EHF EURO 2012 DenmarkSerbia in the final

← Previous Story Macedonia beats Slovenia for the 5th place! Next Story → DENMARK European Champion EHF EURO 2012! Serbia and Denmark will meet in the final of the European Championship 2012 in Serbia. After earlier Denmark beat Spain by one goal, now Serbia managed to make their fans happy and win the game in the Belgrade Arena. Croatia was leading with 14:13 at half time, but a terrific 2nd half performance from Serbia gave them a convincing win, 26:22. Momir Ilic was topscorer for the Euro host, having scored 8 goals from 11 shots, while Darko Stanic was brilliant on the goal, saving lots of important shots. read more

Serbia Round 15 Partizan wins Eternal Derby

Serbian champion, HC Partizan stays on the TOP of domestic Super Liga after another win in the “Eternal Derby” over Crvena zvezda 26:20 (12:11). However, the biggest rival of the Partizan  in current season, Vojvodina Novi Sad stayed focused with one point less after the win against Jugovic Kac 30:26.PARTIZAN: Vasić (6 saves), Milošević 2, Mandić 4, Radanović 1, Dimitrijević 2, Maksić 3 (2), Kladarin, Milić (10 saves), Radivojević 1, Babić, Ilić 6, Milinić, Kostadinović 5, Radovanović, Mešter 2, Marsenić.CRVENA ZVEZDA: Ivanišević (4 saves), Paunović, Živković, Milošević 3, Pantelić 1, V. Tomić 1, Oljača, Pavić, A. Tomić, Pušica 4, Ćorović, Jeraj (12 saves), Ćirić 2, Dokić 6 (2), Anđelić 3, Mitrović 1.Man of the Match: Miloš Kostadinović (Partizan).Result: 2:3 (7), 5:7 (18), 6:9 (22), 10:9 (26), 12:12 (33), 17:13 (40), 21:15 (47), 25:19 (53).STANDINGS 6.Napredak13625375 : 375014 10.Rudar14527341 : 362-2112 4.Metaloplastika Zorka Keramika13913384 : 3463819 9.Kolubara14536387 : 396-913 12.Požarevac15609364 : 385-2112 2.Vojvodina Železničar151230411 : 3466527 14.Smederevo DU-Integral144010315 : 357-428 5.Crvena Zvezda (-2)14725376 : 3571914 8.Jugović Unimet15537376 : 383-713 1.Partizan151320475 : 4057028 11.Železničar 194914527410 : 446-3612 3.Radnički Kg14923401 : 3534820 13.Dinamo14419385 : 402-179 7.PKB15618367 : 367013 16.Obilić143011365 : 418-536 15.Crvenka Jafa143011368 : 402-346 HC Crvena zvezdaHC PartizanHC Vojvodina ← Previous Story Voting for the EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Csaszar leads, Lazarov and Stanic follow Next Story → Saudi Arabia qualifies for the WCh 2013 in Spain! read more

Nikola Karabatic Luka Karabatic and Samuel Honrubia arrested

bojinovickarabaticlukaMladen BojinovićnikolaNikola Karabatic According to, right after the match against Paris HC, the brothers Karabatic, Nikola and Luka have been arrested and taken to a police station. Another arrested is Samuel Honrubia. They are suspected that they have been fixing a game in the previous championship in order to have financial gain. A total of 10 people have been suspected.Montpellier lost the game to Paris HC with 24:38.source: ← Previous Story France (Round 3): Paris HC demolishes Montpellier, wins 38:24 Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 6): Flensburg with an easy victory against Grosswallstadt read more

IHF gives green light to the Caja Magica

← Previous Story Montenegro and Norway with the first match balls for semi-finals Next Story → Gummersbach signs Fredrik Larsson After Madrid Arena was no more an option for hosting one of the groups at the upcoming World Championship in Spain 2013, the organizers tried to seek a new solution and they found it in “Caja Magica” or “The Magic Box”. However, this hall did not meet preliminary requirements and had to undergo many changes. Few days ago it was officially approved by the IHF, and games will be played there starting on January 11th. Organizers are however, very well aware, that a lot more needs to done in order to meet the standards required for being a host hall of the World Championship 2013. caja magicaIHFmadrid read more

