September 22, 2019
  • 12:46 pm Official Sanja Damjanovic joins Viborg
  • 12:38 pm 6 TO 8 WEEKS BREAK Jim Gottfridsson injured
  • 12:35 pm KING ŠARIĆ FC Barcelona to fight for the title at EHF CL
  • 12:29 pm Kai Hafner stays at Hannover Burgdorf until 2020
  • 2:47 am 8 things we learned from Brian Hayess Budget 2014 QA on Twitter

damjanovicPodravkasanja damjanovicViborgWilbek ← Previous Story TRANSFER BOMB: Nikolaj Markussen to Qatari Eljaish! Next Story → Austrians are ready for Serbia – Johannesson choose 18 One of the best left backs in Europe, Sanja Damjanovic (26), will join Danish Viborg next season. Former “dream-team”, and couple of times Champions League winner, got the Serbian international that played for Podravka Koprivnica in the past two seasons. As one of the top scorers in the EHF Champions League and in the ideal roster of the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, former Zajecar and Krim player became interesting to all top clubs:– Bringing Sanja Damjanovic is a big step forward to realise our ambitions to get back to being one of Europe’s top clubs. We brought a player that can score lots of goals against the strongest defences. Besides the attack, she plays extremely well in defence too. We got a real player with perfect age – said after signing the contract Viborg’s sports director, Susanne Wilbek.HANDBALL-PLANET.COM WROTE ABOUT THIS TRANSFER TWO WEEKS AGO… read more

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The World Best Young Playmaker, Jim Gottfridsson (21) is forced to take a break from the preparations for the new season with SG Flensburg. He got injured after only few days of work in Sweden, where Ljubomir Vranjes working with his players – EHF CL winners. Gottfridsson had fracture of right metatarsal bone. Jim Gottfridsson ← Previous Story DOMINATION: Brazilians on the top of the world! Next Story → Men’s U20 EURO 2014: Denmark and Germany to prove as a favorites

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← Previous Story Ortega before EHF CL F4 kick-off: To prevent easy goals… Next Story → Barca’s hero Danijel Šarić: Our defense did the job The first finalist of the sixth VELUX EHF FINAL4 tournament in Cologne is Spanish FC Barcelona! The most successful team in the handball history beat Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce 33:28 (16:14) in the first semi-final of the major club’s event in front of 20.000 fans in Lanxess Arena. Xavi Pascual boys broke the resistance of the Poles in the last 10 minutes with amazing performance of their goalkeeper Danijel Šarić, who saved 10 balls in the last 20 minutes of the clash. Nikola Karabatic scored 8 goals, Kiril Lazarov overtook the goalscorer’s crown from Mikkel Hansen (106 – 104) with 7, while Karol Bielecki netted six for the „yellow“ squad who will fight for the third place on Sunday (15.15).Barca showed winning ambitions in the first 15 minutes of the match, after which Talant Dujshebaev was forced to call time-out (8:4). Barca’s counter attack was outstanding and made a lot of troubles to the Kielce’s planned attack-defense substitutions.The leader was Nikola Karabatić who netted his third for 10:6 in 20th minute.However, as Dujshebaev promised, his player fought well and didn’t have problem with selfconfidence against the favorite. The Spanish coach re-organized his attack, Julen Aguinagalde was the biggest threat for Barca’s goal, but also outstanding shooter Karol Bielecki who ended 3:0 series of his team for 10:9 after 23 minutes of the clash.Barcelona didn’t let the rivals to catch them until half-time break. Main role in the last few minutes of the first half had Jesper Noddesbo with two goals for 16:14.„Run and gun“ game continued after the break. Barca opened the second half-time with 3:0 for +5 (19:14), but Kielce’s had quick answer, few counter-attacks which put team from „Blaugrana“ under pressure – 19:18.Xavi Pascual called time-out, but that didn’t prevent the first tie – 20:20 in 38th minute after fast-break by Manuel Štrlek.The Polish champions were in the game in the next ten minutes, when the individual quality of Danijel Šarić became dominant. The Qatari NT goalie replaced Vargas in 40th minute, and saved 10 shots until the final buzzer.Kielce had only chance to take advantage in 45th minute, but Šarić caught two balls from Cupic and Jurecki.Barca’s goalie became almost unbeatable in the last ten minutes providing his team many chance to make final touch. Karabatic, Lazarov and Sarmiento scored for 3:0 series which put Barca three goals ahead – 29:26 eight minutes to go.Kielce scored only two goals for the last 12 minutes, there were no chance for turnover until the end… read more

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← Previous Story CSM Bucharest to keep Jelena Grubisic! Next Story → Damgaard buzzer beater crush THW Kiel in Magdeburg! kai hafner The German national player Kai Häfner has decided to stay in TSV Hannover-Burgdorf.The 27-year-old German right back Kai Häfner has extended his contract with TSV Hannover-Burgdorf with 2 years from the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2020.He came to Hannover from HBW Balingen in 2014.During time of Dagur Sigurdsson on the helm of national team, Hafner became a vital part of the team, one of the biggest strentgh especially at Men’s EHF EURO 2016, where Germany ended with the gold medal.

