Enid Tahirović One fantastic career is on the end. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s goalkeeper, the best athlete of the country in 2007, Enid Tahirovic (40) announced that the games against Germany in the World Championship Qualification in June, will be his last in career.– It’s definitive. There is no sense to prolonge anymore. If I want to play, I would play better here in Germany, but I decided to say “it’s enough”. I am not in the Age, when I can be on maximal level. Behind me are a lot of injuries and my Family suffered enough. If we beat Germans, it’s up on coaching staff, whether they will call me without any practice and team. If they want, I wll play – said Tahirovic for Dnevni Avaz. ← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer about EHF EURO 2012 for HP: “This is frustrating…” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers: Experts, Wenta, Scandinavians…
3.CO Zagreb5401178 : 12912 handballLazarov in Ciudad Realseha gazprom ssltatranzagreb ← Previous Story TITI TO MISS EHF EURO 2014? Omeyer next 3 months out! Next Story → Vardar’s boss Sergei Samsonenko: I don’t want to hurry with decision about new coach 7.Meshkov Brest4202103 : 1006 10.Borac m:tel6105130 : 1973 1.Vardar7511217 : 18116 8.Partizan6105140 : 1653 4.Metalurg5320133 : 11811 5.Vojvodina6303155 : 1669 9.Lovćen6105150 : 1793 6.Nexe6213170 : 1707 2.Tatran Prešov7502243 : 21415 Two matches of SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League have been played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Croatian champion C.O Zagreb beat Slovakian Tatran Presov 42:34 (20:19) with good performance in the second half. That was the second defeat for the ex-leader of SEHA GSS, which were twice defeated in Croatia (first against Nexe). STATISTICSVardar beat Lovcen 36:19 and overtook the leading role in the League. STATISTICS
Antonio Carlos Ortega has opened the season of the same targets, dreams and wishes in Veszprem. The fourth team in Europe in season 2013/2014 wants more in the upcoming season with even stronger line-up reinforced with EX-Kieler Christian Zeitz. New season began with a lot of positive energy. Team-building strategy began from the Balaton lake where Nagy, Ilic and Co. played beach handball, but than got some rafting and aqua-ski experience.Watch the video about sunny day in Veszprem… ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014: Spain attacks France – Mini 1/4 finals in Linz Next Story → Women’s Youth WCh 2014: Furious Montenegro, Hungary and Korea Beach handballhandballveszprem
← Previous Story NEW HANDBALL MOM: Katrine Lunde is pregnant! Next Story → QUICK REACTION: Jelena Grubisic to Gyor! One of the best female goalies – Clara Woltering (32) will have a “special” task in the upcoming season. She won’t be with the team all the time, but ready for the most decisive parts of the season. German goalkeeper won’t be during whole season in training process with ZRK Buducnost, while two other goalkeepers – Marina Vukcevic and Marta Zderic will “covered” most of the year, said head-coach Dragan Adzic.Woltering wanted to get back to Germany this year, but she decided to stay in Podgorica for one more – fourth year… Clara Woltering
← Previous Story Kielce win tight match against Kolding Next Story → SEHA: Tatran Prešov smash Meshkov only 48 hours after defeat in CL EHF Cup Men’s EHF CUP Round 3 first matches have been played last weeekend. The reigning champions Fuchse Berlin played only 31:31 against Fuchse Berlin at Max Schmelling hall in German capital.COMPLETE RESULTS:Pfadi Winterthur – KS Azoty-Pulawy25:29 : 29 : 25 Ystads IF – Grundfos Tatabanya KC 28 : 28RK Maribor Branik Dinamo Bucuresti 27 : 26Alpla HC Hard – SKA Minsk 23 : 33Rk Gorenje Velenje – Team Tvis Holstebro 25 : 29Aalborg Handball – TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen 30 : 20Hubo Initia Hasselt – Helvetia Anaitasuna 20 : 28RK Borac m:tel – OCI-LIONS 29 : 31Talent M.A.T. Plzen – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 28 : 31RK Nexe – HBC Nantes 26 : 26Füchse Berlin – Chambery Savoie Handball 31 : 31Górnik Zabrze – Frisch Auf Göppingen 29 : 39CSM Bucuresti – Frigorificos Morrazo 31 : 24SC Magdeburg – Csurgói KK 42 : 37Haukar – Saint-Raphael Var Handball 28 : 29Fraikin BM. Granollers – OIF Arendal 29:21
Ambros MartinRomanian handball team ← Previous Story Veszprem routine win over Celje PL with brilliant Mikler Next Story → Andrzej Kraśnicki new-old chairman of Polish handball Spanish coach Ambros Martin will have dual function in the upcoming period. He already won two EHF Champions League titles with Hungarian best team Gyor in 2013 and 2014 on which bench still sitting, but the new real challenge will be to stay among the best with Romanian national team.Ambros Martin will replace Swedish coach Thomas Ryde on that position, who made fantastic result by winning bronze medal at World Championship 2015 in Denmark and qualifing for the Olympic Games in Rio.Spaniard had also a short deal with Hungarian national team in the past.
