Handball teamHC ParisMikkel HansenTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Women’s OG 2012 (Round 3): Montenegro and France secured 1/4 Finals! Next Story → Women’s OG 2012: All quarter-finalists are known from Group B! Media race started after bankrupt of AG Copenhagen. Where they will go? In which team will play Hansen, Boldsen, Andersson, Stefansson and other stars? It is known that Kim Andersson wants to back close to home and that is the main reason why he left Germany and the best team on the World THW Kiel two months ago. He negotiates with Kristianstad and Ystad, two Swedish team, but also media stories moving him to new mega-project, HC Paris?Even more interesting will be future of Mikkel Hansen. THW Kiel’s manager,Klaus Elwardt said today for German PRESS that “Hansen is very interesting player”, what we all know, but that could be a sign that “Zebras” are interested even they have complete squad for the upcoming season.Ekstrabladet.dk informed their visitors that Hansen is also “target” of Paris. With him possible new-signing of super-team from the French capital are also “free” Kim Andersson and Ivano Balić.Interesting days ahead of us…
← Previous Story Jakov Gojun: Croatia have bigger potential than Denmark and France Next Story → Bartłomiej Jaszka becomes player-coach handballSG Flensburg German SG Flensburg are close to the decision to play two matches in one day! On October 2, the team of Ljubomir Vranjes has to meet BSV Bjeringbro Silkeborg in away match in Denmark (16.50), while only 25 minutes after the home DKB Bundesliga encounter with Leipzig has to start at FLENS Arena!Unbeliavable situation which showing the best how tough is schedule of the proffesional handball athletes.We still didn’t find any other solution – said Dirk Scmaschke from Flensburg, writes Handball Woche.However, SG Flensburg have 37 registered players in total including junior team, who can play at EHF Champions League 2016/2017.
← Previous Story PICK Szeged beat Veszprem in Hungarian derby! HC Tatran PresovRK Vardar Skopjeseha gazprom league In the 12th round of SEHA Gazprom League TATRAN Presov lost to Vardar Skopje 29:35. After 7 games TATRAN are 9th in SEHA League incomplete table with 3 points for 1 win and 6 losses. Vardar strengthened their position of the SEHA League leaders. After 10 games they secured 28 points for 9 victories and 1 draw.In the 1st half TATRAN managed to keep up with Vardar, who have only the highest ambitions in SEHA Gazprom League and Champions League this season. Slovakian champions even led by 2 goals in 17th minute of the match – 8:6. However, Macedonian champions came back and won the tied first half 17:15.TATRAN did not manage the first minutes of the second half, when they went down by 7 goals after the series of unforced mistakes – 17:24. The Eastern Slovakian side fought back hard. In 43rd minute they reduced the score to 23:27. In 54th minute TATRAN were 28:32 down, when they managed to defend attacks of Macedonians three times in a row. However, they failed to convert their goal chances and make the end of the game more dramatic. Finally Vardar recorded a deserved 6 goal victory 35:29.TATRAN was led by the right back Alexey Peskov and right wing Tomas Cip who both scored 6 goals. The left back of TATRAN Oliver Rabek added 5 goals. Vardar relied on their left wing Timur Dibirov with 8 goals and right back Jorge Maqueda with 7 goals. The centre back of Vardar Joan Canellas and left back Alexander Dereven added 4 goals.Post-match statementsRastislav Trtik, coach of TATRAN:It was an interesting game for the spectators and handball experts in TATRAN Handball Arena. Both teams played in a good pace. It was a tough, but fair match. The fans could admire the skills of the players like Canellas, Dereven or Cindric. Vardar have a huge shooting power in the attack, which they proved on the court. Every mistake of our players was punished by Vardar on counter attacks. This is the biggest strength of Vardar. They play simple, but very efficient handball. It was a great experience for us to play Vardar. We are glad we managed to keep up with them and force them to play excellent game against our team. We are not naive. We know they did not play this game in full strength. Despite that I really appreciate the high level of the match.Igor Chupryna, goalkeeper of TATRAN:Congratulations to Vardar on their deserved victory. We wanted to show our fans and Vardar nice handball. We played an excellent game in the first half. But the start of the second one was not good for us and Vardar managed to extend their lead. Finally they controlled the game until the end. We have a lot of games before us, so we have to prepare thoroughly.Oliver Rabek, left back of TATRAN:We played a good game in the first half. We managed to keep up with Vardar. In the beginning of the second one we made several mistakes. Vardar extended their lead to 5 goals. Then it is impossible to equalize the game against the team like Vardar. In my opinion they will reach Final Four of the Champions League this season.Raul Gonzales, coach of Vardar:Congratulations to TATRAN because they played really good game. It was a tough game for us. We knew that last year we had big problems here in Presov. We prepared for the game very well. We started the match with 1-5 defence. Our goalkeeper was perfect in the first half and had a lot of important saves. We were also successful on counter attacks, so we led by 2 goals after first half. In the second half we played better. We are very happy because we managed to win this difficult game.Joan Canellas, centre back of Vardar:In the first half we made a lot of mistakes. TATRAN played better. In the second half we managed to control the game. After five minutes we extended our lead to 5 goal difference. We deserved the victory. We did not play perfect, but we played good. We are happy