Fuchse Berlin has been the hot team in this Toyota Bundesliga season as they have 6 wins out of 6 games. One of the reasons for this is their coach, the Islandese Dagur Sigurdsson. He arrived in 2009, and transformed the ‘Foxes’ into a respectable team with possible high-ending position ambitions this year. Now they binded him to stay in Berlin for two more years by offering him attractive contract, which expires in 2013.The satisfaction was mutual, as both Dagur and managing director Bob Hanning were delighted with the prolongation of the contract. Dagur said that “he was happy to stay in Berlin more, and that this team can even make bigger successes”, while Mr Henning added that “its wonderful that Dagur is staying, and that now they can in peace concentrate on the future tasks”. ← Previous Story Lino Cervar won’t be a coach of Macedonia NT Next Story → Rutenka to play for Belarus again
Mirza DzombaVive Targi Kielce Legendary right wing of Croatia NT and many top teams as C.O Zagreb, MKB Veszprem or Ciudad Real, now in T-shirts of Polish champions, Vive Targi Kielce, Mirza Dzomba (33) talked for Handball-Polska.pl about his first impressions about new league and gave some comparations:– I think that in the Polish league playing a lot of interesting players. Maybe the league is not as good as in Germany and Spain, but is 50% better than the Croatian league. I am surprised positively with a competition. League level is high. For sure the level is not as low as some people have told me when I came to Poland.Matches in national Superliga and in Champions League are different, but have something same… – Yes, for sure. Everywhere we have to give 100%, we can not think about opponents. You have to go to every single match with full concentration. We can’t look if it is inferior or superior opponents. With all we have to play at full speed and do our job as best we can. ← Previous Story Toledo dismissed Astrauskas – New coach is Jorge Liebana Next Story → Ciudad Real sets a new record – 64 wins in a row!
Before the last Round of Qualification for Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, 10 teams who will play at the tournament are already known. Still 6 tickets are avaliable. In three groups will direct clashes decide. Also the third best ranked team will be known…Macedonia or Portugal, Austria or Russia, Slovenia or Belarus?Group 1:Spain vs. Switzerland; Sunday, 13:00 hrs. local time in LeonFyr Macedonia vs. Portugal; Sunday, 20:30 hrs. local time in SkopjeGroup 6:Slovenia vs. Belarus; Sunday, 18:00 hrs. local time in LjubljanaIceland vs. Romania; Sunday, 19:45 hrs. local time in ReykjavikGroup 7:Serbia vs. Bosnia Herzegovina; Sunday, 19:00 hrs. local time in NisAustria vs. Russia; Sunday, 19:15 hrs. local time in Innsbruck Danish handballMen’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Davor Dominikovic to HSV Handball Next Story → World Championship 2013 (W) groups drawn!
Sweden36:21Argentina Denmark26:29Switzerland ← Previous Story “STRUGA 2013” – HANDBALL STARTS HERE Next Story → Alfred Gislason calls for “World League” Brazil Egypt28:25Bosnia and Herzegovina IHF 20:25 Slovenia Hungary28:38Spain Germany20:21France Many surprises have seen the fans at Junior WCh 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1/4 final on Wednesday will play:Croatia – Tunis (21)Egypt – France (13:30)Netherlands – Sweden (16)Switzerland – Spain (18:30)Results of TOP 16 stage: Netherlands26:25Serbia Tunisia17:29Croatia
dibirovKuleshovoleg kuleshovrussiaTimur Dibirov One of the main stars of the Russian handball team, the wing Timur Dibirov – who is currently playing for Vardar Skopje, will NOT be participating at the upcoming European Championship 2014 in Denmark! This has been announced by the head coach Oleg Kuleshov for the official website of the federation. He mentioned that Dibirov has decided that it’s time for a break from playing for the national team, and will therefore miss the January 2014 WC. ← Previous Story French LNH Hand Star Game – lineups known! Next Story → JOIN 8th KEMPA 4 SPORT CUP IN PRESOV – SLOVAKIA!
