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Oscar Carlen in HSV Hamburg

Rumours got their final expression in three years contract of Swedish youngstar right back, Oscar Carlen (22) with Handball Bundesliga leader, HSV Hamburg. Carlen, who has enough experience in his age to play TOP handball will move from HSV Hamburg after his father – coach, Per, who was already substited with Ljubo Vranjes at the bench.– I am glad that coming in the best team in Germany” – said Carlen.Per Carlen is still a option for a new coach in Hamburg from next summer.Photo: saraochfilippa.blogspot.com ← Previous Story Russian legend, Vladimir Maksimov: “France and Sweden in the final” Next Story → Heidi Loke in Gyor HSV HamburgOscar CarlenSG Flensburg read more

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Scandal in Poland Wisla lost 010 against Piotrkowianin

Unbeliavable end of the match happened in the Polish League between Orlen Wisla Plock and Piotrkowianin Piotrków – 0:10. Medical team who supposed to be on this match was late over 15 minutes, when guests from Piotrkow decided to get back to the locker room and to use oportunity to grab two points by regulation of Polish Federation. Fans in crowded “Orlen Arena” were shocked by this kind of behaviour and decision, but there was nothing else what they can do…– It’s not that we lost, handball lost tonight – with this words Wisla’s coach Lars Walther began the conference after “no match”:– It is something what will be told to whole Europe in the coming days. I am very disappointed because someone forgot that this is a sport. I feel sorry for the people who came to watch a good show today. They had to go home with nothing. Terms of rules, but I am extremely disappointed with the attitude of players from Piotrkow. After all, it’s about sports, and he suffered a great setback today! – Walther endedIn the same time, Vive Targi Kielce wins in Kwidzyn 36:27 and used a chance to become equal on the league table, after first Wisla’s “defeat”.VTK:  Losert , Szmal – Olafsson 5, Jurecki 3, Bielecki, Tkaczyk 7, Stojković 13 (3), Musa, Lijewski 2,  Jachlewski, Grabarczyk, Mazur 2 (1), Tomczak 4MMTS: Suchowicz – Adamuszek 4, Orzechowski 1, Seroka 2, Peret 6, Mroczkowski 3, Sadowski 4, Rombel 1, Nogowski 1, Łangowski 2, Pacześny 1 ← Previous Story 3rd International handball goalkeepers camp in Makarska Next Story → Slovakia: Tatran defeated after 654 days – Two matches in a row! Orlen Wisla PlockVive Targi Kielce read more

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Austrian storm over Jicha and Co

← Previous Story Iceland strong for Norway – Palmarsson injured Next Story → GOOD START FOR WORLD CHAMPIONS: Spain beat Hungary Austria showed classy performance at the beginning of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 against Czech Republic 30:20 (14:9). Fantastic goalkeeper Nikola Marinovic had a (14 saves) key role in his squad, while Weber (7), Schlinger and Szylagyi (6) were good in atack. The biggest star in defeated team, Filip Jicha had only 6 goals from 18 shots. Pavel Horak scored five goals.After this victory it is almost impossible that Austria will miss the Main Round.STATISTICSPHOTO: ÖHB/Steffen Wollmann Austria handballEHF EURO 2014 read more

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Villagers and Bowie on Mercury Music Prize shortlist

first_img‘AWAYLAND’ BY VILLAGERS has been announced as one of the 12 albums shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, which names the best British or Irish album of the year.It’s the second time on the list for the prestigious award for the Dublin group, fronted by Conor O’Brien; they also received a nod for their debut ‘Becoming a Jackal’ in 2010.They face still competition on the night of the awards — due to take place in the Roundhouse in London on 30 October: David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Foals are the frontrunners to take the prize.Announced back in January on Bowie’s 66th birthday, ‘The Next Day’ became one of the most hyped albums of the year when it was released in March. The iconic musician hadn’t released any new songs since 2003, and had made only sporadic appearances in public in recent years, leading to speculation amongst fans and industry experts that he had retired from music. Upon its release, it garnered four- and five-star reviews, with the New York Times calling it “Bowie’s twilight masterpiece”.Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys and Foals, from Oxford, have the next best odds on at least one bookies’ site taking bets as of this evening. The Monkeys – who headlined Electric Picnic and the Glastonbury Festival this summer – are nominated for ‘AM’, which was released just this week. Singer Alex Turner has described the album as “like a Dr Dre beat, but we’ve given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster”. Foals are nominated for ‘Holy Fire’, which was released in February of this year.The Mercury Shortlist in full:Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’David Bowie ‘The Next Day’Disclosure ‘Settle’Foals ‘Holy Fire’Jake Bugg ‘Jake Bugg’James Blake ‘Overgrown’Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’Laura Marling ‘Once I Was An Eagle’Laura Mvula ‘Sing To The Moon’Rudimental ‘Home’Savages ‘Silence Yourself’Villagers ‘Awayland’So far as we’re aware, no-one is taking bets on whether Bowie will turn up to accept his award, should he win.Read: Have you read Paul Simon’s moving tribute to Seamus Heaney yet?last_img read more

