EHF rejects Kosovos bid for full membership

EHFhandball kosovohandball serbiakosovo ← Previous Story Poland to host European Championship 2016! Next Story → Tahirovic accepts HSV Hamburg offer, signs 1-year deal! The European Handball Federation (EHF) has rejected Kosovo’s bid for full membership, at the Saturday Congress in Monaco. Kosovo has been so far with the status “associate member”, a status that has been given to them in 2004 by the EHF, with a condition that the team does not wear any national symbols on their shirts.

Women Euro Q Denmark wins in Vienna Austria against Ukraine to decide

← Previous Story Santos’ 8 lift Austria above Norway Next Story → Anaitasuna signs Spanish prospect Alex Costoya AustriaDenmarkeuro 2014handballherbert muller Denmark were already qualified for the European Handball Championship in December 2014 in Croatia and Hungary, but the team was for more victories in order to continue their positive run. The game against Austria was not an easy one, the home team gave good fight against the Danish girls, but in the end had to concede 29:33 defeat. If Ukraine beats Lithuania on Wednesday as expected, then the Sunday encounter between Ukraine and Lithuania will decide who will qualify for the final tournament in December.

PPD Zagreb beat RK Vardar in Balkan derby

RK PPD Zagreb celebrated first win of the season at VELUX EHF Champions League! Croatian champions who changed coach Veselin Vujovic after four defeats in a row at the start of the European elite competition, were lost after first 30 minutes, but they managed to make fantastic turnover and beat RK Vardar 28:27 (12:17)!Over 7.000 fans witnessed surprisingly good last 20 minutes in which goalkeeper of home team Ivan Stevanovic had fantastic role with 17 saves, just like left wing Dobrivoje Markovic with 6 of 6.On the other side, Alex Dujshebaev netted five goals, despite the fact that he missed some period od match due injury.PPD ZAGREB:Stevanović 16, Skok; Ereš, Kontrec 2, Vori 1, Cingesar 1, Šebetić 4, Marković 6, Raković, Horvat 4(1), J. Valčić 3, Jotić 2, T.Valčić, Mandalinić 5, Miklavčič, Markoski. Trener: Silvio Ivandija.VARDAR SKOPJE:Šterbik, Milić; Stoilov, Ferreira, Maqueda 2, Dereven 2, Karačić, Dujshebaev 5, Abutović, Canellas 1, Cindrić 3, Čupić 4(1), Dibirov 4, Shishkarev 1, Borozan 3, Marsenić 2. Trener: Raul Gonzales. ← Previous Story TATRAN beat Chekhovskie Medvedi after great first half time Next Story → Lions’ storm over Kielce! read more

HE IS THE MAN Grandpa Soren put Kiel on silence

The 41-years old goalkeeper of Danish Bjerringbro Silkeborg, Soren Rasmussen, was the biggest star of unforgetable win of his team in Kiel – 24:21, which kept Danes in the race for the sixth place for knock-out stage with Orlen Wisla Plock.Ex-member of SG Flensburg, the permanent shadow of Mattias Andersson, obviously knew the feeling of playing at Sparkassen Arena. He saved 55% of shots and with another SG Flensburg legend, Michael Knudsen, made the dreams came true in front of 400 Danish fans…DANES WANT TOP 16: Bjerringbro Silkeborg win in Kiel!STANDINGS: 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…121002380:334(46)20 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen111010285:344(-59)2 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10514274:256(18)11 6. Orlen Wisla Plock12327314:336(-22)8 ← Previous Story Veszprem’s routine job over Wisla Plock Next Story → Sterbik to retire in summer 2018? 5. THW Kiel12516302:307(-5)11 1. FC Barcelona Lassa111001324:276(48)20 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg12309303:338(-35)6 3. Telekom Veszprém12624319:310(9)14 read more

