← Previous Story Presov and Bregenz to host EHF CL qualifications Next Story → Predrag Vejin joins UAE Champions Al Jazira Draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017 has been made in Vienna, where the best 24 European teams found out their destiny for the upcoming season.Group A: Veszprem, Barcelona, PSG, Silkeborg, Wisla Plock, Flensburg, Kadetten Schaffhausen, THW KielGroup B: RN Leven, Kielce, Vardar, Zagreb, Brest Meshkov, Pick Szeged, Celje PL and KristianstadGroup C: Naturhouse la Rioja, Metalurg, Chekhovskie Medvedi, Montpellier, Elverum and qualifier 1Group D: Nantes, Holstebro, Motor Zaporozhye, Besiktas, Dinamo Bucharest and qualifier 2
9.Quabit Guadalajara2511014664:71922 1.Barcelona 262600871:63652 12.Puerto Sagunto258413645:67420 7.Huesca2511212626:66324 4.Granollers251438708:68731 8.Atl. Valladolid2511014688:68822 11.Puente Genil259313676:70221 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL FINAL 4 2016: Same as last year! Next Story → Sergey Samsonenko “alarmed” by EHF: Why “our friends Gjeding-Hansen? 10.CD Bidasoa Irun269314677:71321 3.La Rioja251726745:64836 FC Barcelona Lassa celebrated 24th ASOBAL title last night after victory over Irun Bidasoa 39:25. This was 26th victory of Xavi Pascual team in this season in seventh consecutive winning season in Spanish handball.STANDINGS: 6.Cuenca2512211673:69026 5.Anaitasuna2512310696:67727 PHOTO: Victor Salgado FCB 16.BM Sinfin256118642:70313 2.Ademar252014703:60841 14.Villa de Aranda256415658:70816 13.Benidorm257216628:67316 15.Morrazo Cangas256217651:76214
2000 – 2006 Montpellier HB154 (0) ← Previous Story Leynaud, Kristiansen and Brattset for stronger Gyor Next Story → Four teams ready for Austrian Cup Final4 Thierry Omeyer 2006 – 2013 THW Kiel238 (0) The summer 2019 will be the last one in professional career of Thierry Omeyer. Legendary French goalkeeper born in 1976 will finish his playing career with Paris Saint Germain, where he came in 2014. After it, one of the best goalies of all-time will become a part of PSG Handball Management according contract which he signed until 2022.Omeyer still looking to win EHF Champions League with PSG Handball. He did it with HC Montpellier Handball and THW Kiel.Omeyer’s career: 2013 – 2014 Montpellier HB18 (0) 1994 – 2000 SC Sélestat HB133 (0) 2014 – Paris Saint-Germain HB
POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have launched a murder investigation following the disappearance of a man over four years ago.Mark Gourley was reported missing on 7 March 2009 and was last seen in the Burney’s Lane area of Glengormley outside Newtownabbey that day. As a result of new information however the PSNI have now launched a murder investigation.The PSNI described Gourley as a “vulnerable individual” who was on medication at the time of his disappearance.Police released an image of Gourley which they hope will lead to further information after previous appeals generated sightings but none after 7 March 2009.Investigating officers believe that while Gourely was last seen in the Glengormley area he was from the Castlemara area of Carrickfergus and may have returned to that area on the day of his last sighting.Police believe that there are people in these communities who have knowledge of what happened and may also have heard rumours about his disappearance.Gourley is described as being around 5ft, 9” tall, described as ‘well-built’, around 10-11 stone, with short dirty fair cropped hair and an eyebrow bolt in his right eyebrow.
