Cristian Ugalde in Veszprem until 2018

Spanish left wing Cristian Ugalde (27) extended contract with Hungarian best team MKB MVM Veszprem until 2018! Ex-Barcelona member came to Hungary in 2012 as many other famous players from Spain together coaching staff with Antonio Carlos Ortega and Xavi Sabate. Spanish NT member had no difficulties to show all the qualities in the new country and the team. Ugalde and Co. are on the right way to qualify for the first ever VELUX EHF F4 for Veszprem…PHOTO: MVM MKB VESZPREM WEBSITE, Zsolt Melczer cristian ugaldehandballveszprem ← Previous Story Csurgoi KK sign Mijatovic and Ostroushko Next Story → EHF CL TOP 10 scorers: Vugrinec leads, Ilic follows…

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Alingsas HK are the new Swedish champions

The new Swedish champions are Alingsas HK! The best Swedish squad in 2013/2014 beat Lugi HF 24:22 in the “big final” at Malmo Arena in front of 10.467 fans. They managed to turnover the match from 19:22 and with series 5:0 finish the match in big style.Alingsas HK will play at the VELUX EHF Champions League next season.Alingsås HK – Lugi HF 24-22 (11-12)Alingsås HK:   Johan Nilsson 6, Jesper Konradsson 5, Daniel Tellander 4, Max Darj 3, Pontus Johanssson 2, Markus Stegefelt 2 (2), Marcus Enström & Alexander Borgstedt båda 1.Lugi HF:  Johannes Hippe 5, Jakob Wickman-Modigh 4, Albin Tingsvall 4, Hampus Jildenbäck 4, Jonatan Leijonberg 2, Joacim Ernstsson, Anders Hallberg & Niklas Gudmundssson alla 1.Results: 1-3, 2-5, 5-6, 8-7, 9-11, 11-12 (paus), 13-13, 16-14, 16-18, 18-18, 18-21, 19-22, 24-22. Alingsas HKSweden ← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Wisla VS Kielce 1:2! Next Story → PORTUGAL: FC Porto win sixth title in a row! read more

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Marko Kopljar to HSV Handball

← Previous Story SEHA GSS: First Veszprem’s defeat in Skopje! Next Story → Austrian Cup F4: Fivers VS St. Polten, Bregenz against WESTWIEN HSV HandballKim AnderssonMarko Kopljar Croatian right back Marko Kopljar is on the way to his new professional destination. After PPD Zagreb and PSG Handball, the next challenge for 210 cm tall lefthander will be HSV Handball, according to sportowefakty.pl. The 29 years old Kopljar has negotiations with the Polish Vive Tauron Kielce, but at the end, he changed direction…Kim Andersson will replace him in Paris…

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IHF Super Globe begins on Monday in Doha

The new edition of the IHF Super Globe tournament begins in Doha on Monday, where eight teams from various continents will fight for the prestigious title of the best team on the planet. Three European sides, FC Barcelona, MKB MVM Veszprem and Fuchse Berlin are the biggest favorites to win the trophy alongside home team and tournament’s host Al Sadd Sports Club. There are also Tunisian African and Al Ahly from Egypt, Brazilian Taubate and Sydney University as well.7 September: Quarter-Finals  MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN) – Esporte Clube Taubaté (BRA)   13Füchse Berlin (GER) – Club Africain (TUN)           15FC Barcelona (ESP) – Al-Ahly Sports Club (EGY) 17Al-Sadd (QAT) – Sydney Uni Handball Club (AUS) 198 September: Semi-finals9 September: Rest day10 September: Finals ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic to miss VELUX EHF CL start! Next Story → FLYING DANES: SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in the biggest handball derby! IHF Super Globe read more

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SEHA Gazprom League RK Vardar on the winning road again Zagreb beat

