Nikola Karabatic for HandballPlanetcom We dont have problem – EHF CL is

French handballhandballHandball championsHandball-Planet.comMontpellierNikola Karabatic ← Previous Story Vote for the Best player of EHF CL Preliminary Round! Next Story → New contract for Iwan Ursic in Kadetten Schaffhausen Surprisingly ornot, French top team, HC Montpellier finished fourth in the Preliminary group of the EHF Champions League what means that Karabatic and his teammates will face TOP team in the TOP 16, Atletico Madrid, HSV or F.C Barcelona. Nikola Karabatic talked for Handball-Planet.com in Belgrade, where Montpellier had easy 60 minutes against Partizan 30:20.– I just heard that Medvedi lost TOP 16 qualification. EHF Champions League is extremely tough. It is really difficult to play and win all the time. We finished fourth in fantastic group with fantastic teams. Despite that, we showed that we can play and beat all the rivals, even Atletico or HSV. I am sure that they will have very tough job against us. Our big problem is that we are playing much better on the away matches. We have to solve that, if we want to go far away in the CL. It will be serious challenge to qualify for TOP 8, but everything is possible – says Karabatic:You came back to France to repeat fantastic success from 2003, when Montpellier won EHF Champions League. Till now, you didn’t reach even F4 tournament, but you weren’t lost from the favorites (Chekhovski Medvedi and Rhein Neckar Lowen). Where is your problem?– Ten years ago, Champions League wasn’t so strong. You had only one team per country, less games than now. It was much easier to come to the final stage. Look at now. You had fantastic all six teams in the Group, where Chekhovski didn’t qualifed for TOP 16. It is really hard to say – we will beat someone. First year, we lost in TOP 8, we were so close. We are looking further, have faith in our capabilites. I hope that Montpellier will win the EHF Champions League in the future… read more

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France LNH Chambery slightly past Ivry 2423 win

← Previous Story Austria (W): Hypo wins 64:15 against Stockerau Next Story → Champions League (M) begins today! basicbousninabusselierChamberyIvryn’guessan Chambery is now the leader of the French Championship (LNH), after they beat yesterday Ivry with 24:23. It wasn’t at all an easy game for the Savoie club, as the result speaks. Leading scorers for the home team were Busselier and N’Guessan with five goals each, while team’s top scorer so far Edin Basic had three goals. The visitor’s had Bousnina with 7 goals.photo: Chambery HC read more

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Hero of Veszprem Vilovski to Qatari Al Quiada

Serbian line-player Uroš Vilovski signed contract with Qatari Al Quiada, currently the third team of Qatari Championship. The 31-years old former member of MVM Veszprem and Balatonfuredi left Romanian HCM Baia Mare after financial collapse of reigning champions.Vilovski, who played also as loaned player at French HC Montpellier, became “famous” for his act of saving life to Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Pešić, by taking him to hospital in disasterous night when Romanian player Marian Cozma lost his life in front of Veszprem’s night club in February 2009. ← Previous Story New era in Kolding with Antonio Carlos Ortega: Trophies in Denmark, step further in CL Next Story → LNH: PSG Handball and Saint Raphael extend winning strike Al Quiada handballUros Vilovski read more

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France to fight for the gold

France are the second finalists of the Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany! The French ladies ensured another golden battle with a win over Sweden 24:22 in Hamburg. Olivier Krumbholz will try to win the gold after he missed chance to do that in Rio, where France lost in the last match of the Olympic tournament against Russia.Sweden– France 22-24 (12-11)Sweden: Nathalie Hagman 8, Jamina Roberts 5, Johanna Westberg 4, Isabelle Gullden 2, Olivia Mellegard 1, Louise Sand 1, Hanna Blomstrand 1France: Alexandra Lacrabere 5, Blandine Dancette 4, Allison Pineau 4, Laurisa Landre 3, Grace Zaadi 3, Camille Ayglon 2, Siraba Dembele 2, Laura Flippes 1 ← Previous Story Déjà vu: Norway are in the final! Next Story → TOP GOALSCORER: Nora Mork to celebrate hat-trick? France 2017Women’s World Champions 2017 read more

