Risto Buha a new coach of Tunisia womens NT

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Experienced Serbian coach, Risto Buha (60) is a new coach of Tunisia women’s National Team. He already worked in Africa with national teams in Mozambik, South Africa and Angola, so this isn’t a complete new experience for him.Tunisia won 14th place at last World Champioship 2009 in China. Tunisia handball ← Previous Story TOP 10 “Giants of Defense” – Didier Dinart and other “cyclops” Next Story → Who will host Women’s EURO 2014?

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Who will be the first star of Mens U2O EURO 2014

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Only five days left to the start of the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. The 16 best teams will compete for the glory, but that will be also reserved for some individuals. Handball-Planet.com ask you who will be the first star of the tournament…  Loading … ← Previous Story CASE “GERMANY – QATAR 2015”: Icelanders demand answers from EHF and IHF Next Story → ASOBAL schedule released, some teams yet to fulfill requirements Who will be the first star of Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria? Sander Sagosen Lasse Andersson Nemanja Mladenovic Tim Sutton Henrik Olsson Blaz Blagotinsek Nedim Remili Ignacio Plaza Filip Talevski Lukas Urban Norbert Gyene Nikola BilykView Results

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VTK VIDEO How Poles set new records in Krakow

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← Previous Story Four teams in Banja Luka, one dream – EHF Champions League Next Story → EHF CL last spot battle: Elverum and Alpla Hard at the final! krakowPSG HandballVive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce and PSG Handball have played fantastic intro match of the season in Krakow in front of 15.300 fans. The plan to break all attendance record in the Polish handball, but also club’s sport, presented our sport in the best possible way at Tauron Arena in Krakow. You can feel a part of the show from the video done by Vive Tauron Kielce TV.

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ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE ALL STAR TEAM 20152016

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ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE ALL STAR TEAM 2015/2016 ← Previous Story Over 25.000 votes for ADRIATIC World Young Female Player 2015/2016 Next Story → Anna Vyakhireva is ADRIATIC World Young Female Handball Player 2015/2016! Here are the complete results of voting Contest for the ADRIATIC WORLD BEST YOUNG FEMALE PLAYER 2015/2016:ADRIATIC WORLD FEMALE YOUNG BEST 7 – 2015/2016:LEFT WING: Ana-Maria Tanasie (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)LEFT BACK: Djurdjina Jaukovic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica –Montenegro)PLAYMAKER: Daria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliati – Russia)RIGHT BACK: Luca Szekerczes ( FTC – Hungary)RIGHT WING: Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia)LINE PLAYER: Ema Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro)GOALKEEPER: Blanka Biro (VAC – Hungary)ADRIATIC WORLD FEMALE YOUNG PLAYER 2015/2016 –Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia)ADRIATIC World YOUNG FEMALE GOALKEEPER 2015/2016?Blanka Biro (VAC – FTC – Hungary) 14Ljubica Nenezic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro) 10Dinah Eckerle (Thuringer HC – Germany) 9Hanna Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 4ADRIATIC World YOUNG FEMALE LEFT WING 2015/2016?Ana-Maria Tanasie (HCM Baia Mare – Romania) 15Dorina Korsos (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary) 13Ivona Pavicevic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica – Montenegro) 8Sanja Radosavljevic (ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac – Serbia) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE LEFT BACK 2015/2016?Djurdjina Jaukovic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica –Montenegro) 18Anne Mette Hansen (Kobenhavn Handbold – Denmark) 15Gabriela Perianu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania) 6Julia Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE PLAYMAKER 2015/2016?Daria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliati – Russia) 18Gabriella Toth (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary) 14Xenia Smits (Metz Handball – Germany) 8Cristina Laslo (Alexandrion Cluj Napoca – Romania) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE RIGHT BACK 2015/2016?Luca Szekerczes ( FTC – Hungary) 15Monika Kobylinska (Vistal Gdynia – Poland) 9Andjela Janjusevic (ŽRK Radnički KG – Serbia) 5Emma Ekenman-Fernis (IK Savehof – Sweden) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE RIGHT WING 2015/2016?Anna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia) 25Viktoria Lukacs (FTC – Hungary) 12Sara Ristovska (ŽRK Vardar – Macedonia) 8Marie Prouvensier (Cercle Dijon – France) 5ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE LINE-PLAYER 2015/2016?Ema Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro) 17Ainhoa Hernandez (BM Zuazo – Spain) 12Sara Trier Hald (TT Holstebro – Denmark) 6Vilde Ingeborg Johansen (Larvik HK – Norway) 5 read more

