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UK consumer confidence staggers in face of no-deal Brexit

first_imgJoe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “Until Brexit leaves the front pages, whenever that will be, consumers can be forgiven for feeling nervous, not just about the wider economy but also about their financial situation. UK consumer confidence staggers in face of no-deal Brexit whatsapp Jessica Clark The survey found that confidence in the UK economy over the next year had fallen six points to -38, a decline of 26 points year-on-year, as Brexit uncertainty continued to reign in the build up to the 31 October departure date.  If there is a continuation of the dip in personal finance confidence the headline score could crash towards the “worrying figures seen in the worst days of the financial crisis,” Staton warned.  Yesterday analysis from Yougov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research showed that 56 per cent of British people think the economy will be in a recession this time next year.  Read more: UK consumer confidence slumps in June Consumer confidence in personal financial situations slumped in August, driven by the increasing uncertainty caused by Brexit. “That’s an important distinction because a significant development in August is the sudden drop in views on personal finances ‘over the next 12 months’ after the encouraging jump in this measure last month.”  Friday 30 August 2019 12:01 am The forecast for the next 12 months decreased by five points to a score of two in August, according to the latest consumer confidence index by GfK.  whatsapp “We are not there yet, and we may not necessarily get there, but it is a trend we need to watch carefully,” he said.  Share The overall index score for August was -14 as all five measures decreased during the month.  A measure recording changes in personal finances during the last 12 months fell by two points this month to -1, a decline of five points compared to August last year.  Main image credit: Getty Read more: Cebr poll: Most Britons expect a recession within a year Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoFree Hub20 Actors Who Stepped Away From Fame For Regular JobsFree HubUndoDefinitionAge Has Finally Caught Up To These CelebsDefinitionUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoWorld LifestyleRude Man On Plane Doesn’t Realize Who’s Behind HimWorld LifestyleUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndolast_img read more

General election 2019: Tory lead over Labour shrinks in latest poll

first_imgThe Prime Minister spoke to a crowd of Conservative supporters and campaigners last night in Stratford, warning against complacency. Show Comments ▼ Speaking to the BBC last night, the Labour leader talked up his chances of walking into Number 10 tomorrow. It comes after YouGov’s MRP poll, which correctly picked a hung parliament in 2017, predicted a 28-seat Tory majority on Tuesday. They predict the Conservatives would gain a six-seat majority with the result, but that a hung parliament is a plausible outcome. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalistPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.com Thursday 12 December 2019 8:26 am The same poll two weeks ago had Johnson’s party winning by double that amount, confirming that the race indeed seems to be tightening. The polling means the outcome is “too close to call”, according to the pollsters. Meanwhile, 17 per cent of those surveyed said they would leave the country if Corbyn became prime minister. Corbyn finished campaign last night by banging home his party’s message about the need to improve Britain’s public services. A Savanta ComRes poll for The Telegraph has the Tories on 41 per cent and Labour on 36 per cent. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com General election 2019: Tory lead over Labour shrinks in latest poll center_img Read more: General Election: Moment of truth for Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn Share Stefan Boscia He said there was a “greater understanding” now from the public that the country “cannot go on with underfunded public services”. “We all know what happened two years ago,” he said. whatsapp “We have travelled all round the country and the enthusiasm of our party’s supporters working together to get out there with our message is incredible – and I think that message is getting through,” he said. whatsapp “We know we cannot trust the opinion polls and we know this contest is tight and getting tighter.” A shock last minute poll has the Conservatives at their smallest lead of the 2019 election campaign. (AFP via Getty Images) A shock last minute poll has given the Conservatives their smallest lead of the 2019 election campaign. The survey also found that one-in-five voters intending to vote Labour does not want to see Jeremy Corbyn leading a majority government. Read more: Your guide to the General Election: Everything to knowlast_img read more

In Pictures: Magical atmosphere at Portlaoise Christmas fair as the lights go on

first_img Facebook Community That’s it now – Christmas has officially started in Portlaoise.The ever-popular Portlaoise Christmas Market took over the town’s main street on Sunday afternoon and with the lights officially turned on, the Christmas season is now well and truly underway.The town was packed for the event, one that seems to be growing in popularity by the year. By LaoisToday Reporter – 26th November 2018 Twitter Parking was hard come and there was a steady flow of people through the town on what was a cold but dry day.All sorts of stands and stalls were dotted along the main street, part of it covered for the occasion.Anne Marie Kelly from Midlands 103 was on hand to MC the official duties with Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council John King also present. The fun atmosphere was added to by Santa Claus and Jeca the Clown.Others spotted out and about were chief organisers Alison Browne and Matthew Kennelly, Cllr Mary Sweeney, Laois football manager John Sugrue and his family and former Laois hurler Willie Hyland and his wife Eimear with their two daughters.Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was on hand to get a selection of great photos which you can check out below. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleU-19 hurling final and U-21 championship on the schedule in this week’s GAA fixturesNext articlePortlaoise set to receive over €3 million for cultural town centre fund LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Council SEE ALSO – Property Watch: Five houses for sale around Laois for €250,000 Pinterest Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community TAGSPortlaoisePortlaoise Christmas Market In Pictures: Magical atmosphere at Portlaoise Christmas fair as the lights go on Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Magical atmosphere at Portlaoise Christmas fair as the lights go… LifestyleOut and About WhatsApplast_img read more