EHF CL TOP 5 saves Klemen Ferlin RK Gorenjes hero

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 5 GOALS (Round 1): Pure magic by Simonet and Dibirov Next Story → FC Porto sign Alexander Spende handball savesKlemen FerlinRK Gorenje RK Gorenje celebrated first win on their comeback at VELUX EHF Champions League after three years of absence. The biggest reason for such a success was outstanding performance of goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin, who saved 17 shots, but the last and the most important one in the last second of the match.This is the best of TOP 5 saves of the Round 1.Take a look…

GWD Minden to miss talented Savvas Savvas in the first part of

The TOP goalscorer of the second German Bundesliga in previous season, Savvas Savvas, will wait for his DKB Bundesliga debut for a while.The talented 21-years old Greek left back got injured in pre-season match of his new team GWD Minden. He suffered knee-ligaments injury which will cause few-months break.Savvas has two years contract with GWD Minden. Previously, he played at Eintracht Hildesheim.PHOTO: GWD Minden GWD MindenSavvas Savvas ← Previous Story Bo Spellerberg to finish career at Swiss TSV St. Otmar? Next Story → THW Kiel’s pre-season lesson for SG Flensburg

Volvo slashes 2000 jobs worldwide

first_imgVOLVO HAS ANNOUNCED it is cutting some 2,000 jobs as it unveiled third-quarter results showing a five per cent drop in group net sales.The company said the jobs will go in its European truck manufacturing operations as part of a series of changes to “increase efficiency and strengthen our competitiveness”.“As part of the previously announced Group-wide efficiency programme, a directional decision has been made to rationalise white collars in staff and support functions by approximately 2,000 employees and consultants,” the firm said in a statement.The firm said third-quarter net sales fell to 64.9 billion kronor (€7.4 billion), a drop of five percent compared to the same period last year.Net profits were also down one per cent, to 1.4 billion kronor (€187 million), well below analysts’ expectations for around two billion kronor.Volvo boss Olof Persson said the firm’s third quarter “was characterised by the ongoing comprehensive product renewal in the group’s truck programme and the fact that we entered a new phase of the group’s development focused on taking actions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”The Volvo Group employs 112,000 worldwide, including 16,000 consultants and temporary workers.- © AFP, 2013Read: Volvo wants ‘no deaths’ in its new cars by 2020 > Video: What happens when you put a Volvo engine in a tractor? >last_img read more

Central Remedial Clinic board of governors resigned after HSE request

first_img‘No resignations until investigation’The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, said yesterday that these top executives at the Clinic should not resign until an investigation into its pay practices is complete.Reacting to this evening’s resignations, he said they were “inevitable” due to “public pressure on the board”, and hoped for their continued co-operation:I think it is important to say the former members of the board have a duty of care to the CRC and I hope they will co-operate with the work of the Public Accounts Committee until this matter is fully resolved.He urged the public’s continued support to charities who rely on donations heavily at this time of year, and who have been affected by a “huge backlash… in light of the revelations of top-up payments at the CRC”.The resignations follow Directors David Martin and Jim Nugent, and former CEO Paul Kiely, appearing before the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week to discuss revelations that salary top-ups at the Clinic were paid using charitable donationsThese funds were originally donated to the registered charity “Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic”.‘Contractually bound’The lengthy meeting revealed that the CRC was ‘contractually bound’ to top up the salaries of some staff.Ahead of the meeting on Monday, Chief Executive Brian Conlan resigned.Conlan himself did not receive any salary top-ups but his predecessor Paul Kiely got a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000.Originally published 4.49pmRead: 7 things we learned from the CRC’s grilling by the PAC > Updated at 18.29pmALL MEMBERS OF the board of governors at the Central Remedial Clinic have resigned at the request of the HSE.In a statement this evening, the Clinic said that that members who were directors of the Friends and Supporters of CRC, CRC Medical Devices, or The Care Trust have also resigned.All resignations are with immediate effect.It follows a meeting yesterday the HSE, where it was requested the dissolution of the current board at the CRC and any members of associated subsidiaries as part of an aim to restore confidence in the clinic.In the Executive’s own statement, it said an administrator has been appointed to ‘oversee the work of the CRC and for leading the introduction of new governance arrangements for CRC and its associated subsidiaries’.A new CEO will be appointed through the Public Appointments Service, the HSE said.The CRC’s statement also reaffirms the Clinic’s aim to remain open, saying:[…] The work of the dedicated staff and supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic to sustain, support, develop and protect the volume, quality and reliability of the services available to people with disabilities in Ireland deserves to continue as it has for more than six decades.last_img read more

