Danijel Andjelkovic in Toulouse

← Previous Story Emiliya Turey in Itxako! Next Story → Guillaume Joli from Chambery to Valladolid! Serbian national player, Danijel Andjelkovic (32), after six years will leave Pick Szeged and play from next season in French, Toulouse.  Contract is signed on two years + 1 and that will be third Andjelkovic’s team abroad, after he played before Pick Szeged for Savehof (Sweden). In Serbia, he was in Crvena zvezda and Sintelon.After many years in national team t-shirts, a new national coach, Veselin Vukovic didnt invite Andjelkovic in National team for qualifications with Czech Republic for WC 2011 in june. read more

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CO Zagreb denies but Goluza is leaving

Croatian champion RK C.O Zagreb will stay without current coach Slavko Goluza, there is no doubt about that. Club officialy denies that kind of speculation with yesterday’s statement in which was written that “Goluza will stay coach until further notice”, after some media wrote that he is sacked and replaced by his assistant Boris Dvorsek.The most popular daily newspaper in Croatia, Sportske Novosti writes today that Goluza will leave team after SEHA F4 in Skoplje which will be played on April 14. His dual role with Croatian NT and RK C.O Zagreb, obviously was unsuccesful with missing to qualify for the VELUX EHF CL TOP 16, so Goluza will focus only on NT from now.Rumours started after Goluza wasn’t on the bench for two last Zagreb’s matches in SEHA and Croatian Cup. That was explained with his wish to focus on the upcoming matches against Hungary at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 qualification. ← Previous Story Csurgoi KK going stronger: Wyszomirski prolongs, Pukhouski comes Next Story → Xavier Barachet six months out due shoulder surgery! Boris DvorsekRK C.O ZagrebSlavko Goluza read more

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Nikola Karabatic leaves FC Barcelona

The Spanish FC Barcelona announced that their best player Nikola Karabatic used the clausule in contract which will help him to become a free agent.It is expected that PSG Handball promote the new member soon.Karabatic played last two seasons for FC Barcelona, making the last one the most succesful in the club’s history. ← Previous Story Beach Handball ECh 2015: Russia and Croatia without mistake Next Story → 3 IN – 3 OUT: PPD Zagreb seek new line player Nikola Karabatic

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Marko Krsmancic to Besiktas MOGAZ

← Previous Story WHAT A MAN: Andreas Wolff gives 25.000 EUR for THW youth, animals… Next Story → Kielce routine win over Kristianstad BESIKTAS MOGAZMarko Krsmancic Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ signed contract with Serbian playmaker Marko Krsmancic. The 27-years old Serb coming as a free-agent who played last season in Hungarian Tatabanya. Krsmancic also was a member of Austrian Alpla Hard, where he won several Austrian Championship.He began international career in German Dormagen, while his first proffesional team was Serbian RK Jugovic Kac.Krsmancic played for Serbia at World Championship 2013 in Spain. read more

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TOP 5 ARTICLES IN AUGUST 2018 TOP 100 transfers Broch goodbye Puljezevic

← Previous Story RK Vojvodina sign Rajko Prodanovic Next Story → SHOCK IN SKOPJE: Siarhei Gorbok to miss most of the season! August 2018 was the last month in which all the teams was warming up for the upcoming season. Handball-Planet.com presents list of TOP 5 articles which took most of your time and attention.The leading articles in August was our traditional list of TOP 100 handball transfers.Here is TOP 5:TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2018/2019SHOCK IN GYOR: Yvette Broch stops careerNenad Puljezevic had a heart-attackChristian Zeitz “erased” from THW Kiel history!Tatabanya Grundfos win tournament in Zagreb handballhandball newshandball transfersTOP handball articles read more

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6 AllIreland football final questions for TheScoreie writers

