Sigurdsson officialy in THW Kiel We got the World Class Player

← Previous Story “Swedish shooter” Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz to Rhein Neckar Lowen Next Story → Three years from the “Veszprem’s Tragedy” After many speculation, Icelandic left wing, the best on his position at the last EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (33) will sign a two years contract with THW Kiel.– He is one cool guy and also a World Class Player, who can be perfect for our system – said THW’s Secretary General, Klaus Elwardt. Gudjon Valur SigurdssonIcelandic handballTHW Kiel read more

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Rikke Skov quit assistant job in Viborg HK

← Previous Story Next three years Bojan Beljanski in FA Goppingen Next Story → Slovenia: Gorenje beats Celje – title is closer! One of the most experienced Danish player, left back Rikke Skov, decided to quit assistant job in Viborg HK and try to focus on her player’s duties until end of the season. Since August, Skov became an assistant of head coach, Martin Albertsen, but now she has chosen to stop the function.– It has been nice to test it out, but I see myself more as a player, and that is where I should put my focus. I’ve had many experiences and continue does not provide. But just at present. I have found out that it is not where I should put my energy, says Rikke Skov for DR Sports.source: hbold.dkphoto: VIBORG HK Rikke SkovViborg HK read more

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Lars Walther resigns as Wisla Plock coach

handballpolskawaltherWisla Plock Lars Walther isn’t Wisla Plocks coach anymore. Today he has resigned due to bad results and defeat in EHF Cup. On Sunday Oiles lost in Holstebro with Team Tvis and they had to say goodbye to EHF Cup. If they won, would he stay at Plock? ‘I don’t want to talk about ‘if’, I want to talk about what happened’ – he said.At press conference president of Wisla, Andrzej Miszczynśki has informed today that coach Walther decided to part with the club. – Due to bad results I decided to resign – said Walther – Results here are connected with money. I wanted to give more space, so I made this resignation. I don’t want to be remember here as a guy who was there for money. I want to thank club, president, fans, sponsors and of course the team. I had three fantastic years here. My heart will always be in this city. Big piece of my heart stays in this club. In the future I will be with Wisla, looking at theirs results. In two weeks, when rest of players come back from national teams I’m going to see all team and say goodbye on normal way – he ended. He also said that it was in 100% his decision and there was no pressure on him.We don’t know yet who is going to be a new coach of Wisla in new season. Andrzej Miszczyński said that he had to think about it. Club makes plan for few years and according to that Walther was supposed to be coach until 2014. For now and maybe next season new coach is Krzysztof Kisiel, who was working with Wisla as head coach few years ago. During last three seasons he was second coach in the club. – I don’t want to comment this decision of Lars. Now I want to focus on preparing team to Final Four Polish Cup and last part of the season – said new-old coach.TEXT: Michalina Chabowska ← Previous Story Copa del Rey: Puerto Sagunto advance to semi-finals, Ademar Leon out Next Story → Coupe de France: Montpellier wins in Chambery and progresses to semifinals read more

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Vesprem against PSG – Lions VS Barca Macedonians looking for German scalps

EHF CL Fantastic matches are ahead of us! VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 draw brought fantastic battles….RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN – FC BARCELONASG FLENSBURG – RK VARDARRK METALURG – THW KIELPSG HANDBALL – MVM MKB VESZPREMThe first leg matches will be played over 16-20 April on courts of the Pot 2 teams, the second leg will follow on 23-27 April on courts of the Pot 1 teams. ← Previous Story MOZZART IS INJURED: The end for Ivano Balic? Next Story → TICKETS FOR BERLIN: French clash in 1/4 final! read more

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Mens EHF EURO 2014 Serbia VS Spain for semis – Slovenians attack

Decision about the semi-finalist of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 will be made today! Denmark is the only team who secured the battle for the final from the first position in the group. Danes beat Spain 22:21 in the match of the day, while Serbs destroyed France 30:20 as Spaniards did two days before. The match for the semis will be played at 16hrs in Linz – Serbia VS Spain.In the same time in Traun will play Slovenia and Germany. Slovenians will progress to TOP 4 with a minimal victory, while +6 for them will force Germans out of medal battle…Group 1:Serbia – Spain 16hrsDenmark – France 18hrsSerbia – France 30:20Denmark – Spain 22:21STANDING:Denmark 4Spain 2Serbia 2France 0Group 2:Slovenia – Germany 16Sweden – Austria 18Germany – Sweden 28:25Slovenia – Austria 30:22STANDING:Germany 4Sweden 2Slovenia 2Austria 0MORE INFORMATION ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EURO 2014: Denmark and Germany to prove as a favorites Next Story → Andreas Nilsson joins MKB Veszprem! austria 2014Men’s EHF EURO 2014 read more

