Month: September 2019


  • WC qualifying matches all around Europe

    ← Previous Story Mirza Dzomba in Polish Vive Kielce! Next Story → Cedric Sorhaindo three years in Barcelona! At Saturday and Sunday will be playing first matches of Qualification for World Championships in Sweden 2011.Saturday June 12.:18.00 Germany – Greece18.00 Slovakia – Ukraine18.00 Serbia – Czech Republic19.10 Norway – Lithuania20.20 Austria – NetherlandsSunday June.13:18.00 Slovenia – Hungary18.00 Portugal – Spain19.00 Romania – Russia20.15 Denmark – SwitzerlandSweden as a host and France as a World champion are qualified directly. Also, Poland, Iceland and Croatia from Europe qualified after they reached semifinal at EURO 2010.

  • Dan Beutler ready for HSV Hamburg

    Dan Beutlerhandball goalkeepersHSV HamburgSG FlensburgSwedish handball Swedish national goalkeeper, Dan Beutler (33), after seven succesfull years in SG Flensburg will move to HSV Hamburg from the next summer, wrote German media. Beutler, who went from Swedish handball to Bundesliga at 2003, took a possible clause in his contract with SG Flensburg which lasts until 2012. If it all true, Beutler will play in couple with German national goalkeeper, Johannes Bitter, from the next season.In his career, Beutler played for Irsta HF (1995-1999), Yistad (1999-2002) and Redbergslids (2002-2003) before he moved to SG Flensburg, the team from German-Danish border. ← Previous Story Linnea Torstenson is the MVP of the EHF EURO 2010 Next Story → Women’s WC 2011 Play off games: Germany strikes Hungary! read more

  • Youth WCh 2013 Denmark is world champion

    22.Angola All Star Team:Best Goalkeeper: Sebastian L. Frandsen (DEN)Best Left Wing: Lovro Mihic (CRO)Best Pivot: Ingacio Plaza Jiminez (ESP)Best Right Wing: Sebastian Karlsson (SWE)Best Left Back: Marko Mamic (CRO)Best Centre Back: Tim Suton (GER)Best Right Back: Niklas Kirlokke (DEN)Most valuable player: Simon Hald Jensen (DEN) 13.France 1.Denmark 4.Spain 5.Norway 21.South Korea 14.Egypt 17.Japan 6.Sweden 23.Gabon Denmark wins the Youth World Championship for the third time in the history after 2007 and 2011 which made the Danish handball the most succesful in the history of this competition. Danish generation 1994 beat Croatia 32:26 (25:25, 12:12) after extra-time and win the gold medal with all nine victories at the tournament in two Hungarian cities of Erd and Budaors.The third place and bronze medal won Germany by win over Spain 29:23.Final Ranking Danish youth handballDenmark HandballHandball tournamentsHandball World ChampionshipsYouth handball 11.Romania 20.Venezuela 10.Hungary 16.Austria 2.Croatia 18.Argentina 24.Chile ← Previous Story HSV Handball will play at VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2014! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014 open: Kiel, Flensburg and Lowen with the first points! 19.Tunisia 9.Brazil 12.Belarus 15.Qatar 8.Slovenia 7.Serbia 3.Germany read more

  • Croatia beat Macedonia in Umag

    Croatian national team celebrated secure victory over Macedonia 29:21 (17:12) at the start of “HEP Croatian Cup” in Umag. Zeljko Babić boys had no problem to outplay rivals, who were without some important names in the squad…CROATIA – MACEDONIA 29:21 (17:12) Hrvatska: Stevanović (7 saves), Ivić, Stojanović; Marić 5, Duvnjak 2, Stepančić 2, Gojun, Horvat 7, Karačić 3, Kozina, Tominec, Štrlek 1, Pavlović, Kovačević 1, Mamić 2, Šebetić 1, Slišković 2, Cindrić 3 Makedonija: Mitrevski (1 saves), Ristovski (4 saves); Manaskov, Kukoski, K. Lazarov 5, Mitkov, Drogriški, Taleski 4, Dimitrovski, Pribak 1, Georgievski 2, F. Lazarov 1, Ojleski 2, Kuzmanovski, Dimitrievski, Peševski 6, Kosteski ← Previous Story DHB Super Cup: Germany and Slovenia win openers Next Story → Beach Handball Champions Cup: Sea, sun and handball in Gran Canaria read more

