← Previous Story Gensheimer doesn’t break Perunicic’s record Next Story → Cimos Koper – Slovenian Champion! Jan Filip will have a new task at the St Gallen team, TSV. St. Otmar. He has been named to replace Jan Kelleras the coach of the team, and this means that the two-year-deal will turn him into player-coach. He has playedthe previous season at Kadetten Schaffhausen, where won the Swiss championship and also had prominent successon the European scene.

← Previous Story Handball Art: Igor Anic presents Ivano Balic Next Story → SHF, Djurkovic on EHF requests: “Unnecessary works in the arena” Handball-Planet.com organising the First Voting for the World’s Best Handball Player in 2011. Our Jury consisted of journalists and succesful coaches with International background made a list of seven players. They were the best on their positions in our opinion in the EHF Champions League, domestic Leagues or with their National Teams at the World Championship in Sweden.The “BEST SEVEN” are:Danijel Saric (Goalkeeper, F.C Barcelona and BiH)Uwe Gensheimer (Left wing, Rhein Neckar Lowen and Germany)Mikkel Hansen (Left back, AG Copenhagen and Denmark)William Accambray (left back – playmaker, Montpellier and France)Laszlo Nagy (right back, F.C Barcelona)Hans Lindberg (right wing, HSV Hamburg and Denmark)Bertrand Gille (line player, HSV Hamburg and France)You can vote for your favorite on our Facebook Group – Poll. Vote for the World’s Best Handball Player 2011! read more

handball play offKadetten SchaffhausenSwiss handballwacker thun Swiss champion will be decided in the fifth match of the Play-Off Final next Saturday when Wacker Thun will be the host! The best team after regular part of the season beat three times in a row champion Kadetten in Schaffhausen 27:26 (12:9) and from 0:2 came to the 2:2 in the final series. Kadetten has lost the big chance to secure the new title and the place at the VELUX EHF Champions League. Now, Wacker has bigger chance to win the trophy after 10 years!Kadetten Schaffhausen – Wacker Thun 26:27 (9:12)Kadetten Schaffhausen: Quadrelli/Aleksejev (39. bis 55.); Bucher, Emrich (2), Goepfert (1), Jurca (4/2), Kukucka (3), Mamic (4), Pendic (2), Prieto, Starczan (5), Stojanovic (2), Tominec (2), Ursic (1).Wacker Thun: Winkler/Merz; Buri (1), Caspar (5/3), Chalkidis, Dähler (1), Franic (6), Friedli (4), Hüsser (4), Isailovic (1), Lanz, Linder (2), Rathgeb, Studer (3), von Deschwanden. ← Previous Story “Paradox of Justice”: Torsten Jansen banned only for two matches! Next Story → Ljubomir Vranjes is new Serbian headcoach! read more

FORMER THREE TIMES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER (END OF 80s) WIN CHALLENGE CUP TITLE AFTER DEFEATING HANDBALL ESCH AGAINSKA Minsk won the first game in Luxembourg against Handball Esch with 31:26. Handball Esch travelled to SKA Minsk with slight hope of possibility to upset the team of Spartak Miranovich. However, the hosts made sure that no surprise at all occurs, taking the lead early in the game, and at half time they already had huge lead – 16:11.SKA Minsk started off the second half in same manner, and in the middle of the second half – in 45th minute the lead rose to +8, 26:18 for the Belarussians. The final 15 minutes of the game brought us no change in the goal difference, and in the end SKA Minsk celebrated the victory in this game with 32:24. challenge cuphandball eschSKA Minskspartak miranovich ← Previous Story Karabatic and Liscevic MVP in France! Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 30): Naturhouse La Rioja to Champions League, Academia Octavio relegated read more

