Bogdan Wenta resigns as Polish head coach

Bogdan WentaPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce Bogdan Wenta resigns from the position of Polish Nationa Team head coach! In official letter he wrote that decision to finish his job with NT was taken in Alicante after missed chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in London.  Wenta will now focus on his job in Vive Targi Kielce, where are most of the NT players.Bogdan Wenta is symbol of a new era in Polish handball. With him on the bench, Poland won silver medal at WCh 2007 and bronze at WCh 2009. However, average results at WCh 2011 and EHF EURO 2012 were signals for changes… ← Previous Story Russian Play-Off (Women): Dinamo beats Lada in Togliati! Next Story → Sebastien Bosquet wants to leave Dunkerque read more

Draw result for the Olympic handball tournament Long way to QuarterFinals

Attended by more than 80 invited guests and a huge media coverage the team captains of the British Olympic teams, John Pearce and Lynn McCafferty, drew the groups of the 2012 London Olympic Handball tournaments. The draw was conducted by Leon Kalin, Chairman of the IHF Commission of Organizing and Competition (COC), and Miguel Roca Mas (First IHF Vice President) – both are Technical Delegate of the Olympic Handball Tournament.  The draw results:Women’s Tournament:Group A:  Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Great Britain, Brazil, AngolaGroup B: Norway, Spain, Denmark, France, Sweden, KoreaMen’ Tournament:Group A: France, Sweden, Iceland, Great Britain, Argentina, TunisiaGroup B: Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Denmark, Korea Olympic Handball Tournament ← Previous Story Draw for Olympic Handball Tournaments Next Story → Kadetten Schaffhausen leads 2:1 – One more victory for trophy! read more

Kielce beat Aalborg in Denmark

3AaB Handball5212127:124530 5Motor-Zntu-Zas5104129:1342-51 4K. Schaffhausen5113126:1443-180 EHF Champions LeagueVive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce is still unbeaten in the Champions League as they took the victory against Aalborg Handball 27:25. Even though they had to manage without Julen Aginagalde and Tobias Reichmann (both injured), Polish champions arrived in Aalborg as favourites.The beginning of the game saw quite a lot of action but not very many goals. It was a very good time for Sławomir Szmal who saved many throws, some of them in quite a spectacular way. His teammates, on the other hand, wasted his efforts by making mistakes in attack. Kielce were on the lead but they couldn’t make it to a bigger advance than 2 goals. They played well in defence but so did Aalborg. It took the Poles almost 20 minutes to gain 3-goal-lead (10:7). In the 22. minute Kielce bench and Kielce fans held their breaths as they saw Szmal trying to take over the ball to prevent Aalborg from a fastbreak, and running Tvedten bumped into him. In spite of protests of the hosts, Polish goalkeeper wasn’t punished in any way. By the end of the first half Aalborg changed their defence system from 5:1 to 6:0 and Kielce started having troubles. Additionally, Krzysztof Lijewski was sent off the court for 2 minutes for touching the ball with his leg. Short-handed Kielce had a chance to lost the lead entirely but Martin Larsen missed the goal and the halftime result was 13:12.The second half didn’t began better for Kielce, as Denis Buntić wasted a penalty throw. It was a very good opportunity for Aalborg to equalize and so they did when very well playing Emil Berggren equalized at 13:13. Nevertheless, a couple of mistakes in attack and Kielce were back with 4-goal-lead (18:14, 39. minute). However, Poles wasted their own efforts either. In 40. minute Piotr Chrapkowski was suspended for 2 minutes but he overlooked this fact when he tried to join his mates in defence. As a result, Aalborg played in a double powerplay and Kielce lost 3 goals. After that, Kielce were maintaining 4- or 3-goal lead. In the 58. minute the advantage was 5 goals (27:22) but the Polish champions seemed to let go and Aalborg managed to score 3 more goals.In the Polish team, it was a very good game of Krzysztof Lijewski who was the best scorer with 6 goals and did many good passes. Also both goalkeeper significantly contributed to the victory. In case of the Danish team, contribution of Emil Berggren has to be mentioned. He scored 7 times and was an outstanding player in his team.Pick Szeged beat US Dunkerque 23:21.STANDINGS: 6Dunkerque HB5104113:1232-10-1 2Pick Szeged5401144:1338110 TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 1KS Vive Targi Kielce5500155:13610190 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Hypo NO celebrate first two points Next Story → EHF CL Round 5: First defeat for PSG – Metalurg and Alingsas only 0-5 read more