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Route changes essential for survival says Bus Éireann

first_imgUpdated at 18:04 with alternative routes addedCHANGES TO BUS Éireann’s routes are essential to ensure their survival and to protect local jobs, bosses from the semi-state company told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport today.A number of the company’s commercial Expressway inter-city routes will end, cutting off many local communities who depend on them.“If these changes aren’t made, then these services and their associated jobs will be lost,” said Martin Nolan, CEO Bus Éireann.“We kept commercial services going to such locations for many years despite the low levels of use, but given the economic situation in the country, the new motorway network and cherry-picking of profitable elements of routes by competitors, unfortunately this is no longer possible.”Bus Éireann’s commercial inter-city routes receive no state funding and are increasingly open to competition, said Nolan, meaning it had no choice but to limit the number of stops it could make.The changes to services:Wexford-Dublin Airport (Route 2)The locations no longer being served on this route include Rosslare, Jack White’s Cross, Ballincor, Beehive, Ballycanew, Ballyedmond, Kilrane, Tagoat, Wicklow, Ashford, Kilmacanogue, Castleellis Cross.There is a regular commuter service from Wicklow-Dublin Airport between Wicklow/Ashford/Kilmacanogue,Customers wishing to travel from Rosslare to Dublin can still use our Route 40 service to connect with Route 2 in Wexford. Route 40 operates from Rosslare Europort to Wexford five times a day in each direction. The journey time between Rosslare Europort and Wexford is 25 minutes.Route 40 also operates from Rosslare to Waterford, Cork and Tralee, and can be used to connect into our inter-city network of services to a wide range of our destinations across the country.Bus Éireann also operates Route 370 from Rosslare to Waterford/Waterford IT and Waterford Regional Hospital via Wellingtonbridge. The service operates twice a day in each direction to/from Rosslare.Ballina-Dublin Airport (Route 22)Locations no longer served Moyvalley, Clonard, Kinnegad, Ballinafid, and Elphin.Customers travelling from Moyvalley, Clonard and Kinnegad to and from Dublin can still use our Route 20 Expressway service, which operates nine times a day in each direction.Customers travelling to and from Ballinafid can use the Bus Éireann route 115 service to and from Longford, Mullingar, Kinnegad and Dublin.Carracastle will continue to be served on Route 22 on a six month trial basis once a day in each direction.Donegal-Dublin Airport (Route 30)Locations no longer served Swanlibar, Ballyconnell and Bawnboy.The company intends to extend its public service obligation Monaghan-Cavan 175 route to provide six services a day in each direction from Swanlinbar, Bawnboy and Ballyconnell to Cavan and Monaghan subject to licence approval from the National Transport Authority. Customers can connect to inter-city services across the country including Dublin from our Cavan and Monaghan stations.Bus Eireann “understand concerns” about curtailing of services>last_img read more

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Bruton to lead 42 Irish companies and colleges on Indian trade mission

first_imgJOBS MINISTER RICHARD Bruton will today lead an Irish delegation on a trade mission to India.Bruton and a delegation of 42 Irish companies and education institutions, on a trip organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.The intensive five days of business activity on the mission will cover three cities: Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai.This is the 17th major trade and investment mission that Bruton has led in 32 months since taking office in March 2011. The number of Enterprise Ireland Ministerial trade missions has doubled since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs.The schedule includes over 30 high-level meetings and events, including a meeting with the Indian Commerce and Industry Minister.Bruton said the trip was important because of India’s standing as an emerging market.“Key growth markets such as India are particular targets. We have delivered increases in the intensity of our programme of Ministerial-led trade missions, and I am determined that through the intensive series of meetings and events that we hold this week, we will help grow exports and investment in this high-growth market and help create the jobs in Ireland we need.”Read: Bloodstocks in the Middle East and life-sciences on the East Coast: Ministers on tourRead: Mixed reaction in Ireland to EU-Canada deallast_img read more

