Problems with the Internet – IHFinfo

IHFihf.info At the openning day of World Championship in Sweden, many journalists and handball fans worldwide where negatively surprised with a fact that official website of International Handball Federation – www.ihf.info was offline for some time during the matches. Yesterday early in the evening, we couldn’t open a official page, find statistic and other news related to a happening in Sweden.Hopefully, this won’t happen again in next days of the biggest handball event this year. ← Previous Story Nemanja Pribak (Serbia): “Poland has a quality for a gold” Next Story → WC Sweden 2011 (Day 3): Hungary still in “the Game” – Japan wrote a history read more

Bosna Sarajevo saved – BH Telecom new last name

← Previous Story “Match of the Week” – Kielce’s win in Veszprem! Next Story → Pick Szeged has lost the leading position in Csurgo! To great pleasure of all handball fans in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the region, good handball will continue to be played in Sarajevo. That is to be guaranteed by BH Telecom, which is from today the new general sponsor of RK Bosna, which experienced great organizational and player turbulences in the past few months, and with which the rest of the season was under the question mark:As you already know, RK Bosna in the previous period, except the activities in the organizational part of the club as well as complete change of the player’s squad, was largely regarded as one of the best Bosnia and Herzegovina brands, but had the problem of whether it will continue it’s competition in the Champions League and all other competitions (SEHA League, Premier League and Cup BH). Luckily to everyone in the club and to all handball fans, our club in these hard times was given great support, and perhaps key support in the fight for club’s survival, by the company BH Telecom. With pride we can say that from today our club is called RK Bosna BH Telecom – was outlined in club’s announcement to the media. read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE France and Denmark win

Denmarkfrancegolden league handballhandball Men’s EHF EURO 2014 finalist France and Denmark won their matches at the Round 1 of the Golden League in Horsens. French team beat Norway 27:25 (15:11) with outstanding Nikola Karabatic who scored 9 goals for the winners, while Hippe with 4 goals was the TOP scorer for Norwegians.In the second match of the day, Denmark had no problem against Slovenia 31:25 (15:12). ← Previous Story MORE THAN HANDBALL: Polish-Hungarian handball friendship Next Story → LJUBOMIR VRANJES: Shot-Clock should be given a chance read more

EHF CL PSG trash Kiel for pole position

5. Orlen Wisla Plock8314227:236(-9)7 6. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …8305202:212(-10)6 4. THW Kiel8404236:224(12)8 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu8107212:268(-56)2 When PSG Handball play on their maximum, Noka Serdarusic boys look almost unbeatable to anyone! The French champions smashed THW Kiel 37:30 (18:12) in front of 4.400 fans in Paris. Nikola Karabatic (8) and Mikkel Hansen (7) together with fantastic Thierry Omeyer made +11 during the second half which put “Zebras” in the most difficult situation this season. Dissinger and Vujin netted six goals for poor Germans…Other results…STANDINGS: 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt8602241:212(29)12 2. MVM Veszprém8611229:207(22)13 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko8107212:234(-22)2 PSG Handball 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…8701263:229(34)14 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Strong Flensburg and Wisla – Routine win for Veszprem Next Story → SPARTA: FC Barcelona survive Skopje’s hell! read more

