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Richard Mezei new Director of Pick Szeged

← Previous Story 50 days to the Velux EHF CL F4 in Koln Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2014 goes to Hungary and Croatia Pick Szeged handballRichard Mezei One of the most significant Hungarian player in last two decade, Richard Mezei (41), take charge in Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged as new managing director of the team. Legendary line player was a important part of both Hungarian most successful teams, MKB Veszprem and Pick Szeged (2001-2007). He played two times at the Olympic Games for Hungary in 1992 and 2004.After seasons of strong rivality between MKB Veszprem and Pick Szeged, in the last four years, Veszprem became the “only one” in Hungarian handball. After Pick won Championship in 2007, results and budget dropped season by season, until this season, when Pick secured TOP 16 phase in the EHF Champions League, but far away from the rival from Veszprem at national level. read more

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Larvik and Oltchim go home with joy

Although two draws happened today, the visitors are surely delighted with these draws, as Larvik drew 19-19 in Spain against Itxako, while Oltchim made a draw 26:26 against Metz in France. The draw for Oltchim means almost sure place in the semifinals, and it’s only a theory that keeps them away, as they are now with 5 points, and Krim are with 2 points, and two rounds left until the end. Larvik are quite satisfied as well, now they see themself on the 2nd with 4 points, while the contenders for the 2nd place – Itxako and Midtjylland are both with 2 points, and everything is possible still in this group, only Gyori are assured of the first place.Metz – Oltchim 26-26Metz:Andryusina 6/11, Liscevic 4/6, Csaki 3/5, Mendy 3/6, Limal 2/2, Broch 2/3, Ognjenovic 2/4, Prudhomme 2/5, Kamto 2/7, Ringayen 0/1, Luciano.Oltchim: Jovanovic 6/6, Managarova 5/6, Vetkova 4/4, Bradeanu 4/7, Elisei 3/6,Curea 1/2,Manea 1/2, Ozel 1/2, Chirila 1/4, Farcau 0/2, Vizitiu 0/3, Meirosu 0/3.Itxako – Larvik 19-19Itxako: Navarro, Barnó, Zebic, Martín (3), Fernández, Fachinello, Barbosa (6). También, Egozkue (1), Sopronyi, Pinedo (1), Aguilar (3), Térvel (1), Aguirre, Alonso (4 ), MilenkovicLarvik: Leganger, Blanco (1), Kristiansen (2), Johansen, Breivang (5), Riegelhuth (6), Sulland (3). También, Larsen, Breistöl (1), Rantala, Mörk, Wibe, Kurtovic (1). ← Previous Story EHF CL: Montpellier and HSV Hamburg allow no surprises Next Story → VIDEO: Handball fight in Labin (Croatia) ! read more

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The Fakers Guide to Olympic Handball

