Saturday, 23 April 2011

Nissan Leaf | BMW 5 Series | Global Auto Prize | Chevy Volt |Green Car of The Year

Nissan Leaf Becomes First Electric Car To Win Global Auto Prize

The Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show, beating out the short list of three finalists — the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series. The Leaf was the first electric vehicle to win the award.
According to the jurors, Nissan‘s electric car has a lot going for it:
“The Leaf is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. This 5-seater, 5-door hatchback is the world’s first, purpose-built, mass-produced electric car. Dropped onto a unique platform and body, the Leaf’s lithium-ion battery modules and electric motor generate 108hp and 206 lb ft of torque, propelling the hatch from zero to 60mph in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. It has a range of over 100 miles on a full charge (claims Nissan), takes around 8 hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its low center of gravity produced sharp turn-in with almost no body roll and no understeer. The good news? It feels just like a normal car, only quieter.”
We think another reason the Leaf deserves the New York International Auto Show‘s World Car of the Year award is because of its Carwings system that leverages crowdsourcing to enhance its fuel economy.
What happened to the Chevy Volt, which costs $8,200 more than the $32,780 Nissan Leaf? It was still deemed cool enough to win the Green Car of the Year award at that same auto show.
We’ve driven the Volt and, as the jurors said about the Nissan Leaf, the Volt feels like a normal car, too. What really makes it feel normal is after you’ve run down its batteries, its gasoline engine allows it to keep going for just as many miles as conventional vehicles.

The Nissan Leaf Wins World Car Of The Year, Chevy Volt, Green Car Of The Year


 Another day, another car of the year award. The Nissan Leaf just won the World Car Of The Year award at the New York International Auto Show. An unnamed World Car juror notes Leaf’s tech specs of 100 mile range, 8 hour battery charge and that it’s the first mass-produced 5 seat EV hatchback. “It feels just like a normal car, only quieter.” This award is now in it’s 7th year, previously crowned mainly compact cars with the notable exception of the Lexus LS 460 in 2007 and the Audi A6 in 2005.
The Chevy Volt didn’t walk away empty handed. The same organization named the Chevy Volt the Green Car Of The Year. Question: wouldn’t the best car of the year also be the green car of the year if it was in fact a green car? Just asking.

Mitsubishi prices 'i' electric car $4,790 below Nissan Leaf

Mitsubishi priced its new "i" electric car almost $5,000 less than Nissan's battery-powered Leaf in its bid to win a share of the emerging rechargeable auto market in the U.S.
The 2012 Mitsubishi i will have a base price of $27,990, Yoichi Yokozawa, the Tokyo-based carmaker's North American chief executive, said Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. After a U.S. tax credit, the cost to consumers will be $20,490, making it the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S., he said. The Leaf's base price is $32,780, before the tax incentive.
"We want to penetrate this market and need to be competitive on pricing," Yokozawa told reporters. The initial goal is to deliver about 2,000 units, and "later, we'd like to go to 20,000 or 30,000 a year," he said.
Mitsubishi's move creates a rivalry in the U.S. with Nissan, which aims to be the world's biggest seller of electric cars. Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan began delivering Leafs to U.S. drivers in December and this week said it's preparing to expand shipments of the car from the low hundreds to a thousand units or more per month. Nissan's goal is to eventually sell 500,000 battery cars a year globally.

U.S. customers can pre-order the lithium-ion battery-powered i beginning Friday, Mitsubishi's Yokozawa said. The car should travel about 85 miles per charge, depending on driving conditions, he said.
Toyota, Honda, Ford and other large automakers have also announced plans. 

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“Restrepo” Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

Tim Hetherington, who produced and co-directed the excellent Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo about one American platoon’s experiences in Afghan

istan over the course of a year, has been killed during a battle in Misrata, Libya:
BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated film director and conflict photographer who produced the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded.
The wounds to two of the photographers — Chris Hondros and Guy Martin — were grave, according to a colleague at the triage center where they were being treated Wednesday night. Their prospects for survival were not immediately clear.
Mr. Hondros, an American working for the Getty photo agency, suffered a severe brain injury and was in extremely critical condition, according to a colleague who was with at the triage center. He had been revived and was clinging to life in the evening, the colleague said.
Mr. Martin, a British citizen working for the Panos photo agency, had shrapnel wounds and was undergoing vascular surgery Wednesday night, according to the same account. He was in surgery Wednesday night.
The fourth photographer, Michael Christopher Brown, suffered shrapnel injuries but his life was not in danger.
Misurata, Libya’s third largest city, has been cut off by land from the rest of Libya by military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It has been the scene of intensive, close-quarters fighting for weeks. Hundreds of Libyans have been confirmed killed.
Sad news indeed, Hetherington and his co-workers did excellent work in Restrepo (which I recommend seeing if you haven’t) and they’ve met an all too common fate for war correspondents.

