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GB Larsson named Handball Athlete of the Year

STEVEN Larsson has been named as the British Olympic Association’s Handball Athlete of the Year after a string of impressive performances for the GB men’s handball team.The Yorkshire-born right back, 30, was picked out for his powerful defensive displays as well as his free-scoring ways which helped the team notch up several international victories and is expected to play a big part in the team for the London Olympics next year.“It’s a big honour to be selected as the Handball Athlete of the Year, and I’m proud to achieve such a reward for my home country,” he said.“Things have been going really well for me as an athlete but more importantly for the British team as a whole. Let’s hope we can keep on going forward and improving as a team in the last few months that are remaining until London 2012!”Larsson will be part of the GB team which embarks on a lengthy tour over the next few weeks, taking in training camps and matches in Latvia and Serbia, as well as playing Austria at home and away.The home leg is at 2pm on January 8 at Crystal Palace.photo: Marek Biernacki ← Previous Story Over 1000 votes for the World’s Best Female Player 2011 – Allison Pineau leads Next Story → Nikolaj Jakobsen is leaving BSV Silkeborg read more

Women EHF Champions League Qualification groups decided

EHFEHF Champions Leaguewomen champions league Women EHF Champions League Qualification Groups have been decided in today’s draw in Vienna.Semi-Final pairings are 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3, playing dates are 14/15 SeptemberGroup 1: Minsk, Byasen, Leipzig, BergenGroup 2: ETV-Erdi VSE, FTC Rail Cargo, Zug, Lokomotiva ZagrebGroup 3: HCM Baia Mare, Team TVIS Holstebro, Qualifier 1, ViborgGroup 4: Rostov Don, ZRK Vardar, Jomi Salerno, FleuryMinsk, Zug and Salerno won the right to organise tournaments apart from Qualifier 1, therefore Baia Mare has the right in Group 3 ← Previous Story Pavel Atman signs for HC Metalurg Skopje! Next Story → Men EHF Champions League Groups drawn – Dinamo Minsk and Tatran Presov in same group read more

FRIENDLIES IN DOHA Swiss NT beat Qatar 2119

DohahandballQatarQatar handballSwiss handball Two friendly matches in two days will play Qatar and Swiss NT in Doha. At the first one, Swiss team won 21:19 (10:9). Team of Valero Rivera had a good start with 9:3 lead, but than didn’t score until the half time. In the second period, Swiss team led by three coaches from the Swiss League (Rolf Brack wasn’t with the team due his obligation in HBW Balingen), didn’t lose the advantage…Schweiz: Bringolf/Portner (); Fellmann (1), Pendic (3/2), Von Deschwanden (4), Graubner (2), Dähler (2), Hess (2), Freivogel, Cvijetic (1), Vernier (2), Svajlen, Lier (4). ← Previous Story AUSTRIA: Strong Hard for the first Bregenz’s defeat! Next Story → PROFIT IN HANDBALL? It’s possible in Aalborg! read more

No winner between Hungary and Iceland

Hungary started the match well, their fast players were effective and Ancsin scored 3 big goals so after 10 minutes they were leading by 4 goals (8-4). Iceland’s coach substituted his goalkeeper  and Edvardsson proved to be effective against Hungary’s attack runs. Iceland came back into the match but fortunately for Hungary Mikler produced some great saves and a 2-goal advantage remained until the 20th minute (10-8). By the end of the first half Iceland came even closer thanks to goals by Palmarsson, Sigurdsson and very effective pivot play. The first half was good propaganda for handball with many goals and creative play (16-15). ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 TOP SCORERS: Nyokas and Sigurdsson lead Next Story → Macedonia takes a big step towards the Main Round Hungary seemed to be getting tired in the second half thus allowing Iceland to change the course of the match and gain a 2-goal lead in only 8 minutes (17-19). Coach Mocsai also changed his goalkeeper and thanks to Tatai’s saves and some fast players in attack Hungary managed to equalize by the 45th minute (21-21). Palmarsson and Iceland’s pivot play were still effective, but goals by Ancsin and Zubai meant that Hungary were in front again in the 50th minute. (24-23). Goals came from both sides thereafter and the match was a draw only five minutes before the end (26-26). Iváncsik and Palmarsson hit the woodwork 2 minutes later, still a draw. In the 58th minute Iceland were one man up and Karason scored. Hungary called the goalkeeper down and only 10 seconds before the end Lékai scored from the counterattack. Iceland’s final shooting attempt was blocked so the score remained even after a thrilling match (27-27).Best scorers: Ancsin 7, Császár 5/Palmarsson 8, G. V. Sigurdsson 5STATISTICSMore to come…1Iceland 32Spain 23Hungary 14Norway 0 Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty On the third day of the European Championship, Hungary who suffered a big defeat against Spain in Round 1. had to face Iceland who previously beat Norway surprisingly easily.  The two teams last met in the quarter-final of the Olympics in 2012. Both teams lacked their No. 1 right-backs, László Nagy and Alexander Petersson were out of squad due to injury. Denmarkeuro 2014handballHandball tournamentsports read more

