Rares Jurca until 2015 in Kadetten Schaffhausen

Romanian NT player, lefthanded, Rares Jurca (29) will play for Swiss champion, Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2015. Romanian player with experience of playing in C.O Zagreb and FA Goppingen, came to Schaffhausen in 2010.  In couple with Aleksandar Stojanovic on the right back position, Jurca showed good form and deserved confidence of coach Peter Hrachovec.photo: EHF ← Previous Story Oliver Roggisch staying “heart of RNL” until 2013! Next Story → Svetislav Verkic in Tatran Presov until 2015! Kadetten SchaffhausenRares JurcaRomaniaRomanian handballSchaffhausenSwiss handball read more

Womens Champions League begins this weekend Buducnost defending champion

buducnostbuxtehuderClujdinamoGyorGyorihypoLarvikljubljanaOltchimPodravkaRandersSavehofthuringerzvezda After already two rounds of Men’s EHF VELUX Champions League were played, now it’s time for the female competition to begin as well. In the opening game one of the most serious candidates for the title, Gyori ETO hosts Podravka Koprivnica. On Saturday also, Larvik meets Savehof, while last season’s Champions League winners Buducnost welcome Zvezda Zvenigorod.HC Dinamo – Ferencvaros, Thuringer – Viborg, Oltchim – Hypo, Ljubljana – Cluj and Randers – Buxtehuder are the rest of the games to be played on Sunday and Monday.The defending champion is Buducnost, but coach Dragan Adzic will have very tough job following the departure of Katarina Bulatovic, Barjaktarovic and Djokic, and the retirement of Popovic and Savic. ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 6): Markussen and Lazarov lead Atletico past Puerto Sagunto Next Story → Tatari and colleagues walk the model runway read more

15 of the most memorable quotes from Traps Ireland career

first_imgWe would soon learn his favourite phrase… In two games we had very few reactions, we were impotent. Conceding a goal at the start meant that we went to war without weapons and in this situation it is very difficult. But do I have to remind you that it had been 24 years since Ireland were at the European Championships? I must defend the job I have done because it is the truth that I have done well.– June 2012 Under pressure after the defeat to Germany I cannot speak, I am so angry. It is a bitter evening, we played a great game. All the European people saw we deserved to win or at least get to penalties. In my life it is the second time something like this has happened. All I ask is for fair play. There has been a big mistake, the referee could have asked Henry. It’s clear, too clear, two situations.– November 2009 After Euro 2012 Updated 22.45Early on in his new role With that mentality and condition, we have a good team. Two or three young players give us more strength and power, like [Liam] Miller and [Glenn] Whelan in midfield. They are not superstars, but they are very, very important in our midfield. Not every team has a (Cristiano) Ronaldo who makes the difference.– May 2008 …or James McClean Reacting to comments made by Roy Keane Our support is very, very important for all the game. They can be the 12th player in the pitch. We need their support.– August 2011 His most famous quote – said before the Euro 2012 play-off Before the game we made a tactical (formation) with Shane Long, with (Jon) Walters, with (Aiden) McGeady. Ask Shane Long what he said, after this, ‘I have pain’.The doctor, worry, and so in hospital. They took him for a scan. And now he says he is fit, that is idiotic. Is idiot. No, (he) is no baby.– August 2012 Every club, every national team look for you to win. It’s not easy… it’s always a challenge. I’m no Saint Giovanni. I cannot win always but I love my job.– October 2010 They are little details, but the little details are very important.– May 2008 He wasn’t happy with Shane Long Appearing on the Late, Late Show After Thierry Henry’s handball We bought Del Piero at Juventus when he was 17-years-old. He was on the bench and for the second half, I told him to go on. Four minutes and thirty seconds, he scored a goal and I said he will have a great career, Del Piero is fantastic.– May 2012 After their 4-0 first leg win over Estonia On a former player When asked about his managerial position two days ago If I was John Delaney, I say Giovanni continue because Giovanni make great job– September 2013 He has been a great player and had great success. I don’t know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager. I can ask him why? I think for intelligent man, I can’t understand it.–June 2012 Another manager, English or German, would have said take your bag and go home, but I might need him in the game to score a goal. He was mortified (when he was pulled up in front of the squad). If he could have, he would have eaten his words. He was very apologetic. I said to everyone this is not about respect for the manager, this is about respect for everyone. I said the players are your colleagues.– September 2012 On the defensive Don’t jump the gun. In Italy it is other meaning but the same. Be careful the cat, no say the cat is in the sack when you have not the cat in the sack.– November 2011 I have crossed the Alps barefoot and overcome most difficult situations in my career– November 2012 Calling for support from the Irish fans If you write one bad article, does your editor says ‘Okay, you are out’ because of one bad article? I think no.– November, 2012 We are proud of our players. I am a little bit emotional and it’s important because the team believe us. We choose the 11 go on the pitch. Sometimes choose one, sometimes other. But all answer us with the same mentality, attitude, personality.– November 2011 All images: INPHOFirst published 14.03Cats, sacks and handballs: The 8 games that defined Trap’s Ireland reign6 issues that the new Irish manager must urgently addresslast_img read more

