A Polish national team right back, one of the brothers Lijewski (HSV Hamburg), younger Krzystof (27) operated left shoulder and will be out of the court first three month of the season. After injury of Daniel Narcisse from THW Kiel, both main contender for Bundesliga trophies, HSV Hamburg and THW Kiel had “equal” problems with their shooters, but in the case of Lijewski, it is expected that he will be ready for WC in Sweden 2011 (january). ← Previous Story Spain wants WC 2013! Next Story → Kiril Lazarov in Ciudad Real!
← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas new Wisla Plock coach Next Story → DHB Cup F4 in Hamburg: Flensburg – HSV vol 2… cervardimovskimeshkovmetalurgSEHAVardar Vardar Pro will try to defend last year’s title in the regional SEHA League after they’ve defeated Metalurg Skopje in the semifinal of the SEHA League. Vardar had the lead throughout most of the match, however HC Metalurg in the end managed to get a draw with one minute to go. Vardar score in their attack, while Vanco Dimovski fails in Metalurg’s final attack to receive the ball properly, and the final attack is lost, making Vardar the winner of the Macedonian semi-final.In the first semifinal, RK Zagreb defeated Brest Meshkov despite trailing 17:14 at half time. With a nice run in the second, the Boris Dvorsek’ team in the end celebrated a 31:29 victory. This will give them the chance to win the SEHA league for the first time after losing in the semi-final in last years’ premiere edition.
← Previous Story Efficient Iceland left no uncertainty against Austria Next Story → Hype in Sweden: Stars presented as the four elements Denmark is with one leg in the semi-final! Fantastic atmosphere in Herning with 14.000 home fans led Danish players to another win – fourth at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 until now. Wilbek and his boys take revenge for the humiliating defeat in the WCh 2013 Final last year in Barcelona (19:35) against Spain – 31:28 (16:13). The main role in defeating world champions had Niklas Landin with 18 saves, 11 more than his Spanish colleague!Wilbek’s boys had control over the results during the whole match. Canellas took Spain to lead last time on 5:4. Last time when teams were equal was 27th minute – 13:13. In the second half Landin showed his best performance and made a lot of problems to the Spanish shooters, especially from 7 meter.The last chance for the interesting finish Spain had in 45th minute (24:21), but in the last quarter of the match, host team used the energy of their fans…STATISTICSPhoto: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com DenmarkEHF EURO 2014euro 2014 handballhandballSpain
← Previous Story Lino Cervar: “The crowd will be our 8th and 9th player against KIF Kolding” Next Story → WISLA TV: Polish derby, no surprise Handball-Planet.com already wrote about Australian Beach Handball Championship in Perth. Now, we can see how Australian handball lovers enjoy handball summer. Europe is jealous…Beach Handball as the biggest chance that handball becomes global sport?Come to Split (Croatia) next June and enjoy one of the biggest Beach Handball tournament in Europe this year! australia handballBeach handballperth handball
