← Previous Story Rene Toft Hansen in THW Kiel from 2012 Next Story → Katarina Bulatović suspended from Budućnost Podgorica HC Crvena zvezdaSerbian handball Financial crisis in one of the most known Serbian teams, Crvena zvezda Beograd went so deep that current second team of Super liga, lost two points due debt to former goalkepper, Vladimir Perišić. Last Monday, players of the team with most fans in Serbia, started with a strike, because they didn’t get last five salaries. Now, the biggest rival for the champions title, Partizan Beograd has five points more than only serious rival, Crvena zvezda, ten rounds before the end of the season.Standing:Partizan 38Crvena zvezda 33 (-2) Kolubara 27 Metaloplastika 26 Radnički 26PKB 25Požarevac 23Planinka 21Vojvodina 20Jugović 17Priboj 11Vranje 11Naisus 11Dinamo 11—————–Smederevo 10 Crvenka 8
Financial crisis in Spanish handball making a lot of troubles to the teams. Stabil member of ASOBAL, Guadalajara has lost two important players in last three weeks due economical reasons. Serbian right back and line-player, Obrad Radulovic and Milan Rasic left the team after Qatarian teams payed release clause (10.000 EUR).– I have changed six teams in my career, but I have never meet such a good people as here in Gudalajara – said for Marca.com ex-team captain, Milan Rasic who added that “only financial reasons” forced him to leave Spain.He will play for Al Ahli from Qatar. Al AhliASOBAL crisisMilan RasicObrad RadulovicQatar handball ← Previous Story Wisla Plock fans demand 400 tickets or no-go to the derby game in Kielce Next Story → End of Saga: Wisla Plock fans travel to Kielce, given 400 tickets
Another fantastic goal by flying Serbian right wing Darko Djukic. Just a week after his brilliant goal against Veszprem, Besiktas MOGAZ member had a “kung-fu” goal against PSG Handball… Darko Djukić ← Previous Story TUS Lubbecke first win in season 2015/2016! Next Story → EHF CL: Barca beat PICK Szeged to come closer to 1/4 final!
Six teams for EHF Champions League TOP 16 are ready from Group A! PPD Zagreb goalkeeper saved the last second shot by Luka Žvižej to secure home team win over Celje Pivovarna Laško 24:23 (8:9) which secured TOP 16 spot to Croatian team, while Slovenian champions lost all the chances to play in knock-out stage.MVM Veszprem made fantastic away success in Flensburg 29:28 led by Nagy (9), Marguč (8) and Alilovic (16 saves).SG Flensburg-Handewitt – MVM Veszprém 28:29 (12:10)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (12/1 saves), Møller (1 save) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/1), Glandorf (1), Mogensen (5), Svan (5), Jakobsson (2), Toft Hansen (1), Gottfridsson, Lauge (8), Mahé (1), Radivojevic, Kozina (2)MVM Veszprém: Alilovic (16 saves) – Gulyas, Ivancsik (1), Schuch, Ilic (1), Nilsson (1), Nagy (9), Ugalde (1), Marguc (8/2), Terzic, Lekai, Palmarsson (1), Sulic (4), Sliskovic (3), RodriguezOrlen Wisła Płock – Paris Saint-Germain HB 22:27 (12:16)Orlen Wisła: Corrales, Wichary – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 2 (1/1), Racotea 5, Wiśniewski, Pusica, Ghionea 3 (2/2), Rocha 2 (1/1), Piechowski 2, Montoro, Tarabochia, Toledo 5, Nikcević 3, Żytnikow.PSG: Omeyer, Annonay – Melić, Mollgaard, Vori, Kounkoud, Gunnarsson, Abalo 4, L. Karabatić, Hansen 8 (3/3), Narcisse 5, Onufrijenko 2, Honrubia 1, N. Karabatić 7, M’tima.STANDINGS: 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko132110342:369(-27)5 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu131012353:444(-91)2 6. Orlen Wisla Plock13328347:370(-23)8 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…131102407:357(50)22 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …13517329:336(-7)11 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt131003397:345(52)20 4. THW Kiel13715369:359(10)15 2. MVM Veszprém131012375:339(36)21 ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM FINAL4 in Varazdin! Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev is new Polish NT coach!
