Spanish domination of Europe

Spanish teams are dominating Europe, and the facts speak that. THW Kiel is the only non-Spanish team that is able to break the Spanish “monologue” in European Handball. With Barcelona winning this years (2011) Champions League , it is now 5 titles in the past 7 years for Spanish teams. Of course, that means Ciudad Real and Barcelona. If we thought that THW Kiel’s victory last year at LANXESS arena will begin at least few years of non-Spanish domination, we were wrong. The “Kings” and the “Catalans” blew away the German teams in this years semifinals, and have disappointed handball Germany, which was expecting much more this year from HSV Hamburg and Rhein-Neckar Lowen. If we could agree that Rhein-Neckar Lowen is perhaps not the same class as the other three, still HSV Hamburg’s performance in their match against Ciudad Real leaves place for doubt on whether what was done wrong  in team’s play in comparison to the Spanish one.Spanish teams played atomic handball, and with the help of some fantastic saves from Hombrados and Saric, they traced their way to the final. In the final, it was all-even, both teams knew each other and knew how to exploit other team’s weaknesses. But Barcelona had something more. They had the in-very-good-mood goalkeeper Danijel Saric. He was outstanding, was simply more than deservedly the man of the match, and for sure goes the attribute that Barcelona owes a large due of the title to him.What can we expect next season ? Barcelona is likely gonna keep the same squad. They could perhaps do one change in the playing squad with Myrhol coming, but that won’t change much and they will for sure be regarded again as one of the top favourites for the next year’s title in the same arena again, Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Perhaps we could expect something new from Ciudad Real. They have been doing simply too many changes when it comes to changing players for attack/defence, and this has perhaps costed them the title. Maybe we should expect more stability in the game, and see less changes, with perhaps buying a player that could play attack and defence as good.The Germans have underestimated, but they will still be very competitive next season, and might be unfortunately the only ones that could be having a shot at stopping the Spanish domination of Europe, unless we see some extraordinary plays from Montpellier, Chekhovskie Medvedi, etc… Teams that realistically need much stronger bench in order to compete at the same level as the Spanish and German clubs.All in all, Barcelona absolutely deserved the title. They went through THW Kiel in the quarter-finals, then Rhein-Neckar Lowen in the semifinal, and in the final Ciudad Real was swept away. Perhaps not as interesting matches as the last season, but then again, the next season is already here knocking at the door… ← Previous Story Barcelona conquers Europe! Barca 27-24 Ciudad Real Next Story → Gensheimer doesn’t break Perunicic’s record read more

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Radu Voina left Oltchim Valcea

← Previous Story Golub Doknic amazing goal! (VIDEO) Next Story → Begona Fernandez joins RK Zajecar! Romanian coach, Radu Voina left EHF CL semifinalist, Oltchim Valcea at the end of the season. He was also a head coach of Romanian NT, but after poor results in the last 18 months and missed chance to qualify for the Olympic Games, Voina decided to leave. Oltchim ValceaRadu Voina

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SHOW IN KRAKOW Over 15000 fans cheer Kielce – PSG draw

The dream came true for the Polish handball, but also KS Vive Tauron Kielce. The new attendance record is set, 15.000 fans watched fantastic warm-up for the season between Kielce and PSG Handball 32:32 (16:16) in spectacular Tauron Arena in Krakow. A real pre-season show was lead by Michal Jurecki who scored 8 goals for the home squad and amazing Mikkel Hansen, who netted 15 from 18 shots!Vive Tauron Kielce – Paris Saint-Germain HB 32:32 (16:16)Vive Tauron: Szmal, Sego – Vujović 1, Jurecki 8, Chrapkowski, Kus 1, Aguinagalde 2, Bielecki 5, Jachlewski 4, Strlek 1, Lijewski, Buntić 1, Zorman 1, Cupić 5.PSG: Annonay, Omeyer – Melić 1, Molgaard 1, Vori 1, Barachet 3, Gunnarsson, Karabatić L. 5, Hansen 15, Narcisse 3, Onufriyenko 1, Karabatić N. 2. Handball show in KrakowKS VIVE Tauron KielcePSG Handball ← Previous Story SLOVENIA: RK Celje PL win Super cup after thriller against Gorenje Next Story → Mladen Bojinovic strikes EHF CL with RK Borac Banja Luka read more

