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Four teams have already qualified for the Men’s EURO 2012 in Serbia; reigning champions France and hosts Serbia, whilst Hungary and Croatia have already qualified from their groups, both with a 100% record of four wins from four in their qualification matches so far.Round 5 features 12 matches on Wednesday and two matches on Thursday, whilst Round 6 features two matches on Saturday and 12 on Sunday.All the matches are decisive for all the teams involved as by Sunday (12th June) all final 16 EHF EURO 2012 participants will be known.11 of those teams could be known by Sunday, with Group 5 one of the toughest groups to call.The top two of all seven groups qualify for Serbia, with the draw for the final event taking place on Wednesday 15 June in Belgrade.Austria v Germany, Lithuania v Spain and Iceland v Austria will be streamed live on www.ehfTV.com, whilst most of the remaining games are being shown live on TV, click HERE for the latest listings.Fixtures(All times local)Group 1Round 5:Estonia v FYR Macedonia (Wednesday, 20.00 hrs)Bosnia Herzegovina v Hungary (Wednesday, 20.15)Round 6:Hungary v Estonia (Sunday, 12.15)FYR Macedonia v Bosnia Herzegovina (Sunday, 20.15)Hungary have already qualified for Serbia with four straight victories in four matches, but the fight for second position is tough.If Estonia (currently on four points) beat FYR Macedonia (three points) on Wednesday the Baltic team will qualify for the EHF EURO for the first time in their history.However, if FYR Macedonia win this encounter, like they did in the first match at home (30:25), their fate will be in their own hands in the final Balkan duel against Bosnia Herzegovina (one point), as they know a win will see them through to Serbia. Hungary will be clear favourites in both matches against Estonia and Bosnia Herzegovina.Group 2Round 5:Romania v Croatia (Wednesday, 20.00)Lithuania v Spain (Thursday, 18.45)Round 6:Croatia v Lithuania (Sunday, 18.00)Spain v Romania (Sunday, 18.00)Like Hungary in Group 1, the Croatians have already booked their ticket for EHF EURO with four straight victories and a 100% record.Fighting for the final place behind them are Spain and Lithuania who each have four points, but if the Iberians win on Thursday they are through to Serbia, as their victory against Lithuania in their first match (33:17), will count towards their position.To qualify for EHF EURO 2012 the Lithuanians need to beat Spain by a margin of more than 16 goals, as the Iberians are favoured against Romania (0 points) and Croatia are nearly unbeatable on home soil.Group 3Round 5:Ukraine v Poland (Wednesday, 18.00)Portugal v Slovenia (Wednesday, 20.25)Round 6:Poland v Portugal (Sunday, 14.45)Slovenia v Ukraine (16.30)Slovenia (six points) and Poland (five points) are in the best position for EHF EURO 2012 qualification – and by winning on the road both would qualify for Serbia on Wednesday.Ukraine (two points) are out of the qualification race already, but Portugal (three points) still have hopes of making it, but will need to beat both Slovenia and Poland be secure.Group 4Round 5:Montenegro v Sweden (Wednesday, 20.00)Israel v Slovakia (Thursday, 19.00)Round 6:Slovakia v Montenegro (Sunday, 16.00)Sweden v Israel (Sunday, 18.15)If Slovakia and Sweden (both with six points) draw their Round 5 away matches then that would be enough for both teams to qualify for Serbia ahead of Montenegro and Israel (both with two points), but if both teams end up on equal points then Sweden will finish top, thanks to the better direct encounter (a goal difference of +3). Group 5Round 5:Latvia – Iceland (Wednesday, 19.35)Austria – Germany (Wednesday, 20.15)Round 6:Germany – Latvia (Sunday, 15.00)Iceland – Austria (Sunday, 16.30)Group 5 is the toughest group of them all with many possible outcomes of who makes it to Serbia and who stays at home. If Austria (seven points) beat Germany (five) they qualify for Serbia directly, no matter what the result is in their final match with Iceland (four points), whilst Latvia are out of contention as they have not managed to pick up one single point so far.If Germany and Austria tie their match, Iceland win both of their matches and Germany beat Latvia, Germany, Austria and Iceland will all have eight points.In this scenario Germany would qualify for Serbia, whilst the second qualifying team will be decided by the goal difference of the Iceland v Austria game.If Iceland beat Austria with a margin of more than five goals following their 28:23 loss in Austria in the first match, the Nordic teams are both through. If not, Austria qualify.Germany can be eliminated if they lose in Austria, and Iceland beat Austria, but they will be hoping that Austria beat the Scandinavians.Group 6Round 5:Greece v Czech Republic (Wednesday, 18.30)Netherlands v Norway (Wednesday, 19.30)Round 6:Czech Republic v Netherlands (Saturday, 15.00)Norway v Greece (Saturday, 16.15)In a similar situation as Group 4, the Czech Republic and Norway lead Group 6 with six points each ahead of Greece (three points) and the Netherlands (one point).If the Czechs get at least a draw in Greece, and Norway win in the Netherlands, both teams will qualify on Wednesday for Serbia.As the Netherlands are out of the race to qualify, Greece need to win both their matches to make it to Serbia. If Norway and the Czech Republic find themselves equal on points at the end of the group, the Czechs will finish top due to their results in their matches against Norway (29:26 and 22:24).Group 7Round 5:Switzerland v Russia (Wednesday, 20.00)Belarus v Denmark (Wednesday, 21.15)Round 6:Denmark v Switzerland (Sunday, 16.50)Russia v Belarus (Sunday, 17.00)Three