In Bercy BIG final France – Croatia

Bercy handball tournamentFrance handball At the traditional tournament in Paris Bercy in the semifinal, favorites, France and Croatia beated their opponents and scheduled the final for Sunday.Croatia – South Korea 27:24South Korea:Ch. Lee, Park, D. Lee, Jeong 4, Sim 1, Eom 2, Jung 4, J. Park 4, Kim 2, C. Park, Lim 1, J. Lee 3, Oh 1, Yo, Yoon 2, Na.Izbornik: Young- Shin ChoCroatia: Šego, Alilović, Marić 1, Balić 4, Duvnjak, Lacković 3, Zrnić 5, Kopljar 3, Vori 3, Gojun, Matulić 1, Vuković, Buntić, Valčić 2, Štrlek 3, Ninčević 2.France – Argentina 30:27 ← Previous Story Тoledo terminated the contract with Dragan Marjanac Next Story → Austrian disaster in Serbia – 27:39! Andersson – “I am shocked” read more

Chaos in Athens by AEK supporters

Horrible experience had players and staff of Partizan Belgrade after quaterfinal match in the Challenge Cup in Athens against AEK 24:23. On the court, there were no doubt, who was better, because Partizan came with six goals difference from the first match in Belgrade (28:22), but AEK Athens fans didn’t want to let Serbs without frustration…Watch the VIDEO.  Some players and members of Partizan’s staff get injured, but on the end, it is only important that all of them were in the Bus to Belgrade.[youtube][/youtube]In the semifinals in Challenge Cup are also Cimos Koper (Slovenia), Stinta Bacau (Romania) and Benfica (Portugal).photo: ← Previous Story Men’s EHF Champions League (TOP 16): Six from TOP 8 from Germany and Spain Next Story → Men’s EHF CL 1/4 Finals Draw: Barcelona against Kiel! AEK – Partizan handballaek handballhandball fanatics read more

ZEBRAS TO COLOGNE Kiel storm over Skopje

CologneKielRK MetalurgSkopje THW Kiel showed how strong German champions can be when they have to, in Skopje against RK Metalurg 31:21 (14:9) at the first match of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8! Strong performance by Aron Palmarsson, Marko Vujin and Johan Sjostrand, strong defense and fantastic finish of both half-times, made the +10 before the second match in Kiel next Sunday, which will be a “friendly” match, because the team who will compete for the EHF CL trophy at “Lanxess Arena” is already known.Metalurg had the last chance to catch the rival in 49th minute (19:22), but Kiel ended match with 9:2 series…METALURG – KIEL 21:31 (9:14)SkopljeHall “Boris Trajkovski”Spectators – 7000METALURG: Stanić 10 saves, Vugrinec 3(1)/10, Atman 4/9, Dimovski 2/3, Mirkulovski 0/1, Cindric 3/6, Manaskov 6/7, Mijatović one save, Georgievski 0/1, Mojsoski 3/3, Mandić 0/1KIL: Sjostrand 12 saves, Palicka 3 saves, Palmarsson 7/10, Vujin 8/10, Ekberg 5(1)/7, Vinczek 5/5, Jicha 2/7, Sigurdsson 1/3, Zeitz 1/2, Jallouz 2/2.RESULTS: 0:3 (5.) 2:3 (7.) 4:4 (11.) 4:8 (16.) 8:8 (21.) 9:10 (25.) 9:13 (29.) 10:16 (36.) 13:18 (38.) 15:19 (41.) 16:22 (45.) 19:22 (48.) 20:24 (52.) 20:28 (57.) ← Previous Story Vezprem with +2 from Paris! Next Story → Laszlo Nagy warns after Paris: It’s not over yet! read more

