← Previous Story Ivan Cupic is back – Best scorer for the “Lions” Next Story → SEHA League: Tatran’s left wing, Radoslav Antl is MVP of Round 8 Romania wins the “Carpathia Cup” on the home soil in the city of Turn Severin. Tournament with four NT (Romania, Serbia, Hungary and Macedonia) is finished with an easy win of home team against Serbia 37:18. Before that, Hungary beats Macedonia 31:20.In the Round 1, Hungary won against Romania 35:33, but day after, Serbian girls made a surprise with win over Hungary 37:33.At the end, three teams were with four points, but the best goal difference had Romania.Serbia played without Lekic and Tomasevic, Romania without Neagu, Varzaru, etc, while Hungary (Gorbitz played only the first match) and Macedonia was also without some important players…STANDING:Romania 4Hungary 4Serbia 4Macedonia 0
Norwegian handball star, Kristian Kjelling (33) is in process of negotiations for the new team after contract with Danish Aalborg ended next summer. Former left back of Spanish team, Ademar Leon and Portland San Antonio is close to back home. Drammen HK wants him but financial potential of Norwegian team isn’t too high for Kjelling’s demands. However everything is still open and Kjelling doesn’t hide that there is a few options:– I have been in dialogue with others. Drammen is one of them – explains Kjelling who already played there from 1998 until 2001. Drammen HKKristian Kjelling ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic stops Montpellier! Next Story → Larvik – Gyor to set new attendance record!
The game between the until yesterday undefeated two teams of the German Women Bundesliga brought us thrilling match. Hosts HC Leipzig were slight favorites, but the reigning champion HC Thuringer proved why they’re still Germany’s best, and managed to score a 28:24 away victory, giving Leipzig their first defeat of the season. Alexandrina Barbosa led the visitors with 8 goals, while Sonja Frey contributed 7 goals. Visser and Szwed-Orneborg scored both 5 times for the host team. Alexandrina BarbosabarbosaHC Leipzigleipzigsonja freyszwed-orneborgthueringerthuringervisser ← Previous Story Niklas Landin to miss “Golden League” tournament Next Story → Friendlies worldwide: Denmark beat France – Good night for Poland, Tunisia, Croatia and Russia
← Previous Story France strong, Russia weak – 35:28 Next Story → SOME PEOPLE CALL HIM A “CAT”: Amazing save by Darko Stanic! AustriaCzech RepublicDenmarkFilip JichaHungaryIcelandNorwayPetr StochlRaul Santosrobert weberSpain Day three at the European Championship in Denmark sees Group A and Group B teams’ play their second matches, after which many things will be known, including the teams that will secure the main round.In Group A, Macedonia takes on the Czech Republic, and both teams will be taking this game very seriously as a victory might as well mean a main round for them, both having lost the opening matches, Macedonia losing to host Denmark 21:29, while Czech Republic were unexpectedly crushed by Austria with 20:30. Both teams met recently, at the EHF EURO 2012, and Macedonia took the win 27:21 in that one. In todays’ match, main injury worry is Czech goalie Petr Stochl, who had to leave the game against Austria without returning, and now there’s a question mark over his participation at this very important match against Macedonia.Austria were brilliant in their opening match, winning 30:20 over the Czech, but todays’ opponent, Denmark, is by far the more quality team, and understandably the favorite in this game. This victory will surely mean that the Danes won’t take the game lightly, and will be putting all effort in winning this one, while Austria can surely try to concentrate more on the main third game against Macedonia which might be a key one, and go freely into this one without much pressure put on them.In the other group, Group B, we will be seeing Spain taking on Norway, while Hungary is up against Iceland. Spain is huge favorite against Norway who lost the first game against Iceland and are in huge trouble in this very hard group. Spain is the star team, and are poised to win another championship, after winning the World Championship last year in Barcelona. Hungary without Nagy is not the same squad, but after the expected defeat to Spain, Iceland and Norway are their biggest chances of advancing to the main round, and the first chance is today, against Iceland.
