ASOBAL Round 7 Atletico Madrid blow away opponent wins 3413

Atletico Madrid had two bad games in the Champions League against Veszprem and Savehof which the team lost, and the ASOBAL home game against BM Cangas was the real remedy for the team, and to bounce back from the defeats. The 34:13 victory over BM Cangas (Morrazo Cangas) means that now Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are lone at the top with 14 points each, followed by Ademar Leon with 11.In the other matches of the round: Guadalajara 25:24 Posada, Aragon 24:29 Huesca, Anaitasuna 29:25 Palmanaranja, La Rioja 34:19 Puerto Sagunto, Valladolid 25:23 Granollers Ademar Leonatletico madridBarcelonabm cangasmorrazo-cangas ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 9): Rhein-Neckar Lowen beat Burgdorf, 16:0 now Next Story → Handball legend Olafur Stefansson ends NT career read more

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EURO 2014 FINAL Denmark against France

Not many would bet against Denmark reaching the final of the European Championship on their home soil, but the defending champions have done it after a classic match against the unlucky Croatia, who again failed to secure the much sough after European champion’s title, after their seventh semi-final appearance in the competition. Meeting of the two history-rich teams like these, would only mean one thing; we are going to have a game in our hands; so we did, and what a game with 29:27 (13:15) the final scoreCroatia was leading with 3:5 after ten minutes into the game, but Hansen and his teammates gave them no time rest as they caught up on the lead. Bičanić and Ćupić responded well to the challenge and set up Croatia with a narrow 7:8 lead mid-way through the half. The score was nowhere near comfortable, for Croatia, but the Danes had al kinds of trouble turning it to their favor. Twentieth minute saw  Yet another tie at 11:11, but After Mirko Alilović saved the penalty from Eggert, the ever-efficient winger Manuel Štrlek pounced on the chance to deliver his team another lead. Ćupić set Croatia two goals ahead, but the Danish team showed no signs of slowing down. It was Eggert who had a chance to undo his previous mistake scoring from the penalty this time around. Last two minutes were an uncertainty as Denmark was one goal behind and Croatia couldn’t find their way to the goal of Landin. After NicklasLandin saved Horvat’s effort, it was Duvnjak who set the score in the end to 13:15 as the individual quality of the Croatian team’s best player was the difference at the interval. The second half saw only two goals scored in the first five minutes, and both of them by Denmark. After the missed penalty from Mads Christiansen, the same player made amends to put Denmark one goal ahead at 16:15. Kopljar quickly tied the score, but the momentum was now in favor of the Danish team. A brace fromEggert, completed a 3:0 series, 40 minutes into the match as AndersEggert(best player for Denmark with 8/9)  sets21:18 from the penalty. Horvat tied the score mid-way through the half, setting the score to 23:23. Unfortunately it was only a Swan song for Croatia, as it was the closest they could get to the defending champions until the end of the game.Sondergaard completed the 3:0 series, going into the last 10 minutes with 26:23 for the hosts. After Horvat and Bićanić, followed by anamazingKopljar (6/11 overall) brought their team within one-goal difference again LasseSvan Hansen ensured a three-goal margin for Denmark at 28:25going into the last five minutes of the match, as Croatia was desperately trying to catch up. Last three minutes saw defensive battle at both ends, but it also sawboth Wilbek’s and Goluža’s unable to get their teams to score in the last three minutes of the match, after Duvnjak ensured a dramatic finish at 28:26, three minutes before the end with Croatia playing an aggressive full-court press.The last 30 seconds saw both Toft Hansen and Horvat finally score for their teams for the final score 29:27, but surely late for Croatia, as they will meet Spain in a reprise of the bronze-medal match in Serbia two years ago. Denmark will meet the French team in the final of the 2014 EHF Euro, in front of the 14,000 fans in Jyske Bank Boxen,  in a match between the two deservedly best teams of the Championship.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com croatiaDenmarkduvnjakfrancegoluzahorvatNiklas Landintoft hansen ← Previous Story France is the first finalist at EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Tanja Medved new sports director at HC Vardar read more

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TOP 16 PLACES DECIDED Who against whom

