HandballPlanet presents Womens TOP 10 Handball Stars at the Olympic Games

← Previous Story Handball-Planet.com predictions Women’s OG 2012: Replay of the Final from Beijing 2008! Next Story → Novak Djokovic enjoys Olympic atmosphere with handball stars! Handball-Planet.com presents TOP 10 stars of the Women’s Tournament at the Olympic Games in London.They are:BOJANA POPOVIC (MONTENEGRO)HEIDI LOKE (NORWAY)RIKKE SKOV (DENMARK)MARTA MANGUE (SPAIN)ANDREA PENEZIC (CROATIA)LIUDMILA POSTNOVA (RUSSIA)LINEA TORSTENSON (SWEDEN)ALEXANDRA DO NASCIMENTO (BRASIL)ALLISON PINEAU (FRANCE)WOO SUN HEE (KOREA)HANDBALL-PLANET.COM PREDICTION OF WOMEN’S TOURNAMENTENJOY FANTASTIC HANDBALL EVENT FROM 28TH OF JULY! Alexandra Do NascimentoAllison PineauAndrea PenezićBojana PopovićHandball stars in LondonHeidi LokeLinea TorstensonLudmila PostnovaMarta MangueRikke SkovWomen’s Olympic handballWoo Sun Hee read more

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Jacob Heinl stays in SG Flensburg until 2016

← Previous Story Arnor Atlason next three seasons in Saint Raphael Next Story → EHF EURO 2014 Qual: Away wins for Croatia and Sweden Jacob HeinlLjubomir VranjesSG Flensburg SG Flensburg has secured future on the “line”. German NT player, Jacob Heinl (26) has signed a new contract until 2016. Alongside with Michael Knudsen in the squad, Flensburg’s coach, Ljubomir Vranješ has clear situation with the line players. German vice-champion is on the good way to qualify for the VELUX EHF CL TOP 16, but also for the very TOP of domestic DKB Bundesliga.photo: www.sg-flensburg-handewitt.de

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Serbia Mens EHF EURO 2012 Final is the most viewed TV programm

Good handball news from Serbia. The first time in history of research of popularity of TV programm, one handball match was the most viewed TV show in the whole year! Men’s EHF EURO 2012 Final between Serbia and Denmark was the most viewed TV programm on Serbian TV ahead of “Serbian icon”, tennis number 1, Novak Dojkovic and his Australian Open Final against Nadal! In TOP 20 are seven sports events. On the third place is  Waterpolo ECH Final between Serbia and Montenegro:source: Balkan-HANDBALL.COM, AGB Nilsen ← Previous Story “Who is this beauty? Do you know Anastasia Arhovatskaya? (VIDEO) Next Story → RK Nexe wins 7th memorial “Dragan Rankovic” in Belgrade Handball at tvSerbian handball TVTV handball

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HANDBALL PERSON 2013 Stars masterminds fighters…

Votes are based on opinion of members of the Handball Planet Jury and the fans. HANDBALL PERSON 2013 is Croatian star Domagoj Duvnjak.FINAL PLACEMENT:1. DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK2. MORTEN SOUBAK3. VALERO RIVERA4. DANIELA PIEDADE5. ANDREA LEKIC6. VICTOR TOMAS7. EHF F48. LJUBOMIR VRANJES9. SERBIAN HANDBALL FEDERATION10. FILIP JICHA11. – 15. OLAFUR STEFANSSON,AMBROS MARTIN, JEAN BRIHAULT, BOB HANNING, MADS HANSEN ← Previous Story ONCE IN CELJE, ALWAYS IN CELJE: Luka Zvizej ends career “at home”! Next Story → DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK IS HANDBALL PERSON 2013! Domagoj Duvnjakhandball person 2013

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FC Barcelona wins its tenth Copa Asobal

