MKB VeszpremNikola EklemovićWisla Plock handball ← Previous Story WC 2011 in Sweden Predictions: Croatia goes for gold! Next Story → Mladen Bojinović ready for WC! Hungarian national player with Serbian origin, who made succesful career in Pick Szeged and MKB Veszprem, Nikola Eklemović (33) signed a three years contract with one of the TOP Polish teams, Wisla Plock. Eklemović began his career in his born city, Belgrade, where he played for Partizan and Crvena zvezda, before he moved to Pick Szeged in 1999. After five years, he changed Szeged for Veszprem.Wisla Plock, obviously has ambitions to become a serious rival to champion, Vive Targi Kielce. Two months ago, they signed Serbian right back, Vukašin Rajković.
16.Dinamo9 1.Partizan42 2.Vojvodina Železničar39 5.Crvena Zvezda (-2)20 6.Rudar23 9.Napredak21 7.Jugović Unimet22 4.Metaloplastika Zorka Keramika25 Belgrade’s HC Crvena zvezda is still Serbian vice-champion, but only on the paper. In current season of Serbian Merkur Osiguranje Super Liga, the most popular Serbian sports team has a lot of problems to obtain position in the middle of the League table. Crvena zvezda lost four points due financial debt to six players from previous season. More than 10 players left Belgrade, because of financial problems during the first part of current season and winter break…STANDINGS: 3.Radnički Kg29 ← Previous Story Johannes Bitter 8 months out! Next Story → Rivera excluded Juanin Garcia and Romero for OG Qual in Alicante! Belgradehandball serbiaHC Crvena zvezdaSerbian handball 11.Požarevac18 8.Kolubara22 10.Železničar 194919 13.PKB16 15.Obilić10 12.Smederevo DU-Integral17 14.Crvenka Jafa14
handballHungaryPick Szeged In round 9 of the Hungarian League Pick Szeged achieved their 9th victory this time against Gyöngyös, however it was a much more difficult one than previously anticipated. The guests immediately took the initiative and quickly reached a 3-goal lead (3rd minute 1-4). The goals kept on coming from both sides until the 10th minute when Ilyés equalized for Pick (7-7). Goals by Zubai, Kekezovic and Larholm changed the result in Pick’s favour (14th minute 10-7) but the home team were unable to widen the gap further. Acceptable performance in attack (especially by Larholm and Zubai) but very poor defending on the part of Pick resulted in a huge amount of goals by the end of the first half (19-16).After 12 minutes into the second half it seemed that Pick would win the match easily and the spectators could just lean back and enjoy the show. Highly effective play by Mindegia (both goals and assists) put the difference to 9 goals (42th minute 27-18). But it only took the guests five minutes to ruin the day: 4 quick goals put them back into the match (47th minute 28-23). Pick’s defense was still not working well and as a result they conceived the highest number of goals this season. Luckily for the home team Kekezovic and Mindegia were always there to score so the victory was never in any real danger. But in two weeks’ time Pick Szeged need to do much better, especially in defense when they face arch rivals Veszprém.Pick Szeged-Gyöngyös 36:30 (19:16)Best scorers: Larholm 8, Zubai-Mindegia 5 / Frey 8, Varsandán 5Text: Péter Butty ← Previous Story Patrik Groetzki stays at Rhen Neckar Lowen! Next Story → 600th WIN FOR BARCA IN ASOBAL: Pascual’s guys ready for Paris!