Only the last match day of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase determined the seeding of all teams qualified for the Last 16 stage.The draw of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 will take place on Tuesday, 25 February, at 12:00 hrs local time at the EHF Office in Vienna and it will be live streamed on ehfTV.com with commentary from Tom O Brannagain.While three participants of the last VELUX EHF FINAL4 – defending champions HSV Hamburg, runners-up FC Barcelona and THW Kiel will be seeded in the Pot 1 together with MKB-MVM Veszprem, the third team of the previous season Vive Targi Kielce will enter the draw from the Pot 3.A fourth ranked team of the group phase will play the first match at home against a first ranked team except against the winner of its own group of the Group Phase.A third ranked team of the Group Phase will play the first match at home against the second ranked team except against the second ranked team of its own group of the Group Phase.The first leg is scheduled for 19-23 March, the second leg will be played 26-30 March. The winning  teams of the Last 16 qualify for the quarter-finals.Overview of pots for the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 draw:Pot 1MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)THW Kiel (GER)FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP)HSV Hamburg (GER)Pot 2Rhein Neckar Löwen (GER)KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)PSG Handball (MKD)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Pot 3Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Vive Targi Kielce (POL)HC Metalurg (MKD)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Pot 4HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Aalborg Handball (DEN)Additional informationOn ehfTV.com there will be live streaming of the draw followed by interviews and reactions from the various team representatives, a live ticker of the draw will go live on Tuesday morning on eurohandball.com and the event will also be extensively covered on the official Twitter channel of the VELUX EHF Champions League @ehfcl.TEXT: EHF CL EHF Champions Leaguehandball ← Previous Story Kielce smash Wisla at the end! Next Story → VELUX EHF CL: Magnus Persson is the Preliminary Round TOP scorer! read more

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SEHA derby time National wins for RK Vardar RK Celje PL and

8.Metalurg100124 : 250 7.Gorenje Velenje100126 : 270 ← Previous Story El Jaish and Swedish Lund to play for the trophy in Doha Next Story → Berlin VS PSG – Reigning champions in position of outsiders? seha gazprom league Four matches in SEHA GAZPROM League middle-week round ended with win of favorites. Three national derby matches have been played in last two days, and the most interesting has been seen in Skopje, were RK Vardar beat RK Metalurg 26:25. The tight match has been seen also in Velenje, where Slovenian “older brother”, reigning champions, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko won points – 27:26 (16:13) with Blaz Janc in the main role with six goals, one less than Alem Toskic, who scored seven for domestic RK Gorenje.PPD Zagreb beat the biggest rival on the national level, RK Gorenje 28:22 (12:9). Horvat and Vori scored five goals each for the winners, while veteran Zrnic had the some score for defeated team.The easiest job had Meshkov Brest against Bosnian champions RK Izvidjac 40:29.STANDINGS: 5.Celje Piv. Laško210156 : 603 10.Izviđač CO100129 : 400 2.Vardar211059 : 584 1.Meshkov Brest211074 : 634 9.Nexe100122 : 280 3.PPD Zagreb110028 : 223 6.Tatran Prešov00000 : 00 4.Veszprem110034 : 293 read more

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ROAD TO CROATIA 2018 Clear wins of favorites

France, Denmark and Sweden celebrated starting wins at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications. Sweden had no troubles to beat Montenegro 36:21 (14:9) with Jim Gottfridson in the main role with six goals.France beat Lithuania 37:20 (21:7). Kentin Mahe was top scorer of the night with seven goals.Denmark beat Netherlands 29:20 (15:12) with eight goals of Mikkel Hansen. ← Previous Story Furious Serbs smash Poles in Gdansk Next Story → Meshkov Brest to keep Ivan Pesic until 2019!

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RK Crvena zvezda win in Serbian eternal derby

8.Pozarevac302173:812 9.Jugovic310271:802 2.Zeleznicar321092:755 7.Metaloplastika310271:782 RK Crvena zvezda celebrated victory in the 84th “eternal Serbian derby” between two biggest sports clubs in the country. The team led by coach, former TOP handball star, Nenad Perunicic, beat the biggest rivals RK Partizan 23:22 (10:13) in front of 1.200 fans at Banjica hall in Belgrade.This was the third win for RK Crvena zvezda in the new season, which put them at the TOP of the table. The Serbian Super League is consisted from 12 teams. Four best will join RK Vojvodina Novi Sad and RK Dinamo Pancevo in Play Off. These two teams playing at SEHA GAZPROM League.PARTIZAN: Jokić, Živković 8, Radovanović 2, Pavlović, Milenković 3, Mikić, Stanojlović, Pižurica, Radivojević, Trnavac, Jugov, Stevanović 6, Ivanović 2, Glendža, Maksić 1, Milosavljev (14 saves). CRVENA ZVEZDA: Čolović, Šotić 5, Radisavljević, Mošić 1, A. Babić 4, Blečić, Palević, Pešić, Ljubenović (5 saves), Bugarinović 1, Milosavljević 1, Pejčinović (2 saves), Matičić 2, Mandić 4, D. Babić 4, Kljajić 1. STANDINGS: 10.Spartak Vojput201147:501 11.Samot200247:540 3.Rudar Kostolac321073:665 1.Crvena zvezda330070:596 5.Obilic Beograd312079:754 RK Crvena zvezdaRK PartizanSerbian handball derby 6.Partizan Belgrad311172:703 12.Mokra Gora300368:800 4.Sloga320175:704 ← Previous Story Cyril Dumoulin stays in Nantes until 2021: It was simply natural Next Story → Arena du Pays d’Aix – New handball house ready to open gates on October 11! read more