Gilmore hit back at claims that the party had broken election promises saying that 330,000 people had been taken out of Universal Social Charge and the cut in the minimum wage had been reversed.“In any coalition government you dont get your own way all of the time,” he said adding that when the government took office two-and-a-half years ago “there was about five months’ money left n the kitty”.He said the budget is not going to be easy but that said that the adjustment had to be done “in a balanced way, in a fair way” and said there is not a case for doing more than is needed as some have argued.“We have to do it in a way that is sensible, that ensures there is confidence restored to our economy and people can breath again,” he said.On the Seanad abolition referendum, Gilmore appeared to be open on reforming the upper house if there is a No vote but insisted that this is not the question on the ballot paper.“I believe that in a country of this size, that one parliament is sufficient,” he said insisting that abolition is not a power grab.On tensions with Labour deputy leader Joan Burton, the Tánaiste insisted that his Cabinet colleague is doing a “fabulous job” at the Department of Social Protection.“Joan Burton and I work very well together,” he added.They’re back: Here are 8 questions we’re asking ahead of the new Dáil termRead: Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil hold think-insJoan Burton: ‘Eamon Gilmore has always been supportive of me and I am for him’ TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE believes the Irish people will not reward “the party that caused the crisis and punish the party that solved it” as he acknowledged that Labour is suffering in the opinion polls.Speaking ahead of the parliamentary party’s annual think-in in Meath today, the Labour leader defended his party’s decisions in government and claimed that 30,000 new jobs have been created in the past year alone.“We were never under any doubt but that the job of work that we took on two-and-a-half years ago was difficult and that it was going to be challenging and it has proved to be that,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.He said he would not deny that he takes heed of the opinion polls – which show Labour at a five-year low – but said “we cannot be dictated by short-term decision making”.Gilmore criticised the previous policies of Fianna Fáil finance minister Charlie McCreevy and expressed confidence in his party’s ability to recover at the polls.“I believe that at the end of the day I think that the Irish people are not going turn around in a general election and reward the party that caused the crisis (Fianna Fáil) and punish the party that solved it,” he said.He said that the country is “back on our feet but we cannot be complacent”.
