NorwayMontenegro in the final of the womens tournament

bulatovicgwonkorealokelundemartinmONTENEGRONorwaypopovicSpainvukcevic NORWAY – KOREA 31:25 (18:15)The first semifinal brought us Norway as the first team to reach the final. The Scandinavian girls were better than Korea with 31:25, in a game in which Norway had the lead thoroughout the whole game with Korea only few times making it down to 1 goal, but were unable to produce a better performance. The game was decided in the 45th minute when Norway made it 25:19 through Loke, and from that point on the Korean girls had no power to make the game more intersting til the end, so the final result stood at 31:25 for Norway. Loke scored 8 goals, while Lunde contributed with 6. For Korea, Gwon scored 7, while Choi and Jung each had 4 goals.SPAIN – MONTENEGRO 26:27 (13:13)The more interesting semifinal today saw a tight game between Spain and Montenegro. Montenegro are here after beating the biggest favorite France, while Spain went past Croatia for this semifinal game. In the first half neither team could make any significant goal difference and goal-for-goal was played thoroughout the half, and the teams went with 13:13 at half time. Same continued in the first part of the second half, until the 46th minute, when the Montenegrin girls made a big 5-0 run, and the score was 24:19 in the 52nd minute, Bulatovic scoring two of those goals. The Spanish couldn’t make up for this big run, even though in the end they got to 1 goal differencce, but it was too late, and Montenegro is the second finalist.  Bulatovic scored 9 goals, Popovic scored 6 for Montenegro, while Alberto scored 6 goals for Spain and Fernandez and Pinedo 5 each. ← Previous Story Mirko Alilovic: “Tunisia was “beating” us as if we were cattle” Next Story → Olympic FINAL: “The biggest sports success in Montenegrin sports history” (VIDEO) read more

Slovenian NLB 1 League Easy victories for Gorenje Celje and Koper

Celje PLCimos KoperGorenjeSloveniaSlovenian handball In the Round 3 of NLB Leasing 1. League (Slovenia) favourites celebrated easy wins. The most interesting was a victory of Trimo Trebnje in Maribor 37:34. That was a clash of two teams who are considered as the rival for the fourth place this season.RESULTS:Maribor Branik : Trimo Trebnje 34:37 (15:19)Istrabenz plini Izola : Gorenje Velenje 21:35 (11:17)Celje PL : Sevnica 35:15 (18:8)Ribnica Riko Hiše : Cimos Koper 22:32 (11:14)Jeruzalem Ormož : Krka 33:33 (13:16)SVIŠ Pekarna Grosuplje : Krško 33:32 (19:16)STANDINGS:1. Gorenje Velenje 3  – 62. Ribnica Riko hiše 3 – 33. Celje Pivovarna Laško 3 – 54. Trimo Trebnje 3 – 45. Cimos Koper 2 – 36. Krka 3 – 37. Maribor Branik 3 – 28. Istrabenz Plini Izola 3 – 29. Sevnica 3 – 210. SVIŠ Pekarna Grosuplje 3 – 211. Krško 2 – 112. Jeruzalem Ormož 3 – 1 ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 3): Third defeat in a row for Valladolid! Next Story → SEHA (Round 2): No winner in Zagreb – Lovcen beat Tatran! read more


← Previous Story CHAMPION GOES HOME: Serbian girls in the semi-finals! Next Story → Denmark and Brazil – In battle for the final! The quarter finals match of the World Championship in Serbia between Serbia and Norway in the “Kombank Arena” will be remembered in the history of the women’s handball. This historic victory was viewed by 16.028 fans that created a fantastic atmosphere.

