Bundesliga Round 11 HSV better than THW Kiel

In Super Derby match between HSV Hamburg and THW Kiel in the “O2 Arena” in Hamburg in front of 13179 spectators, home team won by 26:25 (12:16). The Champions from Kiel was in lead in the ending stage of the match, but superb Bitter “found” last few balls and brought final advantage to his team. Now, HSV is a leader of the Toyota Handball Bundesliga.HSV Handball: Bitter (12 saves, 1.-24., 45.-60); Sandström (5 saves, 24.-45.) Lackovic 6, M. Lijewski 6, Kraus 4/3, Vori 3, Schröder 2, Jansen 2, Lindberg 2, B. Gille 1, Duvnjak, Flohr, G. Gille, Hens n.e., K. Lijewski n.e.THW Kiel: Omeyer (12 saves, 1.-60.); Palicka n.e.; Jicha 7/1, Ilic 7/3, Ahlm 5, Palmarsson 2, Klein 2, Sprenger 1, Fernandez 1, Kubes, Reichmann, Lundström n.e., Dragicevic n.e.Result: 0:2 (4.), 2:2 (5.), 2:4 (7.), 4:4 (10.), 4:5 (10.), 5:5 (11.), 5:7 (12.), 7:7 (13.), 7:8 (15.), 8:8 (16.), 8:9 (17.), 10:9 (19.), 10:11 (22.), 11:1 (22.), 11:14 (28.), 12:14 (28.), 12:16 (30.) – 13:16 (31.), 13:17 (32.), 15:17 (34.), 15:18 (35.), 16:18 (38.), 16:19 (39.), 17:19 (39.), 17:20 (40.), 18:20 (41.), 18:21 (42.), 20:21 (44.), 20:22 (45.), 21:22 (46.), 21:24 (51.), 23:24 (52.), 23:25 (53.), 26:25 (60.) ← Previous Story Portugal (Round 11): Sporting beat Benfica! Next Story → Polish derby: Kielce conquered Wisla without problems read more

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Mait Patrail the best Estonian handballer in 2010

Left back of Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen and one of the best players on that position among players of his ages, Mait Patrail (22) is voted as the best player of his country in 2010 – Estonia.  Patrail will move to TBV Lemgo next summer and contract deal is already signed.Second place in voting process took Marius Alexejev, goalkepper of Swiss Kriens – Luzern and third is Janar Mägi from second Bundesliga team, EHV Aue. ← Previous Story Celje PL in deep crisis Next Story → Bojinović’s knee injury, problem for Serbia Estonian handballMait Patrail read more

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Nemanja Pribak Serbia Poland has a quality for a gold

← Previous Story WC 2011 – Sweden (Day 2): Easy wins for favorites! Next Story → Problems with the Internet – IHF.info? It would be interesting to heard what playmaker of Serbian national team at WC 2011 in Sweden, Nemanja Pribak (27) told to Balkan-Handball.com about their group and tournament favorites:– In our group clear favorites are Croatia and Denmark. Denmark will have a huge support of their fans. Despite they changed a squad, they have a system and for me, playing the most beautiful handball.  I hope that we can become a surprise of the tournament. For a gold, I expect that it is time for Poland. They didn’t show us full potential, yet.  Polish team has a quality to be the best and maybe this is “that tournament”.Serbia started with a win over Algeria 25:24. read more

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BM Ciudad Real easily won Copa del Rey

← Previous Story Gille brothers two more seasons with HSV! Next Story → Jerome Fernandez to remain in Kiel – Chambery interested? In front of 3000 spectators, without expected rival in the big final of “Copa Del Rey” (King’s Cup), F.C Barcelona (lost against Valladolid), Renovalia Ciudad Real easily beats Cuatro Rayas Valladolid 31:22 (12:12).22. Cuatro Rayas Valladolid (12+10): Sierra; Tvedten (2,1p), Krivocapic, Asier Antonio, Ávila, Víctor Alonso y Eduard Fernández (3) -equipo inicial-, Óscar Perales (2), Gurbindo (8), Davor Cutura (2), Bilbija (5), Rambo y Alexis.31. Renovalia Ciudad Real (12+19): Sterbik, Abalo (3), Lazarov (6,1p), Julen Aguinagalde (2), Cañellas (2), Jurkiewicz (1) y Källman (6) -equipo titular- Hombrados (ps), Viran Morros (2), Dinart, Isasías Guardiola (5), Alberto Entrerríos (2), Davis (1) y Shevelev (1). read more

