Austrians still in the game for Denmark Johannesson Small handball nation beat

Austria beat Serbia 31:28 (16:17) in an important clash on the road to Denmark.  Team of Icelandic coach Patrekur Johannesson will travel to Serbia to try to defend +3  on Sunday and make a good base for matches in June:– I have to give nice words to all members of the team. It’s not expected that one small handball nation as Austria beat world-class team as Serbia. I am really proud that guys showed their character even after -3…photo credit: Lucas Wagner Austrian handballPatrekur Jóhannesson ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Qual: Austria beat Serbia – Icelandic surprise in Slovenia! Next Story → Filip Mirkulovski injured and doubtful for matches with Kielce read more

VELUX EHF CL Magnus Persson is the Preliminary Round TOP scorer

6.  Skube Stas (SLO)59Gorenje (SLO) 1.  Persson Magnus (SWE)67  HK DROTT Halmstad (SWE)   Vugrinec Renato (SLO)62  HC Metalurg (MKD) Swedish player Magnus Persson is the TOP scorer of the EHF Champions League Preliminary Round with 67 goals! HK Drott Halmstad won’t play at the next stage this season, so Persson will have to leave the crown to someone else.  Interesting fact is the from TOP 10 goalscorers, beside him only Portuguese back from FC Porto, Gilberto Duarte finished season with his team…TOP 10: 5.  Nenadic Petar (SRB)60  Orlen Wisla Plock (POL) 7.  Dibirov Timur (RUS)57  HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD) 2.  Marguc Gasper (SLO)65  Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO) 8.  Duarte Gilberto (POR)56  FC Porto Vitalis (POR) 3.  Ilic Momir (SRB)62  MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN)   Vujin Marko (SRB)56  THW Kiel (GER)   Rocas Comas Albert (ESP)56  KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN) Drott HalmstadhandballMagnus Persson ← Previous Story TOP 16 PLACES DECIDED: Who against whom? Next Story → EHF CL 2013/2014 REVIEW: Not so many teams on “F4 LEVEL” read more

Iceland beat Denmark – Second win for Sweden

DenmarkQatar 2015totalkredit cup 2015 handball In the matches of Round 2 at Total Kredit Cup 2015 in Denmark, Iceland beat home team 30:29, while Sweden kept the high level of performance by beating Slovenia 29:23 after opening triumph over Iceland 30:24.Slovenia: Skok, Škof, Prošt, Kavtičnik 1, Natek 4, Dolenec 2 (1), Špiler, Miklavčič, Skube, M. Žvižej, L. Žvižej 4, Blagotinšek, Bezjak 2, Kozlina, Gajić 7 (4), Bombač 3.Sweden: M. Andersson, Sjöstrand, Persson, Olsson 2, K. Andersson 7, Kälmann 4, L. Karlsson 2, Ekberg 4, T. Karlsson, Fahlgren, Petersen 1 (1), Halen 2, Barud 1, Östlund 3, Nilsson 3, Nielsen.In the first match of the tournament, Denmark had easy task to overplay Slovenia 36:26.STANDINGS:Sweden 4Denmark 2Iceland 2Slovenia 0 ← Previous Story Strong France smash the rivals in Nantes Next Story → Spanish smash Norway with 18 goals – Poland beat Hungary read more

