s explainer on why Pluto was demoted and is no longer considered a planet (aw!). We, at TJ HQ, equally enjoyed this exchange between Simon Eales and Emily Elephant – for the humour and because we remember the rhyme too.At school we were taught the phrase My Very Easy Method just Speeds Up Naming Planets to remember all 9 of them. How is it done now with only 8?center_img On an article announcing the sad passing of actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (aka Trigger from Only Fools and Horses) many of you recalled your favourite lines from the BBC sitcom. Dee4 got plenty of green thumbs for remembering this line:Trigger: I’ve maintained it for 20 years. This old broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.”RIP, class actor EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Irish Water (again), the CRC (again), losing pets, isolation rooms and fathers’ rights.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Foxhounds killed after being hit by Iarnród Éireann train (450 comments)2. Revealed: Autistic children locked in unsupervised ‘isolation rooms’ for hours (301 comments)3. Leitrim county councillors vote to ban fracking (269 comments)4. 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protest (235 comments)5. Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers’ lack of rights (230 comments) The 5 most popular comments this weekImage: Flickr/DFPFagan1. The most popular comment this week was simple but it resonated with a huge number of our readers. Leslie Alan Rock, under a story about Irish Water, said: Everyone was delighted that the nine dogs that were on ‘death row’ at Carrick Dog Shelter were saved after our reporter Michelle Hennessy wrote about their tragic stories. Not only did it inspire people to rescue the animals, it also spurred others to help in their own ways.Paul thomas told us:That’s great news after reading that story during the week I set up a direct debit to donate to a dogs trust once a month it’s not much but I hope it helps a little.While, Emma fitz said:Great news, ill happily donate food, blankets, bed etc to any of the people who took in the dogs. I so loved the collie in the first picture. Have a dog like him who is currently asleep on the ‘forbidden’ couch! Well done to all involved.TheJournal.ie revealed the misuse of isolation rooms in some primary schools this week. The government is now reviewing the situation. Jonathan Savino, a parent of an autistic child, had this to say following the shocking account of events:My son has Asd, and to be honest he is awesome, he is also way smarter than most mainstream kids, he has an iq in the 140′s and he is only 5.He has a lot to give the world, and believe it or not our world would be worse off with out autism. Famous people on the autism spectrum include Albert Einstein, Lionel Messi, Nickolai Tesla, Isaac Newton, Daryl Hannah, David Bryne, Gary Numan, probably Kanye West, Thomas Jefferson, James Joyce, Susan Boyle and many more high profile acclaimed academics, inventors, Scientists, artists, sports stars, actors and musicians of note. The truth is this, with out Asd we would be nowhere near as advanced as we are. These children see the world from a whole different perspective to you and I, and think in a way that most are not capable of. They can learn a lot from mainstream kids and mainstream kids can learn a lot from them. Our education system should leave no child behind ever!!!!And no child should be locked in an isolation room/cell ever.Underneath Asd, Asd kids are the same as other children. Imagine how traumatic it would be for your child to be locked in a cell, or for you to be locked in a cell. Don’t think it would be any less traumatic for a child with Asd.I would also like to say that just because some one is different doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be included.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgPARTING SHOTSo, this is terrifying……and it’s meant to be.French child advocacy group Innocence en Danger has created a series of posters featuring human emoticons with the aim of highlighting the dangers posed by internet predators.First posted at 7pm. [Image: Photocall Ireland]IRELANDFinance Minister Michael Noonan (above) said CRC top-up money should be paid backSolomon Soremekun, the toddler killed in a lift accident in Galway, was laid to restThe ASTI and TUI decided to ballot members on junior cycle non-cooperationGardaí launched an investigation into the death of a teenager in BlessingtonAnti-war campaigners vowed to continue their campaign in support of Margaretta D’ArcySearches for missing John Gear in Waterford continuedThe upgrading of Ireland’s credit rating by Moody’s was broadly welcomedProtests were held over Advance Pitstop JobBridge adsEirgrid said it would still accept pylon submissions, despite the deadline passingIrish Water said disruption was ‘unavoidable‘ during the installation of meters Updated at 8.41pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…center_img Concerns were raised over messages on an anti-Muslim Facebook pageWORLDTributes are left at Ferry Gait Crescent in Edinburgh [Image: : Danny Lawson/PA Wire]#SCOTLAND: The mother of 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular is being questioned by police after the toddler’s body was found in Fife#MIDDLE EAST: The deeply divided Syrian opposition has agreed to enter renewed peace talks next week#CAR: Fresh fighting has broken out in the Central African Republic#INDIA: The autopsy of the body of an Indian minister’s wife has shown she suffered an “unnatural death”INNOVATIONGoogle has confirmed it’s testing a “smart contact lens” that may help people with diabetes [BBC]What’s the deal with 3D printing — and how long before I have a printer in my house? TheJournal.ie takes a look…And, ever wondered what lurks in Facebook’s ‘other’ inbox? Click, if you dare… last_img read more