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This offensive Christmas advert is making people extremely angry

first_imgA spokesperson for Kmart told the Huffington Post:The Kmart ‘Show Your Joe’ commercial playfully showcases Joe Boxer’s men’s clothing available at Kmart. We regret if some people found the commercial offensive, as that was not our intent.What do you think? Is the ad offensive? Or a bit great? Excellent (3307) Inappropriate (296) Don’t care but it looks painful (4007) InappropriateExcellentDon’t care but it looks painfulVoteWatch TV viewers react to the John Lewis Christmas advert>Lily Allen lays into Robin Thicke and the music industry in new video> Poll Results: And worst of all:it is a bit of an insult to real bell ringers who work so hard, not an easy thing to do.However, there are also many people reacting positively to the ad.I love your new Joe Boxer ad! Thank you for not having your heads shoved up your own Joe Boxers and for showing it is okay to have a sense of humor! I do not understand how implying that, testicles are playing Jingle Bells is anything but crude and tasteless humor and appropriate for a general audience. You have taken something wholesome and debased it. The new Joe Boxer ad is nothing more than TRASH! THIS IS A Christmas advert for the ‘Joe Boxer’ range of men’s underwear at US chain Kmart. Source: KmartIt features the sound of Jingle Bells and the sight of men jingling their… well… balls.And very impressive their skills are too. (OK, OK, they’re not REALLY making the ringing sound. We get it.)However, the ad – which comes with the hashtag #ShowYourJoe – has sparked fury among Kmart shoppers. A number have reacted angrily on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like:Your commercial for Joe Boxer briefs is awful. My husband & I both thought it was offensive. Remove the ad. The Jingle Balls/bells commercial was so funny I just shipped my Joe Boxers.last_img read more

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Embarrassed UK politicians condemn their 11 per cent pay rise

first_imgSENIOR BRITISH POLITICIANS have lined up today to condemn plans by an independent body to grant them an 11 per cent pay rise, embarrassed at how such largesse will be perceived at a time of deep public spending cuts.Ministers from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and the leader of the opposition Labour party have said they would not accept the extra cash.But they have little power over the issue, after members of parliament (MPs) delegated salary decisions to a body of unelected officials in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal.The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is expected to recommend this week that MPs’ pay rises from £66,396 to £74,000 (€88,000) a year after the 2015 election.Research by the watchdog earlier this year found that 69 per cent of MPs believe they are underpaid and on average, they suggested a salary of £86,250.But Danny Alexander, the second most senior minister in the Treasury, today denounced the proposed 11 per cent increase as “wholly inappropriate”.“Most people will find it utterly incomprehensible that at a time of pay restraint for the public sector, at a time of further squeezes on government spending, that IPSA should be recommending (that),” he told BBC television.I think it would be wholly inappropriate for MPs to get such a large pay rise at a time when every other public sector worker sees their pay rises capped at one per cent. I have said in the past that of course, personally, I wouldn’t accept it.Defence Minister Philip Hammond echoed this message, saying that while there were good arguments for a pay increase — notably to attract professionals into parliament — this was “not the moment”.The coalition has since 2010 been implementing an austerity programme to help reduce the deficit, and the spending cuts are not expected to ease for several years to come.“So long as I’m the defence secretary presiding over a situation where the troops that serve our country so brilliantly are facing a one per cent pay rise, I won’t be taking a pay increase,” Hammond told BBC radio.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has stopped short of pledging to reject the cash but his spokesman urged restraint from IPSA.“We believe that the cost of politics should be going down, not up,” the spokesman said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? ‘With great difficulty,’ says Howlin > Read: Swiss vote against 1:12 cap on executive pay > Richard Bruton: I’m not going to raise the minimum wage >last_img read more

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Gardaí bomb disposal unit respond to Coolock suspect device

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE BEEN responding after a suspect device was discovered at a block of flats in Coolock, North County Dublin this evening.The army bomb disposal team were also called to the scene, after the device was discovered earlier tonight.It was found near a stairwell at the Cromcastle Court flats, in an estate off the Oscar Traynor Road, near the Northside Shopping Centre.A garda spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie that officers from Santry were responding to the alert, which remained a live operation.The block of flats has been evacuated as the response continues.Read: Man ‘serious but stable’ after stab attack in Dublin city centrelast_img read more

