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Poetry October 16, 2014

first_imgEBOLA, YOU ‘RE DEFEATED!By: Edward N. BoakaiEbola, o you deadly Virus!Why plague us this way?By your wrath, you spare no one;Be you rich, poor, young or old.Ebola, O you dreadful virus!How ruthless you are? You claim an entire family;Leaving children orphans at random.Ebola, O you incompassionate virus!Why devastated our nation?Leaving husbands as widowers,And wives as helpless widows.Ebola, O you destructive virus!Why destroy the norms of our culture and tradition?Discriminating us against each other.And diffusing our custom and way of life.But in the Mighty name of Jesus,Ebola, O you tormenting virus;You are defeated heretofore,And hereby casted into the mighty lake of fire! LIBERIA: OH, WHAT A SAD STORY!By Eric G. GbanlonCell #: 0886220513Oh, what a sad story!The angels of death are having tarry;The God of life no longer feels sorry;Sons and daughters are now so scary;As father and mothers are now being buried.Oh, what a sad story!Squirrels and Raccoons try to change the story;But monkeys and Bamboos say it’s time to merry;The pain and frustration, we are forced to carry;Because dishonesty and wickedness, we chose to marry;Oh, what a sad story!Till we remember day-one of our story;Correct our mistakes and make a right storyTill we give God the rest of our story;We will always have a sad story. The Ebola RideBy Patrice JuahOn the Ebola ride,paranoia is the driver.It takes you on a highleaving your senses hanging in the wild.Fear is its deputy,and panic, the conductor.You never know which way the bus will go,but you are told that as long as you stay put, constantly wash your hands,and limit human contact; you’re in a “safe” place, at least for a while.You do your best, to secure your seat,making sure your loved ones are safely on board,but as the death news come in, you’re reminded that this isn’t a normal ride.You get a sudden kick, a silent voice asking why you’re still here;perhaps on a mission, or for a purpose, you think.Then suddenly humility takes over, the only calm you’ll feel in a while,as you give thanks for still being alive.And this is all happening on the Ebola ride.Still on the road, Pickups rush by with men dressed like aliens,either carrying or going to pick up fallen victims.And somewhere at a Containment Unit, a baby cries in horror,as his mother takes her last breath.As you peek through the window,crowded streets create the illusion of a normal life,but as alive as everything appears from the outside, fear is killing us slowly on the inside.Sometimes we wonder who’ll get off next.But that’s the Ebola ride: no traffic lights, no horns,no road signs, just us against an unseen enemy.The night brings relative calm, but we rarely sleep,as the nightmare of what’s to come the day ahead, haunts our dreams.If you’re a diehard patriot, you remain on the ride for the love of country.If you’re poor, the ride is your only choice.If your survivor is your priority, you’re left with more choices then one:to flee for dear life, with hope of returning when normal days are back?Well, in the midst of this chaos, no one can tell.And on the other side, the ocean wind sets the flames in the Crematorium ablaze,as our hearts leap, for the souls of the ones we loved so dearly.No last goodbyes, only memories, anguish, pain and grief.The road is too narrow, the ride long and bumpy.When will we arrive? No one really knows.We’re stuck on this ride, with tiny doses of hope.And though help arrives, we’re still in doubt,as they too are clueless about when the ride will end.So world, we’re here,on this hand washing, temperature taking,friends avoiding, hugs and handshakes prohibiting,nonstop Ebola ride.center_img Octopus at Ducor (In remembrance of Operation Octopus, October 15, 1992)By: Lekpele NyamalonMen were running amokSmoke rising to the skiesStirring it apart, tires blazing, children and women marching like an ant’s chariotThe walls were crashingHere comes the Octopus!Walking with tentacles from the breast of Mount BarclayTravelling beneath the rails of Bong Mines BridgeSeeping through the pores of bardnesvilleTearing apart the path of tomorrow’s worldWhere are ye mighty planners?Hiding behind the mask of bygones be bygones?History can’t shield you boysThy names are carved in stoneHistory shall read aloudHere comes the octopus!Woe! Ye planners of carnage!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies come up short in season finale – lose 4-3 in OT