  • Sporting beat Porto in Portuguese derby

    Sporting beat Porto 31:25 in derby match of Portuguese handball. The reigning champions overtook position number 1 six matches until the end of regular season. The Spanish playmaker Carlos Ruesga was the TOP scorer of the winning team with 9 goals.Porto – Sporting 25-31Porto Hugo Laurentino, Sérgio Morgado; Victor Iturriza (4), Spelic (1), Yoel Morales, Miguel Martins (7), Ángel Hernández (3), Rui Silva (6), Daymaro Salina (2), Jose Carrillo, Diogo Branquinho (1), António Areia, André Gomes, Miguel Alves, Aleksander SpendeSporting Aljosa Cudic, Matevz Skok; Pedro Valdes (2), Pedro Portela (3), Michal Kopco (1), Bosko Bjelanovic, Cláudio Pedroso (2), Carlos Ruesga (9), Frankis Carol (2), Pedro Solha, Tiago Rocha (2), Carlos Carneiro (2), Francisco Tavares, Edmilson Araújo (2), Ivan Nikcevic (3), Felipe BorgesSTANDINGS:1. Sporting 20 18 1 1 687:488 572. Porto 21 17 1 3 641:478 563. Benfica 20 17 1 2 613:475 554. ABC Braga 21 14 3 4 607:516 525. Avanca 21 13 2 6 602:577 496. Belenenses 21 12 1 8 567:567 467. Madeira 21 11 1 9 594:568 448. Aquas Santas 21 10 1 10 571:542 429. Boa Hora 21 7 1 13 565:628 3610. Maia-Ismai 21 6 1 14 515:558 3411. AC Fafe 21 4 2 15 522:605 3112. Arsenal 21 4 1 16 495:650 3013. Xico Andebol 21 2 2 17 517:669 2714. Sao Bernardo 21 1 2 18 457:632 25 FC Porto handballSporting Lisbon handball ← Previous Story Petar Nenadic before EHF CL come-back: Ready for any role which Ljubo prepares for me Next Story → Wolff brings points to Kiel against Veszprem read more

  • Merger of National Library and National Museum boards will save €630000

    first_imgPLANS TO FORM a single board to oversee the work of the National Museum and National Library will save the exchequer over €600,000 a year, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has claimed.Under the plans, announced last year, a single statutory Advisory Council would do the work currently carried out by the two boards.Asked by Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó’Fearghail to outline the savings that would be achieved by the plan, Jimmy Deenihan said that much of the savings would lie in sharing services.“[As] board fees totalling over €80,000 were paid out to members of these boards in 2012, direct recurring annual savings of that order will be made as a result.Savings of approximately €200,000 are expected to be achieved in staff costs, with a further €350,000 in savings to be achieved through additional shared services.Deenihan added that the decision was not just made on monetary grounds.“The decision taken by Government in relation to the National Library and National Museum is not solely focussed on monetary savings but also on creating efficiencies and streamlining services and structures.”Read: Artists receive over €3 million in bursaries over the past three yearsRead: Long-lost Van Gogh painting unveiled in Amsterdamlast_img read more

  • 1 in 3 drivers expect aggression or intimidation on Irish roads

    first_imgNEW FIGURES ON road rage in Ireland suggest that it is not an unusual experience for drivers.Nearly 40 per cent of the Irish drivers who took part in a Continental Tyres survey of 300 people said that they shout or get angry behind the wheel on a weekly basis.Meanwhile, 13 per cent of them have gotten out of their car in order to confront another driver. Plus nearly one in three of the respondents said that they ‘expect’ to experience aggressive or intimidating driving while out in their car.Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland said that the road rage figures “are shocking”. Of the road users who annoy drivers the most, learners topped the list (52.7 per cent), followed by older or slower drivers (45.5 percent) and boy racers (43.6 per cent).Dr Mark Sullman, expert in driver behaviour at Cranfield University said:When driving, we are prevented from using the normal cues to work out people’s intentions, such as facial expression and body language, so we are more likely to misunderstand their behaviour and interpret it in a negative way.He advises that motorists can choose not to let it rile them “and instead deal with the situation in a positive way, such as concentrating on driving safely yourself or realising that everyone makes mistakes”.Read: Half of Irish drivers admit to suffering road rage> Getting a blast of the horn from another driver is the most common form of aggression, followed by offensive hand gestures and being ‘tailgated’.center_img Of paramount importance is road safety but if motorists feel intimidated or angry they will lack concentration, increasing the danger for other road users, never mind not enjoying the driving experience.He said the company is urging drivers to consider using more courtesy while driving, “not only to improve safety and the driving experience but also because showing consideration to others on the roads actually eases congestion and reduces delays”.The survey also showed:When on the receiving end of road rage, 40 per cent feel angry, 21 per cent feel shaken and nearly one in five (18.9 per cent) feel like retaliating.last_img read more

