End of season for Lars Kaufmann

Lars KaufmannSG Flensburg SG Flensburg will try to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League directly with winning one of the first three places in DKB Bundesliga, unfortunately without left back Lars Kaufmann. German NT  player has problem with his knee for a long time and he has to make a break in an effort to escape even more serious problems.Ljubomir Vranjes’ team is currently third on the league table. ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 30): Fuchse Berlin led by Igropulo win away at Wetzlar, continue fight for second place Next Story → Goal line technology at EHF Cup Finals in Nantes read more

Mediterranean Games M Serbia out ItalyCroatia and EgyptTurkey semifinals

← Previous Story Qualification Groups for World Championship 2015, Slovenia with Ukraine and Switzerland Next Story → Mediterranean Games (W): Slovenia against Croatia in Women’s Final akdenizcroatiaegyptItalymediterranean gamesmersin 2013serbiaturkey The defending champions of the past Mediterranean Games in Pescara 2009, Serbia, were eliminated from the tournament after losing to Italy by one goal. This leaves Italy to take on Croatia in the first semifinal, while Egypt will be playing against host nation Turkey in the second semi-final. The games are scheduled for Saturday.Semi-Finals: Italy-Croatia (15h), Egypt-Turkey (17h) read more

Womens EHF CL Buducnost VS FTC for TOP 8

4. MKS Selgros Lublin5005114:152(-38)0 3. FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria5302141:132(9)6 1. FC Midtjylland5401119:113(6)8 After two victories of guests at the Women’s EHF CL Group A Round 5, situation is clear before the last matches next weekend. Danish Midtjylland is already at TOP 8, while the second qualifier for the TOP 8 will be known after match between Buducnost and FTC in Podgorica.MKS Lublin – Budućnost 22:30 (12:13)MKS Lublin: Džukeva, Gavlik (11 saves), Baranovska, Konsur 2, Malek 4 (3), Rola, Majerek 1, Vojdat, Kozimur, Drabik 2, Nescjaruk 2, Mihailova 7, Skžinjaž 4 (3), Sincež, Vojtaš.Budućnost: Voltering (18 saves), M. Vukčević (two saves), Petrović 8 (4), Neagu 4, O. Vukčević, Nikitina, Božović, Gjorgijevska 2, Dalbi 4 (1), Ježić, Cvijić 4, Mehmedović 2, Despotović, Pavićević, Bizdra 3 (2), Knežević 3.PHOTO: MKS LUBLINSTANDINGS: 2. Buducnost5302127:104(23)6 ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM SSL: Favorites celebrate new victories Next Story → WORLD’S BEST LEFT WING 2013? read more

HANDBALL KING SAYS GOODBYE Jerome Fernandez to become a coach

2015- Pays d’Aix UCH 2010-2011 THW Kiel 2008-2010 BM Ciudad Real 2011-2015 Fenix Toulouse 1999-2002 Montpellier Handball 2002-2008 FC Barcelona 1993-1997 Girondins de Bordeaux 1997-1999 Spacer’s Toulouse Jerome Fernandez One of the most successful captains in the history of handball, Jerome Fernandez (40), decided to end his professional career at French team Aix. He announced that on press conference and added his new job – future coach of the team!Fernandez had amazing career with the national team by taking two Olympic, four world’s and three European golds.He also added two EHF Champions League with FC Barcelona and BM CIudad Real.Double Olympic champ ‘Fernand’ to retire from playing handball. See what he plans to do next. #News @JrmeFernandez @pauchandball@ihf_info pic.twitter.com/r3cEVeUiDR— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) May 24, 2017Fernandez’s career: SeasonClub ← Previous Story Jesper Noddesbo next three years at Bjerringbro Silkeborg Next Story → SAGOSEN QUALITY: Aalborg are new Danish champions! read more

CSM claimed bronze at the EHF Final 4

In the bronze medal match of the EHF Final 4, CSM Bucuresti defeated Rostov Don by 31-30. Both teams certainly redeemed themselves from Satuday’s low performance and proved why they reached this stage of the tournament.The team from the Romanian capital showed a much better start and they quickly took control of the match, leading 8-3 after the first 8 minutes of the game. The entire first period belonged to CSM, who took the partial victory for 19-14 and run much more than on the semifinal, something that both the coach and players acknowledged as a failure against Győr. The Russian squad did not count with Ana Paula Rodrigues, who torn her Achilles tendon on Saturday’s match and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.Rostov Don reacted on the second half and brought the match to a draw after 18’ (26-26). And the tension grew. But with 6’ left, Amanda Kurtovic set a three-goal difference that made it difficult for Rostov to catch up, though the difference ended up being of one at the final whistle.The Danish right back Line Jørgensen, who was top scorer of the match with 7 goals, said after the match: “We thought about running a lot, and we started the game like this, we had a good advantage with 5 goals; then we let Rostov in the game again and they are a very good team, but we ended up with a one goal victory and a victory is always nice. I think yesterday we didn’t play good enough to beat Győr, and if we would’ve started the game like to day, with a lot more running maybe we would’ve have a better chance. Yesterday was not good enough, but I’m happy that we ended up with a victory”.While CSM ended up with a triumph, and she finished as top scorer of the season (109 goals), Cristina Neagu could not hide her frustration after the match: “Of course this bronze medal is a little bit of a relief, it is good for a better harmony in the team, for the energy of the team, and I’m glad because of the players that are leaving the team at the end of the season, but mostly because of these wonderful fans that joined us this weekend in Budapest and they supported us yesterday and also today after the disappointment from yesterday, so let’s that it’s for that and I’m glad because we could offer them something to be happy of. But personally, I’m really frustrated and disappointed and I have some question marks, also about my performance, but also about our performance as a team, and for sure I have even a bigger challenge for the next season”.CSM Bucuresti obtained their second consecutive bronze medal in Final 4 after the club’s biggest success in 2016, when they lifted the trophy coming to Budapest as debutants. Cristina NeaguCSM BucurestiEHF Final 4Line JørgensenRostov Don ← Previous Story It’s a rematch: Vardar are in the final! Next Story → Gyori Audi ETO KC new-old Women’s EHF CL winners! read more

