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← Previous Story Savas Karipidis is back to Greece after 8 years – A.E.K made strong team Next Story → Good season start for Kielce ivry handballStruga handball tournament One of the most succesful French teams ever, Ivry Handball will participate at traditional 41st International Tournament in Macedonian city of Struga from 14 to 18 of August.  Ivry Handball was the best team in history of French handball before era of Montpellier began in 1998. Team from Paris suburb has won the eight national Championship, the last time in 2007. In the last couple of seasons, Ivry’s results aren’t on level of the team history. With 10th place in season 2012/2013 nobody can’t be satisfied:– Our goal is to finish between 6th and 8th place next season – says Ivry’s coach Pascal Leandri. Higher ambitions are based on signing of three players with international background. Pablo Simonet (Cuenca), Novica Rudovic (Sporting Lisbon) and Diego Humet (HCM Constanta) will give more international look and energy to the French team. The first star Diego Simonet left the team and signed contract with Montpellier and with him is missed a chance to see three brothers in one team – Diego, Sebastian and the youngest one, Pablo.As his older brother Diego, Pablo Simonet is playmaker. He led Argentina Junior team at WCH 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they played at TOP 16.Ivry starts official season with two home matches against Nantes and Aix. The form will built in Macedonia in the middle of August and afterwards at traditional Marrane tournament.PHOTO: IVRY WEBSITE read more

For the third time, Women’s EHF Champions League final stage will be organized in Final4 format. The only two teams who have the chances to see Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest for the third time are ŽRK Budućnost and ŽRK Vardar.Last two Women’s EHF CL champions are Gyor (2014) and ŽRK Budućnost (2015).The quarter-finals, will be played on 1 to 3 April (first leg) and 8 to 10 April 2016 (second leg):FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria vs Győri Audi ETO KCHC Vardar vs LarvikHCM Baia Mare vs BuducnostCSM Bucuresti vs Rostov-DonWomen’s EHF CL Final4 will be held on May 7/8. ← Previous Story Italian Cup Final8 in Pressano next weekend Next Story → Pfadi Winterthur win Swiss derby EHF Champions League

nemanja pribakRK Vardar Macedonian NT playmaker Nemanja Pribak will stay at Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ for four more years! Contract until 2020 is signed with the vital part of the team, who was one of the best in unsuccessful VELUX EHF Champions League campaign in which Turkish team won only two points in Group B in 14 matches.Pribak has played also at RK Vardar Skopje, RK Trimo Trebnje (Slovenia), HBC Nantes, RK Zeleznicar Nis… ← Previous Story Draw for France 2017 on Thursday Next Story → 2017: Sander Sagosen at PSG Handball!

4.Nantes310294:912 The German champions SG Flensburg Handewitt lost second match against teams from Balkan in only seven days at VELUX EHF Champions League!After shocking home defeat against RK PPD Zagreb, team of Maik Machulla suffered surprising lost in Slovenian Celje, where domestic team had a good shocking therapy after departure of coach Branko Tamse – 23:20 (10:11).Celje’s playmaker Jaka Malus was TOP scorer with five goals, while Lauge and Glandorf netted four each for defeated team.STANDINGS: RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoSG Flensburg Handewitt 6.PPD Zagreb310275:852 8.Motor Zaporozhye300393:1040 5.Flensburg-H.310283:852 3.Skjern320191:944 2.Szeged330086:826 ← Previous Story VIDEO: RK Vardar clean Veszprem Arena Next Story → ALEX DUJSHEBAEV’S NIGHT: PGE Vive Kielce win in Montpellier! PHOTO: RK Celje PL 7.Celje310270:802 1.Paris SG3300100:716 read more

