← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Half of the tickets already sold! Next Story → No winner in Berlin – HSV at the door of European elite Summer 2013 will be remembered as one of the most interesting for European handball market. Many great players have changed their teams between the two seasons due many different reasons. BM Atletico Madrid and Chekhovskie Medvedi bankrupts, new handball forces as Paris Saint German , Vive Targi Kielce and the others made great changes in the strentgh of various handball leagues and areas. That’s why Handball-Planet.com prepares a list of 25 biggest handball transfer of summer 2013 instead of traditionally ten.TOP 25 HANDBALL TRANSFERS BEFORE SEASON 2013/2014:1. NIKOLA KARABATIC (Aix – F.C Barcelona Intersport)2. IGOR VORI (HSV Handball – Paris Saint German)3. DANIEL NARCISSE (THW Kiel – Paris Saint German)4. KIRIL LAZAROV (BM Atletico Madrid – F.C Barcelona Intersport)5. THIERRY OMEYER (THW Kiel – HC Montpellier)6. JOAN CANELLAS (BM Atletico Madrid – HSV Handball)7. MOMIR ILIC (THW Kiel – MKB Veszprem)8. JULEN AGUINAGALDE (BM Atletico Madrid – Vive Targi Kielce)9. MARCIN LIJEWSKI (HSV Handball – Orlen Wisla Plock)10. IVANO BALIC (BM Atletico Madrid – HSG Wetzlar)11. GABOR CSASZAR (MKB Veszprem – Paris Saint German)12. RASMUS LAUGE SCHMIDT (BSV Silkeborg – THW Kiel)13. JOHAN SJOSTRAND (Aalborg – THW Kiel)14. XAVIER BARACHET (BM Atletico Madrid – Saint Raphael)15. TIMUR DIBIROV (Chehkovskie Medvedi – RK Vardar)16. SERGEI GORBOK (Chehkovskie Medvedi – Rhein Neckar Lowen)17. PAVEL ATMAN (HC Dinamo Minsk – RK Metalurg)18. BORUT MACKOVSEK (RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko – TSV Hannover Burgdorf)19. ALEX DUJSHEBAEV (Aragon – RK Vardar Skopje)20. HENRIK TOFT HANSEN (BSV Silkeborg – HSV Handball)21. ALBERT ROCAS (F.C Barcelona Intersport – KIF Kolding Kobenhavn)22. JURE DOLENEC (RK Gorenje – HC Montpellier)23. ZARKO MARKOVIC (FA Goppingen – HSV Handball)24. NIKOLA MANOJLOVIC (RK Cimos Koper – Rhein Neckar Lowen)25. FAHRUDIN MELIC (RK Gorenje – Paris Saint German)source:HANDBALL-PLANET.COM Alber RocasAlex DujhebaevBorut MackovsekGabor Csaszarhandball 2013/2014handball seasonhandball transferhandball transfersHavier BarachetHenrik Toft HansenIvano BalicJoan CanellasJohan Sjostrandjure dolenecKiril LazarovLjubomir VranjesMarcin LijewskiMomir IlicNikola KarabaticNikola Manojlovicpavel atmanRasmum Lauge SchmidtSergei GorbokThierry OmeyerTOP HandballZarko Markovic
Austria handballhandballNorway handballQatar 2015Qatar handballRaul Santos Two teams that showed much to be counted upon at the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, put a fine display in their 2015 Word Championship Qualifier play-off match. In a match that could have easily ended either way, boosted by the home fans Austria came back in a three-goal turnaround to win 28:26 (15:16), in the first play-off match for the World Championship 2015.In a very equally contested match, it was Norway that edged the first half just narrowly 16:15, after the last 45 seconds of the first period saw no less than three goals scored, after a penalty put Norway one goal ahead. The second half saw the defensive battle slowly turn the match in favor of the home team, who had the backing of 5.000 fans in the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna.Wing shoot-outThe match was entirely dominated by wings on both sides, with left wing Kristian Björnsen topping the score-chart with eight goals. His Austrian counterpart, youngster Raul Santos closely followed with seven goals to his name, to see his team secure the all-important home win, before taking the game to Norway.Despite the inspired performance from the high-scoring wingers on both sides, Austrian defence turned up with their A-game in the second half to turn the match in their favour. After the first half saw both sides firing on all cylinders (15:16), the second period kept the defence tight on both ends to maintain a relatively low 13:10 score. For Austria it was the experienced Victor Szilagy and Vytautas Ziura scoring a combined effort of twelve goals (six goals each) to rise above Bjarte Myrhol and promising youngster Sagosen to take control of the match come the final whistle.Following a two-goal home win, Austria will be under no illusions before the second match. Two-goal deficit might prove no big obstacle for the ambitious Norway team to take on boosted by the support at their home court, and the sole reason for Austria to push on, come the deciding match.TEXT: Nemanja Savic ← Previous Story Sweden and Russia make steps towards Qatar Next Story → Women Euro Q: Denmark wins in Vienna, Austria against Ukraine to decide qualification
