Robert Markotic stays in NEXE until 2015
HC NEXERK NexeRobert Markotic ← Previous Story Serbian legend, Nedeljko Jovanovic: “France is the best ever” Next Story → TRAGEDY: Bernd and Reinhard Methe die in car accident One of the “hot perspective for the future” in Croatia, right back, Robert Markotic (21) prolonged contract with vice-champion and one of the best teams of SEHA League, NEXE from Nasice. New deal until 2015 will help team’s coach, Kasim Kamenica to build strong team with Markotic, as one of the best player and scorer.Markotic is already five seasons in Nasice. He was the part of the U19 NT squad, who won gold medal at the WCh in 2009. Second Croatian team, HC NEXE is stronger and stronger, season by season with strong Management and secure general sponsorship.
Poland Vive Kielce again easily with Azoty one win away from the
In the second match of the Polish League Play-Off’s semi-final Vive Targi Kielce beat Azoty Puławy 39:23. After the first game there have been no illusions left that Azoty is a team that could take the final away from Kielce. Today’s result was not as degrading as yesterday’s one though, for defending champion won “only” by 16 goals. First half began well for Vive; after 10 minutes they gained 6 goal advantage. Doing so well, Kielce started playing a little carelessly and Puławy got their chance to catch up a bit with the opponent. Coach Bogdan Wenta had to call his players to order by taking a time out and after a while everything got back on the right track. Just as it was in the first game, first half belonged to Manuel Štrlek who scored 6 goals. Second half was even more predictable than the previous one. Azoty did not get close even once; what is more, two of their players got injured during this game. Untroubled Kielce kept scoring; sometimes it looked more like training or fun than a serious match. Ivan Čupić gave a good performance again and became top scorer with 7 goals. The entire match was not flawless though; Kielce players made quite a few mistakes but it did not affect the final result much.Third match is going to take place on Saturday in Puławy.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Gyor with +3 for the last 60 minutes! Next Story → Metz HB and Hypo put hands on trophies! azoty-pulawyBogdan WentacupicKielcepulawystrlekvive kielce
ALARM TUS Lubbecke sack Goran Suton
German TUS Lubbecke sacked coach Goran Suton! A stabil member of the German elite DKB Bundesliga has night-mare start of the season 2015/2016 which put them on the bottom of league table. Lubbecke have only two points from 12 matches, two draws and 10 defeats, definitely, beyond the plans and expectations.Interim solution will be the joint work of sports director Zlatko Ferić and assistant coach Hans-Georg Borgmann.Lubbecke ended season 2014/2015 on 12th place. ← Previous Story EGYPT: Suspension for “Captain America” Next Story → Lekić, Sokač and Lazović to leave ŽRK Vardar next summer! Goran SutonTus Lubbecke
Nikola Karabatić out for a few weeks
The WORLD BEST PLAYER 2014&2015, Nikola Karabatić, won’t be able to help his team-mates in Paris Saint Germain in the next few weeks. The 32-years old powerful back got injured (left adductor) during the League Cup Final against Montpellier. He had to leave the court after only 15 minutes of the match.However, it seems that Niko will be fit for the EHF Champions League quarter-final battles. ← Previous Story Croatia without Alilović in battle for Rio Next Story → Andrea Lekić to stay at ŽRK Vardar one more year! Nikola Karabatic
Tatran beat Metalurg in Presov
← Previous Story Knudsen and Rasmussen face their former team mates Next Story → PSG Handball celebrate first EHF CL win In the second round of Group C in the Champions League Tatran Presov defeated Metalurg Skopje 27:22 in Tatran Handball Arena, Presov, Slovakia.The Slovakian champions were 2:9 down in the 15th minute of the game. At that time Metalurg dominated the match by their great defence and efficient counter attacks. After Tatran´s time out home team coach RastislavTrtikchanged the defensive system of his players from 6-0 to 4-2, which proved to be the most decisive moment of the game later on.The Macedonian vice champions could not get through Tatran´s active defence and excellent goalkeeper VadymBrazhnyk. TatranPresov, who missed their key centre back Lukas Urban because of ankle injury, claimed their first Champions League Group Stage victory of the season.Post-match statement:Rastislav Trtik, coach of TatranPresov:“I am glad we managed to win this important game. The fans could see a top quality game in Tatran Handball Arena. Lino Cervar is very experienced and respected coach. He has a great composition of good and young talented players within his team. Normally