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Barcelona stopped by Ciudad Championstitle delayed

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Draw Next Story → Milestone for Jurack, 300 games for the national team! Barcelona has finally suffered the first league defeat in ASOBAL league. They have been defeated away at Ciudad Real with 30-27, with outstanding performance from Sterbik and Hombrados for the home side. The game started quite equal, with the first notable advantage for the home team 12-9, and up to the maximum 22-17. In the end they had to satisfy themself with 3 goals victory, with Kiril Lazarov and Alberto Entrerios also showing good performance for the home team.This means that the promotion of Barcelona as champions will be delayed, and also marks a continuation of a very good run of Ciudad at their home Quijote arena, the last defeat to occur exactly at the hands of Barcelona in 2004. read more

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LNH BEST TEAMS KEEP GOOD FORM PSG the old one in Cesson

2Paris5321086 6Cesson-Rennes3211052 5Saint Raphael4220059 francehandballHandball FranceLNH 2013/2014PSG Handball 7Sélestat2310277 4Nantes4220051 8Aix2210160 French teams from the EHF Champions League have played their matches in the domestic League on Wednesday. PSG finally found a good form in Cesson and celebrate easily over home team – 41:28. The biggest threat for the home team was Mikel Hansen with 10 goals, Mladen Bojinovic scored 7 from 7-meters, while Igor Vori has 100% – 6 of 6.Dunkerque beat Celestat 24:21.STANDINGS: 14Dijon0200251 13Tremblay0200259 10Toulouse1201160 11Ivry0200250 3Montpellier4220050 9Chambéry1201160 1Dunkerque6330074 12Nîmes0200262 ← Previous Story SWISS HANDBALL DERBY: Schaffhausen demolished Wacker Thun! Next Story → RASMUS LAUGE SCHMIDT FOR HP: “I feel big pressure – That is why I play in Kiel” read more

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Viborg HK win Danish title

Danish Viborg HK win the 14th Danish title after two tough battles with FCM Handbold! FCM won the first match 25:23, but Viborg overtook the crown at home court by victory over the biggest rival – 24:21. That was enough for the huge celebration of the former EHF Champions League winner and this season Cup Winners Cup holder… ← Previous Story Ivano Balic to stay one more season in HSG Wetzlar! Next Story → France (Round 26): Chambery stops Montpellier, PSG to Champions League!

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Reilly wont be forced to give more details on primary care criteria

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER James Reilly will not be forced to offer extra information on the criteria he used to compile a final list of towns being considered for new primary care centres.The Dáil chairman, Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, says Reilly has fulfilled his requirements under Dáil rules to answer parliamentary questions put to him by Sinn Féin’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.Dáil rules require ministers to address “each and every request for information” made by any TD in the course of a parliamentary question, but not to specifically answer each question.Barrett had upheld a complaint from Ó Caoláin, who complained that his own parliamentary questions – which asked Reilly “detail the exact criteria which were used to identify the 35 priority primary care centres” – had not been fully answered.In a statement this evening, the Oireachtas said Barrett had upheld the complaint because Reilly had not responded to one part of the question.“The Ceann Comhairle examined the Minister’s reply and found that it had failed to address the request for information in relation to the final list of 35 centres only,” the statement said.This was communicated to both Reilly and Ó Caoláin on Wednesday, leading Reilly to issue a further response naming the 35 towns on the final shortlist.An examination of Ó Caoláin’s questions, however, shows Ó Caoláin did not explicitly ask for the list of 35 towns – and openly referenced the fact that the final list of 35 centres had been announced in mid-July.Though Ó Caoláin also asked for the full list of 200 centres, from which the final 35 had been selected, Barrett said Reilly’s response – that “it was not proposed to publish the list at this time” – was a sufficient response as far as Dáil rules were concerned.Barrett said he believed this correspondence fulfilled Reilly’s requirements, and that therefore no further complaint could be made against him.“The Ceann Comhairle is satisfied that the Minister has discharged his obligations under Standing Order 40A,” he said.The Oireachtas statement said Barrett had wanted to put some facts on the record “in the interest of ensuring that the Office of Ceann Comhairle does not become involved in controversy of a party political nature”.Read: Kenny pressed to publish all documents on primary care site selectionlast_img read more

