ALPLA HARD LIKE FOOTBALL TEAM Doknic extends contract until 2019

Austria handballAustrian handballaustrian teamhc alpla hard Austrian champion HC Alpla Hard decided to secure future on the goalkepeer’s position by signing a new deal with the No.1 – Montenegrian-Serbian goalie, Golub Doknic (31) until 2019! Experienced goalkeeper, one of the most important part of the success of Austrian team, which won the last two national Championship, is one of the favorite players of the fans, but also Management of the team. New six-years contract is something what is unsual in handball world, but showing the great faith in capabilites of experienced goalkeeper who played also for Italian Conversano, Macedonian Vardar and Serbian team Vrbas, Crvenka and Kolubara. ← Previous Story Kielce to expand hall capacity for 300 seats Next Story → Qatar beat Aragon

YOU ARE OUR GOLDEN GIRLS – ZRK Vardar welcomes the Serbian trio

← Previous Story Laszlo Nagy will miss EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → BATTLE FOR QATAR 2015: Swiss point in Ukraine – Israel and BiH at the TOP Cake, flowers and shirts on which it wrote in Serbian, Spanish, Russian, French and Macedonian “you are our golden girls”, team colleagues from ZRK Vardar welcomed Andrea Lekic, Marija Lojpur and Marina Dmitrovic at the first training in year 2014. Some of Indira Kastratovic‘s team supported the team players that played for Serbia, Montenegro and France at the World Championship 2013, so the nice welcome to the silver girls is no surprise.The handball season in women’s competition continues. The first match in the Women’s Regional League against Krim Ljubljana is scheduled for the 8th of January. Andrea Lekicindira kastratovicMarija Lojpurmarina dmitrovicrakometrukometzrk vardar read more

BEACH HANDBALL Australian Championship played in Perth

australia beach handballBeach handballperth handball Once a year the biggest tournament of Beach Handball in the Oceania region is played in one of Australia’s states. This year’s Championships were played in Perth, Western Australia over the weekend of 13th – 16th February 2014.Additionally in the lead up to the Championships the Australian Beach Handball national coaches have conducted a training camp with all players around Australia to select the Australian Beach Handball squad during the camp and the Championships, which will be preparing for the World Beach Handball Championships in Brazil mid year. The women and men squad was announced after the relevant medal and trophy presentation.The International Handball Federation (IHF) has also send two representatives Ioannis Meimaridis (Greece) and Sasa Kuburovic (Serbia) to support the Oceania region in the growth and development of refereeing/ officiating and coaching. The course ran over four days and had 23 passionate Beach Handball participants, which have tested their new learned skills over the weekend and were supported throughout by Ioannis, Sasa and Mark Dawson (Australian IHF Delegate) on the sideline.“Added value” of funbelievable beach event were possibility to see both gender Australian national teams played playing against Championship’s “All stars” teams.The Championships consist of two divisions:* Championships Trophy Cup (men and women division)– showcasing the elite teams that have qualified from each state all female and all male categories.* Championship Cup (mixed division)– ensuring the event is inclusive to players of all abilities, the Cup has been part of the National Championships since 2011 and is open to mixed teams.The men and mixed had eight participating teams and the women division six teams. Especially in the Championships Trophy Cup the teams were very competitive, which was displayed through tight matches and close scoring.All in all the Australian Beach Handball Championships were a success throughout with the added support of the three IHF delegates and praised by sunny weather.The ranking of the teams of the three divisions are as following:Women Trophy Cup                            Men Trophy Cup                             Mixed Championship Cup1.      Tang (NSW)                                      East Melbourne Spartans (VIC)       Tang (NSW)2.      Melbourne Handball Club (VIC)        Tang (NSW)                                    NT Harbourside (NT)3.      WA Foxes (WA)                               WA Gold (WA)                               Monash (VIC)4.      SA Sharknados (SA)                          NT Harbourside (NT)                      Western Vipers (WA)DW ← Previous Story Gasper Marguc on the Veszprem’s doors! Next Story → Sebastian Skube to HC Dinamo Minsk read more

