ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGyöri Audi ETO KC will start their title defence in the Women’s EHF Champions League in Group A with Thüringer HC, Hypo NÖ and a qualifier from Group 3. The draw of the Group Matches on Friday at the Gloriette in Vienna defined all four groups of this stage.In Group B the 2012 winners Buducnost Podgorica will meet FC Midtjylland, MKS Lublin and Qualifier 2. The last year runners-up and 2011 trophy holders Larvik HK will play in Group C with the newcomers Balonmano Bera Bera, HC Podravka Vegeta and Qualifier 4 and Slovenian giant RK Krim Mercator will face Metz Handball, IK Sävehof and Qualifier 1 in Group C.The first round of the Group Matches is scheduled for 5/6 October and only two best teams from each group will qualify for the next stage – Main Round.Results of the Women’s EHF Champions League Group Matches Draw: Click to comment Read about the qualification groups herePlaying dates of the Group Matches:Round 1 – 5/6 October 2013Round 2 – 12/13 October 2013Round 3 – 19/20 October 2013Round 4 – 2/3 November 2013Round 5 – 9/10 November 2013Round 6 – 16/17 November 2013TEXT: EHF Related Items: Thüringer HC (GER)FC Midtjylland (DEN)Metz Handball (FRA)Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP) Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D Qualifier 3Qualifier 2Qualifier 1Qualifier 4 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN)Buducnost (MNE)RK Krim Mercator (SLO)Larvik HK (NOR) Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT)MKS Lublin (POL)IK Sävehof (SWE)HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreShelterBox tents were erected in the village of Assergi earlier this month, 20kms from the town of L’Aquila, Italy where an earthquake displaced many. “The old part of the village was badly damaged and last night 200 people had to sleep out in the open,” said ShelterBox Response Team member John Diksa (France) the day ShelterBox erected the first tent. ShelterBox began working in Italy with local Rotarians and the Civil Protection Agency. _______Read more, below the video_______ ShelterBox Response Team volunteers completed the distribution of 120 tents and 500 blankets that arrived in the disaster area on April 13, 2009. The tents were driven to Italy from the UK non-stop by SRT members Graham Higginson (UK) and Tim Evans (UK). The tents and blankets were distributed in Paganica, 5kms east of L’Aquila, and San Nicola nel commune di Tornimparte, 15kms south of L’Aquila. In total, ShelterBox has distributed 365 boxes and 500 blankets to those affected by the 6 April earthquake. “We estimate that 2,000 people are currently sleeping in our tents,” says team leader John Diksa. ShelterBox has been working in the country with local disaster relief agencies and Rotarians. Nearly 300 people lost their lives in the earthquake and about 40,000 people were left homeless. ShelterBox’s work in Italy was covered by a number of major news networks. Click here to see SRT volunteer Andrew Biss’s interview with BBC News. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Some of the refugees who fled Shawa-Bare in Ethiopia on Saturday due to conflict take refuge at Sessi Camp in Moyale, Marsabit County [Kenya Photo-AFP]The Kenya Red Cross says more than 8,500 Ethiopians have crossed the border into Kenyan territory seeking asylum from conflict after government troops mistakenly killed civilians.The Red Cross said in a statement Wednesday that the number may keep increasing in the coming days.The civilians fled after Ethiopian security forces mistakenly killed nine civilians in Moyale, located on the country’s southern border with Kenya, according to a command post established to oversee Ethiopia’s state of emergency.Ethiopia imposed the state of emergency following months of unrest in some parts of the country that tarnished the country’s image as one of Africa’s best performing economies.
