Month: September 2019

Lucky draw for Metalurg Cervar We are waiting for third luck PHOTO

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handball crazy houseLino CervarRenato VugrinecRK MetalurgSkopje handball Handball euphoria in Macedonia are even stronger after VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 draw. RK Metalurg had “lucky draw” as you can see from the first reaction of club’s official after they heard that Vive Targi Kielce will be the last step to the more than historical achievement – F4 event in Cologne. However in Skopje know that would be extremely difficult to beat Polish champion and that they aren’t favorites…– I have to be satisfied with the name of our rival, despite the fact that Kielce is absolutely the favorite in this clash. They were better twice in Preliminary Round. Now, we are waiting for the “third luck” as folk saying. We hope to success like a sportsmen. Favourites not always win – said Metalurg’s coach – Mago di Umago, Lino Cervar.Slovenian right back and one of the most experienced player not only in Metalurg, but at EHF CL, Renato Vugrinec are also satisfied:– We have arealistic chances to qualify for the F4 in Germany. We can play with Kielce. Their advantage will be the second match which will be played in Poland, but first of all we have to win in Skopje and make unforgetable time for all our fans.source: rk metalurg ← Previous Story Veszprem has strong faith, Ortega: We can play better – Nagy: Kiel is beatable Next Story → TRANSFER BOMB: Nikolaj Markussen to Qatari Eljaish! read more

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VIDEO Wisla Plock wins tournament in Kwidzyn

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Polish runners up, Orlen Wisla Plock wins the tournament in Kwidzyn in organization of one of the best domestic teams – MMTS. Team of Manolo Cadenas celebrated four victories, the most important one against home team – 28:22.Orlen Wisła Płock – MMTS Kwidzyn 28:22 (12:9)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Sego – Nikcević 10, Ghionea 4, Nenadić 3, Jurkiewicz 3, Wiśniewski 2, Toromanović 2, Lijewski 2 (2 min), Eklemović 2 Syprzak (2 min), Kwiatkowski, Kavas, Góralski, Piechowski.MMTS: Szcecina, Kiepulski – Genda 6, Seroka 4 (2 min), Szczepański 3 (2 min), Zadura 3 (4 min), Klinger 2 (2 min), Peret 2, Łangowski 2 (2 min) Jędrzejewski, Mroczkowski, Sadowski, Rosiak, Nogowski, Górski, Daszek. Nielba Wągrowiec4079:121-43 Wybrzeże Gdańsk4493:110-16 MMTS Kwidzyn44114:104+10 handballHandball tournamentkwidzynMMTS KwidzynOrlen Wisla PlockPolish Handball Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin44103:95+8 ← Previous Story Ivano Balic presented in Wetzlar! Next Story → Youth WCh 2013: Seven team already at knock-out stage! Orlen Wisła Płock48135:94+41 read more

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MUST SEE FOR GOALKEEPERS Makarskas fourth GK camp with new standards

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Everything is ready for the start of the fourth international goalkeepers camp in Makarska and Tucepa (18-24 June). The manifestation which became a “must see” for goalkeepers around Europe, will this year as well gather famous goalkeeping names in the roles of demonstrators and coaches on one side, and incoming talents, seniors, juniors, youths – on the other side. Seven days of work, trainings, consultations and exchanging experience is what the goalkeepers are to do.The coaching cadre remains basically the same as in the previous years. Those will be the legendary Mirko Basic, and a long line of brilliant goalkeepers such as Nikola Blazicko, Marina Sego, Nebojsa Grahovac, but also those who work as coaches in the high-profile clubs, Vlatko Djonovic and Vladimir Vujovic. As guests-coachs, from Finland and Sweden come Fikret Handan and Vanja Radic, and the whole work as in the previous years, will be coordinated by the professor at the Split university, Dr Nenad Rogulj.A special lecturing during the Camp for young goalkeepers will have the Norwegian coach, that deals with psychological readiness, Karina Andersen Aas.– All places in the camp are booked long-time ago. – says the first operative of the Camp, Mario Caljkusic.– We had a lot of applications and inquiries throughout the whole year. Apart from the domestic goalkeepers which will be the most numerous, we’ll have a lot of guests from Turkey. Their interest is so big, that in future we can do a whole “shift” with just Turkish goalkeepers. Apart from them, we will also have boys and girls from Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia, Italy, Montenegro, BiH and France – quotes Caljkusic and let us know some of the participants:– As one of the participants will be Peter Johanesson from Savehof. He has been chosen the best young goalkeeper in the world a month ago. Scandinavians have the will to learn something new about the handball schools here as well. As such, in the first year of the Camp, we had Appelgren, which is now one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga and MT Melsungen.In the camp, the participants will be divided according to their age – three men groups and one women group. In total around 80 participants.New things include training in the pool with Zoran Kacic, waterpolo coach for goalkeepers. An expert which has few books published in this field, will hold specific trainings with the young talents. Renco Prosinovic will have thematic lecture comparing waterpolo and handball goalkeepers.The training part of the Camp (two trainings per day), will be held in Makarska, with the hall offering great conditions, and apart from that the participants will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic, as they will be housed in hotel “Alga” in Tucepa, practically on the beach itself.Balkan-Handball will this year as well, as media partner, be reporting from the place of happening. handball goalkeepers camp ← Previous Story Sanja Damnjanovic is best Serbian player 2013/2014 – Andrea Lekic with Ex-Yu crown! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Groups: Danish-Norwegian clash in Debrecen read more