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SEHA Vardar easily deals with Nexe

← Previous Story Podravka and Leipzig to Women’s EHF CL! Next Story → Besiktas JK wins Turkish Super Cup! handballNexe NašicerakometrukometSEHAVardar HC Vardar players scored another victory in the SEHA South Stream Regional league, as a warm-up for what’s coming, when the Macedonian vice-champions are having a EHF Champions League visit in their first game, away at Celje. The team of Raul Gonzalez won easily with 32:21, the team being led by the GK Strahinja Milic, who with 19 saves was unsolvable enigma for the visitors from Nasice. read more

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Denmark beat Sweden in Malmo

In the friendly match in front of 7.500 fans in Malmo Arena, Denmark beat home team Sweden 24:23 (10:11). In the same hall, Denmark won the silver medal at the WCh 2011. Interesting fact is that Danes lost two more finals after that, WCh 2013 and EURO 2014.Sweden -Denmark  23-24  (11-10)  Sweden: Kim Andersson 4, Niclas Ekberg 3 (2), Andreas Nilsson 3, Viktor Östlund 3, Jesper Nielsen 3, Fredrik Petersen 2, Anton Halén 2, Markus Olsson 1, Jonas Källman 1, Lukas Karlsson 1.Denmark: Mikkel Hansen 8, Anders Eggert Magnussen 3 (2), Rasmus Lauge Schmidt 3, Hans Lindberg 3 (1), Kasper Söndergaard Sarup 2. Mads Christiansen 1, Mads Mensah Larsen 1, Casper U. Mortensen 1, Lasse Svan Hansen 1, Henrik Toft Hansen 1. DenmarkSweden ← Previous Story 3rd DANAON CUP IN GREECE: Imagine a summer full of sea, sun and handball Next Story → WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 – Hat-trick of Heidi Loke! read more

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Joan Canellas before France We want to defend title

← Previous Story Battle for the Olympic qualifications in Al Sadd Next Story → Qatar beat Poland for the final! Spanish hero from the quarter-final against Denmark, Joan Canellas talked for the official website of Qatar 2015 before semi-final clash with France -19 hrs.What did your former national coach tell to you, while embracing each other?Joan Canellas: A few typical things. I love him and he loves me and all of us. We have had great success together and these memories will last forever. We congratulated each other, wished each other good luck for the semi-finals and might meet again in the final on Sunday.To advance to the final and have the chance to defend the title, you will have to beat France…Joan Canellas: They are a tremendous team, who have dominated the last decade. France are the reigning Olympic and European champions, a team of high quality and of outstanding class. You try to find some weaknesses and probably you fail to find one.What do you consider the key points to defeat them tomorrow?Joan Canellas: Play better in offence than we did in the previous games. We must move the ball well and read the situations in order to score. Of course, defence is always needed, especially in a game which will be probable decided by a few details. We played defence aggressively versus Denmark and it was a key factor for us to survive and win it.Is it Joan Canellas vs Nikola Karabatic?Joan Canellas: It is mainly Spain vs France. Yesterday it was Mikkel Hansen, tomorrow will be Nikola Karabatic, the other day might be another big player. But we are playing a team sport, in which the so called superstars have emerged throughout the success of their teams.  However if I have to talk about Nikola, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world and I have lots of respect for him.How do you deal with the extra motivation to defend the world championship title from 2013?Joan Canellas: This is our target. We lived a dream two years ago in Barcelona and now we have come here to repeat it. This is a very difficult task, but we trust each other and I hope to go all the way to the top.Spain vs France, it is a like final game?Joan Canellas: Spain vs Denmark was a like final game too. When you reach the top eight there are no easy games. You have to take them all serious and pretend that even a quarter-final was the gold medal match. This is the mentality as we approach it.What do you think is the biggest weapon against France?Joan Canellas: They have the ‘know-how’, due to their class, experience and confidence. As Gary Lineker said once, the French are like the Germans in football. We can say that handball is a game in which fourteen men chase a ball for 60 minutes and at the end, the French always win. read more

