Olafur Stefansson is missing preseason period

← Previous Story Vladica Stojanovic ended his career! Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev on the HSV bench? One of the best right back on the Planet in last decade, Icelandic Olafur Stefansson (38) will miss pre season period with Rhein Neckar Lowen due recovery after knee surgery treatment. A Captain of bronze medal team from last EURO 2010 in Austria decided to went “under the knife” and because of that, he will be out of the court aproximatelly about a month.Handball Bundesliga start at 28. August and “Wild Card” tournament for Champions League who is organised by RNL is from 5 until 7. September.

Vive Targi Kielce – Mistrz Polski

← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes is new Serbian headcoach! Next Story → Karabatic and Liscevic MVP in France! VIVE TARGI KIELCE BECOME POLISH CHAMPION AFTER DEFEATING WISLA PLOCK IN THE THIRD MATCH IN PLOCK!Third match of the Polish play-offs belonged to Vive Kielce. Kielce beat Wisła Płock 27:24 and won their 10. Polish Champions title. As much as previous matches had more or less similar course, beginning of the third match was nothing like it. Kielce started brilliantly from the very beginning and gained considerable advantage. It may have seemed that the game would not bring any excitement but defending champions slowed down and Wisła stared catching up. Both teams had their good and bad phases and result was changing all the time from 6 goal to 2 goal advantage of Kielce. Even though the course of the match was different, half time result was exactly the same as in 2 previous matches – Vive’s 3 goal advantage. Second half brought much more nerves than it could have been expected. Kielce were still leading but they played worse, especially in attack, while Wisła seemed to improve. Płock were getting closer and closer but they did not manage to draw. In one moment both teams gave their fans a show of missed chances; it was Kielce that scored at last and got 2 goal advantage. Last minutes belonged to Iskra; they did not let go lead until the final whistle. The top scorer for Kielce was Michał Jurecki (9) and for Wisla Valentin Ghionea (8).TEXT: Martyna Usnarska Michal Jureckimistrz polskiPolish HandballValentin Ghioneavive kielce read more