Authorities recorded 48 cases of human trafficking in 2012

first_imgA TOTAL OF 48 people were reported as victims of human trafficking in 2012, according to new figures published this afternoon by the Department of Justice. The figure represents a decrease of nine on the previous year’s figures; there were 57 alleged victims  in 2011.The 2012 figure is based on information from the gardaí, NGOs and the International Organisation for Migration. It includes 19 Irish victims, all of whom were minors reported as victims of sexual exploitation. The others came from elsewhere in the EU (10), Western Africa (8) and other regions (11).In total, there were 39 reported cases of sexual exploitation, six cases of labour exploitation and three uncategorised exploitation cases. 31 of the reported victims were women or girls – the other 17 were male.Reacting to the figures, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that combating human trafficking remained a priority for the Government. The Minister plans to publish the ‘Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking in Ireland’ early in 2014.“The prevention and detection of trafficking in human beings has been a stated priority of An Garda Síochána in recent years and I commend the Gardaí, other State agencies and civil society who work together to fight this crime and support its victims,” the Minister said.Regarding the high number of the minors reported as victims of sexual exploitation, Shatter said that the the majority of cases being investigated did not involve prostitution:“With regard to the abhorrent human trafficking of children for the purposes of sexual exploitation, it is important that we recognise that the offences that are reported for 2012 arise predominantly outside of the context of prostitution.“Human Trafficking is very broadly defined in Irish legislation and offences relating to child pornography, for example, may often contain the elements of human trafficking – such as recruitment and sexual exploitation – that will bring such actions within the legal definition of human trafficking.“The reports concerning 21 of the 23 children in 2012 related to offences such as child pornography, sexual assault and sexual indecency, rather than exploitation through prostitution. That is not to say that the trafficking of children for exploitation through prostitution may not be occurring, 2 cases of that nature were reported in 2012 and remain under investigation.”Figures for the last four years show there has been a decrease in the number of people from outside the European Union being reported as victims. 42 of the 57 victims reported in 2011 were from outside the EU.The full report for 2012 can be found on the State’s dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking website Couple who ran London prostitution ring to be sentenced todayRead: Brothel-keepers guilty pleas welcomed by PSNIlast_img read more

Businessman Jim Mansfield has died

first_imgTHE FORMER OWNER of the CityWest Hotel, Jim Mansfield, has died aged 75.Mansfield was one of Ireland’s most prominent and prolific businessmen during the Celtic Tiger, purchasing hotels, stately homes and an airport.He was one of the first Irish business leaders to buy a private jet, from his self-estimated €1.7 billion.Having left school at 14, Mansfield made his fortune in salvaging equipment and machinery from the Falklands War. This netted him £100 million in the early 80s.However, with the collapse of the economy, his empire crumbled and the jewel in the crown, the CityWest Hotel was sold for €30 million by NAMA.He is survived by his wife Anne and three sons Tony, Jimmy and PJ.Read: Want a private airport outside Dublin? Yours for just €3million…last_img