Column Is GDP all its cracked up to be

first_imgThe elephant in the room (the fallacy)Let’s say we go with the policy of increased spending. We borrow, let’s say, €50bn from the foreign markets. The government will spend it on roads, bridges, construction or some other project on the premise of creating jobs and boosting GDP. That sounds fine; everyone looks to be a winner in this situation.But what we are looking at is as the great French economist Frederic Bastiat identified “that which is seen” (the new roads or the increased labour force) we are ignoring “that which is unseen” (where is the government getting this money?). The taxpayer is paying for these projects and at a premium (interest must be paid on the borrowing) and how will we pay for it? Tax increases are likely.The fallacy is that, in actual fact, it doesn’t matter what projects the government take on if its goal is just to boost GDP. It is misallocating resources – by which I mean if the sole purpose is to increase GDP, the government could employ some people to dig a hole and others to fill it in again and the effect on GDP would be the same as if it were to build a road: it rises and economic growth appears to have risen. Is there anyone who would call this prosperity or a better standard of living?The tax money funding the loan is taken out of the economy which could be put to better use if left to private individuals through new business ventures, thus creating jobs without saddling the taxpayer with debt. My argument is that GDP should not be the judge and jury of the performance of the economy, as among other things it can be raised very easily. Instead, it should be taken with a pinch of salt and we must question the motives of government when they spend our money. GDP may fall as a result of many factors that are not detrimental to the economy, such as an ageing workforce, or new technology that reduces costs of production which leads to lower prices of goods or getting cheaper alternatives from abroad, so we must be wary when GDP has fallen of being told we “must” fix it. How do we calculate it?C+I+G+NX=YThis is the algebraic equation of an economy’s Gross Domestic Product. What happens is the Central Statistics Office compile data on the consumption, investment and government spending as well as the imports and exports and they plug it into this equation.In 2011 consumption was €81bn, investment was €16bn, government spending was €25bn and net exports were €35bn (Central Statistics Office). So we get 81+16+25+35= €157bn as our figure for GDP.Now we know what it is, what’s the big deal?This simplified view of an economy seems to cover all the bases; however, we must remember its importance. It’s one of, if not, the most sought after piece of empirical evidence with which economists and politicians form policy conclusions. Why is this? GDP is viewed as the biggest indicator of economic growth; this can have a huge bearing on policy changes by government.Let’s say that GDP fell from €157bn to €155bn this year. “Well, how can we improve that?”, will be the cry of government. They can increase any component of GDP; the easiest way is to borrow money and increase government spending, as it is difficult to force consumers and businesses to spend but the government can do it freely provided it has access to loans. (Bear in mind I am not writing about the current conditions of markets in any country this is a purely hypothetical example) An Irish perspective WE’VE HEARD ABOUT it in the pub, read it in the paper or have seen it on the news. ‘GDP is down 0.7 per cent over the third quarter of last year or it’s up 0.2 per cent from the second quarter two years ago or it’s expected to rise or fall next quarter’ – we can’t escape it.What is this yoke Enda Kenny and Angela Merkel keep raving about? I’m here to explain GDP for those who don’t have the foggiest notion and to offer a critique for those who understand it.What is it?Gross Domestic Product is defined by Rudiger Dornbusch as “the value of all final goods and services produced in a country within a given period” usually a year or a quarter. That may seem difficult but it’s relatively straightforward, there are four components to GDP:1. Consumption or household spending on goods and services (C) examples are buying a bag of chips or getting a haircut.2. Investment spending by households and businesses (I), for example a new house or a new factory.3. Government spending on goods and services (G) eg teachers wages.4. Net exports (NX) ie the difference between what we spend on foreign goods (import) and what foreigners spend on our goods (export). To put this into an Irish perspective, we are bound by the rules of the Troika and are restricted, but we are set to return to the markets soon, and politicians are talking about stimulating the economy so increasing spending will be back on the agenda.A word of warning, in my opinion unemployment is the key factor and, yes, the government can increase employment through spending – but do you not think that the local businessman has a better idea of what consumers want than a government official spending money that is not his own?American economist Henry Hazlitt explains that as a result of a government focused on increasing GDP, the local businessman cannot start his new venture, cannot employ new workers and we lose these jobs where the tax payer actually benefits.Instead, in order for the government to pay people to undertake these new projects, they increase taxes to pay back the loan that they took out to boost GDP – and who gets saddled with the debt?The taxpayer.Luke McGrath is 22-year-old aspiring economist and a final year commerce student specialising in economics at NUIG: find him on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Told to resign Taoiseach says Ive news for you we will not

