Wacker Thun wins Swiss Cup with surprising victory over Kadetten

Kadetten Schaffhausenswitzerland handballwacker thun Everybody thought it will be just another game of Kadetten‘s domination in Switzerland. But it proved them wrong. Wacker Thun made sure that a huge surprise happens in Switzerland. They beat the stronger Kadetten squad in the final of the Swiss Cup to win their third Cup Title in their history. After a sensational first half with Thun leading 16:9, Kadetten could only manage to lose by a smaller goal difference, but not overcome the halftime deficit, the final score standing at 29:26 for Thun.Thun’s topscorer was Franic with 8 goals, while Kukucka was Kadetten leader with 6 goals.Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 29:26 (16:9) ← Previous Story Veszprem wins Hungarian Cup! Next Story → Ivica Obrvan fired from RK Zagreb! Goluza new coach! read more

IHF Super Globe 2015 Veszprem to play against Fuchse Berlin for the

Hungarian TOP team MKB MVM Veszprem will have the chance for the first time in club’s history to win the IHF Super Globe trophy! Antonio Carlos Ortega boys beat Sydney University 29:17 (9:5) for the place in the final, where they will play against German Fuchse Berlin. Australian team had power to put Hungarians under pressure in the first 45 minutes of the match, but the last quarter of the encounter was the time when Ilic, Sliskovic, Marguc and others made the crucial advantage between two sides…Momir Ilic was TOP scorer with 8 goals for the winning squad. He showed once again strong candidature for the EHF CL top scorer third year in a row.STATISTICS handballIHF Super Globeveszprem ← Previous Story VIDEO: When Elisson overthrows Barca… Next Story → Let it snow (handball)!

RNL celebrate second Bundesliga trophy – Six teams qualify for Europe

11.Hannover-Burgdorf3411221935:95424 16.Bergischer3410222868:95422 9.Erlangen3414020890:94128 EHF CL 19/20 Round 1 BEST 7: Wolff, Skube, Bilyk, Ghionea…EHF TV has announced the BEST… TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2019/2020The new handball season began last… ← Previous Story FC Barcelona win ALL in Spain – fourth year in a row! Next Story → LNH 2016/2017: Karabatic MVP, Anti coach of the season! 6.HSG Wetzlar3420113897:85741 7.MT Melsungen3418214947:92438 2.Flensburg-H.3428241038:83758 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website  Loading …Polls Archive Rhein Neckar Lowen won the second DKB Bundesliga title in a row! Team of Nikolaj Jacobsen repeated last year success and ensured place at VELUX EHF Champions League just like vice-champions, SG Flensburg, and probably, THW Kiel, who are waiting Wild-Card from the best club’s competition. German teams at Men’s EHF Cup will be Fuchse Berlin and SC Magdeburg according placement, but also Frisch Auf Goppingen as reigning champions!Bergischer, HBW Balingen and Coburg relegated to the 2. DKB Bundesliga.Results – Round 34Rhein-Neckar Löwen       – MT Melsungen          33 : 28 (19:14) SG Flensburg-Handewitt   – HSG Wetzlar           34 : 31 (15:13) HSC 2000 Coburg          – GWD Minden            29 : 26 (16:17) Frisch Auf Göppingen     – TVB Stuttgart         26 : 26 (14:16) DHfK Leipzig             – Füchse Berlin         28 : 32 (12:16) HBW Balingen-Weilstetten – THW Kiel              22 : 25 (13:10) HC Erlangen              – SC Magdeburg          27 : 33 (12:16) TBV Lemgo                – VfL Gummersbach       32 : 31 (15:13) Bergischer HC            – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 32 : 24 (17:12) STANDINGS: 10.Goppingen3412319934:96027 BM Granollers re-sign Drasko NenadicOne of the best Spanish teams… Aalborg convincing win against ElverumIn the small EHF Champions League… Johan Hansen to join THW Kiel?The richest handball club in Germany,… 17.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten347324819:93317 Patrice Canayer about Gjeding-Hansen level on Montpellier-Vardar match: Scandal!Legendary coach of the French Montpellier… Impressum – AdvertisingContact 18.Coburg 2000346226856:98814  –> 4.Fuchse Berlin342356986:88951 8.Leipzig3416315883:87135 13.Lemgo3410321926:98823 Polls USA Team appoint Staffan Olsson for performance directorUSA Team Handball announced the hiring… Should Nora Mork finish handball career? YES NOView Results 5.SC Magdeburg342356988:90251 1.Rhein-Neckar3430131011:84061 12.Minden3411221843:94824 VIDEO: Wolff saves, Alex Dujshebaev scores for the drawFirstly, Andreas Wolff saved the “match-ball”… 14.TVB Stuttgart3410321865:94423 3.Kiel342617960:84953 15.Gummersbach3410222867:93422 Copyright © 2015 Handball Planet Latest News Uro Zorman to assist Veselin Vujovic on Slovenian bench – Bezjak and Skube ready to playSlovenian Handball Federation announced that Uros… read more