Ben ShafranGuide to Olympic HandballHandball for beginnersLondon handballOlympic handball Handball is just one of the many unknown sports that have landed on these shores as part of the Olympic Games. I will not attempt to explain the basics of the game (British Handball produced a handy 2-page illustration: http://www.britishhandball.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/British-Handball-Game-Guide.pdf). Instead, I will try to provide the kind of insight into the Olympic handball tournament that you might need in order to appear knowledgeable even if you’ve only just discovered the sport. Particularly handy if you spend a long tube/bus journey sitting next to a Dane…Men’s tournamentMain storyline: The previously all-conquering French humiliated themselves at January’s European Championship. Claude Onesta’s team will show up motivated, but will they be able to defend their title against a talented and confident Denmark?Favourites: DenmarkBiggest rival: FranceOutside bet for the Gold: SpainExpectations for Britain: Managing to draw even one game would be one of the biggest shocks in handball historyBritain’s least bad player: Chris Mohr (playmaker)Seven players to watch:* Darko Stanić (goalkeeper, Serbia)* Julen Aguinagalde (pivot, Spain)* Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson (left wing, Iceland)* Mikkel Hansen (left back, Denmark)* Ivano Balić (playmaker, Croatia)* Kim Andersson (right back, Sweden)* Luc Abalo (right wing, France)Five unmissable group games:* Serbia – Croatia (31 July), repeat of their ferocious European Championship semi-final* Denmark – Spain (31 July), repeat of the other semi-final from January* Serbia – Denmark (2 August), repeat of the European Championship final* Croatia – Denmark (4 August), two of the favourites vie for the top in the ‘group of death’* Iceland – France (4 August), repeat of the final from BeijingEvery team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish):* Denmark – the perfect combination of stingy defence and multi-faceted attach, youth and experience, stars and role players, enthusiasm and confidence* France – all the stars are still there, but are they still committed to the kind of suffocating defence that made France handball’s first-ever concurrent Olympic, World and European champions?* Croatia – the talent level is unquestioned, but too often Croatia rises and falls on mental aspects and team chemistry* Spain – there is quality all over the court, but someone will have to become a star for Spain to go from being a very good team to Olympic medallists* Hungary – the addition of Barcelona captain László Nagy means there is finally a leader who could carry this team when the going gets tough* Iceland – A last hurrah for the ‘golden generation’ but a repeat of the Silver from Beijing is unlikely* Sweden – world-class players in almost every position, but for some reason the whole remains less than the sum of its parts* Argentina – will be breaming with confidence after an excellent showing in last year’s World Championship, and the Simonet brothers will be fun to watch* Serbia – expect them to come crashing back to earth after a surprising second-place finish on home soil at the European Championship* Tunisia – will likely be fighting Argentina for the last quarter-finals place in Group A* South Korea – it’s been a decade since they were last competitive at the highest international level* Definitely-Not-Great Britain – probably the worst team to ever play handball at the OlympicsWomen’s tournamentMain storyline: In May, Bojana Popović led her home team to a Champions League title (the sixth of her career). If she can lead outsider Montenegro to a medal in her last ever tournament, she will retire with a legitimate claim for the title of greatest female handball player of all time.Favourites: NorwayBiggest rival: FranceOutside bet for the Gold: MontenegroExpectations for Britain: Capable of beating Angola to avoid a last-place finishBritain’s least bad player: Lyn Byl (pivot)Seven players to watch:* Silvia Navarro (goalkeeper, Spain)* Heidi Løke (pivot, Norway)* Emiliia Turey (left wing, Russia)* Andrea Penezić (left back, Croatia)* Allison Pineau (playmaker, France)* Katarina Bulatović (right back, Montenegro)* Alexandra do Nascimento (right wing, Brazil)Five unmissable group games:* Norway – France (28 July), rematch of last year’s World Championship final* Sweden – Norway (30 July), repeat of the 2010 European Championship final* Denmark – Norway (3 August), the women’s game’s two most successful nations go head-to-head* Montenegro – Russia (5 August), could decide who tops Group A* Norway – Spain (5 August), Larvik and Itxako took lumps out of each other in last year’s Champions League final and their players form the core of their respective national teamsEvery team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish):* Montenegro – just too good a story for it not to finish with a place at the top of the rostrum* Norway – the attack can get stagnant without playmaker Gro Hammerseng (on maternity leave) and the defence is weakened by the absence of specialist Tonje Larsen, but the concurrent Olympic, World and European champions are the overwhelming favourites* France – always a contender, but will only go as far as their goalkeeping tandem will take them* Denmark – more than a decade on, the Danish national team is still trying to emerge from the enormous shadow of the team that dominated the women’s game throughout the 1990s* Spain – world-class players in every position, but the injury-forced absence of left back Nerea Pena might be the difference between Gold and going home empty-handed* Croatia – the Balkan countries are emerging as a force in women’s handball and Croatia is right at the forefront of this movement* Russia – a very exciting young generation is still taking its lumps in major competitions as it tries to live up to the generation that won three successive World Championships* Brazil – some excellent players will ensure that they make life tough for the Europeans, but hard to see Brazil contending for a medal* South Korea – typically a strong contender at the Olympics, but this Korea team seems to have been left behind by the top European sides* Sweden – Linnea Torstenson cannot do everything by herself, so a repeat of the second place finish in the 2010 European Championship is unlikely* Angola – will be determined to avoid defeat to Britain after losing at a friendly earlier this year* Great Britain – more competitive than the men’s team, but still a long way behind the top nationsBEN SHAFRAN ← Previous Story Men’s Olympic statistics: “France oldest, Hungary tallest! Next Story → Women’s OG 2012 (Day 1): Russia beats Angola – Brasil wins tight clash over Croatia! read more

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EHF CUP Group Phase Goppingen and Saint Raphael lose openers

