Month: September 2019

Morten Soubak is the new Hypo NO coach

Austrian eternal champion and four times Women’s EHF Champions League winner, Hypo NO has announced the name of new coach just two weeks after winning the Cup Wnners Cup 2013. New head-coach is Morten Soubak, who will have dual function as he staying at Brazilian NT bench. Danish coach will have “easy task” to get more information about the current roster as eight Brazilian players are member of Hypo…He will replace Andras Nemeth on the bench… ← Previous Story Hapoel Rishon Lezion is the new Israeli handball Champion! Next Story → Claus Uhrenholt is new BSV Silkeborg coach handball coachhandball transfersHypo NoMorten Soubak read more

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TSV St Otmar wont extend contract of Czech coach Jan Filip

← Previous Story BIGGEST HALL READY FOR WCH 2015: Qatar and Serbia to open “Lusail Multipurpose hall” Next Story → Darko Stanić to Rhein Neckar Lowen Jan FilipTSV St. Otmar Swiss team TSV St. Otmar won’t extend contract of the current coach Jan Filip. A 41 years-old co-head-coach of Czech Republic will have to find a new challenge in his career from the next June, after three years in which he worked as player-coach in Sent Gallen.St. Otmar is currently the fourth team of the Swiss Championship, seven points behind the leader – Pfadi Winterthur.Filip will lead Czech Republic in 2015 World Championship in Qatar together with Daniel Kubeš. read more

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Rafael Capote career is in danger after car accident

← Previous Story Silkeborg VS Szeged: Brothers battle for a quarter final spot Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16 weekend: Veszprem in Zagreb, PSG in Nantes The Cuban-born Qatari national player Rafael Capote has fractured a cervical vertebra in an accident in Qatar. Capote suffered car-accident after which he was hospitalized and will be out of sport for at least six months. Cuban born player who joined Qatari El Jaish and became the biggest star of Qatari handball in the last few years with title of world’s best left back at WCh 2015 in Doha, fractured the sixth cervical vertebra in an accident suffered in the desert. The vertebra was torn to pieces and also ruptured an intervertebral disc. The player was treated in Doha by an accredited neurosurgeon, who reconstructed the vertebra by fixing it with a veneer, and gave assurances that his recovery will be complete. read more

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US unemployment drops to 78 per cent lowest in nearly four years

first_img12 million officially unemployedRevisions to the previous two months’ numbers added 86,000 net new jobs to what had been understood, not enough by itself to bring down the overall unemployment rate.But last week the Labor Department did a more far-reaching adjustment to the base labor sector data reaching back several years, helping reduce the total number of unemployed.In addition, the September figures showed a 170,000 increase in the number of people who dropped out of the work force since July.The details were not all positive: manufacturers reduced their job rolls for the second straight month and the average duration that people are going without jobs increased to 39.8 weeks.Moreover, the number of people who could only do part time work increased by 580,000.But in an important shift, the numbers showed that, in addition to the private sector, government bodies at all levels returned to hiring in June and July, albeit at a modest pace, reversing a slow contrary trend since May 2010.Overall, 12.1 million Americans remained officially unemployed, down from 13.9 million in September 2011, when the jobless rate was 9.0 per cent.Read: Why is Snoop Dogg voting for Obama and not Romney?Read: Observers give Romney the victory in first US presidential debate HUGE REVISIONS TO previous data gave a sharply better picture of the US jobs situation, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.8 per cent, the lowest level since Barack Obama became president in January 2009.The Labor Department’s figures for last month showed only 114,000 jobs were generated, but upward revisions both to July and August new jobs numbers, and a broader baseline adjustment last week, helped reduce the overall jobless rate from the previous 8.1 per cent.The 7.8 per cent level was the lowest since President Barack Obama took office, and challenged critics, including White House rival Mitt Romney, who said Obama could not make good on his pledge to bring unemployment below 8 per cent by the end of his first four-year term in office.It was also lower than forecasts for this year of the Federal Reserve, which embarked on a QE3 stimulus program in September mainly because of the persistence of high joblessness.“Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the US economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.“The economy has now added private sector jobs for 31 straight months. Taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision released last week, the economy has added a total of 5.2 million private sector jobs during that period.”last_img read more

