'Fireworks Over Lake D'Arbonne' set for the Saturday

The Union Parish Chamber of Commerce will present “Fireworks Over Lake D’Arbonne” in the Farmerville on Saturday near the Highway 33/15 bridge.

A flotilla of decorated boats will launch at 7 p.m. and tour the lake until 8:30 p.m.

Ceremonies and the fireworks display will begin at 8:45 p.m.

For best viewing, the public can gather at Lake D’Arbonne Motel, Ludwig Marine, ramp road and along the highway. Music will be provided by deejay Shannon Futch beginning at 7 p.m.

Posted by imran Thursday, June 30, 2011 0 comments

Holiday brings out fireworks fun, danger in the Myrtle Beach area

The Fourth of July holiday is a time to celebrate the nation's history and spend time with friends and family, but area authorities also want to remind residents and visitors to be safe while in the area and use common sense during their travels.

"July 4th is typically a busy weekend for us, obviously," Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said. "We're getting into the part of year where we see more families in town so it will be busy." An increase in the area's population also means criminals look for opportunities and reports about vehicle break-ins at the beach accesses and thefts of beach bags increase, Knipes said. He suggests limiting the number of valuables you take on trips.

"Protect your belongings and be aware of your surroundings," Knipes said. "Don't leave visible in your vehicle, if you leave it out in plain view there's a chance could get broken into."

With the lack of rain and droughtlike conditions in the Myrtle Beach area, fire officials warn residents and visitors to use extra caution if they are shooting fireworks, which are restricted to certain areas. Residents should check with their homeowner's association or if they live in a municipality to see if fireworks are allowed in their community. Rainfall is not in the holiday weekend forecast, so hot, dry conditions will persist, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

The rekindle of a brush fire outside of Conway earlier this week was attributed to fireworks launched from a 4-wheeler, according to the S.C. Forestry Commission.

"We have had a few brush fires dealing with fireworks around the 4th of July," said Kenny Todd, an Horry County Fire Rescue battalion chief and a resident state fire marshal. One of those fires included a building being destroyed in the Lake Arrowhead area along Shore Drive after fireworks landed in some pampas grass next to the building and caught fire, he said. No serious injuries or property damage have recently occurred in the area.

Nationally, fireworks have caused millions of dollars in property loss and thousands of injuries and deaths, according to the state fire marshal's office. Last year in South Carolina, there were 208 fireworks-related fire incidents and 57 percent of those occurred around the July 4th weekend.

"If their fireworks do start a fire, they are responsible for any damages that fire causes. Unless they have a large open area and it is difficult to control where the debris comes down and it could damage a neighbor's vehicle or property," Todd said. "Any type of outdoor burning should be postponed until we get some rain in most areas. The grass and vegetation is extremely dry and the breezy conditions we have can cause a fire to spread quicker and intensify quicker. Go to a public display where they are required to follow safety precautions."

But if residents or visitors are planning to shoot their own fireworks, Todd said they should use caution and not allow children near them because of the intense heat generated by even those childhood favorite sparklers.

Scott Vandament, a Murrells Inlet resident, purchased a bundle of fireworks Thursday for a display at his home this weekend. He plans on surprising some relatives at a family gathering with the display, which he described as nothing too big.

"It's going to be a family event," Vandament said.

He said he plans to follow all safety precautions including shooting them in an open area and maintaining a safety area so no one is hurt because a few children will be in attendance.

"They won't have access to them. We'll keep the children away," Vandament said.

Clint Lawrence of Myrtle Beach also plans on being safe when he and his family shoot fireworks at their home this weekend, he said. On Thursday, Lawrence and his daughter purchased some fireworks for a small display with family.

"It's something we do every year ... spending time with family," Lawrence said and described the fireworks as sparklers and fountains.

Other tips from Todd include following package directions on fireworks, keeping water and a fire extinguisher nearby, do not point the fireworks at people or buildings, and staying in an open area.

"We're here to provide a service. We'd rather you call us and not really need us than need us and not call us," Todd said. "Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday."


