Headache for Ljubo Vranjes Svan Hansen out for five weeks

← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM SSL: Tatran beat Vardar in Skopje second year in a row! Next Story → Tatran won in Skopje, Hatalchik: “Good defense and individuals qualities” SG Flensburg have already lost five points and made their chances to win the DKB Bundesliga doubtful. The next problem for Ljubomir Vranjes and his squad will be serious a thumb injury of first choice on right wing Lasse Svan Hansen. Vranjes will now give more attention to the second option on this position, Serbian youngstar Bogdan Radivojevic, who will get the chance in the most important part of the autumn season… Bogdan RadivojevicLasse Svan HansenLjubomir Vranjes read more

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THW Kiel sign Blaženko Lacković

2014–2016 RK Vardar Skopje ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2016: Mizuno Handball is European champion Next Story → PHOTO: Joan Canellas to Vardar Skopje? 2004–2008 SG Flensburg-Handewitt Blazenko LackovicHSV HandballSG Flensburg 2001–2004 RK Zagreb 1997–2001 RK Varteks di Caprio 2016– THW Kiel 2008–2014 HSV Hamburg After only two years in Skopje, famous Croatian left back Blaženko Lacković signed a year and a half contract with THW Kiel. German champions signed experienced 36 years old shooter, who has 10 years of playing in DKB Bundesliga in t-shirts of SG Flensburg and HSV Handball.He will replace injured Christian Dissinger, who will probably be out for the rest of the season after injury at EHF EURO 2016 where German was a part of golden squad in Preliminary and Main Round matches.LACKOVIC CAREER: read more

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Qatar and South Korea win Asian Games 2018

Qatar defend title at Asian Games by beating Bahrain 32:27 after extra-time. Absolut favorites to win all on Asian soil, had troubles against neighboors from Manama, but at the end Valero Rivera’s team won the gold.Bronze medal went to South Korea after win over Japan 24:23.In women’s category, South Korea beat China 29:23 for the gold, while third is Japanese girls after beating Thailand 43:14. asian handballbahrainhandballQatarThailand ← Previous Story Tonnesen scores for Veszprem win over Celje PL Next Story → CHAMPIONS TROPHY: “Partybreakers” from Saint Raphael to play against Montpellier for the trophy! read more

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Uncertainty over progress in Iran talks as Kerry set to leave Geneva

first_imgNEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN SIX world powers and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions were thrown into uncertainty this evening after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced his imminent departure, and Iran’s chief negotiator expressed doubts a deal would be reached.Amid signs that the talks in Geneva were proving difficult, Kerry’s spokesman said the US’s top diplomat would leave for London tomorrow for meetings with British counterpart William Hague and the Libyan prime minister.At the same time, Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi said he doubted that Tehran and the P5+1 world powers — comprising the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — could reach an accord by the end of the day.“Intense and difficult negotiations are under way and it is not clear whether we reach an agreement tonight,” Fars news agency quoted Araqchi as saying. “The dispute is over the wording.”SanctionsThe talks are aimed at securing a freeze on parts of Iran’s nuclear programme in order to ease fears that Tehran will develop atomic weapons, in return for modest sanctions relief.The arrival of foreign ministers – including Kerry – today had raised hopes, after three days of intense negotiations among lower-level officials, that a breakthrough was in sight.Kerry had decided to join the talks “with the hope that an agreement will be reached,” the US State Department said yesterday.Since their arrival however, officials from both sides have indicated that there are still considerable differences to be bridged.“We have now entered a very difficult stage,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told state television, saying he would not bow to “excessive demands”.“In any agreement, (uranium) enrichment in Iran will not be suspended,” Zarif said, adding that “a very difficult task” still lay ahead in clinching a deal.‘Difficult’Hague was also cautious this morning, saying in Geneva: “They remain very difficult negotiations. I think it is important to stress that we are not here because things are necessarily finished.”“It’s not a done deal,” said his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle. “We think there’s a realistic chance but there is still a lot of work to do.”Mark Hibbs, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Kerry’s imminent departure might “set a deadline and focus people’s minds”.Just two weeks ago, the ministers had jetted in seeking to sign on the dotted line, only to fail as cracks appeared among the powers — fissures that officials say are now repaired.Since being elected in June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised big hopes that after a decade of rising tensions over Tehran’s nuclear programme, a solution might be within reach.- © AFP, 2013Read: Top world diplomats in ‘homestretch’ for Iran nuclear dealRelated: David Cameron calls Iranian President Hassan Rouhani>last_img read more

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PAC Chair CRC case highlights urgent need for charity regulator

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF the Public Accounts Committee has said the recent ‘top up’ revelations from within charities demonstrate the urgent need for the appointment of a regulator to oversee the sector.John McGuinness was speaking in the wake of this evening’s resignation of the entire Central Remedial Clinic board of governors. They stepped down at the behest of the HSE in the wake of this week’s five-hour appearance before the PAC, where they were called upon to explain the clinic’s practice of topping up the salaries of high level staff with money from its fundraising arm.The Fianna Fáil TD said a charity commissioner should be appointed as a matter of urgency.“I am calling on the government to immediately implement the provisions in the 2009 Charity Act. In fact, I wonder why this was not done long ago, which might have prevented the situation we now find ourselves in,” McGuinness said.The Justice Minister announced during the summer that the new authority would come into operation next year. Alan Shatter said in a speech last July that much of the cost for the new system would be borne by the charities themselves, and that he hoped to “be able to make appointments to the new authority later this year, with a view to it coming into operation in 2014″.Acting CEO at the CRC Jim Nugent at the PAC this week (Youtube: TheJournal.ie) The CEO of Fundraising Ireland — the association for professional fundraisers — has also called for the urgent establishment of the new regulation system.Anne Hanniffy said the ongoing revelations were having a devastating impact on Irish charities, and that there were serious long-term implications for trust and confidence in the sector. The organisation is reporting a 40 per cent drop in donations in the last two weeks as the controversy continues.McGuinness said that the revelations had demonstrated a “lack of respect for hard earned public money” and “too much caution about dealing firmly with those who squander, misuse or waste it”.He said people should also remember those working at the frontline in the charity sector. “They deserve our sympathy and support, because they are devastated by these revelations and the negative effect that they are having on the funding so badly needed to continue the work they do.”Originally published 10.12pmRead: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continuesMore: 7 things we learned from the CRC’s grilling by the PACRelated: Mater Hospital ‘refutes’ suggestions of operating a CRC ‘phantom fund’last_img read more

