← Previous Story Gigou and Accambray are ready for the EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Spain in superb form – Two matches +32 Croatian NT has a big potential showed the “Croatia Cup” in Osijek, where the host team won all three matches, the last one against Sweden 29:24 (15:11).Croatia: Marić, Duvnjak 3, Lacković 6, Kopljar 2, Vori 4, Gojun, Losert, Horvat 1(1), Batinović, Bičanić 1, Buntić 1, Alilović (13 saves), Štrlek 4(2), Čupić 5(2), Musa 1, Ninčevič 1Sweden: M. Andersson (3 saves), Lundström 2, K. Andersson 6, Jernemyr, Ekberg 3(1), Stenbäcken 1, Larholm 1, Karlsson 1, Jakobsson, Sjöstrand (9 saves), Larsson, Petersen 2(1), Ekdahl Du Rietz 3, Barud 3, Zachrisson 1, Nilsson 1 STATISTICSIn the last match of the tournament, Slovakia wins over Iran 40:24.FINAL STANDINGS:Croatia 6Sweden 4Slovakia 2Iran 0 Croatia handball team
In Slovenian Play-Off League, Gorenje Velenje wins in Koper against TOP 8 EHF CL team, Cimos Koper 31:29 (18:10) and almost secured the Champions title. Seven rounds before the end, Gorenje has 6 points more than Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Cimos Koper : Gorenje Velenje 29:31 (10:18)Dvorana Bonifika, spectators 1800Cimos Koper: Škof, Vran, Skoko 1, Dobelšek 2, Brumen 11, Čemas, Bombač 4, Poklar, Džono, Krivokapić 5, Skube 4, Mlakar, Konečnik, Rapotec 2, Bogunović, Bundalo, Osmajić.Gorenje Velenje: Gajić, Taletović, Melić 3 (1), Medved 5, Bezjak 4 (1), Pucelj 1, Manojlović 4, Dolenec 4 (1), Cehte 5, Miklavčič 2, Gaber 3, Golčar, Gams, Bajram, Šimič 1, Dujmović.Celje PL wins over Maribor Branik 35:21.League table:1. Gorenje Velenje 23 – 452. Celje PL 23 – 393. Cimos Koper 22 – 314. Trimo Trebnje 23-245. Maribor Branik 22-176. Krško 23 – 17 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (1/2 Final): Buducnost wins in Norway! Next Story → Dainis Kristopans stays in Presov until 2015 CeljeCelje PLCimos KoperGorenje VelenjeKoperSloveniaSlovenia handballSlovenian handballVelenje
← Previous Story MOTOR VS THW KIEL PREVIEW: No chance for Ukrainians Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic and RK Vardar – DEAL? The best female French team Metz Handball will have a new coach in the upcoming season. After succesful season with Serbian coach Sandor Rac, who won the fourth Championship with the team after hat-trik from 2007 until 2009, Metz will get new energy with ex- Aix coach Jeremy Roussel.Sandor Rac will lead Le Havre from the next summer… jeremy rousselMetz handballsandor rac
Tomislav Grahovac has been elected new president of the Croatian Handball Federation on Tuesday.Grahovac, who so far had been the chairman of the federation’s supervisory board, follows Sandi Sola who had announced two months ago that he would step down as the federation’s president for personal reasons.“I want to thank everyone for the honour,” said Grahovac. “I’m aware of the great responsibilty you have entrusted me with. Our federation is the best organised federation in the country, There have been great results so far and I sincerely hope we will achieve even better results,” he was quoted on the federation’s website. ← Previous Story Greek A1: Diomidis close to the Play-Off Final Next Story → THW Kiel chase Barca – Landin stops PICK Szeged Tomislav Grahovac
HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has mounted a robust defence of his conduct in the decision to select two sites in his constituency for primary care centres.Reilly insisted this morning that that “any contention that there’s anything remotely inappropriate about this is utterly wrong” referring to a story in today’s Irish Independent regarding to the owner of the site for one of the centres in Balbriggan who is a Fine Gael supporter.The Minister told RTÉ’s Today with Pat Kenny that while developer Seamus Murphy is a member of Fine Gael and has been for four decades “anyone in Balbriggan would know him” and he said that this site was identified for a primary care centre as far back as 2010.“The selection of this site is absolutely nothing to do with me,” Reilly insisted pointing to a parliamentary question from February 2010 in which the site had been identified by the previous administration.He insisted that the town of Balbriggan needed a primary care centre pointing to the doubling of its population in the last 10 years and the high unemployment rate, repeating his claim that it was an insult to people living there to say they were benefiting from ‘stoke politics’:It’s a town that needs very much a proper primary care centre. Reilly rejected the notion that he had interfered anyway in the drawing up of a list of sites for primary care centres saying that the list was drawn up by the HSE.