Barcelonaferran soleKiril LazarovNikola KarabaticVictor Tomas FC Barcelona this Sunday enriched themself with yet another trophy. For the fourth consecutive time, and total 10th time in their history, FC Barcelona won the Copa ASOBAL. Fraikin Granollers proved to be a worthy opponent, managing to keep the score close for about 50 minutes, but with strong Barcelona offense and even better defence, the Catalan club in the end scored 37:26 (17:13) victory.Nikola Karabatic led the Catalan side with 7 goals, and was also voted MVP of the final game, while Victor Tomas contributed 6 goals for Barca. Ferran Sole from Granollers was the most efficient player on the field with 8 goals scored. ← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014? Next Story → Johan Sjostrand to join MT Melsungen! read more

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STEINHAUSEER Fantastic Szmal couldnt bring win to Kielce

PGE Vive KielceSG Flensburg Handewitt 2.Paris SG4301118:1106 Buzzer-beater of Marius Steinhauser put on silence Legionow hall in Kielce, where domestic PGE Vive Kielce didn’t celebrate win over SG Flensburg Handewitt 25:25 (10:10) which would be their second in current EHF Champions League campaign. The team led by Talant Dujshebaev had clear situation in 47th minute, when right wing Darko Djukic netted for 22:16, but that wasn’t enough against the team who had, once again, fantastic Mattias Andersson between the posts, like it was Slawomir Szmal, goalkeeper of domestic squad.At the end, Szmal couldn’t save two shots in the last attack of the visitors. Steinhauser found the way to the net of Kielce’s goalkeeper…PGE VIVE: Szmal, Wałach – Jurecki 3, Bis, Dujszebajew 3, Kus, Aguinagalde, Bielecki 6, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 1, Janc 4, Lijewski 3, Jurkiewicz, Zorman 1, Mamić 1, Djukić 2SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson, Lind – Karlsson, Glandorf 3, Mogensen 2, Wanne 3, Jeppsson 3, Steinhauser 5, Heinl 1, Zachariassen 3, Toft Hansen 1, Mahe 3, Roed 1STANDINGS: 5.Vive Kielce4112109:1053 1.Telekom Veszprem4400122:1088 8.Kiel410394:1092 3.Flensburg-H.4211115:1095 6.Aalborg4103105:1102 4.Meshkov Brest4202105:1064 7.Celje4103119:1302 ← Previous Story EHF CL: PSG Handball beat RK Celje PL Next Story → EHF Cup: Pfadi Winterthur and Balatonfuredi KSE reach Round 3 read more

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RK Celje PL goalie Urban Lesjak We can beat anyone

Urban Lesjak is a kid of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko. The 27-years old Slovenian goalkeeper gained a lot of experience through the years in “yellow-blue” jersey of the VELUX EHF Champions League winners from 2004. Even it is far away from success which he witnessed as a 14-years old kid from famous Celje’s school, Slovenian champions with him between the posts are still able to compete with the best in European handball. Results in European elite competition, but also SEHA GAZPROM League, confirm that.We knew that Dinamo Pancevo will be highly motivated, ready to fight and run a lot. We knew what we need to do to win in Serbia. Tough defense, easy goals and some saves of goalie – said Lesjak to SEHA GAZPROM League website about win over Dinamo in Pancevo and added:We netted 20 in the first half. At the end, goal difference was even higher. Only serious approach could bring us to the victory in any match. Without that, we can face problem against anyone in regional competition. Especially in away matches with sold-out hall and teams which are eager to show their best without pressure like Dinamo. It is tough to play SEHA Gazprom league after exhausting matches in EHF CL. The next one will be extremely tough as we will face champions RK Vardar, and we know how they are good.This season you look ready to ensure place at SEHA Final4?We needed just a point or two last season, at the end we were fifth. I hope that we will reach SEHA Final 4, even final match, like Veszprem did in the last season, who left competition. They have been champions in the first two seasons and finalist in the third. Without them, our chances are bigger. We have our goals. SEHA Final4 is certainly one of them.You have experience of playing Slovenian league, now, you play SEHA GAZPROM League. Is it better for the player and whole club?Of course, it is better. We have stronger matches. The approach must be serious in every next clash. That is very good for young players, their development and for the team in general. There is no free time during season.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko have a good intro to the season. Win over Kielce and draw against Meshkov Brest in EHF Champions League, beating the biggest rival RK Gorenje Velenje in opener of SEHA GAZPROM League…I had a good feeling from the start of the season. We make a good team and atmosphere. We still don’t play our best handball. The best form is coming. If we play on our maximum level, Celje can beat any team in Europe. So far so good, but we are waiting for the perfect moments.You are in the last year of contract. Coach Branko Tamse pointed out that he would like to see you and Ziga Mlakar to stay in the club, like Borut Mackovsek did….It’s nice to hear that kind of words from the coach. I am happy in Celje, my town, my club,first goalkeeper, dreams came true. Team is younger year by year. i have some plans, we talked already, in the next month of two decision will be taken. My ambitious are high, I would like to sign one of TOP 10 teams in Europe, but I don’t want to hide that maybe another way of challenge and some mid-step is necessary to reach that final destination – concluded Urban Lesjak.PHOTO / SOURCE: SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoUrban Lesjak ← Previous Story Henrik Mollgaard to join Aalborg Handball? Next Story → Who would play EHF CL in 12-teams format? read more

