Fourth season of the WRHL to begin

← Previous Story Heinevetter remains loyal to Fuchse Berlin! Next Story → Maja Zebic launched a personal website The fourth season of the Women’s Regional Handball League is to begin. Without Hypo, Krim and Podravka, but under Slovenian guidance and website in English(?), and with 8 clubs, from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. The biggest favorite for the title is Buducnost Podgorica, followed by Zajecar and Metalurg. The rest of the league is comprised of Jagodina, Zito Prilep, Knjaz Milos, Radnicki and Biser Pljevlja.The first match is between Jagodina and Biser, and on Tuesday is played an old derby, Radnicki vs Buducnost. In the other games, Zito Prilep is playing Zajecar, while Metalurg hosts Knjaz Milos. read more

SERBIA 2013 Knockout stage clashes known

In the knock-out stage of the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia will meet:In the eight finals of the Women’s World Championship 2013 will play:Sunday, 15 December:Belgrade:France vs. Japan 18Denmark vs. Montenegro (20.45)Novi Sad:Germany vs. Angola 17.30Poland vs. Romania 20.15Monday, 16 December:Belgrade:Brazil vs. Netherlands 18.00Korea vs. Serbia (20.45)Novi Sad:Hungary vs. Spain 17.30Norway vs. Czech Republic 20.15 ← Previous Story FRIDAY “D” DAY: Who will win the groups in Serbia? Next Story → SERBIA 2013: Complete results of the Preliminary Round serbia 2013WWCH 2013 read more

Serviti and ZTR leading the groups

4Granitas-Karys Kaunas310276:84-82 ← Previous Story EHF CL BEST 7: Sterbik, Remili, Ilic, Tollbring Next Story → VfL Gummersbach and Emir Kurtagic to separate ways in summer 2017 1Põlva Serviti321094:78165 1ZTR Zaporozhye4310117:89287 3Tenax Dobele311177:82-53 6Dragunas Klaipeda301276:85-91 Another hot Group A match on Saturday took place in Kehra, where two Estonian teams met. HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper beat Viljandi HC 26-23 (Dmytro Yankovskiy 6 – Kristo Voika 6), despite losing the first half by 11-13.On statistical front, Celtnieks’ Arturs Lazdinš is the best scorer of the league so far. He has scored 33 goals in just three games and is followed by Oleksii Ganchev (ZTR) with 28 and Vaidas Drevinskas (Granitas-Karys) with 24 goals. The BHL resumes already in four weeks time, when another eight matches will be played in Viljandi, Kehra, Põlva, Dobele, Vilnius and for the first time in BHL history, in Zaporozhye. 3HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper320178:84-64 Baltic Handball League 2SKA Minsk4202124:11864 2Riihimäen Cocks220066:43234 Weekend in Baltic Handball League offered everything – tough battles, one-goal wins, draws and some clear superiorities. Curiously only two teams out of ten in action managed to take four points – Serviti Põlva and SKA Minsk won both their games, while ZTR Zaporozhye also continues to be unbeaten.Four games in Group B saw Serviti take maximum points from Lithuanian trip and go on top of the table. Estonian champion now has 5 points with title-holder Cocks Riihimäki following on 4 points, but having one game in hand. The other teams are not far away either: Tenax Dobele has 3, Granitas-Karys Kaunas 2, while VHC Šviesa Vilnius remains the only club without points.In Group A, ZTR held on to their leadership, but lost a first point. The Ukrainian newcomer of BHL now has 7 points, three-time champion SKA and HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper follow with 4 points and the Estonian side has one game less played. Viljandi HC and Celtnieks Riga have 2 and Dragunas Klaipeda 1 point.Musting: “I don’t often say this, but we played very well”Serviti travelled to Lithuania and had the toughest match on Saturday against Granitas-Karys. For most of the first half Estonian champion was trailing, but still managed to end up 14-11 ahead. “We had problems with Granitas’ aggressive defence, but at the end Kristjan Muuga made some good interceptions and scored two goals himself,” explained Serviti’s head coach Kalmer Musting.“Second half was a very tactical game, but it seems we managed to stay one step ahead of our opponents,” added Musting. “I don’t often say this, but we played really well – the defence was good, Muuga and Roman Aizatullov led the attack and perhaps only goalkeepers could have played better.”Serviti won 29-24 (Muuga 8 – Vaidas Drevinskas 13 goals) and moved to Vilnius for the second match. Local VHC Šviesa did not provide the same level of opposition and Serviti recorded a comfortable win by 39-28 (Henri Sillaste 7 – Valdas Drabavičius 7).“It was difficult to play second game in two days, but fortunately it was the same for Lithuanians. We decided the match in the first five minutes of the second half and I could use younger players for the rest of the match. I am very satisfied with the four points from this trip,” completed Musting.Granitas and Tenax recorded opening wins of the seasonGranitas-Karys bounced back well from Saturday’s defeat and hosting Latvian champion Tenax on Sunday, recorded their first win of the season by 28-22 (Modestas Štarolis 12 – Egils Politers, Oskars Arajs and Andis Ermanis 4). “We did a good analysis of the first game, the players took note and performed very well,” commented Valdemaras Novickis, the head coach of Granitas-Karys.“On Saturday, we played quite badly, I have to admit. I believe we lost the ball too simply on 16 occasions, Põlva had 10 quick counter-attacks, scoring 8 goals from these,” analysed the Olympic champion from 1988. “Two different games, but both gave us good experience, which is exactly what our young team needs.”Tenax had also managed to take their first win of the season the day before, as they beat Šviesa away 29-28 (Arajs 9 – Drabavičius 10). “It was a very good and tight game. Šviesa is a young team, but they played well and for the most of the match we were behind. Only in the final minute Arajs grabbed the winning goal for us,” said the head coach of Tenax, Sandris Veršakovs.“We had never before beaten Šviesa in BHL, so this win tasted very good,” added Veršakovs. “On Sunday everything went against us – Ansis Bilkštis was injured during the warm-up, so we lost our key playmaker, while Egils Politers also suffered a minor injury. We also did a lot of mistakes and could not keep the same level as on Saturday.”Tough weekend for ZTRProbably the toughest weekend of all teams fell on ZTR Zaporozhye. The newcomers of the BHL, who started with two wins six weeks ago had to make a long travel in the first place, but then had a late start in Riga, which resulted in arrival to Klaipeda only at 2:30 in the night.On Saturday, ZTR managed to beat Celtnieks 31-24 (Andrii Akimenko and Oleksii Ganchev 7 – Arturs Lazdinš 8), but the day later a 25:25 draw (Lukas Simenas 5 – Ganchev 7) was all they could get out of the match against Dragunas Klaipeda.The match was a true thriller with the lead changing constantly, but even half-time score was even – 14-14. Midway through the second half ZTR had a 22-19 lead, but Dragunas bounced back and went ahead 24-23. Goals from Maksym Karamyshev and Ganchev seemed to turn it again, but Gabrielius Virbauskas equalized from the 7-metre mark.“These matches are hugely important for our club, so we have to be very grateful that BHL invited us to participate,” commented ZTR’s head coach Vitaliy Nat to club’s website. “Before our EHF Cup matches this was perfect preparation. Of course we are tired, but I am happy how the players responded and fought, especially in the second game!”Celtnieks’ Lazdinš is the leading scorerThe draw remained Dragunas’s only point of the weekend, as on Saturday they lost to SKA Minsk by 26-33 (Simenas 7 – Uladzislau Kulesh 9). The three-time winner SKA, who started the season with two defeats, brought their first team to the Baltics this time and also beat Celtnieks on Sunday by 40-26 (Aliaksei Shynkel and Artur Karvatski 6 – Lazdinš 12). 5VHC Šviesa Vilnius300375:101-260 Full schedule: http://www.baltichandball.net/calendar 4Viljandi HC310277:7702 5Celtnieks Riga310277:96-192 read more

