← Previous Story Sterbik out at least one month! Next Story → Ivan Stankovic on the way to Montpellier? GWD Minden might be in trouble with the relegation, as the return-game is played this Sunday against TV Huttenberg, but it seems that the club is determined to strengthen the club no matter what happens.The Slovenian player Nenad Bilbija, which became famous with Celje playing in the Cup Winners Cup and Champions League until 2005, decided to join the German club after spending the last few years in Valladolid. Dresrusse left to Lemgo, but now Minden immediately found a solution for the goalkeeper position, and now they have Vortmann that signed two-year contract, and is to be in pair with Anders Svensson the goalkeepers.
Romanian team Zalau is with “one leg” in the EHF Cup final after the first win over Spanish Alicante 30:20. Both matches will be played in Romania.In the second semi-final will play KIF Vejen against Lada Togliati. ← Previous Story C.O Zagreb away series in SEHA: Two wins and defeat in Cetinje Next Story → Women’s EHF CL (1/2 Final): Buducnost wins in Norway! EHF CupKIF VejenLada TogliatiZalauZalau handball
← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 7): Ademar Leon convincing at home, 35:21 win over Villa de Aranda Next Story → Laszlo Nagy to receive trophy for the “World’s Best Player 2011” in “Veszprem Arena” Slavko Goluza gave the list of the players that he will call for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers that Croatia is to play against Slovakia and Latvia at the beginning of November. The list is without Ivan Nincevic and Ivano Balic, and Goluza belives that he can do without these two players, while Igor Vori has been called for the matches despite his announcement that he wants to rest.Croatia’s players that were called:Mirko Alilović (Veszprem)Filip Ivić (CO Zagreb)Ivan Čupić (Kielce)Zlatko Horvat (CO Zagreb)Manuel Štrlek (Kielce)Hrvoje Batinović (CO Zagreb)Igor Vori (HSV)Željko Musa (Kielce)Blaženko Lacković (HSV)Jakov Gojun (Atletico Madrid)Marko Matić (CO Zagreb)Domagoj Duvnjak (HSV)Marko Kopljar (PSG)Denis Buntić (Kielce)Josip Valčić (CO Zagreb)Drago Vuković (Lubbecke) balicgoluzanincevicvori
← Previous Story Battle for VELUX EHF CL 2014/2015: SEHA warriors in Meshkov, Hard VS Porto Next Story → Hans Lindberg is close to leave Hamburg gazprom handballSEHA handball leagueSEHA league SEHA Gazprom South Stream League will have 10 teams in upcoming season same as in the last one. The only change in the list of participants are linked with joining of Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem, while Montenegro will lost place since RK LOvcen Cetinje didn’t meet the standards of the competition. This was confirmed by SEHA president Mihajlo Mihajlovski in an interview for Balkan-Handball.com.SEHA GSS teams in season 2014/2015:MKB-MVM Veszprém, RK Vardar Skopje, RK Metalurg Skopje, RK CO Zagreb, RK Nexe, HC Meshkov Brest, Tatran Presov, RK Vojvodina, RK Radnicki, RK Borac Banja Luka
← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL: Ready to take the #SCOREMORE Challenge? Next Story → Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb to play in SEHA F4 semi-finals! Fuchse Berlin will get three potential rivals for the EHF Cup F4 Challenge after draw for TOP 6 was held in Vienna.The first quarter-final leg is scheduled for 11-12 April, the second leg will be played on 18-19 April. The three winning teams qualify for the 2015 EHF Cup Finals in Berlin (16-17 May).Quarter-final fixtures:Eskilstuna Guif (SWE) vs HSV Hamburg (GER)Skjern Handbold (DEN) vs MT Melsungen (GER)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO) vs Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)
Marko TarabochiaOrlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev “in love” with Kielce until 2019! Next Story → POLAND: Szczecin sensation against Kielce The Bosnian national team player with Croatian origins, Marko Tarabochia, signed contract with the Polish second best team – Orlen Wisla Plock. Manolo Cadenas reinofced his squad with the 27-years old playmaker who spent last two seasons in Azoty Pulawy, the fourth Polish team last year.Tarabochia has played also for RK Maribor Branik, PPD Zagreb and RK Medvescak before his departure to Poland in 2013.Orlen Wisla Plock will compete in the upper part of the EHF Champions League, among 16 best teams in Europe.