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Jonny Sextons younger brother forging his future in France

first_imgIT WASN’T JUST Jonny whom the Sexton family lost to France this season; younger brother Jerry is in l’Hexagone trying to make his way in professional rugby too.The 20-year-old is at an altogether different point of his career than his elder sibling, but one that has presented him with equally testing challenges. For Jonny’s physically demanding schedule and hiccuping Racing Métro side, Jerry is confronted with the difficulty of bulking up and leaving home at a young age.Sexton junior has pitched up at Auch in the rugby hotbed of southwest France on a one-year academy contract. Having played for the Ireland U20s last season, an apparently done-deal to join London Irish’s academy fell through during the summer, before the Pro D2 side stepped in to give Sexton an opportunity.Six months into his own French adventure, the second row admits it has brought unique challenges. It’s been really good. I’ve really enjoyed it but it’s been difficult at the same time. It’s just a bit different over there, with the weights and everything. Everything is about size in the Pro D2, they just want you to get bigger and bigger.”Auch have been enduring a poor season so far, with just three wins in 15 games leaving them rock bottom of the Pro D2 at the mid-way point. Sexton’s youth and perceived lack of weight mean he has had no involvement with the senior team on the pitch this season.However, the former St. Mary’s lock made the substitutes bench for the recent 16-16 league clash with Dax at the 7,000-capacity Stade de Moulias in Auch. While his senior debut didn’t come that day, Sexton appreciated the chance.“There’s a handful of us from the academy who train with the seniors most of the time. The last two months, I’ve been with the seniors full-time and I was on the bench against Dax. I didn’t get on, which was disappointing, but it was good experience just to sub in front of that many people; the experience of what professional rugby is about.”For the large part, Sexton’s focus has been on Auch’s Espoirs team, which is under-23 level. In contrast to the senior side, the Espoirs are enjoying a strong season, with five wins from their nine pool games so far.Sexton is a strong jumping option at the line-out. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.The Espoirs leagues split all 30 professional French clubs into three pools of 10 clubs, with Sexton’s Auch side fourth in their group and looking like strong contenders for the play-offs. That situation didn’t appear likely earlier in the season.“Yeah, we lost our first three games. It was disappointing and I was kind of questioning why I was over there. Out of our last seven games, we’ve won six and we’re now all hoping that we can win the league.”That Sexton was wondering whether he should stay on in France points to the difficulty he had with settling into life away from home. A key man in his decision to stick it out has been fellow Irish player Rory Kavanagh, also in his first year with the club.The centre won a Leinster Senior School’s Cup with the Dan Leavy-captained St. Michael’s in 2012, but like Sexton didn’t manage to pick up a deal with his native Leinster after finishing school. That he also agreed to join Auch has been a saving grace for Sexton.I’m not sure if I’d still be there if it wasn’t for him. He’d be one of my best friends at this stage from living with him all the time. He was really good at French going over, so he’s helped me out a lot. He’s nearly been like a teacher in French for me.” And has Kavanagh’s linguistic tutelage helped?“I’m coming along a good bit now, I’m trying really hard. We get lessons twice a week which is really helpful, two hours on a Wednesday and a Friday.”The first two months were the most difficult for the young Irish duo, with Sexton admitting there have been bouts of homesickness. However, the “amazing” weather and fantastic French cuisine have helped them to adapt off the pitch.In terms of the all-important rugby, Sexton’s biggest challenge has been, and continues to be, bulking up in an effort to deal with the “crazy” physicality of the Pro D2.Sexton [19] celebrates a try for the Ireland U20 side. ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambell.“They’re trying to put on a bit of size on me at the moment, which I like anyway because I like going to the gym. So that’s a good part of it, but then the contact sessions are what’s really developing me the most; getting used to the physicality of getting hit by these full-grown men.“It’s crazy. When I went over, I was never expecting what it was going to be like, but the first two months over there, I couldn’t believe the standard. You have ex-internationals running around, like Sébastien Chabal. I couldn’t believe it.”While the Top 14 continues to grow its international audience thanks to the influx of foreign stars, including Jerry’s older brother, the Pro D2 remains a largely unknown entity. The utter myth of ‘French flair’ is certainly put to bed in the second-tier league, where the true traditional nature of French rugby is on show every weekend.It’s just big forwards. They kick the ball into the corners, they maul, they scrum. It’s just physicality. That’s French rugby, it’s what they love.”Sexton’s deal with Auch lasts until the end of the current season, and he is hopeful that they won’t be relegated out of the professional leagues. His intention is to remain with the club if they do stay in the Pro D2, and target a first-team spot over the next two to three years.If that is not to be the case, contacts in France may well hook him up with another club there, or a switch to the English Championship could be on the cards. Still just 20, Sexton has his foot on the professional ladder and won’t be taking a downwards step any time soon.Several 100 kilometres away from his brother Jonny, but in the same country, Sexton reveals he still hasn’t taken the train up to Paris to get a tour of the Racing Métro set-up.“I was supposed to get up to him the week I subbed against Dax. I was meant to go, but I obviously had to stay around. It was disappointing but I should get up to him after the holidays. I should get up to him a couple of times, which would be good.”Have the brothers discussed the difficulty of adapting to the language, culture and playing style in France? Absolutely, but Jerry says Jonny has it a lot easier.“He has his wife over with him, so it’s not too bad. He has Ronan O’Gara too; one of his best friends now which is funny.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >New Munster deals for Sheridan, Cronin and RyanConnacht’s Andrew Browne eager to end 100th cap with Leinster scalplast_img read more

