Saturday, April 30, 2011

"TWEET OF THE WEEK" 4/23-30: The White House Fires Back w/ Obama's Birth Certificate!!

Twitter is usually a way for most of our fav celebs to vent when their having a bad day or good day...but not many times do we see the White House getting in on the Twitter fun.

This week the White House took a hold of all the controversy surrounding President Obama's birth certificate and tweeted this:

Obama's long form birth certificate released so that America can move on to real issues that matter to our future

The President spoke in a conference on the issue:

And the person who stirred all of this up in the first place, Donald Trump, seems happy now...

Listen to the "Tweet of the Week" as featured on Lady T's show below:


President Announces Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

"Talk Of The Week" 4/23-4/30: Football, Royalty & Disasters!

This week you were most likely glued to your television watching the NFL Draft, the Royal Wedding or even the aftermath of the worst tornadoes the United States has seen in 37 years!

A lot went down this week! Lady T will fill you with the "Talk Of The Week" below:


President Announces Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Cam Newton Picked First in NFL Draft! Analysts In Shock At Results

Worst Tornado In 37 Years Hits South U.S! Obama Visits -- "I've never seen devastation like this" (Video + Photos)

Royal Wedding Madness! Sister Steals Spotlight!

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Finally Give Birth To Twins!

Congrats to Mariah and Nick as MiMi finally popped the twins out!

The couple's baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 18 inches long...The baby boy was next, at 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and 19 inches. The diva delivered at an unspecified hospital in Los Angeles.

No word on names just yet. What would you name Mariah and Nick's kids?

How To Prepare For A Natural Disaster: Survival Tips

With the Earth having all these tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunami's going on we figured we would prepare our readers with some easy to do survival preparation tips.

After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily.

Your basic emergency kit should include:
  • Water – one gallon per person per day
  • Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • First Aid kit & instructions
  • Zip plastic waterproof bags for documents & phone numbers
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.

A main component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

  • Flashlight
  • Radio – battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Some water and food
  • Local map
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.


Worst Tornado In 37 Years Hits The U.S.

Haiti Earthquake 1 Year Later: Where Has All the Money Gone?

Aftermath: 8.9M Earthquake/ Tsunami Hits Japan!

Chile's 8.8 Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami 2010

Royal Couple choose for late honeymoon

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have determined not to leave on honeymoon instantly and will consume the weekend in the UK before the duke come back to work next week.
Subsequent their wedding parties, William and Catherine left Buckingham Palace by helicopter on Saturday. They celebrated at the palace with 300 friends and family on Friday evening, after a biggest lunchtime greeting. In the mean time, Clarence House has released three official wedding photographs.
The scenes of the couple's UK weekend and their honeymoon - which will be abroad will not be unveiled in advance. The couple has solicited that their solitude be honored during the next couples of days and even as on their honeymoon.
The couple comes out hand-in-hand from Buckingham Palace's garden doorway on Saturday morning. They had spent the night at the Queen's official London home, closed temporarily to chat to two Royal Household footmen before boarding the helicopter. Prince William will return to his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot next week. They live on Anglesey, but St James' Palace said they will not be consuming the long weekend there.
The welcome at the palace on Friday night, hosted by the Prince of Wales, is considered to have attributed Prince Harry's best man address and Michael Middleton's father-of-the-bride address. The bride has on a white evening gown by Sarah Burton, who fashioned her wedding costume, to the event.
Her sister Pippa tainted for the party into a long bright green sleeveless costumes with a jeweled decoration on the front and a falling neckline. “I hear everyone's chatting about Pippa”. Middleton family friend Tony Ainsworth said. She seemed dazzling. She's the most appropriate girl in the country right now. The duchess's family, including some of their guests, stayed at the exclusive Goring hotel near the palace.
Mr. Ainsworth, from Dorset, said exterior side of the hotel that the wedding had been "a significant event". After the worries of receiving to the church on time, it all went efficiently. We had a party at the hotel previous night that set out on well into the evening, so we are feeling a little bored this morning. He said the bride's parents had made a look after presence the greeting at Buckingham Palace.
The official photographs of the wedding were unconfined on Saturday, as the couple departed. The photos were taken in Buckingham Palace's throne room instantly after the bride and groom inwards from their marriage service at Westminster Abbey on Friday. Three pictures have been released, with one appearing the couple by yourself, and a second that comprise their bridesmaids and pageboys.
The ending photo adds the bride and groom's parents - the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Michael and Carole Middleton - including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, maid of honor Pippa, and the brother of bride “James”. The Middleton family went the Goring, which they had booked out completely for the wedding arrangements, on Saturday. Mr. Middleton informed the met crowd: We had a magnificent time."
An expected one million well-wishers get together in London for the wedding ceremony. The service at the abbey was seen by 1,900 guests and ran easily, away from a concise struggle to put the wedding ring on the bride's finger.

