An amusing video was shown on the internet, where Bogdan Wenta’s wife is doing the fitness with the players of Kielce. Does this mean that she is the new fitness coach of Kielce, or a new wind is blowing in Kielce where all coaches will become women maybe in order to “stimulate” the players to win champions title after last season break… we are yet to see [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNiBXdw7JHA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] ← Previous Story Morten Bjerre assistant coach in Skjern Next Story → Replacement for Tvedten in BM Valladolid – Ivan Nikcevic
Alex Dujshebaev ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013: Egypt and Brasil OUT – European semis Next Story → Ex-Danish goalkeeper Morten Seier is new RK Gorenje condition coach One of the best players at Junior World Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spanish right back, Alex Dujshebaev (21) has signed two years contract with Macedonian champion RK Vardar Pro with an option to extend deal for one more year. Young left-hander was the TOP scorer of ASOBAL last season in t-shirt of BM Aragon and it was agreed to join BM Atletico Madrid this summer and work with his father Talant Dujshebaev, but after financial collapse of Spanish team, Alex became target of many international teams. He was connected with some German teams as THW Kiel and HSV Handball, also French, but at the end Dujshebaev will join ambitious Macedonian project with Russian backup.At the same position, RK Vardar has already two players – experienced Ex-Yugoslav NT member, Vladimir Petric (38) and youngstar, Stefan Terzić (19),who came also this summer from HSV Handball.photo: IHF
All 16 teams for the VELUX EHF Champions League Groups A and B and further 11 sides for Groups C and D have been confirmed as the EHF Executive Committee in Krakow, Poland reached its decision on the teams taking part in the 2015/16 season.There is just one place undecided, with the winner of the qualification tournament joining Groups C and D.The 23rd edition of the Europe’s premier club competition will see a new playing system with an extended number of participants (28 instead of last season’s 24).The new system will see the VELUX EHF Champions League expand into a total of 20 markets across Europe.After evaluating all 37 registered teams according to a criteria system that looked at eight different fields including past performances, venue, spectator, TV, marketing and media issues, the EHF Executive decided on the teams for Groups A and B, teams for Groups C and D and the qualification teams.Based on the new criteria catalogue six requests for additional places have been approved.Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA), MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN), Orlen Wisla Plock (POL) and SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) will join German team Rhein Neckar Löwen and 11 national champions including the defending winners of the VELUX EHF Champions League FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP) in Groups A and B.HC Metalurg (MKD) and Skjern Handbold (DEN) will play in Group C or D alongside eight national champions, second-placed Spanish team Naturhouse La Rioja and one qualifier.The remaining six requests from RK Nexe (CRO), HBC Nantes, Saint-Raphael Var HB (both FRA), SC Magdeburg (GER), Gorenje Velenje (SLO) and Alingsas (SWE) were not granted.In total, there will be five former winners of the EHF Champions League (FC Barcelona Lassa, THW Kiel, SG Flensburg-Handewitt, Celje Pivovarna Lasko and Montpellier Agglomeration HB) and at least three debutants, when the group phase of the new season commence on 16-20 September.The last participant will be known only on 6 September following the qualification tournament with Elverum HH (NOR), Alpla HC Hard (AUT), Limburg Lions (NED) and RK Borac m:tel Banja Luka (BIH).Click here to download PDF version of mapDraw on Friday 26 JuneThe draw for the qualification phase will take place on Friday 26 June at 18:30 hrs in Vienna and the draw for the group phase at 20:00 hrs. Handball fans can follow the event live on ehfTV.com.A draw preview and the seeding list will be published at the beginning of the coming week at eurohandball.com and ehfCL.com.VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/16Groups A&B:THW Kiel (GER)MKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)HC Vardar (MKD)KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Paris Saint Germain HB (FRA)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)IFK Kristianstad (SWE)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu (TUR)Montpellier HB (FRA)MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Groups C&D:Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Tatran Presov (SVK)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)HC Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB)HC Motor (UKR)Futebol Clube do Porto (POR)HCM Baia Mare (ROU)HC Metalurg (MKD)Skjern Handbold (DEN)Qualication tournamentALPLA HC Hard (AUT)RK Borac m:tel (BIH)Limburg Lions (NED)Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR) ← Previous Story EURO 2016: France and Poland in Krakow – Group C is the strongest! Next Story → Serbia and Germany get wild-cards for Women’s WCH 2015
Confusion in Cologne. The friendly match between Germany and Denmark had to be re-scheduled because of mistake of the “Lanxess Arena” management. It was planned that match take place on April 1, but since Ice hockey team Kölner Haie announced dates of home matches of the domestic Play-Off semi-final, it was obvious that their home is occuped by handball on Friday.German Handball Federation have found a solution to re-arange match for Saturday (15.45), but vice-president Bob Hanning counting negative things after all unnecessary mess:-This is unacceptable for our fans and sponsors. The sponsors were unable to start their travel booked. The reputational damage is very large. For me, Cologne comes not in question as the World Championship 2019 venue. Maybe the Hall management will have to set up table tennis boards in that period -said Hanning sarcastically. handballlanxess arena ← Previous Story Jurkiewicz to miss Olympic battle in Gdansk Next Story → The best African line-player Mohamed Mamdouh to PAUC