← Previous Story Berlin to host the 2014 EHF Cup Finals! Next Story → WORLD’S “BEST SEVEN” IN 2013 Andrea LekicClara Wolteringfemale handballhandball serbiahandball seribahandball womenserbia 2013top handball starsWomen’s handballwwch 2013 serbia Four days before the official start of the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia, Handball-Planet.com present the TOP 15 biggest start of the biggest handball event at the end of the year. The 24 best world’s national teams will meet in the four Serbian cities – Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad and Zrenjanin in order to fight for the world’s crown which is still on the head of fantastic Norwegian girls (Brasil 2011).Here are the most powerfull handball girls at the world’s stage:KATRIN LUNDE (33, Norway, goalkeeper)ANDREA LEKIC (26, Serbia, playmaker)ALEXANDRA DO NASCIMENTO (32, Brasil, right wing)ANJA EDIN (30, Norway, playmaker – left back)ANITA GORBITZ  (30, Hungary, playmaker)HEIDI LOKE (31, Norway, line-player)KATARINA BULATOVIC (29, Montenegro, right back)LINN JORUM SULLAND (29, Norway, right back)ALLISON PINEAU (24, France, playmaker)MARTA MANGUE (30, Spain, playmaker)MILENA KNEZEVIC (23, Montenegro, playmaker)CRISTINA NEAGU (25, Romania, playmaker)JOVANKA RADICEVIC (27, Montenegro, right wing)ZSUZSANA TOMORI (26, Hungary, left back)CLARA WOLTERING (30, Germany, goalkeeper)WWCH 2013 begins on Friday, December 6 with the match between Serbia and Japan. read more

budgethandballMagdeburgmoneyTHW Kiel ← Previous Story ARPAD STERBIK IN VARDAR, ONE MONTH AFTER: I’ve never made any mistakes in my career! Next Story → Qatari El Jaish on European tour before IHF Super Globe SC Magdeburg is no longer in debt. The German was in debt of around 2,5 million seven years ago, but now the debt is only 100,000 EUR. The clubs budget was growing constantly, and what was 4,3mil EUR in the previous year is now 4,9mil in this coming season. The financial handball giant in the Bundesliga in the upcoming season is still the same – THW Kiel is having a budget of 9,5 million EUR. read more

The two most successful German handball teams, THW Kiel and VfL Gummersbach will open the 50th season in the German handball in legendary Dortmund’s Westfallenhale. The match of two traditional teams will be held on August 23 and organizers expecting that 12.500 tickets will be sold-out.The battle for the first trophy of the season will be played four days earlier, when THW Kiel and SG Flensburg will meet in Porsche Arena in Stutgart at the DHB Super Cup Final. ← Previous Story Pavel Atman to HC Meshkov Brest! Next Story → Beach ECh 2015: Croatia and Spain for the gold – Norge and Hungarian girls in the final read more

← Previous Story MORE AND MORE POWERFUL: Eivind Tangen to Skjern Handbold! Next Story → Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas is MVP of Liga Asobal 2016/17 It was September 3 when Barca’s players raised their hands in celebration of the second trophy in season 2017/2018. FC Barcelona Lassa won Spanish Super Cup the sixth time in a row (20th title in total) just few days after winning the IHF Super Globe 2017 in Doha.aTeam of Xavi Pascual easily beat La Rioja 31:25 in Quijote Arena in Ciudad Real, the place of some historical battle with former powerhouse or European handball.The blaugranas dominated from the off and they did so with a fantastic defence. Raúl Entrerríos was chosen as the MVP of the final, Gonzalo as the best keeper and N’Guessantop scored with seven goals.FC Barcelona: Perez de Vargas 2 – Tomas 3, Entrerrios 3, Rivera 4, N’Guessan 7, Syprzak 2, Mem 4, Sorhaindo, Arino, Morros, Jallouz 2, Dolenec 1, Lenne, Gomez 2Logrono La Rioja: Krupa, Aguinagalde – Sanchez 1, Garabaya 1, Garciandia 3, Del Arco 2, Chiuffa 1, Kukic 3, Montoro 4, Munoz 2, Angel Fernandez 1, Paredes, Castro 1, Kusan read more

Draw between Germany and Lithuania is the most surprising result of the first Round at Women’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications. Four matches have been played on Thursday to complete the opening round of matches on the road to France.Qualification will be continue on Saturday and Sunday.Group 1:Norway – Ukraine 35:22Croatia – Switzerland 32:28Group 2:Poland – Italy 40:13Montenegro – Slovakia 24:23Group 3:Sweden – Macedonia 38:26Serbia – Faroe Islands 36:20Group 4:Romania – Austria 36:25Russia – Portugal 32:25Group 5:Denmark – Slovenia 28:22Czech Republic – Iceland 30:23Group 6:Spain – Turkey 35:16Germany – Lithuania 26:26Group 7:Hungary – Kosovo* 37:12The Netherlands – Belarus 33:21 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Sajad Esteki takes gift from Szyba to bring win for Dinamo Bucuresti Next Story → Fuchse Berlin winning strike – Leipzig win in Wetzlar read more