FIRST TIME IN EUROPE New York City THC to play in London

Handball in UKHandball in USANew York City handball teamUSA handball New York against London – sounds interesting, but when you say HANDBALL it’s even more of that. Before the clash at the Olympic venue in London – Copper Box, Handball-Planet.com made an interview about all the aspects of USA handball with the New York City and USA NT goalkeeper, Ivan Ignjatovic:– As most people around the world know handball in USA is not as popular as any other minor mainstream sport. It’s mostly played by expats who either have moved to make a better life in USA, and have brought the game with them from Europe, or they are curious American athletes who love the action and intensity of the sport and believe they could represent USA in major sporting event as Olympics.About 50 teams in USA…– The sport itself its considered an amateur sport and it’s regulated by USATH which is the National Governing Body for the sport, and certified by IHF. There are around 30 men’s clubs around the country and around 16 women’s clubs. The youth system of competitions do not exist, but there is a Collegiate competition between 6 college teams to announce the College National Champions.New York City THC are the biggest force…Our club New York City THC plays in the Northeast region, which is the only handball league in the country. Other regions play regional qualifiers, or just tournaments during the year. We have been champions of our league for 8-years in a row, and in the past 5 years we won US National Championship 4 times, and every tournament we have participated in. In the past two years we have had players from 47 different countries play with New York City HC. That’s where our slogan The World’s Handball Club came from. We are a truly diverse group of people. New York City Team Handball Club was formed in 1973. It was composed of immigrants, temporary workers of United Nation and anybody who wanted to practice and learn the sport. Our practices were held in the United Nation school gym. From the beginning the club carried men as well as womens teams. Loyalty, enthusiasm and friendship allowed the club to survive, and later grow. In 1992 the team moved to Brooklyn, and in 2007 we expanded in New York City. New York City is all about different cultures living together, and New York City Team Handball Club is the epitome of what New York represents. We have people joining from all over the world (Poland, Estonia, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Japan, Netherlands, Turkey, Brasil, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, China and many more), which helps us learn more about each others culture. It’s a place where diversity rules.NEW YORK CITY’S “BIG APPLE” TOURNAMENT– We are also organizers of the only and largest handball event in the country. New York City’s “Big Apple” event is an annual international team handball tournament that brings together players from all over the world to compete in the largest promotional gathering in USA of some of the best team handball players and coaches of the world. It’s an opportunity for New York City sports fans to have a glimpse of the second most popular team sport in Europe right in their doorstep.MANY GREAT NAMES PLAYED HANDBALL IN NYCThe Big Apple international tournament is a joint collaboration between Teamsportreisen, and New York City Team Handball Club. It’s a unique opportunity for people from all over the world to play handball, celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy everything the greatest city in the world has to offer. Having players like Wislander, Richardson, Lovgren, Masip, Vranjes, Fritz, Djomba, Svenson, Sprem, Hens, Christiansen and many more who have won Olympic, World and European Championships gold medals come to New York City to play handball and celebrate New Years Eve is a big deal for the sport in general. These guys resemble the US basketball Dream Team from 1996 Olympics – dominant throughout their careers, and true athletes that love the sport, who continue to help our mission in building awareness and promoting the game of team handball here in New York and US.This year Big Apple is on Dec 28-29, 2013.LONDON’S CLASHES AGREED DURING OLYMPIC GAMESThe games in London against Great Britain Olympic team, and England’s best team London GD were planned last year during the Olympics. Initially as just an idea, and a step forward to building a relationships between two top clubs from England and USA, on September 8, 2013 this will become a reality. It’s going to be the first time New York City HC plays a handball game across the Atlantic, and it happens to be for the 40th year anniversary.THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPEThe team practices twice a week, and has different level of players. We have former professional players who have played mostly in Europe, and in Asia. The level of play in our club, considering it’s an amateur sport and not played every day it resembles lower 2nd division of Bundesliga. One thing is for sure that anyone who plays handball in New York City is very passionate about the game, and they will give 100% each and every game. All our efforts are done volunterally, and we all pay to play this game.LEWIS HOWES ONE OF THE MEMBERSLewis Howes is a former football player, who decided to give it a shot in handball. He moved from Ohio to NYC to join our club to learn the game. Being in a group of so many Europeans, and experienced players we were able to help Lewis learn the game, and within 1-year we helped him join the USA Men’s National Team. This past month he had a tryout with Ademar Leon in Spain, and he was called back to join the team. He is still a player of our club, and will join the team in the trip to London.“WE WANT TO QUALIFY FOR WCH 2015 IN QATAR”As far as the USA National Team, this year hopes are really high to qualify for 2015 World Championship in Qatar. Few of our players all from former Yugoslavia have been called to represent USA, and hopefully help them qualify for the first time to WC since 2001. It’s a battle for 3 spots from the entire Americas where the favorites are Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Greenland and Cuba if they participate. It’s a tough road to Qatar, but this year USA is determined to give it a shot, and hopefully gain a spot.WEB: https://www.newyorkcityteamhandball.com TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NYCTeamHandball VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/user/nycteamhandball VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/nycteamhandball FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NYCTeamHandballClub INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/nychandball/ ← Previous Story SEHA South Stream League 2013/2014 opening match: Tatran wins in Belarus! Next Story → HUNGARY: Easy season start for Pick Szeged read more

TOP 5 Burgaard Vyakhireva Korsos Frey…

The World’s Best Young Female Player 2013/2014 is Danish star Louise Burgaard. Burgaard has got the highest number of points by the Jury (handball journalists) and five points from the Handball Planet visitors. She won 19 points in total.The second best young handball player in 2013/2014  is Russian lefthander Anna Vyakhireva, while Hungarian left wing Dorina Korsos is the third…WORLD’S BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014:1. LOUISE BURGAARD 192. ANNA VYAKHIREVA 153. DORINA KORSOS 144. SONJA FREY 135. JOVANA RISOVIC 12.. KATARINA JEZIC 12 ← Previous Story Over 17.000 votes for the best handball girls Next Story → Louise Burgaard is the World Best Young Female Player 2013/2014

Servigroup Benidorm sign Carlos Grau

AlicanteASOBALbalonmanocarlos grauhandballilija sladicservigroup benidorm Carlos Grau is back to his native province of Alicante, and will be playing for the Servigroup Benidorm – a team that will make their debut in the ASOBAL in the 2014/2015 season. The player joins following his great plays for Puerto Sagunto in the previous years, where he was considered one of the best. The team from Alicante will be seeking to avoid relegation in their first season, and by signing players such as Carlos Grau they are on a good way to achieve that.Meanwhile, Puerto Sagunto have signed Ilija Sladic to replace Carlos Grau. ← Previous Story Aguirrezabalaga returns to Ademar Leon! Next Story → Slovenians won’t play in SEHA!

