Oltchim Valcea must win

Oltchim ValceaPeter Kovacswomen handball First round of Women’s Champions League showed that vice-champion of Europe, Romanian, Oltchim Valcea has a problem with a form. Ambitious team from Romania lost first match in a new season of CL in Denmark against Randers 23:27. That was a sign for alarm of  sponsors and President Ioan Gavrilescu, who was concerned about a performance of his team. He gave a sort of ultimatum to Hungarian coach, Peter Kovacs (photo), who will have difficult task to win another five games in group and take first place in front of Randers, Larvik (Norway) and French, Toulon.First round:Toulon – Larvik 28:31Randers – Oltchim 27:23 ← Previous Story Serbian NT coach, Veselin Vukovic: “We can play with all TOP teams in Sweden” Next Story → Nikola Karabatic two months out! read more

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WC 2011 FINAL Denmark against France

By beating Spain in the second semi-final in Kristianstad 28:24 Denmark reached the final of a Men’s World Championship for the first time since 1967. Thanks to top scorer Mikkel Hansen and goalkeeper Niklas Landin the Danes took a victory, which looks larger than the run-down of the game was.  As the Danes will play for the title against France on Sunday in Malmö, Spain face Sweden in the Bronze finalSemi-final 2:Denmark – Spain 28:24 (12:12)Attended by their Crown Prince Frederic the Danish players crowned themselves with the WCh final. More than 3000 Danish spectators celebrated the victory in a sea of red and white on the stands. The match was absolutely close until the very last three minutes when the Danes decided the semi. After an equal start Kasper Söndergaard scored for the first three (9:6) and four goal (10:6) lead. The Danish team was dominant, not only because of the support from the stands. But when they lost their impetus and caused too many mistakes later-on they brought the Spaniards back in to the game. Even a Danish time-out couldn’t stop the Iberians on their way to the 12:12 halftime equalizer.But by speeding up after the break the Danes took a three goal lead again – and as Spain had their weakest period they were below even four goals at the 13:17. But thanks to a defense improvement and the saves of Arpad Sterbik the Spaniards returned and reduced to one goal (16:17, 20:21) before equalizing in minute 55 (23:23). Everything was open again, but the next three minutes decided everything: Thanks to the fifth and sixth goal of Hans Lindbergh Denmark went away to 26:23 and 27:23 –final! Best players in this game were unstoppable Mikkel Hansen, who scored nine goals and Danish goalkeeper Niklas Landin, who saved a shot percentage of 49, including three penalty shots.Semi-final 1: France – Sweden 29:26 (15:12) Sweden could count on Oscar Carlen again, who had to be replaced in the last Main Round match against Denmark – and the right back started well with two early goals. Both sides had real concrete in their defense in the starting period, as the attackers nearly couldn’t make their way through those walls. France counted on fast break goals, as they had initial problems in position attack – and aside both goalkeepers saved brilliant, with little advantages for French Thierry Omeyer compared with the Swedish Johan Sjöstrand. Thanks to Omeyer and the intermediate weak Swedish shot efficiency with too hectic shots the reigning champion increased the lead to three goals (8:5), despite a Swedish time-out in minute 14. Especially Michael Guigou scored well from the penalty line and the wing position (in total five times before the break). On the other hand the new Swedish handball hero Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (four goals in twelve minutes) brought life back to his team and reduced the gap again to only one goals (10:11 in minute 25). Cheered by their spectators Sweden tried hard to turn the match, but the individual class and experience from winning so many trophies and medals was the decisive factor in the end of the first half, when the result was 15:12.And then the French defense including Omeyer closed the gate completely. Even when Guigou missed a penalty shot against Sjöstrand in minute 35, France was unstoppable. It took them only 13 minutes to distance their opponent with a six goals difference (23:17), before Sweden took their time-out. Aside the performance of Omeyer Betrand Gille (man of the Match) scored brilliant in this stage, as Sweden was not patient enough and shot too fast – mostly saved by Omeyer. The highly concentrated French team did not only stop their opponent, but calmed down the Malmö Arena, too, in the middle of the second half. But the situation changed quickly after three straight Swedish goals of Källman (2) and Carlen – the spectators and the team were back at the score of 24:20. Surprisingly France lost their pace for minutes, missed some shots and their defense wasn’t as strong as before. Sweden took the profit from this weak French period and the great support from the stands and reduced to 23:25 with one player more on the field four minutes before the end. The tension rose, as the game was close to turn.  But when Carlen received a two minutes suspension at the score of 26:24 in minute 58, France was cold as ice. Guigou scored twice within 20 seconds and extended the lead to 28:24 and decided the game. The final score was 29:26, top scorers were Guigou with nine goals for France and Källman with six for Sweden.Final day of the World Championship:Bronze final:Sweden – Spain (Sunday, 14.30)Final:France –Denmark  (Sunday, 17.00) ← Previous Story Ciudad Real signed Ukranian giant – Shevelev Next Story → Hungary secure place in Olympics qualification tournament read more

