← Previous Story Netherlands cancelled Women’s EHF EURO 2012 organisation! Next Story → Dragan Tubic to HBW Balingen Chris MohrGreat Britain handballOG Handball National handball team of Great Britain is for the first time at Olympic Games. Balkan-Handball.com talked with Great Britain’s playmaker, Chris Mohr (22) about preparation period and upcoming Olympic Games in London.What is your comment about the game against HC Železničar 1949?– We had a physical training the last 2 weeks, this was only our second handball game and we did pretty well. You can see towards the end we get tired, the other team pulled away and they won by 3 goals. It’s a good start for us, we would of course, rather won the game.Are you happy with your preparation period?– Yes, so far it’s been great. We were on Kopaonik, up on the mountain and it’s been perfect for us, no distractions, we had hotel for ourselves. It’s a perfect prepration and we just have to keep going.What can you expect from the Olympic Games?– I’m really excited and it’s first OG for us. First time Great Britain handball team were ever going to OG, so we are very excited. It’s going to be tough, playing with the best teams on the world. We are really looking forward to it and we are working extremely hard at the moment and we worked hard for the last 3 years. It’s going to be an amazingexperience .Who are favorites for the TOP3 places in the Olympic Games?– Denmark, as a European Champion, obviously. France, even tho’ they had a bad European Championship, and Spain have a good team.What can you tell about Serbian NT?– Serbia did very well in January, at home for the European Championship. So you can’t underestimate the team, they have very good players.How do you like Serbia? Is this your first time here?– No, we been few times here, because of coach Dragan Đukić. We been here 3 or 4 times now, on training camps, played some games with the club teams and also watch European Championship in January. It’s a nice country and people are very friendly, it’s always very nice to be here.ALEKSANDRA DENIĆ
← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic angry on Din-Dinu: I don’t know rules of the game after 45 years in handball… Next Story → Sweden beat Serbia to reach Main Round Martin GaliaMen’s EHF EURO 2018Milan Jovanovic It is always interesting to see who are the most experienced players and who are youngstars who will write new chapters of the handball history in upcoming years. The oldest player at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 coming from Czech Republic. Goalkeeper Martin Galia is born on Aprli 11, 1979 (6 saves in first match against Spain), a month before Austrian veteran Vytas Ziura, who was added to the squad just before start of the tournament. The third and the last guy from generation 1979 at EHF EURO 2018 is legendary Icelandic wing Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson.The youngest member of all squads in Croatia is Serbian left back Milan Jovanovic. Newcomer among Serbian “Eagles”, coming from RK Vojvodina Novi Sad, is born in January 1998 – with good series of his team and placement in Main Round – he could celebrate his 20th birthday in Zagreb.
RUSSIA HAS HANDED the United States a plan for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons in four stages, starting with Damascus becoming a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The plan, first announced by Moscow this week, aims to avert threatened US military action in retribution for a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime.Revealing the details of the plan for the first time, Russia’s Kommersant daily said it had been given to the American side on Tuesday, although Russia only announced on Wednesday evening that the plan had been passed on.First stepAs a first step, Damascus would join the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kommersant said, quoting a Russian diplomatic source.Then Syria would have to declare the location of the chemical weapons arsenals and where they are made. The third step would be allowing OPCW inspectors into Syria to examine them.The final step would be deciding, in cooperation with the inspectors, how to destroy the weapons.Kommersant, which is known for its strong foreign ministry sources, said that who would physically destroy the weapons has yet to be decided but it was not excluded that the United States and Russia could do this jointly.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US counterpart John Kerry are due to discuss the plan in Geneva in talks Thursday.Kommersant said that it was the American side who requested the talks after receiving a copy of the details of the Russian plan.- © AFP, 2013Read: Obama: “I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions”>
