← Previous Story EHF CL: MKB Veszprem beats Celje PL – goes 5 of 5 Next Story → MOMIR ILIC STORY ABOUT LIFE IN THW KIEL: The team of the world in one street world’s best handball playerworld’s best handball player 2013 Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce that over 120.000 votes  are registered only after a week of Voting Contest for the World’s Best Player 2013. For the tremendeous effect which made from Contest organized by our website we have to thank to the Jury members, but also to the significant number of media from various countries, TOP teams and TOP players who recognized our efforts.Still is nothing decided yet. Fans opinion will be added to the 11 votes of Jury members (handball journalists from 11 countries), who made nominations of three best players per position in 2013. We wish to invite you to vote or to call others from your handball community to support the best in order to make final decision even more important.Deadline for voting is December 2.VOTE read more

Complete schedule of the EHF EURO 2014 Preliminary Round:Group A1 Denmark2 Czech Republic3 Macedonia4 AustriaCzech Republic – Austria (January 12th , 1800 )Denmark – Macedonia (12 January at 20:30 )Macedonia – Czech Republic (January 14, at 18:15 )Austria – Denmark (14 January at 20:30 )Macedonia – Austria (January 16, at 18:15 )Denmark – Czech Republic (January 16, at 20:30 )Group B1 Spain2 Iceland3 Hungary4 NorwayIceland – Norway ( January 12 at 16:00 )Spain – Hungary (January 12, at 18:15 )Hungary – Iceland (January 14 , 1800 )Norway – Spain (January 14, at 20:15 )Spain – Iceland (January 16 , 1800 )Hungary – Norway (January 16, at 20:15 )Group C1 Serbia2 France3 Poland4 RussiaSerbia – Poland (January 13 , 1800 )France – Russia (January 13 at 20:15 )Russia – Serbia (January 15 , 1800 )Poland – France (January 15, at 20:15 )Poland – Russia (January 17th , 1800 )Serbia – France (17 January at 20:30 )Group D1 Croatia2 Sweden3 Belarus4 MontenegroCroatia – Belarus (January 13 , 1800 )Sweden – Montenegro ( 13th January at 20:15 )Montenegro – Croatia (January 15 , 1800 )Belarus – Sweden (January 15, at 20:15 )Croatia – Sweden (January 17th , 1800 )Belarus – Montenegro (17 January at 20:30 ) ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 TOP 10 missing stars Next Story → Anders Eggert to miss the opener against Macedonia read more

7HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper9216240:260-205 8HC Vitjaz9009241:334-930 3Riihimäen Cocks9702292:2375514 1Põlva Serviti10901334:2647018 4Dragunas Klaipeda10514284:2602411 5HC Meshkov Brest10406279:283-48 6Celtnieks/LSPA11308317:364-476 In a postponed match of the BHL on Sunday, Dragunas Klaipeda took a very important win by beating HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper at home 28-22 (15-10) and secured even more their fourth place in the table.Dragunas started very strongly and took a 5-1 lead. Kehra tried to fight back, but could not get closer than three goals with the first half going for the hosts by 15-10. Second half was much similar and quite low-scoring, but Dragunas gradually slipped away from the visitors. Miglius Astrauskas’ men eventually took a 28-22 win. Evaldas Grieže scored 6 goals for the winners, while Jürgen Rooba was Kehra’s best with 5 goals.Dragunas secured their fourth place and are now in the pole position for the place in the Final Four. The Lithuanian club have 11 points from 10 games, while their closest rival HC Meshkov Brest is three points away. Next games – a total of 9 – in BHL will be played during three days between 28 February and 2 March.STANDINGS: BA read more

The beautiful place in Ohrid Lake in Macedonia, Struga, will continue with the long tradition of organising the International Handball Tournaments. This summer, the 43rd year in a row, “Women’s beach”, the open-air court in Struga will be the meeting place of many important handball teams and the players from Europe and Africa.Last year Struga’s open-air court was small for all those who wanted (2.000 spectators) to see fantastic final between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg, while organizers expecting that will be the case also this year.In the group A will play French Cesson Rennes, Portuguese Benfica and Egyptian champions Al Zamalek.In the group B will meet Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ, domestic vice-champion RK Zomimak Strumica and Romanian Dinamo Bucurest.Tournament will be held from August 12 till August 15. ← Previous Story Beach Handball exbition in Lausanne: Olympic sport, not…. Next Story → CSM Bucuresti appoint Zvonko Sundovski for a new coach read more

