Ademar LeonDenis BuntićVive Targi Kielce One of the best player of Croatia at the last World Championships in Sweden, right back, Denis Buntić (28) signed three years contract with TOP Polish team, Vive Targi Kielce. He will be second player from one of the most succesfull handball nation, Croatia in Polish team, after Mirza Džomba came last summer. Buntić played for Izvidjač Ljubuški, C.O Zagreb, Cimos Koper (Slovenia) before he moved to Spanish TOP side, Ademar Leon.As ASOBAL has financial problems, Spain isn’t longer promised place for TOP proffesionals. That is why a new strong force in Central Europe, become popular among players all over handball world. Szmal, Tkaczyk, Zorman, Stojković, Jurecki, Džomba, Buntić and others will be a strong opponent to everyone from next season and possible Final Four candidate. ← Previous Story Andrea Lekić in Gyor Next Story → Mirko Alilović ready for MKB Veszprem?
← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Denmark finished 5th! Next Story → Montenegro for the London’s replay! There were no match tension in the first Women’s EHF EURO 2012 semi-final. Norway was better against Hungary 30:19 (16:11). Katrin Lunde was fantastic with 12 saves, but also Edin and Koren with 6 goals.STATISTICS
← Previous Story Kirveliavicius from Fivers WAT to SSG Bietigheim! Next Story → Anton Mansson goes back to Bundesliga – TBV Lemgo! Yesterday during the radio program Handball de Primera, coach Eduardo Gallardo confirmed that Diego Simonet will not be in Brazil for the ‘Four Nations’ friendly tournament due to his ankle injury. The Argentinian has not been training normally yet as his ankle is still swallowed. After the routine studies, a ligament injury has been discarded, however, Gallardo does not want to force his comeback, and hopes his club Montpellier does the same and make him skip the game on Thursday against Nimes for the French League. Montpellier is currently leader on the D1 and Simonet is a very important piece for his team, which is also fighting strong in group C of the Champions League. Argentina will face the friendly tournament without one of his most valuable players, but prefers to have him completely fit for January when they take part of the World Championship in Qatar, and avoid to have him half cured like in Spain 2013.A goalkeeper will fill Simonet’s spot in Brazil. His name is Juan Bar, currently playing in Argentina for SAG Polvorines.TEXT: LAURA AGENA
← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – PLAYMAKER 2014? Next Story → WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – RIGHT WING 2014? WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – RIGHT BACK 2014 Katarina Bulatović (ŽRK Budućnost – Montenegro) Nora Mork (Larvik HK – Norway) Ida Oden (Savehof IK – Sweden) Louise Burgaard (Viborg HK – Denmark)View Results Loading …BEST LEFT WING 2014BEST LEFT BACK 2014BEST PLAYMAKER 2014BEST RIGHT BACK 2014BEST RIGHT WING 2014BEST LINE-PLAYER 2014BEST GOALKEEPER 2014BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014
brazileduarda amorimEHFCLGyori Audi ETO KCHungaryolympic gamesrio 2016 ‘Duda’ is already in Austria along with the Brazilian national team, where they will hold a training phase at Austrian club Hypo Nö until March 16th, when they will depart towards Norway, where they will play a 4 Nations tournament against the host nation, Spain and Germany.Both the training phase and the tournament mark the reunion of the team conducted by Morten Soubak after the early elimination from the World Championship in Denmark. The Serbia 2013 MVP believes that the preparation for Rio 2016 begins with these phase of trainings: “The tournament will be very positive for Brazil. This is like the beginning of the Olympics for us and we have to take advantage of every minute that we’re together. We need to improve everything that was wrong during the World Championship and start putting it into practice from now. We all know that this might be the last chance to win something big for Brazil”.The statement is based, according to Amorim, on the inevitable retirement from some of the most experienced players, like captain Fabiana Diniz, who has already announced that she will stop playing the sport after the tournament in home soil; and the lack of readiness of the younger generations, who might not be ready to help maintain the level that this team has shown for the past few years: a serious contender in every ecumenic competition.Amorim’s performance so far in this 2016, particularly on the EHFCL Main Round, shows that she’s back to top shape as she’s been decisive in both ends of the court, more than ever since her comeback. Her renewal with the two time EHFCL champions brings hope for both the team conducted by Ambros Martin and handball fans around the globe. ← Previous Story Allison Pineau to Brest Bretagne Handball! Next Story → ONE KISS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Stoilov VS Terzić on March 8 Last week Brazilian left back Eduarda Amorim renewed her contract with Györi Audi ETO KC for three more years, which means that she will complete an entire decade in the Hungarian team, where she arrived in 2009 and with which she obtained 5 Hungarian Leagues, six Hungarian Cups and two EHF Champions League titles.The 29 year-old told Handball-Planet.com all of the reasons why she chose to stay in the Hungarian power house until 2019.Handball-Planet.com: –During the World Championship in Denmark you mentioned that you hadn’t sat down to discuss your continuity with Györ yet, did you receive any offers from other clubs? If so, why did Györ’s proposal prevailed?Eduarda Amorim: –Yes, I have received offers from other clubs, but Györ was my first choice. First of all, because it’s a team that always fights for the titles, and then of course, the fact that I’ve played here for so many years and that I’m already adapted to the club, the coach; I still feel motivated to play here. I didn’t really have any reasons to change, I have everything I look for as a professional here in Györ. HP: -By 2019 you will have completed an entire decade playing for Györ, but what have you learned from this experience so far? And how does living in Hungary also helped you to make the decision to stay?EA: –I have learned a lot, when I first arrived I was just a good and talented athlete, but as time went by, I’ve learned to have the consistency that a top athlete needs. Györ has given me all I needed to achieve this. It was with good trainings and with a high number of matches in several competitions that I was able to be my best self and to reach the highest level. Life in Hungary is good in general. Although it might be a bit quiet, there’s always something different to do. Being far from my family and friends is not always easy and it’s something I don’t think I will ever get used to; but it was really because of handball that I decided to stay.HP: –After having received the 2014 IHF World Player of the Year award in Herning you mentioned that one of your main objectives was to be back to the top, how does being in Györ contribute to that?EA: –Yes, definitely. It was with Györ’s contribution that I was able to get to the top after the injury (Amorim had a torn ACL in November of 2014). The quality of the trainings and of my teammates help a lot to that. I’ve always been very determined and will continue to be (in order to be back on top). HP: –Regarding the EHFCL quarter finals, you will meet FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria, a classic also in the domestic competitions and current Hungarian champions, what do you expect from those clashes? EA: –They will be tough games, that’s for sure. I think FTC is a good team, but I also know that we have what it takes to win. We have a great motivation to be in the Final 4 and get a new title for Györ. ‘Duda’, with her 2014 IHF World Player of the Year award in Herning.
Patrice Canayer will stay on the bench of HC Montpellier Handball for four more years, write French L Equipe. Experienced coach sitting on the bench of the team from the South since 1994. He won 13 Championship titles with the team, but since PSG Handball began with a new project, Montpellier lost domination on domestic level and struggling every season to won the chance to play at VELUX EHF Champions League.The biggest success for Canayer, but also for the club, was winning the EHF Champions League in 2003. ← Previous Story H43 Lund boys win tournament in Doha Next Story → Win and defeat for Veszprem in Skopje HC Montpellier HandballPatrice Canayer
CAN YOU BELIEVE it is 216 years since the first parachute jump was performed?On this day way back in 1797, French (and, obviously, insane) man Andre-Jacque Garnerin took a balloon up to about 3,000 feet over Paris.When he reached a certain height, he severed the rope that attached the balloon and his basket. The action automatically sent the basket hurtling towards the ground but it also released a seven-metre silk parachute to reduce the speed of the descent.Although it was a bumpy ride, Garnerin came through the experiment uninjured.The event was captured in this Etienne Chevalier de Lorimier painting. The anniversary of the momentous occasion has been marked by Google’s team of doodlers today with an interactive doodle.We presume you are singing this to yourself right now as you ‘google’:(If you weren’t, sorry, because that’s stuck in your head now for the day.)More: Google Doodle celebrates birthday of influential composer DebussyInterview: Getting paid to daydream and doodleBEST OF: 15 hits from the Google Doodle collection
TWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after raiders armed with a knife robbed cash from a service station in Waterford.The robbery happened at around 7.15pm on Park Road when two men entered the service station and threatened staff and customers with a knife.One male customer was injured during the incident and was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital. His injuries are described as not life-threatening.The two raiders escaped the scene on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.However shortly afterwards gardaí carried out a follow-up search of an apartment in Waterford city centre and arrested two men in their 20s. A sum of cash was recovered at the flat.The two men are being held at Tramore Garda Station for questioning.Gardaí have asked any witnesses to the robbery or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at around 7pm onwards to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
A woman named Saw Min lies on a bed with weights on her eyes after receiving local anaesthesia ahead of a cataract operation at a government hospital in Bago, Burma. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)A three-month-old Sumatran tiger cub named Bandar reacts after being dunked in the tiger exhibit moat for a swimming test at the National Zoo in Washington in the United States. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/Press Association Images)Firefighters walk along a US highway as they continued to battle a giant fire near Yosemite National Park in California. (AP Photo/Jae C Hong)A woman who had been hiding during a gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan)Kaden Bowden looks at the funeral casket for his father, US Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Bowden, during a service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in the US. His dad died from injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Members of the Tokyo 2020 delegation celebrate after the Japanese capital was awarded the Olympic Games for 2020. (AP Photo/Victor R Caivano)Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge in Arizona. The tightrope walk of a quarter of a mile took him 22 minutes to cross. (AP Photo/Rich Bowmer)Gardaí carry out an examination of the scene in Mayo where two children, Eoghan and Ruairí Chada, were found dead in a car after they went missing with their father Sanjeev. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)Military police pepper spray a woman during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Victor R Caivano)Photographers take pictures of Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at a magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)A man stands around coffins containing the remains of victims after the bodies were identified at a gym following a huge fire at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, southern Brazil, leaving more than 230 people dead. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with former NBA star Dennis Rodman watching an exhibition game at a sports arena in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Jason Mojica/AP/Press Association Images)Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating his last general audience at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men’s 200-metre final at the World Athletics Championships. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Reshma Begum lies on a stretcher after being pulled out alive from the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building after surviving for 17 days. (AP Photo/Hasan Raza)LaTisha Garcia carries her 8-year-old daughter Jazmin Rodriguez near an elementary school after a massive tornado devastated the area. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)A man cries on a military officer in the garden of the house of the late General Vo Nguyen Glap in Hanoi, Vietnam, after paying homage to Giap, who died in October. Giap led the Vietnamese to victory over both the French and then the Americans. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)A lightning strike near the south rim of the Grand Canyon. (Travis Roe/US Department of the Interior)Young patients watch high rise window washers dressed as Superman and Captain America as they clean the windows of the Sabara Children’s Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)A meteorite contrail is seen in the sky after a meteor streaked across the sky over Russia’s Ural Mountains, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 1,000 people. (Yeketerina Pustynnikova/AP/Press Association Images)A frog photobombs the launch of a NASA rocket as it was blasted into space. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry) GIVEN THAT THE number of photos being published every day has surged dramatically in recent years with the advent of the cameraphone and social media, picking the best of the year is always going to be difficult.We’ve put together some of the most striking images of 2013, focusing on ones that really took our breath away when we saw them. Here’s what we came up with.Note: some of these photographs contain graphic depictions of violence.Commander Chris Hadfield watches a water bubble float between him and the camera in the International Space Station on 21 January 2013. (Pic: NASA)The coffin of Margaret Thatcher is carried into St Paul’s Cathedral in London. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)Thania Sayne leans on the headstone at the grave of her husband Timothy D Sayne a day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary. Her husband was killed in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan while serving with the US Army. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Members of An Garda Síochána in Dundalk at the funeral of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who was shot dead during a raid on a credit union. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)The Holmes family are forced to take shelter from intense wildfires under a jetty in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley in Australia. (AP Photo/Tim Holmes)People take photos and videos of Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican after he was announced as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Miles Scott, right, dressed as Batkid, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco in November. The city turned into Gotham City for a day as officials helped fulfil Miles’s wish to be Batkid after finishing his treatment for leukaemia. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)A leopard trapped in a well looks up at officials at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push injured Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A protester tries to remain standing as police water cannons are fired during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)A local resident looks at the rubble of a destroyed home one day after a tornado hit the town of Moore in Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)The body of a man and woman are seen in the debris of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Suman Paul)Riot police guard gay rights activists who had been beaten by anti-gay rights protesters during a rally in St Petersburg in Russia (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)Fireworks go off near members of the Black Bloc anarchist group during clashes with police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Cars are buried by snow in Connecticut after a storm hit the east coast of America. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi count bodies in a makeshift morgue in Cairo’s Nasr City district. