TOP 10 Handball Investments in 20102011 Barbosa Haraldsen Popovic Sjostrand…

Alexandrina Cabral BarbosaBojana PopovićCecilie LegangerChehovski MedvediEdin BasicFrantisek Sulchandball investmentsJohan SjostrandTOP 10 handball ← Previous Story THW Kiel lost the Championship Race in Germany? Next Story → Goppingen coach criticizes German players The ending stage of the season is the right time to make conclusions about what we saw from September 2010. That is why Handball-Planet.com made a list of the best investments of the players, which made a huge progress for their new teams in 2010/2011 or individual skills.TOP 10 Handball Investment in 2010/2011:1. Alexandrina Cabral Barbosa (25 – Itxako)The biggest surprise of the Women’s EHF Champions League, Spanish Itxako brought to European handball a group of fantastic players. One of them is the Portuguese left-back, Alexandrina Cabral Barbosa, 7th goalscorer of the EHF CL with 6,3 goals per match in the Main Round thanks to which the Spanish champion qualified for the semifinal. Before she came to Itxako, Barbosa played three years in Romanian’s Rumentul.2. Bojana Popovic (32 – Budućnost Podgorica)After five EHF CL trophies, she came back to Montenegro to win EHF Champions League with the team, where she made a huge individual progress at the beginning of last decade.  They are in TOP 4 and going further. Popović motivated handball fans, political authorities and other structures of society. That is something what is a precondition for success.3. Johan Sjostrand (24 – F.C Barcelona)In their search for a new “Svensson”, F.C Barcelona decided to sign contract with young Swedish star and didn’t make a mistake. Playing for the Swedish national team or for F.C Barcelona, Sjostrand shows huge motivation and mental strength. He is a bright future of one of the biggest handball team ever…4. Katrin Lunde Haraldsen (31 – Gyori)This was one of the biggest transfers at the beginning of the season. That was approved almost after the first match of Katrin Lunde in a new team. She left Scandinavia, but her skills went with her. The main trump in Gyori’s dreams about EHF CL title…5.  Cecilie Leganger (36 – Larvik)She is not too young, but her name is Cecilie Leganger. Larvik is on the way to make something big with her between the posts…6. Edin Basic (32 – Chambery Savoie)The best season in his professional career playing in France. He moved from Swiss Amicitia last summer, but nobody expected that Chambery will be a TOP 16 team in Europe with Bašić in the TOP 10 scorers of EHF CL, leader in France, etc…7. Frantisek Sulc (32 – Pick Szeged)After almost 15 years of professional career, Slovak playmaker, Frantisek Sulc got the chance to play in EHF Champions League and become the “first scorer” of Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged. As 9th scorer of the EHF CL, Sulc showed that he was a “great hit” of the team from the city, where handball is very popular…8. Sven-Sören Christophersen (26 – Fuchse Berlin)Fuchse Berlin Management bought 26 years old left back from HSG Wetzlar and in small period of time, Sven Soren Christophersen became a vital part of the strong team, the best scorer, etc. Fuchse are on the way to the first European season and people from the club can be satisfied with the job they did so far…9. Mikkel Hansen (24 – AG Copenhagen)Maybe it isn’t the right time to make conclusions in this case, but Mikkel Hansen showed to the handball world that he became the best shooter on the Planet at WC 2011 in Sweden. It is obvious that Kasi Jensen wants to make from him a Danish sports legend for many years ahead. AG will play in EHF CL from the next season and then we will say something more…10. Alexander Petersen (31 – Fuchse Berlin)He didn’t get his chance in SG Flensburg along Oscar Carlen and he left the North. In the capital city, the Icelandic right wing-back showed his TOP class. Fantastic player… read more

Zarko Markovic doesnt show up for national team Kastratovic I will resign

The Zarko Markovic and Montenegro national team saga have its epilogue. Frisch auf Goppingen’s right back, Zarko Markovic, as it was expected, did not show up at the scheduled meet-up of the national team and trainings. Official explanation from Zarko Markovic did not arrive, and he did not play at the World Championship in Spain either.Zoran Kastratovic, Montenegro’s coach said that he was angry with Markovic’s behaviour: “It’s normal that every coach will want to rely on such a player. He plays greatly in both – attack and defence. It’s up to him if he wants to play for the national team, and when he does that, I can responsibly say that after his first game played I will resign from the post coach of the national team”. crna goraGoppingenkastratovicmarkovicmONTENEGRO ← Previous Story Lazarov for Marca: “Spain are favorites, but we will try to win a point” Next Story → Marko Vujin about EHF CL finish: Kielce and Metalurg don’t deserve to play at F4 read more

HSV Handball without Adrian Pfahl in next five weeks

HSV’s match hero against Fuchse Berlin, Adrian Pfahl will miss next five weeks of TOP handball due elbow injury. He will be out for the start of DKB Bundesliga, but also IHF Super Globe in Doha. Experienced right back who came from VfL Gummersbach will be out in the next five weeks. HSV Handball has Zarko Markovic as an alternative… ← Previous Story Fivers wins Austrian Super Cup 2013! Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2013: HSV survive clash with El Jaish – Barca easy win adrian pfahlHSV HamburgHSV HandballIHF Super Globe read more

