Drago Vukovic to Lubbecke

← Previous Story EHF CL F4 in Koln (Semifinals): “Kings” against HSV – “Lions” vs. Barca Next Story → C.O Zagreb wants Igor Anic – Danijel Saric was an option for Croatia The Croatian international and Gummersbach player will join Lubbecke from next season, and is supposed to remain 4 years. He had one more year from his contract with Gummersbach, but it seems that Lubbecke offered him much better conditions, a club where also the goalkeeper Nikola Blazicko plays.Gummersbach officials shared their dissappointment with the media, and said that although they wanted him to stay, things like this still do happen usually.Vukovic is 28 in August, and currently plays his handball of the life, and before Gummersbach also played for Velenje, Zagreb and Brodomerkur. This year scored 142 goals in 29 games for the club… read more

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Bojana Popovic When needed the Bonaventura sisters were there for Norway

Montenegro had the biggest success in handball history winning the silver at the Olympics, losing the final to Norway. Bojana Popovic will retire from the national team after this game, and she was very direct when it came who to blame for the defeat. The finger is pointed at the Bonaventura sisters: “It was seen from the beginning that they will help Norway, starting from the exclusions up to situations in which they whistle us travelling on the second step while Norway nothing even on the fifth step. We expected that, and it’s a pity that they managed to make us angry with the unfair refereeing. We know that it will be like that, it’s not a coincidence that they were refereeing us in Brazil and here too. Whenever needed, them too are there to help Norway. They were nowhere during the whole tournament, and now they showed up..” – was clear Popovic. bonaventurabulatovicMontenegro Handballpopovicsulland ← Previous Story From Beijing to London – Norway is the BEST! Next Story → Croatia with the bronze medal, beats Hungary 33-26 read more

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The road to Qatar 2015 – Five continental qualifications ahead

Qatar 2015Qatar handball ← Previous Story WISLA TV: Wisla Plock begins preparation for Montpellier Next Story → Colombia set new world’s record – 8.000 fans at beach handball match! Besides the European Handball Federation, whose qualification procedure for the 24th Men’s Handball World Championships 2015 in Qatar was published in the end of June, all four remaining Continental Federations are in progress for their qualification stages to line up their national teams for the final tournament.At the high-level event in Doha, that will take place from 11 to 27 January 2015, 24 teams will compete for the most prestigious trophy in the handball world. Of the 24 available spots, two are already taken: one by defending champion Spain and one by organiser Qatar.The remaining 22 places are split up among the five Confederations. Eleven places go to nations of the European Handball Federation (EHF). They grant three direct spots to the top three teams at the European Championships 2014 in January in Denmark. Eight more places are to qualify for in a two-phased qualification tournament.Africa with extra spotFour teams in Qatar will be from the African Handball Federation (CAHB). This includes their 3 regular places and one extra as a consequence of their good results at the 23rd Men’s Handball World Championships 2013 in Spain, where Tunisia finished on 11th place and gave their Confederation the best non-European result. The qualification will be played out at the 21th African Nations Cup from in Algiers.Three places for Asia and PanamericaThree spots each are assigned to the Asian Handball Federation (AHF), who will play them out at the 16th Asian Men’s Championship in January/February 2014 and to the Panamerican Handball Federation (PATHF), who award their spots at the Panamerican Championships in June 2014.Oceania with the last spotThe last place for Qatar 2015 goes to the Oceanian Handball Federation (OCHF) who are expected to organise their Confederational Play-Off games in April or May 2014. read more

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Qatar have a new goalkeeper – Goran Stojanovic

DohaGoran Stojanovićhandball transferMontenegro HandballQatarQatar handballValero Rivera Montenegrian goalkeeper from Rhein Neckar Lowen, Goran Stojanovic (36) has found his new “state” in a desert. Three years after his last appearance for Montenegro in 2010, Stojanovic will play for Qatari National Team! Valero Rivera’s team got world-class goalkeeper for the World Championship 2015 which will be held in Doha.Stojanovic stopped to play for Montenegro due serious problem with backbone, but motive to play for Qatar was too strong obviously… ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL 2013/2014 completed: Wisla, Motor, FC Porto, Metalurg and Minsk! Next Story → STRUGA TOURNAMENT: Big plans for the future