Poles with minimal advantage to Germany

After the first leg, it is Polish national team that is closer to the World Championships in Qatar. Poles beat Germany 25:24 and now look forward to the second leg.As it was predicted before, Krzysztof Lijewski and Bartłomiej Jaszka were not ready to play. The right back player was substituted by another right back, Michał Szyba, and the role of the second playmaker fell to Rafał Gliński.The result of the match was opened by Patrick Groetzki. Due to the Poles’ unsuccessful attack and mistake in defence, Germans had a chance to lead 2:0 but Polish goalkeeper Szmal saved a penalty throw by Uwe Gensheimer. It was a portent of what Szmal was going to do between the Poland’s goalposts, and also Gensheimer’s worse performance.In the 4. minute Polish fans could have thought that their worst nightmare came true as extremely important Mariusz Jurkiewicz left the court after being fouled by Holger Glandorf. Jurkiewicz was replaced by Gliński and Poles tried to move on.They kept pace with their rivals until 4:4 result when the German team started taking the upper hand. German defence stayed so strong that it made Polish attack look like a complete chaos but it would not be true to claim that it was the only factor that prevented the hosts from scoring. When finally given a chance to score, they became masters in hitting with ball in everything – from Silvio Heinevetter to goalposts and boards – except the interior of the goal. Even the return of Jurkiewicz, 2 time-outs for coach Biegler and change in defence did not changed the situation; helpless Bielecki, hopeless Chrapkowski, strong and very good German defence – especially by Patrick Wiencek and Hendrik Pekeler, and lack of ideas in Polish attack made the result 10:5 for Germany. Only the brilliant performances by Szmal and Bartosz Jurecki prevented the gap from getting even bigger. Jurecki got the role of a penalty scorer. Polish team have had pretty big problems in this element but today Jurecki was perfect. Poles came from behind a bit and in the last seconds of the first half they had a chance to score for 10:12 but young right winger Michał Daszek hesitated and wasted it.Poles started the second half in a powerplay and in a blink of an eye they scored 2 goals, for 11:12. Heinevetter saved Syprzak’s throw for 13:13 and advantage of Germany started increasing again but it reached 12:15 and this was the moment when German problems begin. Poles suddenly stormed ahead and despite playing without one player, they managed to equalize and then to take their first lead (41. minute). Germans were rejected by Szmal and got confused in attack – Poles managed to steal the ball twice in a row, score and make the result 18:15, which means Germans lost 6 goals in a row.As the game was rather deprived of bad emotions, there was a moment when the temperature on the court got a bit higher when fouled Jurkiewicz threw the ball in Heinevetter’s face and the goalie’s teammates attacked the Pole but the situation were quickly solved.Due to Germany playing strong defence, the crowd of 10 000 Polish fans held their breaths time after time. In the first half they saw Jurkiewicz and Syprzak leaving the court; in the second half it was Jurecki brothers and Gliński who became “victims” of Wiencek and Pekeler. In the end of the game it turned back and Michał Jurecki knocked down Groetzki with his elbow but fortunately, he was taken care of and the teams carried on.Szmal kept showing his amazing abilities by saving one-to-one situations with Gensheimer and Wiencek. However, his teammates started having problems again and in 58. minute Germans equalized at 24:24. Guests had a chance to regain the lead but crafty behaviour of Jurkiewicz made Weinhold make an attacker foul; Poles could score for 25:24 and so they did. With 5 seconds to go, German coach called for a timeout. He entered a libero and the guests tried to reach for a draw. They managed to take a shot in the last moment but Szmal saved it and thus saved the victory.Poles will arrive in Magdeburg with a modest, 1-goal advantage so nothing is really settled yet and we will know the Championship’s participant not until next Saturday.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story WC 2015 Quals: Macedonia with victory returns from Athens Next Story → Sweden and Russia make steps towards Qatar read more

Kielce beat Szeged

Pick SzegedVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 2): Russian Bears to open hall in Skopje – Derby in Veszprem! Next Story → EHF CL Saturday: First success for Meshkov – Dunkerque wins in Ukraine In their first home Champions League match, Vive Tauron Kielce beat Pick Szeged 37:32. Both teams began at the same pace; the game was not brutal but the German referees tried to curb any harsher moves by giving away a lot of yellow cards. Sławomir Szmal had a quite good beginning but a couple of wasted chances in attack allowed Pick to get away by 2 goals (2:4) in 8. minute. Polish team had some problems with breaking through Hungarian defence and Sierra in the goal, and stayed behind until 14. minute when first Zorman scored for 7:7 and then Lijewski for 8:7. Happiness of the Kielce fans was ceased in the next minute by the referees who punished Michał Jurecki with a red card for fouling Dean Bombač. The controversial decision did not influence the rest of the team and they struggle to gain a bigger advantage. The result again was on an eye level. 6 minutes to go Grzegorz Tkaczyk had a very good moment and gave his team 2-goal-lead. Bielecki made it 3, but a weaker ending in attack made Kielce lead only 18:17 at the break.The second half was opened by a goal by Julen Aginagalde and Polish Champions started forging ahead; before 40. minute they reached 5-goal advantage when Reichmann scored for 24:19. The team from Szeged caught up a bit with penalty goals (6; all scored by perfect in this element Bombač); only one penalty shot for Kielce, in 56. minute. However, Pick could not get to the hosts closer than 4 goals. The final result was 37:32.It was a very good game of Lijewski – not only did he score but had many excellent passes. Also very well performances of Zorman and Tkaczyk are worth mentioning. On the other side was Denis Buntić who did not have the best day apparently. In the team from Szeged the outstanding players were Bombač and Zsolt Balogh, who also were best scorers with 9 goals each.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

