← Previous Story 13th Asian Club League Champioship in Beirut Next Story → Dragan Adzic – new coach Women’s NT of Montenegro Montenegro HandballMRK Buducnost Financial crisis hit the Men’s champion of Montenegro – MRK Buducnost. Two time national champion in a row (2009 & 2010), team from capital, Podgorica, decided to leave First Division, unprepared for elite competition, which constist eight best teams. That is the end of a project in which was planned that in Podgorica come players of national team and most tallented youth. It seems that they are on the right way (Buducnost reached 1/4 final of Challenge Cup in season 2008/09), results were better and better, but at the end, money dissapeared, also players and Management…
← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (1/4 Finals): Barca with “+2” to Kiel Next Story → Barcelona stopped by Ciudad! Champions-title delayed Pot 2: Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, FYR Macedonia, Austria, Serbia Pot 1: Russia, Romania, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany Qualification ModusThe EHF EURO 2012 Qualification is played in six qualification rounds. All teams meet every group opponent twice, in one home and one away match. The rounds are planned to take place in three pairs.Round 1: 19-20 October 2011Round 2: 22-23 October 2011Round 3: 21-22 March 2012Round 4: 24-25 March 2012Round 5: 30-31 May 2012Round 6: 02-03 June 2012The teams finishing on first and second place will qualify to the final tournament, that will take place between 02 and 16 December 2012.Live Web StreamThe entire draw event on 27 April 2011 will be broadcast on a free-of-charge live web stream on the Official EHF EURO 2012 Website.www.ehf-euro.com/NED2012/The draw event includes not only the draw of the EHF EURO 2012 Qualification, but also the draw of the final tournament groups of the 2011 Women’s 19 European Championships. The live broadcast from Castle Nienoord will start at 16:45 hrs local time.eurohandball.com The draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification will take place in Castle Nienoord on 27 April 2011 in Leek, Netherlands at 16:45 hrs (local time). The 28 teams that are playing for the 14 available places will be drawn into seven groups of four teams each.Two nations will not be known after the Qualification Phase 1, where four teams play for the two last places in the EHF EURO 2012 Qualification on 03-05 June 2011. Placeholders will take the two places for these two nations.The draw will be carried out by Jan Tuik, Chairman of the EHF Competitions Commission and Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General. The two will be assisted by Myrthe Schoenaker, Antje Angela Malestein, Larissa Van Dorst and Estevana Polman, all members of the Dutch W19 national team.Pots and SeedingThe teams are seeded based on the EHF National Team Ranking valid for the EHF EURO 2012 Qualification. Pot 3: Belarus, Slovakia, Portugal, Iceland, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland Pot 4: Czech Republic, Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Winner Qualification Phase 1, Second Qualification Phase 1
We have done a thorough research on Facebook on how many fans each club has on the respective Facebook pages. The findings give us the conclusion that MKB Veszprem is convincingly first, with something more than 24,000 fans, while on the second place comes Barcelona with some 16300 fans. This is followed by two German clubs, HSV Hamburg has some 15300 fans on FB, while maybe the most successful German club in the past 10 years, THW Kiel comes “only” fourth, with 14500 fans. We have the pleasure to give you the list of clubs that rank in TOP25 by its ‘fan’ representation on Facebook.TOP 25 HANDBALL TEAMS ON FACEBOOK:1.MKB VESZPREM 24296 2.BARCELONA INTERSPORT 16331 3.HSV HAMBURG 15295 4.THW KIEL 14518 5.HC MONTPELLIER 11298 6.RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN 10304 7.CHAMBERY SAVOIE 8193 8.AG COPENHAGEN 7898 9.CELJE PL 7149 10.LARVIK 6463………………………………………..11.VIVE TARGI KIELCE 630212.BM VALLADOLID 500013.SG FLENSBURG 478214. FTC BUDAPEST 411815.HK VIBORG 401416. PELISTER BITOLA 389217. BOSNA SARAJEVO 384718. FUCHSE BERLIN 340819. BORAC BANJALUKA 327820. MAGDEBURG 290521. PICK SZEGED 265022. SELESTAT 263323. ITXAKO 260824. NEXE 257525. BM ATLETICO MADRID 2452BECOME HANDBALL-PLANET.COM FAN ON FACEBOOK! ← Previous Story Lino Cervar: “We can reach the Champions League group stage” Next Story → IV Men’s Youth WCh in Mar del Plata opened
bergischerBundesligaFlensburgFuchse BerlingrosswallstadtgummersbachhildesheimHSV HamburghuttenberglubbeckeRhein Neckar LowenVfL Gummersbach The derby this round was the game between Flensburg and Fuchse Berlin. In a very exciting game which was won 17:12, and when it seemed that the Berlin side had the real cure for Flensburg, the hosts managed to make an incredible come-back in the second half, and win it with 16:8! This meant, winning the game with 28:25. Kaufmann led the home team with 7 goals, while the visitors had Christophersen scoring 7 as well. This victory meant Flensburg is now on the second place in the Bundesliga!In the other games, the following results were scored: Bergischer 26:27 Hildesheim, Grosswallstadt 26:34 HSV Hamburg, RN Lowen 30:24 Lubbecke, Huttenberg 28:28 Gummersbach ← Previous Story SEHA: Vardar-Metalurg in the Final! Next Story → Montpellier wins French Cup!
← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Brazil beat Serbia – Seven teams at TOP 16! Next Story → RK Celje PL looking for a new coach – Mutual agreement with Matic Dragan Adzichandball person 2012 Handball-Planet.com prestigious Jury consisted of 24 TOP players and coaches, handball legends, managers and journalists gave the award for the HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012 to Montenegrian NT and ZRK Buducnost’ coach Dragan Adzic. Fantastic results in 2012, Women’s EHF CL trophy, European gold medal at EHF EURO 2012 and Olympic silver medal in London were enough reasons for this title.Handball-Planet.com choose the best time to give a small trophy to laureate during WWCH 2013 in Belgrade – Serbia.– I am very happy that I was voted by such a great names of our handball world. That is a honour not only for me, but for all people who are working in Montenegrian handball for quality work, but before and after that, for commitment and fantastic energy of our girls – said Dragan Adzic after he took the trophy in his hands:– It was a long way. This is my 14th season in ZRK Buducnost. I was lucky to work with many great coaches, to learn from them and have a chance to follow TOP handball. I got a chance to show what I can. This is a product of years of the club’s investment in my career, but also my attitude to sport.Country with a few women’s handball teams and extremely small base of players is on the TOP of the handball world what is unbelievable…– That could be a topic of some scientific research from many aspects. Girls character and their attitude to sport is very important, but also awareness, who we are and what we want to achieve. That are some things inside of every person. Handball is more than sport for us.Bojana Popovic won the second place in the voting for HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2012?– I think that it would be more fair to give award to her, beucase all what she gave to the women’s handball in his career. Jury made decision probably on success at EURO 2012, where Bojana didn’t play. However, this award is just a recognition for all success which we made in 2012. Thanks again – concluded for Handball-Planet.com, Dragan Adzic.
Alfred GislasonTHW Kiel French star William Accambray leaving Montpellier at the end of the season. One of the French players who made an intro to the TOP handball in the jersey of the former EHF CL winner from 2003, look now for another proffesional challenge. German newspaper – close to THW Kiel, Kieler NAchrichten made the story about that.– He is fantastic player – said Alfred Gislason about Accambray. He trained very hard, he is extremely ambitious and also a good defender. He is still in shadow of Narcisse and Karabatic, but in Montpellier, he had big role.Do you think about him, was another question for Gislason?– No, we have our players. One is Wael Jallouz, who came from Hammamet and still he must stabilize. His fluctuations are too large – said Gislason about the African star in his team.Obviosly, Accambray is interesting for TOP teams, but there is no place in Kiel right now… ← Previous Story VIDEO: KIF Kolding again at the TOP! Next Story → DHB Cup F4: RNL against Flensburg – Berlin VS Melsungen
Begona Fernandezzrk vardar Spanish line-player Begona Fernandez has signed new deal with ZRK Vardar. Macedonian team, who qualified yesterday for the first Women’s EHF F4 in history, believe in capabilites of one of the best world’s players on this position. Fernandez came to ZRK Vardar a year ago after six months in Serbian RK Zajecar…German line-player Anja Althaus is coming to Skopje from the next summer…photo: zrkvardar.mk ← Previous Story PSG to pay 900.000 for Omeyer? Next Story → Lekai and Marguc – three years in Veszprem!