VIDEO Goodbye Hungarian handball queen

Anita Gorbicz The Hungarian handball queen Anita Gorbicz said “goodbye” to the national team jersey with a small ceremony before the home match against Netherlands last week in Gyor.The 35-years old playmaker of Hungarian TOP team Gyori Audi ETO KC got standing ovations from the crowd, all handball people who followed his career since 2000.As a true leader of the team, Gorbe won four medals at European and World Championships.Anita Görbicz at a glanceDate/location of birth: 13 May 1983 in VeszprémNationality: HungarianHeight/weight: 173 cm/58 kgPosition: centre back / left wingShooting arm: rightClub: Györi Audi ETO KC (1994 – )Coaches: Zoltán Basák, Lajos Horváth, József Vura, Kálmán Róth, Csaba Konkoly, Karl Erik Böhn (NOR), Ambros Martín (ESP)National team debut: 23 August 2002 against Norway in Miskolc (31:29)Last international: 10 December 2017 against France in Leipzig (26:29)International matches / goals: 233 / 1111AchievementsOlympic Games: 4th in 2008, 5th in 2004World Championship: Silver in 2003, Bronze in 2005, Silver at Junior WCh 2001EHF EURO: Bronze in 2004, 2012EHF Champions League: Winner in 2013, 2014, 2017; second in 2009, 2012, 2016EHF Cup: second place in 2002, 2004, 2005Cup Winners’ Cup: second place in 2006Hungarian champion: 11 timesHungarian cup winner: 11 timesIHF World Handball Player of the Year in 2005Hungary’s Handball Player of the Year: 6 times ← Previous Story Marko Kopljar seriously injured Next Story → Andy Schmid about last Saturday: Shitty day, we are now complete idiots read more