WORLD FEMALE YOUNG right wing 2017/2018? ← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE YOUNG right back 2017/2018? Next Story → WORLD YOUTH FEMALE line-player 2017/2018? Handball-Planet.com organizes the voting Contest for the WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER of the season (2017/2018) for the fifth year in a row.Vote for World Female Youth right wing 2017/2018 until May 21. Female Youth World Handball right wing 2017/2018? Dijana Ujkic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) Dorottya Faluvegi (FTC – Hungary) Dominika Zachova (DHK Banik Most – Czech Republic) Sara Ristovska (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Macedonia)View Results  Loading …VOTE ALSO FOR…WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LEFT WING 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LEFT BACK 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE PLAYMAKER 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE RIGHT BACK 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE RIGHT WING 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE LINE-PLAYER 2017/2018WORLD YOUTH FEMALE GOALKEEPER  2017/2018 read more

first_imgTHE DÁIL HAS voted to abolish the Bereavement Grant as debate on the committee stage of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill continues today.The vote passed by 77 votes to 43 after a brief debate in which opposition TDs strongly criticised the cut to the €850 grant paid to the bereaved.The abolition of the grant, announced in last week’s Budget, will save €17 million next year, according to the Department of Social Protection.Former Labour TD Patrick Nulty said that working class people are entitled to “bury their dead with dignity and compassion” and described the measure as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time.”Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan described the cut as “one of the sneaky ones” saying that funerals are very expensive. Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that a funeral costs on average €4,000 and even more in Dublin. There have been large numbers of empty seats on the opposition and government benches during debate today. Richard Boyd Barrett said the cut is “obnoxious” and called on Minister Joan Burton to withdraw it.Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea said he could give “50 proposals off the top of my head” that would be an alternative to the cut.Burton said that a social welfare payment of six weeks is paid to a bereaved spouse and also said there is a widowers’ pension available to the bereaved, describing these as “significant, large supports”.“These actual payments are far more significant than the €850 payment,” she said.Earlier, TDs voted by 78 votes to 41, to cut maternity benefit from a maximum of €262 per week to a standard rate of €230 per week.Debate is expected to continue until 4pm.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: Howlin says notion of ‘shame’ over bereavement grant abolition ‘entirely inappropriate’Read: Funeral directors will seek u-turn on Bereavement Grant cutlast_img read more

