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Swiss Play-Off final is going further after Wacker Thun beat Kadetten 37:31 (21:12) for the first victory in series. Kadetten will have a new match ball next Thursday at domestic BBC Arena.Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 37:31 (21:12)Wacker Thun: Winkler, Merz); Hüsser (4), Isailovic (2), Caspar (7/2), Friedli (6), von Deschwanden (1), Linder (6); Dähler, Franic (6), Buri (1), Lanz, Rathgeb (2), Studer (2).Kadetten Schaffhausen: Quadrelli; Nik Tominec (3), Jurca (5/5), Ursic (1), Kukucka (3), Pendic (8/2), Starczan; Emrich (4), Mamic (3), Stojanovic (1), Prieto, Bucher, Cvijetic. Kadetten SchaffhausenSwiss handballswitzerlandwacker thun ← Previous Story Vive Kielce humiliates Wisla Plock and takes 2-0 lead Next Story → French CL’s battle: Dunkerque second, Montpellier third!
The European Handball Federation announced today that Berlin will be hosting the EHF Cup Finals 2014, by the EHF Cup participating team, Fuchse Berlin. The event is scheduled for the 17th and 18th of May 2014. Six further bids have been rejected.The first final four in the EHF Cup was played in Nantes last year. Rhein-Neckar Lowen won the first EHF Cup Final Four. BerlinEHFehf cup finals 2014european handbal federationFuchse BerlinNantesRhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story SG Flensburg wins in Denmark – THW Kiel beat Wisla Plock! Next Story → SERBIA 2013: TOP 15 stars in battle for the world crown!
7.Vojvodina153210387 : 48311 1.Vardar141112463 : 37134 4.Tatran Prešov14905446 : 37827 6.Nexe13706362 : 34921 9.Spartak Vojput153111375 : 47710 MVM Veszprem and PPD Zagreb ended routinely with home wins year 2015. Hungarians beat Slovakian Tatran Prešov 39:31 (21:15) in Christmas party in front of their fans at “Veszprem Arena”. Slovenian right wing Gašper Marguč netted eight goals for the winners, while Radoslav Antl scored one less for Prešov.PPD Zagreb had no difficulties against RK Borac Banja Luka 30:20 (19:11).It is still unclear which four teams will compete at SEHA FINAL4 next March.STANDINGS: 2.MVM Veszprem111010372 : 24731 5.Meshkov Brest11704338 : 28821 8.Borac m:tel143110348 : 43610 10.Maks Strumica140212310 : 4662 3.PPD Zagreb131003402 : 30830 ← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE PLAYMAKER 2015? Next Story → Thorir Hergeirsson before WCh 2015 Final: They are flying Dutch girls
MVM Veszprem Hungarian MVM Veszprem are close to the EHF CL Final 4 in Cologne. Xavi Sabate guys made an important step toward Lanxess Arena by beating RK Vardar 29:26 in SKopje!RK Vardar – MVM Veszprem 26:29 (9:12)SkopjeSpectators – 6000RK VARDAR: Šterbik six saves, Gorbok 3/5, Toskić 1/2, Dibirov 6(3)/10, Brumen 1/2, Dujshebaev 4/7, Cindrić 1/4, Shishkarev 3/4, Maqueda 0/2, Stoilov 0/2, Manaskov 1/1, Karačić 6/8MVM VESZPREM: Alilović 13 saves, Mikler three saves, Nagy 2/5, Ilić 9(5)/13, Ugalde 5/6, Palmarsson 7/8, Terzić 0/1, Slišković 1/2, Sulić 4/4, Marguč 1/1RESULT: 2:0 (4.) 3:4 (10.) 7:6 (18.) 7:12 (26.) 8:12 (29.) 16:16 (38.) 18:23 (46.) 22:24 (52.) 24:25 (55.) 25:28 (58.)MoM: Momir Ilić (Veszprem) ← Previous Story PSG Handball to pack for Cologne Next Story → Kiel with +5 to Blaugrana
The Government, ICTU and IBEC are also of the view that a final effort should be made to resolve the matter without further strike action, which would be very disruptive for commuters and could have very serious consequences for the company, its employees and for the economy.Bus drivers went on strike for three days last month after a dispute with management about cost-cutting measures aimed at saving €11.7 million, of which €7.7 million would come from direct payroll costs.More: Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contractsRead: No breakthrough in talks between HSE and junior doctors A GROUP HAS been established with a sole aim of resolving the ongoing dispute at Dublin Bus.The government set up the group following a joint proposal from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and IBEC. The organisations want an urgent investigation to find a way to progress the Labour Court recommendation relating to cost reduction measures.Dublin Bus workers (at driving grade) have rejected the company’s savings plans and have voted for industrial action.The Department of Transport said that the group, which has already held its first meeting, is making “immediate arrangements to engage external expertise to carry out a detailed investigation on its behalf, including discussions with management, trade unions and drivers”.It is tasked with identifying the issues in the proposals which have led to their rejection by drivers, as well as possible solutions. It will also make recommendations, including a timescale for implementation.Members include the Secretary Generals of the transport and jobs departments, ICTU general secretary David Begg and IBEC chief Danny McCoy.In a statement today, the Department of Transport said that the government, ICTU and IBEC are all “conscious that the continued deferral of the implementation of cost reduction measures places employment in the company at increased risk”.
