8.Metaloplastika13427331 : 33914 1.Croatia osiguranje151221482 : 38638 7.Lovćen14608362 : 39718 3.Tatran Prešov14914448 : 40828 11.Sutjeska131111293 : 3584 10.Izviđač Mi grupa142111365 : 4087 4.Metalurg11830292 : 23327 2.Vardar Pro141022399 : 36632 9.Bosna9315224 : 25610 12.Crvena Zvezda111010265 : 3323 5.Nexe14734399 : 37924 6.Borac M:TEL14626382 : 38020 After winter break because of the EHF EURO 2012, SEHA League continues to attract handball fans all over former Yugoslavia area and Slovakia. In the first four matches of regional competition from various Rounds, favorite celebrate wins:Borac – Lovcen Cetinje 25:24Izvidjac Ljubuski – Tatran Presov 27:36C.O Zagreb – Borac 37:32 (17:18)Sutjeska Niksic – Vardar Skopje 24:29 ← Previous Story Bojan Beljanski close to FA Goppingen Next Story → Women’s EHF CL (Main Round): 100% Visitors Saturday!
← Previous Story Oscar Carlen operated again, one year out! Next Story → Frantisek Sulc two more years in Pick Szeged! ASOBALatletico madridchema rodriguezLuc Abalo After losing Luc Abalo for two weeks, now Atletico Madrid will have to cope without Chema Rodriguez as well, at least for the next 10 days. Fortunately for him, the injury on the left hand is not a serious one, and nothing was broken, after the injury was caused by an opponent player in the game against Naturhouse La Rioja. He will miss the next game against MKB Veszprem in the Champions League, the last one of the group stage.
Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Results – Round 1:GROUP A:UKRAINE – CZECH REPUBLIC 22:25SERBIA – NORWAY 26:28GROUP B:FRANCE – MACEDONIA 29:16DENMARK – SWEDEN 27:26GROUP C:SPAIN – GERMANY 23:20CROATIA – HUNGARY 28:27GROUP D:MONTENEGRO – ICELAND 26:16ROMANIA – RUSSIA 21:21 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Easy victories for France and Montenegro – Spain beats Germany Next Story → Hungary (Round 13): MKB Veszprem easily past Csurgoi KK
Today another match waited for MKB Veszprém KC, now in the Cup. The team had an easy win in the Hungarian Cup against SZESE, Győr’s male handball team who is playing in the second division in the National Championship. The “small” team started the match without a winning chance, but they really liked to play against one of the best European handball team and they also coped with them. The spectators of city of Győr were also curious because of Veszprém and they filled up the 1500 seats arena. The organizers couldn’t sell ticket on the spot, because they have been sold in advance booking. It was a rare moment in SZESE’s life, but it was holding just for a bit more than one hour. Veszprém won the match 42:28. Iman Jamali was the best in MKB, he scored 11 goals.Further scorers: Péter Gulyás 2, Gergő Iváncsik 5, Timuzsin Schuch 1, Gábor Császár 3, Carlos Perez 2, Tamás Iváncsik 4, Balázs Laluska 2, László Nagy 4, Iman Jamali 11, Renato Sulic 7, János Stranigg 1.”TEXT: Tóth Balázs ← Previous Story Curiosity: North Korea 73:2 Indonesia (Asian Championship Women) Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 14): Atletico Madrid with an important one-goal win in Leon csaszargulyasGyorivancsiklaluskanagyperezsulicszeseveszprem
In a very dramatic game, Frisch auf Goppingen scored a last-second winner through Momir Rnic to secure their place at the EHF Cup F4 in Nantes. After the first game in Maribor ended 27:27, the second one in Germany saw 30:30 with only few seconds to go and which would see Maribor at the F4, but Momir Rnic with a last-second of the game scored the winner and huge joy to the FA Goppingen supporters. 31:30 final score.In the all-German game, RN Loewen overcame the -3 deficit from the first game against SC Magdeburg, and with 27:20 secured their place at the F4 in Nantes.The last team to participate at the F4 will be known today in a game where Holstebro hosts KIF Kolding, the first game finishing in a draw. ← Previous Story Nandor Fazekas (MKB Veszprem): “The referees were against us” Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 27): Naturhouse La Rioja win, take third place EHF CupgoeppingenGoppingenholstebroKIF KoldingkoldingloewenlowenMagdeburgmariborMomir RnicrnicSC Magdeburg
A DUBLIN COUNCILLOR has said water restrictions in Dublin “may endanger public safety” as Dublin Fire Brigade gears up to deal with one of its busiest nights of the years tomorrow.Water supplies in the four Dublin Local Authority areas were shut off at 8pm tonight until 7am tomorrow morning with Dublin City Council saying today the restrictions will be in place until next Monday and possibly beyond that.Dublin councillor Cormac Devlin said today he was concerned that “public safety could be put at risk as a consequence of these sweeping water restrictions” during the Halloween period.One Dublin Fire Brigade source said it was “unfortunate the council decided to do this during our busiest time”.“It might cause a problem for us,” they said. “We”ll be able to handle small fires but if it’s something more substantial we might have to draw water from an open source like a river or a small lake.”As a contingency, the fire brigade has two large water tankers with a combined capacity of over 37,000 litres that will be available tomorrow night.However Dublin councillor Devlin called on the council to immediately suspend restrictions over the Halloween period.Related: Restaurants, hotels and pubs wait to find out effects of water restrictions>Read: Council issues water-saving tips ahead of Dublin night restrictions>