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Duenas calls Spanish girls for OG Qualifications

Spanish NT coach, invites players for the Qualifications tourmanent for Olympic Games, who will be played in Guadalajara from 25 to 27th of May. Spain will have chance to qualify for London against Netherlands, Croatia and Argentina.Goalkeeper: Cristina González (Leon), Mihaela Ciobanu (Alcobendas), Silvia Navarro (Itxako)Backs: Andrea Barnó (Itxako), Macarena Aguilar (Itxako), Beatriz Fernández (Bera Bera), Marta Mangué (Zajecar/SRB), Nely Carla Alberto (Le Havre/FRA), Patricia Elorza (Castro Urdiales)Right wings: Carmen Martín (Itxako), Jessica Alonso (Itxako)Left wings: Eli Pinedo (Bera Bera), Vanessa Amorós (Alicante)Line player: Begoña Fernández (Itxako), Eli Chávez (Sagunto), Verónica Cuadrado (Randers HK) ← Previous Story Gorenje without Director – Ostrelic resigns Next Story → Montenegro against Sweden without Zarko Markovic Jorge DuenasMarta MangueSpanish handball read more

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DKB Handball Bundesliga 20122013 opened with a tie

DKB Handball BundesligaMT MelsungenTV Grosswallstadt New season in DKB Bundesliga 2012/2013 started with the tie between MT Melsungen and TV Grosswallstadt – 23:23.MT Melsungen – TV Großwallstadt 23:23 (12:10)MT: Sandström (12 saves), Appelgren – Stenbäcken 1, Mansson, Kubes 1, Fahlgren, Schröder 1, Vasilakis 4/1, Hildebrand 1, Danner 7, Sanikis 4, Karipidis, Allendorf 3, Vuckovic 1/1.TVG: Galia (1.-60. Min., 21 saves), Wolff (one save ) – Spatz 4, Bühler 1, Thiede, Graubner 5, Holst 6/3, Larsson 3, Jacobsson, Kaufmann, Köhrmann 1, Schmidt 3, Maas, Eisenträger. ← Previous Story Niklas Ekberg in THW Kiel until 2015! Next Story → SG Flensburg found Djordic’s replacement – Arnor Atlason! read more

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ADRIATIC World Young goalkeeper 20152016

Adriatic World Young Female player 2015/2016  Loading …VOTE MORE…LEFT WINGLEFT BACKPLAYMAKERRIGHT BACKRIGHT WING LINE-PLAYERGOALKEEPER ← Previous Story ADRIATIC World Young Female line-player 2015/2016? Next Story → Vote for ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 ADRIATIC World Young Female goalkeeper 2015/2016? Blanka Biro (VAC – Hungary) Dinah Eckerle (Thuringer HC – Germany) Hanna Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden) Ljubica Nenezic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro)View Results read more

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CONTRACTS DONT PLAY HBC Nantes smash PSG Handball for the first 201718

