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Barcelonabm barcaGudjon Valur Sigurdssongurbindojael jallouzKiril Lazarovpascualperez de vargaswael jallouz Barcelona opened the new ASOBAL campaign in which they are absolute favorites with a high-scoring 42-25 victory over the young team of BM Aragon. New additions Jallouz and Sigurdsson were top scorers for the Catalans, Sigurdsson scored 8 while Jallouz contributed with 6 goals, along with Kiril Lazarov who scored 7 goals. BM Aragon’s best scorer was Arino with 7 goals.42 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Saric, m.31); Víctor Tomás (3, 2p.), Gurbindo (-), Sorhaindo (3), Sarmiento (2), Jallouz (6), Ariño (4) -siete inicial- Sigurdsson (8), Noddesbo (3), Karabatic (3, 1p), Raúl Entrerrios (2), Lazarov (7, 1p), Viran Morros (-), Oriol Rey (-) y Saubich (1).25 – Aragón: Alvaro Fernández (Olano, m.43 to 60); Camas (1), Del Valle (6), Asier Antonio (-), Val (2), Sorli (2), Ariño (7) -siete inicial- Sergio García (1), Clavería (3), Castro (-), Sergio Martínez (-), Millán (1), Tuquet (1), Larcuen (1p.) e Iorban (-). ← Previous Story BUNDESLIGA ROCKS: HBW Balingen beat THW Kiel! Next Story → Swiss NLA: Champion Kadetten defeated by Thun
← Previous Story MVM EHF FINAL4: Four teams – one dream! Next Story → Dragan Adzic before Final: We have to play like against Norway at EURO 2012! Norwegian Larvik HK and Montenegrian ŽRK Buducnost Podgorica will fight for the glory in the MVM EHF FINAL4 final match on Sunday (17 hrs) in Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest. Saturday’s semi-finals in Hungarian capital didn’t give too much to those fans who wants decision before the buzzer as both finalists showed TOP class performance in beating their rivals.Larvik overplayed Russian team Dinamo Sinara 31:22 (16:13) to get ticket for the chance to win EHF Champions League for the second time. Legendary right wing Koren Riegelhuth used all the chances to punish the rivals with nine goals in total, while Dmitrieva netted seven goals for the Russian girls.Much bigger spectacle was expected in the clash between Balkan rivals, ZRK Budcnost and ZRK Vardar 27:17 (14:9), but on the court handball world has seen powerful squad of Dragan Adzic. Amazing Clara Woltering (14 saves), Cristina Neagu and Radmila Petrovic (both seven goals) made the clear difference between the teams from the very beginning of the match.Pytlick-Kastratovic duo took time-out after 15 minutes to turnover the match (6:3), but Vardar had no chance. Lekic and Penezic (4 goals each) had good moments, but in total, defensive and attacking performance weren’t enough to make serious problem to Adzic girls.BUDUCNOST – VARDAR 27:17 (14:9)BuduCnost: Woltering 14 saves, Mehmedović 3, Neagu 7, Petrović 7 (3), Knežević 4, Bulatović 1, Byzdra 1, Cvijić 3, Despotović 1Vardar: Suslina 8 saves, Lazović 1, Penezić 4, Sokač 3(3), Radičević 2, Dembele 1, Lekić 4, Leynaud 3 saves, Ihnjeva 2RESULTS: 3:1 (7.) 6:3 (14.) 11:7 (23.) 12:9 (28.) 16:12 (35.) 19:14 (46.) 23:14 (49.) 26:16 (54.)
← Previous Story SEHA: Vardar easily beat Tatran Next Story → RK METALURG PRICE LIST: Ten tickets for only a beer in Norway? Rhein Neckar LowenSlawomir SzmalVelux EHF Champions LeagueVive Tauron Kielce The opening match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 3 will be played in Mannheim, where the German vice-champions Rhein Neckar Lowen will meet Polish VIVE Tauron Kielce. Polish team coming to Germany to play against undefeated in current season with two start wins in Europe and 7 of 7 in DKB Bundesliga, but the former “Lions” Slawomir Szmal thinks that his team has chances to stop Gensheimer and Co:– I remember Gensheimer, Groetzki and Schmid from my period in the club. They working with the new coach from the last season, he made some changes, they play more aggressively in defense, which is different in each match. Often they try to defend in system 3: 3 or offensive 6: 0. This is a very danger opponent. We have to play even better than against Montpellier. – said Szmal.Match will start on 18.30 hrs.
