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EHF EURO 2012 Round 2 Nis Germans survived Macedonia

Two interesting matches were played in the Nis at the Round 2 of the EHF EURO 2012. Germany survived hell of 3000 Macedonian fans and took important points in the battle for the TOP 12 and Olympic dreams – 24:23. Last attack was finished with suspicious decision of the refferes after the Lazarov’s shoot.STATISTICSIn the second match, Sweden has a little bit easier job against Czech Republic 33:29 with fantastic evenning of Niclas Ekberg, who scored 10 goals from 12 shoots.STATISTICSSTANDINGSSweden 3Czech Republic 2Germany 2Macedonia 0 ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 (Round 2): Serbs beats Denmark in the Madhouse! Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 “Star of the Day 2″ – Gabor Csaszar read more

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PERFECT NIGHT FOR FAVORITES RNL score 44 fantastic Flensburg defense…

Wednesday night was perfect time for the favorites at DKB Bundesliga. Rhein Neckar Lowen scored 44 goals in away match against Emsdetten, while Flensburg beat Bergischer with +19 with fantastic defense which received only 15 goals. THW Kie had easy job against Goppingen, while the most intestering clashes have been seen in Eisenach and Lemgo…RESULTS:ThSV Eisenach 27:28 (14:11) HSG Wetzlar 6.MT Melsungen32:22+25 Rhein Neckar LowenTHW Kiel 12.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen21:35-15 18.TV Emsdetten7:49-177 TBV Lemgo 29:27 (19:13) TSV Hannover-BurgdorfSTANDINGS: SG Flensburg-H. 34:15 (17:8) Bergischer HC 11.HSG Wetzlar23:29-20 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten14:40-71 10.TBV Lemgo25:31-30 1.THW Kiel49:7+164 15.Bergischer HC17:39-76 4.HSV Handball42:10+82 THW Kiel 31:20 (17:8) Frisch Auf Göppingen ← Previous Story Norway qualifies for Women’s EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → DANISH FEMALE BEST 7: Mette Gravholt the No.1 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt46:10+154 17.ThSV Eisenach11:43-130 8.TuS N-Lübbecke27:27-28 5.Füchse Berlin38:16+79 14.VfL Gummersbach18:34-64 13.TSV GWD Minden18:34-52 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen47:9+181 9.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf26:30-47 TV Emsdetten 32:44 (12:19) Rhein-Neckar Löwen 7.SC Magdeburg29:25+25 read more

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German bronze in Rio

Germany won fourth Olympic medal! The first bronze after two silvers (1984 and 2004) and gold (1936) is in pockets of Dagur Sigurdsson and his guys, who have amazing year 2016 which began with European gold at Men’s EHF EURO 2016.Germans were clearly better than Poles 31:25 (17:13) ahead of 10.000 fans at Future Arena.Poland – Germany 25:31 (13:17)Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff; Gensheimer (6/3), Lemke, Wiencek (5), Reichmann (7), Wiede (2), Pekeler (1), Weinhold (3), Strobel, Fäth, Häfner, Kühn (4), Drux (3)Poland: Szmal, Wyszomirski; Lijewski (5), Jachlewski (2), Krajewski (5/1), Bielecki (3/2), Wisniewski (1), Bartosz Jurecki (2), Michal Jurecki, Jurkiewicz (3), Syprzak (1), Daszek (3), Kus, Szyba handballrio 2016 ← Previous Story VIDEO: 3,2,1, gold! Next Story → HISTORY! Denmark take Olympic gold! read more

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Nedim Remili to stay in Paris until 2022

Nedim Remili will stay three years more at PSG Handball.The 23-years old lethander made amazing development among French champions, where he came from local rival US Creteil before the start of the season 2016/2017. Powerful right back got quickly a chance to become regular member of the French national team.TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2016/2017: Nedim Remili is the KING of the season!The new contract is signed until 2022.Devinez qui reste avec nous jusqu’en 2022 ?! #BestDrive #PartenaireMajeur @psghand @Nedim_Remili pic.twitter.com/sy2DcHDS6q— BestDrive France (@BestDriveFrance) September 10, 2018PHOTO: PSG Handball handball contractNedim RemiliPSG Handball ← Previous Story SEHA: Milosavljev saves Vardar’s win in Presov Next Story → ASOBAL: Buzzer-beater in Leon, Barca scores 50 goals read more

