Bulatovic and Penezic to Valcea

Andrea PenezićKatarina Bulatovic Oltchim Valcea are finally through the crisis that affected them after the early knock-out from the Champions League and the Anja Andersen episode, and now they’re preparing for the next season. The trophy that is their long-standing wish might be even closer, if they manage to revitalize the team for the next season, and bring their primary targets – Katarina Bulatovic and Andrea Penezic.Reports say Bulatovic might be very close to joining Valcea – even though the club has denied this saying she made peace with her Montenegrin club, as the raise of monthly pay that she requested – 6,000 eur more, for a total of 10,000 eur a month might not go through. She asked for this amount after she found out that Bojana Popovic is actually receiving 400,000 euros per season, which is 6-7 times more than anyone else’s season pay. Firstly at war, now it seems she is at peace with the club, but we’re yet to see what the summer will bring us.Penezic is another target of Valcea, but it seems that now Tiselj is back to Krim, she might stay, as the team is supposed to remain strong, and Penezic is one of the keyplayers.photo: hatharom.hu ← Previous Story Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 Next Story → Drago Vukovic to Lubbecke! read more

Poland without Tomasz Roszinsky at the Euro in Serbia

← Previous Story Croatian legend, Niksa Kaleb: France, Denmark, Croatia and Serbia for the medals” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012: A List of “TOP 10” Handball Stars! Another blow for the Polish team. After Szmal and Lijewski are out of the team due to injuries, now the newest blow is Tomasz Roszinsky, Vive Kielce’s back. He will out of the court due to hand injury, and this means that the fans in Serbia won’t see him at this Euro. Bogdan Wenta will be facing lots of problems completing the list for the Euro 2012, as three key players are already missing.

Torsten Storm joins THW Kiel in 2015

handballtorsten storm One of the best managers in DKB Bundesliga from Rhein Neckar Lowen, secretary general, Torsten Storm has signed five years contract with the biggest rival – THW Kiel. Storm will join “Zebras” from the summer 2015 in order to set higher standards in the team who has the biggest fan base in Germany, but also in Europe.He already worked in Kiel, but also in SG Flensburg, before his move to Mannheim. ← Previous Story INTERNATIONAL GOALKEEPERS CAMP STARTS ON JUNE 18: Mental coaching for young goalies in Makarska Next Story → Wissem Hmam joins Saint Raphael!

VIDEO Pascual and Co present historical seven trophies

← Previous Story Lino Cervar about EHF decision: Metalurg avoid destiny of Atletico, Copenhagen and Minsk Next Story → Patrick Eilert goes home to AJAX after six years in ASOBAL FC Barcelona handballXavi Pascual He is still not elected for the World’s Best Handball coach but his satisfaction are the trophies. FC Barcelona coach Xavi Pascual made the historical success with generation of Karabatic, Saric, Lazarov and Co. by winning the seven trophies in the last 2014/2015 season! This is the record of the most successful handball team on the Earth.Photo with all of them was more than necessary.FCB Handbol: El cos tècnic, amb els 7 títols by fcbarcelonaPHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

HOMBRADOS IN HISTORY New record holder with 607 matches in ASOBAL

← Previous Story Golden League in Paris Bercy a week before EHF EURO 2016 start Next Story → EHF CL 2015/2016 opening match: Dream start for IFK Kristianstad 1990–19931993–19981998–19991999–20002000–20022002–20112011–20132013–20152015 –SAFAAtlético MadridCantabriaTeucroAdemar LeónPortland San AntonioCiudad RealAtlético MadridHSG Wetzlar Jose Javier Hombrados The legendary Spanish goalkeeper Javier Jose Hombrados set the new record in number of the matches in Spanish ASOBAL. The 43 years-old member of BM Guadalajara has played his 607th match in the domestic Championship last weekend against BM Ademar Leon. The match is ended 25:25, but moreover, amazing record of the former BM Ciudad Real and HSG Wetzlar goalie was in minds of all people in the hall.Hombrados won four EHF Champions League trophies. The first one with Teka Cantabria in 1994, and three others with amazing team from La Mancha, BM Ciudad Real.Hombrados’ career: read more