4.Kiel131003383:33220 7.Goppingen14806368:33916 8.Hamburg13715373:34515 12.Leipzig13526342:36012 Rhein Neckar Lowen suffered first defeat in the DKB Bundesliga season. MT Melsungen beat the “Lions” 25:23 (12:14) in Kassel with Michael Muller with seven goals in the main role. Even 11 goals of Uwe Gensheimer weren’t enough to stop one of the biggest positive surprises of the season together with HSG Wetzlar.STANDINGS: 5.Fuchse Berlin14833408:36719 6.HSG Wetzlar14914375:36119 3.Flensburg-H.141112424:34223 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten122010322:3674 2.MT Melsungen141121411:34424 10.Gummersbach14626376:38414 13.Lemgo14428380:42910 17.Bergischer132011324:3794 9.SC Magdeburg14626388:39214 14.TVB Stuttgart141310366:4275 15.Eisenach142111370:4605 18.N-Lübbecke140212365:4272 11.Hannover-Burgdorf14545374:39114 1.Rhein-Neckar141301398:30126 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Derby matches in Paris and Skopje Next Story → EHF CL: Strong Flensburg and Wisla – Routine win for Veszprem
12.Leipzig16637420:43715 7.HSG Wetzlar16925420:41220 ← Previous Story Vid Kavticnik extends deal in Montpellier until 2019 Next Story → SPANISH ARMADA: Mateo Garralda overtakes Chile 9.Gummersbach16826442:43318 4.MT Melsungen161123462:40724 13.Lemgo16529434:48612 3.Flensburg-H.161213477:39725 1.Rhein-Neckar161501458:35230 16.Bergischer162113394:4655 HSV HandballMichael Biegler 8.Goppingen16907426:39118 6.Fuchse Berlin17935494:45721 11.Hannover-Burgdorf16646431:44916 2.Kiel161303488:41326 18.N-Lübbecke160214415:4862 PHOTO: hsvhandball.com 5.Hamburg171115504:45323 17.Eisenach162113422:5195 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten163013435:4966 10.SC Magdeburg16826445:44418 15.TVB Stuttgart161411413:4836 Despite financial crisis and the fact that their coach Michael Biegler will leave the team for the last five matches in 2015 as the part of the deal with Polish Handball Federation on which bench sitting experienced German coach, HSV Handball players showed great performance and well-deserved win over Fuchse Berlin 36:29 (19:12) in front of over 6.000 domestic fans.HSV Handball: Bitter (13 saves, 1.-55.); Vortmann (5/2 saves, 55.-60), Pfahl 9, Lindberg 7/1, Nenadic 4, Schröder 3, Brozovic 3, Hens 3, Mortensen 2, Damgaard 2, Jaanimaa 2, Schmidt 1, Grabarczyk, FeldFüchse Berlin: Heinevetter (3 saves, 24.-49.); Stochl (6 saves, 1.-24., 49.-60.), Nenadic 9/2, Elisson 5/1, Nielsen 4, Wiede 3, Weyhrauch 2, Fritz 1, Vukovic 1, Gojun 1, Tönnesen 1, Jimenez 1, Zachrisson 1, PetersenSTANDINGS:
← Previous Story Sensational night in Stockholm – France beat Germany! Next Story → Karacic’s buzzer-beater for draw in SEHA derby in Veszprem Spain will have to fight for the placement at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 Main Round without first star and team captain – Marta Mangue. The 33-years old Spaniard got knee injury during first half of their match against Serbia 23:25. The first prognosis talk about broken ligaments, which means that tournament, but also a whole season is over for legendary back player.Spain have to beat Slovenia in Round 3 on Thursday if want to stay in Sweden. Marta Mangue
← Previous Story RK Vardar smash RK Metalurg for Macedonian title Next Story → “FAMOUS LOSERS” BACK ON THE THRONE: ZRK Lokomotiva Zagreb win Challenge Cup 2017! The Russian team Rostov Don won Women’s EHF Cup 2016/2017 by beating German Bietegheim in two matches of the final. The team consisted of TOP stars like Norwegian goalkeeper Katrin Lunde, Brazilian playmaker Ana Paula Belo Rodrigues, French left wing Siraba Dembele and Spanish shooter Cabral Barbosa, was clear favorite in the matches with Germans.In the first match in Germany was 28:25 for Russian girls, while the second clash was just a question of routine for domestic team 25:21. Rostov Don were runners-up in season 2014/2015 when they lost against Danish TEAM Tvis Holstebro.Team from Rostov will play at Russian Play Off Final against Lada Togliati.
