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Serbian Eagles take on Chile in last friendly before OG qualification

The preparations for the Olympic Games Qualification tournament are in full swing, and no team is wasting its spare time. Serbia will take on Chile in Alicante today at 20h, and their qualification tournament is from 6-8th April. Chile is also playing a qualification tournament in Varazdin, in a group in which they are total outsiders, playing against Croatia, Iceland and Japan. Alem Toskic and Nikola Manojlovic joined the Serbian squad, and by tonight’s game Petar Nenadic and Ivan Stankovic. ← Previous Story Metro stations in London named Balic, Wislander, Lavrov… Next Story → Krim confirms signing Torstensson!

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IHF Treasurer CHF President and SEHA Chief Sandi Šola has been arrested

As we wrote yesterday, the Croatian police has been preparing the arrest of Sandi Šola on his return from Skopje where the F4 in SEHA regional league is taking place. The IHF Treasurer and Croatian Handball Federation has been arrested early in the night as he crossed the Croatian border on his return from Skopje.As we wrote, Sandi Šola is charged with fraud and embezzlement in Karlovacka Bank between 2007 and 2012 when he played active part in the bank, and together with other family members damaged the bank of up to 85 million kunas, or 11 million euros. ← Previous Story Russia: Zvezda without Play-Off Final – Zdravko Zovko sacked! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Gyor in the final after thriller! ihf treasurerkarlovackaSandi ŠolaSEHA

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Germany and Denmark will host Mens IHF World Championship 2019

IHF Congress in Doha made decision that Germany and Denmark will be the host of the Men’s IHF World Champions 2019. Two countries with the huge handball tradition beat the rivals, Hungary-Slovakia and Poland at the battle for organizing the biggest handball event. Until the final match in Danish Herning, handball fans in Munchen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Mannheim, Cologne, Hamburg and Kiel will be able to watch best world’s handball.Congratulations! We are looking forward to another fantastic handball event… ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 11): HSV Hamburg conquer Berlin in last second! Next Story → Nikolaj Markussen to miss EHF EURO 2014 – Danish bomber out for the rest of the season!

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WWCH 2013 OPEN Serbia wins thriller against Japan

In the oppening match of the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia, home team had a lot of problems to beat highly motivated Japan 28:26 (10:13) at “Čair” hall in Niš in front of 4000 spectators. Japanese girls were in lead 8:3 in the first haldf, 17:13 in 36th minute, but Andrea Lekic (6) and her compatriots managed to break resistance of the rival…STATISTICS ← Previous Story Come to Dronninglund Cup 2014 in Denmark! Next Story → Milorad Krivokapic to Tatabanya!

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German Cup 2nd Round HannoverBurgdorf knocks out HSV Hamburg

Balingendormagenfriesenheimgerman cupHannover The most interesting match in the second round of the German Cup was played in Hannover, where the host team Hannover-Burgdorf with great effort and support from the home fans defeated HSV Hamburg 28:25, knocking them out from the further competition. Another small surprise was in Erlangen, where host team defeated HSG Wetzlar. As for the main favorites, Flensburg, THW Kiel and Rhein-Neckar Lowen all took easy wins.German Cup scores: Gummersbach 33:27 Bietigheim, THW Kiel 32:20 Lemgo, Leipzig 25:18 Huttenberg, Emsdetten 32:34 Minden, Flensburg 38:22 MT Melsungen, Altenholz 20:32 Goppingen, Dormagen 25:28 HBW Balingen, Erlangen 26:23 Wetzlar, Essen 21:29 Fuchse Berlin, Hildesheim 25:35 Magdeburg, Horkheim 27:37 RN Lowen, Saarlouis 29:30 Friesenheim, Rimpar 27:29 Eisenach, Wilhelmshavener 30:26 Bad Schwartau, Bergischer 26:32 Lubbecke, Hannover 28:25 HSV Hamborg ← Previous Story Asian Club League Draw took place in Doha Next Story → Kirveliavicius from Fivers WAT to SSG Bietigheim! read more

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Veselin Vujovic about handball future We need new rules

