Chehovski MedvediEHF F4F4 in KolnMKB VeszpremMontpellierRhein Neckar Lowen Two weeks of our POLL question – “Who will NOT qualify for CL “Final Four” in Koln 2011?” gave us interesting results. From 8 (in our opinion) best European teams this season, visitors of Handball-Planet had to choose teams who will not participate in a big show in “Lanxess Arena” next May. Most votes (about 200 at all) or least chances, people give to MKB Veszprem (31%). Behind them are Chehovski Medvedi (24%) last season semifinalist. At third place of “lower division” is French champion, Montpellier with 17% of all votes. Last team, who will not be seen in Koln is Rhein Neckar Lowen and that is opinion of 7% voters.So, you cut all teams and saved the best one. In your opinion, four teams in EHF F4 tournament in Koln 2011 will be:F.C Barcelona, THW Kiel, Ciudad Real and HSV HamburgThank you for you votes! ← Previous Story TOP 10 handball “failed operations” in 2009/2010: “Ola, Sead and other big names” Next Story → The world’s best handball players in Spain and Serbia 2013
Succesful shooting performance by Momir Ilic and Kiril Lazarov in the semi-finals of the VELUX EHF Champions League F4 in Cologne put Balkan guys at the TOP of the Goalscorers list this season. Mikkel Hansen stayed third with 103 goals, while Momir Ilic (109) and Kiril Lazarov (106) will decide who is the KING in the direct encounter in the final between MKB MVM Veszprem and FC Barcelona.However, both entered the TOP 5 of all-time list. Ahead of them are only Filip Jicha with 119 goals (2009/2010) and Uwe Gensheimer with one less in season after. Unofficialy, record holder is Serbian “terminator” Nenad Perunicic with 120 goals in the season 2001/2002 when he won the CL crown with the German SG Magdeburg, but in EHF CL statistics are only 83 goals confirmed…Ilic or Lazarov?The FINAL match at the sixth VELUX EHF FINAL 4 will be played on Sunday – 18 hrs. ← Previous Story Veszprem hero Mirko Alilovic: Award for tough season Next Story → Kielce third in Europe again!
ppd zagrebZlatko Horvat PPD Zagreb captain Zlatko Horvat won’t be able to help his team-mates in “Balkan Clasico” on Saturday in Celje, where Slovenian and Croatian champions will meet at the VELUX EHF Champions League match – Round 2.The player was directly disqualified at the 57”46 minute of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase 2015/16 game: HC Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo Zagreb (CRO) vs THW Kiel (GER that took place on 17 September 2015 after clinch with Kiel’s line-player TofTT.The EHF Court of Handball finds in substance that the behaviour deserves further sanction since the behaviour of the player constitutes an act of revenge, i.e. push with both arms, intentionally committed against an opponent and directed at the body of the latter. In addition, the gesture was not related to the normal course of the match.Horvat is suspended for the next match. ← Previous Story LNH: PSG and Montpellier win by 7 goals Next Story → Renewed Baltic Handball League ready to kick off
The IHF Executive Committee decided to award the Women’s World Championship 2017 open place to the national federation of Poland.In the decision-making process it has been taken into consideration that the reigning women’s world champion represents the European continental confederation, and therefore it was decided to award the open place to the continent of Europe. Furthermore, Poland is the best non-qualified team of the preceding WCh in DEN (4th ranked) and has been nominated by the European confederation as first substitute nation. ← Previous Story Antonio Carlos Ortega overtakes TSV Hannover Burgdorf Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2018: Norway with France – Serbs with host in Split
EHF EURO 2018 Men’s EHF EURO 2018 began in Split and Porec with matches in Groups A and B. Now, it’s time for the start in Group C in Zagreb and Group D in Varazdin.Group C:17.15 – Germany – Montenegro19.30 – Macedonia – SloveniaGroup D:18.15 Spain – Czech Republic20.30 Denmark – Hungary ← Previous Story Domagoj Duvnjak to miss rest of EHF EURO 2018? Next Story → Marko Vujin questionable for the rest of EHF EURO 2018
Read more articles by Eoin Lynch> EARLIER THIS WEEK Christophe de Margerie CEO of the French oil giant Total announced that the company would not be drilling for oil in the Arctic as an oil spill “would cause too much damage to the company”.Unlike other oil executives who are desperate to get the black gold flowing up north, de Margerie has clearly not forgotten the Deep Horizon blowout. In April of 2010 an explosion on the BP rig Deep Horizon killed 11 men, caused unprecedented damage to the ecosystem around the Gulf of Mexico, and was a public relations disaster for BP.It is quite a drastic step taken by the Frenchman – one for which his shareholders may not thank him in the short term – but if the coastline of western Europe is hit by an oil spill in the next few years he can justifiably say, “I told you so”.Should a blowout occur in the Arctic region, oil would likely be deposited into the North Atlantic Current of the Gulf Stream which runs right up the northwest side of Ireland. How likely is a blowout? According to a study carried out in the UK for the House of Commons it may be one of the “unavoidable impacts” of Arctic drilling.What is not in doubt is that over the next 15 years the Arctic will overtake the Middle East as the world’s biggest oil and gas producing region. Under the UN’s Law of the Sea, the five Arctic States of America, Canada, Russia, Greenland (Denmark) and Norway each have an exclusive economic zone which stretches 200 nautical miles from their respective shorelines and gives them rights to any resources in the sea area and under the seabed.