THE NUMBER OF non-Irish nationals living in Ireland has almost doubled in a decade, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.There were a total of 544,357 non-Irish nationals living in the country in April 2011, up from 224,261 people in 2002. According to the CSO, the growth in numbers has continued since 2006, albeit at a slower pace than earlier years.They come from 199 nations, with the majority speaking a language other than Irish or English in the home. Polish was the most common language, with 112,811 speakers, followed by Lithuanian, Russian, Romanian and Latvian.“Ireland has become an increasingly diverse society over the past decade and the different nationalities that make up the population of Ireland have an increasingly important impact on the economy and society” said Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO.The number of Polish nationals living in Ireland increased by 93.7 per cent since 2006 to 122,585 in 2011, making them the second largest group in Ireland, slightly ahead of UK nationals who account for 112,259.The majority of foreign nationals live in Dublin, with 88,038 and 49,517 living in the Dublin City and Fingal administrative counties respectively. 42,886 lived in Cork while Leitrim and Longford, with 3,703 and 5,477 non-nationals respectively had the lowest numbers.One new emigrant every five minutes, according to latest CSO figures>
THE TROIKA MAY have officially completed their final review of Ireland’s bailout programme but they weren’t slow giving some advice as they finished up.“The implementation of the programme, which will expire in the coming months, has been steadfast, ” an official statement issued by the European Commission, the ECB and IMF said today.The Troika sounded one major warning, however, and it focused squarely on the health service. They say that budget figures remained on track to October but that “spending control must be maintained, in particular in the healthcare sector.”Echoing the continued debate surrounding the feasibility of saving in the Department of Health, the Troika sounded a note of concern, “Realising the proposed savings in health expenditure, while protecting core services, will require particular attention”.The second area of continued concern for the Troika was a call for a durable resolution of mortgages in arrears. They called on the banks to do more:The introduction of a target regime for arrears resolution has been helpful, but greater efforts are required by banks to find long-term sustainable solutions for borrowers in genuine mortgage distress. In other arrears cases, there is a need to restore full debt service payments.Credit facilityThe Troika were giving very little away about post-bailout financing options for Ireland, merely saying that “discussions continued” on “related options following the expiry of the current EU-IMF arrangements.”The conclusion of this twelfth Troika review would allow for the disbursement to Ireland of the final €1.4 billion of loans under the bailout arrangement.The Troika issues a positive not on Ireland’s growth prospects saying that Ireland’s economy has been growing above the euro area average since 2011 and is on target to record low growth in 2013.Read: The reviews are over but we may not leave for “a number of years” — IMF Mission Chief >Read: After 12 reviews and at least a few “discordant words,” Noonan and Howlin bid farewell to the troika >
AN IRANIAN MUSICIAN opened fire on members of an Iranian rock band in New York, murdering three men and wounding a fourth before killing himself, police said.Two of the deceased were 27- and 28-year-old brothers who belonged to the Yellow Dogs, an indie group that was formed in 2006 in Tehran and who came to the United States three years ago.The musicians were found dead in a three-story Brooklyn building where the band lived and rehearsed on Monday.Police said the shooter was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the roof next to a rifle shortly after midnight on Maujer Street in East Williamsburg.A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds in his right arm but is in a stable condition, police said.Soroush Farazmand, 27, was found dead, shot in the chest on the second floor. His brother Arash Farazmand, 28, and singer Ali Eskandarian, 35, were found shot in the head on the third floor.Police identified the shooter as 29-year-old Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie from Queens, New York. He was not a member of the band.New York police commissioner Ray Kelly was quoted by local media as saying the shooter appeared to have been an Iranian-American musician, possibly from another band.Yellow Dogs described itself as a dance-punk-psychedelic band and they perform in English, playing at notable venues on the circuit in New York and providing warm up for other acts.Fans took to the band’s Facebook page to express shock and grief.