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SC MAGDEBURG SAVE DKB BUNDESLIGA First season defeat for THW Kiel

← Previous Story Catalan derby lasted for 15 minutes – Barca easily over Granollers Next Story → Talant Dushebaev is coming to Skopje as a father: “I have one wish, but that isn’t Vardar” dkb bundesligaSC MagdeburgTHW Kiel 18.TV Emsdetten2:16-65 4.Füchse Berlin12:4+31 16.TSV GWD Minden3:13-32 12.VfL Gummersbach7:11-7 7.Bergischer HC10:6+10 17.ThSV Eisenach3:15-44 8.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf10:6-7 11.TuS N-Lübbecke7:7+2 10.TBV Lemgo8:10-15 6.SC Magdeburg11:7+20 1.THW Kiel16:2+48 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen15:3+56 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten5:11-16 9.MT Melsungen10:8+6 13.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen5:11-2 5.HSV Handball12:4+17 15.HSG Wetzlar3:13-19 German champion THW Kiel suffered the first season defeat in Magdeburg against domestic “Gladiators” 34:31 in front of 7000 fantastic home fans. One of the toughest “home courts” in DKB Bundesliga were too serious hurdle for “Zebras”, who are still at the TOP, but not alone as before clash on the East of Germany. The Top scorer of home team was Kneer with 9 goals, while Filip Jicha was the most efficient for defeated “black-white” with 10 goals…Eijlers (), Quenstedt (12/2 saves); Wiegert (2), Kneer (9), Janke (2), Musche (4), Hartfiel (2), van Olphen (1), Hornke (2), Natek (2), Ackermann (n.e.), Weber (6/1), Jurecki (4); Trainer: CarstensSjöstrand ( 8 saves), Palicka (4 saves); Toft Hansen (6), Sigurdsson (3), Sprenger (1), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (1/1), Lauge, Zeitz (2), Jallouz, Palmarsson (1), Klein (n.e.), Jicha (10/6), Vujin (6); Trainer: GislasonOther favorite teams won the matches on Wednesday:Rhein Neckar Lowen – TBV Lemgo 35:27ThSV Eisenach – HSV Handball 32:39SG Flensburg – Esmdetten 33:26STANDING: 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt13:5+17 read more

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ZUPO leads Qatari U20 National Team

Legendary coach of Spanish squad Portland San Antonio from the last decade Francisco Javier Equisoain ”Zupo” began his work as head-coach of Qatari National Team. He will continue work with generation 1994, who made success at the last WCh in Hungary last year, by placement at the knock-out stage – TOP 16.Zupo was also a head-coach of Italian National Team in 2010. ← Previous Story THE “LAST TRAIN” FOR PSG: Derby clash in Montpellier for EHF CL! Next Story → TOP 10 “MISSED TARGETS” 2013/2014: Csaszar, Gojun, Kraus, “Air France”… Francisco Javier Equisoain ”Zupo”ItalyQatari handball

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Exiting the bailout programme will bring back the sunshine

first_imgIN AN EXCLUSIVE interview with Edwin McGreal of The Mayo News, Taoiseach Enda Kenny outlined his belief that Ireland is “nearly there” in terms of economic recovery.Urging Irish people to “stick with” the economic challenges of austerity and the bailout programme, he said exiting the programme will ‘bring back the sunshine to people’s lives’.In the two-part interview, the Fine Gael leader also told his constituents that his position at the head of government supersedes local issues, including job creation.On austerity: It’s been a hard slog, on a journey of one-to-ten we’ve travelled eight-and-a-half steps. We’ll have one and a half to go and that’s to get up on the dry land and prepare to fly ourselves. So I would say to people: stick with it now. We’ve got a lot of momentum, we don’t want to lose that by doing anything stupid here. Life is never easy at the best of times; it’s not easy these times but I see where the opportunity lies up ahead.center_img On emigration: Emigration is always a difficulty … [Some of the] people I meet in many other countries go there for experience because it is their choice, they want to go. The ones I feel sorry for, who feel that they have to leave because there’s no hope here, and if politics is about anything, it is about demonstrating that there is hope and there is an opportunity for the future.On the bailout: I’m happy that our programme is being followed here, we are emerging from this programme and that’s all about bringing back the sunshine to people’s lives, where they’ll have the opportunity to work and have employment and have prosperity and have a bit of confidence that their futures and their families are intact and in safe hands.On local politics: So for those who say just because you happen to be in government that you can pinpoint any individual area and say ‘here’s a big bonanza for you’, it never works that way until you get the big picture right.On job creation in Mayo: You’re not going to be able to deliver jobs locally unless you sort out the nation’s problems and that’s why the big and difficult decisions about Ireland’s economy have been so crucial and so difficult for people to have to accept and have to deal with but the reality is the people gave this government an unprecedented mandate. They gave me an unprecedented mandate.Part two of the interview will be published online next Tuesday afternoon. Read more at The Mayo News>Read: People from all over the country travel to Dáil Lockout protestMore: Here’s why TDs and Senators can’t update their iPhones and iPads to iOS7Earlier: Research links 5,000 additional suicides in 2009 to global economic crisislast_img read more