← Previous Story EUROPEAN TOUR BEFORE SUPER GLOBE: EL Jaish beat Zagreb Next Story → COME-BACK TO GERMANY AFTER 6 YEARS: Kasper Nielsen to Fuchse Berlin! THW Kiel are back on the winning track after defeat against TBV Lemgo at the beginning of the season. “Zebras” won the biggest German handball derby against SG Flensburg 30:26 (13:15) in the Round 2 of DKB Bundesliga 2014/2015. dkb bundesliga 2014/2015SG FlensburgTHW Kiel THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (1.-60., 18 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Duvnjak (2), Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (n.e.), Weinhold (6), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (4/1), Cañellas (2), Dahmke, Palmarsson (1), Klein (3), Jicha (7/1), Vujin (2); SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (1.-60., 12/2 saves), Møller (n.e.); Karlsson, Nenadic (4), Eggert (4/2), Glandorf (6), Mogensen (2), Svan (6), Kaufmann (1), Jakobsson, Heinl (1), Zachariassen (2), Radivojevic;
← Previous Story Kielce beat Meshkov Brest for French challenge at TOP 16 Next Story → HORRIBLE DAY FOR KIEL: PSG smash Zebras 42:24 Lino Cervar decided to leave bench of Macedonian national team in order to overtake Croatia in year of preparation for home Men’s EHF EURO 2018.Macedonian Handball Federation informed earlier today domestic media about Cervar’s intention to use clausule in contract with allow him to terminate agreement with them. Macedonia ended 15th at Men’s World Championship 2017 in France.Cervar led Croatia between 2002 and 2010. He was world and Olympic champion in 2003 and 2004 with his country.
Martin Galia, hero of Czech Republic. Handball veteran made dreams to come true in match against Olympic champions from Denmark! Team led by coaching duo Filip&Kubes, after many years showed great potential in the battle with the favorites. We were concentrating on the match from breakfast and we wanted to show everyone that we can play handball. Victory is from the realm of dreams, we went for it, they underestimated us a little and did not get into the fight. This happens in sport.Galia, the oldest player at EHF EURO 2018, motivated younger guys…I tried to push the boys forward, not to look at the scoreboard. It does not matter if it’s one, two, three. But at the end, we saw that we had more power. Danes played with seven players and could not get through our defense. We put everything into this, we have to relax and go on Hungarians – concluded Galia for the Federation’s website.PHOTO: chf.cz ← Previous Story Pesic to replace Alilovic before match against Sweden Next Story → EHF DECISION: Slovenian rejected! Martin Galia
“Painting hooded gunmen on the gable walls does not solve the problems or issues.”DUP MLA Robin Newton was also critical: “George Best is a sporting icon, famous throughout the world and recognised by those who know football to be one of the world’s best,” Newton told the BBC.“He’s an east Belfast man known internationally as ‘The Belfast Boy’ — he should have stayed up on that wall”.Read: Man arrested over 1976 sectarian killing of father-of-two >Read: Co Down-born woman may have taken part in Nairobi attack > THE REPLACEMENT OF a mural paying tribute to George Best with one depicting a UVF gunman has sparked outrage amongst members of a community in east Belfast.Work on the painting began earlier this month, but was suspended for a time after community leaders intervened.It was completed at the weekend, but the artwork has since sparked criticism from those within the neighbourhood and from local representatives.The mural shows a masked UVF fighter brandishing a gun, alongside the Martin Luther King quote “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”.PUP councillor John Kyle, who had been involved in behind-the-scenes efforts to prevent the repainting, was amongst those to criticise the move:“There are very real issues and problems within loyalist communities, there is a frustration and an anger and those need to be addressed,” Kyle told UTV.