A definitive ranking of the childrens books you read in school

first_imgHERE AT DAILYEDGE.IE, we were the children who spent most of our childhood with our noses buried in books while other children were outside, playing and having friends. So we have a lot of opinions on the best children’s books.Here’s a ranking of the most popular kid’s tomes, which were probably lingering in the school library.The ranking is final and definitive.18. Goodnight Mister TomStarting in a similar fashion to C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (which appears further down this list) this novel tells the story of a boy evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, where he befriends an elderly recluse.However featuring precisely zero lions, no witches, and barely any mention of wardrobes, for some children it was more like Goodnight Mister YAWN. Source: Goodtoread17. Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryA school library staple, Mildred D. Taylor’s grim novel takes a look at a grim period of history – the Deep South after the US Civil War.But having it constantly shoved at you in primary school means it’s on the lower end of this ranking. Source: Wikimedia16. Little WomenLouisa-May Alcott’s tale of the four March sisters as they journeyed into womanhood was essential reading for every young girl.We all wanted to be Jo, the feisty middle daughter. Source: WordPress15. Under the Hawthorn TreeSet in 1840s Ireland, Marita Conlon-McKenna’s Under the Hawthorn Tree is a devastating story of three children forced to fend for themselves after the potato blight hits the country.A very worthy subject matter altogether, but the fact that the book was on the English syllabus in some primary schools means it harbours bad memories for some. Source: Fantasticfiction14. The Story of Tracy BeakerWhy were so many of our children’s books SO grim?Here’s another one – Jacqueline Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker, set in a care home for neglected and orphaned children.Fortunately Wilson’s humour and knack for creating realistic child characters cut through the gloom, meaning we weren’t left totally emotionally bereft after reading. Source: Childrensbookshop13. The Princess DiariesThe risqué nature of these books (the characters mentioned KISSING and SEX) meant you often had to hide them from parents and teachers.This only added to their allure. Source: Scholastic12. The Goosebumps booksGoosebumps author R.L. Stine spurred on the children’s horror revolution, thrilling kids around the world with gruesome tales of ghouls and monsters.However, children with over-active imaginations were more likely to be left cowering in fear under the bedcovers. Source: BlogSpot11. The Lord of the Rings trilogyBefore you shout us down for putting Lord of the Rings at number 11, think – how many of you successfully read these books as children?Sure, you can find them in the children’s section of the library, but their length and difficulty made them seem a lot like homework.All those characters, languages and locations…phew. We’re tired just thinking about it. Source: Weebly10. A Series of Unfortunate EventsIf you loved The Series of Unfortunate Events books you were probably something of a “precocious” child, with notions of being quite clever.If you hated the series, you had good reason – as the title suggests it was an almighty downer, with misfortune after misfortune befalling the newly-orphaned Baudelaire children. Source: Electric Design9. Charlotte’s WebA sweet and powerful tale of a pig saved from slaughter by the work of a crafty spider, Charlotte’s Web was the cause of many a weepy child.Even if you couldn’t (and still can’t) stand creepy-crawlies, Charlotte’s Web compelled you to mourn a dead spider. Think about that. Source: Harpercollinschildrens8. Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandLooking back, this book was probably not as suitable for children as it first seemed. Indeed, we have to wonder what old Lewis Carroll was on while he was writing it.But for the sheer mind-boggling madness of the story, it’s at number eight. Source: WordPress7. The Artemis Fowl seriesA teenage criminal mastermind, anti-hero Artemis Fowl was a refreshing change from the good-guy protagonists of so many other children’s books.We may have long outgrown him by the time the last Artemis Fowl book was released in 2012, but the first book is still very dear to our hearts. Source: Bookcrossing6. His Dark Materials trilogyFor people who found the Lord of the Rings just a tad too difficult, the His Dark Materials trilogy filled the gap very nicely.With parallel universes, spirit animal companions and a lot of science talk it’s still not a walk in the park, but you can’t help being sucked in to the detailed universe created by author Philip Pullman. Source: Fiction Advocate5. The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank’s true account of her time spent in hiding during World War II bags a well-deserved spot in the top five.Like other historical books on the list, it was pushed at us constantly at school, but the Diary of Anne Frank leaves a much more lasting impression. Source: Tumblr4. The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeThe allusions to Christianity went right over our heads as kids, which was probably for the best.If you’re a fan of the book, you probably still search for passages to secret worlds in wardrobes today. Go on, admit it. Source: Images-amazon3. The Famous Five booksEnid Blyton, queen of good-and-proper English children’s books, has found herself at number three with the Famous Five series.Julian, Dick, Anne, George and of course, Timmy were always having cool adventures and never seemed to get told off by their parents, a situation you could only dream of.If you read the entire series of 21 books, we salute you. Source: BlogSpot2. The Harry Potter seriesThere is no question about Harry Potter’s place on the list – the epic tale of the boy wizard is one of the most successful book series of all time.If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll know how the books have enriched your life. If not…we pity you. Source: WordPress1. Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl penned many, many excellent children’s books, but for the sake of this ranking we must pick only one, the fantastic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.The magical Chocolate Room so deliciously described you could almost taste it yourself, the slightly sinister Oompa Loompas, the naughty children (much naughtier than you) – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is stuffed full of wonders from the first page to the last. Source: 26Chocolate bars: A definitive ranking, from worst to best>A Definitive Ranking of Irish Shopping Centres from Worst to Best>last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added Enda Kennys iPad cup of tea

