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Posts Tagged ‘ Germany ’

Realpolitik: Big Boy Games, Big Boy Rules

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Today we learned of a fracture in the western alliance system as French and German leaders head off to Russia for peace talks on the Ukrainian crisis. This is a desperate and misguided attempt to reach a resolution, which in all likelihood is going to fail. The inescapable fact is that Russia is an aggressive state with a belligerent leader, who has thus far only played the realpolitik game. Already torn up is the German-brokered ceasefire from late 2014, not to mention treaties from the nineties which guaranteed Ukrainian border integrity. Without anyone effectively challenging Putin, there is no reason to believe that he will sit down and settle a political solution. The famed strongman of world politics will only back down and make terms when the alternative for him, continued belligerence, is the worse option.

One can only wonder where Angela Merkel’s reputation as the Iron Lady of Europe came from. So far she has only continually reiterated her country’s unwillingness to fight or supply arms to the Ukrainians as well as opposing proposals for new stationing of NATO troops in Eastern European countries. This stance is undoubtedly popular in a Germany which is still dealing with war guilt towards Russia and is more sceptical of its relationship with the United States. Merkel has also previously been praised for her understanding of Russia, having grown up in East Germany and for her fluent Russian. However her understanding had an obvious blind spot in the Crimea crisis. German-backed energy deals with Russia were no hindrance to the illegal annexation of Crimea and invasion of East Ukraine. Europe has effectively been caught with its pants down. Continue reading

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Why Strength And Conditioning Matters

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Hi my name is Noel Flynn and I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach. What is that you may ask? It sounds like something to do with bodybuilding right? Wrong! So before I explain a bit about what Strength and Conditioning is or S&C like it is becoming known for short, I will give a bit of detail about WHY I got into the field of S&C. I have always been sports mad. I played soccer for Hillcrest, ran with Lucan Harriers, swam in Stewarts and played hurling with Lucan Sarsfields but my main sport to this day is Gaelic Football which I continue to play at Intermediate Level with Lucan Sarsfields. So sport has always been a huge influence in the life of myself and my family. As a kid I was playing or competing in some sport pretty much every single day. Sport was the be all and end all really and I gave huge commitment to it, especially the Gaelic and gradually the other sports fell by the wayside. I really recommend kids trying a number of sports as there is something to be gained from all of them but that topic is for another day. Continue reading

King’s U21s Ready For Norwegian Challenge

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King is looking for his young side to build on their recent impressive performances when they meet Norway in a friendly in Drammen tomorrow (6.00pm Irish).

King’s side drew with Qatar’s Olympic side in May then produced a disciplined display against Germany last month.

With a view towards next year’s qualifying campaign, the Irish boss is getting to know this new crop of U21 players and believes this fixture will be very beneficial in that process.

“We had a long day travelling to Norway and naturally everybody was tired after that but we trained last night to loosen ourselves out and now everybody is fresher and ready for the game,” said King. Continue reading

FIFA 15: Attack Is The Best Form Of Defence

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Football’s most authentic video game experience is back and better than before as EA Sports have revamped the gameplay of FIFA 15.
EA’s annual title boasts numerous new additions than those enjoyed by its successor but fans will have to look into the smaller details to see how exactly things have improved.

FIFA 15 is the most realistic football game ever made. Players now have more than 600 emotions, losing the rigidness of yesteryear and now realistically interacting with teammates. Even audiences will be more realistic with new cheers based on live match atmosphere captured during the past season.

This title is the first of the franchise where EA have got to grips with the PS4 and Xbox One, resulting in a mass of changes to the graphics and animation engines, which are also reflected in the older consoles like PS3 and Xbox 360. Some are merely cosmetic and some almost unnoticeable, but many impact upon the gameplay. Continue reading

There’s Meth-od To German Politician’s Madness

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Far and Away the best example of spin this correspondent has encountered in the twenty-odd years of observing the news, came from reading about a Mr Michael Hartmann, (the Social Democrat Member of Parliament for Wackernheim, a small town in western Germany) and his recent experience of being on the wrong side of the German law.

Mr Hartmann’s brush with the law began back in July when he was named by a local drug-dealer as purchasing Crystal Meth (drug similar to speed) from said dealer.

Unfortunately for Mr Hartmann, he was unable to deny this breach of German law (his word against the drug-dealer) as the dealer had been under police surveillance at the time. Continue reading

Irish Artist Aims For New Beginning In Germany

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Many feel that their prospects are best enhanced by sticking to everyday norms. Be that the space they occupy, the daily tasks they fulfill or simply the people they associate themselves with. There’s nothing to say that operating within one’s comfort zone is a flawed system but stepping outside the box can open up a whole new world of opportunities. Irish singer and songwriter Greg Clifford has opted to make a break for Europe in the hopes of establishing himself further as an artist and to explore what one can achieve from stepping away from familiar territory.

We caught up with Greg to get an insight into his personality and music career and to see exactly what Germany has to offer the blossoming music career of a rising Irish artist.

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Galway The Next Capital Of Culture?

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The summer brings warm weather, beautiful clear blue skies and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. July is notoriously one of the busiest and most exciting months of the year with festivals, fleadhs, tournaments and celebrations internationally. It is the one month that there is quite literally something for everyone to enjoy. In Ireland the community spirit can be felt by the most cynical of tourists, and the family orientated activities and events amuse the most curious of adults and children alike. The world watched as Germany stampeded their way to becoming world champions, destroying hosts Brazil as they galloped to the final. San Diego Comic Con is in full swing with reveals of all the upcoming blockbuster movies being leaked online by eager fans desperate to share the first teaser trailer of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Tour de France finished on Sunday with Vincenzo Nibali becoming its 101st winner. July is filled with excitement, culture and entertainment. Galway City is no different, offering plenty for the people of Ireland, and visitors, to enjoy and partake in.

Galway is a glorious city, with clean streets and beautiful architecture to feast your eyes on. The atmosphere is relaxed and calm, as the streets fill with visitors and locals relish in all the wonderments the city has to offer. July is a very busy month for Galway, with the annual Film Fleadh, the International Arts Festival and this week it is the Galway Races.  The entire month is event after event that showcases the wonderful culture of the great city, and invites the world to marvel at its magnificence. With so much going on in the city, and the county as a whole, surely Galway should be considered to be an upcoming European Capital of Culture. With speculation that Dublin could be chosen for 2020, potentially making it the first European City to be so twice; it is reasonable to think that Galway would be a better choice for Ireland as a whole. Continue reading

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