Goalkeeper, Carsten Lichtlein (31) and right wing, Florian Kehrmann (34) signed a new contracts with TBV Lemgo. Lichtlein came from Grosswallstadt in 2005 will stay three more years in Lemgo, while legendary right wing, Kehrmann spending his 12th season in most “German team” of Bundesliga and he will stay two more seasons.In last few years, TBV Lemgo wasn’t a part of the TOP group of Bundesliga’s teams. ← Previous Story Dragan Marjanac in Bosna Sarajevo Next Story → WC 2011 TOP 10 HEROES: Onesta’s time! Carsten LichtleinFlorian KehrmannTBV Lemgo
Begona FernandezHC ZajecarRK ZajecarSerbian handball One of the best World’s line-players in the last few years, Begona Fernandez (32) wil leave Spain for the first time in her proffesional career. She signs contract with ambitious Serbian champion, RK Zajecar, who has strong wish to qualify for the EHF Champions League for the first time.Begona Fernandez has been voted for the Best line player at EHF EURO 2008 in Macedonia and WCh 2009 in China. She played in the EHF CL Final 2011, when Itxako lost against Larvik. Fernandez has played for Itxako from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, she won EHF Cup with the team. Before Navarra, she played for Elda Prestigio (2005-2008)With Spain, she won European silver (2008).HC Zajecar already have one Spanish girl in the squad. That is Marta Mangue, one of the most attractive players in female handball. Serbian team reached Cup Winners Cup 2011/2012 1/4 Finals. ← Previous Story Radu Voina left Oltchim Valcea Next Story → The first Spaniard in Serbian handball – Tarazaga to RK Zajecar!
5HSV Hamburg231535698 – 6326633 6TSV Hannover-Burgdorf231526695 – 6732232 13TuS-N-Lubbecke238213644 – 664-2018 4Füchse Berlin241635700 – 6366435 11FA Goppingen2410212681 – 6602122 In DKB Bundesliga were played matches on Wendesday. Rhein Neckar Lowen seems to slowly losing the battle for the title. New point is lost in Lemgo 27:27, so THW Kiel will have chance to be two points ahead of the only rival in the championship race. Swiss playmaker Andy Schmidt kept dreams of his team alive with the last second goal…RESULTS:SG Flensburg-Handewitt : HSG Wetzlar 36:27 (20:13)TuSEM Essen : Frisch Auf Göppingen 25:37 (13:19)HBW Balingen-Weilstetten : Füchse Berlin 29:29 (15:16)MT Melsungen : SC Magdeburg 26:31 (11:16)TBV Lemgo : Rhein-Neckar Löwen 27:27 (13:12)HSV Hamburg : VfL Gummersbach 32:21 (16:11)STANDING: 1THW Kiel232012771 – 59917241 7SC Magdeburg2412111700 – 6742625 12Balingen-Weilsteten249213678 – 708-3020 2Rhein-Neckar-Lowen241932673 – 6017241 15GWD Minden234316608 – 690-8211 8TBV Lemgo2412111661 – 664-325 9MT Melsungen2410410672 – 674-224 14VfL Gummersbach245217628 – 731-10312 ← Previous Story Slovenian Play-Off: Celje PL beat Maribor – Gorenje keeps distance Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 22): Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Ademar and La Rioja with away wins 10HSG Wetzlar2411211689 – 692-324 16TV Neuhausen235117607 – 711-10411 17TV Grosswallstadt233119567 – 641-747 18Tusem Essen242220604 – 750-1466 dkb bundesligaRhein Neckar LowenSG FlensburgTBV Lemgo 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt231733713 – 58912437
EHF Cup F4 ← Previous Story VELUX EHF F4: Veszprem VS Kiel, Barca against Flensburg! Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 27): Barcelona easily past Gijon, thoughts on Copa del Rey Draw for the EHF Cup F4 was held in Berlin later today. Host team Fuchse Berlin will meet Hungarian Pick Szeged at semi-final, while in the second battle for the final will play French Montpellier and Romanian HCM Constanta.The final match will be played day after semis on May 18 in Max Schmelling hall. Organisers announced that 6.000 tickets are already sold for the upcoming event.
