EHF explained decisions about seeding

Seedings of the teams for the draw for the EHF EURO 2012 are based on the qualification results and also the ranking of the last EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.The winners of the qualification groups are seeded into Pots 1 and 2 and the second ranked teams in Pots 3 and 4.Teams in the pots are ranked according to the EHF EURO 2010 finishing positions at the last EHF EURO 2010.The defending champions from 2010, France, therefore have position 1 in Pot 1 reserved. The silver medalists have position 2 in Pot 1 reserved, et cetera.If after qualification a lower ranked team has beaten a higher ranked team, it takes over their position in the seeding.Therefore because Germany beat Iceland, and finished in first position in their group, they take over the place of Iceland on position 3 in Pot 1.This system is the seeding system used by the EHF, following a decision of the EHF Competitions Commission and EHF Executive.The advantage of this system is that the ranking of the last EHF EURO is updated with the current performance strength of the teams.Those low ranking teams of the last EHF EURO with the disadvantage of a being drawn together with a high ranking team of the last EHF EURO have the chance to take over their position in case they manage to beat them and win the group in the qualification.EHF EURO 2012 DrawPot 1: France, Croatia, Germany, PolandPot 2: Denmark, Norway, Hungary, SwedenPot 3: Serbia, Iceland, Spain, Czech RepublicPot 4: Slovenia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Slovakia EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Robert Hedin (Norway) before the Draw: “I wish Germany and Macedonia” Next Story → SEHA begins on September 10th – Vive Kielce still “in the game” read more

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EHF EURO 2014 ALL STAR TEAM Nikola Karabatic MVP

EHF EURO 2014 MVPHandball MVPNikola Karabatic MVP ← Previous Story ROAD TO QATAR 2015: Poland VS Germany – Hungary against Slovenia! Next Story → Spain celebrates the bronze medal! EHF have announced EHF EURO 2014 “ALL STAR” TEAM. Nikola Karabatic is voted for the EURO 2014 MVP. In the best 7 two Danes, Niklas Landin and Mikkel Hansen and other world class stars…EHF EURO 2014 “ALL STAR” TEAMGoalkeeper: Niklas Landin Jacobsen (Denmark)Left wing: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (Iceland)Left back: Mikkel Hansen (Denmark)Playmaker: Domagoj Duvnjak (Croatia)Line player: Julen Aguinagalde (Spain)Right back: Krzysztof Lijewski (Poland)Right wing: Luc Abalo (France)Deefnsive player: Tobias Karlsson (Sweden)MVP: Nikola Karabatic (France)PHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com read more

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WHO IS WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014

← Previous Story Barca hat-trick against Flensburg – Big point for Wisla in Denmark Next Story → Vote for the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 until December 4! Alfred GislasonAntonio Carlos Ortegaraul gonzalesworld handball coachworld handball coach 2014 WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014? Raul Gonzales Antonio Carlos Ortega Ljubomir Vranješ Alfred Gislason Claude OnestaView Results  Loading …

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NEAGU Romanian girls win epic battle against 15000 Danes

Romania are the last team in the Women’s World Championship 2015 semi-final! Right wing Adriana Nechita netted historical goal for her team in the alst second of the second extra-time against Denmark 31:30 (26:26 – 13:10) for a win in front of 15.000 fans in “JUSK BANK Boxen” Arena in Herning. Romanian girls were led by outstanding, absotely brilliant left back Cristina Neagu, who netted 15 goals in total!Romanian princess had the chance to score for a win in the last second of the regular part of the match, but Poulsen saved his 7-meter shot. However, Romanian girls were strong enough to keep their heads up, beat the pressure and put host nation out of the medals battle.STATISTICSRomania will play against Norway for the final. Norway beat Montenegro 26:25 (13:11). ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest want Siarhei Rutenka Next Story → SECOND WCh semi-final in a row: Poland beat Russia again! Cristina NeagueDenmarkDenmark 2015NeaguRomania handball read more

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TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016 New rules miracle in Cologne Bad Boys