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)An anti-government protester in Bahrain is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hits the petrol bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)People watch a surfer ride a big wave at the Praia do Norte at the fishing village of Nazare on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently reviewing Ireland’s foreign policy and external relations, and has invited interested parties to make submissions. Amongst the questions it has asked contributors to respond to are the following:How can our foreign policy and economic diplomacy support [Irish] economic development and growth?How can a commitment to international development be better reflected across Ireland’s foreign policy?Unfortunately, the answers to these two questions may not be compatible, as is increasingly evident if we look at the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa. The Department produced a document in September 2011 entitled Ireland and Africa: Our Partnership with a Changing Continent.This new Africa strategy contained a number of elements that suggested an increasing prioritisation of Irish commercial interests in Africa. For example, the discussion of the World Bank in Africa ignored critiques of that organisation’s record – on issues such as promoting the displacement of small farmers from their land – and instead focused on increasing efforts to ensure that Irish companies get as many contracts as possible to supply goods and services to Bank projects. This could be argued to run counter to the document’s claimed emphasis on “building local systems and the capability to deliver local solutions”, which would require that African companies be accorded priority.Appropriate strategies?The strategy likewise claimed to be committed to reducing hunger in Africa but did not say how this was compatible with efforts (also highlighted in the document) to promote the sale of Irish food and drink products in Africa. If local production is displaced by such exports, how is African food security advanced? And in view of the contribution of the Irish financial services sector to the collapse of the Celtic Tiger, and destabilisation of the global economy more generally, how appropriate was it for the strategy to prioritise the promotion of Irish financial service exports to African countries?Those Irish commercial interests already present in Africa were lauded in the strategy: “The footprint of Irish economic activity has been enhanced by the presence of a small number of multinational companies with strong Irish connections… Their reach is normally across several countries, and they are brands that would be recognised by many African business people and Government contacts”.But for what reasons might they be recognised? Kenmare Resources in Mozambique has been documented avoiding local taxation, while Tullow Oil in Uganda and elsewhere has signed contracts for resource exploration that are far from transparent; it also faces charges (denied by the company) of offering bribes to the Ugandan government to help it avoid taxes.Environmentally damaging projects in AfricaThis emergent Irish approach to Africa was equally evident in a consultancy report produced in September 2012 for the Irish Engineering Enterprises Federation (part of the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation), Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Entitled Winning Business in Africa, the report honed in on how Irish companies might win contracts from international aid donors – the World Bank (again), the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Development Fund – with a particular focus on the sectors of infrastructure, energy, water and mining.The record of the European Investment Bank has been the subject of particular criticism on the grounds, amongst others, that it funds environmentally damaging projects in Africa and elsewhere. Some €12 billion of potential funding was identified in 11 different African countries.In the foreword to this 2012 report, Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development, said that “The Embassy network across Africa will support Irish business”, a position reiterated by the Minister during trade missions to Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya in late 2013. The 2012 report recommended close cooperation between Irish companies and ventures such as the EU Water Initiative and the EU Raw Materials Initiative (intended to guarantee European access to vital inputs from around the world).The promotion of European commercial interests?Both these initiatives have been heavily criticised for reasons including the advancement of a water privatisation agenda that has not delivered improved access to water for recipients, and attempted prohibitions on the use, as development tools, by African governments of export taxes on raw materials. There is a strong argument that such EU initiatives are, hardly surprisingly, about the promotion of European commercial interests rather than the interests of African users of water or suppliers of raw materials.To return to the opening question, “How can our foreign policy and economic diplomacy support [Irish] economic development and growth?” The answer is, in part, through the adoption of some of the policies advanced in the documents discussed above. But that is, again in part at least, at odds with “How… a commitment to international development [could] be better reflected across Ireland’s foreign policy”. Highlighting the incompatibility of these objectives should be a high priority for those making submissions to the current review process.Andy Storey is a lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations, UCD, and chairperson of the NGO Action from Ireland (Afri, www.afri.ie)Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring
STUDENTS FROM TRINITY will now be able to take part in an exchange with people attending China’s number one university.Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has signed a student exchange agreement with Peking University (PKU), which was witnessed by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, who is on an official state visit to China “to strengthen Irish-Chinese education and trade ties”.The agreement provides for two-way exchange of two full-time students per year across disciplines.Minister Quinn said:Education has long been a central plank of the Sino-Irish relationship and I very much hope we can develop that further in terms of mobility of students but also through mutually beneficial research partnerships.Research collaborations and strong academic relationships already exist between Trinity College Dublin and Peking University across a number of fields including nanoscience, engineering and philosophy. TCD academics this week held meetings with their counterparts in PKU in these and other disciplines to discuss the potential for greater engagement.Trinity College Dublin also announced two Government of Ireland International Scholarships for Chinese postgraduate students. Preference will be given for 2013/2014 entry to qualified applicants from TCD partners PKU and Tsinghua.The scholarships are being offered in any of the university’s postgraduate disciplines in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Sciences. The scheme is operated and co-funded by the Irish Government and the higher education institutions and includes a full tuition fee waiver and a stipend of €10,000 to cover living expenses for one year.The TCD delegation visit to China also involves high-level meetings with top tier universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It includes a seminar in Hong Kong University by TCD researchers on HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as meetings with TCD’s 200 alumni in China. Trinity has relationships with China extending back to 1907.In Pics: So this is what Trinity College might look like later this week>
New York Mayor Bill deBlasio also plans to boycott the traditional Fifth Avenue parade in Manhattan, scheduled for tomorrow.First posted at 3.09pmRead: No u-turn from Taoiseach on NY parade, says sexuality of marchers ‘is a matter for themselves’Read: Enda Kenny enjoys a couple of selfies and some Irish Coffee in Manchester The group said however that it was encouraged by the ‘small step forward’ of the inclusion of a ‘diversity’ float.Two paradesBoth the Boston and New York parades have been dogged by controversy this year over organisers’ banning of openly gay groups.Two of America’s biggest brewing companies, Heineken and the Boston Beer Company (brewers of ‘Sam Adams’) announced on Friday they would be boycotting the two parades.A statement from the makers of Sam Adams said: Updated at 3.50pmTHE MAYOR OF Boston has confirmed he won’t take part in today’s St. Patrick’s parade in the city, after the break down of negotiations with organisers aimed at allowing LGBT groups to march openly.Martin Walsh said he was “disappointed” by the failure of the talks.The Mayor released the following statement ahead of an Irish-American breakfast event, which was also attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.The St. Patrick’s Day parade was born out of the celebration of Evacuation Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor our military and those brave Americans who have banded together for the sake of freedom. And so much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression.As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible. We were hopeful an agreement could be reached to allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in this parade.However, given the current status of the negotiations, this may not be possible. Walsh had been hoping to negotiate a deal with organisers the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council to allow MassEquality, one of the state’s biggest LGBT activist groups, to march openly.The organisation welcomed Mayor Walsh’s move move, with Executive Director Kara Coredini saying she was pleased he had “kept his promise”.“MassEquality had hoped that a small group of LGBT veterans that we work with would have been able to march behind their standard – a rainbow flag – and a banner identifying them as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans associated with MassEquality,” Coredini said in a statement.That hope was informed by what many GLIB marchers told us would begin some healing of the wounds created by the harassment and violence they experienced when they marched openly decades ago.As of this morning, parade organizers were quoted in the media continuing to insist that LGBT marchers hide their sexual orientation. No other group is asked to march without a banner and their standard – not the police, firefighters, or the Irish. A double standard is the status quo and does not represent progress.
ALMOST HALF A million users of online discount website LivingSocial.com had their personal account details hacked two weeks ago.The Data Protection Commissioner’s office confirmed it received details of the cyber attack which affected 450,000 Irish users on 26 April.When asked by TheJournal.ie what action was taken following the serious data protection issue, a spokeswoman said the information was available on the Data Protection Commissioner’s website for individuals affected since the 29 April.On 26 April, LivingSocial released a statement on its website advising 50 million customers there had been cyber attack on the company’s computer system.The website warned customers their names, email addresses, date of birth and some passwords had been targeted by hackers. However, the company said credit card details had not been affected.“LivingSocial recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorised access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue.”On the same day, the company contacted the Data Protection Commissioner to advise that data belonging to Irish customers had been compromised by hackers.Three days later, the Commissioner’s office issued a statement on its website warning customers to change their passwords “as soon as possible” on other applications as they may be open to attacks by cyber criminals.A spokeswoman said: “The company have made a report to us and we’ve asked questions to seek further clarification on what has happened. We will assess if there is any issue under the Data Protection Act and take action if necessary.“It’s ongoing at the moment so I can’t say what is going to arise from the result of their replies.“Our main advice was that people should be aware of what fields were compromised and that there is no evidence that any loss has been incurred in relation to individuals yet.”Gardaí said they would not be investigating the attack as the company is based outside its jurisdiction.How Twitter and Facebook can help you access free public WiFi