“Now haggling”Russia has the longest Arctic shoreline and therefore holds rights to the largest area, with the other four dividing the remainder between them. A massive area of the Arctic Ocean is outside of this 200 NM boundary and is therefore an area of international waters that belongs to no particular country. Russia, America and Canada are now haggling over their entitlement to the unclaimed far north, a region where conditions are so severe that Russia and America used it as nuclear dumping ground for years, both content that the waste would not be disturbed for centuries to come.China is now also looking for rights in the international waters too, claiming to be a “near Arctic state”. China will undoubtedly have an interest in the estimated 160 billion barrels of crude oil, 1.65 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 883 million barrels of liquid gas around the Arctic, but what will be of perhaps even greater interest to the oriental giant is the so-called Northern Sea Route. This channel is the shortest possible route between China and Europe/America and will save China, the world’s largest exporter, a fortune when it becomes a dependable summer shipping channel by the end of the decade. Beijing to Hamburg via the Northern Sea Route is 6,400km shorter than China’s current passage to Europe through the Malacca Strait and the Suez Canal. The channel, which passes through the North Sea, will also become a major route for three oil tankers heading eastwards.Separate to the Arctic States is the Arctic Council which includes the five states as well as Iceland, Sweden and Finland. There is also a mix of observer states such as the UK, France and Japan. The Council is an intergovernmental body which ensures that the Arctic States all get on with each other and that the indigenous people are fairly represented. It is here, at the Arctic Council, that countries have the ability to question the safety of oil drilling and make sure that inherent risks of oil production are minimised.“Who will clean it up?”This is the place where you would expect to find Phil Hogan asking some very basic questions such as – if oil pollutes the Irish coast as a consequence of an Arctic blowout – who will clean it up?To date the drilling in the Arctic has been exploratory. Despite the newfound accessibility to the region drilling is still both very difficult and expensive. Engineers are finding that most wells will be in relatively shallow waters of between 40 to 500 metres of water. However the melting pack ice is unreliable, and there are fears about the potential damage that could be caused to rigs by massive icebergs breaking off the Petermann Glacier. Earlier this year a satellite picked up an iceberg floating south of Greenland which had an above-waterline surface area that was twice the size of Manhattan Island.There will of course be an opportune time for the oil companies to tap the oil and gas. The longer oil stays in the ground the more valuable it will become and a sudden surge in availability would see a drop in oil prices, not something that the oil companies want. However, there are signs that the oil companies are reading themselves to get things rolling.Shell made significant efforts, $4.7 billion worth, to tap wells. Their efforts were hampered by the US Coast Guard who has concerns over how an emergency response would be conducted in the area. Shell were also hindered by Greenpeace and the oil giant are in the process of suing the organisation with the intention of securing the right to fine them $1 million every time they protest within 500 metres of Shell property.“Seven months before ice melts to allow rescue units access to leak”Should an oil spill occur in the Arctic Ocean the US Coast Guard would be the principle authority in coordinating a response within the area. The biggest concern around a spill is accessibility. Should a disaster similar to the Deep Horizon spill occur during the frozen winter, it may be up to seven months before the ice melts away allowing rescue units get to the leak. When they do get there, facilities such as deep sea ports and airports are scarce. As the commandant of the Coast Guard Robert Papp points out he would be responsible for “feeding and housing 4,000 people, there would need to be a hospital near the location, all sorts of facilities would need to be in place. At the moment they do not exist”.Oil spills are never a good thing, but the Arctic is the last place on earth, bar possibly the Antarctic, that you want an oil spill to occur. Unfortunately oil companies have no clear idea how to prevent spills or a definite plan of action when one does occur.Since the Deep Horizon blowout there have been 19 separate incidents which have polluted the world’s oceans with 215,000 tonnes of crude oil. With the level of drilling expected in the Arctic over the next 10 years it is likely that a blowout will occur at some point. Despite the oil executives’ rush the oil is not going anywhere and what is vital at this stage is that oil companies put in place watertight safety and clean up plans before they start drilling, and that governments, including Ireland, are entirely satisfied that there is no risk to the environment.Eoin Lynch tweets at @Eoinlyncho