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Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away Cunningham

first_imgHe continued: “I don’t think he has the faith and the confidence of the younger players.“And he looked to deflect a lot of attention onto the senior players after Euro 2012.” Kilbane also revealed that during his time playing for Ireland under Trap, it was often the senior players rather than the manager who were most vocal before, during and after the games.“The onus has been on the experienced players – they’ve been the main voices in the dressing room at half-time. Meanwhile, Cunningham’s former international teammate, Kevin Kilbane – who played with Ireland under Trap for a period – agreed that a change of management was necessary.Kilbane pointed to Trap’s team selection as an area of concern, saying:“It does baffle me why Simon Cox continues to play on that left-hand side.“He could have played Seamus Coleman on the right and Aiden McGeady on the left.”He also criticised the Irish manager for consistently suggesting the Irish players were not good enough to compete against teams of the calibre of Germany. FORMER IRISH INTERNATIONALS Kenny Cunningham and Kevin Kilbane believe Giovanni Trapattoni’s position as manager of the national team has become untenable in the wake of recent results.Trap’s Ireland suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Germany last night, and Cunningham believes the time is right for change, telling Newstalk:“Giovanni Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away. The sooner it happens, the better.”He added that John Delaney needed to sit down with Trapattoni and Tardelli, and discuss their exit from the set-up, explaining that they need to “show a bit of class and make the decision”.And despite this pessimistic assessment of the Irish team under Trap, Cunningham remains optimistic that the side can get the desired three points against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.“There’s a lot of good characters [in the team] and I think they’ll will themselves to a win against the Faroe Islands, but I think fundamentally, nothing will change.” Cunningham said that his words were not a knee-jerk reaction to the Germany result, arguing that there are “deeper problems” within the set-up. “He can’t keep repeating those negatives – you’ve got to lift your players, make them feel good about themselves – and I don’t think that’s been the case, he’s been knocking people down.“[He criticised] Ciaran Clark a couple of weeks ago when he said: ‘I don’t think he’s good enough to play international football.’” “They’re looking at the manager and he’s saying nothing – that doesn’t inspire confidence.”Trapattoni to make Sunday call on Robbie Keane’s fitness ahead of Faroes clash>‘I am proud of these players’ – Trap insists he has no intention of leaving>last_img read more

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Students protest cuts to social welfare by eating beans on a couch

first_imgA GROUP OF students, young people and the unemployed today called on senators to join them as they protest cuts to Jobseeker’s Allowance to under 26s.Ahead of the Social Welfare Bill being debated in the Seanad a group from the Union of Students Ireland (USI), ICTU Youth and We’re Not Leaving took to the gates of Leinster House.While the students and young people enjoyed baked beans, their counterparts dressed as members of cabinet sipped on champagne. If this cut goes ahead, many highly skilled and highly qualified young people will be forced into emigration.“The government needs to concentrate its efforts on the Youth Guarantee and creating job opportunities across various sectors, instead of choosing to punish the most vulnerable young people in our society. The senators that many young people voted to retain in the recent Seanad Referendum need to reciprocate this support.”Ronan Burtenshaw of We’re Not Leaving added that funding to reverse the cuts could come from the Banking Levy.The banking levy already amounts to an €850 million rebate to the banks compared with the lending guarantee it replaces.“We propose an increase of €32 million to the levy – or 3.75% of the value of that rebate – to reverse these cuts.”Read: Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of povertyRead: Switzerland is to vote on giving every citizen an unconditional income of €2,000 USI president Joe O’Connor says that the photo is designed to ask senators “which side they are on”.last_img read more