THE RESULT OF the Meath East by-election has led to much anguish in the Labour party and even more comment in the media as to the very future of the party. The fact that Labour’s candidate, Eoin Holmes, came home in fifth place, polling a miserable 1,112 first preference votes, just 4.57 per cent, has set off a frenzy of speculation about what, if anything, can be done to stave off the party’s seemingly inevitable demise.While no one really expected Labour to do well in the by-election, the fact they were outpolled by Ben Gilroy, the Direct Democracy Ireland candidate, has called into question the very survival of Ireland’s oldest political party.Nothing newLabour has been here before. In the 1992 general election Dick Spring took the party to its highest point by gaining 33 seats on 19 per cent of the vote. Spring was coruscating in his criticisms of Charles Haughey and Fianna Fáil during the 1989-1992 Dáil and was widely seen as the leader of opposition outshining both Fine Gael’s Alan Dukes and John Bruton. He was rewarded by the electorate at the 1992 election but many of them felt betrayed when he led Labour into a coalition with a Fianna Fáil party and he was accused of not being fit for office. They were never to forgive Spring.In a by-election in Cork North Central in November 1994, caused by the death of the popular Labour TD Gerry O’Sullivan, his daughter Lisa O’Sullivan came in fourth losing to current Minister of State Kathleen Lynch who was standing for Democratic Left. Labour lost 10 per cent of its vote falling from 22 per cent to 12 per cent.Even worse was to happen the party in the Dublin West by election in 1996, caused by the death of Brian Lenihan, when its candidate Michael O’Donovan polled a truly dismal 1,058 first preference votes – only 3.72 per cent – and came in a barely believable ninth place behind candidates from the Socialists, the Workers’ Party, the Greens, the PDs, Sinn Féin, and an independent. This presaged the party’s poor performance in the 1997 general election when the 33 seats of 1992 was reduced to 17 on just over 10 per cent of the vote.The future for the party?So is the Labour now doomed after the Meath East by election, and does the performance of Ben Gilroy herald the beginning of a new political force in Irish politics? The short answers are no and no.The Irish electorate is both a strange beast and an angry and vengeful one at the moment. Growing instability and partisan de-alignment have opened up all Irish elections, and the volatility on show at the 2011 general election raises very serious questions about the future of party politics. Yet the traditional conservative parties Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil fought out the Meath East by-election with Labour and the protest parties and independents fighting for electoral scraps. A vast swathe of the electorate remained indifferent to all politics and stayed at home.In many ways it is hard to blame them. Political parties in Ireland now compete on an increasingly narrow issue base. The ingrained nature of social partnership which dominated macro-economic thinking in the state for much of the past 30 years has removed much of the economic debate from the political sphere – and what is left is reduced to who can best manage the economy. This reductionism in economic policy making has dwindled even further as the parameters of independent government action are constrained by the paymasters of the EU/ECB/IMF.‘Selling a pup’ to the electorateLabour is bearing the brunt of the electorate’s discontent. And it is really difficult to say what it can do to bring the electorate back. The beat up Fianna Fáil stick has been worn out and the electorate are looking for answers which Labour simply does not have. Neither it should be said does anyone else. Or if they do, as Sinn Féin insists it does, then the electorate is not listening. It might not be a very complex or sophisticated analysis but all really Labour can do is hope the economy picks up and they can reduce the losses. The Irish electorate has never shown much interest in voting on anything but economic issues so any alternative appeals on social issues appears likely to be rather pointless as the party has no doubt learned from Meath East.But even at this early stage it appears the electorate has its mind made up that Labour sold it a pup in the 2011 election, much as in 1992, and they are going to wait in the long grass to punish them. History would suggest that Labour should be able to sustain the losses somewhat but it is clearly looking at a halving of its 2011 vote come the next general election.Where the voters who were persuaded to vote for them will now go is anyone’s guess. Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin will look greedily at them. But might the electorate be tempted to vote for a new party – Direct Democracy Ireland perhaps? Is there room for a niche party promoting value for public money and acting as an advocate for private enterprise, or for a party offering an anti-austerity statist agenda, or for a party offering a distinct social vision? I would suggest that the answer is no.Rejecting newcomersThe history of parties such as Clann na Talmhan, Clann na Poblachta, Democratic Left, and the Progressive Democrats would suggest that any gains to be made by such a party would dissipate sooner rather later, but dissipate they will. The Irish electorate, while occasionally happy to vote promiscuously, no more so than 2011 in their crushing rejection of Fianna Fáil, seems always to ultimate reject the newcomer, forcing them to either disband or join with one of the larger parties.A lot has changed in Irish politics since the 2011 general election but all the evidence suggests that the conservative Irish voter is not interested in a new force. That voter is not very keen on Labour either but at least is likely to give it a chance beyond the next election.Gary Murphy is Associate Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University . You can follow Gary on Twitter @garymurphydcu. For more articles written by Gary for TheJournal.ie click here.Read: Labour party members demand immediate action on policy>Read: ‘I couldn’t have gone on’ – Nessa Childers on trying to ‘save the Labour party’>