“What the hell! I’m still in shock. Can’t wrap my head around this tragedy,” wrote Faranak Karimpour.“Horrible what’s happened to you. RIP,” said Roberta Rodriguez.East Williamsburg is noted for its bohemian artists, middle class families looking, students and recent immigrants.BackgroundThree members of the band spoke of the troubles they had faced in Iran and their joy at living in New York on a video interview recorded last year and posted on YouTube.“We want to travel and play music. That’s actually our passion, I think,” said singer and guitarist known as Obash.(Video: looloooooooooooo888/YouTube) They met as teenagers and started playing as a hobby, but feared for their safety after taking part in a 2009 documentary about Iran’s underground music scene that won an award at Cannes.The Islamic republic considers rock music against Islam.The band said they used to soundproof their room in Tehran as well as they could but admitted they were lucky not to have been caught during performances for their friends.“Brooklyn, I feel I fit in perfectly. You don’t feel like a foreigner in New York City at all,” Obash said on the video.Unable to go back to Iran, they also spoke sadly about how their parents had never seen them play. – © AFP, 2013Read: Two dead, 22 injured in Texas house party shooting > Read: LAX gunman charged, carried note saying he planned to kill ‘multiple’ agents >
Video: RTÉWhen this man dressed as Commander Hadfield for the Dublin City MarathonThe astronaut even sent him a thank-you message.HMV reopened after we thought we’d never get it backGoodbye, HMV Grafton St. Pic: Niall Carson/PA WireWe thought it was gone forever. We were wrong.The hurler who was told he’d never play again – but didGood man, Conor Phelan.(nemetonSPORT/YouTube)When Superquinn assured us their sausages were not going to disappearNothing is going to change. NOTHING.When someone got back at a sexist ‘UCC birds’ Facebook page by setting one up about actual birdsAnd no one got into a flap about it. Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill teamed up, and everyone was happy!All credit to the bad cop and bad bad cop.Video: GodTVOfficialChannel/YouTubeWhen an engagement ring was found after being lost in LidlGood Samaritans rule.The film director who wouldn’t let Motor Neuron Disease stop him Simon Fitzmaurice is determined to make his first feature film, My Name is Emily, and his family are there every step of the way.When this autism assistance dog was found after going missing for 24 hours. The Ennis dog warden even stayed up overnight to look for Darcy the dog.Pic: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland Emotional homecomingsIs someone chopping onions over there? No one does reunions like us. (DailyEdge.ie/YouTube)Read: Here’s what the world searched for in 2013> IRELAND: SHE HAS her moments, but sometimes things happen that really make her shine.2013 had its ups and downs, but there were plenty of times that restored our faith in this small isle, just when things were getting a bit rough.Here’s some of our favourite moments.The hot summer weather that took us all by surpriseWe were very surprised.(Pic: Imgur)But we LOVED it. (Yes, that’s Ireland)We really, really loved it.Looking at the late Donal Walsh’s incredible legacyThe young teen sadly was fighting cancer, but selflessly did lots of work to try and curb the rate of teen suicide. (HSE Ireland/YouTube)When a family rescued 30 sharks on a beachYes, sharks.(jeffgartland1/YouTube)… And this dog was rescued after falling down a cliff in Dublin.(His name was Luca)When 40 neighbours stopped three men burgling the home of an elderly manThey put them under citizen’s arrest.Pic: Google Street ViewWhen Ireland’s women’s rugby team won the Grand SlamLegends.
