Italian handballpallamano On the 29th and 30th October, the Italian handball community will go back to vote to choose the new president of the local federation (http://www.figh.it/).Pier Luigi Montauti (http://www.famigliahandball.altervista.org/) will be the challenger to the current president, Francesco Purromuto who has been in charge of the federation for the last 15 years.On one side Pier Luigi Montauti will bring around many years of experience in managing a local club, being a past member of the federation board and the creator of the second most popular handball youth tournament in the world, the Interamnia Cup.On the other side instead, the current president, Francesco Purromuto will try again to run the federation for four extra years.Indeed in weeks before elections’ time, Italian handball fans have been venting their frustration and unhappiness on popular Facebook groups and websites about the deep crisis, which has been hitting hard the sport for many years. They put that down to a lack of accountability and proper planning on the federation.A public protest will be taking place on Thursday outside the Rome federation offices.Meanwhile, the federation through press releases and a TV interview by Franco Chionchio, the men’s national team coach, claims that good results have been met in the last couple of years.Without any doubt the Futura Esercito Rome project, which created from scratch a group of young women players who this year had joined the Top Slovenian League, has been growing gradually, showing hopes for the future of Italian handball.So without any doubt, the sport in Italy has reached a crossroad: on the 30th October we will know what direction handball will be heading to in the next four years.Italian handball website and FB group following elections daily:http://www.oscarmarcon.altervista.org/https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/465151823529132/LUCA DEL BIANCO ← Previous Story Poland Superleague: “Oilers” easily win in Zabrze Next Story → Serbs starts EHF EURO 2014 campaign without Ilić, Čutura, Marković and Beljanski
WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – LEFT WING 2014 Siraba Dembele (ZRK Vardar – France) Majda Mehmedović (ŽRK Budućnost – Montenegro) Camilla Herrem (HCM Baia Mare – Norway) Maria Fisker ( Viborg HK – Denmark)View Results ← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – Vote until January 6! Next Story → WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – LEFT BACK 2014? Loading …BEST LEFT WING 2014BEST LEFT BACK 2014BEST PLAYMAKER 2014BEST RIGHT BACK 2014BEST RIGHT WING 2014BEST LINE-PLAYER 2014BEST GOALKEEPER 2014BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014
← Previous Story Hansen and Gensheimer flying to Kiel with Turkish Airlines? Next Story → Every Team Wins with the Charity Programme of MVM EHF FINAL4 HSV HandballIlija BrozoicIlija Brozovic Surprised or not, but HSV Handball have found the replacement for line-player Henrik Toft Hansen who goes to SG Flensburg, right after departure was announced. The new member of Hamburg handball family is Croatian line-player Ilija Brozovic. The 24 years old member of Croatian NT and PPD Zagreb signed two years contract with the Germans.
PPD Zagreb beat RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 21:20 (9:10) in the biggest Balkan handball derby in front of 4.500 fans in “Zlatorog” hall. The hero of the tough clash of two old rivals, was Zagreb’s goalkeeper Filip Ivic, who played only in the last ten minutes, but that was enough for him to stay unbeatable and save some important balls for his team.Celje Pivovarna Laško: Gajić (1 save – 1 x 7-m), Lesjak (18 saves), Blagotinšek 2, Ivić 1, Babarskas 1, Janc 3, Razgor 3, Marguč, Potočnik 1, Zarabec 2, Kodrin, Fižuleto, Dobelšek 1, Mlakar 3, Žvižej 3.Zagreb: Stevanović (12 saves – 1 x 7-m), Ivić (4 saves – 1 x 7-m), Mihić 1, Sabljić 3, Vujić, Stepančić 3, Kontrec 2, Šebetić 2, Raković, Horvat, Šušnja, Šandrk, T. Valčić, Obranović 1, Kovačević 4, Pavlović 2.Two of them were decisive. First on 58:10, when he saved 7-meter shot by Miha Zarabec, and afterwards, the last attack of Celje, 6 on 4, when Ziga Mlakar couldn’t score…Take a look why…PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Zsolt Melczer Filip Ivicppd zagrebRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ← Previous Story SHOCK: Laszlo Nagy has broken hand? Next Story → EHF CL: Vardar and RNL overtake TOP of Group B
