The Experts goes to Argentina

← Previous Story Rajko Prodanovic one step to Pick Szeged Next Story → William Accambray the best player of the French League 2010/2011 Argentina handballFrench handball team The “Experts”, all title Champions in the Sport of Handball, French national team goes to Argentina, where Karabatic and Co. will play two matches against the biggest surprise of the last World Championship in Sweden, home team, led by the brothers Simonet. The matches will be played on 8th and 10th of June.Players list of Claude Onesta:Goalkeepers : Dumoulin (Chambéry), Karaboué (Toulouse), Omeyer (Kiel) ; Players : Fernandez (Toulouse), Barachet (Chambéry), Karabatic (Montpellier), Narcisse (Kiel), Joli (Valladolid), Honrubia (Montpellier), Karabatic L. (Montpellier), Accambray (Montpellier), Sorhaindo (Barcelone), Guigou (Montpellier), Bosquet (Dunkerque), Detrez (Chambéry), Paty (Chambéry). Substitution : Junillon (Nîmes), Bingo (Tremblay), Anic (Gummersbach), Derbier (Istres), Nyokas (Paris), Gérard (Dunkerque). read more

Kornel Nagy two years in French Dunkerque

Hungarian left back from MKB Veszprem, Kornel Nagy (25) signed two years contract with French Cup winner, Dunkerque. French team finished third in the LNH behind Montpellier and Chambery, two the strongest teams. Nagy played many years for Dunaffer in that time, third strentgh in the Hungarian championship after Veszprem and Pick Szeged. He moved in the summer 2010 to MKB Veszprem.He is the part of the Hungarian national team squad. Dunkerque handballKornel Nagy ← Previous Story Paris – Ivry fusion? Next Story → Become Handball Planet friend on Facebook and Twitter! read more

Viborg HK wins the first season title

← Previous Story Johannesson new Austria coach! Next Story → Marta Mangue: “In Denmark will play only Scandi girls” Viborg HK Former Champions League winner, Viborg HK wins Danish Super Cup against the Champions, Midtjylland 33:28. Famous Danish team is preparing for the Qualification tournament of the EHF Champions League in 20 days.FC Midtjylland : Viborg HK 28:33 (15:19)FC Midtjylland: Troelsen 7, Groot 7, Brøgger Led 3, Spellerberg 3, Østergaard 3, Thorsgaard 2, Biltoft 1, Woller 1, Sørensen 1Viborg: Skov 10, Chebbah 5, Jurack 4, Gulldén 3, Fisker 3, Hornbech Mikkelsen 2, Althaus 2, Ahlm 1, Malm Frafjord 1, Aagaard 1, Mikkelsen 1 read more

Slovakia is ready for Serbia – Heister announced official squad

← Previous Story Drago Vukovic about Stefansson: “Iceland won’t miss him to much” Next Story → Accommodation during EHF EURO 2012 in Novi Sad – Hotel GARNI RIMSKI EHF EURO 2012 Slovakia After three defeats and only a win against Iran at “Croatia Cup” last weekend, Slovakian NT coach, Zoltan Heister announced 16 players for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia:Goalkeepers: Richard Štochl (Montpellier Agglomération HB/Fr.), Miloš Putera (TV 05/07 Hottenberg/Nem.), Ladislav Kovačin (MŠK Považská Bystrica)Line players: Andrej Petro (DHC Rheinland Dormagen /Nem.), Michal Kopčo (Tatran Prešov), Peter Dudáš (HC SPORTA Hlohovec)Wings: Martin Straňovský (Reale Ademar León/Šp.), Radoslav Antl (Tatran Prešov), Tomáš Urban (HC winLand Michalovce), Marek Mikéci (HC Štart Nové Zámky)Backs: Daniel Valo (HSG Wetzlar/Nem.), Peter Kukučka (Kadetten Schaffhausen Handball/Švaj.), Ladislav Tarhai ml. (BSV Bern Muri/Švaj.), Oliver Rábek (HC Štart Nové Zámky), Patrik Hruščák (1. MHK Košice), Ľubomír Ďuriš (HC SPORTA Hlohovec) read more

Womens Junior WCh 18 Final Poland beats Brasil – Denmark out

Czech RepublicWomen’s junior handball championship In the first four matches of the Women’s Junior World Championship in Czech Republic, Poland made the biggest surprise with a win over favourite, Brasil.Korea – Denmark 25:22 (11:10)Romania – France 14:20 (5:9)Czech Republic – Hungary 16:30 (7:15)Brazil – Poland 20:23 (9:13) ← Previous Story Claude Onesta and the 14 Experts! Next Story → Leon’s captain Vicente Alamo joins Benfica!

