← Previous Story EC 2012 Quals (W): Czech Republic surprises Austria! Next Story → Bundesliga: Kiel invincible! In the derby of the Danish Jack and Jones Ligaen, AG Kobenhavn beat the most serious title rival. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg lost at home with 26:22. Kobenhavn took the lead in the first half, going at break with 12:11, and it was still all open then, but in the second half they played even better, and with Hvidt and Hansen in form, the away team cruised to a victory, in what might prove vital to win the title, winning the game 26:22.
Heavy injury for the 34-year Norwegian international that plays in the Bundesliga for Lubbecke. In the friendly match between Lubbecke and Eintracht Hildesheim, Frank Loke ran into teammate Drago Vukovic and injured the ligaments, prompting him to rest for at least one month, which will mean that he’s to miss the beginning of the Bundesliga. He’s been taken to hospital where it was decided that the injury is not to be underestimated. He’s played for Post Schwerin, Copenhagen, Grasshoppers, Amicitia Zurich, RK Zagreb before joining Lubbecke in 2010. Bundesligafrank lokehandballlubbecke ← Previous Story QUICK REACTION: Jelena Grubisic to Gyor! Next Story → Asian Junior Championship 2014 (Iran): Qatar going for a “hat-trick”
Jose Javier Hombrados Maybe you thought that he will end his career at age 43 after the farewell party in Wetzlar like Ivano Balic, but no. José Javier Hombrados still want to compete with the youngstars. The legendary Spanish goalie will try to help ASOBAL member Guadalaraja in the upcoming season.That will be his ninth team in proffessional career with began with BM Atletico Madrid at the beginning of 90’s. The biggest successes, Hombrados had as a member of BM Ciudad Real between 2002 and 2011. He won three times EHF Champions League, five titles of ASOBAL and was choosen twice for the best goalkeepeer of the season in Spain.He spent last two seasons in German HSG Wetzlar, proving that is still fit for the TOP handball. ← Previous Story ASOBAL: Stop for Teucro and Cangas! Next Story → Beach Handball explosion in front of IOC
European champions were in danger until the last second of their second clash in Zurich at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications. Exactly 10.400 fans supported young Swiss team against strong German squad, but at the end, Luka Maros didn’t score for a point – 22:23 (11:12). Silvio Heinevetter was in the right angle.Switzerland – Germany 22:23 (11:12)Switzerland: Wick, Portner; Schmid (5), Meister (1), Liniger (2), Tynowski (2), Vernier (2), Svajlen, Lier, Alili, Sidorowicz (1), Delhees (1), von Deschwanden (2), Röthlisberger (1), Küttel (1), Maros (4)Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff; Gensheimer (3), Lemke, Wiencek (2), Reichmann (2), Weinhold (4), Fäth, Groetzki, Häfner (1), Weiß, Musche, Ernst (3), Pieczkowski (2), Kohlbacher (3), Drux (3)TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic ← Previous Story Best European Beach Handball clubs compete for crowns! Join them via live stream! Next Story → SENSATION IN JORDAN: Al Noor new champion of Asia! EHF EURO 2018German handballhandballSwiss handball team
Source: StrategemiLabsHow many landmarks did you spot?The music is You Stories by Parachutes, in case you’re wonderingPICS: One of last Ballymun tower block residents prepares to move> TILT SHIFT TECHNOLOGY makes Dublin’s Irishtown and Port area look like a toytown in this gorgeous video.The perfect antidote to a dreary Monday evening, no? Watch: Gorgeous video makes Dublin look like a toytown>
60 metric tonnes of emergency aid is due in the Philippines tomorrow from UNICEF’s central supplies in Denmark (Image: UNICEF).UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen is airlifting US$1.3 million worth of additional supplies for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements.Children who have escaped the terrible violence of Haiyan still need urgent assistance to survive the aftermath of the storm, the charity said today.Particular concerns include health, due to the impact of the typhoon on water supply and sanitation systems. Children also need safe and protected spaces to be able to play and resume studying while adults work to recover their homes and livelihoods.UNICEF launched its emergency appeal yesterday to address the immediate needs of children and their families. Donations can be made online of by calling Lo-call 1850 767 999. Children displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines (Image: UNICEF/JMaitem)IT IS NOW estimated that up to four million children could be affected by the super typhoon that blasted through the Philippines.Staff from UNICEF have been rushing emergency supplies to areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan including therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits.The charity’s emergency specialist in Tacloban City, Leon Dominador Fajardo, said today: “People, families with children are walking along the ruined roads. I don’t know where they are going – there is nowhere to go. They are walking because their homes are gone and they have nowhere to go.”A family affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan resting along the street in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines (Image: UNICEF/JMaitem).“So many people have nothing. Their children are hungry, some are sick, and they are frustrated,” he explained.Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, said logistics in the affected areas are “a huge challenge”.There are many parts of the country that were in the path of Typhoon Haiyan that are still inaccessible, so there is a lot we still don’t know and many children – probably millions – who desperately need our help and are not yet receiving it.
