EHF EURO 2010 Swedish concrete to strong for the Norwegian

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2010 TOP 5 (Positive): Scandi time! Next Story → Zlatko Horvat will miss WC 2011 in Sweden! Competition in Main Round at the EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Sweden, started with an unexpected defeat of European champions, Norway against the biggest surprise of this tournament, Swedish team 19:24 (6:13). It will be very interesting to see, will Sweden keep such a high team-form until end of this group.Hungary beats Ukraine 26:25 with a lot of problems, but with a four points is on the way to Semifinals.In third, also interesting match, France beats Netherlands 23:21.Standings:Sweden 6Norway 4Hungary 4France 2Netherlands 2Ukraine 0 Swedish women’s handball

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ISRAEL Hapoel Rishon beat Maccabi Tel Aviv at Refferes Cup

Israeli champion Hapoel Rishon beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 29:28 at the Refferes Cup Final, which was the first official match of the season. Macabi Tel Aviv have played without the biggest signing, Bojan Butulija, who came from champions team, Hapoel Rishon during summer break.Championship starts next weekend. Despite these two teams, the third favorite for the Championship title is the most succesful team in the last few years in Israel – Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel RishonisraelIsraeli handballMacabi RishonMacabi Tel Aviv ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga leader: SG Flensburg beat Hannover for “3 of 3” Next Story → RK Celje PL cut 30% of player’s salaries – Players can “earn money”

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WWCH 2013 Round 1 from Belgrade to Novi Sad

← Previous Story Milorad Krivokapic to Tatabanya! Next Story → Minute of silence for Nelson Mandela serbia 2013 Here are the complete schedule of the Round 1 at Women’s World Championshio in Serbia:Group A:Montenegro – Korea 14:45France – Congo 17:00Netherlands – The Dominican Republic 19:15Group B:Brazil – Algeria 18Denmark – China 20:15Serbia – Japan 28:26Group CAngola – Argentina 15:45Poland – Paraguay 18Norway – Spain 20:15Group DHungary – Czech Republic 14:45Germany – Australia 17Romania – Tunisia 19:15

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Landin leads Kiel to win in Denmark

THW Kiel won the second match at VELUX EHF Champions League this season. Team of Alfred Gislason had no easy job in Denmark against Bjerringbro Silkeborg 28:25 (12:9). Without Duvnjak, Weinhold and Dahmke, “Zebras” managed to open good with 12:4 lead, but home team was eager to show the best possible performance in front of domestic fans and one of the biggest handball team in Europe.However, German team had result over control until the end, with fantastic Landin who saved 20 shots against former team, Nillson and Bilyk who netted seven goals each.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg: Frandsen (1.-25., 2 saves), Rasmussen (25.-60., 14 saves); Thomsen, Nielsen, Lassen, Hansen (5), Skube (4), Orsted (1), Kier, Olsen, Damgaard (6), Markussen (3), Hundstrup (2), Klitgaard (3/3), Jensen, Knudsen (n.e.);THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60. 20/1 saves), Wolff (1 7-meter); Duvnjak (n.e.), Toft (1), Lackovic (1), Sprenger, Weinhold (n.e.), Wiencek (4), Ekberg, Zeitz (1), Dahmke (n.e.), Brozovic, Vujin (3), Bilyk (7), Nilsson (7/4), Santos (4); Trainer: Gislason 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen300377:92(-15)0 bjerringbro-silkeborgNiklas LandinTHW Kiel 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…320195:83(12)4 ← Previous Story IVIC, IVIC, IVIC! Kielce win in Szeged after furious finish! Next Story → RK Vardar Skopje win once again in Celje! 3. Telekom Veszprém312084:80(4)4 STANDINGS: 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg310269:77(-8)2 7. Orlen Wisla Plock301281:89(-8)1 4. THW Kiel320181:78(3)4 1. FC Barcelona Lassa330082:75(7)6 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt311176:71(5)3 read more

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Kasper Kvist to stay at HSG Wetzlar