VIDEO Brazilian commentator passion for handball

BrasilBrazi Handball world came to the month of a big event – Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark. The 24 world’s best teams will meet in four days time in Denmark to play for the glory, medals, but also Olympic qualifications. The team, who showed great passion and skills in 2013, at the end, wrote the history of our game as the first South American team to win the gold was Brasil.Brazilian girls showed amazing performance, won the gold medal against Serbia 22:20 in front of 20.000 host supporters in “Kombank Arena” in Belgrade.However, there were much tougher in quarter-final against Hungary 33:31, when match ended after extra-times. Alexandra do Nascimento shared VIDEO of Brazilian commentator  during that match for semi-final, which describe Brazilian approach to the sport – handball in this case. ← Previous Story AFTER 10 YEARS IN KIEL: Dominik Klein to HBC Nantes Next Story → Denmark 2015 prediction: Norway and Brasil going for the gold! read more

Pregnant Estavan Polman win silver medal at Womens EHF EURO 2016

← Previous Story TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016: New rules, miracle in Cologne, Bad Boys, free-resin… Next Story → Slovenia without Zorman and Bombac at WCh 2017! Estavana Polman is pregnant! The 24-years old Dutch handball star waiting baby with her boyfriend, famous Dutch football player Rafael Van Der Vaart.Polman was one of the best players of Dutch team, who won silver medal at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden just 10 days ago, where she was supported by Van Der Vaart.It is almost clear that Team Esbjerg member will miss next Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany. Dutch teamEstavana PolmanRafael Van Der Vaart and Estavana Polman read more

LNH Night of Melvyn Richardson Aix lose against Tremblay

2.Nimes330081:716 11.Cesson Rennes-Metropole301274:831 7.Aix310283:852 12.Istres301274:871 9.Dunkerque201142:431 5.Chambery Savoie220060:554 6.Tremblay320187:854 13.St. Raphael200254:570 14.Pontault300371:920 8.Ivry210150:602 1.Montpellier330093:796 3.Paris SG220069:454 10.Toulouse301286:931 Melvyn Richardson was in good mood last night in front of home fans in Montpellier to ensure another win in domestic championship (Lidl Star Ligue) for his team. The young star of the last EHF CL Final4 in Cologne, scored 12 goals with only one miss in Montpellier’s victory over Istres 33:27.Tremblay made surprise against Aix 30:29.Cesson Rennes played 29:29 against Fenix TOulouse, while USM Nimes took points away against Pontault Combault 31:27.STANDINGS: 4.Nantes220052:414 LidlStarligueMelvyn Richardson ← Previous Story SHOCK AT FLENS ARENA: RK PPD Zagreb take points home! Next Story → Egyptian juniors are African champions 2018! read more

Rolf Harris appears in court on child sex charges

first_imgVETERAN ENTERTAINER ROLF Harris has appeared in court in London this morning to face nine charges relating to indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children.There was a large media presence outside the Old Baily as the 83-year-old arrived for the hearing, accompanied by his wife.He confirmed his name and address to the judge before the case was referred to Southwark Crown Court, where he is due to appear on 7 October, according to BBC News. Harris is charged with six counts of indecent assault relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 for incidents dating from April 1980 to April 1981, and three relating to a girl aged 14 dating from April and June 1986.He is further charged with four counts of making indecent images of children, on or before dates spanning between March and July 2012.Harris is one of several older celebrities in Britain arrested under Operation Yewtree, the police probe into historical abuse set up in the wake of revelations that the late BBC star Jimmy Savile was a prolific sex offender.The entertainer, who moved to England in 1952, has been a popular figure on British TV for decades. He painted an 80th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2005, took part in her diamond jubilee celebrations last year, and has been honoured by both Britain and Australia.The charges against Harris are not connected to Savile, who police believe was one of Britain’s worst-ever sex offenders.Additional reporting, AFPRead: Stuart Hall’s sentence for sex assaults doubled by appeal court >Read: Max Clifford pleads ‘not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault >last_img read more