EHF CL Tie in Chekhov – Flensburg first or second in the

4. Montpellier Agglomeration …9225268:276(-8)6 5. Reale Ademar Leon9216237:269(-32)5 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Celje PL in TOP 16 after four years – Barca wins in Minsk! Next Story → WISLA TV: All the facts about “Scandal in Plock” 1. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10631310:279(31)15 2. HSV Hamburg9621278:239(39)14 SG Flensburg was on the edge of defeat in Chekhov, but in the last few minutes team of Ljubomir Vranjes has shown great moral, self-confidence and deserved a point – 29:29 (14:13). Germans secured second place in the Preliminary Group with this tie. Decision about the group winner has to wait weekend, when HSV will play against French Montpellier.Chekhovskie Medvedi – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 29:29 (14:13)Chekhovskie Medvedi: Grams (10 saves; ab 31.), Stochl (4/1 saves) – Filippov (5), Aslanyan, Zhitnikov, Chernoivanov, Shelmenko (5), Gorbok (3), Rastvortsev, Shishkarev (4), Chipurin (1), Koksharov (3/3), Dibirov (8), EvdokimovSG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (16/1 saves), Rasmussen () – Karlsson, Eggert (5/3), Glandorf (3), Mogensen (2), Weinhold (2), Dibbert, Heinl (3), Gustafsson (2), von Gruchalla (5), Kaufmann (7) 6. RK Partizan9108245:303(-58)2 Chekhovskie MedvediSG Flensburg 3. Chekhovskie Medvedi10541310:282(28)14 read more

Fantastic Korea too strong for Dutch girls

South Korea showed fantastic performance against Netherlands 29:26 (17:11) in the first match of Group A – Round 2. Asian champion had a bad start (0:3), but early time out of their coach make the fantastic effect which turnover the match until the half-time – 17:11. Outstanding performance has been seen from fantastic playmaker Gwon Han Na, who scored 6 goals and had a key role in every offensive action of her team. The biggest advantage was 26:17 in 48th minute, when Korean girls began to save energy for the upcoming matches, what Dutch girls used to make final score a less dramatic…STATISTICS handball serbiaKorean handballserbia 2013south koreawwch 2013 serbia ← Previous Story WWCH 2013 DAY 3: Korea VS Netherlands – “Sunday’s derby” Next Story → New victories for Serbia and Montenegro! read more

Saint Raphael beat PSG Handball

← Previous Story RK Vojvodina win Serbian Super Cup! Next Story → SEHA Saturday: Metalurg in Veszprem – Zagreb to Meshkov PSG Handballsaint raphael PSG Handball have suffered the first defeat in the season 2014/2015. Saint Raphael showed how tough rival is in front of home fans by beating the richest handball team in the world 32:31. Fantastic roles had Danish back Morten Olsen with 10 goals, while Serbian goalkeepeer Slavisa Djukanovic had 16 saves. Hansen and Kopljar scored both 6 goals for team from Paris… read more

Larvik HK goalie Alma Hasanic decides to play for Montenegro

Norwegian Larvik HK goalkeeper Alma Hasanic had decided to play for the Montenegrian national team! She is on the squad list of Dragan Adzic for the upcoming EHF week in March. A 26-years old goalie who spent almost whole her life in Norway has Montenegrian origin (mother):– I am excited to play for Montenegro. I was really happy when I heard that national team on that level is interested for me. It wasn’t a hard decision – said Hasanic for Handball Montenegro and added:– I have played for Norway junior NT. Also, I had debut for senior squad but that was unofficial match. I had to play at the last EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary, but I missed due injury. Now, decision was on me, and I think that I made right decision – concluded Hasanic.PHOTO: Alma HasanicLarvik HK Alma HAsanic ← Previous Story LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! Next Story → Konstantin Igropulo to KIF Kolding read more

VIDEO NBA in Banja Luka Jankovic beat buzzer from 28 meters

seha gazprom leagueSEHA leagueStefan Jankovic ← Previous Story BYE BYE DOHA: Siarhei Rutenka is free agent! Next Story → Siarhei Rutenka focused on Belarus: New club in January 9.Spartak Vojput11218280 : 3587 8.Borac m:tel11218275 : 3507 4.MVM Veszprem7610241 : 14719 5.Vardar9612293 : 24919 6.Nexe10406267 : 27412 2.PPD Zagreb9801289 : 21124 7.Vojvodina12228304 : 3958 10.Maks Strumica10028214 : 3232 3.Meshkov Brest10703313 : 25121 PHOTO: RK Borac, VIDEO: Bosnian champions RK Borac Banja Luka beat SEHA GAZPROM league leader HC Tatran Prešov 24:23 (10:14) in front of home fans in “Borik” hall with spectacular finish. Slovakians had a chance to score winning goal, but they lost the ball. Last chance had Borac’s playmaker Stefan Janković, who scored a spectacular goal from 28 meters shot.NBA finish in Banja Luka…RK Vojvodina beat RK Spartak 28:25 in the Serbian derby in regional competition.STANDINGS: 1.Tatran Prešov11902362 : 28027 read more