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Postmortem due on man found on Shop Street Galway

first_imgUpdated 12.30pmTHE DEATH OF a man found on Shop St in Galway is currently not being treated as suspicious.Emergency services were called to the scene early this morning and the man was found to be unresponsive while in a doorway of a premises at around 7.30am.Gardaí say that the man was brought to the University Hospital Galway where he was pronounced dead.The area where the man was found has been sealed off.A post-mortem is due to take place on the body. The situation is currently being treated as a tragic death.last_img

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About as useful as tits on a bull 7 winners and 5

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our winners and losers from the past seven days:The 7 winners of the week are…1. Enda KennyThe Taoiseach took two hours out of his schedule on Wednesday to listen to the views of Senators on Seanad reform this week in an unusual but welcome move. He came “in peace, not in war” and listened attentively to what they had to say. Credit to him, but the big question is will any real reform follow.2. Michael D HigginsThe President is having a great old time in Central America. He even met Pelé:3. The governmentBringing forward the tax reliefs on home renovation was a smart and practical move which should help stimulate the construction sector. There are also some pretty sensible proposals in the Alcohol Bill, but it could be a while before we see them implemented.4. Aodhán Ó Riordáin“This whole circus, has been a pure, raw, naked, poisonous racism.” The Labour TD gave a strong and compelling contribution in a special debate on the Roma children controversy this week.5. Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan His bill to legalise cannabis is an interesting intervention which has generated debate and is sure to provoke plenty of reaction when it comes before the Dáil.6. Mick WallaceThere’s a lot to complain about when it comes to the Wexford deputy, particularly his non-paying of tax. But we admire the sartorial elegance of the man noted for his love of all things Italian.He graced the Dáil with an AC Torino jersey this week:7. David NorrisThe veteran senator made a brave move this week in deciding to shave off all his hair including his 40-year-old beard as he continues his battle with cancer. All in aid of charity too.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Alan ShatterTo give him credit, the Justice Minister has been prepared to face questions about the Roma children controversy. But saying we should not prejudge matters while at the same time stating definitively that he has no doubt that gardaí and the HSE “responded in good faith” undermines him.2. The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste This video from the pensioners protests in 2008 over medical cards got several plays on Vincent Browne this week and makes highly uncomfortable viewing for Enda and Eamon:YouTube: exteriority3. Oireachtas Agriculture CommitteeThe committee of TDs and Senators made some good points about the need to more strictly control the grocery industry but their “serious concerns” about own-brand labels miss the point that they are increasingly popular in these austere times. The committee comes across as being on the side of agriculture and not the ordinary consumer, and that’s not good.4. Eamon Gilmore and Labour Joan Burton has a habit of referring to Eamon Gilmore as “the leader of the Labour Party” whenever she refers to him.It’s an usual tic and one which does nothing to dispel the considerable tension between the pair. It’s not good for Labour or for Gilmore.5. Mattie McGrath and Pat Rabbitte “Like Murphy’s cow with two dry tits, one blind tit and a sup of milk in the other tit.” The TD and the Minister did not cover themselves in glory this weekLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?PIC: This Minister has approved funding for a swimming pool, are you OK with that?WATCH: Mattie McGrath tells Rabbitte to ‘count the tits on Mrs Murphy’s cow’Read: Want to see what staff members in the Taoiseach’s department get paid?last_img read more

