Noka Serdarušić resigned as coach of Slovenia NT

Noka SerdarusicRoman PungartnikZvonimir Noka Serdarusic One of the most succesfull handball coach in last two decade, Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic resigned from a position of coach of Slovenia national team. He remained in this position last 14 months, led NT to EURO 2010 in Austria, where Slovenia took solid 11th place. After that, they had bad June, when Slovenia lost VISA for WC in Sweden 2011 in two matches against Hungary.Former coach of THW Kiel didn’t give explanation for his decision, but rumuors saying about “some of the most experienced players who are planning to boycot start of EURO 2012 qualifications in October”. On that side goes also situation from last weekend CL game between Barcelona and Celje PL, when Serdarusic argument with Uros Zorman and took him off the court after just 16 minutes of the Match.With him also resigned director of NT, Roman Pungartnik and Secretary General of RZS (Rokometna Zvezda Slovenije), Tomaž Jeršič.Serdarusic will stay coach of Celje Pivovarna Lasko. ← Previous Story Bielecki will be awarded by the Polish Government Next Story → Marko Vujin from 2012 in THW Kiel read more

Sanja Damnjanovic out for 4 to 6 weeks

Sanja Damnjanovic Serbian star from RK Podravka Koprivnica, Sanja Damnjanovic (26) will be out for four to six weeks after she broke toe on the friendly match against Krim Mercator in Ljubljana. Her team-mate, Lidija Horvat accidentaly stepped on her foot and Damnjanovic went to the Hospital a few minutes before the final whistle. New injury caused a serious trouble for Podravka’s coach Neven Hrupec, who has to find solution to beat Hungarian Vaci in the next two weekends at Cup Winners Cup TOP 16 stage. Beside Damnjanović, Miranda Tatari (out for the rest of the season – knee) and Anita Gaće won’t be ready to help in the next European challenge. ← Previous Story Daniela Piedade is back! Next Story → Spanish legend Alberto Entrerrios retires from national team!

EHF EURO 2014 Poland and Sweden are in Denmark

The best teams of EHF EURO 2014 Qualification Group 5, Poland and Sweden secured their places in Denmark with two easy victories on Wednesday. Polish team had no problem in away match against Netherlands 30:23, while Sweden had easy afternoon in Ukraine 34:21. 1. Poland 8 24 111 : 135 1 0 4 5 1. Sweden 8 22 118 : 140 1 0 4 5 3. Netherlands 2 -20 147 : 127 4 0 1 5 3. Ukraine 2 -26 141 : 115 4 0 1 5 PHOTO: http://facebook.com/slabpl ← Previous Story Germans almost out of EHF EURO 2014 after defeat in Montenegro! Next Story → Furious Croatia beat Slovakia – Only draw for Hungary in Latvia

TRANSFER BOMB Nikolaj Markussen to PICK Szeged

Spanish coach Juan Pastor is doing a great job in Hungarian runners-up Pick Szeged. EHF Cup trophy last season, obviously isn’t enough for ambitious team, eternal rival of MKB MVM Veszprem, as Szeged have great expectations in current EHF Champions League campaing, in which Hungarians have 6-1 score and ensured second place in the Group D behind Polish Vive Tauron Kielce. PICK will try to reinforce their squad before the start of the second part of the season with Danish gunner, left back Nikolaj Markussen. A 26 years old left back has to come to Hungary after World Championship 2015 in Qatar, finds out Handball-Planet.com.That won’t be the first time for 211 cm tall Dane to leave some team in the middle of the season. He left BM Atletico Madrid in direction Qatar (El Jaish) after EHF CL TOP 16 matches in season 2012/2013.He is currently member of the Danish Skjern, but his contract coming to the end next June. Rumours speaking that Danish team will let him to join Hungarians with some compensation. ← Previous Story Kielce and Szeged secure TOP places Next Story → 116 TEAMS STILL IN EUROCUPS: Who will take first German scalp? Nikolaj MarkussenPick Szeged read more