BOTH PILOTS ON a British based airline fell asleep on the flight deck during a flight last month according to a report from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).The incident occurred on 13 August with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) saying that it comes ”no surprise” to them after repeated warnings to the CAA.The events came to light as a result of a freedom of information request to the CAA which was reported in several media outlets. The captain and co-pilot are believed to have agreed to alternate sleeping while the plane was on autopilot before one of them awoke to find the other asleep. It is not known how long the plane had been flying unsupervised.The CAA say they have chosen not to identify the airline involved.BALPA say they have repeatedly warned the CAA about the risk of pilots falling asleep due to long shifts and a lack of sleep. The pilots’ group say they have even written to the UK’s aviation minister Simon Burns MP about the risks who they say replied that “this is not a reported flight safety issue.”BALPA’s general secretary Jim McAuslan said that tiredness is the biggest challenge faced by British pilots:“As the regulator responsible for UK flight safety the CAA has been far too complacent about the levels of tiredness among British pilots and failing to acknowledge the scale of the underreported problem.”The group point to a vote in the EU parliament next week which they say includes rules that permit a pilot to land an aircraft having been awake for 22 hours or more.Read: Airlines not required to carry defibrillators >
Source: infomatiqueAgain, we love giving out about it.Chips in a fry Source: Flickr/alexbclarkUnacceptable.People who boast about how expensive things areNow a bargain, that’s something to boast about.The Leaving cert Source: Laura HuttonWeak tea Source: DailyEdge.ie/LouiseMcSharryLast orders Source: Miroslav ČuljatThe budget Source: Mark StedmanPeople thinking we are part of the UK Source: Twitter/duck_sleepingReferees Source: Mike EgertonMost of the time…Ryanair Source: Richard DrewA draught Source: owlhere‘Will you close over that door and shut out the draught!’People calling St. Patrick’s Day St. Patty’s DayWhat have we missed?Man asked to tone down “too scary” Halloween decorations>How many of these old Cadbury wrappers do you remember?> WE’RE A JOLLY people, but we do love a moan. Frequently about the same things over and over again.For, there are certain things we just can’t abide. Things like these:People who don’t stand their round Source: cackhandedInexcusable.The Late Late Show Source: Photocall IrelandHowever, we love giving out about it.Politicians Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandThe rain Source: Photocall IrelandThe heat Source: Photocall IrelandThe snowAmerican chocolateAwful shite.Foreign tea Source: Figurines-SculptureA bad pint Source: Bill.RoehlThe NCTPublic transport
DOG OWNERS SHOULD be making more of an effort to clean-up after their pet, according to a new litter survey carried out by Dublin City Council.66 per cent of those who live and work in the city believe it’s a problem.By comparison, three-fifths of people believe discarded cigarette butts are bringing down Dublin’s standard of cleanliness. 58 per cent have a problem with chewing gum thrown in the street, while 17 per cent said more should be done to tackle graffiti.It was also found that almost two in five dog owners don’t always clean up after their animal.According to the survey: 66 per cent think dog litter is a problem34 per cent have a dog49 per cent think the dog litter problem is getting worse10 per cent admit to rarely or never cleaning up after their dogThe release of the findings coincides with the launch of a council awareness campaign on the issue today.A statement from the council says that while it does enforce dog litter byelaws, “the extent and nature of the problem mean litter wardens can only be one part of the solution”.Dublin City Council currently has 20 litter wardens and 2 dog wardens. It says it has distributed around 400,000 free “pooper scooper” bags to help tackle the problem.According to Hugh Coughlan of Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Services: “Things can only improve when attitudes change. Our message is that not cleaning up after your dog is unacceptable and is a health hazard. Your dog is your responsibility so clean up after it”.Read: TD suggests introduction of aerosol levy to tackle graffiti
THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK (EIB) has agreed to provide a low-cost loan that will cover nearly half the overall cost of linking Dublin’s two Luas lines.The EIB has agreed to provide a loan of up to €163 million at an interest rate lower than would be available on normal lending markets to fund the Luas Cross City project.The money will contribute towards the €368 million cost of the project which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in late 2017.Though no fixed interest rate has been set, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland morning that this would typically be about one per cent lower than usual interest rates.He said that linking the green and red Luas lines will take about three million car journeys off the road every year and the construction phase will generate up to 800 jobs.Sixty permanent jobs will be created by the Luas extension which will add 13 new stops to the existing infrastructure.Read: Luas works to allow for right turn from St Stephen’s Green onto Merrion Row