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Champions League M Barcelona Metalurg and Zagreb win

In the first day of the weekend, the Champions League brought us 4 games in which the favorites won. Barcelona won at home against Kadetten a bit harder than expected, with 33:29. Metalurg Skopje proved too strong for St. Petersburg and made sure their qualification to TOP16 is not accidental, winning 32:19, after a superb played first half with 16:7. In the regional derby, Zagreb won again against Bosna with 26:21 this time, and is trailing Barcelona in the group. In the most intersting game this round, Wisla Plock failed to recover from the HSV defeat, and only played 25:25 at home against Cimos Koper. With 3 games left in the group, Wisla Plock will have defend from possible St Petersburg attack on the 4th place, the point difference between these two being only 2 points. ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg for HP: Denmark can win the Euro 2012! Next Story → Champions League (M): Kielce, Kiel, Kobenhavn with the wins read more

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Swedish Handball Federation invites on Stockholm Pride

Swedish Handball Federation ← Previous Story STRUGA 2016: Metalurg with Steaua – Alingsas with Africans and Chartres Next Story → RIO 2016: TOP 10 handball stars which you won’t see in Brazil! The Swedish Handball Federation continues to work on the field of “sports for all”. SHF invites all their membership to join the Stockholm Pride on July 30.“We encourage participation and hope to districts, clubs, teams, players, coaches, referees, parents, elected officials – in short, all the handball family – want to come and join with us in the parade. Together we create a sport for all”, writes in SHF announcement.Swedish NT captain Tobbias Karlsson wanted to play with “rainbow” captain bandage at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, but he couldn’t… read more

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Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest against driving ban

first_imgSAUDI ACTIVISTS  SAY more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call today to get behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female driving.Saudi professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven. She said they have no way to verify the messages.No arrestsIf the numbers are accurate, this year’s campaign is the most successful effort yet by Saudi women demanding the right to drive. Youssef said they have not received any reports of arrests or women being ticketed by police.A security official said that authorities did not arrest or fine any female drivers today.However, there have been a few roadblocks along the way.Youssef said she and four other prominent women activists received phone calls this week from a top official with close links to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, warning them not to drive today.She also said that “two suspicious cars” have been following her everywhere all day. “I don’t know from which party they are from. They are not in a government car,” she said.LawsThough no specific Saudi law bans women from driving, women are not issued licenses. They mostly rely on drivers or male relatives to move around.Powerful clerics who hold far-reaching influence over the monarchy enforce the driving ban, warning that breaking it will spread “licentiousness.” A prominent cleric caused a stir when he said last month that medical studies show that driving a car harms a woman’s ovaries.The kingdom’s first major driving protest came in 1990 when some 50 women drove their cars. They were jailed for a day, had their passports confiscated and lost their jobs. In June 2011, about 40 women got behind the wheel in several cities in a protest sparked when a woman was arrested after posting a video of herself driving.The atmosphere appeared more tolerant this year and state newspapers for the first time have run near daily commentary on the issue. Reforms made by the monarchy since the last 2011 driving campaign may have readied the deeply conservative nation for change.Changes include allowing women to sit on the national advisory council and a decision by King Abdullah to permit women to vote and run in municipal elections in 2015.Deputy editor-in-chief of the state-backed newspaper Saudi Gazette, Somayya Jabarti, said she envies her male co-workers who can jump in their cars and leave the office while she has to coordinate ahead of time for a driver or relative.“The struggle is more that people should have the option to choose,” she said. “The logo of this current driving campaign is that women’s driving is a choice. ” Saudi man dies of MERS virus, bringing death toll to 41>So, Saudi Arabia has changed when its weekend is>last_img read more

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900 kilos of cocaine €70k and luxury watches found in floating backpacks

first_imgSPANISH POLICE SEIZED cocaine in an undersea smuggling operation off the coast of Valencia.Officials found 900 kilos of cocaine hidden inside 37 floating backpacks.The bags were fitted with a tracking and flotation device, that kept them below the water’s surface but prevented them from sinking.Police said the packs were used to smuggle the drugs along the Mediterranean coast to southern Spain, which is a popular spot for tourists.Five arrests were made.Police also netted cash about €70,000, three vehicles and a boat.Jewellery and luxury watches were also impounded.last_img read more