FANTASTIC EHF CL START STERBIK SAVED BARCA IN SKOPJE

Great handball Saturday at the VELUX EHF Champions League. The most interesting match was played in Skoplje, where big favorite FC Barcelona saved a point in the last attack when Arpad Sterbik saved the shoot from Igor Karacic for 29:29.Here are the results:Group AC.O Zagreb – RK Celje PL 24:21Group CPSG – Dinamo Minsk 34:30Wacker Thun – Metalurg 22:23Vardar Skopje – Barcelona 29:29Group D19.30 Naturhouse La Rioja – Hamburg20.30 Gorenje Velenje – Drott Helmstad ← Previous Story HANDBALL EUROPE: Six matches of VELUX EHF CL on Saturday! Next Story → EHF CL (GROUP D): Good start for HSV and Gorenje! read more

Miracle in Georgia Bahrain beat Denmark

August 10 2017, will be remembered as one of the fantastic days of Bahraini handball history. The men’s youth team made a miracle by beating favorite – Denmark 35:31 (20:16), just a two days after starting  debacle against France 20:42 at Youth World Championship 2017.Denmark couldn’t beat Egypt in Round 1, the team who win over Sweden 26:24 (15:10) in Round 2.https://www.facebook.com/andrew.mcsteen.handball/videos/1217551655058361/PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Sergey Samsonenko to leave RK Vardar in summer 2018! Next Story → BM Granollers sign Serbian playmaker Vukasin Rakocija read more

FIRST WIN THEN OVERTAKE Macedonian RK Eurofarm Rabotnik appoint Ilija Temelkovski

One of the most successful coaches in Macedonia, Ilija Temelkovski, overtook RK Eurofarm Rabotnik, the most ambitious team on national level after the big two RK Vardar and RK Metalurg Skopje. Temelkovski will replace Andon Boskovski, who resigned after first season defeat against RK Tinex Prolet in Skopje – 26:24.The most interesting thing is that Temelkovski led Tinex Prolet in that match. Two days after a surprising win of his team, he got a call from the management of defeated team.Temelkovski was head-coach of Macedonian national team at World Championship 2009 in Croatia, where Lazarov and Co. ended 11th at the end, which is the biggest success of this nation at IHF events.He also made fantastic result with Macedonian junior team – generation 1996 by winning 6th place at World Championship 2017 in Algeria last summer. ← Previous Story Goran Johannessen to join SG Flensburg Handewitt Next Story → FAIR-PLAY: Penalty throws to decide between St. Petersburg and FH Hafnarfjordur read more

VELUX EHF CL 1819 Last four champions in Group A

Here are the groups of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.GROUP AHC VardarPGE Vive KielceBarca LassaHC Meshov BrestTelekom Veszprém HCMontpellier HBIFK KristianstadRhein-Neckar LöwenGROUP BParis Saint-Germain HBMOL-Pick SzegedSG Flensburg-HandewittSkjern HandboldHC PPD ZagrebHC Motor ZaporozhyeRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoHBC NantesGROUP CHC MetalurgBjerringbro-SilkeborgSporting CPBesiktas MogazCheckhovskie MedvediTatran PresovGROUP DOrlen Wisla PlockAbanca Ademar LeonElverum HandballWacker ThunDinamo BucurestiRiihimäen Cocks ← Previous Story Stas Skube to RK Vardar! Next Story → Xavi Sabate is new Orlen Wisla Plock head-coach VELUX EHF CL 18/19 read more

VIDEO We are waiting for you – Masters Handball World Cup 2019

The biggest spectacle in the world of Masters handball – Masters handball World Cup 2019 will be held in Omis (Croatia) between May 9-12.Come and enrich you with unique handball experience – in fantastic atmosphere with teams from more than 20 countries…www.mhworldcup.comhttps://www.facebook.com/MastersHandballWorldCup/ Masters Handball World Cup 2019 ← Previous Story David Davis: I learned everything from Pastor Next Story → DREAM, WIN, REMEMBER: Battle for EURO 2020 starts on Wednesday read more

