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A charity football match in Bosnia June 30, 2007

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Catholic priests and Islamic imams in Bosnia put their religious differences aside yesterday to play a charity football match, the first since a brutal 1992-95 war, organizers said.

The aim of the match in the central town of Zenica was to gather funds for the local orphanage and also to strengthen relations between the two communities, priest Stipo Karajica said. «We wanted to spread the message of tolerance and common life on the field by our concrete example,» he told AFP. By the final whistle, his outfit had beaten the imams by 2 goals to 1.

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Men of most high demand June 29, 2007

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Who are they? not the lawyers, not the economists, not the doctors, but the plumbers, the carpenters, the construction workers and the painters according to an Australian study.

Women consider them as sexy simply because most of the day can be fount working under the sun, shirts wide open, muscles shown, much less stress and naturally relative good salaries!

Here’s one of them! Enjoy the view!

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Harry Potter book sold for £9,000 June 27, 2007

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A rare first edition of a Harry Potter book has sold for £9,000.

The copy of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was sold at Bonhams’ Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale in London. The book, one of only 500 published by Bloomsbury in 1997, had a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.

Bonhams sold the hardback on behalf of a woman who had bought it originally with book tokens she had been given as a school prize.

Last week a student sold his first edition of The Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series- for £7,200 at auction. Toby Rundle, 19, from Somerset, auctioned the hardback copy in order to fund his university degree. Mr Rundle was sent the book by his mother while he was at boarding school.

Venice is going wireless June 27, 2007

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A few years ago a group of young intellectuals in Venice, called Attualamente, experimented with wireless communications by staging to a massive open air rave that to onlookers would have appeared to be totally silent.

Recently, when the non-profit collective of thinkers and researchers set up a wireless hotspot for their offices in the heart of Venice, they were quite surprised and delighted to find a small crowd had gathered outside, laptops open, exploiting the new wi-fi connectivity.

Registering the demand for this technology, Attualamente now have plans to roll out free or low-cost wireless service across other areas of the city.

With more and more people, especially the young, leaving Venice for good, the collective saw wi-fi as a way of helping the city reclaim its rapidly dwindling sense of community.

The team are also keen that any introduction of this technology with its potentially unsightly antennae should respect Venice’s unique architectural beauty.

The Venice scheme is called “the Bridge Project” and whilst Bill Thompson and Gareth Mitchell were in town for the launch of the Biennale art festival a couple of weeks ago, they spoke to Michele Prevato and Michele Brunello from Atualamente.

Cannabis buyers face biometric testing June 24, 2007

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Buying cannabis in the Dutch city of Maastricht will soon mean having your fingerprints taken, your face scanned and your biometric data recorded.

All 15 coffee shops in the southern city are spending about 100,000 euros installing a security system that makes it harder for an under-age cannabis smoker to enter than a terrorist to set foot in Europe, according to Marc Josemans, head of the local coffee shop union.

“We are ashamed for this attack on your privacy”, reads an explanatory leaflet about the system starting in September. The coffee shops face a continual struggle to prove they are not selling to people under the age of 18 or more than 5 grams of cannabis a day to any one individual. If they can’t, they risk being shut down.

“If a 17-year-old comes here, shows the ID of his very similar-looking older brother and then gets caught by the police with cannabis bought in our shop, we have to prove that he broke the rules, not us,” said Josemans.

Cannabis is theoretically illegal in the Netherlands but has been tolerated in small amounts since the 1970s. Customers in Maastricht will have their fingers and face scanned. The scans will be compared with stored data and, if everything matches, they will be able to enter the coffee shop.

No names and addresses are stored and details on the amount of cannabis bought every day will be saved only until midnight. The information is completely secure, coffee shop owners say. But Josemans concedes 90 percent of his clients don’t like the system and he expects the new measures to hurt sales initially. “I don’t like them registering what you buy, it’s too much Big Brother”, says Barry, 34. “But a fingerprint is okay.”