EUPHORIA MetalurgVive Kielce sold out in 2 hours

Kielcemetalurgmetalurg handballrecord handballrecordsvive kielceVive Targi Kielce The handball euphoria that got fans in Skopje is not calming down. After the sold-out derby between Vardar-Metalurg in the SEHA, now the Champions League game that Metalurg will play this coming Sunday against Vive Targi Kielce has been sold out in record 2 hours, something unseen before. That means that 7000 seats in Sports Arena “Boris Trajkovski” have been sold in such short period. This fulfills every precondition for a perfect sports handball atmosphere on Sunday evening. ← Previous Story Markus Richwien (Fuchse Berlin) out until at least end of year Next Story → VIDEO: Atmosphere at Wisla Plock – Vive Kielce read more

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POLISH SENSATION France goes home

← Previous Story PHOTO STORY: “Kombank Arena” handball experience Next Story → CHAMPION GOES HOME: Serbian girls in the semi-finals! Polish women’s national team wrote the best chapter of handball history by winning 1/4 final match against France 22:21 (11:8) in Novi Sad! That would be the first ever semi-final for the Kim Rasmussen’s girls as the best placement was a 5th place exactly 40 years ago at the same place – Serbia!STATISTICSSiodmiak and Wojtas scored five goals both for the winning team who waiting winner from Serbia – Norway clash in the battle for the final! read more

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EHF New system in EHF CL and Mens EHF EURO events

← Previous Story Timur Dibirov eye-injury for three weeks break Next Story → WORLD BEST PLAYER 2013: Domagoj Duvnjak receives the trophy! The 119th meeting of the EHF Executive Committee took place in the EHF Office in Vienna on Friday 21 March 2014.Attended by all 11 members of the committee and senior EHF staff members, the meeting discussed and agreed on a range of issues, with a particular focus on future changes to competition formats in both the Men’s EHF EURO and VELUX EHF Champions League.Future EHF EURO EventsPlans for the expansion of the Men’s EHF European Championships from the current 16 teams to 24 teams were discussed in further detail by the EHF Executive.Following the work of the EHF EURO Events Task Force, and an agreement in principle at their meetingin Belgrade, Serbia in December 2013, the Executive now agreed to submit a motion to the EHF Congress in Dublin on 19 and 20 September 2014 for an expansion of the men’s competition from 16 teams to 24 as of 2022.The motion will deal with the expansion and new format of the men’s event as well as its financing, the bidding and awarding process and qualification to the event.In considering the changes, the Executive acknowledged that an expansion of the event would mean a need to strengthen the quality of youth national teams throughout Europe. More nations will therefore be encouraged to participate in younger age category competitions.This development goes hand in hand with the restructuring of the younger age category events as of 2015/16, which will also be presented as a motion at the EHF Congress in September.A change in the format of the competition, with 24 teams and the possibility of more host nations, would also open up the possibilities for nations to host one or more rounds of the EHF EURO for the first time, and bring Europe’s flagship national team event to many more spectators across Europe.Men’s EHF EURO 2020The EHF Executive confirmed that should Congress agree on the expansion of the Men’s EHF EURO, then this could be introduced as soon as 2020.As part of this process towards the expansion of the event, the EHF has already carried out discussions with the federations of Austria, Norway and Sweden, the bidding nations for the 2020 men’s event, to be awarded by the EHF Congress in September 2014.The Executive agreed that should the expansion go ahead, and on the basis of the necessary organisational and financial conditions, as well as agreements with the host nations, Austria, Norway and Sweden could potentially jointly host the Men’s EHF EURO in 2020 with 24 nations.Based on initial agreements this would mean preliminary rounds would take place in Austria, Norway and Sweden, main round matches would be played in Austria and Sweden and the finals in Sweden.New playing system in VELUX EHF Champions League from 2015/16As a result of a year-long consultation process with all key stakeholders and external partners, as well as through the work of the EHF and EHF Marketing bodies, and following presentation to the Professional Handball Board, the EHF Executive agreed to the introduction of a new playing system in the VELUX EHF Champions League from the start of the 2015/16 season.The changes will see the introduction of a new playing system with 28 teams. The new format will be played with a group phase (four groups), two knock-out phases and a final tournament, the VELUX EHF FINAL4.Coming to its decision, the EHF Executive took into account the different viewpoints presented during the consultation process, but acknowledged that an evolution of the competition’s playing format was necessary.With more clubs competing, the new format will open up the competition to more nations and new markets across Europe. It will also guarantee more top matches for Europe’s leading clubs and make the VELUX EHF Champions League more attractive to spectators, sponsors and the media.At the same time, all clubs playing in the group phases of the competition have the chance to qualify for the knock-out phases and the VELUX EHF FINAL4.The introduction of a new playing format in the VELUX EHF Champions League from the season 2015/16 follows the agreed changes in the Women’s EHF Champions League, which will be played with a new system from the start of the 2014/15 season.New competition formatGroup Phase The VELUX EHF Champions League will be played in four groups. Groups A and B will be played with eight teams each, it will be played in a round robin, home and away format.The top team in each group will qualify directly for the quarter-finals, the bottom two in each group drop out of the competition and the remaining 10 teams qualify for the first knock-out phase.In groups C and D, six teams will play in each group in a round robin format, playing both home and away. The top two teams in each group will then meet in a ‘semi-final’ play-off, with the two winners going through to the first knock-out phase. The remaining teams drop out of the competition.Knock-out Phase 1 (Last 12) 12 teams will play home and away in the first knock-out phase, with the 10 teams qualified from groups A and B and the two teams qualified from groups C and D.Knock-out Phase 2 (Quarter-finals) The six winners of the matches in the first knock-out phase will join with the winners of groups A and B to play home and away for the right to play in the VELUX EHF FINAL4.VELUX EHF FINAL4 The culmination of the season, the VELUX EHF FINAL4, will continue in its existing format, with the four top teams from the competition competing for the title.Additional mattersThe Executive also dealt with the introduction of new regulations in club competitions, including a catalogue of entry criteria for the open places to be awarded for the season 2014/15 for EHF Champions League competitions.Commenting on the meeting, the EHF President, Jean Brihault, said: “Following on from the decision to update the format of the Women’s EHF Champions League from next season, I am delighted that we have now agreed how we want to move forward in the in the VELUX EHF Champions League and the Men’s EHF European Championships, importants steps which I am sure will take men’s handball in the right direct direction for the future.”The next meeting of the EHF Executive is scheduled to take place on 20/21 June 2014 in Umag, Croatia on the occasion of the draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 final tournament in Hungary and Croatia.TEXT: EHF/jjr  read more

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Norway beat Croatia – Germany overplay Spain

← Previous Story Bosnia and Herzegovina to keep head-coach Markovic until 2019! Next Story → Air Iceland smash Serbia for historical defeat Two very interesting matches have been played this afternoon in the Round 3 of the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 qualifications! Norway made a huge surprise by beating Croatia 27:26 (17:13) in Stavanger. Espen Christiansen became Norwegian hero after he saved the last shot by Luka Stepancic which could bring Croats a point…Norwegian team had full control over the result, maximal +5 at the begining of the second half (18:13), but Croatian team on the debut of the new head-coach Zeljko Babic managed to get back in the finish.Li Hansen and Sagosen scored five goals each, while Cupic had the same score in defeated roster…The Netherlands won away match against Turkey 30:23 in the second match of the group.STANDINGS:Norway 6Croatia 4The Netherlands 2Turkey 0Germany remained TOP level with Dagur Sigurdsson on the bench by winning derby of the night over Spain 29:28 (17:15). The German team celebrated in Mannheim with Uwe Gensheimer (8 goals) in the main role, while Rivera Junior netted 10 for the Spaniards.Austria won in Finland 26:23.STANDINGS:Germany 6Spain 4Austria 2Finland 0 EURO 2016Norway handball read more

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Dublin council to sell The Square Towncentres car park to NAMA

first_imgSOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY Council is to sell the surface car park of The Square Towncentre in Tallaght to NAMA.An agreement between the asset management agency and the local authority to facilitate development at the shopping centre has been proposed and will be discussed at the next meeting of elected members.According to the council, the disposal of certain lands in the area will “help to increase economic activity and create jobs”.It claims that the proposed expansion would generate 300 construction jobs and 400 operational jobs when complete.The groups said the deal was worked out during “very constructive discussions”.However, approval is still needed and elected members of the council will consider the proposal to sell the lands comprising of the surface car park at the October meeting.NAMA already has an interest in a substantial number of existing units in the shopping centre because of its role as secured lender.A planning application for a major expansion of The Square will be lodged in the coming days with NAMA support and funding.A statement from the council said:The proposed disposal is in line with the Council’s on‐going efforts to rejuvenate The Square and promote job creation and development in the county. The Council identified NAMA as an appropriate partner given its expertise in progressing developments and its existing interests in the Square. By co‐operating in this way, we are confident of enhancing the value of the assets in which NAMA has an interest whilst rejuvenating The Square as the economic hub and town centre for Tallaght.Read: Concern about NAMA handing over properties it can’t sell for social housingMore: Fota Island Resort to be handed over to new Chinese owners next monthRelated: Somebody has written a song about The Square in Tallaghtlast_img read more

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€5k up for grabs for Irish language short film

first_imgTHE ORGANISERS OF the Dingle International Film Festival are offering €5,000 cash and €2,000 worth of film equipment use to the winner of their short film contest.The festival, held in March every year, aims to represent Irish-themed and Irish-made films, especially those with a local flavour. To this end, the fest awards a bursary to one short film maker every year who produces an Irish language short. This short is then premiered at the Dingle Film Festival. Last year’s winner was Cathal Ó Cuaig and his film An Cluiche (The Match). It has since toured film festivals in the US and Ireland since it was first shown in Dingle earlier this year.The film equipment hire is being supplied by Vast Valley Ltd and everyone from transition-year stucents to professional film-makers is invited to enter the competition. Five film-makers will be selected and each will pitch their proposal to a panel during the Dingle International Film Festival. The next panel includes writers Louise Ní Fhiannachta and Marina Ní Dhubháin and director Cathal Watters.If you’re interested in entering Fisín, download an application here or email fisin@dinglefilmfestival.com. Closing date for entries is 12 December 2012. The winning entrant’s film will show at the 2014 festival.In pics: 25 years of Irish Film – through Film Ireland covers>last_img read more

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Poll Should teachers agree to take up JobBridge positions

first_img No (3640) Poll Results: YesNoVote ALMOST SIXTY TEACHING positions have been filled using the national internship scheme JobBridge.The practice of hiring teachers in this way has been heavily criticised previously, with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation describing it as a “disgraceful exploitation“. However, the government has defended it as a way of giving teachers valuable practical experience.What do you think: Should teachers agree to take up JobBridge positions? Yes (776)last_img read more

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Turkish government sacks 350 police officers overnight

first_imgTHE TURKISH GOVERNMENT laid off 350 police officers in Ankara overnight, including heads of major departments, amid a vast corruption scandal that has ensnared key allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported on Tuesday.The officers were sacked by a government decree published at midnight and included chiefs of the financial crimes, anti-smuggling, cyber crime and organised crime units, the private Dogan News Agency reported.The move comes as the government is trying to contain the high-level corruption probe that poses the biggest threat to Erdogan’s 11-year rule.It has also exposed the influence of an exiled Muslim scholar on Turkey’s halls of power and his byzantine relationship with the government.TensionsThe investigation is believed to be linked to simmering tensions between Erdogan’s government and followers of influential Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, who lives in exile in the United States.Gulen followers hold key positions in various government branches including the police and judiciary.Erdogan has denounced the investigation as a foreign-hatched plot to bring down his government and has responded by sacking hundreds of police officials across the country, including the Istanbul police chief, since the probe first burst into the open in mid-December.Erdogan’s critics accuse him of desperately trying to protect his cronies, and the appointment of Selami Altinok, a little-known governor with no background in police work, as Istanbul’s new police chief was further seen as an attempt to shut down the investigation.BribesThe crisis erupted on December 17 when police arrested dozens of people including sons of former ministers and the chief executive of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank. They are suspected of numerous offences including accepting and facilitating bribes for development projects and securing construction permits for protected areas.Erdogan has vowed to battle “a state within a state”, apparently referring to Gulenists in the state apparatus and said he would not allow parallel structures.Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exiled in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied any involvement in the controversial inquiry. His followers were key backers of Erdogan’s AKP when it came to power in 2002.The turmoil has rattled Erdogan’s government ahead of key local polls in March and plunged the Turkish lira to an all-time low.The graft probe has also exposed bitter fault lines in Erdogan’s traditional power base and prompted calls from both his own party and opposition parties for the resignation of the entire government.The European Union, which Turkey aspires to join, urged Turkish authorities to address the graft allegations in an “impartial manner”.- © AFP 2014.Read: Turkish authorities accused of sexual abuse and severe beating of protesters>last_img read more

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Detective investigating missing money from Dublin garda station

first_imgA DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT is investigating the disappearance of €9,000 in cash from Balbriggan Garda Station, Co Dublin.RTÉ News are reporting that the money was in the north Dublin station after it was recovered moments after a robbery at a shop in Lusk on 19 January.Three men, aged in their mid-20s and late 40s, were making off with around €26,000 when they were apprehended and arrested by gardaí.The stolen money was kept at the station in Balbriggan before being returned to its owner but a tear was discovered in the bag and €9,000 missing.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that they couldn’t go into too much detail about the incident because the matter is being investigated at the moment.Read: Three men arrested moments after armed robbery in Lusk village >last_img read more

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Weird Wide Web Transparent computer one night stands and a terrifying dog

first_img(Images: App Night Stand)Terrifying robot of the weekThe army research laboratory Boston Dynamics have built a very unnerving, dog-like robot that can fling cinder blocks across a room while marching, Gizmodo reports. At first it was just designed to walk across uneven terrain but now it has an extra arm to pick things up and throw them at you.(Video: BostonDynamics/Youtube)Emoji gadget of the week(Video: TeleSound/Vimeo)Here’s another nifty way to annoy your friends and family. TeleSound is a cute little device that connects to your smartphone or tablet and plays the sounds of emojis when people send them to each other. Send kissy sounds to a lover, fart sounds to your friends and dog noises to freak out everyone’s cats. The possibilities are endless…(Image: TeleSound)Read all previous Weird Wide Webs> WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Futuristic computer of the weekThis week, TED fellow Jihna Lee unveiled a transparent 3D computer called SpaceTop, that allows you to reach inside to manipulate the content, BBC reports. Users type and control the content on the screen from behind it with cameras tracking hand movement and facial movement. Behold, the future.(Video: Jinha Lee/Youtube)App of the weekHere’s a new idea. Forget your traditional alarm clock. This new dating app will allow you to wake up every day with a new person. The cleverly named App Night Stand lets you arrange a virtual one night stand with another person, it sets an alarm and wakes you both up at the same time, Buzzfeed reports. When you wake up, it shows a little picture of your two faces together in bed and then you have the choice of talking or just doing a runner. Charming.last_img read more

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Uncleanliness led to serious risks for patients at Sligo Hospital

first_imgA SURPRISE INSPECTION at Sligo Regional Hospital highlighted a number of specific issues that presented immediate and serious risks to patients, a HIQA report said today.Inspectors from the healthcare watchdog told the hospital manager about care being provided that was not compliant with national standards.The risks identified included:Three patients with known transmissible infection were being cared for in rooms where the doors were open as standard directly to where other patients were being cared for;contaminated personal protective equipment was not disposed of appropriately;bins used for healthcare risk waste were not appropriately placed, were incorrectly labelled and were overfilled, with contents spilling over;precautionary signage to isolation rooms was not of an acceptable standard.The unannounced probe found that cleaning devices were not effectively stored or decontaminated in the surgical gynaecology ward. They also discovered four mop buckets in the cleaners’ room that were in an “unclean state”.Hand hygiene of staff was not in line with best practice, according to HIQA. Only 23 of 39 hand hygiene opportunities were taken by staff before and after touching patients. Only 11 were observed to comply with best practice.The hospital manager has put actions in place to mitigate the risks posed by such findings.In the areas of environment and equipment, there was better news for the hospital but inspectors noted “light dust” on bed frames, chipped bedside lockers and patient tables and poor quality pillow protectors.Grime and grit was also observed along the edges and corners of flooring in patient areas in the Emergency Department and the Medical South ward.Floor-covering in clinical areas of the Emergency Department was described as “visibly unclean, cracked and peeling”, which would hinder effective cleaning.Stains were seen on walls and radiators and electrical fixtures were also dirty.A fridge used for storing medication was found by the Authority to be stained and marked with a sticky residue in heavy amounts on its surface. The door to the fridge was damaged, hindering effective cleaning.The Authority found that IV stand bases, IV pumps, cardiac monitors, dressing trolleys and the surface and undercarriage of the resuscitation trolley in the ED were unclean and dusty.Concluding, HIQA said there was “much evidence” of practice that was not compliant with national standards.“The physical environment and equipment were unclean and therefore were not effectively managed and maintained to protect patients and reduce the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections.”The regional hospital has 318 beds and provides a range of acute services to a population of about 100,000. It employs 1,328 whole-time equivalent staff. The monitoring assessment took place on 28 February this year to form a snapshot of the hygiene levels.Download the full report>Read: Health risks in hospital baby baths discovered in random inspectionlast_img read more

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Israel blames Hamas for teens kidnapping as massive search enters third day

first_imgISRAELI PRIME MINSITER Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Islamist Hamas movement of kidnapping three teenagers as a massive West Bank manhunt for the missing youths entered its third day.As troops wrapped up the biggest arrest operation in years, detaining 80 Palestinians overnight — many of them Hamas members — Netanyahu pointed the finger of blame directly at the Islamist movement.“This morning I can say what I could not say yesterday before the broad wave of arrests of Hamas people in Judaea and Samaria,” he said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, using the biblical term for the West Bank.“Those who carried out the kidnapping of our youngsters are Hamas people — the same Hamas with whom Abu Mazen has forged a unity government, which has very serious implications,” he said referring to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.SnatchedThe youngsters, one of whom also holds a US passport, are students at Jewish seminaries in the West Bank, believed to have been snatched Thursday night from an area between Bethlehem and Hebron while hitchhiking.They have been identified as Gilad Shaer, 16, from Talmon settlement near Ramallah, Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, from Elad, both in central Israel.Their disappearance came 10 days after the establishment of a new Palestinian government of technocrats pieced together by Abbas’s Fatah movement and Hamas following a unity agreement between rival leaders in the West Bank and Gaza.ReconciliationThe reconciliation with Hamas, which is committed to Israel’s destruction, has enraged Israel, with Netanyahu placing responsibility for the teens’ safe return on the shoulders of Abbas and his Palestinian Authority.His accusation was derided by Hamas.“Netanyahu’s statements accusing Hamas of kidnapping the (teenagers) are stupid,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.He said the wave of arrests overnight, which included Hamas MPs and former ministers, showed Israel had no idea who was responsible.- © AFP, 2014Read: Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note >last_img read more