A = 10 + 51 + 20 + 16 = 97B = 1 + 15 + 59 + 9 = 84C = 4 + 17 + 48 + 12 = 81D = 6 + 7 + 31 + 13 = 57E = 8 + 23 + 41 + 19 = 91F = 3 + 36 + 45 + 21 = 105G = 2 + 24 + 14 + 5 = 45H = 11 + 26 + 54 + 22 = 113 THE DRAW FOR next summer’s 2014 World Cup has been made, with some intriguing results.The term ‘group of death’ is a cliché, but we’ve used a more scientific method than usual to assess each group’s level of difficulty.The groups’ deathliness has been rated in accordance with the FIFA World Cup rankings in our calculations below.So essentially, we’ve added up the combined rankings for each group and those with the lowest tallies are consequently adjudged the most difficult…Pots (with world rankings in brackets)Pot One: Brazil (10), Argentina (3), Colombia (4), Uruguay (6), Belgium (11), Germany (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (8)Pot Two: Algeria (26), Cameroon (51), Ivory Coast (17), Ghana (24), Nigeria (36), Chile (15), Ecuador (23)Pot Three: Australia (59), Iran (45), Japan (48), South Korea (54), Costa Rica (31), Honduras (41), Mexico (20), United States (14).Pot Four: Bosnia-Herzegovina (21), Croatia (16), England (13), France (19), Greece (12), Holland (9), Italy (7), Portugal (5), Russia (22).Actual groups:Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia.Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Holland.Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece.Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England.Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France.Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia.Group G: Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal.Group H: Belgium, Algeria, South Korea, Russia. So, accordingly, here are the groups in order of difficulty.1. Group G — Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal.2. Group D – Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England.3. Group C – Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece.4. Group B — Spain, Chile, Australia, Holland.5. Group E – Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France.6. Group A — Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia.7. Group F – Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia.8. Group H — Belgium, Algeria, South Korea, RussiaN.B. Yes, we know the FIFA rankings aren’t always a totally reliable indicator, but we couldn’t think of a better way to measure the groups’ difficulty.FIFA are holding the World Cup draw in the middle of nowhereLIVE: 2014 World Cup finals draw>
RESEARCHERS HAVE SHOWN how thieves were able to hack into ATMs and steal cash from a major European bank earlier this year.The methods used were demonstrated at the Chaos Computing Congress, an annual event which brings together the international hacking community, in Hamburg, Germany.The BBC reports how the bank noticed several of its ATMs being emptied despite its use of safes to protect the cash inside.After it increased its surveillance, it found that the thieves were cutting holes in the ATMs to access the machine’s USB ports. They could plug in USB drives that would install malware onto the machine.Once it was installed, the thieves would patch up the holes, allowing them to target the same machine several times and prevent discovery. Later on, they could return to the ATM and enter a 12-digit code to launch a custom interface, giving them access to the machine.The researchers found the thieves would focus on the highest value banknotes to reduce the chances of being discovered. However, before they could access the money, a second code was required which would differ each time.The thief was required to ring a second member and tell them the number displayed before they got the right code.This was because the thieves didn’t trust each other and were worried that some of their members would go solo and take the money for themselves. If they did nothing for three minutes, the machine would return to their normal state.Read: Everything you should know before shopping online >Read: How to keep your smartphone info safe and secure >
