← Previous Story C.O Zagreb wins “Istria Handball Cup” Next Story → 6th IHF Super Globe starts in Doha BudapestbuducnostFTC handballkrimOltchim Host team at “Szabella Cup” in Hungary, domestic vice-champion FTC wins tournament after final match against Romanian Oltchim Valcea 29:27. Tournament in Budapest was probably the best in the preparation period for thr TOP European teams…Group “A”:Rostov-Don – Oltchim 23:29Rostov-Don – KRIM 23:21KRIM – Oltchim 29:23Group “B”:BUDUCNOST- Hypo 25:26FTC – Hypo 38:35BUDUCNOST- The FTC 27:35Ranking:For the 5-th place: KRIM – BUDUCNOST 34:28For 3-to place: Rostov-Don – Hypo 29:28Final: Oltchim Valcea – FTC 27:291. FTC2. Oltchim Valcea3rd Rostov-Don4th HYPO5th KRIM6th RK BUDUCNOST
Coach with whom Tunisian National team wrote the best chapter of the history, Sead Hasanefendic is on the way to take again the challenge with the biggest African handball force. Tunisia won fourth place at World Championship 2005 with Hasanefendic at the bench. In the mintime, experienced coach worked as Serbian headcoach, but his better part of career was with VfL Gummersbach. His last team was GVW Minden in the last three months of previous season…Ex-Tunisian coach, Alain Portes is new head-coach of French female NT. handball coachSead HasanefendicTunisiatunisian handball ← Previous Story Jakov Gojun to PSG! Next Story → Hungary has the best youth beach handball!
Holger GlandorfSG Flensburg German star Holger Glandorf (30) secured his proffesional future with SG Flensburg until 2017. New contract on four year base is signed and that means that Ljubomir Vranjes doesn’t have to think about left-handed players for a while.SG Flensburg has signed a deal with another left-hander, “Serbian Abalo”, Bogdan Radivojevic (20) who is coming from RK Partizan for the upcoming season. ← Previous Story Lijewski said “NO” to THW Kiel – Germans between Barachet and Dujshebaev? Next Story → Men’s Junior WCh 2013 starts in Bosni and Herzegovina!
World’s Best Handball Player 2013 Contest begins today! Handball-Planet.com with the strong support of handball journalists and the fans from all over the world, the third year in a row will choose the best player on the Planet. Jury consisted of 11 handball specialists from Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Ireland, Argentina, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Slovenia and Macedonia, made official nominations for all seven positions. Three players per position got certain number of votes and YOU (FANS) as 12th member of Jury have chance to add your votes before the FINAL DECISION.Handball-Planet.com visitors have a chance to vote for the players per position. Player with the most votes in total (no matter on which position) will get the most votes from the fans.BEST LEFT WING 2013BEST LEFT BACK 2013BEST PLAYMAKER 2013BEST RIGHT BACK 2013BEST RIGHT WING 2013BEST LINE-PLAYER 2013BEST GOALKEEPER 2013VOTE UNTIL DECEMBER 2! Jury members:Bjorn Pazen (Germany, Handball-Woche)Bence Martha (Hungary, hatosfal.hu, Digisport)Wojciech Osinski (Poland, przegladsportowy.pl)Rici Gjamovski (Macedonia, MKD Sport)Lojze Grcman (Slovenia, SIOL)Tom O Brannagain (Ireland, EHF TV)Patrick Andersen (Denmark, hbold.dk)Jorge Dargel Amigo (Spain, Marca)Gaston Rudich (Argentina, superhandball.ar)Nicolas Chardon – Handnews.fr TEAM (France)Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com)This is the third year of our Contest for the World’s Best Handball Player. Hungarian TOP star Laszlo Nagy won award in 2011 when over 6500 fans voted on our Poll question. In 2012 the World’s best player was Czech star Filip Jicha when over 13.000 fans voted…VOTE AND ENJOY THE RACE ← Previous Story WORLD’S BEST GOALKEEPER 2013? Next Story → HANDBALL EXCLUSIVE – The first online handball magazine ready for reading!
