ZRK Buducnost out of the EHF CL – Katarina Bulatovic again in

Sixth time in their history, Montenegrin ZRK Buducnost didn’t achieved FINAL of the EHF Champions League. Norwegian Larvik was better in both matches of semifinal and showed fantastic performances, able to bring the first EHF Champions League title in Norway. Afterwards in Podgorica, despite dissapointment, Management gave vote of confidence to coach, Dragan Adzic, to keep team for the next season and try again to reach the last level of European handball.“With results in the Preliminary Round and also with qualifying for the Semifinal, Buducnost is back to the TOP level”.Many of the people around the team put finger on Katarina Bulatovic, right back, who decided to stop to visit training session, two weeks before semifinal matches, unsatisfied with relationship with Management.– I don’t take care. Let them speak, what they want. – said she for cafemontenegro.comManagement of ZRK Buducnost decided to back Katarina Bulatovic in the team:– After we talked with coaching staff, players and also, after sincere regret of Katarina Bulatovic, we decided to allow her to back to the training process. Katarina Bulatovic ← Previous Story MKB Veszprem win 20th Cup title! Next Story → Katrin Lunde Haraldsen for Balkan-Handball.com: “It’s fantastic to be in Gyor” read more

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Air France put Kiel on silence

THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 20 saves), Katsigiannis (n.e.); Duvnjak (5), Ferreira (n.e.), Toft Hansen (1), Mamelund, Sprenger (3), Weinhold (2), Dissinger, Ekberg (n.e.), Anic (3), Cañellas (4/3), Dahmke (3), Williams (n.e.), Vujin (5), Oprea (n.e.); Trainer: Gislason 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6105157:170(-13)2 Handball fans in “Sparkasse Arena” in Kiel had a chance to see how strong one team can be. PSG Handball were eager to show from which material are made, and they did that in big style. The main role had Daniel Narcisse, famous “Air France” instead of Nikola Karabatić and Mikael Hansen. Fantastic left back netted six goals, one less than Sergey Onufrienko, but in the crucial moments of the clash. Also, Thierry Omeyer had fantastic night with 25 saves for the first PSG Handball victory ever against THW Kiel – 30:26 (16:10). Paris Saint-Germain: Annonay (n.e.), Omeyer (1.-60., 25 saves); Melic, Mollgaard (1), Vori, Kounkoud, Gunnarsson, Abalo (3), L. Karabatic (2), Hansen (4), Narcisse (6), Onufryienko (7), Honrubia (4), N. Karabatic (3), M’tima; Trainer: SerdarusicSTANDINGS: 6. Orlen Wisla Plock6114157:181(-24)3 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu6105157:198(-41)2 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7502211:189(22)10 PSG HandballTHW Kiel 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601226:199(27)12 3. MVM Veszprém6411165:152(13)9 4. THW Kiel7403206:187(19)8 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304179:182(-3)6 ← Previous Story Jens Schöngarth to FA Goppingen Next Story → GOODBYE ZAGREB: Luka Stepančić out for six months! read more

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Sebastian Simonet to BM Ademar Leon

← Previous Story ITALY – SERIE A: BOZEN AND FASANO WIN THE FIRST SEMI-FINAL MATCH Next Story → PERFECT SEASON: Triple crown for El Jaish BM Adenar LeonSebastian Simonet One of the brothers Simonet, the 30-years old Sebastian, will back to Spanish ASOBAL after few years in French Ivry handball. Experienced playmaker will join one of the best Spanish teams, BM Ademar Leon, for the next two seasons.Simonet will have compatriots in the roster as Gonzalo Carou (line player) and Federico Vieyra (right back), also signed deals with legendary team from Leon.The oldest brother Simonet will leave France after five years. He already played in Spain between 2005 and 2011 for JD Arrate and BM Torrevieja.BM Ademar Leon fighting for the place No.3 in Spanish handball this season with BM Granollers, while it looks that Naturhouse La Rioja will be the first behind unbeatable FC Barcelona Lassa.PHOTO: By Seba simon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, read more

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Cyril Dumoulin stays in Nantes until 2021 It was simply natural

cyril dumoulinHBC Nantes One of the goalkeepers in the best form in season so far, Cyril Dumoulin, extended contract with the French vice-champions HBC Nantes until 2021. The 33-years old goalie came to Nantes in 2016, where he reached the best of his potential, becoming the dominant person of the ambitious team who play at VELUX EHF Champions League.Contract extension  is simply natural. Since my arrival, all the ingredients are gathered to want to continue this adventure. I have never felt physically as well as I am today. I join the ambition of the club and I wanted to be part of this development project – said Dumoulin.His coach Thierry Anti, who also extended contract few weeks ago, added:I think he still has some good years ahead of him. Beyond the player, I am also attached to the character, and we have a very good relationship. I am very happy that he continues with us: for him, for the team, and for me! ← Previous Story “BLACK MONTH” FOR COACHES WITH SWEDISH PASSPORT: HC Erlangen sack Robert Andersson Next Story → RK Crvena zvezda win in Serbian “eternal derby” read more

