Heisman Finalists 2009 Finalist Announced

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finalist of Heisman Finalists 2009 Announced Monday evening, on ESPN the five finalists were announced and were invited to New York.The Heisman Trophy will be awarded on Saturday in Manhattan.

5 Finalist of Heisman 2009:

Colt McCoy - Texas quarterback
McCoy won the 2008 Walter Camp Award and was the 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Mark Ingram Jr. - Alabama running back
Mark Ingram, Jr. is the son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram, Sr.

Toby Gerhart - Stanford running back
Gerhart is considered a top prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Ndamukong Suh - Nebraska defensive tackle
Widely considered the best prospect available in the 2010 NFL Draft. Suh is seen as either a defensive end in a 3-4 defense or as a three-technique or nose tackle in a 4-3 NFL defense.

Tim Tebow - Florida quarterback
A Heisman Trophy-winning American football quarterback for the Florida Gators. He was the first college football player to both rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season and was the first sophomore to win the Heisman.

Watch Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 Live Stream

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Watch Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 Stream Live Online. The most awaited and most popular fashion events of the holiday season this 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Victoria's Secret is a brand of lingerie and sleepwear that holds the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Live Online this Tuesday, December 1, 2009. The fashion show promote and market its goods in high profile settings. After the first show, the shows in the 1990s were held in the days preceding Valentine's Day. Since 2001, the shows have been broadcast during the Christmas holiday season. Each year two dozen to three dozen of the world's top fashion models are selected to perform in a fashion show for the Victoria's Secret company. In a typical year, this includes about a half dozen women under contract to the company, known as Victoria's Secret Angels, who help publicize the event.

Watch Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 Live Stream Online which airs on on CBS at 10pm ET/PT. This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be taping in New York City with Heidi Klum as host.

Watch Miss Earth 2009 Live Stream Online

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This is the first time that the pageant will take place outside the Island of Luzon. The venue for Miss Earth 2009 coronation night was planned first to be held in Cebu City, but the Mayor declined due to financial cost of sponsoring the pageant. The Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center won the right to host the coronation night of the 9th Edition of Miss Earth. Watch Miss Earth 2009 Live Stream Online in Boracay, Island from Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, Boracay, Philippines on November 22, 2009, 9:30 pm PT.

UFC 106 Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 Live Online Free Video

Friday, November 20, 2009

Watch UFC 106 Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 Live Online this Saturday, November 21, 2009 from Mandalay Bay Events Center at 10pm ET / 7pm PT and airs live on pay-per-view. UFC 106 upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which the rematch of Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin that has been engaged in the battle of ages. with Ortiz looking to make an immediate impact in his return to the Octagaon and Griffin trying to settle the score with “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”. The UFC has managed to put together what should be a compelling night of fights. UFC 106 features a mix of UFC regulars, returning veterans, and up and coming fighters looking to climb the ladder. At a show headlined by a rematch between heated rivals Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, the collection of main card bouts serves as the real selling point. From the grapple-fest starring Karo Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett to the sure-fire clash of the titans between Anthony Johnson and Josh Koscheck, expect plenty of competition for post-fight bonuses. Watch Live UFC 106 Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 Live Rematch!

Watch 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Be ready fot the most popular fashion events this holiday season the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 Live. This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be taping in New York City with Heidi Klum as host. Featuring the highlights of the night was when Marisa Miller showed off the $3 million Fantasy Bra, studded with over 150 carats of diamonds. In addition to nine Angels who are walking (not including Heidi Klum, who just had a baby and is hosting, and Adriana Lima, who is still pregnant), Modelinia has confirmed that Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Erin Heatherton, Shannan Click, Caroline Winberg, and Flavia Oliveira are all returning from last year, Caroline Trentini is making her first appearance since the 2006 show, and Lyndsey Scott, Aminata Niaria, Lily Aldridge, Liu Wen (and new Angel Chanel Iman) are all walking for the first time. Liu's appearance marks the first by an Asian model since Ujjwala Raut walked the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

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Watch Carmen Electra Full Leaked Video

Here is the full leaked video of Carmen Electra lesbian video. Carmen Electra’s breast size, waist legs and other such details are well known to the watchers of Baywatch, however the sex symbol in an effort to make nothing hidden from the eyes of her fans is appearing in two pieces in the tape. The video starts with Carmen Electra wearing a short skirt and sitting on a bed with another unidentified woman. They become engaged in foreplay. The play involves a bottle of champagne also while Carmen Electra appears drunk. As the play progresses Carmen undresses to reveal a red colored bra and black panties. The play mate also appears undressed. The video stops just a step away of becoming a full hardcore.

Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Live | Watch Live Stream Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Watch Live Stream Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Live Stream. The Thursday Night Football will be the first match of NFL Week 11 Schedule. Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Live from Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC at 8:20 PM ET, November 19, 2009. As the Thursday Night Football games are very difficult on players' bodies, and this would tend to favor the home team. Compounding matters, the Dolphins have won only one game on the road this year. They are also not well-equipped to play from behind, so starting fast is important on this national stage. Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Live Online also at NFL channel and will airs at the start of the game. Carolina has never beaten the Dolphins in three meetings and hasn't faced them in Charlotte since Nov. 15, 1998.

NFL Week 11 Schedule | NFL Week 11 Scores Live Update

Match-ups for NFL Week 11 Schedules and Scores Updates Live will be available right after the game. Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Live will be the first game match on Thursday Night Football, November 19, 2009. The NFL Week 11 Schedule will take place from November 19, 22, and 23, 2009. For quick guide please refer below.

Thursday Night Football - November 19, 2009

Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers

Sunday Night Football - November 22, 2009

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions

San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Seattle Seahawk vs. Minnesota Vikings

Atlanta Falcons at NY Giants

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccanners

Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears

Monday Night Football - November 23, 2009

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texas

Pacquiao vs. Cotto Highlights (Video)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Watch the highlight video during the Pacquiao vs. Cotto Firepower. Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao won over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto via TKO to capture the WBO welterweight crown and a record seventh title in as many weight categories. Pacquiao bucked a size disadvantage against Cotto on his way to becoming the first fighter to win world titles in seven divisions.