Spain have never hosted the Women’s World Championship, but organised the men’s event in 2013 with great success. For Denmark, Norway and Sweden the three-way joint bid is a first for an IHF World Championship, though each have been awarded organising rights for several major men’s and women’s events. ← Previous Story In which shoes Nikola Karabatic will gonna fight for world’s crown? Next Story → ALL STAR TEAM WCH 2017: Nikola Karabatic MVP Denmark hosted the Women’s World Championship in 2015, while Norway organised the 1993 edition, and they were co-hosts of the 1999 tournament. Denmark also organised the 1978 Men’s World Championship, and Sweden have hosted the men’s event on four occasions – in 1954, 1967, 1993 and 2011. On the fringe of the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship the IHF Council met, with one of the main items on the agenda the awarding of the 2021 and 2023 Women’s World Championships. Spain won the big for 2021, while the 2023 IHF Women’s World Championship was awarded to the co-bidders from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Valentin Ghionea The best and most ambitious team of Portugal, Sporting CP, will have new member with strong international experience in the roster for upcoming season, writes Polish sportowefakty.pl. The 34-years old Romanian right wing Valentin Ghionea spent six years in Wisla, where he came from Hungarian Pick Szeged. He wrote a few sentences on his official FB page:Today I will play my last game as a player for Wisla Plock,in Orlen Arena.It ends 6 years in which I had extraordinary experiences.We had big wins against top teams,but also some disappointments,but I generally felt a different emotion in the Orlen Arena.For me Plock will remain the second home and I will leave from here with beautiful memories.It would have been nice to end my career at Wisla Plock, but some things have to be changed in life.I would like to thank all club presidents and coaches who have trusted me and I hope they were happy with my work for the colors of the club,I also want to thank supporters, my colleagues in the team and the staff, who have been around me and helped me to have better performances.I hope to see us in the future with me in another position. Good luck Wisla Plock and see you soon!PGE Vive Kielce one step closer to defend Polish titlePHOTO: Orlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce one step closer to defend Polish title Next Story → PSG Handball defend LidlStarligue title!
EHF TV announced list of BEST 7 players of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 2.Three Croatian players are among the best alongside Dika Mem, Lasse Svan Hansen, Bjarte Myrhol and Richard Bodo.Here is the BEST 7:Goalkeeper: Ivan Pesić (Meshkov Brest)Left wing: David Mandić (RK PPD Zagreb)Left back: Richard Bodo (Pick Szeged)Playmaker: Luka Cindrić (PGE VIVE Kielce)Right back: Dika Mem (FC Barcelona Lassa)Right wing: Lasse Svan Hansen (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)Line player: Bjarte Myrhol (Skjern Handbold) bjarte myrholDavid MandicDika Memehf cl best 7handballIvan PesicLassen Svan HansenLuka CindricRichard BodoTOP Handball ← Previous Story VIDEO: Goal or no goal? Next Story → Slavko Goluza about series of Tatran: Presov breathes with the club!
