Group D:Kadetten Schaffhausen : Pick Szeged 36:29 (21:14)Zagreb CO : Dinamo Minsk 23:25 (10:14)17.15 Füchse Berlin – Barcelona Intersport ← Previous Story Marcus Cleverley moves to Lugi Lund Next Story → EHF CL: Vive Kielce is still the leader after win over St Petersburg Some of the matches of the VELUX EHF CL Preliminary Round 8 were played on Saturday:Čhekohvkie medvedi : HSC 29:29 (17:13)Flensburg : Partizan 31:23 (17:13)19.00 Ademar Leon – Montpellier Standing:1. Barcelona 7- 142. Dinamo Minsk 8 – 113. Füchse Berlin 7 – 104. Kadetten Schaffhausen 8 – 45. Pick Szeged 8 – 46. Zagreb 8 – 3 Group C:Gorenje Velenje : Metalurg 23:19 (10:10)Vive Targi Kielce : St. Petersburg 30:29 (20:14)Chambery – Silkeborg Group B:Sävehof : Kiel 29:40 (15:20)Veszprem : Constanta 31:21 (14:11)18.00 Atletico Madrid – Celje Pivovarna Laško Standing:1. Kielce 8 – 162. Gorenje Velenje 8 – 123. Metalurg 8 – 104. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 7 – 65. St. Petersburg 8 – 26. Chambery 7 – 0 1. Čhekohovski medvedi 8- 122. Flensburg 8 – 123. Hamburg 8 – 124. Montpellier 7 – 55. Ademar Leon 7 – 36. Partizan 8 – 2 Standing:1. Veszprem 8- 162. Kiel 8 – 123. Atletico Madrid 7 – 64. Celje PL 7 – 45. Sävehof 8 – 46. Constanta 8 – 4 Velux EHF Champions League
Greek handball Some interesting matches have been played on Thursday at Pre-Qualifications for the World Championship 2017 in France. Greece made one of the most important in last few years against Ukraine 27:25 (13:16) in Kiev. Two points from tough away challenge giving the hope to enthusiastic Greek handball community that some better days coming for the national team who played at Olympic Games quarterfinal in 2004.Basmalis, Mallios and Mylonas netted five goals each, while Zhukov scored 10 goals for Ukrainians.Latvia continued winning strike by beating Cyprus 28:20 in away match.STANDINGS:Latvia 6Greece 4Ukraine 2Cyprus 0The most interesting was in Kaunas, where Lithuania, once again, didn’t win in front of home fans. After Bosnia and Herzegovina, also Slovakia won important away point – 18:18 (9:6).BIH beat Kosovo in Djakovica 33:29.STANDINGS:BIH 5Lithuania 4Slovakia 3Kosovo 0 ← Previous Story CRISTINA NEAGU – MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Next Story → Golden League 2016: France and Denmark win at the start!
Spain beat Norway 28:26, while France were much better than Romania 24:18 at the second day of Ulstein Cup.Norway: Lunde (Grimsbø); Molid, Kristiansen (3), Alstad (1), Løke (2), Mørk (6, 3 p), Oftedal (2), Frafjord (2), Riegelhuth Koren (1), Kurtovic (2), Herrem (7).Spain: Zoqbi de Paula (Navarro (1)); Pinedo (1), López, Martín (2), Nely Carla (6, 2 p), Mangue, Aguilar (2), Chávez (4), Pena (6, 2 p), González, Elorza, Egozkue, Martínez (1), Hernández (1), Cabral Barbosa (4).FRANCE – ROMANIA 24:18 (13:7)France : Leynaud 8 saves, Glauser 4 saves; Dancette (3/3), Horacek , Ayglon-Saurina (1/2), Pineau (4/7) – Landre (0/1) – Zaadi – Houette (1/1) – Dembélé (6/9) – Bulleux (1/3) – Edwige (3/3) – Nze-Minko (0/1) – Niombla (1/7) – Lacrabère (4/10)Romania : Munteanu (3 saves), Ungureanu (6 saves); Szucs (1/1) – Neagu – Bradeanu (2/6) – Perianu (3/8) – Ardean Elisei (0/1) – Dedu – Tiron – Manea – Zamfirescu – Tanasie – Geiger (3/5)- Buceshi (3/3) – Chintoan (2/2) – Vizitiu (3/6) – Chiper (1/3)In the first matches, Spain beat France 21:17, while Norway demolished Romania 32:21.STANDINGS:Spain 4Norway 2France 2Romania 0PHOTO: Rasmus Ostergaard, Denmark 2015 ← Previous Story Qatar beat Poland in Doha Next Story → Belarussian prince Siarhei Rutenka: New team or retirement in 15 days Handball Rio 2016rio 2016 handballRomania
Lino CervarRK PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story Xavi Sabate is new Orlen Wisla Plock head-coach Next Story → Veselin Vujovic to lead RK Zeleznicar Nis Lino Cervar is new RK PPD Zagreb coach.The 68-years old Croatian coach will have dual function in the future, as he is also a head-coach of the national team.The Croatian champions will play in Group A/B of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.