because if we want to be in SEHA Final Four we have to win such games. At the moment everything is fine in SEHA League since we lead the table. We need to continue to deliver good performances.Rogerio Ferreira Moraes, line player of Vardar:Today it was a very good match. I think it was very difficult to play against TATRAN. It is very important that we were able to take 3 points. In the first half we did not play well and TATRAN were excellent. In the second half we managed to get the match under control.SEHA Gazprom League – 12th Round – Saturday 29 October 2016, TATRAN Handball ArenaTATRAN Presov (SVK) – Vardar Skopje (MAC) 29:35 (15:17)TATRAN: Chupryna, Brazhnyk 1 – Rabek 5, M. Sarpataky, Humenansky, Hrstka 3, D. Krok 2, Sadovyi, L. Urban 3, Cip 6, Pekar, Peskov 6, Vucko 1, Jankovic, Pales 1, Tsarapkin 1. Coach: R. TrtikVardar: Angelov, Gjorgjeski, Milic – Popovski 1, Moraes 2, Maqueda 7, Dereven 4, Karacic 3, Abutovic, Canellas 4, Dimitrovski, Cindric 2, Cupic 3, Dibirov 8, Vujacic 1, Marsenic. Coach: Raul GonzalesReferees: Gubica, Miloševič (CRO), 7m given/goals: 1/1 – 4/3, 2´ penalties: 4 – 3, Spect. 2100Author: Richard FechPhoto: Viktor Zamborsky Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa celebrate 100th ASOBAL win in a row!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y52LeaK6tHAYouTube: WhiteHouse.govUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has said it is too early to say if a Russian plan to secure Syria’s chemical weapons could forestall US air strikes, but vowed to give diplomacy a chance.In a somber national address, Obama warned that for reasons of national security and humanitarian decency, war-weary Americans could not simply look away after innocent children were gassed to death in an attack last month outside Damascus.And he vowed to keep the US Navy on station off the Syrian coast to keep up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime while the diplomatic track is allowed to develop.Obama spoke on national television in the East Room of the White House as his administration works to flesh out a Russian-led plan to put Syria’s chemical arms under international supervision.“It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments,” Obama said, from the same spot where he announced the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.“But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies,” Obama said.The president said that it was simply not an option for America not to respond to the August 21 chemical weapons attack, which Washington says killed 1,400 people.“When dictators commit atrocities, they depend on the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory,” Obama said.‘The US military doesn’t do pinpricks’“But these things happened. The facts cannot be denied. The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is prepared to do about it.“Because what happened to those people, to those children, is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security.”Obama said he understood after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that Americans were weary of costly conflicts abroad — and said he was more interested in ending wars than beginning new ones.But he said that if America did not act, chemical weapons would be used again in flagrant violations of international law.And amid confusion about the extent of any US military strike, he said that Assad would pay a heavy price if military action was used.“The US military doesn’t do pinpricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver,” Obama said.The president said he would work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to pursue a diplomatic end to the crisis, as well as with US allies France and Britain.And he said that he had also asked Congress not to vote his request to authorize military action for now, as he wanted to give diplomacy a chance.Obama also gave an assurance that there would be no military force used until United Nations inspectors have delivered their report into what happened on August 21.- © AFP, 2013Read: France to submit resolution on Syria chemical weapons to UN
THEJOURNAL.IE‘s favourite Inishowen photographer has again captured the stunning Northern Lights display over coastal Donegal.Adam Rory Porter – more of whose work you can see here – has been charting the skies over the Inishowen peninsula, resulting in images like these and these.It’s proving to be an amazing season for spotting the Northern Lights as far south as Ireland (well, the northwest of Ireland at any rate). These latest ones from a fine clear night at Culdaff and Malin Head comes from Adam this week: All images courtesy Adam Rory Porter/InishowenArt.ieCheck out this incredible photo of night-time Ireland from space>
THE CALL CAME as a bolt from the blue.Ciaran Sheehan was winding down last Monday week after being part of the Ireland squad that had won the International Rules series.Then the phone rang. Gerard Sholly, Carlton’s recruitment officer, on the other end of the line.“It was a big shock to me”, says Sheehan. “I really didn’t see it coming, I genuinely thought I’d be gone past it for Aussie Rules. But he said there was interest in me signing and Carlton were making an offer.“I took a few days to think about it. I talked to my family, my girlfriend and a couple of friends. Once they were all on board, I decided to go for it.”Sheehan, who turns 23 on November 19th, and Carlton are not strangers. In the summer of 2009, he spent four weeks as an 18 year-old training with Carlton.But the lure of home proved too strong then and he returned to Ireland. Four years on, he feels he is better equipped for a life Down Under.“I feel I’ve matured an awful lot since then. At a young age, it was a massive move. It’s a lot easier to survive when you’re a few years older.“Now I’ve been to college in CIT, I’ve a degree in Recreation and Leisure and and an MA in Business management behind me.