ZRK Vardar and FC Midtjylland qualify for the first ever Women’s EHF Champions League F4 in Budapest! Macedonian and Danish team beat their rivals in the decisive matches and won the tickets for the biggest event in Women’s club handball alongside Gyor and ZRK Buducnost.ZRK Vardar – Savehof 24:19FC Midtjylland – Thuringer 26:20STANDINGS:ZRK Vardar 8FC Midtjylland 7Thuringer 7Savehof 2 ← Previous Story Brazil takes South American Gold! Next Story → SC Magdeburg take point from Kiel!
CSM Ploiestineven hrupec ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2015: Brazil beat Japan in front of 4.000 home fans Next Story → Junior WCh 2015: Rivera’s boys beat Spain! The former coach of the EHF Cl team RK Podravka Koprivnica, Neven Hrupec, who led also Italian female national team, signed contract with the Romanian team CSM Ploiesti. The eighth team of the strong Romanian women’s league in the previous season reinforced the roster also with two experienced Serbian girls.Right back Marina Dmitrovic (30) and goalkeeper Dragica Tatalovic (31) are coming from Turkey, where they played last season. Dmitrovic was a member of the silver Serbian squad at World Championship 2013.She won also the third place at Women’s EHF Champions League 2013/2014 with ZRK Vardar Skopje.Photo: RK Podravka
Updated: 08:16TWO PEOPLE HAVE been killed in separate road collisions in the last 24-hours in Westmeath and Clare.A 36-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the old N6 at Gaulstown, Rochfortbridge between 7.45pm and 8pm yesterday evening. Gardaí said the man was travelling on the road when his motorcycle struck a fence and a stone pillar.His body has been taken to Midlands regional Hospital, Tullamore, where a full post mortem examination will take place.In a separate incident, a man in his 20s was fatally injured when his car collided with a wall at 4.30am today on the Sixmilebridge Road to Shannon in Clare. His body has been removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem will take place later today.Anyone with information about these crashes is asked to contact gardaí.Read: Gardaí urge drivers to slow down as road deaths rise>Read: Road deaths up by 23% compared to the same time last year>
IRISH RETAILER BROWN Thomas has started looking for 200 extra workers for its busy Christmas period.The retailer’s flagship store on Grafton Street in Dublin says it needs seasonal staff to fill both full and part-time temporary positions until after the New Year sales.Successful applicants will work across fashion and beauty in sales, sales support, cashiering, gift wrapping and in the stockroom.For further details and to apply online, click here.More: Argos looking to recruit 670 Christmas workers>Winter is coming… and so is Christmas. Here’s the evidence.
CRIMESTOPPERS HAVE ISSUED a renewed appeal for information on an armed robbery at Dundalk Rececourse over two years ago.A substantial amount of cash was taken from a bookmaker as he left the stadium on the night of 28 October, 2011.The raid took place in the car park, as he departed after the last race at 9.15pm with his night’s takings. The cash was in what’s described by gardaí as a “bookmaker’s leather holdall bag,” which was “new, in good condition and black in colour”.Two men wearing balaclavas ordered him to drop the bag. One was armed with a sawn-off shotgun, the other with an iron bar.Two other men appeared behind the bookmaker, pushing him towards the armed raiders.A man in his early 60s who heard what was happening then arrived at the scene, and the men made their escape with the cash. Two of them drove off in a dark-coloured car at speed using the back exit.A Garda/Crimestoppers appeal will take place at Dundalk Racecourse during this evening’s scheduled meeting. Detectives and uniformed officers will be handing out leaflets and speaking to anyone who might have information.Dundalk gardaí are investigating, and can be reached at 042-9388400. Anonymous information can also be given via Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25.Read: ‘Irreplaceable’ ceramic Santa and reindeer stolen from charity displayRead: Man in his 20s questioned over Skerries death
1. Your house contains at least one object bought in Guiney’s Source: Sam Boal2. You know this fair lady well Source: YouTubeIf you don’t have one in your window, you definitely know someone who does.3. You’d swear by the Guinness in The Gravediggers Source: Stéphane Moussie4. You can name at least three shops in the Northside Shopping Centre Source: Google Maps5. You went to the Silver Skate in Phibsboro as a kid The refreshment kiosk at the Silver Skate, Halloween night 1986 Source: Cliff Saunders/NiteStar626. JC’s supermarket in Swords has a special place in your heart Source: Twitter/JCSavages7. Henry Street > Grafton Street Source: infomatique8. You know the hidden beauty of the Blessington Basin Source: infomatique(And how to find it.)9. You feel obliged to roll your eyes when Southsiders say things like