Guillaume Joli joins Dunkerque

French NT players are going home could be a conclusion of this summer. Many French players from Spain has found way back to home. The last among them is one of the best 7-meter shooter, Guillaume Joli, who is coming to Dunkerque. Former player of BM Valladolid was in connection with THW Kiel, but Niclas Ekberg was more interesting to the EHF CL winner.source: ← Previous Story Johan Sjostrand is free! Next Story → HSV without Pascal Hens to “Wild Card” tournament! BM ValladolidDunkerqueFrench handballGuillaume Joli read more

Amandine Leynaud joins ZRK Vardar

Macedonian vice-champion, ZRK Vardar SCBT makes “dream-team” for the upcoming season in which rich owner from Russia want serious performance at Women’s EHF Champions League. New reinforcement is French goalkeeper Amandine Leynaud (26) from Romanian Oltchim Valcea. The “no.1” of the French NT didn’t play for Romanian TOP team due serious injury. She went to Romania from French Metz where she got international recognition and status of one of the best world’s goalkeeper…Vardar has already signed contracts with Andrea Lekic, Jovanka Radicevic, eariler Begona Fernandez… Amandine LeynaudZRK Vardar SCBT ← Previous Story Marco Oneto hospitalized in Germany Next Story → Gorazd Skof and Nicolas Claire to HBC Nantes read more

Mens WCH 2019 Scandinavians withdrew and support DanishGerman candidature

← Previous Story SURPRISE IN HUNGARY: Mindegia-show and Pick victory! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 11): GWD Minden still winless, RN Loewen confident at home While the Junior and Youth World Championships for the upcoming years will be awarded by the Congress on 27 October, the second day of the XXXIV Ordinary IHF Congress, the awarding of the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 2019 will be awarded by the new Council at their first meeting in Doha on Monday 28 October.Tension is rising among the candidates. And the hopes to win the election are rising too. Japan and Norway are the candidates for the women’s tournament – both have prepared their presentations up to the last minute. But the Norwegians and their Scandinavian opponent Sweden are no longer among the group of applicants for the Men’s tournament. The host of the 2011 Men’s World Championship withdrew its bidding one day prior to the Congress in Doha. And Karl-Arne Johannessen, President of the Norwegian Handball Federation, declared: “We find the cooperation between Denmark and Germany to be a highly interesting project. […] To underline this statement and to simplify the awarding process for IHF, we will withdraw our application for Men’s WC 2019 and strongly support the Danish-German project.” So there are no Scandinavians in the field of candidates. The joint applicants Denmark/Germany and Hungary/Slovakia as well as Poland are fully optimistic about the Council’s decision on Monday, 28 October. read more

Draw for Womens EHF CL TOP 8 Group of death with last

Three last Women’s EHF CL winners in one “group of death” and weaker second group with ZRK Vardar as the biggest force. That is a conclusion of the Women’s EHF CL TOP 8 draw in Vienna.Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round groups:Group 1:1) FC Midtjylland (DEN)2) WHC Vardar SCBT (MKD)3) IK Sävehof (SWE)4) Thüringer HC (GER)Group 2:1) RK Krim Mercator (SLO)2) Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN)3) Larvik HK (NOR)4) Buducnost (MNE)Main Round playing periods and order of matches:Round 1 (01./02.02.2014): 1-3 and 2-4Round 2 (08./09.02.2014): 4-1 and 3-2Round 3 (15./16.02.2014): 2-1 and 4-3Round 4 (01./02.03.2014): 1-2 and 3-4Round 5 (08./09.03.2014): 3-1 and 4-2Round 6 (15./16.03.2014): 1-4 and 2-3 EHF Champions LeaguehandballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Come to HANDBALL CUP in Prague 2014! Next Story → WINNER’S PROFILE: Bojana Popović read more