← Previous Story Marta Mangue signs for D2F team Brest Next Story → Jerome Fernandez to PAUC! Veselin Vujović One of the best handball players in the history of our sport, now PPD Zagreb coach, Veselin Vujovic, gave interesting interview for Balkan-Handball.com, in which he spoke about necessity of changing rules of the game in order to cope with other sports in the future. He stated about shot-clock, two goals for a score out of nine meter line and forbidding attack-defense substitution. Here are some interesting quotes:– We are the only sport in the world where refferes saying to you: Now, you have to shoot”. He raised his hand, that is his decision. That isn’t assessment of the players or a coach, who is thinking about that 24 hours per day, no, it’s up on them – “Shoot”. No matter that you put all efforts to score that goal, and defense giving maximum to defend own net. That isn’t a passive attack. That is amazingly good defense, people have to enjoy in that moment. After raising hand, if he hasn’t sympathy for you, he will take ball from you after two pass, if he likes you, you will have six or seven pass. This is even bigger chance to be damaged by them  – said Vujovic and added:– I agree with shot-clock for attack. I would like also that we forbid attack-defense substitution, because defensive specialist killing handball. Score out of nine meter line has to be doubled (2). In that case, the wing who running in counter-attack won’t jump from six meter than from 10, that is bigger chance for goalkeeper to save it. If you are losing three goals two minutes before the end, you didn’t lose already, because your back-shooter can jump and score from 10 meters. These changes would push handball forward, give more atractivity. Even zeppelin could be counted with two goals. Some new details would bring new fans in the hall.Look basketball…– Sometimes I see some handball match on TV and ask myself: Who is watching this?”. Two giants “kill” Karabatic, he is lying on the floor, psychio and players trying to return him from unconscious, spilling water on him. Who wants to watch that? Then, I take remote control and find basketball Olympiakos and Efes Pielsen and enjoying in atractivity and rhytm of the game. They developed their sport, bring one more reffere, you can check all disputable details…What about handball…– It was historical thing for handball to give us the third time-out? The last three minutes of NBA game last for 20 minutes. Attack, time-out, attack, time-out, while in handball they told you “Well, you have two time-out, but only one in the last five minutes”. Why? I maybe want to use them in the last two attacks to score two goals and win the game? It is absurd. I am coming again in the situation that some of them say “Vujovic is crazy”, even I know how normal I am. Why? Because these guys in EHF and IHF have dementia, they don’t think about what is good for handball, only for themselves.There is no new things in handball. Why?– That is because all big things in handball already happened. Why? Because we don’t change the rules. New rules give you new opportunities. Everything else has been seen already. Now, some teams trying to play with seven players in attack, but my opinion is that it is too crowded, that ball passing isn’t faster than without him. I can’t make new tactics based on some imaginary rules, some ideas. Valero Rivera made a lot with Barcelona, but he had amazing team, he could change all 7 players on every 15 minutes. You have to have players for that kind of handball.Vujovic doesn’t think that France making some “revolutionary” with Claude Onesta…– What Onesta invented in handball? Karabatic and Omeyer? Let’s see him what he will do without these two guys. New things in handball waiting for new rules. I can’t say that we can change handball if someone gives me time-out or “fast center”.Inovations…– If I can’t change player for every defensive action, if score out of nine meter line is count as two goals, than, we can talk about tactical innovation. In that case, maybe I will play with five players in defense, while sixth will be on the center line, waiting for the ball. I will risk to receive a goal in order to score two! That is something new, something interesting, but I can’t do that now. Hot water is already invented – pointed out legendary Vujovic. read more

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TANJA ŠARENAC AND MAJA IVANOVIĆ Training as a way of life