Slashing research funding is a blow to Global Britain

first_imgSlashing research funding is a blow to Global Britain The Government will do long-term damage if it reduces support for the UK’s university research baseThe Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power of publicly-funded research in tackling the biggest global health crisis of the past century. The strength of the response by universities has underlined the country’s genuine claim to be a global research superpower delivering real-world benefits to society. That is why, like the Government, we are committed to leveraging that advantage and growing a “Global Britain”, and to a country which is levelled-up. Universities are powerful allies in helping to deliver these goals.That said, the scale, immediacy and impact of the announced and potential cuts to UK research budgets, amounting to over £1 billion, will undermine years of investment in our universities and put our research base at risk, not to mention our international reputation. Indeed, there is a real likelihood of the Government’s claims of “Global Britain” ringing hollow.Within the UK, no other sector of the economy can claim to have five of the top 20 institutions in the world. This bench-strength has not come about by accident, but from sustained funding, support and investment. Universities have shown we can and do deliver for society and the economy, but we can’t and we won’t if we are subject to swingeing cuts to research budgets.The first cut was announced in the Budget with the reduction of the international development budget. The consequence is a £120 million cut to research programmes, representing 40 to 60 per cent of development-funded research activity, with serious real-world effects. Researchers will have to stop programmes in developing countries aimed at tackling malaria and infectious diseases with pandemic potential, enhancing food security, reducing violence towards children, improving maternal health, and building renewable energy sources. This work does not just benefit the developing world but all of us.Like other universities, we were delighted that the Government secured Associate Status to the EU’s Horizon programme. Now we learn that there is a real threat to the Government’s commitment to fund the cost of being part of the programme. The cost of participation in Horizon may be taken from the UK Research and Innovation budget. If UKRI, the Government body responsible for awarding research grants, is left with a shortfall of £1 billion, the consequences for British science and innovation will be nothing short of calamitous.The work of our outstanding researchers, much of it funded by UKRI, has put the UK into a position of international competitiveness in key areas, including quantum computation that offers the promise of accelerated materials and drug discovery; low carbon technologies to support the Government’s binding pledge to net zero carbon; and a new generation of antibiotics to meet accelerating global anti-microbial resistance. Universities UK, the body which represents all higher education institutions, has also estimated that a cut of this scale could jeopardise 18,000 researchers’ jobs.World-leading research cannot just be turned on and off like a tap. Once our highly trained young researchers leave our universities they will not come back, and once they leave the country they will not return. We appreciate that the Treasury faces enormously difficult choices but we would plead with them not to do long term economic damage by cutting support for our research base. We know that every £1 invested in university research generates further private sector investment of £1.60, creating the jobs, products and services that drive growth.We are calling on Government not to renege on its commitments to spend 2.4 per cent of GNP on R&D by 2027 and to support publicly funded research. In particular we are calling on the Government not to fund participation in Horizon Europe by raiding the budgets of UKRI. Our research universities, together with UKRI, other funders and business, have created a national research and innovation system that is the envy of the world. Our R&D activity can be one of the best routes to “building back better” from the economic ravages wrought by the pandemic, and with Government support, we can be at the centre of that great national effort.By Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of CambridgeThis article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 19 March 2021 /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Toyota, Suzuki reportedly considering a partnership