NEW CROSS-BORDER RESEARCH has found that the number of painful and potentially serious falls suffered by older people can be minimised through video games.Research funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), and carried out in Queen’s University and Trinity College, found that games developed for pay using the balance board from the Nintendo Wii made older people significantly less likely to fall.“Improving balance and gait can play an important role in helping older people avoid falls and injury as well as improving their mobility confidence,” said Professor Cathy Craig of Queen’s University, who led the research.“Older people who played the games enjoyed an improvement in both static and dynamic balance,” she added.The research involved testing the games on older people in both Dublin and Belfast, and found that those who played the games enjoyed significantly greater improvements in balance than those who did not play.Researchers concluded that playing similar games where balance is involved could play an important role in minimising the risk of falls in the future. The games used in the project were purpose-designed and built with older people in mind.It is thought that about 300 older people die from injuries sustained in falls each year, while thousands more are injured and often left severely immobile.It is thought that the healthcare cost of treating older fall victims can reach about €400 million per year in the Republic alone, while falls can also result in reduced mobility for older people which in turn can lead to isolation, loneliness and damaged confidence.
Updated 22.50pmTHE PROSPECT OF a catastrophic US default on its loans was averted today, as Senate leaders agreed a deal that will raise the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government.Republican senator Kelly Ayotte told AP that a deal was done, but she would leave it to Speaker of the House John Boenher to announce it.“I understand they’ve come to an agreement but I’m going to let the leader announce that.”It is understood that the deal will see the US have authority to borrow through 7 February and will fund the government departments which had been closed up until 15 January.The deal will be voted on in the House, will be sped through Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.The deal comes just twelve hours before the deadline Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had set for Congress to raise the current $16.7 trillion debt limit. Without action by lawmakers, he said, Treasury could not be certain it had the ability to pay bills as they come due.In addition to raising the debt limit, the proposal would give lawmakers a vote to disapprove the increase. Obama would have the right to veto their opposition, ensuring he would prevail.House and Senate negotiators would be appointed to seek a deficit-reduction deal, but there is no provision for federal agencies to have increased flexibility in coping with the effects of across-the-board cuts.The proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, will only be altered in one small way. Under the deal, those seeking subsidies will have to undergo stricter income verification.MarketsThe New York Stock Exchange bounced back from yesterday’s losses by 200 points on foot of the news.There had been dire warnings from the financial world a day after the Fitch credit rating agency said it was reviewing its AAA rating on U.S. government debt for possible downgrade.John Chambers, chairman of Standard & Poor’s Sovereign Debt Committee, told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday that a U.S. government default on its debts would be “much worse than Lehman Brothers,” the investment firm whose 2008 collapse led to the global financial crisis.Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC he doesn’t think the federal government will fail to pay its bills, but “if it does happen, it’s a pure act of idiocy.”AP contributed additional reporting- First published 5.50pmRead: Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon to reopenRead: With hours to go before deadline, US edges closer to shutdown deal
The Dublin Chamber said that they wouldn’t go so far as to say that tax breaks or allowances should be given to those that live in the city centre, but said that the Dublin needs to stay competitive with other international cities and the cost of living, including rent and house prices does have a part to play.High costsA spokesperson for the Dublin Chamber said that due to the population in Dublin expected to reach 2.1 million over the next ten years, the issue that is creating the high cost is the high demand, stating that they have long called for plan to be drawn up that will ensure there is enough housing stock.