2Nordsjælland Handball321076-7065 11FHK Elite310268-74-62 How difficult and balanced is Danish “Jack & Jones” League we can see from the fact that two Danish representative in Champions League, KIF Kolding and AaB has a lot of problems from beginning of the season. With such names as Spellerberg, Nikolic and Christiansen, Kolding lost two from three games and stay 12th from 14 teams with just one point. Last punisher was Silkeborg 27:29. Current champion AaB Handbold suffer hard defeat in Arhus 30:38, what was their second defeat in three rounds.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg -KIF Kolding 29 – 27Bjerringbro-Silkeborg: Frederik Petersen 8, Mads Øris Nielsen 6, Nikolaj Øris Nielsen 6, Dennis Kirkegaard 3, Jesper T. Ahle 3, Rasmus Lauge Schmidt 2, Goran Kozomara 1KIF Kolding: Lasse Mikkelsen 8, Bo Spellerberg 6 , Ratko Nikolic 4 , Anders Oechsler 2, Simon Edelberg Jensen 2, Lars Christiansen 2, Mads Forslund 1, Lukas Karlsson 1, Boris Schnuckel 1Århus Håndbold – AaB Håndbold 38 – 30Tvis/Holste.-Viborg 31-28 (15-13)Nordsjælland-FIF, Kbh. 23-22 (10-6)FC Midtjylland – Mors-Thy Håndbold 32 – 32 14Viborg HK300376-88-120 13Mors -Thy Handball301287-104-171 5Team Facts Holstebro320197-9344 1Aarhus Handball330092-79136 7HC Midtjylland311191-9013 8Lemvig Handball310280-7642 AaB HandboldDenmark HandballKIF Kolding 6Bjerringbro -Silkeborg320185-86-14 4AG Handball220060-5554 10Skjern Handball210147-51-42 3FIF320175-63124 9AaB Handball310290-92-22 12KIF Kolding301282-85-31 ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 2): Easy wins for Barca and Ciudad Real Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen looking for a right back
Rhein Neckar LowenZarko Sesum ← Previous Story Pytlick spying Serbia and Croatia Next Story → Boris Denič substitute for Serdarusic in Celje PL One of the best Serbian player, left back who can be usefull at all extrernal positions, Zarko Sesum (24) become a member of Rhein Neckar Lowen, announced German team. After injury of Michael Muller, RNL looked for right back replacement as soon as possible. At the end, decision was Sesum, who has already signed contract with Rhein Neckar Lowen, but from June 2011. It was planned that he stay one more season in MKB Veszprem, where he spent last three season.Zarko Sesum began his career in Sintelon from Backa Palanka. With Serbia NT he played at WC 2009 and EURO 2010 in Austria. With U 18 team of Serbia and Montenegro, he won two gold medals (EC 2004 & WC 2005).
← Previous Story Boris Denič substitute for Serdarusic in Celje PL Next Story → RNL sacked Lindgren – Gudmundsson is the new boss According to the speculations in the Macedonian media, the current manager of the men’s National Team, Ljubomir Savevski, is likely to face a dismissal from the managerial position. The likely replacement is to be no other person but – Lino Cervar, who has been the manager of Metalurg in the past two seasons, but without any great success.The sponsor of Metalurg and the possibly new “sponsor” of the men’s National Team is supposed to keep his eyes closed about Cervar’s early elimination in the Champions League qualifiers this season, and to install him as the manager, completing his ideas to have him leading his club and his country. Savevski is blamed for the failure to qualify to the World Cup 2011, and is also facing possible boycott in the national team because of the few national team players that he made leave Vardar.
