HSV Handball found a solution after German champion sacked Per Carlen. Until end of the season, team will lead old coach- current President, Martin Schwalb. Schwalb won Championship title last season, when he decided to try with Management activities. He will lead HSV in last 19 games of the season, ready to fight for the titles in EHF Champions League and DHB Cup. BerlinFuchseFuchse BerlinhandballHSV HamburgMartin Schwalb ← Previous Story Come to Medjugorje 2012 – BEYOND HANDBALL Next Story → Barna Putics stays in VfL Gummersbach until 2014
← Previous Story Topic of the Week: SEHA as a future of “South Stream”? Next Story → Marcus Cleverley moves to Lugi Lund DenmarkEHFeuropean championship For the upcoming European Championship 2014 in Denmark, 27,000 tickets were put for presale, and already 23,000 tickets are gone. The organizer informs that all the category A and VIP tickets have been sold, and there are only 4,000 category B tickets left. The Danish have once again shown huge passion for handball, and even without knowing the opponent, they are willing to buy tickets and support the boys against whoever is drawn against them.The European Championship in Denmark will take place between 12th and 26th January 2014.
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Today is the sacred day of Friday and the entire nation is praying for her health. I pray to Allah that He bestows her with good health very soon.Bajwa said two foreign doctors were being consulted, but that for the moment no decision had been made on sending her abroad for further treatment.Schools opened with prayers for Malala this morning, and special prayers will be offered after Friday weekly prayers at mosques, officials said.Malala won international prominence after highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when the Islamist militants burned girls’ schools and terrorised the valley before the army intervened.Read: Pakistan medics remove bullet from shot child activist> Malala’s condition is satisfactory, praise be to God, but the next 24 to 36 hours are critical,. THE NEXT 24 to 36 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said today, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery.The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.She is being treated at the country’s top military hospital in the city of Rawalpindi, where she is still on a ventilator.CriticalMilitary spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa told a media briefing:
ALL-IRELAND HURLING winning manager Davy Fitzgerald will continue in his role with Clare for an additional three years.The legendary goalkeeper, contracted for another year with his county, had opted to stay quiet and think about his own future in the immediate aftermath of Clare’s comprehensive SHC final replay victory over Cork last month.This evening, The Banner can rest easy with the Sixmilebridge man now in place until 2017 for the next step with his young team.Clare GAA tweeted the news this evening after a meeting with the county board which also brought the ratification of Colm Collins (father of Podge and Sean) along with as senior football manager as replacement for Mick O’Dwyer. Collins’ fellow ex-senior footballer Ger Keane will stay on as selector.Shane Curran, Brendan Bugler, a zipline and a reference to Die HardIs the Clare hurling championship set to be deferred?
In a joint statement, USI equality and welfare representatives Denise McCarthy and Laura Harmon described the feature as “a form of cyber bullying”. The statement added:USI condemns this behaviour from CollegeTimes.ie and finds this type of online behaviour distasteful and invasive. The negative effects of one online story can and do last longer than the story itself. The fact that it is almost exclusively women in these articles is sexist.When contacted by DailyEdge.ie, the director of CollegeTimes.ie Greta Dunne insisted that Creep Of The Week has “received a very positive response”.She confirmed that those featured are not asked for permission, but said: “The people we feature have been sent in to us as suggestions. Usually by their friends or themselves.”Dunne added that only people whose profiles are set to ‘public’ are featured, and said the gender imbalance was simply because “more females have left their Facebook images open.”CollegeTimes.ie was previously forced to issue a public apology to its sponsor 7UP, after publishing an article about one night stands that described how to “prey” on young women and feed them alcohol in order to have sex.The office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is currently reviewing whether to take investigative action over the Creep Of The Week feature.A DPC spokesperson said personal information can generally only be published within the law if the subject has consented, or if there is another specific legal basis:The publication of personal data online can be compliant with the Data Protection Acts if the consent of the individual has been provided for the publication, if the organisation publishing has a specific legal basis to do so or if the organisation can rely on the broad media exemption provided for in Section 22A of the Data Protection Acts.‘One Night Stand Guide’ told men to ‘prey’ on women and get them drunk>Related: Dublin nightclub offers free drink for your underwear> A WEBSITE FEATURE that trawls Facebook for photos of attractive Irish college students – before republishing them without permission – has been described as “distasteful and invasive”.The office of the Data Protection Commissioner is examining whether to take investigative action over the regular Creep Of The Week post on CollegeTimes.ie, an online publication for Irish students.Meanwhile, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has urged students to check their Facebook settings “to combat such an invasion of privacy”.Here’s how the Creep Of The Week feature works, in its own words:Every week, a little spy from Collegetimes.ie trolls through the wonderful world of Facebook and selects the most attractive Irish students possible. Nothing is taken that isn’t there to be seen so you might want to update your privacy settings because you could be next weeks CT Creep Of The Week…Photos often feature students in swimwear or underwear. Of the last ten students whose photos were published, nine were female.