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Concern about attacks on firefighters as Halloween approaches

first_imgWe are appealing to the public and parents in particular to ensure that children and young people understand the vitally important work that the fire and ambulance services provide and to ensure that they are not targeted or interfered with in any way while we do our jobs.Giving youths a deeper understandingResponding to comments from IFESA, a spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said the number of reported incidents of violence and aggression are small in comparison to the 100,000 calls attended every year.“There are policies, procedures and standard operating guidelines in place for such an incident,” they said.  ”Staff can also avail of critical incident stress management and counselling if required.”The Brigade takes its role in the community very seriously and particularly during the Halloween period there are a number of community based initiatives in place that help to build relationships with the community.  Through these initiatives the Brigade is working to give the younger members of the community a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of the Fire Service and other emergency services.Related: New figures show 309 alleged assaults on emergency staff in one year>Read: HSE has ‘no plans’ to provide ambulance staff with stab vests>WATCH: ‘Car vs pedestrian’ and a 10-foot fall – a Saturday shift on a Dublin ambulance> ONE OF THE organisations representing firefighters has expressed concern about recent anti-social incidents involving fire service vehicles and personnel in Dublin, as Halloween approaches.“In one incident a brick was thrown at the window of a fire truck in Tallaght, Dublin, and there have also been a number of incidents where laser lights have been directed at engine drivers and crews in an apparent attempt to cause accidents,” IFESA said in a statement.National secretary, John Kidd said the incidents were “worrying” as they come ahead of Halloween, which is the” busiest and most dangerous time of year for fire crews and emergency personnel”.last_img read more

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Extra funding granted to prevent landslides in Cobh

first_imgCOBH HAS A history of landslides which are an on-going threat to the safety of the public and property.An extra two million euro in funding has been announced for the Cobh Landslide Programme by the Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan.This comes after 1.5 million euro was announced in May of this year.A detailed engineer’s report identified 37 slopes and walls that are most at risk in Cobh.The money given this year will mean that the recommendations of that report will be completed.Announcing the funding, Minister Hogan said: The completion of this programme will go further to keep the people of Cobh safe. To that end, I am happy to have been able to provide funding of €3.5million in total this year in order to complete the urgent works programme.Historic Titanic artifacts returned to Cobh for anniversary>Man questioned over Cobh hit and run>last_img read more

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Did you win €1 million in the Christmas Lotto draw

first_imgWe got engaged in November so this will definitely help with the wedding. A NEWLY-ENGAGED couple got a wonderful new year’s present when they won €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw.Lauren Doyle and Patrick O’Sullivan, from Dublin, scooped the €100k on Tuesday evening after Lauren’s aunt gave the couple the ticket for Christmas.However, the winner of €1 million in the Lotto draw still hasn’t come forward.“It’s the best Christmas present ever,” said Lauren of her and her fiancé’s win: The winning ticket number is 098 894 and it was bought in the Post Office, Bank Place in Ennis, Co Clare on Thursday 19 December 2013.A second ticket worth €100k was also sold in Ennis, in O’Dowds, Turnpike Road on Saturday 9 November 2013. This winner or winners has not yet made contact with the National Lottery.In addition, the winner(s) of the €1 million winning ticket has not yet claimed the prize.This winning ticket number is 139 235 and was bought in Tesco, Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday 21 December 2013. All winners have 90 days from the day of the draw to collect a prize.If you bought a ticket and fancy your chances, the winning Christmas Millionaire Raffle ticket numbers are available in National Lottery agent stores and on lottery.ie now.Read: ‘It’s surreal’: Kildare family syndicate scoops €500k in EuroMillions>last_img read more