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7 secret website functions you probably dont know about

first_img4. YouTube does the Harlem ShakeType Harlem Shake into the YouTube search box and watch the videos mimic the dance. Is this still a thing now?5. Back up that MiniHead to miniusa.com, put ‘reverse’ into the search box in the top right corner, and follow the instructions. Voilà.6. Easter Egg easter eggIt figures that the Wikipedia page explaining what an Easter egg is would contain an easter egg… Hover over the little hedgehog in the article image to find it.7. Watch the vase!Knock over the blue vase on the HEMA website and just see what happens. Go on, do it.7 cool YouTube Easter eggs you didn’t know about>Google gets us hooked on classic Atari game> EASTER EGGS ARE the hidden gems of the internet.Here are seven of our favourites, guaranteed to distract and aid procrastination. You’re welcome.1. Soundclick’s baconGo to Soundclick.com, enter the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A), gain bacon.You can also try the Konami code on Vogue.co.uk, and Digg.com.2. You’re too youngBlack Acre Brewing has a pleasant way of saying goodbye to their underaged visitors. Just hit ‘I am under 21′ and see what happens.3. Read the terms of serviceHave you ever actually read the terms of service on any website you’ve signed up to? WordPress have left a small present in there for the rare few that do.last_img read more

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Bitter race for cycling hot seat approaching finish

first_imgIn a sport that has suffered years of scandal, anything less than a juicy build-up to the fight for the UCI presidency would have been disappointing.The seemingly squeaky-clean Cookson is “confident” of winning by a majority and said he would quickly launch a ‘truth and reconciliation’ process and build bridges with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). He also wants to “make our sport one where people can admire their heroes without doubt, aspire to compete, be a professional, even win a Tour or an Olympic medal and know that their friends will respect and not question them.”If successful, it would be a major step for the unassuming Englishman who gave up his job as a top official in a local government urban design unit to devote more time to the sport in Britain.If defeated, McQuaid said he would walk away.“I know if I lose I certainly won’t be looking to make a legal challenge. I’d walk away. I would hope my opponent would do the same,” McQuaid said.Although Cookson is “taking nothing for granted”, the signs suggest McQuaid’s time could be up.The Irishman has based his campaign on his efforts to eradicate doping, notably introducing the pioneering biological passport programme which other major sports are now beginning to adopt.But while reported to have the support of delegates from Africa and Asia and some from South America, McQuaid reportedly has little favour with the majority of Europe’s delegates.In one of the campaign’s many twists, McQuaid believes Igor Makarov, the Russian Cycling Federation president — who has reportedly compiled a secret dossier against the UCI chief — played a crucial role in that development.Following a special assembly of the influential European Cycling Union, Cookson was endorsed as the continent’s man for presidency by the 14 delegates. MONTHS OF SHADOWY politicking, allegations of corruption and the use of secret, damning dossiers will come to an end on Friday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) holds its presidential election.Barely a year after disgraced American Lance Armstrong was banned for life for doping, cycling is about to elect a leader it hopes can pump fresh life into the sport and push it towards a doping-free future.Yet what has become a duel between Irish incumbent Pat McQuaid and British Cycling president Brian Cookson has taken almost as many twists and turns in recent months as the storied career of the disgraced American champion.Cookson, who has overseen Britain’s emergence as the world power in track cycling and the rise of its cyclists among a professional road scene once ruled by mainland Europeans, is believed to be the frontrunner.McQuaid, meanwhile, is widely expected to pay the price for what Cookson has labelled the UCI’s “inefficient handling” of the Armstrong affair and a stance which his critics say reflects too closely that of Hein Verbruggen, his predecessor. Makarov’s secret dossier reportedly contains proof that McQuaid took and solicited bribes and tried to bend the rules for drugs cheat Armstrong.Those are allegations McQuaid has denied and indeed it was he who permitted them to be made public.But it already seems the damage by Makarov — who has always denied he is backing Cookson — has been done.“He’s done several things and he’s certainly not working for me,” added McQuaid. “I hope his influence doesn’t swing the result.”Following his rejection as a candidate by his home country, Ireland, and Switzerland, where he lives, McQuaid appears to have little chance of winning a third mandate because he now has to be nominated by another national federation.But Cookson is not celebrating yet: “Elections can be won or lost in the last few days, I’m very conscious of that.”5 Irish sportspeople who deserve their own national day of celebration>The Redzone: Can anyone rein in the Broncos?> “It wasn’t a big surprise to me, because one of his (Cookson) supporters is Igor Makarov, the Russian oligarch,” McQuaid said.“He carries a lot of influence within the European federations.”last_img read more

