← Previous Story William Accambray the best player of the French League 2010/2011 Next Story → Zdravko Zovko takes Zvezda Zvenizgorod Dejan Peric Legendary goalkeeper, Dejan Peric (41) signed two years contract with his former team, Celje Pivovarna Lasko, where he made the best part of his career from 1995 to 2004 – won the EHF Champions League (2004), played in five EHF CL semifinals and won eight national Championships (only one took Prule from Ljubljana). “Perke” wants to finish his career in Slovenia, after which he will stay to work in club’s Management.After five seasons, MKB Veszprem, now, staying with Fazekas and Alilovic between the posts, while Peric will have duty to work with Slovenian potential stars, Skok (coming from Gorenje Velenje) and Lesjak.Peric had 207 appearances for Yugoslavia (Serbia) and won bronze medal at the EURO 1996 in Spain. He won also the EHF Champions League with F.C Barcelona in 2005.Name and surname: Dejan Perić Date of Birth: 22. 9. 1970, BečejHeight/weight: 186 cm, 96 kgTeams: Dinamo Pančevo (1983-86), Crvena zvezda (1986-92 ), Atletico Madrid (1992-94), SD Teucro (1994-95, ESP), RK Celje Pivovarna Laško (1995-2004), FC Barcelona (2004-06, ESP), MKB Veszprem (2006-11, HUN)
12. Crvena Zvezda (-8)2110110557 : 555213 3. Vrbas211218546 : 557-1125 7. Rudar219111540 : 542-219 14. Crvenka214215523 : 619-9610 13. Železničar (-2)217014561 : 615-5412 10. PKB216411579 : 592-1316 9. Napredak218112549 : 576-2717 ← Previous Story Marcus Ahlm to retire at the end of season Next Story → Germany and RNL without Roggisch in next weeks POLICE HANDBALLRK Partizan BeogradRK Vojvodina Novi Sad 6. Kolubara219210585 : 594-920 4. Metaloplastika2110110528 : 5111721 8. Jugović207310530 : 536-617 In Serbian derby for the Championship title, Vojvodina Novi Sad beat current champion RK Partizan Beograd 30:28 (15:17) and became the leader of Super Liga. Last year’s runners-up from Novi Sad have destiny in their own hands now. If they win in the last five matches, Vojvodina will take the second championship title (first was 2005) and chance to play at the VELUX EHF CL next season. The man of the match was Vojvodina’s left back, Uroš Elezovic with 11 goals…VOJVODINA – PARTIZAN 30:28 (15:17)SC SLANA BARASPECTATORS – 18007 meters Vojvodina 5(5), Partizan 10(7). Exclusions: Vojvodina 18, Partizan 10 minutesVOJVODINA: Popov 5/5, Radišić, Elezović 11(5)/14, Barišić 1/4, Veselinov, Stjepanović 1/2, Abadžić 10 saves, Stojanović 6/7, Arsenić, Čupković, Pušica 0/1, Jošić 4/9, Marjanac 0/1, Stanković 2/3, Bogdanović, Ćurković 1/2PARTIZAN: Vasić 5 saves, Milošević 3/5, Ilić V 4(4)/6, Radanović, Pavlović, Mihailović 1/1, Maksić, Radovanović M 6 saves, Radivojević 4(2)/7, Mršulja, N. Ilić 4/5, Radovanović 3/4, Ivošević 3/4, Mitrović 6/8, Marsenić, SretenovićRESULTS: 3:6 (8.) 6:6 (11.) 8:10 (15.) 10:10 (17.) 11:13 (22.) 13:16 (27.) 17:17 (32.) 20:20 (38.) 20:22 (42.) 23:24 (46.) 25:24 (49.) 25:25 (51.) 28:25 (55.) 29:27 (59.)Best Player: UROŠ ELEZOVIĆ (VOJVODINA) SPECIAL: Match was suspended for 15 minutes due problem with the fans. Police reaction was caused after an domestic fan ran over the court and try to get back to his group… source: balkan-handball.com 5. Zaječar2110011600 : 597320 11. Radnički208012517 : 543-2616 2. Vojvodina211902589 : 4949238 1. Partizan211821650 : 52312738
Hungary will reinforce their squad for the future with Iranian guy Iman Jamali. The 24-years old left back had great start of the season in Swedish IFK Kristianstad, the team who earned two wins in tough group of EHF Champions League, where he came as a loaned player from Hungarian MVM Veszprem.He will be tested among other players during Provident Cup next weekend in Debrecen, where Hungary A and Hungary B will meet Argentina and Belarus.Squad:Goalkeepers: BARTUCZ László (Csurgói KK), SZÉKELY Márton (Csurgói KK), MIKLER Roland (MVM Veszprém KC)Right wings: GULYÁS Péter (MVM Veszprém KC), PÁSZTOR Ákos (Grundfos Tatabánya KC)Right backs: ANCSIN Gábor (Mol-Pick Szeged), BALOGH Zsolt (Mol-Pick Szeged)Playmakers: CSÁSZÁR Gábor (Kadetten Schaffhausen – svájci), FALUVÉGI Rudolf (Csurgói KK), NAGY Kornél (Dunkerque HB – francia)Line players: BÁNHIDI Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE), HEGEDŰS Márk (Mol-Pick Szeged), SCHUCH Timuzsin (MVM Veszprém KC), ZUBAI Szabolcs (Mol-Pick Szeged)Left backs: BODÓ Richárd (Grundfos Tatabánya KC), BORSOS Tamás (Ceglédi KKSE), DZSAMALI Iman (IFK Kristianstad – svéd), ZDOLIK Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE)Right wings: GAZDAG Tibor (Csurgói KK), IVÁNCSIK Gergő (MVM Veszprém KC)MEN’S HANDBALL, PROVIDENT CUP (Debrecen, Phoenix Hall)Friday, November 6,20:00 Argentina-BelarusNovember 7, Saturday14:30-Hungary Belarus(16:45: B-Hungary Argentina)November 8, Sunday13:00 Hungary Argentina(10:45 B-Hungary Belarus)SOURCE: NEMZETISPORT.HUPHOTO: IFK KRISTIANSTAD, JAMALI FB PAGE ← Previous Story Jim Gottfridsson three months out! Next Story → VIDEO: Fair Play guy, Mr. Drago Vuković iman jamaliMVM VeszpremTalant Dujshebaev
After turbulent season with Danish KIF Kolding Kobenhavn and short period of time with FC Barcelona Lassa, Spanish left back Antonio Garcia Robledo continues proffesional adventure in Romania, where he signed contract with vice-champions CSM Bucharest.Romanian side want to take a title which keeps city rival Dinamo Bucharest in the last two seasons.Experienced Spanish left back-playmaker, who played at BM Granollers, Ademar Leon, Paris Saint-Germain and Pick Szeged, world champion with Spain in 2013, could be a good step in that way… ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM League teams for 2017/2018 Next Story → EHF nominate 14 referees pairs for EHF EURO 2018
← Previous Story VIDEO: Chrintz is hero of Kristianstad Next Story → Over 40.000 votes for NBSC World Handball Player 2018 EHF Cup Three German and Spanish teams will play at Men’s EHF Cup Group stage. The biggest surprise of Round 3 made Portuguese FC Porto by beating German SC Magdeburg 34:27 in second match after 23:26 defeat.Also TT Holstebro caught the “big fish” French PAUC 28:25 (first match 25:25).Here are the results of Round 3.
Three-month-old Prince George at his christening today (Image: John Stillwell/PA).WORLD#UNITED STATES: The Director of National Intelligence said the US didn’t spy on the French, the French said they don’t believe him and Angela Merkel has been on the phone to Obama about it. [AFP]#BRITAIN: A couple was jailed for trafficking a deaf-mute girl from Pakistan, with the husband repeatedly raping her for nearly a decade. [AFP]#AUSTRALIA: It has been confirmed that the massive wildfires in the country were started by an army training exercise. [The Sydney Morning Herald]#ROYAL BABY: Prince George was christened and he has seven godparents.INNOVATIONAstronomers have detected a new galaxy that is the most distant yet at 30 billion light-years away. [BBC]Facebook removed a controversial beheading video following yesterday’s controversy. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTThese images have been around for a good while, but they’re making the rounds today so we thought we’d share them again. A photographer in the US photographed every stage of his girlfriend’s battle with cancer, up until her death. We have to warn you, some of these images, while beautiful, are extremely distressing.First published 21:00Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Tallaght Garda Station where officers had been investigating the true identity of a Roma child (Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland).IRISH Updated: 22:52NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news DNA tests have proven that a girl taken from a Roma family this week is related to them and has now been returned.It has emerged that the family of the Roma girl in Tallaght have been victims of racist attacks in the area.A little boy taken from a Roma family in Athlone was also returned to them.Enda Kenny heard ideas from Senators on reforming the Seanad.Train, bus and Luas fares will be higher next week.The HSE withdrew, then reinstated, the medical card of a 6-year-old girl with Down syndrome.The HSE also projected a year-end deficit of €105 million.17 prisoners declined the opportunity of a parole review last year.There are 175 jobs up for grabs at Argos this Christmas.An Irish construction company applied for an examiner.