Igor Karacicraul gonzalesRK Vardar ← Previous Story SEHA F4: RK Vardar at the Final! Next Story → DHB Cup F4 in Hamburg: RNL VS Flensburg – Berlin against Melsungen RK Vardar play in fantastic form in the last two months under new “commander” – Spanish coach Raul Gonzales. All the players have only nice words for the work of former Talant Dujshebaev assistant. One of them, playmaker Igor Karacic, talked about that after victory over C.O Zagreb at SEHA F4 semis…– It wasn’t easy against Zagreb, but we got a lot with a new coach. We have tactical and sports discipline, we smashing rivals until the moment where they don’t know what to play. I didn’t have a lot of information about coach tactical level, but they are really “masters”. It is sometimes boring during training, but when you see how we play matches, than you realize that you only have to listen your coach ad that is all – said Karacic with a smile…
ergo arenaGdanskhandball poland ← Previous Story MVP of Swedish League to Qatari Lekhwiya Next Story → IHF Contest for the “HANDBALL PHOTO” of the year Men’s EHF EURO 2016 host nation – Poland tested one of the best sports venue in the country – ERGO Arena in Gdansk, where 11.000 spectators celebrated victory over Germany 25:24. That is far away from enough before second match in Magdeburg next weekend, but still, another scalp is in colection of Michael Biegler, Polish NT head-coach…Magnificent VIVE TARGI Kielce TV team made another fantastic video about it…
← Previous Story HANDBALL GALA: Masters Handball World Cup starts in Omis Next Story → Sweet Barca revenge thanks to Perez de Vargas MEN’S, 37+GROUP A1. JAGODINA (SERBIA) 52. TORNADO (UKRAINE) 43. BOSNA SARAJEVO (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA) 34. OLD BOYS (HUNGARY) 01.RoundBosna Sarajevo – Jagodina 10:10 (4:5)Tornado – Old Boys 8:6 (5:3)2.RoundJagodina – Tornado 8:7Bosna Sarajevo – Old Boys 9:83. RoundJagodina – Old Boys 9:8Tornado – Bosna Sarajevo 9:4GROUP B1. BRNO (Czech Republic) 32. HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC (Croatia) 23.TROGIR (Croatia) 24. VIENNA ALL-STARS (Austria) 11. roundVienna All Stars – Hrvatski Dragovoljac 8:11Trogir – Brno 8:82. roundBrno – Hrvatski Dragovoljac 12:5Vienna All Starts – Trogir 7:73. roundVienna All Stars – BrnoHrvatski Dragovoljac – TrogirMEN’S, 50 +GROUP AODESSA (UKRAINE) 4SPLIT (CROATIA) 23. ROMA HANDBALL (ITALY) 0Roma Handball – Odesa 5:9Odesa – Split 8:5Split – Roma Handball 7:6GROUP BZLATNE GODINE (CROATIA) 4OLDI POLSKA (POLAND) 23. BOSNA SARAJEVO (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA) 0Zlatne godine – Bosna Sarajevo 8:6Oldi Polska – Zlatne godine 10:13Oldi Polska – Bosna Sarajevo 8:7WOMEN’SGROUP ACRNA GORA (MONTENEGRO) 4ODESA (UKRAINE) 2ZADAR (CROATIA) 1ŽARK SPLIT (CROATIA) 11. roundOdesa – Crna Gora 7:10Zadar – ŽARK Split 3:32.roundCrna Gora – Zadar 9:7ŽARK Split – Odesa 7:113. roundCrna Gora – ŽARK SplitOdesa – ZadarGROUP B1.SINJ (CROATIA) 42.ŽVRK SPLIT (CROATIA) 23.METKOVIĆ (CROATIA) 0Sinj – ŽVRK Split 11:7ŽVRK Split – Metković 8:2Metković – Sinj 4:16SUNDAYMen’s, 37 +12:30 TROGIR – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC12:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – BRNO15:00 SEMI-FINAL 1 Jagodina – 2B15:30 SEMI-FINAL 2 Tornado – 2A 217:00 BRONZE MEDAL18:30 FINALMen’s, 50 +13:00 ZA 5. MESTO – Roma Handball – Bosna Sarajevo13:30 SEMI-FINAL 1 Odesa – Oldi Polska14:00 SEMI-FINAl 2 Zlatne godine – Split16:00 BRONZE MEDAL17:30 FINALWOMEN’S12:00 ODESSA – ZADAR12:00 ŽARK SPLIT – CRNA GORA14:30 SEMI-FINA 1 CRNA GORA – ŽVRK SPLIT14:30 SEMI-FINAL 2 SINJ – 2A15:00 5TH PLACE16:30 BRONZE MEDAL18:00 FINAL
It’s all about handball in Cologne! The biggest show of European handball and certainly the most interesting handball weekend in this season began with a match between Telekom Veszprem and PSG Handball.Our video showing the best way to describe our sport acted by fans of two teams around Lanxess Arena…PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja ← Previous Story Mate Lekai before Final4: Chances are 25% for all Next Story → PSG Handball are first finalists of EHF CL Final4 2017!