6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…6105137:148(-11)2 ← Previous Story VIDEO: New face of Jeffrey M’tima Next Story → Zagreb win handball war against Meshkov Vive Tauron Kielce beat at home Aalborg Handball 33:26 and remain at the top of the group D table. Polish team, just like a week ago, had to manage without inured Aginagalde, Reichmannand Rosiński; Aalborg arrived in Kielce without Berggren who played a very good game last week.First half didn’t begin well for the hosts. They couldn’t break through Danish defence while having problems with their own. Aalborg seemed very well prepared – they took advantage of the situation and took the lead. After 15 minutes they lead by 3 goals (5:8) but Olafur Gustafsson got 2-minute-suspension and Kielce in powerplay came from behind (7:8). Polish champions seemed to be getting back on the right track: in 22. minute Karol Bielecki equalized at 10:10 by scoring a penalty shot, and a moment later Denis Buntić gave his team the very first lead in the match. Kielce improved both their defence and attack and forged ahead. 3 minutes from the half-time they lead 16:12; the result at the break was 18:15. Bielecki scored hit the net one more time but the referees decided it was too late and they goal wasn’t accepted.In the beginning of the second half it was Aalborg team that took the better start. In the space of 2 minutes they almost reduced the gap (18:17, 32. minute). They even had a chance to equalize as Kielce made a lot of mistakes but they failed to do that and as a result Kielce started scoring. One of the reasons for this was Marin Šego who did much better than his team mate Szmal in the first half and helped his team with a pair of great saves. On the other side of the court Soren Westphal also managed to save a couple of throws but it wasn’t enough for the Danish team to endanger their opponents. The result became quite stable, Kielce kept leading by 4 or so goals. In the 50. minute a penalty throw executed by Bielecki stirred up some controversies. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced off almost vertically. The referees decided it bounced inside the goal and counted the goal in spite of protests of the Danish players. By the end of the game Marin Šego got a reward for his good performance. Aalborg often played with libero leaving the goal without a goalkeeper. After one of the unsuccessful Danish attacks, Šego got to score a goal for 31:25. The result was closed in 60. minute by Zorman.One of the outstanding players in the Polish team was Denis Buntić who scored 8 goals; it was also a good game of Karol Bielecki who scored 6 times. The top scorer for Aalborg was Sander Sagosen (7 goals).TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKASTANDINGS: 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce6600188:162(26)12 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen6114158:181(-23)3 2. MOL-Pick Szeged6501169:157(12)10 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye6204166:166(0)4 3. Aalborg Handball6213153:157(-4)5 EHF CLPolandVive Tauron Kielce