Kerry Group to create 800 jobs over next three years

first_imgKERRY GROUP HAS announced that it is to create 800 new jobs over the next three years as well as 400 jobs in the construction industry next year as it builds a new campus in Kildare.Speaking at this mornings announcement – which had seen Enterprise Ireland competing with both London and Amsterdam – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that government was ‘most encouraged and delighted by the jobs announcement’. While we were making those mistakes Kerry was continuing to consolidate its progress. We now have to follow that journey.- with reporting from Paul Hyland By 2016 we can realise and demonstrate that we are the best small country in the world in which to do business.The food company, which supplies consumer foods, food ingredients and flavours internationally, said in a joint announcement with the Department of Jobs today that a global technology and innovation centre is to be set up in Naas, Co Kildare.The CEO of the Kerry Group, Stan McCarthy, said that the centre would also accommodate business services and support functions, believing that it would be a differentiator in the market.The centre will be a “key focal point” for the company’s customer engagement activities, catering to Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and beyond.Welcoming the announcement was Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney, who said that ‘there’s never been a Cork man that loves Kerry as much as I do this morning.’This is a phenomenal announcement for Ireland. This is a once in a decade announcement for an economy, but it is probably the most significant announcement ever for the Irish agri-food industry, and that is not an exaggeration.Kerry Group will invest €100 million in the construction of the centre on a 28-acre site in the Millennium Business Park with the new campus accommodating 800 people in 2015 and rising to 900 in 2016.It is believed that between 100-150 of these jobs will be graduate positions, with Minister Coveney saying that the last three years had seen a 100 per cent increase in the uptake of food science and related courses.Around 400 construction jobs will be created next year with the €100 million investment part-funded by the Department of Jobs. The Department of Agriculture has also been involved in supporting the investment.The centre will provide “strategic customers with access to the Group’s complete breadth and depth of technologies, scientific research, innovation and applications expertise across food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets,” a statement said.Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said that the announcement had shown that ‘Ireland had travelled and Kerry had excelled’.It is part of a difficult transformation that we are now having to make from mistakes that were made throughout the course of the last decade that took us down the wrong path.last_img read more

Lifestyle vices pushing up life assurance premiums says insurer

first_imgLIFESTYLE “VICES” ARE cutting life expectancy and pushing up life insurance premiums, according to insurance company Caledonian Life.The company has cited expert research by the Irish Heart Foundation showing that 39 per cent of Irish adults are overweight and 25 per cent are obese – which is in turn causing premiums to rise.The company also states that 7,000 people die from smoking related disease in Ireland every year, which is just one of the lifestyle characteristics which are pushing up the life assurance premiums of certain demographics in the country.Lifestyle ‘vices’ such as smoking and alcohol consumption are all taken into account when pricing a policy, the company says.“When we underwrite Specified Serious Illness and Life assurance applications, the most common medical issues that we encounter are obesity, elevated lipids (cholesterol) and hypertension (raised blood pressure). There has also been a rise in the numbers of applicants with Type 2 Diabetes which is often related to obesity,” said Daragh Feely Sales Manager at Caledonian Life. “A higher than average Body Mass Index (BMI) continues to be a tell-tale sign of potential problems down the road for many people.”If a person is obese and has additional medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure they could have difficulty getting approved for life assurance and, where it is approved, they will invariably pay considerably more, Feely said: “A doubling or more of an applicant’s premium due to obesity used to be unusual, but not any more.”Paddy Mahony a Chartered Accountant and Director at online Insurance intermediary SmartQuotes.ie added: ”Underwriters are particularly conscious of obesity, smoking and alcohol intake as they do not exist in a vacuum; they can lead to other serious health conditions, which is why it can affect your Life assurance rates.”Those who are considered underweight may also be asked to undergo a medical examination.However, Caledonian also notes numerous exceptions and variations among life assurance companies – and that  senior citizens (aged over 65) are often held to less strict weight standards.Read: New rules on advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food and drink to children>Read: Does a junk food diet lower children’s IQ?>last_img read more

