Vukas and Zvezda agree to mutual termination of the contract

Milan Vukas, stayed only short at Zvezda. After the defeat against Jugovic on Sunday, which makes it third defeat in a row (two defeats in SEHA), he was stripped the captain track and then came the mutual termination of the contract. Now the captain track goes to Bozidar Nadoveza. As for Vukas, after playing in Romania and Switzerland, it might perhaps again time to seek a new foreign club. ← Previous Story Croatia, Poland, Norway and Sweden in the race for EURO 2016! Next Story → Sprenger until 2014 in THW Kiel: “I am proud and happy”

Vardar SCBT new Kometal Gjorche Petrov

← Previous Story Swiss Play Off (1/2 Final): Kadetten leads 2:1 – Thun VS Winterthur 1:1 Next Story → Atletico Madrid unhappy with EHF Major changes going on in the Macedonian female handball scene. The female team of Vardar SCBT is resurrecting the team by getting strong players and preparing heavily for the next season. Strong and powerful sponsors will mean that Metalurg won’t have it easy next season. The reinforcements are coming Russia, and among them is Inna Suslina and Anna Vinogradova. The other players that will join Vardar are: Eugenia Zulkina, Ekaterina Lubyanaya, Olesya Kiri, Oxana Orehova, Ekaterina Kostyukova, Anastasia Svetlova, Andrea Klikovac and Ivana Petkovska. It is also expected that Nigina Seidova, Lidya Skoina and Olga Vinogradova join the club as well. Handball MacedoniasuslinaVardarvinogradova read more

Wilbek chose 16 Danes to WCh 2013

Danish NT coach, Ulrik Vilbek has decided squad for the upcoming World Championship 2013 in Spain:Goalkeepers: Niklas Landin i Jannick GreenLeft wings : Anders Eggert i Casper U. MortensenRight wings : Hans Lindberg i Lasse Svan HansenLine players : Rene Toft Hansen, Jesper Nøddesbo i Henrik Toft HansenBacks: Mikkel Hansen, Nikolaj Markussen, Henrik Møllgaard, Mads Mensah Larsen, Bo Spellerberg, Rasmus Lauge i Kasper Søndergaard ← Previous Story Friendlies: Croatia wins goal-crazy game against Norway, Egypt surprises Serbia Next Story → Handball-Planet prediction WCh 2013: Spain against France in the Final! Denmark WCh2013

World Championship 2013 W groups drawn

← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Last weekend, last 6 tickets for Denmark! Next Story → Atletico Madrid sign Christian Dissinger on three-year deal The groups for the upcoming World Championship 2013 in Serbia have been drawn. One of the more interesting group is Group A where Montenegro will meet France and South Korea, while in Group D – Hungary, Romania, Germany and Czech Republic are drawn together.Group A: Montenegro, Netherlands, France, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Dominican RepublicGroup B: Denmark, Brazil, Serbia, China, Japan, AlgeriaGroup C: Norway, Poland, Angola, Spain, Argentina, ParaguayGroup D: Hungary, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Australia germanyRomaniaserbiaserbia 2013women handballworld championship 2013

Velimir Petkovic to leave Frisch Auf Goppingen after 10 years

German Frisch Auf Goppingen will have to find a new coach after a decade! Succesful German team announced that Bosnian coach Velimir Petkovic (57) will leave the club after the next season – in summer 2014 after ten years on the bench in which Germans won EHF Cup twice. Before Goppingen, Petkovic was a coach of HSG Wetzlar (1998-2004) with great background from his native RK Borac Banja Luka, with whom he won IHF Cup in Frisch Auf GoppingenVelimir Petkovic ← Previous Story Joan Canellas to HSV Handball from 2014 Next Story → Boris Denic offered to resign – Slovenian Management Board to decide!

