Danish PlayOff semis Aalborg VS Skjern KIF KK against Holstebro

Danish Play-Off semi-finals will be played int he next two weeks. Next weekend teams will face eachother in their first matches, while chance for revenge will have to wait until the first weekend of May.Team TVIS Holstebro will play against KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, who showed whole strentgh on current champions Aalborg 26:17 in the last match of Group stage.In the second semi-final will play Aalborg against Skjern.26.april kl.17.10: Team Tvis Holstebro-KIF Kolding København27 april kl. 14.10: Aalborg-Skjern3. maj kl. 17.10: KIF Kolding København – Team Tvis Holstebro 4. maj kl. 17.10: Skjern Håndbold- Aalborg Håndbold Denmark ← Previous Story SG Flensburg witn only +2 to Skopje’s hell! Next Story → Csurgoi KK sign Mijatovic and Ostroushko

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BIH VS Iceland No Terzic No Palmarsson

← Previous Story Wissem Hmam joins Saint Raphael! Next Story → Karabatic brothers making auction for floods victims in Serbia and BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina will try to qualify for the first big event in the history – World Championship 2015 in Qatar by victory over Iceland at Play-Off in the next weekends. Bosnian head-coach, Dragan MArkovic Marka will have to do that without the biggest name of the team – Mirsad Terzic from MKB Veszprem, but at the same time, Aron Kristiansson has the same problem with THW Kiel’s star Aron Palmarsson, who will miss match in Sarajevo on Saturday – 20.15.Here is Icelandic squad:Björg­vin Páll Gúst­avs­son, Die Berg­ische Hand­ball ClubSvein­björn Pét­urs­son, AueAl­ex­and­er Peters­son, Rhein-Neckar LöwenArn­ór Atla­son, St. Rap­haelArn­ór Þór Gunn­ars­son, Die Berg­ische Hand­ball ClubÁsgeir Örn Hall­gríms­son, Par­is Hand­ballBjarki Már Elís­son, EisenachBjarki Már Gunn­ars­son, AueGuðjón Val­ur Sig­urðsson, THW KielGunn­ar Steinn Jóns­son, Nan­tesÓlaf­ur Andrés Guðmunds­son, Kristiansta­dtRó­bert Gunn­ars­son, Par­is Hand­ballSnorri Steinn Guðjóns­son, GOGSver­re Andreas Jak­obs­son, TV Grosswallsta­dt Vign­ir Svavars­son, TWD Mind­enThórir Ólafs­son, KS Vive Targi Kielce read more

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14 BIG STARS All the stars you can see in Struga

This Wednesday is the date for the traditional and one of the most quality in this area tournaments, the Struga 2014 Handball tournament. It will be the 42nd one of its kind, and apart from the top teams that will participate and of which we wrote, we now present some of the stars that can be seen at this tournament.From Wednesday to Saturday, the crowd will be able to watch live Olympic and World champions such as Arpad Sterbik and Blazenko Lackovic, top goalkeepers such as Darko Stanic, Borko Ristovski and Vadim Bogdanov, and many terrific players in the names of Pavel Atman, Timur Dibirov, Filip Mirkulovski, Naumce Mojsovski, Renato Vugrinec, Igor Karacic, Muhamed Toromanovic… A lot of quality handball is ahead of us, and all the information can be found at balkan-handball.com which will be present live at the place of happening. Arpad SterbikBlazenko LackovicDarko Stanichandball tournament strugarukometstruga 2014Struga handballstruga rakomet ← Previous Story NEW WORLD RECORD: RNL-HSV to be seen live by 37,000 people Next Story → Barcelona again training in “Zumba” rhythm! read more

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VIDEO TOP 30 goals of VELUX EHF Champions League Year 2016

← Previous Story Vote for ALKALOID WORLD BEST COACH 2016 in Women’s handball! Next Story → Granollers Cup 2017 – Summer in the city where handball is like a religion! VELUX EHF Champions League published a video of TOP 30 goals in Year 2016. Former right wing of Turkish Besiktas, now in Vive Tauron Kielce, Darko Djukic, netted the most beautiful goal of the year.Take a look on TOP 30…

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Column Mortgages are contracts – they should be treated as such