“I really reject any sense that I have interfered in anyway or have tried to get benefit by this,” he told RTÉ saying that in fact he had been hit financially by his decision to enter politics.‘Toreador’The Minister rejected the characterisation of him as a ‘bull in a china shop’ or a ‘bull in a bullring’ who was at the mercy of the bullfighter or toreador, stretching the metaphor, he said:I know who the toreador is, and the toreador are my electorate and the people who put Fine Gael into government, and they are the ones I’ll answer to.On criticism of him from the former Primary Care Minister Róisín Shortall, who resigned last week following tensions with her senior minister at the Department of Health, Reilly said that Shortall would have known these changes to the list of primary care centres would be happening.But he said that he was the one who was in charge and tasked with taking the final decisions, he rejected her claim that he was trying to Americanise the Irish health insurance system and said the reality was the government was improving the provision of health.He also rejected claims that he was a bully: “There is no way that I have a bullying manner, and I reject that completely,” adding that he had an “excellent working relationship” with his other junior health minister, Labour’s Kathleen Lynch.The Health Minister is due to make further comments on the matters related to primary care centre site selection in a statement to the Dáil at 3.45pm today.Read: Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres todayIn photos: James Reilly is good with his hands
RESCUED FROM FILTHY conditions where they were being kept by a hoarder, these ducks took some persuading to take to their natural habitat.But watch when the magic starts to kick in at around 0.52. Ducktales WOO-HOO!(Also watch out for the cat attempting some show-stealing near the end of the video)Uploaded by WoodStock SanctuaryVIDEO: Bear (huge) frightened away by woman (tiny)The best animal escape video you’ll see today>
THE INTERNATIONAL ENVOY to the Syrian conflict called on President Bashar Assad’s regime to take the lead in implementing a cease-fire during a major Muslim holiday later this month.Lakhdar Brahimi said rebel representatives have assured him they will also observe the truce if the government takes the first step.The Syrian people are burying hundreds of people each day, so if they bury fewer people during the days of the holiday, this could be the start of Syria’s return from the dangerous situation that it … is continuing to slip toward.Brahimi’s push to get Assad and rebels seeking to topple him to stop fighting for the four-day Eid al-Adha feast set to begin October 26 reflects how little progress international diplomacy has made in halting 19 months of deadly violence in Syria. Activists say more than 33,000 people have been killed.‘Microscopic’ stepUnlike his predecessor as joint UN-Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, Brahimi has said he has no grand plan to end Syria’s civil war. Instead, he presented the truce as a “microscopic” step that would alleviate Syrian sorrow temporarily and provide the basis for a longer truce.Brahimi spoke following meetings with top Lebanese officials as part of a regional tour. He said all countries must work to stop the bloodshed by halting arms shipments so the conflict doesn’t spread.Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sympathetic to the rebels and are believed to be facilitating their acquisition of weapons or arming them directly. Iran and Russia are Assad’s biggest supporters and provide the Syrian military with most of its advanced weaponry.“These countries need to realize, as we heard today in Lebanon, that it is not possible that this crisis will stay inside Syrian border forever,” Brahimi said. “Either it has to be taken care of or it will spread and spill over and consume everything.”Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdessi said the government was waiting for Brahimi to come to Damascus to brief officials there on the results of his tour.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said his country supports a holiday cease-fire but was skeptical that it would lead to a longer truce without an international force to make it “sustainable.”TurkeyOnce a close ally of Damascus, Turkey has become one of Assad’s staunchest opponents. The two neighbors have traded artillery fire over their border since October 3 when a Syrian shell struck a Turkish border town, killing five civilians and sharply escalating tensions.Turkey’s military again returned fire on Wednesday at Syria after a mortar round landed three metres inside its Turkish territory. There were no casualties in the exchange, according to the governor’s office for the border province of Hatay.Inside Syria, activists reported clashes in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo as well as outside of the capital, Damascus.