My favourite speech Taoiseach Enda Kenny

first_imgNote: This feature was originally published on 8 July 2012 and has been republished to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. THE AUTHOR AND former presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan once said: “A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep!  A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.”One can not underestimate the power of a good speech like Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ or the effectiveness of a speech’s key line such as John F Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”With that in mind, over the course of the summer TheJournal.ie is asking some of the most prominent figures in Irish society from politicians to sports stars to nominate their favourite speech of all time and tell us why they like it so much.Starting us off this week: Taoiseach Enda Kenny. He writes:I have always admired President John F Kennedy and often find myself recalling words from some of his many exceptional speeches, such as his address to the Irish Parliament during his historic 1963 visit when he spoke so eloquently in praise of ‘the little ‘five feet high’ nations’ and of the Irish people’s ‘remarkable combination of hope, confidence and imagination.’For me, the sentiment contained in that particular speech is as relevant today as it was almost fifty years ago. I believe and trust in the Irish people just as he did then – that our strength of spirit and determination will allow us to overcome any difficulties we may face. Kennedy was the first US president ever to address the Dáil and called on small nations to imitate Ireland’’s support of the United Nations as the surest guarantee of world peace. At extreme left is chairman of Parliament Patrick Hogan. At right is Premier Sean Lemass. (AP Photo/Pool)The full speech delivered by President John F Kennedy to members of the Dáil and the Seanad on 28 June 1963:Mr. Speaker, Prime Minister, Members of the Parliament: I am grateful for your welcome and for that of your countrymen.The 13th day of September, 1862, will be a day long remembered in American history. At Fredericksburg, Maryland, thousands of men fought and died on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the American Civil War. One of the most brilliant stories of that day was written by a band of 1,200 men who went into battle wearing a green sprig in their hats. They bore a proud heritage and a special courage, given to those who had long fought for the cause of freedom. I am referring, of course, to the Irish Brigade. General Robert E. Lee, the great military leader of the Southern Confederate forces, said of this group of men after the battle: “The gallant stand which this bold brigade made on the heights of Fredericksburg is well known. Never were men so brave. They ennobled their race by their splendid gallantry on that desperate occasion. Their brilliant, though hopeless, assaults on our lines excited the hearty applause of our officers and soldiers.”Of the 1,200 men who took part in that assault, 280 survived the battle. The Irish Brigade was led into battle on that occasion by Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher, who had participated in the unsuccessful Irish uprising of 1848, was captured by the British and sent in a prison ship to Australia, from whence he finally came to America. In the fall of 1862, after serving with distinction and gallantry in some of the toughest fighting of this most bloody struggle, the Irish Brigade was presented with a new set of flags. In the city ceremony, the city chamberlain gave them the motto “The Union, our Country, and Ireland Forever.” Their old ones having been torn to shreds by bullets in previous battles, Captain Richard McGee took possession of these flags on September 2nd in New York City and arrived with them at the Battle of Fredericksburg and carried them in the battle. Today, in recognition of what these gallant Irishmen and what millions of other Irish have done for my country, and through the generosity of the Fighting 69th, I would like to present one of these flags to the people of Ireland.The President then unveiled the flag which was in position to the left of the dais.As you can see, gentlemen, the battle honours of the Brigade include Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Gaines Hill, Allen’s Farm, Savage’s Station, White Oak Bridge, Glendale, Malvern Hills, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Bristoe’s Station.I am deeply honoured to be your guest in the free Parliament of a free Ireland. If this nation had achieved its present political and economic stature a century or so ago, my great grandfather might never have left New Ross, and I might, if fortunate, be sitting down there with you. Of course, if your own President had never left Brooklyn, he might be standing up here instead of me.This elegant building, as you know, was once the property of the Fitzgerald family, but I have not come here to claim it. Of all the new relations I have discovered on this trip, I regret to say that no one has yet found any link between me and a great Irish patriot, Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Lord Edward, however, did not like to stay here in his family home “because,” as he wrote his mother, “Leinster House does not inspire the brightest ideas.” That was a long time ago, however. It has also been said by some that a few of the features of this stately mansion served to inspire similar features in the White House in Washington. Whether this is true or not, I know that the White House was designed by James Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect, and I have no doubt that he believed, by incorporating several features of the Dublin style, he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.There is also an unconfirmed rumour that Hoban was never fully paid for his work on the White House. If this proves to be true, I will speak to our Secretary of the Treasury about it, although I hear this body is not particularly interested in the subject of revenue.I am proud to be the first American President to visit Ireland during his term of office, proud to be addressing this distinguished assembly, and proud of the welcome you have given me. My presence and your welcome, however, only symbolise the many and the enduring links which have bound the Irish and the Americans since the earliest days.Benjamin Franklin, the envoy of the American Revolution, who was also born in Boston, was received by the Irish Parliament in 1772. It was neither independent nor free from discrimination at the time, but Franklin reported its members “disposed to be friends of America.” “By joining our interest with theirs,” he said, “a more equitable treatment … might be obtained for both nations.”Our interests have been joined ever since. Franklin sent leaflets to Irish freedom fighters. O’Connell was influenced by Washington, and Emmet influenced Lincoln. Irish volunteers played so predominant a role in the American Army that Lord Mountjoy lamented in the British Parliament: “We have lost America through the Irish.” John Barry, whose statue was honoured yesterday, and whose sword is in my office, was only one who fought for liberty in America to set an example for liberty in Ireland. Yesterday was the 117th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Stewart Parnell —whose grandfather fought under Barry and whose mother was born in America—and who, at the age of 34, was invited to address the American Congress on the cause of Irish freedom. “I have seen since I have been in this country,” he said, “so many tokens of the good wishes of the American people toward Ireland…” And today, 83 years later, I can say to you that I have seen in this country so many tokens of good wishes of the Irish people towards America.And so it is that our two nations, divided by distance, have been united by history. No people ever believed more deeply in the cause of Irish freedom than the people of the United States. And no country contributed more to building my own than your sons and daughters. They came to our shores in a mixture of hope and agony, and I would not underrate the difficulties of their course once they arrived in the United States. They left behind hearts, fields, and a nation yearning to be free. It is no wonder that James Joyce described the Atlantic as a bowl of bitter tears, and an earlier poet wrote: “They are going, going, going, and we cannot bid them stay.”But today this is no longer the country of hunger and famine that those immigrants left behind. It is not rich and its progress is not yet complete, but it is, according to statistics, one of the best fed countries in the world. Nor is it any longer a country of persecution, political or religious. It is a free country, and that is why any American feels at home.There are those who regard this history of past strife and exile as better forgotten, but to use the phrase of Yeats: “Let us not casually reduce that great past to a trouble of fools, for we need not feel the bitterness of the past to discover its meaning for the present and the future.”And it is the present and the future of Ireland that today hold so much promise to my nation as well as to yours, and, indeed, to all mankind, for the Ireland of 1963, one of the youngest of nations, and the oldest of civilisations, has discovered that the achievement of nationhood is not an end, but a beginning. In the years since independence, you have undergone a new and peaceful revolution, an economic and industrial revolution, transforming the face of this land, while still holding to the old spiritual and cultural values. You