← Previous Story EHF CL Round 5 Hits: Szeged, Zagreb, Veszprem, Leon… Next Story → TOP 10 starts to a season: Unbeatable Atletico, strong Kiel and Barca AG CopenhagenJesper Kasi Nielsen Media stories in Denmark are talking about investment in AG Copenhagen in form of “very unhealthy business” on the basis of some financial expertise. Club owner and one of the most significat handball persons, Jesper Nielsen denies troubles:– AG Copenhagen is not an unhealthy business. AGK is a super healthy business, says Jesper Nielsen and add that he is ready to cover all possible loses:– We rushes forward and is perhaps the most exciting sports product that Denmark has ever seen. We have a long term plan with this. Is there a need for 15 million. million more, I will pay it – says Jesper Nielsen points out that his entire organization feel the same way.sporten.dkread more
Poland handballwenta In a talk-show in Poland, during the fans asking of questions, one of them asked if Bogdan Wenta sees himself in the future as President of the Polish Handball Federation, and the answer from Bogdan Wenta was a “Yes”! He also added that he would like to be President sometime soon in future, not when he is 70-80 years old, and according to him “lost touch with reality”. Ever since resigning from Poland’s coaching role after the teams failure to qualify for the Olympics in London, Wenta thinks of helping the handball by becoming an even more important factor there, to become president of the federation.source: sportowefakty.pl ← Previous Story Bundesliga Round 4: HSV and Flensburg share points, THW Kiel wins Next Story → City of Bucharest to save Oltchim Valcea?read more
FTCWomen0s EHF Champions League 2012/2013 Women’s EHF Champions League qualification tournaments began with an easy win of Hungarian FTC in Slovakia against IUVENTA 40:26 (15:10). Second match in Hungary will be just a new chance for both teams to gain some European experience. Hungarian vice-champion is level up and will play in the European elite this season.Iuventa Michalovce – FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria 26:40 (10:15)IUVENTA: Kudročová, Krebsová, Medveďová – Bachirievová, Bačíková, Geričová 3, Szöllösiová 1, Kovaličková, Rebičová 2, Hollá 1, Tobiašová 6/3, Hvostaľová, Wollingerová 4, Snopovová 5, Viňukovová 1, Tregubovová 3FTC scorers: Pastrovics (gk) – Kovacsicz 1, Szamoránsky P. 4, Cifra 5, Tomori 6, Szucsánszki 6, Vérten 2. Cs: Pena 6 (3), Szarka 2, Szekerczés 2, Such 3, Deáki 1, Kocsis Á. 2 (1).Here is a schedule of the other Qualifications tournaments:Group 1 in Viborg (DEN)Viborg HK (DEN)Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP)Vistal Laczpol Gdynia (POL)LC Brühl Handball (SUI)Semi-finals:Saturday, 13:00 hrs local time:Viborg HK vs. LC Brühl HandballSaturday, 16:00 hrs local time:Balonmano Bera Bera vs. Vistal Laczpol Gdynia3-4 Placement Match:Sunday, 14:00 hrs local time: Losers semi-finalsFinal:Sunday, 16:50 hrs local time: Winners semi-finalsGroup 2 in Trondheim (NOR)Byasen Trondheim (NOR)Buxtehuder SV (GER)SERCODAK Dalfsen (NED)WHC Metalurg (MKD)Semi-finals:Saturday, 14:30 hrs local time:Byasen Trondheim vs. WHC MetalurgSaturday, 17:00 hrs local time:Buxtehuder SV vs. SERCODAK Dalfsen3-4 Placement Match:Sunday, 15:30 hrs local time: Losers semi-finalsFinal:Sunday, 18:00 hrs local time: Winners semi-finalsGroup 3 in Cluj Napoca (ROU)U Jolidon Cluj (ROU)Rostov-Don (RUS)RK Zaječar (SRB)Muratpasa Belediyesi SK Antalya (TUR)Semi-finals:Saturday, 17:20 hrs local time:U Jolidon Cluj vs. Muratpasa Belediyesi SK AntalyaSaturday, 19:30 hrs local time:RUS Rostov-Don vs. RK Zaječar3-4 Placement Match:Sunday, throw-off time tba: Losers semi-finalsFinal:Sunday, throw-off time tba: Winners semi-finalsWild Card Tournament in Issy-Les-Moulineaux (FRA)Issy Paris Hand (FRA)Zvezda Zvenigorod (RUS)HC Leipzig (GER)Friday, 19:00 hrs local time:HC Leipzig vs. Issy Paris HandSaturday, 16:00 hrs local time:Zvezda Zvenigorod vs. HC LeipzigSunday, 12:00 hrs local time:Issy Paris Hand vs. RUS Zvezda Zvenigorodsource: slovakhandball.sk and eurohandball.com ← Previous Story End of the season for Gregor Potočnik (Celje PL) Next Story → The “Cranberries” helps Women’s EHF EURO 2012!read more