THE NUMBER OF people signing on the Live Register fell by over 5,000 in the month of November, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office this morning.The standardised unemployment rate now stands at 12.5 per cent, according to the Live Register figures which show that a total of 391,507 people were on the register in November, 5,005 fewer than in October.On a seasonally adjusted basis the figures stand at 406,200, down 3,400 in the month or 0.1 per cent.On an annual basis the total number of people singing on the Live Register fell by 25,770 in the year to end of November and this is 38,060 lower than in November 2011.The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in November 2013 was 179,758 with 211,749 people on the register for less than one year.The latest figures will bolster the government’s argument that the economy is recovering.Separate CSO figures published last week showed than 58,000 jobs have been added in the last year.The statistics agency’s Quarterly National Household Survey showed that the number of people unemployed has fallen to 12.8 per cent.‘Relentless pursuit’: Kenny hopes unemployment will be under 10 per cent by 2016‘Very encouraging’: Fall in unemployment to lowest level since 2009 welcomed
STORM GUSTS OF up to 130 km/h are expected from an Atlantic storm that is scheduled to hit Ireland tonight and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging motorists be vigilant.The storm will be strongest in the Atlantic counties and is predicted to move northwest tonight and into tomorrow with southwest winds gusting 100 to 130 km/h. Frequent heavy showers are also expected with sleet and snow also possible on higher ground.With road conditions becoming potentially hazardous, the RSA is advising motorists about a number of extra precautions they should take while driving.A 23-year-old woman died last month when a tree fell on the car she was driving during severe weather and so far in total there have been 14 fatalities on the roads in 2014. A decrease on the 18 people who died in January 2013.In particular, drivers are being told to watch out for falling debris or objects being blown out onto the road as well as vehicles veering to the side.During heavy rainfall drivers should also ensure that they allow extra time to stop suddenly and make sure that they are at least four seconds behind the driver in front.While driving on roads where speed limits are above 100 km/h the risk of losing control due to aquaplaning is also increased.Very high tides have also been predicted this weekend and flood warnings have been issued in a number of counties.Tom Tiernan of Clare County Council explains that heavy rainfall, strong gale to storm force winds, a large sea swell and a spring tide are all combining to lead to a possible repeat of the flooding earlier this month:There is a serious risk countywide of both coastal and inland flooding and all areas which have flooded in the past could be seriously impacted. Conditions could be similar in nature and extent to the storm events of early January with the potential for structural damage.Tiernan added that river levels remain “very high” and arrangements have been put in place to continuously monitor the situation.Read: Orange Alert: Wind, snow and “extremely high waves” this weekend as another storm hits >Read: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its toll >
IN THE LAST three years, Australia has deported almost 1,000 Irish nationals for visa breaches.According to figures from the the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, since 2010 a total of 891 Irish overstayers have been removed under visa conditions after they came to the attention of the authorities.Sent home On average an Irish national is sent packing almost every day after outstaying their visa conditions, reports the Irish Echo, adding that is costing Australia up to $5,000 to deport each person. The costs depend on on the method of removal, the person’s final destination country and the cost of airfares.Australian Minister Michaelia Cash told the Irish Echo that unlawful non-citizens are not entitled to remain in Australia and will be removed.Figures also show that from 2010 to 2011, 16 Irish people were removed from immigration detention centres and sent home to Ireland. This figure increased to 29 in the past year, with a total of 72 Irish people being deported from these institutions over a three-year period.Irish nationals deported under the “monitored departure from the community” category accounted for 776 deportations.These are people that are bridging visas but are still living in the community up until their departure from Australia.AssistanceAssisted voluntary return was provided to 43 Irish nationals over the three-year period. This is used when bridging visa holders who wish to leave Australia but need financial assistance to do so.The department warned that people who overstay their visa may be prevented from being granted a temporary visa for Australia for three years. They encouraged visa overstayers to come forward and discuss their situation.Read: Thousands protest shark culling policy aimed at preventing attacks> Read: This Australian ad has a chilling message for kids who bunk off school>