AL-QAIDA MILITANTS set off two car bombs killing about 30 soldiers and wounding many others today.Associated Press reports that the car bombs were coordinated attacks on Yemeni military barracks in three different locations in a southern province.The BBC reports that the car bomb was concealed and exploded among a group of soldiers as the driver sought to enter the camp.ExplosivesThe suicide car bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into one of the sites in al-Mayfaa after militants overpowered the guards outside the barracks there. Most of the causalities among the troops were in this camp, which serves as a base for soldiers in charge of guarding oil wells in the area.Meanwhile, a car bomb was detonated prematurely outside the gates of the third site, the camp in al-Ain. The explosion there was followed by heavy clashes during which militants seized six soldiers and a number of military vehicles.In another incident, a gunmen shot dead ten soldiers in the town of Maifaa.Today’s attacks came just days after Yemeni authorities warned of more al-Qaida attacks and suicide bombings.Government forces are battling Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which frequently targets the military, reports the BBC, that state a former aide to Osama Bin Laden is leading the faction who say they will attack oil facilities, foreigners and security forces.Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: US tells Americans to leave Yemen ‘immediately’>Read: Gunmen kidnap two foreign tourists in Yemen>
Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO AMERICAN STUDENT Samantha Goudie made headlines last month as “Vodka Samm” after she registered a .341 BAC and live-tweeted her arrest.At the time, she seemed to show little remorse for her actions — constantly retweeting people’s praises from her quickly growing Twitter account — before abruptly going silent, deleting her handle and disappearing from social media.In a new video interview with the Daily Iowan, Goudie reveals that her experiences had a much harsher effect on her than anyone realised, calling it “devastating” and “embarrassing.” She reveals that she had previously experienced depression and an eating disorder, and was hospitalised last year for several months.“I didn’t come to college to drink and be ‘Vodka Samm,’” she says. “I was completely embarrassed of the whole situation.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader via Melissa DawkinsThe @Ireland Twitter account had a big night last night>
Blast from the past: Bertie Ahern with Alastair Campbell at the launch of the ex-Labour spin doctor’s book ‘The Irish Diaries’ this week. Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. James ReillyCredit to the embattled Health Minister for holding his hands up on the medical cards debacle and the public relations campaign is a positive step. But will it solve the problems being experienced by many people trying to renew or hold on to their cards? That’s the big, uncertain question that won’t be solved by public relations alone.2. Government backbenchersLabour and Fine Gael TDs got some time with the Troika on their final visit to Ireland this week which was a coup of sorts even if these meetings tend to be fairly perfunctory affairs. Here’s what happened:3. Eamon GilmoreWhile some may criticise the extent to which this government and Enda Kenny plays bessie mates with the US and Barack Obama it was good to see the Tánaiste give a robust response to the issue of NSA spying, even if the US won’t tell them whether or not it is spying on Ireland.4. Catherine Murphy We like independent TDs who have some interesting, independent ideas and the Kildare North TD’s proposal to make more out of Halloween for the economic benefit of the nation is a smart idea that’s worth considering.5. Enda KennyThe Taoiseach got to ring the Nasdaq bell and hang out with hip young people at the Dublin Web Summit this week. He even got a cool headset:We doubt if he’ll be allowed bring that into the Dáil unfortunately.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. The Labour PartyThree resignations in three days from Labour councillors who no longer want to be associated with the party. That’s now 26 who have quit the party as a result of its role in government. Eamon Gilmore may be proud of those who have stayed the course but that’s a decreasing number.2. Phil HoganThe Environment Minister faces an uphill task in selling the idea that people should pay for water when the supply of it has been restricted in the Greater Dublin area this week. He admitted communications could have been better but this isn’t the first time Phil Hogan and communications have been a problem.3. Gordon BrownThe former British Prime Minister forgot that the fact that he represents the good people