After HandballPlanet award Anna Vyakhireva is Rio 2016 MVP

Anna Vyakhirevario 2016 handball As the women’s handball competition at the 2016 Olympic Games wraps up, the All-star Team, Most Valuable Player and top scorer are announced. The MVP is Anna Vykhireva, who won the Adriatic Handball Planet Young WORLD PLAYER 2015/2016 title only three months ago.Obviously, handball journalists around the Globe now their job…MVP: Anna Vyakhireva (RUS)All-star TeamGoalkeeper: Kari Aalvik Grimsbo (NOR)Left wing: Polina Kuznetzova (RUS)Left back: Allison Pineau (FRA)Centre back: Daria Dmitrieva (RUS)Right back: Alexandra Lacrabere (FRA)Right wing: Nathalie Hagman (SWE)Pivot: Heide Loke (NOR)Top scorer: Nora Mork (NOR) – 62 goalsPHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud ← Previous Story Mikkel Hansen is MVP of the Olympic tournament 2016 Next Story → Youth French team conqueres Europe read more

DISASTER Arthur Patrianova renews knee injury

← Previous Story RK Celje PL beat Meshkov Brest in direct battle for SEHA Final4 2017! Next Story → VIDEO: TOP 10 goals of France 2017! Arthur Patrianova Battle for SEHA FINAL4 between RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and Meshkov Brest 29:27 at “Zlatorog” hall in Celje was  also a chance for home fans to praise six domestic players who won bronze medal with Slovenia at World Championship 2017 in France, but the black point of “party” was knee injury of Brazilian left back Arthur Patrianova, who renewed it only few minutes on the court, where he came back after a years of absence!The 23-years old shooter came to Celje in 2015, but he almost didn’t played for his new team due problems with knee. Unfortunately, another long break is ahead of him… read more

Some 3000 students have had their grant refused or cancelled

first_imgSTUDENT GRANTS BODY SUSI says some 3,000 people have had their grants either refused or cancelled for the coming academic year.In the latest update in how it is handling grant applications, Student Universal Support Ireland said it is more than two months ahead of last year’s chaotic handling of applications, which led to long delays for many students.SUSI received a total of 82,000 applications before the deadline this year, 59,000 of which were new applicants. Of these new applicants, SUSI said it expects to award grants to around 40,000 first-time applicants.So far, more than 10,000 grants have been awarded – a significant increase on this time last year when no grants had been paid yet –  while another 5,000 have been provisionally awarded pending confirmation that they have accepted their course. Some 2,000 students have been asked to provide additional information.SUSI said some 41,000 students are in the process of having their applications move towards final processing after they returned all requested documents to SUSI. The agency is now moving to process the remaining 21,000 applications from students who have submitted supporting documents, which is expected to be completed by the end of October when students will find out whether they have been awarded the grant or not.Students who have not yet returned documents – such as course acceptance forms or notices of assesment of income for self-employed people or farmers – have been urged to do so as soon as possible.SUSI was set up to process grant applications last year, but the new system was beset with delays and problems with processing applications. The office of the Ombudsman has said it is taking on more than 50 complaints relating to problems with SUSI.Students were “put through the mill” by SUSI > SUSI ‘working closely’ with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints > Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI >last_img read more

