WC 2011 in Sweden Predictions Croatia goes for gold

← Previous Story Handball-Planet.com visitors opinion: Croatia will become a World Champion! Next Story → Nikola Eklemović in Wisla Plock! When we made a predictions for Women’s EHF EURO 2010, we “captured” 3 of 4 semifinalist and hit the winner, Norway and bronze team, Romania. That’s why Handball-Planet.com team try to test knowledge or lucky again on coming Men’s World Championship in Sweden (13 – 30 January).Medals winners:1. CROATIA (With fantastic semi season in their teams around Europe and with no huge healthy problems, Croatia is on the way to repeat Portugal 2003 and finish on the TOP.2. FRANCE (Injuries of Gille and Narcisse are big problems for French team. With no real replacement for Fernandez and Karabatić in 10 games, we can’t say that “triple” champions are the first favorite.3. SPAIN (It is time for comeback. World Champions from 2005 with Rivera on the bench are ready for something big. Experienced players, also a coach and maybe easier part of the draw, give them a chance to enter battle for medals)Other places:4. POLAND (Big generation of Polish handball, still need more to become a winner at some big event. They will show their qualities, but probably will be defeated in most important matches).5. SWEDEN (Host team hasn’t real quality for semifinal, but they will be on the edge for this. With their fans and atmosphere, a little wind from a refferes, they will achieve the highest place from “the others”).6. ICELAND (Crucial match for semifinal will be one against Spain. We think that is time for ASOBAL boys, but who know. With Iceland you never know).7. DENMARK (Loss of Hvidt, Jorgensen and Knudsen will take effect on their performances. In company with host team, Croatia and Poland, they will probably fall out first two places).8. NORWAY (Even they think about semifinal, they don’t have a quality for that, but still, they are very danger team and probably will make some problems to “better”.9. SERBIA (Some TOP individuals, probably won’t make a team. Serbia is the squad, who can beat everyone, but the biggest problem is continuity and lack of experience at big tournament for something really big.10. HUNGARY (Hungarians have a team for second round, but nothing more. Still, they can play on high level, maybe not all the games…)11. GERMANY (An average team with so high ambitions. That is normal, when you know how much is handball popular in Germany, but still, lack of TOP players and sometimes “boring” play aren’t something for a optimism).12. SOUTH KOREA (Always nobody knows anything about them, but form from Bercy showed that they can play against Europeans. Game against Slovakia are they final.Good luck for all the teams.HANDBALL-PLANET TEAM Croatia handball championsHandball World Championship 2011 read more

Womens Junior World Championship in Czech Republic – Groups are decided

HUNCZEFRACRO DENKORAUTNED Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D CHNCGOPOLBRA The next step to the 2012 Women’s Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic was taken on Wednesday 18 April: In Ostrava, which is, beside Brno, one of the hosting cities from 1 to 15 July, the draw event for the groups of the preliminary rounds took place.Host Czech Republic had the right to choose their group – and they will play in Group B with Congo, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Argentina and Korea. Defending champion Norway will play in Group D against Brazil, Romania, Tunisia, Netherlands and Croatia. 2010 silver medallist and record world champion Russia is playing in Group C with Poland, Japan, Angola, Austria and France. Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Denmark faces Spain, China, Serbia, Uruguay and Hungary in Group A.From 1 to 6 July two groups of the preliminary round will play in Brno, and the other two in Ostrava. The four best ranked teams of each group reach the eighth-finals on 8 July, the in total eight teams ranked fifth and sixth compete in the President’s Cup – those games will take place from 8 to 10 July.The winners of the eighth-finals proceed to the quarter-finals in Ostrava (10 July), whereas the losers reach the placement round 9-16, which is played in Brno from 10 to 13 July. In Ostrava the semi-finals (11 July) and the placement matches 5-8 (11 and 13 July) will follow. The four top teams play for the medals in the final and the bronze final on 14 July, again in Ostrava.The preliminary round groups of the 2012 Women’s Junior World Championship in Brno and Ostrava, Czech Republic: SRBSWERUSROU BrnoCzech Republic handballHandball Junior World ChampionshipJunior handballOstrava URUKAZANGNOR ESPARGJPNTUN ← Previous Story HP Fans prediction: AG wins up to +3 Next Story → New Croatian player in Kielce – Manuel Strlek? read more