  • New charity index reveals Irelands top 100 highest earning charities

    first_imgTHE TOP 10 charities in Ireland’s first Charity 100 Index are dominated by hospitals.The index, compiled by governance charity Boardmatch Ireland, tracks changes in income of the 100 charities over a three year period. The research shows that four of the top ten charities are voluntary hospitals which receive grant aid from the HSE.Hospital charitiesSt Vincent’s Health Care is the highest earning charity in Ireland with a gross income of €363 million for 2011.Just last week, they were called on by the Public Accounts Committee to explain their finances. Fine Gael TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Simon Harris says he is keen to “seriously question” the group on its corporate governance and pension funding.Central Remedial ClinicThe Central Remedial Clinic which has been embroiled in controversy moved down in its rating from 25th place to 26th place on the index.The index reveals that the CRC’s gross income for 2011 amounted to €19, 644,100. From 2009 to 2011, the CRC saw a fall in its income of 10.3 per cent from just over €21, 900, 611.The second highest earning charity is The Mater University Hospital which has a gross income for 2011 of just over €257 million.All four hospitals in the top ten have voluntary boards apart from the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital who is a member of the board in all four cases, states Boardmatch Ireland. This is unusual for charities, they stated as it requires an exemption from the Revenue Commissioners and the majority of other charities in the top 100 would not have their CEO on the board.Charity sectorFrom 2009-2011, the charity sector saw an overall decrease in income of 8.8 per cent or €265 million. This is a reduction from €3.05 billion in 2009 to €2.78 billion in 2011.The top 20 charities can be seen below. To view the entire list, click here.On average, the income of eleven voluntary hospitals has declined since 2009:There are nine overseas aid agencies in the 100 index with a combined income of €270,721,225.The biggest climber on the list is the UCD Foundation which has seen its annual income increase by 204 per cent since 2009. It has moved from 150th place in 2009 to 47th in 2011.Overseas development NGO Bóthar was the biggest faller, dropping 22 places on the index since 2009. It has seen an overall decline of 26 per cent in its income of since 2009.Charity organisations that are trusts, co-ops or unincorporated are not included in this index. This excludes the likes of Crosscare, Foróige and Society of St Vincent de Paul which are unincorporated entities and therefore make no returns to the Companies Registration Office.Trócaire and The Iveagh Trust, which are trusts and the Credit Union Movement which are friendly societies make returns to the Register of Friendly Societies.Read: €3.4m funding from Gorta gives new hope to disabled youth in India>Read:  Cork twins appeal smashes target, despite a setback>last_img read more

  • Alan Shatter The roof hasnt fallen in because of civil partnership

    first_imgSo as we head into 2015, there will be one issue and one issue only: Do you believe individuals should be allowed to enter same-sex marriages or should we discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and deny that to them?He noted that the “roof hasn’t fallen in” since civil partnership was introduced, adding that replacing those unions with marriages will also not lead to the “roof falling in”.Bill by December 2014Commenting on this year’s legislation, Shatter said he wants the Oireachtas committee to complete their process of examining the Bill by Easter.The Equality Minister said he hopes the debate on the issues surrounding the proposed changes will be respectful and will “at no stage descend into an abusive narrative”.He said he presumes opposing TDs will not emerge from the undergrowth once the 150-page Bill is released. He also told TheJournal.ie that there is support and understanding among Fine Gael and Labour deputies for the legislation, noting that the developments it will bring were signposted in the Programme for Government.During a questions-and-answers session after his address, audience members thanked the Minister for his courage to bring forward the legislation and put queries to him about their own personal situations.Two young men asked about their rights to adopt a child together. Although the issue has to be covered separately -through that Department of Children – Shatter said they May issue a Cabinet statement of intent if the heads of Bill are not ready for publication at the same time.He noted that an individual can adopt a child, regardless of sexual orientation. However, the only couple recognised by adoption rules are married ones, therefore excluding LGBT couples and co-habiting couples.Asked about inheritance tax, Shatter noted that some of the changes coming from the legislation will have to be subsequently dealt with. For example, in this instance, amendments to the Finance Bill will be required.Speaking of the so-called, traditional nuclear family, the Fine Gael TD said there is no monopoly on family form. He claimed that the notion of that form came from US advertising and not Ireland’s own history.“One hundred years ago, children would routinely have been living in families that included parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles,” he explained. “Some would have been reared by grandparents or by aunts and uncles. Children were often sent to childless relatives to be reared when families had too many mouths to feed.  That children were often reared in non-traditional families is reflected in the popular culture of the past 150 years which abounds in stories of children growing up successfully in such families.So Anne of Green Gables flourished in late nineteenth-century Canada when rescued by the middle-aged siblings, Marilla and Matthew.  Similarly, in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s endless quest was to get home, not to a nuclear family but rather to her Aunt Em.Shatter also revealed that the Wizard of Oz “scared the bejaysus out of him”.This is how Ireland intends to change ‘outdated’ laws on bringing up children… MINISTER ALAN SHATTER says he will publish the anticipated Child and Family Relationships Bill, new legislation that gives security and rights to all family forms, “very shortly”.He expects the laws – which will cover the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction – to be enacted by the end of this year, ahead of a planned referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015.Although the imminent piece of legislation doesn’t deal with gay and lesbian marriage, Shatter believes it will clear the path for the Irish public to vote for it because there will be no “extraneous” elements to be debated.Speaking at an LGBT Parenting conference today, he said, ”There is a simple message about this referendum. This isn’t a complicated issue. It is about one very simple thing.“Which is whether people of same sex should be allowed celebrate a ceremony that’s called marriage as opposed to a ceremony called civil partnership. There is no other issue that will arise.“Because much of the issues that do arise have been addressed in the 2010 Act. Any of the other issues in the Children and Family Relationships Bill will be addressed by the end of this year. And they have to be addressed regardless of whether same-sex marriage is introduced.last_img read more

