In the Round 3 of the DHB Cup, favourites celebrated easy victories and progress to the next stage, expect Fuchse Berlin who lost in Lubbecke 32:28:SG BBM Bietigheim        – HC Empor Rostock         31 : 26 (15:14)Bergischer HC            – HSV Hamburg              28 : 32 (14:14)TuS N-Lübbecke           – Füchse Berlin            32 : 28 (18:12)ASV Hamm-Westfalen       – HC Erlangen              21 : 28 (10:11)TuS Ferndorf             – SG Flensburg-Handewitt   31 : 42 (15:25)TBV Lemgo                – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf    31 : 33 (13:17)VfL Gummersbach          – Rhein-Neckar Löwen       25 : 32 (10:16)TV Emsdetten             – TV Neuhausen/Erms        33 : 20 (20:9)VfL Bad Schwartau        – HSG Wetzlar              33 : 30 (14:12)ThSV Eisenach            – TV Großwallstadt         27 : 20 (14:13)GWD Minden               – TuSEM Essen              27 : 23 (12:10)HSG Nordhorn-Lingen      – Eintracht Hildesheim     31 : 30 (14:17)DHfK Leipzig             – THW Kiel                 27 : 43 (15:23)TV Hüttenberg            – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 30 : 32 (14:15)TSV Weinsberg            – MT Melsungen             24 : 44 (16:24)Frisch Auf Göppingen     – SC Magdeburg      35:37 n.V. (33:33,16:19) DHB CupFuchse Berlin ← Previous Story ehfTV.com to stream live five EHF EURO 2014 qualifiers Next Story → French Cup: HBC Nantes knocks out Paris HC, Dunkerque does the same to Montpellier read more

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Hungarian champions MVM MKB Veszprem have showed once again why they have status one of the best European teams. The fifth “victim” of the fantastic squad of Antonio Carlos Ortega in SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League were RK Nexe Našice 36:18 (17:9) in almost fully crowded “Veszprem Arena”.From the very beginning, combine home squad, in which main role haven’t the biggest stars Momir Ilic and Laszlo Nagy, showed the quality more in comparation with the rival. Croatian vice-champions fought well until the 25th minute, when Gadza scored for 12:9, but that was the beginning of the end of away team resistance tonight.The second half began with the 7:0 series of the home team, after which the story about the match winner was ended (24:9, 41.).The top scorer in the winning roster were Zeitz with seven and Nilsson with five goals. Mikler had 12 saves, while Mirko Alilovic on his come-back after three months break, had four saves. Gadza scored five goals for Nexe… ← Previous Story NYOKAS BROTHERS SHOW: FA Goppingen and HBW Balingen new force Next Story → Goran Stojanovic next three years in El Jaish Sports Club! read more

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The French national team is taking on its last preparatory tournament ahead of the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. The French national team is taking on Argentina in the semi-final of the tournament, while in the other semi-final are playing Macedonia against Algeria. The winners of the two semi-finals are playing on Sunday in the final which will decide the tournament winner.The tournament venue is Nantes. The World Championship in Doha begins on the 15th of January. ← Previous Story Morten Olsen breaks nose – no World Championship for him! Next Story → Austria with 7 DKB Bundesliga players at WCh 2015! francehandballMacedoniaQatarrukomet

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first_imgUpdated at 11.19pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at the airline’s AGM today [Photocall]IRELANDDonegal teenager Conor Boyle passed away in hospital in England.TUI members accepted the Haddington Road deal, while the ASTI said ‘no’.Junior doctors called off their strike for a week after progress in talks.Ryanair promised to refund Dr Sattar for his Leicester flight fees.Michael Noonan signalled a rise in VAT for the hospitality sector.Micheál Martin accepted an invitation to a Seanad debate, but Enda Kenny hasn’t yet.Concerns were raised over a child beauty pageant organiser’s lack of contact with parents.Five people were rescued after a 17 hour emergency effort.The Health Minister defended staffing levels in the mental health sector.There were calls for an independent investigation into Ireland’s illegal adoptions.Naval vessel the LÉ Emer was decommissioned.The Children’s Minister said the number of obese three-year-olds was ‘frightening’.Claims by Fine Gael on the cost of the Seanad were disputed. INTERNATIONAL[Elephant in India, via Shutterstock]#CHICAGO: Twelve people, including a 3-year-old, were shot in a Chicago park.#SYRIA: The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria admitted the civil war had reached a stalemate.#INDIA: A British man was trampled to death by a rampaging elephant in India.#BRITAIN: There was a warning that children were being blackmailed into performing webcam sex acts.INNOVATIONReviews from around the world of the latest iPhone and iPad operating system were decidedly mixed. Google has begun rolling out a redesign of its homepage, intended to cut down on ‘distractions’. [BBC]PARTING SHOTUKIP politician Godfrey Bloom has been fighting a one man war with journalists today.The irascible MEP whacked Channel 4′s Michael Crick on the head with a party brochure, after the reporter had asked why there weren’t “any black faces” depicted on the cover.We can’t stop watching this…Check out the full story here.Read: Here is what happened yesterday >last_img read more