Today the All-star team of the Women’s EHF Champions League has been released. A record number of 28,000 fans participated in the poll, not only voting for the best player on each of the seven playing positions but also for the best defender, the best coach and the best young player.The overview of the 2015/16 Women’s EHF Champions League All-star teamBest goalkeeper: Kari Grimsbø (NOR) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 52,1%Best left wing: Aniko Kovacsics (HUN) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 42,9%Best left back: Cristina Neagu (ROU) / Buducnost – 38,3%Best line player: Heidi Loke (NOR) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 62,2%Best centre back: Nycke Groot (NED) / Györi AUDI ETO KC – 46,7%Best right back: Nora Mørk (NOR) / Larvik HK – 45,1%Best right wing: Jovanka Radicevic (MNE) / HC Vardar – 32,2%Best defender: Eduarda Amorim (BRA) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 54,6%Best young player: Luca Szekerczes (HUN) / FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN) – 31,8%Best coach: Ambros Martin (ESP) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 45,1% ← Previous Story EHF Final 4: Györ girls ready to take on Budapest Next Story → EUROPE TO FIND NEW CHAMPIONS: Gyor beat Buducnost for the final!
1GERGermany6 6SWESweden0 3BRABrazil4 Germany will play at Olympic quarterfinal. The best European team beat Slovenia 28:25 (11:12) and celebrated third win in Rio.Slovenia – Germany 25:28 (12:11)Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff (2); Gensheimer (6/4), Lemke (1), Wiencek (1), Reichmann (5), Wiede (1), Pekeler (3), Strobel (2), Weinhold, Häfner (2), Kühn, Dissinger, Drux (5)Slovenia : Skok, Skof; Blagotinsek, Kavticnik (1), Janc (2), Dolenec (6), Cingesar, Poteko (1), Gaber (4), Zorman (3), Bezjak (4), Razgor, Zarabec (1), Bombac (3/2)STANDINGS: germanyOlympic handball ← Previous Story Slovenia replace Henigman for Zarabec Next Story → Croats beat the Experts in thriller 4POLPoland2 5EGYEgypt2 2SLOSlovenia6
“Ekaterinodar” Krasnodar (RUS)E.F.E. Os TIGRES (POR) TSHV Camelot HS1 (NED)TSHV Camelot HS1 (NED) Orosházi FKSE Hír-Sat (HUN)Multichem Szentendre (HUN) BHC 1898 (SUI)Beachqueens (SUI) Pallomano Grosseto (ITA)Brüder Ismaning (GER) HEI, Skaering (DEN)BHC Dubrava (CRO) BHT Auto Forum Plock (POL)Lady Bugs (HUN) ← Previous Story Washington Nunes leads Brazil at France 2017! Next Story → FRANCE 2017: Tickets, official song, Mont Blanc… BC Sanddevils (GER)Deporte y Empresa Clinicas Rincon (ESP) V. GAW (POR)2MUCH 4YOU (POR) EHF announced lists of teams which will take participation at EHF Beach Handball Champions Cup on sand courts of Gran Canaria between November 3 and 6.Exactly 24 teams in total, men’s and women’s,will fight for the crowns which are in the hands of Ekaterinodar (Russia – men’s) and Hungarian girls from Multichem Szentendrei. Beach handballEHFGran Canaria handball BHC Detono ZagrebCannabis Energy Drink – Kanonierky (SVK) Torslada HK (SWE)BHT Byczki Olimijczyk Kowalewo Pomorskie (POL) MenWomen Ciudad de Malaga (ESP)Club Balomano Getasur (ESP)
← Previous Story Brazil makes it to the final and to Germany 2017 Next Story → Argentina booked a spot in Germany 2017 The Executive board of EHF announced list of teams which will join VELUX EHF Champions League in season 2017/2018.VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/18Groups A&BTelekom Veszprem (HUN)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HCVardar (MKD)KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Paris Saint Germain HB (FRA)THW Kiel (GER)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)HBC Nantes (FRA)FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)IFK Kristianstad (SWE)Aalborg Handball (DEN)MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)Groups C&DAdemar Leon (ESP)HC Metalurg (MKD)Skjern Handball (DEN)Montpellier HB (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Besiktas JK (TUR)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Elverum HH (NOR)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)Qualifier Group 1Qualification Group 1Sporting Lisbon (POR)Tatran Presov (SVK)Cocks (FIN)Alpla HC Hard (AUT)
The regular member of the German DKB Bundesliga, TBV Stuttgart closed any possible discussion about goalkepeer’s position. The former NT goalkeeper Johannes Bitter extended his contract for one more season.The 35-years old ex-member of HSV Handball will try to help his team staying in German handball elite. Johannes BitterTVB Stuttgart ← Previous Story Bo Spellerberg to finish career at Swiss TSV St. Otmar? Next Story → Nemanja Ilic and Dragana Cvijic are the Serbian players of season 2017/2018