first_imgThe Huskies may have saved their best effort for the final game of the season, but Sunday afternoon’s season finale will go down as the one that got away. The game started 45 minutes late, after the previous game ran long, and then a gate at the Huskies bench needed some welding.It was the Wolverines who again drew first blood, and once again it was on the counter-attack. After some extended pressure from the Huskies, Whitecourt a Mitch Maisonneuve point shot was deflected by Grayden McMann and past Zack Blain. Two minutes later, Wolverines starter Foster Cote spilled a rebound on a long Dan Pappin slap-shot, which was banged home by Cody Kalb.- Advertisement -Early in the second, Dylan Apsassin took a shot, and after Cote saved Cody Kalb’s rebound attempt, Dan Pappin made good on the second attempt, to give the Huskies their first lead over Whitecourt all season long. Moments later, Fort St. John’s Brandon Smith was run into the boards by Wayne Quaife. Quaife would be assessed a five-minute major penalty, while Jesse Disher would negate the first two minutes of powerplay time with his two-minute roughing penalty. Quaife was ejected from the game, while Smith would play only one more shift before leaving the game (though he is expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs)13 minutes into the second, Steven Fast added to the lead, when he tipped a Jon Spence point shot past Cote, to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Moments later, Fort St. John was awarded a penalty shot, after the Wolverines illegally gloved a loose puck in the crease, but Cody Kalb’s attempt was stopped on the goal-line by Cote, to keep it a two-goal game. The Wolverines had two powerplay chances late in the second, after consecutive interference penalties to Kyle Porter and Luke McInerney, but the Huskies penalty kill stood tall, and the second period ended with the Huskies up 3-1.After the Huskies had played 40 minutes of outstanding hockey on Saturday night, they came into the third period looking to protect their two-goal lead, and finish the season on a high. But, the defence would come up short. Seven minutes into the final period, with Payden Wongstedt in the box for holding, Jeff Chalifoux tapped home a great feed from Mitch Ternan, to put the Wolverines within one. Less than a minute later, Darcy Charrois picked up the puck in the neutral zone, and passed by five different Huskies before burying a snap-shot past Zack Blain from the high-slot. The game was tied 3-3, and the Huskies were reeling. But, they would regain their composure, and after Zack Blain denied Rod Lavoie’s breakaway chance with 1:30 remaining, Cody Kalb’s line worked the cycle, but couldn’t get the puck to the net, and the third period came to a close.Advertisement And so, the final game of the 2008/09 season would go to four-on-four overtime. The Huskies were appealing for a penalty early in the extra-frame, when Cam MacKinnon was knocked down in the neutral zone, but play continued, and the Wolverines took the puck into the Fort St. John zone. Finally, Captain Ryan Hore would end the game, when he faked a shot around a sliding Jon Spence, and fired it short-side past Zack Blain, to give the Wolverines a 4-3 win.The players soon filed back onto the ice, as NWJHL awards were presented to Whitecourt’s Rod Lavoie (for the league scoring title), Darcy Charrois (as the top defenceman), and Ryan Demharter (as the top goaltender).And so, it was a dramatic finish to the season for the Huskies. The team was discouraged by letting a lead slip away, but encouraged by proving to themselves that they can play with the Wolverines. The Huskies will now look forward to their first round playoff series with the Slave Lake Wolves. Round will will start at the North Peace Arena, on Friday night (Feb. 20th).last_img read more