PUFF DADDY HAS gotten into a few scrapes over the years, but that hasn’t stopped him from reppin his hood. Yes, that sounds right.Quite the opposite, in fact, as his latest boast would appear to confirm.He now wants to rep nature and, where possible, dominate some wild animals in the process. Oh Puffy, you’re as mad as a (big) bag of bears.It’s Tweet Sweeper time!
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PHIL Hogan has outlined what he claims is the most radical reform of local government in over a century.Publishing the Local Government Bill today, the Minister said the system of local authorities is being “changed to one that is relevant for modern Ireland”.“With this bill we intend to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.Under the main measures of the bill, which were previously announced, a total of 80 town councils will be abolished with the overall number of councils operating in Ireland going from 114 to 31.Around 137 municipal districts will be introduced for the same number of local electoral areas with elected councillors “working directly for the interests of their communities” according to Hogan.Four city and county councils in Limerick and Waterford and councils in North and South Tipperary will merge. The number of councillors in the country will drop from 1,627 to 949 but Dublin is one area where the numbers will go up by 53.The changes will allow for savings between €40 and 45 million, Hogan said, in addition to over €500 million which he claimed has been saved through local government efficiencies in recent years.The bill allows for the creation of the post of chief executive to replace a county or city manager. This person, who will have a seven year term with the option of an extra three years, will be accountable to elected councillors and will require the approval of councillors before taking up the post.There will be a devolving powers to local authorities including discretion to vary the local property tax by January 2015 by plus or minus 15 per cent.Over 20 additional reserve functions are being assigned to the new councils including “a role in local economic development” according to Hogan who also said that councillors will for the first time have a clear outline of what powers they have.He said: “This bill spells out for the first time in detail all of the functions that are reserved by law to the elected members.”A National Oversight and Audit Commission will monitor and assess local authority performance.The bill also contains a provision to hold a referendum for an elected mayor which is currently the subject of a consultation process by the four local authorities in Dublin.It is anticipated that the bill will be passed by the Oireachtas before the end of the year with the changes coming into effect after next May’s local elections.Hogan: No point having elected mayor for Dublin unless position is meaningful Read: Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every year
IRISH AID CHARITY Goal has confirmed that it withdrew its staff from South Sudan this week.The Charity says that it evacuated 25 international staff from the country, which is rapidly descending into civil war, on 18, 22 and 23 December.National staff will continue to run 34 primary health clinics and deliver other programmes in the country.Goal CEO Barry Andrews says that they are concern on the impact the violence is having on the 475,000 people who they help in South Sudan.“The evacuated members of GOAL’s South Sudan management and technical team have established an office in Nairobi, from where they are liaising with their South Sudanese colleagues. However, this can only work in the short-term. There can be no doubt that if the violence continues it will prolong the absence of GOAL’s staff and severely restrict the movement of supplies and local personnel.He said that staff are anxious to return to the country.Read: Revelry at second anniversary of South Sudan hides severe povertyRead: Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic
THE MAYOR OF South Dublin County Council has resigned from the Labour party, becoming the 27th councillor to leave the junior coalition partner in three years.Dermot Looney, a 31-year-old teacher who represents the Tallaght Central area of Dublin, had already been selected to run again for the party in May’s local elections.He said the decision to leave the party he had been involved in for more than a decade had been difficult but he believed it was the right thing to do.“My time in the Labour party came to a natural end. I’d no distance left to run,” he told TheJournal.ie this evening.