Slovakia Tatran defeated after 654 days – Two matches in a row

← Previous Story Scandal in Poland: Wisla lost 0:10 against Piotrkowianin! Next Story → Didier Dinart retires from NT Tatran Presov What is wrong with Slovakian Tatran Presov? Slovakian champion has lost the first match since 2011 (654) days against Sporta Hlohovec 34:33 (20:18) last weekend, but tonight the best team in Slovakia is defeated again – this time Michalovce was outstanding – 38:31! Tatran has to find form quickly before the first match of the EHF CUP Group Stage against Rhein Neckar Lowen next Saturday.photo: tatran presov read more

DOHA CALLING Issam Tej to El Jaish Sports Club

DohaEl Jaishissam tej One of the most popular African handball players, Issam Tej, left Europe in direction Doha, Qatar! The 36 year-old line-player signed a year contract with one the most ambitious non-European handball team – El Jaish Sports Club. Tej has played for HC Montpellier in the last nine years, where he came from Selestat, his first team abroad since 2003.He was a part of all major results of the Tunisian national team, WCh 2005 semi-final, African titles, Olympic quarte-final in London 2012. ← Previous Story Rampant Veszprem smash Kiel for Sparkassen trophy! Next Story → Allison Pineau again with injured knee? read more

ILIC VS KARABATIC Who will be the first in CLUB 1000

1000 handball goalsMomir IlicNikola Karabatic ← Previous Story IHF plans to give Olympic place to USA? Next Story → THW KIEL: “Duvnjak in the line-up in December” Although VELUX EHF Champions League has incomplete statistics for period between 1992 and 2000, there is no doubt that only few players could come close to reach mark of 1000 goals in European elite competition.One of them who did it a few years ago is Macedonian TOP star, Kiril Lazarov, who netted 1194 times until now in his almost two decades of playing at EHF Champions League (without data for two seasons with RK Zagreb).TOP stars who will follow his soon in “CLUB 1000” are Momir Ilic (Telekom Veszprem) and Nikola Karabatic (PSG Handball). The 36-years old Serbian left back netted 964 goals in jerseys of RK Gorenje Velenje, VfL Gummersbach, THW Kiel and Telekom Veszprem. There are still at least nine matches in current season (with TOP 16 which is almost secured) for fantastic shooter to open a new chapter of handball history.Three years younger Karabatic (34), one of the greatest players ever, is currently on 954 goals scored with Montpellier Handball, THW Kiel, FC Barcelona Lassa and PSG Handball.Who will be the first?Let’s follow this race until the end of the season. read more

Season is over for Konstantin Igropulo

The Russian right back Konstantin Igropulo won’t be able to help his team-mates from Meshkov Brest in the rest of the season. The 32-years old lefthander who joined Belarussian team from KIF Kolding Kobenhavn suffered knee injury which will keep him out of the court for the next 7-8 months.It is still unknown how Igropulo will treath injury and when he will go under the knife.Igropulo has fantastic CV with appearances for the teams like FC Barcelona Lassa, Chekhovskie Medvedi and Fuchse Berlin. ← Previous Story Nora Mørk: out for at least six months Next Story → “GOLDEN IS BACK”: Gudmundur Gudmundsson overtakes Iceland Konstantin Igropulo read more

Amy Hubermans Halloween costume is perfect

first_imgPat Mustard, Robin Thicke and ‘Squints’ — the best sports stars in costume this Halloween IMAGINE THE EXCITEMENT of walking up Brian O’Driscoll’s driveway on Halloween night, ready to knock on the door of one of Ireland’s all-time sporting greats and yell “TRICK OR TREEEEEEAT?”Hold that thought. Unfortunately BOD is not at home tonight… but it’s ok because Hubes has it covered.“Trying to rectify the kids on the road’s disappointment that the other half is out this evening,” she tweeted with this pic of her in a BOD mask and Leinster top.Let’s be honest, her brilliant Plan B is almost as good as meeting the man himself.And look at all the sweets in that bowl!last_img read more