← Previous Story Dmitri Torgovanov is new Russian head-coach! Next Story → 3rd DANAON Cup in Argolis – The “Land of Myth” calling handball Europe One of the Danish best shooters Nikolaj Markussen (27) signed two years contract with Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. Ambitious domestic squad attracted 211 cm tall left back who had huge international experience with BM Atletico Madrid and Qatari team El Jaish.Markussen was the biggest star in the first victory of his Skjern in EHF Cup Group against RK Vojvodina in Novi Sad 25:23.“Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is a great club with a really good coach and a strong squad. It’s a team that plays at a very high level, and they have also shown this season with their third place despite their many injuries. Can we get a season without injuries next year, I think it looks very exciting, “says Nikolaj Markussen about his future club.PHOTO: Bjerringbro-Silkeborg bjerringbro-silkeborgNikolaj Markussen
PPD Zagreb playmaker Domagoj Pavlović made a fantastic dribbling against RK Vardar Skopje 24:26. ← Previous Story SEHA FINAL4: RK Vardar chase Veszprem for regional title Next Story → Budućnost, Gyor and Vardar singing “Budapest, Budapest”
The first choice of Montenegro on left wing position, Majda Mehmedovic won’t be able to help her compatriots in the battles at World Championship 2017 in Germany.The member of Romanian CSM Bucharest has problem with arm and need to rest during winter break in order to finish season in her club.“Unfortunately, I have to rest, and if things doesn’t go better, consider an option of surgery at the end of season”, said Mehmedovic to Montenegrian newspaper Pobjeda.Montenegro will play in Group C with Japan, Brazil, Tunisia, Russia and Denmark. Majda Mehmedović ← Previous Story Duenas takes Brazilian girls to WCh 2017 Next Story → PORTUGAL: Four teams on four points
13.Saran244218683:76510 2.Montpellier252113734:61743 Montpellier Handball lost first place in Frenc LidlStarligue in Round 25 after defeat in away clash with Saint Raphael 26:25. PSG Handball and Montpellier Handball now have the same number of points, but team from the “City of light” is better in direct encounters.Saint-Raphaël: Popescu (2/13), Demaille (5/16). Krantz, Barachet (2/5), Abily (5/7), Sarmiento (6/7), Lynggaard (0/3), Jurka (3/4), Caucheteux (4/8), Vigneron (2/3), Trottet (0/1), Krakowski, Dipanda (2/4), Karalek (2/3), Eponouh, Hmam (0/1).Montpellier: Gérard (13/39), Portner. Simonet (3/6), Villeminot, Caussé (0/1), Truchanovicius (1/6), Guigou (2/4), Richardson (1/3), Kavticnik (5/6), Bonnefond (3/5), Faustin, Fabregas (1/1), Porte (8/11), Bingo, Soussi, Mamdouh (1/1).HBC Nantes won in Chambery 29:25 in the last test before trip to Cologne.STANDINGS: 12.Cesson Rennes-Metropole244515620:67113 4.St. Raphael251537705:66633 1.Paris SG252113766:64843 ← Previous Story Luka Karabatic to miss VELUX EHF CL Final4 2018 Next Story → HANDBALL ECONOMY: RK Vardar became EHF CL winner and lost 712.000 EUR! 11.Ivry246216602:69114 PHOTO: SRVHB Facebook 3.Nantes251636773:69135 10.Tremblay256217706:75014 9.Chambery Savoie2510312691:70223 6.Aix241428683:65330 Montpellier handballPSG HandballSaint raphael handball 7.Nimes2411310674:66625 8.Toulouse2411112708:72223 14.Massy Essonne242220553:6636 5.Dunkerque241428639:63230
TWO MEN ARE due in court this morning in connection with dissident republican activity.The two were arrested in Dublin on 14 September as part of ongoing investigations in Dublin and Limerick. Two handguns were also recovered at the time of their arrest and a quantity of ammunition was seized in a follow-up search.The two men will appear at the Special Criminal Court on Parkgate Street at 10am.Read: Two men arrested in dissident republican investigation>
THIS WINTER WE’RE being treated to some great evenings with pretty red, pink, and sometimes a purple glow in the sky.You were out in force with your cameras this evening to capture the sight. Here are some of you wonderful shots from around the country.
