Monthly Archive: September 2019

Bosna and Herzegovina wants Mens Junior WC 2013

Bosna and Herzegovina wants to organise the first big handball events in her history. Watch the promotional Video of national Federation. Capital city, Sarajevo was a host city of the Winter Olympic Games 1984.[youtube][/youtube] Bosna and Herzegovina handballJunior Handball World Championship ← Previous Story Danijel Šarić out for five weeks Next Story → Handball Argentina – Apertura 2011: Champion Quilmes lost at home

Argentinians in France Gallardo invites 7 players from Europe

← Previous Story Brazil: Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia Ends unbeaten first phase Next Story → HANDBALL BOOK: “FROM THE BEGINNER TO TOP PLAYER” Argentinian NT headcoach Eduardo Gallardo invites 17 players for the preparation week in France from October 28 to November 3. Argentinians will have one friendly match against Ivry HC on October 31. Initially young Pablo Simonet was on this lists but he is injured now…ARGENTINA ROSTER:Goalkeepers: Matías Schulz (Granollers) (ESP) Fernando García – Vernon (FRA)Left wings: Federico Fernández -UNLu Benjamín Testa – AACF Quilmes Adrián Portela – River PlateRight wings: Federico Pizarro – SEDALO Facundo Cangiani – River PlateBacks: Guido Riccobelli – UNLu  Pablo Portela – River Plate  Sebastián Simonet – Ivry (FRA)  Diego Simonet – Montpellier (FRA)  Leonardo Querín – Billere (FRA)  Federico Vieyra – Istres (FRA)  Santiago Baronetto – NM DorregoLine players: Gonzalo Carou – Ademar León (ESP) Sergio Crevatín – SAG Alte.  Brown Francisco Schiaffino – River Plate Argentina handballhandballsimonet handball read more

Dashcam video shows the intense stupidity of some pedestrians

first_imgAS YOU PROBABLY know, dashboard cameras are very common in Russia.  This is due to the high frequency of accidents and other incidents drivers experience while on the road and the heavy reliance on video footage as evidence.They often turn up astonishing footage of near misses too, and this supercut of pedestrians is full of that kind of thing.You will not believe how stupid some people are. Source: RoadCrash500 via JalopnikGiant boulder almost crushes car in dashcam video>Welsh village’s proposed name change raises stink>last_img