first_imgSinead O’Carroll1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?James Horan. Mayo have a ruthlessness this year that they have previously been missing. He has done some job instilling this in a team within months of losing out in Croke Park.Previous Mayo teams may not have come through that Tyrone semi-final after starting poorly and losing star forward Cillian O’Connor. They showed some metal to come through and end up winning well. They’re the games that make All-Ireland winners.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?The bench. It’s all about the panel with Dublin. Young Dean Rock and Kevin McManamon could both be crowned Dublin’s Ole Gunnar Solskjær after this year’s campaign. But to have those capabilities coming in fresh after 40/50 minutes on what is likely to be a warm September afternoon could be key to a Dublin victory.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?Cillian O’Connor. Is he fit? Will he start? And if he does, will he be able for a All-Ireland final against Dublin with that recurring shoulder injury? Memories of Henry Shefflin’s 2010 12 minutes come to mind, hopefully it won’t be the same for O’Connor and he can lead the charge.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…Bottle. Will Mayo find it?5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?Without doubt, Kerry v Dublin. Football was the poor cousin to the hurling championship this year until that game. Not wanting to sound like Pat Spillane but sometimes the man is just correct. It was football as football should be played.6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?Ah, I typed Mayo and then deleted it because I’m not sure if that was my heart ruling my head. As I said, that ruthlessness that Mayo have found this year could bring them across the line but Dublin’s strength all over the pitch, as well as the bench, has me nervous about that prediction. Go on then, a draw.****************Patrick McCarry1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?I’m going to go for Jim Gavin. James Horan has got Mayo playing some fantastic football and I could look foolish if his forwards annihilate Dublin’s porous defence. Gavin has managed a team under a huge weight of expectation [remember the ‘Should we split Dublin’ farrago?] He has got them playing hard and fast with an eye for goal too.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?Dublin will need Bernard Brogan and Stephen Cluxton to find their free-taking range as it can’t be all about goals. Kevin McMenamon and Dean Rock may be needed off the bench again but I’ll go for Ciarán Kilkenny. When he has fired this championship summer, The Dubs have looked a real attacking force.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?I’d imagine I am not the only person typing this but I’ll go with Aidan O’Shea. He has been immense all summer and, with Cillian O’Connor doubtful/carrying a shoulder injury, his influence on the game, from midfield, will be vital to Mayo’s success. Dublin have a much praised tactic of dominating kick-outs but could well meet their match in the man with the fringe.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…Can the Dublin defence hold out Mayo’s irresistible attack? Kerry tore into The Dubs from the outset, causing Ger Brennan to be hauled off, but Gavin’s men never panicked and kept in touch on the scoreboard. Mayo have a superb attack too but are younger and fitter, as a unit, than Kerry.5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?London’s success in beating Sligo and Leitrim to reach the Connacht final. You could see how much the victories meant to them and they brought some excitement to a football season that has been overshadowed by the hurling giantkillers.6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?Heart says Dublin but my head says Mayo will end their long-running drought. Horan’s men have looked supreme all championship summer and have scorers all over the park. The Dublin defence is looking decidedly iffy too.****************Paul Fennessy1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?James Horan. Dublin knew they invariably underperformed last year despite winning another Leinster title, so the only way was up for them. Mayo, on the other hand, were so impressive for much of the campaign, so it must have been especially difficult to motivate them to do it all again after falling at the final hurdle previously.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?Dublin have several players who could have a huge influence on proceedings. Jack McCaffrey’s pace is difficult for any defence to deal with, Cian O’Sullivan delivered an exceptional performance in alleviating the threat of Gooch in the semi, Stephen Cluxton’s nerves of steel could again prove pivotal and Kevin McManamon’s impact from the bench has been well documented. But for sheer experience and ability to effect games, it has to be Bernard Brogan, who may be even more eager than usual to prove a point having been taken off against Kerry.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?Aidan O’Shea has long been the fulcrum of this Mayo side and his form seems better than ever this year, as his Man-of-the-Match display against Donegal emphasised. Dublin don’t have the most physical of midfields, so if Mayo get on top, O’Shea could thrive. And if the 22-year-old does inspire the side to glory, he might even be allowed into Everleigh Garden this time.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…The bench. Dublin have used it with supreme effect in recent times, with their semi-final against Kerry being a prime example of their efficiency in this regard. What each manager does at half-time and how Mayo cope with the expected Kevin McManamon-inspired onslaught late on may ultimately decide the match.5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?The semi-final between Dublin and Kerry purely for entertainment value – it’s been a long time since I can remember such a thrilling game that had me shouting at the TV on a more or less constant basis. However, the purist in me would opt for Mayo’s ruthless destruction of Donegal. Has there been a better performance by a side this decade?6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?Mayo have arguably looked the more impressive team this year, but I’m going to opt for the Dubs. Playing in Croke Park does give them a slight advantage, and they have the experience of winning it in 2011. It’ll probably be closer than last year’s final, but Jim Gavin’s men have been good at doing just about enough to prevail in recent times, and should do so again on Sunday.************************Steven O’Rourke1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?Without wanting to sit on the fence won’t that really depend on who comes out on top on Sunday? Both teams would have expected to reach the All-Ireland final this year at a minimum so we can really only judge them based on Sunday’s game. If I have to pick one, I’ll say James Horan because Mayo, from a neutral point of view, have been more fun to watch than Dublin this year, with the very notable exception of the Kerry game.