SEHA League with 10 teams without Serbs

← Previous Story Amanda Kurtovic 4 months out – She won’t play at Women’s EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Arpad Sterbik at F.C Barcelona Intersport until 2016! balkan handballBrest MeshkovSEHA league SEHA League goes to the second season. Despite financial troubles and weak organisational performances, the first season is finished by triumph of Vardar Skopje at F4 tournament in “Zagreb Arena”. League still don’t have Main sponsor, what means that teams have to pay all the costs of competition, accomodation and traveling, which are “too high” for Serbian teams. RK Partizan, RK Vojvodina and RK Metaloplastika made decision to stay out of the competition.Serbian Super League is the only League who didn’t make necessary changes in competition rules last season, so Serbian teams in SEHA, Metaloplastika and Crvena Zvezda had to play domestic League and SEHA in the mixed schedule.Other Leagues (Croatia, BiH, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovakia) did that, so the teams played only in the Play Off of the domestic Championships.This year, Belarus vicechampion, Meshkov from Brest joined SEHA, so we will have 10 teams in the competition:– RK Sloga Doboj (BiH)– Brest HC (Belarus)– RK Lovcen Cetinje (Montenegro)– RK Metalurg Skopje (Macedonia)– RK Nexe Našice (Croatia)– RK Borac Banja Luka (BiH)– Tatran Prešov (Slovakia)– HRK Izvidjac Ljubuški (BiH)– RK Vardar Skopje (Macedonia)– RK Zagreb (Croatia) read more

Russian NT goalkeeper Igor Levshin to SC DHfK Leipzig

One of the best Russian player at WCH 2013, Igor Levshin (38) will help 2. German Bundesliga member SC DHfK Leipzig to stay in the League this season. Team from Leipzig is currently 15th on the League table, two place above the “red line”. After bankrupt of Post Schwerin, experienced Russian goalkeeper had to find a new team for the second part of the season. Good matches at WCH 2013 helped him a lot. He was a hero in the most important clash against Brazil in TOP 16 phase. In that match he was shot three times in a head, one Brazilian player got red card, but Levshin stayed on his legs. Experienced Igor is over a decade in Germany. He played for Stralsunder for seven years (2002-2009) after Slovenian experience with Celje PL (1999-2002). Igor LevshinSC DHfK Leipzig ← Previous Story HP fans: “Domagoj Duvnjak is our MVP” Next Story → Polish race going further – Wisla wins in Szczecin read more

IHF ANNOUNCED Domagoj Duvnjak and Andrea Lekic are the best in 2013

Andrea Lekic and Domagoj Duvnjak More than 35.000 handball fans from all over the world have cast their votes – and the winners are…..Serbian Andrea Lekic and Croat Domagoj Duvnjak! Both are the 2013 Grundfos World Handball Players of the Year. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa unveiled the secret together with Grundfos Director of Corporate Brand Development Mr Kim Klastrup on Sunday (26 January) in Herning, Denmark, prior to the final of the European Championship of Denmark vs. France.Just prior to his awarding to the World Handball Player of the Year, Duvnjak, who still was in his jersey, had missed the bronze medal after a 28:29 against Spain but was also awarded All Star Player of the European championship as best centre back.For both, 26 year old Lekic and Duvnjak, it is the first ever Grundfos World Handball Player award in their career, they are the successors of Alexandra Nascimento (BRA) and Daniel Narcisse (FRA). After Ivano Balic in 2003 and 2006, Duvnjak (playing for German side HSV Hamburg) is the second Croat in history to win this award, Lekic (playing for Macedonian champions Vardar Skopje) is the first ever Serbian women, Svetlana Kitic had been the first ever female awarded in 1988 for Yugoslavia.IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa and Kim Klastrup handed over the official Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year trophy and a cheque worth 10.000 Euros to both players, who were cheered with a big applause by the 14.000 fans in the sold-out arena in Herning.Lekic and Duvnjak received exactly each 33 percent of all votes. Second ranked in the women’s voting was Hungarian Anita Görbicz (27%), ahead of their Györ club team mates Katrine Lunde (Norway/20%), Katarina Bulatovic (Montenegro/13%) and 2011 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year Heidi Löke (Norway/7%).Duvnjak topped the ranking ahead of Danish Mikkel Hansen (2011 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/27%), Spaniard Arpad Sterbik (2005 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/20%), Czech Filip Jicha (2010 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/13%) and Frenchmen Daniel Narcisse (2012 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/7%).Lekic, who had started her international career in Ljubljana, was the key player of the Serbian team to win the silver medal on home ground at the 2013 World Championship. Additionally she won the EHF Champions League trophy with her former club Audi ETO Györ (Hungary).25 year old Duvnjak also won the EHF Champions League in 2013 with Hamburg, was All Star Team player and bronze medallist at the World Championship 2013 in Spain with the Croats. The former Zagreb player was World Championship runners-up in 2009, European silver medallist in 2010 and each bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 European championship.PHOTO: UROS HOCEVAR/IHF ← Previous Story Spain celebrates the bronze medal! Next Story → 14.000 not enough to stop the Experts! read more