“Restrepo” Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya (UPDATED)

by Peter Knegt (April 20, 2011)
Image courtesy of Sundance Institute.
“Restrepo” Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya (UPDATED)Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington has been killed in Libya, it is being reported by Vanity Fair (where Hetherington worked as a contributing photographer).
Though there are conflicting reports to the contrary, Vanity Fair is reporting that Hetherington’s colleague Chris Hondros is alive and remains in grave condition. It is also being reported that three other journalists were wounded in the incident, which was a mortar attack. Photographer Guy Martin is in very serious condition, while freelancer Michael Brown is slightly wounded. The identity of the fifth person is unknown.
The news was first posted on fellow photographer Andre Liohn’s Facebook page.
Hetherington co-directed last year’s “Restrepo” with journalist Sebastian Junger, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. The film shows a year with one platoon in Afghanistan’s deadliest valley. He was also the cinematographer in Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s “The Devil Came on Horseback.”
In a statement, the Hetherington family said the following:
“It is with great sadness we learned that our son and brother photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed today in Misrata, Libya by a rocket-propelled grenade. Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award nominated documentary “Restrepo” which he co-produced with his friend Sebastian Junger.
Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed.”
”[We are] reeling from the news about Tim,” a representative from the Sundance Film Festival told iW Wednesday afternoon as news spread about the tragedy. “We all adored him. We send our condolences to all of Tim’s family and friends.”
His “Restrepo” co-director Sebastian Junger, meanwhile, said in a statement:
“There is no way to express my devastation and sorrow at the death of my dear friend, Tim Hetherington in Misrata, Libya.  Tim was one of the most courageous and principled journalists I have ever known. The good that he accomplished – both with his camera, and simply as a concerned person in some of the most devastated countries in the world – cannot be measured. I can’t believe he is truly gone.”
Hetherington’s last tweet on his Twitter feed read: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”
indieWIRE interviewed Hetherington alongside Sebastian Junger last year.

'Restrepo' director killed in Libya

tim-hetherington.jpgPhotojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both 41, were killed Wednesday and two others were hurt by mortar fire in Misurata, Libya, according to the Washington Post and other news agencies.
Hetherington, a British native who was based in Brooklyn, N.Y., was nominated for an OscarTim Hetherington at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, during filming of "Restrepo" in 2007. last year for the Afghan war documentary "Restrepo," which he co-directed with writer Sebastian Junger.
"There is no way to express my devastation and sorrow at the death of my dear friend," Junger said in a statement. "I can't believe he's truly gone."
Hetherington was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair, though he was not on assignment for VF at the time. He also worked with CNN in Afghanistan two years ago, the cable network said.
Hondros worked for Getty Images. He had covered numerous wars and conflicts during his career. He was also engaged.

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Friday, 22 April 2011

Chicago Blackhawks, Major League Soccer, Manny Pacquiao, New York High Bar, Thierry Henry, U.S. Fans

 HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls looks on against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 16, 2011 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bull)  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Thierry Henry, Chicago Blackhawks, Manny Pacquiao and Friday's Top Sports Buzz

Thierry Henry broke out of his slump last night, scoring two goals in New York's victory over Chicago, however, since his career is winding down, could the striker find himself back at Arsenal in some capacity once his days are done?
Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks did a a number on the Vancouver Canucks, pounding the top-seeded team in the Western Conference into the ice, in the process of edging closer in the series. Are the defending champs still done, or can the Blackhawks actually win this series?
Finally, we'll be talking about Manny Pacquiao, who is preparing for his fight with Shane Mosley, but is the champion fighting lesser opponents and should he improve his choice of foe when he inevitably beats Mosley? We'll discuss.
We'll also be talking about all of those stories and more, so if you have any thoughts, be sure to leave them in the comments below.


U.S. fans stir Henry's memories of 'great European nights'

(CNN) -- New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry told CNN the atmosphere generated by fans inside the club's stadium reminded him of the "great European nights" he experienced in his days playing soccer for Arsenal and Barcelona.
Henry -- who was a former captain of the English Premier League team from north London -- joined the American side from Spanish champions Barca in July 2010.
The 33-year-old praised the noise created supporters by in the 25,000-seater Red Bull Arena during the New Jersey-based outfit's Major League Soccer (MLS) playoff defeat to San Jose Earthquakes in November.
"The game, which unfortunately we lost, against San Jose, it was amazing," Henry said.
"It reminded me of some great European nights. The crowd was going crazy; the only thing is we lost so it wasn't a great ending. But when the stadium is full, it is pretty loud.
It reminded me of some great European nights. The crowd was going crazy
--Thierry Henry

Henry, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, said fans in the U.S. differ from their European counterparts because of the lack of local rivalries.
The one-time Juventus forward experienced north London derbies during his time with Arsenal and also played in the fixture known as "El Clasico" for Barca, against arch rivals Real Madrid.
"You don't have a big derby, so therefore you don't hear the same songs you hear in England.
"I remember when I used to play in the Premier League I would be like 'Are they really singing this? Wow!' But it gets you into the game and gets you fired up.
"I knew they were loud here, but I remember playing in Toronto, in Houston, in Chicago and thinking 'That's like a proper away game'. You could feel the tension, it's great."
Henry, who was also a member of Les Bleus' victorious Euro 2000 squad, is Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer with 226 goals during an eight-year spell wth the 13-time English champions.
And the Essone-born star admitted he would love a return to the club he joined from Juve in 1999 once his playing days are over.
"I love the game so much, I feel like I need to give back to the game for what it has already given me.
"I would love to go back to Arsenal. I just love the club; I'm not even saying that to try and be loved, I just love the club ... I would love to come back."
Although Henry wants to remain within football when he hangs up his boots, the graduate of France's famous Clairefontaine academy is unsure whether he will move into coaching.
"Being a boss, it's a hell of a task. The pressure that the guys are under sometimes, I don't know if I could handle it right now. But I would love to be in the game."
Hans Backe's Red Bulls are currently fourth in the MLS's Eastern Conference after eight games, with Henry finding the net for the first time this season in Saturday's 3-0 win over San Jose.