World Cup stadium rises from ashes of Battle of Stalingrad

first_img0Shares0000Construction of the 45,000-seat Volgograd Arena began in November 2014 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVVOLGOGORAD, Russian Federation, Nov 27 – First they dug up the bones and defused the bombs.Then Russia erected a light-as-air stadium for the 2018 World Cup that rises from the ground around which two million people died over 200 days in the Battle of Stalingrad — the tragic turning point of World War II. “Every millimetre of this soil is soaked in blood,” Volgograd Governor Andrei Bocharov said in an interview.“There is not a single family living here today — not a single one — that has not lost someone.”Bocharov and the million people who live in the city now known as Volgograd hope the fans from all over the world who descend on the scene of one of history’s darkest episodes will brighten their haunted lives.– Fresh WWII graves –The Volgograd Arena rests on the bank of the Volga river and bears a striking resemblance to the futuristic Bird’s Nest Stadium at the heart of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing © AFP / Ruslan SHAMUKOVThe city of Stalingrad was renamed in 1961 after the Volga River that stretches along its banks.The cult of personality built around Joseph Stalin was being dismantled and the city itself resurrected from the rubble left by carpet bombing and street combat that traumatised much of Europe.Volgograd is still rising — as are the human remains and munitions from 75 years ago.Construction of the 45,000-seat Volgograd Arena began in November 2014. Immediately, the remains of two bodies and 20 unexploded shells were discovered.It did not come as a surprise: nearly every new building project in the city brings the discovery of World War II munitions and human bones.“We first try to figure out their identity. This is not easy because a lot of time has passed. But at least we try to identify whether they belong to the Red Army or the Nazis,” Bocharov said.“And then we decide where to bury them — on which side of the Rossoshka Memorial Cemetery.”That grim memorial lies a 40-minute drive from the city and is a chilling sight.At the cemetery, two sprawling fields, whose horizons are blurred by winter fog, are filled with mostly unidentified remains with Soviet soldiers to one side and their Nazi and Axis foes to the other.Numerous plots are covered with freshly dug yellow sand from burials held just weeks or months ago. They form small hills above the frozen ground.“For us, this is daily work,” the governor says.– 2013 terror attacks –The Volgograd Arena football stadium (R), seen while under construction for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the statue of Mother Homeland seen in the foreground © AFP/File / Ruslan SHAMUKOVDim echoes of the 1942-1943 horrors returned to Volgograd in 2013 as the city fell victim to a string of terror attacks linked to North Caucasus jihadists who killed 39 people.A bombing that targeted a city bus claimed seven lives on October 21. Worse was to come when the main railroad station was hit on December 29 and a trolley bus the subsequent day.But Volgograd Mayor Andrei Kosolapov said the strikes ultimately made the city safer by spurring the security services into action.“All the sports facilities have been put on a permanent state of heightened alert,” the mayor told AFP.Kosolapov said police dogs sniff every bus and train car for potential explosive devices daily. Metal detectors are ubiquitous.“Plus, we have installed and are continuing to install video camera where — online — we can monitor every single street.”“We have enormous experience in averting terror attacks.”– Russian Bird’s Nest –A musician plays accordion at a restaurant in Volgograd © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVThe football arena itself rests on the bank of the Volga and bears a striking resemblance to the futuristic Bird’s Nest Stadium at the heart of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.Chief engineer Viktor Baturo walks around the stadium with pride because all the work has effectively been done. A few licks of paint and completion of the edge of the dome protecting fans from the rain is all that remains to be done.“You can essentially play football here now,” he said with a wave of his hand at the bright-green pitch.The stadium cost $270 million (230 million euros) — the exact budget allotted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.“You just try exceeding the federal budget these days,” Baturo told AFP with a grin.But it seems that results on the pitch are of secondary importance to natives of a land of such devastation.“We want people not only to visit, but to come back again,” mayor Kosolapov said.“That would be our real World Cup legacy. And we are working very hard.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Westchester defense bails out its offense