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TATRAN Presov sign Croatian right back Bruno Butorac

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The Slovakian champions TATRAN Presov announced their new international acquisition for the next season 2017/2018 – Croatian right back Bruno Butorac. Young 22 year-old player of RK Dubrava Zagreb, who has been one of the best players of Croatian Premier League recently, was recommended to TATRAN by Croatian coach Slavko Goluza. Another new player, who signed a 3-year contract for TATRAN from season 2017/2018 even before, is Croatian line player Ante Babic.Highly rated Croatian left-handed handball player, who is considered to be “new Dolenec”, was the member of successful Croatian U17, U19 and U21 national teams with 25 international appearances. In 2013 he was a member of Croatian U19 national team who won the silver medal at the Men´s Youth World Handball Championships in Hungary.Bruno Butorac (190 cm / 92 kg) was born on 1 October 1994 in Zagreb, Croatia. At first he started to play for RK Pavleki at his local school. After that he played for RK Medvescak Zagreb for 2 years. Then he moved to PPD Zagreb, where he played for 4 years. In 2012/2013 season he debuted in the Champions League with PPD Zagreb.Bruno Butorac, right back of RK Dubrava Zagreb, new signing of TATRAN Presov: “It is a big honour for me to join TATRAN Presov. I expect to learn a lot from other players and coach in TATRAN. I am looking forward to game experience in the Champions League and SEHA Gazprom League, in which I would like to be an asset to TATRAN and deliver the best possible performances to help the team to be successful.  I am glad I will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level and hope to win with TATRAN as many games as possible. I am also looking forward to amazing fans of TATRAN who will come and support us in our journey next season.”Miloslav Chmeliar, the owner of TATRAN Presov: “I believe Bruno Butorac is going to be a great choice for our club. I am sure he will be an asset to the team. He is a dynamic player, athlete with excellent motion we are looking for. He is physically prepared in an outstanding way and able to score a lot of goals. In the past we missed such kind of a player.”The words of the owner of TATRAN Presov Miloslav Chmeliar can be proved in the following video featuring Bruno Butorac (No. 33, RK Dubrava Zagreb):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TA2nD34J1QAuthor: Richard FechPhoto: RK Dubrava Zagreb ← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas to lead Argentina until Tokyo 2020 Next Story → BUGOJNO 2017: Powerful Balkan teams to fight for the final read more

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IHFs tender global media rights for WCh 2021 and 2023

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The IHF, in agreement with its current TV Partner beIN Sports, is now proposing the global media rights for future men’s and women’s events after 2017.Invitations have been sent to potential buyers.The deadline for receiving offers is 30 September 2017.The tender proposes the buyout of the global media rights for the 2019 and 2021 IHF Men’s and Women’s World Championships. This includes the full TV production of the four events and additional production obligations, announced IHF on their website. ← Previous Story RK Vardar Skopje win Macedonian Super Cup Next Story → Dierk Schmaschke (SG Flensburg Handewitt): We want more flexi schedule for German teams in CL” International Handball Federation

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RK Metalurg Skopje with new coach – Danilo Brestovac

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Danilo BrestovacRK Metalurg Skopje The Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje presented the new coach at today’s press conference. His name is Danilo Brestovac, former goalkeeper’s coach of the club in the golden ages with Lino Cervar on the helm, when RK Metalurg played twice at EHF Champions League quarter-finals (2013 and 2014).The 43-years old Brestovac, currently headcoach of the junior nationa team, coming from Luxembourg where he worked as a first coach since he left France. He was assistant of Croatian coach Ivica Obrvan at Chambery Savoie.I am not David Cooperfeld, but I can promise that Metalurg will continue to be famous as factory of young players – said Brestovac.RK Metalurg were lead by Lino Cervar between 2009 and 2017. Last Autumn he left to Croatia, when his assistant Aleksandar Jovic overtook coaching position.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen overtakes Norwegian Molde HK Elite Next Story → U20 EHF EURO 2018: France to meet Germany in semi-final read more

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Appeal for information after protected bird found hanging from gatepost