Four per cent of primary schoolchildren never get any parental help with

first_imgTHE MAJORITY OF primary school children are assisted on a daily basis by their parents with homework, new figures by the Central Statistics Office show.The CSO survey Parental Involvement in Children’s Education reveals that more than two thirds (69 per cent) of children at primary level are assisted daily by a parent. However, 4 per cent of primary school children and 28 per cent of secondary school children never receive any assistance at all with their homework.Parents in Ireland generally feel capable of assisting their children with homework, with 59 per cent saying they would be ‘very confident’ about doing so. This confidence appears to be linked to the ‘ educational level of the parents themselves; in families where the mother has a third level degree or above, 72 per cent of parents feel very confident about assisting secondary school children with homework.However, language can create a barrier for some parents trying to help their children with their studies. Some 61 per cent of parents whose first language was English or Irish felt ‘very confident’ about assisting with their children’s homework, but just 47 per cent of parents whose first language was not English or Irish felt very confident about assisting their children with their studies.The vast majority (93 per cent) of pre-school and schoolchildren (aged 3–7) are read to by their parents, and 71 per cent of those are being read to on a daily basis.Internet accessThe study also found a high level of internet use for educational purposes in children completing schoolwork at home.Some 71 per cent of schoolchildren with a parent in employment use the internet outside school to access school learning material. Meanwhile, 59 per cent of school children with parents who are both unemployed or not in the labour force, and 55 per cent of school children with parents who are both not in the labour force, access the internet for the same purpose.87 per cent of parents said they aspire to having their children remain in the education system to attend college or university – but just 82 per cent of parents believe their children will actually do so.Read: Concerns raised over staffing at new Child and Family AgencyRead: New third level report shows students at ITs more likely to drop outlast_img read more

10 things Irish lads love

first_imgWE GAVE YOU TEN THINGS Irish girls love, now it’s the boys’ turn.Irish lads are fairly simple creatures, with needs and wants amounting to not much more than food, FIFA and the odd pint or two.Here are 10 things that they love most passionately.A pint of milk with their dinner Source: ShutterstockNothing completes a plate of spuds and gravy quite like a big glass of milk. Sure aren’t you a growing boy still?A pint of something stronger, for relaxation purposes Source: Flickr/sander_123Pick your poison – be it cider, beer or stout, the refreshing, rejuvenating properties of a pint are incomparable after a particularly long day.Quoting Father Ted/Hardy Bucks/Anchorman Source: PandawhaleNo matter where, no matter when, a line from one of these bad boys is always hilarious. Always. Always?Banter Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandBanter is a mysterious thing – it cannot be described concretely. But it’s almost definitely different to “the craic”, and it’s an essential quality in most people and activities.Acting the maggot Source: YouTubeWhen banter goes too far. Something may get destroyed in the process, be it an object or someone’s dignity.Laura Whitmore Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandWhile Amy Huberman is the one all the Irish girls want to be, Laura is the girl all the Irish lads want to be on. Probably because she appears to be “good banter”.Sports pundits Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesOK, this may be a love/hate relationship – but there are very few Irish lads who wouldn’t want their jobs.Lynx Africa Source: ChemistdirectIf you’re ever wondering what that smell coming from the back of the bus is, it’s probably this.Playing FIFA with the lads Source: Flickr/dpstylesGoing out to a nightclub is great and all but sometimes you just want to get the lads around, have a few cans, and stay in playing FIFA. It’s not all about scoring girls, you know.Starting Source: Flickr/Alasdair MiddletonWhen Irish lads do go out however, you bet your boots they’ll square up to any lad who dares threaten anyone they love. It’s a matter of honour, of course.10 things Irish girls love>8 things that make Irish men almost unbearably attractive>last_img read more

Column We need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in an open

first_imgIT IS PRETTY much impossible to bring up the subject of premature ejaculation (PE) in conversation without provoking a cringe or a giggle, or both. We’ve all heard the one about the man suffering from PE – he’s ok now but it was touch and go for a while.However, PE is no joke for the one in five men who suffer from this common male sexual dysfunction. PE affects more men than erectile dysfunction (ED) yet it has traditionally received far less attention than ED, perhaps because of a historical lack of understanding. It also affects men of all ages, despite sometimes being associated with young men. Last week saw something of a first in Irish society – the launch of the new campaign to highlight the condition and encourage men to talk about it.Before thinking about solutions, it’s worth considering the issue in a wider societal context. There is no doubt that ‘good’ sex is commonly and misleadingly represented by the mainstream media and porn as requiring lengthy periods of penetrative sex. This leads to rather skewed societal definitions of sexual pleasure and glosses over the fact that many men will last a matter of minutes between penetration and orgasm.Pornography creates a lot of problemsThat being said, in my practice as a psychotherapist, my work involves therapy for sexual and intimacy difficulties and over the past ten years both myself and my colleagues have seen a growing number of young people – sometimes even teenagers – presenting with sexual dysfunction.Pornography addiction has been a significant factor. We are seeing complex developmental sexual responses in people of all ages, with ensuing complicated effects on relationships. Orgasms release oxytocin, the attachment hormone and unlike print pornography, the interactive qualities of internet porn and its multi-sensory connections give the user a more intense experience and immediate sense of personal connection, thus leading to addiction. People can end up having relationships with their laptop, smartphone or tablet and find it difficult to respond physically and emotionally to a real person.So if sexual dysfunctions in general are on the increase and if PE is the most common sexual dysfunction, it stands to reason that there is a greater need than ever for openness and accurate information. Here goes.Share your sexual worries with your partnerTriggers for PE include feeling anxious about ‘performance’, lack of confidence which can arise from not having had sex for a while, being with a new partner or in a novel sexual experience. Some of these are situation specific and can resolve themselves in a relatively short time. A good rule of thumb is that if the male partner regularly ejaculates before or within a short time of starting sexual intercourse and before he would like to, then PE may be the root cause.If a man thinks he has a problem, above all he should try sharing his sexual worries with his partner. Practicing mindfulness and meditation may also help him feel less anxious. There are also numerous physical self-help techniques which may help.If none of the above prove effective and if the situation is creating frustration for either partner within the relationship or consistently eating away at a man’s confidence, speaking to a GP or healthcare professional is the best next step. Disclosing our most private selves to another human being is never easy but it is the most responsible next step to address anything that undermines sexual intimacy, which is fundamental to overall well being.The job of intimacy is not to focus on your own inadequaciesSelf esteem plays a huge part in our sexuality.  If you do not like yourself, it is difficult to expect others to find you attractive. The job of intimacy is not to focus on your own inadequacies but to immerse yourself in the other person’s body using all your senses – this allows you to get your attention off yourself and enjoy the experience.People have an idea that they need to ‘fix’ themselves before they can be in relationships but my experience is that being in relationship is such a healthy thing to do that it forms part of the whole self development task. When we love, we are more open, more human and compassionate with others and with ourselves.As adults, we need to start talking about sexual dysfunction in a responsible way. If you believe that you’re affected by the issue, take the initiative. If you’re in a relationship already, raise it with your partner. Inform yourself properly, talk about it and if you need help, seek it out. You’ll be happier for it and your relationships will improve.Trish Murphy is a psychotherapist specialising in couples counseling and sexual intimacy therapy. She is also Chair of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland. For more information on PE, see takecontrol.ieRead: Google Glass app allows you to see what your partner sees during sexColumn: Having ‘the’ chat with your children… how to talk about sex and pubertylast_img read more