Left kneecap injury to keep Felipe Borges out for three months

← Previous Story Clubs queuing up for Niklas Landin Next Story → JEAN BRIHAULT – “The leader of innovation” felipe borgesmahbMontpellier Just days before the resuming of the club handball season in France, Montpellier received some bad news, as their left winger Felipe Borges will have to undergo surgey on his left kneecap, which will keep him out of the court for at least three months. He will be missing the French Final Four in the League Cup in Chambery, and is expected to come back end of April. read more

Silkeborg in Schaffhausen – Two outsiders with Danes on the benches

bjerringbro-silkeborgKadetten Schaffhausensilkeborg ← Previous Story Besiktas wins opener of EHF CL 2016/2017 Next Story → French Lidl StarLigue 16/17: PSG Handball starts with away win in Rennes The match of “outsiders” in VELUX EHF Champions League Group A Kadetten Schaffhausen and Bjeringbro Silkeborg, but also clash of two Danish coaches, Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen and Lars Walther is scheduled for tonight, 20 hrs in BCC Arena.The Swiss and Danish champions are in really strong group so points in the direct encounter are more than important for their future in European elite competition.– I know Lars as a great person, who during the last many years has worked his way through international handball. He has had many exiting assignments in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Romania and now Switzerland. He is used to work in unusual environments and under unusual conditions – said Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen about his colleague Lars Walther, who also has nice words for his compatriot:Peter has moved Bjerringbro-Silkeborg forward, since he took over two years ago. They have more tactic aspects in the game, and Peter has designed a great defence with many offensive possibilities. Peter has really moved the team in the right direction.Coach of Danish team knows that will be hard to reach TOP 16:– We are pleased about the highly attractive group A, where we look forward to many big games for our team and our surroundings. On the court, we hope of creating the big upset that it would be, if we qualify for the Last 16.Lars Walther put the ambitions of his team in range of Silkeborg’s:– Our objective is quite similar to Bjerringbro-Silkeborg’s, I think. We want to get a hold of the sixth and last spot in the Last 16. For it to happen, we have to deliver a couple of upsets, but that is our plan. We take it one game after the other and hope, that we can create the upsets.Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen, who won two Danish Championships with Aalborg and Silkeborg, put pressure on domestic squad:– Kadetten Schaffhausen has to be the favourites on their home court in Switzerland. Then you can say, that we are the favourites, when we in March play in Denmark. They have a large number players on many positions with a lot of experience from international matches both in the VELUX EHF Champions League and from the national teams. Especially their wings, the goalkeeper Nikola Marinovic and the centre back Garbor Csaszar are very experienced. We prepare ourselves for a game on a high physical level. We must play our very best in order to get the win in Schaffhausen, but it is my expectation, that especially our defense can create some troubles for Kadetten Schaffhausen.Lars Walther had fantastic achievements in all the countries where he worked, Poland, Romania and Switzerland (in all three he won Championships with Wisla Plock, Baia Mare and Kadetten). He wants a step forward on the international level:I think, that we and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg are at the same level. Both on paper and on the court, it is two equal teams, so hopefully we can win at home. It looks like their left back Nikolaj Markussen is getting in great shape. Sebastian Skube’s assists to Nikolaj Markussen work better and better, and that is one of the keys for Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. We have to stop them and lower our technical faults in our attack. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is effective on the counter attacks, so we have to be patient in our attacks. There is no doubt that we have to play the perfect game in order to win. We have been unstable in the first matches of the season. It has been a roller coasterfor us with many new players. We have to play our best and do well in our defense, where we have had some issues due to injuries, but it looks like everybody is fit for fight on Thursday.Source: Bjeringbro Silkeborg PRESS read more