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Veszprems tough win over Nexe

Telekom Veszprem celebrated against RK Nexe Nasice 27:23 (17:12) their fifth win at SEHA GAZPROM League 2016/2017. However, final results, but all what have been seen during 60 minutes of battle at Veszprem Arena suggest about very good resistance of Croatian team, who showed consistent form during series of matches with TOP teams in regional competition – Meshkov Brest, RK Vardar Skopje and Telekom Veszprem.Veszprem’s coach Xavi Sabate set line up without Alilovic, Kopljar, Nagy and Ugalde, but other TOP stars had to be on certain level to keep behind motivated Croatian team. Domestic team was on +5 – 9:4 after 11 minutes led by goals of Slovenian line-player Blaz Blagotinsek (the best Veszprem’s scorer with four goals), but their advantage until the end of the first half was only higher ten minutes later, when Aron Palmarsson netted for 14:8.Aware of the fact that they have nothing to lose against reigning SEHA champions and EHF CL runners-up, guys of Zdenko Kordi, showed strong resistance in the second half, which they even won by one goal.Nexe were few times on -3 (19:16, 22:19), but there were no enough power for a sensation. Ivan Srsen was TOP scorer with five goals, but the most impressive part of Nexe’s game was defense. ← Previous Story Ina Suslina two months out Next Story → IT’S TIME FOR YOU! Masters Handball World Cup in Omis (Croatia) in April-May 2017 read more

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VIDEO Olafur Stefansson moment of Nordic mythology

Olafur Stefansson Handball-Planet.com fans, for sure, didn’t forget Olafur Stefansson. Iconic Icelandic right back ended professional career in 2015 at KIF Kolding. He won four EHF Champions League titles with SC Magdeburg and BM Ciudad Real, while 45-years old lefthander wrote the best chapter of Icelandic sports history by winning Olympic silver and EHF EURO 2010 bronze medal.In order to help his older compatriots, Olafur joined project of City of Rejkjavik who connected athletes with pensioners.Take a look Olafur’s version of famous Nordic myth about Odin and Freyja. Legend…Olafur Stefansson share his experience: Life is like a handball game” ← Previous Story MATHE’S SOLDIERS: Chambery win in Nantes to overtake TOP of French League! Next Story → 18 Polish girls for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

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Protest outside Dáil calls for end to State racism

first_img(Image: Caroline Reid)A PROTEST OUTSIDE the Dáil today, organised by a number of groups, called for an end to State racism and expressed solidarity with the Roma community.Today, anti-racism group ENAR Ireland said that “families and individuals are subjected to ethnic or racial profiling on a daily basis; singled out, targeted or treated differently because of how they look or how they are perceived”.In response to recent incidents of children being taken from Roma families by gardaí, the organisation said those attending the protest today were asking for a ban on the practice of ethnic profiling and for proper measures to be put in place to monitor and prevent institutional racism.“The Irish government says that its actions aren’t racist,” said Luke Bukha Kasuwanga of the Anti Racism Network. “But the experiences of people from minority groups tell a different story. The recent removal of Roma children from their families is one clear example. We believe this is only the tip of the iceberg.”Shane O’Curry of ENAR Ireland said that the organisation’s online racist incident reporting system has seen increased reports of racism against Roma in Ireland in recent weeks.“At the same time we are receiving a significant number of complaints about racism involving gardaí and other institutions,” he said.A police force must have measures in place to ensure that it does not allow racism in its ranks, or practises that are racist in their effect. What happened to the Roma families in Tallaght and Athlone would not have happened to white settled families.“When a system fails to stop things like this happening then that is institutional racism,” he added.last_img read more