  • Good jobs news Pharmaceutical company announces 42 hightech jobs for Dublin

    first_imgA GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICAL company has announced 42 jobs for Dublin.The jobs at Aspen, which is one of the biggest generic drugs companies in the world, will be in Citywest in Dublin.The IDA, which supported the expansion, said that nine out of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies in the world are now located in Ireland.Aspen has had a base in Ireland in 2010 and established its European operations centre here in 2012. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton welcomed the expansion and said Ireland had deliberately targeted pharma as a key sector for jobs.Stephen Saad, the chief executive of the South African company, said that Ireland’s workforce had the specialised skills required by the pharmaceutical industry and praised Ireland’s “strong regulatory and business environment”.Read: Subway to serve up 1,800 new jobs in Ireland > Read: Will you get a pay rise in 2014? Over half of employees don’t think they will >last_img read more

  • Irish snowboarding hopeful Seamus OConnor misses out on slopestyle final despite great

    first_imgIRELAND’S 16-YEAR-OLD snowboarder Seamus O’Connor showed he has a bright future in the sport this morning with an impressive semi-final performance.The US-born teenager came in ninth in his semi-final — with an excellent 70.25 in his second run — but it was not good enough to book a place in the final.The Utah native came in 13th in his heat on Thursday morning.One of the favourites, Canada’s Mark McMorris, who squeezed into the final earlier, was left bemused after he earlier failed to gain direct qualification despite a seemingly faultless second run that he felt did not get the score it deserved.“I just didn’t think my run was worth such a low score, I didn’t see what was that much more insane about their runs, but it’s a judged sport,” said McMorris, who finished seventh in his heat on Thursday.And his concerns were echoed by American Sage Kotsenburg, who also made it through to the final on Saturday.“A lot of people in here were upset (at the judging). I’m not going to do a run (with a lot of tricks) just because that’s what they (the judges) want to see,” he said following training on Friday.“I hope it changes. I wouldn’t even want to watch it (snowboarding) if it doesn’t.”Kotsenburg’s teammate Chas Guldemond said the controversy could have a detrimental affect on the event.“A couple of things made me raise my eyebrows. This is the one event you’ve got to get right,” he said. “They need to figure out the mistakes and fix them. This is a big deal.“We’ve worked so hard to get here (slopestyle in the Olympics). Everyone is watching.”More to followPoll: Will you support the Irish athletes at the Winter Olympics?19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremonylast_img read more

  • Tánaiste Dept of Foreign Affairs has stopped buying expensive wines

    first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has ended “the practice of purchasing expensive wines,” the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs said today.Eamon Gilmore said his Department “maintained a stock of wine for use in relation to State and official hospitality”, and that -following a review of purchasing policy – he had given an instruction in March 2012 “that any wine bought should be reasonably priced, and that every care should be taken to ensure that the cost of State and official hospitality would be kept to a minimum”.“This is now Department policy and is reflected in the significantly reduced amount spent on wine in 2012,” he said.Gilmore added that “the majority of the higher value wines stored by the Department were bought prior to 2010, when the previous Government was in office”.Gilmore’s comments were in response to an article in the Irish Daily Mail today regarding the Department’s purchase of wines.According to figures supplied by the Tánaiste, the cost of restocking the Department’s wine cellar was €7,834.66 last year, compared to €29,541.99 in 2005.last_img read more