first_imgWHETHER A MORTGAGE default has a level of intention behind it or not is a subjective matter. What isn’t subjective are some of the figures which are not widely discussed, they get lost in the mix as it often turns into an argument about social correctness above common sense.There is idea that many comfortably accept, which is that people on welfare might do a cash nixer if offered. It’s not something you’d hear strongly denied, but this ease of interpretation is suddenly shelved when we think that middle Ireland might not pay a debt when due on a house for personal gain.Mortgages are contractsMortgages, which at their root are a contract, can be dishonoured it seems, if you have a reason for not being able to pay. Would that argument hold if we discussed other contracts? What about contracts for labour? That’s the thing we commonly refer to as a ‘job’, it’s a contract too. Would people support a company not paying their staff?Would they defend them if they denied workers wages while having the means to do so? Of course not, because workers have a contract right? But only certain contracts carry a fully corresponding obligation in Ireland, we have sought every defence possible for reasoning why some contracts are not the same. If only we could get Napolean from Animal Farm to help explain how ‘all contracts are equal, but some are more equal than others‘.The white knight lobbyists would have you believe there is ‘no definition for strategic default and therefore it doesn’t exist‘. This lie has it’s own name in logic, it’s called the ‘continuum fallacy’, where non-defined quantity creating a definition is turned into evidence that something doesn’t exist. Then there are the many media personalities who are more concerned with being popular or fair than being critical.We readily default into ‘empathy without examination’ and it passes as our national conversation because nobody seems to have the common sense to question it outside of emotive examples.The myth about mass mortgage defaultsThe understanding seems to be: we have a mortgage crisis, therefore throw endless money at it (don’t worry about how that money won’t go towards better causes, or mean our children may pay more taxes in the future), because it’s either that, or the state has to house everybody and we’ll have thousands of homeless people.This is a myth. Can a person who can’t pay a €3,000 a month mortgage equally not afford to rent a place for €900? Why bother asking when we can instead evoke the darkest era’s of Irish history, drawing a narrative which ends with the modern day equivalent of the Black and Tans throwing you onto the road and torching your thatched roof cottage?It is quite literally impossible to have a meaningful debate in this country around the area of property and mortgages without it devolving into that kind of conversation. No wonder we’ve screwed up the job of fixing it so badly.Not only that, if you dare to raise the prospect that there is anybody out there who might do anything in their own self interest – like not pay a debt on purpose, or prioritise expenditure over contractual obligations – you are an instant hate figure (I look forward to the comments section!). This is a nation damned by self serving politics, vested interest, and greed.Yet obviously, these traits occur only in the people who belong to whatever group we are happy to blame on the day, there are none of them amongst ‘the rest of us decent folk’. Sadly, these traits can only exist in particular if they also exist in general.‘The banks are always wrong’The counter argument is almost always another logical fallacy, the ‘argument from incredulity’ where we appeal to the righteousness of the reader to bring them on side, because we ‘simply can’t believe this kind of thing can happen in Ireland!’ where they crowd in as expected.Who in the ‘borrowers are always right banks are always wrong’ cohort would raise the fact that the ECB rate cuts since Draghi came in put about €6,000 a year back into the pockets of tracker mortgage holders who are more than 50 per cent of the loan holders in Ireland. Or that arrears and unemployment decoupled more than 2 years ago?Banks behaved deplorably, that’s an indisputable fact, but does that give a tacit right to borrowers to do the same? Or to defend those who can pay who don’t? Nobody thinks that a person without work is able to pay for a mortgaged property, but where is the line?Should you be able to keep something you can’t pay for?Are we to believe that they instead should be able to keep something they can’t pay for? Would you say the same if they borrowed for a car? Is it even fair to them to keep them on the hook in that circumstance?Is housing policy about affordability and sustainability or is it about maximising a persons stay in a property they can’t afford to pay for?Alas, we have also have no numbers right?Wrong. In AIB there are 40,000 arrears accounts, a full 50 per cent have not filled in a Standard Financial Statement (SFS), this is the document you have to submit to get a resolution. They were introduced years ago and are key to avoiding repossession.The 6,000 ‘repo threats’ they sent out and were admonished for resulted in a 33 per cent re-engagement of those borrowers, and 2,000 started to pay again. In the UK the legal threat results in a 70 per cent re-engagement. And let us not forget, that the letter only went out to those who were both non-engaging and at least 2.5-3 years behind on repayments.There is no ‘free housing’ in IrelandEven in local authority housing you have to pay something. There is no ‘free housing’ in this nation, anybody who says there should be, I invite you to go build it for those who want it.Permanent TSB report similar numbers; they have an 80 per cent take up but many are outdated (12 months old or more) and therefore no longer relevant.Are the banks really not trying? They aren’t innocent, but they do have large staff numbers trying to work through a mire of complexity. In the case of AIB they even sent out 1,400 ‘shot in the dark’ offers of split mortgages to clients who were in deep arrears.700 never responded, of the 50 per cent who did respond, less than 20 required anything other than some short term assistance, that’s a less than 1.5 per cent amount of the initial target audience.Naturally this is the fault of the banks, or so the debt lobbyists would have you believe. Can you expect them to say otherwise? To do so not only wreaks their own businesses, it would betray their commitment to sustaining the status quo.Class warfareThat’s what this is really all about, after this crash what we seem to want is that nobody loses, so the middle class and well of will stay that way while the poor remain shut out from middle-class welfare systems.The perfection of it is that we get the lower class to do the fighting for them, convincing them that it is their fight and their future wealth at stake. It’s a master-stroke of class warfare, the best I have ever seen.The real victim in this debate is the truth though, we won’t get it, we can’t, there is no potential to have a genuine debate in this country without it devolving into a tangled web of accusation and emotive responses. You can make anything seem real using words, that’s why science fiction is usually high on fiction low on science, and that’s where the Irish intellectually find themselves most comfortable, we won’t even quantify the contradiction.Don’t let little concerns like facts or numbers get in the way of a good yarn about our bad banks. This article covers only a sampling of them. You can’t be popular and be honest in Ireland, sadly it seems you have to pick one choice and run with it come what may.When it comes to property almost everybody, this analyst included, is a vested interest in some way, the only ones who don’t have an axe of some sort to grind are still in school, my hopes rest with them.Karl Deeter is a founder and Compliance Manager at Irish Mortgage Brokers in Dublin 2. His expertise is in credit, regulation and financial advice. Follow @irishmortgages on Twitter.last_img read more

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Dead baby wakes at funeral parlour before cremation

first_imgA CHINESE BABY boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour, media reported in China today.The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children’s Hospital in eastern China, hospital sources told Xinhua state news agency.A death certificate was issued before the baby was sent to an undertakers in Hefei, the provincial capital – only for staff there to be alerted by crying yesterday.It was unclear how long he had been at the funeral parlour, or when his cremation had been due.The baby was immediately sent back to the hospital, several news outlets including the Beijing News reported today.“Because the baby still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusion to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons,” a hospital staff member told Xinhua.Receiving treatmentThe baby was born with a “congenital respiratory system malformation”, the agency added.He was receiving treatment at the hospital late yesterday evening, reports said.A doctor had been suspended, a nursing worker laid off and an investigation launched into the incident, Xinhua cited the hospital as saying.Users of China’s weibo microblogging services were outraged, blaming both the boy’s parents and the doctors involved.- © AFP, 2013China to relax one-child policy, abolish labour camps>last_img read more