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18 of the best pictures and 2 videos from this weeks storms

first_imgIT WAS ANOTHER week of rain, wind and general misery.Homes and cars were destroyed, businesses interrupted and everyday life put on hold.Despite the gloom, many people took the opportunity to capture some of the wonders of nature…or have a bit of fun.These are some of the best photos and videos sent to TheJournal.ie over the past seven days, many of which we unfortunately didn’t get to publish.last_img

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Boy 3 dies in blind cord accident in Co Down

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy after he became entangled in a blind cord over the weekend.The incident happened in the Mayobridge area near of Newry, Co Down, on Saturday evening, shortly after 6pm.BBC News have named the boy as Daniel Grant and police say they are not treating his death as suspicious.According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, there have been at least 26 deaths across the UK since 1999, 13 of which have occurred since the start of 2010.There are no exact figures for Ireland, but a spokesperson for the National Standards Authority of Ireland believes around three children have died as a result of blind cord asphyxiation over the last four years.The NSAI have issued advice on how to make existing window blinds as safe as possible, asking people to cut the cord to get rid of the loop and install tassels. They also advise to replace cords with curtain or blind wands and never place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or high chair near a window or patio door where a blind cord could be reached.Pushing for new safety standards, website WindowBlindSafety.ie was set up in memory of Arran Malley from Cork who died after becoming entangled in window blind cords in 2009.Author of the website Aaron O’Connell said it’s “obvious that much more needs to be done to create awareness of the dangers posed by cords and chains in window blinds”.“A window blind may be considered safe by manufacturers when they make it according to the standards, but it is not child safe unless it is installed in a manner in which the cords and chains are kept out of reach of children, irrespective of whether children are present in the house,” he added.last_img read more

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Ikea investigating faecal bacteria found in almond cake

first_imgSWEDISH FURNITURE GIANT Ikea has said it is investigating claims that Chinese authorities have found coliform bacteria, normally present in faecal matter, in an almond cake made in Sweden for the company’s restaurants.The cake had failed tests “for containing an excessive level of coliform bacteria, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine,” the Shanghai Daily website wrote.Ikea said 1,800 Taarta Chokladkrokant cakes — described on its website as an almond cake with chocolate, butter cream and butterscotch — were destroyed after being intercepted by Chinese customs in November.“These cakes never reached our stores,” said Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson, adding that the group was currently looking into whether cakes from the suspect batch had been sent to any other countries.“There are indications that the levels of bacteria found are low but we obviously have to know the exact amount, and find out how this happened,” she added.Magnusson said the cakes had not been withdrawn from sale in any markets as of early today.Ikea last week pulled its trademark meatballs off the shelves in 25 countries after Czech authorities found traces of horse DNA in a batch of one-kilogramme (2.2-pound) bags of frozen meatballs.“It’s very important to us that the products our customers buy are safe and secure to use and to eat,” Magnusson said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ikea withdraws Wiener sausages as they await horsemeat DNA testslast_img read more

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4 more offthebeatentrack places you really should visit