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the helicopter downing, saying the debris fell in the village of Baseeda. The activists’ claims and videos could not be independently verified.On Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said more than half of Syria’s health facilities have been destroyed or damaged in the war and many children are not getting vaccinated or going to school.The BBC reports today that human rights groups say there are 28,000 disappeared in Syria, who were abducted by soldiers or militia.Read: Turkey, Syria ban flights to each other as tensions soar>
EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1.#UNEMPLOYMENT: For the first time since May 2009, less than 400,000 are on Ireland’s Live Register. New figures from the CSO showed that the unemployment rate dropped to 13.2 per cent last month, but Minister Joan Burton said that it was still “unacceptably high”.2.#SPYING: The Tánaiste said today that he raised concerns over US agencies spying back in July. Eamon Gilmore said that he was satisfied with the US Embassy’s response, believing that Ireland was not under NSA surveillance. Gilmore later said “friends don’t bug each other’s telephones“.3.#LABOUR PAINS: The Labour Party lost another councillor today – the third is as many days. Wicklow County Council chaiman Jimmy O’Shaughnessy said that the “people at the top of the party” had “lost their way”.4.#ASSAULT: A priest in South Armagh was assaulted last night, the PSNI said. The priest had discovered three youths in the parochial house who then assaulted him, forcing him into a bathroom. He was taken to hospital for facial injuries.5.#GONE: Danske Bank announced that it will withdraw from the personal banking market in Ireland, shedding 150 jobs. Speaking to TheJournal.ie this morning, IBOA general secretary Larry Broderick said that today’s announcement represented a “sad day for banking in Ireland”.
It is perfectly safe to listen to music on headphones at volumes up to 85dB. With each additional decibel you should be limiting the length of time you listen on the device. For instance, at 91dB anything more than two hours a day will cause permanent damage. OVER 60 PER CENT of young people are in danger of causing permanent damage to their hearing from listening to their earphones too loudly.The warning comes from hearing support group Deafhear.ie who say that they are conducting tests in schools around the country to measure the sound levels used by teenagers on their personal music devices.Brendan Lennon of DeafHear.ie say that early results of the tests are worrying with three out of five young people listening to earphones at unsafe levels: At over 100dB, exposure of more than 15 minutes per day will cause permanent and irreparable hearing damage he adds.85 dB is about the equvilalent sound of city traffic from inside a car while 90dB is about as loud as a lawnmower.The group wants parents to ensure that their children use ‘over ear’ head phones and not ‘in-ear’ earphone buds as research shows they are four times less likely to damage hearing.“This is the most effective step to protect your child’s hearing, ” said Lennon.Read: Irish sign language website for parents launched >WATCH: 26-year-old woman hears sound for the first time >
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #CRC: It’s been a day of revelations about the financial goings-on at the CRC as former boss Brian Conlan appeared before the Public Accounts Committee. Conlan said that one-time boss Paul Kiely received a retirement payout of €473,000 – more than double what he had previously told TDs.2. #DISPUTE: Union members at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority are to vote on industrial action over the ongoing pensions dispute, amid claims that employers have failed to engage in meaningful discussions.3. #MISSING: Police in Scotland are searching for a 3-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Edinburgh. Mikaeel Kular was last seen when he was put to bed last night but was gone from the house this morning. A Child Rescue Alert has been issued to help in the search.4. #ABUSE: Top Vatican officials have been grilled today by the UN’s child rights watchdog about child abuse in the Catholic Church. The representatives said that the Vatican is committed to stamping out sexual abuse by the clergy.5. #RIP: British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known for playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 69. He had been ill with pancreatic cancer.(Video: D King/YouTube)