A DETAILED REPORT based on Department of Education inspections carried out between 2010 and 2012 has highlighted shortcomings in how Maths and Irish are taught in Irish schools.The Chief Inspector’s Report says it is “of concern” that the quality of Maths teaching was rated as “satisfactory or better” in just 77 per cent of lessons observed in secondary schools.The quality of students’ learning in Irish was found to be “problematic” in almost one in three lessons observed, according to the report. Deficiencies in how the subject was taught were evident in 28 per cent of lessons.At primary level, inspectors’ findings in regard to Irish were described as “significantly less positive than those for English or Mathematics”:“The quality of Irish teaching was problematic in one fifth of the lessons observed and the quality of learning was problematic in almost one quarter of the lessons observed.”Overall, inspectors judged that 86 per cent of lessons observed in unannounced inspections at primary schools were judged to be “satisfactory or better,” while 14 per cent were “not satisfactory”.In post-primary schools, 87 per cent of lessons were judged to be satisfactory or better and 13 per cent not satisfactory.The Chief Inspector’s Report says that follow-through inspections conducted last year found that schools initially observed to be deficient were “making good efforts” to implement the recommendations of previous reports.A small number of schools where serious weaknesses were found have been referred to the Department of Education’s ‘Schools Improvement Group’ which will work with management at the schools to implement improvements.Reacting to the report, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that in the past, there had been a “marked reluctance” to acknowledge the school system’s failings and tackle its shortcomings.“This report gives us the information that we need, both qualitative and quantitative to allow us to see the strengths and weaknesses in teaching, learning, management and leadership in our schools.”General Secretary of the ASTI teaching union Pat King said the findings of the report must be seen in the context of recent cutbacks in second-level schools, including the reduction in teacher numbers and a moratorium on middle management posts.“Some of the ‘weaknesses’ identified in today’s report correspond directly to areas affected by the education cuts. These include access to career guidance services, the leadership capacity of schools and pastoral care structures in schools,” King said.Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriageRead: Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions
YouTube Credit: Pádraig Ó DubhaighMcCaughey added: “Following the victory over [Monaghan], in a scathing and venomous rant, [Tyrone’s] success was totally discredited by the same RTE analyst, with the manager Mickey Harte being described as ‘having achieved something rotten’ and with a continuation of the character of Sean Cavanagh being seriously questioned.“Such unfair comments and the manner of the outburst in which they were delivered were unbecoming of, and unfitting for any broadcaster; they should not have been made particularly in view of the fact that both men are participating in an amateur sport and in a totally voluntary capacity; it was wrong for RTE to allow and condone such remarks that caused so much hurt.”– Originally published 20.34Video: Cracking goal by Marc Ó Sé in club match for An Ghaeltacht yesterday A SENIOR TYRONE official has slammed RTÉ and outspoken pundit Joe Brolly for his “scathing and venomous” criticism.Red Hand county secretary Dominic McCaughey says the broadcaster’s GAA coverage caused “distress, disgust and even pain” this summer.The former All-Ireland winner made headlines with a string of controversial rants as Tyrone progressed to the semi-finals of the Football Championship.He said that viewers could forget about Sean Cavanagh “as a man” following a cynical foul, a comment for which he later apologised to the All-Star.And he accused manager Mickey Harte of having achieved “something rotten” with his team’s tactics.“It is regrettable that we must record the distress, disgust and even pain caused to the GAA in our County by the national broadcaster, RTE, in the immediate aftermath of both the All-Ireland Qualifier against [Meath] and the All-Ireland championship quarter-final success against [Monaghan],” McCaughey wrote in his annual report which will be delivered to the county convention on 8 December.“In the post-match analysis of the Qualifier an employee of RTE commenced an unwarranted attack in a most unprofessional manner on the character of one of the county’s, and the country’s, most outstanding and most decorated players, Sean Cavanagh.“Such defamatory comments should not have been made and, having been made they should have been retracted by the analyst responsible for them; it would also have been appropriate for RTE to disassociate itself from these comments.”Tyrone’s quarter-final was overshadowed by Brolly’s post-match outburst in which he criticised Cavanagh for rugby-tackling Conor McManus when through on goal.Cavanagh was shown a yellow card, the punishment under current GAA rules until the black card is introduced.Tyrone went on to win by two points but the incident and Brolly’s reaction re-opened the debate on cynical tactics in the GAA.