Gudmundson calls Danes for EHF EURO 2016 qualification start

BiH handballDenmarkeuro 2016 handballgudmundur gudmundsonLithuania handball Danish head-coach Gudmundur Gudmundson published the squad list for the upcoming EHF week in which Denmark will start qualifications for the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland against Lithuania (October 30, Brondby) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (November 2) . On the list are 19 players…Goalkeepers:Niklas Landin, Rhein-Neckar LöwenJannick Green, SC MagdeburgWings:Lasse Svan Hansen, SG Flensburg-HandewittHans Lindberg, HSV HamburgCasper U. Mortensen, SønderjyskEAnders Eggert, SG Flensburg-HandewittLine-players:Rene Toft Hansen, THW KielHenrik Toft Hansen, HSV HamburgJesper Nøddesbo, FC BarcelonaPlaymakers:Bo Spellerberg, KIF Kolding KøbenhavnMads Mensah Larsen, Rhein-Neckar LöwenMorten Olsen, St. Raphael VarBacks:Mikkel Hansen, PSG Handball ParisNikolaj Markussen, Skjern HåndboldMichael Damgaard, Team Tvis HolstebroHenrik Møllgaard, Skjern HåndboldMads Christiansen, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgKasper Søndergaard, Skjern HåndboldDefensive specialist:Kasper Nielsen, Füchse Berlin ← Previous Story Veszprem in trouble – Laszlo Nagy is out for a month Next Story → Easy job for the champions: Bielecki destroys Gornik Zabrze read more

Womens EHF CL Gyor revenge for Vardar in Skopje

← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas after Zagreb: Refeeres were bad for Wisla and handball Next Story → EHF CL: KIF Kolding beat Vardar – Karabatić saves PSG in Celje! Hungarian Gyor beat ŽRK Vardar Skopje 27:22 (13:10) in the opening match of the Women’s EHF Champions League in Skopje. That was a clash of two teams who played against eachother in the quarter-final last season, when Macedonian champions booked ticket for the FINAL 4 tournament in Skopje. “New-old” Gyor with Heidi Loke, Anita Gorbicz and Co. showed great level of performance in one of the “hottest” Arenas in Europe.Kovacsics netted sixth goals for the winning team, while Maja Sokač scored five for Vardar. read more

EHF CL Kielce and Vardar with important away wins

8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn122010307:375(-68)4 4. MOL-Pick Szeged13715378:363(15)15 3. HC Vardar13805382:347(35)16 2. KS Vive Tauron Kielce13832398:373(25)19 Vive Tauron Kielce and RK Vardar Skopje celebrated important away win which keep them in the race for position 1,2 and 3 in Preliminary Group. Polish champions won in France against Montpellier 32:27, while Macedonians conquered Hungarian Szeged 31:29 (13:14).Montpellier Agglomeration HB – Vive Tauron Kielce 27:32 (16:17)Montpellier: Gerard, Bellahcene 1, Siffert – Anguetil, Borges, Costa 5, Dolenec 4, Esteki, Fabregas 5, Gajić 2/1, Guigou 4/1, Kavticnik 1, Simonet 3, Toumi, Villeminot 2.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Aquinagalde 6, Bielecki 2, Buntić 2, Chrapkowski 2, Cupić 7/4, Jachlewski 1, Jurecki 3, Kus, Lijewski 3, Paczkowski 2, Strlek 4, Zorman.STANDINGS: 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12714325:307(18)15 1. FC Barcelona Lassa131012397:352(45)21 7. IFK Kristianstad132110379:416(-37)5 6. Montpellier HB13319346:379(-33)7 ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev is new Polish NT coach! Next Story → EHF CL: RNL beat KIF Kolding to fight for third place at “Blaugrana” read more

