Bartosz Jurecki critizises Polish phenomen We know our value

← Previous Story Slovenian star, David Spiler about Group D: “Croatia is a “paper favorite” Next Story → Sweden lost the last test – Russian revenge in Malmo EHF EURO 2012 Poland After the 8th place at the World Championship in Sweden, Polish National Team is on his way to Serbia, where in three days will start the EHF EURO 2012. In the “easier part” of the Draw are the team coached by Bogdan Wenta, but handball people think that Poland isn’t same team for 2007 and 2009, when Szmal and Co. won two medals. Line player, Bartosz Jurecki is more optimistic:– It is not the first time that journalists and some of our fans don’t count on us. That isn’t only a situation with Handball, because is that quite common phenomen in Poland.  When someone has success, then we all identify with him. After the defeat puts a cross, not remembering earlier successes. We don’t accept this. We know our value. We have an experienced team, but with increasingly important role of young players. Everything goes in the right direction – said Jurecki for the Polish Time and comment the first rival, home team, Serbia.– I would not overestimate. The first game proves nothing as we know that host team will have a help. We won against Serbs at the World Cup in Sweden with a Karol Bielecki’s goal. We know how to play with them. On Sunday we will be ready – said Jurecki. read more

Wild Card places in EHF Women Champions League given to four teams

After announcing the participants in the Men’s Champions League Wild Card tournament, the European Handball Federation (EHF) has announced the teams that will participate in the Women’s Wild Card Tournament in which the winner will be playing in the Champions League Group Phase. These teams are Tertnes HB Elite (NOR), Viborg HK (DEN), Fleury Loiret HB (FRA) and RK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO). ← Previous Story HC Metalurg, Wisla Plock, Pick Szeged and Montpellier got Wild Card Next Story → Chekhovski Medvedi does not apply for EHF Champions League, club on verge of closure EHFeuropean handball federationfleury loiretrk lokomotiva zagrebtertnes hb eliteViborg HK read more

Torsten Jansen to Kiel after 12 years in Hamburg

THW Kieltorsten jansen German left wing Torsten Jansen has no plan to end his career even the member of the golden German generation from 2007 is 38! Legendary member of HSV Handball, after 12 years in Hamburg decided to accept the offer from Kiel. He will stay among Zebras until summer 2016 since he declined offer to become a youth coach in HSV. ← Previous Story Serbian No.1 Miroslav Kocic to Besiktas MOGAZ! Next Story → Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar!

Chat with the EHF FINAL 4 stars live on HandballPlanetcom

← Previous Story Roland Mikler and Mate Lekai extend in Veszprem until 2019! Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev before kick-off: My players are winners! On the Friday before the VELUX EHF FINAL4,  ‘Google Hangout with the Stars’ will be organized by EHF Media team.The event will be hosted by Tom O’Brannagain and he will be joined for the 30-40 minute show by Niclas Ekberg (THW Kiel), Jesper Noddesbo (FC Barcelona), Ivan Cupic (KS Vive Tauron Kielce) and Andreas Nilsson (MKB-MVM Veszprem).The hangout will take place in English from 18:15 to 18.45 on Friday, 29 May and will be streamed live from the LANXESS arena in Cologne.You can watch live Tom and his guests on Handball-Planet.com. read more

FFHB sack Alain Portes – Krumbholz leads French ladies

← Previous Story ICELAND LOOKING FOR A NEW COACH: Aron Kristjansson resigns! Next Story → Premier Handball League to become reality in 2019? alain portesFrench handballOlivier Krumbholz The seventh place at the Women’s World Championship 2015 wasn’t in question regarding status of Alain Portes on French NT bench, but a month later, the decision of French Handball Federation was to sack their coach.The former Tunisian NT headcoach, who made a great result with Africans by playing at Olympic Games quarter-finals, will be replaced by former head-coach of the French ladies, Olivier Krumbholz, who will try to reach Olympic tournament via qualification tournament in Metz in March.Decision was based on some “off-court” situations (Portes made the media story about his stolen mobile phone) which happened during and after the tournament concluded with letter of players to the FFHB president and few meetings with the girls. read more