Serbian right back, Vukasin Rajkovic (28) and the Polish champion, Wisla Plock are split by mutual agreement after one and a half year of cooperation. Former player of Metaloplastika, FA Goppingen and Copenhagen had three years contract, but also a lot of problems with injuries, which didn’t allow him to play his best handball in Poland. ← Previous Story Danish “black days” – Michael Knudsen is out from the EURO 2012 squad! Next Story → Serbs ambitious, Rastko Stojkovic: “We want all – Poland always dangerous”
In the test match before the start of the EHF EURO 2012, Sweden beats Russia 31:23 (15:10). Home team in the sold “Kristianstad Arena” (almost 5000 fans) was clearly better rival and deserved a high win.SWEDEN: Andersson 4, Stenbacken 4, Ekberg 3, Nilsson 3, Jakobsson 3, Doder 2, Petersen 2, Ekdahl Du Rietz 2, Lundstrom 1, Larholm 1, Karlsson 1, Zachrisson 1.RUSSIA: Atman 4, Kovalev 3, Chernoivanov 2, Chipurin 2, Koksharov 2, Shelmenko 2, Starykh 2, Igropulo 1, Ivanov 1.Results: 4:2 (5 min), 7;4 (10 min), 9:4 (15 min), 10:6 (20 min), 13:8 (25 min), 15:10 (30 min), 17:12 (35 min), 20:14 (40 min), 21:14 (45 min), 23:16 (50 min). ← Previous Story Lazarov injured – misses a training Next Story → Hungary without Lekai at the EHF EURO 2012!
← Previous Story EHF CL Round 9 “All Star” Team announced – Karabatic, Hansen, etc… Next Story → Hans Lindberg scores 1500 goals for HSV Hamburg handballIvan DimitrijevicStrahinja MilicVardar Skopje Five days after HC Partizan Belgrade sold one of the best players, left back, Ivan Dimitrijevic (22) to German VfL Gummersbach, another transfer from Belgrade has been made. Third goalkeeper of silver Serbian NT at the EHF EURO 2012, Strahinja Milic (21) going to Vardar Skopje. Macedonian team sold Borko Ristovski to VfL Gummersbach, got 120.000 EUR from that transfer and looked for some fast replacement. Milic, who is called “Jumbo”, because of his sizes (199 cm – 120 kg) was the most interesting and according to Serbian media, sum for his freedom is 18.000 EUR.Milic is the last “wunderkind” of Serbian handball. He started to play for the NT with 16,5 years. When he was 17, he moved to Danish BSV Silkeborg, but after two knee operations, got back to Serbia – HC Partizan.
Sunday offered very interesting matches and some surprises in Velux EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase. After Fuchse won against HSV Hamburg, Ademar Leon became the third Spanish team in the TOP 8. In front of 6.000 fans in Veszprem, Leon saved +3 from the first match (31:28) in the last few seconds with crucial goal of Baena for defeat – 25:27. In the previous attack, Veszprem’s legend, Perez missed the target… F.C Barcelona destroys French Montpellier 36:20. French champions lost their head in the first minutes of the second match, unable to save +2 from the first clash (32:30).Barcelona:Saric; Víctor Tomás (2), Nagy (6), Noddesbo (5), Raúl Entrerríos (2), Rutenka (5, 3p.), Juanín (5, 1p.), siete inicial, Sorhaindo (3), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (-), Igropulo (1), Rocas (-), Ugalde (1), Sarmiento (6), Morros (-) y Sjostrand, (ps). Montpellier: Prost,; Gajic (7, 6p), Luka Karabatic (-), Tej (1), Nikola Karabatic (5), Hmam (1), Grébille (5), siete inicial, Accambray (-), Michel Guigou (-), Bojinovic (-), Honrubia (1), Joli(-), Salou (-) y Stochhl (ps).In the TOP 8 of EHF Champions League will play BM Atletico Madrid, F.C Barcelona, Ademar Leon, THW Kiel, Fuchse Berlin, C.O Zagreb, Cimos Koper and AG Copenhagen. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Fuchse Berlin master work – Atletico in TOP 8 despite defeat Next Story → EHF CL TOP 8 Draw: Favorites don’t want AG? Ademar LeonF.C BarcelonaHC MontpellierMKB VeszpremVezsprem Veszprem:Alilovic (Fazekas); Ivancsik (4), Ilyes (2), Csaszar (2), Sulic (7), Vujin (8, 2 p), Gulyas (1), Laluska (1), Terzic (-), Reynaldo (2), Vilovski (-). Ademar: Losert (Álamo); Stranovsky (6, 2 p), Antonio García (6), Carou (-), Andreu (3), Ferrer (2), Krivoschlykov (3), Ruesga (3), Cutura (1), Goñi (-), Baena (1), Borges (-).
