Alexandra Do Nascimento in Hypo until 2014

brazildo nascimentohypo ← Previous Story Klara Woltering to stay in Podgorica one more year! Next Story → New Transfer Bomb: Carmen Martin to Krim!!! One of the world’s best right wingers, Alexandra do Nascimento, decided to stay in Vienna until 2014, signing new contract prolonging with Hypo. The Brazilian, which is regularly one of Champions League topscorers, was wanted by many, but in vain – as she decided to stay two more seasons in Austria.

OLTCHIM EXODUS Pineau left Romania – Ungureanu to FTC

Oltchim Valcea After defeat at the Women’s EHF Champions League semi-final against Hungarian Gyor ETO, it seems that dark future is ahead of Romanian champion Oltchim Valcea. Deep financial crisis forced most of the TOP players to leave the one of the most serious women’s handball teams in the last decade. French star Allison Pineau left Romania and back home to France after end of EHF Champions League battle. Marija Jovanovic signed already contract with Russian Astrahanocka, while experienced goalkeeper Paula Ungureanu will join Hungarian team FTC.Oana Manea is close to Slovenian Krim Mercator and Alexandrina Barbosa is connected with ZRK Vardar SCBT.Katarina Bulatovic is between Gyor and Vardar. She denies deal with any team for now.Tough months are ahead of Romanian champion… ← Previous Story “The Fireman in Schaffhausen” – Matjaz Tominec! Next Story → Alexandros Vasilakis joins LNH club Toulouse read more

Damgaard buzzer beater crush THW Kiel in Magdeburg

14.Lemgo216114572:61013 13.Gummersbach207112514:53615 5.SC Magdeburg221426624:60230 SC Magdeburg beat THW Kiel 27:26 in one of the biggest derby of German handball and almost put “Zebras” out of the Championship race! The Danish playmaker Michael Damgaard crushed the big team from North with buzzer-beater for the huge celebration of domestic fans at sold-out GETEC Arena (6.800 fans).The “Gladiators” were on +3 – 26:23 only three minutes before the end, but Gislason boys made 3:0 series to chase the rival in the last minute. Home team used the last attack 6 on 5 in the best possible way with decisive goal…Damgaard was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while his compatriot Christiansen added five, same as Marko Vujin for “Zebras”.SG Flensburg smashed GWD Minden 41:17 in away match. 12.Minden228113549:62417 9.Erlangen2111010551:55922 8.HSG Wetzlar2111010541:53922 4.Fuchse Berlin211524599:53132 2.Kiel221804631:53436 11.Goppingen228113608:62517 10.MT Melsungen229112599:59819 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten215115493:57211 3.Rhein-Neckar191702564:47934 7.Leipzig211029538:53022 1.Flensburg-H.222011681:51841 Michael Damgaard 15.TVB Stuttgart216015546:60712 17.Bergischer214116530:6099 18.Coburg 2000203017492:5816 6.Hannover-Burgdorf2111010599:57722 ← Previous Story Kai Hafner stays at Hannover Burgdorf until 2020 Next Story → RK Celje PL smash RNL to help RK Vardar! read more

Pick Szeged win away clash in Arena Zagreb

← Previous Story VRANJES BEAT MACHULLA: Veszprem win derby over Flensburg Next Story → IFK Kristianstad stopped in Blaugrana by Ristovski and Tomas After starting defeat in Nantes, PICK Szeged won important away battle in Zagreb. The home team RK PPD Zagreb were struggling during whole match to find the rhytm, first of all, in defensive line. Team of Juan Carlos Pastor had perfect finish with 4:0 series (24:23 to the end) with former PPD Zagreb goalie Marin Sego in the main role.RK PPD Zagreb – MOL-Pick Szeged 23–28 (12–17)PPD Zagreb: Skok – Z. Horvat 2, Z. Markovic 2, J. Valcic, Vori 2, Mandalinic 3, D. Markovic 2/1, Kastelic (kapus), Kontrec, T. Valcic, Hrstic, Mrakovcic 5, Susnja 1, Vuglac 5, Ravnic 1.MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric, Buntic 5, T. Petrus 3, Bánhidi 2, Källman 1, Skube, Sego, Gorbok 4, Gaber 1, Balogh 8/4, Blazevic, Sigurmannsson 1, Bodó 1, Zsitnyikov 2.  read more