Year 2016 coming to the end! Handball-Planet.com wants to remind you on the biggest moments in the last 12 months with TOP 10 handball moments list.New rules – a lot of questionsForced to change something, International Handball Federation announced certain changes in handball rules. The six of them were included in the game from July 1 and the first big event was Olympic tournament in Rio. There are a lot of “pro and contra” arguments, but the only thing which is clear – is that we must change handball in order to make it more global and better product.Bad BOYS conquere EuropeThe most influental country in handball world – Germany, got a new gold medal, first since 2007. Dagur Sigurdsson made fantastic job with the generation called “Bad Boys” by winning gold medal at European Championship 2016 in Poland.Kielce’s miracle in Cologne – The final which will never be forgottenThe Year 2016 will be remembered also for the fantastic success of Vive Tauron Kielce – winning the EHF Champions League after historical final in which Veszprem had +9 15 minutes before the final whistle.The end of Claude Onesta ERAOne of the most successful coaches of all-time, Claude Onesta, left French bench after Olympic Games in Rio after unforgetable 15 years. He is replaced by his two ex-players, Dinart and Guille.Russian BEAR is back!Russian girls won Olympic gold for the first time. Even he was almost dead as a coach after 2012, when he left Russian bench, Evgeny Trefilov had fantastic come-back to the TOP in the most desired moment in Rio.Danish dreams come trueDenmark won Men’s Olympic tournament for the first time in the history even it looked that some things aren’t good under Gudmundur Gudmundssson. However, Icelander didn’t let to be defeated in his second Olympic final.Resin-free handballThe International Handball Federation raised awareness about intention to produce “resin-free ball” in 2017 in cooperation with Molten. There are still a lot of questions about it, but next year will give more answers on it.BIG IN JAPANThe real earth-quake in handball world made decision of Dagur Sigurdsson to leave Germany and to accept Japanese offer until Tokyo 2020. It could be a great thing for handball globally, if Icelander make improvement in Asian team and help Japan to raise even after this Olympic cycle.Rhein Neckar Lowen first German titleRhein Neckar Lowen won the first title in DKB Bundesliga history. Team of Nikolaj Jakobsen made last season great in the competition, which Germans respect more than EHF Champions League.CSM Bucharest surprise in BudapestRomanian CSM Bucharest won the first major title – Women’s EHF Champions League trophy at Final4 in Budapest in May. Kim Rasmussen was a leader of the team who wasn’t among TOP favorites to make a winners’ party in season 2015/2016. Great result for Romanian handball, which investments were finally payed off. ← Previous Story SUMMER 2017: Ljubomir Vranjes to overtake Veszprem and Hungary? Next Story → Pregnant Estavan Polman win silver medal at Women’s EHF EURO 2016! TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016 read more

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VIDEO Maqueda scores winning goal in Kiel

← Previous Story RK Vardar put on silence “Sparkassen Arena” Next Story → HBC Nantes with +6 over Skjern to keep French dream about “three in Cologne” alive Jorge MaquedaRK Vardar The Spanish right back Jorge Maqueda scored winning goal for RK Vardar Skopje at Sparkassen Arena in Kiel. The reigning EHF CL champions beat THW Kiel 29:28 (14:12) in an interesting finish after 3:0 series.Lukas Nilsson lost the ball, punishment was quick…

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VIDEO Two years in two minutes… story of a Dublin couple

first_imgIt takes them from Dublin to Amsterdam, Spain and Morocco and back home again. Lovely.Can’t see the video? Never fear… follow the link>Music: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins performing John Taylor’s Month AwayPhoto: Cliffs of Moher, meet the Milky Way> Photos: The sun sets over Ireland> “PICKED UP AMY’S camera and noticed there was about two years worth of pictures on it, TWO YEARS…Here it is in two minutes (it’s 20 frames per second, so blink and you’ll miss yourself)”last_img read more

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Hidden Ireland Step into the site where Halloween began