they would beat us badly. But after first 15 minutes we risked and completely changed our defensive system to 4-2. This system put Metalurg under huge pressure. They were not able to react to it until the end of the game. It was only first away game of Metalurg in the Champions League, so finally they paid for it.”Oliver Rabek, left back of TatranPresov:“I am very pleased we managed to win this important game. First 15 minutes were disastrous for us. Then we started to play with maximum concentration. We started to play together as a team. I enjoyed the game despite they marked me personally. We managed to be efficient against their excellent defence. I would like to thank our fans for their support.”Vadym Brazhnyk, goalkeeper of Tatran:“We prepared thoroughly for Macedonians during the week. Unfortunately we did not manage first 15 minutes at all. Then we changed a defensive system and started to play with concentration as a big team. It was the game of high quality defences. Metalurg´s defence was great in the beginning of the match and their goalkeeper had many important saves. Then we came back to the game and dominated last 45 minutes. Finally we deserved to win and take two important points.”Dominik Krok, left back of Tatran:“We played a great game from 15th minute of the match.Our defence and attack started to work very well at that time. To be 2:9 down in the game and finally win it by 5 goals is absolutely brilliant. We delivered a team performance. We gave our hearts into the game and deservedly won it. I would like to thank our fans for their amazing support during the entire match.”JakubHrstka, left wing of Tatran:“I would like to completely forget the first 15 minutes of the game. We did not play what we planned before the match at all.We were not aggressive in defence, so Metalurg´s backs scored from all positions. After our time out, when we were 2:9 down, we built the momentum with our great defensive system 4-2. We put Metalurg under huge pressure. They started to lose the balls. We were able to score many counter-attack goals. VadymBrazhnykhad outstanding saves in our goal. We lost the first half only by one goal. In the second half we became even more aggressive and we put their backs under enormous pressure. They made a lot of technical faults and we scored a lot of easy goals. We are glad we managed to clinch two precious points against high quality rivals at our home court.”Lino Cervar, coach of Metalurg Skopje:“Congratulations to Tatran on their victory. My team played very well in the first 15 minutes. Then we completely lost our concentration. TatranPresov came back to the game. They were better side until the end of the game, especially in the second half time and deserved to win the game.”NemanjaMladenovic, centre back of Metalurg Skopje:“I would like to congratulate to Tatran on their performance. They showed us how to fight at home court. We played perfectly in the first 15 minutes, when we were in 9:2 lead. Everything was working for us. We were concentrated and converted our chances. Then we lost concentration and everything in the game. We have to forget this match, learn from our mistakes. In the next games we have to remain focused for 60 minutes.”After Saturday´s games of the 2nd round of the ChampionsLeagueGroup Stage TatranPresovwent up to the 3rd place of Group C with 2 points. In the third round Slovakian champions travel to Logrono to encounter Naturhouse La Rioja. The game is scheduled for Saturday 8 October 2016 at 17:30 CET in Palacio de los Deportes de La Rioja, Logrono, Spain.Champions League 2016/2017 – Group C – 2nd roundSaturday 1 October 2016 (15.00 CET), Tatran Handball Arena, Presov, SlovakiaTATRAN Presov (SVK) – Metalurg Skopje (MKD) 27:22 (11:12)TATRAN: Chupryna, Brazhnyk – Rabek4, M. Sarpataky, Humenansky, Hrstka7, D. Krok4, Sadovyi 3, Pekar, Cip 3, Peskov, Vucko 4, Jankovic 2, Pales, Tsarapkin. Coach: R. Trtik.Metalurg:Arsic, Dupjacanec – Petrov, Mladenovic3, Kosteski,Obradovic3, Matijasic, Dragas5, Nelovski 2, Taleski4, Velkovski2, Brajovic, Peshevski1, Kuzmanovski 1, Drogrishki 1, Palevski. Coach: L. Cervar.Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL), 7m given/goals: 2/1 – 2/2, 2´ penalties: 1 – 2, Spect. 1200.Author: Richard FechPhoto: Viktor Zamborsky, TatranPresov
SHOCK IN SKOPJE Siarhei Gorbok to miss most of the season