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Toyoda and Suzuki, 80, said they began talking with one another last week and will slowly consider a potential capital alliance. While the two also haven’t decided on specific fields for joint research and development, it’s clear which company would stand to gain most in this regard. Toyota has budgeted US$10.3 billion this fiscal year, more than seven times Suzuki’s planned R&D spending.India DominationWhat Suzuki brings to the table is a leading position in India. Its Maruti Suzuki India unit has long dominated the market with inexpensive cars like the Alto and Swift. Though Toyota has introduced budget models such as the Etios compact, its market share remains well behind the 47 per cent reached by Maruti Suzuki last fiscal year.“There are great changes centering in the automotive industry and in that case we have to share things, otherwise we won’t be able to survive,” Suzuki said. “That’s the trigger for making the proposal.”Toyota completed a buyout earlier this year of Daihatsu, which is now taking on more responsibility for developing compact vehicles for its parent in emerging markets. Daihatsu’s top competitor in Japan’s minicar segment is Suzuki.Japan Tie-upsJoining with Suzuki would add to a multitude of tie-ups Toyota’s forged with Japanese automakers. Last year, Toyota said it would broaden technology-sharing with Mazda. It’s the majority owner of Hino Motors, the largest shareholder in Subaru and has a stake in Isuzu. The automaker also owns stakes in a web of suppliers making everything from engines to car seats.Carmakers are forging partnerships as an industry under pressure to curtail pollution struggles with major self-inflicted scandals. Mitsubishi’s improper fuel economy testing, dating back decades, led the automaker to seek a rescue by Nissan. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has earmarked US$19.9 billion to cover the fallout of rigging its diesel engines with software to cheat emissions tests.Nissan’s stake in Mitsubishi — already its partner for Japanese minicars — are centered on gaining a better foothold in Southeast Asia, where Toyota has a commanding presence.Just before Volkswagen’s emissions scandal broke, the German automaker parted ways with Suzuki following a years-long alliance that failed to yield a single joint project. Toyota, meanwhile, is about two years removed from winding down sales of the RAV4 EV, a plug-in SUV developed with Tesla. ‹ Previous Next › “The competition in R&D is very, very fierce,” said Koji Endo, a Tokyo-based auto analyst at SBI Securities. With regards to electrification, autonomous driving and other fields, Suzuki lags behind its peers, he said. “Without a partnerships with a giant carmaker, it will be very challenging for them to stay in the race.” Trending Videos See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement RELATED TAGSToyotaNewsAkio ToyodaAsiaAutomobile ManufacturingConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesDaihatsu Motor Co. Ltd.East AsiaHino Motors Ltd.IndiaIndustriesIsuzu Motors Ltd.JapanKoji EndoManufacturing SectorMaruti Suzuki India Ltd.Maruti Udyog Ltd.Mazda Motor CorporationMitsubishi CorporationMotor Vehicle ManufacturingNissan Motor Co. 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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Toyota sees the technological revolution shaking up the auto industry as a serious enough threat to its survival that the world’s most valuable automaker will consider partnering with one of its fiercest Japanese rivals.In exploring collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki, chieftains Akio Toyoda and Osamu Suzuki seek to tie together companies with a history of failed alliances. The two would overlook Toyota’s short-lived partnership with Tesla and Suzuki’s acrimonious breakup with Volkswagen due to the daunting financial demands of keeping up with technological advances in areas such as electrification and autonomous driving.“Toyota is not really good at creating alliances” and in the past was “fixated on the need to be able to cover all of our own bases,” Toyoda, 60, said at a press conference in Tokyo. “However, as the surrounding environment is changing drastically, we need to have capability to respond to changes in order to survive.” last_img read more

Virtual town halls underway for voluntary bars

first_img As the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the legal profession and the voluntary bar community, confronting the challenges presented by COVID-19 is paramount. In an effort to better understand and be more responsive to the needs of Florida’s lawyers, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, led by Chair Vivian Hodz, is hosting virtual town halls with voluntary bar leaders. The first Zoom gathering of 44 voluntary bar presidents took place May 8. The topics included the availability of Florida Bar resources; court operations and funding; the impact of technology on the courts and the profession; restarting the economy and reopening law offices; legislative engagement; and mental health and wellness. The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee will host a virtual town hall with voluntary bar executive directors May 15. Virtual town halls underway for voluntary bars May 15, 2020 Top Storieslast_img read more

Xiaomi linked with affordable Android device project

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 AUG 2017 Related Steve Costello Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Devices AndroidAndroid OneGoogleXiaomi China-based smartphone maker Xiaomi is apparently set to offer a device compatible with Google’s low-cost Android handset aspirations, bringing a big-name backer to the project.According to reports originating from Indonesia – a massive mobile market which was the focus of Google’s efforts previously – Xiaomi will offer a device compatible with Google’s Android One programme, which has received lukewarm support so far among top-tier device makers.Such a device would run the base version of Android – meaning it would not ship with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface onboard – and receive updates direct from Google. It would be based on the existing Mi 5X smartphone (pictured), meaning Xiaomi could benefit from economies of scale in terms of component sourcing and manufacturing.Earlier this year, at its I/O 2017 developer event, Google took the wraps off Android Go, another effort to drive Android adoption among entry-level users by supporting lower spec (and therefore lower cost) devices. The company is also focused on extending the programme beyond emerging markets. Authorcenter_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Xiaomi off the hook in the US Google taps retail with NYC store HomeDevicesNews Xiaomi linked with affordable Android device project Previous ArticleEE threatens legal action over Ofcom auction rulesNext ArticleSamsung launches app for the visually impaired Tags last_img read more

Two-way traffic reinstated on Pearse Road for NI Bank Holiday

first_img WhatsApp Irish Water has confirmed that the sewer upgrade works on Pearse Road, Letterkenny will be completely removed to facilitate the Northern Ireland bank holiday from July 11-15 2019 to ease traffic during this peak holiday period.Two-way traffic is currently projected to be permanently reinstated on Pearse Road on the week following the Northern Ireland bank holiday but a specific date cannot be confirmed at this stage.Irish Water will continue to liaise with all stakeholders and further communications will be issued to confirm the date of the permanent reinstatement of two-way traffic.Irish Water is investing almost €50 million in vital water and sewer upgrade works in Letterkenny which the utility says will reduce sewer flooding in the town and ensure a more consistent and secure supply of water to residents and businesses.Irish Water is mindful of the disruption that these necessary works are causing for businesses and residents and the utility is thankful for their ongoing cooperation while these vital services are being upgraded. Facebook Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCalls for revaluation of commercial properties in DonegalNext articleTeenager due in court charged with rioting in Derry News Highland Two-way traffic reinstated on Pearse Road for NI Bank Holiday Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – July 4, 2019 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Homepage BannerNews Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Gardai appeal for help in Inishowen sudden death investigation