MKB Veszprem defeated twice in Skopje friendlies

← Previous Story Germany wins Bundesliga All-Star Game Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 16): Barcelona deals easily with Cuenca MKB Veszprem has been defeated twice in Skopje in their friendly matches against RK Vardar and RK Metalurg. The first defeat came at the hands of RK Vardar 30:28 (15:14), led by Timur Dibirov with 10 goals, and few days later Ortega felt the bitterness of defeat yet once again when RK Metalurg beat Veszprem in “Avtokomanda” hall with 25:23 (13:12). Metalurg – Vesprem  25:23 (13:12)Metalurg: Stanić (13 saves + 2 7meters), Mijatović, Ojleski 1, Dimovski 2, Pecakovski 1, Vugrinec 6, Georgievski 2, Manaskov 4, Mirkulovski 4, V.Markoski, Mojsoski, N.Markoski, Cindrić 4, Kedžo 1, Jonoski i Mandić.Vesprem: Alilović (7 saves), Fazekaš, Vilovski, Gulijaš 3, G.Ivančik 3, Šuč, T.Ivančik 1, Ruesga 1, Iliќ 2, Močai, Nađ 4, Džamali 1, Ugalde 2, Čema Rodrigez 1, Terzić 1 i Sulić 4. Antonio Carlos OrtegailicmetalurgruesgaVardarveszprem read more

Lazarov to stay until 2021 in Nantes

HBC NantesKiril Lazarov ← Previous Story BURIC WITH 100 HANDS: SG Flensburg smash RNL for 13th win Next Story → Vote for NBSC World Handball Player 2018! The unofficial TOP goalscorer in the history of VELUX EHF Champions League (there is no any official evidence in EHF system), Kiril Lazarov, will stay at HBC Nantes until 2021. The 38-years old lefthander, famous as “goal-machine” in all the clubs in which he was playing in the last two decades, extended contract with the French third side and EHF Champions League finalists from the last season.Lazarov came to Nantes in 2018.I am loyal person. I will try to give everything for the people from the club who believe in me – said Lazarov after contract announcement. read more

De la Hoyas pro offer tempts Katie but her heart remains an

first_imgTEN-TIME WORLD champion Oscar de la Hoya is the latest big boxing promoter to try his luck at tempting Katie Taylor into the sport’s professional ranks.But while Ireland’s Olympic hero admits she is a “small bit tempted” by the approach from the Golden Boy Promotions stable, she spoke once again of her love for amateur boxing and the desire to defend her lightweight gold medal at Rio 2016.Since her win in London Taylor has become one of boxing’s most sought-after stars, but the 26-year-old has yet to decide whether she will follow John Joe Nevin and cash in by turning pro or stay on as an amateur for another four years.Taylor and her father Peter are in discussions with the Irish Sports Council over her future, and while she hasn’t set a deadline for any decision, she revealed that she intends to be back in the ring before Christmas if she stays amateur.De la Hoya was one of the first big names to tweet Taylor and congratulate her on winning Olympic gold. His offer to turn pro, joining a company which includes Juan Manuel Marquez, Saul Alvarez and Bernard Hopkins, has forced her to think.“It was a bit of a surprise. I was thinking maybe should I turn pro with Oscar de la Hoya. He has the most successful stable at the moment. Golden Boy Promotions is a huge stable. I’m a small bit tempted I think because he’s the most successful promoter out there at the moment. We didn’t really get into it too much with him, I think my dad’s still in talks with the Sports Council and Oscar de la Hoya but we’ll see what happens anyway.“I don’t think money is a huge factor with me really. As I said before, my heart has always been in the amateur sport. I absolutely love amateur boxing and I’d love to defend the title in four years’ time.”She added: “I think there’s just so much more to professional boxing really. You do have to make sure you get the right promoter, you have to make sure you get a good signing on contract and you have to make sure that the fights are there for you.In amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition and you have to beat the best to be the best, whoever comes up. There’s no picking and choosing your fights. Amateur boxing is purely it, it’s a pure sport. Professional boxing is a business really. On Wednesday Taylor was named the AIBA World Elite Female Boxer of the Year for a historic third time, cementing her place as one of the sport’s greats.If she does iron out the final details of an agreement with the Sports Council and stay as an amateur, Taylor would love to have more high-profile fights in Ireland. One name which has already been mentioned is Natasha Jonas, the Liverpudlian who Taylor beat in a barnstorming Olympic quarter-final in London.“I always love boxing in Ireland really,” she says. “It’s always a huge pressure situation really but it’s great to get the fights here.“I think if you go away to too many international competitions, you don’t know what’s going to happen with the judges as well. It’s just not good always worrying and thinking about the politics of it all. I think it’s better to bring performers over here really and to get the fights here.”last_img read more