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Deaths in 2013 Saying goodbye to those we loved and lost this

first_imgMadonna travelled to Dublin to attend the funeral of her friend, renowned architect David Collins, following his passing on 17 July.The German Football Association confirmed the death of Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann on 19 July. He is remembered for playing the last 17 minutes of the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck.On the same day, British comedian Mel Smith suffered a heart attack and died at his northwest London home.Comedian Mel Smith (left) with his friend and fellow comedian and Rowan Atkinson. Pic: John Stillwell/PA WireVeteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas died, aged 92, on 20 July. The tenacious journalist broke the mould when she started reporting as she stayed away from cookery, fashion and ‘women’s interests’.Did you know Dennis Farina was a real cop before he took the role of Joe Fontana on the popular show Law & Order? The actor suffered a blood clot in his lung and died on 22 July this year.Songwriter, singer and guitarist, JJ Cale, whose songs were covered by everyone from Lynryd Skynrd and Eric Clapton from a heart attack on 26 July. He was 74.Staff at RTÉ were heartbroken on 30 July as they came to terms with the loss of their friend and long-time colleague Colm Murray. The sports editor spoke openly about his diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease as is highlighted in this beautiful tribute voice by Bryan Dobson:(You Tube: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster)AugustRadio broadcaster Bob Gallico passed away in the US on 5 August after a long illness. He was famous during the 1980s in Dublin because of his job as a newsreader on the popular Radio Nova.High Court judge Justice Kevin Feeney died unexpectedly while on holiday in Cork on 14 August. The Attorney General Máire Whelan said his passing leaves a “great void in the Irish legal community”.Best-known for her portrayal of Eric’s big sister Laurie on That ’70s Show, Lisa Robin Kelly saw her career and health freefall on leaving the show as her drug addiction grew increasingly more hazardous. She died at a treatment centre on 14 August, aged 43.On August 20, crime writer Elmore Leonard died. He had suffered complications from a stroke he endured earlier the same month.Welsh rugby’s Cliff Morgan, who died at the age of 83 on 20 August, became a commentator with the BBC when his sporting career came to an end.He was remembered by TheScore.ie team for the brilliant commentary on The Greatest Try of All Time: (YouTube: jsk995)One of the best known Irish language writers of all time, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, will be familiar to many because his autobiographical work ‘A Thig Ná Tit Orm’ that made its way onto the Leaving Cert syllabus. Described as “one of the country’s most important writers” by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, the Kerry native died on 29 August.(Image: Gumtree)The very next day, Ireland’s literary world lost another hero. The unexpected death of Seamus Heaney (74) on 30 August was met with sadness around the world. For days, we shared our favourite poems, remembered his passion for story-telling, listened to the dear memories held by others, signed our condolences and grieved with his family.The New York Times obituary, which was placed on the front page of the newspaper, summed up his work and his person beautifully.“He Wove Irish Strife and Soil Into Silken Verse”, the headline read.Mia Farrow/TwitterWhen the news of David Frost‘s 31 August death was announced, tributes flowed from all corners of the world, staring with the British Prime Minister David Cameron who was due to be interviewed by the broadcaster the following week. The 74-year-old was immortalised in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, which was based on his lauded interviews with the US President in 1977. Here’s some of the real thing: (YouTube: mistere999)SeptemberFormer heavyweight boxer and Rocky V actor Tommy Morrison died in hospital on 1 September. He was just 44 years old.One of the most recognisable faces in Irish theatre, Susan Fitzgerald died on 9 September at home and surrounded by her family. She had suffered through a long illness. Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan led the tributes: Speaking about the recently deceased Paddy McFlynn on 25 September, GAA Presdient LIam O’Neill said he was a “wise, fatherly figure whose kind presence was noted by so many across all levels of the Association”. The Derry native served as President of the GAA from 1979 to 1982.OctoberThe body of 47-year-old Dublin actor Gerry McCann was sadly discovered on Dollymount Beach on 1 October. “He’s gone to heaven now,” said his sister, Helene O’Cleary, after a six day search.The creator of the Jack Ryan character, Tom Clancy, died at a hospital in Baltimore on 1 October. His final book, Command Authority, was published posthumously this month.The oldest person on this year’s ‘In Memoriam’ list is Vietnam war general Vo Nguyen Giap who was 102 years old when he passed on 4 October.Phil Chevron – longtime guitarist of the Pogues – passed away peacefully on the morning of 8 October. The band announced the sad news on its website.Waterford councillor Gary Wyse passed away unexpectedly on 22 October and a “genuine feeling of shock” swept through the city. He is survived by his wife and four children.The next day, Galway was sent reeling when news hit of the tragic passing of 22-year-old hurler Niall Donoghue. The Kilbeacanty club man had played in last year’s All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. The club’s beautiful but heartbreaking tribute to its hero included the following words:You can feel the sorrow, nearly see it. It’s totally calm even the dogs aren’t barking. It’s as if they know. It’s like Kilbeacanty , Galway, the whole of Ireland, Australia and beyond is covered in a blanked of sorrowful, painful, raw emotion. It’s so hard to believe our star, our hero, our idol has been taken from us in his prime.We didn’t know her face but Marcia Wallace was the voice of much-abused Simpsons teacher Mrs Krabappel. She died on 25 October and the programme’s makers changed the show’s iconic intro sequence in tribute.Image: Dave Itzkoff/TwitterRolling Stone magazine described Lou Reed as “a relentlessly inventive solo artist…chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn.”  He died, aged 71, on 27 October, months after a liver transplant.This multi-artist cover of Perfect Day for the 1997 BBC Children in Need event is led off by Reed himself(YouTube: billydeeuk)NovemberFounding member of the Social Democratic Labour Party (SDLP), Eddie McGrady, passed away on 11 November. He was 78.Another man who played a crucial role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Fr Aled Reid, departed this world on 22 November, aged 82. Most famous for administering the last rite to two British soldiers who were killed at the scene of an IRA funeral in 1988, the priest also mediated talks between Gerry Adams and John Hume.Key witness in the Mahon Tribunal, Tom Gilmartin, also died at Cork University Hospital on 22 November.A survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster, former Manchester United footballer Bill Foulkes died on 25 November. He was 81.Foulkes (centre) with Bobby Charlton and Alfredo Di Stefano. Credit:  Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesHollywood mourned one of its stars on 30 November when news of a car accident in which Paul Walker was killed emerged. In the days following his death, the story of a random act of kindness by the Fast and Furious actor became public.(YouTube: CBS This Morning)DecemberFootballer and All-Ireland final winner Liam O’Connor passed away on 3 December. He was just 58 years old. Offaly fans remember him for setting up the most famous goal in GAA history.(YouTube: kilkennyfootball)Arguably the most famous man on the planet, Nelson Mandela, died at his South African home on 5 December after a long battle with lung problems. Global leaders gathered in the Rainbow nation to mourn the great loss, while South Africans celebrated his life and work.Image: 21 Icons South Africa/Image.netHis spirit and joy for life was remembered through singing, chanting and dancing at a special memorial in the FNB Stadium. In Ireland, we looked fondly back at his 2003 visit during which he danced to The Corrs traditional music in Galway.(YouTube: rockartMEDIA)Star of Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O’Toole, died on 14 December at the age of 81. A Hollywood great, he was nominated for an Oscar eight times. Although he never won, he did accept an honorary Academy Award in 2003. Here are some of the Irish actor’s best bits. Including the time he told a joke to the Queen Mother in 1965.Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS ArchiveJoan Fontaine did win an Oscar – on just her second nomination in 1941. The acting legend – and Alfred Hitchcock favourite – passed away at the age of 96 on 16 December.Reacting to her Academy Award win in 1941. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Great Train Robbery took place 50 years ago, and on 18 December one of the men involved, Ronnie Biggs, died aged 84. The robbery has been immortalised on film and saw Biggs becoming an infamous criminal. His colourful life included going on the run and getting plastic surgery.Ronnie Biggs in 1963. Pic: PA WireMarie Fleming took her right-to-die case to the Supreme Court this year but failed in an attempt to ensure her partner Tom Curran would not be prosecuted if he helped end her life. She passed away on 20 December while suffering the final stages of MS.Legendary BBC presenter David Coleman died at the age of 87 on 21 December. BBC’s Director-General Tony Hall said he set the standard for all today’s sports broadcasters.The inventor of the AK-47 automatic rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, died on 23 December. He was 94 years old.See: 13 photos that made us smile in 2013 The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral on 17 April. (Image: David Crump/Daily Mail /PA Wire)Following a battle with cancer, Irish international footballer Tony Grealish died on 23 April. In his 45 appearances in green, the London-born midfielder scored eight goals.Former Fianna Fáil TD Harry Blaney, a member of a famous family dynasty in Donegal, passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on 29 April. He was 85.A publican, a politician and an auctioneer, Fine Gael’s Dick Barry was well known in his Cork constituency. The one-time junior minister died on 29 April, aged 93.MayThe untimely death of Chris Kelly, who was one half of the nineties pop sensation Kris Kross, occurred on 1 May in Atlanta. He was just 34 years old.Here he is with the famous hit, Jump:(YouTube: KrisKrossVEVO)On 2 May, founding member of Slayer Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure. The 49-year-old’s career had been irrevocably changed by a spider bite a year previously as he almost lost his arm.Author Mary McCarthy had just started a book about a woman with terminal cancer when she was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year. Writing in TheJournal.ie ahead of her death on 3 May, she said:I have had a nice life. I loved my teaching job for 34 years and took early retirement five years ago. I truly loved writing my books. I have seen the places I wanted to see and I have extraordinary people around me. I’ve managed to retain my sense of humour, thankfully. There really is a funny side to everything. To my delight, I have my fifth book published. Things could be a lot worse! Or as Emer in the novel says: things always seem better after the rain.Did you know that Ottavio Missoni was a prisoner of war and Olympian, as well as a fashion designer. The Italian innovator died at his home in Italy on 9 May, aged 92.Ottavio Missoni comes in sixth during the hurdles at the 1948 Olympics in London. (Image: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport)The Abbey Theatre’s Vincent Dowling passed away on 10 May in the US. Known as an ‘actor’s director’, he led the Dublin theatre on its first tours to Russia and Hong Kong. He was 83.Suicide has touched the lives of almost every Irish person and the crisis amongst young people is a growing concern. Before his death on 12 May, Donal Walsh, a 16-year-old from Kerry decided to try and change how his peers saw life. He spoke opening about his fight with cancer and how attitudes towards life and death need to change.(YouTube: RTÉ)After founding member of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, said his last goodbyes to family on 20 May this year, drummer John Densmore wrote this emotional tribute:There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.Old Trafford favourite Brian Greenhoff died at the age of 60 on 22 May. The defender made 271 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 17 goals. He also won 18 caps for England.Following the death of former Cork City manager Noel O’Mahony on 31 May, the FAI’s John Delaney said the 73-year-old will “always be remembered as a legend“.JuneWhen author Iain Banks was diagnosed with cancer in April, he asked his partner to “do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps)”. The 59-year-old died on 9 June.Two days later, the sporting world lost another hero to cancer. British racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil passed, aged 70. He was best known for being the mastermind behind superstar racehorse Frankel.Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone journalist who revealed the inappropriate conduct which ended the career of the Supreme Commander of the US-led war in Afghanistan, was killed in a car accident on 18 June.Hollywood was sent reeling on 20 June this year as news of James Gandolfini‘s death reached the airwaves. The 51-year-old succumbed to a heart attack while on holiday in Rome.Widely regarded as one of television’s greatest characters on the best show ever made, Gandolfini portrayed Tony Soprano through nine years: (YouTube: monchochocopete)The ice-cream parlour where the Sopranos finale was filmed paid a touching tribute to the actor by placing a ‘Reserved’ sign on the booth where he sat.Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association ImagesMotorsport Ireland mourns the loss of rally driver Paul Mulcahy following his death on 30 June during the Carrick-on-Suir Stages Rally.JulyEven after his death on 2 July, Doug Engelbart‘s legacy lives on through our everyday lives. The inventor of the computer mouse died from acute kidney failure at his California home. He was 88.Singer and actress Bernie Nolan passed away peacefully on 4 July after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 52 years old.Canadian police announced the tragic death of actor Cory Monteith on the morning of 14 July. The 31-year-old who had previously revealed his struggles with drug abuse was found dead in a hotel room. A coroner’s report revealed a heroin and alcohol overdose.Watch his on- and off-girlfriend Lea Michele’s heartbreaking performance in Glee’s episode dedicated to its cast member: (YouTube: GLEE) THE TRAGIC DEATHS of young actors and talented musicians, the loss of global leaders and the passing of Ireland’s most recognised poet made global headlines throughout the year.South Africa had been bracing itself for the final departure of its father, Nelson Mandela, but that did not diminish the outpouring of grief or the subsequent celebration of his life earlier this month.The world also joined in as Ireland lost Seamus Heaney, a man whose words and wisdom had sustained the nation’s love of literature for decades.As family, friends and fans mourn their loved ones, join us as we remember some of the people we have lost over the past 12 months.JanuaryIrish climber Ian McKeever died suddenly while leading an expedition on Mount Kilimanjaro. The 42-year-old was struck by lightning while on the Tanzanian mountain, and according to his family, he died “doing what he loved best“.News of the death of internet activist and Reddit co-founder, Aaron Swartz, shocked the world on 12 January.  The 26-year-old was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment after he had taken his own life.Best known for his role as the father of two young brothers in Diff’rent Strokes, actor Conrad Bain passed away peacefully at his California home on 14 January. He was 89.Watch the opening sequence featuring the American’s most famous character: (YouTube: shoutfactory)British filmmaker and columnist Michael Winner died at the age of 77 on 21 January. Paying tribute to her husband, Geraldine Winner described him as “a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life”.Inez McCormack was singled out by Hillary Clinton as one of the most extraordinary and inspirational people she had ever met. The human rights activist who was named among 150 Women Who Shake the World passed away after an illness on 22 January in Belfast.Dublin footballing hero Kevin Heffernan is remembered as “one of the real legends of the GAA”. The Taoiseach was among the first to lead tributes to the 83-year-old when he passed away on 25 January.Watch ‘Heffo’s Army’ collect Sam in 1974: (YouTube: GAA Archive)It was with shock, sadness and anger that Ireland greeted the news of a fallen member of An Garda Síochána on 25 January. Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robber at the Lordship Credit Union in Dundalk.Members of An Garda Siochana gather outside St Joseph’s the Redemptorists Church in Dundalk as the funeral of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe takes place. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Film-maker, environmentalist and former senator Éamon de Buitléar died at his Delgany home in Wicklow on 27 January. He was 83 years old and is survived by five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.FebruaryAccording to the New York Times, former mayor Ed Koch won three terms in office “with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams”. He was 88 years old when he died on 1 February.PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds was killed on 9 February in a road collision during a shift. “She was out on duty, working to keep people safe, when she died,” said Chief Constable Matt Baggott.RTÉs Sunday night radio sports programme was a family affair in the 1940s when GAA broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin took over presenting duties from his father. After a massively successful career, the bi-lingual write and commentator passed away, aged 89.Richard Briers was best-loved for his starring role in 1970s classic sitcom The Good Life. The British actor died on 18 February after years of suffering from emphysema. He was 79.Watch Briers in action as Tom in The Good Life:(YouTube: BBC Comedy Greats)MarchMinister James Reilly led tributes to one of his predecessors, Dr John O’Connell, after his passing on 8 March. He described the 83-year-old as a “major figure in the world of medicine and in the world of politics“.Premier League commentator – and more recently, the voice of ITV’s Dancing on Ice – Tony Gubba died after a short illness on 11 March. He was 69 years old.LGBT and civil rights activist Christopher Robson is remembered for founding the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and other trailblazing organisations. Just before his death on 25 March, he and his partner of 35 years, Bill Foley, had celebrated their civil partnership.British character actor Richard Griffiths died from complications following heart surgery on 28 March. The 65-year-old’s obituary in the Guardian remembered him for his roles in theatre, television and film. Michael Billington wrote:What we shall all recall, with pleasure, is his silvery voice, his genial presence and his priceless ability to empathise with characters who, for whatever reason, exist somewhere on the margins of conventional society.Grammy award-winning engineer, arranger and producer Phil Ramone whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon died on 30 March. He was 79.Phil Ramone with Paul Simon in 1976. (AP Photo)AprilWith a career spanning five decades, Irish actor Milo O’Shea was much-decorated when he passed away in New York, aged 86. His film roll includes parts in Cheers, The Golden Girls, The West Wing, Who’s the Boss?, Frasier and Oz. Yes, basically that’s all your favourite shows ever.Here he is in The West Wing: (YouTube: Connellingus)On 4 April, the most well-known film reviewer of all time, Roger Ebert, passed away. He was 70.Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died on 8 April after suffering a stroke. The reaction to the death of the highly-controversial figure was divided with some of the UK mourning, while others almost-celebrated with bonfires and other events.Test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards is remembered for spending his whole career making the dream of having a baby come true for millions of people across the world. The Nobel prizewinner died in his sleep on 10 April, aged 87. Susan is the pre-eminent stage actress of her generation and beloved of theatre audiences. Susan played leading roles in the Gate Theatre in plays by both Irish and overseas writers.With the poise of the truly gifted she could move from comedies of manners to contemporary plays and also, with equal facility, to television and film.last_img read more