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Gay rights groups welcome marriage referendum plan Catholic Bishops dont

first_imgTHE BISHOP OF Kildare and Leighlin says that the same-sex marriage debate is “not about equality”.Bishop Denis Nulty says that the issue is about “the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children”.Nulty says that the Catholic Church will continue to argue that children “have a right to a mother and father”.He said that marriage between a man and a woman has a “special benefit” to society.“To change the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society,” said Nulty.He added that while Christians would treat homosexuals with “sensitivity, compassion and respect”, it was not homophobic to oppose gay marriage.“It is not lacking in sensitivity or respect for people who are homosexual however to point out that same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite sex relationships and that society values the complementary roles of mothers and fathers in the generation and up-bringing of children.”The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), however said that they were “delighted” by the cabinet’s announcement that a vote on the issue will take place in 2015.““We are delighted with the Taoiseach’s announcement of his strong support for civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples. It is a momentous and proud moment when our Taoiseach and the leader of our country endorses and supports full citizenship in the Constitution through civil marriage for lesbian and gay people” said GLEN Chair Kieran RoseWith the support of the Taoiseach and of Labour and Fine Gael in Government, and with the support of the other Political Parties, we believe that the people of Ireland will support the final step to full constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families in the referendum in 2015.The Justice Minister this morning said that he didn’t believe that people should be discriminated against because of their sexuality.Alan Shatter told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the decision was “historic” and that it was a “good news story”.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the views of the church. The church is entitled to express its views. It is for us as politicians to address what is happening in reality in society.”Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equalityRead: Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriagelast_img read more

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St Vincents Healthcare Group called on to explain finances

first_imgST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL Group is the latest organisation to be called out in the ongoing controversy over the use of HSE funding.Fine Gael TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Simon Harris says he is keen to “seriously question” the group on its corporate governance and pension funding.The Wicklow deputy has called on its representatives to come before the PAC to reveal the true financial state of the organisation.PAC chairman John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that any group who is found not to be compliant with government policies on public pay in a report next week will be called to an Oireachtas committee hearing.Currently, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is just one of a number of groups which has been found to be non-compliant.“The HSE audit into Section 38 bodies revealed that St Vincent’s had declared itself compliant, however, a letter sent by St Vincent’s to the HSE outlined that not all staff at the organisation were in line with health sector pay policy,” explained Harris.He said that he had explored the group’s accounts further, discovering a number of issues “which need to be urgently addressed”.Harris revealed that there is a “very strong ‘adverse opinion’” made by the group’s auditors on page six of its accounts for 2011.According to him, the report states that “the financial statements do not include the pension costs, pension liabilities and pension assets of those staff who are members of the Voluntary Hospitals Superannuation Scheme as required by Financial Reporting Standard 17″.“It goes on to state that due to the significance of this matter ‘the financial statements do not give a true and fair view in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland’.”Harris also questions what ‘Directors’ remuneration for other services’ of €554,377 in the 2011 accounts relates to.I am extremely concerned that a set of accounts show such a negative opinion expressed by an auditor, which in reality means that theses accounts cannot be relied upon to give a true and fair view of the financial state of the organisation.“It is also worrying that the 2011 accounts were only filed in recent weeks and that the 2012 accounts cannot be located on the Companies Registration Office website which leads me to believe that they have yet to be filed. Each of these points needs to be addressed immediately.”He also wants to know if St Vincent’s is compliant with the ‘one person-one salary’ rule, as well as the thinking behind why four of the directors of St Vincent’s Foundation are also on the board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group did not respond at attempts by TheJournal.ie to contact it today.Since the Section 38 charity scandal came to light, fundraising at organisations has fallen by about 40 per cent.Read: Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committeeMore: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continuesPoll: Has the CRC scandal affected how you give to charity?last_img read more

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Batches of Tixylix recalled due to risk of plastic contamination

first_imgA UK COMPANY is recalling certain batches of Tixylix cough and cold medicines for infants because of a manufacturing defect that may result in small pieces of plastic being found in the bottles.Noravartis Consumer Health UK said the manufacturing defect is with the tamper seal. While no pieces of plastic have been found in the medicines and the potential occurrence of the defect is low, the company is recalling the batches as a precaution, it said.Consumers are being asked to return these products to the place of purchase for a refund.“The health and safety of our consumers is always our highest priority,” the company said in a statement.The medicines being recalled are Tixylix Baby Syrup, Tixilix Blackcurrant Flavour Syrup, Tixylix Chesty Cough and Tixylix Toddler Syrup. More details on the specific batches being recalled can be found here.Read: Cough and cold medicines not to be used by children under 6>last_img read more