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German U18 NT coach Erik Wudtke Bugojno is a great milestone for

The German generation 2000 will play against Croatia at the final of the 6th International handball tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno.National team coach Erik Wudtke speaks for Handball-Planet.com at the beginning of the international career for another generation of the German handball.Take a look… ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barca are out, Montpellier reach TOP 8! Next Story → Germany and Croatia for the trophy in Bugojno

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Explainer What happens when you win big money on a Lottery gameshow

first_imgEVERY NOW AND again, the story of a massive lottery win will get huge national attention — knocking serious news off the front-pages of even broadsheet papers, pushing international events down the running order of the Nine O’Clock News. Limerick woman Dolores McNamara’s massive Euromillions windfall springs immediately to mind — while just last weekend a syndicate in Ballyfermot came forward to claim a jackpot worth €3.9 million.Smaller, more quietly life-changing sums of cash get handed over to contestants each week on the Lottery gameshows. The hugely popular ‘Winning Streak’ has been an anchor of the RTÉ Saturday night schedule for – believe it or not – the last 23 years, while it’s summer replacement ‘The Big Money Game’ has also been a ratings winner.300 people from all corners of the country appeared on the two shows last year, sharing over €12 million — along with 61 holidays and 36 cars. It would seem the Irish public have a boundless capacity to watch their compatriots rack up huge sums of money playing glittery games of chance.DreamsThough we’ve all dreamt of massive Lotto windfalls (don’t say you haven’t), have you ever wondered what happens when you sit opposite Marty (or whoever) and gamble for the right to walk away with enough cash to, say, put your kids through college, pay off all your loans, and buy a reasonable-sized boat?‘Is the money tax-free?’ you might want to ask. Do I have to keep the car or can I take the money instead? Can I be trusted not to spend it all at once on my next visit to Ikea?Well, that last question you’ll have to wrestle with yourself, but TheJournal.ie can answer the rest, and a few others besides…2005 Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara [Photocall Ireland]The contestantOlive Kelly, from Co Wexford, was a player on the Big Money Game on 31 August this year.Like all contestants, she found out she’d be appearing the previous Saturday. Returning exhausted following her shift in the local nursing home, the 60-year-old caught the last few minutes of the show alongside her grown-up son Philip. “Can you just imagine winning an amount like that?” she asked, as a woman claimed a €16,000 prize.A few minutes later, she could stop imagining and start planning. Her three-star card, sent in the previous week, had been drawn out by host Brian Ormond, and her name appeared on screen as one of the five contestants for the following week. The phone was ringing off the hook.“It was unbelievable. I said to my husband Pat to record the repeat on late at night, so I could be sure it was me.”The processThe National Lottery has a well-honed plan to handle all this, as you might imagine.“The process all starts when the lucky tickets are drawn on a Thursday morning, before they’re drawn out on TV,” Lottery spokesperson Eleanor Murphy explains.“Any tickets received before 10am go into a massive drum for a draw overseen by KPMG and the gardaí. From that, 100 cards go forward to the show to be drawn out.”Once they are are selected to appear, Lottery representatives travel to the contestants’ homes to confirm their identities and brief them on what will happen the following Saturday.‘Do they have to appear the following week, or can they defer?’ TheJournal.ie wants to know.“No, it has to be the following week,” Murphy explains“If they don’t want to appear because of health reasons or out of shyness or whatever they can appoint a proxy, but most people decide to appear themselves”.Olive admits she had considered asking a family member else to take her place:“I don’t know, I wasn’t sure about it. I was nervous about everything to do with it really.“I’m not the sort of person who goes after the limelight. But for whatever the reason I decided to go ahead.”The day The weekly show is not a live broadcast — it’s taped a few hours in advance, then edited before it goes out at around 8.30 every Saturday night.The contesants’ long day starts at 11am, as they arrive at RTÉ in Donnybrook for a briefing with the ‘draw manager’ on how the whole process will work.After that it’s hair and make-up, followed by a meet and greet with the hosts.“You meet with Brian Ormond and the other girl, Sinéad,” Olive says.“He asked me what I was planning to spend the money on. I told him I wanted to pay off my credit union loan, and that I still had a bit to go on a suite of furniture from Paddy Kelly’s.”Olive says she “nearly got sick” after a draw carried out backstage determined she would be the first before the cameras. But a friendly warm-up man, and the skills of the genial host helped set her nerves at ease as proceedings got under way.Sticking to her pre-decided numbers and game strategies, the mother-of-three was sent home to Wexford with a cheque for €53,000. Not bad for an hour’s work.“I didn’t even look at it till we got home,” she says.“There was a surprise party on for us at the pub, and you’re sworn to secrecy after the taping, I couldn’t tell anyone else there how I’d got on until the show came on at half eight.”And her plans for the winnings?“Well, I’ve the credit union all paid off, and the furniture man’s happy enough with me now.“I wouldn’t like to win a bigger amount of money because, you know, it would change you, it would change people around you. I wouldn’t like what it would do.”A relieved Olive Kelly, pictured alongside Brian Ormond, and her granddaughter Alanna [Image: Sharon Kelly] The moneyAll the money won on Lottery gameshows is tax-free, and contestants are given their cheque right there-and-then when the taping ends. They’re also given a booklet of hints and tips on what to do with their windfall, which includes information on financial and legal advisers.While ‘The Big Money Game’ is focused solely on cold hard cash, contestants on ‘Winning Streak’ also get cars and holidays, but they’re given the option of trading them in for the monetary value. Most do.As for how Olive’s fared since her TV debut, she says her lucky streak shows no signs of ending.“I’m still a big fan of the bingo. I won €25 the week after I was on the show, and another €25 the week after that.”At least we know the cash won’t change her.Read: National Lottery to be sold for €405 million to An Post and CamelotPictures: Problems with Sam Beckett bridge lead to spectacular recreation of ‘rainbow’ adlast_img read more

