The best scorer of Toyota Handball Bundesliga, right wing of HSV, Hans Lindberg (29) isn’t sure, where he will continue his succesfull career. The German club HSV Hamburg has offered Hans Lindberg a contract until 2017, but he’s not sure he will remain at Germany. Rumours saying that F.C Barcelona are interested for brilliant Danish right wing. One thing is certain, if Lindberg decide to stay in Germany, that will be only in T-shirt of HSV Hamburg.Lindberg is the first choice of Ulrik Wilbek in Danish squad. Before HSV, he played for Viborg. ← Previous Story Valero Rivera after fantastic start of Spain: “Defense is the key” Next Story → Laszlo Nagy won’t play at WC in Sweden Hans LindbergHSV
dinamo volgogradEHFEHF handball cupsFTChandball cupshandball draw In Vienna draw for the Women’s EHF team’s competition took place:CUP WINNERS CUPFTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN) vs. Dinamo Volgograd (RUS)Leipzig (GER) vs. Viborg HK (DEN)EHF CUPLada (RUS) vs. KIF Vejen (DEN)C.B. Mar Alicante (ESP) vs. Handball Club Zalău (ROU)CHALLENGE CUPH.A.C. Handball (FRA) vs. Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)Fleury Loiret Handball (FRA) vs. Muratpasa Belediyesi SK (TUR)In the EHF Champions League we already knew semifinal competitors:C.S. Oltchim Rm. Valcea (ROU) vs. Györi AUDI ETO KC (HUN)Larvik (NOR) vs. Buducnost (MNE) ← Previous Story HSV without Bertrand Gille for at least a month! Next Story → Velux EHF CL TOP 16 begins: First battle in Plock!
← Previous Story Antonio Carlos Ortega presented as new MKB Veszprem coach! Next Story → Vardar Pro wins the Macedonian Cup! AG CopenhagenBSV Silkeborg In the Danish Play Off Final will play again AG Copenhagen and BSV Silkeborg as last year when AG celebrated title on the spectacular way in front of 36.000 fans at “Parken” Stadium.In the semi-finals, AG and BSV were clearly better from KIF Kolding and TVIS Holstebro.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg – Team Tvis Holstebro 35-29 (20-13) (First match 23:26)Bjerringbro-Silkeborg: Mads Ø. Nielsen 8, Dennis Kirkegaard 5, Fredrik Petersen 5, Nikolaj Ø. Nielsen 4, Miha Zvizej 4, Kasper Nielsen 3, Audray Tuzolana 2, Simon Kristiansen 2, Rasmus Lauge 1, Robert Arrhenius 1.Team Tvis Holstebro: Patrick Wiesmach 5, Søren Hansen 4, Mads Christiansen 4, Jakob Green 4, Michael Damgaard 4, Heino Holm Knudsen 3, Søren Tau 3, Morten Nyborg 1, Petar Nenadic 1.AG København – KIF Kolding 28-23 (16-10) (first match 26:26)AG København: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson 6, Olafur Stefansson 6. KIF Kolding: Simon Jensen 5, Lukas Karlsson 5, Bo Spellerberg 5, Lars Christiansen 3, Rasmus Jensen 2, Boris Schnuchel 1, Anders Oechsler 1, Lasse Boesen 1.
The French Handball Federation have launched their campaign for the Men’s World Championship 2017, four years before the starting whistle is due to be blown. The 2017 World Championship, which was awarded to them in December 2011 in Sao Paulo, recently had its launch ceremony. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa was the guest of honour at the launch ceremony in Paris, hosted by Joel Delplanque, President of the French Handball Federation and member of the IHF Executive Committee.In two presentations, the significance of the World Championship 2017 (played 14-29 January) for handball in France was highlighted. Joel Delplanque: “The FFHB will put all their efforts in promoting handball and generalize it for a wider audience and economic partners. Delivering a World Championship that gains support and enthusiasm all around France will bring new equipment and infrastructure for handball.”In the first presentation, the agency Sportlab presented the results of a nationwide survey of those associated with handball, the “handball family” and sports experts, regarding handball, the organization and the expectations of the World Championship 2017.Some results of the survey worth mentioning: Handball is the mixed sport (male and female competitions) most recognized by people in France, approximately 4.5 million French people are interested in the Men’s World Championships, of those, 1.2 million want to watch matches live in the arenas. 44% of the French population have watched handball at the Olympic Games. People would be willing to spend money and travel distances up to 100 kilometres to watch matchesIn the second presentation some key figures regarding the tournament were revealed:The 2017 Men’s World Championship is planned to be hosted by eleven cities all over France, the organizers expect up to 500,000 spectators, 3000 people, including volunteers, will be involved in the organization. One goal is to get the whole of France involved in this competition, as the host cities are spread all over the country: Lille, Dunkerque, Nanterre, Paris, Strasbourg, Orleans, Nantes, Albertville, Bordeaux, Montpellier, AixThe French federation plans for all locations to be accessible within two hours for the spectators and, for the 24 teams and officials, they also plan for travel times between the team hotel and the competition/training venues to be less than 15 minutes.Since being awarded the World Championship in Sao Paulo, the organizers have installed a clear communication concept. The concept combines a number of side activities aiding in the preparation and the promotion of the World Championship, for example school and university tournaments, a “World Championship” for disabled persons, and a big screen road show all over France.article: ihf.info French handballMen’s Handball World Championship 2017 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): FTC – 3 games, 3 wins! Buducnost with first victory Next Story → Croatian “wunderkind” was “match winner” in Swiss derby!