first_imgFOR A GENERATION of Dubliners, now in their mid-forties, the news that The Blades are reforming has generated much excitement and anticipation. Not just as an opportunity to recapture days of our youth but because there was always much more to The Blades than great songs and pulsating live performances.In the same way as a generation of Londoners had The Clash, or Mancunians had The Smiths, The Blades were our band. They sang about our experiences and lives. The Blades were the quintessential Eighties Dublin band.Formed in Ringsend in 1977 by brothers Paul and Lar Cleary, the band’s debut gig in the local CYMS hall was abruptly ended when the band did a cover version of The Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” – the organisers thought it was the British national anthem.Starting in 1980, The Blades released a series of singles; the first five of which Dave Fanning has described as the best debut singles by any band.Dublin in the ‘80sThe pinnacle of these recordings is Downmarket , highlighting Paul Cleary’s writing ability in combining an iconic guitar riff, with an infectious chorus and lyrics that capture the frustrated greyness of Dublin in 1983:I suppose I can’t be choosy, when there’s not too many choicesWith the problems of the nationI’m not waiting at an airportI’m not waiting at a stationI’m standing at a bus-stop,Downmarket. However, Cleary’s perspective on Dublin life, and particularly working class life, was much broader. Throughout his song-writing he pulls at the hypocrisy of politicians and the Catholic Church. The Bride Wore White is a kitchen sink drama of a song, where “he hopes” and “she thinks” there’s no danger in not taking precautions. This was an Ireland where condoms were prohibited due to Church influence.Nine months later a stranger arrives and the drama is complete when “he drinks” and “she shows no resistance”.After The Blades split in 1986, Cleary released a solo single Dublin City Town drawing on these themes. He starts by affirming that the unemployed are not to blame for the lack of jobs. Instead the problem lies with over-paid, careerist politicians; before highlighting theIrish solutions to our social and economic problems.In a striking parallel with current issues he asks: “How many young girls, just out of school / Are forced to taking the slow boat to Liverpool?” Quickly followed by “We’ve a liquid black solution / To a dodgy constitution”.We are the blacks of IrelandThe Blades’ music is heavily influenced by Black American music, particularly classic Sixties soul. From 1984 onwards a favourite part of the set was the cover version of Nina Simone’s song Young, Gifted and Black with the audience counting in the brass at the start of the song. The positive reaction by an overwhelmingly white audience, most of whom had never met a black person, was always intriguing.Yet we identified with the sentiments in the song; in part because of the connection with the US civil rights movement and because we were singing “Free Nelson Mandela”. But it was events closer to home with the Dunnes Stores strikers – sacked for upholding their union’s policy of boycotting goods from apartheid South Africa – that highlighted how political messages and music can be a potent mix.Cleary was not preachy or moralistic but matter of fact about this. In one live recording almost as an afterthought, just before they played “Young, Gifted and Black”, he says ‘it goes without saying, don’t be a moron and don’t cross the picket line at Dunnes Stores’.At the heart of Cleary’s song-writing is a class-consciousness and willingness to side with the marginalised. Throughout the 1980s The Blades played benefit gigs for various campaigns, including at Mountjoy jail. Yet, when it came to the biggest “benefit gig” in Ireland, Cleary refused to play.Benefit gigs – whose benefit?In 1986 Self Aid, was conceived as a charity concert (like Live Aid) but with Ireland’s unemployed as the beneficiaries. The Blades had released their debut album in 1985 and a slot on the bill that included everyone from U2 to The Chieftains could have lifted the band onto a new level. However, Paul Cleary refused to join the party. He later explained it was a “gut reaction” to bringing unemployment into the realm of charity.“I was afraid … that kids would be going round with buckets saying ‘a penny for the unemployed’’, and the premise of Self Aid was patronising to those out of work”. Instead, The Blades played the “Rock the System” concert at Liberty Hall in the same year.Cleary carried these concerns into The Partisans, formed in 1986, where his song-writing is as politically sharp; even anticipating the marginalisation of class as a framing for mainstream discourse. In the song Partisan, Cleary justifies his actions as a partisan that Doesn’t want his class dismissed: “That’s why I fight a losing fight / That’s why I know my left from right / It’s just the way I am”.Pop and politicsAll this leads to the question a young Billy Bragg posed – what’s the use in mixing pop and politics? Bragg’s answer, in the song, was a combination of embarrassment and excuses. In contrast, Paul Cleary was unambiguous, there were fights to be fought over unemployment, the right to choose, corrupt politicians, poverty and inequality.So, on 13th December many will just enjoy the music and be reminded of their younger days. Some may reflect on how they felt about the world then and others re-affirm beliefs formed in their youth that they still hold dear. Irrespective of the audience reactions, many of the lyrics on the night will be as relevant to post-Celtic Tiger Ireland as they were thirty years earlier.Stewart Smyth works at Queen’s University, Belfast where he researches public housing and social movements. He is a life-long Blades’ fan.We’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ieRead: Street poets who aren’t in it for the money: Irish hip hop on filmRead: Riots and mop-tops: The Beatles played Ireland 50 years ago todaylast_img read more

first_imgA CYCLIST HAS died after being knocked down this evening in Dublin.Gardaí at Rathcoole are investigating the fatal road traffic collision, which occurred on City West Road at Brownsbarn Roundabout, Saggart at approximately 5.20pm this evening.They said that a male pedal cyclist in his late 30s was knocked to the ground during the incident. He was removed to Tallaght Hospital, where he later died. The road is closed while a forensic collision examination takes place.Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the collision or who may have been in the area of City West Road between 5.20pm and 5.30pm this evening, or who may have any information, to contact them in Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.last_img read more

