Bundesliga Round 30 RheinNeckar Lowen beats Fuchse Flensburg win

← Previous Story Velux EHF CL F4: THW Kiel VS Fuchse Berlin – AG VS Atletico Madrid! Next Story → Alexander Toncourt passes away The last games of the 30th Bundesliga round which saw THW Kiel already winning the “Meistertitel” with 4 rounds left, brought us some interesting results as well. At home, Rhein-Neckar Lowen beat Fuchse Berlin with 31:29, with Mueller, Myrhol, Lijewski and Cupic each scoring 5 goals for the home team. With Flensburg  winning as expected against Huttenberg at home with 37:27 (Sven Hansen – 9 goals), the North-German team now is closer to winning the 2nd place, as HSV Hamburg surprisingly lost in Melsungen with 30:29. With Flensburg having nice advantage (49:11) ahead of other teams for the 2nd place., it will be dead heat about the 3rd place, as RNL,are 46:16, Fuchse 46:16 and HSV 45:15.In the other games, Bergischer 26:29 Gummersbach, Burgdorf 25:22 Goppingen. BundesligaFlensburgFuchse BerlinhuttenbergKielRhein Neckar Lowen read more

EHF VELUX Champions League Flensburg win the NordDerby against HSV

In the most interesting match tonight in the Champions League, Flensburg managed to payback to HSV Hamburg for the last weeks defeat and won at home with 29:26. Flensburg were constantly making some 2-3 goals lead but always HSV Hamburg managed to fight back and even the game, however in the final minutes of the game Flensburg finally did it, took 3 goals lead and kept it, winning 29:26 in the end.In the other games: Montpellier 31:26 Partizan, Bjerringbro 31:22 St Petersburg, Atletico 25:24 Constanta ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Goppingen, RN Lowen and Wisla Plock with a superb home wins Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 13): THW Kiel outclass TBV Lemgo, win 36:24 atleticobjerringbroconstantaFlensburgHSVHSV HamburgMontpellierpartizanst petersburg

DUTCH GIRLS HAVE COACH UNTIL RIO 2016 Henk Groener dreams about Olympic

Dutch handballhandballhenk groener Henk Groener will stay on the bench of Women’s Dutch handball national team until end of the Olympic cycle – Rio 2016.  Groener began his work with the best Dutch handball girls in 2008. Two years later The Netherlands made the best result at the EHF EURO events in Denmark and Norway (EHF EURO 2010), where Dutch girls were 8th. A year later, “orange” girls played at WCh 2011 in Brasil after six years break from the biggest scene, when they won 15th place.The biggest surprise of the WCh 2013 qualifications is made by Netherlands. Groener’s girls beat world-class Russia and write a new chapter of the handball history. Russia won’t play at World Championship for the first time since 1973 – 40 years!photo: handball.nl ← Previous Story LINO CERVAR ABOUT EHF CL WINNER: “PSG biggest favorite for the title” Next Story → BRAVO: Rastko Stojkovic payed to play for RK Crvena zvezda! read more

Strong France beat Tunisia 3218 – Japan and Romania at friendly tournament

New head-coach Alain Portes can be fully satisfied with his team performance in friendly match against Tunisia – 32:18. French team will try to defend silver medal from the WWCH 2011 in Brasil at the upcoming tournament in Serbia which start on Friday, December 6 with the match of host and Japan.FRANCE / TUNISIA : 32-18 (15-6)France – Leynaud (9 saves), Attingré (5 saves) Goudjo (0/1), Kanto, Cissé (3/3), Baudouin (6/8 dt 2/2 pen.), Zaadi (3/3), Tounkara (3/4), Lévêque (3/4), Dembélé (cap. 3/4), Deroin (2/5), Goiorani (1/2), Abdourahim (3/4), Signaté (2/4), Niombla (0/3), Lacrabère (3/6).Tunisia: Ben Slama (6 saves), Omrani (5 saves) Daoula (2/7), Elghaoui (2/2), Rejeb, Amiche (0/1), Sfar-Ben-Chker (0/1), Toumi (3/6), Hlaili (0/2), Kilani (2/3), Chebbah (3/5), Hachana (1/1), Dhaouadi (3/5), Yahiaoui, Jaoudi (2/4), Kouki.On Saturday and Sunday, France will play at home on tournament with Japan, Romania and Tunisia (again in the semi-final). ← Previous Story 7 DAYS TO SERBIA 2013: Spain and Czech Republic on friendlies in Denmark Next Story → 4th Goalkeepers Camp in Makarska in June 2014 francehandball serbia 2013serbia 2013 read more