Slovenian runners-up RK Gorenje Velenje with the new ambitious director, marketing guru Matej Avanzo, made an interesting FLASHmob in the city center which gathered current team, teams legend, kids and the fans. Take a look, it was very interesting on Tito square… HANDBALL FLASHMOBRK Gorenje ← Previous Story NEW GOALKEEPER: Rhein Neckar Lowen sign Borko Ristovski Next Story → EHF CL: Kadetten keep fighting for TOP 16
ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP ARAN has said it will start contacting schools in Drogheda first thing tomorrow morning in relation to reports of children in a housing estate using firecrackers on two cats.It is understood that the incident took place last week but the bodies of the cats were only found over the weekend and the group described reports of the violence against the cats – one of which was a kitten – as “horrendous”.The group said in a statement today it wants teachers to open up their doors for its campaigners to visit the children in the local area “in order to bring light on the cruelty of animals and the importance of treating them with respect and kindness”.The group recently made a public appeal after the popular RTÉ drama Love/Hate featured a scene in which a cat was shot, causing an uproar among animal lovers, with the broadcaster receiving more than 40 complaints.ARAN’s John Carmody said cats are “classed as vermin” and that the group is “absolutely heartbroken to see that some children turned on the most vulnerable animal for a few moments of “fun””.“We are calling on teachers across Drogheda to let our experienced campaigners into the schools in order to show children that cruelty to animals is not cool or fun, but is nothing more than a cowardly act on those weaker than us,” he added.Related: Animal rights charity calls for Love/Hate boycott after cat shooting scene>Read: Over 40 complaints lodged over Love/Hate cat shooting scene>
[Image: Myles Carroll Photography]THE SOUTH EAST coast has long been a popular spot for whale and dolphin spotters — and last weekend was a particularly rewarding one for enthusiasts, with a 30 to 40 strong pod of dolphins sighted off Hook Head in Co Wexford.Amongst their number was the dolphin pup pictured above — photographer Myles Carroll snapped a variety of action shots featuring the mammal, swimming alone and in the company of its older ‘school-mates’.January and February are a busy time for whale watching in the area; in recent days several fin whales were also spotted. Second only to the blue whale in terms of size, the mammals were seen around three miles off Brownstown Head.“The area’s definitely grown in popularity over the last few years as more people hear about it,” the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group‘s Deirdre Slevin told TheJournal.ie.“The whales tend to follow the herring which is why you’d have an increase in sightings in January and February as there would be more herring around.”The IWDG is organising a whale & dolphin spotting expedition off Hook Head this Saturday aboard the Celtic Mist — Charlie Haughey’s former yacht, which was donated to the group by the former Taoiseach’s family in 2012.You can email email@example.com for further information.
THE JOINT COMMITTEE on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has agreed to press the Irish Government to ensure funding for services for victims of bombings and killings related to the Troubles.They have asked for funding to be secured for Justice for the Forgotten, in order to allow them continue their work in delivering services “that are supportive and sensitive to the needs of victims”.This comes after Margaret Urwin of the Justice for the Forgotten Group and Anne Cadwallader of the Pat Finucane Centre addressed the group today.Urwin told them about Justice for the Forgotten’s work in representing and supporting the bereaved families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, other bombings in Dublin in 1972 and 1973 and in Belturbet, Dundalk and Castleblaney, as well as the families of the Miami Showband killings.Cadwallader told the committee about her investigative work on security force collusion in the killings of over 120 people.Committee Chairman Joe McHugh TD said that the meeting with both women “shone a light on the disturbing levels of collusion, while bereaved families endure a painful search for the truth on both sides of the border”.The committee complimented Margaret Urwin on her unerring commitment to keeping this issue in the public limelight.They were told that Justice for the Forgotten’s limited funding – under the PEACE III programme – will come to an end this June.It also praised Cadwallader for her “painstaking work in uncovering the truth” in her book Lethal Allies.They said her research “has shone a light into a dark past, which contains many lessons for the present day conflicts around the world”.The committee members strongly agreed with her “on the imperative for uncovering the truth around state collusion for wider British and Irish society, as well as for the bereaved families”.The committee has agreed to write to Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore TD to support the Irish Government’s efforts to advance the Haass proposals.They will also urge the Irish Government to commit funding to ensure the Justice for the Forgotten can continue their valuable work beyond June this year.Read: 15 years ago today: the Good Friday Agreement was signed>
IT’S HARD TO pick a favourite really.From Niall from Mullingar winning a Brit, to Sharon Osbourne talking about Harry Styles’ willy, to Lily Allen’s leaky boobs… here are the best bits.1. Adele’s speech (and the fact that she was too busy rehearsing for the Oscars to come to the Brits)YouTube/MicaelaPonce2. This video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor SwiftYouTube/Goodtele22223. This comment under the video of Harry Styles clapping for Taylor Swift4. This tweet from Lily AllenSo THAT’s why she was late…5. Sharon Osbourne being inappropriateIcky.YouTube/EnjoyHits6. Mullingar lad Niall Horan’s Welsh and Dublin accents in the press roomYouTube/FuseRock out with your frock out>Will Robbie Williams sell 52k tickets for the Aviva Stadium?