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Christmas lights are no longer causing a spike in electricity consumption

first_imgCHRISTMAS LIGHTING IS causing less of a demand on Ireland’s electricity supply grid, authorities say, and could be due to the use of new technology.EirGrid, the state-owned body with responsibility for monitoring the supply and demand of electricity , say a notable increase in consumption previously associated with Christmas lights has not been seen over the past three years.“In recent years it hasn’t been so obvious,” spokesperson Michael Kelly said, “while four or five years ago it was possible to see a noticeable difference.”“It’s also worth noting that demand in general is usually lower over Christmas, as more people are at home. During Christmas day there is an even lower than normal level of electricity usage for a holiday”.One of the largest suppliers of festive lighting in Ireland, the Fantasy Lights Group, believe this is down to a transition to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.Chairman Gabriel Byrne told TheJournal.ie that as much as 95 per cent of Christmas lighting sold is now LED technology, using a faction of the power traditional incandescent bulbs use.“If you take George’s Street in Dublin city centre for example,” he said, “each row of lights uses roughly 40 watts. Before we replaced our lighting with LEDs, one bulb alone would have used 15 watts.”“A standard set of curtain lights, like you would see in a shop window, now uses only 20 watts compared to 600″.Byrne also noted that they have just as many lights on display as they would have in 2007.Read: Woman uses Christmas lights to give her neighbours the middle finger >More: 11 of the most non-traditional Irish Christmas traditions >http://www.fantasylights.com/last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 New Years Day

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #HAPPY NEW YEAR It’s New Year’s Day, and that means it’s time for a large number of measures from Budget 2014 to kick in. These include the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, and changes to pensions, Bereavement Grant and bed charges.2. #CHILDREN The Child and Family Support Agency opens today. Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald says it is part of a reform to lay the foundation for world-class protection for children in Ireland.3. #ARMED Armed gardaí will be seen on the streets from today, with some members of the force allowed to wear pistols on holsters in public display, the Irish Daily Mail reports. It is part of the ongoing fight against gangland crime.4. #EUROZONE Latvia becomes the eighteenth country and the second Baltic state to join the eurozone, as it switches to the European Union’s single currency. Recent polls show that more than 50 per cent of Latvians are concerned about the move.5. #HOUSING Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan has said that the price of rented accommodation should be capped, the Irish Examiner reports. O’Sullivan said this could be part of a system to regulate the rental market.6. #JOBS Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pencilled in a Cabinet meeting on jobs for late this month or early February, asking ministers to fill in the details of the Government’s jobs strategy, the Irish Daily Mail reports.7. #NORTH KOREA North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has said the execution of his uncle Jang Song-Thaek helped cement unity among his people. In his New Year’s message, he described the purge of a “faction” within the ruling party as a “resolute action”.8. #IRISH WATER A new era begins for Irish Water today, with the transfer of responsibility for water and wastewater services to it from local authorities. Environment Minister Phil Hogan has described it as “a momentous event”.9. #USA Today sees the introduction of US President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reforms, the Affordable Health Act, dubbed ‘Obamacare’. It is now illegal for insurers to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.last_img read more

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The Saturday Night Show will host a debate on homophobia this Saturday

first_imgA spokesman from RTE indicated that details of who will feature on the panel will be announced closer to transmission.Also on the show this week are two members of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.First published 6.18pmIntense fans are offering kidneys and wives for Garth Brooks tickets>The 6 that shared the Lotto jackpot? One of them has to share it again…> Updated 11pmTHE SATURDAY NIGHT Show is set to host a debate on homophobia this Saturday night.The show, presented by Brendan O’Connor, is at the centre of controversy after it apologised for remarks made about homophobia on the programme nearly three weeks ago.According to a statement from RTE, this week,The Saturday Night Show will host a debate on homophobia; what constitutes homophobia and who gets to define the word?last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added deer on a city bus