April Jones Leading forensic psychologist now aiding search

first_imgDetective Superintendent Reg Bevan holding up a photo of the land Rover belonging to 46-year-old Mark Bridger who has been arrested following the abduction of April Jones. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)April was last seen willingly getting into a vehicle, believed to be a Land Rover Discovery, at around 7.30pm on Monday after playing with friends at the Bryn-y-Gog estate.It is understood that police have been searching a small farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, where Bridger had been living most recently, with search teams also lifting up pavement slabs outside the property.Bridger’s dark blue Land Rover Discovery has been seized for inspection by police.Detectives have appealed to anyone with information of Bridger’s movements between 5pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday to contact them.They have stressed that members of the public should not assume that someone else had already contacted them with their information. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said: “Even if you feel yours is trivial, please contact us.”Readers in the UK can call 0300 2000 333 with any information. A LEADING FORENSIC psychologist has been brought in to assist the Welsh authorities in their search for missing five-year-old April Jones, as the investigation enters its fifth day.Dr Joe Sullivan is an expert in the character and behaviour of child sex offenders and previously advised British and Portuguese police in the search for Madeleine McCann.Police have until 5pm today to question a 46-year-old man about April’s disappearance, after which he must be charged or released – although they can apply for a further 24 hours warrant of detention, reports the BBC.Mark Bridger was arrested at 3.30pm on Tuesday following the five-year-old’s disappearance from the mid Wales town of Machynlleth.last_img read more

Confirmed Whelan and St Ledger will miss upcoming qualifiers

first_imgUpdated at 19.29THE FAI HAVE this evening confirmed that Glenn Whelan and Sean St Ledger will miss Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands.Whelan picked up a hamstring injury during Stoke’s game with Liverpool at the weekend, and following scans on the injury this morning, he has been ruled out of the games.Meanwhile, Sean St Ledger will also definitely miss the games as expected, after he picked up a hamstring injury during Leicester’s win over Bristol City this weekend, with Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark drafted in to replace him.Shortly after the news was announced, St Ledger tweeted: “out for a minimum four weeks gutted to be missing the qualifiers but the aviva gonna be some atmosphere on Friday night!”The injuries will come as a further blow to Giovanni Trapattoni’s side ahead of the critical upcoming fixtures, with James McClean already having been ruled out earlier today.The side has been beset by problems of late, with other key internationals, including Kevin Doyle and Richard Dunne, currently unavailable for selection.Read: Monday morning blues as Trap tries to figure out injury crisis>Read: Irish Eye: Hunt on the mark as Trap faces injury crisis>last_img read more

Weve got a huge respect for them Leinster ready for Northampton

first_imgFORWARDS WIN GAMES, backs decide by how much.It is a well-worn cliché, but there is utter truth in it on so many occasions. Northampton can call on the likes of Courtney Lawes, Salesi Ma’afu, Samu Manoa and Dylan Hartley against Leinster this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens in their efforts to underline that fact.Greg Feek is responsible for countering the Premiership side’s power in the tight, given his role as scrum coach to Leinster. The former All Black has done superb work with the province – and moonlighting with Ireland – since 2010, but recognises that Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash may be one of his toughest tasks yet.“Everyone is Europe is under no allusions as to Northampton’s strengths. It’s knowing that, but to stop it is another thing. Obviously we’re going to go out there and play footy, but we know that they’ll come at us up there [in the forwards] and we know that if we don’t get it right, it’s going to be a pretty tough day.We’ve got a huge respect for them, how they play, the players’ attitudes and how they’re coached. So it’s going to be one heck of a battle, particularly over there.”Whatever about the strength of the opposition on Saturday, Feek is very much inwardly focused. The Kiwi concentrates on working with his own players, looking to eke out every improvement he can in an area of the game that has been the topic of so much discussion in recent years.Cian Healy and Mike Ross are deservedly established as the pillars of Leinster’s scrum, but the emergence of Jack McGrath and Marty Moore has been welcome. The tyros have been putting their hands up all season in selection terms, so much so that Feek would be relaxed about the inexperienced pair starting against the Saints.“That’s been great, they’ve certainly grown those guys. They’ve been chipping away over the last couple of years, particularly Jack. Now Marty’s getting more game time and they’ve got to be consistent with that, prove they can go to the next level; Heineken Cup and the intensity of that.Mike Ross faced the Saints’ scrum in the 2011 Heineken Cup final. ©INPHO/Colm O’Neill.“Jack proved he can do Test match rugby, so Cian’s looking over his shoulder. So is Rossy, and there are other guys there wanting to have a crack too. We’ve got a pretty good squad to choose from and it’s exciting times. The only problem is we’ve got Northampton this week so we’ve got to make sure we’re right on the ball there.”A problem indeed. The Saints are in foreboding form so far this season, second in the Premiership and having beaten the Ospreys in their most recent European fixture. The last time Leinster traveled to Franklin’s Gardens was in 2012, when they were on the receiving end of a 43-0 pre-season hiding.Northampton are full of confidence under Jim Mallinder at the moment, and Feek says Leinster need a good start on Saturday if they are to have any hope of a crucial away win.You might have a lapse in the first ten minutes and that could be it for the whole game. You just can’t afford to do that at Heineken Cup level, to chase a game and try to come back into it, particularly against a team like Northampton. It makes it very tough.“Last time we were there, we got hammered. So certainly, it gives you a bit of a reality check for exactly what you’re getting yourself into. They’ve got a good core of players who have been there for a while and they’ve got a coaching group that have been there for a while, that they’ve grown under.“We’ve got a lot of respect for what they do as players and how they coach. It’s certainly a great challenge for us.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Munster boosted by heavy injury toll for PerpignanPayne still a doubt for Ulster as Muller comes back into the mixlast_img read more