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY faced another call to resign in the Dáil this morning as he defended his government’s record in office and said it is not going to run away from its responsibilities.For the second day in a row Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Taoiseach to resign and seek a mandate from the people for the policies he and his government are implementing.But Kenny said: “I want you to understand that I have a mandate from the people to sort out the economic catastrophe that was left to this government.”He said that “in due course” the people will have an opportunity to deliver its verdict on this government and said that last week’s Budget was about getting “this country and our people out of the bailout”.“I have news for you, we will not shirk our responsibility,” Kenny told Adams, saying there are “brighter days ahead of our country”. Twice at Leaders’ Questions this morning, Kenny heard statements he made in 2008, regarding the removal of medical cards from over 70s, quoted back to him in the wake of yesterday’s protests by elderly groups outside Leinster House.Defending his record, Kenny told independent TD Seamus Healy that the country was not in the bailout programme when he told protestors five years ago that “to take away your rights to have a medical card beyond the age of 70, I reject it, the cheek of it, shame on them”.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised the issue of the capping of tax relief for health insurance to €1,000 per adult and €500 per child in last week’s Budget, which he said would affect the majority of policy holders.Kenny rejected this and figures from the private health insurers saying that the figures from the Revenue Commissioenrs, that 50 per cent of policy holders will be afffected and not 90 per cent, are “accurate”.“What we’ve done here is very fair,” the Taoiseach insisted.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Yesterday: Facing call to resign, Taoiseach says medical card issues ‘will all be sorted out’last_img read more

Simon Hick column Ireland were right to gamble all on black even

first_imgSUNDAY’S GAME WAS like a movie that makes you think long after the final credits.Anyone who was at the Aviva or watched it on television will have been replaying incidents in their head all week.There was the brutal end game, the Sexton miss, the McGrath penalty, but also telepathic offloads, intricate counter attacks, front-rowers executing delicate switch moves.Painful as it was, this, finally, was an Irish performance that answered a few questions.The game was constantly on a knife edge, there was a sense that either team could score at any moment. There were more finger-tip catches and last ditch super hero tackles in one game than most players pack into a season.Sean O’Brien’s basketball style finger-roll offload to keep the ball airborne for a fraction longer so that Conor Murray could stoop to catch it, typified the theme of this game – the courageous plays were rewarded, the percentage plays were doomed.This wasn’t Ireland’s best ever performance, it was full of flaws, but it was arguably our most ambitious ever display, containing the greatest phases of play in our history.Jamie Heaslip missed his first tackle on Aaron Cruden, on Paul O’Connell’s second carry of the game he got turned over, Brian O’Driscoll’s first pass was wild, Devin Toner knocked on twice from restarts, Conor Murray kicked the ball away too much. This was far from perfection, but the difference was, when Ireland were good, they made it count.When they attacked they were genuinely world class in their handling, their passing, the speed at which they took the ball, the way they absorbed contact. The build-up to the Rory Best try is arguably the most efficiently brilliant rugby this country has ever produced.In defence too, Ireland were ambitious. They didn’t seek to absorb and contain their opponent, they went for broke. Think of Tommy Bowe’s wrap around tackles, the way D’Arcy burst through rucks when New Zealand had the ball, or Heaslip perfectly timing his defensive runs in the final 10 minutes.The way teams win rugby games now is not by playing percentages, its by ruthlessly going for the jugular when they have the chance. To beat New Zealand or South Africa, to make a World Cup semi-final, to beat France in Paris, you need your hooker throwing dummies, your centres forcing turnovers out of nothing, your fullback running in tries from 60 metres.It is now clear, as admitted by Joe Schmidt, that Ireland targeted the New Zealand game. They gambled all on black. They were right to do that, even though it didn’t work. If we are to win big tournaments again, we have to take risks with selection, with targeting the big games and we must gamble when playing the best teams.Gordon D’Arcy, Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe tackle Ma’a Nonu. Credit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneIn 2009, the Grand Slam year, Declan Kidney took perhaps the biggest risk of his career by rotating selection for the game against Scotland. It worked.Padraig Harrington says consistency is over-rated. Win two tournaments a year, stink up the rest of them, and you have yourself a very successful golfer. He believes you don’t even need to play well for all four rounds to win a major, you just need to produce excellence on the final day. Well, international rugby now also rewards the high roller, the team that can turn it on in for brief periods, at key moments in a game. Wales are either world beaters or flops, but every other European side would love to have their last decade of highs and lows.Ireland certainly can’t be accused of being a consistent rugby team. In the last seven years we have been destroyed by Georgia, and destroyed New Zealand. We laugh at France, but we are equally schizophrenic.It is clear after Sunday, however, that it suits our mentality to go all out, to commit 100% to the difficult moves, to be big game players. The winner of the 2014 Six Nations championship won’t play well every week. Its all about choosing your moment.SLIDESHOW: Leinster welcome Ireland internationals backAnalysis: What does Jamie Heaslip do for Ireland?last_img read more

