Experienced coach from Hungary, Peter Kovacs confirmed that he will take control of Champions League finalist, Romanian, Oltchim Valcea. Kovacs is still on the bench of Turkish women national team, who didn’t qualified for EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. They were close to Serbia 28:29 in last round of Group, where win with two goals put Turkey for the first time at some big event, but they lost in tight finish. Kovacs announced that he must first to break contract with Turkey.Oltchim is a champion of Romania. In the Final of CL, they lost against superb Danish Viborg. ← Previous Story Sprenger missing WC qualification against Greece! Next Story → Serbia and Montenegro without Champions League!
One of the Serbian colony in Bundesliga is Nenad Vuckovic, playing as back for Melsungen. In an exclusive interview with Balkan-Handball.com he gave his expectations for the season that already started in the Bundesliga. He expects Kiel to win back the title lost last season, and that HSV made a major mistake by changing the coach for this season. As for his team, he expects them to finish in TOP10 and perhaps make surprises in the Bundesliga. Also added that it should be Duvnjak’s (HSV Hamburg) season. ← Previous Story Bundesliga: “Lions” beat HSV Hamburg! Next Story → Marcin Lijewski two months out
Polish Handball Federation has announced decision to offer contract to German coach Michael Biegler, who will lead Polish “Eagles” until 2016 with the main focus on results in the last season – EHF EURO 2016 in Poland and Olympic Games in Rio. Former coach of SC Magdeburg was better solution for ZPRP from domestic coach Jaroslaw Cieslikowski.Biegler was also a tip of Stefan Kretzschmar for a successor of Heiner Brandt on German bench. ← Previous Story Asian Youth Championship (semis): Bahrain on Japan, Qatar VS Korea! Next Story → Bundesliga Round 4: HSV and Flensburg share points, THW Kiel wins Michael BieglerPolandPolish handball federationPolish handball team
4HC Kriens-Luzern2110295515381322 1Wacker Thun2116235775176034 5TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen218310594603-919 2Kadetten Schaffhausen2115156265408631 6BSV Bern Muri218211532537-518 Despite a lot of injuries Kadetten Schaffhausen beat Pfadi Winterthur 31:25 in derby match of Swiss Play Off League. Now both teams have 21 points, just three less than leader, Wacker Thun. The key person of the match was young Croatian left back, Marko Mamic (18) who scored 6 goals for the winning team. He used the chance after injury of Christian Dissinger. Kadetten was also without Aleksandar Stojanovic and Arunas Vaskevicius…STANDING: Kadetten SchaffhausenMarko MamicSwiss handball 3Pfadi Winterthur2115155955296631 ← Previous Story France wants Men’s WCH 2017 Next Story → Swedish goalkeeper Kapellin to play for Qatar at WCH 2015?
← Previous Story FILIP JICHA FOR HANDBALL-PLANET: “Barcelona is the first favorite to win EHF CL” Next Story → ASOBAL: La Rioja defeated in Cuenca – Huesca win point in Leon! ehf handballhandballwomen’s hadnball In an initiative to further develop and strengthen women’s handball, the EHF has decided to update the playing system from the start of the 2014/15 season and to create a Women’s EHF FINAL4.The showcase handball event, comprising the four semi-finalists of the Women’s EHF Champions League for a new final tournament over two days, is looking to emulate the huge success of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 which attracts 20,000 handball fans each year at the end of May.The Women’s EHF FINAL4 is scheduled to place at the end of the 2014/15 season.However, if bidding organisations can meet the high demands of such an event, the first Women’s EHF FINAL4 may already take place at the end of the 2013/14 season.Bids from organisations in Ljubljana and Budapest have been made to host the event for the first time in 2013.Product developmentThe creation of the Women’s EHF FINAL4 is one of a number of changes of the Women’s EHF Champions League’s playing format for the 2014/15 season, which were confirmed by the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting in Montenegro on Friday.The changes devised by the EHF Competitions Commission and agreed by the Women’s Marketing Club Board will seek to make the competition more attractive not just to players and teams but also to fans, television stations and potential partners and sponsors.As well as structural changes there will also be developments in the standards around the competition such as playing arenas and the presentation of the Women’s EHF Champions League product.Additional round to be introducedThe new playing system will see the reduction of the number of qualification rounds from two to one and the creation of a new Main Round following the Group Phase, which will remain in the same format of four groups with four teams each.From the Group Phase, three teams from each group will qualify for the new Main Round and the fourth ranked team will play in the Last 16 of the EHF Cup Winners’ Cup.Following the new Main Round quarter-finals will be played on a knock-out home and away basis with the four winners qualifying for the Women’s EHF FINAL4.