GERMANY BELIEVES IN DANES Jakob Vestergaard is new NT headcoach

Women’s German national team has a new head-coach – Jakob Vestergaard. A 40 years-old Danes will replace his compatriot on this position – Heine Jensen, who reach the Main Round at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia. The Danish coach signed contract with DHB until the last day of 2017.“Jakob Vestergaard has strong competence, international experience on TOP level and great reputation”, said DHB president Bernhard Bauer. ← Previous Story Nikola Bilyk to THW Kiel, Gislason: The biggest talent in the world Next Story → WISLA TV about victory over Flensburg: This is Orlen Arena

IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday

Fuchse Berlin will try to win the third IHF Super Globe title in a row. However, team coached by Velimir Petkovic will have the role of favorite from the shadow, as the VELUX EHF Champions League finalists – RK Vardar Skopje and FC Barcelona Lassa, will also fight for the trophy in Duhail, the home of Qatari Handball Federation.August 2512.00: FC Barcelona Lassa – Esperanza (4)14.00: RK Vardar Skopje – Naft-O-Gasharan (Iran) (3)16.00: Fuchse Berlin – Pinheiros (2)18.00: Al Sadd – Sidney (1)August 2612.00: Defeated No. 3 – Defeated 414.00: Defeated 1 – Defeated 216.00: Winner No. 3 – Winner No.4 (semi-final 2)18.00: Winner No. 1 – Winner No. 2 (semi-final 1)August 27 – Rest dayAugust 2812.00: 7th14.00: 5th16.00: Third place match18.00: Final ← Previous Story IHF TROPHY 2017: Dr Congo and Benin are African winners Next Story → SURPRISING START OF DKB HBL 17/18: TVB Stuttgart beat MT Melsungen IHF Super Globe 2017 read more

Czech Republic stuns Romania and are in the 14 finals

Ambros MartinCristina NeaguCzech RepublicGermany2017Jan BašnýMarkéta Jeřábkovámichaela hrbkovaRomaniaSimplyWunderbar ← Previous Story GERMANY OUT: Biegler specialist for national disasters… Next Story → Japan and South Korea lose extra-time battles The Czech Republic has added yet another brilliant achievement on this World Championship after defeating Romania in the eight finals in Leipzig Arena by 27-28 and proceeding to the quarter-finals. They will now face Netherlands, who beat Japan 24-26 in extra time.“This was the biggest match of my career”, expressed Markéta Jeřábková in press conference after the match in which she and her team defeated Denmark’s 2015 bronze medallists, Romania. Today’s victory against the team of the World’s best player did not come easy for this resilient and hard working Czech squad, but it was exactly because of those two characteristics that they took the victory.The coached by Jan Bašný came to Leipzig with nothing to loose and fought until the very last minutes of the match, in which they took the victory from the Romanian hands. The coached by Ambros Martin were leading, but couldn’t quite escape in the scoreboard. After 23 minutes, they were leading 14-9, but they could not hold on to that 5 goal difference, despite the great performance from IHF World Player of the Year, Cristina Neagu, who scored 8 goals on the first half alone. The first 30 minutes finished with a favorable 17-14 for the Romanians.The lead continued to be for the ones commanded by Neagu, but with a little bit less than two minutes before the final whistle, Jeřábková put the Czechs ahead for the first time in the match (25-26). A quick reply came from Melinda Geiger, but a penalty committed by Valentina Ardean Elisei (which cost her a 2 minute suspension) gave Czech Republic the chance to take the lead again. Petra Manakova scored from the 7 meters line and a few moments later Neagu did the same on the opposite area (her 13th goal) to even the match. But the last posession was for the Czech, and with one more player on the court, they managed to give the last ball to Michaela Hrbkova, who scored the winning goal for a final score of 27-28.Statements:“This is very fantastic, it’s very emotional. We were focused on this match, we believed that we could win this and we proved it”, said a visibly emotional Markéta Jeřábková after the match. “For our team, the dream came true to make it into the best 8 teams in the world, and for me personally it was the best game of my career, full of emotions, full of good moments, full of hard moments, but with but with a successful end, and I hope that we will do everything to make it to the final weekend”, continued.“We have to congratulate the Czech Republic today because they played a very smart game, they also never gave up when they were under in the score all the time, and they used the last minute to lead. For us this situation was really tough, totally the opposite from the previous games we played in the group round. It was a pity today, our players tried everything, we were overmotivated to do a fantastic job again today, and in the moment we saw we couldn’t scape in the scoreboard I think the nerves and this wish to be in the next round was tougher than use, together with how well they played in these moments”.“I want to congratulate my players for their attitude the entire match. Our plan was to keep fighting against this great team of Romania and we tried to close the gap in the score and we did it in the very last moments. I knew that this team had a great mental strenght to break through and I’m really happy for my players”, said Jan Bašný, who made history along with his squad.The Czech Republic will now face Netherlands in the quarter-finals. read more