Considering Abortion? For an Immediate Appointment: Fill in our online booking form or call us on [telephone number]. Abortion Alternatives Free Confidential Advisory Service Free Pregnancy Testing Special Service for Teens – Confidential and Supportive.Still undecided? Not Sure What You Want to Do? Take Advantage of Our Free Advisory Service. Just Call or Email us for help. FREE SCANS …Irish visitors to our site get a quick, local appointment and get all the information you need. THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS Authority (ASA) in the UK has pulled an advert for the Central London Women’s Centre (CLWC) because it gives the impression that it “offered terminations and was therefore an abortion clinic”.The advertisement made a specific reference to Irish women, stating: “Irish visitors to our site get a quick, local appointment and get all the information you need.”The British Pregnancy Advisory Service challenged whether the claims on the website were misleading, because it was unclear that the service did not refer women directly for a termination.Women’s centre advertisementAccording to the ruling, the full homepage advert for www.abortionchoices.org stated: There is no regulation as to what these centres can advertise themselves as,” she said, adding, “while in the UK, rulings like this by the ASA are to be welcomed, the Irish ASAI (Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland) say there is nothing they can do.She said Pro Choice Ireland had called on the ASAI to widen their remit and regulate.“They said as these centres are not commercial enterprises, there is nothing they can do. They can carry on giving misleading advice and advertise misleading information about the service they provide and it is all perfectly legal,” she said.“Anyone signposting that they are a service health provider or crisis pregnancy counsellor should be under the remit of the ASA, whether they are a commercial enterprise or not,” said Ahern.She said Pro Choice Ireland were calling on the government to go one step further and establish a licensing system for crisis pregnancy agencies.“It is a very important and serious decision for any woman to make and these women are very vulnerable when they are making this decision. Right now there is no legislation around that ensures someone is properly qualified to counsel someone and there is no ethical or legal guidelines on how one can offer a service and how one can advertise a service,” she said.Read: TDs call for repeal of 8th Amendment on its 30th anniversary>Read: Irish Times incorrect abortion story ‘appalling and scandalous’ – Minister Lynch> The challenge was upheld, with the ASA stating that the advert gave the impression that the advertiser offered terminations and was therefore an abortion clinic.The ASA stated that the advertising was “irresponsible, because women seeking a termination could be unnecessarily delayed by contacting the advertiser under the false impression that CLWC was an abortion clinic and would offer impartial advice. We therefore concluded that the advertising was both misleading and irresponsible.Crisis pregnancy advertising in IrelandSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Sinead Ahern from Choice Ireland said that this sort of misleading advertising is common place in Ireland.“We have been campaigning on this for a number of years. There is a lack of regulation here and a lack of clear labelling of crisis pregnancy agencies. Many say that they can provide direct referrals or have links with clinics abroad when they do not,” she said.Ahern said she went undercover to expose one centre that was advertised as a centre for women that provided support for those in crisis pregnancy situations and said she was told that if she decided to have an abortion it would prevent her from having children in the future and could get breast cancer, amongst other things. She said:
SAUSAGE AND RASHER maker Olhausen has closed its three plants in Ireland, resulting in the loss of 160 jobs.Workers at the factories in Blanchardstown, Coolock and Monaghan were informed the company had ceased trading this morning.BDO’s Jim Hamilton was appointed as the Receiver by Ulster Bank. He told employees that the company closed without notice as it is no longer a going concern.Siptu organiser Colm Casserly said discussions about the payment of outstanding wages and redundancy terms were continuing.More: Cork’s Savoy venue to re-open, creating 65 new jobs>
Anyone can take part in the competition and no previous experience is required, but you are advised to practice in the weeks leading up to the competition.You can practice with your own conkers, but you will be provided with a competition-grade conker on the day of the competition.There is a practice arena available to competitors in Freshford on competition day.Top prize is €400, with additional €100 restaurant vouchers, a coveted trophy and a conker crown.It is possible for complete novices to win the grand title. Last year it was taken by newcomer Mark Graham (who you may know as the Year of Festivals in Ireland guy) took the title. And he’ll be back this year to defend it. In pics: The messiest festival of the year> THERE ARE JUST weeks to go until the 13th annual Irish Conker Championships in Kilkenny and organisers are scrambling to ensure that there are enough supplies to last throughout the event.A disease called bleeding canker is sweeping the country’s horse chestnut trees, meaning stocks are perilously low. Organisers say they need to collect 30,000 conkers in order to meet festival standards.Of the tens of thousands of conkers collected, only around 500 will be deemed suitable for use and of regulation size in competition.Susan Murphy, chairperson of the Irish Conker Championships told TheJournal.ie that local schoolchildren are working hard to collect enough supplies, but said that they have to look further afield. She said anyone with extra stocks is welcome to donate them.More than 2,000 people are expected to arrive in the town of Freshford in Kilkenny for the mighty battle on 28 October, to see who will collect the adult, child and team prizes.The winners will then be cleared for entry into the World Conker Championships in Ashton in England.Irish Conker Championships: Your essential guide…