Minister The number of obese threeyearolds in Ireland is frightening

first_imgTHE LEVEL OF obesity among young children in Ireland has been described as “frightening” by Minister Frances Fitzgerald, following the publication of a report on three-year-olds in Ireland.The Growing up in Ireland Study found that 25 per cent of three-year-olds were overweight.“We have examples here of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps – that’s the reality,” she said today, on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. “The diets of some people in particular are absolutely very poor but across all classes you do have this problem”.The minister said that this demonstrated the importance of early intervention at pre-school level as well as supporting parents and focusing more on play and recreation.“There is evidence from other countries that you can interrupt this cycle,” she said.Fitzgerald recognised that the report has pointed to lower levels if health in children in poorer families and said that the government would now have to work on job creation, as this is “the best way out of poverty”.Related: Life as a 3-year-old Growing Up In Ireland>More: Latest study findings show huge impact of recession on families>last_img read more

Lifeless Liverpool slip up at home to Southampton

first_imgThe Reds were almost punished again moments later when Dani Osvaldo found space on the edge of the area, but Mignolet reacted well to save his low drive. The Belgian came to the rescue minutes later when he was forced to make a double save after left-back Luke Shaw had burst into the box.Despite emptying the benches, Liverpool were unable to find any way through and so Merseyside rivals Everton remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League.Premier League wrap: Glorious Guzan save helps Villa hold on, Baines rescues EvertonClassy Robbie Brady finish helps Hull gain victory over Newcastle A DEJAN LOVREN header eight minutes into the second half gave Southampton all three points at Anfield this afternoon and handed Liverpool their first league defeat of the season.The result was little more than the visitors deserved having out-fought, out-thought and generally out-played Liverpool for most of the game. Indeed, were it not for the heroics of Simon Mignolet, Southampton could easily have won by more.Liverpool started the game with four centre-halves and without the injured Philippe Coutinho but it was the home side who produced the game’s first real chance,Artur Boruc pulling off a brilliant save to deny Jordan Henderson.The home crowd were incensed with referee Nigel Swarbrick after a penalty appeal from Daniel Sturridge fell on deaf ears. Replays showed the Liverpool striker was caught by Lovren in the area.For their part, Southampton were not afraid to come forward and Adam Lallana in particular looked threatening whenever he picked the ball up on the right and it was his corner that led to the game’s only goal.Lovern lost Daniel Agger from the dead ball and his powerful header found its way into the Liverpool net.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #TALLAGHT: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has admitted that the case of the girl removed from a Roma family in Greece “may have had some undue influence” on the two cases in Ireland this week. Separately, there have been calls for a full independent inquiry into the decision by authorities to remove the children from their families in Tallaght and Athlone.2. #RIP: The GAA community is in shock after Galway hurling star Niall Donoghue died suddenly last night. The 22-year-old, who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, played in the 2012 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.3. #SPYING: Angela Merkel has called Barack Obama over claims that the US is spying on her mobile phone, demanding an immediate explanation. The US said it is not currently monitoring her phone –  but a spokesperson would not say whether spying may have occurred in the past.4. #CHEAP ALCOHOL: Details on new alcohol pricing laws – including a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to combat misuse – will be published today by the Government. However the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will not contain any measure banning alcohol companies from sports sponsorship, despite previous plans to do so.5. #ARREARS: Almost one third of Ireland’s 20,000 local authority mortgages are in arrears, according to new figures released by the Department of the Environment.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Police in Northern Ireland say that an explosive device thrown at  police in Antrim last night was designed to kill police officers. The PSNI said the force was fortunate that no-one was killed or injured in the incident.7. #ROADS: The mother of Taidhg Burke, the bassist with The Calvinists who died following a car crash last weekend, has paid tribute to her son and said that his organs were donated to people who needed them.8. #SHOOTING: Police in California shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica gun after mistaking the item for a real gun, The Guardian reports.9. #AAAARGH: A school in England was forced to close yesterday after becoming infested with – don’t read this if you’re eating your breakfast – venomous spiders. Shudder.last_img read more