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgCame home from work one day last year to find the two daughters giving each other rides around the house in the wheelbarrow, they are both in their 20s.Ireland’s micro-breweries have been undergoing something of a resurgence of late. Colin Toner pointed out the challenges they face: Rounding out the top five is Joe O’Shea who got 1,033 thumbs up for asking this question on the article about the 28 students suspended from secondary school for ‘liking’ a Facebook post which contained an explicit reference to some school staff members: Did those students not realise their names were identifiable from the ‘likes’ they have given? They should be given another two days suspension for stupidity.Spot any good comments? Let us know: mail with any suggestions for comments of the week. Ru Ni Digs was close behind with 1,348 thumbs up for this comment about Aslan’s lead singer Christy Dignam being diagnosed with cancer: Get well soon Christy!!!Simon got 1,126 thumbs up for this comment about Kate Middleton apparently being related to Brian Ború: I wish we’d stop claiming everyone, its getting embarrassing!A lot of commenters were unimpressed with Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s penalty points drama this week. Karen Hynes got 1,038 thumbs up for this: So he thanked the first guard who stopped him using his phone while driving and said that guard may have saved a life… Then got caught again using his phone while driving. Were they the only times he used his phone while driving?Did it ever cross his mind to get a hands free kit? Here are 15 things no-one tells you about being a parent – and here’s one more from Tina Heverin: When leaving the house to do the grocery shopping on your own is like a mini-holiday EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we like to take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.This week there was a lot of talk about the new pope, Ming and his penalty points, and Ministers flying abroad for Patrick’s Day. Then there was also the issue of teachers spending time on religion in primary schools, the school in Limerick which suspended 28 students for ‘liking’ a Facebook post, and things no-one tells you about having kids.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. And the new pope is… Jorge Mario Bergoglio (331 comments)2. Ming: I want my penalty points back (236 comments)3. 16 amazing songs from the 1990s that you’ve forgotten (198 comments)4. This could ONLY happen on Irish Twitter (194 comments)5. Meath East by-election: Here are the candidates and here’s what they’re saying (185 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekAre there some things you’re never too old for? From kicking piles of leaves to building a fort, there were a lot of suggestions of age-inappropriate activities. Eileen McKenna and Jose had two more: Walking all round tesco without stepping on a join in the tiles! Do it with the carpet tiles in the office too.I’m 53.*sigh* (Video: NewsChamber/YouTube)5 comments which received the most thumbs upJohn Joe Kinsella had the most popular comment this week for a defence of the Gardaí who were attacked while answering a call in Dublin, which received 1,379 thumbs up:Nobody deserves this for just doing their job. It’s amazing how what you picture in your mind when you first hear a news story can be so different from what actually took place. I had visions of this muscle bound beefcake with tattoos thrashing about in the water as the shark rolled him over and over again and the guy in the midst of all the fighting and blood letting shouting in what appears to be his last words on earth….”TELL MY WIFE …..gulp.gulp…pah pah…..I LOVE HERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……aaagggggghhhhhhhhhWas kinda disappointed. It’s great to see a small revival again with the craft beer market in Ireland, it reached a peak in the late 90′s/ early 2000′s but most of those breweries have closed such as the Dublin Brewing Company and the Biddy Early Brewing Co.There are not enough pubs around the country that support the micro brewing Industry and any micro brew that successfully gets into a pub ( on draught not bottle ) will be quickly forced out by Diageo or Heiniken by offering the publican free stock to get it out. Hopefully the recent surge in micro brew companies will change that but somehow I doubt it.If I Can recommend one new craft beer it would certainly be Creans Lager, one craft beer I would love to see back in production would be Revolution Red. Do you remember your best and worst teachers? Christina Colling definitely remembers her worst (even 30 years later): I remember in senior infants many moons ago I brought in a huge seashell to show it to my teacher mrs mcdonald…so off I toddled up to her during break time. She must have been having a bad day because she snapped it off me and threw it into her desk drawer. Never to see daylight again. She refused to give it back to me. That was 30 years ago and I will never forget it. Never forgave her for it either. I loved that seashell :’(Pun Of the Week comes from Ciaran De Bhal on this article about a nun who voted on behalf of another nun – who had died – in the US presidential election last year: That’s an awful habit she developed..The story was pretty compelling. A man who tackled a shark on a beach was later sacked from his job following a video that went viral showing the battle between man and shark. Michael Burke had high expectations:last_img read more