PSG Handball put Chambery on 06 mode

Coach Ivica Obrvan will have a lot of difficulties to save his status in Chambery Savoie after six defeats in row at the start of the LidlStarligue season in France! There were small chances that something will change in sixth match against reigning champions Paris Saint Germain 24:32.Chambery are the only team without points in the league.Montpelleir Handball lost first point in the season against SAint Raphael 28:28 at home.STANDINGS: 11.Tremblay6105163:1692 2.Montpellier6510171:14511 8.Ivry6213151:1645 3.Nimes6501173:15310 1.Paris SG6600192:14312 5.Nantes6402170:1618 4.Dunkerque6411154:1479 12.Massy Essonne6024129:1692 ← Previous Story HC Tatran Presov and RK Nexe donate 200 books to Library in Nasice Next Story → Steaua Bucuresti lead in Romania 9.St. Raphael6123160:1634 10.Saran6204179:2024 7.Aix6402176:1588 14.Chambery Savoie6006140:1710 13.Cesson Rennes-Metropole6015147:1631 PHOTO: 6.Toulouse6402174:1718 read more

Majella ODonnell shaves her head live on TV for cancer charity

first_imgDANIEL O’DONNELL’S wife Majella O’Donnell appeared on the Late Late Show last night to have her head shaved for charity.Majella was diagnosed with cancer this year and has started chemotherapy treatment. She said she wanted to “take control” of her hair loss and decided to have all her hair shaved off in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.Viewers were urged to make their donations through the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), however, there was such an interest that their entire system collapsed. The ICS asked people to be patient and to continue to donate.Raising awarenessSpeaking to Ryan Tubridy while she was getting her head shaved she held back tears while she asked people to donate whatever they could to the cause. She said she felt she had “achieved something worthwhile” by raising awareness.She had undergone one chemotherapy  treatment yesterday before the show and said she had five more rounds to go. Six and a half weeks of radiation follows and she may consider a mastectomy after that, she said.Daniel was not with her on the night as he is touring the US, but Majella said she was sure he was watching.Majella received a standing ovation from the audience for her achievement with one audience member shouting out “Sinead O’Connor, eat your heart out”.Shaved headShe said she did not want to see herself when her head was shaved, but would look at herself when she was wearing a wig.When all her hair was removed, Tubridy asked: “How does it feel?” She answered: Fab!Speaking to, a spokesperson for the Irish Cancer Society said at this point they can not say how much was raised from last nights appeal, but said that before Majella even went on TV she and the Irish Cancer Society had already raised about €30,000.Inundated with donationsThe spokesperson added: “The response has been phenomenal. Our text line went down last night, so did our webpage and our call lines were jammed.”She added that there were some issues where some people were charged double for their text donation and others were not charged at all, but she said that they were dealing with that now.The society apologises to anyone who experienced this problem and thanks the public for their overwhelmingly generous response to this appeal.“The response has been overwhelming. Majella is so happy that she touched so many people. We are so grateful to Majella,” she said.The cancer registry in 2010 shows there were 33,700 cases of cancer in Ireland, of those 2,700 were breast cancer.Here is Majella on the Late Late Show last night – what an inspiration:(Via YouTube/RTE)People can donate from today to Majella’s Pink Appeal for the Irish Cancer Society, text ‘Pink’ to 50300 to donate €4 or CallSave 1850 60 60 60 to make a donation. For anyone concerned about breast cancer call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.One in three Irish men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime>Rates of certain types of skin cancer have increased since 2002>last_img read more