Austria beat Belarus to qualify for WCh 2019

Austrian handball teamWorld Handball Championship 2019 Four years since they have been the most serious rivals of Qatar on their way to the WCh 2015 final, Patrekur Johannesson and Austrian handball team will have chance to play again at the biggest handball stage. Austria beat Belarus 31:26 in the second match in front of 4.000 home fans, which was more than enough after draw 28:28 in the first match last weekend. Hermann netted six goals for the winners, Zeiner and Bilyk added five each. Belarus won’t play at World Championships for the first time since 2011. ← Previous Story Hungary are at WCh 2019! Next Story → Macedonians force Pascual to leave Romanian bench! read more

These photos helped make Twitter powerful

first_img(Image Credit: Twitpic/Janis Krums)Arab SpringAfter the Egyptian revolution began on January 25, 2011, Twitter was awash with powerful images and the world began to realize the power of social media to catalyze social movements. (Image Credit: Twitpic/Anjali Mullany)Obama’s second termShortly after winning his second term in office in November 2012, President Obama made Twitter history when this sweet moment became the most retweeted ever, stealing the record from Justin Bieber. Scout Tufankjian took the photograph several months earlier at a rally in Iowa. (Image Credit: Twitpic/Nimish R Parekh)Miracle on the HudsonWhen US Airways flight 1549 crash-landed into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Twitter users broke news of the incident about 15 minutes before traditional news outlets. So many people tried to view this iconic image uploaded by Janis Krums that Twitpic crashed. (Image Credit: Twitpic/Charlie Sheen)The last Space Shuttle Endeavour launchStefanie Gordon captured and tweeted the most unique photo of the last Space Shuttle Endeavour launch on May 16, 2011. Even before Gordon’s photo made a splash, NASA recognized that it could harness the power of Twitter and invited 150 of its followers to a behind-the-scenes perspective of the launch. Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. (Image Credit: Twitpic/Jack Dorsey)2008 Mumbai terrorist attacksThe 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, led to Twitter’s “coming of age”. The site published an estimated 80 tweets every five seconds providing eyewitness accounts and updates about the attacks. User Nimish R Parekh tweeted this picture on March 30 with the caption, “Candle light march on marine drive in Mumbai”. (Image Credit: Twitter/New York Post)San Francisco plane crashKrista Seiden made CBS news when she tweeted a collection of some of the first images of the San Francisco Asiana Boeing 777 crash on July 6, 2013. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Trump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet IF A PICTURE is worth a thousand words, then that’s a whole lot of 140-character tweets.Since Twitter launched in 2006, it has grown to 200 million monthly active users and has become a hotbed for sharing photos. People now use the site to make news, break news, and spark social and political action across the globe.While the service is best known for its text-based interface, it’s the photos attached to them that have often propelled Twitter to the public consciousness.These are some of the posted photographs that made an impact, either in their influence, reach, or capacity to act as a milestone for the social media site that’s now approaching an IPO.The very first Twitter pictureAnd so it begins. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted his first (and notably upside-down) picture through Twitpic on July 11, 2008.center_img (Image Credit: Twitter/Barack Obama)Justin BieberJustin Bieber tweeted about this photo, “RIP Avalanna. i love you”, and got the second-most retweets of all time, at 200,000-plus. Bieber also has the most Twitter followers at more than 40 million. 10 things in tech you need to know today (Image Credit: Twitpic/Christine Estima)Charlie SheenWith his March 11, 2011, inaugural tweet displaying himself with one of his “goddesses”, Charlie Sheen proved to the world that Twitter can be a medium for a very public kind of train wreck. He’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers”. (Image Credit: Twitter/Stefanie Gordon)Occupy Wall Street protestsAnjali Mullany tweeted this photo of the Brooklyn Bridge jammed with people on October 1, 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Within 24 hours of the September 16 Zuccotti Park occupation, roughly one in every 500 Twitter hashtags represented the movement, according to Reuters. (Image Credit: Twitter/Boston_to_a_T)Tweets from spaceInternational Space Station commander Chris Hadfield didn’t post the first-ever tweet from space, but he did become a Twitter sensation this year because of his amazing messages from above the Earth. His most notable Irish tweet was this beautiful shot of Dublin. (Image Credit: Twitter/Chris Hadfield)Turkish protestsTwitter played an important role in broadcasting the Turkish protests to the world despite a serious domestic media blackout. Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan even blamed Twitter for the unrest, calling the site a menace to society. The New York Post tweeted this popular photo on May 31, but 90% of geotagged protest-related tweets came from inside the country (compared to 30% of geotagged tweets on Egypt-related hashtags in 2011). (Image Credit: Twitter/@Avalanna)Boston BombingsTwitter user Boston_to_a_T uploaded this photo to his Twitter account one minute after a bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, breaking the news before anyone even understood what was happening. (Image Credit: Twitter/Krista Seiden)Read: Ryanair has joined Twitter… but don’t bother with queries >More: 7 people who are literally furious about the new iOS7 >last_img read more