EHF CL Kiel win thriller in Brest – Third victory for KIF

3SG Flensburg-Handewitt320187:84431 Kadetten : Dunkerque 25:23 (12:10) 2AaB Handball211049:44350 3Rhein-Neckar Lowen210159:51280 Here are the other results of the EHF CL Friday:Chekhovskie Medvedi – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 30:35 6HC Metalurg-Skopje200246:550-90 6Alingsaas HK300368:920-240 1Paris Handball220054:444100 3Naturhouse La Rioja210171:6526-1 1KS Vive Targi Kielce220070:604100 THW Kiel had tough 60 minutes in Brest, but at the end, “Zebras” managed to win led by Andreas Palicka, who saved some important shots. At the end, Kiel took two points 25:24 (11:11).Pesic (1.-60., 13 saves), Charapenka (n.e.); Babichev (4), Bozovic (3), Manojlovic (3), Kamyshyk (n.e.), Spiler (1), Nikulenkau (1), Shumak (2), Vukic (2), Baranau, Karacic (2), Rutenka (3), Razgor (2/1), Shylovich (1), Astrashapkin (n.e.); Trainer: Babic Sjöstrand (1.-41., 8 saves), Palicka (41.-60, 6 saves); Duvnjak, Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (5/1), Weinhold, Wiencek (1), Ekberg, Cañellas (3/1), Palmarsson (5), Klein (2), Vujin (7/1); Trainer: GislasonSTANDINGS: Alingsas : Kolding 19:23 (13:15) 5Besiktas Istanbul200243:610-180 4RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko310290:922-21 1KIF Kolding330091:646270 4Pick Szeged210159:632-40 2FC Barcelona220068:534150 5Dunkerque HB310267:722-5-2 5Montpellier Handball210159:642-5-1 4Wisla Plock SSA310281:842-3-1 EHF CLTHW Kiel 2MKB Veszprem KC220064:56480 1HC Vardar Pro Skopje220066:544120 2THW Kiel320184:83411 5HC Meshkov Brest310283:882-50 6Chehovski Medvedi300390:1110-210 3K. Schaffhausen311176:793-32 6Motor-Zntu-Zas200247:500-30 ← Previous Story Darko Stanic and RK Metalurg – THE END Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE: Norway beat Brasil – Denmark lost against France! 4Croatia Osiguranje210149:522-30 read more

Sergey Bebeshko is the new Meshkov Brest coach

After two years with Croatian coach Zeljko Babic, who decided to focus on Croatian national team in the upcoming years, Meshkov Brest have found the new solution for the bench – Ukrainian coach Sergey Bebeshko. Bebeshko is very well known and successful in Ex-Soviet Union area, when he made the biggest results in his career. The Olympic champion from 1992 and for many years player and the coach in ASOBAL, led HC Dinamo Minsk from 2009 to 2013, with whom he had a lot of success in domestic league, but also very promising performances in the VELUX EHF Champions League.Bebeshko is coming from Motor Zaprozhye, where he spent last two years and also played in the VELUX EHF Champions League.Contract is agreed on two years basis.Meshkov Brest won the national title after penalty roulette against SKA Minsk. BebeshkoMeshkov Brest ← Previous Story KIF Kolding Kobenhavn win 14th Danish Championship title! Next Story → Ljubo Vranjes appeals: We need 16 players in roster! read more

Barcelona Handball Camp has very interesting offer for you

Application time is open from 28th of March until  20th of April 2018! We are sharing with you their announcement: To be egligible for this amazing oportunity you have to be a team with at least 14 players and a coach (or maximum 20 players and a coach) and you have to send us short story with explanation of determination and goals of your team. If you are a coach, you can write us about your team, what are they ready to dedicate to accomplish their goals, what is the biggest success they have made so far and what was one of the best stories within the team (the story has to be connected to supporting/inspiring each other). Note: the success and rating of the team does not matter for this oppourtinity, it is equal for everyone! All you need to know if that this funding promotes sport and physical activity for youth under 18 years of age. The funding would cover half of the price per participant of the potential selected team and then the team/or participant should cover the other half of the fee! UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE CHANCE FOR U18 TEAMS TO APPLY TO OUR BARCELONA HANDBALL CAMP WITH 50% DISCOUNT!!!! To sum it up, to be eligible to apply, you have to be:– a team with at least 14 players and a coach (or maximum 20 players)– younger than 18– write a short story about your team with the topic we explained– send your e-mail application before 20th of April 2018 to:  FUNDING COVERING 50% OF THE FEE COST FOR A SELECTED TEAM! Do not miss this chance!!! You would get the oportunity to be part of our Barcelona Handball Camp from 29.06.-03.07.2018, to work with some of the best handball coaches and some of FC Barcelona Handbol players!!!! ← Previous Story Andy Schmid about last Saturday: Shitty day, we are now complete idiots Next Story → Montpellier’s joker Jonas Truchanovicius: It will be pleasant surprise if we beat Barca We are honored and proud to inform you that we have made strong connections with a few very big partners and one funding which are going to open the door for 4 fastest teams with the best applications to get to our camp with 50% discount per participant!This means that price per participant would be 345€! Including the full package into that price!!! HURRY UP AND APPLY! Barcelona handball camp The Barcelona Handball Camp organizers offer very exciting option for youth U18 teams!! read more