← Previous Story ISRAEL: Maccabi Tel Aviv win Championship Next Story → THW Kiel out of the race – Flensburg dream about title! Domestic HBC Nantes and German Frisch Auf Goppingen will meet at the Men’s EHF Cup Final4 decisive match on Sunday, 17.30 hrs. The host roster of the Final4 beat Spanish Granollers 27:26, while Germans outplayed French Chambery Savoie 28:25.26 – Fraikin Granollers: Almeida; Arnau García, Figueras (5), Solé (6, 1p), Marc Cañellas (2), Resina (10, 1p), Márquez; Teixeira (2), Porras, Marc García, Ferrer, Pérez, Gassama (1), Puig y Pacheco.27 – HBC Nantes: Schulz; Gharbi (1), Claire (5), Rivera (8, 6p), Ivic (7), Feliho y Balaguer; Alberto Entrerríos, Nyateu, Tournat (6), Derot y Salinas.Results: 2-2, 5-4, 8-7, 9-8, 10-10, 12-12; 14-15, 16-18, 17-20, 18-22, 22-24 y 26-27.Chambery – FA Goppingen 25:28Chambery Savoie: Genty, Ristanovic; Traore 3, Panic 3, Gille, da Silva 1, Richardson 3, Basic 2, Feutrier, Paty, N’Guessan 6, Marescot, Matulic 1, Paturel, Detrez 2, Bicanic 4.FRISCH AUF!: Prost (1.-30.), Tatai (31.-60.); Kraus 4, Kneule, Späth, Nyokas 1, Lobedank (ne), Barud, Sesum 1, Fontaine 3, Kaufmann 3, Kristensen 2, Berg 1, Schiller 8/2, Pfahl 4, Halen. BM GranollersEHF CupHBC Nantes
handballMeshkov BrestRK Vardarseha gazprom league 6.9.20:30Metalurg:Vardar The two old rivals from the regional competition, RK Vardar Skopje and HC Meshkov Brest, will open the sixth SEHA GAZPROM league season on August 30. EHF Champions League competitors will play the first of their, at least, four official matches this season, as Macedonian and Belarussian champions are in the same group of the European elite competition.SEHA GAZPROM league will be stronger in the upcoming season for two Slovenian teams – RK Celje Pivovarna Laško and RK Gorenje.The two best Serbian teams are out for the season, afterwards Serbian Handball Federation decided to leave South Eastern Handball Association (SEHA), which co-founder was in 2010.The first five matches of the 2016/2017 season: 30.8.20:30Vardar:Meshkov Brest 7.9.18:00Gorenje Velenje:Celje Pivovarna Laško 7.9.18:00PPD Zagreb:Nexe ← Previous Story Serbian handball to get a new president on September 8 Next Story → RIO 2016: Handball was the most popular after football! 3.9.18:00Celje Pivovarna Laško:Telekom Veszprem
6.Erlangen5302133:1366 ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League 16/17 starts with teams from six countries! Next Story → RNL beat Celje PL in thriller 17.Bergischer5104112:1412 10.HSG Wetzlar5203118:1214 HBW Balingen-Weilstetten: Mrkva ( 7/2 saves), Johannesson (31.-60., 6 Paraden); Foth (1), Flohr (2), Hausmann (4), Friedrich (4), Nothdurft, Strobel (2), Kunkel (5/2), Stegefelt (2), Dominikovic (1/1), Remmlinger; Trainer: SigtryggssonSTANDINGS: 11.Lemgo5203130:1424 4.Rhein-Neckar5401132:1108 13.SC Magdeburg5113125:1273 7.Hannover-Burgdorf5302125:1346 1.Kiel6501175:13910 14.Minden5113124:1513 12.Goppingen5203127:1394 16.Coburg 20005104124:1472 9.TVB Stuttgart4202104:1014 THW Kiel 3.Fuchse Berlin4400125:888 15.MT Melsungen5104128:1412 8.Leipzig5212131:1235 5.Gummersbach5401149:1308 18.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten6015133:1611 2.Flensburg-H.5500146:11010 THW Kiel won fifth match in DKB Bundesliga this season. The “Zebras” beat HBW Balingen 26:23 (15:12) with Nikola Bilyk in the main shooting role with six goals.THW Kiel:Landin (1.-30., 7/1 saves), Wolff (6 saves); Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen, Lackovic, Sprenger (3), Weinhold (1), Wiencek, Zeitz (3), Brozovic, Vujin, Bilyk (6), Nilsson (5), Santos (2/1); Trainer: Gislason