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I deserve free food Man impersonates cop at McDonalds

first_imgA MAN FLASHED a fake gun and police badge and demanded free fast food at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Florida, according to authorities.Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Joseph Pineda told employees Friday that he deserved free food, had just come from a sting and didn’t have his wallet.Workers called the police. Pineda initially ignored commands to show his hands but eventually surrendered at gunpoint.Authorities said they found two fake police badges and a handgun in the centre console of his car.The 33-year-old was charged with impersonating a police officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail. Online jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney.Read: Man gets call from burglar… who turns out to be his dog>For more, follow @dailyedge on Twitter and like The Daily Edge on Facebook.last_img read more

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Poll Should daylight saving time be abolished

first_img No (2929) Poll Results: YesNoI don’t care either wayVote Yes (2464)center_img I don’t care either way (1278) THIS WEEKEND WE’RE getting an extra hour in bed as the clocks go back? What could be so bad about that? Perhaps you’re actually getting an extra hour in work.But every year, there seems to be renewed calls by some to end putting the clocks back during the winter.Just last year, Labour TD Tommy Broughan was looking to abolish daylight saving time with The Brighter Evenings Bill 2012. However, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter dismissed the proposal saying he had no plans “at this time” to change the present system.Today’s poll is: Should daylight saving time be abolished?last_img read more

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Meet the man attempting to become the first Irish person to row