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Giant chunk of meteorite pulled out of Russian lake

first_imgREMEMBER THE GIANT meteorite that hit Russia in February?It hit the Chelyabinsk region of the Russian Urals and 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion, which was believed to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs.A file photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru of a meteorite contrail seen over the Ural Mountains’ city of Chelyabinsk. Pic: AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina PustynnikovaIn February, it smashed into the then-frozen Chebarkul Lake. Now that the lake has thawed out, scientists say they have recovered what could be the largest part of the meteorite from the lake.They said scales showed it weighed at least a hefty 1,256 pounds – although the giant steelyard balance used to weigh it broke right after it displayed that number.Sergei Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told Russian television the excavated fragment was definitely a chunk of the meteorite.(TheBadAstronomer/YouTube)- Additional reporting from Associated PressRead: Did you see a fireball blazing across Ireland on Wednesday night?>Read: Why was the Russian meteorite captured on so many dashboard cameras?>Videos: Around 950 injured after meteor strikes central Russia>last_img read more

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Top 14 links threaten to cloud Joe Schmidts early tenure

first_imgYou’ve only so long in the game and, as players, you have to look after yourself, your own well being, and everything else on top of that. They’re tough decisions to make but you live or die by them.” O’Brien has yet to sign a contract extension and, along with Leinster teammate Jamie Heaslip, has been linked with a switch to France. Other Irish players that may be off to sample the gruelling delights of Top 14 rugby are Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Paul O’Connell.With Irish teams committed to the threatened Heineken Cup, there is a very real prospect of Ireland’s best talents missing out on European rugby next season. Delays over the future of European Cup rugby mean contract negotiations will suffer in the impasse.As long as the contract extensions remain unsigned, and Irish players are spotted as guests of honour Top 14 grounds, Schmidt and his squad can expect the same questions. They will have plenty of time to perfect those stock responses.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘Play in Ireland to prolong your career, France to make an extra few quid’ — Kearney THE RELIEF IS palpable in the faces of the Ireland squad when a rugby question is asked.Gordon D’Arcy is more than happy to extrapolate on Joe Schmidt moving defensive lines of nine from side to side like a Fußball [table football] enthusiast. Stephen Archer takes a deep breath before revealing tricks of the scrummaging trade forwards coach John Plumtree has brought with him from South Africa.Inevitably — as they have done in each of Joe Schmidt’s press briefings since he became Ireland head coach — the questions about captaincy and player contracts arrive. D’Arcy and Archer are trained to give stock responses. Ireland are focused on their three upcoming Tests; moves are up to individual players; the squad has not been affected by the speculation.While the players and coaches may act surprised at the interest in the destination of the the captaincy, it is an intriguing subplot that involves two of the greatest servants to Irish rugby in the past 15 years — Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell. The fact that D’Arcy spoke about ‘any of of five guys up in the team room’ that could do the job only goes to prove that the players themselves are curious about how will be bestowed with the honour.center_img Joe Schmidt will end that particular chapter next week when he names his Ireland captain for the November tests. The questions about player contracts and the Top 14, however, will rumble on like a freight train all the way past the current series of games and on into the Six Nations.Conor Murray is out of contract with Munster at the end of the season and could follow Jonny Sexton to France.INPHO/Billy SticklandWe got a glimpse of the distracting nature of courting French clubs last season when Jonny Sexton was heavily linked to a move to Racing Metro. The outhalf was kept away from the media throughout a six-week period of denials and counter-denials but it did nothing to quell the story. The news was confirmed on 25 January.Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien were the two players next in the spotlight, following Sexton’s move. Kearney empathised with the outhalf’s move. Speaking two days after Sexton was confirmed as France-bound, Kearney told 98FM: “If it works out really well for him in that he’s enjoying life and playing good rugby while earning more money, people will see that and it will open up a whole new ball park.” The fullback signed a two-year deal with Leinster soon after. O’Brien [on 29 January] told TheScore.ie:last_img read more

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Son surprises Irish mammy with Christmas visit from Australia

first_img Source: DailyEdge.ieSpecial mention for the stunned brother and the mammy’s classic “how did you get home” questions.Happy Christmas to all!Thanks to Ciara for sending on the video Dublin airport’s arrival gates will make you feel all warm and fuzzy>Watch families reunite for Christmas at Dublin Airport>8 Christmas school rituals every Irish child knows> THIS IRISH MAMMY had no clue her ‘prodigal son’ was about to walk around the corner in time for Christmas.He’s made a surprise visit home to Belfast from Australia, and his sister was the only person who knew about his trip.last_img read more