Updated at 11.27pmTHE ALL-CLEAR has been given following an incident in Dublin city centre earlier in which a man threatened to jump off the roof of a building in the Gardiner Street area.The incident followed a stabbing earlier today in Isaac’s Hostel on Frenchman’s Lane. A 35-year-old female sustained a stab wound to the back and was taken to the Mater Hospital. Gardaí said her injuries were “not life threatening” and that they were investigating “all circumstances” surrounding the incident.Shortly after the stabbing incident a man was spotted on the roof of a nearby building, adjacent to the railway tracks. Rail services were suspended between Connolly Station and Grand Canal Dock as a precaution and garda negotiators were called in to speak to the man.Two units of the fire service, including one truck with a turntable ladder, attended the scene after a request from gardaí. A garda spokesperson described it as a “delicate situation”.Gardaí confirmed shortly before 5pm that the operation had been wrapped up and the incident brought to a “safe conclusion”.The man was escorted from the scene by emergency services.Additional reporting, Daragh BrophyOriginally posted at 5.05pm
Many of the faults have been caused by falling trees and branches and these need to be cut and removed before the fault can be repaired and supply restored. In addition, some new faults overnight has increased the work for the crews.Crews have travelled from areas less affected to assist in the South and South West where the majority of the faults occurred.During the period 18 – 27 December, seven days were classified as ‘storm’ days and ESB said technicians have now been “working long days in extreme conditions to restore supply to customers”.The impact on customers of this recent storm was 10 times the average of customer minutes lost during a storm.Further updates are expected later today.First published 8:36amRead: About 5,000 homes without power supply tonight>Read: Travel disruption as high winds continue> Updated 12:43pmESB MAINTENANCE CREWS are still working to restore the electricity supply of some 5,000 customers after a storm left tens of thousands without power yesterday.Crews scrambled to work from first light yesterday, with some 70,000 people without power yesterday morning after what the company described as “the worst storm in 15 years”.Workers managed to repair faults and restore power to 65,000 customers but ESB said today that in areas where storms have caused extensive damage to the networks, “fixing the smaller, more localised faults can be frustratingly slow” for both customers and technicians.Today will be a difficult and long day, with an average of eight customers per fault, progress will be frustratingly slow for the effort expended.
