Womens EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Groups decided

On 27 April 2011 the draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification took place in Castle Nienoord in Leek, Netherlands.The draw was carried out by Jan Tuik, Chairman of the EHF Competitions Commission and Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General. The two were assisted by Angela Malestein and Larissa Van Dorst, members of the Dutch W19 national team.Qualification GroupsGROUP 1GermanyHungaryBelarusAzerbaijanGROUP 2RomaniaSerbiaPortugalWinner Qualification Phase 1*GROUP 3RussiaMontenegroPolandSecond Qualification Phase 1*GROUP 4FranceFYR MacedoniaTurkeyLithuaniaGROUP 5SwedenAustriaSloveniaCzech RepublicGROUP 6DenmarkCroatiaSlovakiaItalyGROUP 7SpainUkraineIcelandSwitzerland*The two last nations will be known after the Qualification Phase 1, where four teams – Greece, Great Britain, Finland and Israel – play for the two last places in the EHF EURO 2012 Qualification on 03-05 June 2011.Qualification ModusThe EHF EURO 2012 Qualification is played in six qualification rounds. All teams meet every group opponent twice, in one home and one away match. The rounds are planned to take place in three pairs.Round 1: 19-20 October 2011Round 2: 22-23 October 2011Round 3: 21-22 March 2012Round 4: 24-25 March 2012Round 5: 30-31 May 2012Round 6: 02-03 June 2012The teams finishing on first and second place will qualify to the final tournament, which will take place between 02 and 16 December 2012 in the Netherlands.text: eurohandball.com Netherlands handballWomen’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Milestone for Jurack, 300 games for the national team! Next Story → Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 read more

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Strahinja Milic stays in Vardar Skopje

← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen lost battle for EHF CL! Next Story → Garcia Parrondo ready for Velux EHF F4 in Cologne! Macedonian handballSkopjeStrahinja MilicVardar Skopje Serbian goalkeeper Strahinja Milic (22) decided to stay in Macedonian vice-champion, Vardar Skopje for one more season. Former player of HC Partizan Beograd and Danish BSV Silkeborg, came to Skopje last February after EHF CL campaign with the Serbian champion and EHF EURO 2012, where he was third goalkeeper of silver Serbian NT.He is considered as one of the biggest talents of Serbian handball. read more

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VELUX EHF CL 20142015 to start in Schaffhausen

← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2014: Easy start for Barca Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce win opener of the season Here are the complete groups of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/2015.Group ATHW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)PSG HB (FRA)HC Brest Meshkov (BLR)Group BFC Barcelona (ESP)KIF Kolding (DEN)Alingsas HK (SWE)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Besiktas MOGAZ HT (TUR)Group CMKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HC Vardar (MKD)Montpellier AH (FRA)Group DKS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pick Szeged (HUN)Aalborg Handbold (DEN)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)The opener will be seen in Schaffhausen on September 25, when Kadetten will meet Vive Targi Kielce. read more

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FANTASTIC SEASON Barcelona win Kings Cup

FC Barcelona had one of the greatest seasons in club’s history despite all the fantastic years behind the squad of Xavi Pascual. All possible trophies are in the room of the most successful club in handball history. The last one “King’s Cup” was won on Sunday against local rival BM Granollers 27:26.27 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas, Víctor Tomás (7), Sorhaindo (1), Gurbindo (1), Viran Morros (1), Katabatic (4) y Sigurdsson (1). También jugaron Noddesbo (6), Raúl Enterríos (6), Aitor Ariño, Rutenka y Lazarov.26 – GRANOLLERS:Pejanovic, Ferrán Solé (5, 1p), David Resina, Álvaro Ruíz (4,2p), Grundsten (2), Toledo (3) y Juan del Arco (4). También jugaron Blanxart, Marc García, Adriá Pérez (4), Adrián Figueres (4) y Salva Puig. ← Previous Story Romania take advantage of the Serbian troubles Next Story → Kentin Mahe to SG Flensburg read more

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MORK DYNASTY leads Larvik to victory in Romania