A BOMB BLAST rocked a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd today, killing at least five people and injuring 17 others, officials said.Ten people have been hospitalised, says the National Crisis Management Center of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.The blast was caused by “an unspecified explosive device,” the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement.There was no immediate information about who might have carried out the bombing or why. The anti-terrorism agency, which is part of the Federal Security Service, said investigators were on the scene.A total of 40 people were on the city bus at the time of the explosion, said Irina Gogolyeva, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. She said at least five died and 17 were injured.Many of those injured are in a serious condition, the state news agency ITAR-Tass reported.Ministry of the Russia Federation for Emergencies said The Russian Emergencies Ministry planes are ready for possible transportation of the injured.Over 150 people and over 30 units of equipment are working at the scene.Additional reporting Associated PressRead: Giant chunk of meteorite pulled out of Russian lake>
Having trouble viewing the data? Click here for a larger version. There were 102 device requests received from Ireland, many of which would arise when customers ask police to assist them with a lost or stolen iPhone.Gag orderThe document on government information requests strongly criticised the US administration’s approach and tactics.Apple said it believes its customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled but stressed there are legal limitations to the data it can share. The firm also emphasised that it was not in the business of depending on personal information.Commenting on its campaign for greater transparency, Apple noted that it strongly opposes a gag order which prevents it from disclosing the number of national security orders received from the US government.“Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the US Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts. Despite our extensive efforts in this area, we do not yet have an agreement that we feel adequately addresses our customers’ right to know how often and under what circumstances we provide data to law enforcement agencies,” it said.However, it added that it did not believe a lawsuit against the government would be the most productive way to bring about a change in policy.Between 1,000 and 2,000 account requests were received from the US with between 0 and 1,000 of them followed through.Read the full report>Read: Apple’s earnings fall again despite strong iPhone sales IN THE FIRST six months of 2013, Apple received five law enforcement account requests from Ireland.The firm disclosed data in three of the five cases but stressed that all the information given out was non-content account information.In its report, Apple said only a small number of requests from international authorities and governments seek personal information garnered from iTunes, iCloud or the Game Centre.The company differentiates between device and account requests, the latter including “account holders’ personal data and their use of an online service in which they have an expectation of privacy, such as government requests for customer identifying information, email, stored photographs, or other user content stored online”.“Device requests and account requests involve very different types of data. Many of the device requests we receive are initiated by our own customers working together with law enforcement. Device requests never include national security–related requests,” it continued.According to the report, the most common account requests involve robberies and other crimes or requests from police searching for missing people or children or hoping to prevent a suicide.It explained its process in deciding whether to comply with the requests:Responding to an account request usually involves providing information about an account holder’s iTunes or iCloud account, such as a name and an address. In very rare cases, we are asked to provide stored photos or email. We consider these requests very carefully and only provide account content in extremely limited circumstances.There was only one incident of content data being disclosed about an account in the six-month period and that was recorded in the UK.
Andrew Matthews/EMPICS SportNeymar ought to have had his fourth of the night 26 minutes from time when he rounded Forster only for Pedro to take the ball off his teammate and fire the ball of Van Dijk with the whole goal to aim at.Substitute Tello did add a sixth as his shot from outside the area deflected in off a stary Celtic leg.However, there was time for Celtic to salvage some pride as Samaras headed home Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick a minute from time.- © AFP, 2013Luis Suarez credited with 15th league goal for Joey O’Brien-deflected effortSneijder strike sends Gala through at Juve’s expense NEYMAR SCORED HIS first Barcelona hat-trick as the Catalans secured top spot in Group H of the Champions League with a 6-1 thrashing of Celtic at the Camp Nou.YouTube credit: Gabi puturosulGerard Pique got the hosts off to the perfect start when he slammed home from close range after Celtic keeper Fraser Forster had done well to deny Alexis Sanchez.YouTube credit:Limpa UruyeaNeymar then produced a magical piece of skill to ghost past Efe Ambrose to set up Pedro for the second and rounded off a fine team move with the simplest of finishes to make it 3-0 a minute before half-time.And Neymar tapped in this incredible move before half-time to make it three nil before going on to complete his hat-trick by the hour mark.The Brazilian striker then added a brilliant fourth with a curling finish after a one-two with Xavi before completing his hat-trick with an individual effort 10 minutes later.Cristian Tello made it 6-0 with a deflected strike 18 minutes from time before Georgios Samaras pulled one back for the Scottish champions.Despite being already assured of a place in the last 16, Barca boss Gerardo Martino sent out the message that he didn’t want a repeat of the lacklustre performance that saw the Catalans beaten 2-1 away to Ajax in their last Champions League outing as he named a strong side.Barca could even have gone in front inside three minutes as only a last-ditch challenge from Virgil Van Dijk prevented Xavi from having a clear sight of goal.However, the reprieve only last a further four minutes for the visitors as Pique coolly volleyed home his second goal of the season.Forster had to be alive to deny Pique his second midway through the half as Barca continued to swarm forward with ease.And the only surprise was that it took until the 39th minute for the La Liga leaders to double their advantage as Neymar skipped past Ambrose on the right side of the area before squaring for Pedro to slot home.FlurryNeymar then scored his first Champions League goal just before the break as a lovely move involving Sanchez, Sergi Roberto and Martin Montoya found the later in behind the Celtic defence and he rolled the ball into Neymar’s path to slot into an unguarded net.The flurry of goals continued after the restart as Neymar got his second of the evening just three minutes into the second period with a precise finish into the top corner from 20 yards.And the 21-year-old then embarrassed Ambrose once more as he nutmegged the Nigerian before rolling the ball past a helpless Forster.