Aaron McKenna The 9 VAT rate proves it lowering taxes creates jobs

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAILED the introduction of the 9 per cent reduced VAT rate in 2011 as a job stimulation effort that would kickstart the hospitality sector, help bring more tourists to Ireland and allow people to open their wallets and see their euro go further. The measure worked. According to Michael Noonan himself the VAT reduction has helped create 15,000 jobs.The government was new and exciting back in 2011 when the measure was introduced. They wanted to show a win, and this was their centrepiece: The big bang moment when they cut a tax to stimulate jobs and growth. The same government is now pondering Budget 2014, however, and they are reminded that there is a tasty €360 million in revenue to be had from raising the tax back up again.It’s a strange one: If cutting the tax was supposed to create jobs, what precisely will raising it up accomplish…? The one thing Ireland has learned over the past five years is that you cannot tax your way out of a recession. The VAT cut was just about the only major step any government took to try and stimulate growth through tax cuts, and look at the results.The state’s own tourism quango, Bord Fáilte, commissioned a report from Deloitte to quantify the impact of the VAT cut. Their research has shown that not alone did the VAT cut create jobs, it actually cost the government coffers less money than they had expected it would because – surprise, surprise – the lower prices led to more people going out, which delivered more revenue in total.The resultsActivity in the sector increased by about 16 per cent in the year following the tax cut. The government had expected that in a full year the VAT cut would cost €350 million. The first 12 months, in actual fact, saw the Exchequer down only €107 million, less than what the government mandarins thought it would cost in just the second half of 2011 after its introduction.The VAT cut helped to contribute to a €158m increase in tourism spending in Ireland, with the overseas perception of value for money in Ireland improving due to both the VAT cut and other price reductions going on at the time. About 25 per cent of that €158m goes straight into the government coffers in various taxes and charges.The Deloitte report reckons that 75 cents in every euro of the tax cut was passed along to consumers.Bear in mind that input costs in the hospitality sector have also been increasing during this time, so that’s good going. The other 25 cents goes towards helping pay for the running of the business. No business, no employment, so every penny of that tax cut helped stimulate or support jobs.The additional 15,000 jobs Michael Noonan reckons the tax cut created will have saved in welfare and raised in taxes about €82.5m a year for the Exchequer. So far that puts the tax cut €243m a yearcheaper than expected, and raising €122m in extra revenues for the state. Give or take and thinkingabout double accounting, that suggests that the tax cut has quite possibly delivered a net gain to theExchequer versus the amount of money it would have raised had the tax remained the same.They have departments that need to avoid cuttingNow, however, the government mandarins and PR spin doctors don’t care about any of that. They have departments that need to avoid cutting and quangos to keep open. They have local and European elections in nine months’ time. They have a general election a little while after that. It’s easy to blame job losses on somebody else, but they always get the blame for spending cuts.So the €360m they reckon can be raised for the Exchequer by jacking the tax back up is a tasty sum. The government, which in 2013 is spending the grand total of 2 per cent less than it did in 2007, wants its money more than it wants verifiably positive economic performance. That has been the entire ethos of the recession – Since 2008 we have had an economy on its knees, further kicked in the head time and time again by a state that just can’t wean itself off the injections of private sector money it can demand at will.Michael Noonan says that the VAT cut was simply a “pump-priming” exercise. That was not what they were saying in 2011, when the message was that the VAT cut had to show that it worked for consumers and job creation to be kept. Well, 15,000 jobs later I think it has proven that. It is disingenuous of government to claim that it was a temporary measure. It is a kick in the head to anyone who has invested in the hospitality industry, helping create those 15,000 new jobs, on the basis of current economic performance.The mandarins of Dublin 2 don’t live in the real worldThis is a classic example of the greedy little sticky fingers of government reaching into the till of businesses the minute they show any sign of success. We know that raising taxes kills business, particularly in the sensitive sectors of retail and hospitality. But the government must have its money!The mandarins of Dublin 2 don’t live in the real world. Their salaries and pensions are guaranteed. What they don’t want to see are cuts necessitated by a lack of new taxes. After all, the private sector and ordinary individuals clearly have loads of money if they can afford to be eating out a bit more often than they used to.The lesson we ought to be taking from the 9 per cent VAT rate is that tax cuts work. We know for a fact that tax increases kill jobs. What the 2011 measure proved is that the right tax cuts can create jobs.What we ought to be doing is prodding the pudgy prodigy that is government to diet a little harder so that it can deliver a cut to the top and far more widely applied 23 per cent rate of VAT. Imagine what jobs we could create if that was dropped?Zombie economyWe would be through this recession a lot faster if the governments since 2008 had adopted a pro-growth tax cutting strategy rather than constantly hitting families and businesses for more and more.Yes, the spending cuts would have been harsher. We probably would have had a few more strikes by now. But we would have emerged faster for having taken the difficult choices.Instead we have a zombie economy and with more tax increases on the way, from the first full year of property taxes in 2014 and water charges coming along and perhaps now a VAT increase. Meanwhile, government spending has reduced by two per cent. Two.A 4.5 per cent drop in the lower rate of VAT has created 15,000 jobs. The mere two per cent reduction in government spending has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. The right strategy seems obvious.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Poll: Do you think the 9% VAT rate for the hotel and tourism industry should remain?>Noonan: VAT rate for restaurants likely to rise>last_img read more