Former Twitter CEO calls out WeWork CEO Adam Neumann amid the company’s IPO fiasco: ‘This is not the way everybody behaves’ ‘Bond King’ Jeff Gundlach says the Fed may start expanding its balance sheet after injecting $128 billion into markets (Image: Casa Buonarroiti)HAVE YOU EVER wondered what famous Italian artist Michelangelo ate? It might be hard to imagine him abandoning one of his masterpieces to go out and to the weekly shop but this shopping list from a collection of his papers in 1518 show fish, bread and wine were favourites with him.The shopping list, which comes from the collection of the Florence museum Casa Buonarroti, is accompanied by illustrations that were most likely drawn to help guide Michelangelo’s illiterate assistant while browsing the market.It’s separated into three days by horizontal lines, and one clever Redditer has translated it to show bread, herring, anchovies, salami and fennel soup were all purchased by the artists. He also intended to buy a good bit of wine.The 1518 list with ideograms is a part of a collection of Michelangelo’s drawings and loose papers that have toured around America in recent years, from Seattle to Boston. The papers, which range from letters and poems to sketches of his most famous work, offer a glimpse into the daily life of one of the greatest masters in all of art history.- Megan Willett with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: 47% of Irish people are willing to pay more for groceries from developing countries> WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly smoked weed with friends on a private jet to Israel — and the flight crew later found a ‘sizable chunk’ in a cereal box and recalled the plane A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in a fight where dozens of teens filmed him with their phones instead of trying to help
“Nobody employed by Irish Water has received a bonus. There is a pay freeze in Bord Gáis until 2016.”Rabbitte said that Bord Gáis managements and unions had agreed a deal that abolished increments, cut allowances and reduced pay by €34 million over four years.The deal also introduced a performance-related pay system.Rabbitte said that the pay of top staff in companies such as Bord Gais was the remit of ministers, paying particular tribute to the management of Bord Gáis.“Responsibility for the pay system for a commercial state company’s employees is a matter for the board and CEO of that company. In the case of BGE, the board and management have done a particularly good job in overhauling the old pay system and installing a progressive performance related system.”Read: ‘The bonus culture is back’: Taoiseach faces more questions over Irish Water bonuses THE MINISTER FOR Communications has hit back at suggestions there is a “bonus culture” at semi-state bodies.The charge was made yesterday by Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, who said Enda Kenny was telling the Dáil that the ‘bonus culture was alive and well in Irish Water’.However in a statement today, Pat Rabbitte fired back, particularly in the case of Irish Water.There is no ‘bonus culture’ in Bord Gáis Éireann nor will there be in Irish Water.
IT BEGAN UNEXPECTEDLY with the Rose of Tralee.Back in 2011, Gary Hanrahan was trying to become the Dublin escort at pageant when he got the bones of an idea that was to become a book.While in Kerry, Hanrahan met two young women who had openly talked about their experiences with depression. Michelle Ryan had set up a blog and Facebook page to talk about what she had been through, while Dublin rose Siobhéal Nic Eocaidh was to go on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show on 2FM to talk about her own struggle.As Ireland struggled to deal with the fall-out from the economic crash, the three started to think about ways to get people to realise that so many other people across the country have struggled with depression.“I always thought there could be more discussion around mental health issues, [even though] the topic has really come to the fore in the last 12 months with people like Conor Cusack publicly speaking about his struggle with depression,” Hanrahan told TheJournal.ie. They decided that it came down to being honest about it was like, and letting people know that others had gone through the same thing. Hanrahan decided to ask people to share their own stories about depression, what they had gone through – and, crucially, how they came out the other side.Getting storiesAt first it was difficult to get people to share their stories.“Once they realised they didn’t have to share their names, it was easier,” says Hanrahan. “Initially it was harder getting stories from men, but in the end they came in. We used Facebook and Twitter to look for the stories”. Others were sent in directly to the email account the team set up.The majority of the stories are from people in their 20s and 30s, and Hanrahan says most have just one thing in common. “The one [common theme] is the lack of understanding as to what depression was and why they suffered from it,” he says .As momentum for the book began to build, with more than one thousand people liking the Stories of Hope Facebook page, the three began to look at the logistics of getting the book out there.They had already decided to sell it as an e-book that people could download quickly for a small cost. Once it became clear that there were enough stories to fill a book, support came on board in other ways. Dawn Meats said they would cover the 30 per cent commission Amazon takes for selling books, while the cover photograph for the book was designed free of charge by Gobnait Ní Neill.All the profits from the book will go to depression charity Aware.Stories of Hope, which was published last week after months of work, focuses on the positive. “The whole point of the e-book is to concentrate on the positives and show people they are not alone and they can get through this difficult time in their life,” says Hanrahan.With much of the focus on mental health issues on people who lost their jobs or were badly affected by the recession, Hanrahan says it’s something that still needs to be discussed more at secondary school level.