El Jaish president Khalid Saif Al Kuwari We think about future of

← Previous Story Maccabi Rishon win Israeli Super Cup! Next Story → Marko Krivokapic (PICK Szeged) about Pastor’s work: He is genius! The leading force in Qatari handball and the most powerful non-European handball team, El Jaish Sports Club, keep high level in the previous years. After Rio’s Olympics, Spanish coach Toni Gerona can count on the players which was taken by Valero Rivera in the Olympic project, which was mainly based on Jaish’s members. That makes El Jaish Sports Club even stronger with Markovic, Stojanovic, Cappote, etc. However, in Jaish Sports Club think about future with their own school. During the IHF Super Globe 2016, the first youth international tournament was held in their organization. About that and all the interesting topics Handball-Planet.com talked with El Jaish Sports Club president Khalid Saif Al Kuwari:– Idea was born two years ago. We wanted to organize it during World Championship 2015, but then realized that would be difficult as all the people are busy with the senior tournament, so it was re-scheduled for 2016. IHF Super Globe looks like nice chance for those who want to follow it, to come and find out what is now handball in Qatar. That isn’t only senior national team. We have all youth categories in same level as in Europe. We got permission only two months before the tournament, so that wasn’t enough period to make stronger and bigger event as we couldn’t call all the teams we wanted. However, we succeed, teams are satisfied, we will prepare everything on time for the next year. We want to make big tournament with 12 or maybe even 16 teams worldwide. Who wants to come is more than welcome.How many players you have in youth categories?– About 150, the most of all other teams. We have two European coaches in the club. Our mission is to produce players for the future of Qatari handball.  We have plans and programs for all youth categories, going on Camps in Europe, trying to educate our coaches on worldwide courses. That will give results in the future.El Jaish Sports Club won three major trophies in Qatari handball last season. What is your goal for upcoming?– It’s not easy to repeat this success, even we have our NT players again in the team. We wish at least two trophies which is based on fact that we have good coach, management and players. We will fight for all the trophies, but our major rivals will be Lekhwya, Al Rayyan and Al Quiada, who are reinforced with some new guys.El Jaish weren’t part of the IHF Super Globe 2016 even you could be only real threath to European TOP teams.-We wanted, we tried with Qatar Handball Federation and IHF to get wild-card, but it wasn’t easy. We hope to compete in 2017.Rules say that clubs can sign two foreign players for the upcoming season 2016/2017. You have Issam Tej…– Until now, we didn’t take second player. We are still searching.GERONA IS THE “PERFECT ONE”How do you satisfied with Spanish coach Toni Gerona?– He is the perfect one. He will become one of the best coaches of the world. His mentality is different, we have trust in him, players also, thanks God that we found him. I hope he will stay with us and sign new two or three-years contract.One of the heroes of the last season was Serbian goalkeeper Darko Stanic.– Oh (smile). It is difficult to describe him. I heard a lot of bad things about him before he came to Doha, that he is „crazy“, etc, but he was an example of a real athlete. He was so happy here, and we were with him, as we didn’t put him strict barriers and try to work with him in psychological way. My wish was that Darko stays with us, but Federation’s rule doesn’t allow to sign proffesional player on the position where you have NT member, and we have Goran Stojanovic between the posts.FRANCE 2017 – A REAL TEST FOR NTIs handball community in Qatar satisfied with NT result in Rio 2016?– Federation invested a lot in that team. National team has players from all the teams almost year and a half before Olympic tournament. Main problem, in my opinion, was a lack of matches, as they played only nine friendly matches in one year. They haven’t been with their teams at all. And, choice of some players for Rio weren’t good. Some important players stayed at home. A lot of people aren’t happy with final result. But, that happens in handball. A real test for this team will be World Championship 2017 in France. They have been second in Qatar, eighth in Rio, France will give us an answer.How you can describe situation in Qatari handball after Qatar 2015 in all the aspects, mainly financial…– It is difficult, everything is so quite after Qatar 2015, and that was the reason for us to make this youth tournament. To raise awareness, to motivate people. World Championship helped a lot in that way. We have no financial problems as all the teams get support. Handball the most together with football, but I can say that we didn’t use 2015 as we wished –concludes Kuwari. el jaish sports clubKhalid Saif Al-Kuwari read more