New York ascending to high bar

Thierry Henry scratched his beard and snapped at the questions as they poured in. The surly Frenchman was in no mood to talk about himself, or his beard, or even about a New York Red Bulls attack that just dropped four goals on D.C. United on Thursday night.
Henry was curt, almost angry really, but that persona has emerged just as he and his team have risen from a slow start to show the form expected of a team considered one of the best in MLS.
The latest display came in a 4-0 win against D.C. United at RFK Stadium, a venue that had a history of being a house of horrors for the team known formerly as the MetroStars.
Not this time around. Not with a motivated Henry and not with a loaded Red Bulls attack that was just too much for a young D.C. defense to handle.
D.C. United made the mistake of trying to play soccer with the Red Bulls, trying to attack and not just bunker. Previous opponents, like Seattle, Philadelphia and San Jose have kept numbers back in an attempt to contain New York's high-powered offense. D.C., riding high off a 3-0 mauling of Toronto FC, figured it could go toe-to-toe with New York at home.
D.C. learned quickly that this is a far different New York team than the one D.C. teams have been beating for years.
New York dominated possession and shredded the D.C. defense on the strength of great wing play and Henry's clinical finishing. Teemu Tainio was a rock in the middle yet again while New York's wide players overwhelmed the flanks.
This was the type of performance expected of the team most likely to pose a real threat to an unbeatable-looking Real Salt Lake side.
So why was Henry so serious after the match? His struggles in the season's opening weeks led to criticism from both fans and the media, something that has clearly bothered Henry, as evidenced by his angry celebration when he finally scored his first goal of the season last week. This week, he scored twice, and celebrated with his teammates, but his attitude after the match was that of someone still upset with being so quickly labeled as a flop in the making.
The reality is Angry Henry has been a much better Henry, and perhaps the criticism he's so upset about has actually lit a fire under a player who looked lethargic and ineffective early in the season. He credits his recent success with simply feeling better physically, but you can sense that he's playing with a chip on his shoulder, and the result is a motivated and dangerous Henry.
Three goals in two matches, and two Red Bulls blowouts later, Henry won't have to worry about having his ability questioned anytime soon, and New York's early offensive struggles look like a thing of the past. Now, instead of concerns about a mis-firing offense, the Red Bulls biggest issue seems to be finding playing time for three forwards who could all be starting.
Luke Rodgers got the nod ahead of Juan Agudelo for a second straight match and was once again active and dangerous. Agudelo came off the bench late and stated his own case for a return to the starting lineup with a jaw-dropping goal.
D.C. United didn't come away with points, or even a goal, but did earn respect from New York for really trying to go at them, and the reality is D.C. had as many chances as New York. Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe, as well as Henry, praised D.C. for playing well, and Henry's most gracious post-match comment was stating D.C. didn't deserve to lose 4-0.
That was little consolation for a young team that was just blown out at home. Charlie Davies took some of the blame upon himself for not doing better against New York's defense, but it was pretty clear that there was plenty of blame to go around.
Ultimately, the reality of Thursday night's match was that the Red Bulls are a talented and experienced group starting to play up to their potential, while D.C. United is a talented, but young team, still prone to inconsistency and the mistakes that young teams tend to make.
D.C. will improve as its young players mature. As for New York, the latest blowout victory simply keeps the bar set high for the most expensive team in MLS, a team that is good enough to pose a very real challenge to Real Salt Lake's title as strongest team in MLS.
Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for covering Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team.

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Glee Episode Preview: Rhinoplasty and Self-Acceptance

Glee returned from hiatus this week with "A Night of Neglect," an episode that viewers reacted to both positively and negatively (see our official Glee review).
With several deaths (literal and otherwise) on tap, there's certainly a lot to discuss as we head into the home stretch of season two. On next week's episode:
  • Lauren and Quinn compete for prom queen
  • Rachel considers getting a nose job
  • Emma deals with her OCD tendencies
  • Will teaches the group about self-acceptance
Who better to inspire Will spread that positive message than the queen of self-acceptance, Miss Lady Gaga. Check out Fox's promo for "Born This Way" below:

With open nose surgery techniques performed by Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, patients are able to achieve a nose that effortlessly complements the rest of the face