Google Glass update lets users snap photos by winking

first_imgWhether it’s capturing an amazing sunset on an evening walk, or photographing your receipt for the lunch you’ll need to expense, you can now stay in the moment and wink to take a picture instantly.It doesn’t end there. We’re starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible. Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay.You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss. Pretty cool, right? ALTHOUGH IT HAS yet to be released commercially, Google has added a number of updates for current Google Glass users.Some of the updates include a lock screen – which you unlock with taps and swipes – and updates to its YouTube, Hangouts, and Google music app.Yet the most curious addition is allowing you to take photos by winking. Instead of asking Glass to take a snap, all you need is a quick wink and it will capture what’s in front of you.In an update on Google+, the Google Glass team wrote:center_img Thankfully, it’s an option that you have to switch on first before you can use it. Although if you ever do get a pair, it could be a handy excuse should your attempts to catch someone’s attention goes horribly wrong.Read: Here’s what the world searched for in 2013 >Read: Obama meets heads of Twitter, Facebook and Apple to discuss NSA spying >last_img read more

Trapattoni plays down Napoli rumours insists priorities lie with Ireland

first_imgThe game against England takes place on May 29, and is followed by a friendly against Georgia on June 2. Both games will serve as preparation for the side’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on June 7, before they play Spain in another glamour friendly in Yankee Stadium on June 11.Thanks for memories, Ferguson tells United fans>No one told Fabio Coentrao he was rested for Real Madrid’s game at the weekend> “I spoke with [Dunne] and asked him – if you can play one or two games in the league… He started training last week. His club must tell us about his injury – we need permission.” IRELAND BOSS GIOVANNI Trapattoni today played down reports that he was considering an offer to become Napoli’s new manager.Speaking at a press conference in Carrick on Shannon, in which he named a 28-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming internationals, he told reporters:“Only God knows what can happen. In this moment, my [priorities are with] Ireland. It’s only speculation.”Trapattoni also paid tribute to departing Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson during the announcement, and indicated Richard Dunne may become available to link up with the squad.last_img read more

King Juan Carlos is giving up his throne but maybe not his

first_imgSPAIN’S GOVERNMENT IS crafting a new legal shield for King Juan Carlos after he steps off the throne and loses the absolute royal immunity that has protected him for 39 years.The 76-year-old king, hurt by royal scandals in the twilight of a reign that steered Spain from dictatorship to democracy, is handing the crown to his son Felipe who will be sworn in on Thursday.But when King Felipe VI is crowned, his father Juan Carlos will cease to be covered by Spain’s 1978 constitution, which states that the person of the king “is inviolable and shall not be held accountable”.In October 2012, that immunity thwarted two legal suits demanding that Juan Carlos undergo paternity tests to show whether he was the father of two extramarital children.It is a status that is increasingly being questioned, however, as Spain grapples with the first royal succession since the restoration of the monarchy after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975.Juan Carlos himself declared in a televised address in December 2012 that “justice is equal for all” as he distanced himself from a corruption scandal swirling around his son-in-law, former Olympic handball champion Inaki Urdangarin.This year, the king’s younger daughter Princess Cristina was officially named a tax crime suspect in relation to her husband’s allegedly dodgy business practices.There has been no suggestion that the king is linked to Urdangarin’s affairs but the monarch’s popularity has nevertheless been hit by that scandal and by his own exploits, in particular a luxury 2012 African elephant-hunting safari that shocked many Spaniards.Juan Carlos’s legal status thus poses a unique challenge to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government.Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said this month that the government would propose to parliament a fundamental law setting out the king’s legal status after his abdication.Immunity for life In any case, she said, Juan Carlos’s constitutional immunity for actions taken while king will not expire.“One loses immunity for the future, but that does not mean one regains responsibility for previous acts,” the deputy premier told journalists. Protestors carry a banner reading Monarchy, abolition, people decide. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA spokesman for Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary said legal opinion broadly supported the view that the king’s immunity for the period of his reign remains intact.But that claim is “pretty debatable”, argued Joaquim Bosch, spokesman for one of the judiciary’s professional associations, Judges for Democracy.“The constitution absolutely does not say that after abandoning his functions as head of state, the inviolability remains,” Bosch said.Parliament could extend a new legal privilege to the king for actions taken after his abdication.Already, an estimated 10,000 Spanish members of parliament, judges, prosecutors and members of the government are afforded a legal privilege for actions taken as part of their official duties, a figure Bosch criticised as excessive.The privilege means only the Superior Court may judge regional figures such as members of a regional parliament while only the Supreme Court may judge national figures such as members of the Spanish parliament or central government ministers.Pedro Sanchez, a leading member of Spain’s opposition Socialist Party, said this week it was time to debate which royal privileges should be eliminated “and one of them is undoubtedly ending the principle of the inviolability of the king”.- © AFP, 2014Read: The Spanish King is abdicating after 39 years on the throne >Read: Judge names Spanish princess in corruption case >last_img read more