NSA chief Europe spy reports are completely false

first_imgThere was no immediate comment from the spy agencies in the European countries mentioned.A senior official meanwhile said that Obama was considering whether to bar US spy agencies from eavesdropping on allied leaders in the wake of the Merkel row.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence matters, said the step was under consideration, but that no policy decisions had yet been finalised, as Obama awaits results of several already announced reviews into US surveillance practices.During the House hearing, Alexander and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, told lawmakers that foreign nations were also spying on US leaders.“Do you believe that the allies have conducted or at any time, any type of espionage activity against the United States of America, our intelligence services, our leaders or otherwise?” said Mike Rogers, chairman of the House committee.“Absolutely,” said Clapper.EavesdroppingThe United States took a new battering in Europe today when Spain’s public prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation into its reported mass eavesdropping on millions of telephone calls to determine if a crime was committed.The move came a day after the US ambassador to Madrid was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to hear a demand for explanations.Spain became involved after the El Mundo daily published a classified document purportedly showing that US intelligence services tracked 60.5 million Spanish telephone calls in one month.- © AFP, 2013Read: A ‘total review’ on US surveillance operations ordered> US ESPIONAGE CHIEFS hit back today in a row over mass spying, saying reports American eavesdroppers scooped up millions of phone records in Europe were “completely false.”In a stunning twist to the transatlantic spying storm, General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, said that in many cases European spy agencies had accessed phone records and shared them with the NSA.Spy banNational Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pic: AP Photo/ Evan VucciThe revelations came as a senior official said President Barack Obama was considering banning US spies from tapping the telephones of allied leaders, in the wake of German outrage over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s communications.America’s European allies have spent days angrily protesting after newspaper reports, based on leaks from fugitive analyst Edward Snowden, that Washington collected tens of millions of telephone calls and online communications in Europe as part as a vast anti terror sweep.But two top spy agency chiefs testifying before Congress said the reports were based on a misunderstanding of information passed by Snowden to European newspapers.“The assertions by reporters in France, Spain, Italy that NSA collected tens of millions of phone calls are completely false,” Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee To be perfectly clear, this is not information that we collected on European citizens.Hours earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that electronic spying was carried out by the intelligence agencies of France and Spain – outside their own borders and sometimes in war zones – and was then passed onto the NSA.The claims, if true, could embarrass European governments which have vehemently protested to the United States about alleged overreaching and infringments on the privacy of its citizens by the NSA.From left, Deputy National Security Agency Director Chris Inglis, National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General James Cole, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pic: AP Photo/ Evan VucciAlexander said journalists had misinterpreted leaked data about the alleged spying operations.“They cite as evidence screen shots of the results of a web tool used for data management purposes, but both they and the person who stole the classified data did not understand what they were looking at,” he said.Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, backed up claims that the European media reports were wrong.This was not the United States collecting on France and Germany. This was France and Germany collecting. And it had nothing to do with their citizens, it had to do with collecting in NATO areas of war, like Afghanistan.last_img read more

Amazon will deliver packages in 30 minutes using drones

first_img(YouTube: amazon)The goal for Amazon is to develop a delivery system that puts the new product in the customer’s hands within 30 minutes.The FAA has concerns about safety, however, as the drones do not yet have the ability to sense and avoid other craft.Read: Today will be the busiest online mobile shopping day of 2013More: How to keep your social profiles safe and privatePick Me: 5 apps worth downloading this week THE COMPANY ADMITS it looks like science fiction, but Amazon promises that it is very close to launching a new 30-minute delivery service using drones.The technologies are ready, according to the Research & Development team, but the regulations need to catch up.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on a set of rules for the unmanned aerial vehicles.Amazon believes that people will get as used to seeing its Prime Air drones in the air as they are about spotting mail trucks on the roads.The timeline cited by the company would see regulations, rules and technologies in place in 2015.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #RUSSIA: A second bomb blast in 24-hours in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 people. Today’s attack targeted a bus after yesterday’s railway station bomb.2. #NI TALKS: Talks aimed a securing agreement on a number of contentious issues in Northern Ireland including the past, parades and flags are set to resume in the next hour for the final day.3. #SCHUMACHER: Michael Schumacher is in a coma and remains in a “critical” condition after striking his head in a ski accident yesterday. An update from the hospital is expected at about 10am.4. #BANK INQUIRY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny does not believe his predecessors Bertie Ahern or Brian Cowen will be reluctant to give evidence to the forthcoming banking inquiry.5. #SIEGE: A man who was arrested after allegedly firing at officers when barricaded into a house in Sligo is to appear in court today.6. #TAX: The Revenue Commissioners took in some €24.5 million in tax, interest and penalties in a campaign targeting those in receipt of both state pensions and private occupational pensions.7. #STRANDED: Rough seas are hampering efforts to free a cargo ship with 13 people on board that is stranded off the Cork coast reports RTÉ.8. #WAR REPORTING: Award-winning journalist Peter Greste and an Al-Jazeera colleague have been arrested in Egypt according to the country’s interior ministry.9. #RATHER NIPPY: Ever brave the cold to go sea swimming on Christmas morning or wonder about those brave souls who do? This lovely little video from this year at Dublin’s Forty Foot make you feel a little warmer inside.last_img read more

