Saint Raphael is the host of the VELUX EHF CL Wild Card

← Previous Story EHF Rankings 2013/2014: Hungary lost place in VELUX EHF CL! Next Story → Beach Handball WCh in Oman: Brasil takes two golds! The European Handball Federation has announced that the VELUX EHF Champions League Wildcard Tournament will be played in Saint-Raphael, France on 8 and 9 September 2012.Participating teams are:Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, DEN (ranked second in the Danish league)Saint-Raphael Var Handball, FRA (ranked third in the French league)HSV Hamburg, GER (ranked fourth in the German league)Orlen Wisla Plock, POL (ranked second in the Polish league)The playing schedule will see the following two semi-final matches on Saturday, 8 September 2012, based on rankings:HSV Hamburg (GER) versus Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)St. Raphael Var Handball (FRA) versus Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN)The event will be played in the Palais des Sport JF Krakowski, Saint-Raphael.The winner of the final on Sunday, 9 September 2012 will receive a direct place in the Group A of the Group Phase of the VELUX EHF Champions League.They will join teams from Montpellier Agglomération Handball (FRA), Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS), SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER), Reale Ademar Leon (ESP) and the winner of the Qualification Tournament 1.The fourth placed team in the Wildcard tournament will qualify for the EHF Cup second round of qualification, the second and third placed teams will qualify for the third round of the new competition.TEXT: EHF read more

TATRAN lost their victory against Elverum in last 10 minutes

In the 4th round of Group C in the Champions League TATRAN Presov lost to Elverum Handball 25:27. The Slovakian champions played a tied game with Norwegians champions in the first half. In 27th minute the away team took three-goal lead 16:13, mainly thanks to their right wing Tamas Ivancsik who scored 7 goals. TATRAN finally managed to reduce half time goal difference to a single goal – 16:17.In the second half the spectators in TATRAN Handball Arena could see an equal match once again. Eleverum were 20:18 in lead in 38th minute after the goal of their best player and playmaker Josef Pujol.  Within next six minutes TATRAN manage to take one goal lead 22:21. In 51st minute the home team extended their close lead to 25:23 after Viacheslav Sadovyi scored. However, TATRAN did not manage the end of the game at all. They were not able to add a single goal in last ten minutes of the match despite having a power play advantage. On the other side Elverum managed to score four more goals and reach an important Champions League away win 27:25.Post-match statementsRastislav Trtik, coach of TATRAN:“I would like to congratulate to Elverum on their deserved victory. They were also luckier in the final phase of the game. Unfortunately we missed a lot of chances to score easy empty net goals. It was one of the factors which decided the game. We did not have a good day today. We did not play well. We could have won the match, but I have to admit Elverum were better today.”Radovan Pekar, left back of TATRAN:“We did not start the game well in defence. It was a big pity we did not manage to take the lead in the first half. In the second half we had a great chance to win the game leading 25:23, but we lost it because of easy mistakes we made. We should certainly have played better against the rivals that play power play with 7 players without goalkeeper. We missed our spark today. This is why our performance was worse compared to Elverum. I hope we will win away in Elverum.”Leon Vucko, line player of TATRAN:“We knew it would be a tough game. I do not know how many times we have beaten ourselves like that. We have to stop it because in the following games we desperately need to take the points. I congratulate to Elverum on their deserved win.”Jakub Hrstka, left wing of TATRAN (the best scorer of the game with 8 goals):“It was an equal game anyway. Today we could have beaten Elverum at home. We did not manage the first half time as we wanted and lost it by a single goal. In the second half we took the lead and controlled the game, when we led by two goals 10 minutes to go. Then we did not convert 100% chances and made several easy technical mistakes. Elverum used that and finally managed to win the match.”Michael Apelgren, coach of Elverum:“It was really close match of two equal teams today. It was a big win for us because we won an away game in the Champions League. In the end both teams could have won this game. We had some players who were able to do those small important things in the last few minutes of the match. We had these match winners, so I am really happy today. I am really proud of our team that we managed to win in Presov without our national team line player Overby who was injured.”Josef Pujol, centre back of Elverum:“It was a tied game that could have ended both ways. We had good tactics before the game, which we followed during the match perfectly. Even though we got into the troubles allowing some empty net goals in the 2nd half, we still believed in our tactics and in the end we managed to win.”After the 4th round of the group phase of the Champions League TATRAN Presov are the bottom of Group C with 2 points. In the 5th round Slovakian champions host Russian champions Chekhovskie Medvedi. The game is scheduled for Saturday 22 October 2016 at 16:00 CET in TATRAN Handball Arena, Presov, Slovakia.Champions League 2016/2017 – Group C – 4th RoundTATRAN Presov (SVK) – Elverum Handball (NOR) 25:27 (16:17)TATRAN: Chupryna, Brazhnyk 1 – Rabek 1, M. Sarpataky, Humenansky, Hrstka 8, D. Krok 3, Sadovyi 4, L. Urban 2, Pekar, Cip, Peskov 4, Vucko 2, Jankovic, Pales, Tsarapkin. Coach: R. Trtik.Elverum: Bakken Oeien, Nergaard – Linderud, Fredriksen Eide, Wattstrom, Borresen 4, Iváncsik 7, Mehl 4, Jansrud, Lindboe 3, Toft 1, Burud, Ekren, Poklar 4, Pujol 4. Coach: M. Apelgren.Referees: Andorka, Hucker (HUN), 7m given/goals: 4/3 – 3/2, 2´penalties: 3 – 3, Spect. 2050.Group CNaturhouse La Rioja 4 2 1 1 115:109 5Elverum Handball 4 2 1 1 104:102 5Montpellier HB 4 2 0 2 115:108 4Chekhovskie Medvedi 4 1 2 1 103:103 4HC Metalurg Skopje 4 2 0 2 85:92 4 TATRAN Presov 4 1 0 3 102:110 2Author: Richard FechPhoto: Viktor Zamborsky ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest win in Zagreb in front of 10.000 fans Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 16/17: Savehof win in Larvik – FTC take point in Skopje EHF Champions LeagueelverumHC Tatran Presov read more