of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath means he’s very much still a politician:4. Ben Gilroy Getting in trouble with the courts is not something you want to do if you have intentions of running for the Dáil as Gilroy and his Direct Democracy (DDI) movement have. Friday’s court appearance, added to recent reports of a split in DDI, do not bode well for Gilroy.5. The Obama administrationThe more spying revelations that come out the more damaging it is to Barack Obama and his government. US Secretary of State John Kerry has perhaps gone some of the way to repairing the damage by admitting spying “has reached too far” at times but it will take a lot more than that.Pics: Photocall Ireland and Dublin Web SummitLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: Sinn Féin on Troika meeting: ‘We gave it to them hard and heavy’WATCH: Backbench TDs would welcome the Troika back… as long as they’re on their holidaysRead: Mick Wallace sets the record straight on wearing Torino top in the DáilRead: The 25 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in government
COMMENTS ARE PART of the lifeblood of the site.Whether they make you laugh, roll your eyes, punch the keyboard, nod your head or just think about something in a different way, the reaction from readers is an integral part of the news stories that we publish.As you’ll see from the list below, a lot of the articles which got the most comments this year were – unsurprisingly – on topical news issues which people felt strongly about. Same-sex marriage makes the list, with abortion, vaccinations and a united Ireland all getting provoking a vocal reaction from readers too.So without further ado, here’s the 10 articles which received the most comments this year as of 20 December. Keep an eye out for later this week when we’ll be publishing the comments which got the most thumbs up from other readers. That’s going to be fun…1. Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today?Comments: 784(Shutterstock)2. Poll: Should Ireland allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities? Comments: 687(Photocall Ireland) 3. Shatter condemns hate mail sent to Muslim Community, says gardaí will take “appropriate action”Comments: 622(Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 4. Pictures: Crowds take to the streets for pro-choice marchComments: 575(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland) 5. Pics: Thousands attend pro-life vigil in Dublin Comments: 554(Niall Carson/PA Wire)6= Ireland’s largest mosque gets planning permission Comments: 540(Dublin Welfare Society) 6= Poll: Would you welcome a united Ireland? Comments: 540(Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images)8. Dublin business owner in storm over gay take-topper row Comments: 5389. Poll: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children?Comments: 536(Owen Humphreys/PA Wire) 10. Stop exporting your abortion problem, Britain tells Ireland Comments: 502(Julian Behal/PA Wire) Read: A selection of the best reader comments every week >
THE TRIAL IN Edinburgh of a man accused of murdering his mother and burying her dismembered body in a wooded area in the city has heard he showed no emotion when questioned by detectives.James Dunleavy (also known as Seamus) denies killing Philomena, 66, from Marino, Dublin between 30 April and 7 May of last year.The 40-year-old accused also denies attempting to evade justice by trying to cover up the alleged murder and destroy evidence.The High Court in Edinburgh heard yesterday that Dunleavy answered “no comment” to most of the questions put to him during an hour-long police interview.According to the Herald Scotland, when asked if the accused had exhibited any emotion, Detective Con Manchester told the court “no, not during the interview”.PathologistAccording to STV News, the trial also heard evidence from a pathologist, who said the 66-year-old’s body had lain in a shallow grave at Corstorphine Hill for so long that medics had difficulty working out how she had died.Asked whether the victim might have been alive but unconscious when her body was dismembered, Ian Wilkinson said that all the signs suggested she had been dead when it happened.Mrs Dunleavy was beheaded and both her legs severed before her body was buried at the nature reserve.AppealOfficers investigating her death issued an appeal for information in Ireland after the Dublin woman’s body was uncovered last June, as a Claddagh ring had been found with her remains.A reconstruction of her face, created by Dundee University, and a possible description were disseminated through media channels. The breakthrough came when a family member saw the photo and contacted police.[Image: Dundee University]James Dunleavy was arrested on 8 July last as he left a shop near his home, which is around a 15 minute walk from Corstorphine Hill.The trial was told he had not seen the photo reconstruction of his mother’s face.Comments on this article have been disabled as court proceedings are under way. Read: Scottish police name ‘Claddagh ring’ murder victim, arrest manRead: Elderly woman falls to her death while cleaning windows