Report vindicates belief that State is not responsible for pyrite problems Hogan

first_imgIt is not a sustainable viewpoint that the taxpayer should be made liable for the costs associated with the remediation of pyrite damaged dwellings. The costs should fall to those responsible and I welcome the Panel’s clear view on this matter. The Panel was unambiguous in its view that the parties with direct or indirect responsibility for the pyrite problem should face up to their responsibilities and provide solutions for homeowners and that the State is not responsible for the pyrite problem or liable for remediation costs.The Government has said that it is not liable for the costs of fixing the properties but Hogan told the Dáil today that the State has a role and duty to assist homeowners as they try and find a resolution.I want to make it clear that I will do what is necessary to ensure that effective solutions are provided for affected homeowners…As I have said earlier, I am conscious of the long period of time that many affected homeowners have been waiting to get a resolution to this complex problem and I will not delay in finalising robust proposals and to bring this phase of the process to a speedy conclusion. Nobody should be in any doubt which side of this debate that I am supporting.  It is the homeowners that have suffered for far too long with this problem. THE MINISTER FOR the Environment has said a report by the specially commissioned Pyrite Panel vindicates his belief that the State is not responsible for the problems being experienced in some homes across the country.Although he acknowledged the “difficult and distressing situations” faced by those living in homes with pyrite problems, Phil Hogan said the responsibility lay with stakeholders, including quarries, material suppliers, builders, developers, vendors and relevant insurance companies. Hogan has accepted a recommendation from the Panel to set up a resolution board, adding that he has asked his department to finalise arrangements as early as next week.The Minister said he hopes that all stakeholders will respond positively to requests within 10 days. If not, he will ask the government to sanction a levy which would provide finance for the resolution.The move has been welcomed by the Opposition with Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen describing it as “overdue, but welcome”. He also said he intends to hold Hogan to his deadline of 10 days.In his statement to the Dáil, the Minister also discussed the number of dwellings impacted by pyrite. He said estimates are significantly less than the figures which have been speculated in the public domain.He said the panel’s estimate of 12,250 is more accurate and based on proper methodology than the 60,000 or 70,000 being quoted by various other sources.What is the cost of repairing pyrite-damaged homes?last_img read more

PSNI investigating Kevin Kearneys murder appeal for information about BMX bike

first_imgDETECTIVES FROM THE Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of 46-year-old Kevin Kearney in north Belfast last month are asking for the public’s help to identify a BMX bike.Mr Kearney’s body was found in a lake at Alexandra Park one day after he had been shot while taking his dogs for a morning walk a short distance from his home in Dunmore Avenue.The Vortex Scorpion bike is one of a number of lines of inquiry currently being progressed.BMX bikeDetectives are asking people in the Alexandra Park area if they recognise the bike or if they know who owns it.They also want to know if anyone saw someone riding the bike or something similar in the area of Dunmore Avenue or Alexandra Park between 8am and 10am on the morning of the murder on Tuesday 8 October.As part of their investigation, the PSNI conducted more house-to-house inquiries in recent days in the area.The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: The investigation is progressing but we still need assistance on specific points. We believe the Vortex Scorpion bike may have been used by someone involved in the shooting.Do you recognise the bike? Do you know who owns it? Did you see anyone riding it on the morning of Tuesday 8 October around Dunmore Avenue or Alexandra Park? He urged anyone with information to come forward, stating that “Kevin Kearney’s family need answers and police need assistance to bring his killers before the courts”.Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Incident Room in Musgrave Street police station on 0845 600 8000.If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim>Man arrested in connection with Kevin Kearney murder released>last_img read more

All clear given following blaze near Broadstone Bus Depot

first_imgUpdated at 11.35amA FIRE AT a building outside the Broadstone Bus Depot in the Phibsboro area of Dublin has been extinguished.Two units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene after the fire was reported at the derelict building this morning.A spokesperson for the fire service said the incident was wrapped up inside an hour, and that the ‘all clear’ had been given before 10am.A team from Dublin City Council’s ‘Dangerous Buildings Unit’ will now carry out an inspectionGardaí said there had been no reports of any injuries as a result of the blaze.A spokesperson for Bus Éireann said the fire was not on the grounds of the depot, and that no services were being affected by the incident.An earlier version of this article was posted at 9.41am.Read: Photograph of unidentified girl found outside GPO to be releasedlast_img read more