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Poll Will you pay your water charge bill

first_img No (10177) Yes (1276) Poll Results: I don’t know (2295)center_img WATER CHARGE PRICES will be announced in or around August according to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), with charges set to begin in October.The first bills will be due in early 2015 but a pricing structure has yet to be decided.Water chargeIt has not been clarified whether these charges will be universal or whether they will be different across various local authorities or whether tariffs for households using larger volumes of water will be applied.In light of the backlash to other charges such as the household charge and property tax, we want to know in today’s poll: Will you pay your water charge bill? YesNoI don’t knowVotelast_img read more

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Joan Burton has no plans for UKstyle crackdown on welfare for jobless

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has ruled-out introducing restrictions on welfare payments for unemployed inward migrants similar to those recently introduced by the British government.In answer to a a parliamentary question from a Fine Gael backbencher this week, the Minister said she is satisfied that the current set up is deterring any “unjustifiable claiming of benefits in this country”.“I am not proposing any change in practice here at present but I will continue to monitor developments here and in the UK and other countries, with a view to establishing potential implications and learning for this jurisdiction,” she said.Fine Gael’s Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister about the British government’s recently-announced ban on EU migrants receiving out-of-work benefits for the first three months of residence in the UK and restrictions on claiming jobseeker’s allowance for more than six months, unless they have made efforts to find a job or have a reasonable prospect of employment.Last month, British government ministers also indicated that jobless migrants would be banned from claiming housing benefit later this year in a crackdown that is popular among voters in the UK, but has been criticised in some quarters.Burton, a Labour minister, pointed out that under the Residence Directive, all EU member states already have the right to refuse welfare payments to certain migrants for the first three months of residence, but said the free movement of workers is a “fundamental right” that should be “facilitated and encouraged”.“Access to social assistance payments in Ireland is subject to the habitual residence condition,” she explained. “Accordingly, those receiving such payments are deemed to have established their centre of interest in Ireland and to have significant contacts with the country.“As well as satisfying habitual residence conditions a person claiming jobseeker’s allowance must, inter alia, be available for and genuinely seeking full-time employment. Any person who does not satisfy these conditions will not receive a jobseeker’s allowance payment.”Read: Under-25s who fail to accept some JobBridge internships could face dole cutRead: Munster Express was handed two-month JobBridge ban after complaint from internlast_img read more