Meshkov BrestRK PPD Zagrebseha gazprom league 4.Presov7403190:17412 5.Meshkov Brest8404249:24012 3.Nexe8602220:20018 1.PPD Zagreb8701216:18221 PPD Zagreb and RK Vardar celebrated new victories at SEHA Gazprom League.Meshkov Brest, once again, underestimate regional competition by sending squad without coach Manolo Cadenas and most of the stars, to away action in Zagreb, where home team had easy task – 29:24 (13:10).RK Vardar won after two defeats in a row…RK VARDAR – RK NEXE 31:26 (16:12)RK VARDAR:Stoilov 2, Nedanovski 2, Popovski 2, Kristopans 3, Dissinger 3, Karačić 1, Skube 2, Kalarash 2, Kalifa (5 saves), Čupić 2, Dibirov 4, Shishkarev 4, Vojvodić 2, Kiselev 2, Milosavljev 3 (saves), MishevskiRK NEXE:Šipić 5, Gadža 3, Eter 1, Zrnić 3, Mrđenović, Barišić Jaman 3, Car (2 odbrane), Buvinić 4, Radovanović (14 saves), Jelinić, Vida 2, Lavrič, Tomić 1, Jaganjac 3, Celebi, Vozab 1PPD Zagreb – Meškov Brest 29:24 (13:10)PPD Zagreb: Ristanović 7 saves, Kastelic; Ereš, Vistorop, Mrakovčić 2, Kontrec 1, Burić 4, Sršen 2, Horvat 8, Potočnik, Ravnić, Qerimi, Mandić 5, Hrstić 1, Bičanić 6Meškov Brest: Charapenka 7 saves, Babko, Korsak 1; Silko, Kuran 4, Tamashuk, Darafeyeu, Mochalov 3, Datchuk, Piliuk 2, Viarheichyik, Bachko 4, Yashchanka 7, Budzeika 4STANDINGS: 10.Izvidac7016179:2121 9.Met. Skopje7115192:2184 8.Zeleznicar7205183:2086 6.Steaua Bucuresti7403193:19612 7.Vojvodina7205169:1836 2.Vardar8602230:20818 ← Previous Story HOPE FOR HANDBALL CLUB? Bogdan Wenta is new Major of Kielce Next Story → Chambery’s legend Edin Basic retires! read more

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They have a handle on it Noonan plays down fears over RSA

first_img“The RSA brought the findings of the internal audit to the attention of Central Bank, then the RSA group took action,” Noonan told the Dáil, saying the insurance firm “acted very expeditiously”.He said that any obligation for further funding will be handled by the company, not the Central Bank and said that as a result of the capital injection its solvency ratio is now 208 per cent, in excess of regulatory requirements. FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has insisted that RSA will meet any further shortfall in its capital requirements following recent problems at the insurance firm.Noonan was responding to questions in the Dáil about the problems that have arisen at RSA as well as other issues connected to his portfolio.Earlier this month the insurance firm, which operates 123.ie, suspended three executives pending the outcome of an investigation into issues with their claims and finance operations.The UK parent of RSA has had to inject €100 million of capital into the company following the discovery of a shortfall as part of a routine audit. He said that the RSA has assured the Central Bank that it will provide any further capital required should it be deemed necessary after its internal investigation.“The Central Bank are happy now that they have a full handle on it,” he said.Separately, the Minister said that he continues to raise the issue of retroactive recapitalisation of Ireland’s banking sector when appropriate, but said “it’s a long process” which is part of the main process of achieving banking union in the eurozone.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said that there had been a “missed opportunity” for the government to get a deal on its banking debt.But Noonan said that he “always raises the retroactive issue” when it’s on the agenda of meetings with European finance ministers.“Meetings of the Eurogroup and EcoFin are run in an orderly fashion,” he said, adding “you don’t get up and shout and roar”.On the mortgage arrears issue, Noonan said that there is a “clear responsibility of financial institutions to do more” and said that letters which threaten homeowners with legal action can “not be a sustainable solution”.Read: PWC brought in to investigate RSA claims and financelast_img read more