Guess how many students have signed up for UCCs alcoholfree accommodation

first_imgRead: UCC students to be offered ‘alcohol free’ accommodation > Read: 11 activities every Irish college student engages in > THE PLAN GENERATED huge publicity for UCC when it was announced last month: the Cork university would be giving students the option of living in alcohol free accommodation.The college gave two main reasons for the move: to curb what had been described as “concerning” alcohol habits among the student population, and to make the campus more attractive to overseas students who may not be comfortable with the Irish drinking culture.Those interested in taking up the option will be housed in general student accommodation blocks, with the individual apartments or houses designated ‘alcohol free’. No limit was set for the numbers, but the college said it was expecting a “good uptake”.As the new term gets underway, UCC’s press department has confirmed the final numbers to TheJournal.ie: just three students are currently in “the final stages of signing up” — all citing the desire to “reside in an environment more conducive to study”.The college says it had 25 initial queries from students who were “seriously interested”. Those who decided not to pursue it said there were “already committed to other accommodation by way of a lease; they had decided to take further time to consider the option at a later date or they had simply had a change of heart”.According to UCC’s statement, it is “happy with the initial response”:…it has provided a decent starting (and talking) point for generating further interest in the future.From here, limited advertising of alcohol-free accommodation is likely to take place again after Christmas for students who may not be happy with their current type of accommodation or who may have a renewed interest following their initial query.last_img read more

Children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than a mobile

first_imgEven if you believe your child car seats are correctly fitted it’s still worth going along to a shop that sells car seats that has qualified staff and getting them checked out by an expert just to make sure.Upon the survey’s results, the Road Safety Department of Mayo County Council has issued tips to keep parents focused while driving. EVER BEEN DRIVING along trying to focus on your driving with a wailing child throwing a strop in the back seat.If this is familiar scene to you, then you might agree with a new survey that says that children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a mobile phone while at the wheel.In a first-of-its-kind study, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Victoria, Australia finds that an average parent takes their eyes off the road for three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.RecordingsAssociate Professor Judith Charlton and Dr Sjaan Koppel at MUARC used cars fitted with a discrete recording system which monitored the driving behaviour of 12 families over three weeks. The families had an average of two children, between 1-8 years of age.The study analysed 92 trips for any potentially distracting activities undertaken by the driver. This included all activities that distracted the driver or competed for their attention while driving which included looking away from the forward roadway for more than two seconds while the vehicle was in motion.92 car tripsThe results showed that drivers were observed engaging in potentially distracting activities in 90 of the 92 trips.The most frequent types of distractions included turning to look at the child in the rear seat or watching the rear-view mirror (76.4 per cent), engaging in conversation with the child (16 per cent), assisting the child (7 per cent) and playing with the child (1 per cent).Associate Professor Charlton said while the risks of distraction during driving are becoming increasingly well known, drivers often don’t consider how distracting their children can be.The study found that one of the things that can prevent children from being distracting is ensuring that they are restrained in their seat properly.The researchers found children were in the incorrect position for over 70 per cent of the journey time.Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty said: Be prepared: Before you put the kids in the car, make sure you have items that they may need easily on hand or within reach. For babies, plan for snacks before you depart as eating in the car may not be the best practice due to your limited ability to react to choking or spills. For older kids, put snacks and drinks so that they are accessible and toys within easy reach. In all cases, make sure that any heavier items such as video games or larger books have a place to be stored such as in the seatback pockets so that they won’t become potential projectiles in the event of a crash.Make them wait: Tell your kids that you cannot help because you are driving and that they will need to wait until you can pull over or until you get to your destination. You may have to listen to a tantrum, but at least the child is restrained in a seat and cannot hurt anyone.Keep your eyes forward. Resist the urge to reach back or take your eyes off the road even when you’re stopped. It only takes a second for an accident to occur.Pull over. If you cannot deal with screaming and need to tend to your child immediately, pull over to a safe spot. It’s safer to get off the road and go into a filling station, than move to the side of the road where you could face other hazards such as the possibility of getting struck by another vehicle. Use your mirrors. If your children are in rear-facing car seats, attach a mirror to the head restraint to be able to monitor them.Set the ground rules. Educate children on car safety. Tell them that parents need to pay attention to the road, so that everyone is safe. Distract your children. Try to distract by engaging them in a song or game outside of the car. Children’s music in the CD player or on satellite radio is a nice addition. Pointing out school buses, fire trucks, and traffic lights always seems to work for us and soon they forget what was bothering them in the first place.Stay off the phone. For the safety of yourself and your children (and others on the road), refrain from using a mobile phone to talk or text. You’re carrying precious cargo and your job is to transport them safely. Not to mention you may be potentially setting a poor example. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe place.Read: The all-time scariest things your parents said to you as a kid>Read: ISPCC publishes tips on keeping children safe>last_img read more