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND investigating the murder of Kevin Kearney have arrested a man.Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch arrested a 44-year-old man in the west of the city a short time ago.ArrestThe man has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.This is the third arrest in connection with the investigation.The body Kevin Kearney, a 46-year-old father of four, was found in a lake in Alexandra Park last week, having been shot just after dropping his daughter off at school.AppealYesterday, one week on from the murder, the police returned to the scene of the crime with an actor resembling Kearney, in a hope to jog the memory of witnesses who use the park regularly.Mr Kearney’s brother, Martin appealed to the community to help catch his brother’s killers. He said that Kevin’s family were distraught and destroyed by his murder.“It has torn us apart. We are devastated,” he said.Martin Kearney, brother of Kevin Kearney speaks about his brothers murder, at a police station in Belfast. Paul Faith/PA ImagesRead: Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim>Read: 45-year-old man arrested in connection with Kevin Kearney murder>last_img read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #GLASGOW A ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Clutha Bar in Glasgow following Friday’s helicopter crash. An attempt will be made to remove the helicopter wreckage from the roof of the pub today.2. #NEW YORK Investigations continue into yesterday’s train derailment in the Bronx, which left four people dead and at least 63 injured. Some passengers were said to have been ‘impaled’ by debris. Police said that the train’s event recorder has been recovered.3. #PROPERTY TAX Council tenants will not have to pay the property tax in the new year, the Irish Independent reports. It says that all council houses were automatically valued at under €100,000 so they qualified for the lowest property tax rate, and were given a six-month respite.4. #RIFT Minister Joan Burton told she hasn’t talked with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore about an apparent ‘rift‘. Burton said that she and Gilmore have always had a “very good working relationship” and that he supports her.5. #TOP-UPS Meanwhile, Minister Burton has said a charities regulator must be a priority in the wake of the recent top-ups controversy. Former Fianna Fáil minister and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board member, Vincent Brady, told the Irish Times he will not resign over revelations about top-up payments from public donations to CRC.6. #JOBS Baxter Healthcare is to let 110 jobs go through voluntary redundancies. The American firm employs 1,000 people in Castlebar and Swinford, Mayo, but the jobs are to be cut in Castlebar.7. #COURTS Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) is due to be sentenced today in a trial which saw him found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception and forgery. The case is the country’s largest-ever fraud trial.8. #RESIGNATION Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber is expected to give evidence in upcoming criminal trials, despite his recent resignation. Dr Jaber told the Irish Independent that a dispute at Dublin City Mortuary stemmed from bullying allegations against him, and he denied any wrongdoing.9. #HEADSTONES A priest in Donegal has warned parishioners that ‘gaudy’ headstones could be removed if they don’t conform to strict new rules, the Inishowen News reports. Fr John Walsh in Buncrana has also warned against people eating or talking loudly in cemeteries.last_img read more

first_imgIreland has been pushing for the use of the ESM to retrospectively recapitalise its pillar banks AIB and Bank of Ireland which received billions of euro in State funding at the height of the financial crisis.But Kenny said that nothing can be done until banking union is in place saying this is “quite a complex issue”.“Ireland obviously had to borrow very extensively when this happened in the first place,” he said. “That’s why Ireland is mentioned specifically in the decision on the 29th of June [2012] and that has been recognised by a number of influential European leaders.”Asked if a deadline of June 2014, that he had previously mentioned, would be met, Kenny admitted that it will not be.“I wouldn’t think it would be met, no. I always said in the latter half of 2014. Now, look I may be wrong here, when you sit around the table with 27 others, complications can arise from any point.”“So, I would like to think it could get to a point where our issue of what happened in Ireland’s case in terms of the possibility of recapitalisation could be on the table. “The decision is clear and stands. I always say that the European Council should follow through on the decisions it makes,” he said. Kenny said that despite Ireland’s improving economic position its national debt remains high at 122 per cent of gross domestic product and he hopes this will contribute towards recognition of the State’s circumstances.He added: “So, you know, while people would have said: ‘These things cannot happen’. Whether it be about the promissory note or the extension of loans or the reduction in interest rates – all these things eventually did take place and were followed through.”In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtTaoiseach in 2012: Deal on Irish bank debt ‘can be reached before 2014’ – KennyTaoiseach in 2012: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next yearcenter_img TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has admitted that his own target for Ireland getting retroactive recapitalisation of its banks will not be met but insists that he still expects something to happen in the latter half of next year.Kenny’s comments came prior to those of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who last week appeared to rule out any use of the new eurozone bailout fund retrospectively.In a briefing with journalists last week, Kenny said that much will hinge on the setting up of a banking union in the eurozone with a European Council summit agreeing the broad framework of the new system last week.Irish officials have played down Barroso’s comments and continued to insist that the currency bloc’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), can be used to deal with the State’s legacy debt.Last week, the Taoiseach pointed to the historic 29 June 2012 agreement, where leaders agreed to break the link between bank debt and sovereign debt, and insisted that this had acknowledged the unique circumstances of Ireland which bailed out its banks in 2008.last_img read more

first_img‘CHAP OF STEEL’, ‘Colossal Velocity’ and ‘The Norfolk Fracture’.They are just some of the names being bandied about for the highly anticipated Alan Patridge movie, which is due out in August. YouTube/AlanPartridgeMovieLynn! Put it on again!We Didn’t Start the Fire reworked into a nostalgia fest>Naomi Campbell washes her hair with it, and 7 other uses for Guinness>last_img