Arellano Felix – Mexican Tijuana alliance chief handed over to US

Investigators in Mexico have handed over the suspected organizer of the Tijuana drug cartel, Benjamin Arellano Felix, to the United States.
The lobby, now destabilized, once controlled most of the flood of drugs from the northern Mexican state of Tijuana to America. Investigators articulate Mr. Arellano Felix, 59, led the alliance's illicit and monetary operations.
He will countenance tryout in a federal court in San Diego, in California.
Mexican officials handed over Mr. Arellano Felix over to US federal agents on Friday. At its stature, the Tijuana alliance, also famous as the Arellano Felix Organization after the family operating it, is considered to have been the key trader of cocaine and marijuana to the US.
Benjamin Arellano Felix is charged of heading the cartel from 1989 until his detain in 2002, controlling its drug trafficking operations and the abducting and murder of opponents traffickers, sneaks and affiliates of the security forces. He is also facing blames of money laundering.
After Benjamin Arellano Felix's held in Mexico in 2002, his younger brother Francisco is alleged to have taken over the management of the cartel awaiting his own detain in 2006. 
Another brother, Eduardo, is considered to have taken over the restraints for the subsequent two years until his arrest in 2008. Mexican authorities consider the lobby is now operating by a sister, Enedina Arellano Felix, and her son, Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano.
Ramon Arellano Felix, believed the most brutal of the brothers, was executed in a shoot-out with police in 2002. Mexican security forces articulate the alliance is harshly destabilized, and that most of its neighborhood has been taken over by opponent groups.

Emma Watson, Harry Potter actress rejects harrying argue

Actress Emma Watson has shorn of alleges that hounding drove her to take a break from an esteemed American university.
According to the Media reports, students at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, had laughed at her about her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter films. But through a message from her website Miss Watson, 21, said: "I have not at all been harassed in my life.
She said she did not familiar what she desired to do after September, but would spotlight on performing for the time being. She had joined at Brown in September 2009, primarily to learn literature.
Reports had assumed that students said "10 points to Gryffindor" - a reference to a house at Hogwarts, the school for wizards in the Harry Potter films - when Miss Watson properly replied a question in class. Miss Watson said: "I thought the requirement to let you all know the basis I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with hounding as the media have been telling newly.
Please don't struggle and guess about what I might do in September, nobody can perhaps recognize because I don't even know so far!”
"I have never been harassed in my life and definitely never at Brown. This '10 points to Gryffindor' event never yet happened. I undergo the need to say this because condemning Brown students of amazing as serious as harassing and this reasoning me to go away looks beyond unjust. Previous month she declared that she was taking time out of study to spotlight on her film profession.
 However her spokeswoman told on previous week that Miss Watson would shift to a different university in autumn, Miss Watson's announcement said: "Please don't attempt and consider about what I might do in September - no-one can probably know because I don't even know yet! Like my other classmate Brown students I am struggling to figure out my third year and whether or not I will use up its overseas (this is ordinary)."

In the often asked questions section of her website, the first question is "why did you prefer Brown University over a British one? Her answer without mentioning date is: "I was actually ragged as to whether to stay in the UK or go to the America as allows face it the UK has some of the finest universities in the world. 
But, finally, I preferred the course at Brown and actually liked the initiative of experiencing a dissimilar country and culture - and I must say I have never been more contented, I extremely love Brown."