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What happened on the furious phone call between Sean Quinn and Anglo

first_imgTHE TRIAL OF three senior executives at Anglo Irish Bank has heard details of an angry phone call between Sean Quinn and bosses at the bank, just hours before a plan began to end the holding he had built up in the bank.During the phone call Quinn told the bank he did not want to go ahead with the plan which would see him getting rid of the financial instruments which had built up his ownership in the bank.Quinn remained optimistic that the share price in the bank would recover and the plan wouldn’t have to go ahead, the former CEO of the Quinn Group Liam McCaffrey told the court this afternoon.The conversation was “angry and difficult”, McCaffrey said, and ended either when David Drumm of Anglo walked out or when Sean Quinn hung up the phone.McCaffrey said Anglo told Quinn that he had needed to go ahead with the plan, which had been put together as the share price in the bank cratered.“They… were saying if you don’t [do this] then we have a major, major problem here,” said McCaffrey.The conference call in question took place on the day in which the unwinding of the contracts for difference began in July 2008, the prosecution said.McCaffrey said the conference call was between himself, Sean Quinn, and finance director Dara O’Reilly for the Quinn Group with CEO David Drumm on the Anglo side, along with accused Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer, he said. He believed Matt Moran may have been on the call too.McCaffrey told the court that he and Quinn had met with Sean FitzPatrick and David Drumm of Anglo at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan in September 2007, ten months earlier.McCaffrey said this was the first time that the Anglo bosses had been told about the level of Quinn’s holding in the bank through contracts for difference (CFDs), which now stood at 24 per cent.McCaffrey said they were concerned at the level of it “and somewhat surprised”.The discussion moved on to what Quinn’s intention was to do with the holding and he told the Anglo bosses that it was purely an investment which he would unwind if there was some recovery in the share price.McCaffrey was the fifth witnesses out of around 103 who are due to appear in the trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, which is in its second day.Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones,  Pat Whelan of Malahide, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – to buy shares in the bank in 2008last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img[Shutterstock](Sorry, Saturday night sign-offs should probably be a little cheerier. But it’s a really interesting story.) NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…[Sam Boal/Photocall]IRELANDTD Patrick Nulty resigned from the Dáil.Peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy (above) left prisonA man appeared in court over the Jean McConville caseDelegates attended the Fianna Fáil Ard FheisA man was assaulted in Cork city centreThere was an appeal over a gunpoint robberyAnd a separate appeal over a violent kidnapA freak hailstorm caused crashes on the M8There was a bomb alert in TallaghtThe Data Commissioner spoke about the garda PULSE system PARTING SHOTWhat on Earth is a ‘death café‘?… Don’t worry, it’s not as terrifying as it sounds. [Guardian]center_img Gay Byrne had some things to say about the Garda CommissionerAnd Dubliners paid tribute to BO’D and a Man of God.WORLDAn Ukrainian serviceman opens a gate at the Novofedorovko military base, as a Russian armoured personnel carrier waits outside [Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images]#CRIMEA Russian forces took control of a Ukrainian base in Crimea, while another base was stormed by protesters.#PLANE: Chinese officials believe a large floating object spotted in the Indian Ocean could be related to the missing Flight MH370.INNOVATIONGoogle is sick of hearing people complain about Google Glass, apparently… [Huffington Post]On the lookout for a new music app? There’s more than just Spotify on offer, you know…last_img read more

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Selfdeclared property tax valuations to be returned by end of May

first_imgTHE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has announced further details of how the new property tax will be levied – including details of the deadlines by which declarations of the value of a home will have to be returned.Revenue has this morning confirmed that the value of the tax to be paid this year will be based on the self-assessed value of a home on May 1 – with paper filing of returns due by May 7, and online filing due by May 28.The National Property Price Register and current property sales listings have been recommended as a way for householders to estimate the current market value of their homes.Revenue also hopes to publish an online interactive guide to indicate prospective property prices at its website, www.revenue.ie, this weekend.Revenue chairwoman Josephine Feehily this morning said there may be some initial errors in the rollout of the charge, as it does not have any existing comprehensive record of properties in the country, meaning a “small minority” of households may have forms posted to them in error.“This could occur, for example, where a son or daughter paid the Household Charge on behalf of a parent and the Household Charge system connected the property to the payer rather than the owner,” she said.Householders who receive a mail from the Revenue on the charge, but who are not the owner of the property being referred to, have been advised to contact Revenue immediately so that the property’s true owner can be contacted instead.“An essential feature of self-assessment is the presumption of honesty – the same as all other taxes.  When we say where Revenue’s guidance is used honestly we will accept the valuation submitted we mean just that.”Finance minister Michael Noonan has previously indicated that householders who underdeclare their value of their homes, in order to reduce their tax liability, will be forced to pay arrears tax if the house is sold on.The purchaser of a new property will be obliged to inform the Revenue Commissioners if the price they paid for the home is significantly less than the Revenue’s valuation – which will be part-determined by entries to the National Property Price Register – in order to avoid extra liabilities themselves.Read: Tánaiste defends changes to maternity benefit, property taxMore: This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like…last_img read more