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most common surgery performed worldwide, many associate a stigma with it due to the unflattering nose surgeries of high profile celebrities. However due to new techniques in plastic surgery, normal and organic results are not only becoming possible, but are becoming the norm. Open rhinoplasty is a recently developed technique for nose surgery that allows for superior precision and control over the procedure, and many plastic surgeons are adopting this method to achieve perfectly desired results for their patients. Located in Beverly Hills, the office of Dr. Ashkan Ghavami specializes in open rhinoplasty surgeries for men and women who want to reach their true beauty potential.
With the open rhinoplasty method, an extra incision is made along the skin between the nostrils in order to be able to fold back the skin and expose the cartilage of the nose. By exposing the nose cartilage, the surgeon is able to sculpt the tissue in a more precise and controlled manner since the tissue is visible; this in turn allows the surgeon to see exactly what the final nose shape will be. While open rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills causes more swelling and has a longer healing process, the final results are well worth it for the patient, who is left with a nose that balances facial harmony, without sacrificing the overall "look" of the face. An aspect of Dr. Ghavami that sets him apart from other plastic surgeons is the significant importance he places on tasteful and complementary surgeries. Each operation he performs, whether Beverly Hills breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, or facelift, is custom tailored to the patient's unique physical characteristics in order to ensure natural looking results that seamlessly complement the original features. Nonetheless, the benefits achieved through Dr. Ghavami's surgeries are significant.
A contributing writer to numerous plastic surgery publications and a consultant for primetime TV programs, Dr. Ghavami's expertise in the field of plastic surgery is unmatched. Every patient gets the care and attention needed to ensure a thoroughly successful operation.

5 Myths About Rhinoplasty Revisited

With rhinoplasy being the second most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in 2004 (according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), nose surgery is moving from the realm of the rich and famous into the homes of regular people like you and me. Now that this procedure is more accessible than ever, it’s only natural that you will be exposed to a lot of information about it – some true, some doubtful, some downright false. In this article, we’ll try to address some of the most popular misconceptions surrounding rhinoplasty.
1. Every plastic surgeon can do a rhinoplasty surgery – Technically, yes. Most plastic surgeons will have rhinoplasty on their list of performed procedures. However, that doesn’t mean that every plastic surgeon can achieve good rhinoplasty results. Rhinoplasty is a challenging procedure, both from a medical and an artistic point of view. A plastic surgeon must have a thorough understanding of the internal anatomy of the nose and the workings of the respiratory system, so that the reshaped nose is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also fully functional. Since the nose is such a major factor in our face’s overall appearance, the plastic surgeon also needs to have a strong sense of artistry, to create a nose that fits beautifully with the rest of the patient’s face.
2. Rhinoplasty is motivated by vanity – Despite the widely-held belief that people get nose surgery solely for cosmetic reasons, it’s not uncommon for this procedure to correct breathing problems (e.g. a septum deviation) in addition to enhancing the appearance of the nose. At the same time, it has been established that in patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, having rhinoplasty may lead to a physical and emotional transformation that will enhance their self-confidence and ultimately their quality of life. From this perspective, the effect of rhinoplasty is comparable more to a therapeutic treatment than a selfish gratification for the patient’s vanity.
3. Rhinoplasty is painful – Unlike other plastic surgery procedures like breast implants or tummy tuck, rhinoplasty is not usually painful. Most surgeons perform rhinoplasty under general anesthesia, so you will be fully asleep and will not feel a thing. After the surgery, you will have a small nose cast for 7 to 10 days, during which you will most likely feel congested, as if having a cold. The area around your nose and eyes may be swollen and bruised (especially if your nasal bones have been reshaped); however, the overall discomfort you will experience after the surgery is minimal.
4. Everyone will notice you had a nose job – If your nose requires a major change – like removing a large bump – people around you might indeed notice the difference in your nose. However, if your nose needs only a refinement of the bridge or tip, chances are the perceived change in your appearance will be less dramatic than you anticipate. After all, nobody is as intimately familiar with your facial features as you are, so making a minor change to them may not be very obvious to the outside world. Also, keep in mind that a good surgeon will avoid providing you with an “operated-looking nose”, and instead will strive to achieve a balance between your reshaped nose and the rest of your facial features, so they naturally complement each other.
5. Rhinoplasty will get you the nose of your dreams – While having rhinoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of your nose, there are certain limitations to what a plastic surgeon can do, based on your given bone and skin structure. At the same time, there is a chance that you won’t be fully satisfied with the results of your surgery. Statistics show that between 10% and 15% of rhinoplasty surgeries require a secondary procedure, to either enhance or correct the results of the first. This is sometimes due to the nose healing and developing in ways that the surgeon cannot predict or control. In other cases, the patients’ dissatisfaction with the final results is due to poor communication with the doctor about the intended outcome of the surgery. However, this occurrence is an exception rather than the rule, since most patients report to be happier with their physical appearance after the surgery than before.
So what is the key to successfully achieving the nose of your dreams? Going back to point one – it’s carefully researching, selecting and communicating with your surgeon! How long has he or she been performing nose surgeries? What is their surgical accreditation? What does their safety record look like? Take a good luck at images of his or her rhinoplasty patients – does their reshaped nose measure up to your idea of beauty? Can you picture your own nose looking like that? If you do, the next step consists in ensuring that both you and your surgeon have a very clear understanding of what you expect your nose to look like and what is attainable from a medical point of view. Armed with good knowledge and a positive attitude, you’re on your best way to achieving a more attractive and confident YOU!

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PlayStation Network down for a long count, what's up Sony? (update: down for 24+ hours!)