The current ‘orange’ wind warning applies to Munster, Connacht and Donegal — but the rest of the country isn’t expected to escape the effects of the weather system.Read: Blaze at Ballymount recycling plant extinguished after five days The predicted swell of the Atlantic coast in the early hours of Saturday [Magic Seaweed]MET ÉIREANN’S ISSUED another of it’s ‘orange alert’ storm warnings this morning — and this weather system looks a little more serious than the one that hit last weekend.Winds of up to 130km are set to sweep into the West from Friday night — and in addition to the high-tide factor which created an extra risk of flooding last Saturday and Sunday, the weather service says we can also expect frequent heavy showers, including “some thundery with sleet and snow”.Precautions are being put in place on exposed coasts as forecasters warn of “extremely high waves”:High coastal flood risk too due to the combination of very high spring tides, extremely high waves (greater than 10 m), low pressure and onshore winds – southwest, west and northwest margins most at threat.
A NEW METHOD of checking into hotels using just a QR code is to be piloted by the Jurys Inn Hotel Group.The scheme, already active at one of the group’s hotels in the United Kingdom and in other hotel around the world, allows guests to “bypass the front desk entirely” by picking up their keys from a mobile kiosk in the hotel.Guests do this by scanning a QR code which has been sent to their phone, having confirmed their arrival times via text or email ahead of their arrival.The move is a response to a large increase in the number of bookings made on mobile devices.“Our customers are increasingly using mobile devices to make bookings so it is important we adapt our services in line with this changing consumer behaviour,” Group Marketing Manager Suzanne Cannon said.Between 2012 and 2013, the hotel group saw the number of customers making bookings from mobile devices increase by 80 per cent, with visits to the hotel’s website increasing by 110 per cent in the same period.The hotel group aims to roll this service out to 31 hotels in across Ireland, the United Kingdom, and in Prague.‘Live-in guardians’: House-sitters bunk down in hotels, pubs and convents to keep vandals at bay >Poll: Are you planning to go away on holiday this year? >
Everyone understands — and I say this with all responsibility — what Crimea means to Russia, and that it means immeasurably more than the Comoros (archipelago) for France or the Falklands for Britain.He agreed Moscow and Washington “have no common vision of the situation,” adding “differences remain.”Despite an alarming Russian military mobilisation on Ukraine’s eastern borders this week, Lavrov insisted Moscow “has no, and cannot have, any plans to invade the southeast region of Ukraine” where the former Soviet republic’s Russian speakers mostly reside.Kerry had hastily flown to London to meet Lavrov armed with a list of ideas on how to defuse the months-old crisis, in which tensions have spiked since the pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in late February.Washington was urging Moscow to join a contact group to sit down with Ukraine’s interim leaders, pull back thousands of troops in the Crimea to their barracks and allow international monitors to deploy to protect Russian-speaking peoples.But it would appear that all the ideas they brought for Crimea were rebuffed out of hand by Lavrov.‘Not empowered’“We fleshed out a number of ideas and were prepared to float them on Ukraine’s behalf, and we started down that path today, but it very quickly became clear that Foreign Minister Lavrov was not empowered to discuss any aspect of any proposal that might have an impact on Crimea before the referendum takes place,” a senior State Department official said.Kerry warned that if the referendum goes ahead as planned on Sunday then sanctions will ensue.“It is not where we want to go,” he stressed.But if the wrong choices are made, then there will be no choice but to respond appropriately because of the gravity of this breach of international standard.Confirming that Washington was now in a wait-and-see mode, the US official said that there would now be a late night call with members of the contact group, while Kerry was to brief Ukrainian interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.Kerry is due to leave London early tomorrow for likely White House consultations, while it is believed Lavrov has already flown home.