first_imgHis family and friends, on the other hand, are not quite so assured about the prospect of him being away for a couple of weeks.“I think they still think I’m mad to be honest. They’re very supportive but they’re also very apprehensive. I’d say there’d be a few tears on the start line — put it that way. To be honest, a lot of people don’t understand the extent of it. ‘My girlfriend said sure you’re not rowing the whole Pacific, you’re only doing half of it. ‘You can’t please everybody. But it’s a mixed reaction overall.”Yet such arduous challenges are not exactly unique to Cavanagh, as someone who spent their youth competing in a series of track and cross-country events. “One of the reasons I wanted to do this as well. I’d been running up for two or three years at a decent level. And as any runner will know at any level, it’s all about pushing yourself as far as your body will let you. That’s essentially what the challenge is — your body and your mind. It’s just a case of pushing to the limits.”Moreover, as the only Irish participant, achieving this goal would be particularly unique and significant from Cavanagh’s perspective.“There’s never been an Irish team to ever row the Pacific and no Irish person has attempted it before. There’s only 18 people who’ve ever crossed it in fact. It shows the enormity of the challenge that lies ahead for us. There’d be a lot of New Zealand crews and UK crews as well, so we’re up against the best in the world. But we reckon we’ll definitely be able to put it up to them on the day.“The current world record is 64 days. That was back in 1997 and it was by a solo participant as well. So we reckon we’d smash that in half. Other crews will obviously go under it as well. But our aim is to be the first crew over the line and to ideally get under the 30 days. But we really don’t know. No four has ever done it before. We don’t know how long it’s going to take. You could be lucky or unlucky with the conditions that you’re in.” Yet despite his enthusiasm, the process from thereon in was still less than straightforward.“The only problem I had at that stage is that I didn’t have a crew, I didn’t have any money and I never rowed before,” he explains. “I found out about the first Pacific Race the following year, which was last year, and when I talked to an ocean-rowing friend of mine — Aodhán Kelly is his name — I asked him what it was like and he said ‘the Pacific is a different kettle of fish altogether’ and that kind of sold it to me more than any brochure ever could. And ever since then, I was hooked on it.“I had no interest with the rowing up until a few years ago.  I came from an athletics background. The majority of people who do these races — I don’t know if naivety is the key, but they tend to not be experts.”His next step was selecting teammates to accompany him on this arduous journey and perhaps somewhat surprisingly given how daunting it sounds, he was spoiled for choice when it came to selecting crewmates.YouTube credit: Paul Gleeson(Paul Gleeson rowed across the Atlantic in 2005)An ad request that he persuaded an “adventurer similar to Bear Grylls” — Alastair Humphreys — to promote, prompted over 350 responses within a week.“Eventually I Skyped whoever I narrowed it down to. One of the members of the crew party came over to Dublin. We went out and had about eight pints in Temple Bar. And then the next day, we were rowing an ocean together. Like any Irishman’s decision, it involved a few drinks,” he laughs.“Then we went over to the UK and met the other guys. When I was doing the selection process, the main thing was to be able to get on with them. If they’d never rowed before, they could have learned to row — it can be worked on. You can get fitter over the eight months [before the race starts]. So it was all about making sure four people gel, given the amount of time you’re going to spend together.“The lads are all English, so my main thing over the course of the race is to make sure they don’t do as many miles as I do and I’m sure it’s vice versa. It’s a good rivalry to have.”Given that Cavanagh was a relative latecomer to the sport, it’s hardly a surprise that the initial familiarisation process was quite painstaking.“The first time I went out was in a boat that ‘couldn’t capsize,’ and I was about two inches from capsizing it, so I thought ‘Jesus, this isn’t for me at all’. But with a bit of perseverance, it does get a lot easier, and the ocean-rowing boats are a lot more stable than the four rowing boats would be. They’re made not to capsize, and people are generally shocked when they see the size of the boat. They’re expecting a massive cruiseliner, but they’re quite small. They’re only designed and built from carbon fibre. So they’d withstand any bad conditions.” “The seed was implanted,” he tells TheScore.ie. “I was hooked on rowing ocean after that. It grew over the next couple of years. It started with going on eBay and buying a rake of ocean-rowing books. I became kind of a land expert if you will, and I made the decision then to not only commit to row the ocean, but aim to win it as well.” Moreover, while Cavanagh may still be relatively inexperienced as a rower, he is hardly under-prepared for the challenge.“We do a lot of safety courses in the lead up to the race, so we’ve got mandatory courses like a VHF Sat Nav courses, safety courses, self-riding for the boat. In terms of safety courses,  there isn’t much riding that you can do. The worst case is that you just batten down the hatches. You have a sea anchor, which is just like a parachute. It expands and fills with water. We throw that out overboard and wait for it. That’s where you literally can’t row and you row backwards when two people are rowing. You call it a day and put the anchor out and just wait for it to pass. But there isn’t too much preparation you can do for something like a hurricane.”YouTube credit: Discovery TVSurprisingly, given the magnitude of the task in which 30 teams from around the world will compete, he is relatively calm about what lies ahead. And even more interestingly, there is at least one challenge he would baulk at.“The solo entrants — people say I’m mad to do it in the first place — but I think they’re the mad ones, going 18 hours a day, sleeping for six, and getting back up and doing it again.“The only scary part for me is that I’m not scared. I probably should be. Or maybe I will be on the start line. Or maybe after three or four dark nights on your own when you start thinking something’s gone wrong here. There could potentially be sharks, but main factor for me is the weather conditions being really bad and turning the boat over. You could have a freak wave out of nowhere that might knock you off the boat.