12 referees pairs nominated for Mens EHF EURO 2018

Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen (Denmark) Lars Geipel and Marcus Helbig (Germany) Gjorgji Nachevski and Slave Nikolov (FYR Macedonia) ← Previous Story 2020: Henk Groener to lead German ladies to Tokyo Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE 2017 – Day 1: France smash Poland – Denmark beat Norway Stevann Pichon and Laurent Reveret (France) Vaidas Mazeika and Mindaugas Gatelis (Lithuania) Matija Gubica and Boris Milosevic (Croatia) From the original 14 pairs of referees involved in the preparations for the event, 12 have now been nominated: Oscar Raluy and Angel Sabroso (Spain) The referee pairs for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia have now been named. Duarte Santos and Ricardo Fonseca (Portugal) Sorin-Laurentiu Dinu and Constantin Din (Romania) Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny (Czech Republic) Evgeny Zotin and Nikolay Volodkov (Russia) Men’s EHF EURO 2018 starts on January 12 in Split. Andrei Gousko and Siarhei Repkin (Belarus) EHF EURO 2018 read more

RK Metalurg to sign Mladen Rakcevic

The Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje will open new season with an old face in the roster. The 36-years old line-player Mladen Rakcevic will reinforce the squad who will play at VELUX EHF Champions League.Rakcevic, who already played at RK Metalurg in “golden ages” of the club, when they played twice at VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals, coming from Romanian Dobrogea Sud.Deal is agreed, however, contract signing waiting for the start of preparation period. ← Previous Story City of Kielce has no money to support PGE Vive Kielce Next Story → Bo Spellerberg to finish career at Swiss TSV St. Otmar? handball transfersMladen RakcevicRK Metalurg read more

People from all over the country travel to Dáil Lockout protest

first_imgIn the 80s, I had to travel to the US due one recession and when I returned I was right back into another one. More than 80,000 kids have had to emigrate and it is just low to hear the rhetoric being bandied about that it is an ‘opportunity’ for them. I know all about it – I’ve been there.These kids are struggling over there, struggling to get jobs, living undocumented and depending on a sympathetic network of Americans to help them out. Disability cutsCarol Flanagan from Galway also travelled up to Dublin today to be at the gates at Leinster House this morning.Holding a photo of her deceased daughter, she said she was there to protest against the disability cuts. As a carer for her daughter, she said the cuts that have been done to disability allowances have had a huge effect on people across the country and said people should “take no more”.Another protester, Helen Murray received a round of applause from the group when she crossed the road holding a piece of paper with “one angry mother” written in red pen.Helen Murray outside the Dáil this morning. “I am here today to protest against austerity and the cuts being imposed on us. I would like to see the politicians have to live and support a family on the wage I am on. They are in there laughing at us,” said Murray.TurnoutShe added that she was rather disappointed with the turnout. “I would have liked to see more people here today. I travelled up from Kilkenny on the bus today. I could have spent that €15 on something else, on three meals for my family this week, but I decided to come here. People are whining about the state of the country, but there has to be a point where people say they have had enough and come out on the streets”.Mark Fitzsimmons travelled from Navan to be at the protest today. Fitzsimmon has had both his eyes removed and says he knows all too well about the cuts to disability.Holding his cane in one hand and a speakerphone in the other, Fitzsimmons said there have been “cruel cuts” to everyone, adding that the government had unjustly attacked the elderly and the vulnerable.Martin O’Rourke from Navan said he took the day off to be at the protest today and said he wanted more people to come out on the streets today, in a peaceful manner, he added.“They [the government] know that we are complacent and they are taking advantage of that. Everyone needs to fight the cuts, in some way, we all must find a way to rebel, be it big or small”.Here is Carol Flanagan, Helen Murray, Mark Fitzsimmons and Martin O’Rourke on why they wanted to protest today:You can view a livestream of the protest here.There will be another update on how the protest is going later in the afternoon, so stay tuned… Crowd gathering at ‘Lock the government out of the Dáil’ protest> THIS MORNING ABOUT 150 people gathered outside Leinster House for the Dáil Lockout Protest.The ‘Lock the government out of the Dáil’ protest was organised in response to people’s disillusionment with the government and against austerity.Members of the public gathered at both gates of Leinster House, while gardaí stood guard at the barricades.In the middle of the crowd stood one man with a speakerphone, Dominick Gaughran. One would think he was one of the organisers, but no, he is just a regular worker, he said.Dominick Gaughran speaking at the protest today. Gaughran, a firefighter from Wexford said he travelled to Dublin today to voice his anger at the government. He said he began to take an interest in politics about two years ago, when the economy was doing particularly bad. He joined Sinn Fein briefly, but soon realised they were not the party for him.“I was desperate to make a change, to try and make a difference. My family is a single income family and we are struggling. Everyone, including me, has had to tighten our belts, and thankfully we have gotten on top of things now, but I can’t sit by idly and not do something,” he said.George McAnaspie travelled to Dublin with Dominick today. He said:last_img read more