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Humans arent the top predators Sorry

first_imgWeWork cofounder Rebekah Neumann, cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly demanded employees be fired within minutes of meeting them because she disliked their ‘energy’ No, the UFOs or ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ in those grainy Navy videos probably aren’t aliens Image: PNASGroup 1 (low and stable HTLs): This includes the majority of sub-Saharan countries and most of Southeast Asia, which have mostly plant-based diets that aren’t adding more meat.Group 2 (low and increasing HTLs): This represents several countries throughout Asia, Africa, and South America, including China and India that seem to be increasing their meat intake.Group 3 (higher HTLs than group 2 and increasing): This includes Central America, Brazil, Chile, Southern Europe, several African countries, and Japan. Like group 2, these places are eating more animals, a trend that reflects economic development and increased urbanization.Group 4 (High and decreasing after the 1990s): The United States belongs to this group, which is comprised of North America, Northern and Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.Group 5 (Highest overall HTLs and decreasing): This group includes Iceland, Scandinavia, Mongolia, and Mauritania. This is the only group where HTL has decreased as development factors like gross domestic product, life expectancy, and urbanization have increased.The global increase in meat consumption is being driven by countries like India and China (group 1), where breakneck economic growth has given people the ability to add more meat to their diet, even though the overall amount of animal products eaten is still low compared to other regions of the world. Tesla trolls Porsche with a new Supercharger at the Nürburgring where a modified Model S beat the Porsche Taycan’s lap time by 20 seconds (TSLA) Image: PNASIn contrast, places like Iceland, Scandinavia, and Mongolia, where traditional diets were high in meat, fish, and dairy products and low in vegetables, have experienced a decline in trophic level.In Scandinavian countries, the shift toward a more plant-based diet is motivated by a greater awareness of health issues related to diets high in fat and meat. Government policies are pushing healthier diets. In Mongolia, a decrease in meat consumption is linked to a less nomadic lifestyle. A growing economy means they have access to a wider variety of food.This graph shows the relationships between the human trophic level and Gross Domestic Product. Iceland and other Scandinavian countries, represented by the colour orange, have seen a decrease in trophic level due to government policies promoting healthier, plant-based diets. Image: PNAS13 unexpected advantages of being a vegetarian>Oxfam warns of rising food prices> Pompeo inadvertently admitted the Iran crisis is a ‘direct result’ of Trump’s actions A map of the median human trophic level between 2005 and 2009. Darker-coloured areas sit in higher trophic levels. Image: PNAS.The first-ever calculation of human trophic level (HTL), a measure of what and how much of a specific food people eat, “challenges the perception of humans as top predators,” according to a new study.In reality, humans share a trophic level with other omnivores, particularly anchovies and pigs.The study also shows that humans diets are changing: Some countries are becoming more carnivorous, while others are incorporating more plants in their diets.The findings were detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Trophic levels are used to describe where species fall in the food chain. The levels range from 1 to 5.Primary producers, like plants or phytoplankton, are defined as trophic level 1 because they make their own food and generally don’t eat anything else (unless you count sunlight and oxygen).Herbivores, like cows, are at level 2 because they eat plants. Carnivorous apex predators, like polar bears or killer whales, represent trophic levels that go up to 5.5.So what is our position in the food web?In 2009, the median global human trophic level was a paltry 2.21.To estimate human trophic level, researchers used food supply data for 176 countries from 1961 to 2009 provided by the Food and Agricultural Organisation. Although humans can’t be considered apex predators, the global human trophic has increased by 3 per cent since 1961.This is mainly due to the fat that humans are eating more fat and meat in general, and not because we are eating animals in higher trophic levels. (We are actually eating fish that occupy lower trophic levels since fishermen are catching fewer of the large marine predators).Although countries included in the study have diverse diets, the researchers identified five major groups with similar eating patterns, shown in the map below.last_img read more