first_imgWestchester quarterback Herman Evans threw for 90 yards on four completions and picked up an additional 21 yards rushing the ball. The first half didn’t offer many offensive highlights as the defenses shut down the offenses. Washington scored the game’s first points when it sacked Evans in his end zone for a safety in the second quarter. Evans, trying to make up for that mishap, hustled his team down inside the Generals’ 5-yard line with four shots to get into the end zone right before the first half ended. However, short runs by Evans and Dudley were stuffed by Washington. With 17 seconds left before halftime, Dudley took a pitch from Evans and was knocked down immediately by Washington defenders. After blowing several scoring opportunities in the first half, Westchester took the third quarter kickoff and marched down the field for the game’s only touchdown. Dudley rumbled and battered his way for several key first downs that kept the drive alive. Evans completed two long passes – a 26-yard completion to Lawson and a 23-yard strike to Kalan Collins – that put Westchester in position to score.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Westchester (2-1) recorded nine sacks and kept Washington’s offense out of the end zone. Westchester coach Adrian Ivory said he wasn’t surprised with the effort his defense put forth. The Comets held Taft to seven points last week in the team’s only loss. “We just played tough defense,” Ivory said afterward. “That’s our strength.” Though Westchester’s offense was limited to six points, it produced enough to keep Washington (1-2) at bay for most of the night. Lawson carried the ball 11 times for 33 yards, and backfield mate Greg Dudley rushed the ball 18 times for 51 yards. NONLEAGUE: Comets make do with one TD against Washington. By Dennis J. Freeman CORRESPONDENT Westchester running back Robyn Lawson scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and that was all the points the Comets needed to defeat Washington, 6-4, in an L.A. City Section nonleague game Friday night at Westchester. last_img read more


first_imgA man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested after becoming abusive with Gardaí, a court has heard.Gerard O’Connor, 54, was arrested at Lower Main Street Letterkenny after becoming aggressive and abusive and for failing to comply with the instructions of the Gardaí.Gardaí were called to Lower Main Street, after they received reports of a man who was extremely intoxicated and was causing disturbance in the area. Gardaí found O’Connor in an extremely inebriated scene and was deemed a danger to himself and others, Letterkenny District Court was told.He was subsequently arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.On the 8th of October, Gardaí received reports of a man causing severe disturbance outside the Bus Station in Letterkenny who was becoming abusive towards members of the public.Gardaí found O’Connor in a dishevelled and drunken state and when instructed to leave by Gardaí he launched into a tirade of expletives and called the Gardaí b******s.He was again arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda Station.The court heard how O’Connor has had a long-history of problems with alcohol and despite efforts to reform had fallen off the wagon in recent years.The court also heard how he had 73 previous convictions, most of which were alcohol related although some included criminal damage.The court heard how Mr O’Connor was willing to enter into a rehabilitation unit in Galway and if granted bail would proceed straight to the facility after his hearing.Judge Denis McLaughlin agreed that “another stint in Catlerea wouldn’t help” the matter and allowed Mr O’Connor to go to the rehab facility.He also added that it was clear Mr O’Connor couldn’t come to grasp the seriousness of his problems and needed help urgently in order for him to stay out of trouble.He adjourned the case until the 25th of January.MAN WITH 73 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CALLED GARDAÍ B******* was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsnewslast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubWinter Links The next outing of the Portsalon Winter Links takes place on Saturday 10th November. Winter Links members are reminded to book their tee time for each outing. If you unable to play on the day please ensure that your name is removed for the time sheet, thus allowing someone else a place in this prestigious event.New Members Time is running out if you wish to avail of the special opportunity for new members to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy two months free golf. All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2013 and get November and December 2012 free. Alternatively you can sign up and pay by instalments (Direct Debit only) of €50 for 10 months or €240 per month for November and December. For further information please contact 074 9159459.EventsOn Saturday 10th the Portsalon Winter Links will be staged. On Sunday 11th a members competition, and on Wednesday14th a gents open stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to LeaguePortsalon’s Gaeltacht League team entertained Cruit Island golf club on Saturday last. Playing in bluster weather conditions the home team came away with seven matches to Cruit Island’s one match. Best score on the day went to Stephen Connollly and Pascal Cullen, runners up Rory Kenney and Chris Williams. With two matches played the Portsalon team have 24 points.ResultsOn Saturday last the winner of the open competition was club captain D P Logue playing off a 5 handicap with 38 points. Runner up was Michael White (17) 35 points. THE css was 34 points. On Sunday the weather improved and Giles Kilpatrick was the winner of the member’s competition with 42 points, runner up Stewart Nicholl (27) 38 points, gross D P Logue (5) 32 points third Ronan Mc Ateer (27) 37 points. The CSS WAS 37 points. The winner of the Wednesday open was Joe Coyle (8) 39 points B.O.T. Runner Up: Don Ponsonby (Letterkenny) 3 9 points Gross: Shaun Kelly (Portsalon) (8) 31 points Third: Giles Kilpatrick (Portsalon) (18) 37 points.To have one hole in one in any week is a rare event, on Wednesday last Yuel Blair recorded a hole-in-one on the par three 5th hole. This was followed up on Sunday last when club Captain D P Logue recorded a hole in one at the same hole. Local Rule-Stakes and RopesAll members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.PlacingAs from Wednesday 1ST October six inch placing on all fairways only was introduced at Portsalon Golf Club. Portsalon BookSean Mc Cormack is currently gathering information for the next edition of the Portsalon Book. If you have any old photographs or stories of interest please forward to Sean.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comBooking Tee TimesMembers are reminded that if they have booked a tee time or for another member , if either is not going to play on the day they should contact the clubhouse or go online and make the correction to the time sheet. On a number of occasions members have booked times and have not turned up, this is causing problems for members who wish to play and cannot due to the full time sheet.Members NoteMembers should note that all away scores should be recorded in the away scores book in the clubhouseDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more