Ireland caps are the dream for Cardiff Blues star Robin Copeland

first_imgROBIN COPELAND HAS had to work hard to get to where he is, especially after letting his first shot at the big time slip away.Having been capped for Leinster through the age grade levels, his chance with the province’s academy was left untaken due to the combination of a focus on education, self-doubt and a lack of total commitment.The turnaround has been complete since. Having dropped off Leinster’s books, Copeland continued to excel in the AIL for St Mary’s to the extent that professional rugby was soon back in the realms of possibility. With a degree in his back pocket and nothing to lose, the Wexford man set off for Plymouth in 2010 and just over three years later is being mentioned as a possible Ireland international.Copeland was named man of the match after his Cardiff Blues team beat current champions Toulon in the Heineken Cup on Saturday, a game in which the 25-year-old demonstrated all of his best qualities. Powerful ball carrying, pure pace, intelligent passing skills and a relentless work rate were the facets of his performance that stood out.For Copeland and the Blues, it was a special day.“It’s a great result for everybody at the club; supporters, staff, players. I think everybody needed it really. It’s given us a big push and it’s probably the highlight of my career so far, to be honest. It was just a great day and a great result.”There was an early error for Copeland, as he knocked on an attempted quick-tap penalty, but the manner in which he responded to that mistake was hugely encouraging. He told that his pre-game focus had been on staying relaxed before the biggest match of his professional life.“I didn’t really want to think about it too much leading up to the game. I just stayed pretty relaxed and then just let the occasion build me up as the game went on. I think with the quick-tap, it was just a rush of blood to the head.Copeland in St Mary’s colours in the AIL back in 2010. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer.“I tried to go a little bit quickly and the pass from our scrum-half Lloyd Williams was kind of behind me, I was trying to catch up with myself and ended up messing it up a bit! But I just put it behind me quickly and tried to just get on with the rest of the game.”That is most certainly what happened as Copeland made a total of 10 carries for 49 metres, including one excellent counter-attacking line break when he went past Toulon lock Bakkies Botha as if he wasn’t there.In a statement that is symbolic of Copeland’s intention to keep improving as a player, he says he feels there are areas where he could have done better against Toulon.“I try to believe in my game as much as I can. I look back on the game and I suppose that I could have done a lot of things better. I think I always try to be critical of myself and say ‘Yeah, I played well but there are a few areas where I could have probably done a little bit better.’I think there’s definitely room for improvement in the performance and I’d like to try and do that.”Copeland’s path to the Heineken Cup has been less than typical with a season spent at Plymouth in the English championship in 2010/11 followed by another with the Rotherham Titans, where the 6ft 5ins back row scored a phenomenal 11 tries and was spotted by Cardiff.Last season was all about settling into new surroundings, growing into the No. 8 role that he is now beginning to master. Many of Copeland’s formative years were spent in the second row or at blindside flanker, but he feels he has finally found his favoured position.“I think so. I played a lot of second row for most of amateur career, when I was playing back in Ireland I was always there. I played a little bit at 6, but not really 8. The back row is always a very competitive place and I’ve grown into that role now.Copeland’s importance to the Blues has grown over the last two seasons. ©INPHO/Huw Evans.“I think I’m learning my trade there fairly well and I’m definitely getting a bit more confident with it every week. I think No. 8 is probably where I’ll stay now. I’m happy enough to play six, but I play my best rugby at eight.”His excellent form for the Blues in recent weeks has led to something of a clamour for Copeland to be included in the Ireland set-up for the forthcoming Ireland internationals, but it is still early days in that regard. However, the athletic No. 8 says that playing for his country is an ambition.That’s the dream I suppose at the moment. All I can do is just keep playing well here and try to make my performances speak for themselves really.”If he does continue to perform at this level and begin to push for international caps, then there will of course be the possibility of another chance with his home province. While Copeland stresses that he is happy in Cardiff and enjoying his status as a fans’ favourite there, the lure of Leinster will always exist.“Ireland is my home and I’d love to go back and play there some day, but I can’t really think too much about it at the moment. I’m just trying to keep my performances moving in the right direction.“I think it would be nice to go back home, but those kind of things are pretty much out of my control. I’m not going to stress over that, I’m happy being here and I like Cardiff.“I love the Blues and I get on very well with the boys here. I’ve got a good thing going and I’m happy enough here for now anyway.”Like rugby? 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16 unspoken rules everyone should live by

first_imgTHE FOLLOWING 16 maxims will help you – and those around you – live a satisfied life.You’re welcome.1. Never put the milk back in the fridge with just a drop left Source: Peter aka anemoneprojectorsAnything less than enough for a cup of tea is unacceptable.2. When you’re going to someone’s house for dinner or a party, show up a few minutes late Source: PleuntjeAnd it also goes without saying that you should always bring something. Always.3. Never ask someone if they’re pregnant Source: deanjIt’s too risky.4. No talking at the urinal Source: bradleygeeIt can wait.5. If someone holds the door for you, don’t leave them hanging there if there are more people coming Source: ShutterstockSay thanks and take the door from them, then pass it to the person behind you.6. If an awkward silence happens, don’t point it out Source: John JewellIt just makes it worse.7. Replace the toilet paper when it runs out Source: GorillaSushi8. If someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t swipe Source: ChoveeThere are almost certainly images on there you shouldn’t see.9. Don’t make small talk in the lift Source: robinsonsmayIt’s already awkward enough.10. There’s no need to be rude to waiters Source: ralph and jennyOr anyone else serving you. (Unless they’re nasty to you, obviously. Then they’re fair game.)11. Hand people money, don’t put it down on the counter Source: stevendepolo12. If you’re sharing a hotel room, it’s common decency not to stink up the bathroom Source: pdstahl13. If you’re going to complain on social media, be specific Source: Passive Aggressive Status14. The phone does not require your ‘outside voice’ Source: Gari15. When someone else is eating something, don’t be rude about it Source: thienzieyungNo matter how disgusting it looks. Your thoughts can wait until they’ve finished.16. Never fart while wearing headphones Source: ShutterstockIn your head: useful cover noise. Outside: total silence.Any more for any more? Let us know in the comments…Inspired by this Reddit thread.14 seemingly harmless things that are definitely out to get you>11 distinctly Irish cooking methods from your youth>last_img read more

Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 16 per cent last month, according to the latest CSO figures.The data reveals Volkswagen as the manufacturer of choice and the only brand to see more than 1,000 vehicles licensed during October. It was followed closely by Ford and then Audi.The CSO noted that the three month transition period for motor tax gapping provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 ended on 30 September 2013, meaning that any car designated as ‘off the road’ still needs to be tax compliant.The cars licensed when a valid motor disc was issued for the first time would be included in these figures.So far this year, 111,497 vehicles have been licensed in Ireland.The total number of all new vehicles licensed during October 2013 was 4,974 compared with 3,563 during the same month in 2012 – an increase of 39.6 per cent.SIMI: New number plates haven’t helped motor industryMore: Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwidelast_img read more

Fire rages in Norway heritage village

first_imgA LARGE BLAZE has raged through a historic village in western Norway, destroying many of its famed 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses and forcing the evacuation of local residents, police said.The fire in the riverside village of Laerdalsoyri, some 200 kilometres northwest of Oslo, began in a house on Saturday evening.Fanned by strong winds, the blaze raged out of control overnight and it took firefighters until Sunday afternoon to extinguish it.Laerdalsoyri is located in the West Norwegian Fjords area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Police said 23 buildings including 16 homes were destroyed in the town, and hundreds of residents had to be evacuated.Local media said several buildings listed as historic monuments were affected.In all, 177 people were admitted to hospital for observation or treatment as a result of smoke inhalation. Two remain in hospital.“There were a lot of heroes in Laerdal that night,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.“I want to say a big thank you to all those who fought to bring the situation under control.”- © AFP, 2014Read: Incredible time lapse video of the Northern Lights>last_img read more

Women who request abortions at higher risk of domestic violence

first_imgA NEW STUDY suggests that that the level of domestic violence experienced by women who seek a termination of their pregnancy is six times higher than women seeking antenatal care.The new comparative UK study, which is published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, looked at the prevalence of domestic violence in women requesting a termination of pregnancy and those attending antenatal clinics.It used self-administered anonymous questionnaires among 219 women in an antenatal clinic and 274 in a termination of pregnancy clinic in the Hull and East Riding areas of the UK.ViolenceThe authors say that the study highlights that almost half of all adult women in England and Wales have experienced domestic violence of one form, whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.The results showed that: Among women attending termination of pregnancy clinics, 5.8 per cent were victims of physical abuse in the current relationship, whereas it was 0.9 per cent amongst women attending antenatal clinics.The women in the termination group also suffered a higher rate of emotional abuse than those in the antenatal clinic population (9.9 per cent compared to 1.8 per cent).Of the 274 women requesting a termination, 10 (2 per cent) mentioned domestic violence as a contributing factor.The most common reasons for requesting a termination were financial worries and contraceptive failure. Conclusion The authors concluded that even though domestic violence was not given as a frequent reason for requesting a termination of pregnancy, “women who request an abortion are at a higher risk of domestic violence and this may be related to other life issues”.They emphasised the importance of relevant training amongst healthcare professionals, saying that this would ensure that women are referred to appropriate support services “in a timely and sensitive manner”.Dr Tonye Telema Wokoma, co-author of the study said:Domestic violence remains a complex public health issue that may start or escalate with pregnancy and can cause many obstetric complications and psychological effects which ultimately may lead to loss of fetal or maternal life. Whether the pregnancy continues or ends, these women and their existing children live at risk.Dr Wokoma said this study shows just “a small fraction of the true scale of the problem”.Pierre Martin Hirsch, BJOG deputy editor-in-chief added: “Domestic violence can be extremely damaging to a woman’s mental, emotional and physical health and in some cases has been linked to postnatal depression.”He said that more research in this area is needed “to determine effective screening methods and interventions to help women suffering from any form of abuse”.Read: Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?>Read: Abused husband was ‘knocked out’ and had knife ‘lunged’ at him>last_img read more