← Previous Story SEHA SSL (Round 1) “All Star team”: Radoslav Antl MVP Next Story → AUSTRIAN DERBY: Fivers beat Alpla Hard again! DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014 Hannover – Magdeburg 27:25 (11:16)Hannover-Burgdorf: Johannsen 6, Lehnhoff 5/2, Sevaljevic 4/1, Buschmann 3, Andreu 2, Hykkerud 2, Patrail 2, Szücs 2, Mackovsek 1Magdeburg: Kneer 6, Jurecki 4, van Olphen 4, Bezjak 3, Natek 3, Musche 2, Haaß 1, Rojewski 1, Weber 1/1Hamburg – Wetzlar 35:26 (16:9)Hamburg: Duvnjak 7, Lindberg 7/3, Markovic 6, Lackovic 3, Mahé 3/1, Dominikovic 2, Toft Hansen 2, Cañellas 1, Flohr 1, Hens 1, Jansen 1, Schröder 1HSG Wetzlar: Tiedtke 7/1, Tönnesen 5, Laudt 3, Reichmann 3, Hahn 2, Krause 2, Balic 1, Fäth 1, Klesniks 1, Weber 1STANDINGS:1 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 4 +36 8:02 THW Kiel (M,P) 4 +32 8:03 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 5 +2 7:34 Füchse Berlin 4 +22 6:25 Bergischer HC 4 +10 6:26 SC Magdeburg 4 +9 6:27 MT Melsungen 5 +5 6:48 SG Flensburg-H. 5 +2 6:49 TBV Lemgo 4 -2 5:310 VfL Gummersbach 5 -1 4:611 HSV Hamburg 3 -4 2:412 TuS N-Lübbecke 3 -4 2:413 HSG Wetzlar 4 -12 2:614 HBW Balingen-W. 4 -19 2:615 TV Emsdetten 4 -25 2:616 GWD Minden 4 -16 1:717 ThSV Eisenach 4 -23 1:718 Frisch Auf Göppingen 4 -12 0:8 VfL Gummersbach had fantastic chance to make a biggest surprise in the DKB Bundesliga until now, to beat THW Kiel 31:30 (14:20) but even +6 at the half-time wasn’t enough for the Emir Kurtagic’s players. Marko Vujin scored decisive goal from 7 meter 13 seconds until the end.SC Magdeburg is defeated in Hannover 27:25, so now the only two teams with 100% are THW Kiel and Rhein Neckar Lowen who beat SG Flensburg 29:22.Here are other results:TUS Lubbecke – HBW Balingen 26:30Emsdetten – GWD Minden 24:23Bergischer HC – TsCH Eisenach 34:26TVB Lemgo – MT Melsungen 33:38Kiel – Gumnmersbach 31:30 (14:20)Kiel: Vujin 7/3, Jicha 5, Toft Hansen 5, Palmarsson 4, Ekberg 3/2, Zeitz 3, Sigurdsson 2, Jallouz 1, Wiencek 1VfL Gummersbach: von Gruchalla 9, Bult 6/2, Putics 5, Santos 4, Fredrik Larsson 3, Kopco 2, Joakim Larsson 1
← Previous Story Valero Rivera about Qatar challenge: Amazing Federation, wonderful president Next Story → The End of RK Metalurg? Players boycott match against Zagreb and criticize Cervar! handballlusail handballQatarQatar 2015 Qatar is ready for the upcoming World Championship 2015! Qatar 2015 has announced that the matches of the Asian Club Championship, which will be held in Doha between November 29 and December 8, will be played in two newest sports hall – Lusail Center and Al Sadd sports hall. The two sports venues will host also the matches of the World Championship 2015 next January.Lusail is the multipurpose sports hall which will be a proud of Qatar with 15.300 seats, while Al Sadd is the part of Al Sadd sports club complex.Here are the teams who will compete for the trophy at Asian Club Championship.