THANK YOU FILIP Jicha retires from professional handball

One of the greatest players of the last decade, 2012 HP WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER, Filip Jicha, announced retirement from professional handball! The 35-years old star from Czech Republic parted ways with FC Barcelona Lassa at the start of the season, as he couldn’t keep the pace with the rest of the team due injury.Jicha, who made his best with TBV Lemgo and especially, THW Kiel, said goodbye to handball community by emotional video in which he did a small recapitulation of his professional road starting from Prague… Filip Jicha ← Previous Story NO MORE 100%: Fuchse Berlin stopped in Hannover! Next Story → TV ARENA SPORT: Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem in January 2018? read more

SHOCK Andrea Lekic doubtful for World Championship 2017

Andrea Lekic ← Previous Story POWERBALL is the newest resurgence of field handball Next Story → Iran appoint Borut Macek for Asian Championship 2018: Our goal is to qualify for WCh 2019 One of the best world’s handball player, Andrea Lekic is doubtful for the upcoming Women’s World Championship 2017, writes Balkan-Handball.com. The 30-years old Serbian playmaker has injured shoulder and will miss next two matches with her club RK Vardar Skopje at the Women’s EHF Champions League.Lekic is already in the Netherlands, where she is going through the process of recovery and special training program.Preparations of the Serbian team start on November 20.Serbia play against Cameroon at the start of the WCh 2017 in Leipzig on December 2. read more

NEW ROLE Mattias Andersson to become goalkeepers coach in Austrian NT

Austrian handball FederationMattias Andersson Mattias Andersson has a chance to finish his proffesional career in big style with SG Flensburg Handewitt next June afterwards, the 39-years old Swedish goalkeeper has already found another job!The Austrian Handball Federation announced agreement with Andersson, who will be responsible for goalkepeers in the national team. Andersson will help domestic goalies like Bauer or Pilipovic to become even stronger part of the squad.We are very positive about Mattias Andersson arrival and looking forward to cooperation with him. He is one of the best goalkeepers of DKB Bundesliga for many years. It is a big thing for the whole Austrian handball – said Austrian NT coach Patrekur Johannesson.Contract is signed until June 2020.PHOTO Copyright: ÖHB/Pucher ← Previous Story Norway to meet Russia for a spot in the semifinals Next Story → Youngster Blomstrand drives Sweden to Hamburg! read more

Hayes says wait and see on Euro election run but Norah Casey

first_imgBRIAN HAYES HAS refused to rule out running in next year’s European elections but has denied that he has been approached by the party leadership about replacing Gay Mitchell in the Dublin constituency.Fine Gael is targeting a high-profile candidate to replace Mitchell who has said he will not contest next May’s election with a number of names in the mix including Hayes.The junior finance minister said he has “no comment because the job I’m doing is the job that I want to do” but said that “obviously someone is road-testing my name for whatever reason but we’ll have to just wait and see”.He told TheJournal.ie prior to the constituency redraw published yesterday: “Obviously the boundaries will come out and the party will have to look at its options.“Quite frankly it’s a long way off in terms of where we are at the moment and the priorities we face in the upcoming budget.”Asked had he had any conversations with party leadership on the issue Hayes said: “No I haven’t, no.”But TheJournal.ie understands that Hayes is one of a number of potential candidates who have been approached and he is considering it. A colleague of Hayes said: “He’s been frank about it with colleagues, he’s considering it.”The selection of Hayes would be popular among the grassroots Fine Gael members in many parts of Dublin but Fine Gael HQ may have concerns about the by-election his departure would create in Dublin South West which Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin would relish.Casey rules out runningBroadcaster, publisher and former Dragons’ Den star Norah Casey whose name, this website understands, has been discussed by the party as a possible contender has firmly ruled out any possibility she might run.“I don’t know where that rumour came from, nothing could be further from my mind… absolutely no way,” she told TheJournal.ie adding she would “never join a political party”.Casey chaired a Fine Gael-organised public meeting on the Seanad referendum in Killiney on Tuesday night but said she stressed to the party beforehand that she wanted to be an independent chair.“I would turn down any party… my own belief is that I shouldn’t need to be elected to contribute to a conversation,” she said, adding: “I’m far too opinionated to be joining a political party.”Others who have been linked to the Dublin candidacy include Senators Catherine Noone and Eamonn Coghlan and former Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí. The lack of name recognition could rule out Noone and Ó Muirí while former former athletics star Coghlan’s lack of political experience may discount him.Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout was also linked to the role but said yesterday she is no longer interested in running.- additional reporting by Daragh BrophyRead: Dublin a three-seater in Ireland’s new-look European constituency mapMore: Senators, rebel TD and Dublin Mayor in running for Mitchell’s MEP seatlast_img read more