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first_imgTHE HIGH COURT discharged a care order in relation to Samantha Azzopardi this morning and the Australian woman will now be moved into the HSE’s adult mental health care services.The case came before the courts again this morning after the Australian citizen was positively identified by Gardaí earlier this week.Before the case was heard this morning, Gerard O’Brien, who is a representative of Azzopardi’s guardian ad litem, Orla Ryan, said that Ryan “remains very concerned about this young lady” and that Azzopardi was “very isolated” although she did have some contact with people here.In court, Senior Counsel Tim O’Leary, acting for the HSE, said that a report found that Azzopardi was not suffering from a disorder under the Mental Health Act 2001, but she does have a “condition that makes her vulnerable”.Due to this, she is not suitable for detention under the Mental Health Act 2001.She will be looked after by the adult psychiatric services of the HSE and supports will be available to her in the community and potentially through the gardaí.Justice George Bermingham noted that when the case first came before the court, “everybody believed we were dealing with a minor” and worked on the assumption that she was a victim of trafficking.He told the court that though the circumstances had changed, “this doesn’t mean that the proceedings weren’t worthwhile”.In discharging the interim orders today, Judge Birmingham said that what emerged after Azzopardi was identified “came as a shock to everyone”.Judge Bermingham was told in court that the guardian ad litem believes that Azzopardi should be dealt with by adult services in the HSE.Although she remains at a HSE facility, she is taking up an acute bed so it is understood she will be moved to community care shortly.Samantha Azzopardi, who is in her 20s, has been in the care of the HSE since she was found on 10 October and was unable to tell Gardaí or healthcare workers who she was or where she had come from.A High Court judge yesterday discharged the order to detain Azzopardi under the Childcare Act, but delayed its implementation until today to allow for alternative arrangements to be made for her care.The court heard yesterday that she was still in a vulnerable state and removing the order could “put her life at risk”.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll and Aoife BarryRead: The mystery of the girl found on O’Connell Street: what we know > Read: Gardaí to work with Aussie police as girl found outside GPO is identified > Read: Gardaí release photo of mystery GPO girl >last_img read more

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first_imgA MAN HAS been injured in an afternoon stab attack in Dublin today.The attack happened near the Bottom of the Hill Pub in Finglas when two men approached the injured man by motorcycle before attacking him.Both attackers were said to be wearing helmets and black clothing when they dismounted the motorbike and stabbed the injured man.Both men the fled on the motorcycle after the attack which happened at about 2pm.The matter is currently under investigation by Gardaí who did not provide any details on the condition of the injured man.Read: Man dies after Smithfield stabbing >Read: Man in his 60s stabbed to death in Limerick >last_img

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first_imgOVER €50 MILLION has been spent on the site for the proposed Poolbeg incinerator by Dublin City Council, who now value it at just over €6 million.The response to an Access to Information on the Environment request states:“The City Valuer has estimated that the site is worth approx €400,000 per acre today which would equate to a site value of €6,166,000. The €400k per acre is the average cost of industrial land in the Dublin area.”€51.6 million has now been spent on the site by the council, which is handling the spending for all four Dublin local authorities. It was also noted that “€4.5 million was recouped from the contractor Covanta, for work done securing permits etc.”The actual cost of buying the site at Poolbeg was only about €10 million, but additional costs have led the amount spent on the site to hugely increase.The bulk of the amount, over €30 million, was spent relocating Westway Terminals Hibernian Limited. As part of the agreement for buying the Poolbeg site, Dublin City Council were responsible for relocating Hibernian Ltd.The total cost of relocating was €31,003,745, which included costs such as stamp duty and engineering services. The actual cost of building new premises for Hibernian Ltd was just over €22 million, almost double the original estimate of €11,912,254.Additional costs include site management costs (over €3 million), the relocation of another company, Hammond Lane Limited (€1.48 million) and specialist advice for site procurement (almost €1 million).The costs of the project are now approaching €100 million,  with construction still yet to begin. It was announced in November that Dublin City Council are terminating their contract with consultancy firm RPS Group after the European Commission ruled that it did not conform to EU law.The council has said that they will be appointing a new client representative by the end of January 2014, with construction due to start next year.Assistant City Manager Seamus Lyons previously told TheJournal.ie that RPS Group are also shortlisted for the next consultancy stage of the project.The project was originally proposed in 1997 and has gone on for over a decade, costing over €95 million so far, with a third of the costs going to consultants.Read: Dublin City Council spent almost €200k a month on Poolbeg consultancy fees > Read: Poolbeg incinerator plan delayed (again) but controversial clause gets dumped >last_img read more