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Juan Mata officially becomes a Manchester United player

first_img“United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club’s history.“Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years.”United Manager David Moyes was quick to pile praise on his new acquisition:“Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He’s been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.“I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United. I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now – he has always played well against us – and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United, starting on Tuesday.”Aguero saves City blushes as Everton cruise past StevenageVIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo almost gave us the goal of the weekend JUAN MATA IS officially a Manchester United player, the club have announced.The 25-year old put pen to paper this evening after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Premier League champions.Earlier, United and Chelsea agreed a club-record £37.1 million deal for the Spanish international who scored 32 goals for the Blues since his move from Valencia in 2011.Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Mata said:“I am thrilled to be joining United. I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge.last_img read more

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This will cause problems EU warns Switzerland after immigration result

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN UNION has warned it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted yesterday to restrict EU immigration in a closely-fought referendum.Final results of the plebiscite showed 50.3 per cent of voters backed the Stop Mass Immigration plan pushed by Swiss right-wing populists.The fall-out from the result could sink a raft of deals with the EU, including on the economic front.Switzerland is ringed by EU member countries and does the bulk of its trade with the 28-nation bloc, but has remained steadfast about not becoming a member.The European Commission said it would assess EU ties with Switzerland, raising the prospect of restricted trade or other retaliatory steps.“The EU will examine the implications of this initiative on EU-Swiss relations as a whole,” it said a statement.EU foreign ministers are due to meet today in Brussels but it was not clear whether the Swiss vote would be added to the agenda.ProblemsWolfgang Schaeuble, finance minister of Germany, Switzerland’s top trade partner, said the result “is going to create plenty of problems for Switzerland in a host of areas”. But he said it was also a warning sign of European globalisation fears.Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said he planned to tour European capitals to explain the vote and seek a solution, starting with Berlin.“The people are sovereign, and a healthy system doesn’t force the public to follow political authorities with outsized powers,” Burkhalter said.The Swiss government and a broad swathe of economic lobby groups fearing the EU fall-out had battled the immigration curb plan.But under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, voters have the last word on a huge range of issues.‘We are ashamed’The French-language newspaper Le Temps noted how French-speaking areas and larger cities voted against the immigration curbs, while German-speaking and rural areas generally voted for them.Hundreds of people came out to demonstrate against the referendum result in the capital Bern and in the city of Lucerne. “We are ashamed,” shouted protesters in Bern.The Swiss government said it would examine over coming weeks how to “recast relations” with the EU, but stressed that current immigration rules would remain in place until the new ones were drawn up.The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which piloted the referendum, claimed the country has been swamped by migrants in its campaign.“The people have taken back their destiny over immigration,” said party ideologue Christoph Blocher, while leader Toni Brunner hailed “a turning point in our immigration policy”.The SVP says that with 80,000 EU citizens arriving per year — more than the 8,000 predicted before the rules were liberalised — the nation of eight million people needs to apply the brakes.ImmigrationIt claims that EU migrants undercut Swiss workers’ salaries, and that overpopulation has driven up rents, stretched the health and education systems, and overloaded the road and rail networks.Immigration and national identity are traditional political themes in a country with a long history of drawing foreign workers and yet some of Europe’s toughest rules for obtaining citizenship.But over recent years, the proportion of foreigners has risen from around one-fifth of the population to roughly a quarter.There are around a million EU citizens in Switzerland, while some 430,000 Swiss live in EU member states.The majority of recent immigrants are from neighbouring Germany, Italy and France, as well as Portugal.The new measure will leave it up to authorities to set quotas for foreigners’ work permits per sector.- © AFP, 2014Read: How Switzerland became the quiet rebel of Europe > Read: Switzerland votes to cap EU immigration by tiny margin >last_img read more