Coach Scott Harrington about work with China Learning experience for all of

China handballScott Harrington Chinese women’s national team gaining experience at Women’s World Championship 2017 with the new coaching staff led by Danish coach Jesper Holmriss. His first assistant, Scott Harrington, speaks for Handball-Planet.com about work with the team who has ambitious plans for the future linked with base in Denmark, where Chinese girls will work six months per year.Former Faroe Island coach speaks also about his experience of working with the team who qualified for EHF EURO 2018 qualification stage.China ended Preliminary Round with four defeats and draw against Cameroon 26:26. ← Previous Story (VIDEO): HAND&FOOTBALL girls Marija Colic and Angela Malestein Next Story → GERMANY 2017: Japanese girls are at eight-final! read more

Human trafficking report is a wake up call to government says Immigrant

first_imgTrafficked worker in Ireland: I was threatened, confined and treated as a slave>Victims of human trafficking gang rescued from Belfast brothels> 2009 –  66 people2010 – 78 people2011 – 57 people They say they want the government to:Appoint an anti-trafficking Tsar to ensure greater sharing of information and a co-ordinated approach across Government departments, agencies, the Gardaí and the non-governmental sector.Improve the reporting of this crime and the identification of victims.Provide safe and secure accommodation for those who have been identified.Target the demand for sex-trafficking by implementing the unanimous recommendations of the Oireachtas Justice Committee for laws against sex buyers.Anti Trafficking Coordinator with the Immigrant Council, Nusha Yonkova added: It is now clear that Ireland’s response to one of the biggest crimes in Europe is not good enough and that urgent action is needed.This report not only identifies shortfalls in the law but also highlights failures to provide proper accommodation and safeguards to victims. The report states that 66 per cent victims were adult women, while 24 per cent were children and 10 per cent were men. The main type of exploitation reported during the period 2009-2011, both for adults and children, was sexual exploitation.The review states that preliminary data for 2012, identified 48 human trafficking victims. 31 were female and 23 were children.Sexual exploitationAs regards the forms of exploitation, 39 of the alleged victims were subjected to sexual exploitation and six to labour exploitation. Three cases were found to be cases of illegal immigration.Speaking about the review today Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter said he thought the report was “generally positive” in relation to Ireland and said he will carefully consider the insights of expert report.He said he thought there had been much done “in a relatively short period of time” in relation to human trafficking. He said there was “much to be learned from independent evaluations”.He added that the government “will carefully consider the insights of the group of experts in relation to our approach”.‘Wake-up call’The Immigrant Council of Ireland said the shortfalls highlighted must be acted upon, stating that the report is a “wake up call”.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: This report flies in the face of those vested interests in the sex ‘trade’ who have been trying to claim that human trafficking for sexual exploitation does not exist in Ireland. AN EXPERT REVIEW group has been critical of how Ireland is tackling human trafficking.The review into the state’s compliance with the anti-trafficking convention was conducted by an expert committee from the Council of Europe, who stated that the number of prosecutions and convictions for human trafficking is still “very low”  and the length of the criminal proceedings is “also a manner of concern”.They urged the Irish authorities to take additional measures to ensure that human trafficking offences are investigated and prosecuted effectively, which they say would lead to “proportionate and dissuasive sanctions”.IntimidationThey also said that more could be done to ensure that victims of human trafficking are not subject to intimidation, either before or after a court case.The group said that new immigration legislation had been delayed since 2008, but said that it was promised this year that new legislation would be introduced. They wanted to stress to government that new legislation relating to immigration, asylum and human trafficking should be implemented as soon as possible.Having looked at Ireland’s human trafficking situation the said that Ireland is primarily a country of destination for victims of trafficking, rather than a country of transit.FiguresBetween 2009-2011, more than 200 possible victims of human trafficking were identified in Ireland.The figures, supplied to the expert group by the gardaí, give the following breakdown of human trafficking victims:last_img read more