3.Flensburg-H.4202114:1094 MOL Pick Szeged are in the form at the start of the season. The Hungarian champions keep records on 100% after four matches in EHF Champions League. They had an easy task against Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 33:24 who was far away from the level which has been seen in home victory over German SG Flensburg Handewitt last weekend.MOL-Pick Szeged : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 33:24 (18:8)MOL-Pick Szeged: Šego 9/1 saves, Alilović 6 saves; Maqueda 5, Kallman 4, Bodo 1, Sigurmannsson 3/3, Canellas 4, Heningman, Balogh 3, Blažević, Gaber, Šoštarič 4, Banhidi 5, Kasparek 2, Bombač, Zhitnikov 2; RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Pantjar 8 saves, Ferlin 2 save; Vujović 2, Jurečič 2, Malus 5, Razgor 3/2, Ovniček 5/1, Marguč, Grošelj, Nenadić, Kodrin 2, Horžen, Anić 3, Bećiri 2; Paris Saint Germain and MOL Pick Szeged are only two teams on 100%.STANDINGS: 5.Nantes4103128:1262 1.Paris SG4400135:1058 ← Previous Story JACOBSEN VS CUPIC about referees: No chance in finish – You have to be big in defeat! Next Story → VIDEO: “Ilija, thank you for all” – Emotional moment in Skopje 6.PPD Zagreb310275:852 2.Szeged4400119:1068 8.Motor Zaporozhye4004117:1350 7.Celje410394:1132 MOL Pick SzegedRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 4.Skjern320191:944
FACEBOOK AVOIDED PAYING higher corporation taxes in Britain by attributing most of its UK revenues to Ireland in 2011, a tax expert has claimed.Private accounts filed in company house in London yesterday showed the social media company paid £195,890 in taxes on £20.4m in revenues last year, up from £13m in revenue in 2010. However independent research group Enders Analysis said Facebook’s British revenues would have been around £175m, with most of the revenue attributed to Ireland.“We have a tax system (in the UK) that was designed in the age of the steamship. It is completely unable to organise how these international companies pay tax,” Richard Murphy of Tax Research UK told TheJournal.ie.“£155m was billed in Ireland despite the company making sales of £175m to UK customers that were billed in the UK. That’s not how a tax system should work.”The company’s London office is believed to attribute most of its UK revenues to its Dublin operation, where corporation tax is half the UK rate at 12.5 per cent.However, Ireland is not collecting as much tax as it should be claimed Murphy, as some multinational companies were in turn routing their revenue out of the country.“The absurd thing is that Ireland is being taken for a ride by some of these companies as well” he said. ”Google makes all its sales from Ireland but doesn’t make a profit in Ireland so it pays almost no tax. All the profit being made flows out in payments to Google Bermuda. That’s where the profits go.”However, new rules could put an end to the practice of shifting revenues over borders. The Common Consolidated Tax Base, which the EU parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of in April, would stop companies routing their revenues through Ireland if it becomes law.“That would completely change the whole game that Ireland is playing.”Exchequer returns show tax take up but deficit at over €11bn>
Dáil: Finance Bill – On the first day of the new timings for Dáil sittings, TDs will begin debate on the Finance Bill – which outlines most of the taxation measures announced in the Budget – at 10.45am. After adjourning for other matters at midday debate will resume at 3.34pm. WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – Those others matters include Taoiseach Enda Kenny taking questions from opposition leaders at the all-new time of midday.Seanad: Allowances – Brendan Howlin takes the unusual step of introducing the bill to cut the party leaders’ allowance and abolish ministerial severance payments in the Seanad and not the Dáil at 11.45am.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilTDs begin their day bright and early at 9.30am as Alan Shatter, in his role as Defence Minister, takes questions on that particular portfolio.After the Finance Bill and Leaders’ Questions, the Order of Business gets under way at 12.21pm or thereabouts followed by statements on the recent European Council meeting.After lunch TDs debate Topical Issues of the day at 2.46pm followed by further debate on the Finance Bill.The debate on Luke Ming Flanagan’s cannabis motion resumes at 7.30pm before a vote is called and the Dáil adjourns at 9pm.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators begin their day at 10.30am with the Order of Business.After debate on the allowances legislation, the bill which enshrines the social welfare cuts announced in the budget – the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill – will continue to be discussed at 2pm.Then there are Matters on the Adjournment before the upper house itself adjourns for the day.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Transport Committee meets in Committee Room 2 at 9.30am to discuss a number of EU legislative proposals including one on the maximum authorised weights and dimensions in national and international traffic with the Irish Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association,The Jobs Committee resumes discussion of the largest piece of legislation in the State’s history – the Companies Bill – at 10am in Committee Room 4.The Education Committee discusses the youth guarantee with various youth groups at 1pm in Committee Room 3. The Foreign Affairs Committee meets with officials from the Department to discuss Ireland’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council from this year until 2015 in Committee Room 1 at 2.30pm and then discusses a motion on approving the Arms Trade Treaty with the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at 5pm.The Justice Committee meets in Committee Room 2 at 2pm to discuss Dáil and Seanad motions on two EU directives.The Public Oversight and Petitions Committee meets to consider petitions it has received in recent weeks, including the campaign to save Kilmainham Mill and the alleged theft, fraud and illegal sale of dissolved companies’ assets, at 4.45pm in Committee Room 3.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
