Month: September 2019

Vujovic returns to Vardar

As the rumors were saying, so it came, now Veselin Vujovic is again the Vardar coach. After few months without any engagement (he coached Mid-East club until then), the management of RK Vardar has decided to again employ Vujovic, and to thank Pero Milosevic for the service so far.Unusual for these area, both coaches were present at the press-conference, where the sponsor and first-man of RK Vardar, Mihajlo Mihajlovski, was decisive, saying that after the victory against Copenhagen, things went down, defeats against Metalurg and Prolet in the home championship, very bad play against Resita in the return match, and finally the 12 goals defeat against Gummersbach, so logically time for change had come. He, however, did not forget to thank Milosevic for the things he had done for the club, including the 1/2 final in the CWC.Now Vujovic’s task is win the Cup in Macedonia, and to make a honorable farewell from the European scene in the return-match against Gummersbach. ← Previous Story Marinko Kelecevic two seasons in Celje PL Next Story → Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 read more

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Tough battle in Belarus Vladimir Bozic Brest We want the Championship

← Previous Story Serbian Federation gives 200.000 EURO to silver “Eagles” Next Story → BM Atletico Madrid without Luc Abalo for two weeks! Belarus handballBrest Meshkov handballDinamo Minsk handballVladimir Bozic goalkeeper Next Saturday is the crucial day for the Championship race in Belarus. In the big, but also only derby match in this country of Eastern Europe, Dinamo Minsk will play against Brest Meshkov:– League is quite bad. There is only two serious team, Dinamo Minsk and we. There is no quality matches, we are waiting only for derby matches against Minsk, other you get easily with 20 goals. We are fighting with Dinamo for Championship title. They beat us on our court 23:22, but next Saturday, we have a chance for revenge. Minsk has “longer bench”, more quality. Martinovic and Evdokimov signed for Dinamo, so that is one plus more for our opponent, but we will fight until the End. Owner of the team wants Championship title for celebration of 10 years of  Brest Meshkov – said Croaitan goalkeeper, Vladimir Bozic for Balkan-Handball.com. read more

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Ana Djokic to Rostov Don

Ana DjokicRostov Don In the upcoming season, Russian vice-champion Rostov Don will have two players who won medal at the Olympic Games in London. After goalkeeper Sonja Barjaktarovic, Montenegrin line player Ana Djokic (33) has signed contract with Russian team. Djokic has significant role in the biggest success of RK Buducnost Podgorica – winning Women’s EHF Champions League three months ago. She also was a part of Montenegrin NT in London, where they took silver medal.This will be the fifth country in Ana’s career. After domestic Knjaz Milos and Napredak Krusevac (she is from Serbia, but decided to play for Montenegro since 2009), Djokic spent six years in Gyori Audi ETO KC (2002-2008), then season in Podravka Koprivnica and since 2009 she has played for Buducnost…Rostov will try to qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League Qualification tournament in Cluj. In the semi-finals, Russians will play against Serbian Zajecar. ← Previous Story Mikkel Hansen next four years at Paris Handball! Next Story → HSV Hamburg sign Fredrik Petersen read more

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SEHA No winner in Presov

1.Croatia osiguranje13823371 : 33726 5.Nexe12714341 : 32222 4.Vardar Pro12723364 : 31123 8.Izviđač Mi grupa12309312 : 3429 ← Previous Story Karabatic: “I probably won’t play in France next season” Next Story → Poland (Round 16): Vive Kielce continues winning, beats Stal Mielce 2.Meshkov Brest12813376 : 35025 10.Sloga120012290 : 3800 6.Lovćen11623294 : 30520 Croatian champion C.O Zagreb stays at the top of SEHA League after 13 matches. In derby match in Slovakian Presov, Tatran and Zagreb played 26:26 (14:11). 9.Borac M:TEL12219284 : 3517 7.Tatran Prešov12615332 : 31919 SEHA 3.Metalurg12804319 : 26624 read more