Call for immediate compensation as second Magdalene survivor passes away

first_imgUpdated 5.3pmA CALL HAS been made for compensation to be immediately paid to Magdalene laundries survivors following the death of two women.The organisation Magdalene Survivors Together has said it is “extremely upset and disappointed” to announce the passing of Magdalene Survivors Together member Kathleen Whelan (68).She is the second such member to die this year, and passed away very suddenly at her home in Cork City on Sunday 20 October, the day of her 68th birthday.CompensationMagdalene Survivors Together is now calling on the Irish Government to begin the process of paying out the compensation to the Magdalene women immediately and without further delay.Steven O’ Riordan, director of Magdalene Survivors Together, said that since the State apology to the Magdalene women in February of this year, the group has seen two of its members pass away without getting their full entitlement.O’ Riordan described it as “a disgrace” that the Government has not started the process of paying these women compensation.Magdalene Survivor Mary Smyth accused the Government of “dragging their heels on the issue”, saying “they know that most of the women are frail, ill and not able to voice their concerns”.Magdalene Survivors Together said it has been “inundated” with complaints as to how the Government has dealt with the payment process.Magdalene Survivors Together is now calling on the Dáil to debate the issue immediately and establish:Why is there a delay in the women’s payments?What is the process going to be in paying the women?Why can’t the women be paid in full as requested?What is the situation with regard the women’s medical cards, the national monument and other such matters which still have not been discussed?Kathleen Whelan will be buried with her mother in St Mary’s Cemetery, Delvin Co, Westmeath.LegislationThe Department of Justice told that after the government approved the compensation scheme, it tasked an interdepartmental group with considering the steps necessary to implement the other recommendations.Some of these other recommendations “are complicated and will require legislation”.The Minister established a special unit to process applications and to determine whether an applicant resided and worked in an institution covered by the scheme, the duration of their stay, and the calculation of the capital sum due to be paid to them. Over 590 applications have been received to date and are being processed.Payments cannot commence until decisions have been made on these other recommendations.The Department said that the Minister will bring the interdepartmental group’s report back before the Government “very shortly for final decision”.It is expected that the first offers of payments of a lump sum will issue within four – six weeks of the Government decision.Read: Magdalene protest to take place at Sisters of Mercy office>last_img read more

Vintners want supermarket ads for cheap alcohol outlawed

first_imgVINTNERS HAVE WELCOMED the government’s new alcohol bill, but say they want the proposals to be implemented as soon as possible.The details of the Public Health (Alcohol) bill were announced earlier today and include plans for minimum pricing of alcohol and advertising restrictions.The aim of the bill is to increase the price of alcohol which is cheap relative to its strength.The moves were welcomed by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI), which also said it welcomes the fact that the government “has finally detailed a commitment to tackling the issues surrounding the availability and irresponsible marketing of cheap alcohol, especially in supermarkets”.In addition, it praised the government for beginning the process to address the harms associated with alcohol misuse “as a result of this irresponsible retailing approach”.It has asked for clarification on the new statutory code on alcohol advertising in print media, singling out supermarkets, which it said “have been using price based advertising to promote cheap and discounted alcohol products”.It has called for this to be outlawed.It was happy with proposed measures such as the Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol and what it called “the acceptance by government that supermarkets have been blatantly selling alcohol cheaply in order to drive footfall”.However, it said it is concerned by the timelines outlined and the lack of firm detail at this stage. According to the VFI, the proposals need to be fast tracked.The VFI also cautiously welcomed attempts to impose structural separation in mixed trading outlets. However, it is concerned at what it said was “the lack of political will” to enforce Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008, which focuses on the sale of alcohol being confined to a specific part of a licensed premises.“The statutory code will only be as good as the level of enforcement,” said the organisation.The VFI concluded by calling on the government to ensure that the proposals become a reality as soon as possible.Read: Alcohol Bill: Government confirms plans for minimum pricing, advertising restrictions>Read: Details on minimum pricing of alcohol to be published today>last_img read more

