Bogdan Wenta resigns as Polish head coach

Bogdan WentaPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce Bogdan Wenta resigns from the position of Polish Nationa Team head coach! In official letter he wrote that decision to finish his job with NT was taken in Alicante after missed chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in London.  Wenta will now focus on his job in Vive Targi Kielce, where are most of the NT players.Bogdan Wenta is symbol of a new era in Polish handball. With him on the bench, Poland won silver medal at WCh 2007 and bronze at WCh 2009. However, average results at WCh 2011 and EHF EURO 2012 were signals for changes… ← Previous Story Russian Play-Off (Women): Dinamo beats Lada in Togliati! Next Story → Sebastien Bosquet wants to leave Dunkerque read more

Draw result for the Olympic handball tournament Long way to QuarterFinals

Attended by more than 80 invited guests and a huge media coverage the team captains of the British Olympic teams, John Pearce and Lynn McCafferty, drew the groups of the 2012 London Olympic Handball tournaments. The draw was conducted by Leon Kalin, Chairman of the IHF Commission of Organizing and Competition (COC), and Miguel Roca Mas (First IHF Vice President) – both are Technical Delegate of the Olympic Handball Tournament.  The draw results:Women’s Tournament:Group A:  Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Great Britain, Brazil, AngolaGroup B: Norway, Spain, Denmark, France, Sweden, KoreaMen’ Tournament:Group A: France, Sweden, Iceland, Great Britain, Argentina, TunisiaGroup B: Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Denmark, Korea Olympic Handball Tournament ← Previous Story Draw for Olympic Handball Tournaments Next Story → Kadetten Schaffhausen leads 2:1 – One more victory for trophy! read more

Kielce beat Aalborg in Denmark

3AaB Handball5212127:124530 5Motor-Zntu-Zas5104129:1342-51 4K. Schaffhausen5113126:1443-180 EHF Champions LeagueVive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce is still unbeaten in the Champions League as they took the victory against Aalborg Handball 27:25. Even though they had to manage without Julen Aginagalde and Tobias Reichmann (both injured), Polish champions arrived in Aalborg as favourites.The beginning of the game saw quite a lot of action but not very many goals. It was a very good time for Sławomir Szmal who saved many throws, some of them in quite a spectacular way. His teammates, on the other hand, wasted his efforts by making mistakes in attack. Kielce were on the lead but they couldn’t make it to a bigger advance than 2 goals. They played well in defence but so did Aalborg. It took the Poles almost 20 minutes to gain 3-goal-lead (10:7). In the 22. minute Kielce bench and Kielce fans held their breaths as they saw Szmal trying to take over the ball to prevent Aalborg from a fastbreak, and running Tvedten bumped into him. In spite of protests of the hosts, Polish goalkeeper wasn’t punished in any way. By the end of the first half Aalborg changed their defence system from 5:1 to 6:0 and Kielce started having troubles. Additionally, Krzysztof Lijewski was sent off the court for 2 minutes for touching the ball with his leg. Short-handed Kielce had a chance to lost the lead entirely but Martin Larsen missed the goal and the halftime result was 13:12.The second half didn’t began better for Kielce, as Denis Buntić wasted a penalty throw. It was a very good opportunity for Aalborg to equalize and so they did when very well playing Emil Berggren equalized at 13:13. Nevertheless, a couple of mistakes in attack and Kielce were back with 4-goal-lead (18:14, 39. minute). However, Poles wasted their own efforts either. In 40. minute Piotr Chrapkowski was suspended for 2 minutes but he overlooked this fact when he tried to join his mates in defence. As a result, Aalborg played in a double powerplay and Kielce lost 3 goals. After that, Kielce were maintaining 4- or 3-goal lead. In the 58. minute the advantage was 5 goals (27:22) but the Polish champions seemed to let go and Aalborg managed to score 3 more goals.In the Polish team, it was a very good game of Krzysztof Lijewski who was the best scorer with 6 goals and did many good passes. Also both goalkeeper significantly contributed to the victory. In case of the Danish team, contribution of Emil Berggren has to be mentioned. He scored 7 times and was an outstanding player in his team.Pick Szeged beat US Dunkerque 23:21.STANDINGS: 6Dunkerque HB5104113:1232-10-1 2Pick Szeged5401144:1338110 TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 1KS Vive Targi Kielce5500155:13610190 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Hypo NO celebrate first two points Next Story → EHF CL Round 5: First defeat for PSG – Metalurg and Alingsas only 0-5 read more