Source: ShutterstockAlternatively “You’re very well-spoken for a northsider!” or “I was in Clontarf once, it’s actually, loike, nice!”10. Although to be honest, it was ages before you figured out the difference between Rathmines, Rathgar and Ranelagh Source: infomatique/sjeacle11. And the first time you were ever in Dundrum was to see the new shopping centreYou immediately thought: Source: infomatique12. You know where the gang goes Source: papabergindy13. There’s no place quite like Dollymount Strand Source: lennox_mcdoughBonus points if you’ve surfed the ferry waves there.14. You may not like U2, but you’re still a tiny bit glad they’re from the Northside Source: Photocall Ireland15. You can recite The Snapper pretty much by heart Source: gordondowling16. You drank cans (or naggins) before heading to The LawnOr the Cricket Club in Clontarf: Source: playthatbeat17. You have an undying loyalty to one of the multiplex cinemasAnd know which bus to get there. Source: D464-Darren Hall18. You’re not happy that the Phoenix Park doesn’t have an odd postcode number19. A childhood trip to town rarely involved crossing the Liffey Source: infomatiqueBoyers, Clerys, Arnotts, Roches Stores, home.20. It’s important to you that you were born in the Rotunda Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandBonus points if your dad wet the baby’s head in Conway’s across the road. (RIP Conway’s.)21. And finally, having the most Christmas lights around your house is a sign of affluence. Source: Sasko LazarovNORTHSIDE FOR LIFE.(Don’t worry Southsiders! We’ll be looking at you, our ancient foes across the river, tomorrow.)18 things every Dubliner knows for sure>11 reasons why Cork might actually be better than Dublin>13 things you know for sure if you’re from Galway>
STRATEGIES FOR INCREASED private funding and the introduction of better shared services will be among the suggestions put to an Oireachtas committee today on how to boost jobs in the not-for-profit sector.Representatives from Philanthropy Ireland, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, and the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups will meet the Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss the sector’s potential for job creation.Speaking to TheJournal.ie ahead of the meeting, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland Seamus Mulconry described how the not-for-profit sector is “hugely significant” for Ireland“People who look at it as the poverty industry are looking at it through the wrong lens,” he said, “It supports 100,000 jobs across Ireland, which is more than the IT and Pharmaceutical sectors combined.”Raise €300 millionPhilanthropy Ireland, an association of philanthropic organisations, aims to outline how a strategy has been developed to raise €300 million in funding for the sector by 2016. Part of this will be the One Percent Difference Campaign that encourages business and individuals to contribute 1 per cent of their time or profit to a charitable cause.A reduction of 15 to 30 per cent in operating costs, as well as an increased focus on core mission activities, could be the result of better access to shared services as proposed by the Carmichael Centre.However they say that the “current fragmented structure” of the sector will hamper this.Committee Chairman Damien English said that members of the committee “will be keen to assess how the philanthropy sector could support jobs in the not-for-profit sector and boost economic activity, while meeting social needs”.The meeting takes place at 1.30pm today in Committee Room 2. Watch it live here.Look: TDs and Senators to strut their stuff on the catwalk for charity >Column: Charities need our trust – so they require tighter regulation >
Updated 23.07pmA FULL MURDER investigation has been launched into the death of a man whose body was found in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Gardaí said the body was so badly burnt that the victim’s age could not be established.The full results of the post mortem have now been passed on to the investigation team, but aren’t being made public for ‘operational reasons’.Speaking at a briefing at the scene in the Phoenix Park earlier this evening, Garda Superintendent David Taylor said that the body was found in a sleeping bag but was so “engulfed by the fire” that it had proven impossible so far to tell what age the man was; only his gender has been confirmed.The horrific find was made this morning at 1am near the Wellington Monument by a passing Garda patrol car. The officers spotted the blaze and alerted fire services as they attended the scene.Superintendent Taylor said members of the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene but “despite their best efforts, they could not save the man”.Dr Marie Cassidy, the State pathologist visited the scene earlier today and carried out a preliminary examination, and a full post-mortem was later carried out at the city morgue.AppealGardaí are making a particular appeal to the homeless community or to anyone who might have a friend, relative or associate who lives homeless and has not been seen in the last 24 hours.