Poll Results: MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Simon Coveney has sharply criticised companies involved in the horsemeat controversy for their bad practices.An official government investigation has found a range of problems at meat-producing companies, from mislabelling products to withholding information about meat contaminated with horse DNA. The Minister said the companies involved risk causing reputational damage to Ireland’s food sector.A large number of companies and products have been implicated since horsemeat was first discovered in beef products in January.So today we’re asking: Are you still happy to eat Irish beef? Yes, but I’m a little more cautious because of the horsemeat scandal (1338) Yes, I haven’t changed the amount I buy/eatYes, but I’m a little more cautious because of the horsemeat scandalNo, I’m not buying/eating Irish beef for the time beingVote No, I’m not buying/eating Irish beef for the time being (615) Yes, I haven’t changed the amount I buy/eat (618)
The freephone national cancer helpline(1800 200 700) is staffed by qualified nurses, and the level of support is really meeting demand, said Mellett.The ICS has extended that information service to its Daffodil Centres in hospitals, and in its cancer centres through Ireland – and is looking to grow more of these.Families are using it as way of going in and meeting someone who you know has had a cancer diagnosis. It’s a very difficult thing to talk to someone about.They received 30,000 inquiries on the national helpline, and Daffodil centres had almost 30,000 inquiries in the past year.Up to 200,000 people would have been impacted by the Cancer Society services. Without the Daffodil Day we wouldn’t be able to deliver that.Night nursingThe night nursing service is a free service is for people who are very seriously ill with cancer, and may have come to the end of their cancer journey.They want to spend time at home and not be in a hospital environment. A qualified nurse will come to your home, at night time. It is fantastic support for patients and family that they are going to get the level of care they need support, and emotional support. The letters we get back in from the people who have benefited from the night nursing [talk] about angels coming into the house. ONE IN THREE people in Ireland will experience cancer at some point in their lives.Every year, the Irish Cancer Society holds its fundraising event Daffodil Day, which enables it to raise money to help those affected by cancer – whether they have the disease themselves or someone in their family does.The day sees volunteers from around Ireland giving their time to get out on the streets and collect money, or organise events at their home or workplace.Raising fundsThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Irish Cancer Society, and the 26th of Daffodil Day, so we spoke to the society’s Head of Fundraising Mark Mellett about where the funds go.“We have a fantastic team of volunteers,” said Mellett, adding 6000 people register with them on average each year. “We rely totally on voluntary funding – we get little to no Government support.” Every year, 20 per cent of its funding comes from Daffodil Day.“Daffodil day is our key event to help deliver the funds necessary to ensure we can meet the demand for services,” said Mellett. “It’s critical to the ability of the organisation to meet the growing demand and need.”Fifty five per cent of the overall funding is spent on programmes and campaigns; 19 per cent on research; 2 per cent on advocacy; 20 per cent on fundraising and 4 per cent on governance and communications.“We are working in our overall vision towards a future without cancer. That is what drives what our services are and where money is directed to,” said Mellett.Their cancer information service is a key part of this. We really want to make sure that no one has to go through a cancer journey alone and they have the best support they can get. A cancer diagnosis, it is devastating. You need support, not only medical support, which is there and is great, but you also need other types of support. One man loved Daniel O’Donnell. One night his family in the house were woken by the sound of nurse and patient singing Daniel O’Donnell tunes. Last year 7,250 nights of care were delivered to nearly 2000 patients.They also have Care to Drive, which involves transporting cancer patients to and from their hospital treatment and involved 6,000 journeys last year.The ICS also offers financial aid to help take the pressure off people. Last year, they gave €1 million in grants. They work with cancer support centres to deliver counselling, and delivered €200,000 in grants to cancer support centres.Their Survivors Supporting Survivors initiative is a one-to-one programme funded through Daffodil Day, where someone who has gone through the cancer journey is there to help and support others. Mellett said feedback has shown them that this can be hugely powerful for people.Cancer researchThen there is the area of cancer research. “By ensuring cancer research is carried out here in Ireland, the level of care is at the highest level,” said Mellett. “We have a huge quantity of bright people coming out of Ireland. We want to make sure as many people are attracted to cancer reasearch as a career as possible.” With this in mind, the ICS, offers a fellows and scholarships scheme.