first_imgA DEAD MALE wolf, probably shot by hunters, was found 31 January in Coole, a town 160 kilometres east of the French capital. Since May, wolves have attacked flocks of sheep 29 times in a cluster of villages about 180 kilometres southeast of Paris.“That’s just a few days’ walk for a wolf,” said Maxime Zucca, a researcher at Natureparif, a government-funded body that studies wildlife in Ile-de-France, the region surrounding the capital. “We can’t predict if or when they’ll arrive in the Paris area, but it’s something we have to be prepared for.”While wolves don’t pose an immediate danger to the city’s residents, they have been spreading out north and west in France since crossing over from Italy in 1992, and everywhere they’ve led to clashes between farmers who say their flocks are at risk and environmentalists who welcome the return of the mythical predators.Farmers, supported by some members of parliament, want France to pull out of accords banning the hunting of protected raiders such as wolves, lynx and bears.“Wolves are fine in the Alps, in Siberia, in Yellowstone but they are incompatible with human farming,” Nicolas Dhuicq, a lawmaker who has entered a bill allowing wolf hunting, said in an interview last week as he and farmers in the Aube region, southeast of Paris, met at a local farm to discuss how to raise awareness about the challenges they face from wolves.Until their return in the 1990s, the last wolves in France were killed in the southwest in the 1920s. They have been extinct in the Paris region since the middle of the 19th century.Farmers’ WoesFrance has a wolf population now of between 250 and 300, and their numbers are growing, according to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. That compares with 1,000 in Italy, as many as 2,000 in Spain, and about 50 in Germany.Wolves killed 6,666 farm animals, mostly sheep, across France in 2012, up from 5,362 in 2011 and 4,691 in in 2010, according to the Ministry of the Environment. About half of those attacks were in the southern Alps, where Italian wolves first appeared in France after a hiatus of more than 60 years.The number of mainland France’s 94 departments that have reported sheep killed by wolves rose to 16 in 2012 – the latest figures available – from 14 in 2011 and 11 in 2010.Farmers say the statistics on the attacks underestimate the scale of the problem because wounded sheep often die later and pregnant females frequently miscarry because of the stress.Jean-Baptiste Scherrer, a 41-year-old farmer with 12 parcels of land spread around the village of Bar-sur-Aube, southeast of Paris, said he got a call at dawn on May 22 from workers at neighboring vineyards who’d seen his sheep acting strangely and what seemed like a dog running away. He found two dead and nine wounded sheep.Champagne Vineyards(AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)Another attack a week later killed five of his sheep, and forest rangers confirmed both were wolf attacks. After that, he kept his 200 ewes indoors for the rest of the summer, feeding them grain and hay instead of letting them graze. On his iPhone, he has photos of a dozen stillborn lambs he said resulted from miscarriages in the following weeks.The attack on Scherrer’s farm was the first in the Aube department. There have been 28 since, killing 88 sheep and wounding 111, according to the local government.“We had no idea there were wolves in this area,” Scherrer said.We just want the right to defend ourselves.The closest known pack was in the Vosges mountain range, 200 kilometers southeast. The rolling hills of the Aube, with their open farmland, Champagne vineyards and small parcels of forest didn’t used to be wolf country.During the 2012/13 winter, 14 departments had established wolf packs, according to the ONCFS, the government bureau that overseas wildlife and hunting.Entering ParisThe wolves in the Aube department probably were young animals from a pack in the Vosges looking for new territory, said Eric Marboutin, head of the body’s large-predators project.“We know there were births last winter in the Vosges, so it’s possible some young pack members have been forced to leave and head out on their own,” Marboutin said.Ile-de-France, the region that includes Paris and seven surrounding departments, is an ideal environment for wolves in spite of its 12 million inhabitants, said Natureparif’s Zucca.Forests make up 24 percent of its area, slightly less than the national average of 29 percent, and most are well stocked with deer and wild boar. And the local farms mostly grow grain rather than raise livestock.Cases of wolves attacking people are almost non-existent, he said. For the moment public opinion backs wolves.Rightful PlaceIn an October poll by Ifop for OneVoice, an animal rights group, 76 per cent agreed with the statement “the wolf has its place in French nature”. The poll questioned 1,000 people with a 1.8 per cent margin of error.Currently, farmers can shoot a boar that eats their crops, but wolves are protected by the Berne Convention, which in 1979 established Europe’s large predators as protected species.There were no wolves in France then, and just a few dozen in the mountains of central Italy. The Apennines were returning to a natural state as farmers abandoned the rocky earthquake- prone soils. Also, with Italian hunters releasing game into the wild, the new laws meant wolves had a safe and forested highway all the way to Alps, with lunch served along the way.Wolves are now present in every region of mainland Italy and crossed into Switzerland in 1996. Ten years after their 1992 appearance in France they’ve established themselves throughout the Alps, and by 2011 there was a pack in the Vosges, France’s most northern mountain range.Romantic ImageThere’s no permanent presence of wolves in the Jura mountains between the Alps and the Vosges, showing the unpredictability of their expansion, said the ONCFS’s Marboutin.In 2012 there were the first attacks on sheep in the plains of northeast France. The killings have increased since.Still, Dhuicq said his bill is unlikely to pass.“The majority of MPs are from urban areas, and like urban populations they have a romantic image of wolves,” he says.Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll told parliament on 20 January that he’s against breaking the Berne Convention, though he recognized wolves “are not a minor issue” for farmers.Farmers receive an average of about €300 from the government for each sheep lost to wolves, but Gerard Guery, a 58-year-old farmer in Chaource in the Aube department, said he’d prefer not to have to take the money.Hunters reported seeing three wolves 12 kilometres from his farm, he said. He’s built a two-metre-high barbed wire fence around his 600 sheep, breaking with a local tradition of leaving sheep outdoors and moving them around parcels of farmland.“City people dream about wolves and the countryside, but they don’t realize how much of the countryside is the work of farmers and farming practices,” said Dhuicq. “All that is put at risk by wolves.”© BloombergRead: He’s walking 1400km from Rome to Paris but this €4.9bn rogue trader will be jailedlast_img read more