Beach Handball European Championship 2015 is ended by wins of Croatia and Hungary. The Croatian NT head-coach Davor Rokavec speaks for HAndball-Planet.com about the fourth European gold in a row for his team, but also “promotional match” in Laussane in front of IOC representatives which has to open the door of Olympic Games for Beach Handball. Comment about the tournament, but also Beach Handball Spectacle in Laussane had Juan Vasquez Chispi, the EURO 2015 MVP and the TOP scorer of the four last Beach Handball World Championships. ← Previous Story FIRST IN EUROPE: HSV Handball present Drasko Nenadic Next Story → Over 21.000 players from 43 countries make unforgetable Partille Cup 2015

Sunday evening in Budapest brought new Beach Handball world champions as spanish girls and Croatian boys won in the finals against two Brasilian national teams! “Old continent” is defended of Brasilian rulers and invaders.Central court of event area in Margitsiget Danube’s island in Budapest was scene for the medal matches. In the both bronze medal matches host team of Hungary didn’t succeded to get his place on podium. Hungary won first period in botha matches, but then Norway (in female competition) and Qatar (male) showed best of their play and won matches with 2:1. For Nrowegian girls that was third WCh medal in row.Female competition final match brought biggest surprise as Brasilans were clear favourit. Expectations were fullfilled when Panamericans won first period with 18:8, but then “Guerreras de la arena” showed their potential and in shootout they won gold with 2:1 (8:18; 16:12; 7:4). First Spanish gold put the name of their country on very short list of winners of an WCh where already were the names of Brasil, Russia, Croatia and Norway.Spanish team in female competition was quite “underdog”, so their success for sure showed good way to Croatian male team. Team managed by national team coach Rokavec and leaded by captain Juric (MVP of BH WCH2016) showed authoriity in just 20 minutes of final match and sent Brasilian team to home with silver medal!CRO – BRA 2:0 (19:15; 21:18)X.QPHOTO CREDIT: Jozo Cabraja, Beach Handball Croatia ← Previous Story Danish girls win Junior World’s Championship 2016! Next Story → Bojana Popovic leads Montenegro in Rio! Beach handballBeach Handball World Championship read more

