Titleholder BM Ciudad Real (Spain) and the host Al Sadd Sports Club from Doha (Qatar) qualified for the semi finals on the second day of the Super Globe Tournament. The exponent from Europe won easily also its second match against Unopar Londrina/Sercomtel from Brazil 40:19 (21:8). “It was a lesson for our team”, brazilian player Renato Mazzoco resumed after the match. “But we know that Real Ciudad is one of the best teams all over the world.”In the second match host Al Sadd Sports Club reached a smoothly 36:16 (16:8) against AHF Southern Stars. With their second victory of their second match the favorites qualified without any problems for the semi finals on Thursday. Who will be their opponent will still be decided on the last day of the preliminary round on Wednesday. ← Previous Story Vive Targi Kielce one more game for new Polish title! Next Story → End of season for Jurasik?
Totally surprised were administratives of Serbian, Macedonian and Montenegrin handball Federations when they received EHF letter with decision about “Volcano case”. In the ground were fact that only one qualification group for European Championship in Slovakia in August was not played because “Air traffic chaos” after Iceland eruption volcano. They before friday begining of qualification tournament in Rejkjavik, all three Balkan teams were in Kopenhagen, but they were stock on Airport, without chance to get to the Iceland. On the end, they back home with buses and trains.Final decision in this case is that Iceland will qualify directly for EC in Slovakia and then will in “triangle” tournament, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia fight for one more place. ← Previous Story End of season for Jurasik? Next Story → Leipzig new-old champion of Germany!
← Previous Story MATCH OF THE DAY: RNL against Veszprem! Next Story → THW Kiel wins derby in Denmark! Macedonia will have two teams at EHF Champions League TOP 16 for the first time in the history! After two Polish teams, Vardar and Metalurg secured their places at knock-out stage. Vardar beat Dinamo Minsk 30:22 (14:11) in direct battle for the place among the best. Belarrusian champion had no chances to make something serious in hell made by 6000 fans in Skopje.PSG Handball beat RK Metalurg 32:29, while FC Barcelona was too strong as a guest of Swiss Wacker Thun 39:23.STANDINGS:1. Barcelona 8 ‒ 152. PSG 8 – 113. Metalurg 8 – 94. Vardar Skopje 8 – 85. Dinamo Minsk 8 – 46. Wacker Thun 8 – 1 Dinamo MinskFC BarcelonahandballMacedonian handball
azoty-pulawydragan markovic handball Polish Azoty Pulawy, the fourth team of the Polish League 2013/2014 will have a new coaches for the next season.That would be Dragan Markovic, who will have dual function in the next period as he working also as head-coach of Bosni and Herzegovina national team.Markovic will stay in the Polish team next three years.He has experience of working in DKB Bundesliga, where he was on the bench of HSG Wetzlar.Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to qualify for the first big event in the history – WCh 2015. Markovic spoke about clashes with Iceland a month ago… ← Previous Story Momir Ilic – The KING of European handball TOP scorers Next Story → WCh 2015 qual. warm-up: Slovenia beat Austria
Dean Bombac Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce announced that Slovenian playmaker from PICK Szeged, Dean Bombač, will join the club in summer 2016 on three years contract basis. Bombač exploded in the last two seasons under Spanish coach Pascual in Szeged, which brought him award for the second best playmaker in MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Contest, just behind Nikola Karabatić.Kielce’s president Bertus Servaas also stated about offer for Ivan Čupič from RK Vardar Skopje, concluding that there are no chances for Spanish line-player Julen Aguinagalde to be sold. ← Previous Story RK Gorenje with new coach – Marko Šibila Next Story → Rnić buzzer-beater for 30:30 against Romania
← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce beat Orlen Wisla Plock in Polish derby Next Story → Xavi Sabate negotiates with Egypt Telekom Veszprém: Alilovic, Mikler – Ilic 5, Tonnesen, Nilsson 3, Nagy 4, Ugalde 5, Marguc, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Sulic 2, Nenadic 2, Lékai 6, Gajic 3 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem PICK Szeged ended Veszprem’s series of home win after 10 years and 22 matches! The team of Juan Carlos Pastor did amazing success against the biggest rival at “Veszprem Arena” and made nice intro into the most important part of the season – battle for domestic trophies and place at EHF Champions League quarter-final against THW Kiel.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 31:32 (17:15) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra, Sego – Srsen 2, Kallman 3, Bodó 10, Sigurmannsson 4 (2), Goncalves 1, Zubai, Balogh 1, Skube 3, Blazevic, Sostaric 3 (1), Zhitnikov, Fekete, Bánhidi 5TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic
No (698) Poll Results: Don’t know (263) THE GOVERNMENT HAS outlined wide-ranging reforms to the structures of local government with town councils abolished and the number of councillors set to be reduced considerably.The number of councils operating in Ireland is to be cut dramatically from 114 to 31, while the number of councillors is being reduced from 1,627 to 950 in advance of the 2014 local elections, with around €420 million in estimated savings to be made over the next four years.Environment Minister Phil Hogan has said the reforms are aimed at the “rebalancing of power to the democratically elected local councillor and away from the management system”, but opposition parties say the move will centralise government power and damage local democracy.You can read more about the changes being implemented here but today we want to know, do you agree with the local government reforms? Yes (841) YesNoDon’t knowVoteRead: Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31Read: Significant reforms will see planning powers of councillors curtailedRead: Councils will be able to set their own rate of property tax
I am a big fan of Italia Football and I have attended every World Cup championship and Euro championship since 1982 except for one! always going to the Italia games.“I became very attached to the Toro club mostly because of their fans- I find them to be socially minded and for me, the Toro fans are the heart and soul of the city of Torino, a city I love very much.”So there you have it.Some of the best Premier League pumpkins you’ll see this HalloweenOussama Assaidi scores the pick of the bunch in eight-goal thriller LAST WEEK, WE brought you Mick Wallace wearing a training top of Italian side Torino during the debate on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013.The Independent TD, who has done fine work with Wexford Youths over the past number of years since forming the club, is in fact a season ticket holder with the Serie A outfit and regularly makes trips to Italy to watch them play.And this morning, he confirmed his support of Torino to those who may have been unaware.“For the record, I am a Toro supporter,” Wallace said on his website. “I have a season ticket with Torino and I stand on the second tier of the curva nord.I do not have a Juve season ticket. I have been to new Juve stadium once – and that was for Italia/ Czech Republic game.“I go to 6 or 7 Toro games each season. So far this year I have been to see Toro/Milan, Toro/Juve, and next Sunday, I will go to Toro/Roma. I eat and drink in Caffe Rossini on Corsa Regina Margherita- a Toro bar.
Sharon Staples, Manning’s aunt (Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie).Staples commented:To look at him you wouldn’t have thought it because he’s only a small little weed of a person, sort of in a little shell and when I think of what he went through in Quantico, it would have cracked me, I think I would have had some kind of breakdown. But it didn’t with him.Manning’s aunt Mary said that growing up “if he was going to do things, he was going to do it big”.“He was computer mad”Her relatives spoke fondly about her keen interest in technology which started from a young age.“He didn’t have one computer, he had two or there and he’d link them up – he was computer mad,” Staples said. “He’d come down to us for Sunday dinner with Susan and it was as much as you could do to get him to sit and eat, he wanted to be upstairs with the computer.”She added that, growing up, Manning strived to do the right thing and “always wanted to do it his way”.Susan Manning pictured in Dublin yesterday (Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie).Manning’s mother, Susan, has been in ill health since a major stroke in 2006, and has been unable to visit her youngest child in prison.However her sister, Sharon Staples, plans to visit the military prison in February next year and she said the campaign for her release will “go on and on until she’s free”.‘The Manning family are in Dublin to meet with TDs and attend ‘an evening for Private Manning’ hosted by Afri at Edmund Burke Theatre in Trinity tonight at 7.30pm. More details: http://www.afri.ie and http://www.privatemanning.org/Related: “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”>Read: Fox News mocks Chelsea Manning with “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”> Left to right, Mary and Kevin Fox, Sharon Staples and Chelsea’s mother, Susan Manning (Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie).THE FAMILY OF former US Army private Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking classified information, have opened up about her gender transition, telling TheJournal.ie that the family completely supports her.In an interview in Dublin yesterday, Manning’s aunt Sharon Staples said: “We haven’t got a problem with it, it came as a shock, but we haven’t got a problem with it.”Manning’s uncle, Kevin Fox (Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie).Her uncle, Kevin Fox said it was difficult to get used to the name change and joked that perhaps she chose ‘Chelsea’ because of the Premier League football team.Staples said Manning is “happier now” that her sentence has been handed down and she knows she is eligible for parole before then .I think its a relief, it was the not knowing, she didn’t know what to expect, so at least she knows and a lot can happen in nine years.“She says the inmates there have accepted her and she’s not having any problems,” she said. “It was surprising because I thought there might have been one or two.”Leaking documentsThe family all said they were proud of Manning for leaking the documents, which included Iraq and Afghan war logs, and said they did not know she had the strength to endure everything she has been through.