Rostov Don have checkedin for the EHF Final 4

Anna Vyakhirevaftc rail cargo hungariaRostov DonWomen’s EHF Final 4 ← Previous Story RK Zagreb to meet RK Vardar at 7th SEHA Gazprom final Next Story → THAT’S THE STORY! Fraikin BM Granollers win at “Blaugrana” after 25 years! The Russian powerhouse have qualified for the Women’s EHF Final 4 for the first time ever after an aggregate result of 63-51 over FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria. The Russians had won the first leg 29-31 in Hungary and today, on home soil, they sealed the pass to Budapest after a 32-22 triumph.Rostov Don will finally be present in the Papp László Sportárena in Budapest next month. After having fallen in quarter-finals against the eventual champions CSM Bucuresti two seasons ago, and having missed Europe’s top competition last year, the commanded by Frederic Bougeant have booked their place in the semifinals after a dominant victory by 32-22 at home, which was backed up by the away win, a week ago. The two goal difference in Budapest made believe that FTC’s chances were still alive, however, Rostov Don quickly showed that they were not willing to suffer. After 19’, the visitors managed to reduce a 5 goal difference to only 3 (13-10), but the last minutes of the first half saw the locals stretch the gap again and finish the first period with +8: 20-12.Despite FTC’s efforts, the goal difference was just too much for them to turn around and on the second half, it only broadened (25-15 after 12’). After a penalty shot that hit goalkeeper Greta Hafdi on the face, Montenegrin right back Katarina Bulatovic was sent off with a red card (the graph on the stream showed a blue card). The match marked the return to the Champions League of Anna Sen, who became a mother only two months ago. The top scorer of the match was Anna Vyakhireva, who finished with a 100% of efficiency, scoring 7 times out of 7 shots. Rostov Don have guaranteed their place in the EHF Final 4 in Budapest and while it’s the first time in this semifinals for the team, they count with the experience of players who have already been to the Hungarian capital and lifted the trophy. Bulatović did it twice (with Győri Audi ETO KC on season 2013/14 and with ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica on 2014/15), while Mayssa Pessoa and Ana Paula Rodrigues were part of the team that defeated Rostov Don in quarter-finals of the season 2015/16 and went all the way to become champions, CSM Bucuresti. Left wing Siraba Dembélé is also one of the players who’s been to the EHF Final 4, but finished third both times, with Vardar. read more

Conan OBrien is back in Ireland but how tall is he

first_imgPEOPLE OF IRELAND! There is a tall red-headed man in our midst.Well, there are a lot of tall, red-headed men in our midst, but this one is particular is US TV host Conan O’Brien, who is currently holidaying on the old sod with his family.He’s alreadybeen spotted out and about in Dublin so far. Did we tell you he’s tall? Being a proud Irish-American, this isn’t the first time O’Brien has been in Ireland.For a segment for his ‘Late Night’ talk show a couple of years back he visited Limerick, shouted out a few stereotypes, had a pub sing-song and confused some people on the street:YouTube/InflatableConan2Main image: AP Photo/Michael DwyerVideo: Ron Burgundy announces Anchorman movie sequel>The Dredge: Lindsay Lohan fights her mother in a car>last_img read more