← Previous Story THW Kiel tough, but important win over Aalborg Next Story → VIDEO: Sajad Esteki takes gift from Szyba to bring win for Dinamo Bucuresti Apart from being the best student in a generation and graduating with the highest degree is considered to be a huge success, but being the best student in the history of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education is an incredible accomplishment. Although she achieved it and remained at University like assistant, Tanja decided to leave Serbia. Like many other young, educated and ambitious people she left her country at the beginning of the new millennium. Very shortly after that she was joined by another professor from the same University, Maja Ivanović. Patient hard working and building working system on their own paid off, because today they have status of the most wanted and most desirable experts in the field of physical preparation leading athletes.And how everything started?Tanja: When I finished my studies, and began to work as assistant, I was deeply disappointed in general situation, environment and people in sport. I could not find the space to express and show myself. The last year at University I even spent attending and studying one more school. It was a sign that things don´t have to go in precise and logical way; you finish school and get an employment, but with many variations between. When I signed the first professional contract in Belgium like fitness trainer and went from Serbia, Dutch University in Mastriht was the most convenient solution for my master studies that I applied for. Maja came very soon, we opened a firm and promptly jobs started to come from all over Belgium and Holland.At the moment, they are working with basketball national team, football and handball clubs as well as many individual athletes within the Olympic Committee of the Netherlands. When the Ministry of Sports entrusted them with physical preparation at the national Handball Academy for boys which was located close to Maastricht, they entered in handball. The other national teams located norther in the Netherlands wanted them too, but they refused it because they were located on the other part of the country and didn’t want to move. Now they are working with Dutch handball champions both male and female, teams Limburg Lions and Dalfsen and boys with whom they have been working for years are slowly becoming or already are backbone of national team.Maja: The first handball project, at the south of the country, was National Handball Academy. Basically, we set up the whole system around the Academy, and started producing some great results. Quickly afterward Limburg Lions team invited us. In the middle of one national championship we took them too. They needed a lot of work when we took them but at the end of that season they won every trophy. Those were their first titles. Since then, they are constant champions of the Netherlands and finalists of BENE League.Handball as rugbySince handball is only one of many sports to you, it is possible to make some comparisons. Where do you see free space for improvement in handball if we speak about bringing physical preparedness of handball players at the highest level?Tanja: Handball is the game that requires complex physical preparation with a lot of allowed contacts, where it is important to move quite large body mass efficiently. Probably according to physical preparation demands is just behind rugby. In handball, except on some positions maybe, there is no space for weak links. In the other sports, any physical insufficiency can much easier be reimbursed by creativity and sense. But it is more and more difficult to compensate, even in woman handball.Maja: It is important to choose and combine effective exercises, means and methods. Even when everything is perfectly chosen and combined – the way how the exercise is done is the one which will decide whether the transfer at handball activity will happen and whether the number and nature of injuries will be decreased. The player has to understand why he is doing what is doing and how to do it in the most efficient way.Tanja: This is one part of the story. The other part is more serious and more creative combination of handball and physical preparation training. Handball coaching staff and a qualified trainer for physical preparation should create the whole training process together. Training conditions should be modified with very effective combinations of handball training methods and methods for the development of various aspects for physical preparation.Maja: An effective system of monitoring for external and internal load variables has to be established with clear and effective application in a way of adapting and individualization the whole training process.LEKIC vs GROTThis summer Tanja and Maja worked individually with both male and female handball players and among them was the well-known Andrea Lekić.Maja: There is no dilemma that Andrea Lekić is an amazing handball player. She is one of the best in the world. After numerous problems with injuries her physical condition is satisfying. However, she has skipped plenty things since she was 15-16 years old. Serbian players that did not skip it are rare. It is very simple thing. There are very talented girls, who have been practically stopped in sport development due to lack of conditions and organizations around them. Therefore, they are losing years and sinking. And then when they come to professional level it is impossible to compensate what is lost. At that moment talent does not help, it is late. It is not Andrea´s story, but it is story of many others. Nycke Groot is everything for Dutches. If we speak about handball and talent, Andrea is a spaceship. Nycke went through Handball Academy, through the real development and real system. She is playing according to the system and would not feel comfortable in situations in which Andreas does. Not only that, physically she will always be able to fulfill all requests of any coach but also, she will be rarely tired and injured. Only as a result of being trained systematically.A MIX OF SCIENCE AND ARTHow would you describe your working system?Tanja: Like a mix of science and art. I am interested in converting things into tables and organized systems that I then adjust to the situation. When I talk about training, it means that it is not important where we will be inserted and from the same moment we will be able to arrange things and start our job, because we can handle too many variables at once. All knowledge is on one side, but it is in our nature that we are interested in everything and we draw information from everywhere.KEEP LEARNINGAsked about the amount of time spent on vocational training smile and explanation followed:Maja: Every second of every day. Searching for innovations, new approach and solving a new moment is every day. We have TV but it is turned off because we do not use it. Such our creativity and innovation cost us that our working hours are not 40 hours a week, but every woken hour. Our network of colleagues, associates and athletes stretches from America to Australia. We need a permanent position and place where from everything will happen and we will make and implement decisions, without being connected or conditioned by any state structure.Tanja: To be internationally recognized as experts, continual education is inevitable, both for job advancement and for retaining the required certificates. On average, every year we pass through a dozen of specialized education programs, online as well as through participation in various seminars, workshops and lectures around the world.We also organize lectures and workshops for various trainers by ourselves, most often by invitation. In the Netherlands, we have organized lectures for the last ten years to our colleagues, physical fitness trainers, and basketball, handball, free climbing, triathlon, gymnastics trainers etc. As we are in touch with almost all trainers in the Netherlands, we are still listening in what are their biggest problems, so we will figure out how to help them through workshops and lectures that we will organize from now on.YOU ARE WHAT YOU EATMaja is a complete expert in the field of nutrition, but it is a topic that cannot be put in a few sentences.Maja: There are many factors that have influence on success in team sports. It is scientific fact that nutrition models everything. A long time ago it is said you are what you eat. Nutrition has to be balanced and adjusted. Our body can use only what you have taken because it has no other source. Not only that you are training well and recovering, but through nutrition you can affect the quality and function of all tissues. Science is proving it more and more. Things that body can tolerate when you are 15 years old cannot when you are 25 or 30. The experience has taught us that it depends on nutrition too what the result of our work would be. We had real situations to see the lack of results just for that reason, and that is why we give very specific guidelines to athletes about nutrition.ACCEPTING THE SYSTEM AS A LIFESTYLEDuring your twenty-five-year career, you have worked with really an incredible number of top athletes, Olympic athletes, players from national team, and medal winners in all possible sports. And all this is under the pressure of result. How did you succeed it?Maja: Life played with us and threw us into the machine where you have to make results in every field and various circumstances. There are situations where you are learning what you can do as a fitness trainer to improve training process. On the one hand activities like jumping into water, then all kind of games and martial arts to extremely difficult sports such as ultra-triathlon. From adaptation of strength and conditioning training into functional training to movement improving and protection against injuries, all this should lead to capacity of building, which should again lead to better results.Tanja: All this has given us width and experience which I doubt someone has. For the first time now we are preparing and equipping our space. Meanwhile we did it so many times at numerous places. We raised things from scratch. Now, somewhere, our dream begins to come true that we can do everything in one place. We are heading towards opportunity to be able to organize our training center for a team preparation or national team where they can train, eat sleep, sparring, rest and recover in the best possible conditions. Our goal is to internationalize this because this is a mixed climate and it is mostly opened toward Germany and Belgium, but also across Europe.Like their trainings, plans for the future are very clear:Our company, Total Movement, is a place where all those with an idea and affinity will be able to change it and raise it to an extraordinary level. Our goal is to train someone with the attitude that this is a way of life, not something that he or she is asked to do for some reason. To accept this whole system as a lifestyle, as something that is required for the sport they deal with, and also for life, Maja and Tanja ceased the interview for Balkan-Handball.com. read more

