Bertrand and Guillaumme GilleGille brothers The most famous brothers in the world of handball, Bertrand (33) and Guillaume (35) Gille will stay two more years in HSV Hamburg (until June 2013). It was a question, whether they will continue careers, after nine years in HSV, where Gille brothers were the base in era of making big team in Hamburg. Nine years after, HSV becoming for the first time in the history Bundesliga champion and has a nice chances to play at the EHF Final Four Tournament in Koln. ← Previous Story Vladan Matic new Celje coach? Next Story → Iwan Ursic stays in Kadetten Schaffhausen
← Previous Story Ana Gros to join Thuringer! Next Story → Klara Woltering to stay in Podgorica one more year! RK Krim doesn’t stop strengthening their squad for the next season. After Torstenson, Woerz and Mueller, the newest signing is Daniela Piedade (33). The Brazilian spent 10 years playing for Hypo Niederosterreich, but decided to change the club at this stage. Hypo will lose their captain, but Krim gets a good replacement for Bodnieva, as she will be leaving Krim this summer.
Mladen Rakcevic is to continue his career with AEK Athens according to the Montenegrin media. The Montenegrin international was told that he is no longer needed at HC Metalurg and is not in Lino Cervar’s future plans, and had to seek club after the mutual termination of the contract. He found the new club in Greek AEK Athens, which seek to enter group phase should they pass the group qualification in which is also Dinamo Minsk, Besiktas and Tatran Presov. aek athensLino CervarmetalurgMladen Rakcevic ← Previous Story Wisla Plock sign Zbigniew Kwiatkowski Next Story → Mediterranean Games (W): Serbia wins Gold!
EHF EURO 2014euro 2014 denmarkhandball Second match of the day in the EHF Euro 2014 group 2 saw a real goal-fest in Jyske Bank Boxen arena. If was France who got the victory today, in an exciting Main round match, which saw two Barcelona teammates Siarei Rutenka and Nikola Karabatić rested. ‘The Experts’ left no place for doubt in their Euro performance, as they secured the semi-final with a statement, after a 39:30 win against Belarus in Aarhus.French team showed some real quality in depth recently as the newcomer Valentin Porte opened the match with two goals with France leading by 6 in the first 10 minutes of the match. A penalty from the ever-confident Guillaume Joli (6/8) saw an instant fight-back from Nikulenkau (6/11) with 9:4 on the scoreboard. Mid-way through the half a brace from Brouka saw Belarus within four goal difference and a chance to catch up before halftime. Goals from Honrubia (9 goals overall) set them apart again, as the back scored two for 18:12 with the referee counting down on five minutes until the break. It was Brouka again to bring one back for Belarus at 19:16 in the last minute, but Joli took one back right before the whistle from a penalty, as the teams go for a 15-minute break, with 20:16 on the scoreboard and a real game in their hands.Second half saw Belarus put little effort to strike back as Rutenka was nowhere to be found. France made sure that they come up with as big lead as they can, while rotating player to preserve them for later stages. 43rd minute was the decisive moment for both team as Belarus were sinking without a trace at 29:21 the score. Technical faults and great goalkeeping from both Dumoulin (3/7) and Omeyer (13/39) saw France with a secured win in their hands. Penalty-hero Joli set the difference to double-digits, as the score was 38:28 two minutes until the end. Astrashapkin’s goal came in the same minute for the final score 38:29, but it was no more than consolation as France seal their ticket to semi-final and Belarus play for pride until the end of the Main round.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC ← Previous Story Croatia still on course for the semi-final Next Story → Polish storm over Sweden!
