HandballPlanetcom presents 10 TOP stars of Struga 2013

Handball tournamentHCM ConstantaRK MetalurgRK VardarStruga 2013 The 41st International handball tournament in Struga (Macedonia) start on Wednesdays. Teams like RK Vardar, RK Metalurg, HCM Constanta, Meshkov Brest, Ivry Handball guarantee TOP quality handball in the next four days on beautiful Ohrid Lake. Handball-Planet.com presents the TOP 10 stars of the one of the best pre season tournament in South Eastern part of Europe.ALEKSEY RASTVORCEV (left back, RK Vardar Skopje)TIMUR DIBIROV (left wing, RK Vardar Skopje)PAVEL ATMAN (left back, RK Metalurg)DARKO STANIC (goalkeeper, RK Metalurg)NAUMCE MOJSOVSKI (playmaker, RK Metalurg)RENATO VUGRINEC (right back, RK Metalurg)MATJAZ BRUMEN (right wing, RK Vardar)ALEX DUJSHEBAEV (right back, RK Vardar)PABLO SIMONET (playmaker, Ivry Handballl)LJUBO VUKIC (left wing, Meshkov Brest) ← Previous Story Struga 2013 is coming: Vardar with two wins finished preparation in Slovenia Next Story → Ivano Balic presented in Wetzlar! read more

ADIOS VARDAR Raul Gonzales to overtake PSG Handball

Spanish coach Raul Gonzales will overtake PSG Handball from the hands of Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic in summer 2018. The French champions sponsors from Qatar gave a “green light” for the deal with one of the most succesful European coaches, currently on the TOP of VELUX EHF Champions League with RK Vardar Skopje. It is expected that French champions confirm this information soon.Work in RK Vardar Skopje together with his assistant David Davis is first international experience and first job in role of head-coach for Gonzales, who gained a lot of experience as assistant of Talant Dujshebaev in golden years of BM Ciudad Real and BM Atletico Madrid.Gonzales came to Skopje in 2013. This news was firstly published by Macedonian website Ekipa.RK Vardar Skopje will dramatically change the roster at the end of Gonzales’ era… ← Previous Story SG Flensburg Handewitt in TOP 16 direction – Last 15 minutes enough for Celje PL Next Story → Ludovic Fabregas to miss EHF EURO 2018! raul gonzales read more

300 jobs to be created at new Dell bank

first_imgDELL HAS LAUNCHED a commercial bank at its Irish headquaters in Dublin, with 300 jobs to created over the next three years.The international computer company was awarded a “full commercial banking license” to operate Dell Bank International Limited, which will be based at its Cherrywood plant in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and is an expansion of its customer financing arm Dell Financial Services.Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was a “great vote of confidence” in Ireland to have Dell locate the bank here, which will bring the total number of people employed by the company in Ireland to 2,800.200 jobs will come online during the intital phase, with a further 100 to follow by 2016.Dell Financial Services has operated since 1997 and provides as much as €4 billion worth of funding each for year for IT equipment.Speaking at the launch: Noonan says no decision on raising 9% VAT rate >Read: Twitter to double its Dublin workforce >last_img read more