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first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN and Carlow are investigating two separate and unconnected shootings this evening.One shooting took place in Blanchardstown, in Hazelbury Park. Shots were fired in the estate on a road shortly after 8pm.No one was injured and there are currently no details of the type of firearm used or the amount of people involved.Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Blanchardstown gardaí on 01 6667000,CarlowMeanwhile, a separate shooting was reported in Carlow shortly after 8pm at St Mary’s Park, at the back of a house.As part of the follow-up investigation, gardaí recovered a shotgun and a short time after that, at 9.15pm, arrested a male in his late 30s.He is currently being detained under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Carlow Garda Station.No one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

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first_imgBOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims “collateral damage” for US action in Afghanistan and Iraq, local media reported today.“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev also scribbled on the inside wall of the boat where he hid from police during a massive manhunt in the days after the 15 April blasts, according to CBS News.The twin explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260.Citing unnamed sources, CBS News said the note claimed the bombings were payback for US military action in Afghanistan and Iraq and referred to the victims as “collateral damage.”Dzhokhar also said he did not mourn the death of his older brother Tamerlan, killed in a shootout with police, saying he was a martyr, the broadcaster said.Federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, as well as the malicious destruction of property by means of deadly explosives.He faces the death penalty if found guilty.- © AFP, 2013Read: Boston Marathon invites stopped runners back > Read: Boston police chief: We never got the warning about the Tsarnaevs > Read: Boston bombers were planning New York attack >last_img read more

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first_imgIT’S 115 YEARS old, comes with its own islands, and at €145 million, it’s currently the most expensive house in America.This property behemoth in the US state of Connecticut went on the market earlier this month with an asking price of $190 million. As a point of comparison, that’s the equivalent of two and a half times the price of the most expensive house ever sold in Ireland, which went for €58 million Shrewsbury Road in Dublin when it sold in 2005.What do you get for your dime, besides the confirmation of your obscene wealth? The 50 acre waterfront property comes with 12 bedrooms, an 1,800 foot driveway, grass tennis courts, a private orchard, a heated swimming pool and private beaches. It currently belongs to American businessman John Rudey who works in the timber industry and bought the house in the 1980s. It was originally built for Andrew Carnegie’s business partner.Let’s take a look around.last_img read more

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first_imgIf 15% of the Internet suddenly was hijacked, would you even notice? Apparently not. In fact, almost nobody did, but back in April, that’s just what happened when China hijacked 15% of the internet’s total traffic in one fell swoop.The shocking allegation comes by way of McAfee vice president Dmitri Alperovitch, who says that the event might have been the largest successful hacking ever made.AdChoices广告The attack only happened over the course of an 18 minute window, but during the time, China Telecom sucked in hundreds of terrabytes of unencrypted internet data, including emails and instant messages.Even scarier is that no one knows what happened to the data when it entered China. How did they do it? Alperovitch explains:The telephone giants of the world work on a system based on trust, he explained. Machine-to-machine interfaces send out messages to the Internet informing other service providers that they are the fastest and most efficient way for data packets to travel. For 18 minutes April 8, China Telecom Corp. told many ISPs of the world that its routes were the best paths to send traffic.For example, a person sending information from Arlington, Va., to the White House in Washington, D.C. — only a few miles away — could have had his data routed through China. Since traffic moves around the world in milliseconds, the computer user would not have noticed the delay.This happens accidentally a few times per year, Alperovitch said. What set this incident apart from other such mishaps was the fact that China Telecom could manage to absorb this large amount of data and send it back out again without anyone noticing a disruption in service. In previous incidents, the data would have reached a dead end, and users would not have been able to connect. In other words, if you sent an email or an instant message sometime during that 18 minutes back in April, there might be a Chinese intelligence official reading it on a computer screen right now. Scary.Read more at National Defense Magazinelast_img read more