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Suspected gas leak at Grafton Steet River Island

first_imgThe busiest online shopping day >Clerys reopens for Christmas > THE RIVER ISLAND store on Grafton Street has closed because of a  suspected gas leak.Bord Gáis Networks received a call at 10am today to dispatch a team out to the shop.The store was completely evacuated and remains so as technical staff investigate the possible leak.A spokesperson for River Ireland said they were unsure when the store might reopen.last_img

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Eamon Ryan Who really won in the ESB dispute

first_imgWE ARE ALL glad not to be waking up this morning to the power cuts that had been threatened by strike action in the ESB. One week on from the Labour Relations Committee resolution, it is interesting to consider who were the real winners and losers in the dispute. We will only know the answer to that question next February when the annual accounts for the ESB are published.If the auditors KPMG insist on the company setting aside some €300 million to cover future pension liabilities, then the common view that the company caved in will be confirmed. If,on the other hand, the balance sheet of the company remains largely unchanged, then the unions will have pushed things to the brink just for a change of wording around a rather technical accounting practise issue. The promised negotiations in the event of a future deficit, were on the table in the first place.I hope it ends up with the company not having to put more money aside to cover the accounting risk. If it does have to do so, then the real losers will be the hundreds of young electrical engineers and technician across the country who will be deprived of vital new job opportunities. Those new jobs would disappear because the only way the company could raise the necessary money would be to cut back various capital projects which should be the source of that employment. The unions would have real questions to answer about whether they have prioritised older and more established members at the expense of the young graduates or trainees.What is the Government hoping for?The Government is keeping quiet on the issue, which makes me think it is rooting for a no-cost solution for the company. The reason it would want that is it has already done real damage to the company’s investment plans by demanding a half a billion cash dividend from the ESB, which no one was planning for.It has  pedalled the false line that it was forced to do so by the Troika agreement, but that is not true. It could reverse its own dividend decision tomorrow, and if I was in the unions that is where I would be looking to put some pressure, so that the long term future of the company – and thus its pensions – are assured.The key to this dispute was whether the company would be able to pay those pension contributions in 10 or 20 years’ time. It would be a bitter irony if the dispute ended up delivering an outcome which make the company weaker and less able to meet those commitments.The old electricity model is dyingThe unions are no longer dealing with the same state-owned monopoly of the 1970s or 1980s; that old electricity model is now dying right across Europe. An energy transition is happening as power moves from old base load fossil fuel plants to new distributed renewable generation systems. In five years time, how many customers will want to buy electricity from the ESB at 16 cent for each kilo watt hour when the same power could come from a solar panel at two thirds the price?The best way for the ESB to secure its future is to invest in the growing energy services area and become a leader in home energy management systems, electric vehicles and flexible generation. In a more integrated regional electricity market, the company is also going to have to expand into the UK and use the expertise it develops here to gain a competitive advantage there. That strategy is going to be undermined if capital spending is cut. The company will still be able to manage on a day-to-day basis but its future prospects will start to look more and more uncertain; investors will start to lose faith in the company and its borrowing costs will start to rise.My guess is that the auditors will not force the company to make an extra provision in its accounts. Brendan Ogle has said that the issue is a matter between the company and KPMG. That makes sense. We need to get away from the idea that their has to be winners and losers in the first place.Eamon Ryan is the leader of the Green Party. You can follow him on Twitter at@EamonRyan.We’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.iePoll: Are you satisfied with the resolution of the ESB strike threat?Read: Strike averted, but ESB and unions differ on terms of the deallast_img read more