Stormwatch Over 7000 homes without power floods and high tides

first_imgOVER 7,000 ELECTRICITY customers are without power and a number of roads have been closed after  a night of gale force winds and heavy rain throughout the country.The heavy rains have been exacerbated by particularly high tides that had been predicted this week – and Met Éireann is not lifting its orange alert as it expects further winds of 100 to over 130 km per hour today.ESB Networks have reported faults in a  number of areas, especially along coastal area on the west coast in Kerry, Clare, Mayo and Donegal.Significant disruption is also being  monitored in the south east according to the ESB.Southeast blackoutsAlmost 1,500 people are without power in Bealistown in Waterford while over 2,500 customers are experiencing blackouts in Crane in Co Wexford.Galway floodingFlooding is most heavily concentrated in Galway with motorists advised to avoid all coastal routes.The Saltill area towards the city has been particularly hard hit with the Promenade in Salthill, Spanish Arch, Flood St and the Dock Road all closed due to flooding.Traffic is also being diverted at the Lough Atalia Road in Galway and AA Roadwatch has advised all commuters to avoid any area by the coast and to watch out for debris.Cork still at riskSurface water remains on parts of Cork city’s streets which were hit by high tides from the River Lee last night. A few households even had to be evacuated, although the flooding abated late at night.Richard Jacob, owner of Idaho Café, in Cork city, took the photos above of last night’s floods.Mayo and Clare floodsSpot floods have been reported in different parts of Mayo with routes in Lahinch in Co Clare also impassable due to flooding.Fallen trees in Kildare, Wicklow, MeathFallen trees are also causing travel disruptions with a trees down in Maynooth and Leixlip in Co Kildare.Similar probable are causing problems in Enniskerry in Wicklow and on the the Navan to Dunshaughlin Road in Meath.Northern IrelandA flood warning has also been put in place  by the Northern Ireland wit the PSNI saying that there is a strong possibility of flooding in a number of areas including Belfast, Newry and Newtownards, and to a lesser extent in Larne, Newcastle, Strabane and Derry.Sandbags have been deployed to protect some key facilities and the police are advising that high tide is expected at about 12.10pm today.“We would ask residents to not remove these sandbags for personal use as this will place the homes in the area under an increased risk of flooding,” said the PSNI’s Stephen Martin.ForecastMet Éireann have said that gusts of up to 130km/h were recorded overnight with with these stormy conditions continue  throughout the morning.Heavy, prolonged showers will also remain with the storm predicted to abate slowly through the day.Read: Woman rescued from semi-submerged car in Kerry >Read: Flooding in Cork, flood warnings for Dublin, Northern Ireland >last_img read more

As Italian MPs fail to agree on president some cast prank ballot

first_imgITALY’S PARLIAMENT HAS failed to elect a new president during a second round of voting this evening with no candidate winning the required two-thirds of the vote.The majority of the ballots were spoilt by party members from across the political sphere playing for time in the hope of agreeing on a winning candidate.A third vote is set to take place tomorrow morning, and the ballot will continue with two votes a day until a president is elected.As Italian lawmakers failed to agree some cast prank ballots for porn star Rocco Siffredi and actress Sophia Loren.And in a football-mad country some reference to the beautiful game was unavoidable – a vote cast for former Italy and current Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.Parliament speaker Laura Boldrini was quick to point out – and not tongue-in-cheek – that Siffredi “does not have the prerequisites”, Italian media reported. At 48, the actor is below the age threshold of 50 to be president.Silvio Berlusconi’s wife Veronica Lario also appeared in the voting, along with buxom starlet Valeria Marini – a namesake of serious presidential candidate Franco Marini.“I’m flattered!” said Valeria Marini, adding: “I know it was ironic but I’m still pleased”. She still declined and said: “It’s important that the right choice is made. The president is a lynchpin.”As the names were read out, there were peals of laughter and bursts of applause in parliament – despite the gravity of the moment as a two-month political crisis drags on.Consensus candidateJust hours before the first vote, Italy’s two main political blocs had agreed to back Franco Marini, a pipe-smoking 80-year-old seen as having formidable political skills.But leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani’s bid to clinch a deal with his rival Silvio Berlusconi over Marini infuriated many within the centre-left bloc and rebel voters came out in support for Stefano Rodota, a widely respected 79-year-old human rights advocate.Voters from Bersani’s Democratic Party (PD) were set to meet before Friday’s vote in a bid to find a common candidate, after young members of the party protesting against Marini seized and occupied a PD branch in Tuscany.Slammed as having neither public support nor international standing, Marini failed to garner enough support in either vote and Walston said the former Christian Democrat was likely out of the running.Dissidents said they would not vote for such an establishment figure and many across the left accused Bersani of cosying up to scandal-tainted ex-premier Berlusconi and the right.The voting to elect a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano brings together both chambers of parliament as well as regional representatives, with a total of 1,007 people eligible to vote.A candidate must be supported by a two-thirds majority in the first three rounds of voting or by a simple majority from the fourth vote onwards.Experts said the parties would likely spoil their ballots in the third round tomorrow morning before voting properly in the fourth.- © AFP 2013Read: Italian president buys time in political deadlocklast_img read more