In their first match of the Main Round Hungary met Macedonia. The winner would be able to keep their hopes alive for reaching third position as Spain and Denmark seem more likely to advance into the semi final – 31:25 (16:9).Mikler made good basis for Hungary’s play when he saved world-class Lazarov’s penalty in the first minute. From the counterattack Gulyás scored a far shot then Császár scored from penalty and Hungary were 2-0 up after five minutes. Mikler saved yet another one of Lazarov’s penalties, the defense wall was working well and the difference grew (4-1). Hungary decided the fate of the match in the next 15 minutes as they produced good pivot play, effective playmaking by Császár, big field goals by Ancsin and finally successfull attempts by Putics from left-back position. Lazarov scored only twice, Manaskov tried to keep Macedonia in match, but with little success as Hungary were leading 14-6 in the 25th minute.In the second half Macedonia’s play improved, Mirkulovski and Georgievski scored, pivot play also improved but it was only enought to keep the distance as Hungary’s attacks led by Kornél Nagy were still very effective. The difference of 6-8 goals remained and the final 15 minutes of the match produced little excitement.Monday’s match will be the biggest task for Hungary as they meet hosts and top favourites Denmark likely in front of 14000 spectators. If Mikler and 4-5 other Hungarian players do their best it might just be enough to force Denmark into a big match.   Hungary-Macedonia 31-25 (16-9)Best scorers: Császár (7), Ancsin, Zubai, Nagy (4) / Pecakovski, Manaskov (5)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com ← Previous Story VIDEO: Lekai Mate goooal Next Story → Efficient Iceland left no uncertainty against Austria Denmark EHF EURO 2014euro 2014 handballhandballHungarykezilabda read more

WCh 2013 TOP scorer Susann Muller to miss rest of EURO 2014

The Women’s EHF EURO 2014, but first of all, German team stayed without one of the best players and certainly, one of the greatest TOP scorers right now in European handball – Susann Muller. She won’t be able to help her team-mates in the upcoming matches after only a single match in which she was involved, due finger injury. Gyor’s right back was forced to miss the whole preparation period due injury, she came after the starting defeat of Germany against Dutch girls (27:29), and was one of the strongest part (five goals) of the squad in victory over Croatia, which knocked out of EURO 2014 one of the host nation.Germany has already qualified for the Main Round, but still without points, which could be gained against Sweden later today. ← Previous Story HANDBALL, FUN & FRIENDS – Granollers Cup 2015! Next Story → EURO 2014: Slovakia reach Main Round – Serbia is out! euro 2014germanySusann Muller read more

Veszprems sport director Eklemovic Vranjes is Mourinho of handball

Telekom Veszprem announced deal with Swedish coach Ljubomir Vranjes for the upcoming season. News, firstly published by Handball-Planet.com, became a reality after World Championship 2017 in France, and only day after it, Hungarian Handball Federation also admitted signed contract with SG Flensburg coach, who will try to reach the main goal – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.http://www.handball-planet.com/ljubomir-vranjes-leads-hungary-until-tokyo-2020/Euphoria about the successor of Xavi Sabate in “handball city” exists. The best explanation of Vranjes’ qualities did sports director of Veszprem, Nikola Eklemovic, who made a comparation with Jose Mourinho arrival to Manchester United.Ljubomir Vranjes is like Mourinho in football – said Eklemovic in one domestic TV show. ← Previous Story SEHA: RK Vardar win first place in regular part of the season! Next Story → VIDEO: Best moments of DHB All Star match 2017! Ljubomir VranjesTelekom VeszpremVranjes Mourinho read more