first_imgTHE IRISH FLAG is 95 years old this year. Officially, that is.The flag was first adopted in 1919, having been gifted to Young Irelanders leader Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848 by a group of French women. Its constitutional status was enshrined in 1937.Despite its storied place in Irish culture, there are very few flown from homes and not all state buildings are required to fly it.But if you were to fly one, what would the correct way to do it be?ColourOk, first things first. The flag is green, white and orange. Yellow or gold is occasionally used, but guidelines from the Department of the Taoiseach say that this ‘destroys the intended symbolism’.The exact Pantone system colours are: PMS 347, White and PMS 151. The flag should be divided into three rectangular sections of equal size and should be twice as long as it is high.DisplayWhen displaying the flag, no flag should fly higher than the National Flag and it should be placed on the right of any formation, that is to the observers left.When being flown with the EU flag, the EU flag should go immediately bedside the Irish flag.Things not to doFunny, but a no-noThe main things to remember when handling a flag are: don’t write on it and don’t let it hit the ground.Says the guidelines:“The National Flag should never be defaced by placing slogans, logos, lettering or pictures of any kind on it, for example at sporting events.“The National Flag should not be draped on cars, trains, boats or other modes of transport; it should not be carried flat, but should always be carried aloft and free, except when used to drape a coffin; on such an occasion, the green should be at the head of the coffin.“Care should be taken at all times to ensure that the National Flag does not touch the ground, trail in water or become entangled in trees or other obstacles.”Who flies the flag?Nobody is required to fly the flag, says the Department of the Taoiseach’s protocol department.“There is no requirement on any building to fly the National Flag, but where one is usually flown, it is expected that they would observe the guidelines. The flying or non flying and treatment of the National Flag is a matter for each organisation.”It is, however normal practice to fly the flag from military posts and important state buildings. All state buildings that have a flagpole fly the flag on important national days such as St Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunday and the National Day of Commemoration.All pics: Photocall Ireland.Read: Timeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Irelandlast_img read more

first_imgFIVE VILLAGERS HAVE confessed to gang-raping a Swiss tourist in central India, police said today, in an incident that has renewed focus on the rampant violence against women in the country.The woman was on a cycling holiday with her husband in the impoverished Madhya Pradesh state when six men attacked the couple on Friday night, sexually assaulting the woman in front of her husband and robbing the pair, police said.“We have detained five men and they have confessed to gang-raping the woman and attacking her husband,” local police official M.S. Dhodee told AFP.The five men, who eke out a living as small-scale farmers, have been arrested on charges of rape and robbery, Dhodee said.Police are searching for a sixth man, who was also involved in the crime, he said.The alleged rapists live in a village near the forested area where the couple had stopped to camp for the night, while on a cycling trip to the popular tourist destination of Agra in northern India, Dhodee said.“They were passing by, noticed the couple putting up their tent and saw an opportunity to attack and rape the woman,” he said. Her husband was tied up during the attack.They also stole a laptop, a mobile phone and 10,000 rupees (€140) from the couple, which the police are trying to recover, added Dhodee.After the attack, the rape victim, aged about 40, and her husband, reported to be around 30, stopped a motorcyclist who took them to the nearest police station, said SonntagsBlick, a Swiss German-language newspaper.She underwent a medical examination at a local hospital before leaving for the Indian capital Delhi, police said.“The victim and her husband have left for Delhi, since there was no need for her to stay in hospital here,” another local police official U.C. Shadangi told AFP.Shadangi said that police were in touch with Swiss embassy officials, who declined to comment to AFP about the case.The Swiss foreign ministry in Bern released a statement on Saturday expressing deep shock at the “tragic incident”.The couple arrived in Mumbai last month after visiting Iran and began a cycling holiday across India, making their way to Orchha, a popular foreign tourist haunt in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, Shadangi said.The attack comes just three months after thousands took to the streets in nationwide protests following the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi.The victim, a physiotherapy student died from internal injuries after being savagely assaulted by six men. One of her alleged attackers was found dead in his prison cell in New Delhi on Monday.Police suspect he hanged himself, but his family says he was murdered. The government has since opened an investigation into his death.India’s government is facing heavy pressure to step up efforts to protect women after the deadly gang-rape in the capital last December.Under a new bill approved by India’s cabinet last week, rapists face a minimum 20-year jail term and the death penalty if the victim dies from injuries or is left in a persistent vegetative state.- © AFP, 2013Read: Swiss woman gang-raped in central India >Read: Suspect in Delhi gang-rape trial found dead in prison >last_img read more