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cam Newton Picked First in NFL Draft! Analysts In Shock At Results

The first round is over, but not before we saw people scratching their heads at many of the moves that were made. When it was all said and done NFL team owners, GMs, and coaches, certainly gave us a lot to talk about around the water cooler as many analysts were left stunned.

The talk leading up to the draft was will the Carolina Panthers draft Cam Newton, the National Championship winning Quarterback from Auburn. Even though some did not want him picked first, they certainly made no surprise move when Cam was chosen. It wasn’t until pick the 6th pick where the surprises starting rolling in.

Check out some highlights below:



Worst Tornado In 37 Years Hits South U.S! Obama Visits -- "I've never seen devastation like this" (Video + Photos)

A wave of storms moved across the South on Wednesday, spawning the worst tornado outbreak in 37 years. It came days after a severe storm and tornado in the St. Louis area left homes flattened and an airport closed.

The recovery of more bodies pushed the death toll in Wednesday night's twisters to 329, making the outbreak the deadliest in the U.S. since 1932. The news came shortly after President Barack Obama toured some of the destroyed neighborhoods and met with devastated residents.

"I've never seen devastation like this,"
Obama said after touring the Tuscaloosa area.
"It is heartbreaking."

You can watch President Obama's tour and more of the destruction below:


Social Media has played an important role in helping families who have experienced any of the destruction. A Facebook page has been made to reunite items lost in the Tornado to their owners.

"Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes"

Our prayers go out to the world in these tough times.


Haiti Earthquake 1 Year Later: Where Has All the Money Gone?

Aftermath: 8.9M Earthquake/ Tsunami Hits Japan!

UPDATES on Chile's 8.8 Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami 2010 [UP TO THE MINUTE]

Haiti's Earthquake Death Toll Over 100,000/ Pat Robertson Says Haiti Has "Pack w/ The Devil"

President Obama Meets Up With China's President For 3-Day Get-To-Gether w/ Celebs!

Blackberry Company’s shares strike after 2nd turnover warning

Research in Motion (RIM) has hacked its margins predict for the existing quarter because of lesser shipments of its trendy Blackberry phone.
Splits in the company cut down near about 10% in after-hours trading therefore of the cautioning, it’s second in the last month. 
RIM said it would also overlook its returns target of $5.2bn to $5.6bn for the period, predict in March. The company’s past revenue warning was because of the rate of developing its new tablet-format Blackberry.
It also faulted the mounting number of customers shifting towards contemptible handsets in its product series.
The firm has observed its share of its main hub US market gradually worn by smartphone competitors. Edward Snyder at Charter Equity Research said, this is the starting of the slip.
It's going to be similar air coming out a balloon bit by bit. Rising RIM is being referred to the little end, quasi-smartphone. Without a flagship touch-screen, high-end smart-phone, they are going to carry on losing grip."
RIM is banking on its new tablet computer - the Playbook - to take back the idea. It will be partly the size of Apple's iPad and will be well-suited with Google's Android operating system. In addition to the innovative product initiate, the firm is also restoring its operating system.
Some experts are more eager to offer the company the advantage of the misgiving. Remarking on the current margins warning, Matthew Robinson at Wunderlich Securities said: "It's not good news but in this conversion period there are so many numbers that are transferring roughly and I don't reflect we can outlook it as that incremental.
"Moves are forever a challenge."

Diabetes can undo by Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric bypass long sufferers acquire sugar under control speedily

Doctors often advise patients with type 2 diabetes relating to lose weight. It's a confirmed method to control the disease and decline the danger of severe difficulties. But how you lose weight can make a variation.

Many people lose weight by eating lower or exercising further, or both. But in serious cases, doctors at times suggest weight loss surgery. In the most usual process, the surgeon eliminates part of the stomach and small intestine.

Gastric bypass surgery, as it's called, is vastly successful, but weight loss is not the only advantage. Doctors who treat diabetes have recognized that patients who get the surgery a lot acquire their blood sugar under control rapidly - even before they lose weight.  Now, researchers consider they are beginning to know why.

Researcher Blandine LaFerrère says, what we have revealed is that after gastric bypass surgery - that has been shown before truly - the levels of moving amino acids considerably. But what is novel here is that we did not see that in the diet group, while they missed the similar amount of weight.