HC Alpla Hard defend Austrian title

← Previous Story Nikola Manojlovic to Meshkov Brest Next Story → EHF CL TOP scorer, Momir Ilic: It’s about who wants it the most HC Alpla Hard have showed once again that are the best Austrian team! Team from Hard secured the third Championship title in a row by victory over biggest rival Fivers 31:28 in the third match of the Play Off Final for the 2:1 at the end. Success is even bigger if you know the fact that this is the first “double crown” for Hard’s guys…Alpla HC Hard – Raiffeisen Fivers WAT Margareten 31:28 (15:12)Hard scores: Thomas Weber 6, Kosina Kresimir 4, Dominik Schmid 4, Marko Krsmancic 4, Marko Tanaskovic 4, Boris Zivkovic 3, Gerald Zeiner 3, Michael Knauth 2, Lukas Herburger 1 Austriafivers handballhc alpla hard

Tauron stops title sponsorship in Vive Kielce

The club famous to its name Vive Tauron Kielce lost “Tauron” from the official name. After three successful seasons in which Talant Dujshebaev and his boys won everything including the VELUX EHF Champions League trophy in 2016, company Tauron and Polish champions ended their contract on July 31.“From now on, the club’s name will be Vive Kielce”, announced Polish champions. ← Previous Story EURO CHAMPS: French girls are the best in generation 1998 Next Story → DHF presents Bygma Golden League 2017 in October

ASOBAL BM Ademar Leon stay in race with FC Barcelona Lassa

BM Ademar Leon BM Ademar Leon are the only team with 100% beside FC Barcelona Lassa and Anaitasuna Helvetia (two matches) in the new season of Spanish ASOBAL. Team led by legendary left wing, now coach, Rafael Guijosa, won important away battle in Irun against Bidasoa 30:26 to stay head to head with FC Barcelona who beat Puente Genil 36:24.26 – Bidasoa-Irun: Ledo; Cavero, Beltza, Aldaba, Renaud (2), Popovic (1), Redondo; Crowley (3), Nonó (1), Kauldi (10, 1 p.), Serrano (1), Muiña, Azkue (4) y Lancina (2).30 – Abanca Ademar León: Biosca; López (1), Juanín (2, 1 p.), Rodrigo Pérez (5), Piñeiro (7), Vieyra (6), Costoya (6); Carou, David Fernández, Jaime Fernández (1), Marques (1), Gonzalo Pérez y Pesic (1).STANDINGS:1. Ademar 3 3 0 0 84:75 62. Barcelona 3 3 0 0 93:59 63. Anaitasuna 2 2 0 0 58:51 44. Teucro 2 1 1 0 61:59 35. Benidorm 2 1 1 0 56:52 36. Quabit Guadalajara 3 1 0 2 87:87 27. Granollers 2 1 0 1 57:55 28. Cuenca 2 1 0 1 48:46 29. Huesca 2 1 0 1 44:48 210. La Rioja 2 1 0 1 61:60 211. Puente Genil 3 1 0 2 80:86 212. Puerto Sagunto 3 1 0 2 67:89 213. Zamora 2 0 1 1 51:53 114. Atl. Valladolid 2 0 1 1 55:59 115. Morrazo Cangas 2 0 0 2 53:61 016. CD Bidasoa Irun 3 0 0 3 76:91 0PHOTO: BM Ademar Leon ← Previous Story THW Kiel without Alfred Gislason in Kielce! Next Story → Kristian Bjornsen extends with HSG Wetzlar until 2021 read more

Labour TD fully cooperating in Garda probe as 4yearold knocked down

first_imgGARDAI ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in which a Labour TD was driving a car and a four-year-old boy was knocked down.The accident is believed to have happened when the boy was walking across a pedestrian crossing with grandfather, who was not injured, on the Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin at around 3pm.The boy was taken by taxi to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin where he was treated for minor injuries and discharged  a short time later.A spokesperson for the Labour party has confirmed to the TheJournal.ie that the Labour TD and former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Michael Conaghan was involved in the road accident. They added:Michael was the driver of the car at the time and is fully cooperating with the garda investigation into the matter.Read: Elderly pedestrian knocked down by bus in Cork >last_img read more