  • McIlroy showing further signs of improvement McDowell trails Tiger

    first_imgWoods put his tee shot at the par-3 fourth two feet from the cup to set up a birdie and followed with a birdie at five, then followed with two more back-to-back birdies at the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth and par-5 10th and par-4 11th.At the 10th, Woods was in a bunker but blasted out and sank a 10-foot birdie putt. After his birdie at 11, he followed by making his first birdie at Doral’s par-3 13th hole since 2006.After a bogey at the 14th, his lone blemish of the round, Woods made a clutch eight-foot par-saving putt at 15 and followed with a birdie at the 16th.“I bounced right back and I’m right back where I left off,” Woods said.Woods closed his rounds with back-to-back pars, missing birdie putts from 20 feet at the 17th and 26 feet at the last hole. He has made only one birdie putt from beyond 20 feet in the first two rounds, a testimony to his approaches.“Some holes we’re allowed to flatten it out and roll the ball,” Woods said. “Other holes you have got to just hit moon balls. It’s a tough track.“If the wind blows with the greens this firm, it becomes very difficult. They are going to push us and test us.” McDowell joined Jacobson, Watson, Woods and Sergio Garcia as co-leaders on day one and followed with four birdies on the front nine and another at 17.“I’m hitting it pretty well off the tee,” McDowell said. “I’ve controled my iron play well. I’ve chipped and putted when I’ve had to but I’ve really done well on the greens. They are in some of the best condition I’ve seen.” WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy has finished with a bogey at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship today.After lipping out from two feet for par, he birdied the five prior even-numbered holes and opened with a birdie on his way to a 69, his first sub-70 round of the year.McIlroy ended the day 11 shots off the lead, tied for 32nd with eight others.Meanwhile, Tiger Woods fired eight birdies on Friday to complete a personal-best PGA run of 17 birdies in his first 36 holes and seize a two-stroke lead.World Number 2 Woods, seeking his 17th WGC victory and 76th career triumph, fired a seven-under-par 65 in the second round to stand on 13-under 131 after the second round of the $8.5 million event at Doral’s Blue Monster course.Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell fired a 67 to finish 36 bogey-free holes on 133, one stroke ahead of Americans Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker with Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson on 135.While Woods has produced lower scores over his first 36 holes at a PGA event, he has never fired so many birdies in the first two PGA rounds.Woods, who won earlier this year at Torrey Pines, showed the form that has made him a 14-time major champion with his next chance to close the gap on the record 18 majors of Jack Nicklaus only a month away at the Masters.“I probably hit the ball better at Torrey but I’m putting better here,” said Woods. “With forecasts of wind on Sunday, hopefully I can feel my way around and get it done.”Woods has three career triumphs at Doral and six in this WGC event which has been hosted by several courses, but he has not won a WGC event in his past 10 attempts. Mickelson opened with three birdies in a row on his way to his second 67 in a row.“The key for me is I’ve driven the ball well and given myself a chance on the greens,” Mickelson said. “The greens are as fast and as firm as I’ve ever seen them.”- © AFP, 2013Rory McIlroy shows resilience with workmanlike first round in Miami>16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork> After nine birdies and three birdies in Thursday’s first round of 66, Woods shared the lead with four rivals. But as the second round wore on, no one could match Woods for putting consistency or approaches that put him within 10 feet.“I played better today,” Woods said. “The first couple of holes weren’t very good at all. My first good shot was at four. Once I hit that shot at four, I felt pretty good about it.”last_img read more