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first_imgCoby Kyros Motorola Xoom Archos 7 Tablet Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Creative Ziio Azpen  X1 Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Samsung PC7 Toshiba Tablet Creative Ziio And More….center_img Coby Kyros Motorola Xoom Toshiba Tablet MSI WindPad RIM BlackBerry Playbook Cosmos OSC 1 Gaming Tablet Rullingnet Vinci MSI WindPad As predicted, 2011 was there year of the tablet at ces. So, so many tablets. Just a staggeringly huge, ungodly number of tablets. Just before the show officially started on Thursday, the Consumer Electronics Association, the organization behind the show, issued a release stating that some 80 tablets were set to be launched at the show. Having walked the floor of the entire thing over the past few days, I think it’s safe to say that the association was low balling that number.After 2010 proved a giant year for Apple’s iPad (becoming, really, the first hugely commercially successful consumer tablet), a number of high profile companies rushed to provide an competitor. Here at Gearlog, we’ve already shown you new tablets from Samsung, RIM (BlackBerry), Motorola, ASUS, Lenovo, MSI, Creative, Coby, Toshiba, E Fun, AHX, a gaming tablet from Cosmos, a baby tablet by Rullingnet, Motion Computing, and a dual-boot device from a company called Azpen.But believe it or not, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I saw so many more tablets in Vegas last week, that it’s frankly a bit impossible to keep track of them all. In fact, there are too many to fit into a single post. After the jump, you’ll find a huge cross section of the tablets I saw–not all of the, however. After all, many of them really looked identical to the iPad–particularly in the International Hall. I suppose there’s only so much companies can do with a slate form factor.That said, there are still plenty of interesting entries after the jump.Samsung PC7last_img read more

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first_imgIf you had high hopes for the future of webOS once HP took over, your expectations have probably been on the decline recently. Get ready for them to bottom out: HP is going to kill off its webOS division sometime in the near future.There’s always the chance that someone else will swoop in and scoop up what’s left of Palm. Names from HTC to Samsung to Amazon have been bandied about, but so far those rumors have only been met with flat-out denials from official sources. webOS has always been more than a little misunderstood and under-appreciated, and HP ultimately didn’t do much to fix that.HP has been quite the little one-company soap opera this year.  It all started way back with the acquisition of Palm and webOS to the hiring of (now former) CEO Leo Apotheker — whom many of the company’s board members later admitted never having met.As the year went on, the story got weirder and weirder. HP’s first webOS products launced: first, the Pre 2 and Veer, then the  TouchPad, and finally the Pre 3. But the Pre 2 and Pre 3 were barely more than mumbled about, and despite fairly massive publicity campaigns for the Veer and TouchPad the public seemed to barely take notice.That is, of course, until HP famously pulled the plug on the TouchPad just weeks after its arrival in stores. Then there was the famous price cut, and TouchPads instantly became the most sought-after gadget around. Supplies have all but been exhausted now, and although there are now scores of new webOS users, most of them are more interested in getting Android running on the TouchPad than sticking it out and seeing what becomes of webOS.Hopefully someone with the vision and resources to do something great with webOS will step in soon. It would be a damn shame for Palm’s legacy to fade away because of the way it  was handled by the  three-ring-circus that was HP.via Guardianlast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle makes its money from advertising, and promotes such advertising through the use of its many popular free services. These include a search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Blogger, and the list goes on. The company wants everyone using its services so it can make money advertising to them. But by everyone, it means everyone who isn’t classed as a child.You may have seen this advert, which shows a father using Google services to share with his daughter as she grows up:The problem is, Google services are not child friendly. They are so unfriendly in fact, Google will disable accounts and block access to all data if a child is found to be using its services.Rick Warren is a developer with one very unhappy daughter at the moment. Just like in the advert above he setup a Gmail account for his daughter so that her family could share stuff with her, and she could write to her grandparents and friends through email. The account was active for several years and she more recently began blogging using Blogger as part of a class project.Such activity is great for Google as it’s a young person getting used to the company’s services as they grow up, making it more likely they’ll keep using those services in the future as an adult. That child is also building up a store of memories and data, and entrusting Google to keep them safe and accessible.Rick’s daughter no longer has access to her Gmail or Blogger account, though. All of her data is locked and her Google login no longer works. Google has decided she is too young to have an account and without warning blocked access. There doesn’t seem to be any way to reverse the decision and unlock the account.The reason? It seems to be COPPA compliance, which is the Federal Trade Commission’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It governs what information can be collected about a child under the age of 13, and Google’s take on compliance is to not allow standard accounts for kids, and to block any it finds immediately.Unless someone at Google decides to take action against this block, Rick’s daughter’s data is gone forever, and Google has probably lost her as a customer for life.Read more at Rick Warren’s Google+ pageMatthew’s OpinionIt would be easy to side with Google on this one purely for the fact they state if you aren’t old enough you can’t open an account. But that would be a mistake in my view for a number of reasons.First of all, if you don’t want kids to use your service then you shouldn’t be advertising to parents and their kids like in the video above. It encourages a child’s use of those services, or at least a parent setting up an account in their name.Secondly, Google already caters for children with COPPA-compliant accounts, but only if you are using Apps for Education. Why isn’t this a standard option across all of Google’s services? And why is Google saying its fine for kids in school to have accounts, but not kids in general without an education link?Thirdly, it should be a lot clearer when signing up for a Google account what age you need to be. Is it 13, 16, 18? At the moment the terms only state you can’t setup an acocunt if “you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google.” Fourth, and finally, if a block has to be imposed, the user should have a right to access their data for backup unless there is some legal reason to deny that backup. In this case Rick’s daughter should be allowed to download her data, but there seems to be no way of doing that, even with a parent involved in the process.last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t want to wait for Microsoft to officially invite you to download the Windows 8 Release Preview? It looks like you don’t have to: a leaked build that appears to be the genuine article is now available on the web.This also seems to indicate that Microsoft’s streak of preventing Windows 8 ISO leaks has come to an end. It’s been just over a year since a pair of highly-publicized firings put an end to the trickle of pre-release Windows 8 builds that had been shared.The usual caveats apply here. Although the leaked Windows 8 Release Preview images appear to be legitimate, they’re not coming directly from Microsoft’s servers. That means you could be exposing your system to all kinds of untold risks should you choose to install. If you’re hesitant, it’s probably best to either install in a virtual machine using software like VirtualBox or VMWare. That, or just hold off until Microsoft’s own Windows 8 Release Preview links go live.There should be plenty of changes to check out, not the least of which is the apparent removal of Aero Glass — though it may just be disabled by default. The new startup and recovery screens should be active now, too.More at Winunleaked.tklast_img read more