We've been hit by a big batch of dismayed tips from PlayStation gamers this morning, who are finding themselves unable to log in to the PlayStation Network (again). Sony's response has been to acknowledge there's a problem in the vaguest of terms -- "We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down" -- and to promise an update on the situation as soon as it's available. Alas, that statement was issued over nine hours ago and there's still no word of either a rectification or an explanation for the outage. The error code provided by the console is, as you can see above, somewhat uninformative as well. So come on, Sony, what is going on with your Network?

Update: PSN is acknowledging on its EU blog that the network outage may be a result of "the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party." Still no ETA for when services will be restored.

Update 2: PSN is now reporting that the network may be offline for "a full day or two."

Playstation Network Down

Reports are coming in from American PlayStation 3 owners that the PlayStation Network seems to be down. PSN login attempts are getting an error message: 80710A06.
The PlayStation US Blog is aware of this:
We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information.
Thank you for your patience.
One has to wonder if this is a technical screwup with the servers or an attack by the infamous Anonymous hackers, whose attitude towards the Sony/George Hotz legal settlement has been “unforgiven”.
Stay tuned.
[UPDATE: From today's PS Blog:
The PSN is undergoing an outage and currently these services have been affected:
  • Qriocity
  • PlayStation Store
  • Account management
More as we get it.]
[UPDATE 2: Sony is saying it may take a day or two to deal with the outages.]

PlayStation network down after 'Free Realms' online game launch

PlayStation network down: A Sony PlayStation network crash has coincided with their much anticipated 'Free Realms' massively multiplayer online game launch. The network may be down for days, Sony says. 

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Sony PlayStation fans in the US and Europe were looking forward to playing several new PlayStation games, including Sony's first free massively multiplayer online game release, Thursday. What they got instead was a disconcerting error page.

 The official Sony blog says that, far from a momentary network hiccup, users should expect the site to be down for as long as two days.
Though the service outage has clearly been a rough start for Sony's new online game, Free Realms, it has locked users out from playing many other Sony PlayStation games online, including four other brand new releases. Along with Free Realms, the outage coincides with the release of Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, SOCOM 4, and inFAMOUS 2's beta release. Users on Sony's blog page have been particularly vocal about not being able to play Mortal Kombat and the inFAMOUS 2 beta release. Dozens of other PlayStation games capable of network-play will be locked out for the next 24-48 hours.

What makes this more frustrating to users is the possibility that the network error is due to an intentional hack of Sony's network. The Sony blog message reportedly addressed "the possibility of targeted behavior by an outside party," but has since removed any reference to being hacked.
The hacker group Anonymous already took down several Sony sites earlier this year and received international attention after taking down the websites of Amazon, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal in 2010. This time, however, Anonymous is not claiming responsibility.
The DDoS attacks, made famous after Anonymous' retaliation for the Wikileaks shutdown, were used again earlier this month on various Sony sites. The Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) was the sci-fi-sounding tool Anonymous used, but it did not bring the network down completely like it was brought down last night. Earlier this year, after Anonymous' hack, Sony engineers said the attacks were only "medium strength" and were more of an annoyance to engineers than anything else.
If the network was hacked, Sony is sure to be addressing the security holes over the next day or two see that it doesn't happen again. Either way, PlayStation users are up in arms over the timing of this outage.

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Phylicia Barnes | Bodies Found | Baltimore News | Conowingo Dam

Baltimore — 11 News in Baltimore is reporting that two bodies have been pulled from the Susquehanna River and one of them is missing teenager Phylicia Barnes from North Carolina.
See video on this story here
Barnes disappeared from her home on December 28th. The Monroe, N.C., 16-year-old was visiting family in northwest Baltimore over the Christmas holiday.
Her disappearance puzzled investigators and garnered national attention. Over the last few months, police conducted massive searches for Barnes that turned up no possible clues.An 11 News source said the girl’s family has been notified and that dental records confirmed her identity.
No immediate cause of death has been determined.

 This is news that I hoped I would never have to report. Phylicia Barnes’ decomposed body was just found in a body of water.
My heart bleeds for this beautiful girl’s family. I wish that those responsible will never have a moment’s peace until we discover the truth of what happened.
How horrifying.
I have stayed on top of this devastating story. GO HERE for past stories

The family of Phylicia Barnes is on edge after two bodies are found near the Conowingo Dam

On a very warm afternoon, there are people fishing and walking around the Susquehanna River, right near the Conowingo Dam. It's a place for people in Port Deposit to relax.
Now, they want to know more about two bodies found in this area. Maryland State Police describe them only as a female and male, both adult-sized.
Around 7:30 Wednesday morning, people working on the Dam flagged down troopers, after seeing a body in the river. Around 10 a.m., Department of Natural Resources officers found the body of a female.

While investigators continued to scour the area, they were contacted about another body found in the water shortly before 2 p.m. Boaters discovered the body of a man floating in the water, about three to four miles from the first location.
State police has not identified the races of the bodies, but anonymous sources in Port Deposit say they were both black. And with every body found, the family of Phylicia Barnes is on edge.
The 16-year-old from North Carolina disappeared on December 28, while staying with her sister in a Northwest Baltimore apartment. We talked to Barnes' parents, but they have not heard from investigators about the most recent finding.

