Danish Jack Jones League New defeat for KIF Kolding

With a debutant, Petar Nenadic, Tvis Holstebro surprised KIF Kolding 33:30 (11:12) in last match od Danish “Jack & Jones” League. Obviosly, Kolding has a problem with playing on two fronts (EHF Champions League, where they open competition with two wins). In second match of second Danish CL participant, AaB showed quality performance in victory over Midtjylland 41:32.Team Tvis Holstebro – Kolding IF 33-30 (11-12) Team Tvis Holstebro: Morten Nyberg 7, Heino Holm Knudsen 6, Søren Nørgaard 5, Søren Tau 4, Petar Nenadic 4 (1), Joacim Ernstsson 3 (1), Michael Damgaard 2, Søren Reinholt Hansen 2KIF Kolding: Kasper Søndergaard 6, Simon Edelberg Jensen 6, Lukas Karlsson 5, Bo Spellerberg 4, Boris Schnuchel 4, Lars Christiansen 3 (1), Mads Forslund 1, Lasse Mikkelsen 1 (1)HC Midtjylland – AaB 32-41 (14-21)HC Midtjylland: Kasper Witt 9, Morten Bjerregaard 5, Martin Hansen 3, Asbjørn Madsen 3, Petur Palsson 3, Kasper Kvist 3, Benjamin Dalgaard 2, Michael Nielsen 2, Troels Aagaard 1, Dennis Jeppesen 1AaB: Kristian Kjelling 11 (2), Henrik Møllgaard 8, Rasmus Wremer 4, Mads Christiansen 4, Tobias Torpegaard Møller 4, Jan Lennartsson 2, Mark Nielsen 2, Olof Ask 2, Jonas Larholm 2 (1), Rasmus Carlsen 1, Ingimundur Ingimundarson 1 ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 3): Secure victory for Zagreb and “Bears” Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): Kolding and Veszprem beat “big” names read more

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Velux EHF CL TOP 16 Montpellier and Berlin with 2 to Barca

28. FC Barcelona Intersport (11+17): Saric (Sjostrand, p.s.).; Rocas (1), Igropulo (-), Sorhaindo (1), Jernemyr (-), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Juanín (2, 1p), Noddesbo (2), Rutenka (5), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (1), Nagy (4), Víctor Tomás (3), Ugalde (4), Sarmiento (1) y Morros (-). 30. Montpellier HB (17+13): Prost (Stochl, p.s.); Gajic (8), Kavticnik (1), Tej (2), Nikola Karabatic (5), Hmam (2), Grébille (5), Accambray (3), Bojinovic (4, 2p.), Luka Karavatic (-), Joli(-) y Salou (-). ← Previous Story Velux EHF CL TOP 16: Leon with +3 to Veszprem Next Story → Balkan derby in EHF CL TOP 16: Minimal win for Metalurg! Fantastic handball Sunday! Five matches has been played in the best competition, Velux EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase and still many teams aren’t secure for TOP 8.RESULTS – Sunday:MONTPELLIER – F.C BARCELONA 30:28 BarcaBarcelona handballBerlin handballCologneEHFEHF Champions LeagueEuropean handballhandballMontpellier Fuchse Berlin – HSV Hamburg 32:30Fuchse: Heinevetter (7 odb, 1.-54.); Stochl (55.-60.); Christophersen 8, Nincevic 6, Jaszka 5, Bult 4/1, Richwien 3, Pevnov 2, Romero 2, Laen 2, Spoljaric, Löffler, Petersson, Sellin n.e., Stenbäcken n.e., Wiede n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (1 odb, 1.-30.); Beutler (9/1 odb., 31.-60.); Lindberg 8/2, Lijewski 6, Kraus 4, Jansen 4, Vori 3, Duvnjak 2, Lackovic 1, Flohr 1, G. Gille 1, Hens n.e., Schulze n.e.,Savehof – AG Copenhagen 24:34Metalurg – C.O Zagreb 19:18 (7:9)Vive Targi Kielce – Cimos Koper 27:26 (13:12)THW KIEL – WISLA PLOCK 27:24 – 36:25Ademar Leon – MKB Veszprem 31:28Kadetten Schaffhausen – Atletico Madrid 27:36 read more

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Pick Szeged without Sulc and Blazevic in Poland