← Previous Story Ferenc Ilyes to Tatabanya Next Story → Alpla Hard and coach Burger to part ways next summer EHF Cup A lot of interesting matches have been played during the first weekend of EHF Cup group phase. Some of the teams from the strongest leagues like Frisch Auf Goppingen and Saint Raphael.Here are the complete results of Round 1.Group A:BM Granollers – Dinamo Bucuresti 28:29SC Magdeburg – Aalborg 25:19Group B:Team TVIS Holstebro – Frisch Auf Goppingen 34:31OCI Lions – HBC Nantes 26:33Group C:SKA Minska – Pfadi Winterthur 31:27Bjeringbro Silkeborg – Saint Raphael 31:26Group D:Chambery – Ystad 32:22Anaitasuna – CSM Bucuresti 28:22

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Andreas Palicka three years at RNL

← Previous Story Vranješ after losing EHF CL drama: Handball has a soul like no other sport Next Story → Šime Ivić to Orlen Wisla Plock! Andreas Palicka is coming back to DKB Bundesliga! The former THW Kiel goalkeeper signed three years contract with the biggest “Zebras” rivals – Rhein Neckar Lowen. The 30 years-old goalie will leave Denmark after only a season in Aalborg.Palicka will replace Borko Ristovski, who signed for FC Barcelona Lassa, and join Mikael Appelgreen. andreas palickaDarko Stanic and Mikael AppelgreenMikael AppelgreenRhein Neckar Lowen

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Wisla beat Kiel in Plock

← Previous Story CSM Bucuresti sack Jakob Vestergaard Next Story → Barca beat Ademar Leon in ASOBAL derby 3. THW Kiel6303154:152(2)6 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…5401158:135(23)8 1. FC Barcelona Lassa5500146:123(23)10 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen5005131:162(-31)0 The Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock made fantastic result against the one of the biggest rivals at VELUX EHF Champions League, THW Kiel 24:22 (12:13). It was one of the night at Orlen Arena to be remembered with outstanding Coralles between the posts and very good Croatian right back Sime Ivic, who scored six goals in total.Orlen Wisła Płock – THW Kiel 24:22 (12:13)Orlen Wisła: Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 3, Duarte 1, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 3/2, Rocha 2/1, Gębala 2, Ivić 6, Tarabochia 2, M. Gębala 2, Pusica, Mihić 2, De Toledo, Żytnikow.THW: Landin, Wolff – Duvnjak 3, Toft Hansen, Lacković, Sprenger, Weinhold 2, Wiencek 1, Ekberg 3, Zeitz 1, Dahmke 2, Vujin 6, Bilyk, Nilsson, Santos 4/1.STANDINGS: EHF Champions LeagueOrlen Wisla PlockTHW Kiel 7. Orlen Wisla Plock6114149:166(-17)3 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt5212120:118(2)5 3. Telekom Veszprém5221128:125(3)6 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg5203132:137(-5)4 read more

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Technical glitch temporarily hit PTSB customer salary payments

first_imgA TECHNICAL GLITCH led to a short delay when TSB was processing some salary payments for customers today – but all payments reached bank accounts before deadline.The glitch saw the payment system being delayed by about an hour.A spokesperson from Permanent TSB said that the salaries made it to customers’ accounts ahead of deadline.He said that traditionally the payments, which were due by close of business today, are paid ahead of schedule.This meant that when the salary payments experienced a delay, it didn’t stop them reaching the intended customer accounts before the final deadline.The “minor incident” was “resolved before it became a problem”, he said, and did not affect a significant number of customers.Read: PTSB is “not aware” of letters advising people in minimal arrears to sell their homes>last_img read more

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Poll Do you think prenuptial agreements should be legal in Ireland

first_img Poll Results: Yes, people should have the right to protect their assets.No, everything should be equal and shared between two people.I don’t know.Vote I don’t know. (416) IN TODAY’S COLUMN, Aaron McKenna writes that marriage is a contract and therefore there should be no reason why people who are entering into an agreement should not be allowed to protect their respective assets.It was announced in October that the Department of Justice will be considering the legal position of prenuptial agreements as part of legal reforms.At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.Today’s poll is: Do you think prenuptial agreements should be legal in Ireland?center_img No, everything should be equal and shared between two people. (2253) Yes, people should have the right to protect their assets. (1892)last_img read more