first_imgTHE MAN CREDITED with inventing the ‘Celtic Tiger’ phrase in 1994 has resigned from his position with Barclays Bank in the UK.Kevin Gardiner was until recently working as chief investment officer for the European markets at the UK banking giant.He is credited with inventing the term in a report for Morgan Stanley twenty years ago to describe the unprecedented growth the Irish economy was seeing at the time.The name stuck, and became indelibly associated with the bouyant economic period that was sustained through the 90s and much of the 2000s.Despite what is now acknowledged as a slowdown well in advance of the economic collapse of 2008, the Tiger tag was still applied to the Irish economy before it went south six years ago.After leaving Morgan Stanley, Gardiner worked with HSBC as Global Head of Equity Strategy, as well as several other investment banks and at the Bank of England. Column: The fall of the Celtic Tiger – what next?>Boomtime: 9 Celtic Tiger ads you won’t see these days…>last_img read more

first_imgA STUDY OF 137 mummies from four different geographical regions around the world has revealed that a disease that causes heart attacks and strokes may have been more common among ancient peoples than previously thought.The study, spanning 4,000 years of human history found a high prevalence of atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries. The findings of the study were published in the online journal The Lancet today.It was previously thought that the disease, which causes heart attacks, was a modern condition, related to contemporary risk factors like smoking, obesity and a lack of exercise. However, the researchers suggest that the high prevalence of atherosclerosis in pre-modern humans may support the possibility of a more basic human predisposition to the disease.An international group of researchers used CT scans to look for the characteristic signs of the disease – the build-up of a hard calcified substance along the walls of arteries – in 137 mummies from ancient Egypt, Peru, southwest America, and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.Where the mummies’ arterial structure had survived, the researchers were able to attribute a definite case of atherosclerosis where they found signs of vascular calcification. In some cases, the arterial structure had not survived mummification, but the calcified plaque was still present in sites where arteries would have once been, in which case the researchers attributed a probable case of atherosclerosis.Overall, the researchers found that 34 per cent of the mummies examined showed signs of probable or definite atherosclerosis. As with modern populations, they found that older people seemed to be more likely to show signs of the disease.Although previous research has uncovered atherosclerosis in a significant proportion of Egyptian mummies, this is the first study to look for the signs of arterial hardening in mummies from cultures living in disparate global regions, with different lifestyles and at different times.Commenting on the results, Professor Randall Thompson, of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, USA said that the fact that researchers found similar levels of atherosclerosis in all of the different cultures studied, all of whom had very different lifestyles and diets, “suggests that atherosclerosis may have been far more common in the ancient world than previously thought”.“Furthermore, the mummies we studied from outside Egypt were produced naturally as a result of local climate conditions, meaning that it’s reasonable to assume that these mummies represent a reasonable cross-section of the population, rather than the specially selected elite group of people who were selected for mummification in ancient Egypt,” he added.Read: ‘Treasure hunters’ pillaging Egyptian artefacts>Read: Hidden chambers may exist in Newgrange>last_img read more