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The 8 types of people youll meet at the work Christmas party

first_imgIT’S PARTY SEASON. And some strange creatures are roaming the streets.You may spot the following exotic species:1. The Surprise Party Animal Source: ImgurActivities for rest of year: Staring silently at his computer with headphones on; going for lunch on his own; avoiding your eyes in the kitchen.Activities after three glasses of cheap Merlot: Knowing all the words to Tragedy by Steps; rapping Hammertime no matter what song is playing; ‘breakdancing’.2. The Drunk Boss Source: ImgurThey’ve been under a lot of stress. They don’t get to let off steam much. And yes, that’s why they’re on their knees on the dancefloor yelling the words to Fairytale Of New York at a group of terrified interns.3. The Desperate Chat-Up Artist Source: ImgurThat person who’s been harbouring desires for the nice girl/guy in Accounts all year, but hasn’t managed to pluck up the courage to do anything about it.Around the fourth Jagerbomb is when they’ll usually decide to give it a proper lash. And when they go, they go. Source: Imgur4. The Corner Trapper Source: ImgurAvoid this person at all costs. Once you start talking to them it will be impossible to get away until you’ve been hearing about their children/DIY problems/unusual musical instrument collection for two hours and are considering feigning a stroke to escape.Judging by the glimpses you can catch to the left and right of this person’s head, everyone else is having a good time.5. The Middle Manager/Best Pal Source: TumblrFor the rest of the year, this person makes your existence a living hell. But as soon as the first glass of Sauvignon Blanc touches their lips, they suddenly want to be your best friend EVER.Warning signs for men include: addressing you as “buddy”, referring in a jocular way to “Women, eh?” and telling off-colour jokes about your superiors. For women: awkward attempts at ‘bonding’ over hair and outfits, oversharing about “him at home”.Hugs/a comradely arm around the shoulders may also feature.6. The Drama King Or Queen Source: TumblrNo festive occasion passes without this person getting into a tearful argument/telling someone in no uncertain terms how they REALLY feel/being so devastated by something a co-worker said. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it.7. The Shots Fascist Source: The BerryYou’ve hardly got your dinner finished before this person is up at the bar demanding an enormous tray of shots “for the craic”. And it won’t stop there. Oh no. Not until you’ve spilled Sambuca all down your shirt and can hear your shoes sticking to the floor.8. The Stocious Drunk Source: TumblrThe key thing about the Stocious Drunk isn’t that they’re unbelievably drunk. It’s that they’re way more drunk than anyone else. Every single office party has someone who mysteriously gets off their face while everyone else is still deciding on beef or chicken.Don’t let it be you, because the next day you will wake up with the worst fear of your entire life. The worst. Source: BeanscdnHappy Christmas party season, everybody!12 people who were defeated by the 12 pubs of Christmas>The greatest Christmas tree in Ireland has been found>last_img read more

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Renewed appeal for man missing from Kinsealy since last October

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE RENEWING their appeal for a man who has been missing for more than three months.Andrejs Maisaks was last seen leaving his home at Birchdale Close, Kinsealy Court, Kinsealy, Dublin on Monday 21 October 2013.The 32-year-old is described as 6ft  in height and of slight build with fair hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing a red and brown-coloured light jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 666 4700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Gardaí seek information on man missing from Kinsealy>last_img read more

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Glasnevin historian Shane MacThomais dies