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Column Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a nobrainer

first_imgIT IS TIME for the Government to reinstate the Christmas Bonus, the once-off end of year payment for elderly people, carers and long-term social welfare recipients.The Labour Party was right, when in 2009 and in opposition, they said: “If the cancellation of the December social welfare bonus is approved, it will represent an outright attack on the most needy and the ‘savings’ will mean that people will be forced to go to money lenders as families struggle to get through what can be a tough time of year.”Four years on, it is time for the Government to look at this issue again. Put simply, the restoration of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy. The total cost of the restoration of the Christmas bonus would be €260 million. This money is likely to be spent mainly in the local economy, giving a valuable boost to domestic economic activity.The €260 million is a gross figure because it does not take account of the extra revenue that would be generated through VAT and Excise Duty receipts from people spending the bonus.A much-needed boostReinstating the Christmas bonus would mean a little bit more money toward Christmas presents for children. It would mean a few euro extra would be available for trips to local facilities and amenities. Furthermore, given that older people and those on low incomes are struggling to heat their homes at this time of year, the Christmas bonus would help pay for essential fuel costs.There are a number of ways to raise the additional revenue. Why not start at the top? Much more could be done to tackle tax evasion and white collar crime. I have pointed out on numerous occasions, that allowing the revenue commissioners to employ 125 additional staff would raise 95 million euro, according to the Government’s own figures.This ought be a no brainier. However, the Government’s rigid adherence to the public sector recruitment embargo is preventing them from taking action.Move against our tax exilesDespite years of talk, no action has been taken to move against our tax exiles, some of whom are the most powerful figures in the state. There are a number of ways to ta high earners more effectively. Some of the measures to more fairly tax higher income groups, such as a wealth tax, are long standing features of taxation policy elsewhere. A wealth tax, if applied along the lines for the French model, would raise 500 million euro, for example.I have had very few opportunities to agree with Minister Joan Burton in recent years. However, I do agree with what she said in April 2009 when she commented: “The Christmas bonus abolition is particularly mean-spirited and cutting welfare at a time of the year when people come under severe financial pressure will lead to people resorting to money lenders and high-interest loan providers.”The Labour Party should make good on its policies in opposition, which secured the support of so many people who actually voted for the party in 2011, and re-introduce the Christmas Bonus.Patrick Nulty is a TD for Dublin WestBurton: There’ll be no delay restoring Jobseeker payments for seasonal workersRead: €1 million deducted from social welfare benefits to pay property taxWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

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More people are saving but not because they think its a good

first_imgPEOPLE ARE SAVING money more and more with over a third of people now saving regularly according to new research.In a monthly study by the Irish branch of UK savings bank Nationwide,  34 per cent of people in December were found to be regular savers compared to 32 per cent the previous month and 30 per cent a year before.Even occasional savers are increasing, with the proportion of people not saving at all falling from 48 per cent last year to a current level of 40 per cent.Despite the increasing in savings, attitudes towards it would seem to be contradictory with only 24 per cent of people believing that “now is a good time to save”. This is just above the record low in the Nationwide index.Nearly two-thirds of people think that government policy discourages saving while just 8 per cent of people feel that government policy encourages saving.Nationwide’s Barry Synnott’s says that people’s apparent contradictory attitude is understandable, saying that “the conditions for saving remain difficult due to falling interest rates and increased rates of tax on interest earned”.Changing consumer sentiment in 2014 could have a significant influence on the figures this year he adds, with people perhaps beginning to spend more.Open thread: What are your best money-saving tips?Read: People still joining credit unions, but fewer are taking out loans >last_img read more

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PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination

first_imgUpdated 11.10pmTHE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee is to consider legal advice tomorrow on continuing its examination of a report into the fixed penalty notice scandal.The chairman of the committee, John McGuinness TD,  said this evening that the committee’s intent in hearing from the Garda whistleblowers on the penalty points issue “was to get a better understanding of the system so that we could bring a report to the Dáil with recommendations on how the weaknesses in the system […] can be addressed.”He stressed: “We are not investigating the actions of any member of An Garda Siochána which is not within our remit or capacity.”Today, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that he intends on asking the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the controversy surrounding the administration of the penalty points system.McGuinness said that the PAC members will now “have to take cognisance of the Minister’s direct intervention into the work of the committee”. He said they will have an opportunity to discuss the full implications of this at their scheduled private meeting tomorrow.“Part of that consideration will entail taking take legal advice on the continuation of the Committee’s examination of the C&AG’s Report on the management of the fixed charge notice system,” noted McGuinness.In addition to taking evidence from the Garda Commissioner on this issue, the Committee had received documentation from two whistleblowers. These gardaí – serving Garda Maurice McCabe and retired garda John Wilson – alleged inappropriate use of discretion by Gardaí who had the authority to cancel fines.The committee has already agreed to hear evidence from these two men and was due to meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss how this evidence would be taken.PuzzledMeanwhile, Deputy Shane Ross has said that he is “puzzled” by comments Minister Shatter made about the PAC today.Speaking on Prime Time on RTÉ, Ross said he is “seriously puzzled by what he’s saying”.He continued: “I think the committee has got some really good people on it” and it has “been asking some really serious questions”.In a statement released earlier this evening, Shatter said that recent comments by a “minority” of members on the PAC “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing”.Ross said of the committee, “we’re not trying to decide how the garda is run” and they are “trying to find out what is happening on the penalty points issue”.He added that it would be “completely wrong to say we are on one side or the other”.Read: Ombudsman investigation into gardaí will be ‘wide-ranging’>last_img read more

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Eurozone economy shrinks by 06pc in last quarter of 2012

first_imgTHE SIZE of the Eurozone economy fell by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012 – its steepest fall in nearly four years.Figures produced by Eurostat showed that the combined economies of the 17 countries that use the euro produced 0.9 per cent less in the fourth quarter of 2012 than they had in the equivalent period of 2011.When all 27 EU member states are taken into account, growth fell by 0.5 per cent from Q3 to Q4, and by 0.6 per cent in a year.The 0.6 per cent fall is the worst since the immediate onset of the financial crash in 2008; a single quarter has not seen a decline so steep since the first quarter of 2009 when the Eurozone economy shrank by a whopping 2.8 per cent.In that case, the decline levelled off to 0.2 per cent in the second quarter and back into growth three months later.Portugal had the steepest decline of any country; its economy shrank by 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter, while Cyprus saw a drop of 1.0 per cent and Italy – where Mario Monti completed his final quarter as stand-in prime minister – shrank by 0.9 per cent, equalling the fall in Hungary.Latvia had the strongest growth, at 1.3 per cent, ahead of nearby Lithuania on 1.0 per cent and Estonia at 0.9 per cent.The figures do not include Ireland, which is not due to confirm fourth quarter figures until the end of March, but the figures are still bad news for Ireland – with general acceptance that trouble for economies in mainland Europe will impede the chances of an export-led Irish recovery.On an annualised basis, Latvia had the highest annual growth at 5.7 per cent; Estonia is the highest of the euro users with 3.4 per cent.At the other end, Greece’s economy shrank by an estimated 6 per cent in 2012, while Portugal fell by 3.8 per cent and Cyprus by 3 per cent.The UK economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter, and grew by 0 per cent in 2012 as a whole.last_img read more

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Government awarded overall C grade in 2013 report card

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS been given a ‘C Grade’ in the Children’s Rights Alliance’s report card for 2013 – a slight drop from its C+ last year.The Children’s Rights Alliance commented:In a year that saw a Children’s Rights Referendum and key work in overhauling the child protection system, the grade will disappoint many.This year, their annual report card scrutinises the Government on its promises to children that were made in the Programme for Government 2011-2016.Top of the classThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs, under the direction of Minister Frances Fitzgerald, gained an A grade for strengthening children’s constitutional rights and an overall B- grade for steps to better protect children from abuse and neglect.An additional win is a B+ grade for the promised closure of St Patrick’s Institution – up from an F grade last year.Minister Ruairi Quinn and the Department of Education and Skills both receive an overall B- grade for solid progress, particularly in literacy, patronage and school buildings, said the Alliance.FailThe report card puts the Department of Social Protection at the ‘bottom of the class’, giving it an F grade – a fail– for child poverty.The Department of Health received an overall D grade for its work in Health, with the Alliance saying there is an under-spend in Mental Health, inaction on alcohol misuse and delays in Primary Care and the Children’s Hospital.Overall, Government has failed to support migrant or Traveller children or to address family inequalities, resulting in an overall E+ grade.Mixed bagTanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said:Report Card 2013 is a mixed bag. Overall, Government has done worse this year, slipping down to a C grade, despite getting an A grade for the excellent work in strengthening children’s rights in the Constitution. There is also real progress in child protection, ending the detention of children in St Patrick’s Prison and in education. But children are the real losers in Budget 2013 with cuts to Child Benefit not being reinvested in children’s services and controversies and underspend in health leading to major delays in health reform.Ward said that implementation of mental health policy requires immediate redress, and the under-spend in funds needs to be addressed.The full report will be available on the Alliance website today.Column: We’ve passed the children’s referendum, but there’s more to do>Read: Government given ‘C+’ grade for children’s rights>last_img read more