RTÉ told to take greater care after complaint over Late Late abortion

first_imgFor this reason, the broadcaster is asked to take greater care when treating human interest aspects of political issues so that the separation between these two types of interviews is adequate and clear for audiences.The watchdog dismissed any claims that the programme contained an incitement to crime.Responding to the complaint, RTÉ said the Late Late Show has interviewed people with interesting personal stories to tell for almost fifty years. It added that the item was not “a discussion about abortion per se” but three tragic personal stories being told.It also argued that Tubridy had “put to them that many members of the public would not accept their decisions to abort their pregnancies and would have the view that the women should have gone through to birth.”RTÉ can understand that Pro-Life supporters might have preferred that the discussion on The Late Late Show should have opened up to deal with wider issues. But this was not how the item was designed, the production team is entitled to determine the limits of the item and in this instance the focus was kept on the personal stories of the contributors. It was simply three women telling their own stories.The broadcaster promised to report objectively and impartially on any measures which are proposed by Minister James Reilly when he addresses the issues arising from the X-Case when an expert group reports this year.“What was broadcast on 20 April was not part of that coverage and to view the interviews as part of any campaign to introduce abortion in Ireland is to misunderstand the nature of the item.”RTÉ refuted all claims that an incitement to commit crime was broadcast, stating that the terminations being discussed took place in the UK where such procedures are legal. “Nothing illegal took place in regard to the three women who featured in the programme,” they concluded.Ireland and abortion: the facts THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland has told RTÉ’s Late Late Show to “take greater care” when dealing with human interest aspects of political issues to ensure there is a clear and adequate separation for audiences.The warning came as the watchdog rejected a complaint over the 20 April show. During the programme in question, presenter Ryan Tubridy interviewed three women who had travelled to the UK for abortions after they were told their babies had fatal foetal abnormalities and were incompatible with life.The complainant believed the Broadcasting Act had been infringed on the grounds that it was not fair to all interests concerned, not objective and not impartial. He also submitted the complaint under section 48 (1)(b) which covers harm, offence, incitement to crime and the authority of the State.The complainant stated that the interviews failed to comply with a statutory requirement that news and current affairs be fair, objective and impartial. He believed the three women were engaged in a campaign to have Irish law changed so abortions could be made available in Ireland and said the interviews were undertaken in a manner to facilitate their objectives.The BAI’s committee rejected the complaint after deciding that the segment “on balance, constituted a human interest rather than a news and current affairs item”. Therefore, the statutory obligations on news and current affairs content did not apply.Although members of the committee agreed that there was an current affairs aspect for the interviews – namely the X-case and the ongoing requests to legislate for it – they concluded that it was appropriate to provide reference to the political context for the personal discussion.However, the BAI also ruled that the separation between the human interest element of the story and the political element “was sufficient, although barely so, to ensure that the item did not constitute news and current affairs.”last_img read more

Poll Would you like to buy Twitter shares

first_img Yes, I’m even considering it (274) Poll Results: No (1135) TWITTER WILL FLOAT on the New York Stock Exchange later today with the share price set at $26.Of the stock available, between 20 and 25 per cent will probably be made available to average punters (as opposed to institutional investors and high net-worth people).What do you think of the move? Would you like to be a part of it? Today, we’re asking: Would you like to buy Twitter shares? Yes, I’m even considering itYes, if I had the moneyNoI’m unsureVoteRead: Meet the Twitter billionaires. (Hint: There’s actually only one.) I’m unsure (506) Yes, if I had the money (692)last_img read more