have modernised your economy, harnessed your rivers, diversified your industry, liberalised your trade, electrified your farms, accelerated your rate of growth, and improved the living standard of your people.Other nations of the world in whom Ireland has long invested her people and her children are now investing their capital as well as their vacations here in Ireland. This revolution is not yet over, nor will it be, I am sure, until a fully modern Irish economy fully shares in world prosperity. But prosperity is not enough.Over 150 years ago, Henry Grattan, demanding the more independent Irish Parliament that would always bear his name, denounced those who were satisfied merely by new grants of economic opportunity. “A country,” he said, “enlightened as Ireland, chartered as Ireland, armed as Ireland, and injured as Ireland, will not be satisfied with anything less than liberty.” And today, I am certain, free Ireland, a full-fledged member of the world community, where some are not yet free, and where some counsel an acceptance of tyranny—free Ireland will not be satisfied with anything less than liberty.I am glad, therefore, that Ireland is moving in the mainstream of current world events. For I sincerely believe that your future is as promising as your past is proud, and that your destiny lies not as a peaceful island in a sea of troubles, but as a maker and shaper of world peace.For self-determination can no longer mean isolation; and the achievement of national independence today means withdrawal from the old status only to return to the world scene with a new one. New nations can build with their former governing powers the same kind of fruitful relationship that Ireland has established with Great Britain—a relationship founded on equality and mutual interests. And no nation, large or small, can be indifferent to the fate of others, near or far. Modern economics, weapons and communications have made us realise more than ever that we are one human family and this one planet is our home. “The world is large,” wrote John Boyle O’Reilly, “The world is large when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide, but the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side.”The world is even smaller today, though the enemy of John Boyle O’Reilly is no longer a hostile power. Indeed, across the gulfs and barriers that now divide us, we must remember that there are no permanent enemies. Hostility today is a fact, but it is not a ruling law. The supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of God and our common vulnerability on this planet.Some may say that all this means little to Ireland. In an age when “history moves with the tramp of earthquake feet,” in an age when a handful of men and nations have the power literally to devastate mankind, in an age when the needs of the developing nations are so large and staggering that even the richest nations often groan with the burden of assistance— in such an age, it may be asked, how can a nation as small as Ireland play much of a role on the world stage?I would remind those who ask that question, including those in other small countries, of these words of one of the great orators of the English language:All the world owes much to the little “five feet high” nations. The greatest art of the world was the work of little nations. The most enduring literature of the world came from little nations. The heroic deeds that thrill humanity through generations were the deeds of little nations fighting for their freedom. And, oh, yes, the salvation of mankind came through a little nation.Ireland has already set an example and a standard for other small nations to follow. This has never been a rich or powerful country, and, yet, since earliest times, its influence on the world has been rich and powerful. No larger nation did more to keep Christianity and Western culture alive in their darkest centuries. No larger nation did more to spark the cause of American independence, and independence, indeed, around the world. And no larger nation has ever provided the world with more literary and artistic genius.This is an extraordinary country. George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life: “Other peoples,” he said, “see things and say: `Why?’ … But I dream things that never were—and I say: `Why not?”’It is that quality of the Irish, the remarkable combination of hope, confidence and imagination that is needed more than ever today. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not. It matters not how small a nation is that seeks world peace and freedom, for, to paraphrase a citizen of my country: “The humblest nation of all the world, when clad in the armour of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.”Ireland is clad in the cause of national and human liberty with peace. To the extent that the peace is disturbed by conflict between the former colonial powers and the new and developing nations, Ireland’s role is unique. For every new nation knows that Ireland was the first of the small nations in the 20th Century to win its struggle for independence, and that the Irish have traditionally sent their doctors and technicians and soldiers and priests to help other lands to keep their liberty alive. At the same time, Ireland is part of Europe, associated with the Council of Europe, progressing in the context of Europe, and a prospective member of an expanded European Common Market. Thus Ireland has excellent relations with both the new and the old, the confidence of both sides and an opportunity to act where the actions of greater powers might be looked upon with suspicion.The central issue of freedom, however, is between those who believe in self-determination and those in the East who would impose upon others the harsh and oppressive Communist system; and here your nation wisely rejects the role of a go-between or a mediator. Ireland pursues an independent course in foreign policy, but it is not neutral between liberty and tyranny and never will be.For knowing the meaning of foreign domination, Ireland is the example and inspiration to those enduring endless years of oppression. It was fitting and appropriate that this nation played a leading role in censuring the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, for how many times was Ireland’s quest for freedom suppressed only to have that quest renewed by the succeeding generation? Those who suffer beyond that wall I saw on Wednesday in Berlin must not despair of their future. Let them remember the constancy, the faith, the endurance and the final success of the Irish. And let them remember, as I heard sung by your sons and daughters yesterday in Wexford, the words: “The boys of Wexford, who fought with heart and hand, to burst in twain the galling chain and free our native land.”The major forum for your nation’s greater role in world affairs is that of protector of the weak and voice of the small, the United Nations. From Cork to the Congo, from Galway to the Gaza Strip, from this legislative assembly to the United Nations, Ireland is sending its most talented men to do the world’s most important work—the work of peace.In a sense, this export of talent is in keeping with an historic Irish role. But you no longer go as exiles and emigrants but for the service of your country and, indeed, of all men. Like the Irish missionaries of medieval days, like the wild geese after the Battle of the Boyne, you are not content to sit by your fireside while others are in need of your help. Nor are you content with the recollections of the past when you face the responsibilities of the present.Twenty-six sons of Ireland have died in the Congo; many others have been wounded. I pay tribute to them and to all of you for your commitment and dedication to world order. And their sacrifice reminds us all that we must not falter now.The United Nations must be fully and fairly financed; its peace-keeping machinery must be strengthened; its institutions must be developed until some day, and perhaps some distant day, a world of law is achieved.Ireland’s influence in the United Nations is far greater than your relative size. You have not hesitated to take the lead on such sensitive issues as the Kashmir dispute, and you sponsored that most vital resolution, adopted by the General Assembly, which opposed the spread of nuclear arms to any nation not now possessing them, urging an international agreement with inspection and control, and I pledge to you that the United States of America will do all in its power to achieve such an agreement and fulfil your resolution.I speak of these matters today not because Ireland is unaware of its role, but I think it important that you know that we know what you have done, and I speak to remind the other small nations that they, too, can and must help build a world peace. They, too, as we all are, are dependent on the United Nations for security, for an equal chance to be heard, for progress towards a world made safe for diversity. The peace-keeping machinery of the United Nations cannot work without the help of the smaller nations, nations whose forces threaten no one and whose forces can thus help create a world in which no nation is threatened.Great powers have their responsibilities and their burdens, but the smaller nations of the world must fulfil their obligations as well. A great Irish poet once wrote:” I believe profoundly in the future of Ireland, that this is an isle of destiny, that that destiny will be glorious, and that when our hour has come we will have something to give to the world.”My friends, Ireland’s hour has come. You have something to give to the world, and that is a future of peace with freedom. Thank you.last_img