Borko Ristovski Macedonian goalkeeper Borko Ristovski is the hero of the first EHF Champions League weekend in 2017! FC Barcelona Lassa member replaced Gonzalo Perez de Vargas between the posts at the start of the second half of EHF CL derby in Veszprem and became the biggest problem of home team in their aim to stop Spanish champions.Take a look on series of Ristovski’s saves – his “crazy mode”… ← Previous Story FTC smash Buducnost in one of the toughest night in “Moraca” hall Next Story → EHF TV: Best 7 of Round 10
← Previous Story VIDEO: Rocasa Gran Canaria at EHF Challenge Cup Final after fantastic 9-meter goal Next Story → CROATIAN DYNAMITE: Domagoj Pavlovic to MT Melsungen The French Montpellier Handball are on the way to qualify for the VELUX EHF Final4 in Cologne after good result in the first match of quarter-final in Flensburg 28:28.Vid Kavticnik had a chance to bring win to his team 90 seconds before the final buzzer (27:28), but Mattias Andersson saved his attempt in counter attack and gave chance to home team to score equalizer….Flensburg – Montpellier 28-28 (17-15)Flensburg: Lasse Svan 5, Hampus Wanne 5, Rasmus Lauge Schmidt 5, Holger Glandorf 4, Jim Gottfridsson 3, Anders Zachariassen 2, Henrik Toft Hansen 2, Marius Steinhauser 1, Magnus Abelvik Rod 1Montpellier: Ludovic Fabregas 7, Jonas Truchanovicius 6, By Kavticnik 6, Diego Simonet 3, Michael Guigou 2, Melvyn Richardson 2, Baptiste Bonnefond 2 Montpellier handball
Hungary made surpisingly convincing win in Koper in the first match of Play-Off for the Men’s IHF World Championship 2019 and certainly very nice intro for the second match in Veszprem on Wednesday…Slovenia – Hungary 24:29 (14:13)Slovenia: Lesjak, Kastelic, Blagotinšek 2, Marguč, Kavtičnik 7 (4), Janc 2, Dolenec 2, Cingesar 3, Medved, Gaber 1, Zarabec 4, Bezjak, Vlah, Mačkovšek 3, Mlakar, Suholežnik.Hungary: Szekely, Mikler, Sipos 1, Ilyes 1, Schuch, Juhacz, Balogh 3 (1), Ligetvari 1, Boka 6, Nagy 3, Hornyak, Banhidi 2, Ancsin, Bodo 6, Bohacs, Lekai 6. ← Previous Story Borut Mackovsek on the way to Telekom Veszprem? Next Story → Dutch team beat EURO vice-champions! Hungary handballWCh 2019
Roland Mikler is hero of Veszprem once again! The 34-years old Hungarian goalkeeper had spectacular finish in win of his team in Montpellier 30:29 (14:16) including the last save which brought two points at David Davis start on Veszprem’s bench.Melvyn Richardson scored eight goals for the reigning EHF Cl winners who stayed on 0 points after five matches in European elite competition! On the other side, left wing Manuel Strlek netted six.STANDINGS: 8.Kristianstad5005138:1780 2.Vardar4400116:1018 3.Rhein-Neckar5302163:1526 7.Montpellier5005129:1470 Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement? 1.Barcelona5401173:1368 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barca routine win in Brest Next Story → Radivoje Ristanovic for stronger RK PPD Zagreb 4.Vive Kielce4301124:1186 6.Meshkov Brest5203134:1444 5.Telekom Veszprem5302141:1426
“I always operate on the basis that the calls that I make are all listened to.”His comments come as Germany has summoned the US ambassador in Berlin to explain the claims which the US has partially denied, Obama telling Merkel that he is not monitoring her calls.But the US has not confirmed whether it did monitor calls in the past. Berlin has demanded “an immediate and comprehensive explanation” from Washington.The row threatens to overshadow a European Council summit getting under way in Brussels today.France also summoned its US ambassador in Paris on Monday to explain allegations in Le Monde that the NSA monitored millions of calls made by French citizens.Separately, Kenny said this morning that it is “absolutely critical” that EU leaders follow through on proposals for a banking union and to break the link between sovereign and bank debt.He added: “One of the failings or inadequacies of European Council over the years has been an inability to actually complete programmes where decisions are made.“And in this regard I refer to decision that we made last year in respect of banking union.”In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtRead: Merkel calls Obama over claims the US is spying on her mobile phone TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has quipped that he always operates on the basis that his calls are being listened to as he condemned as “appalling” allegations that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls were tapped by US authorities.Speaking to reporters in Dublin earlier today, Kenny was asked about the claims which emerged yesterday that the US National Security Agency has monitored Merkel’s calls.He said: “I happen to be the Taoiseach of a small country. I think it’s an appalling situation if that were to be true.
RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 80 per cent. Audience rating: 99 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.Thor: The Dark World (3D)(Marvel Entertainment/YouTube)For fans of: Muscles, deep voices Avoid if: You’re easily confusedDon’t call him Thor, call him THOR. Oh, and have they digitally deepened Chris Hemsworth’s voice for this film? Unsurprisingly, THOR is battling to save earth in this latest Marvel-inspired film. It’s all a bit confusing really, but if it’s action you want, you got it in spades. Drinking Buddies(joblomovienetwork/YouTube)For fans of: Relationships, Avoid if: You fancy your workmateTwo colleagues have the sort of chemistry you can’t buy – but they’re both in relationships. Erk. You can sort of tell what’s going to happen in this rom-com, but it might be a nice date movie. And you can both crush on Olivia Wilde, no matter what your orientation. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 80 per cent. Audience rating: 59 per centPhilomena(joblomovienetwork/YouTube)For fans of: Family, loveAvoid if: You were hoping for some Partridge The lovely Judi Dench plays Philomena Lee, who was forced to give her child up for adoption as she was an unmarried mother. Later in life, she meets with journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan in a welcome straight role) to try and uncover what happened to her son. Tears all round. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 90 per cent. Audience rating: 91 per cent
ANYONE WHO HAS ever wanted virtual reality to become, well, a reality will be a step closer to realising it thanks to a new set of controllers.The Stem controllers, developed by digital control company Sixense, are wireless and use electromagnetic tracking to capture your movement in-game.Taking the shape of a handle with an analogue stick, a trigger and six buttons, the controllers works in pairs – one for each hand – allowing it to track your legs, arms and head independently. If you move your hand, your character’s hand moves as well.The makers claim that the controllers can deliver motion gameplay to “virtually any published PC game.” However, games that have been customised to work with it like Portal 2 – which has 14 levels made by Sixense itself – will benefit the most from it.Although it can be used on its own, the controller is also compatible with the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset which is designed to offer an immersive gaming experience. (Video: Sixensent/YouTube)The project was originally put up on Kickstarter where it raised over $600,000 (€440,000) back in October. The company will begin shipping the system in July.Read: Sony announces game-streaming service Playstation Now >Read: 15 free games to play when you’re feeling bored >
ONE TEENAGER IS still being held in Garda custody in connection with a stabbing in Mayo on Saturday night.A 17-year-old man was stabbed during an incident at Railway Walk in Westport and was brought to Mayo General Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.Three men in their late teens were detained at Westport Garda station over the stabbing. One teenager was released on Sunday evening at around 6.30pm while another was released at 10.30pm last night. A file is being prepared for the DPP in both cases.The third teenager is still being detained.Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.
IF YOU WERE to meet me in person, there are a few things you would notice. I’m very friendly, I am at ease in social situations and I appear as if I am full of confidence. And I am these things. And I’m also not.Many of us have moments when we feel we’re putting on a show or appearing more ‘together’ and capable then we really are. So much so, it’s been given a name: Impostor Syndrome.But what I’m going to write about in this post is something much more complicated than that. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.This is me when I was about three or four years old (I’m in the very fetching yellow). I was a happy-go-lucky kid and I had yet to think about my body, one way or another. I was more interested in singing the Barney song to my Mum and playing out my back, imagining I was in India or Africa, searching for exotic ingredients to make a perfume (yeah, I was always a weird child).When I first became aware of my physical appearanceI loved to learn and was so excited to begin school, I actually started earlier than my peers. But, within a few years, that excitement and happiness had gone.When I was seven, we moved house and I moved schools. It was in this school that I was bullied so fiercely that I became a shell of myself. It is also when I first became aware of my physical appearance, quickly followed by repulsion of it.I was bullied for being smart. I was bullied for being different. I was bullied about my smile, my cheeks, my body. I was bullied to the point where my parents had to take me out of school after three of the girls jumped me in the playground, and was home-schooled for a few weeks until the school actually did something to ensure my parents that I would be protected. I was bullied until I had no self-esteem or confidence in myself.Me, eight years old.The seeds had been sownLet me be clear: I do not blame these bullies for the future issues I would experience, and once I started secondary school I had a wonderful time in formal education and made friends I have to this day. I mention this experience because it was when I began to view my appearance critically.Looking back, I can see how unnatural it is for a healthy child to be concerned about their weight and looks. But I was. I stared into the mirror and felt disgust at my too-big teeth and my too-big smile. I hated my “golf-ball cheeks” as I thought of them. I was convinced my stomach was way too big, that I was fat. I began to worry about times – such as going swimming or on holidays – when I wouldn’t be able to conceal my body. I knew the Weight Watchers points to nearly every food. While it would be some years before I would act on this, the seeds of dislike of my appearance