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Poll Do you think the government will be successful in this round

first_img No (1317) I don’t know (1301) Poll Results: YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img THE GOVERNMENT WILL resume talks today with public sector unions in hopes of reaching a deal on an extension of the Croke Park Agreement.Cuts to overtime pay for weekends and nights as well as a proposal to lengthen the working day will all be on the table as the government looks to make savings of around €170 million.Bodies representing gardaí of all levels have already withdrawn from the talks and will not be returning though the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association has said it will join talks, despite tension over the Graduate Nursing Scheme.The government appears to be sticking to its plans despite opposition from unions but associations representing gardaí in particular are adamant that they will not negotiate any deal that includes pay cuts.We want to know: Do you think the government will be successful in achieving a deal to save €170 million in this round of talks? Yes (265)last_img read more

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Graphic images show horses mauled body in North Dublin

first_imgWARNING DISTRESSING IMAGES BELOWTHE DUBLIN SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is calling on the public to provide more information about a horse that was found mauled to death yesterday in Dublin.Lorna Swift call-coordinator with the DSPCA told TheJournal.ie that they believe the dark brown horse (pictured below) may have been attacked by dogs.In distressing scenes, its mauled body was found in the Darndale area of North Dublin yesterday evening.Meanwhile, another horse was also found dead in Darndale yesterday.The black and white animal was found roaming unattended on a road when it was hit by a car.The driver of the car, which was badly damaged, called the DSPCA and the an inspector later found the horse had died from its injuries.“People cannot leave horses unattended in public areas. They can be attacked, hit by cars, bitten by dogs, fall down holes, basically anything can happen to them. There are so many hazards,” Swift said. “They should be on private land.”(All images: FM104 Phoneshow)Read: Six cases of horse cruelty seen by DSPCA this week >last_img read more

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Ryanair hits back at Aer Lingus strike price hike accusation

first_imgThe company, however says that this is nothing to do with the strike by rival staff.“Ryanair always offers the lowest fares, regardless of the actions or inactions of high cost airlines.“Our lowest fares are sold on a first come, first served basis – and rise only as quickly as the low fare class are sold in the 6 months prior to departure – and we will carry tens of thousands of passengers to and from Ireland over the bank holiday weekend, who choose Ryanair not only for the lowest fares, but also for our industry-leading punctuality and customer service.”The ITAA said that they had seen a drop in bookings for the bank holiday as a result of the strike by IMPACT cabin crew at Aer Lingus.Read: Here’s how much the threatened Aer Lingus strike is adding to travel costs RYANAIR HAS DENIED that it is using the impending Aer Lingus strike to jack up prices.The Irish Travel Agents Association today claimed that flying from Dublin to London Gatwick during the threatened strike on 30 May will cost €238.99 compared to just €53.99 the following weekend.While a check of the Ryanair website confirms this, the company points out that flights into Stansted are cheaper.last_img read more

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Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered in two adjoining Kerry properties

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED hundreds of cannabis plants from two adjoining properties in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.Gardai searched two houses at approximately 6.30 pm yesterday evening, Friday 30 May, 2014. During the course of the search, a total of some 250 plants in various stages of growth were discovered at the two properties. Gardaí say the plants have an estimated street value of up to €200,000, pending analysis.A Garda spokesperson said the discovery was part of ongoing intelligence-led operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs, and that seizures play a “critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities”.No arrests were made and investigations are continuing.Read: Over 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabislast_img read more

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Relax taxi drivers you wont be in trouble for using your smartphone

first_imgLAST MONTH THE Transport Minister completely prohibited the practice of texting while driving.Legislation had already outlined that drivers couldn’t operate a phone but Leo Varadkar said the law was not 100 per cent clear on whether it applied to sending a text or searching the web while the phone was in a cradle.Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle asked Minister Varadkar if taxi drivers who received automatic route information updates on navigation systems through their phones were breaking the law.He wanted the Minister to “clarify for taxi drivers who enter their destination to their satellite navigation software on their smartphones, whether the automatic data updates for route information received during their journey is prohibited as being data access while driving under the new legislation”.The Transport Minister replied that the new regulations make it an offence to send or read a text message from a mobile phone while driving. He added:“These regulations apply to mobile phones which are not being held, i.e. to hands-free devices. A text message in these regulations includes an SMS or MMS message, or an email. The automatic data updates from satellite navigation software operates over the internet, therefore it is neither SMS- nor MMS-based.“Email operates over the internet. As the Regulation specify email, which does operate over the internet, this implies that non-email communication received via the internet is not covered by the regulations.”Read: Texting while driving is BANNED from today>Read: Banned- Texting while driving now ‘completely prohibited’>last_img read more