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10 ways to improve your smartphones battery life

first_imgWE’VE ALL BEEN there. You use your phone maybe a few times during the day and before you know it, you’re out of power. While smartphones have become more powerful and versatile over time, their batteries haven’t exactly kept up, to the point where you’re lucky if it lasts the entire day on one charge.While you can’t change your battery, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your phone is still ticking along by the end of the day.Turn off your location servicesWhile a useful feature, location services are probably the biggest reason your battery life disappears so quickly, especially if there are numerous apps using tracking your whereabouts. For iOS, you will find the setting under privacy while Android has an entire section dedicated to it. Windows Phone users need to go into the settings function to find it.Check battery use (Android)Android users have it lucky as they can check to see which apps are using the most power. It’s probably a good idea to check this first to see which apps are putting the most strain on your battery.Windows Phone also has the handy Battery Saver mode, which turns off certain features like email updates and apps running in the background. You can either set it so that it activates when the battery gets low or have it on at all times.Switch off auto-brightnessAuto-brightness is one of those features you don’t realise is a thing until it’s brought up. The idea is that your screen will brighten or darken depending on your surroundings, but the reality is this switching is an unnecessary drain on your battery. Turn it off and then reduce the brightness as it’s a feature you’ll rarely need.Keep number of notifications downOutside of messaging or social apps, the majority of push notifications are redundant. iOS has the notification centre while Android requires you to go into the apps info in settings, where you can tick or untick the notifications box for each one. Keep screen timeout lowScreen timeout is how long your phone stays activated after your last action. On Android, you can go into display and make your device go to sleep after 15 seconds. iOS’ version is auto-lock which you can find by selecting general in settings – the shortest time frame for locking is one minute – while Windows Phone users have to go to Lock & Wallpaper, found in settings.Turn off background appsIf you haven’t turned off your phone in a while, you will have a large number of apps running in the background. On their own,  they’re not harmful, but since our modern attention spans mean we jump in and out of apps regularly, we could have a lot of them running without realising it.While it’s handy to have a few running if you regularly access them, the majority can be turned off. Android has a button dedicated to it while iOS users must double-tap the home button to get the option. Windows Phone users, on the other hand, have to go into each app individually and press the back button to close it.Turn off Wifi & BluetoothSimilar to location services, your phone will be always searching for a WiFi or Bluetooth connection, even if you’re nowhere near a connection. If you know you won’t be near a WiFi hotspot for a while, you should switch them off.Alternatively, switching on Airplane Mode will have the same effect, although doing this will mean you won’t be able to make or receive calls either.Turn off email updatesYour email app is always searching for new arrival and refreshing every couple of minutes to ensure you’re constantly updated. Unless you absolutely need to know when new mail arrives, it’s better to switch updates off and visit the app itself.Download a battery appThere’s an abundance of apps claiming to improve your battery life. While you shouldn’t take these claims too seriously, apps like Battery Doctor, Juice Defender, and Battery for Windows Phone do give you an overview on what services are using up the most battery, allowing you to make better decisions.Get a battery packIf all else fails, maybe you should consider getting a portable battery pack. The majority of smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung has their own official versions, and there are numerous third-party chargers for both Android and iPhone.Read: Five smartphones battling for your Christmas stocking >Read: Watch: A smartphone that can heal itself when scratched >last_img read more

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8 items with names that are made entirely of lies

first_imgTHE TIME HAS come, friends.  The time for mince pies, and with that, the eternal question.Why in tarnation is the stuff inside mince pies called mincemeat?  It doesn’t make any sense.However, mincemeat is not the only thing we encounter in life which seems to be misnamed.  Here are some things whose names just don’t make sense.Mincemeat Source: FlickrWe said it before and we’re saying it again.  The name no longer makes sense.Once upon a time it did actually contain meat, but these days the mix of dried fruit and spices rarely even contains suet.Sweetbreads Source: FlickrThe fancy food name for for the throat, pancreas, glands, tongue or testicles of animals when cooked and served is disturbingly inaccurate.Imagine encountering that on a restaurant menu if English wasn’t your first language? Nightmare.Urinal cake Source: FlickrWhy is a block used to soak up the unpleasant odour of urine called a cake?Wrong.Spotted dick Source: FlickrIt’s never good when the name of a food conjures up thoughts of venereal disease, so one has to wonder why the Brits persist in calling this cake spotted dick.Hot dogs Source: FlickrThe origin of this misnomer is somewhat troubling, apparently it was commonly believed that dog meat was used to make sausages until the mid 1800s.As a result, sausages were commonly referred to as ‘dogs’.  However, those days are gone.  Surely we should let go of the link now?Guinea pigs Source: FlickrThis name comes from Latin, but it doesn’t make much sense.These guys are not pigs, they’re rodents, although they are pretty cute.Buffalo Wings Source: FlickrThis one has been confusing people on reality TV shows for years, and we can see why.However, the origin of this delicious food item is how it got its name.  You see, the Buffalo does not refer to animal, but the place.These wings originated in Buffalo, New York and the name has stuck.  Although in Buffalo, people just call them wings.Koala bears Source: FlickrThey’re not bears, they’re marsupials, so why must they persist in lying to us?Their closest living relative is the wombat, for goodness sake! What other items do you feel need to be renamed? Tell us in the comments.What’s going on with beloved Dublin shop Knobs & Knockers?>Irish designer Philip Treacy has unveiled his trophy for the Brit Awards>last_img read more

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A bloody hard thing to do ODriscoll on Irelands Grand Slam hopes