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Larvik, Budućnost and Bucharest celebrate away wins! Next Story → Vardar smash Kielce 34:24 Larvik HKThea and Nora Mork Norwegian Larvik HK showed capability to play serious role again at the Women’s EHF Champions League. Last season’s finalists made the life much more easier in the upcoming weeks by important win in Romanian Baia Mare 31:29 (19:14) after surprising home defeat at the start of the competition against Russian Rostov Don – 21:27.The true leaders in the away success have been twin-sisters Mork, Nora and Thea. Right back and left wing of the Norwegian roster scored nine goals each – 18 in total! They have been followed by Amanda Kurtovic who netted seven goals.The second match of the Group A will be played in Rostor on Don, where Russian girls waiting for Slovenian RK Krim Mercator. read more

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HANDBALL PERSON 201516 – Joana Bolling

HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations. Dagur Sigurdsson (6%, 175 Votes) Total Voters: 2,696 Cristina Neagu (5%, 125 Votes) Alexander Meshkov (11%, 294 Votes) MVM Veszprem FANS (37%, 989 Votes) Joana Bolling (40%, 1,086 Votes) HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016 is JOANA BOLLING. The 20 years-old Argentinian handball girl decided to donate a kidney to her father, Elnes, who is suffering from renal failure. With her intention to help his father and put his sports career on risk in Olympic year which is the biggest dream of all athletes on the Planet.“The thought of saying no to donating because of the date never crossed my mind. This is more important than handball,” Bolling told to the local press a few weeks ago.Joana Bolling won the biggest number of almost 3.000 Handball-Planet.com visitors votes.PREVIOUS WINNERS:2012 – DRAGAN ADŽIĆ (ŽRK BUDUĆNOST / MONTENEGRO)2013 – DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK (HSV HANDBALL – CROATIA)2014 – NIKOLA KARABATIĆ (FC BARCELONA – FRANCE)Who is the HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016? ← Previous Story El Jaish Sports Club win Qatari Cup Next Story → Men’s EHF Cup Final 4: Granollers VS Nantes, Chambery on Goppingen Handball Person 2015Joana Bolling Thorir Hergeirsson (1%, 27 Votes) read more

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NEW CROATIA Cervar makes completely new coaching staff

← Previous Story EHF Cup: Magdeburg, Goppingen and Saint Raphael still on 100% Next Story → “Handball Totti” to leave RK PPD Zagreb? It was expected that Croatia get a new headcoach after bad results in front of home crowd at Men’s EHF EURO 2018, when host nation ended at fifth place. At the end, the full price of average result in January is payed by people around Cervar, but not himself.Cervar will stay on the bench, already preparing team for two matches against Sweden in EHF week on April 5 and 7, forced with new assistant, goalkeeper’s coach and NT director.Hrvoje Horvat and Zlatko Horvat are replaced by Davor Dominikovic, former NT player who won with Cervar two gold medals at WCh 2003 and Olympic Games 2004.Mirko Basic will work with goalkeepers instead of Vlado Sola, while Igor Vori will be director of the national team instead of Darko Udovicic. Croatia handballLino Cervar read more

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Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren iwas replacement

Mikael AppelgrenRoland Mikler Roland Mikler will change club’s colors at the end of the current contract with Telekom Veszprem in June 2019, according to several sources.The 34-years old Hungarian goalkeeper decided to come back to Szeged, in the club with whom he made a great step forward to the TOP goalkeeper’s class in period between 2010 and 2014.Mikler reinforced Veszprem in 2014, where in his first season was elected for the best EHF Champions League goalkeeper.He could play again with his former team-mate from Veszprem, Mirko Alilovic, who came to Szeged this summer with three-years contract until 2021.Another Pick Szeged goalie Marin Sego has valid contract until June 2019.There is no certain info about the replacement for Roland Mikler in Veszprem, who will join Arpad Sterbik between the posts. There are rumours that it could be Swedish Mikael Appelgren from Rhein Neckar Lowen, but also plans could change after Ljubomir Vranjes left Hungarian team.    ← Previous Story Nikolay Stepanec overtakes “hot bench” in Zaporozhye Next Story → Chambery Savoie and Fahrudin Melic together until 2022 read more

