SALES OF BRANDED goods in Irish supermarkets have climbed 4% year-on-year, the first time in four years that they have shown stronger growth than own-brand competitors.The sales figures are carried in the latest Kantar Worldpanel market share results, which show that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s top supermarket with 23.2% of market share.Dunnes also posted an increase in sales of 5.7% compared with this time last year. In second place, Tesco holds a 22.7% share of the market and a sales increase of 4.8%.SuperValu is in third with 22.2%, with Lidl and Aldi on 10.5% and 10.3%, respectively.The results also show that branded sales are recovering, with Kantar Worldpanel’s David Berry saying the sales equated to nearly €50 million extra for retailers.“The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales of brands are up 4% year on year as shoppers parted with an additional €49 million on their favourites during the past 12 weeks. This is the first time in four years that brands have posted stronger sales growth than their own label counterparts, with alcohol, baked goods, frozen food and toiletries performing best.”Shoppers’ increasing interest in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles also saw sales of vegetarian options surge by 18%, with one in five shoppers picking up a vegetarian product over the past 12 weeks.Meanwhile, Iceland, which now has 20 stores in Ireland, has seen sales rise 6%.Read: Deal done for Cork’s new event centre but it could end up costing the State more money Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File. 20,217 Views Share34 Tweet Email4 41 Comments File. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3847743 Dunnes is still Ireland’s most popular supermarket – and we’re buying more big name brands We’re also buying more vegetarian and vegan foods. Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM Image: RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford Feb 12th 2018, 12:45 PM Short URL
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We know that official self-harm rates only represent those who have presented to hospital. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 6:00 AM It’s about tackling that and getting people to understand that those who self-harm are expressing distress and we should address it at an empathic level.The 2018 Self-Harm Awareness Conference will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 1 March, coinciding with Self-Injury Awareness Day.This year’s conference is aimed at healthcare professionals, social care and education providers, and will focus on understanding self-harm.The conference will offer three workshops focusing on three specific themes about understanding self-harm.Read: From zero funding to a thriving New York branch: Joan Freeman’s Pieta House journeyMore: Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia Self-harm hospital presentations ‘just the tip of the iceberg’, mental health services warn Pieta House and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are calling for more discussion to be had around self-harm. By Hayley Halpin 8,786 Views 6 Comments File photo Image: Atlantis Images via Shutterstock Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3864272 Image: Atlantis Images via Shutterstock Share134 Tweet Email1 Lack of understandingPaul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services told TheJournal.ie that while the amount of young men and women who are presenting with self-harm symptoms is constantly growing, discussion and self-understanding on the subject isn’t following suit.Gilligan said that a call is being made for more discussions to be had in Ireland around self-harm because there is a lack of understanding around why people do so.“We know that self-harm is a way of dealing with emotional distress and pain. Obviously, you can’t prevent people from experiencing emotional distress and pain, but you can help people be aware of how to deal with it better,” Gillian explained.There is need to build awareness around the fact that self-harm is often a display of emotional distress and pain, Gilligan said, and that very often self-harm clouds that particular self-awareness.“People will feel guilty or ashamed that they’ve self-harmed and they see it as a sign that they’re very depressed,” he said.The reason we’re having this conference is because one of the biggest obstacles to people addressing and seeking help for self-harm behaviour is the fact that they feel it carries a huge amount of stigma. Feb 25th 2018, 6:01 AM File photo ST PATRICK’S MENTAL Health Services and Pieta House have called for more discussion and understanding on the subject of self-harm, as they claim recent figures are “just the tip of the iceberg”.Ahead of their third annual Self-Harm Awareness Conference on 1 March, both organisations are urging those who deal with young people to educate themselves on the subject of mental health.The focus on mental health education for young people follows the latest figures from the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), which show that the peak ages for self-harm presentation are between the ages of 20 to 24 for males and 15 to 19 for females.The figures also show an overall increase in the presentation of self-harm cases, with the NSRF revealing that the rate of self-harm was 10% higher than it was in 2007.“We aim to tackle and remove the stigma around self-harm, and part of our vision is that we strive to replace self-harm with self-care,” Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins said.