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first_imgMore: The Minister who ‘couldn’t be bothered’ with Twitter is doing a Budget Q&A on Twitter DESPITE HIS PUBLICLY-STATED aversion to Twitter it appears Brian Hayes has been converted to the social media platform as he today fielded questions on the Budget from Twitter users.Using the hashtag #budgetqs, the Department of Finance’s official Twitter account and an iPad the Minister of State spent around half an hour answering questions and seemed in good spirits.Here are a few things we learned…1. Raising third level registration fees are ‘the least worst option’: 2. Reducing tax grows the economy: 3. Budget measures here have been the fairest of all bailout countries: 4. Construction on the National Children’s Hospital will start in 2015: 5. The government is keeping a close eye on minimum pricing in Scotland: 6. Selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus is being looked at ‘closely’: 7. More money will be collected from excise on cigarettes in 2014: 8. Hayes has changed his mind on Twitter, thanks to TheJournal.ie ;): And three questions the Minister didn’t answer: last_img read more

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first_img Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader THEY WERE THE kings of the late-1990s dot-com bubble … until, of course, the bubble burst.The dot-com crash was nearly 15 years ago. We thought it might be interesting to find out what happened to the startup founders who defined an era of unparalleled ambition and excess.These were the guys who declined to buy a new company called “Google” for $1 million because it seemed too expensive. The guys who complained that “Concorde was a bit cramped.”It was a heck of a time.Joe Krause’s eXcite got an offer to buy Google for $750k, and passedvia Wikimedia/Creative CommonsThe search portal Excite (or “eXcite,” as it was styled) was founded in 1994 by a group of Stanford University students.In 1999, Excite had a chance to buy Google, according to MinyanVille. But Excite’s George Bell deemed the $1 million asking price too high. Bell also declined a second offer to take Google for $750,000.The company went through a complicated skein of mergers and financings, culminating in a deal in which @Home paid $7.2 billion for the company in 1999. By 2001 it was bankrupt.Kraus now works at Google Ventures, where he is an investor.Boo.com founder Ernst Malmsten once said, “After the pampered luxury of a Lear jet 35, Concorde was a bit cramped.”via BBC/YouTubeFashion retail web site Boo.com launched in 1999. The company burned $135 million of venture capital in 18 months, and went bankrupt in 2000.Malmsten re-emerged in 2011 as CEO of luxury goods company Lara Bohinc.Razorfish founders Craig Kanarick and Jeff Dachis threw a party to end all launch partiesDachis and Kanarick, centre and right, at a 1998 partyThe 1997 new office-warming party at digital ad agency Razorfish, which allegedly featured belly dancers and Krispy Kreme donuts (in addition to transvestites serving 4,000 burgers),  is remembered as one of the defining excesses of the late 1990s. It’s safe to say that the legend is probably more apocryphal than anything.Craig Kanarick and Jeff Dachis took their company through an IPO, raising $48 million in 1999. Razorfish was eventually acquired as part of a package by Microsoft, and then later sold to Publicis Groupe for $530 million.Today, Dachis is the founder of the Dachis Group, a social media analytics company.Kanarick is now the co-founder and CEO of Mouth “the leading online destination for indie food.”TheGlobe.com’s Stephen Paternot was known as “the CEO in the plastic pants” after he was filmed in a nightclub saying, “Got the girl. Got the money. Now I’m ready to live a disgusting, frivolous life.”Paternot, in the movie Wholey Moses. He did a brief stint as an actor. via IMDB/Wholey Moses/Nutmeg RecordingCornell students Stephan Paternot and Todd Krizelman founded TheGlobe.com in 1994. It was a social network before social networks existed, and offered essentially the same things that Facebook would later. But it made no money.TheGlobe.com went public on 13 November 1998, and posted the largest first day gain of any IPO in history, a 606% increase in price. Its market cap was $840 million. The stock collapsed next year. Paternot cashed out only $1.5 million of his stock, and lost more of that in an investment in UrbanFetch.Paternot in 2012 founded Slated, a private marketplace for investors to back indie film projects. Krizelman runs MediaRadar and AdRadar, two advertising market research companies.Broadcast.com’s Mark Cuban created a company that flopped, but it left him a billionaire who now owns the Dallas Mavericksvia BloombergBroadcast.com was founded to let people listen to radio broadcasts over the internet. In 1998, however, so few people had broadband access that few ever actually heard anything on the site.In April 1999, Yahoo acquired the company for $5.7 billion, making Mark Cuban a lot of money. But the company never took off … and now it doesn’t exist.Cuban has used his millions to buy the Dallas NBA franchise. He was recently acquitted in an unconnected insider trading case.GeoCities’ David Bohnett created the third biggest site on the webvia Wikimedia/Creative CommonsBohnett was one of the founders of GeoCities, which popularised the “home page” for individuals — a function largely usurped by Facebook a decade later. In the mid-1990s, however, it felt as if everyone on the web had a GeoCities page. Only Yahoo and AOL had more traffic than GeoCities at its height.In January 1999, GeoCities was purchased by Yahoo for $3.57 billion. It was never clear whether GeoCities ever actually made money.Today, Bohnett is a tech investor. He has a stake in Fab.com, through his fund Baroda Ventures. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.Robert Levitan’s Flooz burned up to $35m on ads featuring Whoopi Goldbergvia FloozMost people (in the USA, anyway) remember Flooz because of its confusing ads starring Whoopi Goldberg, which encouraged people to use an alternative form of credit on the internet, which they could earn via shopping at Flooz-affiliated merchants.Flooz, however, was a flop, and went bankrupt in 2001.Levitan went on to found Pando networks, a peer-to-peer file sharing company, that was acquired by Microsoft for $11 million this year.Kaleil Isaza Tuzman’s was made into a movie, ‘Startup.com’No-one went to see it.via Kaleil Isaza TuzmanOn paper, govWorks was a great idea — one web site where people could go to pay parking tickets and get other local government services without having to physically go to the local courthouse.But the company, which had over 250 employees at its height, burned through $60 million in venture capital and never made a dime. It was documented in an indie movie, Startup.com, that few actually saw.Tuzman — a Goldman Sachs alum — went on to become president of JumpTV, a start-up focused on foreign Internet Protocol Television content. The company raised $160 million in two public offerings in 2006 and 2007. Tuzman sold his stake and left the company.Joseph Park’s Kozmo was “the frothiest disaster of the first dotcom bubble” – but it has come back to lifevia Joseph Park/LinkedInKozmo offered to deliver small grocery packages — booze, magazines, coffee — to your door free of charge. It was founded in 1998 and was out of business in 2001.Bizarrely, Wired — which called it “the frothiest disaster of the first dotcom bubble” — reported that it may now be relaunching.Park later became president of BibleGateway.com, part of the Christian publishing unit of HarperCollins. He is now the CEO of Bluefly, the fashion shopping website.- Jim Edwards Nobel Prize winner responsible for two of the most important economic charts>Revenue increase at Google driven by the number of “paid clicks”>Column: Are you in or out? Welcome to the great digital divide>last_img read more

