MKB Vesprem win 18th Hungarian title

In front of 5.000 domestic fans in “Vesprem Arena”, MKB Vesprem won their 18th trophy in Hungarian League. Team coached by Lajos Mochai celebrated third win in Final Play Off serie against eternal rival on domestic ground, Pick Szeged 40:28 and finish with 3:0 this season. One month ago, MKB Vesprem won National Cup after shoot-out against same opponent. Team which finished CL competition if quaterfinal against FC Barcelona, didnt lost match in Hungary last two season.The Veszprém championship titles: 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 ← Previous Story Carlos Prieto first Spanish player in Celje PL! Next Story → Draw results of the Women’s Junior World Championship in Korea read more

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Ostarcevic moves to Tremblay

ostarcevictremblay ← Previous Story Elisei pregnant – not leaving Oltchim! Next Story → Moscai selects 20 players for Hungary’s OG preparations! Tremblay have announced that they have signed Vladimir Ostarcevic on a year deal. With him in the team, and the previously signed (Tuzolana, Bataille, Salou, Malina) – Tremblay should give hard time to the two biggest favorites in next year’s season – Montpellier and Paris HC. The Croatian mid-back also expressed his satisfaction in joining Tremblay.photo and source: tremblayhandball.com read more

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Jelena Eric and Emilia Turey in Astrahanocka

The 6th team of the Russian Championship last year, Astrahanocka from Astrahan will have much higher ambitions with two experienced players in the next season. They are left/right wing, Emilia Turey (28) and left back, Jelena Eric (33). Turey is coming grom Rostov Don, vice-champion. She was born in Astrahan and Astrahanocka is her first proffesional team before he moved to Denmark and made fantastic career with Slagelse and FCK.Experienced Serbian left back is coming from the national champion, RK Zajecar, where she was a captain last year. Before that, she was voted for the best left back of the strong Danish League. She is a member of the Serbian NT for a many years… AstrahanAstrahanocka handballEmilia TureyJelena Eric ← Previous Story Christoffer Rambo in US Dunkerque Next Story → Filip Šćepanović to Meshkov Brest read more

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Magnus Wislander fired by Redbergslids IK

eklundhammarbyjohan eklundKielMagnus WislanderTHW Kielwislander One of the handball legends, Magnus Wislander, needs to seek new coaching role. Redbergsligs IK had no more patience after the bad start in the league after which the club is on the 10th position, and after the home defeat to Hammary (23:27), decided to release the former THW Kiel player. Johan Eklund is the new coach, the former assistant-coach. ← Previous Story Andrea Penezic and Lidija Horvat withdraw from Croatia squad for the EC 2012 Next Story → Ivan Cupic leads the scorers list in the Champions League, Eggert and Lindberg right behind him read more

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Suspect package found at Stormont hours after Belfast court evacuated

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are at the scene of a security alert on the grounds of Stormont after a suspicious package was discovered.The parcel is at a postal clearance station outside of where the Northern Ireland Executive meets. The PSNI said no other buildings have had to be evacuated.The package is currently being examined by a bomb disposal team.It comes just hours after the Law Courts in Belfast had to be evacuated this morning after a package addressed to a member of staff sparked a security alert.Roads in the area around Chichester Street in south Belfast were closed just after 9am when the object was discovered and a bomb disposal team was dispatched to the scene.However the security alert was stood down after the PSNI said the parcel, which is reported to have been addressed to a High Court judge, was a bona fide package and was not a suspicious device.“Nothing untoward was found,” a spokesperson for the PSNI said.There have been a number of security alerts in Northern Ireland in recent days, including a viable device discovered at Stormont Castle yesterday morning.last_img read more