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Emaciated exracehorse dumped in field left to die finds new home

first_imgTHE IRISH SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is highlighting one of the familiar scenes they come across on a regular basis, an emaciated horse being left in a field to die.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley made the discovery when responding to a call from a concerned member of the public last October in the Lifford area, County Donegal.Ex-racehorseThe horse, named Forest had a micro-chip which confirmed he was an ex-racehorse.While his last registered owner was located, it was reliably established that Forest had been sold several years previous but his ownership never updated.Efforts were made  to establish who had been responsible for his care in the period leading up to his discovery, but they were all unsuccessful.Forest was taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in County Longford for rehabilitation where he required urgent dental and farrier treatment.He was also suffering from rain scald, lice and had a severe worm burden.Forest received the veterinary care he required and when he was rehabilitated and well enough to travel he was fostered by a woman in Williamstown, County Galway in January where he has been making a great recovery, said the ISPCA.Prime Time The case of Forest is to be featured on RTE’s Prime Time later tonight at 10.35pm.The ISPCA is asking the people who care about horses to please donate €4 or make a monthly gift of €4 on which will help buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected equine just like Forest to enable the ISPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the large number of animals who are in urgent need of care.Read: Ceasing online animal sales would make it harder to find ‘unscrupulous dealers’>Read: Woman jailed for microwaving her kitten after it attacked goldfish>last_img read more

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Hundreds mark 70th anniversary of Warsaw ghetto uprising

first_imgSIRENS RANG OUT and church bells tolled today as Poland marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising that saw young Jews take up arms against Nazi German forces.Hundreds of people including Holocaust survivors gathered at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, where Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski called the revolt a “fight for dignity”.“But it was also an accusation of passivity and ineffectiveness of the whole free world, the world that could not bring itself to help,” he said.In attendance were the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron, plus one of the last three living survivors of the uprising.Simcha “Kazik” Rotem, 89, recalled that by April 1943 most of the ghetto’s Jews had died and the 50,000 who remained expected the same fate.But rather than die in the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp, Rotem and hundreds of his comrades launched the April 19 uprising to “choose the kind of death” they wanted.“But to this very day I keep thinking whether we had the right to make the decision to start the uprising and by the same token to shorten the lives of many people by a week, a day or two,” Rotem said.Nobody gave us authorisation to do that and that’s the doubt I have to live with.Around 7,000 Jews died in Europe’s first urban anti-Nazi revolt, most of them burned alive, and nearly all the rest were then sent to Treblinka.Rotem survived by masterminding an escape through the drain system with dozens of comrades. Polish sewer workers guided them to the surface.“We have an obligation to remember them”Prayers are said in front of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial today (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)Poland’s chief rabbi Michael Schudrich told AFP that the 70th anniversary is special precisely because “we still have among us those who actually fought”.“There’s a sense that we have an obligation to make sure we really remember to pay tribute now while we still can hear from (them) and so we can thank them for what they did.”It was also the first anniversary to begin with a few minutes of bell tolls – an important “gesture on the part of the Church”, according to Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw.Three clergymen joined Schudrich in reciting a prayer at the ceremony, where participants wore daffodil pins.That was a hat tip to Marek Edelman, an uprising commander who every year until his death in 2009 laid a bouquet of the flowers – yellow like the star marking Jews in World War II – at the ghetto hero monument.People lay flowers at the memorial during ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)That memorial lies on the former site of the Jewish ghetto that was razed by the Germans and where the communist regime built housing directly on the rubble.“Below the buildings, below the asphalt of the new streets, you’ll find (the ghetto’s) roots, with thousands of buried victims,” tour guide Jacek Leociak told AFP.The German parliament observed a minute of silence Friday in memory of the fighters.“We recall with great humility the suffering, the self-sacrifice and the fight for freedom of the people of the Warsaw ghetto,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin.Once Europe’s Jewish heartland, Poland saw 90 per cent of its 3.3 million pre-war Jews wiped out by 1945. Jewish people face Nazi forces during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto after the uprising (AP Photos)- © AFP, 2013Read: Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on >last_img read more