Klemen FerlinRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRK Gorenje Velenje ← Previous Story NEW YEARS’ TOURNAMENT: 14th youth handball Gala in Belgrade Next Story → The 46th Yellow Cup in Winterthur on December 29/30 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko showing domination in Slovenian handball, not only on the handball court, but also on the market. The new signing of EHF Champions League winners from 2004, coming from the neighborhood, Velenje. His name is Klemen Ferlin, the 28-years old RK Gorenje Velenje goalkeeper, who signed two-years contract with the champions from Celje.Ferlin playing his fourth season at RK Gorenje Velenje since he joined club from RK Trimo Trebnje in summer 2014.He will replace Urban Lesjak, Celje’s child who signed already with German TSV Hannover Burgdorf.PHOTO: RK Gorenje Velenje
THE IRISH GOVERNMENT needs to ‘put people first’ in its Budget for 2014, and avoid forcing more households into homelessness, Focus Ireland has said.In its pre-Budget 2014 submission, it said that there has been a rise of over 23 per cent in the number of people seeking Focus Ireland’s support since 2010.Last year, more than 8,000 people turned to the charity for help.Budget solutionsFocus Ireland is now calling on the Government to invest €400 million to help deliver 3,000 homes and boost the economy by creating up to 3,200 jobs in construction and supply.It said that seven new people are becoming homeless in Dublin every day, while the number of families becoming homeless in the capital has doubled from 8 to 16.In addition, it says that it is becoming harder for people to move out of homelessness due to severe unemployment, funding cuts to services and a growing shortage of affordable housing.It pointed out that there are currently over 100,00 households on the social housing waiting list.According to Focus Ireland, it is vital that Budget 2014:kick starts a process of reform which will implement policies and deliver services to prevent people from losing their homes and help others to escape from homelessness.It also calls for no further cuts to homeless services in the coming Budget.ActionsThe report outlines a number of specific actions for the government to take in Budget 2014, including:Delivering a €400m boost to capital funding to build social housing in Dublin in Budget 2013, as part of the stimulus package to create jobs and meet social needs.No further cuts in Department of Environment or HSE funding for homeless services.Maintain social welfare payment for people of working age.Ensure that family and child income supports are not reduced for low income families, including those in low paid employment and dependent upon Family Income Supplement.The proposals will be presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance tomorrow at 11.30am.Read: Homeless charity served 57,000 meals to over 3,500 people last year>
THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT delays on Victoria Quay in Dublin this evening after a Guinness truck shed its load blocking traffic.The road remains open but is down to one lane. No one is believed to be injured in the incident and gardaí are at the scene.In order to ease traffic, the bus lane has been opened for use by other rush hour road users.(Sam Boal/Photocall)Dublin Bus said that some bus services may be disrupted because of the accident.Gardaí will remain at the scene until the accident is cleared.There is very heavy traffic on approach. Road users are urged to use an alternative route if possible. Statue of Arthur Guinness unveiled in his hometown>The story of Arthur’s Day, in tweets>
HERE AT DailyEdge.ie, we know what matters around Christmas time.So today we have painstakingly ranked all the varieties of Christmas chocolate.* From worst to best.This ranking is final and definitive.* By ‘all’, we mean ‘some of the main ones’.13. Lindt ‘reindeer’ Source: ImgurOK, so we all know Lindt chocolate is delicious. But let’s just get down to some core issues here and say straight out: these are not reindeer. They are bunnies. They are the Lindt bunny from Easter, with antlers drawn over his ears.Are we really no better than this, people? Are we this easy? These go to the bottom of the list because frankly we should all have a little more pride in ourselves.12. Lemon’s Seasons Greetings Source: DailyEdge.ieSeasons Greetings take a scattergun approach to the Christmas chocolate market with an assortment of chocolates AND jellies AND hard candies AND toffees AND whatever you’re having yourself. Sorry guys but… choc of all trades, master of none.11. EmeraldsA lot of people have love for Emeralds because for a while in the 1980s, they were the only thing out there. They OWNED festive. But all things must pass, and it’s time for Ireland to realise that these guys taste like they were made in an era of wartime shortages.Basically, Emeralds are like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. They’re still kind