Alen BlazevicFrantisek SulcPick SzegedVirag Farkas Vive Targi Kielce was defeated for the first time in this Champions League season by Pick Szeged. But after the 26-25 victory, the Hungarians can’t be so glad, because they lost Alen Blazevic and one of their most important players, Frantisek Sulc against the Polish champion. The Slovak middle back suffered muscle tear after the break and can’t play in Kielce. He will probably return  for the Hungarian Cup’s Final Four in the middle of April.The Croatian Blazevic’s hand was hit at the end of the match. According to the first diagnosis he suffered contusion, but his metacurpus has broken.With just a 1-goal advantage Pick Szeged is not in an easy situation, but without Sulc and Blazevic will be harder to reach the best 8.text: VIRAG FARKAS ← Previous Story Poland: Vive Kielce wins in last match of regular season Next Story → Csurgoi KK going stronger: Wyszomirski prolongs, Pukhouski comes read more

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Matthias Rudolph no more HSV Hamburg president

champions leaguehandballHSV Hamburglingthalermatthias rudolphrudolphspillner HSV Hamburg confirmed on their website the surprising withdrawal of Matthias Rudolph as the club’s president, right after a season when the team won the Champions League. It has been cited that Rudolph is no longer capable of performing the presidential duty as before, and that he will now give more time to his family. After the departure of the 55-year old Rudolph, Frank Spillner and Jens Lingthaler will take over his duties. ← Previous Story Russia, Slovakia and Georgia to host big youth handball events Next Story → MT Melsungen signs Momir Rnic for next season!

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FRIDAY D DAY Who will win the groups in Serbia

serbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story GREAT NANTES WITH 9.357 FANS: Second defeat for PSG! Next Story → SERBIA 2013: Knock-out stage clashes known Friday is the last day of WWCh 2013 Preliminary Round. All 24 teams will be on the courts in four cities from Nis to Zrenjanin:GROUP A (Belgrade)16:15 Congo – Dominican Republic18:30 France – South Korea20:45 Montenegro – NetherlandsGROUP B (Nis)15.45 Japan – Algeria18:00 Serbia – China20:15 Denmark – BrazilGROUP C (Zrenjanin)15:45 Argentina – Paraguay18:00 Angola – Spain20:15 Norway – PolandGROUP D (Novi Sad)14:45 Tunisia – Australia17:00 Hungary – Germany19:15 Romania – Czech Republic

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JURY – HANDBALL PERSON 2013

handball juryhandball person 2013jurz MEMBERS OF HANDBALL PERSON 2013 – JURY:Kiril Lazarov (F.C Barcelona – Macedonia, WCh and EURO TOP scorer record holder)Laszlo Nagy (MVM MKB Veszprem – Hungary, HP World Best Player 2011)Konstantin Igropulo (Fuchse Berlin – Russia)Fabiana Diniz (Hypo – Brazil, World Champion 2013)Zarko Sesum (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Serbia)Kasper Hvidt (KK Copenhagen – Former Danish NT goalkeeper)Marcin Lijewski (Wisla Plock – former Polish NT player)Jovanka Radicevic (ZRK Vardar – Montenegro)Jose Hombrados (Former Spanish NT goalkeeper)Isabelle Gullden (Viborg HK – Sweden)Dragan Adzic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro head-coach, Handball Person 2012)Antonio Carlos Ortega (MVM MKB Veszprem head-coach)Partekur Johannesson (Austria NT head-coach)Dagur Sigurdsson (Fuchse Berlin head-coach – HP World Best Coach 2011)Andrej Golic (Former French NT player – World Champion 2001)Petar Metlicic (Former Croatian NT captain – Olympic winner 2004)Andrei Xepkin (Former F.C Barcelona line-player – 6th time EHF CL winner – record holder)Dragan Skrbic (Former Yugoslav NT line-player – IHF World Best Player 2001)Bjorn Pazen (Handball-Woche, IHF and EHF journalist)Tom O Braggain (EHF TV commentator)Nadege Coulet (French Handball Federation – press officer)Zika Bogdanovic (Balkan-Handball.com & Handball-Planet.com editor)Yuki Hattori (Japan– handball journalist) ← Previous Story NOMINATIONS – HANDBALL PERSON 2013 Next Story → WHO IS THE HANDBALL PERSON 2013? read more

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VIDEO Bosnian dreams come true