A FORMER FIANNA FÁIL councillor has appeared in court charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder.Gary O’Flynn, 37, of Hayfield Drive in Whitechurch, was charged at Cork District Court this morning.O’Flynn, who was a member of Cork City Council between 2003 and 2008, was remanded in prison and will appear again via video link next Wednesday.A bail application was refused.The charges allege that on dates between October 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013, O’Flynn solicited a man named Roy McCarthy to murder three people contrary to Section 4 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.The three alleged intended victims were Detective Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioners officer George Ross, and a third individual named Patrick Sweeney.O’Flynn was granted free legal aid.O’Flynn was co-opted to Cork City Council in 2003 when his father, former TD Noel O’Flynn, ended the ‘dual mandate’. He retained the seat at the 2004 elections and resigned it in 2008, when his brother Kenneth was co-opted to replace him.Comments on this piece have been disabled as court proceedings are now active.
TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE were arrested as part of an ongoing Europe-wide operation targeting travelling criminals involved in metal theft.Over 24 hour period from 7am on Monday 27 May, gardaí carried out 72 searches, 260 checkpoints and 402 targeted patrols.Out of the twenty-five people arrested: One pleaded guilty in court on charges of handling metal.Three were charged with theft.One was charged with handlingThree individuals were charged with burglary under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act.Ten were released pending a file to the director of public prosecutions.Two were released pending a juvenile liaison office referral.Three were charged with offences under Section 112 Road Traffic Acts.One appeared in court on foot of a bench warrant.One was charged with offences of obstruction.A wide range of businesses and community organisations are affected by metal theft with items like beer kegs, copper wires, road signs, jewellry, lead roofs and goal posts being reported stolen.There have also been a number of high profile thefts of precious objects, including sculptures and religious relics.The operation was carried with assistance by officials from Revenue, the Department of Social Welfare and Social Protection, and local authorities.Read: Beer kegs, road signs and goal posts go missing as metal thefts rise>
LET US TAKE you back in time.Artist Dana Keller painstakingly adds colour to striking black and white images from the past – the photograph of Monet, for example, took five hours to complete.The result is a whole new layer of detail to the photographs, and the fascinating feeling of seeing things exactly as they were seen so long ago.Audrey Hepburn, 1954 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)Louis Armstrong in New York, 1946 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)Newspaper boy outside the White Star Line offices in London, April 16 1912 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)Winston Churchill, 1941 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)Jewish women and children arriving at Auschwitz, May 27 1944 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)Claude Monet and two of his paintings, 1923 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColour(Original photo)Girls delivering ice during World War I, September 16 1918 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColour(Original photo)Abraham Lincoln, 1865 Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor(Original photo)8 of Dublin’s coolest office spaces>The Queen didn’t sit on the Iron Throne and disappointed the entire internet>
As smartphones move to ever larger displays they become an important part of the strength component of the overall handset. At the same time users don’t want them to scratch easily or crack if dropped. The best solution at the moment seems to be Gorilla Glass which is used by a range of manufacturers, and has recently even been scaled up to work with tablets and LCD TVs.But Gorilla Glass isn’t going to be the only option for much longer. Japanses company Asahi has unveiled its own super-strong glass solution called Dragontrail. Although there have been no direct comparisons between the two strong glass products, you can tell from the tests in the video that Dragontrail has some serious strength on offer.Gorilla Glass should have 2011 to itself as it doesn’t look like Dragontrail will be seen in use until 2012. When it is, and if it matches Gorilla Glass on strength claims, then manufacturers should expect prices to fall as the two companies compete for market share.For consumers it should mean thinner and lighter devices as strong glass can be thinner. It also means less chance of that tablet or smartphone screen cracking or scratching.Read more at Electronista
Toshiba recently created the perfect hard drive that will allow your data to be safe and still accessible.The MKxx61GSYG Series Hard Disk Drives know when it has been installed in a different machine, which then allows it to erase all of the data and encryption keys as well. Thus,Toshiba claims no one can steal your data. While this sounds like a good idea, some people will argue that this might be an issue for those who want to use the same hard drive on a new computer. However, Toshiba seems to be marketing this new technology not to home users, but to business users. If that is the case, it could be a life saver for many companies. The new hard drives have a wide range of sizes starting with a 160GB to 640GB. No price was released or slated date for them to hit retail stores. AdChoices广告Via Gizmodo. More at Toshiba.