← Previous Story VIDEO: Handball Peter Pan magic! Next Story → Ambros Martin to lead Romanian girls! Telekom Veszprem celebrated fourth win in SEHA GAZPROM League 2016/2017 by beating Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, once again, 32:25 (17:13). Despite visitors at „Veszprem Arena“ were eager to show the best of their handball, home team coached by Xavi Sabate had control over the result from the first minute of the match. The first line-up of the reigning SEHA GAZPROM champions with Ilic, Palmarsson and Nagy supported by oustanding Roland Mikler (15 saves) between the posts made 6:1 in the opening seven minutes of the match.Celje’s coach Branko Tamse found the way to put his team back in the game, but even solid performance of Zarabec, Mlakar and Lesjak on the goal line, wasn’t enough for some surprising turnover. Slovenians came closer on 9:7 in 15th minute, but they aren’t able to save their net in the crucial moments.Dragan Gajic and Renato Sulic overtook the main roles in Veszprem’s attack in the second half from Aron Palmarsson and Gasper Marguc. Creativity of Celje’s attack was visible until 45th minute, when Miha Zarabec netted for 24:21. However, Slovenian team had no power to finish match in the same rhytm. Some technical mistakes gave chance to home team to score some easy goals via young left wing Fekete for 32:25 at the end.Dragan Gajic was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while one more scored Celje’s right back Ziga Mlakar.Statements after the match:Xavi Sabate, Telekom Veszprem coach:– I want to congratulate to our players and team for such a good match after only one training which we had to prepare for this game. I would also like to congratulate to Celje for very good start of the season – results and way of playing. Celje play very good handball, they have one of the best fast-breaks in Europe. We had some injuries during last week. Terzic couldn’t play today and he is very important for us in defense. Players showed commitment with the team, club, team-mates and supporters. We played high-level match in defense and Mikler was amazing one more time. Key for success was in defense, with good Roli and fast-breaks. We played good in attack, especially with all our line-players. I am proud of our players. We are working very hard with young Hungarian players. Young Fekete was fantastic today. They have to continue working as this season is very important for us.Branko Tamse, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko coach:-I want to congratulate Veszprem for a good match.They were prepared well for us. Their defense forced us to take some difficult shots and to make some mistakes in attack. There were some minutes when I was happy for the way how we play, but tonight Veszprem had a lot of good minutes.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko player:– I would like to congratulate Veszprem on a good game. We haven’t been on the level which we should to play with them. Our defense wasn’t good enough, while in attack we missed too many open shots. Mikler saved many shots and then, with counter-attack, they made advantage.Gasper Marguc, Telekom Veszprem right wing:– My coach already said a lot. I agree with all speakers, we played good today, especially in defense. Mikler was really good, we ran a lot of fast-breaks. We are happy that we had match under control. We are happy for new points. Now, we are focusing on weekend and match in Plock. RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRoland Miklerseha gazprom leagueTelekom Veszprem
← Previous Story Norway takes first step to defend the title Next Story → Skjern Handbold and BM Ademar Leon to fight for TOP 16 Czech Republic overcomes a troublesome first half and obtains a well worked victory for 25-29 against powerful Poland. At the beginning of day 3 in this World Championship, they are leaders in group B with 4 points.It started off well for the team coached by Leszek Krowicki. The Polish had once again began with the right foot and dominated the match with a fluent attack and a solid defense. But the Czech did not back down and after a 4 goal deficit, they reduced the gap to one (9-8 at 21’). However, by the time the teams went to the locker room, Poland was leading 15-12.The second half was as exciting as this sport can get. After 10 minutes, the Polish extended the lead to 4, but then the Czech reaction started. In a 4-0 raid, the conducted by Jan Basny tied the match and forced Krowicki to as for their second team timeout. The Polish took the lead again, but they looked more anxious than their oponents, who worked patiently every defense.Iveta Luzumova and Marketa Jerabkova scored to put Czech Republic 20-21 on the scoreboard and from then on after 18 minutes of the second half, and from then on, they held tight to that advantage. The Polish team rushed to get back, and they put pressure on the Czech captain Luzumova on the attacks, but they were unable to stop the now vivid attack from their oponents. Two goals with the empty goal sentenced the match moments before the final whistle.“I cannot believe it, I’m really happy. Out team worked really hard for this win and I have no words”, stated Iveta Luzumova after the victory, and continued: “before the match we said that we had to be patient, because yesterday they played a really tough game against Sweden, and we said that we should run in the second half because they would be tired, so that was our key. Before the championship we said that we should beat Argentina and try to beat Poland, we reached both goals and now we can look forward to the other matches”.With this result, Czech Republic adds two points and sits at the top of the table in group B. Later today, Hungary will meet Sweden and Argentina will face Norway. Czech RepublicGermany 2017Iveta Luzumovakarolina kudlaczPolandSimplyWunderbar