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

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Hanes finds higher prices fit well in 1Q

HanesBrands Inc.'s net income increased 32 percent in the first quarter and the clothing maker raised its earnings outlook as higher prices boosted its revenue.
The company, best known for its T-shirts, socks and underwear, noted that prices it paid for cotton soared 60 percent to 83 cents per pound, from 52 cents a year ago.
The company, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., began raising prices around February and said it will continue to do so, especially in units like socks and underwear, through the year.
Hanes' net income rose 32 percent to $48.1 million, or 49 cents per share for the quarter that ended April 2, up from $36.5 million, or 37 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.
Earnings topped expectations of 33 cents per share from analysts polled by FactSet.
Revenue rose 12 percent, to $1.04 billion, in line with expectations.
The company that sells the Wonderbra noted that sales of women's intimates, as well as women's hosiery, fell. Revenue from men's socks and underwear rose.
Hanes' newly acquired Gear For Sports unit, which sells college-themed clothing, was helped by the NCAA basketball championship and performed better than expected.
Hanes raised its 2011 earnings guidance to between $2.70 and $2.90 per share, up from $2.60 to $2.80 previously. Analysts expected $2.67 per share.

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David Cook Performs, His Mom Gets Close to Steven Tyler on 'American Idol'

In anticipation of his upcoming album, seventh season winner David Cook performed his new single, 'The Last Goodbye,' on the 'American Idol' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) results show. But his mother may have been even more excited to be returning to the stage that made him famous.David Cook, 'American Idol'

After his performance, Cook revealed to Ryan Seacrest that when she found out about him being on the show, she said, "I just want to meet Steven Tyler." So Seacrest made it happen.

"I'm watching you, man." Cook said as his mother made her way to the dais for two very warm and close hugs from Tyler.

"We're gonna have to have a conversation when the cameras go off," Cook said sternly. Making a spectacle like that on national television. Honestly! Actually, the whole encounter was very cute, and Cook was clearly having fun in the situation.

What did you think of Cook's return to the 'Idol' stage?

David Cook returns to 'American Idol,' performs 'The Last Goodbye'

 "American Idol's" Season 7 champ David Cook finally returned home on Thursday, Apr. 21, for the Top 7 results show. The appearance kick-started promotion for his sophmore album
"This Loud Morning," which will be released on June 28.

Cook performed the first single off the new album "The Last Goodbye," which we think is going to be a huge hit on the radio. The single is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Cook looked great in his all-back suit and perfectly coiffed hair (yes, we're that vain) and he sounded great.

zap-david-cook-idol-gbye.jpg"It's great to be back!," Cook said after his performance, but was kind of drowned out by the crazy loud audience, which rivals the audience reaction Adam Lambert received when he returned to "Idol." Cook's mom also came... but just because she wanted to meet Steven Tyler. Too. Cute.

May 1, Cook will be participating in the 14th annual Race For Hope in Washington, D.C., which is a 5K run/walk that helps fund a cure for brain tumors and brain cancer. This is Cook's third year participating in the event and you can find more information on how you can participate and help on his official website.

It's good to have David Cook back, no? Were you excited about Cook's return to the "Idol" stage? What did you think of his new single "The Last Goodbye"?

David Cook's "The Last Goodbye"

As of today, you can now download David Cook’s first single off his sophomore album. David will perform the song, called “The Last Goodbye,” on American Idol this Thursday! You won’t want to miss it. David announced last week that the album, named This Loud Morning, will be released on June 28th! He also showed off the beautiful album cover, which features a great shot of the Season 7 American Idol.
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This Loud Morning get a FREE instant download of “The Last Goodbye.” In addition to appearing on American Idol, David will promote the single on talk shows and radio programs.
At the end of every Season 10 results show, you hear David's cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)"--Season 10's farewell song.
Download David’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” on iTunes.

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American Idol | Carole King | Crystal Bowersox | Bruno Mars | Katelyn Epperly | Brooke White | Gordon Lightfoot

After tonight’s elimination, six remain on “American Idol” (seen locally on FOX 5 NY) as Stefano Langone was voted out of the competition. Not long after it was quickly revealed that when the show continues next week the cast will be taking on the songbook of Carole King.
The winner of four Grammy Awards and a member of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, King is one of the most influential female musicians of all time. In fact, she holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts as well as the record for the longest time for an album by a female to hold the #1 position, for her 1971 album Tapestry.
Among her most famous credits are the songs “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” "I'm Into Something Good," "One Fine Day" and "Up On The Roof." Recently, she recorded “Live at the Troubadour,” a collaboration with James Taylor, which in its first week hit #4 on the charts. You can watch a clip from the DVD of that concernt in the embedded video to the left of this article.
Rising star Bruno Mars was also announced to be performing on the weekly Thursday results show. Fans of “Idol” may remember his single “Grenade” was one of the songs the contestants had the option of singing during the Hollywood week auditions at the seasons start.
You can watch the remaining six Idol hopefuls (which include Casey Abrams, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alina, Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery) next week on Wednesday at 8pm EST on FOX 5 NY.
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American Idol 10 Top 6 – Songs of Carole King + Crystal Bowersox & Bruno Mars


Next week, the American Idol 10 Top 6 sing the songs of Carole King. And in a fitting bit of Idol casting–Crystal Bowersox will be in the house to perform on the Thursday results show! Oh yeah. Bruno Mars will be singing too. Sadz for Stefano that he won’t be around for that.
Carole King is known for a huge hit album she released in 1970 called Tapestry. But she’s written scads of songs that were hits for other people. From acts as diverse as Aretha Franklin, The Monkees and The Shirelles. So, this could be a very interesting night of music!
Get started with the speculation now!