RK VardarSiarhei Gorbok The Russian newcomer at RK Vardar Skopje, Siarhei Gorbok, won’t be able to help his team-mates in the most of the season. The 36-years old left back, who joined back to Macedonian team after two years at MOL Pick Szeged, has broken knee ligaments so he won’t be able to play at least in the next six months.Gorbok had to be a “backup” for Montenegrian shooter Vuko Borozan, who is also on injury list at the moment.RK Vardar Skopje facing a lof of troubles with injuries at the start of new era with Roberto Garcia Parrondo on the bench. Team’s captain Stojance Stoilov will be out for a few months after palm injury… ← Previous Story TOP 5 ARTICLES IN AUGUST 2018: TOP 100 transfers, Broch goodbye, Puljezevic heart-attack, Zeitzi… Next Story → Hungarian women’s league begins – Gyori, Erd and FTC win openers
Yiannis Arvanitis about Greek success We are small on EURO handball map
The Greek handball is “on fire” after surprising win over big rival from neighborhood – 28:26. Chances of Yiannis Arvanitis team to qualify for the first ever EHF EURO event are now much bigger. Even that Greece finish third in the group, they will have two points which gives them quite good position to be among four best third placed teams at the end. Greek handballYiannis Arvanitis ← Previous Story NEW MONTPELLIER PROBLEM: Diego Simonet to miss action in November Next Story → SEHA: RK Vardar junior team with -15 from Brest We are in very good position in this group. Guys have experiences, mood, talent, quality and work a lot. The result has come, it could not have come, but what we have shown is that we are here. And in Iceland we managed it for 40 minutes, today we did it for 60 minutes. This victory means that we are very strong now in claim 3 ththe position of the group that could lead us to EHF EURO 2020. This gives us motivation and vision and I believe will help to make our work even better. We have a small name on the European map of handball, but our talent is bigger – said Arvanitis, writes e-handball.grPHOTO: e-handball.gr
Shatter Criminal gangs cant expect protection of Gardaí
It is a great pity that many of those engaging in thuggery and barbarism […] do not take cognisance of the fact that the history of drug gangs in this State and elsewhere is that whatever brief feelings of power they have and for whatever brief period they gain wealth from their activities, most of these individuals have brief lives of violence that end violently.I am sure they do no listen to what we say here but it is time they considered the impact on their families and communities as a result of their conduct. JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter has said Ireland’s criminal gangs should not expect to avail of the protection of the Gardaí.Speaking in the Dáil last night Shatter said the government would surrender “no part of this country to any criminal gang of any description, nor will we do so to the criminal gang made up by the so-called Real IRA”.Contributing to a debate on the recent spate of gangland murders in Dublin, Shatter said it was “unrealistic to expect that the Garda Commissioner can devote his entire resources to individually protecting people who are routinely trying to avoid the Garda so they can continue to engage in criminality”.“Such an approach could only come at the expense of ordinary Garda activity to protect the community generally,” he said.The minister said he would do everything in his power to assist Gardaí in tackling gangland crime, and that Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan “has my full support in continuing to confront this type of criminality and in bringing those involved to justice”.“As far as I am concerned, we are not on a slippery slope,” he said.The minister added that a review of criminal law aimed at clamping down further on gangland crime would be completed by the end of the year, adding: Read: Four men arrested over John Wilson murder in Ballyfermot
Woman pedestrian hospitalised after Cork hitandrun
AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after a female pedestrian was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Cobh, Co Cork this morning.The woman, 52, was out walking when she was hit by a vehicle, which failed to stop, at Ballynoe Hill in Cobh, close to the junction of Ballynoe Hill and the Tay Road.The woman was taken to Cork University Hospital where her condition is described a serious.The road has been closed to facilitate a forensic collission examination but has since been reopened.Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed anything in the area between 8am and 8.45am is asked to contact gardaí in Cobh on 021 4908530, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Some 2600 Dublin 15 homes left in the dark following power cut
AROUND 2,600 homes and businesses in the Blanchardstown-Coolmine area of Dublin are without power tonight.The blackout began shortly before 7pm this evening.A spokesperson for ESB Networks said that crews were out working to fix the problem, and that it was hoped customers would be reconnected tonight.She said it was expected that all homes would have power restored by 10pm.