AW.Speaking to the Gaily Grind, Lucas said that B was was “not terrible”, but was “definitely lumped into a group of guys that caused [him] some distress”.Bane also said that the fact that B reached out to him brought him to tears.I gasped when I saw the name. Then tears. Before even reading the words I just knew that this was going to be a good note, and when I read the words and his follow-up response, I sobbed. That sounds dramatic but it’s true. A good cry on-and-off for upwards of an hour.The actor also said that, despite B being just one voice, the apology brought him huge closure.His apology felt like it spoke for all the people who used to pick on me. Like there was a sad little boy inside me and somebody went up to him and said, “Hey buddy. Don’t worry anymore. We like you.” It was really healing. I meant every word when I said he had given me a gift. I feel incredible.Your mother was wrong. He CAN change. Source: lucasanddavidStephen Fry joins Panti’s supporters by tweeting video to 6.5 million followers>Watch Panti’s powerful speech about oppression of gay people> IT WAS ONE of the sweetest proposal videos we’ve seen in a while, and it seems that even former bullies agree.Lucas Bane and David Devora from Los Angeles got engaged just before Christmas in an elaborate street party orchestrated by Lucas. Under the guise of a surprise birthday party, Lucas shut down a street and invited Step Up dancers to help him put his proposal in lights, literally. Source: James YaccinoDavid, who has been with Lucas for four years, said yes of course. Source: LUCAS and DAVIDThe video of the proposal quickly went viral, and was seen by people all over the world. One such person, was a former classmate of Lucas’s who used to torment him. The former bully, only known as ‘B’, sent Lucas a message on Facebook to apologise for his behaviour.I’m sure you have no idea who I am. I went to high school with you. If you do remember me, it’s probably not positive as I was a bit of a asshole back then. I saw your video today on Facebook and wanted to say Congratulations! No need to respond I just wanted you to know that I think what you have is awesome and wish you the best.The full correspondence, from the Gaily Grind:
SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams had said that the party is in no rush to get into government and is not thinking about which parties it would or wouldn’t form a coalition with.Adams said that Sinn Féin was “not panting” about getting into government, saying that he wanted the party to be judged on the changes it implemented rather than how long it spends in power.The Louth and Meath East TD did not answer a question about whether he regretted his remarks about two RUC officers murdered by the IRA having a ‘laissez faire’ attitude towards their own safety, but said his choice of words was ‘unfortunate’.He reiterated his call for a broad alliance of people and political parties on the left who, he said, could work with Sinn Fein.Speaking from the party’s Ard Fheis in Wexford on RTÉ One’s The Week in Politics, Adams criticised Labour for making pre-election promises which he said they were not in a position to deliver.“They must have known they could not implement the type of promises they were making,” he said.Echoing the comments he made in his keynote speech last night, Adams said that Sinn Féin wanted to only make promises that it would be able to keepAdams also said that he believed the long-existing 2 1/2 party system in Ireland is disappearing. Fianna Fáil will “never be the dominant force they once were,” he said.Read: 9 things we’ve leraned from the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis > Read: Adams calls for left to unite, says: ‘Sinn Féin will keep every commitment that we make’ >
RYANAIR AND BOEING have completed a deal that will see the Irish airline buy 175 new aircraft – bringing its fleet to over 400.The deal, worth just over €12 billion ($15.6 billion) at current prices, will bring Ryanair’s fleet to over 400.Documentation for the deal was signed by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary and his Boeing Commercial Airplanes counterpart Ray Conner in New York today.The purchase – of 175 ‘next generation’ Boeing 737-800 planes – will be the largest ever aircraft order by a European airline if it is approved by Ryanair’s shareholders later in the year.Ryanair said the agreement would also represent the single biggest investment in US manufacturing ever made by an Irish company, and would sustain thousands of manufacturing jobs at Boeing.Ryanair currently has a fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, about 75 of which would be replaced if the order is backed by Ryanair’s shareholders.The airline says the expansion of its fleet would help to expand its passenger base – which stood at 79.6 million in 2012 – to over 100 million by March 2019.