Mathieu Bastareaud has retired from international rugby after his omission from the French World Cup squad. "The road was not always easy but wearing this jersey, representing my country, my family, has been my greatest pride! "I'm happy to have been able to realise this childhood dream..."The blue page has turned! La route n’a pas tjs été facile mais porter ce maillot, représenter mon pays, ma famille, a été ma plus grande fierté ! Peace ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/xzjYKO9NYt — Mathieu Bastareaud (@BastaOfficiel) June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 15:44 UTC
The Government’s National Childcare Scheme will force single parents out of work, according to a representative group. The loss of targeted schemes like the Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) scheme, which meant lone parents in higher education or skills training courses could qualify for a subsidised childcare place, has been deemed a severe loss. Similar losses are set to be faced by parents on the CCS (Community Childcare Subvention) scheme, which allows low income families to access affordable childcare, and additional supports for children who require early intervention. If the scheme is not changed, many low income families will be locked out of training/ CE schemes and will be trapped in poverty. “There will absolutely be single parents out of work because of this strategy.”One in four families with children in Ireland is a one-parent family, 84% of which are single-mothers.
June 19, 2019 15:33 UTC
Mr Grehan said the court had “unlimited powers” of detention and fine for anyone found in contempt of court. He also made an order for Facebook and Twitter to appear in court on Thursday morning in relation to contempt of court proceedings issued against them. Mr Grehan raised the issue, saying that lawyers for Boy B had contacted the DPP’s office and alerted them to images published on Facebook alongside derogatory comments. Mr Grehan said the individuals who published the photographs could be identified but the images had been shared and it was not yet clear to what extent. Both boys had pleaded not guilty and were convicted by unanimous jury verdicts on all counts following a seven-week trial.
June 19, 2019 15:31 UTC
Trouble looms large for Victoria, who doesn't know whether Wendy is aware that she is pregnant with her grandchild. Wendy will be played by esteemed actress Susan Cookson, who is famous for starring in Casualty and Cold Feet. Susan's Emmerdale character could do exactly the same thing to Victoria when she discovers she is pregnant. Does Wendy know Victoria is pregnant with Lee’s baby and should she find out how would she react? Emmerdale fans have pleaded with show bosses to make sure that Victoria gets justice.
June 19, 2019 15:17 UTC
Residents on an Arctic Norwegian island with 69 days of constant light in the summer say they want to go “time-free” and be more flexible with school and working hours to make the most of the long days. Residents on an Arctic Norwegian island with 69 days of constant light in the summer say they want to go “time-free” and be more flexible with school and working hours to make the most of the long days. Resident Kjell Ove Hveding said people on the island of Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle, should get rid of traditional business opening hours and “conventional time-keeping”. He said on Wednesday he met with a Norwegian politician on June 13 to hand over a petition signed by dozens of islanders for a “time-free zone” and discuss its practical and legal challenges. Sitting west of Tromsoe, the island has a population of 350 and fishery and tourism are the main industries.
June 19, 2019 15:00 UTC
Ocado has offloaded a beauty business to high street retailer Next in a move which bosses partly attributed to a strategic shift following its tie-up with Marks & Spencer. Ocado has offloaded a beauty business to high street retailer Next in a move which bosses partly attributed to a strategic shift following its tie-up with Marks & Spencer. Fabled by Marie Claire, a premium beauty store and website, has been acquired by Next in a deal which will be worth about £8 million to Ocado. The high street retailer paid a small upfront fee and will pay at least £3 million as part of an earnout agreement, giving Ocado a cut of sales for the four years to 2024. “We look forward to the continued growth and success of Fabled by Marie Claire as part of the Next Group.”Press Association
June 19, 2019 14:37 UTC
A man has brought a High Court challenge over the decision to change the terms of a competition for places on a paramedic course in the Department of Defence. Gordon Elder is seeking an order quashing the decision earlier this month of the Minister for Defence to set aside the results of the competition for places on the course and recommence the selection process. Mr Elder says had obtained a place under the previous competition which is due to commence on July 22. He seeks an order, if necessary, directing the Minister to place him on the next course. Counsel said it had been agreed interviews will not, however, go ahead and the stay on the competition remains in place until the case comes back next week.
June 19, 2019 14:15 UTC
The president of the High Court has authorised the taking of legal action against State agencies over their alleged “appalling” failures over years to protect a child from alleged sexual abuse by more than 12 males. The opinion described an “appalling failure of duty” on the part of State institutions to protect someone “most vulnerable”, he said. The judge said, in her early months in care, the girl continually requested an internal vaginal examination, saying that she hurt. She received treatment and later made disclosures of alleged sexual abuse. A child sexual abuse unit assessed both children and concluded the allegations were credible, the judge noted.