Jim Carreys new girlfriend is from Tipperary heres her showreel

first_imgIT’S A LONG WAY to Tipperary… from a sun-drenched beach in Malibu where Cappawhite native Cathriona White has been spotted strolling with none other than Jim Carrey.It’s almost as good as the time Renee Zellweger went out with Damien Rice and they were spotted in Tesco in Celbridge.“Who’s that girl?” the tabloids and celeb websites screamed out. “Where did she come from?”RadarOnline have rooted out a “source” who has revealed that the mystery brunette is indeed 26-year-old Irish woman White, and that she 50-year-old Carrey have been “dating for over a month” and that the actor is “smitten”.Source: RadarOnlineThe source also said that Cathriona, who is a trained beautician and makeup artist, will “do anything she can to make sure she’s successful… and dating Jim certainly can’t hurt her career”. Saucer of milk for the ‘source’ please.Radar also rooted out Cathriona’s Facebook page, but we here at The Daily Edge have sniffed out Cathriona’s early forays into the Hollywood scene.She’s worked a lot on the set of the online TV show The Online Gamer as both a makeup artist and an actress.Here she is as ‘Female Customer #2′ in The Online Gamer: Black Ops from 2010:And here she is in action (we’re not being sarky when we say don’t blink for too long, or you will actually miss her):Here she is on the set of a fashion shoot, doing her thang (again, no blinking):Cathriona has also worked behind the scenes on other Online Gamer episodes and most recently on the set of the short film Firefly.We wish her all the best in her career, and her romance with Jim Carrey. How is she going to explain her romance with Jim Carrey (will she just introduce him as ‘Jim’?) to her family back in Tipperary? Where did she even meet him? We have so many questions.Are you from Cappawhite? Do you know Cathriona? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get in touch. We want to know if Jim Carrey makes those faces all the time, and if he’s planning a visit to the Rock of Cashel anytime soon. Email tips@thejournal.ieWatch: Jim Carrey sings Radiohead in a New York nightclub>last_img read more