“Over the 50 years we have been in existence, 650 discoveries have been made by projects funded by ICS,” said Mellett. €2.5 million was invested last year in cancer research.The enemy of cancer is cancer research. We have got a very good record here in Ireland in cancer research and we want to ensure we can increase that.The amount of money that is given to each programme varies from year to year depending on its particular needs. “Our support service are very much demand-led,” said Mellett.The recession has impacted on people’s finances – has this been noticed by the ICS?“It has been tough and we recognise that it’s difficult for people,” said Mellet. “But what we’re seeing is we are being hugely encouraged by people’s real conviction to help the ICS.”There probably hasn’t been a family in Ireland that hasn’t been affected by it. We are definitely seeing an effect of the recession, but with Daffodil Day the generosity has been amazing.Read: ‘Cancer leaves you feeling harder on the outside and softer on the inside’ – Áine Lawlor>Read: Daffodil Day campaign aims to raise €3.4m>
GERMAN AUTHORITIES have arrested a 93-year-old, alleged to have been a guard at the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, on charges of complicity in the mass murder of prisoners.Prosecutors in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said the man was believed to have worked at the camp between autumn 1941 and its closure in 1945.Authorities declined to release the suspect’s name but media reports and the Simon Wiesenthal Center said it was Hans Lipschis, who figures among the Center’s most-wanted Nazis and is said to have served in the SS “Death’s Head” battalion.The man, who was detained at his home, “appeared before a judge and was taken into custody”, the prosecutor’s office in the state capital Stuttgart said in a statement.“The indictment against him is currently being prepared.”Stuttgart prosecutors confirmed to AFP last month that they were working on a probe launched late last year against a suspect who had worked at Auschwitz.Lipschis has been living in the Baden-Wuerttemberg town of Aalen and reportedly told the authorities that he worked as a cook, not a guard, in the camp in then occupied Poland.However prosecutors said the evidence pointed to the fact that the suspect in question had broader responsibilities.“He took on supervisory duties although he did not only work as a guard,” a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office told AFP. “We will try to determine concretely when and what he did at Auschwitz.”She said the suspect was not believed to have killed prisoners himself but rather “that he abetted the actions of the perpetrators”.Fit to be taken into custodyDespite his advanced age, the suspect underwent a medical examination and was determined fit to be taken into custody.The Simon Wiesenthal Center, in its 2013 report, lists Lipschis as its fourth most-wanted Nazi, saying he served in the SS-Totenkopf Sturmbann (Death’s Head Battalion) from 1941 until 1945 at Auschwitz, and “participated in the mass murder and persecution of innocent civilians, primarily Jews”.Lithuanian-born Lipschis was granted “ethnic German” status by the Nazis. He moved to the United States in 1956 but was deported to Germany in 1983 for failing to reveal his SS past, Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported last month.More than one million people, mostly European Jews, perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland from 1940 until it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945.Germany has broadened the scope of its pursuit of Nazi war criminals since the 2011 conviction of Ukraine-born John Demjanjuk, a former guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland.In that case, the court ruled that any role at a death camp amounted to accessory to murder, widening culpability from those found to have personally ordered or committed murders and atrocities.Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years’ prison for complicity in some 28,000 murders. He died at a nursing home last year while freed awaiting an appeal.Lipschis is among 50 surviving Auschwitz staff who are being investigated in Germany under the broadened culpability rules.The Simon Wiesenthal Center hailed the move.“The arrest of Lipschis is a welcome first step in what we hope will be a large number of successful legal measures taken by the German judicial authorities against death camp personnel and those who served in the Einsatzgruppen [mobile killing units], which together murdered more than three million Jews during the Holocaust,” the director of the Center’s Israel office, Efraim Zuroff, said in a statement.However renowned French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld said he had mixed feelings about the news from Germany.“I am torn between my idea of justice and the necessity to chase down war criminals until they take their last breath,” he told AFP.“You need evidence and documents to incriminate them and I think there won’t be any more eyewitnesses to implicate them.”- © AFP, 2013