Car bomb explodes in Letterkenny housing estate

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DONEGAL are investigating a booby-trap bomb that exploded under a Jeep in Letterkenny in the early hours of this morning.The device detonated at about 4am in Manor View Park, off Long Lane in the town.Nobody was injured in the attack. Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle.The area was evacuated and residents were asked to take shelter elsewhere as gardaí sealed off the scene.An army bomb disposal team was deployed to the site. A search for additional devices is underway as a precaution.Local residents have been shocked by the event.Speaking to Highland Radio, one mother described how her young son was terrified by the bang.“The wee boy freaked out. We didn’t know what it was,” she said. “I am very shocked. What was the need for it? There are kids and elderly people around. This is normally a quiet neighbourhood. It is scary and shocking.”Gardaí have asked anyone who noticed a silver saloon car driving in the area overnight to contact them at the local station or on the Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.Read: Concerns about homelessness raised after body found in Bray car parkMore: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’Northern Ireland: ‘Elaborate hoax’ in Northern Ireland as three devices found overnightlast_img read more

Two people hospitalised after aggravated burglary by masked gang

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAD to be hospitalised after they were tied up and their home was burgled by five masked men in Northern Ireland.The aggravated burglary happened in Banbridge in Down just after 10pm last night when the gang entered the house. One of the men was armed with a gun.The gang tied up the man and woman who were in the house, and hit the man with the firearm. Police in Northern Ireland said an undisclosed sum of money was taken during the incident.Both of the occupants were left badly shaken and were brought to a nearby hospital.The PSNI has asked for anyone with information about the burglary to contact them.Read: ‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland > Read: Two elderly couples terrorised by masked burglary gang >last_img read more

RCA Secret displays 2500 original postcardsized artworks Pics

first_imgCOULD YOU SPOT a David Bailey at 20 paces? What about a Tracy Emin?The 20th RCA Secret puts art collectors to the test in its annual exhibition postcard-sized artworks made by professional artists, designers and illustrators, including alumni and postgraduate students at London’s Royal College of Art. Each postcard costs £45 and a maximum of four may be purchased per person – which could see a lucky collector make a very shrewd investment.The catch?Each postcard is signed only on the back, so collectors can’t know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchases.The exhibition will be open from 14–22 March 11am–6pmlast_img read more

Seven French holidaymakers kidnapped in Cameroon

first_imgSUSPECTED ISLAMIST MILITANTS kidnapped seven French holidaymakers from one family, including four children, in Cameroon on Tuesday, business, diplomatic and security sources said.GDF Suez confirmed that one of its employees had been kidnapped with his family.French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Athens that he was informed of the kidnapping by a Nigerian “terrorist group that we know well”, without naming it.“What is most probable is they will be taken to Nigeria,” Hollande told reporters, adding that France was doing everything possible to prevent that outcome.A statement from GDF Suez said the employee was based in the Cameroon capital Yaounde and that the family were vacationing in the north of the west African country.Children among the kidnapped A Western diplomat in the region told AFP that six armed kidnappers on three motorbikes abducted a couple, their four children and an uncle in the northern village of Dabanga near the Nigerian border.The children are aged five, eight, 10 and 12, the diplomat said.A source close to the French embassy in Yaounde said the family had earlier visited Waza National Park in northern Cameroon.Asked whether the kidnapping could be a reprisal for France’s military offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali, Hollande spoke of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram group.“I note in particular the presence of a terrorist group, namely Boko Haram, in that part of Cameroon, and that’s worrying enough,” he said.A Cameroonian security source also told AFP: “We have strong suspicions regarding the Islamist sect Boko Haram,” which is blamed for killing hundreds of people in an insurgency in northern Nigeria since 2009.Some Boko Haram members are believed to have trained with militants of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in northern Mali.“Too early” to draw links to Mali offensiveFormer French defence minister Hervin Morin said Tuesday it was “much too early to say” whether the kidnapping was linked to the Mali offensive but added that since the start of the conflict he had expected a test of French resilience.“We’re very likely seeing the first actual case because, even if it’s a different terrorist movement, all these Islamist movements are connected by a common struggle, that of a fight against the West,” he told television channel BFMTV.An anonymous source at the Waza nature reserve said the holidaymakers had visited it on Monday. “They slept in the park’s tourist camp (and) they left this morning,” the source said.A security source in the area told AFP that security forces were hunting for the kidnappers along the border with Nigeria.Though it was the first abduction of Western tourists on Cameroonian soil, there have been several hostage-takings off the coast, a region believed to be rich in oil and gas.Cameroonian authorities have attributed attacks and kidnappings off the Bakassi peninsula neighbouring Nigeria to pirates.French hostagesIn December, French engineer Francis Collomp was kidnapped in Nigeria in an act claimed by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Ansaru, which is thought to be a Boko Haram splinter group.On Monday, Ansaru also claimed the kidnapping of seven foreigners in a deadly weekend raid on a construction site in northern Nigeria.Tuesday’s abduction brings the total of French hostages abroad to 15, all in Africa and at least six of whom are being held by AQIM.According to the US monitoring group IntelCenter, France is the Western country with the highest number of hostages taken, followed by the United States with nine.Cameroon, a former French colony of 20 million people, has vast ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity and counts no fewer than 10 active rebellions.- © AFP, 2013Read: Body of Irishman shot dead in Nigeria to be repatriated next weeklast_img read more