first_imgI REMEMBER THE excitement of going to my first few discos with friends, the endless conversations with the girls – looking forward to the nightand planning what to wear was a big part of it. As teens we made mistakes, as our teens will too. Yet, now we are parents, we can be unsure of the best way to keep our young person safe. The key is a strong relationship and strong boundaries for the teen years. Strong rules without a strong relationship with your teen may mean much conflict.Gardaí say drink is the biggest problem and that teens arrive at discos either with drink taken or with drink on them. Where are they getting this alcohol? Be sure you do not provide the first drink.Remember that newspapers sell on the basis of scary headlines; there may be a minority doing what papers say. Instead, use it as an opportunity to talk with your teen about your values and the behaviour you expect from them.Finally, peer pressure is often blamed for how a teen behaves; studies show the more disconnected the teen, the stronger the influence the peer group is. The stronger the parent/teen relationship, it less of a problem the peer group is.1. A strong relationshipThe strength of the relationship is ultimately the only real control you have over your child. A strong bond between parent and young person where the communication is open (easier said than done!) as this humorous example shows:‘Where are you going?’ – ‘Nowhere’‘Who are you going with?’ – ‘No one’‘What are you doing?’ –’Nothing’Spending time with them and telling them what they are doing right is very important during the teen years, as it is not an easy time for them. Being conscious of talking ‘with’ and not ‘at’ them is crucial, as you want them to feel they can open up to you. This is achieved by listening and acknowledging how they feel and giving them a sense of feeling understood.2. Keep them busy‘Delay and distract’ is great advice if you want your teenager to not have to deal with discos, alcohol and the opposite sex too early. Involvement in a sport or hobby is one of the best protectors for this. It may involve a commitment from you, but it is worth it in the long run. So often I am told of teenage boys/girls who ‘fall through the cracks’ when faced with things they simply are not ready to deal with, where a sport would have provided a healthier alternative in meeting the opposite sex.3. Don’t give them an immediate answer to ‘everybody’s going’It is always good to check with other parents and chat through arrangements. These parents may be dropping or collecting your teenager so important that you are both ‘singing off the same hymn sheet’.4. Know the parents and validate the arrangementHelpful, but not always easy if your teenager has changed friends from primary school, but worth the effort. Knowing the parents means you can make a quick call to confirm that arrangements are as you think they are. An example I heard recently involved a mum who thought her daughter was on a sleepover, but everyone at the sleepover (including her daughter) went to a disco. The mum of the house assumed she had permission. Many parents say how few parents call them when parties/sleepovers are at their house.5. ClothesThe clothes that your teen chooses for going to the disco is a topic that really gets parents heated. Role model dressing appropriately and advise them that their outfit is sending a message, what message does it send? Do you want unwelcome attention? Talk about your preferences, ‘I’d prefer you to tone it down’. Over-controlling does not work – they simply change clothes.Teens want to experiment with their identity and they make mistakes in their choice of clothes, but they learn from it too. The heels that leave them in agony for the evening are discarded for something more wearable the next time. So parents, take a deep breath and remember the vast majority come through these rites of passage unscathed.6. Talk with themBefore giving them permission, it is important to use the opportunity to see how they would deal with situations that may arise, whether it’s unwelcome attention, pressure to drink, or a situation developing that they are not happy about.7. Give them an ‘out’They need to know that they can text you and you will call and tell them they are needed at home if they feel it is necessary. As Oprah says: ‘Doubt means don’t. Don’t move. Don’t rush forward’. Gardaí have told me that many teens who end up in trouble at a disco never intended to, they just feel they have no other option in the crowd. Telling them to say they feel unwell can be a way of leaving a situation they are unsure about. This may mean that you are on call for the evening, however.8. Strong boundariesAfter a strong relationship, we need to have strong boundaries for our young teenager, which makes them feel secure. They need boundaries around reasonable dress, no photos on Facebook that may cause them problems later, no alcohol, and appropriate behaviour. Talk with them about alcohol and give them good reasons not to drink. If you are not collecting them from the disco, you should think about staying up (or getting up) and being downstairs to let them in and have a quick chat – teens say knowing this means they don’t drink.9. NegotiateA key word for the teenage years is to negotiate differences. Our teens need to be listened to and treated with respect. An over-controlling parent may experience a teen who becomes out of control or who simply conforms through fear. A warm relationship where the teen has a sense of their feelings being understood and listened to, means differences can be negotiated.10. Money – keep them a bit shortToo much money causes problems. Remember: they cannot drink without money.11. TrustOnce you have communicated clearly-defined expectations with your teenager and the relationship is good, you need to trust them. Every teenager makes a mistake but with a strong relationship and when you keep communicating and negotiate difference you will find this transition easier. Don’t focus so much on having a ‘good teenager’ that you forget you already have one.Sheila O Malley is one of Ireland’s leading parenting experts who set up Practical Parenting to offer support and training for parents. Sheila is a fully qualified Parent and Relationships Mentor who offers her services to companies and schools; is a regular contributor to TV and radio and is a former parenting correspondent with Independent Newspapers. Book Sheila for parenting/relationship and well-being talks or a course for your company or school, or try her one-on-one parent support service. Sheila runs workshops and courses year round – see for further details. To read more articles by Sheila for click here.Column: Discussing teen drinking… over a bottle of vino>Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland>last_img read more