The government treats people like gobshites John Wilson

first_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter “Really and truly, Labour have been decimated – but that’s nothing unusual. The junior party in any coalition suffers the brunt of the people’s anger.”He said that one of the main reasons the government was being punished was recent controversies surrounding people with chronic illnesses losing their discretionary medical cards and being “forced to beg for their legal entitlements”.‘Lucky to be alive’Wilson had intended to run as an independent candidate in the local election in the Cavan-Belturbet area but had to drop out due to ill health.He was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year, but said he was feeling well after an operation successfully removed the growth.I’m very, very lucky to be alive. The opertion was successful. Cancer to me was always going to happen to somebody else. It was never going to happen to me. I’m feeling very, very well, thank God. I’m so honoured that Luke Flanagan picked me as a first reserve.Wilson wasn’t the only one in Castlebar reacting to Gilmore’s resignation.Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that Labour needed more than a change of leadership.“Nobody takes pleasure in somebody else’s demise, but if the Labour party really listen to the electorate what they need to do is something more radical than just change their party leader. They need a fundamental change in how Labour are behaving in government.The people are appalled that the Labour party have been a crutch to Fine Gael to implement their austerity policy. People can’t afford to wait until a General Election. They want change and they want it now. Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Pearse Doherty dissecting the second count figures. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson and Flanagan Source: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieGARDA WHISTLEBLOWER JOHN Wilson has slammed the government, saying it treats Irish people “like gobshites”.Wilson said the Cabinet was full of “arrogant” people who “look after their own little world”.He welcomed Eamon Gilmore’s announcement yesterday that he would be resigning as leader of the Labour party, after a disastrous local election that saw the junior coalition party poll at around seven per cent nationally.Wilson said that members of the Fine Gael Labour coalition represented “some of the most arrogant individuals that have ever been in any government in this country”. He said his comments were directed at Gilmore and other ministers such as Ruairi Quinn, Phil Hogan and former justice minister Alan Shatter who resigned earlier this month.Shatter’s demise was sealed by the Guerin Report into corruption in an Garda Síochána, some of which was exposed by Wilson.The former garda made the comments while at the Midlands North West count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo yesterday. He was there to support Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.Wilson is Flanagan’s first substitute should he be unable to serve his full term in Brussels, however Flanagan admitted such an outcome was unlikely.The Roscommon TD was elected on the second count with 129,561 votes. The quota was 129,290 votes. Counting in the constituency will resume this morning, with six candidates still in contention for the three remaining seats.Last month, he told the Dáil that he and Wilson were followed by an unmarked Garda car when visiting the headquarters of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in Dublin to expose further allegations of corruption within the force.‘Are you watching Ruari Quinn?’Wilson said it was “insulting” that education minister Ruairi Quinn dismissed Flanagan’s success as a “protest vote”, saying he was a serious candidate who had been elected at local, national and now European level.When Flanagan was elected, he, Wilson and others chanted: “Are you watching Ruari Quinn?”center_img Teary-eyed Luke Ming Flanagan and John Wilson after first count. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson said voters have turned their backs on the government because they have ignored the needs of the people.Mainstream parties have forgotten about their grassroots, basically. They have forgotten about the basic needs of the people. The way to judge any government – not just this junta – is the way it treats the underprivileged and the needy in society. This government is solely a government for the economy. They have forgotten about society. Sitting Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins said Gilmore wasn’t the problem within Labour, but noted that the Tánaiste had made the wrong choice of portfolio in Foreign Affairs as it wasn’t “appropriate” for the country’s deputy leader “to be out of the country so much”.Higgins suggested that Gilmore take an economic portfolio in the upcoming government reshuffle.“I have nothing but the height of praise for Labour. I’ve seen Labour in governments before where they lost their nerve … The minority party in government inevitably and invariably takes the hit.“I hope they can regroup because they’ve been very good partners in government, very responsible. Minister by minister they’ve been absolutely superb,” he added.Higgins is certain to lose his European seat when the Midlands North West count resumes today.The other candidates still in the running include Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, Mairead McGuinness of Fine Gael, independent Marian Harkin, Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Thomas Byrne, both of Fianna Fáil.Election 2014 Liveblog: European and local results (plus Gilmore resigns) as it happensRead: Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leaderRelated: Ming: No, I won’t send areplacement to Brusselslast_img read more