Mexican drug lords body stolen from funeral parlour

first_imgA MAJOR COUP for the Mexican authorities turned to embarrassment today, when it emerged that the body of the slain leader of the Zetas drug cartel had been stolen from a funeral parlour.Heriberto Lazcano’s corpse and that of another man were taken to a funeral home in the town of Sabinas in the northern state of Coahuila shortly after they were killed in a shootout on Sunday with naval special forces.Coahuila state prosecutor Homero Ramos told a press conference in Sabinas that a gang of heavily-armed men wearing face masks later entered the parlour and subdued the staff.“They took the bodies, stuck them in a hearse, and made the owner drive it off,” Ramos said.The Mexican navy, which conducted the operation against the Zetas leader, said fingerprints had been used to identify the body as Lazcano’s before it was stolen.Officials said Lazcano and another man, identified as Mario Alberto Rodriguez, were killed at a baseball field near the Coahuila town of Progreso when the van they were in came under fire from Navy troops.One man was behind the wheel when he was killed and the other was shot as he tried to flee, Ramos said, without clarifying further.Lazcano, aka “El Lazca,” was one of two main leaders of the divided Zetas cartel and one of Mexico’s most wanted men with a $2.6 million reward on his head. The United States had set its own award at $5 million.US authorities say the Zetas are one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs alongside the Pacific region’s Sinaloa federation, led by fugitive billionaire Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.Much of the northeast is in the clutches of the Zetas cartel, which was founded by former Mexican special forces soldiers who went rogue and is known to decapitate and dismember its enemies.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

Eamon Dunphy Irish football bosses made a mistake on Trap decision

first_imgEAMON DUNPHY SAYS FAI chiefs may live to regret ‘the costly mistake’ of backing under-pressure manager Giovanni Trapattoni last night.Association chiefs met last night in the capital to discuss the Italian’s future.They ultimately issued a statement which indicated the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan manager would be staying on in his job but signalled that changes are needed in his approach.“I think money is at the heart of it. I think they lost their nerve when it came to making their decision,” Dunphy said this morning of the decision from Abbotstown. ”I think they’ve made a big mistake because he is not going to change his ways.”“To tell someone who is 73 how to do their job just isn’t going to work especially with someone as distinguished and stubborn as this one. He will not change his spots.“And what will happen is: our next two games are Sweden away, Austria home. If we lose to Sweden the Aviva is going to be empty for the next couple of years. Because the fans understand the issues here,” the RTE pundit added. “I think John Delaney and the FAI and Denis O’Brien made a huge leap of faith and a daring move when they hired this man on one of the biggest salaries in world football,” he told Darren Frehill. “And he has not replayed that faith by going to matches, doing his job properly, making himself aware of these young players, he hasn’t done that.”“We’ve played Kazakhstan and we beat the Faroes Islands. We got hammered, humiliated when we played Germany last Friday. And you know with so many weak nations in the qualifying groups now it’s very possible to make a very convincing statistical argument – which Liam Brady did the other night with great eloquence on RTE. And Liam made the case for Trapattoni and if I ever get got robbing a bank I want Brady as my defence attorney.“I think the FAI and John Delaney were in a very tough spot, and they made the wrong call and I think they will pay heavily,” he added.Here’s how Twitter reacted to Giovanni Trapattoni staying on as Ireland bossUpdate: FAI give Trapattoni vote of confidence Dunphy added that the impassioned defence mounted by Trap’s former assistant, Liam Brady, after the defeat of the Faroe Islands is based on results against weak opposition.last_img read more

Sixmonthold baby girl found dead at Dublin house

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are investigating the sudden death of a baby girl who was found at a house on Sherrard Avenue earlier today.The six-month-old was found at 7.30am this morning at the house in north Dublin.She was taken to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Gardaí said they are investigating all circumstances of the baby girl’s death and post-mortem is due to take place.Read: Body of elderly woman discovered in Dublin>last_img