Phone use now permitted during all phases of Ryanair flights Aer Lingus

first_imgAer Lingus say they’re not ready to make a similar announcement just yet. According to a spokesperson:“We are at an advanced stage of our approvals process regarding the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) and will be announcing a change to the policy shortly.”First posted at 7.58am.Read: Browse the web, send emails and texts – it’s all possible on some Aer Lingus flights>Read: “I’ve made mistakes…I have to change those rough edges” – Michael O’Leary> Updated at 10.04amTHAT ‘PLEASE TURN off your mobile’ warning will be a thing of the past from today — at least if you’re flying on Ryanair.The budget airline has announced that all customers may now use portable electronic devices on all flights, for the entire duration of the flight (that includes tablets, smartphones, e-readers and MP3 players).The devices will have to be switched to ‘flight mode’ and carrier’s stressing that passengers will still need to listen to “all safety demos/briefings” regarding their use.It follows a ruling from the European Aviation Safety Agency in November of last year, approving the use of such devices during take-off and landing.That decision followed on from a similar one in the US earlier last year.According to a statement from Ryanair:“The IAA [Irish Aviation Authority] is one of the first regulatory authorities in the world to approve this measure and we wish to commend them for their initiative.“We are working hard to improve our service to all customers and today’s PED approval is the latest in a series of changes which we know our customers will love.”last_img read more

A truly fitting finale as Brian ODriscoll finishes as a champion

first_img“In the days of the big direct running, he might be the final bastion along with Gordon (D’Arcy) for the smaller centre who is a creator of play rather than a direct runner.”In no fixture has that been better illustrated than when Ireland play France (or when Leinster play Toulon next month): Mathieu Bastareaud, the man mountain who has given O’Driscoll some of the roughest rides of career, did so once again today. ‘ONE MORE YEAR,’ they chanted. And who could have blamed them.2013 seemed like a fitting enough number for Brian O’Driscoll to finish on.However,  aside from the magical interventions in the Millennium Stadium, the first five months of the year could only force you to think: ’No. It can’t end like this.’‘Not in the Amlin Challenge Cup, that’s not right.’‘Not battered and scarred in a disastrous Six Nations for Ireland.’‘There are records still unbroken, Brian.’‘Not in that Roman sin-bin.’‘One. More. Year.’ Yes!“There was a bit of bullying both ways really, going back quite a few months,” said head coach Joe Schmidt after BOD’s big leaving do against Italy last week. But as immense as the French 13 is, he could not outshine the man opposite him. Not today. It’s so rare in sport that a life’s work is given the ending it deserves, but that is precisely what O’Driscoll received today.“I’m so delighted to go out on this high,” he told RTE before the tears came flooding out at the mention of the last Schmidt team talk he would hear.“It’s exactly what you would have wanted, to have a second Six Nations medal around my neck.”His second Six Nations medal in his 141st and final international cap. Athletes are supposed to deteriorate with age, but O’Driscoll has continued to set a high bar. He has changed over the years; the creativity was always there, but young O’Driscoll’s speed and ability to operate purely as a strike-runner, naturally drew the attention away. What a difference a year makes. Source: INPHOHis instant control of the oval ball was previously best illustrated by a host of tries scored by picking a ball effortlessly off the turf while barely breaking stride. These days, as he freely admits, the tries have become more rare. He has scored only one for Ireland since 2011, but the frequency with which was he is assisting or creating scores never abated.The win in Paris showed another side of his game that makes him great – the man who revels in trench warfare. When there is no gap, O’Driscoll is the ball carrier Ireland call on to set a base, to make vital inches over the gainline and to set an attack in motion.When the opposition run (and France run at Ireland like few others can dream of) the 35-year-old body shakes off the pain of a briefly treated injury. He shakes off the memory of early missed tackles.He goes low on Bastareaud, he forces the error. And when the rest of the team is at panic stations, he is a calm head in a patched together Ireland backline.Whoever Joe Schmidt selects as his replacement this summer has an enormous task, because right down to the last minute of his 15 years in green, O’Driscoll has been pivotal to a nation’s hopes.‘One more year?’ His French interviewer asked after the glorious sound of the final whistle came.Absolutely not!There is no need. Records have been broken, frustration washed away, 12 months have brought medals to replaced the scars. Brian O’Driscoll bows out of international rugby at the very top.It’s how it was meant to be.Twitter reacts to Ireland’s dramatic Six Nations defeat of FranceOut of 10: How Ireland rated in this evening’s Six Nations victory over Francelast_img read more