John Joe Brennan is back and he doesnt want to be a

first_imgHE FIRST CAPTURED the hearts of the nation on the Late Late Toy Show when he was just eight-years-old. He came across as an astute young man, wise beyond his years with a love for watches.Twitter was alight last night when he appeared back on stage with three other memorable characters from the Toy Show, singer Ashely Tubridy and budding fashion guru, Douglas Oman.People’s reactionRecounting his time and the reaction he got, John Joe, now 12-years-old, said it was something that was “really sensational” adding that he was really stunned about how people reacted and how people still remember him today. He said he “treasured it for that reason”.John Joe dropped a bombshell however when he revealed he no longer wanted to be a horologist.“I have reviewed that thought and I still want to be a horologist but as an everyday job I think I might lose the interest, because when you have a good few clocks on a deadline to repair it sort of becomes a chore” adding that he loves horology so much he wouldn’t want to see that happening.New career pathHe said he has set his sights on auctioneering stating that it is something that is “very enjoyable”.AshleyTubridy also delighted the audience recounting how she got to play at Niall Horan’s birthday party and was surprised by Ryan Tubridy when he said she had been asked to play at the ChildLine concert this year.Douglas also showed that he might have a future career as a TV presenter when he read to camera about how you go about applying if you want to be on the Late Late Toy Show this year.If you missed it, here is a clip from last night’s show:(YouTube/RTE)But if you want to see John Joe back when it was all about horology, here you go:(YouTube/RTE)Read: 6 memorable moments from 50 years of the Late Late Show>last_img read more

Poll Should men and womens car insurance premiums be the same

first_img I don’t know (861) Yes, it should be the same (1373) No, it should be decided by safety statistics (2033) THE INTRODUCTION OF new EC guidelines on gender discrimination this December could see a major hike in insurance premiums for women drivers.The AA told TheJournal.ie that the new directives are “unfair and harsh”. Traditionally, young men have paid more for their premiums than women of the same age because statistics show that young male drivers “are the highest risk”, said the AA.The new guidelines however, rule that premiums can no longer be decided on the basis of whether it’s a man or woman behind the wheel.What do you think? Should car insurance cost the same for men as for women?center_img Yes, it should be the sameNo, it should be decided by safety statisticsI don’t knowVote Poll Results:last_img read more

16 families becoming homeless every month in Dublin

first_imgHOMELESSNESS IS A growing problem across Ireland as increasing numbers of families and individuals struggle due to the economic crisis and continuing austerity.Charity Focus Ireland revealed today that it has seen an 18 per cent rise in the number of people seeking supports.So far this year, it has provided assistance to 9,237 people who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. That is a jump of almost 1,500 on the corresponding figure in 2012.Opening its annual conference this morning, the charity called for greater access to affordable housing for vulnerable families.“We are now seeing more people at serious risk of losing their homes due to the impact of the recession and it’s highly worrying to see the numbers of families becoming homeless,” said chief executive Joyce Loughnan.She revealed that the number of families becoming homeless in Dublin alone has doubled recently from eight to 16 per month. Most of the families were living in private rented accommodation.“Prevention is cheaper than cure and we call for increased investment in housing advice services, such as those provided by Focus Ireland across the country, to help people at risk of homelessness deal with their problems before they lose their homes,” continued Loughnan.Between January and October this year, more than 4,000 people sought housing advice from Focus as they were concerned about losing their homes.Today’s conference will look at new ways to deliver housing in a “very difficult market” where accommodation shortages are acting to push up rents and costs.The organisation has suggested a Social Rental model which is based on schemes run in Belgium and the Netherlands. A pilot project has started in Cork where landlords can obtain a fair market and be confident that the property will be returned in good condition.Focus has said that it has not yet gained access to any NAMA properties to provide housing solutions.Video: Watch a group of friends help a homeless man get back homeMore: Concerns about homelessness raised after body found in Bray car parklast_img read more