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first_imgMichael McGrath last month Source: Mark StedmanA FIANNA FÁIL TD has said his Facebook page was hacked after the account ‘liked’ a site delivering pictures of MILFs.Michael McGrath, the party’s finance spokesperson, took his official page down entirely after a screengrab of the ‘like’ began circulating online.He explained today that he believed his account had been compromised, saying:I definitely did not go on to that website and like the page. I’m not sure where that image originated.This image was posted to Reddit by user RevolutionaryCommie: MILF of the Day (link NSFW) is a Facebook page posting what it calls “photos/videos of Sexy Mums across the World!” It has 87,294 likes at the time of writing – an extra 4,000 since the screencap was taken.McGrath told DailyEdge.ie that he was first alerted to the incident on Saturday.That screen capture was brought to my attention by friends of mine who would have sent me emails and texts. So I deactivated my Facebook account, not knowing what had happened or how I came to be associated with the page.The Cork South Central TD’s page remains down this afternoon, with McGrath saying:I’m not going to reactivate it until I’m sure that the account is fully secure.He added that he had not yet been able to find out where the hack originated, but was hoping to learn more. “I could do without it to be honest,” McGrath said. “It’s certainly a case of getting burned online.”Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames hit headlines internationally earlier this year when she raised the practice of ‘fraping’ – playing pranks on other users’ Facebook pages – in an Oireachtas committee.Has Ireland accidentally given ‘fraping’ to the world?>Irish MEP’s Twitter account tells Anglo to “f**k off”, he says he was hacked>last_img read more

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first_imgWhen the guy told me, I stopped the car to see. My colleague and I found that a dog was still alive.The dog – since renamed Victory – had broken through the bumper and was lodged inside it. She was taken to a clinic for treatment, where vet Lorena de Oliveira Figueira described her as “blessed by God”.Victory is now seeking a new adoptive family.Fan granted iTunes refund on ‘homophobic’ James Arthur album>Guy makes Beastie Boys music video while on holidays with his mam> A VERY LUCKY dog has survived a 90km journey hanging from a car bumper after being hit by a driver in Brazil.The female animal – who came through the ordeal with just a broken leg – is now looking for a new adoptive home.Driver Julius Caesar Smith, 35, struck the dog in the Itapetinga area earlier this week. He told G1 Globo that he noticed the bump, but did not stop as it was on a dangerous series of bends and he assumed the dog was dead.Some 90km later, Smith was signalled by another driver that there was something lodged in the bumper of his car. He said:last_img read more

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first_imgPEACHES GELDOF HAS apologised for tweeting the names of the mothers involved in the recent, high-profile paedophilia case which led to the conviction of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins.However, the journalist also defended her actions in a series of tweets to her 166,000 followers this morning. She said:“For all of those out there tweeting me about naming the paedophile mothers involved in the Ian Watkins case, the names have been in the public domain since 12 December when the court named them and put them up on their website for all to see – half of twitter had tweeted out the names also aside from my (now deleted) tweet.“The babies will most probably be given new identities to protect them from future abuse from other paedos who know who they are/ their names from the videos Watkins uploaded to Paedo websites (sic).The question of wether (sic) or not to give anonymity to criminals in cases like this will go on forever. However these women and Watkins will be getting three meals a day, a double bed, cable TV etc – all funded by the tax payer alongside not being named apparently. It makes me sad.“I deleted my tweets however and apologise for any offence caused as at the time of tweeting had only seen everyone tweeting the names at me so had assumed as they were also up on news websites and the crown courts public file that they had been released for public knowledge. Will check my facts before tweeting next time. apologies and lesson learned.”Geldof could face criminal charges for the indiscretion. South Wales police have confirmed they are investigating and will examine if prosecutions should be brought against her and others for identifying sexual offence victims who have lifetime anonymity under law.The victims’ mothers have been granted lifetime anonymity to ensure their children are protected. They were both convicted of serious sexual offences earlier this week. Lostprophets lead singer, Watkins, also pleaded guilty to a string of guilty offences, including the attempted rape of a baby and conspiring to sexually assault a child.Following the court case, Geldof had urged newspapers to print the names of the two female co-accused.Identifying victims of sexual offences is a crime in the UK under the Sexual Offences Act. A conviction can carry a fine of up to £5,000.“Anonymity for victims of sexual offences is a vital component of the criminal justice process,” commented the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday.“The CPS is liaising with South Wales police in relation to their investigation into allegations that the names of two women convicted alongside Ian Watkins have been placed in the public domain, contrary to legislation that protects the identity of victims by banning the publicising of information which would identify them.”A spokesperson for the Attorney General also made comment on the case. She said:“We understand that the names of the co-defendants in the Ian Watkins case were posted online but have now been removed.“As has been previously reported, the co-defendants were the mothers of the victims.“Victims of sexual offences have automatic lifetime anonymity and the publication of names or information which can lead to their being identified is a criminal offence. This is a police matter.”Read: Lostprophets lead singer pleads guilty to attempted baby rapelast_img read more