first_imgPic: IrelandRepBru/TwitterTHINGS WE SHAREDThis fascinating slideshow of images of kids posing with cigarettes as shot by Flemish photographer Frieke Janssens.The story of the British Labour MP who promised to donate £1 to Comic Relief for every retweet she got. The final bill for Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart? £14,000 A stunning shot of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks in Co Kerry this morning from Norman McCloskey. More of Norman’s stunning photos can be found here. HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNEDTánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been criticised by Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley for avoiding a men-only dinner in Savannah, Georgia as part of his trip to the US to mark St Patrick’s Day.Cyprus is to get an EU/IMF bailout, just like Ireland. But unlike Ireland, the troubled country will be enforcing losses on bank depositors some of whom will see a ten per cent levy placed on their deposits in Cypriot banks.There have been celebrations around the world to mark St Patrick’s Weekend with dozens of famous landmarks ‘going green’ while Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been giving New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a teapot.As he got his first weekend as Pope under way, Pope Francis gave a special audience to journalists at the Vatican today giving a unique and rare insight into what happened at the conclave of cardinals which elected him this week.Bad news for the government this evening as a new opinion poll shows that three quarters of voters are dissatisfied with its performance. There is good news for Fianna Fáil though.Ireland’s Six Nations campaign came to miserable end in Rome today as they were beaten by Italy to leave Declan Kidney’s side with just one win from their five matches. What now for the Irish head coach? YouTube: Clisare THINGS WE LOVEDThis list of 11 people who always meet at the gym. Always.The way Dublin or parts of it briefly turned into a white wonderland earlier today following a heavy bout of hailstones.This bizarre and unprecedented image of Taoiseach Enda Kenny attempting to pour a cup of tea using his trusty iPad: This video of Love/Hate mashed-up with Friends.As its Seachtain na Gaeilge you might like to know how to say some internet terms in Irish. Clisare is on hand to help:last_img read more