Ministers admit property tax letter confusion but insist no one has to

first_imgTWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS have insisted that no one has to pay the property tax for 2014 until next year, but have admitted that there has been confusion and there are cases where payment could be taken this year.The comments from Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar come amid ongoing confusion caused by the issuing of letters by Revenue to hundreds of thousands of homeowners across the country in recent weeks asking them to select their payment method for next year’s tax.While most options will see the payment taken next year, either in one lump sum or on a phased basis, Social Protection Minister Burton admitted on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics that there are issues in term of cheques and credit cards where the money will be taken out of people’s accounts now.But she insisted “people don’t have to pay until next year,” adding that the simplest option is to have a direct debit mandate.She said that the Revenue “have a lot of extra communication, to talk to people, to explain” saying she wants Revenue to explain to people what the options are for them in paying the tax.She reiterated that people do not need to pay the property tax due for next year until next year. Burton added: “The point is that the Revenue are making the payment arrangements for people… telling the people about the payment arrangements in advance, that’s appropriate for Revenue to do that, but nobody has to pay until 2014.”Oireachtas committee inviteBurton denied that there is any Cabinet split on the issue.Earlier on the Marian Finucane programme, the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the “average person would find it very confusing”.But he also stressed that there are lots of options for paying the tax, most of which do not require payment until next year.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Labour TD Ciaran Lynch, has said that he will invite the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, before the committee this week “to deal with any ambiguities or concerns” about the property tax.“The concerns that I have heard expressed by the public over the last couple of weeks are not an issue of compliancy, but an issue of a requirement for good customer services, in which people who wish to pay the tax want to make the payment when the payment falls due,” he said.Earlier on The Week in Politics, Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming criticised the government for refusing to allow enough time in the Dáil to debate the property tax legislation saying “the government is passing the buck to Revenue”.“Revenue are doing the job they are required to do,” he said.Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said that the property tax itself is wrong and is a “brutal imposition on ordinary people, already hard-pressed, at the behest of the Troika”.Read: Gilmore asks Revenue to ‘reconsider’ property tax deadlineMore: Calls to delay 2014 property tax payments due next month “[It would be] a bit silly of people to pay their tax in advance unless they had a lot of cash,” she said.last_img read more

Forty ghost estates targeted for demolition

first_imgTHE FORTY WORST ghost estates in the country may be levelled next year, under a plan constructed by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan.In conjunction with local authorities, the department has identified around 40 ‘candidate estates’ and has been in contact with banks involved to discuss the viability of their economic futures. They will now be looked at on a case-by-case basis to decide what the best course of action is.None of the estates being considered for demolition are currently occupied and it is understood that most of them are at the very early stages of construction. In many cases, there are no completed units and only the foundations were set before construction work was abandoned.The vast majority of the estates being considered are in rural areas and would not be suitable for either sale or for social housing as there are no local facilities or employment prospects.A report due to be published by the department next week will provide further detail on the plan and on the 1,300 ghost estates that remain around the country.Read: Minister for housing says ex-residents of Priory Hall are ‘in a dreadful situation’>Read: Progress being made on ghost estates>last_img read more