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Prison reports Improving facilities some violence and concerns about lockups

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Justice published its annual prison inspection reports today, concerning six institutions.Throughout the year, the visiting committees met with prisoners and looked at all aspects of life in the prisons. Their annual reports detail what they found.The inspection teams visited Loughan House, Mountjoy, St Patrick’s Institution, Training Unit, Wheatfield Prison and Portlaoise Prison.Here are some of the main findings of their reports:Loughan HouseAt Loughan House, they praised the food, catering and education department.However, they said that staffing levels have had an impact on library services.They also praised the offenders keeping the areas inside and outside the prison clean.There has been no evidence of racial, religious, sexual or other discrimination at play in Loughan, said the committee.The staff are courteous and helpful, and the committee found that the “relationship between officer and offender is different and better than that which would be possible in a bigger, closed institution”.There is a very low level of complaint here, which is “testament to a smooth-running institution which is fit for purpose”.Mountjoy PrisonThe inspectors welcomed the renovations, with the B wing opening and the “depressing” A wing closing for refurbishment.Many of the improvements the committee has recommended in the past are being attended to.They said that denial of internet access is limiting people when it comes to education, but a programme called Virtual Campus is being looked at to see if it can be introduced in Ireland.They said that more needs to be done so that more students become involved in the education centre at Mountjoy.Visits to the main library have increased significantly. The need for extra space at the prison gym is evident from the waiting lists. The committee also called for more opportunities for participation in outdoor sports, which benefits inmates.They are not satisfied that the current level of staffing makes for the effective coverage required to deal with the large number of prisoners in Mountjoy, and called for an evaluation of staffing levels.They received “far too many complaints” about the availability of chaplains in the prison.They said that they want to look at the lock-up situation, and the frustrations of prisoners locked up for 23 or more hours. In particular, they said the toilet situation – where prisoners in lock up have to use a ‘little pan’ – is “in the very least inhumane and must end in 2013″.They also said that more will have to be done to protect prisoners from intimidation and offensive acts by other prisoners.St Patrick’s InstitutionBy 2017 it is hoped there will be no 17-year old boys here. The inspectors said that the special observation cells – for ‘at risk’ or disruptive inmates – are in an “oppressive place with little daylight” while all the cells are old-fashioned.A regular problem is when an inmate damages their cell by flooding, setting a fire or wrecking fixtures. “At any time there are cells out of commission due to this”, said the inspectors.The committee has a major concern about the level of staffing, particularly in the workshops and gyms. They said that because of the ages of the inmates, “any lack of planned activity and exercise can lead to frustration, tension, and sometimes violence”, which is unacceptable.The committee were disappointed that the services of St Vincent de Paul had been removed from the visitors’ centre.There is still a problem with contraband being thrown into the netted exercise yards.Prisoner violence “continues to be problematic”. There were 73 incidents as a result of a fracas or fight, with 72 being assaults from other inmates, while there were 45 incidents of deliberate self harm, rising from 24 in 2011.Mountjoy Training UnitThe committee outlined the progress made during the year, including the plans for the incentivised regimes for the unit, the excellent kitchen, the high level of maintenance and the plans for a bicycle repair workshop and maintenance service.However, it expressed concern about literacy levels, the future viability of the library, and the under-utilisation of workshops.Wheatfield Prison Here, the committee said the cells are well maintained, but some prisoners throw their rubbish out of cell windows.The kitchen “operates at a very high level” while the staff succeeds in making the education facility “stimulating and rewarding”. However, the education programme could do with more resources.“Bullying, violent and threatening behaviour is not tolerated within the facility and prisoners that engage in negative behaviour are removed,” said the report.The visiting process “takes up a large amount of staffing resources”. Drugs are an on-going concern, and there is a strict policy on drugs.  The use of drugs in the prison “causes a lot of difficulties”.Wheatfield Prison has a number of inmates on 23-hour lock up and the committee feel that the prison authorities do try to encourage prisoners to come off this regime.It is a modern, progressive and very well-run facility, said the committee.Portlaoise PrisonThe committee praised the new state-of-the-art C Block, but was disappointed that only two of the workshops are in operation to date.The members also praised the education programme, kitchen, and training courses.Read the response of the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, here.Read: Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisons>last_img read more