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SG Flensburg Handewitt are new German champions

15.Gummersbach348026841:95016 18.Huttenberg343724845:98813 2.Rhein-Neckar3427161043:83855 3.Fuchse Berlin342536968:87553 4.SC Magdeburg3424281037:92750 6.Hannover-Burgdorf342239953:90047 5.Kiel342419989:85449 13.Erlangen348917844:93225 7.MT Melsungen3419312952:88741 9.Lemgo3413813882:93234 ← Previous Story PSG Handball defend LidlStarligue title! Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce – 15th Polish Championship trophy in da house! 14.Stuttgart348422852:95920 12.Minden349817896:96826 SG Flensburg Handewitt 17.N-Lubbecke344624778:91314 SG Flensburg Handewitt are the new German champions! The team of Maik Machulla beat Frisch Auf Goppingen 22:21 in the last match of DKB Bundesliga and secure trophy for the first time since 2004!RESULTS:Flensburg-H. 22 – 21 GoppingenSC Magdeburg 33 – 31 MT MelsungenFuchse Berlin 28 – 23 HuttenbergGummersbach 29 – 31 Hannover-BurgdorfRhein-Neckar 28 – 25 LeipzigLemgo 30 – 27 N-LubbeckeLudwigshafen 32 – 29 ErlangenMinden 25 – 32 KielStuttgart 26 – 36 HSG WetzlarSTANDINGS: 10.Goppingen3412715903:90931 1.Flensburg-H.342725993:85156 16.Ludwigshafen346325828:94615 8.Leipzig3417314867:85437 11.HSG Wetzlar3413417896:88430 read more

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Slavery suspects linked to 13 properties across London

first_imgTHE CASE OF the suspected domestic servitude of three women in London continues to shock the public as police try to unravel a complicated set of circumstances.According to reports in local media, the two suspects have been linked to 13 properties across the city and the apartment the three women were rescued from is said to be just one piece in the puzzle.Meanwhile, it has emerged that the youngest of the victims – a British woman, aged 30, who has spent her whole life in forced labour – was infatuated with a neighbour and sent him numerous letters revealing her situation and professing her love.Although police confirmed that she has a birth certificate, there is no other official documentation available about the woman. Detectives also say she lived with the suspects all her life.They believe the other two victims met the male suspect – a 67-year-old Indian – through a shared political ideology before living together in a “collective”.“The people involved, the nature of that collective and how it operated is all subject to our investigation and we are slowly and painstakingly piecing together more information,” said Commander Steve Rodhouse.“Somehow that collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects. How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims’ lives.”Freedom Charity, which was involved in the rescue of the three women on 25 October, have seen a huge increase in demand for their helpline in recent days.Speaking about the specific case, founder Aneeta Prem said:“These women have had traumatic and disturbing experiences, which they have revealed to us.  What needs to happen now is that the three victims, who have begun a long process of recovery, are able to go through their rehabilitation undisturbed, without being identified.”Scotland Yard officers continued door-to-door enquiries yesterday, asking neighbours to recall details about the five residents.The two suspects have been bailed.Earlier: Neighbours saw slavery case women walking near flats ‘every day’Read: Concerns over Irish procedures for handling domestic slavery casesMet Police: Slavery suspects originally from India and Tanzanialast_img read more

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19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legend

