Austrian handballFivers WAT Margareten ← Previous Story PERFECT SEASON: Skjern Handbold are Danish champions after 19 years! Next Story → VIDEO: Daniel Narcisse’s last goal! Goodbye Air France! FIVERS WAT Margareten are the new Austrian champions! Team famous in Austria for “production” of young promising players, won the final series of Play-Off against HC Alpla Hard with 3:1 in wins and celebrated the third Championship trophy in the history.Fivers beat Alpla Hard 26:24 (13:10) in the match No.4, concluding three wins series in a row since starting success of the team from Hard led by Petr Hrachovec – 30:26.FIVERS WAT Margareten : ALPLA HC Hard 26:24 (13:10)HC FIVERS WAT Margareten: Ivan Martinovic (7), Vytas Ziura (4), Nikola Stevanovic (3), Vincent Schweiger (3), Herbert Jonas (3), Lukas Hutecek (2), Marin Martinovic (2), Mathias Nikolic (1), Maximilia Riede (1)ALPLA HC Hard: Luca Raschle (6), Michael Knauth (5), Gerald Zeiner (5), Daniel Dicker (3), Boris Zivkovic (2), Lukas Herburger (1), Domagoj Surac (1), Ivan Horvat (1)PHOTO: Fivers WAT Margareten Facebook read more

first_imgA NUMBER OF patients were evacuated from their beds this morning after a fire at Mayo General Hospital.The fire sparked off after an electrical circuit tripped in a florescent light in a service duct.An alarm went off, security staff responded, and a fire extinguisher was used. The door was then closed to contain the effects of the fire and smoke.As the affected area was in a service duct, the spread of smoke was extensive, and a decision was made to evacuate patients from part of the hospital’s ‘Ward A’ into rooms nearby.According to the HSE: As a precautionary measure, patients were also moved within the Paediatric and Elderly Medicine wards due to the spread of smoke into parts of those areas.The local fire service responded, the fire was put out, and the scene was declared safe around an hour after it started.According to General Manager of Mayo General, Charlie Meehan: “A review will be undertaken to establish how and why this happened”.“However, the response to the fire and resultant smoke containment appears to have worked well and the staff involved are to be complimented on their prompt and effective response to this situation.”No patients or staff were injured in the course of the incident.Read: Armed US plane landed at Shannon ‘in error’ >Read: Driver, 63, killed in two car collision in Limerick >last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 23.05pmTHE LARGEST UNION in the ESB, Unite, has confirmed that it will be serving notice of industrial action on the company this Friday.Union official Richie Browne said this is on the foot of the “overwhelming mandate for industrial action” given by members in the ballot results last Monday.The dispute centres around an agreement in 2010 to address the €1.6 billion deficit in ESB’s pension scheme which workers say the company has now breached. Changes to ESB’s accounting treatment were revealed in October though the company said this did not change the nature of the scheme.“All the ESB has to do to resolve this situation is to reverse the unilateral changes to its accounting procedures which show the workers’ Defined Benefit pension scheme as a Defined Contribution arrangement, thus camouflaging the apparent deficit and allowing the company to shrug off responsibility for current and future deficits,” Browne said today.“It is now up to the ESB to honour its agreement with workers, reverse the unilateral accounting changes and avert industrial action,” he added.Unions are due to meet with management on Thursday with calls for the government to intervene as the company warned industrial action could hit power supplies.Related: ‘Unnecessary and unreasonable’: Varadkar and Coveney hit out at ESB strike threat>More: Retail firms to switch energy providers if ESB strike goes ahead>last_img read more

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS nominated three people for appointment to the High Court.Included in the latest round of appointees is Dr Max Barrett, the former Head of Legal and Compliance at both Danske Bank Ireland and Rabobank Ireland.Barrett also served as Company Secretary of IBRC  – the former Anglo Irish Bank – which he joined in 2010 following the bank’s crash.He is currently the Head of Legal at SEB International Assurance in Dublin. He has written extensively on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation.His appointment is somewhat unusual in that he is a solicitor rather than a barrister. At 42, he will also be one of the youngest High Court judges ever.He is joined by Marie Baker and Bronagh O’Hanlon as the government’s appointees.Marie Baker was called to the Bar in 1984 and became a Senior Counsel in 2004. She practices mainly in family, civil litigation and commercial law, and is a part-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commissioner.Bronagh O’Hanlon was called to the Bar in 1989 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. She practices mainly in family law and civil litigation and is the chairperson of the Family Lawyers Association of Ireland.The appointments follow receipt by Cabinet of lists of suitable candidates from the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board.The three vacancies arose from the death of Mr Justice Kevin Feeney in August and the elevation to the Supreme Court of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne in October.President Michael D Higgins will now be formally advised of the nominations, as is required by the Constitution.Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: Over half of those released from prison re-offend within three yearsMore: Shot fired in Dublin after man points fake gun at gardaíRead: 902 prisoners abscond over 10 years – 58 are still at largelast_img read more