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first_imgThe sparrowhawk found in Co Meath [Dept of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht]Read: What does climate change report mean for Ireland?Read: Sonar mapping for oil killed Madagascar whales > AN APPEAL HAS been issued after a bird of prey was illegally shot in the Rathkenny area of Co Meath, close to Navan.The sparrowhawk, which is protected under the 1976 Wildlife Act, was found dead hanging from a gatepost at the entrance to a field.The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are asking anyone who may have information to get in contact with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.“Birds of prey, such as sparrowhawks, eagles and harriers, are an indicator of the state of Ireland’s ecological health — they are also a key part of our heritage and of great benefit to tourism,” Minister Jimmy Deenihan said.“With regard to this recent incident, my officials have notified the crime prevention officer in the area. I am asking people to be vigilant and to come forward with any information they may have about this case.”The Sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey common in the Irish countryside. A fast and agile hunter, it generally targets smaller birds along hedgerows and in woodland.The Navan office of the National Parks and Wildlife Service can be contacted on 076 100 2636.last_img read more

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Coast Guard helicopter called to medical emergency aboard French survey vessel

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first_imgTHE RESCUE 117 helicopter from Waterford has been dispatched to a French survey vessel around 40 miles off the coast, after a crew-member took ill.The Irish Coastguard dispatched the aircraft to carry out a ‘Medivac’ operation after receiving a request from their counterpart authority in France.A 26-year-old crew member took ill with chest pains earlier this evening.The helicopter will land at Waterford Airport on its return, and the man will then be taken by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital.The operation is ongoing, a Coast Guard spokesman at the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin confirmed to TheJournal.ie.Read: UK fishing vessel detained off Cork coastlast_img

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School admissions Eirgrid and everything else happening in Leinster House

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first_imgWHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Tánaiste is once again likely to field questions with Enda Kenny away. This will be taken at 12 noon.Dáil: Electricity Infrastructure and Eirgrid –  Fianna Fáil’s Private Members’ motion will resume after at 7.30pm, while Fintan Slye, Chief Executive of Eirgrid, will be in front of the Transport and Communications Committee in Room 4 at 9.30am to hear regional community concerns in respect of State company’s project to upgrade the country’s electricity infrastructure.Committees: School Admissions – Parent and education groups will be in attendance at the Education and Social Protection Committee in Room 3 at 1pm to discuss the Draft General Scheme of an Education Admission to Schools Bill.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilThe Finance Bill which provides alteration and regulation of taxation and stamp duties enters final stage today and will be discussed at 10.45am and resumed at 2.40pm.The Order of Business will be taken at 12.21pm or probably a little after that before Topical Issues will be taken at 12.51pm or probably closer to lunchtime. The morning’s business on the Finance Bill resumes after that, before Fianna Fáil’s motion is debated.The Dáil adjourns at 9.00pm.Everything else that’s happening the SeanadSenators start the day by discussing anything and everything on the Order of Business from 10.30am.Junior Minister Fergus O’Dowd will be discussing the Water Services Bill, which relates to the establishment of Irish Water and its charges, at 12.30pm.Labour senators will be asking the Government at 5pm to ensure staffing levels in the mental health services will increase and that community based teams are strengthened.Then it’s Matters on the Adjournment before the Seanad itself adjourns at 7pm.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesTánaiste Eamon Gilmore will attend meetings of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of Ministers and the Foreign Affairs Policy Review at the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs at 2.30 pm in Room 1.The Minister for Defence Alan Shatter will be in front of Justice, Defence and Equality Committee in Room 2 at 4pm to discuss supplementary estimates to the Army pensions.Seán Ó Cuirreáin, An Coimisinéir Teanga, will be at the Public Service and Oversight and Petitions Committee to discuss the annual report in Room 4 at 4pm.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Be careful what you tweet British social media users face fines

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first_imgTHE BRITISH GOVERNMENT is to tell Twitter and Facebook users how to avoid “inadvertently breaking the law” by revealing banned details from court cases.Legal advisories previously sent only to the mainstream media will be published on social media networks in recognition of the fact that newspapers and television no longer have a monopoly on news.There are strict rules in place in the UK on what can be reported or publicly discussed about a court case, with fines levied on those deemed to have prejudiced a fair trial, while it is also illegal to identify some victims of crime.But these rules are increasingly being broken by users of social networks, most recently when socialite Peaches Geldof tweeted the names of two mothers whose babies were involved in sexual abuse orchestrated by disgraced rock star Ian Watkins.Geldof apologised and swiftly deleted the tweets but police are considering whether to press charges under the law protecting the identity of victims in sexual offences cases.“Blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook mean that individuals can now reach thousands of people with a single tweet or post,” said Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the government’s chief legal advisor.“This is an exciting prospect, but it can pose certain challenges to the criminal justice system.“In days gone by, it was only the mainstream media that had the opportunity to bring information relating to a court case to such a large group of people that it could put a court case at risk. That is no longer the case, and is why I have decided to publish the advisories that I have previously only issued to the media.” “This is not about telling people what they can or cannot talk about on social media; quite the opposite in fact, it’s designed to help facilitate commentary in a lawful way. Grieve said he hoped to “stop people from inadvertently breaking the law”.The British attorney general’s advisories will be published on his website and his Twitter account.In Ireland, there has been no official warning about social media and legal cases, in terms of prejudicing legal cases. On a personal level, however, businessman Declan Ganley reached a minor settlement out of court and received an apology in January from a blogger who made defamatory comments about him on Twitter this time last year.© – AFP 2013Read: Peaches Geldof defends tweeting names of mothers involved in Lostprophets court case >Can you get arrested for things you say on Facebook and Twitter?>Read: French court says Twitter must identify racist tweet authors >last_img read more