← Previous Story EHF Cup: Holstebro wins in Plock – Goppingen defeated in Spain! Next Story → F.C Barcelona wants to join SEHA League? Borut MackovsekSG FlensburgTSV Hannover Burgdorf Despite his wish to play for SG Flensburg and work with Ljubomir Vranjes, Slovenian youngstar and one of the biggest talents in Europe, Borut Mackovsek (20, 204 cm) will sign his future with German TSV Hannover-Burgdorf! One of the most positive surprises of the WCH 2013 in Spain had to change his direction because Flensburg and his team, Celje Pivovarna Lasko didn’t make a deal about transfer fee. Mackovsek has contract with Celje PL until 2014, so he will leave next summer former EHF CL winner in order to get new experience in the best World’s league and club get some money for further investment:– I heard that coach is good (Christopher Nordmeyer). They are currently fifth at the table. Club is rising. They told me that ambitions are high. I beileve in that, so I decided that my proffesional way has to go in that direction – said Mackovsek for SIOL.NETread more
Following the huge success of the WORLD HANDBALL YOUNG PLAYER 2014/2015 contest and with the clear vision to praise and recognize the potential of some young – new forces in our sport, Handball-Planet.com organize the voting Contest for the WORLD HANDBALL YOUNG FEMALE PLAYER 2014/2015. Eleven handball journalists from Norway, Denmark, Spain, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Argentina, Italy and Belarus made the nominations of 28 players (four per position).The last member of Jury are the visitors of Handball-Planet.com, which votes will be included in the final result.Contest including the players born in 1993 and younger.Please vote for the WORLD BEST YOUNG until June 15.GOALKEEPERS – VOTEDinah Eckerle (Thuringer HC – Germany)Jovana Risović (ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac – Serbia)Laura Glauser (Metz – France)LEFT WINGS – VOTESonja Frey (Thuringer HC – Austria)Dorina Korsos (Gyor – Hungary)Freja Cohrt (Skive fH – Denmark)LEFT BACKS – VOTEEliza Buceschi (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)Alena Ikhneva (ŽRK Vardar- Russia)Grace Zaadi (Metz HC – France)PLAYMAKERS – VOTEGabriella Tóth (Veszprem – Hungary)Daria Dmitrieva (Dinamo Sinara – Russia)Elizabeth Omoregie (RK Krim Mercator – Bulgaria)RIGHT BACKS – VOTEMette Tranborg (SK Arhus – Denmark)Andjela Janjušević (ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac – Serbia)Anne Hubbinger (Leipzig – Germany)RIGHT WINGS – VOTEAnna Vyakhireva (Zvezda – Russia)Malin Aune (Oppsal – Norway)Lukács Viktória (FTC – Hungary)LINE-PLAYERS – VOTEAndrea Covic (RK Podravka – Croatia)Meike Schmelzer (Thuringer HC – Germany)Joanna Drabik – (MKS Selgros Lublin – Poland)Members of the Jury:Laura Agena (Argentina, Handball-Planet.com)Patrick Andersen (Denmark, hbold.dk)Zorica Radojkovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Amina Idrizi (Macedonia, 24rakomet.mk)Ibolya Szekeres (Hungary-Norway, Time Out Magazine)The WORLD YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014 was Danish right back Louise BurgaardGERMANY, RUSSIA AND FRANCEThe most of the players from the BEST 21 are coming from Germany, Russia and Hungary (3). Two players each have Serbia, Denmark and France, while there are also players from Croatia, Romania, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria and Poland.The team with the highest number of players in Contest is German Thuringer HC. ← Previous Story Sigurdsson calls Germans for EURO 2016 decisive matches Next Story → #ThankYouIvano: Share your memories about one of the greatest ever!read more
THE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL Of Ireland (ICI) is seeking assurances that racial profiling will not form part of the proposed crackdown on social welfare fraud.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton told Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning that her department will be taking on a number of Gardaí for a period to help catch people illegally claiming benefits.The Minster said that this would include Gardaí being stationed at airports to monitor people flying in to claim benefits as well as checkpoints being set up at industrial estates to catch people working while claiming.This afternoon ICI chief executive Denise Charlton said that safeguards muse be put in place to ensure that the checks are implemented fairly and across all communities.“There is no evidence of social welfare fraud being more prevalent amongst migrant communities, ” she said. “There is no reason why they should be singled out for special treatment as part of the new crackdown announced by Minister Joan Burton.”As part of the interview, Burton did specifically say that checks at airports would focus on both Irish people and people who came from abroad.Charlton howver says that the ICI wants the Minister to outline what safeguards will be put in place to prevent racial profiling.She says that only this week a European Commission study showed that migrants across the union contributed more in taxes that they claim in benefits.Read: Racial profiling has ‘a discriminatory effect’ and should be prohibited – report >Read: Racism reporting website sees reports “flood in” >read more