LaFerrère studies at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, at a hospital allied with Columbia University. The rise in these scrupulous amino acids in patients that had the surgery signals that their metabolism has distorted. But the facts are remained uncertain.

I feel the trust of the research in gastric bypass surgery," she says, "is to produce new treatments, and those treatments would be supported on a good thoughtful of what grounds type 2 diabetes.

She says several other researchers around the world are also working on the similar problem. And I believe when we are able to combine all the hints and all the information of the alterations that happen after gastric bypass, we might be able to trace some new evidences and new assist in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

If researchers can realize accurately how weight loss surgery guides to improve blood sugar control, even before the patients misplace weight, they may be able to rotate those facts into a medicine or other treatment that could assist people with diabetes.

Blandine LaFerrère's research thesis is printed in the journal “Science Translational Medicine.”

President Obama will visit to the devastated areas by hurricanes

U.S. President Barack Obama will be visited to the southeastern U.S. Friday to find an own look at the destruction left behind by sadistic hurricane and cyclones Wednesday that died about 305 people. Mr. Obama will meet up with local authorities and citizens in the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where whole areas were damaged and about 36 people were killed, including two students at the University of Alabama. Alabama continued the impact of the ruin from Wednesday's hurricanes. 
 At least 2,000 National Guard soldiers have been set out in the state to help the local emergency squads in the cleaning endeavourers.  Mr. Obama signed a statement late Thursday announcing an adversity in the state, creating federal funds available to assist local people, businesses and local governments in the recovery.  Prior Thursday, Obama called the loss of life "distressing," and explained the consequences as "nothing short of tragic."  He undertaken the federal government will make all it can to assist the territory get well.
The death toll crossways the territory includes 204 in Alabama only, further 34 people in Tennessee, 33 in Mississippi, 14 in Georgia and 12 in Arkansas.  The other sufferers were multiplied across Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky.  It was the severest tornado epidemic in America since 310 people were died on April 3, 1974. 
In several southern U.S. communities, the hurricanes compressed whole locality, left streets filled with wreckage, turned over cars and banged down trees and power lines, parting an expected 1 million people without electricity. Emergency squads were locating through damaged homes and felled over trees for survivors. Some local people said they solely runaway the disparaging winds by covering in bathtubs, private and basements. 

The predictors got reports of about 160 hurricanes striking the area by Wednesday Night; some of them consider being as ample as 1.6 kilometers. 
The storms were the second in a wave of ruthless weather to affect the southern United States this month.  A sequence of hurricanes in the early hours of April died about 45 people in the area.

Royal Wedding Madness! Sister Steals Spotlight!

Britain has a new Duke and Princess and even royalty has it's flaws!

Kate Middleton has married Prince William, but the reports say she will not be known as Princess Catherine. William and Kate will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the titles bestowed upon them by the Queen on their wedding day. The Queen also gave them regional titles of Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. Kate joins Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, as a woman married to the heir to the throne without using the princess title. Camilla did not take the title of Princess of Wales out of respect for Princess Diana. She is known simply as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The spotlight was almost taken away from the new Princess on her wedding day, as her sister Pippa Middleton served as the maid of honor and wore ALL WHITE.

Pippa had the town talking because everyone knows the one big rule at a wedding is no one else should wear white to outshine the bride.

Despite that and Prince William being nervous about forgetting his words, the rest of the ceremony was gorgeous! Watch it below:


Get Your Overpriced Ephemeral Merchandise Here!

Some of you probably noticed that there was a huge television extravaganza on recently with some royalty involved. Yes, the first round of the NFL Draft was last night, and boy howdy was it a party. I know, I know, you probably thought I was talking about some other royal TV... thing, but come on, we fought pretty damn hard to free ourselves from the yoke of these imperial oppressors, no matter how fabulous their sense of humor might be.

The brilliant, and not at all crazy, Jack Edwards knows exactly what I'm talking about.

So no, the royal wedding in the wee hours of this morning was not the exciting TV event I was talking about, although I really did enjoy when NBC's camera lingered over Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera clearly had no idea who she was. Come on, people? Even Dust and Sand knows who she is. Frankly, I think it's awfully nice of her to even bother making the trip to the wedding considering all of Australia was probably emotionally spent from Geelong's stunning win over Hawthorn earlier this week. Of course, the Cats have done that before.