Penneys to take centre stage as over 1,000 jobs to be created in new Carlow shopping centre A further 100 jobs were created by synthetic diamond suppliers Element Six in Shannon. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Jan 27th 2017, 7:03 AM 27,747 Views Share Tweet Email6 Image: Lexeme Properties/Sherry Fitzgerald Carlow Central Shopping Centre is set to open late next year. Image: Lexeme Properties/Sherry Fitzgerald Friday 27 Jan 2017, 7:03 AM Carlow Central Shopping Centre is set to open late next year. 30 Comments Short URL A NEWLY REDEVELOPED Penneys is set to anchor a new €70 million shopping centre in Carlow.Carlow Central Shopping Centre will create at least 225 jobs during construction and, once completed, will provide employment for approximately 800 full and part-time jobs on site.It will comprise around 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space, as well as 640 car spaces and a further 10,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation.The development is set to open to customers in time for the Christmas 2018 shopping period.The Penneys itself will occupy 51,000 sq. ft. of retail space over two floors. Its site will incorporate the existing Penneys in Carlow Town, with additional adjoining lands on a site of 6.5 acres.Lexeme Properties have confirmed that they are working to bring other big retailers to the shopping centre, after confirming its biggest space for Penneys.Eamonn Duignan, of Lexeme, said: “This confirmation is the culmination of many years work by both Lexeme and Penneys, and ensures the delivery of Carlow Central.”Further announcements on other retailers are expected “shortly”.More jobs announced for ShannonIn a separate announcement today, synthetic diamond supplier Element Six announced the creation of a further 100 jobs at its Shannon facility, as part of a €7 million investment by the company.Element Six is a member of the De Beers Group of Companies.The positions are in the areas of supply chain, engineering and manufacturing. Recruitment is said to already be underway, with all of the posts set to be filled in the first half of 2017.At the end of this latest recruitment drive, the company will employ 550 people from its Shannon facility.Global CEO Walter Hühn said: “A key influencer is the operating environment, which is considerably better now in Ireland. In return, we have invested heavily and created high-value jobs for the region.”Read: Liffey Valley purchase shows Ireland’s property market is now seen as a safer betRead: The woman who helped build Primark reveals why the store doesn’t sell online http://jrnl.ie/3207969
By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share161 Tweet Email A MAN IN his 30s has died after a road traffic collision involving three cars on the N2 Dublin to Derry Road.The incident occurred between Monaghan Town and Emyvale at 12.20pm today.The two female occupants of the second vehicle were seriously injured and brought to Cavan General Hospital.The male occupant of the third vehicle was unharmed. The road is currently closed and diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them at Monaghan Garda Station 04777200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 yearsRead: Retired garda given €90k in damages after being attacked on duty Feb 7th 2017, 4:04 PM 23,036 Views 8 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3227502 Short URL Three-car collision on N2 kills driver and seriously injures two others Gardaí are appealing for information. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 4:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Hot Spot, Parnell Street, LimerickPolonez, 20 Moore Street, Dublin 1Pacinos Restaurant, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the proprietor of Pacinos said that the restaurant takes food safety “extremely seriously” and that the order was served to “facilitate immediate upgrades” to the rear doors of the establishment.He said that the restaurant had been using the area to the back of the restaurant as a social space, using it as a smoking area and as a laneway for customers to enter, but the doors had become damaged with one needing to be replaced.He added that the laneway had been kept in good condition for their customers, but said the onus fell on Dublin City Council to ensure that the lane is maintained properly.A spokesperson for the FSAI said that they do not comment on the details of individual cases.Two other closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. Under this legislation, closure orders are served when there is a non-compliance with food legislation.The two were:Beachview Tandoori, Strand Road, Laytown, Co MeathKavanaghs Fine Foods Cork Ltd, 9 Pearse Street, Ballyphehane, Cork.Dr Byrne added: “The vast majority of Irish food businesses are aware of the importance of food safety requirements and are complying with food safety legislation.“However, there are a number of businesses acting carelessly and potentially putting consumer’s health at risk.All food businesses must take responsibility and recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat.Read: A Roscommon takeaway and bakery were both served with closure orders last monthRead: These 11 food businesses were closed last month> TWO TAKE-AWAYS and one restaurant were among five food establishments served closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in January.The chief executive of the FSAI, Dr Pamela Byrne, said that these were the latest examples of a number of businesses “acting carelessly and potentially putting consumers at risk”.Three closure orders were issued under the FSAI act, 1998, which is served when it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at the premises, or when an improvement order is not complied with.The three places issued with closure orders under this act were: Feb 9th 2017, 4:43 PM These five food businesses were served with closure orders last month Two were in Dublin, with one each in Limerick, Meath and Cork. By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Share83 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3231039 57,519 Views Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 4:43 PM 16 Comments Short URL
46 Comments By AFP Image: HWNDU Source: Deepti Hajela/PA ImagesThe digital art project consisted of a microphone-equipped camera mounted on one of the museum’s exterior walls, where visitors were invited to stand and repeat the words “he will not divide us”. The footage was then live-streamed on the project’s website.“While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly,” the museum said.LaBeouf Shia LaBeouf, a Hollywood actor of Jewish descent, has been very vocal in his opposition of Trump during his election campaign and presidency.In late January, LaBeouf was arrested after an altercation at the project site. Source: Chris Pizzello/PA ImagesAccording to police, the actor “grabbed the scarf of a 25-year-old man” which caused the man to fall to the ground, though the motive for the skirmish was not established.“Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests,” the museum said, “such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”Video clips archived on the site do not show scenes of violence, though on several occasions people are recorded making aggressive statements toward LaBeouf and apparent leftist supporters.- © AFP, 2017Read: Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested after alleged assault at Donald Trump protest-cum-art project http://jrnl.ie/3234025 The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent. Threats and arrests end Shia LaBeouf’s art project against Donald Trump The project website now features a static image that reads “the museum has abandoned us.” Share4 Tweet Email Image: HWNDU A STREAMING VIDEO performance installation that aimed to provide a forum for anti-Trump expression was shut down after it became “a flashpoint for violence,” New York’s Museum of the Moving Image said today.The participatory project ‘He Will Not Divide US’, by actor Shia LaBeouf and two other artists, kicked off the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, 20 January. It had intended to continue running throughout the new president’s four-year term.But according to the museum, located in the city’s Queens Borough, the exhibit “created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, staff, local residents and businesses”. Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM Feb 10th 2017, 9:00 PM 18,722 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