“And my mother is very comfortable with the decision now. I’d be very close to her. That’s a big difference and it makes it a lot easier to move. I’m excited about it.”Signing for Carlton means he has to cut ties with the Cork footballers.“I met up with Brian Cuthbert a few days ago to tell him. We discussed it and he was delighted for me. He said ‘you couldn’t deny a fella such an opportunity’.“That was great of him. I’m going to miss the Cork squad, we’re very close knit. I went away on holidays with a few of them last year to Cuba, we’d be a tight bunch.“The lads that have retired recently, I’d have great respect for. They were my heroes growing up and they were gentlemen on and off the pitch.” Sheehan with teammates before last summer’s Munster final.Pic: INPHO/James CrombieAnd he also has to leave his sporting roots.“That’s a difficult thing about it, to be leaving my club Éire Óg. It wasn’t an ideal way to end with the club last weekend when we lost a county hurling final, a year after we’d lost the football.“But it’s been great to play with them and that’s where it all started for me. All the lads have been very supportive and we’ll stay in contact.”RumoursThere had been speculation about Sheehan swapping codes but it was a move to the Cork hurlers that lead to the grapevine humming in September.“There was no truth to it at all. It was a bit mad really. I was outside the Hogan Stand for the hurling final replay a couple of hours before throw-in and people were asking me was I togging out.“It got blown out of proportion through word of mouth. All that really mattered was that I knew what was going on. There was never any contact with JBM. I was just supporting the hurlers like any other Cork person in September.”He appreciates the transformation in his sporting life. In July 2011 he lay crumpled on the turf in Fitzgerald Stadium clutching his knee. A snapped cruciate ligament saw him travel a tough road of rehabilitation for the following months.He’s grateful to the help in recovery of Dr Con Murphy from the Cork setup and Dr Ray Moran in the Santry Clinic. And most of all to Cork physio Conor Lane, whose wedding he’ll be at next Saturday, for being his taskmaster and soundboard during those early morning gym sessions at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.Sheehan tips a hat to another Cork football figure as well.“Conor Counihan was a massive influence on me. He took a chance on myself and Walshy in 2010, and I owe him for that. He gave everything he had to Cork.“He didn’t deserved some of the stick he got at times. He’s a Cork football legend and should be remembered for that.”Cork boss Conor CounihanPic: INPHO/Neil Danton He’ll jet off in January for a new life in Melbourne. The Carlton squad are heading to Arizona shortly for a high altitude training camp but Sheehan will miss that due to a pre-arranged holiday.“Carlton were good to me that way. I’m just looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the next couple of months. I’ll be getting myself ready for January.”And the prospect of a Rebel return down the road?“It all depends on what happens in the first couple of years. It’s very hard to think long term really. But look I’d always leave the door open. You never know what’ll happen.”13 Twitter reactions from GAA players to Ciaran Sheehan’s AFL moveCork’s Ciaran Sheehan to join AFL club Carlton Blues
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #FIRE Little explosions have been heard by locals as a fire blazes at the Ballymount Industrial Estate in Dublin. The fire broke out at the Oxigen Environmental plant, which offers recycling and waste management services. There are no reports of injuries.2. #CONFERENCE The Reform Alliance meets today for its first conference at the RDS. It has been dubbed a ‘monster meeting’ that will give an insight into what the RA stands for. Thousands are expected to attend the event.3. #SYRIA A first day of peace talks begins today in Geneva, with Syria’s government and opposition delegations set to meet face-to-face. After meeting with both sides, UN-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said they had agreed to “meet in the same room”.4. #ADRIAN DONOHOE Today marks one year since the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was shot while on cash escort duty outside Lordship Credit Union in Dundalk. The anniversary will be marked by a candlelit vigil this evening. 5. #DRUGS A blind man has turned himself into the gardaí as a cannabis user in order to begin a campaign to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis. The Examiner reports that Mark Fitzsimons will use the time he spends in court to highlight the issue.6. #JOBS There are 300 jobs expected to be affected by plans for RBS to put £9 billion worth of assets from Ulster bank into its new ‘internal bad bank’, the Irish Times reports. The paper says that it is expected that some of the employees will be redeployed but most will have to leave.7. #RELIGION Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has said that discretionary religion teaching time could be switched to core subjects if teachers are under pressure to address the school curriculum. The Daily Mail says that teachers union leader Brendan McCabe welcomed the development, but Fr Kevin Doran has said the move would suggest religious education is irrelevant.8. #HSE The HSE has proposed a higher pay rate for experienced consultants, the Irish Times reports. It says that a letter by HSE director general Tony O’Brien suggests that a revised salary scale for consultants should be put into place.9. #EGYPT An Al-Qaeda-inspired group, called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for four bombings targeting police in Cairo yesterday in which six people were killed. The group also called for Muslims to stay away from police buildings.