Improper use of the fireworks may be dangerous, both to the person operating them and to bystanders; in addition, they may start fires after landing on flammable material. For this reason, the use of fireworks is generally legally restricted. Display fireworks are restricted by law for use by professionals; consumer items, available to the public, are smaller versions containing limited amounts of explosive material to reduce potential danger. Fireworks may pose a problem for animals, both domestic and wild, who can be terrified by the noise, leading to them running away or hurting themselves on fences or in other ways in an attempt to escape.

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Boston Business Journal Honors Carbonite as One of the Boston's Best Places to Work

Carbonite®, a leading provider of online backup solutions which provide customers with "anytime, anywhere access" to their stored files, has been honored by the Boston Business Journal as the areas' 9th best.

Here is my HIC so far. I got this from Vos last October. Even though it was a great casting, to super clean-up something this size takes a LONG time.When y.

By Christopher Zinsli Carbonite Inc., a provider of online backup services that filed last month to go public, paid $2 million cash earlier this month to acquire photo and video sharing service Phanfare Inc. Boston-based Carbonite said in an amended.

Backblaze.com and AT&T both have $5/month unlimited storage plans, and Carbonite has one for a single-time purchase for $59. DataDepositBox and Iomega's iStorage Pro have plans for unlimited PCs, but charge by the GB for storage.

Posted by imran Wednesday, June 29, 2011 0 comments

Sideshow: Shia and Megan: Costars coupled

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox engaged in sexual relations while filming first Transformers movie, the manchild admits to Details.

"Look, you're on the set for 6 months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them," said Shia, 25, who is promoting Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

"I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen."

Things got sticky when Shia was asked if he hooked up with Megan when she was dating now-husband Brian Austin Green.

"I don't know, man. I don't know," he said, repeating the phrase 12 times in various intonations. "It was what it was," he finally said.

Who would want to wed on a Monday? America Ferrera would.

The 27-year-old Ugly Betty star and beau Ryan Piers Williams tied the knot Monday night, her rep tells People, in "an intimate setting amongst close friends and family," including Vanessa Williams, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, and Blake Lively. "The bride wore a dress by Amsale's Christos label and Fred Leighton earrings."

Friends alum Lisa Kudrow tells More mag that when she was a wannabe, she really struggled in her improv acting class. Until she met and briefly dated classmate Conan O'Brien.

"He was really smart, really funny, and he thought I was funny," she says. He encouraged her to stick to acting. But their romance fizzled: "We were better as friends."

An attorney named Alyson Oliver has filed a lawsuit in Detroit, claiming Lady Gaga lies when she says all proceeds from sales of her "We Pray for Japan" wristbands benefit Japanese tsunami-relief efforts. The suit, which seeks class-action status, claims Gaga's website adds an inflated shipping charge atop the item's $5 price, which Gaga may be pocketing. Her Gagaship's rep says the suit is "misguided . . . and without merit."

Emma Stone tells Vanity Fair she doesn't regret her decision to drop out of high school. Anyway, she got to graduate on screen.

"I did Superbad in what would've been my senior year," she says. "I was playing a senior, and had I graduated I would've missed that opportunity, and had I missed that opportunity I wouldn't be here right now."

The world's most famous male tongue, Gene Simmons, reveals more of his serious side, telling Parade.com why America has been so important to his family.

"I'm an immigrant from Israel and my mother is a concentration camp survivor from Nazi Germany, and America in a very real way saved my mother and my people," the 61-year-old KISS rocker says.

Gene, who claims to have slept with more than 4,600 women (a current estimate puts it at 4,897), admits he and longtime of Shannon Tweed may be on the verge of breaking up.

"Men are not reflective," Gene says. "We're in the here and the now. Women are wiser. . . . They see the bigger picture."

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Summerfest is a yearly music festival held at the 300,000 m2 Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The festival lasts for 11 days, is made up of 11 stages with performances from over 700 bands, and since the mid-1970s has run from late June through early July, usually including the 4th of July holiday. Summerfest attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, promoting itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival," a title certified by the Guinness World Records in 1999.