G7 snubs Russia summit over Ukraine crisis

first_imgG7 Leaders meeting at Catshuis, the official residence of the Dutch Prime Minister, in The Hague. (PA image)Crimea“We are not trying to hold on to this format, and we see no great tragedy if it does not meet,” Lavrov said, insisting that Crimea has “a right to self-determination”.Russia’s takeover of the region was not “malicious intent”, said Lavrov, but was to “protect the Russians who have been living there for hundreds of years”.Moscow was added to the G7 club of the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Britain — seen as the world’s top diplomatic and economic table — in 1999 as a reward for choosing the path of democracy after the collapse of Communism.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the snubbing of Russia was “perhaps the most significant action because it shows that all these different countries have not accepted the annexation of Crimea as a fait accompli”.Fabius stressed that the G7 had agreed to work out how to reduce their energy dependency on Russia.“Because when we talk about sanctions, possible reactions, energy questions must be asked,” Fabius said.“We must be in a situation where we don’t depend as much as we do today on Russia,” he said.© – AFP 2014Related: Outnumbered: Ukrainian troops withdraw from Crimea>Read: “The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine”: Kiev fears Russia ready to attack> THE G7 GROUP of top economic powers today scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow’s isolation over the Ukraine crisis.After emergency talks called by US President Barack Obama, the G7 said they would hold a meeting in Brussels without Russia instead of the wider G8 summit that was to have taken place in Sochi.The G7 also threatened tougher sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, which has plunged relations between the West and Moscow to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.The meeting in The Hague came as Ukraine ordered its outnumbered troops to withdraw from Crimea as yet another of its bases was stormed and the White House said it was “very concerned” by the Russian troop build-up on the border.Sanctions“We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant impact on the Russian economy, if Russia continues to escalate this situation,” the leaders said in a statement.The G7 “came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi summit,” they added.But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defiantly dismissed such a move as “no great tragedy” after separate talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Ukraine’s interim Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya.“If our Western partners think that this format (the G8) has outlived itself, then so be it,” Lavrov told reporters.last_img read more