FFR offers clubs €2 million each to play in Heineken Cup –

first_imgA REPORT IN rugby newspaper Midi Olympique claims that the FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) has offered the French clubs €2 million each to commit to playing in the Heineken Cup next season.Pierre Camou, the president of the FFR, apparently chaired a secret meeting last Tuesday at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in France, which was attended by representatives of the Top 14 clubs, as well as several of their English counterparts.From the outset of the announcement of plans for the Rugby Champions Cup, Camou has been strongly in opposition. This report suggests that Camou has now “raised his voice” to directly inform the French clubs that he is unhappy with their plans. The FFR chief is insistent that any European competition next season will continue to be governed by the ERC (European Rugby Cup).According to Midi Olympique, the FFR is now ready to ensure that happens by delivering a payment of up to €2 million to each of the French clubs. Camou has reportedly also proposed the idea of signing any individual players who wish to continue playing in the Heineken Cup onto central federal contracts with the FFR, similar to what the IRFU does with its star players.Camou is insistent that what the French clubs are planning to do in breaking away to form the Rugby Champions Cup is completely in contravention of the existing French rugby laws. When the plans for the RCC were first announced, the FFR were swift to remind the LNR (Ligue National de Rugby) that they had no right to organise a competition without the direct consent of both the FFR and the IRB (International Rugby Board).Paul Goze, the LNR president, has repeatedly dismissed that notion in his dealings with the media over the last two months, but Camou reiterated his feelings at last week’s private meeting in Paris. The refusal of the French and English clubs to even consider the ERC’s recent concessions has seen Camou step into the picture with more decisiveness.If this report is indeed true, it is good news for the ERC and for the IRFU, who are hoping that the Heineken Cup will continue next season. It is understood that Camou has support from several of the individual French clubs, including Toulon and Biarritz. This reported financial incentive may attract more of the other clubs onto the FFR’s side, and could result in the ERC surviving.– Originally published at 12.54Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘Out of sorts’ D’Arcy may lose out to Marshall for Australia Testlast_img read more

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died

first_imgTHE FORMER ISRAELI Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died, Israel’s government has confirmed.Sharon passed in Tel Hashomer hospital days after his condition had become critical. He was 85. He had spent over eight years in a coma following a debilitating stroke in 2006.BulldozerSharon was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for his ruthless negotiating methods.Swept to power in 2001 by an electorate traumatised by suicide bombings, Sharon threw his weight behind the “war on terror”, laying siege once again to PLO leader Yasser Arafat.Sharon later broke with his life-long convictions and rightwing nationalist allies to push through an unprecedentedly bold plan to withdraw Israeli troops and 8,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip.His decision to “disengage” from Gaza and its 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants was motivated by the fear that demographic realities meant Israel would not long be able to maintain a Jewish majority if it continued to retain territories seized in the Six-Day War.Accused by former allies of “treason” over Gaza, Sharon abandoned his political home in Likud in November 2005 to found the centrist Kadima party with the idea of making further withdrawals from the West Bank.However, just weeks later he would suffer a stroke at the height of his political career. He would never recover and his legacy has split the Israeli right.Read: Vital organs of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon are failing says Tel Aviv hospitallast_img read more

Nonalcohol space Exchange Dublin told to close over antisocial behaviour

first_imgEXCHANGE DUBLIN, A collective arts space located in Temple Bar, has been told to close due to “anti-social behaviour”.In an email from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council on Monday night, volunteers were told they would have to hand back the keys this Friday.The non-alcohol space hosts music and art events and exhibitions and also offers up the space for groups to have knitting clubs, storytelling sessions and all kinds of workshops.It is run by volunteers in association with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and is funded by a grant from the Arts Council.Yesterday, those who run the space started a petition urging artists and independent councillor Mannix Flynn, Ray Yeates the Dublin City Arts Officer  and other politicians not to close the space.“The “official reason” that for us sounds as an excuse is “antisocial behaviour”,” they said. “This antisocial behaviour that there was always in the streets of Temple Bar but not within or inside our non alcohol space!”They said that “bad kids”, drug-taking and violence were mentioned in a letter they received last summer and more recently bongo-drumming by buskers on the street outside. Dublin is full of pockets of young people, some of whom are aware of each other but have no platform to engage with each other or their city. This space is intended to provide an infrastructure for inquiry, discourse and collaboration as an antidote to some of our social problems in Dublin.One of the volunteers told TheJournal.ie that the short notice they were given is “really inconvenient” for the numerous artists who are currently exhibiting at the space.“The majority of people feel like it’s really unfair, considering the amount of meetings we’ve had with the police and they have said we’re not the cause of the anti-social behaviour – this is the residents and businessowners who are saying this,” she said.The online petition already had 904 supporters early yesterday evening.“Closing it would reflect once again that political decisions lack the understanding of what arts and culture bring to society (education, inventivity, self-expression, social exchanges, and even in terms of health, tourism and economy),” commented one person who signed the petition. “The “antisocial behaviour” excuse is inconsistent as precisely Exchange Dublin brings people together in a constructive way!”Dublin City Council did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.Read: Bus Éireann passengers terrorised by ‘rowdy’ youths throwing urine around coach>Read: Fire crew stoned with rocks a day after they call for an end in anti-social behaviour>last_img read more