first_imgDefinitely, with the improvement of Italy in recent years — they have beaten every team bar England in the Six Nations — all teams are capable of beating each other. You look at the calibre of the teams and think that for one team to win all five games is going to take a massive effort. That’s why we’ve got two of them [in our history]. Invariably some team gets up for than the in-form team and manages to topple them.” FOR THE PAST decade, Irish optimism before the Six Nations has been through the roof. While many supporters get swept away after an operatic RTÉ promo, Brian O’Driscoll feels it on a cold Monday in January.“It’s great driving through the [Carton House] gates, last week and this week, knowing it’s game-week,” he said. “I still get as much of a buzz. Maybe more so now that [I’m retiring]. I have huge belief in the squad and the coaching ticket that we’re going to go in the right direction, building with the lads for the World Cup.”Ireland record try-scorer is just over three days away from the start of his final Six Nations campaign. He is confident of getting off to a winning start against Scotland, on Sunday, and hopeful Ireland will knock over Wales. Two wins from two in O’Driscoll’s final campaign may send the country into a state of hysteria but the outside centre is quick to temper expectations.He commented, “You’d think that, most years, a Grand Slam winner is unlikely. It’s a bloody hard thing to do. Because of the calibre [of teams] and how the games are all so close now. O’Driscoll, who played his first game against Scotland 14 years ago, admits he allowed emotion to intervene last season as he contemplated retirement. Form and injuries aside, O’Driscoll will finish up away to France in March. His mantra in the coming weeks will be to ‘just go out and play’. “Just because it is the last one, it doesn’t add any more incentive. As professionals, you’re expected to deliver each time. There’s always peaking and troughing throughout a career and I’d like to think I’ve maintained a standard,” he said.O’Driscoll celebrates his first win over Scotland in 2000. He scored a try in a 44-22 win at Lansdowne Road. INPHO/Patrick BolgerAs for the team’s frame of mind, O’Driscoll admits the raw emotion that came close to scuttling New Zealand is not available on-tap. He said, “You have to play with a mindset, not that you have a chip on your shoulder but that you have, and know, what your capabilities are and not relying on emotion. If we can have your details and strategy as second nature then we can focus on the way we go out and play our game and the physicality you bring and the territory you play.“When you have to take a second to think what plays are you take away a certain part of your game. That has been a big focus — what we know we’re doing for two or three phases is second nature. Then you can concentrate on cleaning out rucks, where you’re meant to be or what lines you’re meant to run.”Being a leader of men is also second nature to the 129-cap veteran. With the World Cup in mind, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt selected Paul O’Connell as his captain. The decision, says O’Driscoll, makes life ‘a little less stressful’. He added:I’ve always said it’s a lot easier to be a leader when you don’t have the captain’s armband than when you do have it. There’s less expected of you. When you’re not captain there is an extra onus on you to help out and share the workload. I’d always expect that [of others] as captain and, now that I’m not, I’d offer Paulie a bit of a dig-out so it’s not as stressful for him being the only voice. I don’t miss the day over in London, for sure. I’ve done plenty of them.”Sunday’s clash with Scotland will be O’Driscoll’s last. He has played them 14 times, winning 10, losing four and scoring five tries, including a hat-trick at Lansdowne Road in 2002. He said, “In the last four years we’ve shared the spoils so we have a healthy respect for them. We definitely feel that, if we implement our game, we’re totally capable of beating them. You don’t get results from expectation. You still have to deliver.”“They’ve always been an awkward team to play,” O’Driscoll added. “Traditionally, they are very effective at the tackle area, very good in possession and in defence. They’re about slowing the ball down and playing right on the offside line. They’ve tried to develop their game in the last few years, playing a more expansive game. You can see their two Rabo teams [Edinburgh and Glasgow], they play an awful lot of width so you have to adapt your defensive systems.“They play with a huge amount of passion when they pull on the jersey. They’re a very passionate team and I know that if they are in the game in the last 10, 15 minutes they are a very difficult team to shake off. A big aspect will be starting well against them.”O’Driscoll tells TheScore.ie Ireland are ‘totally capable’ of beating the Scots. INPHO/Dan SheridanWarren Gatland’s Wales arrive in Dublin six days after the Scotland match and the subject of O’Driscoll’s axing from the third Lions Test against Australia will rear its head again. “That’s why I’m here this week,” the centre joked.“I don’t really pay that much attention to it,” he continued. “Look, what happened happened; no-one can change it. I bear no ill will towards Warren. Afterwards your emotions are a bit different; time heals all wounds and I don’t have any animosity towards him. What I will look to do is be involved in a team that can beat his team. That’s next week. We’ve got a game to think about this week.”BOD on his rugby ‘afterlife’ and how coaching doesn’t float his boatBrian O’Driscoll ready to ‘empty the tank’ as Ireland report clean bill of healthlast_img read more

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Minister questioned on delay in National Health Strategy

first_imgPROGRESS IS BEING made on the national sexual health strategy, the Minister for Health said this week.Asked by Deputy Róisín Shortall in the Dáil for the reasons for the delay in the development of a national sexual health strategy and his target month in 2013 for the publication of the strategy, the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly said that it is due in a number of months.DevelopmentThe Health Department commenced the development of a National Sexual Health Strategy on 12 May 2012. “This initiative is intended to formulate a strategic plan for the delivery of services in this area,” said Minister Reilly in a written answer to Deputy Shorthall. This plan will focus on improving sexual health and wellbeing and address the surveillance, testing, treatment and prevention of HIV and STIs, crisis pregnancy, and sexual health education and promotion. The strategy will be in line with the forthcoming Public Health Policy Framework due to be published next week.A high-level steering group has been established to lead the development of the strategy. The steering group is overseeing the drafting of the National Sexual Health Strategy, which will take the form of a high-level strategic action plan, said Minister Reilly.The steering group, supported by a number of working groups set up to address different areas, is making good progress and I expect the final draft strategy to be submitted by June for my consideration.In November 2012, following a HSE report that showed the number of reported sexually transmitted infections in Ireland rose by over 12 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010, the executive director of Dublin Aids Alliance, Anna Quigley recommended a “targeted and coordinated” approach to improving the access of those who need contraception.She said that it is important that the National Sexual Health Strategy helps to ensure “improved access to, and distribution of, free condoms for all population groups at risk of HIV and other STIs.”Read: Levels of chlamydia rise in Dublin>Read: Ireland ‘performing well’ in areas of sexual and reproductive health>last_img read more