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The EUs message to Ireland Do more to punish corruption more quickly

first_imgA survey undertaken as part of the report also found that 81 per cent of Irish people feel that corruption is widespread in their home country. This compares to an EU average of 75 per cent.Instances of corruption may be less common however, with three per cent of Irish people saying they have been asked or expected to pay a bribe in the past year. This is slightly lower than the EU average of four per cent.In the chapter relating to Ireland, the report also voiced a number of other specific concerns, saying that the General Scheme of the Lobbying Regulation Bill focused to a greater degree on the responsibilities of lobbyists and to a lesser extent on the public officials.The chapter also noted the importance of the media in “exposing and following corruption allegations” and made reference to concerns about “the growing consolidation of media ownership”.EU wideOverall, European Anti-Corruption Report estimates that corruption costs the EU economy €120 billion each year, saying that integrity in politics also remains an issue for many EU states.Speaking after its publication, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said that the report “gives a frank assessment of how each member state tackles corruption”.“The report therefore calls for improvements in a number of different areas,” she added. “In some member states, vulnerability to corruption in public procurement processes is the main problem. In others, political party financing is not transparent enough.”The report places a specific emphasis on public procurement saying that about one-fifth of the EU’s GDP is spent every year by public entities buying goods, works and services and is an area that is vulnerable to corruption.Tackling corruption According to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, the EU report “highlights the fact that the government needs to do a lot more tackle corruption in public life”.He suggested:The Government needs to take note of the findings in this EU report and act to reassure the public that political corruption, so long a feature of this state will be tackled once and for all. IRELAND NEEDS TO do more to prosecute and punish corruption more quickly.That’s the opinion of the European Union who also say that they have concerns about the funding of Irish political partiesThe EU Commission today published its first ever report on corruption across the EU and also found that Irish people feel that corruption is more widespread in their country than the average European.In it’s country-by-country analysis, the report states that “the Irish government has undertaken substantial reforms in its anti-corruption policies”, but highlighted some areas of concern:However, more work could be done to improve the capacity to prosecute and punish corruption cases in a timely manner. Further work could also be required to address the few remaining concerns around the funding of political parties, election and referendum campaigns and corruption risks related to conflicts of interest at local level, as well as in the area of urban planning. He also re-emphasised Sinn Féin’s call for a banking inquiry, and said that the party is “concerned that it could be neutered by an overly strict definition of bias that would bar TDs and Senators from taking part.”Read: Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digouts >Read: The who’s who of the Mahon Tribunal >last_img read more

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PICTURES Oscar Pistorius in court

first_imgOSCAR PISTORIUS’S BAIL application was not decided upon today, as expected.Proceedings will enter a third day tomorrow and could stretch into Friday.The Paralympian stands accused of premeditated murder in relation to the death of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.After a successful morning, the prosecution had an extremely difficult afternoon as Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux was bullish in his attack of the witness, investigating officer Hilton Botha.There were a number of contentious points raised by both sides, including an alleged discovery of testosterone at his home, the occurrence of a fight between the couple in the early hours of the morning and the relevance of a previous arrest over an alleged assault at the same property. More detail on those issues here.The 26-year-old athlete cried in the early part of today’s proceedings, especially on hearing details of Steenkamp’s post-mortem, which found she died from three gunshot wounds to the head, elbow and hip.However, he later composed himself. Keeping his head bowed for most of the hearing, he took notes and looked calmer. There were no tears during the cross-examination of Officer Botha, according to journalists in the room.His family also appeared more relaxed and on one occasion, Oscar’s brother Carl Pistorius turned and smiled at him. His father and sister were also in court today.last_img read more

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Man 60 assaulted during attempted burglary at his home

first_imgA MAN AGED 60 was assaulted during an aggravated attempted burglary in Dublin last night.It is believed the man’s door was broken down during the incident.Gardaí said that the incident occurred at around 4am at Kearns Place in Kilmainham.Two culprits are believed to have entered the man’s house and confronted him downstairs.The man was assaulted. The culprits were then disturbed by another man and left the scene.The 60-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries and shock.There have been no arrests.last_img read more