Pacquiao has won the world championships in the flyweight (112 pounds), super bantamweight (122 lb), featherweight (126 lb), super featherweight (130 lb), lightweight (135 lb), and light welterweight (140 lb).

source: inquirer.net

Watch Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers Live Online Video

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Watch Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers Live Free Online Video Streaming. The first match of NFL Week 10 will take place at Candlestick Park, at 8:20 PM ET, November 12, 2009. After solid victories for both the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears in Week 4, both teams were looking poised for a run at the playoffs. With a 35-0 victory over St. Louis on Oct. 4, San Francisco (3-5) improved to 3-1 and sat alone atop the NFC West. The 49ers, who haven't made the playoffs since 2002, lost 34-27 on Sunday against Tennessee, which got its first road win and second overall.

Thursday Night Football of NFL Week 10 Bears vs. 49ers Live broadcast at NFL TV channel. For more NFL Week 10 Schedule and Score updates go here.

NFL Week 10 Schedules | NFL week 10 Scores

NFL Week 10 Schedules and Scores will be available right after the game. The first games will be on Thursday November 12, 2009 by Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers Live from Candlestick Park. NFL Week 10 Regular Season covers the date November 11, 2009 to November 17, 2009. For quick guide please refer below.

Thursday, November 12th

Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, November 15th

Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NY Jets

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Diego Chargers

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts

Monday, November 16th

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

UFC 105 Couture vs. Vera | Watch UFC 105 Couture vs. Vera Live Online

Watch UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera Live Online November 14, 2009 in Manchester, England at the Manchester Evening News Arena. This will be the another upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) this month. This event will be airs live on Spike. UFC 105 Live will be shown on November 20th for free on Spike TV. The event which comes in a very robust MMA November this year features Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera as the main fight on the card. Together with this event is the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto Firepower Live in a 12-round, welterweight boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Hurricane Ida Projected Path and Live Video Update

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hurricane Ida path and other information update. Hurricane Ida is currently unleashing its anger on the island of Nicaragua where it has already forced 2,000 people to evacuate and has left many more without electricity.TS Ida has winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and is moving to the northwest at 6 mph (9 kph) and has Mexico on its target.Hurricane Ida could dump as much as 20 inches of rain in the country.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Ida on Sunday. The declaration is a precaution that will enable state resources to be used for emergency and disaster situations.

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Veterans Day Events 2009

Veterans Day Events and Schedule 2009 - Honor Veterans on November 11.

Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. The national holiday is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the day World War I ended in 1918. Today Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country.

Veterans Day Events 2009
Here is the schedule for 2009:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - November 11, 2009, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony.

Arlington National Cemetery - November 11, 2009, 11 a.m. Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703) 607-8000 This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.

Vietnam Women's Memorial - November 11, 2009, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences.

World War II Memorial - November 11, 2009, 8 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremony.

Navy Memorial - November 11, 2009. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. 12:00 Noon - Book Signing and Q&A with David Sears, author of At War With The Wind. In the last days of World War II, a new and unknown weapon terrorized the United States Navy sailors in the Pacific Ocean - kamikaze. 1 p.m.- Naval District Washington Commemorative Wreathlaying, 1:30p.m. - Screening of "Pappy Boyington Field," followed by Q&A with director Kevin Gonzalez. During World War II, Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington led a squadron of Marine Corps fighter pilots known as the legendary "Black Sheep" of VMF-214. The movie details the controversial campaign Veterans groups initiated to add his name to an Idaho airport near his hometown for his courageous leadership.

National Marine Corps Museum - November 10, 2009, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens - November 11, 2009. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, and "Martha Washington" talking about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, $13 for adults and $6 children. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.

National Building Museum - November 8, 2009. 401 F Street NW Washington, DC. The National Building Museum offers a concert with the Navy Band, family activities, and special tours of its facility in honor of Veterans Day. Bring the family, a blanket, and picnic (food can be purchased in the cafe in the Museum's Great Hall) and enjoy a free, noon-time performance by the United States Navy Band Cruisers. Special historic building tours will be offered for free at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:00, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m.

source: dc.about.com

New Mexico Female Soccer Ashley Lambert Plays Dirty

Elizabeth Lambert of the New Mexico soccer team let out all of her anger during a game between the University of New Mexico and Bringham Young University.

Atrocious behavior and nothing to be proud of, but we don't think we've seen so much national coverage of women's soccer before. This all changed yesterday in a soccer match between the University of New Mexico and Bringham Young University.

Watch the video of her unsportsmanlike behavior including punches to the back, chops to the neck and a vicious ponytail pull to the ground! Junior defender Elizabeth Lambert was suspended Friday for her infractions the day before during a 1-0 loss to BYU in a Mountain West Conference semi-final.

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Child pornography by a PC Virus

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen.

Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites.

Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer — and might not realize it until police knock at your door.

An Associated Press investigation found cases in which innocent people have been branded as pedophiles after their co-workers or loved ones stumbled upon child porn placed on a PC through a virus. It can cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their innocence.

Their situations are complicated by the fact that actual pedophiles often blame viruses — a defense rightfully viewed with skepticism by law enforcement.

At any moment, about 20 million of the estimated 1 billion Internet-connected PCs worldwide are infected with viruses that could give hackers full control, according to security software maker F-Secure Corp. Computers often get infected when people open e-mail attachments from unknown sources or visit a malicious Web page.

Pedophiles can tap viruses in several ways. The simplest is to force someone else's computer to surf child porn sites, collecting images along the way. Or a computer can be made into a warehouse for pictures and videos that can be viewed remotely when the PC is online.

source: gmanews.tv

UFC 104 Machida vs. Shogun Live | Watch UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Fight Live Online

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Watch UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Fight Live Online. This Saturday night, October 24, 2009, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. UFC 104 Machida vs. Shogun Live and see what it takes to fight for and defend a UFC title. “The Dragon” will make the first defense of his UFC light heavyweight crown in the main event of UFC 104 against former PRIDE star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is coming off back-to-back knockouts of Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman.

Watch UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Fight Live Online
UFC 104 Official Fight Card:

Main card (Televised):

Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell
Gleison Tibau vs. Josh Neer
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida

Under card (May not be broadcast):

Antoni Hardonk vs. Patrick “Get Hype” Barry
Yushin “Thunder” Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera vs. Rob “The Rosedale Reaper” Kimmons
Ryan “Darth” Bader vs. Eric “Red” Schafer
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Chase Gormley vs. Stefan Struve

Watch UFC 104 Machida vs. Shogun Fight Preview.

Are you a Facebook addict?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Psychologists are now probing a new kind of addiction called Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD).

Psychologist Dr. Michael Fenichel, who has published numerous writings on FAD online, describes it as a situation in which Facebook usage "overtakes" daily activities like waking up, getting dressed, using the telephone, or checking e-mail.