first_imgUpdated 12.32Shane MacThomais surveying his beloved Glasnevin Cemetery in 2010. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images archive.SHANE MACTHOMAIS, the high-profile resident historian for Glasnevin Cemetery, has passed away.MacThomais’s entertaining and knowledgeable tours of the largest non-denominational graveyard in the country made him a popular figure among visitors and staff alike, and he was a regular voice on radio and in articles about the history of Glasnevin/Prospect Cemetery.Glasnevin Trust confirmed to TheJournal.ie this morning that MacThomais had died suddenly yesterday. His body was discovered at Glasnevin Cemetery at around noon. He was just 46 years of age.George McCullagh, CEO of Glasnevin Trust, told TheJournal.ie that MacThomais first came to the organisation on a FÁS scheme but “stood out – and was with us ever since, man and boy”.McCullagh said:The staff and I are absolutely devastated. He was a colleague but he was also a close personal friend. Shane absolutely loved Glasnevin.He was our star. He is survived by his daughter, mother, sister and brother.Most recently, MacThomais was involved in plans for the refurbishment of the O’Connell Tower, a focal point in the cemetery. The tower was bombed by loyalist terrorists in 1971, knocking out a winding wooden staircase which once reached the windows at the top of the 168ft-structure.In an interview with TheJournal.ie last Christmas, MacThomais said that a new staircase was being built and that he was looking forward to when visitors could once again gain access to the views from the top “to the Wicklow Mountains, up to the Cooleys or Mourne Mountains to the north and across the land to Meath”.MacThomais himself was the first to see those views in decades, scaling the outside of the tower by ladder last year. He shared this picture of his feat with us:Image: Shane MacThomais/Glasnevin Trust.Passionate about chronicling the ‘residents’ and history of Glasnevin and related cemeteries, MacThomais wrote a book in 2012 doing just that. His father Eamonn was also a well-known historian, and had a television series about the history of Dublin in the late 1970s and early 1980s.At the publication of his book published by Mercier Press – entitled, with characteristic humour, Dead Interesting – MacThomais told the Southside People,This has been both a professional and personal journey for me. I grew up surrounded by history through my father so it was a natural progression to do what I’m doing today. It’s nice to be able to carry on the family tradition and that love of history.All proceeds from the book went towards restoration and maintenance of graves in Glasnevin.A feature-length documentary about Glasnevin Cemetery and its history – which features interviews with Shane MacThomais – is currently in post-production.Shane MacThomais (back to camera) is seen here in May of last year giving a tour to Edward, the Duke of Kent. He was showing how the graves of a 1916 Easter Rising Volunteer, Edward Ennis, and a sergeant in the British Army Royal Dublin Fusileers, Patrick Dunne, who both died in 1916, lie side by side in Glasnevin Cemetery. Image: Julien Behal/PA ImagesThis was Shane relaying the tale of the death of Daniel O’Connell inside the crypt at the foot of the O’Connell Tower for Storymap Dublin in 2011:via Storymap DublinBombed staircase in O’Connell Tower at Glasnevin to be rebuilt>last_img read more

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Were ashamed Rome river too dirty for tourists

first_imgTOURIST CRUISES ALONG Rome’s Tiber River have been suspended indefinitely for the first time since they began a decade ago because the waterway has been judged too dirty.“Tourists and Rome residents were expecting navigation for the year to resume at Easter. But we didn’t open out of respect for them,” said Mauro Pica Villa from ‘Rome Boats’, the company in charge of all cruises on the river.“We’re ashamed of the Tiber’s state of abandonment,” he told AFP on Thursday.The river’s tall stone embankments have become grey with pollution, the river banks are strewn with rubbish and homeless people live under the bridges.“The last time the river was cleaned up was in 2008. Everyone can see it since trees along the Tiber are covered in plastic bags and other rubbish every time the river overflows,” which happens several times in a year, he said.Making navigation even more difficult, Pica Villa said, is a 1906 law still in place that classifies the waters of the tiber as “maritime” and not “communal” property meaning Rome city hall is not responsible for the upkeep.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni launched the river cruise services in 2003 and they were initially very successful, selling 40,000 tickets a year.Pica Villa said it was a shame to be suspending the services, which included tours about the history of Rome’s bridges and romantic dinner cruises.The Tiber is Italy’s third longest river and runs 250 miles from the hills of Tuscany to the port of Ostia on the Mediterranean.- © AFP, 2013Great Barrier Reef status as ‘natural wonder of the world’ under threatTourists swim for their lives for 14 hours after boat sinkslast_img read more

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Just 5 per cent of people dont own TVs survey

first_imgAROUND 95 PER cent of people in Ireland own a TV, a new survey says.The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published its Consumer ICT survey for 2013, which surveyed 1500 people nationwide.It found that mobile phones are the most commonly accessed telecommunications services at 97 per cent, while landlines are accessed by 69 per cent of those surveyed. TV ownership stands at 95 per cent, laptop ownership is at 75 per cent and 54 per cent of those surveyed owned a smartphone.Household access to broadband now stands at 78 per cent – including people who receive broadband over mobile devices, excluding smart phonesA third (33 per cent) of those with broadband use it to make video-calls. Over half of those surveyed (53 per cent) have Sky for a TV service, 29 per cent use UPC and 9 per cent use Saorview.77 per cent were satisfied with their landline service and 76 per cent were satisfied with their mobile phone service.When it came to the most important factors when using a telecommunications service, consumers ranked cost and service quality highly.Over half of people said they use a bundle of telecommunications services, while 65 per cent of people living in in urban areas opted for a bundle of services. The most popular bundle is a combination of landline and fixed broadband – but 50 per cent of those surveyed are unaware of the broadband speed they are receiving.Commissioner Kevin O‟Brien saidThe survey reveals that Irish consumers are clearly looking for value for money when choosing a telecommunications service. Household Broadband access is now relatively high at 78 per cent and it is evident that a majority of people regard broadband as a key part of their working, social or educational lives. The survey shows that speed of service is ranked highly by consumers when choosing a service.Read: ComReg to launch its own online test for broadband speeds>last_img read more