first_imgA NUMBER OF individuals from across Irish society have banded together in an attempt to save the Seanad.Democracy Matters! is calling for a “radical reform” of the second house of the Oireachtas – not its abolition. A referendum on whether to keep or get rid of the parliamentary chamber is due to take place later this year.The group, which launched its campaign this morning, argues for a strong Senate with new powers to “ensure we learn from the mistakes of a failed political system”.According to the campaign, a broken system of government and governance has failed Ireland. It has also “exacerbated the economic crisis, dramatically increased social welfare queues and hit hard pressed taxpayers and pensioners in their pockets”.“Abolition only strengthens the old political system, which has already failed us. It will silence dissenting voices, limit debate and give the government even more power to ram through legislation,” said Professor Gary Murphy, who chairs the group. “Abolition is not reform and true parliamentary reform in both the Seanad and the House is what Ireland needs today.”Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, added: “A radically new type of Seanad could make a serious and meaningful contribution to the process of reforming and modernising an Irish political culture that is excessively centralised, closed and distrusted. Abolishing the Seanad instead of reforming it will just further erode democracy and copper fasten the interests and power of a tiny elite.”Members of the campaign steering group include John Dolan, Suzanne Egan, Michael McDowell, Joe O’Toole, Feargal Quinn, Noel Whelan and Katherine Zappone. The organisation says it has no affiliation to any political party.Last month, Quinn and Zappone launched a Bill which would mark the biggest reform of the Seanad in modern history. The proposals would also require the Seanad to retain a gender balance by ensuring that an equal number of men and women were elected from each of the five vocational panels – which are required to be retained under the current constitution.The legislation would impose a pay cut of nearly €20,000 for Seanad members – defining their pay as being half of that for a TD. This would mean the current wage of over €65,000 would fall to €46,336.The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaulMembers launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolitionlast_img read more