97 Comments 17,529 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:12 AM SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has said he is worried of the catastrophic effect a hard border would have on the island and said he was concerned at claims the government is preparing for a return to the days of border controls.Reports in yesterday’s Irish Examiner claimed that revenue officials had been meeting to determine all “legal and practical implications of a range of scenarios”.Adams said: “This allegedly includes the examination and identification of locations for full border checkpoints with ‘red and green channel’ facilities in Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, and Donegal. It is also claimed that the M1 motorway between Dublin and Belfast is to be a particular focus for customs officials.”Adams had used his Dáíl speaking time to ask the Taoiseach about the reports. Kenny responded by saying he had seen reports drafted by customs officials but “I have an agreement with the British government that there will be no return to the border of the past and that means customs posts along the border”.Kenny added that he and his party do not want to see a return to the old days and that “nobody north or south wants to a return to that”.But Sinn Féín said it was not happy with that response and said it wanted clarity on what is to happen.Adams, who is a TD for Louth, added: “The government urgently needs to clarify these contradictory positions. The people of Louth and the border community do not want a return of customs posts and checkpoints. Such a development would have serious economic consequences for jobs, the farming community, the fishing industry and local enterprises. Brexit is already hurting local businesses and this would make that situation worse.”Read: Warning as ‘oily fatbergs’ turn up on Irish beaches >Read: ‘Imagine the trauma, fear and confusion’: 55% surge in child homelessness > Short URL Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3242469 Feb 16th 2017, 10:12 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: An old disused border post. Image: AP/Press Association Images By Garreth MacNamee Hard border fears as government accused of seeking out locations for customs posts Sinn Féin wants clarity on the ‘hard border’ issue. An old disused border post. Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
10,341 Views Share Tweet Email1 Monday 13 Mar 2017, 3:33 PM No Comments Cardinal Cushing Road, Galway. Image: Google Streetview Galway stabbing: Man (60s) released without charge The victim has been named locally as 39-year-old Christy McGrath. By Daragh Brophy Mar 13th 2017, 3:33 PM http://jrnl.ie/3285102 Short URL Image: Google Streetview A MAN IN his mid-60s has been released without charge by gardaí investigating a fatal stabbing in the Mervue area of Galway in the early hours of yesterday morning.The victim has been named locally as 39-year-old Christy McGrath.Galway Bay FM reports that the man is believed to have been living at the address where the incident took place, at Cardinal Cushing Road.He was found with stab wounds at the house and taken to University Hospital Galway, where he was later pronounced dead.The man who was arrested was detained at the scene and taken to Galway Garda Station for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.A Garda spokesperson confirmed this afternoon he had been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Local councillors said there was shock in the area in the wake of the stabbing.Read: Appeal for witnesses after man seriously injured in assault outside Cork pub > Cardinal Cushing Road, Galway. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
6 Comments Share753 Tweet Email1 Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 6:00 PM Lynn Ruane Short URL When u know ur in the presence of pure goodness. AnnLouise gave me the greatest gift of education & continued 2 till the end. My love to KZ pic.twitter.com/G0hP7FglnV— Lynn Ruane (@SenLynnRuane) June 15, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3446169 Jun 15th 2017, 6:00 PM 606 Views Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan renew their marriage vows at Dublin City Hall in January 2016 Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesI remember in 2002 spending the day in Katherine and Ann-Louise’s home, the Shanty, a home that they opened to women seeking an education. I remember the big dog in the garden and the beautiful surrounding scenery. I could hear the sheep bleating in the distance.My most enduring memory is taking my runners off at the front door and slipping my feet into the sheep wool slippers. I remember feeling at home. I remember feeling the cosy slippers on my feet, smelling the incense and feeling the warmth, and realising this is what I wanted in life.I wanted to be able to enjoy simple things in life like the sheep wool on my feet and know that I am safe and okay. I knew in that moment I was beginning to heal. The loving environment created by Ann-Louise was helping me heal.For me, that is what Ann-Louise will always represent: healing and education. Healing and education are gifts that just keep giving. Every time I feel the impact of those two gifts, my relationship with Ann Louise will continue to grow, and she will continue to impact our lives even in her absence.Katherine has lost her soulmate, her best friend and her biggest champion, but what will never be lost is the incredible positive change that she left with us.Lynn Ruane is an Independent Senator in Seanad Éireann. ‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Lynn Ruane: ‘She was pure goodness and spent her life sharing that goodness’ What will never be lost is the incredible positive change that Ann-Louise left with us, writes Senator Lynn Ruane. Independent Senator By Lynn Ruane Her gentle and warm nature seeped into the very core of all that An Cosán strived to achieve, whether it was the meditations that started off each day or the smell of home baked scones that wafted from the kitchen.It was only in 2014, when the seed that An Cosán had planted in me really began to bloom, was I truly able to realise the extent of Ann-Louise’s impact on my own life. It was then that I decided to reach out to Ann-Louise to share with her how much my life and the lives of my children had been transformed by the opportunity that she had given me. In the past several years I got to thank her and continue to learn from her, and for that I’ll always be truly grateful.Healing and education Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Lynn Ruane/Twitter EVERY TIME ANN-LOUISE Gilligan spoke, I sat up and I listened. I knew that whatever she was about to say would not only be inspiring, it would be the truth.She was a woman of pure goodness and she spent her life sharing that goodness with all she met.Ann-Louise was a visionary, an advocate for change and a believer in the power of education. By founding An Cosán, Ann-Louise’s and Katherine’s vision for the education and empowerment of women and their children of the Tallaght community was realised and became the avenue by which my own educational journey began.