4. Celje Pivovarna Lasko6204159:161(-2)4 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye6312171:179(-8)7 ← Previous Story Pick Szeged still unbeatable in Hungary! Next Story → Easy day for Barca and PSG! Interesting Saturday at Velux EHF Champions League Group A. Surprising performance of Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko isn’t awarded with a point in Veszprem Arena – 27:26. Domestic team had +3 (27:24) two minutes before the final whistle, but team of Vladan Matic ( the last coach who broke the rule of Veszprem in Hungarian handball with Pick Szeged in 2007) managed to attack for the draw in the last minute. At the end, David Razgor had a chance to score for 27:27 in the last second, but he missed and both points stayed in Veszprem…Veszprem : Celje Pivovarna Laško 27:26 (13:10)Veszprem: Fazekas, Alilović, Gulyas 3, Ivancsik G. 1, Schuch, Ivancsik T. 6 (4), Ruesga 2, Ilić 4 (2), Jamali 1, Ugalde 4, Chema Rodrigez 2, Terzić, Sulić 4, Pešić, Ligetvari, Gyene.Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak, Skok, Blagotinšek, Marguč 6 (2), Žuran, Janc, Razgor 2, Ranevski, Skube 7, Poteko 2, Slišković, Potočnik, Zelenović 6, Žabič, Lekai 2, Žvižej 1.In the second match of Group A, Rhein Neckar Lowen had tough 45 minutes in front of 6000 fans in “Zagreb Arena” – 28:24 (13:12). Brilliant start of the second half by home team (5:0 series for 17:13) didn’t disrupt “Lions” who managed to get back to the game after time-out by Gudmundur Gudmundsson and without pressure finish the job in the last ten minutes…HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 24:28 (12:13)HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb: Stevanovic (n.e.), Ivic; Maric (1), Mihic, Stepancic (6), Matulic (6/1), Sprem (2), Coric, Sebetic, Horvat (2/1), Sandrk, J. Valcic (3), T. Valcic, Mandalinic (3), Obranovic (1), Kaleb.Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin Jacobsen,Peribonio (ab 40.); Schmid (3), Gensheimer (6/2), Roggisch (n.e.), Manojlovic , Sigurmannsson (n.e.), Gorbok (1), Prodanovic (n.e.), Myrhol (4), Groetzki (5), G. Guardiola (3), I. Guardiola , Ekdahl du Rietz (3), Petersson (3) 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6411181:153(28)9 4. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…6204161:171(-10)4 6. St. Petersburg HC6006120:176(-56)0 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém6600193:145(48)12 Celje PLco zabrebco zagrebhandballRhein Neckar Lowenveszprem
qatar handball federationValero Rivera One of the most successful handball coaches in the history of our sport, Valero Rivera, will continue to work as a head-coach of Qatari national team after the end of Olympic cycle in Rio 2016! The new deal is signed until Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Rivera made a great achievement by wining the silver medal with Qatar at the World Championship 2015 in Doha last January.The former famous FC Barcelona and Spanish national team coach showed already commitment in the project of Qatar Handball Federation by taking responsibility for the Junior National team who competed at the World Champioship in Brazil. Obviously, the coach who won the six EHF Champions League titles with FC Barcelona looking to make some new stars in the most ambitious Asian handball country.He has fantastic condition for something like that as Qatari Handball Federation has their own sports hall with hotel and other necessary facilities – Duhail Sports Center, one of the venues where Qatar 2015 was held.After winning the silver medal at Qatar 2015, Qatar now looking for the Olympic qualification tournament in the last week of October from which the winner will win the ticket for Rio. The host venue will be Duhail. ← Previous Story VRANJES ERA: Ljubo extends love with SG Flensburg until 2020! Next Story → EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – VALERO RIVERA: OUR NEXT DREAM – RIO 2016!
Ahmed El-AhmarZamalek ← Previous Story PPD Zagreb have a new left wing – Dobrivoje Marković! Next Story → Tremblay sign Mladen Bojinović until summer 2017! Egyptian Zamalek and Tunisian African will play at the African Club Championship Final! Zamalek beat Tunisian Esperance 34:33 after extra-time battle, while African overplayed Egyptian Alexendia 29:23.