PEOPLE WHO USED wi-fi in public areas such as hotels may have had their details stolen due to security flaws, an Irish firm has warned.Cork-based IT firm Smarttech.ie said that they had discovered “serious flaws” in cyber security measures after visiting 10 hotels in October and November. They say that finding the flaws took “minimal” effort. Smarttech say that they “wanted to demonstrate just how dangerous using unencrypted logins and passwords across a public network can be”. Over the course of these security tests however, Smarttech.ie soon realised that the level of security being provided was a serious problem. In addition, they say that users seemed “completely oblivious to the dangers of using public wi-fi”.The company carried out tests on public wi-fi systems and spotted flaws within 20 minutes.They were then able to access users’ information, including email logins, credit card details, social media passwords and banking information.In some cases, networks were accessed from outside the hotels.Smart-tech says that they informed all of the hotels and made recommendations on how to close the gaps.They added that anyone who operates a network should be aware of the security on their network. Under EU law, it is the duty of the premises supplying the network to ensure that the network is secure.According to Ronan Murphy, CEO of Smarttech.ie, “Consumers need to be aware that if you are accessing public wi-fi there are serious security challenges. The tests we carried out prove that these risks affect anyone using public Wi-Fi. However there are steps that hotels and restaurants can take to secure their Wi-Fi service and therefore protect their customers”. Read: Pics: The US towns where residents are banned from using mobile phones or wi-fiRead: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery life
Source: RCCMinternational7. This Joseph who’s more interested in his feet than the birth of Jesus Christ Source: Hannah Sergeant2. This camel who really doesn’t wannaHeads up, falling camel. AH, THE SCHOOL nativity. We all remember the clamour to get some tinsel and a tea towel for our head the night before dress rehearsal. There was always the lucky guy and girl who got to be Mary and Joseph and bring the dolly to the stable. Then there was the tree, or the standard ‘angel’.Then there are this lot, who probably didn’t take up a career in acting or musical theatre.1. This little girl who is giving it her allThough it’s Joseph’s accusing look that makes it. Source: MrConnor058. This Shepherd who just wants to groom his sheep Source: sampani029 Irish Christmas ads that will hit you right in the feelings>11 of the most non-traditional Irish Christmas traditions> Source: Mike Grimm4. These dogs who are sick of it allStop humans, STOP. Source: abi holmes5. This little girl who needs to learn her rangeWe sing, don’t shout. Source: 2kidzlater6. These confused kids doing the 12 Days of ChristmasSO MANY NUMBERS. It gets confusing, OK? Source: Fail Overflow3. This stable that’s pretty unstableWell that’s not ideal.
LEPROSY IS OFTEN associated with Bible stories, a historic disease that has no place in the modern world.However, leprosy is still a major problem, especially for the world’s poorest countries.The chronic infection is transmitted most effectively in overcrowded conditions with poor sanitation. This means that it afflicts “the poorest” and “most vulnerable” in the world, says Dr Charles Kinkpe, chief medical officer at the Hospital of the Order of Malta (HOM) in Dakar, Senegal. The facility in the capital is at the forefront of the treatment of the disease and provides free care for those who can’t afford it.Although considerable progress has been made in the fight against leprosy, it remains devastatingly present in more than 100 countries in Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific.This weekend marks World Leprosy Day (held over 72 hours) which aims to raise awareness of the disease. Organisers hope to put out the message that leprosy, of which there were about 200,000 new cases in 2012, can be eradicated completely.Organisations dealing with leprosy combat prejudice through education, hammering home the message that leprosy is not hereditary, nor a sign of a divine curse.They point out that 95 per cent of humans are actually naturally immune to what campaigners call the world’s “least contagious communicable disease”.Losing limbsMulti-drug therapy (MDT), available free of charge through the World Health Organisation since the 1980s, consists of three antibiotics which together can cure patients in a few months.But often those afflicted with leprosy do not know how to spot the signs early on and the disease takes an insidious hold, attacking nerve endings, destroying the ability to feel pain and injury.“They burn themselves holding a hot pan or injure their feet walking on glass, for example, and do not realise,” Kinkpe told AFP.Unable to sense these injuries, patients are susceptible to sores and infections which can eventually lead to the loss of fingers, hands, toes and feet, blindness and facial disfigurement.“They often wait until the last minute to be seen,” laments the orthopaedic surgeon. Yet the bacterial illness can be easily cured before it causes serious damage.