Cigarettes tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €15 million sting operation

first_imgCIGARETTES, TOBACCO AND counterfeit vodka worth more than €1.5 million have been seized by officials in two separate sting operations.In the first instance, two million Benson and Hedges cigarettes were seized by Revenue officials and Gardaí at a commercial premises in Athenry in Galway on Wednesday.The cigarettes had originally come from Belgium and had entered Ireland through Dublin Port. Revenue said that the cigarettes had a retail value of almost €1 million.In a separate operation, officials seized 1.2 million cigarettes, 400 kgs of tobacco and a small quantity of counterfeit vodka from a private premises in Faughart in Dundalk on Saturday.  The seized goods had a total retail value of €730,000, with the cigarettes accounting for €550,000 of that.No-one has been arrested in connection with the seizures and investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Safety deposit boxes are no more at Bank of Ireland

first_imgThe majority have wills, legal documents and jewelry. Many would have stored gold in there because of the upsurge in burglaries associated with these dodgy cash for gold shops.GoldCore has launched a replacement service with partner Sentinal Vaults in a former AIB vault in Ballsbridge.Company sets-up safety deposit vault as burglaries rise and people fear banks>AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals> BANK OF IRELAND will withdraw its safekeeping facilities from its branch network, the bank confirmed today.The safety deposit boxes are “causing an unacceptable health, safety and security risk in some branches”, the bank said in a statement.The service has, until now, been provided on an ad-hoc basis throughout the branch network to customers free of charge.Bank of Ireland said that the removal will not affect customers with long-term items in storage, but those who “regularly visit the branch to view items”.Customers will have thirty days to remove the items from storage before the banks place them into archive.Precious metal broker Mark O’Byrne of Goldcore said that the boxes were often used by elderly people to store valuables and legal documents.“Bank of Ireland is removing this valuable service from their clients which it has almost certainly offered since the bank’s foundation in 1783, as safekeeping was always an important part of banking.”“This is a very important service, still used by the elderly today.”last_img read more

The 10 most expensive homes for sale in New York City

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change THERE HAVE BEEN some pricey home sales in Manhattan recently, but many of city’s most expensive properties are still on the market.With the help of Zillow, we’ve put together a list of the most expensive homes currently for sale in New York City. These apartments feature incredible city views, swanky residential amenities, and more.These homes are listed $60 million and up. By comparison, the median asking price for homes in Manhattan in April 2014 was $1.28 million, according to StreetEasy.All prices are in US Dollars.last_img read more

Handover of 25000 motherandbaby files indicates scale and breadth of investigation

first_imgCHILDREN’S MINISTER CHARLIE Flanagan has confirmed that 25,000 files have been handed over from the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of the Child and Family Agency ‘TUSLA’.The Sacred Heart Sisters operated three of the country’s largest mother-and-baby homes: Bessborough in Cork, Castlepollard in Westmeath and Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary.Speaking in the Dáil, Flanagan said the figure indicated the scale and breadth of the task facing the Commission of Investigation being set up to examine the country’s mother-and-baby institutions.He made the comments as his Department confirmed that it had received over 100 submissions from individuals and groups as part of the planned investigation.Senior officials from eight Government departments briefed Cabinet today on the interim findings of the cross-departmental review being carried out in advance of the formal start of the Commission of Investigation.A number of Government departments and state agencies were asked to scope the issues relevant to the Commission and to report by the end of June.Flanagan said he intended to move ahead with the finalisation of the terms of reference ”and to bring a resolution to the Oireachtas for consideration prior to the summer recess to facilitate the making of an order to formally establish the Commission”.Regarding the hand-over of documents to TULSA in Cork, he said:What we will have to do is go through these documents, as we in the context of the investigation deal with the very sensitive issues involved – by way of insuring that we have at this point in our history a full and detailed appraisal of what went on over the years.He said the number of files gave a good indication of the the scale of the inquiry, which he said would provide a “detailed history going back to the foundation of the state and up to the 1980s”.Flanagan has been meeting with survivors’ groups, campaigners, academics with expertise in the area, opposition politicians and religious leaders in recent weeks as part of the inter-departmental review.Yesterday afternoon was set as the deadline for submissions to the Department — after a dedicated email address was set up earlier last month.There have been calls to have the Commission include many of the various Protestant-run children’s homes and orphanages, while one group said the investigation may have to examine activities in “around 100″ institutions in all.Read: It’s not just Tuam… Mother-and-baby probe needs to examine at least 100 institutions, Minister toldExclusive: Children died of malnutrition, syphilis, heart failure at mother and baby homelast_img read more