AN INDUSTRIAL ACTION ballot of SIPTU members at the Aer Lingus, the DAA and the Shannon Airport Authority is now under way. The vote is the latest development in a long-running dispute over a pension fund, known as the ‘Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme’.The vote follows a staff meeting last week at which union members called on the trustees of the scheme to resign. They claim that employers have failed to engage in meaningful discussions on the €800 million deficit in the fund.The decision comes a month after SIPTU said that Aer Lingus had threatened them with legal action if they went ahead with a ballot.A SIPTU spokesperson confirmed this morning that the balloting process had now commenced, and was expected to continue for several more days.Speaking yesterday, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the solution to the problem was “simple” and that union members would eventually have to accept reduced benefits.“The problem with the pension fund is like the problems in so many pension funds — the amount of money being paid in by the company and members over the years doesn’t match the promises that were given or the expectations that currently exist.“So the solution is a simple one — the companies will have to put in more money and the pensioners and members will to have to accept reduced benefits and that solution will be arrived at at some point, so ideally let’s avoid a strike that is unnecessary in the meantime.”SIPTU organiser Dermot O’Loughlin has said there’s “extreme anger” over the situation among workers at the three companies.The union’s ballot is inclusive of strike action, and SIPTU has called on Aer Lingus, the DAA and the Shannon Airport Authority to make discussions on the IASS a priority.“Failure to do so will unfortunately lead to very significant industrial episodes at Ireland’s international airports,” O’Loughlin said last week.Read: Staff at DAA, Shannon Airport and Aer Lingus to hold ballot on industrial action >Read: SIPTU threatened with legal action over Aer Lingus pensions row >
(Image: Innocence en Danger)Intelligent cat companion of the weekWe just love imagining how freaked out your cat might be by this thing if it started following them around the house while you were out. The real purpose of it, however, is to act as a ‘cat companion’, responding like a living animal.Delicious 3D wonder-creation of the weekWe don’t really know what to say other than THINK OF ALL THE BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE. Hershey has joined forces with 3D systems to come up with a new way of delivering printed food, according to The Verge.Birthday of the weekVine marked its first birthday this week and to celebrate, they put together all of the most memorable videos from the twelve months. ‘Scoot over bitches’ is still one of our personal favourites:View all previous Weird Wide Webs> WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Bad password alert of the weekMost of us are probably guilty of using a really obvious password but these ones really take the biscuit. “123456″ and “password” are still the worst ones. Among the more amusing options were “monkey” and “letmein”.Creepy human emojis of the weekFrench child advocacy group Innocence en Danger, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of internet predators, Buzzfeed reports. They’re using these extremely creepy human emojis which we think get the point across quite well. Yeugh…
Thomas Morgenstern of Austria soars through the air during the men’s ski jumping Individual HS 106, at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, today. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#HORSEMEAT Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture spokesperson Éamon Ó Cúiv called for Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to step away from the horsemeat investigation today, and also called for the process to be independent. In response, Minister Coveney said that the investigation is independent – and he is happy to give Deputy Ó Cúiv a briefing on it. Meanwhile, horsemeat was found in lasagne in Italy.#DECEASED The man whose body was found in a Carlow hotel room yesterday has been named by gardaí as 44-year-old Colm Kavanagh from Killeshin, Co Laois. His body was found at around 1.15pm yesterday afternoon. A post-mortem was inconclusive and gardaí investigating the death are awaiting the results of toxicology and other tests.