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10 interactions socially awkward people are sick of having

first_imgTALKING TO PEOPLE is hard. We all know that. There are so many minefields and pitfalls and traps to fall into that it’s surprising we ever leave the house, to be honest.It’d be great if all of the following things could never happen to any of us, ever again. Can someone please sort that out for us?1. When you’re telling a story, but no one else is listening Source: ReplygifAnd you just fade away, getting quieter and quieter and quieter.It’s possible that the one person who notices this happening gets more embarrassed than than you.2. Realising halfway through a story that you have no point/punchline Source: Flickr/William WardAt this moment your brain goes into overdrive thinking up ways to save yourself. Admit you forgot your point, or make one up? Extremely risky territory.3. When the ‘hilarious’ video you show everyone is met with dead silence“I swear it’s funny…wait until you see this bit! Gas…” Source: WordPress4. When someone overshares with you out of the blue Source: BlogSpotSometimes #realtalk is just not appropriate.How are we supposed to move on from this? What are we supposed to say? Please don’t do this to us.5. Any situation in which you have to say “I guess you had to be there” Source: Flickr/NEXT BerlinThere are legions of other phrases that can send a conversation to its deathbed, of course. This one is just particularly bad.6. When someone tells you that you’re blushing Source: GiphyYeah I noticed. Thanks a whole bleeding bunch.7. When you have to ask someone to repeat themselves more than once Source: D1mxyp5ceukbyaEventually you might just give up and nod, shake your head or chuckle, in the hopes that one of these is the right response.Getting rumbled in this type of situation is excruciating.8. “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, how are you?” “Grand, how are you…” Source: GiphyIf someone could just come up and slam our mouths shut whenever it looks like we’re going to do this, that’d be handy.9. When you’re the only one who thinks your story/joke is funny Source: TumblrYou’re cracking up. Everyone else is gazing at you with sorrow in their eyes. You know you need to stop, but god it’s just. So. Funny.10. Asking who/what people are talking about Source: ShutterstockYou missed the first part of the conversation and you’re not quite sure what’s going on. So now you’re just going to bleat “Who is this?” “What’s going on?” until someone takes pity on you.9 undeniable signs that you love pizza just a little bit too much>7 ways the airport turns people into monsters>last_img read more

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Michelle Obama Takes NORAD Santa Phone Calls

first_imgYou’d think that the Obama family would be doing all right financially these days, without Michelle having to pick up a night job. The First Lady was on the phones yesterday, however, taking calls for NORAD as part of the missile defense system’s 55 year tradition of Christmas Eve Santa tracking.Obama took calls for about 40 minutes yesterday at Peterson Air Force Base, while her presidential husband took their daughters to the Beach. Obama’s participation marks the first time a First Lady has pitched in for NORAD’s annual event. Her presence took most callers by surprise.AdChoices广告One ten-year-old caller took the opportunity to ask the First Lady about her husband. “He’s a pretty good guy,” she told the young caller. “I mean, it’s a tough job and sometimes you want to do everything you can to help him, but it’s pretty easy being married to him. He’s kind of funny – fun to hang out with.”last_img read more

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Detroit Auto Show Top Tech Cars Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid

first_imgDETROIT – Who says great technology has to be expensive? Porsche, for one. This hybrid racecar prototype unveiled at the North American International Auto Show uses a flywheel accumulator spinning at up to 36,000 rpm to store energy from deceleration more efficiently than generator and battery would. The driver can unleash up to eight seconds of boost to front-wheel electric motors and increase horsepower from 563 hp (V8 engine alone) to 767 hp (combined). Its road-going cousin, the 918 Spyder concept, might be Porsche’s next supercar, priced on the high side of $500,000. In this case, hybrid refers to a combination of powertrain technologies that primarily provide more performance and, of course, some fuel savings. We leave it to you to calculate how long you’d need to drive a more fuel-efficient Porsche to get back the, oh, $400,000 premium over more pedestrian $150,000 Porsches. Category: Mind-boggling hybrid technology. Why it matters: What Porsche does at significant cost could become mainstream and cheaper in a decade. Flywheels could have potential if buses and delivery vehicles, too. Porsche’s return to Detroit after three years absence adds luster against upstart LA Auto Show. Gearlog mobile’s Top 2011 Detroit Auto Show Tech Cars: Mind-Boggling Hybrid Technology – Porsche 918 RSR Mainstream Hybrid Technology – Toyota Prius C World Car (That Americans Will Buy) – Ford C Class Affordable Sporty Car with Useful Technology – Hyundai Veloster Mainstream Car with Affordable Tech – Chrysler 300last_img read more