RECOGNITION OF STUNNING night skies visible in Kerry could allow the region to become an area of ‘astro-tourism’, according to a local astronomy group.The region will soon receive recognition from the International Dark-Sky Association, which aims to highlight the negative effect of light pollution and also designate areas where it is absent, which means more stars than normal are visible in the night sky.An area of the county will now be designated a reserve.The project has the support of Failte Ireland, as well as Kerry County Council who are planning to replace existing street lights with ones that will not only cut down on costs, but will also result in less light pollution.Julie Ormonde of Kerry Dark Sky and South Kerry Astronomy Group says this is an opportunity being handed to the region on a ‘golden platter’.“It now gives Kerry the opportunity to become Ireland’s first region of astro-tourism”, she told TheJournal.ie. She also hopes that the Republic of Ireland’s first planetarium will be built in the region, something which many countries can have multiples of, but has “slipped under the radar” here.A number of smaller observatories could also be located in the region, allowing hands-on experience with telescopes.Ormonde first saw Kerry’s potential to be designated a reserve when she moved to the county from Dublin over two decades ago.“I was taken aback when I first saw the quality of the night sky here,” she said. Tourists are now looking for more than just scenery, they want something more. Not only is this recognition good for Kerry, it is good for Ireland as a whole. A map of the reserve. (Image Credit: Kerry Dark Sky)Ormode says that local support for the project has been strong, but needs to be sustained for the full benefits to be felt.Find out more about the reserve here.Read: Sun-grazing comet likely to have broken up >Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights >
IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. The real price of drugsJochen-Martin Gutsch and Juan Moreno wonder whether the global war on drugs is achieving anything, and whether the time has come for a new approach to an old problem. (Spiegel Online)Popeye was the right-hand man of Pablo Escobar, head of Colombia’s Medellín cartel. Until his death in 1993, Escobar was the most powerful drug lord in the world. He industrialized cocaine production, controlled 80 percent of the global cocaine trade and became one of the richest people on the planet. The cartel ordered the killings of 30 judges, about 450 police officers and many more civilians. As Escobar’s head of security, Popeye was an expert at kidnapping, torture and murder.2. The cannibal copDaniel Engber looks at the case of former New York City police officer Gilberto Vallue, as he goes on trial not because of what he did, but because of what he planned to do. (Slate)Gilberto Valle slouches forward in his seat and holds that pose for hours, while the details of his sexual sadism – plans to cook his friends alive and worse – are read off and posted to a monitor beside him. If this embarrasses Valle, we wouldn’t know. If it angers him, it’s hard to tell. If he’s terrified, he doesn’t show it. He just sits there in the courtroom. He doesn’t do anything at all.3. The butler did itSean Flynn takes a look back at the Vatileaks scandal, and wonders why butler Paolo Gabriele did what he did. (GQ)A man was sitting in the chair. He told Nuzzi he had worked inside the Vatican for about twenty years. He professed to be a devout and pious Catholic, which Nuzzi would come to believe because the man quoted Gospel passages and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI from memory. The man was uncomfortable meeting with a journalist, but he said his conscience left him no alternative. There are scandals in the Holy See, he told Nuzzi, hypocrisies and frauds practiced upon the Church, and even upon Benedict himself, that he could no longer abide. 4. Going the distanceJordan Conn tries to keep up with the man who ran his first marathon at 89 and will run his final one today, aged 101. (ESPN)Looking to get out of the house, Fauja began running with fellow Punjabi expats at Sikh community gatherings. “I needed something to distract myself,” he says. Nearly 85 years after Fauja had been too weak to walk, he found himself in decent physical shape. While his new expat friends had spent much of their lives enjoying London’s conveniences, Fauja had spent his days laboring on the farm. He challenged fellow seniors to sprints. He won. When there was no one available to race, Fauja set off running by himself, and he built up his distance over time.5. Unlocking geniusAdam Piore profiles an extraordinary group of people who have suffered brain damage and gone on to discover previously hidden talents. (Popsci)It would be weeks before the full impact of Amato’s head trauma became apparent: 35 percent hearing loss in one ear, headaches, memory loss. But the most dramatic consequence appeared just four days after his accident. Amato awoke hazy after near-continuous sleep and headed over to Sturm’s house. As the two pals sat chatting in Sturm’s makeshift music studio, Amato spotted a cheap electric keyboard. Without thinking, he rose from his chair and sat in front of it. He had never played the piano – never had the slightest inclination to. Now his fingers seemed to find the keys by instinct and, to his astonishment, ripple across them.6. After the heist Daniel Grushkin looks back at the 2005 Miami heist which saw $7.4 million stolen, and how the robbery was to be the easy part. (Bloomberg Businessweek)Diaz was attentive at work, but not in the way his employers might have wished. To Monzon, he ticked off the security vulnerabilities inside the warehouse: The bills lay exposed; the security cameras didn’t work; the guards removed their guns before entering the building; and most alluring of all, the warehouse’s enormous bay doors led directly onto the street, which meant that one could bypass the perimeter fence and the airport gatehouse. Diaz didn’t want to join the robbery attempt, but for an even cut of the haul he would signal Monzon when it was time to strike. Monzon was in.