first_img1. His goal against ArsenalYouTube credit: Jordan Long2. Gary Lineker played against him3. Giggs had been playing first-team football at United for four years when Adnan Januzaj was born(Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images)4. His very manly chest(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)5. His Secrets and Skills video 12. He’s a big fan of the current Ireland assistant bossYouTube credit: RyanGiggsOBE(From 1.10 onwards)13. He was around when black-and-white photographs were still being taken(Mike Brett/Mike Brett/Press Association Images)14. His unique celebrations with Incey(Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)15. Himself and Scholes were a combined age of 75 when they were both in the team at one point(Eamonn & James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment)16. He was part of the famous Class of 92(Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment)17. Alessandro Del Piero once famously said that watching Giggs made him cry(Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)18. The hard evidence for Giggs’ greatness YouTube credit: chongsiu20006. His surprise Countdown appearanceYouTube credit: Beanyman62Sports7. His mentoring of a young Danny WelbeckYouTube credit: Beanyman62Sports8. His career provides endless scope for montagesYouTube credit: stevenjvd9. He has made more Champions League appearances than any other player(Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images)10. Even as a youngster, he was scoring incredible goalsYouTube credit: MU FC11. His emotional reaction to United winning the league in 2013/Ferguson retiring(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)center_img Giggs has made 955 appearances for United since his debut in 1991. He has the record number of Premier League winner’s medals — 13, the most Champions League campaigns — 20, the most Premier League appearances and most appearances for one club — 666, he has appeared in the most seasons — 22, the first player to be named Young Player of the Year two seasons in a row, the most consecutive seasons to score at least one goal — 21. He is also 19th in the list of all-time Premier League scorers — 114 goals (168 overall). He has won 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues.19. Despite turning 40, we still think of him as ‘the boy wonder'(John Marsh/EMPICS Sport)It’s Ryan Giggs’ birthday this week, so here’s a look back at his first-ever United goal>Is this the worst open-goal miss you’ve ever seen?>last_img read more

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Majella ODonnell finished chemotherapy feeling normal again

first_imgSINGER DANIEL O’Donnell has expressed his joy at his wife Majella’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.In his latest newsletter to his fans, he said that he is pleased to report that she is “beginning to feel as she says ‘normal again’” after this phase of her treatment for breast cancer.The businesswoman appeared on the Late Late Show in September to have her head shaved for the Irish Cancer Society, and touched many people with her story. So many, in fact, that the ICS‘s online donations system collapsed.The couple will spend Christmas at home and are due to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. “We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” O’Donnell said.The news of his wife’s cancer broke in July of this year, with the couple saying they were very hopeful of a full recovery.If you are concerned about breast cancer, call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.Read: Majella O’Donnell shaves her head live on TV for cancer charity>Read: Daniel O’Donnell asks for prayers as wife Majella diagnosed with cancer>last_img read more

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Incoming Eirgrid chairman faces TDs and Senators amid ongoing pylons controversy

first_imgUpdated 11.11am THE INCOMING CHAIRMAN of Eirgrid comes before an Oireachtas Committee today amid ongoing controversy about the company’s Gridlink project in the east of the country.John O’Connor’s appearance before the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee will likely see him face questions over plans to erect large electricity pylons, as part of an update to the country’s energy infrastructure, which have faced opposition from local residents.Those opposing the plans argue that the cabling could and should be placed underground, but there have been warnings that this will increase the cost and have a knock-on affect on electricity prices.Labour TDs, senators and councillors held a behind-closed-doors meeting with Communication and Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte on the fringes of the Labour conference at the weekend where the belief was that the Minister had a ‘change of attitude’ on the subject.Sentor Denis Landy said last night in a statement that a cost-benefit analysis would show that underground cabling would reduce the cost.“I believe if such an analysis is done, this will prove that the current figure of 3 to 1 cost of underground versus overhead will be blown out of the water,” he said. “In fact some research that I have seen on this issue indicates to me that underground will actually be cheaper overall.” A public consultation on the scheme has been pushed out to 7 January.Meanwhile, O’Connor is also likely to be questioned over claims of an alleged conflict of interest having been previously the chairman of An Bord Pleanala. But he denies any conflict, pointing out that he left the planning board two years ago.Labour senator John Whelan has said he will oppose O’Connor’s appointment and has previously been highly critical of Rabbitte over the appointment.Ahead of the hearing today, committee chairman Fine Gael’s John O’Mahony said: “He will have the opportunity to outline what he sees as the priorities and challenges for the commercial state company in the immediate period ahead and into the future.”The committee meets with Eirgrid’s chief executive Fintan Slye tomorrow morning.Separately, Fianna Fáil is bringing forward a private members’ motion in the Dáil tonight, calling for an independent assessment of the plans from Eirgrid.“Many of the residents’ groups that have raised concerns about the impact of overhead pylons say there has been a lack of consultation by Eirgrid, issues have also been raised about the health and safety impact of having high voltage power lines so close to people’s homes,” the party’s communications and energy spokesperson Michael Moynihan said.First published 8.49am ‘A gross error of judgement’: Labour senator has “no confidence” in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointmentRabbitte: ‘I want Eirgrid to do everything it can to secure community acceptance’last_img read more