Dáil wont allow Rabbitte to disclose breakdown of RTÉ payout over homophobia

first_imgAN INDEPENDENT TD has been prevented from asking Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte for details of RTÉ’s controversial payout to members of the Iona Institute and the columnist John Waters after comments by drag queen Panti on the Saturday Night Show.Catherine Murphy put down a parliamentary question last week seeking details of the amount paid by the national broadcaster to external parties as settlements for alleged defamatory broadcasts in the wake of the recent controversy.RTÉ paid out an €85,000 settlement to Waters and members of the Iona Institute who had issued legal proceedings in the wake of comments made by Panti, aka Rory O’Neill, in relation to homophobia on the chat show last month.However, the Dáil’s Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett disallowed the question from Murphy on the basis that Rabbitte has “no official responsibility to Dáil Éireann for this matter” as it is an operational issue for RTÉ.Rabbitte has already ruled out “interfering” in the controversy and RTÉ’s decision to settle.Murphy said she would be submitting more questions and said that she did not think it was good enough.She said that while she accepts there is a line between operational matters and ministerial interference “there is something bigger at stake here”.“It’s about public discourse and it’s about shutting down public discourse on issues that may well suit one side of an argument,” she told TheJournal.ie. “I think there is a bigger issue at stake here that the Minister does have to take some responsibility for and that is where the line is between operation and the broader good of society.” The controversy has been raised a number of times in the Oireachtas in recent days, with Senator Averil Power discussing it in the Seanad last week, and David Norris speaking about it yesterday.Socialist MEP Paul Murphy has also made comments – under privilege – in the European Parliament. Labour deputy John Lyons tried to raise the matter as a Topical Issue, tweeting yesterday:Catherine Murphy also questioned Rabbitte on the measures available to the Oireachtas and the government to ensure that RTÉ does not act in contravention of its public service obligations.In a column for this website last week, Murphy said that RTÉ had a duty to be balanced and challenge opinions that promote inequality.In his written answer this week, Rabbitte said that the broadcaster is obliged under Broadcasting Act to prepare a public service statement every five years and this is reviewed on an annual basis by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).“The Authority is required to submit to me, as Minister, a report which is to include recommendations in regard to the adequacy of funding of the corporation,” he explained.He added that the report and recommendation of the BAI as well as his response are laid before TDs and Senators in the Houses of the Oireachtas.Latest: RTÉ’s head of television explains Iona payout decision to staffRead: Rabbitte won’t ‘interfere’ in RTÉ’s Panti paymentsColumn: Panti Bliss controversy raises major questions about RTE’s role in public discourselast_img read more