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Video shows how police found Boston bombing suspect

first_imgA NEW VIDEO released by State police shows how they found a wounded Boston bombing suspect hiding in a boat in a backyard.The three-minute-long video shows infra-red and heat-seeking footage where the shape of a man’s body can be seen lying in the boat. It also shows what appears to be one or two small explosions occurring at the top of the boat.A vehicle, possibly remote-controlled by police, is seen approaching the boat and lifting the tarpaulin covering it. Across from the vehicle lies a figure, a person who is at that time perhaps the USA’s most wanted man: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings the previous Monday, he and his brother Tamerlan found themselves pursued by police after the shooting of an MIT policeman and a carjacking by the siblings on Friday night.That led to a high-speed chase that culminated in a shootout in Watertown, where Tamerlan, the elder sibling, died. He was shot but reportedly had explosives on his body that he detonated.Watertown police chief Edward Deveau told AFP the siblings had at least six bombs with them while being chased, and that Dzhokhar had driven over his brother as he escaped.Dzhokhar escaped from police but after a long and intense manhunt – during which Boston was effectively put in lockdown, with businesses and schools closed and residents voluntarily keeping off the streets – he was located in Watertown.A local, Dave Henneberry, told police he saw blood on his boat and discovered the teen hiding there in his back garden. This video below shows police helicopter footage of what happened as police tried to get Dzhokhar out of the boat:(LowellSun/YouTube)HospitalAfter his capture, Tsarnaev was taken to a Boston hospital, where he is said to remain in serious condition today. Officials say he is currently unable to answer questions on the devastating attack.AFP reports that authorities are stepping up inquiries into a trip to Muslim regions of Russia taken by his accomplice brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan.The Tsarnaev brothers are the main suspects in the double bomb attack on the Boston marathon in which three people were killed and about 180 wounded.Dzhokhar is under armed guard and counter-terrorism agents trained in interrogating “high-value” detainees are waiting to question him, a law official told AFP.Prosecutors were also at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Cambridge, just outside Boston, working out charges.TrialInvestigators working on the boat in which Tsarnaev was found. Pic: Katie Zezima/AP/Press Association ImagesMedia reports say authorities did not read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to see a lawyer or stay when he was captured, and invoked a special exception for security reasons. That has left US authorities facing tough decisions over how to handle the investigation and any trial, says AFP.Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are among those who have called for the teenager to be declared an “enemy combatant,” which would give him the same status as Guantanamo detainees.The Tsarnaev family are ethnic Chechens who moved to the United States from the former Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan around 2002. Tamerlan’s six month trip to the Russian region of Dagestan last year is said to be of great interest.The FBI has acknowledged that an unnamed foreign government asked for information about Tamerlan in 2011, and that he was interviewed by the FBI but it had found no “derogatory” information.Read: Bostonians celebrate capture of second bombing suspect>Read: Boston police: ‘We’re exhausted, but we have a victory here tonight’>last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #ABORTION: According to the Sunday Times, a number of Fine Gael TDs are planning to force the coalition to abandon planned abortion legislation by building a “critical mass” of deputies and senators to vote against it.The front page of the Sunday Independent also leads with the abortion issue, quoting extensively from recordings of pro-choice Labour politicians.2. #RELATIONS: There will be no Sunday siesta for Taoiseach Enda Kenny today as he is in Spain for meetings with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. He will also deliver a speech entitled, “Rebuilding Europe: How should, can the EU move on after the crisis?”3. #DISASTER: The death toll in the building collapse disaster in Bangladesh is expected to rise from its current 363 as hopes for survivors fade. Workers have described how the complex developed cracks a day before the tragedy but bosses ordered staff to return to the production lines. The two engineers who gave the all-clear after an inspection have been arrested.4. #INTERVIEW: “Do we really need two-and-a-half hours of religion class per week?” That was the question posed by Ruairí Quinn to teachers recently. Earlier this week, the Minister sat down with TheJournal.ie to talk about patronage, college fees and attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.5. #WHO ARE THE BONDHOLDERS? A Sunday Independent investigation has revealed Bill Gates to be a “major Irish bank bondholder” ahead of the financial collapse. He held bonds in Anglo, Irish Nationwide, Bank of Ireland and AIB.6. #MARRIAGE: Despite claims to the contrary by Senator Ronán Mullen and others, there were no formal complaints made to the Constitutional Convention about its recent hearings on same-sex marriage.7. #BANKING: Legislation which will allow for a major inquiry into the night of the bank guarantee is expected in the next ten days, reports Cliff Taylor in the Sunday Business Post.8. #CONFIRMED: Hundreds of sixth-class pupils across the country made their confirmation this month but two schoolchildren from Cork are preparing for an extra-special day as they are in the Vatican, waiting to be confirmed by Pope Francis.9. #JOKES: The unusual tradition of the US President playing stand-up comedian at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner happened last night. What do you reckon, funny or not?(CSPAN)last_img read more