← Previous Story Greek Olympiakos undefeated in the first European match Next Story → Sporting Lisbon VS Alpla Hard for last EHF CL ticket! HBC NantesPSG Handball The French vice-champions HBC Nantes won the first trophy in the new season “Trophy of Champions” by beating the richest club in the world of handball – Paris Saint Germain 32:26 (18:16). Absolutely the main role in fantastic win had HBC Nantes goalkeeper Dumoulin with 22 saves, while Nyokas and Claire netted five goals each for the winners.On the other side, only Nedim Remili can offer something special in roster of Zvonimir Serdarusic. Powerful right back netted seven goals.Paris-SG HB – HBC Nantes : 26-32 (16-18)Paris-SG: Omeyer 9/33 odb (27%), Corrales 1/7, Gensheimer 5/9 (3/4 pen.), Mollgaard, Stepancic 0/1, Sagosen 3/6, Kounkoud 1/4, Damjanovic, Remili 7/10, Abalo 1/4, L. Karabatic 3/4, Hansen 2/5 (0/1 pen.), Narcisse (cap) 0/1, N. Karabatic 4/6, Nahi. Nantes: Dumoulin 22/48 (46%), Siffert, Lagarde, Faluvegi, Nyokas 5/7, Claire 5/7, Buric 2/2, Klein 2/3, Pechmalbec, Tournat 3/4, Feliho (cap) 0/1, Emonet 2/2, Matulic 0/1, Lazarov 4/7, Gurbindo 6/6, Balaguer 3/6.  read more

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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgUpdated 23:00NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.IMF official Peter Breuer, left, Mission Chief for Ireland Craig Beaumont, centre, and other Troika officials were back in Dublin today (Image: Mark Stedman).IRISHThe Troika were back in town for their final review visit.Seán Quinn Junior is to sell his home to purge his contempt of High Court orders. [RTÉ]Labour councillor Sean O’Grady resigned from the party.The key to the Seán O’Casey Bridge is lost and no one can open it.A six-month-old baby was found dead at a house in Dublin.An aircraft crash in Offaly that killed two men was caused by a lack of fuel in the tank.New driving licence rules came into effect.A man arrived in Dublin Airport with 0.5 kg of cocaine in his stomach.FÁS is no more… so say hello to Solas.Stormont was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious device.WORLDUnites States intelligence officials testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington today (Image: Susan Walsh/AP/PA).#UNITED STATES: Intelligence officials testified in Congress while the Senate intelligence committee ordered a review of the country’s surveillance operations. [The Guardian]#BRITAIN: An autopsy took place on the body of a former BBC driver accused of child sexual assault after he was found dead at his house yesterday. [AFP]#LONDON: Another two men were arrested for sexual offences in the investigation into allegations of child sexual assault by Jimmy Savile.#SYRIA: Thousands of Syrian civilians are fleeing a besieged Damascus suburb that has been closed off by a government forces blockage since March. [BBC]INNOVATIONA new version of Google Glass will be compatible with prescription glasses. [arstechnica]Netflix is toying with the idea of streaming movies online on the same day they’re in cinemas. [All Things D]PARTING SHOTThe tallest man in the world got married. We’re just wondering where he rented that tux. [The Guardian]First published 21:00.Here’s What Happened Yesterday>last_img read more

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Is this the best cycling invention ever The invisible bike helmet is

first_imgARE YOU A cyclist who is also concerned about how you look while cycling around town.If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an “invisible helmet” for cyclists.SafetyBike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no denying that it can be difficult to find a stylish bike helmet and then there is the issue of the helmet hair.The idea for the invisible helmet came to life in 2005 as part of a Masters’ thesis, when Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin were studying industrial design at the University of Lund.The Hövding (invisible helmet) is actually an air bag, which uses a helium gas cylinder to inflate when its sensors detect a sudden jolt.The helmets are also CE labelled, which means they comply with EU safety standards and have undergone a variety of safety tests.Here is how it works:(Vimeo/Focus Forward Films)Will you be buying one when they go on sale?Read: Real life hero confronts bike thief and wins>Read: 123 hours, 2200 kilometres (and 4 hours’ sleep): a gruelling tale from the Race Around Ireland>last_img read more

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Beaumont Hospital Foundation charity does not pay topups

first_imgA HOSPITAL CHARITY has taken out an ad in a national newspaper to confirm that its funds are not used to pay top-ups.Beaumont Hospital Foundation took out the ad in the Irish Independent, sating that it “does not pay any salary top-ups to any hospital staff”.The ad emerged a day after the Public Accounts Committee chair, John McGuinness, had called on the Central Remedial Clinic to to make a statement after the news broke that charitable money was used to top-up the salaries of senior staff. Yesterday, the CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation, Jonathan Irwin, said that he does not receive top-up payments, a bonus or pension.In today’s ad, the MD of Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Padraic Walsh, said that he wanted to reassure its supporters “that the funds which they generously donate to BHF are paid out to support the purchase of vital equipment, the building of a day hospital which is about to open, the renovation of patient areas and research projects”.The foundation said that the only staff costs it meets are those of its own employees, and funds donated by supporters do not pay any salary costs for Beaumont Hospital staff.Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, has said that the government would find it ‘difficult’ to ensure salary compliance in organisations paid using public finances.The HSE’s Director General, Tony O’Brien, said on Wednesday that only seven hospital agencies were found to be compliant with public pay policy, while some top-ups for hospital executives date back to 1996.Read:Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups>Read: Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to “come clean” on top-ups>last_img read more