8 Comments Get used to it… Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 15th 2019, 7:06 AM https://the42.ie/4543109 ‘There were times when I didn’t even ask how much I was getting for the fights – I’d just find out afterwards’ 33,807 Views Taylor moving the dial in USA whether critics like it or not Katie Taylor is on the verge of a major breakthrough for women’s pro boxing. Subscribe Get used to it… Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Gavan Casey reports from PhiladelphiaWHEN YOU ASK Katie Taylor about women’s boxing’s detractors, it can go one of two ways.If criticism has been particularly prevalent as it was following her three-round blow-out of IBF mandatory challenger Kimberly Connor in July of last year, she’ll sound off in her own way. The annoyance, of course, is evident more in her intonation than the substance of what she actually says, most of which is magnanimous enough.But last Wednesday, Taylor dismissed that same criticism in far fewer words.She made the point that she pays attention only to people who actually cover boxing, and not those looking to fill space in Irish newspapers. She made a rather more telling point, too, that these criticisms don’t hold much credence across the Atlantic Ocean, on the other side of which she is legitimately moving the dial.And never was that more accentuated than it was at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Thursday. Katie Taylor and Rose Volante square off in Philly. Source: Jeff Fusco/INPHOMoments after Taylor tipped the scales ahead of her world-title unification bout with Rose Volante, she approached the team belonging to US broadcasters DAZN, manager Brian Peters in tow, for an obligatory pre-fight chat. She cut the figure of someone who’d been through this rigmarole before — which she has.I find Taylor to be more than generous with her time, generally speaking, but on weigh-in days there is always a trepidation on behalf of the writer. You find yourself caught between trying to justify your employers’ — or your own — investment of your being there in the first place. You’re acutely aware that Taylor had a press conference literally yesterday, and she probably hasn’t eaten much if at all since, and she doesn’t like interviews anyway so she’s probably not all that keen for a yap.You’ll always get from Taylor the fist-bump, the smile, the sense of appreciation that you’re there from Ireland to cover her fight. But you’re never sure whether or not to ask for a quick natter. Obviously, whether you’re sure or not, you ask.No sooner than I did ask — and I’d picked up a decent anecdote regarding Volante’s words for Taylor during the fighters’ staredown in any case — a woman leant across the barrier and asked Taylor: ‘Katie, would you mind if we get a picture?’Taylor was instantaneous in her acceptance, already in position for the picture before the woman in question took a backward step and poised her phone.And then in came Sugar Ray Leonard for his picture with the champ.It was watching Taylor and this literal deity of boxing embrace arm-in-arm which made this writer re-examine what she had said during that actual interview last week:I am getting the credit from people over here [in America], people who are knowledgeable about the sport. The people who follow the sport, the actual boxing journalists — they realise how big some of these fights are. They recognise the credentials of some of these opponents.That’s all that matters, really. The real boxing purists know exactly what’s happening, and I don’t really take much notice of anyone else.There can be few more knowledgeable than Leonard who, from the mouth of literally any boxing fan, and in the eyes of all, is one of the five greatest ever to lace up the mitts.And funnily enough, this was his second time to ask for — and receive — a picture with the Irish sporting icon, the first being a few months back in Boston.They have a phrase in America: ‘Real recognise real’.And while Taylor is not the type to truly denigrate the naysayers of the women’s game — even if she’d probably like to — a quick pic with Sugar Ray must go a long way toward forcing the talking heads’ notions to the bowels of her subconscious. Major fights lie in wait for Katie Taylor if she can see past Rose Volante on Friday night. Source: Jeff Fusco/INPHOIt would be wrong to overdo it: I’d love to tell you that when I asked my taxi driver if he knew who was fighting at Liacouras Center on Friday night, he leant back and said to me: ‘Well everybody knows Katie Taylor’. He did not. More of an MMA fan, he said, costing me some serious colour.But I’ll balance that with the following: as I stood atop the photographers’ platform to phone-record Taylor and Volante’s weigh-in, an American gentleman from a local publication turned to me and said: “Dude, that Irish girl is going to fuck her up.”What makes you say that? I asked.“Bro”, he goes, “I was in Boston for her fight against that Spanish girl who has the sister [Cindy Serrano, Puerto Rican], and that girl is no joke, but this girl from Ireland made her life a fucking misery for 10 rounds.”It might be the Spanish girl’s sister, Amanda Serrano, also from Puerto Rico by way of Brooklyn, who eventually silences Taylor’s detractors. She’s a seven-weight world champion. Albeit, five of those titles have been vacant, and the title fights in question have been sanctioned by the Puerto Rico-based WBO who refuse to publish women’s rankings, and whose belt — the lightweight version of which is currently held by Taylor’s opponent on Friday, Rose Volante — is a Lidl Ladyball-coloured pink.But Serrano is a significant threat to any fighter operating within the realm of lightweight, and she spurs something in Taylor that few others do. Rivals Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are due to face off later this year.Serrano has said repeatedly that she intends to put an end to the Taylor hype train. She says she has the power to knock Taylor out. She has declined on several occasions to be interviewed by this publication, at the same time.In an October interview with The42, Taylor said of Serrano:She’s good enough that she shouldn’t need to fight for all those vacant titles. She’s good enough to go after some of those big names, and I don’t know why she hasn’t done that. I think she’s mentally fragile at times — that’s what her biggest problem is, really. I don’t think she wants the big fights. Maybe she’s afraid to lose.That’s just my thoughts on it. I don’t know if that’s the way it is. But a fight between us is one people have been talking about for the last year or so, and the fight has to happen. I’m definitely open to it, and she has claimed that she’s open to it. Whether she actually wants the fight or not, I’m not too sure.It could be argued that Taylor was breaking from character in making such an assessment. Equally, it could be argued that she had assumed character for the purpose of this prospective fight. The truth, as it tends to in these cases, probably lies somewhere in between, but Taylor is well able to trade verbal barbs when needs be.Here’s another truth, though: provided all goes to plan before then, Taylor-Serrano will headline at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in September, and it’ll be the biggest women’s boxing match of all time, bar none.Absolutely, that points to a void in quality in the women’s game throughout history. But equally, it points