Police in Belfast investigating attempted bus hijacking

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NEWTOWNABBEY are appealing for information following the attempted hijacking of a bus in the Carnmoney Road area of Glengormley yesterday evening at approximately 8.10pm.A crowd surrounded the bus and two masked me approached it and told the driver to park the vehicle across the road.However, police were quickly on the scene, the crowd dispersed and the bus driver drove his vehicle off. There was slight damage caused to the vehicle. It is not believed at this stage that anyone was injured during this incident.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

Aaron McKenna Its time for voluntary income taxes to fund frivolities like

first_imgRTÉ RELEASED A report during the week crowing about their financial contribution to the economy and cawing at the fact that the licence fee we pay for the privilege is good value for money. Apart from the fact that the report is a rather rose-tinted view – something it itself acknowledges at several points if one, as most reporters seem to have neglected to do, reads past the executive summary – it got me to thinking about the great regressive tax that is the license fee.As a tax that is levied on all households in the state that have a television – and when replaced by the broadcasting charge in the near future, all households regardless – it is an extremely unfair tax. A tax that bears no relation to any ability to pay or value of assets or, well, anything at all really is extremely regressive. It’s doubly unfair in that it is essentially a frivolous extra tax on the people of Ireland. Gardaí, nurses and social protection are one thing. Fair City and The Voice of Ireland are another. Yet the government mandates that you will pay tax for one as surely as for the other.The TV licence contributes little or nothing to the Irish economyThe central argument of the Pricewaterhouse Cooper report that RTÉ commissioned is that the body made a contribution of €384 million to the economy in 2011. Loaded at the front of the report are figures about jobs created and industry supported, alongside lamentations that the license fee is lower in Ireland than elsewhere in Europe. The report has landed at a time when the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, is considering the roll-out of this new Broadcasting Charge on all households. It is an attempt at front-loaded spin by RTÉ’s management before the inevitable avalanche of criticism of this broadening of the RTÉ Tax.Page 7 of the report has lovely colourful boxes full of facts and figures about how much RTÉ does for Ireland. A €384m contribution to the economy. A zero per cent increase to the license fee between 2008 and 2012, you lucky devils. And, best of all, 42 per cent of the license fee goes back to the exchequer in taxes – €78m in all. Arrive at Page 22 of the report, however, and PwC lays out clearly that the TV license portion of its funding contributes little or nothing to the Irish economy.“With regard to the licence fee income, it is reasonable to assume that the benefits which derive from RTÉ’s expenditure of these funds in the Irish economy is limited to negligible. This reflects the fact that if Irish households were not required to pay the licence fee, they most likely would spend the money elsewhere in the Irish economy.”Public service broadcasting and commercial elementsWe know that many households in this country are hard up for that €160, which is used to subsidise RTÉ’s commercial operations that brought in €167m in 2011 (€17m less than the license fee). Though they pretend there’s a brick wall between the public service broadcasting and commercial elements, the scale that RTÉ operates means the public subsidises the private. There’s no brick wall between the two when RTÉ is selling advertisements.Because we pay a direct tax to fund RTÉ it comes in for special attention and has to try and justify itself with propaganda pamphlets like the PWC report. In reality the broadcaster is but one of many sectional interests funded by taxpayers, with most of it lost in the tens of billions of taxes we pay through so many sources we can’t distinguish one from another.Government exists to provide the basic structures of society: law and order, education, a social safety net. Everything beyond this are additional extras we’ve picked up along the way. Much of it is very positive, adding to the life and soul of the nation. A great deal of it is frivolous or to the benefit of a select few, monies apportioned by politicians in vote-grabbing exercises. Because there’s a giant pot of taxation, it’s difficult for you to pin down that the tax paid on petrol or on a new laptop or just plain taken from a pay packet is going to pay for a hospital, a public park or a Patrick’s Day junket for county councillors.Voluntary income taxesI’m a believer in voluntary income taxes, which is not to say choosing whether or not to pay any tax at all; but to pay additional tax for specific items that go beyond the basic function of government.At the end of each year every taxpayer – including those on social welfare, who can choose how to spend their money – should receive a form to fill in; containing details of various programmes, projects or events that need paying for. They could be anything from longer opening hours for museums to subsidies for city bicycle programmes or the beautification of towns. Anything, really. We could do it on a local and national level, with taxpayers in different councils getting a say on how their property taxes are spent as well as the money that goes into national pots.Taxpayers would select the items that they’re happy to contribute to, paying either a fixed euro amount or a percentage of income, and if enough people sign up to pay for the measure it is passed and paid for by them. This is voting with wallets, usually the very best kind of voting to figure out where people really stand on something. To coin a phrase, it’s very easy to spend other people’s money. The trouble is you eventually run out of it. This type of a measure will move people to consider just how much they value public amenities: no more protesting loudly that the government must do something about X or Y. If you want it, pay for it and convince others to do likewise.Temporary taxes to pay for specific itemsWe could also introduce the American idea of ballot measures, raising new or temporary taxes to pay for specific items. For example, County Wherever could raise a levy on restaurant covers to pay for improvements to its school buildings where central government money is lacking, or cut local taxes with a corresponding reduction in services.Ballot measures aren’t appropriate for taxes on income because it’s easy to take other people’s money. Rather if they’re focused on things like local levies, and would force people to make choices that will affect their own pockets through the money they spend in the same way as voluntary income taxes.This would allow people to control their own destinies better than central government has been managing of late. One county could decide to become a more competitive low tax economy in the hopes of attracting businesses and residents; while another will take its chances as a high tax socialist haven. The key thing is that people won’t be screaming about how government should pay for this or that, but they will have to decide if they really want to pay for it themselves – as they currently do, though it’s masked because it all goes into one big pot – and try to convince others.Personally speaking, I actually don’t mind paying the license fee. There are plenty of benefits in having RTÉ as a patron of the arts, and I can afford it. But I want a choice in paying for it and plenty of the other things government demands of us, because not everyone can afford it or see the benefits in it. If there’s enough folks like me (and their report says 85 per cent of Irish people are proud of RTÉ), they’ll get their money fair and square.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