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first_imgGot a dirty mouth? Don’t worry, Google will help you clean it up. When using Glass, you’re at the mercy of what Google considers acceptable language.Google’s voice-to-text translation engine is among the best on the planet. It understands a variety of languages, handles accents better than most humans, and, overall, is great at understanding what you are saying. The tool has allowed Google to build things like Google Now, which can understand complete sentences and allow an OS act on your commands. It’s one of the reasons the voice-only input for Google Glass seems like it could work, and since there’s no other way to “type” it’s not like users have any other choice.Even so, Google has imposed limited. Just like Google’s voice translation for Android, if you try and drop the F-bomb in a text message to a friend you’ll find your message is tweaked on the display.Google’s dictation engine censors any swearing that crosses its servers, and has since the beginning. The company isn’t alone in this, in fact most voice translation services will apply a PG rating to whatever you say. It stops you from accidentally swearing, or offers you some helpful alternatives just in case you meant something else. On phones, tablets, and nearly everything else with voice dictation you have the ability to go back and correct things manually. At the very least you can just fire up your keyboard and clear away those asterisks or to make it clear you are not trying to talk to some duck’s mom.If you’re using Glass, there’s no other options for text input. Much like the updated controls over SafeSearch, Google’s going to be in control here. Unlike SafeSearch, there’s absolutely no way to disable this filter. The settings give you no control over this right now, and since there’s no Off switch on any of Google’s other voice services it seems unlikely we’ll see one here.last_img read more

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first_imgYou probably aren’t going to use MIT’s new x-ray vision tracking set up from another room, but you could if you wanted to. A reserach team at the institute has come up with a way to use three radio antennas to pinpoint your movements through a wall, and it’s accurate to within 10cm.The MIT project is similar to Microsoft’s Kinect  sensor in that it doesn’t require a user to carry around a transmitter. In its current form, however, it’s not quite as precise. In case you hadn’t heard, the Kinect 2.0 is capable of reading lips from across the room.It’s also not as detailed as Kinect. Right now, the person being tracked is only rendered as a red dot. Future versions should be able to draw a complete silhouette, however. A Kinect sensor can’t, of course, perform its duties from a different room.What MIT is showing off functions more like an improved version of the WiFi-based indoor location tracking systems that retailers are using to keep tabs on shoppers. The MIT system has one big advantage over existing trackers, though, which is that it can track people even if they’re not carrying a smartphone or other wireless device.There’s one major hurdle that needs to be overcome before MIT’s “Kinect of the Future” can be commercialized. Right now, it’s only able to track a single person. There can be other people in the room, but they need to remain relatively still so as not to intefere with the detection and tracking. Clearly, that’s not going to cut it in a real world setting. The fact that it can detect when an arm is being raised, however, is something retailers can get excited about.Current systems provide a decent look at traffic patterns in a store and can show where shoppers are pausing to take longer looks. MIT’s tracker could reveal when and where a shopper is actually interested enough in something to reach out and touch it.last_img read more