"The amazing thing is that, like cellphones, nobody seems to notice the vast amount of time and energy - at work, at home, and now while on the move - people are devoting to Facebook. It has become a given," Fenichel writes in an online post titled "Facebook Addiction Disorder- A New Challenge?"

FAD could be classified under the more broad "internet addiction disorder" or internet overuse.

Academic papers have already posed theories on internet addiction and social networking addiction, and even less, cellphone addiction.

"Like most activities, moderation and integration are key. Those that may seriously label and treat FAD as a behavioral addiction will clearly need to use context in determining if a behavior has become demonstrably harmful to overall social, work, or face-to-face interpersonal efficacy," Fenichel added.

You are a Facebook addict if...

According to Joanna Lipari, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles who was interviewed for a CNN report, here are some signs that you are addicted to Facebook:

1. You lose sleep over Facebook. When using Facebook becomes a compulsion and you spend entire nights logged on to the site, causing you to become tired the next day.

2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook. Lipari said it is difficult to define how much is too much when it comes to Facebook usage, but that an average person need only spend half an hour on the site.

3. You become obsessed with old loves or exes you reconnect with on Facebook.

4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook. This means you do not do your job in order to sneak time on Facebook.

5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in cold sweat. If you try going a day without Facebook and it causes you stress and anxiety, this means you need help.

According to the same report by Elizabeth Cohen, Senior CNN Medical Correspondent, Facebook addiction is not yet an actual medical diagnosis.

However, the report notes that several therapists in the United States have noticed a rise in the number of clients who get hooked on social networking, to the point of social dysfunction.

Facebook fun

Facebook, launched by the world's youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, has over 300 million users worldwide, half of whom log on to the site every day.

Further, about 2 billion photos and 14 million videos are uploaded on various Facebook pages a month and about 6 billion minutes are spent on Facebook a day, worldwide.

According to Willis Wee, founder of the social media and marketing blog Penn-Olson.com, this is twice as much time that people spend on Google.

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Watch UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Fight Preview Online

Watch UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Preview as "The Dragon" will make the first defense of his UFC light heavyweight crown in the main event of UFC 104 against former PRIDE star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who is coming off back-to-back knockouts of Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman.

In the co-feature, two of the top young heavyweight contenders in the sport will clash, as unbeaten Cain Velasquez takes on former IFL star "Big" Ben Rothwell in what promises to be one of the most memorable bouts of 2009.

On Saturday, October 24th, UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun Live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Apple's updated Macs in holidays

Apple Incorporated company looks to build on momentum heading into the all-important holiday season as they introduced the updated Mac computers.

The company refreshed its line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers in a new edge-to-edge glass design and aluminum enclosure. Its price is unchanged at $1,199.

The company's new MacBook laptops are lighter at 4.7 pounds. The MacBook will start at $999, the same price as before.

The Mac mini, Apple's lowest-priced computer at $599, was refreshed, with more speed, storage and memory.

"This finalizes our lineup for the holiday season," said Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook. "I feel great about our position going into it."

Apple's business shows little signs of slowing despite a recession that has pinched consumer spending.

Apple posted fiscal fourth quarter earnings and revenue that blew by Wall Street forecasts. Mac units grew 17 percent in the quarter.

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Toyota Motor unveiled Lexus two-seat supercar

Toyota Motor unveiled a new 4.8-liter engine Lexus two-seat luxury supercar, the LFA has a price tag of about $375,000.

Toyota's luxury Lexus LFA
Sales of the muscle machine, which is set to go into production next year, will be limited to just 500 worldwide, the company said, describing it as "ultra-responsive and extremely stable even when taken to the edge."

"The LFA is a supercar, the driveability of which was refined on the Nurburgring circuit in Germany," said Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda.

The new addition to Toyota's luxury Lexus line uses lightweight materials such as carbon fiber.

It has a V10 petrol engine and boasts a top speed of 325 kilometers per hour (202 miles per hour), with an acceleration of zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.7 seconds.

A prototype of the supercar is on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the general public on Saturday east of the Japanese capital.

Toyota is also displaying a new version of its electric concept car, the FT-EV II, along with a Prius plug-in hybrid and a lightweight sports car inspired by the iconic Corolla AE86 coupe of the 1980s.

With a low centre of gravity and a special two-liter boxer engine developed by partner Subaru, the sporty FT-86 is said to handle like a race car but with less damage to the environment.

"It is often said that these days young people have drifted away from cars, but I feel that it may not be the customers that have drifted away from cars but us the manufacturers," said Toyoda.

"For this reason I believe it is the mission of automakers to provide the fundamental excitement of automobiles to customers, regardless of the era."

source: business.inquirer.net

Stephen Gately autopsy results

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boyzone star Stephen Gately, whose body was found in a house on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca, died of natural causes, according to autopsy results released Tuesday.

A post-mortem showed Gately, 33, an Irishman, died as a result of a pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs, the Balearic Islands Superior Justice Tribunal said in a statement.

"The signer of the British group Boyzone died from natural causes, owing to an 'acute pulmonary edema'," the court statement said.

"The autopsy carried out this morning showed there were no signs of violence to the body," it said, adding that Gately's remains could now be flown home.

Gately was found dead on Saturday in a house near Port d'Andratx on the western tip of Mallorca. The singer had gone to Mallorca with his partner Andrew Cowles. The two were wed in a civil union in 2006.

The court said tissue samples from the singer's body would be sent to a laboratory in Barcelona for further analysis, and that unless information contradicting the autopsy result emerged, the investigation would be closed.

The court said Cowles gave a statement at the court in the Mallorca capital of Palma on Tuesday. Other witnesses were also expected to give statements.

Spanish news reports said the two had been out drinking and that the singer had later choked on his own vomit.

Spanish police said they were called to the scene on Saturday afternoon.

The house, situated on an exclusive tree-lined seafront street, overlooks a rocky bay reputed to have some of the best sunset views on Spain's favorite holiday island.

The four other members of the band flew to Mallorca following news of the death.

Boyzone was one of the biggest acts to come out of Ireland in the 1990s. The group was a major hitmaker in Britain and Ireland in the 1990s and announced a comeback tour at the end of last year.

Gately also released several solo singles and appeared in stage musicals. He made headlines when he announced he was gay a decade ago.

News of his death shocked the British and Irish pop world.

Elton John said Sunday that he and his partner, David Furnish, were "stunned by this tragedy."