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY claimed today that “nobody told me” about the case of an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome who had his medical card removed, despite committing to meeting Ronan Woodhouse and his mother last month.The Taoiseach said today in the Dáil that he could “certainly sympathise” with Ronan’s mother, Noreen Keane, but said he did not have all the facts in front of him.The young boy has 13 related conditions including acute asthma, a cardiac condition and sight and hearing difficulties and had his medical card removed as his mother is above the income threshold for eligibilityHowever, his case has been highlighted by the Irish Examiner and the Clare People with Keane telling the latter that Ronan’s care costs an average of €2,300 per month.Kenny said today that he had not been told about Ronan’s case, however he was told about it at the Fine Gael national conference in October and committed to meeting Ronan and his mother.Today, Kenny told Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin: “You mention the political gathering that the Fine Gael party had down in Limerick. “Nobody told me that the person involved wanted to meet me and I spoke to several people on the way in there.” But in fact, Kenny was asked about the case during a media conference on Saturday, 12 October.When Ronan’s case was put to him and he was asked would he be prepared to meet the family, Kenny responded: “Of course.”He went on to say: “Listen I’ve been meeting people who have medical card cases for very many years and clearly the medical card system is there for a particular purpose.”Kenny went on to talk about the conditions attached to medical card eligibility such as income and the flexibility that applies for discretionary cases.Referring back to the question about meeting the family, Kenny added: “Of course I am happy to do that.”The issue of discretionary medical cards was once again raised by Martin in the Dáil this morning.He said that Ronan’s case and that of a five-year-old girl exemplified “the appalling impact that he change of policy has had on very sick children”.Kenny again insisted that there had been no change in the policy that applies to medical cards and that nobody is entitled to a medical card automatically.‘It is a balancing act’: Reilly apologises over medical card problemsRead: Facing call to resign, Taoiseach says medical card issues ‘will all be sorted out’Read: “There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly
INDEPENDENT MEP NESSA Childers will announce which constituency she intends to contest May’s European elections in at the end of the month.Having quit the Labour Party last year and with the constituency of Ireland East abolished, Childers faces a choice between running in three-seat Dublin or in the expanded four-seat Ireland South, which includes parts of her current base.She said that her campaign is “at an advanced stage” but despite having made her mind up about where she will run she declined to say publicly which constituency it will be.As the daughter of former Fianna Fáil president Erskine Childers and a former Green Party councillor who joined Labour in 2008 before quitting the party last year, Childers has a varied political past, but she insisted she will run as an independent in the European elections next year.Childers will be one of a number of reasonably high-profile independent candidates running to take one of Ireland’s 11 seats in the European Parliament towards the end of May.Senator Rónán Mullen will be running in the new and vast Midlands North West constituency which runs from Donegal down to Laois and Mayo across to Louth.Peter Mathews could also run as an independent in Dublin, but he has fuelled speculation that he could run for Fianna Fáil which has opened nominations to be its candidate in the capital today.Equality campaigner Tiernan Brady has already declared his intention to seek the nomination as has councillor Mary Fitzpatrick. Former senator Geraldine Feeney will also seek the Dublin nomination.Last night, Brady called on all candidates in Dublin to pledge to serve a full five-year term if elected to one of the three seats representing the capital in the European parliament.Two of the three MEPs elected in 2009 have resigned with Socialist Joe Higgins elected to the Dáíl and Labour’s Pronsias de Rossa retiring. Brady also pointed out that Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell, who is retiring this year, ran for the Irish presidency during his term.