Updated 13.22pmDUBLIN AIRPORT TODAY welcomed its 20 millionth passenger of the year.She was greeted by staff of Dublin Airport and was presented with a bottle of Champagne, a bunch of flowers and a cheque for €3,000.Roma Chang from County Tyrone arrived in Dublin Airport on a 10am United Airlines flight from Washington.Dublin Airport traffic is up 6 per cent on last year, which is the third consecutive year that there has been passenger growth.Passenger numbersAnnual passenger numbers peaked in 2008 at 23.5 million and then fell back during the recession to 18.4 million in 2010. Since then it has been on the rise each year.Earlier today Dublin Airport tweeted:A number of new routes announced by Aer Lingus such as to Toronto and San Francisco and also Ryanair’s additional routes to destinations such as Prague and Lisbon is set to increase the numbers of passengers through the terminals at Dublin Airport in 2014.Read: Check out this incredible “freedom tree” in Dublin Airport>Read: Passenger leaves heartwarming message for staff at Dublin Airport>
WHEN WAS THE last time you cleaned your phone?You feel a bit ick now, don’t you.The idea of germs being spread on one of the devices we touch most throughout the day was brought up at the Consumer Electronics Show today where companies offering better sanitising were also promoting the cause of cleanliness.The technology show has long had a focus on health, but makers of sanitising devices said people need to look in their pockets and purses to the microbes on their personal gadgets.The smartphone “is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone,” said Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which cleans and recharges a phone.Barnes said he got the idea after reading a study indicating “that mobile phones are 18 times dirtier than public bathrooms”.Barnes said his $50 device uses ultraviolet radiation which “kills the bacteria’s DNA, so that they can’t live on your phone anymore”.Similar devices were also seen at the huge electronics fair, including one called CleanBeats, which sanitises, plays music and recharges two phones through a USB connection.The CleanBeats device is based on NASA technology, and will soon hit the market with a $499 price tag, said spokesman Dennis Rocha for the California-based startup.The company website says its device produces “hydroperoxide catalytic molecules” to clean the surfaces of touchscreens.© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll Read: Will 2014 be the year of wearable tech?More: The best 3D printers that appeared at CES 2014
Suddenly this entire concept seems like a stupid idea. You curse society for ever making you think you needed to do this (yes, society, that’s where the blame lies here).You’ve lost all perspective on this matter.If you have implemented a ‘new lifestyle plan’ and are struggling with the above, we feel your pain. Rumour has it that once you get over the first few weeks these things stop being a problem. Stick with it!Man discovers his dog has been hitting the snooze button for him>This app stops your family bothering you on Facebook> DECIDING TO START a ‘new lifestyle plan’ is a big deal (it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle plan). It means that you’ve decided things aren’t working for you as they are, and that everything needs to change.It’s a change in diet, a change in exercise and generally something people get really excited about.Until they put it into practice. Then everything changes. Then suddenly they are forced to face these acts of sabotage.You feel really hard done by Why are you being forced to do this? Why is life so unfair? Why don’t you have the kind of metabolism which means you can eat what you want and not suffer any consequences? Why can’t you be like that tiny woman who broke the world record for eating steak?WHY GOD, WHY?Everyone in work brings in delicious baked goods Source: ImgurSuddenly, your workplace becomes the set of the Great British Bake Off and everyone’s having a go at baking delicious items, the likes of which you have of course sworn off.They couldn’t have done this last week, no? No. They could not. Because the universe is against you.All of your friends decide to have special dinnersWhether it’s a birthday, or a graduation, or some kind of congratulatory affair, your friends seem to be having dinners in delicious restaurants left right a centre.You have to go, of course, otherwise you’d be a bad friend, so you end up sitting there bitterly eating the most boring thing on the menu staring jealously at your friends’ choices.You suddenly remember loads of delicious food items you haven’t eaten in months It’s true, you haven’t stepped foot inside of McDonalds for six or seven months, but suddenly the only thing you can think of is a double cheeseburger and twisty fries.And why oh why didn’t you appreciate the appeal of a delicious Moro bar over the weekend when your were still in old lifestyle mode? You could have eaten so many!It rains constantlyHow are you meant to start walking to work and leaving the car at home when it looks like that outside? Ridiculous.Your significant other suddenly discovers a talent for cookingNow that you’re making your own healthy dinners your partner is left to their own devices.Who knew they had a recipe for killer southern fried chicken? WHO KNEW? Not you because they never bloody mentioned it when you were eating whatever you wanted!The ‘healthy options’ suddenly look revoltingLast week when you were thinking about how great this lifestyle change was going to be you were only delighted with all the inspired recipes available online.You gleefully filled up Pinterest boards with healthy alternatives to your favourite foods, but now…well now they don’t look so hot. Like, are you really going to mash cauliflower into a pizza base? And who thought replacing the pasta in lasagne with thinly sliced courgette was a good idea?You forget why you ever thought you should do this