In pictures Mandelas Irish visits

first_imgSharing a joke (we hope) [Chris Bacon/PA Archive/Press Association Images]Speaking to the media alongside Taoiseach Bertie Ahern [Photocall Ireland]Receiving a Special Millennium Commencement Award at Trinity College, Dublin [Chris Bacon/PA Archive/Press Association Images]2003In 2003, Mandela visited NUI Galway where he was given an honorary degree on the 20 June 2003. In a statement following his passing, Dr Jim Browne, President of the university said: “Madiba has a special place in the affections of NUI Galway staff, alumni and students. Following the tenth anniversary of his honorary conferring, on 20 June 2003, we still cherish vivid memories of the day of his visit.  That day counts amongst the most memorable occasions in the history of our University.”(Mandela at NUIG. Photo courtesy of NUIG)On stage with Bono at Croke Park at the opening of the 2003 Special Olympics [File pool pictures, Steve Humpheys via Photocall Ireland](Youtube: SpecialOlympicsHQ)Read: “He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves”: The world reacts to Mandela’s deathAlso: President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’ 2000With President and Doctor McAleese at  Áras an Uachtarain [Photocall Ireland] NELSON MANDELA PAID his first visit to Ireland just months after being released from his prison cell — in June 1990.He had been awarded the Freedom of Dublin in 1988, and picked up the honour during his summer visit two years later. He would visit twice more: in 2000, when he received an honorary degree from Trinity College; and again in 2003, when he spoke in Croke Park at the opening of the Special Olympics.1990Mandela and his wife Winnie are welcomed to Dublin by Taoiseach Charlie Haughey [Photocall Ireland]At Áras an Uachtarain with President Patrick Hilery [PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images]Mandela with Haughey, Labour leader Dick Spring and MEP Proinsias De Rossa [Photocall Ireland]Crowds celebrate Mandela’s Dublin visit [Photocall Ireland]Mandela addressed the Dáil in the course of the trip. In his opening comments, he apologised to the chamber, saying he had developed “a heavy cold” but that the stirring reception he had received “both from the Government and the people of Ireland has warmed my heart and every vessel in my body”.He went on to say this:The very fact that there is today an independent Irish State, however long it took to realise the noble goals of the Irish people by bringing it into being, confirms that we too shall become a free people; we too shall have a country which will, as the great Irish patriots said in the proclamation of 1916, cherish all the children of the nation equally.The outstanding Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, has written that too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. He spoke thus because he could feel within himself the pain of the suffering that Irish men and women of conscience had had to endure in centuries of struggle against an unrelenting tyranny. But then he also spoke of love, of the love of those whose warm hearts the oppressors sought to turn to stone, the love of their country and people, and, in the end the love of humanity itself.(You can read the full text from the Oireachtas records)last_img read more

Splitting Dublin would be catastrophic for GAA insists county chief

first_imgLIFFEYSIDE GAA CHIEF John Costello says the GAA needs ‘a strong and united’ Dublin.Costello responds, in his annual report, to calls from the likes of Colm O’Rourke to split the county for the good of the Association.“A number of influential media commentators have resurrected the ’divide Dublin’ debate in recent times, most notably Colm O’Rourke who advocated such a move when writing in the Sunday Independent last February,” he writes.“Since then, of course, Dublin have added another senior All-Ireland – a second in three seasons – adding to our recent successes at minor and U21 level. Doubtless, this will fuel a fresh onslaught from the ‘split’ brigade … conveniently forgetting the fact that just one SFC title (in ’95) had been achieved over the 26-year period between 1984 and 2010.“Moreover, to cite population as a reason to break up the county is another red herring. Yes, we have enjoyed great success over the past decade in pushing up juvenile participation rates, identifying our potential future stars and exposing them to improved coaching etc. But the key question is whether we should now be punished for doing so? Besides, there are still large swathes of the city where Gaelic football is seen as the ‘foreign’ sport.“Our best chance of spreading the GAA gospel in these areas is through the Dublin senior team. Would, for example, Team Fingal or Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown have the same magnetic pull?”Costello also argues that splitting Dublin would have a damaging effect on the wider Association.“Finally, never mind how such a change would affect us, how would the rest of the country fare in this supposedly brave new world?” he asks.  ”In terms of gate receipts, TV deals and championship sponsorships, the financial consequences would be severe for Croke Park and be potentially catastrophic for the Leinster Council. The Dublin brand sells so we should be careful what we wish for.”What do you think?– First posted 15.52Football review committee proposes each province starts with eight teams in championshipWhat did the St Vincent’s and Portlaoise managers make of yesterday’s Leinster final?last_img read more