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Here are 13 of our favourite sporting anecdotes

first_img1. Trigger on Roy Keane at the 94 World CupYouTube credit: tony713elo2. Brian Clough on Peter TaylorYouTube credit: Ged20063. Alex Ferguson on Paul GascoigneYouTube credit: SirManchester14. Charlie Sheen on Lance ArmstrongYouTube credit: CNN5. Alan Quinlan on Declan KidneyThe room is quiet when Deccie wheels in a TV monitor and video machine. The lads look at each other. What the hell is going on? Are we going over tapes of the opposition?“I want you to watch this lads,” says Deccie. “Just watch.”So, for the next couple of hours, the entire Munster squad, a team supposedly in search of their first Heineken Cup trophy and ravenous for another big-name scalp, sit back in their seats and watch fluffy little bundles of golden fur romp across the screen as we view ‘The Lion King’.Tempting though it might have been to make a joke or say something smart, no one utters a word — this is a Deccie Kidney production, so everyone is concentrating hard on exactly what kind of message Simba, Timon and Pumba are delivering.In the end, he called it exactly right showing us the movie, because we beat Saracens on their home ground in a tough encounter.I think they’d have been mortified if they’d known that Munster’s secret weapon had been ‘The Lion King’.From Red Blooded: The Alan Quinlan Autobiography6. Niall Quinn on Jack Charlton “We all shuffled into Harry Ramsden’s. Jack is a shareholder. Packie or Paul or somebody cut a ribbon and officially opened the place. So the night before the game, after a week of drink, I settled down to fish and chips. Gary Kelly took the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge and ate a fish about a yard long and a mountain of chips and anything else they challenged him with. He thought there’d be a certificate but he got a free dessert instead, which he duly ate. Jack herded us out pronto. Twenty minutes later, it’s dusk at Lansdowne Road and we’re all waddling about the pitch, groaning, full of fish and chips and trying to do a training session the night before this must-win game. We’re burping and farting and creased over with laughter. Our main thought was it’s been a happy era and it’s ending soon.”From Niall Quinn: The Autobiography7. Wayne Rooney on RonaldoHe loves his clothes, and the clobber he wears is super expensive and covered in shiny logos – Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, you name it. He’s swaggered into training, looking immaculate from head to foot. He must spend a fortune on his wardrobe, but Ronaldo’s biggest love is football.He tells us he wants to be the best player in the world, that he’s desperate to be the greatest.Ronnie’s ambition isn’t just talk either. In the changing rooms before the 2006/07 season I notice something different about him.He’s bigger. He’s come back from the World Cup in Germany muscly and beefed up, like he’s been on the weights all summer.On the pitch in pre-season, he’s started cutting out the fancy tricks and flicks, and finding an end product to his mazy runs.I know one thing: this change in Ronaldo hasn’t come about by luck. He works bloody hard.When I watch him train or see him scoring great goals for fun in pre-season friendlies, I think he really could become the best player in the world.From Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League8. Chris O’Dowd on Shane Curran and John NewtonYouTube credit: rte9. Various people on a young Jonah LomuYouTube credit: Funnycycling10. John Aldridge and Jack Charlton on that infamous FIFA officialYouTube credit: PeteTop Carton11. The Irish rugby players on Martin JohnsonYouTube credit: markoconroy12. Tony Cascarino on Italia 90YouTube credit: Newstalk106108fm13. Muhammad Ali on Joe FrazierYouTube credit: truebeliever786Snapshot: So, Donncha O’Callaghan seems excited about heading to Edinburgh this evening>Woof! It’s our 25 favourite AC Jimbo intros from Football Weekly>last_img read more

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Unacceptable delays and unsatisfactory responses to abuse concerns in Clogher

first_imgTHE NATIONAL BOARD for Safeguarding Children’s review into child protection practices in the Clogher diocese was highly critical of past responses to abuse allegations.However, investigators drew a clear line between the past and current systems.The report said that from the cases examined, “it was clear that opportunities for preventive interventions were consistently missed when concerns of abuse by clergy were highlighted in the past”.In one particular case, there was an “unacceptable delay” in taking action against a priest and removing him from all ministry following a “credible allegation”.In another case, a priest was suspected of multiple incidents of abuse but was not removed from ministry. Instead he was transferred to another parish and eventually was sent overseas “for therapeutic help”.“He remained outside the jurisdiction and was eventually extradited back to this country several years later but died before he could be brought before the courts,” continued the review.Between 1975 and November 2012, allegations were made against 13 priests in the diocese. Altogether, 23 allegations were reported to the garda and 22 to the HSE (or Health Boards). Just three priests against whom allegations were made were alive at the time of the review. Two priests have been convicted of committing an offence against a child. One remains in ministry or retired from ministry, two left the priesthood or are out of ministry.The bishop during the period was Joseph Duffy.In a number of instances, allegations emerged against priests following their death “making it impossible for any investigation to take place”.Reviewers of past practice formed the impression “that the response to abuse concerns was often unsatisfactory and that risky behaviour was not addressed as strongly as it should have been”.Although past practices were severely criticised, the report noted that current bishop, Dr Liam McDaid, is implementing many positive changes. The vast majority of criteria for the seven standards required were “fully met”, while the remainder were “partially met”.The board made seven recommendations, including defining volunteer roles more effectively and creating a definition of a vulnerable adult to provide clarity for those involved in safeguarding so they can decide whether an individual falls within the scope of the policy.The third tranche of NBSCCCI reviews were released today and covered seven Church authorities. CEO Ian Elliot said it was “gratifying to report clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures” across the six dioceses and the Society of African Missions.He thanked the “army of volunteers” who give their time to support child protection measures, calling their efforts “nothing short of heroic”.Download: the full report>Earlier: Child protection reviews reveal 378 abuse allegations about 146 individualslast_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino is named as the new Spurs manager

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO HAS been officially named as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager on a five-year contract.The appointment was confirmed by the official club website as the Argentinian takes over from Tim Sherwood, whose reign spanned from last December to a fortnight ago.The decision had been widely-anticipated and sees Pochettino make the move from Southampton.Pochettino guided Southampton to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth place last season. He was credited during his 18-month term at St Mary’s with the development of home-grown players like Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse.Previously Pochettino had been at the helm in La Liga of RCD Espanyol before making the move, after a spell in charge of nearly four years, to the Premier League in November 2012.“In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” remarked club chairman Daniel Levy.“He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Source: Matt Dunham“This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” stated Pochettino.“There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad.“Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team. We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve.”Pochettino is joined by Jesús Pérez (Assistant Head Coach), Miguel D’Agostino (First Team Coach) and Toni Jiménez (Goalkeeper Coach) with whom he previously worked at both Southampton and Espanyol.In his playing career Pochettino made his debut with Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys at the age of 16 and won the Argentine Primera División with them in 1991.Two spells at Espanyol followed from 1994, sandwiched between time with Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. He won two Copa del Rey titles with Espanyol and also earned 20 international caps with Argentina.The man they named ‘the Makelele role’ after has got his first managerial jobReports: Filippo Inzaghi to replace Clarence Seedorf as AC Milan bosslast_img read more