Taoiseach to inform the Dáil that Ireland will NOT take backup credit

first_imgUpdated 11.19am THE DÁIL IS expected to be told that Ireland will not avail of a precautionary credit facility when its exits the bailout next month.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to make a statement to the Dáil this morning at 11.30am following a Cabinet meeting earlier.Statements are also expected from the Tánaiste, and spokespersons from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group.Government chief whip Paul Kehoe has just told the Dáil that normal business will then resume at 12.15pm.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described the government’s actions in announcing the intention to make statements in the Dáil just minutes before those statements are made as “shambolic” and “disgraceful”.A vote is now taking place on the Dáil schedule which is likely to delay announcements.Earlier ministers were briefed by the Finance Minister Michael Noonan at a special meeting where he issued his recommendation that Ireland not avail of a back-up facility when it exits the Troika programme on 15 December.Noonan has been briefing his colleagues in advance of attending this afternoon’s summit of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels.Speaking to reporters in Brussels a short time ago, the head of the eurogroup of finance ministers, Dutch Finance Minister Jereon Dijsselbloem, reiterated the bailout exit strategy is a decision for the Irish government.“We’ll hear from the Irish colleague at the meeting today and possibly we can come to decisions,” Dijsselbloem said.First published 10.38am Read: Europe’s finance ministers discussing how best to deal with failing bankslast_img read more

Hello world New island off Japan coast after volcano eruption

first_imgTHEY GROW UP so fast…This little islet is only one day old but it has come into the world with quite a bang (sorry).A volcano in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan erupted on Wednesday, throwing smoke and ash high into the air. When the smoke cleared, the tiny new island was spotted by observers in the area.The islet appeared off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island far south of Tokyo.Japan’s coastguard said it is warning vessels to use caution in the area until the eruption cools off.  ”Smoke is still rising from the volcanic island, and we issued a navigation warning to say that this island has emerged with ash falling in the area,” a spokesperson for Japan’s maritime agency said.The islet is around 200 metres in diameter and it may or may not be around for good: the spokesperson said that erosion may cause the islet to disappear, but that if enough volcanic lava solidifies then it could become a new entry on the map.(All pics: AP Photo/Kyodo News) Additional reporting by AFPRead: Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts > Read: World’s largest volcano discovered on the floor of the Pacific > Read: Medieval Irish monk diaries hold clue to volcano eruption question >last_img read more

Column Our lack of willingness to promote transparency is damaging developing countries