Bosnia and Herzegovina made the biggest surprise at the Play-Off for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Bosnians celebrated tie in Reykjavik 29:29,which forced Iceland to miss the first big event since WCh 2009 in Croatia.This will be the first event for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the only country of former Yugoslavia which didn’t participate at World or European Championships. ← Previous Story Macedonia easily past Greece to book Qatar ticket Next Story → Vladan Matic: “I should have been a terrorist for this team” bosnia and herzegovina handballIceland handballQatar 2015Qatar handball

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Mens EHF EURO 2020 with 24 teams in three countries

EHF EURO 2020 The Men’s EHF EURO, the European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event, takes a major step forward in its development with the 2020 event being the first one which is organised with 24 teams and staged in three countries.Sweden, Austria and Norway had jointly bid to host the championship and were awarded the right to host the event at the EHF Congress in Dublin on Saturday.“Feel welcome to a new dimension,” said former Swedish international Stefan Lövgren at the beginning of the presentation.The three organisers plan to hold the championship in six different cities and venues and put the word out there that the EHF EURO 2020 Final will played in front of 24,000 fans in Stockholm’s Tele 2 Arena, a multi-purpose stadium with a retractable roof.The six preliminary round groups shall be played in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Graz, the Norwegian city of Trondheim and the Swedish cities of Malmö and Gothenburg.The main round shall take place in Vienna and Sweden (either Malmö or Gothenburg), and for the finals the tournament shall move to the Swedish capital Stockholm.Venue capacities reach from 6,000 in the Graz Messehalle to 24,000 in the Tele 2 Arena in Stockholm.The Trondheim Spektrum arena in Norway is currently being built and will offer seats for approximately 8,000 spectators.The Stadthalle in Vienna can seat 12,000 people and so can the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. The Malmö Arena, which hosted the World Championship 2011 Final, has a capacity of 13,000.“We would like to prepare a championship where the we place handball in the focus and make sure that we get the best possible conditions for the players and the teams,” is one of the application’s key phrases.TEXT: EHF ← Previous Story Dagur decided: Uwe Gensheimer stays captain! Next Story → Impressive Veszprem beat Metalurg – Zagreb win in Belarus! read more

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EHF EURO 2016 breaks record in number of fans

With six matches still left to play, the EHF EURO 2016 has already attracted more spectators than any other European Championship before.“I’m pleased to announce that, thanks to the huge support from the Polish public and fans from across the world, we have already beaten the EHF EURO spectator record,” said EHF President Jean Brihault at a press conference on Thursday.“The record of 316,000 set in Denmark in 2014 has been surpassed – before the final weekend – with 342,115 spectators following the action in all four venues.”It is not only Poles filling the stands. 40,000 fans have travelled from abroad, with Germans, Danes and Norwegians representing the highest percentage of international visitors. As Norway and Germany remain in the race for the medals, an unforgettable atmosphere can be expected during the final round.EHF Secretary General Michel Wiederer expanded on the spectator numbers with information on television audiences, saying that the final Group 2 match between Germany and Denmark was one of the most watched so far.“In Germany, the match yesterday against Denmark was watched by 5.61 million people with a 21.1% share of the market – the second most watched programme on television,” said Wiederer.“In Denmark, on TV2, up to 1.7 million people watched the match – a market share of 70.8%.”, writes EHF-EURO.COM.PHOTO: EHF-EURO.COM EHF EURO 2016 ← Previous Story Marko Markis owner of handballgktraining.com: Knowledge is power! Next Story → Qatar continue domination in Asia! read more

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John McCain says he is more ProRussian than Putin

first_imgUS REPUBLICAN SENATOR John McCain has insisted that he is “more pro-Russian” than President Vladimir Putin in an opinion piece for a Russian news website answering the Russian leader’s broadside last week in The New York Times.“I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today,” McCain wrote. “I make that claim because I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination”.“President Putin doesn’t believe in these values because he doesn’t believe in you,” McCain wrote. “He doesn’t believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies. Or, at least, he doesn’t believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you,” McCain wrote.“Russians deserve better than Putin”In an op-ed headlined “Russians deserve better than Putin,” McCain singled out Putin and his associates for punishing dissent, specifically the death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.The Russian presidential human rights council found in 2011 that Magnitsky, who had accused Russian officials of colluding with organized criminals, had been beaten and denied medical treatment.McCain also criticized Putin for siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the more than 2 year long civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.Pravda.ruThe opinion piece was published Thursday on the news website Pravda.ru. The site was established by former Pravda journalists, a newspaper Pravda which is an organ of the Communist Party and is no longer an influential or widely read, in contrast to its huge presence in the Soviet Union’s media landscape.McCain assailed Putin and his associates for writing laws that codify bigotry, specifically legislation on sexual orientation. A new Russian law imposes fines and up to 15 days in prison for people accused of spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors.On Syria, McCain said Putin is siding with a tyrant:“He is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.”McCain also criticized the imprisonment of the punk rock band Pussy Riot. The three women were convicted of hooliganism after staging an anti-Putin protest inside a Russian Orthodox Church.The article by McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, comes just days after the U.S. and Russian officials reached an ambitious agreement that calls for an inventory of Syria’s chemical weapons program within a week and its complete eradication by mid-2014. Diplomatic wrangling continues, however.Explainer: What’s going on in Syria? >Putin: US strikes will kill the elderly and children in Syria >last_img read more