first_imgA man jumps from a diving board into a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul in Afghanistan today. The swimming pool built by the Soviets more than 30 years ago has rarely been used. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#ABORTION: Ireland can expect roughly 100 maternal deaths over the next decade and of these, just two or three could be affected by the proposed abortion legislation – that’s according to a doctor from a Limerick hospital who was speaking at the first day of the Oireachtas hearings on the planned new laws. We’ve been liveblogging the hearings all day and you can catch up here.#PENALTY POINTS: Independent TD Mick Wallace says allegations made against him by justice minister Alan Shatter on live television last night are a “serious abuse of the Minister’s powers” and that he is lodging a formal complaint. Shatter alleged that Wallace had been cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but had avoided penalty points – but Wallace says he has no idea what Shatter was referring to. The TD says Shatter’s comments were in breach of the legally binding code of conduct for public representatives.#TEACHERS: Primary school teachers have voted to go on strike if the government decides to make cuts to their pay. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said its members had not taken the action lightly. The union also agreed to accept an invitation to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission over pay.#MADELEINE MCCANN: British police have identified a handful of “people of interest” as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann from Portugal in May 2007. Scotland Yard said a review of the case had brought up new leads which will be explored further.#SEXUAL ASSAULT: A man in his 60s has been arrested in Waterford over allegations of sexual assaults which took place in the 1980s.#MAGDALENES: The Justice for Magdalenes group has announced it is to end its political campaign, saying it believes it has achieved all it can by way of political advocacy. The group, which began in 2009, had campaigned for an apology from the Irish State and a compensation scheme for survivors.THINGS WE LOVED(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)This looks inexplicably appealing. People stick their heads out from holes in a large piece of fabric as part of an exhibition in Hong Kong today. Hopefully no-one farted.Over the course of 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war over a military exercise – something that was kept quiet for almost 30 years and only came out in newly declassified documents over the past few days. This piece from Wired notes that a single false alarm or miscalculation could easily have brought on Armageddon.Not to make you feel like an underachiever or anything, but here’s the story of an 8o-year-old who wants to become the oldest man to climb Mount Everest. Well that’s… ginormous. The art work, called ‘Untitled’ is on display at a museum in Berlin from today. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber). THINGS WE SHAREDYou’ve seen Sean Combs (aka P Diddy, aka Puff Daddy) in Downton Abbey, right? RIGHT? Even if you don’t like the period drama, this is still funny. Best bit: when he rejects (and then accepts) the advances of Thomas. Or maybe when he tries to get Lady Grantham and Mrs Crawley to kiss.This poor deer crashed through the front window of a city bus in Pennsylvania and then panicked when it couldn’t get out. Don’t worry though: in an article accompanying the piece, a local newspaper quotes a spokesperson for the bus company who said that the deer managed to just walk off the bus after the driver opened the doors. Phew.(Video: TribuneDemocrat/YouTube)last_img read more

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We have to be more sensitive obviously Phil Hogans response to Election

first_imgFINE GAEL DIRECTOR of Elections Phil Hogan has acknowledged that the Government needs to be more sensitive to people’s concerns in the wake of a disastrous mid-term poll result.After a ‘shellacking’ for Labour and a poor performance from FG, it’s expected the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle will be more wide-ranging than originally anticipatedTaoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore are set to meet later to discuss the fallout from the weekend’s results.Speaking on RTÉ radio this morning, Hogan said that after three years of tough decisions ”you expect people not to be rewarding you for that”.However, acknowledging the message sent by voters, he said “we have to be more sensitive obviously, because people are hurting”.Asked whether it was still the Government’s intention to bring in €2 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts in the next Budget, the Environment Minister said:“Well I think the last thing we want and the last thing the people of Ireland want is for us to start throwing money around again after coming through all the difficulties that we’ve had.We have to keep our fiscal shape. Otherwise all the sacrifices people have made – and they have made a lot of sacrifices – will be for naught.“We do not want to go back to the bad old days,” Hogan said.On the subject of the anticipated reshuffle, he said it was a matter for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to decide between themselves.Read: Election 2014 Liveblog: Monday’s European and local results as they happen Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farlast_img read more

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Polish man appears in court charged with 2013 murder of builder

first_imgA 20-YEAR-OLD Polish man has appeared in Letterkenny District Court charged in connection with the murder of a Polish builder last year.Bogdan Michalkiewicz was found in his apartment by his brother last May, having been stabbed to death.Krzysztof Grzegorski of Hazelbrook Park in the town made no reply when charged today.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him in custody to appear in person or by video link at next Tuesday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.last_img

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