Box of liquid cocainefilled condoms sent to the Vatican

first_imgGERMAN CUSTOMS OFFICIALS have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine.The Bild am Sonntag reports that a box packed with 340 grammes of cocaine valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200) were seized at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig in January.South AmericaThe narcotics, posted from an unnamed South American country, were in liquid form and had been poured into the condoms and placed in the package addressed to the main postal centre at the Vatican.The newspaper, citing a German customs report, said authorities handed the package with the drugs to a police officer at the Vatican with the aim of laying a trap for a culprit who might try to claim it.But Bild said the parcel had remained there since January.German investigators believe the intended recipient, who remains unknown, was likely tipped off that the package had been intercepted, the newspaper said.InterpolThe Vatican office of Interpol is now working on the investigation with German police, according to the report.German customs authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.- © AFP, 2012Read: “Stop doing evil”: Pope Francis takes on the mafia>last_img read more

Ireland sends €2 million to South Sudan as 4 million people face

first_imgWidespread killing of civilians and gross human rights violations are reported. Given the seriousness of the crisis and the urgent needs of innocent civilians, Ireland will provide a further €1.36 million to our NGO partners in South Sudan to provide healthcare and protection to vulnerable women and children.The funding will go towards emergency response work, health care and aid for those who have fled to Uganda. THE IRISH GOVERNMENT yesterday pledged €2 million to support life-saving work in South Sudan where an estimated five million people are in urgent need of assistance.More than 1.2 million people have fled their homes due to the escalating conflict. Both the government and rebels, who are currently fighting a civil war, have been blocking United Nations peacekeeper patrols.Despite heavy international pressure, a second ceasefire this month for the world’s youngest nation has crumbled, in a six-month war that has already claimed thousands – possibly tens of thousands – of lives.Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the devastating conflict has left thousands of families “destitute, with hunger and under-nutrition now widespread”.“The UN has warned that more than a third of South Sudan’s population, or four million people, will be on the brink of starvation by the end of 2014 if urgent action is not taken,” he said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIt comes at a time when the country is dealing with a serious outbreak of Cholera. More than 315 cases have been recorded since the outbreak was officially delcared on 15 May.In other locations across the country, there have been suspected cases that are awaiting confirmation.Commenting on the crisis, Brian P Moller of Médecins Sans Frontier, which has been providing assistance, said:Following five months of intense conflict, dire conditions in many camps for displaced people, and a worsening rainy season, we are concerned about the impact of the disease. Yet cholera can be simply and effectively treated if caught early enough.“MSF’s priority is to ensure a quick and efficient response to contain the outbreak as much as possible, working on both the treatment of patients and the prevention of the disease,” he said.The organisation has begun setting up a site for a treatment centre and has vaccinated around 17,000 people since April – particularly in the camps where people displaced by the conflict are living.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: After 5 months and thousands of deaths, ceasefire begins in South Sudan>Opinion: After a day submerged in a river, the family escaped the men who wanted them dead>last_img read more

Which of these 18 types of sports fan are you

first_imgvia @kayaburgess10. The showboatYouTube credit: getlads11. The early bird(INPHO/Morgan Treacy)12. The ultra-aggressive fanVia funnyordie.com13. The celebrity fan(INPHO/Billy Stickland)14. The trolling fanvia @sarahmarsh8215. The shameless fanVia funnyordie.com16. The wannabe managerVia quickmeme.com17. The long-suffering fanYouTube credit: KSIOlajidebt18. The unwise pitch-invaderYouTube credit: radfordredWho have we missed?Letter from London: No political football as Irish fans feel at home>Youngster donates First Communion cash to injured Irish rugby players> 1. The bare-chested fan(Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images)2. The Fantasy Football obsessive(Fantasy Premier League screengrab)3. The tattoo-loving sports fan(Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images)4. The type of fan who would take candy (or in this case, a baseball) from a babyYouTube credit: verbality5. The fun-loving fanPic via @bpfootball6. The overly involved fanYouTube credit: bulbulahamadnz7. The fair-weather fanvia @NFLMemez8. The unbelievably passionate fanYouTube credit: tpsradio9. The non-animal loverlast_img read more