A MAJORITY OF Irish voters would support legislation allowing abortion in cases where a mother’s life is at risk from the threat of suicide – though the numbers opposing the clause have risen in recent months.A poll in today’s Sunday Independent shows 53 per cent of respondents favour including the suicide risk in legislation allowing the termination of pregnancy, while 23 per cent oppose the proposal.The 30-point margin between the opposing camps remains significant, but is significantly lower than the 41-point gap identified in the last similar poll undertaken in February.16 per cent said ‘it depends’ – indicating that a black-and-white rule may not be appropriate – while 8 per cent of respondents said they were undecided.71 per cent of respondents said they would favour allowing abortion in cases where the pregnancy had followed a rape – a clause which would not be covered by the Government’s draft Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill.78 per cent supported an abortion where it posed a medical risk to the life of the mother, distinct from suicide, while 69 per cent said an abortion was acceptable in cases where the pregnancy posed a threat to her long-term health.45 per cent of voters said the would not support an abortion in any other circumstances, however, while 28 per cent said there were other circumstances in which an abortion was acceptable. 19 per cent said ‘it depends’ while 8 per cent were undecided.FF named most popular partyThe poll – which surveyed 979 people between May 5 and May 16, before the latest round of Oireachtas hearings on abortion began – also found Fianna Fáil to be the country’s most popular political party.26 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Fianna Fáil in an election held tomorrow, ahead of 23 per cent for Fine Gael – with both parties down 1 per cent since the last comparable poll published in March.Sinn Fein commands the support of 19 per cent of voters – up by 3 per cent – while Labour’s share of the vote was unchanged at 12 per cent.Independents and others accounted for the remaining 19 per cent of the vote, down 1 per cent.32 per cent of those polled said they didn’t know how they would vote, however – meaning that supporters of the most popular party, Fianna Fáil, still account for only 17.7 per cent of the electorate.Read: 12 interesting moments from the Oireachtas abortion hearingsGallery: 300 turn out for rally on planned abortion legislation
INSURANCE GIANT AVIVA is to cut 2,000 jobs across the UK, Europe and Asia as part of a major restructuring of its business.The jobs equate to 6 per cent of the Aviva Group’s workforce worldwide.Aviva will also reduce the amount of redundancy pay that workers can receive as part of the plan to save around £400 million.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that today’s announcement will not affect jobs in Ireland.Aviva in Ireland is already going through a major restructuring with a programme of job losses announced last May. The company is seeking a maximum of 540 voluntary redundancies from its Irish operations by the end of this year.The changes to the redundancy packages announced today will not affect employees in Ireland.The spokesperson said that there will be no new plan for job losses in Ireland beyond the existing plan for redundancies, but added that Aviva will continue to look at further opportunities to reduces its cost base given the current economic conditions.In March Aviva announced a loss of £3.05 billion (€3.5 billion) after tax, following a £3.3 billion writedown on its US life insurance business, which it sold for a major loss.Read: Aldi to create 300 jobs around the country > Read: Numbers with private health insurance fall by 64,000 in 2012 > Read: Aviva to increase insurance premiums by 4 per cent >
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee — shortly before 9am.1. #RIP: The body of missing pensioner George Manson has been found in the Wicklow Mountains, following an extensive search involving gardaí, the coast guard and local search teams. The 76-year-old, from Blackrock in Dublin, went missing at the weekend.2. #CHINA: At least 31 people have been killed after attackers drove two cars into shoppers in the restive Xinjiang region, the BBC reports. The Ministry of Public Security has called it a “violent terrorist incident”.3. #SHATTER: Alan Shatter’s expected to make a statement regarding his severance pay this afternoon, RTÉ’s Morning Ireland has reported. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on the former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to decline the payments, worth €70,000.4. #DRUMM: Ex Anglo boss David Drumm is to continue giving evidence in court in Boston, where he’s attempting to be declared bankrupt. Read the latest from RTÉ here and check out our explainer on the trial.5. #GONE: A Sinn Féin election candidate has resigned from the party after admitting to making anti-Traveller comments on Facebook three years ago, this morning’s Irish Independent reports. Cathal O’Reilly was seeking a seat on Clare County Council.6. #ATTACK: One man has been injured following two incidents in which shots were fired through the windows of two homes overnight. The attacks were in Drimnagh and Walkinstown.7. #EARLY POLLING: Over 2,000 citizens are entitled to vote today, as islands off Donegal, Galway and Mayo go to the polls. The full ballot boxes will be flown back to the mainland by the Air Corps this evening.8. #BLADES OF GOREY: Some 30,000 people (and more than a few election candidates) will be at the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Championships in Gorey over the next few days. The six-strong Team Ireland will be headed up by Donegal man Ivan Scott, who claimed the world record two years ago.9. #THE OUTLOOK: Finally, the weather… Top temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh winds. There’ll be rain in the west and south this morning, turning heavy in the afternoon.