Instagram launches private photo messaging service

first_imgINSTAGRAM HAS LAUNCHED its new private messaging service Instagram Direct, allowing it to challenge Snapchat, WhatsApp and other messaging apps.In a press event in New York, its co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom revealed that the feature, which went live today, allows users to send photos and videos to up to 15 people at a time.He said that introducing private messaging is “huge” for Instagram as it allows it to compete with messaging apps like WhatsApp, which are growing in popularity.When you’re posting a photo or video, you will be given the option to publish it publicly or send it to specific people. When a person sees a photo, their profile picture underneath will receive a tick function, while those who like a photo will have a heart icon.(Image: Instagram)Only people who follow you can send photos and videos to you directly. If you don’t follow someone, they can still send you messages, but they will go into pending requests. This prevents your inbox from being spammed with messages from people you don’t know.Systrom said that the reason why users can only send one message at a time was to keep things simple. It also avoided text messaging because it wanted to focus on the app’s strengths, which are photos and videos.Instagram currently has 150 million users worldwide, and more and half use the service daily.Read: Explainer: Why are the major social media sites trying to break into mobile messaging? >Read: 10 messaging apps that are worth downloading >last_img read more

Open Thread Who would you like to see named in Joe Schmidts

first_imgPROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS on this island will no doubt try to tell you that they are focusing on the imminent match against Saracens / Ospreys / Edinburgh / Leicester.However, come 9.30am or so this morning every Irish qualified player in the land will shelve Heineken Cup matters for a while and take an anxious glance at their phone to see if there happens to be a text or a voicemail inviting them for an all-expenses paid trip to Carton House.Yes, Joe Schmidt will today announce his squad for the Six Nations and he more than anyone will know that, while running New Zealand close was a lift to the rugby mindset in this country, only results will matter from here on in.There will be some absentees, most notably Sean O’Brien and Mike Sherry, unavailable from the 34-strong list Schmidt put out before the November series. All in all though, Schmidt is unlikely to see this as the window for wholesale changes.So who would you like to see capped or brought in from the international cold?Is it finally time to award Kieran Marmion with a cap? Or perhaps James Hart?Has JJ Hanrahan merited a room in the Kildare resort, or are three out-halves enough to argue over?With Tommy O’Donnell back fit, is he the answer to O’Brien’s absence? Or has Jordi Murphy done enough to merit a place instead?Answer these questions (or ignore them completely, we’re not fussy) in the comments section below.last_img read more

Banking inquiry will have powers to compel but no witnesses until after

first_imgAN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE that will investigate the banking collapse will have automatic powers to compel witnesses to appear before it, but it is unlikely to take evidence in public hearings until after the local and European elections.The government hopes to have the long-awaited inquiry into the collapse and subsequent guarantee of the State’s banking system established by April, but the exact details of its membership and who chairs it are still to be worked out.Preparatory work by the banking inquiry committee, once it is established, is likely to delay it taking evidence in public until after the local and European elections, TheJournal.ie has learned, potentially alleviating concerns that it will be a “political show trial” to damage Fianna Fáil. It could be the autumn before public hearings and witness evidence begins. The task of assembling the committee, determining the suitability of members, and setting its terms of reference will fall to the Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP), which has a majority of government members.Crucially, the CPP will give automatic powers of compelability to the banking inquiry. Currently the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) must apply to the CPP and ask it to compel a witness, a protracted process which has delayed the appearance of a former SIPTU official before the PAC over inquiries into an alleged ‘slush fund’ at the union.Any TD who has made subjective comments about bankers or individuals connected to the crisis and the inquiry is likely to be excluded from being part of the committee. A government source insisted last night there are plenty of TDs who will be eligible to take part, citing the need for “political savvy” above accounting and banking expertise.Political parties and the Dáil Technical Group will be asked to nominate members who they believe are suitable for the task, but the CPP, with government control, will pass final judgement.‘Political savvy’The committee, likely to be smaller than most others, will have representation proportionate to party numbers in the Dáil as is the case with other Oireachtas committees, but it will be smaller and likely to have less than 10 members. This also means it will be chaired by a government TD and have a majority of coalition members. Labour’s Ciaran Lynch, who currently chairs the Oireachtas Finance Committee, is widely tipped to take up the role of chairperson. However, this website understands he has not yet been approached either formally or informally about the role. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin recently suggested the coalition will orchestrate an inquiry to inflict maximum political damage on Fianna Fáil, saying they want to use it “as a kind of a political show trial”.But government chief whip Paul Kehoe has denied that the inquiry is “a political stunt” designed to inflict damage on the party that was in government when the crisis hit. He insisted that the process of setting up the inquiry has progressed as quickly as it could of and said the investigating committee will be “fair and balanced”.‘Needed’“We need a banking inquiry. The people who made the decisions must come before elected representatives of the people who paid so heavily for their actions,” he said. “People want to know the truth of what happened.”The proposed changes to standing orders followed legal advice from both from the Oireachtas and outside legal counsel with members keen to ensure the changes comply with the Oireachtas Inquiries Privileges and Procedures Act passed into law last year. It was also clarified at the CPP meeting last night that the inquiry’s work could be allowed to continue beyond the current Dáil provided that it completes certain modules by the time of dissolution in March 2016, assuming the government goes to full term. Last September, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the inquiry should be “modular in nature” and focus on three areas: the bank guarantee and the events leading up to it; the role of the banks and their auditors; and the role of State institutions.Any modules completed by the time of dissolution can inform further inquiries in the 32nd Dáil after the next general election if members decide to continue the investigation.Read: Banking inquiry could be up and running within ‘four to five months’John McGuinness: Missing bank guarantee documents need to be foundlast_img read more

