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14000 not enough to stop the Experts

The loud cheer of 14,000 homefans dressing in red, weren’t enough to stop the astonishing ‘Experts’ on their way to their third EHF Euro gold tonight in Jyske Bank Boxen.STATISTICS…This generation of French players seems to have expertized in one more thing aside from winning almost anything that’s in front of them; it is to bring the host nation to tears, by defeating them in the finals. What the ‘Experts’ have done in Croatia four year ago was an outstanding achievement, but to win with a nine-goal difference(41:32)in the final against the Danes, at fully packed Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, well, that takes something very special.The match was played somewhat absent-minded in defense as France managed to score 41 goals, and one of the best goalkeepers in world, subsequently named the best keeper of the championship, NickalsLandin had a match to forget tonight at Jyske Bank Boxen.The incisive France punished the unexpectedly slow start from the Danish team, as the defending champions were seven minutes without a goal mid-way through the first half when Valentin Porte set the score at 4:13.Toft Hansen and Mollgaard Jensen brought two back for their team, but Porte continued on the previously excellent game opening from Narcisse and Guigou. The French team returned from their time-out to set the 10-goal lead, their first in the match, as Porte struck again for 7:17 with ten minutes remaining in the first half.Denmark tried to find their defensive balance with Green Krejberg replacingNicklasLandin who is nowhere to be found.  The only thing that seemed to be working for the Danish team was the ever-present goal-scoring ability of Mikkel Hansen, with the PSG players seeming very much in the mood for this match lowering the difference to six goals in the last minute. With the last five minutes of the first half very quiet with the Danes able only to get the difference down to seven goals, after Porte scored with the sound of the buzzer, the teams want for a break with the score 16:23.The beginning of the second half saw the same-old from the Danes, with Hansen’s individual quality keeping them hanging by a thread in this match. Omeyer made his presence noticeable mid-way through the second half, with the 37-year old making a number of saves to ad to the frustration of the Danish team. Mollergaard had a period of struggle in which he made a turnover, conceded a penalty and received a suspension, as Narcisse continued on his team’s run of goals, to make it 25:35, and a dangerous score line going into the last ten minutes of the match with ‘Les Bleus’ cruising to victory. Luc Abalo scored his signature shot from the right-back position, for yet another double-digit lead for France at 28:38, with seven minutes to play and the winner almost already decided. There was nothing to play for in the last five minutes as the local JesperNoddesboscored a brace for 31:39, but the high amount of goals conceded by the Danish team, was impossible to match in the dying minutes.  Noddesbo completed his 3:0 series upon the strong will of the Dane, but French players were already celebrating as Nyokas sets the final score to 32:41 (the highest ever scored in the Euro Final) assisted by the experienced Jerome Fernandez, who may also be retiring after this gold medal in Denmark. No better way to mark the return to the Euro top for ‘Les Experts’ than winning the EHF Euro trophy in the final against Denmark, with less than a year before the World championship in Qatar, and counting down to the Olympic games in Rio 2016, where they will be defending their gold. This will also mark the testimonial match for the successful Danish coach Ulrich Wilbek, who will now assume the role of the Danish team manager, replaced by the Icelandic coach GudmundurGudmudsson, to take the Danish team onto new heights.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC EHF EURO 2014euro 2014France handballHANDBALL 2014 ← Previous Story IHF ANNOUNCED: Domagoj Duvnjak and Andrea Lekic are the best in 2013! Next Story → Onesta: The best game in history – Wilbek: France is the best read more

MOZZART IS INJURED The end for Ivano Balic

The World best player ever, Croatian star Ivano Balic (35) is injured last weekend during the match of his HSG Wetzlar and GWD Minden 23:26 at DKB Bundesliga and will be out of the court for at least four weeks, said HSG’s coach Kai Wandschneider after the match. Handball “Mozzart” suffered torn muscle rupture once again, which will keep him out during April for sure. Whether he will be ready for a few last matches of the season is still unknown as his decision about proffesional future.HSG Wetzlar announced a few weeks ago that Ivano Balic will decide whether he will stay at the club or end his career in June… ← Previous Story Ricardo – fruit of beach handball love to meet his father? Next Story → Vesprem against PSG – “Lions” VS Barca, Macedonians looking for German scalps! germanyhandballhandball acomodationIvano Balicmozzartto staywetzlar read more