A FIVE-MONTH TREND in property prices increasing was confirmed this week, with Dublin continuing to outpace other areas of the country.The substantial increases in some areas over the last 12 months have led to talk of “yet another bubble” emerging, with internet forums awash with sentiment such as “Not again!” and “Will we never learn?”. To me, this is largely misplaced, mistaking a house price boom for a house price bubble. Let me explain.Firstly, I should state that, unlike “recession” which is taken to mean two consecutive quarters of negative growth, there is no agreement among economists on what exactly constitutes a bubble, in house prices or in other assets, but the general rule is that prices have to detach from “fundamentals”.For example, the Congressional Budget Office defines an asset bubble as an economic development where the price of an asset class “rises to a level that appears to be unsustainable and well above the assets’ value as determined by economic fundamentals”. Charles Kindleberger wrote the book on bubbles and his take on it is that, almost always, credit is at the heart of bubbles: it’s hard for prices to detach from fundamentals if people only have their current income to squander. If you give them access to their future income also, through credit, that’s when prices can really detach.Price booms vs price bubblesIn that vein, I think it would be useful for commentators to distinguish between price bubbles and price booms, even if that distinction may be less clear in real life than in theory. Stop any friendly economist and they will tell you that the price is just the outcome of the interaction between supply and demand. If supply falls, or if demand rises, this will push prices up.We are familiar with house price booms in Ireland: between 1995 and 2001, significant growth in house prices – even adjusting for inflation – was the result of a number of factors (fundamentals). These include demographics (how many people per household on average), household income and the supply of housing.House price growth between 2001 and 2007 was, in contrast, a bubble, driven by banks over-extending themselves (lending relative to deposits) and over-extending borrowers (higher loan-to-value). Every increase in incomes that happened in that period was offset by an increase in the supply of housing. House prices rose because banks went from lending out 80 per cent of their deposits to lending 180 per cent (by borrowing themselves from abroad).Easy credit and expectationsSomewhere in the middle of this split between boom and bubble is what’s known as “user cost”, basically how interest rates compare to people’s expectations about house prices. Expectations are clearly central to bubbles as no-one will pay €400,000 for a 1-bed apartment unless they expect it will be worth at least as much in the future – so we can say that expectations are a necessary precondition.However, while I may expect that this apartment will be worth at least €400,000 in ten years, unless I can turn my desires into effective demand, that’s not enough. And that’s where credit comes in. So, when we are talking about prices being a multiple of average incomes, expectations are necessary but not sufficient to bring about a bubble.What do we see in the Irish market at the moment? We certainly do not see easy credit: fewer than 2,000 mortgages are given out to first-time buyers each quarter at the moment, one fifth of the number given out in 2005 and 2006. But whereas now is too few, then was almost certainly too many.What is the right level? Well, there are about 7,500 births to first-time mothers per quarter, which gives us an idea of how many households are being formed. Allowing for households that never buy (and for the moment excluding households that never have kids), this means a healthy market would see perhaps 6,000 mortgages being issued each quarter to first-time buyers. What we have is – still – a housing market starved of fresh credit, not stuffed with it.Dublin has no oversupply from the bubbleThis suggests that what we are witnessing is being driven more by fundamentals than by credit. For simplicity, if we think of house prices as demand divided by supply, it is clear that rising prices may be nothing to do with too much demand and may instead be driven by too little supply.This helps explain why it is Dublin, and not the rest of the country, that is seeing rising prices at the moment: Dublin has no oversupply from the bubble. This is being compounded by negative equity preventing trader-upper type moves, creating a crunch in a market where there is, at best, moderate demand.The limitation to a neat split between house price booms driven by fundamentals and house price bubbles driven by credit is market momentum. Rising prices now may generate rising prices in the future because rising prices now affect people’s