← Previous Story Miracle in Georgia: Bahrain beat Denmark Next Story → STRUGA 2017: Besiktas beat Alingsas at derby of Day 1 One of the best Spanish teams BM Granollers Fraikin have found a “fuel” in Serbia – from where coming 21-years old playmaker Vukasin Rakocija. Rakocija was a member of the Serbian national team – generation 1996, but what put more lights on his career were performances at RK Spartak Vojput, one of the strongest Serbian teams, with whom young player participated at SEHA GAZPROM League in season 2015/2016.The contract is signed on two seasons with possibility of extension on a season more…PHOTO: SEHA
THE REVELATIONS IN recent days regarding the substantial top-ups being paid to senior staff members in publicly funded hospitals has raised serious questions regarding the operation of some aspects of the hospital system in this country – how we collect money and where it goes.We have got to ask questions about the extent of these top-ups and the way in which they are funded bearing in mind that most, if not all, of these institutions have large fundraising departments and everyday many people are engaged in fundraising campaigns across the country to ensure that vital services are kept available to those who need them most.Top-upsPeople are surely not engaging in funding campaigns in order to supplement a senior staff member’s income of almost a quarter of a million, in the case of the Holles Street’s National Maternity Hospital, to the tune of a further €45,000.People deserve clarity around the funding issues highlighted by this story.It is worth noting that these revelations regarding the top-ups had to come to public attention by way of journalistic exposés and the use of the parliamentary question system – at a significant cost to the Exchequer – rather than the information being readily available as you would imagine it should be for publicly funded institutions.TransparencyThis draws to light another recent issue, namely the Freedom of Information Bill and highlights the need for an easily accessible, transparent system for obtaining information if we are to have transparent public institutions.Another hospital operational issue was brought to my attention by constituents over the issue of car clamping in public hospital car parks and again, I had to table a parliamentary question and a number of questions to the Department of Health to get information.I sought clarity regarding the ownership of the car parks in some of our hospitals and also asked if the Department would furnish to me the terms and conditions of any contracts they had entered into with car park operators.Generating fundsIn one reply I was informed by the HSE that “car parking charges were introduced as part of a series of measures to ensure that the cost of provision of such services was not taken from a hospitals operating budget. The income generated from car parks is an important stream of funding to the hospital to ensure the continued provision of services in the hospital”.The reply also detailed a list of the hospitals and the respective car park owners and in a majority of the hospitals it is clear that the HSE themselves both own and operate the car park. In some of the hospitals, I discovered that the Board of the hospital owns the car park. In many cases the Board of a hospital will be made up of some of the senior consultants.With regards to the terms and conditions of any contracts I was informed by the HSE via reply to my parliamentary questions that they could not disclose any information because the terms and conditions of a contract are “commercial sensitive information”.I would argue that these institutions which can collect money by clamping patients and pay large top-ups to consultants are publicly funded and therefore the public have a right to know the extent of any contracts entered into, and particularly those dealing with revenue raising issues.Catherine Murphy is an Independent TD from Leixlip in County Kildare.
A MAN WILL appear in court later this morning to be charged in connection with an assault in the Dublin 6 area yesterday.At about 12.30am on 6 January, a 22-year-old woman who was walking down Effra Road was attacked by a man from behind. He punched her in the face before she managed to escape.Following the incident, a man in his late 40s was arrested and questioned at Terenure Garda Station. He will appear before the Courts of Criminal Justice.The victim was taken to hospital after the attack but her injuries are not thought to be serious.Related: Woman attacked in Dublin overnight
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Mourinho’s tiresome antics detract from his side’s successChelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 this weekend and thus, capitalised on the points dropped by Man City and Arsenal to go top of the league, yet once again, their manager Jose Mourinho is getting most of the headlines.His subsequent lamenting that Chelsea cannot compete with Manchester City’s spending power felt more than a little hypocritical, when the Londoners have not exactly been strapped for cash themselves in recent years.It was a similar story on Monday night, when after his side delivered a masterful performance to beat City, he claimed that the masseur gave the half-time team talk.With Alex Ferguson having departed, Mourinho is now surely the best manager in the Premier League, yet his habitually ludicrous post-match interviews take some of the gloss away from his team’s achievements.The excuse is that his consistently controversial remarks take the pressure off players when they are losing, but is there really any need for such behaviour — especially given the excellent run that Chelsea are on right now?Perhaps such comments are less to do with his team and more because of his own ostensible desire to remain a permanent fixture on the back pages.