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Nenadic and Mandegia to Pick Szeged

← Previous Story GOG Gudme (Svendborg) back in the top Danish league Next Story → SEHA: Metalurg qualifies SEHA F4 Drasko NenadicNiko MandegiaPick Szeged Hungarian vice-champion and EHF CL TOP 16 team Pick Szeged will have a huge changes in the squad for the upcoming season with Spanish coach Juan Pastor on the bench. New PICK’s players are Serbian left back Drasko Nenadic (23) and Spanish playmaker Niko Mandegia. Nenadic’s older brother Petar has played in Szeged from 2009 to 2011. Drasko is playing in Spanish Guadalajara and that is his second team in ASOBAL (first Granollers). He played for RK Crvena Zvezda Beograd until 2011… read more

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VIDEO On their way to Lanxess Arena HSV fans want the trophy

← Previous Story ThSV Eisenach, Bergischer HC and TV Emsdetten achieve Bundesliga promotion Next Story → Vive Targi Kielce is the third team of Europe! HSV Handball playing the first VELUX EHF Champions League Final in the history. The great chance is ahead of Martin Schwalb team and fans know that. Handball-Planet.com was together with HSV supporters on their way to Lanxess Arena. Look at our VIDEO… HSV handball fans

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Ivano Balics come back to Croatia – HSG Wetzlar Speculation

The story of the New Year’s Eve was the end of professional career of legendary Croatian playmaker Ivano Balić and his comeback to Croatia in a role of manager of the national handball federation responsible for the coordination with the coaches of the national teams. The vice-president of the Croatian Handball Federation, Zoran Gobac, stated about this idea for Index.hr, while HSG Wetzlar Bjorn Seipp called this info as “speculation, nothing more than that” and expressed club’s plan to negotiate with Ivano and his manager about extension of the deal. ← Previous Story The 43rd Yellow Cup: Home team and Slovakia to test WCh 2015 teams Next Story → Austria count on 23 players 13 days before Qatar 2015 Ivano Balić HSG Wetzlar read more

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Polish FINAL 2015 Kielce – Plock 20

Polish Vive Targi Kielce are on the way of defending the crown in the domestic Championship. Talant Dujshebaev boys won the second match against Wisla Plock 25:16 staying only a step to the end of series…Vive Tauron Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 25:16 (11:10)Vive Tauron: Sego – Grabarczyk, Jurecki 2, Tkaczyk 3, Reichmann 3, Chrapkowski 1, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 3, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 2, Lijewski 4, Buntić 2, Musa 1, Zorman, Cupić.Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Morawski –  Kwiatkowski, Daszek 3, Racotea 9, Tioumentsev 1, Wiśniewski, Skibiński, Ghionea, Syprzak 1, Moryń, Zelenović 1, Montoro 1.………………………The first match of the Polish championship final was won by Vive Tauron Kielce. Kielce team beat at home Orlen Wisła Płock 31:26. However, for the first 45 minutes more or less, it looked that – even without a couple of players – weakened Wisła is able to win the game. On the other hand, Kielce played very badly – the amount of mistakes was unbelievable. Even when they manage to steal the ball due to the good defending, they couldn’t hit the net. The terrifically playing Corrales kepy denying Kielce players ball after ball. He saved among other things a couple of fastbreak attempts. On the other side of the court Sławomir Szmal also was performing well and was one of the best players of his team. For almost whole first half Płock was on the lead while Kielce only managed to equalize a few times.But eventually, Polish champions made use of Wisła’s mistakes, took their first lead in 28. Minute, and left the court leading by two (13:11). In the second half the goalkeepers still had some say in the game, which still was quite tight by the way. The mistakes on both sides also had some say. Kielce couldn’t figure out how to stop Syprzak while Płock kept wasting their chances such as penalty throws or rebounds.Crucial time arrived 10 minutes before the final whistle – Kielce got 4 goals ahead (25:21) and didn’t lose it until the very end. They even were given a chance for one more penalty throw after Corrales fouled running Jachlewski outside 6 meter area one second before the final whistle. Wisła’s goalkeeper was given a red card and Aginagalde scored a penalty goal making the final result 31:26.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story Come to Prešov: 7th Sarius Cup opens handball doors! Next Story → Over 26.000 votes in first week of WORLD YOUNG PLAYER 2014/2015 read more