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Onesta to exclude Jerome Fernandez from French NT

The French NT head-coach Claude Onesta said for BEINSport that appearance of legendary NT captain Jerome Fernandez isn’t secure in the future because of the “role he wants to play”. Problems have been seen in January during the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, when Onesta sent public message to his captain, but it looks that things didn’t improved even after winning the gold medal.The 37 years old Fernandez has 385 appearances for the national team with amazing number of gold medals, but it looks that Onesta thinks that it is team for some sort of rejuvenation… Claude OnestaJerome Fernandez ← Previous Story EHF CL BEST 7: Back-line on IĆ with Scandi support… Next Story → 330 DAYS WITHOUT HANDBALL: Anita Gorbicz is back! read more

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HUNGAROMANIAN FINAL Furious CSM Bucharest demolish ZRK Vardar

← Previous Story EUROPE TO FIND NEW CHAMPIONS: Gyor beat Buducnost for the final! Next Story → POLISH FINAL: Easy job for Kielce – 1:0 CSM BucharestWomens EHF Champions LeagueZRK Vardar Skopje Amazing performance by Romanian girls led CSM Bucharest to the first ever Women’s EHF Champions League final in Budapest! The Danish coach Kim Rasmusen obviosly was highly motivated to show former partners from Macedonia, that he is a “little bit” better coach that one who got fired after only 28 days in Skopje last year. At the end, amazing Jelena Grubišić with 20 saves and easy Bucharest win – 27:21 (14:9).Slow attacks, poor shooting performance, weak defense with Anja Althaus in the middle and Leynaud between the posts, with brilliant Grubišić on goal on the other side, where the reasons why Romanian girls had 7:1 after 13 minutes of the match!The leading Vardar’s shooter Andrea Penezić was invisible with 1/6, and only Andrea Lekić could attack on the level necessary to chase the rival for the EHF CL Final.On the other side, Rodrigues (six goals), Gullden, Manea and Co. were concentrated to not let rivals to come back. Story last until 44. minutes, when Bradeanu netted on empty goal for 21:11. Everything else was just a question of time, celebration and dissapointment…CSM Bucharest – Gyori – Sunday 17.45 for the title!PHOTO: gol.mk. Filip Viranovski read more

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Tributes paid to SDLPs Eddie McGrady

first_imgHe played a crucial role in establishing a dispensation of peace and partnership in Northern Ireland and will be greatly missed by his colleagues in the SDLP, by the people of South Down who he served so well and, of course, by his beloved family and many friends. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described McGrady as one of the party’s “finest parliamentarians and negotiators”.“He was a man of immense integrity who, during the Troubles, showed extraordinary personal courage in the face of repeated threats against his life” he said.Eddie served the people of South Down tirelessly over fifty years in public life. He lived in Downpatrick and often quoted Saint Patrick as a model for reconciliation between the political traditions on this island. Saint Patrick’s words, written at the end of his life, apply equally to Eddie as we mourn his passing: “I have not laboured for nothing. My travels have not been in vain.”“Without Eddie and his party, Ireland would be a very different place. We are in their debt.”McGrady is survived by his daughter Paula and two sons Conaill and Gerry.Read: Noel Davern, former Fianna Fáil TD, dies at age of 67> TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to founding member of the Social Democratic Labour Party (SDLP), Eddie McGrady who died today, aged 78.As well as being one of the founding members of the SDLP in 1970, McGrady was its first Chairman  and a member of the first Nothern Ireland Police Board. He was also an MP for South Down for 23 years until his retirement in 2010.Commenting today, President Michael D Higgins said: “During the years of conflict and tension, Eddie McGrady’s personal dignity and measured words embodied the values of decency, mutual respect and the primacy of democratic politics.”last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #FRAUD: A former Anglo Irish Bank clerk has appeared in court today charged with computer fraud that left Anglo Irish Bank down over €200,000.2. #HEALTH: The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is to come into force on 1 January said the Department of Health.3. #AIB: Customers of AIB are experiencing difficulties using their debit cards, with reports they are not working in shops or ATMs.4. #JOB LOSSES: It was announced today that 400 jobs are to go at the Lufthansa Technik Airmotive plant in Rathcoole.5. #NIGELLA: The former assistants of the TV chef have been acquitted of fraud.last_img read more