‘Beautiful’ Balotelli tears no concern, says Seedorf>Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock scores a freaky 40-yard free> 1. Judge Moyes at the end of the seasonWatching today, as United endured a disappointing 2-2 draw with Fulham, it’s easy to forget that, in many ways, David Moyes is one of the more fortunate managers in the Premier League.His employers have bucked a trend by showing a level of patience with him that is scarcely evident in the Premier League in general currently.Seven managers in the league have already been sacked this season, with even relative overachievers, such as Michael Laudrup, not immune from receiving the boot.Moyes must consequently feel grateful that the powers that be at Old Trafford don’t seem overly eager to wield the axe just yet, though if results and performances such as the one against bottom of the table Fulham today continue, his position as manager is likely to become untenable.That said, he surely deserves until the end of the season at least to prove his worth as a manager, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie still not looking 100% fit, and Juan Mata continuing to adjust to life at Old Trafford.2. Wenger reminded of the harsh nature of footballFew people in football are so aware of certain fans’ and commentators’ proclivity for knee-jerk reactions as Arsene Wenger.Granted, their performance against Liverpool on Saturday was utterly inept, while critics were not wrong in suggesting they could have done with buying a top-class striker in January.Yet to see people calling for his head yesterday after one poor result was sheer lunacy and epitomised the fickle nature of certain modern fans.It must also not be forgotten that the Gunners were top of the league going into this weekend and are currently just one point off new leaders Chelsea, while they are hardly the first team to have been embarrassed by Liverpool this year.And there was a similar reaction last season — almost exactly a year ago — when Arsenal were unexpectedly dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn , only for Wenger’s men to then go on a spectacular winning run that secured them an all-important Champions League spot.It would therefore be no surprise if Wenger’s team responds in a similar fashion this time around, once again leaving critics with egg on their face in the process.3. Adebayor the difference between Everton and Tottenham(Tottenham Hotspur’s Jermain Defoe celebrates with team-mates Emmanuel Adebayor (left) and Jan Vertonghen after the final whistle — John Walton/EMPICS Sport) Tottenham defeated Everton 1-0 today, in a tight game that emphasised the similar levels of quality that both sides possess.Indeed, despite being away from home, Everton were the better team for large periods of the game.It was subsequently very telling that, in a post-match interview, Emmanuel Adebayor revealed that Tottenham players were “happy” to go in 0-0 at half-time.And the big striker ultimately proved the difference between the sides in every conceivable sense.The Togo-born forward gave Tottenham the cutting edge that they often lacked in his absence, under previous boss Andre Villas-Boas, with a consummate finish, after Kyle Walker cleverly caught Everton off-guard with a quick free kick.The Toffees, meanwhile, deprived of the injured Romelu Lukaku, had no one of Adebayor’s class up front, and unsurprisingly, they were made to suffer as a result.4. Top four should be the least of Liverpool’s aims Over the course of the season, Brendan Rodgers has continually played down his side’s title chances.Nevertheless, if yesterday’s 5-1 mauling of Arsenal is anything to go by, they surely have the talent to contend for the title.Previously accused of being a one-man team, perhaps one of the most pleasing aspects of yesterday’s win from Rodgers’ perspective was the fact that not one of the goals was scored by talismanic striker Luis Suarez, thereby underlining that quality does exist elsewhere within the team.Moreover, with most of the top sides still to play at home, Liverpool and their modest manager may start to secretly believe that a title challenge is viable.
VETERAN FORMER BBC presenter Stuart Hall has been jailed for a further two years and six months for indecently assaulting an under-age girl, adding to an earlier prison term for sexual offences.Hall, 84, is one of a series of ageing British celebrities to face investigation in the wake of the revelation that one of the BBC’s biggest stars, Jimmy Savile, was a prolific child sex offender.Hall was cleared last week of raping two girls after a two-week trial at Preston Crown Court in northwest England but was convicted of one count of indecent assault and admitted another.“It was an act of vile bravado and horrible betrayal,” judge Mark Turner told Hall as he passed sentence.Wiped away tearsHis victim wiped away tears as details were read out in court of how he crept into her bedroom and assaulted her while attending a dinner party.The new prison sentence on Friday adds to a 15-month jail term that Hall was already serving. He had been jailed in June 2013 after admitting to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls as young as nine.Hall, a married father-of-two, had been due to be released in September, but will now stay in jail until at least December 2015, the judge ruled.The former presenter of the chaotic game show “It’s A Knockout” later became an eccentric football match summariser for BBC radio known for his florid descriptive style, scattered with allusions to literary classics.SavileHall was arrested in the wake of the revelations about Jimmy Savile, although the charges against him were not officially filed as part of the investigation — codenamed Operation Yewtree — that British police launched to look at allegations arising from the Savile scandal.Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is currently on trial on unrelated sexual assault charges that arose out of Operation Yewtree, which he denies.Another former BBC DJ, Chris Denning, appeared in court on Friday charged with 41 alleged sex attacks, largely against young boys.- © AFP, 2014Read: Stuart Hall’s sentence for sex assaults doubled by appeal court >More: Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall jailed for 15 months for sex assaults >