Monster Audio Unveils Miles Davis Trumpet Headphones

first_imgWe’ve seen a number of musicians get their own line of audio equipment recently, from Dr. Dre and Beats Audio to Ludacris’s new “Soul by Ludacris” line of headphones. This week at ces, Monster Audio announced that they would unveil the Miles Davis Trumpet Headphones, an in-ear model designed and inspired by Miles Davis and his music, and developed in collaboration with Sony and Miles Davis Properties, LLC, which owns the rights to his work. The earbuds even look a bit like trumpets, with a flared design that expands out to the actual earbud itself and is narrow in the center, with gold-colored trim and silver body design. The headphones are also etched with Miles Davis’ signature on the sides, and feature a stylized image of Davis playing the trumped on the flat audio cable leading down from the earbuds. Monster didn’t reveal when the Trumpet headphones would be available, but they did say they’ll be on sale for $349 retail price. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Creative Ziio Tablet Up Close

first_imgAdChoices广告 what, you thought the folks at creative were going to sit out tablet mania? heck no. the company joined just about every other consumer electronics manufacturer around with the recent introduction of two new tablets–a 10- and 7 inch ziio.the above shot is the seven inch. the tablet is available in 8- and 16gb capacities for $250 and $270. the seven inch screen is a resistive 800×480 touchscreen. there’s an hdmi out, so you can stream 1080p video from the device.we played around with the ziio a bit at the show, and it really feels like a fairly low end device–something that cheap price point reflects. the ziio is shipping now. check out some more shots of the device, after the jump. last_img read more

Man Makes Explosive Sex Toy Passes It Off as Christmas Present

first_imgOver the holidays, a Minnesota man was staying with two female friends. When the building’s landlord discovered the situation, 37-year-old Terry Allen Lester was asked to leave, vacating the premises on December 31st. He left something behind however–a few bags whose presence made the tenants nervous, prompting them to call the police.When the officer arrived, she inspected a container bearing the words “Christmas Gifts.” Inside was a sex toy that had been converted into a makeshift explosive, filled with gun powder and buck shot.AdChoices广告The officer also found other sex toys, cables, a toolkit, and an explosive device in the apartment. According to the tenants, Lester was planning on giving the sex toy to a woman with whom a relationship had ended badly. The bomb squad was called in, cutting the wire, and rendering the device useless. Lester was arrested on felony explosive and terrorism charges.last_img read more

Firefox for Mobile gets Aurora and Nightly channels

first_imgFirefox for Mobile — which was at one point named Fennec after the cute pocket-sized foxes — has been in development for quite some time. The first alpha builds arrived late in 2008, and by the time Mozilla was ready to make the first beta available in the Android Market in February of 2011 the decision had been made to synchronize build numbers with its desktop cousin. Despite being the first Firefox mobile browser, the app launched as version 4.Once Firefox 4 had been released on both the desktop and in mobile form, Mozilla began work on its accelerated release schedule. With a more Chrome-like timetable for Firefox releases, Mozilla also needed to change the way new builds were tested prior to release. A channel system (again like Chrome) was set up, and in additional to the stable Firefox release users are now able to pick from Beta, Aurora, or Nightly releases on their desktop.With Mozilla also deciding to adopt the same rapid release schedule for Firefox for Mobile, it only made sense that there would also be new channels being introduced to facilitate real-world testing. Developer Mark Finkle has announced on his blog that users can now get their hands on both Aurora and Nightly versions of Firefox for Mobile — just point your Android device’s Web browser to:http://bit.ly/fennec5 for Aurorahttp://bit.ly/fennec6night for Nightly.Right now, all three Firefox for Mobile versions are very similar in terms of appearance, performance, and functionality. The new unstable releases are the first of their kind, though, so new features will start popping up as the Mozilla crew pushes updates to your device. Remember, you’re playing with unfinished software if you decide to install Firefox for Mobile Aurora or Nightly — so be prepared for the odd bug and some unexpected force closes. Instability is all part of the fun when it comes to testing bleeding-edge software, of course, and it’s certainly not going to dissuade any hardcore Mozilla fans.Mark Finkle via Mobiputinglast_img read more