Column I attended Nelson Mandelas inauguration in 1994 and he will be

first_imgIt always seems impossible until it is done.Joe Murray is coordinator of Afri, an Irish organisation that works for peace, justice, human rights and sustainability. Afri’s patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You can find out more about Afri at www. Afri.ie. You can follow them on Twitter here.Read: More than 80,000 to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg>PHOTO: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro>LIVE: The Rainbow Nation says goodbye to its founding father> IT WAS WHILE walking down O’Connell Street on my first ever anti-apartheid protest in the late 70s that I first registered the name Nelson Mandela. Though vaguely aware before, it was when a friend and co-walker Catherine Moloughney began to chant ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ that I was led to find out more about Mandela and the cause he represented.The urgency and the obscenity of the apartheid system was brought home later when then Bishop Desmond Tutu visited Ireland at the invitation of Afri in 1984 and told extraordinary stories about the reality of apartheid, like, for example,  the fact that he had been refused permission to accept a previous invitation from Afri in 1982. Tutu’s great humanity, compassion and warmth was in itself the most stinging challenge to the odious system of apartheid.Walk to freedomWatching Nelson Mandela’s iconic walk to freedom in 1990 was like watching the world take a seismic shift. Mandela walked with dignity and pride and talked without rancour or bitterness – his only desire to build a new, just and inclusive South Africa for all its citizens. It was a moment when anything seemed possible.I was walking again four years later on the Afri Famine Walk as Mandela preparing to be inaugurated as President in South Africa. The Famine Walk that year was led by Dunnes Stores Striker Karen Gearon and Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi, both with their own strong links to South Africa.The Dunnes Strikers, now finally getting the recognition they deserve, put actions on the many easy words of condemnation directed at the apartheid system.Dunnes strikersTheir strike courageously challenged the strange paradox of abhorrence and acceptance in which much of the world seemed suspended. My colleague Don Mullan and I departed from the walk for the inauguration at the invitation of Archbishop Tutu, who had also previously led the Famine Walk saying  ‘we walked the Famine Walk and soon after we walked to freedom in South Africa’.I arrived in South Africa to the most tangible excitement I can remember – a whole nation seemed to be swept up in a wave of anticipation, elation and colour. Everyone seemed to be walking and all going in the same direction, towards Union Buildings in Pretoria.Mandela’s voiceMandela’s distinctive voice sent the crowd into near hysteria:  ‘Today, all of us by our presence here and by our celebrations (throughout) the world confer glory and hope to new found liberty’.And then the dancing began. Even for one who doesn’t normally dance, there was little option but to allow oneself to be carried along in the embrace of a liberated people, carried eventually back to a Soweto convulsed in song and celebration, where we remained until darkness fell and well beyond.Regarding the greatness of Mandela there is little doubt and yet even such a great man was not perfect. I recall him once suggesting that South Africa should be a leader in the field of Arms exportation in Africa. But then again Mandela was no pacifist having led a guerrilla army – a fact that has been conveniently airbrushed out of much of the recent blanket media coverage.In losing Mandela the world has lost a unique leader and global figurehead, one whose political life was clearly about serving the public good rather than personal advancement or enrichment. The long years of reflection in captivity had brought an insight, a wisdom and a mature generosity that is all too rare in leadership today.His legacyBut what now? What is most important now, rather than deify Mandela, is to honour his memory with an appropriate legacy. The greatest legacy would be to end the scandal of hunger in our world of plenty; to stop robbing Africa and countries of the South of their resources; to tackle climate change seriously and urgently; to take on the peddlers of death in an arms industry costing over 17 billion dollars annually.It may seem like an impossible task but in his own imitable words:last_img read more

Arrogant uncaring BUT trustworthy how Europeans see Germany

first_imgIN A MAJOR new survey of Europeans, Germany was found to be the most trusted nation in the European Union.But, it was also described as the most arrogant and least compassionate.The Washington DC-based Pew Research Center polled almost 8,000 people across Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic in March this year to ascertain their views on the European project and their feelings towards their neighbours.The answers highlight how Germany’s experience of the financial crisis has differed to those of seven other EU members. Currently, Germans feel better about the economy, their personal situations, the future, the European Union, economic integration and their own elected leaders.The role played by Angela Merkel and her government over the past five years has evoked mixed motions from Europeans. In all but one country, people consider Berlin the most trustworthy (Greece was the only exception: it chose itself as the most trustworthy).However, the same countries polled Germany as the ‘least compassionate’ and many also voted it as the ‘most arrogant’.Despite proclaiming itself the most trustworthy, Greece was named as the least trustworthy by three other countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic and France.In an odd result, France described itself as both the ‘most arrogant’ and ‘least arrogant’ country.Decline in SupportThe research showed a decline in support for the European Union in 2013 when compared to the previous year with favourability falling from a median of 60 per cent to just 45 per cent.The report believes that there has been an “erosion of faith in the animating principles that have driven so much of what [Europe] has accomplished internally”.The prolonged economic crisis has created centrifugal forces that are pulling European public opinion apart, separating the French from the Germans and the Germans from everyone else.According to the Pew Centre’s data, no European country is becoming “more dispirited and disillusioned” faster than France as the public mood sours dramatically.The French are negative about the economy with 91 per cent saying it is doing badly, a 10 per cent jump on last year’s figures. They are also unimpressed with their leadership, with Francois Hollande scoring less than his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.In contrast, Germans are still mostly satisfied with Merkel and her approval rating is recorded at 74 per cent. There is a major gap to hit the second most popular leader – David Cameron of Great Britain at 37 per cent.Economic DoomAlthough they are optimistic about their own trustworthiness and compassion, just one per cent of Greeks are positive on their economic conditions. Again, Germany is the only country of the eight to diverge from such feelings of concern.Positive sentiment is down 61 percentage points in Spain, 54 points in Britain and 22 points in Italy.A lack of jobs is the major concern for most countries, as is public debt. The gap between rich and poor is also a worry for European nations. Inequality is the principle concern in Germany.Any good news?Disillusionment with the European project has not turned residents off the euro which remains in public favour. More than six-in-ten people want to keep the single currency, with support increasing in both Italy and Spain.Angela Merkel: ‘No, I was not an East German propaganda official’Germany arrests 93-year-old over alleged duty at Auschwitzlast_img read more