“Also, the really tight spaces — it’s more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge. It’s about how you deal with getting back up after two hours sleep and doing it again. You don’t have to be the fittest person in the world to compete and that’s one of the things that I want to show Irish people.  I don’t want people to think that I’m this superman who’s done a million challenges. I’ve done marathons and the likes, but this is my first big challenge. And I just want to show people that it’s a mental challenge. If you think you have it, then you probably do.” And while this challenge sounds quite spectacular, there are plenty of less-than-glamorous elements to it as well.“Our toilet system is a bucket-and-chuck-it system for those that don’t know,” he says. “There’s not really a private area that you can go to. That’s something one of the lads is looking forward to least.”Yet, although this may sound extremely unsavoury, toilet etiquette is probably the least of their concerns.“Ideally, what will happen on the boat is that two people will always be rowing and two people will always be sleeping or tying a knot. It’ll be a minimum of four weeks so you’ll be spending the four weeks with three other pretty smelly men in a really small cabin.“Onboard, we’ll have dry-packed food. It won’t be five-course meals or anything. It’ll be ration packs that we eat. We have a water-maker on board. From time to time, we’ll have a secondary one, which is basically just a hand-pumped one, so it takes about an hour to make 20 litres. It’s quite a manual process — you’re just pumping water. And the race itself is from California to Hawaii. It’s just one race — we don’t stop moving for the 4-6 weeks.”(British rower Jim Shekhdar with his daughters, Sarah and Anna, and wife Jane — in 2001, the 54-year-old rowed his way in to the record books after completing the 274-day journey from Peru to Brisbane, Australia to become the first person to row across the Pacific Ocean unaided – Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images)One of the biggest challenges for the crew will be coping with the array of weather conditions they’re likely to encounter.“It’ll be incredibly warm during the day in the cabin,” he says. “So one of the biggest challenges we will have is trying to sleep. So you’ll be fairly knackered after your shift trying to sleep in the warm conditions. At night time then, they can have pretty bad storms. You might even get caught in a hurricane. They’ll even have cases on the VHF where you have to be on alert for shark attacks. There’s a couple of different factors.” The €100,000 that the crew are hoping to raise will be divided among three charites — Cancer Research UK, Dogs in Distress and Aware, with the latter being particularly close to Cavanagh’s heart.“I know people close to me who’ve suffered from depression, so it’s a fairly important charity. And I know what we wanted to try to do was target charities, who were not necessarily struggling financially but where 30 grand would make a massive difference to them, as opposed to someone else where they might get two or three million a year in sponsorship already.” There is such a restriction on weight that the crew won’t even be affording themselves the small luxury of alcohol on board, hence Cavanagh is planning on having “a Chinese and a few bottles of beer” as his last meal before setting out to sea.And when he finishes? “I’ll get off the boat and sit down, have a bottle of beer and a cigar and think why the f*ck did I sign up to this,” he laughs. “Whose idea was that?”For more details on how to donate, you can visit pacificrow14.comKeane and O’Neill take centre stage together on Gift Grub for the first time>Column: Why I ran the New York City marathon> WHEN MOST PEOPLE enjoy a book, they might recommend it to a friend or reserve a special place for it in their memory, yet Philip Cavanagh’s experience of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean was altogether more extraordinary. In fact, it was life changing.Before he read the book, he says he had no interest in rowing whatsoever. Fast forward a few years later and he is set to try to become the first Irishman to attempt, with three crewmates, to row 2,100 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a world record time. In addition, Cavanagh and his crewmates are also hoping to raise €100,000 for charity ahead of this unenviable task.Given that the duration of the event is roughly 40 days and he’ll have to fight potential pitfalls including torrential weather, possible hurricanes, shark attacks, sleep deprivation and seasickness, my first question is simple: what on Earth possessed him to undertake this challenge?In response, Cavanagh recalls how he received the aforementioned book — about Paul Gleeson, another Irishman who successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 — as a seemingly innocuous Christmas present. However it didn’t take long for him to become obsessed with its subject matter. Naturally, he is now considerably more confident and adept in a boat and despite the fact that the race won’t get underway until June 2014, his training is already at an intensive stage.“I’m training seven times a week,” he says. “Ideally it would be 10 or 11 sessions a week, but with a nine-to-five job and a girlfriend, it’s difficult to juggle everything at the moment. It would be a mixture of weights, cardio, running, rowing on the machine — the key would be getting out on the water itself, so the currach at the moment is going up and down the Liffey in the evenings and then down the Irish Sea at the weekends.” And having to cope with such pressure will undoubtedly result in several tense moments, however Cavanagh explains that the crew are determined to handle such circumstances in as positive a manner as possible.“I’ve said to the other lads, we’ve only really three rules on board — with the tight space that we have, there’s no negativity on the boat because you can’t go anywhere if you have a fight with somebody. The second rule is don’t be late for your shift. It’s important that you’re not two or three minutes late where those 60 seconds on the boat are golden — that’s all you have. Then the third rule is do not miss your shift. You find you get to the point where your bartering — you get to the point where you say ‘I’ll give you this if you do five minutes.’”last_img read more