Brazil takes over America for the tenth time

Brazil has, once again, proved that they are the rulers of the continent. After beating Argentina by 38-20 they obtained the Pan American Championship title for the tenth time in history. That makes it 10 out of 14. Absolute dominance from the 2013 World champions, who are still far from the rest of their opponents in America.SAG Villa Ballester was the place to be for handball fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday afternoon. The decisive match of the Pan American Championship was due at 16:15hs and Argentina and Brazil were the protagonists. Both teams reached the final outplaying their rivals and, after the qualification for the World Championship in Germany, it all came down to the continental title.From the beginning of the match, the former World champions stepped on the gas pedal and produced a quick goal difference that they would mantain (and extend) throughout the entire match. 6-2 after 12 minutes forced coach Eduardo Peruchena to ask for Argentina’s first time out to try and make the girls ‘get into’ the match. The rotation of the players did not bring much air to the locals and Brazil kept on imposing their pace in attack and making it hard in defence for their rivals. Not only the mobility was good, but Bárbara Arenhart was also responding under the posts. The first half finished 18-8, a difference that was unsurmountable for the Argentinians.The second half was like a replica of the first period, but neither team slowed down. While Brazil looked like they were trying to reach the 40 goal mark, the locals, supported by their crowd (the stadium hosted nearly 3,000 people) were fighting back to avoid it. The final score was a reflection of the 60 minutes of match, where the defending champions dominated from beginning to end. Eduarda Amorim was top scorer of the match with seven goals, the highest score for her on a single match during the championship.“I’m very happy, I was already Pan American champion with the youth and juniors team, but this is my first title with the seniors. I had the chance to re encounter athletes I coached 15 years ago, to work with them again, and that was something very emotional. I think they took this tournament very seriously, very determined to obtain this title, not only the qualification for the World Championship, but also the title. They know that we have to change some things if we want to be, once again, among the best teams in the world, and their open to all of that. They came to the national team with their minds open, their hearts open. We’ve already changed some things, but we have a lot of work ahead for Tokyo, where we will try to finally get that Olympic medal”, expessed a moved Sergio Graciano, who commanded the Brazilian squad and will join forces with Jorge Dueñas at least until December after the World Championship.Graciano added: “Our defence was our strongest point. Except for the first half of the match against Paraguay, we did it very well, the players  and were able to make the changes correctly and we stole lots of balls, which made it easier to play the transitions. For the very little time we had to prepare this new defence, the girls were able to absorb the new system and to show it on court”.On the other side, Eduardo Peruchena sounded a bit anguished about the final result, after a very good performance throughout the tournament: “We were unable to find the ways to their goal, we were a bit anxious in attack and that is a terrible sin against Brazil. Our plan was to play at our speed, trying to control their fast breaks to have them score only 20 or 25 goals, which is what gave us chances to be closed in the scoreboard in Toronto (Pan American Games 2015) and in Denmark (2015 World Championship), but once they’re in control of the match and at their speed is very difficult to play against them. I’ll stay with our 20 goals as a positive point, but their 38 goals are very difficult for us. Our goal is to keep them in 25 goals or the closest possible”.Peruchena, who lamented the injury suffered by team captain and the “spinal cord” of the team, Antonela Mena (torn her knee on the semifinal against Paraguay), said that despite her absence “which was a very tough shock, from the tactic an animic point of view, evidenced the emotional maturity of this group, which was able to face the situation bravely. This kind of matches are, different from the rest of the matches of the tournament, they’re at the level of ‘Olympic Games’ encounters, so it’s difficult to change from, with no disrespect to our other rivals, from one level to the other in such short time, and I think we were punished for it”. The coach added: “The positive things that I hold on to are the fact that we’re giving minutes to lots of young players, that one of our goalkeepers (Nadia Bordón) is back in shape after a few injuries, that we also have Elke Karsten back in the team; unfortunately we were unable to take the match to our ‘terrain’, so we still have to work on that as the new team that we are, we’re very hopeful about this team for the future that it has and for the way they’re dedicating themselves to this cause”. Antonela MenaargentinabrazilBuenos Aires 2017eduarda amorimGermany 2017La GarraPan American ChampionshipparaguaySergio Graciano The all star team of the tournament, with a ‘curious’ fact, was the following: Goalkeeper: Bárbara Arenhart  – BRA (gave her prize to colleague Jéssica Oliveira)Left wing: Samira Rocha – BRA (also MVP of the tournament)Left back: Manuela Pizzo – ARGCentre back: Marizza Faria – PARRight back: Eduarda Amorim – BRA (never played in that position)Right wing: Jéssica Quintino – BRALine player: Antonela Mena – ARGTop scorer: Sabrina Fiore Canata – PAR (34 goals)The three teams qualified for Germany 2017 are Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. ← Previous Story Over 18.000 votes for SportHero Young World Handball player 2016/2017 Next Story → WCh 2017: Tough groups from Trier to Leipzig read more

WELCOME BACK CL Slawomir Szmal calls in House of Szmal

Slawomir Szmal Handball-Planet.com already wrote that guys from PGE Vive Kielce media team doing a great job in promotion of their squad, players and the city. For the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League, the first home match against German THW Kiel next weekend, they made fantastic intro with club’s legend Slawomir Szmal with the name “House of Szmal” inspired by well-known series “House of cards”.Take a look… ← Previous Story LNH: Strong PSG, three more teams on 100% Next Story → Buric 22 – Wolff/Landin 12: HSG Wetzlar smash THW Kiel! read more

