Ivan Stankovic on the way to Montpellier

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Crisis in Spain taking more seriuos effects. One of the relatively stabile team, CAI Aragon from Zaragoza, has to reconstruct squad for the next season. Club Management decided to finish cooperation with Fredrik Larsson, Vukasin Stojanovic and Carlos Rodríguez Prendes, but also, where close to the door is Swedish line player, Robert Arrhenius.One of the players, who was one of the most important part of the squad is Serbian right back, Ivan Stankovic (29). Member of the Serbian National Team reacted quickly and made a deal with French champion, Montpellier, to become third Serbian there after Mladen Bojinovic and Mitar Markez. ← Previous Story Bilbija and Vortmann join GWD Minden Next Story → Arnautovic left Crvena zvezda after Perunicic’s attack! HC MontpellierIvan Stankovic read more

Brazilian girls at friendly tournament in Hungary

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In the countdown to the Women’s Handball World Championship in December in Serbia, the Brazilian team is reunited for one more preparation week in Europe. Coach Morten Soubak called 20 players for the training sessions in Austria and tournament in Hungary with the teams of Croatia, Norway and Hungary B from October 25 to 27.Soubak invited some new names as right wing Mariana Costa (Team Vendsyssel , Denmark) and playmaker Patricia Scheppa (Liga Itapeviense de Handebol Brazil ):-This is the last stage before I will decided the squad for WCh. I give a chance to some new players. We are working with many new things during the year and we will continue trying to implement new ideas during the week in practices and games, which are very strong and good for us – said Morten .Brazil squad:Goalkeepers – Barbara Arenhart ( Hypo Nö – Austria) and Mayssa Pessoa ( HK Dinamo Volgograd – Russia) .Left Back – Amanda Claudino de Andrade ( Supergasbras / UNC / Concord – SC – Brazil ) , Eduarda Amorim ( Gyori Audi ETO – Hungary ) , Malta Juliana Varela de Araújo ( Metodista/ São Bernardo – Brazil ) and Karoline Helena de Souza (Team Tvis Holstebro – Denmark).Right Back- Deonise Fachinello ( Hypo Nö – Austria) and Patricia Scheppa (Liga Itapiviense de Handebol – Brazil) .PLaymaker – Ana Paula Rodrigues Belo ( Hypo Nö – Austria) , Deborah Hannah Bridges Nunes ( Metodista / São Bernardo – Brazil ) , Franciele Gomes da Rocha ( Hypo Nö – Austria) and Mayara Fier de Moura (No club) .Left Wings – Fernanda Franca da Silva ( Hypo Nö – Austria), Mariana Costa (Team Vendsyssel – Denmark) and Samira Pereira da Silva Rocha ( Mios Biganos Handball – France ) .Right Wings – Alexandra Priscila Nascimento ( Hypo Nö – Austria) and Jessica Quintino ( Sport Club Vistal Gdynia – PolandPivots – Daniela Oliveira Piedade ( Rukomet Klub Krim – Slovenia ) , Elaine Gomes Barbosa          ( Força Atlética -Brazil ) and Fabiana Carvalho Diniz ( Hypo Nö – Austria) .TEXT: Luiz Gustavo da S. Machado brazil handballbrazilian girlshandball girlsWomen’s handball ← Previous Story LNH EX-DERBY: Montpellier beat Chambery! Next Story → NEW BIG NAME IN QATAR: Rastko Stojkovic joins Al Rayyan! read more

Hans Lindberg praises Duvnjak He is the Worlds best player

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Danish right wing Hans Lindberg praised his team-mate from HSV Handball, Domagoj Duvnjak, before the semi-final match of EHF EURO 2014 between Denmark and Croatia.– He plays on a completely crazy high level and I think he is currently the world’s best player. He can play any position, and if he does not even score goals, he is the architect behind them – says Hans Lindberg according JV.dk and continues: – Duvnjak is also superior in counter-attack. I have a hard time finding something where I can say that he is bad. He has a great eye for team players, and he controls the game in Hamburg – concluded Lindberg, writes hbold.dkDenmark – Croatia 21.00FOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com ← Previous Story France VS Spain – Replay of Olympic madness? Next Story → Ljuba Vranjes about EHF EURO 2014: Denmark is the biggest favorite for gold Domagoj DuvnjakHans Lindberg read more