Budget 2014 the key things to know from todays announcement

first_imgUpdated 9.50pmIT WAS IRELAND’S seventh austerity Budget.We were warned it would be ‘tough’ – and it was.Finance Minister Michael Noonan revealed how his department plans to increase the nation’s tax take, while his colleague in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform explained how he intends to help take €2.5 billion out of the economy.Here are the main details of Michael Noonan’s speech:Income Tax, VAT, USC-No increases in any of the three tax categories.VAT-Reduced rate of 9 per cent for tourism sector to be retained.-All other VAT rates are to remain untouched.Air Travel Tax-Reduced to zero per cent with an aim to encourage airlines to build new routes and traffic.DIRT-A new higher single unified rate of 41 per cent for DIRT and the exit tax that applies to life assurance policies and investment funds has been introduced.Pensions-The pension levy of 0.6 per cent will be abolished on 31 December 2014. An additional levy on pension funds at 0.15 per cent will be introduced during that time, increasing it to 0.75 per cent.-From 1 January 2015, the levy will be 0.15 per cent of the value of pension funds.Home Improvement Incentive Scheme-To be calculated at 13.5 per cent on works worth over €5,000 and under €30,000 on family’s primary residences in 2014 and 2015.Corporation Tax-The Minister said Ireland is 100 per cent committed to its 12.5 per cent Corporation Tax rate.-However, the Finance Bill will be changed to secure Ireland’s reputation as being ‘part of the solution’ to the global tax crisis and not ‘part of the problem’. The change will ensure Irish registered companies cannot be ‘stateless’ in terms of their place of tax residency.Magdalenes-Any lump sums paid to survivors as part of a compensation scheme will be tax exempt.Cigarettes and Alcohol Excise-From midnight, cigarette packets will be taxed 10 cent more.-Also from midnight, bottles of wine will be taxed an extra 50 cent more.-Meanwhile, and also from 12pm today, beer, cider and spirits will all rise in price by 10 cent.Medical Insurance-Tax relief for medical insurance will be capped at €1,000 for adults and €500 for children.Single Parents-The tax relief credits will be changed from the One Parent Tax Credit to a Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit. Only the primary carer, rather than both single parents, will be able to claim the credit which is of equal value to what it is replacing.Motoring-There will be no increase in excise duty on petrol or diesel.-There will be no increase in motor tax.Banks Levy-Irish banks will be expected to make an annual contribution of €150 million to the Exchequer annually.Farming-The farmers’ flat rate addition is being increased from 4.8 per cent to 5 per cent from January. The scheme compensates farmers for VAT incurred on their farming inputs.-The Capital Gains Tax retirement relief has been extended to disposals of long-term leased farmland in certain circumstances so older farmers will lease out their land to younger men and women.Property-Any property sold next year will be exempt from Capital Gains Tax if it had been held for at least seven years.Business-The ‘Start Your Own Business’ Scheme will see those who are unemployed, and starting their own new business, exempt from income tax for two years.Here are the main details from Brendan Howlin’s statement:Medical Cards-The income thresholds for medical cards for those aged over 70 years old have been reduced to €900 for a couple and €500 for a single person.GP Care-Free GP care for all those aged under five years old will be introduced. The cost to the State will be €37 million.Maternity-Maternity benefit will be standarised to €230 per week for new claimants from January. Currently, it lies between €217 – €262 for women.Prescription Charge-Per-item prescription charges are to increase to €2.50 per item – this charge began as a 50 cent levy in 2010. The monthly cap is €25 per family.Social Welfare-The total adjustment is €290 million.-The €100 reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance to existing recipients who reach 22, and for new entrants aged up to 24 on or after 1 January 2014, has been extended.-Another reduced rate of €144 for jobseekers will apply to those reaching 25 from January next year.-The telephone allowance will be discontinued to save €44 million.-The number of waiting days for entitlement to Illness Benefit is being increased from 3 days to 6 days to save €22 million.-Child Benefit remains unchanged at €130 per month.Public Service-There will be some hiring next year in schools, hospitals and An Garda Síochána but the paybill will still be reduced by €500 million.-There are plans to hire 1,250 new classroom and resource teachers for the school system.-€5 million is to be allocated to extend the reach of the books to rent programme in primary schools.National Lottery-The €200 million from the sale of the National Lottery licence will be used for a range of measures, including: road maintenance and repair works; a new round of Sports Capital Grants; the building of a new National Indoor Training Arena at the National Sports Campus; the Better Energy Programme; housing adaptation grants for older people and people with a disability; the National City of Culture Initiative; the development of a large scale multi-functional events centre in Cork; the Wild Atlantic Way Driving Route tourism project; and a number of 1916 Commemoration Projects.Housing-€10 million will be provided for an unfinished housing estate resolution initiative.-€30 million of the lottery licence proceeds to recommence the State’s house building programme.INTREO-€9 million for the completion of the ‘one stop shop’ for Intreo offices to provide better services for the unemployed.-€14 million to a “Youth Guarantee Fund”, which will support additional activation places for people under 25.Bereavement Grant-The €850 once-off payment to bereaved families will be abolished to save €17 million.TV License -The annual payment to RTÉ for the Free TV Licence will be reduced by €5 million.Invalidity Pensions-The €230.30 weekly rate will be discontinued for those age 65 and aligned to the €193.50 currently paid to those under 65.Sports-Irish Sports Council funding cut by €3.1 million.Irish Aid-Reducing funding for Irish Aid by €14 million.Third-Level Education-Cutting funding to third level institutions by €25 million.LIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it’s Budget 2014 coverage, in fulllast_img read more