of badass, but the glory days are long gone and when they get munched it sort of feels like a mercy.10. Celebrations Source: Andy Barrow PhotographyThe brash newcomer of the Christmas chocolate world, Celebrations turned up at the party in their stretch Hummer circa 1997 and have been trying to introduce themselves into other people’s conversations ever since.Ultimately, their quest for acceptance is doomed no matter how delicious Mars Bars are, because Galaxy chocolate will always be slightly trashier than Dairy Milk.9. Heroes Source: stuballscrambleNice, but as a new kid on the Christmas block they will never have quite the same festive oomph as, say, Roses. They don’t even come in a real tin fer Chrissakes.8. Tunnock’s Tea Cakes Source: Worldmarket.comA polarising festive confection. Some say they are the world’s best way to give yourself a marshmallow moustache; others argue that they taste like loft insulation. Owing to this divisive nature, they’re holding down a solid place in the middle of the list.7. Black Magic Forever your auntie’s favourite chocolate, and thus worthy of respect.However, they let themselves down in the Christmas stakes by trying to be ‘seductive’. Everyone knows Christmas chocolate isn’t about being seductive, it’s about stuffing your face while lying semi-horizontal. Like a dying whale washed up on a beach of sweet wrappers.6. Ferrero Rocher Source: EvelynGigglesFerrero Rocher are exciting because your mam would never buy them. If they’re in your house, it’s because they were brought by A Guest. (Or because they’re about to be taken to someone else’s house, in which case they’re enticingly off limits.)Plus they are so overpackaged, it automatically makes them feel fancy. Basically eating them is the chocolate equivalent of putting on a tuxedo.5. Snowballs Source: DailyEdge.ieSnowballs really bring the Christmas spirit. Not only because they are a uniquely Irish creation, and because you can actually feel the foamy marshmallow stuff thickening your artery walls, but also because they feature a photograph of this man: Source: DailyEdge.ieAKA the spirit of Christmas himself.4. Quality Street Source: garryknightLook, let’s just get this out of the way. Quality Street have a lot going for them – the toffee penny and the crunchy orange one, for a start – but they will never be as good as Roses. Deal with it. Quality Street are the Garth to Roses’ Wayne, and that’s the way it will always be.3. Selection Box Source: Neil TThe definition of Christmas magic. Why? Because chocolate bars out of a Selection Box always taste better than they do normally, even though they’re exactly the same. Especially the old kind in a plastic stocking with netting over them.Essentially, Selection Boxes prove that Santa is real.2. After Eights Source: thebarrowboyAfter Eights are wonderful. Festive perfection. Literally the problem with After Eights is when wrong-headed people put the little envelopes back in the box after eating the chocolates, which can lead to bitter family disputes and someone having to go to Centra for more.1. Roses Source: nic*eThere are the ones that you hate, the ones that you avoid until you’re absolutely forced to engage with them, and the ones that you love more than anything but never see enough of.Yes, a tin of Roses is exactly like your family.And that is why they are, without question, the ultimate Christmas chocolate. Happy Christmas everyone!More: A Definitive Ranking of Christmas Films from Worst to Best>Chocolate bars: A definitive ranking, from worst to best>
ARMED POLICE IN London will wear video cameras to record their actions, the force said as it sought today to calm tensions over the inquest into the fatal shooting of a man by firearms officers.Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe was due to meet with community leaders to discuss yesterday’s inquest verdict that the 2011 killing of suspected gangster Mark Duggan was lawful.Duggan’s family reacted with fury to the verdict and vowed to continue fighting for justice for the father of six, whose death sparked nights of rioting across English cities.Hogan-Howe welcomed the inquest jury’s decision but acknowledged the shooting had led to a “significant reduction in trust between London’s black communities” and police.Efforts had been made to improve relations, he said, for example by reforming the use of stop and search so it no longer disproportionately targeted men from ethnic minorities.“But we need to do more, much more, to improve our relationships with black Londoners,” he said.Body-worn video camerasHe added: “We’ll begin a trial this year in which firearms officers are issued with body-worn video cameras to record the actions of officers and those they are dealing with.