#JOAN BURTON Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that hecklers gave Dundalk a ‘bad image‘, after she had to cut short a trip to a shopping centre in Co Louth yesterday. She was at the centre to launch a JobsPlus scheme, but was heckled with chants of “shame on you”.#HEALTH INSURANCE Laya Healthcare said today that it is to increase its premiums in April amid a ‘healthcare crisis’. The company’s managing director Dónal Clancy said that Ireland’s healthcare market needs ‘radical reform’.#MASSACHUSETTS Reports that a gunman was present on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus – causing the area to go into lockdown – were a hoax, authorities said today. Cambridge police said that officers searched for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armour, but found nothing.THINGS WE LOVEDMichelle Obama rules. Rules, we tell you!(latenight/YouTube)What is Thon? It’s a two-day dance marathon run by students from the US’s Penn State University, and it’s in aid of charity. Photographer Fred R Conrad captured the spirit of the event in black-and-white photos.Want to see the passport photos of some very iconic figures? Here you go.THINGS WE SHAREDWhy do human skulls found near Mexico City baffle scientists? This video from The Guardian explains more.Who are the 11 people that wreck your head on social media? Why, these folks.This is what happens when you mix Taylor Swift and screaming goats… (via Reddit)(Christopher DrifterSX)
WINCANTON, WHICH OPERATES a distribution plant in Blanchardstown, west Dublin on behalf of Musgrave, has announced the potential redundancy of 150 employees at the site.The company’s current contract is not being renewed by the retail chain when it comes to an end in September, following a decision by Musgrave to supply all of its stores directly from its own distribution network.Following confirmation of the news, Musgrave announced that it would be hiring 134 new employees across its network of depots in Kilcock, Co Kildare, Fonthill in Dublin and in Cork.“This will ensure the optimum use of the existing distribution network,” the company said in a statement.According to a statement from Wincanton:The company is now entering a 30-day period of consultation with its employees and SIPTU.Read: A ‘black day’ for Donegal Gaeltacht as 140 jobs go at Largo Foods
IT BEGAN SHORTLY after my partner became pregnant. It seemed as if an erratic attitude – that she could ‘let go’ and behave whatever way she wanted – began to manifest itself, with the constant excuse that hormones were to blame.It started with unfeasible demands, such as requesting a second car while I was the only one in the house working and one car was all that was required, or choosing baby names without me and becoming very aggressive if I did not like a name. When demands were not met, a period of two to three days of verbal abuse and mental abuse would begin. I would not accept the abuse, and when she decided that she wanted to be friends and have a happy home again, I said that it was possible, but that the recent behaviour would have to be addressed. When I stood my ground on this, another bout of verbal abuse ensued. For example: “you’re a useless partner”,”you cannot provide for your family”, etc.I continued to stand my ground and insist that we seek relationship counselling. She would only agree to this in the evenings when she knew the councillor’s office was closed, and the next morning would refuse to attend the session with me. Eventually, the abuse turned into physical abuse. On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times while I was asking her not to yank her daughter, who had recently had an operation, up the stairs recklessly while shouting at her. I left that night, despite it being my home also.In an effort to get me back to the house, I suffered threats that I would never see the child, that she would have an abortion. I still stood my ground and stayed away. Consequently, she had an abortion and never informed me; I had to hear from a third party.I felt a strong sense of dutyMy thought process at the time was that my partner was pregnant so, morally, I could not just walk away. I felt a strong sense of duty towards her existing child and our unborn child, as any decent human would. To me, children are not assets to be used in arguments or to receive welfare payments and child maintenance.I felt trapped somewhat as my solicitor told me the bare facts – that my ex-partner would have custody of the child and that I would have to wait for approximately two years to receive limited access through the courts. This was known by my ex-partner, and was used as a threat towards me constantly. She was also aware that I wanted to raise the unborn child and, again, used this to try and manipulate me and the situation as she knew the law and society were on her