  • Missed opportunity as Ireland have to settle for draw with French

    first_imgIRELAND LET A 13-3 lead slip to draw 13-13 with France at Lansdowne Road this evening.Declan Kidney’s men looked comfortable for an hour – a Jamie Heaslip try and eight points from Paddy Jackson giving them a deserved lead – but a late try by Louis Picamoles converted by a largely misfiring Frederic Michalak drew France level.It was the second successive draw between the two sides but extended France’s winless streak over the past two Six Nations to seven and leaves them needing to beat Scotland at home next Saturday to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.The draw will ease some of the pressure on Ireland coach Declan Kidney.The Irish made the early running in terrible weather conditions and were rewarded after a superb tactical kick deep into the French 22 by Brian O’Driscoll set up a lineout.Peter O’Mahony won the ball and from the resulting driving maul Heaslip squeezed over the line to score his eighth international try – Jackson belied concerns over his placekicking, after a disastrous performance against Scotland, by landing a superb conversion.France were presented with a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 16th minute but Michalak, whose selection had raised eyebrows after three poor performances, missed his penalty from close range.Ireland were very much in control but Jackson missed a chance to make it 10-0 in the 23rd minute as his penalty from long range drifted wide.Michalak made no mistake with his second chance in the 27th minute as he slotted over a penalty to make it 7-3.However, the Irish scrum were forcing the French into infringement after infringement and Jackson, assuming responsibility when the Irish could have kicked for the corner, opted for a kick at goal from long range in the 30th minute and coverted it to restore the seven point advantage.The 21-year-old, playing in only his second test, was showing little fear and he punished the French again three minutes later as he stroked a penalty over from about 45 metres for 13-3 which even had injured first choice fly-half Jonathan Sexton grinning and applauding from the stands.Michalak’s woeful first-half finished on a suitably low note as given the chance to give France a filip on the stroke of half-time he sent another kickable penalty wide to leave the Irish sitting comfortably enough at the break.Jackson had an early chance in the second-half to extend the lead but his effort fell just short.The Irish were still controlling the game but prop Mike Ross conceded a penalty in the 54th minute and Morgan Parra stepped up, replacing the misfiring Michalak, and converted it for 13-6.Parra, though, proved he too was fallible, missing a tough penalty attempt just before the hour mark as the French started to pressure the hosts into a series of errors.The visitors pressed forward despeate to redress the balance but saw a chance go begging as with extra men wide out to the right they failed to push home the advantage and the Irish defence held firm.However, eventually the French breached the line as Picamoles took advantage of Ireland dithering after a penalty was awarded and tapping it quickly he touched it down for his fifth try for his country – Michalak stepped up to the task and converted for 13-13.- © AFP, 20136 Nations: Halfpenny boot shines through messy Welsh winChampions: Italy loss seals 6 Nations crown for Ireland womenlast_img read more

  • 11 symptoms of Post Bank Holiday Syndrome

    first_imgFlickr/Pug50Well, how did you do?1-4: You get the Post Bank Holiday Syndrome all-clear. Chances are you either worked over the long weekend (sorry), or mistakenly spent it doing something productive.5-7: You are a worrying borderline case. To check, look at the text messages sent from your phone over the weekend. If there are any that make you want to dissolve with mortification, the diagnosis is positive.8-11: This is a confirmed, full-blown case of Post Bank Holiday Syndrome. There is only one remedy: immediately retire to your sofa with a duvet, a box set, and a family-sized tub of ice cream.Bank holiday weekends in your head versus in reality>Working this bank holiday? Join our support group> SO, THE LONG weekend. That happened.Do you have Post Bank Holiday Syndrome? Here are 11 key indicators:1. You felt like this when your alarm went off todayImgur2. This diagram rings chillingly true3. This accurately represents your morning commuteImgur4. Working has for some reason become impossibletheouthousers.com5. Time appears to have cruelly slowed down littlebigfund.org8. You’ve already had this conversation more times than you can countPhoto via Shutterstock9. This happens when you actually check your bank balanceImgur10. You are beset by confusion about what day it is11. You would give literally anything for thiscenter_img Flickr/DeaPeaJay6. When asked how your weekend was, you say:7. This happens when you think about your bank balancelast_img read more

  • Over 20 Irish films screening and selling at Cannes Film Festival

    first_imgMORE THAN 150 Irish filmmakers and industry professionals have travelled to Cannes this year with an aim to marketing and selling Irish film.The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s largest film markets and is a key destination for anyone in the industry who is looking for funding for independent movies.It’s also a great place for Irish people in the industry to make connections with international film financiers, sales agents and film distributors. The festival began yesterday and runs until May 26.Showcasing Irish filmIrish sci-fi movie, The Last Day on Mars, directed by Irish Academy Award nominee Ruairí Robinson, will have its world premiere in the prestigious Director’s Fortnight category.Other Irish movies that will be selling at the festival include Run and Jump, Life’s a Breeze, starring Pat Short and The Stag, starring Amy Hubberman, Hugh O’Connor and Andrew Scott.Lenny Abrahamson will not only be marketing his film, What Richard Did at the festival, but also his latest movie, Frank, which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal.Recently, newly-appointed chairman of The Irish Film Board, Bill O’Herlihy said he wanted to see the number of jobs in the Irish film industry sector rise from 5,000 to 10,000 by 2016 and to double turnover from €500 million to €1 billionInterview: Why I set out to explore the dark side of South Dublin cliquey teens>That’s Michael Fassbender under that head…>Column: Ireland’s film industry is booming – and it’s about more than money>last_img read more