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HSE spent €75m providing injectable treatment for MS patients in 2013

first_imgTHE HSE SPENT just less than €7.5 million providing injectable beta-interferon to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) in the first ten months of this year.The information was revealed by Minister of State Alex White, in response to a question from independent TD Terence Flanagan who also asked about the prescribing guidelines for disease modifying treatments and the extent to which White believed they were being adhered to.Figures show the number of patients receiving the injection treatments has fallen from 1,103 in 2011 to 866 in 2012. In the first ten months of 2013, 814 patients received the injectable beta-interferon treatment.Costs from January to October reached €7,480,363 this year, falling from €10.2 million in 2013 and €11.3 in 2011.The junior minister said the Medicines Management Programme, which was established by the HSE aims to ensure patients have access to the essential medicines that they need. He said it also” facilitates more cost-effective prescribing with initiatives in relation to high-costs medicines” and ensures value for money in relation to medicines.White added that another aim of the MMP was enhancing evidence-based prescribing and optimising patient safety thorough a reduction in medication related adverse events.On the issue of prescribing deadlines, the minister of state said he would refer this to the HSE for a reply.There have been calls for a cannabis-based drug called Sativec to be approved for the Irish market as it has been identified as suitable for the relief of certain symptoms of MS. The Department of Health has said that it is engaging with experts on how best to make it legally available in Ireland while maintaining existing controls on cannabis.It is expected that new regulations to allow for this will be introduced early in 2014.Read: Increased demand for MS services ‘reflect difficult times’>Read: Calls for controversial MS treatment to be made available in Ireland>last_img read more

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Eating heartshaped foods will keep your ticker in good shape

first_imgNUTRITION EXPERTS IN the US are advising people to eat more heart-healthy foods, with one simple tip – if it looks like a heart, it’s probably good for it.Though some dieticians rave about the virtues of red wine and dark chocolate for heart health (and that might sound pretty good to us), Katie Eliot, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University, has a different plan.“Being red and heart shaped can be a tip off that some foods are good for your heart,” Eliot said. “Many heart shaped fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. These compounds act like shields, taking the hit from free radicals that otherwise damage the body and cause heart disease and cancer.”(Image: Riya V Anandwal)Strawberries and raspberries are loaded with vitamin C and an antioxidant known as poliyphenol that prevents plaque from forming.Cherries also contain an antioxidant called athocyanin, which is thought to protect the blood vessels and is high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure. (Image: Riya V Anandwal)Tomatoes and red peppers are rich in lycopene, which is in many red fruits and vegetables and works magic by neutralising free radicals.(Image: Riya V Anandwal)For fiber, turn to acorn squash and apples as these can reduce bad cholesterol that can clog up your arteries to cause hear attacks and stroke.While the normal recommendation is to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day, Eliot recommends that for the month of February and with Valentines Day coming up, make two of these a heart-shaped or red choice.“It’s a happy coincidence that many of these foods actually resemble the organ they help to protect,” she said.Read: Meet the people beginning a new life in 2014 thanks to organ transplants>Read: What overeating does to your body>last_img read more

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Boston College testimony used to bring veteran republican to court over Jean

first_imgUpdated at 9.10pmAN ALLEGED FORMER IRA commander has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning on charges related to the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville more than 40 years ago.77-year-old Ivor Bell appeared before court in Belfast charged with aiding and abetting the murder of the mother-of-ten, and with IRA membership.Bell was refused bail, and remanded in custody to appear again in court next month.According to BBC Northern Ireland, the court was told that part of the evidence used to bring Bell before the court was an interview given by the defendant to Boston College researchers.His solicitor denied Bell had any role in the killing, and claimed the evidence based on the interview was “not credible”.Jean McConville was 37 when she was abducted from her home in Belfast in December 1972.Her body was discovered more than 30 years later on Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth. Her children have spoken in recent years of the devastating impact their mother’s death had on them.First posted at 10.20am. Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.Earlier this week: 77-year-old man arrested in connection with Jean McConville murder >Read: PSNI appeal for man who phoned Jean McConville’s family in the 90s to come forward >last_img read more