Gas ignition being used so that ATMs can be stolen

first_imgThese types of incidents present a serious risk to the community. Our advice to the public is to avoid any ATM that appears to have been tampered with and, in particular, do not approach any which has hoses, wires or other items leading from it. Call the police immediately on 999. TWO ATMS WERE stolen during incidents that appear to have involved gas being ignited to damage buildings.Police in Northern Ireland are now appealing to the public to report any suspicious activity at ATMs after the machines were removed.The PSNI said today that the advice follows the theft of a sum of cash from an ATM in Keady this morning, as well as the theft of an ATM in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone on 23 May and the attempted theft of an ATM in Hamiltonsbawn, Co Armagh, on 5 June.In all three incidents, gas ignition may have been used to remove the ATM, said police.It is understood that igniting the gas would cause damage to the part of the building housing the ATM, enabling the culprits to remove the machine.Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, head of the PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch, said: A number of arrests have been made in relation to the incidents in Carrickmore and Hamiltonsbawn.Two men have appeared in court on charges linked to the Hamiltonsbawn incident and police inquiries are continuing.last_img read more

17 secrets Irish people are sharing on Whisper app

first_imgWHISPER IS A social network that lets people share secrets anonymously.It was launched two years ago, but has been really taking off in the last year. It’s now a big enough deal that it has drawn up contracts with a US TV network.In case you’re not familiar with it: Anyone with the app can post secrets in the form of images and text, and see the secrets other people have posted. You can also reply to other people’s secrets.Users can search by keyword, theme, or location – so you can see what people near you are sharing.Some Irish users’ secrets are totally mundane Source: whisperOthers are eye-opening. Source: whisperMany are intimate Source: whisperPeople are posting about their sexuality Source: whisperTheir biggest life experiences Source: whisperTheir oddest dreams Source: whisperTheir sex lives. Source: whisperAnd their no-sex lives. Source: whisperTheir parents Source: whisperTheir boyfriends Source: whisperTheir jobs Source: whisperTheir pasts Source: whisperAnd even their lonelinessSometimes people just share stories Source: whisperSometimes people simply want company Source: whisperAnd sometimes, whatever they post, they get very Irish replies. Source: whisper Source: whisperMore: Lots of Irish people are getting spammed with Harry Potter quotes… and here’s why>More: 15 disasters just waiting to happen>last_img read more

The Honda Fit Is Going Electric In 2012

first_imgNot long after announcing its intentions to make more electric vehicles, Honda has revealed an EV version of its popular Fit passenger car.Unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show, the new Fit features a range of around 100 miles and a top speed of 90 miles per hour. As for charge times, using a 120 volt outlet you’ll have a fully charged Fit in around 12 hours, while a 240v one will take just six. Compared to the regular gas Fit, the EV features a similar exterior and identical interior.But what it will include is multiple ways to keep track of the vehicle’s charging situation. Owners will be able to do so via the web, an upcoming phone application, as well as a remote that comes with the car. Though the car on display in LA is just a concept, Honda says the real version of the Fit EV should go into production in 2012.AdChoices广告Via CNETlast_img read more