Dublin Bus drivers vote on new company plan

first_imgTHE BALLOT RESULT for Dublin Bus drivers on proposals set out in a recent report on the future of the company are expected later today.A spokesperson for SIPTU said that the bus drivers have been voting on the proposals set out in the report conducted by Noel Dowling since yesterday and said that the result of the ballot is due out this afternoon or this evening.Strike actionLast week, Dublin Bus endorsed an independent report into Dublin Bus’ future which warned against future strike action.The 22-page report was carried out by former union official Noel Dowling and management consultant Ultan Courtney.ReccomendationsThe Irish Congress of Trade Unions and employers body Ibec asked them to look at the Labour Court recommendations about cost-saving proposals for Dublin Bus, which have been rejected by bus workers.Dublin Bus backed the new plan to cut costs, but approval of the new plan is being put to the bus drivers.Last week, the author of the report said he was very worried about the situation in Dublin Bus and said he couldn’t overestimate the seriousness of the situation, adding that if the measures are not approved, “we could end up in a Dublin, without a Dublin Bus”.Read: “The outlook for Dublin Bus is stark if this effort does not succeed” – Varadkar and Kelly>Read: ‘We could end up in a Dublin, without a Dublin Bus’ says former union official>last_img read more

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_imgIT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. The Tsar BombaOn 30 October, 1961, the Soviet Union detonated the world’s largest nuclear weapon: a 27-ton hydrogen bomb. Katherine Harrison and Matthew Hughes take a look at the Soviet’s history of nuclear testing, and how it contrasted with the American approach.History Today, approximately 11 minutes reading time, 2200 words During the winter of 1954-55, while the Americans were crowning Vegas showgirls as atomic beauty queens, some 10,000 Soviet soldiers began construction on the nuclear testing facilities on Novaya Zemlya. The soldiers lived in tents on the tundra and, in the face of polar bears and freezing 40-knot Arctic winds, they built the USSR’s Northern Test Site, a feat of construction that has been compared to the building of the Great Wall of China. 2. Hurricane Sandy, one year onIn October 2012, Hurricane Sandy blasted through the north-east of the USA. One of the-hardest hit of the New York boroughs was Staten Island, and Adam Gabbatt visited to find out how recovery is going. He meets families who stayed, people who lost everything, and finds out what it was like being trapped during the storm.The Guardian, approximately 8 minutes reading time, 1748 words We were in the room about to eat dinner and we hear the back door open,” April remembered. “Then we see the water coming in and I didn’t know what was happening. [Chiaramonte] went to close the backdoor and then I hear water: ‘Glug, glug, glug’.” Within minutes the water was chest high and still rising. “The refrigerator floating. That’s the one thing I remember seeing,” Chiaramonte said.3. How to fix Ireland’s obesity problemNutritional consultant and chef Dorcas Barry was inspired by a food festival, Foodcamp, to discuss what can be done about Ireland’s obesity problem. At Foodcamp, the participants were asked what they would do if they were the health minister and had an unlimited budget – here is her answer:Opinion and Insight, approximately 4 minutes reading time, 873 wordsWe know that educating about food will only ever bring us some of the way, but it’s the experience of delicious, healthy food that will offer the opportunity to make a real difference in positive eating habits. How amazing and progressive would it be if Irish hospitals showed this example and pioneered this experience, creating centres of excellence in every area of hospital life?Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday>last_img read more