“People with leprosy are isolated, kept remote – people don’t touch them. People say they are cursed,” says Diemg Mas, a 33-year-old teacher who has been receiving treatment for nearly two years.Women sometimes hide the illness for fear of being rejected by their husbands.Treated in 1976 and cured permanently, 60-year-old Moustapha Seck stayed at HOM and now manufactures orthopaedic shoes for those crippled by leprosy.“When they put them on, first they walk, then they dance with joy,” he says proudly.Image: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association ImagesAnother patient in the Senegal hospital is Modou Gaye. His right leg has been amputated below the knee.Afflicted by recurrent yet mysterious sores, he had done the rounds of traditional practitioners and physicians who prescribed him various plants and potions but were unable to tell him he had leprosy.“I didn’t know anything about the disease,” the 32-year-old street peddler from central Senegal tells AFP in his native language, Wolof.Gaye’s story typifies the experience of many patients who one day notice an innocuous, painless blemish on the skin, and later discover they have leprosy, a condition which is easy to combat yet which continues to cripple and exclude millions worldwide.But it was too late to save his right leg, the bone already too badly damaged.In IrelandThere were two cases of leprosy reported in Ireland last year. In June 2013, the HSE confirmed the first known case for several decades. The sufferer was a man in his 30s, originally from South America. He did not contract the disease in the country but it was a recurrence of the condition he had in the past.The HSE said the man had been treated in hospital in Dublin, and that there was no cause for public concern, as the condition is not highly contagious.The bacterium that causes the condition multiplies so slowly that the first symptoms can often only appear around five years – and sometimes up to 20 years – after a person first comes into contact with it.The second case, confirmed just a couple of months later, occurred in the north-east of the country. Again, it was a male foreign national who had contracted the infection abroad.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRelated: Second case of leprosy reported in IrelandMore: Ireland records first known case of leprosy in decades
EXCREMENT WAS SMEARED on the door, locks and shutters of the Youth Defence office in an attack they have described as “grotesque and vile”.The faeces was used to stick photos and news clippings of Savita Halappanavar to the outside of the building on Capel Street in Dublin.They say the incident, which happened late on Tuesday night, is now being investigated by the Gardaí.Clare Molloy of Youth Defence has blamed abortion campaigners for the office attack and said they are ‘truly disgusting’ and they have now reached a new low. “This behaviour is beneath contempt, and I am saddened that such naked aggression and hatred is being displayed by abortion campaigners.”(Image: Youth Defence)Niamh Uí Bhriain of Life Institute said: “It’s so enormously disrespectful and insulting to Savita’s memory. How they think this will further their cause is beyond anyone’s understanding.”However, Sarah Malone of the Abortion Rights Campaign said whoever did this had no affiliation to their group and there are better ways to get involved in the debate.“Savita died because of the laws in this country and that needs to be highlighted but not in this way,” Malone added.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie they were investigating criminal damage at the office which happened at around 10.10pm on Tuesday night. They said they are currently going through CCTV footage for more information.Read: Pro Life opinion poll shows 3 in 4 are against abortion >
ITALIAN LEFTIST ENRICO Letta has been nominated to be the new prime minister, bringing to an end a bitter two-month deadlock on forming a new government with the imminent launch of a coalition between right, centre and left.Letta said many Italians were “suffering” from the economic crisis and promised to tackle job losses, company closures, growing poverty as well as the lack of opportunity for young people.“This is an enormous and unacceptable emergency,” the 46-year-old told reporters at the presidential palace in Rome after receiving a formal nomination from President Giorgio Napolitano.Letta, a pro-European, also said that as premier he would “strongly commit to a change of course for European policies too focused on austerity, which is no longer enough”.A three-time minister and moderate left-winger, Letta will have to work hard to bring together the bickering parties which have held up a government deal and restore public confidence in politics.After months of political deals, betrayals and empty promises, long-suffering Italians said they were relieved Napolitano had elected an experienced but fresh-faced figure.Drives his own carThe nominee will begin a series of meetings with political parties on Thursday to form his coalition government, which is expected to be fully installed by the end of the week.The right’s Silvio Berlusconi has already demanded that the new government refund an unpopular housing tax in exchange for its support, and Letta’s own party may also prove a problematic coalition partner.The Democratic Party (PD) has been extremely unwilling to countenance working with the right, and its influential former chairwoman, Rosy Bindi, said this week that it was not Letta’s time.Letta, who became Italy’s youngest ever minister in 1998, set himself apart by arriving for the nomination meeting at the wheel of his own car – an Italian-branded Fiat minivan and a rarity in a country where politicians are usually chauffeur-driven.