How many horses has your council seized this year

first_imgSource: Click here for a larger version of this imageFIGURES FOR THE first half of this year indicate that the horse welfare crisis is continuing with some 2,488 horses seized between January and April.The numbers supplied by Minister Simon Coveney show the problem is worst in counties like Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow.Some 200 horses have been seized by South Dublin County Council so far this year and, as the chart above shows, it is the local authority with the largest number of equine seizures, followed by Kildare County Council and Mayo County Council.There are just two councils that have not seized any horses this year – Cavan County Council and Galway City Council – which have had low seizure numbers for the last three years.Find a full list of horse seizure figures here.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams recently raised the issue with Coveney, asking him if his attention had been drawn to the fact that horse rescue organisations are “struggling to continue with their work” due to the fee they are charged to rescue these animals from pounds.A number of examples have emerged of charity offers to rehome horses being refused by pounds run by councils. In April, four pregnant mares were euthanised by Kilkenny County Council, despite rehoming offers from numerous equine rescue services.At the time, the council said that funding from Coveney’s department had been cut and that it no longer funds rehoming of horses. It said this meant that each council is expected to recover its full costs from the person rehoming a horse, and many charities are unable to manage this.In his response to Adams, however, the Minister said that rehoming fees are set by local authorities and that his department does offer them €200 towards the cost of rehoming each horse, in an effort to ensure increased rehoming of un-wanted equines.He said he had also specifically increased funding in 2014 for animal welfare organisations involved in horse welfare activities.Read: Horses in Dublin estate starved, beaten and mowed down by quad bikes>Read: More than 2,000 horses killed for consumption in 3 months>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEvery morning brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#ADMISSIONS: The HSE has doubled the number of admissions officers for mental health patients. However, the number of admissions has decreased.2.#CORK: Two men arrested in connection with a pair of alleged sexual assaults in Cork have been released without charge.3.#FUNERALS: The funerals of Gerry Conlon, wrongly accused of an IRA bombing in London, and 13-year-old Ricky Osagie, who drowned after jumping in to a pond to save another teenager, will both take place today.4.#BRAY: A 21-year-old man accused of the killing of a woman in Bray remains in Garda custody this morning. A number of papers this morning report that the man is the son of the woman.5.#UKRAINE: The new leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has extended the country’s tenuous truce with pro-Russian rebels. The news comes a day after Ukraine moved closer to the EU.6.#WATER: The government is to cut the free water allowance for children, the Irish Independent reports. The allowance was set to be 104 litres, but the paper reports that it may now be less.7.#RIP: Soul legend Bobby Womack, who had hits with Across 110th Street and Woman’s Gotta Have It, has died aged 70. He influenced stars from Marvin Gaye to Damon Albarn.8.#PRIDE: Today marks the Dublin Pride March, a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the capital. Over 40,000 people are expected to march from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square this afternoon.9.#MY LOVELY HORSE: Ireland’s desperation to win the Eurovision Song Contest was taken to the Oireachtas this week. A petition to get the Father Ted song My Lovely Horse entered into the competition was considered this week, but not for long.last_img read more