The only team who secured the TOP 8 spot in the Men’s EHF Cup after four matches of the group phase is German MT Melsungen. DKB Bundesliga team celebrated easily the fourth victory over Hungarian Balatonfuredi 29:23 and win the necessary eight points.GROUP A:Gorenje – Pfadi Winterthur 30:26HSV Handball – Haslum 36:26STANDINGS:HSV 6Gorenje 6Pfadi Winterthur 2Haslum 2GROUP B:HCM Constanta – BM Granollers 28:27Sankt Petersburg – TT Holstebro todaySTANDINGS:TT Holstebro 5BM Granollers 5HCM Constanta 3Sankt Petersburg 1GROUP C:Fuchse Berlin – Skjern 29:24FC Porto – RK Vojvodina 29:23STANDINGS:Fuchse Berlin 6Skjern 6FC Porto 4Vojvodina 0GROUP D:MT Melsungen – Balatonfuredi 29:23Eskilstuna Guif – RK Nexe 33:24STANDINGS:MT Melsungen 8Nexe 4Guif 3Balatonfuredi 1PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/MT.Melsungen MT Melsungen ← Previous Story W VS V: Rocha to miss Vardar – Brumen doubtful for Wisla Next Story → Baltic F4 in Kehra – Serviti Polva win regular part of the season
PSG HandballThierry Omeyer Legendary French goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer (39) admitted for the French media that he could finish his career in the national team after World Championship 2017 in France. One of the best goalie of all-time began his career in the national team in 1999 with Daniel Constantini which gave him a chance to be a part of all major successes of the French handball except the first World’s gold medal in Iceland in 1995.Omeyer has contract with PSG Handball until summer 2017, when he will be a 41.However, playing in front of home fans in Paris Bercy and Lille Stadium sounds like a perfect way for farewell party.source: handnews.fr ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatić to become a father Next Story → WOMEN’S EHF CL COACHES: Adžić, Neagu and Gyor’s fans are the best!
EHF CL Final4MVM Veszprem ← Previous Story Who will join Kielce at Lanxess Arena? Next Story → BYE BYE BARCA: THW Kiel save German honour! MVM Veszprem will play at VELUX EHF Final 4 in Cologne for the third time in a row. The Hungarian champions weren’t on the level from the first match against RK Vardar Skopje (29:26 win at “Jane Sandanski”), but individual quality of Momir Ilić, Mirko Alilović and Laszlo Nagy became the biggest power in the clash with strong Macedonians – 30:30 (12:14).RK Vardar’s coach Raul Gonzales’ made a great tactical impact on the start with 5-1 defense (Dibirov) which caused a lot of problems to Hungarian back-line. Macedonians had +4 several time during first half (2:6, 8:12, 10:14).However, everything has changed in the second part of the match. Mate Lekai put his time in lead for the first time in 39th minute (19:18), but visitors managed to stay in the battle for Cologne until the end.Matjaž Brumen netted for 28:27 lead three minutes before the end, when shooting power of Momir Ilić (three goals for last 150 seconds) made the difference…Ilić netted nine goals for the winners, while Dujshebaev scored five for Vardar…TEXT: Ivan Ilić
Ljubomir VranjesPSG HandballTelekom Veszprem An “earthquake” was a match between Paris Saint Germain and Telekom Veszprem 33:28 in French capital. Both teams proved TOP class with the highest ambitions in VELUX EHF Champions League. Battle for the first place will be continued at Veszprem Arena on Saturday, 17.30 hrs.– We know that we can play better. Paris played well in the last game and they deserved to win but now we want to take a step forward and win in front of our fans on Saturday. We have to be better in 60 minutes. We had a really bad 20 minutes in defense on Sunday. We have to be better at defense. Of course, at the end we have to score 1 goal more – said Veszprem’s coach Ljubomir Vranjes before the match.Norwegian right back Kent Robin Tönnesen looking forward to another clash with French champions: It is going to be a tough game but also fun to play. I think we did not play that well last weekend, we will try to show our better side this Saturday, and we will get those 2 points for sure in front of our fans. We have to be at a better level in our defense because 33 conceded goals are too much. We have to get better at that and help our goalkeepers. If we do that, I think we will have a good chance. ← Previous Story PORTUGAL: Four teams on four points Next Story → Meshkov Brest present own perfume!