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Geek deals Up to 250 off HP Pavilion Elite 570t Core i7

first_imgSo much of the technology focus today is on mobile. Laptops are a must have for most people and smartphones are evolving at breakneck speed. Who thought we’d have dual-cores, tens of gigabytes of storage, and even a full gigabyte of RAM – IN A PHONE! But for those who don’t need to be portable or would rather get the most performance for their dollar, there is no substitute for the trusty desktop computer.While desktops aren’t evolving like mobile technology is, you still have no shortage of the latest components. HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-570t has a spec list almost as impressive as its name, sporting the newest Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a free upgrade to a massive 1.5TB hard drive, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. You won’t be left wanting in the graphics department either, thanks to the AMD Radeon HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB RAM.All you need to complete this system is a monitor, sold separately, though HP does offer a 35 percent discount ($70 savings) on one of their 21.5-inch models. All told, the HPE-570t starts at $799.99 after $200 instant savings and a special $30 coupon.Visit LogicBuy to get the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-570t best deal.last_img read more

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Steve Jobs introduces the HUMANCENTiPAD in South Park season premiere

first_imgIt’s just about time for everyone’s favorite obscene cartoon to grace us with its season premiere. The first episode of the 15th season of South Park will air tonight and will feature the man himself, Steve Jobs. The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have mixed Jobs’ characteristic product release announcements with the cringe-worthy horror flick The Human Centipede to create a new “revolutionary” product.For those of you who haven’t seen or even heard of The Human Centipede, it entails a crazy German scientist sewing three people together to form the creature in the title. Parker and Stone show Jobs announcing a new product that will “once again revolutionize the way we use our phones and tablet devices.” Enter, the HUMANCENTiPAD.AdChoices广告Comedy Central said in a press release that Kyle becomes “intimately” involved with the new Apple product’s development. The video below, though somewhat NSFW, shows Kyle attached to two other people (presumably Apple employees?) in a rear-to-mouth chain with the iPad at one end and the iPhone at the other. Kyle is unfortunately in the middle.Cartman, on the other hand, is upset that he doesn’t even own the first iPad, and blames his mother for that.The season premiere will air tonight, April 27 at 10 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.via BusinessInsiderlast_img read more

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Back to the Future hoverboard created but its totally impractical

first_imgAnyone who has watched the film Back to the Future 2 and has seen Marty McFly ride his hover board around Hill Valley has probably been dreaming of doing the same. Of course, movie magic aside, it was known that the world was a long way off from having this dream become a reality.Well, today the dream has got one step closer. Students and professors at the Universite Paris Diderot in France have created a very rough version of a hoverboard, using liquid nitrogen, a superconducting disc, and something called the Meisnner effect to glide the board along a rail.The Meisnner effect, simply put, is the result of putting a magnet on top of superconductor that has been cooled down close to absolute zero. When the superconductor gets that cold, it loses all electric resistance, meaning that the magnet placed on top cannot force its current into the superconductors field. As a result, the magnet is repelled away from the superconductor, creating the hovering witnessed in the video below.Now, before you go racing to lace up your brand new Nike Mag sneakers that you scored recently, there are some severe limitations to this hoverboard when it comes to making it work. First and foremost, the temperature that is needed to create the Meisnner effect is terribly cold, -346 degrees Fahrenheit cold, which is why the liquid nitrogen is needed. If you have ever seen Terminator 2, it is the liquid that causes the terminator to freeze in place and shatter.So we have a dangerous liquid you’d need to carry in a backpack somehow, but that’s only half the problem. The hoverboard also requires there be metal rails everywhere for travel, turning it into less of a go anywhere hoverbaord, and more of a train on rails with limited destinations.So, while Marty’s hoverboard was an independent levitation unit, this current model needs a lot of help to function and ends up being way too expensive to be practical. Still, it makes for a cool experiment and video:via Popsci.comlast_img read more