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.270 million – The number of journeys made on public transport in Ireland in 2012, according to the National Transport Authority.3,850 – The number of visas for Canada which were snapped up by Irish people in just 10 minutes on Thursday night.1,500 – The approximate number of property tax returns being received by the Revenue Commissioners every day ahead of the 31 March deadline for homeowners to file a return.239 – The number of people on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing one week ago.73 – The percentage of employers who plan to increase wages this year, according to a survey by PwC.73 – The number of people arrested at a pre-St Patrick’s Day party at the University of Massachusetts in the US. Four police officers suffered minor injuries in the fracas.43 – The number of years since a UVF bomb at a Belfast pub killed 15 people. A 75-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack on Wednesday.26 – The number of years that Glenn Ford spent on death row in Louisiana in the US before his conviction for murder was quashed this week.14 – The number of weeks an English woman was sentenced to spend in prison after she killed her kitten by cooking it in a microwave.12 – The number of senior executives at the beleaguered Rehab Group who earn more than €100,000. according to figures released by the organisation.6 – The number of children hospitalised after chemical fumes were released during a lesson at a swimming pool in NUI Maynooth on Tuesday.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >
JUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Kathleen Lynch has said that the government had no other option but to axe two disability transport payments saying that to have kept them would have been unaffordable for the State.Lynch could provide no guarantee that those in receipt of the payments – the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant – would continue to receive it through another means once they are scrapped altogether in four months time.“We now have the HSE going to do an in-depth look at who receives it, what their transport needs are and how we can ensure that their transport needs are met in the next four to five months,” she told RTÉ Radio.“That’s what we’re looking at now and that’s the only guarantee I can give anyone.”Her comments follow the announcement last night from the Department of Health that the payment of the Mobility Allowance of around €208 per month to 4,700 people will end in four months time in addition to the scrapping of the Motorised Transport Grant paid to 300 people.This follows a finding by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly that the exclusion of people over the age of 65 from the scheme was illegal and breached equality law. The government says that it would cost too much to widen the scheme.On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Lynch said that to expand the scheme to include those over 65 would cost the State €170 million to €300 million and said that “every single option we came up” as an alternative “was considered to be illegal”.‘We simply cannot afford it’She said the choice was either to open it up or to close it down and said that the latter was chosen with a view to taking “a serious look as to how we would develop a transport system for everyone in the country”.Lynch said: “The facts are that if we keep this scheme going as it now exists then it will be open to everyone who is over 65 and who, within the Disability Act, is defined as having a disability.“We simply cannot afford it, we are trying desperately to deliver services within the health service to everyone.”She said that the Departments of Transport, Environment, Public Expenditure and Reform, Local Government and officials from the Revenue and disability groups would consult with the chair of an independent review group, Sylda Langford, to devise alternatives.The Department siad last night that the €10.6 million funding for the two schemes would remain in place. Mobility Allowance is a means-tested grant paid to people who are disabled and are unable to use public transport.The Motorised Transport Grant is paid to people with a disability to allow them to adapt their cars or vehicles for driving.Earlier the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly told RTÉ that it was “puzzling” that the Department had taken the decision to scrap the payment.“We never expected that they would abolish the scheme in this way,” she said.More: ‘A sick bureaucratic monster’ – Department slammed after disability payments axed
THE OVERRIDING FEELING when reflecting on the experience of prostitution is simply this: loss. Loss of innocence, loss of time, of opportunity, credibility, respectability, and the spiritually ruinous loss of connectedness to the self. I could go on and on, but the primary element is always loss.The battle continues forever against the loss of self-worth. There is no magical shift back to your former self on the day you leave prostitution. You do begin the task of reclaiming what is left of your former self, as I have said; but how much is really left? And how qualified are you now, permanently altered as you are, to identify it?What is left of me?I cannot identify all that is left of me after the mental and emotional carnage of prostitution, but I do know that this book, this dissection of the prostitution experience, comes from a place inside me that rejects prostitution on a very deep level, both for myself and for other women; and so I know that whatever it was that drove me to write it is something that prostitution did not manage to destroy. How much is really left I do not know, but this much is left, enough to make this effort, and I am glad of that.The general assessment is that prostitution involves a very private loss, which of course it does, but I do not know how well people consider the numerous other losses it disseminates. This is understandable to me as I doubt I would ever have had cause to consider them much had I not been prostituted myself.Because the business of prostitution creates and is then carried out in a highly depersonalised environment, the focus of the commodification has no option but to begin to accept the depersonalisation of her own self. Loss connects all the negativities in prostitution. It is both the dominant ingredient and the binding agent; it makes up the basic flavour and brings together all the other components of this recipe.