Poll Should chocolate brands be allowed sponsor sports organisations

first_imgSPORTS ORGANISATIONS TEND to team up with all types of companies for sponsorship, but now the GAA will have a specially-branded chocolate bar in its honour.The limited edition Cadbury’s Moro bar will include the message ‘Boost your passion for the GAA’, the Sunday Times reports.There will be activity prizes on offer on the wrapper of the bar.The company says that it is not telling people to “go out and eat 10 bars of this stuff a day” but the Royal College of Physicians’ policy group on obesity is worried it will encourage children to eat more chocolate.What do you think: Should sports organisations be sponsored by chocolate brands? It depends on the brand/organisation (306) YesNoIt depends on the brand/organisationVote No (522)center_img Yes (2295) Poll Results:last_img read more

Dont go swimming at Bettystown Beach the waters not fine

first_imgMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL has warned people not to go swimming at Bettystown Beach due to an increase in levels of ecoli and enterocci bacteria in a water sample taken this week.The sample was taken on Monday and the yesterday the council advised people to avoid the water. If people are determined to take a dip, they are advised to avoid swallowing water, wash their hands before touching food and avoid swimming with an open cut or wound.Pregnant women or those with a weakened immune system should just steer clear of the beach altogether, for now.Local Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne said a stomach illness had been reported to him by someone who used the beach during the good weather.“While there is no definitive connection I am calling on Meath County Council to erect prominent signage advising people of the possible dangers until the advisory is over,” he said.Byrne also called for a full investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into the cause.The council said higher levels of bacteria are usually short-lived and most bathers are unlikely to experience any illness. However it also said the likely cause and duration is unknown.The water was resampled yesterday and results are due back tomorrow.Read: More than half of you wash raw chicken and that’s really dangerous>Read: It turns out urine is not actually sterile>last_img read more

FCC to Proposing 911 Texting

first_imgWhen it comes to contacting emergency services, the more venues the better, really. The FCC is said to be looking into increasing the methods people can use to contact 911, including text messages–a technology than has begun to supplant traditional voice calling for many cell phone users.According to the FCC’s numbers, some 70 percent of 911 calls are made using cell phones. Added text messaging to the acceptable methods of contacting emergency services could actually help victims in instances where speaking would put them at risk–something students attempted to do unsuccessfully during 2007’s shooting at the Virginia Tech campus.FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to propose the idea in a speech today. The department will open the issue up to public comments before voting on it.last_img read more