- © AFP, 2014Read: Tatars urge NATO to intervene in Ukraine “before there is a massacre”Read: Warplanes target Gaza Strip amid ‘wave of attacks’ from Palestinian rockets TOP RUSSIAN AND US diplomats utterly failed today to defuse the crisis over Ukraine, ending up at loggerheads following tense talks over the worst East-West clash since the Cold War.After six hours of talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, US officials said they “did not find common ground” and everything now depended on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reaction to Sunday’s breakaway vote in Crimea.Despite flying in early today from Washington for crisis talks only two days before Crimea is to decide whether to split away from Ukraine, Kerry acknowledged that his mad dash to London had been in vain.Lavrov “made it clear that President Putin is not prepared to make any decision regarding Ukraine until after the referendum on Sunday,” Kerry told reporters after their talks.But he warned Moscow against any “backdoor annexation” of Ukraine’s southern Black Sea peninsula such as by ratifying the vote in the Russian parliament.Putin’s decision will be “of enormous consequence with respect to the global community,” Kerry said, adding any move to ratify Crimea’s referendum would “fly in the face of every legitimate effort to try to reach out to Russia”.Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry, pictured in London today [Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images]But Lavrov, in a separate press conference, hinted that Moscow was already resolved to bring Crimea under its eventual control.
Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter UPDATED 4.24pmCROKE PARK HAS said that security staff are working today to prevent One Direction fans from queuing too early in the local residential area.Responding to concerns that security guards were in place from 7am this morning, a spokesperson said Croke Park, MCD Promotions and the gardaí are “very conscious of the local community in all aspects of planning for the One Direction concerts this weekend”.“Security stewards have been in place around the stadium since 7am this morning to monitor, observe and report on activity and work with the Gardaí in relation to any issues with access and concert patrons arriving early into residential areas nearest the stadium.”The spokesperson also said that residents have not been denied access to their homes or business.“No road closures are in place.”Earlier, some residents expressed their concerns about security staff being in place this morning.They said they had made an official complaint to gardaí, claiming they had been denied access and parking.Locals have been vocal about the upcoming Garth Brooks’ and One Direction gigs which are taking place at the Dublin stadium. They have repeated calls for the number of special events at the stadium to be reduced.Labour Relations Commission chief Kieran Mulvey was appointed to chair talks between residents, GAA bosses and promoters with the aim of solving the dispute over the number of concerts being held at the stadium, but residents have called the process “a sham”.Preparations for the One Direction concerts, which will begin tomorrow night, have already got underway: 1 Direction Concerts Dublin post any queries U have & Insp Gallagher Mountjoy Garda will reply 7 – 8 pm this evening pic.twitter.com/nQa4oCkiEW— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) May 21, 2014 Angry residentsEamon O’Brien, Croke Park Streets Committees and Irish Stadium Communities Association, said the “lock down” of the area has already begun. Source: Shane MurphyLocal resident Peter Branagan told TheJournal.ie, that his understanding of the law is that only a uniformed gardaí has the powers to direct persons away from a cordoned area, citing section 21 of Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994:… a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of superintendent that it is necessary in the interests of safety or for the purpose of preserving order to restrict the access of persons to a place where an event is taking or is about to take place which attracts, or is likely to attract, a large assembly of persons….It goes on to say that only a member of the Garda Síochána is permitted to erect a barrier or a series of barriers on any road, street, lane, alley or other means of access in a one mile radius. Source: Shane MurphyLawThe law states that where a barrier has been erected only “a member of the Garda Síochána in uniform may by oral or manual direction or by the exhibition of any notice or sign… divert persons generally or particularly and whether in or on vehicles or on foot to another means of access to the event, including a means of access to that event on foot only…”.Branagan pointed out that this is not just in relation to the One Direction concerts, but that it is an ongoing issue, saying the whole matter has been “handled disgracefully”.“It goes on all the time. I’ve pointed it out to the gardaí before, I have gone to the land registry and pointed out boundary areas, but I’m just ignored,” he said.In relation to passes that the gardaí say are for residents access, he said that there is no law that states that a resident must display a pass in order to access their home.“No security personnel has the right to stop me having access to my street regardless of whether I have a pass or not. It’s outrageous,” he said.He added that he had no problem if it was properly implemented, saying:Only the gardaí have authority to restrict access. If there are barriers in place I should be able to just say I live here and be able to drive through, simple as that. There is no legal authority for them to stop me going to my house.In a statement, gardaí said that if anyone wishes to make a complaint about any issue they should contact their local station.They said that any such reports will be fully investigated, but they would not confirm correspondence from third parties as such reports are confidential.Croke Park also noted that there is a local community team in place, as well as a dedicated 1800 number to deal with any issues around the concert set up.Read: Thought of how your kids will be getting to the One Direction gigs? Here’s the crowd-control arrangements…>Read: ‘We will negotiate in the High Court’: Residents not backing down over Garth Brooks gigs>