Never forget the time Colin Farrell was into line dancing

first_imgHere is Colin hanging out between bops with a colleague, the style of him.THE STYLE:Here is Colin giving the thumbs up and probably thinking to himself “I really need to get that role on Ballykissangel and kickstart my career”(All images via Marc O’Sullivan)What could be better then these pictures you ask?A video flashback to this classic Colin Farrell moment?Oh well, would you look at that:Violeta Raminez / YouTube We may have found the worst music video ever>Twitter tells us what Alan Shatter knows> COLIN FARRELL MAY be one of our most successful acting exports but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t the odd morto moment.While promoting new animated movie Epic this week he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where the topic of his dancing days come up, much to his mortification.via Late Night With Fallon / NBC.comBefore Phone Booth, Miami Vice or In Bruges Farrell was part of the country music phase that swept Ireland like a stetson-wearing rash in the 90s.Dublin photographer Marc O’Sullivan snapped Colin at work.He took the pictures in 1997 and he told DailyEdge.ie it took him 5 hours to dig up the images after going through 5,000 rolls of film.Jaysus.Still, it’s worth it to relieve the hilarity of a stetson wearing, cut-off denim shirt clad Colin Farrell.Here is Colin having a little bop:last_img read more

The US has begun flying armed drones over Iraq

first_imgTHE US HAS armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq’s deteriorating security, the Pentagon said.The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance. The decision to arm some of the drones follows the deployment to Baghdad of troops who will advise and assist Iraqi counterterrorism forces.“The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some military advisers whose objective will be to operate outside the confines of the embassy,” the Defence Department’s press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told a Pentagon press conference.Using U.S. air assets to target the leaders of the Sunni-led insurgency is one of the options being prepared for President Barack Obama as he considers what support to provide to Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told NPR in an interview. Protection of critical infrastructure is part of that option, he said.“We’re flying a great deal (of) manned and unmanned … intelligence and reconnaissance assets, and we’re building a picture so that if the decision were made to support the Iraqi security forces as they confront (ISIS), we could do so,” Dempsey said.So far, 180 of 300 troops promised by Obama have arrived in the country. That’s 90 advisers and 90 who are setting up an operations and intelligence analysis unit.A handful of Predators armed with Hellfire missiles are being used over the capital for the new force protection mission, a senior defense official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the new flights on the record and requested anonymity.Officials stressed that Obama still has not authorized airstrikes against Sunni militants who have been overrunning territory in other parts of the country.Read: “We were afraid for our children”: 10,000 flee Iraq townlast_img read more