“We do understand that people have a lifestyle that they may be uncomfortable coming to the Garda Síochana but I can assure you, the information that you may have will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” Taylor said in his appeal to the public this evening.The superintendent said it was still not known how the fire started:(Video: TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Anyone who might have been in the area of Wellington Road in the major Dublin park between 4pm yesterday and 1am this morning is asked to ring Cabra Garda station on 01 6667400 or any garda station.- additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Daragh Brophy.Simon Community: Phoenix Park death highlights vulnerability of homeless>Scene where man died in early morning fire>
PAUL WALKER, ONE of the stars of the popular ‘Fast and Furious’ action movie franchise, died in a car crash on Saturday, his publicist confirmed.He was 40 year old.Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor’s death. A statement on Walker’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that the star was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash.Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia, north of Los Angeles. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.MoviesWalker was best known for his role as undercover agent Brian O’Connor in the “Fast and Furious” movies. He appeared in all but one of the six movies in the series, and was one of the leading protagonists along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which released the franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”Diesel posted this photograph on Instagram:[Vin Diesel via Instagram]The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, California. The oldest of five siblings, his mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2.Walker has said the early induction to show business wasn’t to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family.After a string of TV roles as a child in the ’80s, including small roles on “Who’s the Boss” and “Charles in Charge,” Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy “Meet the Deedles.” Supporting roles in the films “Pleasantville,” ”Varsity Blues” and “Flags of Our Fathers” followed.His performance in the 2000 thriller “The Skulls” caught the eye of producer Neal H. Moritz, who cast him in “The Fast and the Furious” as undercover police officer Brian O’Conner. Adapted from a Vibe magazine article about underground street races, the film became an unexpected hit.(Youtube: Empire Magazine)In the sequel, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” Walker moved to center stage with Diesel temporarily dropping out. Walker, a self-described “gearhead,” kept his character’s sports car from the film.He starred in other films, including the crime thriller “Running Scared,” the Antarctic adventure “Eight Below” and the heist film “Takers.” Though his stardom didn’t make as much of an impact outside the “Fast & Furious” series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.“Your humble spirit was felt from the start,” Ludacris, Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-star, said on Twitter. “Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers.”This article includes reporting from AP and AFP
THE CORK DOG Action Welfare Group (CDAWG) is caring for a dog that was left to die in the woods last week.The dog, who the welfare group called Fionn, was found by someone out walking in the woods.He was lying in a spot where people dump rubbish and the vet who examined him said he had suffered a severe blow to the head. There were fears that Fionn might not be able to walk or that he may die, but after receiving great care at the shelter, he is said to be on the mend.Fionn being examined by the vet.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Margaret Twohig of CDAWG said it is believed that Fionn was in the ownership of a hunting club. She said that ownership of Fionn has been transferred to the the Dog Action Welfare Group.She added that the person who owned Fionn has been identified and she has been told by the club the owner of Fionn has been expelled from the club.Animal Rights“The keeper of Fionn also had other hounds in his care and we have been told that these dogs have been removed from the premises,” she said.“We wanted a commitment from the group that his dogs would be removed,” she said.When Fionn was found she said he was barely alive and was cold to the touch. “He was covered in cuts and pressure sores, a mere skeleton, unable to move. It looked like he had been put there, in amongst the rubbish and left to die. The rain pouring down on his poor body,” she said.The group called him Fionn after the legendary Celtic hero Fionn Mac Cumhail. They said it was the perfect name for him, as he was a great Irish warrior who fought and won many battles and had a special love for hounds.The place where Fionn was found.X-rays revealed that he has a fractured skull due to a blunt force trauma to the head and they feared that he would not survive. However, in what Twohig describes as a “Christmas miracle” he was standing and walking yesterday.