first_imgAS THE EUROPEAN Council prepares to meet in Brussels later this week, a Europe-wide group of civil society organisations from 13 countries, including Ireland, are urging EU leaders to take action against tax dodging. Our report, published this week, ‘Giving with one hand and taking with the other: Europe’s role in tax-related capital flight from developing countries 2013‘, reviews the policies of governments across 13 European states on tax-related capital flight, and their impact on developing countries.Capital flight costs Europe €1 trillion per year, and is estimated to cost developing countries between €660 and €870 billion, much of which is as a result of tax evasion and avoidance by multinational corporations. The amount of money given in aid to developing countries is therefore less than the revenue they lose through tax dodging. This unfairly lost finance could be used to provide vital services such as healthcare and education, the lack of which millions of people feel keenly around the world every day.Tax dodgingTax evasion and tax avoidance involve practices where taxable profit is shifted around different tax jurisdictions or offshore centres around the world, to places that provide a veil of secrecy or facilitate tax avoidance.Unfortunately, we do not have to look far for an example of such practices. In 2013 Ireland’s tax regime came under intense scrutiny when a US Senate Subcommittee pointed to global company Apple’s arrangement with the Irish government, under which it stated that Apple paid the Irish tax authorities a nominal rate far below Ireland’s statutory rate of 12.5 per cent.In the 2014 budget, Minister Noonan indicated that from 2015 Ireland will no longer allow registered companies to be stateless in terms of their place of tax residency (as happened in the Apple case). However, this will not prevent companies engaging in tax dodging through schemes such as the so-called ‘Double Irish’ in order to minimise their corporate tax contributions.More transparencyOf the 13 EU governments surveyed in the report, none are demanding sufficient levels of tax transparency from global corporations. Not one government surveyed has demanded full country-by-country financial reporting from multinational companies.Country-by-country reporting is essential to achieving transparency: it would require multinational corporations to provide a global overview of their companies along with a range of information for each country where they operate, including the names of all subsidiary companies and full tax information for each.The report also finds that the majority of the governments reviewed are reluctant to establish publicly-accessible registers of the beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations that operate in each jurisdiction, that is, the actual, ‘flesh and blood’ owners. This simple move would make ownership transparent, and thus make it less easy for owners of businesses engaging in tax dodging to hide behind company names.The report also points out that the information governments are exchanging with each other internationally on tax matters is rarely publicly accessible, which if rectified could increase transparency and public confidence.Most worryingly for people living in developing countries, the report shows that all the governments surveyed support the rich-country-dominated-OECD over the UN as the leading decision-making body on international tax matters. This essentially excludes developing countries from equal participation in an area of international policy making that is robbing them of billions of euro each year.Tax justice policiesIn order to challenge this reality, the coalition of European organisations, including Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, recommend a number of steps. Among these is that all European governments should adopt full country-by-country reporting for all large companies; and EU-wide legislation for publicly accessible registries of the beneficial owners of companies, trusts or foundations. Governments, including Ireland, should also conduct analyses of the impact of their national tax policies on developing countries.Critically for developing countries, we demand the establishment of an intergovernmental tax forum under the auspices of the UN to deal with this contested area of international policy. This forum should become the primary decision-making body on tax policy and ensure that developing countries can participate equally in the global reform of existing international tax rules.Ireland: stepping up?Where does Ireland stand on this international debate? The report shows that Ireland has indicated support for multilateral action on country-by-country financial reporting by companies and automatic information exchange, but does not advocate vocally enough in Europe in this regard. More damningly, Ireland does not support the idea of a public register of the beneficial owners of companies.This lack of willingness to promote transparency is directly damaging to the domestic revenues of developing countries.Ireland has a positive reputation internationally in the area of international development cooperation. Acting for tax justice is an issue of coherence in policy for Ireland: the government cannot give with one hand to developing countries while facilitating tax avoidance at the same time.If Ireland is serious about identifying and preventing tax avoidance and evasion it should act now and show clear leadership on this range of issues and, in the Minister of Finance’s own words, become ‘part of the solution to th[e] global tax challenge, not part of the problem’. This week’s meeting in Brussels is a chance to put those fine words into action.Morina O’Neill is policy officer with Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI). DDCI and Christian Aid Ireland are part of the European coalition which published the report ‘Giving with one hand and taking with the other: Europe’s role in tax-related capital flight from developing countries 2013’. The full report is available to here and a summary here. Follow DDCI on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebtIreland or on Twitter @Debt_Ireland. Read: European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholesRead: UK officials face questions over multinational tax affairsWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

Snoopyshaped island forms after volcanic eruption

first_imgBut alas, don’t even think about visiting it. The Japanese coast guard has warned against attempts to visit the island as it is essentially the remnants of a volcano and is still dangerous and active. This also means that it could change shape, distorting poor Snoopy beyond all recognition.Snoopy Island, we hardly knew ya. We may add this, along with the willy-shaped church and Trinity’s sex toy sculpture, to the definitive list of ‘things shaped like other things’ in 2013.It’s already won the Global Post’s prestigious End of the Year Award for Best Island of 2013, so the accolades just keep rolling in. Source: euronews (in English)In fairness, it’s a bit more convincing than the Snoopy Island in Fujairah, UAE… Source: Jeremy BriscNew device claims to translate your dog’s thoughts into English>Stop! 2013 has a last-minute winner for ‘weirdest Irish headline’> A VOLCANIC ERUPTION in Japan has caused an island to form in what is undoubtedly the exact shape of beloved Peanuts cartoon canine, Snoopy. Island formed just like Charlie Brown’s dog.The uncanny landmass rose after a series of eruptions occurred 1,000 kilometres south of Toyko in the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire. The new islet Niijima (the head) attached to existing island Nishinoshima to form the replica of Charlie Brown’s dog.Now it really looks like it… doesn’t it? The pup even has a collar, caused by a stretch of red sea presumed to be coloured by molten magma. Source: Asahi.comWhen the mass first rose in November, volcanologists thought that it might erode. However, further eruptions caused it to grow, and NASA observations first speculated the fusion of the two islands last week.Well now it’s a reality, and Twitter users have already nick-named the formation ‘Snoopy Island’.last_img read more