EURO 2014 Croatia is out – Serbia scores only 3 for halftime

The biggest negative surprise of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 is Croatia. Croatian team lost all the chances to qualify for the Main Round in Zagreb, after shocking defeat against Germany 24:26 (14:13). The things became even worst with injury of Miranda Tatari, who had to leave the court after pain in knee.STATISTICSIn the first match of the Group C, The Netherlands and Sweden played 30:30.STANDINGS:The Netherlands 3Sweden 3Germany 2Croatia 0France gave revenge to Serbian team for defeat at the last EHF EURO 2012 – 27:16 (11:3). Andrea Lekic and Co. set the new record in the lowest number of goals scored in the first half of the matches in European championship – only 3. The previous were linked with Netherlands and Russia, who scored 5.STATISTICSIn the second match of the Day in Osijek, Montenegro easily beat Slovakia 28:24.STANDINGS:Montenegro 4France 4Slovakia 0Serbia 0 ← Previous Story Expensive tickets reason for empty seats in Gyor? Next Story → The worst penalty at EHF EURO 2014 read more

VIDEO When Elisson overthrows Barca…

Bjarki ElissonFC BarcelonaFuchse Berlin German Fuchse Berlin made a huge surprise by qualifying for the IHF Super Globe 2015 over FC Barcelona Lasso 26:25 (12:15). The EHF CUp title holders were outsiders in the match against the reigning EHF Champions League winners, but at the end, they celebrated with 3:0 series and the last goal by Bjarki Elisson…Take a look… ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2015: Berlin boys beat FC Barcelona for the final! Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2015: Veszprem to play against Fuchse Berlin for the trophy read more

Icelandic Selfoss appoint Ex SerboMontenegrian NT coach Zoran Ivic

Selfoss handballZoran Ivic ← Previous Story Boris Dvorsek to lead Italian ASV Eppan Handball Lowen Next Story → Mario Moccia is reelected for President of the Pan American Federation The seventh team in the last season of the Women’s Icelandic league, Selfoss, will get some influences of totally different handball school – Balkan school. The former Serbo-Montenegrian women’s national team coach (World Championship 2003) Zoran Ivic signed a year contract with Icelanders.Ivic (58) has a huge experience of leading Serbian and Montenegrian teams – RK Crvena zvezda, RK Partizan, ŽRK Budućnost, ŽORK Jagodina, both male and female.He also was a member of coaching staff of Serbian team at Men’s World Championship 2009 in Croatia. read more

EHF CL TOP 16 Rhein Neckar Lowen win in Kiel

← Previous Story BIG BOY IS BACK: Pick Szeged have to take care of Nikolaj Markussen Next Story → Magdeburg’s fortress stops Flensburg Rhein Neckar Lowen won German derby at TOP 16 phase of the VELUX EHF Champions League! The German champions won at “Sparkasse Arena” against THW Kiel 25:24 (12:10) with big chances to secure quarter-final in front of home fans next week.The “Lions” best scorer was Ekdahl Du Rietz with six goals.THW Kiel – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 24:25 (10:12)THW Kiel: Landin, Wolff; Firnhaber, Lackovic, Sprenger, Weinhold (4), Dissinger (2), Wiencek, Ekberg (3/1), Zeitz (1), Dahmke (1), Brozovic, Vujin (2), Bilyk (7), Nilsson (3), SantosRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (4), Sigurdsson (4/1), Manaskov, Baena, Steinhauser, Trost, Mensah, Pekeler (4), Groetzki (1), Reinkind, Guardiola (2), Petersson (4), Ekdahl du Rietz (6), Keller Rhein Neckar LowenTHW Kiel read more

British couple jailed for rape and trafficking of deaf girl

first_imgYou, Ilyas Ashar, and you, Tallat Ashar, did not treat this girl as a human being. To you she was merely an object to be used, abused and cast aside at will.The girl had no family or friends in Britain and had never been to school there or in Pakistan but was taught to sign her name to claim state benefits, the trial heard. She wanted to return to her family in Pakistan but was not allowed to.Ashar routinely raped her, despite her efforts to fight him off, and he also beat and slapped her if she did not follow orders.Her plight was discovered after police and local authorities raided the house in 2009 and found her asleep in the cold and dark cellar.The trial heard that the victim was now recovering with the help of social services.- © AFP, 2013Read: Deaf girl ‘kept in a cellar and used as sex slave’> A BRITISH COURT jailed an elderly couple today after a deaf girl who could not speak was trafficked from Pakistan to work as a servant and then repeatedly raped for nearly a decade.Ilyas Ashar, 84, and his wife Tallat Ashar, 68, kept the girl in the cellar of their house in Salford, northwest England, after she was illegally brought to Britain in 2000 at the age of around 10.JailedIlyas Ashar was jailed for 13 years for raping the girl from before the age of puberty until she was rescued in 2009, while his wife was jailed for five years for trafficking a person for exploitation.The couple were also convicted of using the girl, who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, to fraudulently claim more than £30,000 (€35,000) in welfare payments.The couple’s daughter Faaiza Ashar, 46, was sentenced to carry out community service after being convicted of giving false information to obtain benefits.The victim cannot be named for legal reasons.‘Misery and degradation’Sentencing the couple at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Judge Peter Lakin said the couple had subjected the girl “to a life of misery and degradation”.last_img read more