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Explainer The key motions to keep an eye on at the 2013

first_imgTHE LIST OF motions to be debated at this year’s GAA Congress have been released.Delegates at the Congress, which takes place in Derry on March 22nd and 23rd, will deal with a wide range of issues.There are 73 motions in all on the agenda with some of them particularly eye-catching.Using the score detection system Hawkeye, making GAA stadia available for the Rugby World Cup and the introduction of the mark are some of the proposals that are on the table.Here we examine the key and interesting motions to keep an eye on. Motion 66 – Waterford club Clashmore-Kinsalebeg want players not to be deemed ineligible for championship action in  a club grade if they feature as a substitute in one group game of a championship in a higher grade which is organised on a league basis.Motion 68 – Wicklow club Bray Emmett’s want senior inter-county players to be unavailable for club championship games for a maximum of 20 days before All-Ireland finals and a maximum of 7 days for all other championship games at senior level and all championship games at minor and U21 level.Motions 69 and 70 – Wexford’s St Anne’s are seeking to ensure that All-Ireland football champions are not allowed feature in round 1 of the qualifier series for the following three years if they fail to reach the provincial semi-final stages in any of those seasons. The same scenario will apply to the All-Ireland champions in phase 1 of the hurling qualifier series. Essentially it seeks to remove the second chance available for All-Ireland champions that bow out of their provincial championships at an early stage.Motion 71 – Cork clubs Nemo Rangers and St Nicholas both want the scheduling of the All-Ireland finals to be changed with the football decider to be fixed for the second Sunday in September with the hurling final played two weeks previous. It is hoped this change will alleviate fixture congestion at club level.Chatting with Kilkenny: Dubs star on the AFL, hurling and his love of GAAHoran makes five changes for Mayo’s clash with the Dubs Motion 24 – Ladies football is already well accustomed to the use of a hooter being used to signal the end of a game. Could the men’s equivalent be about to follow suit? This motion looks to introduce a public time clock in Croke Park and all grounds used for provincial and All-Ireland championship games. The clock will be stopped during the game for certain stoppages in play.Motion 25 – Adult club football games could become 70 minute affairs (as opposed to the current duration of 60 minutes) like adult inter-county games.Motion 26 – Match bans have been introduced at inter-county senior level and if this motion is passed, it would see suspensions carry over to the following year if that is when the teams next game occurs.Motion 27 – Sponsors emblazoned on jerseys are now a common sight and this motion could pave the way for additional branding on other areas of inter-county jerseys to be permitted.Motion 49 – Fed up with counties delaying the announcement of teams on the week of championship games? In future teams are to be provided to the Director-General for issue to the media by 12 noon four days prior to the game. Counties that fail to do will be fined €500 but it’s a moot point as to whether the passing of this motion would halt the practice of dummy teams being named.Motion 52 – The long-awaited debut of Hawkeye in the GAA could be imminent. Delegates will vote to rubberstamp the introduction of the score detection system but it will only be in operation in Croke Park.Motion 54 – This motion proposes that the Anti-Sectarian/Anti-Racist rule will now read as follows:“The Association is Anti-Sectarian and Anti-Racist and committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity at all levels. Any conduct by deed, word or gesture of sectarian or racist nature or which is contrary to the principles of inclusion and diversity against a player, official, spectator or anyone else, in the course of activities organised by the Association, shall be deemed to have discredited the Association.”Motion 60 – Tipperary club Loughmore-Castleiney are seeking for hurlers, in all grades, to remove their helmets during the playing of the National Anthem. The mark could reward high fielders like Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonancenter_img Motion 1 – There is a detailed proposal to reduce the number of teams in the Liam McCarthy Cup from 15 to 13 over a two-year period, starting in 2014. The five ‘developing’ counties (Antrim, Carlow, Westmeath, Laois and London) must prove they are good enough to participate in the new streamlined competition from 2016 onwards.There will be no more automatic promotion or relegation with the principle of ‘winning your way up’ being adopted. Essentially the Christy Ring Cup winners will have to defeat the lowest-placed team in the Liam McCarthy Cup. Similar changes will be brought in for the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups.Motion 3 – Central Council is seeking to have the power to authorise the use of Croke Park and other stadia for games in the 2023 or 2027 Rugby World Cup’s, if either of these tournaments are staged in Ireland.Motion 12 – The new ‘black card’ rule which is part of the GAA’s efforts to clamp down on cynical play has been well-documented. If a player is issued with three black cards he is subsequently banned for his side’s next game but previous plans to make an All-Ireland final exempt from that ruling, have now been shelved.Motion 17 – Players holding onto the ball after committing a foul, rather than handing it back to their opponent to take the free that has been awarded, is one of the most frustrating parts of Gaelic football. There are now plans to see the free moved 30m upfield to the the opponents 13m line if that happens.Motion 20 – The virtues of the mark have been widely debated in Gaelic football. It could now become a reality if this motion is passed with a mark to be awarded if the ball is caught cleanly by a player from a kickout on or past the 45m line. Could the Cork hurlers have to start removing their helmets for the National Anthem?Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan last_img read more