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SP downgrades Spain two notches

first_imgSTANDARD & POOR’S has cut Spain’s sovereign debt rating by two notches to just above junk level, citing the deepening recession and strains from the country’s troubled banks.S&P cut the rating to BBB- from BBB+, just one level above “speculative” or “junk” grade debt, which could have sent Madrid’s borrowing costs skyrocketing to untenable levels.“The downgrade reflects our view of mounting risks to Spain’s public finances, due to rising economic and political pressures,” S&P said.“The deepening economic recession is limiting the Spanish government’s policy options,” it said, adding that rising joblessness and tighter spending will likely intensify social conflict and tensions between the country’s regions and Madrid.Doubts over recapitalisation Moreover, S&P expressed doubts that all of the eurozone governments will give their backing to the bloc’s effort to recapitalise Spain’s banks, leaving more of the burden at least on the Spanish government and forcing its debt burden to balloon.“Against the backdrop of a deepening economic recession, we believe that the government’s resolve will be repeatedly tested by domestic constituencies that are being adversely affected by its policies,” S&P said.“Accordingly, we think the government’s room to maneuver to contain the crisis has diminished.”The ratings agency also attached a “negative outlook” to the rating, a warning of a possible further downgrade over the medium term.Such a downgrade would come, S&P said, if political support for the government’s reform agenda weakens, if eurozone support fails to prevent Spain’s borrowing costs from jumping above sustainable levels, or if debt tops 100 per cent of economic output or debt payments surpass 10 percent of general government revenues.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

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Damien Kiberd Health is not just Angola its the original Heart of

