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Dot eu domain names > survey April 12, 2007

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Just one year after its launch, almost two thirds (63%) of the European online population are aware of the .eu Internet top level domain name and 45 % know that they, as residents of EU, can get their own .eu domain name. These are some of the findings of a survey conducted by the independent company, InSites, on behalf of EURid.

“The registration growth has been exceptional and the increasing awareness of .eu domain names has played a significant role in this,” Patrik Linden, EURid’s Communications Manager, commented.

Further statistics show that almost half of those surveyed associate a .eu website or email address with something “European”, 25% do not pay attention to the top level domain while surfing and 10% believe that .eu domains have an “international” feel.

Residents of the Czech Republic, Poland, Luxembourg, Greece, The Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark are the most .eu-aware while those in Finland, France, Hungary, Spain and the UK are lagging behind.

With 2.6 million registrations in a year, .eu is now Europe’s third-largest name space, behind .de (Germany) and .uk (Great Britain) and is slightly ahead of .nl (The Netherlands). Internationally, .eu is only surpassed by .info, .org, .net and .com.

About 30 percent of .eu domain names have been registered by private individuals while companies and organisations have acquired the rest. German users have the largest slice of the .eu cake, with over 795 000 .eu registered domain names. The next most enthusiastic subscribers to the new top-level domain have been the citizens of the UK with just above 439 000 .eu domain names registered, followed by the Dutch with slightly more than 320 000 names.

See the EURid website for more details on the survey: http://www.eurid.eu/content/view/199/26/

Source > http://www.domaininformer.com/news/news/070412EUrid.html


Prince Harry on vacation with girlfriend April 12, 2007

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The British prince and his girlfriend Chelsy are resting on the beaches of Barbados.

Chelsy Davy looked like a Baywatch babe as she watched her boyfriend prince Harry try out wakeboarding. It is a new sport. It is done at sea and it looks like snowboarding. It is a total hit in the Caribbean. 

The 22-year-old Harry is totally mad for the sport. It is great when you get the balance, explains the younger of the two British princes. 

After that, Harry spent half an hour riding a jet ski scooter, remembering the days when he raced across the St. Tropez coast with his mother, the late princess Diana. 

Harry and Chelsy are on a three-week vacation on Barbados, after which the young soldier will return to the front line in Iraq.

Antique lovers often make do with reproductions April 12, 2007

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Gilded chairs, ornate commodes and wardrobes with inlay were once common among wealthy and noble families who prized expensive furniture. Individual pieces that survived wars and plundering are available now in antique shops and a few furniture makers are specializing in making reproductions of these pieces.

Experts differ on the criteria necessary to make a piece of furniture an antique. “Some say everything up to and including Biedermeier (1815-1848) can be described as antique,” said Hermann Specht, president of the federation of German art and antique dealers based in Drestedt. In Britain, dealers have a different definition of an antique. They say an antique is anything that is more than 100 years old. “This is more and more becoming the prevailing definition. ”

Collectors take pleasure in strolling through antique shops and rummaging for particular pieces. But there are people who find that too much trouble or who are searching for an exceptional piece for their home and do not care whether it’s a true antique. They are best served by period furniture makers.

“Period furniture pieces are reproductions that date back to former eras, say the baroque or classic periods,” said Ursula Geismann of the German furniture industry association in Bad Honnef. These pieces usually are a mixture of styles. “There are basic classic elements in every era,” she said, adding that among period furniture reproductions, Italian makers are especially well represented.

Furniture maker Selva of Bozen in Italy’s South Tyrol region has two lines that borrow from the King Louis XVI style. They are called the Bernini and the Villa Borghese collections. The latter includes elements of the German and French classicism. Another Selva collection, Louis Philippe, is orientated toward the style of the French king whose name it bears.

Desks, beds and chairs are available in a dark antique nut tree colour or antique cherry with a finish that shows signs of wear and tear. “Much of the furniture is handmade. The inlay, for example, is done by hand,” said Evi Leitner of Selva.

The Nieheim-based furniture maker Finkeldei describes its upholstered furniture as classic-luxurious. Some pieces can be attributed to specific eras. The Lafayette chair, for example, is a Louis XIV reproduction. Other pieces such as the Luxor combine various periods.

Furniture maker CK Homedesign is the place for shoppers who have fallen in love with the baroque sofa in the museum catalogue. The Erlensee-based company builds furniture according to the customer’s specifications. “You can simply bring us a picture and we use that as a pattern,” said Stefan Kinzel of CK Homedesign.

Maker Kare is oriented toward the sumptuous shapes of the baroque period. The company, based in Garching outside Munich, is not set on remaking exact reproductions though. On the contrary, old designs are converted into modern looks.

“We seek a mixture of periods,” said Kare spokeswoman Jacqueline Wand. The company doesn’t go exactly by the original patterns. Its armchair Black Mink, for example, is made from black lacquered wood and fake animal skin and Kara refers to it as an extravagant baroque design.