Slavko Goluza about lost Tatrans EHF CL chance This team need some

Slavko Goluza ← Previous Story NEW NAME, SAME STRENGTH: PGE Vive Kielce with +16 open new season Next Story → PPD Zagreb looking for replacement for injured David Miklavcic Tatran Presov Handball team didn’t make it to the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018. Despite Slovakian champions had an advantage of the home court, Slavko Goluza and his boys were stopped at semi-final against Austrian champions Alpla Hard in dramatic match.We did not change anything compared to the game yesterday. It is interesting that we played the game with the same players, same tactics against the quality team, but today we delivered different performance. In the beginning of the season I emphasised that Tatran need some time. It is the beginning of the process. As you could see at the present time we change very good games with bad ones. We know our problems we try to work with. Despite the problems we have to face we try to reach maximum out of every game. – said former Croatian national coach and added:During this process our team undergoes we have to solve the things that worry out team from the past. Unfortunately I cannot influence the past. Intelligent people will understand me why. We start another tough period, because we are going to play strong teams such as PPD Zagreb and RK Celje. We can expect that these ups downs will continue during this process. But we will try to do our best to reduce the number of ups downs – concluded former two-times Olympic champion as a player. read more

Priory Hall Families have had to press pause on their lives for

first_imgAS THE ONE year anniversary of their evacuation from Priory Hall approaches, its residents feel no closer to a solution.Having evacuated their homes on 17 October last year, Graham Usher, a previous occupant of the development, believes that ‘the Government has made every attempt to avoid this issue for the last year and they’d be completely happy for it to disappear’.To mark to unhappy anniversary, the residents have planned a ‘March for Justice’, which is due to take place this Saturday at 2pm at the Donaghmede Shopping Centre.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Usher believes that ‘the state and the local authorities are trying their best to avoid our situation’.There is a resolution process in place, but the fact of the matter is that no work that we are aware has been carried out. If it needs to be knocked down, knock it down. If it needs to be fixed, fix it.One year on, life for the 256 former occupants could be about to get a lot worse.With Dublin City Council going to the Supreme Court to try to stop paying our rent, we’re still facing the situation where families are going to be out on the streets. If they’re successful, we’re going to be in serious trouble.Despite some residents having moratoriums in place so that they aren’t currently paying their mortgage, Usher knows that this isn’t a long-term solution.“As the time passes, the interest continues to build,” he says. “Even if a solution is found, people may well find themselves too far behind [on their mortgage] to catch up.”Families have had to press pause on their lives for the last year. We need an end to the limbo that we are in.In pictures: Families pack their belongings at Priory Hall >last_img read more

Mayo recommend 2year extension for County Football Manager James Horan

first_imgDespite unconfirmed and unwarranted reports earlier this week, the manager (James Horan) and Mayo County Board have always had and will continue to have a very good working relationship.“The county board, along with the Mayo Senior Football Management are committed to ensuring that the senior footballers receive the best available resources and facilities in order to help them fulfil their full potential.The Mayo Senior Team under the management of James Horan have made tremendous progress in the last two years.“(We) are delighted to have a manager of the calibre that is James Horan and remain extremely confident that this team will realise their ultimate goal in the very near future.”Conor Counihan: ‘You always challenge yourself to see can you bring the team forward’2013 National Football League Fixtures THE MAYO COUNTY BOARD has ‘unanimously decided’ to recommend a two-year extension to the current contract of manager James Horan.The board has confirmed to TheScore.ie that the decision comes after ‘a very productive meeting’ with Horan. They will recommended to the Coiste Banistí of Mayo GAA that Horan, who guided the county to the All-Ireland Final in September, be given a two-year extension to his three-year term contract.The announcement follows reports in the media that ‘logistical issues’, such as sorting a permanent hotel base for trips up to Dublin, needed to be resolved before Horan committed to an extension.The board’s recommendation will go before next Monday nights’ County Board Meeting. Their statement read:last_img read more