Large scale day of action planned as local groups form National Hospital

first_imgTHE FIRST MEETING of the nascent National Hospital Campaign takes place at Dublin’s Red Cow Inn this afternoon. Spearheaded by Meath TD Peadar Tóibín, the initiative will see representatives of groups from around the country join forces under the new umbrella name.An organising committee for the new group will be established at today’s meeting, while those attending will also discuss tactics for an ongoing campaign.Tóibín, who himself heads up the Save Navan Hospital Campaign, said he had contacted some twenty such groups around the country, and that members from most had agreed to support the new national effort.“It’s becoming increasingly clear that healthcare cuts can’t be fought in a fractured regional manner,” Tóibín said. “Unless we all stand together this Government will pick off local services one by one.” Once the campaign is up and running, it’s planned a ‘National Hospital Day of Action’ will be organised whereby numerous mass rallies take place at locations around the country.The group will also consider tactics like a monster rally in Dublin, as well as a ‘solidarity day’ whereby bus-loads of campaigners will be transported from all over the country to highlight issues at a specific hospital.Tóibín, a Sinn Féin TD who’s currently outside the parliamentary party, said the group would also discuss the possibility of asking local election candidates to sign letters endorsing the efforts of the campaign.Today’s inaugural meeting will be addressed by doctor, health campaigner and commentator Ruaraí Hanley and spokesperson for the National Ambulance Service Representative Association, Tony Gregg.The group also intends to set up a website and social media presence to help keep members and media informed of developments.Read: Central Bank governor: The bailout programme did what it said on the tinRead: “No decision on Irish Water charging,” – Gilmore “Front line emergency services are collapsing all around the country, and peoples’ lives are in danger.”last_img read more

Poll Do you agree with the death penalty

first_img Yes (892) No (2813) THE US STATE of Maryland looks set become the 18th US state to abolish the death penalty following a vote on Friday.Capital punishment has been officially abolished in Ireland since 1990 but the final execution took place years earlier in 1954. Aside from the United States, the majority of countries which still kill people for their crimes are in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.Proponents argue that the death penalty serves as retribution for the most severe crimes and acts as a deterrent to society. Opponents say that the State should not have the power to take a life and that mistakes are frequently made in the justice system, leading to innocent people being put to death.So today we’re asking: Do you agree with the death penalty? YesNoVote Poll Results:last_img read more

Council closes cemetery car park due to staffing issues and antisocial behaviour

first_imgFINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL has decided to go ahead with plans to close the car park in Mulhuddart Cemetery in the evenings and all day Sunday, despite opposition from visitors.The council said it was closing vehicular access to “reduce the level of littering, flytipping, vandalism and anti-social behavior taking place within the cemetery outside of normal working hours”.It also said that, due to “staffing issues”, access will remain closed in Sundays.The new arrangements were met with anger from those visiting the cemetery who have called on the county manager to reverse the decision.A Facebook page urging the council to keep parking open on Sundays, when there is a high volume of visitors, set up by Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly has over 1,000 likes. Donnelly also arranged silent protest at the weekend which he said was attended by up to 80 people.He told TheJournal.ie that the decision was “very strange and unacceptable”. “We don’t have a problem with it being closed in the evenings, people are not really going up there at those times because it’s quite isolated so that’s not really a problem but Sunday is a huge problem for people.”Donnelly said he did not accept the council’s reasoning about the closure of the car park on one of the busiest days of the week.“We have parks and playgrounds all over the area that have to be opened and closed on a Sunday so why should this be any different?” he said. “There would be about a hundred people visiting on a Sunday and it’s a very busy dangerous road with just a few parking spots.”The Sinn Féin representative said the move will cause significant difficulties for the many elderly and disabled people who have loved ones buried in the graveyard.“”There just isn’t the space for a mobility van to park or for people who are in wheelchairs to have the space to get in and out on that road,” he said. “At the end of the day, there is a car park there and the council are there to provide a service.”The council said adequate parking is available in the parking bay on Church Road for persons wishing to visit the cemetery outside of peak times. It also said that arrangements will be made to facilitate Cemetery Sunday and blessing of grave ceremonies.However the Sunday closures will start this week which Donnelly said is “very upsetting” as Mothers’ Day is one of the busiest days for cemeteries. He urged the council to at least postpone the move until after this weekend.Read: Hidden Ireland: The capital’s oldest graveyard>last_img read more