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Lar Corbett and Matthew Macklin in bid to buy the birthplace of

first_imgTIPPERARY HURLER LAR Corbett and international boxing star Matthew Macklin have set their sights on purchasing Hayes Hotel in Thurles – the birthplace of the GAA.Hayes Hotel went into receivership last April but remains open amid calls from leading figures, including former GAA President and European MEP Sean Kelly, for the premises to be saved.And it has now emerged that Corbett and Macklin are two members of a three-man team, along with local businessman Kevin Coppinger, who are looking at taking over the reins in Liberty Square.Coppinger and Corbett, Hurler of the Year in 2010, are both natives of Thurles and while Macklin was born in Birmingham, he has strong Tipperary roots as he is a native of Holycross in Tipperary.A regular summer visitor to Ireland as a child and into his teens, Macklin joined up with the Ballingarry club. He represented Tipperary in the U16 grade, before dedicating himself to big-time boxing.Macklin, 31, remains good friends with Tipp sharpshooter Eoin Kelly and he also struck up a relationship with Corbett (32) in recent years.Kelly and Corbett have both travelled to New York to watch Macklin train and last December, Corbett and Coppinger were present in Atlantic City when Macklin beat American fighter Lamar Russ in a middleweight bout.Matthew MacklinPic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan Coppinger and Corbett are both heavily involved in business in Thurles and their stock is high in the local area.In April 2011, Corbett launched his new business – Lar Corbett’s bar at Coppinger’s bar – and the pair also run Italian restaurant Puccini’s on Friar Street.But purchasing Hayes Hotel would be the jewel in the crown for Corbett and Coppinger, who have big plans for the business if they can seal a deal.Coppinger confirmed last night: “We have expressed a definite interest in purchasing the premises.“I’m a native of Thurles myself, as is Larry, and we are acutely aware of the special place that Hayes Hotel holds in the hearts of local people.“It is, of course, the birthplace of the GAA and we would like to see that spirit continue long into the future.”The proposed deal seems like an ideal fit as Corbett’s involvement would help to preserve the GAA heritage of Hayes Hotel, where the Association was founded in 1884.Lar CorbettPic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanAnd as a renowned international sportsman, Macklin’s input would help with the global potential of the business.It is understood that Corbett, Coppinger and Macklin had a look around Hayes Hotel as recently as yesterday (Monday) and they could be ready to table a firm offer as early as next week.Is it also believed that at this point in time, the three men are intent on pushing through any potential deal themselves.But the possibility remains that another backer could be brought on board to help copper-fasten a buyout.Seán Kelly hopeful that GAA will look at saving its birthplaceSkin In The Game: Cadogan making waves, Lar Corbett’s laundry and the meaning of GAAlast_img read more