15Bidasoa Irún20020 9Cuatro Rayas Valladolid21012 12Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil20111 Fraikin BM GranollersCuatro Rayas Valladolid28-25 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF Champions League – FINAL4 FROM MAY 2015! Next Story → “EIN LOWE”: Bjarte Myrhol stays in Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2015! 14BM. Aragón20020 Globalcaja C. EncantadaNaturhouse La Rioja28-27 7Globalcaja C. Encantada21012 Helvetia AnaitasunaBM. Aragón30-24 8Naturhouse La Rioja21012 16Villa de Aranda Top Rivera20020 BM GuadalajaraFertiberia Puerto Sagunto24-22 1FC Barcelona22004 4Reale Ademar León21103 Reale Ademar LeónBM. Huesca25-25 ASOBALhandball 2Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas22004 5BM. Huesca21103 STANDINGS: 10Helvetia Anaitasuna21012 11BM Guadalajara21012 6Juanfersa Grupo Fegar21103 Spanish ASOBAL Round 2 have some interesting matches. EHF CL team Naturhouse La Rioja is defeated in Quenca 28:27, while Ademar Leon took only a point at home against Huesca 25:25.Here are the complete results of Round 2: Ángel Ximénez Puente GenilJuanfersa Grupo Fegar23-23 13Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto20020 Bidasoa IrúnFrigoríficos Morrazo Cangas22-25 Villa de Aranda Top RiveraFC Barcelona20-44 3Fraikin BM Granollers22004
← Previous Story Bartosz Jurecki to leave Magdeburg after 9 years! Next Story → Velimir Petkovic to become new Romanian head-coach? handball in zagrebppd zagrebTHW Kielzagreb The new season in VELUX EHF Champions League begins this week. One of the matches who will have the biggest number of spectators in the hall will be played in Zagreb, where PPD Zagreb will host German THW Kiel. The clash of the two famous club didn’t change the “politics” of the Croatian team. All the fans can watch battle with prestigious rival for free. They have just to visit the ticket-office and pick up the tickets – not more than six per person.Even financial status of the Croatian champions isn’t pink, income from the selling tickets is still something less important than the full stands at “Zagreb Arena”. Exactly 15.200 seats waiting for the sunday’s clash at 19.30hrs.PPD Zagreb have a new head-coach – Veselin Vujovic, who took charge three days ago.
Croatian national team coach Lino Cervar announced list of 16 players which will start Men’s EHF EURO 2018 on home soil in Split. Goalkeepers:Ivan Stevanović – HC Kadetten SchaffhausenMirko Alilović – HC Telekom VeszpremWings:Zlatko Horvat – RK PPD ZagrebIvan Čupić – RK VardarManuel Štrlek – HC PGE Vive KielceLovro Mihić – HC Orlen Wisla PlockLine players:Željko Musa – SC MagdeburgIgor Vori – RK PPD ZagrebJakov Gojun – HC Füchse BerlinBackline:Marko Mamić – HC PGE Vive KielceStipe Mandalinić – HC Füchse BerlinDomagoj Duvnjak – HC THW KielIgor Karačić – RK VardarLuka Cindrić – RK VardarMarko Kopljar – HC Füchse BerlinLuka Stepančić – HC Paris Saint-Germain ← Previous Story Serbian 16 for EHF EURO 2016 – Six newcomers! Next Story → Nebojsa Simic to miss EHF EURO 2018
LAST NIGHT DUBLIN City Council said that from tonight there will be nightly water restrictions put in place across the entire Dublin area to conserve water.Local councillors and the Irish Restaurant Association have been critical about the water shortage.Fianna Fáil’s Dublin City Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said the water shortage and service issues highlights why people should not be charged for the service.The water shortage is due to a “serious production problem” at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, said the council.“The government is making a major mistake prioritising metering ahead of fixing leaks and building new watersources,” she said, adding that at a Dublin City Council meeting she had called for the installation of domestic water meters to be delayed in Dublin.DisruptionCouncillor Fitzpatrick said that the disruption to the service “highlights the absurdity and unfairness of Minister Hogan’s decision to push ahead with domestic water metering”.She said that Minister Phil Hogan is “buldozing” ahead with the installation of water meters, despite criticisms about the arrangements for transitioning water services to Irish Water .She concluded: “Even Minister Hogan be must be embarrassed to charge people for water services that are unreliable and subject to regular restrictions.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, North West Area Councillor Paul McAuliffe said since he has been on the council, this is the fourth water restriction put in place.“It makes you question if priortising water metering over secruing the supply of water is correct,” he said, stating that in other countries, like Scotland and New Zealand, installing the water meters in usually the last thing to be done in the chain, adding that ensuring there is an adequate supply should be top priority.“Every day we are using more water than we produce. I understand that the local authority is really up against it and trying to produce more water than they physically can, but if this continues and people are being asked to pay for the service it is not going to wear with people,” he said.No supply“Can you imagine being asked to pay your ESB bill every month but not having electricity for half the night,” he said, “people won’t stand for it”.The Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Chief Executive, Adrian Cummins said on Morning Ireland that the restrictions is going to seriously affect business in Dublin and is calling on the restrictions to be implemented later on in the evening at 9.30 pm onwards.He also said he wanted water tankers to be supplied to businesses if they needed it, by Dublin City Council. He said that businesses pay the highest water rates in Europe, but said they are not seeing the service they pay for.He said that Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply and said that a plan b needs to be created stating that there has been talk of bringing water from the Shannon and talk of making a new reservoir.“If you are gong to run a city then the basic requirement is water… Dublin City Council needs to set a clear strategy… if we are going to pay for this, there has to be a plan in place,” said Cummins.Read: Nightly water restrictions to be enforced across Dublin from tomorrow>