Missing Mozambican plane found in Namibia all 33 on board dead

first_imgPOLICE HAVE FOUND the burned wreckage of a Mozambican Airlines plane a day after it went missing in a remote area in northeastern Namibia, saying none of the 33 people aboard from several countries had survived.It is one of the worst accidents on record in Mozambique’s civil aviation history.“My team on the ground have found the wreckage. No survivors. The plane is totally burned,” Willie Bampton, a regional police coordinator in Namibia’s Kavango region, told AFP.The aircraft, en route from Mozambique to Angola, went down in deserted, swampy terrain in the Bwabwata National Park, where Namibia turns into a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Botswana and Angola.In Maputo, LAM, the acronym for Mozambican Airlines, had not yet officially confirmed the crash.It only said that flight TM470 had 27 passengers and six crew on board, including: 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French national, one Brazilian and one Chinese.In Lisbon, the foreign ministry said the Brazilian had dual Portuguese-Brazilian nationality.Emergency meetingThe Mozambique government was holding an emergency meeting in the presidential palace but likewise made no immediate statement, other than to confirm that 33 people had been on board.The European Union banned LAM and all air carriers certified in Mozambique from flying in its airspace in 2011, citing “significant safety deficiencies”.The concern was about Mozambique’s civil aviation authority, rather than the track record of the various airlines.The LAM plane took off from Maputo at 9.26am GMT yesterda for the nearly four-hour flight to the Angolan capital Luanda.Mozambican authorities confirmed the plane was a Brazil-manufactured Embraer 190 aircraft and said it was the newest plane in the LAM fleet.With 100 seats, it was two-thirds empty.Last contact with air traffic controllers was made at 11.30 GMT over north Namibia during heavy rainfall. The airlines speculated it may have landed in that area.Namibia police sent a search team to the area after Botswana officials alerted them of a plane crash in the area.“Botswana officials informed us that they saw smoke in the air and they thought the crash happened in their country, but when they came to the border they realised that it was in Namibia,” Bampton said.The search for the plane was hampered both by the rough terrain and torrential rains pounding the area where the plane went missing, Bampton told AFP.Villagers who had heard explosions helped point police in the right direction.Before the wreckage was found, people close to those on board gathered at Maputo airport, many frustrated at what they said was the lack of information.Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco published a condolence message to the families of the victims.The accident is the deadliest for Mozambique since a plane carrying then president Samora Machel crashed in 1986 in South Africa en route home from an Africa’s leaders’ summit. That crash, which shocked the world, remains a mystery but was thought to be linked to tensions with the then apartheid regime in Pretoria. The crash claimed at least 34 lives.Mozambique said it would set up a commission of inquiry to work with Namibian authorities over Friday’s crash.- © AFP, 2013Read: Police in Mozambique investigate death of Irishman William Deasy>last_img read more

Cross animals off your list of gifts this Christmas says animal rights

first_imgSenator David Norris with representatives from ARAN. Oh, and a dog in a pram. (Image Credit: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)The campaign is supported by Senator David Norris, who called Christmas a “problematic time of the year for animal shelters”.If anything, people should head to their nearest shelter and donate their free time to the needy animals there, and if you really want an animal, please do the right thing, and adopt.This campaign follows a call from the DSPCA for pet buyers to be wary of ‘illicit puppy traders’ operating online, who breed dogs in ‘the most appalling conditions’.They say that 35 per cent of dogs re-homed in the past twelve months have been pedigree.Read: Dublin mayors tell dog-owners to pick up after their pooches >More: Watch how this scary guard dog transforms when pop music plays > AN ANIMAL RIGHTS group is urging anyone considering buying an animal as a gift this Christmas to think again.In a new campaign, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) are asking people to consider an unwanted pet is likely to be sent to a pound where animals are routinely put down, or add to the “huge homeless crisis facing homeless and abandoned animals”.“There is no such thing as a good breeder”, the group claim, and buying from a pet from one “is only exasperating the problem” of animal homelessness.last_img read more