MORTGAGE HOLDERS WHO fall into arrears and end up voluntarily surrendering their homes will be allowed to apply to their local authority for housing.Minister Jan O’Sullivan said that anyone who goes through the new Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process but ends up giving up their home if payments are still too high will be able to join the waiting list for housing in their area.What do you think: Should people who give up their homes after falling into arrears be allowed on local authority housing lists? Poll Results: Yes, there’s no reason why they shouldn’tNo, it’s not fairI’m not sureVote No, it’s not fair (2012) Yes, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t (2075) I’m not sure (818)
THE SOLICITOR FOR the family of murdered RUC officer Pat Breen has accused the Sinn Féin leader of attempting to “legitimise the murder”.John McBurney was speaking to Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show in the wake of the Smithwick Tribunal report, which found that there was Garda collusion in the murders of Breen and Robert Buchanan.Gerry Adams told Newstalk Breakfast today that the two RUC officers, who were travelling to Dundalk to discuss cross-border smuggling, had had a “laissez faire” attitude shown towards their security.McBurney told Kenny that he “wasn’t surprised that [Adams] would step forward as an apologist for the terrorists who murdered these two fine officers.”McBurney added that Adams’ attempts to “legitimise what happened” was “abhorrent”.Adams said that the tribunal’s findings that the IRA had received help from gardaí was not something he was aware of, but added that the two murdered men had been “open” about their movements.“I say this with as much sensitivity as I can muster: these two prominent RUC members were sitting in Dundalk Garda Station very openly.”He added that IRA volunteers claimed to have spotted the officers and “noticed a pattern” in their behaviour: “When you have that type of laissez faire disregard for their own security by both An Garda Síochána in relation to these two RUC officers and more importantly by these two RUC officers themselves.“Here they were at the heart of South Armagh, in the middle of a very, very severe conflict at that time and seemed to think that they were immune from attack by the IRA and tragically, as it turned out for them, that wasn’t the case.“So when you have that type of failure to protect the RUC operatives in the middle of a war then what happened happens “I’m sure the same thing has happened with IRA volunteers who were killed. It wasn’t necessarily intelligence or inside information, it was simply that they made a mistake. This has happened tragically in all conflicts.”Note this article has been updated on 5 December 2013 to include full quotes from Gerry Adams. Read: Smithwick Tribunal: Here’s what happened on the day of the RUC murdersRead: Smithwick Tribunal finds gardaí colluded with IRA in murder of RUC officers
ONE MAN has been injured following two incidents in which shots were fired through the windows of two homes overnight.At approximately 11.10pm shots, possibly from a shotgun, were fired through the window of a house in Lissadel Road in Drimnagh.Three people were in the house at the time, but no one was injured.About ten minutes later shots were fired through the window of a house in Walkinstown Drive.There was five people in the house at the time and one man in his 30s was injured.He was taken to St James’s Hospital but his injuries were not life threatening and he has since been released,Gardaí have sealed off the scenes for technical examinations. They said that a silver car may have possibly used at the first shooting incident.Investigations are ongoing say the gardaí.
16 reasons not to resuscitate the 90s > IN A BLAST from the past, grunge band Soundgarden have announced a gig in the O2 in Dublin on September 16th.Their most famous song, Black Hole Sun, was released in 1994. You might even remember their RDS gig the following year.What else we doing with ourselves back then?Stick on some Soundgarden, close your eyes and follow us back in time to 1994…The Eurovision was in the Point……And we won! For the third time in a row!Image: via RiverdanceThe presenters were Cynthia Ni Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan, our winning entry was Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids performed by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan and GET THIS, the interval performance was Riverdance – the first ever time we saw it.The year in politicsAlbert Reynolds resigned as Taoiseach and John Bruton, then leader of Fine Gael, became head of the “Rainbow” government in a coalition with Labour and the Democratic Left parties. Sounds a bit familiar, actually.Image: via Riemann’s CutOh… and Bertie Ahern was elected leader of Fianna Fail. Ahem.We were watching…Image: via Kat PhBBC and RTE teamed up with Roddy Doyle and Michael Winterbottom to give us hit drama Family. It was set in Ballymun and featured Irish actors Sean McGinley and Ger Ryan. Do you remember watching it?Image: via Jimmy FungusMeanwhile, on the silver screen – Forrest Gump, Speed, Dumb & Dumber, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction and The Lion King were all released in 1994. What a year for cinema trips!Sporting yearWe got knocked out of the World Cup by Holland. Sad times. BUT we beat Italy 1-0, one of the favourites to win.YouTube/illuminRay Houghton, you beauty.In the ‘ZoneAs well as Black Hole Sun, you were probably dancing along to Boyzone’s debut release Said and Done.Image: via CoveraliaLove me for a reason, y’all, and let the reason be love.A star is bornWant to feel old? Well, Irish Hollywood export Saoirse Ronan was only just born in 1994.Image: via Wikimedia CommonsWouldn’t it make you sick!But back to the song at hand…Soundgarden’s frontman, Chris Cornell, has said he wrote Black Hole Sun in “about 15 minutes”. Do you reckon it shows? Give it a listen for old time’s sake.YouTube/SoundgardenVevoRead: 9 things you definitely had in your teenage bedroom>