The sun shines on Dublins Pride Parade as thousands attend

first_imgSource: @DublinPrideHUGE CROWDS ATTENDED the Dublin Pride parade today in what is believed to be the biggest Pride parade in the capital to date.The parade started at the Garden of Rembrance at 1.45pm, making its way by Trinity College and finishing at Merrion Square.This year the Garda band led the parade through the streets of Dublin, in uniform. “Being gay is a gift!” & you are a gift to @DublinPride Ireland! I love you @PantiBliss #teampanti #nationaltreasure— Dil Wickremasinghe (@DilW) June 28, 2014 Source: Dil Wickremasinghe/Twitter Fine Gael members took part in this year’s parade with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Minister for Health James Reilly holding the banner for Fine Gael LGBT. Happy Pride! #love #equality #justice #humanrights #LGBTI— Colm O’Gorman (@Colmogorman) June 28, 2014 Sara R. Phillips rallying the crowd at @DublinPride for trans* rights!— TENI (@TENI_Tweets) June 28, 2014 Send a message of Pride to Putin’s Russia! @Colmogorman #Pride— Amnesty Ireland (@AmnestyIreland) June 28, 2014 “Ireland is a transformed society. I first came out in 1984 at aged 18. Back then being gay meant I was a criminal.It took a further 9 years before homosexuality was decriminalised after a long battle in European Court of Human Rights.But, we still have a way to go if we are to guarantee equality and freedom to LGBTI people.We have yet to allow equal access to civil marriage, and to provide equal rights and equal family security to children raised by same-sex parents.We have yet to respect the human rights of transgender people by granting them legal gender recognition. We are almost there, but not quite. And partial freedom is not freedom; ‘near equality’ is not equality. Source: Frances Fitzgerald/Twitter The youngest & gayest Mayor in the history of Ireland! Amazing role model & gifted man! @fintanwarfield @DublinPride— Dil Wickremasinghe (@DilW) June 28, 2014 All ready to start marching with @FineGaelLGBT @yfg @jerrybuttimer @corcorankennedy #DublinPride #Pride— Frances Fitzgerald TD (@FitzgeraldFrncs) June 28, 2014 Other politicians were also out in force: The gardaí said the event went off without a hitch with no major incidents reported.Here are some photos from the day:center_img Source: Dil Wickremasinghe/Twitter FreedomThe theme of this year’s festival is freedom, something Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International and Grand Marshall of the parade said isn’t something enjoyed by all gay people around the world.“Around the world, LGBTI people face numerous human rights violations because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said.While he said that Ireland has come a long way, he says there is still some way to go as a society. Source: TENI/Twitter At the finishing point of the parade at Merrion Square the crowds gathered to hear some speakers: @JohnLyonsTD #DublinPride— Jerry Buttimer (@jerrybuttimer) June 28, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Amnesty Ireland/Twitter Source: Jerry Buttimer TD/Twitter Source: Colm O’Gorman/Twitter And Panti, photographed below with the parade’s Grand Marshall, was also out enjoying the weather. Dublin Gay Pride Parade are Sandra Bore, left, from France and Lody Veresdeegen from the Netherlands today. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tommy Daly from Galway at the parade today. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandRead: Beaten, robbed and left to die: One march that paved the way for the Dublin Pride parade>Read: Discrimination against LGBT teachers to end under amended law>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news… Rachel Croash, Sarah Shine and Maria Kelly in Dublin during a preview of one of five new short operas inspired by episodes from the streets of Dublin.IRISHA five-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a lake at Belgree Lawns in Tyrrelstown.A teenager has died in a separate swimming incident in Cavan.The number of murders in Ireland rose over a 12-month period.Asking prices for houses all across the country are up for the first time in eight years.A 12-year-old boy is in a serious condition after his bike was hit by a van in Antrim.An Irish woman run over three times by a New York subway train walked away with just a broken shoulder.The family of Dhara Kivlehan say they are disappointed over the inquest delay. [RTÉ]Writer Dermot Healy has died at the age of 66.Murdered teenager, Mariora Rostas phoned her family crying the day after she went missing. [RTÉ]Croke Park residents could go to court to stop Garth Brooks gigs.Mrs Brown’s Boys had the biggest opening weekend box-office numbers in this country for any Irish movie, ever.WORLD A Nepalese woman walks carrying paddy saplings before replanting them at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal. Source: Niranjan Shrestha#UK: Rolf Harris has been found guilty on all charges of indecent assault.#URUGUAY: Luis Suárez admitted he did bite Giorgio Chiellini.#ISRAEL: The bodies of three missing teenagers were found in Israel.#SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius was back in court where mental health experts said he was not suffering from a mental illness.INNOVATIONAre you the type of person that feels the cold no matter where you go. This new gadget is for you. [The Independent UK]Google is shutting down its original social network but not because of Facebook it says. [Quartz]PARTING SHOTLooking to take up a new sport? What about Quidditch? Here’s all the rules explained.First published 21.00pmlast_img read more