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Youll be charged for your water from October 2014 if the Troika

first_imgIRELAND WILL ASK the visiting Troika inspection team for approval to delay the introduction of water charges until October 2014 – with the first bills not due to arrive in homes until 2015.Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin will ask the inspectors from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – who arrived in Dublin this week for their latest quarterly inspection – for permission to push back the rollout.Ireland’s plans would see the charges take legal effect from October 2014, with customers charged at the end of every quarter – meaning the first bills would not arrive in homes until January 2015.Enda Kenny revealed the plans in the Dáil this morning, saying the plans would depend on the ministers “making that case to the Troika”.The disclosure comes only days after the latest European Commission report on Ireland’s bailout progress said the “course now appears firmly set” to introduce water charges in “early 2014″.That report noted, however, that there was still “significant uncertainty” about the water charges regime, given that the authorities had not yet decided when they cut off financial support for Irish Water, the body set up to collect the charges.It also noted that the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) had not yet been given the legal power to regulate water supply, which Kenny today said would be contained in legislation brought forward this autumn.Kenny’s comments did not indicate whether Ireland would still ask the CER to undertake a public consultation to decide how much it should charge for water, a pledge which the Troika update said was to begin by June and be concluded by December.In the Dáil, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin – who had asked when the CER would be given legal responsibility for water – noted that the delay of the water charges would mean the first charges would not come until after the local elections in May 2014.Read: Gilmore: Water charges will not be introduced next Januarylast_img read more

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11 internet firsts you probably never heard of

first_img FOR PEOPLE OF a certain age, it can seem like the the internet always existed.For those of us who are a little more, how shall we put this, mature, we remember life before the World Wide Web.But how many remember all the firsts that came with it? Here’s some of the more interesting ones…The first… picture uploaded to the internetWas… an image of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes. And the person who uploaded it? None other than the man who invented the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.The first… email sentWas… sent by Ray Tomlinson – to himself – in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable… Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said.The first… spam emailWe can blame the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) – the first network to implement TCP/IP – for the first spam email, that was sent to 393 people on 3 May, 1978. (Monitor screen showing email spam mailbox – Shutterstock)The first… domain name ever registeredWas… symbolics.com. The date? March 15, 1985.The first… online banner adWas… created by Joe McCambley. It went live in October 1994 on hotwired.com, and it promoted seven art museums.The first… item sold on eBay (then called AuctionWeb)Was… a broken laser pointer for $14.83 in 1995. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar he collected broken laser pointers.The first… book bought on AmazonWas… Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought in 1995.Try saying that five times fast.The first… sentence uttered on SkypeWas… in Estonian in April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was “Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?” or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.The first… person of FacebookWas… Mark Zuckerberg, who was given ID number four. The first three Facebook accounts were test accounts.The first… YouTube videoWas… posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched over 10 million times. (jawed/YouTube)The first… tweetWas… written by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.- Alyson Shontell Read: 11 ways social media is ruining your life > 10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