EURO 2014 Croatia is out – Serbia scores only 3 for halftime

The biggest negative surprise of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 is Croatia. Croatian team lost all the chances to qualify for the Main Round in Zagreb, after shocking defeat against Germany 24:26 (14:13). The things became even worst with injury of Miranda Tatari, who had to leave the court after pain in knee.STATISTICSIn the first match of the Group C, The Netherlands and Sweden played 30:30.STANDINGS:The Netherlands 3Sweden 3Germany 2Croatia 0France gave revenge to Serbian team for defeat at the last EHF EURO 2012 – 27:16 (11:3). Andrea Lekic and Co. set the new record in the lowest number of goals scored in the first half of the matches in European championship – only 3. The previous were linked with Netherlands and Russia, who scored 5.STATISTICSIn the second match of the Day in Osijek, Montenegro easily beat Slovakia 28:24.STANDINGS:Montenegro 4France 4Slovakia 0Serbia 0 ← Previous Story Expensive tickets reason for empty seats in Gyor? Next Story → The worst penalty at EHF EURO 2014 read more

VIDEO When Elisson overthrows Barca…

Bjarki ElissonFC BarcelonaFuchse Berlin German Fuchse Berlin made a huge surprise by qualifying for the IHF Super Globe 2015 over FC Barcelona Lasso 26:25 (12:15). The EHF CUp title holders were outsiders in the match against the reigning EHF Champions League winners, but at the end, they celebrated with 3:0 series and the last goal by Bjarki Elisson…Take a look… ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2015: Berlin boys beat FC Barcelona for the final! Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2015: Veszprem to play against Fuchse Berlin for the trophy read more

Icelandic Selfoss appoint Ex SerboMontenegrian NT coach Zoran Ivic

Selfoss handballZoran Ivic ← Previous Story Boris Dvorsek to lead Italian ASV Eppan Handball Lowen Next Story → Mario Moccia is reelected for President of the Pan American Federation The seventh team in the last season of the Women’s Icelandic league, Selfoss, will get some influences of totally different handball school – Balkan school. The former Serbo-Montenegrian women’s national team coach (World Championship 2003) Zoran Ivic signed a year contract with Icelanders.Ivic (58) has a huge experience of leading Serbian and Montenegrian teams – RK Crvena zvezda, RK Partizan, ŽRK Budućnost, ŽORK Jagodina, both male and female.He also was a member of coaching staff of Serbian team at Men’s World Championship 2009 in Croatia. read more

EHF CL TOP 16 Rhein Neckar Lowen win in Kiel

← Previous Story BIG BOY IS BACK: Pick Szeged have to take care of Nikolaj Markussen Next Story → Magdeburg’s fortress stops Flensburg Rhein Neckar Lowen won German derby at TOP 16 phase of the VELUX EHF Champions League! The German champions won at “Sparkasse Arena” against THW Kiel 25:24 (12:10) with big chances to secure quarter-final in front of home fans next week.The “Lions” best scorer was Ekdahl Du Rietz with six goals.THW Kiel – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 24:25 (10:12)THW Kiel: Landin, Wolff; Firnhaber, Lackovic, Sprenger, Weinhold (4), Dissinger (2), Wiencek, Ekberg (3/1), Zeitz (1), Dahmke (1), Brozovic, Vujin (2), Bilyk (7), Nilsson (3), SantosRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (4), Sigurdsson (4/1), Manaskov, Baena, Steinhauser, Trost, Mensah, Pekeler (4), Groetzki (1), Reinkind, Guardiola (2), Petersson (4), Ekdahl du Rietz (6), Keller Rhein Neckar LowenTHW Kiel read more