TODAY THE TÁNAISTE will lay a wreath in remembrance of the nearly 60,000 Irish people who died between the two World Wars.The Taoiseach will lay a wreath in Enniskillen and TV screens will show the poppy being worn on everything from sports jerseys to ball gowns.Yet in Ireland, Remembrance Sunday and tomorrow’s Remembrance Day will go largely unmarked, aside from a few ceremonies across the country. Writing on TheJournal.ie last week, Kate Bellamy made the case for wearing the poppy.She says it recognises a senseless loss of life across Europe, not British nationalism.So, we’re asking:Should Irish people wear poppies in honour of our war dead? Yes (2778) I don’t know (3518) No (5250) No, but we should have an Irish alternative (4964) Poll Results: YesNoNo, but we should have an Irish alternativeI don’t knowVoteColumn: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here’s why…Read: Gilmore to mark Remembrance Day in Belfast
GRANT THORNTON DEBT Solutions today announced it has submitted its first batch of 20 applications to the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) with the vast majority of cases dealing with families that have children.These cases have been pre-approved by banks and have now moved to Protective Certificate under the new legislation introduced this year.This comes after the first debt settlement arrangement was agreed yesterday with a debtor based in the north west of the country. The borrower had 70 per cent of a six-figure debt written off as part of the deal.Figures from the company show that more than half of the cases were for debts such as mortgage debt while 45 per cent were deals on unsecured debt on personal loans or credit cards.Click here for larger imageHanding back the keysGT Debt Solutions said some 25 per cent of the cases opted to voluntarily hand over the keys of their properties to the bank, allowing them to leave behind an unsustainable mortgage.Most of the first 20 cases – 85 per cent of them in total – are families with children with the largest proportion married with two children.Click here for larger imageThe 20 individuals come from a cross section of occupations including public servants, office workers, sales assistants and tradesmen.GT Debt Solutions said that in the cases of DSAs – where a person has unsecured debt like a personal loan – many of these families are living on less than the reasonable living expenses as pressures from creditors put them under “great financial stress”.MilestoneCommenting on the first cases today, GT Debt Solutions’ Stephen Tennant said it was an “important milestone” for those looking to avail of the new legislation.“We can see that the market is now starting to find its feet, and that industry protocol is beginning to develop,” he said. “There is a realisation that the legislation, while not perfect, offers a strong basis for individuals with multi creditor exposures to deal with their financial problems in a systematic fashion.”The personal insolvency practitioner said more cases will follow closely behind this first batch.Related: Most of borrower’s debt written off in first deal under new insolvency regime>Read: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISI>
FERRY SAILINGS HAVE been cancelled as high winds are forecast again today.Met Éireann has upped an earlier orange alert to a red alert this morning for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Waterford.It will become very stormy this evening with gale force southeast winds veering southwest early tonight.Severe and damaging gusts of 120 to 140km per hour are expected, with winds reaching 150km per hour in exposed coastal areas.Very high seas are also forecast with significant danger of coastal flooding also.Met Éireann says that the warning will be in effect until 3pm tomorrow.Irish Ferries have cancelled all of their Swift sailings for tomorrow.Motorists are being urged to slow down as black ice appears on some roads, particularly on the Dublin to Cork road between junction 6 Thurles and junction 16 Rathcormac.Roads in Cork City are also icy.Airports are reporting no major delays, but passengers on all transport should check with their travel provider prior to departure.Read: Enjoy it while it lasts.. A fresh ‘orange alert’ storm warning’s just been issuedPictures: Ireland celebrates Christmas (& clear skies) with icy dips, strolls on the strand
GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED five men after a jewellery store in Dublin was robbed by a masked gang armed with hammers.Four men wearing balaclavas entered the shop in Balbriggan in north county Dublin at around 5pm this afternoon. The gang threatened staff and smashed up the store causing extensive damage before fleeing with a large quantity of jewellery.The men escaped in a black saloon car.Shortly afterwards, Gardaí stopped a taxi on the nearby M1 motorway and recovered a large amount of jewellery. All five occupants of the taxi – four men in their teens and one man in this 40s – were arrested at the scene.The men are currently being held at Garda stations in Ballymun, Balbriggan and Coolock. The black saloon car was found abandoned in Balbriggan this evening.Gardaí say the investigation into the robbery is ongoing.