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Analysis Its looking bad for Labour but good for Sinn Féin and

first_imgSINN FÉIN MAY well have done what it has failed to do in elections past, it has got out the vote.In areas that have traditionally suffered from low turn out, voters have come out this time and it looks like many of them have gone for Sinn Féin.To take one example in Dublin, the party has really got out the vote in Clondalkin where it’s on course to exceed the quota and take two seats. Among the Sinn Féin winners is one of the youngest candidates in these elections, 19-year-old Jonathan Graham.The party is also on course for a whopper win in the Dublin European constituency with Lynn Boylan, on 24 per cent according to an RTÉ exit poll, now set to top the poll.Anecdotal evidence from the count centre in Citywest suggests that Boylan is not only topping the poll in areas like Tallaght – where she is originally from – but that Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes is coming in third in his own back yard behind the Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy.The exit poll data shows Hayes on 14 per cent along with Green Party candidate Eamon Ryan. While it had been assumed Hayes would take the second seat, he may land himself in a battle for the third.But Fine Gael’s problems are nothing compared to Labour’s. One party source has descried the tallies from counts so far as “a f**king disaster”.All over the capital it appears the junior coalition party is taking a battering with even Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn in danger of losing his Dublin City Council seat in Rathgar-Rathmines.In the Dublin West by-election, the Labour candidate Loraine Mulligan was never expected to win but she is polling behind the Green Party’s Roderic O’Gorman.All of this is Dublin-focused of course and it’s still very early days, but it is indicative of the anti-austerity vote that’s emerging across the country.Independent and other, small party candidates are performing strongly.LIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014last_img read more

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Thousands attend funeral of murdered teens as Israel mulls military retaliation

first_imgISRAEL HAS PAID an emotional farewell to three teenagers killed in the West Bank, while vowing to hunt down the Hamas militants it holds responsible for their kidnap and murder.The disappearance of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, from a roadside in the southern West Bank on June 12 and the hunt for their kidnappers has gripped the Israeli public, triggering an outpouring of public grief and anger.But the drama drew to a bitter end on Monday when troops uncovered three bodies in a field in the West Bank.All three had been shot in a triple murder blamed on militants from the Islamist Hamas movement.Twenty-four hours later, tens of thousands of mourners from across the country packed into the cemetery in Modiin in central Israel to pay their last respects at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.“I know the pain of mourning. There is nothing worse than that,” said Netanyahu standing by the three coffins, each draped with a blue and white Israeli flag. Family and friends of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers who were abducted over two weeks ago, mourn during their funeral in Modiin. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIsrael has vowed it will exact a high price from Hamas for the murders, but at the funerals there were no calls for bloodshed or revenge.There has never been any credible claim of responsibility for the abductions, and Hamas has described Israel’s accusations as “stupid”.Israel has vowed to hunt down the killers, and the security cabinet was to meet for a second night to discuss how to deal with Hamas, officials said.Netanyahu warned at a defence ministry meeting in Tel Aviv late Tuesday that Israel would expand its bombing campaign against Hamas targets in Gaza, after striking dozens of sites belonging to the group the previous night.The military “has been active in recent days against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip… if need be, we will expand the campaign,” he said, adding that an operation against Hamas in the West Bank would continue in tandem. A Palestinian inspects the damaged family home of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of two Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAlthough Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza hitting 34 targets overnight, nobody was killed and only four people were hurt.Hamas has warned any Israeli attack would “open the gates of hell”.Two Hamas men named by Israel as the prime suspects — Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eishe — remain at large, although troops blew up their homes on Tuesday, witnesses said.Since June 12, Israel has arrested 419 Palestinians, two thirds of them Hamas members, and six Palestinians have been killed in clashes triggered by the operation.Gaza militants have also fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel since June 12, prompting Israel to stage retaliatory air strikes, killing three Palestinians. Palestinians clean the damaged house of Amer Abu Aisheh. Source: AP Photo/Nasser ShiyoukhiNine rockets more rockets struck the south on Tuesday, the army said.London-based rights group Amnesty International slammed Israel’s vast arrest campaign.“The murder of three abducted Israeli teens deserves justice,” it said in a statement.But it said the West Bank operation amounted to “collective punishment of Palestinians” and “blatant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.”Read: Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you’ll open the gates of hell >More: Bodies of missing Israeli teenagers found, defence minister calls for ‘eradication of Hamas’ >last_img read more