Heres the 2013 Forbidden Fruit festival lineup

first_imgKASABIAN AND PRIMAL Scream will headline this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival in Dublin.The two-day event, set to take place in the grounds of IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 1-2, will also feature sets from Chic, Crystal Castles, James Blake and Four Tet.Irish acts including Le Galaxie, Fight Like Apes and Tieranniesaur will also perform. The festival organisers have said more acts are due to be announced.Early bird tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am, with day passes at €44.50 and weekend tickets €79.50.Staged by POD promotions, Forbidden Fruit will compete with the new Longitude festival in Marlay Park on July 19-21, which is operated by MCD. Longitude announced a line-up headed by Kraftwerk, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend last week.The full Forbidden Fruit line-up is:Saturday June 1: Kasabian, Crystal Castles, James Blake, Neon Neon, Lee Scratch Perry, Iamamiwhoami, Le Galaxie, Fight Like Apes, Kormac’s Big Band, Tieranniesaur, Girls Names.Sunday June 2: Primal Scream, Chic, Four Tet, Everything Everything, Woodkid, Austra, Daphni, Daughter, Cyril Hahn, Mykki Blanco, Bondax, New Jackson, Frank B.More: Full Longitude line-up announced>last_img read more

Russia to charge boss of lawyer in posthumous trial‎

first_imgMOSCOW POLICE HAVE said that they will press new charges against the US employer of a Russian whistleblowing attorney who died in jail and is now facing an unprecedented tax evasion trial.The charges against Hermitage Capital investment fund founder William Browder came a day after a Moscow court set 11 March as the trial date for his former accountant Sergei Magnitsky.Magnitsky died in prison in 2009 less than a year after being arrested upon revealing a $230 million (approximately €176 million) fraud scheme allegedly run by senior Russian interior ministry and tax officials.His trial following an investigation by the very same people he accused of orchestrating the crime is related to tax evasion charges in which Browder is a co-defendant.(A tombstone on the grave of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in jail, at a cemetery in Moscow. Image: Misha Japaridze/AP/Press Association Images)The case has inflamed tensions between Moscow and Washington and resulted in tit-for-tat sanctions measures and even legislation barring US families from adopting Russian children.Gas monopolyA top Russian police official said the new charge against Browder will concern shares he acquired in Russia’s natural gas monopoly Gazprom while head of Hermitage Capital.A presidential decree at the time made fast-rising Gazprom stock available for purchase only to Russian nationals and foreigners who had special written permission from the state.Browder is alleged to have used offshore companies registered in the names of Russian nationals to purchase the stock for his fund.Interior ministry official Mikhail Alexandrov told reporters the scheme amounted to theft of Gazprom stock worth 2.134 billion rubles (approximately €54 million).“Browder was illegally receiving shares between 2001 and 2004,” Alexandrov said in televised remarks.Browder defended minority shareholder rights by acquiring small stakes in big Russian companies such as Gazprom and then attempting to get access to financial records that could expose theft and graft.Alexandrov said Browder used his shares to try and gain access to secret Gazprom records and to the company’s board.ExpulsionBrowder was expelled from Russia without an explanation in 2005 after initially proclaiming his support for President Vladimir Putin.Hermitage Capital was forced to move its headquarters from Moscow to London as a result.Browder has refused to travel to Moscow for questioning in the Magnitsky trial and appeared unlikely to be willing to travel to Russia to face the new charges.He was not immediately available for comment.- © AFP, 2013Read: Suspect detained in Bolshoi ballet director acid attack >last_img read more