HANDBALL IS BACK TO OSLO Oppsal follow Larvik HK

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Norway handballoppsal handball ← Previous Story RNL beat Goppingen – Flensburg and Berlin lost away matches! Next Story → LNH (Round 3): Montpellier continue winning streak! It seems that idea of popular Norwegian team Oppsal to bring back serious women’s handball to the capital city of Oslo, is going to be implemented in short period of time! Girls from Oslo won the fourth game in a row at the start of Norwegian league over Tertnes 27:20. and staying head to head with unbeatable Larvik HK at the TOP of the table. Obviously, some important signings as for example, Amanda Kurtovic, giving the best to their new team. The second best team of Norwegian championship, Byasen have been already beaten…Oppsal – Tertnes 27-20 (10-8)Oppsal: Marie Sundfør Tømmerbakke, Tina Osmani – Katinka Haltvik, Anne Kjersti Suvdal 6, Malin Aune, June Bøttger, Jenny Handal Sneve 4, Tina Magnus, Vilde M. Ingstad 4, Kristin Halvorsen, Marte Røkke 4 (4), Frida Nåmo Rønning, Mathilde Rivas Toft, Christine Homme 2 og Nina Stokland 7Tertnes: Stine Skogrand 10 (5), Tonje Løseth 5, Birgitte Karlsen Hagen 2, Marie Liljegren 1, Celine Sivertsen 1, Jeanette Holgersen 1 read more

Danish disappointment as Argentina steals a point

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← Previous Story QATAR 2015 (Day 2): Argentina upset Denmark Next Story → Germans give revenge to Poland Disappointment and extreme joy were the feelings on the Lusail Multipurpose Hall after the last match of the day between Denmark and Argentina. The first, reflected on the faces of the European and World runner’s up, the latter on the Argentinian Gladiadores who grasped one point after a hard fought battle that finished with a 24-24 tie.“Today’s result is historical for Argentinian handball. Probably the best result along with our win over Sweden in Sweden in 2011.Whenever we reach our maximum standard of play we feel that we can beat everyone”, stressed right wing Federico Pizarro who was the MVP of the match (8 goals) and helped the team to a stunning result for the world of handball.The first minutes of the match were tight and Argentina took the lead 3-5, but soon Niklas Landin and Anders Eggert reacted and they both helped for the team comeback. The conducted by Eduardo Gallardo were doing a good job in the defence, but failed at the other end of the court (scored only three goals on the last 20’ of the first half), while the Danish made use of their backcourt power to take a five goal lead. They Europeans managed to score even when being two men down. By the end of the first 30 minutes the scoreboard was 13-8.At the beginning of the second half Denmark kept the control of the match and despite the three minute suspensions they received on the first 11 minutes, they were able to keep the lead and, ironically, Argentina’s comeback started right after Federico Fernandez’ third two minute suspension. This meant that the South Americans were left without one of the most efficient wingers and better defenders. But that only seemed to give the Argentinians more strength.GudmundurGudmundsson boys entered on a 6’ spell without goals (both goalkeepers Matias Schulz and Fernando García had a lot to do with that), and the Gladiadores, led by a fast paced attack and successful definitions against Landin, approached the Scandinavians on the scoreboard.With a two goal difference and two minutes left to be played, hopes were high for Argentina but the attack was in Danish hands. An offensive foul by Casper Mortensen led to a fast break that concluded with a goal from Leonardo Querin. Denmark was 24-23 ahead and there was one minute left on the clock. Mikkel Hansen faked a shot on 9 meters and bounced the ball past the defence straight through the center, but failed to catch the ball after the bounce and the last possession was for Argentina.Montpellier’s star Diego Simonet, who had had a discrete first half, took the responsibility and after a characteristic sprint from left to right, scored the 24th goal and tied the match with just 20” left. Argentina’s tough defence managed to keep Denmark away from the goal, but the Europeans had a last chance with a last free shot when the time was over. Hansen made the defencejump after the fake, but Garcia, who had very important interventions throughout the second half, saved the last ball of the match and helped the Argentinians grab the first point of the tournament.Gudmundsson did not hide his disappointment after the match: “I was rather content with our first half and our start of the second, but then we started to move the ball around too slowly.However, it is never easy when being one or two players down for almost all the time. It was quite unbelievable to experience this, but one point is still better than none. We will simply have to come back”.Center back Bo Spellerberg also shared his view: “We were leading by six, but we made too many mistakes in the second half, and Argentina were good at punishing those through counter attacks.We had the chance to close the match several times, but they managed to put pressure on us all the way, we missed some big opportunities.”“We knew beforehand that Denmark was one of the best teams in the world. If we were going to stand a chance, we would have to be at our best at both ends of the court, while Denmark would need to have a very bad day”, expressed Gallardo and added: “I think the match developed the way we had planned, and I am very pleased with this result, of course.”“Our first half was not good, but in second half we improved in defence as well as in attack and both our goalkeepers were great. In the end victory could have gone either way”, confessed Pizarro after the match.Argentina will face Poland on Sunday while Denmark will meet Saudi Arabia.TEXT: LAURA AGENA argentinaDiego Simonet read more

Two victories to keep the dream alive

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Buenos Aires 2017ColombiaDominican RepublicPan American ChampionshipPuerto RicoSheila Hiraldouruguay Uruguay gets their second victory and climbs to the top of group B. Puerto Rico defeated Colombia and dreams of the semifinals of the tournament.On the third day of the competition Uruguay obtained their second victory, this time against Dominican Republic, with a final score of 31-23. In a match that was far more intense than that of yesteday against Guatemala, the conducted by Silvana Renóm struggled during the first minutes of the match, but were able to establish a safe goal difference after the first 20 minutes of the encounter and finished the first half with a 16-8 advantage. Dominican Republic, which had already experienced tough losses against Chile and Argentina, were able to surpass the 11 goals scored on the first match, but they weren’t enough to overcome a very concentrated Uruguayan team that has climbed to the top of group B and tomorrow they will face Chile. Another victory would get them closer to secure a spot in the semifinals.On the second match of the day, Puerto Rico struggled one more time, but took their second win against Colombia by 30-21. In a match that was marked by the two minute suspensions against the conducted by Mónica Ospina Orozco, the Central American team took advantage of the tecnical fouls commited by their rivals. The first half was very tight and the Colombian could’ve tied the encounter, but lost the ball on the last attack; the score was 13-12. Only three minutes into the second half, Puerto Rico stretched the difference to 16-13 and after 12 minutes, they had already stepped on the gas pedal to become nearly unreachable for the Colombians. A high effectivity from the wings, fast breaks and good connections with the pivot were some of the high points of the coached by Camilo Estevez. “We’re not used to defending not attacking against teams that have our same height, we had a different plan so it was difficult for us to adapt to their attack, to their game with the pivot; but during half time our coach talked to us and we made a physical effort and now we want to rest. We’re not thinking about the final score at this moment, but rather about the two points to finish second in the group”, confessed left back Sheila Hiraldo after the match. The objective of finishing second is a realistic goal cosidering that they share the group with Brazil. They’re aware of that and that’s why they will try to secure the other spot available for the semifinals. Hiraldo then addded: “I think that we can use the tiredness under which Paraguay will be under after today’s match against Brazil. All of the teams want to make a good game against them and they will all give all they have to play against players who are professionals in Europe, who play Champions League, so I think we could use that”. Regarding the game plan that they will have to implement against Paraguay, the left back states: “We’re a little impatience, and I think patience will lead us to moving the ball a little bit more, and the pivots will be able to run on the line, so we’ll work on that 2 against 2. I know they’re bigger and stronger than us, but I know we’re faster and I think that our speed will help us there. Our goal is to finish second and go to the semifinals, and then of course to qualify for the World Championship for the second time in our history”. ← Previous Story KIEL ON HOLD? Johannes Bitter extends in Stuttgart until 2018 Next Story → Brazil and Argentina with one foot on the semifinals read more