side.I know that her group of friends think similarly, and whereas this behaviour would generally be considered strange, I was shocked at the number of males and females who accepted it and attempted to portray me as having abandoned my ex-partner. It really was an eye-opener as to the reality of what Irish society deems acceptable behaviour in such a situation.I was a victimI was far from afraid of the stigma as I was clear in my head that I was a victim of not only abuse, but also assault. I reported the incident to the Gardai. A female Garda actually tried to persuade me to return to my ex-partner, and suggested that she could have a chat with her to assist in mending the relationship. At that point, I told the Garda that this was not acceptable – that if a woman presented herself with such a claim, the man would be arrested within hours; at least an investigation would take place.I think this highlights the lack of training and support available across society for our various public services for dealing with men who come forward with their incidents. This particular Garda clearly was inept through lack of training, experience and common sense.She spread lies about meMy family and close friends were amazingly supportive. They reinforced in me that my future was bright, and that I should stand my ground and do the right thing: stay away from my ex-partner, do not contact her unless necessary, work through my solicitor and do not get dragged into the fight that she was clearly trying to bring about in order to portray me as the abuser. She actually spread lies about me that I had in fact hit her. Without giving details, I am a very large, fit man and she is a slim woman; had I hit her, the signs would be there for all to see. Yet no such evidence was ever even requested or spoken about. I find it amazing that the general reaction by society was to spread the rumour as scandal rather than ask for evidence. We should seriously look at ourselves.In my opinion, all victims of domestic abuse should be encouraged to approach the Gardai. The Gardai should receive training on how to deal with such a situation appropriately; pressing charges against any person accused, with sufficient evidence, of domestic abuse, regardless of gender. We need a zero tolerance approach to this issue.Let me be clear, the Gardai are obliged to protect their fellow citizens, not to return them to harm’s way. As for other organisations, I am not sure what we can do as I am quite a strong person and dealt with this relying on the great support of my family and friends, and the professional advice of my solicitor.Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child?I also feel that the law discriminates against men in this area. Why are women automatically granted custody of the child when born? Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child when born, regardless of the status of the relationship between the mother and father? Of course he should! Although, naturally, factors such as breast feeding in the early months need to be allowed for.Statistics presented in the media lean towards coverage of child and woman abuse – but how could we possibly have statistics regarding abuse of males when the Gardai, and other bodies, effectively treat the issue as a non-issue and try to return the abused to his abuser? I have never struck a woman, yet I have been struck on a number of occasions by women. These occasions were in social settings with alcohol involved and far from as serious as domestic abuse in the home.Please do not misunderstand me; I love women and see men and women as absolutely equal. However, society seems to think it is OK for a woman to actually slap a man across the face for whatever reason. It is actually laughed off. For example, if you give an opinion on a delicate subject that people might not agree with, it may and has resulted in a slap across the face or a kick in the shins. Reverse the situation; what would the outcome be?Read: Violence in the home: “It was always the fear that this person was going to kill me”
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #BODY: Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Adrian Folan from Athlone have discovered the body of a man at a quarry near the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare.2. #RESHUFFLE: The Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, says he expects a new Cabinet by Wednesday. Here’s the list of who might move where.3. #DENIED: Catherine Nevin has been blocked from appealing her murder conviction to the Supreme Court.4. #JOBS: Ryanair is hiring. It needs 200 new staff as part of its new digital and IT innovation hub.5. #NASTY: Nine food businesses across the country were closed over safety concerns last month, was your local take-away in the list?