“The increase in house prices and rent is being driven up by the lack of supply. That is what’s created this 12 per cent difference in Dublin in comparision to other parts of the country. If we don’t plan for the future, we are going to be in big touble,” he said.“When prices rise because of a boom, what is needed to moderate prices is simply an increase in supply. What we need to understand now is why there is so little construction happening in Dublin, when the city clearly needs it,” concluded Ronan Lyons.Do you think that people living in Dublin should be able to avail of a tax break or supplements? Tell us what you think it the comments section.Column: House prices are rising again, so should we be concerned about a bubble?>Property prices rise again, that’s four months in a row now> In some other countries they do regulate the rental prices in some cities, but Ireland is not really a rental country.Perhaps that would work if there was a shift to where the majority of people rent, but Irish people really see renting as a stop gap before they buy a house. And this can be what drives up the price.A number of people come on to the market looking for a house in a certain area and so are a lot of other people. If the majority rented houses and apartments rather than bought them, perhaps insentives and protections would work, but right now the overwhelming majority of people are owners not renters of properties. RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY PRICES in Dublin have increased over the past five months, creating a widening gap between house prices in the city centre and other parts of the country.In Dublin, residential property prices rose by 12.3 per cent, a quicker rate than in August when they were up by 10.6 per cent. Dublin apartment prices were 11.0 per cent higher when compared with the same month of 2012.The average monthly rent in Ireland is now €825 per month, compared to €792 one year ago, while the average rent in Dublin is now €1,148 per month, according to property website Daft.ie’s quarterly rental report.The market in Dublin seems to be one far removed from the rest of the country, and this can be said about the jobs market also.Just this week, seven companies announced they were creating jobs in Ireland, but out of the 330 jobs announced, 275 of these are in Dublin.Tax breaks for city living?With unemployment still relatively high and with jobs springing up in the capital, is it a leap too far to argue that there should be tax breaks, incentives and allowances for those city dwellers that live in Dublin?Robert Hoban, Director of Auctions at Allsop Space says tax breaks, rental protection or freezing wouldn’t really work or be suitable for the Irish rental market as it just isn’t big enough. In terms of tax breaks for people who buy houses in Dublin, there was one announced in the budget, called “Living Cities” which Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced to try and incentivise people to the cities.He announced that a pilot scheme would be launched that would encourage families to take up residence in Limerick and Waterford cities and that it will be extended to Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway in 2014.Under the plan, home buyers and commercial property owners can apply for tax relief on the refurbishment of historic buildings.Hoban said that the issue is there are no houses to buy, as those that want to buy are locked into their homes, either due to being arrears or due to the lack of credit available. And the houses that are for sale have loads of people vying for them.Rising pricesWriting for TheJournal.ie, Ronan Lyons said: “Rising prices now may generate rising prices in the future because rising prices now affect people’s expectations. But the point made above still remains: unless those expectations can tap in to credit, they will not translate into a rise in demand.”Hoban told TheJournal.ie that it is all about supply and demand, explaining that in the boom times, the government introduced tax incentives to developers to build in the outskirts of cities and urban areas. Many apartments were bought up, but as the jobs left these areas, the people wanted to also, he said.“People bought apartments in the hope that they would move on and into a house down the line. They bought apartments because house prices at the time were too high. Developers were insentivised to build there, people bought up apartments because they couldn’t afford to live in the cities and now the only jobs that are really coming on line are in the major cities like Dublin,” he said.He said that it all comes down to a shortage of stock on the market and the limited space to build. He said there would be no point in creating tax breaks for developers to build in Dublin as there is simply not enough land, but what about renters and buyers in Dublin? Should they get tax breaks or assistance to live in the city?Rental freezing and supplementsHoban said that Irish people like to own their own property.
