C.O Zagrebfree handball playerIvan Balic ← Previous Story Over 100.000 HP visitors opened 1.000.000 pages in first part of 2012! Next Story → Dijana Stevin in Hungarian Siofok The best handball player of all time, Ivano Balic (33) finished his contract with C.O Zagreb.  Legendary playmaker becomes to expensive for Croatian champion due financial crisis in Zagreb. His contract expired on 30 of June and Balic will be free to join any team who will meet his demands.Balic has played for Split and Metkovic, before he moved to Portland San Antonio in 2003. There is a lot of speculations about his future. Paris, Fuchse Berlin, AG Copenhagen, MKB Veszprem and F.C Barcelona are some of the teams with whom he is connected… read more

elwardtjallouzTHW Kielwael jallouz ← Previous Story Pavicevic withdraws, MHF seeks new general secretary Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Spain and Montenegro in the Main Round! The promising young Tunisian player Wael Jallouz, will be joining THW Kiel next season. The 21-year old currently plays in Hammamet, and will be travelling to Kiel in Summer 2013. He has signed a three-year deal with the “Zebras”. This was confirmed by THW Kiel’s official website and their general manager Klaus Elwardt travelled to Tunisia to sign the official contract with the perspective Tunisian player. read more

← Previous Story Raul Santos to VfL Gummersbach Next Story → Lekic and Radicevic leaving Gyori – Vardar Skopje is the next destination? Croatia wins third bronze medal in a row after victory over Slovenia 31:26 (14:13) in “San Jordi” hall in Barcelona. Team of Slavko Goluza was better rival in this clash with “former brothers” and broke resistance of the opponent in the beginning of the second half with series 7:0. After Slovenian playmaker Bezjak got red card (21:14), winner was known and in the last 15 minutes has been seen match without results pressure. Duvnjak and Cupic were the best scorers with 8 goals, while Alilovic had solid role between the posts. In Slovenian team, Primoz Prost with 16 saves was the only one on the necessary level.STATISTICSAfter Belgrade and London, Croatia continues bronze series… read more

RK Celje PLVladan Matic ← Previous Story TROPHY IS IN THE HANDS OF HANDBALL PERSON 2012 – DRAGAN ADZIC! Next Story → SPANISH HANDBALL SUMMER: Granollers Cup 2014 calls you! Slovenian vice-champion RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko looking for a new coach. EHF CL winner from 2004 confirm that Vladan Matic left the team by mutual agreeement. Former coach of Hungarian teams Pick Szeged and FTC spent last two and a half season in Celje. In the min-time he became also a Serbian NT head-coach with the next challenge – EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Despite good results in the VELUX EHF CL, where is Celje a step from the TOP 16 phase the second year in a row, home defeat against the biggest rival RK Gorenje Velenje a few days ago was decisive for the break of cooperation.Celje PL want Championship trophy, but Gorenje is on the podium last two seasons and has three points more in the current season…Matic’s successor could be Branko Tamse, who is working with the Celje’s youngstars. The interesting fact is that Tamse won the last two Championship with RK Gorenje Velenje, but the club didn’t want to extend contract with him… read more

← Previous Story Veszprem’s Iman Jamali to miss Final Four in Cologne! Next Story → Piotr Wyszomirski to Pick Szeged! PapP Laszlo Sport Arena keep the secret about the new Women’s EHF Champions League winner, but also historical fact about the best team of the first MVM EHF F4. Four teams will fight for the trophy, among them two last Champions, Gyor and ZRK Buducnost, one strong team full of worldwide stars as ZRK Vardar and power from the North – FC Midtjylland.Here ar the schedule for Saturday:Semi-final 1: Györi Audi ETO KC vs FC Midtjylland – throw off at 15.00 Semi-final 2: WHC Vardar SCBT vs Buducnost – throw off  at 17.30   Sunday 4 May 2014   3rd/4th Placement match – throw off at 14.30 Women’s EHF Champions League Final – throw off at 17.00 (all times local) Should Nora Mork finish handball career? YES NOView Results Budapest  Loading … read more