first_imgIT WAS THE turn of Dublin in the last of RTÉ’s marathon series of debates covering all three European constituencies and featuring nearly all the candidates hoping to go to Brussels.The capital is probably the most competitive of the three constituencies with a real dogfight between the main political parties. Did last night’s exchanges prove crucial ahead of Friday’s vote?The first debate panel was made up of Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes, Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick, Labour’s Emer Costello, independent Nessa Childers, Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan, and the Socialist Party’s Paul Murphy.Green Party candidate Eamon Ryan, People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith, Fis Nua’s Damon Matthew Wise, and Raymond Whitehead and Tom Darcy from Direct Democracy Ireland made up the second half debate.In the unlikely event of you having had something better to do last night, therefore missing this unmissable debate, here’s a round up of what happened… 1. It was Brian Hayes v Lynn Boylan One of the biggest rows of the night erupted between the Sinn Féin and the Fine Gael candidates, both on course for a seat each, but both at opposite ends of the political spectrum.Hayes claimed SF’s pre-Budget proposals last year weren’t costed properly and were done through a series of parliamentary questions, but Boylan held up a letter which she claimed said otherwise. Hayes stuck to his guns and there was a bit of shouting. Source: RTÉBoylan clearly had Hayes on her mind, so much so that at one point she referred to the chief executive of Bank of Ireland, Richie Boucher – and his €840k salary – as ‘Richie Boucher-Hayes’.https://vine.co/v/MHDqqpTZPzh Source: RTÉMaybe she was thinking of this fella?2. Paul Murphy v Emer CostelloWhile Labour MEP Costello stuck to the coalition message of the economy recovering and 70,000 jobs being created in the last three years, Socialist incumbent Murphy went after the JobBridge initiative amongst other things and said he hadn’t forgotten what James Connolly had stood for.Later, when Costello tried to interrupt Murphy she was rather angrily shot down with the Socialist shouting across the studio: “Excuse me, I’ll finish!” There was certainly no love lost between them. Source: RTÉ3. And Bríd Smith v Eamon Ryan The second half debate was, frankly, dire, but the two candidates who are likely to win the most votes out of the five on Friday had a few interesting exchanges. Source: RTÉGreen leader Ryan’s contention that the problems that led to the crisis were already there when his party entered government was given short shrift by Smith who more than once went for Ryan on his record in government.She also briefly forgot Brian Hayes’s second name in a rare moment of humour: Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Bríd Smith: “Brian whatshisface Hayes” #rtept— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 20, 2014 4. The fringe candidates were really fringe candidates As we said already, the second half debate wasn’t good and while Damon Matthew Wise had some useful, albeit cliche laden, soundbites the contributions of the two Direct Democracy hopefuls, Raymond Whitehead and Tom Darcy weren’t great.Whitehead pretty much admitted that his party was realistic to know they wouldn’t take a seat, but Darcy’s long, complicated claim about taking a case about banks to the gardaí was hard to follow even for the moderator:center_img . @mcculld cuts to the chase: “Basically what you’re telling me is that you made a complaint to the gardaí.” #rtept— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 20, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter 5. It was hard to talk about EuropeTime and again, as much as they tried to sway the focus to European issues it kept coming back to the bread and butter of what’s happening here.There was the aforementioned lengthy row over last year’s Budget, Childers talked about the housing crisis (admittedly linking it well to the “unsustainable debt”), water was the subject of a lengthy contribution from Mary Fitzpatrick, while even Brian Hayes talked about working with Michael Noonan. Source: RTÉCandidates know that while as much as they might like to talk about what actually goes on in Brussels, it’s having their say on the issues at home that helps win votes.6. The format just didn’t workIt’s been an underlying and recurring theme of the last three nights, but last night was particularly bad as the second half debate descended into boredom and mediocrity with poor David McCullagh looking like he was just trying to make sure all the candidates got a fair amount of time.RTÉ’s insistence on including everyone was admirable, but setting down strict criteria for who appeared in what debate really detracted from the quality of some of them. It would have been better to put all the candidates together and draw lots. Source: RTÉ7. Who won the battle of the moderators? Take nothing away from McCullagh and Miriam O’Callaghan, both excellent Prime Time presenters, but Claire Byrne shades it for us. She wasn’t afraid to throw a few curveball questions, challenge candidates on their answers and, most importantly, she let the candidates actually debate, rather than overly worrying about the stopwatches.Yesterday: 7 things we learned from last night’s Ireland South Prime Time debateThe day before: 7 things we learned from last night’s Midlands North-West Prime Time debatelast_img read more

first_imgTHE RECENT RIOTS in Sweden, mirroring those in France in 2005 and Britain in 2011, should serve as a warning to Ireland of the importance of integration policy and practice, an organisation has said.The Integration Centre said today that although Sweden has an excellent “reputation for integration and social harmony”, a week of riots in predominantly immigrant areas points to a failing system and this “should serve as a wake-up call to Ireland”.Killian Forde, CEO of the organisation said that in order the integration to be successful, “it has to be a two way process of learning from and about the host and immigrant culture”.“This cannot take place if immigrants are clustered together in one area, separated from mainstream society,” he said.Recent research by The Integration Centre showed clustering and segregation of children in a number of schools in Cork, Galway and Dublin where some schools had 70 per cent immigrant students while schools right beside them were predominantly attended by white Irish pupils.Forde said that unemployment, schooling and structural racism are said to be behind the riots which have torn Stockholm apart for the last week.“Research we have conducted shows that immigrants in Ireland suffer from the exact same issues, our annual monitor shows that unemployment amongst immigrants in Ireland is far higher at 18.5 per cent, than for the Irish at 14 per cent,” he said. “Segregation in schools and the repetitive cutting to English language supports also means our education system is seriously lacking.”He said Ireland is “lucky” that these issues have not led to social unrest up until now but that policymakers need to “take stock and make provisions”.Read:Parents patrolling streets help deter Stockholm rioters>Read: Schools torched in fifth night of Sweden riots over ‘police brutality’>last_img read more