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How much will Seanad abolition save Quinn doesnt know but Hayes says

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxgJTlWAnNwTWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS have different views on how much abolishing the Seanad will save.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said today that he is “not entirely clear” on how much of a saving would be achieved if the referendum on abolition is passed next month.By contrast Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes, said that the Houses of the Oireachtas figure was “in the region of €20 million” and said it is a “key part of the campaign”.Asked if Taoiseach Enda Kenny should debate Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the abolition of the Seanad, Hayes said:The two ministers were speaking at the launch of the Newgrange Children’s Art Competition at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin where Hayes even promised to turn on the sun:Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Oireachtas: It’s not possible to estimate how much abolishing Seanad would saveRumble in Ranelagh: McDowell and Quinn clash over future of SeanadRead: “I don’t want to embarrass you” – Taoiseach’s excuse for not doing TV debate with Martinlast_img read more

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Two held after €1 million cannabis growhouse raided in Kerry

first_imgTWO MEN ARE being questioned after gardaí raided a cannabis growhouse in Tralee.Around 1,000 plants were discovered in the operation. Gardaí estimate the drugs have a street value in the region of €1 million.The discovery was made following a planned search at an industrial unit in the Clash area this morning.Two men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were arrested at the scene. They’re being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tralee Garda station.The area has been sealed off pending forensic tests.Read: Two in court over giant €2 million cocaine and heroin seizurelast_img read more

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Cancercausing radon found in over 430 Irish homes

first_imgUpdated 21:00A GAS THAT causes cancer has been found in over 430 homes in Ireland.Radon is the second-biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths in Ireland each year.The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) said it found 434 homes with high levels of radon gas in the past 18 months.Dr Ann McGarry, Chief Executive of the RPII, said that Ireland has a significant radon problem, and has some of the highest radon levels found in Europe.Our research indicates that there are over 91,000 homes with high levels of radon and just over 7,900 have been found to date. Exposure to high radon levels causes lung cancer and many families are unknowingly living with a high risk to their health.The highest radon level found was in a home in Tralee, Co Kerry, which was 26 times the acceptable level. This meant that the occupants were receiving the equivalent radiation dose of approximately 18 chest X-rays per day, or 6500 per year.The survey found that 10 other homes – five in Kerry, three in Galway and one each in Clare and Wexford – had radon levels in excess of 10 times the acceptable level. The occupants of these homes received an equivalent radiation dose of more than 2500 chest X-rays per year.In addition to this, a further 39 homes had radon levels between four and 10 times the acceptable level in Galway (15), Wexford (6), Kerry (4), Sligo (4), Cork (2), Wicklow (2), Clare (1), Limerick (1), Louth (1), Mayo (1), Tipperary (1) and Waterford (1).The remaining 384 homes had radon levels up to four times the acceptable level and were found in high radon areas throughout the country.Finding radonIn order to test for radon, you place a radon detector in a bedroom and a second in a living room for a three-month period.After this, the detectors are sent by post for analysis to companies such as the RPII. The cost of a measurement is generally around €50.Improving indoor ventilation could reduce the level of moderate radon by up to half, while for higher levels, installation of a fan assisted sump is the most common method of remediation.If you want to find out if you are living in a high radon area, check out the RPII’s website or phone freefone 1800 300 600.First published 06:30Read: Even low levels of air pollution can lead to lung cancer, major new study shows>Read: Cancer-causing radon gas found in 341 homes>last_img read more