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El Jaish sack Zoran Kastratovic

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El JaishZoran Kastratovic The most successful Qatari and non-European team in the recent period, El Jaish Sports Club, decided to sack current coach Zoran Kastratovic after the defeat at the start of domestic Play-Off against Al Sadd. Ambitious Qatari team is always looking for the trophies in all the competitions, but the things didn’t begin the way in which they want, so the change was necessary step to wake up the team consisted of many of NT players, who won the silver medal at the World Championship 2015 in January.Kastratovic spent seven months on the El Jaish bench, winning the Asian League Championship and playing in the IHF Super Globe semi-final. ← Previous Story PHOTO: God gives trophy in Pulo’s hands! Next Story → Hard and Bregenz for Austrian title!

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Patrick Eilert goes home to AJAX after six years in ASOBAL

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AJAX KobenhavnPatrick Eilert ← Previous Story VIDEO: Pascual and Co. present historical seven trophies Next Story → SG BBM Bietigheim “lost” goalkeeper with EHF CL experience – Ivan Stevanovic The new reinforcement of the Danish team AJAX Kobenhavn is the experienced domestic right back Patrick Eilert (26) who decided to finish his career in Spanish ASOBAL after six seasons there. The 205 cm tall lefthander left Naturhouse La Rioja, the team from Logrono with whom he won the second place in the Championship last season.However, the lights of the EHF Champions League don’t look enough attractive for the Danish guy who wanted to come back home and focus also on studies and some hobbies.– We are in AJAX Copenhagen incredibly happy – and proud – that we have managed to add a profile as Patrick Lykke Eilert team – says Ajax sporting director Ole Christensen, writes hbold.dk.Eilert played for Ciudad Real, Torrevieja and BM Valladolid before he joined La Rioja. read more

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Qatari powerhouse El Jaish and Antonio Gerona together until 2017

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← Previous Story D DAY IN POLAND: Targets are semi-final and Olympic qualifications Next Story → SENSATION: Norwegian machines fight for the medal! The best handball team of Asia, Qatari El Jaish Sports Club extended deal with Spanish coach Antonio Gerona for one more season. According to new contract, former FC Barcelona youth coach will stay in Doha until the end of season 2016/2017. Management of the Qatari team showed satisfaction with the work and commitment of experienced coach, who brought the team to the TOP of League table even without six players – currently linked with the Qatari national team, which is preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio.El Jaish lead the Qatari league with 100% success in the recent part of the season.