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8 sitcom theme tunes youll have to sing along to

first_img1. Perfect StrangersWho were you more like? Cousin Larry or Balki?Uploaded by lurrz2. Family TiesSha-la-la-laaaaaaUploaded by BlastFromThePast3. CheersHi Norm!Uploaded by PopularNostalgia4. Fresh Prince of Bel AirSMELL YOU LATER! Uploaded by Vissor5.Who’s the Boss?Hold me closer Tony Danza6. The Wonder YearsNostalgia overdose!Uploaded by RedFarmer7. Silver SpoonsTogetheeeeer, we’re gonna find our way…Uploaded by Aquatica8. Kate and AllieThis song came at the end of each episode rather than at the beginning…Uploaded by 513official4Video: A Capella Star Wars Theme Tune of the Day>last_img

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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #JOBSWATCH: Up to 1,300 jobs will be created over the next three years by the Kerry Group as it builds a new campus in Kildare. The new campus – for which Kildare beat off bids from London and Amsterdam – will employ 800 people when it opens, as well as 400 in construction, and potentially 100 more when the centre is fully commissioned in four years’ time.2. #COURTS: A Sligo widow has successfully sued the killers of her husband for €720,000 in damages. The High Court’s award makes Margaret Madden the first person to successfully sue the people responsible for a the murder of a family member.3. #FARMERS: Up to 15,000 farmers took the streets of Dublin this afternoon in protest at potential cuts to the EU’s master budget – which they say could sound the death knell for Irish agriculture. The Irish Farmers’ Association says possible cuts to the budget for 2014 to 2020, which will be agreed shortly, could mean major cutbacks in CAP payments which Irish farmers need to keep going. Simon Coveney says he understands the farmers’ concerns.4. #GREECE: There have been major protests in Greece as German chancellor Angela Merkel arrived for a meeting with Greek premier Antonis Saramas in Athens today. 6,500 police offers were mobilised for her visit, with Merkel the focus of much ire among the Greek public for Germany’s role in insisting on harsh austerity measures in exchange for European bailouts.5. #NOBEL PRIZE: The second of this year’s Nobel Prizes – in physics – has been awarded to US and French researchers for their work in quantum physics – that could one day open the way to revolutionary computers. Serge Haroche and David Wineland’s work could see computers transcend the current system where all data is recorded through a combination of zeroes and ones.last_img read more

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Space shuttle finally reaches California Science Center