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Youre prepared to losethe dying days of a European campaign

I experienced a complete loss of everything when my father (former president Erskine Childers) died…I saw what happened. Some people just don’t want to know you any more.Hurdles and enemiesOne group she has become politically estranged from is the Labour party.In the dying days of her campaign, when she is defending a seat she won for the party before leaving mid way through her term, the thought of the breakdown of that relationship still makes her “extremely furious”.In that campaign, she says, the Labour party came to her because they couldn’t get anyone else to run in the old Ireland East constituency in what she terms a “case of mutual benefit”. Childers, alongside Brian Hayes, waits to hear confirmation of her election Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland“According to them, they would have had no seat in Ireland East if I hadn’t run. I’m not sure that anybody in the country knows that. I don’t think the Labour voters know that.”Thanks to the re-drawing of the European constituencies, she says, “I was kind of made redundant”.“In the northern part of Ireland East, I was polling at 25-30 per cent. You imagine what that’s like, to have to leave that, because the Midlands North-West constituency is an unmanageable task for (another) independent.”Nontheless, the “risk”, as she terms it, of running in Dublin, ultimately paid off for Childers, and it will be five years before she has to countenance the prospect of losing again.Confirmed: Nessa Childers and Brian Hayes join Lynn Boylan in Europe as Ryan’s recount effort fails>Nessa Childers: A lot TDs don’t understand what it’s like to be in my position> LUNCHTIME, MID-WEEK in the sunny car park of Nolan’s supermarket of Clontarf, the cars are new and the clientele grey.Most are middle-class and female – a strong constituency for Nessa Childers, according to her handlers.On the Wednesday before polling, she had beaten a path through similar areas, covering Howth, Sutton and now Clontarf.The candidate herself was relaxed. Impressive, considering many pundits had placed her behind Eamonn Ryan, Mary Fitzpatrick and Emer Costello in the running for the last seat.“You have a feeling that you have to let go control of the situation. You’re in the hands of the voters now. Once the last public outing is finished, you’re in the hands of the voters.”Drawing on her professional life as a psychoanalyst, when ethics stipulations limit the working hours, she says she guards closely against over-canvassing, which she says can hurt her ability to connect with voters Childers during her days in the Labour Party Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandBurn out“What you see is that some politicians start burning out, because they go too far, and they can get to the end of the campaign and they’re literally burning out.”“Sometimes candidates get so tired in a day that they cease to make contact. That is the time when you take a break.”Childers topped the first Sunday Independent Millward Brown opinion poll at the end of April, but since then had slid down the polls.The transfer-friendliness which eventually got her over the line remained throughout, but she never credited her strong early numbers.“You don’t believe an opinion poll with an outlier like that. You don’t believe a figure like that. You think you might be somewhere in the middle, and that it’ll all depend on the election day.” Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandShe doesn’t try to peddle the predictable line that she doesn’t pay any attention to opinion polls. Neither does she claim to sleep soundly at night.Preparing to loseThe prospect of losing, or at least preparing mentally for it, is a routine that runs through her head at night.“I’m prepared to lose. I’ve kind of rehearsed it in my mind by imagining it. Otherwise you’d go into a state of shock.” (To prepare) you allow yourself to experience that kind of loss…it’s like any loss. You lose part of your future. You lose things you’ve imagined.The prospect of losing is something she’s sought to insulate herself, and her family, from. But that doesn’t mean the fear isn’t there throughout the dying days of a campaign.“There isn’t a person who can put things into a box and not have them leak out.”In such a situation, political rivals can find, if not solace, certainly empathy in each other amid the usual campaign barbs, she says.“Every politican out there puts themselves out there and takes a risk…I think only a certain type of person can do that, and every politician understands every other politician at that point.”“The candidates are there together all the time at hustings, and of course everybody knows what everybody else is having to deal with.”The fickle nature of political office means that many of the perks of office can evaporate quickly, something she learned early.“I learned as a child that you have to be very careful how much you allowed yourself to believe that you had all these things because you’re you.” read more

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Well leave it there so Bronze medals Gareth Bales doppelganger and all