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SG FLENSBURG VS DHF Vranjes calls for better communication Eggert We are

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danish handball federationSG Flensburg Misunderstandings between the most famous “Danish team” abroad, German SG Flensburg and Danish Handball Federation. The Danish national team will have difficult task to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio via qualification’s tournament which will be held between April 8 and 10 on home soil alongside strong rivals like Croatia, Norway and Bahrain.Gudmundur Gudmundsson called players for a friendly match against Germany on April 2 in Cologne, but German team disagreed to let them before the end of the week out of EHF rules due tough schedule before and after NT action.SG Flensburg coach Ljubomir Vranješ together with one of five Danish NT players in the team tried to explain situation and problems in communication with Danish Handball Federation. ← Previous Story SEHA FINAL4 with three EHF CL TOP 8 teams: Is this the world’s strongest league? Next Story → CONFUSION IN COLOGNE: Lanxess Arena mistake rearranges Germany-Denmark clash read more

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Decision about Hungarian champions on May 21 in Szeged

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5.Csurgoi9108231:2712 ← Previous Story Vive Tauron Kielce celebrate 13th Polish title! Next Story → Danish Play-off semi-finals start on May 18 3.Tatabanya9504233:24710 1.Szeged9801301:22916 4.Balatonfuredi9306227:2486 MVM VeszpremPick Szeged 6.Vaci8107183:2472 It will be very interesting to see whether will Veszprem keep on the TOP of Hungarian handball in decisive match in Szeged on May 21. The reigning Hungarian champions had a lot of troubles to beat the biggest and only rivals – PICK Szeged 30:29 (14:15) in their first match in Play-Off.MVM VESZPRÉM–MOL-PICK SZEGED 30–29 (14–15)VESZPRÉM: Mikler – Gulyás 2, Nagy L. 5, Chema Rodríguez 1, Sulic 5, Ilics 4 (2), Iváncsik G.1, Alilovic, Schuch, Pálmarsson 4, Nilsson 1, Ugalde 2, G. Marguc 1, Terzic, Lékai 3, Sliskovic 1. SZEGED: Sierra – Parrondo 1, Thiago Petrus, Blazevic, Ilyés 2, Källman 9, Bombac 8 (5), Wyszomirski, Mindegía 1, A. Robledo 2, Zubai, Balogh Zs. 4, Csuruvija, Vranjes1, Ancsin 1. STANDINGS: 2.Veszprem8800257:19016 read more

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A long life lived with passion and commitment Dublin tribute to Mandela

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first_imgThe impact of his personality has been such that everyone across the world knows him as ‘one of their own.’ He has espoused values of principle, of human worth and of change and inclusion which have made it virtually impossible for unreflective conservatism to hold sway with any credibility or integrity. This is a legacy of thanksgiving.He spoke of Mandela’s contribution to The Special Olympics in Ireland and reflected on “a life which has changed the human face of the world”.Books of condolences remain open at churches across the country today.The pillar of the family is goneA woman and her son sit in front of a pile of flowers offered to former President Nelson Mandela (Image: Themba Hadebe/AP/PA).Meanwhile in Johannesburg, a special prayer service took place this morning as South Africa holds a ‘day of prayer’ to honour the anti-apartheid leader who inspired so many.“We should pray for us not to forget some of the values that Madiba stood for, that he fought for, that he sacrificed his life for,” President Jacob Zuma told the congregation.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela’s former wife, greets worshippers at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Bryanston suburb of Johannesburg (Image: Peter Dejong/AP/PA).In a statement, Mandela’s family compared the loss of their adored patriarch to the trauma of separation during his long incarceration in Robben Island.“The pillar of the family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment,” the statement said.“As a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the values he lived for and was prepared to die for.“Chief among these is the lesson that a life lived for others is a life well-lived,” it said.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: Dunnes Stores strikers to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral>Madiba: The last official portrait> THE ARCHBISHOP OF Dublin paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela today at a carol service for the international community.At the service in the Church of St George and St Thomas on Cathal Brugha Street, Archbishop Dr Michael Jackson said Mandela lived “a long life lived with passion and commitment” which brought about many changes in him and in the nation he belonged to.“His stamina and idealism gave birth to patience and politics which secured dignity for the human person in South Africa such as had never been in place before and would not have happened had it not been for him – who he was and how he did it,” he told those in attendance at the service.last_img read more

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6 talking points from the St Stephens Day Premier League action