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In pictures The winter solstice at Newgrange

first_imgBut in the grey light of dawn a cold wind blew the clouds away on the horizon and grey light was slowly transformed to a golden glow which lit up the roof box and drew a cheer from the crowd. What a wonderful experience. THE PASSAGE TOMB at Newgrange was lit up by a shaft of light for the first time since 2007 this morning.A break in the clouds allowed the tomb at the neolithic site be flooded with sunlight to mark the winter solstice.Hundreds of people lucky enough to be there to witness the event waited through rain from early morning to get a glimpse of the event .TheJournal.ie reader Aoife Thomas was lucky enough to be on hand and sent in some photos.She says: “It started badly, as we drove up from Dublin in the dark, wind and rain.last_img

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The 9 at 9 St Stephens Day

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #WEATHER: Met Éireann has issued a weather warning from 5pm this evening until 3pm tomorrow with windy and stormy weather expected across the country. Winds in some areas are expected to be as high as 120 kilometres per hour.2. #ADRIAN DONOHOE: Two men living in New York have been questioned by gardaí in connection with the murder of detective sergeant Adrian Donohoe in Louth nearly a year ago, the Irish Daily Mail reports today.3. #WEXFORD: A man who was being detained by gardaí in connection with the discovery of the body of a man at a house in Courtown Harbour in Co Wexford on Christmas Eve has been released without charge.4. #WINTER SALES: The post-Christmas sales are already under way this morning with Grafton Street a busy place at 7am. Retailers around the country are offering discounts of up to 80 per cent on some items. Here is some essential information if you’re heading out today.5. #ADVISERS: A total of nine ministerial advisers earn salaries higher than public sector pay guidelines, according to details released just before Christmas. People working for ministers including the Tánaiste, Richard Bruton and Joan Burton all earn above the pay cap the coalition itself implemented.6. #INSOLVENCY: Thousands of people have contacted the Insolvency Service of Ireland in the first three months of its existence according to recently-released figures. The website of the ISI has been visited over 107,000 times.7. #HEALTH INSURANCE: People who have taken out health insurance at a young age will be rewarded over those who take out a policy in later life under plans being formulated by Health Minister James Reilly, the Irish Independent reports today.8. #O’CONNELL TOWER: Visitors to the famous O’Connell Round Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery will soon be able to climb to the top of it for the first time in over four decades with planning permission to reconstruct its wooden staircase secured in recent weeks. The nationalist monument was bombed by loyalists in 1971.9. #INDIA: An Indian gangster linked to dozens of murders escaped from police custody after apparently serving food laced with sedatives to officers guarding him. AFP reports that Vikram Paras carried out the daring escape as four armed officers were escorting him from the busy Old Delhi Railway Station in the capital yesterday.last_img read more

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You havent experienced true fear until

first_img“THERE’S SOMEONE IN HERE!”Shutterstock.comOr you’re in a bathroom at someone else’s house and this happens: Shutterstock.comOr this…… and the water keeps rising:Shutterstock.comYou see the “ghost” in Three Men And a Baby for the first timeYouTube/1800GotGhostYou’re driving at night, and become terrified of your rear view mirror You convince yourself there’s something under the bedYouTube/ThiBox08You’re in a bathroom with no lock…… and you hear footsteps approaching, and you can’t reach the door:“Oh no, there’s someone coming” YOU’RE NEVER TOO old for a good old fashioned scare, and there are some things that will always get you, no matter what.You haven’t experienced true fear until…A poster falls off the wall in the dead of nightWhat.The. F**k. Was. That?You see a hanging coat that looks like a person……or a duvet:ImgurYou think you see a face in the window Shutterstock.comTell us. What puts the heart crossways in YOU?15 things that will always scare you not matter how old you get>Here’s what posh Irish toilets looked like 700 years ago>last_img read more