“The latest update from the vet is that Fionn is on the mend,” said Twohig. The vet said that looking at Fionn when he came in he did not think he was going to make it. “With a fractured skull, there was a possibility of brain damage or that he could have been paralysed, but it is great that he is up walking today,” she said.Since the group posted Fionn’s story on Facebook, Twohig said they have been inundated with messages and support for Fionn from all over the world.“We have received messages from the UK, Germany and South Africa, all wishing him well and asking for updates. An animal welfare group in Sweden is even holding a fundraiser for him,” she said, adding that she has never seen such a great public reaction to one story. “He really has touched people’s hearts,” she said.She said that many people have offered Fionn a home but that they had to wait and see how he gets on over the Christmas.While she said that Fionn’s story had obviously resonated with people, she said that they receive many calls about abandoned hounds.She said that animal welfare rights “don’t mean much in this country” adding that there are people in power that can strengthen the laws.Worst time for animal crueltyShe also said that while she has never had such an overwhelming reaction to Fionn’s story, that this is one of the worst times she has witnessed in animal cruelty, stating that while there are a lot of kind people out there, some people seem to have become “indifferent” to animals.She urged people, especially at this time of year, to think about what it means to care for an animal, adding that puppies are not just for Christmas, they deserve to be loved, just like Fionn did, she said.Cork Dog Action Welfare Group is a voluntary group and relies on donations. To find out more about the group please click here. Read: Horse euthanised after being found with two broken legs in Wicklow estate>Read: Men released after being questioned over horse shot dead in Kildare>
PICS: 16 reader images of snow day > (Niall Carson/PA Wire)Spring lambs and snow – the two should never meet, but here is a newborn sheep frolicking in the snow covered Wicklow Mountains in the middle of March.At least he has a woolly jumper.More: ‘Nothing a Good Bun* Can’t Fix’ Pic of the Day >
AGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said the public has a right to expect better from the Irish food industry in the wake of the horsemeat controversy.Naming and shaming a number of firms implicated in the saga, he said they had “let themselves down as well as risking reputational damage to the Irish food sector itself”.The Minister said that the failure of Silvercrest and ABP management to not follow customer specifications led to very serious consequences for the companies and the entire agri-food industry in Ireland.The report states that it is a “real concern that management oversight and corporate governance structures were not in place to prevent the failures detected in this investigation in Silvercrest”.Referring to problems at B&F Meats, the report confirmed that legal proceedings are being actively considered.Coveney explained, “B&F Meats was found to be involved in mislabelling of a limited quantity of horsemeat for export to the Czech Republic.“While the company claims that no fraudulent intent was involved, the placing of a false label on a product and the question of instituting legal proceedings in this respect remains under consideration.”The official government investigation found:The practices of Silvercrest were “not acceptable” because they did not respect customer specifications.The withholding of information about equine DNA-contaminated products by QK Cold Stores was “not acceptable”.No evidence that Silvercrest and Rangeland Meats knowingly purchased or used horsemeat in their beef products.Equine DNA found in consignments of frozen beef products in Ireland was labelled to be of Polish origin.Legal proceedings are being considered in relation to B&F Meats for possible non-compliance with labelling regulations.No issues were found in respect of Liffey Meats, ABP Nenagh and Dawn Fresh Foods.Other parties – that cannot yet be named but have links to Ireland – operating outside of the jurisdiction are being investigated.Some findings of the investigation that implicate other countries have been referred to Europol and the Competent Authorities.A separate but parallel investigation also led to the suspension of operations at a Offaly horse abattoir.Coveney said the official probe demonstrates the layered problems uncovered in January this year.