Poll Results: No (3606) YesNoVote DOCTOR DONALD LOW, a Canadian microbiologist, has ignited a controversial debate with a posthumous plea for assisted suicide.His pleaHe recorded the video eight days before his death on 18 September. Seven months ago he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. You can view the video here.Today’s topic therefore is: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide? Yes (3743)
THE FIANNA FÁIL leader today accused the Government of “making life unbearable” for middle-income families.Micheál Martin asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny if, in light of yesterday’s decision to increase the levy on private health insurance, the Government would increase the amount of tax relief available on policies.Martin said that Government policies were “driving people out of the private health insurance market”. Wasn’t one increase enough? Given everything that is happening in the health insurance market? Why are you hammering hard pressed families, who are of the view that they are paying for everything anyway? The Taoiseach hit back, accusing Martin of “denying reality” and advocating the abandonment of the risk equalisation scheme, which ensures that elderly policy holders pay the same as younger cohorts.“The objection of the Health Minister is to reform the health service, but to do so in a way that allows elderly people pay the same as younger people. Every year, 20,000 people reach the age of 65.”About 19 per cent of health insurance policy holders are 65 or older, the Taoiseach said, adding that community rating and risk equalisation must be protected.Martin said that he never advocated the policy change, but said that the “haemorrhage could not go on” if the sector was to be protected.“The centre will not hold if the haemorrhage continues. Meanwhile, you’re making life unbearable for hard-pressed families with this incoherent and ad-hoc policy.”In response, the Taoiseach said that younger insurers could not “have it every way”, saying that they had an advantage in having younger customers, who typically cost less to cover.Read: Health insurance levy will cost customers “up to 15 per cent”Read: Department of Health to increase cost of health insurance policies
[Photocall Ireland]1. German spy chiefs traveled to Washington to demand answers, following allegations concerning Chancellor Angela Merkel. What specific claim were they looking into?2. The royal baby was christened in London. What’s his name?3. Senator David Norris parted company with something that had been part of his life for 40 years — all in the name of cancer research. What?4. After a €1 increase in excise on wine in last year’s Budget, a further increase was announced by Finance Minister Micheal Noonan in Budget 2014. How much?5. Ryanair said it would bring a further 1,000,000 passengers into Ireland next year as a result of a specific measure announced in the Budget. Why were they so optimistic?6. An incident in first few minutes of the new series of crime drama Love/Hate led to widespread criticism from animal rights groups. What happened?7. This outspoken Dublin South politician resigned from Fine Gael after handing in a letter to the Taoiseach. He had already been expelled from the parliamentary party. Who?8. Féinphic was added to the Irish language dictionary Focal.ie. The English translation of the word has been in the news quite a bit this year: what is it?9. Writer of ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Satellite of Love’ amongst many other rock classics, this musical icon passed away, aged 71…10. It was revealed that this Irish actor — who has some previous experience portraying politicians — would be playing Charlie Haughey in a new drama. Who?NOVEMBER [Stephen Chernin/AP/Press Association Images]1. Picture question! The man above announced back in July that he would be re-entering US politics, five years after resigning over a sex scandal. Who is he?2. Leo Varadkar said afterwards it had been “like losing a family member” but Enda Kenny said the people in question “know the rules and regulations”. What were they talking about?3. All 30 people on board were saved in dramatic rescue operation after this ship ran aground off the coast of Kinsale on 24 July. The vessel’s name?4. “A genuine, technical mistake” is how Labour Chief Whip Emmet Stagg described what his colleague Deputy Michael McNamara had just done in the Dáil. This was during a vote on the Protection of Life Bill. What was the mistake?5. Speaking of mistakes, Fine Gael said there was ‘no malice involved’ after an incident in the Dáil involving party TD Tom Barry and a female colleague. What had he done?6. In the US, Rolling Stone magazine came in for heavy criticism for their choice of cover image. Why?7. This Fine Gael TD from Dublin was appointed as the New Minister of State for European Affairs. His name, please?8. During a debate on the abolition of the Seanad, Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden got himself into hot water by describing Hitler and Mussolini as… what?9. One of the main stars of ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’ — this comedian, producer and movie director died in July, aged 60. His name?10. In spite of once referring to a sitting French president as a “wanker” this well-known Southside Dublin resident picked up that country’s highest cultural honour in July. Who are we talking about?AUGUST[Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images]1. Barack Obama gave a major public speech on the steps of Washington’s Lincoln Memorial (above). What anniversary was he marking?2. This Pakistani campaigner became the latest recipient of the Tipperary Peace Prize. Her name, please?3. In the UK, politician Godfrey Bloom got himself in trouble for referring to ‘Bongo Bongo Land’. Which political party is he a member of?4. Veteran current affairs presenter Vincent Browne took on his biggest opponent so far in a six-part TV3 series that began in August. Who?5. The Government began a recruitment campaign to hire a new Ombudsman. Who were they seeking to replace?6. Some 400,000 Dubliners had to make alternative plans to get to work. Why?7. Stephen Fry wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin, criticising his anti-gay policies and calling for a major world event to be moved from Russia. What event?8. 