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China has blocked its citizens from reading the Guardian

first_imgTHE GUARDIAN’S WEBSITE has been completely blocked in China, the UK newspaper reported this morning.Citizens cannot access the news site at all, according to a censorship tracker – greatfire.org – used by its reporters.“Numerous attempts to access the site from multiple browsers, devices and locations across Beijing all failed without the aid of firewall-circumventing software,” the Guardian said today.The people behind the tracker believe it is “very unusual for China to block media in English nowadays”.“Besides Guardian, only known examples are NYT and Bloomberg on Xi’s wealth,” they added.It is unclear why the move was taken today or if the block is permanent or just temporary.Over the past two days, no China-related stories have been published online by the Guardian. One article appeared on 6 January which highlighted ethnic tensions in the north-western region Xinjiang.Censorship is a part of everyday life for China’s residents. In November 2013, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters were both blocked.Reporters without Borders has said that the government does not hesitate to “flout freedom of information whenever an embarrassing news item is posted online”.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read: Why the world’s saying ‘Ireland is back’Column: Are these the drones we’re looking for?last_img read more

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Flight planned Air traffic controllers are going on strike

first_imgSOME FLIGHTS FROM Irish airports are likely to be affected as air traffic controllers in several European countries go on strike today and tomorrow.Air traffic controllers in Portugal will go on strike for two hours this morning and another two hours this afternoon. Workers in Italy will join the strike in the afternoon as part of the day of action, affecting flights in and out of the country.Tomorrow will see a strike by air traffic controllers in Greece in the morning, while French workers will be on strike all day. Irish air traffic controllers will not be taking part in the strike.All airlines have advised customers to check their websites before flying to any of these countries to see whether their flights have been delayed or cancelled.The strike is in protest at EU plans for the deregulation of European airspace which would see a reduction in staffing.The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) which is an umbrella group representing some 14,000 air traffic controllers across Europe said the proposed change will put safety at risk.Ryanair has cancelled more than 80 flights in total across Europe. The airline said passengers due to travel today will receive flight updates by email and text message.“We sincerely apologise to all passengers whose travel plans will be disrupted by these unjustified ATC strikes,” said Ryanair spokesperson Robin Kiely.Read: Think you’d pass O’Leary’s first round auditions? Ryanair’s looking to hire 50 ‘web stars’ >Read: Ryanair deny “mutinous” passengers raided food trolley on delayed flight >last_img read more

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Damning report finds inconsistent and widespread breaches of penalty points policy