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Its taken two months but Italy has finally unveiled its new government

first_imgITALY’S PRIME MINISTER finally unveiled a new government today breaking a two-month stalemate that shook market confidence in the recession-hit country and tested the patience of European partners.Centre-left moderate Enrico Letta named as his deputy Angelino Alfano, from the centre-right party of former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.Fabrizio Saccomanni, a director at Italy’s central bank, was handed the post of finance and economy minister, tasked with dragging the eurozone’s third-largest economy from its worst recession in 20 years.Emma Bonino, a former European commissioner, will be the new foreign minister in a new government with a “strong female element,” noted Letta.Alfano will also hold the post of interior minister while his predecessor in that job, Anna Maria Cancellieri, will run the justice ministry.The new cabinet was expected to be officially sworn in on Sunday.The 46-year-old leftist moderate Letta also officially accepted the role of prime minister, as the constitution requires, after forging the hard-fought deal between his Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party (PDL).President Giorgio Napolitano, 87, who agreed to serve an unprecedented second term as head of state, said it was “the only government possible and we could not wait for it to be formed.”He said the “grand coalition”-style government formed between the bickering two main parties from the right and the left should clear the way for it to win a vote of confidence on Monday in Italy’s two main chambers of parliament.Grasping Letta’s hands, he called for “the greatest possible cohesion” in the new team.Letta has said he wants to move quickly to tackle the social fallout of a painful recession and Napolitano had urged him to include younger ministers and women in his cabinet to help renew the country’s tired political scene.He is expected to unveil his programme in a parliamentary session on Monday after sealing a deal that some still believed unlikely over the weekend.But clinching cross-party unity proved tricky, especially with the scandal-tainted Berlusconi, who had insisted on the abolition and repayment of a controversial housing tax introduced in 2012.Such a move would set the budget back some €8 billion in the debt-wracked country.Berlusconi ‘the real victor’Enrico Letta (right) shakes hands with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Former comedian Beppe Grillo, head of the Five Star Movement protest party which won a quarter of the vote to win third place in February’s elections, accused the left and right of ignoring those who had voted for change.“Over eight million Italians who voted for the Five Star Movement are considered intrusive, dogs in Church, third wheels, despised as if they were passing jerks to be pitied,” he said on his blog.The alternative to a deal would likely have been fresh elections — which neither side would necessarily have won with the majority needed to govern.A new set of elections would also have raised fears among international investors of increased political instability.Berlusconi ruled out his own inclusion in the cabinet, but his critics said the tycoon was the real victor of the institutional crisis which has gripped the eurozone’s third largest economy.In two trials due to resume next month, he is appealing a tax fraud conviction and defending himself on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute — but his popularity levels have recently been on the up again, giving him a certain leverage with Letta.He said he set “no conditions” for his support in forming the new government. “Therefore, we contributed to being able to form a government in a short time,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Berlusconi wants new government to ‘confront’ EU’s austerity agenda > Read: Italy’s next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivan >last_img read more

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Man charged over car hijacked last week with two children inside

first_imgUpdated 8pmGARDAÍ ARRESTED A 41-year-old man today in connection with a carjacking last week.This evening, they said that the man will appear in court tomorrow morning charged in relation to the hijacking and robbery.Two children and their mother were inside the car that was hijacked last Friday afternoon in Terenure in Dublin.The man claimed to have a weapon, and forced the woman to drive to her home, retrieve bank cards, and withdraw cash.He then forced her to drive the car to Portobello at which point he left the car, gardaí say.No one was injured in the incident.Another hijackingA teenager appeared before the Dublin Children’s Court this morning charged in relation with a separate hijacking of a taxi in Terenure on Sunday.Last week, a heavily pregnant woman was injured in a carjacking near Mountjoy Square.- First published 12pmAdditional reporting Aoife BarryRead: 15-year-old in court as drivers warned about spate of carjackings >last_img read more