first_imgGARDAÍ are investigating the sudden death of a man in Bundoran, where this weekend’s Sea Sessions festival is taking place.The man – originally from Belfast but living in the seaside town for several years – was found dead in an apartment close to the Marine Bar.He had been out last night at the festival and was said to be in good form at the Phoenix Tavern in the town. Gardaí in Ballyshannon are investigating the man’s death.It happened has hundreds of people flocked to the seaside town for a music festival which continues tonight. SHADOW CAST OVER FESTIVAL AFTER MAN’S DEATH was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonbundoranGardainvestigationSea Sessions deathlast_img read more

Fish Forsakes Fins in Favor of Arms

first_imgA crucial fossil palaeontologists are hailing as a true “missing link” in the evolutionary record has been uncovered in the arctic.  The discovery of a well preserved species of fossil fish bridges the gap between finned fish and their four legged relatives.  This croco-fish creature, documented in Nature,1 named Tiktaalik roseae has joints in its front arms and can prop itself up like a crocodile, yet has the jaw and balancing fins of a more primitive fish.  The front fins are well on their way to becoming limbs, having the internal skeletal structure of an arm, including elbows and wrists, but with fins instead of fingers.  It seems as if we have “caught” a transition in the act.  Much of the weakness of the evolutionary theory rests on these gaps that are unaccounted for with fossil records; but at last, one such transformation is right before our eyes.  The creature would represent an evolutionary window about 380 – 360 million years ago, about the time it took sea dwelling fish to differentiate into land dwelling critters.  A remark by one palaeontologist perhaps steals some of the croco-fish’s thunder when he says, “Tiktaalik was probably an unwieldy swimmer, probably living in shallow waters, only hauling itself on land temporarily to escape predators.”1Daeschler, Edward B., Shubin, Neil H., Jenkins, Farish A. Jr., “A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan,” Nature, April 6, 2006: Vol. 440, p. 757-763, DOI: 10.1038/nature04639.Shubin, Neil H., Daeschler, Edward B., Jenkins, Farish A. Jr., “The pectoral fin of Tiktaalik roseae and the origin of the tetrapod limb,” Nature, April 6, 2006: Vol. 440, p. 764-771, DOI: 10.1038/nature04637.Why did fish, competent swimmers that they were, develop arms and legs and walk away?  This poses just a few questions to say the least.  Everyone seems to be in agreement that the fish would not immediately develop a sophisticated method of land locomotion and would thus remain rather ungainly on land for at least a few million years or so before the mechanism was refined.  Why then, would a creature at home in the sea forsake the very medium that sustained it, and venture out on land to become, pardon the pun, a true fish out of water?  As ungainly as they may have been in the water they would have been even more so out of the water, therefore how is this to be considered favorable?  Natural Selection, Darwin’s brainchild would seem to weed out these unfavorable mutations as opposed to propagating them.  Easy for us to come in a posteriori and tie the loose ends together; but to be completely honest, the fish did not decide it would be beneficial to walk on land and then determine to sprout arms.  I thought the Lamarckian ideas were thrown out years ago? How then do these undertones manage to still get incorporated into modern thought?—Lydia Bye(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s ‘quantum’ football stadium