Gilmore No problem with Sabina Higgins prison visit to Margaretta DArcy

first_imgGilmore said he had only learned of the visit after it took place, from media reports.Read: Protest being held condemning the jailing of Margaretta D’ArcyRead: 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protest (Youtube: TheJournal.ie)TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said there’s nothing inappropriate about a visit by the president’s wife to jailed peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy.The 79-year-old, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, was arrested at her home in Galway during the week after she refused to sign a bond to keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.She had previously been sentenced to a suspended three-month jail term for trespassing at the airport, but the sentence was activated after she declined to sign the bond. D’Arcy had been protesting the use of the airport by the US military.It emerged yesterday that Sabina Higgins had paid a visit to her in prison — an event described by Áras an Uachtaráin as “private and personal”.Asked by reporters this morning whether he thought the visit was appropriate, the Tánaiste and Labour leader said “I think it is”:I know Margaretta D’Arcy — she’s a particularly strong woman and activist all her life. She has very strong opinions.I hope that her legal team will be working on her behalf to ensure that she’s released as soon as possible from prison.last_img read more

Heres how Nikes 200m man Rory McIlroy spends his money

first_img Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills RORY MCILROY IS well positioned to become one of the world’s highest-paid athletes for a long, long time.He’s only 24-years-old and he already has two major championships and a deal with Nike rumored to be worth $200 million.He also has the makings of a pretty fantastic lifestyle off the course, with a lavish house in Florida, a $400,000 car, a wildly successful fiancée, and more…He earned $29 million in 2013, making him the 21st-highest-paid athlete in the world Source: Lynne SladkyHe made $16 million in endorsements alone. For comparison, that’s $2 million more than Peyton Manning Source: Fred BeckhamHis biggest deal: a monster Nike contract rumored to be worth $200+ million Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTiger Woods’ first Nike deal was only worth $40 million Source: Lynne SladkyThey’re now doing commercials togetherSource: YouTubeRory’s other deals with Bose and Omega make him golf’s 3rd-highest-paid player at age 24Source: YouTubeHe’s not afraid to spend that cash. He bought a gorgeous $9.5 million house in Florida in 2012Source: YouTube/PGA TourIt’d be a pretty great bachelor pad. There’s an incredible poolSource: YouTube/PGA TourAnd a game roomSource: YouTube/PGA TourThe house is good for his job, too. It’s right next to the PGA National golf course and there’s a workout roomSource: YouTube/PGA TourRory also put in a trophy room, with plenty of room for future hardwareSource: YouTube/PGA TourHe was spotted driving a $400,000 Lamborghini AventadorSource: YouTubeThe tabloids are all over him. They once reported that he bought a $2 million Bugatti, which he called “bollocks” Source: Alastair GrantAnother tabloid fixation: his girlfriend, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe makes trips all over the world to watch her play Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnd vice versa Source: David GoldmanOn New Year’s Eve, they got engagedSource: @CaroWozniackiThey’re now one of the highest-earning power couples in sports Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCaroline is the fourth-highest-paid female athlete in the world, raking in $13.7 million per year Source: Aaron FavilaShe makes $10 million per year off the court, which includes revenue from her own underwear lineYouTube/Mondel OlompicAfter a rough 2013 on the course, McIlroy is looking to turn things around and continue his ascent to the top of the sport(Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Here’s why an NFL player is retiring at the age of 26>VIDEO: Leinster and Munster players clash in ‘keepie uppies’ challenge> Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit last_img read more