Ukraine accuses Russian plane of shooting down jet

first_imgAN AIR FORCE fighter jet has been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a Russian plane, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Security Council said today.Andrei Lysenko also said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.Officials in Kiev have recently accused Russia’s armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border.Lysenko said in a televised briefing that the pilot of the Sukhoi-25 jet that was hit on Wednesday evening was forced to bail out after his jet was shot down. He provided no further details.Pro-Russia rebels, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for strikes yesterday on two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 jets.The Defense Ministry said the second jet was hit by a portable surface-to-air missile, but added the pilot was unscathed and managed to land his plane safely.Moscow denies Western charges that is supporting the separatists in Ukraine or sowing unrest in its neighbor.On Monday, Ukraine said one of its military transport planes carrying eight people was shot down by a missile fired from Russian territory. Security Service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said he had “unconditional evidence” that Russia was involved in downing the craft.Rebels claimed to have shot that plane down.New sanctionsThe US slapped tougher sanctions against Russia yesterday for its actions in Ukraine, prompting a strong reaction today from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.Russia’s benchmark MICEX was down 2.6% in early afternoon trading today upon news of the sanctions while Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, was nearly 5% down.The US sanctions target two major Russian energy firms including Rosneft, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals.The US penalties, however, stopped short of the most stringent actions the West has threatened, which would fully cut off key sectors of Russia’s oil-dependent economy. But officials said those steps were still on the table if Russia fails to abide by the West’s demands to stop its support for the pro-Russia insurgents.Read: Russian missile system used against Ukraine, Poroshenko claims >Read: “The rebels will pay…”: Ukraine leader vows action over rocket attacks >last_img read more

Ireland pledges €120000 to help contain Ebola outbreak

first_imgWARNING: This article contains an image of a graphic nature. AS NIGERIA CONFIRMED five more Ebola cases today and a second death from the virus, Ireland has pledged a further €120,000 in funding to help fight the spread of the disease.Minister of State Sean Sherlock expressed his concern that the virus was continuing to spread, saying today it was “extremely worrying and is having a devastating impact on already vulnerable communities”.The additional funding from Ireland brings our total to €350,000. It will be used to help raise awareness of transmission and prevention of the disease and to assist its containment.“I call on the international community to further support these efforts in a coordinated manner through the allocation of more human and financial resources to support these countries,” Sherlock said today. The lifeless body of a man lays unattended in the street as locals suspect him of dying from the deadly Ebola virus. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSince breaking out earlier this year, the tropical virus has claimed almost 900 lives and infected more than 1,603 people across west Africa. The other cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Reuters reported today that relative of victims have defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as authorities struggle to enforce tough measures to curb the outbreak.They did this to avoid facing quarantine, according to officials. Source: David GoldmanSpain’s government said today that it was sending an air force plane to Liberia to fly an elderly missionary infected with Ebola back home for treatment. A US aid worker has also been flown home.British Airways has now suspended all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August over the virus outbreak.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: “He’s in good spirits” – New York hospital waits for test results on possible Ebola victim>More: Here’s everything we know about the ‘secret serum’ used to treat an American with Ebola>last_img read more