Amazing match was played in Skopje, where SG Flensburg suffered lucky defeat against RK Vardar 27:25 (10:15) in front of 7.000 home fans. German team have qualified for the F4 for the first time in the history by goal of Anders Eggert from 7meter five seconds until the end. Germans had 18:12 in 36th minute, but Vardar made fantastic turnover with 12:2 series until 24:20 in 53rd minute.Even 90 seconds until the end Vardar had +4 (27:23), left wing Markovic missed the shot at 30 seconds until the end (27:24) and then came Eggert as a punisher…RK VARDAR – SG FLENSBURG 27:25 (10:15)Hala: Boris TrajkovskiSpectators: 7000Vardar: Milić 6saves, Angelov 4 odbrane, Karačić 2(2), Chipurin 3, Dujshebaev 4, Brumen 7(3), Lazarov 1, Pribak 3, Toskić 1, Marković 2, Raković 1Flensburg: Gotfriddson 3, Eggert 6(3), Mogensen 1, Knudsen 4, Glandorf 2, Svan Hansen 2, Veinhold 3, Heinl 1Results: 2:5 (11.) 3:7 (14.) 6:10 (21.) 9:12 (26.) 11:17 (33.) 12:18 (36.) 15:18 (39.) 15:19 (41.) 20:19 (47.) 24:20 (53.) 25:21 (55.) 27:23 (58:20) 27:24 (58:47)…. ← Previous Story MKM MVM Veszprem at VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne! Next Story → COLOGNE CALLING: Barca overcame “Lions”! f4SG Flensburg
← Previous Story Europe WCh 2015 Play-Off: Germany against Russia – Croatian “nightmare” strikes again – Sweden! Next Story → EURO 2014: Sweden win bronze! European HAndball Federation announced the All Star team and the MVP of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 on today’s press conference in Budapest. For the first time in the history, handball fans across the globe had the chance to vote for the nominated players (four per position) together with the handball experts (40% – 60%), while the decision about the Most Valuable Player was only in hands of the experts.Women’s EHF EURO 2014 All Star team:Goalkeeper: Silje Solberg (NOR)Left wing: Maria Fisker (DEN)Left back: Cristina Neagu (ROU)Centre back: Kristina Kristiansen (DEN)Line player: Heidi Loke (NOR)Right back: Nora Mörk (NOR)Right wing: Carmen Martin (ESP)Best Defence Player: Sabina Jacobsen (SWE)Most Valuable Player: Isabelle Gullden (SWE)
Olafur Stefansson It is not typical that handball players share their experience and unify their life-long knowledge from the playing court in a way which Icelandic legend Olafur Stefansson did in Reykjavik during the TED Conference. World-wide recognized conference which putting Technology, Entertainment and Design in the same row had “13 minutes of a unique handball adventure” with one of the greatest athletes in the history of Iceland, but also one of the best all-time handball lefthanders.– Life is like a handball game – said Stefansson to his listeners in inspiring speech which you can see here. ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL 2015/2016 draw tonight – Barca and Kiel lead the pots Next Story → VELUX EHF CL 2015/2016: Kiel, Veszprem and PSG – Barca and Kielce in Group B
germanPatrick Groetzki Germany will have to play at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland without two TOP wings from both side – left and right. After Uwe Gensheimer, Dagur Sigurdsson, but also his colleague from Rhein Neckar Lowen, Nikolaj Jakobsen, has to cope with injury of right wing Patrick Groetzki, who broke his leg in defeat against Kiel 20:31. That will keep lefthander two months out from the action.His replacement in the national team will be MT Melsungen right wing Johannes Sellin.Germany will have three test matches against Tunisia (January 5) and Iceland (9 and 10).PHOTO: dhb.de ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen sack Markus Baur – Lars Walter to overtake? Next Story → Croatia ahead of EURO 2016: Kopljar questionable, Ivić to replace
Swedish team H43 Lund won the 1st International Youth tournament powered by El Jaish Sports Club in Qatar. The young Swedish generation 2000 was better in the battle for a trophy and 2.500 EUR prize over domestic El Jaish Sports Club 27:21.The third place won Egyptian team Aviation, fourth is Al Wahda (UAE), fifth Swedish Forshaga, while on the bottom ended Al Jazira (UAE).The tournament which was played at Qatar Sports Club complex, was attended by the president of International Handball Federation, Hassan Mustafa. el jaish sports clubLund H43UAE ← Previous Story Croatian NT coach Zeljko Babic resigns Next Story → Patrice Canayer to get new 4-years contract in Montpellier
