Thursday, September 17, 2009
Watch Imran Khan giving interview and answering questions of indian media/public like a real lion. What an amazing public speaker. Watch the confidence and the amazing control of speech delivery.
Unlike many other holiday sectors, cruise travel weathered the recession well. According to the Passenger Shipping Association, 1.5 million people in Britain took cruises in 2008 and, despite the tough economy, similar figures are expected for 2009. 2010, however, will see a host of new ships serving the U.K. and European markets, increasing capacity and stimulating continued growth over the next 12 months.
So, what does next year hold for the U.K. cruise market? CruiseCritic.co.uk has consulted its crystal ball—and team of cruise experts—to offer this look at U.K. cruise trends for 2010.
“In short, British holidaymakers have discovered cruising, and they’re hooked,” explains Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief for CruiseCritic.co.uk. “It’s hard to resist a ‘resort’ that floats to the next port of call while you sit by the pool. It’s the ultimate for relaxing and sightseeing. Factor in the tremendous deals we’re currently seeing, the vast range of activities available onboard, plus the easy-to-budget inclusive pricing—and it’s no wonder cruise travel is on the up.”
“2010 will offer British travellers a wider choice of ships, destinations, itineraries, deals and cruise styles than ever before,” continued Spencer Brown. “You really need to do your homework beforehand and find the cruise line and ship that offer the type of holiday you want—formal or informal, family or romantic, relaxing or action-packed. And, with the completion of the engineering marvel that is the mammoth, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas later this year, we’re entering a whole new phase of cruising.”
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Everyone from brides and grooms to movie studio execs are celebrating the upcoming calendrical anomaly in their own way.
In Florida, at least one county clerk's office is offering a one-day wedding special for $99.99. The rarity of this Sept. 9 hasn't been lost on the creators of the iPod, who have moved their traditional Tuesday release day to Wednesday to take advantage of the special date. Focus Features is releasing their new film "9," an animated tale about the apocalypse, on the 9th.
Not only does the date look good in marketing promotions, but it also represents the last set of repeating, single-digit dates that we'll see for almost a century (until January 1, 2101), or a millennium (mark your calendars for January 1, 3001), depending on how you want to count it.
Though technically there's nothing special about the symmetrical date, some concerned with the history and meaning of numbers ascribe powerful significance to 09/09/09.
For cultures in which the number nine is lucky, Sept. 9 is anticipated - while others might see the date as an ominous warning.
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Amazing challenge as Richard Hammond races a Euro Fighter Typhoon in the Bugatti Veyron. Who will win the horizontal vs vertical 2 mile race? Watch here
Seventy-five-year-old Al Fischer of Massapequa (mass-ah-PEE'-kwah) plans to reach the milestone Tuesday, 58 years after he started giving blood.
According to a New York Blood Center official, only 83-year-old Maurice Wood has donated more blood than Fischer. Wood is a retired railroad inspector from St. Louis.
Fischer, a print shop operator, donates blood about six times a year. He says he and Wood are engaged in a friendly rivalry and last spoke to each other a few months ago.
Long Island Blood Services executive director Harvey Schaffler says Fischer has helped almost 1,000 people
Ivy Bean, who was born in 1905, started using the internet at her Bradford care home just over two years ago.
Within months she had thousands of online fans to chat to and became one of the most popular Britons on social networking sites.
While most centenarians receive no more than a telegram from the Queen on their birthday, Mrs Bean receives messages from all over the world.
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Research at a US university found females associate the eight-legged critters with fear more than males, most of whom react with indifference.
Psychologist Dr David Rakison from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University tested 10 girls and 10 boys, all aged 11-months, with pictures of spiders to see how they reacted.
He showed them images of a spider next to a fearful cartoon face and a spider next to a happy face.
Dr Rakison's report, published in the New Scientist, states that the girls looked at the picture containing a happy face for longer than the scared one.
However, the boys looked at both images for an equal amount of time.
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Until recently, users could weigh in on news items on many of the affected sites more anonymously, often without registering at all, though the sites were obligated to screen all posts, and the posts could still be traced via Internet protocol addresses.
But in early August, without notification of a change, news portals like Sina, Netease, Sohu, and scores of other sites began asking unregistered users to sign in under their real names and identification numbers, said top editors at two of the major portals affected. A Sina staff member also confirmed the change.
The editors said the sites were putting into effect a confidential directive issued in late July by the State Council Information Office, one of the main government bodies responsible for supervising the Internet in China.
The new step is not foolproof, the editors acknowledged. It was possible for a reporter to register successfully on several major sites under falsified names and ID and cellphone numbers.
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Here at IFA, several companies showed products using either WirelessHD, which uses the 60GHz band to send signals, or WHDI, which operates in the 5GHz band.