teams can still qualify for Serbia from Group 7, with Denmark and Russia (each with six points) in the best positions, ahead of Belarus (four points). If Denmark and Russia win both their away games in Round 5 then they will qualify for Serbia before the weekend, whilst Switzerland, who have failed to gain any points, are already out.If Belarus beat the Danes, despite losing the first match 41:33, they can still make Serbia, but will need another victory against their neighbour Russia.If Denmark and Russia finish equal on points at the end of the group stage, the Danes will go through as group winners, as they have the better record after both matches against Russia (36:29, 27:31).For more information on the Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, please visit the official website HERE.Used text: Bjorn Pazen / eurohandball.com EHF EURO 2012handball fantasy
← Previous Story EHF CL: THW Kiel revenges against Veszprem, Chekhovski fails to win in Montpellier Next Story → France wants Men’s WCH 2017 FTC continues with their great display in the second phase of the Women’s EHF Champions League and now the “victim” is Krim Ljubljana. The Hungarians were trailing at half time, but in the end came out victors, winning 30:26. With three wins from three games now they’re very close to reaching the semi-finals, and one more victory will likely seal it.Buducnost Podgorica gained their first win in this second phase after winning 24:22 at home against Randers. Despite being huge favorites in this match the Adzic’ girls were unable to make any huge goal lead difference and the game came down to being decided in the final minutes of the match, and with this victory Buducnost now still stands a chance of being able to defend their CL title.
academia octavioAdemar LeonASOBALbm cangasNaturhouse La Riojaraul nantesvilla de aranda ← Previous Story SKA Minsk verifies Cup Challenge Cup title with another victory Next Story → HC Montpellier Agglomeration wins French Cup! The final round of the ASOBAL league brought the answers to the questions that were left unanswered after the end of the 29th round. As much as 5 teams competed against being the final team to relegate alongside Palma del Rio. In the end, the league saw Academia Octavio being the one relegated after all the opponents gained important wins – while they were defeated in the final seconds of the match to BM Huesca 30-29, meanwhile despite BM Cangas being defeated in the direct duel against Villa de Aranda, they will both remain in the league.The third place and the Champions League place goes to Naturhouse la Rioja. The team from Logrono were better in Palacio de los Deportes de Leon over Ademar Leon and won 32-30, with Manolo Cadenas being saluted by the “aficion” before he departs to Poland. Raul Nantes was the top scorer of the game with huge 10 goals.Scores round 30: Ademar Leon 30-32 Naturhouse La Rioja, BM Aragon 31-29 Anaitasuna, Barcelona 39-23 Guadalajara, BM Huesca 30-29 Octavio Posada, Cuenca 25-26 Puerto Sagunto, Granollers 30-22 Palma del Rio, Valladolid 30-25 Atletico Madrid, Villa de Aranda 25-23 BM Cangas
← Previous Story Domagoj Duvnjak from HSV Hamburg to THW Kiel; Canellas to HSV Hamburg Next Story → RK Cimos Koper goes to history! ehf euro 2014 draw Following the completion of the EHF EURO 2014 Qualification Phase 2, the procedure for the final tournament draw, taking place on Friday, 21 June, in Herning (Denmark) has been released.The following teams have qualified for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014:Denmark (qualified directly as hosts), Spain, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Sweden, Iceland, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Austria, Russia.The draw will take place on the aforementioned date at 18.30 hrs ahead of match between Denmark and Poland at the 14,000-spectator Jyske Bank Boxen, also the venue for preliminary and main round as well as for the finals, in Herning.The draw will be streamed live on www.ehf-euro.com. A live ticker will also be available on www.eurohandball.com and the live tweet will be available via the @ehfmedia Twitter channel.The participating teams are seeded as follows on the basis of the qualification groups and the ranking of the EHF EURO 2012.Pot 1: Denmark, Serbia, Croatia, SpainPot 2: Czech Republic, Iceland, France, SwedenPot 3: FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Hungary, PolandPot 4: Norway, Austria, Montenegro, Russia
Swedish goalkeeper Johan Sjostrand had double reason for celebration on Wednesday evenning. Firstly his THW Kiel beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 31:28 in the derby match of DKB Bundesliga and then, after the match, Swedish goalkeeper found out in the locker room that he won 420.000 EUR on harness racing beeting! BettingJOHAN SJOSTRANDĐ ← Previous Story BUNDESLIGA DEBUT: Rambo scored two goals for GWD Minden Next Story → Miladin Kozlina confirms continuing career in Vardar
← Previous Story VIDEO: Save by Benjamin LEE Buric! Next Story → SLOVENIAN FINAL 2015: Gorenje to play against Celje PL for the title GyorLinn Jorum Sulland One of the best world’s lefthander in the last decade, the 30-years old Linn Jorum Sulland signed contract with Hungarian TOP team Gyor for the upcoming season. The member of the legendary golden Norwegian national team suffered a lot of problems due injury in the last two years and lost domination in Larvik HK, but also NT on her position where Nora Mork showed a great progress.The next season could be a real come-back for her, but also Hungarian team who lost the European title by losing matches against ZRK Vardar in EHF CL quarter-final, but also domestic trophy against FTC.