This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a

first_imgClick here for larger versionIN 1978, THEN Taoiseach Jack Lynch received a complaint from a concerned citizen about an underwear advertisement which appeared in the RTÉ Guide.The ad, pictured above, was for a new range of bras from Silhouette “designed to bring romance and adventure into your life”. It describes the bras as “soft, lacy and sensual”.In a letter to Lynch, the person asked him to “do something about it”.“Is it right to tolerate in out RTÉ Guide what really amounts to a plug for pornography?”They said this kind of advertisement had the potential to “corrupt the very essence” of our heritage.In that same year, Lynch passed on a suggestion made by a Canon in Tipperary to charge 100 VAT on ‘objectionable magazines’ imported to the State to Tánaiste and Minister for Finance George Colley. The Tánaiste replied that he had “carefully and sympathetically” considered Lynch’s representations but said “serious practical difficulties” would arise if the government tried to implement this.Click here for larger versionPornographic magazinesThis was not the only example of complaints about material considered inappropriate in Irish publications at the time.In 1980, a complaint made by the organisation ‘Parent Concern’ about the periodical ‘New Man and Woman’, was upheld by the Censorship of Publications Board as it was found to be ‘indecent or obscene’.A letter to then Taoiseach Charles Haughey from the group’s honorary secretary details examples of perceived inappropriate content like features on wife-swapping with pictures of groups of nude couples. Click here for larger imageShe also expressed concern about details of various family planning centres, saying “if these are an indication of goings-on during sessions then they are no more than prostitution centers (sic) for orgies, with of course the commercial advocacy of contraceptives and abortion”.The board found that the sale and distribution of further issues of the publication in Ireland should be prohibited.‘Sensuous and sexual gratification’In 1983, the Deputy Chairman of The Society to Outlaw Pornography, Marjorie Elliot, wrote to Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald about an issue of ‘Executive World’, a men’s magazine.(Image: Brand New Retro)In her letter she pointed out that Fitzgerald’s political party had expressed a determination to upgrade the status of women in society.“Yet magazines of this type present them as sex objects, things of sensuous and sexual gratification for men, and in debasing them deprive them of their dignity and their rights,” she said.Click here for larger versionShe also said these magazines play a major part in inciting crimes of rape and sexual assault – “leading inexorably sexual crimes against children”.Fitzgerald’s office wrote to the Department of Justice to seek guidance on the issue and was advised that it was a matter for the Censorship of Publications Board.In correspondence, they said the board may prohibit a publication over a number of issues including advocating the procurement of abortion, devoting a large proportion to crime and any publication seen to be frequently indecent or obscene.The Taoiseach’s private secretary responded to Elliot to advise her to lodge her complaint with the board.See National Archives, Reference number 2013/100/3 .Read: Escort and ‘hook-up’ sites among attempts to access porn at Leinster House>Read: No log kept of TDs’ and Senators’ internet browsing history>last_img read more