THE FIRST SHIPMENT of chemical material has been removed from Syria under a deal to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, the joint mission overseeing the disarmament said today.The removal was carried out as the head of Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, called for an end to four days of clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in which at least 274 people were killed.“A first quantity of priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the port of Latakia for verification and was then loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel today,” the joint United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (UN-OPCW) mission said in a statement.It added that the boat had sailed for international waters.The removal of the chemical material from Syria’s coastal Latakia comes after a planned 31 December deadline for the operation to begin was missed.Tuesday’s shipment “initiates the process of transfer of chemical materials from the Syrian Arab Republic to locations outside its territory for destruction,” the UN-OPCW statement said.The material taken from Syria today will be held at sea until additional chemicals arrive. The shipment is being escorted by Chinese, Danish, Norwegian and Russian vessels, the mission said.Syria agreed last year to a US-Russian deal to hand over its chemical weapons.The agreement came after the United States threatened military action in response to an August 2012 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds of people and was blamed by Washington on the Syrian regime.Under the plan, the chemicals taken from Latakia will be transported to an Italian port and transferred onto a US vessel, where they will be destroyed.A crew member of the Danish warship Esbern Snare wears a protective mask as they escorted the Syrian chemical weapons. (Pic: AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)The mission has a June deadline to complete the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, which includes the deadly nerve agent sarin and mustard gas.At OPCW headquarters in the Hague, director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said the first removal was an “important step”.“I encourage the Syrian government to maintain the momentum to remove the remaining priority chemicals, in a safe and timely manner, so that they can be destroyed outside of Syriaas quickly as possible,” he said in a statement.Continued clashesElsewhere in the country, clashes continued between members of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a coalition of moderate and Islamist rebels.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy fighting in Raqa, the only provincial capital to fall from regime hands and a one-time ISIL stronghold.The fighting comes after months of tensions over alleged abuses by ISIL, which has been accused of kidnapping and killing civilian and rival rebels.© – AFP 2014Read: UNICEF calls for world to protect Syrian children from ‘broken futures’ >IN PICTURES: Over 100,000 dead as Syria sees another year of violence >
JUST WHEN YOU thought you’d never see Brendan O’Carroll and Mr Big from Sex and the City shaking hands, it happened.Chris Noth, who also stars in The Good Wife, presented the award for Best Comedy to O’Carroll and his team at the National Television Awards in London this evening.The awards are voted on by the telly watching public and Mrs Brown’s Boys beat off competition from Miranda, Rickey Gervais’ Derek and The Big Bang Theory.In his acceptance speech O’Carroll thanked the 15 million people who tuned in to watch the Christmas special of the show.He also thank RTÉ and the people of Dublin, where the Mrs Brown movie was filmed. Brendan O’Carroll and Jennifer Gibney with the award for Best Comedy at the National Television Awards in London. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesNoth wasn’t the only touch of Hollywood glamour to show up at the National Television Awards.Kiefer Sutherland presented the award for Best TV Detective to Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, who accepted via live link from Los Angeles wearing a tuxedo top and a pair of shorts.Julie Hesmondalgh accepted the award for Best Serial Drama Performance for her role as Hayley in Coronation Street, while the soap also won Best Serial Drama.Ant and Dec, This Morning and Dr Who were also among the winners.Mrs Brown’s Boys the most watched programme in the UK on Christmas Day> 31 emotions we know you all felt watching the Sherlock finale>Benedict Cumberbatch accepts award wearing shorts at the NTAs>
(Dónal Mulligan/YouTube) The Northern Lights are visible at Porsanger Garrison, near Lakselv, Norway. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#CONCLAVE The frontrunners have emerged in the last day of the pre-conclave talks over who will become the next pope in the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican insiders put Milan Archbishop Angelo Scola in the lead, while Brazilian Odilo Scherer, the archbishop of Sao Paolo, is also seen as in with a chance.#FIRE A man aged 62 has been pronounced dead after a house fire on Clare Island. Gardaí said they are not treating the fire as suspicious.#LONDON Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, where he made a speech at the London School of Economics. Following his speech – during which he called today “symbolic and important” – he was asked by an audience member if Ireland would rejoin the Commonwealth. His answer was negative.#REFUGE A refuge for domestic violence sufferers is still unopened, a year after TheJournal.ie revealed that it had been completed but never opened due to a lack of funding. Funding issues persist, although the HSE is in negotiations with Teach Tearmainn, who runs the centre. It is hoped a solution can be found by the end of the year.