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Howlin HSE pay breach should be addressed

first_img(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister Brendan Howlin have both commented on today’s reports that some senior executive health staff are being paid more than allowed under official guidelines.Speaking before this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Minister Howlin said that “there should be transparency in the pay levels of anybody on the public payroll”.He said that any breaching of guidelines “has to be addressed” and that the HSE had indicated it intended to address the issue.A story in today’s Irish Times revealed that one in four of the 43 State-funded voluntary hospitals and health agencies are breaching official policy when it comes to how much they pay senior executives.New Department of Health figures show that some senior health staff are receiving pay packages of “well over €200,000″ per year.  This includes their salaries plus top-up payments.Howlin said that there is an “opaqueness” about what some are paid in the health sector, and that should be clarified, and “we should know exactly what people are paid”.He also said that there should not be “top-ups” on pay.(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said this morning that the government has guidelines on pay in the public sector, and on publicly-funded bodies, “and we want to see those guidelines complied with”.He said that the Department of Health has been undertaking a study of the levels of pay in the health service to establish if they are complying with the government’s guidelines.The study has not been completed yet and he said he will base his judgement on what comes out in the study.Read: “We are putting our trust in the HSE” – junior doctors>last_img read more

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Pictures Ireland celebrates Christmas clear skies with icy dips strolls on the

first_imgThanks to Emma Devlin for the photos — great work!Over on the southside, there was a good turnout for the traditional dip at the Forty Foot — including this celebrity bather:Let’s hope Santa was okay afterwards — all those tots of whiskey obviously had a certain effect on his (usually impeccable) diving skills. Thanks to Stephen Devine for the photo.This one was sent in from Don Donoghue at the Forty Foot. It landed in our inbox titled simply ‘The Powers’; we’re not entirely sure whether that refers to the subjects of the photo or their choice of post-swim beverage.Meanwhile, in the West: Eibhlín Seoighthe sent these in from the swim at Blackrock, where conditions have clearly been a little more challenging today.Read: Enjoy it while it lasts.. A fresh ‘orange alert’ storm warning’s just been issued AFTER DAYS OF stormy, rainy and just plain miserable December weather, most of the country’s been experiencing a clear, dry, sunny Christmas Day — perfect conditions for the thousands of hardy souls who’ve been planning their annual festive swim.This was how it looked in Malahide, north Dublin, as locals flocked to the strand to lend their support to those taking the plunge:last_img read more

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Privacy matters Heres Edward Snowdens Alternative Christmas Message

first_imgSnowden exposed the US National Security Agency’s vast surveillance and phone and internet data collection methods six months ago, gaining worldwide notoriety before seeking asylum in Russia.“Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information,” he said in yesterday’s message.“The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us are nothing compared to what we have available today,” he says.“We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person. It was the 20th year of Channel 4′s alternative message which is seen as a counter to the more traditional annual message from Queen Elizabeth which was broadcast at 3pm on BBC 1 yesterday.Here’s a taster of what the monarch had to say:YouTube: AssociatedPressRead: Edward Snowden to deliver Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message YouTube: Channel 4/AssociatedPressFUGITIVE WHISTLEBLOWER EDWARD Snowden delivered Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message yesterday afternoon.The message, thought to be recorded in Moscow where has gained asylum, unsurprisingly focused on the issue of privacy with the computer analyst explaining why “privacy matters.”“Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be,” he said.last_img read more

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Its not over yet Thunderstorms to ring in the new year

first_imgWE HATE TO be the ones to break it to you, but the stormy weather is due to return, MET Éireann has warned, with thunderstorms expected on New Year’s Eve.While the strong winds have died down in the last couple of days, wet and windy weather will become widespread this afternoon and in the evening.It is forecast that strong gale force southerly winds will move in on exposed coasts with heavy rain in many areas tonight and a risk of flooding.The weather is relatively clear this morning, but that won’t last. Tomorrow will also be cold with some sleet or snow falling on higher ground.As for Tuesday – New Year’s Eve – heavy showers of rain and hail will spread from the southwest in the afternoon and evening with “thunderstorm activity likely”. MET Éireann said the strong wind will also return in some parts of the country.We may wake up to a bit of sunshine on the first day of 2014 but that is not likely to last long with risks of some severe winds developing.You start tying down the trampoline, we’ll secure the wheelie bins.Read: About 360 homes without power as ESB completes repairs>Read: Going, going, almost gone…most of the country waking up to a calm morning>last_img read more