Awful dump tackle on Brian ODriscoll goes unpunished

first_imgMAURO BERGAMASCO WAS extremely lucky not to see yellow or red following a gruesome dump tackle on Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll.The Zebre flanker zeroed in on the Blues’ captain at the end of the first-half, in the Pro12 win over Zebre, and lifted him shoulder high before tipping him into the turf.The Italian then compounded matters by holding O’Driscoll’s head on the ground for several seconds as the Irishman reacted angrily. O’Driscoll complained to referee Neil Paterson and his touch judges but the foul play was not spotted by any of the officials.O’Driscoll was out of the game for six months with a dislocated shoulder following a tip tackle by All Blacks Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga in 2005. He was able to finish the half on this occasion and returned to the field for the final 40 minutes.YouTube credit: RaboDirectPRO12O’Driscoll was certainly clear of mind in the second-half as he set up Isa Nacewa for a try with a wonderful, flicked pass:YouTube credit: RaboDirectPRO12Pro12 latest: Sexton provides the spark but ‘zebras’ claw Leinster back‘Kearney could have been killed’ – Neil Francis on O’Connell’s head kicklast_img read more

Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shooting down of plane

first_imgUKRAINE REBELS HAVE guaranteed investigators “safe access” to the crash site of Malaysian Airliner MH17 in territory they hold, negotiators said after talks with the insurgents.The separatists committed to providing “safe access and security guarantees to the national investigation commission, including international investigators, in the area under their control,” the trilateral Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis said in a statement, adding rebels would also close off the site and allow local authorities to recover the bodies of the victims.US intelligence agencies have confirmed that the flight was shot down, but nobody can confirm by whom.Ukraine claims that pro-Russian separatists were responsible, but rebels claim they do not have the capability.Vladimir Putin put the blame at Ukraine’s door.However, there is growing speculation that those responsible had wrongly thought they took down a Ukrainian cargo plane.Social media postings attributed to members of the Donetsk Republic, a breakaway separatist group in the Ukrainian city, claimed that the rebels had taken a missile facility similar to that believed to be used in the downing of the Boeing 777.Another is reported to have been a posting by a rebel leader celebrating the taking down of a Ukrainian cargo plane, but has since been deleted.The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today at 3pm. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a “full, transparent investigation”.Read: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over UkraineRead: One of the most crucial air routes in the world cuts through Ukrainian airspacelast_img read more

Daily Gift Magic Wand TV Remote Harry Potter Would Approve

first_imgHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 is finally opening tomorrow, November 19. There has been a lot of Harry Potter news buzzing around recently, from spam scares, to BitTorrent leaks, to the Great Owl Shortage of 2010. But, have we got some news for you. The good people at ThinkGeek have offered the perfect holiday gift for any Potter fan: The Magic Wand Programmable TV Remote. For $89.99, you can pretend you’re a student at Hogwarts with the special power to change channels. Imagine this: You’re watching a totally fun episode of My Super Sweet 16 on MTV, and suddenly, Jersey Shore comes on. What do you do? With the flick of your wrist, you can change the channel with your magic remote-wand. Situation averted (pun intended). The remote looks just like a wizard’s wand. It has 13 magical functions to control your TV, and it learns from your existing remotes. By flicking the wand, you change the channel, and you can turn up the volume by twisting the wand. Check out a comical video from ThinkGeek after the jump.last_img read more

Starbucks introduces a larger Trenta drink size

first_imgIf you enjoy purchasing the largest cup you can get from convenience stores and drive-thru windows, Starbucks would like to have your attention for a moment. For those who enjoy Starbucks on the go, the Seattle-based company is unveiling a new “Trenta” size cup to satisfy your enormous thirst for its caffeine-laden goodness.Sizing-up the new cup, the Trenta contains 7 more ounces than the current “Venti” 24-ounce cup and will cost about 50 cents more per beverage. The only catch is the Trenta cup is reserved for cold based beverages only like iced-teas, iced-coffees, and lemonade drinks. Probably a wise move by Starbuck’s, considering dumping a 31-ounce cup of hot Joe in your lap would result is a very substantial skin graft.The new Trenta size drinks will become available starting on Tuesday in 14 states including Alabama, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, New Mexico, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Nevada. California will get the new Trenta on February 1st, while the rest of the nation should see the 31-ounce cup by May 3rd.Read more at Timelast_img read more