THE MOST ENJOYABLE time I’ve ever had in sports was as offensive coordinator when Tullamore Phoenix won their second Irish American Football League DV8s championship and one moment in particular stands out above all the others.During a game against Drogheda Lightning, we were reduced to our third string quarterback after injuries put our starter and backup out of the game in the third quarter. It was a level game at the time and every fibre of my being was telling me to hand the ball off to our running back; at that time the best in the league.However, I decided that was exactly what my opposite number would want me to do and so, although we lined up in a run formation, we ran play action and our quarterback found a wide open wide receiver in the endzone after the defence completely bit on the run.There’s a reason for this story and it’s that, if Denver are to win Super Bowl XLVIII, they are not going to be able to rely on just Peyton Manning. Instead they’ll have to dive into the playbook and do what few expect them to do on Sunday, run the football.Despite all the touchdowns they scored through the air this season, Denver has a ground game that can threaten a Seattle defence that ranked joint seventh in the league this season, alongside the Broncos. However, while Denver have given up just 64.5 yards per game (ypg) on the ground in the playoffs, Seattle’s rush defence has regressed, averaging 134.5 ypg in the postseason.On offence, Denver have increased the number of times they run the football from 28 attempts per game during the season to 31 in the playoffs and the number of yards per game from 117 to 120. However, far more importantly than either of those stats is the fact that, in the postseason, the Broncos increased the number of first downs they made on the ground per game by 33%To beat the Seattle defence on the ground though, Denver will have to change yet another habit. Per Pro Football Focus, when running the football, the Broncos ran over 62% of their plays up the middle. Do that and Seattle will eat up Knowshon Moreno or whoever is running the ball.However, when attacked outside the tackles, the Seahawks are much more vulnerable as, despite being the league’s top-ranked defence, they are ranked outside the top twenty in ypg when teams rush the outside. With Denver averaging 5.5 yards per carry when running outside themselves, they must take full advantage if they are to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy in the early hours of Monday morning.Marshawn Lynch (24) in full Beast Mode.Image: Elaine Thompson/AP/PressFor the Seahawks to win, they just need to continue what they’ve been doing all year, mixing an elite running game with a mixture of short and intermediate passes. Indeed, this season, Seattle gained an average of 11 yards every time they attempted an intermediate pass. That’s a first down every play.It helps that Seattle’s receivers don’t drop the ball when they’re targeted on plays of 10-20 yards, putting the ball on the ground just twice this season. Golden Tate could be key to the Seahawks’ passing attack. Averaging nearly eight yards after completing every catch, if Tate and Percy Harvin can confuse Dominique Rodgers-Comartie and Champ Bailey with their route running, they will create space for their team’s most potent weapon, Marshawn Lynch.The Seattle running back continues to make an argument for him to be called the league’s best and is the only player to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.One big battle — literally — on Sunday will be between Lynch and Denver nose-tackle Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton. For a man who weighs 24 stone, Knighton is among the NFL’s best nose-tackles and when he’s on the field, the Broncos allow just 2.9 yards per run, compared to 3.7 when he’s not. Again, that doesn’t seem like a huge amount but it’s the difference between a first down on every set of downs and not.Like the Broncos though, the Seahawks will look to rush outside, where Lynch has forced 13 missed tackles on just 22 attempts this postseason. If Knighton and the Denver defence don’t make their first tackle — and the first man up misses for them more than 20% of the time — they will be punished heavily.VerdictPeyton Manning is too smart a quarterback to think he can best Seattle’s infamous Legion of Boom by sticking to the high-flying offence that has helped Denver reach this far and you can almost guarantee that he won’t target Richard Sherman at all during the Super Bowl. Of course, he’ll still throw the ball but that’s not where this game will be won and lost.As so often is the case, this game will be decided in the trenches and whichever teams wins the battle on the ground, wins the game. As such, it will probably be a low-scoring Super Bowl. With than in mind, I’m going for a Seattle win with fewer than 35 points total scored.Disagree? Of course you do. Let us know why in the comments below.POLL: Who will win Super Bowl XLVIII?Excited about Super Bowl XLVIII, why not play American football in Ireland?