PSNI urge parents to control children after petrol bombs thrown

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE warned parents to ensure that their children remain safe and that their whereabouts are known at all times.Chief inspector Jon Burrows made the call following a number of disturbances in Derry last night, which involved upwards of 40 young people.Trouble broke out at approximately 7.30pm in the Fountain area when youths began throwing stones.25 petrol bombs were also thrown towards vehicles within the Fountain estate and a number of bins were placed on the road before being set alight.Burrows said:I would urge all parents to know the whereabouts of their children and to ensure they are safe and not involved in incidents like we saw in the Fountain area last night. The possibility of serious injury or death is very real when lethal weapons such as petrol bombs are thrown. The disorder in the area also put members of the community at risk as emergency services vehicles were unable to access certain areas of the city for a time last night.There were no reports of any injuries or arrests and the area was reported calm by midnight.Read: Men arrested after suspected bomb seized in Derry >last_img read more

London Marathon runners asked to wear black ribbons

first_imgAfter the atrocitiy in Boston, we announced we would be reviewing our security with the Metropolitan police and we have now completed that review. I’m pleased to say as a result, the race and all the events around the race will go ahead on Sunday, 21 April.He said that organisers were “confident that all reasonable and appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the race is safe for spectators, runners and the people of London”.“It is a great occasion,” he added. “I know people will want to come out and send a message of support on the day.”(YouTube: LondonMarathonTV)See more of TheJournal.ie’s coverage of the Boston Marathon blasts> RUNNERS AT THIS Sunday’s London Marathon will observe 30 seconds of silence ahead of the race to mark the tragic events that unfolded in Boston yesterday.Participants have also been encouraged to wear black ribbons during the 26.2 mile run “as a show of solidarity with all those affected”, organisers said this evening.The ribbons will be distributed with race numbers at the Expo.Race director Hugh Brasher said: “We want to show our support for our friends and colleagues in Boston at this difficult time for the global running community.“We are determined to deliver an amazing event that will focus on one of the core pillars of the London Marathon, which is ‘to have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world.’”The period of silence will be observed on all three London Marathon starts.After the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and injured dozens more, police and organisers in London said they would review security arrangements.“Obviously, in light of what has happened in Boston, we had to look at security,” explained chief executive Nick Bitel.last_img read more

Political parties received €55 million in State funding last year

first_imgThe funding is not subject to income tax and may not be used for electoral or referendum purposes.The reports on the funding show that Fine Gael spent €880,000 on refurbishment of their Mount Street headquarters.The two coalition parties are miles apart on spending on the coordination of their local branches, with Fine Gael spending €470,000 to Labour’s €11,000.Labour, however spend more on promoting the participation of women.Read: Report shows independent TDs get less state funding NEW FIGURES SHOW that registered political parties received nearly €13 million in State funding last year.The figures, released today by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SiPO), show that Fine Gael led the way in money received, drawing over €2.2 million from State coffers. TheThe money was paid to the parties under the Electoral Acts. SiPO plays no role in allocating the money, but supervises its expenditure.Four parties (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and the Labour Party) received total funding of €5.5 million under the Electoral Acts with no increases or decreases to the fund in 2012.The payment is based on Oireachtas representation, with Labour receiving €1.2 million, Fianna Fáil €1.1 million and Sinn Féin €720,000.last_img read more