How Roy Keane and Martin ONeill restored our faith in Irish football

first_imgTHIS TIME LAST year, morale surrounding the Ireland football team was arguably at an all-time low.2012 was an unequivocal disaster, with catastrophe after catastrophe reminding people how steeply Irish football has fallen (and other countries have risen) since the not-so-distant days when the team could go to a World Cup and actually enjoy the majority of possession against Spain. Ireland lost four and won two of the six competitive games they played that year, with the victories coming against minnows of international football in Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands. In short, there was virtually nothing to get excited about — a factor underlined by the aggressively unattractive style of football the then-Ireland manager favoured.The standard of the opposition was undoubtedly very high, but it wasn’t the losses in themselves that were so dispiriting. Few people seriously expected Ireland to beat Spain, Croatia, Italy or Germany, but it was the manner of the performances that was so egregious. The complete lack of tactical nous, intelligence and fight that characterised the team’s displays in any game that mattered offended those who insisted the side could be more than just whipping boys for the bigger nations. Whereas the Irish team had also failed to reach the 2010 World Cup under Trap, the conviction with which the team took on France in the second leg of that memorable qualification play-off had generated false optimism for the future.Moreover, Ireland had waited ten years to qualify for a major tournament, yet Euro 2012 felt so downbeat that the average fan would be forgiven for wondering why they even bothered persevering in the first place.The year then ended with a 1-0 friendly loss to Greece. Remember that game? Neither do I — and such reactions were growing increasingly prevalent, as the team and subsequently, the games in which they participated, were disconcertingly deprived of any palpable identity.Consequently, in conjunction with the onset of 2013, the question on many people’s lips was not ‘could we qualify’ but ‘should we care’. After all, the only footballing sin greater than playing in an impossibly dull style is failing to achieve positive results while doing so. The dynamic duo’s first match in charge was a game against Latvia that Ireland won in a relatively impressive fashion, notwithstanding the opposition’s patent lack of quality and questionable motivation levels. Yet just as significant as the performance was the rapturous atmosphere it conjured. Save perhaps the pre-Euro 2012 match against Bosnia, it is hard to recall any home friendly in recent memory that created so much interest and enthusiasm among the supporters — and it could largely be attributed to that one decision to simply appoint these two legends of Irish football to oversee the team’s fortunes.Granted, it’s invariably natural at the end of every year to maintain a positive outlook and hope that the next 12 months will be better, even in the most depressing of circumstances, and especially when it coincides with the onset of a new managerial team. On the other hand though, there remains a lack of any real evidence to support the contention that Keane and O’Neill will improve upon Trapattoni and Tardelli’s modest achievements. Ireland’s subsequent concession of a last-minute David Alaba goal, as they drew 2-2 with Austria, felt like the symbolic moment in which any hope of the team reaching Brazil ended. Even if Trap’s side’s chances weren’t definitively killed until the return fixture against Alaba and co, it served as the demoralising blow from which Ireland were unlikely to recover.Amid the match’s concluding stages, as the team led 2-1 with seven minutes plus stoppage time remaining, Trap opted to bring on Paul Green to replace Shane Long, when most pundits were demanding the introduction of the only player at the manager’s disposal that night capable of keeping the ball — Wes Hoolahan. The decision epitomised the Italian’s innate conservatism, which had worked to a point in the past, yet the luck that Ireland had enjoyed in places like Bari and Moscow previously under the Italian eluded the side on this occasion, with Trap’s already questionable methods severely criticised as a result.YouTube credit: IrishSoccerTeamNewsHis subsequent now-infamous “we are Ireland” post-match interview (see above) came across as a brutal admission of the situation’s hopelessness, when an uplifting rallying cry was imperative. The Italian had generally been praised for the assured and genial manner in which he had dealt with the press, but now that his best-laid plans were finally beginning to fall apart, his previously smooth PR skills were also starting to erode.From thereon in, with Trap finally looking as pessimistic as his playing style, failure felt inevitable, and it was no significant surprise when the team conformed to the incredibly widespread negative expectations with which they were becoming almost irrevocably associated.Thereafter, following Trapattoni’s swift exit owing to the Irish side’s unequivocal failure, caretaker boss Noel King enjoyed a brief but memorable and somewhat fiery tenure in charge. During this time, King at least managed to persuade some of the players that Trap had ostracised to return to the squad, but the results and performances were equally unremarkable for the duration of this fleeting period.The subsequent appointment of Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill, however, was as shocking as it was inspired. Most other realistic alternatives would have been greeted with a yawn and abiding grumbling from skeptics convinced that the team was no longer good enough to properly compete at international level, such was the level of despondency that five years of Trap had prompted.Nevertheless, the decision to pick a respected coach such as O’Neill, alongside arguably both Ireland’s greatest and most talked-about player ever, ensured an immediate feel-good factor greeted their arrival, as any lingering cynicism from the previous regime was drowned out by the wave of euphoria in reaction to this unexpected news. Surely, nonetheless, the nation can be forgiven for ostensibly overreacting as if it were the second coming — excitement, in relation to the team, had been at a premium for over half a decade, after all. Yet in spite of the feeling of mass apathy that the team routinely inspired, the year actually began in a somewhat promising fashion. The 2-0 friendly victory over Poland, in which Wes Hoolahan was finally given a chance under Trapattoni (the Norwich midfielder rewarded him in turn by scoring the team’s second goal), was at least a minor case in point.Hoolahan then again featured as a substitute against Sweden away, as Ireland secured a credible 0-0 draw and arguably deserved better on the basis of their encouraging performance. Nevertheless, this was the last real hint of (typically short-lived) optimism under the Italian. However, just as this time last year, Irish fans will have hoped that the 6-1 loss to Germany was just an aberration, and that qualification for Brazil was still an eminent possibility, this year fans will be eager to overlook how ordinary the team appeared against any semi-decent opposition in the past few months and remain hopeful that MONKeano can renew the spirit and results of the side’s glory years.With 23 places now available at the next Euros (in addition to France, who automatically qualify as hosts), the least Ireland should therefore be hoping for is qualification and an avoidance of the type of humiliation suffered in the summer of 2012 — especially by the standards of their two notoriously perfectionist coaches. Fans, naturally, will accordingly be optimistic that nothing will happen to change this perception in 2014.Is such a mindset a little overly expectant? Possibly, but with Keane and O’Neill — two men who have spent the majority of their careers overachieving — at the helm, we can afford to dream a little, can’t we?13 of the biggest football bloopers from this year>How Jose Mourinho and Mario Rosenstock pranked Damien Duff>last_img read more