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has told the Dáil he was shocked by what he saw in last night’s Prime Time programme exposing the mistreatment of children in some creches in Dublin and Wicklow.Speaking at Leaders’ Questions this morning Kenny said that there is “nothing more important to our country than the children of the nation” and said the government would prioritise legislation aimed at protecting children and would work with opposition parties.“I didn’t have an opportunity to see all of the programme but what I did see shocked me,” Kenny said adding that the footage captured by RTÉ’s investigation showed what “was clearly an abuse of responsibility” by childcare workers in the creches.He added: “The programme yesterday showed what is happening and what has happened in a number of creches… God knows what has happened in other locations.”Kenny was quizzed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the status of a number of pieces of legislation relating to children and children services including the Children First Bill and the law which will establish the Child and Family Support Agency.The Taoiseach said it would be a matter of weeks before such legislation was before the house but expressed his hope that legislation would be passed before the end of the current Dáil term. He also hit out at portrayals of childcare facilities as businesses.“I hate to hear this business being branded as a business, as a sector, as an industry. Childcare is a profession, child protection is a profession,” Kenny said, adding that there needed to be a focus on the quality of childcare not just the quality of childcare environments and checking “whether the lights are working”.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams questioned why facilities which had not been inspected were in receipt of state funding, asking the Taoiseach: “How can taxpayers money be given to a creche when that creche has not been inspected?”Kenny said that the inspection regime in Ireland is more frequent than that in the UK but said that the “standards have to be at a higher level”.“This affects everybody in the country and we need to get it right,” he said.Read: Fitzgerald “witnessed emotional abuse of children” in crèche footageRTÉ: No repeats or online airing of Prime Time creche investigationPoll: Are you worried that mistreatment of children in crèches is more widespread?
Apple still undeniably has the most to boast about in the mobile arena when it comes to developer momentum: the iOS App Store just passed the 300,000th App Mark, compared to which Android and Windows Phone 7‘s app numbers are just a drop in the bucket.Still, that momentum may be flagging now as Android gains traction and consumers get excited about Windows Phone 7: according to a new report titled”States of the Apps Industry Snapshot” released by Millennial Media, developers are most interests in the Android, Windows Phone 7 and iPad as platforms for their mobile apps in 2011.The snapshot compares developer interest in various platforms from 2010 and compares them to projected interest in 2011. As you can see in the pie charts above, back in 2010, the iPhone and iPad together represented more than half of developer interest. Things have radically shifted since then: the iPhone has dropped from 30% to a mere 8% while the iPad has roughly stayed level. Meanwhile, interest in developing for Android has shot up to 29%, and — shockingly — interest in Windows Phone 7 app development is now at 20%/Given these numbers, it looks like Android and Windows Phone 7 will see the biggest growth next year… and it’s possible that Android might even finally overtake iOS in 2011 as the biggest platform in mobile. What a difference a year makes.Read more at Ars Technica
Hey check it out–lots of naked people on the Internet. Nowthere’s something you don’t see every day. But here’s the rub: these are quitepossibly the least sexy naked shots you’ve ever seen on the Internet. And thereare 100 of them.They were pulled from Brijot Imaging Systems’ Gen 2millimeter wave scanner in an Orlando, Floridacourthouse. The images were reportedly gathered via a Freedom of Informationrequest. It turns out that the images were being improperly stored on thedevice–once scanned, the images on the machine are supposed to be deleted.AdChoices广告So, why should you care about a bunch of unflattering nakedimages of people in a Floridacourthouse? Well, this is a similar imaging technology being implemented inairports across the country. And it’s proof that such images can, in fact, bestored and latter disseminated.The images presented here are particularly low-res, butagain, they do present a important problem with this technology–nothing here isquite so ethereal as we were lead to believe…
“They make color sort of the way soap bubbles do … but the neat thing about it is they can actively control it,” Duke associate professor Sonke Johnsen told AOL, adding that squid could “probably play a television show on their backs, if their brains were big enough.” Military scientists have had no shortage of inspiration. Whenever they’ve run out of options in the labs, they’ve done best to take a look at the world around them. The latest key to unlocking a tough to crack secret may, in fact, come from under the sea.Researchers employed by the US Navy are looking to the humble squid for helping in discovering the key to the holy grail of invisibility. The Navy has plunked down $5 million for scientists at Duke University to study the color shifting properties of the mollusk. Here’s a bit from one of the team’s studies,The systems evolved by marine animals in order to hunt, hide and mate over hundreds of million years surpass our contemporary engineering designs for underwater vehicles. The impact will hopefully affect all branches of the armed forces that have aquatic missions. This includes Special Forces, mine hunting vehicles, the submarine community and a newest generation of underwater vehicles that could all benefit from the option of ‘stealth.’