Youth Female World Handball goalkeeper 2017/2018?Yuliya Dumanska (CSM Craiova – Romania) (72%, 2,745 Votes) 10Althea Reinhardt (Odense Handbold – Denmark) (20%, 751 Votes) 5Maja Vojnovic (Krka – Slovenia) (6%, 212 Votes) 3Madita Kohorst (VfL Oldenburg – Germany) (3%, 127 Votes) 1Total Voters: 3,835 Female Youth World Handball Playmaker 2017/2018?Elizabeth Omoregie (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia) (40%, 517 Votes) 7Helene Gigstad Fauske (FC Midtjylland – Norway) (30%, 378 Votes) 5Karina Sabirova (Astrakhanocka – Russia) (16%, 204 Votes) 3Tjasa Stanko (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia) (14%, 179 Votes) 1Total Voters: 1,278 Female Youth World Handball Left back 20172018?Noemi Hafra (FTC – Hungary) (58%, 1,948 Votes) 7Djurdjina Jaukovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) (22%, 740 Votes) 5Kristina Jorgensen (Viborg HK – Denmark) (18%, 598 Votes) 3Marketa Jerabkova (DHK Banik Most – Czech Republic) (2%, 78 Votes) 1Total Voters: 3,364 Handball votingJuliya Dumanska Female Youth World Handball right back 2017/2018?Djurdjina Malovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) (49%, 810 Votes) 7Mette Tranborg (Odense Handbold – Denmark) (22%, 359 Votes) 5Moa Hogdahl (Byasen Handball Elite – Norway) (15%, 254 Votes) 3Hanna Blomstrand (Kobenhavn Handbold – Sweden) (15%, 246 Votes) 1Total Voters: 1,669 Female Youth World Handball right wing 2017/2018?Dorottya Faluvegi (FTC – Hungary) (48%, 1,883 Votes) 7Dijana Ujkic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) (26%, 1,047 Votes) 5Sara Ristovska (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Macedonia) (24%, 963 Votes) 3Dominika Zachova (DHK Banik Most – Czech Republic) (2%, 61 Votes) 1Total Voters: 3,954 Female Youth World Handball Left wing 2017/2018?Szidonia Puhalak (Gyori AUDI ETO KC – Hungary) (65%, 2,426 Votes) 7Itana Grbic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) (20%, 743 Votes) 5Laerke Pedersen (NFH – Denmark) (13%, 481 Votes) 3Olivia Mellegard (IK Savehof – Sweden) (3%, 97 Votes) 1Total Voters: 3,747 Female Youth World Handball line-player 2017/2018?Tatjana Brnovic (ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro) (49%, 1,171 Votes) 7Josefine Huber (Thuringer HC – Austria) (41%, 999 Votes) 5Aneja Beganovic (RK Krim Mercator – Slovenia) (7%, 180 Votes) 3Anastasia Illarionova (Zvezda Zvenizgorod – Russia) (2%, 60 Votes) 1Total Voters: 2,410 Here is the explanation of the Voting process for the Young World Female Handball Player 2017/2018. Handball-Planet.com made the Jury consisted of the handball specialized journalists from eight countries, while the last member were fans. All the Jury members gave the two names per position with 2 and 1 point (MVP got 3), while the fans’ opinion was calculated different with 7, 5, 3 and 1 point per position.Player with the biggest support from the fans – Yuliya Dumanska (2,745 votes) got 10 points!Exactly 20.257 votes are counted in voting (2.000 more than in previous year). ← Previous Story Young Female World’s Best 7 2017/2018 Next Story → Győr champion for the third time in the season!