Japan will not stop hunting whales says minister

first_imgJAPAN’S FISHERIES MINISTER has said the country will not stop hunting whales, despite fierce criticism from other countries and violent clashes at sea with militant conservationists.“I don’t think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in an interview.Hayashi, who took the ministerial post overseeing the country’s whaling programmes in December, said the criticism of the practice is “a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture”.Japan uses a loophole in an international ban on whaling that allows for lethal scientific research on the mammals, but it makes no secret of the fact that the mammals ultimately end up on menus.Tokyo defends whaling as a tradition and accuses Western critics of disrespecting its culture. Norway and Iceland are the only nations that hunt whales in open defiance of a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.Australia and New Zealand voice outrage over Japan’s annual expeditions in the Southern Ocean, which the International Whaling Commission considers a sanctuary for the ocean giants.The anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has chased the Japanese fleet hunting whales off Antarctica for several years in an attempt to stop the mammals being slaughtered.Japanese whalers and the militant conservationists have frequently been involved in dangerous clashes in icy waters off Antarctica. In the latest clash on Monday, each side accused the other of ramming its vessels.- © AFP, 2013Photo: Killer whales trapped in sea ice > Photos: Just some dolphins and whales hanging out off Wexford >last_img read more

Should Alan Shatter resign over points furore No insists the Taoiseach

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has mounted a loyal defence of Alan Shatter, insisting that his justice minister has no reason to consider resigning over the Mick Wallace penalty points affair.The leaders of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group all used today’s Leaders’ Questions to challenge Kenny on whether he supported Shatter’s decision to reveal confidential Garda information about Wallace on a live TV broadcast.Kenny said the purpose of Shatter’s comments was to undermine Wallace’s argument about the application of Garda discretion in having penalty points terminated, and not offences themselves.Fianna Fáíl’s Micheál Martin said the use of “private information, supplied to Minister Shatter by the Gardaí, and used in a debate to undermine a political opponent” created a “threatening innuendo”.“If you question us too much, we’ll get you,” Martin imagined, before referring to Shatter’s own criticisms of then-minister Willie O’Dea in 2010 when the latter used confidential information to attack an opponent.“It’s outrageous for you, here, to make a claim or an insinuation, that the Minister for Justice is going around collecting files on members of this house,” Kenny retorted, insisting the information disclosed by Shatter “was relevant to the argument being made by Deputy Wallace”.Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams also questioned whether Shatter should be asked to resign, saying: “If it’s good enough for Willie O’Dea, it’s good enough for your Minister for Justice and this government.”“The answer to that question is no,” Kenny briefly rebutted.John Halligan, representing the Technical Group, said Shatter’s use of privileged information on national TV “represents a threat to every citizen” – and said Kenny’s support of Shatter was an instruction that every other minister could act similarly in disclosing confidential information as they saw fit.Kenny said questions on the issue would be better addressed to Shatter himself, who is to attend the Dáil after 6pm this evening to make a statement and take questions on the issue.The Taoiseach repeatedly said he welcomed Wallace’s own admission that the incident in question – where Wallace was stopped by Gardaí in Dublin last year for using a mobile phone while driving, but was not issued with penalty points for doing so – while Wallace was seen to shake his head.Read: Shatter to face questions in Dáil over Wallace rowlast_img read more

Convict captured after 41 years by facial recognition technology