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Column Ireland shows no love to babies dying in their mothers wombs

first_imgI READ RICKI and Niamh’s story yesterday in TheJournal.ie after browsing through the TFMR (Terminations for Medical Reasons) website, a site that has helped my sanity over these last few weeks and made me not feel so alone.I am Irish and my beautiful baby girl arrived peacefully into the world on the 18 March in a hospital in Vienna. Why Vienna? Two weeks previously myself and my husband went for a scan at 13 weeks in Dublin. We had already passed the 12 week mark and had started to tell family and close friends the good news. I had started to get the spare room ready for our baby’s arrival.As the gynaecologist studied the screen I knew there was something wrong but as her words came: “I have some concerns with baby, there is a large hygroma at the back of the head …” my world started to fall apart. I had declined getting a chromosomal test done previously, as my husband and I had agreed we would love and adore any baby that was given to us since we had had miscarriage and we wanted a baby so much. A larger scan confirmed our baby had a 10mm hygroma and fluid in all her organs as well as her belly. A PCR test confirmed a chromosomal defect which also informed us it was a girl.Her heart was beating but the doctors informed us that she would not survive until birth. They couldn’t say for sure but she would most likely die sometime during the late 20 weeks of pregnancy. Our hearts broke.Due to the laws in Ireland they could not help usThe hospital were very sympathetic and supportive and informed us of our options but unfortunately due to the laws in Ireland they could not help us. They said that Liverpool hospital was sympathetic to Irish women in this situation. We went home with our news and sobbed and talked for a week, deliberating our dilemma. Do we leave our little girl continue while her organs continue to fight under her physical condition? How do I walk around pregnant and heartbroken with my baby growing bigger just to die, and face people’s questions on my pregnancy? I was full of ‘whys’.I did not in principle agree with termination but I had remembered discussing this situation with my mother during the previous abortion debate following the death of Savita Halappanavar, and we had agreed that women should have a choice in these situations where a baby is not going to survive. I never, ever would have thought that I would be one of these women faced with this decision.Only the week before, we lay in bed smiling about baby namesPeople forget about the fathers in this scenario. I was crushed to see my husband breakdown periodically during these discussions, when only the week before we lay in bed smiling about baby names and he had some girls names. One of the biggest ‘whys’ that kept coming up was: why does Ireland not help couples and babies in this situation? Why do they insist we leave our baby girl suffer a slow death and wait until her organs can no longer maintain the fight that she is already undergoing and her little heart gives up? Why would they make a woman continue with a non-viable pregnancy? What type of a government in a Christian country denies their women and babies compassion? Are the men in government so afraid of the pro-life vote that they cannot and will not discuss this scenario? My family felt so angry with our country.A week later we had made the decision that we would terminate the pregnancy. Our next blow came when we were informed that Liverpool could not support us, as they were already overburdened for the coming weeks. I cried all day at the thought that I would have to go to a clinic in London and endure people throwing holy water and condoms at me – like others in this situation have unfortunately had to do because their nation did not help them when they needed it most. I thought that I would just leave work and continue with the pregnancy until the baby died.I felt no pride in being IrishMy husband, who is Austrian, was a wall of strength and wasn’t prepared to see me do either. His family made enquiries in Austria and eventually a friend of his put us in touch with a gynaecologist in Vienna. The standard process in Austria with termination is a review from the ethical committee is required. When we sent the diagnosis of our baby to the professor in Vienna he confirmed a possible termination due to the severity of symptoms, but he would need to confirm this himself by a scan the following Monday, 17 March – St Patrick’s Day.We arrived in Vienna where pubs had shamrocks and other paraphernalia in celebration of Ireland’s national day. The world seems to love us but Ireland shows no love to babies dying in mothers’ wombs or mothers’ arms after birth. I felt no pride in being Irish, I was embarrassed to be Irish and I was ashamed of the men and women in government who support this cruelty. We waited for the doctor for three hours on the morning of the 17th in a room surrounded by other pregnant women. By the time I was called I was choked with tears, I couldn’t talk to the doctor. He was gentle and kind and spoke to me in English. He scanned our baby and took her measurements. Her dimensions showed her to be below the average growth expectations.They couldn’t believe a European country would treat women like thisHe looked at me and said, gently: ‘Your baby is going to die inside you’, I nodded while tears flowed. The process was agreed and we came back to the hospital to start at 8am the following morning. We were treated with such compassion and kindness, the staff could not have been more supportive. They thought Ireland was stupid and couldn’t believe a country in Europe would treat women like this. They told me it was absolutely the right decision. They apologised to me for being so angry with my country and for their comments, but I could not accept their apologies because everything that they said was true.It’s been six days since the termination and we are waiting for our baby’s body to come from Vienna so that we can bury her with her Austrian great-grandparents. She should have been an Irish girl but she is now Austrian, and I’m happy for her to have a nationality from the country that helped her not to suffer and die a slow death in an Irish mother’s womb.The author wishes to remain anonymous. Read: Irish laws ‘forcing us to go to Manchester for a termination this weekend’Read: Ireland’s abortion laws to be challenged at the UN for a second timelast_img read more