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Clare coast worst hit by storms with repair works to cost over

first_imgCLARE COUNTY COUNCIL estimates that the repair works to infrastructure following the recent storms will cost in the region of €23.7 million.Fine Gael Clare TD, Joe Carey, said the damage to the Clare coastline highlights the need for the Irish Government to access EU funding for the clean-up operation.Last week, Junior Minister Brian Hayes who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, said he believes it is “inevitable” that more flood relief funding will be released for areas that need it.“I’m not surprised at the estimated cost of works as a result of the unprecedented damage caused by the recent storms. The estimate of €23.7 million highlights the urgent need for the Irish State to apply directly to the EU Solidarity Fund, which has previously been accessed by Germany, France and others,” he said.Council worker surveying the damage in Lahinch (Photo: Ger Cleary)He added: The storms devastated large parts of the west coast, causing significant damage to public infrastructure as well as retail and residential properties. The sheer scale of the bill for Clare alone highlights the need for Government to apply to the EU for this essential financial assistance.Carey said that the damage caused to livelihoods and homes will have serious and lasting effects on those who live near or in the areas affected.“I intend to discuss this matter directly with the Taoiseach and will be raising the issue in the Dáil once it reconvenes next week,” he said.Meanwhile, other local authorities are also surveying the damage. Local authorities on the east coast experienced relatively little damage, but councils in Galway and Mayo say damage to the coastline could cost in the region of €30 million, while Kerry County Council is looking for €20 million for coastal repairs.(County Mayo. Photo: Shane Sweeney)However, even when there are coastal defence schemes in place they don’t always work, as Bray town found out on Monday when the beach, promenade and harbour flooded.(Bray Promenade. Credit: John Brady)This is the first time it has flooded since the Bray coastal protection scheme was completed in 2001 at a cost of €5 million at the time. Sinn Féin councillor John Brady raised concerns that thousands of tonnes of stone have been washed away which he says is why the area flooded.(Bray at hight tide. Photocall Ireland)“The project was supposed to have been monitored and replenished over the last 12 years but this simply has not happened. This has left the projects overall viability in question leaving the seafront at risk of flooding,” he said. However the the town manager Des O’Brien said that it is not the case and that maintenance work has been carried out on the coast over the years. He commended the council workers for working tirelessly to clean up the beach.Read: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its toll>Read: Wreckage of Sunbeam is ‘now in two pieces’>last_img read more

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Man arrested in connection with Dublin gym shooting

first_imgA 46-YEAR-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a gym in Dublin this week.A 32-year-old man was shot numerous times in the incident at the Ballyboggan Industrial Estate, Cabra at around 10.40 am on Wednesday, 15 May.A man was arrested today in Dublin and is being detained at Finglas Garda Station under the provisions of section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 as amended.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting or who may have seen a silver coloured Mini with a northern registration plate, leave the scene in the direction of Finglas, to contact them at Cabra Garda Station 01 666 7400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.Read: Dublin gym shooting victim still in critical condition>last_img read more