← Previous Story Sporting CP sack Zupo Equisoain after defeat against Porto! Next Story → IN MEMORIAM: Vasily Kudinov dies at age 48 The Danish left wing, Kasper Kvist, find himself perfect in DKB Bundesliga. The 28-years old Dane extended contract with the stabil member of the best world’s handball league until summer 2018.– Kasper has been incredibly quickly integrated with us and personally and sportingly, he has been convincing. He has tremendous athletic, a good shot and is strong in defense, says the manager of HSG Werzlar, Björn Seipp, for the club’s website.Kvist was loaned player from HC Midtjylland.PHOTO: HSG Wetzlar HSG WetzlarKasper Kvist

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PSG WANT FIRST PLACE Remili put on silence Flens Arena

The sold-out FLENS Arena with 6.300 fans couldn’t help Ljubomir Vranjes and his team to avoid defeat over Paris Saint Germain 33:34 (18:15) which showed once again that two best teams in this moment in Group A are Barcelona and French champions.The match winner was Nedim Remili after “kempa” of his team in the last attack.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Paris Saint-Germain HB 33:34 (18:15)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (8 saves), Møller (4 saves.) – Eggert (5/5), Glandorf (2), Mogensen, Svan (4), Wanne (3), Djordjic (3), Heinl, Zachariassen (2), Toft Hansen (1), Gottfridsson (4), Lauge (5), Mahé (4), RadivojevicParis Saint-Germain HB: Skof (10 saves), Omeyer (6 saves) – Möllgaard (3), Kounkoud (1), Abalo (3), Narcisse (5), N. Karabatic (4), Gensheimer (5/2), Remili (6), Nielsen (7), Stepancic, AccambraySTANDINGS: ← Previous Story Wisla Plock win important battle for TOP 16 Next Story → RK Vardar beat Pick Szeged – Quarter-final now close! 5. THW Kiel11515281:283(-2)11 6. Orlen Wisla Plock11326289:305(-16)8 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10514274:256(18)11 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg11209279:317(-38)4 3. Telekom Veszprém11524288:285(3)12 1. FC Barcelona Lassa111001324:276(48)20 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…11902346:308(38)18 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen10109259:310(-51)2 read more

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BAD START FOR KIELCE Meshkov Brest take Polish scalp

← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes (Telekom Veszprem) for HP: My guys are hungry for success Next Story → Telekom Veszprem strong finish for good start in Celje The EHF Champions League 2016 winners, PGE Vive Kielce lost their opening match of the new season in Belarus. Meshkov Brest showed great performance against the favorites from Poland by beating them 28:25 (15:14) led wIth Igropulo and Shkurinskiy who scored five goals each…Meshkov Brest – PGE Vive Kielce 28:25 (15:14)Meshkov Brest: Mijatović, Pesić – Rutenka 2, Kulak 2, Szkurinskij 5, Poteko, Nikulenkow 5, Szumak, Prodanović, Horak, Razgor, Igropulo 5, Djordić 2, Szyłowicz 2, Stojković 3, Vukić 2PGE Vive: Szmal, Ivić – Jurecki 3, Dujszebajew 4, Kus 1, Aguinagalde 2, Bielecki 3, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 1, Janc 3, Lijewski 2, Jurkiewicz, Zorman, Bombac 2, Djukić 2, Mamić 1 read more

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Japan 2019 set goal high – 300000 spectators

IHFJapan 2019Japan handball The 24th IHF Women’s World Championship in Kumamoto, Japan throws off in just over a year, on 30 November 2019.Representatives of the Japanese Handball Association (JHA) as well as the Japan 2019 Organising Committee (JOC) met with the International Handball Federation (IHF) at the IHF head office in Basel, Switzerland to discuss a number of general organisational matters and to officially sign the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship contract.Items on the agenda at the meeting today included venues, hotel, transportation, marketing issues, the spectator concept, bid development and the 2018 AHF Women’s Asian Championship as a test event this December. Five venues were confirmed as hosting games with the JOC targeting a total of 300,000 spectators. At the end of the meeting, both the IHF and the Japanese Handball Association signed the World Championship contract, writes IHF.info. ← Previous Story SEHA Player of the Month – Dejan Milosavljev Next Story → Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back for Sweden! read more