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?As others have already said, the bench will play a huge role but so too will Stephen Cluxton. If he can keep his head when all around him are losing theirs, then Dublin will probably prove too strong for Mayo. There were rumours earlier this week – refuted by Dublin – that the ‘keeper was struggling with a hamstring injury so it will be interesting to see his first long range free on Sunday.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?The entire defence. As good as the Connacht champions have been at scoring goals this year, they’ve been even better at not conceding them. We saw what Dublin did to Kerry in the latter stages of their semi final but I just don’t see any team, not even Dublin, being able to do the same against Mayo. If their backline can reduce the Dublin forwards to just point scoring opportunities, they really put themselves in the driving seat. 4. A key factor next Sunday will be…Joe McQuillan. That might seem like a cheap shot but it’s really not. McQuillan, rightly or wrongly, got a lot of stick for his performance in the 2011 final and the game Sunday could come down to how the Cavan man referees it. Will he bow to the pressure to whistle for soft frees in front of the Hill?5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?London beating Sligo. Of course it wasn’t a vintage Sligo team but you can only beat what’s in front of you and for London to do that, and go on to reach a Connacht final, was pretty special. 6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?I’d love for Mayo to win it based on how well they’ve played this year but you don’t win any team prizes for attractive football. I honestly believe Dublin have the stronger panel and, when they empty their bench, that will tell in the end. Dublin by two points.************************Paul Hosford1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?Jim Gavin. He’s taken a team in his first year and not only completely changed their style, he’s brought in young players and gotten to an All Ireland final. James Horan has taken his team through a routine enough provincial, destroyed Donegal and beat a Tyrone side that it’s hard to read too much into.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?Whichever cornerback is marking Cillian O’Connor. The Ballintubber man offers a real goal threat and, after what Kerry got out of the Dubs full back line, goals could be crucial. Jonny Cooper may need to have a big day.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo? Obvious enough, but Aidan O’Shea. If Dublin are forced to kick long, then O’Shea could decide the destination of Sam. His fielding and support running will be crucial.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…Goals. It’s a cliche, but goals change games. Both teams have the capacity to raise the green flag and the team that does so most will win on Sunday.5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer? As a Cork fan, there’s been little enough to shout about, but the comeback against Galway was something special. Michael Shields’ gut-busting point was eventually the difference and was a joy to behold.6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why? Dublin. Because they have a style of direct running that Mayo haven’t seen this year and will use that to full advantage.************************Niall Kelly1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?It’s impossible to choose between them. Sending out a team to play slick, attacking football is a bold move for a newbie manager and Gavin rightly deserves praise for taking that risk. Whether or not this Dublin team spark a revolution remains to be seen but we can still appreciate them here and now. That said, the weight of longing and anticipation down in Mayo is a serious cross to bear and Horan’s work in getting this group mentally fit is a triumph in itself.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?Ciaran Kilkenny. Losing a player of Alan Brogan’s quality should put a serious dent in any county’s All-Ireland chances but Kilkenny has stepped in seamlessly to fill the play-making void. The Dubs should thank their lucky stars that he came home from Oz.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?Aidan O’Shea is the obvious choice and will be Footballer of the Year — barring a monstrous performance from Michael Dara MacAuley. Don’t overlook the importance of Alan Freeman though. He stepped up when needed against Tyrone and, if Cillian O’Connor’s shoulder doesn’t hold up, he might need to do it again.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…The first 10 minutes. As the old cliche goes, you can’t win an All-Ireland in the first 10 minutes but you can lose one — ain’t that right, Mayo?5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?It was a real privilege to be in Croke Park for Dublin versus Kerry which was, without a doubt, the best football match I have ever been at. Listening to people who remember more games than I will ever forget describe it afterwards as an all-time classic hammered home the point.6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?I said Dublin at the start of the summer. I won’t be changing now.****************Fintan O’Toole1. Which manager has done a better job this year – Jim Gavin in his first season or James Horan in picking Mayo back up from 2012?Jim Gavin’s adaptation to senior management has been seamless and extremely impressive. But for the feat of hauling Mayo up off the floor after last September’s misery, James Horan deserves immense credit.2. Who’s the key player for Dublin?Michael Darragh MacAuley. A midfielder whose dynamism and ability to impact around the park has helped him dictate games repeatedly this summer.3. Who’s the key player for Mayo?Aidan O’Shea. The hot favourite for Footballer of the Year and that is a reflection of the manner in which he has elevated his midfield play this season to dominate matches.4. A key factor next Sunday will be…Mayo’s start to the game. They got key match-ups wrong early on in last year’s final and suffered the ultimate price as a result. Putting Ger Cafferkey on Bernard Brogan from the start and being tight at the back will  help them settle into the match5. What’s been your favourite football moment this summer?Monaghan claiming the Ulster title. Offered persuasive evidence that provincial crowns still matter and particularly for a core of Monaghan’s elder statesmen, it was great to see them being rewarded after years of toil.6. Who will lift the Sam Maguire Cup next Sunday and why?Mayo. Cillian O’Connor’s injury offers uncertainty but if they have absorbed the lessons of last year they will be sturdier in defence and there is a greater variety to their attack this year. They have spent years learning from defeats, now is the time to put those lessons into practice.Blue army bring bus stop to cheer on Dublin in Lebanon>My favourite All-Ireland football final: our writers’ memories>last_img read more