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Eircom to remove 20 hazardous micro pillars in Dublin

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has requested Eircom remove 20 power supply micro pillars built without planning permission in ‘hazardous locations’.Some 181 of these structures, which each provide a power supply to a corresponding telecommunications cabinet, were erected around the city between July and September of this year. The council said today that “permission was not sought or granted”.In total, 20 of these steel micro pillars are in hazardous locations on footpaths around the city.“Dublin City Council notified Eircom immediately of the unauthorized status of the micro pillars and that Eircom must make safe all hazardous micro pillars, until such time as they are removed,” the council said.In a statement, Eircom said: These pillars are used to connect our fibre cabinets with the ESB network. Eircom is working closely with our contractors and Dublin City Council to remove the micro pillars and to replace them with underground joint boxes.The company has undertaken to have all of the problem pillars removed by 29 November and keep them barriered off in the meantime.The council said the remaining pillars still require planning permission.Read: Investigation launched after Eircom worker injured in Dublin fall>Read: Eircom pays €275k penalty for failing to repair faults equally>last_img read more

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Unite Insufficient progress made to defer notice of industrial action on ESB

first_imgUpdated 23.06pmESB MET WITH the group of unions in a hope to resolve the ongoing dispute about the firm’s pension scheme today.In a statement issued this evening Unite official Richie Browne said that today’s meeting had begun a process of dialogue, but stating:“Unite considers that insufficient progress was made to defer serving notice of industrial action on the company. Unite will, therefore, be serving notice on the ESB at 2pm tomorrow.”DisputeMr Browne said they ”will remain fully engaged in the process which began today and, together with the other unions involved, will be focusing all our efforts on resolving this dispute before 16 December”.In a statement tonight ESB said that there “was an open and frank exchange of views and significant differences remain between the parties”.They added:Both parties have agreed to engage in intensive dialogue focused on addressing these differences.Read: ‘You have brought this industrial relations crisis’ – ESB unions blame bosses>Read: ESB employees and management in talks to resolve pensions row>last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #ESB A new row is said to have broken out between unions and the ESB over terms of the settlement to avert threatened strike action. The ESB has said that the deal will not add any liabilities to their balance sheet – but unions disagree.2. #SHOOTINGS Gardaí are investigating separate shootings that took place in Dublin and Offaly last night. In Tullamore, a man returning home with his child was shot, as was a woman in her 20s; in Dublin two men were walking in Coolock when one was shot in the leg.3. #WHITE COLLAR CRIME At least 10 solicitors are being investigated by the garda fraud bureau under anti-money laundering laws, the Irish Independent reports. It says that a fresh wave of prosecutions is expected thanks to new laws.4. # THAILAND The prime minister of Thailand has called a snap election to try and defuse the kingdom’s political crisis. But the leaders of the anti-government movement said that they were not satisfied with new elections.5. #HSE The HSE is to ask the Government for an additional €199 million in funding for this year, the Irish Times reports. It says that an overall net deficit of €219m is to be recorded by the health authority for this year.6. #REVIEW A Civil Service performance review has been deemed a failure – after the majority of civil servants assessed passed, the Irish Times reports. The performance of less than 1 per cent of those assessed was described as ‘unacceptable’ or ‘needing improvement’.7. #SOPHIE Concern has been expressed by the solicitor of Ian Bailey after garda documents from the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation are said to have gone missing. Bailey is seeking a number of documents in his civil action against the State.8. #NARCOLEPSY Children and adults suing the State over narcolepsy contracted after getting a swine flu vaccination are no longer to receive HSE medical expenses, says RTÉ. However the HSE said its Director General was not aware of the letter sent to these people.9. #SYMPHYSIOTOMY Survivors of Symphysiotomy have said they are ‘appalled’ at the Government’s decision to oppose its cross-party private members’ bill. SOS is to take its case to the UN Committee Against Torture next year, the Irish Examiner reports.last_img read more

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Apple reaches deal to sell iPhones through Chinas largest mobile network