‘Once a whore always a whore’The losses to the prostituted individual are limitless. They are limitless not only because they are innumerable but also because there is no cap, no ceiling, no time-frame limit on when they will cease intruding into a woman’s life. There also are no socially accepted boundaries which a woman can erect between prostitution and herself. The common saying: ‘Once a whore always a whore’ makes reference to this. A woman may be a former prostitute of several years, like myself, who worries about the impact of her history on her child, or she may be a former prostitute decades older than me who worries about the teasing and bullying of her grandchildren.The losses here are of safety and security, dignity, reputation and social status. They are old losses and hold no surprises, but they are horrible losses to see projected onto our loved ones. It is both heart-wrenching and nauseating to see those we love tarred with shame by association here.There is another loss I hesitated to include here; it is the loss of humanity. I hesitated to include it because I do not believe I was ever less than human in my life, but I certainly know I was treated as if I were. In prostitution, men dehumanise women and women dehumanise themselves in order to be able to perform the acts men require of them. This does not mean that women are made less than human; it means that they are treated as such and operate in an environment in which they must not only accept such treatment from others, but actively seek it and learn to deliver it to themselves.I lost my humanityAnd yes, there is loss here: it is the loss of the belief in and the experience of your own humanity. And what is the loss of anything if not the loss of connectedness to it? In that sense, I lost my humanity. I lost my humanity in that I lost touch with it. While I never quite forgot about it, I pretended, because I was paid to pretend, that it was of no consequence. There are areas of life where it is necessary to buy into certain untruths.My environment told me my humanity didn’t matter, and I needed to believe that. Why? —Because it is easier to detach from an irrelevance. There is also the loss I’ve mentioned to prostituted women as a group. Sadly, and in a sense paradoxically, one of the biggest losses to prostituted women as a group is derived from the fact that they are a group. It is in the fact that they must acknowledge and accept that they are collectively removed from the rest of society, and behave as such, and comfort each other in the knowing of it.For my own sake, I believe I was lucky to have the company of other prostituted women. They understood me. They didn’t judge me. We couldn’t judge each other; but our very connection as a group solidified our separation from the rest of society. Yes, certainly we would have been worse off had we been removed from society individually, but, in a physical sense at least, we were not, and our coming together as a group was a natural convergence.Wariness of passersbyThere were positives and negatives in this, and of the negatives, the principal ones were defined by loss. We shared a collective lack of social standing and a dearth of respect from the world. We understood this, intensely, painfully. This was particularly obvious to me during my street-walking years. Besides the men who’d come there to seek us out, I don’t think any member of the public ever walked by us without a wary glance and a quickening of the step. Had any of them any idea what a normal casual ‘Good evening girls’, would have meant, I wonder?To be excluded as part of a group may not sound as horrendous as being excluded as an individual, and if those two methods of exclusion worked independently of each other it would be true that it is not, but the truth for all those who are excluded as part of a group is that they are excluded as individuals also. They are debarred and expelled on both counts. This is not only true of prostitutes; it is true of the members of all socially excluded groups.Prostitution clearly promotes the depersonalisation of sex, which can never be good news for women – any women. Prostitution has a ripple effect. It creates the illusory view in the minds of men that women are not human beings as men are, but simply the walking carrier of a product, and that they serve one principal function, whether or not they are paid for it, which is to be used as vessels for the sexual release of men.Women as objectsThey are effortlessly and imperceptibly relegated from the realms of the human. They are not people on a par with their male counterparts. Prostitution obscures women’s humanity from society generally, but it also causes women specifically to lose sensitivity to their own humanity by way of tolerating the prostitution of others of their gender. When women tolerate prostitution they are actually tolerating the dehumanisation of their own gender in a broader and more encompassing sense. Countries with male-majority governments are implementing the legalisation of prostitution with frightening rapidity throughout the western world. Where is the female revolt towards all this?There is no widespread female revolt because female sexuality has so long been viewed as a commodity that woman have begun to believe in the necessity of a separate class of women to provide it. If a woman tolerates this treatment of her fellow women, if she accepts it under the banner of ‘liberalism’ or anything else, then she must also accept that she herself is only removed from prostitution by lack of the circumstances necessary to place her there.The acceptance of prostitutionThe acceptance of prostitution makes all women potential prostitutes in the public view since there are only two requirements for a woman to work in a brothel: one is that circumstance has placed her so (and who knows when that can happen, to any of us?) and the other is that she has a vagina, and all women are born meeting at least one of these requirements.It bears repeating: if the commodification of women is to be accepted then all women fall under that potential remit. If a woman accepts prostitution in society, then she accepts this personal indenture, whether she knows it or not; and yes, that is a loss.`Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran is published by Gill & Macmillan and is out now, priced at €16.99. Read: Campaign against sex-trafficking targets potential punters>Read: Shatter publishes human trafficking bill to tackle forced begging>