first_img Previous article11 patients awaiting admission at LUHNext articleFinn Harps v Wexford Preview – Keith Cowan News Highland Gardai appeal for help in Inishowen sudden death investigation Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Gardai have renewed their appeal for information about the movements of a Lithuanian man found dead in Buncrana at the weekend.The man died of natural causes, but there were unexplained injuries on his body consistent with involvement in a road traffic collision.Possible links between the man’s death and an incident on the Slab Road are still being investigated.Earlier, Superintendent Eugene Mc Govern spoke on the Nine til Noon Show…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/eugenefull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – March 21, 2018 center_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Hundreds of jobs to be created in Omagh by Tesco Superstore

first_img Pinterest Hundreds of jobs to be created in Omagh by Tesco Superstore Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – September 19, 2011 center_img Pinterest Previous articleDerry City manager Stephen Kenny fined in court for speedingNext articleIFA Chairman warns of rise in cattle thefts News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Hundreds of jobs are to be created in Co Tyrone as part of the Opportunity Omagh development, which is set to include a Tesco superstore.Planning permission at a 37-acre site on the Derry Road was granted last summer and is to include leisure, offices, business start up units, primary healthcare, petrol filling station, hotel and sports facilities.The land is being developed by Emerald Holdings, part of the Orana Group which is also behind a number of retail parks across the UK, including the Sainsburys store at Crescent Link in Derry.West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty said this development is massive for Omagh……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/patd1pm.mp3[/podcast] Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Newslast_img read more

Last call for nominations for new arts and culture partnership

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Derry City and Strabane District Council has put out a last call for nominations to a new arts and culture partnership body.The partnership will oversee the delivery of an ambitious Arts & Culture Strategy for Derry and Strabane, encompassing the period from now until 2024.The strategy is being led by Derry City and Strabane District Council, with officials saying it will complement the recently completed Tourism Strategy and Integrated Economic Development Strategy.Tomorrow is the deadline for applications, and anyone with an interest in enhancing local culture and the arts is invited to apply.The council’s Head of Culture Aeidin McCarter says they hope to attract a diverse range of candidates from a variety of backgrounds and abilities, including practitioners, artists, cultural organisations and audiences to ensure a wide depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.More details are available, and nominations can be made before 5pm tomorrow at derrystrabane.com/artsandcultureJohn Kerr is the council’s Arts and Culture manager……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/johnkerr.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Twitter By News Highland – May 23, 2019 center_img Google+ Pinterest Previous articleCarndonagh CS Girls win National CupNext articleCalls for more supports for people with mental health issues in Donegal News Highland Facebook Last call for nominations for new arts and culture partnership Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist WhatsApp Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

British Esports Association, West Ham and GAME team up for activity week

first_imgBritish Esports Association, West Ham and GAME team up for activity weekOrganisations aim to promote both physical sports and competitive video games this October half-termJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 27th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe British Esports Association is launching an activity week that aims to connect professional gaming with real-world activities.The not-for-profit organisation is running a one-week pilot with the help of the West Ham United Foundation, retailer GAME, London Sport and Archery GB. It will offer a variety of sessions that range from physical sports like football and archery to esports like Rocket League. The aim is to promote the athletic activities to avid gamers, while also highlighting the benefits of competitive gaming when played in moderation.Aimed at 14 to 19-year-old teenagers, the event will take place at the West Ham United Foundation in London during the October half-term (Monday 22nd to Friday 26th). GAME is providing staff, games and equipment for the Rocket League sessions, while Archery GB will (of course) provide the archery equipment. London Sport will provide funding as part of its efforts to make the UK capital the world’s “most active city.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games If the pilot proves to be popular, the British Esports Association has said it plans to create two satellite clubs that would run similar activities for 30 weeks, starting in January 2019.The Association’s chairperson Andy Payne said: “Physical sports and esports share many traits, from teamwork to competitiveness and the entertainment factor for spectators, who want to watch the best in their field compete. As part of our mission to Promote, Improve, Inspire and to increase the awareness of esports and its benefits, this new activity day will showcase exactly what esports is all about and demonstrate it’s not actually that different from traditional sports.”This will hopefully help remove the stigma some have around esports as a credible activity and show the public the viability of esports, the high level of skill it demands and the career paths it offers.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenuesESL Gaming parent company doesn’t expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022By Brendan Sinclair 12 days agoGrid secures $10m in Series A fundingGerman-based esports data company will use the “investment to take on the US”By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