first_imgTHE DUN LAOGHAIRE RNLI are holding a ceremony on Christmas Eve to remember all those who have died at sea.The ceremony is a long standing tradition held by the crew at Dun Laoighaire to remember the 15 volunteers that died on Christmas Eve 1895.The event is open to the public and family members who have lost loved ones at sea are especially welcome.The ceremony will be held at the lighthouse end of Dun Laoghaire’s popular East Pier at midday.Many will be meeting at Dun Laoghaire lifeboat station and walking to the lighthouse.Those walking the pier should allow 20 minutes each way and about 20 minutes for the ceremony itself.On November 24 1895, 15 volunteer crew died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while they were attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme that had run aground off Blackrock.Relatives of the 1895 lifeboat crew are expected to walk the pier for the 20 minute ceremony.Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Dun Laoghaire will launch and the crews will lay wreaths at sea.The ceremony will have music, an ecumenical blessing, a contemporary newspaper account of the 1985 tragedy and a piped lament.Warm summer saw RNLI lifeboats launched 571 times>Coastguard and RNLI help teen who became “very unwell” during angling trip>last_img read more

first_imgA MUCH-HYPED protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat yesterday when only a handful of women bared their chests for the movement.More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema beach when the first woman took off her bikini top to flout Brazilian law. Just three or four other women joined in.“A breast isn’t dangerous!” said Olga Salon, a 73-year-old Rio native, as she stripped off her black tank top. “It’s a false-Puritanism and indicative of our macho culture that we have a law forbidding that a woman can go topless.”Internationally, Brazil has a reputation as a nation of liberal sexual mores, where nudity is not only tolerated but enthusiastically embraced during Carnival parades.The hundreds of thousands of foreigners who’ll descend on Brazil for next year’s World Cup and the Olympics two years later will indeed see the famed “dental floss” bikinis that expose the wearer’s rear end.But under Brazil’s penal code, which dates back to the 1940s, female toplessness is an “obscene act,” punishable by three months to a year in prison, or fines. Even the law’s critics admit few are prosecuted.Quick responseWomen going topless on any of the city’s beaches are almost guaranteed to a quick response, both from the patrolling municipal guards and fellow beachgoers.Yesterday’s protest is the latest chapter in a debate over just how much skin is too much on Rio’s beaches.Protest organisers told media they were responding to a November incident in which actress Cristina Flores was set upon by municipal guards after she removed her shirt during a photo shoot on Ipanema beach.“They came at me immediately and there were three of them, more than one per breast,” the 37-year-old Flores told The Associated Press with a laugh earlier this week. “They were shouting, ‘put your shirt on, put your shirt on’ as if a bomb were going off if I didn’t.”Flores immediately complied but said she was shocked by the violent reaction and threat of jail time.“I didn’t even know it was illegal when I did it,” she said. “But if the Brazilian constitution guarantees gender equality, why should men be able to walk around without a shirt, while when we do it it’s seen as an act of provocation?”Read: Dog survives 90km ride stuck in bumper after being hit by carlast_img read more

first_imgMore: Ireland’s cost of borrowing falls as NTMA formally issues new bonds > THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency has announced to the market that it will seek to issue a new 10-year bond maturing in March 2023.The NTMA, the body which manages Ireland’s debts on the Government’s behalf, said the bond would be issued subject to market conditions “in the near future”.In a statement, the NTMA has mandated Barclays, Danske Bank, Davy, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC and Nomura as joint lead managers for the transaction, details of which will be announced in due course.The new bond will help restore market confidence in Ireland.Last month, the NTMA formally issued new bonds to replace the promissory notes.Read: Draghi: ECB’s bond-buying programme can’t help Ireland escape bailout >last_img read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, that you need to know with your morning coffee.1.#MH370: The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that debris spotted off the coast of Perth may belong to missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Two objects, one which is 24 metres long, have been spotted in the south Indian Ocean.2.#NAMED: A judge in Cork has agreed to name a child rapist. 51-year-old Gerard Williams from Churchfield in Cork was convicted of raping the girl in a caravan at the funfair which is owned by his family. He was sentenced to four years in prison.3.#RENT: The average rent for an apartment in Dublin is over €400 a month more expensive than it is outside the capital. The latest rent index from the Private Residents Tenancies Board says that the average rent in Dublin is €1,070.4.#JET SETTER: Taoiseach Enda Kenny may just have returned from his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US, but he is off again today. Kenny will attend a meeting of the European Council, with a particular focus on rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.5.#STOBART: The Aer Arann brand is no more, the company has announced. Since changing the name on their planes to Aer Lingus Regional, Aer Arann’s corporate name was all that remained. That will change today, as the company announced plans to change their name to Stobart Air. 6.#WELCOME: The new manager of a Dublin shop that caused controversy by banning gay wedding cake toppers says that same-sex marriage merchandise is “more than welcome”.7.#WE’RE HAPPY: The overall quality of life in Ireland is better than that the UK, France and Germany, a new study says. The study marks International Happiness Day, with Ireland scoring well in income, life expectancy and early school leavers.8.#GUNS: Three men have been arrested after a gun was seized from a car in Louth. The arrests happened in Dundalk last night and all three are being questioned at Dundalk Garda station.9.#AID: Ireland is to send an extra €3 million to the Philippines, foreign aid minister Joe Costello has announced. The aid will support local efforts to build shelters and re-establish livelihoods.last_img read more