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Scientists discover new species of dolphin

first_imgSCIENTISTS EXPRESSED “SURPRISE and delight” today after a new humpback dolphin species was identified off northern Australia, with genetic mapping singling out an animal not previously known to science.A global team led by the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society made the discovery after examining almost 200 dead dolphins and tissue specimens from live animals across the four Atlantic, Indian and Indo-Pacific ocean areas where humpbacks are known to live.A study of the beak length and number of teeth in 180 skulls from beached and museum specimens, as well as live DNA samples from 235 dolphins, identified a new species in the humpback, or sousa genus, which frequents waters off northern Australia.“Based on our combined genetic and morphological analyses, there is convincing evidence for at least four species within the genus,” lead author Martin Mendez wrote in the paper, published in the latest edition of the journal Molecular Ecology, adding that this included “a new as-yet-unnamed species off northern Australia”.Completely new speciesBiologist Guido Parra, a member of the study team from Australia’s Flinders University, said it had long been debated that local humpbacks were distinct from their more distant cousins but there had been insufficient evidence until now to support the hypothesis.“The unique thing about this study is that in previous debates the data sets were always limited – either purely genetic or based on traditional taxonomic studies,” Parra told AFP.“We were able to actually marry those two – so morphological and genetic – and not only marry those two approaches but also look across the entire (genus) range.“We are very surprised and of course delighted to discover the recognition of a completely new species.”Significant findingHumpback dolphins have a vast home range stretching from the tip of Australia all the way to Africa, and they are considered native to some 40 countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific.Parra gathered skin biopsy samples from both deceased and live humpbacks off northern Australia for the study, which he said was a “long-term collaborative global project”.The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was a significant finding – identifying a new mammal species is rare – and that it hoped it would boost conservation efforts.Two of the three already-identified sousa species are in decline and considered at risk from habitat loss and fishing, with S. chinensis, or Chinese white dolphin, found in the eastern Indian and West Pacific Oceans, listed as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.S. teuszii, which lives in the Atlantic off West Africa and is known as the Atlantic humpback or Teusz’s dolphin, is rated vulnerable.The next step in the process would be to draw up a manuscript of the findings for consideration by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, the body responsible for formally declaring and naming new species.Parra said he could not reveal what potential names were being debated for the new humpback but said it would hopefully be “related to Australia”.Lost worldIt has been a bumper week for Australian scientists, with the discovery unveiled Monday of three new vertebrate species in a remote part of the country’s north, isolated for millions of years and described as a “lost world”.Humpback dolphins are so named due to a distinctive hump just below their dorsal fin, which is also uniquely elongated.Infant humpbacks are born a creamy or pearly white similar to a beluga whale and darken to grey as they reach adulthood. They typically grow to eight feet in length and live in coastal waters, deltas and estuaries.- © AFP 2013.Read: Study finds dolphins use names to call each other>last_img read more

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Ireland out to maintain the rage against Australia

first_imgIreland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Marshall, Fergus McFadden; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross; Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell (c); Peter O’Mahony, Ssean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Steven Archer, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Conor Murray, Ian Madigan, Robbie Henshaw.Australia: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu; Rob Simmons, James Horwill; Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen (c).Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Liam Gill, Nic White, Christian Leal’ifano, Joe Tomane. McKenzie highlights scrum ‘irony’ before taking on axis of Healy, Best and RossConor O’Shea: Australia have a soft underbelly for Ireland to expose THE TABLE IS set. The knives are out.It’s seven days since Ireland had their fill against Samoa in Joe Schmidt’s first outing as an international head coach, seven days since he looked forward to two main courses after that 40 – 9 appetiser.This evening (17.45) Ireland face Australia and, despite Schmidt giving the All Blacks an equal importance, this is the big one in his November honeymoon period.Of the three opponents this month, Australia represent the most accurate barometer of how well Ireland are performing.All on these shores built Samoa’s reputation up before dismissing them again once Dave Kearney had dotted down two tries. We’ve never beaten New Zealand while wearing green and to make the world champions end their (so far) undefeated 2013 with a loss would be an incredible achievement.Australia however, are a team we can set our watches by. The Wallabies are still smarting from their final Test capitulation to the Lions and new coach Ewen McKenzie has had just three wins to cling to as he attempts to  revive and re-energise the two-time World Cup winners in the hope of lifting a third in Britain.Crucially, Schmidt is able to recall Paul O’Connell as captain and the lock will start together with Brian O’Driscoll for the first time since the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales in Wellington. Indeed, both coaches have made changes after impressive wins. Ireland’s debutant man-of-the-match, Jack McGrath, is shelved in favour of Cian Healy and he will scrummage against Sekope Kepu who McKenzie has named in place of Ben Alexander.The performances of Healy and Sean O’Brien in the last meeting between these sides was a crucial factor in negating Australia’s attacking threat. Both potent ball-carriers bolster O’Connell’s pack, but it’s the flanker’s breakdown work which has caught McKenzie’s eye the most.center_img “Between him and [Rory] Best they’ve got some really good operators in terms of strangling ball carriers. If you get the body position wrong they’re pretty good at tying you up and forcing a turnover.“They do it a different way and it’s quite effective so we’ve got to be quite accurate about that side of it. We recognise it’s a key area of the game.”Behind the scrum, Jonathan Sexton will attempt to orchestrate the Irish back-line for the first time since February’s home defeat to England. Schmidt’s big selection call was to install Eoin Reddan as his scrum-half, but Sexton will have an unfamiliar partner stepping in between him and Brian O’Driscoll as Luke Marshall wins his fourth cap, his first outside Sexton.Though Australia’s obvious danger man is fullback Israel Folau, it’s set to be an intriguing contest in that midfield area as Australia look to combine the physical specimen of Tevita Kuridrani with the craft of Matt Toomua, as if the creativity of Quade Cooper and Will Genia wasn’t enoughImpactWhile Ireland’s strengthened starting XV has clearly weakened the replacements bench, the presence of Conor Murray gives Schmidt a class option whenever he chooses to change pace or help close the game out. It’s not a role readily associated with the Munster man, but he as demonstrated its effectiveness in his cameo role for the Lions and then against Leinster already this year.“Everyone will be talking about Ireland putting pressure on us,” McKenzie adds, “but we’ll try and do the same to them. We’ve got some good guys and we can strangle and steal ball at the breakdown.“Even their bench is set up to maintain the rage over 80 minutes, but Liam Gill is a genuine (openside) on the ball, he will come into the game to keep the pressure on too.”Meetings between these sides are rarely one sided and with both coaches renowned for their attacking style of rugby this evening’s feast at the Aviva Stadium is a mouthwatering prospect.Tuck in.last_img read more