Philips, which has shown wireless HD kits at the Computer Electronics Show for several years, is giving it a go in Europe too. The new kit comes with a transmitter and receiver pair that can send up to 1080p signals at 30 frames per second (fps) at a range of about 65 feet. Toshiba and Funai also demonstrated similar versions of WirelessHD adapters here.
Long the domain of big brand names in electronics, promising wireless HDMI products has now even come to smaller and regional manufacturers. Three new companies demonstrated TVs that receive high-definition signals without wires: Haier, Vestel, and TCL, all using the WHDI standard. If you haven't heard of any of those three, you'd be excused since one is more known for its air conditioners and washing machines, another makes white-label TVs, and the third is sold mainly in Europe.
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Dates: The Prophet (SAW) said that a house without dates has no food. It should also be eaten at the time of childbirth.Figs: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.
Grapes: The Prophet (SAW) was very fond of grapes – it purifies the blood, provides vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.
Honey: Considered the best remedy for diarrhea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm; as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye soother and mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water.
Melon: The Prophet (SAW) said: “None of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail to produce off spring that is good in countenance and good in character.”
Milk: The Prophet (SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, improved the brain, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.
Mushroom: The Prophet (SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes; it also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.
Olive Oil: Excellent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, and treats inflammation of the stomach.
Pomegranate: The Prophet (SAW) said it cleanses you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40 days.
Vinegar: A food Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to eat with olive oil. [That's now a fashion in elite Italian Restaurants]
Water: The Prophet (SAW) said the best drink in this world is water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver.
So “darood” and praise be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) who related us with marvelous knowledge, which dazzles the wisest minds.
May this information be beneficial to all of us. Insha’Allah.
Source: Pakistan Daily
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said the government had uncovered a series of complaints from consumers and was taking steps to ban TLC Consulting Services.
She said a Fair Trading investigation found the Tweed Heads company had used misleading and deceptive tactics to induce people to sign expensive contracts for dating services, life coaching and grooming packages.
Some victims reported paying up to $35,000 and $110,000 but received nothing in return
Evidence also existed that the company had preyed on emotionally vulnerable people struggling to find a partner because they had a disability or lived in remote areas, Ms Judge said.
"This company will not find you true love but will leave you with a broken heart and an empty wallet," she said.
"The conduct of this company is unconscionable.
"It is important we stop the unscrupulous operators from breaking any more hearts."
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Friday, September 4, 2009
5) The Bahamas
13) Costa Rica
15) The Netherlands
16) Antigua and Barbuda
18) New Zealand
20) The Seychelles
Some notable countries you don’t see in the list falls respectively at USA (23), France (62), China (82) Japan (90), India (125)
And the least happy countries are: Democratic Republic of the Congo(176), Zimbabwe(177), Burundi(178)
Watch the 2009 Best Dressed on the Oscar Red Carpet. Its time to see all your favorite celebrities dressed up perfectly for a mega event.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
PHP Basics: Install a Webserver with PHP and MySQL (Windows)
Learn how to install a webserver with PHP and MySQL in this very easy to learn video tutorial.
A row over alleged fraud in the Afghan presidential election has intensified, after a tribe in the south made the most serious claim so far.
The leader of Kandahar's Bareez tribe says that nearly 30,000 votes were cast fraudulently for President Hamid Karzai instead of a challenger.
Mr Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, who heads the Kandahar provincial council, called the claims "baseless".
The Electoral Complaints Commission is probing more than 2,000 fraud claims.
The claims could undermine the legitimacy of the election, which Afghanistan's Western allies see as crucial in their campaign against the Taliban.
Speaking to Daud Qarizadah of the BBC's Persian television service, the Bareez tribal leader, Haji Mohammed Bareez, said that ballot boxes from one district were "stuffed" with fraudulent votes in favour of Mr Karzai.
The tribe believes it has been deprived of its votes and wants a full investigation by the complaints commission, which has the power to throw them out if they are proved invalid.
The tribe decided before the election that it was dissatisfied with the performance of Hamid Karzai and announced it would back Abdullah Abdullah, the former foreign minister and main challenger.
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On election day it says its district polling stations were shut down and the ballot boxes brought to district headquarters in Kandahar where they were stuffed with votes in favour of Hamid Karzai.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Rafael Nadal, the World number three, looked in sublime form at his return to the Grand Slam arena at the US Open with an easy victory over Richard Gasquet to reach the US Open second round.
Nadal blasted all the way to an easyred to a 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory. His opponent though wasnt looking in good touch and proved to be highly erroneous. Nadal Second Round tile is with Germans Nicolas Kiefer.