first_imgCHINESE USERS WELCOMED a long-awaited tie-up between Apple and China Mobile, the world’s biggest wireless operator, but analysts warned Monday that the deal’s impact depends on the quality of the carrier’s 4G network.The US technology giant and China Mobile unveiled the agreement to bring the iPhone to customers on a network with an estimated 760 million subscribers and until now dominated by low-cost Android smartphones.The US company’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C phones will be available at China Mobile and Apple retail stores across mainland China starting 17 January, they said in a joint statement.DemandChinese mobile phone users gave the deal a rousing ovation, hailing it as “a marathon love affair that finally came to a happy ending,” in the words of one fan.“It finally comes – I’ve been waiting for so long that I’m exhausted,” a user with the online handle Gluttonous Miser posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.Apple iPhones can currently be used on China Mobile’s 2G network, but not on its higher-speed 3G network due to a home-grown standard the carrier has adopted.While users were generally upbeat, some raised concerns about the cost of the devices to be offered by China Mobile.“Come on, the price must not let us down, it has to be encouraging, better not to go over 4,000 yuan (€480),” wrote another user.The unsubsidised price of the iPhone 5C, a model with a slightly reduced cost to appeal to budget-conscious consumers and available in a range of colours, is $550 in the US, but higher in other countries, often due to tax and regulatory issues.In China, the 5C currently sells at more than €510, and the 5S goes for €635 on Apple’s official China site. Apple and China Mobile said that pricing details under the new deal will be announced “at a later date”.However, analyst Ben Bajarin at Creative Strategies said he expects “some kind of subsidy” for the iPhone in China.“Carriers know the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market at helping them sell premium services. This is why it will always be relevant,” he said in a tweet.Negotiations between Apple and China Mobile took years, with one key hurdle reportedly being the US company’s demand for sales volume guarantees.Slow growthThe deal gives Apple a bigger entry into the huge Chinese market, as the company is facing declining market share and seeking to counter the flood of low-cost smartphones from rivals.Even though iPhone sales grew 25.6 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, growth was slower than the overall market and Apple’s market share fell to 12.9 per cent from 14.4 per cent in the same period last year, according to a survey by market intelligence firm IDC.But analysts said that the immediate benefit from the partnership will be limited given that many of China Mobile’s customers are already using iPhones, lessening the prospect of a sharp boost to sales.They said the main rationale for the deal was likely both companies’ strategy in the 4G era, which will allow users to – among other things – watch movies and play games on mobile networks at a much faster speed and in better quality.In the statement, Apple and China Mobile said the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C “both offer more 4G LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.”“The collaboration between Apple and China Mobile will give a big boost to the development of China’s homegrown 4G/TD-LTE technology,” it said.China granted three state-owned operators licenses early this month to offer services on the new network, and China Mobile is rolling out the world’s biggest 4G network.“If [China Mobile’s] 4G network comes online [with good quality], the impact will be rather big,” Xu Zhipeng, a Beijing-based analyst with research firm Zero2ipo Group, told AFP.However, given the operator’s problem-prone 3G network, it will take time for Chinese users to build up confidence and accept the new network, he said.“Customers may take a wait-and-see attitude towards its 4G network and will not rush to (grab an iPhone) as its price is rather high,” Xu said.- © AFP, 2013Read: EU passes deal on universal mobile phone charger >Read: You may need tissues to watch Apple’s new Christmas advert >last_img read more

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Snapshot Christmas Day swimmers at the Forty Foot and Seapoint

first_imgPLENTY PEOPLE BRAVED the elements this morning for a traditional Christmas Day swim to start the festivities.Alan Heffernan was at the Forty Foot.Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAs was John Crowe.Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesPhotographer Karl Martini was on hand to capture some of the swimmers when they came out of the water.You can view the rest of Karl’s images and his other work here at his website, karlmartini.com – and we’ve got a taster for you here.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #NI TALKS: A deal on contentious issues of parades and flags must be reached tomorrow, says US diplomat Richard Haass who is attempting to broker a deal between Northern Ireland’s main political parties.2. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he does not hold the same opinion on same-sex marriage as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, but said he will campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum.3. #FIRE: A ferry has returned to port in Newcastle after a fire broke out in a passenger cabin while out at sea. A number of crew and passengers have been taken to hospital by helicopter.4. #NUCLEAR: An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs from the 1980s shows the Irish government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.5. #JET: In 1982, the Transport and Defence departments and revealed that the government plane cost £579,325 to run.6. #POWER: Just 200 homes remain without power this morning as ESB workers are completing repairs following damage caused by stormy weather.7. #FAS: The former director-general of Fas has been hit with a Revenue bill of €10,000, reports The Sunday Times, as officials conclude it was benefit-in-kind when his wife accompanied him on official trips abroad.8. #EIRGRID: The Sunday Independent reports that there is a second wave of pylons that will see 45 metre towers running along the Dublin commuter belts.9. #ISRAEL: The Israeli military have confirmed it has shelled Lebanon after two rockets landed in northern Israel, reports the BBC.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#FIRE: Two Irish students have been killed after a fire engulfed an Irish college in Belgium. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the two victims were 22-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford and 19-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore, Galway.2.#STORMS: Ireland is going to be hit by bad weather again this weekend. Really bad weather. Winds of up to 130km per hour are being forecast and an Orange Alert warning has been upgraded to cover the whole country. The worst of the weather is due to hit at around 3am.3.#PORTLAOISE: It has been revealed that a letter was written that expressed concerns over staffing levels at Portlaoise Hospital before the deaths of four children. On the back of the RTÉ Prime Time investigation into the hospital, RTÉ reported that 32 midwives at the hospital wrote to the then Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen and Minister for Health, Mary Harney back in 2006. They expressed a “real fear” that children could die because of inadequate staffing.4.#KNOX: Amanda Knox has told a US chat-show that she has no faith in the Italian justice system and that she will “never willingly” go back to the country. Knox was last night convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. However, she did not attend the trial and now faces being the centre of an extradition row between Italy and the US.5.#ONE MIS-DIRECTION: A man in Galway has been charged with selling counterfeit concert tickets. The fakes were for the upcoming Beyonce and One Direction concerts. Gardaí say the man was arrested while driving his car near Tuam. The haul is believed to be ‘significant’.last_img read more