first_imgLOOKING TO DO something a little different this Halloween?As a special edition of our Hidden Heritage series, archaeologist Neil Jackman gives a few suggestions for spooky sites with dark pasts in counties Meath, Roscommon, Dublin and Wexford. If you have a suggestion for a great site to visit please do leave a comment below.The Hill of Ward, (Tlachtga), Co MeathImage © Joe ConlonJust two kilometres outside of Athboy in Co Meath you can find one of the possibly most important, yet largely unheralded, archaeological sites in Ireland. This is Tlachtga, known now as the Hill of Ward, and it was here that the origins of Halloween began.The monument appears as a series of extensive ditches and earthen banks surrounding a circular mound. The site itself is around 150m in diameter, though originally it could have been even larger, as investigations using LiDAR survey by The Hill of Ward Archaeological Project show possible outer embankments suggesting that originally the entire hill was enclosed, potentially making it one of the largest hilltop enclosures recorded in Ireland.These hilltop enclosures often date to the later part of the Bronze Age or Early Iron Age period, and rather than defensive structures they are thought to be places of massive gatherings and celebrations at particular times of the year.The celebrations at Tlachtga are thought to be the origins of Halloween. At Samhain (the ancient precursor to modern Halloween), it was believed that the spirits of the dead would return and creatures like the fairies would leave their mounds and walk the lands again. It was a time of disorder, where the boundaries between the living and the dead were broken.As part of the ceremonies, the old year’s fires were extinguished across the country and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit here on Tlachtga to mark the death of the old year. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.The views from the site are simply spectacular, from here on a clear day you can see the Hill of Tara, Loughcrew, Kells, Trim and the Dublin Mountains and it must have been an awesome site watching the blackness of night being slowly dotted with the fires across the landscape, marking the victory of life and light over death and darkness for another year.Image © Joe ConlonThese events are recreated every year, when local historian Joe Conlon leads an atmospheric torchlit procession from the Fairgreen in nearby Athboy to the Hill of Tlachtga. This is a free event. Access to the Hill is over a difficult stile and you will be walking over an uneven field in near darkness so please do be careful and wear comfortable boots.This event is part of the great Spirits of Meath, with fun events across the county. Please visit this section of the meath.ie site for more information.Rathcroghan, Co RoscommonAnother site connected to Samhain is at Rathcroghan, just outside Tulsk in Co Roscommon. Here you can find Oweynagat – The Cave of the Cats. This cave is central to many legends and folklore. It was thought to be the entrance to the Otherworld, and home to the mythical early Irish race that became Fairies, the Tuatha Dé Dannan.It was also believed to be a place guarded by malevolent creatures that emerge from the cave at Samhain with the spirits of the dead, and ravage the land of Ireland. It was also home to the Morrígan, the powerful goddess of battle, strife and fertility.Image © Richard MillsRathcroghan is a fascinating landscape deeply steeped in folklore, legend, history and archaeology. Though you can access the main site for free, I strongly recommend you pay a visit first to the excellent visitor centre. This will give you a real grasp of the complexity of the archaeology as well as the stories and legends that make this such a special place.You can also arrange tours of Rathcroghan and its associated sites through the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at Cruachan Ai in Tulsk Village where the staff are more than happy to take you on a journey through this ancient landscape.There is a wonderful opportunity on Halloween to enter Oweynagat itself! Take a guided tour at Samhain to the Cave of the Cats, ‘Entrance to the Otherworld’, the Morrigan’s ‘fit abode’, a place the Christian scribes called the Gates of Hell… if you dare! Tour Cost is €6 per person. Please bring torches, waterproofs and your courage! See rathcroghan.ie for more great events.The Hellfire Club, Co DublinIf you like your scares a little more modern where could be better than a visit to The Hellfire Club, on Montpelier Hill near Tallaght, south Co Dublin. The Hellfire Club is steeped in stories of dark events and the occult. It was built by the famous Irish politician William Speaker Connolly in 1725 as a hunting lodge.However this building wasn’t the first structure on the hill. In the foreground of our picture you can see a low grassy mound with some large stones, this could be the remains of the Neolithic passage tomb that William Connolly is said to have had destroyed to clear the land for the lodge.It would have had extensive views over County Dublin, and its prominent location is similar to that of Seefin Passage Tomb located nearby in County Wicklow. The tomb features in the first supernatural tales associated with the building. It is said that shortly after the tomb was destroyed and its stones used in the construction of the Hellfire Club, a strong wind blew and demolished the fashionable slate roof off the new building, presumably in retaliation for the desecration of the ancient burial site.Undeterred, Connolly had a new roof