Damien Kiberd Why was Ariel Sharons funeral such a lonely affair

first_imgSharon as Defence Minister in July 1982, speaking with Israeli troops on a visit during the occupation of East Beirut, Lebanon at the time. Pic: AP/Press Association Images.All great political careers end in failure.  Sharon might argue that this was not true of his case: Israel survives. But his career did end in a remarkable volte face in relation to settlements in occupied territories.Always a soldier Sharon saw the settlements as a logistical and not a moral issue. In purely mathematical terms the Arab families in Gaza and the West Bank would ultimately outbreed their Israeli neighbours, he said. He argued that they were unsustainable in the long term. To that end Sharon destroyed 21 settlements in Gaza and evacuated 9,500 settlers by force.Again and for the last time he employed the same crude ‘force majeure’ type logic as he used more than fifty years earlier during the attack at Qibya.Fearful priceAccording to Cohen he told his men then that because of the Holocaust the Jewish nation had lost six million people. As a result the value of each remaining Jewish life had risen. If the enemy took Jewish life it would have to be shown that it would pay a fearful price. It had to be taught that it could never win.After the Gaza withdrawal in 2004 Sharon himself became the target of political extremists. One religious leader invoked an ancient curse that called upon the angel of death to kill him. Some weeks later his brain ceased to function.The man who had cheated death in so many battles, who refused to wear a bullet proof vest because none would fit him, was to be kept on life support for eight years.Damien Kiberd: Ireland’s real friend in Europe is not who you think> WAS ARIEL Sharon a psychopath and a war criminal? Or was he just a good soldier, determined to ensure the survival of Israel?When Sharon was celebrated ahead of a burial on the family farm six miles outside Gaza in mid-January global leaders were notable by their absence. The great and the good, who fought for front row seats at Mandela’s protracted funeral, decided a ‘no show’ was the wisest course of action.The Free World was represented at his memorial ceremony outside the Knesset by Joe Biden, the US vice president who does what he is told to do, and by the tireless public speaker Tony Blair who wore a yarmulke throughout. No country, except the Czech Republic, sent its head of state.Tony Blair delivering his speech at the coffin of Ariel Sharon. PA: Sebastian Scheiner/AP/Press Association ImagesBiden and Blair may have swapped notes ahead of the ceremony. Rather than deal directly with Sharon’s blood-stained legacy both diffused the issue by employing metaphors borrowed from construction.Biden referred to Sharon as the “bulldozer”, his nickname in some quarters. Blair noted that he had left a “lot of debris in his wake”. In death, as in life, Sharon was not exactly the first name on anybody’s dance card.This should not surprise. The American writer Rich Cohen best summed up the problem of Ariel Sharon as follows:Sharon was conjured up from the dreams of the Jewish people, from the centuries of fear and humiliation, the man prophesied in the Zohar come to finish the work of Saul. People see in him what they want to see: either Arik, King of the Jews, or the kosher butcher, apron covered in blood.An Israeli newspaper once described Sharon as “this Aryan general”. Sharon, despite his fair hair, was no Aryan.  He was a Sabra, a native-born Israeli.Yet Cohen recognised him as a “Jewish Aryan, the Jewish Rommel, the ultimate expression of emancipation: we (the Jewish people) are free to worship our own strongman”.Like all strongmen Sharon posed a problem for those who were more politically astute than he. He was quarrelsome, plain-speaking and given to righteous insubordination. His ‘post hoc’ efforts to explain himself rarely convinced.Sharon’s military pastThis was evident in the winter of 1953 when he was handpicked by David Ben-Gurion, the father of modern Israel, to lead Unit 101 – an Israeli rapid response unit.Following a grenade attack which killed an Israeli mother and two children, Sharon led a reprisal raid on the Jordanian village of Qibya. Sharon’s unit planted explosives in 45 Arab homes, killing 70 civilians, mainly women and children. Lamely, he claimed shortly afterwards that he thought the houses were empty.But he was not the only one washing his hands. The raid had been sanctioned by four Israeli leaders including Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan, behind the back of the-then prime minister Moshe Sharett. After the massacre Ben-Gurion issued a communique which said that a thorough investigation had found that no Israeli soldier had been absent from barracks on the night of the attack. They concluded it was the work of avenging civilians whom they roundly condemned.Some 34 years later Sharon co-authored a book called Warrior in which he said that his orders were:to blow up every major building in town. A political decision had been made at the highest level. The Jordanians were to understand that Jewish blood could no longer be shed with impunity. From this point on there would be a heavy price to pay.Historian Patrick Tyler describes how after the Qibya attack Ben-Gurion and Sharon sealed a sort of Faustian pact.Ben-Gurion invited Sharon to his office in Jerusalem, and after receiving assurances that the men of Unit 101 were politically sound, told Sharon to disregard international opinion. The raid would “give us the possibility of living here”.To mark the occasion Ben-Gurion gave the young soldier a new name Sharon in place of his birth name Scheinerman. It was time he had ‘a Hebrew name.’Political coverThe political cover afforded him by Ben-Gurion was again vital in 1956 when the Commando  in Chief openly disobeyed orders – this time after a shouting match with Dayan – during the Suez Crisis.After Sharon led a reckless attack near Qalqilya, which cost the lives of 18 of his own soldiers, Dayan wanted to end Sharon’s career but was stopped by Ben-Gurion. Ariel Sharon as a brigadier general in June 1967, pictured here with then Israeli Prime Minister Menahem on the southern front of the 6-Day War in the Sinai Desert. Pic: AP/PA Images.Later in that campaign further adventurism saw Sharon order men under his control into a natural ambush site called the Mitla Pass. They were cut down by superior Egyptian fire, suffering 40 dead and 150 wounded. Dayan raged but he was forced to climb down saying he would rather “have to restrain a dashing horse than prod lazy oxen”.Insubordination and recklessness were the hall marks of Sharon’s career.Yom Kippur WarIn the Yom Kippur War in 1973 he ignored repeated direct orders from General Gonen, then commander of  Israel’s southern front, and drove his so-called ‘Likud Division’ through the centre of Sinai and across the canal. Ordinary soldiers could overhear Sharon shouting insults at his commanding officer across military radio.The headstrong manoeuvre allowed Sharon and the IDF to encircle Egypt’s third army, trapping 100,000 enemy soldiers in Sinai and proving crucial to Israel’s swift victory in a war in which Israel had been caught hopelessly off guard. Sharon’s name and reputation won a place in military textbooks as a result. He was retrospectively redeemed.His military adversaries, including General Shmuel Gonen, did not enjoy the same fate. Israel established a commission of inquiry into the conduct of the war and this in turn forced the exit of Gonen who was accused of failing to perform his duty adequately. Israel had lost 2,700 men and women despite advance warning from their intelligence sources of what was about to unfold and other officers fell on their swords.Sharon turned to politics, too old for direct military action. But even as a politician his career was marked by rivers of blood.Shifting the blameIn 1982 following the slaughter of thousands of mainly Palestinian civilians in the refugee camps in Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon Sharon tried the old Ben-Gurion trick of shifting the blame. He said that it was the work of a vengeful Christian militia. Israel had no involvement.But a tribunal of inquiry established by Israel’s government accused Sharon of being “indirectly responsible”.The Kahan commission said that the Defence minister had not shown the slightest consideration that by allowing the Falangist militia to have access to the camps he was inviting slaughter. When Sharon subsequently made himself the subject of a vote of confidence at cabinet he was voted down by a majority of 16 votes to one (his own).last_img read more