Fiddles at the ready The worlds biggest trad music session kicksoff in

first_imgIt’s 20 years since the Fleadh was held in Sligo and chairperson of this years festival Bartley Gavin has hailed the “wonderful work of the Sligo people” in preparation.“It will enable us to welcome with open arms the thousands of visitors that plan to make Sligo their home for the coming week,” he says.The Fleadh’s website has details of everything that’s going on each day of the festival and also has information on getting and staying there.Iarnród Éireann have added additional services between Dublin and Sligo for the duration of the Fleadh.Read: Fleadh Cheoil organisers to ‘respectfully’ return Shell funding after public outcry > Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann/YouTubeTHE ANNUAL Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann begins in Sligo today with President Michael D Higgins set to launch the week long festival of traditional music.There are over 250 events being held over the course of the eight days in what organisers describe as the world’s biggest trad music session.The Fleadh gets underway with a number of events happening this morning but today’s main event is the Colmcille Pageant from 3pm. It’s set to include drummers and dancers parading through the centre of the town before finishing on Stephen’s Street.President Higgins, a long-time supporter of the Fleadh, will officially open the event at 5pm and will also open and sign a peace book that marks a  series of peace building events throughout the week of the Fleadh.Today’s festivities are expected to create a carnival atmosphere in the town and the pedestrianised streets will play host to one of the the many sessions over the next eight days.last_img read more

Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi

first_imgSource: centcom/YouTubeUS JETS ATTACKED jihadists who have besieged civilians on an Iraqi mountain for a week, as Britain and France this morning joined a desperate race to save them from starvation.Two days after Washington deployed its airforce over Iraq, a coordinated Western aid effort was shaping up to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending genocide.An attack by extremist Islamic State (IS) militants on the Sinjar region a week ago sent thousands — many of them from the Yazidi minority — scurrying into a nearby mountain.Most have since been stranded on Mount Sinjar in searing summer heat with little food and water. A Yazidi leader warned Saturday that they would not survive much longer.US forces “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked” near Sinjar, the US military said late Saturday. Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community arrive to the camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border. Source: AP Photo/Khalid MohammedObama has said he was confident the US airforce could prevent IS fighters “from going up the mountain and slaughtering the people who are there” but added the next step of creating a safe passage was “logistically complicated”.US and Iraqi cargo planes have been air dropping food and water over Mount Sinjar, a barren 60-kilometre (35 miles) ridge that local legend holds as the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.Britain joined the effort overnight Saturday with its first air drop over Sinjar of food and water.“The world has been shocked by the plight of the Yazidi community,” said International Development Minister Justine Greening. Last night the RAF (Royal Air Force) successfully dropped lifesaving UK aid supplies, including clean water and filtration devices, on the mountain.Two RAF C-130 transport planes were deployed to the Sinjar region on SaturdayFrench Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also arrived in Iraq, where he is due to oversee the first delivery of French aid for displaced people in the Sinjar area.“The United States can’t just look away. That’s not who we are. We’re Americans. We act. We lead. And that’s what we’re going to do on that mountain,” Obama said Saturday. sident Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House yesterday. Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisBut many civilians have been cowering in caves and are scattered across the range.Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraq’s parliament, warned Saturday that anything short of a mass evacuation was unlikely to save all those who are stranded on the mountain.Several thousand of mainly Yazidi civilians have managed to flee the mountain but a majority, including the weakest among the displaced, remain trapped.An alliance of Kurdish fighters from Iraq, Syria and Turkey has escorted Yazidis and members of other minorities to safety but IS remains largely in control of the area.- © AFP, 2014Read: No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a “long-term project” >More: Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes >last_img read more