Keeping secrets becomes harder in the age of Twitter

first_imgTwitter has once again been thrust into the spotlight as a result of its impact on a major news story. As we reported, Twitter is already credited with breaking the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, but in fairness it did come from a source in the mainstream media. So, while Twitter can’t really take credit for getting the news first, they can take credit for documenting an account of the raid while it was happening.A gentleman by the name of Sohaib Athar, who goes by @ReallyVirtual on Twitter, began tweeting about a helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am which he said was a rare event. The spotting of the helicopter was followed up by what was reported to be “a huge window shaking bang.” He went on to say that he hoped it wasn’t the start of “something nasty.”About an hour later, he reported that a helicopter was shot down near the Bilal Town area. As we now know, it has been confirmed a helicopter was lost in the raid on Osama Bin Laden due to a mechanical failure. At the time, Athar later believed the helicopter crash was the result of a training accident as claimed by a major of the Pakistan Army, though he did respond to @m0hcin via Twitter by saying a few people online believed that one of the copters was not Pakistani. As it turned out he was absolutely right about that one.Mohcin Shah (@m0hcin) also tweeted about events in Abbottabad during the evening commenting that nobody was picking up phones in the town, not even landlines, and that his family in the city reported hearing three blasts one after another. He went on to report that roads in the city were blocked and that army and local admin were “tight lipped” giving some indication that the Pakistani government may have cooperated with the raid.It wasn’t until many hours later that Athar came to grips with his small part in the historic event by tweeting, “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”Athar’s tweets show that with the invention of Twitter it has becoming increasingly harder for governments to control information. If phones and communication in the town were really cutoff during the Bin Laden raid, as was alluded to by Shah, someone forgot about Twitter. Athar, without even knowing it, could have tipped off supporters of Osama Bin Laden to send in reinforcements to push back the American led attack. On the flip side, Twitter is a gold mine for intelligence. If the roles were reversed and it was an American compound which was about to be raided, the eye witness account in real-time could have giving enough lead time for those within to prepare for an attack.It seems military planners and intelligence officers need to begin to put Twitter in the equation when it comes to receiving and controlling information. Just like any weapon, it can be used to our advantage, but also can be a dangerous tool when used by our enemy or innocent bystanders who are simply reporting what they are seeing from their bedroom window.last_img read more

Did the Droid Razr help Motorola get Googles billions

first_imgThe motivations for Google’s purchase of Motorola this summer have been treaded over many times. The patents help, and having their own manufacturer under the Google umbrella should help in reducing fragmentation. But Moto’s Droid Razr may shed a little more light on the search giant’s decision to throw down $12.5 billion on the hardware maker.The Droid Razr has the potential to be a game-changer. That buzzword gets bandied around a lot, but I think it’s appropriate here. Millions of casual users are familiar with the Razr brand from its phenomenal success several years ago. Though the old clamshell phones have been off the market since around the time of the first iPhone’s launch, the “Motorola Razr” brand is still permanently ingrained in many people’s minds as signifying a ridiculously-thin, must-have phone.Many of those same casual phone shoppers also give their attention to any phone with Droid branding. Annoy you as it may, many people use the Droid name interchangeably with the Android platform as a whole (“should I get an iPhone, or a Droid?” is a familiar example). Right now, it’s the most recognizable brand in the smartphone market that doesn’t start with the letter ‘i.’This amalgamation of attractive brand names will instantly communicate to millions of customers what this phone is: an incredibly thin and fast Android phone. Marketing perception will also match the product well, as (discounting its “hump”) the Razr is the thinnest smartphone around, and it’s undoubtedly a top-of-the-line Android offering.Casual smartphone shoppers won’t be the only ones interested in the Razr though, as its specs can hang with any smartphone. The 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display got a very positive review from PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan who described it as “an absolute stunner.” It utilizes Verizon’s LTE, it has a 1.2GHz dual-core chip powering it, and its rear-camera shoots at 8MP with 1080p video while the front camera takes unusually high 720p video. It also has the innovative SmartActions software, which can save battery and make customizing easier for average users. Heck, it even uses Kevlar to keep itself protected.What this adds up to is a phone that has the potential to be a sales hit. Casual buyers and Android/Razr fans alike will be equally drawn to it. I believe that the Droid Razr has the potential to be the single biggest hardware success we’ve seen on the Android platform. Side-by-side with the Galaxy Nexus, this could be a strong holiday season for Android phones.As Google’s purchase of Motorola was announced just a few months ago, this phone’s development was already far along at that point. Google exectuives looking at the Razr while in development were sure to have been excited by its potential.This is an exciting time to be a smartphone customer. Of all of the high-end Android phones that we’ve seen in the last year, though, I would say the Droid Razr is one to keep an eye on. It has the potential to appeal to a wide array of customers in an iPhone-esque way that no singular Android phone has quite captured yet.last_img read more