  • President Higgins says Irish still face life draining impediments

    first_imgWe know that, in recent years, we Irish failed so frequently to ensure that policies were centred on what was good or necessary for the citizenry as a whole and allowed much of the economic decision making to focus instead on the advancement of private interests which often undermined the very basis of our society.Looking back on this, he said he hoped that Ireland had learnt that an over-reliance on “unregulated markets” would not produce “either a social economy or a space of citizenship”.“Instead that public space of citizenship will become subsumed to the private demands of consumption,” he said.‘Trust has been sacrificed’Higgins said that a lot of trust had been sacrificed “at public level” in recent decades, giving particular mention to a failure to regulate Ireland’s banking system.In finishing, he praised the continuing work of the SVP:I would like to conclude by thanking those who give so freely of their time, skills and experience to ensure the legacy of that great humanitarian Blessed Frederick Ozanam continues two hundred years after his birth and one hundred and eighty years after he uttered those far reaching words ‘Yes, let us visit the poor’.Read: President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens > PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS has said that Ireland needs to foster a “new connection between economy, society and the person – one based on ethics.”Higgins made the comments during today’s conference of the St Vincent de Paul, which marked the bicentenary of the birth of the organisations founder, Blessed Frederick Ozanam.Praising the non-profit organisation, Higgins said that their work had always tried to “challenge the root causes of poverty and social injustice.”Speaking of those who are currently struggling, Higgins said that poverty, homelessness and mortgage arrears were “serious obstacles to a genuinely inclusive citizenship”, believing that these “life draining impediments” created barriers between these people and society.‘We Irish failed so frequently’Ireland’s president went on to say:last_img read more

  • Opinion The first step to fixing Irelands alcohol problem Fight back against

    first_imgALCOHOL KILLS ABOUT 3.3 million people every year, or 5.9 per cent of all deaths globally, a new report by the World Health Organisation notes. It is also linked to over 200 disease and injury conditions and is associated, for example, with liver cirrhosis, cancers, and alcohol dependence.The Irish drink a lot, and in particular, binge drinking is very high here compared to other countries, at 39 per cent of people. Alcohol Action Ireland remarked that this ‘puts Ireland just behind Austria with 40.5 per cent at the top of the 194 countries studied and well ahead of our neighbours in Britain at 28 per cent’.The costs are large. Almost 10 per cent of Irish children say that their parents’ use of alcohol has negative effects on their lives, for a total of 110,000 children. As many as 25 per cent of injuries admissions to hospitals’ emergency departments are related to alcohol, which is also strongly linked to suicide, especially among young men. 88 deaths every month in Ireland are directly caused by alcohol, along with 1,200 cases of cancer each year. One in four deaths of men younger than 40 years old is due to alcohol, as are a third of road accidents. 2,000 hospital beds are occupied for reasons related to alcohol, and treating related injuries and diseases costs about €1.2 billion, or 8.5 per cent of the annual health care budget.Moreover, the health and crime problems linked to alcohol cost us €3.7 billion a year. If we reduced by 30 per cent the harms caused, the exchequer would save €1 billion. Cheap alcohol is a problem as a man can reach his low risk weekly limit by spending less than €10 and a woman €6.30.The insidious nature of the drinks industry We know well how to deal with alcohol problems. It’s not because people think things are fine. There is a strong belief, held by 85 per cent of Irish people, that current alcohol consumption in Ireland is too high, as a Health Research Board survey found. 72 per cent said that they know someone who in their opinion, drinks too much. And 78 per cent believe the government has a responsibility to implement measures to protect public health from high levels of alcohol consumption.The solution is evidence-based policies. There are a range of measures that have been proven to be effective by systematic scholarly and policy research. For example, although the government has yet to introduce the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, it contains important policies such as the implementation of minimum pricing to reduce consumption and stricter regulation of the marketing of alcohol.The drinks industry itself is lobbying hard against any rules that would limit its freedom and profits. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Irish Times reveal how it was successful in its recent attempt to dissuade the government from banning the sponsorship of sports events. Diageo, the industry giant, sent letters to the highest levels of government explaining corporate concerns, in addition to lobbying from industry groups like the Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, the Irish Distillers, and the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, a division of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation).Push back against the drinks industry Whatever the industry says, advertising, and in particular sponsorship of sports and cultural events, has negative impacts. Firms’ internal marketing documents have confirmed that sponsorship is designed to build emotional connections with consumers that translate into higher consumption. One document states that the industry targets young female drinkers who hopefully ‘will drink bucket loads of the stuff’, which is a ‘perfect social lubricant’. Another seeks to give young males ‘a reason to believe in the product whilst building an emotional connection to the “Vivid me” state’ and ‘create emotional experiences for young male drinkers’.A number of systematic reviews have demonstrated that alcohol advertising encourages young people to drink sooner and in larger quantities. A recent study of over 6,600 teenagers in four European countries on the effects of alcohol sponsorship of sport events found that ‘Seeing more alcohol-branded sport sponsorship increases the likelihood that adolescents (start to) drink and increases the frequency of using alcohol’. This is because ‘When adolescents expect that alcohol will make them feel less negative, more positive, aroused and relaxed because of alcohol-branded sport sponsorship, they are more likely to drink alcohol more frequently’.In short, the problems and solutions are known—all that remains to be done is to push back against the drinks industry.Julien Mercille is a lecturer at UCD working on drugs and the economic crisis. His book The Political Economy and Media Coverage of the Irish Economic Crisis will be out in August. Follow him on Twitter at @JulienMercilleRead: This is what happens to your body when you binge drink > Read: Why do soft drinks cost more than beer in Irish pubs? >last_img read more