Skydivers record terrifying collision between two planes

first_imgSurprisingly, all of the divers say they would dive again, as you can see here.Couple announces pregnancy with cringe-inducing rap>Police officer sued over dribbling horse> OVER THE WEEKEND in the US, two planes full of skydivers were flying at 12,000 feet when they collided, resulting in an explosion.Incredibly, both the passengers and pilots survived, perhaps because most of them were geared up and prepared to dive.Due to the fact that the skydivers were wearing helmet cameras, footage has now become available via NBC, and it is pretty incredible. Source: WorldstarnewsHQYou can only imagine how terrified the divers must have been as they stood on the wing as the second plane approached.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgSeán Dunne failed in his bid to have his bankruptcy overturnedA Sinn Féin TD claimed he was ‘stitched up‘ by Vincent Browne PARTING SHOTEducation Minister Ruairí Quinn and TD John Lyons have some unique decorations to hang on the Labour Party Christmas tree.They were each presented with an elvish ‘mini-me’ by the junior infants at St Joseph’s during a visit today.[Image: John Lyons TD via Twitter]Now everyone’s going to want one.First posted at 9.30pm M&S staff voted to strike tomorrowGardí seized a weapon and some crystal meth in LongfordThree raiders escaped after an armed robbery in AthyAllsop announced the biggest propery auction yetNews spread of an appeal to raise €35,000 towards surgery for two toddler sisters in CorkAnd Michael O’Leary got his hands dirty at Dublin AirportWORLDA child looks up at a giant bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela, on Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg [AP Photo/Athol Moralee]#SOUTH AFRICA: President Jacob Zuma announced plans for the state funeral and other memorial services in honour of Nelson Mandela#CHINA: Legal action was launched against a well-known film director over claims he has fathered too many children#BRAZIL: Ireland won’t be there, but the show must go on: the draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals took place todayINNOVATIONIt was revealed that smartphone users are 33 per cent more likely than others to fall victim to identity fraud‘Progress’ report: A Facebook engineer says the social network has informally experimented with bringing in a “sympathise” button [Huffington Post]Innovation, or horrifying foretaste of things to come? A gaming chain has introduced ‘Christmas dinner in a tin’ [Buzzfeed Tech]center_img Updated at 11.03pmNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.Flags fly at half-mast at Government Buildings [Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images]IRELANDThe country paid tribute following the death of Nelson MandelaESB workers announced an all out strike for Monday weekThe controversy surrounding Gerry Adams’ comments continuedThere was an attempted gangland hit on John Gilliganlast_img read more

Labour Court proposals rejected by SIPTU staff at Liebherr plant

first_imgAt the beginning of December last year, following a one-day work stoppage in November and on-going ban on overtime, workers met with management at the Labour Court  in an attempt to resolve a pay disputing dating back to 2009.Liebherr said previously said it was “disappointed” at the industrial action, and that it has already started transferring some work from its plant in Killarney back to Germany.Employees were not paid a previously agreed 2.5 per cent pay increase.Liebherr employs a total of 670 people in its plant in Kerry, with just under half of these represented by SIPTU.The union previously said that the non-payment of the wage increase is the centre of the dispute, and also noted that “thee average hourly pay of skilled operatives working at the Liebherr plant is €15.43 which is below the average rate payable to similarly skilled workers”.Read: SIPTU calls on Liebherr to “respect the industrial relations process” in pay dispute >More: Fears for 670 jobs at Liebherr’s Kerry plant following strike action > SIPTU workers at Liebherr Ireland, a crane manufacturer in Kerry, have voted to reject Labour Court proposals, adding to fears for jobs at the plant.In a statement this afternoon, the union confirmed that workers at Liebherr Container Cranes rejected the ballot which would have provided workers with a pay increase, backdated 21 months, although with changes to existing work practices.“We are now in the process of considering that decision with the workplace committee at Liebherr,” SIPTU Organiser Marie Kearney said.We are writing to the company in relation to the result of this ballot and will remain available for direct discussions.last_img read more