THE ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT has announced that it will write off household mortgage debt in order to kickstart the economy.Under the plan, every household in the country will have €24,000 worth of debt written off.The move was part of the election manifesto of the Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.The idea will cost the country €1.2 billion and will begin in mid-2014. Iceland has been burdened with debt since the 2008 financial crisis, which saw the krona collapse.A government statement said that the plan would kick-start consumer spending.“Currently, household debt is equivalent to 108 per cent of GDP, which is high by international comparison. “The action will boost household disposable income and encourage savings.”The plan has been criticised by the IMF, the OECD and various economists, with the IMF saying that the country has “little fiscal space” for the move, while the OECD says the plan should be limited to low income housing. The measure has improved the country’s rating with Standard & Poor’s, who upgraded the economic outlook from negative to stable. Read: The leader of Iceland’s ‘Kitchenware Revolution’ reckons we have a thing or two to learn about protestsRead: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row
Ki had never scored in English football since moving to Swansea from Celtic in 2012, and this was his first club goal since he netted for the Scottish giants at Hibernian in February 2012.It was a dispiriting night for Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell in charge of the west London club but saw his fears about his shot-shy team confirmed during a lacklustre display. Dzeko was fouled by Anthony Knockaert, and Kolarov curled the resulting free-kick up and over the wall into the top-left corner. Leicester worked their way back into the game with a high pressing game but chances were at a premium, and Manchester City almost caught their opponents cold on the counter-attack.David Silva released Kolarov down the left and he rolled the ball into the unmarked Dzeko, but goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spread himself brilliantly to deny the Bosnian and Jack Rodwell was unable to convert the rebound. Updated at 22.46MANCHESTER CITY MAINTAINED their lethal form in front of goal with a 3-1 League Cup quarter-final win at Leicester City, while Sunderland secured a dramatic extra-time victory over Chelsea.South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yueng stunned Chelsea as the Sunderland midfielder’s first goal for the club sealed a shock 2-1 win in the League Cup quarter-finals, while Manchester City swept into the last four with a 3-1 victory at Leicester on Tuesday.Gus Poyet’s team had been on the verge of defeat at the Stadium of Light after goal-line technology was used for the first time in the League Cup to give Chelsea the lead through Lee Cattermole’s own goal in the opening minute of the second half.But Fabio Borini equalised for the Premier League’s bottom club in the 88th minute and Ki sent Sunderland into the semi-finals with a cool finish two minutes from the end of extra-time.It was Ki’s first goal in 13 appearances for the Black Cats since his loan switch from Swansea, with whom he won the League Cup last season, in September. With four minutes of the half remaining the Premier League side did double their lead through Dzeko.James Milner was released on the left and delivered a perfectly chipped pass for his team-mate, who nonchalantly headed beyond Schmeichel. The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half as Dzeko doubled his tally after more good work from Milner.After the England international had evaded challenges on the left, he found Dzeko unmarked in the penalty area and the 27-year-old fired home first time from 14 yards.As Manchester City took their foot off the gas the hosts grabbed a 77th-minute consolation, Dyer’s effort deflecting off Vincent Kompany to leave Hart wrong-footed.YouTube credit: BestEpicFailsBlooperAdditional reporting by AFPFirst published at 22.10Fabio Borini goal takes Sunderland-Chelsea to extra-time>VIDEO: Bayern brush past Guangzhou to reach world club final> Mourinho made eight changes following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.And, after struggling to find any rhythm in a tepid opening 45 minutes, Chelsea took the lead less than 60 seconds after the break.Frank Lampard was challenged by Cattermole near the goal-line as the pair competed for Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross and the ball rolled into the net.Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone tried to claw the ball out from behind the line, but the goal was correctly given, with referee Anthony Taylor pointing to his watch to indicate goal-line technology had been used to confirm the decision.It was the first time goal-line technology had been used in the League Cup, although the system was established in the Premier League at the start of this season.Samuel Eto’o should have doubled Chelsea’s lead soon after, yet the Cameroon forward’s poor form for the Blues continued as he shot well wide with just Mannone to beat.And Sunderland took advantage of that escape to equalise when on-loan Liverpool striker Borini fired home from an acute angle after a driving run from Jozy Altidore.Ki was denied by Mark Schwarzer’s fine save as Sunderland dominated extra-time, but he eventually sealed the win with a clinical low strike from Borini’s pass.YouTube credit: Machine Goal 3Meanwhile, at the King Power Stadium Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring early in the first half with a stunning 30-yard free kick, and Edin Dzeko doubled the visitors’ lead just before the break with a close-range header.The Bosnian striker piled more misery on Leicester eight minutes into the second half with his seventh goal in eight League Cup appearances and Manchester City’s 19th in six matches.Leicester — the last Championship representatives in the competition — struggled to stretch Joe Hart but were able to grab a late consolation as Lloyd Dyer netted his seventh goal of the season. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have their sights set on a first League Cup crown since 1976, having reached a third semi-final in five seasons.Manchester City’s line-up showed eight changes from the comprehensive 6-3 victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal, with only Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany and David Silva keeping their places. Gary Taylor-Fletcher made only his second start for Leicester – third in the Championship – as one of four alterations to the team who drew with Burnley. The visitors made a quick start at the King Power Stadium and, after coming close to opening the scoring in the sixth minute, moved ahead in the eighth.
JUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Kathleen Lynch has insisted that she never threatened to resign over cuts to mental health services.Speaking during questions to Ministers at the Department of Health this morning, the Labour TD described claims she threatened to resign as “fantasy.”“I never threatened to resign. I never would, and that’s not what I do. I have a job to do and I intend to do it,” she said in response to a call from Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher to “again threaten to resign” over cuts to mental health funding.The Sunday Business Post reported earlier this month that Lynch, the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, was furious over proposed cuts to the mental health budget and told told Health Minister James Reilly, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste that she “would not stand” for the proposed cuts.A spokesperson for Lynch declined to comment on claims that she threatened to resign when contacted at the time the story emerged. In the Dáil this morning, Lynch said there was a lot of opposition to the government’s Vision for Change policy which aims to advance mental health services in Ireland. “Everyone is in favour until it’s happening in their area,” Lynch said saying “all of a sudden it’s the wrong way to go and the wrong thing to be doing” is the reaction when it is implemented. She said that staffing mental health services had proved difficult in recent times as a result of a requirement for a “different skill mix” and the “different type of people” needed, saying “a whole range of other skill mixes” are needed.Kelleher said there has been an “awful lot less people” working in the area of mental health than there has been in recent years as a result of the embargo on public sector recruitment and the reduction in overall staff numbers. Lynch earlier said that €20 million in funding for mental health services next year will allow for 250 to 280 additional staff to be employed by the HSE in various mental health schemes, with recruitment commencing in the first quarter of 2014.She added that she hoped the positions would be filled by the final quarter of next year.Read: HSE Service Plan confirms €619 million in cuts across health services next yearRead: ‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resign
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #GARDAÍ: Rank-and-file gardaí have officially “turned off the goodwill tap” this morning, refusing to use their personal mobile phones, laptops, cars and other equipment for work. As the row over pay and reforms continues, the GRA members will also refuse to volunteer to police public events.2. #SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius should find out today if he will be granted bail ahead of a murder trial for the shooting dead of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp. After a dramatic day yesterday, it looks more likely that bail will be granted and the athlete’s coach said he would return to training “immediately”.3. #JOBSWATCH: Less than 24 hours after Abbott announced substantial job losses at its Tipperary plant, the government will have to look upbeat on its employment plans. Minister Richard Bruton will publish his department’s latest version of the coalition’s action plan on jobs later today.4. #PROPERTY TAX: Homeowners refusing to pay the property tax could see the charge deducted from their salaries, social welfare payments or even directly from their bank account, the taxman warned yesterday.5. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The Orange Order in Northern Ireland may stop giving notice to police about upcoming parades, a senior member told BBC News. He said the group had taken note of how loyalist flag protesters could march into Belfast every week without a Parades Commission ruling.6. #CHILD SEX ABUSE: A 58-year-old former Christian brother was found guilty of seven counts of child sexual abuse at Cork’s Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, reports the Irish Independent. Edward Bryan was convicted of offences carried out against four boys in the 1980s when he worked as a teacher at North Monastery CBS.7. #SOCIAL MEDIA: TDs and senators are asking members of the public, as well as interested organisations and groups, to tell them what concerns they have around social media use. The submissions will be collected by an Oireachtas committee – through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.8. #SHOCK: In an unexpected twist in the Battle of the Irish, Shane Lowry beat world number one Rory McIlroy in the first round of the World Golf Championships Match Play at Dove Mountain.9. #THAT’S MAD, TED: About 12 festival goers will get an “authentic Father Ted experience” on Inis Mór this weekend, says Jason Kennedy on the front page of the Irish Times this morning. Local priest Dara Molloy has offered up the island’s spiritual accommodation after the surprise closure of the Aran Islands Hotel ahead of the annual Tedfest. Over on DailyEdge.ie: Can you identify this celebrity foot? What’s Mrs Bono gone and done to herself? And is Kim K quitting reality TV? It’s The Dredge
Thatcher: “You can’t trust the Irish, they are all liars”>Margaret O’Keefe is a lecturer in Community Development at Cork Institute of Technology. She is a member of the 5050 Group – an organisation that are looking to achieve gender parity in Irish politics by the year 2020. BIOEPIC, THE IRON Lady, depicts the late Margaret Thatcher as a feminist icon. But was she? Natasha Walter, co-founder of Women for Refugee Women and author of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism and the New Feminism, writes that Thatcher is a figure that feminists would be foolish to dismiss. She concedes that Mrs Thatcher was no feminist, with no interest in social equality and knew nothing of female solidarity. Walter, however, believes that Margaret Thatcher normalised female success, challenging the prevailing orthodoxy that women were unsuited to the pursuit of power.Women in Irish political lifeIn Ireland, elected female representatives, let alone female political leaders, remain a rarity. Currently, just 25 TDs, 15 per cent of the Dáil are women. This statistic places Ireland in 89th position in a global league table for the percentage of women in politics. The 5050 Group was founded in September 2010 to campaign for electoral quotas in a bid to address the gross under representation of women in Irish political life. We believe that as a principle of democracy, the composition of the Oireachtas and other elected bodies need to reflect population diversity.Mrs Thatcher’s view on the centrality of the individual, rather