MVM EHF FINAL4 Four teams – one dream

MVM EHF FINAL4 ← Previous Story All Star Team of the Women’s EHF Champions League announced Next Story → MVM EHF FINAL4: Larvik and Buducnost for the glory! Battle for the most expensive trophy in the Women’s handball starts in Budapest. The four best teams will compete at the Women’s MVM EHF FINAL4 tournament in “Pap Laszlo” arena on Saturday and Sunday.Saturday – semi-finals:Larvik HK – Dinamo Sinara 14.15ZRK Vardar – ZRK Buducnost 16.45Sunday:Bronze medal match 14.30FINAL 17

Poll Would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes

first_img Yes (791) YesNoI’m not sureVote I’m not sure (326) Poll Results:center_img No (974) PRIVATE BUS OPERATORS have told an Oireachtas Committee that they could save the State up to €30 million a year if they were allowed to take over 350 subsidised bus routes currently operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus.Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Communications Tom Hayes said the decreasing pool of state funding for public transport is hindering the delivery of some rural services in particular. The Coach Tourism and Transport Council (CTTC) has called for routes to be opened up to bids from private companies when the contracts come up for renewal in 2014.Senator Paschal Mooney criticised the CTTC, who he said were attempting to “cherry pick profitable routes between large centers while not caring about small towns and villages”.Bus Éireann CEO Martin Nolan said that while changes to some routes were necessary to protect jobs, the company is still in a strong position to continue delivering bus services nationwide.Would you welcome more privatisation of bus routes?last_img read more

Ariel Sharon bankruptcy and water meters The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.1,500,000,000: The approximate number of adults in the world who are obese, according to a new report.231,000,000: The amount of Irish punts the Central Bank says are still hanging around under mattresses or in old piggy banks, twelve years after Ireland switched to the euro.80,000: The approximate number of households which have been fitted with water meters so far ahead of October’s introduction of water charges.3,000: The approximate number of applications for bankruptcy the Minister for Justice expects to see over the next twelve months following the introduction of new laws.650: The number of people waiting on transplant lists in Ireland, despite 2013 being a record year for transplants being carried out.52: The number of passengers – including scientists, journalists and tourists – rescued from a research ship in the Antarctic on Thursday which had been trapped in ice since Christmas Day.28 – The percentage price differential between house prices in Dublin compared to the rest of the country, according to new property research.18 – The number of countries using the euro now after Latvia became the latest country to join the single currency on New Year’s Day.17.5 – The percentage increase in the number of people who died on Ireland’s roads in 2013 compared to the number of deaths the previous year.8: The number of years that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. The 85-year-old’s condition deteriorated significantly during the week.5: The number of seconds into the new year when the first baby born in Ireland in 2014 entered the world.4: The percentage of primary school children who never get any help at all with their homework from parents, according to the Central Statistics Office.0 – The salary claimed by Capuchin monk Brother Kevin Crowley who runs the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin city centre.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

Schmidt aims to defend the Aviva and banish recurring All Black nightmare

first_imgIRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has said strong home form could be the key to his side’s Six Nations title chances.The New Zealander’s adopted country welcome Scotland and Wales to Dublin in the opening two rounds of the Championship next month.However, Ireland face just a six-day turnaround between those matches and Schmidt said how Ireland coped with those Aviva Stadium clashes would set the tone for their tournament.“If we could defend the Aviva that would be great,” said Schmidt at the Six Nations launch in London today.“If we manage an away victory against either England or France as well, then that would put us in the mix for a shot at being in the top two.“That would be a fantastic achievement given where we’ve come from, but that’s not to say that’s our clear expectation.“We know we’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us.“The six-day turnaround from Scotland to Wales is a really big ask. There’s nothing we can do about that and you just have to get on with it, just like you can’t control the calls of a referee.“But it’s unfortunate that we’re not going to get a great run-in to a game against a great team like Wales, especially after facing a combative outfit like Scotland.“We’ll only really have one real training session that week, so we’ll have to make it count.”Ireland finished a disappointing fifth in last season’s Six Nations but, under Schmidt, ran their new coach’s native New Zealand desperately close before going down 24-22 to the world champions in a thrilling match in Dublin in November.Out of the systemReflecting on that last-gasp loss, former Leinster boss Schmidt admitted: “It’s been a bit of a recurring nightmare for me, however, because it’s the first time I’ve had this experience as a national coach.“In the past I have always had the next week to get a game out of my system, and my team too.“So adapting to that change has been a different process for me.“The players are in good shape though, and now we’re just excited about the challenges ahead in the competition.”Ireland captain Paul O’Connell added: “It’s a shame we didn’t close out (the New Zealand) game like we should have done because we achieved a lot of the things we’d been working on with Joe in that game.“Playing Scotland first will be a very tough game for us, we were beaten well by them up there last year.”This Six Nations is set to be Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll’s last before retirement but O’Connell stressed there had been no slacking from the veteran centre.“He’s still in good shape, as hungry as ever, and driving our standards. He has a lot of respect all across the Six Nations and especially within our squad.”- © AFP, 2014In pictures: Captains and coaches do their duty at the 6 Nations launchAnalysis: Luke Fitzgerald in prime form to light up Six Nationslast_img read more