PlayStation Network’s 24 days of downtime | 10 Years Ago This Month

first_imgPlayStation Network’s 24 days of downtime | 10 Years Ago This MonthSony’s 2011 hack was covered as one of the biggest security breaches of all time, but how significant was it in the long run?Brendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 14th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe games industry moves pretty fast, and there’s a tendency for all involved to look constantly to what’s next without so much worrying about what came before. That said, even an industry so entrenched in the now can learn from its past. So to refresh our collective memory and perhaps offer some perspective on our field’s history, GamesIndustry.biz runs this monthly feature highlighting happenings in gaming from exactly a decade ago.More like PlayStation NotworkOn April 20, 2011, the PlayStation Network went down.It didn’t seem like a big deal at first. After all, outages on various gaming networks are semi-common to this day, and the PlayStation Network of 2011 was not exactly known for reliability. The timing was unfortunate, coming right on the heels of anticipated PS3 releases like Portal 2 and SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs, but frustrated gamers could no doubt find something else to do, get a good night’s sleep, and give those games’ online functionality another shot the next day.Unfortunately, the next day Sony gave its first real indication that this was not a normal outage, while still managing to grossly understate the problem.”While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running,” it said.”A full day or two” came and went without Sony restoring service or explaining what had happened. After five days, the company finally confirmed the service had been taken offline as a result of a security breach, with the personal info of more than 77 million registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity users stolen as a result of “an illegal and unauthorized intrusion.”The PlayStation Network would be down entirely for 24 days. Beginning May 15, Sony gradually restored the service over months, with some regions like Japan having some functionality offline for as long as 76 days.While it was an unprecedented stretch of downtime (and lapse of security) for a major gaming network, it was not entirely unanticipated. Indeed, just a few weeks prior, hacker group Anonymous had warned Sony that it had planned a series of attacks against the company as retribution for its legal pursuit of hackers who cracked the PS3’s anti-piracy measures in 2010.While Anonymous denied involvement in the attack, Sony pointed a finger its way when executives were made to testify before the US House of Representatives. In a letter to Congress, Sony’s Kaz Hirai said Anonymous had been executing denial of service attacks on Sony’s servers prior to the PSN hack. Additionally, he said that when Sony Online Entertainment suffered a similar breach with nearly 25 million compromised accounts in the wake of the PSN outage, the intruders planted a file on a Sony Online Entertainment server “named ‘Anonymous’ with the words ‘We are Legion.'”Sony also vowed to “proceed aggressively” against the hackers responsible and bring them to justice. We asked Sony representatives last week to check whether the company was ever successful in that pursuit, but never heard back.So what was the outcome? Well, there were a lot of class-action lawsuits, and Sony settled them for $15 million. Well, not $15 million actual dollars. $15 million worth of a limited selection of free downloads of PS3 and PSP games and themes that cost Sony basically nothing to hand out. And according to court filings, $2.75 million in actual money paid to the lawyers running the class-action suits.Sony also paid for 12 months of an identity theft protection service for PSN subscribers, which is an odd half-measure because that’s not really how identity theft works. Much of the information stolen could still be used by bad actors to this day. Even outdated information like former addresses provide answers to identity challenge questions from banks or credit reporting agencies, leading to consequences more dire than simply having a credit card number stolen (where the user is typically not liable for fraudulent purchases).While some were throwing around drastic numbers about what the hack could cost Sony, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter offered a depressingly accurate take just days after it happened, saying, “If they offer some free stuff and continue to follow up, this will all be forgotten in a few months.”It’s been 10 years now, and while it’s a stretch to say the PSN outage has been forgotten, it’s difficult to say what kind of long-term influence it’s had on the industry, or even Sony itself. While we haven’t seen another catastrophic failure on PSN user security, I’m not entirely sure how much of that is due to Sony’s efforts. I mean, the company would go five full years from the outage before confirming that it was finally getting around to adding two-step verification to PSN. (Xbox added it in 2013; Nintendo lagged as it often does in anything online-related, rolling out two-step verification for the Nintendo Network in 2017.)When the PSN hack happened, it was often described in the press as one of the largest data breaches in history. It’s much less so now, as security breach tracking site Have I Been Pwned has details of dozens of security breaches involving more than 77 million accounts, including plenty of tech-savvy operations one would hope to be better about security.Adobe had information for more than 153 million accounts stolen in 2013. LinkedIn lost 164 million email and password combinations in 2016. And as we found out just this month, Facebook patched a security vulnerability in 2019, but not before the personal information of more than 533 million Facebook users around the world had been swiped.The PSN hack isn’t even the biggest data breach in gaming anymore. In 2019, Zynga reported that hackers stole account information belonging to Draw Something and Words With Friends players.”Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today,” Zynga said in announcing the breach — downplaying its failure to secure customer information, neglecting to mention that 173 million users were affected by its failure, and summing up the apparently defeatist attitude towards the subject so many companies have today.Looking back on the PlayStation Network hack, I can’t help think the real lesson companies learned was that compromising the safety and security of millions of your customers is only a truly big deal if it takes your service offline for any length of time.GameStop goes digitalJust in case you haven’t been following the drama, GameStop has undergone a slow-motion shareholder revolt over the last year. It appears to be nearing its conclusion, as the activist shareholders have essentially seized control of the board of directors and are ready to pick out a new CEO.So what’s the new management’s plan to save a brick-and-mortar second-hand game seller in an industry increasingly turning to digitally distributed games that can’t be traded or sold? Well, the company has been a bit vague on that front, saying it’s going to transform “into a technology business” and hiring a slew of former Amazon executives to help it get there.It’s such a simple plan you might wonder why the retailer waited so long to try it. Well, they didn’t.GameStop has been aware that its role within the industry needed to change for years. In fact, 10 years ago this month it was busy working at just such a transformation to digital.One year after the iPad’s debut, GameStop was convinced about the potential of tablet gaming, and expressed its determination to get in on that market. It opened a storefront on Facebook. It acquired PC digital distribution service Impulse and cloud gaming company Spawn Labs. The intention was to offer “a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any internet-enabled device,” which continues to be a popular ambition given the Stadias, Lumas, and Game Passes of the world.(Seriously, brick-and-mortar game retailers have never been ignorant to the long-term threat digital distribution posed to their business, or the need to adapt. It’s been 20 years since Electronics Boutique launched its short-lived “streaming” PC game rental site EB1.)While GameStop made all the above announcements in April of 2011, it had actually laid the groundwork for this a couple years earlier. GameStop launched its $100 million GameStop Digital Ventures push in 2009 with aspirations to create “a world class e-commerce and digital business platform that fortifies our leadership in the multi-channel videogame entertainment industry.” The next year it acquired browser gaming portal Kongregate.The company was so confident 10 years ago this month that it told investors it was targeting $1.5 billion in digital revenues by 2014.As you might be aware, none of this ended particularly well, and it fell far short of that $1.5 billion target. The company’s 2014 annual report put its digital revenues at $216 million, which might help explain why it shuttered Spawn Labs and retired the Impulse branding that year. It held onto Kongregate until 2017 before selling it to MTG.In fact, around that time investors got fed up with GameStop’s performance and began pressuring the company to give up on its efforts to diversify the business. GameStop complied, selling ancillary divisions like Spring Mobile and Simply Mac as it re-focused around its core gaming business.It turns out the long-term prospects of a core gaming retailer are still pretty grim, which basically brings us back to the past year and shareholders once again yelling at GameStop. Well, now the upset shareholders are running the show, and I for one am eager to see just how they address what seems like an increasingly inexorable slide for the retailer.Good Call, Bad CallGOOD CALL: Puppy Games’ Caspian Prince, talking in an interview about the illusory nature of indie developer gold rushes: “By the time you hear about the gold rush, whatever it is that was making people rich has been milked dry.”In the last ten years, several fads have come and gone. There was Facebook games, that came and went because Zynga sewed that up. Casual games was the big thing in 2004 or 2005, but Big Fish sewed that up. Hidden object games shortly after. I think iOS is the latest fad, but of course now we’ve heard about everyone getting rich on it, it’s a dead cert that if we port anything to iOS there’s going to be no money in it.”We double-checked with Prince this week and he confirmed that Puppy Games never released an iOS title. However, it did bring Titan Attacks to Android, where he said it “made the square root of bugger all.” Puppy Games is still working on new games, but I wouldn’t expect them to show up on mobile.BAD CALL: Sony went out of its way to avoid saying it had discontinued the PSP Go after changes to the Sony Store website first hinted at it, going so far as to release a non-statement to Eurogamer saying, “It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices.”A day later the company would confirm to the Japanese press that the PSPgo had been axed. It’s nice to now that 10 years later, Sony is still a firm believer in pulling Band-Aids off slowly to maximize suffering, letting unverified reports of the PS3, PSP, and Vita store closures kick around for the better part of a week before admitting they were 100% true.GOOD CALL: At the National Association of Broadcasters conference, Avatar director and 3D enthusiast James Cameron rightly pointed out, “One of the big barriers to 3D right now is that you have to wear glasses in the home. Home viewing is very different than movie theatre viewing. I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of the glasses in movie theatres. Not in my lifetime, anyway, but we’re going to get rid of them at home because it’s a different viewing model type.”OK, maybe we don’t have 3DS-like glasses-free stereoscopic 3D TVs at home like Cameron expected, but we don’t have 3D TVs at all now, so he was technically right about us getting rid of the glasses.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games BAD CALL: PlatinumGames president and CEO Tatsuya Minami complained about the wanning influence of Japanese game developers, saying, “Series grow ever-longer; original titles are on the decline. Games with new at their core are disappearing. Japanese games that garner worldwide acclaim are slipping away.”We’ve covered the overly dire assessments of Japanese game industry of this era in Good Call, Bad Call before, but Minami’s quote about the lack of originality is interesting considering Platinum’s output to that point had been exclusively original titles.However, since that warning, Platinum’s released console projects have consisted of MadWorld spin-off Anarchy Reigns, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Bayonetta 2, The Legend of Korra, Transformers: Devastation, Star Fox Zero, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, Nier: Automata, and just a pair of originals in The Wonderful 101 and Astral Chain.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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EnergySage market report shows big variations from national trends