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Opinion Ryan Giggs is hanging up his boots – its truly the

first_imgI USED TO take solace in constants. The sun would rise. The rain would fall. And Ryan Giggs would play for Manchester United. So now that he’s announced his retirement… well. There’s significant restructuring to be done. I need new constants. Ryan Giggs has called it a day. I am officially old.Hyperbole aside, football fanatics and pop culture enthusiasts alike may well feel that Giggs hanging up his boots marks the end of an era, which is curious because his emergence, all the way back in 1991, marked the end of an era too.Ryan Giggs was arguably the first of the celebrity footballers, a brave pioneer with fabulous bone structure in a world previously reserved for bouffant rock stars and toothy actors. Up to his debut there were footballing heroes, of course – Pele, Best, Maradona… uh, Vinnie Jones – but Giggs was the first of the footballers-as-mass-market-sex-symbols, a prodigious talent with prodigious cheekbones. His entrance heralded the final days of an age when footballers could be great sportsmen without also needing to be great brands, coinciding with the rise of the Premier League and Murdoch’s reimagining, on a grand scale, of football as entertainment. Pre-Cristiano Ronaldo, Pre-Ljungberg, Pre-Beckham… pre Liverpool’s Spice Boys, even: Ryan Giggs was a whole new world. Ryan Giggs was all thatOK, so he shared a little of the limelight with teammate Lee Sharpe and rival Jamie Redknapp, but neither commanded the same level of attention. Sharpe was plagued by injuries, and Redknapp was stigmatised as holding a key role in an underperforming team, while Giggsy wowed the commentators, enthralled the fans and dampened the gussets of a generation. It was partly down to his modesty, partly to his rootsy Manc accent (the Welsh lilt having been knocked out of him years before), partly to Alex Ferguson’s insistence that he was a super special snowflake who needed minding, to the extent that a frustrated media dubbed him “the cotton-wool kid”.It was significantly down to his looks, which meant his visage was particularly suited to commercial endorsements and Smash Hits posters, and attracted a celebrity girlfriend or two. And it was overwhelmingly down to his talent: his balance, his speed, his ridiculous twisting and turning on United’s left wing, his impeccable temperament. That would have earned him his status as a legend even if he’d looked like Peter Beardsley, but the inescapable early-‘90s fact was that Ryan Giggs was all that and a bag of chips.Due in no small part to Fergie’s efforts, Giggs escaped his teen-dream phase unscathed. He settled on the fans’ pedestal, safe in the knowledge that, barring some David Busst-level injury, he would remain a remarkable footballer. He wasn’t always consistent (remember his Samson moment? He shaved his head and temporarily forgot how to play), but his longevity is legendary, deservedly so.Knocked off his pedestal?And then out of the blue he fell victim to the Streisand Effect, got himself into a heap of trouble with a superinjunction, and was revealed to have had a torrid affair with glamour model Imogen Thomas. We didn’t even have time to scoop our jaws from the floor before it was revealed he was also doing a line with his little brother’s wife. Up to this point, the suggestion that the saintly Ryan Giggs could have even contemplated such a thing would have been met with howls of derision. Ryan Giggs? His brother’s wife? RYAN GIGGS? The tabloids might as well have revealed an evil wizard had turned him into a literal bag of chips.The interesting thing here is not that the public knocked Giggs off his pedestal, because generally, having an affair with your brother’s wife is the kind of thing people get upset about. It’s not the way he handled it (with stone-cold silence; Fergie would have been proud), or how his family reacted (brother Rhodri seems to be softening, but dad Danny Wilson continues to utilise the tabloids to pitch bitter insults at his first-born). It’s how quickly fans and pundits shelved the misdemeanour, and how that epitomises idealised celebrity: come for the fireworks, stay for the talent.Celebrity should be no more than a spotlight shone on the extraordinary.There are those, of course, who would argue that athletes have no place on the celebrity carousel, though such a stance seems ill-informed to the point of naivety in a world where David Beckham’s wedding was covered by OK Magazine and every second student flat sports a print of Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over Sonny Liston. And it’s in our nature to be fascinated by idiosyncrasies and shortcomings; we want to worship athletes’ abilities, but identify with their humanity. We project onto them our hopes and dreams – and perhaps there’s no sport quite as emotionally charged as football, especially in a culture where your team becomes an extension of yourself.All that remains will be actual achievementsCelebrity, though, is fleeting. At the end of Giggsy’s time in the sun we’re left with pundits arguing about whether he deserves his plaudits, and whether his record commands inclusion in Man Utd’s G.O.A.T line-up… which is exactly how it should be. Celebrity, and its downsides – intrusion, personal criticism, pressure to conform to the beau ideal – will melt away, and all that remains will be actual achievements. And perhaps a bawdy joke or two about “keeping it in the family”.In the 23 years since Ryan Giggs made his first-team debut, football has been transformed. The current landscape is one in which Jose Mourinho can complain about peacock players who care more for the money then the glory, and Yaya Touré can (hilariously) make headlines because he thinks his birthday cake wasn’t impressive enough. And so Ryan Giggs’ retirement demonstrates a fitting – and significant – lesson. When all is said and done, no one’s going to care who you had affairs with or which designer you favoured. All they’re going to remember is how good you were, and Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English football, was very, very good.Read more of Lisa McInerney’s columns here >Read:  Alex Ferguson praises ‘amazing servant’ Ryan GiggsRead:  19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legendlast_img read more