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Introducing the goeldi monkey

first_imgOther species in the House include the two-toed sloth, which spends most of its time hanging from branches and sleeping.The golden lion tamarin which uses its claws to dig for insects, spiders and lizards.The world’s smallest monkeys, the pygmy marmosets. Their tails are as long as their bodies and you’ll probably hear them before you see them as they make bird-like calls as they move through trees.The sociable Bolivian squirrel monkey is also there, ready to play for visitors.Images: Fran Veale/Dublin ZooDublin Zoo welcomes two-year-old, rare tiger THIS HERE IS Dublin Zoo’s newest family member.The female goeldi monkey arrived on Sunday and joined her pals in the recently-refurbished South American House.The House (now sponsored by Kellogg’s Coco Pops) provides a home for nine species, many of which are endangered in the wild because of hunting and deforestation.Goeldi monkeys blend into the forest so well that they were only first described in literature in 1904. The rare, dark-haired monkeys are from western regions of South America’s tropical rainforests. They feed mainly on fruit, vegetables, bird eggs and insects.last_img read more

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Council to hear emergency call for full inquiry into boys Midleton death

first_imgTHE AMBULANCE SERVICE in East Cork will be discussed at the Midleton Town Council meeting today, when a councillor puts forward an emergency motion demanding an inquiry into a young boy’s death.Two-year-old Vakaris Martinaitis was injured after falling from a window at his home in Midleton last week. He had to be brought to hospital by car as Kevin Hennessy, the local man who drove him, had been told there was no ambulance available at that time.The HSE has now begun a full investigation into the incident. The director of the National Ambulance Service has commissioned a formal incident review into the manner in which the 999 call received from Midleton at 2pm on Monday 6 May was managed.Local Sinn Féin councillor Pat Buckley will bring the motion forward at the meeting when it takes place this evening. The emergency motion calls for a full inquiry into Martinaitis’s death, while Cllr Buckley is also calling for the HSE to put the ambulance base back into Midleton, from where it was moved.He told TheJournal.ie there was a lot of anger in Midleton following the news of the young boy’s death.Yesterday morning, a protest took place outside the office of local TD David Stanton. The locals were protesting at what they describe as the “lack of proper ambulance cover for the town and East Cork as a whole”, Cllr Buckley said.Deputy Stanton is to submit the issue of the ambulance service in East Cork, including Midleton, to be discussed during topical issues in the Dáil today. It is understood he would like the reorganisation of the service in that area to be discussed, as well as last week’s tragedy.The NAS said that the reorganisation of the ambulance service in the region “has seen an approximate increase of 11 per cent in rostered man hours in the area over the last 12 months”.Read: Midleton locals hold protest over ambulance service after boy’s death>Read: “Black cloud over Midleton” after tragic death of toddler>last_img read more

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VIDEO Safari guide drunkenly charges at an elephant and then gets fired

first_imgA SAFARI GUIDE who drunkenly charged at an elephant at a South African reserve where he worked has been fired from his job.A video showing the off-duty guide running at the elephant in the country’s famous Kruger National Park has been viewed more than 250,000 times since it was posted online on Saturday.In the video, the man is seen pausing before running head-on at the elephant. He briefly stops before running even closer, at which point the elephant runs away. The man is then high-fived by one of the people watching him.The man was originally assumed to be a tourist. However in a statement on its Facebook page, Singita Game Reserve, which operates lodges in the giant park, said it had carried out an internal investigation into the video and found that he was an employee.“The guide involved is no longer employed by Singita and further disciplinary procedures are in progress with regard to others involved,” the company said.The company said the elephant was “extremely agitated” by the confrontation before it retreated into the bush.“We cannot stress enough that the behaviour displayed in this video completely contradicts Singita’s guiding ethos and values towards conservation and wildlife preservation,” Singita said.(Video: Kruger Sightings/YouTube)Read: Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink > Read: Volunteer killed by lion at California zoo >last_img read more