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Pope Benedict XVI canonised five new saints

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday canonised five new saints, including a man who dedicated his life to lepers in Hawaii and another considered one of the greatest mystics of the 20th century.

Belgium's King Albert II and his wife Paola, Polish President Lech Kaczynski and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon attended the mass in St Peter's basilica.

The pope also canonised Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879) of France, who founded the order of the Little Sisters of the Poor. By the time she died, her institute had 2,500 workers looking after elderly women in 177 homes around the world.

Jugan "is like a light to guide our societies which have still not rediscovered the place and unique benefits" of elderly people, the pontiff said.

"Her charisma is still important, while so many old people suffer multiple poverties and solitude, sometimes even abandoned by their families," he said.

Jozef Damian de Veuster (1840-1889) of Belgium moved to Molokai in Hawaii at the end of the 19th century, where he became known as "the lepers' apostle" for living on a colony for 16 years until he himself died of the disease.

De Veuster's life "invites us to open our eyes to lepers who disfigure the humanity of our brothers," the pope said.

Also canonised were Polish archbishop Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895) and two Spanish monks - a Dominican, Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875) and a Trappist, Rafael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938).

Baron, considered one of the greatest mystics of the 20th century, died aged 27 while he was a member of the Cistercian Order of Strict Observance.

He died from diabetes after preferring to stay at the monastery rather than with his parents, where medical care would have been easier to come by during the upheavals of the Spanish Civil War.

In April, the pope canonised five Christians, including Father Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912), Sister Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894), theologian Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348) and Gertrude Caterina Comensoli, (1847-1903), all Italian.

The fifth was Carmelite monk Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira (1360-1431) of Portugal.

Benedict XVI has indicated he intends to slow down the rate of canonisations and of beatifications -- a step towards full sainthood -- in contrast with the prolific rate of his predecessor, John Paul II.

Pope Benedict XVI has canonised 28 new saints since becoming pontiff in April 2005. Jean-Paul II created 482 new saints and beatified 1,338 during his 26 years in office.

Beatification, officially the Catholic Church's recognition that a dead person has entered heaven and can intercede on behalf of those who pray in their name, is a key step towards sainthood.

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Pacquiao-Cotto Update: Pacquiao sparing mate Jose Luis Castillo

Former world champion from Mexico spars with Manny Pacquiao tomorrow in Baguio City. With his new sparing mate former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo heading for Baguio City.

Jose Luis Castillo is now up in Baguio, the former WBC lightweight champion who’s had some great fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the late Diego Corrales.

He flew in the other day but couldn’t proceed straight to the country’s summer capital due to landslides and flooding brought about by Typhoon “Pepeng.”

Wasting no time, Pacquiao ordered that Castillo be flown to Baguio, and the boxer’s friend, Chavit Singson, was quick to lend his 28-seater private plane.

“He just came in today,” said chief trainer Freddie Roach as he enjoyed his day off in chilly Baguio.

“He’ll spar on Tuesday with Manny. I’ll ask him to do three rounds but we’ll be doing seven for the day,” added Roach.

Castillo came in with American super-lightweight Danny Escobar, and should be out on the road today to get their rhythm going.

There were questions on Castillo’s current condition, and whether he’s up to the task to be part of Pacquiao’s training camp will be known tomorrow.

“He says he’s in shape. But I can’t tell you anything until Tuesday,” said Roach, who has watched Pacquiao spar a total of 31 rounds after two weeks.

Castillo fought Mayweather twice in 2002, and came close to winning the first bout. He squared off with Corrales also twice, winning the second by knockout. He also fought Ricky Hatton in 2007 but lost via knockout.

Shawn Porter and Urbano Antillon have provided Pacquiao company in the ring although Roach said the latter could be flying home by Saturday.

Two days ago, Pacquiao sparred seven rounds, and so far Roach is satisfied.

“He dominated both guys yesterday,” added Roach, who also made Pacquiao swim for close to 30 minutes since he skipped running due to the foul weather.

Roach also denied reports that Pacquiao is planning to leave for the United States earlier than the planned Oct. 24 schedule.

“That’s a lie. Whoever said that was lying. I just talked to Manny and it’s still Oct. 24. That’s where it is,” said Roach.

Leaving on Oct. 24 means Pacquiao had gone training in Baguio for five weeks. They arrive in Los Angeles on a Saturday, rest the following day, and head back to the gym Monday.

They will spend two weeks at the Wild Card Gym for two tough weeks, and drive to Las Vegas on Monday of fight week for the final phase of training.

source: www.philstar.com

Watch out for more update in Pacquiao vs. Cotto fight.

Stephen Gately of Boyzone died

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died last Saturday, October 10 at the age of 33, while he is on a holiday in Majorca off the coast of Spain.

"Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday with his partner Andrew in Majorca," the site said on Sunday.

The Boyzone members, including lead singer Ronan Keating, were heading to Majorca following news of the death.

The circumstances surrounding Gately's death remained unclear but (Britain's) News of the World newspaper reported he died after a night out.

Boyzone manager Louis Walsh told the newspaper: "We're all absolutely devastated."

He said: "I'm in complete shock. I was only with him on Monday at an awards ceremony. We don't know much about what's happened yet... He was a great man."

Speaking to the newspaper late Saturday, band member Shane Lynch said: "Me and the boys are flying out in the morning.

"We just need to get over to where he's passed and work out what we need to do."

Gately, who married his partner Andrew Cowles in a civil union in 2006, sent ripples through the pop music world 10 years ago when he announced that he was gay.

He joined Boyzone in 1993 after answering an advert in Dublin to audition for Ireland's first boyband.

The band went on to enjoy huge success with six number one singles in Britain, but split up in 2000.

They reunited seven years later, but their recent 19-date Better tour failed to fill stadiums, despite offers of free tickets.

Gately also starred in West End musicals in London, including "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Boyzone lead singer Keating was "completely distraught", the News of the World said, and former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern paid tribute to Gately, whom he knew, on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

He said: "The Gatelys are in my own constituency. I know the family, I know Stephen.

"He (Gately) was with us the other night with his boyfriend Andy, he came to my book launch."

Ahern, whose daughter Georgina is married to Nicky Byrne of boyband Westlife, continued: "It's just such a tragedy.

"Boyzone and Stephen, they've all been part of Irish life and far wider than that, the last 15 years, and so successful, so it's a huge, huge tragedy. It's so sad."