“Voters are entitled to know the future political intentions of those seeking election and candidates should come clean on where their true ambitions lie,” he said.Also running in Dublin are Labour’s Emer Costello who will be looking to retain her seat, Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan, the Green Party’s Eamon Ryan and People Before Profit councillor Brid Smith.With Mitchell retiring, junior minister Brian Hayes is widely expected to run for Fine Gael though this has yet to be confirmed.Read: 9 questions we’re asking ahead of the new political yearMary Hanafin: I’d love to run again but I don’t know if people will vote for me
TIME TO GET the good dishes out.Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of an official visit to Italy.The Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, will have an audience with the Catholic leader on 3 April in Vatican City, following a private lunch hosted by the Italian president.Buckingham Palace announced today that the Queen will be visiting the country following an invitation from the president.It will be the first time that the British monarch has met Pope Francis since he was elected in March of last year.She has however made three previous visits to the Vatican in 1961, 1980 and 2000, during which she met with Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.The Catholic Herald reported last year that Pope Francis sent greetings to the Queen just two days after his election.US President Barack Obama is due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican seven days before the Queen’s visit.Read: Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God > Read: Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it >
A MAN HAS been arrested in connection with the death of a pedestrian in a road collision today.The PSNI said that a 63-year-old man has died following a one-vehicle road traffic incident shortly before 10.25am today.The incident involved a dark-coloured Audi A4 car and a pedestrian on the Monaghan Road, Aughnacloy area.A man (51) has been arrested in relation to the incident and is currently helping police with their inquiries.Motorists are advised to seek alternative main routes for their journey as police continue to attend the scene.Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who was travelling on the Monaghan Road around the time of the incident, to contact the police on 0845 600 8000.
LEINSTER FORWARDS COACH Jonno Gibbes has revealed the province intend to start prop Cian Healy against Treviso on Saturday.Healy received a three week ban from the IRB citing commissioners yesterday following a stamp on English forward Dan Coles during Ireland’s 12-6 home loss.The IRFU are considering an appeal against the ban, which will see Healy miss Six Nations games against Scotland and France.Gibbes told TheScore.ie, “He’s certainly available.“Joe [Schmidt] and Declan Kidney have been in touch to discuss the international players. I would certainly be delighted to have him back.“Cian will be one of those guys they’ve discussed that will be considered.”Asked if he had any issues with starting a player while questions still remain over the validity of his ban, Gibbes remarked, “Not for me.” He added:There are complications for others maybe. Cian is just like the other international players that are in consideration [for the game].”No bone throwingSpeaking about the decision to ban Healy for three weeks but delay it so that he misses the France home tie on 9 March, Gibbes said, “Nothing really is surprising when a judiciary is involved.“You go into them with an open mind.”It is expected that the home against Treviso will feature backs Luke Fitzgerald an Fergus McFadden, who are both vying for game time to impress their claims upon Kidney for an Ireland start against the Scots.Gibbes gave no more away, commenting that he has too much respect for Treviso coach Franco Smith ‘to throw him a bone.”Cian Healy to miss Scotland and France matches after 3 week ban for stamping
THE DEAL ON the promissory note is good news for Ireland, but the choices the Government makes with its new-found budgetary latitude will be its real test. It should not escape attention that the group which is today suffering from the highest levels of unemployment, are being diverted into lower tier employment conditions, and parallel withdrawal of social and educational provisions are the same ones who will be approaching retirement themselves in 35 years when this debt matures. Committing to rebuilding the economy for this generation would mark this Government out as more far-sighted than its predecessors but it will require brave choices.The Government finally has some evidence to show the public that it is delivering on its pre-election promise of debt relief. Trinity College Economist Philip Lane has estimated that based on a relatively conservative nominal GDP growth of 2 per cent a year, the value of the debt in 2048 when it matures will represent around 7.4 per cent of total GDP as opposed