… AND A CLASSIC READ FROM THE ARCHIVES…In the week that marked the 15th anniversary of his death, we look back at the 1997 interview that Dermot Morgan gave to James Rampton in The Independent.Morgan, 45, is unfailingly lively company, always on full gag alert. His eyes dance mischievously beneath a thick helmet of grey hair. When the waitress in the posh Dublin hotel offers him the bread-basket, he says, “I’ll have a little roll,” before paying off with a twinkle: “not something thespians often ask for.”More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie >
Poll Results: No (1897) THIS MONTH MARKS the two-year anniversary of the current government.The two years since March 2011 have brought a number of ups and downs for the coalition partners of Fine Gael and Labour.Ireland is still in recession, unemployment remains high and thousands are behind on their mortgage, to name just a few of the challenges that remain in 2013.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore believes that there have also been plenty of positives, and that Ireland has been brought to some semblance of stability in the 24 months that have passed, both financially and socially.So today we ask: Are you happy with what government has achieved so far? Yes (294) I don’t know (2207) YesNoI don’t knowVote
EARLIER THIS WEEK, it emerged that we might be all working well beyond the age of 68 by the year 2028.The OECD report recommended that pensionable age should be linked to life expectancy (and it’s thought that we will all be living longer in 15 years’ time).Those with particularly stressful or physical jobs might be concerned about this potential of working arduous jobs for longer. This set of photographs, gathered from the PA Images archive, show a time of post-World War II industrial activity when increased consumer demand led to labour-intensive mass production. Monotony and the chances of ending up with a bad back seem to be the order of the day:
DESPITE THE ACKNOWLEDGED weaknesses of the Leaving Cert, the CAO points system for third level entry is often lauded for being a fair system. The admissions process is supposedly meritocratic, with exam performance being the sole determinant for earning a place at a third level institution. Family connections, status, power or wealth play no role in deciding who is accepted. Everyone has equal opportunity.It sounds convincing in theory, but just how fair is the system in practice? At Maynooth University, myself and a final year Computer Science and Software Engineering student, David Kelly, decided to investigate. School rankings are announced by the media each year, based on third level progression statistics. This information is usually presented in a raw data format which is difficult to interpret. To make it more accessible, we decided to superimpose the historical data on a map. The resulting app can be viewed here.Innate aptitudeAs soon as the data are plotted geographically it becomes obvious that the CAO points system does not distribute university admissions evenly. People living in any area of the country should have, in general, the same level of innate aptitude as those living in any other. Yet the visual display reveals remarkable disparities in third level access across certain urban areas. For example, the north side of Dublin, inner city and west city are generally red (indicating low access) while the south side is consistently green (indicating high access).Using school locations and third level admissions data from 2006 to 2013, we designed a simple algorithm to calculate the probability of a student living at a particular address going on to third level education. It should be noted that this algorithm makes great simplifications and ignores contextual details, offering only a crude approximation of underlying trends.According to these calculations, a child living in Crumlin has only a 12% chance of going to university, while a child living in the Dublin 4 area has a 71% chance. For example, in 2013 a group of four schools in the Crumlin area sent between them only four students to university, out of a total of 117 who sat the Leaving Cert. In contrast, another school in Ranelagh sent more students to university last year (86) than it had students sitting the Leaving Cert (85). These statistics form part of a broad pattern which is consistently repeated in the respective surrounding areas.Perpetuating disadvantageAs well as an association between CAO points and home address, there is also a strong association with the payment of schools fees. For example, a student living in Dundrum whose parents cannot afford to pay school fees has a 26% chance of going to university, while one attending a private school has more than double the probability, at 58%.Although university admissions do not provide a complete