British couple jailed for rape and trafficking of deaf girl

first_imgYou, Ilyas Ashar, and you, Tallat Ashar, did not treat this girl as a human being. To you she was merely an object to be used, abused and cast aside at will.The girl had no family or friends in Britain and had never been to school there or in Pakistan but was taught to sign her name to claim state benefits, the trial heard. She wanted to return to her family in Pakistan but was not allowed to.Ashar routinely raped her, despite her efforts to fight him off, and he also beat and slapped her if she did not follow orders.Her plight was discovered after police and local authorities raided the house in 2009 and found her asleep in the cold and dark cellar.The trial heard that the victim was now recovering with the help of social services.- © AFP, 2013Read: Deaf girl ‘kept in a cellar and used as sex slave’> A BRITISH COURT jailed an elderly couple today after a deaf girl who could not speak was trafficked from Pakistan to work as a servant and then repeatedly raped for nearly a decade.Ilyas Ashar, 84, and his wife Tallat Ashar, 68, kept the girl in the cellar of their house in Salford, northwest England, after she was illegally brought to Britain in 2000 at the age of around 10.JailedIlyas Ashar was jailed for 13 years for raping the girl from before the age of puberty until she was rescued in 2009, while his wife was jailed for five years for trafficking a person for exploitation.The couple were also convicted of using the girl, who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, to fraudulently claim more than £30,000 (€35,000) in welfare payments.The couple’s daughter Faaiza Ashar, 46, was sentenced to carry out community service after being convicted of giving false information to obtain benefits.The victim cannot be named for legal reasons.‘Misery and degradation’Sentencing the couple at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Judge Peter Lakin said the couple had subjected the girl “to a life of misery and degradation”.last_img read more

Social Welfare Bill moves to final stages before TDs go on their

first_imgOpposition TDs will continue to have their say on the Bill today, with many today expressing anger at the cuts.People Before Profit TD Joan Collins said that the cuts would have been avoided completely if a 0.5 per cent wealth tax was introduced, while Aengus Ó Snodaigh of Sinn Féin slammed the measures as “devastating for young people, old people and anybody dependent on social welfare”.If the bill is passed, cuts implemented will include a reduced in the rate of jobseekers’ payments for those aged 24 and under and the abolition of the telephone allowance.Elsewhere will be quiet in Leinster House today, as Seanad will not be sitting and no committees are scheduled to meet.They, as well as the Dáil, will take next week off to focus on constituency work, something which TDs agreed to without dispute yesterday morning.The Dáil adjourns at 4pm, but until then you can watch it online here, or here on iOS devices.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Snapshot: Mick Wallace wears Torino jersey in the DáilIn full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debt > DISCUSSION OF THE adjustments announced in last week’s Budget continues today in the Dáil this morning as the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill moves to its final stages.The extra Friday sitting, which begins at 10am, is due to the bill being swiftly moved through the Dáil, something which has been criticised by the opposition, with all remaining stages being dealt with today.Speaking in the chamber yesterday, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton outlined in detail the measures that would be implemented under the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013.She welcomed the lower than expected cuts to the social welfare budget, as well as stating the elderly are still at significantly less risk of poverty than in most other EU countries:“I assure the house that the government has done and is doing its utmost to protect the most vulnerable people in our society.”last_img read more