constructed, this time from a strong arch of stone that still stands today.Connolly died in 1729 and the lodge lay unoccupied for a time before being acquired by the Hellfire Club. This was a group notorious for excess and depravity. They had famed drinking bouts, during which they always left one chair empty in honour of the devil. They drank a mix of melted butter and whiskey called scaltheen, and various accounts of them and their practices abound.I have read accounts that they poured this scaltheen mix over a black cat then set the poor animal alight as a precursor to their evening’s revelries and ‘devil worshipping’. Another account tells of a priest who had been told of the satanic worship, he arrived at the club during one of their sessions to see them all gathered around a table, at the head of which sat a large black cat. The clergyman recited prayers of exorcism and threw holy water at the cat which ‘tore the beast apart’. Creepy stuff indeed, and you thought the television show Love/Hate was cruel to poor moggies!There are even darker stories of murder and sacrifice, of a young woman who was killed by being rolled down the steep hill in a burning barrel.The building was burned either on purpose to give it a more hellish appearance, or as an accident when a poor footman accidentally spilled drink on the Principal of the Hellfire Club’s coat and the Principal reacted by pouring scaltheen over the footman and setting him alight. The poor footman tried to flee but bumped into tapestries, setting the whole building ablaze. According to this tale, many of the members of the Hellfire Club burned alive as they were too drunk to escape.With the Hellfire Club largely destroyed by the fire the members relocated down the hill to the nearby Stewards Lodge which also has a grim reputation with more tales of apparitions and ghoulish goings-on.When we visited there wasn’t much in the way of anything supernatural happening (well apart from a lot of kids running around shrieking, they kind of dulled any spooky atmosphere a bit but they were terrifying in their own way).Inside the building there are a number of rooms with fireplaces, arched windows and connecting galleries. The architecture is very unusual and it is well worth a look. Probably the most disturbing thing about the site is the unfortunate extensive graffiti and vandalism. There is no doubt it is still used as a place for excess and boozing – I suppose it’s just keeping up the tradition set by the original Hellfire Club!The views over the landscape are incredible, and there is a nicely set out walking loop around the hill so it is a popular place for walkers and dog owners.The site is about 15 minutes’ drive or so south of Tallaght on the R115. It is well signposted with a large carpark (please be careful not to leave any valuables on display in your car) and follow the well made path up all the way to the site.  If you like to use Google Maps enter Montpelier Hill, South Dublin as your destination.Loftus Hall, Co WexfordMy final suggestion for a spooky Halloween site is Loftus Hall in Co Wexford. The legend tells that in the eighteenth century the house was owned by Charles Tottenham (whose first wife was Anne Loftus). Charles, his second wife and his daughter from his first marriage were staying at Loftus Hall, when a fierce storm raged and an unexpected ship arrived at the nearby Hook Peninsula. A young man arrived at the Hall to seek shelter.Charles invited the young man to stay, and the young man and his daughter Anne quickly became very close. The family and handsome stranger began playing cards in front of a roaring fire. Anne clumsily dropped one of the cards, and when she bent down to pick it up she noticed instead of a foot the stranger had a cloven hoof! She shrieked in fear and the stranger flew through the roof leaving a large hole in the roof.Anne was in a state of deep terror and shock. She wouldn’t leave the Tapestry Room at Loftus Hall, and refused food and drink until she died in 1775. Later, it is said that the demon stranger returned, and that it is he that is responsible for the reported poltergeist events.A number of attempts at exorcism are said to have failed as ghostly events are still reported at Loftus Hall…Loftus Hall has a number of great events planned for Halloween, with actors setting the scene to bring the gruesome and ghastly events of Loftus Hall to life. Please see here for more details.These are just a few suggestions for great heritage sites associated with Samhain and spooky goings on. If you know of a creepy site with a dark past I’d love to hear your stories, please leave a comment below if you have a site to recommend or a terrifying tale to tell!If you’d like to keep up with daily images and information about Ireland’s fantastic heritage sites please consider following Neil’s company Abarta Audioguides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+.If you’d like to support us please consider downloading one of our audioguides from abartaheritage.ie: they are packed with great facts, information, stories and legends from Ireland’s iconic sites. They are designed to be fun and informative whether you are visiting the sites or from the comfort of your own home, so if you are looking to escape to the Court of Brian Boru the next time you are doing household chores, download one of our guides and let us whisk you off to ancient Ireland!All images © Neil Jackman/abartaheritage.ie unless stated otherwise. Read more in our Hidden Ireland series here>Watch: Ghost caught on camera robbing an off-licence>last_img read more