picture, they suggest that the CAO points system might be perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage in certain parts of the country. The system can clearly be gamed, by paying private school fees, by paying for grinds and by sending children to schools that are culturally geared towards maximizing exam performance. The result is that students living in affluent areas are virtually assured of a place at third level. In contrast, students from disadvantaged areas, who cannot avail of the same resources, have restricted opportunities. Given how the odds are stacked against them, it is no surprise that many young people in these areas disengage from the education system at an early age.Within a given school, CAO points has a strong correlation with student aptitude. Those with greatest academic ability will tend to achieve the highest points totals. Between schools, however, CAO points are less reliable as an indicator of aptitude. Different schools present completely different learning environments, meaning that comparing CAO points for students in Crumlin and Dublin 4 is like comparing apples and oranges. The data suggest that the strongest single predictor of CAO points between schools is not innate talent, but home address. Students are being accepted into university largely on account of where they live.Inequality costs us allOur education system should strive to eliminate academic disadvantage in society, not perpetuate and amplify it. Inequality is expensive. Research has shown that levels of inequality are correlated with lower physical and mental health, as well as greater drug abuse, imprisonment, obesity and violence. Inequality harms everyone by weakening innovation, investment and wealth production. As a consequence, the role that education systems play in facilitating social mobility and equality of opportunity may be just as valuable for economic growth as the act of teaching itself. Arguably, the single most important thing we can do to ensure the future prosperity of our nation is to act now and reduce educational inequality to the greatest extent possible.In light of this, we propose that student performance should be evaluated within schools rather than between schools. University places should be awarded to students based on the ranking they achieved within their school, not their national ranking. For example, a student finishing in the top 10% of their cohort should be afforded the same opportunities, whether they attended a school in Crumlin or one in Ranelagh. A within-school evaluation system of this nature would encourage high achieving students to attend their local school, supporting a more equal distribution of resources.Some educators raise the point that, if more students from disadvantaged areas were allowed into third level, they would struggle to catch up. Initially, that might well be the case. But overcoming these disparities is exactly what our education system should be aiming to achieve. Contrary to its perception as fair, the CAO points system might actually be playing a key role in sustaining academic inequality.Ten closest schools to selected locations in Crumlin and Dublin 4, with red indicating low university access (<10% percentile) and green indicating high access (>90% percentile).Click here to try the app for yourself…Dr Phil Maguire is co-director of Computational Thinking at Maynooth University.Opinion: Have a positive impact on Ireland’s society and economy – choose a STEM career
Tonight at 9pm (Eastern, 6pm Pacific) millions of people will sit down in front of their television and watch the President deliver the 2011 State of the Union. That’s a time-honored and perfectly acceptable way to follow the address, but you might want to check out the White House’s official State of the Union page as well. Here you’ll be able to follow the speech with added depth thanks to charts, graphs, and other information that won’t make it to most TV broadcasts.So if you plan on watching the speech but you want some context to all the data points that are being mentioned this looks like it will be the place to do. And after the SoTU wraps up that page will have a Q&A sessions with White House staffers. Then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there will be follow-up events with questions answered by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and others.AdChoices广告The 2011 State of the Union airs tonight, Tueday January 25th, at 9PM. It should last a little over an hour, based on previous speeches.
AdChoices广告 Most people have seen the Parrot AR.Drone at this point. It made a splash at ces earlier this month, and was the star of the show last year; the little iPhone-controlled quad-copter is a combination toy and reconnaissance drone is perfect for fun neighborhood spy missions. However, what if you could control your Parrot AR.Drone with a Microsoft Surface table? These French researchers from Winwise have created an app that uses the same commands as the AR.Drone’s iOS app, just laid out on a Microsoft Surface table that you sit in front of to control. They claim the idea came to them when they were thinking of a way to build a cockpit for the drone, and that the Microsoft Surface was a great way to blow up the image from the drone’s camera. The controls work well enough, but considering the drone retails for $299.99 and Microsoft’s Surface systems are “ask if you want one” when it comes to price, it’s unlikely we’ll start seeing them show up in living rooms anytime soon.