The absolute worst things about having girl hair

first_imgTHERE IS LOTS to love about being a girl and having girl hair.There are so many things you can do with it and if you need a boost it’s easy to make a change.However, that doesn’t mean it’s without its challenges.  If fact, there are lots of them.Here are the worst things about having girl hair.Drying it Oh sure Louis, it’s fine for you with your short hair. You don’t know our pain.It takes ages.  It takes ages.  And that’s even if you’re not doing any kind of fancy drying with multiple round brushes.Some lucky people are able to just let their hair dry naturally but for others, this is texturally impractical… also if you let it dry in the winter you’ll freeze.Product Source: goMainstreamMost girls need to use some sort of product in order to be happy with their hair, and guess what?  This product costs money!Also, most people need to try lots of different things before they find what they actually want resulting in lots and lots of waste and lots and lots of bottles taking up space in your bathroom or other storage area. (Obviously you should give or throw these away, but you’ve spent good money on them dammit!)Tangles Source: EbayDepending on your hair type, dealing with your tangles can be an intense daily battle or it may just be an occasionaly daliance with misery.One thing’s for sure, if you have long hair you will experience a knot of epic proportions many times in your life.  If you’re particularly unlucky you may experience one of those knots while drying your hair, resulting in one of the aforementioned round brushes.Never being able to find a hair bobbin Source: fuzzcatWhen you don’t need one, they’re everywhere.When you do need one, they are nowhere to be seen.  Same goes for hair clips.Hair bobbins not being able for your hair Source: TwitterNot every hair bobbin is made of strong stuff, and there are few things more frustrating than managing to find one of them only for it to snap as you wind it around your hair.Hours in the hairdresser Source: aprillynn77A hair cut?  Fine, you could be in and out in an hour.Getting your hair coloured?  Much longer. One member of the team once spent six hours in the hairdressers chair (crying intermittently because she’d just broken up with her boyfriend).In-hairdresser disappointmentIn the journey towards finding your spirit hairdresser you will experience/have experienced this many times:You tell them what you want.You show them a photo.They do whatever the hell they feel like.  (Always involving layers, even if you’ve specified that you don’t want them.)Post-hairdresser disappointment Girl leaving the salon.You leave the hairdresser feeling like someone in a shampoo ad.  You feel like a superstar!  This is your dream hair!  You’ve finally found it!Then you wash it and realise it was all a mirage.  It will never look that good again because you are an inferior human being who does not possess the magical powers of your hairdressing wizard.Fringes Source: TUmblr/SixtiesrevivalIf you don’t have one, you’re probably thinking about getting one.If you have one, you’re probably thinking about growing it out.If you’re growing it out, it’s a major pain in the ass.Weather Source: A Makeup ChickHumidity = frizz.Rain = frizz.Heat = sweat = frizz.Wind = MESS.The weather is the enemy of girl hair.Grey Of course if you are as cool as Miranda Priestly and embrace the grey, you have nothing to worry about.Lots of girls with grey hair feel that they have to cover it up.  This is tedious and expensive and a reminder of aging that most people could do without.Undercuts Oh sure, you’re cool and edgy now, but wait til you try to grow that bad boy out! Source: emmanuellexlouiseUndercuts look really cool but If you’ve ever had an undercut, you know the pain of growing it out.It takes months, if not years, and the interim period is not pretty.Textures You might as well just cut it all off.If you have curly hair you probably wish it was staight. If you have straight hair you probably wish it was curly.  Thick, think, long, short, we’re never happy with what we actually have.Still… at least most of us don’t have to worry about going bald, eh?11 of THOSE hairstyles we all deeply regret>Haircut or abuse of parental power? You decide>last_img read more

Google to buy Nest for 32 billion in cash

first_imgGOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will be buying smart thermostat company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.The company, which created the Nest thermostat and Protect smoke alarms, will continue to operate as normal and the deal is expected to close in the next few months.The co-founder and VP of Nest Labs, Matt Rodgers, said in a Q&A that users’ data will not be shared with Google and will only be used for the company’s products and services. Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change. Nest’s CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell said on the Nest blog that the deal will help it  ”fully realise our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster.”In a statement announcing the deal, the CEO of Google Larry Page said: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfil their dreams! The deal has not mentioned how the two companies will work together, although Google had been one of the company’s main investors since May 2011, having invested $100 million in Nest so far.Nest Labs specialises in creating smart objects for households. Its most famous product is the Nest thermostat, which learns your daily routine so it knows when to adjust the temperature in your house. It claims to save up to 20 per cent on heating bills and is available in the US, Canada and the UK. (Video: Nest/YouTube)Read: Gmail change will soon allow anyone on Google+ to email you >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >last_img read more