← Previous Story Mijailo Marsenic to RK Metalurg! Next Story → HSV Handball talks with Luka Stepancic! New faces in THW Kiel, but the same level of performance and class! THW Kiel won DHB Super Cup over Fuchse Berlin 24:18 (13:8) in front of over 6.000 fans in Porsche Arena (Stutgart).FUCHSE BERLIN: Heinevetter (1.-60., 21/4 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Löffler, Wiede (1), Thümmler, Nenadic (2/1), Romero (2/1), Weyhrauch (1), Zachrisson (1), Horak (1), Igropulo (2), Nielsen (1), Petersen (3), Drux (4); Trainer: SigurdssonTHW KIEL: Sjöstrand (1.-60., 20/2 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen (1), Sprenger (1), Weinhold (3), Wiencek, Ekberg (3), Canellas (3), Dahmke, Klein (4), Jicha (5/1), Vujin (1); Trainer: Gislason Fuchse BerlinKiel
← Previous Story ANOTHER MISSION FAILED: Allison Pineau leaves RK Krim Mercator! Next Story → Meshkov Brest president Alexander Meshkov: We gain a lot of experience in EHF CL Goran Mrdjenzeljko babic Croatia has new national coaches! After disasterous winter during which women’s team failed to reach even the Main Round at Women’s EHF EURO 2014 on home soil in Varazdin and sixth place, the worst rank since 2002 of men’s team at Qatar 2014, Vladimir Canjuga and Slavko Goluza lost their jobs.The new male team head-coach will be Zeljko Babic. He is currently on job in Belarussian best team HC Meshkov Brest. He worked before as an assistant of Slavko Goluza.The new women’s NT head-coach is Goran Mrdjen, currently on position of RK Podravka Koprivnica coach.
← Previous Story Meshkov Brest sign Sasha Tioumentsev Next Story → Veselin Vujovic about handball future: We need new rules! One of the biggest star in the history of Spanish handball, Marta Mangue, signed two years contract with the French second league team Brest. The 32-years old Spanish playmaker doesn’t have plan to finish her career soon as there is a possibility to stay even after 2017 in her new team for one more season.Mangue has played in many teams, but her matches for Spain are something which staying in memory of handball fans across the globe. She played in Spain, Denmark, Serbia, and since 2013, in France for Fleury. Marta Mangue
← Previous Story RK Celje PL win fourth Slovenian Super Cup in a row Next Story → MACHULLA’S TIME: SG Flensburg break “black series” against RN Lowen! The Croatian goalkeeper Matej Asanin is the hero of Portuguese Sporting Lisbon! The 25-years old goalie saved the decisive shot of Austrian Alpla Hard in the crucial moment at the end of qualification tournament extra-time – 35:34. The reigning EHF Challenge Cup winners made another step towards TOP of the European handball by taking last place in the best club’s competition.
THE SIGN-IN books for the Departments of Finance and the Taoiseach from September 2008 provide an interesting but inconclusive insight into who visited both buildings in the weeks leading up to the€440bn State guarantee of the Irish banking system.The books, published in full below, are not complete a record of who visited the Departments in the weeks before the bank guarantee was issued.But they do give an insight into who was visiting these two crucial departments in September 2008 as the global financial system went into turmoil and Ireland edged closer to the fateful bank guarantee.The sign-in books were released to Labour TD Kevin Humphreys after the intervention of the Ceann Comhairle.As TheJournal.ie reported in July, Humphreys asked for the book from the Department of the Taoiseach and was told there is no exhaustive record of visitors.A visitors’ book is maintained at the welcoming pavilion to government buildings but there is no requirement to sign it and generally people arriving by car will not sign the book.Analysis of books for both departments from that month indicates that most of those who signed it were journalists, photographers, civil servants, officials from State agencies and lobby groups. The books do not appear to be maintained after 5pm or at the weekend. NoonanThe sign-in records for the Department of Finance show officials from various government agencies as well as journalists signing in. The name ‘Noonan’ appears repeatedly but this is a cleaning firm and not anything to do with the current Minister for Finance.A meeting between Seán FitzPatrick and Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan on 18 September at the Department is not recorded with no record of the Anglo chairman having signed in.On Friday, 26 September the book contains the signature of the Financial Regulator’s Con Horan who was there to see Department of Finance official Kevin Cardiff as was an official from the Central Bank and a representative from Arthur Cox, the Department’s legal firm.It was on this day that the Department of Finance was advised by Merrill Lynch that a blanket bank guarantee was the ‘best, most decisive, most impactful’ solution, according to Simon Carswell’s book ‘Anglo Republic’The sign-in book was closed over the weekend of the 27 and 28 September.Monday, 29 September shows officials from Revenue, the regulator, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the National Treasury Management Agency singing in. On 30 September journalists from various Irish and international news outlets are recorded as signing in.Department of Finance Attendance Record Book (Part 1 of 2)Department of Finance Attendance Record Book (Part 2 of 2) The sign-in book for the Department of the Taoiseach is faded slightly but again shows officials from various agencies and government departments as well as journalists signing in.The photocopied records are badly faded in the days leading up to the the date of the guarantee:Department of the Taoiseach Attendance Record BookRead: Taoiseach won’t say if record-keeping methods have changed in his departmentFianna Fáil: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are ‘a lie’, and this FOI proves itMore: No full record of who visited Taoiseach’s department on bank guarantee night