Jose Hombrados to Qatari Al Sadd for IHF Super Globe

IHF Super Globe will be held from August 25 to August 30. The non-European teams trying to prepare stronger squads for the fight with European giants as F.C Barcelona and HSV Handball. One of these teams is Qatari Al Sadd who will have a help from legendary Spanish goalkeeper Javier Jose Hombrados (41). Ex-member of BM Atletico Madrid stayed without squad after the Spanish giant dissapeared from the proffesional handball. al-saddJose HombradosQatar handball ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014 start with Super Cup in Bremen (20.15): THW Kiel VS SG Flensburg Next Story → BM Ademar Leon sign left back Predrag Dacevic

NORWAY AND SWEDEN WANT ALL Candidates for hosting EHF EURO 201 and

European Handball Federation announced a list of nations who are ready to organize the best handball product – EHF EURO events in 2018 and 2020.The overview of all bidding nations reads as follows:Men’s EHF EURO 2018: Croatia, Norway, SwedenWomen’s EHF EURO 2018: France, Norway, UkraineMen’s EHF EURO 2020: Austria, Denmark, Norway, SwedenWomen’s EHF EURO 2020: NorwayEHF PRESIDENT JEAN BRIHAULT: “ALL THE NATIONS WITH STRONG HANDBALL BACKGROUND”“We are delighted by the amount of expressions of interest we received from our member federations,” said EHF President Jean Brihault.“All nations that are showing an interest have a strong handball background. They have huge experience in hosting major sporting events and I am confident all of them would be the perfect hosts for the EHF’s flagship national team event.”Expressing an interest was the first step in the bidding process. Formal applications have to be handed to the EHF by 10 December 2013. The EHF Executive Committee will then confirm all applicants at its meeting on 13/14 December 2013.A final decision on the hosts will be made by the Ordinary EHF Congress set to take place in Dublin, Ireland on 19/20 September 2014.SOURCE: EHF ← Previous Story HBC Nantes with Thierry Anti until 2018: “My ambition – Championship title” Next Story → NEWCOMER IN DKB BUNDESLIGA: Jose Hombrados to HSG Wetzlar! EHFEHF EURO 2018EHF EURO 2020NorwaySweden handball read more

BUGOJNO 2018 Germans win trophy Knoor is MVP

Bugojno handballHandball is my futureJuri Knoor The first major international experience for generation 2000 ended with the final day of 6th tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno, supported by Qatar Handball Federation.Germany beat Croatia 22:20 for the trophy, while Slovenia won the third place against Austria 29:20.The fifth position was taken by Switzerland after win over Bosnia and Herzegovina 25:24.Poland beat Qatar 38:19 to avoid the last place on the tournament.KNOOR AND GLAVAN ARE THE BESTThe best player of the tournament is Juri Knoor, the German playmaker, son of the famous German player from 90’s Thomas Knoor. The best goalkeeper is Slovenian Jaka Glavan. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 8: Three French teams, clashes of titans in Skopje and Kiel Next Story → Draw for EHF Cup quarter-finals – Six teams, three places for Final4 in Magdeburg read more

Egypt to built three new halls for WCh 2021

Egypt announced plan to built the three new sports halls for the upcoming Men’s IHF World Championship 2021.The Egyptian Goverment wants to host the biggest handball tournament in the system of our sport in the most touristic cities of the country.The hallswill be built in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, and New Thebes in Luxor. Abdel Aziz explains their choice of such cities is due to the strong surrounding  infrastructure and the availability of nearby airports.All arenas have to be built in 18 months period.PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Duvnjak to miss Play-Off matches for WCh 2019 – Sliskovic is back! Next Story → RK Vojvodina win sixth Serbian title in a row! Egypt 2021 handball

STRUGA 2018 Win for Celje RomanianSwedish draw

Handball tournamentStruga 2018 The 46th international handball tournament in Struga began today with three interesting matches in which handball fans could enjoy at open-air court.The most interesting was in clash of Romanian Dobrogea Sud and Swedish Alingsas 21:21. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko beat ambitious third side of Macedonian handball – RK Eurofarm Rabotnik 24:23.In the opener of the tournament, RK Zeleznicar Nis beat domestic RK Struga 25:20. ← Previous Story Christian Zeitz “erased” from THW Kiel history! Next Story → U18 EHF EURO 2018: Nordic crew alongside Croatia