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UK officials face questions over multinational tax affairs

first_imgUK TAX OFFICIALS are being quizzed by MPs today over the tax affairs of multinationals after claims that advertising sales made by the Google in the UK are being booked in Ireland.Head of business tax at HM Revenue and Customs Jim Harra is facing the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) flanked by two other executives and is answering questions about multinationals such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks.Sky News says that a report by the PAC describes Google’s claim that the sales for UK ads are made in Ireland as “deeply unconvincing”. It added that the company’s account of its operations made “absolutely no sense”.The hearing comes as the Irish Government announced that it intends to no longer allow companies to be “stateless” as it attempts to shed the growing worldwide image of Ireland as a tax haven.The so-called ‘double-Irish’ tax strategy whereby companies route their multinational sales through Ireland and onto another Irish company set up in tax havens such as Bermuda and the Isle of Man has been criticised in particular by US Senators.PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Dublin-based head of tax services Fearghal O’Rourke told Bloomberg News today that “under no circumstances is Ireland a tax haven”. The article says that O’Rourke counts Google and Twitter among his clients and quotes him as saying that the multinational companies that have chosen Ireland as a bases are legally finding ways of avoiding taxes.Read: Noonan cracks down on ‘stateless’ companies registered in Ireland for tax >Read: Ireland is Apple’s ‘Holy Grail of tax avoidance’ >last_img read more

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Over 12000 mobile phones have been stolen in the last year

first_imgAll too often we see smart phones worth hundreds of euro being left out on tables in bars, nightclubs, café or restaurant tables while people chat and this makes it very easy for criminals to simply walk past and steal them. People should also avoid using their phones while walking on the street as it means you are distracted and won’t be able to react to prevent your device being taken from you in mid-sentence.Gardaí have released a number of tips, such as taking note of your phone’s IMEI number and using a location finder app. They can be found here.Read: Five smartphones battling for your Christmas stockingRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week AN ESTIMATED €5 million worth of mobile phones – the majority of which were smartphones – was reported stolen in Ireland in the last 12 months.Gardaí today launched the inaugural Crime Prevention Day of Action, which aims highlight the safety measures that phone owners can take.Their figures show a 33 per cent increase in reports of stolen phones.Sergeant Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit said that gangs are targeting phones.“Mobile phone theft is on the rise as gangs target high-value smart phones. These are expensive items and people should take the same care of them as they would any item that costs up to €500 and more.“Smart phone owners need to be more vigilant, particularly when we are coming into a time of the year when they are more likely to be out socialising,” he said.Roughneen added that phone owners should be more careful when out socialising.last_img read more

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6 Christmas castoffs that are definitely lying around your house right now

first_img1. A half-eaten Fudge barThe Fudge bar is the undisputed red-wrappered stepchild of the selection box.There’s definitely a discarded one lying on a sideboard or under the couch right now. Source: roboppyThere might even be a full one in a selection box.To be honest, you’ll be glad of it come 2 January.2. Plastic tiesOn Christmas morning there was a frenzied need to break these open and release to delicious toys inside. Source: MyoperaNow, they lie discarded, a mere plaything for bored cats. Source: WordPress Source: BlogSpot3. A Roses/Quality street tin full of pink ones Source: FlickrOf course, you could be a Strawberry Dream-loving family, in which case this is your nightmare: Source: @gabmeatsix4. A fortune telling fishJust one of many crap Christmas crackers rejects littering your post-Christmas funk. Source: LondonperfectSee also: Source: X-entertainment5. Mystery batteriesAre they old or new? Did you take them out of something or are they ready to go into something.THERE’S NO WAY OF KNOWING! Source: anaulin6. YouYou were going to get off the couch, but Mary Poppins is about to start.Maybe you’ll have a Strawberry Dream after all. They’re not that bad… Source: Mr. FlegChocolate bars: A definitive ranking, from worst to best>last_img read more

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Column NekNominations craze will soon pass – but our drinking culture wont