first_imgEnergySage market report shows big variations from national trendsBids on the company’s solar marketplace show consumers are owning more systems, with bids much lower than the national cost per watt. September 13, 2016 Christian Roselund Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share And as online comparison shopping is how we typically buy airline tickets, book hotels and perform other tasks, sooner or later this model was going to come to solar PV. And unsurprisingly, these shopping tools are changing the dynamics of selling solar.Today online solar marketplace EnergySage introduced its third Solar Marketplace Intel Report, providing analysis of data from the hundreds of thousands of bids which have been offered through the platform in the first half of 2016.The first and perhaps largest conclusion is that the PV systems offered on the EnergySage platform are significantly less expensive than the national average, with costs that continue to decline.The average bid for a residential PV system sold through EnergySage marketplace fell 3% to $3.57 per watt in the first half of 2016. Additionally, the marketplace’s median price of $3.63 per watt in the second half of 2015 is around $0.50 per watt below the median paid by customers nationally, as reported by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.It is important to note that these are not apples-to-apples comparisons, as EnergySage’s customers represent only a portion of the overall market, and that EnergySage is giving information on the bids that are offered, not the ones chosen. In previous interviews with pv magazine, EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal noted that customers on the marketplace typically do not select the lowest bid.And while LBNL is the definitive source for residential system cost numbers, it is also only a sample. One significant factor is that as prices for solar PV vary according to geography, the different geographic mix of EnergySage’s customers will influence these numbers.However, this year EnergySage also provided state-level data, wherein it shows lower median prices for quotes than LBNL’s median prices in a number of leading state solar markets, including California and Massachusetts.One key way that EnergySage shoppers differ from national PV system customers is a much higher portion of direct ownership. The company reports that 96% of the customers using its marketplace choose to either buy their systems with cash or take out loans instead of participating in third-party solar arrangements, whereas nationally only 45% of customers own their own systems.The report also shows that the marketplace for loans is increasingly fragmented, as new entrants take market share away from established players. While Admirals Bank and Sungage Financial offered 50% of the loans on the EnergySage marketplace in the first half of 2015, this share has fallen to less than 25% in the first half of 2016, with Primary Residential Mortgage, Mosaic and Home Loan Investment Bank all gaining market share.Nearly half of loans offered were in the 16-20 year range, and interest rates were typically 5-8%, although there was a wide distribution of rates and terms.Finally, while installers working through the EnergySage marketplace are typically offering multiple PV module brands, LG and SolarWorld are the leading PV module brands, with more than 50% of quotes. These installers are typically offering fewer inverter options, and here SolarEdge and Enphase dominate, with a combined share of nearly 75%.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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British Get the Best at La Baule in the Meyden FEI Nations’ Cup™