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Oireachtas committees fight for right to hold banking inquiry

first_imgThe PAC did a lot of work last year on scoping out the issues that should be addressed in any such inquiry, these were laid down in our report which was published in July 2012. In that report the committee indicated clearly that it was best placed to conduct such an inquiry and that remains the position.“In order to inform the CPP, we’re going to forward them our report and indicate to them our interest in it,” he added.The CPP has begun procedures to work on what should be investigated and Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy outlined his belief that PAC members who worked on last year’s report should be consulted.Murphy said that he supported the efforts of the PAC to push to hold the inquiry as he feels they are best placed to do so:My position would be that given the work we’ve done in the PAC, the extensive work and the very good work, that we are best placed to hold this inquiry and I would hope that the committee is making every effort to see that it can.McGuinness said that his information was that it would be “some time” before the CPP makes any decision on how the banking inquiry will proceed and who should be consulted along the way.Read: Taoiseach reveals details of forthcoming banking inquiry >Read: ‘You were in bed with the banks!’: The Dáil has had its first row of the new term > THE OIREACHTAS PUBLIC Accounts Committee is not giving up on conducting the forthcoming banking inquiry according to its chairman John McGuinness TD.The inquiry was announced last week by An Taoiseach but there has been much debate about whether the PAC or the finance committee will be in charge of looking into the period up to the 2008 bank guarantee.The PAC last year published a framework for the inquiry but finance committee chairman Ciarán Lynch TD has said it’s been a “number of years” since the PAC has undertaken such an inquiry and that the finance committee is better placed for the undertaking.The decision on who carries out the inquiry and what exactly it investigates will ultimately be decided by the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges.Speaking this morning, McGuinnness said that the PAC will be forwarding its report from last year to the CPP as it seeks to reaffirm its commitment to conducting the probe:last_img read more

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Germany to allow new babies be neither male nor female

first_imgGERMANY HAS BECOME the first European country to allow babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female, but advocates have called for broader reforms.Under the new legislation, the entry for gender can be left blank on birth certificates, effectively creating a category for indeterminate sex in the public register.But activists promoting the rights of intersex people said they hoped the creation of a third gender option would open the door to broader changes limiting genital surgery on newborns with both male and female characteristics.“It’s a first, important step in the right direction,” said Lucie Veith, an intersex person from the northern German city of Hamburg.But Veith said leaving the gender undefined on birth certificates was never the main lobbying point for her group, the German chapter of the Association of Intersexed People, or others in the intersex community.“That we forbid cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns, that is our first demand,” Veith said.The German law is intended to remove pressure on parents to quickly make a decision about controversial sex assignment surgeries for newborns, but many advocates say it does not go far enough.“The surgeries are likely to continue in Germany,” said Silvan Agius, policy director at ILGA Europe, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights group.“Parents can already refuse these surgeries,” Agius added.“You can already say, ‘No, thank you very much, I don’t want any surgery until my child can choose his or her gender.’”Operations on intersex babies and infants in many European countries take place without adequate informed consent by the patients, according to a 2012 European Commission report on the topic.The report also found that many adults born intersex are angry these surgeries were performed without their consent.Without consentExperts estimate one in 1,500 to 2,000 births result in a baby of indeterminate gender or both male and female gender features.The Council of Europe for the first time last month addressed the issue in a parliamentary assembly resolution calling on member states to study the prevalence of “non-medically justified operations” that may harm children and take steps to “ensure that no-one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment that is cosmetic rather than vital for health during infancy or childhood”.Agius and other advocates worry that the new German law creates a de facto third gender category legally, but does nothing to change a society that operates largely on a genderbinary with facilities such as separate male and female public toilets.“There could be many other laws that could follow it and make it implementable and good,” Agius said. “My point is that if it remains as is… then it’s greatly deficient.”© – AFPColumn: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusable >Read: Mixed reaction from transgender group to gender recognition bill >last_img read more