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Poll Do you allow smoking in your home

first_img Yes (621) Poll Results: YesNoVote No (3192) A NEW STUDY has claimed that the number of deaths caused by smoking in the home could be comparable to the number of road deaths recorded in Ireland.According to the NUI Galway-led research, the concentration of particulate pollution in the homes of smokers (who smoke indoors) is six-times higher than the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for general outdoor air quality, 10 times the allowable level for healthy breathing in homes and up to 17 times greater than levels actually found outdoors.Smoking at home causes greater levels of air pollutants than using solid fuels such as coal, wood, peat and gas, says Dr Marie Coggins.Since the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland, many people have found it easier to stop people smoking in their own homes. So, in today’s poll we ask: Do you allow smoking in your home?last_img read more

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Dean Fitzpatrick funeral He was a young man with so much life

first_imgTHE FUNERAL OF 23-year-old stab victim Dean Fitzpatrick is taking place today with friends and family gathered at the Holy Trinity church in Donaghmede this morning.In his homily, the priest, Fr Eoin McCrystal, spoke of the “devastation” felt at the young man’s tragic death by those who knew him.“He was a young man with so much of life ahead of him,” he said. “Speaking with his loved ones they have told me of the fact that Dean was a proud father of Leon and doted on him. Dean was a young man with plenty of life in him so it is only natural that there are so many broken hearts in this church this morning.”During the homily, the parish priest mentioned Fitzpatrick’s younger sister Amy, who was just 15 when she went missing five years ago in Spain.“That must be the worst nightmare for any family, and Amy is very much in our prayers this day as well,” he said.Dean Fitzpatrick was found with stab wounds at a house on Malahide Road in Dublin on 26 May and later died of his injuries in hospital. A man had been arrested over the killing but was later released by gardaí without charge.Read: Man released without charge over Dean Fitzpatrick killing>last_img read more

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Study finds link between high cholesterol and breast cancer

first_imgA NEW STUDY has found that high cholesterol could put women at risk of breast cancer.It also found that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, may cut the risk.The findings are based on patient data from over 660,000 women in the UK over a 14 year period.It found that the risk of breast cancer was almost doubled in those with abnormally high levels of blood fats.However, the research is still at an early stage and the findings do not prove that cholesterol helps trigger breast cancer.Doctor Rahul Potluri is a cardiologist at Aston University in Birmingham, he led the study:Our preliminary study suggests that women with high cholesterol in their blood may be at greater risk of getting breast cancer.“It raises the possibility of preventing breast cancer with statins, which lower cholesterol, but as this is a primitive study, significant time and research is needed before this idea can be tested.He added that statins are cheap, widely available and relatively safe. They’re already known to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.Obesity  Over the past few years,  studies have found a link between obesity and breast cancer.Last year a study in mice found that lowering circulating cholesterol or interfering with its metabolism may be used to prevent or treat breast cancer.Dr Potluri said: “We have a general principle that obesity is linked to breast cancer and a study in mice suggested that this may be because of cholesterol.“We decided to investigate whether there was any association between hyperlipidaemia, which is essentially high cholesterol, and breast cancer.”Research The researchers used a statistical model to study the association between hyperlipidaemia and breast cancer.They found that having hyperlipidaemia increased the risk of breast cancer by 1.64 times.Dr Potluri said, “We found that women with high cholesterol had a significantly greater chance of developing breast cancer.This was an observational study so we can’t conclude that high cholesterol causes breast cancer but the strength of this association warrants further investigation.A prospective study is now needed to monitor the risk of breast cancer in women with and without high cholesterol.If it confirms a connection between high cholesterol and breast cancer then the next step would be to see if lowering cholesterol with statins can reduce the risk of developing cancer.Dr Potluri said a clinical trial may be needed:We are potentially heading towards a clinical trial in 10-15 years to test the effect of statins on the incidence of breast cancer.“If such a trial is successful, statins may have a role in the prevention of breast cancer especially in high risk groups, such as women with high cholesterol.”Read: Eating too much red meat could increase your risk of breast cancer>Read: Rates of breast cancer, invasive cervical cancer and prostate cancer are increasing in Ireland>last_img read more