STEPHANIE MEEHAN, THE Priory Hall resident whose partner took his own life in July, says she hopes a solution for all residents can be reached within 21 days.It’s after confirmation today that Environment Minister Phil Hogan has asked senior officials in his department to initiate dialogue with stakeholders in the debacle and to report to Government within three weeks.Hogan said that the situation that former residents from the Donaghamede complex found themselves in was “unacceptable” and acknowledged that a mediation process involving a former judge had not identified a possible conclusion.The Minister has now asked officials to meet with Dublin City Council, the Irish Banking Federation, NAMA, former residents and other stakeholders and to report back within 21 days with “a proposed resolution”.In a statement released this evening, Stephanie Meehan said she had read Minister Hogan’s proposal for a “fair and equitable solution for the Priory Hall homeowners”.“I would like to thank An Taoiseach, who has personally assured me that a swift solution will now be found so that the Priory Hall homeowners can move on with their lives.I hope that a solution is forthcoming within 21 days, as stated by Minister Hogan. Meehan said she had been “astonished” by the support and good wishes she had received since going public with her story:I would like to send a sincere thanks to you all, your messages did, and continue to comfort me at this difficult time.Fiachra Daly died by suicide on July 15 this year, an action that his partner and mother of his children attributes to the financial strain they were under due to the evacuation of Priory Hall in October 2011.Read: KBC Bank will not pursue Priory Hall’s Stephanie Meehan for mortgage > Read: Bankers’ answers on Priory Hall prompt “massive worry” amongst residents > Explainer: what is happening with Priory Hall?
IT WAS A week when the word chillax was used for the first time ever in Irish politics (we’re guessing here, but we reckon it’s a pretty safe guess).Unsurprisingly, it was uttered by the youngest TD in Dáil Éireann – Simon Harris.Mick Wallace fell out of favour (again) and Dublin’s Lord Mayor weighed in, via Twitter, on the overdraft for Tallaght Hospital.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:
We’ve done a good deal of work with relocated firms such as John Sisk and we have imported steel directly to Abu Dhabi Financial centre from a production facility in Kilkenny from Michael Whelan of SRS.We plan to partner more and link up more with Irish-based firms thinking of using a Middle East based company for either representations or for Joint Venture. KEEL STEEL ENGINEERING has won a €16 million contract with Abu Dhabi Airport and will be hiring 70 engineers to undertake the work in the Middle East.The engineering company is to build a 3,500 tonne baggage handling facility at Abu Dhabi’s new Airport and work begins in January of next year.Irish workersThe managing director John O’Kelly says the company will be recruiting up to 70 engineers, many of them Irish, to work on the project.The 70 new recruits will include project managers and engineers to be on site in Abu Dhabi to start work from January. This is one of the firm’s largest projects to date and is due to be complete in April 2016.John O’Kelly says he likes to foster links with Irish third level institutions such as University College Dublin and Dublin City University, with his company offering internships to engineering graduates.He says it gives the “engineers of the future hands-on, practical work experience and internships at its sites in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and in Abu Dhabi”. The new work opens up significant new opportunities for other graduates, he says.“I left Ireland at the start of the last recession in 1982 and have kept very close contact with home. Four of our 5 children are back studying in Ireland. We’ve always been keen to encourage young Irish people in whatever way we can – to give them a start in their careers and a foothold in the Middle East. There’s been a huge influx of Irish people here in the past five years and we’re very well thought of by the government, the authorities and employers.,” he said.Irish businessHe added: “I understand what it’s like to be isolated from family and immersed in a very different culture and environment at a young age. It’s a very different way of life out here but people are very secular, tolerant and welcoming,” he said.Kelly Steel Engineering is already recognised as one of the Middle East’s top architectural steel fabricators, and has the largest Irish-born private sector workforce in all of the United Arab Emirates.Read: Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwide>Read: Eishtec creates 250 jobs in Waterford and Wexford>
THERE WERE ABOUT 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.With 22,000 elephants killed in 2012 alone, the prospect of one of the largest animals on earth becoming extinct is real.Here, Katie Varvos discusses the growing market for ivory tusks in middle-class China, common misunderstandings about poaching, and what a viable solution to the problem might be. Uploaded by Katie VarvosKatie Varvos is a Canadian-born, Dublin-based vlogger who created the ‘The Unemployed Graduate’- a show about current news and issues. She is a recent graduate, with a BA in Journalism and MPhil in International Relations from Trinity.Each week she discusses a range of topics, asks for your opinions and gives away some pretty awesome prizes. Check out The Unemployed Graduate’s YouTube channeland Facebook page.Read: Save the elephants or I’ll move to Russia, Brigitte Bardot tells FranceWATCH: Elephant family reunion is simply adorable