first_imgUpdated 22.44pmA REPORT FROM the Garda Síochána Inspectorate into the penalty points system has found “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of policy.The inspection was requested by Minister Alan Shatter following allegations of corruption and favouritism in administering the Garda Siochána fixed charge processing system.The report, The Fixed Charge Processing System, A 21st Century Strategy, was published today by Minister Shatter. Read the full report here The inspectorate made 37 recommendations for changes and improvements to the system.It also detailed issues with cancellation of fixed penalty notices, records, taking notes, resources, the use of robotic vans and training.The Chief Inspector said that the accumulation of successive incremental “fixes” to problems in the system “has resulted in a technically deficient, managerially uncoordinated, inefficient and excessively resourced support system”.‘Wasteful’The Inspectorate found that the FCPS (penalty points system) was “fraught with wasteful use of garda and other stakeholder resources in administering the system”.It found a lack of management oversight “in not implementing required monitoring mechanisms at the operational level, providing training for cancelling authorities and clear policy guidelines for its use”.Several senior garda officers told the Inspectorate that “if everyone had just followed the manual …we wouldn’t be dealing with this”.The Inspectorate was told by senior garda staff, that but for the public scrutiny, the extent of the deficiencies within the fixed charge processing system would not have been detected.It found “inconsistent and widespread breaches of the FCPS policy by those charged with administering it”, as well as “no meaningful evidence of consistent quality management supervision, no training and no clear policy guidelines on its implementation”.Robot vansOn the use of robot vans in speed detection, the report said it was unclear “what if any significant additional role or function” the vans provide that could not be provided by the Garda Síochána safety camera private contractor.In essence, the garda robot vans provide no more than a costly supplementary service.In addition, the speed threshold assignment is at the discretion of the traffic member operating the robot van.This leads to inconsistent speed thresholds applied by the eight robot vans against the agreed speed thresholds applied by safety cameras nationally.The Inspectorate recommends that robot vans be re-deployed.PULSE systemIssues were also flagged around people attending different garda stations with documents after getting a fixed charge notice.When a person produces the documents at a different station to the nominated garda station, PULSE does not recognise the production of documents.This means that a summons is incorrectly issued for non-production, requiring the motorist to attend court.This system failure results in needless administration for both the Garda Síochána and the Courts Service and significant inconvenience for the compliant motorist. Production of documents at any garda station should be recognised by the systemBreach of policyThe report also looked at policy, and said in one case a serious breach of policy was noted in the Assistant Commissioner’s report.A notice was cancelled using the registered number of a superintendent – two weeks after his/her retirement.The Inspectorate found no auditing of the cancellation process of fixed charge notices at any level that would have identified these problems.CancellationThe Chief Inspector said he was concerned at the “inconsistent application, interpretation and subjectivity of the cancellation of fixed charge notices”.He looked at the cancellation rates across 110 districts, and said a significant proportion of cases were cancelled in circumstances that do not satisfy system policy.Discretion The Attorney General had already advised that it would be of benefit to have best practice policy guidelines and examples in the exercise of discretion in deciding on cancelling fixed charge notices.But this advice was not acted upon.The Inspectorate believes that had the Garda Síochána taken account of the Attorney General’s legal advice in 2006, it is reasonable to assume that the policy may have been implemented as intended.There was an inconsistent approach from 113 cancelling authorities, making subjective decisions, without training or clear policy guidelines.In reviewing most of the districts, the Inspectorate found poorly-maintained cancellation files, with no audit process present.IncidentsThe report also outlines some examples of incidents involving gardaí receiving fixed penalty notices.In one incident, while driving their own private car, the member placed themselves on duty, outside of rostered hours without prior sanction to attend the station where an offender was being questioned. No documentation sanctioning the use of the member’s private car for official purposes was made available or prior sanction that the member was rostered on duty.In another incident one notice was cancelled by a superintendent outside of the district in which the offence occurred – which was a breach of policy.Repeat offendersThe report looked at the level of repeat offenders submitting requests to different district officers for the cancellation of fixed penalty notices, which meant they avoided their multiple offences being detected.In reviewing a sample of cancellation files, the Inspectorate observed no evidence where the district officer reviewed the FCPS for previous FCNs cancelled.RecommendationsThe report recommends overhauling the entire penalty points system.Other recommendations include:The cancellation authority for fixed charge notices to be centralised in the Fixed Charge Processing Office, ThurlesA single Garda Síochána Unit to undertake regular audits of the full operation of the FCPS A review of the summons service process be undertaken to ascertain the reasons for the significant level of unserved summonses Cancellation of a fixed charge notice only to be considered where the petition is accompanied by factual third party evidence supporting the reason for cancellation. Where a petition is not accompanied by factual third party evidence the petition is to be deniedThe Inspectorate proposes the introduction of a modern multi-functional, user-friendly hand-held device capable of capturing all required data.The report also said a “rigorous audit process is required to restore public confidence in the processes and systems of managing” the penalty points system.First published 18.44pmRead: ‘Do the honourable thing’: Shatter told to apologise to Maurice McCabe>Read the Garda Inspectorate’s damning penalty points report, in full>last_img read more