12 problems only chronically late people will understand

first_img6. You’ve got the ‘sorry I’m late’ whisper down to a teeThe small acknowledgement, the little grimace and apologetic smile. You imagine it comes across like this, making everything better: Source: FanpopIn reality, it comes across more like this:7. This text is constantly copied and pasted to angry messages in your inbox8. You overcompensate and arrive waaay too early if something is super important9. This strikes fear in your soul10. Certain words bring you immense joy, but you rarely hear them‘Delayed’, ‘postponed’ and ‘rescheduled’ all elicit extreme happiness when they land in your inbox mid late-journey.11. Dirty looks are constantly being thrown your waySometimes undeserved.Sometimes totally deserved, you HORRIBLE PERSON.12. You always are left with the WORST choicesThe early bird catches the worm and all that. Damn you all sitting down the back of the cinema, damn you all to hell.The 9 stages of sleeping through your alarm>London Overground sends cheeky Twitter reply to man running late for work> YOU WERE LATE for work this morning. People noticed.But you’re ALWAYS late, no matter how many hours you have to spare.1. Your snooze button has actually faded from over-useYou set four alarms, knowing you’ll outright ignore the first three.2. You spend more time fighting urge to get ready than actually getting readyYou’re either too calm, or just in denial. That five minute window you waste away on Facebook causes a domino effect of lateness, EVERY. TIME.3. Your very existence becomes a web of lies you can never escape from“I lost my keys and then my door broke and then I was summoned into the sky by aliens and then”… NO.You’re just out of the shower, you won’t be five minutes and you know it. You’re not even five minutes away from putting down the phone. Source: Shutterstock4. You’ll never know what it feels like to arrive somewhere not looking and feeling like a sweaty mess5. ‘Waiting’ for public transport is a myth to youBuses never come on time? No, they always drive by just as you’re approaching.Taxi again, so.When you decide to leg it, slow walkers are your ultimate nemesis. Don’t they have places to BE?last_img read more

Appeal for witnesses after woman assaulted in Dublin city centre

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to come forward after a woman in her early 20s was assaulted in Dublin on Saturday evening.The incident occurred at Christchurch in the city centre at around 5.30pm when the woman was attacked by two young men and sustained minor injuries.Gardaí said that initial investigations indicate that the two also took some property from the woman but did not disclose what this was.Investigating officers say that at least one member of the public witnessed the attack and called on her, and anyone else who saw what happened, to come forward.last_img

Emergency response under way after extensive fish kill on the Tolka

first_imgUpdated at 6.10pmDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL and Inland Fisheries Ireland are carrying out an emergency response following an “extensive fish kill” along the city’s Tolka River, in the stretch between Finglas Road Bridge and Drumcondra.Locals in the area report seeing ‘hundreds’ of dead fish following what looks like a detergent dump in waterway today.The situation has developed since this morning, with dozens of people posting images to social media, and reports of “fish of all sizes dead”.According to Inland Fisheries Ireland, the latest indications are that the fish kill “extends from an area in the vicinity of Finglas Road Bridge for a considerable distance downstream”.“The full extent of the kill has yet to be quantified,” a statement said.The Council confirmed that personnel from its Drainage Services Division “attended the scene to investigate the matter” earlier and “confirmed a foam-like substance was in the river”.“Samples have been taken for analysis and investigations are on-going,” according to the Council.A temporary plastic barrier has been placed across Tolka at Griffith Park to prevent the foam from spreading downstream.[Pic: Anne Barrett]“My nine-year-old son was very upset this morning to discover that fish in the river Tolka at the end of our road in Glasnevin appear to have been killed by what looks like soap,” TheJournal.ie reader Anne Barrett said in an email this morning.Pictures posted on social media later this morning showed the situation worsening… @thejournal_ie the Tolka this morning at Griffith park, lots of dead fish also. Any idea what happened? pic.twitter.com/hKKsCFjaS8— Jason (@deansontoast_) July 22, 2014 Source: Jason/Twitter Big fish kill in tolka, bot grds. Fish of all sizes dead pic.twitter.com/cAQbqwHy9C— Seon Kelly (@SeonKelly) July 22, 2014 Photocall Ireland photographer Sasko Lavrov captured these images in the area this afternoon… Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Source: Joss Mo/Twitter Source: Seon Kelly/Twitter Uh-oh. Tolka has turned into a bubble bath. Any idea what’s happened @EPAIreland ? pic.twitter.com/e6RwxlVyNs— Joss Moorkens (@Jossmo) July 22, 2014 There are fears the incident could have a significant long-term impact on fish and other wildlife in the area: studies in recent years have shown wild salmon returning to the waterway in significant numbers — a development that’s largely been attributed to a drop in pollution levels in the northside river.Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who represents the North Inner City, said he had reported the incident to the Environmental Protection Agency, and was urging the agency to “take action to investigate and prosecute those responsible”.I’m also calling on the EPA to take whatever action can be done to limit the impact of this incident on the river body.“It would be shameful if this incident destroys the painstaking work that has been undertaken to clean up the river.”Councillor Noel Rock, who represents Glasnevin and Drumcondra, said “over 100 dead fish” had now been spotted.“It’s a sad situation,” he said, adding that he had also submitted a complaint to the EPA.A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency said it was liaising with the Council in its investigation.However, the spokesperson added that all EPA-licensed facilities in the relevant area had been contacted this afternoon, and that none had reported any incidents.Under the terms of their licensing agreements with the agency, factories and other facilities face harsh penalties if they don’t report incidents to the EPA in a timely manner.Know anything about it?… There’s a freephone number, operated by Inland Fisheries Ireland, that you can call to report incidents of illegal pollution…You’ll reach them on 1890 FISH 24 (1890 34 74 24).Read: Mick Wallace and Clare Daly arrested at Shannon AirportRead: ‘If I was Minister for Finance I would meet Donald Trump – but not on his terms’last_img read more