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first_imgClick here for larger imageAn outside vendor is selling the item on Wal-Mart’s marketplace, but many people still found the poster ironic.“Quite possibly the only thing funnier than being able to purchase a Ché Guervara tee shirt at a big box chain store would be the ability to buy a panoramic poster featuring Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Lower Manhattan from that chain,” wrote Andrew Kirell at Mediaite.This is the best quality image of the poster we could get:- Ashley Lutz.Read: More than 80 arrested at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest>Read: Occupy Dame Street protesters taking part in global day of action> How to delete a PlayStation 4 user account, if you’ve run out of space for accounts Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens left a message from beyond the grave touting his Twitter rivalry with Drake and his favorite life lessons OCCUPY WALL STREET was a movement protesting the greed of big corporations – including Wal-Mart.Now, in an ironic twist, Wal-Mart is selling a poster portraying the protests in New York City.Here’s a screengrab from Wal-Mart’s website:center_img Stocks finished mixed as the Fed remains divided over further rate cuts I tried KFC’s new fried-chicken-and-doughnut sandwich, and it’s a near-perfect answer to the craze over the sold-out Popeyes sandwich (YUM) last_img read more

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first_imgMICHAEL SCHUMACHER REMAINS in a “critical but stable” condition, his spokeswoman said Saturday, as French investigators hoped a helmet-mounted camera he was wearing at the moment of his ski accident could answer a raft of questions.A spokeswoman for the retired Formula One champion denied some reports that his family had been reluctant to hand over the camera — taken by authorities on Friday — because of privacy reasons.“Michael’s helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family,” said spokewoman Sabine Kehm in a statement. “That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.”The existence of the GoPro camera was publicly revealed late Friday, five days after the December 29 accident in the French Alps near the Meribel ski resort.It had been known since Tuesday that the seven-time world racing champion hit his head on a rock so hard that his helmet was split in two.It was not known whether the camera filmed the champion’s descent down the slope or whether the images have been damaged by the impact on the rock.Police on Friday questioned Schumacher’s 14-year-old son Mick, who was skiing with his father at the time, as well as a friend, at the Grenoble hospital.Kehm said Schumacher remains in “critical but stable” condition and that no more press conferences were scheduled before Monday.Schumacher turned 45 on Friday while still in an induced coma.Fans marked the birthday with a silent vigil outside the facility, part of which was organised by Ferrari, Schumacher’s former team.Camera could reveal speedThe GoPro miniature camera, robust and popular among extreme sports enthusiasts, has a 170-degree wide angle lens that takes in much of the view and can show parts of the user’s body including the face depending on how it is mounted.The latest models can take up to 30 images a second for six hours.If there are images and they are usable, they should shed light on the circumstances of the accident on a small, seemingly innocuous off-piste section of Meribel located between two ski slopes — one classed as easy and the other as intermediate.Conflicting statements have emerged, notably about how fast Schumacher was going when he crashed. On Saturday Kehm said any information on Schumacher’s condition “not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation”.The accident has shocked legions of fans used to seeing Schumacher cheat death on the race track.Ferrari, which brought in fans to Grenoble Friday from Italy and elsewhere in France on board two buses, put a message on its website, saying “Forza Michael,” or “Go Michael” in Italian.“He is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes,” said Schumacher’s old team as similar messages poured in from around the world.German former tennis ace Boris Becker wished his compatriot “Happy Birthday” on Twitter, adding “Fight Schumi” in a German hashtag. The family responded in a statement Friday by saying “the incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears”.“We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.” Investigators are tasked with determining responsibility in the accident, with high stakes possibly involved regarding any insurance compensation.Albertville prosecutors and the ski resort say Schumacher was skiing at great speed. Kehm has challenged that, saying he could not have been going fast “because it appears he helped a friend who had just fallen”.center_img Prosecutors are also looking at whether the limits of the pistes next to the accident site were correctly marked, and whether the safety releases on Schumacher’s skis operated properly.“I don’t think it’s normal that between two marked slopes there would be this passage with rocks showing that is not fenced off,” said Philippe Streiff, a former French racing driver, in the French sports daily L’Equipe.A paraplegic since an accident in Rio de Janeiro, Streiff visited the Grenoble hospital on Friday to hand a message to Schumacher’s wife Corinna. Other family members at his bedside include his two teenage children, his father Rolf and brother Ralph, who is also a racing driver.Although Schumacher was conscious when airlifted from the unmarked run in the Meribel resort, where he owns a property, he was agitated and soon fell into a coma, prompting his transfer to the Grenoble hospital.He has undergone two operations to remove blood and pressure from his brain. However, the Ferrari tribute created controversy, with some accusing the Italian racing giant — which asked fans to sport its trademark colour red and its insignia — of bad taste.Schumacher, who made his debut in 1991, dominated Formula One during his career, winning more world titles and races than any other driver. He retired in 2012.- © AFP, 2014Euro Vision: 3 continental games not to be missed this weekend>Cork-born Shane O’Neill could be World Cup bound>last_img read more