THE HEALTH AND Safety Authority and gardaí are investigating, following the work-related death of a man in Co Leitrim on Saturday evening.The man – aged in his sixties – was towing a trailer in the Aughnasheelin area when he died.It’s believed he was crushed to death between his vehicle and the trailer.Gardaí confirmed the incident happened at around 6.30pm on Saturday.Read: Concern over use of garda logo in online fraud >
SINN FÉIN TD Peadar Tóibín will not return to the party until early next year, Gerry Adams said today.Tóibín voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which Sinn Féin supported, in July and was subsequently suspended from the party for six months.The Meath West TD’s decision to vote against the party on the abortion bill was described as a “serious breach of party rules” at the time.Unlike others who voted against their party on the abortion bill and other measures in recent years, Tóibín will be welcomed back into the Sinn Féin party in early January, Adams said today.“We always welcome folks back. You know if you listen to the gospel on Sunday, it was about the prodigal son,”Adams joked while speaking to the media at Leinster House today.Adams said he has not seen Tóibín in recent months as he has been “busy” but said he would be back in the party “sometime after Christmas” indicating that January of next year is the likely return date. ‘Good relationship’At the height of the abortion debate in the summer Toíbín indicated his intention to vote against his party and said he wanted to “apologise” to the “members, comrades and colleagues”.He said his “first objective is that the mother’s life is safe on every single occasion” and criticised the legislation, insisting it was not based on medical evidence.He has previously called for a free vote among the Sinn Féin parliamentary party and described the Supreme Court X case as “historic and archaic”.Tóibín was not among the group of 12 TDs who were told they could have speaking rights in the Dáil chamber by the Ceann Comhairle last night.He said today that he is “focussing 100 per cent” on his work as a TD.“I think that the relationship between myself and the party is very good,” he told TheJournal.ie today. “It’s a very different situation to Fine Gael, they’ve literally expelled their members for good.”He said he hopes to return to the party fold on 15 January.Previously: Peadar Toibín suspended from Sinn Féin for six months
This include comprehensive detail of state interaction in the Magdalene Laundries, laundry account books for the Limerick Magdalene which seem to detail extensive commercial activity, electoral rolls which provide a register of the women held in the laundries, which has been an unexplored resource to date and most valuable in terms of the lack of access to the records held by the religious sisters.Irene, one of the survivor interviews for the project, said that she found it “wonderful to come out in the open”.“Giving my story to the project was a great start to the way I am today – this time last year I could not have done the campaign work I am doing now.”Read: Magdalene protest to take place at Sisters of Mercy office >Read: Religious orders should reflect on making a monetary contribution to Magdalenes – Enda Kenny > SURVIVORS OF THE Magdalene Laundries will today launch an oral history of the institutions that aims to contribute towards a better understanding of the system that housed women until 1996.‘Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History’ gathered together archive material and oral history accounts from survivors who worked and lived in the Magdalene Laundries, as well as relatives and members of the Religious Orders.Other key informants, such as paid hands and GPs, have also been documented by the project which is funded by the Irish Research Council and conducted by UCD Women’s Studies Centre.The symposium will also introduce British and Irish 16-year old students to the ethical issues raised by the Magdalene Laundry system.Dr Katherine O’Donnell, principal investigator on the project said that the team conducted 79 interviews with 91 people in total with the archive containing over 5,000 pages of materials:
Poll: Have you started Christmas shopping?>Campaign aims to stop Irish shops from playing Christmas music too early> ALMOST HALF OF Irish people living abroad don’t expect to make it home at Christmas, a survey has revealed.The Behaviour and Attitudes research, on behalf of Lyons Tea, found that 46 per cent of the recent diaspora won’t get to spend Christmas with family and friends in Ireland.What do they miss most from not celebrating the season at home? Christmas dinner at home (52 per cent) and meeting up with family and friends over a cuppa (12 per cent). And considering the week that’s in it, when the Christmas lights are turned on in Dublin tonight and Cork on Sunday, it’s notable that 7 per cent of those surveyed most miss being there when the switch is flicked for that.The most missed Irish product for Irish people living abroad is tea (27 per cent), Irish crisps (24 per cent), chocolate (18 per cent) and biscuits (7 per cent).However, new methods of mobile apps communication are making it easier for people to stay in touch across distances. The survey found that 47 per cent of those living abroad use mobile apps to stay in touch, with Skype, Viber and What’s App the most popular communication apps.More surprisingly, only 11 per cent used Facebook the most, 16 per cent tend to text from mobiles and 12 per cent call home from mobiles. Only 8 per cent stayed in touch via landline and only 6 per cent use email as their most common method of communication.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChJArINLABEYouTube/John Feitelberg via RedditYOU KNOW WHEN someone’s driving really close behind you, and it makes you uncomfortable and a little bit angry?Maybe give this a try, courtesy of Taiwan.NB: Works much better if you are (a) terrifying and (b) wearing fingerless gloves.VIDEO: I’m just waiting for a mate, officer>This? Just a car doing a backflip>Classic movies recreated in 60 seconds…. with clay puppets>
(AP Photo/Jenny Aicher)“DEAR VICE PRESIDENT Biden, I have a great idea to help make our country safer, better and the best.”Myles, a second-grader in Milwaukee, wanted to have his say in the gun control debate that is dividing the US and did so by penning a letter to Joe Biden.“I think guns should shoot out chocolate bullets,” he wrote. “Then no one will get killed and no one will be sad.”A simple wish. But one that the VP took time to respond to with a rare hand-written note.“I really like your idea,” he told the seven-year-old. “If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would be happier. People love chocolate. You are a good boy.”It was signed Joe Biden.Five-year-old boy shoots his kid sister in tragic accidentMiracle escapes: The kidnapped children who returned home
AN AUSTRALIAN TV presenter has drawn criticism from the country’s Irish community after suggesting an Irish link between the bombings at the Boston Marathon and the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.David Koch of Channel Seven made the remarks on Tuesday morning’s ‘Sunrise’ show, as the programme covered news of the bombings which had taken place just before the live broadcast.As the first news of the bombings were coming in, Koch noted that Boston had a longstanding Irish Catholic population and asked whether it was a “long bow” to speculate about a possible link between that population and the bombings.“Some people – is this a long bow? – of course it’s a very big Irish Catholic setting… Margaret Thatcher’s funeral coming up tomorrow, in London – is it a really long stretch to think they could be related?” he asked.Watch the exchange in the video below (the remarks are at 3:08): (YouTube: SunriseOn7)Another host, Kevin Suter, did not comment specifically on Koch’s link.“Anything is on the table – it could be a variety of things,” he said, pointing out: “The big threat we were worried about yesterday is Korea. That also is giving scope for speculation.”The exchange later refers to illegal immigrants as “boat people”.One Irish person living in Australia told TheJournal.ie that they felt offended by the remarks.“Apparently it is acceptable to blame a race of people for the atrocity that occured in Boston during the week, within hours of [it] happening,” they said, describing Kosh as a “moron”.“He loves to court controversy given the time he profusely stated that breastfeeding is ‘not classy’,” they added.“Don’t get me wrong, I have been working in Australia for over a year now and love it, but the total lack of true journalism here is laughable. Sensationalism may have started here.”Expatriate commenters on the Irish Echo website described Koch as a “complete and utter g******e”, while another said: “Maybe it’s time you had a sleep in in the mornings.”The Irish Echo points out that Sunrise’s coverage of the bombings has also drawn fire, when another host suggested Australia should stop allowing foreign students into the country after attributing the Boston blasts to “left-wing radical students”.Read: FBI release video and photos in Boston Marathon investigation