9 parents spectacularly embarrassing their children on Facebook

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS FALLEN out of favour with teenagers, thanks to their parents jumping on the bandwagon, and are leaving it in their droves to pledge allegiance to “cooler” social networks.You may think, sure isn’t it all a bit of fun? Parents are harmless fuddy-duddies who just want to be down with the kids.But when you consider the plight of the children of these parents, it all begins to makes sense.This mother turning the tables and cracking a dad joke Source: ImgFaveThis father coming back with an even daddy-er dad joke Source: VeryHilariousThis mum who’s a bit too concerned about her son’s Facebook friends Source: College HumorThis mother who’s sharing far, far too much Source: Pleated-Jeans.comThis dad who has no problem revealing his daughter’s secrets to the world Source: Smosh.comThis mum with almost cruel views on punishment Source: Pleated-jeans.comThis mam dealing out some harsh home truths Source: MashableThis dad who took his son on a very public guilt trip Source: ComplexAnd this mammy who has no problem playing favourites Source: SmoshThis app stops your family bothering you on Facebook>14 reasons the early 2000s were the golden age of social networking>last_img read more

Government to reopen Vatican embassy 26 months after closing it

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS to reopen its embassy at the Vatican as part of a wide-scale reorganisation of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad.The move comes just 26 months after the Government announced the closure of the embassy to save money, in a move which was criticised by Catholic groups at the time.As recently as November, Eamon Gilmore had said that the Government was happy to continue without an Irish embassy in the Holy See. Enda Kenny had said in 2012 that the decision to close the embassy would be reviewed at a later stage.In a statement today, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said that the scaled back embassy, which will have a staff of just one person, will help Ireland to “engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis on the issues of poverty eradication, hunger and human rights”.The reopening was part of an announcement by the Tánaiste today of a raft of new embassies and consulates for Ireland around the world as part of a plan to support Ireland’s foreign trade and investment.Ireland will get new embassies in Nairobi, Zagreb, Jakarta, and Bangkok as well as The Holy See. There will also be new consulates in Austin, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. All of the new offices will have a staff of between one and three people.The cost of establishing the new missions will be an estimated €4.7 million every year, which the Department of Foreign Affairs said will be covered from within the existing departmental budget.Separately, Ireland’s embassy to Lesotho will be closed with the South African embassy taking over responsibility for the area, and the Irish embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania is to be downsized.Minister Gilmore said Ireland had “long been underrepresented abroad by comparison with other countries of a similar size and reputation to ours”.“While we have just 300 diplomats promoting our economic and strategic interests in 73 locations abroad, countries like Norway, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands have a far greater global presence which leaves Ireland at a distinct disadvantage when trying to compete in both emerging and established markets,” he said.Read: Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy > Read: Former diplomat says Ireland shouldn’t have closed Vatican embassy >last_img read more

Rising Liverpool and England star Raheem Sterling given court date

first_imgLIVERPOOL FC’S YOUNG forward Raheem Sterling will stand trial in May over the alleged assault of a woman in the city, a court was told today.Winger Sterling, 18, who made his senior England debut in November, has been charged with common assault after a 27-year-old woman, known to the player, suffered “slight” facial injuries, according to police.Sterling did not attend this morning’s hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court but entered a formal not guilty plea through his lawyer, Mick Hogan.It was the third hearing in relation to the charge that Sterling had not attended and District Judge Wendy Lloyd warned the player the trial would proceed without him on May 20 — the day after the Premier League season ends — if he failed to turn up.“I am sure he understands that he will need to attend,” she said. “If he doesn’t the trial will proceed without him.”Earlier in the brief hearing, Lloyd questioned Sterling’s absence by saying: “It would be much more useful if he was here. But anyway, there it is. We have got what we have got.”The alleged offence is said to have taken place in the Toxteth area of Liverpool on 2 November. Jamaica-born Sterling was initially summonsed to a youth court as the incident happened when he was 17, but he turned 18 in December and the matter was transferred to the adult courts.Sterling made his England bow against Sweden and during the early part of the ongoing Premier League season was widely praised for his impressive performances on the pitch.However, he has not completed a full 90 minutes since December and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Tuesday that fatigue had played a key factor in checking the progress of the rising star.Robin van Persie fit for Real Madrid clashOpinion: Robbie Keane is one of Ireland’s greatest ever players…last_img read more