Folk legend Pete Seeger dies at 94

first_imgUS FOLK SINGER Pete Seeger, famous for his strong lyrics and political activism, has died at the age of 94.Seeger, who died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital last night one week after being hospitalised, spent his life as a champion of folk music.He was known for his renditions of songs like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, which he co-wrote, as well his version of the civil rights hymn “We Shall Overcome”.Seeger, who played the guitar and the banjo, was an iconic figure in folk music. He was involved in many political causes, from anti-Nazi protests in the 1940s to the civil rights movement in the 1960s to the  Occupy movement in the 2010s, and was vocal about his beliefs.He was one of the key figures in the revival of folk music in the US in the late 1940s.He was kept off television for more than one decade after he was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955 who questioned him about his former membership of the Communist Party and charged him with contempt of Congress.However he later described the 1950s as the highpoint of his career, as he toured America spreading the music that he had created or preserved.“The most important job I did was go from college to college to college to college, one after the other, usually small ones,” he said in 2006. “…And I showed the kids there’s a lot of great music in this country [the US] they never played on the radio”.Seeger had the words ‘This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender’ inscribed on his banjo.“Be wary of great leaders,” he said in 2011 after an Occupy protest in New York. “Hope that there are many, many small leaders”.He married his wife Toshi in 1943 and the two were together until her death last year.(Video: abargle/YouTube)(Video: partridge662/YouTube)(Video: fful/YouTube)Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Bob Dylan commended for influence on American culture >last_img read more