Updated 11pmMULTINATIONAL FIRE AND security company, Tyco, is to set up a business services centre in Cork and will require up to 500 employees, it was announced this afternoon.Speaking from the jobs announcement in Cork, Minister Richard Bruton said the firm’s move into the city could “potentially create more than 500 positions locally over three years”.Tyco has started the recruitment process – in the form of an examination of the local talent pool – and vacancies are being advertised on its website. The company is looking to fill roles in finance, procurement, HR, IT, legal, project management, research and development, customer service, and administration.IDA Ireland’s Barry O’Leary noted that the centre will “provide opportunities for candidates with a variety of educational backgrounds”.He also said that Ireland has improved its cost competitiveness in recent years – Tyco had closed two facilities in Shannon and Cork in 2008, citing cost competitiveness as a reason for leaving.“We chose Ireland for this centre to take advantage of the country’s knowledge base and successful record of supporting operations centres like these,” explained Phil McVey, Tyco Business System’s vice president.“With 140 similar centres already located here that support companies based around the world, we were attracted to Ireland’s expertise and culture of innovation, as well as the availability of a strong technical workforce that can hit the ground running to support a range of functional areas.”Currently, Tyco employs more than 65,000 people in 1,000 locations across 50 countries.- First published 1pmRead: 328 jobs at risk as liquidators wind down Mount Carmel HospitalMore: 50 jobs at risk at Carlow meat plant
UP TO 40 new jobs are to be created in a new operations centre at IBM’s Dublin campus, in the second ‘big data’ jobs announcement today.The jobs will form part of the company’s global software services, and is aimed at streamlining and improving efficiency.“The centre will integrate and interconnect information from our software engagements around the world, enabling us to apply analytics, process innovation and experience to get closer to our clients,” said IBM’s Director of Worldwide Services & Education Operations Michelle Ginther.“We can offer clients a greater involvement in the design and development of our software offerings and a more personalised engagement with our services.”IDA CEO Barry O’Leary welcomed the announcement, highlighting IBM’s continued votes of confidence in Ireland, with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton noting that the Action Plan for Jobs specifically aims towards “supporting the high growth areas of cloudcomputing and Big Data”.IBM first set up here in 1956, and uses its Dublin centre as a centre for global management.Cork: 30 jobs as digital research firm opens European HQ >
Video: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY declined to answer questions about the controversy surrounding the Garda Commissioner at an event in Dublin today, saying the matter will be discussed at Cabinet tomorrow.Arriving at the Radiodays conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin today, Kenny said that it was “a really important day” for such a conference.TV3′s Ursula Halligan asked if Martin Callinan should not apologise to the whistleblowers as soon as possible, but Kenny declined to answer the question, saying those matters will be dealt with tomorrow.“We’ll discuss it at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow and we’ll see how we get on,” he said.After delivering his speech at the event, he again declined to answer reporters questions, saying: “Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.”With reporting from Nicky Ryan at the Convention Centre Tánaiste: Shatter should ‘clear up’ claims whistleblowers did not cooperate
Mikey Stafford reports from Recife.NOTHING KILLS THE party spirit like waiting for a bus that never comes and after almost two hours waiting for the bus to Porto de Galinhas we were convinced it would never arrive.The plan was to get out of Recife for the day, swim without fear of becoming shark bait and maybe see some sea turtles, but the plan wasn’t working out. We abandoned the bus stop and resolved to spend our final day in the former World Cup host city of Recife.Of the dozen cities chosen to host matches at this World Cup half have now completed their duty. Manaus, Cuiaba, Natal and Curitiba were not allotted any games beyond the group stage, while Recife, along with Porto Alegre, finished up this week with the second round games.By the time our bus didn’t come, more than 24 hours had passed since Costa Rica’s Michael Umana smashed home the penalty to send Greece home and complete Arena Pernambuco’s World Cup duties.The rain started to fall, hard — as is its wont in Recife — so we sought shelter in the Golden Tulip, the hotel where Umana and his Costa Rican team-mates stayed the night before and the night after their historic victory over the Greeks.Gone were the crash barriers in front of the entrance, gone were the fans standing vigil and gone were the menacing-looking security guards and the television cameras and the helicopters circling overhead. All is quiet