A US POLITICIAN has been criticised for telling a local newspaper that “some girls rape easy”.Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard was asked to explain the comments yesterday after originally being quoted in a local newspaper last December when asked to comment on a sexual assault in his area.The comments resurfaced this week as Rivard is running for reelection.The Republican politician told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal that the remarks were a warning from his father that women could agree to sex but then later claim it was not consensual. Three hours after speaking to the paper Rivard issued another statement to further clarify his remarks.“Sexual assault is a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well,” he said. “Rape is a horrible act of violence. Sexual assault unfortunately often goes unreported to police. I have four daughters and three granddaughters and I understand the importance of making sure that awareness of this crime is taken very seriously”.He was strongly criticised by his opponent in the election, Democratic candidate Stephen Smith, who described the comments as “extreme” and “out of touch”.Rivard’s comments also came under fire from groups campaigning against domestic abuse and sexual assault in Wisconsin.Nichole Kathol, the head of an organisation helping victims of domestic abuse told the Journal Sentinel that Rivard was portraying women as the perpetrator of the violence being perpetrated against them.“He’s blaming the victim and implying the definition of rape is all too encompassing”,” she said.Read: US Congressman: evolution is a lie “straight from the pit of hell” > Read: Mitt Romney says Todd Akin should drop out of Senate race > He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry.’ Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’So it’s been kind of taken out of context.
THE ARTS AND Antiques Unit of the An Garda Síochána have arrested a 35-year-old man in relation to the theft of a number of items from the National Library of Ireland.The arrest came after a planned search in the Clonsilla area of Dublin where a large number of books and pamphlets, some of which are of historical value, were discovered.The search was made at about 7am this morning by gardaí from the arts and antiques unit of National Bureau of Criminal InvestigationThe man currently being held at Lucan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for which he can be held for up to 24 hours.Read: Search for Ireland’s stolen paintings in Limerick as man arrested >
I, LIKE SO many others, was struck this week by the pictures of the Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli with her gorgeous three-year old daughter, Vittoria, sitting on her lap as she voted in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The montage illustrated how Ms Ronzulli has brought Vittoria to work with her since she was just one month old, in a bid to highlight the difficulties faced by working mothers. Media organisations didn’t need much encouragement to publish the picture of the photogenic pair, but the eye catching image underlined a very serious issue; how are the mothers of young children supposed to juggle a career in politics with raising a young family?I am a mother of four children I should put my cards on the table here; I am the mother of four young children. My eldest is 14 and my youngest is 7. This revelation often elicits gasps from those inside out and outside the political system. ‘How on earth do I cope?’ they wonder. I have to admit, this often irks me more than a little, as I have never heard any of my male colleagues, who are fathers to young children, being asked the same question. The truth is, I have a fantastic husband and very strong support from my family. And I live within driving distance of Leinster House. Could I do it if I lived in Cork? Or Donegal? Possibly not.I have long believed that politics should be viewed as a career choice. But what young women would consider running for election to our national parliament if she was hoping to have children over the next few years? How can we expect to attract young, ambitious and talented women into politics, when the entire system remains largely incompatible with raising a young family? Not only are female TDs not entitled to maternity leave, taking a break for six or nine months to care for your new baby would be considered career