63 people were arrested for public order offences during a concert at Slane Castle on 17 August. Who was headlining?9. The author of ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Rum Punch’ (later adapted into the movie Jackie Brown) this US author died on 20 August, aged 87…10. This 55-year-old Scottish actor was named by the BBC as the new ‘Doctor’. Who?SEPTEMBER[Photocall Ireland]1. Pictured above is the new bridge over the River Liffey. Its name was decided in September: who is it to be called after?2. Which high-profile newspaper columnist spent around two hours in Wheatfield Prison after he refused to pay a parking fine on a point of principle?3. A former Fianna Fáil TD (and grandson of one of the party’s founders) jumped ship and joined Sinn Féin. Who?4. It emerged that this Dun Laoghaire native could become the first Irishman in space, after he was offered a spot on a commercial trip by the Space Expedition Corporation. Who?5. Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli left their positions as manager and assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland ‘by mutual consent’. But how long had they been in charge?6. In the US, the CEO of Starbucks made a (seemingly pretty reasonable) request that customers leave certain items at home when they come in for a coffee. What?7. After venues in Dublin pulled out, a controversial ‘child beauty’ contest run by a Texas-based company eventually went ahead in a pub beer garden. In what county?8. This world-renowned broadcaster, perhaps best known for his interviews with Richard Nixon, died aged 74. His name, please?9. Paul Simon wrote that this Irishman’s “directness and simplicity” was “a virtue most writers aspire to but rarely achieve”. To whom was he referring?10. An Irish group were named as one of the 12 acts in contention for a Mercury Music Prize. Who?OCTOBER [AP Photo/Jeff Chiu]1. In the US, a city’s citizens got together to make dreams come true for five-year-old Miles Scott, AKA ‘Batkid’. Which city?2. It was announced that Michael D Higgins would make the first state visit by a sitting Irish president — to which country?3. A new phrase began to sweep the US news networks; please complete it: “Crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto __ ___”.4. Which media company announced plans to have a new national TV station on air in 2015 and go “head to head with RTÉ and TV3″.5. Michael Noonan declared 7 November a “red letter day”. Why?6. It was announced that Brian O’Driscoll and Father Peter McVerry would join the likes of U2 and Nelson Mandela in receiving which honour?7. Sports Minister Leo Varadkar said he was “very confident” Ireland would bid for the this major tournament. What event was he talking about?8. After months off the air, this broadcaster received widespread praise for speaking frankly about his depression as he returned to his weekday radio slot. Who are we talking about?9. TV3 announced they would be commissioning a series about a well-known Irish political dynasty, after 570,000 tuned in to watch a one-off fly-on-the-wall documentary. What family?10. Terry Jones said he hoped to be “able to pay off my mortgage” as a result of the new live dates being performed by Monty Python. Can you name three other members of the comedy troupe?DECEMBER[Photocall Ireland]1. At the Mandela memorial service, Barack Obama was criticised for taking a ‘selfie’ with David Cameron and the prime minister of which country? 2. After tweeting that “fortune favours the brave” this politician confirmed he would be joining the Fianna Fáil benches and becoming the party’s newest TD. Who?3. On Sunday 15 December, RTÉ aired ‘Room to Improve’ ten minutes later than its scheduled 9.30pm start. Why?4. “I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier”: This British athlete received widespread praise from campaign groups after he posted a ‘coming out’ message on Youtube. Who?5. An Taisce began a court challenge in London over the British Government’s decision to build… what?6. Ireland topped a list in Forbes magazine, rising six places. What was the poll measuring?7. Which TD introduced the Dáil to the word ‘amazeballs’ (or as he put it ‘amazey-balls’)?8. The four members of U2 paid tribute to his “extraordinary leadership, guidance and friendship”. To whom were they referring?9. This 40-year-old actor, known for his role in a long-running series of action movies, died in a car crash north of LA…10. Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ was named on 11 December. Who made the cover?Click here for the answers >Read: TheJournal.ie Big Fat Quiz of the Year — Part I FROM THE SEANAD Abolition Referendum to the ‘top up’ payments controversy, the second half of 2013 has certainly been eventful.We tested your knowledge on the first six months of the year in the first part of our quiz yesterday — let’s see how you get on with the final 60 questions….JULY
On one hand I agree. It’s wrong to have a wild animal caged.At the same time, humanity is destroying their natural habitat. We want black oily liquids, shiny things from underground, more land to put grazing animals on to fulfil our need for excessive meat consumption.. We build over their migration patterns – their “homes”, so to say they should be in the wild is a little narrow sighted. And I haven’t even got to poachers and hunters yet..At least in the zoo they’re safe. And with breeding programmes they’re not going to go extinct. Maybe one day soon we will cop on and try to strive a balance between wild lands and settlement. Then the wild animals in zoos may be able to get their habitat back – and there would be no need for zoos anymore.. But that sounds slightly unlikely the way things are going at the moment 🙁 On Christine Bohan’s article highlighting the human rights issues that plague the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Noel Scanlon shared how the area has been good to him and his family. *Cheap uggs that cave in on one side after a week and it looks like the owner had been broke from the ankles like your man in “misery”2. Gibbs also wanted to add an item to the list. Something that Irish women would not be able to live without but maybe Irish men COULD be happy without. He got 1,834 thumbs up for this idea. Pyjamas they love them. And no chance of getting them off on a slightly cold night. “Go away will ya I’m freezing3. During the week, a woman claimed a ‘onesie’ saved the life of her baby which she had just given birth to while wearing it. Larry O’Doherty quickly noted that – Onesie becomes a twosie. – and got 1,551 green thumbs for the effort. 