than society, was shaped by the work of FA Hayek. Hayek had sought to develop attempts to establish a systematic political philosophy on behalf of free market economics and individual liberty. Hayek’s political perspective as to the primacy of the individual over society was implicitly articulated by Margaret Thatcher in an interview with Women‘s Own magazine in 1987, when she (in) famously remarked that: there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.We have much in commonCuriously, she and I would have had much in common. Like Mrs Thatcher, I believe that nothing can be achieved without hard work. Like her, I also believe that if you think you are right you have to fight to the end to succeed. While speculative, and despite these commonalities, I doubt that Mrs Thatcher would have shared my, albeit reluctant, support for electoral quotas.For unlike, Mrs Thatcher, I believe that there is such a thing as society. Thus, like many other men and women, I believe that the lack of women in public life is an issue which needs to be addressed at the societal, rather than at the individual level.In contrast, given her attachment to Hayek’s belief in the primacy of the individual, Margaret Thatcher may have claimed that a woman in politics may succeed solely on merit. She might say, after all, she certainly did. As ‘the grocer’s daughter’, she breached both class and gender barriers to lead a Tory Party substantially grounded in ‘old money’ and historical privilege. Arguably then, mechanisms, such as electoral quotas, which help to even out an uneven playing field, would have been anathema to her.Demonising ThatcherThus, it is easy to demonise Mrs Thatcher as an anti-feminist. Indeed, I have wondered if the breadth and depth of hostility often directed at her is in reality a form of unconscious sexism. Ian McEwan writes “in retrospect, in much dissenting commentary there was often a taint of unexamined sexism”.Furthermore, in privileging individualism at the expense of the societal, Mrs Thatcher failed to see that not everybody, notwithstanding their ability, effort and hard work, has an equal chance to succeed in politics or indeed in any other social or economic domain. Every day in Ireland, women and men because of their class background, ethnicity, religion and/or sexual orientation face an ongoing struggle to succeed in a highly competitive labour market. They may even experience naked discrimination and prejudice. In sum, Mrs Thatcher failed to grasp the saliency of structural inequalities which act as barriers to individual self-realisation and career success.Pervasive structural inequalities have different and additional implications for female advancement, as women tend to experience particular gender and class, alongside other barriers. Furthermore, Thatcher’s refusal to see that society does matter, that interdependence, i.e. that we all depend on each other, is key to a functioning, healthy society was also profoundly damaging. The notion of the autonomous, rational individual maximising his/her success in the labour market became an archetype for this historical period, as exemplified by Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney character. Indeed, Brian Reade claims that Thatcher’s economic legacy created a generation raised on a creed of greed.Stunning electoral successIn addition, it is easy to forget that Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s prime minister for more than a decade from 1979 to 1990, a total of 11 years. In essence, she enjoyed stunning electoral success. This level of success infers that many people in Britain, including many from the British working class – both men and women – shared and supported Thatcherite policies.That is cold comfort, however, to those people living in communities, such as the south Wales town of Merthyr Tydfil and other communities in the north east of England, fragmented and impoverished as a consequence of free market economics.In Ireland, we have embraced a close relation of Thatcherism – Austerity. The opposite of austerity policies are progressive economic policies, premised on social and economic equality. These policies are also underpinned by an authentic social solidarity, rather than self-serving appeals by elites to solidarity and patriotism. Progressive economic policies aim to support the weakest in society; they privilege poverty proofing and gender proofing. Thus, they privilege people over the economy. Instead, we live with economic policies which protect the powerful and economically insulated.Undermining hard fought for equality gainsWhile we may abhor Thatcherism, the reality is that support for free market policies is increasingly evident. Ultimately, these policies undermine hard fought for equality gains, not just for women but for all who may fail to succeed in what is often a harsh environment, where the strong prevail and the weak flounder.As citizens of a Republic, in one of the world’s richest countries, surely we can create a better future than that which is currently on offer? Yes, we can do better!PICS: Signs of Thatcher: loved and hated in life and death>
Updated 7.56pmA WOMAN HAS died following a suspected hit-and-run incident in Drimnagh, Dublin.The 40-year-old pedestrian was crossing the road at Golden Bridge Luas stop on Davitt Road at 10.30pm on Friday when she was struck by a car, which failed to remain at the scene.The woman was taken to St James’s Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.Witnesses described the offending car as dark-coloured, possible a Ford Focus, and of either ’08 or ’09 registration. The car left the scene in the direction of Naas Road. Gardaí say this car would have damage to the front and to the windscreen.Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the scene which has now reopened.Anyone with information is asked to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01 666 6600.First published 8amRead: Man to appear in court in relation to fatal road traffic collision in Wicklow