Military and party vow loyalty to JongUn on anniversary of fathers death
MASSED RANKS OF military and party leaders pledged complete loyalty to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on the second death anniversary of his father, at a time of growing concern over the regime’s stability.The vows of obedience, at an elaborate gathering in Pyongyang honouring Kim’s father and former supremo Kim Jong-Il, followed the shock execution last week of the young leader’s uncle and one-time political mentor Jang Song-Thaek.Jang’s purge raised questions about factional infighting at the top of the Pyongyang hierarchy and prompted both Seoul and Washington to warn of possible provocative acts by the nuclear-armed North.WarriorsState television showed tens of thousands of military and party officials sitting stony-faced in pin-drop silence for several minutes, before rising to greet Kim with thunderous applause as he took his place on the leadership podium.“We should be warriors to safeguard the party centre with our lives … with the conviction that we know no one but the great comrade Kim Jong-Un,” North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-Nam, said in an opening address.He added that the country had made “great strides” in the two years since Kim took over the reins of power after his father’s death.The mass meeting also heard a keynote address by top military leader Choe Ryong-Hae who some analysts believe had a hand in the ouster and execution of Jan.The military will support “our supreme commander, under any storms and hardships”, said Choe, a close Kim confidant who holds the military rank of vice marshal and is director of the Korean People’s Army’s General Political Department.“We will share the fate with our respected supreme commander by living and dying with him until the very last moment,” he said, while firing off a warning at rival South Korea. If the enemies drop a single drop of fire on our motherland, our soldiers will immediately storm out to wipe out all the invaders and achieve unification.At a meeting of top defence and national security officials on Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye had warned that the recent leadership shake-up in the North could presage some aggressive behaviour from Pyongyang.There was no sign on the leadership podium of Kim Jong-Un’s aunt and Jang’s widow, Kim Kyong-Hui – a major political player in her own right who holds the military rank of four-star general.The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Jong-Un had visited his father’s mausoleum on Monday, in the company of his wife, Ri Sol-Ju.Ri has not been seen since October, prompting speculation that she may also have fallen out of favour.Tuesday’s meeting came the day after a massive military rally in Pyongyang, during which Choe also spoke, urging troops to protect Kim Jong-Un “at the cost of their lives”.MediaNorth Korea’s state news outlets, meanwhile, have erased tens of thousands of articles archived on their websites, according to a watchdog site.About 35,000 articles have disappeared from the website of the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), as well as 65,000 articles in Spanish, English, Chinese and Japanese, said Frank Feinstein, an analyst who tracks the North’s online media for US-based website NK News.It was not clear if the deletion was permanent or related to efforts to eradicate Jang Song-Thaek’s name from the official archive.- © AFP, 2013Read: South Korea leader warns of North’s ‘reckless provocations’ after execution>