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Car bomb in Sinai region kills 10 soldiers while blast in Cairo

first_imgA BOMB ATTACK in Egypt’s Sinai region killed ten soldiers while another blast struck police in Cairo, amid the continuing wave of unrest following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s July ousting.The ten soldiers were killed when a car bomb exploded next to an army bus in the Sinai peninsula earlier today, where Islamists have carried out scores of attacks on security forces in recent months, the army said.In a separate incident, assailants hurled an explosive device at a checkpoint in northern Cairo, wounding four police, security sources said.The military said that 35 others were wounded, some critically, in the North Sinai attack, in which a car packed with explosives detonated as the bus drove by near the regional capital El-Arish.Deadliest in the regionThe Sinai bombing was the deadliest in the region bordering Gaza and Israel since an August 19th ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the North Sinai town of Rafah.On September 5th, a car bomb had targeted Egypt’s interim interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim in Cairo.That attack was claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based group inspired by Al-Qaeda, which on Tuesday said it was also responsible for Sunday’s assassination of police Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabruk, who was involved in the ongoing crackdown on Islamists.“Series of operations”Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said its attack on Mabruk was the first in a “series of operations”.Egypt has been plagued by unrest since the army stepped in to remove Morsi from power on July 3 amid massive protests against the turbulent one-year rule of Egypt’s first freely elected president.Militants have stepped up a campaign against security forces in the mountainous and underdeveloped Sinai since Morsi’s ouster, killing dozens of troops and police in near-daily attacks.© – AFPRead: Deadly suicide blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut >last_img read more

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Key Mahon Tribunal witness Tom Gilmartin passes away

first_imgTOM GILMARTIN, WHO was a key witness in the controversial Mahon Tribunal, died today.The former property developer, who was in his late 70s,  had been ill for a period of time and passed away at Cork University Hospital this morning.The Sligo businessman became one of the central witnesses in the tribunal after he said he gave a cheque for IR£50,000 to former Fianna Fáil TD Pádraig Flynn during a period when he was trying to develop a shopping centre in west Dublin.In a Late Late Show interview, Flynn’s denial angered Gilmartin to such an extent that he reversed his decision not to cooperate with the tribunal. In his evidence to the tribunal, he said Flynn had tried to get him to lie and change his version of events.He also said that former minister Ray McSharry had brought him to meet a number of cabinet members including Bertie Ahern, though Mac Sharry and the former Taoiseach deny this.Gilmartin is survived by his wife Vera and four children.Read: Pee Flynn’s Late Late interview was “underhand” says Gilmartin’s son>last_img read more

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Feepaying schools dominate university numbers but thirdlevel numbers on the rise

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF students advancing from secondary school to third-level institutions is on the rise.Feeder schools tables, released today, show that fee-paying schools and Gaeilscoilleanna outperform state-run schools when it comes to students advancing to third-level.The tables track third-level students and their school of origin.Although fee-paying schools dominate the numbers attending universities and higher points courses such as medicine, the tables also make good reading for parents of state-run school students.The tables show that one in seven post-primary schools sends 100 per cent of their students to a third-level institution.Progression rates at some schools, however, are far below the national average. Some reported sending as low as 10 per cent of their students on to further education.Schools in South Dublin performed particularly well, with 25 schools sending at least 94 per cent of their students to college.The publishing of the lists has been criticised by the Teachers Union of Ireland, who say that focus on third-level education misses the point of education.Read: Dublin is friendlier for students than Tokyo, Barcelona and New YorkRead: Cyprus university now letting you pay fees with Bitcoinslast_img read more

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New chairman appointed to Food Safety Authority of Ireland