first_imgDID YOU VOTE for Fine Gael or The Labour Party last time out? If you did you may have thought you were voting for free access to GPs for everyone who is sick. And for a universal health insurance scheme similar to the one they have in Holland.Two years later health strategy is all over the place. Tens of thousands of families have been priced out of health insurance completely, creating a crisis for the four insurers. The forced exodus from private cover will have accelerated in recent days as Michael Noonan cut tax reliefs on premiums.Simultaneously the government wants to take up to 150,000 medical cards from the elderly and from people who hold them due to a lack of “probity”.  To add to the confusion it will be printing thousands of brand new GP cards for the under-sixes, including the children of the super-rich.What’s to become of the very sick in the squeezed middle who can’t afford cover and who don’t qualify for cards? Does anyone know?The confusionThe Health Minister Dr Reilly shrugs his hands a lot these days. Asked last week to explain the Budget Day savings estimate of €113m on medical cards (the “probity” ones) he indicated that it was a target set for him by “government” and/or “Cabinet”.  He used the terms interchangeably, ignoring the fact that he is both deputy leader of Fine Gael and a senior member of Cabinet.No government minister could give a precise estimate when asked how many of the existing 1.9m cards would be cancelled.  An unpublished consultants’ report from PwC apparently claims the figure could be somewhere between 60,000 and 180,000.Grasping at straws unnamed official sources say many cards exist for people who have died or left the country.Capitation fees for nothingIf that is so then GPs have been getting capitation fees of €400 per year for cardholders who – barring miracles – will never darken the door of their surgeries again.This is a major issue. Radio phone-in shows last week were jammed by callers who claimed that people suffering from acute medical problems – including cancer, cardiovascular problems and severe physical and intellectual disabilities – were already having their “discretionary” cards confiscated.If this is true, then why have both the Troika and the government allowed scarce money to be paid to GPs for looking after the dead and the departed?Policy morassThe confusion over health insurance is another policy morass.Noonan, under pressure, claimed 577,000 would pay higher health premiums as a result of his Budget day tax changes. He gave “credit” for this number to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, which hasn’t been administering the 20 per cent relief for years.  The insurance industry, which actually provides the tax relief at source to the insured, claims the number exceeds one million. It says 90 per cent of policyholders will be affected.Official sources say the net effect is to increase premiums by 3 per cent. The industry says the figure varies from 8 per cent to 20 per cent.Reports claim – almost unbelievably – that Dr Reilly learned of the tax change either when it was relayed to him at a cabinet meeting just before the budget or during the Budget speech itself. The change took effect from midnight on Budget Day.Insurers, who are legally obliged to give 30 days’ notice of price changes, shut down their websites abruptly rather than sell cover at a loss.Joined-up thinking?Is there any evidence of joined up thinking here? A cynic might say that the under-sixes got GP cards in order to provide political cover to the Labour Party whose poll ratings had slumped to 6 per cent. Meanwhile the back-of-the-envelope numbers on medical cards and health insurance reflected a last minute scramble to cobble together both the health department’s budget and the overall budget for 2014.The health budget contains yet more big numbers that are so far unexplained including a ballpark figure of €268m for savings on pay – a figure which has the unions baffled. It is unclear if this number includes savings agreed during the “Haddington Road” process.Meanwhile the boss of the HSE Tony O’Brien told an Oireachtas Committee that further cutbacks to the health budget of up to €1bn a year could be necessary as a result of legacy issues such as changed demographics and the system of hospital budgeting.Flying squad from Merrion StreetFor the past week the under-fire Department of Health has been shovelling responsibility for various financial projections back onto the Department of Finance. Meanwhile the top brass at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure are preparing to send a team of senior officials into Health to try to get the grips with numbers for which, apparently, they are themselves responsible.Sending down the flying squad from Merrion Street offers no guarantee that further confusion can be averted.Some years ago a previous FG/Labour government in need of cash announced a 9 per cent levy on the life assurance industry. The levy never made it into the Finance Bill because somebody from the life and pensions sector explained to the Department that implementation of the new policy would literally close down the life and pensions business in Ireland for good.The Department of Health has had a lot of problems meeting its spending target over the last two years, but the A-team from the Finance Department, when it arrives, may get sucked into grave forecasting problems of an even bigger nature. Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness. Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy – it’s scary>Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump>last_img read more

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Video shows moment Russian plane plunged nosefirst into the ground