GARDAÍ IN DONEGAL have arrested three women and a man after a €360,000 cannabis seizure in Ballybofey, Co Donegal today.The arrests were made, gardaí say, as part of an ongoing investigation targeting cannabis cultivation in Donegal. This evening’s search was conducted by members of the Letterkenny Drugs Unit.Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €360,000 were discovered, along with other items made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis, during a search at a premises on Navenny St., Ballybofey, this evening.A man aged in his 30s, and three women, two in their 20s and one in her 60s were arrested.They are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Letterkenny Garda Station.Read: Three arrested after gardaí seized drugs from Meath house
Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills YESTERDAY, ASTRONOMERS FROM the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced they had detected ripples in the fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves, the signature of the universe being pushed apart at its birth roughly 13.8 billion years ago.The signal was detected by a team of astronomers, led by John M Kovac, using a telescope at the South Pole.The experiment is called BICEP2, which stands for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarisation.The landmark discovery builds on 30 years of work in which scientists theorised that the universe rapidly inflated in the microseconds after the Big Bang.One of those authors of inflationary theory is Stanford professor Andrei Linde, who in 1983 first described chaotic inflation.SurprisedLast week, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford University and a member of the BICEP team, surprised Linde with the evidence supporting his theory.Linde was about to go on a Caribbean vacation when Kuo showed up at his door with Champagne, according to The New York Times.“Having news like this is the best way of spoiling a vacation,” Linde told The Times.Watch Linde’s reaction to hearing news of the discovery below:(StanfordUniversity/YouTube)Read: ‘I nearly fell out of my chair’: Irish scientists uncover Einstein’s lost theory>
PRIORY HALL.Two little words I’d give my heart and soul to never have heard.How I wish I’d never seen the advertisement for the development in the newspaper and found myself excitedly placing a holding deposit with my now husband along with many other people my age all hoping to get on to the property ladder. How I wish we had never been taken in by the glossy sales brochure promising a home “perfectly placed to suit our every need”. Even now when I look at it, the complete irony of how the different materials being used to build it would give residents a sense of pride in the look of their home is not lost on me.Proud is something I never really felt living there. We tried to put a brave face on in the nearly five years we lived there but deep down we knew something was not right, though never could we have dreamed it was as dangerous as we have since discovered. With the constant leaks and problems we started to dread rain which in our climate meant we panicked quite a lot! We did the best we could turning our three bed duplex into our little corner of the world, spending most of our savings on floors, painting it and other items that mostly lie in storage now. We got married in 2009 and started our family, living there with our son for his first year until we were evacuated by court order in October 2011.The only people who have paid in any way are the residentsSince the day we were evacuated from Priory Hall the only people who have paid in any way are the residents. Granted we are blessed: we didn’t pay the ultimate price with our lives while we lived there. Hearing how a fire could have spread through the development in minutes means we never would have gotten out as we lived on the third and fourth floors. It’s horrible to think that while you’re doing the best you can keeping your child safe you are actually putting him in huge danger because of the home you purchased in good faith.We pay with our health, constantly stressed and worried, all the while trying to put a brave face on. We pay with our futures – as while this drags on we don’t have one, simple as that. We are stuck in limbo where normal life goes on around us, caught between Dublin City Council who are doing all they can to shirk their responsibilities and a government who are too reluctant to get involved due to the many other possible Priory Halls around the country.I understand they are afraid to get involved as it sets a precedent but what the government fail to see is that there are very real people caught up in this who deserve to have their lives back. My son was one when he left, he still remembers living there, when we walk by, he points at the railings and says “we can’t live there”. I’m tired of listening to the government blame the previous administration for the light touch regulations which led to the disaster that is Priory Hall. The blame game is long over and it’s time for real solutions to be discussed, something to finally put an end to our nightmare.How has nobody been hold accountable for this?DCC went to the Supreme Court today to appeal the court order to pay the residents temporary accommodation and storage fees. Had they carried out the proper inspections nobody would ever have been allowed to move into Priory Hall so we wouldn’t all be in this mess now. It beggars belief that only a few months after the building site was closed down for Health and Safety breaches, DCC