Veselin Vujovic wants Milic and Ocvirk in Nis

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Gregor Ocvirkhandball transfersRK Zeleznicar NisStrahinja MilicVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2018: Israel take first point, Hungary beat Spain Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2018: Barca against Al Najma, Montpellier VS Hammamet The Serbian vice-champions RK Zeleznicar Nis made a respectable team capable to win the first ever domestic title led by legendary player and coach Veselin Vujovic. The 57-years old Vujovic dismissed offer from Orlen Wisla Plock to accept challenge with Serbian teams who will compete at SEHA Gazprom league and EHF Cup in upcoming season.Vujovic talked for Balkan-Handball.com about possibility to sign two players – ex-RK Vardar goalkeeper Strahinja Milic and TOP scorer of Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2018, Slovenian left back Gregor Ocvirk.We want Milic, not only Zeleznicar, but a lot of teams in Europe. However, there is only one condition to realize that proffesional sport is hard work, blood and tears. This is the only way to make good results. He didn’t leave Skopje because of his qualities, but for non-proffesional approach. If someone told him to come after summer break with 15,20 less, and he came with 15 kilos more, this is disrespect to the club and people. He losing the most. I called him as 15-years old boy in NT of Serbia and Montenegro, following his entire career, I took him to Vardar after problems with RK Partizan. He has huge respect to me and I know that he is a good person. I would like to see him in Nis, that could help us a lot, but I don’t want to put any clausule in contract – said Vujovic and added his comment for RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko member, Ocvirk:He could be interesting signing for us, but we don’t want to make a player for Celje. We aren’t interested in one-year loan, as we want to get from him the best during his time in Nis. With his qualities, he could help also some other players to become better. Celje PL don’t count on him seriously in this moment. read more

Stephen Lee found guilty of matchfixing facing lifetime ban

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first_imgFORMER WORLD NUMBER  five Stephen Lee faces a life ban from snooker after being found guilty of fixing seven matches.The Englishman will receive his punishment on Tuesday by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), with chairman Jason Ferguson confirming Lee faces ‘a significant sanction’.Lee was suspended last October after an investigation into eight matches found seven counts of match-fixing at four locations through 2008 and 2009.In a statement, the WPBSA confirmed: “Between February 2008 and April 2009, Stephen Lee was in contact with three different groups of people, all of whom placed bets on the outcomes of his matches or on the outcomes of frames within his matches or on the exact score of his matches. The allegations were serious and related to match-fixing or the provision of inside information to enable persons to win money by betting on those matches.“The matches were three matches in the Malta Cup 2008, two matches at the UK Championship 2008, one at the China Open 2009 and one at the World Championship 2009.”The case is the biggest controversy to hit the sport since the eight-year ban given to Australian Quinten Hann, who was suspended for breaking rules governing match-fixing in 2006.Originally posted at 10.06NFL teams think Johnny Manziel is undraftable because he parties too muchTake a parachute: Match stopped by pitch invader with a differencelast_img read more

Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence

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first_imgMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Leo Varadkar has admitted that leaks about the forthcoming budget may have had a negative impact on consumer confidence.Speaking in the Dáil last night in response to questions from Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, Varadkar said last month’s consumer confidence was the highest in five years but it declined recently.“Within a month that had fallen by ten points, probably due to Ministers and others talking about child benefits, property taxes and all sorts of things,” he said.O’Dea said Varadkar’s comment was “a startling admission for a senior Minister to make”.“Over recent months we have consistently warned of the damage that is being done to the economy by Ministers jockeying for position and leaking budget proposals,” he said. “Now we see a senior Minister acknowledge the point and link the comments of his colleagues to a measured collapse in confidence.”The Fianna Fáil TD said Varadkar should relay his concerns to the Taoiseach and to his colleagues in the Cabinet.Read: Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September>Property Tax: Where do the political parties stand?>last_img read more