Up to 10 of Acers PC shipments to the US are Chromebooks

first_imgAcer CEO Jim Wong isn’t shy about voicing his displeasure with Microsoft and Windows 8, but now he’s taking the discussion in a different direction. Wong said recently that Chromebooks account for between 5 and 10 per cent of Acer’s PC shipments to the United States since November 2012.It’s difficult to say what exactly that means. Acer isn’t doing as well as it used to in the US, and the company lost a spot on the laptop sales leaderboard after being passed by Asus. In the final quarter of 2012, Dell snatched away the number three spot globally. It’s possible that Wong is trying to put a positive spin on things by flogging the “success” of a product that only two of its competitors are currently offering.But what kind of success is it, really? Somewhere around 1.5 million of Acer’s quarterly PC shipments are destined for the US. If Wong is speaking specifically about November and December, that means something like 75,000 to 150,000 Acer Chromebooks were shipped. And that’s in the super-busy Christmas quarter.And once again, this is shipments and not sales we’re talking about. How many of those thousands of Chromebooks were actually sold?If you take a look at Amazon’s sales charts, it’s true that some Chromebooks are selling well. One, anyway: Samsung’s ARM-based version. Acer’s Chromebooks don’t appear to be doing quite as well — on Amazon.com or anywhere else.Certainly the potential exists for Chromebooks to make a splash, but right now Acer’s bread-and-butter in the U.S. remains the same: inexpensive Windows-based laptops. However “strong” C7 sales have been since November, they’re a distant second.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 preorder offer includes free Galaxy Tab 2

first_imgAs if the stakes weren’t high enough with so many powerful smartphones out this year, one vendor is luring 2000 customers to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the promise of a new tablet to go with it.Every new major smartphone that has come out in the last year has had some sort of pre-order available. After all, knowing for sure that your brand new phone will be showing up on your doorstep right on launch day is a big deal for some people. Otherwise, you wind up like some unfortunately LG Nexus 4 wanna-be buyers, who sat for weeks and waited for Google to announce that it finally had the phone back in stock.Samsung’s reach is now so significant that it’s no longer a question of whether or not you are going to pre-order the Galaxy S4, but where you are going to pre-order it from. Carphone Warehouse is throwing their hat in the ring by offering a free Galaxy Tab to the first 2000 people to pre-order the feature-packed Android flagship.It’s not uncommon for early adopters to be gifted with the occasional trinket as a thank you for their early patronage. Some pre-order bonuses are almost expected in most cases, especially when you are paying for the product weeks in advance. While the standard fare of a car charger or a protective case may be what you can expect from places like Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse is offering a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to the first batch of users to hit their site on March 28th when the pre-order page goes live.If you pre-order, not only do you get the tablet, but you’ll have the new Galaxy S4 right after it hits the Carphone Warehouse shelves on April 26th, which will grant you the phone a few days before it is available from retail locations here in the US. Also, if you pre-order from Carphone Warehouse you’ll have to pay for the phone outright, where if you pre-order from your carrier you’ll be able to set your Galaxy S4 up on your contract with a subsidy.It’s expected that Best Buy and the carriers themselves will offer pre-orders of their own, but it’s pretty unlikely that there will be bonus deals that even remotely compare to a new tablet. Still, you’ll have it in your hands before most anyone else, as long as that’s something that is important to you.last_img read more