JJ Abrams new blockbuster filming in Dublin

first_imgUpdated 18.30pmTurns out there are two sci-fi projects called Collider in production at the moment… watch this space! ONE OF THE most anticipated and secretive science fiction movie projects could be filming in Dublin next week.Mystery has shrouded the Collider film collaboration between Scott Pilgrim v the World director Edgar Wright and JJ Abrams, the man behind Lost, Star Trek and Cloverfield.TheJournal.ie has learned that filming for a project called Collider will take place at Ringsend Waste Water Plant next Saturday, with scenes being shot inside and outside the building.Not much is known about the JJ Abrams/Edgar Wright project, which is a sci-fi film co-written by Wright and Mark Protosevich, who also wrote the scripts for Oldboy and I am Legend. Abrams will produce the movie, which is thought to be based on an original idea by Wright.There has of course been some speculation about the plot, with Empire magazine wondering if it’s something to do with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Coffee robots Angry Birds in cars and tracking wine

first_img(Image: Bitlock/Kickstarter)Bitlock is the world’s first keyless bike lock that also allows bike sharing and the creators are looking for funding on Kickstarter. The lock can sense when you’re close, through your smartphone, so all you have to do is press the button to unlock it. You can also transfer access to it through the app so you can share it with friends or family, if they want to borrow it. Though the creators claim the lock is on par with the best in the market, we’re sure there are some characters in this country who could crack them…Coffee robot of the week WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Wine-tracking app of the weekYour wine might be that bit more expensive from now on thanks to Budget 2014, but we’re sure you’ll still manage a couple of bottles of a weekend. This clever app uses the same technology that’s used to track terrorists (yes, really) and all you have to do is take a photo of the label on a bottle of wine you have while you’re out somewhere, Business Insider reports. It will find out everything you need to know about it, including where you can buy it yourself and will even send it to your house if you so wish.Angry Birds game announcement of the weekOh great, another super addictive Angry Birds game for us to spend hours on end playing. These birds are still pretty peeved but now they’re driving vehicles, according to IGN,  so that’s bound to end well.(Video: RovioMobile/YouTube)Keyless bike lock of the week (Image: Briggo)It looks a bit intimidating but the more you think about it, the more impressive this sounds. Get a coffee any time you want, just the way you like it every time and you never run the risk of having to deal with a grumpy/incompetent barista who ruins the rest of your day. Quartz has all the info.center_img (Image: Briggo/Facebook)View all previous Weird Wide Webs>last_img read more

Poisonous substance used in euthanasia death penalty stolen from Celbridge vet

first_imgUpdated 21:53GARDAÍ IN CELBRIDGE earlier today appealed for the return of a “very poisonous substance” that was stolen from a veterinary clinic in the town last week.A number of items were taken from the clinic during a burglary that occurred some time between 8.30pm on Tuesday, 5 November and 5pm the next day.One of the items taken was a clear glass bottle with the word Release written in block capitals across the orange and white label. It contains the poisonous substance pentobarbital, which has been used in particularly high doses in euthanasia and executions in the US.It is believed that there was only 15ml of pentobarbital in the glass bottle when it was taken.The drug was the centre of a controversy in the US after it was used by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on death row. Lethal injections of the short-acting barbiturate caused the Denmark-based manufacturer Lundbeck Inc. to implement a tightly-controlled distribution system, intended to keep the drug out of the hands of prisons, while ensuring deliveries to hospitals and treatment centers for therapeutic purposes.Despite the row, a number of states continue to use the euthanising drug in executions.Gardaí and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) have said they are “very anxious that this item is recovered”. An appeal for anyone who may have any information or know the whereabouts of this poison has been made and people are asked to contact the Gardai in Leixlip on 01 6667800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any station.If anyone has consumed this product, they should seek immediate medical assistance. They are also advised to contact the Poisons Unit at Beaumont Hospital (01 837 9966).First published 14:50Read: Racist graffiti scrawled on walls during Halal store ransackingMore: Man sentenced to seven years for attacking police officer with knifeToday: Elderly man “badly shaken” after five men rob his houselast_img read more