to a changing sport: three years ago, the idea that two women could headline pretty much anywhere, live on TV, would have been dismissed off-hand. That’s the Taylor effect Stateside in a nutshell.Now, proceed with caution. I personally don’t think Serrano will take that fight, even though she has signed with Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, with a precise view to making it.It wasn’t lip service when Taylor described her as ‘mentally fragile’. Veteran Serrano, as super a fighter as she is, titles or no titles, clearly can’t bear the thought of losing to a relative newcomer to the pro ranks: for years she’s fought tirelessly for recognition, and to be soundly beaten by a three-year pro is likely too much for her to bear. We’ll see on that front. Amanda Serrano should lie in wait for Katie Taylor down the line… Source: Joel PlummerBut even before then, Taylor will partake in a women’s fight that changes the game, probably as the co-main event to Anthony Joshua in New York on 1 June.Delfine Persoon, the WBC lightweight champion, is no joke. She dispatched of a fine opponent in Melissa St Vil last weekend with minimal fuss. She fought in front of what could be best described as acoustic atmosphere in her native land — and honestly, God knows how bad her management team are when she’s not a star even at home — but she walked through the game St Vil with the swagger of a long-reigning champion.She issued a statement to Taylor in her TKO6 — ‘I’ve held up my end of the bargain’.Now, it’s over to Taylor to get the job done against Volante in what is the last of her roadblock fights.Yes, Volante is unbeaten and yes, ‘unification clash’ has got a ring to it, but this is another opponent Taylor should deal with. It’s the last of those hold-up fights — the bridge between ‘just another fight’ and the truly significant fights in and around her division.Persoon offers a legitimate challenge, as does Serrano, as does undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus — the latter being first million-dollar fight for Taylor, or any female boxer — beyond that. Taylor has women’s superfights on her horizon. Source: AP/PA ImagesBut it’s a testament to her impact on the sport, and perhaps the boxing fan or journalist’s understanding of what it takes to build a career, that the questions asked in columns or by talking heads in Ireland aren’t asked in the States.Here, there is a collective cognisance that she’s onto something.And while Taylor will never say it, that’s where manager Brian Peters’ remarks regarding billion-dollar US broadcasters DAZN ring true:Now, as nice as Katie is, I don’t think DAZN and these guys are giving her that money because she’s a nice person. I think they’re giving it to her because she’s a star. She moves the dial. That’s why.By the end of 2019 or the start of 2020, I’d be interested to hear the thoughts of those who claim Taylor’s professional career, and the sport within she operates, aren’t worth much.It’s a big ‘if’ but victories pending, a series of fights with Persoon, Serrano and Braekhus would be unprecedented — in both the male or female ranks. They’ll be wildly celebrated in the States.Perhaps then, it’ll hit home.Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 7:05 AM By Gavan Casey Short URL Share381 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://jrnl.ie/4579559 Short URL Friday 5 Apr 2019, 8:03 PM By Adam Daly 13 Comments Share26 Tweet Email 10,964 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article GARDAÍ IN LIMERICK have arrested two men following the seizure of cannabis with the estimated street value of €50,000.As part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime groups in Limerick, a search was carried out on two houses by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Revenue and the Limerick garda drug unit. During the course of today’s search, two packages which contained 2.5kgs of herbal cannabis were seized by customs officers. The cannabis is believed to have an estimated street value of €50,000, subject to analysis. The two men, aged 47 and 58, were arrested at the scene are currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act, 1996.Investigations are ongoing. Two men arrested following €50k cannabis seizure in Limerick Searches were carried out as part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime. Image: RollingNews Apr 5th 2019, 8:03 PM Image: RollingNews
https://jrnl.ie/4593364 My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019 By Conor McCrave Apr 15th 2019, 9:58 PM 27,707 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019 Monday 15 Apr 2019, 9:58 PM My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019 A ‘terrible catastrophe’: The world reacts to the burning of Notre Dame ‘I would like to express the feelings of solidarity of the Irish people with the people of France.’ Terrible to see #NotreDame ablaze tonight. Such an iconic cultural landmark. Devastating for the people of Paris who are watching history burning.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 15, 2019 Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Source: Theresa May/Twitter Source: AP/PA ImagesREACTION HAS POURED in from around the world following the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral this evening. The iconic building was undergoing renovations to a tune of €6 million when a fire broke out shortly after 7pm local time. Many took to social media to express their sadness as events unfolded with figures including President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking of the “terrible” situation. “As president of Ireland, I would like to express the feelings of solidarity of the Irish people with the people of France, at the catastrophic damage to one of the most iconic buildings in Europe,” Higgins said. “A building which the people of Paris have shared with millions from all over the world, as part of a shared global cultural heritage.“The Notre Dame Cathedral has suffered many instances of catastrophic damage over the centuries, and it is my hope that it will survive this latest terrible catastrophe,” he added.Varadkar expressed his sadness at the thought of Parisiens “watching history burning”. Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/jc6z0Oc2P3— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 15, 2019 38 Comments Short URL May took took to Twitter to say: “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.” Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London also took to Twitter: “Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.” Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter Source: Hillary Clinton/Twitter France’s own president Emanuel Macron arrived at the scene of the fire shortly after the blaze broke out.On twitter, he tweeted: “Our Lady of Paris is in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all the French, like all out countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn.” Ireland’s own foreign minister and Tánaiste, Simon Coveney commented saying “such shocking and sad images from #Paris”. Hillary Clinton said her “heart goes out to Paris” adding she “wished France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild”. Onlookers watched as the building remained engulfed in flames, with parts of the roof – including the iconic spire of the cathedral – collapsing before darkness began to fall on Paris.Others, who had gathered a short distance from the flames, began to sing a version of Ave Maria while firefighters continued efforts to bring the fire under control. Work first began on Notre Dame in 1163 with the original structure finally completed nearly 200 years later in 1345. In a message, the Archbishop of Paris said: “the firefighters are still fighting to save the towers of Notre-Dame de Paris […] If you wish, you can ring the bells of your church to invite prayer.” Source: Ignacio Gil/Twitter Source: Sadiq Khan/Twitter Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