THIS DAY 12 years ago, American citizens were gripped by terror as a number of the nation’s buildings came under attack.Nearly 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and on a plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania that day.The front pages of the next day’s newspapers provide a snapshot of the horrific morning.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has sharply rejected suggestions that a controversial Financial Transactions Tax, championed as a way of making the banks pay for their past excesses, contravenes EU law.The commission “carried out a very thorough legal analysis” before submitting its FTT proposals,” EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta said in a tweet.“The FTT is legally sound and is fully in line with EU treaties” and international tax legislation, Semeta said.Press reports said an opinion drawn up by lawyers for the European Council — the EU’s political arm comprising member countries — had found that the FTT would discriminate and disadvantage those who do not adopt it.€30-35 billionThe commission believes the FTT, championed by France and Germany, would raise €30-35 billion annually via a levy on trade in shares, bonds and derivatives.The tax would apply to any transaction, anywhere in the world, carried out by a financial entity which is based in one of the 11 EU member states which have so far agreed to implement it.But the council’s lawyers said that this was a step too far, exceeding the tax jurisdiction of those EU states.It “is not compatible” with the current EU treaty “as it infringes on the tax competences” of non-participating states, the opinion said.‘Likely to lead to distortion of competition’In addition, the FTT “is discriminatory and likely to lead to distortion of competition to the detriment” to those who do not sign up, it added.For example, such discrimination could punish Britain, a financial powerhouse which bitterly opposes the FTT and refuses to join.As the FTT currently stands, in a trade between a French and British bank, France would tax both entities.Meanwhile in a trade with Germany, which backs the plan, France would tax only its bank and Berlin the German counterparty, meaning that France would earn twice the tax on a trade with a non-FTT country such as the UK.Emer Traynor, Semeta’s spokeswoman, said the Commission “strongly disagrees” with the Council’s legal opinion, charging that it looked at only one part of the FTT and “not the tax as a whole.”“In any case, this opinion is one of many which have been fed into the discussions … it certainly doesn’t imply any necessary slowdown” in work on the proposal, she said.The commission legal service will, however, analyse the opinion “in further detail”, she added.France and Germany have led efforts to introduce the FTT, winning backing from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.The UK , where London is home to one of the world’s largest financial centres, sees the FTT as infringing on its right to tax, a sovereign power not to be shared with Brussels.The 11 member states in favour were authorised to go ahead with the planned levy under what is known as “enhanced cooperation”, a rare procedure enabling a minimum third of EU nations to work together without the rest when there is no general agreement.Read: 11 EU nations get go-ahead for ‘Robin Hood tax’, Ireland not among them >Read: 10 EU states to bring in financial transaction tax legislation >© -AFP
EVERYONE THOUGHT THAT Twitter’s founders and CEO would ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange this morning to mark the day their company went public.Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Dick Costolo were all present on the trading floor but they didn’t take the spotlight.Instead the bell was rung by a 9-year-old girl with a lemonade stand whose proceeds are used to fight slavery, Vivienne Harr. She was joined by Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart and a Boston police officer.Why? Because Twitter’s executives wanted to show appreciation for the social network’s users.Nice.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Facebook moving office to make room for more staff in DublinMeet the Twitter billionaires. (Hint: There’s actually only one.) Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide
IF ANYONE IS well positioned to predict the impact Joe Schmidt is going to have for Ireland over the coming season, it’s Conor O’Shea.The Harlequins Director of Rugby and RTÉ analyst is a man who plans ahead, understands the workings of professional rugby squads and has enjoyed successes of his own with an attacking philosophy.O’Shea told TheScore.ie that the Irish set-up needed a shake-up this season and he feels that Schmidt is the perfect man to provide it.“He’ll bring freshness. A change is as good as a rest. I think he’s just so affable and knowledgeable when you talk to him. He’s very friendly with the conversations you have, and although he’s an honest man, he’ll never talk in any confrontational way, just a matter-of-fact way.“You can’t argue with a lot of what he says. Even his post-match analysis is spot on straight after the games. I don’t think there’ll be anything less than energy and work ethic and thirst to get better, that’s what Joe brings. That will rub off on players.”Looking back on Ireland’s victory over Samoa, O’Shea points out that it was Schmidt himself who summed up the defensive deficiencies that need to be shored up ahead of the clash with Australia on Saturday. While O’Shea rejects the notion that the current Wallabies pack is lacking a tough edge, he admits that Ireland can come out on top of the set piece battle.“No, it’s not fair that they’re soft. You couldn’t accuse that Australian pack of being soft. The likes of Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen, they’re not soft, they’re good rugby players. Take your pick, if it’s Benn Robinson or Ben Alexander, these guys are good rugby players. “Australia scored 50 points last week. That test match a couple of weeks ago against the All Blacks [when the Wallabies lost 41-33] was just sensational to watch. So that’s the main thing from an Irish point of view, to make sure defensively that they get those things right, that their defensive line is better, that they don’t give away as many opportunities this weekend as against Samoa.”There is a real sense that this Australian team is beatable, that Ireland should approach this game with confidence. Ewen McKenzie’s side have struggled for consistency and have looked lacking in mental strength at times over the last year or so.While he warns against complacency, O’Shea is confident about Ireland’s chances.