had been sown.Eating disorders are complexBy the time this photo was taken, I was in a secret, emotionally abusive relationship with myself. To give you an insight, a regular thought was: “Well, your looks are never going to help you, so you’re going to have to compensate with personality”, and compensate I did. My personality is naturally an outgoing and bubbly one. But I always felt like I needed to try extra hard to make up for my perceived shortcomings.Eating disorders are complex illnesses. It can be difficult to pinpoint when exactly things take a turn for a sufferer and the transition is made to having issues with food to something less benign. But I can pinpoint mine.I was 12 years old. I was in second year of school and I was about to go away on my first solo school trip. It was to see Celtic playing in the UK. My mum had bought me a jersey to wear for the match. A couple of days before the trip, I tried it on and went out to the hall in the apartment we were living in at the time to evaluate myself in the mirror. I stood there and cried. I felt ugly and fat and worthless. I was ashamed of how I looked. “I need to lose weight,” I thought. I became more agitated and began to sob harder because the trip was only a few days away and there was no way I could make myself beautiful by then.And then, I had a thought. An epiphany that would set me on a road to destruction. ‘If I just don’t eat for a week, I’ll lose the weight more quickly.’By this point, I had already been on self-imposed diets and had tried a range, from Weight Watchers to the Atkins Diet, in secret. But this idea seemed like the solution to all my problems. I’d not eat for a week, lose weight and then I would be fine and I could eat again. As you can imagine, I didn’t stop after a week.Anorexia took a chokehold of my lifeOver the next few months, anorexia took a chokehold of my life, without me even realising it. I never ate breakfast in the morning anyway, so that didn’t arise suspicion. During lunch at school, I would nibble at my food and play with it until I could throw it all away. I did after-school study and other activities and dinners were provided, so I would do what I had done at lunch – not eat. I would go home, my parents believing I had already eaten and would drink litres of cordial and water to stave off the hunger. The next day, I would get up and repeat the entire thing.I began exercising in secret with a workout video in my room, often for 40 minutes a day, everyday. I also began dressing in baggy clothes in order to hide the body I was disgusted at. But in reality, the clothes were hiding my body as it became increasingly thinner.My mum knew there was something happening with me. She tried to talk to me and began expressing concern over how little she saw me eat. I assured her I was fine, that I was just being more active. This wasn’t enough to quell her fears. One day, she caught me as I was making a dash from the bathroom to my bedroom after having a shower. Despite the fact I had a towel on, my mum was horrified by what she could see of me. I was skin and bones. The next day, she took me to the GP and I was diagnosed with anorexia. I was 13 years old.For years, my eating disorder controlled my life. Despite the scrutiny I was now under from my family, I discovered new ways of disguising how little I was eating. I would pour a sprinkle of cereal and a little milk into a bowl before my parents got up in the morning so they would think that I had eaten breakfast. I started putting sandwich bags in the sleeves of my clothes, which I would then discreetly use to hide food from my plate and dispose later. I insisted on wearing my shoes at my weekly weigh-in in order hide weights in the soles and thus tack on a few numbers to my ever-declining mass. When I was caught doing that, I tried strapping the weights to my body.Me as a teen. Despite the smile and bony figure, I was unhappy and wanted to lose more weight.The disease is about controlIncredibly, at this point, I still thought I was too big. “Just a few more pounds,” I’d tell myself. I would set a goal weight for myself and would reach it, but I felt no happiness or joy. Instead, I kept moving the goalposts. I was in an impossible pursuit of the perfect body weight that would make me happy, but it didn’t exist. Because no matter how thin I got, I wouldn’t be satisfied. It’s that symptom of anorexia that makes it so dangerous.While it might seem strange to say this, my anorexia wasn’t actually about how much I weighed. The disease is about control. Looking back, with the help of therapist, I was eventually able to see how the other difficult issues occurring in my life made me feel helpless. I wanted to have control over something; I decided I could have complete control of my food intake and then, even when bad things were happening, at least I was the judge of whether I would nourish my body.It took years before I managed to recover. I would be okay for a month or two and then something, or nothing, would set me off. Anorexia was my security blanket, my best friend, my enemy. Slowly, I was killing myself. I went down to five-and-a-half stone, a completely unacceptable weight for my height and frame. An unacceptable weight for any adult.Physical warningsMy body spent most of my teenage years barely functioning. At my “best” phases, I still would have a very low BMI. At my worst, I was severely underweight and undernourished. I had low blood pressure, which would cause me to suffer from dizzy spells and on occasion, make me faint. My body became covered in fine, downy hair as it attempted to insulate me from the constant cold I felt. My hair thinned, my lips cracked, my nails broke and split and I put increased pressure on my heart to pump. My periods stopped. I shopped for clothes in the children’s section.Despite all of the physical warnings my body was giving me, I was delighted when I had to buy size zero jeans. It was twisted. My ribs and hip bones protruded from my body and people would stare on the odd occasions when this would be visible to them. As I journeyed towards the end