A MAN HAS been arrested after letters believed to contain the deadly poison ricin were sent to US President Barack Obama and a US Senator.The suspect named by the FBI as Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested at his home in Corinth in Mississippi at 10.15pm last night Irish time following an investigation.The Secret Service intercepted a letter addressed to Barack Obama yesterday which they said contained a suspicious substance.Earlier, an enveloped addressed to Republican Senator for Mississippi Roger Wicker was tested three times for ricin after it was intercepted and was found to contain a white granular substance. Each test confirmed the presence of the poison.The FBI said in a statement that a letter had also been sent to a Mississippi justice official.The letters were all intercepted at an off-site screening facility where all post to senior US politicians is diverted to before being delivered.Further tests in an accredited laboratory are to be carried out today, and generally take between 24 and 48 hours.Ricin is a deadly poison, which can prove fatal with exposure to even a pinprick-sized amount. Most victims die between 36 and 72 hours after contact and there is no known antidote.The FBI said there was no indication of a connection to the attack in Boston on Monday.Read: Capitol Hill police investigating suspicious packages, letter sent to Obama >Read: Deadly poison ricin sent in post to US Senator >
IDA IRELAND HAS announced the creation of 95 jobs by two client companies in the software sector in Limerick and Dublin.US software company ACI is expanding its Irish Development Centre in Limerick with the creation of 60 new jobs while Marin Software Incorporated is to establish its International Headquarters in Dublin with the creation of 35 new jobs.ACI’s expansion of its Limerick facility will involve the increase of its headcount in software development. Recruitment for the new jobs is already underway and details of the positions can be found on the company’s website.The jobs in Marin’s Dublin headquarters are to be created over the next three years. The office will initially have responsibility for international finance, office administration, global customer and technical support and intends to expand to sales and IT. Initially the Headquarters will be located in Dublin 2 with the company planning a move to a larger office as growth requirements dictate.Both investments are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. Minister Richard Bruton said the jobs were a major boost and in the time since the government have taken office “a total of over 11,000 additional people are at work in ICT activities”.Read: Aviva to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide – but no changes to Irish jobs>Read: Aldi to create 300 jobs around the country>
PARTING SHOTWatch out – scientists have figured out how to smell Uranus. [Geek.com]Originally published 8pm A six-year-old who was shot last night in Dublin remained in a stable condition in hospital.The attack was described as “barbaric” by the justice minister, while gardaí called on the perpetrators to turn themselves in.County homes will not be included in the mother-and-baby homes inquiry, the Minister for Children said.We revealed that junior doctors have been offered four times their pay to cover an emergency department in Cork in this weeked.A motorcyclist was killed in a single-vehicle incident in Mayo.One of the unions involved in a dispute over pay cuts at Irish Rail withdrew from talks.The PAC chairman defended his decision to call on health sector bosses to quit.Gardaí in Wicklow recovered €1 million worth of cannabis.New legislation aimed at boosting consumer rights came into effect.INTERNATIONAL Lucie, a Jack Russel, jumps into the water during the dog diving competition during the International pedigree dog and purebred cat exhibition in Erfurt, central Germany. 3,833 dogs and 240 cats from 25 countries took part. Source: AP Photo/Jens Meyer#AFGHANISTAN: Millions voted in the country’s presidential elections, despite Taliban threats and violence that killed nearly 50 people. [AFP]#IRAQ: Iran offered its assistance in pushing back militants, but only if the United States offered the same.UKRAINE: Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing 49 troops on board.#UNITED KINGDOM: ’Allo ‘Allo and Porridge star Sam Kelly died, aged 70. [BBC News]INNOVATIONWhen you tweet a tweet in a tweet on Twitter the tweet is now embedded within the tweet. Tweet. [TNW]Paying for your business to appear higher on Google search results might not actually be worth the money. [Quartz] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Gardai and forensic staff at the scene of a shooting on Croftwood Grove in Ballyfermot, in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the neck. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandIRELAND
MORE THAN HALF of the Irish people support a sugar tax on soft drinks.That is according to a new poll by IPSOS/MRBI on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation.The survey says 52% of the public are in favour of the tax, compared to 46% against, while 87% of the population believe that sugar sweetened drinks contribute to obesity among children and young people.Barry Dempsey, chief executive of the Irish Heart Foundation, says the survey shows that a tax on sugary drinks is needed.“These figures clearly demonstrate that Irish people want the Government to take stronger action to tackle childhood obesity and that they understand the role that sugar sweetened drinks have in this developing health crisis.”The Irish Heart Foundation is calling for a 20% tax on sugary drinks in the Budget this year.This, they say, would raise in the region of €60 million in extra tax revenue.In the Budget, the foundation is also asking for funding to be allocated towards subsidies on fruit and vegetables, along with the establishment of a Children’s Health Fund to promote good nutrition through education and skills, as well as providing healthier meals in the country’s schools.“Sugar sweetened drinks have little or no nutritional value and they are packed with calories. The introduction of a tax to drive down consumption of these beverages seems like a no-brainer to protect our children’ said Dempsey, speaking today at a seminar to consider this measure as one approach to tackle childhood obesity.Read: Celebs and sports stars urged not to advertise sugary drinks