For details of the 18 Primary Dealers click here.The NTMA said this buyback offer is open to all holders of this bond.The NTMA will play it safe and look to raise €6-10 billion on bond markets in 2014>NTMA suspends Treasury Bill auctions until 2014> THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency announced today that they will buy back a bond due to mature next month which will lower the country’s debt.The 4 per cent treasury bond was issued in January 2009 and has a current nominal outstanding of €6.8 billion.The NTMA will lower Ireland’s debt with the bond buyback. The yield on the bond is 0.1 per cent.The buyback will be conducted through recognised Primary Dealers in Irish Government Bonds.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #COURTS Saverio Bellante (39), accused of murdering Tom O’Gorman in Castleknock, was remanded in custody for another two weeks after a short court hearing today. He remained at the Central Mental Hospital, where he has been detained.2. #ROADS A mother was killed and a child badly injured after they were struck by a Jeep in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, while out walking today. The driver of the vehicle was removed to Beaumont Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.3. #RADIO The Broadcasting Association of Ireland has upheld part of a complaint about a Newstalk Breakfast show ‘attack’ on the Taoiseach about his decision not to take part in a public debate on the Seanad referendum. The BAI said the discussion failed to meet its requirements for fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs.4. #CHARITY A charity regulator is to be appointed in the second half of this year, Health Minister James Reilly has said. Meanwhile, the chief executive of the HSE has said that the Central Remedial Clinic is not doomed because of the recent controversy.5. #WINTER OLYMPICS Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that gay people at the Winter Olympic Games need not fear persecution, but stood by a ban on promoting homosexuality to children. He said that “we won’t ban anything and we won’t arrest anyone”, but added “leave children alone please”.read more
EDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn has said that ’we are moving in the direction’ of video cameras being installed for school principals to monitor classrooms.Speaking on the Today With Seán O’Rourke show on RTÉ this morning, Quinn said that he felt that “some older teachers are used to being the sole person of authority in the classroom”, but insisted that the education system is moving away from this approach.“Younger teachers are open to the idea of team teaching, they’re open to the idea of using video clips and television and other kinds of aids,” he said.The minister has also said that there are no plans to remove the state exam element from the Leaving Cert after the radical changes that were recently announced to the Junior Cert, now called the Junior Cycle Student Award.The new system to be phased in will reduce the weighting of a final exam result to 60 per cent, with the remainder of a student’s results intended to be a reflection on their work during the course of the three year cycle.But the minster says that he does not see a similar system being introduced in the senior cycle, either during his term or thereafter:I think the Leaving Cert will have to remain a formal state examination. The French have the baccalauréat, it is an essential component. The way in which it is taught, they way in which the Leaving Cert is examined may well evolve. I have no such plans to change it whatsoever.Religion in schoolsQuinn also said the religion must remain an important part of the primary school education but said that some elements of religious teaching could be cut back to make time for greater focus on literacy and numeracy.“There are two issues in this area, ” he said. “The first is about religious instruction which I fully support and I think is an integral part of persons education. The second is about the amount of time it takes for faith formation and the preparation for the sacraments and that can take quite a lot of time.”Quinn says that he understands that there is a growing movement within the Catholic Church that the responsibility for sacrament preparation is increasingly being taken on by church parishes and a child’s family.Read: Key questions on new Junior Cycle Student Award ‘unanswered’ >Read: Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools >read more