FOUR MEN HAVE been charged in connection with last month’s Westgate mall massacre.Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab claimed responsibility for the September 21st attack in which at least 67 people were killed in Kenyan capital of Nairobi.The charge sheet read that “the accused persons carried out a terrorist attack at Westgate Shopping Mall on September 21 by supporting a terrorist group”.Not guilty pleaAll pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included entering Kenya illegally and obtaining false identification documents.None are accused of being the gunmen in the mall.The four, who are all ethnic Somalis, are Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah, Adan Adan and Hussein Hassan.Some of those charged were arrested in Kenya’s northwestern desert refugee camp of Kakuma, a vast settlement home to over 125,000 refugees from across the region, including Somalia.Further investigationsThe suspects, who had no legal representation, were remanded in custody for one week after the prosecution asked for more time for further investigations.All the gunmen in the Westgate attack — totalling just four, not the dozen that security forces had initially reported — are understood to have died during the four-day siege.Interpol is assisting Kenya in trying to identify four bodies suspected to be the gunmen, police said last week.The Kenyan Red Cross has said some 20 people are still missing, and there are fears more bodies could be found in the wreckage of the mall.Link to NorwayDetectives are continuing to investigate a possible link to Norway, with Ndegwa Muhoro, head of Kenya’s Police Criminal Investigation Department, saying last week that a telephone call was made to the country from the mall during the attack.A Norwegian citizen of Somali origin is suspected of being one of the attackers.- © AFP, 2013Read: ‘White Widow’ Lewthwaite ‘was not part of the attackers’ – Kenyan police >More: Son of former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland killed in Nairobi siege >
THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau has got a ‘thumbs up’ from its first eBay client.The agency tested out the online auction site last month as an avenue to sell off assets it seizes from criminals in the State.The experiment involved a ladies Rolex watch that had been confiscated from a Limerick man in September.The new owner was delighted with the whole process, giving user ‘ ‘proceedsofcrimeact1996‘ some stellar feedback.“Great communication, very fast delivery. Great Seller, will buy again AAAA+,” they said, keeping the CAB’s rating at 100 per cent positive.But, as of today, no further items have been put up for sale.The used Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, worth about €9,000, was sold to the highest bidder for €7,000.CAB had described the item as a Christmas present from 2011. It came with the original box, documentation and a 24-month jewellers guarantee from Keanes of Cork, Limerick and Killarney.As with all CAB auctions of seized items, proceeds of the sale boost the Exchequer.Read: CAB selling criminal’s Rolex…on eBayRelated: Limerick criminal’s Rolex sells for €7,000 on eBayToday: Cocaine worth €385,000 and parts of 8 stolen vehicles seized
“I got into gambling at a very early age when I was at Man United,” he tells TheScore.ie. “Once that gets a hold on you, it’s very difficult, especially with the likes of me — I have an addictive personality. I sort of just got into it straight away. I loved the buzz of it all.“It’s very important, especially with the money the young players are earning now, to try to stay away from that side of things. It is very rife in the game. It is something that can get a hold of you. It’s important to manage your money in the right way. It’s a short career but there’s obviously a lot of riches there. I probably should have had a hobby like golf at the time, but for me, any spare time I had I spent gambling. MOST OF US have regrets, but Keith Gillespie has more than most. In many ways, the overriding story of his new autobiography, How Not to Be a Football Millionaire, is a familiar one — that of a young athlete, with too much time and money on his hands, seduced by the trappings of fame.People often criticise footballers who behave badly or show a proclivity for excess but few of us know what it’s like to be in their shoes and even fewer have blown £8million (€9.5million) over the course of a couple of years.Yet in 2010, largely owing to a longstanding gambling addiction, the former Northern Ireland and Manchester United player was declared bankrupt. Having experienced the dizzying highs that life as a well-known professional footballer invariably entails, he had now hit an all-time low. Just how had everything gone so wrong? “People say it’s a mug’s game and it certainly is. But it’s something that got a hold on me and you obviously pay for it in the end.”Gillespie’s emergence coincided with the onset of the Premier League era and the Sky Television-inspired boom in football in the early 1990s. Suddenly, players’ wages were at an unprecedented high and the Antrim native was one beneficiary of this transformation.However, as is the case for any successful person, there were sacrifices that came with the territory. After moving from United to Newcastle as part of the £7million deal that brought Andy Cole in the opposite direction, Gillespie found himself somewhat isolated owing to the changes that this unfamiliar environment prompted. The boredom of this new existence caused his gambling to spiral out of control.“When I signed for Newcastle, I was living in a hotel for the first five months. I’m in a new place, I don’t know anybody. You finish training at 12 or half 12 everyday. I’m going back to an empty hotel room, which can be quite lonely. The rest of the players could go back to their wives and kids. But I was 20 years of age and for me, boredom did take over. And that’s when I got really heavily involved in the gambling side of things.“Playing for Newcastle, my pay had increased; I’d a lot more money, so my wages were spent in the bookies.”(Keith Gillespie, pictured in his Newcastle days — Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)The signs of his addiction were evident from early in his Newcastle career. The Sun published a story about how he had blown £47,000 in one impulsive day at the bookies, which was laconically dubbed ‘Black Friday’ — an incident that caused him to be the source of much amusement among his teammates and got him into trouble with the club’s hierarchy.Yet what stands out in the book is how casually Newcastle ultimately treated this disconcerting incident. In it, he writes:“The club never ordered me to stop gambling. There was no mention of going to Gamblers Anonymous or anything like that. I wouldn’t have admitted weakness anyway. I was blissfully in denial and didn’t really believe I had a problem. The gaffer said they wanted to treat me like an adult, so they left me be and that suited just perfectly.”However, looking back, Gillespie insists he is not angry with his employers at the time for seemingly turning a blind eye to this issue.