DUBLIN’S CULTURAL QUARTER celebrated the 271st anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Messiah earlier today, which was first performed on Dublin’s Fishamble Street.Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) performed ‘Messiah on the Street’ in the Old City area of Temple Bar, ahead of tomorrow’s free celebration concert in The Church of Adam & Eve, Merchant’s Quay.Starting at 6.30pm, the OLCS will perform the free concert in aid of the Merchant’s Quay Project and Focus Ireland.(Pictured are members of Our Lady’s Choral Society performing ‘Messiah on the Street’. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)Speaking at today’s event, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said that the streets of the old city in Temple Bar provided “the perfect setting for this annual historic day of fun for all the family.”“Handel definitely picked the best city in the world to premier his most famous piece and it’s great to see the on-going appreciation for this beautiful musical work,” he said.(Roan Smyth, aged 4, from Dun Laoghaire pictured as members of Our Lady’s Choral Society performed ‘Messiah on the Street’. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)Read: 14 moments to remind you how amazing movie soundtracks used to be >
YOUTUBE IS IN talks about to buying the video game live streaming service Twitch for what is to be believed to be a $1 billion fee.The site, which allows gamers to broadcast and watch live steams of video games being played, is said to have chosen Google over other interested parties like Microsoft.The two companies have agreed on a price and are currently working out details of the deal such as how much independence the Twitch brand will have after the deal.The deal is said to appeal to Twitch as teaming up with Google will provide it with the infrastructure it needs to keep up with the rapid growth it’s experiencing. For Google, the hold Twitch has over the gaming market gives it access to what is a lucrative demographic.The fact that YouTube already hosts a large number of gaming channels such as PewDiePie, a video game channel from Felix Kjellberg which has just under 27 million subscribers, would also appeal to Twitch.Twitch is a popular streaming site for many e-sports competitions and raised more than $20 million from investors in 2013. The site said it had more than 45 million monthly unique visitors in 2013 , including one million people who create and stream content on the site.Alongside its usual streaming it’s also hosted offbeat live streams such as ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon‘, which saw more than 100,000 players play Pokémon Red simultaneously.Read: Flappy Bird is making a return, but as a ‘less addictive’ multiplayer game >Read: What happens when you try out Oculus Rift for the first time? >
The better you get then the easier everyday life gets…it teaches you discipline, mental toughness – it gives you confidence, it’s an unbelievable stress reliever.McInerney, who has worked in gyms around the world, wanted to set up a gym that would counter what he saw as dangerous and unhealthy trends in fitness and exercise.“You get lads coming in at 16 or 17, and all they’ve done is lift weights for three or four years, but they can’t get their hands above their head.” Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTheir commitment to their credo is more than skin-deep too. Both have published their research on strength and conditioning in academic journals.Is it working?Across the business, the pair try to focus on processes rather than outcomes, something that permeates the product as well. The idea is to look after the small details and ensure a more valuable product overall.The team behind FFS has expanded considerably as well, with three coaches and an operations manager now employed.The gym has had a waiting list since November, relying almost exclusively on word of mouth among customers to build up membership. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThere is a tension, McInerney says, between wanting to expand and making sure that the atmosphere and ethic they’ve created in Leeson Street isn’t diminished. With this in mind, they turned down a 10,000 foot location several months ago, preferring to focus on perfecting their first gym.However, they are responding to demand, and plan to open another outlet in the coming months, and are already registering customers. More jobs are also on the way to staff the new outlet.“The plan is to keep doing what we’re doing – we’ll look after the quality and hopefully everything flows from there.”Read: One of our writers has been given an 8-week challenge to get in shape>Read: 5 common mistakes inexperienced athletes make about nutrition> I went through a bad time. I put some negative pressures on myself. But you live and learn. You learn from that.Bouncing BackIt is the common reality for most who get funnelled into professional rugby. You dedicate every aspect of your life to a goal, you risk everything physically, and then, after sparse playing time, you’re told that you haven’t made the grade.The low probability of making it as a pro grinds up against the indefatigable self-belief that must be ever-present in sports people. But in every case, a day arrives when one trumps the other. For Ruddock, it was the news they all dread.But he picked himself up quickly.Finding belief on the rugby pitch didn’t take long for Ruddock. He went back to his club, St. Mary’s and came on to make a decisive difference in three comeback victories that culiminated in an All-Ireland League title. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOBut it’s in business where he’s really put the skills he learned as a professional to use.Along with his one-time college classmate Rory McInerney, he opened a small boutique gym in Dublin City Centre: Fitter, Faster, Stronger.The Big IdeaMusic pumping from a basement on Leeson Street usually indicates physical activity of a different kind, but on one of the first sunny Fridays of the summer, Ruddock and McInerney are putting about ten people through their paces.Opening a gym might not seem like too innovative an idea from two graduates of health and performance science in UCD, one of whom has a background in professional sport.However, the proposition behind FFS is what marks it out. In an era of mega-gyms and price wars, the Leeson Street outfit is unapologetically expensive compared to other gyms out there – three sessions a week for a month will set you back €100.Where they really beat the opposition, is the attention and care they give clients, explains McInerney.“It’s a small group training with expert coaching in a small environment that’s very hands-on.”The philosophy underpinning FFS is one of inclusion, rather than the intimidation that the co-founders say can be encountered in traditional gyms.“At the end of the session, if you see ten people who didn’t know each other laughing and joking, that’s nearly as much of a plus for us”, explains Ruddock. Ciaran Ruddock trains members of the Leinster squad Source: FFS DublinCIARAN RUDDOCK HAS seen both sides of professional sport.Picked from the Welsh under age rugby set-up and parachuted into the Irish U-19 squad, both he and his brother, Rhys, did enough to earn a call-up to the U-20s, and latterly, the Leinster academy.He spent three years learning his trade alongside some of Ireland’s best players in the professional era.“You’re working and challenging yourself against the likes of Leo Cullen, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Nathan Hines. You see their work habits, the discipline, the mental toughness, the confidence.” Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThen, the music stopped.After three years in the academy, no professional contract was offered. He was, essentially, made redundant. Training is to give people functional strength and improve their quality of life, rather than an over-emphasis on size – big or small.For Ruddock, the outcomes are simple. How is that functional? If your chest is so overdeveloped that you can’t get your hands over your head to catch a ball, how is that functional?Neither claim that its impossible to get fit safely without the help of a trainer, but they argue that the same principal applies as trying to acquire any other skill.Ruddock says: “If I was trying to learn a language, I know that if I was going to a language school I’d get it a lot faster than trying to pick it up off Youtube.”Regular testing and feedback mean that there’s no hiding place, but allows members to relax in the knowledge that they’re being looked after.Equally, Ruddock says they try and encourage a balanced lifestyle, and to ensure that clients working out in the gym aren’t compensating for something else. If it’s becoming a negative aspect, and we see someone is overworking and overtraining, then we have a word with them and say ‘what’s going on’? Their baby might not have slept the night before, they might be up the walls in work – there’s always something.
If and when somebody’s appointed here you can send your questions.The Government is expected to announced either Hogan or former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore for the EU post by tomorrow, at the same time as the new ministerial positions are confirmed as part of a full Cabinet reshuffle.Read: Howlin: ‘I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn’tRead: Michael Noonan expects there will be a new Cabinet by Wednesday SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has raised questions over Phil Hogan’s suitability to become Ireland’s next EU Commissioner — but the Taoiseach has insisted that who-ever’s nominated for the job will be fully vetted by members of the European Parliament.Adams pointed to various controversies and “debacles” involving the Environment Minister — who’s long been expected to take over from outgoing Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.Other Cabinet members have been forced to defend Hogan in recent days, after it emerged that he had appointed seven former Fine Gael and Labour councillors to State boards in recent weeks.Adams asked whether it would be “inappropriate to nominate” Hogan for the role until certain questions of perceived conflicts of interest could be settled.Responding, Enda Kenny said it that when filling positions on State boards, it was important to appoint people who “bring a measure of experience and additionality”.He also said he “didn’t agree with the basis” of Adams’ question, regarding Hogan’s suitability. Source: Phil Hogan… Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandVettingThe Taoiseach also pointed out that who-ever is nominated for the European role would have to answer questions before MEPs ”in regard to their suitability and appropriateness for appointment” — after Adams raised the possibility of incoming commissioners being grilled by TDs here before being confirmed.“For the first time ever, you’re going to have a few people yourself out there,” he said — referring to Sinn Féin’s positive showing in the recent European elections.He said that all of the Parliament’s 751 members would have an opportunity to ask questions over a “3 or 4 hours session”.