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How come pilots can turn off a planes communication systems

first_img Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days ONE OF THE more mysterious elements of the missing Malaysia plane story is the fact that someone on board shut down the 777′s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS).If the motive behind the plane’s disappearance is indeed criminal, it begs the question: Why can these systems be turned off at all?The answer is simple — for safety reasons.ACARS allows pilots and those on the ground to swap messages about things like air traffic and weather reports.A pilot can shut the whole thing down by disconnecting a circuit breaker, and the plane’s manual would tell him how to do it. That’s for good reason, Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, wrote on his blog:“In the interest of safety — namely, fire and electrical system protection — it’s important to have the ability to isolate a piece of equipment, either by a standard switch or, if need be, through a circuit breaker,” Smith explained.Without going that far, he could disable the plane’s ability to send messages, Michael G Fortune, a retired pilot who now works as an aviation consultant and expert witness, said in an interview. “The average guy would have to look around” to know how to do it, but it would take only a few minutes to figure it out. The plane could still receive messages, though.The second communication system on the missing Boeing 777 is the transponder, used mostly to talk with air traffic control when the plane is near or at the airport.When the Malaysia plane disappeared, it was over the ocean, so the transponder wasn’t useful anyway — it was well out of range of the ground radar systems it uses to communicate. But if someone brought the plane back to land and wanted to keep it hidden, he would have to disable the transponder.Easy.“Generally, you do always want it on,” Doug Moss, a former test pilot and aircraft accident investigator, told Business Insider. But that’s not the case at airports with surface radar movement equipment, which gives air traffic controllers the precise location of aircraft on the ground. At those airports, data from the plane’s transponder is unnecessary and can make things confusing. It “clutters up the radar screen for the ground controllers,” Moss said.So there’s an off switch, kind of. On the 777-200ER planes Fortune flew for Continental, he said the transponder could be switched to “standby,” which for the most part disabled it.Plus, the transponder is usually switched “off” once the plane is parked, since there’s no more need for it. “You don’t want to interfere with airborne aircraft,” Fortune said.So making Flight 370 “disappear” would have been relatively straightforward for a trained pilot with his manual handy.Read: 25 countries now involved in hunt for missing plane as pilots’ homes searchedRead: Disappearance of missing Malaysian jet appears ‘deliberate’ Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade 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 Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit last_img read more

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Snapshot Cian Healys jeep gets clamped outside Shelbourne Hotel

first_img(Credit: @AVIVAStadium)Irish rugby supporters will be hoping that Healy will take out his frustrations, in a constructive way, against France.‘Earls will never miss passing to O’Driscoll ever again’ – Shane Byrne CIAN HEALY IS a huge believer in the power of positivity but the sight of his jeep [Land Rover Defender] clamped outside the Shelbourne Hotel today must have shook him.The Irish prop, who starts against France at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, will have some explaining to do if he hopes to get Dublin City Council to reverse the clamping charges.last_img

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8 people who probably had a worse commute home than you

first_img1. The person who didn’t stand clear when luggage doors were operatingVideo: YouTube/Uzi19792. Anyone sitting near this womanImage: Shutterstock.com3. The guy sitting beside Buddy the Elf“Smiling’s my favourite” (via Imgur)4. This pigeon“I missed my stop” (via Imgur)5. The girl who didn’t book her own train ticket 7. This girlvia Picasaweb/GiulianoLandi8. Whoever was stuck behind this guyFlickr/Creative Commons/Apuch Your 13 favourite people on public transport>11 ways bacon can make you live longer>Did you know there’s an Irish version of There’s Something About Mary? 6. This guylast_img

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40 psychiatric patients escape from Kenya hospital after overpowering guards