HP Touchscreen Computer Debuted in 1983 Video

first_imgThink touch screens are one of the biggest innovations of the past decade? As it turns out, that concept has been available to consumers longer than a lot of you reading this have been alive.The MS DOS-powered HP-150 allowed users to maneuver around a very basic monotone interface. The screen was surrounded by a series of infrared emitters and detectors which would be able to roughly place any non-transparent object near the screen. The divots were often known to get clogged with dust, making the “touchscreen” unworkable. The touchscreen was later dropped as a standard feature in later incarnations before being dropped as a feature all together.AdChoices广告After the jump, check out some footage from the gripping television program: Computer Chronicles. The clip wasn’t of note just because of the forward-looking (if ultimately flopping) attempt on the part of HP, but check out how wound-up these guys are. They’re techies, but they’re all at least in their mid-30s and wearing suits. That sort of behavior just wouldn’t be acceptable in today’s tech world.last_img read more

Verbatim USB Drive Also a Paperclip

first_imgHere’s a clever little combo that has nabbed Verbatim a few design awards. As someone who tends to lose USB drives by the boatload, there’s a lot to like in the Clip-it. These 4GB drive fold over, forming a paper clip, keeping documents together, until the time comes to plug them in.The drive are water and dust resistant (your documents, however, probably aren’t), and the come in a number of colors–for the time being, however, they only appear to be available in 4GB capacities.They run you around $15. AdChoices广告last_img

Motorola confirms Droid Bionic delayed until Q3 2011

first_imgThe rumors and speculation swirling around the Droid Bionic have been intense over the past several weeks. The device was supposed to be Motorola‘s first dual-core phone on Verizon Wireless‘ 4G LTE network, and was heralded at CES in January as the slightly lower-powered twin to the Motorola Atrix on AT&T, only with 4G speed to beef it back up. Now, Motorola is weighing in on the matter and confirms that the device will be pushed to Q3 of this year, meaning we won’t see a release until July at the earliest.Even though a leaked Costco release schedule yesterday showed that the Bionic was headed to store shelves as soon as the middle of next month, Droid-Life wasn’t convinced. They’re confident that the upcoming Droid Targa will be released in mid-May, taking the Bionic’s place in the release lineup. At the same time, they were also one of the first sources earlier in the week noting that the Droid Bionic may be on the chopping block. The phone was originally scheduled for a Q2 release.AdChoices广告Motorola’s announcement that the Bionic would be pushed doesn’t take cancellation off the table, however. Many have speculated that the phone’s dual-core processor wasn’t playing well with the LTE radio. Others suggested that the combination ran hot and the phone was suffering from battery life issues and overheating. Motorola could simply wait until Q3 and cancel the device if they’re planning to.Motorola, for its part, said that they needed the additional time to test the device, and that they were adding new features to the phone – not that they were running into problems. They claim that they want to turn the Bionic into an “even better customer experience.” Motorola is keeping quiet on what those features are, and what specifically caused the delay. Regardless, we’ll have to wait until July at least to see what the Bionic has in store.Read more at Uberphones via WSJlast_img read more

