RK Krim is definitely growing into a club that can have a shot at the Champions League title. After acquiring Torstensen, now the club signed the Randers HK German duo Nina Worz and Susan Mueller. Reports say that Tone Tiselj will continue to make even more player changes prior to the new season, but we will see if this trend of acquiring players that play in Scandinavia continues… ← Previous Story Gille brothers officially sign for Chambery! Next Story → Champions League (W) 2nd leg: Gyori to save the season, Buducnost for history ikastnina woerzRandersrk krimSlovenia handballsusan mueller
EHFEHF Champions LeaguehandballHandball rankingsHungary ← Previous Story Momir Ilic talks about London: “1/4 Filnal is realistic goal” Next Story → Saint Raphael is the host of the VELUX EHF CL “Wild Card” tournament The nation rankings for the 2013/14 season have been released by the European Handball Federation.The rankings, based on club performances by nation in all EHF European Cup competitions in the past three seasons (2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12), determine the number of places available for each nation in the EHF European Cup competitions.The men’s competitions rankings can be downloaded here and the women’s here.Changes in the VELUX EHF Champions LeagueIn the VELUX EHF Champions League the new ranking means changes for a number of nations in the number of places allocated.Thanks to the performance of Danish club teams over the past three seasons, Denmark has climbed up the rankings and now has two places in the men’s competition.Hungary has moved down the rankings and, in the 2013/14 season, will only be allocated one place in the VELUX EHF Champions League.There are also changes for the Netherlands and Luxembourg, two nations which now receive a place in the men’s competition.As a result of a lower ranking, Montenegro and Iceland will no longer have places in Europe’s premier club handball competition.Changes in the women’s rankingsIn the women’s rankings there are two notable changes.Belarus has moved up in the rankings and will now receive a place in the Women’s EHF Champions League and Slovakia has moved down in the rankings and no longer receives a place.TEXT: EHF
In his first match as Serbian NT coach, Ljubomir Vranjes made a fantastic step forward with the team, beat Russia 29:28 (17:11) in Astrachan and secure place at EHF EURO 2014 for the silver “Eagles” from EHF EURO 2012.RUSSIA – SERBIA 28:29 (11:17)AstrahanSpectators – 2500RUSSIA: Šindin 1, Puškin, Evdokimov 1, Atman 2, Bogdanov 5 saves, Gorbok 2, Žitnikov 1, Rastvorcev, Levšin 9 saves, Šiškarev 6, Čipurin 1, Nasrov, Šelmenko 1, Dibirov 4, Igropulo 9(7), MaksitovSERBIA: Vujin 5/9, Manojlović 1/1, Stanić 19 saves (42%), M. Ilić 5(2)/8, Radivojević, Stojković 2/2, Prodanović 2/5, N.Ilić 0/3, Rnić 5/6, Zelenović 1/2, Radovanović, Marjanović 2/3, Nenadić 6/8, Nenadić D, Marsenić, ĐukanovićRESULTS: 3:2 (7.) 3:5 (9.) 4:7 (14.) 7:10 (20.) 10:11 (23.) 11:13 (23.) 11:16 (29.) 13:17 (35.) 15:20 (39.) 16:23 (43.) 18:24 (45.) 22:24 (49.) 24:25 (52.) 26:26 (55.) 27:29 (59.)MoM: DARKO STANIĆ I PETAR NENADIĆSTANDING:SERBIA 7RUSSIA 6AUSTRIA 5 (-1)BIH 0 (-1)Slovenia beat Romania 31:22, while Belarus made clear step towards Denmark with an victory over Iceland 29:23. In their direct clash next weekend in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Belarus will decide who will be the second team from this group.1. Iceland 5 – 82. Belarus 5 – 73. Slovenia 5 – 54. Romania 5 – 0 ← Previous Story EHF CL Wild Card: Eight teams for three places! Next Story → Germans almost out of EHF EURO 2014 after defeat in Montenegro!
handballJunior handballjunior world championshipSarajevoSpainSweden After two extra-times, Spain beat Croatia 36:35 (30:30) and qualified for the final at Junior World Championship 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia saved their hopes in the last second of the regular match with a goal of Sime Ivic, but that didn’t repeat Stipe Mandalinic in the last attack of the second extra-time.Spain will meet Sweden in the final. For the bronze will play France and Croatia. For the fifth place will clash Brazil and Netherlands. ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013: Sweden for the gold! Next Story → Meshkov Brest denies deal with Spiler: Hard talks with Balic
← Previous Story EHF Cup: Fuchse Berlin with small lead travel to Brest Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 15): Emsdetten reaches second win by beating Lubbecke Dominik KleinDunkerqueespen lie hansentheophile causeTHW Kiel THW Kiel had even harder task at home at beating Dunkerque than a week ago on French soil. When everyone thought it will be a walkover, the French team tried hard to show they’re on no ‘vacation’ trip to the north of Germany. At points they played amazing handball, with 5 minutes before the end, the score was only one goal advantage for the “Zebras”, but this was the most Dunkerque could get close to. In the end THW Kiel celebrated a hard-won win of 28:25.Dominik Klein (THW Kiel), Theophile Cause and Espen Lie Hansen (both Dunkerque) topped the goalscorers list with five goals each.