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Labour Senator Jimmy Harte remains in critical but stable condition

first_imgA LABOUR SENATOR who sustained serious head injuries over the weekend remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital tonight.Labour’s Jimmy Harte was found unconscious at Newmarket Square in Dublin at around 4am in the early hours of Saturday morning after sustaining serious injuries in what is now believed to have been an accidental fall.Harte had attended the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 win over Latvia at the Aviva Stadium earlier on Friday night and is believed to have been heading home after socialising with family and friends.Harte was taken to St James’s Hospital but later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was put into an induced coma and received treatment.Speaking on Highland Radio earlier, the Mayor of Letterkenny, Pascal Blake, said that hundreds of people had been in touch with him to wish Harte well.A Labour spokesperson confirmed earlier that the senator remains in a critical but stable condition and said they are hopeful of a quick and full recovery.“His family have been encouraged and heartened by all the messages of support they have received in recent days,” he said.An avid soccer fan and sports enthusiast, Harte is a popular figure around Leinster House and politicians from all sides of the house have been quick to offer their sympathies.In addition to this, the FAI tweeted earlier:Harte joined Labour in 2010 and contested the 2011 general election in Donegal North East. He failed to win a seat, coming fourth in the three-seat constituency.But he was elected to the Seanad Industrial and Commercial Panel in April of that year.Read: Labour Senator Jimmy Harte found with serious head injuries in Dublinlast_img read more

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PHOTO Check out this amazing picture of Dublin from space

first_imgIF YOU DON’T already follow him on Twitter, you might not have heard of astronaut Chris Hadfield – but if you have, you’ll know he has a pretty fanatical following online and among geeks worldwide.Hadfield is currently abroad the International Space Station – of which he will take full command next month, when a trio of fellow travellers return to Earth – and has taken to regularly tweeting photographs shot from 350km above the surface of our planet.Here’s his latest: Dublin at night.“Tá Éire fíorálainn!,” he tweeted this evening, making an admirable stab at Irish spelling. “Land of green hills and dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”(If you’re a bit confused, the photo isn’t facing the ‘right way up’ – you should rotate it about 120° anti-clockwise to position it correctly. That is, the direction corresponding to 4 o’clock on a clock is actually north.)Check out how dark it is in the Phoenix Park…Edit: Because a few readers have asked, here’s the photo the right way up:Read: ‘My daughter is in Ireland’: Astronaut Chris Hadfield says ‘ask me anythinglast_img read more

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The Secret Candidate Heres why no junk mail signs are my absolute