18 interesting motions to be considered at the Labour conference this weekend

first_imgTHE LABOUR PARTY is gathering in Killarney, Co Kerry today ahead of its 66th national conference which gets under way this evening.It is the party’s first conference since April 2012 and a lot has changed on the economic, political and its own internal landscape with the defection of councillors, poll drops and poll bounces.As its own agenda notes, there is a “large volume of business to be transacted” at the conference with a total of 94 motions to be considered tonight, all-day tomorrow and early on Sunday.The motions have been put forward by different branches of the Labour Party from around the country, some are niche and are unlikely to garner huge support while others will pass easily.It was reported in The Phoenix recently that 25 critical and dissenting motions have been excluded but of the motions that will be considered we’ve picked out a few that will be of interest.1. Making CPSE count Motion 2 calls on the Minister for Education to extend the curriculum and time available for CSPE, that’s Civil, Social and Political Education, in secondary schools and to make it a subject for the leaving certificate.2. Fee-paying schools Motion 3 calls on Labour to make relevant changes to government policy to bring an end to the principle of paying  €100 million to 55 fee-paying schools every year as this amount to “educational apartheid”. This has been raised before and is one of those issues that clearly divides the two coalition parties.3. Young unemployed Motion 13 calls for Labour to ensure “equality to all unemployed people, regardless of age or disability in accessing services” and is interesting in the context of the Budget measure to reduce benefit paid to unemployed people under 25.4. Maternity care In light of the Savita Halapannavar and Bimbo Onanuga cases, motion 21 calls for the Labour Party in government to carry out a “large scale review of the current maternity services in Ireland”.5. Medical cards Motion 22 from the party’s Central Council notes the “changes to the medical card system” and calls for the party to “devise a mechanism” to stop people holding discretionary cards due to a continuing or irreversible disease being “subjected to repeated investigation”. Timely given the ongoing controversy on this.6. More medical cards Motion 25 calls on Labour to “examine the possibility” that all persons receiving active treatment for cancer get a medical card.7. Direct Provision Motion 29 calls for the party to establish an Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Direct Provision system for dealing with asylum seekers, which has been defended by Alan Shatter but widely criticised elsewhere.8. Wigs and gowns Part of motion 33 calls for legislation to be brought forward so that barristers, solicitors, and judges appearing in court shall not wear wigs, gowns, bands, or tabs. The requirement for judges to wear wigs was dropped last year. 9. White collar crime Motion 34 calls on the government to legislate for the establishment of a Criminal Assets Bureau-type body to detect and prosecute white collar crime and “appoint an international team” to investigate white collar crime, noting the “difficulties experienced by our judicial system” in prosecuting such crimes in a timely manner.10. FEMPI fearMotion 36 calls for the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin to repeal the FEMPI legislation, that imposes mandatory pay cuts on areas of the public sector that do not comply with the Haddington Road Agreement, before he leaves office.The motion notes that the legislation will continue “indefinitely” unless he does repeal it, potentially handing “draconian powers to some future right wing minister”.11. Labour should be more LabourMotion 41 calls on Labour Party ministers to be “demonstrably and persistently more assertive” in pursuing Labour policies and values in government and calls for austerity measures affecting the old, poor and vulnerable to be reversed.12. Protect State assets Motion 42 calls for the party to adopt a position that “infrastructural assets”, i.e. State assets, will not be sold unless a referendum is held. Again, this is timely given the decision not to sell Bord Gáis Energy this week.13. A new backstop Part of Motion 48 calls for the establishment of National Recovery Fund which would cream off at least 5 per cent of any budget surplus from 2018 onwards and build-up a fund that would be used in the event of the economic recession. Like the National Pension Reserve Fund we used to have.14. You must vote Motion 62 calls for Labour to legislate to make voting in all elections and referenda compulsory.15. Election litter Motion 63 calls on Labour to introduce legislation that would ban the placing of election posters on utility polls and instead have local authorities designate space where all parties and independents can stick their posters “on an equitable basis”.16. Replacing property tax Motion 67 calls on the government to tear-up the property tax and instead introduce a site-value tax.17. No double-jobbing Part of motion 74 calls for the amendment of the party’s constitution so that the chair and vice chair shall not be a TD or a Senator and if they are elected as one that they resign from their role.You’ll remember that Colm Keaveney was a TD outside of the parliamentary party who remained chairman causing some internal difficulties for Labour until he quit the party altogether earlier this year.18. Big shop, little shop Motion 94 puts forward an interesting idea to reduce rates for small town centre businesses by placing a “large retail levy on large out of town retailers”.Pics: Photocall IrelandRead: The Labour Party is livestreaming its entire conference on YouTubeRead: Joan Burton calls for ‘living wage’ ahead of Labour Party conferencRead: Labour TD says party has ‘ceded too much ground to the right-wing point of view’‘A gross error of judgement’: Labour senator has “no confidence” in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointmentlast_img read more