first_imgTHE US SPACE shuttle Endeavour has finally reached its California retirement home, after taking three days instead of two for its last-ever journey – 12 miles (19 kilometres) across Los Angeles.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hailed the “mother of all parades” which saw more than a million Angelenos cheer the vast white spacecraft through LA’s streets, at the slower than jet-propelled speed of less than 1 mile per hour.DelayThe Endeavour had been due to arrive at the California Science Center early Saturday evening, but was repeatedly delayed as organisers had to squeeze it past buildings, power lines and trees, sometimes with only inches to spare.It eventually arrived lunchtime Sunday, to even bigger cheers from the crowds, and relief from officials who held a postponed ceremony to welcome it to its final home.“Is this amazing or what?” said LA Fire Department chief Brian Cummings, looking across the crowd at the vast winged vehicle. “I feel like a kid standing up here watching this come in here.”“Today everyone in the city of Los Angels is an astronaut .. and every young man and young woman out there is one step closer to the stars,” he added.The orbiter – which zoomed at 17,500 miles per hour when in Earth’s orbit – arrived in Los Angeles last month, piggybacking on top of a 747. It was stored in a hangar at LA international (LAX) airport until early Friday.Party atmosphereThe first 24 hours of its trip went off relatively smoothly, in a party-like atmosphere, and organisers at one point even forecast that it would reach its destination ahead of time.But things started going wrong Saturday afternoon as the enormous 78-ton vehicle, mounted on a huge, computerized, multi-part transporter, began negotiating some of the narrowest stretches of its route during the day.Some 400 trees had to be cut down – initially provoking protests from locals, placated by officials’ vows to plant several new saplings for every tree felled – and several more were trimmed at the last minute.On the final straight it was brought to a halt several times, as the spacecraft’s wing-tips brushed inches away from apartment buildings, electricity poles and other obstructions.A future generation of astronautsFormer shuttle commander Mark Kelly, who captained Endeavour’s final flight, said he hoped the craft – which flew more than 115 million miles in its two-decade career – would inspire future generations of astronauts.“Maybe someday one of these kids that see Endeavour, look up at it at the California Science Center, will be that person that walks on the planet Mars,” he told CNN, adding: “That would be a great thing to see.”After NASA brought an end to the 30-year shuttle program last year, major US cities battled for the right to house the four retired vehicles.Enterprise, which never flew into space, is now on permanent display on the runway of the Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York. The Kennedy Space Center will keep Atlantis, and Discovery is on display at a museum outside Washington.Two other shuttles were destroyed in flight. Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff in 1986, and Columbia broke apart upon re-entry to Earth in 2003. Both disasters killed everyone on board.On Sunday, there was palpable relief when the Endeavour finally arrived at its destination.“What a phenomenal three days,” said California Science Center chief Jeff Rudolf, adding: “I may get kicked for it, but it was the mother of all parades!” – a refrain taken up by Villaraigosa.“I may need some sleep, but what a great three days,” Rudolf added.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

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Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions

first_imgMEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES are costing the Health Service Executive millions of euro, which can be avoided, a major conference was told yesterday.The conference entitled ‘Patients’ Rights, Access to Justice and the Case for Candour’ organised by two advocacy organisations, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Medical Injuries Alliance (MIA), heard that the current adversarial approach to medical accidents and complaints prolongs pain for families, as they are forced to battle with the system for compensation on behalf of their loved ones.Honesty and transparency One of the key speakers, Dr Timothy McDonald, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Paediatrics at University of Illinois and Chief Safety and Risk Officer for Health Affairs for the University of Illinois, Chicago said that the defense in every case drives up cost, stating that Ireland could benefit from the introduction of a system grounded in “honesty and transparency” from both a cost and patient safety perspective.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dr McDonald said that the traditional “deny and defend” method used by hospitals when accused of medical negligence is not helping the patient or the hospitals, stating that more money is lost this way.Negligence He said that hospitals going on the defensive when accused of negligence is common practice here, but said this can cost millions of euro, stating that a more honest and transparent procedure would have a better outcome for the patient and the finances of the hospitals.Dr McDonald said: He added that if Irish hospitals decide to move ahead and implement a more transparent system when it comes to medical negligence cases, there could be “huge efficiencies made and there is an opportunity to save a lot of money”.He said in the traditional manner, in a case where the patient is seeking $2 million, it will cost in the region of $4.5 million to get that patient the same settlement, which he said is simply money down the drain.He said there is a number of “bright spots” in Ireland where certain hospitals are moving towards transparency, but he said there is a long way to go before it is nationwide.CompensationDr McDonald said that the type of system that he is suggesting results in safer practices and fewer compensation cases.In a time when the Irish health service is in serious financial trouble, any savings that can be achieved was welcomed at the conference, said Dr McDonald.“We were in a similar situation when the board of the hospital I work in gave me permission to implement the changes and since we adopted the transparent approach we have saved tens of millions of dollars,” he said.Not only does it save money, but professionals learn from a more honest approach, he said.“You can’t fix what you don’t know about,” he said, stating that going underground about negligence in the workplace doesn’t improve learning.Read: More than €45m paid out to patients injured in HSE hospitals>Read: New system may see end of lump sum court awards> Having a deny and defend procedure in place is contrary to learning and improving – we need to recognise that the patient is not the enemy here. A candid approach leads to better learning for our nurses, doctors and surgeons and a quicker resolution can be achieved, one that is a lot more fair for the patient and will ensure that money does not get drained from the health service’s finances and buried into the legal system.last_img read more