of secondary school and began attending Debs with my friends, all my dresses had to be taken in and tailored in order to fit me; often right up until the day before the event.Even then, the dress still hung loose. Underneath that gown, there was nothing of me. And at that point, I still thought I was fat.Recovery and fears of relapseIt wasn’t until I found a wonderful Cognitive Behavioral Therapist when I was 19 that I began my recovery. It took a mountain of work but I had realised that I didn’t want to live like this anymore, I didn’t want to feel this way. Slowly, my eating improved. It was a difficult process but, eventually, I got myself back to a weight that was healthy for me and maintained it.This is the part of the story where it’s supposed to be “Whooho, she got better!”, but it’s not that simple.The chance of relapse is ever-present and it is something I have to keep a look out for. My weight fluctuates between normal to being on the low side, often if I’m stressed and I don’t want to eat. I am still not happy with my appearance and I don’t think I ever will be. When I look in the mirror, I don’t particularly like what I see. In my head, I will always be that awkward dumpy little girl that began this whole process. I’m very self-conscious of my body, in public and private. There is never a time when I look in the mirror and think I am beautiful; at best, I’ll settle for “you look alright.”I wish that because I had gotten a handle on my food intake that it meant I was cured. But that’s not the case. For me, anoerxia is something I will never be entirely free from. It is a shadow in the dark, waiting for an opportunity to appear. It no longer has a hold over my physical health, but it still feeds my insecurities and my body image.I was watching Emmerdale the other night and there is a story currently running about a previously anorexic woman who is now pregnant and as a result, her eating disorder has returned and she is harming the baby. That terrifies me. The thought that if I become pregnant, that I could become ill and harm my baby terrifies me.We all have fears. We all feel insecure.I won’t lie; right now, I’m really unhappy with my midriff and legs, I think I’m so flabby and fat and I want to lose weight. It is an ongoing battle. But a lot of the time, I don’t show it. I keep it to myself. I opened this article with what you would notice about me if you were to meet me in person. “She had an eating disorder” is not one of the impressions I would give, but it is a fact.All of us, men and women, suffer insecurities about their bodies. While the majority don’t develop an eating disorder, there are so many that don’t feel confident in their appearance. We compare ourselves to Photoshopped images and celebrities whose job it is to maintain an attractive appearance; people who have hours to spend with the best personal trainer, calorie-controlled meals provided to them and a makeup and hair team on standby. This is the bar we set for ourselves and then feel like crap because we don’t meet it. We compare and contrast and judge our bodies, and place a ridiculous level of importance on how we look. Do we meet the standards of beauty in the 21st century? Even the people who create this standard don’t meet it!I decided to share my experience because I wanted to show that no matter how confident or collected a person may seem, we all have fears. We all feel insecure. We all want to be accepted by others. Maybe we should start with accepting ourselves.Vicky Kavanagh is a journalist and writer. Among other things, she also works as a Mental Health Ambassador for ReachOut.com. Follow Vicky on Twitter @VickyWrites or visit her blog Life of a Blackbird. Column: Dying to be thin – what you should know about eating disorders
“That we have been received by the Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping is testament to the high level of esteem China has for Ireland, a sentiment I know is mutual. I share with China the desire to foster even better relations between our two countries at all levels, but especially at parliamentary; political and economic levels, to our mutual benefit.”As well as Barrett, Senator Patrick Burke, the speaker of the Seanad, was invited to visit China, along with Pat Breen, chair of the Oireachtas committee on foreign affairs and trade; Andrew Doyle, chair of the Oireachtas committee on agriculture, food and the marine; and Dara Calleary and John Lyons from the committee on jobs, enterprise and innovation.The group also met with a large number of Chinese students who attended a youth open day to meet with representatives of Irish universities and Institutes of Technology.CCTV covered the visit by the Irish delegation, with the reporter noting that Dáil Eireann is “willing to join hands with the National People’s Congress of China to strengthen the exchange of experience in managing state affairs, developing democratic and legal system, enhance friendship among the people, and promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields to a higher level.”(YouTube: ChinaWorldFriendship)Queen Elizabeth gave a nice bottle of whiskey to Enda Kenny in 2011Why the Beijing Olympics were a huge mistake for ChinaChina’s new president calls for ‘great renaissance of Chinese nation’ We held meetings with senior management of Irish companies, such as China HR as well as the leadership in Tianjin, a new city of 14m which is developing links with Ireland’s agri-food industry. CEANN COMHAIRLE SEÁN Barrett is to meet with the President of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing tomorrow morning.He has been in the country with five other members of the Oireachtas since last Sunday.Speaking from the capital, the Fine Gael deputy said he was looking forward to meeting with Xi Jinping again. The pair initially met during the then-vice president’s visit to Ireland in February 2012.“I am delighted with the way in which I, the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann and the delegation of Committee Chairs have been received by the government leadership in Beijing,” he added.