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK (UL) has initiated its own inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of a dog which was allegedly lured to its death in a road traffic accident by some of its students.The university said any act of cruelty to animals would lead to disciplinary procedures being taken against students under its code of conduct.The inquiry follows a report in the Limerick Leader newspaper that some students had deliberately enticed a local dog into a dangerous situation by throwing a ball over and back across a road in the College Court Drive area of Castletroy, near the university.A letter-writer to the paper said the students had deliberately thrown the ball – which the dog had been chasing as it was tossed over and back – in front of a van, causing the dog to be run over and killed.“As the dog lay dying in agony, the students laughed and jeered at my brother-in-law as he roared and scolded them,” the letter-writer claimed.UL said it had now asked the Garda authorities to investigate the incident, and had asked to be kept abreast of any student involvement in the incident.In a statement posted to its Facebook page, it also said it had written to the letter-writer asking her to make contact so that the full extent of the incident could be ascertained.It also said its “comprehensive and robust system” to investigate alleged breaches of its its student code, and possible penalties included “fines, suspension and, in serious cases, dismissal from the University”.“We have already encouraged any individual with information relating to this incident to report this in the first instance to the Gardaí and where student involvement is suspected to notify the University for further investigation,” it said.Read: Man saves dog from certain death in liftMore: This is everything* you need to know about bringing your pet on holidays
The Seanad is to reconvene to hold a debate on the Gaza crisis.Two people have been airlifted from Croagh Patrick.Waterford Crystal workers may finally have their pensions sorted.RTE has apologised for ‘confusion’ over its Gaza woman footage.Anyone abused by Jimmy Savile in Ireland has been urged to come forward.Today marks 100 years since the Asgard gunship landed at Howth.A man has died in the Twelve Bens mountains in Galway.INTERNATIONAL NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Michael D Higgins walks through a guard of honour at Howth this afternoon. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland An Israeli tank fires towards Gaza this morning before the truce began. Source: AP/Press Association Images#GAZA: Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, just hours after Israel broke an earlier ceasefire. The truce will last until 2pm on Monday (11am GMT).#MH17: Dutch police have had to scrap plans to visit the site of the MH17 crash amid security concerns.#OUTBREAK: An American doctor who moved to Africa to help Ebola patients has himself fallen sick with the disease.INNOVATIONLet’s face it: your computer is never going to be as fast as it was when you first bought it – but here are a few things you can do to speed it up without spending a cent. Spain has brought in a new so-called ’Google tax‘ which will allow media in the country to charge Google and other search engines for linking to their copyrighted material. The problem is that no-one is quite sure how it’s going to work. [QZ]PARTING SHOTWe cannot let it go on.This clip of Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow has been going viral today. In it, Snow recounts the scene inside al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, where doctors are struggling to treat children and adults wounded in the ongoing attacks. “I can’t get those images out of my mind,” he says. Source: eastlndn/YouTube
PARTING SHOTDo you remember the ’17 People’ episode of the West Wing? Here’s an amazing breakdown of the show, including a timeline of Toby’s thinking, ‘Hoynes Breadcrumbs’, and an infographic on where the main story arcs take place. [SeventeenPeople.com] A three-year-old child has died following an incident on a farm in Co Cork.A Greyhound truck was stopped by a peaceful protest in Dublin.Calor Gas is going to court over its bottles allegedly being refilled without permission.New penalty point rules kick in today.A crisis team has been set up to help Irish citizens in Libya amid an upsurge in violence there.INTERNATIONAL Irish Rail workers are set to strike on the All-Ireland semi and final days.A two-year-old boy has died after being struck by a van in Tipperary town.Kinvara, Co Galway has become the first town in Ireland to introduce a blanket ban of Israeli goods in protest over the Gaza crisis. Injured robots are being programmed to keep going. [TechCrunch] A Palestinian boy sits in the stairwell of his home in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border today. Source: AP/Press Association Images #GAZA: A US- and UN-brokered ceasefire collapsed today amid reports of Hamas kidnapping an Israeli soldier.#EBOLA: Two US citizens infected with Ebola are being evacuated to America.#AUSTRALIA: Australian parents have been accused of abandoning a baby born with Down Syndrome to a surrogate, while taking the baby’s twin home.INNOVATION Google could be faced with another antitrust case in Europe – this time with Android. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Gardai at the scene after a human leg was found at the Thornton’s Recycling plant in west Dublin. Source: Niall Carson Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a human limb at a recycling facility in Dublin.