Rain puts fear in the eyes of children in the Philippines

first_imgAlthough they have some form of shelter now, the situation that Sonia and her family find themselves in is typical of millions of others across this country.They have no possessions, no money and no way of making an income. The family had been working off its coconut farm, harvesting and selling the coconuts locally. The typhoon wiped out every tree in the region. Although the trees will be re-sown, it could take up to seven years for them to bear their first fruit, meaning that Sonia will have to find another source of income.“She said she might try doing some laundry for her neighbours, or maybe growing vegetables and selling them in the local market, but in truth, she has no idea,” said Kelly following a conversation with Sonia.The mental struggle following the storm is also taking its toll on the damaged areas.Kelly speaks of seeing people struggling to survive.“You can see the little children when it starts to rain, you can see the fear in their eyes, that what they thought was the end of the world but managed to survive is coming back for them.”(YouTube: GOAL Humanitarian Organisation)James Kelly is from Limerick and is part of GOAL’s emergency response team in The Philippines. See www.goal.ieRead: Irish officials flying out to Philippines to assess aid strategyConcern CEO: We need to look beyond short-term aid in Philippines CHRISTMAS IS USUALLY a big celebration in the Philippines but for many homes on the islands this year, it has been cancelled.Despite the magnitude of their struggles and the everyday fears they still face about the past few weeks, the feast still weighs on the minds of residents.GOAL aid worker James Kelly spoke to one family which survived the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan with their lives – but who had lost everything else, including their homes.“With a young family, Christmas is also weighing heavily on Sonia Garrido’s mind,” the Limerick native told TheJournal.ie.“It’s normally a big celebration over here. She told me that Christmas at her house is always based around food and church services. Every year, she cooks many different types of food, but with no money to spare, 25 December will be just another date on the calendar this year.”The Garrido’s concrete house collapsed moments after they heard the walls cracking in the middle of the typhoon on 2 November.Sonia, her 70-year-old disabled mother, four children aged between 12 and 17 and her baby grandchild took shelter in her mother-in-law’s house in Jaro, located just west of the city of Tacloban on Leyte Island.More than 90 per cent of the buildings in the village were completely flattened by the typhoon. Sonia believed they would be safer in the concrete house, as opposed to their own, which was made of less hardy materials.“On the face of it, it seemed like a sensible decision, but they hadn’t reckoned on the power of Haiyan,” continued Kelly.“When the typhoon was at its fiercest, they heard the concrete walls cracking under the pressure. They made a run for it, carrying 70-year-old Nenita, who is disabled.Seconds after they left the building, they heard an enormous crash and watched in horror as the structure completely collapsed. They saw this happen from no more than 10 yards away.“Luckily they scrambled to a neighbour’s house, where they saw out the remainder of the storm.“Despite losing their home, it could have been a whole lot worse. They could have stayed in the house and perished. Any member of the family could have been hit by flying debris while they were exposed out in the open. As it was, the baby, who was just 27 days old, was drenched to the skin by the driving rain during the trip from one house to the other.He was shivering and shaking when they got him inside. His mother, Lorly, and the rest of the family were genuinely concerned that he wouldn’t survive, but he made it.The family are now hoping to rebuild their lives and their house now has three walls and a partial roof again. It’s far from ideal, but it is giving them some protection.Image: Mark Stedmanlast_img read more