Man arrested in connection with Skibbereen arson incidents

first_imgA MAN WILL appear in court tomorrow, having been arrested following a number of incidents of arson in the Skibbereen area.At around 5.15am this morning, gardaí responded to a call relating to a number of cars on fire at the fire station in Skibbereen. On arrival they discovered four cars on fire inside the compound and one on fire outside. These cars were used for training purposes. Shortly afterwards, at around 5.30am, gardai went to an incident at a plant hire firm on Marsh Road in which a car and a caravan had been set on fire.Gardai conducted a search of the surrounding area near Marsh Road and discovered a man in his 30’s hiding in a ditch nearby.He was arrested and brought to Skibbereen Garda Station where he was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.The man will appear before Clonakilty District Court tomorrow morning at 10.30am charged in relation to these arson incidents and other arson incidents in the Skibbereen area over the past 12 months.last_img read more

John Terry slams talk of Benitez rift as Chelsea cruise in FA

first_imgJOHN TERRY RUBBISHED reports of a rift in his relationship with Rafael Benitez after the Chelsea captain marked his return to the side with a goal in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Brentford.Terry had started only two games since Benitez took over as Chelsea’s interim manager earlier this season as he struggled to fully recover from a knee injury suffered in November.Benitez had insisted Terry wasn’t fit enough to start and it had been widely speculated that the former England international was at loggerheads with the Spaniard over his reduced role.A report on Sunday claimed Terry and Benitez clashed earlier this month after Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were selected ahead of him, but the centre-back was quick to dismiss the accusation during a television interview following the fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge.“It was good to get on the scoresheet and good to be back,” Terry told ITV. “The manager knows me and I want to play. I have been out for two or three months (with a knee injury), but the other two (centre-backs) have been doing well. It’s good to have competition.“I read those stories in the paper but it is completely lazy journalism. The other two players have been playing well and I’ve been out for a few months. It’s complete rubbish.”Benitez also made it clear he had no problem with Terry, who has been rumoured in the past to have provoked dressing room discord to destabilise previous Chelsea managers, when asked about his relationship with the defender.“I was surprised by some comments in the newspapers. They were totally ludicrous,” Benitez said. “We have had some conversations and have been talking about football, He is quite clever and understands everything. Clearly you can see, he’s on the pitch, he’s training.”- © AFP, 2013Chelsea rout Brentford to reach fifth roundITV’s unfortunate mis-spelling of Rafa Benitez’s name during Chelsea’s clash with Brentfordlast_img read more

Pics Seán FitzPatrick and former Anglo execs back in court

first_imgTHE FORMER CHAIRMAN and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick and two other former executives were back in court today ahead of their trial for alleged financial irregularities next year.The trio, including former finance director Willie McAteer and former managing director of lending Pat Whelan, are due to go on trial on 16 charges of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 people in 2008 in an attempt to inflate the bank’s share price.It’s expected the trial will last between three and six months when its get under way on 13 January 2014 with the trio set to enter their pleas to each charge at another court hearing on 1 November.The case was mentioned before the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin today with the three men in attendance:last_img read more

Dublin based betting website Intrade ceases trading

first_imgTHE ONLINE PREDICTION market website, Intrade, has ceased “trading activity” according to a notice posted on its site.Intrade was a platform where spectators could buy and sell shares on the outcome of real world events, including politics, finance, economics, science and entertainment. Their most active market in recent times included wagers on who would succeed the recently resigned Pope Benedict XVI.The Dublin-based company posted the memo to its site late last night which read they recently discovered “circumstances” which “require immediate further investigation, and may include financial irregularities”.To comply with Irish law, the directors were said to cease exchange trading on the website immediately, settle all open positions and calculate the settled account value of all member accounts and cease all banking transactions for all existing company accounts.During the coming weeks, Intrade will investigate the circumstances and “determine the necessary course of action”.Late last year, the company suspended trading for all US customers following a lawsuit by Commodity Futures Trading Commission after they claimed Intrade was letting Americans bet on the price of commodities which is illegal in the US.last_img read more