Shannon’s use as vital cog in the illegal US renditions programme has been highlighted by Amnesty International, the Council of Europe, the UN Committee Against Torture and others. It’s time to show the world that we don’t support the bombing, killing and torture of innocent people.Today’s demonstration will take place at Shannon Airport from 2pm to 3pm.Read: Margaretta D’Arcy “in good spirits” in prison >Read: “Nobody is above the rule of the law” – Shatter on Margaretta D’Arcy > NINE US MILITARY landings took place at Shannon Airport in a three week period last month according to the Shannon Watch organisation who plan a protest at the site today.The landings took place in the first three weeks of January and included the US Military’s KC-10 and C-130 ‘Hercules’ aircraft according to the group.The protest planed by the group today is primarily in support of Margaretta D’Arcy, the 79-year-old anti-war activist and a well-known writer who was arrested and sentenced to jail for three months for trespassing on the runway at Shannon Airport.The state’s heavy handed treatment of Margaretta was an attempt to silence opposition to the routine presence of these war machines,”say Shannon Watch.“Instead it has made Irish people more aware of their complicity in the human suffering that comes with war,” they add.With the protest planned for this afternoon, peace organisation Afri have launched a new petition calling on Minster for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore to end the US Military’s use of Shannon airport.“Successive opinion polls show the vast majority of people want Ireland to remain neutral and that we don’t support economic development based on the slaughter of innocent people abroad,” said Afri coordinator Joe Murray.Murray cites reports from Amnesty International which he say shows how Shannon has been used illegally by the US Military:
(hrcmedica/YouTube)HILLARY CLINTON HAS said she supports same-sex marriage and believes that America should allow gay couples to marry.In a video released this afternoon by an American LGBT group, the former Secretary of the United States says that all Americans are entitled to be treated as full citizens – including the right to get married.Clinton had previously said that she supported civil unions rather than marriage during her campaign for president in 2008.“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones,” she says in the video. “And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.”That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.Clinton said that she supported same sex marrage “personally and as a matter of policy and law”.Her daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted a link to the video with the hashtag #ProudDaughterAgain.The video is likely to fuel further speculation about Clinton running in the 2016 US presidential election. David Plouffe, who served as Barack Obama’s campaign manager when Hillary ran for the Democratic nominee in 2008, said last night that Clinton is ‘probably the strongest candidate‘ for 2016 if she decides to run.Read: ‘Unconstitutional’ to grant civil partnership to heterosexual couples > Read: Constitution Convention wants your suggestions on same sex marriage >
Thank you for this comment, Cathal O’Neill.Communication is the key to combating depression. There are a lot of options for treatment, but nothing can be done until the sufferer takes the first step and turns to someone and says “I need help”. That was the situation I was in 4 years ago when I sat down in front of my GP and for the first time aired my problems to another person. I was in a bad place and could see where it could have led. My younger brother also suffered from depression. Though he family knew he was having issues, he never opened up about the full extent of it. He thought he could beat it himself and I have no doubt he tried. Last September he committed suicide. There was so much that could have been done but he never gave anyone a real chance to help.For those of you that are having problems, you don’t need to bare your soul to the first person you talk to. A simple “help” will be enough to get the ball rolling. All I said to my GP the first time was “I am in a low mood and can’t shake it off”. That has made all the difference for me.Everyone needs to be open to talking about these issues. We need to create an society where the is no stigma attached to mental health. And when you greet someone you know with a “how’s it going”, really mean it and be prepared for whatever the answer might be. Educate yourself about the signs of depression and what steps should be taken. This is a problem for all of us and we can all make a difference. And Trisha Brennan agreed, somewhat:Videos like this leave me conflicted. I’ve lived in Ballymun on and off for 39 years. I’ve raised my family out here. And while I’m glad the flats as they are now are gone, I miss the Ballymun of my childhood. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t(and still isn’t) the worst place to grow up in. The majority of my neighbours, both then and now, are lovely people. However, BRL/DCC have made a balls of the regeneration. We have no shopping centre. They don’t seen to give a crap about those of us who live here. Now, as then, it looks like we have to fight for anything the area needs. Let’s not get started on the perceptions of people who have never set foot in the place.By the way, there was good news on that front later in the week.We’ve still been caught up in election buzz this week but, for some, it was just another reminder of what (or who) they are missing. This is from Thomas Cooke:The sad thing for me was my son’s polling card still sitting on the shelf this morning, unused because he’s in Western Australia like thousands of other mid 20′s.As we tried to come to terms with Tuesday last week (was it just us, or did this week draaaaaaag?), DailyEdge.ie got us through with 13 small events to make us feel better. You lot joined in with some of your own, which made us giggle.First up, a sweet one from Bob McDermott:I found two stickers on my