first_imgProfessor Gibney will be a tremendous asset to our Board’s cumulative deliberations. His appointment reaffirms our science-based ethos which underpins all the decisions, policies and actions of our organisation. He has an impeccable global reputation for research on food and nutrition and has served on a number of high-level advisory committees in this area, both nationally and at EU level.The news comes as the FSAI takes part in the investigation into the discovery that equine DNA was present in meat labelled ‘beef’ in Ireland. The gardaí and Department of Agriculture are also involved in the investigation.Read: Irish processed meat product manufacturers asked to carry out DNA testing> A NEW CHAIRMAN has been appointed to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).The FSAI has welcomed the appointment of Professor  Michael Gibney as its new Chairman.Prof Gibney is Professor of Food and Health at University College, Dublin’s (UCD) Institute of Food and Health, and “has a long and distinguished career as a world-leading expert in food science and nutrition”, said the FSAI.The FSAI also welcomed the appointment of Raymond O’Rourke, a qualified barrister and a food regulatory and consumer affairs lawyer and the reappointment of Professor Charles Daly, Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Technology at University College, Cork to its board.According to Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI:last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, just a little before nine, that you need to know with your morning coffee.1. #MALAYSIA Malaysian police have searched the homes of a missing airliner’s two pilots, and are examining the captain’s home flight simulator – but have warned against ‘jumping to conclusions’. Flight MH370 is still missing after vanishing over a week ago.2. #CRIMEA Voters are taking to the polls in Crimea to decide whether the country should break away from Ukraine. Ukraine’s new government and most of the international community – except Russia – say they will not recognise the vote.3. #CONTROVERSY Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to attend St Patrick’s events in Boston today, as controversy continues over a ban on LGBT groups marching in the city’s parade. The mayor, Marty Walsh, said he won’t march unless the ban is lifted. Walsh and Kenny will meet at a breakfast event today.4. #SPENDING Irish Water spent almost €600,000 on a consultant report on how to install water meters in apartments, the Sunday Times says. The consultants carried out pilot studies, research, field surveys and technology trials.5. #EXAMS There was a mistake in last year’s Junior Cert science paper, with an incorrect photograph being used in the Physics section. A number of complaints have been made about the error to the Department of Education.6. #HEALTH WARNING The deaths of 19 people in the past two years were associated with stroke-preventing drugs Xarelto and Pradaza, the Sunday Business Post alleges today. The news comes following a warning about poor prescribing of both drugs. Doctors say people should not stop taking the drugs, and should talk to their GPs.7. #SHOOTINGS A young girl was ‘thrown to safety’ by her mother after a man entered their home with a firearm last night, the Irish Mail reports. A woman was shot dead and her daughter injured during the shooting in Tallaght.8. #TALKS Economist Morgan Kelly has accepted an invitation from Finance Minister Michael Noonan to discuss with the Central Bank his views on the threat Ireland’s small businesses face from the ECB bank stress tests, the Sunday Independent reports.9. #TAKE A DIP Labour senator Ivana Bacik has become the first woman member of the Sandycove Bathers’ Association, the Sunday Times reports. The association broke its century-old ban on female members earlier this week.last_img read more

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Council could name and shame illegal rubbish dumpers

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is to begin the process to try and ‘name and shame’ illegal rubbish dumpers.Councillor Cieran Perry told TheJournal.ie that the council has agreed to write to the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan requesting a change to legislation so that it can ‘name and shame’ illegal dumpers in future.Currently, this is not possible under the Data Protection Act.The council also hopes to introduce new by-laws that would enable it to access the information of people purchasing bin tags. This issue will come before the council for approval in July.The aim would be to identify those putting out untagged bags, and take action against illegal dumpers.The news comes after Dublin City Council (DCC) announced that it plans to end street cleaning temporarily in parts of the north inner city (NIC) to prevent illegal dumping. The move has been heavily criticised by An Taisce.Cllr Perry said he and fellow councillors predicted the privatisation of waste collection would lead to excessive illegal dumping. “Unfortunately we have been proved right,” he said.Some of it was happening anyway [but] because the council had a very efficient waste operation it wasn’t as noticeable.The council has now set up the North Inner City Litter Action Group (NICLAG), which is monitoring dumping, and which recommended the break in rubbish collection at blackspots.Cllr Perry said he has been “pushing and pushing and pushing” for the issue to be dealt with for a number of years. He suggested that “the logical solution would be if the council takes the [waste collection] service back under their control” as it is a public service, similar to the transport system.It’s understood that public services such as transport and waste collection shouldn’t be profit making – we should try minimise losses obviously. The argument is if they had to break even on the service that the charges per household would be huge: my argument is we shouldn’t be breaking even. There are other things we can make the money on.Cllr Perry said “it really is depressing to see the rubbish just dumped there” and that people should be named and shamed to try and discourage others from dumping rubbish illegally.Tax defaulters can be named and shamed due to certain legislation, and the aim is to bring in an amendment so that illegal dumpers can also named publicly.Litter action groupPic: Dublin Litter BlogThe man heading up the NICLAG is Brendan Hayden, Assistant Area Manager of the Central Area in Dublin City Council. He said that even when DCC was collecting the rubbish there was dumping, particularly in NIC area due to the mix of domestic dwellings and businesses, and a high footfall.The action group is examining the NIC street by street and analysing the level of rubbish there. It meets fortnightly and Hayden reports on their findings on a monthly basis. It is a pilot scheme and a full report will come during the summer.It is due to this group’s work that the council agreed to temporarily halt rubbish collection in a number of blackspots.Hayden said that they have found in the areas where rubbish is in bags, people tend to leave bags out every day, not necessarily on a day where bags are collected. A lot of untagged bags go out and these are are just left on the street for the council to pick up.Private collectors only collect bagged waste that is paid for and tagged, and do not issue fines. DCC does have the facility to issue fines, but Hayden said it is not always possible for the council to identify the culprits, as usually there is no identifying information in the waste.It is this behaviour, people dumping untagged bags indiscriminately on the street, that leads to the issues that the council is trying to tackle.We are out of the business of collecting rubbish – this defeats the purpose that we are back in again collecting rubbish.A previous temporary ban on collecting rubbish on the southside found that there was anything between a 40 – 60 per cent reduction in illegal dumping.“It is not something that we are going to continue to do – at same time it is not feasible and sustainable for DCC to have waste management trucks out there every day collecting rubbish. It is not fair on people paying,” said Hayden, adding it is a small minority of people who are putting out the illegal waste.RubbishDuring the Easter period in the NIC area alone, over a four – five day period 1,000 bags were collected by the council because there were no waste collection services.New by-laws are coming in to try and ensure that landlords provide ample spots in their dwellings for tenants’ rubbish. Hayden noted that in the NIC, there are multi-tenanted, multi-unit houses, which means that it can be difficult to determine who the bag owners are.“There seems to be no end to it,” said Hayden of DCC staff collecting illegal waste. “It seems to be increasing all the time.” The council has received many emails from people about the issue.Hayden acknowledged that there can be financial issues behind people not buying tags, saying that the finishing up of the waste collection waiver (which was honoured in 2012 by Greyhound), “is going to create another difficulty” that needs to be addressed.Over the last eight weeks 103 fines were issued over and above the number usually issued for illegal rubbish in the NIC.Hayden noted that 15 environmental groups have formed in the last two to three months in Dublin city, and the council is keen on supporting them in enhancing their local areas.There has been no increase in staff numbers needed to collect rubbish, said Hayden, but he thinks an examination of the ‘bin and bag situation’ could be beneficial.The impact of the rubbish on tourists in Dublin is one major concern, and the action group was formed following a scathing IBAL report that criticised the litter blackspots in the NIC area.Read: Plans to end street cleaning in parts of Dublin described as ‘insane’>Read: Illegal dumping “reaches epidemic levels” in Finglas>last_img read more