4. As we prepared for the storm to hit on Monday, Cliona had some stellar advice for readers, who repaid her with 1,358 thumbs up. Statistically studies show the pub is the safest place to be……..5. DailyEdge.ie also examined what Irish lads love on Sunday. The comprehensive list forgot one thing, as joe o’reilly pointed out – and 1,200 others agreed. A chicken fillet roll for lunchSome of the best comments left on the site this weekTo kick us off this week, we have some really, really good news. You may remember back in the second week of June, Brian Phelan had the most popular comment on the site. He told us all:In bed now .. Can’t sleep so I have a towel over my head and iPad so I don’t wake my better half .. After two miscarriages .. She had scan today 8 weeks pregnant .. Fingers crossed and yes she can toss and kick as much as she wants :)He was overwhelmed by the kindness and good wishes sent to him by TheJournal.ie readers and has kept us up-to-date on his family’s progress. On Wednesday, 8 January at 10.54am, baby Samuel Christopher Phelan, entered the world. We’ll let Brian tell you in his own words.Hi Michelle, i wrote on one of your articles about 8months back and i got one of top comments about my pregnant partner, that after two miscarriages she can kick and push me around the bed as much as she wants..I think it was an article on sleep..lol well i am sitting in the coombe car park waiting to go up to my partner. She is having a c-section this morning….And i will meet my son for the first time….I got alot of kind replies to that comment i just wanted to let ye know ….thanks again Brian…da in training Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I live and work here in Saudi Arabia, and it has saved my bacon and allowed me to provide for my 2 children back home, pay the mortgage and repay debts from my business which collapsed after the ’08 crash, I don’t expect the Government to assist beyond the basic allowances, I wasn’t involved in property development or had nothing to do with banking or the like. Saudi has been good to me and I for one applaud Irish businesses and companies who have come over here and made it work and provided work and jobs for people like me and I would also applaud Kenny and Bruton for assisting them to gain more business.As for the article, yes, there are issues in this country, but they are making progress and I have found them to be open about it and I’ve seen progress in my time here.In summary, this is a region developing and struggling to balance tradition with modernity, but is also a region of huge progress where Irish people can contribute to and benefit from. Others just felt it highlighted how good we have it here in Ireland. James O’Sullivan writes:All the moaning we do about Ireland but look around the world and you’ll see in many ways there’s no better place to live! We’ve no insane weather like the Americans; no constant threat of poverty like Africa, India and South America; and no fear of persecution if we insult dear leader Kenny and call him a pr*ck right hear on national media. Along with this we’ve great cities like Galway and Cork and an atmosphere where people know how to have the craic. Bit off topic all this I know.This week, Dublin Zoo, which many of our commenters have described as a brilliant amenity and a perfect day out, revealed it attracted more than 1,000,000 visitors last year. Shanti Om looked at both sides of the argument about keeping animals in captivity following a ‘below the line’ debate. There was a mixed reaction to Enda Kenny’s trip to the Gulf states and his failure to put pressure on leaders to answer questions about their human rights records.Patrick Varley summed up the ‘two schools of thought’ quite succinctly. Finally, on Friday night, our Political Editor Hugh O’Connell revealed that a number of documents related to the Bank Guarantee have been lost in the Department of Finance. Cat O’Driscoll did her best ‘Irish Mammy’ when she asked:Did they try praying to St Anthony? He was a little poorly yesterday and is in ICU in the Coombe , but today he is doing amazing … And life is sooooo good … Mother is a emotionally and physically wrecked …. But it is a really good news story he is going to be a special man born on the same day as Elvis and David Bowie lol… We want to thank u and ur team for showing kindness … I will try to forward u a pic … He is so beautiful …He did forward the picture and we’ve used it as the main image for this article. We’ve also taken to calling the little lad, Sam ‘Comment Baby’ Phelan in the news room. Best of luck, guys.Another reader shared a personal experience with us this week on a DailyEdge.ie article about the different stages you go through as you tackle that first January run. Conor Sheridan inspired us: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Irish Water, drug use on Dublin Bus, The Troubles in Northern Ireland, pylons, Enda’s visit to the Gulf states and, of course, the weather.