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Cars medicine and books all down as retail sales fall

first_imgRETAIL SALES FELL by 0.9 per cent last month, as car sales, pharmaceuticals and books and newspapers all took a hit.Figures from the CSO show that the volume of retail sales decreased by 0.9 per cent in April when compared with March and there was an increase of 6.8 per cent in the annual figure.The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were furniture and lighting (up 6.4 per cent), hardware, paints and glass (3.3 per cent) and food, beverages and tobacco (up 2.4 per cent).The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were motor sale (down 3.8 per cent), pharmaceuticals (down 2.2 per cent), and books, newspapers and stationery (down 1.5 per cent).If motor sales are excluded, there was a monthly increase of 1.5 per cent in the value of retail sales and an annual increase of 2.8 per cent.Retail Ireland said that the figures showed positive signs of a recovery for the retail sector.“Growth in retail is key to ensuring that the economic recovery is jobs-rich,” said Stephen Lynam, director of the group.“One of the biggest problems facing retailers is the high levels of local authority rates and charges. With new councillors elected and preparing to get to work, it is vital that top of their agenda is reducing this burden on struggling retailers in towns and cities around the country.”Read: Aldi on the lookout for new hires- and is offering €92,000 a year plus a company carlast_img read more

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Marshall Earphones Make Quality Sound Portable

first_imgLast week we mentioned that a new line of Marshall-branded headphones are on the way, promising the full, loud, rock experience that you expect when you see a concert where the stage is surrounded by massive Marshall amps. If shoving your head against the amp isn’t enough for you, now you can shove the amp into your head with The Minor, a companion set of earphones that will be released at the same time as the headphones, feature an amp-like design complete with exterior knobs, and also carry the Marshall name. The Minor are EarClick earphones, meaning they have an attachment on them that’s designed to “click” into place when you mount the earphones onto your ears. EarClick promises a better fit than traditional earbuds that have to be jammed deep into your ears to stay put or have wrap-around plastic that gets annoying to wear over long periods. The press release didn’t include pricing, but did say that the Marshall Headphones line – including The Minor – will be available worldwide on November 15th.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Halfpipe gets Tronified in order to maximize awesomeness

first_imgIn celebration of the launch of Tron: Legacy the magicians over at Electronic Miracles put together a halfpipe where the skateboards were followed by lighting effects straight from the movie. The effect is just as cool as you’d imagine (if not a bit busy) and really well with the night-time skating.All it took was a halfpipe, some expert skaters, and an absolute mastery of lighting and electronics. Apparently each rider was equipped with an iPod and a custom app that measured their movements and time in the air in order to have the lighting follow them.via hypebeastlast_img

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Detroit Auto Show Top Tech Cars Toyota Prius C

first_imgDETROIT – Toyota sold 2 million Priuses since 1997, half in the U.S. Here at the Detroit show, Toyota turned Prius into a sub-brand, like Scion, with the unveiling of the subcompact Prius C hybrid, due in 2012. You could think of it as a hybrid Toyota Yaris, at least in terms of size. If the mother ship Prius gets 50 mpg combined, this one might reach 60 mpg. Toyota hasn’t said yet. AdChoices广告The Prius line will also include a plug-in hybrid, meaning like the Chevrolet Volt:  battery power for 20, 30, or 40 miles (depending on how much battery) and then another couple hundred on the small gasoline engine and fuel tank. Toyota took some small pride in introducing the Prius C in Detroit since a lot of the hybrid-naysayers a decade ago came from the Big Three automakers. At the show North American International Show, Toyota people took to wearing “Prius Geek” buttons, poking fun at the execs who, last decade, said only geeks drove a Prius. The geek market is bigger than you’d think. Category: Mainstream hybridWhy it matters: Toyota wants to maintain its reputation as THE hybrid car company by turning Prius from one model into a hybrid sub-brand, including a subcompact and plug-in hybrid. Sub-branding worked swimmingly (at least for a while) with Scion. Gearlog mobile’s Top 2011 Detroit Auto Show Tech Cars: Mind-Boggling Hybrid Technology – Porsche 918 RSR Mainstream Hybrid Technology – Toyota Prius C World Car (That Americans Will Buy) – Ford C Class Affordable Sporty Car with Useful Technology – Hyundai Veloster Mainstream Car with Affordable Tech – Chrysler 300last_img read more

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