ihf world player of year 2014 As of today and until 20 February 2015, handball fans and media worldwide will be able to vote for the IHF Handball Player of the Year 2014. A panel of IHF experts as well as the national team coaches of the five best ranked teams in Qatar 2015 and Serbia 2013 had a chance to propose and nominate players in order to create a pool of players from which the fans and the media will be able to decide on who was the best in the world in the year that has just finished.These are the nominations in both women’s and men’s category:WOMENCristina Neagu, ROUIsabelle Gulldén, SWEEduarda Amorim, BRAMarta Mangué, ESPHeidi Løke, NORMENNikola Karabatić, FRAJoan Cañellas, ESPThierry Omeyer, FRAMikkel Hansen, DENDomagoj Duvnjak, CRO,The registration for the voting as well as the voting procedure itself can be made on the following link:http://ihf.info/TheGame/Voting/WORLDHANDBALLPLAYERS2014/tabid/7088/Default.aspx ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Only two wins for home teams Next Story → Russia looking for a new head-coach – Kuleshov resigns
← Previous Story Veszprem only +3 before road to Montpellier Next Story → PSG Handball close to Cologne! Another match of quarter-final stayed undecided before the second leg since THW Kiel beat FC Barcelona Lassa with only two goals – 28:26 (16:15) at Sparkasse Arena. The “Zebras” were without Domagoj Duvnjak, who will be six months out after surgery, but Marko Vujin took the leadership over the home team with fantastic role and 10 goals.28 – THW Kiel: Landin; Wincek (4), Ekberg (6), Dahmke (2), Bilyk (2), Dissinger, Vujin (10, 2p); Tof Hansen, Weinhold (3), Brozovic, Lackovic, Nilsson (1), Santos.26 – Barcelona: Ristovski (Pérez de Vargas); Tomás (2), Sorhaindo (2), Rivera (3, 1p), Mem (1), Morros, Jicha (4); Noddesbo, R. Entrerríos (4), N’Guessan (1), Syprzak (3), Saubich (1), Jallouz (3), Lazarov (2).
Rastko Stojkovic ← Previous Story GOLDEN LEAGUE: Norway to chase France without Sagosen Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE: France beat Norway, Denmark put Egypt on -16 Experienced line-player Rastko Stojkovic decided to postpone knee surgery scheduled for January 10 and joined Serbian team at preparations for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. The 36-years old member of Meshkov Brest has problem with meniscus, but it is clear now that surgery will wait for some other period of the year.We will be much stronger with Rastko in the roster. I really respect his gesture – said Serbian NT coach Jovica Cvetkovic.Serbs play friendly match with Macedonia today, while the last two clashes are scheduled for January 9 and 10 in Slovenia.“Eagles” play their first match at EHF EURO 2018 with Croatia on January 12. In this group are also Sweden and Iceland.