Culture of secrecy in Nigella Lawsons marriage hid alleged drug problems

first_imgTHE MARRIAGE OF British television chef Nigella Lawson and art tycoon Charles Saatchi was dominated by a “culture of secrecy” that hid her alleged drug taking, a court heard today.The claims emerged as a judge said that the trial of Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who are accused of fraud while working for the now-divorced celebrity couple, could go ahead.Lawyers for the sisters had argued that the case at Isleworth Crown Court in west London should be dropped because Lawson’s alleged drug use damaged her credibility as a witness.‘Culture of secrecy’“The defendants’ case is that Nigella Lawson lied to her ex-husband about her drug use and about the expenditure that was incurred by the defendants, both expressly and implicitly, because she was fearful of Mr Saatchi’s reaction if he knew about the extent of the expenditure and drug use,” said Anthony Metzer, representing Elisabetta Grillo.“There was a culture of secrecy within Nigella Lawson’s marriage.”Italian sisters Francesca, left, and Elisabetta Grillo, right, former personal assistants to Lawson (Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/PA).Metzer argued that the Grillo sisters would not receive a fair trial “as there has been a manipulation of the court process by the two main prosecution witnesses in this case”.“It’s a convenient forum for Mr Saatchi and Miss Lawson to rehearse disputed issues between them… in the criminal courts where, of course, the possibility of libel is not possible,” he said.“If Mr Saatchi is telling the truth, then Miss Lawson is a habitual criminal.”But Judge Robin Johnson ruled that the trial should go ahead.“I consider, with the right rulings and the ability to monitor the process of the court during the process of the trial, a fair trial can be achieved and therefore I have refused this application,” he said.‘Off her head‘The court saw documents from Saatchi yesterday in which he described Lawson as “Higella” and said she was so “off her head” on drugs that her assistants were able to go on spending sprees with her credit card.Multimillionaire Saatchi, 70, and Lawson, 53, who has made her own fortune with TV shows in Britain and the United States as well as a string of cookbooks, split after 10 years of marriage earlier this year.They announced their divorce after shocking pictures appeared in the British newspapers of Saatchi grabbing Lawson by the neck outside a London restaurant.He accepted a police caution over the incident.Lawson, the daughter of former British finance minister Nigel Lawson, is expected to give evidence during the Grillo trial.Saatchi, a former advertising baron who now owns London’s Saatchi Gallery of contemporary art, married Lawson in 2003.She has two children from her marriage to journalist John Diamond, who died of throat cancer in 2001. Saatchi has one daughter from his previous marriage.- © AFP 2013.Read: Charles Saatchi given police caution after grasping Nigella Lawson’s throat>Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #WALKER Paul Walker, star of the hugely popular ‘Fast & Furious’ action movies, has died in a car crash in Los Angeles. Officers found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to reports of the collision.2. #GLASGOW The investigation is continuing into Friday night’s tragic helicopter crash in Glasgow. Eight people were killed and fourteen seriously injured when a helicopter came down on top of a crowded pub.3. #RAID A luxury K Club mansion believed to belong to bankrupt developer Seán Dunne has been seized by the state’s bankruptcy authorities, according to the Irish Mail on Sunday. around 70 paintings were also seized.4. #BUBBLE The Government is planning to intervene to help control the Dublin property market, where prices have been rising due to under-supply. An audit is being carried out to establish who owns residential land and who has planning permission, according to The Sunday Times.5. #ADAMS Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is to meet a rape victim who was the subject of an internal investigation by the IRA, the Sunday Independent reports. Party TD Pearse Doherty recently rubbished claims from Fianna Fáil that such victims existed.6. #KILLARNEY The Labour Party conference comes to a close in Kerry today. Speaking to, Minister Joan Burton has said it will not be a “return to boom time instantly” when the EU/IMF bailout ends later this month.7. #UKRAINE Opposition leaders in Ukraine have called for new protests against President Viktor Yanukovich. It’s over his refusal to sign a trade pact with the EU. Rallies have continued overnight, with thousands gathered on the main square in Kiev, the BBC reports.8. #AIDS Today is World Aids Day. Dóchas, the umbrella group for Irish aid agencies is warning that the disease is falling down the Irish Government’s list of priorities in its international aid programme. The group says this is despite Ireland showing “a historic commitment” to global HIV services.9. #MIFFED “Goverment ministers have been more than miffed in recent days. The media has not bought the Great Turnaround Story”… Read Damien Kiberd’s latest column for read more

Hospital bosses to face grillings next week over top up payments

first_imgTOP MANAGERS AND executives at hospitals and disability agencies that are non-complaint with Government pay policy are to be hauled in for meetings with the Director General of the HSE from next week.Health Minister James Reilly and HSE boss Tony O’Brien held a meeting this evening to discuss the ongoing controversy.According to a statement from the Department of Health, the HSE have been told by the Minsiter to take “whatever actions are necessary” to deliver full compliance “and ensure that any governance deficits identified are comprehensively rectified immediately”.O’Brien confirmed last week that, of the 42 ‘Section 38′ organisations in the state, the HSE had found only seven were fully compliant with guidelines on pay.The findings were made following an internal audit ordered last year. Some of the payment practices date back as far as 1996.According to this evening’s statement from the Department: Meetings are now being arranged with each agency concerned.Arising from this process, those found not to be compliant will be called in by the Director General to meet him before Christmas.Such meetings will commence next week. Read: Quinn says CRC board should resign, Burton says salary claims are ‘disturbing’>center_img Under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004, which includes both health agencies and voluntary hospitals, bodies may not supplement approved rates of remuneration with either Exchequer funding or non-government sources of funding.Read: HSE were sent reports stating a portion of salaries were being paid with lottery proceeds, says CRClast_img read more