first_img Source: anirishmanabroad1. An Irishman AbroadComedian Jarlath Regan chats with famous Irish ex-pats. The result? Interviews with a diverse offering of guests, all brimming with insight. Guests have included Chris O’Dowd, Jack Reynor, Sonia O’Sullivan and more, but with forty-five episodes and counting, there’s plenty to chew on.2. Second CaptainsEven if you’re not a giant sports fan, Second Captains is still required listening. In addition to the banter and sports news, the podcast consistently boasts high-calibre guests (see: this week’s interview with Michael Parkinson) and uncovers interesting stories that are of interest to sports fans and non-sports fans alike. (See: this episode featuring Irish racecar driver Rosemary Smith and sports journalist Melissa Ludtke.)3. Doc on OneRTÉ Radio 1′s Doc on One consistently produce quality radio documentaries that garner acclaim at home and abroad and with over 1,000 podcasts in the archive, there’s plenty of gems to trawl through and unearth. (Here’s a good place to begin.)4. Weekly General MeetingYears ago, Nial Conlon (Delorentos) and Shane Langan (Diet of Worms) developed Monthly General Meeting, a night of storytelling, discussion and music. Weekly General Meeting is the podcast equivalent and presents the best of Irish comedians, writers and musicians as recorded live in Dublin.Arts/Culture Source: Maximum Fun1. BullseyeJesse Thorn is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to podcasting. Since 2006, he has built an audio empire in the form of podcast network, Maximum Fun. Bullseye is the network’s banner show, a smart, fun exploration of pop culture, touching on everything from rap to serious documentaries and featuring guests as diverse as Werner Herzog and RuPaul. Do it.2. Desert Island DiscsAlthough it’s an institution at this stage, the long-running BBC radio show shows no sign of slowing down. An achingly simple idea – a well-known figure selects what eight records they would take with them to a desert island – it’s consistently a joy. The online archive is filled with oldies but goodies, too.3. The New Yorker Fiction PodcastIf you’re a fan of short stories, this is where it’s at. The podcast features well-known authors such as David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer and Colm Toibin, to name but a few, read the work of other authors and discuss them afterwards. It’s brilliant and a must for bookworms.Miscellaneous Source: KALW1. 99% InvisibleThis independent and impeccably produced podcast, hosted by the brilliantly named Roman Mars, is enormously popular and focuses on design and architecture. Episodes generally don’t exceed 20 minutes in length, meaning you can listen to several in one sitting. Ira Glass is a fan and you should be, too.2. Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale has a slightly off-the-wall premise, as it’s presented as a radio show produced for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events occurring within. It might sound mad, but it’s a veritable phenomenon. The podcast travels to Dublin in October for two live shows and tickets for the first show sold out in thirty minutes. Jump in and see what the fuss is about.3. Planet MoneyGiven that we’ve all become fluent in economic jargon over the past few years without necessarily having a full grasp of the issues at play, Planet Money is necessary listening. Its approach to economics reporting is fun and palatable, explaining things in layman’s terms and making the subject accessible for the average citizen. A+. Source: podbean4. FreakonomicsInspired by the book of the same name, Freakonomics applies economic theory to all kinds of topics and real-life situations. Thought-provoking and enlightening, it’s sure to make you look at things in a slightly different way.5. No Such Thing As A FishThe writers of QI sit around microphones, discussing the best things they have found that week. Expect silly facts for you to rattle off in the pub and lots of laughs.Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the great podcasts out there. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments.14 early Oscar contenders you should get excited about >Explainer: Why is ‘Confused Cats Against Feminism’ taking over the internet? FANCY MAKING YOUR morning journey to work go that much quicker? Give podcasts a chance. As the medium has exploded in recent years, there are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts to choose from.So, where to start?Here are a selection of our favourites that will entertain, enlighten and, crucially, make your commute *that* bit easier.Comedy Source: iTunes1. WTF with Marc MaronEveryone from Josh Groban to Will Ferrell has appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, an interview series hosted by comedian/nicotine gum addict Marc Maron. A skilled interviewer who is always striving for authenticity, Maron’s chats typically touch on everything from neuroses and relationships to the mean world of showbiz.It also helps that Maron has beef with basically everybody, making for some awkward chats. (See: his interview with Louis CK.) Worth a dive into the archive.2. You Made It Weird with Pete HolmesTaking a leaf from Marc Maron’s book, albeit with a lighter approach, Holmes’ podcast is a treat. Each episode sees Holmes chat with fellow comedians about career struggles, sex and religion with each installment running for anything up to two-and-a-half hours.Guests have included David O’Doherty and Aziz Ansari, but really every episode is worth a listen.3. Comedy Bang BangA wonderfully silly and entertaining mix of interviews, improv and music, Comedy Bang Bang is consistently funny. Hosted by Scott Aukerman, it typically features the crème de la crème of alternative comedians and it has been so successful that it has been adapted for TV, with its third season currently airing in the US. Get acquainted with it. Source: iTunes4. How Was Your Week with Julie KlausnerIn the sort of male-dominated sphere of comedy podcasts, How Was Your Week is a refreshing departure from the norm. The show features host Julie Klausner riffing on pop culture events or her cat before interviewing one guest – usually a comedian, writer or actor  – per episode.(Warning: only a small number of episodes are available to non-premium subscribers, but still worth your time.)5. How Did This Get Made?How Did This Get Made? is a weekly podcast that looks back on awful films and poses the question: how did this get made? Bad sequels, made-for-TV movies and action movies are all up for dissection here here. Always hilarious and required listening for anybody who has sat through a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.Storytelling Source: KTEP1. This American LifeWe’d be remiss if we didn’t mention This American Life, the Big Daddy of Podcasts. You know the drill: each week features a different theme that invariably leads to some seriously compelling storytelling and some of the best reporting you’ll ever hear. Don’t know where to start? This selection of favourites serves as a good jump-off point.2. The MothSince launching its podcast, The Moth has grown into a phenomenon, which given the simple format – live storytelling – is impressive. Each episode features contributors ranging from ex-Milli Vanilli members to former Sex and the City writers telling true stories. Eclectic and a little bit addictive.3. Snap JudgementMore fast-paced compared to the likes of This American Life and The Moth thanks to its short length and musical accompaniment, Snap Judgement is a vibrant storytelling series that’s teeming with energy – host Glynn Washington makes Ira Glass seem positively lethargic by comparison. Excellent and even ideal for listening to while running, thanks to the great beat.Irishlast_img read more