Sony might be dealing with the lion’s share of hacking fallout right now (thanks to that whole PSN fiasco), but Fox has plenty of trouble of its own to deal with. After having details of its X-factor contestants swiped recently, Fox now finds itself with a slightly larger problem on its hands.Lulz Security has struck again, this time breaking into Fox servers and making off with a database full of employee usernames and passwords — which the group then shared online. And like an unfortunately large number of Web users, many Fox employees obviously think it’s perfectly fine to use the same credentials on every site which requires registration. That discovery inevitably led the ne’er-do-wells of LulzSec to head to sites like Twitter and LinkedIn where the raid took a more social turn. In addition to posting status updates, some Fox employees have had LinkedIn profiles defaced (albeit fairly innocuously), though it now appears that LinkedIn has temporarily locked down and hidden the affected profiles.While it’s certainly unfortunate that employees — who may not have any connection to whatever it is Fox did which drew LulzSec’s ire — are caught in the crossfire, situations like this can be easily avoided by making sure you’re making intelligent password usage decisions. Don’t use one password (or even a handful of passwords) everywhere. Learn about and make use of tools like LastPass and KeePass which will automatically generate strong passwords for you and remember them so you don’t have to do all the heavy lifting. As LulzSec itself tweeted, “Don’t use the same password twice. Your laziness will not end well.”And make sure you use a unique password at work. There’s obviously no telling when or where a hack might take place nowadays, so making sure your business credentials don’t line up with any of your important personal creds (like those used for webmail, Facebook, or online banking) is critically important.More at Sophos
There are simply no words to describe the raw chaotic energy of a shopping crowd at a high-traffic mall in the height of Black Friday. Keep your head down, push your way to where you need to go, and make your way to the checkout line. Or, if you are just looking for a good time, find a corner to hide in and enjoy some people-watching. Maybe you’ve decided to sit at home and smugly surf the Internet, laughing at those who didn’t get to sleep off that tryptophan overdose most of us will suffer from all that turkey.But there’s exists a group of people on this great day of capitalism that find themselves usually left out of the shopping fun. It happens when you have to spend your Black Friday traveling. Not everyone thinks about breaking out the computer on the flight back home from a holiday with family. The people at GoGo, however, have given everyone a reason.This holiday season there are more than 1,200 planes in the air that are equipped with GoGo in-flight internet. For $10, the WiFi on the flight can provide you with all the bandwidth you can use. If you aren’t willing to shell out a quarter of what most people spend in a month for home internet on a single flight, the team at GoGo have decided to help anyway. For 30 minutes per flight, GoGo will have access to Barnes & Noble, BestBuy.com, FTD.com, Harry & David, Hayneedle.com, JCPenney, Lobster Gram, Macy’s, Omaha Steaks, Wine.com, and more. Depending on some airlines, some additional offers and retailers might be available.Starting today until New Year, anybody on a flight with GoGo In Flight Internet will have the same 30 minute access to these sites. Participating airlines include AirTran, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines flights, all domestic “mainline” Delta flights and certain Air Canada, American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.