Joan Burton and Michael Noonan are the most popular ministers

first_imgA NEW POLL has revealed that voters are most satisfied with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Finance Minister Michael Noonan.They both had a satisfaction level of 41 per cent in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, which was conducted at the start of this week.While theses two ministers came out on top, the poll also revealed considerable dissatisfaction with them – 41 per cent for Burton and 42 per cent for Noonan.Minister for Health James Reilly fared worst, as just 15 per cent of people said they were satisfied with him, while 52 per cent were dissatisfied.Both Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald had satisfaction levels of 39 per cent, with the Minister for Children doing well despite the creche controversy this year.Fine Gael saw a four point jump in the number of people who would vote for them if an election was held tomorrow.  Just nine per cent said they would vote Labour, though this is up three per cent since the last poll. Some 22 per cent favoured Fianna Fáil, 21 per cent Sinn Féin and 18 per cent Independents or others.Read: Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don’t know how they’ll vote>last_img read more

Cyprus president demands bailout decision on Thursday

first_imgCYPRUS PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades has demanded that a decision on a bailout deal for the near-bankrupt eurozone member must be made on Thursday, the official CNA news agency reported.“A decision on a Cyprus rescue must be made on Thursday at the latest,” CNA quoted Anastasiades as saying as he left the presidential palace in Nicosia tonight.Anastasiades had chaired a meeting of his cabinet today, and state television reported he was to present party leaders with a Plan B aimed at securing an EU-IMF bailout for the Mediterranean island.Earlier today the country’s interior minsiter admitted that its two main banks may never re-open after the troika rejected a ‘plan B’ put forward by the government.The European Commission said later that it is now for the Cypriot authorities to present an alternative scenario that will not be vetoed by its national parliament.- © AFP 2013Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Related: Brussels: ‘It’s up to Cyprus to come up with a revised bailout deal’>Read: Cyprus minister: Troika rejects our Plan B, and banks might never re-open>last_img read more