expectations. But the point made above still remains: unless those expectations can tap in to credit, they will not translate into a rise in demand.The “Dublin differential”Does this mean there is nothing to worry about? Absolutely not! The graph above shows the ratio of prices for a four-bed semi-d in South County Dublin to one in Mayo, and the same ratio for a one-bed apartment. The “Dublin differential”, which was steady from 2006 to 2009 and falling until early 2012 has increased dramatically since then. For a one-bedroom apartment, it has doubled (from 120 per cent to 240 per cent).Rising prices may be good for those who already own their homes but for those looking to buy, affordability of property in the capital is paramount. When prices rise because of a bubble, you can prick the bubble by restricting the supply of credit, but this is invariably messy (UK: take note!).When prices rise because of a boom, what is needed to moderate prices is simply an increase in supply. What we need to understand now is why there is so little construction happening in Dublin, when the city clearly needs it.Ronan Lyons is Assistant Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and author of the quarterly Daft.ie Reports on the Irish property market. You can read more articles on his blog, where the original version of this piece first appeared.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) is to carry out a two-year research programme to assess the potential impact of fracking.The EPA notes that although there are currently no hydraulic fracturing (fracking) projects under way in Ireland, the gas exploration method “is an emerging issue”.The research programme, for which the EPA is now accepting tender applications, will assist regulators on both sides of the border to form rules on fracking activity.The EPA says the research will involve extensive review of fracking activity worldwide as well as additional practical research.Fracking is a method of gas exploration where water is mixed with sand and other additives and pumped into underground bedrock at high pressure to fracture the rock.It has been criticised for having the potential to contaminate underground water tables and causing underground instability.The EPA earlier this year received a over 1,300 submissions as part of a consultation programme on the issue of fracking. “A large number of submissions expressed concerns and general opposition to fracking, ” says the EPA. “Calling for a ‘ban on fracking in Ireland’ until more information is available about the potential environmental and health impacts.”The consultation process concluded in March and a summary of its conclusions is available on the EPA’s website. Read: Just four commercial gas discoveries since the 70s but minister remains positive >Read: Fracking could be good for Ireland – but only if it’s safe enough – Rabbitte >
SATURDAY’S HEINEKEN CUP clash between Leinster and Northampton Saints was a strange one, particularly on second viewing. The Premiership side greatly raised their physicality levels, as expected, but Leinster still had more than enough possession to win the game.Matt O’Connor’s men were a poor shadow of the side that had dismantled the Saints at Franklin’s Gardens, even allowing for the visitors’ improvements. A week ago we lauded Leinster’s phenomenal accuracy in their attacking play but, oddly, we will be doing exactly the opposite here.The eastern province had 57% of both possession and territory in this game, whereas the week before they had 45% and 47% of those stats respectively. It’s not a huge difference, but the key point is that Leinster saw enough of the ball to score tries.We’ve taken a look at some of the areas that let Leinster down.Decoy running gets laxOne of the impressive aspects of Leinster’s display in the first leg of this double-header was the sheer precision and threat offered by their decoy runners. Time and again, Saints’ defenders were taken out of the game by intelligent, selfless running off the ball by Leinster.That was strangely absent on Saturday, with the example below serving as a case in point. Too often, Leinster’s attacking play was predictable and lateral, failing to force Northampton defenders into making difficult decisions.We must, of course, credit the Saints’ defence in this instance and elsewhere throughout the game. Jim Mallinder’s men were powerful in the tackle and a lot hungrier for contact than the previous week.Still, Leinster made the visiting team’s job far easier by relaxing on their decoy running. In this example, the four men outside Madigan are all very flat, and all running very similar lines, crabbing towards touch. A counter-balance of a direct line back towards where the ball is coming from would have been useful.If Jennings had taken it upon himself to run that line, forcing George North [an inexperienced defender in the 13 channel] to make a decision, then Leinster may well have been able to play out the back to D’Arcy, as they did so effectively in Franklin’s Gardens. It’s also worth noting the slight hesitation in Eoin Reddan’s pass, again an inaccuracy and one that allows the Saints to press up quicker in defence.Supporting play loses touchDespite the Saints’ vast improvement in defence, Leinster did still manage to