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Source: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHomeAt the Commonwealth Games, there was a bronze medal for Irish Olympian and Northern Irish athlete Lisa Kearney. She got the better of Audree Francis-Methot in the 52kg division. Irish Olympian Lisa Kearney claimed a bronze medal in the 52kg judo division at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday evening. Source: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association ImagesAlso in Glasgow, there was disappointment for Aileen Reid — a big medal hopeful in triathlon. She finished in sixth while Sycerika McMahon was preparing for the semi-final of the women’s 50m breast-stroke while Gemma Kane and Jordan Sloan were also readying themselves for action.After going behind to an early goal, the plucky Irish Under-19 Women’s team never quite got a foothold in their European Championship semi-final against the Netherlands and suffered a 4-0 defeat. Still, a superb achievement for all involved.In Europa League qualifying, Derry City were humbled 5-1 in the second leg of their second-round clash with Shakhtyor of Belarus to lose 6-1 on aggregate, while Dundalk narrowly lost out to Hadjuk and Sligo endured similar heartache against Rosenborg.In your daily slice of Conor McGregor news, the Dubliner has signed a book deal with Gill and Macmillan for a ‘part memoir, part philosophy’ entitled Notorious: My Life In and Out of the Octagon. We here at TheScore.ie Towers feel it should be all philosophy. Essentially, an Irish version of I Am Zlatan.Cork football boss Brian Cuthbert has delivered his tuppence ha’penny’s worth on the dual-player debate by outlining his plans to review the situation at season’s end.Dublin’s Jonny Cooper missed the Leinster football final through injury but is set on finding a way back into the side before the side’s All-Ireland quarter-final in two weeks.Ireland’s best-known Gareth Bale impersonator (and pretty nifty footballer) Kenny McEvoy is leaving Spurs. But his next stop isn’t the Bernabeu but London Road in Peterborough.AwayThe Court of Arbitration for Sport could reduce Luis Suarez‘s four-month suspension but if they don’t, he looks set to make his debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid in October.Vincenzo Nibali took Stage 18 of the Tour de France and seems certain to take an overall victory – he even thumped his heart when crossing the line, so there. It all means that he extended his lead in the general classification to seven minutes. Source: Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association ImagesFrank Lampard has signed for MLS team New York City FC though they don’t start playing in the league until next March.Are we about to see another top-class Welsh out-half? Gareth Anscombe is a Kiwi but qualifies for Wales through his mother and has just signed for Cardiff Blues.After 21 years, the ‘voice of wrestling’ Jim ‘JR’ Ross is retiring. But don’t be sad. He now has more time to dedicate to his mega-successful barbecue-sauce business.Harry Redknapp wants to bring Samuel Eto’o to QPR. The average age of the squad is already about 75 so the Cameroonian should fit right in. ‘Arry also has his say on a variety of wheeling and dealing in today’s transfer round-up.The best thing we sharedThis outrageous goal from French youngster Jeremie Boga rescued a draw for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against well-known heavyweights RZ Pellets WAC.On the recordYou ask if they’re going to the game and they’ll say, ‘Nah sure why would I go down to see them get bate?’Kerry’s James O’Donoghue on the idiosyncrasies of the Kingdom’s football faithful and how reputation means nothing down there, All-Ireland medals everything.The fixture listA big day for boxer Michael Conlan at the Commonwealth Games tomorrow. He takes to the ring at 1pm for a round of 32 bout with 19 year-old Mathew Martin from Nauru. For what it’s worth, Nauru is tiny island in the South Pacific and has a population of just over 9,000. The internet told us that.Just two games in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday evening but John Caulfield’s Cork City have a chance to jump to the top of the table when they pay a visit to Bohemians. Should the Leesiders drop points in Dublin, Shamrock Rovers have the opportunity to close the gap when they host Drogheda in Tallaght. Both games kick off at 8pm.”“I already had a salad at lunch. That’s basically it, isn’t it?”last_img read more

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Well leave it there so Armaghs human rights Cian Healys special training

first_img9 birdies puts Westwood in charge at the PGA ChampionshipRace For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory                                                         Showbiz, baby!French midfielder Claire Lavogez conjured a spectacular strike at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. Hero! Source: kickernet/YouTube Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot during a practice round at Valhalla ahead of the PGA Championship. He’s been tipped for more success by Jack Nicklaus. Source: John Locher/AP/Press Association ImagesThe circus involving the Armagh senior football panel’s ongoing media snub was ramped up a notch with manager Paul Grimley claiming it’s his ‘basic human right’ to speak with whoever he wants.Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan will make his AFL debut for Carlton this weekend and his mother has flown to Melbourne to be there for the special moment.Tipperary are hopeful that Conor O’Mahony and Michael Cahill will both be fit for Sunday week’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Cork. O’Mahony is suffering with a back complaint while Cahill has a knee injury.Meanwhile, Cork are facing the prospect of being without their captain Pa Cronin for the semi-final clash. The Bishopstown man picked up a hairline fracture in his ankle during the Munster final win over Limerick. Pa Cronin is rated as extremely doubtful for Cork’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary. Source: ©INPHO/Cathal NoonanConnacht have revealed their home kit for next season. It’s green. But there are plenty of sartorial differences to last year’s effort. See if you can spot them.FC Copenhagen’s Chief Executive thinks a second-tier Champions League should be set up for teams from smaller countries, including Ireland.A nice angle to the whole Generation Emigration narrative of the last few years. After being crowned British Intercounty Provincial champions in June, Scotland play in their first All-Ireland junior football semi-final on Saturday with a litany of Irish natives involved in their squad.                                                               AwayArsenal have received offers for defender Thomas Vermaelen and Arsene Wenger all-but-confirmed Manchester United are one of the clubs that submitted a bid for the Belgian international. But, perhaps hampering United’s hopes, Wenger also said the club’s preference is to sell Vermaelen to a team outside of the Premier League.Can Lee Westwood finally break that hoodoo of his? He’s still to win a major but is in control at the PGA Championship at Valhalla and shares the lead after the first round. Source: David J. Phillip/AP/Press Association ImagesCeltic’s inquest into their humiliating Champions League elimination is already underway though manager Ronny Deila is accepting full responsibility for the 6-1 aggregate defeat to Legia Warsaw.Is the game over for Michael Phelps or do we write him off at our peril? His comeback ended in disaster when he finished seventh in the 100 metres freestyle final at the US national championships last night. Source: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association Images                                             The best thing we sharedYes. You are correct. This is Cian Healy. Pulling a rather imposing-looking vehicle along Dollymount strand. There’s an aurally-seductive soundtrack owing  to Proper Church’s impressively dark delivery of some words. And we love it. Source: USN Ireland/YouTube                                                        On the recordI think every year you do change, every year you get in better shape. I’m getting there now this year, into even better shape than I was in at the start of last season. Every season that passes by, I think you develop a little bit and grow.”Sean O’Brien spoke to us about the grind but ultimate reward of pre-season training                                                       The fixture listThe Dublin Horse show continues into its third day.It’s the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla where Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell share the lead after the opening day.There’s plenty of League of Ireland action with four games taking place. Keep an eye on whether Dundalk slip up in the local derby with Drogheda and if Cork City can get back to winning ways against St. Pat’s at Turners Cross.The Championship is back! Blackburn take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff at Ewood Park with a 7.45 kick-off.  NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… The Ireland Women’s rugby squad are put through their paces at FFR HQ in Marcoussis, Paris. Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan                                                               HomeRory McIlroy can win 15 or 20 majors. That’s according to some bloke called Jack Nicklaus. last_img read more