“We need to regain credibility. We need a different kind of Italian politics,” he said after his nomination, promising to cut the number of lawmakers in parliament and reform a controversial electoral law blamed for much of the current mess.Adding to Letta’s cross-party credentials is the fact that his uncle, Gianni Letta, has been Berlusconi’s right-hand man for many years — although critics say that highlights precisely the type of nepotism that is holding Italy back.The eurozone’s third largest economy has been mired in a political crisis ever since a general election in February in which a centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party came first but failed to win an overall parliamentary majority.Slammed by Five Star MovementThe combination of right, centre and left mirrors the loose alliance that backed Mario Monti’s outgoing government until Berlusconi pulled his party’s support for it in December, precipitating early elections.The PD has been badly divided since the inconclusive result of the February 24-25 polls and its entire leadership resigned on Friday after two of its presidential nominations failed to get voted because of a rebellion within party ranks.The Five Star Movement, a new protest party that won a quarter of the vote and came third in the elections, said it would be in opposition.The movement’s leader, ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, slammed Letta’s nomination, accusing the leftist of being in league with his shadowy uncle Gianni.Monti’s government remains in office until a new one is formed but it has only interim powers. The former EU commissioner welcomed the nomination, saying that Letta would “efficiently guide Italy on a demanding path”.Monti said Letta would “consolidate Italy’s credibility internationally, as well as Italy’s role in strategic choices for Europe”.- © AFP 2013Read: As Italian MPs fail to agree on president some cast prank ballot for Trapattoni
DESPITE NATIONAL EFFORTS by gardaí, it has been a bad long weekend on Irish roads so far.Yesterday afternoon, a woman in her 50s became the fourth victim of collisions since Friday morning.The motorcyclist was fatally injured when her bike left the road at Lissvieen in Killarney at about 4.50pm. She becomes the 79th person and ninth motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year.The road was closed for some time to facilitate technical and forensic exams. Witnesses have been asked to contact the local garda station.A man in his 30s died in a separate road crash in Kerry on Friday evening, while two people were killed in a serious collision in Kildare.Gardaí make fresh appeal about fatal Kildare crashMan in Kerry crash is 78th person to die on Irish roads in 2013Operation Slow Down: 321 vehicles caught speeding in 24 hours
IF I ASKED you who the victims of the Troubles are, what would your answer be? Is a victim somebody who was in a paramilitary organisation? Is it a person in the security forces? Or is it just a member of the general public who was killed going about their daily lives? Debates like this have being brought to the forefront of politics in Northern Ireland due to the introduction of a bill by TUV MLA, Jim Allister that would ban people being convicted of serious offences being appointed as a special advisor to a minister.The bill has provoked a predictable response, with Sinn Fein preaching that it is in opposition to the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement and on the other side Unionists arguing that it is a necessary piece of legislation. While the parties battle it out in the assembly, does the fact that this bill is coming about now not highlight that the real problem in Northern Ireland is we are next to nowhere in dealing with victims?3,529 people died over three decades of violenceAnytime I am conducting a seminar or writing a piece like this I always state the figure that 3,529 people died over three decades of violence. It has become so commonplace now that we just belt out this number as if it were some foreign conflict that occurred over a century ago. When you properly sit down and think that this not only happened on your own doorstep but in your lifetime it really makes you think about the desensitisation that we have all gone through when it comes to political violence. It’s as if we have taken it for granted that thousands had to die to get to where we are today.The simple fact is that thousands didn’t have to die to get essentially what was offered in the Sunningdale Agreement in 1973. There were many things wrong with Northern Ireland in the late sixties but could anybody honestly make a serious argument that reform could not have been achieved without violence? Are we not forgetting men like John Hume, Paddy Devlin and the thousands like them who suffered discrimination and opted to change Northern Ireland through the political process? And on the Loyalist side, did people like Harry West and Jim Moylenaux not do more to defend Unionism by illustrating that the constitutional position of Northern Ireland can only be secured through the ballot box?Any loss of life motivated by politics is wrongIt is this manipulation