“This episode has revealed the extent and complexity of the involvement of traders and agents in the food supply chain. With the legal power already in place, I have decided that all such intermediaries operating in Ireland will be registered as Food Business Operators.”He also said there is a need for “significant changes” to move horse traceability to the same level as cattle identification, where systems were developed in response to the BSE crisis in the mid-1990s.He concluded, “I believe the fact the official control system in Ireland uncovered what is a global problem in terms of the serious mislabelling of beef and the manner in which we have now addressed the issue shows Ireland to be at the forefront of control regimes.“In time and when the issue is fully addressed at EU level it will stand to us in continuing to build the reputation of Irish food products.”Department suspends all operations at Ossory Meats horse abattoirQK Meats tested for horse DNA in June 2012 – and got positive results
THE ERA of Ireland’s annual Budgets being announced in December has come one step closer to ending, after a European deal reached this morning.Representatives from the Council of the EU – currently chaired by Ireland, under its presidency – reached an agreement with the European Parliament and European Commission about the introduction of a series of financial governance measures known as the ‘two-pack’.The regulations include one programme of special measures for countries in an ‘excessive deficit procedure’ – the EU’s programme of financial adjustments for countries with large budget deficits – and another for countries participating in bailouts.Among the proposals in the two-pack is the idea that every member state would submit its Budget to the European Commission for its scrutiny in October every year, to ensure that it meets the conditions of the Stability and Growth Pact from 1999.Michael Noonan has previously said that this will mean Ireland will either have to formulate a draft Budget in October, to be sent to the Commission in Brussels for its oversight, or bring forward the Budget entirely.He has suggested that the Irish political culture means a draft Budget would not withstand two months of attack from lobby groups, and commented that bringing forward the Budget to October would appear a more sensible option.Countries which do not propose Budgets in keeping with their obligations would face a veto from the European Commission, and in some cases could lose their funding under European social and cohesion funds.
AN RTE PRESENTER who claimed she was “discriminated against” by the national broadcaster on the grounds of gender and age has failed to win her case at the Equality Tribunal.Frances Shanahan, who worked on programmes such as Farm News and Countrywide, said that in 1998 she was appointed to a full-time fixed-term staff position with the respondent as a reporter/presenter and that from 1989 to 1999 she was working as a producer on the two programmes.She said that in 2004 she was not consulted about changes in her role in the Agriculture Department and that in 2006 further changes were announced without consultation, claiming that these changes “favoured a younger male colleague”.Shanahan claimed that in 2009 her union proposed she should be the stand-by presenter for Countrywide and in March 2010 she joined the Countrywide team but was not given a “meaningful role” she said.Stand-in presenterIn 2011, she was passed over and not afforded the opportunity to present Countrywide when the regular presenter was on leave, stating that RTÉ went outside the organisation for the stand-in presenter to someone with less radio experience and who was younger than the herself.Shanahan said as a result of “side-lining” she was consigned to the role of researcher on the Mooney Show and only after she protested was she restored to a role on Countrywide and delivering reports for Drive Time.However, RTÉ claimed that the resourcing process agreed that regionally based employees, such as Shanahan, would be given roles in mainstream Radio 1 programmes like ‘The Mooney Show’ and as she was based in Galway it was agreed she would work with the programme team on that show.When she expressed her dissatisfaction with this and it was agreed thatshe would be moved back to the role of presenter for Countrywide and Drivetime.It was also found that Shanahan had rejected a one-off payment of €1,500 in 2006 and a second offer of €10,000 to settle her salary claims.In response to the claims RTÉ submitted that Shanahan was not entitled to be put on the producer-in-charge pay scale and denied that this was because she was a woman.Equality Officer Hugh Lonsdale said Shanahan had withdrawn her claim in relation to equal pay.The equality officer said the evidence, given by a number of witnesses who were in senior positions with the respondent involved in programming in RTE Radio 1 during the period in question, was that the “complainant was an experienced, knowledgeable and respected reporter/presenter but she was not considered suitable by the Editorial Board to present an hour long live radio programme”.Lonsdale said Shanahan had failed to establish a “prima facie case” of victimisation and discrimination.Read: Woman with disabilities awarded €30k after employer refused to provide her with a chair>Read: School discriminated against a student because he was Protestant>