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Czech ambassador issues statement to avoid confusion with Chechnya

first_imgTHE CZECH AMBASSADOR to the US has issued a statement in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to prevent people confusing his country with Chechnya.Petr Gandalovič issued the statement last night in which he said that he was “deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month.”He went on to say that he was “concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding” on the origins of the suspected bombers, who were both from Chechnya. As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.center_img We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.Read: Boston police: ‘We’re exhausted, but we have a victory here tonight’ >last_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Wozzilroy break up Brolly Baywatch and all

first_imgPaddy Jackson’s out injured and Ian Madigan’s got the call up as Ireland’s squad to face Argentina is shaken up.There’s going to be four new faces in the Waterford hurling team to play Cork in the Munster championship next Sunday.Roddy’s been feeling ‘a bit raw’ since losing his job with Derry City and he’s not happy about his kids getting stick.Sad news that Stephen Ferris could have to hang up his boots due to injury. On the record‘It’s disappointing but my family and my health come first. I don’t want to be in a wheelchair after a few years of rugby’Sobering stuff from Paul Warwick as he explains why he bowed out from rugby.Where we were todayWe hung out with Fergus McFadden… Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAnd the Walsh, McGrath and Cronin hurling families. NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Tommy Walsh, his brother Padraig, his sister Grace and his eight All-Ireland senior hurling medals at today’s Liberty Insurance launch. Source: Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileHomeJoe Brolly landed himself in hot water with his Twitter views on Sky Sports and presenter Rachel Wyse. Source: Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileShowbiz baby!What advice did Rory want off Teddy Sheringham at today’s BMW PGA Pro/Am? Source: Adam DavyOverhead on the sportsdesk: How do I crowbar in a 147 joke?center_img AwayWozzilroy may have split up but Rory is ploughing ahead with his planned golf schedule and that starts in Wentworth this week.Diego Costa really wants to be fit for the Champions League final and he’s turning to horse placenta treatment to help him.The golden era is dead, long live the golden era – Andres Iniesta’s verdict on life at the Nou Camp.How do you end a baseball dugout fight? Bite off your teammate’s ear is this theory.The best thing we sharedEvery club has a transfer wish list this summer. 9 year-old Aberdeen fan Boyd Gibson may have the best one yet for his club. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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This could be Irelands library of the future but why the controversy

first_imgThe library staff are hugely apprehensive anyway because this is a new model of what a public library service can be so to deal with so much criticism on a daily basis is difficult – especially with shrinking resources, staffing levels, big pay cuts, and yet people working more and more.But she believes that when it opens – it’s scheduled for an official opening next spring, with a soft opening towards the end of this year – “there is a sense that the building will speak for itself”.If it does speak, it’s in a strong, firm voice. The building is huge, the design Scandinavian in feel, with oak contrasted with exposed concrete walls. Even the bathrooms have a slightly industrial look. There are large windows all around, giving incredible views of the seafront.Even the meeting rooms have glass walls and doors, a physical example of the openness and transparency that the building is supposed to have. Locals and visitors will be able to see the staff holding meetings, or writer-in-residence Colm Keegan (who hails from Ballymun and is a celebrated poet) at work in his office.Owens sums up the staff members’ role when she says: “We are public servants, we are here to serve the public, we are more than happy to engage with and respond to people.”They are depending on local feedback to get things just how the locals want them.“I don’t think we’ll get everything right,” acknowledged Owens. “I think there will be parts of the building, part of the programme that we’ll tweak as it evolves, but the flexibility is there to do that.”She is keen to emphasise that this is a public building, a public facility, and the public and county have a role in helping the Lexicon be the best it can be.“We’d love the public to come in and say ‘we’d love you to try this’ or ‘can we do that’ and we’ll react accordingly,” said Owens, adding that they have already had meetings with groups such as IADT, UCD, local mariners, and harbour staff.Having so many voices means that many sectors of the community will be represented at the Lexicon. Then there are events such as the Mountains to Sea literary festival, which it will have a big role in.This library, says the council, was “not done in isolation”. The Arts office, for example, is working with local schools, while local retired people will be showcasing some of their crafts when the doors open.“Everyone is welcome into the space,” said Owens. She described the site the library is on as formerly being “full of anti social behaviour”, with a dangerous reservoir.All of  a sudden now we’re making it an open, safe, accessible, civic space that everyone can come and use.It is envisaged that the Lexicon will open six days a week with four late evenings, with Sunday openings in due course.Read: Rare treasures displayed for first time at Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library>Read: Literacy to be targeted with the ‘priority it deserves’ at local level> [image alt=”DLRCOCO” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/dlrcoco-630×420.jpg” width=”630″ height=”420″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]IS THE TRADITIONAL library dead and gone?A visit to the new Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown library suggests that it may well be. The impressive building and grounds cost €36.6m to construct, but they have come in for some criticism.TheJournal.ie visited the site this week to see more, and to speak to the librarian about the dissenting voices.In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.What’s inside[image alt=”photo (29)” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/photo-29-5-373×500.jpg” width=”373″ height=”500″ title=”” class=”alignnone” /end]When you step in the front door, you’ll find a ‘taster’ collection of what’s on offer at the library, placed on solid oak shelves. To the right are the automatic book depository machines, which will be open 24/7.Around the corner is a crafts room, which will offer 3D printing, and a newspaper section, while upstairs is the dedicated children’s library (a first in the county) and the main library room.The ‘taster’ area is designed to be unobtrusive and relaxed. The librarians picture people sitting around reading newspapers, flicking through a recommended paperback, or popping in for 10 minutes respite on a busy day.The idea is inspired by’ open libraries’: self-service libraries that can be found in parts of Scandinavia. They give a sense of privacy and enable the borrower to spend time choosing a book.Another first for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is the Lexicon’s downstairs gallery, next to which is a room for workshops related to the different shows.Cost and criticismThe library is being constructed at a cost of over €36m, and during the recent local elections it received criticism from some quarters.There were suggestions that the library would cost €60m to construct, and such misleading information was difficult to countenance.There were also questions about whether the money could have been used by council to cut commercial rates. The council said that the money used for the construction has come from the Council’s Capital Budget and cannot be used to reduce charges such as rates.The plans for the Lexicon were put on public display in 209, and 33 submissions were received and considered.“It is kind of disheartening when you know in your heart and soul that the vision for this is spectacular, there’s huge opportunities,” said librarian Mairéad Owens.last_img read more