first_imgON BEHALF OF the Union of Students in Ireland, I’d first of all like to extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of the young men who tragically passed away over the weekend.It is clear that the worst-held fears of all of us regarding the ‘NekNomination’ craze which has gripped the Facebook accounts of young Irish people over the past couple of weeks, have now come to pass. While unfortunately for many, it comes too late, we must now reflect on the events of the past 48 hours, and break this vicious and dangerous cycle.On Sunday, we launched an online campaign calling on people to ‘Break The Chain’- To stand up and say No to the peer pressure involved with NekNominations.For many this has been easier said than done – failing to complete a NekNomination in many cases has led to cyberbullying and online abuse. And it’s this type of peer pressure that led to the escalation of this particular fad, and tells a story of the nature of drinking habits in this country.Drinking culture exclusive to my generationWhile others may believe otherwise, this is not a drinking culture exclusive to my generation, and unless we act now to curb our continued acceptance of alcohol abuse as part of our ‘culture’, it is assured to continue into the next generation and beyond.We are calling on young people to consider not only the impact or harm that taking part in NekNominations may have on themselves or the friends they are interacting with, but also young children who they may be connected to on Facebook, or vulnerable young people who would not be used to engaging in this type of activity.While the potential knock-on effects may have been obvious at an early stage, as the days passed by videos of people downing or ‘necking’ pints not dissimilar to what you might find in an Irish pub on a regular weekend, were replaced by a mass escalation as NekNominations became a race to the bottom. More dangerous challenges, greater risk, larger quantities and stronger volumes of alcohol. It was only going in one direction.The impact of emigrationIt is worth mentioning the impact of emigration on the levels of popularity and remarkably quick escalation of people participating in NekNominations – I have seen from my own Facebook timeline, the large numbers of Irish abroad (particularly in Australia, where this fad originated) nominating their friends back home, and vice-versa. It has become a short-term online social platform for friends and groups split apart, and a commentary on our ‘lost generation’.I believe that NekNominations are now going to die out. I believe it will pass as quickly as it’s emerged, and there are positive signs that a majority of young people are now choosing to ‘break the chain’. However, we must not dismiss this and simply move on, or pass the buck to social media networks suggesting that tighter regulation will solve all our problems.There is an inherent problem with alcohol abuse amongst people in this country, not just the youth. NekNominations are merely synonymous with Ireland’s wider drinking culture and the very real issues we face, merely expressed through a modern medium where everything is public. This should act as a conversation-starter for us to finally take responsibility, face up to the very real problem we have, and act to address it.Tackling the way the alcohol industry advertisesWe are working with the Department of Health on a new alcohol awareness campaign, independent of ties to the drinks industry, which provides unbiased information to young people on the dangers associated with binge drinking and alcohol excess. We will certainly take learnings from recent events to help inform this.We need to look at the way the drinks industry advertises and promotes itself to young people, and how this can be regulated better. Alcohol sponsorship of sports and events must be on the table. Sports has a role to play in Irish society beating this enormous challenge, and when viewed pragmatically, it is understandable given the funding cuts of recent years the difficulties faced in replacing this sponsorship. However we must now work towards phasing this out completely.But if for no other reason than out of respect for those who have lost so much over so little, we hope that people will choose to Say No to NekNominations. #BreakTheChainJoe O’Connor is President of the Union of Students in Ireland.Read: ‘Will it take my brother’s death for people to realise how stupid neknomination is?’Read: Turning a negative to a positive: Alternatives to neknominate gather paceRead: Neknominations “will lead to more deaths”Have a story to share? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

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UK floods River Thames threatens homes soldiers on standby and a cow

first_imgPHOTOS: Cork kayakers refuse to let floods dampen their night out>Read: RNLI rescues semi-conscious kayaker from fast flowing river> WHILE THERE SEEMS to be some respite from the constant cycle of stormy weather for Ireland, the UK is facing another fresh storm forecast that is set to batter much of Britain tonight and early tomorrow.With the River Thames reaching one of its highest levels in over 30 years, homes along the river have been told to prepare for significant flooding.Flood warningsThe Environment Agency in the UK has issued 14 severe flood warnings and the Met office said the Thames warnings stretched from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey.Swans on South Parade in Worcester this morning. (PA Images)Last night David Cameron chaired a meeting of Cobra – the government’s emergency committee – which focussed on the threat to householders along the Thames.In Somerset, an area particularly badly affected, 20,000 sandbags are ready to be deployed to communities at risk of flooding on the Somerset Levels.SoldiersHundreds of soldiers have been put on standby to protect threatened communities by building up sea and river defences in some areas.The Guardian reports that the a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said that military personnel, mostly Royal Marines, are continuing to provide support in Somerset in areas affected by floods “as part of cross-government and multi-agency relief efforts”.They added that they had put 1,600 personnel on six hours notice to help in the south of England.Over the weekend, Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore rescue hovercraft launched onto the River Lune after a request from the coastguard to locate and rescue a cow reported as stuck in mud on the river bank.Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew in animal mud rescue. (RNLI/Morecambe)The frightened animal had sunk deep into thick mud following the floods and was unable to move anything but its head.The RNLI said it was immediately apparent that the four man hovercraft crew might have difficulty in freeing the cow without assistance and Hovercraft Commander Harry Roberts requested support from Bay Rescue with their specialist lifting gear.In the meantime, the hovercraft crew began working to free the animal using their own mud rescue equipment.With minutes to spare, due to the rapidly rising tide, the combined teams were able to finally free the animal from the mud.Morecambe RNLI hovercraft crew member Colin Midwinter said: This operation was an excellent example in demonstrating how the combined resources and expertise of the various rescue organisations can achieve successful outcomes under challenging circumstances.last_img read more