Celtic look at option of playing Champions League games in Ireland

first_imgGLASGOW CELTIC ARE considering the possibility of playing Champions League qualifiers in Ireland next season.Due to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August, the Scottish Premiership champions are required to play at least one and maybe two European games away from their home ground if, as expected, they qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.Chief executive Peter Lawwell says that while Murrayfield is the current frontrunner, they are looking into stadiums in Ireland and England.“It looks like the Q2 qualifier will definitely be away from Celtic Park and possibly Q3 whether the first leg is home or away,” Lawwell told STV.“At the moment we’ve got two or three options that we are looking at internally. The most likely is Murrayfield because it is the right size, the right quality for Champions League and it’s nearer Glasgow.Were looking at one or two outside the border, in Ireland and the north of England but as yet we don’t know if UEFA would approve that. We’re assessing the options before we go to them.”The Hoops have a considerable following in Ireland and sold out the Aviva Stadium with Liverpool for a friendly game back in August.Watch the full STV interview here Galway FC invited to apply for League of Ireland licenceMick Wallace sets the record straight on wearing Torino top in the Dáillast_img read more

Body of elderly man discovered in Cork house

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the discovery of the body of an elderly man in Co. Cork.The discovery was made early this afternoon at a house in Knockgorm in Cloyne with the man believed to be in his early 70s.The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination and office of the State Pathologist  has been notified.A post-mortem is expected to be carried out later this evening or early tomorrow.last_img