FOR THE FIRST time in five years, Fine Gael is not out in front in the race for popularity. They have been joined in the top slot by Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil.According to the latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post, both parties have 26 per cent support among the Irish electorate. As the lead coalition party continues to implement austerity measures and struggles with stubbornly-high unemployment rates, its popularity dropped two points.Since January, Fine Gael’s support has fallen dramatically from 36 per cent to 26 per cent.Fianna Fáil’s trajectory has been just the opposite. At the start of 2013, it only managed to obtain 17 per cent support but that figure has been rising steadily since then. Today’s poll shows another one point jump, bringing the party in line with Fine Gael at 26 per cent.Labour’s woes have not abated either with their support level stagnant at 11 per cent. There has also been no change for Sinn Féin who remain at 16 per cent.If there was an election held tomorrow, Independent and other small party members would receive 21 per cent of the first preference vote.The survey was compiled by Red C from a sample of 1,003 adults over the telephone between 20 and 22 May. It should be noted that the calls were made as the row between Minister Alan Shatter and a number of TDs was making headlines.Read: LRC chief ‘mesmerised’ by teachers’ decisionMore: BBC ‘very sorry’ for offence caused by SF/IRA jibe
A TOTAL OF 1,540 seizures of counterfeit goods have been made already in the first quarter of 2013, according to figures from the Revenue Commissioners.In response to a parliamentary question this week, Finance Minister Michael Noonan revealed that the value of counterfeit goods seized this year had a totaled €819,684.He said the range of goods seized is “extensive” and includes body care items, clothing and accessories, mobile phones and other electronic equipment, CDs, DVDs and toys.In 2012 a total of 5,580 seizures were made with a value of €5,437,334 and Noonan said he recognised the value of raising consumer awareness of the negative impact of the trade in counterfeit goods. He also said it was important for consumers to know about the potential safety risks involved.The finance mininster said he believes that “the holders of intellectual property rights have a key role to play in conveying this message to consumers” and can help gardaí in confirming the status of suspected counterfeit goods.“I understand that Revenue works with other stakeholders, where possible, to highlight the problems associated with such goods and will continue to avail of all opportunities that arise to raise the public’s awareness regarding counterfeit goods.”Those convicted of illegally importing counterfeit goods could face a fine of €126,790 or in the case of goods with a value of over €250,000, a fine of three times the value of the goods, or a prison sentence of up to five years, or both.Noonan said there are no proposals at present to increase these penalties, but the position will be kept under review and he said gardaí and the Revenue Commissioners work closely together and with international operations to tackle the problem.Read: Cigarettes, tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €1.5 million sting operation>Read: What happens to the things that the gardaí or Revenue seize?>
After that, sights will be set on gaining access to the US market for sheepmeat.Coveney met with a number of government officials during the trip to outline “ambitious plans” for the agri-food sector.The minister has faced criticism from opposition TDs, who believe he should ‘tackle the beef crisis at home and in the EU’.In a statement this evening, Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris said the “crisis in the beef industry has caused hardship and stress among producers recently and it seems that the government and Minister Simon Coveney are happy to let the market rule”.“The problem is that the market can be manipulated by the beef barons and by the large multiple retailers who change specification and introduce penalties at will, while the minister sits on his hands,” he said. Ferris announced that his party is organising a meeting with been farmers and dealers in the beef industry in an attempt to find solutions to the ‘crisis facing the industry’.Read: Japan ends 12-year-ban and reopens its market to Irish beef > MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Simon Coveney has said he is “confident” that Irish beef will be sold in shops in the United States by autumn this year.However, it is still pending approval by the US government’s agriculture department.Speaking at the end of a four-day mission to Washington, he said that Ireland’s grass-based farm model was a “key theme” to create a point of difference for Irish produce.“Following a significant diplomatic and technical effort, we have made real progress on obtaining access for Irish beef to the US,” Coveney said. Subject to a forthcoming audit of Irish beef plants by USDA going as expected; I am confident that Irish beef can be on US retail shelves by early Autumn this year.