Governments jobs plan delivers 90 per cent success rate but Bruton insists

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS hailed another report showing it achieved a 90 per cent success rate on its much-publicised Action Plan for Jobs last year – although the plan was not as successful in implementation as in 2012.The government strategy to boost employment saw various departments deliver on 299 of the 333 actions that were committed to in the plan for 2013, giving an overall implementation rate of 90 per cent.This is down on the 92 per cent implementation rate in 2012, where 249 out of 270 actions were delivered on time in 2012.Actions set down in the documentation include everything from simply completing and publishing reports to achieving certain levels of investment in sectors of the economy.Speaking at Government Buildings today, the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton insisted that setting the targets helped ensure they are delivered, and rejected claims of spin.“The key point about this is we are setting targets that mean they are delivered so that even though some of them won’t be delivered this quarter it ‘s our determination to have them delivered in the next quarter,” he said. “So by having the targets, by holding people to account we are delivering change. If I came in and we were saying: ‘We had a 100 per cent success rate’, you’d say: ‘Well that’s just spin’.He said every one of the targets is “scrutinised to see why it didn’t meet up and actions are put in place to deliver it”.The overall aim of the plan is to increase the number of people at work by 100,000 by the time the current administration leaves office in 2016 and that the overall workforce will exceed 2 million people by 2020.Today’s media event was attended by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and followed a special cabinet meeting on jobs this morning.At the event the government announced an additional €3.5 million in funding for Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in 2014.The LEOs are based in each local authority and tasked with developing plans for those areas to boost enterprise.Read: Government say this morning’s Cabinet meeting is ‘#allaboutjobs’FactCheck: Were 58,000 new jobs created in Ireland in 2013?Read: Government plans special Cabinet meeting on jobs early next yearlast_img read more

Dragon invests €200k in former construction workers bakery

first_imgA BAKERY STARTED by a Co Mayo man who had been made redundant from his job in construction has not only provided jobs and retraining to unemployed people, but also caught the eye of a Dragon’s Den investor.Cherry Blossom Bakery bakes speciality breads and cakes from scratch in its Castlebar location, and was started by Simon Stenson three years ago. He had found himself redundant and decided to move from construction into a totally new arena, inspired by his love of healthy foods and a successful past in hospitality.Dragon’s DenLast night, he appeared on RTÉ show Dragon’s Den, where he was given a €200,000 investment from dragon Sean O’Sullivan in return for a 40 per cent stake in the company.He told TheJournal.ie that he was delighted with the news – and that going on the show was incredibly nerve-wracking.“It’s absolutely fantastic – its amazing,” he said. In fact, he admits that O’Sullivan was not the dragon he imagined would invest in him, given his interest in other types of businesses.The investment will bring the bakery “to the next level”, and already they have struck a nationwide deal with Musgraves since their Dragon’s Den deal.They can now invest in more and bigger equipment, enabling them to roll their products out to more stores around the country.Because he knows his business inside-out, Stenson wasn’t worried about answering the dragons’ questions, but admits he was “a nervous wreck walking up those stairs”.SkillsAll of his employees are ex-construction workers, and Stenson is passing on to them the skills he learned while at a three-month course in Ballymaloe. “Why don’t I give a little back,” is how he puts it. He pointed out that young people who had been working in the construction industry often found themselves without qualifications due to leaving school for a job.“They have been left on the shelf for so long. They are getting a second opportunity to retrain in something else,” he said. He describes the bakers as the “unsung heroes” of the business, who get up in the early hours to bake the products. There are 15 of them in total working at Cherry Blossom Bakery now.The company is steadily increasing its distribution nationwide, and has achieved this all within just three years. While the products pay homage to home-baking, Cherry Blossom aims to put a modern spin on its cakes and breads.“When I started, I suppose it was a niche product and I didn’t think it was going to reach the amount of sales it did,” said a delighted Stenson of his healthy products. “People’s eating attitude in Ireland has changed.”Read: “This is the right decision”: Norah Casey to leave Dragons’ Den>last_img read more

Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from the fourth night

first_imgLoserWilson Palacios – The former Spurs midfielder hardly featured for Stoke City last season yet was crucial to his country’s hopes of stifling France. He did so by kicking everything in dark blue that moved. This included studding each one of Paul Pogba’s shins and lumping into Mathieu Valbuena. He then bundled into Pogba to give away a penalty and earn a second yellow card in the process. Palaciois, far right, receives his marching orders. Source: David VincentJoga BonitoMarcos Rojos needed to make a defensive clearance for Argentina and decided it was time to treat us all to a rabona.vine.co/v/MInUJ9d2EzD What have we got to look forward to today?One of the tournament favourites, Germany get their World Cup underway at 5pm against Portugal.Iran take on Nigeria from 8pm in Curitiba as end round one of fixtures in Group F.A fascinating game kicks off at 11pm between Ghana and USA.As it happened: Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina, World Cup 2014, Group FGoalline technology makes World Cup debut, leaves Twitter and BBC confused Lionel Messi scored a fine second half goal for Argentina. Source: Victor R. CaivanoOn Day 4Lionel Messi ended a typically mazy dribble with a low, side-footed finish to spark Argentina in their 2-1 Group F win over Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Maracana. Under-fire for not always producing his best when it counts, Messi rattled in his 39th international goal to augment a stop-start Argentine performance. Vedad Ibisevic headed in what proved to be a consolation for B-H. Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal. Source: Michael SohnSwitzerland may be ranked sixth in the world, according to FIFA’s cloistered boffins, but they have yet to win over the likes of Brian Kerr and Ronnie Whelan. Regardless of the dissenting voices from the Irish jury, Valon Behrami’s late show inspired the Swiss to a 2-1 win over Ecuador.Goalline technology pushed the Honduras’ agricultural tackling out of the headlines in Group E’s other game as France won 3-0. Karim Benzema scored two goals and his shot off the post bounced of hapless goalkeeper Noel Valladares and over the line. The survey said… Goal.WinnerKarim Benzema – Charged with scoring the bulk of France’s goals now that attacking star Franck Ribery is watching from home, Benzema did not disappoint. He slotted home a penalty, sparked the goalline-assisted own goal fumble and roofed his second to start his tournament in style. Thwang! Source: Jon Superlast_img read more