“I made the decision about a month ago but the reason I didn’t go then is that there was a budget [for South Dublin County Council] to get through, where I managed to make some gains for people in the area, and it was the right thing to do to stay until that was done”.Looney was strongly criticial of Labour, saying the party had abandoned its principles while in government with Fine Gael.Looney said there was no one policy on which he was making a stand, but that there had been dozens over the lifetime of the Government with which he fundamentally disagreed. He said Labour had ‘kowtowed’ to Fine Gael’s economic agenda to the detriment of the poorest people in society.“I stand diametrically opposed to government policy – and by extension, that of the Labour Party – in areas as diverse as healthcare, local democracy, housing, state assets and taxation,” he said.He also criticised the running of the party. “The party is run very strongly from the centre, and councillors like me are having less and less of an impact,” he said. He cited the recent party conference as an example, where, he said, around 20 motions from members weren’t allowed to be brought to the conference floor.Looney said the reaction so far to his resignation had been “overwhelmingly positive”. He told the Labour councillors on South Dublin County Council and local party members of his decision before it was made public tonight.Looney will remain on as mayor and councillor ahead of May’s elections.He ruled out running for any other party and said he would be standing as an Independent in the local elections.“I’m definitely not running for another party,” he said. “I’ll see what I can do both nationally and locally as an independent, possibly working with other groups from the left”.Looney had been a member of the party for more than a decade after joining while studying social science in UCD. He was first elected to South Dublin County Council in June 2009 and became the youngest ever mayor of the local authority when he took over the office last year.Looney made the news last year when he donated €7,000 of his €45,000 allowance as mayor to local community groups.Read: ‘A nice bonus at Christmas time’: Dublin mayor’s pay-cut benefits 50 community groups > Read: The 26 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in government >
Rains have been heavy lately in the Cascade Mountains region, officials said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Yikes! Thankfully, no-one was hurt when this massive boulder smashed through an Italian farmyard> http://youtu.be/3GRdkFZidHY(Maria Johannes/YouTube0A LANDSLIDE CRASHED into homes in a town northeast of Seattle yesterday, killing three people and injuring eight, authorities said.People were heard crying out for help from underneath debris, CNN reports, saying that rescuers are trying to get to them through the wreckage.At least six homes were destroyed in the town of Oso, Washington State, the sheriff’s office and other officials said.“At total of eight people have been rescued at this point and are being treated at area hospitals, including a six-month-old baby,” Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton said on Twitter.Reverse 911 calls have been going out to residents in the area warning them of the danger of flooding upstream from the slide, as well as the possibility of a downstream flooding should there be a catastrophic breach by the (Stillaguamish) river.
Horsemeat had only been found in a small number of the production batches that were pulled from shelves in February, she noted, adding that “there is no health risk associated with eating these meatballs.”Sweden onlyThe meatballs would only be sold or given away in Sweden, where most of them have been stored after Czech authorities in February said they contained horsemeat.Ikea stores in other countries would have to follow local rules and regulations, Magnusson said.The Swedish company pulled its trademark frozen meatballs off the shelves and from its restaurants in 25 countries in Europe and Asia after traces of horse DNA were found.It suffered further embarrassment this month when its frozen elk lasagne was shown to contain traces of pork.- © AFP, 2013Read: Wiener sausages back for sale in IKEA > FURNITURE GIANT IKEA is looking at selling or giving away meatballs in its home country of Sweden that were recalled after tests showed they contained traces of horse DNA.“We are looking at ways of using the meatballs as food, since they are completely safe to eat. But we are still in talks with the authorities over this,” spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said.“If we are unsuccessful our other option is to use them as biogas,” she added.The main challenge was to find a way to comply with Swedish authorities’ requirement that all food be labelled with “exact information” on meat content, Magnusson said. We’re discussing how to sell or give away the meatballs as food, even though the percentage (of different meats) may vary.