Paddy Jackson stars but Ulster fall short of bonus point
Pienaar profited from some indecision in the Montpellier defence on 29 minutes but the French side hit back through Tchale Watchou. Penalties were traded and Mark Anscombe’s men led 17-13 at the break.Pienaar stretched Ulster’s lead on 42 minutes and a fortunate bounce paid dividends for charging prop Afoa as he gathered the ball just inside the Montpellier 22 and steamed over. Pienaar was so close to clinching the bonus point but a video official ruled he had not grounded what would have been a fourth try.Ulster maintained their 100% record in Pool 5 but will rue missing the chance of the extra point ahead of next weekend’s clash with Leicester Tigers.As it happened: Ulster v Montpellier, Heineken CupSean O’Brien in France as contract negotiations drag on ULSTER BEAT MONTPELLIER 27-16 in their Heineken Cup Pool 5 clash thanks to converted tries from Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar and John Afoa.Out-half Paddy Jackson left the goal-kicking duties to Pienaar but made a big impact on the game. With 24 minutes on the clock, Jackson found blindside flanker Robbie Diack on the left wing with a perfectly weighted cross-field kick.Diack was up against centre Anthony Tuitavake and showed great strength to hold to centre off and dive over for the score.
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Irish Daily Mail to pay damages over McAreavey photo
THE IRISH DAILY Mail has agreed to pay damages and legal costs over the publication of photographs, including one of John McAreavey, during the trial of two men accused of murdering his wife Michaela.Paul Tweed of Johnsons Solicitors said that the Irish Daily Mail’s publication of a photograph of his client John McAreavey, which was interspersed within a series of CCTV stills of a German couple arguing, “could not have been published at a more difficult and sensitive time while criminal proceedings had been ongoing in Mauritius”.Although John is satisfied with this categoric and comprehensive apology before the Court this morning, together with the payment of appropriate damages and his legal costs, the article should not have been published in the first place.He said that John “remains very grateful for the support he has received from the media”, and:he hopes that this will continue with a view to ensuring that absolutely no stone is left unturned in bringing those responsible for Michaela’s murder to justice.Michaela McAreavey was murdered while on honeymoon with her husband John in January 2011. Two former employees of the former Legends (now Lux) Hotel, where she was found dead, were found not guilty of her murder following a trial last summer.Read: PSNI in Mauritius to assist in Michaela McAreavey investigation>Read: Michaela’s family to pursue legal action against Mauritius hotel>
Three car collision causing delays on the M50
A THREE CAR collision on the M50 northbound at the M1/M50 Interchange is causing traffic delays this evening.According to AA Roadwatch, the delays go as far back to Junction 4 Ballymun.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the collision has now been cleared to one side and emergency services are at the scene.No one was seriously injured in the incident but some passengers sustained minor injuries.The accident happened at about 4pm this afternoon.Gardaí are asking for witnesses to contact them.