Artist creates igloo from 322 old fridges

first_imgIf it’s not cold enough to make ice to make an igloo, you could always just use a fridge freezer to make ice. Better yet, you could cut out the middle man and use a bunch of fridges to make an igloo. That was the idea behind a sculpture created by German artist Ralf Schmerberg and on display in Hamburg, Germany called “Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy.”The purpose behind Schmerberg’s igloo is to draw attention to energy use and climate change. That point is made clear by the huge electricity meter attached to the igloo, but its not the 322 old fridges alone that are drawing power. Entering the igloo, visitors will see old electronic devices including household appliances, kids toys and and fans turned on as well.As Wired points out, it’s ironic that the igloo is doing the very thing it is trying to fight against which is wasting energy. That’s a bit like burning down a house to make a point about using smoke detectors, but if awareness is what Ralf was after then he has achieved his goal. After all, an igloo made out of 322 old fridges has a tendency to draw some attention.Read more at Wired UKlast_img read more

Our Ten Favorite Wikipedia Pages

first_imgFor some, it’s a source of limitless information about nearly every topic imaginable. For others, it’s a focal point for poor research and liable. For most of us, however, Wikipedia serves one important function–it is, quite probably, the greatest time waster that the Internet has to offer.Who among us hasn’t spent hours on end journeying down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, jumping from one page to the next, genuinely baffled by how exactly we ended up where we did.In light of its 10th birthday this Saturday, we’ve decided to pay tribute to Wikipedia by featuring some of the staff’s favorite articles that are amongst the 3.5 million currently available in the English version of the site.The following 10 articles are fascinating, goofy, mind boggling, hilarious–or all of the above. Have an Old Testament name? You may well share it with a common barnyard animal. Caleb means “dog,” Deborah is “bee,” and Yael–that’s “Ibex, ascending.”Action ParkThis early waterpark has become a thing of legend amongst those who grew up in New Jersey in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. We’ll let this excerpt from Wikipedia explain, “The park’s popularity went hand in hand with a reputation for poorly-designed, unsafe rides; inattentive, underaged, underpaid and sometimes under-the-influence employees; equally intoxicated and underprepared visitors — and the poor safety record that followed from this perfect storm of circumstances.” At least six people died in the park’s 20-year existence, due to said circumstances.Bunny ManA man–or perhaps a ghost–in a bunny suit wielding an ax has terrorized the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia since 1970. The legend apparently originated with two very real incidents. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Animal names as first names in Hebrewcenter_img The above title is a grammatically correct–if irritatingly difficult to parse–sentence. English words with uncommon propertiesZenzizenzizenzic? Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis? Ooecia? All of these and more, explained.F*cking, AustriaThe poor government of this northern Austrian town has been plagued by a rash of stolen city signs–for obvious reasons. The name was derived from its found, Focko, a 6th century Bavarian nobleman.Garden path sentenceSpeaking of difficult to parse sentences, a garden path sentence is one that leads the reader down a “dead end” of interpretation–in other words, the final meaning of the sentence is generally different than what you first suspected when you began reading it. “The cotton clothing is made of grows in Mississippi,” anyone?List of Common MisconceptionsI received multiple recommendations for this one. And let’s face it, this large compendium of lies, rumors, old wives’ tales, and just general wrong-headedness in a wide variety of subjects is probably useful on a daily basis. Did you know that the Great Wall of China can’t be seen from the moon with the naked eye or that sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive?List of Space PiratesThis one is also pretty useful in our day-to-day lives. Lord knows we don’t want to get the Orions mixed up with the Starjammers during an important job interview. MamihlapinatapaiThis multi-syllabic beast of a noun is Yaghan for “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start.” The Guinness Book of World Records considers it the “most succinct word” in the world.last_img read more