first_imgIt will come as no surprise that Nintendo’s latest duo of Pokemon games, namely Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, have been flying off the shelves in Japan. After selling 2.63 million units in the first 2 days on sale, they have now set a new sales record.As of January 9 their combined sales in Japan have reached 5,036,724 units. Four other DS games have sold more than 5 million copies, but Black and White have gone past the 5 million mark faster than any other game, taking just 17 weeks.We’d like to point out that this could be seen as cheating, though. Two games shipped, but they are being classed as one here for sales. Avid Pokemon fans will no doubt be buying both, but I suspect if this was a single game we’d still have some way to go to the 5 million sales mark.The good news for Nintendo is the company still has a U.S. and European launch for both games. That means a few million more sales and probably some more records getting broken.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

first_imgOne of the big disadvantages a mobile customer considering the Verizon iPhone over one from AT&T needs to consider is the way CDMA networks handle simultaneous data and voice: they don’t. Consequently, if you buy a Verizon iPhone, pick up a call, then need to consult Google Maps, you can’t just put your call on speaker and start browsing: you need to hang up, do your browsing, then call your friend back. What a pain. If anyone could have figured out a way to change this, it would have been Apple before launching the iPhone 4 on Verizon, which strongly suggests that simultaneous data and voice just can’t be done on the Verizon network.So we’re intrigued mightily by this purported leak passed onto Phandroid, claiming that the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt will not only be coming to Verizon, but support simultaneous voice and 3G.It’s not going to do it elegantly, though. According to the leak, Verizon “cannot promise the experience will be one that is consistent with [the] brand” and so are advising sales people to “not reference this functionality as a benefit during your conversations with customers.In other words, expect a bumpy road. Perhaps that explains why the Verizon iPhone doesn’t do it: it can be done, but it’s not up to Apple’s standards for excellence.Read more at Phandroidlast_img read more

first_imgDepending on how old you are, portable gaming for you may only extend back as far and the DS or Game Boy. But before such multi-game handhelds appeared on the market there was another, simpler form of portable gaming available.These devices were called handheld electronic games and typically consisted of a single game with multiple modes. In Nintendo’s case they had a range of them carrying the name Game & Watch and distributed from 1980 to 1991. In total 59 G&W games were made. Some were two screen affairs looking a lot like the dual-screen DS and 3DS devices we see today, although these were a lot thinner and not very powerful devices.AdChoices广告While these old handheld games have long disappeared from store shelves, you may still have some in storage from your childhood. In some cases they are worth a lot of money so should be looked after. If you don’t own any, however, there is now a new way to get to play some of the games courtesy of Hipopotam.A new website called Pica Pic has appeared that recreates the look of the devices and emulates the games for you to play. There’s a mix of those that you will recognize and others you may never have seen before.Each game maps the controls on the device to your keyboard and gives clear key mapping hints. Then you play the game as normal and have your highscore logged. So this actually goes beyond what you could do with the original games due to the high scores being listed and rankings given.At the moment there are 17 playable games, but it looks like the site is set to expand with 3 other titles listed as coming soon including Zelda. Read more at Pica Piclast_img read more

first_imgCapcom has caused a bit of a stir on the 3DS by shipping the game Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D with permanent save games. That means as soon as you start saving the game those saves will exist on the cartridge forever.It was initially thought Capcom had done this to stop the game being traded in and re-sold used, but the Japanese publisher has denied that without actually explaining why they did it.AdChoices广告Regardless of how gamers react to the news of permanent saves, the “feature” is already causing problems. In Australia, EB Games has decided to recall all copies and not sell it. The reason is thought to be a simple one: the retailer offers a 7-day return policy on new games, but if a games has permanent saves they can’t accept it back. So rather than break their store policy they won’t sell Mercenaries 3D at all.With the game confirmed as shipping to the U.S. and Europe with permanent game saves in place, you have to wonder how many other retailers will refuse to stock it due to a returns policy?Read more at VooksMatthew’s OpinionDon’t most stores have a returns policy for new games? In fact, isn’t it the law in a lot of countries?If that’s the case then retailers are going to be put in a difficult position: don’t sell the game and lose out on a lot of sales, or risk having a return and then not being able to re-sell the game?I think some of the major chains might already be in touch with Capcom asking for a solution. With that in mind, I’d hold off buying the game until this issue has been resolved.last_img read more