“These 175 new airplanes will enable us to lower cost and airfares even further, thereby widening Ryanair’s cost and price leadership over other airlines in Europe,” O’Leary said.“They provide Ryanair with the additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities that currently exist as many of Europe’s flag carrier and smaller airlines are restructuring and reducing their short-haul operations.”Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said its partnership with Ryanair was “of the utmost importance to everyone at The Boeing Company and I could not be more proud to see it extended for years to come”.Shares in Ryanair were up by 4c to €5.84 in London this morning.Read: EU blocks Aer Lingus takeover, Ryanair says it will appeal
TWO GARDAÍ WERE among four people injured in a crash in Limerick city this morning.The Gardaí were travelling in one of two cars which were involved in the collision at the junction of Mallow Street and Catherine Street just after 7 o’clock this morning.The force of the crash propelled one of the cars to the basement level of the row of houses on the street.All four people – three women and one man – were taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.The matter has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman in accordance with section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 as part of standard procedure in any such incident involving Gardaí.A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman said the matter is under examination.Gardaí at Roxborough Road are also investigating the matter.
THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST bus station was eerily quiet today.Bus Éireann’s HQ at Busaras was virtually empty today, with only a handful of services running around the country today as a result of a strike by members of the National Bus and Rail Union.The workers, who are opposing pay cuts as part of Bus Éireann’s efforts to stem its financial losses, account for 1,100 of the company’s 2,500 workers – but many other staff are refusing to pass picket lines.The disruptions could continue for some time – and some school buses could be disrupted in the morning.Here’s how Busaras looked – as workers picketed outside and only a handful of travellers stepped inside.
All games kick off 3pm Saturday unless stated otherwise.Premier LeagueArsenal v Norwich(Tomas Rosicky, left, is a doubt for Arsenal today – Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Betting: 1/4 (home), 5/1 (draw), 10/1 (away).Doubtful: Arsenal – Tomas Rosicky. Norwich – Mark Bunn and Anthony Pilkington.Suspended: Arsenal – Per Mertesacker.Arsenal have received heavy criticism over the course of the season, however a recent run of 22 points from a possible 27 games has silenced the naysayers, temporarily at least.Their Champions League qualification hopes are now firmly in their hands, and a win today will bring them a point ahead of rivals Spurs with the same number of games played.Norwich, who stand in their way, also have plenty to play for, given that they remain only four points clear of the relegation zone.A victory today would almost guarantee their safety, however they are priced at 10/1 with good reason, in light of the Gunners’ terrific current form.Verdict: ArsenalAston Villa v Fulham(Damien Duff has been a consistent performer for Fulham this year – John Walton/EMPICS Sport)Betting: 13/10 (home), 23/10 (draw), 21/10 (away).Injured: Fulham – Ashkan Dejagah.Doubtful: Aston Villa – Ciaran Clark. Fulham – Eyong Enoh.Suspended: Fulham – Steve Sidwell.Having looked almost certain candidates for relegation a few weeks back following a series of dire performances, Villa have responded superbly, winning four of their last seven games.The Villains come up against a Fulham side sitting comfortably in tenth, having themselves sporadically flirted with the prospect of a relegation battle in recent months.Therefore, given that the London side have little to play for, while a win would be a major boost to Villa’s survival hopes, it could be argued that Paul Lambert’s men are actually favourites in this particular contest.Nonetheless, Villa have the second worst home record in the league (after QPR), so it’d be no real surprise if Martin Jol’s men pick up at least a point.Verdict: DrawEverton v QPR(David Moyes has said Everton need to rebuild their squad in the summer – John Walton/EMPICS Sport)Betting: 4/9 (home), 7/2 (draw), 6/1 (away).Injured: QPR – Shaun Wright-Phillips.Doubtful: Everton – Tony Hibbert.Suspended: QPR – Bobby Zamora.David Moyes gave hints of discontent with his recent comments about Everton being an “ageing squad”.The Scot has regardless delivered another solid if unspectacular season, which is all the more impressive given the club’s relative lack of spending in the transfer market in recent times.They will be heavy favourites against a QPR team who are on the verge of being relegated.Although while they aren’t expected to do much, Harry Redknapp’s men can at least take solace from the fact that they have a very respectable record against the Toffees, with only two losses in 11 matches and a 1-0 win at Goodison Park last season to boot.Verdict: EvertonReading v Liverpool(Philippe Coutinho and co were left frustrated after their recent 0-0 draw with West Ham – Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images)TV: Setanta Ireland.Injured: Reading – Jimmy Kebe. Liverpool – Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Martin Kelly.Doubtful: Reading – Hope Akpan.Betting: 6/1 (home), 3/1 (draw), 1/2 (away).Following a late-season surge, Liverpool had, until recently, looked like a good outside bet for a European spot.However, just as they appeared to be turning a corner, they stuttered once more, with the recent loss to Southampton and the draw with West Ham.Yet it is surely a good time to face Reading – having experienced a dreadful run of seven consecutive defeats, the Royals are now all but relegated.Moreover, they have only ever beaten Liverpool once in the league – a 3-1 victory in 2007, with Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle among the goalscorers that day.Verdict: LiverpoolSouthampton v West Ham(Steven Davis is expected to start for Southampton this afternoon – Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images)Betting: 10/11 (home), 5/2 (draw), 3/1 (away).Injured: West Ham – Joe Cole and Mark Noble.Doubtful: Southampton – Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez.Southampton’s wonderful recent run of just one loss in their last 10 games has meant they’ve virtually ensured they’ll be playing Premier League football next year.One of the key reasons for their terrific performances has been the displays of Jay Rodriguez, who has scored in three consecutive matches now, though he’s a doubt for today’s encounter.The Saints also boast a good record against West Ham, and are expected to win this encounter, with the Hammers only having picked up three wins away from home all season.They did, however, beat Southampton 4-1 earlier in the campaign, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team have the momentum now, and should consequently prevail.Verdict: SouthamptonNewcastle v Sunderland (Sunday, 12pm)(Paolo Di Canio has said the anticipated derogatory chanting from Newcastle fans will not bother him – Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images)TV: Sky Sports 1Betting: 19/20 (home), 5/2 (draw), 3/1 (away).Injured: Newcastle – Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote.Doubtful: Newcastle – Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran. Sunderland – Carlos Cuellar, Danny Graham and Connor Wickham.Suspended: Sunderland – Craig Gardner.One of the more intriguing games of the weekend, both these sides could still potentially be relegated, though Newcastle have a chance to almost guarantee safety with a win on Sunday.The presence of Paolo Di Canio makes the game even more interesting.Sunderland were unlucky not to get anything in the manager’s first game in charge against Chelsea last week, but this will be a match where more is expected from his side.The Italian has a reputation for bringing a positive short-term effect to clubs, and his influence should be enough to earn Sunderland a point, in what is likely to be a tight contest fraught with nerves.Verdict: drawStoke City v Man United (Sunday, 2.05pm)(Robin van Persie has been off form of late – Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)TV: Sky Sports 1Betting: 5/1 (home), 11/4 (draw), 8/13 (away).Injured: Man United – Ashley Young.Doubtful: Stoke – Matthew Etherington and Marc Wilson. Man United – Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Jonny Evans and Chris SmallingHaving had a near-impeccable record until recently, Manchester United have narrowly come up short in a couple of big games of late.And indeed, even in the less high-profile recent matches, such as their 1-0 win against Sunderland, they haven’t exactly been convincing.Stoke are a team that Alex Ferguson’s men have usually dispatched with ease though, winning eight out nine Premier League games against them – and in fact, the Potters last beat United in the league in 1984.And that trend is unlikely to be reversed tomorrow, with