Fewer than 5 per cent of the worlds languages exist online

first_imgFEWER THAN FIVE per cent of more than 7,000 spoken languages can be found online and more than half could be under threat.The study, which was done by András Kornai and is titled Digital Language Death, measured how many of the world’s languages were used on the web.To do this, he designed a program that crawled top-level web domains and tracked the number of words used in each language.It also analysed Wikipedia pages, which was a key factor in telling how popular a language is, as well as language tools like spell checkers and operating systems.The result was that, at best, five per cent of the world’s languages exist online, and the study estimated that 2,500 will survive for another century in spoken form at least. It’s estimated that at least half of those languages are currently under threat and could end up disappearing by the end of the century.The study identifies three main signs that suggest a language is under threat. The first is loss of function where the language is used less for day-to-day tasks like commerce, the second is loss of prestige where a language loses importance among younger generations, and the third is loss of competence where speakers adapt a simplified version of the language.Read: Language Commissioner faces questions over ‘backwards’ year for Irish language >Read: 8 words that have lost all meaning in modern life >last_img read more

Poll Have you kept to your New Years resolutions

first_img No (798) Yes (198) I didn’t make any (609) Poll Results:center_img IT’S TWELVE DAYS into 2014, coming up to the halfway mark into January.At the beginning of the month we were full of good intentions –  you told us what yours were here.Whether it be to save more money, not to be late any more, quit smoking, lose weight or exercise more, the new year gives us hope of a new you.However, motivating yourself in a cold, dark January can be difficult and requires strong will power.So today’s poll question, we want to know if you have powered on: Have you kept to your New Year’s resolutions? YesNoI didn’t make anyVoteIf you have managed to stay the road and have any advice to those that have fallen of the band wagon, why not share your tips in the comments section below.last_img read more

€19 billion in outstanding debt on subprime mortgages in arrears

first_imgMINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has confirmed that more than half of the outstanding debt in the sub-prime lending sector is on mortgages in arrears.In response to a question from TD Michael McGrath, Noonan confirmed that, at the end of September 2013, six ‘retail credit firms’ had a total of 17,807 primary dwelling mortgage accounts and four had 659 buy to let accounts.These lenders made loans available to people who otherwise would have had difficulty getting mortgages because of a poor credit history. However the loans come with extremely high interest rates and these new figures show many of these borrowers are now struggling to pay them back.In total, there was €3.345 billion in outstanding debt on primary dwelling accounts and €0.132 billion on the buy to let accounts.Of that outstanding debt, mortgage accounts amounting to over €1.9 billion were in arrears of over 90 days. That amounts to more than half of the overall outstanding debt.Noonan commented that the same consumer protection framework applies to there lenders as to other regulated entities.He said that the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears in particular “sets out requirements for all mortgage lenders, including retail credit firms, dealing with borrowers facing or in mortgage arrears on a mortgage secured on a primary home”.The minister added that this also provides a “strong consumer protection framework” to ensure borrowers struggling to keep up mortgage repayments are treated in a fair and transparent manner by their lender and that long term resolution is sought by lenders with each customer in difficulty.Read: NAMA drops 80:20 home buyer scheme citing improving market conditions>Read: Almost 50,000 mortgages have now been restructured>last_img read more