in Recife as the World Cup moves on. Source: Adelle HughesGone too were the guests, seemingly. The lobby was all but deserted and, at 11am, there was nobody staffing the restaurant-bar.The beach too was much quieter than it had been. The friendly gents renting umbrellas and seats were more actively pursuing your trade than they had been a week before when the sand was clogged with Americans and Mexicans and Germans.The rain began to fall again, harder still, and as we sought shelter under a lifeguard station, Recife took on the appearance of a northern Brazilian coastal city on a dreary Monday afternoon.The World Cup goes on, of course, and as we sought shelter from the rain a third time at a self-service lunch buffet underneath a printers, we watched Argentina-Switzerland in the company of lots of locals who were very enthusiastically cheering for the Swiss.But they all went back to work before the extra-time was played.The Brazil flags and bunting are still hanging and everyone is talking about Neymar’s knee and the dangerous Colombians, but the city as a whole feels like a stretch of road lined with spectators after the last float of the St Patrick’s Day parade has passed.The party is going on as before, it’s just you can no longer see it. Recife in the sun last week. Source: Mikey StaffordThe locals are pretty nonplussed by the whole thing. “It was as busy as Carnival for two weeks and now it is back to normal,” was how one customer in the bar where we ate our last supper put it. If you party like the Brazilians you have to be able to deal with the hangover. The hope is you profited in some way from the soiree.Another diner, an optician, told us he sold new glasses to two fans who had theirs broken or lost during the festivities — an American and a German. Little profits that combined mean a significant boost to the economies of Recife, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Natal, Manaus and Porto Alegre.Making money out of Arena Pernambuco could be another thing. Built out of town in the Sao Lourenco da Mata district the plan was/is to build a shopping centre, cinemas and restaurants, along with 5,000 new homes, to boost the economy of this deprived part of the metropolitan area.So far they have the stadium and a lot of very big car parks, which will open once again on July 15 when Nautico play their next home match, against Sampaio Correa. The Serie B team, one of three professional sides in Recife, attracted 3,054 to their last match at the stadium, a 2-1 win over Portuguesa on May 20.Nautico, who were relegated from the top flight last season, average a little over 13,000 at their home games. There were 41,242 spectators at Costa Rica-Greece. Recife locals remain focused on the fortunes of Seleção. Source: Mikey StaffordRunners-up in Serie A in 1967 and 21-time state champions, Nautico are a proud team with a regular following and their elephant is nowhere near as white as Arena Amazonia in Manaus, which will play host to the remote city’s fourth division Nacional and their 1,000 fans.The hope is Arena Pernambuco can be used as a concert venue too and, when not in use, the electricity generated by its banks of solar panels will be diverted to houses in the surrounding neighbourhoods.The World Cup has left Recife but a lucky few, at least, continue to bask in its reflected glory.Roy Keane and his beard are back in English football as Villa unveil new assistant manager20 years on, the world remembers the tragic loss of Andres Escobar
MOST STUDENTS DON’T smoke, 1 in 5 say they’re not sexually active and 1 in 10 don’t take a drink.That’s according to the National Student Survey of 4,583 students conducted by Campus.ie which was published today.It found that 70% of students are not regular smokers and that 15% smoke socially.The survey showed that over half of students say they only drink between 1-6 drinks a week, with 10% saying that they don’t drink at all.Of those who do drink, 80% say they drink under the weekly maximum recommended by the HSE.The majority of students surveyed (59%) said they only go out to a nightclub, bar or house party once a week – with 23% saying they don’t go out to these events at all.In terms of drug use, 58% of students say they have never taken drugs, 30% say they have tried marijuana and 7% tried ecstasy. Source: Student Survey via CampusWhen it comes to sex – 21% say they are not sexually active, with 22% saying they have had only one sexual partner.A third of those questioned said they’ve had between two and five sexual partners.Seventy-five per cent of those who are sexually active are using contraceptives:condoms (48%)the contraceptive pill (24%)or the contraceptive implant (3%).However 3% admitted that they do not use contraception.Cold hard cashThe survey estimates that the average cost of a student for the nine months of college is approximately €8,283.76.The research revealed that many students are relying on their parents for money.39% depend on their family to support them25% said they have a grant18% said they to work – the average hours being 12.6 a week.However it also found that under 18% of students don’t have any type of loan. Source: student survey via CampusThe survey also found that 74% of students said they were not in debt while just 5% had debt over €5,000. Source: Student Survey via CampusWhen asked if they planned to emigrate after graduation, 50% of students said maybe while 26% said yes. Only 22% said no. Source: Student Survey via CampusRead: ‘Discover University’ projects give teens a window into tech and enterprise>Read: Sober Ireland: What’s it like to not drink in Ireland?>