← Previous Story DREAM, WIN, REMEMBER: Battle for EURO 2020 starts on Wednesday Next Story → EHF EURO 2020 Qual: Belgium and Faroe Islands hits of Day 1! Austria already proved to be good ground for Croatia at the EURO 2010, where Croatia made it to the final. The preliminary round was played in Graz and the Styrian provincial capital will once again be home to Croatia in 2020, after a successful qualification. With Vienna and Graz, Austria will provide two preliminary round groups, as well as a main round group in Vienna. After successfully finishing the preliminary round in Graz the Croatian team would move to Vienna to play the main round. Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro could also play in Austria like Croatia would, if their qualification is successful. Tickets for the EURO 2020 will be available at www.ehf-euro.com from 24 October.It will be the European Championship of superlatives! For the first time a European Handball Championship will be held in three countries – Sweden, Austria and Norway. For the first time, 24 nations will fight for the title. And for the first time, the final will take place in a football stadium.The date of the 24th of October as the start for ticket sales is not been chosen entirely coincidental, as the qualification for the EURO 2020 also starts on this day. 32 nations fight in eight groups of four for the remaining 20 places in the final round. Sweden, Austria and Norway as hosts, as well as Spain as reigning European Champion are already set for the European Championships.DREAM.WIN.REMEMBERThis is the slogan/motto of the EURO 2020 and Croatia in particular will travel to Austria with the best memories. In 2010 they made it to the final, where they only had to admit defeat to France. Like back then, Croatia will again play its preliminary round matches in Graz in 2020. And the Styrian capital is looking forward to celebrating another true handball festival with its Croatian fans.And there is another parallel to 2010: From the preliminary round in Graz, the main round will continue to Vienna. Which is also linked to positive memories in Croatia for being honored with the silver medal at the EURO 2010.For the Croatian national team, the qualification for EURO 2020 starts on the 25th of October 2018 with the home match against Switzerland. One day before the ticket sale for the European Championship starts.While Croatia is fixed in Graz after a successful qualification, the EURO could also start in Austria for some of Croatia’s neighbouring countries: Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.Further ticket releasesFurther ticket releases are planned for the 9th of January 2019 (‘One year to go’), 17th of April 2019 (Easter release) and for the 1st of July 2019, as all 24 participating will be known by then.The first matches in Graz (group A) and Trondheim (group C) are played on the 9th of January. On the 10th of January the action will start in Vienna (group B), Trondheim (group D) and Gothenburg (group F); group E in Malmö joins last on the 11th of January.Final weekend over three daysThe main round will be played in Malmö and Vienna, while the final is played in Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, a 20,000 capacity stadium. When it comes to the final weekend, fans will experience Sweden’s capital as it lives and breathes handball for three days.Following a unique change of the playing schedule, the EHF Executive Committee confirmed in September, that for the first time the match for third place and the final will be played separately from each other, with the bronze medal match to be played on Saturday, 25th of January 2020, and Sunday, 26th of January, being exclusively reserved for the final.With the semi-finals on Friday, 24th of January, as well as matches on Saturday and the final on Sunday, the final weekend has been extended to a three-day long handball party, which will be framed by a high-level entertainment concept.In the new schedule, the 5/6 placement match will be moved from Friday, 24th of January, ahead of the semi-finals, to Saturday, 25th of January, when it will take place ahead of the match for third place.PhotoCredit: OEHB/ Sebastian Pucher Men’s EHF EURO 2020 Graz read more

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first_imgGERMANY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, already grappling with the fallout from a child sex scandal, fears losing more followers – and financing – because of public anger over a big-spending “bling bishop”.For the past week the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, has generated damaging headlines after the cost of his extravagant new residence complex blew out to at least €31 million euro.The 53-year-old has been summoned to the Vatican for a decision on his fate, and is set to meet today with humility advocate Pope Francis, who has called for a “poor Church for the poor”.€15,000 bathtubWith many faithful in the German diocese in open revolt over the lavish bishop’s palace and its €15,000 bathtub, there has been a sharp increase in local registered Catholics formally leaving the Church.If the exodus in the ancient town of Limburg were echoed on a national scale, observers say it would be a severe blow to the Church – especially in a country where the faithful provide the bulk of its funding.“I’ve never seen such a wave” of people quitting the faith, Ruediger Eschoffen, an official in charge of Church registrations in Limburg, was quoted as telling the newspaper Frankfurter Neue Presse.Germany has a religion tax, and taxpayers must declare whether they are Catholic, Protestant or non-religious. People are however free to opt out and stop paying the so-called “Church tax”.Last year 295 Catholics in Limburg, in the central state of Hesse, officially left the Church, said Eschoffen. But he said the figure shot up to 29 people in a single day on Monday, after 18 left on Friday and 20 on Thursday.German Catholics paid €5.2bn to the Church in 2012Germany’s roughly 23 million Catholics paid €5.2 billion to the Church in 2012 in religious taxes, its main source of income in the country. The state tax amounts to an eight to 10 per cent addition to payable income tax.The money pays for the operating expenses of the clergy, but also for hospitals, kindergartens and other welfare organisations.The German Catholic Church, just as in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States, was already hit hard by a paedophilia scandal, which erupted in the country between 2010 and 2012.The revelations sparked a flood of people quitting the Church, with 180,000 leaving in 2010. By 2012, the figure had dropped to 118,000, a lower level than in 2009 before the abuse charges came to light.‘A loss of confidence’The latest scandal spells a real risk for the Catholic Church, said Detlef Pollack, a sociologist researching religion and politics at the University of Muenster.Tebartz-van Elst, dubbed by local media the “bling bishop”, is also accused of giving false statements in court in a case centred on an expensive flight he took to India to visit poor communities.“Many people say they do not want to continue to (financially) support the Church if it is to satisfy the appetite for luxury of a bishop,” Pollack told AFP.Plans to report their assetsSeveral German dioceses have announced plans to report their assets to avoid suspicions about their lifestyle.Beyond the financial risk, the Church fears a loss of confidence in an institution that still plays an important role in society, especially in the mainly Catholic south.Chancellor Angela Merkel, daughter of a Protestant pastor, is also worried. Her spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday expressed “the hope that there will be an answer for believers, for people’s confidence in their Church.”But Pollack said: “A lot of confidence has been lost.”“The Bishop of Limburg can no longer fulfil his role in his diocese. The best thing for him would definitely be to renounce his post.”Will he resign?Such a move would be difficult however within the Catholic Church, said conservative daily Die Welt.“Catholic bishops are neither managers nor politicians,” it said. “They do not derive their spiritual and temporal powers from the confidence of a supervisory board or the electorate, but from God.”It added that “quitting over real or perceived wrongdoing is a widespread and accepted practice in politics and business. They are the rules of the game. Until now, this was not the case in the Church”.- © AFP, 2013Germany’s Catholics told to pay church tax or no sacraments>German Catholic Church says 66 clergy accused of sex abuse>last_img read more