Woman left badly shaken after car hijacked

first_imgA WOMAN WAS left badly shaken after her car was hijacked in Belfast yesterday.PSNI detectives are appealing for information following the hijacking of the car in the Dermont Road area of Newtownabbey on Saturday 23 February.They said that shortly before 6.40pm it was reported that an unknown male forced the female occupant out of her blue coloured Mazda 5 Sport car before driving off in it.The car was found burnt out in the Boghill Road area of Newtownabbey a short time later. The woman was not injured during the hijacking but was left badly shaken by her ordeal.The male is described as being approximately 5’6″ tall, well built and wearing a black-coloured hooded top.Police are asking anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone with any information to contact detectives at Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000.If you would like to give information anonymously, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

Northern Ireland has a choice about what type of summer it wants

first_imgAFTER A TURBULENT winter, featuring weeks of volatile Union Flag protests, there is some concern that Northern Ireland’s traditional parades’ season could turn ugly.However, the Parades Commission has said there is still time for residents to make positive choices and live through a peaceful summer.“People have a choice,” chairman Peter Osborne insisted in his pre-summer statement.Those directly involved can choose to engage in dialogue or they can choose not to talk to others. People can decide to raise tensions with unhelpful public comment or they can decide to help with calming and measured language.The main parading season kicks off in six weeks time and politicians have been urged to lead by example.“In their language, they can demonstrate political leadership signposting others towards accommodation,” explained Osborne. “Or instead they can comment in an inflammatory and negative way, thereby raising community tensions. They have choices to make.”Earlier this year, First Minister Peter Robinson criticised Sinn Féin councillors for antagonising parts of the population by voting to reduce the number of days the Union flag flies outside Belfast City Hall. The vote sparked off weeks of violent protests. He described the move as “ill-considered and provocative”.Osborne said that people will expect cooperation between parade organisers and residents in particularly-sensitive areas that have been prone to trouble in the past.“Last autumn the Orange Order made it clear that there was no impediment to individual lodges talking to local residents,” he said. “The Commission will facilitate that dialogue when it can, but we need those involved to have the courage to take the steps necessary to deliver on the expectation created.”Where agreement is not reached locally, the Parades Commission steps in to make decisions about parades and protests.“If people make the right choices, Northern Ireland can have a positive summer. If they don’t, society is entitled to ask why, because everyone must endure the consequences,” concluded Osborne.Two journalists receive death threats from paramilitariesAdams to meet family of prison officer shot dead in Dublinlast_img read more

Canadian police forces thwart AlQaeda supported attack

first_imgCANADIAN POLICE HAVE thwarted a terrorist plot on its homeland with the help of US authorities and arrested two suspects.It is understood that the arrests came after a a year-long investigation that led to the arrests of two men, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area and were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train that runs between Toronto and New York.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a press conference which began at 8.30pm Irish time that the plot was uncovered “early and effectively” through their work with the FBI and Homeland Security.RCMP assistant commissioner James Maliza said that “had this plot been carried out it would have resulted in innocent people being killed, or seriously injured.”Canadian police said that the attack was “Al-Qaeda supported” from elements in Iran and had received “direction and guidance”. The RCMP added, however, that there was “no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored.”The pair are expected to appear in court on tomorrow for a bail hearing.Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, they said that there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure.- Additional reporting by AFPlast_img read more