Social Welfare Bill moves to final stages before TDs go on their

first_imgOpposition TDs will continue to have their say on the Bill today, with many today expressing anger at the cuts.People Before Profit TD Joan Collins said that the cuts would have been avoided completely if a 0.5 per cent wealth tax was introduced, while Aengus Ó Snodaigh of Sinn Féin slammed the measures as “devastating for young people, old people and anybody dependent on social welfare”.If the bill is passed, cuts implemented will include a reduced in the rate of jobseekers’ payments for those aged 24 and under and the abolition of the telephone allowance.Elsewhere will be quiet in Leinster House today, as Seanad will not be sitting and no committees are scheduled to meet.They, as well as the Dáil, will take next week off to focus on constituency work, something which TDs agreed to without dispute yesterday morning.The Dáil adjourns at 4pm, but until then you can watch it online here, or here on iOS devices.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Snapshot: Mick Wallace wears Torino jersey in the DáilIn full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debt > DISCUSSION OF THE adjustments announced in last week’s Budget continues today in the Dáil this morning as the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill moves to its final stages.The extra Friday sitting, which begins at 10am, is due to the bill being swiftly moved through the Dáil, something which has been criticised by the opposition, with all remaining stages being dealt with today.Speaking in the chamber yesterday, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton outlined in detail the measures that would be implemented under the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013.She welcomed the lower than expected cuts to the social welfare budget, as well as stating the elderly are still at significantly less risk of poverty than in most other EU countries:“I assure the house that the government has done and is doing its utmost to protect the most vulnerable people in our society.”last_img read more

Culture of secrecy in Nigella Lawsons marriage hid alleged drug problems

first_imgTHE MARRIAGE OF British television chef Nigella Lawson and art tycoon Charles Saatchi was dominated by a “culture of secrecy” that hid her alleged drug taking, a court heard today.The claims emerged as a judge said that the trial of Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who are accused of fraud while working for the now-divorced celebrity couple, could go ahead.Lawyers for the sisters had argued that the case at Isleworth Crown Court in west London should be dropped because Lawson’s alleged drug use damaged her credibility as a witness.‘Culture of secrecy’“The defendants’ case is that Nigella Lawson lied to her ex-husband about her drug use and about the expenditure that was incurred by the defendants, both expressly and implicitly, because she was fearful of Mr Saatchi’s reaction if he knew about the extent of the expenditure and drug use,” said Anthony Metzer, representing Elisabetta Grillo.“There was a culture of secrecy within Nigella Lawson’s marriage.”Italian sisters Francesca, left, and Elisabetta Grillo, right, former personal assistants to Lawson (Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/PA).Metzer argued that the Grillo sisters would not receive a fair trial “as there has been a manipulation of the court process by the two main prosecution witnesses in this case”.“It’s a convenient forum for Mr Saatchi and Miss Lawson to rehearse disputed issues between them… in the criminal courts where, of course, the possibility of libel is not possible,” he said.“If Mr Saatchi is telling the truth, then Miss Lawson is a habitual criminal.”But Judge Robin Johnson ruled that the trial should go ahead.“I consider, with the right rulings and the ability to monitor the process of the court during the process of the trial, a fair trial can be achieved and therefore I have refused this application,” he said.‘Off her head‘The court saw documents from Saatchi yesterday in which he described Lawson as “Higella” and said she was so “off her head” on drugs that her assistants were able to go on spending sprees with her credit card.Multimillionaire Saatchi, 70, and Lawson, 53, who has made her own fortune with TV shows in Britain and the United States as well as a string of cookbooks, split after 10 years of marriage earlier this year.They announced their divorce after shocking pictures appeared in the British newspapers of Saatchi grabbing Lawson by the neck outside a London restaurant.He accepted a police caution over the incident.Lawson, the daughter of former British finance minister Nigel Lawson, is expected to give evidence during the Grillo trial.Saatchi, a former advertising baron who now owns London’s Saatchi Gallery of contemporary art, married Lawson in 2003.She has two children from her marriage to journalist John Diamond, who died of throat cancer in 2001. Saatchi has one daughter from his previous marriage.- © AFP 2013.Read: Charles Saatchi given police caution after grasping Nigella Lawson’s throat>Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’>last_img read more