Here’s a nice deal to mull over during the weekend. But don’t think too long on it, as this deal expires on Monday or sooner. The new Lenovo ThinkPad T420 and T520 laptops are being offered for 10 percent off. They both feature second-generation Sandybridge Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.The starting weight on the T420 is 4.84 pounds. It has a 14-inch HD+ (1600×900) display. The T420 can have up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, and up to 500 GB of 5400/7200 rpm HDD storage. It also features dual HD mics and 720p HD webcam.To get the best deal on the new ThinkPad T420 with Core i3, go to the Lenovo Direct Store, and select the left-most column ThinkPad 420i laptop, and click Customize & buy. Then, select Fingerprint Reader to get the configuration up to $799 (the coupon doesn’t work with anything less). Click Review and Add to Cart. There, apply coupon code LOGICBUY10, and watch as the price drops from $1,205 — minus $386 instant savings, minus the 10-percent coupon code — to $737.10 plus free shipping.The T520 is similar to the T420, but has a 15.6-inch display, and weighs 5.57 pounds.Read more at LogicBUY
After less than a year, the T-Mobile G2, manufactured by HTC, has been relegated to the “discontinued” section of T-Mobile’s phone offerings. The G2 made waves back in October for running stock Android and being the direct successor to the wildly popular G1, the flagship Android phone that started it all. Even though the phone received modest sales, and the 4G model was one of T-Mobile’s first 4G smartphones, you won’t be able to get a G2 anymore.According to a snapshot of T-Mobile’s internal inventory system obtained by TmoNews, the phone was officially discontinued on June 6th. A number of outlets reported that the G2’s build quality just wasn’t up to par with HTC’s other devices, and users complained of a slider hinge that was too loose, allowing the keyboard to come forward too easily. Other reports say that the G2, even though it got a largely positive reception, just wasn’t a very popular device, and was missing the wow-factor that made Android phones on other carriers like the Droid 2 and the Droid X impossible to resist.G2 loyalists however, complained that T-Mobile never really highlighted the phone, and failed to market it. They claim that T-Mobile was too busy pushing the Nexus S to properly promote the G2, and that had T-Mobile paid more attention to the device, it would have sold better.Regardless of the reason why T-Mobile decided to kill the G2 a short 8 months after its release, HTC fans won’t have to wait too long for other options. HTC’s myTouch Slide is on the way on T-Mobile, and while it has a similar form-factor, it lacks the 4G sensibilities of its cousin. It’s doubtful that HTC will make a G3 or another successor to the G-series of phones, especially now that Google has embraced the Nexus line as the “official Google phones,” but we’ll just have to wait and see.via TmoNews
Every day the world generates massive amounts of information. Whether it’s a Monday in July or New Years Eve, book are being written, photographs are being taken, and measurements are being made. Much of that data is stored, be it at home on our hard drives, on smartphones, or on a server somewhere far away where land is abundant and electricity is cheap. Online storage company Mozy, an organization that probably knows a bit about where data lives, put together the infographic you see below. It outlines how much data we’ve generated, where we store it, and how we store it.Obviously the graphic tells the story, but there are some key takeaways like how much data we stored in 2007: roughly estimated to be an incredible 295 exabytes, or 295,000,000,000 gigabytes. And that was four years ago–today each of us stores more then we did then. According to the math in the graphic, we’re probably saving something like 600 exabytes now.And where does all the data live? As expected, it’s mostly on hard drives. Optical media and tape accord for a portion, but over 50% is on spinning disks. After that the graphics take a stab at where those hard drives are placed by listing some of the world’s largest data centers. It stands to reason that the largest data centers pack the most servers and thus most storage, but this is a guesstimate. Note the concentration of massive data centers around Chicago (#1, 5, and 8 account for about 2.3 million square feet when combined).Probably the coolest part of the graphic, for me, was that note that digital storage overtook analog in 2002. So prior to 9 years ago our books, photo albums, and cuneiforms tablets were believed to house more data then our Zip disks, floppy drives, and CDs. That’s pretty incredibly, especially considering how quickly data started to become digitized. There were reasonably good tools for digitizing information prior to 2002 and a burgeoning method of sharing our data (the internet), so it seems like it just took some time to get it all converted and for the pressure to grow to the point where everything had to be accessible.via Mozy