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Over 200 failed asylum seekers & illegal migrants were deported last year (443 comments)2. Poll: Does Ireland need a new political party? (283 comments)3. McAleese: Catholic Church ‘in denial over homosexuality for decades’ (270 comments)4. Who is most likely to support the legalisation of marijuana in Ireland? (238 comments)5. Dublin Bus looking at CCTV footage after medicine dispensers found on 39a (218 comments)The 5 most popular comments this week(Image: Watt_Dabney/Flickr)1. The top two comments of the past seven days were left on a popular DailyEdge.ie article about things that Irish girls love to love. First up, Paddy J Ward got 2,530 green thumbs up for this addition to the list: I started running at the beginning of February last year having finished a course of chemotherapy for testicular cancer brought on from the trauma of breaking my back in early 2012. It was mainly to lose the weight the steroids had caused me to put on.On the suggestion of a really close friend of mine, a few of us decided to do an ongoing fundraiser throughout 2013 starting in April with a skydive then in May we did the 10k Croghan Hill Challenge, the Curragh Run 10k, the 12km Hell & Back Apollo in June, a 26km Duathlon in July, in August we climbed Carrauntoohill and Croagh Patrick on the same weekend, in September we did the 42km Rough Diamond Challenge in Connemara, then the 10k RunAMuck Challenge in October and finished up with the 14km Hell And Back Titan in November, exactly a year since I had started chemo. We did the 10k Movember Run in the Phoenix Park for the lols and banter as well and I set a new PB of 48 minutes so yeah fairly happy with that.All in all we raised €10,000 for 3 charities and will be handing the money over next week. It’s pretty cool what you can do when you decide to just do it! Looking forward to the 20km Hell & Back in June and the Tough Mudder in October. One, that the delegation should use the visit to raise concerns about human rights and set a precedent for other nations to do the same as well and perhaps help the various people suffering at the hands of the regime.The other, that Ireland needs to explore every trade option to help speed up the recovery of our economy and bring benefit to our own citizens and that any protest is likely to jeopardize a deal and would only be a drop in the ocean when other nations and superpowers actively support the regime.Both are right, one for it’s idealism the other for it’s realism. A witty response on a serious topic does not often come off well, but at time of writing, Johnny Downes had no red thumbs for this observation about the ongoing controversy about Irish Water’s spend on consultants.Irish Water is already contaminated. It didn’t take long!Many people of a certain age may be able to relate to the story Charles J Ahern tells on a column about ‘Operation Emigration‘. I always said that I’d never emigrate, that if I left it will be my choice. My qualifications are pretty useless here at the moment and I stayed in college as long as I could hoping that when I eventually finished there would be work for me. But sadly there is nothing. I was offered a JobBridge scheme that the chap said I was over qualified for. I’m only doing it to get me out of the house.At the end of the day, I probably will head off in about six months time. But it will be purely my choice and I WILL return to the country I love. Its just a shame that there are more push factors than pull factors (for young people) in Ireland at the moment.
AN ITALIAN COURT has convicted American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for a second time for the murder of a British student in Perugia in 2007.The court sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison and Sollecito to 25 years for the murder of Meredith Kercher, over two years after Knox was released from prison.She and Sollecito had served four years in prison.Their convictions were overturned in October 2011, but the Italian criminal justice system does not preclude double jeopardy.Today, after nearly 12 hours of deliberations, an appeals court reinstated the original verdicts for the pair.Solecito was in court this morning, but did not return for the verdict. Knox, meanwhile, was in America with, in her words “her heart in her throat”.The verdict raises the possibility of a lengthy legal battle between the US and Italy. If Italy submits an extradition request, the US will have to decide if the request falls under the extradition treaty, but even then, there is no guarantee they would send the 26-year-old to Italy.An Ivorian drifter, Rudy Guede is currently serving a 16-year term for Kercher’s murder.AFP provided reportingRead: Amanda Knox retrial: Verdict expected later todayRead: Amanda Knox: ‘What happened to me could have happened to anyone’
FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING one teenage girl, were arrested in a series of searches by gardaí.The searches were part of Operation Fiacla and an ongoing operation to combat Organised Crime in the Limerick area.Gardaí from Henry St Garda Station, assisted by local gardaí and Gardaí from Tipperary and Clare carried out planned searches on a number of premises this morning in Limerick and Tipperary.Five people were arrested, four men ranging in ages from 19 to 27 and one girl aged 17, during the operation and they are being detained under the provisions of Section 50 Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Nenagh, Roxboro Road, Henry Street, Newcastle West and Shannon Garda Stations.Read: Almost 7,000 arrested as part of Garda burglary operation