You can now buy a dinosaur for €710000

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first_imgYou are talking about a very rare item indeed. Even if you were lucky enough to find one in the first place, the digging out and the preparation then involved is an enormous undertaking. The rock that it was embedded in would have been extremely hard to break away from the bones, and you couldn’t go at it with a sledgehammer because the bones were vulnerable to breaking. Here’s Lindsay Hoadley of Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, giving Misty a little bath. Source: AP/Press Association Images Source: Gareth Fuller Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesWe know what you’re thinking–that’d look amazing in the living room.If you’re interested, Misty is up for grabs at the Summers Place Auctions’ evolution lot, on November 27.We’ll obviously see you there.Here are the noises that animals make in other languages>WATCH: Beavis the bengal plays fetch like a dog> BIG JURASSIC PARK fan? Always wanted your very own dinosaur–preferably one that was already dead and couldn’t attack you?Well here’s your chance. A 60ft long and 12ft high Diplodocus Longus fossil is up for grabs at an upcoming auction in the UK.The skeleton–named Misty–is set to be auctioned next month, making it the first UK sale of such a large dinosaur.Misty was found in 2009 by the two young sons of renowned palaeontologist Raimund Albersodoerfer and is now set to go for as much as €709,032 (£600,000).According to CNN, Albersodoerfer was excavating a quarry in Wyoming and sent his sons, aged 11 and 14, off to dig around and get out of his way. The two young boys discovered an initial bone, resulting in a nine-week dig to uncover the full female skeleton.She was named Misty after the ‘mysterious’ quarry and can be disassembled and reassembled as needed.Great, it’s practically IKEA standard.While the price may be steep, curator of the auction, Errol Fuller, told the Mirror that it would be hard to get a freebie.last_img read more

Irish believe older women to be kindest group in Ireland

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first_imgShe returned to the topic of how young men might be overlooked – or find themselves less able to express themselves – as something to be tackled by society as a whole.She said: “If we can persuade men to see performing and receiving acts of kindness not as signalling they are interfering or in need of help but as demonstrations of social competence.”The Electric Ireland Powering Kindness week, running until Friday, is expected to raise around €100,000 for Childline, Special Olympics Ireland and Breakthrough Cancer Research. For details on how to get your act of kindness to count, visit Facebook or poweringkindness.ie.9 pain-free ways to brighten up your day>Column: Ireland needs to regain that elusive feelgood factor> When you are kind to your family and friends, it helps to build good relationships. When you extend your circle of concern and are kind to strangers, it builds a sense of trust in the community.Trust is a crucial component in how well communities and societies function socially and economically. CARRYING OUT AN act of kindness has the power to make you happy, research has found.According to a survey carried out by Amarach Research on behalf of Electric Ireland in October, the benefits of a kind act are not just felt by the recipient. Almost four out of five people surveyed (79 per cent) said that they felt happier as a result of being kinds to another person in some way.However, it seems that young Irish men can’t win – they were perceived in the survey to be the least kind category of people in the country (just 7 per cent of respondents perceived them to be likely to carry out an act of kindness).And conversely, people were least likely to be kind to young Irish men (5 per cent).Older Irish women were, in contrast, perceived to be most kind (67 per cent) and 66 per cent of people surveyed said they were most likely to be kind to older women.Psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney said that men shouldn’t be too downhearted by the perceptions exposed in the survey. While women “put a lot of value in caring and are expected to be more caring”, it doesn’t mean that men are not similarly capable of being caring. “It’s just that they tend to put more value on independence and are more reluctant to intrude on others’ boundaries as they see it, especially other men’s.”She warned against a misperception that men need acts of kindness less – “especially in the case of young men who hide their vulnerabilities”.Overall though, Irish people (57 per cent) tend to believe we are a kinder people than in most other countries and over half of respondents had themselves been on the receiving end of an act of kindness in the last month. Even better, 89 per cent of those surveyed said that they had done something kind for someone else in the last month.Dr Gaffney said that kindness was a trait that was inseparable from “quality of life” in Ireland and that it makes both the giver and receiver a sense of wellbeing and happiness.The effect on society can be profound. She said:last_img read more