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first_img 10 things you need to know before the opening bell Mercedes-Benz will join the electric scooter wars with its own model in 2020 Goldman Sachs did a massive survey of its Gen Z interns and found they like pot, but ignore influencers A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD WILL be all tarted up this evening for the annual backslapping film feast but these behind-the-scenes shots show that in LA, the glam is never very far from the gritty.How very Pretty Woman.Here’s the proof:Red carpet is not glam when it’s left lying around like a sausage rollThe Oscars red carpet – a byword for glamour, eh? Not so much when it was snapped in giant plastic bags earlier this week.Johnny Depp will be looking a bit roughTo the right of the carpet, out of shot of E! cameras but in eyesight of the celebs, there is a Forever 21 clothing store and Jack Sparrow lookalike.The air will be scented by pizza slicesThis is what they’ll see to the left of the carpet: A pizzeria, tattoo parlour and Harley Davidson shop. It’s no Rodeo Drive.The sky will be made of plasticDon’t look up, Anne Hathaway. The tarpaulin might distract you from practising your Best Supporting Actress *surprise* face.On the other hand…They do have an amazing giant curtain made of 24-carat gold*.(*Maybe.)And if we’re honest, we want to be hanging out on the fan bleachers tonight so we can catch moments like this. What did Milla Jovovich say to Jessica Chastain on last year’s red carpet?AP Photo/Chris PizzelloAll other pics: Business Insider/Aly Weismanlast_img read more

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first_imgUpdate, March 15, 2014: Sadly, the body of Mark Casey was found in the Rhebogue area this morning at around 11.30am.This is Mark Casey in a photograph taken on the night he disappeared. When last seen in the early hours of Friday morning, 7 March, he was wearing these clothes. Image: The Casey family.AN OFFALY FAMILY has appealed for any scrap of information which might help reveal what happened to student Mark Casey who went missing in Limerick a week ago.The 19-year-old attends NUI Galway but is from Ballyinasragh, Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly. He went missing on a night out in Limerick city last week, where he had gone to celebrate a friend’s birthday.He was last seen in the early hours of last Friday morning, 7 March.His cousin Damien Casey told TheJournal.ie that Mark’s family and “hordes of volunteers” are travelling from Offaly and Galway to search Limerick every day and back home again every evening.Damien said:We have to hold out hope – we’re all trying to be as proactive as possible.It’s tough in the evenings when we are travelling back to Offaly and there have been no developments, no news. Mark Casey. Image: The Casey family.Last-known movementsDamien said: “He left the nightclub itself, went upwards through the Cornmarket area to the cathedral. There is a hospital across from the (St John’s) cathedral and there was CCTV from there.The last sighting we had was near Griffin’s funeral home – you come to a fork in the road and Lelia Street lies to the left there.St Lelia Street leads towards an intersection on Clare Street. If you head left on Clare Street, you end up at a tributary that feeds into the main River Shannon; if you turn right, it leads to the Dublin Road. The family believe that Mark may have intended to head towards the University of Limerick campus, which lies in the direction of the Dublin Road.Damien added:He was down for a friend’s birthday and unfamiliar with his surroundings when he came out onto the street. He had no phone on him at the time so we do think he was trying to make his way to the campus. He would possibly have gone out onto Clare Street that night.Mark’s parents, John and Catherine, brothers James and Derek, and sister Shirley are “so appreciative” of the time and effort local Limerick people and groups have given to the search as they try to retrace Mark’s steps every day.“We’ve been searching everywhere, bins and laneways… People mightn’t think that the slightest piece of information they might have would be important but it could be,” said Damien.“If they even think they have seen a single guy with no jacket on in that rain, it was raining until around 4am, that might be something. We are directing people to ring Henry Street Garda station or any Garda station.”Henry Street Garda station is on 061 212400.Mark Casey is 5ft 7in tall, with light brown to blonde-coloured hair, and was wearing a dark polo-style t-shirt and grey chinos when last seen. He’s of a slim but athletic build.The red triangles mark various locations in Limerick city where there were confirmed sightings, or where it is thought he may have passed:Can also view here.Gardai appeal for help in finding missing Mark Casey> Mark went out with friends in Limerick on Thursday, 6 March, ending up in Angel Lane nightclub on Robert Street. He left the club on his own at 1.30am, and was not wearing a jacket.It was raining at the time and rained until around 4am that Friday morning, so the family hope that this fact – that Mark was a young man on his own, without a jacket or coat in the downpour – might trigger someone’s memory.The family spent the days immediately after Mark went missing poring over CCTV footage from outside the nightclub and elsewhere in Limerick. By identifying him on footage at certain points across the city, they have started to piece together some of Mark’s route in those early hours of last Friday.last_img read more

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first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal to patrons at The Cabra House pub in north Dublin last night where a 25-year-old man was shot dead.Investigators have issued an appeal to anyone who was in the pub on Fassaugh Avenue before or at the time of the shooting dead of Paul Cullen just after 7pm yesterday evening.They would also like to speak to anyone who was on Fassaugh Avenue around the time of the shooting and saw anything unusual or suspicious.Gardaí say they are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a dark coloure d,medium-sized motorcycle with a driver and pillion passenger dressed in dark clothing in and around the area at the time of the shooting. The scene outside The Cabra House pub in Dublin this morning. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandThey might also have been driving eratically near the Fassaugh Avenue before or after the shooting.Investigating officers believe that the driver of the bike was waiting outside the pub when the gunman entered.Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Cabra Garda station 01 6667432 , the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.More: Appeal for information about Dublin pub shootingRead: Man shot dead in north Dublin publast_img read more