first_imgTHE ACCESS GRANTED to chemical weapons inspectors in Syria is a sign of what can be achieved if enough of the right energy is channelled in the right way. But moral responsibility doesn’t stop with the first signs of success in dismantling chemical weapons – in fact that’s just the start.Undoubtedly, reducing the potential impact of such weapons is a positive move. However, Syrian people are now presented with the absurd situation of inspectors freely driving through many areas of desperate need, while the ambulances, food and drug supplies organised by humanitarian organisations are blocked.Reports from areas under siege suggest communities are desperate for food and have almost entirely run out of even the most basic medical supplies. The recent confirmation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of polio cases is symptomatic of the deterioration of what once was a highly-functioning system of healthcare. Earlier this year Médecins Sans Frontières teams vaccinated 75,000 children to stem a measles outbreak. Both patients and medical workers in Syria today are facing severe challenges as almost 60 per cent of the hospitals are now damaged or destroyed.Arrested and tortured for treating patientsThe adversity is heightened because of the lack of skilled medical workers remaining in the country; since the beginning of the war, health workers have been targeted. Médecins Sans Frontières has heard many accounts of Syrian medics being arrested and tortured for treating patients. As one orthopaedic surgeon explained “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon.”As the war continues, the numbers of people in need of medical care is rising. In the space of just two weeks, one of our field hospitals launched nine mass casualty incidents. This is when the influx of wounded patients exceeds the capacity of the hospital because they all arrive together, and with injuries so severe that many need life-saving treatment at the same time. Skull fractures, crushed limbs, gunshot and shrapnel wounds are typical injuries that medical staff in Syria have to deal with.It is easy to forget that in the midst of explosions there are also patients who are indirect victims of the war – toddlers who have been severely scalded by pots of boiling water in overcrowded IDP (internally displaced persons) camps; asthmatic children who come to our emergency room for oxygen because inhalers are no longer available; pregnant women in need of emergency c-sections as they haven’t been able to get pre-natal checkups. The urgency for medical care in Syria is immense and takes all forms.Médecins Sans Frontières is running six hospitals, two health centres and several mobile clinic programmes inside Syria; this is not easy, but shows that it is possible. We are able to keep working in these areas through a persistent process of dialogue. Our teams have to explain to everyone in the areas we work in that Médecins Sans Frontières is medical organisation and that we are there with one simple aim – to treat anyone that needs medical attention.Negotiating access is slow and painstakingWe emphasise that we don’t take any government funding for our work in Syria in order to remain completely free of any political agendas. Occasionally when we feel this is not well understood, we have to temporarily reduce our teams for their safety, continue talking, and then return to a full strength medical and logistical team when we are confident that our presence as a neutral, impartial humanitarian organisation is accepted.To date, this has enabled us to remain in places where we know the medical needs are immense. We would like to expand our reach because the medical emergency extends throughout the country. But in the areas of most intense fighting it is simply not safe to be.The lack of respect for humanitarian workers makes the job of negotiating access slow and painstaking. It is virtually impossible for medical aid to cross front lines because of the mistrust of anything coming from the other side, and the blockages around enclave areas have so far been unbreakable.Influential countries gathered around a table, thrashed out an agreement on chemical weapons and put it into practice. They have shown it can be done, the same must happen now for humanitarian aid, especially medical care for people caught up in conflict and to afford some protection and respect for medical staff on the ground.Jane-Ann McKenna is the Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Irelandpresent. She has recently returned from a field visit to Jordan and Iraqi Kurdistan where she conducted a humanitarian assessment of Syrian refugees’ needs in neighbouring countries.In 2012 Médecins Sans Frontières teams performed 1,165 reconstructive surgeries in the Amman hospital. The project also provided physiotherapy and psycho-social support to thousands of patients. To donate, visit msf.ie or call 1800 905 509.last_img read more