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Martin speaks of Churchs all too slow response to child abuse cases

first_imgHe said he hoped the work of the child protection office would ensure “the inadequate response of the past would truly become a thing of the past” and spoke of the anger that that response had evoked, “especially in parents”.“The fact that so many members of our parish communities committed themselves to tackle a scandal, for which they bore no responsibility, is a true sign of their genuine love of the Church.“Your work has rendered the Church a safer place for children.”The Archbishop said that more still needed to be done to reach out to survivors, in order to “create an open door and a safe space for those survivors who have still fear telling their story and who still live alone with their anguish”.And he warned that continued vigilance was needed in respect of the continued existence of sexual predators who will “seek out our weak points and break through the weaknesses of our system”.“We cannot afford to let our guard down.”Read: Irish priest found guilty of child sexual abuse in AustraliaRead: Irish priest accused of child sex abuse in US ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN has spoken of the “all-too-slow recognition” of the extent of the child abuse by some priests in the Diocese in years gone by, and of slow progress in recognising “the profound hurt that those children endured and in many cases still bear within their hearts today”.He made the comments in a homily at the Pro-Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the diocese’s Child Safeguarding and Protection Office, which was set up to deal with complaints and concerns in the area, and to provide training for priests and parish workers.Martin acknowledged that people had been “angered by the Church’s response” to the scandals, and at revelations that “the institution in protecting its own, failed those children”.“I am reminded of the words of Pope Francis on the eve of his election: ‘The evils that, in the passing of time, afflict the ecclesiastical institutions have a root in self-referentiality, in a sort of theological narcissism’.  The institution in protecting it own, failed its children.last_img read more

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Population of the Greater Dublin Area could grow by 400000 over 20

first_imgClick here to see a larger version of this image. (Image Credit: CSO.ie)The figures also predict an increase of around 5 years in life expectancy  by 2031, to 83.0 years for males and  to 86.6 years for females.The number of people over 65 will see a ‘marked increase’ in a number of areas, as much as over 100 per cent.The numbers in the Mid-East will increase by 136.5 per cent, and in the Midlands by 95.1 per cent.The number of those aged between 15 to 24 years could increase by 52 per cent in the Mid-East region.Click here to view the full release.Read: Ireland has the highest birth, lowest death and greatest emigration rates in Europe > THE POPULATION OF the Greater Dublin Area could grow by between 174,000 and just over 400,000 by 2031, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.However, they stress that it is “not an attempt to predict the future”.The Regional Population Projections 2016 – 2031 release details a number of different models by which population changes can be calculated.Based on data from the 2011 Census, they predict as Dublin’s population could increase by between 96,000 and 286,000 and the Mid-East by 78,000 to 144,000.This is under the M2F2 Traditional model, which predicts that the population in all other areas will fall due to internal migration, although will increase due to a gradual increase of our overall population by 613,000.last_img read more

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Belfast bomb carried out by people with depraved agenda says Taoiseach

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH HAS condemned a bomb attack in Belfast city which police say had the potential to kill.Enda Kenny said last night’s explosion was a ‘mindless attack on the sanctity of human life’ carried out by people with a ‘depraved agenda’.The bomb was left in a holdall bag outside a restaurant in the busy Cathedral Quarter of the city last night.  The small explosion happened just before 7pm as police were clearing people from the area.Police said a newspaper office received a warning about a device, but the actual bomb was left at a different location to the one named in the phone call.No-one was injured in the blast, which happened in one of the most popular and busy parts of the city. The attack is believed to have been planted by republican dissidents.Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum of the PSNI said the attack was “totally reckless” and carried out by people who had “nothing to offer except disruption and destruction”.Enda Kenny said the attack should not be used to derail the peace process.“I condemn this atrocity as a mindless attack on the sanctity of human life, carried out by people who’s [sic] depraved agenda cannot, and will not,  be allowed to gain a foothold in Northern Ireland,” Enda Kenny said.“We must remain ever vigilant in ensuring that peace in Northern Ireland is maintained, and that it continues on its path to becoming an ever more progressive society”.Armed police seal off the Cathedral Quarter last night. (Paul Faith/PA Wire)Read: Belfast bomb ‘could have killed or maimed anyone nearby’ >Read: Explosion forces evacuation of busy Belfast retail district >last_img read more