“We want to see if this is an effective way to record evidence and ensure public confidence.”Police are braced for protests in Tottenham, the deprived area of north London where Duggan was shot, but a demonstration late Wednesday dispersed without any trouble.Supporters had reacted angrily to the inquest verdict after the jury concluded Duggan had had a gun when police stopped the taxi he was travelling in but threw it out of the vehicle seconds before he was gunned down by a police marksman.The coroner in the inquest accepted that the jury was faced with a “stark problem” because police officers’ notes contradicted video evidence from the scene about the location of the gun.Duggan’s brother shouted obscenities at jurors as they left court while other supporters screamed “murderers”.‘Executed’In highly-charged scenes outside the court, Duggan’s aunt, Carole, said he had been “executed” and vowed to fight the verdict, but on Thursday she called for calm.“This has got to be dealt with the right way, through the courts,” she told BBC radio, saying the family wanted to see “no more demonstrations, no more violence”.“We will have to fight this, go through the struggle peacefully, through the right channels, to get justice,” she said.Police believe Duggan was a member of one of Europe’s most dangerous gangs, but he had never been convicted of a major offence.- © AFP 2014.Video: Police shouted down after verdict in London riots case>Related: Killing that sparked London riots was lawful says UK jury>
SENATOR IVANA BACIK wants to mark the 95th anniversary of the first election in which Irish women could vote with a special event for all female senators and deputies – past and present.The 1918 General Election also saw Constance Markievicz election as the first woman TD and MP.The commemoration, to be held on Tuesday, will involve a reading of a speech about women’s right to vote which was given by Markievicz ahead of polling day on 14 December 1918.An official photograph of all of Leinster House’s current and past female representatives will also be taken. An image from a similar occasion in December 2008 now hangs on the walls of Leinster House, just opposite the Captain’s office.“This year, it is important that we mark this historic anniversary again, both by celebrating and honouring the many women who have been elected to the Dáil and Seanad since 1918, but also by noting how small the numbers of women are as a proportion of our elected representatives overall,” says Bacik. More must be done to encourage women to enter political life – and events like this may help to raise awareness about the need for more women to enter political life.“There are currently 26 women TDs out of 166; and 19 women Senators out of 60. If all 45 of us are present in the Seanad chamber next Tuesday, the 60-seat chamber will then have a majority of women representatives present for the first time ever.”Read: Dáil bar is exempt from holding a licence and its operation will not change
HE’S TAKEN A selfie, been named Time’s Person of the Year, appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine AND had a nun’s baby named after him.What next for Francis?A stint as a real world Superman?Graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag of ‘Values’ is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter’s Square in Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The white-caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter’s Square.The artist is identified only as Maupal.The Vatican obviously approves of the depiction, tweeting a picture of it yesterday.DailyEdge.ie: Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crowThanks, God: Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from GodElsewhere: Nun who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth, names baby Francis
“MICHAEL NEARY IS a dysfunctional individual who damaged women. Today he is a free agent, drawing a pension and we are left in limbo.”That was the opening statement from one of his patients at a press briefing this morning, the latest attempt by campaigners to encourage Health Minister James Reilly to resolve the issue of compensation for the 35 victims excluded from the Neary redress scheme.In February 2012, Reilly said his proposals for dealing with the sensitive situation were at an advanced stage and that his department were in talks with the Attorney General.Since then, the women have not received word of any further development.Campaigner Sheila O’Connor noted that although it has been 15 years since the story about Neary’s “bizarre practices” broke, “we still have 35 women injured and without compensation”.She said the victims have “strong medical supports” and there is no question about wrongdoing on Neary’s part. They were excluded from the initial redress scheme on technicalities following Judge Maureen Harding Clark’s 2004 deliberations. That system referred only to two narrow groups, one of which excluded all women over the age of 40. It compensated about 200 patients at a cost of more than €20 million.Marie Raeburn was 40 years and three days old when she underwent her surgery. Her womb and ovaries were removed unnecessarily.