No4 still undecided Kielce win in Kiel

PGE Vive Kielce won in Kiel! The Polish champions conquered Sparkassen Arena to stay in the race for place No.4 in Preliminary Round. Michal Jurecki was a top scorer of the winning team with 6 goals, while Dujshebaev and Aguinagalde netted four each.In the team of Alfred Gislason, Patrik Wiencek scored eight goals.THW Kiel – PGE VIVE Kielce 29:30 (17:16)THW Kiel: Landin, Wolff – Weinhold 4, Firnhaber, Dissinger 2, Wiencek 8, Ekberg 5, Frend-Ofors 1, Dahmke 1, Rahmel, Zarabec 1, Vujin 2, Bilyk 3, Nilsson 2.PGE VIVE Kielce: Szmal, Ivić – Jurecki 6, Dujshebaev 4, Aguinagalde 4, Bielecki 3, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 4, Janc 3, Lijewski 1, Jurkiewicz 1, Zorman 1, Mamić, Bombac, Djukić 1.STANDINGS:1. Paris SG  13 11 0 2 395:349 222. Telekom Veszprem  12 7 1 4 347:325 153. Flensburg-H.  12 6 3 3 348:336 154. Kiel  13 7 1 5 337:332 155. Vive Kielce  13 5 3 5 385:380 136. Meshkov Brest 13 4 2 7 346:373 107. Celje 13 3 1 9 376:405 78. Aalborg 13 2 1 10 340:374 5 ← Previous Story Erick Mathe to replace Ivica Obrvan at Chambery Savoie Next Story → Meshkov Brest beat PSG Handball to secure TOP 16 spot read more

IHF wants one Korea in Berlin at WCh 2019

Korea Handball ← Previous Story Hungarian ladies at the TOP of the world Next Story → Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2018 to start in Celje In light of the recent positive development on the Korean Peninsula and following the initiative of IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, following which the two delegations of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PRK) and the Republic of Korea (KOR) were marching together as one – under the name Korea and behind one Korean unification flag at the last Olympic Games, the Executive Committee of the International Handball Federation has decided to invite a unified Korean team (represented by players from both PRK and KOR) to participate in the 26th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship which will take place from 10 to 27 January 2019 in Denmark and Germany. Taking into consideration that the national team of the Republic of Korea has qualified for the World Championship, it will be a great opportunity to show once more the unique power of sport to unite people. In the past weeks, the IHF has been in touch with the handball federations of KOR and PRK and hopes that a unified team can be formed for the event in 2019.In agreement with the Organising Committee of the 26th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship and with the approval of the IHF Executive Committee and the support of the IHF Commission for Organising and Competition, it has been decided to allocate the hopefully unified Korean team in Group A (the group of hosts Germany). It has also been agreed that the hopefully unified Korean team and the team of Germany will play in the opening match of the event, which will take place in Berlin on 10 January. Playing the opening match in a venue like Berlin carries a huge symbolic meaning as no other city in the world can better demonstrate the cooperation, the positive spirit and the benefits of a re-united nation.With this gesture, the International Handball Federation joins the international community in the continuous efforts towards peaceful resolution to the long-lasting conflict affecting the Korean peninsula. Through the celebration of handball, let us show to the world the power of sports in bringing people together. Let handball be a beacon towards a better future in Korea. The political leaders of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, President Kim Jong-un (PRK), the Republic of Korea (KOR) President Moon Jae-in, Germany Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel as well as IOC President Thomas Bach will be invited to the opening match to show the importance of this match. WE sincerely hope that with this measure both handball national federations and their National Olympic Committees start more intensive talks to have a unified team at the 2019 Men’s World Championship.Source: IHF read more

Christmas lights to get switched on in the capital today

first_imgYES, IT’S THAT time of year again – Christmas lights are beginning to be switched on around the country.The lights on Grafton St in Dublin are going to be turned on today, and in charge of flicking the switch will be X-Factor star Melanie McCabe and members of the Dublin GAA All-Ireland winning team. Joining them will be the Hallelujah gospel choir and MC Jack White.They will do the honours at 5.30pm tonight at the St Stephen’s Green end of Grafton Street, Dublin 2.If you thought it was a little early for the lights to be switched on, here’s a shocker: it’s the same time as the ceremony was held last year.Richard Guiney from DublinTown.ie told TheJournal.ie: “Every year when we turn on the Christmas lights, everybody thinks it’s very early.” But in fact, they choose the middle Thursday of November for the festive event.The lights on Henry St are the next ones to be turned on, and overall there are 30 streets with Christmas lights around Dublin. The city’s large Christmas tree will be lit up on 24 November.Guiney said that they “always get really great feedback” on the Christmas lights, with people saying they love the atmosphere they create.There are three companies who supply the capital with Christmas lights, and it takes them two weeks to put them up. They will be taken down on 6 January.The switching on of the lights on Grafton Street has been organised by DublinTown.ie and Dublin City Council, and marks the beginning of the festive season.It also marks the first of a whole host of events organised by DublinatChristmas.ie for the weeks running up to Christmas.These include more lights ceremonies across the city, a Geansaí Nollaig (Christmas jumper) record breaker challenge and the return of Shop and Drop, which is the free bag minding service offered by Dublin City BID.Read: There are only 7 weekends left ’til Christmas…>last_img read more