IN AMERICA, IT was 20 July, but in Ireland and much of the world, it had bled into the small hours of the morning.At 2.56am on 21 July, television audiences witnessed man’s first steps on the moon.Here, in full, is the Associated Press report: Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module to explore the surface of the moon. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTwo Americans landed on the moon and explored its surface for some two hours Sunday, planting the first human footprints in its dusty soil. They raised their nation’s flag and talked to their President on earth 240,000 miles away.Both civilian Neil Alden Armstrong and Air Force Col. Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. reported they were back in their spacecraft at 1:11 a.m. EDT Monday. “The hatch is closed and locked,” Armstrong reported.Millions on their home planet watched on television as the pair saluted their flag and scoured the rocky, rugged surface.The first to step on the moon was Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio. His foot touched the surface at 10:56 p.m. EDT and he remained out for two hours and 14 minutes.His first words standing on the moon were, “That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”Twenty minutes after he stepped down, Aldrin followed. “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful,” he said. “A magnificent desolation.”He remained out for one hour and 44 minutes.Their spacecraft Eagle landed on the moon at 4:18 p.m., and they were out of it and on the surface some six hours later.At the end, mission control granted them extra time on the lunar surface. Armstrong was given 15 extra minutes, Aldrin 12.Even while they were on the surface, the seismometer they installed to study the moon’s interior was picking up the shudders created by Aldrin as he hammered tubes into the lunar crust to take soil samples. Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, left, and lunar module pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, work with special tools as they practice lunar surface activitiesEarlier, mission control reported that a laser beam shot from earth to the moon had been reflected back by a small mirror set on the surface by the astronauts. But scientists at Lick Observatory in California later said the initial test had failed because the beam was 50 miles off target.There were humorous moments in the awkward climbing out and in the spacecraft. When Aldrin backed out of the hatch, he said he was “making sure not to lock it on the way out.”Armstrong, on the surface, laughed. “A pretty good thought,” he said.Once back in the spaceship they began immediately to repressurize the cabin with oxygen. They stowed the samples of rocks and soil.“We’ve got about 20 pounds of carefully selected, if not documented samples,” Armstrong said, referring to the contents of one of two boxes filled with lunar material.The minutes behind were unforgettable for them, and for the world.The moments ahead were still full of hazard. Monday, at 1:55 p.m., they are scheduled to blast off from the moon to catch up with their orbiting mothership above for the trip home. A crowd gathers to watch the Apollo 11 crew land on the moon. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPresident Nixon’s voice came to the ears of the astronauts on the moon from the Oval Room at the White House.“This has to be the most historic telephone call ever made,” he said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I am… Because of what you have done the heavens have become part of man’s world. As you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquillity, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquillity to man.“All the people on earth are surely one in their pride of what you have done, and one in their prayers that you will return safely…”Aldrin replied, “Thank you Mr. President. It is a privilege to represent the people of all peaceable nations.” Armstrong added his thanks.Armstrong’s steps were cautious at first. He almost shuffled.“The surface is fine and powdered, like powdered charcoal to the soles of the foot,” he said. “I can see my footprints of my boots in the fine sandy particles.” Armstrong read from the plaque on the side of Eagle, the spacecraft that had brought them to the surface. In a steady voice, he said, “Here man first set foot on the moon, July, 1969. We came in peace for all mankind.” As in the moments he walked alone, Armstrong’s voice was all that was heard from the lunar surface.He appeared phosphorescent in the blinding sunlight. He walked carefully at first in the gravity of the moon, only one-sixth as strong as on earth. Then he tried wide gazelle-like leaps. American servicemen pause on a downtown Saigon Street to read a local newspaper account