Polio adding to Syrias humanitarian disaster say aid agencies

first_imgMASS GLOBAL ACTION is required to stem an outbreak of polio in the Middle East, aid agencies WHO and UNICEF have warned.Eight months after the outbreak, the agencies are reporting progress in their polio vaccination programme in Syria, but say that health workers need better – and safer – access to hard-to-reach areas if they are to adequately tackle the disease.Two months ago, WHO’s Director General declared the spread of polio a public health emergency of international concern – the second time ever such a declaration has been issued.In a new report, WHO and UNICEF outline their plan to halt the outbreak in the Middle East, particularly Syria. Polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, caused, the report authors say, by the impact of the ongoing conflict on the country’s health system and population movements.The country’s first case of polio since 1999 was diagnosed in October 2013.Since the conflict, polio vaccination coverage has declined in Syria from an average of 99% to just 52%, and cases of polio have spread over its borders into neighbouring countries.“Polio has forced its way back to Syria, adding to what was already a humanitarian disaster,” said Chris Maher, WHO manager for polio eradication and emergency support. We got to a point where we had to work with very limited resources to defeat what had been a long forgotten enemy in this region: one that does not know borders or checkpoints and can travel fast, infecting children not just in war torn Syria but across the region.The first phase of the WHO/UNICEF vaccination programme has just been completed, reaching 25 million children under the age of five across seven countries, but the agencies say they need to secure funding to continue repeat vaccinations in the region this year.Yesterday, the UNSC approved a resolution to allow UN agencies provide aid to Syrians inside their state’s borders, whether President Assad’s government agrees to allow the assistance or not. Read: In Syria, children swim in craters made by barrel bombs >Read: How many Syrian refugees has Ireland offered to take in? > #UNSC #Syria resolution will allow @UN to side-step regime obstruction and move across international borders to provide food and medicine.— U.S. Embassy Syria (@USEmbassySyria) July 14, 2014 Source: U.S. Embassy Syria/Twitterlast_img read more