SG Flensburg Handewitt take it all in Berlin

11.Minden11344280:29210 3.Rhein-Neckar10901309:25118 7.MT Melsungen11713299:29115 16.Huttenberg12138310:3395 14.Ludwigshafen12228291:3216 17.Erlangen11218260:3145 12.Goppingen11254300:3049 18.N-Lubbecke11029236:3062 1.Fuchse Berlin131012391:35021 9.Lemgo11524295:29812 4.Hannover-Burgdorf12813338:32217 6.Leipzig12714334:32515 ← Previous Story Iran appoint Borut Macek for Asian Championship 2018: Our goal is to qualify for WCh 2019 Next Story → IFK Kristianstad beat Wisla Plock in direct battle for TOP 16 13.Stuttgart12417295:3259 10.HSG Wetzlar11425286:27410 8.SC Magdeburg12705374:34014 2.Flensburg-H.12912346:29519 15.Gummersbach12309307:3406 SG Flensburg Handewitt made a big step in the race for the trophy in DKB Bundesliga. Team of Maik Machulla won away derby clash at Max Schmelling hall in Berlin against Fuchse Berlin 30:26 (14:13) with Swedish left back Jeppsson in the main role with seven goals.Füchse Berlin – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 26 : 30 (13:14) Füchse Berlin: E. Schmidt 5, Lindberg 4/3, P. Nenadic 3, Wiede 3, Zachrisson 3, Elisson 2, Fäth 2, Gojun 2, Drux 1, Kopljar 1 SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Jeppsson 7/1, Glandorf 6, Wanne 6, H. Toft Hansen 3, Lauge Schmidt 2, Steinhauser 2, Heinl 1, Mahé 1, Mogensen 1, Svan 1 VfL Gummersbach – TV Hüttenberg 28 : 25 (13:11) TVB Stuttgart – THW Kiel 24 : 36 (9:16) Die Eulen Ludwigshafen – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 21 : 27 (10:13) STANDINGS: 5.Kiel12714348:31215 read more

Jacob Bagersted extends deal with Frisch Auf Goppingen

The German team Frisch Auf Goppingen extended contract with the Danish line-player Jacob Bagersted.Bagersted came to Goppingen in 2017 from SC Magdeburg. The 30-years old Dane had a good season alongside Croatian line-player Kresimir Kozina, with whom built one of the strongest pair on the line at DKB Bundesliga.His new contract last until 2021.Bagersted has played previously at domestic Ajax, AG, Aalborg… Frisch Auf Goppingenhandball transfersJacob Bagersted ← Previous Story Michal Szyba to Cesson Rennes Next Story → Robert Hedin to lead USA handball team

Youth charity calls on Arthurs Day acts to donate fees to alcohol

first_imgYOUTH WEBSITE SpunOut.ie wants muscians playing at Arthur’s Day this year to donate their fee to alcohol abuse charities.The youth charity, which is part funded by the HSE, said that it would be a good way for acts to “acknowledge the effect harmful drinking causes on our society by donating their fee or the fee they would normally charge to hard working charities”.MusiciansBiffy Clyro, Emeli Sandé, Iggy Azalea, Janelle Monáe and Irish acts Kodaline, Le Galaxie and The Script are all scheduled to play at sold out Arthur’s Day events that are taking place all over the country.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Ian Power from SpunOut.ie said: “What we’re saying to the acts and their fans is simple; Diageo’s Arthur’s Day is a marketing exercise with the sole aim of increasing alcohol consumption without any regard to the harm caused.”He added that last year, A&E departments around Ireland saw a spike in the number of people admitted to hospital on Arthur’s Day due to alcohol related incidents, adding that alcohol related harm currently costs the Irish health system €4 billion per annum.He added: The narrative around the whole Arthur’s Day event is that it is about music, that is the narrative Diageo is presenting.We think the only way to counter that argument, is for the musicians themselves to step in here. While they are, in a sense, promoting an alcohol sponsored event, they need to also send a message out that there that there is a downside to alcohol. He added that SpunOut.ie knows that people can enjoy alcohol responsibly, but said the muscians need to take responsibility for the type of event they are performing at, and donating their fee would do that, I think,” said Power.Read: Diageo defends Arthur’s Day saying it’s a music festival and celebration of the pub>Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’?>last_img read more