first_imgMY ABSOLUTE PET hate? “no junk mail” signs. You see them everywhere now, and it’s getting worse: nobody takes down a no junk mail sign ever, so there are always more of them this week than there were last week or last year. Even somebody in my own family has one, which really annoys me.In rural areas, it can be as many as 25 per cent of houses that have them, and on certain roads in urban areas, it can be as many as half the houses. It bothers me for a few reasons.Firstly, because they aren’t distinct: you have two categories of people with no junk mail signs. Some people don’t want pizza menus etc, but absolutely want – and thank you for – the political stuff. Then other people don’t want either, and will sometimes open their door and tell you that as they shove it back in your face. Someone, not too long ago, slapped me on the back of my head with one as I turned to leave.But how do you distinguish? You can’t, on the face of it, without knocking on the door (and then they aren’t always in, of course), so you just have to live and learn really. Some candidates err on the side of caution, some don’t, and it’s really just a matter of choice.However, a question I often find me asking myself – and sometimes always want to ask the person opening the door to give me back my well-thought-out, interesting enough (or so I say!) bit of information: how do you make your mind up? Is it purely based on party?What if your generally preferred party candidate is quite lazy and does very little by way of representing the community or putting things forward at Council meetings? In short: how can you tell the difference between who has done work and who hasn’t? The answer often arrives with a sad thud: they don’t want to, they “know which party they’re voting for”.Too local, too nationalIt often seems that Irish politics in many ways is still too local, but then in other ways is too nationally-driven. For instance, last time I wrote here, a few fair criticisms came up in the comments, where people said “the candidate shouldn’t be dealing with that kind of work; tree trimming, footpaths etc are all the work of the Council itself”.There is some truth to this, and where possible I do try and empower people so that they know in future the right person in the Council to contact directly, but at the same time it can sometimes be obvious to someone like myself on the ground that Job A is quite urgent and that a representation might bring that fact to light. However, the criticism that Irish politics is still a bit too local is valid, but yet the criticism that Irish politics is still a bit too national is also to my mind valid and I think both statements can sit side-by-side.If you consider the amount of emphasis, even in these elections, that is placed on the performance of the leaders of parties or a few prominent figures within parties, you begin to see that. People very rarely mention their local TDs at the door to me from any party, yet I often hear the names of the most prominent people at the top of the party, who do seem to form opinion more often than not, both from Government and opposition.This is the second reason why “no junk mail” signs bother me so much. I think that individual candidates should be seen as more than just the badge wearer of their party. I do think it’s worth keeping one leaflet from every individual, having a good look at each of them, and deciding based on ideas, or experience, or workrate or whatever your personal criteria might be, to go for that candidate.However, with “no junk mail”, you often shut the door on half of candidates who won’t drop leaflets into your door, and while you might say “well, they should knock instead!”, you’re absolutely right – they should knock instead – but for a great many logistical reasons this may not be possible.‘A half-decent substitute’ I have knocked on doors one or two nights a week, for approximately two hours, for the last five years, yet I won’t have met every person in the constituency. In fact, I’ll probably be closer to 35 per cent by a back of envelope calculation. That one or two nights will translate- depending – into another one or two nights worth of case work. On top of that, you have local events (and no, it isn’t just “to be seen” as some cynic suggested, I just like supporting charities – I have done before politics, I will do after politics), residents meetings, Council meetings etc.That’s the third reason why no junk mail signs bother me: you can’t possibly meet every constituent, and it’s obvious from many of last week’s comments that some people don’t get to meet any local politicians ever, so surely a newsletter is at least a half-decent substitute? It’s hardly that politicians don’t want to meet you – trust me, politicians always want to meet people – there’s no substitute for it. Sometimes it’s just the case that they can’t meet everybody.This is the final reason why they bother me: it’s not the signs themselves, but it’s that, if they specify the fact and mean no political junk mail, then they represent people cutting themselves off from the political system locally. I work really hard to represent people, get things done, and make sure that if they need me they know where to find me.Saying “No political leaflets” is, to me, a slap in the face. I understand many leaflets are rubbish (I don’t mean mine, obviously…) that wouldn’t be out of place in North Korea for their totalitarian “aren’t we great?” view of the world, but surely at least everybody has one person in their locality who isn’t so bad as to make you want to ignore all of them?Or maybe most of us don’t. Trust in politicians, according to the Edelman barometer, has been very low for years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s recovering any time soon. Maybe that’s the problem.‘The Secret Candidate’ is running for a city council seat. Their identity is known to TheJournal.ieRead: Follow our European elections coverage here >last_img read more

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Gerry Adams The Taoiseachs salary undermines his agenda