Vive Tauron Kielce back on winning track

1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7502213:199(14)10 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6411176:167(9)9 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7106171:190(-19)2 5. HC Meshkov Brest6303162:161(1)6 4. MOL-Pick Szeged6312163:158(5)7 ppd zagrebVive Tauron Kielce 1. HC Vardar6501188:165(23)10 Vive Tauron Kielce found the way back to the winning side of the VELUX EHF Champions League. The reigning champions of the European elite competition won in Varazdin 26:23, where PPD Zagreb hosted match as their Arena is occupied with Tennis Davis Cup final weekend.RK Prvo plinarsko drustvo Zagrzeb – Vive Tauron Kielce 23:26 (12:11)PPD: Stevanović – I. Vujić 1, S. Vujić 1, Kontrec 3, Vori 2, Sprem, Sebetić 1, Marković, Horvat 6, Susnja, J. Valcić, Jotić, T. Valcić, Mandalinić 6, Miklavcić 3.Vive Tauron: Ivić – Reichmann, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 2, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 3, Lijewski 5, Jurkiewicz, Paczkowski 2, Zorman 2, Bombac 4, Djukić 3.STANDINGS: 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6114163:182(-19)3 6. IFK Kristianstad6114165:179(-14)3 ← Previous Story The worst month of Talant Dujshebaev’s career: November on -24! Next Story → Vote for HP WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 until December 8 read more

Polish right wing Jakub Lucak retires at age 28

Jakub Lucak ← Previous Story Cristina Neagu becomes “Honorary Citizen of Bucharest” Next Story → Hannover strong for Flensburg! Sad news coming from Poland, where former national team player Jakub Lucak decided to retire at age 28. The Polish right wing had serious troubles with knee ligaments in the past and he couldn’t get back in the shape after recovery period, so retirement was the only option for Lucak who played at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 and 2016 for his country. Lucak raised up as a player in the team Chrobry Glogow.He had problems also with Achille tendon in the past.Lucak was a member of Vive Kielce, but actually, due series of injuries, he couldn’t show a real quality on the court. He had 28 appearances for Poland and 37 goals scored. read more

Nikolay Stepanec overtakes hot bench in Zaporozhye

Patrik Rombel is no more coach of Ukrainian best team Motor Zaporozhye. The successor is domestic guy Nikolay Stepanec, who will try to gain first points at VELUX EHF Champions League at home match against RK PPD Zagreb on October 14.– We are preparing for the match against Zagreb , we are trying to see what form the players are in. Psychologically we are adjusting to a difficult clash, because “Zagreb” are very strong rival. They have already three points. The match will be crucial for both teams: Zagreb  will want to break away from us in the standings, but Motor  will also strive to win in order to continue the fight. Our task is to be in the top six and reach the playoffs of the Champions League. We do not have much time for this.We will use the ideas that Patryk Rombel used, and maybe we’ll add something new – said Stepanec for official club’s website. ← Previous Story “WELCOME TO THE HANDBALL CITY”: David Davis is new Veszprem coach Next Story → Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement? Motor ZaporozhyeNikolay Stepanec read more