(Video: oathyRICH/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDThese quick tips for people unfortunate enough not to be Irish. Basically a guide on how to charm us and understand our ways.In true Ted Talk fashion, this video explains the evolution of photography in a simple and amusing way: The Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary, lit up for St Patrick’s Festival last night (Image: Debbie Hickey/Flickr).HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#LOWRY: Gardaí are examining a tape containing a recorded conversation between independent TD Michael Lowry and land agent Kevin Phelan with details of a payment of £250,000 that the TD said that he never declared. The full telephone conversation between Lowry and Phelan was played on last night’s Tonight with Vincent Browne.#HORSEMEAT: ABP Food Group has said it is ‘bitterly disappointed’ by comments made by the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney over the horsemeat scandal. Meanwhile QK Meats said today that it “has an exemplary record in terms of food quality and safety standards”, after it emerged yesterday that the company tested for horse DNA in June 2012 and got positive results.#APPEALS: Gardaí have today appealed for information from the public following the shooting of a man in his 30s in Mayo yesterday evening. In Kilkenny, gardaí also renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward with any information they might have about the death of 43-year-old Anthony Barrett whose body was found last week.#PRIORY HALL: Minister of State for housing and planning, Jan O’Sullivan has said that the ex-residents of Priory Hall are “in a dreadful situation”. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, the junior minister also admitted that other developments could exist with “similarities” to the doomed Donaghmede development.#ARREST: A Sky News reporter was arrested in Beijing today while filming with his crew in Tiananmen Square. Mark Stone managed to film the arrest for Sky News, explaining that he believed the authorities did not know the footage was being broadcast live.Spot any familiar faces? US and Irish Business Leaders, in honor of Ireland Day, ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March (Image: Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext).THINGS WE LOVEDThis amazing note from a dad to his gay son. We won’t lie, we teared up a little.This photography project entitled ‘I Collect Gingers’ by Anthea Pokroy. There’s bound to be a few Irish heads in there somewhere.There are a couple of things we love about this video. One of them is the incredible discipline shown by the street performer and we think you can guess the other… (Video: TEDEducation/YouTube)read more
INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONTINUING into whether the roof of a commercial unit which caught fire in Sligo yesterday contained asbestos.The commercial unit was located on Ballast Quay. A spokesperson from Sligo Fire Brigade told TheJournal.ie that local residents were urged to close their windows as a precautionary measure, following suspicions that its roof contained the harmful material.Inhalation of asbestos can cause serious health problems including cancer.Following the 6.30pm call-out, the scene was attended by three units of the fire brigade, in addition to a hydraulic platform and water tanker.Read: Community pulls together to get local woman back in her home after fire >
A WOMAN HAS died in a house fire in Cork.Gardaí in Cork are investigating the fatal house fire, which broke out at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, at 1.30am this morning.The body of a 36-year-old woman was located in the house, gardaí said.Her body remains at scene and the Office of the State Pathologist have been notified. The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination.