With Hurricane Irene hitting the East Coast, most of us are worried about the safety of our loved ones, homes, and valued possessions (in that order). For some, our valued possessions may include our precious iPhone 4s, a device that you’ve learned hard to part with, and a device that cost you between $200 and $300. It’s definitely something you don’t want to get wet if and when you get stuck in a massive rain storm.Thankfully, there’s an iPhone case in the works that not only will protect your phone from water, but also dirt, and impact. The EscapeCapsule is fully covered and sealed, but the touchscreen is still easy to use, and you can make and receive calls as normal. The cameras are also both unaffected by the case, which is demonstrated in the video below.In fact, the video was shot on iPhones using the EscapeCapsule, and it’s shown sitting in the sand, taking video underwater in the ocean, and in the bathtub with an adorable baby. The case is rugged and has a lanyard. As you can see in the video, the phone is even attached to a rock climber as he scales the mountain.A Schwarzenegger-sounding dude in the video says that the capsule is created from injection moldings to combine different materials into one finished product. The process is complicated and rather pricey, and there is several post injection processes needed to assemble all of the parts into one precise watertight finished product. The cost to get the phone into production is $30,000, so the team headed to Kickstarter to help raise money to get the project going.Check out the Kickstarter video and donate to the project if you’re looking for a good way to protect your precious iPhone 4.More at Kickstarter
You can always leave it to ThinkGeek to figure out what its target demographic secretly wants. First it was the Tauntaun sleeping bag, then the full-size iCade iPad game cabinet, and now the iCade 8-Bitty controller. This is a Bluetooth game controller that is designed to work with the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. After months of promises, the 8-Bitty has been approved by the FCC, making it a real product.The controller adopts the familiar look of a classic NES controller, but there is more going on here. There are more buttons than you need for some retro titles, but this makes the 8-Bitty a more versatile controller. There are four standard buttons on the face, as well as select and start. The classic D-pad is present, and there are two shoulder buttons to round things out.The device is designed to support the Atari Greatest Hits collection, which has 100 old school games for $15. This app is available on Android devices and the iPad Best Price at Amazon . Since the 8-Bitty is an open iCade device, app developers are free to implement its control with no prior authorization.The 8-Bitty is the mobile companion of the iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad that ThinkGeek previously developed. Anything that supports the full iCade, will works here. That means there are already a number of iPad games outside the Atari collection that are compatible. Android support is starting from a disadvantage, but classic console emulators are sure to adopt this controller.Now that the FCC has signed off on the device’s wireless components ThinkGeek is free to sell it. The product page still shows the expected availability as ‘later this year,’ but it can’t be long now. The 8-Bitty will sell for $29.99.ThinkGeek, via Liliputing
Over the weekend an ask me anything thread was started on Reddit by an individual claiming to be an Xbox One operating system developer. Proof was given to the Reddit moderators that the developer was legitimate, albeit he wanted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.The stand out piece of information this developer revealed was how important the new Kinect sensor succeeding is to Microsoft. The mandatory Kinect peripheral was decided upon so as to guarantee developers had access to it for every game they developed. The developer also pointed out gamers dismissing it outright were being shortsighted. The way it works is meant to be integral to the Xbox One experience and we will see that upon release.But Kinect being successful is important to Microsoft because of cost. According to this developer, manufacturing the Kinect costs almost as much as the Xbox One console itself. If no one uses it, then that’s going to be a huge waste of money for every console shipped.This also clears up the reason why the Xbox One is $499 and the PS4 is $399. As the Kinect costs so much to make, matching Sony at $399 wouldn’t just cost Microsoft profit, it would be a huge loss incurred for every console sold. Clearly Microsoft isn’t willing to take that hit. It will also makes it more difficult for Microsoft to reduce the cost of the Xbox One in the years after its launch. With two expensive devices in the box, you just can’t save as much money on manufacturing costs as you can with just a console.I am of the opinion that mandatory Kinect is a mistake. Microsoft is positioning it for use in any and all games, but motion control just doesn’t work for all games, and even if it does, it is done so in a limited form. A good example is Kinect use in Battlefield 4, which developer DICE has already admitted will be limited. If there is an integral experience Kinect provides on Xbox One, then Microsoft really needs to start showing that off now so we as gamers can understand exactly what it is and get excited about it.Microsoft has already U-turned on the Xbox One being an always connected console and controlling used game sales. It seems very unlikely they will do the same thing with mandatory Kinect even if the negativity towards it continues. If games in general don’t take full advantage of it, though, then most Kinect sensors will sit gathering dust on top of your TV.