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Ouch my wallet Prices went up by 05 per cent last month

first_imgIF YOUR WALLET is a little lighter than usual right now, you’re not alone.The price of consumer goods and services went up by 0.5 per cent last month according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office.This is the first time in recent months that prices have risen; in recent times prices have either dropped slightly or stayed the same each month.The biggest increase was in clothing and shoes, which went up by almost 6 per cent after the January sales. Household furniture and maintenance increased by 1.4 per cent while transport prices also rose by just over 1 per cent.The biggest drop was in the price of alcohol and tobacco, which fell by 0.4 per cent.However while prices increased in February, they are actually down 0.1 per cent compared to this time last year.The Central Statistics Office says it is the first time in almost four years – since July 2010 – that the Consumer Price Index has seen a year-on-year drop.While prices of education, alcohol, and tobacco have all risen since this time in 2013, other areas have fallen, including communications (down 4 per cent), household furniture (down 3.6 per cent), clothes and shoes (down 3.4 per cent) and transport (down 2 per cent).A report earlier this month found that Irish consumers are now happier than they have been in seven years, since before the recession began. The ESRI/KBC report found there was a small increase in spending underway but cautioned that it was not a dramatic pick-up.Read: Irish consumers are happier than they have been in seven years > Read: Another rise in consumer prices. The main drivers? College fees and alcohol >last_img read more

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6 reasons why David Brent is every boss youve ever had

first_imgLOOK AROUND YOUR office.Be subtle now.Is your boss doing or saying something that reminds of why you loved The Office’s David Brent so much? Hands up if…Your boss has danced like this at the Christmas partyWell, maybe they didn’t quite dance this amazingly because, let’s face it, if they can bust moves like this then they’re completely wasted in your office.YouTube/retroking1981Your boss has told you a cringey personal story like thisYou can think of at least one story about an awkward blind date or social encounter that you’d rather not have heard. You can never unhear it now.YouTube/leegt5Your boss has explained to you why they are actually rock ‘n’ rollIn at least one of your jobs your boss has gone to great lengths to point out that they are more than just the suit you see before you. They live life in the fast lane.YouTube/joseackbebeYour boss has rocked a new ‘cooler’ lookWhile proclaiming that he/she is ‘down with the kids’ your boss has walked in wearing clothes that are far too young for them and, worse still, asked for your opinion on their new look.You’ve probably answered with a question, like ‘Do you like it?’ or ‘Where did you get it?’. Safest option.YouTube/BunsticleBillYour boss has talked in riddles or clichésHow many times has your boss used a classic workplace phrase like ‘thinking outside the box’ or ‘going forward’? You’re not judging. You’ve actually probably done it yourself in the last office meeting you went to.YouTube/driehoogYour boss has an office mottoHas your boss ever used the phrase ‘That’s how we roll around here’ or created their very own catchphrase as a motivational office motto? Do you now live by the motto?YouTube/Andy RyanPrepare to cringe… David Brent is back>VIDEO: Dancing kid steals the show>15 celebrity couples we wish had stayed together>last_img read more

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The 13 absolute best shop names in Ireland

first_imglinoritchie.ieFinglas’s finest floors.3. Argue & Phibbs, SolicitorsFlickr/nicksarebiSadly no longer a feature of Sligo town. But we couldn’t leave it out.2. Poultry In MotionBased out of Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Bringing… poultry… to wherever you are.1. Big Mickey YESTERDAY, WE ASKED you whether Dublin’s Knobs and Knockers was the best shop name in Ireland.Let’s just say that the response was big. We’ve combed through your submissions to compile this somewhat-definitive list.Really, there could only be one winner.Here, in reverse order, are the 13 most awesome shop names (OK, with a few other business names too) in Ireland:13. Curl Up & DyeStraight outta Drumcondra. What is it with hairdressers and puns?12. I Got WormsIf there’s a better-named fishing tackle shop in Limerick (or anywhere), we want to hear about it.11. Cod AlmightyFacebookCarlow’s finest chipper. (In name terms, anyway.)10. SofantasticSofantastic that it shut down.*sob*9. Paddy FieldBecause it’s an Irish Chinese takeaway… (in Monkstown, Dublin)8. Thai TanicSome might argue that this Belfast restaurant’s name is in poor taste.We would argue that that is irrelevant.7. Chipsy KingsWell done, Cork. Well done.6. The Camán InnCloghan, Co Offaly may be a small place. But it DOES have this incredible pub name.5. Only Foals and HorsesOK, not strictly a shop. More of a stud farm in Kildare. But COME ON.4. Lino Ritchie bigmickey.ieFor ‘massive bargains’ in Longford.This was the only choice for number one, amid stiff competition.*gets coat*Is ‘Knobs & Knockers’ the best shop name in Ireland?>last_img read more

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9 tips for keeping your body infectionfree

