VELUX EHF CL 201617 is ready

All 16 teams for the VELUX EHF Champions League Groups A and B and further 10 sides for Groups C and D have been confirmed as the EHF Executive Committee in Vienna reached its decision on the teams taking part in the 2016/17 season.The draw for the qualification phase will take place on Wednesday 29 June at 13:00 hrs at the EHF Office in Vienna and will be streamed on Facebook live.The group phase draw will follow on Friday 1 July at 13:00 hrs in Glostrup, Denmark and handball fans will be able to watch the event live on ehfTV.com.A draw preview and the seeding list with pots will be published at the beginning of the coming week at eurohandball.com and ehfCL.com.VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17Groups A&BTelekom Veszprem (HUN)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Paris Saint Germain HB (FRA)HC Vardar (MKD)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)IFK Kristianstad (SWE)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)THW Kiel (GER)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)Groups C&DNaturhouse La Rioja (ESP)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Besiktas MOGAZ HT (TUR)Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)Elverum HH (NOR)Montpellier HB (FRA)HC Metalurg (MKD)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)HBC Nantes (FRA)Qualifier Group 1Qualifier Group 2Qualification Groups 1&2ABC/UMinho (POR)Tatran Presov (SVK)Red Boys Differdange (LUX)Achilles Bocholt (BEL)Cocks (FIN)Maccabi Castro Tel Aviv (ISR)Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Bregenz Handball (AUT)PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk ← Previous Story Interesting draw for France 2017 Next Story → Novi Sad host top European EBT tournament read more

Minister We are not abolishing the Seanad

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said that the abolition of the Seanad will be a decision of the people and has hinted that if the upcoming referendum is defeated then it could be reformed.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Minister said that the people of Ireland were being asked whether they want the government to abolish the upper house and insisted it was their choice.He also indicated that rejection of the proposal to abolish the chamber could mean it is reformed, saying: “If the people in their wisdom decide that they want a reformed Seanad and they want to retain it well then of course it’s their right to make that decision.”Independent senator Katherine Zappone, who was nominated to the Seanad by the Taoiseach two years ago, hit out at the proposals calling for reform rather than abolition and criticised planned changes to Dáil committees and other measures proposed by the government yesterday.“All we have in terms of Dáil reform is a promise, a press release,” she said saying that although Fine Gael had abolition of the chamber in their election manifesto there were other aspects of the programme for government which have not come to fruition.She also suggested that there did not need to be a rush to hold a referendum – which is set to take place in early October – saying: “What’s the rush? Why are we rushing to do this massive significant change of the governance of our country?”Coveney insisted that the proposal to abolish the Seanad was being done in conjunction with changes to local government to give councils more autonomy and pointed out that a unicameral system – where a country has one parliamentary house instead of two – is common in countries of a similar size to Ireland.“The government is putting this to the people. We are not abolishing the Seanad, we are asking the people of Ireland whether they want us to do that,” he said.“So we are providing the ultimate public debate now in the form of a long public referendum campaign between now and early October when we can have a national discussion on this as we are starting today.”Read: Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrappedlast_img read more