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Laurent Elias has arguably the toughest job of the week as he leads the newly-energised French team back into the fray after a difficult year outside the top level of the sport.  It is some time since he rode in top competition himself but he has had plenty of experience assisting former French team manager Gilles Bertrand de Balanda in recent years and has a realistic attitude to the challenges ahead.  “This year we are on our way back up” he said today.  This season is all about “performing well and maybe even featuring strongly in a few stages of the series – but we don’t intend to count our chickens before they are hatched!” The British team will have plenty of time to assess the challenges set by course-designer Frederic Cottier when last of the ten teams into the ring tomorrow for the opening leg of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ series at La Baule in France.The draw was made earlier today, and it is George Morris’s American side who are in the unenviable position of being first to go.Starting Order1. USA; 2. France; 3. Switzerland; 4. The Netherlands; 5. Sweden; 6. Germany; 7. Ireland; 8. Belgium; 9. Italy; 10. Great Britain.There are some new faces in the Chefs d’Equipe’s line-up, with Emilio Puricelli donning the Italian team manager’s jacket, the French campaign led by Laurent Elias and Otto Becker in charge of the German campaign.“I’m really happy to be here with a very good team” said Becker who, during his own highly successful career won Olympic team gold in Sydney in 2000, Olympic team bronze in Athens in 2004, and was on the winning German team at the European Championships in Donaueschingen in 2003. He sends out Marcus Ehning, Marco Kutscher, Thomas Muhlbauer and Philip Weishaupt tomorrow to defend the title Germany has claimed emphatically over the last three seasons.Puricelli has a simpler agenda – he wants his team to do well tomorrow and then to come out on top at the next leg of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ series in Rome.  “The Italian team has not won in Rome for 25 years and it would be wonderful to win in our own capital city” he said.  Former rider for San Patrignano, he competed in 35 nations cups and won the Italian Championships during his riding years – “quite a lot of things are new in the Italian team right now, last year we appointed a new President and now I am the new team manager” he pointed out.He has arrived with a squad of just four, so has no decision-making in terms of selection. Piergiorgio Bucci, Natale Chaiudani, Giuseppe d’Onofrio and Giulia Martinengo are on call-up. Not all of the managers were prepared to name their teams just yet, but George Morris confirmed that Lauren Hough (Naomi), Christine McCrea (Vegas), Laura Kraut (Cedric) and Richard Spooner (Ace) will be flying the stars and stripes.  Belgium’s Lucien Somers has Phlippe Lejeune, Judy Ann Melchior, Niels Bruynseels and Jos Lansink in his side and Switzerland’s Rolf Grass has chosen Steve Guerdat, Werner Muff, Pius Schwizer and Markus Fuchs.  Top teams, all ready to do battle in the first leg of a newly-branded series that promises to bring a summer-long celebration of team sport at its best.For more quotes from the chefs d’equipes – the upcoming season, their teams at La Baule and their ambitions for the year, visit www.meydanfeinationscup.org and click on Quotescenter_img Competition Statistics (for period between 2003 and 2008)Most Super League Nations Cup starts – Nick Skelton (GBR) – Total 28 starts including 5 win, 8 single clear rounds and 6 double-clear rounds.Next in line in terms of Super League starts – Laura Kraut (USA) – Total 25 starts including 3 wins, 13 single clears but no double-clear rounds and Cian O’Connor (Irl) – Total 25 starts including 2 wins, 8 single clears and 3 double-clear rounds.Leading Rider2006 season –  Stephane Lafouge, France2007 season –  Marcus Ehning, Germany2008 season – Ludger Beerbaum, GermanyAt La Baule – Oldest competitor in Meydan FEI Nations Cup – Michel Robert, France, age 60Youngest Competitor in Meydan FEI Nations Cup – Alexander Zetterman, Sweden, age 19. 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IHF presents 1st Beach Handball Tour