Updated 7.55pmFEARS THAT A ‘tsunami’ of homeless could hit Ireland have been raised by Father Peter McVerry.The social justice campaigner said today on Sunday with Miriam on RTÉ that the Peter McVerry Trust is currently having to turn people away due to a lack of spaces. This is the first time the charity has had to do this.He said that there are six new people becoming homeless every day,The current situation“35,000 families are going to be out on the street looking for accommodation,” said Fr McVerry. “There are also 40,000 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears.” He said that banks are going to repossess a percentage of these “and the tenants are going to be turfed out”.“The tragedy is there’s no exits out of it,” he said. “I think it’s quite frightening.”Fr McVerry said that he thinks that this issue of housing and homelessness “could bring the Government down”.He pointed out that nobody chooses to be homeless and said that he really despairs for the future in Ireland. “We blame those who are poor for being poor,” he said, adding that he believes the values that we live by are predominantly being imposed on us by the capitalist economy.Solutions to the problemFr McVerry said that a solution to help homelessness would be to purchase 1500 apartments and homes, either by the Government itself or by giving money to voluntary associations.“The issue is where is the money going to come from, but looking after homeless people is extraordinarily expensive,” he said.Fr McVerry said that a hostel with 10 homeless people in it would cost €300,000 a year, while 10 apartments with one staff member would cost around €45,000 a year.Government responseSpeaking on This Week on RTÉ, Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said that she cannot give a figure for how many people will become homeless this year.She said that she would “need to be a clairvoyant” to know the number, but that her intention is to ensure that the number is less than the number that are presenting now.She said that 25,000 units per year are needed to tackle the issue, and that she will ensure there is a level of flexibility in the planning system so those units can be constructed.“We can never go back to the crazy situation in the past,” said O’Sullivan. “For the last three years we were constrained about what money the Government could spend.”O’Sullivan added that the focus now is on building in areas where there is a need and demand.- First published 1.30pmRead: 16 families becoming homeless every month in Dublin>
Spain 0Chile 2DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SPAIN slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup after their second defeat in five days.Chile’s victory — through goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz — made the South Americans and the Netherlands the first teams to go through to the second round.After a golden era that saw them win the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010, Spain have suffered a dramatic fall from grace. They equalled Italy’s unwanted record in 1950 of being booted out of the World Cup after just two games.It was Chile’s first win over the Spanish in 11 meetings.Spain’s confidence seemed to have evaporated after their 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their first Group B game on Friday.Coach Vicente del Bosque dropped established stars Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez but it had no impact in the charged atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez skips a challenge from Spain’s Javi Martinez. Source: EMPICS SportChile pressed forward from the start. Vargas’ shot in the second minute was narrowly deflected wide of the goal by a defender.Spain also pushed up, but errors soon proved costly.Xabi Alonso gave the ball away in the 20th minute and the ball reached Arranguiz in the penalty area who slipped it inside to Vargas who smashed the ball past Spain’s captain Iker Casillas, making a Spanish record 17th appearance in a World Cup finals match.Spain’s defence was in disarray.The game carried on at a furious pace as the defending champions sought a way back into the game.But in the 43rd minute, Casillas clumsily punched away a free kick by Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez. The ball went straight to Arranguiz who struck it into the net.https://vine.co/v/MTzVhAaj657Casilllas seemed shell-shocked as he walked off at half-time. Defender Sergio Ramos and other Spanish players also shook their heads in disbelief.Spain’s pitiful state seemed to be epitomized by misses in the second half. Diego Costa had a shot deflected wide and in the 53rd minute Sergio Busquets’s was clear in front of goal but a seemingly simple tap in went wide. Chile’s Eduardo Vargas celebrates his goal with team-mates. Source: EMPICS SportChile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pulled off a brilliant reflex save to stop an Andres Iniesta shot in the 84th minute.The historic Maracana stadium erupted into a riot of red and blue as Chilean supporters started noisy celebrations. Thousands crossed the Andes in special convoys to watch Chile’s games.Chile play Netherlands to decide top place in Group B on June 23. Spain play their final game against Australia on the same day.- © AFP, 2014When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994Snapshot: 10-year-old Dubliner Ciarán Duffy winks at the world from the Maracanã pitch