I am officially old, there is now a junior minister who is younger than me. Damn you young thing Simon Harris!!!! #reshuffle— Deirdre Mullen (@deirdremullen) July 15, 2014 In the name of the law – September 2013 to July 2014And in case you missed them, here are a few bits of legislation that caused a stir over the course of the year: So pleased for Simon Harris. A hard-working young man who deserves his success.— Gemma Hussey (@GemmaMGHussey) July 15, 2014 Source: photocallPAC-ing heat – April 2014The Public Accounts Committee and its members have been one of the big winners in Leinster House this year. Their committee has played a high profile role in the CRC, Irish Water and penalty points controversies.The most high profile scalps for the committee were the resignations of Frank Flannery as director of Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Angela Kerins as Rehab Chief Executive. The members of PAC have been praised for strong performances. Source: Sinn Féin/YouTubeSpeculation has abounded about Mary Lou McDonald and John McGuinness’s chances as future leaders of their parties; Simon Harris’s work on the Committee has been pointed to as a reason for his appointment as a Junior Minister in the Department of Finance.Shattered in the end – May 2014The last ten months have not been the best of times for former Justice Minister Alan Shatter. The GSOC saga, the issue with the whistleblowers, inopportune use of confidential information on a RTE’s Prime Time and the resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan all added to a sense of inevitability about Shatter’s position.Under the growing weight of calls for his resignation, Shatter finally buckled when on May 7, the Taoiseach announced that the Justice Minister had stood down.Shatter’s final curtain call in the saga came a few weeks later on the issue of a severance payment of around €50,000. The departing Minister afforded the occasion its full ceremonial embellishment, holding a press conference on the eve of the local and European elections to announce he would be donating the payment to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeElection smack-down for FG and Labour – May 2014Sinn Féin and independents were the big winners in an elections that saw the two parties of government heavily punished. Labour and Fine Gael saw major losses across the country. Joan Burton described the loses as a “shellacking”. In the wake of the elections, Enda Kenny declared that the government had heard the message from the electorate “loud and clear”. Fine Gael and Labour got hit hard at the ballot box Source: photocallAt the European elections, Sinn Féin secured three seats in the Republic of Ireland (four across the island of Ireland). Labour lost all three of their seats while only Brian Crowley from Fianna Fáil managed a return to Brussels. Brian Crowley has since been expelled from the party for his decision to join the European Conservatives and Reformists.The life of Reilly – June 2014James Reilly was hit hard in the aftermath of the Budget last year. Reilly faced heavy criticism for an inability to make clear how budget cuts were to be made in his department. In the Budget announcement in October, €666 million was announced in cuts to the health service, with €113 million of ‘medical card probity’ savings outlined.In the past couple of months Reilly has faced the embarrassment of the withdrawal and then reinstatement of thousands of medical cards. On 17 June it was announced that up to 15,000 discretionary medical cards would be reinstated. The cards would be for the period of the 1st of July, 2011 to the 31st of May, 2014. James Reilly with proposed cigarette packets Source: photocallDespite the turmoil, the Dàil session ended perhaps better than Reilly would have expected, given all the media speculation of his impending loss of a Cabinet spot. Reilly receiving an award from the World Health Organisation for his hard stance on smoking and a new job as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the cabinet reshuffle.Labour intensive – July 2014Eamon Gilmore resigned his position as leader of the Labour party on 27 May, the week after local and European elections. Gilmore was set to face two votes of no confidence, tabled by both the party’s central council and the parliamentary party. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeThe fall of Eamon Gilmore brought about the rise of Joan Burton. She emerged as the first female leader of the Labour party after beating out Alex White in the leadership contest. The victory was greeted by those within the Labour party. Gilmore posed enthusiastically with Burton after her victory, holding her hand aloft at the Round Room in the Mansion House. Source: Hugh O’Connell A tale of two reshuffles – July 2014The year in politics was rounded off with the a reshuffle of both the Cabinet and junior ministers. Following Joan Burton’s ascension to the top of the Labour party, her and Enda Kenny entered into week-long protracted discussion on who would make up the new cabinet.The major casualty of the reshuffle was Pat Rabbitte. Unlike his Labour colleague Ruiari Quinn who had the sense to jump before being pushed, Rabbitte hung into the bitter end and paid the price. This downgrading caused Rabitte to question his position as a TD saying:If you’re deemed too old to serve at Cabinet at this juncture, it causes you to look at things thorough a different prism. Source: Deirdre Mullen/Twitter Source: photocallThe Cabinet reshuffle saw Leo Varadkar promoted to Minister for Health. With Varadkar’s propensity for speaking his mind, the move was seen as somewhat radical, although the