Payment for supervision and substitution to stop in 2014 if ASTI reject

first_imgPAYMENT OF THE Substitution and Supervision Allowance will be discontinued with effect from 17 January 2014 if the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) further reject the Haddington Road Agreement, said the Department of Education and Skills this afternoon.They added that the discharge of substitution and supervision duties will be mandatory and unpaid from that date in line with the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement.PaymentFollowing Cabinet discussions on the issue, ministers said that the continued payment of the Substitution and Supervision Allowance to ASTI members is “unsustainable”.The Government added the Haddington Road Agreement “provides for the integration of the Supervision and Substitution Allowance into the pay scale of teachers in 2017 and 2018″.The statement continued, stating: … this Agreement removes the freeze on increments currently applying to ASTI members under the Financial Emergency legislation and provides for an improved pay scale for new entrant teachers together with a range of measures designed to improve the employment prospects of young teachers and to diminish levels of casualisation in teaching.Industrial actionResponding to the Department of Education and Skills’ statement today that the Government will use its powers under the Financial Emergency in the Public Interest legislation to make supervision and substitution a compulsory, unpaid duty for ASTI members, the ASTI General Secretary Pat King said:This move to unilaterally change teachers’ terms and conditions will lead to a serious escalation of the current industrial dispute in schools.The ASTI has already stated that if the Government uses the FEMPI legislation again to worsen teachers’ terms and conditions, we will respond with strong trade union action. Yesterday, the teacher’s union promised that it will take action if their members are targeted for redundancy.The ASTI will ballot on the deal for a third time in the coming weeks. ASTI is the only teachers’ union to have rejected the deal thus far and said it can not recommend that its members accept the deal.Read: ASTI promises “strong action” if teachers are made redundant>Read: ASTI: ‘Schools are being run on a shoe-string and teachers have had enough’>last_img read more

Enniscorthy the latest town on flood alert as bad weather continues

first_imgAS THE ATLANTIC storm moves in over Ireland, people are being warned to take care as flooding is expected around much of the country’s coastal areas.It was announced earlier today that “practically all rivers” are at risk of flooding in the coming days.People in areas including Cork city are now assessing and repairing the damage caused by last night’s tidal swell – and preparing for possible flooding again tonight.This video shows the scale of the flooding in Cork last night:(StudioPlusVideo/YouTube)Met Éireann says that we can expect a few clear spells this evening, with further showers and long spells of rain.However, tomorrow is due to be dry in many areas, with some scattered showers. The Atlantic storm will begin to push in again on the country on late Friday, into Saturday.Clare In Clare, the council is warning that all river systems are now very elevated, and that there is a risk of flooding at various locations throughout the county over the coming days.It says that areas in South East Clare which are in the zone of influence of the River Shannon are particularly vulnerable.People living in these areas are asked to be vigilant and take the appropriate precautions.EnniscorthyEnniscorthy has become the latest town to be put on flood alert, due to fears the River Slaney could overflow.With high tide due at about 11.30 tonight, some roads have already been closed, with flood defences put in place.LimerickMeanwhile, Limerick people have been warned to throw out any food that has been in contact with the flood water.The HSE has given the warning as it says that Limerick residents should assume the flood water is contaminated.There are just under 900 ESB Networks customers without electricity after last night’s storms, an improvement on the 8000 that were out of power this morning.Read: No end to the rain in sight, as flood warnings extended to “all rivers”>Read: Sharks* have been spotted swimming on the streets of Cork>last_img read more

Charging private patients for public beds will drive up premiums by 25

first_imgHEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS are expected to rise by between 25 and 30 per cent by 2015 if the government ploughs on with its plan to charge private patients for public beds, according to a new report.The report by economist Colm McCarthy, commissioned by Aviva, shows that the decline in overall membership is down from 50.9 per cent in December 2008 to 45.7 per cent in December 2012.At the same time as the decline in membership, there has also been a rapid reduction in the number of younger people enrolling, which the report said is exacerbated by the high level of unemployment amoung the young.In the last 5 years, 194,000 customers under the age of 39 years have left the market. During the same period, the number of customers over 60 has grown by 52,000 and Aviva said the decline in younger members puts upward pressure on premiums.Alison Burns, chief executive of Aviva said the claims’ cost of a customer over 70 years is almost ten times that of a customer aged 20.“This problem must be addressed by all of us working in the health sector today, both public and private,” she said.  ”The two sectors are inextricably linked.”McCarthy said that the government’s plan to charge those with private health insurance for occupying public beds would drive premiums up further. He warned that any proposal to add further to health insurance premiums could “further destabilise an already fragile and contracting market”.Burns said that if the government continues to introduce policies such as this proposal, “the spiral of increase” will continue.“Inevitably, more hard pressed younger customers will drop out of the market and the full burden for healthcare provision falls back on the State and ultimately, the tax payer,” she added.Read: Calls for health insurers to include mole mapping in general policies>Read: Changes to health insurance system won’t mean 15pc hike – government>last_img read more