Acting Garda Commissioner denies the force has not supported Maurice McCabe

first_imgACTING GARDA COMMISSIONER Nóirín O’Sullivan has said that she will ensure allegations of harassment against Sergeant Maurice McCabe are fully investigated.O’Sullivan said that she had asked the acting Garda confidential recipient, retired judge Patrick McMahon, to contact McCabe’s solicitor to find out the exact details of the alleged intimidation.She made the comments at a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee this afternoon about the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in relation to oversight of the force.When Sinn Féin TD Pádraig MacLochlainn said he was “deeply alarmed” about claims that McCabe was being regularly intimiated by colleagues, O’Sullivan said that she would not accept “bullying, harassment or intimidation of any kind of any of our members”.She added that “senior Garda management are very supportive of Garda McCabe and in contact with him on a daily basis”, noting he had been “forwarded every support that is there”.Deputy Finian McGrath questioned this, saying he had been made aware that no member of the force had contacted McCabe about the issue.O’Sullivan said that this “wasn’t [her] understanding of the issue”.McGrath asked if she had ever ordered that McCabe be banned from using the PULSE system. She denied this, noting she had in fact restored his access.O’Sullivan added that every member of the force was “on a learning curve … in terms of whistleblowers and how they need to be treated”.She said that she welcomed gardaí raising issues of concern about conduct within the force, describing this as “a catalyst for change”.‘A defining moment’O’Sullivan said that the recent controversies that have engulfed the force provide “an unique opportunity” for reform.This is a defining moment in the history of our policing service. She said that in the ten years since the Garda Síochána Act was introduced, Irish society and public expectations of the force have changed.O’Sullivan admitted that trust in the entire administration of justice and policing in Ireland had been shaken in recent months, but said that the force were “working very, very hard and tirelessly … to restore public confidence”.She said that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) played a vital part in maintaining trust in policing, but warned: “Gardaí should not investigate gardaí”.However, she noted that retired gardaí could be hired by GSOC.O’Sullivan added that all serious allegations against members of the gardaí should be investigated by GSOC, instead of the current scenario where they are referred back to the gardaí.The acting commissioner added that filling her role permanently should be done through a process of “open competition” to ensure best international practice.‘Open to criticism’O’Sullivan said that the force “must be open to internal and external criticism”, reiterating previous comments where she said “dissent is not disloyalty”.She noted that gardaí need to “learn to listen” and suggested there is a need for public attitude surveys in this regard.O’Sullivan said that three main areas needed to be looked at to achieve what is both “good for community and good for policing”:1. Accountability and transparency in delivery of local policing2. Investigation of complaints3. Effective use of resources, ensuring best policing practiceNuala O’Loan, who was the first Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland from 1999-2007,  told the committee that the Act needs to “enhance and refine the law and make [GSOC] more independent”.There has to be a complete separation between GSOC and the State.Ms O’Loan reiterated O’Sullivan’s stance that no serving member of the force should be part of GSOC, adding that the body would work more effectively if it was able to investigate the Garda Commissioner.Ronan Brady, a lecturer in Journalism at Griffith College Dublin, said that if the force was under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act recent controversies would have been “less likely” to happen.Brady added that journalists have told him that the Garda Press Office is a “bulwark against openness”. He said more transparency would aid the force, not damage it.Read: ‘Dissent is not disloyalty’: Commissioner reacts to new whisteblower allegationsRead: Mick Wallace wants to strengthen GSOC and set up a new garda watchdoglast_img read more

16 children die in Pakistan school bus fire

first_imgSIXTEEN CHILDREN AND a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said.Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle.The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat, about 112 kilometres north of the eastern city on Lahore, when it caught fire, local police chief Dar Ali Khattak told AFP.“The fire erupted in the vehicle when the children were only a few kilometres from their school,” he said.The blaze was apparently caused by a spark when the driver of the dual-fuel van switched from gas to petrol, he said, adding that the fuel gas cylinder was intact.The children were aged between five and 15 years old, he said, adding that a female teacher also died.Another police official, Abid Khan, said the driver fled after the fire.Five of the injured children were in serious condition, hospital officials said.Vehicles in Pakistan mostly run on both petrol and natural gas.Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.- © AFP, 2013How would Ireland’s hospitals cope with a mass casualty incident?last_img read more