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first_img6. ‘Boring’ Chelsea a worry for the rest of the leagueChelsea don’t currently look like a team still in the Champions League and just two points off the league leaders,  having beaten Swansea 1-0 earlier.Each positive result they secure, however, seems to be punctuated by a ‘but…’For example, Jose Mourinho was last week forced to defend his side against the accusation that they were boring, even after they had achieved a relatively encouraging point at the Emirates.And while the football they play may not always be pretty, there are few better managers than Mourinho capable of setting up a side likely to grind out a result.Moreover, Chelsea were also accused of being ‘boring’ during Mourinho’s previous tenure in charge, which was the most successful era in their history. So perhaps they should, in fact, take these quips as compliments.Like football? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @football_ie>Ex-Liverpool player Harrison, once world’s most expensive teenager, dies at 46>Chelsea scrape past Swans thanks to Hazard winner> Updated at 23.341. Referees need to be braverFor the umpteenth time this season, players on both sides in the Man City-Liverpool game tugged each other’s jerseys ad nauseam while waiting for corners to be played into the box.Referees’ willful ignorance of these infringements is inexplicable and lowers the credibility of the game in fans’ eyes.Moreover, when or if an official does eventually penalise a player for engaging in this risky practice, the culprits will rightfully complain of a lack of consistency.Few people want jersey-tugging to become as endemic as it seems, for instance, in Italian football, so the referees’ association need to address their officials’ ineptitude in this regard and start punishing them if they continue to neglect their duties.2. United benefit from Rafael misfortuneWhat looked a moment of misfortune for United today actually benefited them considerably.The visitors’ predicament at the KC Stadium appeared to be getting even worse when, as they found themselves 2-0 down to Hull, Rafael was forced to leave the field injured.Yet this ostensible setback allowed United to revert to a more attacking style, with Antonio Valencia switching to full back and Adnan Januzaj being introduced into the action.The youngster had a near-immediate impact, winning the free kick that led to Chris Smalling’s goal and generally having a positive impact on the game.It was evidence perhaps of both Januzaj’s and David Moyes’ growing experience at United, with the Scot’s bold move at this difficult stage in the game ultimately paying off handsomely.3. New look but same problems for Tottenham(Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor looks up during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion – Bogdan Maran/AP/Press Association Images)Not for the first time this season, Tottenham looked anything but a potential Champions League side this afternoon.New manager Tim Sherwood picked an attacking 4-4-2 formation, just as he had in their recent 3-2 victory over Southampton.Yet this time, the move didn’t exactly pay off.Under AVB, Spurs’ chief problem was their difficulty in breaking teams down, and this issue arose again today, as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with West Brom at White Hart Lane.Consequently, it is no big surprise that their away record is superior to their home form — weaker teams are more willing to shut up shop in the latter instances, and Tottenham often have no answer to such pragmatism.4. Everton’s home record destroyed from the unlikeliest of sourcesUntil today, Everton had gone unbeaten at home in the league for the duration of 2013.The loss of this prestigious accolade so close to the final hurdle will be even more difficult to take considering that it came against bottom-placed Sunderland, who now have four wins against top-six sides this season.Yet the 1-0 result only tells half the story.The Toffees were substantially disadvantaged by the loss of their goalkeeper, Tim Howard, after he was sent off early in the game.And even playing against 10 men, Sunderland were fortunate to come away with a win, as goalkeeper Vito Mannone produced an exceptional performance.Therefore, for Sunderland, the victory is further confirmation that they have the ability to hold their own in the league, while Everton at least can console themselves amid the realisation that fortune eluded them this afternoon.5. Cazorla inspires Arsenal fightback While Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski got the goals that earned Arsenal a hard-fought 3-1 victory over West Ham today, there is arguably one other player who did more than anyone else to win them the three points.Santi Cazorla, perhaps peeved at being left on the bench for their recent encounter with Chelsea, produced the type of vintage performance that has long been his trademark.As they do with so many of their opponents, the Gunners passed West Ham into submission, until the Hammers were barely able to run and could hardly help but concede three late goals in the space of 11 minutes.Cazorla typified his side’s class and ran the game, allowing others to grab the headlines in the process. Consequently, maybe Arsene Wenger will think twice the next time he contemplates leaving out the Spaniard for a big game.last_img read more

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The characteristics of the Parental Sex Talk