first_imgCONVICTED ARMED ROBBER Ronald Dwaine Carnes eluded authorities for nearly 41 years after escaping from a North Carolina prison.But with the help of facial recognition technology, investigators say he’s been caught living in northeastern Iowa under the identities of two 5-year-old boys who died in the 1940s.Carnes, 69, was set to appear  today in federal court in Iowa to face weapons, identity theft and Social Security fraud charges in one of the most extraordinary fugitive cases Iowa investigators can remember.They say Carnes spent decades underground after escaping from a now-closed prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973.“It’s kind of odd to have somebody be able to survive that many years without being detected,” said Paul Steier, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s bureau of investigation, which helped crack the case. “He had basically started a new life.”All along, Carnes apparently used the identities of Louie Vance and William Henry Cox as he traveled from Chicago to Georgia to Washington state to Iowa, according to a complaint filed Monday.He convinced the Social Security Administration to grant him disability and retirement benefits under both names for years.But after moving into a modest brick home in Waterloo, Iowa, last year, investigators say a mistake and new technology ended his long run from justice.Facial recognition software, used by the Iowa DOT since 2008, flagged Carnes’ photo after he applied for a license in Vance’s name in March. The smiling face appeared to be the same man — black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and trim, with a mustache and the same large mole or birthmark on his forehead — who had obtained an Iowa license last year under Cox’s name.Investigators soon determined the individual was using the Cox and Vance identities to receive Social Security benefits. Disability payments meant for Cox started in 2003, while retirement benefits intended for Vance began in 2009. They were being deposited into a Boeing Employees Credit Union Account opened when Carnes lived in Washington. But authorities didn’t yet know who was behind the apparent scheme.Investigators served a search warrant at Carnes’ Waterloo home in April, where they found birth certificates for Vance and Cox and other documents suggesting he was really Carnes, according to court documents.By his bed they found ammunition and a .380-caliber pistol, the same model found near Carnes’ vehicle when he and an accomplice were arrested in the 1970 armed robbery of a female convenience store clerk in Winston-Salem, the documents said.Carnes was arrested in April following the warrant, and a fingerprint match soon verified his true identity, investigators say.Relatives of Cox and Vance, meanwhile, told investigators that both were 5-year-old boys when they died in accidents seven decades ago, according to an affidavit signed by agent Juston Jennings of the Social Security Administration. Cox, born in Denver, died in 1949. Vance, born in Ruleville, Mississippi, died the previous year.Carnes was three years into a 20-year sentence when he escaped from the Mecklenburg Correctional Center. The escape is so old that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety doesn’t have any details about what happened, and the prison has been closed 16 years, agency spokesman Keith Acree said.The month after Carnes escaped, someone applied for a Social Security card in Chicago for Vance, according to Jennings’ affidavit. In 1979, the Social Security Administration assigned a Social Security number for Cox. Carnes had also obtained a Georgia driver’s license in 1999 under Cox’s name, the affidavit said.County prosecutors in Iowa dropped charges against Carnes on Thursday to allow federal prosecutors in the state to take the lead. Carnes has been jailed without bond since his arrest.North Carolina officials will only seek Carnes’ extradition for the escape after he completes any federal prison time that results from the case, Acree said. A public defender representing Carnes didn’t return a message.The arrest surprised retired attorney Robert Sapp in North Carolina, who represented Carnes on the 1971 appeal of the robbery conviction but doesn’t remember details.“Wow,” he said. “If he was doing what they said he did, I hope they lock him up. I shouldn’t say that about a former client, but I don’t remember him at all.”Read: Escaped convict turned himself in because it was ‘too cold’last_img read more