Putin loyalists set to win Russian local elections

first_imgPRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN’S loyalists swept to victory in most local election races held across Russia, early results showed Monday, while independent observers said the vote was marred by widespread fraud.The Central Election Commission’s results showed Kremlin-backed candidates and incumbent governors won all five gubernatorial races held Sunday. Putin’s United Russia party also dominated mayoral races and those for local legislatures held in 77 of Russia’s 83 regions.Observers from the independent monitoring organisation Golos recorded more than 1,000 violations nationwide, including voter roll irregularities and multiple voting.Anti-Putin protestsEvidence of election fraud at the parliamentary election last December triggered mass anti-Putin protests in Moscow, empowering marginalised opposition leaders. In response the Kremlin promised to ease stiff electoral laws and re-introduce elections for Russia’s 83 provincial governors.But once the protests abated, it introduced new restrictions such as requiring gubernatorial candidates to represent a party and have the endorsement of at least 5 percent of lawmakers in their regional legislatures, most of which are under Kremlin control.The Kremlin also moved quickly to appoint many new governors, in effect delaying direct elections in those regions for five more years.In one of Sunday’s most visible races, award-winning environmentalist and opposition leader Yevgeniya Chirikova came in second with 18 percent in the mayoral election in the Moscow suburb of Khimki against Kremlin-backed Oleg Shakhov, who got 48 percent, early results showed.Allegations of voting fraud Chirikova and her supporters alleged voting fraud, but she also proved unable to inspire younger voters or overcome the fears of older residents over her lack of executive experience. Turnout in the race was only 28 percent.Turnout was highest in the gubernatorial race in the Belgorod region, at 48 percent, while it was lowest in the race for the local legislature in Vladivostok, in the Far East, where only 8 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is also the chairman of the United Russia party, hailed the results.“Everyone was expecting the party’s fiasco after the December election,” he said. “But nothing of the kind happened, and we got this result in a completely different environment.”Read: Freed Pussy Riot rocker slams ‘strange game’ by authorities after release>last_img read more

A kettle a hammer an Ouch Pouch the painful secrets of making

first_imgWE LEARNED THIS week that a lot of hard work goes into making ballet dancing look effortless.But not half as hard as knocking a pair of ballerina slippers into shape, it seems.Watch one of Ballet Ireland’s lead dancers, Zoe Ashe Brown, explain how she uses a boiling kettle, hammer and bits of elastic to make the shoe fit. And yes, there are bunions involved.It’s no Cinderella story. via TheJournal.ie/Youtube VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the ballet>Photos: Dublin ballet dancers attempt a new world record>last_img

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgAlcohol abuse among the over 50s has increased since the financial crisis.Irish Tenor John McCormack is to be commemorated on a new coin.An ATM was ripped from a bank wall with a digger in an early morning raid.A make-up ban for Irish dancers aged under 10 has been introduced.WORLDProtesters chant slogans at the barricade in central Kiev. Pic: AP Photo/Darko Bandic#ARGENTINA An Argentinian politican laid off 170 civil servants… via Youtube.#PORTUGAL British detectives are ‘to arrest three burglars’ over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.#NEW YORK A Congressman threatened to throw a journalist off a balcony during an interview.#NEW ZEALAND The New Zealand flag might be changed, as some people are not happy with it.#UKRAINE Ukraine could be on the verge of a civil war, a former president has warned.INNOVATION NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…The hole left after an ATM was removed from a bank with a digger. Pic: James Brett via Twitter.IRELANDLeon Connon (14) died in Cork following a freak railings accident.Minister Pat Rabbitte wants to reassure people about one particular part of the recently announced pylon study. Graham Doyle, accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara, has been sent forward for trial. [RTÉ]A Dublin man has tried to stop Irish Water workers installing a meter at his home 12 times.Taoiseach Enda Kenny was accused of an election stunt over the same issue. Here’s how much the EU presidency cost Ireland – perhaps less than you might think.The Exchange Dublin was suspended because of antisocial behaviour, according to Temple Bar Cultural Trust. In jobs news, a digital research firm will create 30 jobs, while a new distillery will also create 30 jobs – but a New Ross company is to close with 47 job losses.It’s not in the public interest to stop a garda whistleblower appearing before the PAC, says Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.A terror threat against an Irish soldier is being investigated by gardaí.This photo shows how a water meter installation went wrong.Paul Kimmage has quit Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography – Alan English will take over.Businessman Jim Mansfield died following a long illness. So, did the Turkish Prime Minister really give a speech via hologram? We explain.Looks like there won’t be Mario games on smartphones any time soon. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTPic: Rui Vieira/PA WireHow much time do you waste on Facebook? This test might shock you. You have been warned.last_img read more