first_imgCairn T is perhaps the best known of the extensive series of passage tombs making up the archaeological landscape of Slieve na Calliagh. The cairn dates to around 3000 BC, and is 35m in diameter and 5m high, and has a number of fine examples of megalithic art. Cairn T is surrounded by six smaller satellite tombs, some of which are no longer covered by a cairn or mound and are now accessible.The Hag’s Chair is one of the kerbstones that surround Cairn T, it displays megalithic art but unfortunately the carvings are very difficult to make out today. More clear is the cross inscribed on the seat, it possibly represents the use of the stone as a Mass Rock during penal times. It was possibly also used as a ceremonial or inauguration chair during the early medieval period.The name Slieve na Calliagh is thought to derive from The Hill of the Witch. Folklore has it that the monuments at Loughcrew were formed when a witch called An Cailleach Bhéara, was challenged to drop an apron full of stones on each of the three Loughcrew peaks, if she succeeded she would be proclaimed the ruler of all Ireland. She was successful on the first two peaks, but missed the third and fell to her death.Loughcrew is one of the true hidden gems of Ireland, a fantastically atmospheric place that you will quite often have to yourself. People still gather at Loughcrew at the Vernal Equinox (usually around the end of March) and Autumnal Equinox to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the interior of the tomb. Unlike the superb but far more frequented Newgrange, Loughcrew can perhaps offer a more intimate experience with Ireland’s Neolithic past. Loughcrew is located approximately 3km east of Oldcastle in Co. Meath, it is free to enter, and great guided tours are available (also free of charge) from the Office of Public Works from the 30th May – 28th August, see http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlandseastcoast/Loughcrew/ for more details.Athassel Abbey, Co. TipperaryAthassel Abbey is located close to the village of Golden in Co. Tipperary and is a fantastic example of an Augustianian Priory. Indeed Athassel Abbey was once an important urban centre in medieval Ireland. It is said that there were over two thousand people living in a settlement around the Abbey, but today the ruins of the abbey slumber beside the meandering River Suir, with no visible traces of the vibrant settlement that once surrounded it.This Abbey site was founded in around 1200 AD by a prominent Anglo Norman named William Fitz Aldhelm de Burgo. He was granted extensive land in Tipperary and decided to give some of that land to the church to create a bastion of Anglo Norman worship in the Irish Landscape. It is likely that William de Burgo himself lived quite close to the site where the abbey was to be built, the remains of a motte stand across the river from the abbey. Mottes were built by Norman lords in the years after their arrival in Ireland as defensive sites to gain control of strategic areas. Today the motte at Athassel is very overgrown but it is an interesting indication of strong Anglo Norman presence in the area.Augustinian Canons came to Athassel on de Burgos request and initially built half a church, followed by a cloister area, then a chapter house and dormitories with a refectory or eating area before turning their attention back to the church to complete the nave or congregation area. The priory was dedicated to St. Edmund. The support from a wealthy family like the de Burgos and the location of the Abbey on the banks of the navigable River Suir insured that it would become a prominent economic hub and settlement quickly grew around it. The burgeoning town was granted the valuable privilege of the right to hold an annual fair for seven days that attracted people from surrounding towns and villages from miles around. To put this in context, at this time Dublin was granted an annual fair of fifteen days.By the 1480s, the abbey was in decline. It had suffered during the fourteenth century from raids, burnings and plague, and by the fifteenth century Ireland was becoming more lawless as the power of the Anglo Norman lords was dwindling. In 1512, the strong connection with the de Burgo family was broken, and another family took precedence, the Butlers of Ormond. The Butler family had landholdings in south Tipperary and Kilkenny. The break with the Burkes was the beginning of the end for Athassel as shortly after King Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Athassel was spared until 1552, when King Edward VI ordered the abandonment of Athassel. It was burned one final time in 1581 by a member of the Fitzgerald family who destroyed the monastery in Athassel in a search of ‘spoils and booty’.Athassel stands today as a testament to the different fortunes of the Anglo Norman families who came to Ireland in search of opportunities and land. One of the largest medieval priories to be found in Ireland, Athassel is incredibly well preserved and highlights the strong connections between the Norman Lords and the church and the value of strong patronage. The complex stretches across four acres of land and features one of Ireland’s only medieval gate and bridge complexes, a truly wonderful site to explore.To get to Athassel, make your way to the village of Golden, Co. Tipperary via the N74. Drive through the village, over the bridge, directly after the bridge turn left (the site is signposted) and continue down this small lane. The site will be located on your left. There is limited parking. The site is located both close to the historical towns of Cashel and Cahir so why not combine a visit to Athassel with a visit to the wonderful Rock of Cashel or the magnificently well preserved Cahir Castle.You can discover more great sites off the beaten track on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland. Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites. They are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They cost just €1.99 each (or free in the case of The Rock of Dunamase) and are available from abartaheritage.ieInterior photograph of Oweynagat © Richard Mills. All other photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieAll recommendations are from the personal experience of Neil, who has received no payment from any site owner or community. Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Co. OffalyI’M NOT JUST a history and archaeology nerd, I like a bit of natural history too! I paid a visit to Clara Bog Visitor Centre in Co. Offaly this week and had a great day. The modern and accessible Visitor Centre gives great insights into the wonderful and precious landscape of Ireland’s peat bogs, and you can encounter the fascinating fauna and flora (including a very innocent looking but carnivorous plant). After you have visited the centre, enjoy a walk along the boardwalks that lead you safely through this remarkable landscape.It’s a great time of year to visit as well, with lots of newly hatched tadpoles, and some of the plants are beginning to flower. I highly recommend a visit to bring the kids to see some of the diverse wealth of Ireland’s natural heritage. Entry to the boardwalks and visitor centre is completely free of charge. You can find more details on their website at http://www.npws.ie/naturereserves/offaly/clarabognaturereserve/Rathcroghan, Co. RoscommonThe incredible complex of archaeological monuments that fill the landscape around Tulsk in County Roscommon needs a whole lifetime to explore. Rathcroghan is the most famous of the monuments, and is one of the key Royal sites of Pre-Christian Ireland along with The Hill of Tara in Meath, Dún Ailinne in Kildare, The Rock of Cashel in Tipperary and Emain Macha (Navan Fort) in Armagh. Rathcroghan was the ancient capital of Connacht, from where the last High Kings of Ireland, the O’Connors, ruled.The site is possibly most famous for its appearance in the great Irish epic the Táin Bó Cuailgne (the Cattle Raid of Cooley). It was at Rathcroghan that pillow talk between Queen Medb and her consort Ailill turned competitive as they quarreled over their respective fortunes, with Ailill playing his trump card of his magnificent white bull, only matched by the Brown Bull of Cooley in Co. Louth, that Medb immediately determined that she must steal, leading to all manner of hassle.The mound itself is located in the centre of the archaeological landscape, and when you ascend the mound you are rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding countryside. The site has never been excavated by archaeologists, but an exciting series of non-intrusive investigations using geophysics have been conducted by archaeologists, the results of which are highlighted and clearly explained in the Visitor Centre. Another one of the famous monuments located close to the main mound of Rathcroghan is Owenygat – The Cave of the Cats. This cave is central to many legends and folklore. It was thought to be the entrance to the Otherworld, and home to early Irish race that became Fairies, the Tuatha Dé Dannan. It was also believed to be a place guarded by malevolent creatures that emerge from the cave at Samhain, and ravage the land of Ireland, and home to the Morrígan, the powerful goddess of battle, strife and fertility.This is a fascinating landscape deeply steeped in folklore, legend, history and archaeology. Though you can access the main site for free, I strongly recommend you pay a visit first to the excellent visitor centre. This will give you a real grasp of the complexity of the archaeology as well as the stories and legends that make this such a special place. You can also arrange tours of Rathcroghan and its associated sites through the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at Cruachan Ai in Tulsk Village where the staff are more than happy to take you on a journey through this ancient landscape. The centre is open all year round.Tours of the centre cost €5 per person for adult (discount for children/students and pensioners) and visits to the sites can be arranged by appointment. Site tours cost €20 which covers 1 to 4 people with an additional charge of €5 for each subsequent person. For special events or to arrange a tour see www.rathcroghan.ie or contact 071 9639268Loughcrew, Co. Meathlast_img read more