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NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system

first_imgWe’re in a new region. And everything we’re measuring is different and exciting. THE US SPACE agency NASA has denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as “premature.”Scientists are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, which was launched in 1977 on a mission to study planets, has become the first man-made object to leave the boundaries of our solar system.A scientific paper that purported to describe this departure appeared on the American Geophysical Union’s web site.It said Voyager 1 “appears to have traveled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere,” or the magnetic bubble of charged particles that surround the solar system.Matter of debateResearcher Bill Webber, one of the article’s authors, acknowledged that the actual location of the spacecraft — whether in interstellar space or just an unknown region beyond the solar system — remained a matter of debate.“It’s outside the normal heliosphere, I would say that,” said Webber, professor emeritus of astronomy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, according to the AGU’s web site. Shortly after the study appeared, NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown told AFP the report was “premature and incorrect.”The Voyager science team reported in December 2012 the craft was in a new region called the “magnetic highway,” but changes in the magnetic field to show a departure from the solar system have not yet been observed, NASA said.“The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA’s Voyager 1 has left the solar system,” said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space,” he said.A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed.Voyager 1 and its companion Voyager 2 set off in 1977 on a mission to study planets. They have both kept going, and both are on track to leave the solar system, NASA has said.For months, experts have been closely watching for hints that Voyager 1 has left the solar system and most have estimated that this will happen in the next year or two.- © AFP, 2013Read: Tycoon wants to send couple on Mars mission>last_img read more

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Man arrested over womans death in Cork house fire

first_imgA MAN HAS been arrested following the death of a woman in a house fire in Cork in the early hours of yesterday morning.The man in his 30s was arrested late last night and is currently being detained at Togher Garda station.The fire broke out at Pembroke Crescent in Passage West at 1.30am yesterday morning.Firefighters later discovered the body of a 36-year-old woman in the house.More: Investigation after woman dies in Cork house firelast_img

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Pyrite removals on 122 Ballymun homes nearing completion

first_imgPYRITE REMOVAL WORKS on 122 homes in Ballymun in Dublin are “nearing completion”.The “imminent” handover of the first 60 units in the Sillogue 4 Ballymun Regeneration housing scheme has been welcomed by Labour TD John Lyons, who noted that works totalling €10.5 million have been carried out to remove pyrite from the homes.“The completion of the Sillogue 4 scheme – which has 122 homes overall – was held up after the discovery of pyrite in 2008,” he said. “When this work stalled, it delayed the de-tenanting of the housing blocks in Ballymun and the completion of the Ballymun Regeneration Programme.”The first 60 homes of the 122 nearing completion and are almost ready to be handed over to Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL), and the first residents are expected to move in during the month of March. The remaining homes are expected to become occupied in the coming months.“I know many people have been frustrated by the delay in these homes becoming available but as they will be occupied, they will be a huge boost to the area. Full credit must be given to all those involved in getting the works to this point, including BRL and the Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan,” said Lyons.Read: Pyrite homes, disabled accommodation to receive Property Tax exemptionlast_img read more

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Catholic Church audits show progress in child protection

first_imgTHE THIRD TRANCHE of reviews of safeguarding practice across the Catholic Church in Ireland were released today, showing steady progress has been made in the area of child protection.The audits covered six dioceses – Clogher, Elphin, Ferns, Galway, Kimacduagh and Kilfenora, Killala and Waterford – as well as the Society of African Missions.A total of 248 allegations, relating to 106 priests were examined.So far, 20 Church authorities have been reviewed by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).CEO Ian Elliot said it was gratifying to report “clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures”. He noted that there was “significant improvement” on past performance.He thanked the “army of volunteers” who give their time to support child protection practices across Church authorities.“There efforts have been nothing short of heroic,” he said.Survivor advocacy group One in Four welcomed today’s publications, stating the audits “tell a positive story”.“A new culture of prioritising the safety of children is apparent,” the group said in a statement. “While the Dioceses of  Clogher was severely criticised for past practices, it was noted that the new bishop has actively  implemented many positive changes.  It is also heartening to see that the one congregation audited, the Society of Missionaries in Africa, have a model system in place.”However, executive director Maeve Lewis asked for a “clearer explanation” as to why priests against whom allegations have been made are still in ministry in some dioceses.She also called for the fast-tracking of Children First legislation and the establishment of the new Child and Family Support Agency.Lewis was also critical of the board for not giving advance warning to support agencies about the publication of the audits and they “retrigger painful memories” for survivors.“The needs of the survivors have been completely overlooked,” she said.Audits are due to be carried out by 188 church authorities in ministry in Ireland. However, some of the authorities are small and membership skewed towards older people and not children. The NBSCCCI hopes to finish the overall task in within two years. The focus of the reports is not to provide a detailed analysis of what happened in the past but to scrutinise the child protection policies as they are today.The first tranche of reviews, released in November 2011 detailed more than 160 allegations of abuse by about 85 different priests. The second tranche, which included three religious orders, dealt with 378 allegations relating to 146 individuals.More: ‘Unacceptable delays and unsatisfactory responses’ to abuse concerns in ClogherRead: Abuse allegations against three active priests in Galway dioceseMore: ‘Significant developments’ in child safeguarding in Diocese of Fernslast_img read more