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Irish designer selected to display work at David Bowie exhibition

first_imgAiden Grenelle stands beside his design and the image of David Bowie which inspired him. Photo: Image Now.IRISH GRAPHIC DESIGNER Aiden Grenelle has been selected to display his work at the upcoming retrospective on the life and work of David Bowie at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).The ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition is the V&A’s fastest-selling showcase in history – with nearly 48,000 visitors having already booked tickets. Meanwhile, David Bowie has scored his first UK number one album in 20 years with the release of The Next Day, which is also the fastest-selling album of the year so far.The exhibition, running from 23 March to 11 August, will feature more than 300 objects – include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.Grenelle of Image Now is among 100 international artists and designers who have contributed to a typographic screen-print commissioned by the V&A for the show, which will open on Saturday, March 23.“David Bowie was my first pin-up, musical hero so to be invited to contribute to this exhibition is an incredible honour,” Grenelle. “My contribution celebrates Ziggy Stardust, the character that had the most impact on me as a teen. The Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972, designed by Freddie Burretti, will also be on display as part of the exhibition.”“Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars was the soundtrack of my art college years in Dundee during the mid-80s. And he’s the artist I’ve returned to the most for pleasure and for inspiration. He is pop’s greatest innovator without a doubt.”The selection marks the second major success for Image Now this year; the studio’s subsidiary Image Now Films was also behind the recent Sundance Festival award-winning documentary The Summit, directed by Nick Ryan.Darrell Kavanagh, MD of Image Now said: “This is great news for Aiden and a truly-deserved honour for him.”More than 100 leading international designers and artists were approached by Blam (aka Mark Blamire) of Print Process to produce a typographic mark or logotype for the word ‘Bowie’. Grennelle’s contribution was chosen as part of the final print.The result, a 500mm x 500mm print, entitled ‘The Changing Face of Bowie’, is available exclusively from the V&A.last_img read more

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9 of the most mortifying moments youll ever know

first_img1. When someone comes up to you and they know your nameBut you can’t remember theirs. YouTube/ewecylinder2. When you push a door that you’re supposed to pullTumblr3. When you can’t hear someoneAnd you’ve already said ‘What?’ too many times, and you can’t say it again. So you just agree. 6. When your chair makes a farting noiseAnd you’re worried people think you’ve farted. So to prove them wrong you try making the noise again, and it won’t do it.7. When your friend leaves the roomAnd you’re left alone with someone you don’t know at all for an uncomfortable period.So, how about that… weather?8. When you’re sitting on the toilet answering a major call of natureAnd somebody walks into the public bathroom.9. When you walk through a spider’s web in publicAnd only realise afterwards that you looked like this.cupofzup.comWhat have we missed? What are the moments that make you die a little bit inside? Let us know in the comments…Twitter is 7… here’s why we love and loathe it>How battle-scarred is your phone?>center_img 4. When you go to dinner on a first dateAnd try to look sophisticated while eating.5. When you wave at your friendBut it’s not your friend.last_img read more

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It would be devastating if Leinster lost the Pro12 Final Cian Healy