Jun 26th 2018, 9:02 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share2083 Tweet Email1 Ireland agrees to take in 25 migrants from stranded Lifeline ship The Lifeline boat has 234 migrants on board and has been refused permission to dock in a number of countries. Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 9:02 PM Image: Libyan Coast Guard via AP Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4093851 File photo of a ship containing migrants intercepted offshore near Libya. Image: Libyan Coast Guard via AP 118 Comments 28,799 Views File photo of a ship containing migrants intercepted offshore near Libya. THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has today agreed that Ireland will offer refuge to about 25 migrants who are currently on a boat stranded 30km off the coast of Malta.The Lifeline boat has 234 migrants on board and has been refused permission to dock in a number of countries.The Taoiseach and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan have been in touch with the Tánaiste – who is in Luxembourg today – regarding the matter, who in turn has been liaising with his Maltese counterpart.Agreement has been reached with Malta that Ireland will be one of a number of EU countries to take the migrants once the Lifeline boat docks at Malta. The boat is expected to dock in Malta in the next 48 hours.The Lifeline has been stranded for days in the Mediterranean without a port to dock at after picking up the migrants in distress off the Libyan coast last week.French president Emmanuel Macron said earlier that France will be one of six EU countries to take in the 233 migrants aboard the NGO boat.The French president criticised the German NGO Mission Lifeline saying it had defied “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.“We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he warned, adding “in the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey”.The Maltese government has agreed to take in the Lifeline on condition that an agreement to distribute the migrants among EU member countries was reached.Portugal, France and Italy are among the countries involved in the negotiations.With reporting from Christina Finn and © – AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Aug 28th 2019, 1:32 PM https://jrnl.ie/4785649 5 Comments Garda forensics examine a car which it is believed to have been hit by a stray bullet. Source: Eamonn FarrellGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE shooting dead of a man in a caravan park in county Louth yesterday have said it was not a drive by shooting.Instead they said the gunman arrived and left the busy park in a red Lexus car.At a press conference in Clogherhead, county Louth this afternoon, GardaÍ confirmed the deceased was Keith Brannigan (29) from Drogheda.He was working on decking at the front of one of the caravans when he was shot dead yesterday just before 2.50pm.Garda Superintendent Andrew Watters, Drogheda, today said it was “a particularly indiscriminate and callous act carried out in a very busy caravan park. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 1:32 PM Share5 Tweet Email1 Short URL ‘Lot of young children were close’: Gardaí make appeal over ‘indiscriminate’ Louth shooting Keith Brannigan was shot dead while working on decking at the front a caravan in Clogherhead. I would like to reassure the public of Drogheda and surrounding areas, we made a number of very significant detections, arrests, prosecutions and we have people before the courts on some very serious charges and strict bail conditions.“I would like to reassure the public that that operation is ongoing. Indeed yesterday at the same time that this callous indiscriminate murder took place, we had four people detained in Drogheda Garda station for a serious arson attack which we classify as an attempted murder.”He said he had received additional resources in Drogheda Garda Station in the last two months and also has the support of regional units and the armed support units as well as national units.“I would like to reassure the public that every effort is being made to protect the people of Drogheda through this operation.”Anyone with information on the shooting can contact Drogheda Gardaí on 041-9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station or any Garda they know. By Elaine Keogh 9,038 Views There were a lot of families, women with young children in particular close to the area of the shooting.“Indeed some of these children enjoying the last days of the Summer holidays, some were back to school today,” he added.He then said, “I want to clarify that this was not a drive-by shooting.”“From our investigation to date we are satisfied a red Lexus car 05 C 24473 entered the caravan park, the gunman approached the deceased and fired a number of shots at him.”“A number of stray shots caused damage to two cars in the vicinity in the car park as well.”“The gunman then returned to the red Lexus car and we are satisfied that car turned left when it left the caravan park and travelled in the direction of Termonfeckin.”An incident room has been established in Drogheda Garda station and the Superintendent said Gardaí are following a number of lines of investigation. Source: Eamonn FarrellToday he appealed for the public’s assistance in three areas.“I wish to appeal to anybody in Clogherhead and surrounding areas who may have noticed any unusual behaviour in the 48 hours leading up to this shooting, and indeed in the immediate run up to 2.50pm yesterday, (such as) any unusual cars or people.”In relation to the red Lexus, Gardaí are trying to established the exact route it took before being found burnt out at Whiteriver, on the Dunleer to Clogherhead road.“I am appealing to anybody with information on this car, or who may have seen the suspects abandoning this car to contact us.”The suspects, believed to be at least 2 males, are then believed to have transferred to a black Toyota Avensis registration 04WH 8024.It was later located in the Clonmore estate in Ardee and Gardai want to hear from anybody with information on that car or who saw from the time it was on the Collon to Dunleer road.In relation to the reassuring people who are concerned about the safety of the public, Superintendent Watters said, “We have an operation in place in the Drogheda district to deal with serious organised crime.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The first week of the smoking bans in Greece saw some minor changes to people’s attitudes in Athens where people could be seen congregated outside public buildings taking group smoking breaks.A new, stricter law on smoking was introduced last Wednesday, July 1, in Greece, Europe’s heaviest smoking nation.Lighting up in hospitals, schools, vehicles and all public places is now banned.Until now, legislation introduced in 2002 restricting smoking areas had been widely ignored.Yiannis Koutromanos, who owns a periptero (kiosk) in central Athens heralded the new smoking ban as a positive measure.