HSE says hospitals will be smokefree by 2015

first_imgALL 51 HOSPITALS will be smoke-free the end of the year, says the Health Service Executive (HSE). The ban on smoking is only left to be implemented in four hospitals in the country.Today Bantry General Hospital (BGH), Mallow General Hospital (MGH), Kerry General Hospital (KGH) and St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar campus became tobacco-free campuses.ProhibitedFrom today, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the grounds of these healthcare facilities. Under the framework for the introduction of the HSE’s Tobacco Free Campus Policy smoking by employees, service users, visitors and any other parties will be prohibited within all HSE campuses by the end of the year.The HSE states that “moving towards a tobacco free society will reduce the number of premature deaths from tobacco and result in healthier, longer and better quality lives for many Irish people”.Hospitals such as the Mater, St Vincent’s and Cork University Hospitals are already smoke-free campuses.While the HSE says that it is vital that there is a change of attitude towards smoking, the framework for implementation states that compassion will always guide care of the terminally ill patient who wishes to smoke.Terminally ill “However, terminally ill patients will generally have been accessing services prior to this stage. Therefore they will be aware of the policy and smoking may not be an issue. Each patient will be assessed on an individual and case by case basis and in certain circumstances an exemption may be given after a formal risk assessment has been completed,” states the HSE.Read: Four more hospital campuses to become smoke-free zones from Monday>Read: Father with terminal lung cancer joins with HSE in fight against tobacco>last_img read more

Want to be a Garda You need to impress as the competition

first_imgThe process is essentially the initial application, onto the psychometric testing and skills evaluation, and finally to the selection interview.Each stage of the application process is designed to be a fair method of selecting suitable candidates for An Garda Síochana, based on the specific competencies that will be required for the role.We look to help candidates understand what these competencies are, and how to best demonstrate them at interview. He added that much of the psychometric testing is taking place at the moment, which involves tests on your numerical and verbal reasoning.“Psychometric testing is a fair and impartial way of assessing particular skills. The testing will start with an online assessment, followed by more detailed tests carried out in dedicated test centres. You can’t fake it, but just like anything else, practice is the best road to success, so that is what we can offer at the course,” he said.McDermott explained that potential Garda recruits are also tested on their skills and evaluation, with a crime being shown to them by video. “This is where applicants are assessed on how they would handle a situation and how much attention they pay to detail – an important thing to convey that you have during the interview process.”Many people that we see have wanted to be a member of the Gardaí for some time, but the opportunity wasn’t there to apply. We think there are some key pointers that people should try and convey.”Community He explained that An Garda Síochana describe themselves as a police service, rather than a police force. “This means that skills like communication, teamwork, ability to deal with difficult situations in a calm manner and attention to detail are key skills. Garda also need to be excellent at engaging with local communities – an essential skill if they are to do their job well,” McDermott said.He said that if an applicant has been involved some way in the community be it through the GAA or volunteering of another kind, then this should be made known to the interviewer.“It shows that you care about your community and are involved in it, which is what the Gardaí like to see. People need to be talking about that in the interview,” he said.ReservesBeing a member of the Garda reserves is an added bonus, he said, as it shows that you have been passionate about working with them for some time.When you are called to an interview he added that it was important to prove your competencies in the interview, just like you would for any job interview, by giving concrete examples of where you have shown similar skills, with good outcomes, he said.Finally, medical tests and background checks are carried out, which is why McDermott says someone’s online profile is very important.“You have to view your online presence on Twitter or Facebook as your online brand. It reflects who you are to the outside, be it accurate or not, he warned, stating that it would be unfortunate having applied for the Gardaí and gotten so far, only to be tripped up by a stupid comment you made on Twitter about something, that might not make you seem like the kind of person they want as a member of the Gardaí,” he said.The next course date taking place in Dublin is today, but to keep up with future course dates, click here. The fee for the day long course is €200. This includes all notes and handouts as well as lunch and refreshments.Read: 20,000 people apply for jobs in An Garda Síochana>Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today> A COURSE THAT looks to prepare individuals who are considering applying to join An Garda Síochana or help those through the interview process has been established by the The Communications Clinic.The first Garda recruitment drive since 2009 was launched before Christmas, with more than 20,000 people applying for the 300 positions available.Hiring had been suspended for four years as part of the public sector hiring freeze, meaning there was a lot of people who have had their sights set on being a member of the Gardaí for many years.The Garda Application ClinicEoghan McDermott from The Garda Application Clinic said the course, which costs €200, offers personal expertise in communications and policing, and has a former Garda working with the course to bring the best insight in to what is required to be a member of the Gardaí.He said the one day seminar coaches candidates and helps them to optimise their application prospects, in what will be a highly competitive entrance competition, said McDermott. He added they established the course as over the years there had been people approaching them for advice on preparation, but there was no other course out there.“Just like any interview or application for any job, it is important to be prepared and be able to convey the skills you have to offer,” he said.Long process“Applying to be in the Gardaí can be a long and quite detailed process. People have applied over Christmas and I think the hope is to have new recruits in Templemore by June,” he said, stating that there are stages to the application process. Giving an insight into the interview process, McDermott said:last_img read more