DID YOU EVER think you’d see the day when you’d be able to grill Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary?Just a month after the budget airline finally launched an official Twitter account, the head honcho has sat down at a computer to field questions from the public.This should be interesting.Here’s what we’ve learned…1. Ryanair staff get commission on the scratchcards, but not that muchAnd the “bulk of” the remainder goes to charity. 2. The Ryanair website gives O’Leary a headache3. He doesn’t care what you call him4. He’s pretty modest5. He has no sympathy for you if you forget to print your boarding pass6. He has no time for a calendar featuring men in the nip7. He thinks Boris Johnson’s idea for a new island airport in the Thames Estuary is nonsense8. Ryanair is “working on” customer service9. Those boarding queues aren’t going anywhereRead: Ryanair has joined Twitter… but don’t bother with queries>Ryanair are charging €66m for their official cabin bag>
Dunphy urged Brady to give the new management a chance and referred to the previous Irish management duo of Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli as a “regime”.Brady responded, “I hope Martin hasn’t underestimated Keane’s presence… the media is obsessed with him.” Dunphy was quick with a pithy reply: “It isn’t the media that’s obsessed, the public is entranced.”The panel discuss Ireland’s appointment of O’Neill and Keane. Credit: RTÉBrady, capped 72 times for his country and a former Ireland assistant under Trapattoni, was not convinced. “I’m so delighted that Martin got the job and if I have to put up with [Roy Keane] then so be it.”What did you make of the panel’s debate over O’Neill’s decision to appoint Keane as his assistant?Like football? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @football_ie >‘A job like this might not come around for some time’ – O’Neill privileged to manage Ireland IT DID NOT take long for the sugar-coated welcome to the new Irish management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to be left with a crème brûlée finish.The appointment of O’Neill and Keane was discussed by the RTÉ football pundits following their analysis of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Dortmund in the Champions League. While the general mood, when discussing O’Neill, of Johnny Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady was positive, doubts were expressed over Keane and his role with the team.Giles praised O’Neill as an intelligent football man and Brady expressed his delight that the Derry native has decided to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni. Dunphy added his voice to the cheerful din before adding that the big question was ‘why did [O’Neill] choose Keane’. Dunphy declared, “The fact that O’Neill wants him is good enough for me.”Brady then held sway as he cast doubt on Keane’s temperament and questioned his fellow pundits for praising the judgement and leadership of the former Sunderland and Ipswich boss. Brady said:I don’t understand why he brought him back… [Keane’s] relationships with players was disastrous at times… If he had great thoroughness and leadership, why didn’t he make it in the managerial sphere?”
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #SEX ABUSE: Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sex abuse. It is believed the panel will look at at how to protect children from paedophiles and how to better screen men for the priesthood.2. #NO TAX CUTS: The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has said that it doesn’t think there is any scope for tax cuts in the next two years.3. #STAND-OFF: The man hospitalised after an armed stand-off with gardaí in Dublin yesterday has died in hospital.4. #SMITHWICK: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has defended remarks he made about two RUC officers killed by the IRA saying his views reflect what is recorded by the Smithwick Tribunal.5. #LGBT: The Legion of Mary society in NUI Galway has been suspended over a campaign which looked to encourage people to “move beyond the confines of the homosexual label”.
A 29-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested at Dublin Airport after more than 16,000 cigarettes were seized from his luggage.The man, who is from Malawi, had arrived on a flight from Dubai earlier today.Officers from Revenue’s Customs service seized the Benson & Hedges cigarettes – with an estimated retail value of €7,758 – during a search at the airport when the cigarettes were found to be concealed in the man’s bags.The man appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara at the Criminal Courts of Justice this afternoon where he was remanded in custody until Wednesday when he will appear before Cloverhill District Court.