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George HW Bush wanted to have a word in Thatchers ear

first_imgTHE THEN-US Vice President, and eventual President, George H.W. Bush was keen to interject in Anglo-Irish relations, but timing disallowed it.State Papers from 1983 show that when Bush was making a short visit to Ireland, a member of his staff expressed regret that Bush could not have ‘a word in the right ear’ of then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.A briefing note sent from Washington DC to the Department of Foreign Affairs by then-Irish Ambassador Seán Donlon shows that a conversation between the embassy and the Vice-President’s staff expressed regret that Bush would be in Britain before he came to Ireland.Had it worked the other way round, Bush would have spoken to Thatcher about the Irish Government’s reconciliation policies. The note further reveals that the visit itself was ‘an afterthought’. The Vice-President was invited to Ireland by the staff of the US Embassy here, with Ireland’s contribution to UN peacekeeping suggested as a reason for the visit.Further papers reveal that the Taoiseach’s Department planned to use the Cold War to drum up support for Irish reconciliation efforts.It was suggested that Bush could be made aware of growing Soviet support for the IRA in an attempt to persuade him to join the Irish corner in contentious talks with the British.Read: George H.W. Bush spokesman apologises in Mandela ‘death’ gaffelast_img read more

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Irelands incredible journey from Roman ruins to Six Nations champions

first_img“A BIT OF a mixed bag,” was how captain Jamie Heaslip reflected on a disastrous 2013 Six Nations campaign that saw Ireland win one game and finish fifth.The Leinster forward tried to focus on the positives but they were few and fair between. A flying start against Wales was rendered meaningless by defeats to England and Scotland. France snatched a draw in Dublin and Brian O’Driscoll was sent off in what many supporters figured would be his last game, against Italy, in Rome.“I don’t know whether this is the end for him or not; you’d have to ask Brian,” replied Ireland coach Declan Kidney when asked about his talisman. “He’s earned the time and space to be given that to make up his own mind. Players are the only ones that know when the time is.”Two weeks after making that statement, Kidney was gone. The Six Nations came on the back of a free-flowing win over Argentina, a tough loss to South Africa and a record 60-0 defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton. Ireland’s injury crisis — described by team manager Mick Kearney as grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented — crippled Kidney’s plans and left him with flanker Peter O’Mahony playing a half as a left winger. Brian O’Driscoll, who thankfully heeded the ‘one more year’ calls, reflects on his yellow card. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe resounding call, after a brief flirtation with Ewen ‘Link; McKenzie, was for Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt to take the reins. Once the New Zealander declared his interest, the job was as good as his. Les Kiss took the summer touring squad to North America but Schmidt was soon on the scene; formulating a game-plan and identifying players that would make an impact in the November internationals and Six Nations.Surplus to Kidney’s requirements for the final years of his tenure, Andrew Trimble toured North America and scored a try against Canada. Peter O’Mahony captained the side while Ian Madigan proved his out-half credentials. By the time Schmidt stepped into the full-time coaching role, Leinster reliables Dave Kearney, Devin Toner, Jack McGrath and Marty Moore came into the mix.Samoa proved push-overs but Australia ran Ireland ragged. Of Schmidt’s three defeats since taking over from Kidney, the humbling at the hands of the Wallabies sticks in his craw. The less said about the 24-22 defeat to the All Blacks — bar that it was heroic and heartbreaking — the better. Post-match, Sean O’Brien declared, “I think it’s time lads grew up and know what’s expected when they put on an Irish jersey. That performance today, we can be proud, but it still wasn’t good enough.”The flanker added, “If we bring that intensity and work-rate that we had at the start of the game into the Six Nations, then we’ll be in a good place.”O’Brien [dislocated shoulder] would not be around for the start of the Six Nations, nor would Lions Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls or, as it turned out, Luke Fitzgerald. Simon Zebo was left to score tries for fun in the Pro12. Schmidt had settled into his roll and he had plans for each team his side met. Andrew Trimble dots down against the Scots. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOScotland were mauled to death and their pack was dismantled. Wales got the mauling treatment with Ireland’s back three winning the aerial battle and the Welsh backline rendered useless by Ireland’s pressing and defensive rick disruption. Italy tackled themselves into stumps as O’Driscoll’s magic and Irish subs made the difference. One-off runners inside the French 22, support runners and quick, attacking incisions off scrums delivered victory — just about — in France.Did Ireland do anything different at Stade de France that they failed to do against the All Blacks? “The key in the All Black game is that we missed a kick,” said Schmidt. “The key in this game is that France missed a kick. That’s how narrow the margins are.As for the “slugfest” loss to England, it is a game the Kiwi is likely to dwell on during his extensive end of tournament reviews. ”[If I could do one thinking different], beating England would have been good,” he said. “It would have been good to not go to France and have to win to get the Six Nations. That is a game that got away on us. As I said at the time, they are a team that could get away on anybody. They are going to get better. They have a lot of youth but there is a lot of experience coming back into [the squad]. I know Ben Foden has had a couple of games back now. Manu Tuilagi, well, he walk through a couple of tackles to score. He is an incredibly powerful individual. So is Billy Vunipola, those sort of guys.“The other teams are going to get better so, for us in this week, we have a lot of work to get through and see what we did feel we are doing really well and not doing well. That might give us some direction for what we’re going to do in Argentina and the Guinness Series that follows it.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Hart: ‘I never spoke with Matt O’Connor about Leinster switch when I was home’All about Joe Schmidt’s ‘Killer drill’ and the tactics that delivered a Six Nationslast_img read more