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Up up up Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport

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first_imgTRAFFIC AT DUBLIN Airport topped 20 million passengers last year and was the busiest year at the airport since 2009.The figures from the Dublin Airport Authority showed a 6 per cent increase, boosted in large part by a spike in transatlantic traffic of 13 per cent.The transatlantic traffic increase saw 1.9 million people flying between Dublin Airport and North America last year. Long-haul traffic to the Middle-East grew by just over 13 per cent last year with UK and European markets also recording increases.The DAA say that there is already 16 new routes planned for 2014 with expansions of some existing services also in the pipeline.As a result of the passenger rise, DAA will pay a €5.6 million rebate in airport charges to a total of 40 airlines that increased their business at Dublin Airport during 2013. This rebate is part of the Growth Incentive Scheme which has operated since 2011.“This incentive scheme was designed to encourage growth in passenger numbers and we are delighted to have paid a rebate in each of the three years it has operated,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated the DAA for the results and referenced The Gathering as a measure that showed the Government’s commitment to aviation.Read: Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 5 per cent in November >Read: Ryanair to allocate seats on flights from February >last_img read more

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Landmark Montrose Hotel to be converted to highspec student housing

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first_imgThe Montrose Hotel — soon to be reopened as the ‘Montrose Student Residence’ THE MONTROSE HOTEL, a well-known Dublin 4 landmark just across the road from UCD and a short walk from RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus, is to be redeveloped for student accommodation.Third level and graduate students “Dublin-wide” will be targetted for the development through the academic year, and it’s planned the property will be used for international language students during summer months.The revamped ‘Montrose Student Residence’ will open for business in September.The plan — being helmed by Ziggurat Student Living — will see the hotel redeveloped to offer 192 bedroom units, arranged “in a choice of five to eight bedroom ‘cluster flats’ each with communal living, kitchen and dining areas”.It’s planned the residence will also offer round-the-clock security, on site laundry and car parking spaces. Utilities, broadband internet and contents insurance are all included in the room rental, according to the developers, and it’s projected rent will start from €175 per week, based on a 42 week term.The €22.5 million project is the first Irish development by the firm, which says it plans to create over 1,000 student bed spaces in the city over the next five years.According to the company:Privately owned and managed bespoke student accommodation, as an alternative to on-campus housing, is an increasingly attractive option for students and their families.Ziggurat is currently working on similar projects in Edinburgh and Newcastle, and says it’s also making efforts to launch a second scheme in Dublin.Image: Google MapsRead: Dublin seen as hot property in Europe’s real estate marketRead: Relics of the boom: What now for the banking sector’s landmark real estate sites?last_img read more

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How is Ireland feeling Europewide survey looks at loneliness health and chores