TENS OF THOUSANDS of people are expected to take part in running events in both Cork and Dublin today.In Cork, The City Marathon kicked off at 9am with a large crowd set to tackle the over 26 mile course this morning.Meanwhile, the 10k Flora Women’s Mini Marathon will start at 2pm this afternoon from Fitzwilliam Street Upper in Dublin.Traffic is reportedly slow in Cork eastbound on the N40/South Ring Rd from Mahon through to the JLT and restrictions will also be in place in Dublin when the mini-marathon kicks off.Are you taking part in either of these events? Send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. And best of luck.Read: 8 types of runners you’ll meet at a marathon>Read: Boston Marathon invites stopped runners back>
GARDENING WITHOUT A garden? No, it doesn’t involve robbing the orchard or digging up a bit a burdock root from a ditch (but, hey, wild food is cool and even genuinely tasty, so knock your socks off!). Gardening without a garden can be attained with a couple of plant pots and a mix of some upcycled containers – anything from the one festival welly you made it home with, to a few nifty slits in a milk carton.It is so easy to transform the smallest balcony or cramped patio into an outdoor larder. Seeds are simply programmed to germinate; add a little soil with a little water and they’re off.Space is not the barrier – well, if you want home-grown potatoes you will need a barrel or enough room to stack a few grow bags upright, but peas which naturally climb and entwine can be grown to clothe a wall, over a railings, or even colonise an existing hedge. Yes, ingenuity is the answer: tomatoes and strawberries can trail from a container or hanging basket, and a wall mounted pallet can be painted, decorated and planted as a ‘living wall’ or indeed a ‘living spice rack’.Leafy greens and many soft fruits are ideal for containers. If you are really crammed for space or the bike fills all of the balcony or yard, then try sprouting some seeds on a windowsill and enjoying the health benefits that sprouted and raw foods bring. Or chance some ginger, lemon grass, turmeric, basil, tomatoes or chilies as harvestable houseplants. There is so much possibility.Getting startedMost edibles like at least six hours of direct sun daily – that’s a sunny window or, better still, a space outside where air circulation and the natural catchment of rain can boost yield and lessen your chores. Some crops like lettuce turn bitter in too much heat and may need the shade of a taller plant nearby. But remember to only grow what you will eat; it’s not just that space is a premium, why waste your time growing food you don’t really want?A bucket will catch rain for watering just as well as any expensive catchment systems and a few DIY funnels can get the water to the roots as well as any drip irrigation system. The containers will need to meet the root capacity of a plant, though (there’s no point in putting an aubergine in a yoghurt carton). Carrots like a deep root run but radishes,. on the other hand, will stay neat only if a small container is available.The secret to success is soil. Standard compost is not the best for edibles, so mix it with some real soil or sand to improve its structure, drainage and water holding capacity. Don’t forget drainage holes and to check for root space.Best crops for potsAlmost all culinary herbs will thrive in pots, as they mainly come from regions with poor soil and low rainfall. So lavender, rosemary and sage will love a terracotta pot while thyme, oregano, marjoram, chives, garlic chives will love a window box, cramped together in free draining soil, pointed toward the sun.Basil is best thought of as an annual herb or as an indoor kitchen-sill plant for homemade pesto; coriander can be grown inside or outside but needs at least 25cms of root depth. Dill, which so easily reseeds itself, is treated like an annual and also likes a deep enough pot. Mint will fill out any sized pot but is a bit invasive, so keep your mojito additive separated from other plants!In an upcycled wine box try planting Bull’s Blood Beets, which are great to build stamina and are very tasty either sliced or as micro salad toppings. Spinach, the super food even cartoon characters know, boasts young foliage that works brilliantly in energy juices, while the mature ones are great in ravioli. Any brassica (pak choi, winter cabbage, cauliflower) can thrive in a deep pot or trug – as will all the root crops you might need for some winter roasting, autumn parsnip chips, or summer burdock and dandelion beer.Thin creatively: hanging baskets can add edible flowers to the mix, including peppery nasturtiums and the saffron substitute calendula petals.If you have some height on offer, try planting some sunflower seeds. And, if you haven’t already, try a dwarf variety of the plant – whatever its height at maturity, that one seed will give you a bounty of vitamin E rich seeds and one of the best fat-soluble antioxidants to keep cholesterol down, energy up and brain cells on. Gardening without a garden, it’s a no brainier! And such fun too.Fiann Ó Nualláin is an advocate of gardening for health with a background in horticulture, nutrition, naturopathy and ethnobotany. His new book, The Holistic Gardener, published by Mercier Press, is available to buy now. Opinion: Summer thyme and the remedy’s easy…Opinion: Food as fashion – will eating soil really catch on?