Former GAA site in Cork up for sale

first_imgTHE FORMER SITE of Nemo Rangers GAA club in Cork is up for sale.The site on the Douglas Road, in a suburb of Cork city, has a guide price of €2.85m – the lot includes a three-storey Victorian house, No. 7 Eldred Terrace.The sales office in charge of the sale, Savills Cork, says that the site is zoned for development and as such is one of “the last remaining development sites of scale within the southern inner suburbs”. An Bord Pleanala upheld a planning request in 2009 for a mixed residential scheme of 102 properties on the site.Nemo Rangers, which formed in 1922 from an amalgamation of two local GAA clubs, Nemo and Rangers, have a high profile in club championship football. The club moved to new premises, on the South Douglas Road, several years ago. An indoors facility at their new site, Trabeg Sports Centre, hosted the Irish rugby team two years ago for pre-Six Nations training when freezing weather conditions made the rugby squad’s normal training site unplayable.last_img read more

Venezuela confirms Nicolas Maduro as president

first_imgVenezuela votes for Chavez revolution or change>Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died> VENEZUELA’S ELECTORAL AUTHORITIES have confirmed acting President Nicolas Maduro as the winner of the weekend election to succeed Hugo Chavez, despite opposition demands for a recount.National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena handed the certified results to Maduro after proclaiming him “president-elect of Venezuela” following the tight election against opposition leader Henrique Capriles.Lucena gave final figures for the vote, and said Maduro won with 50.75 per cent of the vote compared to 48.97 per cent for Capriles — a difference of around 265,000 votes.As the council made the announcement, Capriles supporters banged pots and pans outside their windows in an eastern neighborhood of Caracas as a form of protest.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Informants told IBRC that Quinns have over €500 million hidden away

first_imgTWO INFORMANTS HAVE told the former Anglo-Irish Bank that the Quinn family has hidden assets of around €500 million.The High Court was today told that the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) have been the family’s assets are far in excess of the €1 million declared last year.Kieran Wallace of KPMG, one of two liquidators to the bank, told the court by way of affidavit that the unnamed informants had come to a deal that would see them given three per cent of everything retrieved.He added that he believes the informants are in danger.“I believed, and continue to believe, that the informants and their source were at substantial personal risk. As described in more detail in my English affidavit, those concerns relate to the numerous reported attacks on the former Quinn Group and employees of the Quinn Group.”The Quinn investments were related to a number of bank accounts and an investment in gold.According to the affidavit:“The informants claimed that the personal defendants have very substantial assets which, they claimed, had not been disclosed in the course of these proceedings. Information was provided in relation to bank accounts and an alleged investment in gold.”Wallace told the court that gagging orders sought earlier this year in London and Delaware have now been lifted, which is why the court was being informed today.The bank outlined a chain of emails including an address “” that was used to communicate with business figures around the globe.High Court judge Peter Kelly said that he would note the developments.last_img read more

9 things that happen on a Bank Holiday car journey

first_imgWHEN YOU GET in your car or get a lift somewhere, you aren’t just going to your destination you are also sitting in a small contained space for a significant period of time.And when you think about your childhood, your driving adventures or even just being a passenger you realise that cars are actually magical spaces with so much potential…1. SingingDon’t act like you don’t unleash your vocal stylings while flying down the motorway.Suddenly Livin’ On A Prayer and Total Eclipse of the Heart are your songs.Until you catch the eye of someone who has been watching you sing the whole time. That can be very embarrassing.erolerme / YouTube2. Having a little nap 5. PicnicsRemember when you were a kid and you’d end up going somewhere in the car and invariably there would be a picnic where you all sat on the edge of the car seat, the doors wide open, praying you didn’t get crumbs all over the backseat or your mother would go mad?Or was that just us?6.  Playing games in the backseatAgain, your childhood years were likely spent in the back of the car playing I Spy, Yellow Reg and demanding that your tapes be put on.Mind you, there could also be some dramatic fights as you disagree over what tunes to play.Or you could just be slumped in the backseat after the dentist like this infamous YouTube video:booba1234 / YouTube7. Phone callsHands free obviously and with you screaming CAN YOU SPEAK UP I’M ON THE PHONE repeatedly.It’s all very sophisticated when you have a car. Never as sophisticated as this lady however:via Shutterstock8. ReadingMaybe we were nerdy kids but there was nothing like getting stuck into a good book on a drive, especially if naps and family games hadn’t proved fruitful.Mind you, sometimes you’d get that weird “I feel a bit ill because I’ve been reading in the car” feeling and everything is a bit like this:via Wegman World9. Letting your dog driveWell maybe it’s not the safest thing in the world but it sure looks tempting:via GifBin 9 things that ALWAYS happened on a family weekend away>What happens when Spock and Captain Kirk try to speak Irish?> via ShutterstockWe don’t mean at the wheel (obviously) but if you’ve taken a break during a late night drive, you’ve probably knocked the seat back and had the most uncomfortable nap of your life.Or there were the times when you’d go on a family drive as a kid and you’d happily close your eyes, fall asleep and magically wake up in your destination.Perfect.3. Treating your car like some kind of waste receptacleNo matter how clean you think you are, chances are you’ve got some a fair bit of random tat floating around your car.Empty Coke bottle from the week before? Check.Ticket stubs from a movie you saw three years ago? Check.Just the one shoe that may not even be yours? Check.4. Stick your head out of the window like a lunaticLook, maybe not when you’re driving but a moving car is great for sticking your head out the window and going “WHOOOO!” or similarOr you could use this dog as your inspiration (mind you this is only a gif and we wouldn’t really recommend doing this with any animals really)last_img read more