What you should consider before buying a smartphone

first_imgWHEN YOU’RE THINKING about what smartphone to get, either for yourself or as a gift for someone, we tend to only think about the phone itself.What’s just as important, if not more, is the type of plan you choose, the OS you want to use and which provider offers the best deal.In the first part of our smartphone guide, we will go through all the factors that you should consider before parting with your cash. The second part tomorrow will look the best smartphones while on Sunday, we will pick out the tablets worth looking at.Before you startBefore you decide what phone to get, it’s important to consider what your needs are and how you will use it. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:- Will I be using it primarily for calls/texts or for web access?- How often will I be using apps that require 3G/4G connections?- Will I be regularly in areas that have a WiFi connection (home, work, cafés, etc.)?- How often will I be making calls or texting people? Will you be using apps like Whatsapp or Viber instead of normal SMS?- Are you based in a rural or urban area (important for 4G users)?- How often will you watch videos, read articles, view photos? Will you be doing these tasks away from home often?While these are obvious questions, it’s good to decide in advance what kind of user you are. Not only is it important to choose the right provider, but it will help you decide whether you want to go for bill pay or prepay.Which OS?Another thing to consider is the type of smartphone platform you will be using. While it’s easy to just settle for an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S IV, the operating system mightn’t be what you’re looking for. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses and it’s worth knowing what they are. The three major ones to consider are iOS, Android and Windows Phone.iOSType of phones: iPhone rangePros:Best range of apps available. Majority of new apps tend to be released on iOS first.iPhone range is high quality.Ease of use means it’s better suited for beginners.Cons:Little to no customisation afforded. Using it feels very rigid compared to Android and Windows Phone.iOS7 is still buggy and rough around the edges.Siri still lags behind Google Now.iPhones are usually the most expensive smartphone range out there, the 5S costs €699.(Image: Apple)AndroidType of phones: Samsung, HTC, Sony Xperia, Nexus, HuaweiPros:Range of features allows for a great deal of customisation.Wide range of high, mid and low range smartphones to choose from.Full range of Google apps integrated into the service including Google Now which continues to improve.Cons:App store, while still good, isn’t of the same quality as iOS.Apps mainly designed for high and mid range smartphones. Low-range will have problems running the more demanding apps.Inconsistent experience across phones. What you get on Samsung phones would be different on HTC or Sony.(Image: Android)Windows PhoneType of phones: Nokia Lumia, HTC, Samsung, HuaweiPros:Live tiles deliver updates to your start screen and are customisable.Integrates with all Microsoft products such as Xbox Live and Skype.Kid’s corner is handy for parents, allowing their child to use the phone without accidentally ringing or texting someone.Like iOS, straightforward design and customisation means it will appeal to beginners.Cons:Limited number of apps available in its store. New apps on iOS and Android may take a while to arrive on Windows Phone.Nokia Lumia the only high-end smartphones range available. Samsung, HTC and Huawei have phones with WP but are mid-range.(Image: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)The providersSimilar to the type of OS you want, the type of provider you go for should reflect the way you use your phone. Will you just text and call people? Will you use it solely for its web capabilities or do you want to strike a balance between the two? Here are the main providers in the country and what they have to offer.(Note: all information provided are for bill pay contracts, and images provided are of main deals for each provider).VodafoneBill plans: 18 – 24 month contract€25 – €80 per monthProsExtensive phone coverage across the country, both for reception and 3G/4G.Numerous plans to choose from.Spotify Premium a nice inclusion in certain deals.ConsData packages are decent, but there are better options out here.Spotify Premium only available with RED deals, adding it onto other deals will cost an extra €10 per month.(Image: Vodafone)O2Bill plans: 6 – 24 month contracts€35 – €70 per monthPros: Great plans for those who rely on calls and SMS.Contracts are flexible, can commit to 6 month contract if you wish.Like Vodafone, phone reception is rarely a problem.Cons Poor data plans for cheaper options, 200mb data for cheapest deal.No cheap deals, minimum contract is €35 per month.(Image: O2)MeteorBill plans: 24 month contract€20 – €60 per monthProsAffordable contract deals for all users.Good all-rounder, caters to both heavy data users and callers.4G deals are the most affordable, starting from €30 per month.ConsAdd-on plans for internet are quite pricey. For prepay, an extra 500MB will cost €5 and 1GB will cost €10.(Image: Meteor)ThreeBill plans: 18 – 24 month contract€25 – €55 per monthProsBest data plans out of all the main providers, perfect for those who regularly use social apps.Flexi units deal are a handy addition, one unit equals 1 call minute or 1MB,Cons3G Reception isn’t the best in rural ares.No longer lets you use your phone as a hotspot, meaning you can’t use your phone as an impromptu WiFi connection.No 4G deals available yet.(Image: Three Mobile)Tesco MobileBill plans: 12 – 24 months€10 – 50 per monthProsCheapest deals out of the main providers for both sim and smartphones. Also unlimited data for monthly contracts over €30.Great opening deals for prepay. Free data for 3 months when you join pay as you go deal.ConsLimited range of smartphones available and more expensive than other providersPoor data plans for cheapest deals. €10 per month only provides 100MB and data add-ons are expensive.(Image: Tesco Mobile)48Bill plans: No fixed contract plans, all prepay€10 – €20 per monthProsGreat variety of deals for all types of smartphone users.No charge for texts to any mobile network, with the exception of the internet deal.15GB internet for €15 per month is one of the best data deals per price you’ll find (This deal is available until March 2014).ConsYou must already have a phone to avail of the service, 48 only provides SIM cards.Deals only available to 18 – 22 year olds.EU roaming plan and extra landline calls deal are poor.(Image: 48months)eMobileBill plans: 12 – 24 month contract€14.23 – €70ProsIf you’re already an Eircom user, you can add the mobile bill to your landline and broadband bundle for cheap.Good deals for both internet users and traditional calls and texts.€32 per month deal, providing unlimited calls, texts and 15GB of internet, is great value.ConsOnly one deal for 4G users. €54 per month and only 5GB of internet per month.Special iPhone deals are expensive.(Image: eMobile)Bill pay or prepay?While the cost of a prepay phone is much more than bill pay, it’s usually the latter that ends up costing you more in the long-run.For example, let’s assume you want to buy a 16GB iPhone 5C from Vodafone. The minimum bill per month is €35 for 24 months and you will have to pay €149 for the phone itself.That mightn’t sound so bad at the beginning, but when you add up the costs over two years, you will have spend €840 on bills, bringing the total cost to €989.In comparison, getting the same phone under a prepay plan will cost you €599. It’s more to pay immediately, but unless you’re a heavy user and topping up every month, it would work out cheaper over time.Also, all of the providers listed provide you with incentives like free calls and texts if you top up every month. While this is to ensure you’re regularly spending money on your phone, such deals should help you go longer without topping up.That said, a prepay plan mightn’t be the right fit. If you’re using WiFi connections regularly and you use your phone conservatively, prepay would work. If you’re a heavy 3G/4G user, a bill pay plan would be the better choice. Either way, it’s worth considering how you currently use your phone  efore you commit to a new contract.3G or 4G?Since it’s the faster of the two, the obvious answer would be 4G, but there are two major factors to consider before you break the bank.Since it’s only been introduced, 4G deals are more expensive and normally start around the €50 mark.The second thing to consider is that it’s only really available in major urban areas. If you live in a rural area, depending on where you’re based, you mightn’t be able to avail of it often. So far Vodafone has the greatest reach, covering the southern part of Ireland while Meteor covers the main towns and cities.The infrastructure for 4G is quickly improving, but if you’re in a rural area, you may be better off relying on 3G for now until this happens.Map of available (Image: Meteor)Map of Vodafone’s 3G/4G reception. The area covered in dark purple is where 4G is available (Image: Vodafone)DepositsSometimes when you’re getting a new smartphone, you will be asked to pay a deposit on top of the payment. The reasons for paying the deposit and the cost vary between each provider, but normally it’s either paid back to you directly or used to pay your bills in advance after a six month period.However, there’s always the chance that this be forgotten about either by the provider or the customer. When you’re paying, make a note of what the deposit will be used for and set a reminder on your smartphone so you will remember by the time the six month period is up. Also, keep your receipts handy in case they’re needed.Most people tend to forget about it so even if you’ve bought a smartphone in the last year or two, it’s worth checking if you haven’t already.(Tomorrow, we take a look the best smartphones on the market and help you decide which one is for you)Read: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery life >Read: Over 12,000 mobile phones have been stolen in the last year >last_img read more