Juvenile offenders were sent to their rooms for up to 2 hours

first_imgRead: Bed available at Oberstown for young boy following judge’s comments>Read: Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison A REPORT FROM the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) recommended that a “points system”, where children are sent to their rooms for half an hour up to 4 times a day, “needed to cease”.The system, which has since been removed, was in place to allow staff to discuss the behaviour of offenders, a HIQA report into Oberstown House in Lusk said.The HIQA report was published this week, finding that the school staff had fully implemented all of the thirteen recommendations made in an action plan for the facility. That plan was made in response to an earlier inspection at the facility, which was carried out in November 2011.That inspection recommended that the school should offer more independence and privacy to young people,  should more closely analyse complaints made by detainees and should ensure that young people were afforded outdoor opportunities. All of those recommendations were met, as well as recommendations regarding the food available at the centre and a review of the use of restraints.The inspection added that young people at the North Dublin facility attend school more regularly and enjoy it more.Oberstown has recently been criticised by a  Children’s Court judge for having open beds that are not being used because of a staff rostering issue. This was raised in the report, which said that the school should ensure that staffing deployed in an effective way to meet the needs of children.Overall, the report said, children and young people were well cared for. Children told the two HIQA inspectors that they felt that staff were “kind, interested in them and their future lives”, adding that the overall attendance in school had significantly improved.Fíona Ní Chinnéide of the Irish Penal Reform Trust said that the report was “broadly positive” and “shows improvement”.last_img read more

UCB Comic Asks for 1 Million on YouTube and Gets It

first_imgIt sounds like something out of a dream: you ask for $1 million, your phone rings, and a millionaire offers you exactly what you asked for. Well, it seems that dreams really do come true — thanks to YouTube. A few months ago, 27-year-old Craig Rowin, a comic who does improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, posted a video on YouTube asking for any millionaire to come forward and give him $1 million. Besides his work at the UCB theater, he also is a contributor to The Onion and its TV show, Onion SportsDome, and is the head writer and director for the ESPN.com webseries, “The Pretty Good Sports Show.” Rowin’s “Please Give Me One Million Dollars” video starts with Rowin saying that the video is only for millionaires or people who know millionaires.“Please give me $1 million. Now you have millions and millions of dollars. Give me one million. I don’t need it for anything specific, but I think it would be awesome.” After a comical video, shown below, he asks the millionaires to e-mail him at PleaseGiveMeOneMillionDollars@gmail.com.So, what happened after the video went public? Rowin received lots of e-mails, and finally, a man named Benjamin called to make him an offer. Really. It worked. Rowin will receive the check for $1 million live onstage at the UCB theater on February 2. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some available the day of the show. You can check out the second video with a clip of Benjamin the Millionaire’s call after the jump.last_img read more

43 new Android files found to infringe Oracle Java patents UPDATED

first_imgIn August last year Oracle dropped a bombshell when it sued Google over Java patent infringement. After acquiring Sun, Oracle was quick to defend its new property and targeted Android which it believes is derived from Java and infringes on several patents.Google responded by giving 20 different reasons no infringement had occurred. But today the tables have well and truly turned in Oracle’s favor.FOSS Patents, a blog that covers software patent news, has been investigating the lawsuit and the claimed infringements by Google. By looking at the Android codebase in detail Florian Mueller of FOSS has found some pretty damning evidence which Oracle can use to further prove infringement has taken place.First of all Florian has identified 6 new source code files that look to have been derived with a decompiler. Specifically:I have since found six more files in an adjacent directory that show the same pattern of direct copying. All of them were apparently derived with the help of a decompiler tool. Those files form part of Froyo (Android version 2.2) as well as Gingerbread (version 2.3). Although on its own that finding is quite serious, Meuller has uncovered another 37 files in the Android codebase that contain very clear Sun copyright notices:I have identified 37 files marked as “PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL” by Sun and a copyright notice file that says: “DO NOT DISTRIBUTE!” Those files appear to relate to the Mobile Media API of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit. Unless Google obtained a license to that code (which is unlikely given the content and tone of those warnings), this constitutes another breach. This is new evidence in addition to what Oracle has already presented giving the company new ammo with which to face Google in the courts.Google did complain that Oracle left out copyright headers in the documents it filed for the case originally, but including them turns out to be worse for Google as they state “PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL” or have a GPL 2 header. In both cases they do not allow Google to use the code freely under the Apache open source license according to Meuller.Oracle will now surely jump on this new evidence and submit it as part of the lawsuit. Google may have already realized such infringing evidence exists, while any manufacturer relying on Android on their devices will be bracing for the outcome of this case.[UPDATE] The findings of FOSS are being questioned with ZDNet’s Ed Brunette stating the claims are false. The first 6 files being referred to were actually released by Sun to aid developers and everyone has access to them. The other 37 files are for native code audio drivers and don’t actually ship with Android. Check out Ed’s response to these claims and make up your own mind if this works for or against Google.Read more at FOSS Patents, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Adobe ends support for AIR on desktop Linux