Gately last posted a message on his Twitter page on October 6, writing: "Still busy, lots going on. Focusing on finishing my book next so may be quiet here."

British actor and comedian Stephen Fry said on Twitter that he was shocked at the news.

"Just heard the very sad news about dear Stephen Gately. What a dreadful shock. He was loveable and sweet natured and will be hugely missed."

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Manny 'pacman' Pacquiao top Most Influential Men.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Boxing superstar Manny "pacman" Pacquiao ranked higher than the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tiger Woods in the 2009 AskMen.com Top 49 Most Influential Men. Another list that ranks powerhouse celebrities, further cementing his status as a global sports icon.

The world’s best pound-for-pound fighter took the No. 24 spot after gaining an overall score of 82.1. He received a score of 86.2 from the fans and 77.9 from the AskMen.com editors.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as one of 2009's Top 49 Most Influential Men,” said Pacquiao in a statement posted on AskMen.com. “It's incredible to be included among such an esteemed list.”

Pacquiao’s second-round knockout of Britain’s Ricky Hatton last May 2 was given special mention in the Filipino boxer’s page in the online magazine list.

“We generally aren’t intimidated by guys who are 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but Manny Pacquiao is a definite exception,” stated AskMen.com.

“The People’s Champ” was earlier named the No. 22 most influential person in the world in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

He was also in the “Forbes Celebrity 100” which listed the most powerful celebrities in the world. He was ranked 57th.

Moreover, he was part of “The World's Highest-Paid Athletes” list of Forbes Magazine where he was tied for the No. 6 spot ($40 million) with James and golfer Phil Mickelson.


Aside from Pacquiao, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers said he was honored to be included in the list.

“I would like to thank all the AskMen.com readers for voting for me,” he added.

Bryant occupied the 33rd spot while NBA MVP James ranked 42nd.

Tiger Woods, the first athlete to earn $1 billion, was at No. 30.

Other athletes who ranked lower than Pacquiao include Lance Armstrong (No. 49), Jenson Button (No. 48), Dwyane Wade (No. 43), Andy Roddick (No. 35) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 28).

Roger Federer and Usain Bolt, meantime, ranked higher than Pacquiao at No. 8 and No. 2, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, was at the 10th spot while mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Georges St-Pierre was voted the No. 36 most influential man.

Greatest impact

According to AskMen.com, this year’s list is composed of “men who had the greatest impact on how other men behave, dress, buy, and think.”

The readers voted for the men who influenced them the most from about 200 candidates. AskMen.com averaged out the over 500,000 votes with the ratings of its staff.

This year’s list was topped by Don Draper, the protagonist of television series “Mad Men.”

Other entrants who made it to the list came from entertainment, technology and politics. US President Barack Obama, the 2008 most influential man, was ranked third.

Celebrities who made it to the list include Simon Cowell (No. 5), Michael Jackson (No. 6), Jay-Z (No. 11), Ashton Kutcher (No. 17), George Clooney (No. 20) and Brad Pitt (No. 21). – With a report from Dong Secuya, PhilBoxing.com

source: abs-cbnnews.com

What is Flirtexting?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Flirtexting is an act of flirting via SMS. Flirtexting is the new language of love. Text in the city is alive and well, it found. But most of the textual intercourse is taking place among the young.

Motorola, the cellphone giant, conducted the survey in connection with the launch of its new Hint QA30 handset. Its other findings about how Canadians use tech gadgets to "hint" at their desires included:

- People 18 to 34 are more likely to use text messaging to "hint" in general. Seventeen per cent would message a hint they have a crush, and three per cent that someone had food in their teeth or that a friend's fly was down.

- French Canadians are more likely to "flirtext" a hint to a crush (16 per cent) than English Canadians (nine).

- Females are more likely to flirtext (12 per cent) than males (eight).

The findings came as no surprise to Debra Goldstein, co-author of the newly released guide Flirtexting: How To Text Your Way to His Heart.

The 27-year-old New Yorker said the idea for the book arose after she and co-author Olivia Baniuszewicz realized how much time they were spending trying to decipher what men's text messages were all about.

They concluded the obvious: Men are more comfortable texting than talking, and women might as well make the romantic best of it.

Texting is taking over as a way to make initial connections. Handled properly, a witty, appropriate, well timed flirtext can lead to dating and beyond.

Boys love to text. Therefore girls need to know how to flirtext. Guys much prefer texting - that's why texting has taken off so much.

When you are out, be out, she says. Don't pay more attention to texting than to your friends and the people who are all around you. Be a good friend. Be a good date.

source: www.vancouversun.com

Arnel Pineda on the Oprah Winfrey show

Arnel Pineda’s turn to impress Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most powerful women today.

Pineda and the rest of the members of the American rock band “Journey” recently guested on Oprah to promote the group’s latest album, “Revelation.”

During the show, Journey's Filipino front man could not believe that he was being interviewed by no less than Winfrey herself.

"I'm facing you (Winfrey) right now. You are [one of the] biggest [names] in show business and I'm facing you. It's like… I'm not allowed to be here but I'm here. And I thank God for that," he said.

The show featured Pineda’s journey “from total obscurity to recapturing the voice of one of the greatest bands of our time."

Pineda’s rags-to-riches story has inspired many people around the world. His life story will be made into a film titled "Don't Stop Believing: Every Man's Journey." The biopic will hit the big screen next year.

The Filipino singer was discovered on YouTube by Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon. Jonathan Cain (keyboard), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Ross Valory (bass) were equally impressed when they first watched him on YouTube performing Journey’s “Faithfully.”

Cain said: "Neal contacted us. I checked the YouTube video just like he said. And there he was singing. And I said, 'The guy got great pipes, does he speak English?’ And, ‘How are we going to get him to the stage to check him out?'" Cain said.

Valory said he had “goosebumps surplus” when he first heard Pineda sing.

Castronovo was also blown away by Pineda’s voice. “It was frightening just to hear that voice come out from that little guy. We couldn't believe it. It’s just so strong. And the best part about it was just how humble the man was, how humble human being, beautiful heart."

For Pineda, being part of Journey still feels like a dream.

"I've seen enough pain and poverty in the Philippines. I've never been that big. All I wanted was to be able to get out of it -- the pain and the poverty - and live decently everyday," he said.

He said touring around the world with his band mates is “amazing, unbelievable and fantastic.” “All the superlative words that you can utter.”

He admitted that he felt the pressure when the band played in the Philippines early this year. “There was a big responsibility and thank God I pulled it off.”