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first_imgSo… have you… do you… have you… experienced… this? Do you and mam use condoms? THERE IS NO doubt that one of the hardest parts of modern parenting is ‘the talk’.  It is also one of the hardest parts of being a modern child.No one wants ‘the talk’ to happen, and yet, it has to, unless you want to risk the consequences.  And let’s face it, risking the consequences is not a great idea.Whether you’re the talker, or the talkee, the entire exchange is horribly uncomfortable.  Here are the characteristics of a parental sex talk.Fear Source: ImgurThis will begin long before the talk commences. In fact it may even begin before the talkee is born.Mild panicUpon realising what exactly is happening, the talkee will begin to panic.  They will look around the room, taking in the exits, and frantically trying to come up with a reason to leave.Awkwardness Source: ShutterstockThe entire exchange will be shrouded with awkwardness.  The talker will probably attempt to make the odd joke, to try and relax the situation, alas, this is one conversation during which jokes only serve to make the whole thing more awkward.Everyone within hearing distance of this conversation will feel awkward, and that awkwardness will stay with them for days, if not months and years.Unfamiliar languageThis will probably be the first time certain words are uttered by the parties involved in ‘the talk’, and some of the terminology may actually require explanation.Painful, painful explanation.ParaphernaliaNo terrified parent is going into this situation alone, oh no, they need learning tools.  It may be a book from 1972 that was given to them by their parent, or a bunch of bananas and a box of condoms (that actually happened to a member of the DailyEdge.ie team).One thing’s for sure, the talkee will have a souvenir of this precious moment.Denial Source: FlickrThe talkee will almost certainly try to convince the talker that the talk is not at all necessary.Seriously Mam, you don’t have to do this. No, really, you don’t. SERIOUSLY.The talker will try to convince themselves that the talk is not at all necessary and that they’re only doing it just in case the day eventually comes that the talkee requires the information.Eye rollingLots and lots of eye rolling.  It’s likely that the person giving the talk has never felt as uncool as they do in this scenario.Uncomfortable questionscenter_img Do you think you need to go on the pill?This app stops your family bothering you on Facebook>These sexy lyrics from the new Beyoncé album are going to MORTIFY Blue Ivy>last_img read more

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Dublin Fire Brigade investigating how a sick child was locked in an

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first_imgUpdated 22.45pmDUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE is investigating a case in which a paramedic had to kick his way out of a broken down ambulance.Today’s Irish Daily Mail reports that a child suffering an anaphylactic allergic reaction was being rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital after a 999 call when the ambulance broke down.The power failure caused all of the doors on board to lock, leaving the paramedic to kick out the windows from the inside.The child had been stabilised and was treated at the hospital before returning home.Today, Dublin Fire Brigade said that they were taking the incident ‘very seriously’, but a spokesperson said it was an isolated incident.“Dublin Fire Brigade takes this incident very seriously and has launched an investigation into the incident. This includes making an enquiry with the manufacturer of the ambulance to identify what might have caused the ambulance to break down, and to safeguard against the potential for a similar incident taking place again in another ambulance of that make.Our primary concern is patient welfare and we can confirm that the patient was later transferred to hospital safely. It is of course regrettable that an incident like this occurred, but again, I wish to stress that this was an isolated incident which will be investigated thoroughly with the objective of preventing a recurrence.“We are not in a position to make any additional comment at this juncture, pending the outcome of the investigation.”The HSE declined to comment, saying that it was a matter for Dublin Fire Brigade.First published 10.09am Read: Concern that ambulance review outcome “has already been decided”last_img read more

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Bad weather could affect search for missing fisherman

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first_imgTHE SEARCH FOR a missing fisherman resumed at Lough Ree in Co Roscommon this morning, but bad weather looks set to interfere with the task.Three men went into the water after their boat capsized on Lough Ree on Thursday.While two of the men were rescued from the water, one of men – who was in his 20s – died just hours after his rescue. The second man is in critical condition in hospital.The accident happened when the men were travelling to Carnagh from Hodson Bay in Athlone on Thursday evening.The alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the conditions the boat was facing.The crew found one of the three men in the water at around 4pm, while the second was found at 5.15pm.SearchThe third man has still not been found and the Coast Guard, gardaí and other emergency and rescue services are involved in a search for him.The Coast Guard helicopter was out for an hour and a half this morning, before returning to base to refuel.Nothing was found during its search. The Coast Guard said that a number of boats are taking part in the search, and the Lough Ree lifeboat is currently out at the moment.However, the forecast is “fairly poor” and as the day goes on the weather is set to deteriorate, with squally and gusty winds predicted.This will most likely affect the search for the missing Co Armagh man.The search is being concentrated on the south and east sides of the lough.All pics of the search: Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Read: Search for missing fisherman stood down for the evening>last_img read more