ending.It has been widely accepted that we need to attract more women into Irish politics. The charge has been led by my own Party, Fine Gael, through the introduction of gender quotas.Abysmal female representationIt’s for good reason; we have abysmal female representation when compared to other countries. Just 26 of our 166 TDs are women. And that’s an all-time high. Within the EU, we rank 25th out of 27 countries in terms of female representation, and at a global level we rank 89th for female political representation, behind Afghanistan and Iraq.If I take a glance at my female colleagues in Fine Gael, TDs and Senators included, just three of us have young children. Gender quotas might help to get more women onto the ballot paper, but will they actually help to encourage more women to enter politics in the first place? Unless we are willing to take a close look at the Irish political system and how incompatible it is with raising a young family, we cannot expect a major shift in the male dominated status quo.Many point to the unpalatable sitting hours of a national parliament as an example of why it is so difficult to manage family life and a career in politics. It’s true that Dáil sittings can start at 9.30am and last until after midnight. This is much longer than the average working day, but it’s not the biggest stumbling block.The workloadIf the legislative work I do in the Dáil was the only part of my job, it would be manageable. But the reality is, Dáil and Committee business takes up about 40 per cent of the average TD’s workload. The remaining 60 per cent is consumed with constituency meetings, branch business and local events. The old adage that all politics is local is certainly true in the Irish sense. If there is something on in my local area – be it a cake sale or the opening of a new business – I have to be there. If not, I am judged for my absence. And in the process I’m putting my electoral future in jeopardy.I am very privileged to have been chosen by my constituents to represent them in Dáil Éireann, and I hope they will allow me to continue this work when the next General Election comes around. But if I was hoping to have more children, I’m not sure if, knowing what I know now, I would run for election again.Do we want national legislators, or do we want them to fix potholes?We need to ask ourselves what we want from our representatives in Dáil Éireann. Do we want them to be national legislators, or do we want them to fix potholes? Because what we all expect from the political system is having a direct impact on the number of women choosing to enter the profession.There comes a point where we have to acknowledge that working a 70 to 80 hour week, which is required in politics, just isn’t compatible with raising a young family. Many other countries, where female political representation is higher, operate some form of list system. I’m not sure if that would work in Ireland, but clearly our current system isn’t working either.If we all recognise the value that women make to all walks of life, then we must acknowledge that our current political system remains hostile to female representation. Do we want to maintain a situation where politics is merely the preserve of men and women who have either finished raising children or don’t want them in the first place? I hope not. The way our parliament looks and operates should reflect the way our society looks and operates. Right now, unfortunately, it doesn’t.Regina Doherty is a Fine Gael TD.Column: More female voices are needed in Irish politics to tackle societal imbalances>
Updated at 6.50pmJUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has condemned the sending of hate mail to the Muslim community, and said he is bringing the matter to the attention of Garda Commissioner.An unsigned letter, which features an image of Michael Collins, was posted to a number of schools and mosques recently, threatening extreme violence if building plans for a new mosque in north Dublin get underway.The Minister said in a statement that he utterly condemned “racism and religious bigotry in all of their forms” and that he was “appalled by the nature of the letters.He added: “Religious intolerance has no place in our society. Incitement to hatred and incitement to violence are offences under our laws.”The letter states that:“Your very presence in our country is destroying our heritage and culture and we are calling on our countries’ people to attack any Muslim they come across in shops, taxis or mosques or any other place they come across them.”