first_imgRelated Items:Beach handball IHF proudly presents the 1st IHF Beach Handball Week from 5 to 11 October.  The week will feature one live-streamed session per day, with roughly one hour per session and 15 minutes for a question-and-answer portion led by moderator Courtney Gahan. Aside from the opening lecture on Monday, 5 October, (starting at 13:00 CEST), all lectures will begin at 14:00 CEST. The 1st IHF Beach Handball Week will be streamed live on Zoom, with lecture links sent to registered participants. To join the programme, those interested can register here. The lectures will also be streamed on the IHF Facebook page, however, some features, such as the question function as well as the translation languages (French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic), are available only on Zoom. IHF Beach Handball Week Monday, 5 October, 13:00 CEST Coaching – Attack and defence strategies Presented by Pedro Bago (Spain men’s beach handball team coach; former Spain representative and youth age category coach) and Mladen Paradzik (Croatia men’s beach handball team coach; former Croatia representative and youth age category coach)Including welcome from IHF President Dr Hassan MoustafaThis lecture looks at the different ways to organise attack, how to attack depending on the specialist position, current defensive trends, and defensive options: active and reactive systems. Tuesday, 6 October, 14:00 CESTOfficiating – Spectacular goals Martin Gomér and Johan Gomér (IHF beach handball referees)This lecture will focus on spectacular goals in beach handball from a refereeing point of view including rules and execution.Wednesday, 7 October, 14:00 CESTCoaching – How to improve the spin shot and shoot-out strategies in beach handballTamas Neukum (Hungarian Handball Federation beach handball sports manager; former Hungary and Italy women’s beach handball team coach) and Maria Karantoni (Greece women’s beach handball team coach)This lecture will look at various situations, such as practical sessions for teaching spin shots, how to improve spin shots day to day, team preparation for shoot-outs, and individual tactical movements in shoot-outs. Neukam will focus on spin shots, while Karantoni leads the discussion on shoot-outs. Thursday, 8 October, 14:00 CEST Officiating – Progressive punishments and 6-metre throwsJoanna Brehmer (IHF beach handball technical delegate) and Laura Buchón-Pera (IHF beach handball referee)This lecture will focus on clear scoring changes, progressive punishment and free throw and the 6-metre throw.Friday, 9 October, 14:00 CESTCoaching – Building a winning youth women’s team and the specialistMarcio Magliano (Brazil women’s beach handball team coach) and Leticia Brunati (Argentina women’s youth beach handball team coach) This lecture will focus on a variety of topics, including how to create a winning plan, how to teach young players, and different types of specialists and how their decisions impact the game. Brunati will focus on building a winning team using her own examples, while Magliano will concentrate on the specialist position. Saturday, 10 October, 14:00 CESTOrganisation – Argentina Beach Handball Circuit, PGNiG Summer Superliga and Beach Handball Global TourSasa Kuburovic, Burak Tezcan (Beach Handball Global Tour), Marek Goralczyk (PGNiG Summer Superliga, Polish Handball Federation director of beach handball) and Juan De Arma (Argentina Beach Handball Manager)This lecture will focus on the organisation of beach handball events.Sunday, 11 October, 14:00 CESTOfficiating – Goalkeeper behaviour and special beach handball situationsIoannis Meimaridis and Luiz Felipe Caldas (IHF beach handball lecturers)This lecture will cover goalkeeper behaviour inside and outside the goal area, goalkeeper behaviour during a shoot-out, as well as injury simulation after shooting, the referee throw and playing the ball back to the own goal area. Play Beach Handball at EUG 2020 ShareTweetShareShareEmailComments Battle for Beach Handball as an Olympic sport in Paris 2024 ShareTweetShareShareEmailcenter_img Beach Handball at European Olympic Games 2023 Recommended for you Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more