Tech jargon leaving you confused This glossary will help you out

first_imgViral – when something, either an article, image, video or piece of content is shared many times in a short period of time.Trolling –  The act of making a statement or comment with the intention of starting an argument or annoying people. Most of the time, it’s incorrectly used to describe abusive comments and online harassment.Cloud storage – Anything that allows you to save files or data on a virtual drive. Such files are stored across numerous servers (and locations) and are generally hosted by third-parties. From this, you can save and/or access files so long as you have a web connection.Read: Explainer: Why the new challenger to Bitcoin is worth keeping an eye on >Read: Find your phone’s bar signal too vague? Here’s how you can get a more accurate reading > The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most popular example out there, boasting a 5.7-inch screen. Source: AP Photo/Lee Jin-manJailbreak – Sometimes known as rooting, jailbreaking is the process of removing limitations from a specific OS and getting root access to a device.SD card – Secure Digital card. Mostly used in digital cameras to provide extra space, but many Android and Windows Phone devices support the format, allowing users to increase storage space.QR Code – Basically a square barcode you scan with your smartphone camera, normally bringing you to a web page or opening an image or video.  Normally tacked onto numerous ads and campaigns without much thought and therefore hasn’t really caught on. One example of a QR code, made from black and white stones, placed in Rio. Tourists can scan them to get further information about the area they’re in. Source: AP Photo/Silvia IzquierdoWidgets – Widgets allow you to access or perform a specific action without having to leave the main screen. A feature most commonly associated with Android devices and web pages.Images and screensPixel – Basically the smallest unit that makes up a picture or image. The more there are, the sharper the image.GIF – Graphics Interchange Format. Originally introduced in 1987, because it supports animations and is a format that is supported everywhere, it has grown in popularity and is a regular feature of the web.JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group, the group that created the standard. Essentially it’s a compressed version of a normal image which sacrifices quality for a smaller file. The more compressed it is, the lower the quality and space it takes up.PNG – Portable Networks Graphics. It was originally created as a format to replace GIFs, but doesn’t support animation. The image quality of a PNG file is higher than a JPEG because they’re usually bigger in size.Resolution – The number of pixels, or lines, currently on screen and is measured by width x height. The more pixels/lines there are on screen, the greater the resolution.4K – Sometimes referred to as UHD (Ultra High Definition) although 4K is the correct term, it’s any device that has a horizontal resolution of 4,000 pixels. Smart TV makers like Sony are starting to reveal new 4K products like the Bravia 4K TV. Source: AP Photo/Koji SasaharaWeb cultureMeme – pronounced mee-me, it mostly refers to concepts, catchphrases or activities that happen on the web and are shared or recreated by people. Examples include the Harlem Shake, and the Downfall parodies which shows Hitler reacting to specific situations.The term originally came from Richard Dawkins book, The Selfish Gene, which was published in 1976 to explain the way cultural information spreads.Internet of Things – The process of connecting everyday objects to the internet to help improve functionality and efficiency. One example is Nest, purchased by Google earlier this year, which has a smart thermostat that learns what settings you like and automatically adjusts them based on the time and weather. Source: Nest/YouTubeHacking – The method of gaining unauthorised access to a computer or system by exploiting a weakness or security failure. It’s a term that regularly used incorrectly to describe moments when someone has accidentally left their Facebook account open or posted something they shouldn’t have.Selfie – any time you use the front facing camera to take a photo of yourself. There have been terms made to describe group selifes like ‘groufie’ and ‘usie’ (pronounced uss-ee, like fussy apparently), but really, just saying selfie is enough. JARGON CAN BE the worst. You could be following a conversation about smartphones or computers easily and before you know it, a term is thrown in and you’re left confused.It happens to the best of us Chances are you may know most of them already, but for those who aren’t as savvy, here are the most popular ones mentioned to get you started.Internet & WebServer – A computer or device that provides data to other computers. Servers can be dedicated to a specific task like the web, mail and file saving.Cache – Files that your web browser saves to help speed up loading times. Sites that you would revisit a second or third time would load up faster since you already have certain data saved in your browser.Cookies – A message sent from a server to a browser, which it stores. This information is sent back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.The main purpose is to identify users and in some cases, prepare customised web pages and content for them. This may take the shape of targeted ads or product suggestions if you’re browsing a web store.IP address – Internet Protocol Address. Basically the format that connects all devices to the internet using numerical numbers and lets them communicate with each other.DNS – Domain Name Service. Since the internet is really based on IP addresses, which are numerical, DNS turns this into words and makes it easier to remember/find websites.URL – Uniform Resource Locator. Essentially any web address you type into a browser is a URL and it saves you from having to type in IP addresses instead.Cryptocurrency – Not to be confused with digital currency (which is just virtual money), a cryptocurrency is any digital currency that uses cryptography for security. Because of this, it is very difficult to counterfeit and is not issued by any central authority, ensuring it safe from interference from groups or organisations.Bitcoin – The first cryptocurrency created in 2008 and introduced the next year, it’s currently the most popular example out there. Its success has resulted in numerous other cryptocurrencies being created in recent times such as Litecoin and Dogecoin. The popularity of Bitcoin has resulted in numerous other cryptocurrencies being created. Source: AP Photo/Rick BowmerMalware – Malicious software that is basically designed to cause harm to a computer. It’s used to gather sensitive information or gain access to private computer systems and can come in a number of forms. It’s recommended to scan any potentially suspicious files first before opening.SmartphonesOS – Operating System, it usually refers to the type of software used to run your smartphone or computer. Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone would all be examples of OS. Android, which is used in smartphones like the Motorola Moto X (pictured) is one example of an OS. Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan3G/4G – Denotes the different speeds of connectivity your smartphone has to the web.The G stands for generation and for now, the only ones you need to know are 2G (slow speeds, originally designed to help send MMS and picture messages), 3G (allowing for decent internet speeds) and 4G (providing the same speeds as ultra-fast broadband. The latter has rolled out in Ireland a few months ago, but 3G is still the most prevalent mobile web connection used.Feature phone – A phone that allows you to access the internet and web, but lacks the same functionality you would associate with a smartphone.Freemium – The name given to any app that is free to download, but includes in-app purchases.NFC – Near Field Communication. A wireless connection which can be used to transfer information to and from your phone. This is used to connect to web pages, call numbers or in the cases of digital wallets, pay for goods.Phablet – The name is essentially a combination of phone and tablet, and used to describe a larger than usual smartphone. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 Source: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitterlast_img read more