Are you one in four people who have yet to pay your

first_imgJackie Maguire, Chair of the Household Charge Project Board, thanked those who paid the charge and reminded people what it would be spent on: No, I will not pay (1114) AS OF TODAY, 1,198,091 people have registered their property for the Household Charge, that’s a compliance rate of 74 per cent.The Household Charge applies to 2012 only. From 1 July 2013 it will be replaced by the Local Property Tax, to be administered and collected by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.Under legislation, any outstanding Household Charge liabilities on 1 July 2013 will become a charge of €200 to Local Property Tax.The government have put a number of obstacles in the way of those who have failed to comply, including late payments and complications in the conveyancing process for those who are trying to sell homes. The following charges apply for payments received up to the end of June 2013:€130 to 30 April 2013€144 to 31 May 2013€145 to 30 June 2013 No, I have yet to pay (1290) It doesn’t apply to me (868) Poll Results: Yes (622) YesNo, I have yet to payNo, I will not payIt doesn’t apply to meVotePIC: Soldier receives property tax bill for his entire barracks>Read: More than 130,000 property tax returns filed>More: Property tax exemptions now available online> Your charge is going directly to fund local services such as street lighting and cleaning, playgrounds, parks and playing pitches, public libraries, swimming pools and many other vital local services that benefit all in our communities.Are you one of 3 in 4 people who have paid their household charge?last_img read more

South Korea withholds suicide note of army shooter who killed five comrades

first_imgThey said it would be good to disclose it fully after our investigation verifies all the related facts.Kim has already indicated that Lim expressed regret for his actions, but media reports say the note also detailed how bullying drove him to despair.BullyingBullying in the armed forces is a sensitive issue in South Korea, where the vast majority of personnel are those serving their mandatory two-year military service.Mistreatment of fresh conscripts used to be rampant and was blamed for a number of suicides and similar shooting sprees in the past.Measures have been taken to stamp out the practice, but experts say those who struggle to adapt to military life are often isolated and humiliated.Media reports have suggested the families of Lim’s victims want the note withheld because its contents might reflect badly on their sons.Several newspapers cited unspecified sources as saying Lim had detailed the bullying he suffered, with the JoongAng Ilbo saying he compared himself to a squashed insect.The Dong-A Ilbo said Lim wrote it would have been “difficult for anyone if they were in my situation”.Defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin had annoyed the victims’ families by hinting that bullying had been a factor.“It is one of several issues we are paying attention to,” he said in a meeting with lawmakers.Lim joined the army in 2012 as was only three months away from being discharged.He had difficulty adapting to the military, and psychological evaluations had advised senior officials to pay special attention to him.- © AFP 2014Read: Captain and three top crew of sunken South Korean ferry charged with manslaughter> THE SOUTH KOREAN military is refusing to release the suicide note of a soldier who killed five comrades, as speculation mounted that his shooting spree was triggered by bullying on his barracks.The 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Lim, was captured alive Monday after a 24-hour standoff with thousands of troops ended when he shot himself in the chest.Two days before he had opened fire on members of his own unit at a guard post near the tense border with North Korea, killing five and wounding seven.Before his unsuccessful suicide attempt, the cornered Lim wrote a note which the defence ministry said it was withholding at the request of the families of the soldiers who were killed.Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters:last_img read more