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Manila isnt happy that Dan Brown called it the gates of hell

first_imgNOVELIST DAN BROWN’S description of Manila as “the gates of hell” in his latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.‘Inferno’, which is being sold in the Philippines, describes a visitor to the city who is taken aback by poverty, crime and prostitution.The chairman of metropolitan Manila, Francis Tolentino, wrote an open letter to Brown on Thursday, saying that while ‘Inferno’ is fiction, “we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis.”Tolentino objected to the “gates of hell” description, and to Manila being defined by what he calls terrible descriptions of poverty and pollution.He said that the novel fails to acknowledge Filipinos’ good character and compassion.“Truly, our place is an entry to heaven,” Tolentino said. “We hope that this letter enlightens you and may it guide you the next time you cite Manila in any of your works.”Brown’s publisher, Doubleday, declined to comment when contacted.‘Inferno’ is already a best-seller, a little over a week since its debut. The story, drawn partly from Dante’s epic, again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist for Brown’s previous blockbusters ‘Angels and Demons’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’.In the book, Langdon’s companion depicts Manila as a city of “six-hour traffic jams, suffocating pollution, horrifying sex trade.”“I’ve run through the gates of hell,” she said.It’s not the first time that authorities have been angered by an unflattering description of the sprawling city of some 12 million people, where urban shanties and the homeless exist side by side with glitzy shopping malls and walled residential compounds.In 1999, then-President Joseph Estrada banned Hollywood actress Claire Danes, who shot the movie ‘Brokedown Palace’ in Manila, from entering the country after she said in an interview that the city was smelly, weird and full of rats.Estrada was elected mayor of Manila in last week’s elections on a promise to reverse the city’s decay.PHOTOS: Filipino voters hit the polls in vital elections of over 18,000 politicianslast_img read more

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Ireland captain Peter OMahony eager to shut up get out and do