THE DUBLIN LORD Mayor Christy Burke said that he didn’t mean to cause anybody any offence when he suggested that the British royals should not attend the 1916 Rising commemoration events.Speaking to TheJournal.ie the Mayor said that he had just come from a meeting with the British Ambassador and the Deputy Mayor of London.He said that he explained his position to the men over tea at an early morning meeting in the Mansion House and that they completely understood.“They accept my position and understand my comments. No offence was intended by me. I explained that at the meeting this morning and if I offended anyone, I apologise.Burke explained that he was just expressing the concerns that a lot of people had made to him:A lot of citizens’ expressed concerns that if the royal family were sitting up front at the GPO for the commemorations, they would take the focus.“This is our nations history and the relatives of those who died in the 1916 Rising should be up front”.When asked if the British royals would be welcome to attend any of the celebrations to witness the event, Burke said “who am I to say who should and who shouldn’t”.The Lord Mayor explained that he was meeting the families of 1916 personnel on Sunday to discuss plans for the commemoration.Read: Relatives of 1916 personnel invited to participate in centenary commemoration>Read: Irish people want to see the royal family visit for 1916 commemorations>
DESPITE THE CONTROVERSY surrounding the new Gaeltacht Minister’s Irish language abilities, Joe McHugh has been giving BBC Radio 4 listeners a short Irish lesson.“The important thing when you’re speaking Irish is there has to be a flow to it,” Joe McHugh advised ‘Broadcasting House’ presenter Paddy O’Connell.McHugh proceeded to teach O’Connell how to say ‘go dté mar a tá tú’ (how are you) and ‘tá lá ar dóigh ann’ (it’s a great day). Listen to McHugh’s Irish lesson >When asked to translate more complicated phrases such as ‘hear much and say little’ or ‘an open mouth often catches a closed fist’, McHugh declined, saying he was looking ahead to taking a language refresher course and would not want to be “caught out on getting things wrong at this stage”.McHugh said he was “shocked, stunned, delighted, over the moon” and “quite emotional” to be nominated for the ministerial post.Asked about coming under pressure over his cúpla focail that when Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked him about his Irish language skills, he admitted they were “not great, but rusty” because he has not really been speaking it for twenty years.“It’s daunting,” he said of his portfolio, “but I’m going to go into it full steam ahead.”McHugh said his Irish refresher course would be starting first thing Monday morning. The Donegal TD said he hoped his own experiences in re-building his Irish language abilities would encourage others to do the same:There’s a vast chunk of the population that went to school, spent 14 years, got very, very good grades in their Irish, were able to speak it when they went to school and then all of a suddenly they just lose it. When you don’t use it, you lose it. And if I can refresh myself and get there in a short period of time, I hope that will be a signal to other people that have been threatening it for years.Read: Here’s how the new Gaeltacht Minister got on answering a question as Gaeilge >Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn’t fluent in Irish? >
6-Flags, 10 people down, 14 to go. All will be evaluated by EMS personnel before being reunited with family and released to Park officials— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Source: ABC News/YouTubeA DAY OUT at a Six Flags theme park turned into an unforeseen drama when a rollercoaster got stuck.24 people were on board The Joker’s Jinx – which can go 0 – 60 in three seconds – when the six train cars suddenly stopped.ABC news reported that the rollercoaster was stuck around 75 feet from the ground during the ordeal at the park just outside Washington.When rescuers got to them three-and-a-half hours after the rollercoaster stopped, the unlucky riders were given food, water, and umbrellas to shield them from the sun.Tweeting from the scene was Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief with the emergency services. Riders being strapped in place within each car, before cars passenger restraint can be released. Then pulled 1 by 1 – 1st 2 people in bucket— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Remarkably, he kept people up-to-date on how the rescue was progressing: Firefighters have reached the 1st car by tower bucket – each of 6 cars will be emptied slowly pic.twitter.com/bkuF5zFt5c— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Firefighters have made face to face access with first riders – this will be a long term rescue pic.twitter.com/u6Wt4bANf0— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter FF Owen Hardy, one of the high angle rescuers talks to media about what it took to keep everyone calm pic.twitter.com/GI7sZcDjbL— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Thankfully, no one was seriously injured: Jokers Jinx is stalled. All riders are safe, upright and being helped off the ride with PGCo Fire support. #JokersJinx— Six Flags America (@SixFlagsDC) August 10, 2014 All 24 patrons ON the ground being evaluated by EMS— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter No transports from the 6-Flags hi-angle call. PGFD debriefing, cleaning up, goin home. Thanks to all involved pic.twitter.com/D1y90GpSzq— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Read: Passengers use collective strength to push train off trapped man> Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Here’s what Six Flags had to say: Source: Six Flags America/Twitter Source: Six Flags America/Twitter All riders safely disembarked from Jokers Jinx. Ride closed for now. Thanks Prince George County Fire Dept for your help!— Six Flags America (@SixFlagsDC) August 10, 2014 On scene technical rescue call 6-Flags America. 24 patrons stuck near the top of the Jokers Jinx pic.twitter.com/dFEvRG3p6S— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter
Although OS X has made great strides in the last half decade in regaining market share, the various permutations of Windows still rule most of the computing world, largely thanks to the reliance of enterprise and government networks. Now one of the largest and most powerful countries on Earth is ready to dump Microsoft as a client, and make no mistake… it’s a move indicative of a growing schism with the United States similar to that we experienced in the Cold War.The country we’re talking about here is Russia, who plans to transition its computer infrastructure from Windows to open-source operating systems like Linux. The order was given by none less than Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who wants the transition completed by 2015… and who also wants to create a national repository for open-source applications similar to Apple’s App Store.AdChoices广告When we mentioned the Cold War earlier in this post, we didn’t mean to imply that Russia’s adoption of Linux would somehow lead to global nuclear war. However, it;s undeniable that Russia and America’s diplomatic relations have been frosty lately, especially when it comes to arms talks. Given that, Russia’s move to divorce its IT infrastructure from relying upon an American company’s operating system seems like another small step away from relying upon America.Read more at Electronista
Don’t think of this idea as late for Halloween 2010, but rather as early for Halloween 2011. It’s is a color-shifting paint trick that Watchmen fans can use to really jazz up a Rorschach costume next year.Thanks to YouTube contributor guinness0507, we find out if you mix a little thermochromic powder with transparent base paint, then transfer the paint mixture onto a piece of white fabric, you can make yourself a pretty sweet looking Rorschach mask that shifts color from the temperature of your own breath.AdChoices广告I don’t know who watches the Watchmen, but wearing this mask you will definitely have many eyes watching you Halloween 2011. Just do us a favor and make sure that the paint is completely dry before putting it over your face. We certainly don’t want anyone passing out from noxious fumes.Read more at YouTube, via Neatorama
Tomorrow marks the 202nd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. The scientist, best known for introducing the concept of natural selection in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, led a fairly interesting life outside of his scientific work, as well. After the jump, check out some fascinating facts about the scientist you thought you knew.Born the Same Day as LincolnDon’t use up wall of your birthday wishes on the father of evolution. Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on Feb. 12, 1809, 4,000 miles apartSeasicknessDarwin spent much of the Beagle’s journey suffering from seasickness. For many of the first few weeks of the voyage, he lived only on raisins, because he couldn’t keep anything else downOne of the Galapagos Tortoise Species Only Has One Remaining MembersThis is Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise on earth. He lives, fittingly, at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Pinta Island. Attempts are being made to get him to breed with members of other Galapagos tortoise subspecies, in order to continue his bloodline. Thus far, the effort have been fruitless. There is, however, a standing $10,000 reward, if you manage to locate a female of the species.Darwin’s Captain Was a Fierce Oponent of the Theory of EvolutionVice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy might have piloted Darwin around on the HMS Beagle, but the captain didn’t care one bit for the theory of evolution. During an 1860 debate on the validity of Darwin’s theory, the fiercely religious Fitzroy held up a bible and asked the crowd, “to believe God rather than man”. He must have had some fondness for Darwin, however–after all, the captain named the highest peak in Tierra del Fuego “Mount Darwin,” in honor of the scientist’s 25th birthday.Darwin and the Crew of the Beagle Ate TortoiseThe Galapagos tortoises played a pivotal role in the formation of Darwin’s theory, as he began to notice variations in shells from island to island. Darwin noted that he could “pronounce with certainty from which island it has been brought.” What’s largely forgotten, however, is the fact that the crew actually dined on the giant reptiles, with each providing a tremendous amount of meat. The crew hauled 48 of the animals for eating.Married His Cousin Yep, Darwin’s wife, Emma Wedgwood, was also his first cousin. The scientist opted to marry her after compiling a list of pros and cons. Pros included “better than a dog” and cons included “less money for books.” Darwin and Wedgwood had 10 children in all (three of which became distinguished scientists), and her piano playing helped inspire sections of Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.Darwin’s Half-Cousin Pioneered EugenicsIn 1871’s The Descent of Man Darwin suggested that helping the sick could negate some of the effects of natural selection, though he ultimately added that the instinct toward sympathy was important–Darwin, after all, was sick for much of his life. This, along with Origin of the Species, played a role in helping Darwin’s half-cousin, Francis Galton to begin his initial research into the highly controversial field he would later call eugenics after Darwin’s death.