first_imgTHERE HAS BEEN a terrible dose going around in the last few weeks and avoiding colleagues, friends and family with runny noses and hacking coughs is not always an option.The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in Washington has come up with some feasible ways of avoiding the common cold and staying generally infection-free.1. Wash your hands frequentlyDid you know that microbes can live on inert surfaces anywhere from a few minutes to several months? Imagine these disease-causing microorganisms living on your computer keyboard, your light switch, or even on the elevator button.Surprisingly, most people don’t know the best way to effectively wash their hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing thoroughly and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, followed by hand-drying with a paper towel.In the absence of running water, an alcohol-based hand gel or wipe will suffice, although nothing beats good old soap and water. This takes about as long as it does to sing “Happy Birthday,” so some hospitals recommend washing your hands for the duration of this simple tune.2. Don’t share personal itemsToothbrushes, towels, razors, handkerchiefs, and nail clippers can all be sources of infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, and fungi). In school, you may have been taught to share your toys, but you’re a grown up now, keep your personal items to yourself. Parents should also remind children often about the types of items they should not share with others.3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneezeIn a similar vein, good personal hygiene includes not only personal cleanliness, but also the age-old practice of covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Why is this important if you aren’t sick? For most infections, the disease-causing microbe has already started growing and dividing long before any symptoms begin to show. Coughing or sneezing can spread these germs through microscopic droplets in the air. The current recommendation is to cover your mouth with your arm, sleeve, or crook of the elbow, rather than using your hands.4. Use safe cooking practicesFood-borne illnesses frequently arise from poor food preparation and dining habits. Microbes thrive on virtually all food items, and more so on foods left at room temperature. Refrigeration slows or stops the growth of most microbes. Promptly refrigerate foods within two hours of preparation. Use separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables, keep clean countertops, and wash all fruits and vegetables well prior to eating.5. Be a smart travellerInfectious diseases can easily be picked up while traveling, particularly when traveling to underdeveloped countries. If your travel destination is one where water is questionable, make sure to use a safe water source such as bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth. Eat foods that have been cooked, and avoid raw vegetables and fruits. Finally, be sure to update all immunisations that are advised or required for your travel destination.6. Practise safe sexSexually-transmitted diseases are probably the most easily preventable infectious disease. By being smart about safe sex (using condoms), transfer of infectious bacteria or viruses from one person to another can be prevented.7. Don’t pick your nose (or your mouth or eyes either)Not only is it a social taboo, but it also leads to the spread of a number of infections. Look around, and you’ll notice how many people have their hands next to their faces. Many microbes prefer the warm, moist environment inside your nose, as well as other mucous-covered surfaces such as your eyes and mouth. Infections can be easily prevented by avoiding touching of these areas.8. Exercise caution with animalsInfections that can spread from animals to people are called “zoonotic diseases” and are more common than most people realize. If you have pets, make sure they get regular check-ups and that their vaccinations are up-to-date. Clean litter boxes frequently unless you’re pregnant (steer clear), and keep small children away from animal feces.Different types of wild animals can carry diseases such as rabies or bird flu, or fleas and ticks that spread plague and Lyme disease. Make the area around your home unfriendly to rodents and other mammals by eliminating areas where they could hide or build nests, using rodent-proof trash cans that contain food waste, and sealing up holes that offer easy and attractive access to animals.Teach small children in your household to be cautious when encountering wild animals. Finally, always wash your hands and make sure children wash their hands after visiting a petting zoo or farm.9. Watch the newsA good understanding of current events can help you to make wise decisions about traveling or other recreational activities. For example, a bird flu outbreak in Asia may make you think twice about a trip you were planning. Recent reports of West Nile Virus spread by mosquitoes? You may want to bring some insect repellent on your camping trip after all. Salmonella in tomatoes? Don’t eat tomatoes. Listeria in cantaloupes? Don’t eat cantaloupe. You get the idea.Your skin acts as a natural barrier against harmful microbes that cause infections, but smart “bugs” have found alternative routes to get into your body and cause infection. By making a few simple behavioral changes (which ultimately reduce their access into your body), you can easily prevent the spread of many infectious diseases.last_img read more

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Unconstitutional to grant civil partnership to heterosexual couples

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT has been advised that it would be illegal to offer civil partnership to heterosexual couples.Justice minister Alan Shatter has said the government’s legal advice is that it would be a breach of the constitution to extend some of the rights and obligations of marriage to people who have the option to avail of it, but choose not to.Shatter said this was because the constitution grants a special status to marriage, which the State is required to “guard with special care”.The Civil Partnership Act 2010, which created the system of same-sex civil partnership, includes an explicit clause that forbids couples of the opposite sex from entering a civil partnership.“I have no plans to amend this,” Shatter said in response to a written Dáil question from Fine Gael backbencher Patrick O’Donovan.“In any case it would be constitutionally impermissible to do so,” he added, explaining: [T]he legal advice available to the Government is that making a relationship with many of the rights and obligations of marriage available to opposite sex couples, who have the option of marriage, would violate the constitutional protection for the institution of marriage.In other words, any move which gave marriage-style benefits and obligations to couples – who had the option of getting married but chose not to, for whatever reason – would be a violation of the State’s duty.Couples of the opposite sex already have the right to enter a civil marriage without having to also enter into a parallel religious marriage.The State has always maintained the attitude that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman, as the basis “on which the family is founded”. The family, in turn, is recognised in the constitution as “the natural primary and fundamental unit group of society”.The Constitutional Convention is due to discuss potential changes to the constitution, formally expanding the definition of marriage so that it can extend to same-sex couples, at a meeting next month.Read: Consititution Convention wants your suggestions on same sex marriagelast_img read more

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Priory Hall in ruins as residents left in limbo

first_imgA common area inside one of the apartment blocks. Rusting railings outside the front doors. The view from one of the properties. Signs of a construction site. THE SUPREME COURT questioned why Dublin City Council pushed ahead this week with an appeal to reverse an order compelling it to pay for the accommodation costs of 256 displaced Priory Hall residents.The five-judge panel were surprised at the development on Thursday given there is an ongoing mediation process between both sides and the lenders.For that reason, no decision on whether the local authority should cover the housing costs indefinitely was delivered. Instead, the matter was adjourned until 15 October.This leaves the residents in limbo, according to spokesperson Graham Usher.As the debacle continues, the Donaghmede complex – which has been deemed a fire safety hazard – deteriorates even further. At this stage last year, the bill for the remedial work required was estimated to come to at least €7.3 million.Photographer Conor McMahon visited the site recently to document the decay.The car park proved problematic even before other difficulties came to light as it flooded often and retained water. The car park, as seen on 3 May 2013. Read: “They’ve already tried to put us on the streets once, they can’t try it again”Read: Priory Hall: ‘The Tenements of the Boom’ > Read: Priory Hall: ‘Families have had to press pause on their lives for the last year’ >last_img read more

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Fitzgerald witnessed emotional abuse of children in crèche footage