And now that he is making lots of money, Pineda said he bought a home for his family and set up his own foundation to help poor Filipinos.

Journey's Manila concert is now available on DVD in the United States.

source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Watch Desperate Housewives Season 6 Episode 2 Online Video | Watch Desperate Housewives Season 6 Episode 2 Being Alive Free Online Preview Video

Friday, October 2, 2009

Watch Desperate Housewives Season 6 Episode 2 Being Alive Free Online Preview. Lynette withholds a secret from Susan, Gaby gives niece Ana advice on how to get a guy's attention, Bree worries how her affair with Karl will affect her friendship with Susan, and Angie is determined to protect her son and her family's past.

Watch all new episode of Desperate Housewives Season 6 "Alive Free" airs Sunday night, October 4 at 9:00 pm on ABC channel.

Watch This Is It Official Trailer | Watch Michael Jackson’s This Is It Official Movie Trailer Online Video

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Watch Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009) Official Movie Trailer.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced today that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide, with the studio pushing up the debut of the film by two days, to Wednesday, October 28th. Due to the anticipated demand for this film, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning on Sunday, September 27th.

Watch Michael Jackson’s This Is It Official Movie Trailer Online Video
Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show. Kenny Ortega, who was both Micheal Jackson’s creative partner and the director of the stage show is also directing film, which is being produces by Randy Philips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film will be distributes wordwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. Tickets limited two-week engagement of the film go on sale beginning September 27.

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Watch Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Live Online | Watch 34th Annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Live Stream

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Watch 34th Annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Live Online. The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and represents the 34th (TIFF) annual festival. Taking place from September 10 to September 19, 2009. The opening night gala will be the Charles Darwin biography Creation. The Young Victoria, based on the early years of Queen Victoria. 2009 Toronto International Film Festival live online telecast will close the festival on September 19.

Several Hollywood blockbusters have been featured at this popular festival in the past, including Brokeback Mountain, Walk the Line and Hotel Rwanda. This year's festival includes 26 international selections. One of the films is by filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira and is called Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl. Another movie is from Japan, called Air Doll, and is about a blow-up doll that becomes a real person.

Watch here live 2009 TIFF:

 Watch 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Live Stream

Watch 2009 Emmy Awards Live | Watch 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Live Online Stream

Watch 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Live Online

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 20, 2009. CBS will broadcast live telecast the Primetime event and E. The Creative Arts event will be both take place at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

2009 Primetime event will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and The Creative Arts Emmys for primetime were hosted by Kathy Griffin.

The majority of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honor excellence in more than 70 categories, are dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production — including art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more. Awards are also handed out for animation, commercials, reality series and other programming, as well as four ["Outstanding Guest"] acting categories.

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Swine Influenza | H1N1 Influenza A Vaccine

Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human. Symptoms of zoonotic swine flu in humans are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.

Influenza A

Swine influenza is known to be caused by influenza A subtypes H1N1, H1N2, H2N3, H3N1, and H3N2. In pigs, three influenza A virus subtypes (H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2) are the most common strains worldwide. In the United States, the H1N1 subtype was exclusively prevalent among swine populations before 1998; however, since late August 1998, H3N2 subtypes have been isolated from pigs. As of 2004, H3N2 virus isolates in US swine and turkey stocks were triple reassortants, containing genes from human (HA, NA, and PB1), swine (NS, NP, and M), and avian (PB2 and PA) lineages.

The best defense for H1N1 Influenza: A vaccine to protect people from swine flu, before the pandemic peaks. Will there be a vaccine? Perhaps not that soon. And the clock is ticking away the short amount of time before federal officials, including President Barack Obama, have to make hard choices about whether and how fast to get swine flu shots to everyone who wants one. Or at least to those who most need one.

Prevention of swine influenza has three components: prevention in swine, prevention of transmission to humans, and prevention of its spread among humans.

source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_flu & ebmd.com

Taiwanese woman to kiss 100 men in Paris

Taiwanese woman kissing quest a web sensation. Yang Ya-ching, a 27-year-old music major living in the French capital, has so far notched up 54 smooches, she said on her blog, which features photos of some of the encounters.

Collaborators in her project included a factory worker, a model, an Italian tourist and even a soldier visiting the capital of romance for Bastille Day.

Yang Ya-ching said on her blog, "I came up with the idea three years ago,".

Yang, who plans to write a book about her kissing experiences, has attracted 1.97 million visitors to her blog (www.wretch.cc/blog/angelduck777/24982946), including more than 224,000 on Monday alone.

Taiwanese woman to kiss 100 men in Paris
source: ph.news.yahoo.com

2009 MTV Video Music Awards Winners

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Winners of MTV Video Music Awards 2009

Video Of The Year:

Beyoncé Wins Video Of The Year
Directed by Jake Nava

Best New Artist:

Lady Gaga Wins Best New Artist
Directed by Ray Kay

Best Hip-Hop Video:

Eminem Wins Best Hip-Hop Video
Directed by Joseph Kahn

Best Male Video:

T.I. Wins Best Male Video
Directed by Anthony Mandler

Best Pop Video:

Britney Spears Wins Best Pop Video
Directed by Joseph Kahn

Best Rock Video:

Green Day Wins Best Rock Video
Directed by Marc Webb

Best Female Video:

Taylor Swift Wins Best Female Video
Directed by Roman White

Best Video (That Should Have Won A Moonman):

Beastie Boys
Directed by Spike Jonze

Breakthrough Video:

Matt And Kim
"Lessons Learned"
Directed by Taylor Cohen & Otto Arsenault

Best Art Direction:

Lady Gaga
Art Direction by Jason Hamilton

Best Choreography:

"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Choreography by Jaquel Knight & Frank Gatson Jr.

Best Cinematography:

Green Day
"21 Guns"
Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

Best Direction:

Green Day
"21 Guns"
Directed by Marc Webb

Best Editing:

"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Edited by Jarrett Fijal

Best Special Effects:

Lady Gaga
Special Effects by Chimney Pot

Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2009 Live | Watch 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Online Stream

Monday, September 14, 2009

Watch 2009 Video Music Awards live online, 2009 Video Music Awards will be held on September 13 in New York City at Radio City Music Hall, will be hosted by Russell Brand, and will include performances by Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Green Day, P!nk, Muse, and Britney Spears.