GERMANY 2017 – DAY 7 Spain VS France

← Previous Story GUADALAJARA: FC Barcelona Lassa end winning series after 133 matches! Next Story → GERMANY 2017: Romania win Group A – Rasmussen’s Hungary sent Poland home! Day 7 at Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany brings matches in Group A and Group B. Derby match of the Day will be clash between Spain and France afterwards will be much clearer situation at the TOP of the Group.GROUP A14.00, Paraguay – Slovenia18.00, Romania – Angola20.30, Spain – FranceGROUP B14.00, Poland – Hungary18.00, Sweden – Argentina20.30, Czech Republic – NorwayPHOTO: IHF Women’s World Championship 2017 read more

PSG HANDBALL Viran Morros and Henrik Toft Hansen for start of Gonzales

PSG HandballViran Morros and Rene Toft Hansen ← Previous Story Gonzalo Perez de Vargas at Blaugrana until 2023! Next Story → Six players extend contracts with Telekom Veszprem Viran Morros and Henrik Toft Hansen will be the first two signings of Paris Saint Germain Handball at the start of Raul Gonzales’ era in the “City of Light”, writes French L Equipe.The two experienced players will join the club with the biggest budget in world of handball at the end of current season.The Spanish defensive specialist will replace Danish star Henrik Mollgaard, who will join Skjern Handbold at the end of the season.Henrik Toft Hansen will replace Jesper Nielsen. read more

Skjern and BSV Bjerringbro Silkeborg – no winner decision on May 29

← Previous Story Potaissa Turda win EHF Challenge Cup in front of 5.600 fans in Athens Next Story → Ljubomir Vranjes reacted on fans reaction: “It’s unfair, we had six injured players” Skjern and BSV Bjerringbro Silkeborg The first match of the Danish Play-Off Final ended without winner. Bjerringbro Silkeborg were six goals up in one moment of the first match in Skjern, but domestic team managed to get back in the game and make result with whom can be satisfied both sides.The second, decisive, match will be played on May 29 Skjern – Bjerringbro / Silkeborg 29-29 (12-15)Skjern : Eivind Tangen 9, Kasper Søndergaard 5, Anders Eggert 4, Bjarte Myrhol 4, Jesper Konradsson 3, Markus Olsson 2, Jonathan Stenbäcken 2Bjerringbro / Silkeborg : Nikolaj Markussen 10, Nikolaj Øris Nielsen 8, Jacob Lassen 5, Sebastian Skube 2, Mads Øris Nielsen 2, Stefan Hundstrup 1, Michael Knudsen 1 read more

Carlos Ruesga is hero of Sporting in Russia

← Previous Story EHF CL: Montpellier defeated in Brest! Next Story → VIDEO: Marin Sego was hero of Pick Szeged against HBC Nantes Carlos Ruesga is the hero of the Portuguese Sporting CP in win over Chekhovskie Medvedi – 23:22.Experienced Spanish playmaker netted goal from 9-meter throw after the end of 60 minutes for a huge celebration.The Portuguese champions are now on two wins after two matches. Carlos RuesgaSporting handball

VIDEO Sensation in Minsk

Men’s EHF EURO 2020 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Omeyer-Buffon “face to face” moment in Paris Next Story → Handball Sunday: 10 EHF EURO 2020 qual. matches all around… Bosnia and Herzegovina made a huge surprise at the start of Men’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications process in Minsk, where Bilal Suman boys beat Belarus 30:29.Here is the video of the final minute…