first_imgAdobe has officially announced that it no longer intends to support AIR on Linux. The existing release of AIR 2.6 will be the last from the company on that platform, and instead the open source Open Screen Project will be responsible for any future updates and developments. Adobe is supporting that effort with a Linux porting kit for AIR that ships with the source code.Adobe’s reason for ending official support has been explained as a lack of growth in the usage of Linux on the desktop. Adobe’s Dave McAllister explains in a blog post that desktop Linux usage remains around 1% with AIR download share at 0.5%. At the same time both Android and iOS use continues to grow rapidly. Therefore Adobe is refocusing on those mobile platforms and the desktop Linux user loses out.In the short term this will have no impact on existing AIR applications and their ability to run on desktop Linux. However, future versions of AIR, and apps that support new features in those versions, simply won’t run anymore without a third-party offers support.If the usage of AIR on Linux is as low as Adobe is suggesting, you have to wonder if anyone will really care about this decision. At the same time, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as an open source project version could end up offering a better solution than the official version ever did.The comments on the blog post announcing this are very telling. It’s been suggested a lack of 64-bit support in both AIR and Flash skews the figures Adobe is quoting. Most fitting is a comment by Rino Andre Johnsen who points out AIR is all about cross-platform development and by removing desktop Linux support it can no longer claim to be that.Read more at the Adobe bloglast_img read more

Fujitsu develops locationbased push and pull for disposable apps

first_imgIf you own a smartphone, chances are you’ve got a bevvy of go-to mobile apps installed. There are loads of great apps out there, helping us perform all kinds of different tasks. But as nice as app stores are, they’re so tediously manual. You’ve got to search or browse through pages of apps to find the right one, and while there are lots of discovery options available, too, sometimes it would be nice if the right app just appeared on your phone.Imagine, for example, that you’re heading out to a ball game at Yankee Stadium. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone, somewhere could push an app that let you browse player statistics and check pitcher-batter match-ups to your phone (with your permission, of course)? As an added bonus, maybe the app would even silently remove itself once your phone’s GPS has left the building.AdChoices广告Fujitsu thinks this kind of “disposable app” system is feasible, and they’re currently developing the idea into an actual deployable platform that could serve programs to laptops, tablets, and smartphones. While it might seem like an odd idea at first blush, think about how apps like this would work at places like hotels, zoos, theme parks, galleries, or museums, where paper information guides are still distributed by the truckload. By eliminating the sometimes off-putting discovery process, visitors would be given instant access to relevant information right on their phones — boosting convenience and reducing waste at the same time.The system could also be a nice fit in enterprise settings, where apps could be designed to disappear when users leave a specific area — say, a presentation app that works only while in the conference room. It’s a bit like those silly electronic cigarettes that glow to let you know another smoker is nearby, but, you know… useful.More at TechCrunchlast_img read more