British medical student identified in jihad recruitment video

first_imgTHE FATHER OF a British man who left to fight in Syria said he “wants to cry” after his son appeared in an online video aimed at recruiting jihadists.Ahmed Muthana identified the man in the 13-minute video, entitled “There is No Life Without Jihad”, as his 20-year-old son, Nasser Muthana, from Cardiff.Speaking to BBC Wales, Ahmed Muthana said seeing the video made him “want to cry” and asked his son “why did you do this?”“Is he going to kill?” he asked. “He didn’t think of the children, the women, elderly people. Someone is driving these kids to do this.”Nasser, who had received four university offers to study medicine, appears in the YouTube video — dressed in a white turban — using the name Abu Muthanna al-Yemen and is flanked by five other men, three of whom appear to be British.His father slammed those who had drawn his son into the conflict, saying they only “send other people’s children” into battle.He accused them of making a problem for whole of the “multicultural” UK, not just the Muslim community.British police are trying to remove the online film, which was posted by accounts linked to militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).The jihadist group is renowned for its ferocity, and is currently fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and recently took Iraq’s second city of Mosul.British intelligence believe ISIS has recruited around 400-500 Britons.Ahmed Muthana told BBC Wales that he was worried his son would “come back to me in a coffin”.He explained that his son had left home in November, and that he believed he had gone to study in Leicester or Shrewsbury.“I received a phone call saying that he’s in Turkey and that’s it,” he added.“I don’t think that’s Nasser talking, it’s someone else is teaching him to talk like this because the attitude of Nasser is 100 percent completely different,” he said.The British government on Thursday banned the militant group currently rampaging through northern Iraq, adding it to a list of proscribed organisations along with four other groups linked to the Syrian conflict.It is now an offence in Britain to belong to or invite support for ISIS and the four other proscribed groups, or even to wear clothing or carry items in public indicating support.Prime Minister David Cameron is worried that British nationals joining in the fighting in Iraq and Syria pose a threat to Britain’s security.Police have made 65 Syria-related arrests since January 2013, Cameron’s office has said, while 14 people had their passports seized in the year to March, “a significant number” of them related to Syria.- © AFP 2014Read: The Pentagon thinks Iran has sent a ‘small number’ of operatives into IraqExplainer: What’s happening in Iraq?last_img read more

Taoiseach insists water for children will be free

first_imgENDA KENNY HAS insisted that the government will not renege on its promise to provide water services to children for free.Speaking during Leaders’ Questions today, the Taoiseach said he could also confirm the average household charge will not exceed €240 per year.Deputy Peadar Tóibín pushed the Fine Gael leader for more details following Irish Water’s failure to publish the charges during yesterday’s “farcical” Oireachtas committee hearing.He criticised the government for allowing the process to be “shrouded in secrecy”.The Sinn Féin TD added that this denial of information has led to a widespread belief that the charges would creep higher than what was originally suggested.“The direction given by government through the Minister to the Environment to the regulator is that the average bill for the regular household is €240. The second element of the instruction is that children are free in terms of use of water,” replied Kenny.However, he did seem to indicate that the mooted 38,000 allowance for children may be cut. He explained that this generation of children are more savvy at conservation techniques – because of the Green Flag initiative in schools – and may not require the same amount as previous studies suggested.He concluded that the government’s policy decision on free water for children “will not change”.Toibín also used the opportunity to reference Minister Ruairí Quinn’s resignation today, implying that the timing of the statement was an intentional slight of the Taoiseach.I think it is an interesting insight into the state of disarray in the Labour party when Ruairí Quinn resigns two days before a leadership battle. And also that he gives his resignation speech at the same time as Leaders’ Questions… a snub to the Taoiseach.Kenny was also called upon by Micheál Martin to confirm a number of details about the collection of the property tax for this year.He said that government decided and agreed that local authorities should retain 80% of the money collected in 2014.He also reminded Fianna Fáil that its representatives in council could look to reduce the charge by 15%.“Councils have been starved and were shafted by government last year,” Martin claimed, asking for “some honesty” from the coalition.Kenny said it is possible for a number of authorities to reduce the charge because of the volume and value of properties in their area.The Taoiseach also insisted there is “no big division” between Fine Gael and Labour on the issue, urging the Fianna Fáil leader to not believe everything he reads in newspapers. First published 4pmRelated: Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reducedlast_img read more