How to predict athlete injuries and make a business from big data

first_imgBut what challenges does it present?Kelly warns that, much like in any other business, there must be unstinting focus on your raw material.“Our biggest challenge is making sure that we get good data”, he says.When analysing the data and creating systems to process it into a meaningful product, Kelly was able to take advantage of relationships with the TCD school of statistics, although he admits that as the business grows, that expertise will have to come in-house.Changing horsesBeing nimble enough to react to surprises is also important, he says, as is not being dogmatic about the concept.When Kitman started out, they presumed that they would be able to form a general set of rules about different sports – that using broad statistical churches like age, position and sport, they could predict who was susceptible to injury, and when.However, when the TCD statisticians analysed their data sets, the results were “worse than random”.Essentially, they would never be able to predict injuries without getting deeper into the data – without building up a picture of each athlete, and forsaking structure for intimate knowledge.“Every athlete is unique. You can only predict an athlete’s injury by basing what you know on his historical information, nobody else’s”.We discovered this pretty early…it’s something we didn’t expect to come across, and it’s been the making of us.Future plansArmed with the products they’ve created, and an impressive client list, Kitman is planning to move into the US market, where hundreds of professional sports teams are thirsty for anything that might give them the edge.Kelly, along with co-founders Stephen Smith and Jason Cowman, who work with the Leinster and Irish rugby teams, admits that the potential of the Irish market is limited by the relatively small amount of professional teams here.Using the product also means that clients have to have committed resources themselves – namely a team doctor and a sports scientist, amongst other demands.“We are extremely limited here, whereas the US is an enormous opportunity for us. We’re over there and we’re looking at opportunities in Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball.”Once over there, Kelly isn’t limiting himself: “We see it being applied…to every track and field sport”, he says.Read: How to: Borrow money without going to a bank>Read: Fascinating Web Summit start-ups you need to hear about> PROFESSIONAL SPORT HAS come a long way from the magic sponge.As the stakes get higher, the margins smaller, and the competition more intense, one Dublin company is setting the pace when it comes to translating enormous masses of data into something sports teams can use for demonstrable gain.That company is Kitman Labs, and they offer sports teams something invaluable and utterly modern: the ability to predict when a player might get injured with an unprecedented degree of accuracy.The concept, chief executive Iarfhlaith Kelly says, is about capturing and analysing the vast amounts of data that teams capture about their players.“We monitor and analyse…and as those measurements degrade we highlight injury risk.” Investors in the company include Leinster players Jamie Heaslip (L) and Kevin McLaughlin Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThey focus on the relationships between different sorts of information to illuminate hidden risks – if a player’s ankle rotation is decreased at the same time that they are training harder, sleeping less, or under more stress, this is a risk, Kelly explains.“It’s effectively an early-warning system. It’s real-time metrics on an athlete that relate to known risks, within that sport and within that athlete.”Getting value from dataThe set of circumstances that has allowed Kitman to flourish and gain contracts with the Leinster and Irish rugby teams is the same business model that is powering many disruptive small businesses: the management and analysis of vast amounts of data.What has traditionally been a time and cash intensive activity has been opened up. For Kitman, it’s data gathered from athletes via sensors like GPS vests and heart rate monitors, but the rule applies in nearly every sector. Screenshots of the Kitman injury predictor Source: Kitman LabsPulling all this data together and looking at it in new ways is where the company is ploughing a profitable furrow.“Some people focus particularly on sleep, and the GPS companies will focus on work done on the pitch…there’s other companies doing work on blood markers, heart rate variability, and various other metrics.” We believe each one of those can only tell us one story, and that no one particular variable or approach can accurately highlight injury risk.last_img read more

Engine failure on the Astrid meant it couldnt escape Kinsales rocks

first_imgAt about 11.35 am sails were being hauled and the course was altered. Whilst hauling sails the engine was still being used and the ship proceeded in a SW direction at a speed of approximately 3 knots. At approximately 11.40 am the engine failed and the ship was unable to sail out of the situation that grounded the Astrid on the coast 0.7 NM North West of the Big Sovereign.The investigation into the sinking has so far concentrated on verifying the facts of what happened.Further legal investigations in to the sinking will be lead by Ireland with Netherlands as a participating state.Read: All aboard saved after Tall Ship Astrid runs aground off Kinsale >Pictures: Stunning photos capture wreck of Tall Ship Astrid at dawn > AN INTERIM INVESTIGATION into the sinking of the tall ship Astrid off the coast of Kinsale in Cork has said that the failure of the engine was critical.The 150-tonne Dutch vessel was travelling from Oysterhaven in Co. Cork to join a flotilla taking part in a sailing festival between Oysterhaven and Kinsale when it ran aground on 24 July last year.There were 30 people on board the ship and all were rescued safely but the ship was so badly damaged from its sinking and subsequent six weeks on the rocks that it was deemed a write-off when it was salvaged.The interim investigation by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board is not intend to apportion blame or recommend prosecutions but to make recommendations to avoid similar incidents in the future.It describes that the ship hauled anchor and left Oysterhaven under engine power at 11.00am on  the day it ran aground:last_img read more