create line-breaks on Saturday. Mallinder’s side made 111 tackles, but still missed 18 and allowed five clean busts of their defensive line.Unfortunately for Leinster, their support play [again a feature we highlighted a week ago] wasn’t sharp enough and chances to score tries were missed. Again, showing a couple of examples serves best to illustrate the point.A wonderful offload by Jack McGrath allows Brian O’Driscoll to scythe through the Saints’ defence in the clip above, but you can then see the centre searching for a teammate to pass to. There’s simply no one there for him though, a stark contrast to what was on offer in England the week before.Leinster just weren’t alert enough, there was no one expecting the line-break, no one desperate for another touch of the play. It was actually Jamie Heaslip – who had been part of the previous ruck as circled below – who was first on the scene after O’Driscoll’s break.Another fine example of Leinster’s failure to get to offer support following positive attacking play was the searing break Luke Fitzgerald made in the second half. A gorgeous pass from Gordon D’Arcy allowed the left wing to dance inside North and burst upfield.O’Driscoll offered up a passing option inside, but when Fitzgerald saw that wasn’t really on he stepped back off his right foot and briefly, but decisively, found himself isolated. North did very well to get back and win the turnover penalty, but again O’Connor will have been angry that the support was a split second too late arriving.Saints get on top at breakdownLeinster’s brilliance in Franklin’s Gardens was built on their sheer precision and aggression both in carrying the ball and hitting rucks. The latter component was sorely missing on Saturday though. Again, kudos go to Northampton, who massively upped their game at the breakdown, but Leinster must look at themselves in this regard.Too often, there was that lack of an initial burst to get in behind the ball carrier, as highlighted in both examples above. There was a slight hesitancy in Leinster’s rucking, with man players being indecisive in either slamming defenders off the ruck or slotting into the attacking line.It’s a sign of a lack of focus, something that did appear to affect Leinster. The video below shows such a moment from D’Arcy, whose excellent rucking we highlighted last week.In the video, just keep an eye on D’Arcy as Rob Kearney rushes past him to be tackled. The inside centre initially looks like he’s going to hit the ruck, but then he steps backwards and away from the contact area.Realising in a split second that he will need to clear Alex Waller off the ball, D’Arcy goes back towards the ruck but by then it’s too late. This all happens in less than a second, but it’s that hesitancy which allows Northampton to turn possession over. From a Leinster point of view, this happened too often and allowed the Saints to win the breakdown battle.Inaccurate back playThe sloppiness of Leinster’s rucking and support play extended into much of their passing and starter moves too. Twice off attacking scrums – usually a platform from which they thrive – Leinster were guilty of inaccuracy.In the first example below, it’s a poor pass from Ian Madigan that causes the breakdown in play. Passing is probably the strongest aspect of the out-half’s game, so to see him failing in that area was jarring.Fitzgerald could possibly have stretched for the pass, but he appeared not to be quite expecting it and it ends up with Kearney having to hack the ball away under pressure. This brief passage was emblematic of much of Leinster’s play; inaccurate and indecisive.In the second half, we had another example of Leinster’s lack of incision with their starter plays. The move below is designed to free Zane Kirchner down the right wing, but the South African ends up getting tackled into touch.Leinster do reasonably well with their loop play in midfield, but from there everything is far too lateral. Neither of the Leinster centres were able to get any sort of block in on their opposite numbers, so that means Northampton are able to drift across the field with a ‘wedge’-style defence.As signified in the screen grab below, Fitzgerlad, Kearney and Kirchner are all running laterally, towards the sideline. That makes it far easier for the Saints to defend, as they don’t have to worry about anyone straightening the line or coming back ‘against the grain.’If Kearney had offered a switch play for Fitzgerald, changing his line to cut inside the wing, it would have forced North into making a decision in defence. That didn’t happen and Northampton could simply cover across the pitch and shove Kirchner into touch.Where were the ball carriers?Obviously, Sean O’Brien withdrawing through injury was a big blow for Leinster. Having the powerful back row on the pitch would have possibly made a match-winning difference, but Leinster cannot afford to be so reliant on the Tullow Tank.Heaslip did a decent job of filling in for Leinster’s prime attacking boulder, carrying the ball 12 times. However, the No. 8 aside there was a lack of explosive forward runners on display, such a contrast to Franklin’s Gardens, where the entire Leinster pack got involved in attack.There was just a lack of the same hunger to get on the ball for Leinster in