THIRTEEN BODIES WERE pulled from the wreckage of a building under construction that collapsed in a coastal village in the Indian tourist state of Goa on Saturday, authorities said.The residential building caved in at mid-afternoon, when around 50 labourers were working on the site, Shekhar Prabhudesai, superintendent of police, told AFP.“We have got 13 bodies from the wreckage. We expect the death toll to rise,” said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.Rescue workers using cranes and bulldozers, shovels and bare hands, struggled to shift concrete slabs and other debris to free the workers as hundreds of onlookers stood watching the rescue efforts.Construction workThe building collapse, the latest of a string of deadly construction cave-ins in India recently, occurred in the seaside village of Canacona, south of the capital city of Panaji.Initial reports said that the building under construction was five stories.Fire and emergency services crews rushed to the spot and the chief minister said military reinforcement had been called in.“We will immediately arrest the builder, the contractor and municipal officials involved in sanctioning this construction site,” the chief minister said.“I am personally monitoring the situation,” he added.The bodies were shifted to a morgue at a nearby hospital.- © AFP, 2014 Over a dozen killed as hotel wall collapses in India>Primark to give three months’ wages to Bangladesh factory collapse victims>
MOTORISTS ARE BEING urged to take care on the roads overnight due to the risk of flooding.Earlier today, a Met Éireann warning was put in place, saying that Munster, Connacht and Leinster can expect heavy rain over the next few days, while Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal can expect snow and ice.Dublin has been officially warned to expect 25mm of rain, but Fine Gael Cllr Kieran Binchy said this may be upgraded to as much as 40mm, though this has not yet been confirmed.Binchy said that the council has a number of plans in place, including drainage teams who are attending certain gullies that are at risk, while sandbags are prepared and can be easily accessed if needed.Road safetyThe Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising road users to take particular care on the roads following the of prolonged showers which will give rise to some spot flooding.Especially at risk are Eastern coastal areas due to strong to gale force East to Southeast winds, while tomorrow will bring further spells of heavy rain and strong winds especially over Leinster and Ulster.The RSA said that when driving in wet and windy conditions, drivers should be aware: It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the roadControl of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong windsTake special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibilityAllow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclistsDrive with dipped headlights at all timesBe aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h roads.Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mmThe RSA also said that if the road ahead is flooded, choose another route and do not attempt to drive through it. After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance to help dry the brakes.Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to wear a high visibility jacket or reflective armband and take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions.More information can be found in the RSA’s publication Severe Weather Advice for Road Users’.Read: Bad weather ahead as weather warnings come into effect>
SOME TRENDS HAVE justifiably been consigned to the dustbin of history.We’re thankful that frosted tips, parachute pants and hair mascara are a thing of the past as far as trends are concerned. But there are actually some trends we’d dearly love to see one more time.1. Toys in cereal boxesGod be with the days when we got toys with every box of Coco Pops. And if there was no toy, at least you got to save the top of the cardboard box to save up as a token for something. Nowadays we get a whole load of nothing.See also: yoyos. Bring back yoyos! Source: Flickr2. Drive-in filmsWhile these might be solely the preserve of old school American romantic comedies these days, Ireland actually has the perfect landscape for drive-in movies. All we’d need is a big field and a dry evening. Source: Orange County Archives3. Arcade gamesStreet Fighter. Air hockey. Pinball. These games should be in every pub up and down this country, but once again we’ve let our childhood selves down. Source: AhmadHashim4. Tying a jumper around your waistYou do still sometimes spot this sartorial move around the place, but its heyday has long since passed. At a certain point 15 years ago, every second person would have a jumper lounging