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first_imgTHE LASTEST EDITION of Eurofound’s Quality of Life survey has revealed detailed  information about what life is like in several European countries.This edition, conducted in 2011, involved face-to-face interviews with 35,000 people in different Europe countries.Two others were conducted in 2003 and 2007.Notable findings include a fall of 20% in optimism across all countries, but wide divisions exist between the standard of life in different countries.For example, 22 per cent of people struggle to make ends meet in Greece, compared to just 1 per cent in Finland.Perceived tensions between racial groups and the difference between rich and poor also rose.The authors of the survey described subjective well-being as remaining stable through the decade:“In Member States with the lowest scores in 2003, well-being increased, and most of the other Member States show more or less stable scores. The main exception is Greece, where the economic crisis is linked to sharp falls in both life satisfaction and happiness between 2007 and 2011.”For the most part, countries with higher levels of life satisfaction in 2007 reported decreased satisfaction in 2011.We’ve picked out a few interesting highlights from the survey relating to Ireland. You can explore the data yourself using this mapping tool.Read the full report here.From whom would you get support if you needed to urgently raise 1000 EUR to face an emergency?Like most other Europeans, the Irish would turn to a member of their family for some much needed cash. However, we’re 4th in Europe for turning to a financial institution, with 18 per cent saying this would be their first port of call. The Danes are miles ahead of the rest in this area at 30 per cent.Click here to view a larger version.How would you rate the quality of health services in your country?Ireland comes in at 4.9, below an average of 6.3 in terms of how we view our health care system, but…How respondents rated their health system on a scale of 1 to 10. Click here to view a larger version.Perceived health status… we think we’re pretty healthy, among with fellow bailout countries Cyprus and Greece. 38.3 per cent said their health was “very good” compared to an EU average of 22.4 per cent, and 37 per cent “good”.  Lativa ranks last, due to 42.8 per cent classing their health as “fair”. The percentage of people who responded with “very good” to perceived health status. Click here to view a larger version.I have not felt lonely.65 per cent of people in Ireland picked this when asked if they have felt lonely, the 3rd highest in Europe. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 11 per cent of people in Cyprus feel lonely all the time (we’re here if you want a chat, lads).The percentage of people who responded with “never” to whether they have felt lonely. Click here for a larger version.Would you say that people can be trusted or that you can`t be too careful in dealing with people?The higher score, the higher the trust. We perform pretty well in this, and our score of 5.5 peeks above the EU average of 5.1.Click here to view a larger version.Contacted a politician or public official (other than routine contact through public services)We’re in the top 5 in Europe in this category, with 11 per cent saying that they have. You’re most likely to get in touch between the ages of 35 to 49. We match the EU average for youth (18 to 24) engagement in politics.The percentage of people who said they had recently contacted a politician or public official. Click here to view a larger version.Time spend in getting to and from work or studyWe spend more time commuting than any other country in Europe, at an average of 55 minutes.Click here to view a larger version.Access to public transport facilitiesWhile 43.5 per cent can access it easily, 15 per cent of people in Ireland find it very difficult to access public transport, double the EU average of 6.4 per cent. We come second in Europe in this category, although it pales in comparison to Malta’s 32 per cent figure.However, 73.4 per cent said they had no problems with traffic congestion.The percentage of people who responded with “with great difficultly” to how well they could access public transport. Click here to view a larger version.I have come home from work too tired to do household jobs.While the majority said that they come home too tired “several times a month”, 25 per cent said that “several times a week”.However, 21 per cent of those from Netherlands and Lithuania say they never are.  How they get the energy for that we’ll never know.Click here to view a larger version.Image Credit for all graphs: Eurofoundlast_img

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Coalition sees disagreements over student grants

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first_imgDISCUSSIONS ARE BEING held at Cabinet level over the broadening of the means testing arrangements for student grants but there are indications of tensions between the coalition’s two parties.Labour TDs would like to see the government follow through with a Budget 2012 decision which would include the value of capital assets and savings in the means test.“This makes perfect sense,” Aodhán Ó Ríordáin told Morning Ireland. “It is one of the only government schemes which doesn’t take account of the capital value of savings or assets. It led to a situation where an individual who had €270,000 in his bank account but was still eligible.”The Dublin deputy said the €336 million spend on supporting students had to be more targeted at those who do not have assets or a tradition of education in their homes.“They should not be fishing out of the same pond as those who have,” he continued. “There are far too many eligible students. This is about having a fair system.”The Department of Education told TheJournal.ie that the broadening of the system is “an issue of equity and fairness”.“At a time of diminishing resources we need to ensure that the valuable student grant system is aimed at those who need it most. And equally, those who can afford to pay to go to third level do.”However, the spokesperson added that there would be no speculation about what will happen ahead of a Cabinet decision.Children from households with an income below €39,875 qualify for a full grant and maintenance. It is understood that assets worth more than €750,000 will be included in the future means tests.Although the Department said the broadening of means testing “is not aimed at a particular section of the community”, farmers have reacted negatively to the proposed changes.Fine Gael TD John Deasy told RTÉ News that income cannot be imputed from assets, adding there would be trouble if Labour pursues the issue.UCD students vote to leave national students’ unionlast_img read more

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Column Mental health and alcohol the elephant in the room