Today Apple released iOS 5 to the public, which also marks the official arrival of iCloud. The updated operating system also brings a variety of other features, including revamped notifications, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter integration, wireless firmware updates, and more.With iOS 5 and iCloud taken together, this is easily the biggest software update we have seen since the first iPhone launched in 2007. Even last year’s iOS 4 update, which brought multitasking, folders, and Facetime, was relatively minor in comparison.NotificationsAside from iCloud, the biggest new feature may be Apple’s new Notifications. Gone are the blue pop-ups that had infested iOS devices for the last four years, even while rival OS’s Android and WebOS moved on to more advanced alerts.The new notifications center borrows heavily from Android, featuring a drop down menu that can be accessed by sliding down from the status bar (they also reside on the lock screen).Real-time alerts, meanwhile, are now subtle banners that briefly appear at the top of your screen. While the blue beasties used to stop everything and require an input in order to proceed, these notifications allow you to continue doing whatever you were doing (you can retrieve the full message by tapping the banner). These were heavily influenced by jailbreak app MobileNotifier. That application’s developer, Peter Hajas, was hired by Apple earlier this year.iMessageiMessage, meanwhile, is Apple’s assault on wireless carriers’ text messaging plans (while taking a swipe at Blackberry Messenger and Google Voice texting as well). It uses an Instant Messaging (data-only) protocol as a replacement for pricey SMS plans. Integrated into the standard text messaging app, any friends who are on iOS devices will automatically be contacted via iMessage. Anyone who isn’t on an iOS device will be sent a standard text.Not to be defeated so easily, the carriers are already defending themselves against the potential threat of iMessage: AT&T recently announced that they are no longer offering their middle-tier of text messaging plans. It’s either the $20/month unlimited plan, or pay 20 cents per message. Those sneaky rascals.RemindersReminders makes even more sense now than it did when Apple introduced it last June. At the time, it looked like it was a natural extension of iCloud and notifications. Now we see that it is also integral to Siri on the iPhone 4S.This feature essentially kills off many of the popular third-party To-Do List apps that saturate the App Store. Make a checklist of things to do, and you’ll be notified at a pre-selected time. You can even set a notification to go off when you arrive at a set location.If you have an iPhone 4S, Siri will access Reminders (among a variety of other apps and services) to let you set reminders for yourself without even looking at your iPhone.NewsstandNewsstand is probably one of the less stellar features of iOS 5, but it does serve a purpose. Rather than managing periodical subscriptions through the App Store, Apple now stores all of your electronic magazine subscriptions in one place.Consider Newsstand Apple’s attempt to usher publishing further into the digital age. More specifically, it’s their attempt to tie those subscriptions to their platform and their devices.TwitteriOS 5 also brings system-wide Twitter integration to the table.If you’re browsing Safari, and come across a story that you want to tweet, simply hit the Tweet option from Safari’s menu, and you’re done. The same goes for pictures you just took, or a plethora of other things from any app that integrates iOS 5’s Twitter API into it.Links are automatically shortened, locations can be included, and contact names will auto-fill. It all adds up to a quick and easy way to tweet anything from anywhere on your iDevice.Camera/PhotosApple gave us lots of fun goodies in relation to the Camera and Photos apps in iOS 5, some of which integrate with iCloud, some of which just make things more convenient.The camera can now be accessed by simply touching a button on the lockscreen. iPhone 4S users will be ready to take gorgeous 8MP pics in hardly any time at all, while the rest of us will have to wait a few seconds for the camera app to open and ready itself.The camera also lets you zoom by using pinch-to-zoom. This one is so simple and Apple-like it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t included in the first version of iOS. You can also tap-to-focus on a part of an image, and use grid lines to help setup your image’s composition.One of the simplest, yet most useful, tweaks is that pictures can now be taken by tapping the volume up button. Previous versions of iOS required you to tap the button on the screen (you can still do it that way too). Using the volume button as a shutter button may help avoid some accidentally blurred pics when pushing the touchscreen.Finally, the Photos app now allows you to edit your photos from right within the app. While it isn’t exactly Photoshop, it offers the most common basic photo editing options (auto-correct, brightness, cropping, etc.), and it does them all well. This will be especially convenient as your pics will all now be automatically uploaded to iCloud. If you needed third-party apps to tweak your images before sending to the cloud, that could get messy. This keeps it all clean and