Museum sheds light on German rocket achievements April 12, 2007

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The site where German scientists developed the notorious V2 rocket during World War II has become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

Around a quarter of a million people each year flock to the sparsely populated northern island of Usedom to visit the Historical Technical Information Centre in the village of Peenemuende. Located in a former power station, the museum details the development of the rockets used to target Britain during the war and examines the role played by the men who designed them.

Put together over a five-year period until 2001, the 5,000 square metres of exhibition space show original rocket parts, documentary films of launches and interviews with witnesses of the events.

Booster rockets used in space exploration as well as guided missiles of the Cold War era have their roots in research and development carried out at the Army Test Centre in Peenemuende. What for some is the “cradle of space travel” that opened the gateway to the future is for others a “breeding ground for weapons of mass destruction and terror. ”

The scientific achievements that led to the launch of the world’s first rocket stand in stark contrast to the suffering caused by Hitler’s “Vergeltung” or Vengeance weapon V2 and its predecessor V1. A total of 3,000 V2s and 22,000 V1s targeted cities in England, France and Belgium, causing heavy civilian casualties because of their inadequate accuracy. Some 8,000 died in London alone.

“The concept of the exhibition is to demonstrate the two ends of the rocket’s parabola, from the takeoff to what happened where it landed,” says museum spokeswoman Ute Augustat.

In addition to those killed and wounded in the rocket attacks, thousands of concentration camp inmates, prisoners of war and slave labourers died while working in Peenemuende and the mass production sites of the V2.

The first part of the exhibition shows the inaugural flight of the new “wonder weapon” on October 3, 1942 and the role played by its chief scientist, Wernher von Braun. A second section is devoted to the further development of rocket technology after the war, including the Russian and US space programmes as well as the arms race during the Cold War.

When Britain learned the Nazis were developing a new flying bomb, the Royal Air Force launched an air raid on Peenemuende on August 17-18, 1943, dropping 1,900 tons of bombs from 596 aircraft. Some 750 people died in the raids, among them 500 to 600 slave labourers killed when bombs went off target and hit their barracks. There is a memorial to them in the neighbouring town of Karlshagen.

After the air raid, production of the V2s was moved to a more secure underground tunnel network built by concentration camp inmates in the Kohnstein mountains near Nordhausen in central Germany. The horrendous conditions in which prisoners were worked to death or succumbed to sickness, hunger and torture on the part of the SS guards, claimed more than 20,000 lives. After the war, more than 420 German scientists and technicians involved in the V2 project were recruited to work in the United States, Britain, Russia and France.

Von Braun was admitted to the US after his Nazi record was sanitized and went on to become a leading figure in the development of the carrier rocket used in the Apollo space programme that landed the first man on the moon. The village of Peenemuende was less fortunate. It was used as a Soviet military base, then taken over by the East German armed forces until unification in 1990.

The last soldiers were withdrawn in 1994 and the area returned to its original roots as a fishing village. Attempts to attract outside investment have met with little success.

The approach to the village is dominated by the ruins of a factory designed to produce liquid oxygen for the V2 and a dilapidated apartment complex that has been empty since being abandoned by the military.

Large areas around the museum, including the original ramp used to launch the V2, are off-limits to the general public because of the danger posed by uncollected munitions. In addition to the V2 exhibit, the centre’s grounds contain a display of MiG jet fighters and other Soviet warplanes as well as helicopters and a guided missile patrol boat. In a separate part of the harbour adjacent to the centre, there is a 4,127-ton former Soviet Juliett-class submarine which can now be visited as a floating museum.

t.A.T.u. is back! April 12, 2007

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The most popular Russian singing duo of all time is back to claim new victories, film ones. Maybe.

Two young Russians, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova have decided to warm their media soup once again, just in case. Of course it was not really their idea, but the idea of their media parents, Russian production experts with Ivan Shapovalov leading them. Apart from constantly working on a new release similar to “Best of”, for the past few months they have been preparing something totally different. Film.

Filming will start in the middle of May, and the director is already known. The lucky one is Roland Joffe. Yes, it is the same Roland Joffe that did “The Killing Fields”. A thin line seperates that above and that underneath. Now for the additions to the news: the scriptwriter is Alexei Mitrofanov. A member of parliament in the Russian Duma, a popular member of the liberal scene and the creator of the recent film “Yuliya”. The erotic tales from 2005 which the informed can see that the main characters are reminiscent of the premier of the Ukraine Yuliya Tymoshenko and the president of Grozny Mikhail Saakashvilij.

What will the film be about, it is already clear, a real hit? The t.A.T.u. pair will act themselves, just another day in the office for Lena and Yulia, and two other actresses that have yet to be named, will be responsible for the Mitrofanov’s script. The name of the project? Probably “t.A.T.u. Come Back”, just like the proposed script. The author is the clearly the always busy Duma parliamentarian. A sentence about the content for the end: Lesbian prison drama.