“Anyone seen wearing a veil or hijaab will be severely delt with (sic),” it continues.The letter also states “we will attack any Muslim man, women and child that enters any mosque in Ireland and especially if the new larger mosque is build (sic) in North Dublin. And our children will attack yours in schools…”The intimidation has been condemned by the Irish Anti-War Movement and the Immigration Council of Ireland today. Gardaí have opened an investigation.Read the full letter here.“A hate campaign against the Muslim community in Dublin must be fully investigated and those responsible prosecuted,” said the Immigrant Council of Ireland in a statement.“The emergence of this letter and its threats is both sinister and alarming. The language used is that more often associated with right wing extremists which have re-emerged in other parts of Europe,” added CEO Denise Charlton.“The Immigrant Council is committed to working with the Gardaí to combat racism and is requesting that the force use all available resources to establish which group or individual is behind the letters and the internet postings and to ensure that they face the full rigour of the law.“The response to this incident will test the effectiveness of Irelands Incitement to Hatred legislation.“The tone and language of the letter does not allow for ambiguity, it is by any definition an act of hatred and should be prosecuted as such,” she added.According to the IAWM, some Muslim girls have received letters specifically referring to their waring of the Hijab.The group noted:It is evident from the letter that the mosque planned to be build in Clongriffin, near the Priory Hall site in North Dublin, is likely one of the excuses for this extremely racist reaction.“This letter is unspeakably shameful and disgusting. The author(s) of this ‘porn’ claim to represent ‘the Irish People’ (whatever that imaginary monolith is) but that claim is an insult to Irish people. So it’s not just Muslims that are being insulted.“The letter is also deeply disturbing as it contains a picture of Michael Collins at the top. The Irish Government must denounce this letter immediately as it is a clear incitement to racial hatred and racial violence.”Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.Read: Racist graffiti scrawled on walls during Halal store ransackingBAI: ‘Racist and prejudicial’ comments went unchallenged on 4FM showMore: Human Rights Commissioner slams media reporting of Roma child cases
ACTOR AND WRITER Chris O’Dowd has signed a worldwide deal to write books for children based on his Moone Boy TV show.The Roscommon native will work with his Moone Boy screenwriter Nick Vincent Murphy on two novels for Macmillan.The pair recently won an International Emmy Award for their work on the TV series.Four publishing houses fought for the rights to the books, the first of which will be published in autumn 2014.The illustrated books will be aimed at readers aged eight and over, and will feature illustrations by Cartoon Saloon, the Kilkenny-based Academy Award-winning animation studio.The Moone Boy series is set in Boyle in Roscommon and follows 11-year-old Martin, his family, and his imaginary friend, played by O’Dowd.The first series has been broadcast on Sky One, with the second following in the New Year. A third series is in post-production.O’Dowd and Murphy have said:Throughout the first three series of Moone Boy, it’s often occurred to us that there’s so much more we could do with the world of the imaginary friends, but the hassle of having to film things with our big clumsy cameras made it tricky to delve too much into it in the show.There will be lots of jokes and we hope that parents will want to steal the books from their children to read them too. O’Dowd is also currently preparing for his Broadway debut. He’s set to appear as Lennie alongside James Franco in Of Mice and Men in the spring.Chris O’Dowd wins International Emmy from Moone Boy>Have you started watching Moone Boy yet?Pictures: Roscommon goes back to the nineties for ‘Moone Boy’ filming> We’re really excited to be working with Macmillan. We also think it’s really nice of them to allow our families to move into their offices, it seemed like an odd invitation at the time, but we’re all very excited. Unless we misheard what they said about that detail.