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Thousands join pensioners protest against Budget cuts

first_imgUpdated: 19:00THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE joined a protest earlier today at Leinster House today against cuts announced by the government in the Budget last week.Most of the crowd were older people who oppose a number of cuts that are likely to affect them, including an increase in prescription charges for those on medical cards and a lowering of the income limit on medical cards for over 70s.They are also protesting against the abolition of the telephone allowance and the bereavement grant, which was the cause of much controversy after the announcement last Tuesday.About 100 people broke off from the main group and blocked traffic at College Green and O’Connell Street but they have now made their way back to the main crowd at Leinster House.(Video: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie/YouTube)The protest comes five years after a huge demonstration by seniors that forced the government to roll back on a decision to remove the automatic entitlement to medical cards for over 70s. It was organised by Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, with some 350 affiliated organisations also involved.At the demonstration, SIPTU Retired Members Section Secretary Paddy Moran called on those affected by the Government cuts to draw upon the example of the 1913 Lockout.“One hundred years ago in this city some of its citizens were battered and starved and in some cases lost their lives in the struggle for a decent standard of living for their loved ones,” he told the crowd.“We here today are the advocates for our generation and we owe it to the memory of those brave people of 1913 to ensure that the vulnerable people in today’s society have a reasonable standard of living and the right to a dignified existence in their remaining years.”A garda spokesperson said there have been no reports of public order incidents during the protest. However a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance attended an elderly man who collapsed outside Leinster House after giving a speech over a megaphone.last_img read more

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Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber resigns

first_imgSpeaking to UTV Radio about Dr Jaber’s decision today, Senator Ivana Bacik, who sits on the  Oireachtas Justice Committee, said:“I think that it is hugely important that we would have faith and confidence in our State pathology service. I think the State pathologist Dr Cassidy has done an excellent job and I think we should all continue to have support and trust in the pathology service and continue to have absolute trust and support in the State Pathologist.When asked if she had any concerns about the credentials of Dr Marie Cassidy, she said: “I don’t think anyone has any real concern about credentials of the Chief State Pathologist, as she has done an excellent job; she is in that position for many years now”.This article was originally posted at 3pmRead: Murder investigation launched after man’s body “engulfed by fire” in park> Updated 8pmTHE DEPUTY STATE Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jaber, has resigned.His resignation from the role comes on the same day that it was reported he had written letters that were critical of his colleague, Chief State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy, according to the Irish Independent.A statement from the Department of Justice said:Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber has tendered his resignation to the Minister for Justice and Equality. Dr Jaber’s resignation has been accepted with immediate effect and he has been notified accordingly.last_img read more

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Pics Hundreds queue around the block to see Commander Hadfield

first_imgHUNDREDS OF PEOPLE braved driving rain, heavy wind and long queues to see Commander Chris Hadfield at a book signing in Dublin today.The queue at the side entrance to Eason today. (Pic: Norah Jordan)The former commander of the International Space Station stayed beyond the allocated two hours in a bid to meet all of his fans who turned up at Eason on O’Connell Street, but eventually had to leave.Demand for his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth was so high that Eason ran out of copies, leaving some people disappointed.Luke Lally from Offaly was one of the first to meet Chris Hadfield today. (Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)Chris Hadfield tweeted about a ‘hero’ who saved the day for some of those left without books. “I heard a man bought books at other shops & gave them free to bookless children in line in Eason’s,” he wrote. “So nice – hero! Who was he? Anyone know?”.Hadfield has been credited with inspiring a generation on the wonders of all things space-related after he tweeted and made YouTube videos about life aboard the International Space Station, where he spent 144 days.Hadfield signs his name on the Easonology section of Eason’s. (Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)Irish people claimed as special affinity to Hadfield, who took several stunning photographs of Ireland from space and sent the first tweet in Irish from space (and later received a special award for tweeting as Gaeilge)Chris Hadfield was made an Honorary Leonardo of the Science Gallery at TCD today. (Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland) Hadfield appeared on The Late Late Show last night where he was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy and performed his version of the David Bowie classic Space Oddity.What a man.(Video: RTE/YouTube) Read: Some of the many things we learned from Chris Hadfield’s time in space > Read: Commander Hadfield’s son made a lovely ad for his dad’s book > Read: Commander Chris Hadfield got an award for tweeting as Gaeilge >last_img read more