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Stop bombing trapped civilians Doctors plea as five are killed in Gaza

first_imgISRAEL SHELLED A hospital in the central Gaza Strip this afternoon, killing five people and wounding at least 70.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said that the 70 injured included at least 20 hospital staff, among them doctors.The third-floor of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital had been hit by a tank shell.The bombing happened only hours after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had issued a plea to Israel to ‘stop bombing tapped civilians’ in the besieged territory and to respect the safety of medical workers.They say that an air-strike this morning hit less than 300 metres from a clearly identified MSF vehicle that was carrying a surgical team from the Israeli border, despite assurances that their safety has been assured.“Shelling and air strikes are not only intense but are also unpredictable, which makes it very difficult for MSF and other medical workers to move around and provide much needed emergency care,” said Audrey Landmann, MSF medical coordinator in Gaza. “While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” added MSF’s Nicolas Palarus.The hospital strike came on the day that the death toll in Gaza rose above 500 following the bloodiest day in six years in the Palestinian enclave where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation.According to figures released by the emergency services more than 20 people were killed in several strikes across Gaza on Monday and 45 bodies were pulled from the rubble in areas hit by heavy fighting a day earlier. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSeparately, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10 militants” who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.Militants killed inside Israel are not included in Qudra’s Gaza toll.Among those killed on Monday was a family of nine who died in an Israeli strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah, he said.Seven of the victims were children.Four more people were killed in various strikes to the south and east of Gaza City, while another died in the northern town of Beit Hanun. There was also one other casualty in Rafah, he said.Of the 45 bodies recovered on Monday, 11 were from Shejaiya, hiking the death toll from a blistering Sunday attack to 72 dead, he said.Qudra has said 80% of the victims in Shejaiya were women, children and elderly people, with around 400 people wounded.Another 23 of the bodies were pulled from a three-storey house belonging to the Abu Jamaa family in the southern city of Khan Yunis which was hit on Sunday, raising the overall death toll from a single strike to 28. Source: Shizuo KambayashiIn a separate development, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10″ militants early Monday who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.So far, Palestinian figures show 509 Gazans have been killed and more than 3,150 wounded since the start of the Israeli campaign to stamp out cross-border rocket fire on 8 July.On the Israeli side, 20 people have died, including two civilians killed by rocket fire and 18 soldiers who were killed since the start of a ground operation late on July 17.Army figures say 53 soldiers were injured on Sunday alone, five of them severely and 13 moderately, while military radio put the overall injury toll at more than 90 soldiers since the ground assault began.Since the Israeli military started Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire, Palestinian militants have fired 1,465 mortars and rockets that hit Israel, with the Iron Dome air defence system intercepting another 387, the army said.Approximately 40 stuck Israel on Monday, one of them in the greater Tel Aviv area, while another 11 were shot down, the army said.- Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: UN Security Council calls for “immediate truce” in Gaza >Read: “It’s a massacre” – This has been the deadliest day in Gaza so far >last_img read more

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