“I don’t think the club knew to what extent I was gambling. They can’t stand over you all day. Once you’ve got phone betting available, I didn’t have to go into the bookies to put a bet on, so the club didn’t know to what extent I was gambling. They weren’t to know, because I wasn’t public about it. I was a young person and I made my own mistakes – it’s not their fault I got more involved in the gambling side of things.” Looking back on his career, it may come as a surprise to those who believe international football to be little more than an inconvenient irrelevance nowadays that Gillespie — in addition to making his debut at United — considers playing for Northern Ireland to be the highlight of his career. And the fact that he is sixth on the all-time appearance list with 86 caps suggests this is no exaggeration.“For me, there is no bigger accolade than playing for my country. People will say ‘it’s only Northern Ireland’ but it’s my country and it was always 110% playing for Northern Ireland — I’m very patriotic.”After announcing his retirement earlier this year following an injury-ravaged spell at Longford, he now says that a career in the media is “something I’d like to get into”.Moreover, having undergone therapy to address his gambling issues, Gillespie says he is in a much happier place these days.“It was very therapeutic writing the book, because everything’s out there and I wanted the credibility of everything being out there — people reading it and knowing there’s nothing missing. My ghostwriter’s done a fantastic job with it. It’s a book from which I’ve had a lot of good feedback and that’s what I’m pleased about most.”How Not to be a Football Millionaire by Keith Gillespie is now available to buy. More details here.All-Ireland soccer team will never happen – Keith Gillespie>Andy Reid ruled out of Ireland’s trip to Poland> While a significant number of high-profile players have left Old Trafford on bad terms over the years, Gillespie has nothing but kind words for the club and in particular, Ferguson, who acted as his agent in the Newcastle transfer.“I first came across him as an apprentice and he was nothing but brilliant to me as my agent when I was signing for Newcastle. He spoke to my mum and told her that he would get the best possible deal for me and he did that. So I’ve got nothing but good memories of him.” Perhaps this impulsive behaviour was inevitable though, when that same fearless mentality and brash self-confidence was yielding dividends on the football pitch.He was spotted by Manchester United aged 12 and subsequently became part of the famous ‘Class of 92′ youth team that also included David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville among others.He developed rapidly and earned a place in the senior side in an FA Cup game against Bury while still a teenager, marking the occasion with a goal to boot.(Keith Gillespie playing for Manchester United as a teenager — Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)“The surreal thing for me was that a year and a half previous to that I had just left school,” he says. “So a year and a half after I graduated, here I was making my debut for Man United and scoring. You’ll never ever forget that first appearance scoring — and for the team I supported as well. I used to have these players’ posters on the wall, and now I was playing alongside them.”Being a skillful young winger from Northern Ireland, Gillespie inevitably was compared to George Best. Yet he claims he was never affected by such hype.“Not at all. I think the George Best thing comes a lot for any young Northern Ireland player who goes to Old Trafford. Even Norman Whiteside, who was a totally different player to the one George was, got it. Maybe there were more similarities with me, as we were both wingers and dribblers. But that happens to a lot of young footballers coming from Northern Ireland.“Maybe if it didn’t happen to people in the past, there would have been a bit more pressure. But I just took it on the chin and got on with it — there was no real pressure on me. George Best was a really good player, so it was nice to be mentioned in the same breath as him.”Yet while he ostensibly could cope with the level of expectation surrounding him, life as a young footballer was hardly problem-free. “It is daunting to leave home at 16. It’s a little bit different for players who actually live in England — they might live in Birmingham and they’re moving to Manchester, but it’s not far for them to get home if they want to see their family, whereas I have to jump on a plane to get home. I’d go every six weeks for long weekends, so you look forward to those times. But it was something I knew I had to do. I wanted to be a professional footballer. You’ve got to make that sacrifice. You’re always going to miss home, but I had to get over that. And I wasn’t too homesick.”And the subsequent phenomenal success he enjoyed may never have occurred in the first place had others got their way. Gillespie attended Bangor Grammar School in which, as he writes, “rugby was king”. Unhappy at the prospect of losing this talented young athlete to another sport, the school tried to persuade him to play rugby, and when he didn’t comply, gave him Saturday morning detention to prevent him from attending his soccer matches.Yet Gillespie refuses to hold a grudge, and the school have belatedly shown their appreciation for his footballing prowess.“I’ve been back to the school since — they actually play football now, which is quite strange. I’ve spoke to the current headmaster — a different headmaster from my time there — and he says they’re very proud that I went to the school and they have a photograph of me up in the library. It’s nice to be remembered like that.“It was a difficult time,” he adds, reflecting on his youth. “I’d signed for United when I was 13. Thankfully, I had my family behind me and they knew I was doing the right thing by not turning up for rugby. The school should have been honoured when somebody who had signed for Man United went there, and it’s disappointing football wasn’t played there back then and I wasn’t given more encouragement.”[Newcastle United team group photo ahead of their Champions League tie with Barcelona. (top l-r) Shay Given (goalkeeper), Steve Watson, Jon Dahl Tomasson, John Barnes, Keith Gillespie and Philippe Albert. (front l-r) Faustino Asprilla, Warren Barton, Rob Lee, David Batty and John Beresford.]Yet Gillespie was given his first taste of the harsh nature of professional football, when the club he supported and spent his early playing days at, decided to cast him off as a makeweight in the Cole deal. Manager Alex Ferguson was reluctant to sell his promising young winger at the time, nonetheless Newcastle refused to listen to offers for their English striker’s services, unless Gillespie was thrown in as part of the deal.But despite leaving his boyhood club, who would go on to enjoy success after success in his absence, he says he has no regrets about departing United.