NoMakeupSelfie craze causes flood of donations to Irish Cancer Society

first_imgTHE IRISH CANCER Society has received an “exceptional” number of donations as a result of the No Make-up Selfie craze.The trend is reported to have been started by crime novelist Laura Lippman, who tweeted a picture of herself without make-up after American actress Kim Novak was criticised for her appearance.It has become associated with supporting cancer research since it went viral on social media earlier this week, with women (and men) posting selfies of themselves without make-up.The Irish Cancer Society said it has received more than €200,000 in donations over the past 24 hours, noting that it has not directly related to any campaign currently being run by the charity.“We are however, very grateful for any donations from the general public, including those coming from this source, as we rely on these donations to deliver our vital services,” a spokesperson said.The majority of which has come through its textline.Cancer Research UK also saw a surge in donations, raising close to €1,200,000, saying they were ‘overwhelmed by the incredible support’. The hashtag has become associated with supporting cancer research over the past few days. (Image Credit: Topsy)If you want to get involved, you can text Pink to 50300 to donate €4. Terms and conditions are available here.Read: Here’s why Twitter is full of men who aren’t wearing underwear >More: Movember moustaches fund groundbreaking prostate cancer research >Ah Eamon: Tánaiste in Oscar-Style Selfie Pic of the Day >last_img read more

Death toll in Bangladesh war crimes clashes rises to 53

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF people killed in clashes in Bangladesh over the conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes rose to 53 today, as fresh outbursts of violence erupted.Two people were killed after hundreds of pro-government supporters and followers of the rival Jamaat-e-Islami party fought with sticks in two northern districts of Gaibandha and Chapainawabganj, police chiefs told AFP.Police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse Jamaat protesters in the capital Dhaka, after they tried to launch marches following weekly prayers, leaving several people injured, police said.Yesterday, violence flared across the country after Jamaat’s vice president was sentenced to death for murder, religious persecution and rape during the 1971 independence war.Firebrand preacher Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, was the third person to be convicted by a war crimes tribunal whose verdicts have been met by outrage from Islamists who say the process is more about settling scores than delivering justice.At least 35 people were killed in yesterday’s unrest, according to an AFP toll compiled after talking to police in 15 districts where protests have turned deadly.Twenty-three of those killed yesterday were shot dead after police opened fire on thousands of rampaging Jamaat supporters who attacked law-enforcers with sticks and stones.According to Sultana Kamal, head of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, it was the deadliest political day of violence since independence was won from Pakistan in 1971.Today’s killings brought the total number killed since the tribunal delivered its first verdict on 21 January to 53, police said.Jamaat, which has rejected the court’s verdicts as politically motivated, put the death toll from Thursday’s violence at 50, saying its “innocent” supporters were shot dead by police who “hunted them like birds”.Security was tightened around thousands of mosques across the Muslim-majority nation ahead of weekly prayers today, with border guards posted in major cities.“We’ve deployed police intelligence inside mosques and plain-clothed police outside,” Mehedi Hasan, deputy Dhaka police commissioner, said.Police have banned a number of planned demonstrations at several trouble spots while the country’s biggest mosque, Baitul Mokarram, locked some of its gates to limit numbers.VandalismSecurity was stepped up in Hindu villages and temples after homes and places of worships were torched and vandalised by Islamists in the southern Noakhali and Chittagong districts, killing one Hindu man, police said.The war crimes tribunal has been shaken by controversies and allegations that it is targeting only the opposition with trumped-up charges. Rights groups say its legal procedures fall short of international standards.The government rejects the accusations, saying the tribunal is independent and the trials are fair and necessary to heal the wounds of the war it says claimed three million lives.It accuses Jamaat leaders of being part of pro-Pakistani militias blamed for much of the 1971 carnage. Independent estimates put the war death toll much lower at between 300,000 and 500,000.- © AFP, 2013Read: 20 killed as bomb blasts hit India’s Hyderabad >last_img read more

Authorities abandon search for body of Florida sinkhole victim

first_imgAUTHORITIES IN FLORIDA have abandoned their attempts to recover the body of the man who was swallowed by a sinkhole that appeared beneath his home last week.Jeff Bush, 37, was in the bedroom of his family home when the sinkhole emerged beneath the floor.The hole swallowed Bush as well as his bed and most of his bedroom furniture. His brother Jeremy, who was the first to arrive at the scene, said he thought he could hear his brother call for help, but could not see him.After nearly two days of trying to recover Bush’s body, authorities now say it is too dangerous to send more search-and-rescue staff into the property – as the sinkhole still has the potential to grow further.“We feel we have done everything we can,” ABC News quoted Hillsborogh county administrator Mike Merrell as saying.“At this point, it’s not possible to recover the body.”He described the sinkhole – which is contained entirely within the house, but has a diameter of about 20 feet – as “very unstable”.AFP added that its depth had fallen to 50 or 60 feet.A microphone and camera had been lowered into the chasm to try and pick up signs of Bush’s whereabouts, but there was no indication of where he might be.Two nearby homes have been evacuated due to the possibility of sinkholes emerging there, with the residents given only 30 minutes to gather their belongings.Sinkholes are relatively common in Florida due to its soil makeup: much of the state sits on a base of limestone, which can be porous and dissolve suddenly.Read: The sinkhole that swallowed a Florida man has grown deeperlast_img read more