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This US soldier found alive in Vietnam 44 years after being left

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today There is physical proof of Robertson’s birthplace, collected in dramatic fashion onscreen; a tearful meeting in Vietnam with a soldier who was trained by Robertson in 1960 and said he knew him on sight; and a heart-wrenching reunion with his only surviving sister — 80-year-old Jean Robertson-Holly — in Edmonton in December 2012 that left the audience at the Toronto screening wiping away tears.Jorgenson encountered so much resistance from the US military making his film that he says he’s convinced one “high-placed government source” was telling the truth when he said, “It’s not that the Vietnamese won’t let him (Robertson) go; it’s that our government doesn’t want him.”Wringing out the details and talking to Robertson’s American family seems to have been a gut-wrenching affair. The children whose names he couldn’t recall declined DNA testing at the last minute with no explanation.None of that mattered to Roberston who says he fulfilled his wish of coming to America and seeing his kids one more time before he dies.Robertson’s now back in Vietnam, with no desire to leave and Unclaimed opens in the USA on 12 May, at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, DC.- Robert JohnsonUS noted Ireland’s ‘tendency to identify with North Vietnamese’ in 1973>Agent Orange clean-up launched in Vietnam decades after war ends> A NEW DOCUMENTARY called Unclaimed claims to introduce the world to former Army Sergeant John Robertson, lost over Vietnam in 1968 and left behind for over four decades.The Toronto Star reports Edmonton filmmaker Michael Jorgenson found Robertson, 76, living in a rural Vietnam village stooped with age, unable to speak English, remember his birthday, or names of the children he left behind in the U.S.It’s a story difficult to understand considering the US military places such a priority on bringing every service member home, whenever possible.Jorgenson told the Toronto Star that he was also skeptical when Vietnam vet Tom Faunce came to him and explained a man he’d found in Vietnam was a former “Army brother” listed as killed in action and forgotten. He says he became convinced only after going to Vietnam and meeting Robertson himself.What he found was revealed to filmgoers in an invitation only screening of “Unclaimed” at a Toronto theatre earlier this month.From The Toronto Star: A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York center_img See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