on their hips. What happened? It was so handy. Source: leslieiv5. Top of the PopsNuff said. Source: brizzle born and bred6. Saturday morning TV marathonsCartoons intermingled with special guests, high jinks, competitions, phone-in interviews with celebrities, and musical numbers. Shows like Live & Kicking spanned the entire morning and took care of all your Saturday entertainment needs. Source: putthetellyon1/YouTube7. AnnualsBunty, Jackie, the Beano, the Dandy – a beautiful, simple Christmas ritual that unfortunately has bitten the dust, with many no longer being printed. A heap of annuals and a glass of orange squash, reading for hours stomach-down on the carpet. Could it ever be topped? Source: staticgirl Source: brizzle born and bred8. Pen palsThe internet and Skype have pretty much killed the genuine need for paper-and-ink letter correspondence. But there’s something touching and undeniably special about getting a hand-written note, and keeping in contact with a friend overseas via letters. Source: donovanbeeson9. Clamshell phonesSmartphones have come on leaps and bounds since the snap-closed clamshell mobile phones, but you have to admit – nothing made you feel more bad-ass than closing your phone after barking goodbye. Seeing them used in Breaking Bad was a definite blast from the past, and the straight iPhone was cold comfort afterwards. Source: aeissH/T this Ask Reddit thread for the inspirationWhat trends would you like to see have a second wind? Let us know in the comments.Read: 8 Google search trends that prove Ireland’s glory days are truly over>Read: 11 appalling trends you will DEFINITELY spot in an Irish nightclub>
Updated 19:30RORY MCILROY RECORDED his second successive round of 66 to reach the mid-point of The Open Championship at an imposing -12. America’s Dustin Johnson is his nearest challenger on -8.McIlroy his supporters a few early jitters before composing himself at The Open. The two-time Major winner bogeyed his first hole to drop back to a share of a lead he had held alone overnight.McIlroy was seeking to allay any worries that his second round form could scupper another tilt at a Major trophy. Before he teed off at Royal Aberdeen, on Thursday, his second round average was a shade under 74.He overshot the second green but got back down in two for a par to help settle early nerves. Further pars followed on three and four before he birdied the par five fifth. McIlroy followed that up with a superb iron approach on the par three sixth. He left himself with a six-foot putt for birdie and duly dispatched it.He parred the next and picked up another shot on the eighth thanks to another nerveless approach and a confident putting stroke. The 25-year-old reached the turn at -8 but was not done yet. He picked up a birdie on the 10th, another par five, to move three shots clear of Francesco Molinari of Italy and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.The best was yet to come, however, as McIlroy’s impressive iron play came to the fore over the closing holes. Excellent approaches gave him four birdie chances from within 10-feet. He dropped three of the four to sign off for a round of 66 that puts him in with a great chance of claiming his first Claret Jug. Shane Lowry endured a difficult day in the cross-winds at Hoylake. Source: David DaviesShane Lowry had a disappointing round of 75 to drop back to -1 while Darren Clarke signed off for a two-round score of level par. Graeme McDowell’s strong back nine looks to have secured him weekend golf but Irish amateur Paul Dunne [+4] and Padraig Harrington [+8] look set to miss out on the weekend’s action.Antrim golfer Michael Hoey withdrew from the event after seven holes of his second round. Tiger Woods is back on +2 after dropping five shots during a personally torrid afternoon in Hoylake.– First published at 17:20Wrong fairway on the first, eagle on the second as Sergio hunts Rory‘On Friday you know what you can do’: McIlroy hoping to block out that Friday feeling
I imagine that there are plenty of folks out there who would be psyched to receive some manner of cleaning tool for the holidays. I can’t say I’m a part of that group, but here’s a tip: if you do plan on buying me something to clean my apartment with, make sure it’s also a robot. Like iRobot’s Scooba 380, for example.Good news, the little mopping robot has gotten a healthy little Cyber Monday discount. iRobot is offering $50 off the price of the floor washing robot–plus free shipping. For today only (until midnight eastern time), the Scooba 380 will run you $349.99, if you buy it directly from iRobot’s site.AdChoices广告The 380 can handle up to 850 square feet on a singe battery charge and comes with two virtual walls. It’s a friendly little way to say “I love you, now for god’s sake, please clean your floor.”