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first_imgTHE RECENT VISIT of Judge Judy to Ireland raised the issue of television courtroom broadcasting and some related issues. During her engagements, she promoted the idea of such broadcasting here.A recent (non-scientific) poll in TheJournal.ie found that 46 per cent of voters (1,455) felt that cameras should not be allowed in Irish courtrooms, while 37 per cent voted yes and 16 per cent did not know. This author’s research has also found that a majority of responding Irish judges are not in favour of courtroom broadcasting.What Judge Judy does not say, however, is that there is clear and distinct lack of research in relation to the effects inside of the courtroom – such as distraction – and the effects outside of the courtroom. Effects can be positive and negative. In the instance of courtroom broadcasting research, there is an insufficient body of research to back up the various arguments. This includes the argument that one would expect Judge Judy to make, such as television courtroom broadcasting being educational or informative.The “educational” effects of television courtroom broadcastingIndeed, advocates of television courtroom broadcasting can be discerned to be using the “educational” argument less and less, and the distinctly more woolly “informative” argument more and more. One could wonder why? Possibly, it may be because no one has been able to back up the educational effects argument with valid research.A further point missing in the majority of the discussion is that there is no one single form of television courtroom broadcasting; there are many forms. There can also be different effects for different forms of television courtroom broadcasting. Form A may be more or less educational, for example, than Form B. Most commentators, including Judge Judy, refrain from discussing the many important nuances involved in the different types and different effects of television courtroom broadcasting. This is unfortunate, as it leaves consumers, interested parties, and judges in a less than fully informed position.One of the examinations of the actual forms involved the entertainment of “reality” form of courtroom television broadcasting is the show Judge Judy.Court trials and arbitration hearingsThe Judge Judy show presents genuine small-claims disputes, Judge Judith Sheindlin (a retired Manhattan Family Court Judge) acts as an arbitrator, not a judge, and the proceedings are therefore meant to be arbitration hearings rather than court trials. Steven Kohn in ‘I’m Not a Judge But I Play One on TV: American Reality Based Courtroom Television’ (2004) found that even though Judge Judy cases were not real, many participants mistakenly believed that they were.Kohn contrasts this reality TV cases with “real” cases and real courts; and the combatative and more “creative nature of justice that characterised Judy’s style” of reality TV cases. She adopts a style and “extra-legal approach that evoke the daytime TV talk show approach to family problems.” He asks “to what extent do viewers regard what they are witnessing to be real, and to what extent might this shape viewers’ understanding of their own relationship to the law and the legal system?” Elsewhere he refers to Judy’s “creative editing” and other production effects.Complaints about Judge Judy have reportedlu been made to the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Kohn writes that “any litigants who have appeared on judge Judy really believed that they were taking part in real courtroom proceedings. However, many might be shocked to learn that reality-based courtroom TV tribunals are not real courtroom proceedings at all and that government commissions cannot help them, nor can litigants appeal the decision of TV judges.”Judgement as a source of spectacleKohm’s research found that upon examination, Judge Judy “contribute[s] to a reconceptualisation of judgement as a source of spectacle and entertainment … increasing use of judgement as a form of entertainment.” Indeed, one of the comparators of the differing forms of television courtroom broadcasting involved comparing when and where the footage may be made available. Daytime viewers will generally be more familiar with Judge Judy.Interestingly, an officially commissioned New Zealand study found that most judges were distracted by the television cameras. It also found that 58 per cent of the public would be less willing to testify as witnesses if there was television courtroom broadcasting. Sixty-seven per cent of the public felt that the broadcasting experiment was not educational.The issue of education was also referred to in an official New York experiment (1997), yet no educational effects were shown to accrue. Researcher William Petkanas found that “confidence” did not increase as a result of television courtroom broadcasting (Cameras on Trial: An Assessment of the Educational Affect of News Cameras in Trial Courts). Steven Kohm, referred to above, found that television courtroom broadcasting was used for entertainment programming. Similarly so in the research of C Danielle Vinson and John S Ertter (Entertainment or Education, How Do Media Cover the Courts?). Theresa Keller (in Virginian research) found that television courtroom broadcasting did not increase the number of legal and court stories broadcast.The representation of defendantsRoberta Enter found that the television courtroom broadcasting she examined was biased and presented the defendant unfairly; entertainment and excitement instead were emphasised (The Image of the Judiciary: A Semiotic Analyse of Broadcast Trials to Ascertain its Definition of the Court System).So while Judge Judy and her headline promotion of television courtroom broadcasting is interesting, it conveniently ignores the nuances and the lack of research of different forms, and the arguments for and against one form over another form. It also ignores that her “courtroom” is not real. It is meant to entertain.Paul Lambert, solicitor and author of just published Data Protection Law in Ireland: Sources and Issues (Clarus Press) and Television Courtroom Broadcasting: Distraction Effects and Eye Tracking (Intellect UK).Column: Decisions in the family courts will be open to scrutiny now the veil has been lifted>Column: Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing, but reform is needed>last_img read more