June 19, 2019 14:15 UTC
The Garda has said it will investigate anyone sharing the identities of the two 14-year-olds convicted of murdering Ana Kriégel. Boy A and Boy B, as they are known publicly, were found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of murdering the 14-year-old girl in Lucan last year. The prosecution had alleged Boy B lured Ana from her home at 5pm on May 14th, 2018, on the pretence of meeting Boy A, whom Ana was “interested” in. Boy A then violently sexually assaulted and murdered her in the derelict farmhouse as Boy B watched. Boy B had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the girl on the same date.
June 19, 2019 14:15 UTC
A NEW 'HERD' mentality and political consensus in favour of an Irish house market of 50% rental/social housing, and 50% homes to buy, risks creating a new welfare state, and may leave tenants unable to afford rent when they retire. On tenure, a new drive towards Build to Rent, and other rental models, risks creating a social housing-dependent society," he stated, "we are replacing one macroprudential risk with a far greater one. READ MORE Swans on speed dial, and a kitchen from Switzerland at Co Clare lakeside retreat"How many of you could afford the rent that your house would attract if you had to pay rent in your retirement?" In the build-up to the economic and construction crash, a herd mentality erroneously built up a belief the country needed 90,000 housing units. The noise they are making sometimes drowns out the voices of those who participate in the actual delivery and who should be heard."
June 19, 2019 14:03 UTC
Fianna Fáil has made the demand, launching a private members bill outlining the need to overhaul maternity services in Ireland. He said it was clear from recent testimonies from women, doctors and midwives that maternity services were “on their knees”. Women in Ireland deserve safe, modern, maternity services, so do the dads and so do the babies. A ten-year national maternity strategy was launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, as then minister for health, in 2016, against a backdrop of decades of tragic stories and worrying maternity services. The motion backed by party TDs also calls for measures to address chronic staff shortages, including ending pay disparity among staff in maternity services.
June 19, 2019 13:52 UTC
Minister of State for Housing Damien English has agreed to spend a night in a homeless shelter, having been challenged to do so by a teenager. The 19-year-old, who asked to be identified under the pseudonym Brian Middleton, challenged Mr English at the launch of the Irish Council for Social Housing’s annual report on Wednesday. He said he had been sleeping on the streets and asked the Minister if he would be willing to spend three nights in a hostel he had previously attended. A clearly thrown Mr English said he would do it so long as it was “a quiet thing” and not in the media spotlight. “I found out that this [event] was happening and it’s just the kind of thing that one does,” he said.
June 19, 2019 13:35 UTC
Gardaí and Cork GAA officials say they are aware of a serious incident at a Cork football league game in Mallow earlier this month in which a spectator was struck and injured. An altercation on the sideline towards the end of the Division 2 game between Mallow and Eire Óg spilled outside the pitch perimeter with violent consequences, say sources familiar with the incident. A Mallow supporter suffered facial injuries in the fracas, and gardaí have confirmed they are aware of the incident. Cork GAA officials say a full CCC investigation will take place. A spokesperson confirmed they are aware of an incident involving some spectators but would not elaborate.
June 19, 2019 13:30 UTC
Hard-working students were rewarded by a higher level physics paper that included questions which appeared on previous exam papers, according to Pat Doyle, a physics teacher at the Institute of Education in Dublin. “Students that practised with past papers, going right back to the introduction of the new syllabus in 2002, were rewarded in this exam,” he said. Kevin Dunphy, a teacher at Heywood Community School in Ballinakill, Co Laois, said that the higher level paper quite fair. “Question 11 was a very nice question on rivalries in physics: Tesla versus Edison and Lise Meitner versus Ottto Hahn,” said Mr Doyle. “It covered a broad range of topics but some students may have found question eight, on heat, challenging for this level.”Try this at home: - Leaving Cert physics (higher level)* A light-year is the distance travelled by light in a vacuum in one year.
June 19, 2019 13:30 UTC
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon’s latest honour has come from the Poetry Society of America. Singer-songwriter Paul Simon’s latest honour has come from the Poetry Society of America. The veteran performer was celebrated during a dinner benefit at the New York Botanical Garden alongside poetry editor Alice Quinn, the other guest of honour. Quinn noted that Simon had been a supporter of the poetry society and remembered seeing him in the offices of Knopf, which published a book of his lyrics. Simon joked about making room for his poetry society award among his “shelves and shelves” of prizes, right next to a special trophy for being the “best-dressed dad”.
June 19, 2019 13:21 UTC