first_imgPETER O’MAHONY HAS been through two training sessions with the Ireland team since he was appointed captain but faced his biggest, to date, this afternoon – the press briefing.The Munster back-row was joined by interim head coach Les Kiss and team manager Mick Kearney at the Tuesday gab with the media. Kiss, keeping the coaching hot seat toasty for Joe Schmidt, congratulated hooker Rory Best on his elevation the Lions squad, while Kearney revealed centre James Downey is on stand-by for injury doubt Stuart Olding.The fourth question was O’Mahony’s first to deal with in his new role and he handled it deftly.He told TheScore.ie, “It’s a huge honour for me and my family. I was delighted to get the call and I was obviously delighted for Bestie to get called into the Lions squad… we all thought he deserved it in the first place and we should have been sending him our text messages of congratulations.“I’m hugely honoured to captain the side over there and it’s an exciting time for the squad. There is a good mix of experience and new blood there… We’ve had two days of training and meetings and have set our stall out with where we want to be and what we want to take out of the tour.”The 23-year-old added, “There are certain things that you have to do that are different (as captain) but, when it comes to being on the pitch, you try to do what you normally do. I won’t be carrying myself any differently.” Incoming Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was at the Carton House training session today. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Once Best was plucked from the Irish squad by Lions coach Warren Gatland,Kiss said O’Mahony was the obvious candidate to lead the squad against the USA and Canada. “It has been noticed from an early age that Peter has this capacity for strong leadership,” he said. “That has shone through with Munster and with the underage stuff with Ireland. It’s a great opportunity for Peter to feel what it is like to take a team on tour and across the water. It is something that won’t sit upon his shoulder with any stress.”His first job as captain came ‘a good few years ago’ (more like 12) when, under legendary Cork Constitution coach Fred Casey, a young O’Mahony led an U-12 team at a tournament in France.Was he required to make any inspirational speeches before leading the troops out to face the hardy 11-year-old French opponents? “At Under 12s,” he replied, “no, probably not. With Schools Rugby, Senior Cup, Munster Schools, Irish 19s – they were probably more of the all-round captaincy, making speeches and stuff.”He added, “Sometimes there are times to talk up and other times you don’t need to say anything when the boys are in the right place. It comes with experience; you get a feel for it.Some people think that, as captain, you have to shout and roar but when you are playing provincial and international rugby you are playing with lads that have probably captained their own provinces… There’s a time and a place where you need to have a word but there’s a time and a place where you need to shut up, and get out, and do it.”Kiss declared that every player will be under observation to assess ‘how they handle’ the summer tour and Test-match pressure. O’Mahony is already looking beyond the summer matches. “There are 20 Tests before the World Cup, ” he said. “That’s not too many. It’s less than a Rabo season.”O’Gara tipped return to Munster after coaching Racing Metro and SextonVIDEO: Lions O’Driscoll and Warburton let the Aussies hear them roarlast_img read more

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Poll Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official

first_img Poll Results: A FREEDOM OF Information (FOI) request to access a ‘secret diary’ kept by a government minister of official meetings has been denied.The application by the Sunday Times follows the Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte revealing that he keeps such a diary as some meetings are of a ‘commercially sensitive’ nature.The minister told RTÉ Radio 1 that he does this “deliberately” and “to prevent the contents being released under FOI”. Other meetings are recorded in a digital diary, which can be accessed.We want to know what you think: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings? I don’t know (163) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img No (2214) Yes (996)last_img read more

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We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or

first_imgSinn Féin deputy Doherty said that Ireland was unique in the western world in having no left-wing media and criticised its role in the collapse of the economy.Corruption has been “endemic and systemic” under governments of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, he said, adding that the political culture will change when these two parties are not in government.He continued: “We are on the cusp of something that has never been achieved — a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.”While not naming him, the Donegal South West deputy also hit out at Phil Hogan as “a person who embodies what is wrong with our political culture”.Sunday Business Post deputy editor Pat Leahy said that while most people would acknowledge that this government is better than the last one it has not changed the way we do politics.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the MacGill Summer School in Glenties First published 12.17pm Stephen Donnelly: Nobody takes the Dáil seriously… including TDsMore from MacGill: Michael McDowell doesn’t think much of the government’s plans to reform the guards Catherine Murphy: Instead of fixing the system we’re on a never ending merry go round of fixing problems #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Doherty: Many of institutional failings have only been exposed when courageous individuals have spoken out #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/7ZmwKZeAdr— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Murphy says govt controls Dáil agenda funding of politics makes it difficult to see new party emerge #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/oCPRP5DIN1— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Lucinda Creighton: The cronyism that existed in Fianna Fáil for over a decade is as prevalent as ever in the current government. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 In her contribution, independent TD Catherine Murphy said that while the country and its people have a reputation for being “the fighting Irish” we are political “a fairly passive lot” and tend to be reactive rather than proactive citing the recent medical card controversies. ‘Visionary change’The Dublin South-East deputy praised former taoisigh Sean Lemass and Garret FitzGerald for driving through “visionary change”.She praised the Green Party for pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions when no other parties were talking about climate change and the defunct Progressive Democrats for changing the debate on taxation and expenditure.On the ongoing talk of a new political party, Creighton said “the conditions for fundamental change exist”, adding: “The questions are who, when, what?”“Those people must soon stand up and be counted.  Ireland deserves better and the window of opportunity will not be there forever,” she said. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter ‘Snobbery’“We articulate the need for radical reform but want it delivered through conservative entities,” she said, pointing out that only two per cent of Irish people are members of political parties.She said the recent local election results, which saw independents get 28 per cent, demonstrated that people have a new freedom on how to vote. The Kildare North deputy criticised the “snobbery of how the independent vote was analysed” by some commentators, adding: ”It was seen as a problem.” Updated 1.25pmLUCINDA CREIGHTON HAS said that the “window of opportunity” for a new political party will not be there forever as she again hit out at the government’s failure to reform the political system in Ireland.In a speech on political culture at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties this morning, the Reform Alliance deputy claimed that the same level of “political cronyism” that once existed in Fianna Fáil remains prevalent today.Speaking to journalists after this morning’s session, Creighton said it was important that people who are involved in and have an understanding of politics get involved in any new political movement.Creighton said that “people need to start thinking about organising and preparing” for the next general election which could be sooner than 2016 and said this “maybe” could include her.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said that Ireland is on the cusp of something that has never been achieved: a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.“Political culture will only change when politics changes – when we break to strangle hold of the establishment parties on the governance of the state,” Doherty told the audience in his home constituency.Creighton criticised the political culture in Ireland saying it “provides an easy and convenient means of excusing much of what characterises the very worst of Irish officialdom” saying it becomes too easy to blame “the prevailing political culture”.She said: “The link between ideas and electoral outcomes no longer seems to have any place in Irish elections.  Politics has been reduced to a game of personalities and seat numbers.”last_img read more

