Government MPs protest against resolution

Government parliamentarians staged a protest outside parliament today against the U.S sponsored resolution which will be taken for a vote at the UN Human rights Council in Geneva today.The government members carried placards and wore black armbands during the protest and walked around the parliament voicing anger against the resolution. The President invited all to join hands to develop the country and fulfill their obligations. He said the government has taken every possible step to strengthen the bonds among the people while safeguarding human rights, the government information department said.The President advised politicians to perform their responsibilities with diligence and without political considerations or politically motivated targets. He said that every politician and government official is duty bound to stand for the country while extending his utmost contribution to the development and betterment of the country. Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne and other senior government Ministers also took part in the demonstration. Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that no foreign intervention will be allowed and no one can meddle in the internal affairs of the country. read more

EHF NT ranking Denmark first Croatia and France follow

Danish handballDenmarkhandball The registration process for national federations wanting to enter national teams in the 2014 Men’s EHF European Championship has opened.National federations have until 9 March 2012 to register their interest in taking part in qualification to the event, which will take place from 12 to 26 January 2014 in Denmark.As part of the registration process, the official ranking of European national teams for entry to EHF EURO 2014 have been released. This can be downloaded here.15 places available through qualificationA total of 16 teams will take part in the event, with Denmark qualifying as host, and 15 places remaining from the qualification process.The EHF Executive Committee, at its meeting in Serbia on the final weekend of EHF EURO 2012, decided that the 15th place – previously reserved for the defending champion – will be allocated to the third best placed team out of the seven qualification groups. The first two in each group qualifying directly to the final event.The best third placed team will be decided on the basis of a ranking, with only the matches against the first and second placed teams in each group taken into consideration. The overall best ranked third team will then go through to the final event in Denmark.Qualification processQualification will be played in two phases, if necessary and depending on the number of entries, with Phase 1 to be played in tournament format at one venue from Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June 2012. Phase 2 will be played in a home and away format, seven groups of four teams in six qualification rounds.The draw for Phase 1 is scheduled for 27 March 2012 in Vienna, Austria and for Phase 2 on 20 April 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.The four teams already directly qualified for the 2013 World Championship final tournament (Serbia, Croatia, Spain and France) and all teams having qualified for the 2013 World Championship Qualification Europe Play-offs qualify directly to Phase 2 of the EHF EURO 2014 Qualification.TEXT: EHF ← Previous Story IHF statement about OG Seeding System: Danes don’t speak about Women? Next Story → “Match of the Year”: MKB Veszprem calls for 5000 players read more