30 protesters occupy PWC over unfair austerity taxes
UP TO 30 activists from the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes occupied the lobby of Price Waterhouse Coopers in the IFSC, Dublin this afternoon.They then made their way to the Convention Centre, where IBEC are holding their conference, to continue their protest.Spokesperson for CAHWT, Dublin City Councillor Cieran Perry explained to TheJournal.ie why they held the protest today: PWC were the Government’s advisers and we want to make that link because no financial institution has been targeted. Ordinary people are suffering because of the advice PWC gave and it’s the same ordinary people that are paying the banks back, while PWC makes a lot of money.Perry said that this was only the beginning of a campaign targeting financial institutions, but said the likes of the councils and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners would be next, “but I can’t say when and where else because that is the nature of the protests”.Read: IBEC appeals for ‘no more taxes’ to try and ease austerity >
Are you inviting burglars into your home
YOU MIGHT THINK that your home is safe, but you could be inviting burglars in to make away with your valuables.A new survey by the AA shows that some people are still leaving spare keys in very obvious places – like in a garage or garden shed.HomesRecent arrests by gardaí included several burglars who had stolen car keys from unsuspecting motorists by using an extendable rod through the victim’s letter box.According to the Central Statistics office, there was a 9 per cent increase in burglaries and related offences between 2010 and 2012.The latest AA Home Insurance poll of over 9,200 people shows that people still leave their spare house key where burglars can find it: under the mat or plant pot, in the porch or the letter box or on the door frame.In fact, 542 of those polled said they left their spare key in a garage or garden shed.Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy in the AA said that it is “really quite dangerous leaving your house key where it can be found by the wrong person”.Many people polled admitted that they often had to leave out a key for their children who would be coming in late at night without one. Two of the people polled said they hid their key under the gravel of their driveway.“I have a colleague whose German Shepherd was drugged during a burglary. You never know who might see you dig out that key from the plant pot or retrieve it from the garage, only to remember where it is when everyone is out of the house” said Faughnan. “It would be far safer to leave a spare key with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour.”AdviceAA Home Insurance offers this advice for you to keep your home secure:Get into a routine when locking your doors and windows before leaving the house or heading to bedMake sure your house alarm is switched on. Many home insurance companies offer discounts to those with a house alarmMake sure your outer doors are sturdy; made of solid wood or metal, a minimum of an inch thick. Your door frames should be equally as strong and should fit the door correctlyFit a deadbolt lock to your home’s main exterior doors. It should be pick resistant; making it impossible for any would be burglars.When no one is home, it’s worth considering leaving a light or radio on.If you go on holiday remember to cancel your regular deliveries such as milk and newspapers and ask a neighbour or friend to collect any post.Read: Guilty burglar repays stolen money after 30 years… with interest>
Government wont use Bank of Ireland stake to oppose Bouchers €843k salary
BANK OF IRELAND shareholders are expected to approve an €843,000 pay packet for the chief executive of Bank of Ireland later this morning, after the government said it would not use its own stake in the bank to vote against it.Junior finance minister Brian Hayes said yesterday that the government’s policy was not to use its shareholding in the country’s banks to determine pay levels – and that it would instead wait for banks to return their own proposals for how to tackle pay.Last night a slew of Labour backbench TDs called on the government to utilise its 15 per cent stake in the bank – accrued through a €4.7 billion taxpayer bailout of the bank – to vote against Boucher’s salary, which is well above the government’s €500,000 salary cap for bank employees.A resolution confirming the pay for the chief executive and other senior staff will be considered at the bank’s Annual General Meeting in Ballsbridge this morning.Bank of Ireland’s annual report revealed that Boucher could actually have received a total pay packet of €910,000 – but he had waived €67,000 of his salary.Kevin Humphreys, Robert Dowds, Anne Ferris, Ann Phelan and Arthur Spring all said it was inappropriate that when other workers around the country were facing pay cuts or an uncertain future, the chief executive of a bank saved by public money could be paid so much.However, Hayes told the TDs that the government’s policy was to manage the banks on an ‘arm’s-length’ basis – meaning the government would not use its 15 per cent stake in the bank to directly vote on pay matters.