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first_imgAT A TIME when mental health is finally well and truly a ‘hot topic’, firmly embedded in the public consciousness, I can’t help feeling that we’re quietly omitting a vital part of the discussion – our relationship as a nation with alcohol, and how it affects our mental well-being.The term “mental health” is a wide-ranging one, and it can be argued that at the moment it has somewhat negative connotations and is almost synonymous, in public discourse, with mental ill-health and suicide – something that needs to quickly change. Slowly but surely, however, we are witnessing a realisation that preventative measures and positive mental health promotion, particularly among young people, are ultimately excellent and necessary long-term strategies on which we need to focus as a matter of urgency to tackle the current suicide epidemic.Ongoing struggle to adaptIn the wake of an abrupt economic crash, attitudes have changed rapidly in an adjusting Ireland. While it can be argued that a return to more prudent values is to be welcomed, there is an ongoing struggle to adapt. We have not adequately dealt with the practical reality of the economic fall-out that has decimated employment, household income and consumer confidence. There is evidence to suggest that pressure resulting from economic difficulties is a contributory factor to the increase in the number of suicides we have seen in recent years. To attribute the rise purely to this, however is to simplify the issue greatly. There are biological, sociological and psychological factors at play, and these are often intertwined – just as everyone is different, the individual causes of suicide vary greatly.But let’s pull back from suicide for a moment, as that’s just one element of mental health we need to look at. Mental “ well-being” is a term I’d prefer to focus on for now. And while most of us at this stage know that there are steps we can take to look after our emotional health, it’s apparent that our alcohol consumption behaviour and attitudes often directly contradict this. While it’s been touched on by aspects of the media in recent weeks, notably by Breda O’Brien in the Irish Times and also as part of a recent Frontline discussion on mental health, it remains the elephant in the room when it comes to the national conversation we are attempting to have about mental well-being.Extreme attitudes towards alcoholOur drinking habits and our attitudes towards alcohol in Ireland are what can probably fairly be classified as “extreme”. A recent study conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne on behalf of Drinkaware.ie, indicated that while Irish people drink less frequently than our EU counterparts, our consumption is three times higher than the EU average. (Drinkaware.ie, interestingly, is an initiative developed by MEAS, a group comprised of various players in the alcohol industry, under the guise of social responsibility. The site contains lots of eye-opening information about the effects of alcohol, including its impact on relationships and mental health.)In particular, attitudes among our young people are telling. The cross-border survey, “Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Related Harm in Ireland” published by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) last year found that a third of drinkers aged between 18 and 24 consumed the equivalent of nine standard drinks on a typical night out, and regard having at least five standard drinks on a night out as the “norm”. The Department of Health’s recommended weekly low risk drinking limits are 17 standard drinks for a man and 11 for a woman. So right there, that’s half your weekly intake, in one night.So it’s clear that our attitudes to alcohol and alcohol consumption are somewhat skewed. The vast majority of our social occasions centre around the consumption of alcohol. Take, for example the prevalence of holding nearly every celebration in a licenced establishment, or if it is held in the home, accompanying it with carry-out alcohol. While there is a marked growth in outdoor, health-based activities, it’s not uncommon to celebrate a physical achievement such as a marathon or a triathlon in the pub. Even childhood occasions like christenings and first communions are commonly hosted in pubs.Alcohol consumption is pervasiveThere’s nothing wrong with this (I’m not writing this to judge) but why not ask why this is? Why the inherent dependence on alcohol to have a good time? Are we lacking so much in confidence in ourselves and our own personalities that we need use of alcohol as a social lubricant in order to let our hair down and truly enjoy ourselves? Alcohol consumption is pervasive. It’s everywhere. It’s practically impossible to avoid it. And the evidence indicates that we actively depend on it. Why, more importantly, are we so uncomfortable admitting this? And why are people who call it out and suggest that it might not always be healthy, dismissed as killjoys?Minister Roisin Shorthall, during her time in government prioritised a strategy to tackle alcohol intake and abuse, including placing restrictions on alcohol sponsorship of and advertising at sports events, yet met with resistance both from within government and the alcohol industry. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar expressed concern that banning sponsorship would impact negatively on sports performance across the country – and incredibly, in this he is correct, as we now find ourselves in the questionable situation where our sporting bodies have become heavily reliant on the alcohol industry for funding. It can be argued that this is something of a double-edged sword, given that evidence demonstrates that young people are more likely to be influenced by the advertising of alcohol.The bottom line in the debate around alcohol and mental health is that alcohol is, beyond a doubt, a recognised depressant. Research has demonstrated that it can have an adverse effect on our mental health, affecting our ability to cope with everyday challenges and bigger traumas. Critically, the connection between alcohol and suicide has been highlighted – and the fact that suicide victims are frequently found to have alcohol in their bloodstream points to a concern that alcohol can lower inhibitions enough for a person to act on suicidal thoughts that they may not have, otherwise. In one of the most