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Man in his 40s shot dead in Lucan burnt out car found

first_imgA MAN IN his 40s has died following a gun attack at a house in Lucan, west Dublin this evening.It happened at the Earlsfort View estate at around 7.30pm, according to gardaí.The man, who is in his mid-40s, was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.A burnt out car, found nearby in Glen Vale, is believed to have been used to carry out the attack.The scene of the killing has been sealed off pending forensic tests, and the Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.last_img read more

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1 in 15 of us have donated to charity because of nomakeupselfie

first_imgA WHOPPING €750k has been raised by people posting photos of their make-up free (and in the case of some men, make-up covered) faces online.The #nomakeupselfie movement has seen one in 15 Irish people in Ireland donating to cancer research.With over €750,000 donated already, LIKECHARITY said today that 8 per cent of the Irish adult population have donated already from their mobiles.DonationsThe donations are still coming in and the company described the movement as “a global craze that will keep social media boffins scratching their heads for years to come”.The next question is if this sparks off a trend for new ways to raise funds online.“It would be interesting to see if that particular trend developed – we would love to see big brands get creative and join in with their selfies,” said LIKECHARITY.Of those criticising the trend, the company said its opinion is: People will always question other people’s motivations and say that everybody is being opportune but maybe those people are missing the point. Raising money is critical for charities, if that is our objective with all of this, it simply doesn’t matter if people show off.In the UK, #nomakeupselfie and #makeupselfie has already raised a total of £8m.The trend is reported to have been started by crime novelist Laura Lippman, who tweeted a picture of herself without make-up after American actress Kim Novak’s appearance was criticised.It soon went viral on social media, leading to a flood of donations in Ireland to the Irish Cancer Society.Read: Daithi O’Sé and Ray D’Arcy post ‘ready for Coppers’ make-up selfies>Read: #NoMakeupSelfie donations double overnight to over €475k>last_img read more

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Toibín dismisses talk of SF rift after defeat on abortion free vote

first_imgSINN FÉIN TD Peadar Toibín has dismissed speculation that he could be forced to quit the party, after the defeat of a motion at the party Árd Fheis which would have offered a free vote on proposed abortion laws.Meath West TD Toibín spoke in favour of the motion, which was tabled by five party branches including his own, at the Árd Fheis in Castlebar.The motion would have allowed all Sinn Féin members “to articulate and vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience”, but was defeated.Toibín abstained in the Dáil vote on Clare Daly’s abortion bill last November – absenting himself from the vote which would have legalised abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk – and was deemed to have broken the party whip, after his Sinn Féin colleagues voted in favour of the bill.As a result, Toibín was stripped of his €9,500-a-year position as Chairman of the Oireachtas committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions – a new committee whose chairmanship is being offered to an opposition party – but remained within the Sinn Féin fold.The defeat of the ‘free vote’ motion at the Árd Fheis, however, raises the prospect of Toibín again clashing with the party position when the Department of Health legislation in line with the X Case is presented later this year.This morning, however, Toibín said his commitment to Sinn Féin was “100 per cent” and that his determination was “to do everything possible” to ensure that the legislation presented was something both he and his party could support.“The heads of bill [the first draft of the legislation] haven’t been developed as of yet,” he told TheJournal.ie today. “I haven’t seen them so no individual can indicate what way they’re going to vote until the heads of bill are actually published, and even then there is a long way to go.”He said it was the opinion of everybody within the party that “every mother – no ifs, no buts, no exceptions – should have every medical procedure necessary afforded to her to survive”, and that nobody wanted doctors to be confused about the legality of possible treatments.“There’s a lot that unites everybody in the party,” he said, saying he was “with every single cell of my body, an Irish republican,” and arguing that Sinn Fein was “the only vehicle available to achieve those objectives”.He added that Sinn Féin was “very open” about allowing members to air their opinions.Read: Second minister appears to reject calls for ‘sunset clause’ in abortion lawlast_img read more