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgGHrMJuxRsYouTube: AssociatedPressA RUSSIAN PLANE that crashed, killing all 50 on board, plunged nose-first into the ground, officials said today, as investigators focused on a fault with the 23-year old plane or pilot error as the likely cause for the disaster.The Tatarstan Airlines’ Boeing 737-500 crashed on landing at the airport in the Volga city of Kazan after a flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport Sunday night, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board, the emergencies ministry said.“The main versions of what happened are an error in piloting and technical factors, including a technical failure,” the head of the transport Investigative Committee for the Volga region, Alexander Poltinin, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.He confirmed that the crash occurred while the aircraft was making a second attempt at landing and said the investigation would have to consider why the pilot had not managed to land the first time in reasonable weather conditions.Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, citing what he said was so far unpublished video footage of the disaster, revealed that the plane plunged nose first into the grounds of the airport and then appeared to have exploded.“The plane simply fell. It went vertically into the ground. After the plane hit the ground there was an explosion,” Sokolov was quoted as saying by the state RIA Novosti news agency in Kazan.People place flowers at Kazan airport earlier today. Photo: Nikolai Alexandrov/AP/Press Association ImagesA source quoted by the Interfax news agency said that it was clear the plane had lost speed on its second approach although it was not immediately apparent why.The disaster claimed the lives of Irek Minnikhanov, the son of the leader of the Tatarstan region, Rustam Minnikhanov, and the head of Russia’s FSB security service in Tatarstan, Alexander Antonov.Also among the dead was a Briton, Donna Carolina Bull, 53, and a Ukrainian national, Margarita Oshurkova, the emergencies ministry said. The rest of the victims are all believed to be Russian citizens.Despite his personal tragedy, Minnikhanov was at the scene of the disaster and overseeing rescue operations, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told a cabinet meeting.Seven owners, 23 years of serviceFor unexplained reasons, the plane landed around 150 metres (500 feet) away from the main runway at Kazan airport and then exploded, with debris strewn over hundreds of metres, Russian state television said.Images from the airport showed near-apocalyptic scenes, as fire fighters doused the unrecognisable wreckage of the plane with foam. Both black boxes have been found, Russian news agencies said.State television quoted an air traffic controller at the airport, Kirill Kornishin, as saying he had spoken to one of the pilots after the first aborted landing and was told that the plane was not in a fit state to land.The plane owned by Tatarstan Airlines, the regional carrier of the Tatarstan region in central Russia, was 23 years old and had had seven different owners during its life, Russian media and specialised websites said.Photo: ITAR-TASS/ Russian Ministry for Emergency SituationsIt went into service in 1990 and was used first by now defunct French airline Euralair Horizons and then by Air France. Before being acquired by Tatarstan Airlines it was operated by Uganda Airlines, Brazil’s Rio Sul, Romania’s Blue Air and then Bulgaria Air.In 2001, while being operated by Rio Sul it suffered a serious accident on landing after a flight in Brazil which, although it claimed no lives, meant that the plane had to undergo serious repairs.In November 2012, the plane had made an emergency landing back in Kazan after taking off from the airport owing to a data systems fault but no one was hurt, Russian media said.Russia’s Investigative Committee, which has already opened a criminal probe into the accident, seized documents from Tatarstan Airlines Monday to assist the investigation, it said in a statement.The head of Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsia, Alexander Neradko, said the plane had over 56,000 flying hours behind it “which is a normal figure for a plane of this class.”According to the RIA Novosti news agency, it last underwent a technical service in March 2012.Russia has experienced a string of deadly air crashes, usually involving small and poorly regulated regional airlines that sprang up across Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union.© AFP, 2013Read: Boeing plane crashes in Russia, 50 believed deadlast_img read more

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11 things that will definitely happen at an Irish 21st

first_imgAH, THE 21ST birthday party, a long-held Irish tradition. This coming-of-age signifies an arrival to adulthood, despite being able to drink for three years already and drive for four. You’ll probably attend dozens of these parties in your early 20s, but we’d be absolutely shocked if they didn’t all look like this:1. There are photo collages of the birthday boy/girl on the wall Source: Gavin Anderson2. There’s a centrepiece of confetti and balloons in the middle of the table21 must be on EVERYTHING, in case people forget why they’re there. Source: Littlestarparties3. It’s in the nearby GAA club or the function room hidden out the back of the localBasically anywhere with a little wooden dance-floor in the middle. God have mercy on the souls of those who dance outside the designated zone. Source: Maryfield GAA4. The DJ is a family friend on their laptopMust play the macarena, Call Me Al, and love the sound of their own voice. Source: nickstone3335. Everyone will ‘Rock the Boat’ Source: dj shero6. There’s more family than friends presentYou better believe an auntie will be the first one on the dancefloor and granda will have a bop with the girlos. That’s if they’re not scowling disapprovingly at the rig-outs on everyone. Source: Peter Taylor7. A dodgy stripper will show up Source: OsnapitsYana8. Everyone scrambles so they’re not the 21st kissThe line quickly escalates from everyone to no one. Nobody wants to be the last kiss simply because of the immense social pressure it carries. Source: carolynwakefield9. A cocktail sausage and onion ring spread is on the menuThose with notions will have a chocolate fountain and probably arrived on a party bus. Source: Discos.ie10. The birthday/boy girl will give an awkward speechAfterwards, mammy is presented with some flowers and a voucher for dad. Source: DJ Paddy11. Everyone goes back to the houseThere’ll always be floods more drink there, probably out the back in the bucket of ice. Source: indi.caHow do you know if you’re at an Irish funeral?>The 14 signs that you’re at an Irish wedding>last_img read more