Scientists discover new reason why humans began walking on two feet

first_imgTHE USUAL THEORY about why our earliest ancestors took to walking on two feet goes a little something like this: our forebears were more used to living in trees, but when climate change gradually began reducing tree cover, early humans were literally forced out of their trees – and ended up on their feet.However new research by scientists in England has challenged this long-established theory. Instead, scientists at the University of York say they have found new evidence that our forebears actually began walking to help them get around on rocky terrain.The archeaeologists say hominins – an early human ancestor –  developed an upright gait because it helped them to scramble and climb around the rugged landscape of East and South Africa.They said that hominins would have been attracted to difficult terrain of rocky outcrops and gorges because it offered shelter and opportunities to trap prey – despite the difficulties in adapting to the lifestyle.Dr Isabelle Winder, one of the paper’s authors said the research backed up the idea that bipedalism was a response to the terrain rather than to vegetation changes caused by the climate.“The broke, disrupted terrain offered benefits for hominins in terms of security and food, but it also proved a motivation to improve their locomotor skills by climbing, balancing, scrambling and moving swiftly over broken ground – types of movement encouraging a more upright gait,” she said.Walking on two feet for the first time had another benefit: it meant that hominins were able to have their hands and arms free to perform other tasks, which, the researchers say, means they were able to develop increased manual dexterity, supporting a further key stage in their evolution.The research, which was carried out with researchers from the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris is published in the journal Antiquity.Read: Scientists have figured out what caused the Irish Famine > Read: Blind people have the potential to use their ‘inner bat’ to locate objects > Read: 500 million-year-old fossil named after Johnny Depp >last_img read more

11 of the most annoying things men say to women

first_imgMEN AND WOMEN love each other, most of the time.There are so many charming and endearing things members of the opposite sex do.  Even if you’re not into them romantically, there’s usually something to enjoy.Having said that, members of the opposite sex also have a unique and innate ability to irritate.This week we are exploring some of those skills, starting with 11 of the most annoying things men say to women (the other way around will follow).Is it your time of month?Do you get annoyed sometimes?  Are you on your period?I thought you were on a diet?First of all, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.  Secondly, it’s none of your business. Via ImgurWhat’s it like to have tits?Why don’t you ask your mam?Smile, it might never happen.Oh I’m sorry, is my unsmiling face not decorative enough for you?Are you ok?  You look tired.Listen buddy, we all know that ‘tired’ means ‘awful’ in this context.  You’re fooling no one.You’re funny, for a bird.OH AM I? AM I?!?  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DEIGNING TO TITTER AT MY COMMENT M’LORD.Do you want me to park?Oh no you did NOT!I told you so.Well done.  Well done on being so smart.  You are just SO BLOODY SMART.What’s wrong with you?’Eh…nothing.  Should there be something wrong with me?  Why are you suggesting that there’s something wrong with me?!?’What are some of the things the opposite sex say to you?  Tell us in the comments.11 reasons why sharing your bed actually sucks>How cheated-on spouses get their public revenge> food-gifs.comCalm down.Has the exact opposite effect.  WHEN WILL YOU LEARN?!?[Post haircut] It looks the exact same.It really, really doesn’t.last_img read more

Confirmed Carphone Warehouse will be the next mobile operator in Ireland

first_imgCARPHONE WAREHOUSE WILL become the next mobile phone operator in Ireland.The move was confirmed in a brief statement this morning by the company, which has traditionally sold contracts and hardware for the mobile service providers already operating in the country.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie  that more details will be announced shortly, with the deal set to be completed “soon”.The retailer reportedly finalised an agreement last week with Hutchison Whampoa, which bought up the 02 network in Ireland earlier this year after securing approval for the deal from the EU’s competition authority.Concerns had been raised over the market share the deal would give to Hong Kong-based giant Hutchison Whampoa, which already controls the Three Mobile network here.Europe insisted that Three make efforts to aid smaller competitors as a condition of approving the deal.Competitor Vodafone has raised a red flag over the merger, and is thought to be contemplating legal action to block the deal, which it argues will distort the market in Ireland.The British operator is not alone in its stance, with the Irish domestic competition watchdog also raising concerns about the market dominance of one player after the takeover.In a statement released last month ComReg said: ComReg remains of the strong view that that the behavioural commitments are insufficient to address the structural competition deficit identified as likely to result from the proposed acquisition.ComReg could not be reached for comment this morning.Read: EU approves Three takeover of 02, but ComReg is concerned>Read: The briefcase: This was the week in business>last_img read more