Garth Brooks sold one ticket for every 25 people in Ireland

first_imgGARTH BROOKS FANS bought almost a quarter of a million tickets in just 90 minutes this morning, with three dates in Croke Park completely selling out.The total of 240,000 tickets means just under one admission was sold for every 25 people in Ireland, including the North.According to the promoters of the huge comeback event, it is the first time an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one day.Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions said: “In 52 years of business this is the fastest selling concert Aiken Promotions have ever been involved in.”Garth Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle also released a short statement. “We’re thrilled,” he said. Garth Brooks on the pitch at Croke Park, as he announced the date Source: Mark StedmanPromoters announced a third date on Sunday July 27 shortly after tickets went on sale for the Friday and Saturday shows at 9am today.Tickets are already being resold on eBay for as much as €300. Irish classifieds website have said they will remove adverts on their site for tickets being sold at more than face value.last_img read more

Final victim in Ohio kidnap case leaves hospital in good spirits

first_imgMICHELLE KNIGHT, ONE of three US women kidnapped, raped and held captive for a decade before being rescued this week, was released from an Ohio hospital today, a hospital spokeswoman said.The spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that Knight had left the hospital in Cleveland, without giving further details.The 32-year-old “is in good spirits and would like the community to know that she is extremely grateful for the outpouring of flowers and gifts,” the hospital said in a separate statement posted to its Twitter and Facebook pages. Knight was freed by police last Monday, after her fellow victim, 27-year-old Amanda Berry, managed to call out to a neighbor, who kicked in the door of the suspect’s home, allowing her and the six-year-old daughter she bore while held hostage to escape.Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old unemployed bus driver, is accused of snatching Berry, Knight and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus in separate incidents around a decade ago and holding them captive in his home.Berry’s six-year-old-daughter by Castro, born while she was held hostage, was also kept locked in the house.Knight, who has reportedly accused Castro of impregnating her multiple times and then beating and starving her to force miscarriages, was the last of the women to be released from hospital.- © AFP, 2013Read: Prosecutor may seek death penalty in US kidnap case > She is especially thankful for the Cleveland Courage Fund. She asks that everyone please continue to respect her privacy at this time.last_img read more