Sony Ericsson has, until recently, seemed like a mobile phone manufacturer slowly atrophying under the onslaught of competing smartphones, but appearances can be deceiving: instead of becoming irrelevant, Sony Ericsson has been busy in the labs, not only putting together the PlayStation Phone but also the Xperia Arc… which they are claiming is the thinnest smartphone in the world.How thin is thinnest? 8.7mm at its thinnest point, which is skinny enough to cram into the pocket of even the most painted-on pair of hipster skinny jeans. Despite its svelteness, though, the Arc is actually impressively specced with an 8-megapixel camera boasting an Exmor R mobile sensor and a lens capable of a maximum f2.4 aperture and an LED flash, making this a pretty good choice for a photographer’s smartphone.Inside the Xperia Arc, you’ll find a 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and at least 8GB of internal storage. The display is a super bright 4.2-inch “Reality Display” with a near retina resolution of 854×480.We’re impressed. This is one thin phone. In the past, I’ve tended to decry thinness as overrated, but with smartphones boasting bigger and bigger displays, thinness is the single most important element determining portability… and the Xperia Arc is so razor-thin, it hurts… as it slices through your jeans pocket and into the meat of your thigh. Expect it in April.Read more at Sony Ericsson
The upcoming Blackberry Playbook still has some unanswered questions regarding its features, but one of those questions may have been answered as it will reportedly include its own proprietary video chatting software.Research in Motion’s answer to the iPad phenomenon is gathering a lot of attention not only because it’s yet another high-profile tablet, but also because it has a heavy weight on its shoulder to bring RIM back from a deepening grave.The Playbook will be coming to Sprint’s 4G network and it’s expected to be available on other carriers as well. There is no firm release date yet.Via PC World
Google’s local search domain total hit 184 sites this week, with the addition of google.iq and google.tn, for Iraq and Tunisia, respectively. The sites–like the rest of Google’s local search domains (including 15 domains in Arab countries)–offer results tailored to their specific country, including local business and language–the Iraqi site offers results in Arabic and Kurdish, and the Tunisian site offers up results in Arabic and French.The company plans to add more localized search domains in the coming months–though it isn’t really saying which ones. At present, Google offers up search in 40 different languages, which covers some 99 percent of the world’s Internet users.