The Kinect‘s fascinating hardware is being hacked left, right and center lately, so it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided to graft it onto a robot. Here’s that robot, created by the robotic researchers at Willow Garage and one of the biggest contributors to the Robotic Operating System which is slowly becoming the Windows of home-built robots. As such, Willow Garage used the Kinect to control one of their PR2’s robots remotely. In less than a couple of weeks, the Willow Garage guys have managed to make their PR2 bot mimic the movements of an operator just moving in front of the Kinect sensors. They’re even using two Kinects — one behind the operator and one in front of him — so their robot mimics their motions in a full 360 degree radius.I love it. Anyone remember R.O.B., the robotic operating buddy that was released alongside the original Nintendo NES, which allowed you to use your NES to control a real-life robot by manipulating in-game objects. How cool would it be if Microsoft dusted off the R.O.B. concept for the Kinect age? Imagine your own remote-control robot, capable of zooming through your house and fetching you a beer while you sit in front of your television, watching a movie? Microsoft, make it happen!Read more at Fast Company
Next week is the Week Without the Web at Hofstra University–well, at least part of it is. Actually, the Week Without the Web is only five days–apparently they haven’t gotten to the days of the week part of their curriculum. The annual event is aimed at the University’s School of Communication, but the college is welcoming all of its students and faculty to join in on the shutting off.The aim of the week is “to give students and faculty the opportunity to explore and discuss the effects of the Internet on their everyday lives.” A number of events are planned to mark the occasion, including speeches, movie screenings, and a “Back in the Day” party, which will involve the Nintendo 64. Remember 1996? Before the Internet was invented?AdChoices广告Also, oddly, the University will be giving away an iPad 2 and domain names. Next year I’d recommend keeping with the theme–perhaps some oxen and a butter churn. You can find more information on the event over at the official blog, which may or may not be up next week.
Out of everything revealed at the WWDC 2013 keynote on Monday, the most unsurprising of the announcements was that of Apple’s new MacBook Air models. We learned that the popular MBA would still come in 11- and 13-inch sizes and the same unibody design, but after Monday it would be shipping with Intel’s new Haswell processors, complete with upgraded graphics. The battery life would be much better thanks both to Haswell and, as we’ve since learned, a larger battery. There would be some other updates as well, like dual microphones and faster, PCIe-based storage.The unexpected bonus from the announcement was an adjustment in the price or the specs of each of the models, depending on how you look at it. The 11-inch MacBook Air now ships with 128GB of flash storage and 4GB of RAM for $999, where the mid-2012 model was the same price but had 64GB. The new 13-inch MBA starts at $1099 with 128GB and 4GB of RAM, where as the 2012 model was $1199. Each model now runs a 1.3GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU. Neither system has gone with a Retina display, which means the 13-inch Air runs at a depressingly standard 1440×900. And good news for some: the WiFi has been upgraded to 802.11ac.This morning I had the chance to spend some time with the mid-2013 MacBook Air, aka the MacBook Air 6,2. I didn’t have enough time with the computer to deliver a full review or to confirm/refute Apple’s claims of a 12-hour battery life, but I can tell you that everything seems very solid so far. The system is blazingly fast and the battery life has barely moved since I started writing this article. Best of all (for me at least), this computer really allows what I like about OS X to shine through.Here is a brief video of the new MacBook Air, with me running through some of the specifications.While using the system, basically no changes can be found if you were to compare it to the 2012 model. The 2013 Air should be bit faster than the previous one, thanks to the new processor and faster storage (the 2013 model’s flash storage uses a PCIe connection as opposed to SATA), but you simply can’t notice a 5-10% overall performance bump during day-to-day use.The jump from 9 to 12 hours of battery life, on the other hand, should be noticeable once these new Airs start leaving the office and hitting the road. A teardown released today noted that Apple’s battery life gain wasn’t just from Intel’s new Haswell ULT chip, but it turns out that the battery in the new Air is actually larger than before. The 2013 model has a 7150mAh battery where the previous 13-inch model has 6700mAh. The 11-incher hasn’t been opened up yet (to my knowledge), so we don’t yet know if that was changed.If you are curious about benchmarks, the standard MBA 6,2 with 4GB RAM, 128GB flash, and the 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U system scored 6062 on GeekBench. That’s respectable, but nothing too special — Core i5 ultraportables from this and last gen (Ivy Bridge) tend to land in the 6000 to 7000 range. The 13-inch 2013 Air with the $150 upgrade to the 1.7GHz CPU seem to be clocking in at around 7100 on Primate Labs’ site.Recent Windows 8 ultrabooks are often lighter and more powerful than the Air, and some of them are moving to higher resolution displays, but with this update the MBA is still the computer to beat — especially after its price drop. Yes, it would have been nice to get a Retina display, but that’s not possible to do with all-day battery life, so if you need all those pixels you should consider the 13-inch Pro. Haswell-powered MacBook Pro machines were not announced at WWDC but they will be available soon enough, and at that time 2012 models should get a nice discount.As for the MacBook Air 6,2, so far everything is looking very good. The Air has been a no-brainer purchase for years now. It’s been a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of battery life and doesn’t want to carry around too much computer with them, and that’s still true today. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch
153 Comments By Daragh Brophy Share963 Tweet Email2 Updated at 12.10am TOMORROW’S THREATENED GARDA strike has been called off following late night decisions by representative bodies the AGSI and the GRA.The process went down to the wire, with the GRA decision coming less than eight hours before the scheduled 7am start time for the strike.10,500 members of the rank-and-file organisation, along with 2,000 members of the higher-ranked AGSI, had been threatening to withdraw their labour tomorrow and on three other days in November in a row over pay and access to the State’s industrial relations mechanisms.The GRA’s decision to defer its action was taken after a very close vote. 20 members of its executive committee, the CEC, backed the deferral. 17 voted against. The vote by AGSI officials was unanimous. This move means that planned industrial action for tomorrow morning has been suspended. Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 11:59 PM The Garda strike tomorrow is OFF: GRA joins AGSI in deferring action A long, difficult day of negotiations has come to an end. The part played by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in seeking to resolve this dispute has been invaluable and I want to express my thanks to them.The Tánaiste, according the statement from her department, “reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to introducing legislative change to give the Garda associations the right of access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court”.A statement from Fitzgerald on the GRA’s decision is expected later (and is likely to include similar language). Nov 3rd 2016, 11:59 PM The Garda Commissioner speaks to reporters. Source: Leah FarrellCommissionerIn a brief press conference earlier this evening (and as talks were still ongoing) Garda Commissioner Noirín O Sullivan moved to reassure the public, telling reporters that garda members would be on duty tomorrow.Flanked by senior officers, she said that the force would have “members of all ranks working right around the country”.“I want to thank those members for the work that they will do tomorrow and the challenges they will meet, the policing and security challenges that they meet every single day.”The men and women of the gardaí and their families had endured hardships and challenges over the last number of years, she said.And despite that they have stood up, they have done their duty.The Commissioner issued a directive on Tuesday of this week ordering members to show up for work. Superintendents were asked to contact each garda individually to ask them if they will be available for work.Justice Minister statementTánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald issued a statement in the wake of the AGSI decision welcoming the body’s move.She added:This has been an intensive period of negotiation with AGSI and I would like to commend all who have been involved in these complex discussions for engaging in this process ingood faith and for their commitment to finding a resolution. 144,736 Views Recommendations from the Labour Court will now be put the membership of each body for a vote.Earlier tonight: The day’s twists and turns in the Garda pay row > Teams from the GRA and AGSI were called back to the Dublin 4 court earlier this evening to receive recommendations aimed at ending the dispute – a surprise move, as it had been expected those recommendations would issue tomorrow.The GRAGRA President Ciaran O’Neill, speaking to reporters on his way in, said hearing from the Labour Court had been a “welcome development”.O’Neill met with his colleagues across town in Phibsboro from around 8.30pm as they pored over the revised proposals. Word later filtered out that the committee was split on what to do. GRA President Ciaran O’Neill and General Secretary Pat Ennis emerge bleary-eyed from their Phibsboro HQ following late night talks. Source: Sam BoalThe GRA had said in a statement last night that any non-binding recommendation from the Labour Court would be put to members for a ballot – and O’Neill reiterated that policy earlier this evening.It’s understood the recommendation to the GRA would cost the State significantly more than the €30 million settlement that had earlier been rejected by the organisation.The AGSI The AGSI’s session at the Labour Court ended later than the GRA’s, but its top officials were out with a statement deferring their action much sooner.Shortly after the Garda Press Office had released a statement of its own on contingency plans for tomorrow (noting that it was expected only 78 of the State’s 564 Garda stations would be open) the following press release was issued:The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors have decided to ballot members on proposals from The Labour Court at a late night meeting of their National Executive. Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3060395 The association’s President Antoinette Cunningham said that “a fundamental and historic wrong” had been put right “as a direct result of the sustained four-year AGSI campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court”.She added:This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks. The AGSI have gained an uplift in the income of all our members, the details of which will be circulated to the National Executive and membership and will be subsequently balloted upon. #GRA members are also deferring their strike. Vote was 20:17. Very close.— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) November 3, 2016 Should be noted that #AGSI vote re recommendations was unanimous. 