Jordi Riberajuan carlos pastorPatrice Canayerraul gonzalesThierry Anti Vote for NBSC World Handball Coach 2018 Patrice Canayer (Montpellier Handball – France) Juan Carlos Pastor (Pick Szeged – Spain) Raul Gonzales (PSG Handball/RK Vardar – Macedonian NT) Thierry Anti (HBC Nantes – France) Jordi Ribera (Spanish national team – Spain)View Results Loading … ← Previous Story Vote for NBSC World Handball Coach 2018 Next Story → World Handball Referees 2018?
IRELAND SPENDS THE lowest percentage in the EU of its social protection budget on old age and survivors benefit.Almost half of Ireland’s social protection budget is spent on sickness, healthcare and disability however, one of the highest figures in the common market.All the figures are contained in the report from the EU’s statistical office Eurostat are from 2011.The state spends 23.4 per cent of its social protection budget on old age and bereavement benefits compared to an EU-wide average of 45.7 per cent. No other EU member has a percentage figure in the 20s, the next lowest being Luxembourg at 37.4 per cent.Healthcare costs are where Ireland’s social protection spend is concentrated with 49.5 per cent of all social expenditure spend in that area. Only Croatia spends more at 51.1 per cent.Family and children account for 12 per cent of the spend on social protection, unemployment is 11.5 per cent and housing and social exclusion make up 3.6 per centAs percentage of GDPIreland is roughly at the EU average in social protection spending as a percentage of GDP but it has risen the past number of years as the EU average has decreased.The spend on social protection in the state in relation to GDP was 29.6 per cent in 2011, just above the EU average of 29.1 per cent.The percentage spend in Ireland has steadily increased since 2008 when the figure was 21.5 per cent. This increase is a function of both increased reliance on social protection and declining GDP over that period.Read: New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemes >Read: Questions raised over lack of records for Emergency Needs Payments >
A MAN WAS seen taking off his clothes and running up Dublin’s Guild Street before entering the nearby Royal Canal at Spencer Dock this evening.Emergency services were quickly on the scene after receiving reports of the incident. The man is believed to have left the water without injury.The Dublin Fire Brigade was alerted to the incident by a passing motorist, who said they saw the man jumping in before getting back out again.Firefighters attended the scene but did not find the man in the water, and were satisfied that he had left the scene before their arrival.Gardaí were also called to the scene, and didn’t leave until they too were happy that there was no one in the water.It’s not known if the streaking and dip was a prank or carried out for another reason.Do you have any clue as to why the man entered the canal?Pics: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
The study is available online here.HTC: Is this the smartphone to topple the iPhone? >2012: TV the main source of news for Irish people… but websites are catching up > ALMOST THREE-QUARTERS OF people feel a bit more of a know-it-all now because of changes in how we consume news, new research has revealed.A study by smartphone manufacturer HTC revealed that 42 per cent of the 10,000 surveyed check their phone within an hour of waking up, and 38 per cent just before they hit the hay.This intensive usage has led to 72 per cent of respondents saying they “feel more knowledgeable” about word affairs, while just under two-thirds say they are better able to form their own opinion due to the number of sources available.However, 55 per cent said that they “are more interested in the news story itself rather than its source”.The study consisted of 10,000 people across the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia.31 per cent didn’t own a desktop computer, 29 per cent ididn’t own a laptop, and 23 per cent didn’t have a smartphone.The survey, conducted by ICM, also found that half of over-55s are still loyal to traditional media.