SO MUCH HAS changed since the morning of Liverpool’s crunch title match against Chelsea.If Liverpool get a point and see out the season is Suarez still a red? Maybe, maybe not but either way it’s been a rough few months for Liverpool fans, losing both the league and their star striker.But the Premier League is coming back and although Luis Suarez might be gone, there is still some optimism among Liverpool fans. Sure, they might shrug their shoulders and say they can only cling on to their top 4 place, but do you remember how chirpy they were last year?No way that pent up superiority complex is already gone, Suarez or no Suarez. So we had a think about it and came up with five reasons Liverpool will end their title drought this season.Sturridge will assume a greater responsibilityOk, so Suarez was the top scorer last season but Liverpool can console themselves in the fact that Daniel Sturridge scored 21 goals despite missing nine games. He also started the season well while Suarez was serving his annual suspension. With more ball being played through him can Sturridge reach the magic 30 goal mark? Liverpool fans will be hoping he can and even their enemies would probably admit that he will get close. Source: SImon Andersen/YouTubeThe Rodgers Effect Source: Associated PressEven the biggest Liverpool fans had to be shocked at how close they came to winning the title last year. It was one of those situations where the agony of the near miss almost took away from the achievement of Brendan Rodgers and his side.While he sounded like a footballing David Brent during his first season, his style clearly improved players like Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling last season so the prospect of the current players kicking on again is an exciting one.Previous transfer market success Philippe Coutinho has been of the success stories of the Rodgers era, will these season’s crop see more? Source: PA WIRENot all of Liverpool’s signings have worked (Aspas!!) but buys like Sturridge and Coutinho have shown their transfer committee to be pretty shrewd in picking players during the Rodgers era. Players like Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic are coming in with big price tags and while the moves haven’t been universally praised, the Liverpool brain trust deserve the benefit of the doubt for the time being.And a relativley cheap Emre Can can (see what I did there) provide Steven Gerrard with some much needed rest down the stretch this season. Source: FootballTv776/YouTubeThe defence will be better Lovren needs to tighten up the Liverpool defence Source: Empics Sports Photography Ltd.Liverpool’s greatest achievement wasn’t in coming a slip away from the title, but rather with their defence making Cardiff, Stoke and Aston Villa all look like reincarnations of Barcelona. With Lovren in, the hope is that they could reduce their goals conceded by 15 to a still less than iron curtain 35. Maybe that is too much to ask, but if they get a better season from Mamadou Sahko as well as from the new Croatian, it’s an achievable target.Gerrard’s atonementStevie G’s recent comments about condensing an annus horribilis into 3 months is tough for Liverpool fans to take because their captain had a throwback year last year. Maybe too much was made in the media of how successful he was in his deeper role but there is no question that he was more influential than he had been in years. Gerrard’s despair was unmistakable after his mistake against Chelsea but surely he will just be even more driven this year to make things right?Liverpool fans will be hoping that Gerrard has one last big season in him that results in a title party in Liverpool next year. A goal like this on the last day to end the drought would do nicely. Source: MaRoDestiny32/YouTubeWhat do you think?This article was originally published at 7.45 and then updated at 13.00.19 of our favourite quotes from birthday boy Roy KeaneLouis Van Gaal talks up move for Angel Di Maria
We’re terribly excited by the idea of thin client gaming here at Geek. It realizes the dream we first had back in the early 90s when we went to BBSes instead of websites, and we played door games instead of MMORPGs: next-gen games that run flawlessly despite the wimpy specs of your machine.OnLive‘s been at the forefront of thin client gaming, having launched their own streaming OnLive Game System months back, piping current-gen games into our web browsers on even the paltriest hardware. The only problem with OnLive was that you couldn’t kick back on a couch and play streamed games like you would an Xbox 360.That’s all changed. OnLive has just opened pre-orders for their OnLive Game System, containing a MicroConsole that you hook up to your television and your internet connection, as well as a wireless controller (up to four are supported). You’ll also be able to use a USB or Bluetooth headset for online gaming. The system’s silent, has no fan and is capable of outputting games at 1080p at 60 frames per second, complete with 3D support.Pricing for the microconsole is starting at $99, which comes with a free game. After that, you’ll have to rent games for 3 to 5 day blocks, or buy them for infinite play using the Full PlayPass. OnLive also plans to launch a flat-rate plan to access their whole library whenever you want later this year. Can I get a woot?