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Toxic dump in Cork to be turned into park

first_imgTHE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency will award a €40 million licence that will see a toxic waste dump turned into a park.The EPA has told the Minister for Agriculture of their proposed decision to grant a waste licence for the remediation of East Tip site at Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour.Minister Simon Coveney TD welcomed the notification, which will clear up the former steel plant on the site.The 22-acre dump at Haulbowline Island, which was previously the site of Irish Ispat – and before that, Irish Steel – carries waste and slag left behind from the steel works which continued there for over six decades.“We look forward to the EPAs final approved decision being issued in due course, while respecting the provisions for objections provided for, which should pave the way for Cork County Council to commence the detailed design and execution phase of the core remediation work at Haulbowline Island in the near future.“I have been determined that this project will proceed with minimal delays and the hard work which has gone on behind the scenes by both Cork County Council and my own Department has enabled substantial progress to be made this year.“The whole of Island approach adopted is now bringing rapid results.”Coveney added that the the works would “bring substantial benefits to the local economy” and would transform the island “into a genuine national infrastructural asset”.Famed campaigner Erin Brockovich had previously called for the dump to be cleaned, owing to the potential presence of chromium VI there – the same chemical which had caused the contamination of drinking water in the campaign she is most known for.Read: Threats of EU fine prompts clean-up of toxic Cork dumplast_img read more

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They did it Three school teachers tweet photos from all 32 counties

first_imgYESTERDAY, THE RACE was on. Teachers Patrick Kinsella, Dave Foley, and Patrick Mullen from St Peter’s in Bray, Co Wicklow set out on a mission to visit all Ireland’s 32 counties in just 24 hours.Not only that, but they set themselves a challenge to tweet a photo of themselves in each one. Well, this morning they were welcomed back to the school having successfully completed the challenge.The epic road-trip was all done with an aim to raise funds for some well needed school equipment.They began in Wicklow, of course, colouring the map as they went Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: St. Peter’s Primary/Twitter Where they ate burgers Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Up to West Meath Source: St. Peter’s Primary/Twitter Singing along to Dolly Parton ‘ s 9-5. Turns out we only know the last words of each line….! “crazy if you let it” #32in24— St. Peter’s Primary (@StPetersBray) June 22, 2014 The end was in sight in Cavan The lads got a massive welcome back to the school this morning Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Night fell on Donegal Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet And we’re off!!! Next time we’re back in Wicklow, we’ll have gone through every county in the country! #32in24 pic.twitter.com/MHGdwmEAbn— St. Peter’s Primary (@StPetersBray) June 22, 2014 But they finally made it! Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet https://vine.co/v/MtWzE60x5dDThe kids even recorded a special message for them. AWWWW Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet A stop was made for emergency 99s, obviously Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: stpetersbrayblog/SoundCloudWell done guys! If you still want to donate you can do so via the school itself.Three school teachers are trying to tweet photos from all 32 counties in 24 hours>12 Irish childhood summer holiday rituals> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Their journey took them across to Cork Across to Galway Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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Dublin pub receives 2700 job applications through Snapchat

first_imgA NEW DUBLIN pub, which came up with an innovative hiring system, has said it received a “record number of applications” for the 20 jobs it had on offer.Last month Sober Lane announced it would hire 20 people, with one catch – they would have to submit their application through Snapchat. Now the pub has said it received over 2,700 applications in total after their advertisement went viral. Source: Sober LaneCommenting on the response to this unconventional hiring approach, owner Ernest Cantillon said it meant the company got “the most creative and outgoing staff without having to trawl through stack-loads of CVs and try to get to know someone on paper”. Instead, the applicants had ten seconds to impress, which is the most they are likely to have on a busy night in the bar so it makes sense – plus fun and having a laugh is what Sober Lane is all about. I was overwhelmed by the response and so grateful that we had such a huge pool of superb applicants to choose from.The official opening of the bar in Irishtown, Dublin 4, took place last Wednesday. Their ‘flip a coin’ game, whereby customers can win a free round if their luck is in, has unsurprisingly proven very popular already.Related: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat>last_img read more