Black smoke from chapel chimney means theres no pope yet

first_imgBLACK SMOKE HAS poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signalling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.The cardinals held the first day of the conclave today and are deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them following the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican made clear it didn’t expect a winner on the first ballot.The cardinals now return to the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel for the night. They return to the Apostolic Palace for Mass Wednesday morning and a new round of voting.- APPHOTOS: Day 1 of the Vatican conclave to elect the next Pope >Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?last_img read more

In pictures 53yearold musher becomes oldest Last Great Race champ

first_imgMitch Seavey puts boots on his dog team before leaving White Mountain in Alaska. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)A 53-YEAR-OLD FORMER champion has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s grueling test of endurance.Mitch Seavey and 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 pm Alaska time last night.“This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age,” he said on a live stream posted to the Iditarod website after completing the race in temperatures just above zero. His race time in the 1,000-mile race was nine days, 7 hours and 39 minutes.Seavey’s victory came after a dueling sprint against Aliy Zirkle, last year’s runner-up, along the frozen, wind-whipped Bering Sea coast. Zirkle crossed the finish line 24 minutes after her rival, who greeted her after a while.“You did a good job,” Seavey told Zirkle as a camera crew filmed them. “You’re going to win this thing, probably more than once.” Aliy Zirkle puts booties on her dogs prior to leaving Koyuk on Monday. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)At a news conference after the race Zirkle gave credit to her rival’s strategy.“Mitch has this ability to sit on the sidelines and refuel because he knows he needs to refuel, while everyone else is zooming by,” she said. “It’s smart, and that’s probably why you won.”Immediately after finishing, both mushers rushed to pet their dogs, with Seavey singling out his main leader, 6-year-old Tanner, posing for photos with the dog and another leader, Taurus, wearing yellow garlands. Zirkle’s dogs wagged their tails as she praised them. “My dog team is my heart,” she said.The pair jostled for the lead, with Zirkle never more than a few miles behind, in the final stretch.“I just now stopped looking over my shoulder,” Seavey said after winning.A musher travels across Norton Sound on their way to Koyuk in Alaska. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)Also trailing by a dozen or so miles was four-time champion Jeff King, who was followed by a cluster of contenders, including Seavey’s son, Dallas Seavey. The younger Seavey at age 25 last year became the youngest Iditarod winner ever, beating Zirkle to the finish line by one hour.Mitch Seavey first won the Iditarod in 2004. Before his Tuesday night win, King had been the oldest Iditarod champion, winning his fourth race at age 50 in 2006. The oldies were still stellar performers in a race that ended last year with a top field featuring many finishers in their 20s and 30, noted Iditarod race spokeswoman Erin McLarnon.“Last year, we saw a lot of those youngsters in the top 10,” McLarnon said. “Some of those 45-plussers are taking back the lead this year. They are showing the young ‘uns what they can really do out there on that trail.” Zirkle, 43, had hoped to be only the third woman to win the race and the first since Susan Butcher won her fourth Iditarod in 1990. Before this year’s race, Zirkle noted the long time that had passed since a woman won.“This is my 13th year, and I’ve wanted to win every year,” she said before the race, which began March 2 with 66 teams at a ceremonial start in Anchorage.The competitive part of the race began the following day in Willow 50 miles to the north. Since then, the race changed leaders several times. Those at the front of the field included four-time champions Lance Mackey and Martin Buser, who later fell behind.Seavey leaves White Mountain in Alaska yesterday. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)En route to Nome, the race turned into an aggressively contested run among veterans along an often punishing trail. Conditions on the Yukon River required dogs to go through deep snow and navigate glare ice. Above-freezing temperatures also led to overflow along the trail, a potentially dangerous situation where water has pushed up through the ice and refrozen, creating a weak top layer of ice that teams and mushers can break through.For reaching Nome first, Seavey wins $50,400 and a new 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split among the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line under the famed burled arch on Front Street, a block from the sea.VIDEO: Are Irish fans really the best in the world?Cheltenham Festival: Day 2 – Livelast_img read more