Report looks at individualised and discretionary nature of Irish sentencing

first_imgAN ANALYSIS OF sentences handed down to those convicted of manslaughter over the past six years has highlighted the “individualised and discretionary” nature of the Irish sentencing system.Although the Irish Sentencing Information System (ISIS) has warned against any claims about inconsistency in the judiciary’s sentencing practices, it takes note of law lecturer Thomas O’Malley’s commentary: …while we may lack the kind of statistical data and empirical analyses that would help to identify the extent of sentencing disparity, we can conclude with some assurance from reported appeal decision and media reports of sentences imposed by trial courts that there is a degree of discordance in current sentencing practices.The report, written by a judicial researcher, supervised by a High Court Judge, and issued by the ISIS committee, examined the outcomes in 42 cases of manslaughter during the six-year period.The cases reviewed provide a snapshot of the various types of manslaughter, that when paired with either mitigating or aggravating factors can result in vastly different sentences for the defendant.The author notes two cases in the publication’s initial commentary to outline a view that further guidance from the Court of Criminal Appeal regarding categories of manslaughter could help to “clarify ostensible discrepancies”.In the first of those two cases, a sentence of three years was imposed on a man who had pulled the victim to the ground, kicked her and stamped on her head.In contrast, another cases saw a sentence of 13 years imposed for an assault where a man had kicked and stamped on the victim’s head.“Although the assault in question had been particularly vicious and the accused in question had been coming from a bail hearing on the day of the incident, without further insight into all the circumstances of both cases, it remains impossible to discern whether there is a real and distinct disparity between the two sentences imposed for what appear to be comparatively similar cases,” the author states.Suspended sentencesAlthough a prison sentence will be imposed in most cases of manslaughter, two rare suspended sentences were recorded between 2007 and 2012.A mother-of-four was given a five-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of the manslaughter of her husband. Their long marriage had been marked by violence and excessive drinking. The accused hit her husband in the head with a hammer 23 times while he slept. Both the defence and prosecution agreed she was suffering from a mental disorder and severe depression at the time. She was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.The trial judge said that no matter how difficult people’s lives are, they cannot take the law into their own hands. In suspending the five-year jail term, he stated that it was significant her four children did not want her to go to prison.Similarly, a teenage boy who was handed a six-year sentence had it suspended after being convicted of provocation manslaughter. His father was an alcoholic and had been sent to buy food for the household. When he came home drunk in the early hours of the morning with no dinner, the defendant grabbed him and punched him. He left him outside the house, where he had fallen, with a pillow and duvet. He was found dead the next morning.The trial judge said it was only in extraordinarily exceptional circumstances that custody for an unlawful killing could not be imposed – and that this was one such case, because the defendant had just turned 18, had no previous convictions, no propensity for violence and that there was no evidence that he was a risk to others.On the whole, according to the report, sentences tend to be more lenient where the offender is young, where the level of violence is not too severe and where a guilty plea has been offered at an early stage. These are discretionary guidelines used by a judiciary but are not principles that can be found on written record.At the other end of the scale, the imposition of a life sentence is also rare. However, it was recognised as a constitutionally and legally sound option for a maximum sentence in the DPP versus RMcC case.The most common sentence handed down for assault manslaughter is six years. These cases mostly involve arguments which took places after the accused had taken drugs and/or alcohol. They frequently involved a knife as a weapon.Other jurisdictionsWhile Irish sentencing practice promotes a “discursive approach” with considerable emphasis on individual discretion, other jurisdictions are aiming for a more “structured approach”.The UK’s Sentencing Council for England and Wales has produced guidelines for the judiciary and monitors the impact of practice there.Similarly, the US has established the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency that establishes guidelines to be consulted by the judiciary regarding the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. It appears that part of its mandate is to narrow the wide disparity that discretionary sentencing can sometimes produce.Nicola Furlong murder trial: Richard Hinds found guiltylast_img read more

670k sign petition against rape survivor receiving 100 lashes in Maldives

first_imgOVER 670,000 PEOPLE have signed an online petition against a 15-year-old girl, who was raped repeatedly by her stepfather, receive 100 lashes for having pre-marital sex with another man.The girl was sentenced to the public whipping after it was revealed she was having consensual sex with another man while police were investigating rape allegations by her stepfather. The child’s stepfather is also accused of murdering a baby born to her as a result of the rape. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.The petition was set up by Avaaz.org a website that describes themselves as one that ”empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues”.Avaaz.org is asking people to hit the “Maldives government where it hurts – the tourism industry. Let’s build a million-strong petition… then threaten the islands’ reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law.”President Mohammed Waheed Hassan had expressed shock and asked the state attorney general to appeal the conviction amid an international outcry and condemnation from rights groups such as Amnesty International.Premarital sex is illegal in the popular honeymoon destination.Read: Indian parliament to debate bill allowing death penalty for rapists >last_img read more

Enda dropped his Nokia in the sink we remember it here in

first_imgWhat the flip is that in your hand? (Photocall Ireland)2011: Back on track and on the movePhotocall Ireland2011:  Cabinet meeting time @MaryMinihan/TwitterEnda has been pictured with iPhones, Sony Ericssons and a multitude of other devices, but the one constant in his life has been his trusty Nokia 6310…2006: An early sighting(Photocall Ireland)2007: On the campaign trail(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)2010: A blip on the radar (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)2012: Still going strongPhotocall Ireland2012: Hanging out with David CameronStop sniggering David. The 6310 is a legend. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)The Nokia wasn’t good enough to bring to an audience with the pope though. We’re fairly sure it was an iPhone Enda was tinkering with.As for the fate of the Nokia 6310… have you tried putting it in a bowl of rice Taoiseach?VIDEO: Enda Kenny checks his phone during Pope Benedict speech>Enda Kenny has an iPhone evidence of the day>center_img ENDA KENNY KNOWS a good thing when he sees it, and boy is a Nokia 6310 a good thing.Smartphones come and go, but the Nokia will (literally) power on through and is virtually indestructible.Unless, that is…last_img read more