Column Who really benefits from the new carrot and stick approach to

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Social Protection Joan Burton announced new opportunities and sanctions for the social welfare system; new carrots and new sticks. That the carrots aren’t very wholesome and that the sticks are quite ferocious hasn’t been much picked up in the media so far.First of all the bright new opportunities: JobsBridge, the government funded intern system has been extended from 9 to 18 months. Effectively it’s a longer bridge, which goes to show that the existing bridge didn’t have any jobs at the end of it – rather like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In JobsBridge, an unemployed person works for a company who may or may not eventually have an opening for them, in exchange for a €50 top up on their dole. Effectively, they are often working for less than the minimum wage, in the frequently vain hope that there will be a real job for them in the future.The unemployed do not benefit from this systemWho benefits from this system? Clearly, it is employers who get labour for nothing. Furthermore, the implicit threat that real jobs could be replaced by interns is also significant. And though the state has to pay for all of this, the government benefits in that JobsBridge reduces the official numbers of long-term unemployed, even though they don’t actually find jobs.Over 80,000 people are currently part of publicly funded activation programmes, and therefore not counted on the live-register or in the overall unemployment rate. So Joan & Co look good.The existing sanction for non-compliance with the Active Labour Market Policies of the social welfare system is a reduction of payment from 188 to 144 per week. This is well below the poverty line. And remember that the unemployed already suffer disproportionately from food and fuel poverty and indebtedness. What is non-compliance? It includes not meeting with officers for assessment, failure to demonstrate job-seeking activities or refusal to take up training or education or even a JobsBridge place. Over 1,500 people have been sanctioned this year to date.What is “non-compliance”?The new sanction in the social welfare system is that non-compliance with the system can be punished by a withholding of payments for up to nine weeks. Nine weeks is 63 days, which is approximately how long each of the Hunger Strikers took to die in the maze prison. But of course, the unemployed who are cut adrift for nine weeks have recourse to soup-kitchens and charity and begging! So that’s ok, right?Of course, the unemployed are receiving benefits from the state, and therefore they should comply with the system. The system is supposed to be there to help them. However, with so many unemployed, and so few job opportunities, surely any help offered will be taken up by sufficient numbers, that sanctions should be unnecessary. Furthermore, the threat of sanctions increase the stress levels of all the unemployed; and the unemployed have twice the national incidence of depression and three times their incidence of suicide. There is no need to kick people when they are down.Is it ok to cut people off?But the real moral question here is how we treat those who genuinely do not comply. Beyond those who do not wish to take an absurd JobsBridge internship or be forced to change profession in order to fit in with the current demands of the labour market, it is probable that there are some people who are not genuinely seeking work. They are using tax-payers money and giving nothing back. Is it ok to cut these people off without any means of subsistence?I don’t think so. At present there are over four thousand people convicted of criminal offences in Irish prisons. None of them are allowed to go hungry. Clearly, inmates have not complied, often in very serious ways, with the laws of the land. The state feeds and houses them at significantly more cost than a basic social welfare payment. In fact, since the state is the primary guardian of the human rights of its citizens, making even non-compliers effectively destitute is surely a legal as well as a moral failure.These new carrots and sticks will do nothing for the real economy; their real effect is to make the lives of all of the unemployed more unpleasant. It is not ‘Social Protection’ at all.Tom Boland lectures in Sociology at Waterford Institute of Technology and is co-ordinator of the Waterford Unemployment Experiences Research Collaborative. To read more articles by Tom for TheJournal.ie click here.last_img read more

Multivehicle crash blocking road in Naas

first_imgGARDAÍ AND EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a five-car pile up on the M7 Limerick/Dublin road northbound, just before junction 10 Naas South.The crash has been moved to the hard shoulder. However, the AA are reporting long delays on approach from Junction 11 M9 and onlookers are also causing a slow down southbound.Care is required in the area as conditions are very foggy.Gardaí are unsure at the moment if anyone has been hurt in the incident.Read: Motorcyclist killed in Co Meath crash >last_img read more