first_imgDiablo fans are a patient bunch of gamers. It’s been nearly 12 years since Diablo II saw a release, and Blizzard keeps delaying the launch of Diablo III. It was meant to come out in 2011, then Blizzard said sorry and pushed it back to early 2012. Earlier this month we were told it could now be June before it appears.Regardless of whether it’s next month or three months from now, fans are very excited about Diablo III. However, one of Blizzard’s community managers named Bashiok is concerned there’s too much hype, and has gotten quite serious about it in the forums.Bashiok explains that part of his role as a community manager is to manage the expectations of gamers. He feels the expectations people have for Diablo III are, quite frankly, way too high. He compares it to M. Night Shyamalan movies, suggesting the third game in the series is no Sixth Sense, it’s more like a sequel to The Happening. If you’ve watched both those films, that’s a pretty damning statement to make.The one mistake Bashiok made was to not explain himself properly. His comments could be interpreted as a warning that the game isn’t very good, but I don’t believe that is what he is trying to say. Diablo III isn’t bad, it’s just not going to be a breakout title like Diablo was because it can’t be. It’s still going to be a fantastic gameplay experience, but it’s basically more of the same, which is what fans want in an up-to-date graphical form on modern hardware. if you expect anymore than that then yes, you will probably be disappointed.I’m quite confident Diablo III will appear at some point in 2012 and the majority of gamers will be happy with what they get. I’m also equally sure that someone high up at Blizzard is having a chat with Bashiok about his post, and why he should probably get a second opinion in future before hitting publish.More at, via Massivelylast_img read more

first_imgIt may seem like a distant memory now, but back in March 2010 things really kicked off inside game developer Infinity Ward. Activision removed the developer’s president Jason West and CEO Vince Zampella, then got sued by them and a group of 38 employees known as the Infinity Ward Employee Group (IWEG).Activision has since continued to develop the Call of Duty series and many Infinity Ward staff have followed West and Zampella to Respawn Entertainment. But the lawsuits continue, with Activision suing West and Zampella, West and Zampella suing Activision, and IWEG also suing the publisher. Activision accuses West and Zampella of holding secret talks with other publishers when still working at Infinity Ward, while Activision is being sued for withholding royalties and payments for work.Bobby Kotick and Activision will no doubt fight both cases to the death, so it’s surprising to learn Kotick just agreed to pay IWEG $42 million in back payments including a 10% interest charge. This is apparently because Activision found the employees who make up the group are not implicated in the action being taken against West and Zampella, and that’s now what the company want to focus on.As far as IWEG’s lawyer Bruce Isaacs is concerned, the payment is welcome, but just a small part of what they are seeking. The payment also does not constitute a settlement and Isaacs fully intends to continue fighting for as much as $500 million in compensation. That battle is clearly far from over.As for the West and Zampella case, it is set to go to court later this month. The two former employees are contesting why their contracts were terminated and why they haven’t been paid what is rightfully theirs. If Activision loses, and the IWEG case goes against them too, it could mean Activision having to pay out a huge amount of the profits generated from the game. But if they do lose both cases, then that only seems fair anyway, right?Read more at The Vergelast_img read more

first_imgSweet something of… someplace! Could Futurama really make yet another comeback? It’s something that Major Nelson seems to think is a good idea. It’s not much to go on, but Larry Hryb recently said on a reddit thread that’s he’s willing to pitch the idea to his Microsoft co-workers. “No promises or confirmation that anything can happen though,” he added, along with a coy emoticon and an acknowledgement that he was trying to “manage expectations.”Some Futurama fans are all too happy to let the show die off with dignity. The final(?) episode was a terrific end (again: ?) to the series, but many think that Futurama has never been the same since Comedy Central revived it back in 2010. Other fans can’t believe that it’s being killed off again while The Simpsons continues to roll along unfazed through its umpteenth season. Whatever your take on the situation, an eighth (and ninth and tenth, etc.) season of Futurama for Xbox Live is well within the realm of possibilities.Creator Matt Groening has said before that he wants another kick at the can. “We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell,” he told Inside TV earlier this year. All he needs is a willing partner, and Microsoft could certainly be a good match. The company is on the hunt for exclusive content for Xbox Live users, and Futurama’s got a passionate following. Offering a few dozen new episodes that can only be viewed on a Microsoft device could help boost sales of the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even the oft-maligned Surface.We’re not entirely sure why Netflix hasn’t appeared to approached Matt Groening, though.last_img read more

first_img Oct 27th 2016, 9:07 PM 16,206 Views Short URL Share10 Tweet Email2 8 Comments Sesame seeds recalled over fears they may contain moth larvae The Food Standards Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued the warning today. By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:07 PM Image: FSAI A FOOD FIRM has recalled a batch of sesame seeds they fear may contain moth larvae.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said Pallas Foods issued a food alert for the Salamander Gourmet Food Co Sesame Seeds;,product code: PU300; pack size; one kilogram.The FSAI said the product originated in India.The Indian larvae can infest a large number of foodstuffs including vegetables, cereals, rice, flours and spices.The food they infest will often seem to be webbed together, according to international pest control bodies.Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women >Poll: Would ‘booze curtains’ make a difference to Irish people’s alcohol habits? > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: FSAIlast_img read more