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QPR star Loic Remy arrested on suspicion of rape

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE STRIKER Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape, according to police this afternoon.The 26-year-old QPR forward is being held by Scotland Yard’s sex crime squad along with two other men after a 34-year-old woman alleged three men raped her on 6 May in west London.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers from Sapphire are investigating an allegation of rape which happened on 6 May in the west London area.“The allegation was passed on to the Metropolitan Police Service by Kent Police on 8 May after the 34-year-old female victim reported it to them on the previous day, 7 May. The victim alleges she was raped by three men.“On the morning of Wednesday, 15 May three men, aged 26, 23 and 22, were arrested at an address in Fulham on suspicion of rape — they remain in custody at a west London police station.”Remy’s arrest is the latest setback in a dismal season for QPR, who were relegated from the Premier League last month.QPR boss Harry Redknapp signed Remy from French club Marseille for £8 million in January in the hope his goals would lift the team out of the relegation zone. But although Remy scored on his QPR debut at West Ham and has since netted a further five goals, the club’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed after a 0-0 draw at Reading on April 28. They sit bottom of the table with one match remaining.Remy is likely to be sold in the close-season as Redknapp looks to trim his wage bill, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool reported to be interested in signing him.© AFP, 2013This is how Arsenal and Chelsea could end up playing-off for a Champions League spot‘Natural progression’: Giggs set for coaching role under Moyeslast_img read more