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A rubber band metal links and gravity a new way to apply

first_imgAPPLYING EYEDROPS CAN be very fiddly, so three Limerick students have invented a new style of eyedropper to make things easier.The ‘directed eyedropper’ was created by Shannon Naughton, Sarah O’Grady and Aoife Larkin of Desmond College in Limerick, a school that has consistently sent students to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition over the past 50 years.The trio aimed to create a device that would allow people to align their drop bottle – using one hand – and dispense their medication directly into their eye.The prototype was created using metal links, a rubber band, and circles of piping.Here’s Naughton explaining more:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Read: Meet Ireland’s bright sparks at the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition>Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?last_img read more

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Eastern promise Stephen Ferris linked with Japan switch

first_imgULSTER BLINDSIDE FLANKER Stephen Ferris has been linked with a one-year switch to play in Japan’s Top League, it is reported today.Capped 35 times for Ireland, Ferris’ current central contract with the IRFU expires at the end of June.With the IRFU in no apparent rush to renew the 27′year-old’s deal, the BBC report that an unnamed Japanese club is among the potential suitors for Ferris.The flanker will miss the rest of this season after suffering a setback to the ankle injury he sustained in action for Ulster in November.Meanwhile, Andrew Trimble is on the verge of re-signing with the union. Ulster are set to confirm a new deal for the winger this week. Last month, Trimble was tentatively linked with a move to Top 14 club Stade Francais.Sean O’Brien on wooden spoons, concussions and short man syndromeO’Driscoll set for 125th Ireland cap after steaming through traininglast_img read more

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Shatter as angry as gardaí at financial situation

first_imgMINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has said today that he is “as angry as” the gardaí about the financial situation the force finds itself in.Speaking to This Week on RTÉ Radio 1, he appealed for the garda representative bodies to enter the Croke Park extension talks, saying he “think[s] it’s very unfair” that they exited the process at a very early stage.Shatter said he knows that members of An Garda Síochána have genuine concerns not just about the pay and allowances issue but also about their family finances, adding:What’s very disappointing is it appears the leadership of the Garda bodies believe that public expressions of anger and motions of condemnation can achieve something.The Minister said he believes that gardaí are better inside the talks than outside them, and that they do have something of value in the interest of their members in continuing the talks.Shatter said that “no one pretends this is easy” and that he has to deal with difficult financial issues in respect of the force. He said that the previous Fianna Fáil government would have made available to him €90billion less in 2012 than they do have,  but the government were able to “recalibrate” this.I am as angry as members of the force are that we find ourselves in our current financial circumstances. I don’t believe – and I’m not sure that all members of the force necessarily fully understand this – I don’t believe that shouting from outside contributesShatter said he believes members of the force will continue to do their duty,  and that he thinks it’s very important in the context of the standing of the force and its members that they do.Garda Representative AssociationJohn Parker of the Garda Representative Association described the Croke Park extension talks’ initial briefing sessions as “like drawing teeth”He said that some of the suggestions the GRA had – including incentivising career breaks for 100 people which they say would save €5 or 6 million – the government “don’t want to count”.He described today’s comments by Minister Shatter as “more smoke and mirrors”. “What he is trying to do now is put diesel in our petrol tank,” said Parker.Parker said that gardaí “will be engaged in a dispute and he will know we are engaged” if moves are made to cut their allowances. Currently, gardaí have “restricted or turned off the goodwill tap”, said Parker, which “will make things a little harder but the job will go on”.He told TheJournal.ie that they have a number of things they can do in this vein and that this action could end up costing Minister Shatter more than the cuts he has proposed.Parker said there has to be some sort of an emergency services danger premium, and “realistically you can’t expect any father, mother, husband or wife to put on a uniform and go out in the knowledge their family life is at threat”.Read: Garda Commissioner sets date for meeting with garda body>last_img read more

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18 albums every Irish household has owned

first_imgBlur – ParklifeThe Bodyguard SoundtrackSongs from Dawson’s CreekMichael Jackson – ThrillerChristy Moore Live at the PointTracy Chapman – Tracy ChapmanThe Verve – Urban HymnsOcean Colour Scene – Moseley ShoalsWe must also give honourable mention to the following singles which are also bound to be found in every house in Ireland if you rummage hard enough.Mark McCabe – Maniac 2000Zig and Zag – Christmas Number 1YouTube/APintTurtleGoo Goo Dolls – IrisRepublic of Ireland Football Squad – Put ‘em Under PressurePIC: Cats… ruining people’s lives since the 15th century>6 things you don’t want to happen in bed tonight>VIDEO: Sheep turns the tables on an unsuspecting fox> BACK IN THE day when everybody’s bedrooms were dominated by CDs, there were certain albums that were omnipresent.If you didn’t own them, your brother or sister did, or in some cases (we’re looking at you, A Woman’s Heart), your mam.Here’s a rundown of 18 albums every household has owned:Oasis – What’s the Story Morning Glory?Blur – The Great EscapeMeat Loaf – Bat Out of HellThe Romeo and Juliet SoundtrackDavid Gray – White LadderColdplay – ParachutesAlanis Morrisette – “Jagged Little Pill”U2 – The Joshua TreeThe Beatles – Abbey RoadA Woman’s Heartlast_img read more

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People do not feel secure in their own homes FF takes aim

first_imgCollins said he had heard stories of “savage” thefts, “of elderly brothers beaten and terrorised by roving gangs [and] of communities living in fear”.95 Garda stations were closed in January as part of a plan to better utilise force resources.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin opened the Ard Fheis last night by saying the party could learn from the past ‘but is focused on the future’.Read: Micheál Martin gives Taoiseach an E-grade on jobs > Read: Government will not get away with ‘broken promises’ – Micheál Martin > FIANNA FAIL HAS strongly criticised the politics of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, saying people no longer feel safe in their homes after the closure of some Garda stations around the country.The party’s spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins said there has been an “unprecedented attack on the morale of An Garda Siochana by the very Minister who should be defending them in Cabinet”.“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more,” he told the party’s Ard Fheis. Criminals are toasting Minister Shatter and it’s at the expense of the ordinary people of Ireland who see empty stations, pared back patrols, the ever present menace of criminality and are told to use Twitter in response.They are delighted with this Minister who has consistently let down and fought bitter public spats with the force that is committed to the protection of this state and its citizens.last_img read more

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Heres what you need to know about Brendan Howlins new lobbying law

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS published a new Bill that will establish a register of lobbyists who will have to disclose who they are lobbying and what they are lobbying them about three times a year.The Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 has been published by the by the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan today with aim of it coming into force by the middle of next year.The main purpose of the Bill is to establish an online register of lobbyists that will be managed by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) and will require those on it to disclose their lobbying activities at the end of every April, August and December.The Bill will not require that every contact between a lobbyist and public official and/or office holder be recorded.The proposed legislation also provides for a so-called ‘cooling off’ period where former public officials or office holders such as special advisors or ministers will have to seek approval to lobby former colleagues during a one year period after they have left the public service.This will allow the lobbying registrar to permit a person to take a job but to restrict that person in their engagements with former colleagues.A lobbyist will have to provide their personal details to the register as well as disclose the names of those they have lobbied, the reasons and aim of the lobbying, as well as the extent and type of lobbying that took place.SIPO will oversee the implementation of the register, monitor compliance, provide guidance and assistance and investigate any breaches.In an explanatory FAQ, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said that the new law is not intended to change behaviour “but rather to shine a light on what is happening – ‘who is contacting whom and about what.’”The Bill comes on foot of recommendations contained in the Mahon report into corruption in the planning system. The report, published two years ago, noted that lobbying in Ireland was unregulated and recommended that a register be set up.Announcing the publication of the Bill today, Brendan Howlin said: “My intention is to strengthen the degree of openness and scope for public scrutiny of the interactions and engagements between all sectors of society with our political and administrative systems.“This legislation will allow the wider public to reach informed. evidence-based judgements about the extent to which different interest groups are accessing key decision makers across the political and public service systems and would be expected to increase the public understanding of lobbying activity in Ireland.”Previously: Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rulesColumn: Lobbying has become ‘a dirty word’. We want to change thatlast_img read more

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Team Gavin Glynn appeal raises €300000 in days as sick child flies

first_imgAN APPEAL FOR donations to help a sick four-year-old receive life-saving cancer treatment has raised €300,000 in just days.Gavin Glynn from County Wicklow was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer when he was 17 months old.The only treatment available to him is in Texas as his family were recently told that there are no more treatment options in Ireland.The pioneering procedure is costly and his family launched an appeal asking people to donate €4 by texting “Gavin” to 50300, an appeal that has seen a massive €300,000 raised since last week.That puts the family just €50,000 shy of their goal as they head off to America.In a post on the appeal’s Facebook page overnight, Gavin’s Dad John thanked all who had supported the appeal.“The ‪#‎myboy‬ campaign has now reached just over €300,000.“This is just the most amazing news we could have received before our flight tomorrow. We still need to reach the €350,000 so please keep sharing and text GAVIN to 50300 to donate €4.“Thank you everyone for helping and supporting us to get Gavin to Texas. We will do this….Gavin has the strength of the nation and the whole world behind him now and he will fight the biggest and hardest battle of his whole life and HE WILL WIN….”Read: ‘We need your help to save my boy’, father of child who needs life saving cancer surgery in the USlast_img read more

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Ukraine rebels agree to ceasefire and peace talks