Granny Smith apple this morn! Score, one for the little guy!Then Daniel Curran popped up with this genius:Seeing the odometer in the car go from 179999 to 180000 the other dayThen Shane Kearney had us nodding profusely:“Oh, you only have one thing, you can go ahead of me”While, Fran Heavey finished us off with this:Wake up to realise you’re gonna get 15 extra mins in bed because you showered after 5-a-side the previous night……We’ve all been there, Fran.You will enjoy this bit of Irish mammy-ing. From Gillian Gorman to Kate Middleton after her skirt/underwear malfunction.Does this girl not know where to buy a slip?? May seem old fashioned but it works!Do you overshare on Facebook? Stephen gave us a side-splitting example of it on Thursday.Have you ever wondered why Italian chippers became a thing in Ireland? Steve Tracey gave us a comprehensive answer, complete with quirky fact.Italians who came to Ireland in Victorian times selling ice cream in Summer, no business in Winter so following the lead of family members and friends over in a England and Scotland opened up businesses selling fish and chips. Number of the original families still in the business.We didn’t pick Marie O’Neill‘s comment out as an excuse to use a picture of Hugh Lewis. Swear.Has Hugh Lewis taken all his campaign posters down yet, does anyone know?And on a completely unrelated note, does anyone have a lend of a ladder? And maybe something to cut cable ties with…?But here’s a photo anyway, just in case you don’t know who we’re talking about. 2. VinHeffer89 made a point about Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid which 1,688 of you agreed with. Here, can we stop referring to them as the “Peru 2″. I think it really sends out the wrong message, like this was a miscarriage of justice like the Birmingham Six or the Guildford Four. The fact is these two clowns rolled the dice and it didn’t work out for them. They got caught and now they’ll pay the price for their stupidity. That’s all, end of story. I fail to see the point in quasi-glorifying the actions of two drug mules.3. Sammy Sausages isn’t the only one it seems as 1,590 people gave him a green thumb.Am I the only one who finds public expressions of grief for dead people on FB a bit much/weird/personal/attention-seeking?4. Clever TOP CAT got 1,492 up votes on this article about the most expensive houses for sale in Ireland right now. Maxwell House €3.75 ,Priceless….5. Kieran Timmons does not have much time for Eamon Gilmore. He got 1,443 thumbs up for this opinion. History will judge him as a man who abandoned his principles in the pursuit of power.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader (354 comments)2. Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so far (249 comments)3. McDonald: ‘You are not regarded as competent. Have you got that message Taoiseach?’ (241 comments)4. 11 powerful images used to illustrate the #YesAllWomen hashtag (204 comments)5. Confirmed: The Socialist Party takes a second Dáil seat in Dublin West (201 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe world lost one of its leading lights this week with the passing of author and poet Maya Angelou. myownboss reminded us of some of the quotes to be treasured – and passed on:Some of her quotes that I treasure.1. Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.2. If someone shows you who they are – believe them the first time!3. You might not always remember what someone said or even what they said, but you will always remember how they made you feel.4. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. A piece by Louise Hall created much debate on Tuesday evening, with particular focus on one sentence: “Children with special needs are what we as human beings have always aspired to be; they are selfless, non-judgemental, inspiring, and kind.” Shannon McGraynor argued:It makes it out as if people with Down’s Syndrome aren’t essentially human. Children with special needs can be selfish, they can be judgemental, they can be mean at times – like every single child in the world. People with special needs aren’t missing something or have something that makes them so much better than us, because they ARE us.Making them out to be something magical is taking away the fact that they are just like us – we are all people. We should be aspire to be anyone but ourselves.Last Saturday, we brought you back to the Ballymun flats – before they were demolished. Former resident Ann Reddin had this to say.Kerrie for those of us who moved into Ballymun when everything was new back in the late 60s early 70s, it was the best place in the world. We had wildlife on our doorstep, there was a playground within 50 yards of every ones home. Our parents only had to look out the window to see where we were. There was an abundance of wide open green spaces. I lived there from 1967 – 1992.These are some images of the Ballymun I grew up in and remember. Candidates please take note.You have been elected to represent your electorate.You have not been elected to line your pockets, accept backhanders, brown envelopes or employ family members or your cronies.You have not been elected to be a party hack or robot. You are expected to demonstrate leadership, integrity and fairness. Your expected to uphold the law and protect the integrity of justice, not to indulge in semantics about the finer points of illicit versus illegal.Please do yourself proud and deliver a fair and just service to your electorate. I wish you well in all your future endeavours regardless of your party affiliations. EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about the passing of Maya Angelou, Eamon Gilmore’s resignation and some of those Irish election rides.So here are the standout comments from the week that was.The 5 most popular comments this week Mary Hanafin celebrates her successful campaign in Dublin. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland1. Jarlath Murphy – and 2,596 readers – had this message for our newly-elected local representatives and MEPs. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at email@example.com.