AS WE TOLD you last week, Simon Cowell is on a mission to bring his never-ending talent hunt global and accessible online. We’ve had chefs and girl groups, and this week it’s the turn for all you aspiring fashionistas.If you know your Marni from your Missoni, then this is the competition for you. (Especially if you love upcycling clothes and including sweets in the finished item. Yum.)Need some inspiration before you enter? Never fear. We’ve compiled a list of standout stylists working in the industry today to whet your sartorial appetite…1. The Irish connectionImage: VogueAngela Scanlon: Irish girl made good. Scanlon was recently named by Vogue UK as “one to watch” for 2013 – and we believe them, not least because she has so many strings to her bow. She finds the time to work as a stylist and also a prolific TV presenter, fashion journalist and model.2. En vogueImage: AP Images/ Jennifer GraylockGrace Coddington is the magic behind the myth of Anna Wintour. Though unjustly less well-recognised, creative director Grace is the true fashion brains behind the beautiful editorials of American Vogue. A former model during the swinging 60s herself, Grace’s unique style is represented by her signature billowing red hair – and sharp tongue.3. Wonder webImage: Doug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentThe internet has democratised the formerly uber-exclusive fashion industry like nothing else. Susie Bubble, a blogger since 2006 over at Style Bubble, embodies that sea change. From blogger to editor of Dazed Digital and back again, Bubble has ridden the wave of web fame and blog superstardom. See also: Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes and our personal favourite, Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie.4. Hollywood glamourImage: Vince Flores /EMPICS EntertainmentRachel Zoe exudes steely Hollywood power. She’s styled more A-list celebrity clients than we’ve had hot dinners – not to mention brokered brand collaborations, designed her own ranges, starred in a reality show, written books, founded a newspaper and created 2005′s infamous “boho chic” look alongside Nicole Richie. To do all this sounds pretty exhausting, especially in six-inch heels, but Zoe is such a formidable lady that she manages to make it all look almost boring.5. Queen beeImage: Saucy ReviewNot only has Texas-born Ty Hunter styled the inimitable Beyoncé for over 16 years now, but he also styled sister Solange for recent video Losing You – which is so good it simply has to be seen to be believed. Ty and the Knowles family are an unbeatable match.6. Real dealImage: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesGok Wan rose to fame with his feel-good, body-positive programme How To Look Good Naked. Gok’s whole ethos was about boosting self-esteem, making fashion less intimidating and more inclusive. We love you for it, Gok!7. Home birdImage: via iVenusAisling Farinella is committed to us. While the bulk of Ireland’s fashion talent routinely defect to London, Aisling has stuck to these shores and is a vibrant addition to the Dublin fashion scene. An experienced stylist, Aisling also founded The Loft Boutique in 2005 and ran Circus clothes shop from 2007 to 2010. Not one to rest on her laurels, she now runs Thread magazine.8. Child of the worldNicola Formichetti, left, and Sebastien Teigne after their fashion collection for Thierry Mugler’s Ready to wear Fall/Winter 2013/2014 presented in ParisImage: Jacques Brinon/AP/Press Association ImagesNicola Formichetti is half Italian, half Japanese, and fully fashion. Formichetti is a prominent member of what is called the “Haus of Gaga” – he has styled the weird and wonderful Lady Gaga since 2009. He has also worked with Vogues Hommes Japan, acted as fashion director for French fashion house Mugler, designed his own collections and currently works with DIESEL and Uniqlo. Despite his huge success in the field, he rejects the term “stylist”, instead describing himself as an “art director”. Whatever you say, Nic, just keep it coming.9. The unforgettableImage: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesIsabella Blow was more than a stylist – she was a muse, mentor and friend. Blow, who passed away in 2007, nurtured talented designers such as Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen. She worked with photographer like Stephen Meisel at UK Vogue, as well as being fashion director for Tatler and a consultant for Swarovski and Lacoste, amongst others. Her many, many flamboyant Treacy headpieces sum up her iconic style.So there’s our pick of fashion’s best and brightest – the ones who pull the looks, tweak hems and bring creative vision to set.Do you think you have what it takes to excel in the industry? Submit your own video entry to You Generation – entries begin on 3 May and run until 11 May.Tip: You need to include the word ‘candy’ or sweets in your creation and somehow ‘upcycle’ a piece of clothing to make the grade.Read: 8 ways to get (and keep) a girl band together >