Summerfest is run by the non-profit organization Milwaukee World Festival, and features both local and nationally known music talent from a variety of music genres. The event also provides the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food from many Milwaukee-area restaurants. Other Summerfest attractions include comedy acts, shopping vendors, fireworks (including "The Big Bang" on opening night), other special attractions, family activities and more.

Live musical acts are offered on eleven stages throughout the grounds from noon to midnight, including the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater. All shows are free with an admission ticket, with the exception of headlining acts at the Marcus Amphitheater. Admission is between $8.00 and $15.00, depending on the time of day. There are numerous promotions for discounted or free tickets.

Summerfest was conceived in the 1960s by then-mayor Henry W. Maier. Inspired by his visit to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Maier envisioned a similar ethnic-themed festival in Milwaukee, and in 1962 formed a panel of business and civic leaders to study the feasibility of a large-scale summer festival. By the middle of the decade, the panel drew up a proposal for a 10-day multi-event festival with the proposed name of "Milwaukee World Festival," which was changed briefly in 1966 to "Juli Spaß" (German for "July Fun") and then to "Summerfest."

The inaugural Summerfest was held in July 1968 at 35 different locations throughout the city including Milwaukee County Stadium and Milwaukee Arena, and its events ranged from concerts to a film festival, an air show, and even a pageant. The first Summerfest was regarded as a success; the second event in 1969, was less successful, as it was plagued by additional venues, inclement weather, and severe financial debt. In 1970, a permanent central location was decided upon, and Summerfest moved to a former Nike missile site on the lakefront, where it continues to be held to this day. Also that year, Summerfest introduced its red "smiley face" logo, an insignia that has become synonymous with the event. The logo was designed by local graphic artist Noel Spangler.

It was also in 1970 that Henry Jordan became executive director of Summerfest, a title he held during the event's early years until his death in 1977. Another public face in that position was Elizabeth "Bo" Black, who became executive director in 1984. Through her fundraising and organizing, she became a local celebrity and almost as much a recognizable part of Summerfest as the smiley face logo until her departure in September 2003.

Posted by imran Monday, June 27, 2011 0 comments

Very Low-Calorie Diet May Reverse Diabetes

A very low-calorie diet of 600 calories a day may be able to reverse type two diabetes, preliminary research suggests. 11 people who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past four years slashed their calories for 8 weeks, sticking to a diet of liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables.

Three months after going off the diet, 7 were free of diabetes.

Sound too tough to follow? Don't worry, the researchers aren't recommending the low-cal diet as a treatment for diabetes.

"We used the 600-calorie diet to test a hypothesis. What I can tell you definitively is that if people lose substantial weight by normal means, they will lose their diabetes," says study head Roy Taylor,MD, director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University in England.

Low-Calorie Diet Reduces Fat in Pancreas

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, about 95% of whom have type 2 diabetes. It develops when the body does not produce enough insulin and/or the insulin that is produced doesn't work properly. As a result, blood sugar levels shoot up.

Taylor tells WebMD that the very low-calorie diet reduced the amount of fat in the pancreas and liver, which allowed insulin production and function to return to normal.

After one week on the diet, participants' fasting blood sugar levels were no longer elevated, he says. MRI scans showed that the fat levels in the pancreas fell from around 8% -- considered high -- to a normal 6%.

After eight weeks on the diet, their bodies were once again making sufficient insulin, essentially reversing their diabetes, Taylor says. "Fat in the pancreas inhibits the action of beta cells in making insulin. The low-calorie diet got rid of this excess fat," he says.

The men and the women in the study weighed an average of 220 pounds at the start of the study and lost an average of 33 pounds over eight weeks. By three months later, they had regained an average of 6.5 pounds.

Low-Calorie Diets: Permanent Results?

David M. Kendall, MD, chief scientific and medical officer for the ADA, tells WebMD that it's been known for a while that "substantial calorie reduction can be very effective in rapidly improving diabetic control, especially in people who are obese.

"What is unique about this study is it looked at some of the mechanisms that underlie the rapid improvement," he says.

More research is needed to determine whether the low-cal diet results in a permanent reversal of diabetes, Taylor says. "We also have to figure out a more practical way for people to get these results -- that is, to get fat out of pancreas and keep it out," he says.