5.Legionowo2210210571:58822 4.Kwidzyn2211110583:59623 1.Vive Kielce222011765:57341 ← Previous Story Montpellier win French Cup 2016! Next Story → Qatari revenge in Berlin 9.Gwardia Opole228113547:58717 Orlen Wisla Plock beat Vive Tauron Kielce 31:27 (16:16) in the biggest Polish handball derby! Manolo Cadenas guys made a nice intro for the two battles with RK Vardar Skopje at the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vive Tauron Kielce 31:27 (16:16)Orlen Wisła: R.Corrales (24% 4/20, 1/1 k), M.Wichary (43% 9/19, 0/2 k) – M.Daszek, V.Ghionea(2), A.Wiśniewski(2), Z.Kwiatkowski, T.Rocha(5), M.Pušica(3), D.Racotea(7), M.Tarabochia(2), D.Zhitnikov(5), J.Toledo(2), A.Montoro(3)Vive Tauron: S.Szmal (31% 4/13, 0/0 k), M.Sego (21% 6/28, 0/0 k) – M.Štrlek(4, 2/2k), T.Reichmann(2, 0/1k), M.Jachlewski(1), J.Aginagalde(1), M.Kus(1), P.Chrapkowski(1), U.Zorman(5), P.Paczkowski(1), M.Jurecki(6), M.Jurkiewicz(2), K.Lijewski(3)STANDINGS: 12.Slask222020513:7044 8.Zaglebie228212540:58718 10.Szczecin227114561:60015 11.Stal Mielec224018562:6878 2.Wisla Plock222011733:52241 7.Zabrze229310693:67921 6.Chrobry Glogow229310556:57221 3.Azoty-Pulawy221615669:59833 Orlen Wisla PlockVive Tauron Kielce
← Previous Story NO PASARAN for Bjerringbro Silkeborg by Perez de Vargas Next Story → EHF Challenge Cup: Sporting Lisbon against RK Pelister Bitola for 1/4 finals What handball can give in only 34 seconds, the real example has been seen in Celje, where RK Celje Pivovarna LASKO and Meshkov Brest played 36:36, only seven days after their draw in Belarus.Take a look and enjoy…
← Previous Story “New Poland” ready for handball agony? Next Story → Perfect Germany smash Austria without Gensheimer France 2017Russia handball Russia will try to join upper part of handball globe at World Championship 2017 in France with coach Torgovanov on the bench and well-known faces like Atman and Dibirov in the main roles. Obviously, Russian boys are eager to make a stronger push towards after their girls marked 2016 with amazing success in Rio, where they won gold at Olympic Games.However, there is a long way to go in Group with France, Norway, Brazil, Japan and Poland.It looks that Russia are in good form after five matches in 10 days, which they ended with the smile. “Komanda” beat Belarus twice 27:22 and 31:26, while before New Year Eve Torgovanov’s boys won Riga Council Cup.Russia wins Riga Council Cup againMen’s 19th international four-team handball tournament “Riga Council Cup 2016” was won by national team of Russia for the second consecutive year.Tournament started on the 27h of December when goalkeeper Edgars Kukša played excellent game and hosts Latvia surprisingly won Belarus (23:20) while Russia in fierce battle overtook Egypt (24:23). Day later Latvians played good 1st half (13:14), but lost to Russia (19:27). First won get Belarus who scored the winning goal in the last minute over Egypt (28:27). On the last day of tournament Egypt convincingly won Latvia (30:20), bet Russia celebrated victory over Belarus (28:21).National team of Russia finished tournament with perfect 3-0 and deservedly get the winners cup for the second consecutive year and for the third time in Riga Council Cup history (2012.. 2015., 2016.). The rest of the teams concluded the tournament with one win and two losses, but better goal difference secured 2nd place to Egypt. 3rd finished Belarus, 4th – Latvia, who played without several leaders (Aivis Jurdžs, Dainis Krištopāns, Ģirts Lilienfelds and Ingars Dude).Top-scorer of the “Riga Council Cup 2016” was Dmitry Kovalev from Russia (22 goals), but MVP trophy got Egyptian Elsam Eisaa.Best players in each teamRussia – Pavel AtmanLatvia – Edgars KukšaBelarus – Vjachaslau SaldatsenkaEgypt – Yehia ElderaaTop-scorer – Dmitry Kovalev (22 goals, Russia)MVP – Elsam Eisaa (Egypt)Results: http://bit.ly/2i6SBNU Tournament table: http://bit.ly/2iGBSRr Scorers list: http://bit.ly/2hG4nNoPhotos by Romualds Vambuts
“It’s something I would dearly love to do, but that’s the beauty of the really tough victories: they’re hard fought, the ones you really remember. We know what a big battle we have on our hands to achieve that. It’s about building for the whole week to get to that.He adds: “You have to realise that the next time you play against them that chance [to win] can occur. We’ll put ourselves in the same position training-wise as we do every week in going and treating this as a game we can absolutely win.”But Brian, do you really believe that this Ireland team can beat the almost flawless All Blacks?“Of course, I’m the eternal optimist,” he says with his stitched eyebrow raised.“No one will give us a chance, but that’s okay with us.”Ireland must play angry against All Blacks — O’Driscoll‘You just want to stay on the field’ – George Gregan on concussion BRIAN O’DRISCOLL IS bearing the scars of international rugby.His right eye is darkened and his brow crossed by stitches. The real painful points, however, are not visible from the outside.His calf has sidelined him for most of this season and will again curtail his involvement in training this week. Not that he’s about to let that hold him back from one last tilt at the greatest challenge in rugby.“This calf has slowed me down a little bit,” lamented the 34-year-old yesterday, “it’s kept me out for longer than I thought.”“That’s not any excuse for not playing brilliantly. It’s just one of those things, I’ve managed injuries in plenty of other games.”“I was feeling it a bit at the weekend, but I managed to see out the game – there’s a lot of time I haven’t played 100% fitness, but all going well – if I handle it well this week – I shouldn’t be far off 100% this weekend.”Once he’s mentioned the brief outbreak of wound-licking after the lessons doled out by Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies, one ideal shapes every other sentence from the former captain’s mouth. It’s not belief or bullishness. It’s simply the goal to have a result worth fighting for with 10 minutes remaining -to be given a chance at doing what no other Ireland team has achieved.In position“With our track record against New Zealand, there’s no point in saying, ‘we’re going to go out there and win it’” he says with refreshing honesty. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a position where we can win the game.”O’Driscoll’s candour is a sign that this Ireland camp certainly won’t be deluding themselves as to the size of the challenge that awaits. New Zealand, the All Blacks to their friends, are 80 minutes away from ending 2013 with a 100% winning record of 14 wins from 14.Now, perhaps the world champions would instead enjoy 13 wins in ’13. Or maybe deputy out-half Aaron Cruden will suddenly wilt under the hot lights of Lansdowne Road and the pressure of standing in for the injured Dan Carter.None of that sounds very likely, of course, but Ireland are dealing with ifs and buts this week. “Like all sides, you can catch them on and off day and you can have a great day yourself. It is possible and it happens in sport the whole time. Granted, it hasn’t happened for us against the All Blacks, but it happens.As the final curtain of his career draws closer with each passing game, every weekend brings up at least one ‘last’ or ‘final’ experience for BOD. There are not many feats that O’Driscoll has to imagine achieving rather than just delving into his memory bank for, but beating New Zealand is the only new accomplishment he can still add to his CV.“It’s definitely one that has eluded me personally. Any Irish side I’ve been involved in, any Lions side I’ve been involved in, haven’t’ been able to beat the All Blacks.
The miss proved crucial as New Zealand committed everything to the final attack and Dane Coles teed up Ryan Crotty up to dot down in the left corner. The crowd called for a forward pass but it was a forlorn hope.There was the added, late drama of Cruden being asked to re-take his conversion as Irish runners rushed the out-half and allowed him a second bite of the cherry. He took it and New Zealand finished 2013 with 14 wins from 14 games.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >As it happened: Ireland v New Zealand, November Tests IRELAND WERE BEATEN by a stoppage-time try from Ryan Crotty and denied a history-making feat against New Zealand.Having led 22-7 at half-time Ireland could not hold out the All Blacks and were pipped at the post in heartbreaking fashion. A missed penalty from Jonathan Sexton on 73 minutes proved crucial and Aaron Cruden’s conversion, which he was asked to re-take, completed a remarkable turnaround.The players, including a concussed Brian O’Driscoll, applauded New Zealand off the pitch after their 24-22 win, their 27th Test victory in 28 games against Ireland.Ireland got off to the perfect start after three minutes when Conor Murray backed himself to gun for the line. Tommy Bowe was screaming for the ball on the right wing but the scrum-half pinned his ears back and touched down despite the attention of three black-shirted Kiwis. The decision was ultimately made by the TMO but Murray was already in his own half and receiving back slaps from his teammates.New Zealand pressed for an immediate response but manic Irish defence saw the ball ripped from Ma’a Nonu’s hands and cleared. The charged-up crowd had more to celebrate soon after as Rory Best dived over within a blade of grass from where Murray scored. Best went off soon after with an arm injury but his departure was barely noticed as another try was on the way.Rory Best dives over to score for Ireland. INPHO/James CrombieThe All Blacks sought to breakthrough Dave Kearney’s flank but pressing defence saw Israel Dagg spill a pass. Kearney snapped it up and sprinted flat-out for 80 minutes; he would not be caught by Aaron smith. Sexton’s conversion struck the post but the lead was 19-0 after 19 minutes.New Zealand got on the board after 25 minutes when Aaron Cruden put in a lovely grubber kick, which bounced fortuitously for Julian Savea to snaffle and dot down. The creator converted and the first semblance of doubt emerged. Ireland rallied well, however, and almost got try number four when Devin Toner went close out on the left flank. They earned a penalty off an attacking scrum as Mike Ross got the better of Wyatt Crockett and Sexton made it 22-7, which it remained until half-time.New Zealand arrived out early for the second-half but found the Irish team out on the pitch already. There were a number of injury and scrum hold-ups in the opening stages but the visitors gradually worked their way into the Irish 22. Dagg thought he had grounded the ball out wide but Murray and the elder Kearney did enough to hold him up.Superb Irish defence looked to have spurned the All Blacks of scoring opportunities between the 49th and 52nd minutes but Devin Toner made a needless obstruction to hand Cruden a simple penalty chance that he did not miss.Referee Nigel Owens then penalised Sean O’Brien for failing to release the tackled man at the breakdown. Cruden’s kick swayed wide and the home fans could breathe again. Ireland then lost Brian O’Driscoll to concussion and Peter O’Mahony would hobble off soon after. The replacements would be required to match the intensity of the starting XV.Ireland were struggling to get out of their half as the game went into its final quarter. Sexton and Boss put in big tackles on Richie McCaw and Kieran Read but the black waves kept rolling and Ben Franks burrowed over on 64 minutes. Cruden converted and there were just five points in it.The home side dipped into their energy reserves and fought their way up the field. Murray put in a superb grubber that forced Beauden Barrett to concede a lineout and a rolling maul ensued. When the Kiwis dragged it down, Owens whistled for a penalty but Sexton’s kick was right and agonisingly wide.