Twitter giving researchers access to sites public and historical data

first_imgTWITTER HAS ANNOUNCED a new pilot project which will see a select number of academics and institutions gain free access to the company’s public and historical data.The Data Grants scheme will allow the site to collaborate and help researchers who are tackling major issues and would benefit from analysing the millions of tweets posted daily.The site, which sees more than 500 million tweets posted on it every day, has seen its data used for research in international relations, financial markets, natural disasters, journalism and politics. By providing access to this data, Twitter hopes that researchers can analyse and discover trends and developments through it.Researchers will be able to collaborate with the site’s own researchers and engineers while Gnip, a social data company that Twitter is partnered with, will provide researchers with the necessary data. Any group that is interested in taking parts must submit proposals before 15 March.Twitter announced its first earnings report last night after the company went public. It announced its monthly average users grew to 241 million, an increase of nine million from the previous quarter, but the slow growth in user numbers and a loss of $511 million saw its share price fall by 13 per cent.Read: Twitter loses $511 million in one quarter >Read: Twitter could soon let you buy goods directly from tweets >last_img read more

Heres how healthy foods could make you put on more weight

first_imgMEALS ADVERTISED as being having low or reduced fat content could ultimately make people put on more weight, the cross-border food safety authority has found.SafeFood says academic studies have shown that people may eat larger-than-recommended portions of food if they are told that a food is low in fat.The study, led by academics from the University of Ulster, indicated that many people associated ‘low fat’ foods with having a low number of calories when this was not always necessarily the case.The research included a survey of 180 adults from across Ireland with a range of body weights, asking them to compare their estimate for a ‘reasonable’ size of regular- and low-calorie foods.Participants were shown three pairs of food – one type of food having lower calories than the other – and asked to measure a reasonable portion, before being asked how guilty they might feel if they ate a full portion.“There has been a huge increase in the number of food products with nutrition and health claims sold over the last 20 years, but we also know that the population’s weight has continued to increase,” explained SafeFood director Cliodhna Foley-Nolan.“The research shows that these foods are viewed by some consumers as a license to overeat. However, in the case of many products, the fat that is removed in the ‘healthier’ product is replaced by other ingredients, such as sugar, and the calorie savings are small,” Foley-Nolan said.“Consumers need to re-look at their portion sizes, as any benefit they might get from these ‘healthier’ processed foods could be undone by just how much of them they are eating.”Professor Barbara Livingstone, who led the University of Ulster study, said the research seemed to affirm the ‘health halo’ effect.“Consumers perceive these products to be healthier and with less calories than the ‘standard’ version food,” she said.“They seem them as representing the less guilty option and so eat more of them. Further education on what is a healthy portion size is warranted to overcome these misconceptions.”Read: 16 tragic things that happen at a sandwich counterlast_img read more

Well Leave It There So Stephen Irelands phone Flas back in town

first_imgAwayYaya Toure is basically that friend that makes a really big deal of their birthday on Facebook. Don’t expect Tiger Woods back in your life any time soon.This is how Vince McMahon lost nearly a third of his $1.1 billion fortune. Careless.OKC are really missing Serge Ibaka. But then, aren’t we all?The best thing we sharedDavid Moyes may not have twerked out* at Old Trafford, but Miley Cyrus is still a Red. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet *twerking is still a thing, right?On the record“I will definitely have a dram with him soon. We have done that several times before.” Louis van Gaal knows having a drop of whiskey with Fergie is top of the to-do list at Old Trafford.Where we were todayMurray Kinsella, on the right with the mad grin, was put through his paces by Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek at the Aviva. We’re expecting a call from Joe. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandWhile Fintan O’Toole nodded politely as Dublin star Danny Sutcliffe met the GAA press. Source: TheScore.ieShowbiz, baby!John Russell’s strike for Sligo Rovers against Bray was the highlight of Soccer Republic… apart from Richie Sadlier’s reaction to Keely’s rant obviously.Overheard on the sportsdesk: ‘Put on the mask of shame.’center_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… ‘Yeah no, eh… I’m just going through a tunnel, Martin…”HomeMartin O’Neill was in Waterford today to name his latest squad; he says Stephen Ireland didn’t answer his call. I’d try Snapchat, Marty. New Munster head coach Anthony Foley added Jerry Flannery and Brian Walsh to his backroom team today.Meanwhile in Leinster, Kane Douglas signed on the dotted line.Galway’s skipper is out of this weekend’s championship action.There was election debates on RTÉ 1 and TV3 last night but the real argument was on what we still call Network Two.last_img read more