Property developers owe €750million in levies to local authorities

first_imgLOCAL AUTHORITIES AROUND Ireland are owed more than €750,000,000 in unpaid development levies.The figures were made public yesterday when Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount outstanding in development levies to local authorities.Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan said that in total, local authorities are owed €438,804,210.50, with €312,483,594.87 owed by long term debtors specifically.She added: as with all local charges, the invoicing and collection of any outstanding development contributions is a matter for the local authority concerned to manage in the light of prevailing local circumstances and in accordance with normal financial procedures.She explained that where any payments required for development contributions are not settled, such payments may be pursued by the planning authority through the courts as a contract debt. Until the amounts outstanding are discharged in full, the conditions of the relevant planning permission have not been met and the development is unauthorised.The full breakdown of figures is available by clicking this link. An annual breakdown in respect of long term debtors is not available.They show that Fingal County Council, for example, is owed the largest amount, €129,602,377.85, from current debtors, with long term debtors owing it €2,214,225.55.Last month, a developer was ordered by a court to finish a Wicklow estate and pay outstanding levies.Read: Developer ordered to complete Co Wicklow estate>last_img read more

VAT rules mean Republic cant match Norths prices for nicotine patches

first_imgTHE PRICE of nicotine patches in the Republic of Ireland cannot be lowered to match costs in Northern Ireland because of EU rules on VAT, Michael Noonan has said.Patches in the North are sold at a VAT rate of only 5 per cent – while the same product in the Republic is levied at a rate of 23 per cent.Noonan said an EU directive on VAT rates meant it was impossible for Ireland to follow the UK’s lead and lower the rate of 5 per cent.His explanation came after Labour backbencher Ann Phelan asked if the Republic could follow Britain’s lead and cut the price of patches in an effort to encourage people to quit smoking.However, while other nicotine products like chewing gum, inhalers and tablets are VAT-free – as they are classed as oral medicines – patches have to taxed at the full rate, which in Ireland’s case is 23 per cent.In response to written Dáil questions, Noonan said the EU VAT directive only allowed countries to impose two ‘lower’ rates of VAT – which in Ireland’s case were 13.5 per cent, a rate for fuel and electricity, and 9 per cent for tourism-related activities.In order to match the UK’s 5 per cent rate, therefore, one of the two lower rates would have to be reduced.A separate VAT rate of 4.8 per cent applies to livestock.Read: Smokers in Europe ‘not being given enough help to quit’last_img read more

The highest speed detected by gardaí today was 30km per hour over

first_imgUpdated 22:40GARDAÍ HAVE SAID that more than 74,500 vehicles have been checked for speeding in 782 detections across the country already today, as part of its National Slow Down Day.The highest speed detected so far in this operation was 130 km per hour in a 100 km per hour zone on the N15 Mount Temple in Sligo. Some other notable speeds included:100km per hour in a 60 km per hour zone on the R188 Doocassan, Drung, CavanA vehicle travelling at 82 km per hour in a 50 km per hour zone R752 Ballyfree, Glenealy, Wicklow;A vehicle travelling at 127 km per hour in a 100 km per hour zone on the N25 at Ballyadam, Carrigtwohill, Cork;128 km per hour on a 100 km hour zone on the N7;86 km per hour in a 50 km per hour zone on the R390 at Grange Mullingar Westmeath.Gardaí are appealing to motorists to drive safely and stay within the speed limits at all time, especially over this bank holiday weekend. In the words of @GardaTraffic: Bsafe.Originally published 19:25Read: May Bank Holiday on the roads: five deaths, 151 drunk drivers and 2,164 speeders>Read: Here’s how Garda Traffic bikers practice> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