Death of former MEPs son inspires establishment of Catholic university in Ireland

first_imgFORMER MEP KATHY Sinnott has said the idea to set up Ireland’s only Catholic liberal arts college was inspired by her son who died in a tragic accident in 2009.A group in the United States has been formed to raise funds for the Newman College Ireland and to pay for scholarships to allow students to attend without paying huge fees. Sinnott said those involved in the project have already started scouting locations for the college but “we haven’t discovered it yet”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie she said the idea for the four year college, which will offer courses in theology, philosophy, history, literature, maths and natural science, was inspired by her son Kevin, who passed away five years ago. The 22-year-old drowned while trying to swim across a lake near his college.She said he had been through the Irish education system and “didn’t do so well”.He went to a liberal arts college in America, he got a good scholarship and I wanted him to absolutely blossom. He discovered talents there he didn’t know he had. “At his funeral I was thinking how happy he was over the last couple of years and how some of his friends in Ireland didn’t have the same opportunity,” she continued. “Some were doing subjects they wanted to do when they were 16 but changed their minds and I just thought people in Ireland should have this.”ScholarshipsSinnott explained that the college will offer students a chance to major in a particular topic of their interest but they will also be given an education in the base subjects, like theology and history.On a website set up for the college, it says it expects to be able to award students substantial scholarship aid. It also said students will be encouraged “to learn the unity of truth, and to see the goodness, truth and beauty of creation, as well as the inviolable dignity of human life, which is threatened in our time by an eclipse of the sense of God”.The project’s Facebook page promises the college will “form the next generation ot Catholic leaders; ethical businessmen, mothers and fathers, priests and religious eager to serve God.”Sinnott said the project is still in the early stages now and fundraising is expected to pick up once a site for the college has been selected and plans are more concrete. However she said the group is also hoping to collect 3.5 million memorares, as the college “is going to be built on prayer”.Read: Martin: “Insensitive” Quinn should “lay off” schools over religion>Read: Demand from parents leads to four new multi-denominational schools>last_img read more