It wasnt Declans intention that he was writing off Ronans international career

first_imgIRELAND TEAM MANAGER MICK KEARNEY believes Ronan O’Gara’s time in a green jersey is not over yet and revealed that the Munster outhalf had made no mention of retiring.Kearney, flanked by Les Kiss and Mike Ross, faced the media this afternoon, less than 24 hours after coach Declan Kidney had axed O’Gara from the squad to face France.“There are three outhalves in the squad at the moment. Basically, it’s a selection call,” Kearney told TheScore.ie, “Declan did speak to Ronan yesterday and I think, in fairness to Declan, he wanted to give him some advance warning as to what his thinking was going to be.“If Ronan had come in, he would have been running [in training] on the centre or on the wing. I think, as Declan said, he wanted to pay him due respect… giving him an early warning was fair as far is Ronan is concerned.”Kearney said he did not know the full story on O’Gara’s reaction to the dropping but conceded Ireland’s record points scorer ‘was disappointed’, adding ‘I know that for a fact’.Kearney was clear in his belief that O’Gara’s stellar Test career should not yet be consigned to the history books.“I don’t think this marks the end of his international career,” he said. “I think there is every possibility that Ronan may be involved again.”Asked if that meant the Italy game on 16 March, Kearney replied ‘possibly’. He added:I don’t think, certainly, by leaving him out of the squad for the match at the weekend, it certainly wasn’t Declan’s intention that he was writing off his international career.”The team manager also dismissed a suggestion that the IRFU should have released a statement, or comments, from Kidney clarifying the issue of O’Gara’s axing.Kearney said, “Obviously Ronan is a legend. He’s contributed a massive amount. I don’t necessarily think that it was the right thing to do, for Declan or the management, to issue a statement. It wasn’t that we were signalling the end of his international career… I don’t think a statement was going to serve a purpose at this stage.”Kearney also provided an update on Ireland’s injured quarter of Jonathan Sexton, Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy and Craig Gilroy. McCarthy trained today and looks likely to feature against France, as does Gilroy [groin]. Ryan is not yet 100% after suffering a shoulder knock but Kearney believes the lock will win his fitness battle.Sexton [hamstring] is back running but only in straight lines and not at full pace. He remains 50/50 for the game at Lansdowne Road this weekend.Perfect 10: Ronan O’Gara’s finest moments in an Ireland shirtlast_img read more

Ulster Bank apologises for customer problems

first_imgULSTER BANK HAS apologised to its customers for problems being experienced with its services this evening.Dozens of customers have used Twitter to contact the bank about issues they are having accessing their accounts using ATMs.The bank said it is aware of the problem and will give more information as it gets it: Customers reported experiencing issues using ATMs.In the UK, customers are also experiencing problems using NatWest ATMs, online banking, cash withdrawals and telephone banking, according to the BBC.Ulster Bank is a subsidiary of Natwest, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group.An Ulster Bank IT failure in 2012 cost the bank more than €100 million. The failure left hundreds of thousands of customers without full banking services due to the ‘technical glitch’.Read: Ulster Bank parent company lost nearly €6bn in 2012>last_img read more

Armagh man arrested over dissident republican activity

first_imgA MAN FROM Co Armagh been arrested in England in connection with dissident republican terrorist activity. Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating dissident republican terrorist activity, with the assistance of officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, arrested the 50-year-old man Lancashire this morning. The suspect, originally from the Lurgan area of Armagh, will now be returned to Northern Ireland for questioning at Antrim Serious Crime Suite.Police enquiries are continuing.last_img