highly functional.Split Keyboard (iPad only)Only iPad users will get this one, but if you’re an owner of Apple’s tablet, the split keyboard just may completely change how you feel about typing on your iPad.What the split keyboard lacks in beauty, it more than makes up for in function. Having been extremely popular on Android (first in the pioneering Thumb Keyboard and the copycat Swiftkey X for Tablets), split keyboards allow you to hold your tablet with two hands and tap away with both thumbs. It may take a little getting used to at first, but it will soon make typing with a standard on-screen keyboard feel like more of a chore than it already does.Best of all, you can easily switch between the two kinds of keyboards on the fly. Simply drag a small indicator on the keyboard up or down to toggle between the two. Give it a shot, iPad owners – you won’t likely look back.SafariSeveral big changes are added to iOS’ stock browser with iOS 5.Tabbed browsing comes to the iPad. Of course mobile Safari has allowed you to keep multiple browser windows open since the beginning, but only now can tablet users see all of their tabs lined up at the top of your screen, similar to a desktop browser.Reading List and Reader are two sister features that are sure to make the excellent Instapaper app lose some business. If you see something that you want to store for later on, simply tap the Read Later button, and it will appear in a list, waiting for you whenever you’re ready. Reader, which has already appeared in Safari on OS X Lion, gives you a cleanly-formatted view of the primary text and images on a web page (also just like Instapaper). It makes for a nice, clutter-free reading experience.AirPlayLast, but most definitely not least are the AirPlay capabilities that iOS 5 brings. AirPlay isn’t altogether new to iOS 5, but what is new is everything that you can see on your iOS device’s screen can now be mirrored on a TV set (along with an Apple TV).If this doesn’t seem like such a huge thing now, consider the potential that this will offer. A few years down the road, when iOS gaming has advanced, your iPhone or iPad will not only be a portable gaming console, but it will also double as a home console and the controller. Really, it already is these things with stellar console-esque games like Infinity Blade, the upcoming Infinity Blade 2, 9mm, and Dead Space.But when Apple gets to the A6 or A7 processor within the next few years, the line between mobile and console gaming will be further blurred, and this will be a big-time feature. Remember Nintendo’s upcoming Wii-U with its tablet-like controller? That’s essentially what your iPad will be with the help of AirPlay and Apple TV.Get iOS 5 NowYou can install iOS 5 on any iOS device that was released in 2009 or later. That would be the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S; the iPad 1 and 2; and the iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation.Simply update to iTunes 10.5, connect your iDevice, and download the software update. This may actually be the last iOS update you ever do over iTunes, as iCloud will allow you to download delta wireless updates from now on.Finally, the days of Apple charging for iOS updates on older devices are long gone – this one is free for all of those devices.
While it hasn’t quite grown to antennagate proportions, there has been plenty of talk about battery issues on the iPhone 4S and/or iOS 5. It appears that Apple has made some progress on that front, as they have today issued a statement acknowledging the battery bug, and are promising an update within the next few weeks.In the statement, Apple stated that “a small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices.” They noted that a software would would be landing some time in the next “few weeks.”The company didn’t comment beyond that, but it may be worth noting that they attributed the issue to “iOS 5 devices,” and not the iPhone 4S specifically. This is consistent with testing that PC Mag did, as well as our hands-on time with Apple’s latest.One of the most discussed potential fixes for the issue relates to an out-of-control time zone setting in the firmware. The theory is that a bug with the phone’s time settings is causing it to constantly search for its location, which leads to a hit on uptime. Some users with battery problems have found that their battery life improved after turning off the automatic time zone setting (see here for details).An early version of the iOS update has already been released to developers, in the form of iOS 5.0.1 beta. In addition to handling the battery life bugs, the beta also promises fixes for Documents in the Cloud bugs, adds multitasking gestures to the iPad 1, and improves Siri’s speech recognition for those with Australian accents.Will this be the fix that those struggling with poor battery life have been waiting for? That remains to be seen, but you can bet that Apple doesn’t want this story to blow up any more than it already has. An Apple support forum devoted to the issue has over 186 pages of complaints, and the issue has been discussed at length on blogs and social networks during the last week.Even if it is only affecting “a small number of customers,” as Apple says, this certainly isn’t the kind of press that a company that prides themselves on their user-friendliness wants.via AllThingsD