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Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee AlQaeda is lapping it

first_img“Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up,” Sawers told the Intelligence and Security committee. “The leaks from Snowden have been very damaging, they put our operations at risk.”GCHQ boss Iain Lobban said his service had picked up “near daily discussion” among extremist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere about lessons to be learned from the Snowden files.“We have actually seen chat around specific terrorist groups, including closer to home, discussing how to avoid what they now perceive to be vulnerable communications methods,” Lobban said.Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, has revealed massive US electronic surveillance programmes in recent months, sending shockwaves around the world.The leaks have strained Washington’s ties with its allies over suggestions that it has eavesdropped on dozens of world leaders, including by tapping the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Today’s hearing marked an unprecedented joint public appearance for the heads of the three British intelligence agencies, who could be seen on television sitting in a row as they answered questions from lawmakers.They insisted that they worked hard to balance national security with citizens’ right to privacy.“We do not spend our time listening to the telephone calls or reading the emails of the majority. It would not be proportionate, it would not be legal. We do not do it,” Lobban told the committee.“We don’t want to delve into innocent emails and phonecalls.”(A banner supporting Edward Snowden displayed at Hong Kong. Pic: AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Spying activity ‘proportionate to threats’The spy chiefs said there was a growing terror threat at home and abroad, with “Al-Qaeda and its many, many branches” as the biggest threat to British security.Britain’s intelligence agencies had disrupted 34 terror plots since the 7 July 2005 bombings on London’s transport system, MI5 director general Andrew Parker told the committee.Syria was a particular problem with a number of Britons “in the low hundreds” having gone to fight with jihadi groups in the civil war there, Parker said.“Syria has become a very attractive place for people to go for that reason — those who support or sympathise with the Al-Qaeda ideological message,” he said.Parker insisted that the work of the intelligence services was a “proportionate” response to the terrorist threats faced by Britain.Sawers meanwhile emphatically denied that British agents used torture as a means of countering threats to national security.“We do not participate in, incite, encourage or condone mistreatment or torture, and that is absolute,” he said.(Main entrance of The Guardian Newspaper which has published much of the spy stories. Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire)The televised proceedings were subject to a delay to prevent any information that compromised national security from being accidentally broadcast, committee chairman Malcolm Rifkind said.The three spymasters have until now given evidence to the committee in private because of the sensitive nature of their work.GCHQ has been in the spotlight in recent weeks because Snowden’s leaks have suggested close collaboration between the British listening post and its US counterpart, the NSA, to harvest vast quantities of data from ordinary citizens’ communications.Britain has faced questions from Berlin this week following a media report that London has been operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy.The German government called in Britain’s ambassador for questioning over the report by Britain’s Independent newspaper, which was said to be based in part on leaked documents from Snowden.© – AFPColumn: The NSA spying scandal is coming at an awkward time for the US… >Read: The British government forced us to destroy hard drives – Guardian editor > BRITAIN’S TOP SPY chiefs warned in an unprecedented television appearance today that Al-Qaeda and other enemies were “lapping up” intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden and using them to change the way they operate.The heads of the foreign spy agency MI6, the domestic intelligence service MI5 and the electronic listening station GCHQ however used their appearance before a parliamentary committee to deny that Britons were under mass surveillance.(The Headquarters of the GCHQ, Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency. Pic: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire)In a hearing held under tight security and broadcast with a two-minute time delay to prevent slip-ups, MI6 boss John Sawers said Snowden’s revelations of US and British spy programmes were a gift to Al-Qaeda and other terrorists.last_img read more

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Eleven new garda motorcycles in three years despite withdrawal of 61