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GoPro plans to raise 100 million by filing for IPO

first_imgTHE COMPANY BEHIND GoPro cameras used to capture sports action from players’ perspectives filed on Monday to raise $100 million in a public stock offering.Silicon Valley-based GoPro didn’t disclose how it planned to price shares, but it did reveal that it is already profitable, making a net income of $60.6 million (€44 million) on nearly a billion dollars in revenue last year.GoPro said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that profit slowed to $11 million on $235.7 million (€172 million) in revenue in the first three quarters of this year.“GoPro is transforming the way consumers capture, manage, share and enjoy meaningful life experiences,” the company said in the SEC filing.“We do this by enabling people to capture compelling, immersive photo and video content of themselves participating in their favorite activities.”GoPro cameras have become common among people involved in extreme sports and routine athletic outings, and have even been used by emergency or disaster workers.The company said in the filing that video shared by users has resulted in “virally” driving awareness of and demand for the small cameras.“What began as an idea to help athletes document themselves engaged in their sport has become a widely adopted solution for people to document themselves engaged in their interests, whatever they may be,” GoPro said in the filing.The company that started as Woodman Labs became GoPro in 2004, and has its headquarters in the Northern California city of San Mateo.It plans to list on the NASDAQ and trade under the symbol ‘GPRO.’GoPro did not specify how it planned to use money raised in the initial public offering of stock other than to say it will be used to run the company and repay debt.GoPro cameras are sold in more than 100 countries. They were the top selling camcorder in the United States last year, according to NPD Group figures cited in the filing.© – AFP 2014Read: Facebook decides to take on Snapchat again by developing rival app >Read: This baby wearing a GoPro while on a swing is pure JOY >last_img read more

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Explosion at crowded shopping centre kills 21 in Nigerian capital

first_imgUpdated at 10.11pmA BOMB EXPLODED in a crowded shopping centre in Nigeria’s capital Abuja earlier this evening, killing at least 21 people in a city already gripped by fear after a series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists, police and the government said.The blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm local time (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country’s World Cup match against Argentina, which kicked-off an hour later.“The casualty figure for now is 21 persons dead, 17 injured,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said, adding that an arrest had been made.Senior government spokesman Mike Omeri confirmed that the blast was the result of “a bomb attack”.Rescue teams were deployed to the scene and evacuated the victims from the area, NEMA spokesman Manzo Ezekiel told AFP.“The explosion struck at peak business time,” he said, adding that the area was busy at the time of the blast and that 40 cars had been destroyed. Image from the bomb blast by Emab plaza wuse 2, Abuja @IFM923 @NigeriainfoFM pic.twitter.com/6sk1HhHUUn— Abimbola Olamijulo (@Abeamborelar) June 25, 2014 Source: Abimbola Olamijulo/Twittercenter_img The blast, at the entrance to the mall, was powerful enough to blow out windows in buildings on the opposite side of the street, an AFP correspondent on the scene in the immediate aftermath said.The area, sandwiched between two other shopping centres and one of the busiest in central Abuja, was littered with the burnt out wreckages of cars and soaked in pools of congealed blood.Rescue workers could be seen picking through what appeared to be the scorched body parts of victims.An employee of the nearby Newcastle Hotel in the Wuse II area of the city, who did not want to be named, said she clearly heard the explosion.Soldiers and police cordoned off the scene of the blast and firefighters were at the location, as thick smoke billowed into the sky, an AFP reporter said.A soldier close to the scene but who demanded anonymity told reporters that two suspects who tried to flee the scene were caught.One of them who was shot by soldiers as he was fleeing later died from his injuries.- © AFP 2014. Originally published 6.07pmRead: Boko Haram have abducted another SIXTY women and girls>Read: At least 21 dead in bomb attack on World Cup viewing centre in Nigeria>last_img read more

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