PROTESTERS AND RIOT police clashed for a second day in Istanbul today, a day after an environmental protest flared into a massive outcry against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government.The unrest, which has spread to other cities, marks one of the biggest protests since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan first came to power in 2002 and has exposed growing discontent with what critics say is his government’s increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda.On Saturday. police fired tear gas at protesters gathering in Taksim Square, the epicentre of the demonstrations that have left dozens of people injured and have earned Turkey a rare rebuke from its ally Washington.Hours earlier, several hundred protesters waving Turkish flags advanced despite police firing water canon and crossed the Bosphorus Bridge to the European side of the city, according to local media.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)The unrest erupted into anti-government demonstrations after police on Friday moved into Taksim to break up a protest against the razing of a nearby park.Clashes raged during the night, as thousands of people marched through the city, some banging pots and pans as residents shouted support from the windows.Others held up cans of beer in defiance of a recent law, supported by the Islamist-rooted ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which restricts the sale of alcohol and prohibits it during the nighttime hours.Critics of the law see it as a sign of creeping conservatism in predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular Turkey.“They want to turn this country into an Islamist state, they want to impose their vision all the while pretending to respect democracy,” said one woman protester in Istanbul, declining to give her name.People hold up banners that read ” Chemical Tayyip, Go!” and “Resist the Dictator” as thousands of people gather in support of demonstrators staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul park, in Ankara. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)The unrest on Taksim Square, where a sit-in has been held for several weeks to protest against plans to raze a nearby park in order to build a shopping mall.Critics say that the park is the last patch of greenery in the commercial area.Its razing is part of a wider, controversial construction project that aims to turn the area around Taksim – a traditional gathering point for protests and a popular tourist destination – into a pedestrian zone.After several days of growing protests at the square last week, riot police moved in to break it up on Friday with tear gas and water canon.Protestors responded by hurling stones, chanting: “Government resign!”“The trees, it’s the drop that made the vase overflow,” said Ozkan, a philosophy student in Istanbul. “People are sick and tired of everything that this government is doing to them.”A man falls as riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park yesterday. (AP Photo)As tear gas blanketed the area, thousands of people poured out into the streets in support of the demonstrators in other Turkish cities, including in the capital Ankara, the western cities of Izmir and Mugla and Antalya in the south.Authorities said that a dozen people were being treated in hospitals for injuries received in the clashes, but Amnesty International said more than 100 protesters were reportedly injured.More than 60 people have been detained as a result of the unrest, according to regional authorities.In Washington, the State Department said it was concerned about the number of people injured as a result of the protests.“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,” US State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said.Thousands have voiced support for the protesters on social media in recent days, while Amnesty International urged Turkey to “halt brutal police repression” and investigate abuse claims.Erdogan’s populist government, in power for over a decade, is regularly accused of trying to make the predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular country more conservative.Tear gas, water cannons used on protesters trying to stop Turkish park being turned into shopping mallTurkey and US demand Assad stand down
FIGURES FROM AN Garda Síochána show how much the strength of the force has fallen since the start of the recession.As you can see from the chart above, there was growth in garda numbers between 2008 and 2009 but after that they fell consistently each year from 14,377 in December 2010 to 12,992 in April of this year.In response to a recent parliamentary question from TD Bernard Durkan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said management keep personnel distribution under “continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities” to ensure the best possible use of resources.At the start of this year, the first recruitment drive since 2009 was launched and some 20,000 people applied for positions in the forces. It is understood that between 250 and 300 new positions are being created.Even if the full 300 positions are filled, however, it still would not bring the force close to its pre-recession strength.The minister noted that it is intended that the first intake of new trainees will enter the Garda College in July of this year. They will take part in the new training programme and it is expected they will join the force in early 2015.Fitzgerald also said it is hoped to have further recruits entering training in Templemore later in 2014.“The precise number of recruits to be included in each intake will be determined by a number of factors including retirements and will be decided shortly,” she said.Read: Rogue taxi drivers beware: Gardaí are clamping down>Read: Gardaí seized all this alcohol on Portmarnock beach yesterday>
BRACE YOURSELVES. WE may have discovered the best job in the world.Netflix UK & Ireland is looking for a Tagger – that’s the person who decides whether a film is a ‘Critically Acclaimed-Emotional-Underdog’ movie or a ‘Violent-Suspenseful-Action & Adventure’ movie and so is able to match the viewer with films and TV shows they’d like to see.Someone, for example, had to tag all these films and TV shows as 20th Century Period Pieces: Put simply, they’ll pay you to watch television.This is the first time Netflix has sought out a Tagger outside of the Americas, and there are only 40 or so Taggers worldwide. They’re also among the first people to view Netflix original programmes like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. (We hate them all.) Source: Netflix/YouTubeThe successful applicant will have a background or degree in film and television, an analytical mind, and a love for films and TV programmes of all genres, countries and styles.Think you have what it takes? You can apply here.More: Here’s how long it would take you to binge watch these deadly TV shows>