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500 African migrants leapt a fence into Spanish territory today

first_imgABOUT 500 AFRICAN migrants leapt a towering, triple-layer border fence to cross from Morocco to the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla, one of the biggest breaches in nearly a decade, officials said.At least 1,000 sub-Saharan Africans had joined in the pre-dawn attempt to enter Melilla, one of two Spanish-held cities on the northern coast of Africa affording the only land crossings to Europe, they said.Night-time video images released by the Spanish Guardia Civil police showed scores of young men leaping over the inner layer of seven-metre (23-foot) high border fencing, which had partly collapsed, and then running into Melilla.“We calculate that about 500 managed to enter by irregular means into our territory,” said Spain’s state secretary for security, Francisco Martinez, who made an emergency visit to Melilla following the intrusion.“Once again, we see that the assaults were violent on the Moroccan side,” he said. Source: euronews (in English)/YouTubeMartinez called on the European Union to play a “much more active role” in securing the bloc’s southern borders.Criminal organisations appeared to have planned the border breach, he said, targeting weak areas of the fencing that had yet to be strengthened.Immediate reinforcementsAn extra 100 Spanish police reinforcements would arrive later in the day to help secure the border while the installation of anti-climb fencing would be accelerated, he said.In a further sign of the pressure on Spanish borders, the Moroccan authorities said on the same day that a boat carrying 11 people, mostly from Cameroon, had capsized off the Moroccan coast while heading for Spain.The bodies of two drowned people had been recovered, one other person was still missing and the rest of those aboard had been saved, officials said, according to Moroccan news agency MAP.In Melilla, a Spanish government spokesman said some of those who got into the city had been treated for “very light injuries” in a clinic at the city’s immigration reception centre. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the Moroccan side, the authorities in nearby Nador said about 1,500 people in five groups had joined the assault on the border fence.“They did not heed the usual warnings and they proceeded to throw stones, injuring four members of the security forces,” an official told AFP.Ten of the migrants were injured and treated in hospital in Morocco, Nador authorities said.‘They came in waves’Spanish police struggled to halt the influx despite deploying in large numbers and benefiting from the cooperation of Moroccan security forces, Melilla president Juan Jose Imbroda told Spanish public radio RNE.“They came in waves,” he said.Melilla, which lies on the northern coast of Morocco, is enclosed by an 11-kilometre (seven-mile) border fence running in a semi-circle up to the Mediterranean. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNevertheless, migrants gathering in large numbers on the Moroccan side have repeatedly managed to cross over.“Despite a large deployment of Moroccan security forces, they are trying to overcome them to get in,” Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told reporters in parliament in Madrid.Overcrowding in the Melilla immigration centre was reaching a critical point, he said.The centre in Melilla is built to house 480 immigrants but it was holding about 2,000 even before the latest wave of entrants, officials said.The number of Africans trying to cross into the two Spanish territories has surged over recent months.- © AFP, 2014Read: Education, training and legal help all lacking for trafficking victims – Immigrant Council of Irelandlast_img read more