China to erect worlds tallest building in just 90 days

first_imgBack in January we reported on a quite unbelievable feat by construction workers in China. They had managed to erect a 30-story building in just 15 days. The key to this rapid construction was the use of prefabricated sections combined with a 24-hour work cycle. The end result was a hotel with hundreds of rooms that could withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake.Now builders in China have decided to go a step further. The plan is to construct the world’s tallest building in just 90 days.The current tallest building in the world is located in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa stands 828 meters tall and took over 5 years to construct. The planned Sky City building will be 838 meters tall (220 story), and construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) believe they can erect it in Hunan in 3 months at a cost of $628 million.BSB is the same company that completed the 30-story building in 15 days, so you can’t really bet against them completing this much larger scale construction. That being said, approval has not yet been given by the Chinese government for the building, but if it is, Sky City will begin to rise out of the ground in November this year. By the end of January it will be ready for (brave) people.It’s unlikely the Chinese government will block the construction due to the fact it will earn the country the tallest building crown. It will also be a super-efficient structure, with BSB claiming it only uses a fifth of the energy a typical building does.If BSB gets permission and deliver on its promise, then other construction companies around the world will certainly take an interest. Erecting a new building is an expensive task, and anything that can be done to cut time and costs will be copied.Read more at CNN, via Kottkelast_img read more

LG Optimus G combines quad core chip and a 47inch display

first_imgLG just couldn’t contain its excitement and has spilled the beans on the Optimus G ahead of IFA 2012, which kicks off on Friday. It’s understandable that LG had a hard time keeping its finger off the publish button — the Optimus G is an absolute beast of a smartphone, and it could do wonders for elevating LG’s stature in the Android arena.The Optimus G gets the ball rolling in a hurry with Qualcomm’s APQ8064 processor, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz — and the generous 2GB of RAM will provide plenty of operational elbow room. The SoC also features an Adreno 320 GPU, and that combination should put its benchmark scores right up there with the big boys. Previous tests from Qualcomm show the chip comfortably besting the HTC One X and Galaxy S3, and its Sunscript score undercut the competition by nearly 25%.Its big performance will go nicely with its big screen: the Optimus G features a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 LG G2 Touch Hybrid gapless display. LG has also equipped the Optimus G for external viewing for those times when five inches isn’t nearly big enough, with Dual Screen Dual Play mirroring and “live zoom” for videos. Power will be provided by a 2100mAh battery — also produced by LG — which is reportedly good for a whopping 800 charge cycles.Rounding out the Optimus G’s spec sheet are 1.3MP front- and 13MP rear-facing cameras (no hump necessary on this one), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, an MHL port, and 32GB of internal storage. The Optimus G will also be the first quad core smartphone to feature LTE support. And while the Optimus LG is big and bad in some respects, it’s not in others: it’s just 8.45mm thin and it weighs just 30 grams more than the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% .NTT Docomo customers will get first crack at the Optimus G, and they’ll have their choice of white and red in the coming months. We’ll have to wait for the official word on a global rollout, but it’s hard to imagine LG not wanting to get this smartphone on retail shelves in as many countries as possible.More at Engadget and LGlast_img read more

A 46inch multitouch coffee table computer ties your living room together

first_imgOnce upon a time, Microsoft’s Surface wasn’t a consumer-grade portable tablet aimed at the iPad and Nexus market. Long before we all swiped through Windows 8 on the landscape-oriented tablet, it was a huge, expensive touchscreen table. Obviously, that didn’t go anywhere fruitful, and the touchscreen table died so that the Surface we all know and (barely) love could live. A company called Ideum felt it could fare better than Microsoft ever did with a huge touchscreen-turned-table, and has a line of similar devices. Apparently that business is going well, and Ideum announced a new entry into the family, a 46-inch touchscreen coffee table.Certainly able to provide more entertainment than any coffee table book, the Platform 46 coffee table sports 60 touch points, and is free of the constraints of a bezel. Underneath the hood lies a Core i7 3770s processor, clocking in at 3.1GHz, an obvious 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The table also features Intel’s WiDi technology, which allows you to wirelessly beam the table’s contents to an HDMI-compatible display, though you will need a WiDi receiver.The coffee table also has Ethernet and Bluetooth capability, as well as wireless N WiFi. It has a host of ports, including USB, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DP. The table also comes with a Blu-ray player, and runs Windows 8 Professional 64-bit. If you aren’t too hot on the table’s starting specs, you can upgrade to 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, as well as add a GPU. If you aren’t too hot on those, you can purchase the system without the computer inside, and build your own instead.Like the once-expensive Microsoft Surface, which retailed for $12,000, Ideum’s tables are quite expensive as well, starting at $9,950. They’re not too complicated as far as computers go, at least, as they’re essentially just a very large touchscreen turned on its back, then stuck on top of a computer case built as strong as a coffee table stand. The glass is also chemically strengthened so it can perform all the duties of a coffee table, such as supporting the weight of your feet while you watch HBO. If you’re in the market for one, there are worse ways to spend $10,000.last_img read more