OVER HALF OF ‘sub-prime’ mortgages are in serious repayment difficulty, with nearly €2 billion in arrears out of a total of €3.4 billion owed on homes and buy-to-let properties in this category.The figures were released to Fianna Fail spokesman Michael McGrath in reply to a parliamentary question, which also revealed that 4,554 out of 17,789 sub-prime home loans had been restructured.For buy to let properties, 88 out of 739 are restructured.The mortgage restructuring targets imposed on the banks as part of an effort to resolve problem home loans do not apply to the sub-prime properties, Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed.McGrath said that the exclusion of sub-prime mortgages from the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Target process is “inexplicable” Sub-prime mortgages are among those most in need of permanent restructuring and the Minister should move to apply rigorous restructuring targets on sub-prime lenders. In particular, the Minister should put the spotlight on interest rates being charged which are often exorbitant.Sub-prime loans are mortgages issued by ‘retail credit firms’ such as Start Mortgages, Springboard Mortgages and Nua Mortgages.Some mainstream institutions such as AIB, EBS and Permanent TSB also operate retail credit firms.Pointing to figures that show one in every four home repossessions since the beginning of 2012 relates to sub-prime loans.“The simple truth is that the government has shown scant regard for the 18,000 sub-prime mortgage holders – many of whom are now in real danger of losing their family home.”It is well past time that the government and Central Bank extend the Mart programme to sub-prime lenders in order to save as many of these family homes as possible.Read: €1.9 billion in outstanding debt of sub-prime mortgages>Read: The verdict on Bank of Ireland’s €250 million mortgage book sale>
A lot of ink has been spilled over Minecraft already but our very own John Brownlee just put together a fine article on the subject. I’d write more to introduce it but the article speaks for itself:In Minecraft, you can build castles in the clouds, not because the turrets are held aloft by some sort of counter-gravitation engine, but because you built your sky castle on a support high enough to reach the cubist ether… and then dismantled the support, leaving your castle hover in mid-air, as if supported in space by the mere memory of solid land beneath it. (In this way, the world of Minecraft borrows some of its Newtonian rationale from Road Runner cartoons.) Even if you didn’t “get” Minecraft before, that probably aroused your curiosity. And before you know it Brownlee is quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias (probably from memory) and explaining the game’s “despressive heart” which for some reason makes me want to play it even more.It’s a good read that will give people not so much an understanding of the game, but why some people have connected with it so strongly. The author is most strongly affected by the “loneliness, immortality and the ironic futility of great works” found in the Minecraft, not the curious physics or the construction of massive (but ultimately useless) projects. The game is perfectly suited for a bit of introspection and the article will get some of us thinking more deeply about the timeless, block-filled prison that is Minecraft and why it’s something in which we’d choose to immerse ourselves.Read the full article at GearFuse.
Last week we alerted you to great deal: 25% off Dell’s 27-inch professional display. That took the price down from $1099 to $825, making for a nice price on a very solid display. Now Dell has gone and repeated the deal, but on their 30-inch flagship, the U3011.Buyers still get a high-end IPS panel, the card reader, all those connections (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI), and a USB hub, but now they get it at 2560×1600. The refresh rate slows down from 6ms to 7ms, but guess what–you won’t be able to tell the difference.With 25% off (and free shipping) the U3011 sells for $1124 instead of the standard $1499. That’s a savings of $375, which is basically enough to buy a nice 24-inch monitor to put next to the U3011. So despite the 27-inch and 30-inch displays going on sale lately, they still come at a hefty premium over 24-inch (and smaller) options.Still, for some people it will be worth it to be able to see everything on one display. If you work with large graphics or photographs it makes a huge difference to have your image displayed as as close to full size as possible, without having to keep zooming in and out for finer edits. Large displays might not seem like an obvious way to save space, but the footprint of a single 27- or 30-inch display is much less than that of dual 24s.Buy the Dell UltraSharp U3011 from Logic Buy.