AOL chief issues battle cry at Web Summit

first_imgIf you are doing average things in the world, technology and software is going to eat you alive.But he claimed that the company had learned its lesson by focusing less on what their rivals were doing and more on making space for themselves in “big disruptive markets” such as trying to figure out what is next for video online.“The areas we have not done well in we have worried too much about the competition and worried about getting in line with the competition (rather than about the user),” he said.Focusing on human behaviour and how that will shape how technology is used is vital, he said. “Technology changes, humans don’t,” he said, “Human behaviour doesn’t change and now you see technology curve to adapt to that. It’s very important you understand as a company what you are adding to someone’s day.”Armstrong’s tips for the future of online:He’s excited about the growth in smartphones and how and where people are using the internet, ie, faster connections, services and connectivity are going to get better and faster and people will demand content and services that are immediate and mobile.“Sight, sound and motion” will be a “mega trend” – video is just at the “first inning”.A second “mega trend”? The “live publishing of information” – “Twitter doing a good job but it’s only the start”.How to make a tech company successful:Armstrong reiterates his mantra of the four Ps…People – those driving the company of project have to be “driven, maniacal about their product”Plan – the company has to figure out what it’s providing that is of value to people – what distinguishes what you are offering from the next guyProduct – the design, the devices it will work on, the user experiencePromotion – how will you access your target market and how will you present your product to people.He also mentions a ‘fifth P’ as Profit but says he doesn’t put that as top priority because you can’t get there if the other four are not right.Meanwhile, Armstrong was also asked about the tax affairs of AOL and the inclusion of AOL on a list of internet companies who allowed the US National Surveillance Agency to prowl their servers for potential terrorist communications. He had one-sentence answers to each of these.On tax affairs:“We pay our taxes and that’s something we will continue to do.”On AOL being included on the list released by whistleblower Edward Snowden:“AOL works within the legal confines of whatever country it operates in.”This is what the Nasdaq bell ringing in Dublin looks like>Create-your-own-video-ad company wins start-up award>Good news: Over 330 new jobs announced across Ireland> THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tim Armstrong has admitted that AOL “missed the market” in the past – but says that the company is on its way back up.Speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin’s RDS today, he said that AOL was a media technology company that not only built or owned consumer products (like TechCrunch and Huffington Post) but also created ad brand products and operated around 40,000 partner platforms – meaning that what the public sees of AOL is not the totality of its business.However, said Armstrong, AOL is still a strong brand, adding the qualification that “whether you like the AOL brand or you don’t, you know it”.He said that while AOL had “missed the mark” in the past, he believes it’s on the way back up, for example, by becoming a “significant player” in the video space, referring to the AOL On service.AOL has been regarded as a company with a deal of failures and missed opportunities in its history – as chronicled in this New York Times blogpost from 2009.As Armstrong admitted today:last_img read more

Typhoon death toll could reach 10000 in one city alone

first_imgAS MANY AS 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone when one of the worst storms on record sent giant sea waves washing away homes, schools and airport buildings, officials said.Ferocious winds ravaged several central islands, burying people under tons of debris and leaving corpses hanging from trees.The typhoon hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago Friday and barreled through six eastern and central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing ferocious winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour) and gusts of 275 kph (170 mph).On Leyte Island, regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was told by Governor Dominic Petilla that there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The figure was based on reports from village officials.On Samar, the island facing Tacloban, Leo Dacaynos of the provincial disaster office said that 300 people were confirmed dead in Basey town and another 2,000 are missing.He said that the storm surge caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet).There are still other towns on Samar that have not been reached, he said, and appealed for food and water. Power was knocked out and there was no cellphone signal, making communication possible only by radio.Apart from Leyte and Samar, reports from the other four islands were still coming in, so far with dozens of fatalities.The typhoon weakened today to 166 kph (103 mph) with stronger gusts and was forecast to lose strength further when it hits northern Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province early Monday morning.Read: Over 100 people confirmed dead in Philippines typhoon, death toll could reach 1,000last_img read more

Two of Obamas Secret Service agents removed for misconduct

first_imgTWO US SECRET Service agents have been removed from President Barack Obama’s security detail for alleged misconduct, The Washington Post reports.The move came a year after the agency was involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia.The Post said Ignacio Zamora Junior, who it said was in charge of about two dozen agents in the president’s security detail, was allegedly found last spring trying to re-enter a woman’s room at a luxury hotel near the White House after leaving behind a bullet from his service weapon.In a subsequent probe, the service found that Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate.The Post quoted what it said were people with knowledge of the case.It said the Secret Service has removed Zamora from his position. Barraclough was taken off the detail to a separate part of the division.The hotel is the Hay-Adams. The Post said details about the hotel incident and related findings were provided by four people who have been briefed on the case.The Post said the Secret Service declined to comment on an internal review of the hotel incident.- © AFP, 2013Read: Obama names first female Secret Service chief > Read: US secret agents are dressing up as Irish farmers during the G8 > Read: We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budge, but then we’d have to kill you >last_img read more