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Wallace admits gardaí used discretion when caught on phone while driving

first_imgMICK WALLACE HAS called for an investigation into how the justice minister found out confidential information about him.It comes after Alan Shatter alleged that Wallace was cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but did not receive any penalty points at the discretion of the gardaí.Speaking on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ this morning, Wallace said at first he “genuinely could not recall the incident and actually thought he [Shatter] made it up”.However, following some more thought and a prompt from a journalist, Wallace remembered a day last year when he was stopped at traffic lamps at the ‘Five Lamps’ on the North Circular Road in Dublin. The deputy said he was talking on the phone and two gardaí in a patrol car pulled up beside him.The Wexford TD said he knew he was in the wrong and “rolled down the window” to speak with them:“I held up my hands and they said it was ‘ OK’ and we made small talk and the lights turned green and we pulled off.”Minister Alan Shatter made the allegations about Deputy Mick Wallace on RTÉ’s Prime Time show. (Image: RTÉ Player)He admitted that the gardaí exercised discretion in his case but was adamant that he wasn’t stopped and he did not receive a warning – like the minister for justice had implied.“Does he have a record on other politicians? Did he go looking for the information or did the gardaí officially give it to him? How did that incident – when I wasn’t even stopped or I wasn’t even warned – be on the record?” asked Wallace. “If you think that’s the way a minister should behave? I don’t.”He added that he would be filing a complaint to the Standards in Public Office Commission but he wouldn’t be calling on Minister Shatter to resign.The deputy also said he was never against discretion being used by the gardaí but called for a paper trail and more monitoring in those circumstances. He admitted that his previous call for people who received discretion to appear in court would clog up the courts system.Read: Taoiseach backs Shatter in penalty points row with Wallace>Poll: Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments?last_img read more

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Garda Ombusdman now has direct access to Garda PULSE system

first_imgTHE GARDA OMBUDSMAN’s office now has direct access to the gardaí’s database system, PULSE.The PULSE system is used by gardaí to log case details during their investigations.Previously, the Ombudsman’s office only had access to the system under Garda supervision, either through the two members of the Garda force seconded to the GSOC or through requests to the local district involved in a case under Ombudsman investigation. GSOC got live access to the PULSE system from our offices this week and have successfully made our first direct enquiries.— Garda Ombudsman (@GardaOmbudsman) August 1, 2014 A spokesperson for the GSOC told TheJournal.ie that direct access will be more efficient and more independent, and that it will be restricted to trained members of staff due to the sensitive nature of the information involved.They also said that PULSE would only be accessed on occasions when the GSOC needs to examine case notes to see how an investigation was carried out, such as during disciplinary inquiries.Read: More than 1,100 public complaints filed against gardaí last year >center_img Source: Garda Ombudsman/Twitterlast_img read more

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Geek deals 40 off Sharp AQUOS LC40D78UN LCD TV

first_imgThe market for high-end LCD TVs is still a burgeoning one. With features like 240Hz refresh rates, 3D playback support, ultra-thin designs, and local dimming for better black colors, you certainly have a lot options that make up a high-end TV and, naturally, can drive up the price. For the rest of us, there are still the more “basic” TVs that offer a lot of inches for your dollar.This Sharp AQUOS LC-40D78UN 40-inch LCD TV is a perfect example. Currently on sale for 40 percent off at Dell Small Business, it does offer an improved 120Hz refresh rate, but lacks some of the newer amenities like LED backlighting or built-in wireless connectivity. For its relatively basic feature set, you get 40-inches of 1080p glory for only $479.99 with free shipping (most states will have to pay tax unfortunately). This is a great value for the size and, to some people, it might even be cheap enough to be a nice second TV in a bedroom or game room.Visit LogicBuy for the Sharp AQUOS LC-40D78UN deal.last_img read more