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Alan Shatter humbled HSE versus the China baby video The weeks news

first_imgIS THE NEWS getting you down? Current affairs causing a frown? Satirical site The Mire has an alternative angle on the week’s hot topics…Government pledges more austerity after the bailout years May 27, 2013Finance Minister Michael Noonan has promised that Ireland will not have to forego austerity after the bailout exit.Mr Noonan said he and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin had devised a plan that would allow the normalisation of poverty to continue.“We know enough now about austerity to do it without any help from the IMF,” Mr Noonan said.“We can stand on our own two feet.”A grateful nation wept. Author humbled: ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ May 28, 2013Celebrated author and Justice Minister Alan Shatter was so crushed when a garda didn’t recognise him that he couldn’t complete a breathalyser test.“Poor Alan,” a source said. “When the garda stopped him he thought she wanted a copy of his book Laura signed.”Instead, the garda asked Mr Shatter to perform a breathalyser test at the mandatory checkpoint.“Don’t you know who I am?” Mr Shatter apparently asked her.“She had no idea. She had never read Laura,” the source said. “Alan was completely deflated. He couldn’t perform.” HSE officials too busy watching video of Chinese baby to appear on Prime Time May 29, 2013HSE officials were too watching the video of a Chinese baby that had been flushed down a toilet to appear on RTÉ Prime Time’s shocking show on abuse in creches last night.The programme laid bare appalling conditions and treatment in some of Ireland’s creches.“We would have liked to appear on the show to defend that,” a HSE source said.“But we couldn’t stop watching this mad video from China of a baby after it had been flushed down a toilet and ended up in a drain.”“Pity you couldn’t do that here,” he added. “It would get stuck in the u-bend.” Ireland to introduce plain branding for crechesMay 30, 2013Ireland could become the first country in the world to introduce plain branding for creches.Health Minister Dr James Reilly hopes the move will help make creches less attractive to children and their parents.Research has shown that branding has been used to dismiss the risks associated with creches by combining cute words and bright colours.Creches would only be allowed brand themselves with a stark Government health warning and an image of a broken child.“Ultimately this could save lives,” a Government source said. Parents using clothes recycling containers to mind childrenMay 31, 2013Parents who no longer trust Irish creches are turning to clothes recycling containers to mind their children.Since RTÉ Prime Time exposed maltreatment in creches parents have been left in a quandary about what to do with their children while they work. The Mire’s childcare expert explains that there are some benefits to using the recycling containers.“By and large they are safe,” he explained. “Safer than creches anyway.”“Most recycling centre have CCTV. And a child would have a good chance of landing on something soft.”“My two are on a waiting list to get into the clothes container,” a mother said. “Meanwhile they’re in the bottle bank. That’s them screaming now.”Read previous weeks’ editions of The Mire’s Not the News >last_img read more

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Are Irelands priests heading for extinction

first_imgAN IRISH PRIEST has warned that the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland is in jeopardy as the number of priests in the country continues to dwindle.Fr Brendan Hoban said that the church is “in denial about vocations to the priesthood”.“When we try to pretend that everything is just as it used to be, that nothing has gone wrong, we do what the orchestra on the Titanic did, we keep playing, we pretend that everything is normal,” he said in an article for the Association of Catholic Priests. “That’s what denial is.”In Mayo’s Killala diocese, there are now just seven priests under the age of 55 years old for 22 parishes. Tuam will have just 50 priests for 55 parishes by 2020, Hoban warned.In 1984 there were 171 ordinations or religious professions in Ireland compared to the more recent figure of just 22 in 2006. There are now just 70 people studying for the diocesean priesthood in Ireland, with just 12 in Maynooth.“We don’t need to have 20/20 vision to see this particular train coming down the track,” Hoban said. “All we need to do is to be able to count.”The priest said a number of things could be done to address the problem, such as ordaining married deacons who already work in parishes as priests or fast-track education and formation for ‘men of proven faith’ in parishes. We could also invite priests who left to get married to return, he said.“The reality is that in 20 years there will be few priests in Ireland and those that are still standing will be mainly in their 70s,” Hoban added. “So there is an inevitable logic with asking the question, Who will break the bread for us?”Read: Australian cardinal ‘absolutely sorry’ for abuse cover-up>Read: One allegation of abuse within Catholic Church in 2012>last_img read more