Column Sorry politicians you cant avoid social media – people no longer

first_imgRECENTLY WE’VE SEEN politicians, State bodies and public institutions begin to use social media as a way to update, engage with and – in some cases – listen to the public. Even Pope Francis has gotten in on the act calling the Internet a ‘gift from God’.This interesting shift in relationship is being driven by people who are tiring of the broadcast type communications of yesteryear and who now expect to be part of the conversation, in real time.However, while some public figures and bodies are using social media well, others appear confused. They are yet to hone their skills and find the new line between being ‘accessible’ and ‘professional’ online. Even so, the reality for all is that it’s now becoming less and less acceptable to opt out altogether.Tourism Ireland was one of the first Irish state bodies to really embrace social media and continues to successfully promote Ireland overseas using multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts. Their approach? Establish a local social media presence for each market and engage directly with the consumer. An Garda Síochána are using Twitter to show a ‘human’ and humorous side to the force, this tweet is just one example, and the Irish Defence Forces are another State body that get it.Politicians’ use is a bit more hit-and-miss. Gerry Adams has split opinion with his cutesy tweets while Stephen Donnelly hits the mark by engaging with issues and other users, as just two examples.The Digital Policy Council has just released its fifth annual report measuring world leaders’ activity on Twitter. As of last December, four out of every five heads of state are now using the site. Barrack Obama was one of the first to realise its potential by using social media to engage US voters during his initial 2008 campaign and again during his re-election in 2012. Interestingly, during his re-election, he spent 10 times more ($ 47.0 million) on social media than challenger Mitt Romney. Obama’s Social Media strategist, Laura Olin said, “we knew that people getting campaign messages from their friends was so much more powerful than them getting campaign messages directly from us.” Here be dragonsOther politicians, such as former Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, have experienced the negative consequences of social media when his performance during a 2010 radio interview went viral on Twitter and subsequently became an international bad-news story. Former Dragon and entrepreneur, Seán Gallagher, was hot favourite to win the 2011 Irish presidential election, until a spurious tweet read out during a live TV debate destroyed his chances of becoming president.While many countries, cities and government departments now interact with people through social media, a few currently use it to collect information that is used in an analytical way. Washington DC is one example; local government in the US capital gathers information using real-time comments made on Twitter, Facebook and online message boards as well as the government’s own website, to grade and motivate the bureaucracies that handle tasks like administrating drivers’ licences, building permits etc.In 2011, Iceland crowd-sourced their new constitution and used social media to help make the process transparent and collect input from the public. The Constitutional Council, made up of ordinary residents compiled the document online with the help of hundreds of others. The council posted a first draft on their website and then let citizens comment via a Facebook page. Members of the council were also active on Twitter posting videos of themselves to YouTube and uploaded pictures on Flickr.“In the aftermath of the financial crisis, we realised that this wasn’t just an economic or a financial crisis; it was also a social, political and judicial crisis,” said President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. “If we were going to allow the nation to regain its strength and position, it wouldn’t be sufficient to deal with it in traditional economic and financial ways. We needed a different democratic approach.”Dipping in and out? Yes, people notice.Many Irish politicians were prepared to leverage social media during their election campaigns but are now less inclined to participate. I find this contrary to the recent debate around the abolition of the Irish Seanad, when many highlighted the need for increased public input. For instance, the number of Irish Twitter users has grown considerably since the last general election in early 2011; however we’ve not seen a new tweet from Enda Kenny’s official account since July of that year.The property bubble, banking crisis and even the recent charities controversies were caused by, amongst other things, a pre-dominance of self-interest. Whether you’re a politician, State body or a public institution, social media provides both direct and indirect opportunities to listen, measure public sentiment and ultimately inform decisio- making. It’s potential as a tool is enormous but it is not without risks. Clear goals, policy, planning, crisis management, trained personal and responding quickly are all key components of an effective social media strategy.The political class have realised the importance of building a digital economy. Now, they need to realise the importance of building a digital democracy.Niall Devitt is co-founder and C.S.O of the Ahain Group, a research led social business consultancy firm. He has authored and co-authored several reports on the Digital Economy and has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider and other leading online and offline business publications. In 2009, he co-founded Tweak Your Biz, an international, business advice community and online publication.Social media: the good, the bad and the uglyRead: Is Facebook an ‘infectious disease that will die out’?last_img read more

One of lifes true gentlemen Former TD John Carty dies

first_imgFORMER FIANNA FÁIL TD John Carty has died, the party has confirmed this afternoon. The 63-year-old passed away last night. He was a TD for Mayo between 2002 and 2007 before serving on the agricultural panel in the Seanad between 2007 and 2011. Prior to that he was a councillor for Claremorris and served on Mayo County Council between 1999 and 2002. In a statement, party leader Micheál Martin said Carty “was one of life’s true gentlemen. He was great company, great fun and always had time for everyone”. He added: “He was a diligent and dedicated public representative and took his job as a TD, a Senator and a Councillor very seriously. “John was much loved across Co Mayo and within the agriculture and small business communities in particular. He will be sadly missed.” The party’s health spokesperson also paid tribute to Carty in the Dáil this afternoon, and offered condolences to his wife Kathleen and his eight children.last_img read more