Carole King is the 'American Idol' Top 6 theme

 The theme for the "American Idol" Top 6 contestants was announced Thursday night (April 21) at the end of the results show - it's Carole King, which should prove interesting.
King is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and we are big fans of her music. "Tapestry" is really her watershed effort - the 1971 album was named No. 36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest Albums of All Time.

But we aren't sure how the Idols are going to handle her music. Katelyn Epperly covered "I Feel the Earth" move in Season 9 and got carole-king-getty.jpgpans from the judges, then was sent packing. Brooke White took on "You've Got a Friend" in Season 7 and did very well, but Carole King is right in Brooke White's wheelhouse. King's songs are quietly great and kind of niche - this year's Idols are going to have to really make them their own or it's going to be a long night.

If you're wondering where you've heard the Carole King that is non-music related, she had a recurring guest role on "Gilmore Girls" as Sophie Bloom the music store owner and also sang the opening title song for the show.

The remaining six American Idol contestants will perform the songs of singer-songwriter Carole King next week.
The announcement was made on Thursday night's elimination episode, which saw finalist Stefano Langone being sent home.
Among the songs written by King: "I Feel the Earth Move," "I'm Into Something Good," "The Loco-Motion," "Just Once in My Life," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "One Fine Day," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Take Good Care of My Baby" and "You've Got a Friend."
Soon after the announcement, King became a trending topic on Twitter, with the majority of tweeters passing on the news and suggesting certain songs for the contestants.
There were some disappointed fans, though: "@AmericanIdol Carole King??? Come on...I love her but there is not enough variety. Next you'll be rolling out Gordon Lightfoot," griped a Twitter user identified only as Chessplayer999.
Also next week, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars and last season's runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, are set to perform on Thursday's elimination episode.

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Morgan Stanley | Apple Inc | General Electrico | Weak Trading

Morgan Stanley's first-quarter profit fell 45% as revenue slid and its 40% interest in a joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. weighed on results.
The firm was expected to see bond-trading revenue weaken from a year-earlier period marked by strength in that business. But its investment-banking and wealth-management operations were expected to offset soft trading results. 


Morgan Stanley's first-quarter profit dropped nearly 50 percent, hurt by a decline in fixed income trading revenue.
The investment bank and brokerage posted net income for shareholders of $736 million, or 50 cents a share, down from $1.41 billion, or 99 cents a share, a year earlier.
Fixed income trading revenue fell across Wall Street after an unusually strong first quarter in 2010. But some banks have experienced more weakness than others. Morgan Stanley's revenue for its fixed income and commodities sales and trading unit fell by about a third.


U.S. stock-index futures maintained gains as earnings at Apple Inc., General Electric Co. and MorganStanley overshadowed higher-than-forecast jobless claims.
Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June increased 0.4 percent to 1,333.7 at 8:33 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climbed 36 points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,432.
Jobless claims decreased by 13,000 to 403,000 in the week ended April 16, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Economists projected a decline to 390,000, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls and those receiving an..


NEW YORK—Morgan Stanley's compensation per employee fell 4% from last year's first quarter, to $68,806, as the number of employees rose 1.9%, according to its quarterly earnings report filed Thursday.
World-wide employee headcount rose to 62,494. Morgan Stanley set aside $4.3 billion in the quarter for compensation and benefits, down 2% from last year's first quarter. The ratio of compensation to revenues rose to 57% from 49% in last year's first quarter. One reason for the rise was a reduction in revenue due to a loss at the company's joint venture in Japan, though the ratio would have risen to 52% without the loss.


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Morgan Stanley’s income falls on weak trading (AP)

FILE  - In this file photograph taken July 19, 2010, traffic passes the headquarters of Morgan Stanley in New York. The New York investment bank on Thursday, April 21, 2011, said it earned $908 million, or $1.56 per share, compared with $3.3 billion, or $5.59 a share in the first quarter of last year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)AP - Morgan Stanley's income fell 48 percent in the first quarter on a sharp drop in revenue from sales and trading of fixed-income securities and commodities.

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Good Friday | Easter Sunday | Maundy Thursday 2011

To some, Easter is all about bunnies, Cadbury eggs, spring flowers, and Peeps. But to Christians, it's much more. That's why Avon churches are going all out this week to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“This is the most important time of the year, because Christ died for us and was raised. The promise that we'll have eternal life is very important for us,” said Linda Cory, secretary at Faith Lutheran Church.
Father Tom Cleaton, of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, added, “For Christians, it's the holiest week of the year, even holier than Christmas. So we want to spend it giving thanks for all God has done for us, and we hope everyone will take time to give back to God what he's .....