7th Heaven Little House and MT USA 8 extreme Sunday telly memories

first_imgTumblr 3. MoonlightingBruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd graced TV screens on a Sunday night for a while in the eighties. The pair played private detectives who fancied the pants of each other and launched Willis’ career.Wikimedia Commons YouTube/MajorMaxie4. Murphy’s Micro Quiz-MThis Sunday evening eighties staple featured Mike Murphy quizzing families from around the country, kids playing computer games like Pacman and Q-Bert, and the chance to win a Ford Sierra or Orion at the end.Other prizes included a Cross pen and a vacuum cleaner. Ah, the eighties. YouTube/Jenny O’Connell2. Little House on the PrairieSunday mornings just aren’t the same without the antics of Laura, Mary, Ma, Pa and the hateful Nellie Olsen, and little Carrie rolling down the hill in the opening credits. WHILE THE MEMORIES of Where in the World and Glenroe are still enough to send anyone into a cold sweat of unfinished homework fear, we’re about to delve even deeper into the Sunday television memories.Mass-going was punctuated by Little House on the Prairie, 7th Heaven kicked off the evening, and Murphy’s Micro Quiz-M pitted families against each other.We’ve dipped into the archives to take a look at some of the shows that graced our screens during the Sundays of the eighties and nineties….1. MT USABefore The Beatbox and 2TV there was MT USA, presented by Vincent Hanley on a Sunday afternoon. YouTube/Evolverman 5. ERER might seem like it isn’t old enough to be getting all misty-eyed and nostalgic about, but the show – starring a much younger George Clooney – first aired in 1994, almost 20 years ago.Sunday nights after the news turned into an hour of tense hospital drama, which probably did nothing to assuage the work/homework fears of the following day. 6. Life Goes OnLife Goes On focused on the Thatcher family – Becca, Libby, Drew, Paige and Corky.Chad Lowe also starred as Becca’s HIV positive boyfriend, and the opening credits featured the family dog begging to be fed.It ran from 1989 to 1993 and while it moved around a bit on the RTÉ schedule, it spent some time in a Sunday evening slot.YouTube/My80Show7. 7th HeavenNumber 7 is, fittingly, 7th Heaven. Starring Jessica Biel and teaching us at least moral lesson every week, it was a fixture of early Sunday evening telly for several years.Pssst, remember Ruthie Camden from the show? The cute little one with the curly hair? She’s just done a photoshoot in her knickers for Maxim.8. Wonder YearsWhile the Wonder Years is best remembered for airing midweek on Irish television, it did also have a stint on Sundays – perhaps on one of the British TV stations (if you were lucky enough to be bestowed with such treasures).How many young fellas fell for Winnie Cooper’s wiley charms?VIDEO: The Simpsons take on Breaking Bad>11 duets we can’t believe happened>last_img read more