Holiday from hell as 600 aboard Caribbean cruise ship contract norovirus

first_imgA CARIBBEAN CRUISE ship was forced to head back to port yesterday after hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea during what was supposed to be a 10-day getaway in the sun.The Miami-based Royal Caribbean company announced on Sunday evening that it was cutting short the Explorer of the Seas’ jaunt in the Caribbean a few hours after officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship during its US Virgin Islands port call to investigate the illness.According to the CDC, 577 out of 3,050 passengers reported being ill during the voyage that left Bayonne, New Jersey, last Tuesday. That’s nearly 19 per cent of the vacationers. Forty-nine crew members also got sick.Royal Caribbean’s medical team said the symptoms were consistent with the common and highly contagious norovirus.It is rarely fatal, but the CDC says it can be serious, especially for youngsters and older adults. The virus spreads quickly in closed quarters through contaminated food or liquids, contaminated surfaces, and direct contact with an infected person. An employee remove tape from around the crusie ship as its docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. (Pic: Ap Photo / Thomas Layer)CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said tests would have to confirm what caused the illness outbreak on the 15-deck ship.“We won’t know for a couple of days what the pathogen is. Cruise ships are unique. It can be difficult to identify a specific source,” she said in a Monday email.She said there had been no fatalities and no one was removed from the ship.An Explorer of the Seas passenger named Arnee Dodd fell ill aboard the ship last week and was quarantined like the other sick people. In a Sunday tweet to The Associated Press, the Connecticut woman said: “We are all better, quarantine is over and ship has been sanitized every day.”The CDC team of two epidemiologists and one environmental health officer are aboard as the ship sails to New Jersey.Royal Caribbean Cruises said Sunday on evening that “new reports of illness have decreased day-over-day, and many guests are again up and about. Nevertheless, the disruptions caused by the early wave of illness means that we were unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting.”Royal Caribbean said it was “taking several steps” to compensate passengers for the shortened trip and the inconvenience.Read: Captain ‘refused chance’ to return to sinking Concordia ship >Read: Passengers recall ‘party time’ on board stricken cruise ship after engine fire >last_img read more

Pics Oil laundering plant that used cat litter uncovered in Dublin

first_img(Images: Revenue)Read: Property Tax helpline staff member investigated over alleged card fraud>More: ‘Ralph’ the dog sniffs out drugs worth €190,000 at Rosslare Europort> THE FIRST DISCOVERY of an oil laundering plant in Dublin was made by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service last night.The unsophisticated plant was uncovered in an industrial estate in the Ballycoolin area of Blanchardstown, Dublin.It had the capacity to launder over 2.5 million litres of fuel a year and a potential loss to the exchequer of €1.75 million a year.The plant used the relatively unsophisticated method of fuel laundering which involves filtering the fuel through cat litter.A van and ancillary equipment were seized from the site and investigations are ongoing, but no arrests were made.Revenue said that the public should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel. They added that it also hurts legitimate trade and funds criminal activity.last_img read more

I wont stand in Roy Keanes way if he wants to leave

first_imgO’Neill also backed goalkeeper Keiren Westwood to recover after it was last night confirmed that he had been released by Sunderland.The goalkeeper is currently recuperating from shoulder surgery and has consequently not been included in the current Ireland squad, however O’Neill says he could still be an important part of his plans in the future.“I spoke to Keiren a number of weeks ago. I think he should be able to get fixed up — he’s a talented lad, but he’s been injured for quite some time.“With the talent he possesses, he should get fixed up, which of course, is important for him.”O’Neill said that injury doubts David Meyler and Anthony Pilkington both trained today, and are likely be available for tomorrow’s game with Turkey.He added that he had yet to decide on the starting XI for the Aviva Stadium clash, but said he’d “give it some consideration this afternoon”.Upcoming Ireland friendlies are ‘more important than people think’ – Quinn>Analysis: Nine years on, we ask how Liverpool won THAT Champions League final> IRELAND MANAGER MARTIN O’Neill says he isn’t annoyed by persistent rumours linking Roy Keane to other jobs and claims he wouldn’t stand in the assistant boss’ way if he chose to avail of an opportunity elsewhere.Keane has been linked with a number of positions in recent times, most recently the assistant manager role at Man United and the vacant Celtic job.However, O’Neill emphasised that such stories were “pure speculation” at the moment. Commenting on the Celtic job rumours, he added: “I wouldn’t be standing in his way. I’d speak to John Delaney… The speculation wouldn’t bother me too much.“When I took him on in the first place, I can’t say I thought of that being an issue. He wasn’t being mentioned for jobs at the time. But such is the profile of the man that I probably should’ve expected it.“I think the experience with Sunderland and Ipswich will put him in good stead. He’s naturally disappointed with the Ipswich affair. And I think this [role] is good for him.“He had this opportunity to come with me. I’ve often said he will be a manager. There’s no question about it.”last_img read more