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Column What does this weeks major physics breakthrough actually mean

first_imgALMOST 14 BILLION years ago, the universe was tiny, tiny place. Suddenly, quantum fluctuations made things a bit wobbly, and what was previously a stable universe just after the Big Bang very quickly became unstable. These fluctuations came from variations in gravity as it came into existence, and triggered the universe to grow very, very rapidly. Whatever size the universe was in one instant, by the next instant it had doubled in size, and doubled again in the instant after that, and so on.This was the Inflation Epoch of our universe, and the volume of space inside it grew by 10 to the power of 78 times, to the size of … a grapefruit. And it all happened in about a thousandth of a second.This was all theory up until the weekend, when we finally got the announcement that it really happened.Delving deeper into the Big BangSo why did we think that there should be inflation in the first place? There are a few reasons, but one is this: when we look out into space today it looks the same in all directions – wherever you look there are stars and galaxies spread out throughout the universe. On large scales, everything pretty much looks nice and even. This was all very neat and tidy and lovely until cosmologists delved a bit deeper into the Big Bang idea. Einstein’s work predicted that the period just immediately after the Big Bang should give rise to waves of gravity bouncing through the universe, which in turn would eventually lead to some places having more structures – such as galaxies and clusters of galaxies – or different temperatures than others. But alas, astronomers could see no such thing.Something wasn’t right.Two scientists, Alan Guth and Andrew Linde, tackled this problem and came up with a potential solution in the form of inflation, which both agreed with Einstein’s discoveries and explained why we see the universe in the way we do. Hold onto your hats; this is where it gets mind-bending.Space itself expanded faster than the speed of lightDuring the Inflation Epoch, right at the beginning of time, space itself expanded faster than the speed of light. You may have heard that nothing can travel faster than light, and this is true, but only when it’s something moving through space; when space itself expands extremely quickly, no rules are broken. However, the speed of light places a “horizon” on our universe, which we call the observable universe – that is, we can’t see past that point, because light just hasn’t had enough time to travel from there to here yet. This means that there’s a whole load of stuff beyond this horizon that we just can’t see.Now, back to those gravitational waves: they first started out as minuscule waves inside the tiny universe, but during this faster-than-light expansion of the universe they grew along with space itself, becoming bigger and bigger, but weaker and weaker as they were stretched, and were pushed out beyond the observable universe. Whatever was left of the waves in the observable universe was too weak to create any strong variations, leaving us with the flat, homogeneous universe we see today.However, the gravitational waves left their “imprint” on the light of the early universe, and about 400,000 years after the Big Bang that light became free to travel through the universe, unperturbed, with hints of gravitational waves embedded on it. So, if we could detect this imprint on light, we could then show that gravitational waves exist, proving that the Inflation Epoch was real, thereby providing even more evidence for the Big Bang.And breathe! That’s the hardcore science out of the way.What does this mean for cosmology?The team operating the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole managed to find those signatures in the light from the early history of the universe, showing that inflation is real and providing more evidence for the Big Bang.What does this mean for cosmology now? Can astronomers just pack up and go home? No way! This is where the fun really begins! Now we know that inflation happened, we now have to figure out just what caused it. At the moment, we just have a hypothetical thing called an inflation that we use as the “trigger” for inflation, but this will soon become a whole new and exciting world for physicists and mathematicians.Those gravitational waves stem from the quantum fluctuations that arose in the moments after the Big Bang: this means that we now have evidence of quantum gravity, something that has never been observed before. This will be a lot of fun for scientists, too, as merging theories of gravity with quantum physics (like we’ve done with electricity and magnetism in electromagnetism) will give us a more complete view of the universe.We’ll be able to better understand how gravitational extremes like black holes work, and now we have more solid picture of how massive clusters of galaxies and other cosmological structures form. Maybe, in the future, this will help us tackle new and exciting ideas we haven’t even thought of yet.Conor Farrell is an avid science enthusiast and studied physics with astronomy at Dublin City University. He now works with Astronomy Ireland to promote all things space-related to a wider audience. In his spare time he writes about science and current affairs, and can be followed on Twitter at @conorsthoughts. Read more of Conor’s columns here.Read: The moment a scientist is told he made a major physics breakthroughlast_img read more