A STORM’S A brewing outside, and it’s looking like a wet weekend. You probably won’t be braving the outdoors, so here are a fre non-filthy non-boring things to do inside.Relax friends, refrain from the Thank You cards. This one’s on us.1. Have a games nightGames nights are fun for kids, but even better when you’re an adult. Whip out the old Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary and prepare to scream, laugh, and ruin relationships you previously thought were unbreakable.Nachos, dip, and beers all compulsory. Heads Up is a great Who Am I? game if you don’t fancy venturing outside to pick up a water-logged Boggle. Source: NewEnglandPeddler2. Hold a karaoke nightThere is literally no one in this world who wouldn’t grab the microphone after a beverage to knock out Don’t Stop Believing. YouTube is a treasure chest of backing tracks and lyrics, throw it up on the big screen and let the dulcet tones of your friends drown out the storm outside. Source: kyle bennettHere are a few of our picks to maximise the din. Soz neighbours.Eye of the Tiger Source: tarik2ouladTotal Eclipse of the HeartHit Me Baby One More Time Source: Blühe Deutsches VaterlandZombie, if you’re ready to clear the house3. Get craftyEnter the Pinterest black hole.Who WOULD’NT want to make this cool stuff. You too can have a twee home, all it took was a weekend indoors. There are even tons of tutorials to use up the bottle caps and wine left over from karaoke. Source: Serena Swanger Source: Serena Swanger Source: Serena Swinger Source: Kelsey ThomasBe warned: You may never emerge from your home again, unless it’s going to Inspiring Ideas for more PVA glue.Just be careful, we can’t all be Neil Buchanan. Source: Bored Panda4. Learn a new skillLook at you, being all productive! If you have an internet connection, you’re sorted with access to a range of worldly information.Why not learn how to…CodeWho doesn’t want to learn how to code? It’s an extremely useful skill, and Codecademy almost makes it fun. Almost.Speed ReadBefore you get stuck into that master reading list, learn how to speed through them. Spreeder can help.KnitKnitting is SO IN right now, and not just in your granny’s social circle. Let instructables show you how. Woolly scarves for everyone.Read a Chinese menuMemrise is a fantastic way to learn a new language, combining cat memes and games to hammer that vocabulary into your head.5. Host a cocktail partyGrab a blender, have everyone bring a bottle or mixer (or go virgin, whatever). There are loads of great cocktail apps and Liquors.com have concoctions for whatever ingredients you may end up with, all mouth watering. Just don’t blame us for the head on ye tomorrow. Source: gordonflood6. Start the Oscar dietFire up the Netflix, pop the popcorn and gather all the other junk that’s bad for you to ingest. It’s the weekend AND it’s miserable outside, the calories don’t count. If you need a diet though, why not try the Observer’s essential Oscar diet.Who needs SUNLIGHT? Not you, that’s who. Source: Imgur7. Come Dine With YouYou may not have the gas voice-over guy narrating everything you do, but starting a small Come Dine With Me between you and a few friends is the craaaic. Pick a theme and get cookin’, the winner takes it all.There are a few recipes from the show available on the Channel 4 website, if you’re so inclined. You can and should even make score cards. Source: Funny-pictures-blog8. BakeEveryone wins. You aren’t sinfully bored, and everyone gets to eat the fruits of your labour. Again, be careful, but if you can’t be, send us the pics so we can lol. Source: Distractify11 indications that winter is actually sucking the life out of you>RTE’s reporters were like drowned rats on the news last night>
US CITIZEN RICHARD Hinds has been found guilty of the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Japan.The 19-year-old will spend a minimum of five years in prison. The maximum sentence that can be handed down by the court is 10 years detention with labour as Hinds is still a minor in the eyes of the judicial system.According to RTÉ reporter in Tokyo, Robert Shortt, the chief judge said the musician showed ‘no remorse’ and ‘tainted the honour of the victim’.“It can be recognised that the defendant suffocated the victim to death, by strangling her with a towel or a string-like item with the intention of killing her.”The court said it took account of the killer’s age in passing sentence. But the judge said he was entirely to blame for Furlong’s death.“The victim was only spending a night out with her friend… after a concert that they had looked forward to. She bears none of the fault for the consequences of that night.”Another man has already been sentenced for a sexual assault on Nicola’s friend, whose identity is being protected. James Blackston, a 23-year-old dancer, was jailed for three years.The two Irish women had met the American men after a concert in Tokyo on 24 May last year. They took a taxi together to the Keio Plaza hotel, where Nicola died by suffocation. During proceedings, Hinds admitted to placing his hands on her neck for a prolonged period of time.Nicola Furlong was a native of Wexford and an international business student in DCU. She was studying at the Takasaki City University of Economics for the third year of her degree.-Additional reporting by AFP‘I hope it will get easier for us’ – father of Nicola Furlong
FAR FROM WALLOWING in a relatively quiet performance by his own high standards following St. Vincent’s AIB All-Ireland SFC club final win on St. Patrick’s Day, Thomás ‘Mossy’ Quinn was quick to heap praise on team-mate Diarmuid Connolly.The Dublin forward was just too much for Castlebar Mitchels to handle and his personal tally of 2-5 proved key in Vincent’s seven-point victory.While the previously free-flowing Quinn only had two points to his name on the day, he’s more than happy with the result and especially pleased it was Connolly who stepped up to the mark for the Dublin champions.“It was tough going out there. Personally, it wasn’t one of my better performances but I couldn’t care less. In the film ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ there’s a great line: “I’d rather look bad and win than look good and lose.”“I have absolutely no problem with that. And if Diarmuid comes out…we all know what he’s capable of.“I don’t know. Pick any superlative you want, you’re the writers. Pick a superlative and put my name to it. He was that good out there.”“He was just….when he’s like that, he’s different class. I don’t know, I don’t think he’s markable when he’s playing that well in Croke Park, particularly in a club game.“Inter-county defenders struggle with him when he’s like that. In club football, he’s just head and shoulders. Thankfully he did it for us today.But it’s not just club football where Quinn thinks Connolly can make hay and the wide expanses of Croke Park, particularly in the latter stages of the Championship, will only see him improve.