Many of Cost Plus Sofas 23 stores to close in Ireland

first_imgUpdated 16.27“MANY” COST PLUS Sofa stores are set to close in Ireland following a decision by management to “completely restructure the business”.That’s the message you get if you try and visit the Cost Plus Sofa Irish website or call the helpline today.The furniture and bed store said in a statement that customer spending power has been significantly reduced in the recession, which “has created tough challenges for the company”.A “strategic review” is now being carried out that will determine which stores are set to closed and how many jobs will be lost.The company has said that all orders “made up to and including today will be fulfilled as per the existing agreements with its customers and deliveries will be made as close to scheduled lead times as possible”.TheJournal.ie have tried to call many of the 23 Cost Plus Sofa outlets around the country to find out how many stores are set to close; which stores are set to close and how many jobs will be lost. However, every phone call is met with the same voicemail service that basically reads out the public notice below:Read: Up to 54 jobs lost as nine Xtra-vision stores to close in Republic>last_img read more

12 people whove got some serious explaining to do

first_imgERM, IT’S NOT what it looks like.No. Don’t make it worse. Source: Imgur1. These couples, who seriously need a sit-down Source: Imgur2. Source: Imgur3. Source: Owned4. The guy who took this tea into work Source: Imgur5. This driverExcuse me sir, what are you doing? 6. These news anchors who just aren’t giving us the full story7. THIS guy Source: Break.com8. Subway, speak upWe’ve been fooled for too long. Source: Imgur9. This mother who has done her explaining Source: Imgur Source: Imgur10.  Where’s my car? Source: Imgur11. Oh OK, at least you kept my bike safe Source: Dumpaday12. And of course, we’re still waiting for this guy to speak up Source: ViralnovaANYONE? ANY idea?16 reasons Irish roads are the best in the world>This guy has 41 tattoos of Homer Simpson on his body>last_img read more

Miracle Gaza baby born to dead mother is said to have died

first_img Source: Ian Pannell/Twitter While there was speculation online that the cause of the baby’s death was a power outage after Israeli forces attacked power plants, this has not been confirmed by the hospital.Doctors had successfully delivered the premature baby after her mother (23) was fatally wounded during an Israeli airstrike.The baby’s survival had been hailed as a miracle by Dr Fadi Al-Khrote, one of the medics who saved the infant.The little girl’s chances of survival were rated at 50/50 by the doctors, according to the BBC.Read: Baby delivered from dead mother in Gaza> Baby girl delivered from her dead mother’s body has died. Shimah was five days old and buried next to her mum. #Gaza pic.twitter.com/LfEBR4AK3T— Ian Pannell (@IanPannell) July 30, 2014center_img Source: BBCTHE BABY GIRL delivered from her deceased mother after an attack in Gaza is said to have died.Ian Pannell, the BBC journalist who originally reported on the baby’s birth, tweeted yesterday that she has since died:last_img read more

Pensioners could face jail over housing eviction

first_img“We’ve been around everywhere. 99% of them will not accept rent allowance. I’ve been everywhere. There is nobody who will accept rent allowance. The rent around here now has gone up to 1,400, 1,500, 1,600 a month.”The couple currently face jail over failure to meet a court order to vacate the property by the 22nd of this month.Martin Coyne has been on the housing list with Fingal County Council for the past four years but has been told that a residence may not be available for another three to four years.“We are up in court on the 27th of this month, I have no doubt the judge is going to order us out… we have no where to go. The wealthy get away with murder while they punish the poor. We’d be better off if Idi Amin was running the country.”On the potential eviction, Ruth Coppinger TD said: “Banks are upping the ante now as property prices rise in a mad rush for sales to improve their books. But people are living in these properties for years and have nowhere else to go. The Coynes are innocent victims”.Read: Homeless pensioner: ‘I want to live the rest of my life with some dignity’Read: 39 families were made homeless in July in Dublin alone TWO PENSIONERS FACE the prospect of homelessness or imprisonment ahead of a court battle to stay in their residence.Martin Coyne (73) and his wife Violet Coyne (63) are currently resident in Castleknock, Dublin. They are due to return to court on August 27.Last month, the pair were offered a home by an Irish woman living in the United States. Pam McMahon, originally from County Meath, offered the family home after hearing about the couples plight. The Coynes were unable to move into the house after it was found to be uninhabitable.The house is set to be repossessed by a receiver for ACC Bank. The Coynes are currently working with the Anti-Austerity Alliance on finding a solution. The eviction order came about after the owner of the property defaulted on the mortgage.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Martin Coyne said: “We’ve been living here for fifteen years, and we’ve never failed to pay the rent. We were only renting the property you see. It would have been the landlord who paid the mortgage and it appears he wasn’t.”The couple have been offered a hostel or hotel as alternative accommodation by Fingal County Council. Due to the rising cost of rents, the rent allowance is insufficient to cover a new property.last_img read more