Jack Charlton asked me to play for Ireland turned his back and

first_imgThe Ireland ‘wall’ check to see if Packie Bonner stopped what they could not. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)To get a hat-trick on my debut (against Israel) was amazing. Dalymount was crammed to the rafters. You can dream that type of stuff but nobody ever thinks it will ever really happen. I was playing with such great players so it made my job easy.I never once complained about my role as a substitute after that. It wasn’t for me to say or have an opinion about. The reason I did well, and had such a long career, is that I gave 100%, 100% of the time.  We had such a strong squad back then and qualifying for Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94 proves that Jack knew what he was doing.Getting to Euro 88, and how we got there – with somebody else (Scotland’s Gary Mackay) scoring for us, was special. Going to Rome and meeting The Pope was memorable too. In America I got the start against Norway at Giants Stadium when Jack was sent to the stands.Roy Keane and Paul McGrath in action at USA ’94. (©INPHO/Allsport)The two best players I ever shared a pitch with were Paul McGrath and Roy Keane. It is a word that is bandied about an awful lot but those two were truly world-class. They are really good people; different type of people. It felt fantastic to play with them both.Paul never gave the ball away, no-one got in behind him, no-one won a header or a tackle against him. Roy had this desire, commitment and an incredible will to win. Let’s not forget that he could score goals, and create them too, but he did like a tackle too, in the good-old days when you could really throw yourself into a tackle. DAVID KELLY IS the last player to score for Ireland against England.Though FIFA chose not to award caps for the friendly match that was abandoned, due to hooliganism, Kelly cherishes the goal as highly as the other nine he scored in the green jersey.Now an assistant manager at Nottingham Forest, under Scottish manager Billy Davies, Kelly tells how a cold Tuesday night match for Walsall against Rotherham was the beginning of a 10-year international career that took him, as part of Jack’s Army, to three major tournaments.“We played a league match on a Tuesday night and I scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Rotherham. After the game, the chairman came into the dressing room and said ‘There’s a fella upstairs and he wants a chat for five minutes. I was taken through the boardroom and Jack Charlton was standing at the bar having a pint. He was with Maurice Setters – an absolute gentleman. Jack turns as says to me ‘I want you to play for me son’. I said ‘That’d be great’.Jack told me to expect a letter, confirming the call-up, in a couple of weeks. Then he turned his back and finished his pint.center_img Kelly celebrates a Derry City win with Paddy McLaughlin and Sean Friars. (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)In 2002 (four years after finishing up with Ireland) I was 36 and thinking about what would happen next. I was asked to play for Wrexham and I was looking into coaching when I got a call from a mate at Tranmere. He asked me if I’d consider chatting to Jim Roddy about playing for Derry City. I though ‘Right, OK, that’s a fresh one’.Jim flew over to Birmingham and we had a chat. I was impressed by him and said OK but we agreed we would shake hands and if a playing or coaching job up in the U.K I would head back over.It turned out that I played nine times for Derry and my last ever appearance was in the FAI Cup Final, which we won. That’ll do for me.”Long and Keane to lead the line for Ireland against EnglandFormer Ireland striker David Kelly predicts bright international future for Coxlast_img read more