first_imgFIGURES RELEASED BY the Department of Justice in recent weeks have again highlighted pressures on the garda resources, with 11 motorcycles purchased in the last three years despite the withdrawal of 61.In response to one parliamentary question, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter he was “conscious of the continuing pressures” on the fleet.The figures also show that four traffic jeeps were purchased in 2011, with no extra jeeps added to the fleet either in 2012 or this year versus the five that were withdrawn during that period. There is a larger disparity between the figures for motorcycles bought and retired during the three years period and no new bikes were added to the fleet this year.New vehiclesThe minister pointed to his recent announcement of a €9 million investment for garda vehicles with €5 million being injected before the end of 2013. However his department told TheJournal.ie at the time that none of this funding for the rest of the year would be spent on new motorcycles and the Garda Representative Association said the new vehicles would “only keep us at our current level”.Around 20 escort bikes were taken off the roads for two months for servicing over the summer and it is understood that they were previously taken out of action for a number of weeks ahead of visits by Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama in 2011 to bring the vehicles up to scratch.One garda source said: I would go as far as to say that our safety is being compromised by management, expecting us to use sub-standard equipment and not police spec equipment.Declining numbersOverall numbers of vehicles have been declining over the years from 2,677 in 2011 to 2,459 this year.Shatter said it is estimated that a further 93 vehicles may be retired between now and the end of the year. Dublin, unsurprisingly, has the highest number of vehicles with over 500 while Kerry has the lowest at 38.The minister explained that vehicles are retired for “a variety of reasons”, including where vehicles are considered beyond economic repair or as a result of accidents.I understand from the garda authorities that the relevant manufacturers have indicated that, for safety reasons, patrol cars should be withdrawn from service when the odometer reading reaches 300,000 kilometres.The minister has maintained that An Garda Síochana are provided with “sufficient resources to enable them to deliver an effective and efficient policing service”.Related: 305 new garda vehicles will ‘only keep us at our current level’>Read: Garda escort bikes out of action for two months>last_img read more

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WATCH LIVE TDs grill CRC officials over topups

first_imgiPhone/iPad users: click here. Streams provided by HEAnet.Updated 10.28amOFFICIALS FROM THE scandal-hit Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) are before TDs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this morning.The CRC’s chairman and interim chief executive Jim Nugent as well as director David Martin are appearing before the Committee from 10am this morning along with HSE and Department of Health officials.The CRC has been plagued by controversy in recent weeks after it emerged that former chief executive Paul Kiely received a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000, with the clinic admitting it used monies from charitable donations to “pay any additional salary amounts over the Department of Health’s consolidated pay scale”.Kiely is a surprise attendee at this morning’s hearings which you can watch on the livestream above. However, it is the non-appearance of Brian Conlan, who resigned as CRC chief executive on Monday, that is also causing considerable controversy.Conlan resigned in the wake of reports that the HSE was unhappy with the way he had been appointed, but has repeatedly declined to appear before TDs today, saying current board members can answer all queries.The PAC is set to seek powers to compel Conlan to appear before it, meaning it will need the permission of the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP), a protracted process that could mean Conlan will not appear until January.Committee chairman and Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie last night that Conlan’s decision not to appear is “unacceptable” and said the committee will seek to compel the former CEO to come before it.He said the committee has “to get answers and we have to understand just what is happening”. “There is €1.6bn in terms of Section 38s (health agencies which receive State funding) and €16 million of that is tied-up in CRC and we just have to get to the bottom of how all of that is paid out and who authorised these top-ups,” McGuinness said yesterday The HSE’s national director of human resources, Barry O’Brien, is before the committee today where he is likely to face questions bout how much the HSE knew about the top-ups and what concerns it raised in relation to Conlan’s appointment.Officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are also expected to give evidence.Meanwhile, RTÉ reports this morning that the HSE wrote to the CRC nine times this year to express concern at the appointment process used to appoint Conlan.First published 7.30am WATCH: ‘They normally get to the bottom of things’: Howlin confident PAC will get facts of CRC scandalRead: Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief ‘puts two fingers up to the PAC’last_img read more

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Staff to picket UCCs Tyndall Institute tomorrow over pay dispute