then purchased units in the development for social housing. How has not one person been held accountable for that decision? When the problems in the development came to light, DCC moved their own tenants out in December 2009 and left the other owner/occupiers there unaware of the seriousness of the issues for almost two years. Again, how has nobody been hold accountable for this?The appeal has been adjourned until October 15th to allow the mediation process to continue. Whilst it is a small comfort that the court didn’t rule against the residents today, it means another five months in limbo. In October it will be two years since we were ordered out of our homes, as one of the legal counsel put it in court “almost an eviction as opposed to an evacuation”. We were supposed to leave for five weeks while repair works were carried out. The building has stood there rotting ever since and is now in a worse state than ever.I’m tired of trying to stay positive and believing that things have to eventually turn in our favour. It’s the little things that sometimes upset me the most. I’ve put my son’s name down for a local school in the hope that the one we’ve chosen is the one we will live near when he goes in two years. Something that should be exciting is another stressful thing, as while this drags on we have no idea where we will be from month to month. We had our home in Priory Hall gorgeously decorated with pictures of family, friends and our lives together. We have not put one picture on a wall in our temporary accommodation, after the devastation of packing your whole life up in 48 hours I can’t allow myself to put any roots down here as we have no idea when we will have to leave.The bank is still adding interest to our mortgageIt’s not a life, it’s an existence. I know there are people going through so much worse in their lives but it’s still really unfair that all the residents of Priory Hall did was purchase homes in good faith and yet we continue to be the only ones paying for this mess. Our mortgage is on moratorium with our bank but interest is still being added, over €20,000 in 18 months. Very soon it will be impossible to ever repay this debt. Priory Hall represents everything that was wrong with the boom, homes thrown up by greedy and corrupt builders who were allowed get away with it by local authorities who never bothered carrying out inspections, even on sites where there were known to be problems.Priory Hall. Two little words that will continue to rule and ruin our lives until a proper solution is put in place for the residents.This article was reproduced with the permission of Support The Priory Hall ResidentsPriory Hall: “They’ve already tried to put us on the streets once, they can’t try it again”
A FIRE SWEPT through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early this morning killing 21 people, as police investigated an 81-year-old suffering from dementia who may have started the blaze.Most of the victims died from asphyxiation, rescue officials said, as the fire on the upper floor of the three-storey facility filled the rooms and corridors with toxic clouds of choking smoke.Another seven people were injured, six of whom were in a critical condition as the result of excessive smoke inhalation.The fire broke out shortly after midnight at the hospice in Jangseong county about 300 kilometres south of Seoul.The facility cared for close to 80 chronically ill, often bedridden patients, including stroke victims and advanced Alzheimer’s sufferers. Firefighters rescue victims in the early hours of this morning. Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSLocal police chief Roh Kyoo-Ho said an 81-year-old male patient with dementia had been taken into custody after CCTV footage showed him entering a storage room where the fire was believed to have started.“We are focusing on the possibility of arson,” Roh said, while adding that the man, identified only as Kim, had denied any involvement.“We found a cigarette lighter at the scene and forensic experts are examining it,” he added. Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSAlthough the blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes, the physical condition of many patients on the upper floor meant they were unable to evacuate before being overcome by the smoke.One of three nurses on duty died as she tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher.It was the second deadly fire in two days after seven people were killed in a blaze at a bus terminal near Seoul on Monday, and came as South Koreans were still reeling from a ferry disaster last month that claimed the lives of around 250 schoolchildren. Source: Hyung Min-wooThe ferry tragedy triggered a heated national debate as to whether South Korea’s rapid economic development has come at the expense of basic safety standards.‘Terrible thing’ Lee Hyung-Seok, chief administrator of the Jangseong hospice, knelt and touched his forehead to the ground in a display of contrition.“I’m sorry. I apologise for this terrible thing,” Lee said.In the wake of the Sewol ferry disaster, President Park Geun-Hye vowed harsh penalties for any acts of criminal negligence that resulted in fatal accidents. Hospital employees bow their heads to apologise after the fire Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSInvestigations have suggested the Sewol tragedy was almost wholly man-made: the result of cut corners, regulatory violations, poor safety training and a woeful lack of oversight — all, or nearly all, attributable to a desire to maximise profits.Park has ordered a radical overhaul of national safety procedures, including dismantling the coastguard, whose response to the ferry disaster was widely criticised.The 20 patient fatalities in Wednesday’s fire were among 34 people in wards on the upper floor, only seven of whom managed to escape the fire by themselves.Both hospital staff and firefighters denied initial reports that some of the patients had been tied to their beds.South Korea has a rapidly ageing population and the number of nursing homes and other facilities catering to the elderly has doubled to nearly 1,300 from just 690 in 2008.- © AFP, 2014Read: Ten bodies recovered in freezing search of Quebec nursing home fire > Read: Nurse accused of setting fire to nursing home pleads guilty to killing 11 people >