“This is an Australian team that’s been together a long time. On the flip side, this is an Australian side that – regardless of what they say – cannot be as confident or mentally strong as other Australian sides have been. Just look at their record this year.O’Shea is enjoying his role as Director of Rugby at Harlequins. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.“Ireland in naming their team will be much stronger. Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll has another game under his belt, Jonny Sexton back into the side, Sean O’Brien from the start.“There’s a really good, strong spine and core to this Irish time. There’s the natural energy that a new coach brings and if the scores are tight, Ireland believe they can win. I have no doubt about that. Do Australia, deep down, have that belief?”Australia have a wide array of attacking talent in their back-line, but it is up front where the worries have persisted for McKenzie. His pack looks to be lacking in ball carriers, while the scrum got a battering from England in the 20-13 defeat two weekends ago. Joe said it straight after the game, didn’t he? If we allow them [Australia] to have as much ball and get as many line-breaks as Samoa did, they will score. Yes, we held Samoa tryless and there was a great attitude when the line got broken to get back and defend. That’s brilliant, but this is a different level we’re playing at. But, where will Ireland be able to squeeze them? It’ll be at the scrum. Australia survive in the scrum but they can’t dominate it. Jack McGrath, what a great debut he had. Cian Healy, the size of prop who are now under the new scrummaging laws, they suit Cian Healy.“It’s definitely the area where they are weaker, it’s the area the Lions got them in, the area that England exposed. That must be a real affront to the Australian pack and they’ll come out really fired up to prove people wrong, but it’s the soft underbelly of this Australian team.”If Ireland can ruthlessly expose that weak point, O’Shea is confident for their chances of success. The 42-year-old is also of the belief that Schmidt can bring about vast improvement in Ireland’s performances long-term.“We’ve got the usual soundbites saying everyone holds him in high regard. That’s what players will do, but I think they genuinely do. If you enjoy your environment and you enjoy what you’re about, you enjoy how you’re trying to play; well half the battle is enjoying playing.“That’s what you want to see, an enthusiastic and ambitious Irish team. That will be good enough for me.”The Guinness Plus App is giving rugby fans the opportunity to present the Man of the Match Award at next weekend’s game against world champions, New Zealand. For a chance to win, simply download the Guinness Plus App and ‘check-in’ to your local participating pub before 11.59pm on Saturday 16 November. Click here for more details.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ireland’s high standards mean winning against Australia is a necessity
AER LINGUS CABIN crew at Shannon Airport have voted to accept proposals tabled at the Labour Relations Commission that aim to protect staffing levels on new transatlantic services.Talks between the LRC, trade union IMPACT and management concluded last Friday morning with a deal that will see the new transatlantic services starting with five crew. A joint review would take place in July 2014 to consider whether any changes are needed on crew numbers.The deal was voted on by members over the past couple of days and was today passed by 87.5 per cent to 12.5 per cent.The new new transatlantic services would use smaller planes and this had led to fears for the 87 staff employed at the Shannon base.The union had previously refused Aer Lingus’s proposal that cabin crew operate the flights with four staff members.IMPACT official Michael Landers welcomed the fact that the initial flights would have five cabin crew where possible. “This was one of our key demands. However, cabin crew staff would prefer to work with five cabin crew rather than having the additional financial incentives outlined in these proposals,” he said.As part of the deal, there will be financial incentives for staff working on services with less than five staff, something Landers says is not workable in the long-term“The review that’s been included in these proposals will, I’m sure, show that it is impractical to operate with less than five crew,” he said.Read: ‘Some progress’ in talks on closure of Shannon cabin crew base >Read: Aer Lingus to close Shannon cabin crew base that employs 87 >
Update 3.32pmGARDAÍ HAVE CANCELLED an appeal for information about a missing Dublin man.John Murray, 37 from the Neilstown area, has been located safe and well.Earlier…GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for information about missing man John Murray from Dublin.The 37-year-old is missing from the Neilstown area since last night.Anyone who has seen him or who can assist in any way is asked to contact Ronanstown garda station on 01 666 7700.Read: Twenty-year-old man arrested over Phoenix Park murderMore: Two men shot 24 hours apart in Dublin over the weekend
GONE IS THE historical memory in the Roman Catholic Church of conclaves that dragged on for up to three years – modern-day papal elections last a few days at most and – as seen yesterday evening – can take as little as two days.Here are the durations of the last eight papal conclaves, which reveal that stand-offs between reformers and traditionalists are nothing new:1914: Meeting just after World War I broke out, cardinals took three days (10 rounds of voting) to elect Giacomo Della Chiesa, who became pope Benedict XV. The election was tough because of opposition from traditionalists in the Vatican.1922: The longest conclave of the 20th century took five days (14 votes), following a similar stand-off. Archbishop of Milan Ambrogio Ratti became Pius XI in the same year as Benito Mussolini’s fascist coup d’etat.1939: Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli – a German-speaking Vatican diplomat – was picked virtually uncontested in just two days (three votes). He became Pius XII just as the world was exploding into a new global conflict.1958: Cardinal Angelo Roncalli – the patriarch of Venice – becomes John XXIII in four days (11 votes). The election was a close run against Armenian Catholic Patriarch Krikor Bedros Aghajanian. He came to be known as “Good Pope John”.1963: Giovanni Montini is elected in three days (six votes) and becomes Paul VI with the Roman Catholic Church steeped in a climate of reforms with the Second Vatican Council, which revolutionised rituals to modernize the Church.1978: Patriarch of Venice Albino Luciani becomes John Paul I in two days (four votes). He was said to be reluctant to accept the nomination. He died after just 33 days in office, sparking multiple conspiracy theories.1978: Polish outsider Karol Wojtyla is elected after three days (eight votes), apparently with an overwhelming majority. He becomes John Paul II – the first non-Italian pope since Utrecht-born Adrian VI in the 16th century.2005: John Paul II’s long-serving doctrinal enforcer and dean of the college of cardinals, Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger, is elected after two days (four votes). The runner-up was reportedly Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio.- © AFP, 2013Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?>Centuries-old rituals to be carried out as conclave begins>Why do cardinals wear scarlet?>Here’s a secret only the new pope will see…>
OVER 35,000 CHILDREN will wear their favourite pyjamas into preschool on Friday for Early Learning Ireland’s National Pyjama Day to raise money for the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Hospice Care for Children Programme.Early Childhood Ireland said it has been forced to order a reprint of registration packs this weekend due to the increased numbers taking part in the annual fundraising event, which is now in its tenth year.It is estimated that over 1,400 children nationally are living with life-limiting illness in Ireland and funds raised by National Pyjama Day will be used by the IHF to fund five out of eight Children’s Outreach Nurses in the community. The programme offers support to families caring for seriously ill children in their own homes.Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF said that, thanks to the partnership with Early Childhood Ireland, it now has a medical consultant in place along with three Children’s Outreach nurses and another four are about to take up their posts.Since its establishment in 2003, National Pyjama Day has raised over €1.73 million for children’s charities in Ireland and this year Early Childhood Ireland hopes to raise another €250,000 for the IHF’s Hospice Home Care for Children Programme which has been the recipient charity for the past 3 years.Anyone involved in the early childhood care and education sector can participate in National Pyjama Day by registering online through www.earlychildhoodireland.ie and clicking the Pyjama Day Button for more information.Read: Government to launch needs assessment of respite services for children>More: Report: Irish hospice care high, but regional inequalities persist>
LAST WEEK’S BUILDING collapse disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh, led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people – but it wasn’t the first such collapse, and it won’t be the last.That is according to Oxfam, which says that the lax building controls in Bangladeshi garment factories “will not go away until western retailers and the country’s government agree to work towards improved working conditions”.The garment workers who died in this recent event were making clothes for the Western market – clothes that are cheap, affordable, and available to almost everyone. The rails and rails of easily-forgotten-about clothing in your favourite high street store could have come from this very place.File. Pic: David Goldman/AP/Press Association ImagesConditionsOxfam Ireland Chief Executive Jim Clarken said that Bangladesh can raise standards and improve conditions for its workers without threatening its competitiveness, which has been a worry for the companies who use factories in the country.He said that 90 per cent of garment factories “are not built to local standards, let alone international building standards that would be expected in an earthquake-prone country like Bangladesh”. Western retailers must insist on higher standards of the factories they work in. But the government must do the same.Members of the government have significant financial interests in this sector, said Clarken, adding that “there is a clear financial incentive for them to give the industry as much of a free pass as possible”. “This must be stopped,” he asserted.Oxfam is working to reduce the risk of disasters by working with architects and municipal authorities to improve building standards, and by working with communities to prepare themselves for disasters.It says that with a major earthquake “overdue”, it is concerned that this terrible tragedy will be repeated on a far greater scale.Common occurrenceEven before last week’s building collapse, more than 300 Bangladeshi factory workers had lost their lives since 2000. Meanwhile, thousands have been injured in factory fires.A Bangladeshi man covers his nose and sits near the bodies of victims of a building collapse at a makeshift morgue in Savar, near Dhaka. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousThe government raised the monthly minimum wage from 1662 takas (around €15) to 3000 takas (about €30) in 2010, but Oxfam is campaigning for a living wage.It is calling for the minimum wage to be increased to 5000 takas a month (around €50).Oxfam is a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and also the Clean Clothes Campaign. The latter says over one million people have signed petitions calling for brands who source items from Bangladesh to sign the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.The ETI said that the building collapse and fire in a second factory[A]ll serve as yet another call to action for the Bangladesh industry, government, retailers, worker representatives and NGOs to work together, to raise workplace safety standards across the country’s garment sector.Does consumer pressure work?What consumers want to know is if they can put pressure on retailers, and if this pressure will pay off.Here’s Oxfam’s answer:Yes. Last year, Phillips Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) who owns both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein has signed a historic agreement to protect Bangladeshi garment workers from dangerous working conditions.It wants supply chains independently audited and says that self-regulation doesn’t work, and that national legislation is not always enough.Oxfam recommends that companies pay workers a living wage, and are transparent. It wants workers to be able to join unions, and collectively bargain. It also calls for purchasing practices which allow suppliers to respect labour standards, and that if factories close, workers should receive their full entitlement to severance pay and other entitlements.These may all seem like simple things, and things that those of us in the Western world take for granted, but Bangladeshi garment workers, who may have made the clothes you wear, are not entitled to all of these currently.They face, says Oxfam, “some of the most precarious working conditions and lowest wages in the world” – and if there is the potential for another such collapse, there could be even worse in store for them.The pressure on businesses and governments to begin making immediate improvements to these conditions seems to be growing day by day.Read: Woman found alive 17 days after Bangladesh building collapse>Read: Bangladesh collapse: Death toll passes 1,000 as stacks of bodies found>