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People with asthma diabetes and high cholesterol worst at taking medication

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first_imgNEED TO TAKE medication regularly? If you have asthma, diabetes or high cholesterol, you could be among the worst at doing this essential task.A new report into non-adherence to medicines has been published today by Pfizer Healthcare Ireland in association with the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) and the Irish Patients’ Association (IPA).Medication non-adherence costs EU governments an estimated €125 billion, and also contributes to the premature deaths of nearly 200,000 Europeans annually.ResearchForgetfulness was the main reason patients said they missed their medication (71 per cent).Other reasons patients were:They thought that they didn’t need the medication any more (20 per cent)They feel better (16 per cent)They are anxious about the side effects (5 per cent)They don’t believe that the medication was effective (4 per cent).Of the conditions requiring regular medication, patients with asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol reported the lowest levels of adherence – 30 per cent in people with high cholesterol and 31 per cent in people with asthma or diabetes.Over half (52 per cent) of carers said that the person they care for regularly forgets to take their medication.The three factors ranked most important in ensuring people do take their medication are: Talking regularly to the doctor (74 per cent)Having a good understanding of the illness (42 per cent)Having a good understanding of the medication (40 per cent).While 18 per cent of people said they are not fully adherent all of the time, this rises to 23 per cent in men, and also 23 per cent in those under 35.Of those who sometimes miss their medication, 64 per cent miss it one or more times a week. Those who miss their medication are significantly more likely to have two or more conditions.The report recommends that regular patient review might be required for some patients groups more than others, and in some disease areas more than others to improve medication taking.Rory O’Donnell, President of the IPU said pharmacists are ideally placed to tackle this problem, by educating patients and helping them make informed decisions about their medicines.RecommendationsSo, what’s recommended to deal with this problem?Personalised interventionsAccess to training for healthcare professionalsA collaborative approach involving the patient in their health managementIncreasing the use of memory aids – 76 per cent of Irish patients claim to have no formal method or system to help them monitor or remind them to take their medicines.Read: Pharmacists want migraine medicine taken off prescription>last_img read more

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Man dies after staying up too long to watch the World Cup

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first_imgThe issue is not a new one in China, where football fans are often hours ahead of major tournaments.During Euro 2012, one man stayed awake for 11 days to watch games and died.Similar problems were reported for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments.Read: Yes, in case you’re wondering that is Moy Park chicken advertising at the World Cup A CHINESE MAN was found dead after apparently staying up all night to watch a World Cup match.The 25-year-old had stayed up all night on Friday to watch the Netherlands’ comprehensive victory over Spain.He was found early on Saturday morning, his television set still airing football, the Xinhua News Agency reports.Doctors at Xiangcheng People’s Hospital say that they believe his death could be linked to staying up to watch the game, which aired in the middle of the night in China.Although doctors did not specify what exactly may have caused the death, exhaustion or a heart attack have been given as possible factors.Doctors warned football fans to be cautious about their health.The news agency says that there may be more deaths. At least three Chinese football fans have reportedly died after staying up to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 17, 2014center_img Source: China Xinhua News/Twitterlast_img read more

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The Irishman accused of Real IRA gunrunning in Lithuania is to face