EVER WISH YOU could just bring your baggage to the airport and check in the day before an early morning flight, to save you some stress on the day itself?Aer Lingus Dublin has now launched its evening check-in service, which will give passengers the option to check-in their baggage at the airport the evening before their scheduled flight.This means that people can complete their check-in transaction between 4pm and 8pm on the evening before they travel.However, it is available exclusively to those travelling between 6am and 8am the following morning.You don’t have to bring everyone with you to drop the bags – only one immediate family member needs to check-in for a family group, once all tickets, passports and bags are provided together.All other individual passengers must be present for evening check-in with tickets, passports and baggage.Read: On the up: Aer Lingus passenger figures increase in March>read more
A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a road traffic accident in Co Kildare.The 30-year-old was fatally injured when a car collided with his motorcycle at Dagwelds Cross at Blackwood in Naas.The motorcyclist was taken to Naas General Hospital but was pronounced dead last night.The driver of the car, a woman whose age has not been disclosed, incurred minor injuries and was treated at the same hospital.The road was closed overnight to allow forensic investigations, but has since reopened.Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Gardaí in Naas at (045) 884300, the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee — shortly before 9am.1. #DRUMM: Lawyers in the US have told a Bankruptcy Court they’ve identified multiple instances of alleged fraud committed by David Drumm. The former Anglo boss’s lawyers say any accounting omissions he made were honest mistakes.2. #BANGKOK: Martial law has been declared in Thailand. Gun-wielding soldiers and army vehicles have been seen in the heart of the capital’s retail and hotel district. It follows widespread protests.3. #HOUSING: Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan is to take her proposals to tackle homelessness to Cabinet this morning. Yesterday, Barnardos warned that that thousands of children will be left without homes unless major action is taken.4. #MORE LABOUR PAINS: Both FG and Labour are tipped for a significant drop in support in Friday’s local elections, according to yet another poll… By the way, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore popped into TheJournal.ie yesterday for a chat.5. #MEDICAL CARDS: ‘How sick does my child have to be?’ … A campaign is being launched today calling for the Government to issue any child with a serious illness a full medical card.6. #SWISS BANK The Credit Suisse Group has pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it helped Americans evade taxes, The Guardian reports. It will now pay a long-expected fine of around $2.5bn.7. #ON THE TRAIL: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe came face-to-face on the campaign trail yesterday. The sergeant, who exposed the penalty points controversy, was on duty in Mullingar.8. #THIS IS IRELAND: Need to get up to speed on what’s been happening in each of the country’s Euro constituencies? Three days out from polling, we’ve put together a handy run down on Dublin, Ireland South and Midlands-North West…9. #MORE RAIN: Weather, finally.. Remember two days ago, when the sun shone? Well, those days are gone, for the moment. From Met Éireann: “Further heavy showers will occur during the day with the showers more frequent this afternoon/evening”. Hurrah.read more
RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 82 per cent. Audience rating: 92 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 78 per cent. Audience rating: 100 per cent want to see WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.The Fault in Our Stars Source: 20th Century Fox/YouTubeFor fans of: WeepiesAvoid if: You’re cynicalBased on the bestselling novel, this focuses on two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Sob. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 32 per cent. Audience rating: 48 per centMiss Violence Source: Metrodomefilm/YouTubeFor fans of: Family secretsAvoid if: You’d rather not know about messed up familiesWhen Angeliki takes her own life at the age of just 11, the investigation reveals that her family have dark secrets lurking beneath their seemingly happy life. 3 Days to Kill Source: Clevver Movies/YouTubeFor fans of: OTT, KevoAvoid if: You preferred WaterworldKevin Costner stars as Ethan Renner, a Secret Service agent dedicated to his high-stakes job. But he decides to retire when diagnosed with a terminal illness… until he’s offered a life-saving drug by the CIA in return for completing a dangerous mission. Standard.read more