“These frameworks, which are bank-specific, are published on the website of the Department of Finance, having been agreed with our international partners, the Troika,” Hayes said, saying each bank was expected to delivery a strategy on how to cut pay by the end of April.‘Up to banks to decide how to cut pay’“However, I expect that any measures proposed will require sacrifices at all employee levels and strong leadership to be exercised by the banks in delivering in a timely manner. The stakes for all are high,” Hayes said.He said that Bank of Ireland was complying with policies on banking pay, however – saying the previous government had authorised Boucher’s pay in excess of the salary cap, but said: “I am reluctant to discuss the remuneration details of an individual on the floor of the House.The strong legal advice available to this and previous Governments is that pre-existing contractual commitments have to be honoured. In the case of the new CEO appointments at AIB and Permanent TSB, respectively, the Minister ensured the policy on remuneration was observed and it continues to be held.Kevin Humphreys said the request wasn’t a case of asking a minister “to interfere in the day-to-day operations of the banks – rather, I am asking him to operate the taxpayer’s 15 per cent shareholding.”Illustrating frustration among Fine Gael backbenchers as well as Labour TDs, Robert Dowds said his Fine Gael colleague Peter Mathews had illustrated Boucher’s pay as being “the equivalent of nine Deputies’ salaries.”Arthur Spring urged finance minister Michael Noonan to use the 15 per cent shareholding “on behalf of the people”.Read: Bank of Ireland CEO received total pay of €843,000 last year
7 things we learned from last nights Midlands NorthWest Prime Time debate
Sounds like water charges might be a step to far #finegael #rtept— MB (@mairinber) May 18, 2014 Source: LAURA/Twitter While Gilroy described Pat ‘The Cope’ as Pat ‘Can’t Cope’ and at one point referred to “ethnically cleansed fish”.Whatever they are.The second debate features Ireland South candidates an is on RTÉ One at 10.35pm tonight. On The Trail: 9 odd, weird and wonderful things from Election 2014Keep up to date: All things Election 2014Read: Spending cuts and immigration policy main issues in EU Commission presidency debate Even Marian Harkin had strong words for the Monaghan councillor saying he was “trying to wrap the austerity flag around him”. But Labour’s Higgins, whose chances of winning a seat are slim, had a go several times, “He’ll be outside the room, while I’ll be in the room.” She even said she’d met Martin Schulz. But how many voters know who he is?2. Water, water, everywhereIn a constituency which includes Roscommon, where in some parts they might end up paying for undrinkable water, it’s no surprise that H2O was a big issue. It formed the basis of Katie Hannon’s pre-debate report and was the first question.Nobody seemed particularly happy about the situation. McGuinness, of Fine Gael, bemoaned the fact Ireland had in the past ignored a bunch of EU water directives and conceded that nobody should pay for water people don’t drink. Format of this debate means all established parties are attacking SF – there’s no one else with a divergent view. #rtept— Colette Browne (@colettebrowne) May 18, 2014 TJ Fay: People are “stressed beyond belief” about water charges. #rtept— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 18, 2014 Lorraine Higgins said Labour had got fairness out of the water deal. The opposition criticised the setting up of Irish Water, Carthy in particularly pivoting back to his anti-austerity message. A Ming Montage #rtept pic.twitter.com/IsUZUNtAW5— LAURA (@AnastasiaQuiche) May 18, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter 3. Names were dropped, policies were discussedThe crop of current MEPs tried their best to talk about the work they did. We heard about banking union – or, as Harkin put it: “Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted” – while Pat ‘The Cope’ discussed fishing policy. Jim Higgins talked about leaving politics at the door and sticking on the “green jersey”.Both he and McGuinness talked about how great Michael Noonan is while Higgins said he’d met a commissioner who no one’s ever heard of and had written to Joan Burton about the youth guarantee.Ah but has she written back enquired debate moderator David McCullagh? “I’m waiting for an answer,” poor Jim admitted. Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Jim Higgins: I’ve written to Joan Burton….. urging here… to keep her eye on it… I am waiting for an answer. #rtept— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 18, 2014 Source: Mairin/Twitter Strange contrast between panel 1 and panel 2 for the European Elections debate #rtept— Aine Mc Manus (@ainemm91) May 18, 2014 Source: Aine Mc/Twitter Source: Colette Browne/Twitter THE FIRST OF three RTÉ Prime Time debates featuring almost all of the European election candidates took place last night with Midlands North-West hopefuls getting their turn.Thirteen of the 14 people running in the vast, 15-county constituency turned up for the debate which was not without its controversy beforehand with the format earning the ire of independent hopefuls Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Rónán Mullen.The duo were part of the second panel of night, but felt aggrieved at being excluded from the first which was made up of sitting MEPs and those with parties or independents with 10 per cent support or more at the last election.Panel one was Labour’s Lorraine Higgins, Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins, Fianna Fáil’s Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, and independent Marian Harkin.Panel two was Direct Democracy Ireland’s Ben Gilroy, Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne, the aforementioned Ming and Mullen, the Green Party’s Mark Dearey, and independents TJ Fay and Mark Fitzsimons.And here are a few things we learned in case you were in bed/doing something better…1. Almost everyone targeted the Sinn Féin candidateMatt Carthy is a big favourite to take a seat in MNW and for that reason alone the other parties were keen, at every opportunity, to have a pop at him particularly after he reeled off the standard Sinn Féin spiel about the current crop of MEPs pursuing “an austerity agenda”. He even held up a copy of the party’s “fully-costed” pre-Budget submission.Lorraine Higgins said the SF’s policies made her “smile” while McGuinness went for an old favourite, telling Carthy: ”Your form of negotiation is almost to put a gun to the head of people… ” 4. The inclusion of two Fine Gael candidates in the first debate was a mistake. Having two MEPs from the same party on the one panel was slightly pointless and that became all the more apparent in the second half when there was no government representative. Mullen claimed this would have sent most people off to bed.Fitzsimons said at one point in the second debate: “You have a lot of people on the same side here, there’s no mix-up in it.” He was right.5. The format of the debate came up Mullen launched into a long criticism of RTÉ for the way they’d constructed the debate. He took “exception” to the structure and earned the applause of at least two other candidates. “You should have drawn lots,” he told Miriam O’Callaghan before at one point accusing her of “listening to the voices in your head”. Maybe he meant her producers. 6. Nigel Farage made an appearanceMiriam was keen to probe DDI candidate Ben Gilroy’s past praise of controversial UKIP leader Nigel Farage and sure enough Gilroy was only to happy to say Farage calls it as he sees it.Later he described Farage as a “lone soldier, but a strong voice” admitting he could well allay himself with the outspoken MEP in the next parliament.7. There were plenty of odd and funny moments Marian Harkin called David McCullagh “Donagh” while Thomas Byrne made the startling admission that ”the past happened, absolutely.”For no particular reason, Ming gave Gilroy pure evils when the latter was talking about the national debt.
Ive got a job Ive got two jobs Roy Keane downplays Celtic
“It’s all speculation and that speculation comes from yourselves. I don’t think you’ve heard it from any club sources. As I said, I’ve got a job and a game at the weekend, a busy old weekend coming up and I’m looking forward to that.”Sky Sports, meanwhile, this morning reported that another of Keane’s former clubs is interested in James McCarthy. Is the Ireland midfielder ready for a move to Manchester United?“He’s only been at Everton two minutes,” says the Corkman. “He’s obviously making good progress.“I’m pretty sure there will be speculation about lots of players going to United but James is at a good club in Everton, he’s had a decent couple of seasons and if he keeps progressing, who knows?“But I’m sure he’s pretty happy with where he is.”‘It’s something that will live with me forever’ – Keogh ready for £120m Wembley challengeMan United’s Class of 92 take on a team of builders in a rooftop five-a-side IRELAND ASSISTANT BOSS Roy Keane has distanced himself from the vacant manager’s job at Celtic.Neil Lennon resigned yesterday after a successful term in charge at Parkhead.Former Hoops midfielder Keane has been mooted as a possible replacement in the Celtic Park hotseat.“I’ve got a job… I’ve got two jobs! I can’t have another one,” said Keane after Ireland training at Malahide today. “They’re an absolutely fantastic club, one of the best in the world, but I’ve got a job. I’m not taking a pay cut for nobody,” he joked.“There’s always speculation when you’re out of work or whatever. People might see this role as part-time or whatever but it keeps me busy, I enjoy it and I’m happy with what I’m doing. If somebody calls me, I’ll speak to Martin and the FAI and we’ll have a look at it.