Long legacy in the StatesShe said while it my be a new concept to Ireland, beauty pageants have been in America for the last fifty years.Ms Hill, from Texas, organises the “Universal Royal Beauty Pageant” a beauty pageant that is open to both girls and boys, with one heat of the competition having the children wear swimwear.In 2011, the ISPCC said it would not be in support of child beauty pageants and raised concerns about the way in which it may focus on the early sexualisation and appearance of young children. The Barnardos children’s charity echoed these sentiments.Ms Hill would not reveal the location of where the Irish version of the pageant would be held.(Via YouTube/MissUniversalRoyalty)Poll: Would you enter your child in a beauty pageant?> Children’s rights groups concerned by child beauty pageant set for Ireland> AMERICAN ORGANISERS ARE set to stage a child beauty contest in Ireland in September. The event is reportedly going to cost within the region of €20,000.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning the pageant organiser, Annette Hill denied that pageants, such as the one she is organising, sexualises young children.She said they are not looking at children in such a way, “so if you’re doing it, then that is disturbing and disgusting. We’ve been around for eighteen years. Don’t you think if we were sexualising kids, someone would have said something by now?”
RTÉ HAS WELCOMED the decision by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to close a complaint submitted by TV3.The complaint submitted related to the abuse of an alleged dominant position by RTÉ/RTÉNL in relation to television transmission and distribution services.ComReg has decided to close the TV3 complaint “on the basis that there are insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.ComplaintTV3 submitted a complaint against the national broadcaster which alleged that contrary to Section 5 of the Competition Act 2002 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) RTÉNL engaged in pricing practices that consisted of:(a) imposing charges on TV3 for the provision of analogue terrestrial television transmission and distribution (ATTTD) services which are discriminatory in nature, in particular, that the level of charges imposed by RTÉNL on TV3 are discriminatory vis-à-vis the charges levied by RTÉNL on RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4(b) imposing unfair and excessive prices on TV3 for the provision of ATTTD services in relation to the economic value of the services provided; and(c) imposing charges on TV3 which are not proportionate to the cost to RTÉNL of providing the services being charged for.ComReg found that there are “insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.Information It should also be noted that Deloitte’s and ComReg’s assessment of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses has been limited by a number of factors relating to the availability of information provided by both parties.RTÉ said in a statement that they welcomed “the fact that the ComReg investigation is now formally closed”.The complaint was submitted by TV3 in 2008 and the investigation commenced in 2011, assisted by Deloitte.Comreg’s full report into the complaint can be read here.Read: RTÉ’s World Cup analysis took an unexpected turn last night>Read: Meet the new boss, journalists: Peter Feeney to become the 2nd ever Press Ombudsman>
A 22-YEAR-old woman has died in a house fire in Cork.Gardaí in Midleton are investigating all the circumstances of the fatal house fire, which occurred at New Cork Road in Midleton at approximately 3.30am today.A 22-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people were brought to Mercy Hospital Cork and have since been released.The scene is preserved but gardaí currently believe that there is nothing suspicious about the fatal blaze.Originally posted 07:50