“Modern-day Ireland is not an easy place for a teenager to grow up. Maybe if teenagers are shown how this affects people, it might go some way to changing people’s attitudes,” he says.There was one story in the book that stood out for him.“It’s entitled ‘Nubbins’ in the book. Reading this story makes you realise how precious life is and you should make the most of every day. This story talks about how this particular person gave birth to a stillborn baby and, as you can imagine, her life was turned upside down”.“The story tells how she has gotten through that difficult time with a positive outlook on life now. [In the piece] she writes ‘My advice to all is simple: be kind to yourself, talk to those who love you and appreciate all that’s great in your life’”.The e-book can be bought on Amazon for €5. If any of the issues in this article affect you, it may help to talk to someone. Here are some helplines: Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email email@example.com Aware 1890 303 302 Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgChildline 1800 66 66 66Read: RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depression > Read: Samaritans received more than 10,000 calls over Christmas > Console 1800 201 890 Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
ELECTRIC IRELAND LOST more than 100,000 customers last year, while prepay services and small providers saw gains in the electricity market.The Commission for Energy Regulation’s most recent report shows the number of people switching their electricity up slightly from last year at 266,226.PrePay Power broke above 1 per cent of the total electricity usage in Ireland for the first time in June 2013. Over 25,000 customers switched to similar smaller suppliers.Bord Gáis Energy lost more than 32,000 customers, while Energie and Airtricity saw small gains of between 3,000 and 4,000.While Electric Ireland’s losses were the highest, they are down significantly from the 2010 figure of more than 300,000.Electricity net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Bord Gáis Energy saw heavy losses in the gas market as well, losing 56,061 customers.Just over 117,000 switched their gas supplied in 2013, the highest level since 2010.Electric Ireland gained 52,659, while Energia and Airtricity saw little or no gain in 2013.However, Flogas saw their growth slow after a strong performance in recent years, although still gained just over 1,500 customers.Gas net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Read: 48 hours with no technology or electricity, could you hack it? >Poll: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons? >
ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S largest banks is to introduce charges for its current accounts from July.Ulster Bank will charge customers €4 per month for current, standard, dual and facility accounts from July 1.Customers will only be able to avoid the charges if they lodge €3,000 per month to their accounts, or if they keep a minimum cleared balance of €3,000 throughout the month.Holders of student, graduate, and ‘adapt’ accounts will not be hit with the flat rate charge.The introduction only affects Ulster Bank customers in the Republic – customers in Northern Ireland, or those of the bank’s British parent, RBS, will still be offered free banking without any obligations to keep a minimum cash balance or make a minimum monthly lodgement.The charges follow the introduction of current account charges by both AIB and Bank of Ireland last year.The decision means the country’s four main retail banks – AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and Permanent TSB – all now place terms and conditions on their current accounts in order for customers to escape charges.Permanent TSB announced last week that it was offering transaction-free banking if customers lodged €1,500 per month, though said it would not require a minimum balance to be maintained.AIB requires customers to keep a balance of €2,500 every day for three months in order to escape a €4.50-per-quarter fee, which is supplemented by fees of 20c or 30c per transaction.Bank of Ireland offers two models for fees – allowing customers to either pay a 28c-per-transaction flat fee, or a €11.40 fee per quarter to cover up to 90 transactions. In those cases, however, a minimum credit balance of €3,000 means fees will be waived.Read: Students advised to compare bank accounts before signing up
A WOMAN HAS died after falling from a bridge on the M50.The incident occurred shortly before 2pm earlier today an Junction 13 near Dundrum.Gardaí have described the incident as a personal tragedy.Traffic is now moving freely again at the junction.