But I digress. The draft. The Giants had the 19th pick in the NFL's annual selection gala, and chose to use it on Prince Amukamara, so named because he was the first son of a Nigerian chief, and if you don't think this qualifies him as royalty, you should check out the names of his sisters. Interestingly, he's not the first Giant draftee to be a sort of African royalty, although he grew up in Arizona, but what struck me most about the evening, aside from the fact that many Giants fans weren't sure we needed another defensive back (Ed: You can never have enough defensive backs), was that within moments I got an e-mail from the Giants offering me the exclusive opportunity to purchase what might just be the most useless piece of merchandise I've ever seen from a sports team.

You see, at least draft hats and the like can still be worn easily. The Giants are probably never changing their logo. But this was advertised to me as a "Prince Amukamara draft jersey". I understand this is a business and that sports teams need to make money where they can, but this just seems over the top. To buy this jersey would be a painfully silly purchase. And there are more than a few reasons why.

For one, and perhaps most importantly, we know nothing about how Prince Amukamara will be as an NFL cornerback. He may be the next Champ Bailey, but he may also be the next Rashard Anderson. We don't know. Personally, I don't really understand shelling out $85 for a player who may wallow in obscurity.

For two, Prince Amukamara may not even make the team. Sure that's unlikely, but it's certainly possible, and if that's the case, well, personally, I don't really understand shelling out $85 for a player who may never actually be a Giant.

For three, the number on the jersey is "No. 1". If Amukamara makes the team he will almost certainly not wear No. 1. Some of you may thing this is a place holder and that those who purchase this jersey will get a jersey with his actual number, but no. The description actually says, "made to look like the exact jersey given to Amukamara on draft day", which means it will be No. 1. And, uh, personally I don't really understand shelling out $85 for a player who may not actually wear the number on the jersey I'm purchasing.

For four, it's a replica. It's not even nice! It's just a thin piece of mesh with the No. 1 and Amukamara silk-screened on it. Personally, I don't really understand shelling out $85 for a player whose jersey may have the numbers rubbed off after five times through the wash.

So yeah, basically what I'm telling you all is that the NFL is asking me to pay $85 for a piece of merchandise that has the shelf life of, oh, two weeks. Who, exactly, is buying this jersey? Well, not me, but as we know, in service to the almighty dollar, the NFL has had a tendency to do what it can to get as many premature dollars as possible.

Far be it from me to stand in the way.

Of course, once the Giants picked I mostly tuned out from the draft, which is fine since some Giants were preoccupied anyway, and for most of the first two hours I was flipping between it and the Mets, who, tragically, saw their Major League-high six-game winning streak come to an end in Washington. It is worth noting after that winning streak that the Mets are still under .500. Once I tuned out I moved on to the NHL playoffs, which, duh, you should all be watching. All sorts of fun stuff could happen, and many prognosticators are putting their opinion in.

As are the brilliant scribes reporting on it. And that doesn't even include the awards nominations which, surely, you've all paid attention to.

If you haven't, there's a chance for you to jump on the bandwagon tonight when the Capitals and Lightning open up a doubleheader that will later feature the Red Wings and Sharks. And if you don't tonight, I won't blame you.

You're probably too angry at yourself for spending $85 on that short-lived Amukamara draft jersey.

Transformers 3 Trailer

Honda Will Launch the All-New 2012 CR-V this Fall

For those of you following my blog on a regular basis, this won't be news....
Honda, like your local artisanal bakery, has a habit of throwing away perfectly good stuff on a regular schedule. Except that while La Crise Cardiaque Belle is tossing out that morning’s croissants, Honda disposes of vehicles that are still near the top of the class. To wit: the present CR-V, introduced in 2006, still was good enough to take third place out of eight in a Car and Driver comparo with several much newer vehicles last year. It also continues to rack up sales for Honda, outselling Toyota’s RAV4 by almost 40 percent in March. But the proverbial palm flower crystal is now glowing in the CR-V’s hand, meaning that its time has expired. A new CR-V, Honda says, will join us in late 2011 as a 2012 model.