“I have been writing, phoning TDs. It is hard to be positive,” she told the room of reporters, supporters and fellow survivors at Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin.A meeting has been sought with the Minister and the Taoiseach but response letters from government have not addressed the request.“It really is just not OK,” continued O’Connor. “I’ve seen young women turn to mature women, and mature women turn to old women.“The women will tell you how bitterly disappointed they are. We believed [Reilly] – and we would have given him leeway.”A commitment to resolve the issue is included in the coalition’s Programme for Government.Horror storiesNeary was struck off the Medical Register in September 2003 following a lengthy hearing before the Medical Council. A series of investigations and inquires into his practices had started years earlier.The probes revealed that Neary performed negligent, damaging and unnecessary gynaecological procedures on a number women at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.The issue only came to light after two midwives working at the Maternity Unit raised concerns that the surgeon was carrying out an unusual number of caesarean hysterectomies. They also felt that some of his clinical practices were “out of date”.The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry was established by the Government in 2004 after which a large number of women were compensated. It found that since Neary began his work as an obstetrician in the hospital, the rate of casesarian hysterectomies was extremely high.Altogether he performed 129 such procedures which involve removing the woman’s womb shortly after she has given birth. The average for the majority of obstetricians’ career is about five, an RTÉ documentary revealed after investigating the case.Women have been compensated through both the redress scheme and through civil actions when the Statue of Limitations of two or three years allowed.The amounts varied from €80,000 to €300,000, depending on severity of situation, damage and number of children.The scheme established after the 2004 report has been described as “fair” and something the victims were “content” with. The only problem was the exclusions.“The number  has not risen,” maintains O’Connor. “The government does not have to worry about being overwhelmed by other people.”“We just want to get on with our lives…see closure,” adds Mary Packenham, who also sat at the top table at today’s conference. “It is constantly in the back of our minds so we can’t get on with our lives.”No showTwo years ago, a similar meeting organised by Patient Focus attracted representatives from each of Ireland’s political parties. Today, just one senator and one TD spoke up the conference room, a stone’s throw from Leinster House.“It is shameful,” O’Connor said at the top of the briefing.Labour Senator Mary Moran and her colleague, Louth TD Gerald Nash, echoed the sentiment. Nash said he was “deeply frustrated” at the lack of action, while Moran promised to continue pressurising Ministers on the matter. She also expressed disappointment that more of her party colleagues were not in attendance.What next?As the Statute of Limitations has run its course for all 35 women, civil action is not an option. Importantly, Michael Neary no longer has insurance.“The plan?” says O’Connor. “To stay here until we die.”Asked about the possibility of strong protest, the campaigners noted they were a small group “not into throwing stink bombs”.The power is in their argument and in the truth, they say. “We shouldn’t have to throw a tantrum in a democracy.”February 2012: Compensation on way for women excluded from Neary redress scheme
THE HEAD OF US tyremaker Titan has sparked an uproar in France by mocking French workers for putting in only “three hours” a day and saying it would be “stupid” to invest in the country.Titan chief executive Maurice Taylor’s incendiary remarks came as France’s economy is struggling in the face of increasing global competition, with leading companies announcing thousands of job cuts in recent months.The country’s Socialist government has vowed to tackle France’s productivity gap – blamed by critics on high wages and reduced working hours – but is facing opposition from powerful trade unions.The letter from Taylor to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg was in response to a request for Titan to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France.“I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours,” Taylor said in the letter, dated 8 February and obtained by French business daily Les Echos. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!Goodyear said last month it was set to close the plant, which employs 1,173 workers, following five years of failed talks with unions.Taylor said Titan had a long history of buying and turning around troubled factories but in this case was not in any way interested. He wrote:Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tyres. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.The standard length of the working week in France is 35 hours.Angry responseThe letter drew a furious reaction from unions.“This is an insulting letter,” said Mickael Wamen, the CGT union’s representative at the Goodyear plant, saying it showed Taylor “belongs more in an insane asylum than at the head of a multinational corporation”.He said the union was planning to file a lawsuit in the United States against Goodyear and Titan over the closure of the plant.Titan had one point been touted as a potential saviour of the factory, which produces tyres for agricultural vehicles and which Goodyear says it was forced to close after unions repeatedly rejected efforts to cut costs.France’s Communist Party also expressed outrage at the letter, calling it “an appalling provocation coupled with xenophobia against French workers.”It urged the government to pass a law forbidding profitable companies from laying off workers. ‘Mocking caricature’ Montebourg refused to comment on the letter, telling journalists: “I don’t want to harm French interests.” He said he would provide an answer to Taylor in writing.Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said that the letter in no way reflected broader US views of investing in France.“I would remind Mr Taylor that France remains the largest recipient of US investment in Europe and there are probably very good reasons for this,” she told journalists.The opposition UMP party’s Bernard Accoyer, who served as speaker of the National Assembly under right-wing ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, said that while the letter was clearly “mocking caricature”, it raised important questions about French labour relations.“It is not completely unfounded,” he told LCI television, saying that France’s “serious competitiveness problem” was linked with the “extremist hardliner” views of some unions.Taylor, who made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination in the 1996 US presidential election, said that France’s low productivity was putting its industry at risk from emerging powers China and India.“The French farmer wants cheap tyres. He does not care if the tyres are from China or India and these governments are subsidising them,” he wrote in the letter.“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tyre company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tyres France needs. You can keep the so-called workers.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Hello Mr President, I’m the President: Michael D begins French visit > Read: 7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency >
One month-old endangered Bornean Orang Utan clings on to his mother named Miri in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#SHOOTING A man was shot dead outside The Huntsman pub in Gormanston, county Meath this afternoon. It is understood the victim had links to dissident Republican activity. Gardaí are investigating.#IRISH EXAMINER The Irish Examiner and a number of regional papers have been sold as part of a complex internal restructuring after Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership. The Sunday Business Post, which is also published by TCH, is to apply to the High Court to enter examinership, while Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd is to apply to be put into liquidation.#HORSEMEAT Wiener sausages that were withdrawn from sale in IKEA while tests for horsemeat DNA were carried out are now back on sale. The company said that DNA analysis didn’t show any indications of horse meat.#ROAD DEATHS A woman (39) has died after being struck by a van in Bunnahowen, Glencastle, Co Mayo this morning. This brings to eight the number of pedestrians who sadly lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.#RECOVERY Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore held a press conference this afternoon to mark the coalition’s second anniversary. They said the government is making “serious progress” but more work is needed in some areas. Kenny said that exiting the IMF/EU bailout programme is the “main goal” looking ahead.THINGS WE LOVEDPoor Lola, a cross-breed puppy, was thrown over the wall of a back garden last night. But luckily she was rescued by the DSPCA, and is on the road to recovery from mange and being underweight:Pic: DSPCA/FacebookHow do astronauts train for spacewalks? In this amazing pool.Heard of the Steadicam? Well, it’s a camera invented in 1976 that is responsible for some of the most incredible shots in modern movies. Here’s more on Buzzfeed. (PROVINZ2010/YouTube)A fascinating look at the lives of black servants in Kenya, through the eyes of photographer Guillaume Bonn. (Refocused Media/Vimeo)THINGS WE SHAREDWhat happens when a top food critic goes from omnivore to vegetarian? The Washington Posts’s Joe Yonan comes clean.Woah now. We really want to visit this mirrored room in Denmark.