#JAILED A former UK minister, Chris Huhne, and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have been jailed for perverting the course of justice after she took penalty points he had been given for speeding 10 years ago. They have both been sentenced to eight months in prison.#PISTORIUS Lawyers for Olympian Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on him. He is charged with murdering his girlfriend, and his lawyers say that the conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts.A photo taken today on the shores of Lough Mask, Clonbur, Co Galway, by TheJournal.ie reader Tomás Burke, who described it as “frosty and windy”. Quite! THINGS WE LOVEDSnow! Snow! Snow! And there’s more on the way… so here are 14 tips for dealing with the snow. You’re welcome.Is there anything a good bun (or muffin, or fairycake) can’t fix? Here’s how a treat cheered up one young girl after she met Pat Kenny. Don’t worry, all will become clear when you click on that link.After a 3-year-old girl requested that Pauline, the damsel in distress in the game Donkey Kong, should get to do the rescuing for a change, her dad stepped in to help. We love this story. (Mike Mika/YouTUbe)THINGS WE SHAREDA pine marten wanted to get in with the action during a Swiss football match on Sunday – and the footballer who caught him ended up getting more than he bargained for…Not a fan of clowns? Then DON’T click on this link to a vintage Hovis ad… hey! We said don’t!This comic video has been doing the rounds in the wake of the recent Oireachtas communications committee meeting about social media:
Read: Details of 5,100 property tax exemptions to be published tomorrow > THE 5,100 EXEMPTIONS to the Local Property Tax (LPT) have been published online.Statutory Instrument 91 of 2013 lists the developments that are exempt, listed alphabetically by the County/City Council in which they are located.The scanned PDF document contains a mixture of already existing developments, along with those for which planning permission exists.While 43,000 households were exempted from last year’s household charge, only 5,100 households have been exempted from the local property tax.Online payment of the LPT can be made until 28 May, while those wishing to pay the tax by post have until 7 May.Local authorities are also expected to publish their own subsets of the data today.The only exemption in all of Dublin is the Priory Hall development in Donaghmede, whose residents were evacuated in 2011.
Nathan Hines v Bakkies BothaFor long, long spells, this game is going to be an arm wrestle. Small gains within the deep, dank reaches of the pack will hold the key to success.Hines against Botha is set to be a Titanic tussle. We could have easily slotted Jamie Cudmore or Nick Kennedy in here, but in the Springbok and Aussie-Scot there is the promise of a mouthwatering slug-fest that will determine whether their team plays on the front foot or the back.Hines will hold the wishes of the neutrals in the crowd, but Botha remains one of the most athletic and effective locks in the world.Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesBrock James v Jonny WilkinsonOld JW made English rugby pundits weak at the knees with his classic metronome impersonation back in his natural habitat of Twickenham in the semi-final.In the end, it was his kicking that proved the difference between two sides intent in nullifying one another’s pack.Whereas, Wilkinson v Farrell was a clash of sleet and snow, Brock James will bring a touch of colour to today’s proceedings. James will also have the benefit of playing in tandem with Morgan Parra who can shoulder much of the match-control responsibility (not to mention goal-kicking) allowing James to make the world forget about his infamous outing in Dublin.Wesley Fofana v Matt GiteauWith Toulon steered by a very conventional half-back pairing, so much of the back-line action comes down to Matt Giteau. The Australian has proven he can mix it with the best 12s these days – crashing into contact as well weaving patterns away from it – and for those of us with short attention spans or a love for the shinier things in life, this will be the eye-catching duel of the day.Up against the man who threatened to be the most talented Australian of a generation, is the best inside centre in the world today. Fofana’s uncanny ability to find and glide through space is what makes Clermont the neutral’s favourite today. But he will also have to hit Giteau hard and fast before his bulky partner Bastareaud can build up a head of steam.Ronan O’Gara’s incredible Munster career in 40 brilliant pictures