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first_imgThese devices are viable but crude and unstable.  They are designed to burn easily and very quickly and at a very high temperature in order to do as much damage as possible despite detection by a smoke alarm or other fire alarms and countermeasures. They are typically placed among combustible materials in shops and other premises for maximum effect.This is precisely the same type of incendiary device or fire-bomb as used by the self-styled ‘New IRA’ in recent years. Between 2004 and 2006, dissident republicans placed 10 of these firebombs in premises around Newry and in the border area.  Four large commercial premises were completely destroyed – gutted by fire. In February 2014, the New IRA sent a large number of these incendiary devices, by mail, to British Army recruitment offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and Slough. The New IRA, as a consequence, are of interest in relation to Tuesday’s incidents.There are a number of features of the incident that are puzzling and which suggest that perhaps an individual or ‘lone wolf’ may have been involved. The pictures, which purport to show the suspicious package, show two Irish ‘Love Ireland’ postage stamps.  If posted in Ireland, this would have been insufficient postage for the London destination. If posted in Britain, the Irish stamps would not have been valid for postage.  In both instances, the placing of insufficient or invalid postage stamps on the package would have alerted extra attention – anathema to an experienced terror cell. Whoever placed these devices in the postal system – whether a ‘Lone Wolf’ or dissident republican group, placed a large number of innocent people in severe danger. According to An Post, over two million items of mail are handled through Irish sorting centres each day.  “Huge volumes of mail” travel between Ireland and the UK using “a variety of means, roads, via ferry or air”. An Post added that: “Since images of the packages in question have become available, our sorting staff have been briefed on what to look out for and to be extra vigilant”.If posted in Ireland therefore, these packages would have been placed among mails and packages on board Irish passenger aircraft bound for London. To cause a viable, but crude and unstable incendiary bomb, to be placed on board a flight from Dublin to London is a reckless and evil act – irrespective of who, precisely is responsible. If such a device had been disturbed or compressed or otherwise struck whilst among other freight and baggage on a passenger aircraft – it could have triggered a catastrophic fire. If this had happened after takeoff or in a pressurised aircraft at 37000 feet over the Irish Sea, the consequences would be unthinkable.If transported by surface mail, a similar catastrophic fire could have been triggered among combustible freight on board a ferry bound from Dublin Port to Holyhead. In either case, the perpetrators recklessly and callously endangered dozens of innocent Irish citizens and staff of an Post to a lethal hazard.  By Tom Clonan THE IMPROVISED INCENDIARY devices discovered in London this week raise grave security questions – both in the UK and Ireland. Three suspicious mail packages were discovered on Tuesday of this week. The first A4 sized package, bearing Irish ‘Love Ireland’ stamps, ignited on opening at 9:55 am at Compass House, near Heathrow Airport.This postal package, of which pictures have been circulated widely, appears to show evidence of ignition and some burning and charring. It has also been reported that the package contained ‘jiffy bags’ containing a ‘gel-like’ substance, which failed to fully ignite. Following the alert that this incident generated, a further two suspicious packages were identified.  At 11:40, the staff at Waterloo Station isolated a similar, suspicious package.  No attempt was made to open it. Then at 12:10, another similar package was intercepted at City Aviation House in London City Airport.It is reported that counter-terrorism officers of the London Metropolitan Police have been in contact with an Garda Siochana to discuss the contents and configuration of the ‘viable’ incendiary devices, in order to establish who might have perpetrated the attack.  Mar 6th 2019, 6:31 PM If posted in the UK, the packages posed a deliberately lethal threat to dozens of innocent Royal Mail postal workers and other innocent civilians going about their business in the targeted areas in London City Airport, Heathrow and Waterloo Station.Tuesday’s incident, whoever is responsible, is a most unwelcome reminder of the pervasive threat posed by incendiary devices during the troubles.In addition to the millions of pounds worth of damage inflicted in such attacks, dozens of innocent men, women and children also lost their lives in fire-bomb attacks. Those who would carry out such attacks today – as individuals or groups, invoking whatever twisted logic, should desist immediately. The consequences of such reckless actions, whether intended or otherwise, are potentially catastrophic. The threat should not be downplayed and should be categorically and unequivocally condemned by all Irish citizens.Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT. You can follow him on Twitter here.      25 Comments Questions have been raised as to whether or not the devices were sent by Islamist terrorists – such as so-called Islamic State, or by a dissident Republican grouping such as the New IRA. There is also some speculation that this might be the work of an individual, or a ‘lone wolf’ attack. With regard to the question of Islamist extremists, the pattern of yesterday’s incident does not fit with their modus operandi to date. Islamic State terrorists in Europe and the UK have tended to use improvised explosive devices known as TATP IEDs – based on Tri-Acetone, Tri-Peroxide bomb-making materials. These devices are highly explosive and generate a large, powerful detonation – such as that seen in the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people, mostly children, were killed in May 2017.I spoke to a former Defence Forces colleague today – a highly experienced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or Bomb Disposal officer – with decades of experience of dealing with improvised explosive devices, both in Ireland during the Troubles and throughout the Middle East. Based on descriptions of the manner in which the Heathrow device was ignited – by friction on opening the package – and based on the evidence of the manner in which it burned, he expressed the view that the device most likely consisted of a gel containing potassium or sodium chlorate and some other readily available household ingredients. This type of incendiary device is typical of that used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles, where millions of pounds worth of damage was done to shops and business premises throughout Northern Ireland.  