Gaming has become more mainstream Football Manager chief

first_imgCertainly, journalists who’ve grown up playing video games, as they start getting editorial positions, it does improve things, but it’s improving because gaming is becoming more mainstream in general.I still haven’t seen the guys who made Call of Duty on chat shows and stuff like that. I think there have been a couple of instances in America where people have gone on, but it’s normally to do game demos. COMPUTER GAMES HAVE become more mainstream and acceptable in the eyes of the media over the past two or three years, according to one of the former industry’s most influential figures.Having previously lamented the reluctance of those in influential positions to embrace the video-gaming industry, studio director of the multi-million-selling Football Manager series, Miles Jacobson, now feels there is a more accepting attitude towards the industry.Jacobson, who received an OBE in 2011 for his services to the gaming industry, admits there are some cynical reasons behind this change.“I think it’s partly improved because the games industry advertises more in the mainstream media now,” he told “Therefore, they take us more seriously because they’re making more money out of us.”However, he also feels the transformation is partly as a result of the growing prominence and popularity of games at all levels. “But it’s still going to take time [before games gain full acceptance]. When Elvis Presley came along, it was described as the devil music and he did alright for himself. People [who criticise games] just don’t understand them. It’s just a form of entertainment.”And despite his success, Jacobson and his colleagues are not universally loved within the industry.Several installments of the Football Manager series are among the highest-selling PC games of all time, and this level of success has somewhat inevitably attracted skeptics.“It’s more popular inside the football world than it is inside the video game world. And that’s quite an interesting thing.“We’re kind of seen as the Status Quo of the video games industry, but when you look at us from a football perspective, people are using our database to aid their work and I think we’re a lot cooler in football circles than we are in video game circles.“Maybe we’re more like Boyzone than Status Quo. Boyzone were always popular among footballers, but weren’t that cool within the music industry.”Our full interview with Miles Jacobson will be up on the site from 12pm today.Football Manager 2014 was released this week. More details here.How Championship Manager sabotaged my Junior Cert>Fascinating Web Summit start-ups you need to hear about>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#DELAYED: Gardaí who earned overtime or allowances in November, which should be paid in December, will not have them paid until the new year. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said that they “sincerely hope” that the payments are made before Christmas.2.#THE TROUBLES: A BBC Panorama programme set to air tonight will detail how the British Army allegedly ran secret undercover units that killed IRA members and carried out drive-by shootings on nationalists.3.#ROAD BACK: The Minister of State for EU Affairs Paschal Donohoe says that he hopes that Fine Gael TDs who left the party could be allowed rejoin in the future. Donohoe told that he had hoped to be appointed to a ministry in different circumstances than replacing Lucinda Creighton.4.#DUMPING: Dublin City Council will examine a proposal that would authorise people to issue fines for offences such as dumping or dog fouling. Councillor Paul McAuliffe says that the move is a “creative” way for the council to tackle the issues without hiring new staff.5.#CRUELTY: An 80-year-old Cork man has been banned from ever owning dogs again after four dead dogs and four emaciated collies were found on his property. The man was given a three-month suspended sentence.6.#AFGHANISTAN: Up to 12,000 troops will stay in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends there next year. Of those, up to 8,000 will be from the US, if a deal between the two countries is agreed by the Afghan government.7.#PRISON: There has been a sharp increase in the number of women being sent to jail in recent years. The director of the Dóchas Centre women’s prison Mary O’Connor told a court in Athlone that the prison is “always full”.8.#CHARITY: Calls to St Vincent de Paul have more than doubled in the last three years. The charity says that is is now providing €40 million in direct assistance to people and families. The main areas of assistance are food, energy and education costs.9.#I CAN SEE CLERY’S NOW: The iconic department store Clery’s reopens today after being closed for months due to damaged caused by flooding in July. The company says that all staff who had been temporarily laid off are now back at work.last_img read more