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Panasonic Eluga is a lightweight waterproof and oddlynamed Android smartphone

first_imgBack in December, Panasonic announced that it was preparing a full-on global assault on the smartphone market. Up first is Europe, where the company’s opening salvo will be fired in a 4.3″ shell. That phone has now gotten official as the Panasonic Eluga.An interesting choice in names, to be sure, but it probably has something to do with the phone’s aquatic exploits (like the whale that rhymes with Eluga). It joins the ever-increasing list of waterproof and dustproof phones, though it’s anything but whale-like in terms of weight at just 103g. That makes it lighter than even the waifish NEC Medias N-04C. Hardware details are very thin at this point, but Panasonic has revealed that the Eluga’s 4.3-inch display packs 540 x 960 pixels — no word on whether it uses an OLED panel as previously rumored.As Sony and Samsung do with their Android phones, Panasonic has designed the Eluga to work in perfect harmony with its Viera smart TVs. Images and videos can be transferred from phone to television with a simple swipe, and you’re also able to display what you’re viewing in the Eluga’s browser using the just-released Viera Remote app version 2.0. One other slick function Panasonic offers is a controller mode, which turns your phone into a gamepad for big-screen fun on compatible Viera sets.The Eluga is set to land on European shores in the very near future, and it’s being shown off by Panasonic ahead of MWC 2012. Keep your eye on this post for updated hardware details once they’re announced.More at Pocket Lint and TechRadarlast_img read more

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Why are there so many Russian dash cam videos on the internet

first_imgYou can’t peruse videos on the internet for long before coming across shocking footage of a car crash recorded by a dash-mounted camera. The overwhelming majority of such videos are captured on Russian roads, but have you ever wondered why? It’s a little disconcerting when you first notice the trend. Are Russians just more prone to accidents? Well, that’s actually a surprisingly small part of the puzzle. Dash cams turn out to be nearly indispensable for Russian drivers.There are several hard truths that have led to the explosion in Russian dash cam videos, including poor road conditions. Those long, hard winters do serious damage to the roads and lead to really tough driving conditions when local governments can’t clear snow and ice. As a result, accidents do happen more frequently.It’s not all the fault of the elements, though. Corruption is rampant in the Russian Federation, and that’s led most motorists to take matters into their own hands. It’s not uncommon for a driver to be pulled over by the notorious Russian Highway Patrol (GAI) and harassed into paying a bribe. Dash cams afford at least a little protection from baseless accusations.Lax law enforcement has also made is easier for organized crime to make millions from insurance scams. It’s a straightforward racket — crashes can be staged, or already damaged cars presented as evidence of a crash that never even occurred. The perpetrators can certainly produce witnesses that corroborate their version of events.These scams became so common that Russian auto insurance companies have started denying claims with little reason. Buying a good policy that covers damage to your own vehicle is now prohibitively expensive for most drivers. When almost everyone is stuck with liability coverage only, no one is keen to take responsibility for an accident. Hit-and-runs and straight up lying about the cause of a crash are extremely common.This brings us to the Russian courts, which are often left to sort out the he-said-she-said mess of traffic accidents. Because of the prevalence of scams, corruption, and insurance-motivated lying, judges rarely accept verbal evidence in these cases. The Russian civil code allows judges a ton of latitude in determining what evidence can be presented in court. Eyewitness testimony can be offered, but it is rarely given much weight because of the myriad of issues discussed above. Dash cams won’t lie, so you really need one to have any hope of winning a case.The technology running dash cams has gotten small enough and cheap enough that most Russian drivers are happy to pay the price. Good quality dash cams can be bought in Russia for as little as $50, or as much as $200. This small expense can conceivably save thousands in the event of a crash.All these cameras work in the same basic way. They record constantly until their limited flash storage is full, then it is erased and recorded again. If nothing goes awry during the drive, you’re not losing anything important when the video is overwritten. If you end up in an accident, the files can be pulled off the device and saved for possible use later.Dash cams don’t just capture accidents the owner gets into, but anything that happens on the road. When drivers get something major on film, they usually upload it to YouTube or a similar site with more relaxed content policies. Semi trucks flattening cars, pedestrian hit by cars, and all manner of other car-to-car collisions end up online thanks to dash cams. It’s the sort of footage we don’t see much of in the western world.A strange confluence of factors in Russia have produced a somewhat disturbing record of modern transportation. It can be jarring to watch these videos, but they get plenty of hits. If anything, it should remind us that we always assume some risk by getting in a car. Buckle up, folks.last_img read more

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