first_imgUKRAINE’S PRO-RUSSIAN insurgents agreed for the first time today to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president on ending 10 weeks of fighting that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.The surprise announcement from the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly threw his weight behind Kiev’s peace overtures and urged the separatists to halt fire.Ukraine’s security services confirmed this evening that militia strikes in the two heavily Russified industrial regions that have been at the heart of the insurgency came to an abrupt halt in the late afternoon.The self-proclaimed prime minister of Donetsk said his sides’ ceasefire would match the one earlier ordered by President Petro Poroshenko and last until Friday morning. Former Ukrainian President, Leonid Kuchma, 3rd left, speaks to the media after a meeting with leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic. Source: AP/Press Association Images“In response to the ceasefire declared by Kiev, we pledge to also halt fire on our part. This ceasefire will last until June 27,” Oleksandr Borodai told Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency in Donetsk.“We hope that during the period in which both sides halt fire, we will be able to agree and begin consultations about holding negotiations about a peaceful settlement to the conflict,” he told Russian state television in separate comments.The news delivered a desperately needed boost to Poroshenko two weeks into a presidency that is scrambling to stamp out both a deadly uprising and an economic meltdown that has been compounded by a cut in Russian gas deliveries last week.But they also appear to confirm Putin’s decisive say in the insurgents’ actions – a point disputed by the Kremlin and one that appeared in doubt when the two separatist regions declared independence despite being urged by Russia not to do so in May.Obama presses Putin Poroshenko has been pressing world leaders to follow through with their threat to unleash devastating economic sanctions against Russia should Putin fail to immediately end his perceived military and diplomatic backing for the insurgency.The new Kiev leader will also sign a historic EU trade pact on Friday that crowns his May 25 election promise to make the decisive move westward — one strongly resisted by Russia and that lies at the heart of the current crisis.The European Union warned after a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday that it expected to see action from Putin “within days.”“By Friday, we will be able to see how Russia is responding,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. “We are ready to take those wider sanctions and no one in Moscow should be in any doubt about that.” Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe White House said US President Barack Obama also told Putin by phone today that Russia would face new sanctions if it failed to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine.“Though we believe a diplomatic solution is still possible, Russia will face additional costs if we do not see concrete actions to de-escalate the situation,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.Earnest said Obama demanded “concrete actions” by Moscow.The Kremlin said only that Putin “stressed that a genuine cessation of fighting and the start of direct talks between the warring sides would have the highest priority for the normalisation of the situation.”Some analysts believe Putin is still smarting from the sudden loss of an ally in Kiev — ousted by pro-EU protesters in February — who could have brought Ukraine into a new alliance of post-Soviet nations being assembled by Putin.The subsequent flow of heavy weapons and gunmen across the porous border into eastern Ukraine seem to indicate that the Kremlin is — at the very least — turning a blind eye to local Russian officials and military commanders’ efforts to support the insurgents.And Putin’s order on Saturday for Russian forces from the Volga to western Siberia to conduct snap military drills also suggests that he wants to keep Poroshenko’s government unsettled in order to maintain influence in the Russified southeast.But the Kremlin chief seems equally determined to avoid steps that could trigger broader sanctions and deal a further blow to a Russian economy that is already teetering on the edge of a recession.- © AFP 2014.Read: Ukraine’s new president wants to talk to Russian rebels>Read: Russia orders troops to be on “full combat alert”>last_img read more

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Fifth man arrested over Co Wicklow shotgun burglary

first_imgGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A burglary at a house in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow yesterday have arrested a fifth man in connection with the case.The burglary occurred in the village shortly before 2pm yesterday.The owner of the house came back after an alarm activation and disturbed a number of intruders who then fled the scene, according to gardaí.The homeowner was not injured.During a follow-up operation, gardaí arrested four men a short distance away. A shotgun and a small amount of cash taken during the incident was recovered.Three of the men arrested earlier today appeared before Tallaght District Court charged in connection with the incident. A fourth man was released without charge, with a file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.The fifth man is being questioned by officers at Blessington Garda Station, where he’s being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Read: Safe deposit box rental up as aggravated burglary numbers soar>Read: New arrest after burglars raid home of woman and child with nail bar>last_img read more

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NASA looks to blow up modules for cheap ISS expansion

first_imgMaking an inexpensive addition to the International Space Station (ISS) may be as simple as blowing up a tire if a deal is reached between NASA and Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow Aerospace, based in North Las Vegas, Nevada, is giving NASA and other companies a cheaper alternative to the traditional manufacturing of spacecraft or space modules thanks to its patented expandable habitats. To test and demonstrate the technology behind the habitats, the company launched the Genesis I, in 2006, and the Genesis II, in 2007.Since the launch of Genesis I and II, the company has moved on to create even larger modules called Sundancer and BA330. These achievements, along with the fact that Bigelow Aerospace already has two expandable spacecrafts in orbit, probably helped in attracting NASA to the company to consider the use of its technology to help expand the International Space Station at a fraction of the normal cost. Also helping Bigelow is the fact that NASA has been encouraged by President Obama‘s administration to spur commercial development within space.NASA is currently evaluating a proposal to acquire a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) for the ISS. The module would be a slightly larger version of the Genesis I and II already in orbit. If the BEAM proposal is accepted it would be flown up to the ISS using a commercial rocket and attached using a robot. Once attached, BEAM would help NASA develop experience with expandable and “soft sided” modules while Bigelow Aerospace would gain another opportunity to demonstrate its technology.Read more at Space.com and DVICE.last_img read more