DESPITE FEMALE GENITAL mutilation being outlawed in Ireland in 2012, there have been no prosecutions to date under the legislation.The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie that no one has been prosecuted yet under the Act.However, this doesn’t seem to be a rarity. Last year, the Home Affairs Committee in the UK discovered that there had been no convictions there either, and FGM was criminalised in the UK 28 years ago.The Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 makes it a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to perform FGM. The maximum penalty under all sections of this new law is a fine or imprisonment for up to 14 years or both.It is also a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to take a girl to another country to undergo FGM.It is estimated that 3,780 women in Ireland have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), although it is estimated that the numbers could be much higher. Many of these women would have had it carried out in other countries, though AkiDwA, a minority ethnic-led national network of migrant women living in Ireland, believes that it is still being carried out here. Some of the blunt and dirty tool used to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) which were surrendered to Afnet, the anti-female genital mutilation network in Dodoma, Tanzania. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWhy no prosecutions? The difficulty is detection. The only way to know if FGM has been carried out on someone is to have a physical exam and while it has been floated by other countries that perhaps young school girls should be screened, this raises a whole host of legal, privacy and child welfare issues and it would also be an invasion of the privacy of young girls.Salome Mbugua, Director of AkiDwA said that the summer months are a particularly risky time as young girls are often taken out of Ireland back to their home countries to have FGM carried out.This summer, police in the UK stepped up their methods of detecting those at risk of FGM with Border Force child protection squads across the country targeting specific flights in a bid to prevent vulnerable girls being taken out of the country for FGM.The Guardian reports that officers are told to put aside “cultural sensitivities and fears of being branded racist in order to pursue investigations into FGM”.Flights to countries that practise FGM – including Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, Egypt and Turkey – are being targeted. Gatwick Airport Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesJust last week their efforts paid off when a 72-year-old Ugandan man was arrested in east London under the FGM law. He was stopped at Heathrow airport having arrived that morning on a flight from Kampala, Uganda with an 11-year-old girl.Deterrent Speaking to Senator Ivana Bacik, who first proposed the Bill, said they had not expected there to be any convictions at this stage.She said that research in the UK shows that just having the legislation in place acts as a preventative measure, adding that it is very difficult to get convictions as witnesses, who are often family members, are reluctant to come forward.Bacik said:We were always conscience that there would not be convictions at this stage, but it is still very important that we have the legislation in place. We can’t really value the legislation in convictions.Mbugua said that FGM is usually detected by GPs or doctors in maternity hospitals. “Often the women had FGM carried out on them when they were very young and may not even remember it. Doctors often notice when women present in maternity hospitals when they are having a baby,” she said.AkiDwA states that medical workers have a key role to play with victims of FGM. They said the antenatal period is the optimum time to identify a woman who has undergone FGM.“During this time, counselling by skilled practitioners should take place with the woman and her partner regarding the best management to achieve a safe delivery and prevent future FGM,” they said, adding that a care plan for the type of FGM they have undergone must be put in place.ResowBacik said that the introduction of the law was very important to doctors working in maternity hospitals, stating that she had been told by many doctors that after giving birth, many women who have had FGM carried out on them have asked doctors to “resow” them.Bacik said, “For whatever reason, some women were asking their doctors to do this after they had given birth, whether it be pressure from their families or fear of what their husbands would think,” she said.“This law is very important to the doctors put in the position as they can refuse with the weight of the law behind them, so they can categorically say, no, that is a criminal offence. It removes the pressure placed on doctors by their patients,” she added.Read: More training needed for teachers on female genital mutilation to identify children at risk>Read: Woman arrested at Heathrow Airport for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation>
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Short URL 56 Comments Share61 Tweet Email3 Take me to Fora “Generally, you don’t get into a bar or you are removed. It’s like one of those exclusive door policies, when you’re not wearing a certain pair of shoes you don’t get in.“We didn’t have the money to say, ‘Here’s €5,000, do X, Y and Z.’ (These deals) put small guys at a huge disadvantage. It’s an awful pain in the arse, but there’s nothing that we really can do.”He added: “When you’re a small company you struggle to get cash to set up, and then when people do want to drink (your product), there are other people stopping you from trading.“It’s absolutely mad. It’s discouraging, it’s like being rejected by a secret society or club. You’re ostracised.“If I’d known what the market was like I’m not sure I would have set up here. We’ve done deals in the UK and America, and it’s much more straightforward. Because Ireland is so small, it’s easy to have control over it.”‘Pay us’Peter Mulryan, the founder of Waterford-based gin maker Blackwater Distillery, said that he has also found walls thrown up when trying to get his stock in pubs. An Irish distillery Source: Shutterstock/petereleven“It was about two years ago, we were told by a chain: ‘You can get in if you pay us or pay us with stock’. I remember thinking that sounded awful,” he said.“We said that we’re not a multinational and we don’t have deep pockets. They said they (multinationals) do, and we’ll take their stuff. We’re not dealing with that pub now. It’s pointless, it’s a mugs game.”Mulryan says that, as a result of the deals in the pub trade, Blackwater is now focusing on selling to retailers and off-licences.“We just focus on the off-trade now, they’re much straighter to deal with and the customer is much more in the driving seat,” he said.Both Mulryan and Bara said they understand why pubs accept offers from multinationals, however both said that they felt they are unjust and gave their big companies an unfair advantage.One individual who runs a small beer brewer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there is “hardly a publican in Dublin or the country that doesn’t have some deal with the big guys, and some are locked in tighter than others”.