general. The shot below is taken in phase play, and highlights part of the problem. As Madigan gets ready to accept a pass from Reddan, there is one man outside him. Inside the circle are no less than seven Leinster players.Even though it’s a still, you can clearly see above that several of those players are walking. The hunger to get around the corner and offer themselves to carry the ball again just isn’t present. This was not a feature of the entire game, but these little moments can make a huge difference.The final playDespite it all, Leinster came very, very close to winning this game, which is what made it such a strange encounter. Following the 40-7 demolition job in Franklin’s Gardens, O’Connor spoke about the “small margins” having all gone Leinster’s way.Those same fine differences largely went the way of Northampton in Dublin, but the final passage of the game offered Leinster a chance to secure victory. Following Heaslip’s excellent line-break from his own quick-tapped penalty, Leinster burst forward and it appeared that they were going to score.However, it was a final, symbolic moment of Leinster inaccuracy that decided the game, with Heaslip dropping the ball, allowing Jamie Elliot to race away and score.It was a horrible moment for the No. 8 and one that is very explainable. Heaslip knew Leinster were ‘numbers up’ outside him; he knew that if he got his pass away a try was extremely likely. Anyone who has played rugby, or many other sports, can empathise with the situation.So focused on getting his pass away was Heaslip, that he forgot all about catching the ball cleanly first. Regardless of our sympathy for the No. 8, it’s a missed chance. In the shot below you can see that Heaslip has Kirchner, Madigan and Jimmy Gopperth outside him.What isn’t shown is the fact that Luke Fitzgerald is also waiting wide on the left. Northampton have just two defenders who can realistically stop the Leinster attack and a try would almost certainly have been scored if Heaslip can make his pass.It would have been a steal of a victory, but it shows just how close Leinster came to winning this Pool 1 encounter. They remain top of the group, and still have an excellent chance of securing an all-important home quarter-final.However, the inaccuracy demonstrated on Saturday cannot be repeated if Leinster are to win in Castres in January. Also, the worrying nature in which his side’s attitude changed so much in a brief week will need to be addressed by Matt O’Connor.A full repeat of the Franklin’s Gardens display was never a realistic possibility, and Leinster are still well in control of their European destiny. Their frustrating lack of accuracy on Saturday means there is much work to be done.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘O’Brien dearly missed as Saints won every single collision’ – Shane ByrneThis is how one Perpignan player looked after the defeat to Munster
HAVE A FEW days off and looking forward to a drive on your moped or motorbike?Would you wear one of these helmets if Santa had brought you one today?Artist Igor Mitin has been winning design awards for the prints on this batch of helmets, and says he can personalise the helmets using the owner’s own head image. The resulting effect, when you took the helmet off to reveal the same – but smaller – underneath might startle passersby so use with caution…
AMANDA KNOX SAID today that she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British room-mate in Italy and vowed to “never go willingly” to face her fate in that country’s judicial system.“I’m going to fight this to the very end,” she said in an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America.Knox said she was caught off guard by the decision of the Italian court. It hit me like a train. I didn’t expect this to happen. They found me innocent before; how could they?Knox had remained in Seattle during the trial. David Marriott, a family spokesman, said Knox awaited the ruling Thursday at her mother’s home. After the decision was announced, a person believed to be Knox emerged from the house. That person, surrounded by others and covered by a coat, got into a vehicle and was driven away.When asked how Knox was doing, her mother, Edda Mellas, said: “She’s upset. How would you be?”Knox said in a written statement that she was “frightened and saddened,” she “expected better from the Italian justice system,” and “this has gotten out of hand.”The University of Washington student was sentenced to 28½ years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition.Knox, 26, said she and her family “have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.”The court reinstated a guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict was overturned in 2011, but Italy’s supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.In her statement, Knox acknowledged the family of Meredith Kercher, her roommate in Italy.“First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family. Their grief over Meredith’s terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect and support,” she said.Knox implored officials in Italy to fix problems with the justice system, and she blamed overzealous prosecutors and a “prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation” for what she called a perversion of justice and wrongful conviction.Read: Amanda Knox convicted of Meredith Kercher murder at retrial