Lamb kebabs found to contain no lamb

first_img“WHEN YOU ORDER a lamb kebab you expect to get a lamb kebab and not a beef and chicken kebab.”Those are the wise words of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland after it discovered chicken and bovine DNA in takeaway lamb dishes.The findings of two surveys carried out recently in Dublin city were published by the watchdog today.Out of twenty lamb kebabs and lamb dishes served in takeaway restaurants, seven contained other meats that were not declared on the menu.Bovine and chicken DNA were found but, luckily there was no horse, goat, pig or turkey DNA discovered in any of the samples.Six of the seven meals were described on menus as lamb kebabs, but most of these did not contain any lamb at all. Or, if they did, it was in tiny amounts.All six lamb kebabs with undeclared meat contained over 60% chicken and 5 to 30% beef. Only three of these six lamb kebabs were found to contain lamb, however, the levels were as low as 1 to 5%.Finally, one of the ten lamb dishes sampled – minced meat for lamb skewers – with undeclared meat that was described on the menu as lamb, was found to contain over 60% beef and over 30% lamb.FSAI chief Professor Alan Reilly was quick to point out there is no food safety issue at play here but raised concerns about customers being misled.“Incorrectly listing meat products on a menu or menu board, whether inadvertently or by design, is an unacceptable infringement of the labelling legislation,” he said.However, in good news, the FSAI study of beef products found no traces of horse DNA in the 52 beef products analysed.The watchdog says this indicates compliance by industry following last year’s scandal.The two studies were undertaken as part of an ongoing EU-wide programme on food fraud.Read: Leaving Cert students asked question on horsemeat scandallast_img read more

Pentagon Mystery Missile Not a Missile

first_imgReassuring? Sort of… The whole thing will likely continue to be a bit unsettling until we get an explanation about what actually caused that giant contrail–preferably not something involving billionaire Tony Stark. The “mystery missile” that captured the attention of–and generally terrified–the country was, in fact, not a missile. Not according to the government, at least. The Defense Department addressed public concerns today, stating that, while it still isn’t quite sure what cause a missile-like plum of smoke off the coast of Los Angeles yesterday, it’s pretty sure that it wasn’t a missile. Says CBS News,AdChoices广告The Pentagon is still not sure what that was in the sky off the coast of California — except that it was not a missile fired by the U.S. or some other country, reports CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin.last_img read more

Facebook launching music service in September

first_imgWe’ve been hearing about a potential Facebook music service since at least May and, according to reports, it may be announced in just a few weeks at the f8 developer conference in San Francisco on September 22.Word of Facebook partnering with Spotify came back in May, but at that point all we knew was that the service was under testing, but definitely real and on its way. Now, Mashable is reporting that Spotify won’t be the only music service linked up with Facebook. It seems that MOG and Rdio will also be partners.The service will allow users to listen to music within Facebook. We saw evidence of the music service pop up in July when Facebook released its video calling feature and a coder looking through the Java file found something called Vibes. The JAR file used to install Video Calling also has code, com.facebook.peep, that can be used to install another app: com.facebook.vibes.Apparently Facebook won’t directly host or stream any music or media. That’s what Spotify, MOG, and Rdio are for. Facebook may still open this to other music services, and may possibly make the music platform open to other third-party developers.Is Facebook just trying to throw their scent off the trail for the time being, or is there actually nothing new? With 750 million users and 1 trillion page views in just one month’s time, a Facebook music service could see a lot of traffic and a lot more time spent on Facebook instead of other music services. It’s all rumors and speculation for now though, so we’ll have to sit back and see if yet another music service is on the way.via CNBC, Mashablelast_img read more