AT THIS TIME of year, lots of people decide to make fitness a priority. You know how it is, you go out and buy yourself a pair of fancy runners and download the best free running app money can buy, and then you prepare to hit the road.You can picture it. The air in your lungs, the endorphins rushing through your brain – you’ll feel more alive with each step.Alas, the reality of going for a run for the first time is slightly different.1. ExcitementThis is going to be your new thing! Your friend Martin used to be flabby but then he started running and now sure he’s only mad for it! You can’t wait to feel passionate about your new passion. Imagine the smug facebook updates you’re going to post!2. FearIt’s a quiet fear, and one you’d hardly even admit to yourself is there, but it is as you lace up the aforementioned fancy runners. What if people laugh at you? What if you have a funny run? What if you’re like Phoebe?3. ElationYou’re out the door and taking your first steps and, by God, if you aren’t running! You’re actually doing it! That thing you’ve been thinking about for months and months, you’re bloody doing it! YOU CAN RUUUUUUUUUN!4. Discomfort But hang on… what is that… oh… you’re having trouble… breathing. Why are your lungs aching like that? And that sports bra is doing absolutely nothing. This isn’t fun at all!5. PainThe lung ache becomes lung burn and your skin is on fire, sweat is pouring out of you at a rate at which you hadn’t thought possible. This is horrific! How do people do this?6. Desperate desire to quitYou want to stop. Badly. In fact it’s all you want, but there’s a voice in your head urging you to keep going. You tell that voice to shut the hell up.7. DefianceThat voice takes no notice of you and suddenly you realise that if you just keep going for another minute you can reach your goal. You can do it. You can do this!8. VictoryTen more seconds… five more steps… you’ve only gone and done it! Victory is yours! You have gone for a run! You’ve got the eye of the tiger!9. CollapseUh oh you need to sit down. You may not actually make it into the house, in fact you may not actually be at your house, but wherever you are, you need to be sitting… or lying actually.You lie there panting, uncertain of whether you’ll ever be able to move again, but what does that matter when you’ve gone for a run?This is what happens when you jog past a group of animals>This dancing man is having the best workout ever>
Yesterday’s protest at the Department of Justice [Photocall Ireland]Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has also called for the immediate release of the veteran activist. He said in a statement that the writer and film-maker was “not a criminal and poses no danger to the public”.“Jailing an elderly person, with Parkinson’s disease, who uses a Zimmer Frame and who is receiving treatment for cancer, is not something that any reasonable person could view as being just,” Adams said.Meanwhile, musician Dylan Tighe and writer and actor Donal O’Kelly have drafted a letter to protest against what they call the “outrageous jailing” of D’Arcy.They’re calling for supporters to sign the letter via Facebook — so far it’s been shared 191 times.Read: 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protestRead: Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest> “There was quite a large number in Dublin yesterday, ranging in age from students to people in their 70s, so there’s wide support for this cause — it goes beyond people who would normally turn out for an anti-war demonstration.” PROTESTS ARE TO be held each Friday in Dublin, Galway and Limerick in a bid to keep the case of jailed peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy in the media spotlight.The 79-year-old, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, was arrested at her home in Galway during the week after she refused to sign a bond to keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.She had previously been sentenced to a suspended three-month jail term for trespassing at the airport, but the sentence was activated after she declined to sign the bond. D’Arcy had been protesting the use of the airport by the US military.Around 150 people turned out for a protest calling for the activist’s release at the Department of Justice in Dublin yesterday. Smaller numbers turned out for demonstrations in Galway and Limerick.The Irish Anti-War Movement‘s Jim Roche said that demonstrations would be held at the same locations each Friday in an effort to pressure Justice Minister Alan Shatter to make a statement on the issue.
THAT BRAD PITT ad for Chanel is always ripe for parody.This morning, we’re loving Fairtrade Ireland’s spoof, Not Just a Banana. We don’t know where to look.via FairtradeIreland/YoutubeIf you want to know more about Fairtrade Fortnight and planned events, click here or see the Facebook page. The organisation is also hoping to get the public to support the #fairplaytoya Twibbon campaign for FB and Twitter.Clonakilty, Co Cork is becoming particularly involved in this year’s campaign as it is celebrating 10 years as Ireland’s first Fairtrade Town – while Rathlin Island becomes the first Fairtrade island.Brad Pitt vs Scarlett Johansson: Which perfume ad is more enraging?>