of history that had led us to what is a shameful legacy and that is the treatment of victims. Of those 3,529 deaths, the majority of them were people whose crime was ultimately being at the wrong place at the wrong time. In our drive to declare ‘mission accomplished’ on the Northern Ireland problem we have effectively consigned to the history books people like Peter Ward who was killed by the UVF and Marie Wilson who died in the Enniskillen bomb planted by the Provisional IRA. If we are to buy the narrative that the Troubles was necessary, then deaths like these are simply going to be relegated to collateral damage.The truth is that any loss of life motivated by politics is wrong. It does not matter if the perpetrators do it in the name of the Crown or the Republic. And for those seeking to excuse the deaths of innocent people they could do well to remember that you do not defend your political cause by defending the indefensible.The search for justiceSome have argued that the introduction of the Special Advisors bill was a travesty of the Good Friday Agreement. However I would argue that the real travesty is that more than a decade on from the ending of the Troubles we still have families on both sides of the community looking for truth and justice.Victims of the Troubles who stick their heads above the parapet and argue for the truth about what happened to their loved ones should be talked up – not shouted down. We shouldn’t shrug our shoulders nor close our eyes but instead pause for a moment and ask the most humane question: how would I feel if this happened to me?David McCann is a PhD researcher in Irish politics at the University of Ulster. To read more articles by David for TheJournal.ie click here.Wreath-laying ceremony on 39th anniversary of Dublin-Monaghan bombings>Witnessing the Troubles: the human face of 1980s Northern Ireland>15 years ago today: the Good Friday Agreement was signed>
THE IRFU HAVE confirmed Simon Easterby as Ireland’s new forwards coach.Capped 65 times by Ireland during his playing days, Easterby will join Joe Schmidt’s backroom staff from the Scarlets.The 38-year-old has been head coach of the Welsh region since 2012, having worked as a defence coach for the club for two years prior to that.Easterby replaces New Zealander John Plumtree, who left Ireland this summer after a single season in charge of the forwards. The Kiwi departed with his reputation enhanced after overseeing major improvements in Ireland’s line-out and maul.Former back row Easterby, who has similar coaching strengths to Plumtree, will stay on at the Scarlets throughout the current pre-season and start of the Pro12 season before moving to Ireland ahead of the November Tests.With the Scarlets having agreed to release Easterby from his contract to take up Schmidt’s offer, the Irishman said: Easterby chats with Joe Schmidt before a Heineken Cup game in 2012. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMeanwhile, Ireland head coach Schmidt added:“Simon has tremendous test match experience combined with an in-depth knowledge of the current national squad players. He is well known to Irish rugby supporters and to many of the players and his knowledge and experience will help drive the team forward.”Ex-Munster fullback Scanlon stepping into leader’s role at RotherhamBrian O’Driscoll signs up as rugby expert with BT Sport I am very grateful to the Scarlets Board for allowing this to happen and for respecting and supporting my ambition and development as a coach at international level.“It’s a huge opportunity for me in Ireland and one I am very excited about, but it’s been a very emotional decision to leave the region that has been such a major part of my rugby career.”
THE UN HAS told Ireland to ban smacking children.The international body’s Human Rights Committee yesterday released a hard-hitting, eight-page document of “concluding observations” which also criticise Ireland’s handling of the symphysiotomy controversy and lack of progress investigating the institutional abuse of women and children in mother-and-baby homes as well as abortion.In their recommendations on children, the UNHRC says:“The State party should take appropriate steps, including the adoption of suitable legislation, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings.It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.The recommendations have been welcomed by the Children’s Rights Alliance, who have long called for an outright ban on smacking.“The UN Human Rights Committee has called on Ireland to ban hitting children in all settings,” said Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance.“A ban would change attitudes and reduce abuse levels overall. It’s about time that we took action to protect children from all forms of violence. The Committee also called on the Government to encourage non-violent forms of discipline and to conduct information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.“Once again, the committee has criticised the lack of access to secular education in Ireland for children of minority faith or non-faith families. They recommend that the Government legislate against discrimination in access to schools on the grounds of religion or belief and increase the number of diverse schools and curriculum.”Read: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionRead: UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy