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German Bundesliga 20112012 Round 2 Newcomer rocked by killers from Kiel

THW Kiel THW Kiel plays fantastic handball at the start of the season. After HSV Hamburg in the Super Cup, SG Flensburg at the beginning of the Bundesliga season, in the Round 2, newcomer from Hutenberg had a bad luck to play first Bundesliga match after 36 years against “Zebras”. At the end, result was 20:38 (6:19) for the visitors with Momir Ilic (9) as the best scorer. TV Hüttenberg:Ritschel (1.-20., 41.-60., 5/1 saves), Putera (20.-41., 2 saves); Gerlich (1), A. Lex (1), Weber (1), S. Lex (4), Scholz (1), Fernandes, Schneider (3), Billek (6), Roth, Pausch (2/2), Stock (1), Ludwig; Trainer: Gorr THW Kiel:Omeyer (1.-30., 7 saves), Palicka (31.-.60., 6 saves), Andersson (2), Lundström, Dragicevic (2), Sprenger (n.e.), Ahlm (6), Kubes (2), Reichmann (7), Palmarsson (1), Narcisse (n.e.), Ilic (9/3), Klein (3), Jicha (6/1); Trainer: Gislason ← Previous Story ASOBAL 2011/2012: Barca into the season with an easy win Next Story → Austrian derby: Bregenz “trashes” Aon Fivers 38:29 read more

Portugal Round 8 Benfica is still on 100

10AC FAFE10 1SL BENFICA24 7ÁGUAS SANTAS – MILANEZA16 3SPORTING C.P.21 9C.D.XICO ANDEBOL11 Eight rounds of the Championship in Portugal have been played. F.C Benfica is the leader with 100% score. In the last match, team from Lisboa was fantastic against Madeira 34:16.RESULTS:Madeira SAD-SL Benfica, 16-34 (6-14)Sporting CP-AC Fafe, 37-27 (21-15)Artística de Avanca- Delta Belenenses , 23-29 (15-17)Águas Santas-Milaneza-FC Porto Vitalis, 26-35 (9-19)Sp. Horta/Elite Security-ABC/UMinho, 24-22 (13-8)STANDING: 6ABC/UMINHO17 4A.M.MADEIRA AND.SAD18 Benfica handballF.C Benfica handballPortugal handball 8DELTA BELENENSES14 5SP. C. HORTA/ELITE SECURITY18 2FC PORTO VITALIS22 12CDE CAMOES7 11A. A. AVANCA10 ← Previous Story Damjan Blečić joins US Creteil Next Story → Brazil out of the World Cup 2013 in Spain?! read more

EHF CL Heinevetter stops Barca

31 – Füchse: Heinevetter (p); Laen (1), Spoljaric (-), Sellin (5), Jaszka (5), Nincevic (5, 1p), Christophersen (2) -equipo inicial-, Stochl (ps), Bult (1), Löffer (1), Thümmler (-), Richwien (-), Pevnov (5), Lund (-), Romero (2) e Igropulo (4). 6IK Sävehof8206227:2694 EHF Champions LeagueF.C Barcelona IntersportFuchse BerlinSilivo Heinevetter GROUP CGorenje – Metalurg 23:19Vive Targi Kielce – Petersburg 30:29Chambery – Silkeborg 29:26 6St. Petersburg HC8107192:2532 2Füchse Berlin8602221:22012 5Pick Szeged8206210:2434 4Montpellier Agglomeration HB8215238:2465 1Vive Targi Kielce8800240:19216 30 – Barcelona: Saric (p); Noddesbo (4), Juanín (4), Tomás (8), Sarmiento (3), Gurbindo (-), Rutenka (6) -equipo inicial-, Sterbik (ps), Entrerríos (2), Ariño (-), Montoro (1), Aguirrezabalaga (-), Stranovsky (-), Rocas (2, 1p) y Morros (-). In the “match of the Week” in Berlin “O2 World Arena” (13.333 spectators), Fuchse beat F.C Barcelona 31:30 (14:16) led by outstanding saves of Silvio Heinevetter (19 saves), who was the key person on this match in the last few minutes. This is the first defeat for Barca in this EHF CL season, while “Foxes” are now much closer to second position for which Sigurdsson’s players are fighting with Belarus champion, Dinamo Minsk. GROUP BATLETICO MADRID – CELJE PL 26:24Atletico Madrid: Garcia, Dahl, Sabanović, Fernandez 1, Källman 2, Romero, Markussen, Aguinagalde, Davis 2, Parrondo 5 (1), Barachet 1, Canellas 5 (1), Masachs 1, Balić 4, Lazarov 5 (2).Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak, Skok, Blagotinšek, Marguč 5, Janc, Razgor 1, Toskić 3, Ranevski, Skube 1, Poteko, Zelenović 1, Žabič, Mačkovšek 9 (1), Lekai 1, Žvižej 3, Kastelic.MKB VESZPREM– HCM CONSTANTA 31:21SAVEHOF– THW KIEL 29:40 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Wisla Plock start group phase with a victory Next Story → TSV Hannover: Weber is coming – Nenad Puljezevic will retire next June 3Metalurg Skopje8503207:18310 2SG Flensburg-Handewitt8521254:22812 6RK Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb8116203:2193 4Kadetten Schaffhausen8206219:2524 5Chambery Savoie8107201:2392 4Bjerringbro-Silkeborg8305214:2236 4Celje Pivovarna Lasko8206192:2154 3BM Atletico Madrid8404217:2188 2THW Kiel8602269:21912 6RK Partizan Beograd8107224:2612 1Chekhovskie Medvedi8521251:22312 GROUP ABM ADEMAR LEON – MONTPELLIER 30:28SG FLENSBURG – RK PARTIZAN 31:23HSV HANDBALL – CHEKHOVKIE MEDVEDI 29:29 1FC Barcelona Intersport8701256:19914 1MKB Veszprém8800248:19116 3Dinamo Mińsk8512227:20311 C.O ZAGREB – DINAMO MINSK 23:25Kadetten SCHAFFHAUSEN – Pik Seged 36:29 5Reale Ademar León8215215:2425 5HCM Constanta8206190:2314 2HSV Hamburg8521236:21812 2RK Gorenje Velenje8602230:19412 read more

15320 FANS WATCHED BARCELONA Minsk set a new record

handball fanshandball recordsminskminsk handball The best team of Belarus, HC Dinamo Minsk struggling to find way to the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 this season, but team of Slovenian coach Boris Denic made one record almost unbeatable before the VELUX EHF F4 in German city of Cologne. Match of the Round 5 against FC Barcelona 25:35 attracted 15.320 fans in “Minsk Arena”….Babichev scored 6 goals for home team, while Siarhei Rutenka had no mercy against compatriots, scored 8 goals, one more than Kiril Lazarov. ← Previous Story VOTE FOR THE WORLD’S BEST COACH 2013! Next Story → EHF CL: Vardar wins historic Champions League derby against Metalurg read more

LNH Round 16 Creteil rule out Saint Raphael from the Championship race

20:45Paris SG35 – 23Chambery Savoie creteil handballLNHSaint raphael handball 20:00Toulouse26 – 30Nimes 8.Cesson Rennes16637403:42115 20:00Dunkerque31 – 23Aix STANDINGS: 14.Istres162212420:4956 4.Chambery Savoie16916429:43119 10.Creteil16538443:46013 3.St. Raphael16925493:48420 20:00Istres29 – 32Nantes 2.Paris SG161303531:40926 11.Nimes16538463:47113 6.Nantes16826448:42618 5.Dunkerque16907414:41118 20:00St. Raphael25 – 29Creteil 9.Aix16538433:46313 20:00Selestat21 – 27Montpellier 1.Montpellier161321486:41928 13.Selestat164012422:4878 12.Toulouse16439466:46311 7.Tremblay16727435:44616 After 16 rounds of the French League it is clear that championship race will be decided between two teams – PSG Handball and HC Montpellier. The reigning champions Dunkerque have already lost all the chances to repeat fantastic success from the last season, but Saint Raphael also lost the pace after home defeat against Creteil 25:29.RESULTS: ← Previous Story 3rd DANAON Cup in Argolis – The “Land of Myth” calling handball Europe Next Story → SEHA GAZPROM SS League board: Veszprem first option for F6 tournament read more

VIDEO Superb goal by Jessica Quintino

← Previous Story DENMARK 2015: Russia and Denmark on 100% Next Story → DENMARK 2015: Brazil secures eight-finals spot against Germany! Goal of the Day at 22nd IHF World Championship in Denmark was a master-piece of Brazilian lefthander Jessica Quintino. She scored goal against German goalie Clara Woltering in “Abalo style”, one of her five which was enough for the win – 24:21.Take a look… Jessica Quintino

Ina Suslina two months out

← Previous Story Sigurdsson announces squad for EHF EURO 2018 Qual. start Next Story → Veszprem’s tough win over Nexe Ina Suslina Russian goalkeeper from ZRK Vardar Skopje, Ina Suslina will miss rest of the matches at Preliminary Round of the Women’s EHF Champions League. The experienced goalie had meniscus surgery on right knee and won’t be able to help her team-mates in the next six to eight weeks.ZRK Vardar Skopje began season with a win and draw at home against Leipzig and FTC.

New figures show every county in Ireland has hosted civil partnership ceremony

first_imgNEW DATA on the number of civil partnership ceremonies held in Ireland reveal that every county in Ireland has now hosted such a ceremony.Figures published by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), compiled from data from the General Registrar’s Office, shows that 862 couples have entered such partnerships since they were first permitted in April 2011.A breakdown of the figures reveal that over three-fifths of couples entering same-sex partnerships were male, while those entering civil partnerships included citizens of 60 countries from around the world other than Ireland.Aside from entering into partnerships in every county, the figures also show that partnered couples are also resident in every county in Ireland.Unsurprisingly, urban areas are home to the most same-sex partnered couples; Dublin tops the rank with 457, including 60 in Dublin 8 alone. 76 couples live in Cork, 31 in Limerick, and 29 in Galway.last_img read more

President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins will spend day two of his visit to Chile meeting with some of the country’s political leaders and later with members of the Irish community.Yesterday President Higgins started his two-week South America trip by meeting with President Sebastian Pinera and being the guest of honour at a dinner hosted at the presidential palace.This morning at 9.15am local time (1.15pm Irish time) President Higgins will deliver an address at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago.Later he will meet with the president of the Chilean senate and the president of the chamber of deputies before further meetings with the acting mayor of Santiago.At this meeting he will be honoured as a distinguished guest of the city of Santiago.Later President Higgins, who is being accompanied by his wife Sabina, will visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights before he is the guest of honour at an Irish Community Reception in the Centro Gabreila Mistral.The centre is named after the Chilean poet who was the first and, so far, only Latin American woman to win the Nobel Peace Price in Literature in 1945.Tomorrow President Higgins will visit the graves of Chile’s former president Salvador Allende, a leftist leader who was deposed by military junta in the 1970s, and the poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda.On Sunday, the President will travel to Brazil for the second leg of his two-week trip.My favourite speech: President Michael D Higginslast_img read more

Irish guys Game of Thrones cover goes viral after cast member tweets

first_imgENNIS MAN PAUL Quinn’s interpretation of the Game of Thrones theme tune has come to the attention of just the right person.The Clare man’s acoustic version has gone viral after actor Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay Snow in the show, tweeted a link to Quinn’s YouTube video, calling it ‘phenomenal’. Source: PandawhaleThe video now has 143k views on YouTube and counting.Check out his amazing talent: Source: Paul QuinnQuinn has also preformed covers of The Wire theme tune… Source: Paul Quinn… the Community opening… Source: Paul Quinn… and ‘Time’ from the Inception soundtrack… Source: Paul QuinnThanks to Paul Quinn for sending this our way. We want more! We want Sherlock! We want Glenroe!Read: Jack Gleeson is in the nip in the Trinity naked calendar>The trailer for Game of Thrones season 4 is here!>last_img read more

Column Despite the Newtown massacre Americas sickening gun culture lives on

first_imgJUST OVER THREE months ago, a troubled 20-year-old man shot to death twenty children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Americans, and indeed the rest of the world, were shocked by the latest in a string of mass murders using high-powered weapons in the US. The facts that the Newtown massacre took place in the supposedly safe haven of a school, and that so many of the victims were young children, made it even more horrifying. The fact that that the massacre was perpetrated with weapons that were owned legally provoked outrage in many quarters and prompted calls for stricter gun control laws, including a renewal of the expired ban on assault weapons in the US.Uncharacteristically, President Barack Obama was visibly emotional and actually tearful in the wake of the tragedy. He subsequently argued forcefully that there was a need “to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics;” claimed that he would use “whatever power this office holds” to this end; and maintained that gun control would be a “central issue” in his second term. He also established a gun violence task force to be led by Vice President Joe Biden.‘Everything should be on the table’Additionally, and even more significantly, Democratic politicians from gun-friendly states, such as US Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, signalled that they were open to stricter gun laws. Senator Manchin stated that “[T]his (Newtown) has changed the dialogue… everything should be on the table… I don’t know anybody in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle.” This marked the first occasion the resolutely pro-gun Senator Manchin ever wobbled. Meanwhile, the extremely powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) went into hiding, only to emerge several days later with a ludicrous and widely panned suggestion that armed police officers should be present in every American school.Senator Dianne Feinstein of California announced that she would seek to reinstate the assault weapon ban that had been in effect from 1994 to 2004, when it lapsed. And the polls conducted after the Newtown massacre occurred revealed that 55 per cent of Americans were supportive of the ban. Many observers believed that the one positive outcome of an horrific tragedy would be stricter, more sensible gun laws in the US. I was one of them. In December, I expressed hope in my regular IrishCentral.com column and on George Hook’s Newstalk radio programme that Newtown could be a “game changer” on the gun issue.Removing assault weapon ban to save packageI was very wrong, unfortunately. This week, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that a ban on assault weapons was being removed from a package of gun control measures currently being considered on Capitol Hill. The tactical reason for doing so is that the proponents of an assault weapons ban don’t have the votes, and the entire package of legislation – tougher background checks, harsher punishments for trafficking in guns, enhanced school safety measures, etc. – could fall as a result. Senator Reid is in the business of counting votes and, as of now, even after Newtown, less than 40 out of 100 US Senators support a ban on assault weapons. As one newspaper editorial opined, “Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is smiling.”Perhaps my glaring political miscalculation can be explained by the fact that I don’t really understand the US gun culture any better than people do on this side of the Atlantic. Growing up in Boston, I can count on one hand the number of relatives, neighbours and friends who owned any kind of firearm – and the few who did were generally regarded as somewhat eccentric. Ironically, the first time I ever handled and fired a gun was here in the West of Ireland on the land behind my cousin’s home. He’s an avid hunter, but it wasn’t for me. If I was from another part of the country, however, it might be an altogether different story.If Newtown won’t provoke stricter gun laws, what will?Back in the US, proponents of an assault weapons ban are disappointed, yet believe that tighter regulation of background checking for gun purchasers will be approved by this Congress. Some, like Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have recognised from an early stage that an assault weapon ban was destined to be an “uphill battle” and “a marathon effort, not a sprint.” I only wish that I was similarly undaunted.If less than 40 US Senators favour a ban on assault weapons in the immediate aftermath of the slaughter of innocent children and teachers, can such a ban ever pass? Crucially, the Newtown massacre was carried out with guns that were owned legally. One would think this reality fatally undermines the NRA’s mantra that guns used to perpetrate violence are almost always obtained illegally and, as such, gun control is futile. Yet still, only a minority of elected officials in the upper house of the US Congress is willing to cross the line in the sand the NRA has drawn on assault weapons.After Newtown, I was optimistic that the US might commence a steady, albeit slow, arduous and hard fought, journey toward gun laws and policies that the rest of the civilised world would regard as sane. I’m no longer optimistic. I despair.Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway.last_img read more

Ennis stabbing Woman still in custody

first_imgA WOMAN WHO was arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing in Ennis, Co Clare, is still in police custody.The woman was arrested after a woman was seriously assaulted at approximately 5pm yesterday in the grounds of the primary school in the vicinity of Station Road/Friar’s Walk near the exit of the shopping centre car park.Gardaí said that the 23-year-old woman was in a life-threatening condition last night. It is understood she has been moved from Midwestern Regional Hospital to Cork University Hospital.The Sunday World reports today that the victim suffered wounds to her stomach, neck, face and head.A woman aged 22 was arrested and detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Ennis Garda Station. She is still being detained by gardaí.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses and in particular anyone in the vicinity of Friar’s Walk, Station Road, the shopping centre car park or the primary school between 4.30pm and 5pm yesterday to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Woman in life threatening condition after stabbing in Ennis>last_img read more

Heres whats contained in the new Haddington Road public pay deal

first_imgAs well as the adjustment of pay for Ireland’s 292,000 public workers, the proposals seek further flexibility from workers on redeployment, performance management, work-sharing arrangements and workforce restructuring;The original proposals to extend the working week to a minimum of 37 hours (and to 39 hours, for those who already work over 35) remain in place, though individual sectors have been granted concessions as to when the extended hours will be introduced;Increment freezes will also remain, though at a slightly lesser scale than in the original ‘Croke Park 2′ deal: those under €35,000 will have a three-month freeze, those over €35,000 and under €65,000 will have two three-month freezes, and those above €65,000 will have two six-month freezes;Twilight payments are being scrapped;Sunday premia will be retained, though management will now try to reduce the overall number of staff rostered on Sundays; hospital workers will be asked to make an extra effort to concentrate care provision from Monday to Saturday;Overtime will be paid at time-and-a-half for workers under €35,000 and time-and-a-quarter for those over €35,000; those already working over 39 hours a week will be asked to work one hour a week, unpaid, until the end of next March;Pay cuts for workers above €65,000 will remain as proposed in the original deal – sliding from 5.5 per cent to 10 per cent for those over €185,000. These will be temporary, however, with half of the cuts reversed in March 2017 and the remainder in January 2018.The pensions for former public workers will be cut in line with those of current workers – so those earning over €32,500 will face a reduction.Staff in the defence forces will lose some allowances, such as the Border Duty Allowance.Gardaí will work three extra days a year for the next three years – split into one day of overtime, one extra 10-hour day, and ten extra hours at other times of the year. Voluntary overtime will go from 1.5x the usual rate to 1.25x that rate. Garda organisation, deployment and overall pay will be reviewed.In the civil and public service, flexitime arrangements will be ‘red circled’ – existing staff with flexitime arrangements will be allowed to keep them, but they won’t be available to new staff above Assistant Principal Officer grade;Teachers will lose their supervision allowance – worth €1,592 a year – but will have the equivalent amount added to their pay by 2018, with €796 added their pay in 2016-17, and a further €796 every year from 2017-18 onwards. Salaries for newly-qualified teachers who joined the profession in the last two years will also be nudged upwards;In the health sector, newly-appointed consultants will not be faced with the pay cuts that are being applied to other workers over €65,000, in recognition of the particular cuts they have already faced in proportion to their peers. The working time directive, limiting the working week of junior doctors to a maximum of 48 hours, will be implemented by the end of 2014. Some tasks usually performed by junior doctors may be transferred to nurses.Read: INTO says teachers should vote Yes to revised pay deal THE FULL TEXT of the revised public sector pay deal has been published this afternoon.The ‘Haddington Road Agreement’ – the proposed successor to the Croke Park Deal – includes a series of appendices to govern pay for individual sectors, including prison workers, teachers, health workers, Gardaí and the Defence Forces.The terms of the agreement are to reduce the public pay bill by €1 billion by 2015, though it does not include any specific guarantee that the pay bill for 2013 will be reduced by €300 million as the government had wished.The full agreement can be read here, but here’s a quick guide to what’s in the proposals:last_img read more