Posted by imran Saturday, June 25, 2011 0 comments

So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance competition and the reality show that airs on Fox in the United States. The series first premiered on July 20, 2005 and has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big star. However, unlike American Idol, the show focuses not only on the dancers' talent, but also showcases new works by cutting edge choreographers, crafted specifically for the dancers and the show. The show was created by Idol's Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is produced by 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions. 

A mixture of contestants are chosen for the show, ranging from unknown street dancers to winners of national championships. All contestants have to work their way through a rigorous audition process. By the end of this process, 10 to 20 dancers depending on that season's format of various styles are chosen to compete on national television. Over the course of the show, dancers are assigned different dance styles and partners each week to test their versatility.

It was the 1 rated show in summer 2006 for adults aged 18–49. The first season was hosted by current American news personality, Lauren Sánchez; since the 2nd season it has been hosted by former British children's tv personality and one-time game show emcee, Cat Deeley. Spin-offs were announced in August 2006; there are currently versions of the show in New Zealand, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany, Greece, Poland, Malaysia, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal, with several other versions in the works.

So You Think You Can Dance holds auditions in major cities across the U.S. each season, looking for the top dancers in each city. Dancers with all types of backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Salsa, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, and many other types of dancers can be seen auditioning for a chance to win the grand prize—which, in the past, has included a new Hybrid SUV, $100,000 in cash, and a dancing role in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show—of US$250,000 and the title of "America's Favorite Dancer". In its 7 seasons, the winners have been Nick Lazzarini, Benji Schwimmer, Sabra Johnson, Joshua Allen, Jeanine Mason, Russell Ferguson, and Lauren Froderman. The show has won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography and a total of 7 Emmys altogether.

Posted by imran Wednesday, June 22, 2011 0 comments

Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes, from screenplay by Justin Haythe, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It is based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates.

The film opened in limited release on December 26, 2008, and expanded wide on January 23, 2009. It was the first film in which DiCaprio and Winslet have co-starred since the 1997 film Titanic.

The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Supporting Actor Michael Shannon.


   * Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler
   * Kate Winslet as April Wheeler
   * Kathy Bates as Helen Givings
   * Kathryn Hahn as Milly Campbell
   * Dylan Baker as Jack Ordway
   * David Harbour as Shep Campbell
   * Michael Shannon as John Givings (younger)
   * Richard Easton as John Givings (older)
   * Zoe Kazan as Maureen Grube
   * Jay O. Sanders as Bart Pollock

Posted by imran Sunday, June 19, 2011 0 comments

Is J.K. Rowling Working On More Harry Potter?

With the final screen installment of the Harry Potter saga set to the hit theaters next month, fans of the beloved boy wizard have braced themselves for what seems like the end – or is it?

A Twitter account for the site also blasts the same message, but a rep for Rowling, 45, was mum about what exactly the author is conjuring.

Rowling's spokesperson told the BBC that the project was not "directly related" to the final film, which arrives in theaters July 15, or a new book. "We are not saying anything more at the moment."

Potter enthusiasts should know by Thursday what the project entails, according to a countdown in the video. For now, all that's available on the site, which was revealed to fans through an online scavenger hunt, is a "coming soon" banner bookmarked by owl graphics.

The trademark for Pottermore was filed in July 2009 – two years after the final book was released – so it seems like Rowling had the idea on the back burner. This begs the question: Are Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in on it?

Posted by imran Friday, June 17, 2011 0 comments

Best Fathers Day Quotes and more Happy Fathers Day Poems and Printable Cards 

Father’s Day Quotes and Poems – The Father’s Day is celebrated in almost 60 countries around the world. This is the day and right time to reward them with same honors as what we have given to our Mothers last month and throughout the entire year. It is also said that every minutes is no comparison to our parents in our life as what they have contributed to our lives.

We all know that they are really mean to all of us and we should celebrate this day with full of interest and in such way that they will remember that this day is a special day for them. So on this day, we shall give our time and spend even extra time to greet our fathers a Happy Father’sDay and show them their importance in our lives.