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Brian ODriscoll hoping to be fit for Amlin decider says Warren Gatland

first_imgBRITISH AND IRISH Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he is not overly concerned by Brian O’Driscoll’s latest injury.The Leinster talisman suffered a back injury during their RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final victory over Glasgow on Saturday.Joe Schmidt’s side ensured they’ll face Ulster in the league decider at the RDS with a narrow 17-15 victory. But O’Driscoll limped out of the action after just 13 minutes, sparking speculation that he’d miss the end of the province’s season and the upcoming Lions tour.Warren Gatland’s squad gathered in London this morning for the first time and O’Driscoll was the only absent player; but the head coach insists he’s confident the Irish centre will be on the plane to Australia.“My information is that he just has to stay off his feet for 48 hours. [The back injury] is something that he’s had and sort of comes once a year at some stage. And it’s normally just an epidural to relieve the pain and get him on his feet. He’s hoping to be right for Friday for the Amlin final and fingers crossed everything will be okay for him.“Normally at this time of the year everyone’s carrying something. Most of them could be ruled out for medical reasons for some bang or another. So you know, hopefully we’ll be lucky and at this stage we haven’t picked up anything too major.”Leinster face Stade Francais at the RDS this weekend in the Amlin Challenge Cup final.Kevin McLaughlin’s eye does not look goodTroubled Wallaby Beale to stand down indefinitely, miss Lions testslast_img read more

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Supreme Court to deliver verdict in right to die case next week

first_imgTHE SUPREME COURT is to deliver its verdict in the case of Marie Fleming, who is seeking to overturn Ireland’s laws on ending one’s own life with the help of another person, next Monday.The case is listed for judgement at 10.30am on Monday morning before the seven Supreme Court justices who will rule on the 59-year-old former UCD lecturer’s appeal of the High Court’s rejection of her challenge to the ban on assisted suicide in Ireland.Fleming took her case to the highest court in the State in February arguing that the parts of the law which make it an offence to assist in a suicide are unconstitutional and breach the European Convention on Human Rights.Her argument centres on her belief that the ban on assisted suicide is discriminatory in that an able-bodied person may take their own life lawfully but she cannot be helped to do the same.She has also sought an order that would compel the Director of Public Prosecutions to make it clear in which situations it would charge people for the crime of assisted suicide and whether there is any discretion in deciding to go ahead with a prosecution.Fleming, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, has sought to ensure her partner would not be prosecuted if he were to help end her life.The High Court ruled in January that there was a “profound difference” between the law permitting an adult to take their own life and the sanctioning of another person to assist that adult in taking their own life.Column: Legal clarity needed after Marie Fleming ‘right to die’ verdictlast_img read more

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Mandate writes to Dunnes Stores owners over worker issues

first_imgTRADE UNION MANDATE has written to Dunnes Stores owners Margaret Heffernan and Frank Dunne seeking their intervention after it did not get a reply to a lettersent to the company’s management team.The action is part of its Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign.Last month, Mandate wrote to Dunnes Stores management seeking to engage on a number of issues identified by workers.These include:Decent hours and earningsJob securityFair payThe right to trade union representationDunnes Stores workersMandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said he was “disappointed” that the company did not respond within the required 21 days, which he says is part of the agreed procedures between the company and the union.He said that workers in Dunnes’ major competitors had access to full trade union representation and “all that Dunnes workers want is for that same right to be applied to them”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Light said that the second letter is part of the procedural arrangement it has with Dunnes Stores. They will have to wait another 21 days for a reply to this letter.After this, the matters could be referred to third parties, such as the Labour Relations Commission.He said the union anticipates the issue could carry on into late summer time. He said if the situation goes to the Labour Court, “hopefully we will get a favourable Labour Court recommendation” that would be put to the company to honour.He said if the company does not honour any potential Labour Court recommendation, members of Mandate who work for Dunnes Stores “will decide what to do”.Light said the union wants the company to “come to the negotiation table and find solutions”.The situation could potentially lead to the withdrawal of labour, Light suggested.Read: Union hits out at Dunnes over workers’ contracts lower than 15 hours per week>last_img read more