DO YOU KNOW the signs and symptoms of the ‘silent killer’, ovarian cancer?The first annual World Ovarian Cancer Day will take place on 8 May and its aim is to help raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms.Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynaecological malignancy in the western world, and is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally. Sadly, it is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year and 70 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die within 5 years.Ireland recently ranked 4th highest of 30 countries surveyed in terms of incidence rates, and has the highest mortality rate in Europe.World Ovarian Cancer DayOvarian cancer is often called the ‘silent killer’, and remains very challenging, mainly because there tends to be a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorder, and this means the majority of patients are identified in the advanced stages. It is at this stage that the disease becomes more difficult to treat.According to the organisers of World Ovarian Cancer Day, experts now believe it is the frequency and combination of symptoms that can help doctors distinguish between ovarian cancer and other conditions.So if a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms on most days within a three week period, they should discuss their concerns with their doctor:Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)Difficulty eating/feeling full quicklyAbdominal or pelvic painNeeding to pass urine more urgently or more frequentlyThere can be other symptoms which also occur, including change in bowel habits, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fatigue, and unexpected weight loss or weight gain around the abdomen. However these are less helpful when a doctor is trying to determine whether or not ovarian cancer is the cause.Dr Matt Hewitt, Gynaecological Oncologist, Cork University Hospital and a member of OvaCare’s medical panel, pointed out that unlike cervical cancer, there currently is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.Although ovarian cancer can be a deadly disease, if it is diagnosed at the earliest stage it can be treated effectively with surgery and chemotherapy, leading to survival rates of up to 90 per cent.Rachel Ireland, co-founder of OvaCare, was sporting teal nail polish at the launch and said that teal is the recognised colour for ovarian cancer charity organisations worldwide. They hope that by wearing the nail polish, women will get their friends and colleagues talking about the disease and its symptoms.World Ovarian Cancer Day is being promoted in Ireland by three ovarian cancer charities: OvaCare, Supporting Ovarian Cancer Knowledge (SOCK) and the Emer Casey Foundation.Read: New lab that deals with cervical and bowel screening results officially opens today>
(Image: Joe Nicholson/AP)Jeremiah Thomas, a volunteer firefighter, said he was driving nearby when he glimpsed something out of the corner of his eye and turned to look.“The bridge just went down, it crashed through the water,” he said. “It was really surreal.”The bridge was not classified as structurally deficient, but a Federal Highway Administration database listed it as being “functionally obsolete” — a category meaning that the design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath. (Image: Rick Lund/AP/The Seattle Times)The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department report, 42 of the county’s 108 bridges are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state’s bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.Read: ‘Extremely’ poor quality materials caused Bangladesh factory collapse>Read: Two killed after ceiling collapses in Cambodia shoe factory> (Image: Francisco Rodriguez)Drivers were told to expect delays. Detours have been set up to try to ease the congestion. Batiste urged drivers to avoid the area if possible, especially over the Memorial Day weekend. Traffic along the heavily travelled route could be affected for some time.“The I-5 corridor is totally disrupted,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who went to the scene last night.“Thanks to the rescuers and a little bit of luck, we had three Skagitonians who made it out of the Skagit River alive,” Inslee said.Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a “big puff of dust.” (Image: Jennifer Bauchann/Everett Daily Herald/AP) (Image: Joe Nicholson/AP/Press Association Images)A TRUCK CARRYING an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below, though all three occupants suffered only minor injuries.It happened about 7pm yesterday evening on the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, about 60 miles north of Seattle, and disrupted travel in both directions.Initially, it wasn’t clear if the bridge just gave way on its own. But at an overnight news conference, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste blamed it on a tractor-trailer carrying a tall load that hit an upper part of the span.“For reasons unknown at this point in time, the semi struck the overhead of the bridge causing the collapse,” he said.The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.Two other vehicles went into the water about 50 feet below as the structure crumbled. Three people were rescued and were recovering today. (Video: Associated Press/YouTube)The bridge was inspected twice last year and repairs were made, Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said.“It’s an older bridge that needs a lot of work just like a good number of bridges around the state,” she said.Transportation officials are working on plans for either a temporary or permanent replacement, she said.The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigative team.