US Sickening that Palestinian teens life has been stolen

first_imgHe said it was sickening to think a young boy could be “snatched off the streets and his life stolen from him and his family.”Kerry, who spoke by phone with Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, noted that the Israeli prime minister had condemned the killing and urged Israelis not to take the law into their own hands.“Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation,” Kerry said.“We look to both the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice.“At this tense and dangerous moment, all parties must do everything in their power to protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution.”The attack is widely believed to have been carried out in revenge for the kidnap and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian militants.Netanyahu told Kerry he had “asked for an investigation to find out who was responsible for the despicable murder as soon as possible, that anyone who takes a life will be punished severely,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.The Israeli leader also said “that he had publicly called for all sides not to take the law into their own hands,” she added.Tensions have soared since 12 June when the three Israeli teenagers disappeared while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Their bodies were found on Monday, with Israel blaming Hamas and vowing to hit it hard.- © AFP 2014.Read: Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack>Read: Thousands attend funeral of murdered teens as Israel mulls military retaliation >Read: Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you’ll open the gates of hell > Source: Susan Rice/Twitter Khder was seen being forced into a car by three Israelis in east Jerusalem. Police later confirmed a body was found in a forest in west Jerusalem.DNA tests proved the body was that of the missing teenager, his family said.In his statement, Kerry condemned the killing in “the strongest possible terms.” Sickening that 17yr-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir’s life has been stolen. Sending condolences to #Palestinian ppl http://t.co/5gNwujljfY— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 2, 2014 Source: John Kerry/Twitter THE UNITED STATES today condemned the killing of a Palestinian youth in apparent revenge for the murders of three Israeli teenagers, warning acts of vengeance would worsen an explosive situation.“There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.President Barack Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice said on Twitter called on both Israelis and Palestinians to avoid a cycle of retribution and revenge. US strongly condemns the heinous murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem 1/3— Susan Rice -Archived (@AmbRice44) July 2, 2014last_img read more

Silvio Berlusconi underage prostitute conviction overturned

first_imgUpdated at 12.56pmFORMER ITALIAN PREMIER Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal against his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.An appeal court also cleared him of charges of abuse of power.“The defendant is acquitted,” presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, rejecting a request from prosecutors to confirm a seven-year sentence against the billionaire tycoon.The court’s decision throws out that sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office given to him by a lower court when it convicted him last year.That court found that he had paid for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer, Karima El-Mahroug — also known as ‘Ruby Heartstealer’, and used his influence to cover it up. He denied the charges.If the court had confirmed the sentence, Berlusconi would have had one more recourse, failing which he would have had to serve the time.The ruling had been suspended pending his appeals. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKarima el-Mahroug – File photoString of casesIt’s the latest in a string of legal cases involving the politician, many of which date back to the 1980s.His first ever definitive conviction came last August, when Italy’s supreme court upheld Berlusconi’s conviction for tax fraud linked to his business empire Mediaset.That ruling led to the former Premier being expelled from parliament and having to do a year of community service in a centre for Alzheimer’s patients near his home in Milan.He began his once-a-week community service in May, has been expelled from parliament after a 20-year stint and is banned from running in an election for five years.Includes reporting from AFP & AP.Read: Berlusconi’s ‘bunga bunga’ trial appeal begins, but he can’t go as he’s working in a hospiceRead: Silvio Berlusconi expelled from Italian Parliament but vows to “fight on”last_img read more

LG Launching DualCore Android Handset

first_imgSay hello to the world’s first dual-core smartphone. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Sounds like the future. Of course, like most things especially futuristic (at least so far as the mobile world is concerned), there’s no word on when the thing is coming to our shores. LG’s Optimus 2X is destined for Korea first–launching on that country’s shores in January. Other Asian countries and Europe will be getting their hands on the phone soon after. As for the US–not a peep on that front.You want specs? How about these specs? The Optimus 2X is packing a 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 (we mentioned the thing is dual-core, right?), 8GB of memory (expandable to 32GB via microSD, a 4-inch WVGA screen, front and rear facing camera, 1080p video playback, and HDMI mirroring.Neat.last_img read more

Never steal a hackers PC NSFW

first_imgAs more of us move to using mobile computers such as laptops, netbooks, and tablets, they become much easier to steal. A laptop in a bag is much more accessible than a desktop PC locked in a house, after all. But if it’s a hacker’s machine being stolen, it doesn’t matter whether its left out in the open, or locked behind three doors, if you take it don’t expect him to give up trying to find it and cause you some grief. In the case of thief Melvin Guzman, it was some very public embarrassment.During DEF CON 18, hacker Zoz recounted how his Quicksilver G4 got stolen from his room and his two year search to get it back. While his initial search of eBay and Cragslist failed to find it, the G4 eventually turned up due to the DynDNS domain record for the machine getting updated again. That led to an IP address being revealed, which eventually meant Zoz found the PC and starting figuring out where it was.The video above is his talk discussing how he went about figuring out where it was and who was using it. Zoz managed to recover a full name, address, birth date, dating preferences, and surfing habits. It’s a funny tale, with some amusing revelations, and a bit of NSFW naked footage of both the out-of-work thief, and the honeys he was trying to date online.Well worth a watch if you have 20 minutes to spare.via Gizmodolast_img read more