Spains new cardinal says homosexuality is a defect

first_imgPointing out a defect to a homosexual is not an offence, it is a help because many cases of homosexuality can be recovered and normalised with adequate treatment. It is not an offence, it is esteem. When someone has a defect, the good friend is the one who tells him.The archbishop was asked in the interview if he shared the view of Pope Francis, who said in July last year: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”The Spanish archbishop, who, because of his age, will not hold a vote in the conclave that elects pontiffs, said the pope shows respect to all people but is not changing the teaching of the Church.“It is one thing to show welcome and affection to a homosexual person and another to morally justify the exercise of homosexuality,” he said.Gay and lesbian rights group Colegas called on the archbishop to retract his comment.“We hope that Fernando Sebastian will correct his words and we note that homosexuality is not a curable disease, but homophobia is,” it said in a statement.Nicolas Fernandez, head of the Malaga-based gay and lesbian rights group Entiende, added his condemnation.“It is not the first time the cardinals have said we are defective,” he said, calling for non-discrimination legislation that would condemn such “repugnant” statements.- © AFP, 2014Read: Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse > Read: Mary McAleese says Catholic Church ‘in denial over homosexuality for decades’ > POPE FRANCIS’ NEWLY chosen Spanish cardinal, 84-year-old Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, has described homosexuality as a “defect” that can be corrected with treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.“A lot of people complain and don’t tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation,” Sebastian told Malaga newspaper Sur.The interview was published on Sunday, a week after the Spaniard was named as one of 19 new cardinals chosen by the pope, to be officially appointed on 22 February.“We have a lot of defects in our bodies. I have high blood pressure. Am I going to get angry because they tell me that? It is a defect I have that I have to correct as far as I can,” said Sebastian, who is the archbishop emeritus of the northern city of Pamplona.last_img read more

2010 ECB letter to Lenihan could finally be made public

first_imgA LETTER WRITTEN by the former president of the ECB to the then-Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan could be published – weeks after a complaint from the European Ombudsman.The 2010 letter was sent from Jean-Claude Trichet to Lenihan but its release was blocked by the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).On 7 March, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said she was unhappy that the ECB had blocked the release of the letter.She said she regrets that the Governing Council “has wasted an opportunity to apply the principle that, in a democracy, transparency should be the rule and secrecy the exception”.RequestToday, Sinn Féin said that its MEP Martina Anderson had submitted a formal question to the ECB asking under what conditions they will release the letter and what action they may take if Minister Noonan released it unilaterally.She put a motion to the European Parliament which called on the ECB “to publish the letter of 19 November 2010 from Jean Claude Trichet to the then Irish Finance Minister as requested by the European Ombudsman”.The motion was accepted.Read about the letters written by Lenihan that have already been releasedSinn Féin’s Midlands Northwest EU candidate Matt Carthy criticised other MEPs for their approach to the vote. He said that Jim Higgins of Fine Gael voted against Anderson’s motion, while Pat “The Cope” Gallagher of Fianna Fáil “didn’t vote”.LettersGavin Sheridan of said that he had submitted a request to the ECB for all letters sent to Brian Lenihan or his office in November 2010. He said he was told that the release of one specific letter’s contents would “undermine the protection of the public interest”.At the time, Sheridan said he intended appealing the decision.Read: Ombudsman unhappy ECB won’t give Brian Lenihan letter to journalist>last_img read more