to a colossal 15 per cent today. Calculations of the interest rate in the meantime leave some hostages to fortune but, based on current conditions, they will be relatively low. While Ireland remains heavily indebted and economic growth is stagnant, the path to recovery at last looks sustainable in its own right – as opposed to requiring the application of some heavily rose- tinted spectacles.Youth unemployment and crimeHowever, such a recovery may be an empty achievement unless the intergenerational issues which have developed during this crisis are addressed. Ireland’s economic crash has disproportionately affected young workers, with youth unemployment at 39 per cent nationally and as high as 50 per cent in the worst affected cities. Research has shown that even in the event of an economic upswing, these effects are long- term. Studies on the economic prospects for college graduates who enter the labour market in a recession show they will earn on average 17.5 per cent less per year, and more importantly, that these effects can persist for up to 17 years.Young people are much more likely than older people to be unemployed – by a factor of two in some areas, and by as much as a factor of four in others. Experiences in other countries tell us that if this trajectory continues, it will leave more than individual tragedies in its wake. The wider consequences for society of long-term youth unemployment are well documented and wide- ranging. The motivations for the 2011 London riots are subject to ongoing debate, but most agree that the roots of those problems can be found in youth unemployment.While older people are more likely to be afraid of crime, young people are much more likely to be victims of crime. In 2006, the last period for which figures are available, Irish people aged from 18-24 were five times more likely to be victims of crime than people aged over 65+. Those under 44 were more than two and a half times more likely to be victims of crime than those over 45. Young men in particular have worst affected by unemployment, and are also the group most likely to be victims of crime.EmigrationIn 2011, an Irish person aged between 15 and 24 was more than four and a half times as likely as someone over 45 to emigrate, and a person under 45 was about 10 times as likely to emigrate as someone over 45. There are certainly reasons why younger people may be more likely to emigrate at less cost than their older peers, but for many, emigration is a last resort.The breadth and scale of government reform efforts since Labour and Fine Gael came to power betrays the fact that so far, this crisis has gone to waste. Reform of the public service has favoured current workers at the expense of new and younger hires. Progress on political reform has become progressively more simplistic and less ambitious. Interest groups have been largely effective in maintaining the budgetary status quo and while schemes like JobBridge are welcome and effective to a degree, their limitations are well documented.There is at last some small opportunity for a departure from the politics of necessity which we have seen over the past three years, where the constraints of the crisis meant that governance felt like the absence rather than the presence of choice. Narrow as it is, the new budgetary space that this deal provides offers the best way for the public to understand the real values and goals of this government. Addressing unemployment is difficult but the first steps must be through meaningful retraining and educational opportunities. A principled commitment to equal conditions for new and young workers as Croke Park 2 is negotiated should be a high priority of the government. Governance could be improved by filling some of the open positions on our overwhelmingly grey state boards with younger candidates. Ambition and commitment to address these most pressing problems are the only way to halt the worsening generational divide.Legacy of debtTypical of Irish dark humour, within hours of the debt deal being made, a picture went viral on several Irish Facebook group pages. It depicts a twist on a classic scene from Father Ted’s famous caravan episode with a revised caption: Father Ted explains to Dougal “this debt is large… and this debt is far away”.Ignoring distant problems contributed to this crisis, and exacerbated it at its height. But far away doesn’t mean gone, and it doesn’t mean resolved. When it comes to the children and grandchildren of today paying the costs of this generation’s mistakes, it cannot be an excuse for inaction.When the time comes to pay off the principal on the debt in 2038, the younger generation and their own retirement funds may not appreciate the legacy they have been bequeathed.Dan Hayden is a PhD Candidate at the UCD Regulation and Governance, specialising in public regulation, and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar. Dan is currently looking at how the terms of employment for new entrants have been affected by the crisis. If you are a young person employed on very different terms or pay than your older peers, he would like to hear from you at email@example.com.