US believe its likely that Syria have used chemical weapons

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES said today for the first time that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces, but emphasized spy agencies were still not 100 per cent sure of the assessment.US intelligence services had been investigating reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had used chemical arms – a move Washington has said would cross a “red line,” triggering possible military action.A senior White House official said “all options are on the table” should use of the weapons be confirmed, but a US defence official stressed that a military intervention was not imminent and signaled spy agencies had differing opinions.“Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.Physiological samplesThe assessment, which she said was based in part on “physiological samples,” points to the possible use of sarin, a man-made nerve agent used in two attacks in Japan in the 1990s. It can cause convulsions, respiratory failure and death.Hayden however warned the chain of custody of the weapons was “not clear, so we cannot confirm how the exposure occurred and under what conditions.”“Given the stakes involved, and what we have learned from our own recent experience, intelligence assessments alone are not sufficient,” she said.US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking in Abu Dhabi, said the decision to release the intelligence report had been “made within the past 24 hours” and warned that use of such weapons “violates every convention of warfare.”A US defence official travelling with Hagel confirmed that the phrase “varying degrees of confidence” is a term commonly used by the intelligence community to indicate disagreement among various agencies.But the assessment reflected a degree of certainty that Syria most likely has fired chemical agents and was not merely a tentative suspicion, the official said.LondonIn London, Britain’s Foreign Office too said it had “limited but persuasive” evidence of the use of chemical agents in Syria’s grinding civil war, which the UN says has left more than 70,000 people dead since it began in March 2011.Mounting evidence of chemical weapons attacks on fighters battling Assad’s regime could increase the pressure on US President Barack Obama – who has sought to avoid any US military role in the conflict – to intervene.“All options are on the table, in terms of our response, and it could run a broad spectrum of activity across our various types of efforts in Syria,” a senior White House official said, adding that Washington was consulting with its allies.The Obama administration laid out the intelligence assessment in a letter to US lawmakers from Miguel Rodriguez, director of the White House office of legislative affairs.“We do believe that any use of chemical weapons in Syria would very likely have originated with the Assad regime,” the letter said.‘Horrific use of violence’So far, US intelligence indicates that “the Assad regime maintains custody of these weapons, and has demonstrated a willingness to escalate its horrific use of violence against the Syrian people,” the letter said.Earlier this week, an Israeli general in military intelligence alleged that Syria had used chemical agents more than once during the protracted civil war, after Britain and France had voiced similar concerns to the United Nations.Last month, during a historic visit to Israel, Obama said the use of such weapons would be a “grave and tragic” mistake on Assad’s behalf and that it would be a “game changer.”‘Red line’Asked if the intelligence assessment meant that Syria had passed the declared “red line,” Hagel said that was a policy question and that his task was to provide the US president with “options.”Chemical weapons are “uncontrollable deadly weapons” that most leaders view as being in a “different category,” Hagel said at the end of a Middle East tour of Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.The Pentagon has already sent more than 200 troops to Jordan, including a US Army headquarters element, to prepare for a possible joint operation with allies to secure chemical weapons.“I think it’s pretty obvious that a red line has been crossed,” said senior US Senator John McCain, adding that the key now was to ensure chemical weapons did not fall into the wrong hands.“Some of them are in heavily contested areas and could easily fall into the hands of jihadist extremists,” he told CNN.- © AFP, 2013Read: EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebel-held parts of Syria >Column: For women giving birth in a war zone, I was more than just a midwife >last_img read more

11 powerful images used to illustrate the YesAllWomen hashtag

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 6. THE KILLING OF of six people by Elliot Rodger in California has elicited a massive response in the form of a hashtag on Twitter.Prior to the shooting and stabbing of three men and three women on Friday night Rodger posted a video online, vowing to “punish” women, who he felt had rejected and ignored him for the past eight years.The response to Rodger’s words and the killings  have prompted a #YesAllWomen hashtag to emerge on Twitter, cataloguing womens’ experiences of violence, abuse and misogyny, as well as tales of things they’ve been told and taught to protect themselves.The hashtag is also a response to the #NotAllMen argument, which was recently described by Time as an “unhelpful” defence against feminist arguments.Some of the hundreds of thousands of tweets have been accompanied by striking images:1. Source: @VegBarbie2. Source: @RelatableQuotes 3. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 4. Source: @realadamrose 5. 7. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Column: Banning the word ‘bossy’ won’t help women>Politics students at UCC had the option of answering an exam question as a tweet> 8. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 9. Source: @KelzRae 10. 11.last_img read more

Two women bailed after Liverpool dog attack death

first_imgTHE TWO WOMEN arrested at the weekend in connection with the death of a 79-year-old man in Liverpool have been released on conditional bail, pending further enquiries.Clifford Clarke was killed when an “out of control” dog attacked him in his back garden at about 8.40pm Saturday.Merseyside Police officers said they found the body of a man and were confronted by the vicious dog when they were called to an address at Richard Kelly Close in the Clubmoor area.A post-mortem exam showed the victim died from multiple injuries consistent with a dog attack.Although the breed of dog had not been established at the time, two women in their late-20s were detained on suspicion of manslaughter and an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991.Investigations into the tragic death continue.The dog attack is the second to occur in Britain this year. In March, 14-year-old Manchester girl Jade Anderson died in an attack by a number of dogs. Her family have started a campaign to pressure the government to change laws relating to dog ownership.A study published in April found a link between violent crime and the trade for dogs on Britain’s streets. The three year study from Middlesex University included over 100 interviews, many with dangerous dog owners and several gang members found evidence of animals changing hands for up to £10,000 each.‘Out of control’ dog attacks and kills elderly man in his garden‘Justice for Jade’ campaign looks for change after dog attackRead: Teenage girl found dead in house with ‘out of control’ dogs> Read: New study links violent crime with dangerous dog tradelast_img read more