Source: ShutterstockWe’ve heard various urban legends relating to traffic lights, particularly around whether the pedestrian crossing button actually makes a difference or if it’s just some kind of ‘placebo’ to keep you waiting for a break in traffic. TheJournal.ie spoke to traffic and road system managers and road safety advisers in Ireland to find out how those pedestrian lights really operate…When a pedestrian presses a traffic light button to cross, does it influence the speed at which the lights change for them to cross?In short: yes… and no.Traffic lights systems and pedestrian crossings vary depending on their location and light changes are influenced by the flow of traffic, the number of pedestrians, the distance you have to cross, and if traffic or pedestrian sensors are involved.Sensing your presenceOften in Ireland, pedestrian traffic lights will not be engaged until someone pushes that button. In particularly busy urban areas where high levels of pedestrians are expected to cross throughout the day, lights automatically include a pedestrian signal as part of the traffic light sequence.Other crossings, though, have different light management systems involving sensors.At some junctions, a sensor will actually note that a pedestrian is waiting to cross without them pushing any button, and will queue a light change for them in the lighting sequence to allow a break in traffic. (These can also cancel a request to cross if the person has walked away and is no longer waiting.)Similarly, detectors can be put on traffic signal heads to detect gaps in traffic and give a pedestrian green light accordingly.At other junctions, particularly on wider roads with a pedestrian ‘refuge’ in the middle, the little green man will automatically come up when traffic is stopped, allowing pedestrians to get halway across while waiting for the next section to change.CountdownIn places of high traffic and high pedestrian volume, like Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge, the pedestrian lights will show a countdown timer. The theory here is that having a countdown showing when the lights will change and allow the pedestrian to cross safely will discourage people from taking a chance to nip across the road. Source: ShutterstockThere are set guidelines for the length of time the pedestrian lights stay green in relation to the distance pedestrians have to cross. They may also stay green for longer if the sensors note a high volume of pedestrians walking in a particular direction, such as after a match or concert.Some crossings have a special button (for example, ones marked with braille) for pedestrians who may need more time to cross, and they will facilitate a longer green light.The light changes also factor in how far cars travel from the stop position to where pedestrians are crossing.Do the light changes adapt to different times of day?In the case of those really busy urban areas where pedestrian light changes are automatically included in the traffic light sequence, yes. The auto-system only operates during the day (generally, 7am to 7pm). The other light systems will continue to adapt their sequencing to traffic and pedestrian volumes, which are typically much lower at night.How are the locations of pedestrian crossings determined?It all depends on the level of road use – for vehicles and pedestrians – but you can make a request to your local authority to consider new locations for pedestrian crossings. The introduction of a new crossing depends on safety factors, accident statistics, the difficulty for people getting across the road and the demand for a crossing (if there is high pedestrian footfall in the area, or a school nearby).The type of crossing also varies depending on what best suits that situation: it could be (seriously) a zebra, toucan, pelican or puffin crossing. Picking between them depends on the speed and volume of traffic, the width of the road to cross, and what kind of delay pedestrians face when waiting to cross (the longer the delay, the more likely people are to chance a run across).Local authorities will assess the requests for crossings and compile a shortlist of priority crossings. Actually introducing a new crossing though, depends on the available funding.Safe crossingUnder the 1997 Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, pedestrians should not cross a road within 15 metres of a provided pedestrian crossing “except by the crossing”. The Rules of the Road carry guidelines for pedestrian road use, including how to safely cross the road: Source: RSAread more
The site pulled in 80 million page views–10 percent higher than whatit pulled in when news of the trapped Chilean miners first broke. The site alsosaw a 400 percent increase in video plays over the week before. Mobile views were up around 30 percent.Political indifference? Apparently not–at least when itcomes to reloading the online coverage from a cable news network. Actuallygetting people out to the polls is another topic altogether, however. CNN.com posted some pretty good traffic numbers last night,thanks to the midterm elections. How good? Like Michael Jackson dying good. The news site posted its best traffic numberssince the King of Pop’s memorial service, way back in July of last year.