The time-lapse above has been around for a bit so apologies if you’ve seen it already, but if you haven’t you’re in for a treat. It’s a series of images of Lake Tahoe at night. What’s special above the video is not the lake though, it’s the amazingly starry sky above it. It’s a simple video as some of the time-lapses we’ve highlighted before go, but it’s still quite fantastic.The time-lapse was taken with a Canon 5D MKII and a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 lens. An Opteka battery grip was used to get the battery life of the 5D up to a point where it could last all night. The photographer, Justin Majeczky, was even nice enough to reveal the some data about his photographs–they were 30 second exposures at f/1.8 every 35 seconds. He says the ISO was around 1500.AdChoices广告Just to do a little back of the napkin math… It’s a 41 second video and let’s assume it’s at 30 frames per second (it could be less but this will give us a ballpark). That’s 1230 shots. The intervalometer was going off every 35 seconds with makes for 43050 seconds total. Divide that by 60 seconds and then 60 minutes and this was about a 12 hour time-lapse. If the video is at 24 fps then the total time would be more like 9.6 hours which makes more sense given the 9 hours of battery life he mentions in the video’s notes. Anyway, this is why you need an extended battery pack (or a few extra batteries and a lot of patience) if you will be taking time-lapses with long intervals between shots.Bonus: Don’t miss the shooting stars in the first few seconds. You can see one of them in the frame grab below.
Back in February, when Discover launched, a passenger on a commercial flight managed to take an incredible video of the shuttle leaving the Earth’s orbit. During today’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour the same thing happened. You can see the result above.Stefanie Gordon was on a flight from NYC to Palm Beach and that had the good fortune of flying within seeing distance of Endeavor. Gordon, luckily, was seated on the correct side of the plane with a camera at the ready, and took both pictures and video of the shuttle after it broke through the cloud cover.You can see the original images here and here. A brief video of the shuttle flying towards space is available as well.Gordon wasn’t alone in taking some amazing footage of Endeavour, @garrett_zach got some video as well. He shot his video from the ground with a 500mm lens… not quite as dramatic as from a plane the but it’s definitely worth a watch.If you’d like to see NASA’s video of the final launch of Endeavour, that has been made available as well. NASA’s two-and-a-half minute clip shows the shuttle leaving the ground and then going through the lower parts of the Earth’s atmosphere. Today’s launch, the start of mission STS-134, went smoothly though it had been delayed due to an issue with the auxiliary power Unit heaters in late April.