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Glanbias 2012 results beats expectations

first_imgTHE TOTAL GROUP revenue for the global nutritional solutions and cheese group Glanbia grew by 4.8 per cent to €2.88 billion last year, exceeding expectations.The group’s recorded earnings before interest, tax and amortisation was up by 9.4 per cent to €213 million.Adjusted earnings per share grew 14.2 per cent on a constant currency basis, ahead of expectations.The company put the strong performance down to its global nutritionals division where they say “like for like revenue grew 20 per cent reflecting positive markets and strong operational performances in each business unit”.They restructured their Irish dairy processing business last year from a wholly owned operation to an associate, this saw the society’s ownership of the plc reduce to 41.3 per cent and the composition of the board will evolve on a phased basis from 2016.John Moloney, Glanbia Group Managing Director, said they are hopeful but cautious about growth in 2013 given the global environment: Read: Glanbia to sell 60 per cent of dairy ingredients business > We expect adjusted earnings per share growth, on a constant currency basis, of between 8 per cent and 10 per cent for the fullyear from a base of 51.02 cents.The Irish dairy processing transaction facilitates a concentrated focus on our international growth and the longer-term prospects for Glanbia are very positive. We are in a stronger position than ever to drive the business forward and capitalise on our competitive advantage in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer nutritional products and solutions.last_img read more

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Over 30 injured as Chicago train derails and travels up airport escalator

first_imgMORE THAN 30 people are believed to have been injured when a train derailed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early this morning and continued up an escalator.None of those injured are thought to be seriously hurt with the Chicago Transit Authority confirming that the derailment took place at about 2.50am local time and advising that the station remained closed.The eight-car commuter train derailed early this morning injuring 32 people on board after it failed to stop at an underground station at one of the nation’s busiest airports.Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago says the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator.”Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele says authorities are trying to piece together what happened, but says the train was likely traveling too fast.Investigators aren’t sure how many people were on board, but say none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The injured were taken to four hospitals.The CTA is busing passengers to and from O’Hare to the next station.-Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: New York train crash driver “may have nodded off” >Read: Over 30 injured as two trains collide in Chicago >last_img read more

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Police in Belfast issue appeal after assault with baseball bats during burglary

first_imgDETECTIVES IN BELFAST are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in the Green Walk area of Newtownabbey last night.Shortly before midnight it was reported that three masked males carrying baseball bats forced their way into a house in the area.They assaulted a male and female occupant who both required hospital treatment. However their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID in Newtownabbey Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Two charged over attacks on homes in Antrim>last_img read more

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Heres how the Costa Concordia wreck is being removed

first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today WeWork CEO Adam Neumann told employees he’s ‘humbled’ by the collapse of the firm’s IPO China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack Oil declines while stocks are muted as ‘all eyes are on the Fed’ on rate-decision day IT’S BEEN MORE than a year since the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef off the shore of Isola del Giglio, in the Mediterranean, leading to a wreck that cost 30 passengers their lives.Yet the enormous ship is still sitting off the Italian coast, mostly submerged, in the middle of a nationally protected marine park and coral reef.The ingenious salvage operation —called the “Parbuckling Project” — involves building a series of underwater platforms onto which the Costa Concordia will be lifted upright (parbuckled), then floated up and towed away.It is now fully underway: The underwater platform has been partly installed, and more than a third of the floatation devices that will hopefully lift the ship out of the sea have been filled and put in position.These photos reveal how the salvage operation — the riskiest, most complicated, and most expensive ever undertaken — is going so far.last_img read more

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This is Armageddon Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnias worst exodus since