Tony Pulis’ side performing abysmally since the turn of the year, earning a total of just two wins from their last 16 games.Verdict: Man UnitedFA CupMillwall v Wigan (Saturday, 5.15pm)(Dubliner Alan Dunne is set to start for Millwall today – Nigel French/EMPICS Sport)TV: ESPNBetting: 7/2 (home), 13/5 (draw), 4/5 (away).Doubtful: Millwall – Liam Trotter, James Henry.Injured: Wigan – Ivan Ramis, Albert Crusat and Ben Watson.The FA Cup tie that no one expected, and perhaps a sign more than anything else that big Premier League clubs no longer care as much about winning the FA Cup.Indeed, both sides are struggling in their respective leagues, with Millwall 16th in the Championship and Wigan 18th in the Premier League.Yet Latics boss Roberto Martinez insists that the FA Cup has not distracted them from their Premier League duties, and 13 league points from a possible 18 since their quarter-final win over Huddersfield seems to back up that assertion.Wigan also have the better team on paper, and should thus qualify accordingly, barring a dramatic failure to perform on the big occasion.Verdict: WiganChelsea v Man City (Sunday, 4pm)(No goalkeeper has conceded fewer Premier League goals than Joe Hart this season – Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)TV: ITVBetting: 2/1 (home), 23/10 (draw), 7/5 (away).Doubtful: Man City – David Silva.Surely the most important game of the season left for City, a loss to rivals Chelsea on Sunday would inevitably put Roberto Mancini’s position as manager under renewed speculation.However, on the other hand, should they win, they will fancy their chances against either Wigan or Millwall in the final, with the possibility of attaining a second FA Cup in three years.Chelsea, though, have dominated the competition in recent seasons, and have the opportunity to triumph this year for the fifth time in seven attempts.It’s extremely difficult to pick a winner between the two, as City hold the superior league position, though Chelsea have the greater recent experience of winning one-off games.Verdict: Man City14 of the funniest #ThingsMoreUsefulThanAdebayor tweets>Paolo Di Canio not fazed by fans’ chanting>
A WOMAN TRYING to keep her family from learning she had dropped out of college called in bomb threats to a commencement ceremony at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, police said.Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts, was wearing a cap and gown when she was arrested on Sunday.Hamden police said Shea left the college this year because of financial issues, including an unpaid tuition balance, but her mother continued to pay thousands of dollars she thought was for her daughter’s education.“She was living off-campus. Her mother thought she was going to school,” Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith said.On graduation day, Shea’s mother tried to obtain a ticket for a ramp where relatives could take photographs of the graduates, but the registrar’s office told her Shea was not enrolled.Shea overheard the conversation, then stepped away and allegedly called in the first bomb threat to try to cancel the ceremony, Smith said.The threats delayed the start of the ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences by an hour and a half, and it was moved to a second location at the indoor athletic arena as a security precaution.Shea, 22, was arraigned yesterday in Meriden Superior Court where bond was set at $10,000. Her attorney and a prosecutor asked for her to be released on a promise to appear, but the judge said he was troubled by the defendant’s actions.According to police, Shea made two calls to the university’s public safety department. In the first, about 20 minutes before the start of the 6 p.m. graduation ceremony, she stated there was a “bomb in the library,” said police.In the second call, about 20 minutes later, police said Shea warned that “several bombs are on campus” and noted, “You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.”Hamden and university police identified Shea using the cellphone number she’d called from and then found her inside the TD Bank Sports Center, where the ceremony was moved after the threats.She is charged with first degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident.Messages were left at her mother’s home.Read: Tweeting an airline to say you’re a member of Al-Qaeda isn’t a great idea, apparently