Vive Tauron Kielce opened the new season by taking victory over Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin – 33:30. The match beautified opening of the brand new hall in Szczecin. Polish champions started without 3 players – they had to manage without injured Karol Bielecki and Piotr Grabarczyk. Denis Buntić was not there to help either as he has been suspended for 2 matches due to his behaviour during Polish League final in May. What is more, Kielce were deprived not only of their players – their coach Talant Duyshebaev has also been suspended (4 matches) for the same reason and his duties were taken over by the second coach Tomasz Strząbała.Defending champion did not have an easy job because their victory against Szczecin was on the edge until last minutes. Pogoń began quite harshly as already in 4th minute Ivan Čupić was severely fouled by Łukasz Gierak. During first 10 minutes Szczecin players were given three 2-minute suspensions; this harsh playing seemed to be a good idea though because the hosts kept leading and it took Kielce almost 15 minute to take the lead. However, the teams surged back and forth and they scrambled to get on the lead minute by minute.In the 16th minute one of the two new Kielce players – Tobias Reichmann – made his debut in Polish league. Also due to the absence of Buntić, Michał Jurecki played as a right back. The changes however made no difference and Kielce could not find a way to crack well-playing Pogoń. The result at the break was 15:15.The second half saw Marin Šego’s debut and a few of his saves at the beginning. However, Kielce goalkeepers were not the best ones on the court as Krzysztof Szczecina in Pogoń goal had a very good performance.Short-handed Kielce scored for 17:15 and one might have thought they would start getting away but it was not the case. The second half looked just like the first one. Unfortunately for Szczecin, unlike Kielce, they didn’t change their players almost at all so they started getting tired and making mistakes. With 5 minutes to go they lost one of their best players, Mateusz Zaremba, due to his third yellow card. Szczecin got their chances to draw when with the result 31:30 Lijewski missed the goal, but they threw those chances away themselves by losing the ball a couple times. Kielce were the first one to took the advantage of the chaotic situation and scored for 32:30. In the last minute Tobias Reichmann sealed the deal scoring his first goal for 33:30.The best scorer of Kielce was Julen Aginagalde (7), and for Szczecin it was Michal Bruna (9).MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL 2014/2015 to start in Schaffhausen Next Story → IHF SUPER GLOBE: Barca and El Jaish to semis! read more

first_img(Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)For Sullay Turay, who lost a hand and a foot to Taylor-backed rebels, the outcome “showed that no matter what you do, justice will finally catch up with you and this is what has happened in Taylor’s case.”Civil warThe former warlord, who was jailed initially for 50 years for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal 1990s civil war, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars, possibly in a British jail.He sparked a 13-year civil war in his own country when he led a rebellion in 1989 to oust President Samuel Doe which deteriorated into one of Africa’s bloodiest conflicts.His National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) earned a reputation for extreme violence, conscripting child soldiers and terrorising citizens of certain ethnic groups. (Image: Peter Dejong/AP/PA)VICTIMS OF THE bloody regime of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone was upheld by an international court today.The final verdict handed down by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) draws a line under a seven-year trial of the 65-year-old former Liberian president, sentenced in May last year for “some of the most heinous crimes in human history”.“As a government, we believe that justice has been done and impunity is over,” Sierra Leone government spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay told AFP.“The message for sitting heads of state not only in Africa but beyond is that when you are in power you must exercise it judiciously, have respect for the rule of law and human rights and uphold the dignity of others.”Around 100 people, including human rights activists and survivors of the Sierra Leone civil war, watched a live broadcast of the ruling in the capital Freetown. (Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)After taking Monrovia, Taylor was elected president in 1997, but violence again erupted in 1999 when another rebellion started and he lost control of much of the country, fleeing in 2003 to Nigeria.The conflicts resulted in 270,000 deaths, with many civilians displaced and several thousand becoming victims of atrocities, according to the United Nations.As Liberia’s president from 1997 to 2003, Taylor supported Revolutionary United Front rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone by supplying them with guns and ammunition as they waged a campaign of terror during a civil war that claimed 120,000 lives between 1991 and 2002.‘Let Taylor rot in jail’He was finally arrested and transferred to The Hague in 2006, where he was convicted in 2012 of aiding and abetting the rebels during the conflict, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves, trial judges found.“Full justice has now been done and the victims should move on with their lives. The violations they suffered have been addressed through the judicial process,” said Ibrahim Tommy, chairman of the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law campaign group.“The government now should work to strengthen the justice system and work for the socio-economic prosperity of the victims.”Some victims of the conflict remain bitter and voiced frustration that Taylor had not received the 80-year sentence requested by the prosecution.“Let Taylor rot in jail. I only wish he would have served his sentence in an African prison to suffer the more,” said Freetown taxi driver Andrew Lebbie.But there was also a note of reconciliation among the crowd gathered for the ruling in Freetown.“Forgiveness is all I would ask for. The court should have tempered justice with mercy,” said vicar Sam Fergusson.center_img (Image: Enric Marti/AP/PA)Taylor has only ever been tried for his part in Sierra Leone’s bloody history and Amnesty International called for justice for the Liberian people for human rights violations and war crimes committed during its own conflict.“All parties to the conflict committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murders, torture, rape and other crimes of sexual violence, abductions, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers,” said Stephanie Barbour, head of Amnesty’s Centre for International Justice in The Hague.The Liberian government welcomed the verdict.“We hope that as he serves his jail sentence he will be treated in line with the law,” said deputy information minister Isaac Jackson.- © AFP 2013.Related: Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years for war crimes>More: Taylor verdict hailed a ‘victory for victims’>Read: Naomi Campbell and blood diamonds: key moments of the Charles Taylor trial>last_img read more