A MAN HAS been arrested by gardaí investigating the shooting of a six-year-old boy in Dublin on Friday night.The man, aged in his mid-30s, was arrested at approximately 3.30pm this afternoon.It is understood the arrest is in connection with withholding information.He is currently being detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.The six-year-old was shot in the neck in an incident on Friday night in that the Minister for Justice branded a “barbaric” attack.Gardaí appealed for those behind the attack to come forward.Read: Gardaí following definite line of inquiry, call on perpetrators to turn themselves in >
As ever, Google uses the logo on its search homepage to celebrate important people or dates in history. Today it’s the turn of Harry Houdini who would be celebrating his 137th birthday if still alive today.Born in 1875, Houdini’s real name was Erik Weisz and he died rather young at just 52 years of age in 1926 from peritonitis. Injuries caused from proving he could take any blow above the waist without being hurt, coupled with an appendicitis, are thought to have been the cause.He started out doing card tricks rather unsuccessfully before turning to focus on his escape acts, and at one point managed to leave police at Scotland yard scratching their heads as to how he escaped from handcuffs. Most will know and remember Houdini for his work as an escape artist. His notable escape acts included the mirror handcuff challenge, milk can escape, Chinese water torture cell, suspend straitjacket escape, overboard box escape, and the buried alive stunt. All of them done without anyone having a clue as to how he got out of the handcuffs or jacket.Throughout his acts Houdini relied on the aid of stage helpers. The last remaining stage helper from his tours died this past Sunday. Her name was Dorothy Young and she impressed Houdini enough to get a contract with him when she was only 17 years old. Her most famous act while with Houdini was as the Radio Girl of 1950. She left the Houdini tour in 1926, two months before Houdini himself died. Young was 103 when she died this past weekend.via Google (additional images and information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Paul Ceglia, the man who’s been caught up in a legal battle with Facebook for months now, still says he owns half of Facebook. Back in April, Ceglia claimed he had new proof to back up his assertion, and had hired a big-name law firm to support him in court. Now that big-name law firm, DLA Piper, has dropped his case.Ceglia’s assertion that he owns half of Facebook ties back to a promise he claims Mark Zuckerberg made to him back in 2003. Facebook and Zuckerberg both deny the exchange ever took place, but when Ceglia re-appeared in April with DLA Piper in town, people started to take notice.DLA Piper said they had done a “thorough investigation” into Ceglia’s claims, and thought they had enough merit to defend in court. Facebook promptly responded by saying they had done their own investigation, which had turned up Ceglia’s criminal record and conviction for fraud, among other damaging things.In essence, Facebook’s position was that Ceglia may have known Zuckerberg at one point, but there was no promise to give him half of the company’s value, and Ceglia was making the whole thing up. To boot, they claimed that his background proved that Ceglia was the type to make fraudulent claims like this, and that he should be ignored.Fast forward to this week, where DLA Piper has quietly withdrawn from the case completely. In addition to DLA Piper, a massive international law firm that’s more than familiar with technology and intellectual property law, Ceglia was also represented by Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, a smaller law firm who had also pledged to take on his case.Now, however, Ceglia finds himself without any legal representation in his battle with Facebook. Both law firms refuse to give out any details on why they dropped the case, citing attourney-client privilege. However, it’s clear that Facebook turned over additional information based on their own investigations that may have led to them leaving Ceglia’s side. Whether Facebook could definitively prove that Ceglia was lying is one thing, but it’s likely at least that they could prove his claim couldn’t stand up in court.All of this hasn’t stopped Ceglia, though. He’s already signed up a new law firm based in San Diego to handle the ins and outs of his case, and he’s still working with Paul Argentieri, the lawyer who’s been with him since the beginning of his case. It’s worth noting that Argentieri is also the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended him in the fraud case that led to Ceglia’s last conviction.Read more at PaidContent