Skin Gun May Someday Treat Burns Instantly Seal Wounds

first_imgIf you’ve ever had a really bad burn –  I mean second degree or worse, you know that the worst part in some cases is the dead skin peeling away and leaving behind tender exposed flesh. All you can do is cover it in cooling cream, stop poking it, and wait for it to heal over. If the exposure is really bad, doctors will graft healthy skin over the burn or wound to try and get it to take hold and cover itself sooner. If only there were some kind of gun that literally sprayed skin tissue onto your wound, covering it and encouraging the healing process.Well, some researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh have been working on using stem cells to encourage rapid growth and development of skin tissue by spraying them onto wounded areas. The process is experimental and still undergoing clinical study, but according to researchers, the results look promising. The result is a gun that literally (not figuratively) shoots skin. The end-goal of the treatment is that doctors in emergency rooms and urgent care facilities will have a way to use a patient’s own stem cells (point of order: these are adult stem cells, which can be harvested at any time during a person’s life) in a solution of nutrient-rich water to spray a burn, wound, or area of flayed skin to speed up the regenerative process. So far the experiments have produced a few burn victims with significant skin regeneration within a few days, as opposed to weeks. That’s a pretty significant improvement. last_img read more

Steve Jobs Still Running Apple From Home

first_imgSteve Jobs is still around, he’s just working from home. Three weeks after temporarily turning the company’s reigns over to COO Tim Cook, Apple’s founder’s is still playing an integral part in the running of the company–according to The Wall Street Journal‘s usual roundup of anonymous sources.Apple PR confirmed Jobs’s continued role within the company, stating, “Steve is the CEO of Apple and during his medical leave he’ll continue to be involved in major strategic decisions.”AdChoices广告Jobs, 55, took leave of the company in mid-January, citing unspecified reasons. The executive has been plagued by health concerns for the past, having undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant.In spite of his most recent absence, Jobs has been spotted on Apple’s Cupertino campus in the past few weeks.last_img read more

World of Warcraft enables IPv6 with latest patch

first_imgWhile it appears often enough in headlines, the move to IPv6 has had limited visibility for consumers. Some knows it’s coming though most don’t, and the people that do tend to know simply that it’s important, inevitable, and will in all likelihood have no impact on their internet usage. Here is one, albeit minor, impact of IPv6 on the daily lives of many people out there: with its latest patch World of Warcraft is ready for IPv6.If users have an ISP that has enabled the new internet protocol version and they are running a patched version of WoW (v4.10.) then they will be able to enable IPv6. This won’t give them any advantage over IPv4 users but they will be ready for the upcoming shift to IPv6. If IPv6 is not available then the game’s settings will not allow the option to be selected.AdChoices广告The patch also enables the chance to experience a better connection with the MMORPG. The “optimized” connection comes at the expense of sending more data back and forth between a local computer and WoW servers, plus some users might experience more frequent disconnections (at least until all the kinks are ironed out). This isn’t tied to IPv6 and each option can be chosen independently of the other.To change WoW to IPv6 users can go to their Options menu and look for the two new check boxes–one will be for IPv6 and the other will be “Optimize network speed”. Users having problems with staying connected to WoW are advised to switch off the latter.If you are not sure if you have IPv6 or not, check out test-ipv6.com.Gamers should keep in mind that Blizzard is doing some future-proofing here, as well as looking good for the tech (networking) community, so if you aren’t IPv6 enabled yet, it’s not a problem. IPv6 Day isn’t for another month so it’s great to see Blizzard leading the way along with Facebook, Google, and some other internet titans.Read more at WoW version 4.1.0 notes, via zdnetlast_img read more