Column The Ryanair and Google Partnership – whats in it for us

first_imgTHE RECENT SURPRISE announcement that low fares airline Ryanair and internet giant Google are to form a partnership that would blow other companies and partnerships “out of the water” and change the way we buy tickets, has led to much speculation about what it actually means for both companies and – of course – for the travelling public.Combined with Ryanair’s recent efforts at a softer image, such as creating an easier-to-use website, allowing seat reservation and group bookings, it is a good question to ask about this partnership: “What’s in it for us?”First, what’s in it for Google?Google already has a dedicated flight search capability (see www.google.com/flights), you can even book Ryanair flights and compare fares with other airlines. When you select a Ryanair flight, Google directs you to Ryanair’s booking page for that flight. So what’s new? Ryanair has declared that it is not spending any of its €3 billion cash pile on this partnership, so there will be no referral fees or commissions.Google makes money from advertisements, so expect a lot more targeted ads when you go to book your holidays or next business trip. Another thing is that, if you are logged on to Google, you will be adding more information to allow Google to profile you with greater accuracy, and in turn create even more targeted ads. Say you want to book a flight from Dublin to Paris with Ryanair? Go to Ryanair.com and most of us will search for cheaper flights at different times and dates before finally booking, as well as checking out other options such as baggage allowance and car hire. When doing this we leave a trail of data and information behind, which Ryanair has, and Google wants.Ryanair has data – lots of it, and now wants to share this with Google. While both Google and Ryanair are tight-lipped about exactly what the partnership will entail, at the heart of the deal is bound to be so-called “Big Data”. Ryanair’s data, combined with some of the world’s most advanced analytics tools powered by Google, will give Google the ability to create better searches and in turn earn more from advertising. In the near future, you will go to Google to search for the cheapest flight, and not have to search each airline in turn.Secondly, what’s in it for Ryanair?Partnering with Google should be a good move for Ryanair. If they really have the cheapest fare, or a flight that suits your needs exactly, Google will find it and send you directly to Ryanair’s web page for that flight. Ryanair reported that they carried just over 81 million passengers in 2013, but they want more – up to 30 million more. They will get this by both growing the business with extra flights and new destinations, and also by taking passengers from other airlines, including Aer Lingus.For Ryanair, much of this partnership is about driving traffic to Ryanair.com. At the time of writing, a Google flight search for a trip from Dublin to Paris shows 109 flights with 11 different airlines. Guess who has the cheapest flights according to this Google flight search? Right first time – Ryanair.Google will make searching for flights to suit your needs a lot easier and, of course, Ryanair hope that this will lead to them picking up more business. Google is now often considered an important part of our everyday lives, so if Google takes the work out of searching for flights, Ryanair will benefit – and at little or no cost.Finally, what’s in it for us?Searching for the best value flight, at a time and date that suits, to an airport that’s near your destination, using several different airline websites, can be a lot of work. Anything that will reduce this work and make life easier is bound to be popular with passengers.The acid test will be if it gives us cheaper flights. Only time will tell if this happens, but a Google/Ryanair partnership should be good for us all – if Ryanair get extra passengers from this deal at little or no cost, then they keep the pressure on to reduce overall costs resulting in cheaper fares.There is also the mobile revolution to consider. More and more of us have smartphones in our pockets with which we will soon be able to pay for nearly everything, including flights, direct from our mobiles. Both Ryanair and Google are predicting that more of us will use our mobiles for purchases, and they don’t want to miss take off on this.Dr Eugene O’Loughlin is a Lecturer in Computing at the National College of Ireland where he specialises in business analysis, project management, and data analytics. He is author of the book “Introduction to Business Systems Analysis”, and also runs a popular YouTube Channel – Learn with Dr Eugene O’Loughlin. Follow him on Twitter @eoloughlin, or read his blog at www.eugeneoloughlin.com where he writes about education, technology, and riding big motorcycles.The Business Analysts Association of Ireland (BAAI) was founded to establish the business analyst role within organisations, and to improve the quality and contribution of business analysts through continuous professional development, competency building and networking. The BAAI hosts regular training and networking events  and has developed the Certificate in Business Analysis and Consultancy with the National College of Ireland. Details of this course can be found here.Read: Ryanair tight-lipped on what Google partnership will look likeRead: Here are the best questions and answers from this afternoon’s #askryanair sessionRead: Ryanair deny “mutinous” passengers raided food trolley on delayed flightlast_img read more

9 reasons why youre the greatest Bryan Cranston

first_imgYouTube/Airblader3. You wore these Heisenberg Breaking Bad runners Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment4. You sign autographs like thisImage: Imgur 5. You judged this Walter White lookalike competitionVia DigitalFurnace/Uproxx/ABQJournal6. You were in 30 RockPlaying Kenneth’s mom’s friend (and the bane of Kenneth’s existence) ‘Ron’ we feel you were underused, yet you were your usual brilliant self…YouTube/ZLY11137. You got back together with Lois for Breaking BadImage: @deanjnorrisOkay so Jane Kaczmarek (aka Lois from Malcolm in the Middle) will only be appearing in the DVD extras of Breaking Bad, but still.8. You do loads of charity workThere you are with Luka from ER and Charlie from The West Wing and Captain Jean Luc Pickard at a charity Celebrity Race (Jonathan Alcorn/Zuma/allaction.co.uk /EMPICS Entertainment)There you are with a sick child (Jonathan Alcorn/Zuma/allaction.co.uk /EMPICS Entertainment) And there you are high-fiving members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team at a game in Albuquerque last year (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)9. This photobombImage: @PhildeSemlyen Breaking Bad… as a family drama series in 1995>So, you can order the crystal meth from Breaking Bad> YouTube/Ahmed S2. Hal, obviouslyProbably the funniest TV dad ever.center_img IT’S BRYAN CRANSTON’S birthday today, like we even needed a reason to celebrate him.It’s a great excuse to tell him why he’s the greatest in nine easy steps though…1. Walter White, obviouslylast_img read more