first_imgA relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370, protests. Pic: AP Photo/Ng Han GuanPOLICE WERE FORCED to intervene today as relatives of Chinese passengers aboard vanished Flight MH370 rushed towards Malaysian officials at a Beijing hotel, demanding answers over the fate of their loved ones.The confrontation at the Lido Hotel came as the search for the missing jet entered its third week, with many clinging to the hope that family members might still be alive and alleging Malaysian involvement in a cover-up.DisappearedA relative of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370 cries as others protest after a briefing by Malaysian government representatives. Pic: AP Photo/Ng Han GuanA total of 153 Chinese were on board the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from civilian radar screens on March 8, nearly an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew.“Government of Malaysia, tell us the truth! Give us back our loved ones!” shouted audience members at Saturday’s briefing at the hotel attended by government officials. The hotel has hosted daily briefings for relatives from representatives of the airline.“The Malaysian government is deceiving us. They don’t dare to face us. The Malaysian government are the biggest murderers,” a relative in the audience shouted, even though there is no evidence to suggest a government conspiracy.As anger in the hall mounted, some relatives rushed towards the Malaysian officials but police intervened and the officials left the room.“We can’t bear it any longer,” one woman said.They’re offering us compensation, but we’ve lost our entire families. This is China. They can’t just tell us to come or go as they please. We’re going to wait here. If they don’t come, we’re not leaving.SearchA man covers his face as he walks out from a room reserved for relatives of Chinese passengers . Pic: AP Photo/Ng Han GuanDozens of countries have been involved in the search for the missing plane but the lack of firm answers from airline officials has undermined the relatives’ confidence in the hunt for the jet.On Friday, a first meeting was organised between the passengers’ families and Malaysian government officials. That meeting also resulted in heated exchanges, boos and eruptions of anger.Six planes, including four Orion anti-submarine aircraft packed with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, joined the search for debris from the aircraft over a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth on Saturday.Chinese, British and Australian naval ships were all steaming to the same area where two floating objects – possibly plane wreckage – were picked out on grainy satellite pictures.- © AFP, 2014Read: Search for missing plane resumes amid anger from families of passengers>last_img read more

first_imgThese proposals, which are a key element of a larger project to revise the way multinational companies are taxed, would fundamentally change the business model for companies based in Ireland.(They) would move company profits away from where value is created, in countries like Ireland, to locations where products are sold-principally the major European countries The CAI said that due to its position as a major exporter of information and communication technologies, Ireland “could be the biggest loser” in terms of our corporation tax rate.Ireland’s low corporation tax rate of 12.5 per cent has often been in the crosshairs of larger European countries.Keegan urged Irish businesses to engage with the OECD paper, which is open for public consultation until the 14 April. He said: “We need the commercial point of view to be fed into these proposals before they become concrete to the detriment of Irish business and Irish taxpayers generally.”Coveney ‘not surprised’ by claims of Apple’s $850m Irish tax avoidance>Multinational companies paid just 2.2 per cent tax in 2011-report> NEW PROPOSALS ON the taxation of the digital economy would “fundamentally” affect large multinationals based in Ireland, Chartered Accountants Ireland said today.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday released a discussion document on “addressing the tax challenges of the digital economy”. In it, several options for dealing with what is seen as large scale tax avoidance areoutlined.The report by the Paris-based body pegs Ireland as the second largest exporter of ICT services, behind India but outstripping the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and China.Read the report in full hereOne option outlined for levelling a more effective tax burden on multinationals offering “fully dematerialised digital activities” involves determining establishment of a company for tax purposes if it maintains a “significant digital presence” in a country’s economy.This would include having a significant customer base or retaining data from customers located in a particular jurisdiction.In effect, this could result in Britain or France targeting a digital company which has offices in Ireland if a significant amount of users are British or French.Proposal could hobble Irish systemThe CAI blasted this proposal, saying that it “would be akin to taxing our agriculture products where they are sold, rather than where they are grown”.CAI tax director Brian Keegan said:last_img read more