When spending a chunk of change on any piece of technology, like an iPhone in this case, we often worry about losing it, having it stolen, dropping it, or getting caught in the rain with it. AT&T is putting our fears aside thanks to a new standard insurance policy on all iPhone models.Starting on July 17, customers can enroll in the insurance program within 30 days of an upgrade or a new activation. The insurance costs $4.99 a month and will protect against accidental physical or liquid damage, loss, theft, and mechanical or electrical malfunctions for all iPhone models. Depending on the model, there will be a $50 or $125 deductible on each claim.AdChoices广告I’m not an AT&T customer, but the last time I purchased a new phone from T-Mobile I was offered the option of buying insurance. I was a little iffy about spending the extra money after already spending $300 on a new phone, but then the salesperson filled me on a little secret. He said if I ever dropped it, got it wet, etc., I should call the company and tell them it was stolen. No questions asked, and I would have a new phone. I never ended up dropping my phone or using the insurance, but it was nice to know I had it there just in case.As for AT&T’s offer, since you can only enroll within 30 days of a new activation or upgrade, you can’t insure a phone you’ve had for more than a month. So, if you’ve had your phone for a year and a half already and are looking for a way to get a new phone before your two-year contract is over, don’t get any ideas of buying the insurance and “conveniently” dropping it in the toilet so that you can get a brand new phone from AT&T .The very first iPhone wasn’t able to be insured by AT&T at all, even though the company offered insurance for its other phones. However, in 2010, AT&T began offering insurance for $13.99 a month from an external company with a $199 deductible. Needless to say, that wasn’t very popular.For our recent iPhone owners or for those planning on purchasing an iPhone, will you be paying the extra $5 a month for insurance?via MacRumorsread more
Samsung released its first Android iPod touch alternative, the Galaxy Player 50, earlier this year. We wrote about it just two days after Christmas last year and now nine months later, Samsung has revealed the latest addition to its line of Android PMPs: the Galaxy S WiFi 3.6.The three-six’s look is unsurprisingly iPod Galaxy S-like. With its rounded corners, shiny chrome trim, nearly identical screen size and front bezel layout, the legal team in Cupertino is probably chomping at the bit to file another infringement complaint. Because of its size, it’s even more similar-looking than the larger Galaxy S 5, which launched near the end of July this year.The Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 features a 1GHz processor, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, 2MP rear (with LED flash) and VGA front cameras. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity is built in, as is a GPS and accelerometer, Android 2.3, and microSD expansion allows for additional storage up to 32GB.The new model goes on sale in the UK in October, and the 8GB will sell for £149 (US$242) with the 16GB running £20 ($33) more. The Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 is a bit of an odd addition to the line, what with Samsung already offering a 4-inch version. The 3.6 is priced almost £100 ($163) lower, however, so Samsung’s ambitions are probably as much about offering a variety of price points than they are about different screen sizes.No word as to whether any of the Galaxy S WiFi models will make the trek across the Atlantic to the U.S. yet, unfortunately. You’ll have to content yourself with a full-blown Galaxy S Smartphone or that new phoneblet for the time being.via Geeky Gadgetsread more