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Brazils improvised football pitches show no space is too small for the

first_img“While it is a strikingly devout country in the traditional sense, it worships two Gods. For here, in the land of Garrincha, Pelé and Zico, football is also elevated to the level of religion.”Herr has launched a series of photographs called FUTEBOL FUTEBOL FUTEBOL which documents football pitches in Brazil located on Google satellite view.Herr – who is now based in London – scanned the terrain of the towns and cities of Brazil using Google’s vast collection of satellite imagery in search of the football pitches that are a prominent feature in every city, town and village.After locating and composing the scenes in Google satellite view, Herr re-photographed the images on screen using a camera fixed to a tripod with the pitches framed within their wider social and community context.The results are impressive: WHEREVER YOU GO in Brazil, you’ll find two things. One is a church, the other a football pitch.According to Irish documentary photographer Dualtagh Herr, this captures the Brazilian psyche in microcosm.last_img read more

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Opinion When you think of a sex worker you might never think

first_imgIRELAND IS NOT a fun place to be a young, unemployed student. We face astronomical college fees. We are expected to take up forced labour schemes or emigrate. Our mental health system is lacking the vital services it requires to serve its main purpose. We may as well forget about housing – that could be a whole blog post of its own. Social protection has proved to not be so protecting after all. So, when a young female student, unemployed, needs to find the €2,750 college fee, within a few months, where does she turn?In this case, she turned to this relatively new idea in Ireland, called a ‘financial arrangement’. She signed up to a website, which matches wealthy men (sugar daddies), with young female students (sugar babies). The sugar babies provide the men with companionship and time, in return for an arranged fee. In other words, the men pay for sex. It’s what I would call middle class prostitution. To be blunt.I did this once. It was unwanted and cold sex. I was taken to a fancy hotel in Dublin city, to a fancy hotel suite with a separate living area. A balcony. Room service. A wealthy man. And me.I admit I drank quite a bit before I even arrived. Not even that could quell my mind shouting at me not to go ahead with it.But I desperately needed that money.In the morning, I awoke, and decided to leave immediately. As I was getting ready, he threw a wad of cash into my bag. I said goodbye. And began to walk down the hall quickly, whilst counting my cash.I had become a whore.I rang my best friend immediately, who knew what I was doing. Within a few hours we were drinking away my memories of that night. That’s the problem with this work. You will end up spending a lot of the cash, trying to forget how you got it in the first place.Would I advise someone in financial distress, to take the measures I’ve taken? Not necessarily. Being a middle class prostitute is a dangerous game. You sell something extremely precious and valuable to some sleaze. You don’t know who he is, or what he is capable of. You don’t know who else is in that hotel suite when you walk in.Before now, I saw sex work as an underground, suspicious trade that involved pimps, streets and drugs. I thought of drug addicts becoming sex workers to fuel their habit. When you think of a sex worker, never would you think of a student just trying to get an education, like me.I am not ashamed of what I did. What I am ashamed of is the situation I found myself in.The author of this article wishes to remain anonymous. Read: Pimps ‘taking advantage’ of delay in new prostitution lawRead: Drugs and prostitution will be used to measure Ireland’s GDPlast_img read more

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Teenager arrested over stabbing of 19yearold at Dundrum Town Centre

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE arrested a young man aged in his late teens in connection with the stabbing of a teenager outside a shopping centre in Dundrum, Co Dublin.He was arrested in the south Dublin area and is currently being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Blackrock Garda Station.The 19-year-old was stabbed and seriously injured by a “lone male” outside Dundrum Town Centre at around 11.15pm on Tuesday, a garda spokesperson said.The injured teenager was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment.Gardaí are still appealing for witnesses to the attack to come forward and contact investigators at Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more