first_imgLeinster coach Joe Schmidt made no small gesture by inviting young prop Jack McGrath to the post-match briefing after last Friday’s Amlin Cup win over Stade Francais. The invite was a show of confidence on a player that Schmidt confessed to being hard on but only because he sees a future star of the game. Competition for the loosehead position, says Healy, drives him on.“It doesn’t mean older is wiser,” he remarks. “Jack has a lot of input into what I do and I would have an input to what he does.”Healy with ‘mini-fans’ Hannah Mahony, Mark Arraj and Dan MacNeice at the launch of Specsavers’ search for Ireland’s most Unbreakable Friendship. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)As Leinster fullback Rob Kearney alluded to earlier in the week, the three-time European Cup champions may have celebrated last Friday’s cup win with a beer but it was a case of resting the bodies the following day and straight back to work on Sunday.Healy said, We’ve learned in the past that basking in the success of a Heineken Cup win doesn’t help come the next game. This time around we have been pretty clinical in our thinking and how we’ve trained and how we’ve kept that goal in mind.Everything has been tactically perfect. The meeting are quite good, point by point, which they always are. Joe has that nailed down. Training has been good as well. Everyone has their head down and is hungry for that second trophy.”Healy praises Schmidt’s drive to breed success at Leinster and credits him for adding an extra dimension, or two, to his game with ball in hand. “I’ve thrown two skip passes for tries this year so he’s obviously done something right, hasn’t he?”The Ulster defence has been warned.*While Healy is causing havoc in Australia with the Lions this summer, Specsavers will be embarking on a nationwide search, to find Ireland’s most Unbreakable Friendship. Entry forms are available in Specsavers’ 44 stores nationwide.Partying not an option for Kearney until Leinster show Ulster who’s boss‘Watch this space’ for O’Brien in Pro12 Final after miracle injury recovery CIAN HEALY IS a player that holds steadfastly to the ‘one game at a time’ doctrine. Getting the prop to talk about the upcoming Lions Tour, for which he has been selected, is not easy but he obliges briefly before swiveling the conversation to Ulster and the Pro12 Final.“It’s all Leinster for me up until now,” he proclaimed. “It wouldn’t be right to Leinster if they didn’t have my full attention and winning another cup.”Ulster, by virtue of their league form, are the designated home team at the RDS on Saturday but Healy is planning a warm welcome. Two defeats in a row to Ulster, and three successive defeats in league finals, have not weakened his position that Leinster are the team to beat. Still, he allows a compliment on Tom Court, John Afoa and Rory Best to pass his lips.“They’ve a great front row,” he told TheScore.ie. ”They’ve done a job on a lot of teams.”Two players that were part of the Ulster side that did a 22-18 job on Leinster earlier in the season were young Kyle McCall and the journeyman prop Ricky Lutton [27] who was elevated to the senior squad from Belfast Harlequins via club rugby with Canterbury in New Zealand. Healy reasoned:If a fella is in there, he is in there for a reason. They are not going to bring him in if he can’t hold up a scrum. They’ve sourced a good player there.”DevastationHealy declares that the inter-pro opposition, while they are being closely analysed in training and video sessions this week, are not the driving for motivation ahead of the final. A winning-mentality has been established at Leinster and defeats are hard to take.“For Leinster to lose this final would be devastating,” he said. “We’ve lost to them already before [this season] but it doesn’t matter who the opposition is. Losing a final is something terrible and something you don’t want to do. We’ve been working hard to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.In the last few years there has been a thrive for success at Leinster; a want to win, be the best and continually be the best. When that doesn’t pull off, that’s something that hurts.”last_img read more

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Say cheese Kid tries to take a selfie in front of Queen

first_imgNICE TRY, KID.Queen Elizabeth was having a wander around St George’s Market in Belfast today when this teenager decided he was going to try to get a selfie with her in the background.In what could well be her first selfie, the Queen looks like she’s going for a classic smiling-with-her-eyes pose (even if the rest of her face is a bit unimpressed).  We like the annoyed looking man behind the kid though, who looks like he’s about to give the scolding of a lifetime. Source: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesIn the next shot, the Queen looks marginally happier to be in the photo. Source: Peter Macdiarmid/PA WireNow comes the wait for the selfie to pop up on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/somewhere. Don’t know if it’ll top the Pope Francis selfie from last year though. Source: @FabioMRagona/TwitterRead: Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis perfectly recreated their Thelma and Louise selfie > Read: ‘A very nice meeting’ – Martin McGuinness had a private audience with the Queen last night >last_img read more

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200000 homeowners told property tax will be taken from their wages and

first_imgREVENUE HAS SENT 110,000 letters warning that their property tax will be deducted from their wages and pensions.The letters were sent in relation to outstanding household charge and property tax payments.Vivienne Dempsey of Revenue told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Revenue began writing to people who had not paid for 2013 or 2014 back in May.She said that it was an ongoing process and will continue. The letter warns those who haven’t paid that Revenue will begin instructing employers to begin taking the arrears from wages.“We’re writing to property owners in tranches. We have written to employers. We have written letters in relation to 50,000 household charge arrears cases.“We have instructed 40,000 employers to begin deductions from wages.“We’re very much engaged in following through on collecting from those who haven’t paid their household charge.”She said that anyone who has already made a payment should contact Revenue to have their case updated.She added that those who are solely in receipt of social welfare may be eligible for a deferral, but not an exemption.Read: Fantasy or reality? Pearse Doherty wanted to explain ‘Shinnernomics’, so here’s what he said…last_img read more

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