THREE TEENAGERS FROM Cork who have researched crop growth have been selected as finalists for a global science competition for students.Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community College will be competing in the finals of the Google Science Fair competition next month.The three students, who took first place in the BT Young Scientist in 2013, are in the 15-16 age category with a project that looks at improving yields of food crops and reducing losses because of adverse weather conditions.Their project looks at a specific type of bacteria called Diazotroph and the relationship it has with non-legume plants (i.e. crops such as wheat, barley, oats that help reduce or prevent erosion, adding organic matter to the soil and repressing weeds). It investigated the use of this bacteria as a germination tool – the process of which a plant grows from a seed – for cereal crops.Using homemade equipment, the group carried out germination and growth experiments over the course of 11 months. After analysing 9,500 seed samples and recording over 120,000 manual measurements in 125 experimental sets, they found that two strains of Rhizobium – soil bacteria that fixes nitrogen (diazotrophs) for the plant so it can grow – can accelerate the rate of seed growth.The results showed that this bacteria helped reduce germination time by up to 50% and increased barley mass yield by up to 70%.The group believes it could have significant potential for increasing yields of food crops, reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer usage, and could also act as “a partial solution to the impending food poverty crisis.”The three students aim to investigate this approach further at a trace biochemical level to understand why the use of rhizobium bacteria helped speed up the germination rate, as well as test bacteria in the presence of seeds.The students will travel to California next month to compete at Google HQ and people can vote for their favourite projects beginning 1 September. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 23 September. Source: Ciara, Emer, Sophie/YouTubeRead: This app aims to help you avoid the areas with most air pollution >Read: Scientists are figuring out a way to make our brains work better >
Mounting evidence suggests that Alienware has three new gaming notebooks on the way. These would be the predictable release of the M11x R3 (the third edition of the M11x), a 14-inch M14x, and then the M18x, which would presumably have an 18-inch display. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the rumor mill heat up, a full review of the M14x, and even leaks from Dell. And now we have even more on the M18x and the M14x, both from what appears to be an employee on Dell’s own forums.First up is more near-confirmation that an M18x is, at the very least, in the works. A Dell social outreach/community liaison person has explicitly listed the M18x in his work history. This was just noticed over on the NBR forums and is especially interesting as the liaison seems to be pretty connected over at Dell, at least according to his 38,000+ forum posts and 14-year history at the company.AdChoices广告The same person seems to have also posted the full specs of the M14x. They basically match those we saw in the review and those posted by rumor site Dell-Labs recently. The two sets line up quite closely with the M14x packing second-gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors, up to 8GB RAM (Dell-Labs said 4GB), up to 750GB storage, a 14-inch LCD running at either 1366×768 or 1600×900 (Dell-Labs said 1920×1080) and Nvidia GT 555M graphics. Overall, it looks like these are the official specs, as they not only fall in line with older rumors but they do eliminate the questionable choices, like 19×10 on a 14-inch display and the 4GB RAM limit. No price or date was listed. You can see the screen grab below or read the article “M14x FAQ” (login required).Side point: we finally have the crucial weight/dimensions information we’ve been looking for. The post has it that the M14x will be 6.35 lb with the 8-cell battery. It will measure 1.49 inches x 13.27 inches x 10.17 inches (HWD). The current M15x is a good deal larger at 9.3 pounds and 1.9 x 14.9 x 12.1 inches. So, as suspected, the M14x is significantly more portable, which means this might not be the end of the M15x.The final bit of information floating around, and the most shaky of the bunch, is a few of the forum posters saying that Alienware will be announcing something on April 19th. It’s not clear what this will be, one poster said it would be the M11x R3, which would have Sandy Bridge (second-gen Core i3/5/7) processors.So it looks like we might have some real information on these computers soon. We’ve reached out to Alienware and are awaiting comment.m14x_review_leakm14x_review_leakdell_m18x_support_CMdell_m18x_support_01dell_m18x_leak_faq
In addition to the Olympic rings, the Olympic Torch is one of the most well-known symbols of the Olympic Games. The torch commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, and each of the Games holds its own Torch Relay to transport the flame from Greece to the host country. Eight thousand “inspirational torchbearers” will carry the flame during the Olympic Torch Relay. However, one man is gunning to make it 7,999 torch-bearing people and one torch-bearing robot.The flame will be lit in Greece and will arrive in the UK on May 18, 2012 to begin the 70-day journey that will culminate at the Opening Ceremonies on July 27. Eight thousand people will be chosen to carry the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay with the goal that their inspirational stories will “have the power to inspire millions of people watching around the world.”James Law, Computer Scientist at Aberystwyth University, is nominating the iCub robot to be one of the many torchbearers