“I went to a great club like Newcastle and had a fantastic time there. We came so close to winning the Premiership. It’s something I always say that if you ask somebody who came second in the league two or three years ago, they’d struggle to remember, whereas I think everybody remembers Newcastle in 95/96. It shows what a good team we were and how entertaining we were that people still remember that. It’s a testament to Kevin Keegan and the way he had us drilled and playing football. It was a special time to be involved there.” Ferguson’s negotiation skills ensured Gillespie’s wages increased substantially. Having been on £250 a week at Manchester United, he agreed a deal that would see him earn £1,200 a week at Newcastle, with a £175,000 signing-on fee to be paid in installments over the four years of the contract.It’s hardly a surprise that Gillespie, then only 20 years of age, wasn’t exactly intent on setting up a savings account or playing it safe after being given such a lucrative contract.Ironically though, initially at least, his excessive lifestyle coincided with the period in which the star believes he played the best football of his career.“You’re still young and you’re coming in and training every day, and [the alcohol] doesn’t have the same effects as when you’re a little bit older,” he explains. “It’s something that has always been rife in football — the drinking side of it. David Ginola, when he signed and went down the quayside of Newcastle, couldn’t understand [the excess drinking], but he grew to understand it. He grew to be a part of it, because we had our special bond among our teammates at Newcastle.“We had it every few weeks where everybody would go out. It’s something that will always be a part of football. It might be a bit different on the continent. But I think it’s something that’s always going to be involved in the British game.”YouTube credit: Mark AshworthInterestingly, he also believes suggestions that this drinking culture no longer exists in football are wide of the mark, and that players remain as prone to excess as ever.“I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t [still exist]. You’ve obviously got the social networking sites where it can be a problem for players who just want to let their hair down. But at the end of the day, they’re human beings, so why should they not be allowed to go for a night out and get drunk here and there?“It’s something you need to do at times. There’s a lot of pressure involved in football and you need to relax and unwind. And if that involves going out and getting drunk, then so be it.”If anything, he says that the occasional drinking session has a positive impact on players and specifically, their morale and camaraderie around one another. “You always hear about clubs going away on bonding trips. And that always involves going out for a drink and having a laugh. That’s something that still happens now. I think it’s great that they do that, because when you’re at clubs now, everybody lives everywhere and you see players at training, but you don’t get to know them too well off the pitch. They are the times when you do get to know people, when you’re having a drink and unwinding.”Others, most notably Roy Keane, might disapprove of this somewhat relaxed approach to life as a professional athlete. Indeed, one imagines the notoriously antagonistic young Keane clashing with his fun-loving fellow Irishman in their days together at United, nevertheless Gillespie says he always had the utmost level of respect for the current Ireland assistant boss.“I played with him a few times,” he recalls. “I was in and around the first team. He’s a very likeable character. He’s one of the best players of his generation and an Irish icon. I think it’s fantastic that he’s Ireland assistant manager. A lot happened in 2002 [in Saipan], but it’s great that they’ve got past that, because a lot of players look up to him.“He’s demanding because he wants to be the best. That’s a great trait to have. You didn’t want to give the ball away because you knew you’d be on the end of a right rollicking. You took care of your passing and he was a great player because of that.”And like Keane, Gillespie is no stranger to controversy. In 2004, during a mid-season team-bonding trip in Spain with Leicester, he was arrested — along with teammates Paul Dickov and Frank Sinclair — after being accused of rape. The claims arose after an innocuous encounter and subsequent argument with two girls in the hotel in which the team were staying.(From left, Keith Gillespie, Frank Sinclair and Paul Dickov, check-in for a flight back to the UK at Alicante airport — the trio were released from prison without charge in 2004 after being accused of rape amid a Leicester City mid-season trip to Spain)In the end, the allegations were dismissed, and Gillespie and his teammates were absolved of any wrongdoing, yet they still were forced to endure the unsettling experience of having to spend a week in a Spanish prison.“Going through something like that was the worst time of my life,” he says. “To be accused of such an awful crime was very difficult and what made it more difficult was being in a foreign country. If these allegations happened in England, I felt we’d have spent no time in prison whatsoever. It was just one of those times where you had to remain strong and believe in the Spanish judicial system. It took longer than we thought, but going through such a harrowing experience as we did, I think we all came out stronger people in the end.“I wrote a lot about that in the book because it is something that I wanted everybody to know the full extent of. People hear the story and they always think no smoke without fire but that certainly wasn’t the case with this. There is absolutely no truth whatsoever in the allegation. It was an awful time for myself and for my family.”While Gillespie recovered from the events of this trauma, Leicester arguably didn’t, as they were relegated later that season. He eventually returned to the Premier League with Sheffield United, before winding down his career firstly at Bradford, and then returning to Ireland. During this time, he had stints with both Glentoran and Longford Town, and Gillespie believes the standard of Irish football is often underestimated. “Obviously there’s a huge gulf with football in Ireland as opposed to football in the Premier League. But you look at people who have played there like Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and James McClean — there are a lot of players who emerge from that league and go across the water to do very well. So it is a good standard and I was pleasantly surprised.” And betting heavily wasn’t Gillespie’s only vice. In the book, he writes: “It is true that footballers who stay faithful are a rare breed. Personally, I can’t say that I’ve encountered many.” And the 38-year-old, who has endured two failed marriages, was no exception.“At a club like Newcastle — a one-city club — you’re absolutely adored by everyone. There is a lot of temptation there and you get a lot of money at your disposal. Women would approach you and you’re just human at the end of the day. It’s just one of those things… A lot of players are unfaithful and you read about some of them in the paper.”