Google Translate app now available for iPhone

first_imgGoogle Translate was a service first introduced as a website allowing users to instantly translate between different languages. The advantages of having such capabilities on a mobile device, like a smartphone, are obvious which is why Google Translate was offered as an app for Android smartphones. iPhone users on the other hand have only had access to the service via a HTML5 web app. This week, Google has announced that the iPhone and iPod touch, running iOS version 3 or later, will finally get a Google Translate app of their own.The Google Translate for iPhone app is now available from the App Store. Besides typing words and phrases to translate into one of more than 50 languages currently supported, users have the option of voice input. 15 languages are supported and can be accessed by pressing the microphone icon next to the text box. Once selected, you can simply say what you want to translate. Translations can even be spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages.Just last month Google introduced a desktop version of Google Translate with the same ability. In fact, the same new speech synthesizer voices introduced in the desktop version are used in the mobile app version too.Even if you don’t want translations spoken out loud, or if the language you need is not supported, the app supports a full-screen mode to assist with communication. This mode allows translated text to be enlarged making it easier to read or even show to the person you may be trying to communicate with. Other features supported in the iPhone app, which are also included in the web app, are dictionary results for single words, access to starred transactions, support for romanized texts like Pinyin and Romaji, and access to your translation history even when offline.Read more at the Google Mobile BlogBrian’s OpinionAs much as Apple would love to compete with Google, especially when it comes to mobile operating systems, at the end of the day Google services are wanted by iPhone and iPod touch users. So, though it must be bitter sweet when Apple approves yet another Google app, at the same time Apple is giving its users what they want which is why the iPhone continues to grow in popularity.Widespread use of Google services is influencing our global culture. Using Google Translate as an example, gone are the days where you would see the majority of tourists visiting a country walking around with language books pointing to translations for commonly used phrases such as, “Where is the bathroom?” Now, a tourist can use their smartphone to reference the appropriate word or phrase to show to a local or even have their smartphone say the phrase. I would say that probably makes a few people more confident about traveling to a country where a foreign language is spoken.Of course, there are some iPhone apps which don’t need to do any translation to allow a tourist to connect with someone who doesn’t speak their language. I’m sure Angry Birds has done its own small part to help maintain global goodwill.last_img read more

Super Moon to rise tonight

first_imgTonight, if you look up into the night sky and it seems that the Moon is significantly bigger don’t worry.  The Moon is not on a trajectory to crash into Earth, it simply will be closer to the Earth due to its elliptical orbit. That orbit results in the Moon being closer on one side of the planet than the other. When it’s at this point, scientists and those in the know call it a “perigee moon.”AdChoices广告Saturday’s perigee moon will be about 50,000 kilometers, or 31,069 miles, closer to Earth than when at its apogee, though the Moon will still be 356,577km or 221,567 miles away. Geoff Chester, of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., says that on March 19th the Moon will be one hour away from perigee which only happens every 18 years or so. The result is what looks like a gigantic full Moon in the sky that is expected to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon.The Moon will look even bigger when beaming through a foreground object like a tree as a result of something called “the Moon illusion.”Even more than a normal full Moon, this “super Moon” gets a bad reputation for triggering natural disasters thanks to stories posted on the Internet. NASA says the facts don’t back that accusation. They point to the “super Moon” of March 1983 and the “almost super Moon” of December 2008 that resulted in no natural disasters occurring. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  states that lunar gravity at perigee will only pull tide water nor more than an inch or so higher though local geography could result in a pull of up to six inches. That may be alarming if you’re an insect living on the beach, but it shouldn’t be to humans.Read more at NASA.last_img read more

Sushi Restaurant Offers Geiger Counter to Test Food

first_imgThe hottest new dining accessory in Taiwan’s sushi restaurants this season? The Geiger counter, apparently. Peony, a fancy Taipei restaurant, now has a handheld radiation detector on-hand, so diners can inspect food before digging in. The restaurant picked up the device after diners expressed concerns over leaking nuclear reactors in Japan following the recent 9.0 earthquake.“When the disaster struck Japan, our owner was very concerned about the subsequent problems,” said restaurant owner Wang Fang-pin. “After we were briefed about the Geiger counter, we purchased it right away. This way our customers can put their minds at ease, and I think it is necessary to safeguard them.”The owners assure everyone that the sushi is already safe, having been vetting by the property authorities, prior to serving–not to mention the fact that it doesn’t come from the affected area. The Geiger counter, it seems, is more about peace of mind. It’s also a gimmick that will likely stir up interest and play upon the fears of an understandably nervous public.last_img read more