Power surge Irelands electricity prices rise by more than EU average

first_imgIRISH CUSTOMERS were faced with some of the European Union’s highest increases in electricity prices in 2012, new figures have shown.Data compiled by the EU’s statistics body Eurostat shows that Irish customers faced a 10 per cent increase in electricity prices between the second half of 2011 and the second half of 2012.Of the other 26 EU countries, only three – Cyprus (21 per cent), Greece (15 per cent) and Italy (11 per cent) – had higher increases in prices.Electricity prices rose by 6.6 per cent on average throughout the EU, and by 6.1 per cent within the 17 members who use the euro. Prices rose in 22 EU countries, and fell in only three.Bulgaria has the EU’s cheapest electricity, with an average cost of €9.60 for 100 kilowatt hours, while Denmark has the continent’s highest at €29.70. Ireland’s costs came in at €22.90 per 100 kilowatt hours.A converse effect was seen in gas, where Ireland’s prices – when adjusted to allow for the purchasing power of various currencies – rose by the fifth-lowest amount within the 27-member bloc.Gas prices rose by 6.2 per cent in Ireland, below the EU average of 7.2 per cent and the eurozone average of 7.6 per cent.Romania has the cheapest gas in the EU, at €2.70 for the equivalent of 100 kilowatt hours, while Swedes pay exactly €10 more than that – €12.70 – for the same amount.Irish customers pay €6.70 per 100 kilowatt hours, the Eurostat data said.Read: Gas from a dump in Kildare to become electricity for 14,000 housesMore: Bord Gáis says 100,000 customers have agreed repayment planslast_img read more

Two people airlifted from Croagh Patrick as thousands make pilgrimage

first_imgUpdated 7.54pmA MAN SUFFERING from chest pains has been airlifted from Croagh Patrick as tens of thousand of pilgrims make the trek to the top for Reek Sunday.The 56-year-old man as taken to Galway’s Cardiac Unit for treatment by Mayo Mountain Rescue.A second casualty, a woman, was airlifted from halfway up the mountain by the Air Corps helicopter at approximately 3.45pm and taken to Mayo General Hospital. Her condition is unknown.A spokesperson for Mayo Mountain Rescue told TheJournal that there have been several casualties on the mountain today.They said they had  also helped a casualty who sustained a broken arm in a fall.Another person with chest pains was assisted by the Order of Malta, as was an individual who was intoxicated.“Just looking at the weather now, the heavens have started to open so whether that may have bearing on future casualties, we’ll have to see,” the mountain rescue spokesperson said. “Conditions could be quite slippy.”Originally published 11.01amRead: 13 mountain rescue teams in Mayo for mass ‘Reek Sunday’ pilgrimage>last_img read more

RadioShack is selling its DS Lite stock for 75

first_imgJust in time for the Christmas buying rush, RadioShack has decided to reduce the price of DS Lite hardware. It’s a great deal, with the handheld being offered for $74.97 in the following colors:Metallic RoseMetallic SilverCobalt Blue/BlackCrimson/BlackUnfortunately, you won’t be buying this online, and it’s a matter of getting to your local store and hoping there’s stock left. We suspect the Metallic Rose may be the most readily available, but at $75 you really wouldn’t say no, would you?If you want to save yourself a trip then click on the RadioShack link below, select the color you want, then hit the “Find It In Store” button. Enter your Zip code and find out which store has stock left within driving distance.Read more at RadioShack, via Joystiqlast_img

What Happens When You Photograph Lightning With a Really Expensive Camera

first_imgIt looks like the above. Scientists created artificial lightning via rockets and wire, so they could shoot the thing with their fancy new camera–which, for the record, can snap photos at a speedy one-sixth the speed of light (“Something moving this fast would go from the Earth to the moon in less than ten seconds,” says a scientist).Among the revelations of the super-expensive/very heavy camera is the fact that the bolt contains a bunch of x-rays at the tip, with few located in the trail of the lightning. AdChoices广告Neat. Just don’t try this at home–at least not with some serious cash on-hand. “You can’t just go buy a camera and point it at lightning,” said the aforementioned scientist. “We had to make it.”last_img

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