AS SOMEONE WHO has loved and cared for hundreds of pre-school children for more than 35 years, I have strong reservations about the Government’s decision to establish an inquiry into the religious-run mother-and-baby homes.I shudder to think of what those mothers and their beautiful babies must have gone through. I wonder how anyone, especially those who were supposed to care for them, stood by and watched them suffer, take their last breath and close their beautiful eyes for the last time.The authorities and the government at the time closed their eyes to what they must have known was going on in the homes. May God forgive them because history never will.How many millions of euros will it all cost?We are now going to have an investigation to tell us what we know already; that there was a huge breach of trust by those in charge. How many millions of euros will it all cost to find out, or not find out, the full truth of what really happened?Does that seem a heartless or insensitive point of view?The horrific tragedies that befell thousands of mothers and their babies cannot be undone, and no investigation can change the past.However, the Government, and in particular the Department of Children, should and need to focus their energy on the here and now, on our children who are alive today – some struggling with ill health, disabilities and learning difficulties.For example, children in Government-funded preschool schemes who have additional needs and require specific support will be denied a fulfilling preschool experience due to lack of funding for special needs assistants. Why do the parents of children with special needs have to beg for what is their right? Or what about those children who are living in environments that are in no way suitable for their needs, such as deplorable refugee ‘homes’ where families have been living for years, denied their place in society?We must ask the difficult questionResources and funds that are currently available to the Department of Children will be deferred to investigate how such awful tragedies were allowed to happen in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes. We should ask ourselves the difficult question – is this the correct use of funds that our children of today so badly need? How will history judge today’s Government officials and civil servants and their decision to put resources into confirming a history we cannot change while children living today are in need of basic resources?I am asking the Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan to invest the resources available to him and his Department into improving the lives of today’s children. Please get it right and learn from previous mistakes. It is my firm belief that we should honour those mothers and babies who suffered terribly by cherishing our precious children of today, and doing what is right, now.Regina Bushell is the founder and managing director of Grovelands Childcare.
THERE HAS BEEN a fall in the number of complaints made against doctors, but 10% of young doctors left the system last year.Overall, there were 400 complaints made against doctors in 2013, down 23 on 2012. 32 cases were brought to fitness to practice inquiries, with 25 held in public. Four doctors were struck off.In 2013, there were 1,575 new doctors registered to the Medical Council, bringing the total number of doctors in Ireland to 18,160.The report shows that 32% of Irish doctors are between 25 and 32, but preliminary data from the council’s forthcoming report on the medical workforce shows that 10% of doctors aged 25-29 chose to leave the medical register in 2013. In response, the council has undertaken the first ever national trainee experience survey, to measure views on issues such as career intentions, the learning environment, health and wellbeing and emigration.Medical Council CEO, Caroline Spillane said that the council has to work to replace those doctors.“Our resources are constantly focused on developing doctors and then trying to replace them, as we screen new applicants to the medical register.“We all recognise the need to keep talented doctors within the Irish health service and there needs to be a continued system-wide focus on making sure the working environment in Ireland encourages the best and brightest doctors to practise here.”Read: Parents say High Court ruling is impacting how complaints can be made against doctorsRead: Thousands of certificates allowing doctors to work overseas granted
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #NEW REGIME: New Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says that a plan to have universal health insurance in place by 2019 is “too ambitious”.2. #IN FLIGHT: A passenger has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat on a flight from Doha that was escorted to Manchester.3. #HOMELESSNESS: More than a family a day are being made homeless in Ireland according to a leading charity.4. #BARONESS WARSI: A British minister who was the first Muslim to sit in the cabinet has resigned over the Government’s policy on Gaza.5. #MARBELLA: Former Irish boxing champion Jamie Moore is recovering in hospital after being shot twice in the legs in Marbella.