first_img28 May 2010 The Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, has scored not only an engineering first for an African stadium with its majestic arch. It has also become the world’s first “quantum” stadium. Quantum “cryptography”, which in layman’s terms refers to anything written in secret code, is a new technique of providing ultra-high communication security by encoding data within quantum particles. A person who tries to intercept an information feed protected in this way without being noticed must first break the established laws of quantum mechanics. “This is the first public global event to use such a quantum-based encryption solution,” says Professor Francesco Petruccione of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Quantum Technology, which has led the project in partnership with the city of Durban. “The project will provide a high-level security system along the optical fibre communication link between the stadium and the Joint Operations Centre during the World Cup,” Petruccione said last week. “To achieve this, we use quantum mechanical methods to distribute ultra-secure encryption keys.” Information conveyed through optical fibre links is often not encrypted, and therefore vulnerable to tapping using equipment readily available via the internet, Petruccione noted. The quantum-based system will make it virtually impossible for hackers to tap into communication between the two points via telephone, e-mail and video links. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize last week congratulated Petruccione and his team, comprising mainly academics and post-graduate students, for what he called a “remarkable innovation”. University of KwaZulu-Natal deputy vice-chancellor Rob Slotow said the university was pleased that it could make a contribution to the running of the World Cup. “Especially in this, the most spectacular stadium in South Africa,” he added. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

iPhone Dropped in Toilet? There’s an App for That

first_imgRelated Posts By making it cheaper to replace an iPhone, it’s more likely that bereaved users will buy another iPhone, and more importantly, stay with AT&T. Just last week, AT&T hiked up their early termination fees for all smartphones all the way up to $325 dollars. Break your iPhone and think it’s a great opportunity to leave the network at join Team Android on another network? Either pay AT&T $325 plus the costs of a new phone and contact elsewhere to leave, or slightly less (depending on how long you’ve had your phone) to replace your iPhone thanks to the new insurance policy.What do you think of AT&T’s new iPhone insurance? Will you buy it with your next iPhone purchase? Let us know what you think in the comments.Photo by Flickr user magerleagues. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces chris cameron Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Starting June 6th, iPhone purchasers will be able to insure their precious devices through AT&T for just $13.99 a month, according to documents leaked to Boy Genius Report today. The insurance, which is purchased through the AppStore, intends to counter-act the pain and suffering caused by those “whoopsie”, butterfingers-induced moments that send iPhones to an early grave on hard pavement or, even worse, in a toilet. The documents, which are either real or extremely high quality fabrications, also back up the assumption that Steve Jobs will be introducing the fourth generation iPhone June 7th at the WWDC keynote. For just under $170 a year, iPhone users can save themselves the trouble of paying several hundred dollars to replace their phone if they irrevocably damage it. However, the insurance plan also comes with a deductible that ranges from $99 to $199 depending on which iPhone you have. So if you buy a 32GB 3GS and break it a year later, the cost of a new one would be roughly $370, which is far better than the full price of $699, but still expensive.The insurance plan apparently only applies to new purchases after June 6th, and must be activated within 30 days of purchase. To make the process simple, the insurance can be purchased through the phone via the AppStore, which will bill the credit card on file with Apple. AT&T was careful not to spill the beans on the upcoming fourth generation iPhone, and left out what the cost of the insurance plan might be for a new device. So why is AT&T insuring the iPhone all of a sudden? According to the leaked documents, 16% of low scores from customer feed back are “attributable to customer dissatisfaction with insurance/warranty replacement options.” While they certainly want to fight back against unsatisfied customers, AT&T is also likely offering this plan to help maintain customers in their ecosystem.last_img read more