Man with screwdriver in forehead smoked cigarette then called help

first_imgA 25-YEAR-old man has undergone a three-hour operation to remove a screwdriver lodged about five centimetres (two inches) into his head.Dr Jan Kochanowicz, one of the doctors who treated the man in the Polish city of Bialystok, said the man apparently fell and lost consciousness, but does not remember that.When he regained consciousness he was at first aware only of pain in a hand before realising something else was wrong. He walked to his car, looked in a mirror and noticed the screwdriver, penetrating his forehead just above his right eye.Kochanowicz told the station TVN24 the man smoked a cigarette before calling a neighbour who got him to the hospital.The screwdriver did not damage the man’s eyes or brain.NFL player tweets X-ray of what his mangled finger looked like during the playoffs>last_img read more

HealyRae wants debate on expanding gun ownership in Ireland

first_imgUpdated 11.53am THE INDEPENDENT TD Michael Healy-Rae has called for a debate on the possibility of expanding gun ownership in Ireland particularly in rural areas to allow people to protect their homes and property.The Kerry South TD, who legally owns three different guns, has raised the possibility that people should be allowed to buy guns to protect themselves, something which is not currently legal in Ireland.Speaking to Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio this morning, Healy-Rae said that regulations already in place would mean it would not be a big problem to expand the terms under which guns can be acquired in Ireland.“People who possess gun licences, they treat their licence with respect, they treat their gun with respect, they don’t want anybody who should not be holding that gun to ever get near it,” he said.“So that wouldn’t really be, to me, a very big problem because of the regulations that are already in place.”The independent deputy accused the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter of having “failed and failed in an awful way” to protect people in rural communities, citing the recent closure of over a hundred garda stations which he claimed was actually costing the government more.The Department of Justice referred a query about Healy-Rae’s remarks to the Garda Commissioner who it said was the head of the licensing authority.An Garda Síochána said it was not in a position to comment on legislation or proposals made about legislation or remarks made by politicians.The Irish Examiner which carries quotes from Healy-Rae this morning, says that there are currently 220,000 firearms certificates on issue in Ireland, the vast majority are for shotguns used for sport and hunting rifles.Healy-Rae also defended a quote from him that appears in the latest edition of the Garda Review in which he states: “It’s no harm for these criminals to know that if they engage in this type of activity they may leave the home that they break into in a wooden box.”He told RTÉ this morning that he would “stand over that comment any day of the week”.He added: “If a person is of the mind that they think they can break into somebody’s house, terrorise them and get away with it completely, they must remember that sometimes it can go against them and they may leave the house in a wooden box.”Read: Healy-Rae wants Killarney’s “annoying and unusual” mystery noise investigatedRead: Healy-Rae vindicated as 2013 licence plates to avoid ‘unlucky 13′last_img read more