Firefox OS phone set to invade Spain with 90 price tag tomorrow

first_imgMozilla and Telefonica are ready to unleash the first Firefox OS phone fit for consumers in Spain, the ZTE Open. The humble little handset will sell for just $90 (€69) off-contract with a $40 (€30) prepaid credit.ZTE isn’t the first company to start selling a Firefox OS phone, though they were one of the Foundation’s first partners. Spain’s own Geeksphone delivered the Keon and Peek devices months ago, but both were aimed at giving developers an early glimpse at what entry-level and high-end (for Firefox OS, anyway) devices might look like. They weren’t intended as daily drivers, but as tools to help with the app development process.The ZTE Open, however, is ready for prime time. It’s a 3.5-inch phone with just 256MB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage. There’s a serviceable 3.2MP rear-facing camera, too. Storage is expandable thanks to a micro SD slot (a 4GB card is included), but you obviously can’t do anything to improve on the 480×320 resolution of the Open’s display.Clearly, the ZTE Open isn’t built to sell on the basis of its spec sheet. It will appeal to consumers because of its rock-bottom price and the freedom it offers consumers. Not just cell phone contract freedom, but also the freedom afforded by the Firefox Marketplace. Since Firefox OS apps are really web apps, you’re never going to throw away a pile of paid apps just because you decide to change mobile platforms.It’s curious, though, to note that ZTE already makes a handful of low-end phones like the Open that offer more bang for the buck. The V960, for example, has twice the RAM, a 5MP camera, and a 4.3-inch, 480×800 display — and sells for about €5 more.Freedom may be a major selling point in Spain, however, where Firefox remains the second most popular web browser. For those looking to join the ranks of the next billion mobile web users, the ZTE Open may be an attractive device.last_img read more