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Apple stops sale of PhotoFast 256GB SSD for MacBook Air

first_imgIt seems as if Apple has used its muscle to stop a company selling a very fast SSD upgrade for the MacBook Air that also doubles the device’s capacity to 256GB.PhotoFast started selling the drives last month which promised 64/128/256GB storage options, but more importantly 250MB/s read and write speeds. Apple ships an SSD in the MacBook Air only capable of 150MB/s.If you have any money left after buying an Air it sounds like a worthwhile upgrade: double the storage and a performance gain of around 30%. But the opportunity to buy one didn’t last very long as Apple has now stopped the company shipping them.Rather than take action against them through the courts, Apple seems to have had a quiet word with PhotoFast. As the company also sells accessories for Apple products as part of the MFi program, it’s easy to guess how the conversation went. “We really like having you on board with the MFi program, but at the same time we really don’t like you selling those SSD.”For PhotoFast it seems to have been a decision between losing a lot of revenue from accessories, or losing a bit from SSD sales.Read more at 9 to 5 MacMatthew’s OpinionI know Apple like to keep control of their products, but why is this upgrade deemed as unacceptable? PhotoFast is offering more storage and a performance gain at a price. It’s not going to be an option the majority of Air owners take, so why take the time to bar their sale?It may be that Apple is preparing to offer a 256GB model of the Air and update the SSD line to have faster read/write speeds. In which case PhotoFast would be encroaching on sales of those devices. However, it would remain a fringe player if consumers can get the same performance direct from Apple.This seems far too controlling to me, and unless Apple noticed some safety issue with the sale of these drives then I don’t believe it was the right thing to do. Consumers should have a choice about what they do with hardware they have purchased, and 3rd parties should be allowed to offer such alternatives if the main supplier does not.last_img read more

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TMobile wants you to get to know Android 30

first_imgT-Mobile posted up videos of Android 3.0 doing all sorts of cool stuff. We covered one of the videos this morning but given the prevalence of Android and tablets at CES 2011, you should probably just watch them all.TL:D(watch) version: Android 3.0 looks totally slick and it has us understanding why people said Android 2.x was not yet tablet-ready.First Look: Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)Android 3.0 Overview (aka First Look: T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG):Gmail:Maps:YouTube:Browser:Books:Gtalk:Someone at T-Mobile definitely had too much time on their hands, but it gives us a brief look at Android 3.0, so it was worth the time. This is all seen through the lens of the LG G-Slate, which shouldn’t affect the experience too much but it will play a factor given that tablets features, like a large display and front-facing camera.last_img read more

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Cisco Shuts Down Flip Video Axes 550 Employees

first_imgFlip Video, makers of the Flip Ultra, Mino, and Mino HD lines of pocket-sized flash-based camcorders, and who found themselves purchased by Cisco 2 years ago for over $590 million, is no more. Back in 2009 Cisco said they were acquiring Flip Video because the company was “key to Cisco’s strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enabled home and to capture the consumer market transition to visual networking,” according to SVP Ned Hooper. Today however, the company announced that it would be ending the Flip Video line of devices, shuttering the offices, and firing the 550 employees who made up the division. Cisco will likely take Flip Video’s technology and apply it to its other videoconferencing products, like Cisco umi and Cisco Unified Videoconferencing, both of which are focused at businesses with telepresence needs. Even umi, which has been marketed to users who want to talk to family members on their television screens, costs too much to be affordable for most home users. Cisco’s approach seems to be to focus on business instead. At the same time, it’s difficult to see how Flip managed to stay competitive up to this point, especially when consumers can record HD video on mobile devices of all shapes and sizes, and those same smartpones are at or below the price-point as Flip Video’s handheld camcorders.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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3 Foxconn employees charged for prelaunch iPad 2 design leak