Here’s a troubling signpost about the state of Digg–Kevin Rose is apparently not all that into the service anymore. The site’s founder didn’t submit a single story for a stretch of 22 days at the end of last year, and is currently averaging around one submission every four days. Rose submitted seven stories in 30 days–versus 181 tweets. Or, as TechCrunch puts it, “He’s 26x more active on Twitter than the company he founded.”Is Rose over Digg, or is he just taking a bit of a break? Things are a little better for current CEO Matt Williams, who is submitting a story a day on average. Better, but not great.Of course, all of this comes in the wake of a redesign last summer that caused a massive backlash against the service. Digg insists that all is peachy on the site, and so of the disgruntled users do appear to have returned, but things are definitely down overall..
id Software’s Tim Willits revealed in a recent interview that the studio’s upcoming shooter Rage will feature an online pass that gates off some content solely to original buyers, but the company’s approach will be more subtle than that of other companies to use such passes.“Have you found any sewer hatches?” asked Willits to his Eurogamer interviewer. (Sewer hatches appear to be non-essential branches off into separate parts of the game world, comparable to Vaults in Fallout 3.) That content, the hatches, will be open to first-time buyers. It’s downloadable content, Willits explained, but doesn’t require payment if you buy a new copy of the game.Willits downplayed the importance of this content. “Most people never even see it,” he said of the hatches. In essence, the content behind a paywall is far less central to the game than, say, the game’s entire multiplayer component (as EA Sports games have started doing) or large, story-critical parts of the single-player campaign. When walled off sections of the game are put right in people’s faces complaints can start, but by using them as bonus material EA aims to keep all customers happy.That line of questioning turned into requiring persistent connections, as upcoming hits Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3 are confirmed to do. Willits believes that the industry is headed that way. Half-Life 2 launched Steam, and Diablo 3 will “make everyone else accept the fact” that connections will be required, he said. Moreover, he supports requiring persistent connections and wishes that gamers would “have that be acceptable.” Anticipating anger from the masses, he persisted. “In the end, it’s better for everybody,” he said, citing the convenience of automatically updated games and new content. He added that “juggernauts” like Valve or Blizzard have to be the ones to force these changes in the industry. “I’m always connected,” he concluded. “Our fans are always connected.”via Eurogamer
When Megaupload was taken offline, it sent a shockwave across the web and other file-sharing services. Some services reacted with concern about the way in which Megaupload had been taken offline, others shut down the file-sharing feature of their network completely. But it looks as though the raid undertaken in New Zealand has spurred other governments into action.It is being reported that another huge file-sharing service has been forced offline in the Ukraine. The service is called Ex.ua, and I’d be surprised if you’d actually heard of it. But in the Ukraine it was massive, and accounted for between 16-36% of all Internet traffic in the country at any one time. A raid was carried out on the offices of Ex.au by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. They seized over 200 servers on which they found stored more than 6 petabytes (6,000 terabytes) of illegal content. Apparently, there were 16 people working at the office who we now have to assume are facing prosecution. The reason for the raid was complaints made by companies including Adobe, Microsoft, and Graphisoft in relation to copyright infringement. An investigation was launched and lasted six months before action was taken. Was it just coincidence the raid occurred shortly after Megaupload hit the news?Ukrainian ISPs will surely be seeing a significant fall in network traffic for the next few days, but that could be short lived. Megaupload users have gone elsewhere for their file-sharing, and the same is probably going to be true of Ex.au users. If alternative services exist in the country, they should expect an influx of traffic. But should they also expect a raid by Internal Affairs?More at TNW and BBC News (translated)