first_imgSOME 30 MENTALLY ill patients are still missing from a psychiatric hospital in the Kenyan capital Nairobi after 40 people escaped yesterday morning, officials said.“We are now talking of 30 mental patients who are not back. Some have come back on their own volition while some were captured and brought back by their relatives,” police chief Samuel Anampiu said.Anampiu said two of the escapees went back to the hospital voluntarily while eight others were returned by their families.The patients overpowered guards and forced open the door of their ward in the Mathari Mental Hospital yesterday morning.Planned breakout“Many scaled over the wall and went through Mathare area and a few confident ones used the main gate. When they are traced they should be brought back for their medication,” Anampiu said, adding that all those who escaped were men.The police chief said that the breakout must have been well planned for it to have had that level of success.“They must have strategised. It is not possible that without proper planning 75 people can break two doors and more than half of them run away,” he explained.“It is the place I need to be.”Kevin Kemboi, an escapee who was returned to the facility by family members, said he escaped after another patient told him that the hospital nurses were on strike.“I just followed one of the patients … then made my way home. At home I realised the environment was different. I felt like I was being disturbed by snakes and decided to go back. It is the place I need to be,” he said before breaking down into tears.Anampiu earlier announced that the police had all the details of the escapees which “will make it easy for us to identify them”.At least 35 others were stopped by guards from leaving after the initial breakout.The hospital lies close to the sprawling Mathare slum district of Nairobi and has been criticised in the past over the conditions its patients live in.- © AFP 2013.Read: Kenya Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta as president>Read: Two dead in western Kenya riots: police>last_img read more

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Have you seen David ODoherty explain how Lance Armstrong ruined everything

first_imgLANCE ARMSTRONG — ONCE a hero of Dublin comedian David O’Doherty — is, in retrospect, responsible for everything that went wrong in his life between 1999 and 2005. Here’s how:YouTube: David O’Doherty, H/T BroadsheetThe DOD is currently at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he read this piece at the Fan Fiction show over the weekend.Bud, the police horse punched by an idiot Newcastle fan yesterday, is finelast_img

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Fianna Fáil says Brian Cowleys move to Eurosceptic group is unacceptable

first_imgBRIAN CROWLEY, FIANNA Fáil’s only MEP, has joined the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the European Parliament, a conservative, Eurosceptic grouping.The move is a radical departure for Crowley with the ECR including MEPs from the British Conservative Party, the Ulster Unionist Party in the North, and the right-wing Danish People’s Party.In a statement this afternoon Crowley described the ECR “a non-federalist, pro-EU group who believes in giving a much stronger say to National Governments rather than to EU Institutions”.He said that joining ECR  ”will allow me to provide a better service for my constituents” adding that the move will protect jobs of his Irish staff in Brussels and insisting it is not for any personal gain.He continued: “The ECR Group is now the third biggest group in the EU and its priorities include creating long-term jobs and prosperity for member countries, which matches my policy priority.”It is not immediately clear if the move has the backing of Fianna Fáil, which has been a member of the pro-EU ALDE grouping.The ECR grouping was founded after the 2009 European elections after Conservative leader David Cameron withdrew his party from the European People’s Party (EPP) grouping due to concerns about its federalist position.Crowley, an Ireland South MEP since 2004, won over 180,000 first preferences votes in last month’s vote. He commanded a huge personal vote that failed to transfer to his Fianna Fáil running mate Kieran Hartley who finished with less than 5 per cent of the vote.Cork-based Crowley is seen as being largely independent of Fianna Fáil – his website carries little evidence of his party affiliation – and previously clashed with Martin over the 2011 presidential election after the leadership decided not to run a candidate despite Crowley’s desire to enter the race for the Áras.A Fianna Fáil spokesperson wasn’t immediately able to comment when contacted this morning.The party lost two seats in last month’s elections with incumbent Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher failing to win re-election in Midlands North West along with senator Thomas Byrne.Former councillor Mary Fitzpatrick failed to take a seat in Dublin as did the aforementioned Hartley in Ireland South. Liam Aylward, an MEP for the now abolished Ireland East, retired from the European Parliament last month.The main opposition party is currently part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) which is seen as largely pro-European and in favour of the EU single market. Former minister Dick Roche is one of ALDE’s vice presidents.FF poll-topper: There’s no bad blood with Micheál – I’d just rather meet with the people of Tipplast_img read more