Apple’s iPad 2 finally went on sale today putting an end to all the speculation around what the sequel to the original iPad would bring. Of course, what may still be a mystery is what is under the hood of the iPad 2. Luckily, we can thank our friends over at iFixit to whip out their heat gun and pry the front cover off Apple’s newest tablet.As publicly acknowledged, we know that the iPad 2 features a 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, models with 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, 9.7-inch LED backlit widescreen multi-touch display with IPS technology, HD 720p rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera. Upon prying open the front cover, iFixit soon found out the clips holding the iPad’s front planel were gone and replaced with simple glue in the iPad 2. Upon removing the screws holding the LCD screen in place, the tablet began to reveal its secrets.Beneath the LCD screen is the iPad 2’s 3.8V 25 watt-hour battery which is a small bump up from the iPad’s 24.8 watt-hour battery. It is believed additional battery life, of up to 10 hours, is being achieved mainly through software and hardware improvements.Upon disconnecting the display data cable, the battery connector and touchscreen ribbon cable additional components are revealed including the Broadcom BCM5973KFBGH Microcontroller (for the touchscreen) and the Broadcom BCM5974 CKFBGH capacitive touchscreen controller which were also used in the iPad.After removing the iPad 2’s battery, volume control, rear-facing camera and board containing the the volume control and silent/screen rotation lock button, the iPad’s STMicroelectronics AGD8 2103 gyroscope and LIS331DLH accelerometer are uncovered. Also uncovered, is the Wi-Fi board which is powered by Broadcom‘s BCM43291HKUBC, a combo chip that includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an FM tuner. This is the same Broadcom part that was used in the first iPad and and the iPhone 4.Once the speaker assembly is removed, the small speakers of the iPad 2 can be seen. As iFixit mentioned it almost seems like the speakers were an afterthought.The iPad 2 teardown revealed that standard Philip screws were used instead of pentalobular or tri-Wing screws which require special tools, but the tricky part still seems to be removing the iPad 2’s front panel using a plastic tool and heat gun. Luckily, we can rely on iFixit to do it for us.Read more at iFixit.
If you’ve been holding off on picking up a Nexus S because you’ve been waiting for a 4G version, wait no longer. Samsung and Sprint have announced that the Nexus S 4G will arrive on May 8th, and will set you back $199.99 with a 2-year contract or eligible upgrade. If you want to be first in line, Sprint allows users to pre-order the device by purchasing a $50 gift card as a deposit, and when the phone is released, you can use the gift card towards the purchase price.The Nexus S will also sport Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” when it arrives, and supports Sprint’s WIMAX network. The device features a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor under the hood, along with 16GB of internal storage. Unfortunately that 16GB is non-expandable, which is a bit of a let-down. The device’s form factor is the same as well, complete with the 4-inch “Contour” Super AMOLED display that Samsung and Google are so proud of.AdChoices广告The Nexus S 4G also features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth and GPS, and can connect to 802.11 b, g, and n networks. Essentially, the device is the Nexus S that you can find over on T-Mobile, just already updated to Gingerbread and capable of 4G via WIMAX.The version of Android on the Nexus S 4G will be the same as the Nexus S: stock Android. Meaning no skins, UI customizations, or carrier-specific apps will be loaded on the device. Google also noted today that, as promised back in March, Sprint customers will be able to take advantage of all of Google Voice‘s features without being forced to change or port their number from Sprint to Google Voice.It’s pretty rare for a device to come with stock Android these days, so Android purists will be pleased. While some people have bemoaned Sprint’s WIMAX as a poor alternative to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network, there’s no doubt the Nexus S 4G will be a hit for Sprint.Read more at Sprint and Google Mobile
Usually, when you’re selecting a mouse the features you look for are connectivity and comfort in the hand. LG is aiming to get you interested in its LSM-100 laser mouse by adding a brand new feature: the ability to scan documents and full-color images.The LG LSM-100 may be the size of a regular mouse, but it has a built-in scanner on its base. By clicking the Smart Scan button on the left hand side of the rodent it automatically starts an app and begins capturing whatever is underneath the mouse.As you can see in the video below, swiping the mouse back and forth slowly forms an image of an entire document. You can actually do this for documents and images up to A3 in size. Once the scan is complete you then have further options for rotating or cropping the image before saving it as a PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF, XLS, or DOC file.LG has also considered you may want to scan a written document, so the software that ships with the mouse has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) functionality. It can take a text document scan, figure out what the text is, and convert it to an editable Word document.We don’t know how much the LSM-100 costs yet, but LG describes it as a “top-end mouse” so expect the price to match with a premium above most other mice. If it’s replacing the need to buy a scanner though, it could end up being a good investment even if it does cost a little more.LG will be demonstrating the mouse during IFA 2011 in Berlin, which runs from September 2-7. After that we hope to have a price and release date announced. For now, here’s a video of the mouse in action at CES earlier this year:Read more at LG