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TD warns against website charging €15 for free health insurance card

first_imgUpdated, 14:29A TD HAS warned consumers about an unofficial website, carrying the HSE’s name in its address, which tries to charge holidaymakers up to €20 for a free health insurance card.The website, hse-ehic.net, is a sponsored result on Google whenever anyone searches for ‘European Health Insurance’ – and Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty says members of the public should be aware that the website will charge them for a service the HSE provides for free.The EHIC, which replaced the old E111 insurance form in 2006, entitles holders to access free emergency medical care in any other European Union member state.As a result, it is popular among holidaymakers – particularly during the summer months when people are more likely to travel.“I have no doubt that many people could be easily conned into stumping up for the EHIC card, when they shouldn’t have to pay anything at all,” Doherty said.The website’s domain is held by an anonymous customer through a British registrar, and the site itself is hosted on servers based in Germany.Confusingly, however, the website’s terms and conditions identify the website as being “owned and operated by TAD Services”, based in Hampshire – a company which filed papers to dissolve itself with Britain’s Companies House last year.While the site’s homepage makes it clear that a free alternative is available through the HSE’s own website, a disclaimer outlining how the site is unrelated to the government is carried only in fine print at the foot of each page.Medical card holders or drug payment scheme participants can apply for the card online through EHIC.ie. Other members of the public can download a paper-based form from that website which can be sent to a local health office.Read: Another 21,000 people stopped their private health insurance in Q1last_img read more

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Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack

first_imgA PALESTINIAN from annexed east Jerusalem was kidnapped and killed early on Wednesday in a suspected act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli youths, army radio reported.The radio said the youth was seen being forced into a car in the Arab eastern half of the city.His body was found several hours later in another part of the city, the radio said, describing it as a “suspected revenge attack.”Three Israeli teenagers were snatched from a road in the southern West Bank on 12 June and their bodies were found on Monday in a murder Israel has blamed on the Islamist Hamas movement.They were buried on Tuesday after a day of emotionally-charged funerals.Israel police said they were investigating reports of a kidnapping and confirmed finding a body but refused to say whether the two incidents were connected. They did not give details on the victim’s identity.“In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police received a report of a person being forced into a car in Beit Hanina,” said police spokeswoman Luba Samri, referring to a well-heeled east Jerusalem neighbourhood. Israelis attend the funeral of the three Israeli teenagers. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesQuoting witnesses, army radio said a black car had stopped next to a youth who was hitchhiking and he was forced inside. The car then took off.Some time later, the family of the youth, who is understood to be around 16, reported him missing, it said.Outside the home of the youth in Shuafat, which is very close to Beit Hanina, a large crowd of angry Palestinians were hurling stones at police, who were responding with sound bombs.The body was discovered in a forest in Givat Shaul in southwest Jerusalem and police have sealed off a large area around the neighbourhood.© – AFP 2014Read: Thousands attend funeral of murdered teens as Israel mulls military retaliation >Read: Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you’ll open the gates of hell > “Within an hour, a body was found in Jerusalem that has still not been identified. We are looking to see if there is a connection between the two incidents.”last_img read more

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Theres dubious speculation online that the Web Summit will be bought by

first_imgONLINE CHATTER THAT the Web Summit is to be bought by SXSW are simply rumours according to the Dublin-based conference company.A spokesperson for the company which holds the highly successful The Summit conference, formerly Dublin Web Summit, says that it “isn’t surprising” that there are rumours floating around about interest in the company but that they are focused on this year’s conference in November.The International Business Times reported apparent interest in the company this morning but their tenuous source was a post on gossip app Secret.The app allows people to post anonymously and have friends and contacts respond.The post suggested that ‘Web Summit is about to be bought by SXSW’ with one person even suggesting that the purchase price was to be in the region of $48 million.Music, film and interactive conference SXSW would appear to be the type of business that would be interested in buying the The Summit but a spokesperson said that they are used to such rumours being mentioned: It’s not surprising that there are rumours about a potential purchase given that we are fastest growing conference company in the world but I’ve heard nothing of that particular one.“It would make sense that people would be interested in us but we’re just concentrating on the conference later on this year,” they added.Read: The Summit is hiring, but check your degree, especially where you got it from >Read: Elon Musk’s advice to Enda Kenny on fostering Ireland’s digital economy >last_img read more

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Larry Donnelly 10 things I still just dont get about Ireland