damning statistics on alcohol you will ever read, the World Health Organisation estimates that the risk of suicide increases EIGHTFOLD when a person is abusing alcohol, compared to a person who is not.The uncomfortable truthYet we continue to blithely ignore this enormous elephant in the room, because, the truth it, it’s easier to blame other factors than it is to look inwards and examine our own attitudes and behaviour. In continuing to place alcohol at the centre of our social interactions, we are all, each and every one of us, complicit in the problem. Harsh? Perhaps, but it’s an uncomfortable truth. We may not all drink to excess; neither might we all abuse alcohol but in failing to question the status quo or actively engage in alternatives to alcohol-reliant social occasions, we are all contributing to this problem.Every time you question someone who is not having a drink, or try to persuade them to “leave the car” when they choose to drive on a night out, or indeed, accept without question the behaviour of a friend who is clearly consistently drinking too much, you are contributing. And crucially, we are propagating and reinforcing these attitudes, because this is what our young people witness as they grow up. Not to mention perpetuating the “drunken Paddy” stereotype abroad, in countries where people mange to live with licensed premises that remain open through the night without turning into rabid binge-drinkers and functioning alcoholics.So what can we do to change this culture? (Because this is what it is – a culture.) I don’t personally believe that measures such as restricting sales of alcohol, either at pubs and off-licences ultimately tackle the issue. And why should you or I not have the choice to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at 10.30pm on a Friday night if we want? Or why should I have to leave the pub at 12.30pm on a Saturday night, because the law dictates that at this stage, I’ve had enough to drink? Rather, this change is an attitudinal one and needs to come from within – from within ourselves and our society. I’ve come up with a few suggestions – feel free to add your own in the comments below.Suggestions for a healthier attitudeFirstly, let’s think about our reactions. Don’t judge a friend or acquaintance for not consuming alcohol. Don’t make them feel they have to invent an excuse for not drinking, once they make that choice. Don’t ridicule them, or make them feel that they ‘re not actively partaking in the occasion, just because they’re not drinking alcohol. Language is powerful.Secondly, let’s think outside the box a little. Why the need to celebrate every little event or hold every single get-together in the pub? It’s a little unimaginative, frankly. A friend of mine organises a weekly social run in the Phoenix Park. He extends an open invitation to friends, and it’s well-attended. He doesn’t even go to the pub afterwards. And it’s fun. Imagine! And do occasions that focus on children really need to involve alcohol?Thirdly, let’s learn to have a little more confidence in ourselves and our personalities. We’re great, we Irish. We have a wit that is rarely equalled, but excessive alcohol consumption doesn’t always make us wittier, or more confident, or more attractive. (Usually the opposite, in fact.) Often, it doesn’t even enhance our enjoyment of a night out. Or the following day, for that matter. I myself can confirm this beyond all shadow of a doubt, having tested the theory more times than I care to recall.Fourthly – and I say this conscious of the sanctimony it may indicate, but does not intend – let’s embrace moderation. Alcohol consumed in moderation is enjoyable (and sometimes, depending on what you read, pretty good for you). It’s also more inclusive and conducive to drinkers and non-drinkers enjoying a night out in each others’ company.Let’s look at alcohol a little differently. Rather than a mere inebriant, alcohol’s pretty nice with food. A nice red with a steak being the obvious example, but there are independent brewing companies who are marketing their craft beers as food accompaniments, and it’s another way to enjoy a tipple without making it the focus.Lead by example. Sure, we’ve no obligation to do so, but our young people are watching, and it’s more important than you think.Pubs – how about offering some appealing alternatives to alcohol? I’m done with Rock-more-expensive-than-a-pint-Shandy, and there are only so many sparking waters one can drink. How about some decent non-alcoholic beers? Palatable ginger ale? And less of a visible sneer when I ask for a non-alcoholic drink, thank you – smile, be polite and think of the often extortionate mark-up.Check out alternativesIf you do want to check out alternatives, check out hellosundaymorning.org – an international initiative aimed at changing and recreating attitudes to alcohol that has just been launched in Ireland by comedian Des Bishop in conjunction with his RTE TV series, Under the Influence. Hello Sunday Morning is an initiative that says it’s perfectly fine not to drink lots all the time, and while you may not want to give up alcohol, it allows you to take some some “time out” – periods of three or six months are recommended in order to give you time to reflect on your drinking behaviour and reclaim the Sunday mornings that are frequently lost to Saturday night alcohol consumption. Most people return to drinking alcohol afterwards, but ultimately the time out can assist you if you want to change your drinking patterns.Finally, let’s face up to the truth. If we genuinely do give a damn about the problem that is mental ill-health in this country, and want to be the change, we need to do more than simply call on the government to address the issue. While we urgently need to channel resources towards education and prevention, it’s all too easy to deflect responsibility. Like it or not, most of us are part of the problem, and we need to start taking some ownership – and fast.Examining our own contribution to the problem doesn’t necessarily mean rejecting alcohol, or seeing it as the enemy – merely becoming a little more thoughtful in our attitudes, behaviour and discourse around alcohol consumption. Then, and only then will we start to turn the tide and tackle one of the root causes of the suicide plague that blights our society today.Republished from the An Cailín Rua blog with permission from author Anne-Marie Flynn.last_img read more