A NUMBER OF créches in North and South Dublin are being investigated following revelations that children were mistreated in their care.Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin raised the issue at Leaders’ Questions this morning in the Dáil and asked the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore what assurances the government could give that children across the country are being looked after in public or private care.“As the government we are deeply concerned about these reports,” Eamon Gilmore said, speaking on behalf of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who is in Athens today.He continued that it is “deeply shocking” that anyone could behave in the way described.(Image: Dáil TV)RTÉ’s Prime Time Investigates programme secretly recorded staff at a number of créches and is set to broadcast the programme next week.“It’s every parents’ worst nightmare… Every parent who is dropping a child to créche this morning should have confidence and trust that their children are being cared for,” added Gilmore.He said “mistreatment is unacceptable in any setting”.Martin detailed how parents were notified of the allegations at a meeting held last week in Malahide and that one staff member has been dismissed.The Fianna Fáil leader added that the behaviour of those involved is “inexcusable and unacceptable” and that the “parents concerned are furious”.“All cases of mistreatment should be reported as they have been in this case,” Gilmore responded.He added that the HSE have been in contact with RTÉ and would be shown the undercover footage later today. “RTÉ are also liaising with the gardaí on the issue,” he told the house.Gilmore said the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald is giving the investigation her highest priority and denied that vetting could have led to this issue, but accepted that the vetting process is “very slow”.Read: HSE and Gardai investigating creches after RTE exposé>
Bohemians FC received a gift from Manchester United as a thank you to their staff and supporters for their clean-up efforts on the Liam Whelan bridge in April.AwayManchester United confirmed the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao on a four-year contract.A double stage winner failed a drugs test during this year’s Giro d’Italia, as confirmed by his Lampre team.Rafael Nadal avenged his shock 2012 Wimbledon defeat to Lukas Rosol on Centre Court this afternoon. Michael Hoey and Shane Lowry are in the mix at the BMW International Open in Cologne after strong opening rounds.A trio of Armagh players failed in their last-ditch attempts to overturn one-match bans after the parade brawl in the Ulster quarter-final against Cavan. Source: Marcio Jose SanchezIn this evening’s 9pm kick-offs, Algeria face Russia and South Korea take on Belgium. With the Belgians already qualified for the second round, the other three sides are competing for second spot in Group H.There was some unsavoury behaviour in the Ghana camp before today’s action, with two players indefinitely suspended.Home With Suarez banned for four months, Liverpool have to face up to 13 games without him next season.On the recordI still want the fight and hopefully it’ll happen later in the year. I think it’s a barnstormer of a fight. Our rivalry has grown over the years, we both would hate to lose to each other. I know I will win, he believes he will win… hopefully we’ll soon find out who’s right!”Andy ‘One Punch Lee’ joined us on the couch for the World Cup action earlier and fielded a range of questions, including one on a potential fight with Matthew Macklin in Croke Park.The best thing we sharedThese pre-match hakas before a New Zealand schools rugby match were memorable. Source: SKY Sport NZ/YouTubeAlso, Novak Djokovic gave an extraordinary show of sportsmanship in his victorious clash with Radek Stepanek at Wimbledon.Where we were todayMikey Stafford was in Recife for the Group G clash between the US and Germany.https://vine.co/v/MtQ1mjqjXDuThe fixture listFirst things first, there’s no World Cup action tomorrow. We know, we know…Thankfully, there is football action with a full card of Airtricity League Premier Division action at 7.45pm, including Cork City v Limerick.In the Airtricity League First Division, table toppers Shelbourne take on Wexford Youths (8pm), Galway face Longford (7.45pm) and Finn Harps play Waterford United (8pm).The Irish challenges will continue at the BMW International Open in Cologne.Showbiz, BabyMullingar man Niall Horan is everywhere at the moment it seems. Caroline Wozniacki snapped this selfie with the One Direction singer at Wimbledon. Source: Caroline Wozniacki/TwitterI’ll never be able to erase the image of you with the willy straw in your mouth from my memory.” NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Luis Suarez was banned from all football activities for four months, as well as Uruguay’s next nine games. Source: Nick PottsWorld CupFIFA handed Luis Suarez a four-month ban from all football activities after his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the one of the early kick-offs, but Cristiano Ronaldo and co. still crashed out of the tournament. The USA made it through despite losing 1-0 to Group H toppers Germany. Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO
IT’S SEVENTEEN YEARS since Cathal O’Connell set up Paddywagon tours in a bid to change the face of Irish tourism.The industry, and bus tours in particular, were in a moribund state, he says, when the first bright green bus came on the scene.“When I started 20 years ago, a lot of the (tourist) sites in Ireland were run down and not minded.”He started with a vision of changing the facing of tourism in Ireland, and “refreshing” it.“The big idea was to change the face of bus operation in Ireland from being the local fella in the village with a bus to being a branded system of tourism in Ireland, where young people could come.”However, the garish colours and unorthodox tours weren’t given a warm welcome by the powers that be.“The tourist board didn’t want to know us. No bus drivers from any other companies would talk to us. We were seen as upstarts, problematic – but a new broom sweeps clean and this was a very dusty mat we were going along.”He now rates the Irish tourist experience as world-class, and is happy to be in the market.“We’re a serious operation now in Ireland. We’ve top class hotels, great tourism facilities, and professionalism has come on so much.”Standing outO’Connell’s company reflects his personality – brash, aggressive, unapologetic. His formula has proved effective, with the company growing consistently since being founded.It’s a simple enough model in a lot of ways – as he describes it himself, it’s “stay in a decent hostel or a decent B&B, have a decent meal for a tenner, and go out and have a lash of pints and enjoy yourself.” Source: Paddywagon Tours FacebookBut within that simple model, the message and experience is consistent. Simple it may be, but not easy going, especially in the context of the industry it was born into.“We took it (tourism) by the scruff of the neck. We painted a bus green and stuck a leprechaun on the side of it. We played up the Irish charm-roguery.”He trains all his drivers himself, encouraging them to sing songs and tell stories, to give Paddywagon tours a unique feel. Source: PaddywagonTV/YouTube“It’s not about 1689 and King Billy and King James had a barney – it’s more than that, it’s a bit of the Fields of Athenry going around the country and having a bit of craic.”O’Connell is keen to put pay to the idea that his tours are booze-fuelled jaunts around the country.“We don’t allow drinking on our bus. Absolutely not. This is not a yeeha around Ireland. The last thing we get involved in is stag parties and hen parties and anything like that.”“I bring a lot of religious groups, that you never think would come with us.”As a businessman, O’Connell has shown an agility that has allowed him to adapt the Paddywagon brand on the fly. His CV – from commerce graduate to chef to safari guide – shows that he’s not dogmatic about what a career, or a company, should look like.Concerned that his company was getting overly associated with backpackers, he arranged tours that booked accommodation in hotels and B&Bs, not just the traditional hostel market.The next stepsNot content with becoming one of the dominant players in the coach tourism sector in Ireland, O’Connell is already planning a move into retail.The company has already established its first shop on O’Connell Street in Dublin, and has established operators firmly in its sights. Source: Paddywagon Facebook“In Ireland our intention is to go into retail. We want to build a big retail brand in the Carroll’s mould, but more colourful and with more razmatazz.”An expansion into the UK is also on the cards, with a London tour and route already in the advanced stages of planning. More work on the concept is slated for this winter.He dismisses talk of taking an investor on board, with the company largely financing expansion out of existing revenues.“Finance companies give 90% on buses and you pay them back over four or five years. You don’t need an equity investor for that.”He’s weathered the recession remarkably well, a fact that he unsurprisingly puts down to the Paddywagon brand.“We grew every year. When you’ve a good product, it doesn’t affect you.”Read: What I learned: making a business work in the Wild West (of Ireland)>Read: The Big Idea: High end training that pays for itself>