Embattled actress Lindsay Lohan's preliminary hearing will proceed on Friday as planned, a source told, despite the fact that the starlet invoked the Christian holy day of Good Friday as an excuse to postpone.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers will be calling to testify the jewelry store owner and the store employee who worked the day that Lindsay allegedly stole a necklace on January 22.
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Friday's hearing is expected to last most of the day, and Judge Stephanie Sautner banned cameras inside her courtroom.  The hearing could help determine whether there's enough evidence to put the star of Mean Girls on trial. 

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Maundy Thursday: cleansing, humility, supper | Good Friday 2011 | Easter Sunday

In one of the busiest weeks of the year, Lodi-area churches will be involved in a series of services during Holy Week, which leads up to Easter Sunday. Today is Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Maundy Thursday commemorates "The Lord's Supper," or what is commonly called "The Last Supper." Good Friday observes Jesus hanging from the cross, while Easter celebrates His Resurrection.

Lodi and Galt will each have community Good Friday services beginning at noon. Here are the details:
 The Lord Supper

Archbishop Cranmer takes as his inspiration the words of Sir Humphrey Appleby: ‘It’s interesting,’ he observes, ‘that nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics.’ It is the fusion of the two in public life, and the necessity for a wider understanding of their complex symbiosis, which leads His Grace to write on these very sensitive issues. Things got just a little bit too hot on 21st March 1556. His Grace hasn't been around much since, but he is as keen as ever to investigate and expose religio-politics or politico-religiosity, so email Cranmer with your insights, and he shall investigate - whatever the cost... 

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 HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.On Holy Thursday there is a special Mass in Cathedral Churches, attended by as many priests of the diocese as can attend, because it is a solemn observance of Christ’s institution of the priesthood. At this ‘Chrism Mass’ the bishop blesses the Oil of Chrism used for Baptism and Confirmation. The bishop may wash the feet of twelve of the priests, to symbolize Christ’s washing the feet of his Apostles, the first priests.
The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest’s stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Adele Rolling In The Deep Lyrics | Adele | Rolling in The Deep | Chord Adele

Adele has shown her love for the hottest product in hip-hop, Odd Future's leader Tyler, The Creator.

The '21' star, who was knocked off the UK Album Chart summit yesterday, spoke to Rolling Stone of her love for the foul mouthed rapper - describing him as 'refreshing'.
Adele did run into trouble when she posted Tyler's track 'Yonkers' on her blog though, with fans taking against the songs hardcore lyrics
. The 'Someone Like You' star posted the black and white video along with a sentence saying, "check this out. He’s offensive but I love him!! Tyler the Creator" last month.
"My fans weren’t happy." admitted Adele. She's not wrong. PopDash had a look at the blog post and one fan posted a comment saying: "That Tyler the Creator song was kind of hilarious. I think it was supposed to be dark and serious, but I couldn't help laughing my ass off!"
Maybe he won't be getting a support slot anytime soon then.

 ROLLING IN THE DARK - Adele  Chord Guitar

There's a fire starting in my heart,
F                                                     G
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark

Finally, I can see you crystal clear.

Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your ship bare.
See how I leave, with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that I will do.
There's a fire starting in my heart,
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark

F                       G 
The scars of your love, remind me of us.
Em                      F
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
F                       G
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
Em              E
I can't help feeling...

Am                       C
We could have had it all... (I wish you, never had met me)...
F(hold)                                             G
Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Am                                                  C
Your had my heart... (I wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me)
F(hold)                                                 G
And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... To the beat (Rolling in the deep)

Baby I have no story to be told,
                                       E(ddd) G(ddd)
But I've heard one of you and I'm gonna make your head burn.
Think of me in the depths of your despair.
                            E(ddd) G(ddd)
Making a home down there, as mine sure won't be shared.

F                       G 
The scars of your love, remind me of us.
Em                      F
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
F                       G
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
Em              E
I can't help feeling...

Am            C
We could have had it all... (I wish you, never had met me)...
F(hold)                                        G
Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Am                                                      C
Your had my heart... (I wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me)
F(hold)                                                        G
And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... To the beat (Rolling in the deep)

Am                           C
We could have had it all 
F                            G
Rolling in the Deep 
Your had my heart Inside of your hand 
And you played it To the beat 

Am (hold)
Throw yourself through ever open door (Whoa)
Count your blessings to find what look for (Whoa-uh)
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (Whoa)
And pay me back in kind- You reap just what you sow.

Am                             C
(I wish you... Never had met me)
F                              G
We could have had it all (Tears are gonna fall... Rolling in the deep)
Am                                                C
We could have had it all yeah ( I wish you... never had met me)
It all. (Tears are gonna fall)
It all, It all (Rolling in the deep)

Am            C
We could have had it all... (I wish you, never had met me)...
F                   G
Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Am            C
Your had my heart... (I wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me)
F           G
And you played it... (Tears are gonna fall)... To the beat (Rolling in the deep)

Am                         C
We could have had it all... (I wish you, never had met me)...
F (hold)                                             G
Rolling in the Deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Am                       C
Your had my heart... (I wish you)... Inside of your hand (Never had met me)
But you played it
You played it.
You played it.
           G     End on Am
You played it to the beat.
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