If it wasnt for friends Id literally be on the streets

first_imgYOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING State care need to be prioritised in the government’s plan to tackle homelessness, according to an advocacy group.EPIC, Empowering People in Care, has warned that the 6,500 young people currently in care are at an increased risk of ending up homeless when they leave care due to a lack of provisions.Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC, said that young people currently leave care with “no safety net to fall back on”.“The aftercare supports available to young people are patchy and dependent on where a young person lives. There is a severe crisis of accommodation options available which means that many young people leaving care are living in substandard accommodation, accessing homeless services or sleeping rough. Gargan noted that aftercare currently only covers people aged 18-21 and called for a more flexible system to be introduced to protect the “most vulnerable”.Read: Housing shortage could see “tsunami of homeless” in IrelandRead: Body of homeless man lay undiscovered for a week at Dublin hospital Mark’s storyA 24-year-old care leaver, Mark Gray, shared his own experience of leaving care on Newstalk Lunchtime today.He and his brothers were put into care at a young age due to their mother’s alcoholism.“My ma was an alcoholic, and that’s solely the reason we were put into care. I don’t ever remember when I was six a social worker coming into the house to make sure that my ma was getting on good, the bills were paid or we were going to school.I didn’t start school until I was eight, but no one questioned that.Gray said that having to repeatedly change social workers led to instability and frustration.I went through eight different social workers. You get used to a social worker but then by the fourth or fifth one that you get, you’re fed up. You don’t want to keep explaining your history.Gargan noted that at present there are about 500 young people without an allocated social worker and over 800 without a current care plan.Gray was discharged from an aftercare unit when he was 19 as he was not pursuing any form of education.“It’s a huge problem now at the minute, my younger brother would be in the exact same boat as me. He’s in and out of the homeless shelters.”Gray is currently staying with friends while he searches for somewhere to rent. He said finding accommodation is particulary difficult as landlords favour people not on rent allowance.If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets in Dublin.center_img Young people accessing our service often tell us that they would rather sleep on the streets than be placed in a hostel. This type of accommodation is totally unsuitable, as young people can be exposed to substance misuse and violence.last_img read more

Kanye West promoters warn concertgoers to book travel in advance after Arcade

first_imgCONCERT PROMOTERS MCD have warned people going to the Kanye West show in Dublin’s Marlay Park tonight to book their travel arrangements in advance.The warning comes after many concertgoers were left stranded following the Arcade Fire and Pixies gig in the same venue on Sunday.Some audience members had to walk for hours after the show when they were unable to get buses or taxis. One fan said he got a lift from a Dominos Pizza delivery driver who saw he was in difficulty.In a statement, MCD said they were not operating any transport themselves for tonight’s show featuring Kanye West and Pharrell.“The Promoter is not licensed to, nor do they operate any transport to and from the Marlay Park Dublin concerts,” the statement said. Concertgoers have been advised to plan and book their return journey in advance. Fans who attended the concert/s to date and planned their return journeys in advance, encountered no unforeseen difficulties with their travel arrangements.MCD are advising gig-goers that transport is “is a matter for individual ticket-holders themselves” and said they could car-pool, cycle, walk, take the LUAS or Dublin Bus, book onto the Marathon shuttle bus service, or arrange a taxi in advance.Tickets can be booked for the shuttle bus here. The times are as follows:More: View full travel information for the Marlay Park concerts>More: Concert-goers walk hours home after Marlay Park gig (or get lift from pizza delivery man)>last_img read more