This Car Climbed Pikes Peak Without a Driver

first_imgA 900-hp race car can climb Pikes Peak in 10 minutes, a sports car such as the Audi TTS can make it in 17 minutes in the hands of an expert driver, and Audi’s self-driving TTS completed the 12.42 miles to the summit in 27 minutes. With nobody driving. In less than a decade we’ve gone from self-driving DARPA Challenge vehicles having trouble navigating the desert to a modified production car with autonomous driving tweaks that averaged almost 30 mph climbing one of America’s most treacherous roads.AdChoices广告In late summer, the robotic Audi TTS made six runs on the Pikes Peak course. The project was marred by a Sept. 17 Audi helicopter crash that injured four people on board who were trailing and filming the TTS as it neared the top of the 14,100-foot mountain. The runs were made official just this week by the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They certified the time to complete the run, the speed on various segments (including an average of 45 mph on the only unpaved part of the course), and also that no drivers were on board. In addition to the record-setting run, the Audi TTS made it to the top on its five other runs, “only pausing briefly on its own to confirm its reading of route data,” not a bad thing since there are places where there’s no guardrails protecting against the drop-offs on Pikes Peak. The Autonomomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car was a joint project of Audi, academic researchers, and private companies. The yearlong project involved the Volkswagen Group’s Electronic Research Lab in Palo Alto, Calif.; Stanford University; and Oracle. Oracle provided its Java real-Time System (Java RTS) and Oracle Solaris. While there are GPS antennas and vision systems onboard unlike anything in passenger cars, Audi made it a point to retain the safety and navigation systems in a stock Audi TTS. Audi’s Goal: Smarter and Safer Drivers, not Driverless Cars For many automakers and university researchers, the car the drives itself is a goal on par with the once-and-future flying car. Except that isn’t really the goal or Audi – or other German automakers who can’t, so far, envision life without a driver involved in controlling their fine pieces of machinery. But they love the idea of technology that makes car and driver smarter. Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Electronic Research Lab, said, “The goal is to improve driver safety and save lives by creating extremely robust electronics.” Others point out that self-driving cars in reserved lines on limited access roads could tailgate, safely, and at least double the capacity of urban interstates at rush hour. All without building a single new road. Next Step: The Need for Speed Audi says its next step is to make self-driving cars go faster on paved surfaces. For that work, Audi is scoping out racetracks where it can conduct its testing.last_img read more

Windows Phone 7 Firmware Update Bricks Some Samsung Devices

first_imgSamsung users looking forward to the latest Windows Phone 7 firmware – you know, the one that will add copy/paste and tons of bug-fixes to their device – may want to hold off for a little while: a number of sites and sources are reporting that the firmware update is “bricking” some Samsung Omnia 7 phones, or rendering them useless, even if you attempt to hard-reset the phone or connect it to a PC to restore it. Samsung and Microsoft have both called off the update until they can identify and resolve the issue, but admittedly this isn’t a great start to the process of bringing the Windows Phone 7 handsets currently on the market up to speed. According to a post at WinRumors, Microsoft knows what the issue is and is working to resolve it quickly so the updates can start rolling again, and they’ve been suggesting owners who applied the update only to brick their devices should take their phones back to their wireless carrier stores or retailers to exchange for a new device. For its part, Samsung hasn’t said much about the issue.last_img read more

Motorola Xoom Preps for Flash Video

first_imgIf you’re Motorola, today might not be the day to try to get the world to pay attention to your new tablet. After all, everyone is a bit fixated with that other device at the moment. The one that’s launching today. You know, the one with the 90 percent tablet market share.Still, no doubt sick and tired of having the second generation iPad steal its spotlight in recent weeks, Motorola today announced that it will begin rolling out a system update tonight aimed at prepping the device for the March 18th release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2.The company has long offered Flash as selling point in the company’s battle against the iPad, with Steve Jobs’s on-going snubbing of the otherwise ubiquitous software, for reasons of security, batter life, and overall user experience. The Xoom didn’t actually ship with the software, however, waiting for the 3.0.1 Android Honeycomb update. AdChoices广告last_img read more