The VMAs has been a generational pop-cultural annual award show that gathers the most popular bands and artists each year, but also brings iconic acts to the show. For years, the show was noteworthy for its live crazy moments (some cut for the re-runs); it quickly gained popularity because of them, rather than the awards given. Also, part of the show's popularity was based on the performances given; sometimes it would bring together different artists/bands to be featured in one significant final performance, and at times it would even reunite bands or bring back retired artists to perform again.

The show starts with a pre-show that can last from 1 to 2 hours (in which a few small awards are given). That is followed by the main show which lasts up to three hours, and then the post-show; however, in recent years, the VMAs have cut the main show down to 2 hours due to many changes.

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World's fastest Internet connection speeds

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Americans rank only 28th in internet connection speeds and the no. 1 is four times faster than U.S.

The report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the average download speed in South Korea is 20.4 megabits per second (mbps) four times faster than the US average of 5.1 mbps.

Japan trails South Korea with an average of 15.8 mbps followed by Sweden at 12.8 mbps and the Netherlands at 11.0 mbps, the report said.

It said tests conducted by speedmatters.org found the average US download speed had improved by only nine-tenths of a megabit per second between 2008 and 2009 from 4.2 mbps to 5.1 mbps.

"The US has not made significant improvement in the speeds at which residents connect to the Internet," the report said. "Our nation continues to fall far behind other countries."

"People in Japan can upload a high-definition video in 12 minutes, compared to a grueling 2.5 hours at the US average upload speed," the report said.

It said 18 percent of those who took a US speed test recorded download speeds that were slower than 768 kilobits per second, which does not even qualify as basic broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Sixty-four percent connected at up to 10 mbps, 19 percent connected at speeds greater than 10 mbps and two percent exceeded 25 mbps.

The United States was ranked 20th in broadband penetration in a survey of 58 countries released earlier this year by Boston-based Strategy Analytics.

South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Denmark and Taiwan were the top five countries listed in terms of access to high-speed Internet.

US President Barack Obama has pledged to put broadband in every home and the FCC has embarked on an ambitious project to bring high-speed Internet access to every corner of the United States.

According to the CWA report, the fastest download speeds in the United States are in the northeastern parts of the country while the slowest are in states such as Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

source: tech.yahoo.com

Michael Jackson died from lethal dose of propofol

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A fatal combination of drugs was given to Michael Jackson before his death, an official says.

Pop star Michael Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, leading authorities to suspect his doctor of manslaughter, court documents showed on Monday.

Michael Jackson died from lethal dose of propofolThe "Thriller" singer suffered cardiac arrest and died on June 25 at age 50. Since then, an investigation by state and federal agencies have focused on Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal doctor who was at his bedside the day he died.

The findings, contained in a warrant to search Murray's home and offices, paint a picture of an insomniac pop star who could not sleep without heavy medication. Jackson sought out propofol routinely used to sedate patients and anesthetize them before surgeries such as a colonoscopy and called it his "milk."

"The Los Angeles Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, Dr. (Lakshmanan) Sathyavagiswaran, indicated that he had reviewed the preliminary toxicology results and his preliminary assessment of Jackson's cause of death was due to lethal levels of propofol (diprivan)," according to a warrant to search Murray's offices issued by California.

The document was unsealed and released by the Harris County District Clerk in Houston, where Murray has an office. U.S. agents raided the office on July 22.

In an affidavit seeking the warrant, Houston police officer E.G. Chance said U.S. agents had gathered "items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense."

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, was not available to comment.

In a statement, a representative said Jackson's family has "full confidence in the legal process, and commends the ongoing efforts of the L.A. County Coroner, the L.A. District Attorney and the L.A. Police Department."

Murray, who was with Jackson on June 25 administering drugs to ease the pop star to sleep, gave him a range of medication including a 25-milligram dose of propofol via an intravenous drip at 10:40 a.m. PDT, the state search warrant said.

Jackson was "very familiar" with propofol and referred to it as his "milk" because of its milky appearance, the warrant said. Murray, who had been treating Jackson for about six weeks leading up to his death, was worried that Jackson was addicted to propofol. Murray was trying to wean him off the drug by giving him smaller doses, it said.

Jason Hymes, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California who is not associated with the case, said the drug was a true anesthetic. "You administer it to somebody and then operate on them ... This concept of giving somebody a general anesthetic for sleep disturbance strikes me as just bizarre and astoundingly inappropriate."

In the early hours of June 25, Murray also gave Jackson doses of anti-anxiety medications Valium and Ativan and sedative Versed, the filing said.

Jackson went to sleep after Murray gave him the propofol, and Murray stayed by his side for about 10 minutes, then left "to go to the restroom and relieve himself," the search warrant said.

Murray was out of Jackson's room for about 2 minutes and when he returned, Jackson was no longer breathing, the warrant said.

source: omg.yahoo.com

Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández won Miss Universe 2009 | Miss Universe 2009 Winners

Monday, August 24, 2009

Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández won the crowned Miss Universe 2009 at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Miss Universe 2009 - Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández was crowned by her fellow beauty reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza.

Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández is Miss Universe 2009
Miss Universe 2009 Stefanía Fernández, from Mérida, Venezuela. She represented her country, Venezuela, in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant in the Bahamas. Fernández won the Miss Venezuela 2008 title in a pageant held in Caracas, Venezuela on September 10, 2008. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder, Dayana Mendoza, Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008. Fernández also won the "Miss Elegance", "Best Body" and "Best Face", titles.

Miss Universe 2009 Results:

TOP 5 Finalist- Miss Universe 2009

1st Runner-up - Miss Dominican Republic Ada de la Cruz

2ndRunner-up - Miss Kosovo Marigona Dragusha

3rd Runner-up - Miss Australia Rachael Finch

4th Runner-up - Miss Puerto Rico Mayra Matos

TOP 5 Finalist

1. Miss Dominican Republic - Ada de la Cruz
2. Miss Australia - Rachael Finch
3. Miss Puerto Rico - Mayra Matos
4. Miss Venezuela - Stefanía Fernández
5. Miss Kosovo - Marigona Dragusha

Special Awards

Miss Congeniality - Miss China Wang Jingyao

Miss Photogenic - Miss Thailand Chutima Durongdej

Best National Costume - Miss Panama Diana Broce

image source: missuniverse.com

Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández Background

Watch Miss Universe 2009 Live Webcast Video | Watch Miss Universe 2009 Live Stream Online

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Watch Miss Universe 2009 pageant live online stream video from Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Sunday, August 23rd on NBC and Telemundo at 9 PM (ET). For this years 58th Annual Miss Universe 2009 competition, a prestigious pageant will be participated by 84 lovely ladies from different countries. Hosted by Claudia Jordan and Billy Bush.