Marchon3D unleashes its revolutionary Curved 3D lens technology

first_imgWhilst I personally love watching 3D films, I have to say that the glasses that you use do look a bit rubbish, of course looks aren’t everything I know, but they are also a tad uncomfortable to wear.Which is probably why Marchon3D is keen to announce the news of its patented curved M3D 3D lenses technology. The company is hoping to incorporate the tech into its latest passive 3D eye-wear for use in movie theaters, 3D gaming consoles and passive 3D televisions and computers. The lenses can be inserted into designer and premium-style frames that will offer a better fit over traditional 3D glasses and will also provide an unparalleled 3D viewing experience.Spec wise the M3D lenses provide 100 percent UVA/UVB/UVC protection, allowing you to even wear the glasses outdoors as sunglasses. Additionally, Marchon3D eye-wear is certified by RealD, the leading global licensor of 3D technologies, ensuring the best 3D viewing experience possible.David Johnson, President of Marchon3D commented: The marketplace has quickly become crowded with 3D products. We have always believed that M3D provides the best-in-breed solution for consuming passive 3D content and now consumers can rest assured that we not only have the leading innovations but also the protection of our patent behind us. They now know that when they put on a pair of 3D glasses with M3D technology, they are getting the best 3D experience out there. No news on how much a pair of glasses will cost, but with the words designer and premium-style frames mentioned in the above sentences you can expect they will not be cheap.Read more at Marchonlast_img read more

Verizon to pay 5bn for iPhone subsidies in 2011

first_imgVerizon‘s nearly four year ordeal trying to claw American exclusivity to the iPhone away from AT&T finally ended yesterday with their triumphant announcement of the Verizon iPhone. It must be a big relief to Verizon, since Verizon was the carrier that Apple came to with the original iPhone to begin with, only to turn Cupertino down flat because of Apple’s “unreasonable” demands of selling the phone without carrier branding or software. That mistake has haunted Verizon for years… and even now that they have the Verizon iPhone, it’s still likely to cost them. According to BusinessWeek, Verizon is likely to spend as much as $5 billion this year on iPhone subsidies alone.According to analyst John Hodulik from UBS AG, the subsidy Verizon will be paying is $400 per user, and with Verizon estimated to sell up to 13 million iPhones this year, that equals a $5.2 billion upfront expenditure. Sure, Verizon will eventually make that money back, but counterintuitively, getting the iPhone so late in the game might mean they are in the red for awhile. He said, “You basically write customers a $400 check. We expect margins to be down pretty meaningfully in the first quarter and second quarter.”Read more at Business Weeklast_img read more

DialUp Provides Egypt Internet Access

first_imgEver since Egypt cut off broadband, most people in Egypt were left without world news or even coverage about their own country. But an old fashioned way of accessing the Internet seems to be the current route taken in order to get around this roadblock. Egyptians are using dial-up to be able to communicate with the rest of the world, and thus far, it seems to be working.Dial-up modems are allowing the Egyptians to connect outside of their country’s Internet pool. While their service is slow and significantly outdated, it appears to be a blessing for those who are left out in the dark. However, their government did do one thing they wanted: cut people off from the modern world.Lesson learned here? Keep dial-up modems. They seem to be able to be at least one last source for those who want to connect outside of their world. But perhaps the best part of it all is that dial-up modems are a low-cost way to access the wonderful World Wide Web. Via ZDNETlast_img read more