Australian surfer caught with marijuana in Bali released after 9 years in

first_imgAUSTRALIAN DRUG TRAFFICKER Schapelle Corby, her face veiled against a horde of press photographers, was hustled out of prison today to start the next chapter of her troubled life after more than nine years behind bars in Bali.The 36-year-old, who is now out on parole, covered her face with a scarf and hat as she was ushered into a minibus waiting outside Kerobokan jail on the resort island, as camera crews and photographers fought to get a shot of her.Corby, whose case has drawn huge fascination in Australia since she was caught entering Bali in 2004 with marijuana stashed in her surfing gear, sped off to complete final administrative steps for her release, with journalists giving chase.After visiting government officials who will oversee her parole in Indonesia, where she must remain until 2017, she was whisked away by a black SUV to a luxury resort and spa in the popular Seminyak district.A bidding war has heated up in recent days for her first post-jail interview and a second black car containing a TV crew raced into the resort after Corby, while the rest of the following media pack were barred from entering.As expected the former beauty school student, whose proclamations of innocence and battle with depression in prison drew great sympathy in Australia, did not comment but one official said she seemed upset.“We asked her how she was. She cried and said she was still feeling traumatised due to all the journalists,” said Agung Bagus Kusimantara, from the Bali prosecutors’ office.The media have been camped outside Kerobokan jail for the past week in anticipation of her release, with one Australian television network alone having reportedly dispatched 17 staff.In Australia her release dominated TV networks and sparked celebrations at the home of her mother, Rosleigh Rose, in Loganlea, in the northeastern state of Queensland.Australian Schapelle Corby, center, is escorted by prison guards to the prosecutor office after she received her parole in Bali. Pic: (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)Champagne and cheersThe sound of cheers could be heard from the family’s backyard and Rose appeared briefly outside to pop a champagne cork in front of journalists, although she refused to comment.Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin announced on Friday that Corby had been granted parole following a drawn-out process that repeatedly ran into bureaucratic hurdles.The move was welcomed in Australia but drew protests from Indonesian lawmakers and an anti-drugs group, who said it went against the country’s tough anti-narcotics laws.Following her release, Corby will not be able to return to Australia until 2017. Her sentence ends in 2016 and then she will be required to stay for another year to comply with the conditions of her parole.Despite having first headed for the luxury Seminyak resort, during her parole Corby is expected to live on the resort island with her sister Mercedes, who has a Balinese husband.Ketut Artha, head of the Bali corrections office, part of the justice ministry which will oversee her parole, said he had talked to her about her release conditions during a 20-minute meeting.“I told her that she should be good and not break the rules,” he said, adding she would have to report to the office every month.Corby, who has always insisted that the 4.1 kg of marijuana found in her body board bag were planted, will emerge a changed woman after years in Kerobokan prison.Prisoners typically live side by side in overcrowded cells where drug abuse, fighting between inmates and beatings by jail wardens are reportedly common.She has suffered from mental health problems in prison and needed hospital treatment for depression.Corby was convicted and jailed for 20 years in 2005.The end of her sentence was brought forward to 2016 after she received several remissions for good behaviour, and a five-year cut following an appeal for clemency to the Indonesian president.Her parole bid was a complex, months-long process which repeatedly ran into bureaucratic hurdles. The process sped up in recent weeks when a justice ministry parole board in Jakarta finally heard her case.Her application included letters of support from the Australian government, as well as her family, the head of the Balinese village where she will live and Kerobokan prison.© – AFP 2014Read: Sentencing of ‘Peru 2′ postponed due to judges’ strike >Read: Michaella is “in good spirits, but very frightened for the future” – solicitor >last_img read more

Man dies after car collides with lorry in Kerry

first_imgA MAN HAS died following a road crash in Kerry this morning.Gardaí in Rathmore, Co. Kerry are investigating the two vehicle fatal road traffic collision on Main Street, Rathmore at approximately 7.30am.A man in his 40s was seriously injured when the car he was driving collided with a lorry.He was brought toKerry General Hospital where he died of his injuries this afternoon. The driver of the lorry was uninjured.Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Kanturk Garda Station on 029 20680, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more