THERE ARE NOW over 26 million people unemployed across the 27-member European Union according to new statistics out today.The Eurostat agency has said that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the eurozone countries – comprising of 17 nations including Ireland – is at 11.9 per cent for January of this year, a record high of nearly 19 million people.In the wider EU the rate is at 10.8 per cent which is up from 10.1 per cent in January 2012. Eurozone unemployment is up from 10.8 per cent in the same month last year.Some 201,000 joined the jobless queues in the eurozone in January, and 222,000 in the EU, when compared with December.The highest rates were in Greece whose unemployment rate is at 27 per cent – though this figure is from November – and in Spain, on 26.2 per cent.This graph (click here for a larger image) charts unemployment in the eurozone and European Union since the turn of the century: Ireland’s unemployment rate is recorded at being at 14.7 per cent – based on data at the end of the third quarter of 2012 – although figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week showed the Irish unemployment was at 14.2 per cent at the end of 2012.The lowest unemployment rates are in Austria with 4.9 per cent, and Germany and Luxembourg, both with 5.3 per cent.Compared with a year ago the unemployment rate increased in 19 member states and fell in seven while it remained stable in one, Denmark.The largest falls in unemployment were in Estonia (11.1 per cent to 9.9 per cent), Latvia (15.5 per cent to 14.4 per cent), Romania (7.4 per cent to 6.6 per cent) and the United Kingdom (8.3 per cent to 7.7 per cent).While the biggest increases were in Greece (20.8 per cent to 27.0 per cent), Cyprus (9.9 per cent to 14.7 per cent), Portugal (14.7 per cent to 17.6 per cent) and Spain (23.6 per cent to 26.2 per cent).Eurozone youth unemployment is put at 24.2 per cent in January, up from 21.9 per cent in January 2012. In the EU, under-25 unemployment rose to 23.6 per cent from 22.4 per cent.For Greece, the youth unemployment rate in January is at 59.4 per cent, with Spain on 55.5 per cent and Italy 38.7 per cent.More: Number of people at work rises for first time in over four yearsColumn: 15 tips to help you get a job
IF YOU’RE IN the market for a serious new property investment (and you have a few million euro to spare) then you’re in luck: an entire estate is now up for sale in Co Galway.Moneenagesiha Court, located close to Galway’s Financial Services Centre, offers 25 units comprising of two detached, eight semi-detached, six terraced houses, and nine apartments.The property lot, advertised on Daft.ie, is described as a “unique opportunity”and would set you back a cool €2,250,000.Photos: Here’s what a €95 million apartment in New York looks likePICS: The famous Daniel O’Donnell ‘tea party’ house is for salePhotos: One of the largest houses in America is up for sale for €29.5 million
Catherine Murphy leaving the Dáil chamber after members voted to suspend her this morning. INDEPENDENT TD CATHERINE Murphy has been suspended from the Dáil this morning after raising objections to the government’s handling of the legislation which will give effect to pay cuts in the public sector.During the Order of Business this morning the Kildare North TD hit out at the lack of time being given to debate and raise objections to the legislation that will give effect to pay cuts for those earning over €65,000 in the public sector.The FEMPI (Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest) Bill 2013 will give effect to the pay cut aspect of the recent Haddington Road Agreement, but Murphy said that members of the Technical Group were being gagged.Her objections led to Seán Barrett ordering her to leave the chamber and eventually calling a vote on suspending the TD which was passed by 75 votes to 48.Afterwards Murphy tweeted:” Nobody should be allowed to gag 1/3 of the opposition that is why I forced the point in the chamber. Democracy demands opposition voice“Disgusted to have been removed from chamber but I cannot be expected to sit back and watch blatant abuses of power being perpretrated daily.”In a statement later, Murphy said that she had spent the past two years trying to change the Standing Order which currently restricts contributions from members of the Technical Group during the Order of Business as they are not leaders of parties with more one member.She said: “I had anticipated this problem today and I have written to the Ceann Comhairle, I had flagged it as a looming issue and I’ve repeatedly tried to have the Standing Orders changed in order to deal with such a situation arising.“I would question whether or not what is happening in the Dáil is Constitutional.”Murphy added that she could not allow a third of the opposition to be “gagged on such a serious and significant issue”.Responding later during the Order of Business, Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted that the government had dealt with measures contained in the FEMPI Bill in a “comprehensive, thorough and open fashion” in contrast to the previous administration.Read: Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’