  • Heres how you can see the first White Tailed Sea Eagles born

    first_imgTHE FIRST WHITE Tailed Sea Eagles born in Ireland in over a century can now be viewed by the public in a new viewing and information point launched in County Clare.In 2011, the Mountshannon breeding pair, a six-year-old male and five-year-old female, were collected as chicks on the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway by the Golden Eagle Trust.The birds were released in Killarney National Park before relocating to Lough Derg in 2011. Source: D CoombesThe pair, named Saoirse and Caimin, created history in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in 110 years. The pair successfully hatched another chick in late April of this year.The new viewing and information point officially opened on the shores of Lough Derg today in County Clare.Located at Mountshannon Pier and operated by Mountshannon Community Council, the Golden Eagle Trust and Clare County Council, the new viewing point features telescopes and information and displays about the White Tailed Sea Eagles.The facility will remain open until the end of September.Norway’s Ambassador to Ireland, Roald Næss joined Mayor of Clare Councillor John Crowe in Mountshannon today as his country has been closely linked with the Golden Eagle Trust’s programme who are helping to reintroduce the bird to Ireland. Source: Sean CurtinMayor of Clare John Crowe said the viewing point is a great way for the public to view the birds without disturbing them.He said the new viewing point “will help to further safeguard these impressive birds and their nesting activities, as well as to promote their ecology and conservation”.Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Roald Næss said:Norway is home to one of the largest White Tailed Sea Eagle populations in the world and has been instrumental in helping organisations such as the Golden Eagle Trust to reintroduce the species to countries where the bird once flourished but is no longer found. Being able to view this breeding pair thrive here in County Clare is a tribute to everyone concerned and I hope the people who visit this viewing point truly value what is happening here.Dr. Allan Mee, White Tailed Sea Eagle project manager said having a nesting pair of eagles “here on our doorstep is a unique and one that the local community in Mountshannon will I’m sure help nurture into the future”. Read: The first white-tailed eagle chicks of the year have been born>Read: Soar like an eagle with this amazing point-of-view video>last_img read more

  • Swim ban at Killiney and White Rock beaches due to high levels

    first_imgDÚN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN County Council have banned bathing on Killiney and White Rock beaches.The ban on these two beaches follows Dublin City Council’s ban on swimming on Sandymount Strand earlier today.The notice follows the results of samples taken today which showed a high levels of E. Coli and Enterococci contaminants.E.ColiE. Coli is a fecal coliform that occurs in the intestinal flora of both animals and humans, while Enterococci are normally from the intestinal tracts of animals, birds and humans.The cause of these high levels are not known and an investigation has commenced.The Blue Flag is being removed from Killiney pending the outcome of this investigation.The water at both locations has been resampled and the results are expected back on Friday.If the re-sample results are acceptable the temporary prohibition notice will be removed.Prior to this sample, in 2014, there were 16 samples taken in Killiney, 15 were classified as “Excellent” quality and one received “Good” quality status.While in White Rock there were also 16 samples and all were classified as “Excellent” quality.Fianna Fáil Councillor Cormac Devlin urged parents to be cautious and not allow their children enter the water until the all clear had been given.Read: Temporary ban on bathing in place at Sandymount Strand>Read: Forget the package holiday. A spaceport for commercial flights is being built in the UK>last_img read more