8 everyday problems that should have been solved by 2014

first_imgIn practice, this happens: Source: Gifsoup4. Pringles tubesCome on Pringles. Cut us some slack. Source: Imgur5. Flash crashIt’s 2014. Sort it out. Source: Howtogeek6. Blister packagingSome companies just want to watch the world burn. Source: Imgur Source: Imgur 7. Cinema armrests“Oh, hello stranger. Allow me to awkwardly caress your elbow with my elbow in the dark”… SAID NO-ONE, EVER! Source: Imgur Source: Imgur8. USB sticksThere must be an easier way. Source: Shutterstock.comWhat enraging first world problems do you deal with on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments…You’ll pronounce this biscuit differently if you’re from Dublin>7 staggering similarities between ‘drunk Sherlock’ and drunk YOU>The 16 stages of clothes washing rage> WE CAN PAUSE live TV, we’re sending tourists into space, we carry tiny computers around in our pockets…Why then, are some things still so hard?1. Microwave controlsWe just want to heat up our soup and defrost a few chops.Can we have a microwave with a “Heat Soup” button and a “Defrost Chops” button, and no other buttons or controls? Thanks. Source: Flickr/DereksemmlerOh and while we’re at it, can we sort this out? Source: Imgur2. Using printersIf we could even solve one of these problems, just one… Source: Imgur Source: Lolsnaps Source: Cloudfront3. Removing the flimsy protective film on foodstuffsYou know the type we mean: It comes on things like tubs of hummus and frozen meals.In theory it should peel off smoothly and easily, like this:last_img read more

Nun who didnt know she was pregnant gives birth names baby Francis

first_imgA SALVADOREAN NUN who said she had no idea she was pregnant gave birth in Italy this week after she felt stomach cramps in her convent and was rushed to hospital, Italian media reported today.The 31-year-old mother and her baby boy, who weighs nine pounds, are doing well and other new mothers in Rieti hospital have begun collecting clothes and donations for her, the reports said.“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” the nun was quoted as saying at the hospital, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.La Repubblica said she gave birth on Wednesday.ANSA said the nun had named her baby Francesco (Francis) — also the pope’s chosen title and one of the most popular names in Italy, where St Francis of Assisi is the much-loved national patron saint.The hospital could not be reached for comment.The nun belongs to the “Little Disciples of Jesus” convent in Campomoro near Rieti, which manages an old people’s home and reports said she would keep the baby.Her fellow nuns were quoted saying they were “very surprised”.- © AFP, 2014Read: Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuselast_img read more

DCU is one of the top 50 young universities in the world

first_imgDUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY has been named in a top 50 under 50 poll.The Glasnevin university is the only Irish institution on the QS Top 50 Under 50, which was created to highlight the achievements of younger institutions which may be placed at a disadvantage when competing with longer-established universities in the normal rankings.Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said that the inclusion of the university at number 44 was recognition of the work at the college.“DCU’s inclusion, for the third year running, in the QS Top 50 Under 50, is a welcome recognition globally of DCU as a young, innovative university leading the way in delivering a first-class education for its students and spearheading research with real societal impact.“Despite difficult funding circumstances, DCU continues to hold its own on the international stage, thanks to the commitment and quality of its academic and research staff.”The list was topped by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Read: English, Irish, Maths… Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subjectRead: Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schoolslast_img read more