“It’s all a matter of habit, as long as it’s enforced,” Mr Koutromanos said. Some 42 per cent of the Greek population smokes and 20,000 people a year die from cigarette-related diseases, which cost the health ministry more than two billon euros.According to their size, restaurants, bars and cafes must either provide a smoking space, or decide whether they are smoking or non-smoking.It remains to be seen whether the Greeks, many of whom perceive it as an infringement on their civil liberties, will abide by the new legislation.“Greeks in general don’t like to be told what to do,” said non-smoker Marios Gartaganis. “They are also very lax about rules and regulations. In hospitals, there’s been a non-smoking ban for years and yet people smoke in hospitals.”At around three euros (AUD$5.20) a packet, cigarettes in Greece remain cheaper than in most other EU countries. However, the government hopes fines of up to 2,000 euros ($3,511) will dissuade both smokers and cafe owners from breaking the new law.Sophia Moutaki, a smoker, is hopeful the new measures will be enforced and abided by, despite the minor inconvenience it will cause for smokers.“It’s only fair that us smokers follow this new law. Us Greeks must realise it’s for the greater good of our country, not just in terms of our health but also as a matter of national pride to prove to the rest of Europe that we are capable of abiding and enforcing uniform laws.”——————————————————————————————————————————————– Greek Health Ministry workers manning a special telephone service providing clarifications to owners of bars and restaurants as well as the general public regarding smoking restrictions introduced last week were overwhelmed with more than 10,000 calls between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the ministry said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Smoking hotline in meltdown Around 8,000 of the 10,086 calls received were reportedly from owners of establishments unclear about the precise implications of the European Union-imposed restrictions on their businesses. 44 complaints, about alleged violations of the new regulations, were also made to the hotline.Official inspections of establishments began on the first day of the new restrictions though offenders were given warnings, according to the general inspector for health matters, Michalis Sabatakakis. “We will be lenient with fines in the first phase,” he said.However Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos made it clear that the new regulations would be enforced despite failed attempts to impose similar controls in the past. “It is the first time that this measure will be implemented, to end the myth that we make laws we do not respect,” Avramopoulos told reporters. “Today Greece turns the page,” the minister added.Avramopoulos went on to say that that the government would introduce even stricter laws, such as the blanket bans on smoking in all closed public places in other European Union states such as Britain and France, if the new regulations are not respected.Many bars and restaurants across Greece appeared to be making the most of their relative freedom. Of those establishments that are smaller than 70 square metres, and which are obliged to choose between declaring themselves exclusively smoking or nonsmoking establishments, the majority had yet to display the special stickers declaring their status.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alpha Bank, Eurobank EFG, National Bank and Piraeus Bank, the country’s four major commercial lenders, are expected to announce combined losses of more than 22 billion euros for 2011.This is due to the 53.5 per cent haircut on Greek bonds through the private sector involvement (PSI) process as well as the deterioration of the quality of their loan portfolios as recorded during inspections by BlackRock Solutions.With amassed losses of 19 billion euros between them during the first nine months of the year, the country’s four main banks are expected to present fourth-quarter losses of some 3.6 billion euros, according to sources, taking their total losses to over 22.5 billion euros for the whole of the year. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the last 12 months Greece has been the runaway leader among eurozone countries in terms of compliance with plans for its fiscal adjustment and in promoting reforms, according to the annual “Euro Plus Monitor” report for 2012 issued by the Lisbon Council think tank and Berenberg Bank. Regarding speed in adjusting to the economic crisis, Greece ranks top among the 20 countries examined in the report, with a score of 8.2 out of 10. Greece has managed to drastically curtail its current account deficit, not so much because of the increase in exports but rather mostly thanks to a big drop in imports as a result of the recession. The country has also registered the biggest primary deficit reduction in the 2009-12 period, when it also recorded the biggest drop in labor cost per unit, which reached 12 percent. Even so, despite the remarkable shift in the country’s competitiveness, Greece is starting from a very low level and will need a significant amount of time before it catches up with the rest of the eurozone member-states, the report notes. All other countries that have received assistance from the eurozone rank high in this reform compliance list, with Ireland in second, Portugal in fourth and Spain in fifth, while Estonia sits in the third spot. Nevertheless, the return of uncertainty regarding the Greek economy and the spread of the crisis to more and more European countries are reflected in the course of Greek exports in September, according to figures released on Monday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). Not including oil products, Greece’s exports declined by about 7 percent from the same month last year, amounting to 1.32 billion euros, against 1.42 billion in September 2011. This decline is due to the 6 percent drop in exports to European Union countries and to non-EU destinations by 8.8 percent. However, in the year to September exports increased by 5.3 percent year-on-year, climbing from 11.82 billion in 2011 to 12.44 billion in the first nine months of 2012. Imports declined in September by 14.8 percent, taking the country’s current account deficit down by a considerable 22.5 percent on annual basis. In the first nine months of the year the deficit shrank by 21.6 percent. Source: Kathimerini