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Search for remains of MH17 flight victims called off

first_imgTHE SEARCH FOR remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine has been called off by the prime minister of the Netherlands as he said it is too dangerous to continue.At a press conference in The Hague today, Mark Rutte praised the effort of the recovery mission so far and promised victims’ families the search would resume at some time in the future.VictimsFlight 17 was shot down in Eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board. Around 228 coffins have been returned to the Netherlands.Rutte also said that information from a Ukrainian military doctor who had overseen operations in the days immediately following the crash “has changed the recovery team’s perception of an earlier effort undertaken by local authorities.”“There was an intensive search in the area with 800 volunteers,” he said.The Dutch led-international recovery team that arrived in the area later has not found a large number of human remains.He said that it appears “fortunately that more was done after the disaster than we thought until now.”Due to the ongoing delays, investigators said today that they will miss the deadline to file a preliminary report into the cause of flight MH17′s crash.International regulations require investigators to file an initial report with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Authority within 30 days of an accident, however, investigators said they need more time.Additional reporting – © AFP, 2014Read: ‘Worst forest fire in living memory’ continues to rage in Sweden>Read: Second Ebola death confirmed in Nigeria as Spain plans evacuation of sick missionary>last_img read more

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Unicorn Cow Discovered in China

first_imgLooks like unicorn meat may be more than just a meme-tastic joke. A farmer in China’s Hebei province is the proud owner of a unicorn cow. That’s a bit of a misnomer, actually–the cow really has three horns, but the one smack dab in the center of her head is much larger than the two normal ones on either side. It measures a full eight inches.The owner first noticed the horn when the cow was born two years ago–though back then it was just a small bump on her forehead.AdChoices广告There is apparently some debate over whether the three-horned cow is a “true unicorn,” though not for the reasons you’d expect (i.e. it has three horns). LA-based “supernatural survivorologist” Seth Greening told AOL,To know for sure if it is a true unicorn, one would have to talk to the crowds who have touched Mr. Jia’s cow and document how many conditions were healed, how many guilty parties identified, how many virginities restored, etc.last_img read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Christmas Festivus Comic Sans and

first_imgHo, ho, ho, and a fa-la-la-la-la to you. It’s that time of the year, and if you’ve been too busy with the last-minute shopping, wrapping, and baking, you probably haven’t had time to stay up to date with Twitter. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered.Check out the 10 top trending topics on Twitter for the week ending in December 24, and have a happy Festivus to you :1. Christmas / Christmas Eve / Christmas Eve Eve Starting on Thursday, December 23 — AKA Christmas Eve Eve –, people started tweeting about all things Christmas, including music, advent calendars, carols, parties, Fred Claus, Glee, Micky Mouse, the Grinch, and the list goes on. #Christmas2. SolsticeDecember 21st is the day Earth is closest to the sun, giving us the shortest day of the year. solstice3. FestivusYes, Christmas is trending like crazy right now, but Festivus is up there too. This secular holiday is celebrated on December 23 as another way to celebrate the holidays without getting into the whole commercial aspect of it. It is linked to Frank Costanza on Seinfeld. The phrase, “a Festivus for the rest of us,” should be used as much as possible. #Festivus4. Lunar / EclipseNo, we’re not talking about Twilight, or Total Eclipse of the Heart, but on the night of Monday, Dec 20 there was a total lunar eclipse. There hasn’t been one since the year 1638, and there won’t be another one until 2094. #lunar 5. 2011 PredictionsPeople are tweeting their predictions for 2011 on every topic imaginable. Even PCMag wrote about their 2011 predictions. #2011predictionsCheck out the rest of the Top 10 Trending Topics of the Week after the jump![Photo Credit: Neatorama.com] 6. Something Aint RightPeople are tweeting about things that “aint right.” #SomethingAintRight7. BeefheartCaptain Beefheart died on Friday, December 17. He will be missed. #Beefhart8. Comic SansAccording to Twopular, “A recently launched website, “Comic Sans Criminal”, has become popular amongst the internet as it comedically shares with the reader the effects of inappropriately choosing the wrong font in certain situations, enforcing the idea/notion that Comic Sans is ‘…a horrible font that should be outlawed! [according to some internet users].’” #comicsans9. I Have No RespectPeople are tweeting about things they have no respect for. Aretha would be proud. #Ihavenorespect10. Word LensWorld Lens is an iPhone app that offers realtime translation via your iPhone’s camera with the choice of photo or video feed. It was launched this week after much acclaim from tech review sites. People are tweeting their opinions of the app, and most tweets are overwhelmingly positive. #wordlenslast_img read more