8 signs you are suffering from Jannui

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first_img Source: Mshcdn5. Night sweatsFor unexplained reasons. How does it get so much hotter between bedtime and the middle of the night? Source: LizMarie_AK Source: BrianMKAYep. Source: Gifsoup6. Bursts of mild panicOutside, you’re keeping it together. Source: ImgurBut somehow, you feel constantly… on edge. As if disaster could strike at any time.7. Overall lack of enthusiasmNot just for work. For anything. “Will we go for a drink this weekend?” “Muh, maybe.”8. Urge to hibernate until AprilAnd cocoon yourself in a safe place, away from the world and its cares. Source: YouTubePossibly in a blanket fort. Source: ImgurWe’re on eight out of eight here. See you in April, guys.More: The 9 stages of going back to work after Christmas>Here’s what you’ll be reading, watching and listening to in 2014> IT’S JANUARY. CHRISTMAS is over. Everything we ever looked forward to is gone.All that’s left is a sense of boredom – ennui, if you will – of a very special kind. Really, there’s only one word for it:Here are the key symptoms of Jannui. How many do you have?1. Mysterious, all-over tiredness that goes into your very bones Source: MshcdnAnd doesn’t relate to how much sleep you’ve had. It’s somehow gone beyond that, to a place that no amount of sleep can reach. Source: Mshcdn2. Brain somehow replaced by sludge over the holidaysOutside: Source: WordPressInside: Source: WordPress3. Sense of isolation from your fellow man Source: Imgur4. Vague, unpindownable cold symptomsThat have been hanging around for days, but never quite developed into anything proper you can fight with medicine. Source: ShutterstockA slightly sore throat here, a cough there. Just a general all-round feeling of unwellness.last_img read more

Damien Kiberd Are whistleblowers saints The ethics can be complicated

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first_imgJOURNALISTS HAVE ALWAYS regarded whistleblowers as saints. Now some politicians have fallen into the very same trap.Journalists love whistleblowers because, by definition, they are willing to give you information that is private. But they learn, to their cost, that there are good whistleblowers and bad whistleblowers.The information that is given to you by bad whistleblowers may prove to be no better than a heap of junk. Such people may be acting as agents provocateurs, may crave publicity for themselves or may simply be motivated by malice.Good whistleblowers sometimes do need to have saintly qualities. They may suffer for their courage and their commitment to truth. They may be physically threatened, they may lose their careers, they may even be attacked in parts of the media.The ethics of whistleblowing are most complicated, as Ireland has discovered following the row over the cancellation of penalty points for motoring offences.Garda Commissioner visibly upset over whistleblowingThe Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan became visibly upset under interrogation by an Oireachtas Committee. First, he seemed agitated that there should actually be any whistleblowers at all within his own force. Secondly, he felt that if such whistleblowers did exist it was entirely improper for them to lay their allegations before an Oireachtas committee.The Commissioner seemed to be saying that all allegations of wrongdoing should in the first instance be taken to him. The implication is that he would then decide the appropriate course of action.That the Commissioner should object to a probe by an Oireachtas Committee is extraordinary. What better way is there for the people whom he serves to assert the primacy of our elected parliament within our democratic system?Unlike Ireland, the US has specific whistleblower legislationIn the United States this problem is dealt with under the Whistleblower Protection Act (1989) which specifically provides for individuals to disclose information about any ‘serious or flagrant problem, abuse or violation of law’ to a congressional intelligence committee. The whistleblower must first bring the allegations to either the attorney general or the National Security Agency’s inspector general.Our own Commissioner’s hard line got a mixed response from the media. In one sense, of course, he is correct. In order to maintain morale within the force he must defend the reputation and record of his officers until it is demonstrated that it would be wrong to do so in a specific case or cases. The Commissioner could not take disciplinary action against a serving officer merely on foot of an allegation. Otherwise, morale would collapse.The job of An Garda Siochana is enormously difficult. It would be perverse if men and women, who must daily prove the guilt or innocence of others beyond reasonable doubt, should themselves be damaged simply on the basis of unproven allegations.But the idea that Commissioner should vet all complaints is just wrong. The first principle of international law is that no man should act as a judge in his own cause. No Garda Commissioner can act as judge and jury in relation to complaints made against his force. It is absolutely vital that these complaints should be probed by an independent entity such as the office of the Garda ombudsman or indeed an Oireachtas committee. Or by both.The issue of whether the probe should be public or private is a separate matter.Questions over high-profile whistleblowersIn the United States Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning is doing 35 years in the slammer. A soldier with the rank of private, who took an oath of secrecy, she dumped three-quarters of a million documents into the public arena without any regard for the interests or safety of anybody named in those documents.Some of her disclosures are clearly in the public interest: they consist of video evidence of murderous attacks on civilians and journalists by the US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But others are just diplomatic cables containing chit-chat.To get the information out she used the services of Wikileaks. This service was created by Julian Assange, a computer hacker and journalist who puts himself about as a victim of the Pentagon but who is not formally wanted by the United States on any charge related to freedom of information.There is no evidence that Assange, an Australian, conspired personally with Manning to steal or disseminate classified information. Wikileaks as a matter of policy does not insist on knowing the source of its information.Assange is actually an ‘on the run’. Since mid-2012 he has been holed up in Equador’s embassy in London. He is resisting extradition to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct with two women. Assange insists that the Swedish extradition warrant is a ruse. Once sent to Sweden he would be subject to ‘rendition’ to the US where he could face the death penalty for ‘aiding the enemy’.Some regard Assange as the most important publisher of classified material since Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Others see him as a self-regarding flaneur, a sensationalist.Valuable revelations by SnowdenBut it is the work of Edward Snowden the National Security Agency contractor who has revealed the massive scale of surveillance activity both within the US and in other countries that may ultimately prove of greatest significance.Snowden has proven that George Bush, Barack Obama, the US courts and Congress itself have approved under the Patriot Act the tapping of all telephone calls and e-mails within the US and the tapping of all calls and e-mails made by targeted individuals outside the US including, oddly, those of trusted allies like Angela Merkel. This gathering of what is called ‘metadata’ has been done without any public disclosure of what is taking place.The National Security Agency (NSA) has been permitted to monitor the movements of people across the globe using telephone tracking technology. It has acted as a sub-contractor for overseas intelligence agencies, doing tasks for them that are not legally permitted in their own countries.The NSA targets vast numbers of people who are not terrorists, not criminals and who are entirely above suspicion. By any standards, Snowden has demonstrated a massive abuse of power by US authorities. It is obviously in the public interest that the people should know what is being done in its name to its telephones and its computers.In order to get security clearance Snowden would have taken an oath. He is therefore vulnerable to prosecution under the US Espionage Act and for allegedly stealing information. He is currently in Russia where he has been given sanctuary.A very nasty row beckons if Snowden returns from Russia. Government officials have lied under oath by denying his revelations, which are themselves demonstrably true. The scale of what is happening in the US is enormous.It puts our own little spat here in Ireland into context. But, then, Gods make their own importance.Read Damien Kiberd’s columns for TheJournal.ie here>last_img read more