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Heres how many jobs were saved through examinership in the last three

first_imgZombie warningHughes warned that despite the gradual improvement in the economy, many businesses were unable to meaningfully service their debts, and could be in danger if lenders start to call in loan security.“Over the past number of years, the incentive has simply not been there for corporate borrowers which have fallen behind in their repayments to engage in a realistic assessment of their financial situation.”He said that many firms have gotten by while making minimal or intermittent payments. NEARLY 800 JOBS were saved by the examinership process during the second quarter of the year, new data has shown.The updated Hughes Blake SME examinership index revealed that 794 jobs were saved across six firms, five of which were SMEs.The most high-profile name on the list was sportswear chain Elvery’s, where 654 jobs were saved after the company exited examinership this year.The five other companies to come out of examinership were spread across the hospitality, construction and retail sectors.Hughes Blake said that the fact that the companies exiting examinership were in sectors worst affected by the recession showed that the shift in economic outlook and consumer sentiment was changing the business environment.Managing partner Neil Hughes said: “From our perspective as auditors of a wide range of owner manager, entrepreneurial and family firms,  a corner has most certainly been turned regarding their trade.” The feedback we are getting from the wide range of organisations we work with is that business is more robust than it has been in some time. He urged struggling businesses to consider examinership through the circuit court system as a viable option for debt resolution.Read: Carl Scarpa and Flannery’s Pub among eight firms who saved over 400 jobs so far this year>Read: Elverys may not have to shed jobs following appointment of examiner, experts say> As long as a large number of family businesses remain in this situatoin around the country, a widespread lasting economic recovery will remain elusive. Ireland is not best served by having thousands of zombie SMEs lurch out of this recession.last_img read more

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Opinion I had a great life friends business and I was paralysed

first_imgTELLING PEOPLE YOU suffer from mental health issues like depression or panic attacks is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.It took me 10 years to figure out that I suffered from depression and what was happening to my body. I’d had serious panic attacks in my mid-20s and at first they were mild and I could laugh them off.In later years they got so serious that at first I presumed they were a heart attack and that I was on my way out. Shooting pains across my chest and the inability to breathe as your head starts spinning are a horrible combination. I can best describe it as that moment you think you are about to hit an animal on the road in your car. With the animal the fright lasts for two seconds but a full-blown panic attack can give you that feeling for a couple of hours and wipe you out for days.“I told myself: I’m not ‘one of them’”Panic attacks can be a sign of depression and mental health issues and I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I had a great life, travelled the world and had my own business. At that time, I felt the exact same stigma that the vast majority of the population have – I thought to myself: “isn’t being depressed just for crazy people and sure, don’t I have great friends, a house and a car… I’m defo not ‘one of them’.”Although my depression is mild enough it does hit me like a fog at times. Sometimes it means spending three or four days in bed and not being about to physically move. Scared when anybody knocks on the door. Turning the phone off. Not even able to open the curtains and certainly not wanting to meet people.One day I’ll be leading a meeting of ten people in work followed by watching football with friends with not a care in the world but when the fog hits the next day I’ll be scared to walk down the street thinking everyday is watching me and that somebody is about to jump around a corner and attack me.Although I manage a couple of companies and 20-plus staff, there are times when it hits that I don’t have the ability to put a plate into the dishwasher or to charge my own phone.“All you can do is crawl under the covers”No matter how many times you experience depression it just doesn’t get any less scary and all you can do is crawl under the covers and block the world out. It comes in many shapes and sizes but that has been my world for the last decade of my life.At first I had a great solution because I was able to self-medicate. Booze, for me, was the perfect antidote to feeling depressed. A few pints when I saw the signs approaching and I’d be grand. I could stave off the attacks and calm the nerves.This technique worked for a few years but as the attacks become more frequent, so did the drinking. Soon I needed four or five pints a night to calm it down. A bottle of wine here, a gin and tonic there.Before you know it you are having a glass of white wine with breakfast on a Sunday morning.At that stage, not only are you suffering from panic attacks and depression but you are also displaying the first signs of alcoholism. Aware 1890 303 302 Source: depression via ShutterstockThe good news is that there are better solutions. Medication works really well and talking to counsellors worked even better for me. I am in a better place now, although I do take a tablet every single morning.The big problem is that with mental health issues, you are fighting two battles. The illness is a beast to take on – but not as big as the stigma that you face. I wasn’t able to tell a single soul for two years. I eventually found the courage to tell a girlfriend at the time but it was another year before I could tell my very best friends. Longer still before I could tell some family.“Huge taboo”In some ways I am incredibly lucky having my own business because I am my own boss and I certainly wouldn’t fancy having to broach the subject with a manager in a professional situation. Even though one in four people will suffer with mental illness in their life there is a huge taboo around the subject.Nobody wants to say that their brain isn’t functioning as it should, or worse, have people use that Irish saying when talking about you that, “He is suffering with his nerves.”We’ll show off a broken leg as a badge of honour and get our friends to sign the cast but mental illness is seen by many as a failure. I see it in people’s faces when I tell them for the first time. The pity. The fear and not knowing what to say. They want to dance around the subject and there are many that put you in the “crazy box”.I’m lucky because I have a positive outlook. I can take three days in bed and get up more positive than ever once the fog lifts. It only affects me about five per cent of the time now and I know what to do to make it pass quickly.  Although it has taken ten years and much soul-searching to get here I feel in control.“Trying to educate people”I can see how people slip into a darker place though especially with nobody to talk to. It’s been great seeing people like Bressie and John Murray talking about it openly and trying to educate people. It is the main reason I wrote such an honest book and tried to share my own experiences without hiding anything.See, with mental health everything can look perfect on the outside. The body can be fit and healthy and people can appear to have a brilliant career and all the trappings of success – but you have no idea what is going on inside people’s heads.If one person reads the book and identifies with the issue and seeks help to get it fixed, I’ll be able to pat myself on the back.Depression isn’t great but nor is it the end of the world – what it needs is more awareness and people talking about it and sharing experiences.Niall Harbison is an entrepreneur and has just published Get Sh*t Done via Penguin, available from any good book shop or online here.If you would like to speak to someone, consider these numbers: Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgcenter_img Console 1800 201 890 Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie Childline 1800 66 66 66last_img read more