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5 apps worth downloading this week

first_img Source: Pipes/App StoreLenkaFor: iOSCost: €2.69- Remember when we covered the black and white photography app Black for Windows Phone a few weeks ago? Well, a iOS equivalent has arrived and it’s just as good.- Developed by the Irish photographer Kevin Abosch, Lenka‘s strength is in its simplicity. It doesn’t use flash, it doesn’t use the front-facing camera, it’s all about what’s in front of you.- Well, saying it doesn’t use flash is kind of a lie. There is an option to have it always on, similar to the torch function, so you can add extra light to your photo.- Also, there are one or two editing features here at best, meaning the experience is purely focused on letting you taking your photo and getting it out there.- One for those who want to make their photos more artistic, but not have to put in the effort. Source: Lenka/App StoreThe Ingenious MachineFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: €1.29- If you’re not a fan of Rube Goldberg machines, you may want to skip this app and move to the next one. Otherwise, you’re going to enjoy this.- The Ingenious Machine is a physics-based puzzle game which takes this concept and lets you build impractical machines to perform simple tasks.- It has a nice hand-drawn art style, using a blueprint background and sketched items to- There are 25 levels, but it becomes more complicated with guns, magnets, conveyer belts and one ton weights all needed to succeed.- If you’re looking to give your brain a workout, you could do worse. Source: sc0tt games/YouTubeLokLokFor: AndroidCost: Free- We’ve seen numerous custom lock screens for Android, but chances are you would never expect it to be used for messaging.- That’s the concept of LokLok, which allows you to send drawing messages straight from your lock screen.- It’s effectively a whiteboard app that’s in sync with those of your friends. Simply wake your phone up, draw something, save and it appears on your friends’ lock screen.- It’s silly, but it’s fun and is designed to be used with small group of friends – or even just one person if you’re so inclined.- It’s in beta mode, but it approves new users very quickly so you certainly won’t be waiting long to get started. Source: LokLok/YouTubeRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 21st June >Read: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat > EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes an app that works out the best contract for your phone, a minimalist photo app, and a messaging service that only uses your lock screen.KillBillerFor: Android (iOS coming soon)Cost: Free- Figuring out the best mobile plan for you is a guessing game. Unless you’re really dedicated, chances are you will opt for whatever plan that’s offered to you.- Irish-developed app KillBiller is designed to take that guesswork away and help you make a better decision. It analyses your phone calls and mobile usage to present to you the best possible mobile plan.- The app is bright and simple, which is what you want, colour-coding mobile plans and graphs showing you how much it would have cost- It’s recommended that you have at least two-three months of call data logged on your phone to get the best results.- Strongly recommended for anyone who is thinking of getting a new phone over the next few months. Also for those who may feel like they’re overpaying every month. Source: KillBiller/Google PlayPipesFor: iOS, Google PlayCost: Free- Interest apps tend to be quite general, covering broad areas and requiring you to trudge through them to find the stories you really want.- Pipes lets you focus on topics both broad and specific. The interface is swipe-based and it takes information from news sites, Twitter and Wikipedia to help flesh out chosen topics.- You can get push notifications alerting you to what’s new, something the developers wisely limit to one or two a day.- You can shake your phone to see what news topics are trending right now, although you might prefer to add ones in yourself.- One for those who absolutely need to keep track of events like the World Cup or Wimbledon.last_img read more

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VIDEO Your weekend movies Guardians of the Galaxy

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 97%. Audience rating: 99%The Nut Job Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Insert nut jokes hereAvoid if: You can only think of nut jokes Holy macadamia! Squirrels try to get their hands on their nuts (I KNOW) after their food is destroyed. But will they succeed in breaking into a nut shop? They must be cracked to try (SORRY). RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 11%. Audience rating: 46% RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 57%. Audience rating: 54% Guardians of the Galaxy Source: CBMTrailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Action, absAvoid if: You don’t care about guarding the galaxyWe all know that this is the film that Chris Pratt got ultra-buff for, so let’s get that out of the way first. In this Marvel flick, he plays Peter Quill, an adventurer who has to get his rivals together to fight the dangerous villain Ronan. Yes, the baddie is called Ronan. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Mood Indigo Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Whimsy Avoid if: You’re not into ‘surreality’Michel Gondry is inspired by a cult novel about the romantic story of a couple who fall in love in a rather strange and surreal Paris. But their love is threatened after the woman (Audrey Tatou) is struck by a unique illness.last_img read more

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