THE POLLS HAVE now officially closed in the local and European elections.Early in the day, turnout was reported at 10 per cent. It rose to 30 per cent, and RTÉ is now reporting that turnout was “somewhere above 50 per cent”.People cast their votes for their favourites of the 2000 candidates running for 949 local authority seats, and 41 people running for 11 MEP seats in the European Parliament.Polling stations remained open until 10pm tonight.Tragic deathThe day sadly saw some tragedy with the death of Monaghan councillor Owen Bannigan, who was running in the Ballybay-Clones local elections.He died suddenly while he was canvassing today.All votes cast in the Castleblayney area will be destroyed and another date will be set for a recasting of ballots.TomorrowWe’ll be liveblogging and covering all of the action from tomorrow and across the weekend as the election counts get underway.Read: Watch: Kids tell us what they think is happening today – and what they think of politicians>
SURVIVORS OF SYMPHYSIOTOMY have rejected the Government’s plan for redress.The package would award basic compensation of €50,000 to women who underwent the procedure but would be ‘ex-gratia’ – in other words, no blame admitted.The Department said the decision to make the scheme ex-gratia was to ‘relieve’ the survivors of the burden of pursuing their case through the courts.Survivors of Symphysiotomy represents 99% of the women who had their pelvis broken either before or during childbirth.Speaking about the proposed payment, SoS Chairperson Marie O’Connor, said: “Women will be required to sign away their legal rights as a condition of entry to this skewed process.“There is to be no independent adjudication of awards and no independent individualised assessment of injuries.Women are to be stripped of their legal and constitutional rights on entry into this Kafka-esque maze, before they know what the outcome will be. So, with no right of appeal to the courts, there will be no way out of this bureaucratic labyrinth.ReportsCabinet published two reports into the practices which happened in Irish hospitals up until 1984.O’Connor said both reports whitewashed the truth:The Walsh report draws a burka over the truth about these deeply abusive operations. This whitewash has been effectively adopted by the Murphy report.“There has never been an official admission that symphysiotomy was wrong: this determination not to acknowledge the truth, which has underpinned the State’s approach to this issue since 1999, will be scrutinised by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on 14 July.”Up to 300 survivors and family members attended EGMs in Cork and Dublin over the weekend.Read: Symphysiotomy couple want to find their child’s burial place>Read: I was just 27 and I was butchered’: Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words>
Frontline services also provide treatment through emergency departments, primary care services and GPs, the HSE added.Speaking about the HSE figures, Broughan said that it is “helpful” to know the amount allocated to addiction services from the social inclusion budget, but that “improved collation” of data on the overall HSE spend on alcohol addiction programmes “would be beneficial in terms of informing policy and legislative decisions which aim to tackle excessive alcohol consumption.”Read: A glass or two of alcohol a day is good for you? Think again, say scientists >More: Sober Ireland: What can you do in Ireland without drinking? > AROUND €114 MILLION has been allocated for addiction services for this year, according to figures released by the HSE.In a report provided to TD Tommy Broughan, the HSE said that this figure is provided from the social inclusion budget, but that it is not possible to identify all elements of the funding provided specifically to alcohol addiction intervention given the range of services involved.In a parliamentary question to the Health Minister, Deputy Broughan asked for details of HSE spending on alcohol addiction prevention and treatment programmes.In response, the HSE said that treatment is provided “based on the Four Tier Model of treatment intervention and services are designed to respond to the individual’s specific identified needs.”The interventions offered to people who present for alcohol addiction treatment include:Initial Assessment, Comprehensive Assessment, Minnesota Programme, Brief Intervention, Individual Counselling, self-help, peer-support etc, or a combination of these.Social inclusion funding spent on addiction services were listed by the HSE as €90.75m, €90.39m and €114.78m in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.The specific amount allocated by the State to alcohol addiction treatment is difficult to ascertain, the HSE said, because:[I]n some parts of the country, alcohol services are provided within social inclusion as part of drug and alcohol (addiction) services and in others they are distinct and provided under Mental Health with elements of Alcohol Harm Prevention within Health Promotion and Improvement.