Dead pigs in river show dark side of China food industry

first_imgTHOUSANDS OF DEAD pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favourite meat joining a long list of food scares.As of Friday, the number of carcasses recovered in recent days from the Huangpu river – which cuts through the commercial hub and supplies over 20 per cent of its drinking water – had reached more than 7,500.Shanghai has blamed the farmers of Jiaxing in neighbouring Zhejiang province for casting pigs thought to have died of disease into the river upstream, but officials from the area have admitted to only a single producer doing so.The city has stepped up inspections of markets to stop meat from the dead animals from reaching dining tables of its 23 million people.From recycled cooking oil to dangerous chemicals in baby milk powder, a series of food scandals in China has caused huge public concern.Pork is king in China, accounting for 64 per cent of total meat output last year, and urban residents with growing wallets and waistlines ate 20.63 kilograms (45lbs) of the meat per person in 2011.Images of Shanghai’s dead pigs have hit the nation’s collective gut, but in Zhulin village, a major hog-raising centre in Jiaxing, the farmers claim their innocence in the scandal.“The government is very strict. We give our pigs vaccinations. If they are sick, they can’t be sold,” said Pan Juying, 57, as she hoisted two baskets of freshly cut grass to feed her eight pigs.But a bloated piglet lying by the roadside a hundred metres away from a stream showed that not all dead animals are properly disposed of.A pig floats among the rubbish on the river (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Wang Wei, a veterinarian for the Hengyuan Company which produces medicines for farm animals, said a large number of pigs died from unknown causes in Zhejiang just before and after the Chinese Lunar New Year in February.“It must have been a big pig farm” that was responsible for events in Shanghai, he said in Zhulin’s main street, which is lined with animal medicine and feed stores.They can’t control an outbreak of infectious disease.Despite laws against the practice, animals that die from disease in China can end up in the food supply chain or improperly disposed of.In Wenling, also in Zhejiang, authorities announced this week that 46 people had been jailed for up to six-and-a-half years for processing and selling pork from more than 1,000 diseased pigs.Not the first food safety issueChina was rocked by one of its biggest-ever food safety scandals in 2008 when the industrial chemical melamine was found to have been illegally added to dairy products, killing at least six babies and making 300,000 people ill.Across China, cheap recycled cooking oil is available made illegally from leftovers scooped out of restaurant drains. Amid public disgust authorities arrested more than 30 people over its sale, but it remains commonplace.In another recent incident, US fast food giant KFC was hit by controversy after revealing some Chinese suppliers provided chicken with high levels of antibiotics, in what appeared to be an industry-wide practice.Zhu Yi, a professor at China Agricultural University, said that the country’s vast number of small-scale farmers were “hard to supervise and regulate”.“Food safety is an issue that requires continuous efforts, you simply cannot put everything right once and for all,” she said.The current livestock breeding model is too crude, and the standards too low.But large-scale production also carried risks of its own, she added.“Every country has its own problems,” she said. “The highly industrialised European Union was caught up by the horse meat scandal.” – © AFP, 2013Read: Sky News reporter broadcasts arrest live on TV > Read: Trinity signs student exchange deal with China’s biggest university >last_img read more

Remember Jerry Kiernans antiGAA rant Heres more of the same from 1988

first_imgKiernan, now 34, makes no secret of his belief that Gaelic footballers do not train properly.“They train so little for such great lengths of time,” he said.“They come back in May for the championship and do five or six weeks of concentrated training which their bodies aren’t able to handle.“A lot of the footballers in this country are 15 to 20 pounds overweight and they sustain a lot of injuries, relating to ligaments and tendons principally and to knees as well.“Really, they have no concept of what training is all about,” though he did admit that there were exceptions to this rule and he mentioned to O’Keeffes of Tralee in this regard. STOP ME IF you think that you’ve heard this one before.Marathon runner Jerry Kiernan made headlines after he publicly slammed GAA players and questioned their training regime — in a newspaper interview back in 1988.Kiernan caused controversy last month when he told Newstalk’s Off The Ball that Ireland’s GAA stars do not train hard enough to warrant government grants.Players hit back in response and labelled the Kerry athlete, who competed at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, “uninformed”, “an ill informed moron” and an “angry man”.Now it has emerged that Kiernan made similarly disparaging comments in a piece published by The Kerryman 25 years ago, reprinted by the paper in February.At least he’s consistent: (via @KMcGillicuddy86)Explainer: So why was Noel McGrath looking like this yesterday?Poll: Which motion do you want to see passed at GAA Congress 2013?last_img read more

Ministers will not be singled out for extra pay cuts insists Howlin

first_img MINISTERS will not be singled out for further specific pay cuts, the minister in charge of public pay has said.Brendan Howlin says the pay of ministers has fallen by over 30 per cent from its peak under the last administration – more than any other group in public life.In an interview last week with, asked if ministers might lead by example and take extra cuts, Howlin suggested people with similar responsibilities in the private sector would command far higher pay.“There’s not too many groups of workers in our economy that has taken a 30 to 40 per cent pay cut,” he said, of those who were still in full-time work.He said this was before any Croke Park 2 cuts, which would not treat ministers differently to anyone else on the public payroll – and leave them earning in the region of €150,000 a year.Ministers currently earn €169,275 each, having taken a pay cut in the first act after Fine Gael and Labour took office in March 2011. Before that, ministers were paid €181,283 each – an amount which had fallen quite significantly in previous years.When it was pointed out that current ministers had not taken a pay cut since their first hours in power, Howlin said ministers were no different to any other public workers, in that no public workers had seen pay cuts since the introduction of the first Croke Park agreement in mid-2010.“When you look at what other senior administrators in public companies or private companies are paid… whether that [€150,000 salary] is reasonable, I’ll let you judge that,” the minister said.Read: Hollande hands new ministers 30 per cent pay cutlast_img read more