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first_img #Lithuania’s Supreme Court orders retrial in Real IRA arms case, after Irishman Michael Campbell was acquitted of terrorism charges— BNS Lithuania (@BNSLithuania) June 26, 2014 Campbell’s lawyer Ingrida Botyriene rejected the prosecutor’s arguments, telling the court that “provoked activity cannot be recognised as criminal”.Campbell went on trial in August 2009 after having been arrested in a January 2008 sting in Vilnius, where he met a Lithuanian agent posing as an arms dealer. He denied being a member of the Real IRA.Campbell’s brother Liam was one of four Real IRA leaders found liable by a civil court for a 1998 Omagh bombing that killed 29 people.- Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014Read: Irishman Michael Campbell released after Real IRA arms conviction overturned >Read: Ireland, Britain not helping in Real IRA arms case: Lithuania > AN IRISHMAN WHOSE conviction for trying to smuggle arms from Lithuania to the Real IRA was overturned is to face a retrial.Michael Campbell was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2011 but the conviction was overturned last October when an appeals court cited a lack of evidence.But an expanded seven judge panel of the Lithuanian Supreme Court have now ordered a retrial, saying that it is “necessary to assess all the peculiarities of the case”. Source: BNS Lithuania/Twitter Read judgement here (in Lithuanian)Campbell has long insisted he was framed by British intelligence and the appeals court last October had said that there was no evidence linking him with the Real IRA.In the latest twist in the case, the Supreme Court panel said that the appeals court gave a “contradictory” assessment of intelligence witnesses.“The panel decided to annul the verdict of 2 October, 2013, and refer the case to an appeals court,” judge Gintaras Goda said, reading the verdict.The 41-year-old Campbell, who currently lives in Ireland, did not come to Vilnius for verdict.His lawyers and prosecutor did not appear either, and they could not be immediately reached for a comment.“The court of appeals groundlessly downgraded part of evidence and by giving priority to testimony of the acquitted person,” prosecutor Gedgaudas Norkunas told the court in a hearing last month.last_img read more

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44 of Irish workers admit to having been drunk at work

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first_imgNEARLY HALF OF Irish people have shown up to work drunk, a new survey has suggested.Dublin-based law consultancy Peninsula Ireland questioned 1,353 Irish employees by telephone and found that 44% had been under the influence while at work and 77% of employees have had to discipline staff for being under the influence.Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland said that there is a big difference between going out the night before and showing up to work still drunk.“Employees who attend work under the influence of alcohol are not just putting themselves at risk but also the safety of others. It is fine heading to the pub at lunch for a quick drink or enjoying a few beers with your friends the night before, however when does it impede your job?”Price says that some companies might consider random testing for employees to determine if they’re under the influence.“It puts the safety and reputation of your business on the line. Employers may well wish to introduce random drug and alcohol testing into polices and if this is the case then they can implement at their discretion.”The World Health Organisation says that one person dies from alcohol-related illness in Ireland every day and, while rates of binge drinking are falling, 75% of all alcohol consumed in Ireland is done as part of a binge drinking session.Read: We spent €50 million a week on alcohol in 2013 – and 75% of that was binge drinkingRead: Ireland’s alcohol consumption in one handy infographiclast_img read more

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Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

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first_imgHow would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.It’s the kind of battery life we all dream of, but also think is going to take a major technology breakthrough to achieve. Well, it looks like it has already happened and doesn’t require radical new battery tech after all.Researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, have discovered a common plant virus allows for large increases in battery life using existing lithium ion batteries. The virus in question is the Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which attacks both tobacco and a large range of vegetables.Because TMV is a virus it is very good at self-renewal, and the researchers have used that fact to incorporate it into lithium ion batteries. The small rod shape of the TMV is coated in conductive thin film which then becomes the battery’s active material. Because the structure of TMV is so intricate it’s possible to store a lot more energy in the same space which accounts for the 10-fold increase claims.The news gets better as in order to create such batteries you need infected vegetation which would otherwise be a waste product. The manufacturing process is also cheap to do and not wasteful, with one pound of infected plant leaves producing one pound of TMV. The batteries can also be easily scaled up meaning we could one day see them used in industry and potentially electric cars.Read more at PhysorgMatthew’s OpinionI’ve often wished for a laptop with a 40-hour battery in it, and now I may actually get to use one in a few years when this makes it to market.It sounds too good to be true, especially when you consider it is allowing for the use of an otherwise unwanted waste vegetation product. But this could be the next evolution of the lithium-ion battery we all come to rely on.last_img read more