first_imgSIPTU MEMBERS WILL place a picket at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC) tomorrow morning over a pay dispute.Workers claim there is pay inequity beween a large number of employees at the institute and their counterparts at the UCC  campus who are doing the same, or similar work. The difference in pay is ten or 20 per cent.Researchers, engineers, administrators, technical staff and IT workers are all involved.The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is also involved in the dispute but its members will not be placing an official picket due to procedural reasons. IFUT members are expected, however, to support the SIPTU picket tomorrow.The pickets will be placed on the five entrances to the Tyndall institute which is not part of the UCC main campus.“Not only is there a considerable pay gap with counterparts in UCC but that gap is going to widen as increments are paid to the other university staff,” SIPTU Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said. “This dispute can be resolved if the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform are willing to put forward concrete measures to address the widening pay gap.”The picket will commence at 7am tomorrow morning and end at 6pm.Read: SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and DAA to vote on strike action>Read: Labour Court proposals rejected by SIPTU staff at Liebherr plant>last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgWORLDPhil Conran looks out of a window from his home, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, after a 30ft-deep sinkhole opened up in the driveway and swallowed his car. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire#LONDON Commuters face chaos as unions call a two-day tube strike, due to plans to cut jobs. #MEXICO A castaway who claims to have set sail from Mexico a year ago has returned to dry land.#ENGLAND A family got a shock when a sinkhole swallowed their car outside their house.#FRANCE A man appeared in court for throwing a kitten into the air and filming the incident.#USA The US abortion rate is at its lowest since 1973, with rates falling in almost all states.#SOUTH AFRICA The details of who receives what from the late Nelson Mandela’s €3m estate have been revealed.INNOVATIONFacebook’s Paper is now available in the US, so it won’t be long before it’s here. [TechCrunch]Checking into hotels could be made all the easier thanks to QR codes. YouTube paid out over $1 billion to the music industry, it revealed today.PARTING SHOT(WorldStarHipHop Official/YouTube)Ever wanted a Seinfeld reunion? Well, you got your wish last night. Sort of. [Quartz] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…IRELANDThe brother of a young man who died following a neknomination has called the drinking game “stupid” and warned against it.The Supreme court has been told that a decision that the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate was the legal mother was “radically wrong”. [RTÉ]The Department of Social Protection has investigated office smells – at a cost of €4,000.Minister Michael Noonan has said that funding for the flooding clear-up might be made available from central government funds. A Donegal garda was found guilty of harassing two female colleagues and sexually assaulting one of them. [RTÉ]There will be 50 new jobs in Cork thanks to call centre Zevas, and 40 at a pharmaceutical plant in Athlone.Neknominations will lead to more deaths, the Royal College of Physicians, a judge and the Taoiseach have said.Families of Stardust victims say they will release new pages from the review of evidence.Ireland should do more to punish corruption more quickly, the EU has said. Car sales were up by 33 per cent last month compared to January 2013.Ben Gilroy resigned as leader of Direct Democracy, to be replaced by Jaan Van de Ven.The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has refused to rule out video cameras in classrooms of schools in Ireland.Ryanair has more passengers, but has experienced a €35 million loss.Two teen girls were arrested over a house fire in Limerick on Saturday, gardaí said.last_img read more

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Prolife robocalls to Irish numbers came from United States

first_imgThe DPC had previously said it had received about 500 complaints over the calls, which would have carried fines of up to €5,000 for the perpetrators if the calls had been made from Ireland.The automated message carried indirect quotes from Professor Eamon O’Dwyer, a veteran obstetrician from Galway, outlining that doctors were always obliged to intervene to save the life of an expectant mother even when doing so would lead to the death of a child.“Ireland’s ban on abortion does not prevent doctors from acting to save women’s life,” the recording said. “Claims that doctors cannot intervene to safe mothers in dangers are untrue.”The full message – which O’Dwyer said he had no involvement in – can be heard here. Read: Over 500 complaints over abortion robo-calls We have now been informed that the US law enforcement authorities are unable to assist our investigations. They have explained that the phone call campaign in question does not contravene US law and, for that reason, they have no basis on which to initiate investigations in the US in relation to the perpetrators of the campaign.Regrettably, therefore, we are unable to pursue the matter any further. Had the calls been made from within Ireland there would have been scope to pursue prosecution proceedings in relation to calls made to landline phone numbers registered on the National Directory Database opt-out register.However, as the calls were made from the USA, there is no scope for the law enforcement authorities in Ireland to take any action against the perpetrators.center_img IRELAND’S COMMUNICATIONS and data privacy regulators have determined the automated phone calls targeted at Irish phone numbers late last year actually came from the United States – meaning they are powerless to take action against them.A joint investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner and ComReg has found that the calls, which were made to Irish numbers last November, originated in the United States where such robotic calls are permitted under law.The calls appeared on caller ID systems to have originated from an 01 number, leading many to assume that the calls had been made from Dublin.Now, however, it has emerged that the appearance of the 01 number was feigned from the United States – and that the calls actually came from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.This is despite the fact that the 01 number in question – which was disconnected a few days after the calls began – played the same recorded message as was used by the automated calls.It is thought that the Irish number had been directly routed back to the United States, where the message – recorded by a man with an Irish accent – was originally based.In emails written to Irish residents who had complained about the calls, the Data Protection Commissioner said it had liaised “with the appropriate law enforcement authorities in Washington on this matter,” and had “presented them with details of the campaign and the levels of complaints received”.The emails state:last_img read more

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