Gardaí recover firearms and ammo from Dublin school

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first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE RECOVERED three shotguns and a small quantity of ammunition during a search at a National School in Dublin city.The National School on Basin Lane, Dublin 8, was searched by gardaí today following reports of suspicious activity in the school grounds in the last number of days.Gardaí discovered the firearms, which were wrapped in plastic, on the roof of the school at about 11.30 am. The area was immediately sealed off for a forensic technical examination before the guns were removed for further examination.An investigation into the incident is on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact Kilmainham Garda station on 01 666 9700.last_img read more

Two men arrested after burglary and fire at Chief Whips office

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first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested in connection with burglaries and fires at two commercial offices in New Ross Co Wexford early this morning, including the constituency office of government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe.It is understood that the second premises targeted by the two men was a solicitor’s office in the town.Both offices were ransacked and small fires were lit inside each property – in one case in the boiler room of the building – but were quickly brought under control by emergency services.Gardaí confirmed that two men, aged 21 and 33, were detained in New Ross today and are being held for questioning in connection with the incidents.Read: Chief Whip says leaking of elements of IBRC plan is ‘unfortunate’>last_img read more

Groupon Google in Acquisition Talks

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first_imgDaily deal Website Groupon is reportedly in talks with Google about a site wide acquisition. According to sources close to the site, Groupon is seriously considering the acquisition, but may well hold out until the end of the year before finalizing its decision.The SF Gate suspects that the site is merely holding out to entertain offers from the competition–companies like eBay and Microsoft are mentioned as possibilities. How much would such an acquisition cost one of those software giants? The Gate is guessing somewhere in the ballpark of $4 billion.So much for getting a great deal…last_img read more