THERE HAS BEEN calls for more witnesses to be called before the inquiry into the death of Dhara Kivlehan.The 28-year-old passed away after giving birth at Sligo General Hospital in September 2010.She died from organ failure at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, after being airlifted from Sligo.She had been diagnosed her as suffering a severe variant of pre-eclampsia called Hellp (Haemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets).The Association for the Improvement in the Maternity Services (AIMS) Ireland said today that it fully supports criticisms expressed by the deceased husband’s, Michael Kivlehan.It is reported that he had critised coroner’s refusal to add several names to the list of witnesses.The widower then alleged there had been a “cover-up”.AIMS has branded as “unacceptable” that only two of the 19 members of staff involved in the incident are on the witness list.“The inquest was relocated at the request of the Irish Attorney General so that the 24 witnesses recommended by Belfast coroner Dr John Leckey could be legally compelled to attend,” co-chair Jene Kelly said. Why now are only a quarter of that number being considered to give evidence by Leitrim coroner Eamon McGowan?Read: ‘Heartbroken’ family of Dhara Kivlehan call for inquest >
Digi-Muckrakers WikiLeaks rocked the global power broker community by exposing the Mean Girls world of international diplomacy. Aside from sometimes less than flattering performance reviews of world leaders, is it possible that WikiLeaks also uncovered intel that is far more out of this world? Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange seemed to hint at just that in a recent reader-submitted Q+A with The Guardian. When asked if WikiLeaks had ever uncovered any documents regarding UFOs or extraterrestrials Assange answered:Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they werethe anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party overa pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of ourpublishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs. Intriguing. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath for some kind of E.T. bombshell to come out of Cablegate for three reasons: 1) Assange only makes reference to “UFOs,” which, of course, refers to any airborne object that has yet to be identified. The term is used to refer to unknown objects that were later determined to be errant planes, meteors, or even balloons. There’s nothing surprising about government documents mentioning UFOs without it referring to anything sci-fi-tacular. 2) I can’t imagine Assange or anyone at WikiLeaks would be able to keep from putting a bombshell regarding visiting extraterrestrial life front and center.3) Of the quarter million files included in Cablegate, they’ve all been “unclassified” or “secret.” There were no “top secret” files included. And from what I can tell so far, these “unclassified” and “secret” cables mostly seem to contain colorful expressions of things that everyone already knows. I imagine all that real-life X-File intel, if it’s anything juicy, is filed under “top secret.”image via
If you’re curious about whether or not using an electric razor vs a disposable one is better or worse for the environment, the good folks at Slate have you covered. And as it turns out, there really isn’t that much of a difference.Because while electric razors by their nature use electricity, disposable have a number of different concerns to worry about. There’s the carbon footprint of the razor as its created, shipped, and sold, as well as the hot water used while shaving. According to Slate, the difference amounts to a measly 14.9 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Or, the equivalent of having a light bulb on for less that an hour. So not a big deal.AdChoices广告What is a big deal though, is shaving in the shower. According to the report, three days of shaving in the shower wastes as much energy as an entire year of shaving at the sink.
Although Netflix and video-on-demand services are becoming increasingly popular, the majority of consumers are still watching movies on physical disc-based media.According to market research firm NPD, 77% of consumers watched a movie on Blu-ray Disc or DVD in the first three months of 2011, the exact same as when NPD performed the same survey last year.What this means is that even though people may be watching more media through streaming platforms, they aren’t willing to give up physical formats yet. Streaming is just a complement, not a substitute. At least not yet.Via Investors.com
The new dual core phones like Motorola’s Atrix and LG’s Optimus 2X look pretty muscular by today’s standards, but Adapteva thinks it can do a little bit better than that. How about 16 processing cores? Or maybe even 64? That’s well within reach, they say.Adapteva’s 64 core Epiphany offering consumes only about one watt of power and is roughly the same size as two standard ARM cores at 8mm square. Each core runs at 1GHz and could provide serious computational muscle while remaining easy to integrate into mobile devices where real estate is very much at a premium.But it’s not just space that’s a concern on smartphones and tablets. Power consumption is also a key concern, and Adapteva is squarely focused on making its chips as efficient as possible. The company’s website states that its chips are up to 10 times as efficient as those of its competition.Bittware, a company which manufactures digital signal processing boards, has signed on to produce boards using the Epiphany, and CEO Jeff Milrod is enthusiastic about Adapteva’s technology. Improvements in processing tech have largely come at the expense of efficiency, he believes, adding that Adapteva injected some “much needed creativity into the embedded signal processing world.”The next step is for Adapteva to get some big-time OEMs on board. The company says integration into existing products is a painless process, and I hope that’s true. Like most of you, I’d be more than a little excited to add an extra dozen or so processing cores to my phone.More at Giga Om