first_imgIn the build up to the launch of the iPad 2 there was a lot of speculation as to what Apple had done to make its second-generation tablet better than the first. But that speculation wasn’t just based on rumor and guesses, there were a number of iPad 2 cases appearing at trade shows giving us a very good idea of what to expect.At the time we had to wonder how these Chinese manufacturers could be so confident those cases would fit the new tablet. Apple is, after all, very secretive about new products and it didn’t fit that they would share details so 3rd-party cases could be made.AdChoices广告Now we know the answer as to why those cases were possible. Three Foxconn employees working at a plant in Shenzhen were apparently arrested on December 26 last year on accusations that they leaked the final design of the iPad 2 before its launch. On March 23rd they finally got charged.For Foxconn it’s an embarrassing episode showing holes in their security during the manufacturing process. Apple would likely have insisted the leak be found as soon as they spotted a case that looked too good not to have been based on official designs.I doubt Foxconn would have complained too much about tracking down who leaked the information. Apple’s manufacturing contracts are worth a lot of money and they would do nothing to jeopardize that relationship.via DigiTimesMatthew’s OpinionI have to wonder whether Foxconn’s management of its documents is so bad they can be taken without anyone noticing, or did these three snap a load of photos or have time to make copies of the documents?I can’t see Apple not having some prerequisites in place for management of this design material, and I doubt those first pre-launch cases were perfect, so taking some photos on the sly sounds like what happened.What we don’t know is specifically what the employees were charged with and what their punishment is. I doubt they’ll be welcomed back to jobs at Foxconn or any manufacturing firm for that matter.last_img read more

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Netflix for Chromebooks recognized on Netflix website

first_imgOne of the really big things that came to light, and something we here at Geek.com had actually scooped days before, was Netflix support finally coming to Chromebooks.This is a big deal for several reasons as it means either Google‘s figured out how to Sandbox Silverlight, or an alternative method of distributing videos has been included server side. More importantly, it means Google and Netflix are friends, which is good for Android tablets, phones, and (better support for) Google TV as well.Shortly after the announce on stage, I took my trusty Cr-48 over to Netflix, and was greeted with this splashpage when I tried to catch the next episode of Scrubs.I see this move by Netflix as a huge deal, both in co-operation with Google Movies and as the first major streaming service to come to Android. The momentum caused by this move come launch day will force the hands of companies like Hulu, Amazon Unbox (or whatever they are calling it right now), and many more to make the jump over to the little green guy.It’s a video filled future ahead of us, so be sure to keep an eye on every megabyte you spend!last_img read more

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Cheap iPhone 4 8GB to appear alongside iPhone 5 in September

first_imgI can’t wait for the release of the next iPhone, not because I want one, but because there are too many rumors to keep track of. They seem to appear from all avenues, but the most believable have to be those coming directly from manufacturers working to produce the new smartphone.The latest news coming out of Korea is that Apple is busy having two new smartphones manufactured. The first is a cheap model of the iPhone 4 that will only include 8GB of on-board storage. Coupled with iOS 5 and iCloud it makes sense that Apple can get away with less local storage to save on costs. It also offers the company a way to target other markets that can’t afford the higher price of the older iPhone 4 models, for example, the great untapped Chinese market which is currently only catered to by handful of official Apple Stores.It is expected this new, cheap model could be offered for $150, but then you have to ask what else has Apple cut to get to that price point? Is it just a case of other components becoming progressively cheaper to manufacturer?We are also expecting an iPhone 5 to be launched, but it now looks like it may leave a few Apple fans disappointed. Rather than the tapered design we’ve seen mock-ups of, it will just be the iPhone 4S, which is basically the iPhone 4 with a larger edge-to-edge touchscreen, better antenna design, and an 8-megapixel camera. We should also expect an A5 chip making for a better performing handset.Will it be called the iPhone 5? Probably, but this is clearly going to be an evolution of the existing phone rather than a revolutionary step. We’ll be waiting until the iPhone 6 for that radical redesign it seems.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