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21 dead as tourist boat capsizes off Indias Andaman and Nicobar islands

first_imgA TOURIST BOAT capsized off India’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands today, leaving 21 people dead as rescuers continued to search in the dark for those feared still missing, officials said.The private boat carrying around 43 tourists, thought to be mostly Indians, plus crew sank quickly after taking on water between Ross Island and North Bay near the island’s capital Port Blair, a senior official said.Sank quicklyAnand Prakash, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, told AFP that 21 people were killed in the tragedy.By all reports, it (the boat) sank quite quickly and didn’t give passengers much of a chance to get out of there.“Whether the boat broke open and water poured in, we don’t know,” said Prakash, adding that an investigation was under way into the cause of the accident. “But the boat was bad.”Another 20 people have been pulled alive from the water following the accident late this afternoon, Prakash said.Search efforts that include the coast guard, navy and police were ongoing, aided by a helicopter with a spotlight for “two to three” people still feared to be missing, he added.FerryThe Aqua Marine ferrying the passengers between the two popular spots capsized in Port Blair harbour, located in the Andamans, about one kilometre from shore during calm seas, Prakash said.Some people could see the boat starting to sink from shore so quite a few boats took off from the harbour to try to help. Earlier Indian media had reported the accident took place some 25 kilometres off the coast of Port Blair.India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed shock over the tragedy and “condoled the loss of lives.” Singh also said in a statement that he has asked the country’s national agencies to help in the rescue and relief operation.Those rescued have been taken to a hospital in Port Blair, with “several of them seriously injured”, an official said.“The bodies have also been taken to the same hospital,” the unnamed official told AFP by phone from the town.The boat was carrying a large group of tourists from Kanchipuram in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, the official said, while local media reported that some were from the country’s financial hub Mumbai.However authorities were canvassing hotels in Port Blair to confirm the names of all of the tourists who were on board the boat, the official added.InvestigationAn investigation by the judicial district magistrate was under way into the cause of the accident, the official said.A list of the dead and injured was expected to be released soon, and helpline numbers have been set up for those concerned about missing relatives and friends.The Andaman and Nicobar islands, comprising some 572 islands, are located between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.- © AFP, 2014Read: Man-eating tiger believed to have killed 3 people shot dead in India>last_img read more

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Youre fired Argentine politician lays off 170 civil servants through YouTube

first_imgAN ARGENTINE GOVERNOR has caused a kerfuffle in his province after using a YouTube video to lay off half of his 340 provincial officials.Rather than addressing employees directly, Alberto Weretilneck, governor of Rio Negro province, last night posted a video message explaining that austerity measures had made 170 layoffs necessary to deal with budget shortfalls.(Joaquin Carthy/YouTube)“I decided to decrease the number of public officials by 50 percent… And those who are continuing on in their jobs will have their salaries reduced by 15 percent,” the governor said.Rio Negro, situated in South America’s Patagonia region, is an agricultural and touristic province, which includes the Andean resort town of Bariloche.- © AFP, 2014Read: New Zealand is thinking about changing its flagRead: Man fights off shark attack, stitches himself up, goes for a beerlast_img read more