We want to see tax evasion and loopholes closed so that everybody pays their due tax including all companies. It is an issue that Ireland supports strongly at EU and at OECD level.Apple CEO Tim Cook will be before the Senate at 14.30pm this afternoon to answer questions on the company’s tax structures.Read: Ireland is Apple’s ‘Holy Grail of tax avoidance’ >Read: Google exec grilled in UK over ‘devious’ use of Ireland to reduce tax > THE OFFICE OF the Revenue Commissioner and the Department of Finance have denied a special tax deal was negotiated with technology corporation Apple.A US Senate investigation reported that the company agreed an arrangement with Irish authorities in the early nineties which allowed it pay two per cent corporation tax on profits.However, a Revenue Commissioner spokeswoman denied it gave favourable treatment to any multinational firm.“Revenue does not do special tax rate deals with companies. There is no special extra low corporation tax rate for multinational companies,” she said.“All companies in Ireland pay the standard 12.5 per cent rate on their trading profits arising in Ireland and they pay a corporation tax rate of 25 per cent on their Irish non trading income.”A Department of Finance spokesman said it did not engage in “specific or individual negotiations” with companies and “no special rate” was offered to any firm.“Reports of lower effective tax rates appear to arrive at their figures by running together the profits earned by group companies in Ireland and in other jurisdictions and incorrectly suggesting that Irish tax does or should apply to both,” he said.Earlier, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told RTE Radio 1 that Ireland’s tax laws were “very transparent” and claimed the issues surrounding Apple’s tax bill stemmed from “problems in other jurisdictions”. They are issues which arise from other jurisdictions. That’s an issue which has to be addressed, first of all in those jurisdictions and secondly, it needs to be tackled by having robust international agreements, and Ireland is very much is in favour of that.
This likely reflects a still early and uneven pick-up in domestic spending.The report said that consumer spending may be the engine that will drive “a more balanced recovery”, with a catch-up hinted at by the generally improving tone of consumer confidence lately.Read: Two speed recovery underway with consumers unconvinced by economic ‘upturn’>Read: How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?> IRISH BUSINESSES ARE reporting ‘steady rather than spectacular’ improvements in growth and employment, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland business sentiment survey.The number of companies reporting a rise in output was at a seven-year high of 56%, with only 12% recording a decline in activity during the second quarter of the year.The jobs market also continues to improve, albeit modestly, with a three point climb in the number of firms reporting increased employee numbers to 36%, again the highest level since 2007.DeclineDespite these gains, the sentiment index for the second three months of the year actually declined slightly when compared to the previous quarter.KBC said that business owners’ outlook hasn’t improved significantly despite positive news on the macroeconomic front, most notably strong figures for GDP growth in the first half of the year, or the promise of a kinder budget in the Autumn.The bank said that the results don’t suggest that the Irish economy “is moving onto a notably faster growth trajectory”.Gradual gainsKBC chief economist Austin Hughes said that the slight dip in business sentiment when compared to the end of last year “may be disappointing but it isn’t at all surprising given the dramatic improvement reported in the second half of last year”. These results point to step gains of late rather than any seismic change in activity levels. In turn, this reflects the reality of a recovery that is healthy but far from a return to the boom.Chief executive of CAI Pat Costello said that the results “should be seen as the continuation of very healthy growth rather than any pointer to weaker conditions”.StableCostello added: “It may be the case that compared to the dramatic changes of the past ten years, the current environment looks fairly stable. That said, the majority of those firms focussed on the domestic economy said uncertainty was affecting their business decisions.”