1. When someone keeps sniffing instead of blowing their nose Flickr/DOliphant6. The keypad noiseFlickr/@heyamberrae7. Being in a massive queue for the busAnd the person in front doesn’t have their change ready. As if they didn’t realise they were about to get on a bus. Flickr/D464-Darren Hall8. When someone else’s phone goes off… and it’s YOUR ALARM TONE Flickr/osseous2. When someone keeps channel hoppingFlickr/Tilemahos Efthimiadis3. Blister packs that are impossible to openWithout military-grade weaponryke8p.us4. Compulsive leg jigglers in your vicinityJust ignore them. I CAN’T.YouTube5. When you’re in a carAnd someone doesn’t slow down at the EXACT moment you would. Flickr/twicepix; fear photo via ShutterstockWhat did we miss? Let us know what grinds your gears…7 important life lessons you can learn from Seth Rogen>The best dancer on the internet is this old man>
From the moment they reach what the State deems adulthood, they are left to fend for themselves. Source: Focus Ireland/Twitter THERE ARE ALMOST 6,500 children in State care right now. Many of them do not have a social worker assigned to them, some are on long waiting lists for services and others live in poor accommodation or are homeless.This week, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who co-founded Focus Ireland, warned that the placement of homeless children in bed and breakfasts and the growing waiting lists for our of hours supports have opened them up to exploitation.“As we gather this evening it is a harsh reality that a child found in urgent care tonight, whether as the result of living on the streets, a family row or simply falling out of the system, will not get the support of an out of hours social worker – not only does no such service exist but it is not a priority for government,” she said on Tuesday.Figures from 2013 found 569 children in the care of the HSE did not have a social worker. One third of the people living in asylum accommodation centres are children and some were born and have spent their entire lives living in these centres or hostels.Homelessness In Dublin alone, one family a day is becoming homeless and across the country around 200 families bed down in hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation.Kennedy said these kinds of figures raise questions about whether we have learned anything form the mistakes of the past, noting that “children regarded as troublesome, illegitimate or from another background being not only institutionalised but being placed in danger of abuse and exploitation”.Leaving State careShe also noted that children who have been in State care are being “sent out into the world without any supports or services upon reaching the age of 18″. An emergency response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people leaving State care is required… http://t.co/fxJBAz85uL— Focus Ireland (@FocusIreland) June 15, 2014 Each year, around 450 children leave the care of the State on turning 18. Earlier this week, Focus Ireland pointed to a growing homelessness crisis among young adults who were previously in State care. Dónal O’Malley, chair of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) told TheJournal.ie that the State, “which takes on the legal role of parent to children in state care, expects some of its most vulnerable young adults, from their 18th birthday, to manage with the scarcest of resources, many without the support of a social worker, aftercare worker or a resourced aftercare plan”.He said supported and semi-independent accommodation services continue to close, pushing already vulnerable young people into homelessness.“Insecure, unsafe and unpredictable living exacerbates underlying mental health, learning difficulties and other needs,” he explained.Last year, a report on the deaths of children in care gave examples of young adults with mental health or drug issues, known to the HSE, who had died. One had been in care from a young age after alcohol misuse by his parents and domestic abuse in his home. After reaching the age of 18, his own drug problem escalated resulting in his death.Another, who came to the attention to the HSE after an allegation he was sexually abused took his own life after leaving State care, though he had been in contact with aftercare services.SolutionsIn the area of social work, additional services can not be provided with existing staffing levels, according to O’Malley. He also called for a system that would allow rent caps to be relaxed for care leavers and deposits fast-tracked.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Charlie Flanagan said recently that a decision has been made to strengthen legislation regarding aftercare. However he said there was no funding available from his department to assist a not for profit organisations who are currently filling in the gaps by delivering services to children who have left State care.Related: Why do children end up in care in Ireland?>Read: Garda Commissioner says media reports on Roma child cases “not accurate”>