first_img A military amphibious vehicle drives through street where flood waters are retreating in Obrenovac Source: AP Photo/Darko VojinovicBosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said more than a quarter of the country’s population of 3.8 million “has been affected by the floods” after the heaviest rainfalls on record began last week.“Right now, more than one million people have no water,” he said.In Serbia, some 600,000 of its 7.2 million inhabitants were affected by “severe floods following the heaviest rains the Balkans have witnessed in 120 years,” the UN’s World Food Programme said in a statement.“This is Armageddon, I can’t describe it otherwise,” Nedeljko Brankovic told AFP from Krupanj, a town in the southwestern Serbia. “Houses are literally washed away and landslides are everywhere.”The death toll from the floods rose to 47 Monday after two new victims were found overnight in a village near the western Serbian town of Sabac.Neighbouring Croatia has also evacuated thousands of people from along the river Sava.Rescuers told of wrenching scenes as they finally reached cut-off villages, with dozens of people huddling on top of the tallest houses with no water or food. A Bosnian man rescues a dog, as he searches for people and animals after flooding in the village of Vojskova near the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac Source: AP Photo/Amel Emric“It was like a tsunami,” said Suad Garanovic, resident of the Bosnian village of Topcic Polje, as he looked over his house, now drowned in mud.“This is the second time I’ve fled my house. The first time was during the war. Now, just like then, I’ve lost everything,” said Nihad Smajlovic in a nearby hamlet.Svetlana Obojcic described her rescue along with neighbours from the top floor of her building in the Serbian town of Obrenovac.“All 30 of us were in one flat for three days without electricity,” said the mother-of-two, hugging her six-year old twins in a temporary shelter in the Belgrade suburb of Sumice.“We ate what we had, we did not have enough water, but at least we are dry now,” she said.More than half of Obrenovac’s population of 20,000 had already been evacuated by Friday and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Monday ordered the rest be brought to safety.Health authorities have ordered inhabitants not to return to their homes until they would be cleared from the debris and safe from diseases. Heavy machinery is used to clean streets in the village of Topcic Polje, that was damaged by a landslide, near the Bosnian town of Zenica Source: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic“We have to react properly to avoid an even worse catastrophe, to avoid infectuous diseases,” Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar told state TV RTS.Emergency teams were desperately trying to strengthen defences at the nearby Nikola Tesla power plant, which produces around half of Serbia’s electricity and is currently only protected by temporary dikes built by thousands of volunteers along the swollen Sava River.“I am devastated. I have left everything, my cattle, my pigs, my chickens. Thank God my wife, children and grandchildren are safe,” said 78-year old pensioner Veselin Rankovic from Zabrezje, a nearby village.In a potentially deadly side-effect, officials in Bosnia warned on Monday that some 120,000 unexploded mines left over from the Balkan war of the 1990s could be dislodged and moved.“Water and landslides have possibly moved some mines and taken away mine warning signs,” Sasa Obradovic, an official of Bosnia’s Mine Action Centre told AFP.He warned residents to be “extremely cautious when they start cleaning their houses, land or gardens as the remaining mud could hide mines and other explosive devices brought by rivers.”© – AFP 2014Read: More flooding expected in the Balkans as rivers reach new peaks > A flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers southwest of Belgrade, Serbia. Source: AP PhotoBOSNIA IS WITNESSING “the biggest exodus” since the 1990s war, authorities have said, after the worst floods in a century inundated huge swathes of the Balkans, killing at least 47 peoplesMuddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia after record rainfall last week wreaked havoc across the region.There were fears that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks, while officials warned that 120,000 unexploded mines from the conflicts of the 1990s could be dislodged.“More than 100,000 people” have been evacuated in Bosnia alone, said Stanko Sliskovic of Bosnia’s emergency services, with tens of thousands more displaced in neighbouring countries.“This is the biggest exodus since the end of the 1992-1995 war,” he told AFP.Dozens of towns and villages have been cut off and over 2,000 landslides already reported, with water levels expected to continue rising in the coming days.In Kosova, a hamlet between the northwestern Bosnian towns of Doboj and Maglaj which was badly hit by flooding, people’s homes were almost visibly moving as the loose terrain shifted.Around 20 homes “have slid down 30 metres (yards) since yesterday. They will not exist tomorrow,” a rescue worker said.last_img read more

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Hull of missing British yacht found no sign of crew

first_img US Coast Guard Capt. Anthony Popiel addresses reporters on the search Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe four men, Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge, were all sailing to the UK from a regatta in the Caribbean when their yacht capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on 16 May. The Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationA search was launched for the men after they disappeared, but was stood down a number of days later. Relatives and family members of the four British yachtsmen Source: Nick AnsellHowever, American authorities relaunched the search and rescue mission after requests from the British government.Read: Man missing after boat capsizes on Lough Ree> Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge who are missing from the yacht ‘Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationTHE US COAST guard says that the hull of a missing yacht has been found off Massachusetts.However, it says that there is still no sign of the four crew missing from the Cheeki Rafiki.last_img read more

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