Marvels Agents of SHIELD episode 3 live blog and discussion

first_imgIt’s that time of the week again, everyone. Grab your favorite Avengers cup and settle in for the third episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.Last week’s episode left a lot of people with some mixed feelings. The episode very much felt like the standard team building episode that maybe should have been a part of the premiere, but outside of the campy and predictable action it gave us the necessary backstory required to bond with the crew of The Bus. Now that we’ve moved on to a new mission with the team spirit at its peak, it’s time to settle in and see what “The Asset” is all about.We’ll be firing up live commentary to follow this episode starting at 8PM Eastern. Feel free to join in the discussion and add your thoughts about the episode in the comments. We don’t have a whole lot to go on this week as far as spoilers go, outside of the #EveryVillainHasAnOriginStory tag that has been floating around the Marvel social networking accounts this week. Could this be in reference to Skye, who we know from last week still clearly has not chosen a side?And here we go! Great big truck on the open road. The driver isn’t expecting any trouble on the way to his destination, but whatever just sent that SUV flying out in front of him clearly had other ideas.Wait, what is going on in that truck. Is that SHIELD tech?Trucks are not supposed to fly like that. Agent Mack (seriously?) appears to be down.The truck appears to be a SHIELD vault containing what is most likely a prison. Whoever they just busted out was clearly not meant to leave that big box.Agent Ward is in the middle of training Skye now, and she’s clearly not a fan of the early morning workout. Ward is trying to explain that it is worth it to be a well trained Agent of SHIELD. The “defining moment” is ahead for Skye.Doctor Franklin Hall — Coulson describes him as “one of us” and explains that he was in protective custody instead of prison-like containment.Oh good, Agent Mack is alive, and not too badly damaged.It looks like it might not have been a who so much as a what that is responsible for the flying vehicles. Lots of flying particles responding to a magnetic field? “Something big” is all we get from Coulson.Time for lots of research. Fitz-Simmons are working on the strange ball, Coulson is tracking down a big excavator, and Sky is looking through logs. Everyone has something to do while Ward and Coulson are in the field.The bad guys paid in gold bars from Tanzania, a man named Ian Quinn appears to be responsible. Coulson talked as though everyone should know who he is, but we on the other side of the TV don’t.Oh look, here he is. Quinn appears to have Doctor Hall in Malta.Hall and Quinn have a history, where one has made a ton of money and they other has been living in fear.Quinn seems to think he saved Hall, and is showing him a proof of concept for a device Hall thought up as a teenager.Gravitonium, another wonderful Marvel made up element! Hall appears to be the foremost expert on this imagined element, and Quinn has been scouring the earth looking for it.We’ve seen marble sized balls of this mystery element, but Quinn seems to be planning to make a gigantic version. It appears as though we are seeing the origin story for Graviton.Everyone at SHIELD seems to really want to get Hall back, but no one can get into Malta without breaking international law. Fortunately, Skye isn’t technically a SHILED member and is all about doing what it takes to get the right information.Skye’s loyalty and dedication are in question as she gets ready to jump into this rescue op. Ward has run out of ways to connect with Skye, and Coulson is trying to help him out. We know Skye hasn’t left The Rising Tide, and she’s obviously not ready to choose.Ward figured out how to talk to Skye like a person really quickly, but it doesn’t seem to really accomplish much more than the warm fuzzies. Skye is going in solo, and no one is really sure that she’s ready to go or not. Fortunately, she’s got tech from Fitz-Simmons in the form of a compact.Nevermind, Coulson is going to act as backup. After all, he’s seen plenty of action with The Avengers.Everyone is surprised that Skye is actually doing a good job blending in.“This is so cool, it’s like Siri if it worked” – epic.Quinn’s meeting with Skye seems have happened without a doubt in their minds, and Skye seems to empathize with Quinn during his speech. Fortunately, it wasn’t enough to distract her from the mission for very long.It didn’t take Skye long to get caught. Quinn must have some straight from his speech to meet her. When confronted, Skye folds and explains that SHIELD is listening by writing it down. It is getting harder and harder to see what side Skye is on.Skye dropped the ear bug into a glass of Champagne, and now no one can track her. Coulson and Ward are on the outside of the energy barrier and are basically trapped unless Skye helps them out.Quinn explains to Skye why it is that SHIELD was interested in Skye to begin with, acting as a shelter for people who are down on their luck and in need of a family. Skye seems to be buying what Quinn is selling, and then she reaches in and grabs the compact.Energy shield was down just long enough for Coulson and Ward to get in. The security guards aren’t able to bypass it?As soon as Quinn figured out something was up, he leveled a gun at Skye.Coulson finds Hall as he begins the process of burying the massive ball of Gravitonium at the bottom of the ocean. He planned this entire event, so he could get captured and get to this control panel to stop Quinn from possessing the ability to control this much of the mystery element.This seems to be very different from the Marvel origin story for Graviton, where Hall was the one messing with the massive amount of Gravitonium and SHIELD tried to intervene. The addition of Quinn as the control point is new to this universe.Coulson and Hall are now upside down. Fitz-Simmons agrees that the generator could do some serious damage, but there’s no obvious way to shut it down.Quinn decides against pursuing Skye when he realizes what Hall has done to his generator. Meanwhile, Hall accuses SHIELD of being just as bad as Quinn at experimenting without thought of consequence. He references the Chitauri invasion as evidence of their guilt.Ward finally got to punch a guy in the face.Fitz-Simmons explained that Coulson needed a catalyst to shut down the generator. Coulson shot the glass “floor” and sent Hall sailing into the generator, which consumed his body.Coulson has noticed that what should be muscle memory isn’t working as well as it should, like his body isn’t his. It looks like The Cavalry is coming off the bench in the next episode.The remaining shiny silver blob is being put in the deepest level of “The Fridge” for containment. Eventually, it’s going to spit Hall back out as Graviton.Skye seems to have finally confirmed her decision to join SHIELD when she spills her defining moment to Ward.The episode wraps up with the door closing on The Fridge, and the name plate being removed. Hall’s hand reaches out for just a second, and no one is around to see it happen. Gravitron is clearly something we’ll be pursuing later on, but that’s a superhero level enemy. Maybe this is one of the many set ups for the Marvel movies, as was promised before the show started. Either way, it’s interesting to see how they edited this origin story.More on Agents of SHIELDlast_img read more