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Ford Announces Debut US Markets For Focus Electric

first_imgThe electric version of the Ford Focus may not be launching for another year, but that hasn’t stopped Ford from unveiling the lucky cities that will get to drive the car first. The company has selected 19 cities across the U.S., which will be the first to receive the new Focus late next year.The cities include: Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Tucson, Portland, Raleigh Durham, Richmond, Seattle, and Washington.These debut cities were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including the current EV infrastructure as well as the population’s history of buying electric and hybrid vehicles. “This is the first step in rolling out the Focus Electric,” said Ford’s Mark Fields. “As the country continues to build up its electric vehicle infrastructure and demand for the Focus Electric grows, Ford will continue to evaluate additional markets and consider making this vehicle available in more cities across the country.”Via Autoblog Greenlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods Joins Twitter

first_imgPerhaps it’s no secret that the world’s greatest golf playerhas joined the world’s most popular micro-blogging service. He actually signedup for an account on June 26th. On that day, he tweeted twice, onceto plug his Facebook account and once to plug his Twitter profile–you know, theone he was tweeting from.But now, after more than four months, it seems that the scandal-riddengolfer is finally ready to make a go of it. About an hour ago, Woods tweeted, “What’sup everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter,” from his @TigerWoods account.AdChoices广告Of course, as celebrity and non-celebrity users alike havediscovered, people sometimes end up revealing way more about themselves on thesite than they ever intended. I wouldn’t be too worry for Woods. After all,what’s he got to hide?last_img read more

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ChevronWP7 jailbreak taken down at Microsofts request but thats not the whole

first_imgLast week a jailbreak solution was made available for Windows Phone 7 called ChevronWP7. It allowed a Windows Phone 7 handset to be unlocked and 3rd-party apps loaded, or homebrew development undertaken on Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system and hardware.A week later and the team behind ChevronWP7 has taken down the jailbreak at the request of Microsoft. But this isn’t a reaction to a cease and desist issued by Microsoft.Brandon Watson, director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7 got in touch with the group to discuss the jailbreak. Microsoft wanted the jailbreak removed, but at the same time also wants to support homebrew development on the WP7 platform. So the two parties are now working together to make that happen.If all goes to plan we could see a more official development solution for Windows Phone 7 offered to everyone who wants to have a go at developing WP7 apps.Read more at ChevronWP7, via The Next WebMatthew’s OpinionIt’s always going to be the case that an open development solution supported by the platform holder will be a more complete package. If Microsoft deliver on its promise to work with the ChevronWP7 team it could produce a nice set of tools for developing on WP7. On the other hand it may have just been a way to get the jailbreak off the market quickly.The problem Microsoft face is there’s nothing to stop some other team producing an alternative jailbreak solution. Maybe that is why working with the Chevron team seems like a good idea, as it will allow a legitimate jailbreak to be produced rendering all others inconsequential.last_img read more

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Stupid kids show us why you shouldnt hit an iPod

first_imgRegardless of who manufactures an electronic device, to sell it in the U.S. it has pass a number of stringent safety tests. That means we can buy and use the device safe in the knowledge it isn’t going to harm us. What those tests don’t guarantee is that a device will continue to work when damaged.A couple of kids playing around with an iPod touch have reinforced the fact that if a device is damaged, you should not put it anywhere near your person.While one films, the other child starts doing experiments on how to break the iPod touch. Running a skateboard over it does nothing, dropping it off a roof also seems to do very little, but hitting it with a bat? Yeah, that works. Hitting it repeatedly with a bat leaves a mess of electronics on the floor, but it’s what happens near the end of the video that’s surprising.After several hits the iPod explodes leaving a black mark on the road and giving off rather a lot of smoke. It looks to us like the battery had blown and cooked in the casing meaning very high temperatures and a lot of poisonous fumes.Now while the kids really went to town destroying this device, you do have to wonder how easy it is to cause such an explosion. Does it really take several hits with a bat to achieve, or would dropping it start the process that leads to an explosion? I’d like to think you really have to beat the device to achieve such a reaction, but who knows? Do they actually test for stuff like this?One thing is very clear: if you damage your mobile device(s) in any serious way, do not put them anywhere near your body or flammable items. It could end in disaster.via YouTubelast_img read more

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