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Apple isnt happy with how much damages Samsung has to pay so

first_imgWHILE THE US courts decided Samsung had to pay Apple $119.6 million in its most recent patent case, Apple doesn’t feel the result went far enough.The company has requested a retrial and filed new documents seeking a permanent injunction against a number of older Samsung phones that were found to infringe some of Apple’s software patents in last month’s case.The devices in question include the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3 and Stratosphere.The case didn’t look at Samsung’s newest phones like the Galaxy S4 and S5, but Apple is also seeking to get a US sales ban against Samsung, preventing it from selling any devices which it believes infringes upon its own patents. It claims it would “suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the Infringing Features.”Apple was originally looking for $2.191 billion when the original case began, and it’s hoping that the retrial, if allowed, will bring it to a figure closer to that. However, it’s will have to convince the district court Judge Lucy Koh to approve of the retrial. Koh has denied similar requests from Apple and it’s unlikely it will be successful here.Samsung has also filed a request to alter the judgement against them in their favour, although its requests weren’t revealed.Read: Sony follows in Microsoft’s footsteps by bringing the PS4 to China >Read: Google developing ‘Project Tango’ tablet with 3D mapping capabilities >last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgINTERNATIONAL Displaced Iraqi Christians sleep at a church in Northern Iraq amid major tensions in the area. Source: AP/Press Association Images#IRAQ: The US has launched an air strike against Islamic militants ISIS in Iraq. President Barack Obama said the US is trying to halt a potential “genocide“.#GAZA: Israel has resumed air strikes on Gaza after militants fired rockets from Palestine as the fragile three day truce came to an end earlier today.#ON TRIAL: The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be delivered on 11 September, Judge Thokozile Masipa has confirmed.INNOVATIONStephen King, John Grisham and 907 other authors have written an open letter to Amazon asking it to end a bitter publishing dispute which it says is hurting writers [New York Times]Google’s lawyers are having their busiest summer ever as the internet giant deals with headache after headache [Quartz]PARTING SHOTMedyan Dairieh, a reporter with VICE News, has spent three weeks embedded with ISIS, the Islamic militant group which has taken over large parts of Iraq. This video, the first of a five-part documentary, shows the extraordinary access he had to the militants within the caliphate, and how things have changed significantly in Iraq. [Vice] Source: VICE News/YouTube NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. IRELAND Source: David J. PhillipAn Irish woman was charged over the death of a newborn baby.FG says it will sort out the party’s accounts in Enda Kenny’s constituency. Yellow alert: it’s about to start lashing rain.The High Court has intervened in the Greyhound dispute.The NHS says it is not specifically looking for Irish blood.One of the deadliest types of jellyfish has been spotted in Dublin Bay.The government is backing the man behind Alan Shatter’s resignation.Gardaí are searching for a hit-and-run driver in Cork.Rory McIlroy has taken the lead at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.last_img read more

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Google tried to buy Twitter for 4 billion

first_imgGoogle has never proven adverse to laying down a few suitcases full of benjamins in exchange for hot new web properties to absorb. It paid $1 billion for YouTube back in 2006, after all, so it probably wouldn’t surprise you that the Big G also had its eye on acquiring micro-blogging platform Twitter earlier this year.What might surprise you, though, is how much Google was willing to spend to own Twitter. According to Yahoo Financial News, earlier this year Google made an offer to take Twitter off its owners hands for a cool $2.5 billion.Wow, right. But Twitter turned them down. In fact, Twitter apparently felt downright insulted by the offer, which prompted Google to make a second offer just three months ago… this time for four billion dollars.You’re probably a bit shocked by that figure, but it actually makes a lot of sense: Twitter does something Google is incapable of doing, which is basically compile search indexes in real-time of the trends and subjects people are talking about. Since Twitter’s popularity no longer seems likely to fizzle out as a flash in the pan, that’s a lot of potential content that Google can slap AdWords onto in real-time.Surprisingly, Twitter resisted this buy-out too, which implies they have some pretty grand plans of their own. I only wonder if Google will make another offer, and if this time, it’ll be an offer Twitter can’t refuse.Read more at Yahoolast_img read more

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