Poorer households turning to prepay heating but that means they pay a

first_img Share557 Tweet Email3 Poorer households turning to pre-pay heating – but that means they pay a ‘poverty premium’ A new Mabs report covered the west Dublin areas of Ballyfermot, Chapelizod, Palmerstown and Cherry Orchard. 98 Comments Friday 16 Feb 2018, 8:36 AM By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Yevhen Prozhyrko 32,505 Views http://jrnl.ie/3855111 Feb 16th 2018, 8:36 AM A NEW REPORT from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) has found that over half of its clients in the west Dublin areas of Ballyfermot, Cherry Orchard, Chapelizod and Palmerstown went without heating in the last 12 months.The report – Left Behind in the Cold – highlights what it refers to as a “poverty premium” where people have moved towards pre-paid fuel meters in their home which, while decreasing arrears from unpaid bills, has left many without the money to heat their home.Furthermore, the administration charges for topping up their meters in shops means that they end up spending far more of their income on fuel than the general population.The report was commissioned to see if – as the economy has improved in recent years – the upturn has had any effect on rates of fuel poverty in people seeking its help, which has been strongly linked with financial difficulty and over-indebtedness.It found that over seven in ten (72%) of clients who came to its service were in fuel poverty – which means they were spending more than 10% of their disposable income on fuel. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Yevhen Prozhyrko Source: MabsThe 56% of people who’ve gone without heat at some stage over the past 12 months is four times higher than the figure for the general population.It also found that around six in ten of its clients now have pre-payment meters, compared to four in ten in 2013. On top of that, the administration charge of topping up these meters in shops was adding to the cost for these customers.The report admits that due to the limitations of its study – having received information from 100 Mabs clients – no “causal links or pathways” to explain the data could be done, but it nevertheless could identify “possible associations and relationships”.Members of the travelling community surveyed spent 21% of their income on fuel costs.As a result of the reports findings, Mabs made a number of recommendations, including the establishment of a cross agency/departmental task force into fuel poverty.It also recommended the activation of discretionary powers to the local community welfare officer from the Department of Social Protection to make payments to travellers living in caravans or mobile homes presenting with exceptional fuel costs and those living in sub-standard accommodation.Marie Clark, money advice coordinator with the service, said: “There is a clear trend among clients away from the more traditional utility suppliers and towards those who operate pre-payment facilities. There were frequent reports of administration charges for making weekly payments – primarily for meter top-ups – in local shops; such payments may, in our view, amount to a “poverty premium”, the simple fact is that it is not just token meters where a surcharge applies… The service found some shops adding a fee to everything from topping up your waste fee charge to toll fees.Read: ‘There is a solution for everybody’: Debtors urged not to put their heads in the sand in 2018Read: How to survive last-minute shopping without overspending (according to a MABS expert) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired her

first_img Short URL Here’s exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired her “I am responsible for ensuring the positions we take in court remain consistent with the institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 31st 2017, 10:29 AM 44,161 Views Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 10:29 AM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump fired the acting attorney general Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial immigration orders.Yates, who was placed in her role by the Obama administration, wrote the below letter to lawyers yesterday: Source: The New York TimesIt states: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.In addition, I am responsible for ensuring the positions we take in court remain consistent with the institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.“Consequently, for as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”center_img By Órla Ryan Share381 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3214515 Attorney General Sally Yates Source: J David Ake AP/Press Association ImagesTrump fired her shortly afterwards.In reply, the White House released the below statement:The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.”The statement added that federal prosecutor Dana Boente will serve as acting attorney general “until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”.Refugee ban On Friday, Trump signed an executive order barring all refugees from entering the US for three months. Those from war-ravaged Syria were set to be banned from entering the country indefinitely. Trump said the ban was necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation.The ban affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It led to people en route to the US being detained at airports, sparking several protests.Over the weekend, a federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people, saying travellers who had been detained had a strong argument their legal rights had been violated.Contains reporting from APRead: Trump sacks attorney general for refusing to back his travel banRead: ‘A father to everyone’: Tributes paid to Quebec shooting victims 93 Comments last_img read more