IT’S AN EXCITING time for women’s soccer in Ireland. The Women’s National League is still in its infancy, and while it’s early days yet, the initial signs have been encouraging.Stephanie Roche produced the best advertisement possible for the league with a now-iconic goal that was seemingly tweeted about by pretty much everybody in football from Gary Lineker to Matt Le Tissier ans Steven Reid.And only last month, the Irish under-19s exceeded expectations at the European Championships, getting as far as the semi-finals and beating sides of the calibre of England, Spain and Sweden along the way.One person more influential than most in this spectacular renaissance has been Dave Connell — the former Shamrock Rovers players and ex-Limerick and Galway United manager who coached the women under-19s to their various successes.And while the tournament ultimately ended in a disappointing 4-0 semi-final defeat against Holland, Connell says he is immensely proud of the girls regardless.“We’re very pleased with how we did, and getting nine points from the three games against three teams with good pedigrees in women’s football in particular,” he tells TheScore.ie. “We’re a little bit disappointed with the manner in which we went out. The occasion probably got to a few of the players. But overall, it was a very good campaign for us.“We feel we could’ve done a bit better against Holland, but we certainly would have settled for a semi-final place before we went out there. But in saying that, they played very well against us. They were really up for it. I don’t think they played as well in the final [which the Dutch won 1-0 against Spain], but that’s the way football goes. They played very well and we underperformed. When you get that scenario, there’s only one result.” Source: faiofficial/YouTubeThe Holland loss was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for two reasons — the Irish had to watch Spain, a team who they had already beaten in the competition, progress to the final, while the Dutch coach’s provocative pre-game comments also exacerbated the subsequent sense of disappointment, after he derided the Irish side as a “kick-and-rush” team.“I don’t like that part of the game,” Connell says. “There were a couple of managers at it. I don’t like people making comparisons to the Irish girls and GAA. I don’t think that has anything whatsoever to do with us playing soccer. Getting stuck in is in our DNA. But in saying that, I don’t know what he was talking about really, because the Dutch had a hell of a lot more physical players than us. When we played them in April, they had five bookings, we had one. So he’d want to practice what he preaches.“It was disrespectful, and it was more hurtful that we didn’t perform in the semis, because we wanted to put up a good show against the Dutch. And again, they were physical. We had two players going off injured — one with suspected concussion from an off-the-ball elbow and another went over on their ankle ligaments after a heavy tackle.“I think it comes down to coaches trying to get in referees’ ears before games and I don’t like that. We’re a very fair team that play within the rules of the game, unlike some countries. So our girls are, if anything, too honest.” Source: Anders Hoven/INPHO(Ireland’s Savannah McCarthy [right] is consoled by Shannon Carson after the game)Yet Connell insists he would never let such cynicism creep into the Irish team’s play. It would go against the unremittingly positive mindset that he encourages his players to adhere to. When TheScore.ie spoke to him prior to the tournament, the former Shamrock Rovers player’s confidence was palpable, as he maintained that the Irish team were going into the tournament with genuine hopes of winning the competition outright.“I think it’s part of my philosophy,” he says. “When we go into a competition, we’re going in it to win it. I knew that we would do well and I knew that we would surprise a few people. Were we confident to the extent of expecting to win the group on nine points? Maybe not. We were probably targeting the runners-up spot to be honest.“But some of the girls in that squad have worked with no other international manager, so they know the philosophy of myself and my fellow coaches, and that philosophy is that we can compete at a high level, but we must be in the physical and mental condition to compete with those countries, so we’ve always had good players in the past, but the physical and the mental end of things wouldn’t have been as good before.”Indeed, Connell and his colleagues have overseen somewhat of a mini-revolution and complete change in the structure of the women’s game, which has been partly necessitated as a result of the dwindling finances devoted to the sport in recent times.“We’d all love a magic rainbow and a pot of gold at the end of it, because we know what we could do with more money, but it’s just not there at the moment.“But sometimes, when your backs are against the wall and you don’t have the finances that other countries have, you start thinking outside the box, and that’s what we’ve done with the emerging talent programme, where we concentrate on our elite players. Whereas we used to concentrate on 300 or 400, we’ve narrowed that down to about 30 now, because of finance and value for money. And I’m glad it’s worked for us, because this qualification has been knocking on the door and I’m glad the girls did really well. Source: Anders Hoven/INPHO(Dave Connell watches his side from the bench)“We weren’t in a position a couple of years ago where we could say to somebody: ‘You’re not working hard enough, I’m leaving you out,’ whereas now, we can. We have better structures now, and better volumes of players, albeit nothing near what other countries have.