of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, July 21, 1969, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAldrin tried a kind of kangaroo-hop, but found it unsatisfactory. “The so-called kangaroo-hop doesn’t seem to work as well as the more conventional pace,” he said. “It would get rather tiring after several hundred.”In the lesser gravity of the moon, each of the men, 165 pounders on Earth, weighed something over 25 pounds on the moon.Armstrong began the rock picking on the lunar surface. Aldrin joined him using a small scoop to put lunar soil in a plastic bag.Above them, invisible and nearly ignored, was Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins, 38, keeping his lonely patrol around the moon for the moment when his companions blast off and return to him for the trip back home. Collins said he saw a small white object on the moon, but didn’t think it was the spacecraft. It was in the wrong place.Back in Houston, where the nearly half-moon rode the sky in its zenith, Mrs. Jan Armstrong watched her husband on television. “I can’t believe it is really happening,” she said. Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesArmstrong surveyed the rocky, rugged scene around him. “It has a stark beauty all its own,” he said. “It’s different. But it’s very pretty out here.”They took pictures of each other, and Aldrin shot views of the spacecraft against the lunar background.In a world where temperatures vary some 500 degrees, from 243 degrees above zero in sunlight, to 279 below in shadow, the men in the spacesuits felt comfortable.Aldrin reported, “In general, time spent in the shadow doesn’t seem to have any thermal effects inside the suit. There is a tendency to feel cooler in the shadow than out of the sun.”Read: 9 breathtaking photos of the supermoon from around the worldRead: China’s Jade Rabbit dies on moon’s surface
I’ve long said that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to other things–things like electronic cigars, perfect for when your wife is going to give birth to a robot baby. I spotted these suckers in the International Hall at ces yesterday.They function like electronic cigarettes, only larger, with the vaporizer for “smoke” and optional flavoring and nicotine. This set was made by a Chinese company called Feellife Bioscience International. Their mascot is a pirate skeleton with octopus legs. Terrifying.The company also makes an electronic pipe, which sort of explains the Sherlock Holmes box that also made it into my picture.
I suppose there’s no such thing as a “normal” week in Las Vegas. As I was walking down the strip last night, going from one meeting to the next, I was attempting to explain my surrounds, trying to come up with a succinct description for the sensation of walking past the Eiffel Tower one moment and then the canals of Venice and the warring pirate ships the next.The best description I could come up with was, “imagine that some supervillian had collected up all of the world’s most famous monuments and dumped them in a few miles of one another,”That said, even with that manner of odd spectacle encountered on a daily basis, there’s something special about the second week of the year, when two distinctly different groups descend upon the city. On one side are the technology enthusiasts, booking hotel rooms for the country’s biggest technology show. On the other are members and fans of the adult industry descending upon the Sands for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.It always seemed to me that it couldn’t possibly be a coincidence that these two seemingly polarizing shows occur in the same city on the same week. This year, I spoke with a spokesman for the AVN show and got the answer–it’s no coincidence at all. AVN was actually born out of ces. “It came out of ces, about 12 years ago,” AVN rep Sean Devlin told Gearlog. “There used to be an adult video section of the show. And then, about 12 years ago, the adult exhibitors said, ‘hey, we can do our own show.’ So they decided to put on their own show. So that’s how the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo was born.”It was all born in a basement–figuratively and literally. “Instead of being the redheaded stepchild of ces, the show’s organizers wanted to get out of the basement,” explained Devlin. “I’m told that it was in the dark basement–literally in the show’s basement. They wanted to come out in the sunshine.”So, why keep it the same week as ces, after all these years? Tradition–and foot traffic. “A good maybe 40 percent of the fan attendees also attend ces. It is an important part of our market. It used to be part of ces, and people expect it to be at the same time as ces. We don’t always overlap all four days like we did this year, but we usually overlap at least two days.”Pornography and consumer electronics–peas in a pod.