Mao Asada, Yuzuru Hanyu Winning form: Yuzuru Hanyu performs in the men’s free skate on Saturday at the NHK Trophy. | KYODO RELATED PHOTOS Compete and entertain: Mao Asada skates to “Swan Lake” on Saturday in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture. | KYODO RIFU, MIYAGI PREF. – Yuzuru Hanyu gave the hometown fans what they wanted most on Saturday — a victory by their hero at the NHK Trophy.Hanyu, who broke his own world record with a mark of 95.32 in Friday’s short program, carried the momentum into Saturday’s free skate and captured the men’s singles title with a solid showing. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Hard work pays off: Daisuke Takahashi (above) and Akiko Suzuki both finished second overall in their respective competitions at the NHK Trophy on Saturday. | KYODO KEYWORDS The 17-year-old opened with a quadruple toe loop and hit six triple jumps on the way to victory with a score of 261.03 points. He was unable to land the second quad — a salchow — he attempted, and fell on his final jump (a triple lutz), but did enough to beat second-place finisher Daisuke Takahashi by nearly 10 points.The win gives Hanyu a berth in next month’s Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia. The Sendai native was fourth at last season’s GP Final.Mao Asada narrowly edged out Akiko Suzuki for the women’s title. Mao tallied 185.27 to Suzuki’s 185.22.Suzuki was done in by her fifth-place finish in the short program on Friday.American Mirai Nagasu took third with 176.68.Hanyu skated to “Notre Dame de Paris” and labored near the end of his program (also falling on a sit spin), but had racked up sufficient points by then for a decisive win.“I’m very happy to make the Grand Prix Final,” said Hanyu. “Despite my mistakes in the free skate, I was able to score more than 160 points, so my training has paid off.”The 2010 world junior champion, who is coached by Brian Orser, says the triumph here will give him motivation going forward.“I want to do well at the final and also at the world championships, so this gives me something to aim for,” Hanyu stated. “Regardless of my scores, the important thing is to continue to show people that I can grow.”Takahashi put on an absolutely sensational performance to “I Pagliacci” and totaled 251.51. The result qualified Takahashi for his seventh GP Final, speaking to his longevity and continued excellence.Only Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist, has made more GP Finals (eight).Takahashi, the 2010 world champion, began with a quad toe loop, but under-rotated a second quad toe loop. The mistake took nothing away from the sublime show he put on, however, as he landed seven triple jumps and had the audience completely enthralled with his superior presentation skills.“I feel good about making the final for a seventh time,” commented Takahashi. “I will give everything I have and go all out there.”Takahashi claimed that he is finding motivation by competing against the younger skaters.“My feeling is that men’s figure skating is at a very high level now,” he said. “Going up against guys like Yuzuru and (Spain’s) Javier Fernandez is a good test for me.”Hanyu and Takahashi will be joined by compatriots Takahiko Kozuka and Tatsuki Machida at the GP Final, giving Japan four of the six competitors in the men’s event.American Ross Miner took third at 235.37 with a steady skate to “Captain Blood.”Mao skated to “Swan Lake” and had a calamitous outing, botching several jumps. She doubled her opening triple loop, then later doubled a triple lutz and compounded it by singling a triple salchow, but her big lead over Suzuki from the short program was enough put her atop the podium.Suzuki (185.22) assured herself a spot in the GP Final with a tremendous performance to “O” from Cirque du Soleil. The world bronze medalist landed six triple jumps and truly moved the audience with her program.With Mao and Suzuki booking their tickets to the GP Final along with the quartet of Japanese men, half of the field of 12 in the singles in Sochi will be from Japan.“I feel a lot of disappointment,” said Mao. “I couldn’t execute any of my jumps. I can’t be satisfied with the way I performed.”Despite finishing second, Suzuki’s outlook was much brighter.“I was able to give it my all,” she stated. “I was really happy, so I pumped my fists with joy (at the end of the program).”Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States retained their lead from the short dance to capture the title in ice dance with 178.48.White and Davis, the 2011 world champions, beat Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov (156.62) by nearly 18 points in notching the victory.Maia and Alex Shibutani, also of the United States, took third place with a total of 154.56.Davis and White, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists, locked up a spot in the GP Final — which they have won the past three years — with the result.The win marked the third time that Davis and White have captured the NHK Trophy (they also claimed it in 2009 and 2010), and more impressively, the eighth straight Grand Prix victory for the duo. The last regular GP event they entered and did not win was the Cup of Russia in 2008.Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov hold a slim lead in pairs after the short program. The Russians top the field with 65.61, with Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch close behind at 65.14.Americans Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (61.85) are third.The free skate in pairs is set for Sunday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
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