Dublin Docklands Irish Water and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgOrder of Business kicks off at 10.30am.Similar to yesterday, Minister Michael Noonan will arrive in at 11.45am for continued discussion of the Finance Bill and Minister James Reilly at 6pm to talk medical card eligibility rules.Making a splash at 4pm will be Minister Fergus O’Dowd, who will be popping in to discuss legislation that transfers responsibility for water services from city and county councils to Irish Water.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesMinister Joan Burton will be meeting with the Social Protection sub-committee to discuss changes to defined benefit pension legislation. That’s in Room 3 at 10am.The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement are in Room 4, and will be meeting with people affected by violence at 10.30am, and discussing the Civic Forum in Northern Ireland at 11.30am.Discussion of “a plan to capture the full value of our genealogical heritage” continues in Room 4 at 2.15pm with the Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht Committee. In attendance will be officials from the Department of Heritage, the National Archives, the National Library, and family history research organisations.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions — It will in doubt be filled with questions over yesterday’s CRC revelations. That’s at 12pm.Committees: Health — This sub-committee will meet with representatives from the HSE in Room 2 at 9.30am to discuss an extra €199 million in funding for the Executive.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilMinister Simon Coveney is up first at 9.30am to answer questions on his portfolio.The Public Service Management Bill and mammoth Companies Bill enter their final stages, and  discussion of the Assisted Decision Making Bill continues from yesterday. That all starts at 10.45am.After that, it’s Order of Business at 12.21pm.Has something been bothering our TDs? They can raise it in Topical Issues can be raised at 4.42pm.Everything else that’s happening in the Seanad Committees: Public Accounts — Former CEO of the Dublin Docklands Authority Paul Maloney has been called before the committee. He has been described as a “ key witness” in the Committee’s investigation into the Irish Glass Bottle Site project. Watch in Room 1 after 10am.last_img read more