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Gardaí renew appeal for 25yearold missing since Christmas Day

first_imgGARDAÍ IN NORTH County Dublin have issued a new appeal for information in a bid to trace a 25-year-old man who has been missing since Christmas Day.Paul Byrne was last seen in the early hours of the morning on 25 December on Sandy Lane in Rush.He is 5’5″ in height, of thin build, with blue eyes and short light brown hair. When he was last seen, Paul was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black jacket with a Ralph Lauren logo on one side.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 – 802 0510, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.last_img read more

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Soros predicts 25 year slump in Europe without action

first_imgBILLIONAIRE INVESTOR GEORGE Soros said Europe faces 25 years of Japanese-style stagnation unless politicians pursue further integration of the currency bloc and change policies that have discouraged banks from lending.While the immediate financial crisis that has plagued Europe since 2010 “is over,” it still faces a political crisis that has divided the region between creditor and debtor nations, Soros, 83, said in a Bloomberg Television interview in London today. At the same time, banks have been encouraged to pass stress tests, rather than boost the economy by providing capital to businesses, he said.Europe “may not survive 25 years of stagnation,” Soros said in the interview with Francine Lacqua. “You have to go further with the integration. You have to solve the banking problem, because Europe is lagging behind the rest of the world in sorting out its banks.”Soros, whose hedge-fund firm gained about 20 percent a year on average from 1969 to 2011, has been a constant critic of how the European currency bloc was designed and of budget cuts imposed on indebted nations such as Greece and Spain at the height of the crisis. He said more “radical” policies are required to avoid a “long period” of stagnation.Yields FallingInvestors have concluded that Europe’s debt crisis has waned, with the average yield-to-maturity on bonds from Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain falling to 2.4 percent yesterday, the lowest in the history of the euro area, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch indexes. That’s down from more than 9.5 percent in 2011, when the region was rocked by concern that nations would struggle to service their debt, risking a breakup of the currency bloc.European bank shares are “very depressed,” making it an “attractive time” to invest, Soros said. Still, he said it is going to be a “very tough year” for lenders as they try to shrink balance sheets and boost their capital to pass the European Central Bank’s stress tests, he said.The 43-member Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index trades at a 0.2 percent discount to book value, while the KBW Bank Index, which tracks 24 U.S. lenders, trades at a 14 percent premium, data compiled by Bloomberg show.The ECB will analyze lenders this year to determine whether they could survive an economic crisis. ECB Chairman Mario Draghi has said he’s determined to convince investors that the health check is thorough and credible.Ukraine CrisisSoros Fund Management LLC, the hedge-fund firm that Soros turned into a New York-based family office three years ago to manage only his personal wealth, made $5.5 billion of investment gains in 2013, according to LCH Investments NV. The profits were more than any hedge-fund manager, according to LCH, a firm overseen by the Edmond de Rothschild Group that invests in hedge funds.Soros also said Ukraine should serve as a “wake-up call” for Europe, because the political turmoil the country now faces stems in part from the same problems that triggered the region’s financial crisis.The European Union required “too much” of Ukraine and offered “too little” as the country attempted to join the political bloc, he said. That enabled Russian President Vladimir Putin to fill the void and gain power in Ukraine, he said.“Europe needs to rediscover its own European identity — instead of each country just pursuing its own national interests and getting further into conflict with the others,” Soros said. “I hope Europe passes this test” in Ukraine, he said.Soros, who made $1 billion betting against the U.K. pound in 1992, added that a British referendum on leaving the EU would be “disastrous,” because it would cost the country jobs.U.K. growth has been fueled by multinational companies selling goods and services to Europe, so it would be “suicidal” if the country left, he said.- © BloombergIreland’s economy forecast to grow 1.7 per cent in 2014>last_img read more