first_imgHe said that Sinn Féin had a party position that had been determined at its last Ard Fheis that it would not allow a free vote on legislation for the X Case.Last year the party stripped its Meath West Peadar Toibín of a number of Oireachtas committee chairmanships after he abstained from a vote on private members’ legislation for abortion.Adams said that any TD who votes against the party whip on the government’s forthcoming legislation will be dealt with:Border pollOn the issue of a united Ireland and a border poll, which his party recently called for, Adams acknowledged that the “majority of the people in the North don’t want a united Ireland”.“Unionists don’t want a united Ireland so we’re not running away from that issue. That’s a challenge for us to persuade [them],” he said.He said that a border poll – which a recent opinion poll found would be rejected by voters in the North – was not something that would be “foisted” by the Sinn Féin hierarchy but insisted it was part of the Good Friday Agreement.“Let’s continue the debate, let’s set a date, and let’s give the people their say on this big issue,” he said.Adams added: “Of course the British government will try to avoid a border poll unless an Irish government lives up to its responsibilities.“Constitutionally the government is obliged to work for a united Ireland and it’s not enough for the Taoiseach to say it’s inevitable. He has to work for it as well.”Sinn Féin in oppositionAdams also said that his party was fundamentally opposed to austerity and the general policies of the government.But he insisted that despite claims to the contrary there were some things the government is doing that Sinn Féin actually supports:More from TheJournal.ie’s extensive interview with Gerry Adams:‘I’ll certainly lead Sinn Féin into the next election’There were TDs intoxicated on night of promissory note debate, Adams claimsOn Twitter: I don’t mind if people think my tweeting is weirdOther Leader Interviews: Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should earn the same salary as a working TD and believes that the new Croke Park deal is only “tinkering with those at the top”.In a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie at Leinster House last week, Adams said that he expects his TDs to vote as one on any legislation for the X Case on abortion and also acknowledged that most people in the North do not want a united Ireland.Adams said that the negotiated successor to the Croke Park deal on public sector pay and reform was not a good deal but said it was up to the trade unions to decide whether or not they want to accept the proposals.The Louth TD said: “The fact is there was an opportunity for the government to take a different position and that was to bring in a wealth tax, to bring in an extra tax for those who are earning over €100,000.”‘Tinkering at the top’He said that the government was “tinkering with those at the top” in its decision to reduce the pay of those earning over €65,000 by between 5.5 and 10 per cent.“If you take eight per cent off a nurse you’re taking a huge amount out of that nurse’s salary. If you take eight or ten per cent off something that the Taoiseach’s earning he can live with that without any problem whatsoever,” Adams said.He said that Sinn Féin would introduce a wealth tax and a temporary third tax band in order to raise the type of savings that the government is seeking through the public sector pay deal and said that the Taoiseach should be on an ordinary TD’s salary:On the issue of abortion Adams said that he resented the belief that legislating for the Supreme Court verdict in the  X Case – which provides for abortion where a woman’s life is at risk including risk of suicide – would be exploited.“That has not been my experience of Irish women,” he said. “I just think that’s scaremongering, it’s hysterical and it’s just not respectful of women.No women that I know, and I’m sure this goes for all women, ever wants to have an abortion or to terminate their pregnancy. No woman wants to do that.last_img read more

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Man arrested after young boy stabbed over 20 times on Greek vacation

first_imgA DUTCHMAN HAS been arrested in Greece for allegedly stabbing at least 20 times a 12-year-old Russian boy who was vacationing on the island of Crete.The boy was found early on Wednesday morning bleeding in the parking lot of the hotel in the town of Hersonissos where his family was staying.According to the police, he had been missing since Tuesday evening when a show was held on the premises.His mother told authorities that the 20-year-old accused had stolen her son’s iPad and mobile phone and he had gone to reclaim them when he disappeared.The Dutchman, who was working at the hotel as a performer, has confessed to stealing the items and stabbing the boy.He then pushed his victim into the bushes surrounding the parking lot.Local coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that the boy was stabbed at least 20 times in the chest, back and other parts of his body.Most of the wounds are not deep and vital organs appear undamaged, the coroner said.But the victim was kept in an emergency unit overnight before being flown to Athens, where he is being treated at a children’s clinic, he said.The self-confessed attacker was taken to a prosecutor today.Crete is one of Greece’s main travel destinations, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.- © AFP 2013.Read: Man stabbed at Dublin shopping centre>last_img read more

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Iranian judge summons Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg over privacy complaints

first_imgA JUDGE IN southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, news agency ISNA has reported.It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked.It is highly unlikely that Zuckerberg would appear in an Iranian court since there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States.Some Iranian courts have in recent years issued similar rulings that could not be carried out.Another Iranian court last week had ordered Instagram blocked over privacy concerns. However, users in the capital, Tehran, still could access both applications around noon Tuesday. In Iran, websites and Internet applications have sometimes been reported blocked but remained operational.Facebook is already banned in the country, along with other social websites like Twitter and YouTube. However some senior leaders like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are active on Twitter.While top officials have unfettered access to social media, Iran’s youth and technological-savvy citizens use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.The administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani is opposed to blocking such websites before authorities create local alternatives. Social media has offered a new way for him and his administration to reach out to the West as it negotiates with world powers over the country’s contested nuclear program.“We should see the cyber world as an opportunity,” Rouhani said last week, according to the official IRNA news agency. “Why are we so shaky? Why don’t we trust our youth?”Hard-liners, meanwhile, accuse Rouhani of failing to stop the spread of what they deem as “decadent” Western culture in Iran.Read: Facebook to offer its 1.28 billion users a privacy check-up >last_img read more