20:17 result shows divide in #GRA top table. Will members accept now?— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) November 3, 2016 Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Earlier, the GRA had said that only a skeletal service would be on duty tomorrow, as it issued a statement “respectfully suggesting” that a number of specialised units, including armed units, did not take part in the strike.That statement issued by the Garda Press Office before the late night decisions from the two representative bodies had instructed the public not to call 999 tomorrow or to call into stations unless there was an emergency.It added that “witnessing passport applications” would not be facilitated and urged road users to “take personal responsibility” and “be respectful to each other”.Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan, in a statement released at ten to midnight, said the Irish public “should never again be put in a position where they are exposed to the risk of losing Garda protection”.Sick of reading about the Garda strike? Bruce Springsteen will be on tomorrow night’s Late Late >Here’s something else you might enjoy: Major megalithic art find at Hellfire Club passage tomb > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images 19,050 Views https://jrnl.ie/3202820 Short URL Explainer: Why China could be set for a showdown with the US on the South China Sea Trump has antagonised China for showing his support for Taiwan on the issue. By Sean Murray 50 Comments Jan 29th 2017, 8:45 AM As for oil and gas exploration activities, our consistent position is that we are opposed to any country engaging in oil and gas exploration and development activities in waters under China’s jurisdiction.Why is America involved?Officially, the United States disagrees with China’s claims in the South China Sea, but it has maintained diplomatic ties with the country in recent decades, ever since Richard Nixon visited the communist country.Under President Barack Obama’s administration, Washington insisted it was neutral on the question of sovereignty over the islets, reefs and shoals.In December, Donald Trump broke a four decade stance of US policy by suggesting that Washington’s “One China” stance would be reviewed under his presidency, as well as calling the Taiwanese President to offer his support. Trump signing an order to eradicate the TPP trade deal Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press AssociationIn recent months, Taiwan was warned its closest ally, the US, of the increasing threat of china. Last week, the Taiwanese military forces were seen conducting military exercises.Its defence minister said: ”The threat from our enemy is increasing day by day. We need to maintain combat vigilance at any time.”Before leaving office, however, Obama warned Trump against provoking China.He said: “The idea of One China is at the heart of their conception as a nation.And so if you are going to upend this understanding, you have to have thought through what the consequences are, because the Chinese will not treat that the way they’ll treat some other issues.He warned that their actions could be “very significant”.What happens now?Sean Spicer may have made headlines at the weekend for his wild claims on crowd numbers at Trump’s inauguration, but the new White House press secretary expressed strong rhetoric on this issue.This week, he said that the US “is going to make sure we protect our interests” in the South China Sea.“If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country,” he said.Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said last week China’s access to the islands might be blocked – raising the prospect of a military confrontation.For its part, China was quick to hit back against this new US stance, with a foreign ministry spokesperson saying that the “United States is not a party to the South China Sea issue”. A US navy chief visiting Chinese navy headquarters in Beijing in July 2016 Source: Ng Han Guan AP/Press Association ImagesThe spokesperson said that said said China “firmly upholds freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea in accordance with international law” and urged the US to “fully respect the efforts of regional countries to safeguard peace and stability”.This week, a leading Chinese newspaper, The Global Times, called for the country to expand its nuclear arsenal to “force the US to respect it”.They said that Beijing’s nuclear forces “must be so strong that no country would dare launch a military showdown” with it.With reporting from AFP.Read: Here are the policy decisions Donald Trump made yesterdayRead: An awful lot of Irish people are feeling less positive about the world following Trump’s inauguration Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 8:45 AM Share Tweet Email1 A Vietnamese protester showing a map marked “No” on the area that China claims. A Vietnamese protester showing a map marked “No” on the area that China claims. Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images LAST JULY, AN international tribunal made a landmark ruling against China over their historical claim to territory in the South China Sea.The world’s most populous nation claims sovereignty over the majority of the region east of Vietnam, north of Malaysia and west of the Philippines.Within this territory is the island of Taiwan, as well as areas of sea claimed by China’s closest neighbours.At the time of the ruling, China rejected the verdict from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.Chinese state media have said Beijing will not take a “single step back” after the ruling, and President Xi Jinping said around that time that China would never compromise on sovereignty, adding: “We are not afraid of trouble.” Source: Shutterstock/Gabriel BostanSo where do China’s claims come from?China’s claims to the area, called the “nine dash line”, were first enshrined in a map drawn in the 1940s with a nine-dash line stretching south from China and encircling almost all of the sea, although it says Chinese fishermen have been using it for centuries.To bolster its position it has rapidly turned reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.It has held naval drills between the Paracels and the southern Chinese island of Hainan recent months. The view of the South China Sea, looking out from Hong Kong Source: Shutterstock/Marisa EstivillA minor diplomatic incident occurred back in 2011, when an Indian naval vessel entered what the Chinese consider its national waters, with a view to exploring oil and gas exploration activities.At the time, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said: “China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and the island. China’s stand is based on historical facts and international law.“China’s sovereign rights and positions are formed in the course of history and this position has been held by Chinese Government for long. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ibrahim Halawa’s trial judge is considering releasing him on medical grounds The trial was delayed for the 21st time today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Image: RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3325591 Short URL Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa outside Leinster House. IBRAHIM HALAWA’S TRIAL has been delayed for the 21st time in Cairo as the judge in the case agreed to consider his release on medical grounds.The latest delay means that Halawa has now spent 44 months in prison without being given a hearing on the charges he faces.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Irish officials in court have reported that the judge is to consider the release of the 21-year-old Dubliner.“Our embassy officials were present in court to observe proceedings as they have been at each and every hearing of the case to date. And indeed before coming to this chamber I received a report on the proceedings,” Flanagan said.“Some progress was made today as 11 more witnesses were called to give evidence, which they did.”Furthermore, at the end of today’s hearing Ibrahim Halawa’s lawyers requested his release on medical grounds and the judge undertook to consider that application.Following reports that Halawa’s health has deteriorated sharply and that he had been using a wheelchair, the Irish government arranged for a doctor to visit him in prison.Exact details of his condition were not released by the government due to privacy concerns but they led to the doctor seeking his release on medical grounds. Minister Charlie Flanagan taking questions in the Dáil today. Source: Oireachtas.ie‘Extremely ill’The minister was being questioned on the Halawa case in the Dáil today by deputies Darragh O’Brien and Bríd Smith with the latter questioning the government’s priorities in its dealings with Egypt.Smith said that the Irish government should cease contributing to an EU fund for Egypt while Halawa remains in prison. She also questioned a recent agreement that saw Ireland return to selling beef to Egypt.“The 21st trial is happening today, he’s extremely ill, we’re giving money and we’re promoting a beef trade that we restarted after you visited Egypt,” Smith said.For the first time in 17 years we are beginning to export live beef again to Egypt. It’s worth about 40 million to start with, we hope it will go up to 200 million. Is the export of that beef more important than that young man’s life?Amnesty International, which says it has seen the video evidence in the case which shows no evidence against Halawa, labelled the latest trial delay as “farcical”.“It is beyond farcical that Ibrahim Halawa has now endured 21 delays in his trial, spending 1,327 days imprisoned in Egypt. Amnesty researchers on the ground at the time of his arrest confirm that Ibrahim was sheltering in the al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes he has been charged with,” said Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland.Read: ‘His life is on the line’: Vigil held in support of Ibrahim Halawa ahead of 21st trial date tomorrow >Read: Former Egyptian president who was ousted in the Arab Spring gets out of jail > Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 5:07 PM 35,827 Views Apr 5th 2017, 5:07 PM 177 Comments
Apr 7th 2017, 7:55 AM Short URL Friday 7 Apr 2017, 7:55 AM Image: Shutterstock/Magdanatka Share Tweet Email No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3328313 EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #SYRIA: US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike on a Syrian air base overnight.2. #RUSSIAN REACTION: Russian President Vladimir Putin called the airstrike “aggression against a sovereign state”.3. #LIFFEY: Three people were rescued from the River Liffey overnight.4. #DRIVE ON: Talks aimed at ending the impasse at Bus Éireann went on through the night, but there is no sign of a breakthrough.5. #WATER: The row on water charges rumbles on, with a letter sent by Simon Coveney to the chairman of the water committee being made public.6. #CANCER BATTLE: An Irish woman is trying to raise funds for the best drug for her form of cancer because it’s not available to her here in Ireland.7. #FENNELLY REPORT: The fallout from the publishing of the Fennelly Report continues today. Here’s why phone lines were recorded at Garda stations for so long.8. #VITAMIN D: A new study has shown that there is enough sunshine in Ireland over the winter months – even if it doesn’t feel like it.9. #WESTMINSTER: A woman injured in last month’s Westminster attack has died. Image: Shutterstock/Magdanatka The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s what you need to know as we start Friday. By Paul Hosford 8,057 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article