With Apple’s demonstration of the Siri voice assistant highlighting today’s announcement of the iPhone 4S, it wasn’t immediately clear whether it would be available on all iOS devices, or just on the iPhone 4S. It now looks like Apple is presenting Siri as the killer feature of the 4S, because that’s the only device that will be toting the personal assistant.Would Siri be technically capable of running on an iPhone 4? I’m sure. Would it be able to do so seamlessly, without any hiccups? I’m thinking not, and that’s part of the reason Apple is tying it exclusively to their latest iPhone update.Of course, it’s also convenient from a marketing perspective. Aside from Siri, there isn’t a lot to make iPhone 4 users salivate, feeling like they have to upgrade to the 4S this year. Having the iPhone 4S be the only device that totes Siri arguably gives customers that sense of urgency.Maybe the real question, then, is whether the jailbreak community will be able to enable the feature on the iPhone 4 (or the iPad, iPod touch, and older iPhones for that matter). In the past, they have managed to get multitasking, folders, and a variety of other features running on older iOS devices where those features were disabled by default.Those features, however, were present (but hidden) in all versions of iOS 4, so it only took the editing of a few plist files to enable them. The question, then, would be whether Siri is present in all versions of iOS 5, or if the 4S gets its own specially-cooked firmware with Siri. Considering it has been absent from all iOS 5 betas, it will almost certainly be the latter.So it isn’t out of the question for jailbreakers to bring Siri to other iPhones, but I wouldn’t bet the house on it. And, even if it were enabled on the iPhone 4, whether it would run brilliantly – without the iPhone 4S’ dual-core A5 chip – is another question altogether.via Apple
You can never be sure about the veracity of an Apple product leak, but a series of high-quality leaked pictures of a purported next-generation iPhone seem too detailed to be fake. The device, pictured in both white and black, hits all the bases from recent rumors, and even include some surprises. Most importantly, though, the new iPhone will still look like an IPhone.The device retains the same flat design with the metal rim forming part of the antenna. The most striking change is the back plate, which is no longer composed of fragile glass. The majority of the back surface is metal, which joins up with the metal rim of the device. The top and bottom are still glass, or possibly a ceramic of some sort. An all metal back might have been nicer looking, but the non-metal ends will be better for radio performance.There are not any images of the screen itself, but the disassembled front casing seems to confirm the move to a 3.99-inch screen. Unconfirmed sources are saying that panel will be 1136×640, which is just a little taller than the current Retina Display. A move to that resolution would mean a new 16:9 screen ratio. That could be a pain for developers, who have been designing apps for a 3:2 panel. Apple itself could use the extra 176 lines for an additional row of icons on the home screen. The front of the case also has a physical home button.The bottom edge of the phone has all manner of weird and wild stuff going on. Firstly, there is a new dock connector that finally eschews the dated 30-pin connector Apple has been relying on for so many years. The new port doesn’t look like a micro-USB, though. Apple likes to go with its own proprietary connectors. Expect a new ecosystem of accessories/adapters, and get ready to toss that old Apple dock out the window.If this is the real deal, it also appears that Apple has decided to move the headphone jack from the top to the bottom of the device. At first, this seems like an odd move, but some Android phones and the iPod Touch have been doing this for years. The phone would have to go in your pocket upside down, but it is more comfortable to use the device with the headphones plugged into the bottom — the cord stays out of the way when it’s in your hand.We don’t have any measurements of the device, but it’s safe to say that the extra height will make it easier for Apple to fit in an LTE 4G radio. Cupertino is silent on matters, but perhaps we’ll get a better look at this device at Apple’s WWDC event next month.via 9 to 5 Mac
When Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HD tablets last week, Bezos failed to mention one feature during his presentation which was later found buried in the press release: all Kindle Fire HD tablets will ship with Special Offers adverts as standard.What Special Offers means is each user will be presented with adverts on their Home and Lock screens. Typically these will be genuinely good offers rather than annoying adverts, and it acts as a way for Amazon to keep the initial cost of buying the tablet down. However, some users aren’t happy with the adverts and Amazon has decided to respond.Anyone buying one of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets will have the option to remove Special Offers from their device. It’s a choice that comes with a price tag though, and you’ll have to pay $15 to make it happen.The quick decision by Amazon to offer the opt-out demonstrates how important the Kindle Fire tablets are to the company, and how focused they are on keeping consumers happy. In reality I doubt many people will choose to pay the $15, but at least the option is there now if you want to keep your device ad free.Choosing $15 as the cost of going ad free also gives us some insight into how much Amazon thinks they are worth. Does every Kindle Fire user average out to about $15 worth of advertising? Or did Amazon just pick a price high enough to deter most from disabling them and choosing to buy a movie or some music instead?via ars technica