Please find below some of our collected Happy Father’s Day Quotes and Message which you can use in sending some greetings and sms messages to your dad. Show him now how you care for him and how you thanked him for giving you a wonderful life.

“My father said, ‘Politics asks the question: Is it expedient? Vanity asks: Is it popular? But conscience asks: Is it right?’” – Dexter Scott King

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth

“A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season”. – Unknown

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” — David M. Gottesman

Again Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in the World!!!

Happy Father's Day

A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!
Happy Father's Day

Posted by imran Thursday, June 16, 2011 0 comments

As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially covers the Sun as viewed from a location on Earth. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. At least 2, and up to 5, solar eclipses occur each year; no more than 2 can be total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth's surface traced by the Moon's umbra.

Some people, sometimes referred to as "eclipse chasers" or "umbraphiles", will travel to remote locations to observe or witness a predicted central solar eclipse. The solar eclipse of August 11, 1999, in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, which apparently led to an unusually large number of journeys made specifically to witness the annular solar eclipse of October 3, 2005, and of March 29, 2006.

The last total solar eclipse was the solar eclipse of July 11, 2010; the next will be the solar eclipse of November 13, 2012. The recent solar eclipse of June 1, 2011, was a partial eclipse; the next partial eclipse will occur on July 1, 2011.

A total solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

There are 4 types of solar eclipses:

    A total eclipse occurs when the dark silhouette of the Moon completely obscures the intensely bright disk of the Sun, allowing the much fainter solar corona to be visible. During any one eclipse, totality only occurs at best in a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.

    An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.

    A hybrid eclipse shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at others it appears as annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.

    A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse. However, some eclipses can only be seen as a partial eclipse, because the umbra passes above the Earth's polar regions and never intersects the Earth's surface.

The Sun's distance from the Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance, and the Sun's diameter is about 400 times the Moon's diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same size: about 0.5 degree of arc in angular measure.

Posted by imran Wednesday, June 15, 2011 0 comments

Michele Marie Bachmann is a member of the US House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's Sixth congressional district, and a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. She previously served in the Minnesota State Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.

Bachmann is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a supporter of the Tea Party movement and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

Bachmann earned a Master of Laws degree, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers.

Bachmann was born Michele Marie Amble in Waterloo, Iowa, "into a family of Norwegian Lutheran Democrats" who moved from Iowa to Minnesota when she was young. After her parents divorced, Bachmann's father, David John Amble, moved to California, and Bachmann was raised by her mother, Jean, who worked at the First National Bank in Anoka, Minnesota. Bachmann grew up in Anoka, graduating from Anoka High School in 1974.

After graduating from high school, Bachmann spent time working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 1978 she graduated from Winona State University with a B.A.. In 1986 she received a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University, followed by an LL.M. degree in tax law from the William & Mary Law School in 1988. She was a member of the final graduating class of the Oral Roberts University law school, and was part of a group of faculty, staff, and students who moved the ORU law school library to what is now Regent University.

From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was an attorney representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She left her position with the IRS to become a full-time mother.

She married Marcus Bachmann in 1978. They have 5 children Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia, and have also provided foster care for 23 other children.

Bachmann and her husband own a Christian counseling practice in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Bachmann also has an ownership stake in a family farm located in Waumandee, Wisconsin. Since the death of her father-in-law in 2009, the farm and its buildings have been rented out to a neighboring farmer who maintains a dairy herd on the farm.

Posted by imran Tuesday, June 14, 2011 0 comments

Pentecost is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ after the Resurrection. The feast is also called Whit Sunday, Whitsun, or Whit especially in the United Kingdom, where the following Monday was traditionally a holiday. Pentecost is celebrated 7 weeks after Easter Sunday, hence its name. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

Pentecost is historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. Among Christians, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the New Testament Acts of the Apostles 2:1-31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church".

The Pentecostal movement of Christianity derives its name from this biblical event.

Posted by imran Sunday, June 12, 2011 0 comments

The Nissan Leaf is a five-door mid-size hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan and introduced in Japan and the U.S. in December 2010. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official range is 117 kilometres, with an energy consumption of 765 kJ/km and rated the Leaf's combined fuel economy at 99 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. The Leaf has a range of 175 km on the New European Driving Cycle.