Downing of flight MH17 may amount to a war crime

first_imgEvery effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law including war crimes will be brought to justice, no matter who they are.The Red Cross officially said last week that Ukraine is now in civil war — a classification that would make parties in the conflict liable to prosecution for war crimes.The UN said that latest figures showed that more than 1,100 people have been killed in fighting on the ground in east Ukraine as both government forces and rebels have increasingly used heavy weapons in built-up areas. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Source: AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena“As of 26 July, at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded,” the UN statement said.The latest toll marks a sharp rise from that given a month ago on June 18, when the UN said at least 356 people had been killed since April.Pillay described reports of increasingly intense fighting in rebel bastions Donetsk and Lugansk regions as “extremely alarming” and said both sides were “employing heavy weaponry in built-up areas, including artillery, tanks, rockets and missiles.”“Both sides must take great care to prevent more civilians from being killed or injured,” Pillay said.Some 100,000 people have now fled the conflict zone in the east for other areas of Ukraine, the UN said in the report released Monday.The report also accused rebels controlling swathes of territory of conducting a brutal “reign of terror” in the areas they control, including the abduction, torture and killing of civilians as the rule of law has collapsed.“These groups have taken control of Ukrainian territory and inflicted on the populations a reign of intimidation and terror to maintain their position of control,” the report said.Dutch and Australian police are making a fresh attempt this morning to reach the crash site, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort. Dutch, right, and Australian policemen talk in the city of Donetsk. Source: AP Photo/Dmitry LovetskyThe continuing unrest has also led Dutch authorities to conclude that it was unrealistic to send an armed mission to secure the site.Amid international recriminations over the chaos on the ground blocking access to the site, both sides in Ukraine’s war traded blame, with Kiev accusing the rebels of “destroying evidence” and the insurgents saying Ukraine’s army was targeting civilians.Washington released new photographs to bolster its claim that Russia, blamed by the West for abetting the insurgency by arming it — including the missile that allegedly shot down MH17, was now taking a direct role in the conflict by firing into Ukraine, targeting the armed forces.Meanwhile, Russia hit back by demanding the US “stop hindering” the work of monitors trying to check the situation on the ground.- © AFP, 2014Read: Australian and Dutch police scrap MH17 site visit over security worries >More: Israel’s military actions in Gaza ‘could amount to war crimes’ > File photo of a pro-Russian fighter guarding the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove. Source: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, FileTHE DOWNING OF Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 “may amount to a war crime”, the UN has said, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces using heavy weaponry in built-up areas.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the “horrendous shooting down” of the Malaysian passenger jet in rebel-held territory that killed all 298 people on board, and demanded a “thorough, effective, independent and impartial investigation”.“This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime,” she said in a statement.last_img read more