THE SYRIAN AIR force has been accused of killing 76 people by unleashing barrels packed with explosives on Aleppo, a focal point for fighting between regime and rebel forces.The bombardment, which activists described as “unprecedented”, came as the United Nations said the number of Syrian war refugees in the Middle East was likely to double to 4.1 million by the end of 2014.The number of people slain in Sunday’s bombing of Aleppo “with explosive-packed barrels… rose to 76,” including “28 children and four women,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, updating its previous toll of 36 dead.Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said it was “one of the heaviest tolls from air raids since the beginning of the war” that flared after a brutal regime crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired democracy protests that erupted in March 2011.Explosive-laden barrels were dropped on six rebel-controlled districts in the east, including Sakhur, Ard al-Hamra and Haydariyeh, Abdel Rahman said.The Observatory and activists said government forces frequently drop the barrels filled with TNT on rebel-held areas of the war-torn country from helicopters and warplanes. “The barrels of explosives are not like bombs. Their impact is not accurate as they are dropped without any guidance system, and that is why they cause a large number of victims,” said Abdel Rahman.The devices are made up of metal barrels that have a layer of concrete inside them “so that they cause as much destruction and death as possible,” according to Abdel Rahman.There are two types of barrel bombs, one of which is home-made, and the other of which is made in factories.A Syrian security official said the army prefers the TNT-packed barrels because they are cheaper than regular bombs, which need to be imported from Russia.Syrian refugees walk outside their tents at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal. (Pic: AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Aleppo raids ‘unprecedented’The Aleppo Media Centre, a network of activists on the ground, called Sunday’s raids on the northern city “unprecedented”.“Everyone is looking up at the skies and watching the planes. But there’s nothing to be done,” AMC activist Mohammed al-Khatieb said.Aleppo, Syria’s second city and pre-war commercial hub, is now divided between areas occupied by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fighters.Fighting that erupted with a rebel offensive in July last year has caused massive damage to the historic city.Activists posted video footage online of the aftermath of Sunday’s barrel bomb attacks, showing bulldozers clearing rubble from the streets as men searched for survivors in wrecked buildings.The barrel bombings came as Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom prepared to brief the United Nations Security Council on the use of internationally-banned chemical weapons in the unrelenting war.Sellstrom led an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.A 21-year-old from Denmark shoots an AK47 rifle at a training camp near Idlib and Aleppo. (Pic: AP Photo)His team published a report on Thursday, saying there was “credible evidence” that the controversial arms had been used five times since the conflict broke out 33 months ago.The United States was on the brink of launching air strikes against Assad in August after a deadly chemical weapons attack in the Eastern Ghouta area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.It and other world powers blamed regime forces for the attack, but a deal for Assad to surrender his chemical arsenal narrowly averted the strikes.Under UN Security Council Resolution 2118 passed in September, all of Syria’s chemical weapons are to be destroyed by June 30.More than 126,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, and millions more have fled their homes.According to a fresh UN estimate, some 4.1 million Syrians will be living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt by the end of 2014, up from an estimated 2.4 million today.© – AFP 2013
GARDAÍ IN COOLOCK are appealing for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 64-year-old Patrick Douglas. Patrick was last seen in the late afternoon of Sunday 5 January, when he left his home in Woodville, Coolock, Dublin 5. He is described as being 5′ 10″ in height, of medium build with grey hair. He was last seen wearing a sand coloured leather jacket and a pair of black runners. There is no further details of his clothing available. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Coolock on 01 – 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.
MICHEÁL MARTIN IS not ruling out the possibility of Fianna Fáil going into coalition with either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael after the next general election but said it was not something he was focusing on at this moment.In a lengthy interview with TheJournal.ie this week, Martin said that little had changed in terms of the way politics has been conducted since the formation of the Fine Gael and Labour coalition two years ago.“There was no political change,” he said this week. “The Dáil is still the creature of government, there is no strong parliament, there is no separation between parliament and government.“We don’t bring in people from outside of the government, there’s no change to the electoral system. So people are rightly sort of disillusioned with the lack of any radical political reform.”Martin said that leading Fianna Fáil, which was in power as the country was plunged into an EU/IMF bailout less than two years but which has topped a recent opinion poll, gave him an opportunity to lead it in a different direction.“I am not ruling anything in or out at this stage. It’s far too early,” he said when asked about the possibility of going into coalition with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the next general election.On coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin:Current polls project that Fianna Fáil would win around 50 seats at the next election so it would need the support of one other major party in order to form a government but Martin said this was not concerning him at present.“What I am more concerned about is renewing the Fianna Fáil party and we’ve a long journey to go.“I mean I think people are jumping the gun in terms of the next election and who gets what because it’s very speculative at this stage and its based on kind of opinion polls and so on.”Martin also explained that the party’s decision to oppose the introduction of the property tax last December was based on the fact there was a mortgage arrears crisis in the country.He said that growth targets set out in the four-year-plan in 2010 did not come to fruition.“The property market is very flat at the moment. We’re not really going to help it by the imposition of the property tax at this particular point in time,” he said.On property tax and why Fianna Fáil didn’t introduce it:Martin also said that while the recent deal on the promissory note issued in respect of the former Anglo Irish Bank was a positive step the government should have asked for a debt writedown.He said that that any savings on the deficit should be put towards budgetary measures saying that there needed to be an “alleviation of the taxpayers’ plight”.“The ordinary citizen on the ground isn’t getting an respite from the major agreements that have been made between banks and governments,” he said.Asked about the rise of social media websites and their impact on politics and politicians Martin said he was keen that the government did not overreact to the advent of new media but said he had concerns about how young people are affected by it.“My one concern would be around how children and issues pertaining to children can go viral too quickly with potentially damaging consequences to the child so there’s an issue around children’s rights that concerns me,” he said.On social media: More from Micheál Martin’s interview with TheJournal.ie:Read: ‘We have an issue with suicidal risk in abortion legislation’Read: ‘I do feel a certain degree of guilt over Magdalene Laundries’Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowen
The entire service can also be made available online no more than two hours after the funeral service with prices for all services starting from €350.The weblink is password protected so as to ensure only people who you want to see it will see it. THE DEATH OF a family member, friend or acquaintance is a sad time for all involved, but not being able to be present at a loved ones funeral can also be upsetting.With the increase of emigration over the years, there are Irish people all over the world who are unable to travel home to Ireland to attend funerals of family members or friends.Stream onlineA newly launched service hopes to give a practical solution and allow people watch funerals live over the internet.‘Funerals Live’ is the an idea thought up by County Clare businessman Alan Foudy who says the idea behind this new venture arose after he was asked to make a DVD of a funeral service for relatives and friends of the deceased whose funeral they could not attend.“The general feeling was that a live webcast or a delayed broadcast of the service would be a better option rather than having to wait up to two weeks for a DVD to arrive by post,” he said.The idea is that wherever in the world their client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, Funerals Live will provide them with private weblink to a live stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, within two hours of its conclusion” explained Foudy.Permission“With the approval of the relevant parish priest and family members, I provide live streamed footage and audio of funerals in the church and graveyard subject to the availability of broadband on location.He added: Foudy said he expected that the majority of his clients will be family members or friends of the deceased who have not been able to travel to Ireland to attend a funeral, adding that the service will also be particularly useful to persons in hospitals or nursing homes who are unable to attend services.He said that privacy was paramount stating that the passwords will be private, adding that they want to offer a “professional and discreet service which respects the sensitivity of the occasion”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Foudy said that it has proved popular so far, stating that a funeral is an important part of the grieving process with many people very disappointed when they cannot attend.Returning home “There are many people in the US without Green cards who can’t come home and if their parents die it is a big decision to make as to whether they should risk leaving and come home to attend the funeral. This way they can still feel like they were a part of it,” he said.He added that one of the clients he had was an elderly man in hospital who could not attend the funeral of his wife as he was too ill.“The family had it recorded and they brought it into him and watched it together as a family and I think that is nice, as it’s important that those grieving take part in saying goodbye in some way,” he said.Foudy said Funerals Live will hopefully create up to ten new jobs over the next 18 months as the service is rolled out.Alan Foudy from Funerals Live. (Photo: Mark Dunphy)For more visit www.funeralslive.ie.Read: How do you know if you’re at an Irish funeral?> Read: This flower arrangement will make you do a double take>
(John McCarthy/YouTube) A toy Williamite soldier takes aim at a Jacobite soldier at the site of the 1690 Battle of The Boyne near Drogheda. The Boyne Valley Drive, 225 kilometers in length and taking in 22 historic sites along the way, is a collaborative project between Failte Ireland and the local authorities in Meath and Louth which seeks to revitalise the region and promote it to overseas tourists. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images HERE’S ALL THE things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#DEFICIT Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, has said that he “sees the light at the end of the tunnel” in Ireland’s journey towards eliminating its budget deficit. He made the comment after a meeting with the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and his European Parliament counterpart Martin Schulz in Dublin today.#HEALTH MINISTER Minister for Health James Reilly and Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch found themselves stuck in a lift with a number of others at the opening of a mental health facility at Grangegorman today. The news travelled quickly on Twitter, and a spokesperson for Reilly said they were stuck in the lift for around 10 minutes, but were soon freed by employees at the centre.#ALL OVER Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican, travelling to a rural retreat outside Rome ahead of the end of his pontificate this evening. Following his final audience with his cardinals, he bade farewell to Vatican officials and then travelled to a helipad for the journey to Castel Gandolfo.#CROKE PARK II Impact has said it recommends workers vote to accept the Croke Park II deal. Its members will be asked to vote on the measures in the coming weeks. Yesterday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the AHCPS recommended that their members reject the deal.#PROTEST Up to 30 activists from the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes occupied the lobby of Price Waterhouse Coopers in the IFSC, Dublin this afternoon, before going to the Convention Centre, where IBEC are holding their conference, to continue their protest. They said it was only the beginning of a campaign targeting financial institutions.#AUSTRALIA An Irish man, Kieran Cahill, is recovering after being attacked while trying to protect a number of women in Sydney, Australia. He is said to be recovering well after being admitted to intensive care after being “set upon” by three men in front of a nightclub on 25 February, police said.THINGS WE LOVEDIt has been 15 years since comedian Dermot Morgan passed away. We took a look at seven reasons why we miss him – and here’s a little bonus video of his three sons reflecting on his career during an interview last October: (devinsupertramp/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDWhat is a Siberian winter like? Well, after viewing these photos on The Atlantic, it’s fair to say you’ll never complain about Irish climes again.Is sugar bad for you? Food writer Mark Bittman takes a look at the latest studies in the New York Times (better put down that chocolate bar while you’re reading it…).Want to eat the world’s most poisonous meal? This fellow did – and lived (of course) to tell the tale.Pope Benedict XVI resigned today. Here’s an… interesting look at one devastated ‘priest’s’ thoughts: (RTE/YouTube)What pieces of art were used in famous films, either as plot devices or otherwise? This site shows us.If you’re afraid of heights, DON’T LOOK at this. Wait! We said DON’T! Too late… Here’s more about these completely unafraid explorers.