first_imgThe instances we saw in relation to young children, the way they were being dealt with, the way they were being fed, the lack of understanding of a child’s development at the age of two, all of those instances were dreadful to watch, deeply unacceptable, and cannot continue.Fitzgerald said she believed parents watching the programme “will be very haunted by those images”, and that the scenes “would strike horror into every parent watching”.The Minister said she felt that she witnessed emotional abuse of children on the programme last night, as she saw two-year-olds being subject to “ritualistic kind of demands that were inappropriate to their age”.Fitzgerald said that the HSE inspection reports will be made available online in a couple of weeks, and that inspections take place on average every 20 months in Ireland.We do need a stronger inspection regime, we do need more follow up, and we do need the inspections to take account of a broader range of issuesShe also spoke of the importance of the establishment of the Early Years Advisory Group to make sure Ireland has a national policy on the approach to under fives.The Minister added that “you have to change the culture, you have to be vigilant, you have to monitor, you have to inspect, you have to train, you have to have people with qualifications”.The need for more inspectors can be addressed, said Fitzgerald. She said that inspectors are being recruited at the moment for a number of areas where there currently are no inspectors.It is extremely important “not to say to parents that every childcare facility in the country has the type of childcare issues seen last night”, said Minister Fitzgerald, adding that “parents are not powerless in this situation”.HSE responseAnnie Callinan, Head of Quality Assurance for the HSE, told the programme that the “vast majority” of children have a good experience in childcare.She said the HSe has been engaged in a reform programme around all its children’s programmes, in particular the early years service, and it is  looking to review its services.“We are managing within the resources we have,” she said, adding the HSE is looking at its inspectors.Callinan said she thinks there is probably a need for more capacity regarding inspectors. However, she could not provide specific details at this point.From next year, childcare providers will have to have standards in place before their service opens, rather than after.She also said that “parents need to ask questions” and need to go and meet staff and see how they interact with the children in their care.Gardaí are currently investigating complaints about the alleged mistreatment of children in two crèches in Dublin.The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) has voiced its concern at the findings of the RTÉ Prime Time investigation, saying it “showed repeat instances of practices that are not acceptable for the childhood sector”.ACP has called on the Government “to work together with childhood professionals to ensure high quality provision in the childhood sector and to ensure the implementation of national standards”.It said that key steps to progress include developing the Early Childhood Care and Education sector Workforce Development Plan (2010) into an adequately resourced working plan.The Síolta National Quality Framework (2006) and the Aistear Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009) need to be implemented while the childcare inspection system needs to be revised and an early years specialist needs to be included on the inspection team, it added.ACP Chairperson Marian Quinn said:The development of the childhood sector requires quality standards for training, professional development and inspection. It also requires commensurate pay for workers and Government commitment to ongoing development based upon evidence and best practice.If you were affected by issues in the programme, you may wish to contact Barnardos at 01 – 454 9699 or the ISPCC at 01 – 6767 960.Read: RTÉ: No repeats or online airing of Prime Time creche investigation>Read: Anger as RTE Prime Time shows mistreatment of creche children> MINISTER FOR CHILDREN, Frances Fitzgerald has said that the crèche footage from RTÉ Investigations Unit broadcast on Prime Time last night is “deeply distressing and absolutely unacceptable”.Speaking on RTÉ radio show Morning Ireland today about the A Breach of Trust programme, which featured undercover footage taken from inside three crèches, she said:last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added unicorn prancercising

first_imgUploaded by mcpheecom Boys hold candles during a mass for receiving the first communion at catholic church in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Indonesia’s president has accepted a statesmanship award on May 30, 2013 from a US interfaith foundation that says it hopes to encourage him to promote freedom of worship and tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#CHILDREN: The Chief-Designate of the Child and Family Agency has apologised for not making creche inspection reports publicly available during his time as National Director of Children and Family Services in the HSE. It is understood that all past inspections will be put online within weeks.#LEE RIGBY: Police in London have charged a second man with the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Michael Adebolajo, 28, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow in relation to the killing of the 25-year-old solider;  he also faces charges of attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent.#BELFAST: A 62-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two PSNI officers in Belfast earlier this week. A 27-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man remain in custody in relation to the incident, which forced the officers to dive for cover when two pipe bombs were thrown at them as they answered a 999 call in the early hours of Tuesday morning.#ABORTION: The latest Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent has revealed an increase in the number of people stating abortion is unacceptable, regardless of the scenario. The poll showed the number of people who support abortion in cases of rape has dropped from 71 per cent to 68 per cent.#HARRY: A man is being held in custody after admitting threatening to kill Britain’s Prince Harry. Ashraf Islam, 30, was charged on Saturday with threatening to murder the prince, contrary to Section 16 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act. The British police’s Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case but no terror charges were brought.#QUINTUPLETS: 23-year-old Czech woman Alexandra Kinova gave birth to quintuplets yesterday, becoming the proud mother of four boys and a girl. Kinova who is from Milovice, a town located northeast of Prague, already had a son. She defied odds of around one in 60 million by becoming pregnant with five babies without the use of IVF treatment. Check out photos of the newborns here.(Below) More baby news: newborn twins Isla Rodger (left) and Rowan Rodger (right), who defied the odds by becoming the third set for twins to be born by the same mother, are picture with their brothers left to right Finn, Kyle, Lewis and Jude at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. (Danny Lawson/PA)THINGS WE LOVED:When one 18-year-old US highschool student posted a photo of her classmates who had won ‘cutest couple’ in her senior class, she was shocked to see it shared almost 100.000 times. The caption read: “Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class. First time in my school history a same sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them, and my school.”How’s your bank holiday working out? We hope you’re fulfilling some of those things you promise you’ll do every time summer (finally) rolls around…THINGS WE SHARED:In a surprisingly frank interview with the Guardian, actor Michael Douglas has revealed that his throat cancer “was caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” The actor, 68, was diagnosed with stage four cancer – which is often terminal – in August 2010 but has been clear of cancer for the past two years.The American work ethic is often trumpeted as the reason the nation became a superpower – but is it all it’s cracked up to be?If you know anything about anything, you’ll know pancercising (a fitness programme inspired by horses) is the only way to shed the pounds this summer…. and you’ll be delighted to know you can even practise unicorn prancercising.last_img read more

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Opinion Once the bricks and mortar are in place lets encourage communities