Milan orders removal of naughty Christmas tree

first_imgA PROVOCATIVELY ADORNED outdoor Christmas tree in central Milan was just too naughty for city officials, who have ordered it denuded of its racy red sex toys.The city said in an order that the Christmas season, “qualifying as a holiday for children and families, requires sobriety in urban decorations,” in particular when using “traditional symbols that distinguish Christmas.”Norma Rossetti, who launched an Italian sex toy e-commerce website this year, said Friday she complied immediately with the order. But she defended the so-called “Tree of Pleasure,” saying the objects chosen were elegant and not obviously X-rated. She said her goal is to break down taboos by making sex toys “completely normal everyday objects. ”Rossetti acknowledged some complaints, but said most passers-by during the one-day display were enthusiastic.Behind the scenes at the country’s festive HQ: Christmas FMlast_img read more

Waterford train station to remain closed for days after landslide

first_imgUpdated 3.18pmWATERFORD TRAIN STATION has been temporarily closed after a landslide hit yesterday evening.Irish Rail said today that trains are running between Thomastown and Dublin, with a bus transfer between Waterford and Kilkenny.The station is likely to be closed for at least a day. No one is believed to have been injured in the incident.Local man Mick O’Keeffe sent us this photo of the scene:Bus Éireann said today that the bus transfers between Waterford and Kilkenny for Waterford/Dublin train services, and between Waterford and Carrick-on-Suir for Waterford/Limerick Junction train services are expected to continue for a number of days.It said this is to allow for existing debris to be removed, and the rock at the approaches to and adjacent to the station “to be fully assessed and loose rock removed”. It also gives time for any remedial works to secure the rockface to be undertaken.The company said that the timescale for the works will be confirmed after a full assessment takes place up until Friday 3 January.A full schedule of services will continue to operate, but with bus transfers between Waterford Station and Kilkenny Station, and between Waterford Station and Carrick-on-Suir Station.Irish Rail is keep its website and Twitter profile updated on the issue.First published 11.11amRead: Extra funding granted to prevent landslides in Cobh>last_img read more

Open thread How will Ireland fare in Rome this afternoon or do

first_imgAS JIM MORRISON once said: “This is the end, my friend.”After six forgettable weeks, Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign limps to its conclusion this afternoon as the beaten and broken bodies look to drag it over the line against Italy in Rome.What started with so much promise in that magical first half against Wales quickly descended into disarray. Team manager Mick Kearney invoked the spirit of Charlie Haughey in describing the injury roster as “Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented” — but it’s a description that applies to large parts of the campaign if we’re being honest.Now there’s nothing left to play for but pride, spurred on by the knowledge that defeat this afternoon could see Ireland overtaken by a French win in the race to dodge the wooden spoon.Whatever the result, this could well be coach Declan Kidney’s last Six Nations game in charge. More significantly, it could be the last time that we see the once-in-a-generation talent of the majestic Brian O’Driscoll wear the green shirt in the competition.So how do you feel ahead of today’s game? Do Ireland have the resolve to go and grind out a win? Do you even care any more? Or should we really just forget about the result — win or lose — and concentrate on savouring every last one of BOD’s touches? Just in case.This is the place for your optimism, pessimism and everything in between. Get it off your chest in the comments section and we’ll see you for kick-off at 2.30pm.Keyboard Warriors: Rugby bloggers of Ireland and Italy preview the 6 Nations finalelast_img read more