Mother of allergyshock victim to politicians Emmas death was so avoidable

first_imgTHE MOTHER OF a 14-year-old who died from an allergic reaction as she had no access to an Epipen has told an Oireachtas committee of the need for legislatory change to prevent similar avoidable deaths in future.Epinephrine or adrenaline auto-injectors, commonly known by the brand name of Epipen, are used in cases of anaphylactic shock.When Caroline Sloan’s daughter, Emma, suffered a fatal allergic reaction in Dublin city centre after accidentally eating satay sauce, her mother was unable get an Epipen from a chemist as it was not for use on her.“Emma’s death was so avoidable,” she told the committee.“Had we had the correct information and education on her allergy, and access to an epipen, she would be with us today.”“She was so looking forward to Christmas,” she said, “All her presents are still wrapped in their boxes in a press.”“I only ever spent one Christmas with all three of my children.”She has since perused a campaign to have epipens “in every first aid box”, noting that very little training is required to use them, and for people with allergies to carry ID or bracelets for use in the event of seizure.She today voiced this at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Committee. From left to right – Caroline Sloan, junior counsel Yvonne Moynihan, and Dr Michael Byrne Source: Oireachtas.ieJunior Counsel Yvonne Moynihan told the committee that an important part of any legislation would be the scope of a liability to allow anyone “acting in good faith” to administer an Epipen without fear of any legal repercussions.She outlined a case in the United States where a child died as a result of an allergic reaction after a fellow student’s Epipen was not used on her.Employees in the school were prohibited from using an epipen prescribed for one student on another. The child was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, the New York Times reports.Ireland could become a “world leader” in the area of widespread availability of Epipens, she said, if comprehensive legislation was introduced.The situation has been addressed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to varying degrees.She noted that it should include a requirement for schools, restaurants, and other establishments to stock an epipen, with mandatory health plans training for staff put in place. File photo of an epinephrine auto-injector. Source: Vu What When via Flickr/Creative CommonsPhysicians warned that there is a lack of awareness, and lack of thorough diagnosis, of severe allergies.Professor Jonathan Hourihane from the Paediatrics & Child Health department in Cork University Hospital, who specialises in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis, highlighted the lack of allergy centres in Ireland, noting long waiting lists at his own Department.This shortage of allergists in Ireland was described as ‘hardly surprising’ by Senator John Crowne – “Ireland is bottom of the league table for everything, every specialist you care to mention”.Hourihane said that many families he has met has said they feel like they are “followed around by grim reaper”.[They fear] that the reaper will take their child if they make the tinniest mistake with their food.“Another unfortunate death is inevitable,” he warned.Caroline Sloan had told the committee that “if Emma had been referred to a specialist and been given the results of her tests and an allergy management plan, she would be alive today”. She also noted although it was known that her daughter had a peanut allergy, it was not known that it could be fatal.Hourihane also referenced existing legislation in the United States, which he said was brought in by President Barack Obama due to his own experience with his daughter’s nut allergy, and that when the family visited Dalkey in 2011 that precautions were put in place “that we don’t think are worthy for other children.”Dr Michael Byrne from UCC’s Student Health Department said that many do not like to disclose their allergies.“In four years, despite regularly prompting and encouraging self declaration and origination,” he said,I haven’t had a single student who came forward of an existing food allergy so that I could compile a risk assessment.Byrne cited a fear of ‘not wanting to stand out in any way’.Some committee members said potential legislation to allow for the widespread availability of Epipens should be raised with the Minister for Health as a matter of urgency, with Senator Crowne noting that it would be a very straight-forward process.Read: Tragic death inspires push to get lifesaving EpiPens in public places >last_img read more

Fidelma Healy Eames vindicated by Irish Daily Mail apology

first_imgSENATOR FIDELMA HEALY Eames has said she feels ‘vindicated’ by an apology from the Irish Daily Mail about two articles it published about her in 2012.The newspaper had printed two articles in August of that year about work the Senator and her husband had done as volunteers with the Voluntary Service Overseas charity in Rwanda.The High Court case was struck out today because an agreement was reached between the two parties. RTÉ reports that, in an apology to Healy Eames, the newspaper said it accepted that the “articles gave the wholly inaccurate impression that the Senator had benefited from public or charity funds”.Speaking to about the settlement today, Healy Eames said she was “relieved and delighted”.“I feel like I’ve been vindicated and those are the key things,” she continued. “I’m grateful for all the help along the way and in particular for family, friends and supporters who believed me all along, because it was a very difficult time”.An undisclosed sum of money was also included in the settlement and the Senator said she will be making a donation to a charity for widows and orphans of the Rwandan genocide.She added that she fully accepted the apology of the Irish Daily Mail and is just pleased now that she can move on.Read: ‘With a heavy heart’: Fine Gael senator confirms she won’t support abortion bill>Read: RTÉ apologises for ‘confusion caused’ by Gaza woman footage>last_img read more