HSE warns of contaminated cannabis as two women remain in critical condition

first_imgTHE HSE HAS issued an alert to service users and community and voluntary groups working with drug users about a contaminated batch of cannabis which appears to be circulating in the Cavan/Louth/Meath area.This follows news of two women who were hospitalised in Drogheda and required intensive care after using the drug.Today the HSE said that reports have been received that this batch has “unusual side effects leading to admission to intensive care”.A garda spokesperson tole TheJournal.ie that the two women had similar symptoms and that “the same intoxicants” were found in their systems. They said they are both in critical condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.Andrew Ogle of the HSE Addiction Services in the North East said that if someone gets into difficulty after consuming a substance “it is critically important to get help immediately by calling the emergency services.”It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.The HSE renminded the public that taking drugs” carries serious health risks”.“As well as the danger of addiction, drug misuse has serious health risks and is associated with a wide range of conditions and complications, both physical and psychological,” it said. “These include heart failure and respiratory failure, both of which can be fatal.”Read: Irish smoke as much marijuana as the Dutch>Read: Two women arrested after €500,000 seizure of cannabis plants>last_img read more

Ireland Women will face England in Rugby World Cup semifinal

first_imgIRELAND WILL FACE England in the semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Wednesday after the seeding for the top four was confirmed this evening.Philip Doyle’s side famously beat England on their way to the 2013 Grand Slam, but fell to a 17 – 10 defeat at Twickenham earlier this year.Ireland booked their place in the semis with a 40 – 5 victory over Kazakhstan early today, but it was this evening’s last Pool fixture that finally settled the upcoming fixture list.Hosts France kept up their 100% record with a 17 – 3 victory over Australia and moved to 14 points, enough to edge Ireland out of the number one seed slot and Australia out of the top four.Next up, Les Bleus will face Canada who claimed a 13 – 13 draw against England to leave both sides on 12 points (with Canada edged into second place due to England’s superior points difference).That result meant that New Zealand – reigning World Cup champions since 1998 – were dethroned before they even kicked off in their 34 – 3 win over the USA.The southern hemisphere superpowers now have only placing matches to look forward to while Canada and Europe’s finest do battle for the big prize.Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals (Wednesday August 13):Ireland v England (17.oo Irish time)France v Canada (19.45 Irish time)Fleming’s lung-bursting try and more great pictures as Ireland Women win againAnalysis: Black Ferns broken by Ireland’s clever attacking at World Cuplast_img read more

Walmart offers free shipping until Dec 20 on 60000 products including electronics

first_imgWalmart has decided to give geeks across the U.S. an early Christmas present by introducing free shipping from its online store. It’s a limited offer on eligible products, but the products that come under the offer fall mainly in the electronics and toys categories.From today through December 20 around 60,000 items will qualify for free shipping if ordered via Walmart’s online store. There is no minimum purchase in place to get free shipping either.Walmart has decided to do this so as to undercut competitors who have implemented improved shipping rates, but ultimately still charge for it. You can’t beat free as Steve Nave, vice president and general manager of Walmart.com explains:Everyone’s trying to figure out how we can serve a customer that’s trying to save every penny they can. It’s the most competitive offer out there, and we’re pretty excited about it. Depending on how successful this free shipping experiment is Walmart look set to continue offering it after December 20 in some form. For Christmas present purchases it may mean the difference between buying from Walmart or looking elsewhere over the next month or so.Read more at NYTimes.comMatthew’s OpinionI have no issue with paying for shipping as long as it is reasonable based on the delivery time estimate, and it doesn’t go up if I order more than one product. I also always check prices on sites offering free shipping because usually the price of the products is more expensive to cover the delivery charge. There’s lots of sites that get it right, though.Walmart is huge and can therefore afford to do this. It has a solid distribution network, ships enough to get favorable delivery pricing anyway, so the cost in doing this for the next 5 weeks is going to be minimal. The gains in extra customer spending will far outweigh it.One thing that’s not completely clear when visiting Walmart.com is exactly which products qualify. I see the banners advertising the offer, but no list of which products get free shipping. It seems as though you need to click through to a product’s page to see if it has the “Free Shipping to Home” tag. If anyone finds a link listing free shipping items please share it in the comments.last_img read more

All iPad purchases since February 16 entitled to 100 refund

first_imgWhile all the focus yesterday was on the iPad 2, Apple also quietly reduced the price of the original iPad to $399. Fantastic news you may have thought, but what about if you were one of the people who bought an iPad last week? Or even a couple of weeks ago? You’d be kicking yourself right now.Well, Apple isn’t evil, so they have decided to let those customers who purchased an iPad since February 16 (the extent of the 14-day returns window) claim a $100 refund. If you are one of those people, just head on over to your local Apple store with receipt in hand for some money back.I’m pretty sure Apple staff will be keen to entice that $100 back out of your bank account for a nice iPad case or other shiny accessory. Personally, I’d head right to iTunes and buy all those games I’ve been meaning to play.Read more at Electricpiglast_img read more