“We’ve often faced a situation where someone says: ‘We would love to stock you, but we’re precluded because of arrangements with big drinks companies,” the brewer said. Stock image of beer barrels Source: Shutterstock/Tommy Lee WalkerEducationHowever, the craft brewer added that publicans “won’t bite the hand that feeds them” and said that craft brewers need to look for ways to promote their own products rather than trying to eradicate such deals.“As a group, craft brewers could do a lot more and educate the public on what we’re at so that people would say when they go into a bar, ‘Why don’t you have more craft beer, why don’t you have more local beer?’”The brewer acknowledged they may feel differently if their beer had been actively removed from a pub, but added: “There isn’t much point moaning about what’s going on, we need to focus on doing more so consumers go in and demand a better selection.”The Irish Brewers Association, which represents most of the big brewers in the Irish drinks industry, said it would be inappropriate to comment “because it is a commercial issue between an individual company and its suppliers”.The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland, which represents about half of the smaller craft beer brewers in the Republic, said that it is “aware” of exclusive drinks deals.“They do set many of our members at a disadvantage and we feel they should not be allowed,” a spokeswoman said.“As far as we are aware, however, these practices are not illegal so unless there is a political will to enact laws against them there’s very little that can be done by authorities.“The real solution is for consumers to continue to demand choice and availability of independent Irish beer and for them to vote with their feet if they are not being offered it.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM ‘We can’t afford to give a pub €5,000’: Craft producers hit out at exclusive drinks deals Many craft drinks producers say sweeteners offered by big companies are locking them out. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Feb 10th 2018, 6:01 AM By Fora Staff 36,960 Views https://jrnl.ie/3854623 CRAFT BREWERS AND distillers are routinely coming up against opposition in getting their drinks stocked in bars due to deals sewn up between publicans and big drinks companies.Last week Fora reported that large drinks firms regularly offer bars sweeteners such as free kegs of beer or even direct financial assistance.Now, multiple sources working in the craft industry have told Fora that they sometimes face being shut out when they cannot match the financial muscle of their larger rivals.The issue came on the agenda recently when it was revealed that C&C, the company behind Bulmers cider, claimed that Heineken abused its market power by striking deals with pubs to push Orchard Thieves.Alongside Richmond Marketing, a major drinks distributor that had similar grievances, it submitted a complaint to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.The competition regulator decided not to launch a full investigation into the issue, despite raising concerns that Heineken’s alleged practises “may result in anti-competitive effects”.Although it is unclear to what extent these deals are anti-competitive, if at all, many small companies have said that they hinder them from doing business and competing on an even footing with bigger rivals.In regards to the nature of the deals, the craft brewers Fora spoke to largely echoed the reports from publicans – who said sometimes huge sums of money being offered to bring a venue into the fold.Both groups said that deals would sometimes consist of companies offering pubs direct financial assistance but more often they would involve free alcohol often worth thousands, or tens of thousands, of euro.‘Absolutely mad’Some have said that they have even had products removed from bars once a rival has offered a pub a lucrative deal.Eoin Bara, the founder of Offaly based Mór Irish Gin, said that he has encountered bars “that say that they can’t stock us because we’re not part of a bigger drinks family”. Mór gin Source: Mór Gin“We got into one bar in town, (our products were) behind the bar of one very well-known bar in town,” he said.“People were buying the drink, but one of the reps from a drinks company came in and made them take it down from the bar.”According to Bara, there is little that small producers can do to work with bars that have such deals in place. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland By Daragh Brophy Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 1:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3118788 Ahern during a canvass for a FF candidate in the local elections in 2014 – after he had left the party. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandYesterday, Jim O’Callaghan – recently elected for the party in Dublin after years without a single Fianna Fáil seat in the capital – insisted the issue was something of a media creation.“If we’re going to have coverage of motions passed at Fianna Fáil meetings, we’re going to need a separate radio station and a separate TV station, he said.In fairness to Bertie Ahern, he has not applied for membership of Fianna Fáil.With today’s high-profile interview, Ahern has signalled that he’s not willing to go quietly. While he may not be reapplying immediately, the issue of his potential comeback is one the current leader will have to confront at some stage in the future.Interestingly, the former Taoiseach refused to rule out a potential run for the presidency, in his Sunday Independent interview.“I would make no comment about that,” he said, when asked about it directly.Read: Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party > 19,954 Views IT APPEARED BERTIE Ahern had simply gone to ground in the wake of his local Fianna Fáil organisation backing his return to the party fold during the week.In an unexpected move, Dublin Central members unanimously backed a motion to ask the former Taoiseach to rejoin the party – more than four years after he handed back his membership.Local chairman Brian Mohan said the next morning he hadn’t spoken to Ahern about the vote or the result – and the former Fianna Fáil leader stayed quiet in the following days.But it now appears he was merely keeping his powder dry for maximum impact – he sat down for an interview with the Sunday Independent’s Niamh Horan in recent days to talk about his potential return to the political scene as well as, amongst other things, a possible run for the Áras.Speaking to Horan at Drumcondra’s Skylon Hotel, he said his “only interest” was in returning to the party locally to help win more seats in Dublin.“The circumstances have changed a lot,” since his resignation following the publication of the Mahon tribunal report in 2012, he said.Asked outright whether he would apply for membership, he said that any application would have to go through current leader Michéal Martin. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article This is the point. If I apply for membership apparently, apparently, it has to go back to him. I would be the only person in the organisation who joins where my application would have to go back to him […] according to him anyway.He said it was for Martin to make a judgement on whether stopping his application would be in the interests of the party or not. Source: TheJournal.ieAhern resigned from Fianna Fáil in March 2012 following the publication of the report that month. He stepped down as Taoiseach in 2008 and as a TD in 2011.The tribunal (officially the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments) found that he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.Although it did not make findings of corruption against Ahern, it proved hugely damaging to his reputation. He has disputed the findings.He said, writing in the Sunday Independent in 2012, that his decision to resign was merely a “political” move, not an admission of anything – adding that he was deeply saddened by a motion to expel him proposed by Martin.“I appreciate the support that party members have pledged to me unprompted in the past week,” he wrote. “I have decided the best way that I can now serve Fianna Fáil is to tender my resignation as a member of the party.”Martin had said that Ahern betrayed the trust placed in him by the country, after the report was released.What happens now? The former Taoiseach’s reluctance to make any short-term move to reapply to the party he led to three election victories is not surprising.According to a person familiar with how the process works, it would be up to Ahern to send in an application much like any other member of the public.The application would first be accepted, but if there was any issue with it, that would then be addressed by the party. Considering the application is from a figure as high profile as Bertie Ahern, it’s likely the issue would be dealt with by the National Executive.Michéal Martin, speaking to Tipp FM during the week, said he didn’t anticipate his former leader making a return to the party.Bertie resigned four years ago in the aftermath of the Mahon Tribunal and he effectively resigned from politics and I think he has been enjoying his retirement. Short URL Not going away: Bertie sat down for a big weekend interview to talk about his future “Circumstances have changed a lot,” since his decision to quit Fianna Fáil, the former party leader insisted. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Dec 4th 2016, 1:00 PM 98 Comments
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We shouldn’t be attacked because of that – that’s nothing to do with us. We didn’t make anyone do anything.Facebook’s influenceWhen asked why she thought people were being vicious, she said that the reason was because a national broadcasting reporter had posted the story to Facebook. 28,484 Views I think it’s all because of that day when it went on Facebook straight away. That’s one thing I actually asked [the reporter] not to do was to put it up on Facebook and he went away and did that. 24 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 5:20 PM Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal By Gráinne Ní Aodha Girlfriend of shooter that hit woman in the neck says incident should ‘be let go’ Gavin Sheehan’s girlfriend says she’s receiving threats on Facebook, and that the incident should be let go. THE GIRLFRIEND OF a Corkman convicted of shooting at a house and seriously injuring a young woman, has said she’s not happy about how people are talking about Sheehan online.Gavin Sheehan, aged 30, of Laurel Ridge Estate, Shanakiel, Co Cork was sentenced to 14 years in prison after shooting at a house in May 2016 where 21-year-old Ciara Sheehan (no relation) was hit in the neck.The woman survived the attack, but has expressed in court that she’s traumatised by the incident. It’s also been reported that Gavin Sheehan’s parents have been threatened.In an interview with PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM, Sheehan’s girlfriend Megan told the show that she knew what her boyfriend did was wrong, but that she thinks “it should be let go” threats are being made online and he’s serving his sentence. Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal Oh I know that’s not fair I admitted it myself, I should’ve just let the people say what they wanted to say about Gavin, leave them to comment themselves, but it’s the fact that they made him out to be worse than what he actually is.“Now I know nobody should have been shot, nobody deserves to be shot that as a disgrace, my heart goes out to the girl. Gav mightn’t have shown remorse but I do show remorse. All I want to do is get on with my life.”(Megan was referring to a comment made during Sheehan’s trial, where it was said that he showed no remorse for his crime.)Megan then said that although she would be the exact same as Ciara’s mother if her baby had been shot, that “there are two sides to every story and Gavin’s parents are very sick and very worried about their safety and their lives”.“I’m after being threatened myself on Facebook, I’m after getting onto the guards about it. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:20 PM Share Tweet Email I knew if it went up on Facebook that it’d escalate and people all over the world would be commenting, which is actually what is happening.She said that he’s the only reporter to have posted the story to Facebook and that none of the other outlets have it up.The journalist was then threatened by commenters, Megan says, because he seemed to be ‘posting the worst about it’.“I really am sorry for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it. All I was thinking about was my baby and if she’d ever see her dad again, that’s all I was worried about. I apologise.”Read: ‘Enough is enough’ – Appeals for calm after innocent woman shot in Cork estate There was threats made [online], I admit I did make a threat because my baby is only 10 months old and my boyfriend is after getting a 14-year jail sentence.The presenter Coogan said that he’d spoken to Ciara’s mom, who told him some of the things Megan and others been posting on Facebook about Ciara. http://jrnl.ie/3245701