Leo Varadkar was throwing serious shade at Mary Lou McDonald last night

first_imgPOLITICIANS ARE PARTICULARLY giddy around Leinster House at the moment with the rumour mill in full swing as the Cabinet reshuffle looms.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar is one of those said to be in line for a move elsewhere with the portfolios of Environment or Health being lined up for him.But it appears the Fine Gael TD, whose Twitter account is one of the more entertaining in political circles, was more concerned about the prospects of Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald last night.The opposition party’s deputy leader noted that she was to meet the Taoiseach and Tanaiste around 7pm – to discuss the peace process: Meeting an Taoiseach and the new Tànaiste at 7 PM— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) July 7, 2014 @MaryLouMcDonald Do you think you might get a job?— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) July 7, 2014 Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter But Leo didn’t miss the chance to respond with this humdinger : Source: Mary Lou McDonald/Twitter No response from Mary Lou as yet, but we’ll let you know if there is.Howlin: ‘I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn’t’Read: Here are the 9 things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshufflelast_img read more

Newstalk makes gains 2FM struggles and we all love Ronan Collins

first_img Source: RTERoad rageAfter losing 19,000 devotees last year, Drivetime on RTE Radio 1 has bounced back a little, adding 1,000 a day compared to April’s report. The programme, hosted by Mary Wilson, now has 242,000 of us listening in every weekday.The Last Word with Matt Cooper has brought in 4,000 more traffic-jammed fans since this time last year, and remains the second-most popular early-evening radio show in Ireland, with 155,000 listeners.The Right Hook on Newstalk, meanwhile, has gained 2,000 listeners since the last JNLR report, leaving George with 123,000 sweaty commuters tuning in every evening. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall IrelandSpecial request centralApparently everyone and their granny (especially their granny) loves Ronan Collins. His noon-time slot has 218,000 people texting in wedding anniversary requests every day, making it the most popular music programme in the country.2FM is strugglingThings haven’t been easy over at 2FM in recent times. With a major reshuffle of staff and schedules completed, it was perhaps predictable that listening figures would suffer.And suffer they have. 2FM hosts are being left in third or fourth place in many major weekday slots, including Ryan Tubridy, who has shed 15,000 listeners since last year.Reacting to today’s figures, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland – which represents commercial radio station owners – claiming 2FM’s listenership had “hit an all-time low” while “public money used to support it reached at an all-time high”.However, in a statement this evening, an RTÉ spokesperson said that 2fm had revamped its whole schedule “so it was predicted that we would loose listeners”.“RTÉ have made it quite clear that 2fm is in a turnaround situation. Updated at 8.17pmTHE LATEST JNLR/MRBI Ipsos figures are in, and we’ve decoded all the tricky stats and self-promotion from radio stations, to tell you exactly what you need to know.Ok, radio lovers – let’s begin.Champions of BreakfastNewstalk’s Breakfast Show has grown significantly in popularity over the last 12 months, with an average of 27,000 more listeners tuning in to Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue every weekday morning.Their average listenership of 147,000, however, doesn’t come close to Morning Ireland’s 438,000, even if the flagship RTE Radio 1 programme lost 12,000 since this time last year.Ian Dempsey, meanwhile, has gained 28,000 listeners since this time last year, meaning 196,000 of us tune into him every morning. Source: NewstalkMid Morning MattersAfter Pat Kenny’s move to Newstalk (Pat Kenny moved to Newstalk, in case you hadn’t heard), his 10am-12.30pm slot has gained 20,000 listeners since the JNLR figures were last published, in April.PK’s 134,000 average daily listeners, however, is less than half the number tuning in to rival show Today with Seán O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1, which attracts 307,000 a day, despite a drop of 5,000 since last time around. 2fm has revamped its whole schedule in the last 3 months as it starts to re-engage with younger listeners which is its responsibility within the RTÉ portfolio.And, referring to stations owned by the UTV media group and Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp, the spokesperson added:center_img While the team here are working really hard in 2fm – we are aware that we have a multinational on our left and a billionaire on our right who make up the bulk of the ownership of the IBI stations.Additional reporting by Daragh Brophy.Read: RTÉ regains lost listeners as Morning Ireland opens the gap on Newstalk Breakfast>Today’s radio listenership figures: The winners and losers>last_img read more