first_imgLAST YEAR, I wrote a column entitled “10 ways my American English is fighting Hiberno English for survival”. Thousands of readers on both sides of the Atlantic enjoyed it and suggested lots of additional words and phrases in the very same language that get lost in translation when used 3,000 miles away.Upon reflection, while my internal linguistic battle continues, I’ve also realised that, after more than a decade of living and working here, there are (at least) 10 things that I still just don’t get about Ireland. Some of these are minor and trifling in the grand scheme of life. Others are representative of broader societal and cultural realities. And I won’t delve into those objections I have to things way beyond anyone’s control and/or make me appear to be an “ugly American,” such as the godforsaken metric system. At the risk of offending readers – please note that this list is firmly tongue-in-cheek and deliberately over the top – here are 10 pet peeves in no particular order about this country that I love every bit as much as the country where I was born.10. Property TaxWhen the property tax was introduced, I did not expect a huge amount of additional services from our local councils. My one hope, however, was that the further revenue stream would allow for road works and other disruptive projects that traditionally took place at the busiest times of the day to occur at off-peak hours. Having repeatedly been stopped in traffic on Friday afternoons over the past twelve months because of resurfacing and other repairs, I now know that I set my sights too high.9. Love Affair with New York CityThis one is deeply personal for me, and for many of my fellow Bostonians, who admittedly suffer from something of an inferiority complex when it comes to the much larger city 200 miles to our south. I nearly lose it when Irish people rave incessantly about New York City as my mind’s eye conjures up arrogant New York Yankees’ fans in an oversized city that is outrageously expensive. Ok, that’s well and truly overstating it. I like “the city” and its people. But please don’t forget about my understated, historic, classy, beautiful and very Irish home city. I’m never as happy as when I meet Irish people who were first mesmerised by Manhattan, yet have come to prefer Boston.8. Absence of Sugar-Free DrinksThe emergence of American staples like iced tea and Gatorade in Ireland has been a most welcome development over the past few years. It is unfortunate that these drinks, with their high sugar content, have helped contribute to Ireland’s growing obesity problem. It is equally unfortunate that their sugar-free and reduced calorie versions, which are widely available in the US and nearly as tasty as the full flavour original blends, haven’t made it onto the market here. The sooner they do, the better.7. Preferring Soccer/Rugby to GAAHaving been introduced to GAA in 2001 by my Galway cousins, it has become one of my passions in life. The GAA may be Ireland’s greatest institution. As such, even though sport is a matter of taste, I cannot comprehend why some Irish people prefer soccer or rugby to their own games of football and hurling. I have witnessed putative customers walk into Galway pubs and ask for English premiership soccer to be turned on instead a Galway vs. Mayo Connacht final. That would be the rough equivalent of an American walking into a Boston bar and asking to watch the US water polo team instead of the Boston Red Sox or New England Patriots. It does not happen. And I wish it didn’t happen here.6. EurovisionWith all due respect for Ireland’s storied track record of success in the European song contest, I cannot abide it now. The songs and accompanying performances are alternatively bizarre and outdated, and invariably horrible. Why so many remain infatuated by it will always be a mystery to me. Dustin the Turkey was our contestant several years ago. Enough said.5. The “Ice Famine”In addition to the high prices, the most common complaint I hear from fellow Americans about Irish pubs is how skimpy the bar staff usually are with the ice. We like cold drinks – and no, they can never be too cold. I don’t get how anyone can enjoy a beer or cider that isn’t absolutely freezing, particularly during a warm summer like this one. Accordingly, when I request a glass of ice, it means a glass full of ice, not two or three measly cubes at the bottom. Ice is not expensive!4. America and Americans: Love or Hate – or Both?The truth of the matter is that some people in Ireland aren’t fans of America or Americans for their own reasons. Thankfully, they are distinctly in the minority and most I’ve encountered and befriended over the years profess their affinity for the US and cherish their close American friends and/or relations. Favourable sentiments notwithstanding, they are prone to mimicking American accents, and not in a flattering or apt way. We’re all valley girls, don’t you know? Moreover, words offered to me more than once as the sincerest of compliments – “you’re not really American” – leaves me scratching my head about who “real Americans” are and how Irish people regard them.3. If Americans Are Loud, Irish Are Quiet.The recent controversy involving a sign erected at an establishment in Waterville, Co Kerry banning “loud Americans” has attracted international media attention. Although I think the proprietor is foolish for turning away potentially deep-pocketed customers, I concede that he has a point. I witness it when my friends and family come over to visit. Generally, they are loud. Conversely, I frequently find myself straining to hear Irish people who tend to speak softly, even when in crowded places. While I rarely say “huh?” in America, I constantly say it here, to the annoyance of my wife and others. I don’t wish Irish people were as loud and brash as Americans, but I do sometimes wish they would speak up.2. Relationship with the ChurchThere is no question that the Church held absolute power in Ireland for way too long and abused its exalted position. Consequently, while I remain a practising Catholic, I fully accept the reasons why so many Irish people have either fallen away from or outright disdain the Church. However, I have a great deal of sympathy for a priest I heard lately lament the fact that large numbers of the young people he had confirmed that week wouldn’t again be at Mass until a parent died or they got married. He’s right. Many in Ireland want the Church to be a part of their milestones, despite feeling indifferent or hostile to it otherwise. I recognise that there are myriad, complicated reasons behind this. It’s nonetheless a confused relationship.1. Obsession with TeaIrish people really, really, really love tea. I have heard more “Barry’s vs. Lyons” debates than I care to recall. And for a substantial segment of the population, events in life – whether sad or joyous, work or pleasure – revolve around cups of tea. There is nothing at all wrong with this. It’s actually quite nice, surely comforting and totally harmless. Yet tea doesn’t do it for me at all. I would almost always prefer something colder or, to my shame, stronger, than a cup of tea.Well, that’s the list. These are the matters that continue to perplex me in a country whose people have been wonderful to me since I moved here in 2001 and whose passport I have carried for even longer. I have no doubt that you may agree and will definitely disagree with elements of the foregoing. Please do. And I think a similarly framed, yet inverse, column from an Irish person who either now lives or formerly lived in the US would be the most suitable riposte!Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and columnist with IrishCentral.com and TheJournal.ie.Column: 10 ways my American English is fighting Hiberno English for survivallast_img read more