PS4 Very Likely To Still Have Real Controllers

first_imgDespite the emergence of motion controls in video games, Sony says the next PlayStation will very probably still rely on traditional gaming controllers.The comments come from Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Dr. Richard Marks, who is actually the top dog when it comes to the PS3’s motion controls. But when asked if the PS4 could theoretically just use motion controls, he said, “I don’t think that makes sense. I said that pretty much from the beginning that we’re not trying to get rid of the gamepad.”He added, “The gamepad is a really good abstract device. It can map to so many different things. It doesn’t map one-to-one to those things, but it doesn’t need to for a lot of game experiences.”AdChoices广告 Via Gamasutralast_img read more

London Riots Google Group created to use facial recognition software for identifying

first_imgA new Google Group has been created called “London Riots Facial Recognition” that aims to use facial recognition technologies to identify any of the rioters who show up in online photos. Instead of using superpowers or violence, the members of the group are trying to put the bad guys behind bars using facial recognition software. Are the people involved in this Google Group a kind of “modern superhero?”If you’ve been following the news or have even just been browsing Twitter, you’ve no doubt heard talk about the riots going on in the U.K. at the moment. They are said to have stemmed from the killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan who was shot by police in Tottenham. Duggan’s death occurred during an operation where specialist firearm officers from Operation Trident, a unit that deals with gun crime in African and Caribbean communities, were trying to carry out an arrest.A peaceful protest on Saturday saw around 300 people gather outside the Tottenham police station demanding justice for Duggan and his family. Not long after that though, the first of the rioting broke out with bottles being thrown and cars being torched. Things continued to escalate from there and are just now starting to taper off a bit. Rioting occurred not only in Tottenham, but also in other parts of London, as well as in Bristol, Birmingham, and Liverpool, to name a few. Rioters have been looting stores and burning buildings. The riots are said to be in response to local tensions with the police, the high unemployment rate, and cuts in public services.According to the BBC, 563 people have been arrested and 105 people have been charged so far. At least 35 officers have been injured, and London police and Prime Minister David Cameron have been very stern about catching the people involved and bringing them to justice.Though the Google Group is currently not public, you can apply for a membership. TechCrunch points out that the group seems to be serious about using the technology as it has a thread called “Ethical Issues,” and one called “Keeping Things Legal.”Many people are opposed to using facial recognition technology as they think it’s an invasion of privacy. However, if an algorithm and API can help find the group of people who torched one man’s five-generation-old business, is it really a bad thing? Another argument is that it could incriminate people who just happened to be caught in the photo but weren’t actually rioting.Asking people to help identify law-breaking citizens is nothing new. In my hometown of Boulder, Colo., police have been known to post photos online of the hundreds of people who gather for the town’s annual “4/20 Smoke Out” festivities. Local law enforcement has offered rewards in the past to anyone who can identify a person pictured within the series of photos posted on the police station’s website. In the case of the Google Group, it takes away the need to ask the public for help in actually identifying the individuals and just uses facial recognition software instead.Do you think it’s a good idea to “crowdsource justice,” and make it easy to help the law enforcement catch those breaking the law, or is it something we should leave up to the cops to deal with?via TechCrunch, BBClast_img read more

Siri hackers let you voice control your offline life

first_imgHackers have learned how to intercept Siri voice commands and are using that knowledge to do some very cool new things.The video above, posted by Pete Lamonica, shows him to controlling his thermostat using Siri commands. He can raise and lower the temperature or just check to see how it’s set. In typical Siri style, the phone responds with answers to questions (“What’s the heater set to?”) or status confirmations (in response to “Set the heater to 72.”)Better yet, the hack doesn’t require a jailbreak. Normally, your voice messages are sent to Apple, where Siri servers convert your speech to text. As we saw a couple weeks ago, when those servers go down, Siri stops working. Lamonica and others have written a proxy server that intercepts voice commands before they go to Apple’s server, thanks to work from mid-November that saw the Siri protocol hacked.Other hackers have taken the SiriProxy project, as it’s called, and applied it in other places. One, by YouTube user fiquett, taps into the Viper SmartStart app to send signals to start and shut off the car. That, of course, requires an additional in-car installation, but for those who have the Viper device, it’s an awesome feature to have.Another, by YouTube user hjaltij, controls the Plex media center software. As soon as he finishes saying the command “Play the latest episode of MythBusters,” it’s on-screen on his monitor.Hacks have also been posted to have Siri read headlines from RSS feeds, control lights and curtains inside houses, and more. All of these hacks use that same proxy server trick, so if you’ve got a little hacker-ish knowledge, you can start running your very own Siri extensions.via TheNextWeblast_img read more