first_img Yes (246) Poll Results: It depends on the charity (2259) No (1399)center_img TODAY IS DAFFODIL Day, the annual fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.Over 4,000 people adorned in yellow will be stationed around the country with buckets and boxes collecting for the charity.Street based charity collections bring in cash and are a great way of raising the profile of an organisation but they are not to everyone’s liking, regardless of the cause.Do you donate money to charities often? Do you only give money to the charities you know? Are you skeptical about where the money goes? Do charity street fundraisers bother you?So today we would like to know, do you give money to charities collecting on the street? YesNoIt depends on the charityVotelast_img read more

first_img[Image: Naomh Éanna Trust]And here’s what the proposed revamp would look like… THE TEAM HOPING to restore and relaunch heritage vessel the Naomh Éanna meet with Arts & Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan today to put their proposals forward.Businessman Sam Field Corbett, whose company also restored Dublin landmark the Cill Áirne, has been scrambling to put together a business plan since the Minister announced a temporary stay-of-execution for the ship last month. She had been due to be scrapped by Waterways Ireland, after safety concerns were raised in a hull inspection.Once used to carry passengers and supplies between Galway and the Aran Islands, the Dublin-built ferry had been berthed in the city’s Grand Canal Dock since 1989.Various businesses operated out of it, but following a hull survey Waterways Ireland — which manages the dock — announced the vessel was no longer safe and would have to be destroyed.The Naomh Éanna Trust — a campaign group established in 2005 aimed at saving the vessel — had wanted a longer reprieve period so a proper business plan for the revamp could be arranged.However, the Trust — in co-operation with Field Corbett’s company the Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Company — now contend they’re ready to move ahead to the next stage of the proposed restoration process, having put together a ‘comprehensive’ plan.The proposed €1.86 million revamp would include…An 82 bed boutique hostelA 46 seat restaurantAn interactive museumA micro breweryA 60 seat  caféHowever, Field Corbett contends a proper inspection of the ship needs to be carried out before the plan can move to the next phase.Here’s how the ship looked in the late 198os… [Image: Naomh Éanna Trust]More recently… [Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Company]“None of the investors would be willing to put their hands in their pocket unless the ship is properly surveyed,” Field Corbett said, noting that he would be putting that very point to the Minister at today’s meeting.He said that €1.86 million was the maximum budget his team had been able to secure, and warned that if the vessel turned out to be in a worse state than expected, the proposals would have to be abandoned.Field Corbett said he had contacted experts from Harland and Wolff, and that whey were ready to carry out a full inspection of the ship should Waterways Ireland and the Minister give their go ahead.“Engineers are confident the antique machinery in the ship can be returned to service and the ship will return to Galway under her own steam,” Field Corbett said.The vessel was moved to the NAMA-controlled ‘Graving Docks’ by Waterways Ireland last month. However, Field Corbett contends a specialist would need to be commissioned to dry-dock the ship properly in-situ before any further assessment could take place.“These actions would have to be taken as part of the scrapping method, and would not put additional costs on the state,” the businessman said.If all goes to plan, the restored ship could be fully operational in Galway by December at the earliest, but “realistically, this time next year”.It’s planned 45 people would be employed aboard the new business. Galway Port Company have already offered a berth for the heritage vessel.Read: Scramble to save heritage ship after Minister grants stay-of-executionRead: Groups outraged at exclusion from ‘relevant stakeholders’ meeting on ship destructionlast_img read more