Most of the speculation surrounding the iPhone 5 has been focused on the exterior of the smartphone. More specifically, it is expected Apple will increase the size of the touchscreen display to around 4-inches, which in turn could mean a larger handset, or a phone with a very thin bezel around the larger display.A larger screen will also mean a higher resolution in order to retain that very effective marketing term: Retina Display. For that to happen Apple will need to upgrade the processor powering the iPhone 5, and apparently the architecture and design has now been chosen.It is expected that the iPhone 5 will ship with a quad-core ARM chip that uses Samsung’s Exynos 4 architecture. Samsung’s existing Exynos 4 Quad chip (4412) is a Cortex-A9 running at 1.4GHz and using a Mali-400 quad-core GPU. Apple will obviously tweak that to suit its needs.Moving to 4 cores would be a first for Apple, as the new iPad stuck to a dual-core design and beefed up the on-board GPU. A quad-core chip in the iPhone 5 would also likely share a similar GPU upgrade, meaning the handset promises to be an incredibly fast device.Of course, Apple can ensure iOS takes full advantage of all four cores, but app developers will likely have to update their apps to use the extra performance on offer. It does bode very well for games though, and would yet again show how quickly smartphones are catching up to dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and PS Vita.A phone that’s 7.9mm thick, has a 4-inch 16:9 display, and is powered by a quad-core processor and upgraded GPU sounds like a very desirable handset. And that’s before you stick the iPhone name on it.Read more at DigiTimes, via AppleInsider
Google’s has a fun Easter Egg inside of Glass, leaving us to wonder why this isn’t a feature built into every Android phone and tablet.Like most of Google’s products, there’s something fun hidden in one of the Glass menus for you to smile at and show off to friends. While Glass is still very early days, with system level changes expected to be made every month based on the feedback from explorers, it is unlikely that this little gem will be going away anytime soon.If you navigate through the settings menu to the device info for Glass and try to look at the licenses stored on the device, you can tap your touch panel nine times and find yourself staring at a photosphere of the Glass team. Photospheres were a big part of the last Android release, but it would appear that Glass has a special feature that is not yet available even in the most current Nexus phone. With Glass on, you can view photospheres just by moving your head.On Android, and on the web, when you go to view a photosphere you just swipe around on the screen. You can zoom in where you like, and if you do nothing it animates itself, but you are otherwise stationary. When the Wii U gained the ability to view Google Earth locations and videos by moving the gamepad around instead of just standing still, it seemed like this would be coming to Android with some kind of software update.Now with Glass, you can rotate your head and body, and you can look around the photosphere in every direction. It has been strongly suggested that future versions of Glass OS will allow users to take photospheres, but that ability is currently not available to users. Based on what we’ve seen, the time it would take to capture a photosphere would likely consume a quarter of your total battery life in one shot, which may have something to do with why the feature is not currently available.For now, Glass is still very experimental, but things like this Easter Egg make it clear that there are big plans for Glass as the project moves forward. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY GEE2GEE2GEE3GEE4GEE5GEE6GEE7GEE8GEE9GEE10GEE11GEE12GEE13GEE14
Staples has seen that mobile is the future, and is training all of their electronics department employees to push new phone and accessory sales.Over the last two years, Staples stores have seen a dramatically increased focus on mobile products. Stores saw a huge increase in tablets on the shelves and a new mobile sales associate or two in each store. Last year, the company made the switch away from a third party staffing solution for their mobile sales associates to an in-house position for their Mobility program. Now the company has decided to do away with that position entirely, choosing instead to task their electronics department employees with selling phones and accessories.Starting in September these employees will not only be trained on the current lineup of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless devices and plans, but will also be encouraged by a new commission structure to do so.In a series of documents leaked to Geek.com, we’ve learned the plan Staples is initiating with the goal of increasing phone sales company-wide. Currently, the Mobility position is a 40-60 hour a week position. This means that either a single full-time employee or a full-time and a part-time employee are the only non-management personnel trained to use the current phone activation systems. By the end of this transition, all electronics department employees will be trained to use a new tool designed to make activation on the three supported networks much easier.The Mobility position will be absorbed into the electronics department if at all possible, though based on the available documentation the relaunch is only adding 20 hours into the existing electronics pool of hours. This means that if a store is already using all of their electronics department hours, they can only offer 20 hours of work to the currently Mobility employees.The Mobility relaunch hopes to not only increase the national average of phones sold in each store from the current 4 per week to something much higher, but the company also hopes plans to encourage sales associates to increase the current accessory sales from $17 per activation to $60 per activation. This is fairly common, as the accessories bear the more significant profit for the company. To help encourage these sales, the commission plans now include $35 per new activation and a team wide commission bump for selling more than 200% of the sales goal for phones and a smaller percentage increase for the total number of accessories sold each month.Staples refocusing on mobile is a significant sign of their intent to compete with Best Buy, who has recently placed significant focus on having companies like Microsoft and Samsung set up specialty shops in their stores to help sell their products. Splitting mobile sales apart from the rest of the store didn’t work out for Staples like it did for Best Buy, so the company has shifted their focus to a more global solution in order to better compete moving forward.