Fans of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash have reason to rejoice today, as it’s been announced that the film adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s classic has been revived once again, this time with an exciting writer and director at the helm in the form of Joe Cornish.Cornish is known for his recent sci-fi alien invasion flick Attack the Block, which was filmed and released in the UK by the same studio that put out Shaun of the Dead. Cornish’s first film came to the US in a limited release in 2011 and did well enough that Paramount took notice and pursued Cornish for the Snow Crash project.Published in 1992, Snow Crash is considered a seminal book when it comes to modern Internet culture. Literary critics have attributed the adoption of the term “avatar” to Snow Crash as its popularity made the term commonplace via its use in video games and on the Internet. Stephenson envisioned a virtual world called the “Metaverse” in which people interacted with each other via avatar’s, which of course smacks of both the Internet and MMO games.This isn’t the first time that Snow Crash has been scheduled to be made into a movie. Back in 1992 when the book was initially released, Paramount optioned the novel and had begun pre-production work until the project ground to a halt due to the need for CGI graphics that, in ’92, were going to be very expensive. It then bounced to Disney and other interested parties, but was never tackled for various reasons.Cornish is going to have his hands full with writing and directing this Stephenson’s book as many critics think a successful adaptation is impossible because of the dis-ambiguous nature of the narrative. While the book is certainly a sci-fi action novel, there are lofty ideas presented by Stephenson that are metaphysical in nature and thus will be difficult to translate to the silver screen.However, Cornish does seem to be uniquely suited for the role with his experience on Attack the Block, so fans of the novel seem to be reservedly optimistic that he can create a film that represents the novel well. Considering that Cornish is rumored to have turned down Die Hard 5 for this opportunity, it would seem that he’s excited and confident in his abilities.There’s no word on when production will begin on Snow Crash, but it’s also being rumored that Paramount has made this a priority in light of its difficulties with G.I. Joe: Retaliation and its need to create some excitement to show that it indeed has some solid titles coming out in the near future.Read more at deadline.com
Another chapter in our greater understanding of the universe is about to take place as the NASA rover Curiosity comes closer and closer to landing on Mars. This rover will be capable of significantly more than the previous machines that have been sent to Mars, due mostly to the overall size and the more modern electronics that are onboard.The adventure for Curiosity will start with a unique and dangerous landing sequence, with the hope that a successful landing will earn us a much greater understanding of Mars. For many, this is an event that is worth losing sleep and watching live.There’s no shortage of places to watch the landing. NASA has setup several Ustream accounts for the NASA JPL and what can be seen from Curiosity. Curiosity herself has a Twitter account, and the SETI institute will be doing a Google+ hangout for the landing. If you would like to watch the landing on your television, Microsoft will have the Curiosity landing available to watch via Xbox Live, as well as the free Kinect Mars Rover simulator game to keep you busy until the landing. Curiosity is expected to land at about 1:30am EDT, but be sure to check this time map for when it will be landing in your timezone.The previous rovers that we have sent to Mars were, compared to Curiosity, assembled using parts from Radio Shack. Curiosity is a bold new step to gain as much information about the history of the planet, and whether or not the planet ever sustained life. Aside from being significantly larger than the previous models, Curiosity is equipped with several high definition cameras. Two of these cameras are capable of a 1600 x 1200 resolution, while others will be able to record in 720p at up to 10fps. Curiosity herself is powered by a plutonium fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generator, and altogether weighs as much as an SUV.Take a look at some of the shots from PCMag’s Meredith Popolo’s recent visit to the NASA JPL.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
During Hewlett Packard’s Discover event held in Frankfurt, Germany, the company let slip that the US Navy is getting hit by 110,000 cyber attacks per hour, or about 30 attacks every second. At the event, Mike Nefkens, head of enterprise services at HP, said, “For the US Navy we provide the network for 800,000 men and woman [sic] in 2,000 locations around the world, protecting them against 110,000 cyber attacks every hour.” He most likely made the statement in an attempt to boast about HP’s capabilities, but rather, revealed the constant threat from cyber attacks the US Navy faces.Hewlett Packard has this information because they signed a $3.3 billion deal back in 2010 to manage the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, as well as the Navy’s move to a Next Generation Enterprise Network.The sheer number of attacks are staggering any which way you look at it. If that 110,000 attacks per hour figure doesn’t sound too impressive, what about 96.4 billion cyber attacks per year, or about 1,833 attacks per minute?Back in 2011, the Pentagon ruled that cyber attacks originating from another country officially constitute an act of war, and can be responded to with standard military actions. This, of course, meant that the US could launch a military strike in retaliation to some kind of hack that threatened national security — you know, like 96.4 billion attacks against the US Navy. Granted, not all of those attacks might come from other nations, but the majority of them most likely don’t come from some kid in a basement having a laugh. If the attackers are aware of the Pentagon’s ruling, it goes to show how confident they must feel about the security of their identity.via V3