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first_imgPENSIONS. TAXES. FINANCING. Have I lost you already? These words do not often have you at ‘hello’.Everyone has to encounter these things at some point in their lives. Despite this, many people often do not know where to begin. A survey conducted by Red C Research last year found that just 30 per cent of Irish consumers understand basic financial concepts.Everybody has a relationship with money. Knowing more about earning it, holding on to it and making it stretch further is usually an essential part of achieving many of the ambitions and dreams we harbour for ourselves and our families.Basic financial and money management skillsEducation in basic financial and money management skills needs to start young, in homes and in schools. Of course, parents are the first and most important teachers, but it’s an important role of government to help the provision of the necessary education in schools.In today’s financially complex world, young people should be fully equipped to handle money matters as soon as they need to deal independently with their finances, so that they can make the best decisions right from the start. People work very hard for the money they earn. They may have even invested time and resources in further education to develop their career and boost their earning potential – indeed this kind of investment is something that we are encouraged to make.If we put so much effort into earning money, it is clearly worthwhile investing in financial education to ensure we make the most of it. However, although money can be a gateway to many positive things, it also brings pressures. Mental health issues, depression and suicide are prevalent in our society, with financial matters of one kind or another very often a serious contributing factor.Money does not equal happinessOne feature of the post Celtic Tiger era has been a period of reflection by many on their relationship with money and the relevant importance of it compared to what brings a true happiness – our relationships with our family, friends and with ourselves. By promoting financial awareness and money management to children from a young age, we need to be sure that we are not inadvertently encouraging children to equate the accumulation of money with happiness or their own sense of self-worth.Young people should leave school financially literate. Whatever they go on to do, they will always need to deal with financial issues. We must ensure that we provide them with a solid base for being able to deal with the financial complexities of the modern world. By this I don’t mean that they should be well-versed with complex derivatives and other esoteric financial instruments. But they should understand the fundamentals; how pensions work, how to read a payslip and deal with personal taxes, how to choose and take out a loan – and the sometimes overlooked aspect of how to pay it back!Understanding the basicsGetting to grips with the fundamentals also provides a solid platform for handling more advanced information in adulthood. Teaching the basics of financial literacy should also help them to determine later in life when it is a good idea to take average financial risk with money – effective money management and financial planning is not just about matching your expenditure against your income and setting funds aside in a deposit account to cover you for a rainy day, as important as these of course are.Internationally there has been increasing awareness of a need for developing financial education across all society. The European Commission supports and encourages work within Member States for the provision of financial education amongst its citizens and a National Steering Group on Financial Education was established in Ireland at the end of 2006.In England financial education is to be put on the school curriculum from September 2014. This has become all the more important in the current economic climate where money matters dominate. Although it would be simplistic to suggest that financial education as a compulsory part of the school curriculum would have helped to avert Ireland’s financial crisis, it is arguable that a better grounding in money matters may have helped at an individual level, equipping people to better protect themselves against some of the worst effects of the downturn.Your first encounter with financial products is when you buy themOften people first learn about financial products when they are already at the point of purchase, where the person or company providing the information is generally also trying to sell something. For example, many people are first introduced to mortgage products when they are in their local bank trying to purchase their first home. Or their introduction to pensions begins when they contact a pension company to start setting aside funds for retirement.Worse, people may learn more about these financial products only after they find themselves in financial difficulty and come to realise the true implications of not having been fully educated about the product they purchased – such as when mortgage repayments become unaffordable, or when a pension has not provided the expected level of retirement income. It is crucial to have some ability in distinguishing a true advisor from a mere salesperson – this distinction is not always obvious.Enhanced understanding only leads to better decision making. I want my daughter to be fully equipped to understand the impact that money will have on her life and to ensure that she has the best possible relationship with money that she can. We owe it to all young people to arm them with knowledge for the better management of financial affairs – both for the benefit of themselves and society as a whole.Sinead Doherty is founder and Managing Partner of Tax Consultancy and Accounting firm, Fenero. Read: Survey: Small businesses waiting around 67 days to be paid>Read: Survey: Just 58% of teenagers expect to find work in Ireland after college>last_img read more

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first_imgALAN SHATTER DISMISSED speculation that he would resign his Dáil seat today, insisting he is “going nowhere” as he announced he was donating his ministerial severance package to the Jack and Jill Foundation.Speaking at Leinster House this afternoon, Shatter explained how he was surprised to learn ten days after he resigned a fortnight ago that he was eligible for a severance payment of some €70,000.He said that it was “by sheer accident” that he is the last minister to be eligible for the payment as they have now been abolished and said the uncertainty over whether or not he would accept it has “strangely been a decision that attracted an awful lot of attention”.This morning’s confirmation that he would make an announcement this afternoon had fuelled speculation in political circles that he was about the resign his Dublin South Dáil seat.But he told reporters: “I’m going nowhere. A lot of interesting things going to be happening over the next couple of years before the next election, I hope to make a positive contribution to them.” https://vine.co/v/MHltaewqXMEShatter was also asked to explain his resignation as Minister for Justice earlier this month but declined, saying: “I am not getting into any of that.”On the decision to make the charitable donation, the former minister said he “wasn’t pressured by anyone in to doing anything”.“This is a personal decision, I haven’t felt under any pressure of any nature,” he said.A reporter also asked how he was.“I am extraordinarily well. How are you doing?” he said to laughter from the assembled audience.A short time later a government source told TheJournal.ie that Shatter’s decision to donate his salary was “a good outcome” given the controversy it had caused in recent days in the run-up to tomorrow’s elections.Read: Alan Shatter will donate severance payments to Jack & Jill Foundationlast_img read more