I think if you asked gamers with an interest in the 3DS what they thought of the 3DS XL, most would say it’s great to have the bigger screeens, but it’s also a missed opportunity. The device is much bigger, and there’s clearly space for a second circle pad on the right, so why didn’t Nintendo include one?Apparently the choice was a simple one. If Nintendo had added a second circle pad, the XL would be shipping with a smaller battery, and/or would have to be even bigger than it is now.Nintendo’s main focus with the 3DS XL was adding the 90% bigger displays because that was the top request from gamers. But in order to accommodate large displays, you need a larger battery. So the extra space afforded in the case by the fact it is a bigger unit overall, is filled with a larger battery.That makes sense, but it’s still surprising Nintendo couldn’t find a way to accommodate both. After all, the 3DS XL is going to get even bigger because Nintendo need to, and have confirmed they are supporting the handheld with a second circle pad peripheral.As far as Nintendo is concerned, there’s no debate to be had and gamers pining after a right stick have just got to live with the company’s decision. It’s also unlikely Nintendo would consider adding a second circle pad to a future iteration of the 3DS hardware unless millions of the circle pad peripherals started flying off the shelves and a much larger percentage of games demanded its use.More at Kotaku
It looks like consumers are growing less interested in dedicated e-reading devices. According to research firm IDC, there was a 28% year-over-year decline in e-reader sales in 2012. This is in spite of the fact that in 2012 there was a greater variety for consumers to choose from, and they were cheaper than in 2011.IDC estimates that 19.9 million e-readers were sold last year, compared to 27.7 million in 2011. Of course, declining sales doesn’t always mean that the market is doomed. It could just mean that, for the most part, people who want an ebook reader already have one. After all, this isn’t the kind of product that changes significantly with each new iteration.However, what is more likely at play in this situation is that e-readers are in fact becoming obsolete. Instead, consumers are gravitating toward reading ebooks on their tablet. Even though sales of dedicated e-reading devices went down in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of people who read ebooks went up. It conducted a survey that found 23% of respondents had read an ebook last year. That number was only 16% in 2011.You don’t even need to look at industry numbers to realize how the market is changing. All you need to do is look at two e-reading titans, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They have taken their attention away from their traditional — that is to say dedicated — e-readers and now seem to be almost exclusively focused on their more robust tablet products, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.There used to be a time when multi-functional devices were frowned upon. If an electronic device claimed to do a hundred different things, it did them all poorly. Today, in many cases, the exact opposite is true. Consumers want to be able to carry one device that gives them everything they need — for example a smartphone that is a great camera, MP3 player, ebook reader, and 4G mobile hotspot.While dedicated e-readers do have some distinct and competitive advantages, all signs point to the conclusion that ereader sales will just continue to decline as tablet sales soar.
We all know that, at some point in your life, you really needed the ability to make something waterproof. Thankfully for your windows, Rain-X gets the job done with minimal effort on your part, but Rain-X eventually wears off and requires a new application seemingly all too often, which can be tedious. The world learned of NeverWet — which you can think of as a tougher, longer-lasting Rain-X — two years ago, but now the spray has finally hit the market.Unlike Rain-X, NeverWet claims to repel a large variety of liquids from just about any surface, preventing potentially terrifying situations, such as spilling chocolate syrup on your new white shoes. Much like any late-night informercial, the demonstration video for NeverWet makes anyone who sees it want to use the product.NeverWet comes in two parts, a base coat and a top coat. As the above video demonstrates, all you do is spray the bottom coat onto a surface, wait around 15 minutes, then apply the top coat and wait the same amount of time. After that, the silicon-based spray protects from a majority of liquids, and can be used to coat a surface of around 10 to 15 feet.You can see water beading up on a surface, almost resembling T-1000 pooling itself back together. The coating looks downright amazing when a person dunks an iPhone — display on — into a vat of water and the phone doesn’t seem to mind. By the time the chocolate syrup is spilled on the white shoes and simply rolls off, resembling a lava lamp, you’re probably already looking up item availability. The video remains amazing, though. The outer edges of a square piece of glass is coated with NeverWet, while a square section in the middle is left blank. When liquid is poured onto the glass, it stays in that uncoated center section, not moving to the coated outer edges.The video is essentially five minutes of NeverWet being water’s worst nightmare over and over again, but it never gets old. Supposedly, the company claims that NeverWet-coated products have survived submerged underwater for a year. On top of that, the coating will survive high-pressure blasts. The company doesn’t specifically claim how long the coating lasts, but like Rain-X, it’s likely a safe bet to assume the longevity of the protection relies on the conditions it endures.The spray, which retails for $19.97, will become available at Home Depot within the next few days, but will eventually rollout to other stores as well.