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EA is having a 99cent iOS and Android Easter game sale

first_imgEaster is a nice family holiday. Sure, you’ll see those old aunts who love to pinch your cheek and ask you about when you’re going to meet a nice boy (or girl) and settle down already. If you’d rather revert to your childhood ways and sneak upstairs to your old bedroom to play video games, you’re in luck. It’s as if EA knew this would happen and decided to hold a sale.EA’s second annual Easter sale offers 99-cent games for iOS and Android devices, so you’ll have something to keep you entertained on that long train-, plane-, or bus-ride home. There are almost 30 games on sale.The titles on sale include Monopoly and Tetris for the iPhone for 67 percent off; Dead Space and The Sims 3 for iPhone is 86 percent off, and Scrabble and Dead Space for iPad each has 90 percent off.It appears most Android games are only discounted by 33 percent, but that’s still not a bad deal. There are eight Android games that have been dropped by 50 percent or more.The sale ends after the Easter bunny has returned to its hollow at the end of Sunday night, so don’t hang around and pick up some bargain apps.Check out EA Mobile for the full sale list, via 9to5Maclast_img read more

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News of bin Ladens death hit Twitter first but leak came from

first_imgLast night Twitter once again proved its value as tool for spreading news, but early this morning the man who put out that first tweet noted that he learned about Osama bin Laden’s death from a television producer. So while Twitter allowed the information to be spread it still originated from the mainstream media… the exact group that people tend to regard as antiquated when they find out news from Twitter and sources like it.Keith Urbahn, the former chief of staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumfeld, tweeted the news at 10:24pm ET, before other credible sources had anything to say. I and any number of other people didn’t see this but received a NY Times breaking news alert around 10:30pm ET simply stating that President Obama would speak soon. A quick trip to the front page of nytimes.com and it could be found in a breaking news banner that bin Laden was thought to be dead, but no article was yet available. Other news outlets didn’t even have that much, but Twitter was full of information if you searched (or knew where to look).President Obama didn’t go on air to confirm bin Laden’s death until 11:35pm ET, a little over an hour after he was expected to appear. At this point the news was all but confirmed and TV news anchors were saying how they had been hearing rumors for hours.A win for Twitter isn’t necessarily a loss for the mainstream media, but it can often seem that way. Last night was an example of how much Twitter and other tools are reliant on traditional sources for producing news, even if they are getting incredibly good at disseminating it.It’s also worth noting that Twitter did actually have the news of an attack on bin Laden’s compound before anyone else, thanks to  Twitter user @ReallyVirtual. But at that point–4:09pm ET–no one could have known of the significance of the information.last_img read more

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PopCap makes Peggle for Android free today only

first_imgPeggle is one of PopCap‘s most popular games, and today you can get it for free if you’re an Android user. PopCap has been working through its catalog and launching their most popular games on Android. To celebrate, each title is made available for free for a day. Today, Peggle is that free game.Peggle is a puzzle game that challenges you to bounce balls over pegs to clear them from the map. It may sound simple, but the reality is anything but, especially when you’re tasked with busting specific pegs from the board or handling multiple balls at the same time. The game has been widely acclaimed, and now you can snag a copy for free, if you have an Android phone.To take advantage of the promo, you’ll need to download it from the Amazon App Store, which means that only Android owners that can access the store (largely North American users) can get the app for free unless there’s a way around it.Peggle was one of the big titles that PopCap said they would bring to Android first, even though they noted earlier in the year that developing for Android was a “struggle” and was certainly more challenging than developing for iOS. Regardless, the game developer seems to be making steady progress on Android ports of their games. Peggle is just the most recent free promotion, earlier this year the company let Android users have Chuzzle and Plants vs. Zombies for free.The Peggle launch is an Amazon App Store exclusive, and as a result it’s only free today. Tomorrow the price goes back up to $2.99. If you don’t have access to the Amazon App Store or live in a location where it’s not available, don’t worry: The developers have committed to bringing their catalog to the Android Market proper in the near future.Read more at Amazon, via Neowinlast_img read more

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