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Hamas rejects extension of ceasefire but denies firing rockets

first_imgPalestinians walk through dust by the rubble of houses, destroyed or damaged by Israeli strikes in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHAMAS HAS REJECTED an extension to a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel, leading to thousands fleeing their homes in Gaza City.An AFP correspondent says that in light of the expiration of the deal at 5am, people have begun leaving their homes in fear of a return to Israeli shelling.Israel’s army has claimed this morning that the Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down two missiles fired from Gaza, destined for the southern city of Ashkolon.“Since 08:00 IDT (0500 GMT), terrorists fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel. A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon,” a statement from the IDF said.“Additional rockets hit open areas in southern Israel,” the army said, putting the number at over 10.However, Hamas said they were not responsible as the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigade, took responsibility for firing “three Grad rockets at Ashkelon” in a statement. Source: AFP news agency/YouTube“We have one position, we refuse to extend the ceasefire, it is a final decision. Israel did not propose anything,” said one senior Hamas official after a long meeting with Egyptian mediators.“It did not agree to end the blockade” of Gaza, he added, referring to a key Hamas demand to end the four-week conflict that has killed almost 2,000 Palestinians.AFP contributed reportingRead: Amnesty accuses Israeli army of “deliberate attacks” on Gaza health workersRead: With six hours to go, no-one knows if the Gaza ceasefire will hold or notlast_img read more

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These handbags held the precious belongings of asylum patients

first_imgYou can’t blame the Church. The State government and local families knew what was going on. There were many people who did need care. There were many people because it was so easy to get rid of the “inconvenient”.“In these systems of institutional management, the human being suffers,” said Counihan. “They have to suffer as the system is more concerned with its own running than the people it cares for.”“In some of them there were life histories,” said Counihan.“Photos of children, perhaps of themselves on a beach, boys playing on haystacks. There were seashells, lipsticks, mirrors, vanity compacts, books of Virgil.” A great cultural richness is to be found within this material that might tell us much about ourselves and about our society.Alan Counihan first heard of the personal items when he saw the final Mary Raftery documentary, Behind the Walls.He was fascinated by the idea of the hospital archives, which go back almost 200 years and contain a “huge pile of mostly women’s handbags and possessions”.These belongings had been found scattered around the room, but as Counihan discovered, they had initially been carefully kept in boxes.“Over the years, people broke into boxes, went through them and rifled them. And that’s how they came to be out on the floor,” said Counihan.As an artist, he felt that the bags would be an interesting subejct from an artistic but also a social point of view. He contacted the National Archives who then put him in contact with the retired chaplain and head of nursing at Richmond, who had kept the items for safekeeping.Counihan received permission from the HSE to sort through the items, and soon a vision of how they could become a work of art came to him.I saw the image really early on of the handbags in a dark room turned upside down, lit from inside with contents spilling out. And I just said ‘I have to make this’.A looped soundtrack plays the recorded voices of actors reading from correspondence found within the containers, from case notes and from hospital management records.Life in a bagThe items belonged to patients who died within the hospital for the most part, and so the work brings up questions of abandonment, confinement, and the treatment of people with mental health issues.The items are not presented in a way that betrays the patients’ identities. “The right to privacy doesn’t die with the person,” asserted Counihan. “That privacy had to be protected.”He acknowledges there was a sense of voyeurism to some of his work, in discovering people’s lives; like a letter from a man to his girlfriend who was in a mother-and-baby home.“Something happens in a life that for however long a period or short a period, they lose their moorings,” he said of the patients. “And they end up in institutional care.”He also noted that asylums sustained towns like Ballinasloe and Clonmel, being a source of revenue. This would have led to a reticence to close them down.Counihan found the HSE to have been “very trusting” with him over the project, although it was difficult to get funding for – he was turned down by the Arts Council twice.However, thanks to a Fundit campaign, he was able to get it over the line.Emotional exhibitionIn the late 1950s, Ireland had the highest per capita rate of institutionalised or hospitalised people with mental health issues in the world.Counihan describes the exhibition as “poignant and sad”, and says it has gotten an interesting response from people.“Everybody knew what was going on inside those mental hospitals,” he said. It wouldn’t leave my mind – I said ‘whatever happened to those belongings?’PHOTOGRAPHS. ROSARY BEADS. Letters. Tickets. Silver spoons.Did the people who tucked these into their handbags before they entered the Richmond Asylum in Grangegorman know that they would never see their precious items again?That’s one of the questions brought up in Personal Effects: a History of Possession, an exhibition of personal items discovered in the attic of a disused hospital building that will be on display at axis: Ballymun 5th-15th August.GrangegormanThe exhibition showcases the personal effects of past patients from The Richmond Asylum – later known as St Brendan’s Hospital – in Grangegorman.It’s put together by artist Alan Counihan, who alongside members of the Grangegorman Community Museum and under the guidance of the National Archives, sorted through the paper records that were retrieved.Behind the Walls center_img Interestingly, every single handbag had at least one set of rosary beads, and every single handbag had a set of keys. The keys, I presume, would have been to the hall door. You hear stories of people going back and locks being changed. Many of those doors were never opened again.Part of the institutional process is “depersonalising” the person, as Counihan put it; belongings like handbags were taken away.There are still hundreds more handbags in Grangegorman that need to be sorted.“I really think somebody has to take responsibility for that,” said Counihan, suggesting that sociology students in the new DIT Grangegorman campus could become involved.He plans to bring the exhibition around Ireland, and is currently making a radio documentary about them.He wants to help spark discussion and debate. “If it doesn’t have that effect, it’s been wasted,” he said.“It’s like they say – if we don’t learn lessons of past we’re condemned to repeat them.”Read: ‘Continued effort needed’ to tackle stigma towards mental health issues>Read: Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are “not new”>last_img read more