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HP Elitebook 2560p handson

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first_imgYesterday HP officially announce the Elitebook 2560p notebook. It’s an ultraportable aimed at enterprise businesses and buyers looking for a top-of-the-line, sub-4 pound computer that has yet to shed its optical drive. Like its main competitor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220, the 2560p has moved to a 12.5-inch (16×9) display but the changes didn’t stop there. The 2560p, which replaces the 2540p, moves to Intel’s Sandy Bridge (second gen Core i5/i7) processors and has the option to use both 7200RPM drives and SSDs.Aside from the larger display and new processors/graphics the 2560p is extremely similar to the 2540p. The other notable difference is that the capacitive buttons above the keyboard on the 2540p have been replaced with three physical buttons on the right side, above the keyboard.The 2560p is 810G tested for ruggedness, so it should have no trouble putting up with the rigors of day-to-day business use. Some of the features include a magnesium bottom, aluminum lid, toughed hinge design, and a latch to open and close the lid.In addition to updating the standard (clam-shell) laptop, HP also updated their Elitebook tablet. The 2740p becomes the 2760p, complete with that same Sandy Bridge gear. The display on that model remains 12-inches instead of moving to 12.5.The 2560p will go on sale on May 23rd, starting at $1099. The 2760p is available now for $1499.Sal’s ThoughtsThe Elitebook 2540p was arguably the best 12-inch business laptop of its generation and it’s quite possible that the 2560p will continue that trend. The attractive metal exterior and the inclusion of an optical drive set this system apart from the ThinkPad X220, which is otherwise quite competitive (and actually better when it comes the keyboard and cursor controls).The 2560p marks a minor change for the notebook–it’s a simple shift to 2011 (Sandy Bridge) components combined with a slightly larger display. The shift from 12-inches (16:10) to 12.5 (16.9) was surely done because of better pricing on 16:9 panels from the LCD manufacturer, which explains why Lenovo moved the very same year.With up to 14 hours of battery life and an optical slice battery HP has been doing a great job of balancing weight and longevity. The fact that this system remains the only enterprise-ready ultraportable with an optical drive is just as important though, so don’t expect too many people to drop the DVD drive and replace it with a high performance 2.5-inch hard drive.The 2540p was an excellent notebook and while the 2560p doesn’t add in anything unique it will remain a great option for large businesses and demanding consumers.last_img read more

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UN report argues Internet access is a human right

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first_imgBack in March of last year, we reported that a BBC World Service global poll found that 79% of people believe that Internet access is a fundamental right. Within the same poll, 87% of Internet users went even further and said that Internet access should be a “fundamental right of all people.” A recent United Nations report seems to agree with that sentiment.The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression has submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council which makes the case that Internet access is also a human right. The report states that the Internet has become an important medium upon which human expression occurs. Limitation of that expression via the arbitrary blocking or filtering of content with the exception of child pornography, criminalization of legitimate expression, cyber-attacks, and disconnection of Internet access are all highlighted in the report as areas of concern. Disconnection of Internet access and the blocking or filtering of content has drawn increasing attention due to uprisings in the Middle East that were met with such limitations on human expression.AdChoices广告One point made in the report that may have some intellectual property right lawyers a bit concerned is the notion that a person’s Internet access should not be limited even if that limitation is the result of violations of intellectual property law. It is not uncommon for hackers and those who have been found to offer copyrighted music and video online to have a sentence imposed upon them which limits their Internet access. Such limitations on access could span months or even years.The Special Rapporteur went on to highlight in the report the need for better protections on intermediaries, which includes Internet access providers, and a person’s right to privacy with the inclusion of data protection.Read more at the UN report (PDF)Brian’s OpinionIt is clear that governments and the legal system still struggle when it comes to the Internet and how far a person’s right to access the Internet must be balanced against the use of the Internet for criminal purposes. While it may seem like a pretty black and white decision to cut off Internet access to someone who violates the law using the Internet as a medium, more thought needs to go into such actions considering how much the Internet is used as a medium of expression. Of course, I’ll be the first to point out that we must at times limit expression for the greater good.For example, the freedom of expression does not protect someone who runs into a public building and screams “fire” to cause a panic. Yet, such action, even though it is deemed as criminal, shouldn’t lead to a person being forced to having their mouth sown shut. On the other hand, we are pretty quick to shut someone up when it comes to their ability to get on the Internet and speak out.I am not naive enough to sit here and say there are no scenarios where in order to protect the public someone should be cut off from the Internet. What I am saying though, which I believe is also the point the report is making, is that special consideration needs to be given before limiting a person’s Internet access.last_img read more

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