George Michael and friends… coming to a radio station near you [Image: WhamVEVO] And what about the influence of Christmas FM? The charity radio station takes to the airwaves on a month-long temporary BAI licence each year in the run-up to 25 December. It went live last Thursday, and is now its sixth year of operation.Has the fact that there’s a service playing wall-to-wall Bing Crosby, Paul McCartney and Cliff classics had an influence on the more established players?Dempsey and Caddell didn’t seem to think so. Garvan Rigby, one of the co-founders of the niche service, is quick to play down their influence too.“No, we’re very much our own thing, I think,” he says. “I think everything to do with Christmas is getting earlier, that’s all there is to it, it would be very difficult to know how much of an effect we have”.However, Rigby says he can “categorically confirm we are definitely playing Christmas songs, and will continue to do so”.“We started this week. Because of our licence we couldn’t physically come on any earlier than that. Then we wrap up on the 26th.”And how do the songs get chosen, TheJournal.ie wants to know?“Well we are playlisted obviously, but we are heavily led by listener requests as well. We air everything from the Housemartins and The Power of Love and East 17 to more unusual versions of Christmas songs and more unique tracks — things like the Christmas Can Can by Straight No Chaser. The fact that we’re non-stop Christmas means we can do that.”And though some may complain it’s overplayed, it seems Irish listeners can’t get enough of The Pogues’ & Kirsty McColl’s Christmas classic, which has regularly been cited in surveys as the best festive track of all time.“Looking back at our most requested songs, I would say that it’s always the number one each year,” Rigby says. “You’d have a few requests for it every hour”.Back at Phantom, Caddell agrees. “Of course we play ‘Fairytale of New York’. It’s an Irish tradition.“It’s only for a few weeks every year, I think that’s what makes it special and people look forward to hearing it.”He adds: “It would be wilfully obdurate not to”.So, on the basis that there’s probably no real point arguing with a man who bandies about words like ‘obdurate’ without a moment’s hesitation, we’ve decided to leave John with the last word on this.And if you can’t beat them…(Youtube: RhinoUK)WATCH: The Irish Christmas song dedicated to emigrantsAlso: The Top 10 Toy Show Moments Of All Time> THE AVERAGE IRISH person will have heard ‘Fairytale of New York’ in its entirety 43 times between now and St Stephen’s Day.The above sentence, while not necessarily true (unfortunately we’re still waiting on someone to carry out this vital research) will come as no surprise to anyone who spends even a few minutes listening to Irish radio every day.The general long-established policy in commercial radio has been to hold off on playing the festive hits at least until 1 December has arrived, the obvious logic being that listeners will be sick to death of Shakey, Cliff and the Frog Chorus long before the turkey’s even been ordered if they’re aired any earlier.But have stations been rolling out their festive playlists earlier and earlier in the last few years? And who decides what songs make the grade anyway?TheJournal.ie has been chatting to a few people who might know a thing or two…A screengrab from The Pogues’ iconic ‘Fairytale of New York’ video “We start from Monday,” says Matt Dempsey, music director and presenter at Dublin’s Q102, which aims its musical output squarely at the over-35s demographic.“We have a rule not to start before the beginning of December. Definitely not November, people start getting sick of them.”Dempsey says listener requests for festive tunes are starting earlier and earlier each year.“It used to be the case that we wouldn’t start playing them until around the 11th, but there’s an increased demand for them. The texts from listeners and requests start coming in from late November.”So how does it work, TheJournal.ie wants to know. Do you start with just a handful of popular classics, and then dig out the less obvious stuff as the big day approaches?“No, we’ll air them all from the start of the month.“There’s only quite a small number of Christmas songs that are requested all the time and that people want to hear — maybe around 12 songs — Driving Home for Christmas and the like. You see the same requests for the same songs coming in every year.“So it is getting earlier every year, but that’s in response to demand from listeners.”Bruce. A perennial Christmas favourite at Phantom 105.2 [Felipe Dana/AP/Press Association Images]Over at alternative and indie station Phantom 105.2, music director John Caddell says he’s already played their first Christmas song, and is happy to report there were “no complaints”.“It was ‘Santa Baby’ — the Bob Dylan version. Bit of a favourite around here.”Caddell says he decided to break the December deadline on a bit of a whim, “because the Toy Show was on, and it’s just a few days outside. We start the rest of the playlist from the start of the month though”.So how often are we likely to hear the likes of ‘Fairytale’ then?“Well, we start playing Christmas songs every two or three hours to begin. Closer to the day, you might hear one every hour or so.“We’d play some different versions of classic songs though. You won’t hear Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ on Phantom, but you will hear a version by the Manic Street Preachers. We play a Death Cab for Cutie version of Baby Please Come Home, that that sort of thing.“As Christmas gets closer, you’ll hear some of the older favourites — Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town, for instance.”