Not yet Ireland OShea wants to extend Quins stay beyond 2014

first_imgHARLEQUINS DIRECTOR OF Rugby Conor O’Shea will not be leaving his post to take up a role with Ireland any time soon.The former international fullback is many people’s favourite to take over as head coach in Ireland when Declan Kidney’s contract is up this summer.However, the 42-year-old coach of the English champions and league leaders today poured cold water on such a move, telling Chris Jones of the London Evening Standard that he not only intended to honour his existing contract, but would be keen on extending it.“I’m contracted to Harlequins until the end of the 2013-14 season, I will be honouring that commitment and hopefully continuing beyond it.”With Ireland’s hopes of winning the Six Nations championship ended, Kidney’s departure would appear a foregone conclusion.However, the conundrum for the IRFU will be the absence of contenders for the role, particularly after O’Shea ruled himself out.Runners and ridersThis afternoon, Ladbrokes installed Welsh Grand Slam winner and current coach of Ireland’s under 20s Mike Ruddock as a 3/1 favourite to take over the role on a full time basis.O’Shea was second favourite at 4/1, hut his odds may lengthen beyond Nick Mallett, Eric Elwood and Joe Schmidt (five, six and seven to one respectively) after expressing his commitment to the Premiership side today.Other contenders for the post, according to Ladbrokes, are Eddie O’Sullivan (66/1), Eddie Jones, Brian O’Driscoll (both 40/1), Sir Clive Woodward (100/1) and Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder (40/1)VIDEO: Thrills, spills and the most frantic 3 minutes of rugby you’re likely to see this year‘To play Scotland without a recognised kicker was madness’ – Shane Byrnelast_img read more

Magdalene group raises concerns with UN committee

first_imgJFM acknowledges and welcomes the government’s apology on 19 February and its appointment of Justice John Quirke. Nonetheless, JFM remains concerned that the women’s rights to reparation and redress have not yet been vindicated by the government.It has asked the committee to monitor the design and implementation of the reparations process and to make further recommendations to the Irish government. Justice Quirke has been tasked with taking the findings of the McAleese Report into State involvement at the laundries and report back with recommendations on the establishment of an ex-gratia scheme for survivors.JFM has already queried some aspects of the process with elected representatives. It has asked if Justice Quirke’s three-month review will be on a statutory footing with independent powers and what form an appeals process, if any, will take.The group also reiterated calls for a helpline and dedicated unit to be set up in the Department of Justice for the vulnerable population of survivors.In relation to institutionalised survivors, JFM asked, “What measures are being put in place to help this particularly vulnerable group of women to engage with the registration and reparations process?“Will a guardian ad litem or independent advocate be provided for those who need one? What plans are in place to ensure permanent advocacy for these survivors in their places of residence?”There are also queries with regard to deceased women and their families.“Will measures be put in place to assist family members engage with the redress scheme? Will they have access to their relative’s records? What steps are being taken to ensure grave records are accurate and up to date?”Among other questions posed by the group were enquiries about reaching out to women who have emigrated and the impact of redress on current benefits being received by survivors.JFM revealed that some survivors are yet to receive a copy of the report as they have no internet access.To conclude its submission, the organisation added, “JFM believes that the Committee’s expert input is necessary to ensure that the forthcoming reparations process is independent, open, transparent, accessible and fair. Crucially, this process must provide justice to the women, by responding to the full extent of the human rights violations that they suffered.”Representatives from JFM are to meet Justice Quirke on Wednesday.Read: Magdalene survivors “shocked and upset” by nun interview defending laundries SURVIVOR ADVOCACY GROUP Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) has made a submission to a United Nations committee in relation to the government’s planned redress process.JFM raised some of its concerns with the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT), the body that previously pressed the State to examine its involvement in the laundries.The organisation noted, “The government has not yet complied with the Committee’s June 2011 Recommendation to ‘ensure that all victims obtain redress and have an enforceable right to compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible’.”last_img read more

Obama tells daughters If you get tattoos so will Michelle and I

first_img ScopeFeedsUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has a unique strategy for keeping his daughters from getting tattoos: threatening to get the same design, along with his wife, and turning it into a family YouTube moment.“What we’ve said to the girls is: ‘If you guys ever decide that you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place,” Obama explained on NBC’s “Today” show earlier.“And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,” he said. “Our thinking is that it might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”Obama and his wife Michelle have two daughters: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.- © AFP 2013First Daughters: 11 things to know about Malia and Sasha Obamalast_img read more