Sometimes you read about a criminal who is so much of a small-minded pervert and borderline mutant you almost can’t help but admire him. George Bronk is just such a criminal: the 23-year old has just pleased guilty to hacking into the email accounts of 3,200 girls, looking for nude photographs, then posting the pictures to their public Facebook profiles. That’s some single-minded skeeviness.Bronk was arrested in late October after he used the same technique that was popularized by hacker David Kernell to break into Sarah Palin‘s email. Namely, Bronk scoured his victims’ Facebook accounts looking for the answers to security questions used for password recovery by services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail.AdChoices广告Once he had access to an email account, it was go time: he’d do an extensive search for nude photographs sent by the account holder, then trigger a Facebook password recovery to get into their account and post the pictures live to their profiles.Gronk did this to over 172 women: he even convinced one woman to send him even more explicit photos of herself by threatening to post the ones he’d already stolen if she didn’t.Gronk now faces six years in prison for felony hacking, child pornography (it seems several of the girls were minors) and identity theft charges.Wow. Most pervs would stop at just getting the naked photos, but the added step of posting them to the girls’ own Facebook profile? That’s just the creep-de-la-creep.Read more at IT World
Samsung has used CeBIT to announce it has managed to push the storage capacity of hard drives up once again by squuezing more data into the same physical space.The biggest hard drives you can buy today are 3TB drives based on four platters each carrying 750MB of data. But Samsung has managed to push the per platter density up to a point where 1TB is possible. In so doing we could soon see 4TB 3.5″ drives and 2TB two platter 2.5″ drives for laptops.The first hard drive sporting the new platters will be the HN-D201RAE shipping as part of the Spinpoint EcoGreen F6 series. It will be coupled with 32MB of cache, a 6GBps SATA connection and will spin at 5,400rpm. It is thought this first drive will be a 2TB model where as 3TB and 4TB models are planned in the future. What we don’t know is when Samsung intends to ship the first drive.The first laptop 2.5″ drive will be called the SpinPoint M8 and features 1TB of storage. As with the 3.5″ drive it will spin at 5,400rpm, but will have the slower 3GBps SATA connection. The important thing with this smaller drive is the height. 1TB can now be delivered in a 9.5mm casing making it compatible with a lot more laptops. That’s compared to the 12.5mm alternatives used until now for that storage capacity in a mobile format.Read more at Heise Online (translated), via Maximum PCMatthew’s OpinionThe sooner 4TB drives arrive on the market, the sooner prices of 2 and 3TB drives will fall making them the obvious choice for most people and the storage capacities most PCs will start shipping with. 4TB will remain at a premium price until someone figures out how to do 5TB.The increase in platter density by Samsung will be a wake-up call for competitors. Western Digital is actually celebrating the acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive business this week, but its focus now needs to turn to figuring out how to do a 4TB drive, and how to go beyond that storage limit. The same is true of Seagate.
If you use BitTorrent, then chances are you have either downloaded and used, or had the uTorrent application recommended to you. It’s a very lightweight, user-friendly, and a fast piece of software for downloading and managing your torrents.Unfortunately, yesterday uTorrent’s web servers were compromised by a hacker. This happened at 4:20am PST, and uTorrent’s web server team didn’t take the hacked server offline until 6am PST. The problem is, the hacker replaced the uTorrent Windows client with a fake antivirus executable. So anyone who downloaded the client during that 1 hour 40 minute period was actually downloading malware unknowingly.The malware in question is called Security Shield, and is a well-known rogue anti-spyware program. It will pop-up a professional looking app screen on your desktop that lists fake infections after doing a fake scan. It then offers to remove them if you pay for the full-version of the “security suite.”If you were unlucky enough to visit utorrent.com and download the Windows client during the infected period, then you’ve probably already seen the Security Shield software pop-up and run on your machine. You need to remove it asap, and there’s a good guide over at bleepingcomputer.com telling you exactly how to go about doing it.uTorrent has now apologized and managed to get their servers back online after removing the rogue files. If nothing else this should act as a reminder to everyone to ensure any files you download from the Internet are scanned with a reputable security scanner before being run, as clearly you can’t trust legitimate sites all of the time.Read more at the BitTorrent blog