10 of the cheekiest things that have ever happened

first_img Source: Imgur5.6. Source: Imgur7. Source: @cawley_m8. Source: Imgur9. Source: Reddit 10.Girl goes diving in lake full of jellyfish, we say “NOPE”>Actual Irish trainee priest kicks Bishop Brennan up the arse> Source: imgur3. Source: Oopsmile4. 1. Source: Imgur2.last_img

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_img Source: funnyjunk.comA burglar who stole alcohol and sweets was nabbed after leaving his false teeth behind at the scene of the crime. The thief bungled his operation, which involved pilfering a crate of beer and some ice lollies, by leaving his dentures behind. Sure he’d forget his head if it wasn’t screwed on, eh? Typical. (Mirror UK)Hey you! Yes, you. Reading this right now. Spotted any bizarre news in your local area? Let us know on fiona@dailyedge.ie. Ya boy ya!Hankering for some more oddities and peculiarities? Here are all the previous weird news round-ups, my friend> ALICE TELLS THE Mad Hatter that he’s bonkers – but “all the best people are”. Are you one of the best types of people? That is to say, are you a bit bonkers? Well, then, you’ll love what we’ve got in store for you this beautiful Saturday morning. A round-up of the week’s weirdest news. Hold onto you (mad) hats. A serial bra thief has been arrested… in a town called Bra. The man carried out a series of balcony raids across the town, making off with lots of undergarments. He was caught and remains under house arrest. And in case you’re wondering where this wondrous oasis of a city called Bra is located, it’s in Italy. Book your flights immediately.  (India Times)The lead singer in a Christian heavy metal band has admitted he is really an atheist. He duped fans to sell the band’s music. In addition, it turns out that he’s also a convicted criminal – having once attempted to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis was in the band As I Lay Dying, and claims his bandmates gradually lost their faith too. Ah, well. Their fans will be well able to forgive him, eh? Eh? (Christian News)In San Diego, a man in court for graffiti charges alleged tagged the courtroom he was in. The 18-year-old little scallywag was up on charges for vandalism, having been caught using a graffiti tracking system. Little pup! (LA Times) Source: imbecile.meA dating site is using facial recognition technology to find you a date that looks like your ex. Yep. Simply pay Match.com the princely sum of $5,000 and they’ll cook you up a date that looks like your ex! Creepy, right? But also, does anyone have a lend of $5,000? It’s, uh, it’s for a thing. (DailyEdge.ie)Officials at Newark Airport in New York confiscated a batch of cookies – with a street value of more than $50,000. The baked goods had 118 pellets of cocaine baked into them. Gives a whole new meaning to “these cookies are like crack” doesn’t it? (Yahoo! News)last_img read more

Spriiing Smile Android 21 Qwerty phone hits Thailand

first_imgThe first Android based device that I can think of with a front facing Qwerty keyboard was the Acer beTouch E130. Whilst it was never the fastest of devices (and only recently it was adorned with an Android 2.1 update) the keyboard was great and it made for a useful social networking platform.An unknown Thai based company are likely to follow a similar venture with the launch of its own – social networking eccentric – Spriing Smile model. The phone features a unique tri-corder looking design, with a front facing Qwerty keyboard (lots of additional functions per key), Android 2.1 as standard, a 3MP camera (no news on a flash), 512MB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, microSD card slot (expandable to 16GB), 3G HSDPA, a 2.6-inch QVGA display, and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor.AdChoices广告The spec as you can tell is pretty low, but it is faster than the aforementioned Acer, which had a ST Ericsson PNX6715, 416 MHz processor. According to Engadget the handset was designed in Sweden and manufactured by Huawei (the same company who brought us the S7) and will initially be on sale in Thailand and Australia (via its Boost Mobile).Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more