A DELEGATION OF TDs and one senator on the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee is to visit Iran later this week.The mission will focus on “building relations with Iran again” according to committee chairman Pat Breen. While details of the trip are still being finalised, Breen said all going well he will be accompanied by three TDs and one senator on the trip.He told TheJournal.ie that the delegation is expected to hold meetings with senior Iranian ministers, including those responsible for agriculture and foreign affairs, with a focus on trade.The country’s nuclear programme and the current human rights situation in the Islamic republic are also planned, with the delegation set to hold talks with chambers of commerce, opposition politicians and human rights groups.Breen, a Fine Gael TD, is expected to lead the delegation but said a family matter may prevent him from joining TDs Eric Byrne (Labour), Maureen O’Sullivan (independent), and Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin). Fine Gael senator Deirdre Clune is also due to travel.The delegation will depart for Tehran on Thursday, arriving on Friday and returning next Tuesday. The committee is covering the costs of four of the delegation with Crowe paying for himself.“The purpose of visit is an opportunity to get back into Iran again given what has been happening in relation to nuclear programme, particularly since the Geneva 5 talks,” Breen said, citing last year’s deal that will see Iran rein in its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.He said that concerns about the human rights situation, particularly capital punishment, will be raised but said the focus would be “building relations with Iran again” and added that it could lay the foundations for future trade missions by senior government ministers.An Oireachtas spokesperson said that the visit is “primarily aimed at bolstering trade links between Ireland and Iran”.Meetings will take place over the weekend as Friday is traditionally a rest day. A request to make a courtesy call on the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has been made, but Breen said he is not sure if it will be granted.The government closed its embassy in Iran in February 2012, a decision which was announced at the same time as the controversial closure of the Vatican embassy as part of efforts to make savings in overseas missions.Ireland had had an embassy in Iran since 1976, three years before the Iranian revolution which brought about the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Islamic republic which remains to this day.At the time the closure was announced, the government cited trade volumes which had ‘fallen short of expectations’ and pressures on public finances as the reasons for its closure.The visit will begin just as the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton conclude their trade mission to three Gulf states with talks taking place in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran this week.Read: Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi ArabiaRead: Israel blasts Iran nuclear deal as a ‘historic mistake’
Delivery Man(MOVIECLIPS trailers/YouTube)For fans of: Artificial inseminationAvoid if: You’re sick of Vince Vaughn playing Vince VaughnVince Vaughn stars as Vince Vaughn, uh, I mean David Wozniak, who donates his sperm as a young man… and finds out 20 years later that due to an error he actually fathered 533 children. Whoops. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.12 Years A Slave(joBlo.com/YouTube)For fans of: Epics, memoirs, true storiesAvoid if: You don’t want to see the film everyone’s talking aboutBritish director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) brings us the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man who is kidnapped and enslaved in the USA. Starring our own Michael Fassbender, plus Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano, it’s a tough but powerful watch. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 96 per cent. Audience rating: 93 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 71 per cent. Audience rating: 96 per cent want to see RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 39 per cent. Audience rating: 52 per centThe Railway Man(Movies coming soon/YouTube)For fans of: True storiesAvoid if: You prefer Colin in breechesThis true story centres on Eric Lomax, who sets out to take revenge on the man who tortured him during World War II after he was forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Lomax’s trauma has gripped him his whole life – so what will happen when confronts his former captor?