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Poll Should the anniversary of the Easter Rising be a public holiday

first_img Yes (2686) No (2918) I don’t know (827) Poll Results:center_img IRELAND’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY, St Patrick’s Day, is just over a fortnight away – but if Sinn Féin has its way, Ireland could be getting another public holiday to rival March 17 in terms of its meaning for the Irish.Last month the party tabled legislation looking to create a new national holiday on April 24, to be known as ‘Lá na Poblachta’ (or ‘Republic Day’) – with a board set up to take responsibility for running events to mark the date on which the Easter Rising began in 1916.Ireland is relatively unique in that it doesn’t have any public or national holiday on a date that marks its independence, unlike most countries with a history of colonialism. Many would argue that an increasingly secular country should not celebrate a saint’s feast day as its holiday.However, St Patrick’s Day already has world recognition greater than almost any national holiday – and diluting that by introducing a separate holiday could be damaging to tourism and Ireland’s attempts to sell itself abroad.So – do you think the anniversary of the Easter Rising should be declared a public holiday? YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Sinn Féin wants to make Easter Rising anniversary a bank holidaylast_img read more

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7 things were all still trying to figure out

first_imgTHE RUBIK’S CUBE turned 40 today – that’s 40 years of staring at the colourful little cube, twisting it this way and that, getting one wall of perfect colour, then cheating by peeling off the stickers.OK, so the Rubik’s Cube isn’t unsolvable, but it’s just one of the many, many things we’re still trying to figure out. Here are some more.1) How to identify/explain ironyWe’re blaming Alanis Morissette for this. So rain on your wedding day ISN’T irony, but what is?It’s when something happens to someone and it’s funny because it’s the opposite of what should happen and… Ah, forget it.2) How long “donkey’s years” isThis has never been pinned down. We’re just going to say “a very long time” and leave it at that. Source: Tumblr3) What all the other buttons on the microwave are forSO. MANY. Source: One Peg Genius4) How they get the fig into the Fig RollsA mystery that has confounded the Irish nation since the dawn of time. Probably. Source: Wikimedia Commons5) What a tracker mortgage isStill, to this day. Source: onestep24/YouTube6) How to successfully pull off a sheet of cling filmEasy does it now…easy…and then just tear it… Ah look, it’s sticking to itself again. Now I have this. Great. Source: Aussie In France7) Who’s taking the horse to FranceWe’ve watched this ad hundreds of times and we still don’t know the answer. Will we ever? Source: Michcaos/YouTubeToday’s Rubik’s Cube doodle is a productivity vacuum>13 extremely satisfying acts of revenge>last_img read more

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HSE confirms shortage in BCG vaccines due to supplier problem

first_imgTHE HSE HAS confirmed that there is currently a shortage in BCG vaccinations in Ireland.Dublin Councillor David McGuinness had said today that parents in his constituency had been told that the latest round of vaccinations were going to be the last for “an unspecified period of time” due to shortages.In response to a query from TheJournal.ie, the HSE confirmed that there are Europe-wide shortages “due to problems with the vaccine supplier”.“It is anticipated that the vaccine will be available in mid to late July, and those who require the vaccine will be vaccinated over the summer months,” it said. “The BCG vaccine will continue to be offered to newborns and those at greatest risk.”The HSE previously had difficulties with vaccines in 2007 and 2008 because the only company supplying the European market had regulatory issues.“The fact that this issue has now resurfaced is a major cause for concern,” Councillor McGuinness commented today. He called on the HSE to look at alternative sources for the supplies of the vaccine.Read: Heading long-haul this summer? Get the polio vaccination, says the HSE…>Read: We’re vaccinating more children in Ireland than ever before>last_img read more