Mock with the best Irish impressionist shows you how

first_imgANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER talented Irish comedian in Simon Cowell’s You Generation competition.This week the virtual talent competition is on the hunt for a world-class impressionist – and to show entrants exactly what they were looking for, they called upon break out online impressionist, Irishman Seán Burke.Burke achieved almost instant viral fame last year after uploading his video of Family Guy impressions. The video has now reached almost 700,000 views and even led to a stint performing as continuity on TV station 3e.YouTube/TheBonkers101If that’s whetted your appetite for impressions, check out Seán’s tutorial video below featuring Alphacat, the impersonator who has reached hundreds of millions of views on YouTube for his Obama parodies.YouTube/TheYouGenerationThe rules are simple: your entry video must be under the 2 minute mark, must include a Gollum impression and the word “cat” in honour of Alphacat.Entries close this Saturday the 8th of June, so get impersonating!Read: Cream of the crop: The top 10 Irish comedians>Read: 10 things you can eat but shouldn’t>last_img read more

Letter from Brazil A little romance goes a long way as Clare

first_imgMIKEY STAFFORD reports for from Rio de JaneiroAFTER THE LOSS of Neymar and James Rodriguez we were desperately looking for romance in all the wrong places yesterday, namely Ennis and Salvador.Clare and the Netherlands crushed the dreams of the underdogs, and while the Wexford hurlers get another crack at the All-Ireland champions, Costa Rica are heading home with their carry-on luggage over-flowing with global goodwill.At least Lionel Messi is still with us. Before, during and after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Belgium we were treated by Brazilian TV to footage from the Selecao training ground of Neymar crying in a wheelchair, Neymar being stretchered on to a helicopter and repeated viewings of the knee in the back that fractured his vertebrae.FIFA are contemplating taking disciplinary action against Juan Zuniga but the Colombian has already been tried in the court of public opinion. It has not gone well for him.So with Neymar injured and Rodriguez’s Colombia eliminated the World Cup needed Lionel Messi to prevail against Belgium. The tournament needed its only fit and remaining superstar to advance to the last four, even if Argentina’s two World Cups and the average quality of its current vintage mean that, outside of the Barcelona magician, they are short of romance.Between the footage of Neymar’s pain, we saw Argentina huff and puff their way to victory over Belgium — Messi illuminating a dull match by repeatedly making Marouane Fellaini look like an eejit.After the umpteenth time Messi had drifted past him as if he were a afro-topped lamppost, the Manchester United midfielder looked fit to burst but if there was any Flemish rant of frustration I didn’t hear it as the television was muted, with the iPad tuned to South East Radio for their coverage of Wexford’s All-Ireland SHC qualifier against the All-Ireland champions at Cusack Park.Despite never trailing in 70 minutes Liam Dunne’s scrappy underdogs conspired to draw in regular time and were luckier to finish level again at the end of extra-time. What’s the Flemish for “f*** it anyway”? Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO(Clare’s Seadna Morey scores a goal during the final moments of the match to deny Wexford)Romance comes in many forms, of course, and we missed the start of the Netherlands and Costa Rica due to an unusually lengthy sojourn to a shoe shop in Botafogo.However with the correct size of strappy black shoes finally located and purchased we were home in time to see enough from Arena Fonte Nova to realise that Costa Rica’s best hope of joining the brigade of former World Cup winners in the semi-finals was another penalty shootout.With the incredible Arjen Robben once more proving that Northern Europeans are not only able to survive in this climate but physically thrive, the Dutch looked the likeliest winners. They hit the woodwork twice, Keylor Navas was once more incredible in the Costa Rican goal and had Robin Van Persie been less terrible in front of goal the match would surely not have required its penalties tie-breaker.Having conceded just two goals in five games without loss all the romantics were on the side of Jorge Luis Pinto’s team, who were representing the smallest nation remaining in the tournament.Louis van Gaal does not have the look of a man who puts much stock in romance. He surely broke Jasper Cillessen’s heart when he replaced the Ajax goalkeeper with Tim Krul of Newcastle — a charmer of the highest order who, when he is not taunting opposing players, does a fine line in saving penalties.Costa Rica’s spot kicks against Greece were superb and it was no surprise when four of the five takers from Recife again stepped forward — Christian Borges taking the place of the substituted Joel Campbell.Winger Bolanos scored the fourth but, despite the other four takers switching their aim from the win over Greece, Krul guessed correctly on each occasion, saving Bryan Ruiz’s penalty before diving low and to his left to block Michael Umana’s kick and win the game.So we have four semi-finalists who, between them, have contested 21 finals and the Netherlands — they of the superbly talented but diving superstar Robben and trash-talking penalty kick specialist — are the only one of the quartet to have never won the tournament before.There was romance in the total football pioneers who contested and lost the 1974 and 1978 finals but this year’s edition, like the Netherlands side who contested the final four years ago, are harder to love.But that is sport and, while we would all like to be dancing at the crossroads we learned yesterday, in Ennis and in Salvador, that sometimes romance means sitting for an eternity in a shoe shop.Unmoving Messi, folding arms and star-attachment; the week’s best sportswriting>Twitter was loving Brian Kerr’s commentary for Argentina-Belgium>last_img read more