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This gif shows the spread of WWI into a global conflict

first_img ONE HUNDRED YEARS after the start of World War I, it is still extremely difficult to comprehend just how global a phenomenon the war was. It affected people on every continent and hastened the end of the European empires.Reddit user Srirachachacha shared this map showing the amazing spread of the war across the world. The GIF does a fascinating job of distinguishing between the key Allied and Central Powers and their colonies, dominions, and territories. SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) center_img Source: i.imgur.comWorld War I started off solely as a military conflict between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia following the killing of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian assassin. Through a web of entangling defensive alliances, the conflict quickly morphed into a war that pulled in almost the entirety of the world.By the time the war ended, the Russian, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Prussian Empires had collapsed. The war claimed over 37 million lives, and large swathes of Europe lay in complete destruction.Incredibly, only two decades later the world would be poised on the brink of World War II.More: Today marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War >Read: WWI recruitment posters feature on new An Post stamps > A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

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11 critically acclaimed PS3 games are 50 off on PSN from today

first_imgThe end of January is always tough. Most people get paid early in December meaning up to 6 weeks before the next lot of cash gets deposited in their bank accounts. But the end is near and this week a lot of people get paid. Sony has decided to take advantage of that fact by having a pretty good sale on PSN.Starting today, 11 critically acclaimed games are being offered at 50% off their usual price. The games include:Costume Quest – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceDeathspank Thongs of Virtue – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceHoard – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceSoldner-X2: Final Prototype – $6.49 sale price; $12.99 regular priceMotorStorm 3D Rift – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular pricePeggle – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSpace Invaders Infinity Gene – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSwords and Soliders – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceTumble – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceComet Crash – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceShatter – $3.99 sale price; $7.99 regular priceThere should be something for everyone in that list except the avid PSN game purchaser who probably has them all already.There’s no need to rush deciding what games you want to buy at the temporary lower price, Sony is running the sale until January 31.Read more at PlayStation.Bloglast_img read more

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Samsung Resumes Windows Phone 7 Updates Promises No More Bricks

first_imgLast week Samsung and Microsoft found themselves in a pretty bad situation: the first firmware update to its line of Windows Phone 7 devices – the one that lays the groundwork for a larger feature update coming later this month – started bricking some Samsung phones when the update was applied to them. Samsung pulled the plug on the updates, recommended anyone with a freshly bricked Samsung Windows Phone 7 device take it to their carrier for replacement, and Microsoft promised to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible. Now, Microsoft and Samsung claim they have everything worked out, and they’re resuming the push-updates for Samsung owners who are eligible. According to a post at the Windows Phone 7 Blog, Microsoft has pinpointed the issue, addressed it, and they’re continuing the updates. They also point out that the issue didn’t affect any other manufacturer’s Windows Phone 7 devices and they never stopped the updates for those phones. Windows Phone 7 users will get a notification on their device when they’re eligible for an update, and they’ll have to connect their phone to their computer in order to apply it.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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