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Can you believe these Clare sisters were photographed 127 years ago

first_imgJune 1887 the O’Halloran girls fought furiously against attempted eviction. @clarelibrary http://t.co/vYno2K6zdU pic.twitter.com/6YnxFSDiPH— National Library of Ireland (@NLIreland) June 19, 2014 Source: Nat Library Ireland/Twitter INCREDIBLE THOUGH IT might seem, this photograph tweeted out by the National Library of Ireland today was taken in 1887.It shows the O’Halloran sisters from Bodyke, Co Clare, who came out fighting when their homestead was threatened with eviction.The whole dramatic episode was captured in a newspaper report from 15 June 1887, as related by a brother of the girls, Frank O’Halloran, and has been published online by ClareLibrary.ie.The NLI found this crystal-clear photo of the girls in the Lawrence Collection. The detail in the photograph is astonishing – from the freckles and keen eyes of the girl wearing a small posy of flowers at her collar to the direct and challenging stare of her sister standing beside her in a delicate lace blouse.The sisters were named Annie, Sarah and Honoria and – as their brother Frank tells it – they were to the fore of the defence of the family home.Frank tells how the sisters threw cans of scalding water to ward off bailiffs who tried to attack the corner of the house with picks and axes. Frank and his brother also fought off the would-be evictors. His sister Honoria emerges as a particularly courageous figure.She managed to grab the “sword-bayonet” of one of the policemen who was trying to come through a window. Frank helped her to fight off that policeman, and says:center_img My sister was then in full possession of a rifle, bayonet and all, and sure she did use it. She rushed to the window and scattered the police outside right and left, and cleared the ladder outside, which was crowded.Read what happened next to the family on ClareLibrary.ie. Thanks to the National Library of Ireland for sharing this brilliant photograph. Makes you wonder which one was Honoria, doesn’t it?Read 90 letters James Joyce wrote to his family>Hidden History: The guide to preserving your family archive>last_img read more

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Everyone in Europe will soon have the right to a basic payments

first_imgEU MEMBER STATES will soon have to provide their citizens with access to a basic payments account.A new Directive due to be signed by parliament will see the right enshrined into EU law.The European Commissions has said that this will provide people with “a right to a basic payment account irrespective of their place of residence or financial situation”, and that the transparency of bank fees will also be boosted.“Until now, many consumers were paying excessive fees for their bank account although better alternatives existed. Thanks to the new Directive, consumers will get clearer information about the fees they have to pay,” Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said, noting that people will now be able to compare the costs of different accounts.A simple procedure will be developed to allow customers to easily switch accounts.The basic payment account will allow customers to perform ‘essential operations’ such as the receipt wages or a pension and pay utility bills.Customers will be able to open these accounts ‘irrespective of their financial situation’.As much as 10% of the population of the EU do not have access to a bank account.The Irish Banking Federation (IBF) said that ‘access to a basic bank account as one key step towards reducing levels of financial exclusion’.“Prior to the recently approved Directive, IBF and a number of its member banks were key stakeholders in a government-led pilot project to provide a basic current account product, with a view to reducing levels of financial exclusion in Ireland,” a statement from the organisation read.“While the Pilot indicated a low level of take up of the basic bank account on offer, IBF remains supportive of the financial inclusion agenda.”Read: The banking inquiry will ask leading economists to help figure out what it should investigate >More: Central Bank Governor says another financial meltdown can’t be ruled out >last_img read more

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Daily Gift Kinect for Xbox 360

first_imgThis one’s a no-brainer, really. Microsoft had been talking up Project Natal for what seemed like forever, finally renaming the Kinect for Xbox 360 and unveiling this June at the E3 gaming show in Los Angeles. And by most accounts, the company seems to have a genuine hit one its hands. The Kinect is shaping up to be one of the most hotly requested items this holiday season and just the kick in the pants the Xbox 360 needed to stay fresh into 2011.The Kinect ships at $149.99 as a standalone device–pricier than the $99 PlayStation Move, sure, but the hands-free motion controller will almost certainly make the day of someone on your shopping list.The controller is a terrific option for those younger kids on your list for whom much of the Xbox’s library is a bit too mature. Games like Dance Central, Kinectimals, and Kinect Sports are all-ages affairs that have the added benefit of getting players up off of the couch.last_img read more

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