List of 2009 Miss Universe candidates:

Hasna Xhukiçi ( Albania )
Nelsa Alves ( Angola )
Johanna Lasic ( Argentina )
Dianne Croes ( Aruba )
Rachael Finch ( Australia )
Kiara Sherman ( Bahamas )
Zeynep Sever ( Belgium )
Dominique Peltier ( Bolivia )
Larissa Costa ( Brazil )
Elitsa Lubenova ( Bulgaria )
Mariana Valente ( Canada )
Nicosia Lawson ( Cayman Islands )
Jing Yao Wang ( China )
Michelle Rouillard ( Colombia )
Jessica Umaña ( Costa Rica )
Sarah Ćosić ( Croatia )
Angenie Simon ( Curaçao )
Kielia Giasemidou ( Cyprus )
Iveta Lutovská ( Czech Republic )
Ada de la Cruz ( Dominican Republic )
Sandra Vinces ( Ecuador )
Elham Wagdi ( Egypt )
Mayella Mena ( El Salvador )
Diana Arno ( Estonia )
Melat Yante ( Ethiopia )
Essi Pöysti ( Finland )
Chloé Mortaud ( France )
Lika Ordzhonikidze ( Georgia )
Martina Lee ( Germany )
Jennifer Koranteng ( Ghana )
Clair Cooper ( Great Britain )
Viviana Kampanile-Zagorianakou ( Greece )
Racine Manley ( Guam )
Lourdes Figueroa ( Guatemala )
Jenel Cox ( Guyana )
Bélgica Suárez ( Honduras )
Zsuzsa Budai ( Hungary )
Ingibjörg Ragnheiður Egilsdóttir ( Iceland )
Ekta Choudhry ( India )
Zivanna Letisha Siregar ( Indonesia )
Diana Donnelly ( Ireland )
Yulia Liubianitzki ( Israel )
Laura Valenti ( Italy )
Carolyn Yapp ( Jamaica )
Emiri Miyasaka ( Japan )
Ree Na ( Korea )
Marigona Dragusha ( Kosovo )
Martine Andraos ( Lebanon )
JoannaBelle Ng ( Malaysia )
Anaïs Veerapatren ( Mauritius )
Karla Carrillo ( Mexico )
Anja Jovanović ( Montenegro )
Happie Ntelamo ( Namibia )
Avalon-Chanel Weyzig ( Netherlands )
Katie Taylor ( New Zealand )
Indiana Sánchez ( Nicaragua )
Sandra Otohwo ( Nigeria )
Eli Landa ( Norway )
Diana Broce ( Panama )
Mareike Baumgarten ( Paraguay )
Karen Schwarz ( Peru )
Pamela Bianca Manalo ( Philippines )
Angelika Jakubowska ( Poland )
Mayra Matos ( Puerto Rico )
Elena Bianca Constantin ( Romania )
Sofia Rudieva ( Russia )
Dragana Atlija ( Serbia )
Rachel Kum ( Singapore )
Denisa Mendrejová ( Slovak Republic )
Mirela Korač ( Slovenia )
Tatum Keshwar ( South Africa )
Estíbaliz Pereira ( Spain )
Renate Cerljen ( Sweden )
Whitney Toyloy ( Switzerland )
Illuminata James ( Tanzania )
Chutima Durongdej ( Thailand )
Senem Kuyucuoğlu ( Turkey )
Jewel Selver ( Turks & Caicos )
Kristina Kotz-Gotlib ( Ukraine )
Cintia Dottone ( Uruguay )
Kristen Dalton ( USA )
Stefanía Fernández ( Venezuela )
Võ Hoàng Yến ( Vietnam )
Andella Chileshe Matthews ( Zambia )

$1 Bill Symbols

The two circular drawings on the reverse of the bill are actually parts of the two-sided Great Seal of the United States. Although we don’t see the entire seal outside of our wallets too often, the notion of having a great seal is actually as old as the country itself. The Continental Congress passed a resolution on July 4, 1776, to create a committee to design a great seal for the fledgling nation, and heavy hitters John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson got the first crack at creating the seal.

Congress wasn’t so keen on the design these big names brought back, though, and it took nearly six years and several drafts to finally find a suitable seal. Congress finally approved of a design on June 20, 1782.

According to the State Department, which has been the official trustee of the seal since 1789, both the obverse (front) and reverse (back) of the seal are rich with symbolism. The obverse picturing the eagle is a bit easier to explain. The bird holds 13 arrows to show the nation’s strength in war, but it also grasps an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives that symbolize the importance of peace. (The recurring number 13, which also appears in the stripes on the eagle’s shield and the constellation of stars over its head, is a nod to the original 13 states.) The shield floats unsupported over the eagle as a reminder that Americans should rely on their own virtue and strength.

The symbolism of the pyramid on the seal’s reverse is trickier. The pyramid has 13 steps – the designers apparently never got tired of the 13 motif – and the Roman numeral for 1776 is emblazoned across the bottom. The all-seeing Eye of Providence at the top of the pyramid symbolizes the divine help the early Americans needed in establishing the new country. The pyramid itself symbolizes strength and durability.

The divine overtones don’t stop with the unblinking eye, though. The Latin motto Annuit Ceptis appears over the pyramid; it translates into “He [God] has favored our undertaking.” The scroll underneath the pyramid reads Novus Ordo Seclorum, or “A new order of the ages,” which was meant to signify the dawn of the new American era.

How did the seal end up on our dollar bill?

We can thank former Secretary of State Cordell Hull’s busy schedule for that one. Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace had to wait for a meeting with Hull in 1934 and decided to kill time by thumbing through a State Department pamphlet on the Great Seal. The pamphlet contained an illustration of the reverse side of the seal with the pyramid, and Wallace was quite taken with the drawing. He took the seal to President Franklin Roosevelt and suggested the country mint a coin using the two sides of the seal.

FDR liked the seal, too. (Roosevelt and Wallace were both Masons and loved the all-seeing eye part of the reverse design, which echoed the concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.) He thought the seal should be on the reverse of the dollar bill rather than a coin, but he was worried the mystical imagery would offend Catholics. After Postmaster General James Farley assured FDR he didn’t think his fellow Catholics would have any problem with the design, Roosevelt approved a new dollar bill design that first appeared in 1935.

source: blogs.static.mentalfloss.com

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