SOME 3,000 applications for bankruptcy are expected over the next twelve months, following the commencement of new laws which came into effect from last month.In response to a parliamentary question, Shatter said that when the legislation commenced, there was a total of 189 people who had been declared bankrupt by the courts. Of that number, 73 have been bankrupt for three years or more.These people will be eligible for automatic discharge six months from the 3 December legislation commencement date.In 2013 there were 58 people declared bankrupt in Ireland.“I am advised that this calendar year, seventeen people were made bankrupt on their own application,” Shatter said. “Five of these self-adjudications were made following the recent amendments to the bankruptcy regime, namely the reduction in the bankruptcy term from 12 years to three”.Given the reduced term, the minister said he anticipated “that there will be a significant increase in the number of bankruptcy applications”.“A tentative estimate of the numbers expected to avail of bankruptcy over the next 12 months is 3,000,” he said.Read: New bankruptcy rules to be signed into law by Minister Shatter today>Read: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISI>
WHELAN’S CELEBRATES 25 years in action this year, so we decided to find out what goes on behind the scenes at the famous pub.We found out about the bands, backstage banter and live show secrets, but we also took a look down in the cellar.Dave Allen, bookings manager at the pub, assures us that this cellar isn’t haunted – but we don’t fancy being left in here alone.(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Read: Behind the scenes at Whelan’s: Celebrating 25 years of live music>
A WOMAN IN her mid-50s was knocked down by an articulated truck as she walked on Slievenamon Road in Thurles this morning.She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body removed to MidWestern Regional Hospital.A post mortem examination will take place at the Limerick hospital shortly.The road has been closed for forensic examinations and local diversions are in place. Witnesses to the incident, which happened just before noon, are asked to contact local gardaí at the station on 0504 25100.Since 1 January, nine people have died on Irish roads, including two pedestrians.Read: Woman and child struck by Jeep in Balbriggan
Williamson said the ‘rocket to the Sun’ story has been viewed almost a million-and-a-quarter times since it went live in the middle of last month.The site’s been running advertising since the start of the year, and he’s now receiving advice on how to land more clients over the coming months.As he dedicates his efforts to improving and expanding the company, Williamson is availing of the Department of Social Protection’s enterprise allowance scheme — which allows people to keep a percentage of their welfare payments for up to two years as they go about setting up a business.Despite that financial arrangement, there’ll be no staff memo from the editorial board advising the site ‘goes easy’ on Minister Joan Burton.“No, no — there’s a certain irony there alright,” Williamson laughed (Whispers ran at least six JobBridge themed stories this month alone).“She seems to be doing an alright job so as long as she keeps that up for the rest of the year, maybe she’ll be safe enough. REMEMBER WHEN NORTH Korea landed a teenage astronaut on the Sun? How about the time Michelle Obama said Irish people were all a bunch of “ugly m***f******s”?Neither of the above events happened, obviously. But even if you haven’t heard of Waterford Whispers — the site the reports originated on — they may still ring a vague bell.The Tramore-based site had its biggest viral hit yet this month as the North Korean story was picked up by outlets across the world (many of whom were duped by the ‘report’, and thought the official regime news service had made the claim).And readers of a conservative Facebook page were taken in by the Obama story last year, with one commenter branding the First Lady a “disgrace” for her reported remarks.