Stick with me kid ROG retires to become Sextons coach

first_imgAS PLOT TWISTS go, this one sounds like rugby just jumped the shark.Ronan O’Gara will not only retire and take up a coaching job in France, but he will cut his teeth as assistant coach at Racing Metro where he will offer pearls of wisdom to his successor in the Ireland number 10 shirt, Jonathan Sexton.©INPHO/James CrombieMake it happen, Jacky Lorenzetti!UPDATED 11pm: The Irish Examiner have revealed that Lorenzetti has indeed made it happen, meeting O’Gara in London today to offer him a two-year contract at the Paris club.Have you picked your jaws off the floor? Okay, ROG will also pen a column in the Examiner, starting tomorrow 17 May.Bienvenue à Dublin: 10 things you French lads ought to know about the cityOpinion: Leinster’s European final takes secondary importance to Pro12last_img read more

Adams calls on Labour to leave government in Ard Fheis address

first_imgThere can be no hierarchy of victims. If Fine Gael is set on implementing Fianna Fáil policy then let them do that with the support of Fianna Fáil.Outlining the cuts made over the last two years, Adams said that the Fine Gael/Labour coalition had “no problem putting taxpayers money into the pockets of bankers and financiers” and that the people who “created the mess have been untouched.”Despite all the election rhetoric from Labour and Fine Gael this is still the best small country in the world for big bankers, crooked developers or corrupt politicians.‘Elites and the fat cats’Adams went on to assure those in attendance that his party would “put manners on the elites and the fat cats”, adding that the party would abolish the local property tax when “in government”.Acknowledging the fact that Ireland’s deficit “must be tackled”, the Sinn Féin leader said that this would be done in a fair manner, and that “those with the broadest shoulders must bear the heaviest load”.In a fair Ireland the weak, the vulnerable and the least well-off would be protected. If this was a real republic working people would not be punished for the greed and corruption of others. I am prepared to meet with victims’ families in this state if they believe this will be helpful. Irish republicans will not shirk from our obligations to those who died as a consequence of the conflict.Calling for an end to partition in Ireland, Adams called on those in attendance to “imagine the unity of orange and green”.Describing the party’s vision as being based on equality, Adams said that this meant “equal rights for citizens in same sex relationships, ethnic minorities and those of all creeds and none.”In closing, Adams said that he wanted to extend his best wishes to the party’s “friend and comrade” Nelson Mandela.Read: Abortion, all-Ireland football team and political broadcasts on Sinn Féin agenda > If the Proclamation of 1916 was a reality families would not be punished. Women would not be punished. Children would not be punished. Citizens with disabilities would not be punished. People in rural Ireland would not be punished. The poor would not be punished.‘Change cannot wait’Adams continued, saying that the change that Ireland required could not wait “until there is a real republic”.Included in these changes was a reversal in the cuts to gardaí, which Adams said his party would propose in the soon to be published report “Standing up for Rural Ireland”.Mentioning the victims of the Magdalene laundries, along with those of the Bethany Home, as well as those who underwent symphysiotomy operations, Adams said that justice was required in all these cases.Savita Halappanavar was also mentioned, with Adams saying that he extended his solidarity to “Praveen and his family and friends”.“It is time doctors had legal clarity,” he said. “It’s time for protection for pregnant women whose lives are at risk.”Northern IrelandThe Sinn Féin leader said that the party was opposed to austerity across the entire island of Ireland, saying that the “so-called Welfare Reform Bill is another example of the English Tory Agenda.”Continuing his focus on Northern Ireland, Adams said that the Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist people were not going away. “And Sinn Féin doesn’t want them to go away,” he added.They are part of what we are and we have to get to know each other better, to listen and take heed of what is being said.center_img SINN FÉIN leader Gerry Adams has said that the current coalition, like the one before it, has failed the Irish people.Delivering his “presidential address” at the close of the party’s Ard Fheis in Co Mayo, Adams, called on Labour to “leave this government and leave it now.”“A real Labour Party with a principled leadership should not be in government with Fine Gael,” he said. I commit our party, without preconditions, to be part of such discussions as we face into the Orange marching season, and to find solutions to contentious issues and to tackle economic disadvantage.A truth processSaying that Ireland’s civil war had left a “bitterness and a legacy that still shapes politics to this day”, Adams said that this, and the events that followed needed “to be faced up to”.Sinn Féin has argued for the establishment of an Independent International Truth Commission. The two governments; former combatants, and those in leadership across Ireland and Britain need to be part of such a process.last_img read more