Column What Irish companies need to know about cyberbullies in the workplace

first_imgA NUMBER OF stories have been reported in the media recently involving cyberbullying. Tragic examples include the suicides of Phoebe Prince and the Gallagher sisters in Donegal. More recently, 28 students in Limerick were suspended for “liking” a comment made by a fellow student concerning their teacher on Facebook. If employers fail to evolve with developments in technology and neglect to take preventative and remedial action, they could be faced with claims brought by both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying in the workplace.DamagesCyberbullying is a developing area of law in Ireland. In fact, most employees are surprised to learn that there is no single piece of legislation that makes bullying, let alone cyberbullying, unlawful. Consequently, we are required to look to recognised common law principles and various pieces of legislation to establish whether a victim of cyberbullying has a cause of action against his or her employer. Causes of action may include:A claim in the civil courts for damages arising from a psychological/psychiatric illness suffered as a result of cyberbullyingWhere cyberbullying involves defamatory statements being made about an employee, the employer may be held vicariously liable for the defamation if there is a sufficiently close connection between the employment and the wrongdoingA claim to the High Court alleging that the employer breached its statutory duties under the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 2005 by failing to provide a safe place of workA claim in the Equality Tribunal under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 if the cyberbullying amounts to harassment or discrimination on one of the nine discriminatory groundsWhere the cyberbullying has become so intolerable that a victim of cyberbullying feels they cannot reasonably be expected to continue working for the employer, they may resign and claim constructive dismissal in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977-2011Responsible for your employeesMany employers find it hard to swallow that they could be liable for statements made by their employees outside of working time and on personal computers/devices. However, if the conduct is sufficiently connected with the employment relationship, it is likely that, based on current common law principles, the courts in Ireland will have no difficulty in finding the employer liable. In order to defend these claims, it is imperative that an employer can show that it has procedures in place to prevent, detect and address cyberbullying. Turning a blind eye is no longer an option.In turn, employers often query whether they can discipline an employee for posting comments on social media outside of working time and on personal computers/devices. An employer will be justified in disciplining an employee, as long as fair procedures are applied and the sanction imposed is proportionate, if the conduct is sufficiently connected with the employment relationship and the employer has a policy in place which prohibits the conduct complained about.Case studiesIn the case of Emma Kiernan v A Wear Limited (2007), the employee was dismissed for misconduct for posting derogatory comments about her manager on Bebo. While the dismissal was ultimately found to be unfair on the grounds that the sanction of dismissal was disproportionate, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) had no difficulty with the idea that the comments deserved disciplinary action.However, employers do need to exercise caution. In Smith v Trafford Housing Trust (2012), the High Court in the UK found that an employee was entitled to express his views about gay marriage on Facebook and his employer had acted unlawfully when it demoted him for doing so. The Court rejected the Trust’s argument that the posts breached the Trust’s Equal Opportunities Policy, which required employees to treat their work colleagues with dignity and respect, as the posts were judgmental and liable to upset colleagues.The Trust argued that, because 45 of the plaintiff’s Facebook friends were fellow employees, this created a work related context sufficient to attract the provisions in the Policy. The Court held that the plaintiff’s Facebook did not have the necessary work related context to attract the relevant provision in the policy as it was clear he used Facebook for social rather than work-related purposes. This case can be distinguished from the former case as, in the former case, the comments were directed at an identifiable employee as opposed to a general group in society.New legislationIt is expected that, with the exponential growth of social media, a significant body of law will develop over the next few years. However, it is not expected that legislation will be introduced any time soon. Some efforts are, however, being made by the Government. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications is holding public hearings which will remain open until 29 March 2013. It will be interesting to see what, if any, proposals are formulated by the Committee. Until legislation and/or guidelines are published, employers are advised to:Prohibit any form of bullying, including cyberbullying, as a part of a social mediaMake it clear what types of behaviour are prohibited and what the consequences for breach of the policy will beCommunicate the policy to employeesTake remedial action where necessary Julie O’Neill is an Associate with McDowell Purcell SolicitorsBullied: Your stories of bullying in the workplace>Committee to hear about bullying on social media>last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 8 things you need to know

first_img Due to cabin crew strike @AerLingus parks up Airbus A320s @DublinAirport #Aviation pic.twitter.com/7nTtwtR7JG— Trevor Buckley (@IrishAero) May 30, 2014 WHAT’S THE STORY?1. There was a sharp message from IDA Ireland to Bausch and Lomb’s at-risk workers today – take the pay cut or face a ‘stark reality’. Source: Rock Hard Place via Shutterstock2. Some horrific news emerged from India today after two young sisters were found hanged in Katra village. The teenagers had been gang raped and murdered.3. Aer Lingus staff have gone ahead with their strike today – and most of the airline’s flights have been cancelled. 5. The HSE has confirmed that people who lost their discretionary medical cards before yesterday’s announcement will not get them back. 6. We may be looking at some good news (!) in the energy sector. Price experts have welcomed the July date set for the deregulation of the gas market. They say that allowing Bord Gáis to set their own prices will mean better competition.So, we might be able to get rid of this? Source: Hot Water Bottle via Shutterstock7. Know a baby that was born last year? Is its name Jack or Emily? There’s a chance it is as they were, by far, the most popular names of 2013. Very different from the Johns and Marys born 50 years before. Image created by DataConversion Direct Ltd. Source: Dataconversion Direct Ltd.8. And finally, 2FM have chosen its Miss Personality. We’ll leave the commentary on this to DailyEdge.ie here. Source: @SB_Comms via TwitterCatch up on the rest of today’s stories> 4. Alex White has confirmed what we’ve all known for ages – he wants to be the next leader of the Labour party. It’s on.  Source: Trevor Buckley™/Twitterlast_img read more

Guess whos back Pat Rabbitte and Ruairí Quinn replace new ministers on

first_imgTHREE LABOUR MINISTERS dropped from Cabinet as part of reshuffle have been handed spots on Oireachtas committees today — replacing party colleagues who were handed promotions.Pat Rabbitte – who was said to be ‘fuming’ after being sent to the backbenches last week by new party leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton – is to join the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform in place of Kevin Humphreys, who was elevated to the junior ministerial ranks this week.Ruairí Quinn, who resigned as Education Minister in advance of last Friday’s reshuffle, takes Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s place on the Committee on the Implementation on the Good Friday Agreement.Joe Costello — dropped as a junior minister in the second phase of the coalition’s reshuffle on Tuesday — will join the Public Accounts Committee, replacing new ‘super’ junior minister Gerald Nash.Nash’s seat on the foreign affairs and trade committee will also be taken by Quinn.The TDs won’t receive any extra payments for their appointments — only committee chairs receive an extra allowance: currently the going rate is €8,740 annually.In other appointments announced today, Robert Dowds and Eamonn Moloney (both of whom are Dublin TDs) will take the places formerly held by Nash and Humphreys on the Select Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.Elsewhere, Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy joins the jobs and enterprise committee, replacing the newly-promoted Damien English.And Labour’s Michael Conaghan takes Ó Ríordáin’s seat on the Select Committee on Education and Social Protection.Confirmed: Harris is junior finance minister, Joe Costello sent to backbenchesEarlier: The junior minister reshuffle is happening right now, here’s what we know so far…last_img read more