Demolition of iconic Ormond Hotel is refused

first_imgA PLAN TO demolish a Dublin hotel featured in the James Joyce classic Ulysses has been refused.Monteco Holdings, a company owned by the owner of Premier League football side QPR Tony Fernandes, had applied to put a six-storey hotel in on the site of the city centre hotel.However, An Bord Pleanala has unanimously ruled against the plan.They say that the hotel would have a “monolithic design and unsympathetic proportions” that would “seriously injure the surviving grain, rhythm and character of Ormond Quay Upper that forms part of the Liffey Quays Conservation Area”.“The proposed development, by reason of its orientation, height, and bulk and its proximity to adjacent residential buildings, and in particular to No. 12 Strand Street Little, would be both visually obtrusive when viewed from existing windows and would result in loss of daylighting, which would seriously injure the residential amenities of those dwellings and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”The €20 million investment would have seen the facade of the hotel totally altered, something that An Taisce and the James Joyce Centre objected to.Read: 11 people who haven’t read Ulysses either Read: You will soon be able to walk around inside James Joyce’s Ulysses*last_img read more

This intelligent fridge runs Linux on an ARM chip

first_imgNeed proof that technology is all consuming and eventually will make it’s way into every crevice of our society? Then look no further than this Electrolux fridge. It runs Linux and has an ARM chip embedded.The fridge is called the Infinity i-Kitchen and utilizes the chip and Linux to run a touchscreen interface and control what the fridge is doing with your food. The actual spec of the fridge PC includes:AdChoices广告Freescale i.MX25 processor @ 400MHz128MB RAM480 x 800 resolution touchscreenHaving a Linux machine sitting inside your fridge is pointless unless it offers some additional functionality. So ProFUSION, who develop the embedded system, have added a number of apps you may find useful in the kitchen. These include recipe lists, reminders, a calendar which can have information added to it, a calculator, and a photos app so your fridge can also be a digital picture frame.For controlling the fridge specifically, the touchscreen gives you access to temperature controls, but also a number of presets. So if you’re going on holiday temperatures can be reduced to a much more power efficient setting for a week or two. If you’re having a party where the fridge is likely to be opened a lot more than usual, a more aggressive cooling cycle can be run.There’s also a special draw inside for quick-cooling of food and drink.As the fridge has a photo viewer it must either have a USB port or wireless connectivity. Either way it may be possible to install new apps or have someone hack it. A jailbroken fridge would be a first, right?Read more at Enlightenment.org, via Slashdot.orglast_img read more

Fiskars CutsMore super scissors reviewed they cut almost anything

first_imgFiskars Cuts+More is the Swiss Army knife of scissors. They don’t just cut things like normal scissors do, they are packed with clever design so that they have specialized tools for cutting twine, rope, tape, and anything else that holds a package together. Sure, normal $5 scissors can cut twine pretty well, but can they pull apart into two pieces and be used like a knife/shiv (see below)?Core77 put up an interesting look at the Cuts+More, with extra attention paid to all the details that make these different from a common pair of kitchen shears. Aside from what is mentioned above, these come with a protective case and one of the tips is rounded off and extends past the other so it doesn’t poke anything it shouldn’t. All in all, they seem pretty clever. They won’t revolutionize your cutting, but for a few bucks over the standard issues shears the Cuts+More will net you a lot of extra functionality.AdChoices广告Interestingly, Core77 seems to think highly of them, but Amazon.com reviewers don’t agree. The scissors are rated at just 1.5/5 stars with a host of problems being uncovered. One reviewer complained about a cutting problem that affects cut quality and wears down the blade while another noted that although the Cuts+More does a lot, it doesn’t do anything especially well. More than one person mentioned when they tried to cut something very large the scissors fell apart (that’s how they separate) though that seems a bit silly because they have to be opened very wide, about 90 degrees, to get to that point.I’m not crossing these off my wishlist just yet, but I’m more hesitant after reading the Amazon reviews.Read more at Fiskars and Core77last_img read more