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Buy an 3DS eShop game get Donkey Kong Original Edition for free

first_imgIn a new promotional deal, Nintendo is giving away a free copy of the original NES Donkey Kong game as a download for your 3DS. This edition, called Donkey Kong: Original Edition contains exclusive content which has never been seen before in the US. You can’t buy it, either, as this game is exclusive to this particular deal.So in order for 3DS owners to get their hands on the original edition of Donkey Kong, gamers must buy one of five games off the Nintendo eShop. The games that qualify are:Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!Crosswords PlusPaper Mario: Sticker StarProfessor Layton and the Miracle MaskStyle Savvy: TrendsettersYou’ll also need a Club Nintendo account linked up to your eShop account, but if you don’t have a Club Nintendo account it’s free to sign up.Simply purchase one of the five games listed above on the eShop before January 6 and register the game on your Club Nintendo account and you’ll be sent a download code for Donkey Kong: Original Edition via email.For retro fans who miss the barrel throwing monkey it’s not a bad deal since it apparently contains new content (to the US, anyway) and as you can’t buy it separately some Donkey Kong fans/collectors will have to buy it out of necessity. However, in reality you’re paying $40 to play a really old NES game.Nintendo is still trying to push the classics in order to sell some not so classic games, and in the process hopes to convince you to start buying games via download where their profit margins are significantly higher.via Kotakulast_img read more

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First openly lesbian bishop in US Methodist Church may lose her job

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Bishop Karen Oliveto 14 Comments 13,887 Views Apr 29th 2017, 10:00 AM THE FIRST OPENLY lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church in the US can keep her job for now, but is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court has ruled.Bishop Karen Oliveto’s civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals,” the Judicial Council said yesterday.However, a decision over whether she can remain in the position must come from a separate disciplinary process, the court ruled.Oliveto was elected last year to lead a Denver-area church region that is part of the Methodist Western Jurisdiction, which has rejected the denomination’s position that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching”.Within minutes of her election, a challenge was filed by the Oklahoma-based South Central Jurisdiction, leading to yesterday’s ruling.The case is the latest chapter in an intensifying fight over LGBT recognition that is fracturing the 12.8 million-member denomination — the third-largest faith group in the US.Earlier this week, bishops announced a special 2019 meeting of its top legislative body, or General Conference, expressly to address church law on sexuality and find ways the denomination can avoid schism.Differing viewsLGBT advocates in the church have stepped up pressure to lift prohibitions on gay clergy. Bishops have conducted same-sex weddings in defiance of church policy and dozens of LGBT clergy have come out, risking being defrocked.Evangelical Methodists, who have gained strength in the denomination in part through growth of Methodist churches overseas, have responded by pushing to enforce church policies. The court said yesterday that bishops who consecrate an openly gay bishop were considered in violation of Methodist law and also subject to church discipline.The Methodist policy making body has upheld the church’s stand on same-sex relationships since 1972, even as other mainline Protestant groups, including the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, have approved same-sex marriage.Yesteryda’s ruling was made on a 6-3 vote. Oliveto said she felt “grateful” for the chance to remain as bishop as she and other church leaders study what the decision means for her future.Bruce Ough, president of the Methodist Council of Bishops, said the decision would not ease “the disagreements, impatience and anxiety” in the church, but he appealed to church members to stay unified.Read: North Korea fires another missile, Trump tweets his angerRead: 25 years ago: More than 50 died and LA was ripped apart in the Rodney King riots Short URLcenter_img By Associated Press First openly lesbian bishop in US Methodist Church may lose her job Bishop Karen Oliveto’s civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals”. Image: David Zalubowski/AP http://jrnl.ie/3365647 Bishop Karen Oliveto Image: David Zalubowski/AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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