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Google Wallet PIN cracked in seconds video

first_imgIn some countries, systems that allow consumers to pay for goods with their mobile phones have been in place for years. In the U.S., however, mobile payments are only just starting to take off. Right now you’ve got two choices: PayPal and Google Wallet. And if you’re using a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and have already set up Google Wallet on your phone, you might want to watch the video clip below. As it turns out, your PIN isn’t all that safe at the moment.Using a brute force cracking app (unsurprisingly dubbed Wallet Cracker), it takes just five seconds from the time the icon is tapped to when demonstrator Joshua Rubin’s PIN is revealed. After discovering that Google Wallet was storing the 4-digit PINs as SHA256 hashes on the Galaxy Nexus, security researchers surmised that a straightforward brute force attack would be fairly simple to pull off. Since a PIN is just four numbers, there are only 10,000 possible SHA256 hashes to calculate. With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood, the team figured the Galaxy Nexus could perform such a task without breaking a sweat. As you can see in the video, they were absolutely right.Google is currently working on delivering a fix for the issue, but the repair requires moving PIN verification into Google Wallet’s secure environment — where it may then become the participating banks’ responsibility (rather than Google’s as it stands now).In the meantime, the crew from zvelo offers some ways to protect yourself. For starters, don’t root your phone. You should also ensure that you’re using a PIN, pattern lock, or ICS’ facial unlock feature to prevent unauthorized access. Additional steps you may want to take include disabling USB debugging and enabling full disk encryption — and keeping your device and apps up to date.More at zvelolast_img read more

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RockMelt brings its social browser to the iPad

first_imgLooking for an iPad browsing experience that’s a little more modern, hip, and social than Safari? The engineering crew at RockMelt now has an alternative of its own on offer in the App Store.It’s quite different than the company’s desktop browser, and isn’t really a browser in the traditional sense. RockMelt for the iPad Best Price at Amazon is more of a social content aggregator, pulling in popular items from top sources around the web and mixing in the odd promoted site or story to make sure the bills are getting paid.Social networking is at the heart of RockMelt, and that’s clear from the get-go. You can choose to sign in with either your Facebook or Twitter account, and you’ll be asked if you want to invite any friends along for the ride before you’re shown the default opening page. The interface is quite minimal, with nothing more than a search and navigation bar at the top flanked by a button that reveals a sidebar in portrait mode. In landscape mode, the sidebar positions itself on the right side of the iPad’s display. Items that catch your interest but don’t demand immediate attention can be flicked over to the bar or sent there by tapping in to the share menu.The share menu also allows you to comment on stories, send them to email, SMS, or iMessage contacts, or post them to your Facebook or Twitter feeds. You can also quickly tag items with notes like LOL, wtf?, and want.It’s a solid first effort, but there are still a few kinks to work out. For example, not all the stories display properly when you tap their snapshots. Sometimes the reading pane appears with nothing more than a blank area followed by the name of the blog and title of the article — but that’s a common niggle with Safari Reader-style displays within apps. On the whole, however, RockMelt is a solid social news reader for the iPad and well worth taking for a test drive.More at Rockmeltlast_img read more

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Next iPad Mini expected to have 324ppi display

first_imgWhen Apple first introduced the iPad Mini last year there was some surprise it didn’t have a Retina Display, and yet it still managed to cost more than competing tablets that had higher resolution screens. Even so, the iPad Mini seems to be selling well and even cutting into sales of the iPad in some markets.But what about the second generation iPad Mini we expect to arrive this year? According to the supply chain, Apple is already planning to add a Retina Display to the next Mini, and with it set the bar much higher for what constitutes a high resolution 7-inch tablet.The 2nd gen iPad Mini is expected to include a 7.9-inch panel with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 supplied by AU Optronics. That’s 324ppi. By comparison, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 only manage 216ppi. The 4th gen iPad is 264ppi, and the iPhone 5 manages to just beat it with 326ppi, albeit it on a much smaller display.Such a high resolution display on the smaller iPad will certainly make it stand out from the competition. However, it could also see Apple lose even more sales from its larger iPad Best Price at Amazon . But then, we’re probably going to see a 5th generation iPad appearing later this year, too.A second generation iPad Mini will also require higher performance components in order to drive that new display. It will be interesting to see if Apple can retain the price point and the high level of profit it so desires while managing to deliver both.last_img read more

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