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first_imgBRIAN O’DRISCOLL HAS moved to nip World Cup 2015 speculation in the bud by declaring ‘one more year’ means just that.The Leinster centre, who has recovered from his back spasm and hopes to start Saturday’s Pro12 Final against Ulster, fronted his team’s press briefing at UCD today. O’Driscoll declared he had shot all talk of staying on after 2013/14 down during his interview on the Second Captain’s podcast.The IRFU announced last Thursday that the Dubliner had signed a one-year contract extension but, with the World Cup kicking off in England in September 2015, inevitable speculation linked a fit O’Driscoll to a final Webb Ellis tilt.He told TheScore.ie, “I’ve signed for one more year and, as far as I’m concerned, that will be that.”The 34-year-old said he was sick of answering the same questions about his future all season and added ‘you get sick of your own voice giving the same answers’.He added, “Once I was able to say what the season, definitively, was, it was a big relief because I know exactly what’s coming next year.”Asked if he was happy to be fit again, after missing the Amlin Cup Final, O’Driscoll remarked, “Genie, my sole focus right now is getting right for a Rabo Final. You work all season to get to this point and we’ve felt a fair bit of pain [losing league finals] over the last three seasons around the Saturday afternoon of this time of the year.“We want to put that right and though it isn’t technically a home venue for us, it is home.”With regard to Ulster being the home team for the final, Leinster manager Guy Easterby confirmed that Mark Anscombe’s men, who topped the league standings, did not seek to shift the Blues from their home dressing room.Forwards coach Jono Gibbes added it was “unlikely” that Sean O’Brien would feature in the Saturday clash with Ulster.It would be devastating if Leinster lost the Pro12 Final – Cian HealyUlster’s landmark season ‘all for nothing’ if final is lost, says Bestlast_img read more

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first_imgISRAELI WARPLANES POUNDED targets in the Gaza Strip as a major campaign to stop volleys of Palestinian rocket fire entered its second day, leaving 28 people dead and more than 100 wounded.A strike on a home in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, claimed the lives of a commander of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, his parents, a woman and two children, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Another strike early today on the southern city of Rafah killed a young man.The deaths brought to 28 the number of fatalities since the launch of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge early on Tuesday, with the Jewish state not ruling out a ground operation to stop the rocket attacks.Israeli air strikes took the lives of 24 people while four Hamas militants were killed staging a beachfront assault on an army base just north of the besieged Strip.During the day Israel staged multiple air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which also left more than 100 wounded, and militants from the Islamist movement Hamas hit back with rocket fire on Israel’s major population centres in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the most serious flare-up over Gaza since November 2012.As sirens wailed across the Holy City, three loud explosions were heard and a series of flashes lit the sky to the southwest. An Israeli soldier covers his head with a camouflage net protect from mosquitos at a gathering area near Israel Gaza Border. Source: Ariel SchalitPolice said one rocket fell in the vicinity of Ramat Raziel, some 10 kilometres (six miles) from the city’s southwestern flank and two more fell in outlying areas, without elaborating.Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said there were no reports of injuries anywhere in the Jerusalem area.The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said it had fired four M75 rockets at Jerusalem, which lies 65 kilometres from the Palestinian enclave.It also claimed to have launched a rocket at Haifa, 165 kilometres away.There was no report of anything hitting the northern port city but the army said a rocket did fall on Hadera, 100 kilometres north of Gaza. Palestinians search the wreckage of vehicle following an Israeli air strike on it at the main road in Gaza City. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHamas militants also said Tuesday they fired four rockets at Tel Aviv, 60 kilometres north of Gaza, setting sirens off across the city. Earlier, another rocket aimed at Israel’s commercial capital was shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.Israeli authorities said that public bomb shelters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had been readied for use.Abbas calls for international supportPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas has demanded Israel “immediately stop” its air campaign and called on the international community to pressure the Jewish state.“The Palestinian Authority will go to all international organisations to seek protection for the Palestinian people,” he said in a televised statement.In Tuesday’s worst strike, a missile slammed into a house in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis killing eight people and wounding 25, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbours to gather at the house as a human shield. But an F-16 warplane fired a missile at the building, levelling it.Hamas denounced the attack as “a horrendous war crime” and vowed retaliation against “all Israelis”.In addition, Israeli troops killed four Hamas militants who reached the Israeli coastline by sea and tried to attack an army base near Zikim.“A number of terrorists came out of the ocean and attacked… with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades,” said Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, who said they were all killed.The attack was claimed by the Qassam Brigades.- © AFP, 2014Read: Women and children among injured as Israel launches “Operation Protective Edge” >Read: Israel approves call-up of 40,000 reservists for potential Gaza assaultlast_img read more

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first_imgDisembodied robots or “bots” or bodiless ghostly algorithms that haunt the Internet. Often bots spend their time spamming emails and comment sections with the newest deals on erection medicine. But bots can also be used for non-boner related content. Namely, Nigel Leck’s Twitterbot (@AI_AGW), which scours the twitterverse for echos of climate change denialism and automatically sends out rebukes to the offending tweeter. Every five minutes the bot searches for tweets relating to climate change denialism, and will respond to the tweeters from a database of hundreds of rebuttals with links to videos or further info. Forget the non-existent Twitter advertising, this is the future of spreading your ideas. The technology is simple enough to create that organization will be able to bombard you with responses based on certain words or phrases you use. Perhaps Twitter is really on top of what could be considered spam, but I’m surprised there hasn’t been more of this–for commercial, activist, or trolling purposes. But how long will that really last?via Discoverlast_img read more

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