LaCie Gives Macs a Speed Boost Youre Welcome

first_imgMac fans, you don’t need to wait for the Mac to include USB 3.0 support. Thanks to a little storage company named LaCie, you can have it now. LaCie has introduced a USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS, bringing transfer speeds that are two times faster than FireWire 800. You can download the driver here, then use it with LaCie’s USB 3.0 expansion cards. Check your compatibility with USB 3.0 first, install the peripherals, then download the driver.The LaCie USB 3.0 PCI Express card lists for $49.99, while the LaCie USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 goes for 59.99. Once you’re set up, you can transfer to externals like the LaCie 2big USB 3.0, the LaCie Minimus, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0, and the LaCie Rikki USB 3.0.last_img read more

Sony PS3 356 firmware found to contain a rootkit

first_imgWhatever your opinions of the Geohot lawsuit there’s is no denying that this has made Sony paranoid over the future security of its platform. A perfect example of this is a discovery made in the latest PS3 3.56 firmware upgrade.Already we have seen that the update has stopped users from being able to upgrade/swap their hard drives, albeit this was a small bug and not a deliberate attempt by Sony to deter piracy. But it has also been discovered that the firmware contains a rootkit that allows Sony to perform remote code execution when a console is connected to the PlayStation Network.In plain English this means that certain files could be scanned and detected by Sony i.e. custom firmware/homebrew applications, and a report sent back about them.We are not sure how accurate this is, or what Sony would do with this info, but if true it could be one way for Sony to detect potential security breaches on the system and allow it to implement future updates to combat problems (this perhaps could be with games that have been exploited, MW2 anyone?).Either way, it’s news that will stir yet more arguments within the PS3 community. However, if it can be used to clean up the PlayStation Network, this has to be good for genuine gamers who simply want to play their games clean and fairly.Read more at Jailbreak Scenelast_img read more

Man donates kidney to stranger after seeing Facebook post

first_imgA heartwarming video from Beaumont Hospital in Michigan shows two men explaining why one decided to donate a kidney to the other — but there’s a twist. Everyone’s favorite social network had a hand in connecting the two.Thirty-five-year-old Jeff Kurze was in desperate need of a kidney. He’d already had one stroke, and the dialysis was extremely physically draining. The wait list for a kidney was three to five years long, which was too long for Kurze’s wife Roxy to wait.AdChoices广告Facebook statuses are often used to tell your friends about the great concert you just went to, or to complain about all the homework you have to do tonight, but one status update changed everything. Roxy wrote on Facebook that she was “wishing a kidney would fall out of the sky so my husband can stop suffering.” She asked if anyone knew of a live donor with type O blood, and to please let her know. Lo and behold, she got a response, and, surprisingly, it was from someone who was virtually a stranger.Ricky Cisco, 25, was friends with Roxy on Facebook through a distant work relationship. Neither of them actually knew each other. Cisco knew he had type O blood, and noticed Roxy’s plea for help one day while checking the site. Cisco said he’d never thought about donating a kidney, but was intrigued about what it entailed, so he started doing some research. Cisco realized that donating a kidney was less dangerous than driving to work every day, and said he really had no excuse to fall back on once he realized how safe it was.When Cisco met Jeff, the two realized they’d already met briefly when Jeff sold him a laptop about a year before that. Cisco said in the video that he “always wanted to be a hero,” but since he’s not very strong and can’t lift anything, he can’t save people in traditional ways.The transplant was done on March 30, and the video below shows the two telling their story two days before the surgery at Beaumont Hospital in the Detroit area. The two have become friends through this and now see each other at least once a week.See? Facebook really is where friends meet.Via MSNBC’s Digital Lifelast_img read more