Spotify has inked US deal with Sony Music other labels next

first_imgFor years, it seemed that the European music streaming service Spotify would just never launch. Although Americans have been clamping at the bit for the service, the record labels just never could seem to come to an agreement with Spotify, reportedly because they wanted to see a translation rate of over a third of free listeners turning into subscribers, which was a bit pie-in-the-sky. These fruitless negotiations caused Spotify to miss its end-of-year deadline to come to the States… and many thought it might have killed Spotify’s domestic chances for good.Last week, though, we would-be Spotify listeners in the States got a ray of hope when it was announced that Spotify was close to inking some deals with the labels that would finally bring the service to domestic shores. It seemed almost too good to be true after so many months and years of heartbreak, but what do you know: multiple sources are now telling AllThingsD that Spotify has finally and conclusively inked a deal with Sony Music.AdChoices广告This is huge news. The music labels are a close-knit bunch, and when one of them topples, the others tend to as well. Spotify’s deal with Sony makes it very, very likely that Universal, EMI and Warner will follow suit, and we’ll have Spotify in America in the next few months. I can’t wait.Read more at All Things Dlast_img read more

129 Kobo eReader Touch Edition unveiled original slashed to 99

first_imgWhile not quite as popular as Amazon’s Kindle, the humble Kobo is still a very popular digital reader. It’s been jonesing for an update, though, and it’s finally gotten one — and a rather nice update, at that. The new Kobo Touch Edition sports a Zeforce infrared touch screen coupled with Pearl eInk technology. There’s also a faster Freescale i.MX507 under the hood which makes the Kobo an even better device for reading PDF documents on the go.The Kobo’s built-in Miriam Webster dictionary is more accessible and useful, thanks to an improved search tool — which makes use of the Touch Edition’s on-screen keyboard and the introduction of highlighting functionality. Kobo has also introduced an awards system to add a bit of fun and Reading Life Stats so you can track your literary adventures.Though 1GB of internal storage might not seem like much when compared to the capacities of our smartphones and full-featured tablets, it’s plenty for warehousing your digital tomes, magazines, and newspapers (for which Kobo added subscriptions in late 2010). A microSD expansion slot is available in the even that you do manage to fill up the onboard storage.At $129, the Kobo Touch undercuts the Kindle by $10. That discount, the additional touchscreen functionality, and its rich PDF support definitely make it an interesting and viable alternative to the Kindle. Amazon, of course, has some new products up its sleeve, too — though those will likely be full-blown Android tablets in 6″ and 10″ sizes. There’s still a strong market for eReaders, of course, as their eInk displays and ridiculously long battery life are generally preferred by those who just want to read things on a tablet device.And for those of you who can do without the touchscreen, the original Kobo is being dropped to $99.More at Kobolast_img read more

Engineer syncs 25000 Christmas light to Angry Birds theme song

first_imgNvidia engineer, John Storms, from Round Rock, Texas really gets into Christmas lights. To celebrate the holidays this yeah Storms has created an light show that’s synced and timed to the Angry Birds theme song as covered by the YouTube sensation Pomplamoose. We need to warn you up front: if bright, strobing lights cause you discomfort or medical problems, it’s probably a good idea to skip the video at the bottom of the story.Created by using kit from the company “Light-O-Rama”, the show is broadcast to passing cars via an FM transmitter. Check out the diagram of the build that user “listentoourlights’ created to make the Christmas light show.Using a PC running syncing software coupled with four light controllers, the show consists of 64 different channels or banks of lights. Taking a legally bought MP3 version of the theme song and converting it to a WAV file, the software can detect the different beats and rhythms of the popular tune to match up the blinking of the lights in time with the music. The FM transmitter used has a pretty good range, allowing cars to park and listen to the various songs on the radio while watching the show.This setup isn’t cheap! Each controller costs $256, plus adding in the the transmitter,lights and converters it’s safe to say the whole setup set Storms back around $1500. When asked how much the electricity bill was every year, Storms was coy in replying that “it’s enough.” As far as what his neighbors think, Storms stated that he has had no complaints, but recently his immediate neighbors have put their house up for sale and moved away. Maybe they wanted to get some sleep around Christmas time since the neighborhood is lit up like high noon during the evening hours?Check out the YouTube video of the show below.Read more at John Storms sitelast_img read more