“So we do work hard with our elite players and our coaches in the league to coach all our players. We’re working hard on trying to upgrade coaches and we’re working hard on trying to upgrade the players. We want to make them think that they can compete at a high level in Europe, and we’ve proven that we can do that, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”And with this in mind, does Connell have any advice for up-and-coming Irish coaches hoping to enjoy similar levels of success at major tournaments some day?“I’ve had my dark days as well as a manager — when you’re sacked, you feel you’re sacked unfairly. But that’s people’s opinion — they’re telling you you’re not good enough and you just have to knuckle down and keep believing and it’s a tough road. But I’ve kept with it, I’ve kept my philosophy and learned along the way.“So I’d say to young coaches — always hang in there and never stop believing that you can do it. That was my attitude when I was sacked by Limerick and Galway. So you just keep trying to improve as a coach, which is what I tried to do. And if you’re an open coach and you’re willing to learn, then you’ll succeed. Source: faiofficial/YouTube“And I even learned with the girls about how to qualify for tournaments, because we were playing some lovely stuff, but we weren’t winning games. It’s about learning to win matches at group level and learning with the players on that belief that we can do it. We instilled that into the players — even when we were 4-0 down against Holland, there was a never-say-die attitude.”Yet although this admirable mentality is one of countless positives that the under-19s can take from this invaluable experience, there is still bound to be a level of skepticism about women’s football in certain quarters. Is Connell, for instance, somewhat disheartened by the inevitable tailoring off of interest in women’s soccer among the public at large now that this big event has ended?“It’s understandable,” he says. “Women’s football doesn’t have an awful lot of media coverage in Ireland. So when we start doing well, the public are going to buy into it. We understand that and it’s up to ourselves to give the girls a higher profile. The national league is still in its infancy, so if we could get more coverage in that league, it would help matters.“The Irish are obviously very proud of their own when they’re doing well against other countries, particularly other countries that are supposed to be better than us. So it’s great for the girls, as they [usually] get very little publicity. They put a lot of effort into it too, and they don’t get paid for it unlike some of the other countries we’re up against, so it’s great that they got that publicity.” Source: faiofficial/YouTube“It was part of the criteria for competing in the finals that every country had to have a press officer, so Gareth Maher was with us, and that helped us out immensely. We were probably getting a lot of attention on social media, yet we didn’t really fully realise what was going on even though the girls were getting a lot of publicity.“But I made sure that every girl got publicity, because I’ve seen in my playing days where players get jealous of other players getting interviewed. So I asked Gareth to do a piece with every player and that happened, so it makes everybody feel part of the squad, and I thought the girls handled the media very well. We’ve a lot of bright players on and off the park, and they all conducted themselves very well.”And having experienced such highs, Connell is determined to replicate them in years to come. Moreover, with a seemingly successful formula already in place, he is understandably optimistic about the future of women’s soccer in Ireland.“The other countries won’t like us. We haven’t been around before, but I can guarantee we’re here to stay. And it can only do great things for the game in Ireland. It’ll hopefully inspire more young girls to take up the game and it’ll hopefully inspire girls who are already playing the game to try to get a piece of the action. And we will certainly instill the belief that the 19s had that we can do it again and hopefully go further.“We took Europe and the competition by storm last month. We were all together — the eight countries competing — in the one hotel. You knew the other countries wanted to beat Ireland. UEFA bought into us — they wanted to do interview after interview with the girls, and they were obviously happy that a country had a story, and our performances at the Euros was the story for UEFA as much as it was at home, and rightly so.“But we want to taste it every year if we can. We’ve made the breakthrough now, so long may it continue.” Source: faiofficial/YouTubeA view from outside: Does LOI need to be stronger for Ireland to thrive at international level?>All the goals as Manchester United beat Real Madrid in Michigan>
Phillip R. Greaves II became something of a minor celebrityyesterday, when Amazon fans threatened to boycott the site for its decision tocarry the author’s book, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: AChild-Lover’s Code of Conduct. After an outpouring of protest in the form ofsome 2,000 largely negative comments on the book’s page, Amazon ultimatelyopted to pull the title.The increased publicity has made Greaves, the target ofthreats. Greaves, for his part, maintains that the book is an “attempt to makepedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved inthem, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow.”Local police in his home of Pueblo,Colorado are protecting the writer inresponse to the threats. The police have also begun to monitor Greaves forillegal activities, but have yet to find any indication that he has committed acrime.