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iPad 2 Coming in CDMA Flavor Rumor

first_imgThe tech industry has a week or so of downtime between the Christmas holiday and ces, so what better time to explore some of the latest Apple rumors, right? Here’s one from DigiTimes, that Taiwan-based seeming endless source of so much on-going Apple speculation. According to the site, the next version of the iPad is due out in 2011 “with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.” No big surprise there. Apple will apparently be sending out 500,000-530,000 units in that initial shipment. What is interesting, however, is the suggestion that the iPad will come in three different flavors: Wi-Fi, UMTS (i.e. 3G), and CDMA (ala Verizon–and a lot more carriers in other countries, for that matter).Says DigiTimes,The sources pointed out that about 60-65% of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.last_img read more

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Internet Explorer 9 is now available

first_imgAs stated on the The Windows Blog last week, Microsoft rolled out the final release version of Internet Explorer 9 on time late yesterday during SXSW. With the release, Microsoft brought its web browser bang up-to-date with a host of new features to support the latest web technologies, new navigation features, and updated security measures.Since the first beta of the new browser was made available it has surprised even Microsoft with its popularity. 40 million beta downloads have been logged and a browser market share of 2% already achieved.With IE9 Microsoft has focused on a performance as well as a number of core areas and technologies to bring the browser up-to-date, and in some cases take it beyond what other browsers can currently do.The most talked about new feature has to be hardware acceleration. IE9 takes advantage of the graphics processor you have in your computer whenever it can. That means streaming video can use it, Flash and Silverlight both have hardware acceleration support, and the new HTML5 standard can also take advantage of it potentially speeding up your browsing experience, and at the very least making for a more fluid experience when playing browser games and watching video online.For security, Microsoft has included two new features called Tracking Protection and SmartScreen download reputations. Tracking Protection gives a user control over the information they share with individual websites managed through a tracking list, and even allows specific sites to be blocked from having any of your data. SmartScreen download reputations on the other hand, allow warning messages for downloads to be changed based on the reputation of a site. A good reputation means fewer or no warnings for file downloads, where as it’s the opposite for low reputation sites. This is meant to cut malware downloads significantly.Finally there’s new navigation features called Pinned Sites and Jumplists. Any website can be pinned to your Windows taskbar by dragging the tab with it in to the taskbar. Once there it has its own jumplist giving multiple options to jump to different parts of that site, not just the URL you pinned. Effectively, every pinned site has a navigation menu for the whole site available to use.Internet Explorer 9 is available in 39 languages from the Beauty of the Web Microsoft site. Be warned that the installation will need to close any existing web browsers or apps that use any kind of web link in order to complete. Otherwise a restart will be required.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

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Google Toolbar version 7 adds Instant cleans itself up

first_imgDespite the fact that browser toolbars are loathed by geeky types everywhere, they’re still used by a huge number of people. Among the most popular, of course, is the Google Toolbar — which has been upgraded to version 7 and sports a wide array of new features.First and foremost, Google Toolbar 7 now includes Instant. It’s not enabled by default, however, so you’ll have to tweak your toolbar options to switch it on. On my Windows 7 system running Internet Explorer 9, Instant actually failed to work after enabling it — I still only received search suggestions like the ones you see above. If it works for you, you’ll see results load in the background as you type.When first installed, Google Toolbar 7 loads with little more than a search box and lets you customize from there. Buttons are available for services like YouTube, Gmail, Google Earth, Orkut, and several non-Google services as well. The toolbar also keeps tabs on which buttons you’re actually using, hiding those you don’t use automatically behind the “more” button. Google has also made it a bit easier to disable features which phone home, a nod to those who had an issue with the somewhat complicated process required in previous versions of the toolbar.Google might be right that Google Toolbar 7 is “cleaner, fresher, and faster” but at the end of the day, it’s still a toolbar — and I still can’t stand browser toolbars. Nevertheless, the company appears to be right on the money when it says that version 7 won’t slow down Internet Explorer like some toolbars. The IE9 add-on reporter shows the Google Toolbar load time at 0.00s, and you can’t get much faster than that.You can download Google Toolbar 7 now for Internet Explorer and Firefox, or check out the video below to see Google Toolbar 7 in action!last_img read more

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