Intel cuts SSD pricing introduces new 120GB X25M

first_imgIntel is attempting to encourage geeks everywhere to add an SSD to their PCs this holiday period by cutting prices and introducing a brand new 120GB model to its X-25M line.The 80GB X25-M drive now has an RRP of $199 while the 160GB drive has been dropped to $415. But the sweet spot for many PC builders may come in the form of a new 120GB model that costs $50 more than the 80GB drive at $249. Even Intel admit it’s the best value drive they offer in the X25-M range on a dollar-per-GB basis.AdChoices广告The X25-M is Intel’s Mainstream range of drives offering up to 250MB/s read speeds and between 70-100MB/s write speeds depending on the size of drive (larger drive equals faster writes). Read latency is 65ms, life expectancy is 12 million MTBD, and SMART comes as standard.Troy Winslow, director of product marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group, made it clear this price cut was to get people buying SSD as gifts this year:Every Christmas, consumers are looking for the latest tech gadget; this year, with prices dropping, the solid-state drive is becoming more mainstream and can make the single greatest improvement to PC performance. With an SSD, tech shoppers can give the gift of a technology makeover that will help speed up, or breathe new life, into a current PC by just swapping out the hard drive for an SSD. Read more at the Intel press releaseMatthew’s OpinionWhile the write performance isn’t fantastic on these drives, the read performance is. If you’re building a new system or just want a faster booting machine then these reduced prices will sure be tempting.The 160GB is still way over priced at $415, but the 80GB and 120GB drives are just about acceptable if performance is your goal. However, the 120GB drive is worth the extra $50 as the write speed increases from 70MB/s to 100MB/s. So not only is it cheaper in terms of dollars-per-GB, it also outperforms the 80GB offering.Is anyone who was sitting on the fence waiting for SSD pricing to drop now tempted by this 120GB drive? It’s got me thinking about an upgrade.last_img read more

Nightclub in scifi MMO Entropia sells for 335000

first_imgBack in the heyday of Second Life, you used to read a lot of whimsical futurist pieces about how one day virtual property would be as valuable as real property.It was always a bit of a silly argument, since virtual property that can be replicated and duplicated endlessly and with ease is not economically comparable to the value of a real slice of land or real estate, and so when Second Life fizzled out, so did those sorts of wishful-thinking stories.Until last week, that is, when a player of Entropia (which has a fixed 10-to-1 game-to-USD exchange rate) sold a virtual nightclub for the princely sum of $335,000 to Yan Panasjuk.What in god’s name would prompt someone to spend that sort of money on virtual real estate? Well, for one, you can earn money in-game, and so very little actual cash changed hands. But don’t underestimate the same wistful futurist spirit that prompted so many starry-eyed Second Life articles back in the day from also playing its part. Said Panasjuk:When motion pictures were first invented there were a lot of critics saying that it is a novelty act and it would never amount to anything nor will be able to make any real money once the novelty wears off—last time i checked Avatar has grossed 2.7 billion dollars world wide. Most recent example is MTV and Internet but then you know those stories well enough. Virtual Universe is the next logical step in world entertainment and although there are a lot of critics and people shaking heads it is here to stay and take its ranks among the greats. Which, of course, doesn’t explain why he would think that a $335,000 piece of virtual property would continue to appreciate in value at all, but it does explain why Panasjuk has decided to quit his job and play Entropia for up to 60 hours a week from now on: he thinks there’s a valid career in being a virtual real estate investor. Can’t wait to see how that works out for him.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more