first_imgTHE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE of Los Angeles has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to four men who alleged they were molested by a former priest in the 1970s.LA’s Cardinal Roger Mahony approved the deal this month with lawyers for the men and the former priest involved, according to the victims’ attorneys.Last month’s long-delayed release of hundreds of files about abuse claims – which came at the same time as Mahony was stripped of his duties for mishandling the scandals – helped precipitate the settlements, one lawyer said.The priest involved, Reverend Michael Baker, abused the four young victims repeatedly in the 1970s, including on overnight trips to San Diego, according to the legal documents.The lawsuits claim that then-Archbishop Mahony allowed him to continue to minister as a priest even though Baker admitted in 1986 that he had sexually abused minors in the past.Baker was jailed for over 10 years in December 2007 after pleading guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a minor, involving two of the victims in these lawsuits. He was released in October 2011.Lawyer Vince Finaldi said Baker was scheduled to be a witness, if the lawsuits – filed after the LA archdiocese reached a $660 million settlement with abuse victims in 2007 – had gone to trial.The LA archdiocese released files last month on over 100 clerics accused of sex abuse, as required under the 2007 lawsuit deal, including some showing Mahony discussing how to cover up alleged crimes.Finaldi said the release of the files “played heavily” into the archdiocese’s decision to settle the cases. “Once we got the files, it confirmed everything we had argued for years and years,” he told the LA Times.“Cardinal Mahony’s fingerprints were all over the case,” he added.Lawyers for the victims said they plan to give more details of the cases at a press conference Thursday.Michael Hennigan, a lawyer for the archdiocese, said: “We’re pleased to reach settlement here. We have always taken full responsibility for the misconduct of Michael Baker, so that was never an issue.“It was just a matter of reaching an agreement on a reasonable price, which we’re pleased to have been able to do,” he told AFP.It is not clear what the victims’ press conference will reveal, but Hennigan said there were no secrets about the deal. “I don’t have any idea. That’ll be up to them. But there’s nothing confidential about the settlement.”Mahony travelled to Rome to participate in the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, despite calls from victims’ groups for him to stay home following the recent revelations about his role in covering up alleged abuse.Mahony, who retired in 2011, was stripped of his remaining church duties in January by his successor Archbishop Jose Gomez for mishandling claims against dozens of priests.The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) hailed the settlement. But they said: “No amount of money can restore the shattered trust and stolen childhoods of deeply wounded victims.“We applaud their courage in stepping forward, seeking justice and reminding us all that this crisis in the church remains far from finished,” SNAP director David Clohessy told AFP.Read: Mistakes in Savile case ‘could happen all over again’last_img read more

first_imgNINETEEN MINERS WERE trapped in a collapsed tunnel at Rudna copper mine in Poland when an earthquake hit south-west of Warsaw just after 10pm last night.Emergency services say they rescued all 19 workers after about eight hours of digging through rock and earth, according to BBC News.Reuters reports that the men were trapped about 600 metres below the surface. Two were treated for minor injuries but the other 17 have returned home.A spokesperson for the mine’s owner KGHM said it was the biggest accident in the firm’s history. The State-controlled company is Europe’s second-biggest copper producer. It operates in the Lower Silesia region, which is rich in mineral resources.Nine trapped after Russia coal mine blastlast_img