Following the terror attacks in Norway two weekends ago, retailers in that country have begun to pull major shooter and role-playing games from their shelves.Gaming business site Gamasutra has compiled reports from Norwegian gaming and IT news sources showing that retailer Coop Norway made the first move by stopping carrying 51 gaming and toy brands. The stoppage mostly includes shooters such as Homefront, Counter-Strike Source, Call of Duty titles, and Sniper Ghost Warrior, but also World of Warcraft.Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoeya and killed 77, had posted online a rambling 1500-page manifesto prior to the attacks mentioning WoW and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and painting the author as part of a modern Knights Templar.Coop Norway director Geir Inge Stokke said in a Norwegian newspaper that the company moved to remove the games once “we realized the scope of the attack.” He added that it was appropriate at the moment to take the games down and mentioned the “negative effects of games like these.” Continuing, Stokke mentioned that the company will carefully consider when to put the games back on shelves, that the business involved is “of no importance,” and that he wouldn’t be surprised if other retailers followed suit.In fact, others have begun to fall in line. Norwegian entertainment seller Platekompaniet has pulled the same games from its shelves as well.The practice of removing games after a violent tragedy has a precedent in Europe. German store Galeria Kaufhof pulled all mature-rated games from its shelves following a 2009 school shooting.via GamasutraBlake’s OpinionMany countries have stricter attitudes toward violent entertainment than the United States. Germany, for example, makes the news several times a year for stopping the sale, or requiring serious modification, of particularly violent games.Stopping the sale of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty following their publication is a capricious and ineffective reaction. One level of Modern Warfare 2 aside, these games offer nothing of value to an aspiring terrorist. Moreover, it would require a perplexing combination of mental instability and determination to read 1,500 pages of nonsense and try everything the madman suggests. Stopping terrorist activity is always an admirable goal, but stopping selling a few games won’t prevent any would-be terrorist from plotting and only serves to annoy gamers.It is, however, free publicity for Coop Norway. The video games industry is thankfully outgrowing the outdated perception that this new form of entertainment is the primary cause of social ills. Bear in mind that The Beatles were viewed in a similar light by some in the 1960s. The recent declaration in the United States that video games are protected speech is a big step forward for the gaming cause worldwide, but that doesn’t mean that gaming won’t gradually gain acceptance in hearts and minds.
Once again, Microsoft has padded its revenue stream with an Android patent license deal. This time around, it’s Compal Electronics — another name you might not be familiar with, but it’s a very significant win for the crew in Redmond.Like Wistron and Quanta, Compal produces devices for other companies — and they’re actually one of the top notebook manufacturers in the world. Compal recently announced that it was partnering with Lenovo to launch a joint manufacturing venture that would further strengthen its position as one of the industry leaders. They’ve also built devices for Dell, HP, Acer, and Toshiba.In January of this year, Compal execs told the press that they expected to ship around 3.8 million Android tablets in 2011. With Microsoft’s deals typically running in the neighborhood of $5 per device, that’s a fair chunk of change headed back their way from Compal. The Compal deal is also noteworthy because it marks a big milestone for Microsoft: they have now secured licensing deals that cover more than 50% of all Android devices being produced — the Samsung, HTC, and Quanta deals you’ve read about previously helped them achieve that goal rather quickly.It’s also worth noting that the deal covers Chrome OS hardware as well. Now that Compal, Wistron, and Quanta have signed on, it’s starting to look like Microsoft will be profiting from just about every mobile device powered by a Google-built OS. Microsoft is still hashing things out with Asus, whose manufacturing offshoot Pegatron it would no doubt like to lock up, and they’re also in the midst of litigation with another giant: Foxconn.Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, the saying goes. As long as Microsoft can continue pocketing cash from Android OEMs, it’s going to do exactly that.More at Microsoft
There is one day a year that NORAD let’s its hair down so to speak to provide an important service to the citizens of the world. On December 24th, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) uses all the tools at its disposal to track the progress of Santa Claus and his reindeer!NORAD will once again be teaming up with Google to allow users to watch Santa as he travels around the globe, all in 3D thanks to the Google Earth service. Guided by Rudolph’s famous red nose, Google Earth will have Santa’s location on lock and will offer a visual play-by-play as St. Nick flies over various landmarks around the world. The jolly elf’s progress will also be available on Google Maps in both its mobile and desktop forms so no one has to miss any of the action if they are travelling.Acting as a strong piece of evidence for the existence of Santa, the NORAD and Google tracking partnership has become a Christmas tradition for families, and can warm the heart of even the most grinchy of non-believers. Starting at the international date line and traveling West because of the different time zones, Santa gets going promptly at midnight, and zooms to all the homes in the world by 6am (local to each child’s house of course).All the fun starts at 2am EST on the 24th, as Santa begins his journey around the world to bring happiness to all! Make sure to mark your calendars! You can check out the archive of last years tracking below.Read more at Google’s Lat Long blog