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Daily Gift Postcards From Santa

first_imgEvery year, kids across the world mail out letters addressed to Santa head up to the North Pole, but how many kids receive a response from Santa? Could you imagine the look on a child’s face when he finds a postcard from Santa in the mailbox addressed to him. Well, there’s an app for that.The Postcards From Santa app lets you send a real postcard addressed from Santa with your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android device. It’s simple; you pick out a Santa image, chose either a pre-written message or write your own, and enter the child’s name and mailing address,and, viola, a personalized postcard from Santa is on its way. It takes 3 to 5 days to reach U.S. and Canadian addresses and 5 to 14 days to reach the rest of the world. the cards are printed on high quality, thick paper and the images are high resolution with a glossy finish.The app, which USAToday calls a “Top Tech Gift of 2010,” is available in the App Store and the Android Market for free or you can now also make one online with an app like simulator  if you don’t have an Apple or Android device. Each postcard costs $1.99 including postage. So for only the price of that you can dig out of your couch cushions, you can help spread the excitement and spirit of Christmas by sending a personalized gift that a child will remember forever. Or you send one to an adult that’s still a kid at heart or swears to still believe in Santa.last_img read more

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Organizing the bookcase from dull task to awesome stop motion

first_imgThis video proves, once and for all, that making a stop motion video is the most fun you can have when you are alone with your camera. You don’t need any sort of fancy equipment or special skills, you just need a tripod, a camera, and a lot of time.The video above isn’t a technical marvel by any stretch of the imagination, but it is clever and fun to watch. Some great guitar doesn’t hurt at all either.AdChoices广告What I really like about this video is its simplicity. At no time was I wondering how something was done, I was just asking myself how the maker(s) had that patience to do that. But they did, and the effect is quite cool. And all it took as a cheap camera, a keen sense of color, and, of course, a fair bit of time.via buzzfeedlast_img read more

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Geek deals 300 off HP Pavilion dv7 Sandy Bridge

first_imgIf you are in the market for a new desktop replacement, then this looks like the deal for you. The deal pros over at Logic Buy have tracked down a sweet discount on the updated HP dv7 17.3-inch laptop. So what’s so interesting about this deal?It’s $300 off the HP dv7t, which will take this quad-core monster down under $1000. And this isn’t for an old model or something underpowered, it’s for a nicely spec’d system with power to spare. OK, so maybe it’s not for HP’s very slick Envy 17, but you get most of the features and some metal chassis pieces for much less money.So for $949 (with free shipping) you’ll get a quad-core second generation Core i7 processor (Sandy Bridge), 6GB RAM, 750GB of storage, and 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570 (DirectX 11) graphics. And, for good measure, HP threw in Blu-ray. Pretty solid, huh?Get the instructions to buy the dv7 from Logic Buy.last_img read more

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Verizon CFO says tiered data plans coming this summer

first_imgSometimes good things don’t last. That seems to be the case for unlimited data plans on the Verizon Wireless network. Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, dropped the bad news during a webcast of an investor’s conference in which he stated that the wireless carrier would replace unlimited data plans with usage-based pricing.Verizon’s unlimited data plan was a competitive advantage for the company when it launched the iPhone in February. Verizon offered a $30 unlimited data plan with the iPhone compared to AT&T’s $25 data plan which tops out at 2GB a month. AT&T subscribers going over their 2GB monthly allotment automatically get 1GB more for an additional $10.AdChoices广告The announced tiered pricing by Verizon shouldn’t be news to anyone. Back in September of last year, we reported that Verizon’s CEO announced that the carrier would see tiered data pricing within the next four to six months. Clearly, the timing for such a move was delayed possibly due in part to the iPhone launch, but it is clear Verizon is committed to return to its plan of eliminating unlimited data plans.During the investor’s conference, Shammo also hinted that a new version of the iPhone might be around the corner. Though the exact timing for the launch wasn’t given, it seemed clear that Shammo was prepping investors that in conjunction with the launch of a new iPhone the company would take a bit of a hit during the quarter.Besides the financial impact of such a launch, some analysts were concerned about customer backlash as a result of launching the iPhone 4 in February only to launch a new iPhone a few months later. Appeasing these early adopters of the Verizon iPhone may cost Verizon some additional financial impact to a quarter already seeing some strain.Read more at ReutersBrian’s OpinionWhile not entirely unexpected, I must admit I am a bit bummed with the notion that Verizon is going the way of other wireless carriers and eliminating its unlimited data plans. To be fair to Verizon, I understand that continuing to offer unlimited data plans while iPhone adoption grows on the network is unsustainable. It’s safe to assume that we will probably see two to three tiers from Verizon for data plans with the highest one maxing out at 2GB a month.While nobody likes to think of their data usage as a fuel tank that can only be filled up once a month without additional cost, I think many people would be surprised to find out they are nowhere close to 2GB of monthly usage with the unlimited plan they have today. Still, even I don’t like the notion of being fenced in no matter how big the backyard is. Smaller carriers will surely attempt to keep their unlimited data plans as a competitive advantage to AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but everyone should expect that eventually all wireless carriers will go the way of tiered data plans. When that day comes, I guess I will have a story to tell my grandchildren of the wild west days when we were free to roam the Internet on our mobile devices without a care in the world.last_img read more

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