Dublin TD was careful to outline that it would be difficult to “turn the poison chalice into sweet wine”.The big story of the reshuffle of Junior Ministers was the promotion of the 27-year-old Simon Harris to the role of Minister of State at the Department of Finance. The move saw Harris become the first minister or junior minister born in the 1980s. AS THE CURTAIN falls on another year’s business in Leinster House, we take a look back at some of the events that defined the Dáil session from last September through to this July.The miraculous and unexpected survival of the Seanad – October 2013Forget about Mick Wallace’s pink t-shirts, the real survivor of this political session has been the second chamber. In October last year Fine Gael’s four year campaign to have it abolished was defeated with a east-west split occurring across the country. Green – Yes, Red – No Source: referendum.ieThe campaign, supported by Sinn Féin, claimed that it would save the electorate €20 million a year and made much of the fact that it would mean fewer politicians. Source: Referendum 2013/YouTubeFianna Fáil criticised the Enda Kenny’s party for putting forward a populist argument, saying that “coherent” arguments had helped to “demolish” the Yes campaign.A major criticism leveled at the Fine Gael leader after defeat in the referendum was a failure to engage in a televised debate on the issue. In light of the defeat, Communications Minister at the time Pat Rabbitte said the Mayo TD “probably should have done” a debate. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeIn it to ‘Ming’ it – October 2013Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s bill to legislate and regulate cannabis in Ireland was voted down by 111 votes to eight when it was introduced back in November. Despite the Bill failing, Flanagan made a strong argument for a broader debate on the issue.Speaking to TheJournal.ie in November on the response from his colleagues in the chamber, Flanagan described how he “floated out of the debate yesterday without the use of any psychoactive substances”.The former Roscommon-South Leitrim TD won a seat as an MEP in the Midland-North West constituency in May. Source: Broadsheet Ie/YouTubeThe continued survival of Gerry Adams – November 2013Gerry Adams has faced down a couple of accusations about his past this year. In October last year Adams’ brother Liam was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing his eldest daughter Áine Adams more than thirty years ago. Adams faced criticism over not being more proactive in coming forward with information. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeIn late May the Sinn Féin leader was arrested as part of an investigation into the abduction and murder of Jean McConville. Sinn Féin hit out at the arrest, branding it a politically motivated move in the run up to the local and European elections. Speaking at the unveiling of a mural of Adams, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness said:Does anyone here doubt Gerry’s arrest at this time is not intended to disrupt that election campaign?…The arrest of Gerry Adams is evidence of that there is an element within the PSNI who are against the peace process and who hate Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin.The Louth TD was released without charge on May 4th.This was definitely not Amazeballs – December 2013 Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeUsing what was described as “a new term in the Southside”, Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh graced the Dáil with the term “amazeball”, although the Dublin TD mispronounced the term “amazy-balls”.Pantigate: hitting out at homophobia – February 2014One of the major events of the year was the reaction to RTÉ paying out a reported €85,000 to the Iona Institute, Breda O’Brien and John Waters after comments made by drag artist Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, on The Saturday Night Show. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeWhile Pat Rabitte, Minister for Communications at the time declined to get involved in the affair concerning the state broadcaster, Labour TD John Lyons and Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer spoke out on their experience as gay men in Ireland.Drunken Facebook message topples Patrick Nulty – March 2014The Dáil saw only its seventh resignation in its 85 year history with Independent TD Patrick Nulty standing down over inappropriate messages sent to a seventeen year old constituent.In a statement announcing his resignation, Nulty said:The message was entirely inappropriate and I take full responsibility for my actions. For this reason I have decided to resign my seat in the Dail. I set myself the highest standards personally and politically. Unfortunately due to personal mistakes I have not met those standards in this matter and I will take responsibility for that. Source: Gemma Hussey/Twitter Water Services (No.2) Act 2013 – This Act is the prelude to the water charges we will all soon have to pay. The Act gives Irish Water “that authority to charge all domestic customers who are in receipt of public water”.Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 – This Act set up the Pyrite Resolution Board to provide remediation of damages to those who have had their properties damaged by pyrite.Taxi Regulation Act 2013 – Gardaí were given powers to revoke or suspend taxi licences for breaches of SPSV regulation. Operations were launched to enforce this law last month.Protected Disclosures Act 2014 – Following on from the whistleblowers controversy earlier in the year, this act is Ireland’s first statute protecting whistleblowers in all sectors of the economy.READ: It’s politicians’ last day in Leinster House before the summer holidays, here’s what they’re up toREAD: These are the six areas Enda and Joan want to prioritise from now until 2016