THE DEATH OF the second Croke Park agreement between government and public sector unions is being billed as a great crisis. I think it’s an opportunity to break from the cosy relationship of social partnership that has morphed from a laudable program of everyone-in-it-together into a rent seeking, hand binding gun held against the head of governments trying to look out for the national interest of all of us. The promise was peace in our time, but peace at what cost?It is the first time in decades that the two parties have come to serious blows outside the pantomime that was upwards only salary reviews during the Celtic Tiger, when it was a case of throwing strops over whether an increase would be ten or twelve per cent of gross. Barring a few small industrial disputes, such as by secondary school teachers earlier in the last decade and a day of action near the start of the recession, we haven’t had much union-led strife for quite some time. There is an unsettling feeling about what it would look like if the government was to go to unilateral war with the unions.Economic trouble in the pastThe week in which Margaret Thatcher was buried provided plenty of images from the 1970s and 80s in Britain, a period of great economic trouble and industrial strife. In the 70s the country was prone to rolling blackouts, rubbish piled up in the streets and – though stories are overblown as to their scale today – the dead went unburied. Ireland had its own worries, losing hundreds of thousands of days of work to industrial action. (Today, it’s worth pointing out, thanks to privatisation we likely wouldn’t see the rubbish piling up.)The sight of little old ladies being loaded onto army vehicles as a replacement for striking bus drivers is considered a quaint image today of an Ireland that is for the history books.It is also not necessarily an image of how industrial discord must play out today. During the 70s and 80s Ireland was stuck in a rut even deeper than today when you consider where we got to in taxation, spending, even emigration. Our boom and bust has been bigger than it was then, but the government of today has more flexibility in dealing with the problem – if it shows that it has enough steel to put the national interest ahead of peace in our time at any price.Social partnershipA core pillar of the social partnership is that unions would be negotiated with and subject to collective agreements. This is why there have been no compulsory redundancies and many voluntary schemes have been available all across the public service. Effectively, we have been treating nurses and gardai as equal in importance to receptionists and quango directors. With respect to the contributions given by all those in public service, when the government is borrowing nearly €1.3 billion per month to run the show and hard choices need to be made, they are not equal in importance in terms of the things we need versus the things we can afford.This disunity is emerging from within the union ranks themselves. Shift working nurses and gardai, who work unsociable hours under difficult conditions, are rejecting a collective agreement that they see as being to the benefit of nine to five office workers. Every time that public sector pay and conditions are mentioned, the frontline services are held up as the baby that must not be smacked. Quite right, too.But behind the frontline stands the vast majority of the near 300,000 people in state employment. We must begin to make difficult choices about what it is we’re paying them to do so that we can protect services that are truly vital in a period where there is no question that we are running an unaffordable government.Equal treatmentWe have a situation today where completely equal treatment of all public sector employment means that in one region of the country we can lose a third of our midwives while in another we merge two quangos but fail to reap efficiencies because you cannot slim down the number of support staff they carry over. It is not a personal attack on these individuals to say that they should be made redundant: It is simply arithmetic, that if you need to be able to afford to replace midwives who are responsible for lives then you perhaps need to consider reducing the number of receptionists or HR or senior management people in the bureaucracy.If you think of an analogy, the Irish state is a passenger liner crossing the Atlantic. It can’t afford all of its crew, so a voluntary redundancy scheme is offered. All the engineers take it up. We now have a bridge crew, porters, cooks, entertainers and all the rest. But we’re going nowhere. Instead we might make choices: Cut the number of porters and cooks and entertainers, even slim the bridge crew. The journey will be less pleasant for the passengers, but at least we’ll get there.Letting our systems fallIt is immoral to allow services like our health system and policing to fall to ruin in order to protect peace with unions at any price, no matter where your party funding comes from. It shows weak character for ministers to threaten that rejection of a deal will lead to unilateral consequences, only to row away from the claim as quickly as they can when that rejection arrives.The government ought to take this opportunity to make peace with those who are most critical to the running of our country – the frontline services and workers in individual departments, offices and even quangos that carry most value – and let the rest take the pain upon their rejection of a reasonably fair deal. It is the unions, not government, who have turned their back on collective bargaining.Instead of asking new nurses to take a pay cut versus their colleagues, we should roll up various elements of the vast government bureaucracy into a slimmer organisation that fits the profile of what we can actually afford. We should recruit gardai and fire fighters and ambulance crews on a 1:1 basis with cuts made elsewhere.Unions on the streetsYes, it’s unilateral. Yes, it’s distasteful. Yes, it will bring some unions out onto the streets. But I’d rather live in a country where gardai or firemen can get onto the streets when we need them than one in which unions are kept quiet and happy by way of corrosive us-and-them deals and a few sloppy payments into opaque bank accounts to pay for junkets here and there.The Croke Park 2 agreement was seeking €1 billion in savings over three years from the public sector, the pay and pensions bill of which represents a third of all government spending. Over that same period the deficit will be €34 billion, and payments on debt interest €20 billion. In the absence of the growth of a money tree in Dublin 2, government needs to develop a pair and get on with it.