Foxconn asks workers to sign nosuicide pledges

first_imgFoxconn has a problem on their hands. Too many of their workers wind up getting sick or deciding to kill themselves because of the long hours and stressful work involved with manufacturing products they know the world markets demand.The company has already tried boosting wages to increase employee morale, but now company management has another trick up their sleeves: “no suicide” pledges that every employee has to sign. The wage increases apparently haven’t changed the core working conditions at Foxconn plants in China, and at least 14 workers have committed suicide in the past 16 months.AdChoices广告Foxconn is notable because they manufacture Apple iPads and iPhones, among other Apple products. Employees are not only subject to high demand and a fast-moving assembly line, but also are required to work in utmost secrecy, especially when a new product is beginning a manufacturing run.That’s not the end of the story, either: the Centre for Research on Multinational Companies and Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour did a study of Foxconn’s facilities and found that the problem was systemic. Workers were forced to work overtime hours, with one employee clocking in over 98 hours of overtime in a single month, and during peak iPad demand workers were only able to take one day off every 13 days. Other workers were forced to stand during their entire 12-hour shifts.Unfortunately, none of those problems are issues that a signed pledge that a worker won’t kill themselves can actually fix. The pledge itself was a response by management to studies documenting the working conditions at Foxconn’s Chinese plants. Management also claims that while they admit to breaking the overtime laws, they claim it’s voluntary and the employees want to work long hours.They have also said that some employees commit suicide not because of the working conditions, but because they want to net their surviving families big compensation payments from the company. Management also points to the anti-suicide “nets” that have been put up around the Foxconn dormitory buildings where the employees stay as an example of their desire to protect workers.A “no suicide” pledge is a far cry from a fix to Foxconn’s problems, and social observers and international human rights groups claim the company isn’t doing enough to spread the workload out across more workers or pay current workers what they’re really worth. Apple’s own investigation noted that Foxconn may be failing to meet Apple’s own supplier code of conduct. Regardless, demand for iPads and iPhones is still high, and with a new iPhone on the horizon, it’s doubtful there’ll be a long term fix to Foxconn’s HR problems in the near future.via The Daily Maillast_img read more

Fake Microsoft Patch Tuesday email includes Zeus Trojan

first_imgThe Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker network recently reported on something fishy floating around the web. There are emails going around that claim to be a security update from Microsoft. Some recipients may think this is a Patch Tuesday update, but don’t be fooled, it’s actually a fake Patch Tuesday email.The scam that has been circulating claims to have details about a “critical security update” from Microsoft. The email says Microsoft has issued a “high-priority” security fix for Windows that can be downloaded through the link provided in the email. The email says that the update will prevent hackers from harming you by obtaining access to your computer files. This is obviously ironic since that’s what the cybercriminals are actually trying to do here.The fake patch attachment will actually infect your machine with a variant of the Zeus Trojan. This particular trojan can steal important information, like your banking details, using keystroke logging and form grabbing. Though the emails started appearing on May 6, there were a slew of them noticed on Tuesday. The message subject is: “URGENT: Critical Security Update.”We feel like our readers are smart enough not to need this reminder, but it’s always important to never open attachments in an email from an unknown sender. Though the email may look legit, it’s always good to check back with the company who sent it to you, in this case, Microsoft.Read more at Websense, via ZDNetlast_img read more

Worlds first Galaxy Nexus owner finds developer ROM on his phone

first_imgThe Galaxy Nexus smartphone went on sale today in the UK. Samsung was on hand at a London Phones4U store to take a photo of the first person to buy one, his name is Alex Ioannou.Alex happily posed for the picture with Galaxy Nexus in hand at around 7am this morning before running home to unpack and start playing with the device. But a few hours later and he had to return to the store for an exchange.On trying to sync the Nexus with Gmail he found the account setup options were missing. There also seemed to be a number of developer options and features available to play with. It turns out that the handset he was sold was inexplicably loaded with an older developer ROM of the Android OS.This could be a bit embarrassing for Samsung and Google depending on what has happened. Either Alex has been sold a rogue developer phone that made it into the first batch that shipped to the UK, or Samsung has somehow managed to load this old developer Android ROM on to a number of their Galaxy Nexus phones.Alex has since switched his phone for another, and it has the expected latest non-developer version of Android on-board. That suggests either a one off mistake by Samsung, or at most a box full of developer phones have made it into circulation this morning.Let’s hope Alex’s second attempt to start using the phone goes more smoothly.More at Engadget and Samsung’s Twitter accountlast_img read more