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Back to the Future the Game launches this Wednesday

first_imgWe reported earlier this month that Telltale Games were releasing the Back to the Future game, based on the awesome film of the same name. Well we have some good news for fans itching to get hold of a copy as the first part – It’s About Time! – in the Back to the Future 5 part-series will be released this Wednesday (December 22nd), just in time for the festive period.The games will be available for PC and Mac platforms and fans can still get the bonus Puzzle Agent game free with their pre-order. Telltale also donates $1 to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation with each purchase up through the launch. The series will also debut on the PlayStation Network and iPad platforms in early 2011.AdChoices广告For a bit of background story, the game brings the iconic Marty McFly, Doc Brown and the DeLorean Time Machine back together six months after the events of the third film, when the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley. Marty must go back in time and recruit aid from a resistant teenage Emmett Brown, or else the space-time continuum will be forever unraveled.Bob Gale, the co-creator and co-writer of the landmark films commented:Telltale’s Back to the Future game is the first videogame in the space-time continuum to be truly worthy of being called ‘Back to the Future.’This new adventure of ‘Marty McFly’ and ‘Doc Brown’ is true to the spirit of the movies and I couldn’t be happier about the great working relationship I’ve developed with the team at Telltale. Via the game, the player gets to explore and experience more about the history of our characters and Hill Valley… along with some very interesting alternate time lines. It’s a game for people who loved the movies, made by people who loved the movies. Read more at the Back to the Future Bloglast_img read more

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Zynga Games Raise Over 1 Million for Earthquake Relief

first_imgYou have to hand it to Zynga: one moment they’re the game company you love to hate for selling all of your personal information, and the next moment they’ve managed to draw over a million dollars from their customers for charity. Facebook gamers who play titles like Farmville, Cityville, and Frontierville on Facebook have collectively donated well over $1 million to Save the Children through a partnership between the charity and Zynga to aid victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Zynga has expanded donations to its other titles and mobile games, like Words with Friends. The key to Zynga’s success here is that the company is using specific in-game items to fuel its charity and relief efforts. For example, in Cityville you can buy a sweet potato crop, and in Frontierville, players can add a Kobe cow to their farm. Daikon radishes have appeared in Farmville, and more depending on the game. When players buy items for their farms, cities, and towns with real money, they buyer is actually donating to charity. Zynga says that 100% of the money they get from the special in-game items will go directly to Save the Children.last_img read more

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Drill Mounted Pencil Sharpener is LowTech Fun

first_imgThis little gadget is essentially a standard pencil sharpener that most of us probably had in elementary school and many of us still have today – just attached to a drill bit so you can pop it into any standard hand-held drill. It may sound crazy, but the C.H. Hanson Pro-Sharp Finishing Pencil Carpenter is a real product, and you can buy it at Amazon for just under $8 US, not including shipping. Amazon reviewers are clearly fond of the device, but unless you’re a teacher who has to provide a room full of number 2 pencils to go with your next Scantron-based exam, it might be a little overkill. After all, you’re guaranteed to get strange looks from your classmates if you roll into your final exams with a cordless drill with the Pencil Carpenter mounted on the end and a box of pencils. Did we mention that the device comes with 4 finishing pencils you can use with the device? Clearly it’s a bargain.[via NotCot]last_img read more

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Apple International iPad 2 launch is still on schedule for Friday

first_imgIf I still lived in Europe, I’d be willing to bet at this point that Apple is going to miss the international launch of the iPad 2 on Friday. I mean, just look at the state of things: Apple Stores are still seeing long lines of customers, and shipping dates of an iPad 2 ordered right this second is 5 weeks away. Heck, I ordered my iPad 2 online the very second it became available on March 11th, and my iPad 2 only arrived today. Apple just doesn’t have the stock for an international launch this month. No way.Or do they? Apple says that despite the fact that they can’t even begin to satisfy US demand for the iPad 2, they’ll be launching on March 25th in about a dozen more countries. This all according to an Apple UK spokesperson who told Tech Radar that “everything that is on the website [about the UK launch] still holds true.”AdChoices广告How? Apple didn’t have enough stock before a 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami hit Japan. How do they have enough for an international launch?Well, one theory is that Apple is purposefully holding iPad 2 stock back for the international launch, but I just don’t buy it: I think they are shipping out iPad 2s literally as fast as they can make them. Rather, I think what Apple has reserved is time on the assembly line schedule to make international iPad 2s. In other words, we reached those 4-5 week delivery times in the United States so quickly because Apple was anticipating international demand.If I’m right on this, it was a smart move on Apple’s part. Last year, Apple was forced to delay the international rollout of the iPad 2 due to overwhelming U.S. demand. It looks like they’ve figured out a way to avoid the embarassment this time.Read more at TechRadarlast_img read more