Deliveries to individual customers began in the US and Japan in December 2010, in Ireland in February 2011 and in the U.K. in March 2011. Deliveries to corporate customers began in Portugal in December 2010 and sales to individuals are expected to begin in early 2011. Sales to individuals are scheduled to begin in the Netherlands in June 2011, followed by Switzerland, Spain, and France, with global market availability planned for 2012. According to Nissan initial availability is limited in quantities and to select markets and only for customers who made online reservations. The availability will be increased by the second quarter of 2011 with U.S. production planned for 2012.

The Leaf's retail price in Japan starts at ¥3.76 million and US$32,780 in the United States. The price in the UK is GB£30,990 and around €35,000 in the other 6 European countries where it will be launched first. These prices include the price of the battery package. Most countries have applicable tax incentives or subsidies for eligible buyers that reduce the effective cost of purchase below the retail prices listed by Nissan.

As an all-electric car, the Nissan Leaf produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation, and reduces dependence on petroleum. Among other awards and recognition, the Nissan Leaf won the 2010 Green Car Vision Award award, the 2011 European Car of the Year award, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and ranks as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle for all fuels ever.

Posted by imran Friday, June 10, 2011 0 comments

A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun surface or the solar limb, which is interpreted as a large energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy (about a 6th of the total energy output of the Sun each second). The term is also used to refer to similar phenomena in other stars, where the term stellar flare applies.

Solar flares affect all layers of the solar atmosphere, when the medium plasma is heated to tens of millions of kelvins and electrons, protons, and heavier ions are accelerated to near the speed of light. They produce radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum at all wavelengths, from radio waves to gamma rays, although most of the energy goes to frequencies outside the visual range and for this reason the majority of the flares are not visible to the naked eye and must be observed with special instruments. 

Flares occur in active regions around sunspots, where intense magnetic fields penetrate the photosphere to link the corona to the solar interior. Flares are powered by the sudden (timescales of minutes to tens of minutes) release of magnetic energy stored in the corona. The same energy releases may produce coronal mass ejections, although the relation between CMEs and flares is still not well established.

X-rays and UV radiation emitted by solar flares can affect Earth's ionosphere and disrupt long-range radio communications. Direct radio emission at decimetric wavelengths may disturb operation of radars and other devices operating at these frequencies.

Solar flares were first observed on the Sun by Richard Christopher Carrington and independently by Richard Hodgson in 1859 as localized visible brightenings of small areas within a sunspot group. Stellar flares have also been observed on a variety of other stars.

The frequency of occurrence of solar flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly "active" to less than one every week when the Sun is "quiet", following the 11-year cycle. Large flares are less frequent than smaller ones.

Posted by imran Thursday, June 9, 2011 0 comments

Super 8 is a science fiction film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and the produced by Steven Spielberg. The film, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, and Kyle Chandler, will be released on June 10, 2011 in conventional and IMAX theaters.


   * Joel Courtney as Joe Lamb
   * Elle Fanning as Alice Dainard
   * Kyle Chandler as Jackson Lamb
   * Ron Eldard as Louis Dainard
   * Noah Emmerich as Colonel Nelec
   * Riley Griffiths as Charles Kaznyk
   * Ryan Lee as Carey
   * Zach Mills as Preston
   * Gabriel Basso as Martin
   * Josh McFarland as Tom Ashton
   * Amanda Michalka as Jen Kaznyk
   * Glynn Turman as Dr. Woodward
   * Michael Hitchcock as Deputy Rosko
   * Colin Mathews as Beto's customer
   * Remy Thorne as Jorge Brooks

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Mystique is a fictional character associated with the Marvel Comics' franchise X-Men. Originally created by artist David Cockrum and writer Chris Claremont, she first appeared in Ms. Marvel 16.

Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillain, founding her own Brotherhood of Mutants and assassinating several important people involved in mutant affairs. Mystique herself is a mutant, a shapeshifter whose natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. At one point, she mentions that she is over 100 years old. Mystique is the mother of the villain Graydon Creed, the X-Men hero Nightcrawler, and adoptive mother of the hero Rogue. She is forced to abandon Nightcrawler, but raises Rogue for a number of years, and the 2 women have mixed feelings towards one another.

Despite Mystique's history of crime, she works with the X-Men's Professor X, in a short-lived series. She is later voted straight into the X-Men.

Actress Rebecca Romijn portrayed Mystique in all 3 of the X-Men films. In the 2011 superhero film, X-Men: First Class, Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of Mystique. In 2009, Mystique was ranked as IGN's 18th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

Posted by imran Saturday, June 4, 2011 0 comments

Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7, 2005 through Google Labs. Reader was graduated from beta status on the September 17, 2007.


Google made major revisions to Reader's user-interface on September 28, 2006. Product manager Nick Baum described the redesign as a movement toward making news aggregation something for the general public to enjoy. Kevin Fox, the designer of the revised Google Reader, noted that the original version was optimal for those who want to read a "river" of news. The new version took into account that most readers segment their reading by feed, group, tag, folder, or into "must read" and "maybe if I get to it" feeds.

Features of Google Reader as of 2010 include:

   * a front page that lets you see new items at a glance
   * import and export subscription lists as an OPML file
   * keyboard shortcuts for main functions
   * choice between list view or expanded view for item viewing (showing either just the story title or including a description, respectively)
   * automatic marking of items as read as they are scrolled past 
   * search in all feeds, across all updates from subscriptions


Users can subscribe to feeds using either Google Reader's search function, or by entering in the exact URL of the RSS or Atom feed. New posts from those feeds are then shown on the left-hand side of the screen. One can then order that list by date or relevance. Items can also be organized with labels, as well as being able to create "Starred Items" for easy access.


Items in Google Reader can be shared with other Web users. Previously this was done by sending a link through e-mail, directing the user to the shared article; or by creating a basic webpage that includes all shared items from a user's account. In December 2007, Google changed the sharing policy so that items the user marked as shared were automatically visible to their Google Talk contacts. Users criticized this change because there is no way to opt out. The URL for a user's page of shared items contains a random string, and Google originally advertised this as a way to limit sharing to only those people to whom you give the address.

Offline access

Google Reader was the first application to make use of Google Gears, a browser extension that lets online applications work offline. Users who have installed the extension can download up to 2000 items to be read offline. After coming back online, Google Reader updates the feeds. Google Reader stopped supporting this feature on June 1, 2010.

Mozilla integration

Google Reader is included within Mozilla Firefox and SeaMonkey's feed recognition, which can automatically redirect users to Google Reader's Add Subscription screen.

Mobile access

A mobile interface was released on May 18, 2006. It now can be used by devices that support XHTML or WAP 2.0. On May 12, 2008, Google announced a version of Google Reader targeted at iPhone users. It can be found here. In December 2010 Google released a Google Reader app for Android, which is available from the Android Market.


On May 4, 2006, Google released a new feature which enables feeds from Reader to be displayed on iGoogle (formerly Google Personalized Homepage).

Wii version

On May 8, 2007, Google created a version of Google Reader specifically formatted for the Wii web-browser - see http://www.google.com/reader/wii. However, starting in late 2009, the Wii version has limited functionality when used on the Wii console.


On March 10, 2010, Google announced and released Google Reader Play. Play presents a slideshow interface which displays popular items one at a time. These items are drawn from assorted sites' feeds, and their appearance in Play is based on the data provided by Reader users' responses, e.g., how many people liked or shared the item. Unlike Google Reader, a Google Account is not required to access Play. Google Reader Play proved an instant hit, and is one of the most used Google products.


In addition to a (free) Google Account, Google Reader requires one of the following web browsers to work:

   * Google Chrome
   * Mozilla 1.7+
   * Mozilla Firefox 1.0+
   * Netscape 7.2+
   * Opera 9.0+
   * Safari 1.3+
   * Windows Internet Explorer 6+
   * Wii Internet Channel

In all cases, JavaScript must be enabled for Google Reader to work.

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