Read: Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labour’s deputy leader next week A DUBLIN MAN who advised the Government on a new wheelchair accessible taxi scheme says he felt compelled to do something to tackle the lack of available vehicles after an incident in the city centre four years ago, when he was left stranded for four hours.Stephen Closkey, from Swords, said he was left waiting “freezing” in the rain at the side of the road three years ago after a cab he had booked for 2am failed to show up.He ended up having to call his parents to come pick him up.“It left me in bed for a few days sick,” Closkey told reporters at the launch of the new grant scheme yesterday.Keen to help others inconvenienced by similar experiences, Closkey went on to set up the website wheelchairtaxi.ie, which provides transport listings for the entire country.You can search any area of Ireland, and you’ll find wheelchair-accessible transport in your area. We’ve got taxis, we’ve got mini-bus hire, we’ve car hire, even a few wheelchair accessible fishing boats.He was appointed to the Government’s Taxi Advisory Committee last year, and has since been providing input on a range of issues, including the initiative announced by Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly yesterday.It’s hoped the scheme will boost the number of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in the country’s taxi fleet by around 200, to 1,060. Opening to applicants from early next month, it will provide €1 million in grant funding for drivers who want to buy a new accessible taxi, or upgrade their current one.Closkey described the scheme as a “good start”.At the moment we’ve two wheelchair accessible taxis in the entire of Tipperary. So when you’re looking at statistics like that, you’ve a long way to go.He said he hoped his contribution to the taxi advisory panel would help “keep the issue at the forefront”.Now 30, Closkey suffered a spinal cord injury 12 years ago that left him paralysed from the neck down, when he fell from a hay bale. He said he also suffered from other “knock on” effects as a result of the injury, including pressure sores, kidney infections, spasms.Read: ‘Hopeless fantasy’: McVerry warns that homelessness will increase by 2016, not be eliminated
A downcast Anthony Daly during yesterday’s game. Source: James Crombie/INPHOALL-IRELAND QUARTER-final day is one of the hurling occasions in the summer that I look forward to most.Go back over the last few years and invariably we’ve been treated to great games. There’s the prize of a big day out in Croke Park at stake. The pressure isn’t as great and both teams usually go for it. It’s good stuff to watch.I thought yesterday would fall into that category. A big crowd in Thurles with plenty from Wexford and four teams with chances to make their mark as Wexford and Tipperary had the qualifier momentum with Dublin and Limerick having the desire to bounce back from defeats.DisappointmentIt never materialised into a day of cracking hurling. The standard wasn’t great, it was stop-start stuff and there was messy hurling on show. Limerick and Tipperary ran out convincing winners but it was a desperately disappointing day for Wexford and Dublin.The recent schedule of games didn’t help Wexford. The most important thing for them yesterday was to get off to a good start. Go ahead on the scoreboard, get the crowd behind them and then while the bodies might have been tired, the enthusiasm of their minds would get them through.Instead Wexford were lethargic and well beaten. It’s a pity for them as their season ends with old doubts about them returning. They should look at their season as a whole and they’ve made huge progress. The age profile of their side is favourable and should allow them to build on this. Source: James Crombie/INPHODublin never got going yesterday and it was indicative of their 2014 season. Seeing them against Cork last August, I thought this was a team going places and were likely to threaten for the All-Ireland title. It was interesting they opted not to go with a sweeper yesterday. It’s a game they play really well and it would have allowed them to nullify the direct running of Bonner Maher. The setup of 15 v 15 suited Tipperary’s attacking setup and they took charge.Time For ChangeIs there a need for Dublin to shake things up? From the outside, it looks like they need an injection of something new. There’s no doubt that Anthony Daly has done a brilliant job with Dublin. My own view is he’ll know himself and I think he may have brought them as far as he can. It looks like 2013 was their best chance of winning an All-Ireland under him and change could be on the way. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIn contrast Limerick are flying after yesterday. I was very impressed by them. The work rate that shone through in the Munster semi-final – but was lacking slightly in the Munster final – returned yesterday. Paul Browne and James Ryan were flying at midfield. Shane Dowling continues to get vital scores, he’s hit 4-29 in three games and is performing really consistently. Graeme Mulcahy was also very lively in the corner alongside him.Declan Hannon turned in a really good performance and that was a major positive for Limerick. It’ll be interesting now to see where Donal O’Grady will fit in if he returns from injury against Kilkenny. I’d give Limerick a right chance in the All-Ireland semi-final. Their defence is excellent and if they can get their forward unit going, they’ll really put it up to Kilkenny. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOTipperary also look to be in a good place. They seem to have rode out the storm since the defeat to Limerick and they look settled. They were good in defence yesterday and struck home the goals when it mattered.Shane McGrath was excellent throughout. His form is a big boost for Tipperary and is the kind of guy who can really inspire a team, getting hooks and blocks in before carrying the ball forward. I don’t think Tipperary are firing on all cylinders yet and will need to step it up against Cork. That’s going to be a cracking game though, I expect it’ll be a shootout and whichever backline copes best will help their team prevail.U21 ShowdownIt’s a week where the focus is on Gaelic football but there’s a massive hurling match on Wednesday night in Ennis. The Munster U21 final is a huge game for Cork. The lack of underage success at minor and U21 has been highlighted constantly. This is a chance to correct that.Cork had a good win over a fancied Waterford side in the semi-final. They have a right chance on Sunday and a few really good quality players. Alan Cadogan is one of the best forwards in the senior championship this year and will be a huge threat at U21 level. Source: James Crombie/INPHOClare are favourites though. They’ve lead the way at U21 level in recent years. They’ve the likes of Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin in their ranks and a brilliant team. It should be a great game and I’m looking forward to it.We’re the only ones paddling this canoe, says Tipperary star James WoodlockDunne hoping Wexford learn from Semple Stadium horror show
If you’re looking to get into your spouse’s email to confirm suspicions of an affair, you might want to think twice about doing it, especially in Michigan. A recently divorced Michigan man from Rochester Hills, Leon Walker, faces felony computer misuse charges after it was revealed he logged into his wife’s Gmail account to confirm she was having an affair. Sydney Turner, an Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor, says he believes the charges are justified.Though the charges may be justified, Oakland County has a hard case to make at Walker’s trial which is scheduled for February 7th. The Michigan law that is being applied to Walker is typically only applied to cases of identity theft and stealing trade secrets. There is also a question as to whether a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husbandAs you can imagine, Walker believes the charges against him are a “miscarriage of justice” as he is quoted by The Oakland Press of Pontiac. There is indeed an argument that the charges against Walker are being applied unfairly. A January 2007 article based on a ruling by Michigan’s second-highest court determined that adultery could be a felony punishable by life in prison. If the Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor believes that Walker’s charges are indeed justified based on the circumstances he might want to look at charges against his ex-wife, Clara Walker, for adultery as well.Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the charges against Leon Walker will no doubt have a chilling effect on the way spouses in Oakland County, Michigan find proof of adultery.Read more at the AP and the Detroit Free Press.