“Yeah. I’m obviously biased. I see him at close range so much but I’ve said it for years. When he performs, he’s up there with the best in the country. The goal and the challenge for him is to perform week-in, week-out.“He has given us a couple of hints of that with his performances and we were just happy we got him here. Because Croke Park is a different venue. I’ve said it all year, Croke Park suits him down to the ground.” Source: TG4/YouTubeScarier still for those tasked with the challenge of marking Connolly is that Quinn believes he can play anywhere in the front six so if any one defender does get a handle on him, Jim Gavin can easily move him.“He can play inside, he has the talent, he can finish. Outside, he has the athleticism and the football to go with it.“I think you need vision to play at eleven and he obviously has that. It’s a great option for Dublin to have. I’m sure they’ll look at him in different places and do what’s best for the team and he’ll roll with it.“And that’s the brilliance of his character. Other players of his ability might say ‘no, I want to play inside’ or ‘I want to play at eleven.’ But if he’s asked to play at ten or twelve, he’ll play at ten or twelve and I suppose when you’re that good, you can do it.”Additional reporting from Fintan O’Toole.Masterful Diarmuid Connolly the hero as St Vincent’s clinch SFC club titleAs it happened: St Vincent’s v Castlebar Mitchels, AIB All-Ireland SFC club final
(Image: Down Syndrome Centre/Facebook)MEET 11-MONTH-old Liam Caseirio from Dublin.This week, a photo of him in his St Patrick’s Day get-up received more likes and shares on Facebook than any of Justin Bieber’s posts, with his happy little face being spread all over the world.The little boy’s uncle, Ronan O’Dulaing, told TheJournal.ie that his family was “blessed with its newest addition” last April. “Liam was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic condition caused by an extra chromosome, and making life a tougher challenge,” he said.Liam’s parents Paulo and Meadhbh have participated in several fund raising activities to provide for others with special needs .“At the tender age of 8 months , Liam became Mr January in Down Syndrome Centre’s annual calendar, unknowingly beginning his media career,” his proud uncle explained. He said it was “without much thought other than to share a smile and show some mother’s pride” that Meadhbh sent a picture of her baby boy celebrating St Patrick’s Day to be posted the Down Syndrome Centre’s Facebook Page.The 11month-old’s photo has now gone viral, and has been viewed by 20 million people from Ethiopia to Iran, Scotland to South Africa. It has been liked by over a million people and more than 25,000 people have left comments.Niamh Sherlock of the Down Syndrome Centre pointed out that the bouncing baby boy is “beating Justin Bieber’s Facebook posts hands down. “I think Ireland may have its own heartthrob!” she saidIf Liam’s happy face has put a smile on yours, O’Dulaing has asked you to donate €2 to mark World Down Syndrome day today by texting ‘centre’ to 50300.Read: People with Down Syndrome have inspiring messages for mum to be>
They have two weeks to respond to it and if they want to respond, they need to do so by next Friday.The chairman said that he believed that “there are in the region of 30 people who are named in it” and that previous drafts had followed the same two-week protocol.When asked about whether previous drafts had resulted in amendments being made, he said: “I don’t know. You can’t change facts.”An earlier draft of the report by the Health Service Executive is believed to have said that Halappanavar’s blood infection had gone undiagnosed for days.Savita’s husband, Praveen, refused to cooperate with the HSE enquiry, believing that it should have been conducted in public and held independently.Read: Leaked Savita death report backs government’s decision to legislate – Rabbitte > AROUND 30 PEOPLE are believed to be mentioned in the final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar, which is to be delivered to government a week from today.The chairman of Regional Health Forum West, Councillor Pádraig Conneely, told TheJournal.ie that the final report was sent to “all the people named in the report or were on the investigating team” last week.
MORE THAN ONE third of people with bipolar disorder are unable to work due to the impact on their lives, a report has found.Figures show that many people with bipolar are only diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for between 2 and 3 years, while almost half of those surveyed have been admitted to hospital to manage manic episodes.The figures were found in a survey into people’s experiences of bipolar disorder, which affects an estimated 1 in 100 people in Ireland.Bipolar disorder causes bouts of depression alternating with periods of ‘highs’ for people who have it. Around 40,000 people in Ireland have it, with men and women equally affected.Constultant psychiatrist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin Dr Paul Scully said it is “essential” to address the stigma surrounding the illness.“From the public’s view there are various myths and a general lack of understanding surrounding the condition and often this can hinder those who would benefit from support accessing the services they need,” he said.Dr Scully said that bipolar disorder is frequently misdiagnosed as depression, “so a greater understanding of the condition, both from a medical perspective and from that of parents and families, is vital”.He was speaking at the launch of the ‘99 & Me‘ campaign which aims to tackle the misunderstanding that surrounds the condition and reduce the stigma around it.Almost half of people with bipolar were diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 30, according to the research by Empathy Research and Lundbeck, with 25 cited as the average age of onset.Statistics show that patients with bipolar often also have anxiety disorders as well as substance or alcohol abuse problems. The exact cause is unknown.Read: Head of HSE drug-buying programme: ‘It’s difficult to defend current prices’ >