Nissos, a ’boutique’ beer produced in the heart of the Aegean Sea on the island of Tinos, is making its debut in Australia. Considering its award-winning journey within only 15 months of the production of its first bottle, this Greek craft beer coming to our shores is set to deliver a new refreshing experience for all those who appreciate a good beer. At a time when businesses in Greece were shutting down the one after the other, four aspirational people – Alexandros Kouris, the well-known in Greece travel journalist Maya Tsokli, and Elina and Kostis Dalas – decided to set the foundation stone of their microbrewery Nissos. “It has been created from scratch as a greenfield project, privately financed. Nevertheless, in a very short space of time, Nissos the beer achieved a high level of brand awareness and recognition among consumers and professionals alike as a great tasting premium craft beer from the Cyclades,” says Alexandros Kouris, who is currently visiting Australia in an effort to maximise the prospects of his premium product in the Australian market. “In Greece and within only a few months of commercial operation, our brand has managed to establish a strong presence in leading restaurants throughout the Cyclades, as well as at trendy venues in Athens, Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece. Nissos has also become a popular choice among travellers on ferries operating between Greece and Italy and those connecting the Aegean Islands,” he says as he describes how his ‘island’ beer sails in Greece. “Our brand name, Nissos (‘island’ in Greek), is written in Greek and communicates our differentiated positioning. The name is further highlighted by the illustrated logo of the sun, which adds an element of energy, optimism and heritage, while the quality label is suitably representative of the product’s merits,” Mr Kouris, a career marketing guru adds.In reality, though, it is not effective marketing that gave Nissos wings in the Greek market. It is its impeccable quality.Only last week Nissos beer was awarded the silver medal at European Beer Star 2014, one of the world’s greatest beer competitions, in the category Bohemian Pilsners. Never before has it been so difficult to achieve such a result, because the competition was tough this last year. In total, 1,613 beers from 42 countries including NZ and Australia were entered. An important element contributing to the prestige of the prize is the set of criteria according to which the 105-person-jury, consisting of master brewers, beer sommeliers and recognised beer experts, makes its decisions in a blind tasting. Colour, aroma, taste, aroma profile and the general impression are examined – the exact same process the consumer would use to evaluate a beer. And this is not the first award Nissos has received.“This comes in less than two months after the recognition of the Nissos microbrewery as National Champion 2014/15 for the European Business Awards. It is one of the most prestigious business excellence competition in Europe, with more than 27,000 participations, and we feel quite vindicated, since many saw our business decision back then as a totally crazy one,” he says. Nissos beer is already being served in some Greek restaurants in Melbourne, and with distributor Ilios Imports of Melbourne on board, is soon set to make its way to many more. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will have to ask for an extension on its bailout program before parliaments in eurozone nations close for Christmas because a new credit line will not be ready in time, a senior euro zone official said this weekAfter two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($300 billion) since 2010, Greece wants to switch back to market financing from the start of next year but disagreement over Greece’s funding needs next year means the euro zone cannot sign off on a back-up credit line.“I’m willing to work on Dec. 24 but parliaments are not around,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity, setting Dec. 15 as the cut-off date for prolonging Greece’s existing program into January so that lenders can make a final 1.8 billion euro payment.All eurozone parliaments must approve that extension.Greece and its lenders aimed to get a deal on a credit line – which Athens would only tap in an emergency – by next Monday when the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, or troika, report back to euro zone finance ministers in Brussels.The official said that ideally Greece should formally request the credit line and the technical extension at the same time, although he saw this as unlikely to happen on Monday.Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has staked his government’s political survival on exiting the deeply reviled bailout by the end of the year, but a deal on Monday is now looking out of reach.“Is it my central expectation that a staff-level agreement (on a credit line) is reached by Monday? No, it is not,” the euro zone official said.The main sticking point is a potential budget gap next year.The troika has asked for more information on pension reform, a Greek government official said. Athens has offered to raise value-added tax on hotels and implement pension reform to satisfy lenders’ concerns of a potential shortfall next year.The lenders say Athens faces a shortfall of over 2 billion euros unless it waters down a generous state arrears payback plan for austerity-hit Greeks or takes other measures.Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi confirmed that Greece received a response from lenders early on Wednesday. A labor ministry official said the lenders had sought more information on pension reform proposed by the government.The lenders did not specify any date for returning to Athens to complete the review, Adonis Georgiadis, an official from Samaras’s conservative party told Greek television.The lenders have demanded additional measures to make up for the expected budget shortfall next year but Samaras said on Tuesday that the government refused to raise taxes and cut incomes, arguing it would hurt a nascent economic recovery.Source: Reuters
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Briton David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, died in an Adelaide hospital after a tragic accident while honeymooning in SA with his husband Marco, 38.David fell down a set of stairs at the estate the couple was staying with friends, cracking his skull.Last Friday he was confirmed as brain-dead by the Royal Adelaide Hospital doctors last Saturday.Both David and Marco are UK citizens, where same-sex marriage is legal. They married in June last year in south London, before a second full ceremony in Santorini, Greece with all friends and family present. As same-sex marriage remains unrecognised in Australia, David’s death certificate carried the status: “Never married” and Marco was not recognised as next of kin.“It was a personal attack on David, on our memories, it was the most humiliating moment of my life,” Marco told ABC 730“David was my safe place. David was everything I wanted to wake up to every morning for all sorts of reasons, that I don’t think … I can’t even try to explain.”David’s father Nigel Bulmer, who had to fly from London to receive his son’s remains also told ABC he was shocked by what had happened.“I didn’t think anything could hurt me more than I was hurting at the time and that really did. That was just — putting the knife in and twisting it,” he said.South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill took to Sate Parliament and social media to ensure the certificate will be changed to remove the description of ‘never married’.“I felt deeply ashamed that these things happened in South Australia. A man’s just lost someone he loves, his husband, someone he’s legally married to and he’s treated with disrespect in my State, and it caused me to feel very sad and I… I reached out to him and contacted him and offered an apology for what he’d experienced here in South Australia and obviously offered my condolences for his loss,” he told the news.Marco and David’s father Nigel have organised for David’s organs to be donated. They have collected David’s ashes and left Australia yesterday.Source: ABC, In Daily