Yesterday at WWDC the big announcement was that 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a gorgeous Retina Display. The MacBook Air was also updated and talked about, but the Mac Pro didn’t get a mention even though it also received a very minor spec bump.Many people have viewed Apple’s handling of the Mac Pro hardware, and the company’s failure to give it a refresh worthy of 2012 components, a sign that it is on its way out. The momentum certainly seems to be with Apple’s portable devices, but would they really leave the desktop and professional computing market behind completely?According to an Apple Executive, that’s definitely not the case.David Pogue of The New York Times asked the executive why the Mac Pro hadn’t received proper updates. It effectively still carries the 2010 spec, after all. His response was to just assure everyone that Apple hasn’t forgotten about the desktop computer and new designs are currently in the development stages. All we have to do is wait until 2013 in order for the Mac Pro to be brought bang up to date.While this confirms Apple doesn’t think desktop computers are dead, it does show they no longer hold as much importance for the company. Taking at least another 7 months to update the Mac Pro, which does not have consumers eagerly waiting to see how thin and light it is, is a little strange. The Mac Pro is, after all, all about the performance hardware inside, which is starting to look more than a little dated.Read more at The New York Times, via Macworld
There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t come across some new trinket or toy that appeals to one aspect of my personal geekdom, to say nothing of the things I see that would undoubtedly appeal to other people. Companies are making bacon flavored everything, comic book characters are mainstream, and video games are more popular than ever. It is a great time to be a geek, but it’s impossible to keep track of everything. So the guys at Loot Crate have made it their mission to find all of the geeky, gamer stuff out there and send you a box of it every month.The Loot Crate service is brand new, in fact the team is almost ready to send out their second ever package to geeks everywhere. Basically, once a month a box will show up filled with snacks, toys, and anything else these guys can get their hands on. For just about $20 a month, your monthly package and any other membership perks that crop up along the way can be yours.In the six weeks that the Loot Crate guys have had their doors open, thousands of users have come together to form an incredibly active community that has already helped provide some much needed direction and feedback. LootCrate founder Chris Davis commented that there was a strong, immediate community response when they started talking about the service across the social networks. The service is simple, and the overall response to their first shipment was quite positive.Loot Crate’s Chris Davis and Matthew Arevalo, being gamers and geeks themselves, spoke to me for a bit about the future of LootCrate. The company was formed quickly as the result of a Startup Weekend event. Chris’ previous endeavor, Gamer Food, had helped him forge the idea for LootCrate. After nailing down some of the details, the first shipment was quickly assembled and a website put up to announce their service.The first shipment included a $30 bottle of Avengers themed cologne, a $20 gift card to mini bust retailer Gentle Giant, an assortment of caffeinated snacks, and one or two other items. Their initial goal of assembling a “Comic Con style swag bag” as Matthew called it, seems to only be the start. The end goal is to make every month bigger and better than the last, eventually including digital goods and real world membership perks.Loot Crate provides every subscriber with a physical membership card, a move rarely seen outside of grocery stores anymore. The hope is that, in the future, Loot Crate members will be able to participate in live events that allow the team to offer member-only exclusives. Maybe you’ll be able to bump into one of them at Comic Con or E3 and, if you have your membership card, take part in something unique, for example.While the membership program still fits squarely under the “eventually” flag, the Mega Crate offering is something the team is already delivering on. Every month one member will be chosen to receive a much larger package, worth significantly more than the others. Like the LootCrate service itself, every month will be something different.Loot Crate is a cool idea, especially if the company is able to continue delivering relevant gear to people who like a little randomness in their day. Nothing about the LootCrate offering is anything that you couldn’t go and buy for yourself if you really wanted it, but in a way that’s what makes it great. In a world where so many people are buying online, and so many products are only available online, Loot Crate can expose you to products you otherwise never would have put your hands on to confirm that you wanted it.The Loot Crate team has offered Geek.com readers 10% off the first month of service with the promo code “Geekout”. Thanks guys!Photography by Chris Sewell