McConville reveals lots of high profile players in bother with gambling

first_imgOISIN MCCONVILLE HAS revealed that several high-profile GAA inter-county players have approached him for advice as they are ‘in serious bother’ with gambling problems.The former Armagh footballer has gone public with his own gambling issues in the past and was present yesterday for the release of the GAA and GPA’s guidelines on the subject.McConville believes the number of ‘problem gamblers’ will continue to grow.“I think we’re going to have more problem gamblers because we’re exposing people to it. There’s lots of high profile players who are in bother. Some of them would be in serious bother.“The accessibility and all that sort of thing is not really the issue. The big issue is that when people begin gambling, I don’t think they’re full armed with all the facts or pitfalls. With the GPA or counselling services, there is help out there and you can avail of it.”“It’s very easy to say, ‘stop’ but you need to have the general mechanisms there. They’re not going to say stop because I say it, they have to want it.“I was a 24/7 gambler, it was the first thing I thought about in the morning and the last thing I thought about at night. A lot of things have to change within your life but you have to go and get that initial help.”‘It is becoming a growing concern’ – GAA releases gambling guidelinesGambling addiction cost Offaly footballer €5k in a single nightlast_img read more

Police seize quad bikes firearms and stolen vehicles in Northern Ireland

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NEWRY and Mourne, supported by local officers in south Armagh, have recovered a number of vehicles and suspected firearms during a planned search of premises on Mountain Road, Cloughoge.Officers recovered two vehicles, believed to be stolen, and two suspected firearms. Two quad bikes have also been seized.Today police said enquiries are ongoing and Newry and Mourne Area Commander, Chief Inspector Davy Beck, said the “hard work and commitment of local officers has resulted in dangerous weapons being taken out of circulation, making Newry and Mourne a safer place to be”.“This search and the seizure of vehicles should send a clear message that there is no hiding place for criminals in Newry and Mourne,” he said.“I would like to thank the local community for their support and patience during this operation. This again demonstrates how much more successful we are in tackling crime when we work together.”Read: Gardaí arrest two following drugs seizure>Read: Two men charged over mortars seizure>last_img read more

Researchers develop smart tags which tell you when food goes off

first_imgEVER POUR MILK into your tea without realising it’s gone sour? It’s happened to the best of us, but such a problem may be avoided if a new tag is adapted commercially.Researchers from Peking University in Beijing, China are developing  colour-coded smart tags, which can tell you if milk or any other product inside a container is fresh or not.The small tags can be attached to containers of food or medicine and start off red to indicate freshness. After that, it changes to orange, yellow and eventually green, which shows that the food is spoiled.The lead researcher Chao Zhang, PH.D., said that the tag has a “gel-like consistency, is really inexpensive and safe, and can be widely programmed to mimic almost all ambient-temperature deterioration processes in foods.”It also takes into account moments when foods are exposed to higher temperatures, which could cause unexpected spoilage, providing a reliable indicator of how fresh a product is.The tags contain tiny metallic nanorods that change colour as they react to the length of time microbes grow in food. The gold nanorods the researchers used are red, which is why the colour represents freshness. Silver chloride and vitamin C are also in the tags, reacting slowly and controllably. Over time, the metallic silver gradually deposits on each gold nanorod, forming a silver shell layer.That changes the particle’s chemical composition and shape, so the tag color now would be different. Therefore, as the silver layer thickens over time, the tag color evolves from the initial red to orange, yellow, and green, and even blue and violet. The researchers developed and tested the tags using e.coli – food-spoiling bacteria that cause stomach problems – in milk as a reference. The best part is the tags are cheap to produce; the researchers say the chemicals in one tag alone would cost $0.002.The findings was presented at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The tags aren’t available yet, but the researchers said they’re reaching out to manufacturers, showing them how the tag would be useful for them and their customers.Read: Here is why your veins look blue >Read: Drug experts slam reports with ‘misleading statistics’ on legal high deaths >last_img read more