“The stories that tend to do best are the ones that people get taken in by — the North Korean story was by far our most popular,” Waterford Whispers founder, editor and chief news reporter Colm Williamson told TheJournal.ie.Originally from Tipperary, Williamson has been running the site since 2009. It’s name is a play on ‘Chinese Whispers’: “Everyone has heard of that phrase, where a person tells a story and it gets lost in translation, but that there’s a grain of truth in there people recognise”.North Korea ‘announces’ its rocket to the Sun [Image: Waterford Whispers]After more than three years running the country’s “Number One Satire News Source” as a sideline interest, Williamson’s now taking the business full-time and is hoping to have “four or five” full-time staff by this time next year.A former bar manager, the 34-year-old father-of-one moved to Tramore from Dublin in 2009, and worked “off and on” in the bar trade locally before embarking on a one-year course in journalism at Waterford College of Further Education.When that came to an ended last summer, he had been hoping to take up a mature student place in college — but the plan didn’t work out, and he decided instead to listen to friends advice and move Waterford Whispers to a ’9 to 5′ operation.“It was a blessing in disguise.”“We would have been pretty popular before, but it’s really taken off in the last while — at the moment we’re averaging half a million readers every month.” The latest from the ‘Breaking News’ section [Waterford Whispers]The site has recently started running stories from a second writer, and Williamson’s been in contact with the Dungarvan Enterprise Board about the possibility of availing of grant money to take the service to the next level.The plan for the next 12 months is to extend the video aspect of the site, increase the roster of advertisers and “really just expand on what we’ve been doing well”.The editor-in-chief recently nailed down an advertising-for-office-space swap — and for the moment, can be found tackling the burning issues of the day Monday to Friday at Tramore’s Riverside Business Park.One of the week’s most popular Whispers headlines was “Priory Hall Developer Lands National Children’s Hospital Contract“.You can see what Williamson means by “that grain of truth people recognise”.Read: Whoops… Media outlets duped by North Korea ‘rocket to the sun’ storyRead: Does Michelle Obama think Irish people are “ugly m*****f*****s”?
Poll Results: Yes (212) CYPRUS POLITICIANS FACE an uphill battle today to pass the EU’s bailout deal for the island with its deeply unpopular proposal to tax people’s savings.The one-off bank levy is unprecedented in EU bailouts. The move is aimed at getting money from rich depositors – particularly Russian oligarchs, who are believed to have billions in Cyprus’s banks – who will pay the most amount of money, but will affect anyone with any money in a savings account. It will also reduce the amount of money that the country will need from EU creditors in the bailout.So today we’re asking: Is Cyprus right to tax people’s savings? No (1817) YesNoVote
Updated, 13:01MICHAEL NOONAN has suggested that Ireland’s next mission with European leaders will be to try and get them to hand over the profits they might make from any Irish government bonds owned by the European Central Bank.The finance minister has said Ireland is looking closely at a concession given to Greece, to see if similar arrangements could be sought by Ireland as it looks to draw the line under its EU-IMF bailout.An agreement struck by Eurozone finance ministers in November sees each member state agree to forego the profits that they should receive because of the ECB’s investment in Greek government bonds.The ECB’s ‘securities market programme’, which was particularly active in 2010, saw the Frankfurt-based bank become an active player on the second-hand bond market – hoovering up bonds issued by Eurozone countries in an effort to keep the cost of borrowing artificially low.The bank currently owns €205 billion worth of bonds issued by Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain – with its portfolio of Irish bonds carrying a total face value of €14.2 billion.Ordinarily, any profits made by the European Central Bank are distributed to national central banks, and then on to each national government – but last November leaders agreed to a deal where ECB profits on Greek bonds are instead distributed solely to Greece.The deal effectively means that Greece is able to borrow at no cost – because the interest that it pays on its borrowings is given directly to the bond’s owner (the ECB) and is then given straight back to the government.While Noonan says Ireland’s needs are different to those of Greece, it was “examining the Greek package to see if aspect of it offer any possible benefit to Ireland”.In response to written Dáil questions from Labour’s Dominic Hannigan, he added that the examination would be “in the context of our programme exit.”The deal reached for Greece in November also included a lowering of the interest rate on Greece’s European bailout loans, and an extension of the repayment period for the loans.Ireland is currently seeking a similar extension of its repayment schedule, along with Portugal, the other Eurozone country currently in a bailout.Though the deal would involve the reassignment of ECB funds, ECB approval is not needed for the arrangement because the deal simply involves a commitment from individual governments to reassign their part of the ECB’s profits.Read: Noonan: Europe now owes Ireland after ‘taking one for the team’
JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter has admitted it was a mistake to mention Mick Wallace’s encounter with Gardaí for using a mobile phone while driving – but launched a vigorous defence of his record in office.Speaking as the Dáil begins two evenings of debate on a motion of no confidence in his position, Shatter spent considerable time outlining his achievements in office – pausing only briefly to mention the recent furore over Mick Wallace and Shatter’s own encounter with Gardaí.“Do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident surrounding Deputy Wallace?” Shatter asked himself, before answering: “Of course I do.”Continuing by asking whether he would act similarly again, he affirmed: “No, I wouldn’t.”Shatter commented that the focus on his own encounter with Gardaí, at a mandatory checkpoint in 2009, was “extraordinary” – and criticised those who had not focussed on how someone who could not complete a breathalyser test, as he could not because of asthma, had not committed any offence. I can be accused of being a workaholic, nobody can ever accuse me of abusing alcohol or driving over the permitted limit.Shatter opened his speech by saying the government had stabilised the banking system and property markets, ensured industrial peace, introduced new mechanisms to help those in chronic debt, and had brought Ireland close to financial independence“It’s a privilege to be a member of a government that has achieved so much,” he said, commenting that the only real value to Fianna Fáil’s motion of no confidence was that it gave him an opportunity to outline his progress in his brief to date.Addressing Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins, who tabled the motion, Shatter said:Deputy Collins should consider where the Garda force should be today, with an annual budget of €90 million less in the Garda budget, which is where we would have been under Fianna Fáil’s 2010 plan.Among the achievement Shatter mentioned during his time was the holding of the first ever pay talks with representatives from the Gardaí, the prison service and the Defence Forces, as part of the talks on the Haddington Road pay agreement.“Being in office just for its own sake holds no particular value for me. What I value… is the opportunity to implement reforms, many of which are long overdue,” he said.“I want to say this: I have a serious job to do, in each of the briefs that I am very privileged to be exercising. It is a great privilege and something I do not take for granted.”Collins had opened the debate by saying Shatter had the “most toxic” relationship with Gardaí of any justice minister, saying the motion was the culmination of a series of actions on Shatter’s part.They included allowing banks to have a veto on the insolvency regime, a total breakdown of relationships between the government and the judiciary, falling Garda morale, and reducing the numbers of Gardaí.Read: Kenny: ‘The difference is Wallace broke the law, and Shatter didn’t’
THE LAW SOCIETY has warned that a plan to close four Dublin courthouses poses a threat to the “very fabric of Ireland’s justice system”.The district court buildings in Swords, Balbriggan, Tallaght and Dún Laoghaire are all due to be shut under the proposed plan by the Courts Service.The four courts will join the 77 local courts around the country which have closed in the last six years.The move will leave just two criminal court venues in Dublin – the Courts of Criminal Justice on Parkgate Street and the Blanchardstown District Court in west Dublin.Ken Murphy, the head of the Law Society, which represents solicitors, said that the plan was flawed, and said that the cuts in the legal system had become “systematic and deep-rooted”.“We all might need to use the courts one day,” said Murphy. “Access to justice is being damaged by the current cuts to key elements of the justice system”.Murphy pointed out that Ireland had had too many court venues at one time and it had served a useful function to close some of them down.However he noted Swords and Balbriggan have two of the fastest-growing populations in the country, while Tallaght serves a population as big as that in Limerick.“The rationalisation of the courts service has gone beyond what is sensible and justified and poses a threat to the very fabric of our justice system,” he said.The Courts Service has emphasised that the plan is about the best use of current resources, rather than just saving money.The plan has been put out for consultation by the Courts Service.Read: Court says bombers not protected as a journalistic source > Read: Niall Collins sent letter to judge to inform him of the suicide of children’s mother >