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Google hid MENSA puzzle in Chrome OS video geek wins Cr48 figuring

first_imgThis morning we posted a marketing video Google had released to promote Chrome OS and the Cr-48 netbook. What we didn’t spot at the time was that Google has been sneaky and hid an equation in plain sight. Of course, one geek did, and set about solving it.A software engineer named Sylvain Zimmer, working at Jamendo, noticed the equation while watching the video. He freeze-framed the video and noted down the whole thing even though some of the characters are quite fuzzy. Then he set about trying to figure it out with fellow geeks at Jamendo.AdChoices广告This was a tough equation, and their first attempt at solving just returned:X = 90091/191605050401140404051920181525 ~= 4.7*10^-27 After spending a full day on the puzzle, and having a few “aha!” moments, Sylvain finally figured it out while travelling home. We’ll let him explain as it’s a bit complicated:I tried to convert the 30 numbers into 4 characters, like all goo.gl URLs. Didn’t have much luck, I was trying to prepend “00″ at the beginning to have 32 characters, but couldn’t make sense of the resulting sequence “00191605 05040114 04040519 20181525″.That was when I noticed there were far too many zeroes in that sequence, even without the ones I added So I tried different splits, and ended up with “19 16 05 05 04 01 14 04 04 05 19 20 18 15 25″. There, any geek would have known what to do I translated it to letters and got “s p e e d a n d d e s t r o y”. Obviously, at this point my fingers were very shaky but I managed to type goo.gl/speedanddestroy in my browser and got to a form telling me that I was the “first to figure out our MENSA-certified puzzle” and would receive a Cr-48. WIN ! Here’s the original video with the equation clear to see (2:24 mark) now you know what to look for:Congratulations to Sylvain, he clearly deserves that Cr-48.Read more at Sylvain Zimmer’s website (Google cache version), via HNlast_img read more

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