Rockstar has decided to drop the price of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for a very limited time. The usual price of $9.99 has been cut to $6.99 starting today and running through November 15.The HD version for the iPad was released back in September and v1.1.0 added six new radio stations along with 100 minutes of new music. It has 50 missions to play through and the controls have been tweaked to make it perfect for a multitouch screen input.Check out this gameplay video to see how it plays then head over to iTunes through the link below before the price goes back up.Buy it now from iTunes
This is of the weirder files to come out of WWII. The July 23rd 1945 issue of LIFE magazine detailed a secret Nazi plan to concoct a giant space mirror or magnifying glass that would concentrate solar rays to burn whole cities or oceans (Google books link). Kind of like a super-sized version of using a magnifying glass to burn ants.In Germany last month, U.S. Army technical experts came up with theastonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a“sun gun,” a big mirror in space which would focus the sun’s rays to ascorching point at the earth’s surface. The Germans, the Army reported,hoped to use such a mirror to burn an enemy city to ashes or to boilpart of an ocean.Plausible schemes to build a station in space wereengineered on paper long before the war. European rocket enthusiasts,including Dr. Hermann Oberth, who may have been the designer of the V-2,had planned to use the space station not as a weapon but as a refuelingpoint for rockets starting off on journeys into space. … The only majorobstacle: constructing a rocket powerful enough to reach a point where aspace station could be built. If the modern German scientists had beenable to make such a rocket, they might have ben able to set up their sungun. Whether the sun gun would have accomplished what they expected,however, is another matter.” Even if the Nazis would have maintained power long enough to create a space Reich, it appears this dream of a city-destroying sun gun was far from practical.AdChoices广告Since the sun appears in the sky as a disk and not as a point, the bestany optical system can produce is an image of this disk. At very shortfocal lengths, the image is small and hot but as the focal length isincreased the image becomes progressively bigger and cooler. At thedistance the Germans proposed to set up their mirror (3,100 miles) theimage of the sun cast on the earth would be about 40 miles in diameterand not hot enough to do any damage. via Blastr
For some, form and function are both important – it’s not about one or the other, and for those people, the Hercules XPS101 2.1 Speaker System may be of interest. Hercules is already well known for their digital audio systems and Webcams, and the company’s newest line of PC speakers feature a pair of curved, black speakers for your desk surface and a shiny black subwoofer to go under your desk. All of the components come in piano black with a lacquered finish. Also included with the system is a wired remote that allows you to tweak volume, bass, treble, and other speaker settings. Hercules promises that the XPS101 delivers high-end sound to match the attractive design, and the speakers feature an auxiliary jack so you can connect a digital music player or game console as a secondary audio source, and a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can connect headphones for more private listening. The XPS101 will be available later this month, retailing for $249.99.
Well, at least this time the leak about a new iPhone didn’t come from an Apple engineer who left the unreleased phone in a bar. Rather it was just the the CEO of Sony who flubbed during an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg by possibly letting a detail slip.Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, seems to have told told Mossberg at a Wall Street Journal speaking event last Friday that Sony will be supplying image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5, rumored to be released this fall.While talking about the earthquake damage to 15 of Sony’s factories in Japan, Stringer inadvertently mentioned that the devastation from the quake and tsunami will delay the production of a camera sensor made in one of the plants in Sendai, Japan, which was supposed to be on its way to Apple for iPhones or iPads.Rumors have been floating around that the new iPhone will have an 8-megapixel image sensor, and Sony will be building it. Stringer’s slip doesn’t validate this rumor, but it gives us more reason to believe it’s true. It’s a little odd that Stringer mentioned iPhones specifically, so it may be cause to believe that Apple is switching from OmniVision to Sony. OmniVision currently produces the 5-megapixel sensor for the iPhone 4, but Sony has been making 8-megapixel camera sensors for some of its Ericsson smartphones.The Wall Street Journal wrote that Stringer “raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices.” He asked Mossberg why Sony would want to make the best camera for Apple? Maybe it’s because Apple will pay the company lots and lots of money for a 8-megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor, which is perfect for low-light situations — a feature in which the iPhone likes to stay on top of.Again, neither Apple nor Sony have confirmed the partnership to create the 8-megapixel sensor, but it seems pretty probable.