OVER 100 JOBS have been created in north Dublin after it was announced a €14 million primary healthcare facility has received the go-head to start construction.The location of the facility, in Minister for Health James Reilly’s constituency, was met with controversy last year when it was deemed that it was added to a priority list of towns vying for the new centres at the last minute.Internal government documents shows that Swords and Balbriggan (also in Minister Reilly’s constituency) were only added to the list of towns being considered for primary care centres on the night before the list was released to the public.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny denied that Minister Reilly construed the list saying he “had no function whatsoever in selecting sites from Primary Care centres, as distinct from locations”.80 permanent jobsWhen completed, the Balbriggan primary health care centre will employ over 80 permanent staff in its pharmacy, café, retail units, doctors’ surgeries and offices. It will also house HSE facilities, including nurses rooms, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social worker offices, dental services, community mental health teams and a mental health day hospital.Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for the new centre on Dublin Street and work is expected to take 12 months.Read: Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site> More: Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement>
SIX PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in Cork following allegations of fraudulent mortgage loans secured on a number of properties in the Munster area.Detectives from the fraud investigation unit based in Anglesea St. Garda Station assisted by local gardaí across Co. Cork carried out the searches and arrests this morning.Four men and two women – ranging in ages from their twenties to their forties – were arrested. They are currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at a number of Garda Stations in Co. Cork.A large amount of documentation along with computers, storage devices and phones were seized during the operation.Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €5,000 were also recovered at one of the locations.Enquiries are ongoing.
THE CENTRAL BANK has issued a warning to consumers over the unregulated status of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending.The two cash-raising techniques have become increasingly widespread as small businesses find it hard to raise traditional bank finance.They involve businesses raising funds by amalgamating small sums invested by non-experts, often through third part platforms.The Central Bank’s warning details concerns about risks specific to lending money through crowdfunding platforms, including the risk of the investor company or indeed the platform itself failing.It also flags “the risk of misleading or insufficient information disclosure, unfair contract terms of misleading commercial practices, and the absence of dispute resolution and redress mechanisms”.The bank’s statement does acknowledge that crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending “is a type of market-based finance that could help stimulate funding to small and medium sized enterprises as well as personal lending”.Read: Borrowing without banks – here’s how you’ve done it.While the Central Bank told TheJournal.ie this morning that it is not hitting the ‘red alert’ button on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, it considers it important nonetheless that consumers know its regulatory status.Industry responseA spokesperson for one of the leading Irish peer-to-peer platforms, Linked Finance, said that the company wanted to see the industry regulated.“We have engaged from the outset with the Department of Finance and the Central Bank and consistently called for regulation within our industry.”Linked Finance said that it has multiple measures in place to assess the loans that go through the platform and that it adheres to anti-money laundering requirements to vet lenders and borrowers. Whilst we are not a regulated entity, we ensure that the principles of these regulations form the basis for how we safeguard our lenders and borrowers fundsThe spokesman concluded by saying that the company would welcome the government taking action and regulating the peer-to-peer sector.Read: Want to get a project successfully crowdfunded? Make sure it’s about the arts>Read: Following the crowd: How crowdfunding changed the way projects are made>
WHEN IT WAS announced last month that the ESB were considering demolishing the Poolbeg chimneys, the news prompted much outcry from the general public.And while the future of the towers remains uncertain, there’s still time to marvel at their majesty and glory, which brings us to this stunning video.Filmed with the aid of a drone, the video from Sky Pixels Ireland captures the inside of the Poolbeg chimneys, as well as their incredible panoramic views of Dublin.Watch it for yourself below.(If you can’t view the video below, click here.) Source: Sky Pixels Ireland/YouTubeA collection of images, memories and feelings about Poolbeg chimneys >