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Plummeting DRAM prices mean better spec PCs in 2011

first_imgThe price of DRAM has fallen dramatically this year, and is set to continue falling well into 2011. For system builders that’s great news, but for anyone intending to buy a pre-built machine next year, don’t expect a price drop. Instead, expect a better spec of machine to be offered.Over the course of 2010 the price of DRAM modules has fallen 46% so a 2GB DDR3 module now only costs $25. As we enter 2011 that price will have fallen to $20.Usually such dramatic drops in price are met with production being cut and a quick rise in price as stocks start to dry up. But that doesn’t look like the case this time. Multiple manufacturers have actually increased output recently, meaning a glut of stock and therefore continued falling prices.For consumers the news is good, but not because vendors will be dropping prices. If you intend on buying a new PC next year then expect it to have a better spec. Instead of 2GB RAM, expect 4GB. Performance machines running 64-bit operating systems could be offered with a surprisingly high amount of memory purely because vendors want to protect their price points while enticing you to buy through the components on offer.More memory always makes a machine look better, right?Read more at ComputerworldMatthew’s OpinionI was considering buying a new laptop before Christmas, but I’m going to wait. I’d opt for a 64-bit OS, so with falling prices it’s probably going to be a lot easier to find a model with 8 or even 12GB of RAM, but without the premium price that usually accompanies it.The price of DRAM is expected to start recovering around the middle of 2011, so upgrade, buy new, or stockpile if necessary before we reach May-June. Even so, the recovery won’t be sudden and may stall again depending on how much demand and competition there is in the market.Now if only we could see a glut of processors and graphics cards on the market, that would make for a nice cheap start to the new year.last_img read more

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Portable Wii Laptop uses a hard drive instead of DVDs

first_imgGiven the nature of the Wiimote and the requirements of the sensor bar, the Nintendo Wii seems, on the surface of things, even less moddable into a portable device than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360… but where there’s a will, there’s a way.ShockSlayer’s ZNWii DIY Wii Laptop might not be the most aesthetically pleasing portable mod job console we’ve ever seen, but the functionality’s certainly sound. Stripping the Nintendo Wii of its built-in DVD drive to save space, ShockSlayer’s Wii Laptop instead uses game “backup” software to load all of its games directly from an internal hard drive.Otherwise, we’re looking at a lot of the standard features of a portable console, including a flip-up display (with built-in sensor bar, natch) and a reliance upon an internal, rechargeable power pack to allow it to be played even away from a mains. It even manages some GameCube support by grafting the GameCube control ports right into the Wii instead of the normal ports.Pretty neat stuff. Of course, Nintendo won’t be happy here, given the Wii Laptop’s reliance upon a SunDriver chip in order to eschew the requirement of a built-in DVD drive, but we can still appreciate ingenious work when we see it.Read more at Mod Retrolast_img read more

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Evolve III Maestro tablet tripleboots AndroidMeeGoWin7

first_imgWhile we admit that the video above is not the most exciting minute of video you’ll watch today, the tablet in the video could well be exciting. While other tablets choose a single OS to boot, others take bit more of a risk and offer a dual-boot option. That’s not the case with this Evolve III tablet: it triple-boots.Evolve III used to make digital screens for business, but then turned its hand to making tablet devices in 2008. The tablet above is called the Maestro and is capable of booting into Android, MeeGo, or Windows 7 giving you quite the choice of tablet interface experiences.The underlying hardware consists of the Intel dual-core Oak Trail Atom which is a new range of very low power Atom chips. This has been combined with 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, and a 10″ touchscreen. It has WiFi and 3G connectivity as standard and weighs 835 grams.Evolve III is set to release the Maestro in the second quarter of this year. What we don’t know yet is which version of Android it will run or how much the tablet will cost.Read more at MobileSider and the Evolve III websiteMatthew’s OpinionThe triple-boot feature is going to be tempting for a lot of people if the price of the tablet is competitive. If Evolve III bring this out close to the iPad pricing it could have a hit on its hands.The spec of the tablet does make me think it will carry a higher price, though. 2GB of RAM, a Windows 7 license, and the 32GB SSD and 3G as standard will all take the price up. It may end up costing what the top-end iPad currently goes for.It’s certainly not underpowered and has loads of RAM to use. I’d like to know which graphics solution it uses, but I suspect it’s an integrated Intel affair rather than a dedicated chip.last_img read more

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