ATT comes down on jailbreak iPhone tetherers

first_imgAT&T held out on offering iPhone users the option to tether their phones for years, and were only finally pushed to allowing the feature when Verizon got a hotspot-capable iPhone of their very own. You might think it was iOS 4.3’s new Personal Hotspot feature that changed AT&T’s mind, but no: international iPhones have long been able to tether through USB, and AT&T offers tethering ability on non-iPhone handsets. It was always a dick move.Frustrated by their inability to tether their laptops to their iPhone data connection, many users decided to jailbreak their iPhones and accomplish the same feat through the Cydia MyWi app. Now that iOS 4.3 comes with Personal Hotspotting, though, AT&T’s cracking down on heavy MyFi users and sending them text messages and emails, saying if they don’t knock off their jailbreak tethering, they’ll automatically be upgraded to AT&T’s expensive DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering plan.It’s another obnoxious move on the part of AT&T to try to charge iPhone users more for different types of data. Unless you were grandfathered into an unlimited AT&T 3G plan, it shouldn’t matter whether you’re tethering your iPhone via a jailbreak solution or not: you’re charged for every extra gig of the data you use. By forcing users to sign up for the more expensive plan, though, AT&T ekes out ever so slightly more money per gig. Obnoxious. The good news, though, is it seems that AT&T can only detect whether or not you are a MyWi user if you’re using a massive amount of data: if you only occasionally tether for longer emails and light bloggingand the like, you shouldn’t have a problem. It’s the mobile World of Warcraft players and on-the-go Bittorrenters who seem to be being caught up in the sweep.Read more at ZDNet and Cult of Maclast_img read more

Firefox 4 is featurepacked and available to download

first_imgAs promised, Mozilla has today officially launched the final version of Firefox 4 and with it brought some of the biggest changes to the Firefox web browser for quite some time.Lets start with the new interface which has been completely redesigned to get out of your way. In reality that means more screen real estate for web pages, and more functionality hidden away behind a buttons.Tabs now appear by default above the address bar and therefore take up less space as they sit where the window bar used to be. To the left of your tabs is a Firefox button which hides many of the links and menus you’d find on the typical menu bar, which is also missing from the default interface. On the far right is a small Bookmarks button giving access to the usual list of links, and above that is a Home button.The layout can be changed to make it more like Firefox 3.x though, but in general this layout does seem to be a progression we as users should embrace as it frees up the screen.One of the major improvements Firefox 4 introduces is something called Tab Groups (formerly Tab Candy and also referred to as Panorama). This is going to please anyone who gets frustrated managing lots of tabs all the time, and something we have previewed before. Basically, it allows you to assign each tab a group, then Firefox will only display the tabs in an active group on the tab bar (think of it like having multiple desktop views, but within your browser). If you want to see tabs in another group you simply click the Tab Group icon which brings up the groups, and select the tab you want. You can also right-click a tab and move it to a group. Once you’ve used this organization feature a few times you’ll wonder how you coped without it.While you’re exploring this new found tab paradise you may also notice web pages rendering faster. That’s the new JavaScript engine which is touted as being up to 6x faster than that used in Firefox 3.x. Staying with performance features there’s also WebGL support for 3D on the web, and hardware acceleration taking advantage of OpenGL, Direct2D and Direct3D on your machine’s GPU. There’s also crash protection in case a plug-in like Flash dies so as to not crash the whole browser.Mozilla has also taken on board the fact we don’t just use one point of access for the web anymore. You may have a main PC, netbook, smartphone, and tablet. The Sync features allows the same Firefox experience to be accessed across multiple devices. So you get all your bookmarks, passwords, history, and even open tabs automatically fed to each device.There’s also a bunch of new security and personalization features to help make the upgrade to Firefox 4 compelling. After just half an hour of use I am happy with the new browser and don’t think I’ll be looking back too often, if at all. Mozilla certainly looks to have delivered with this release.Firefox 4 is available now as a 12MB download which will act as both a new install or an upgrade. I can confirm that all your bookmarks and preferences seem to be carried over to the new browser, but it’s worth doing a backup of your bookmarks anyway before doing the upgrade.via Mozillalast_img read more