I AM NOW well prepared and more than ready to share than ever before.You see, I have reviewed all of the evidence presented to me about sharing and am confident it’s 100% the correct decision.I’m just back from the OuiShare Festival in Paris – a three-day conference exploring the growth of the sharing economy – where people from around the world gathered to talk about how the tech industry helps people share, rent or sell their resources.As a former ‘Celtic Tiger’ 20-something-year-old disillusioned with our post-boom dysphoric society, I’ve turned 180 degrees: now, I’m a member of Irish neighbourhood-sharing website Streetbank, where I exchange and receive goods and services for free. I use Airbnb – the website that allows people to rent out their homes – and stay in strangers apartments. I co-share an office in Dublin city.Share rather than buyAn unforeseen benefit of the internet is that people are starting to share rather than buy. According to Forbes, the sector exceeded €2.5 billion in 2013. It makes sense: why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? Why not share things with your neighbours?It’s not all hippy-dippy… At the OuiShare Festival, experts such as Douglas Atkin of Airbnb, entrepreneurLisa Gansky, and Vincente Guallart, chief architect of the City of Barcelona, all agreed sharing can answer many of the problems we face.Outside Ireland, shareable cities are growing fast: in the UK, JustPark has reinvented city parking: more than 18,000 families, school and churches make a second income by renting their vacant spaces. In Europe, car-sharing company BlaBlaCar has had a 135% growth since it started in 2009 with over 1 million users. In Berlin, borrowing shops are springing up in the city where locals donate and borrow things, instead of buying them.Efficiency and social trustThis shift holds the power to change our lives, for the best. First of all, it helps the economy be more efficient. By bringing people together, by sharing our resources more effectively, we have a better economy – we’re able to live better. Secondly, it helps create stronger, healthier and more connected communities – it builds social trust.It’s also handy extra income for owners for use renting marketplaces like Airbnb, and can be less costly and more convenient for borrowers who use neighbourhood-sharing sites. And lastly, there’s environmental benefits, by 2050 there will be 9.1 billion people on planet earth, where are we going to put all our waste?Airbnb’s Brian Chesky summed it up when he asked: “There are 80 million power drills in America that are used an average of 13 minutes. Does everyone really need their own drill?” Quite frankly, no. We don’t. Despite economy screaming to us to shop, shop, shop, an economy of high GDP doesn’t mean happy and healthy lives. Using this as a measurement of Ireland’s standard of living is outdated and needs to be changed.A country only judged by its GDP is one where the rich get richer, and poor get poorer.Clever thinkingLuckily, clever thinking and action is happening. We’ve got office-sharing at The Fumbally; skill-sharing at Exchange Dublin; all kinds of sharing at Mabos in Dublin’s Docklands; car-sharing with GoCar; bartering at Trade School Dublin; and bike-sharing with dublinbikes. Currently, there’s battles to be made where authorities seek to hinder community-driven initiatives, but if Ireland wants to flourish and retain its young – it needs to facilitate, not threaten.In the next five years, we are going to see a boom of new sharing initiatives, and city councils and businesses (who will have to make big changes, like BMW did recently with its new car-sharing service) will have to open-minded and take risks if they want to create smart cities like Barcelona, Copenhagen and Berlin. We can’t allow Ireland to be left behind.While experts and politicians discuss how to solve Ireland’s broken economy, this may be a part of the solution. We’re already seeing it take shape around us, and Ireland has huge potential, and need, for a shared future. To create an economy that’s open to everyone isn’t a Utopian dream, it’s been showcased in other countries. It’s easily attainable.I welcome it, will you?Katie Roche is a journalist and media lecturer, with a passion for community.
A NEWBORN BABY boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet, state media said, provoking online outrage today.“Fortunately the baby survived. But the person (who abandoned him) is still suspected of attempted murder,” said an unidentified police officer, according to the official news portal hangzhou.com.cn.Residents in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, called firefighters after hearing the two-day-old baby crying in the fourth-floor squat lavatory, the report on Monday said.(CCCTV/CNN/PigMine4/YouTube)RescueAttempts to pull him out failed, so rescuers sawed away a section of the 10-centimetre diameter pipe with the baby inside and took him to a local hospital.Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the newborn, whose placenta was still attached, the report said.From the time he was found till when he was taken out, the baby was stuck in the tube for at least two hours, it added.The 2.3-kilogram boy suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and his heart rate was low at one point. He was put in an incubator and was in stable condition, the report said.Police were still looking for his parents, it added.The news triggered hundreds of thousands of comments on China’s hugely popular weibos, services similar to Twitter, with users expressing good wishes for the baby and fury at those who presumably abandoned him.Chinese babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures. The country’s one-child policy can also mean heavy fines for couples who have more than one baby.- © AFP, 2012