THINGS WE SHARED Dwight Dumais hits the water as he competes in the preliminary round of the men’s 3-metre springboard event at the USA Diving Grand Prix in Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#STRIKE: Bus Éireann is preparing for a major strike tomorrow, after admitting it was “highly unlikely” that it could stop members of the National Bus and Rail Union from striking from midnight in protest at proposed pay cuts. 1,100 of its 2,500 employees are members; others are unlikely to pass picket lines, meaning many services will not be running.#ROADS: A man in his 50s has died after two trucks collided in Co Roscommon. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning on the N5 between Ballinagare and Tulsk.#LAWYERS: Alan Shatter has offered an olive branch to the legal profession in an effort to win support for his proposed reforms of legal regulation – saying he will allow nominated bodies to appoint members to its board. The legislation had met with opposition from solicitors and barristers because the board of the new regulator and disciplinary body was to have a majority of members appointed by the Minister for Justice – but this will no longer be the case.#TURKEY: 40 people have died, and over 100 injured, in two bombs in Turkey. The blasts struck the city hall and post office in Reyhanli, close to the country’s border with Syria – which has become home to many fleeing the Syrian violence.#PAKISTAN: 11 people have died in an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan – in a Taliban bombing aiming to disrupt the elections taking place in the country today. Polling has been taking place in what marks the first time that one democratically-elected government will give way to another. An Irish journalist based in Pakistan for several years – the New York Times’ Declan Walsh – has been ordered to leave the country, however, seemingly over his reporting.#SPACE STATION: Two NASA astronauts have repaired an ammonia leak on the International Space Station, after a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to replace a busted pump. The leak, which was observed on Thursday, was a worrying one – ammonia is needed to cool the station. The whole procedure was streamed live online.THINGS WE LOVEDThe news that the creator of the famous ‘Rachel’ haircut of the 1990s was high when he conceived it – and that Jennifer Aniston also hated the trademark do.The pretty impressed face of Amalia Lopez, who is Mexico’s oldest living woman, and who was recognised as such this week. She’s a mere 114 years old. (Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP) This pretty awesome (but also, we warn you, really big) infographic showing how many man-made satellites, and manned missions, have been made to other bodies in our solar system.Here’s a girl running through a wet garden, with a dog. As the Reddit title put it: ‘Nope… and nope‘.Finally, on the day that an ammonia leak on the International Space Station was repaired after a lengthy spacewalk, another scientific endeavour: a special circular saw which is built to stop immediately if it touches an aymmetric load – like a human hand. Enjoy. (YouTube/John Presciutti)
Updated 22:25WOMEN IN IRELAND had fewer children last year than in 2012, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office today.In 2013, the fertility rate for Ireland was 1.96, down from 2.01 the previous year.The figure takes into account females aged 15-49 years and represents the projected number of children a woman would have.Some 68,930 births were registered last year – a drop of almost 3,300.However, this figure still represents an 11.7 per cent increase on 2004, when just under 62,000 births took place.The average age women become mothers now stands at 32.1 years. Over a third of births in 2013 took place outside of marriage, while a quarter of all mothers here do not hold Irish nationality.Teen pregnanciesIn the ten year period from 2004, the number of teenage pregnancies dropped from 2,560 annually (4.2 per cent of the total number) to 1,381 last year (2 per cent of the total).Some 21,770 marriages were registered in 2013, up by 1,057 from 2012.DeathsJust over 30,000 people died in 2013, an increase of 1,170 from 2012. Some 228 infants died, 164 of which represented babies under the age of four weeks.Three in four deaths were due to cancer or heart problems.There were 475 cases of death by suicide registered last year, a drop from 507 in 2012. Men accounted for the vast majority of these deaths – more than 83 per cent.The number of young people, 15-24 year olds, who died by suicide decreased from 74 in 2012 to 57 last year.Originally published 16:55Read: Suicides among young people decreased significantly last yearRead: Couples with fertility problems warned about cholesterol link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6EOsgcEz9U(YouTube: jhaliteng ertepitoe)INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES will confiscate a Metallica guitar gifted to the heavy metal-loving governor of its capital city, due to concerns about corruption.A beaming Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the US band’s Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.But following the TV appearance, the popular governor voluntarily handed the guitar, which bore the words “Giving Back!… Keep Playin’ That Cool Funky Bass!”, to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Following an investigation into the instrument, in line with rules about gifts to officials, the commission said today the government will confiscate the instrument.KPK has investigated and decided that the guitar will be confiscated by the government as there is a conflict of interest which could potentially lead to bribery,” commission official Giri Supradiyono told AFP.“It will be state property.”He added: “The promoter probably knew he [Widodo] was a Metallica fan. There’s a possibility he might expect something in return.”He added that the phrase “Giving Back” on the guitar also suggested a “possible exchange of favours”.During his TV appearance, the governor said he was a huge Metallica fan and also listed Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Napalm Death among his favourite bands.Corruption remains rampant in Indonesia, particularly among public servants, and the country last year slid to 118th of 176 countries in Transparency International’s annual graft index.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ireland gets worst ever global corruption ranking