You know who rocks more faces than anyone else?! Zelda, that’s who. And now, thanks to one gamer musician, you can rock out all 1991-gamer stylee. For a mere $150 ($20 shipping) you can purchase a functioning, custom-made electric guitar cobbled from a classic NES system and miscellaneous used guitar parts.AdChoices广告This is the kind of instrument that can only be used by two people: the developmentally arrested at the fringes of society and the ultra cool ironic hip. There’s no room in the middle here.Video after the jump.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrive of the Nintendo 3DS and one just landed on our doorstep. The handheld gaming device has been out in Japan since February, but this is a US retail model, the same one that will be released on March 27th. The same one some many of us will gladly hand over $250 for.In the video above I unbox the 3DS, talk a little bit about the features, and, yes, I actually turn the device on. Aside from getting a good look at the packaging and what ships with the 3DS, I go over a lot of things that we already knew about it. This is stuff also covered back in my first impressions post and at the US launch event.AdChoices广告In addition to the 3Ds, the box includes lots of instructions in all sorts of languages, a charger, and a charging cradle. Packed within the 3DS are a stylus and a 2GB SD card.No game cartridges are included with the 3DS but we’ll be testing with Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Steel Diver, and Madden Football. Sadly Pilotwings didn’t come with our 3DS welcome kit.Please keep an eye out, more coverage will be up shortly.IMG_0887IMG_0887IMG_0886IMG_0884
Despite its current struggles to win over consumers, RIM has always been strong in the enterprise. The company remained steadfast in its support for corporate environments with the launch of the PlayBook, calling it the only business-grade tablet. The NIST is now ready to back that claim, giving the BlackBerry PlayBook its stamp of approval — meaning it’s now the lone tablet that is certified for use in U.S. government agencies.Trifles like NIST certification aren’t an issue north of the border — where Canadian politicians in Ottawa began using iPads almost half a year before the PlayBook even hit retail shelves. In the US, however, the NIST’s FIPS cert is required for any hardware that will store sensitive government data. Earning the stamp of approval give RIM a leg up on the competition not only with government institutions, but also with the countless contractors and supporting businesses that follow Washington’s lead.AdChoices广告Now if only consumers cared about such things. Sales figures for last quarter revealed that the PlayBook was outsold by Windows 7 tablets, though it was made quite clear at RIM’s annual general meeting that the company didn’t really know what it was doing when it came to selling products via retail channels. The PlayBook was RIM’s first non-carrier device, and its lack of marketing experience showed.Maybe now that Android app support is just about ready to hit the PlayBook RIM will be able to spin that advantage in a way that gets consumers interested… but that’s a wager you won’t catch me making.via at Information Week
The name Shigeru Miyamoto will be forever linked with Nintendo and much of the success the company has had. Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Star Fox. His resume reads better than any other game designer’s and that’s why he is held in such high regard across the industry and within Nintendo.During a recent interview with Wired, Miyamoto announced that he is retiring from his current position at Nintendo. That position being head of game development, but split into roles including game producer, designer, and Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development General Manager.The important thing to note is the fact Miyamoto isn’t retiring from Nintendo completely, just stepping down from his lofty managerial position. That means he will no longer be involved in Nintendo’s biggest projects such as new Zelda and Mario games. Does that worry you as a gamer? It shouldn’t, because of what he will be doing instead.It’s important to point out at this stage that Nintendo has since denied Miyamoto is stepping down from his role, but Miyamoto made his intentions clear in the interview. So we must believe something is happening, and I for one hope he is retiring from the role.Ask any team working in the games industry and they’ll tell you experimentation and time is key to coming up with new ideas for their games. You only have to look at the hundreds of prototypes Rovio went through before discovering Angry Birds to see that iteration and experimentation is what finds that gem of a game idea. If you are focused on existing ideas and games, there’s little time for exploring something new.With that in mind it should be seen as nothing but a positiive that Miyamoto’s new role at Nintendo would, in his own words, be working with young designers on small projects. He’s also intending to create his own little games with no one else’s help and with no pressure on him to deliver a commercial game.Take the talent and expertise that Miyamoto has in abundance, put him in a room and let him experiment, and I guarantee you’ll get a few hits. He may even end up creating a new design that one day rivals Mario in popularity. Get him training new, young designers in his spare time, and you set Nintendo up with the talent to keep churning out triple-A games for another generation.We also have to consider that next year Miyamoto will celebrate his 60th birthday. Even if Nintendo won’t let him step down now, he’s going to in the not too distant future. Maybe he’s got another decade in him? Even so, surely those 5-10 years could be spent training and experimenting while others continue to work on the tried and tested franchises Nintendo relies on to sell its gaming hardware.Read more at Wired. Image courtesy of Nintendo Wikia.