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Activision delivers cease and desist to Skylanders tinkerer

first_imgOne of the more clever things about the rising Skylanders game franchise is the models you need to play the game. Not only does is re-ignite the urge to “collect ’em all” but it also binds experience and items to the individual models. When graphing calculator tinkerer Brandon Wilson discovered that the Skylanders communicate with the base that comes with the game via RFID, he decided to do a little bit of looking to see how that worked. Like any of his other digital projects, he posted the notes of his existing research on his website. Days later, Wilson was greeted with a letter from Activision demanding he cease all of his research and remove his work immediately. Too often in the tech sphere does the mighty take down notice get used incorrectly to scare those who behave in a way that a company doesn’t approve. Often times there’s not a real legal leg to stand on, but the fear inspired by the letter is enough to get the content in question removed. Brandon Wilson was greeted at the front door of his home, moments after coming home from work, by a hand-delivered cease and desist letter from Activision’s legal council [PDF]. The letter accused Wilson of violating the anti-circumvention provisions section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by attempting to publishing data that would allow others to decrypt and circumvent the RFID encryption that protects the data on the Skylanders models. The end result of this, according to Activision, would be to change the stats and equipment of the Skylanders without actually playing the game. Or, potentially, use something a little smarter than a Skylander model to allow the user to switch back and forth between Skylanders they didn’t own. There’s just one slight problem with the accusation in the DMCA notice: almost every accusation fails to apply to Wilson in any way. In his response to the notice, along with his statement of compliance, Brandon Wilson points out that none of the examples pointed out in the take down notice, including a link to a website where Wilson supposedly published his findings, aren’t his work at all. Wilson continues to note that the only thing he had was a zip file with the file dump from one of the Skylanders, which wasn’t made publicly available and wasn’t announced when it was put on his website. Despite all of that, Wilson removed the information from his website, and replaced them with the take down notice and his response. Wilson commented that since he replied, he had not heard anything from Activision except their acknowledgment of his compliance. A spokesperson from Activision was not available at the time to comment on this situation. I can understand wanting to keep people from “stealing” Skylanders or to keep Skylander information from being tampered with. However, as a parent of a budding Skylanders fan, I would personally like to have rapid access to a list of Skylanders my child owns on my phone. My phone, with its NFC reader that is clearly aware that these Skylanders are something worth playing with, could really benefit from being able to just tap the Skylander to the back of the phone and have it saved to a database app on my phone. As far as I can tell, Activision isn’t planning on doing that anytime soon, so its a good thing they tinkerers like Brandon Wilson who aren’t doing anything wrong can be thanked for their efforts with cease and desist letters.Read more at brandonw.netlast_img read more

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