first_imgPEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT TD Richard Boyd-Barrett said that he would not take up Stephen Donnelly’s now vacant seat on the banking inquiry if he was offered it.Boyd-Barrett said that he believes that fellow Technical Group member Joe Higgins is next in line to take to take Donnelly’s place, but added that all three were conflicted about sitting on the inquiry in the first instance.“If it was offered to me I wouldn’t take it,” he told TheJournal.ie.“It’s a joke at this point, the Government are trying to control it, there is no serious effort to get to the bottom of what actually happened.”Boyd-Barrett explained that himself, Donnelly and Higgins had essentially drawn lots to be selected as the Technical Group’s representative but even then were unsure whether they should take part.“All of us were torn, both myself and Stephen were very torn as to if we should even put our names forward for it at all.”Donnelly’s withdrawal comes after a week in which the Government lost its majority on the inquiry and then, after failing to remove a Fianna Fáil Senator, added two Government Senators to ensure a majority.Junior Minister and Labour leadership candidate Alex White said this afternoon that the banking inquiry should have been ‘left well alone’ after the initial line-up was completed.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, White said that he would have preferred if the original line-up with four Government members out of nine had remained.Personally I would have left it well alone when the the original choice of members was made. But what’s done is done now and instead of having nine members with a Government majority as was proposed, we now have 11 members with Government majority.White said that he felt it had “not been a good week for politics in this country” after the Government had altered procedure to add an extra Fine Gael and Labour Senator to the inquiry.“I don’t think the inquiry is robbed of all credibility,” he said when asked if Donnelly’s withdrawal had fatally flawed it.“I think what we should do is get on with it now,” he added expressing confidence in chairman of the inquiry, Labour’s Ciarán Lynch TD.Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry, who the Government tried to remove from the inquiry, disagreed that there was understanding that the Government would have a majority:Plan A was to discredit myself which failed spectacularly and then Plan B kicked in which was to rip-up the rules of democracy and do what they wanted.“No party can stand to benefit from the truth coming out more than Fianna Fáil,” he added. “We wanted an independent Leveson style inquiry from the beginning. We didn’t get that.”Speaking on the same programme, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger says that she believes the inquiry should be made up of groups from outside of politics.“I think it’s been really cynical. The people who should be in the majority on that inquiry are the people who are affected by the banking crisis…Not the people who cheerleaded the property bubble, it didn’t happen on one night in 2008,” she said.Read: Stephen Donnelly quits banking inquiry, says Taoiseach stated that he will try to control it >Poll: Is the banking inquiry now irreparably damaged? >last_img read more

first_imgWhen people make millions on the stock exchange or try to predict the future, you are talking about the theory of probability.However improbable it sounds, precisely half the competing teams have at least one shared special day, and five have two pairs of birthdays.No coincidence, explained Frankl.“It is hard to convince people but it’s almost always exact,” said the Hungarian. “Actually with 32 teams and 23 people, 50% is less than the expected result, mathematically speaking.”Frankl says one need only think back to school when many people would have shared a birthday with a classmate – the probability of two schoolchildren in a class of 30 sharing a birthday being 70%.“With 41 people in the classroom, the chances are 90%,” he said.The mathematical principle holds true at the World Cup where half the sides, including Brazil and holders Spain, have at least one pair of birthday boys.Argentina, France, South Korea, Switzerland and Iran have two.Some team-mates will celebrate joint birthdays at the World Cup, although champagne and cake are likely to be banned.On Friday Bosnian pairing Asmir Begovic and Sead Kolasinac will have to toast their joint birthday in secret if so inclined – with a must-win game against Nigeria the following day.South Korean players Kwak Tae-hwi and Son Heung-min might be able to enjoy a birthday tipple on 8 July, unless the team repeats its astonishing run to the World Cup semi-finals of 2002.Though something of a long shot, if the teams face each other in the last 16 on 30 June, Germany’s Benedikt Howedes and Algeria’s Saphir Taider will come face to face – both players only getting to celebrate an official birthday every four years because they were born on 29 February.Sceptics trying to shoot down the theory by claiming the data field is too narrow will be disappointed to learn that by including the 2010 World Cup squads, 31 out of the 64 squads had shared birthdays, still hovering near 50%.“Sometimes in mathematics it’s no use trying to explain things to your wife, children or neighbours,” said Frankl. “But I’ve tried the Birthday Paradox about 20 times in lectures and it’s only failed once.”- © AFP 201410-year-old ‘Mini Messi’ from Dublin heads to World Cup after playing with Shamrock Rovers Goalline technology makes World Cup debut, leaves Twitter and BBC confused MATHEMATICIANS ARE ENJOYING the World Cup – not just for the quality of the football – but also for the chance to prove an intriguing statistical quirk called the Birthday Paradox.Strange as it may sound, 16 of the 32 teams at the World Cup have players who share a birthday – though mathematicians are far less surprised than the rest of us.Statisticians have known for some time there is a slightly more than 50% chance that in any group of 23 people, two of them will have the same birthday.While it appears to defy logic, the Birthday Paradox stacks up. And delightfully, the World Cup – with its 32 teams of 23-man squads – proves it exactly.“It might look far-fetched,” Japan-based mathematician Peter Frankl told AFP.“Mathematics deals in the counter-intuitive on a daily basis.last_img read more

first_img Source: DAVID.BREENAwayEngland captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football after earning 114 caps for the senior team.French full-back Patrice Evra has left Manchester United and joined Italian champions Juventus on a two-year deal.After yesterday’s Open Championship win at Hoylake, read how Rory McIlroy became the third golfer in history to win three of the four majors.Usain Bolt will compete at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach for the Mano a Mano 100m race next month.The best thing we sharedMonaco striker Dimitar Berbatov scores a classy volley in a pre-season friendly against Colombian side Atletico Junior. Ireland’s U19s women’s team have booked their place in the semi-finals of the European Championships after a 2-1 win over Sweden.Rob Heffernan and Fionnuala Britton will lead a 30-strong Irish team at next month’s European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.The Leinster Council will wait for the referee’s report before taking and decision on the ‘biting’ allegation in yesterday’s Leinster senior football final.Dublin will play their All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park as part of a double-header which will be shown on Sky Sports on 9 August. Here are five talking points from the weekend’s GAA.Matthew Macklin’s fight against Jorge Sebastian Heiland at the National Stadium will be an official world title eliminator. Source: AS MONACO/YouTubeOn the recordHow do you feel about people paying money and rich people sponsoring the sport to watch you and another man fight?” — Ray D’Arcy asked UFC fighter Cathal Pendred during an interview today. Read Pendred’s response.The fixture listAfter today’s rest day, the Tour de France returns tomorrow with stage 16, which runs 237km from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Showbiz, Baby!Real Madrid star Cristano Ronaldo stars in a new shampoo ad during in which he dodges dandruff balls Matrix-style. Watch it here.”We all need a little more Harry Redknapp in our lives.”center_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Walker Rob Heffernan is part of Ireland’s team heading to Zurich. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOHomelast_img read more

first_imgSWIMMERS HAVE BEEN warned about getting into the water at Cork beaches today.Cork County Council has advised would-be bathers to take precautions at Youghal Front Strand, Tragumna, Barleycove and The Warren.The local authority has told beach-goers not to swim at Youghal beach due to the elevated levels of bacteria found in the water, warning that swimming could lead to illness.Localised heavy rain is believed to have affected wastewater infrastructure in the area, the council said.The swimming ban will remain in place until the quality of the water improves. A new sample is to be taken on Monday to assess the situation. A map showing the current bathing restrictions at Ireland’s beaches Source: splash.epa.ieBathers have also been warned about bacteria at the three other beaches, but a swimming ban is not in place.Instead, beach users have been cautioned to avoid swallowing water, to avoid swimming with an open cut or wound, and to stay out of the water if they are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.The warning is expected to be lifted tomorrow.Read: Coast Guard warns swimmers against “literally jumping into the unknown” > Read: It’s official… Hottest day of the year so far >last_img read more