for London 2012.. The iCub was built to learn from real-world activities just like a toddler does.The 100th anniversary of the birth of the founder of computer science, Alan Turing, happens to coincide with the Olympics, and having the iCub as one of the torchbearers would be a “fitting tribute to Alan Turing, and an inspiration to future generations of scientists and engineers,” Law said.According to Law, Turing was not only considered the father of modern computer science, he was also the “figurehead for the code-breaking efforts of WWII.” He also created one of the first designs for a stored-program computer and helped lay the foundations for the field of artificial intelligence.Law and crew nominated the iCub via Lloyds TSB, a retail bank in the UK that’s one of the the “presenting partners” of the 2012 Olympics. Lloyds TSB has over 800 torch bearer slots available. However, the robot doesn’t seem to meet most of the requirements which say the torchbearer must be at least 12 years old, and needs to be a resident in, and have a registered address within, the UK.The robot was acquired by the Developmental Robotics Group at Aberystwyth as part of the “IM-CLeVeR” (Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots) project. The goal of the project is to create new robots based on ideas motivated by neuroscience and psychology.Each leg of the journey is just 0.2 miles, so we’re pretty sure the robot would be capable walking or running that distance. As we saw earlier this week, a robot the size of a human hand was embarking on a rigorous mission of completing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon – a 230-kilmeter-long race that will take the tiny robot 168 hours to complete.The actual torch itself was designed with 8,000 perforated circles to represent the 8,000 torchbearers. It’s made up of an inner and an outer aluminum alloy skin. The alloy was developed for the aerospace and automotive industry, and the torch is being tested in BMW’s climatic testing facility in Munich to make sure it can handle all weather conditions. The alloy is rather light at only 800 grams, which is important since more than half the torchbearers are expected to be as young as 12 years old – or a robot.Nominations for the 2012 torchbearers are still being accepted, but we’re routing for the iCub, and we’ll be sure to let you know once we hear whether the next Olympics will see the first robo-torchbearer.via New Scientist, London 2012
Starting to get excited for the Super Bowl on Sunday? Well, if you’re the type of person that prefers frame rates to field goals, CMOS sensors to cornerbacks, and recording times to rushing yards (I’m running out of sports terms…) then here is a fun fact about the Super Bowl XLVI: it will be filmed, in part, by four new NAC Hi-Motion II slow motion cameras. The Hi-Motion II might look like what you expect a typical HD broadcast camera to be, but it has some serious tech packed inside. That includes three CMOS sensors, 96GB of storage, and the ability to record from 24 to 1000 frames per seconds, with controls that allow for 1 fps increments between those rates. The camera records at 1080 60i (what NBC will use this year) or 50i as well as 720p. And for the operator’s benefit it is outfitted with a 9-inch viewfinder that is used for tracking the event. The Hi-Motion II might be capable of recording up to 1000 frames per second, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a) it can do so for any reasonable length of time, b) it can do so at Super Bowl, or broadcast, quality and c) it can record at the resolution necessary for television use. Scaling down the frame rate helps with this — NAC literature mentions that the camera’s recording time at “300fps Full Mode” is 38 seconds. That’s more than enough for a football play and assuming “Full Mode” means reasonable video quality these cameras should be a big hit on Sunday. The CMOS sensors they use are high sensitivity so the degradation and loss of light that comes with high frame rates should be minimized. In a release the company noted that the camera is capable of “10X high speed images in Full HD” which isn’t very specific. NAC representative Andy Hayford told me that for the Super Bowl the Hi-Motion II cameras will in fact operate at 300 frames per second, which “works well on football, allowing replays of a usable duration in the match coverage but also showing so much more detail than a regular replay.” According to a statement by NAC, the technical rehearsals have gone swimmingly. Above you can see Hayford at Lucas Oil Stadium during the pre-game testing. As an added perk the Hi-Motion II can do simultaneous output of a live video feed and slow motion replay. So slow motion will be available without an interruption to the action that is ongoing. Wondering what other gear is recording the Super Bowl this year? NAC told us that “The four NAC Hi-Motion II cameras are the only Ultramotion cameras, [but] there are a multitude of other normal speed cameras and Super-Slo-Mo (triple speed) cameras.” We’re told that in addition the to four Hi-Motion IIs NBC will have 40 match cameras recording the game.