Acer reveals 48inch Android smartphone

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first_imgWith all the commotion surrounding Apple this week we sometimes forget that other manufactures are announcing their latest crop of handsets. Up until recently Acer were always regarded for their budget smartphones, their strange take on customizing the interface (some attempts more successful than others), but more importantly providing a lot of tech for your money.This – as of yet – unnamed handset seems to follow this trend, whilst we don’t have any clues on pricing, the spec alone has our mouths watering in anticipation for its April 2011 release date.AdChoices广告For a start the 4.8” screen boasts a resolution of 1024×480, though this comes in slightly smaller than the Dell Streak, the improved resolution should make for an even better picture (not to mention being vivid). There’s also a 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), 720p video recording, a six-axis Gyroscope + accelerometer package, and LED edge lighting.In terms of processing power and connectivity options you have the latest Bluetooth 3.0 standard, 802.11n WiFi, HSDPA support, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an HDMI output – nice!Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Be happy and be sneaky with the Smiley Face Spy Camera

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first_imgIs it possible to be a cheerful person but at the same time be paranoid of those around you? Absolutely.So that is why for folks like yourself, there is the Brando Smiley Face Spy Camera so you keep tabs on the world without passers-by ever knowing you are keeping track of their shenanigans.What looks like an ordinary happy-go-lucky fashion statement, secretly contains a high-definition DVR that can snap pictures at 2048 x 1536 pixels or even record video with audio at 720 x 480. With its built-in battery and upgradeable MicroSD memory, you can not only take this spy camera with you on your person, but you can also snap the camera into the provided car suction stand to record action either inside or outside a vehicle. The camera even features a convenient TV output for easy playback and it can double as a webcam when not being used on covert assignments.At $35 a piece for the Smiley Face Spy Camera, you can smile to yourself when you get the goods on those troublemakers.Read more at Brando, via DVICElast_img read more

iKit Offers Sophisticated iPad Case

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first_imgEvery great gadget needs a great case. Been looking for something a little more high-level to wrap your new iPad in? iKit, a licensed Apple accessory brand, has just unveiled its latest creation, the iPad Exec Case. The case features a sleek look and provides secure protection for the iPad.The case is slim, so it won’t add much bulk to your tablet, and delivers form-fitting protection. It allows full access to all controls and functions, guaranteeing a durable solution against drops while still maintaining functionality. The case comes in either black or gray for $39.95.last_img read more

ExBungie collective Moonshot Games announce Fallen Frontier 2D shooter

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first_imgWhen new games studio Moonshot Games set up shop it garnered the attention of the gaming press because three of the four-man team were ex-Bungie staff. The team formed in late 2009, and since then have been working on their first game which has been revealed this week.Sticking close to the roots of what Bungie are best known for, Moonshot’s first game is called Fallen Frontier and it’s a shooter. More specifically it’s a 2D scrolling shooter (run and gun) set in a gritty sci-fi universe.AdChoices广告Moonshot is promising a big game with “vast interconnected worlds” and a playable character capable of doing a lot more than running and jumping around. There’s a grappling hook, multiple firearms to get to grips with, grenades, and special abilities to take advantage of. All this happening in quite a distinctive environment that certainly has a unique look and atmosphere about it.As for the back story to the game, Moonshot explain:Our story follows a jaded lawman from Earth, arriving at the frontier worlds of Alpha Centauri on a mission of vengeance. Events unfold as an engaging film noir style mystery, and the hero quickly comes to realize that in this brave new world, nothing is quite as it seems. Gameplay will take the form of a single-player campaign and multiplayer is catered for with co-op utilizing an intelligent split-screening if players get too far away from each other (as demonstrated in the video above).Fallen Frontier will be playable at PAX East which runs March 11-13 in Boston. Moonshot will be in booth 759 and look to be using it as an opportunity to get some feedback on the game before they put the finishing touches to it for release. What we don’t know yet is when the game will release and on what formats, but we suspect a downloadable game on the major consoles and through Steam.As has already started being pointed out on the Moonshot website. The game brings back memories of the 1996 title Abuse which can be seen in action below:Read more at Moonshot Gameslast_img read more