first_imgHOUSING PROVISION HAS received a lot of attention in the news recently, and rightly so. Our housing managers will tell you that nothing beats the thrill of handing over keys to a family who have been waiting for a home of their own for years. But the part that comes next receives much less interest.‘Building sustainable communities’ may sound a little ‘fluffy’ on the outside. However our experience over the past 20 years is that strong communities create a foundation for generations to come, carry huge cost savings, and play an important role in preventing future housing problems.So how do we encourage these communities to develop once the bricks and mortar are in place? We believe it’s a lot like the ‘teach a man to fish’ philosophy – give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.It’s not about imposing a concept on a neighbourhood. Rather, it is about empowering people to take ownership of their surrounding environment. Often this requires a small enabler – the jerseys we sponsored for the children’s football team in Waterford; the orchestral equipment we funded so children from the regeneration areas in Limerick could learn to play an instrument; the community centre we built where our older residents volunteer their time to help children with homework.Cúirt An Rí: an example to othersOne estate in Clonmel, Cúirt An Rí, suffered from a very common problem. Ninety-six residents living in this 41 unit estate were children, and as they grew into their teens, anti-social behaviour began to emerge. When they were asked, they said they were bored and had nothing to do.We invested a lot of time and resources in building relationships with parents, children and teenagers to find a solution. Our goal was not to do the fishing for this neighbourhood but to enable the residents to get active and involved in becoming part of a solution. After consultation, a core group of teenagers emerged (‘the Jump Start Crew’!) with their own vision:“To have a sense of pride in my estate and showcase what I can achieve to the wider community”“To bring the community together to have fun”“To unite my community and make a peaceful and playful environment” We encouraged the Jump Start Crew to set up an alternative youth initiative for teenagers and children on the estate. Art for Us became a fun and appealing programme of street art projects for younger people. Through popular art and a strong educational approach, the programme channelled their energy into something positive for the whole community. Supported by An Léargas and artist Jessica Carson, projects completed in the last year have included a choreography programme on the estate and a Banksy-style mural on the walls of Clonmel library and Denis Burke Park.A great sense of prideArt for Us has provided a purpose and the sense of completion of the projects reinforced drive, commitment and determination in the young people. The associated press coverage which followed led to a great sense of pride in their home estate and improved perception outside the estate.This community initiative has brought younger residents on the estate together, promoting friendships, camaraderie, and respect for each other. Relationships between residents are positive and anti-social behaviour complaints have dramatically reduced. Numerous tenants commented that last summer was “the best summer ever”!Creating a community isn’t just a fluffy vision. It is a solid reality in many of our neighbourhoods across Ireland. Thriving communities are a place where children have a safe place to grow up, where teenagers feel proud of their home, where people of all ages have opportunities in education and self-improvement, and where local businesses can grow. These communities have an extremely positive impact on the lives of people – on older people who might otherwise feel isolated, on teenagers who might otherwise experience boredom and on property owners and neighbouring communities who might otherwise suffer the effects of anti-social behaviour.One estate can have a profound impact which can spread across towns and cities – whether this impact is negative or positive depends very much on a commitment long after the bricks and mortar are in place.Lucinda McNally works at Clúid, a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a society where everyone has a great place to live. Clúid Housing Association and neighbours of Cúirt An Rí invite all budding artists to join them for CHALK IT UP, a celebration of community creativity and participation, as part of the Clonmel Junction Festival. This will be the grand finale of their wonderful community initiative which has transformed Cúirt an Rí, has benefited the wider community, and celebrates creativity and participation. All are welcome.Chalk it Up!Wednesday 9th July,2pm-5pm,Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel.last_img read more

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Google sues the United States for proMicrosoft bias and the future of

first_imgWhich is bigger? Google, Microsoft or the United States Government? Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Google against the United States Government, we’re about to find out.What could have lead Google to sue the United States? According to the lawsuit, Google was denied the chance to host the Department of the Interior’s Document system on Google Docs because they require any winning system to be part of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite.Google complained about the unfair provision as far back as Spring, writing: “We believe these Microsoft-based requirements would violate the Competition in Contracting Act because they bear no rational relationship to the DOI’s needs, are not written to enhance competition or innovation, and unduly restrict competition.”Google’s got a point, but we somehow doubt that what they are really upset about is losing the contract. What this is about is Google’s head-to-head deathmatch with Microsoft for the future of cloud-computing… an area that both the big G and the big M are extremely interested in for the eyeballs and add dollars implied.In other words, this is a big deal, and just as much about Google trying to knock Microsoft off of a particularly lucrative pedestal as it is about the United States Government being fair in awarding tech contracts. Expect to hear a lot more about this lawsuit — and its repercussions — over the next year.Read more CNetlast_img read more

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Apple to Build 65 Mil iPads Next Year Report

first_imgAccording to everyone’s favorite Taiwan-based source of Apple rumors, the company is track to build a lot of iPad next year. A LOT. Like 65 million, including both first and the inevitable second generation of the incredibly popular tablet.That number is a marked increase over the 40- to 45 million units many analysts are expecting the company to ship in the device’s second year. According to DigiTimes‘ numbers, 35 million of the touchscreen panels will be produced by LG in 2011, with Samsung and Chimei Innolux offering up 15 million panels a piece.The second generation iPad is largely expected to be announced next month. DigiTimes yesterday reported that it will ship in three different versions, including a CDMA variety.last_img read more

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FakeTV mimics TV light to deter robbers

first_imgBurglars are less likely to break into a home or apartment to steal items if they believe the resident may be at home. It is for that very reason there are a number of security solutions which allow lights in a home to automatically be turned on and off while the homeowner is away to give the perception people are at home.Unfortunately, if lights are automatically turned on and off according to a strict schedule this can be easily picked up by a robber who has staked out a residence for a few days. That’s probably why many people simply leave their televisions on to give the impression they are home. Of course, leaving a television on wastes power and could reduce the lifespan of your set.That’s why a simpler solution has been created called FakeTV. FakeTV offers the illusion of the scene and color changes, fades and on-screen motion of a television, but only consumes the same amount of power as a night-light. The device is only the size of a coffee cup, but gives out a light output equivalent to a 27in HDTV. The unit turns on via a built-in light sensor and timer.The manufacturer of FakeTV is quick to point out that the device is not just a flickering light or a flasher that emits light randomly. That’s because real TV is not completely random. Television has a specific characteristic in that same way music is not just made up of random sounds. When FakeTV was measured to a real program the similarities were striking. In fact, the program which most closely resembled the output of FakeTV was oddly enough found to be Disney‘s The Incredibles.If you’re looking to pick up FakeTV it will only set you back $34.95, plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Though the device has been available for a couple of years it has recently caught the attention of media sites who view it as a cheap, creative burglar deterrent.Read more at the FakeTV website and press releaselast_img read more

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The US Navy combines lasers and machine guns to make a superweapon

first_imgThe US Navy has already been experimenting with shipborne lasers to be used as part of a missile defense or small-craft attack system, but you can’t expect the Navy, makers of the railgun, to stop there. Now they’ve decided the thing missing from their shipborne laser is a machine gun.The prototype laser machine gun cannon is designed to protect future ships from enemy drones and small craft approaching at high speeds. The project is the result of a partnership between Boeing and BAE Systems, and Monday the two companies announced they were working on a demo model that can actually be installed on a ship and test fired.If you’re thinking there’s some kind of fancy secret technology under the hood here, you’ll be surprised to learn that the new weapon is essentially a BAE Mk-38 25-mm machine gun that’s already often used on ships at sea combined with Boeing’s solid-state laser technology. The weapon is very literally a machine gun with a super-powerful laser bolted onto it and an advanced control and targeting system behind it.The new weapon will, if it works, be able to fire 180 rounds per minute at 2000 yards accurately. Toggle the gun from machine gun rounds to laser pulses and ship commanders will be able to configure different “levels of laser energy,” according to BAE representatives. The two modes can also be combined to fire laser pulses and machine gun rounds at the same time, or the laser can be used to lock on to targets for the machine gun to fire on.The problem with the weapon – or with any laser weapon on-board a ship – is power. Many defense experts are pointing out that generators on most ships may not be capable of putting out the power required for sustained use of laser weapons. Still, BAE and Boeing are working on prototypes, one of which will be ready to test by the end of the month.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

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