These 17 web tools will improve your productivity

first_img SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York center_img IN TODAY’S FAST-paced world, we don’t want to waste any more time than necessary.Here are some highly useful and innovative web resources that will help make you more productive and save you a lot of time in the long-run:Clear Focus — This timer uses the Pomodoro Technique to prevent you from wasting time on distractions. Instead, it helps you focus on what really matters, by alternating work sessions with small breaks. You’ll be able to concentrate more easily and get things done. Just tap once, and get working.Coffitivity — It has been scientifically proven that people work better with white noise in the background. This site replicates the sound of a coffee shop to achieve the perfect combination of calm and commotion. It’ll help you get your creative juices flowing so you won’t feel stuck. Other websites that provide great background noise for focusing are Rainymood and Focus At Will. Source: Noisey via YouTubeDo Nothing For 2 Minutes — Although it seems counterintuitive, this website is the perfect way to refocus your mind after a hard meeting or stressful call, in just under 120 seconds.Doodle — Trying to schedule a meeting? You never need to endure tedious email threads about everyone’s available times again. Instead, use Doodle to identify a few potential windows of time for the meeting, and ask everyone else to identify when works for them within those times. It’ll be much easier to find the time slot that works for everyone. Source: the-gif-princess via TumblrEvernote — This simple yet sophisticated note-taking app is legendary for productivity. It organizes your notes in an elegant way, allows you to search for text within an image, captures everything from PDF to web pages, and even has a Webclipper so you can save anything you see online with a single click.Feedly — This useful site organizes the content of your favorite news websites or blogs into one place, so you can easily read and share what matters to you.FocusWriter — This tool provides a simple, distraction-free writing environment for anyone who needs to get things done. You get a nice, full-screen blank canvas to focus on the next paper you have to write. It also includes timers, alarms, goal setting, themes, typewriter sound effects, statistics, and spell checking.Hootsuite — If you need to manage multiple social media accounts, this is the site for you. Hootsuite is a social media dashboard that helps you reduce the amount of time you spend on Twitter and Facebook by scheduling posts for the upcoming weeks. Get your social media work out of the way in one block of time, instead of spending a few hours every day on it. Source: rafi-d-angelo via TubmlrIFTTT — Create productivity chains with this simple app. It uses the idea of “If this, then that” so you can make recipes of Triggers and Actions to prompt you to stay productive. For example, you can make a recipe to unmute your phone when you get home, mute your ringer at bedtime, or text your wife when you leave work.Lift — Do you want to run every day? Drink more water? Spend 15 minutes reading before bed? Lift helps you develop better habits by keeping track of your daily progress and sending you push notifications to remind you to stay on track. Another great site for building good habits is HabitForge, a program that will send you a daily reminder of your goals.Pocket — Use pocket to help you store information, links, and images so you can search through them later. It’s also great for bookmarking things to read for later. Another great resource to save articles is Instapaper, which also allows you to highlight important information.Productivity Owl — This Google Chrome extension will force you to be more productive. An owl follows you to every website you visit and swoops across the page when you’re not being productive. Source: owl image via ShutterstockSelfcontrol — This incredibly useful app temporarily blocks you from any distractions or addicting sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Youtube. It’s only for Mac users, but don’t worry — Cold Turkey has the same functions, specifically made for Windows users.Unroll Me — When you sign up, you’ll find a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want. For the subscriptions you want to keep, Unroll Me will “roll” them into one message so you can see them at a glance instead of reading through dozens of emails. More great resources for email productivity are Mailbox and Sanebox.Wakerupper — This site provides you simple telephone reminders, so you can set a wake-up call at a specific time, remind yourself of important events, remember to take your medication on time, escape from a boring date or meeting, or simply set follow-ups for tasks you meant to do. A similar iPhone app is Due, which repeatedly alerts you about your tasks until you complete them.Workflowy — With this organizational tool, you’ll be able to free your mind of clutter and make your life much, much easier. It’ll help you organize your personal to-dos, collaborate on team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a huge event, and much more.Wunderlist — This is the easiest way to manage and share your to-do lists. It is applicable for everything from trip planning to shopping lists to even running your own business. Other great resources to help you with task management are Any.do, Remember The Milk, and Todoist.Now, get to it.- Maggie ZhangRead: 6 web distractions to pass the time if you’re stuck in work>last_img read more