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Russia seizes another Crimean military base

first_imgRUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE seized control of a new Ukrainian military base in Crimea, throwing stun grenades and tying up the hands of Ukrainian marines, the Ukrainian defence ministry said.The Russian troops stormed the naval base in Feodosia in western Crimea in the early hours of the morning, using armoured personnel carriers and stun grenades, the spokesman of the Ukrainian defence ministry for Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page.He said that three Russian vehicles were then seen leaving the base carrying Ukrainian marines whose hands had been tied up. Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger.Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger, and Moscow has in the last days moved to ensure total military control over the peninsula.Elite Russian troops firing into the air and backed by armoured vehicles had on Saturday stormed Ukraine’s Belbek airbase in Crimea after earlier taking other bases as well as naval vessels. © AFP, 2014Read: “The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine”: Kiev fears Russia ready to attacklast_img read more

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The burning question Does prospect of snow excite or fill you with

first_img B – Excitement (1361) C – Hot chocolate (1162) A – DreadB – ExcitementC – Hot chocolateVoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie.See previous Burning Questions > Poll Results:center_img A – Dread (404) WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week ahead and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: At least a dozen counties are under a snow and ice warning. Not fun for those out on the roads in those places, and yet some of us seem to get excited at the prospect of snow.Which camp do you fall into?Vote here: The prospect of snow fills me with…last_img read more

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Video Shatter says TDs playing silly political games over penalty points

first_imgJUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has criticised TDs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Mick Wallace for their reaction to the penalty points controversy, saying Flanagan had “made something of a circus” out of the issue.Speaking outside Leinster House this afternoon, the Justice Minister also  said that Independent TD Mick Wallace was playing “silly political games” by calling the report into penalty points a “whitewash” before he had read it.The Minister also spoke about a proposal which could see mobile phone networks shut down in certain areas during the G8 summit which takes place in Fermanagh in June.He said that the new law would be necessary to compel phone companies to cooperate in the event of an unprecedented attack.(Videos: Hugh O’Connell/YouTube)- Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: Shatter versus Ming: Justice Minister takes aim at ‘self-serving’ TD > Read: Mobile phone networks could be shut off during G8 due to terror threats > Read: Three ‘posible breaches’ identified in penalty points report >last_img read more

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Kids have serious pester power on family food purchases

first_imgTHE INFLUENCE OF children on their parents’ purchasing decisions is strongest when it comes to buying food. The latest Pulse survey from media agency Carat has broken down the areas where children’s ‘pester power’ is most obvious.The choice of breakfast cereal eaten by the family is the decision most open to being swayed by what the juniors in the household want. After that, their influence is most felt in the choice of snacks and treats, then on sport equipment and clothing, cheese and yoghurt and to a much more moderate effect, the choice of food for general meals.They have less influence on the choice of TV service provider, general groceries, but are starting to have some power in the computer, tablet or phone used in a household.See this table for the full rundown:table courtesy of CaratThere are some other insights into how Irish households shop available in the findings:Women have more influence in food shopping in non-parenting relationshipsIn two-parent families, the mother is more likely to make food purchase decisions on her own; if men do the food shopping, they tend to make those decisions in conjunction with other family membersIn single-parent families, men are “less likely to involve their children in family menus/food purchase decisions”; women in single-parent families do involve the children in menu choices but still take control over what food brands and products are boughtWhen it comes to services and utilities, be that banking, TV and internet providers, motoring and so on, 34 per cent of men with a partner/spouse say they make the decisions in those areas while 25 per cent of women say they are the sole decision maker.There is one area on which partners seem to be able to agree – they are most likely to make decisions together on decor/DIY.13 ads that make you want to stick knitting needles in your eyes and ears>Cheese exempt from new advertising rules>last_img read more

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