THE IRISH PRIMARY school experience has several very distinct aromas.They weren’t particularly nice smells – children are not the most fragrant of creatures – but the memories they hold are much more important than, y’know, a pleasant scent.Sit back and recall these smells particular to your younger years.MarlaThe warm plastic scent of marla is probably the ultimate Irish primary school smell – the visual representation of which is the brown shade you get when all the colours mixed together. Source: ShutterstockSour milkThe source of this stink would often be traced back to one of those small cartons of school milk, gone off and leaking in the depths of some poor sod’s bag. A more thorough investigation could also reveal some spoiled sandwiches. Unpleasant. Source: Press AssociationWee/vomitSome of the children were nervous about being in a room full of strangers, far away from their parents. And when those children got nervous, they let it all out. All of it. Source: ShutterstockA fresh new pencil caseSeptember: you’re starting first class, and your mum’s bought you a shiny new pencil case to ease your transition into the numbered classes. The smell of the new plastic every time you lovingly unzipped it to sharpen a pencil made it all worthwhile. Source: Flickr/morebylessOld booksAs you moved up in the ranks, you may have been permitted some quiet reading time after big lunch. You were sent to the class “library” to choose a book, usually one so ancient that the pages practically crumbled to dust in your hands, emitting that sweet, mildewy smell. Source: Fickr/nist6ssPVA glueAnd its close cousin the Pritt Stick. Their gentle, rubbery aroma (and the sheer joy of peeling the dried glue from your fingers) were an added bonus your youthful artistic endeavours. Source: Flickr/ronijjPoster paintSpeaking of art, was there anything better than the chemical stink of the non-toxic poster paint as you squirted it onto your tray? Source: ShutterstockChalk dust Source: Flickr/LicklefluffycloudsThere was no escaping the heady smell of chalk dust if you were sent to clean the glantóir – it hit your nose and got right up there. Sneezing was imminent. Source: PhotoBucket100-year-old American teacher Agnes has no plans on giving up the day job>Teacher creates adorable Twitter account for her class>
US INTELLIGENCE AGENCY collection of people’s telephone records is a critical tool to fight terrorism, the White House said Thursday in response to news reports of wide scale monitoring of this type.A senior official in the administration of President Barack Obama did not explicitly confirm a reported court order allowing the practice, but seemed to acknowledge such monitoring is in fact going on.The Guardian reported that mobile carrier Verizon is required to provide the National Security Agency daily with information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the United States and between the US and other countries.The newspaper cited a top-secret court order issued in April, and said it had obtained a copy, which it reproduced online.“The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing,” the report said.The Washington Post quoted two former US officials as saying the order as reproduced by the Guardian looks authentic.Critical toolThe Obama administration official, while apparently avoiding confirming specifically that such activity is going on, said information of the sort described in the article is a “critical tool” to protect America from terrorist threats.The official said such information “allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.”Under the order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had “granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19,” the paper reported.The information was classed as metadata, it added.George W. BushThe administration official, which noted that FISA court orders are classified, said the Guardian discusses “what purports to be an order issued by” that court.The official said that “on its face, the order reprinted in the article does not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls.”The NSA, as part of a program secretly authorised by former president George W. Bush in October 2001, implemented a bulk collection of US telephone, Internet and email records.In 2006, USA Today shocked many when it reported that the NSA had “been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.”It had been “using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity,” that paper reported.“Until now, there has been no indication that the Obama administration implemented a similar program,” the Guardian notes today.Read: Top secret: US government continues with Bush-era phone monitoring >Read: 900 gardaí to help keep the peace at the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh >
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #BOSTON: Details of those killed and injured in the Boston bombings on Monday have emerged today with families paying tribute to those who lost their lives. President Barack Obama will travel to Boston tomorrow to take part in an interfaith service in memory of the three people who died at the finish line of the marathon.2. #IRON LADY: The funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took place today with over 2,300 mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral including Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron. It has emerged that the Iron Lady reportedly told a Labour Minister for Northern Ireland that he could not trust the Irish because “they are all liars”.3. #MICHAEL D: Irish president Michael D Higgins addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in a speech that called for MEPs not to ignore the “suffering” of European citizens. He said the public feel that decisions are being made to address market concerns rather than with compassion for people living in member states.4. #HOODIES: An independent town councillor in Castlebar, Co Mayo has asked the council to examine whether something should be done about people wearing hoodies, as he said those committing crimes cannot be identified because they “camouflage their faces with a hood”. He said people in the community have told him they are “terrorised” by people in hoods.5. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The parliament in New Zealand has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to do so in the Asia-Pacific region. The move was met with loud cheers by the crowds in the galleries who burst in to song, belting out an emotional rendition of the the traditional Maori love song, Pokarekare Ana.