HOW MUCH DID you pay for your house?It seems a simple question, but according to the Central Bank, it’s one that many of us get wrong.In fact, new research shows that most people are inclined to understate the true value of their property.According to the authors of a central bank report on the issue, this means that you could be underestimating your wealth by up to 70 per cent compared to if you had the actual price you bought your house for to hand. This is because so much of a person’s overall wealth is tied to the value of their property. Read the report here.Why does this happen?The Central Bank research blames a few factors for our inability to accurately remember what we paid for our homes. First up, the volatility of the housing market is to blame. First we were up, now we’re down, so is it any wonder so many of us forget where we started from?The accuracy with which you can recall your house price is also influenced by how long ago you bought the house. If you bought more recently, you’ll be able to remember more accurately.It seems that no matter how much some Irish people may want to forget what they paid for their houses during the boom, the number is seared into our memory.The paper also found that better-educated households and those with a higher average income are more able to remember what they paid.Why does this matter?Unfortunately, this won’t make a big difference to most people on the ground in Ireland. However, seeing as your house is the most expensive thing most of us will ever buy, plenty of economists and governments use it to help predict consumption and investment behaviours.The Central Bank research shows that due to recall error, a lot of these indicators could be dealing with dodgy data to start out with.Do you remember what you paid for your house? Poll Results: No (124) Doesn’t apply to me (renting etc.) (414) Yes (2639) YesNoDoesn’t apply to me (renting etc.)VoteRise in Dublin house prices masks fall in ever other part of the country>Index shows first time buyers spend 17 per cent of their net income on their new home>
A 22-YEAR-OLD Irishman has been killed in a road traffic collision in Adelaide, Australia.Alan Durkan, from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, died on Saturday evening after being injured in a car crash.In a statement, South Australia Police said a 22-year-old man from Ireland, staying in Prahran Victoria, “died after his car rolled” at Coonwarra.The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the incident and is offering consular assistance to the man’s family.Read: Man dies after car collides with lorry in Kilkenny>
SENATOR RAND PAUL took the floor of the US Senate at 11.47am yesterday. He yielded it at 12.38am this morning. Almost 13 hours later.“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA,” he began. “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes.”A filibuster is an old-school political manoeuvre which sees a senator take control of the chamber to prevent a vote on a proposal by delaying the debate. The Tea Party member wanted to block Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to be the new CIA director.He also used the opportunity to speak about American civil rights and the current administration’s use of drones.He said he formulated the filibuster plan after receiving a letter from the Attorney General who refused to rule out the use of drone strikes within the US in “extraordinary circumstances” such as the 11 September terrorist attacks.Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, Paul read from notebooks filled with articles about the expanded use of the unmanned weapons that have become the centrepiece of the Obama administration’s campaign against al-Qaida suspects overseas. As he moved about the Senate floor, aides brought him glasses of water, which he barely touched. Senate rules say a senator has to remain on the floor to continue to hold it, even though he can yield to another senator for a question.Although it was an impressive filibuster, which ended with an enthusiastic round of applause, it was not record breaking. That honour remains with former Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina who filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.At 12.38am, Paul ended his lengthy speech with a joke. He said that he was tempted to go another 12 hours and try to break Thurmond’s record, but he needed to use the bathroom.“I discovered that there are some limits to filibustering and I’m going to have to go and take care of one of those in a few minutes.”Watch Paul yield the floor: (YouTube Credit: NROVideos)The filibuster also earned its own hashtags on Twitter. As a snow storm swirled around Capitol Hill, users of the site began tweeting with the hashtag #filiblizzard, while Republicans called for support with the hashtag #StandWithRand.During the evening, Paul’s Republican colleagues helped him out by joining him on the floor. Some made repeat appearances and quoted liberally from literature, movies and Twitter.Senator Ted Cruz – another Tea Party favourite – held a mini-filibuster within a filibuster by reading from Shakespeare’s Henry V and quoting Patton. Senator Marco Rubio went to pop culture, using the words of Jay-Z and The Godfather. He also read messages of support from Twitter.Job done. (Image: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images)-Additional reporting by Associated Press
TALK OF “AN other” number 10s, wooden spoons and the end of the golden generation in RTÉ’s promo (which includes songs from Trent Dabbs, Ben Howard and Bon Iver) for today’s Six Nations meeting with France in Dublin.YouTube credit: RTEKidney calls for talismanic Brian O’Driscoll to kick onThe Tank needs to be at his unstoppable best to top Picamoles