Raspberry Pi at Maker Faire NY 2011

first_imgHere at Geek.com we’ve been following the Raspberry Pi $25 PC project quite closely. So when we heard that the Raspberry Pi alpha boards and some of the co-founders, namely Eben Upton and Liz Upton, were making their way to NYC we made sure we were on-scene.Along with any number of other cool projects, the Raspberry Pi was on display at Maker Faire NY this weekend. Eben Upton was giving a live demo of the alpha board and prior to that the boards were showing two demos that we’ve already seen: the Quake III demo and then 1080p video playback (without audio). Attendees were allowed to see the board in action and had a chance to ask questions, but I got some hands-on time with the board. Above all, I can verify that the Raspberry Pi is real, and it works great.If you’ve been following the Raspberry Pi news, especially the Slashdot interview, then not much new was revealed at Maker Faire. Clarification was offered on some important issues, but no secrets were unveiled.One of the most important issues I was able to clarify when talking with Eben Upton,was that all the component manufacturers involved with the project are making money. Over the past few weeks some people have called into question the Raspberry Pi project’s sustainability because they got the impression that suppliers like Broadcom were offering RasPi special deals that would not last. I was told in unequivocal terms that RasPi has commercial agreements with the companies, no special deals were made, and there is no subsidies in place.The $25 price is possible, in part, due to RasPi being able to get large scale pricing despite placing relatively small component orders right now. It’s not a special deal per se, but by doing this manufacturers are in some ways making the price tag possible. (Upton works for Broadcom, who provides the BCM2835 chip, which certainly caused some of the questions.)There was nothing revealed on the question of release date, aside from Q4 2011. Upton seemed sure about this, but would not narrow it down to a date. Apparently the boards are still being tested and refined, though the final PCB is currently being laid out (or at least it was on Saturday the 17th). Some licensing issues are still being worked out (with the video and audio codec organizations) as well. Apparently the latter being especially tricky as an AAC license costs 5x that of an HDMI one and in a project like this, pennies matter. This could open the door to two versions of the Raspberry Pi, one with a full array of licenses and the $25 version without.We talked a bit about the CD quality audio claim as well, as that was a topic of some confusion recently. It’s still up in the air as to whether this will actually happen, but their top people are working on the pulse-density modulation (conversion of digital data to an analog signal) and if the boards are manufactured at high quality and with sufficient consistency then the Raspberri Pi’s algorithm should be smart enough to put out CD quality audio (or something quite close to it).There was some talk about the video output as well: geeks are happy about the HDMI, but many commenters are questioning the lack of VGA. VGA being, of course, the most popular connector for older and cheaper computer displays, the ones that people buying (or receiving) a $25 PC would have access to. The HDMI works because it’s native to the BCM2835 (which is effectively a mobile phone processor) and then there is also composite video. This might not seem convenient to us, but in developing countries there is still easy access to televisions, so this might end up being a better solution than VGA… or at least it’s a good substitute.Sadly, I was not able to leave Maker Faire with a Raspberry Pi tech unit. Not only are they in short supply, but they aren’t exactly ready for testing yet. The two demos we’ve seen have focused on multimedia experiences for a good reason: this thing is a media powerhouse. I learned that X acceleration (as in X11) is not working yet so while media looks great, the Raspberry Pi drags on the desktop. This is in the works though and will be ready by the time non-alpha test units go out.In addition to the video above here is a gallery of the Raspberry Pi! We’ll have move coverage very soon.raspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PCraspberry pi $25 PClast_img read more

Apple fails to trademark the term MultiTouch

first_imgThere’s no denying that Apple has done a lot to push forward the development of smartphones, and single-handedly started the current craze for tablet computing. But with innovation and product development comes the ugly question of “what do we patent and trademark?”As we have witnessed over the last few months, patents in particular cause all kinds of problems and costly lawsuits for those companies involved. It can even lead to products being banned outright.Thankfully, a trademark Apple applied for back in 2007 has been denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The term Apple wants to keep to itself under the protection of a trademark is “Multi-Touch”, which is now commonly used to describe any device that allows interaction with a touchscreen using more than one finger.The USPTO realized this and decided Multi-Touch is classed as a generic term, meaning no one company can lay claim to it exclusively. I don’t think anyone except Apple would disagree with that, and if you say mutli-touch to anyone their first thought will likely be a touchscreen and not an Apple device.Although this decision is sure to upset the management team at Apple, such a trademark is small fry compared to the term Apple really wants to secure as exclusively its own to use. That would be “App Store.”Apple already has a trademark application field for that term, but it hasn’t stopped Amazon using the term “Appstore” and being sued by Apple because of it. Microsoft has also called into question the App Store trademark as the term is just too generic.The same test applies as in the case of Multi-Touch. If you say App Store to someone do they think of an Apple product or a digital store that sells apps?You can read the USPTO decision regarding the Multi-Touch trademark denial below:Read more at MacRumorslast_img read more

Kinect Russian Roulette is cringeinducing slightly morbid

first_imgIf you’ve been following Microsoft’s Kinect, then you know that all sorts of development has taken place around it. The motion sensor has had a significant impact on the Xbox 360, but the development that is taking place on the computer side is much more clever. Of course, independent developers aren’t bound by commercial viability, or even tastefulness, so we’ve seen a lot of fun stuff happening with the Kinect that Microsoft surely never imagined. The latest Kinect hack that will blow you away? Kinect Russian Roulette.Russian Roulette, as anyone who has seen The Deer Hunter will know, is a lethal game which has a very high chance of an unfortunate outcome. By using the Kinect to play you get all the anticipation and none of the unfortunate after effects of losing.The setup looks pretty simple: the Kinect recognizes your face and then your hand in the shape of a firearm. When you mimic the action of the gun’s hammer moving forward, the Kinect understands that and fires a round. The computer does the math and you have a 1/6 or 1/8 chance of, erm, losing. If the math is in your favor you can keep going, or presumably pass the gun to the next player. And if you lose… well you’ve probably already seen the video or the screenshot below. Kinect Russian Roulette was an art project, by Theo Watson, for the Art Hack Day. He made it in just three hours using openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect, the latter of which is an openFrameworks wrapper for the Kinect, which Watson coded.As a game KRR might get old fast, but it could still be useful. Maybe it’ll end up being a high-tech, adult-only replacement for rock, paper, scissors?via Theo Watsonlast_img read more