22,636 Views Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week? This is precisely the same type of incendiary device used by a dissident republican group in recent years but it could also be a lone wolf, writes Tom Clonan. Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Share13 Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4527216 Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Short URL 7,142 Views THE EU HAS said that it’s prepared to allow UK boats to fish in its waters until the end of the year if the UK reciprocates, according to a no-deal Brexit plan published today.Various UK politicians have pledged to “take back its waters”, meaning that they would ban non-UK boats from fishing in its waters, or give UK boats first preference to fish. The UK has claimed that its fisheries is one of its strongest cards in the Brexit debate.Ireland is concerned that if the UK does claim back its waters in this way, that a large number of EU boats that fish in British waters will use Ireland’s waters instead. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed today said that he had “emphasised the real risks of a concentration of fishing into Ireland’s 200 miles fishing zone by EU fleets if they are excluded from UK waters”. By Gráinne Ní Aodha https://jrnl.ie/4585405 Image: EMPICS Entertainment I pointed out that inevitably this would lead to displacement of our own fleet and depletion of fish stocks if no action is taken.The EU Commission today issued its contingency plans which sets out how fisheries would be managed in a no-deal Brexit, in relation to Ireland ans seven other EU member states.The plan, which was agreed with Ireland and seven other EU member states, recognises that fisheries is “one of the most immediately critical issues” in a no-deal Brexit.In the contingency plans published today, it was stated:The European Union is ready to continue to provide access to UK vessels until the end of 2019, provided the United Kingdom continues to grant access to EU vessels. Share65 Tweet Email2 “As a contingency measure, the European Union has adopted the necessary legal basis for the authorisation of EU and UK vessels to continue to fish in each other’s waters, until 31 December 2019, while respecting the agreed terms of the 2019 fishing opportunities regulations, agreed when UK was still a member state.”But if the UK does not grant EU boats access to its waters, the plan is to compensate fishermen who “have a significant dependence on UK waters”:The Union has adjusted the existing legal instrument to enable member states to grant financial compensation to fishermen who have significant dependence on UK waters and who have to cease these activities temporarily resulting from the lack of access to UK waters.The no-deal Brexit plan outlines the serious knock-on effect that the UK claiming its coastal waters back could have on the EU’s fishing industry:“Loss of access to the waters of the United Kingdom may increase pressure on stocks in EU waters, and it may have serious socio-economic consequences for those EU vessels that are heavily dependent on access to UK waters, as well as for those whose traditional EU fishing grounds may see increased activity due to displacement of fishing effort.”The plan adds that there is “a risk that the resulting intensified fishing pressure in EU waters could irreversibly impoverish marine resources, by depleting fish stocks and damaging the ecosystem”.There’s also a concern that there’s “a risk of disputes arising between various fleets and vessels on the fishing grounds in EU waters because of ‘overcrowding’.”Under the heading ‘recommended action’ that could be taken, the EU says that its members could use the “current UK catches from EU27 waters, the biological capacity of stocks to cope with increased fishing pressure in EU27 waters, potential alternatives for spreading fishing pressure, uptake of quota, and the economic impact for the vessels concerned”.Minister Creed stated, “We now have identified and agreed, co-ordinated and fully prepared measures that will be immediately available to address a no-deal Brexit situation, if the UK were to decide to deny EU vessels access to UK waters.I am seeking additional EU funds to support this mitigation measure if they become necessary. If we need to call on these arrangements, it will be essential, as we have now agreed at EU level, that all involved EU fleets must co-operate under these structured arrangements to manage the situation.“We have now agreed that the Irish fleet would not be disproportionately impacted and have ensured that each Member State impacted would take a fair share of the pain.” Nigel Farage, right, and Fishing for Leave founder Aaron Brown, left, throw fish into the river Thames as a form of protest (March 2018). Image: EMPICS Entertainment Nigel Farage, right, and Fishing for Leave founder Aaron Brown, left, throw fish into the river Thames as a form of protest (March 2018). Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 3:22 PM 15 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: EU will allow UK to fish in its waters until December 2019 in a no-deal Brexit – if UK allows the same Minister for the Marine Michael Creed warned against concentrating the EU’s fishing fleet into Ireland’s 200-mile fishing zone. Apr 10th 2019, 3:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgWho was Charles Byrne?The Derry man, who was born in 1761, suffered from acromegalic gigantism which caused him to grow to nearly 8 feet tall.After undergoing a rapid growth spurt during his teens he travelled to Britain where he achieved a degree of celebrity by exhibiting himself as a human curiosity.Crowds of people flocked to see the Irish giant and he attracted regular attention from newspapers and managed to build up considerable savings. Source: BBC/ScreengrabHowever Byrne’s life took a turn for the worse when his entire fortune was stolen. He fell into a deep depression and his drinking habit worsened. He apparently contracted TB and died in 1783, aged only 22.According to an 1841 edition of the The American Journal of the Medical Sciences Byrne’s death was recorded in the Annual Register Chronicle in June 1783 with the following note: 32,888 Views Short URL By Ceimin Burke Share250 Tweet Email1 Died in Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, aged only 22, Mr. Charles Byrne, the famous Irish giant, whose death is said to have been precipitated by excessive drinking, to which he was always addicted, but more particularly, since his late loss of all his property, which he had simply invested in a single bank-note of 700 pounds (sterling).“Mr B., in August 1780 measured 8 feet; that in 1782, he had gained two inches, and, after he was dead, he measured 8 feet 4 inches,” it added.Stolen corpseAs Byrne’s body was being transported to the coast to be buried at sea an undertaker swapped his remains for dead weight and the highly prized corpse was handed over to John Hunter.According to press reports at the time the funeral went ahead as scheduled with everybody seemingly unaware that Byrne’s remains were no longer in the coffin. Queen Elizabeth viewing the skeleton of Charles Byrne in 1962. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesAbout four years later Hunter unveiled the giant skeleton. The famous surgeon’s collection passed into the hands of the College of Surgeons in 1799 and Byrne’s skeleton has been on public display for much of the intervening years.It has played an important role in advancing research including helping to link acromegaly  – the condition where someone produces too much growth hormone – and the pituitary gland.Campaigners have long argued that scientific reasons cannot be used as justification for, going against Bryne’s expressed wishes, and keeping his skeleton on display.Muinzer said the argument holds no water as a full DNA profile of Byrne has already been recorded and an exact copy of his skeleton could be created.  There are also other patients with the same condition who have offered their remains to be used for scientific research.If the museum is not willing to release the remains the law lecturer said it should ensure that they do not go on display when the Hunterian reopens. This is a huge move on their part because their traditional approach has been to bury their heads in the sand. It’s a very unusual and groundbreaking statement.Given the negative coverage and given the growing strength of the campaign I feel it would be very difficult for them to reopen the display. https://jrnl.ie/4083747 18 Comments A LONDON MUSEUM is considering the release of the remains of an 18th Century Irish Giant following sustained pressure from campaigners.The skeleton of Charles Byrne, who hailed from Littlebridge in County Derry, has long been one of the centrepiece exhibits at the Hunterian Museum.The museum, which is run by the Royal College of Surgeons, houses the collection of, the famous Scottish surgeon and anatomist, John Hunter.During his lifetime Byrne toured the UK as a spectacle and newspaper reports from the time of his death indicate that he wished to be buried at sea out of fear that gravediggers would exhume his corpse and sell it to scientists. Source: BBC/ScreengrabWhen he did die, aged only 22, Byrne’s remains came into Hunter’s possession through a crooked undertaker and his skeleton has been on public display for much of the time since.In recent years a campaign calling for the remains to be released and – true to Byrne’s wishes – to be buried at sea has built up considerable traction.One of the campaign groups, Free Charles Byrne, created this short animation about the Derry man’s interesting life and death. Source: freecharlesbyrne/YouTubeVarious different campaigners have made appeals to the Hunterian but the museum has refused to change its stance on the matter and has routinely cited scientific reasons as the justification for keeping Byrne’s remains on display.However the publication of an article in The Conversation, by law lecturer Dr Thomas Muinzer, caused the case to crop up again this week, and the museum has finally offered an altered position on the issue.‘Groundbreaking statement’In a development that has been warmly welcomed by campaigners, the Royal College of Surgeons has said that it is considering releasing Byrne’s remains.In a statement a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons said: Jun 22nd 2018, 12:06 AM After sustained campaign, Irish giant’s bones may finally be released from London museum Charles Byrne wanted to be buried at sea so scientists wouldn’t get their hands on his corpse. His skeleton has been on public display for decades. The Hunterian Museum will be closed until 2021 and Charles Byrne’s skeleton is not currently on display. The Board of Trustees of the Hunterian Collection will be discussing the matter during the period of closure of the Museum.Speaking to TheJournal.ie Muinzer, who has campaigned for Byrne’s remains to be released since 2011, described the statement as a very positive development and added that it would be very hard for the museum to reopen with the skeleton on display.“The Hunterian has previously not responded to any queries so their statement is a hugely positive step,” he said to TheJournal.ie. Friday 22 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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