GARDAÍ HAVE DISCOVERED a second person’s body in Waterford.The discovery of the body of a woman in her 20s was made in the Grange Cohan area of Waterford City at around 8am today.The body has been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital.A post-mortem will be carried out on the woman’s body and the area is to be preserved for a technical examination.A garda spokesperson said there doesn’t appear to be any relation between this incident and the earlier incident in which a man’s body was found in a house in St Herblain Park.Read: Body of man (24) found in Waterford>
(Ben Birchall/PA Wire) According to Breasseale, Guantanamo’s doctors and nurses are “consummate professionals working under terrifically stressful conditions, far from home and their families, and with patients who have been extraordinarily violent.”The doctors and nurses “routinely provide not only better medical care than any of these detainees have ever known, but care on par with the very best of the global medical profession,” he said.Allegations of medical personnel complicit in abuses are not new: in 2009, the group Physicians for Human Rights said that doctors were directed to monitor the CIA’s interrogation techniques in an effort to improve their effectiveness.The group said the practice amounted to “unlawful experimentation” on detainees treated as human subjects.- © AFP, 2013Read: Pressure grows on Obama to free hunger strikers – or put them on trial > DOCTORS AND NURSES tasked with monitoring the health of terrorism suspects were complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, an independent report has found.The US Defence Department and the CIA demanded that the health care personnel “collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in US custody,” according to the two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.Medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees, according to the report.Collaboration at US prisons in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the Central Intelligence Agency secret detention sites began after the terror attacks on 11 September 2001 in the United States.“It’s clear that in the name of national security, the military trumped (the Hippocratic Oath), and physicians were transformed into agents of the military and performed acts that were contrary to medical ethics and practice,” said study co-author Gerald Thomson, professor of medicine emeritus at Columbia University.The Hippocratic Oath is a committment made by medical personnel to practice their profession in an honest and ethical manner.Standards of conductThe report, conducted by two dozen military, ethics, medical, public health and legal experts, calls on the US Senate Intelligence Committee to fully investigate medical practices at the detention sites.(AP Photo/Tomas van Houryve) Co-author Leonard Rubenstein of Johns Hopkins University focused on force-feeding on Guantanamo Bay’s hunger strikers, as well as CIA agents’ use of harsh interrogation methods and simulated drowning known as waterboarding at secret sites.“Abuse of detainees and health professional participation in this practice is not behind us as a country,” he told AFP.The authors also urged the Pentagon and CIA to follow standards of conduct that would let medical personnel adhere to their ethical principles so they could later heal detainees they encounter.‘Serious inaccuracies’Both the CIA and the Pentagon rejected the report’s findings.The report “contains serious inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions,” said CIA public affairs chief Dean Boyd. The abandoned guard tower at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman) “It’s important to underscore that the CIA does not have any detainees in its custody and President Barack Obama terminated the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Programme by executive order in 2009,” Boyd said.Obama signed an executive order shortly after taking office in 2009 that banned interrogation techniques used under his predecessor George W Bush and that critics say amount to torture.Although the president has not banned extraordinary rendition, new rules prevent suspects from being tortured before they are transferred to a different country for interrogation, trial or continued detention.Obama also established a task force to review interrogation and transfer policies and issue recommendations, but the group’s 2009 report remains classified.DenialAt the Pentagon, spokesman Todd Breasseale said that none of the critics of prisoner care “have had actual access to the detainees, their medical records,” or the procedures at the Guantanamo detention camp.
With the winter season now upon us, this service may prove very useful to members of the public especially when one considers the severe weather that has affected Clare in recent years.The text alerts are free to receive.Urban McMahon, Head of Information Systems, Clare County Council, said that the texts will let people know about scheduled road works and closures, major road accidents and incidents, floods, severe weather warnings, boil water notices, and community and sporting events.“We are looking to maximise its potential as a useful method of communication with our consumers,” he said.Read: Getting winter ready: Councils stockpile salt in preparation for icy conditions> CLARE RESIDENTS CAN now receive texts from the county council letting them know about road closures and bad weather.The council is the latest local authority to send out text alerts to people to let them know about what’s happening in the county.Last year, Cork City Council launched a text-based weather alert system.Clare County Council’s new system will alert members of the public about road closures, severe weather warnings and other service changes throughout the county.You can sign up for the free SMS and email service alerts by registering on the Council website.Users can select alerts relevant to their area of the County and to opt in to receive additional notifications regarding community announcements and events.Mayor of Clare Cllr Joe Arkins said:
Updated 22:57ST VINCENT’S HEALTHCARE Group said in a statement today that an independent investigation carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) stated that “work on the Clinical Studies has not indicated any evidence of collusion or fraud by staff or within the hospital”.The chairman of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has written to Senator Crown in relation to what they state are “very serious allegations” he made in the Seanad earlier today about members of staff deliberately charging private health insurers for cancer drugs which had been given to the hospital for free.St Vincent’s It stated the chairman has asked Senator John Crown to forward to him, “as a matter of extreme urgency”, all information that he has in relation to this matter so that it can be fully considered by the board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.The statement went on to say that they believed the matter raised by Senator Crown relates to issues at St Vincent’s Private Hospital that pre-date the establishment of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.VHI Healthcare said they had been made aware of the charges for “high cost cancer drugs” used to treat patients which had actually been given to the hospital for free and asked PWC to investigate the matter.They added that over €1 million had been recouped that had been raised incorrectly.VHI Healthcare said it has a Special Claims Investigations Unit, which is “dedicated to ensuring that incidences of error or overcharging by healthcare providers are fully investigated and rectified”.Originally published 17:59Read: We’re compliant “based on our interpretation” say St. Vincent’s bosses>Read: Midleton ambulance call ‘did not follow procedure’ in the lead-up to 2-year-old’s death>
A COUNCILLOR IN Ennis, Co Clare has called for ‘Ireland’s largest lingerie section’ from Father Ted to be officially recognised as a tourist landmark.The famous segment of the Father Ted Christmas special sees Ted, Dougal and a number of fellow priests become trapped in the lingerie section of an unnamed department store. It was filmed in the Dunnes Stores in the centre of Ennis.“It is now the fruit and veg section, because they’ve extended significantly,” Green Party councillor Brian Meaney told DailyEdge.ie.He wants the location to become a landmark to be visited by Father Ted fans, and believes it could help the town’s tourist trade in a small way.Father Ted has a cult following at this stage. There were various locations that were used for the filming of Father Ted, there are ‘Ted tours’ that visit them… This is something that’s unique to Ennis.Here’s the area in question, as it was when the episode was filmed: Councillor Meaney has written to Dunnes Stores, asking if they could put something up in the store to mark the location. However, he says he is yet to hear back.The issue was raised at a meeting of Ennis Town Council this month, where it got a mixed response. While some people are supportive, Meaney says some councillors are resistant to the idea of marking a Father Ted reference:I included in the petition a proposal for a marker for the Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door [a landmark from the folk song of the same name], which is also in Ennis. They said to me they’ve no problem identifying this.But now we have a more modern up-to-date reference from Father Ted. I think it’s important that we recognise the value of this.Meaney is currently waiting for responses. But he says his international experience – he used to be the Green Party’s spokesperson on Europe – has shown him the international popularity of Father Ted.I gave a presentation in Brussels 18 months ago, and the room was filled with a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities. People from Eastern Europe, from everywhere. Explaining a bit about where I was from, I put up a picture of the Father Ted house with Dermot Morgan.There was an almost immediate chorus of “Father Ted!” from all across the room.Needless to say, we’re backing Cllr Meaney’s campaign to the hilt. Here’s that classic clip: Source: Channel 4Co Clare boasts the most appropriate ‘careful now’ sign ever>Watch the Father Ted Christmas Special right here!>
Updated 4.47pmJURORS AT THE trial of three former senior executives from the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank have been told that they will not all get to decide on the verdict.Counsel for the prosecution Paul O’Higgins told the jury that even though there are 15 of them, just 12 jurors will decide on the verdict on the charges against the three men.It is the first time in the history of the State that a jury of 15 people – rather than the usual 12 – has heard a case.O’Higgins said that the higher-than-usual number of jurors was selected because the State requires that at least 10 people sit on a jury, and given the predicted length of the trial, it was more likely than usual that some would have to drop out.“At times jurors get sick, jurors die,” O’Higgins told the court.He said it was a “slightly savage system” given the public duty that the jurors were about to undertake that they would not all get to decide on the verdict.Instead, a public ballot will take place to choose 12 jurors out of the remaining number who will then proceed to give a verdict.O’Higgins said that it could be a “very frustrating thing” for the jurors who don’t get to decide on the verdict but said that “in circumstances it could be a liberating thing”.He was speaking as he made his opening remarks in the trial of Seán Fitzpatrick of Greystones in Wicklow, the former chair of Anglo, Patrick Whelan of Malahide, the former MD of lending in Ireland, and Willie McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines in Dublin, the former chief risk officer and finance director of the bank.All three have pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – in 2008 to buy shares in the ailing bank.The trial began just after 10.30am this morning. The trial is expected to run until 31 May.Originally published 1.58pm
DIRECTOR WOODY ALLEN has said allegations that he sexually abused his daughter when she was 7-years-old are ‘ludicrous’.In a column published in The New York Times, Allen denies the claims by Dylan Farrow and is strongly critical of his former partner Mia Farrow, whom he accuses of coaching the child to make the allegation.“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” he writes. “I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being”.In response, 28-year-old Dylan Farrow said Allen’s column was a rehash of distortions and outright lies. “I have never wavered in describing what he did to me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life”.Allen wrote the column following an open letter by Dylan Farrow, also published in The New York Times, which appeared last Sunday.In the open letter, Farrow wrote that Allen had brought her into the attic in the family’s country home in 1993, told her to play with her brother’s electric train set, and then sexually assaulted her. She said there had been a pattern of her father “doing things to me that I didn’t like” when she was a child going back as far as she could remember.However Allen strongly denies the allegations.“Twenty-one years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought,” he writes. He says he only ever went to the attic of the holiday home where the alleged assault took place once or twice because of its small size, noting that he is a “major claustrophobe”.Allen said he will be making no further comment on the matter. “Enough people have been hurt,” he wrote.Read: Dylan Farrow describes alleged sexual abuse by Woody Allen >