Cream of the crop The top 10 Irish comedians

first_imgARE YOU FUNNY haha or funny peculiar? Or how about both? Well, Simon Cowell’s cyber talent search, the You Generation, wants to hear from you. This week it’s time for some laughs – the powers that be are on the hunt for the best comedians around.Irish people are famous for their funnybones. Perhaps there’s something in the water, but whatever it is, we’re all gas.Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an aul comedian? See how you measure up to our top picks in Irish comedy…1. Tommy TiernanTommy Tiernan is the grand-master of Irish comedy. Almost all of us will have one of his DVDs somewhere around the house, or a ticket stub from one of his many Vicar St dates.Image: via Irish CountryTiernan has been dogged by some controversy in recent years, but he claims his  comedy has no malice in it. We still love you, Tommy.2. Dylan MoranOur little wine-swilling misanthrope. Moran starred in Black Books, co-written by Graham Linehan, and appeared in films  Shaun of the Dead and A Film With Me In It.BUT his stand-up is our favourite.YouTube/Justin Davis3. David O’DohertyDavid is the master of what he has termed “very low energy musical whimsy”. Armed with his trusty Casio and a boat-load of wordplay and abstract thinking, his niceness and charm conquered the hearts of not only us Irish, but Edinburgh judges and UK panel shows alike.Image: via TumblrHe has also turned his hand to writing comedy books, children’s plays and a one-man show.4. Deirdre O’KaneO’Kane got into comedy in the mid-90s and has been a staple of the Irish scene ever since.Image: via Rotten TomatoesShe recently landed the gig playing Debra Moone in Sky comedy Moone Boy, alongside other Irish funnyman Chris O’Dowd. Good on you, D!5. Tara FlynnTara was a founder-member of the singing trio The Nualas, and has appeared on The Panel, IFTA-winning sketch show Stew, and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.Recently, Tara has turned heads with her YouTube comedy songs.  Here’s CUSTARD, featuring other Irish comedy head Ed Byrne:6. Des BishopDes Bishop might have been born in America, but we’re definitely going to claim him as our own. Initially, his comedy was based around his observations on Irish society as somewhat of an outsider.However, in recent years he has tackled social issues in his comedy – including alcoholism, poverty, his experiences with testicular cancer and the fate of the Irish language.Image: via City WeekendNo easy feat – but Des pulls it off.7. Maeve HigginsMaeve Higgins first caught our attention on RTE hidden camera show Naked Camera alongside PJ Gallagher, which she followed up with a successful stand-up career.Image: via Edinburgh FestivalMaeve then made the move into her own show, with Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles, and nowadays you’re more likely to catch her on the radio or writing columns. She’s definitely the biggest dote on the comedy circuit.8. Aisling BeaIn 2012, Aisling Bea became the second woman ever to have won the coveted So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following in the steps of three other comedy luminaries on our list (Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and David O’Doherty).Image: via What’s Up What’s OnDefinitely one to watch.9. Katherine LynchKatherine started her comedy success winning Alternative Miss Ireland in 1998, playing a character dubbed Tampy Lillette. She went on to bring out other characters such as Busty Lycra, Sheila Sheik, Bernie Walsh and Liz Hurley, later adapting them for TV in shows such as Katherine Lynch’s Working Girls, Katherine Lynch’s Wonderwomen and An Audience with Katherine Lynch.Here she is pranking the Maury Povich Show – she fooled the programme into believing herself and Panti Bar owner Panti Bliss were siblings!YouTube/thisispopbabyThis woman is a gas ticket.10. Dermot MorganThe late, great actor known and loved by all for his role as Father Ted. Originally a schoolteacher, Dermot Morgan quit his full-time job when his stand-up and character comedy career started to take off with RTE. Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall IrelandMorgan was responsible for the sheer brilliance of Scrap Saturday in the late 80s, a radio show that mocked Irish society of the day. After RTE axed the show, Father Ted started in 1995 and the rest is history.The list goes on and on. We’re falling down with great comedians in this country. Just take a look at the likes of Jarlath Regan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Dave McSavage, Carol Tobin, Neil Delamere, Brendan O’Carroll, Pauline McLynn, Dara O’Briain…And you could be next!The only rules are your video must be under 3 minutes, contain a hair flip and an animal noise.  Submissions close on the 25th May. Get entering!Read: 9 stylists that give us fashion envy>Read: When upcycling goes horribly wrong>last_img read more

Appeal for witnesses to fatal Dublin motorbike crash

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision.A 22-year-old male motorcyclist collided with a car in Finglas on Monday, passing away in hospital on Wednesday.The bike was involved in a collision with a car on Ballygall Parade, Finglas at around 5.05pm on Monday.The motorcyclist sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He subsequently died as a result of his injuries on Wednesday.The motorcycle involved was a Red Aprilia with a Northern Ireland registration.There were no other injuries in the incident.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01-666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Day at the Races Why do racehorses have such bizarre names

first_imgIT’S PART AND parcel of spending the day out at the races – looking at the form and having a giggle at all the wonderful, wacky horses’ names.We’ve set out to answer some of the questions that the average punter might have about the lucky horse they’re betting on this weekend…First off, how do you even go about officially naming a horse?In order to name a racehorse in Ireland, you must submit an original naming form to Horse Racing Ireland. Even horses already officially named in other jurisdictions, like the UK, must be named again to race in Ireland.Horses are often known by a different name in the stables than they are on the track. That’s because their official racing name might be chosen much later on – and by different people, of course.People like using puns to make their horse’s name memorable, and sometimes they will be dubbed a combination of their parents’ names to carry on the torch. Source: Florian ChristophAny other restrictions?Just 18 characters are allowed in each name – which accounts for the lack of spacing in some names. The more you know!Do names ever get turned down? Yes, they do. Names are turned down if they are already in use, too similar to other names or if they are insulting, obscene or likely to cause any confusion. So you won’t get Shergar II, then.Brands, copyrighted names or famous people aren’t allowed either – so you won’t find Coca-Cola running in any races this summer either. Source: danheap77And can you ever change a horse’s name? Nope, a horse’s name can only be changed if the animal has not raced either on the racetrack or point to point sphere.C’mere, what are some of the weirdest horses’ names in history?We thought you’d never ask. Check out these creative beauties (and try saying them out loud for the full effect):  OnoitsmymothernlawMaythehorsebewithuHoof HeartedWear The Fox HatIf you want to hear some more unusual horse names, then you’re in luck for this weekend. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh is perfect for everyone in your group of friends – from the die-hard fashionista, the foodie or the celeb spotter. Find out more at And here’s all the Ladies’ Days happening this year – Best Dressed at the Derby will be judged this year by Made in Chelsea’s stunning Millie Mackintosh.Day at the Races: Why is Ladies’ Day such a big deal? >last_img read more