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Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Justice has announced approval for legislation that will support survivors of Magdalene laundries.Frances Fitzgerald announced that the Government has, this morning, agreed to her proposal for publication of the scheme of a new bill.Commenting in the Dáil during Parliamentary Questions, the Minister further announced that, to date, lump sum payments totalling €12.8m have been made under the Magdalene Redress Scheme to 357 former residents of Magdalene Laundries, with further offers still being made.The bill will give survivors:Access to health services;An exemption from means test criteria for certain State services and schemes (including the Nursing Home Support Scheme)Fitzgerald added that legal provision is being made for relatives to act on behalf of any of the women who do not have the capacity to act of their own behalf.Judge John Quirke, in his report on the Magdalen Laundries, had recommended that legislation be introduced to give the women the same entitlement as those under the Hepatitis C scheme, something that has been approved, Fitzgerald said.“Following the apology issued in the Dáil by an Taoiseach to former residents of the Magdalene laundries, the government committed to implementing all of the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Quirke in his report.”Fitzgerald said that 754 applications have been received to date. 357 applicants have received their lump sum payment so far, at a cost of €12.8m. A further 106 formal offers have been made and letters of provisional assessment on the length of stay in a relevant institution have issued to an additional 35 applicants.The announcement was broadly welcomed by Magdalene Survivors Together group. Spokesperson Steven O’Riordan told TheJournal.ie that they would wait until they had seen the legislation to fully welcoming it.“We welcome it in the context that it’s about time it happened. Been waiting on this over a year. Hope that what the Quirke Report promised is delivered. We will be interested in seeing the legislation.”It was also welcomed by Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFM Research), which said that it expects government to extend healthcare to women outside the jurisdiction.The government said this evening that 146 applicants to the scheme are living abroad with around 131 of these resident in the UK. It is intended that the State will cover health insurance costs for survivors living in other jurisdictions.It added that it is concerned about the situation of the many Magadalene survivors who still live in institutionalised settings.“We note that half of the women who have applied to the scheme are yet to receive compensation,” continued JFM Research. “Many of the women are experiencing distressing delays and roadblocks in establishing dates of entry and exit, because of gaps in the religious orders’ records.”It is now urging the Department of Justice to search all other relevant public records and to advertise the circumstances in which sworn affidavits will be accepted in cases of missing records.- Additional reporting Aoife Barry and Hugh O’ConnellRead: “Huge traffic” between Magdalene laundries and mother-and-baby homeslast_img read more

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Fullyfunctional robotic arm puts your Lego creations to shame

first_imgAs a child I had a deep-seated envy of other kids that had the ability to translate their ideas into elaborate models using nothing but Lego blocks. One person who has no such problem is Max Shepherd, who has built what is is quite possibly the most impressive Lego device I have ever had the pleasure of watching. He constructed a fully-functional robotic arm, in 1:1 scale with 12 degrees of freedom… out of Legos. As part of a project “to accurately mimic the full range of motion of a normal human arm and hand,” Shepherd spent countless hours creating a model that looks eerily like the real thing. Having the full range of motion of a real human limb, the model looks like something seen in one of the Terminator movies. The intricacy in the fingers and hand alone would astound anyone with a working knowledge of full-fledged robotics, let alone other Lego maniacs who happened to see it.Shepherd states on the video’s page that everything above the elbow of the model is fully functional. The movements of the limb are powered by pneumatics, which are driven by a hand pump in the video demonstration. The arm is controlled using a series of switches and joysticks manipulated by an operator. The level of control that a person has using the joysticks is amazing, demonstrated in the arm’s ability to grasp things like a roll of tape and a water bottle. It’s even capable of pouring a drink from a cup into a bowl without spilling any liquid. I know some humans who can barely achieve that with their natural limbs!If someone hasn’t hired Shepherd to work in some area of robotics, that is an oversight that should be corrected quickly. It’s obvious that he has a large amount of talent and skills necessary for the field. Imagine what he could build if someone gave him the time and money.Read more at Tinkernology via Popsci.last_img read more

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America gets 9 PSOne games on PS Vita Europe gets 129

first_imgWhen Sony rolls out a new firmware update for one of its machines there’s not usually much to talk about. But with the release of v1.80 for the PS Vita$364.71 at Amazon this week (new features covered in the video above), Vita owners will gain access to a number of PSOne games via the PlayStation Store.What games you can purchase depends on your region, but for some reason living in Europe is going to allow you access to a lot more PSOne titles. The discrepancy between the US and Europe games line-up is pretty ridiculous. US gamers get just 9 titles to choose from while Europeans get 129!Here’s the tiny US PSOne list:Arc the LadCool Borders 2Final Fantasy VIIHot Shots Golf 2Jet MotoSyphon FilterTomb RaiderTwisted Metal 2Wild ArmsThere’s some good games in there, but that’s not many titles and it seems like US gamers are set to endure a slow trickle of releases going forward. The European list on the other hand is too long to include here, but here’s just a few of the choice titles you will be able to purchase later this week:Crash Bandicoot, 2, 3Final Fantasy V, VI, VII, VIII, IXGrandiaParasite EveResident Evil Director’s Cut, 2, 3Ridge Racer Type 4Silent HillStreet Fighter 2 AlphaTomb Raider, 2, 3, The Last Revelation, ChroniclesVagrant StoryUS gamers get their PSOne games today, Europe gets theirs tomorrow.The one ray of hope for US gamers is that all the games listed for Europe must already work on PS Vita so it’s likely they will all get released eventually. But why the massive difference in title availability, Sony?More at PlayStation.Blog (US) and PlayStation.Blog (EU), via Kotakulast_img read more

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