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Europe will run out of PlayStation 3s in just three weeks after

first_imgEarlier this month, Korean electronics maker LG brought Sony to court, going after any Sony product that can play Blu-Ray discs because of a patent dispute. Specifically, LG wanted the International Trade Commission to block the sale of the PlayStation 3, several Bravia televisions and a number of Blu-Ray players for violating four LG patents describing a “way of dealing with multiple data streams, such as different camera angles, as well as a system to reproduce data that’s stored on a read-only device.”AdChoices广告The ITC haven’t moved on LG’s request, but over in Europe — namely, in the civil court of justice in the Hague — LG has just won a preliminary injunction that will see all new PlayStation 3’s imported into the continent confiscated by customs for at least ten days, which are already being stored in a Dutch warehouse until the injunction is lifted or expires.In our previous post on the subject, we suggested tongue-in-cheek that Sony might actually welcome such a block, allowing them time to redesign the PS3 to be hack-proof. Unsurprisingly, Sony did not agree with this assessment, and is absolutely panicked as they try to supply Europe with PS3s again.As things stand right now, Europe will run out of PS3s in just three weeks. The question is, can Sony manage to reverse the Hague’s decision in time?Read more at The Guardianlast_img read more

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Geek deals 165 off HP Pavilion g4 laptop

first_imgThere is a nice bargain popping up on all the deal sites right now. The HP Direct Store is offering up to $165 off plus a $30 stackable coupon on the new 14-inch HP g4 laptop. The laptop was already affordable at its $599.99 starting price. It comes with a free 3GB DDR3 memory upgrade, plus a free upgrade to a 320GB hard drive.The HP Pavilion g4 is powered by an Intel Pentium Core i3 or Core i5 processor. The base model comes with a Pentium Dual-Core P6200 processor. It’s equipped with plenty of features, including a 14.1-inch 16:9 widescreen LED-backlit display, Wireless-N, Altec Lansing speakers, and a webcam and mic. Optional upgrades include Core i5 CPU, 12MB/1GB ATI Radeon HD 6470M, Blu-ray, and more.AdChoices广告Aesthetically speaking, the laptop comes in Charcoal Grey, but you can also get it in Pearl Pink, Sonoma Red, or Pewter. It’s a fairly basic computer, but you can walk away with a good machine for only $419.99 with free shipping.The higher-end model with the Core i5 processor with Radeon HD 6470M is discounted from $799.99 down to $619.99 with a coupon code.Buy the HP Pavilion g4 from Logic Buylast_img read more

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LG Cloud another multiplatform cloud storage service

first_imgIn a world of homogenous smartphones and tablets, there’s one feature that is slowly but surely coming along for a ride on the bandwagon. It’s cloud storage, and just about every Android smartphone OEM is working on their own implementation of Apple’s iCloud service. Up next: LG, who have revealed some details about their new service called — you guessed it — LG Cloud.Media storage is just the beginning for the service says LG. What makes LG Cloud different is that media transcoding and stream processing is handled by the company’s server back-end — not by the device you’re streaming content to, presumably an LG phone, tablet, or connected TV or Blu-ray player. As you’d expect from the company that built the Optimus 3D (along with countless 3D-capable televisions), LG Cloud is fully equipped to handle your 3D media.Initially, LG is offering up a Windows client and an Android app. Like every other cloud storage app out there, LG’s desktop app can synchronize folders — and it looks like you’ll be given 2GB for a free account. Anyone can register, and you don’t need to have an LG device to use the service. There’s also a web-based interface that you can pull up in any browser to manage or view your files online. However, despite LG’s talk of server-driven transcoding and streaming, clicking a file merely initiates a download — there’s currently to way no play back files within your browser.LG has said that paid storage options will be available when LG Cloud exits beta, but they’ve yet to reveal pricing details. They’ll need to be competitive with Microsoft and Google on the scene now. While LG loyalists may be interested in checking out the new cloud service, most users can probably give it a miss. Chances are you’d be better off signing on with Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Dropbox and getting truly cross-platform access to your files and a rich network of third-party apps with API access — something LG Cloud probably won’t ever boast.More at LG [PDF] and The Vergelast_img read more

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New photos point to possible NFC in iPhone 5

first_imgBack in the days when everyone was referring to the iPhone 4’s successor as the “iPhone 5,” rumors popped up that Apple was planning to integrate near field communication (NFC) into its next mobile device. That product ended up being the marginally upgraded iPhone 4S, but now that the true iPhone 5 is almost here, those rumors are beginning to resurface.AppleInsider.com has found pictures on a Taiwanese Apple fan site displaying a previously unleaked new part within the new iPhone model. Because NFC chips don’t exactly have giant lettering printed on them, it isn’t perfectly clear what this new trinket is. However, an increasing consensus is that it is indeed the addition that nerdy iPhone fans have been hoping for.It could be the giant rest button that the NFC community desperately needs. Since first entering the mobile consumer market about a year ago with Google Wallet, the concept of contactless technology built directly into smartphones for mobile payments and more has been relegated to the background.Google Wallet was never destined to be the catalyst for NFC adoption, though. Its highly limited partnerships with Sprint and Citi made it nearly impossible for the platform to spread its wings and fly. Then, however, there was Isis, a joint venture between Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. That showed promise, but it still hasn’t been rolled out to any significant scale.Samsung has taken a different NFC approach, using the technology to promote features like phone-to-phone photo-sharing instead of mobile payments with the Galaxy S III. So if the iPhone 5 does indeed incorporate this nascent mobile innovation, the real question will be what its main focus is. Will Apple try to foster a brand new mobile payment platform or will its intentions be more about sharing content between iPhones? All should hopefully be revealed in a couple weeks when Apple is expected to officially unveil the new device.Applepro (in Chinese) via Apple Insiderlast_img read more

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