What do you make of the new black and red public bikes

first_img Black and red? Looks great (1873) Hmmm, not a fan (930) Source: /Photocall IrelandThe bikes for Cork, Galway and Limerick are red and black –  the colours associated with Coke Zero – and also have a logo over the back wheel for added effect.The Department of Transport has described the style as “distinctive”, saying they will be a “striking presence” on the city streets when the scheme launches in the autumn. Source: Darragh KaneThe scheme itself looks set to be as popular as the Dublin bikes scheme, with a total of 740 bikes across the three cities. If successful, the bikes may be rolled out to other cities, such as Waterford, and other places across Ireland.Which is obviously great. But today we want to know what you make about the look of the bikes themselves. Yay or nay? Poll Results: Black and red? Looks greatHmmm, not a fanBICYCLE! BICYCLE!VoteRead: Dublin Bikes scheme signs €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero > Read: How Dublin Bikes went from cycnicism and disbelief to a ‘phenomenon’ > BICYCLE! BICYCLE! (1069) THE NEW PUBLIC bikes for Galway, Cork and Limerick were officially unveiled today by Junior Minister Alan Kelly.Here he is on one of them: Source: Darragh KaneThe bikes are strikingly different to the popular Dublin bikes in the capital, which are light blue and grey with a Coke Zero logo superimposed over the back wheel.last_img read more

Security Alert Backdoor found in HP modular storage arrays UPDATED

first_imgIt’s critical for any small business to be able to rely on the hardware they pay for to do the job without a ton of maintenance. Many small businesses don’t even pay a full time IT guy, much less keep up to date on the latest in security flaws that are found. They rely on companies like HP, who offer complete solutions in security, warranty, and maintenance to handle a lot of their day to day activities. So, what happens when relying on a solution like this results in ignoring a great big security hole that was created by  the very group protecting you?Do you or your company own a HP MSA2000 G3? For those that don’t know, it’s a modular storage array connected to servers providing a storage solution on a large scale.AdChoices广告If you do happen to use on at your place of work, you should be aware of a recent discovery that there is a hidden user on each of these boxes that does not show up in the user manager.This admin user, with a password of !admin, can’t be changed in any way, including the password, since they do not show up in user manager. This is the kind of backdoor that would cripple any business that relied on secure networked storage, should your network be discovered by someone malicious.Hopefully there is an update HP can deploy en masse that could resolve such a backdoor, but for now it is a problem that all HP MSA2000 G3 owners should be aware of.Read more at SECLISTS.orgUpdate from HP – 12/16/10 – An HP rep had this to say regarding the security issue:HP identified a potential security issue with the HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA only. This does not impact HP’s entire MSA line of storage solutions. HP has identified an immediate fix for this issue and is rapidly informing customers of the solution. More information can be found at: read more

Marines Use Solar Panels Cut Fuel Consumption By 90 Percent

first_imgThe US Military has been experimenting with quite a few green initiatives, and it looks like at least some are turning out quite successful. A new report from the US Marines reveals that the use of solar panels has reduced diesel consumption by around 90 percent.The Afghanistan-based 5th Marine Regiment has been utilizing a new program called Experimental Forward Operating Base, or ExFOB for short. This involves using an array of solar panels to power various equipment, which has saved a minimum of eight gallons of diesel, per generator, per day.“Our generators typically use more than 20 gallons of fuel a day. We are down to 2.5 gallons a day,” Staff Sgt. David Doty said. “The system works amazing. By saving fuel for generators, it has cut back on the number of convoys, meaning less opportunity for one of our vehicles to hit an IED.”The solar array includes flexible and portable panels carried by marines and solar tarps that are placed over tents, which are powerful enough to power four computers at once.Via InhabitatImage courtesy Gunnery Sgt. William Pricelast_img read more

Lil Wayne vs Oreo Rapper Crumbles Cookies Dreams to Set Facebook World

first_imgIt appears more people like convicted rap stars than delicious chocolate cookies with vanilla frosting inside. That’s right, Lil Wayne has thwarted Oreo’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most “Likes” on Facebook.Lil Wayne asked his 20 million Facebook fans to “Like” his post so that he could break the Guinness World Record for most “Likes” on a post in 24 hours. Within an hour, the rapper had close to 200,000 “Likes,” leaving Oreo in the dust with only 56,615 at that time.According to Mashable, Lil Wayne’s digital manager, Mazy Kazerooni, said she wants people to think of Lil Wayne like they do Bieber and Gaga. AdChoices广告At the time of this post, Lil Wayne had 357,718 “Likes,” and Oreo had only 75,505. It is indeed a sad day for cookie-lovers. I wonder if they have Oreos at Rikers?last_img read more