Ensemble‘s Halo Wars RTS has never been the most popular entry in Bungie‘s popular Halo franchise, sad to say: the relative lack of popularity of their new take on the Covenant Wars ended up killing Ensemble off, despite the fact that they are the world-class visionaries behind Microsoft’s popular Age of Empires series of RTS games. Things are now about to get worse for Halo Wars players, too: Microsoft has decided to shut down a lot of the multiplayer services that Halo Wars players have counted on.AdChoices广告It’s not cataclysmic news. Halo Wars will still be playable online, and Microsoft will still provide matchmaking services, but they will no longer track multiplayer statistics and they’ll be folding the Halo Wars forums into the rest of the Halo community.The latter’s not really a big deal, but unfortunately, the former’s going to leave a lot of people in the lurch: stat tracking is a hugely important element to a multiplayer RTS community, especially competitively.It’s not the end of the world, no, and given Halo Wars lack of popularity, it could be a lot worse… but if you’re one of the faithful who has played Halo Wars extensively over the last year, the online experience is about to get just a little bit darker.Read more at Halo Wars forums
AdChoices广告 according to a new study by european researchers, somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter of files downloaded from torrent sites like the pirate bay are not what the downloader is expecting. the study, performed primarily by academics based out of the universidad carlos iii de madrid sought to find out the motives behind torrent seedersin the process, the researchers discovered that 30 percent of 55,000 files (shared by 35 million ip addresses) were fakes. and, despited safeguards, a quarter of the files that were actually downloaded also ended up being fakes. according to the researchers, “major bittorrent portals are suffering from a systematic poisoning index attack that affects 30 percent of the published content.”as far as the intentions of seeders go, the researchers found that many are out to advertise faster tracking services and other paid site. fake content, meanwhile, is generally seeded by anti-piracy groups and users with more malicious intent.
Before the world started going digital there wasn’t much use for old military bunkers buried under the ground. But as digital data stores have grown, and some of that data is critical to the operation of certain organizations, so has the need to store it securely. All of a sudden those abandoned bunkers were hot property.This week a new one has come up for sale, and we bet a few ISPs will be in a bidding war to secure it.The bunker is located south of Comrie in Scotland, about 50 miles from Edinburgh. It’s part of a site called the Cultybraggan Camp which was originally a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. The bunker itself wasn’t completed until 1990 and was built as a response to the Cold War threat.The bunker has room for 150 staff as well as sleeping and eating quarters. Even better news for the new owner is the bunker has never been used, but is fully functional with water, power, a BBC studio, and a telephone exchange all available to take advantage of.The original build cost was $47 million, but a quick sale is clearly wanted as the asking price today is only $637,000. Over the past 3 years regeneration work has been done to update the drainage, sewage, electricity, telecoms, and water there at a cost of $700,000 making this an even bigger bargain for the lucky new owner.There’s a number of images available of the site at the Scottish Places information website.Read more at Country Life, via ThinqMatthew’s OpinionAs the site has had so much work done on it I doubt it will go for just $600,000. There’s going to be a few companies interested in getting their hands on it, so a bidding war is sure to happen.Ultimately I think an ISP or one of the big tech companies like Google or Microsoft may jump in the sale and outbid everyone. These locations don’t come up on the market very often, and with regeneration work just finished a company could just move right in and start using the facility. The advertising potential alone (“we’ll store your data in a bomb-proof nuclear bunker”) is worth the cost of ownership to the right security company I bet.
Tom Guilmette is a professional camera man who has been working in the TV industry for many years. That hasn’t dulled his love of shooting with cool equipment every chance he gets, though, so when he got handed a Vision Research Phantom High Speed Digital Cinema camera he started experimenting.The camera is the new Flex version. He was in Las Vegas to shoot the World Championships of Ping Pong (WCPP), but he needed to get used to the camera first, so he spent a whole night playing with it in his hotel room.The result is this rather epic video that was shot at 2,564 frame per second. The detail on view here is astonishing, and it’s some of the best I’ve seen. The phone hitting a hard surface was especially interesting seeing how the whole case reacted to the impact, as was the way water comes out of the tap and almost forming a ball before dropping. I think the light bulb smashing is my favorite, though.If only the cameras in our smartphones were capable of capturing such detail.Read more at tomguilmette.com