first_img China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack IT’S NO SECRET that consumers have less cash to burn these days than ever before, but there are plenty of ways to save that don’t require diving headfirst into a sales bin.For some products, there’s just no point paying full-price when you can find the same quality in a second-hand or used product.1. Bicycles Like cars, new models of bicycles come out every season, which means you’re likely to see older models pop up on sites for a fraction of the cost during colder seasons like autumn and winter.If prices at your local bike shop aren’t appealing, try sites like Adverts.ie, gumtree.ie or a scheme like this one at the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun, Dublin for ‘upcycling’ old bikes as part of the rethink, recycle, remake initiative.Think about commuting to work on your new ride and watch your savings grow even more.Before you buy online, be sure to use due diligence. If an ad seems fishy or uses a stock image, the bike might have been stolen.2. TextbooksUniversity students in particular end up with massive bills for course-required textbooks, especially in science subjects. When possible, renting, borrowing or buying books secondhand are the simplest ways to save. Schooldays.ie runs a free facility on its site for parents to buy and sell secondhand school books directly to other parents.Schoolbookexchange.ie is also worth a look, and also has a section for third-level texts. Abebooks.com is also useful and many third-level institutes run second-hand book services, for example this one at UL, run through the Students’ Union bookshop.3. Children’s clothingWe wouldn’t recommend going the used route on important items like car seats or pushchairs, but when it comes to children’s clothing – which is likely to get wrecked by smashed carrots anyway – there’s no shame saving.Try browsing reputable charity shops in your neighborhood or, of course, asking friends and family for handmedowns.4. CarsThe new registration number divisions might get you over your ’13′ superstitions but most of us know that a new car is an extravagance many can’t consider.“A used car that’s five years old can typically be about a third of the price of a new car, and the insurance is a lot less than it would be for a new car,” according to Investing Answers.Buying used cars is an economical choice, but you’ll want to be wary of hitting the used car sales yards before doing your research. Sites like Car Buyers’ Guide, carzone.ie and autotrader.ie are great places to get an idea of how much a used car should be worth.5. Household appliancesBefore you cart off lots of euro worth of new kitchen appliances , think about buying big ticket items from friends and family or online.Things like refrigerators and washing machines are plentiful on sites such as the ones mentioned in the ‘bicycles’ section above, and smaller kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers, and microwaves are easiest to score.You’re in real luck if you have a pair of friends who recently moved in together. Chances are they won’t want duplicate appliances cluttering their cabinets.6. ToysDo yourself a favour – especially when children are younger – and hold a swap party with friends who have children of a similar age or older. Rollercoaster.ie also has a classifieds section laden with children’s stuff and babybay.ie is worth checking.Chance are your five-year-old won’t remember whether the Tonka truck you bought him for Christmas was used or not when he’s pushing 30.7. FurnitureNew beds and mattresses – we get the appeal. But we like a poke around auction rooms for house contents clearance and retro finds, as well as projects like Oxfam Home which manages the double whammy of selling unwanted furniture for reasonable prices, and benefitting charity too.8. Wedding attireRemember, no bridesmaid should pay full-price for a gown she’ll only wear once. As well as the reasonably-priced ranges from stores like Monsoon, Debenhams and Coast (for bridesmaids), brides-to-be on a budget should check out the chat forums on the large number of Irish wedding websites out there – there are always good deals to be had on gowns that a former bride no longer has the room to store.Barnardos Bridal Rooms in Carlow and Dun Laoghaire stock new wedding attire from leading Irish designers and retailers but at a fraction of their original price. And again, it has the feelgood price tag of contributing to charity attached.9. PetsDropping hundreds of euro (or slightly less) for a new pet seems almost criminal when you get down to the cold, hard facts. Animal shelters all over Ireland are full of healthy, vaccinated pets looking for a good home. Last summer the DSPCA had to issue an alert that its shelter was completely full and that it had noted a rise in the number of abandoned pets since the recession began.So have a heart and if you have the time, space – and finances – to properly look after a pet, think about saving one from being euthanised.10. Designer threadsIf you are lucky enough to have a glitzy event to go to,  asos.com is a good bet for pulling off the latest red carpet trend on a budget. But you can still wear the real labels by looking for dress rental services in your area, eg The Ivory Closet, Limerick; the Dress Bar in Cork; Covet in Dublin; Corless Formalwear in Galway (hello, gents) etc.What else would you never consider buying new these days? Have you any helpful hints and suggestions? Let us know in the comments section. 10 things in tech you need to know today – Mandi Woodruff, additional reporting by Susan Daly.What do you do with your old bicycle?>center_img Oil declines while stocks are muted as ‘all eyes are on the Fed’ on rate-decision day WeWork CEO Adam Neumann told employees he’s ‘humbled’ by the collapse of the firm’s IPO last_img read more