Ultrathin 15inch MacBook Pro to have Retina Display USB 30

first_imgAnyone expecting the rumors of Apple dumping the MacBook Pro and introducing larger MacBook Airs is going to be disappointed if 9To5Mac’s sources are correct. Apple is planning to revamp the Pro range of laptops, but the design is remaining in line with what has gone before.Apparently, Apple has managed to redesign the 15-inch MacBook Pro to be an ultra-thin version of the 2008 design, suggesting there will continue to be a very clear distinction between the Air and Pro hardware.So how do you slim the Pro down to class as “ultra-thin”? You first of all remove the optical drive and the Ethernet port. Instead you offer a USB Superdrive for those that need it and an adaptor for plugging in an Ethernet cable. Both are going to be acceptable compromises to make for the majority of users wanting a new Pro.What will definitely get MacBook fans reaching for their credit cards is the line-up of features this new MacBook Pro will sport. Top of the billing is a Retina Display that is being described as “stunning.” The resolution is high enough that Apple has decided it no longer needs to offer resolution options to the user in the form of numbers. Instead, you’ll be choosing between small, big, and optimal sizes.The new Pro is also expected to include multiple Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. The inclusion of USB 3.0 is thought to be because Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chips have support for it built-in, plus it allows anyone upgrading to continue to use any USB 2.0 peripherals they have with the new machine.We’ve already covered the Geekbench benchmarks for a supposed Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro earlier today. What we didn’t know was what GPU Apple has decided to pair the processor with. Apparently, it is going to be the Nvidia GT 650M GPU, meaning this Core-i7 machine is going to offer up some serious performance regardless of what task you are asking it to perform.Read more at 9To5Maclast_img read more

Nexus 7 32GB hits Office Depot for 24999

first_imgSo you just became the proud owner of a 16GB Nexus 7? Well, prepare yourself for some serious buyer’s remorse, because the 32GB Nexus is now listed on the Office Depot website and it’s going to sell for exactly the same price you paid for your half-capacity slate.Normally that additional NAND would command a steep premium: stepping up from the 16GB iPad to the 32GB model would cost you an extra $100. Google and Asus, however, have seen fit to keep the price point the same ($249) for the most capacious Nexus 7 despite the upgrade. No word yet on what’s going to happen to the 8GB model, but it could see a price cut or be dropped entirely in favor of starting Nexus tablet owners off with a minimum of 16GB of storage.The bump may have something to do with Apple’s recent unveiling of the iPad mini, which Google might be hoping to head off at the pass. The mini ships in 16GB or 32GB, too, so perhaps Google decided that the move was necessary to assure shoppers that they’re getting just as much tablet for $199 or $249 as they would if they spent considerably more on Apple’s smaller iPad.Google was expected to announce the 32GB Nexus 7 at an event on Monday, but the cat’s out of the bag now. It’s already been shipped to one lucky customer who had ordered a 16GB tablet and spotted in a Christmas catalog, and by all accounts Office Depot appears to be willing to add the new model to shopping carts and sell them a few days before they’ve been made official.More at Office Depotlast_img read more

LG explains why the Nexus 4 has an LTE chip

first_imgNot having access to an LTE network for the next year is a sore spot for many Nexus 4 fans. Google’s smartphones have a history of being superior pieces of hardware that easily compete with the rest of the high end smartphone world, but the lack of LTE feels like a step backwards for some after the Galaxy Nexus %displayPrice% at %seller% . When it was discovered that the Nexus 4 did in fact contain an LTE chip, and that even without an amplifier the AWS bands were accessible with a settings change, many began to grow excited at the possibilities. According to LG, however, the LTE chip is really only there because it was more expensive to remove it.Qualcomm has held the upper hand for a little while now on being able to deliver their very powerful Snapdragon S4 line with an LTE radio built-in. With an amplifier and the right filter this one chip can access any of the existing LTE bands. This uses far less battery power than previous LTE designs, and as a result the S4 and S4 Pro have been showing up in almost every smartphone released in the last six months. Since LG and Google did not intend on offering LTE, there’s no amplifier to make sure the LTE radio can adequately connect to broadcast points. Even users that have activated the feature for AWS bands receive far lower signal strength than a phone with an amplifier.With previous generation LTE smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a larger battery was required in order to offer a full day worth of use. Qualcomm’s S4 and S4 Pro have allowed phones like the Droid DNA, with its seemingly meager 2050mAh battery, to last much longer than the 2100mAh extended battery that was available for the Galaxy Nexus. The addition of LTE to the Nexus 4 would likely not require a larger battery for a full day’s use, just the missing hardware.According to LG, the only reason the LTE radio is there at all is because the Snapdragon S4 includes it as a package deal. It was less expensive to leave it on the phone crippled and disabled than it was to engineer a way to remove it from the board. This also means that, should Google decide to partner with carriers, a branded Nexus 4 would require seemingly minuscule hardware changes in order to produce a capable LTE smartphone.via Ars Technicalast_img read more