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University lecturers agree to enter new Croke Park talks

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first_imgA UNION REPRESENTING staff in third-level institutions has agreed to enter talks on a new Croke Park deal.The decision was made at an emergency meeting held by the executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) this morning as other unions representing the education sector – including the three teachers’ unions which rejected the Croke Park II deal – attended talks at the Labour Relations CommissionMike Jennings, the general secretary of IFUT, sounded a note of caution and said that it was now up to the government negotiators to prove that talks are not just an attempt to persuade people to accept proposals that have already been rejected by IFUT members.“IFUT will be going into the talks to investigate if it is possible to achieve meaningful changes to the previously unacceptable and rejected proposals,” he said.Talks are continuing at the Labour Relations Commission today in a bid to put together a new public sector pay deal, which may include separate agreements with different sectors.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said that the €300 million targeted in savings for this year may not be met but that the government is still optimistic of saving €1 billion in total between now and 2015.Read: Pay talks continue as coalition concedes €300 million target might be missed >last_img read more

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Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

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first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. Tragic news from Sligo today – the bodies of two brothers were found at their home yesterday evening. The nine-year-old had been stabbed and it is believed his older brother took his own life. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland2.  The Palestinian death toll in the current Gaza conflict has now passed a shocking 500 and the UN has called for an immediate truce. Meanwhile, our readers think the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland should be expelled from the country: 4. Today marks the first National Farm Safety Awareness Day, with families being urged to review the safety on their farms. Fourteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year – a 70% rise on last year. 5. A judgement of nearly €2.5 million has been registered against former minister of state John Perry and his wife over unpaid loans, RTÉ reports. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland6. The political version of Electric Picnic is currently underway in Donegal. The MacGill Summer School kicked off this morning and a number of government ministers will get a chance to have their say in the coming days. Source: our-life-the-edm via TumblrRead the rest of today’s news> South Tipperary IFA Chairman, Simon Ryan and his family review safety on their farm #FarmSafetyDay pic.twitter.com/4doYoUPr0U— Irish Farmers’ Assoc (@IFAmedia) July 21, 2014 Source: Irish Farmers’ Assoc/Twitter 3. It’s official: From today children are banned from using sunbeds. Fake tan retailers across the country must be rejoicing.last_img read more

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Mans Rolex brings in 66000 on eBay after it turns out to

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first_imgOne man’s junk is another man’s treasure… especially on eBay, the popular online auctioning site which just played host to its own Christmas miracle.It started innocuously enough. An older seller named Bob bought himself a Rolex watch on the Kwajelien Atoll from a Navy Exchange store fifty-two years ago, and wore it almost every day for the next forty years. He eventually replaced that watch, and put the old one in storage, but coming upon it again one day, he decided to chuck it up on eBay with an opening price of $10.Once he put it online, Bob quickly forget about the watch… at least until the bids started smashing their way into his email box. What started as bemusement that a crummy old watch was generating an auction price of a few hundred bucks soon transitioned into astonishment as the price rose above $30,000.At that point, Bob was convinced something else had to be going on, so he called his son, who did some research and discovered that his watch was the rare “Bond” Rolex Submariner Ref 5510, the same watch Sean Connery’s Bond wore in Dr. No, Thunderball and Goldfinger.Bob didn’t have gold on his hands, but he had it on his wrist: the final selling price of the watch was $66,100, quite a pleasant surprise for the older gentleman pictured above boozing it up with no lesser personage than Christopher Reeves, aka Superman. Of course, the buyer ended up getting a deal, too: if not for Bob’s ignorance of just what kind of watch he’d been wearing for forty years, he could have gotten over $100,000 for it.Read more at Hodinkeelast_img read more

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