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. 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Operating profit before impairment in 2012 was €826mThe impairment charge for 2012 was €518m, a reduction of 60 per cent on the impairment provision taken in 2011.Cash generated in 2012 was €4.5 billion, which includes the proceeds of asset disposals by debtors and receivers and also non-disposal receipts, mainly rental income.NAMA has generated €12 billion in cash to date, including €7.9 billion from asset disposals. €1.4 billion of this has been generated in the first five months of 2013.Administration costs fell by 7 per cent in 2012. NAMA’s cost/income ratio is 3 per cent Brendan McDonagh, chief executive of NAMA, said that 2012 was “a year of further substantial progress”.We have generated more than €12 billion in cash from April 2010 to end May 2013 and I wish to pay particular tribute to our staff, board and committees for all their hard work in difficult circumstances in recovering that huge amount to date for the taxpayer. We are using this cash to pay down NAMA’s debt on schedule and, where appropriate, to provide funding to protect and enhance the value of our assets, so we can maximise the amount that we ultimately recover for the taxpayer.Frank Daly, chairman, said that NAMA is “a story of taking responsibility, resilience and, increasingly, of reinvigoration”.He said the announcement that it is redeeming a further €1.5 billion in Senior Bonds “will further reinforce that positive view of Ireland”.So also will the estimated €4 billion in capital advances and vendor financing that NAMA will provide over the coming years as a direct contribution to reinvigorating our economy. With these investments, and through our work with the IDA and other agencies, we are doing something very important right now for our country – facilitating transactions, generating activity and supporting jobs.He added that while financial results are very important and the results announced today are very strong, “we remain acutely conscious of the scope we have to make a broader contribution where we can”.Significant preparatory work is underway in NAMA to deal with potential acquisition of IBRC loan book of par debt €26 billion.Read: NAMA funding University of Ulster study> THE PROFIT MADE by the National Management Assets Agency (NAMA) amounted to €228 million in 2012 – slightly down from the €241 reported in 2011.It announced today that it will redeem a further €1.5 billion of NAMA Senior Bonds soon, which will bring the total redeemed to date to €6.25 billion. It will also mean that NAMA will have repaid 21 per cent of its total senior debt liability on behalf of the taxpayer and remains well on course to achieving its target of repaying a quarter of the debt (€7.5 billion) by the end of 2013.Annual reportAccording to today’s annual report and financial statements for 2012, which was NAMA’s third year of operation:
This means so much as it really brings peace of mind for me and my family. I nearly sold our home a few months ago, and now I can pay off the mortgage and credit cards. One of the kids was looking at having to go away for work, and now I’m able to help them out so they can stay at home.He said his wife is already planning a holiday.“I haven’t been on one for years and my passport had expired. I’ve the passport application all filled out and ready to go!” he said.Read: Waterford nurses and hospital staff win €500k in EuroMillions syndicate>Read: Couple claim €12m lotto jackpot, and unsurprisingly are absolutely delighted> A MAN WHO won €500,000 in the lotto says he was contemplating selling his home a few months ago, but now he can pay off his mortgage.The lotto winner, who won the largest ever scratch card prize of €500,000, picked up his prize today at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he couldn’t believe his eyes when when he scratched it away.“I’d been lucky a few weeks ago on a scratch card when I’d won €1,000, so I thought I’d try my luck again with the same one. I scratched it right away and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw €50,000. I took it home and showed it to my wife and she pointed out that it was €500,000, not €50,000!” he said.The father of four said:
Zynga, the company behind the wildly popular iPhone/Facebook game FarmVille is finally ready to show the world CityVille, the next logical step in the company’s social simulation offerings, which also includes FishVille and June’s FrontierVille. The game lets users build and run a city. It all sounds a bit like another city simulation–what was that one called again? Users build roads, stores, restaurants, schools, and post offices, all while attempting to keep their residents happy with the quality of life.Like FarmVille before it, there’s a social aspect to CityVille users can sell and trade goods and can take trips to neighboring cities. The city advisor feature shows players how to expand and grow their metropolis.AdChoices广告The game marks Zynga’s first global launch, according to the company. The game will be available through Facebook in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish through the CityVille.com site. The game will be rolled out in beta over the next few weeks. Interested parties should like the app to get updates from the company.