Displaying every Unicode character takes 33 minutes

first_imgThere are some videos that appear on the web that make you think “why?”. But at the same time you have to commend the people who create them for first thinking up the idea, then following through with it.The video above is one such example. Joerg Pringer of decided he wanted to make a video showing every single Unicode character with one displaying per frame. That’s a total of 49,571 characters.AdChoices广告At first the idea seemed quite simple, and included using Adobe After Effects to piece it together. But as is usually the case, problems come up, and in Joerg’s case he started writing his own program as no single existing piece of software at his disposal seemed to fit the bill. The end result was a little app that saved each character as a PNG file and then used ffmpeg to piece it together as a video.One final problem was finding and fixing all the undefined characters. Those are the characters your system cannot display and instead show up as an undefined box. Again, a custom program was planned, but in the end he just edited them out in a text editor as it was quicker.You can view all the characters rendered in the video as a long list, which gives you some idea of just how big a character set this is. The fact the video is 33 minutes and 17 seconds long is also a good indication of the diverse character sets Unicode encompasses.Read more at netpoetic.comlast_img read more

Dragon Age Origins unplayable for days due to EA DRM issues

first_imgIf you’ve been wondering why Dragon Age: Origins hasn’t been working for you over the past few days, or if you just purchased the game and wondered why you can’t play it, now we know why: a combination of technical and DRM-related issues on EA’s authentication servers rendered the game unplayable for many gamers starting on Friday, all through the weekend, and were only resolved late last night.The story began on Friday morning, when players who ran the game were rewarded with an error that read “DLC not authorized,” indicating the game’s DRM had decided the player, even if they had bought the game, wasn’t permitted to play it. As with most issues, especially PC ones, many self-supporting and competent players would immediately take to the Internet, Google their error message, and start digging around for other people who experienced the same issue to find out how they fixed it.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, in this case doing that would have led you down a rabbit hole of reinstallations, registry tweaks, hacks, driver updates, permissions changes, and other system changes that – had the issue not been entirely on EA’s side – may have actually helped, but in this case would have been useless. Jon Stokes over at Ars Technica detailed his lengthy weekend experience troubleshooting DA:O, starting on Friday and culminating with an admission on Monday – three days after the issue began — from EA.  In the game’s official forums EA admitted that they’ve identified that the error is on their side, and has something to do with the way their installed DRM authorizes the DLC content for play. They still have no idea what originally caused it, even though it’s reportedly resolved.As of today, EA and Bioware are still investigating the problem, but the general sentiment in the forums is that the developers could have alerted the user community in a more transparent and open way that the issue was server-side. That way players didn’t have to jump through hoops to try and get the game working. Some players even reported that their chats with EA customer support resulted in scripted attempts to resolve the issue (like having the player re-install the game, update drivers, and try some other workarounds) before admitting to the customer that the issue was server-side all along.Read more at Ars TechnicaAlan’s OpinionAdmittedly, there’s little EA could have done to deter the natural tendency for most people to try to help themselves by searching the Web before engaging their customer support for help. Although, this is symptomatic of the perception that customer support for many things, games included, is ineffective and the player would have better luck on their own.Even so, EA could have been more forthcoming acknowledging that there was an issue and that they were looking into it. Preferably sooner than three days after the issue began. It’s difficult to believe that EA or Bioware weren’t aware that there was a problem for that length of time. Stokes also points out that there’s some blame to lay at the feet of EA and Bioware’s chosen DRM scheme: the game has to re-authorize the DLC every time the game starts, instead of just once, like many other titles. This means that if the Windows service on the player’s side isn’t running, or there’s any issue on the Bioware server side, the game is unplayable.Even if you take the DRM scheme as acceptable, it would in turn mean that EA and Bioware should take a more proactive approach towards managing the community and alerting them to issues that would affect their play. In this case, it appears that everyone: gamers, community members, and even EA customer support to some extent, were in the dark about this issue until it was long past its boiling point. The game is playable now and the issue is fixed, but how long gamers remember this issue and whether it’ll inform their future buying decisions is anyone’s guess.last_img read more