Glen satisfied there has been no misappropriation of funds after issues reported

first_img By Cianan Brennan 17 Comments Statement by the board of GLEN. Read the full statement here: https://t.co/kViS5qkIb9 pic.twitter.com/IrC095BFt8— GLEN (@glenLGBT) April 16, 2017 Share Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3343653 Source: Rollingnews.ieLGBT ADVOCACY GROUP the Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) has said that it is “satisfied” that nothing untoward happened with regard to its finances.A report in this morning’s Sunday Business Post says that the group has been reported to the Charities Regulator by its own executive director Áine Duggan after she uncovered a number of issues with the group’s finances following her appointment last year.“The board of Glen confirms that we have received a request from the Charities Regulator for information regarding the governance of the organisation,” the group said in a statement this evening. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,278 Views Glen ‘satisfied’ there has been ‘no misappropriation of funds’ after issues reported to regulator A report in this morning’s Sunday Business Post revealed that the charity is under review for irregularities regarding its finances. This arises from a request to the regulator for guidance following an internal review. The process is ongoing and we will work with the regulator to implement any recommended changes in our procedures. Short URL Source: GLEN/Twitter Apr 16th 2017, 7:38 PM “The board is satisfied that all grants received have been used for the intended purpose and has no reason to suspect there has been any misappropriation of funds,” it adds.The group confirmed that Duggan “has decided to resign her post”.The board acknowledges the contribution to our internal review.Glen plans to make an interim appointment as executive director following Duggan’s departure.Among the issues under investigation, per the Sunday Business Post report, are the use of a company credit card for private purposes, poor budget management, the use of funds to support non-Glen-related political campaigns, and data protection issues.Read: Driver tests positive for cocaine in one of first drug tests – was already banned for 10 yearsRead: Pest company called to St James’s Hospital more than 100 times in last two years Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:38 PMlast_img read more

Poll Should unvaccinated children be banned from creches and playschools

first_img Poll Results: Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Trubitsyn Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 8:53 AM Don’t know (1045) Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Trubitsyn http://jrnl.ie/3288217 25,708 Views No (3091) 219 Comments Share Tweet Email center_img THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT is considering implementing a nationwide ban on unvaccinated children attending childcare centres or preschools.A number of states already have “no jab, no play” laws, but now the prime minister is calling for nationwide laws.Health groups have supported the move, saying more needed to be done to protect children.A nationwide survey found that 5% of children in Australia were not fully vaccinated.Members of the so-called “anti-vax” movement are opposed to vaccinating their children, believing that it can harm them and cause negative medical conditions.Would you support a similar ban in Ireland?Today we’re asking: Should unvaccinated children be banned from creches and playschools? By Cormac Fitzgerald Yes (9651) YesNoDon’t knowVote Poll: Should unvaccinated children be banned from creches and playschools? Australia is considering a ban on unvaccinated children. Mar 15th 2017, 8:53 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Family of Jean McConville upset and disgusted at TV series of mothers

first_img Shellinghill Beach (also known as Templetown Beach) in Co Louth, where Jean McConville’s body was found in 2003. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share78 Tweet Email2 But I don’t suppose the people who just see a ‘blockbuster story’ will give that a second thought.The production company is looking for a writer to adapt the book ‘Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland’, by New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe, which was published in the UK last year.The Hollywood Reporter states that Keefe, along with Color Force’s Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson will serve as executive producers of the series. The latter two told THR:We’re always on the lookout for a literary page-turner, and when we started Patrick’s book we couldn’t put it down. We’re very excited he’s partnering with us to tell this story.The book is described as offering “not just a forensic account of a brutal crime but a vivid portrait of the world in which it happened”.Michael McConville said that he doubts “they even think of us as real people”.We’re just characters in a story to be played with and forgotten about when they move onto the next moneymaker. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Mar 10th 2019, 3:43 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Shellinghill Beach (also known as Templetown Beach) in Co Louth, where Jean McConville’s body was found in 2003. https://jrnl.ie/4533409 Family of Jean McConville ‘upset and disgusted’ at TV series of mother’s murder “They will have someone pretending to be the mother we loved. I just can’t bear the thought of it.”center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 3:43 PM THE SON OF Jean McConville has said that her family are “upset and disgusted” to learn that a US company intends to make a TV mini series based on their mother’s murder.It comes after the production company Color Force, which is behind the American Crime Story series (‘The People v OJ Simpson’ and ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’), told The Hollywood Reporter that it intends to adapt the book ‘Say Nothing’ in a similar way.Widow Jean McConville was aged 38 when she was abducted, murdered and buried by the IRA in 1972. The remains of the mother of ten was not found until 2003, when a storm washed away a part of a beach embankment in Co Louth, and exposing her body.The IRA admitted to its involvement in the killing after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.Jean McConville’s son Michael has said today that her family are upset by the idea that their mother’s murder may be turned into a mini TV series. Michael McConville said today: “Using what happened to our mother for entertainment is sickening.”He added: “To make money out of her murder and the pain that has been in our lives ever since is cruel and obscene. He said that he believes the early deaths of his two siblings were related to the grief and stress of losing their mother in the way they did, saying that it “ripped our family apart”. 16 Comments “They will have someone pretending to be the mother we loved. I just can’t bear the thought of it.” Short URL 35,622 Views last_img read more