We cant pay our bills with promises

first_img Source: Paris Bakery employees via FacebookAssistant manager of Paris Bakery Beatrice Douat said, “The owners have been promising to pay us for months, but we can’t pay our bills with promises.”Former waitress Matilde Naranjo said:Some of us are young, some of us have families, some of us were directly recruited to work here. We have rent to pay and are living on borrowed money.She continued, “This is disgraceful, we are just fighting for what’s ours. We do not want to see this happen to any other worker in Ireland.Grainne O’Toole from the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI) said:Staff worked on without wages for weeks, told repeatedly that they would be paid soon.“We’re seeking immediate payment of the unpaid wages. We have sought legal advice for the workers and will campaign for their employers to be held accountable.This exploitation is happening right here in Dublin city centre, and it cannot be allowed to continue.Staff at the store include waiters, managers, bakers, chefs and kitchen porter.President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and general secretary of Mandate John Douglas is also involved in the occupation. He said:Workers should not have to occupy a premises in order to get what is owed to them by their employer.“Some of these workers have not been paid in almost three months, yet their employer thinks he can just toss his staff aside without paying a penny and then take the equipment from under their noses”.Read: “I don’t think we will see the money.” – Dublin bakery staff staging sit-in over back wages> However, the message we are receiving is that they don’t have the money.Hosany also added that the workers will continue to stage the sit-in over the weekend. WORKERS AT PARIS bakery are now on day two of a sit-in after it closed during the week.They claim that they are owed over €55,000 in unpaid wages.The workers occupied the bakery last night and are chanting outside the Moore Street bakery this afternoon.Spokesperson for the workers Anissa Hosany said, “We are sticking together and are keeping strong.“We are looking for a range of solutions to this situation and have been in touch with both Ms Ruth Savill & Mr Yannick Forel.She told TheJournal.ie that the owners had planned to meet the workers for talks this morning but that meeting was cancelled by the owners and that a new meeting has been scheduled for Monday morning.last_img read more

Councillors concerned about impact of proposed Dublin Bay wind turbines

first_imgUpdated 30 MayLABOUR COUNCILLORS HAVE written to the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, over their concern about proposed wind turbines for Dublin Bay.Following a meeting between Dublin and Wicklow Labour Councillors and Coastal Concern Alliance, they have written to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government seeking a meeting to discuss the proposal to locate 145 wind turbines 10 kilometres off the Dublin and Wicklow Coasts.Public consultationThe company behind the application, Dublin Array, has produced an Environmental Impact Statement to accompany their foreshore application.It states that the development would comprise up to 145 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 160m above sea level. It would be located in around 54 square kilometres of water.There would also be two meteorological masts of up to 100m in height and an offshore substation. If given the go-ahead, the turbines will be installed over a two to three year period and there is the potential for the energy to be exported.Councillor Dermot Lacey told TheJournal.ie that though the documents have been made available for public consultation from 9 April, and can be viewed until 1 June 2013, he was concerned that people might not be aware of their existence .A further concern is that under the current foreshore legislation, there is no statutory involvement for the Dublin and Wicklow local authorities in the process “and hence no real opportunity for elected representatives and the public to have their voice heard”, he said.He also raised concerns about the awareness of other councils of the plan. Lacey said that the councillors believe that a decision on this foreshore licence application would be premature pending the adoption of legislation governing Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management, which is currently being proposed by the EU Commission.The councillors are calling on the Minister to formally re-establish the Dublin Bay Task Force.We would also suggest that there should be a stay on the decision of this application until after new foreshore licence legislation, currently being reviewed, is introduced.Cllr Lacey said that the application “raises concerns regarding the visual impact this development will have on the Dublin and Wicklow coastlines due to the close proximity and scale of the proposed development”, and also said issues of concern could include noise pollution, interference with nature and interference with shipping.The councillors have requested an immediate meeting with Minister Hogan who is responsible for making a decision on this foreshore licence to further outline their concerns.At its meeting on 28 May, Greystones Town Council objected to this development on the Kish and Bray banks.Cllr Derek Mitchell said it “will be very visually intrusive because it is so close to the shore and is very long”.We did not object to the one on the Codling Bank, granted a foreshore licence in 2005, as this was to be further out, more concentrated and thus less intrusive. Also the Codling one was going to provide jobs in Wicklow but the present application provides no jobs in Wicklow. The scheme with the least impact, the Codling one, should be developed and the intrusive Bray/Kish Bank one rejected.Greystones has recently opened a new harbour and Mitchell said the councillors are concerned that the turbines could impact navigation.Read: Ireland to export wind energy to Britain>Read: IWEA claims 30,000 jobs could be created in wind energy sector by 2020>last_img read more

Dublin Bikes scheme signs €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero

first_imgAccording to Alan Kelly, “Dublin is swiftly becoming a cycling city and the Dublin Bikes scheme has been one of the biggest drivers in making this possible.“The partnership between Dublin City Council, JCDecaux and Coca-Cola Ireland will no doubt serve the people of Dublin long into the future.”Read: Fancy a cycle around Dublin city this lunchtime? Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet DUBLIN’S PUBLIC BIKES scheme will expand to 100 stations and over 1,500 bikes by the end of the summer.The expansion will be funded by a €2 million sponsorship with Coca Cola, which will see the bikes branded with the Coke Zero logo.The Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes were unveiled today and will be available to the scheme’s members from the end of June.Dublin Bikes has proven a massive success in the capital, with 42,083 people signed up to take 979,786 journeys this year.In the five years since the scheme was introduced, over seven million journeys have been made.Last Saturday, the bikes had their busiest day ever, with 11,000 journeys being made.Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke paid tribute to the scheme as he and Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly tested the bikes.https://vine.co/v/MILx6gjVrQ6“Dublin city has had a world class public bike hire scheme since 2009. The scheme has exceeded all expectations and over 7 million journeys have been taken so far. Dublin City Council always envisaged that commercial partnership would play an important part in funding the scheme’s expansion and in Coca-Cola Ireland, dublinbikes has found a fitting partner.”Many of the new stations are open already, but the new ones, to be open by the end of the summer, will stretch west to Kilmainham and Heuston Station and all the way to Dublin Port.However, not everyone is pleased that a soft drink giant is on board.center_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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