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MobileMe Upgrade Getting Music Locker Rumor

first_imgWith Lala’s founder gone from Apple (having moved on to buzzy new startup iPhone app, Color), one wonders what the future of that once-promising service will be within the confines of One Infinite Loop. We saw Apple roll out a social networking feature for iTunes in the form of Ping, which seems to have a tenuous connection to the shuttered service. The future of iTunes in the cloud, however, is no more clear than it’s ever been.Things may be cleared up with the rumored MobileMe revamp. Reportedly set for April, the upgrade will feature, among other things, a music locker service, for storing songs in the cloud. Apple is said to be dealing with various labels, trying to get support of the service, which will apparently run $20 a year. According to anonymous sources, Sony is the hardest sell.There aren’t a lot of details about the service–my guess is that, if anything, however, it will likely only support songs actually purchased through iTunes, which mean, for most of us, that the large majority of our music will remain earthbound for the foreseeable future…last_img read more

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Apple picks its favorite apps of 2011

first_imgIt’s time for Apple to unveil its picks for the best of 2011. Every year the company not only releases its top sellers, but also its favorite digital content from the year. If Apple was Hollywood, this would be its Oscars.Let’s look at Cupertino’s top picks:iPhone App of the YearThe retro photo sharing app Instagram took Apple’s top prize. It’s essentially the first successful social network to reside exclusively on iOS; it’s no wonder Apple is so happy about Instagram.Music video mashup creator VidRhythm and indie music discovery app Band of the Day were named runners-up.iPad App of the YearApple likes photo apps this year. Snapseed, an image editing and sharing app, got the nod for iPad.The first runner-up was scratching app djay. Apple demonstrated interest outside of photos and music with Jamie’s Recipes: the Jamie Oliver cooking app was also runner-up.iPhone Game of the YearThe building developer sim Tiny Tower took top prize for iPhone GotY. Tiny Wings and finger-biking game Touchgrind BMX were honorable mentions.iPad Game of the YearEA’s Dead Space for iPad was named iPad GotY. The mobile version of the sci-fi/horror franchise delivers one of the most console-like experiences on the iPad.Chillingo’s puzzler Contre Jour HD was named runner-up, as well as the pixel art classic Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP.Top SellersIt’s no surprise that the top selling game in 2011 was Angry Birds. Rovio’s definitive casual game was at the top of both the iPhone and iPad charts.Following Angry Birds on the iPhone were Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds Seasons, Cut the Rope, and Tiny Wings. On the iPad, Pages, Angry Birds Seasons HD, GarageBand, and Angry Birds Rio HD filled out the list.via iTuneslast_img read more

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Windows Phone gets serious with Lumia 900

first_imgNokia was expected to announce the Lumia 900 at today’s CES 2012 event, and when CEO Stephen Elop took the stage, he didn’t disappoint. The Windows Phone flagship that the US never got is finally on its way. While leaks had it being called the Nokia Ace, the Finnish company appears to be sticking with the Lumia 900 branding. The Mango-running handset is essentially a larger, LTE-equipped version of the Europe-only Lumia 800.The Nokia/Microsoft alliance had been conspicuously quiet on the US front, prompting us to wonder whether it was tentative about jumping into the fray with iOS and Android. As it appears, the companies were waiting for the grand stage of CES to makes its big announcements.The Lumia 900, like its little brother (the Lumia 800), sports a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM, and an 8MP “Carl Zeiss” camera. The biggest differences are that its ClearBlack display is super-sized to 4.3 inches (from the 3.7 inches of the Lumia 800), it packs an LTE radio, and it has a front-facing camera. Of course the upgraded hardware will add a little weight: 160 grams to the Lumia 800′s 142 grams. Like the 800, the Lumia 900 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.Will the Lumia 900 provide the splash that Microsoft needs for its Windows Phone platform to take off? The platform is cohesive and attractive enough to compete with iOS and Android, but thus far its devices haven’t sold well. The Lumia 900 is, however, the best device for the job, with its gorgeous polycarbonate hardware and Mango software. The handset will also benefit from a healthy dose of marketing, as 2012 is the year that Windows Phone will finally be pitched aggressively. The only remaining question — a large one, mind you — is whether US customers will take the bait.The Lumia 900 will be released “within the next few months” on AT&T in black and cyan color options. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced.* Note that the image is the product of our imaginations, and is not actual Nokia marketing material.Nokialast_img read more

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