As for the rest of the details on the H’s upcoming soft-roader—you’re kidding, right? No companies play their cards closer to the vest than does Honda. Still, we can take a stab at a few likely details of the 2012 CR-V. Figure on a slight improvement from the current model’s EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city/28 highway in two-wheel-drive form. Honda typically doesn’t jack up horsepower from generation to generation, and the brand-new Civic just launched with a five-speed automatic—not a six, like many of its competitors now pack—so don’t expect the CR-V’s power rating to leap beyond its present 180, either.

It certainly makes sense for the brass at Honda to stick with what works, but with so many of the company’s competitors in the process or rolling out outstanding compact crossovers, we’re not enamored with Honda’s conservative philosophy. Then again, after 22,000 CR-Vs found homes in March, maybe American consumers are.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Justin Bieber & Chris Brown Perform "Look At Me Now" In Australia! (VIDEO)

Justin said he had surprises for his Australia show and LOOK AT HIM NOW....



Chris Brown Engaged?

Paris Hilton's boyfriend assaulted outside the courtroom

Paris Hilton's boyfriend was harassed Wednesday as he accompanied the celebutante into a Los Angeles court. Cy Waits and Hilton were going into the city's Van Nuys courthouse when the attacker assaulted at club supporter Waits, 34, and seized him around the neck.

According to the website, the Bodyguards quickly bounded on the suspected assailant, James Rainford, and handed him over to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident taken place as Hilton headed inside the building to swear against a suspected follower who is blamed of attempting to crack into her Hollywood home last year moving two large knives.

That other psycho burglar just hit Cy in the back of the head as we were walking into the court house. Too terrifying! :(" she afterward tweeted about the happening. During the assault, Rainford reportedly yelled out that he recognized Hilton and had allow from her father, Rick Hilton, to marry his 30-year-old daughter, onlooker told TMZ.

The website said Rainford was immovable niggling on to her property last October but was controlled by her private security squad. He appealed no challenge to civil attack and was punished to three years trial over the intruding incident.

Afghan Air-force Pilot kills eight US soldiers at Kabul Airport

US official says, about eight American troops and a supplier has been executed by an Afghan air force pilot at Kabul airport in a visible row.
The Afghan defense ministry said, the incident happened at a competence utilized by the Afghan air force at about 1100 local time (0630 GMT). The pilot was also killed resulting on exchange. The occurrence is the severest of several of current assaults on foreigners by Afghan security recruits.
Maj Tim James, spokesman of Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said, we can verify there was small-artillery fire during this incident," said Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). According to the AP news agency, American authorities said the eight Isaf troops and one foreign contractor were all American.
Eyewitness reported hearing sirens and seeing a massive military attendance near the facility, which usually has tight security. A senior Afghan security official told the pilot's name was Gul Ahmad, and he was come from the Tarakhel area of Kabul. The official said, he was distressing from "mental infirmity", and either got into a battle with his foreign companions or intended the assault after being taken on by the Taliban.
Col Bahader, a spokesman for the Afghan Air Corps, told the gun firing was in an actions room of the Afghan Air Corps. He said, unexpectedly during the meeting, gun firing began. After the gun firing happening, we observed several Afghan army officers and warriors escaping out of the building. Some were even pitching themselves out of the windows to get away. The Taliban asserted responsibility for the happening, but the officials have not definite any insurgent action.
President Hamid Karzai and senior Isaf commanders criticized the gun firing. Lieutenant General William Caldwell, the head of the Nato training mission in Afghanistan, said the program had "undergone a terrible loss from an assault, which happened this morning, following in the killings of nine alliance trainers. The reporters say quick employment into the Afghan forces has enhanced worries of Taliban access into the police and army. Nato's way out plan for Afghanistan engages gradually passing on to the confined security forces.
So far the deadliest of the latest assaults on foreign troops was last November when an Afghan policeman executed six US soldiers, besides two Nato soldiers were gun fired by an Afghan border policeman in northern Faryab province on 4 April, local officials said. The foreign troops generally but not completely believe on their Afghan colleagues and think they have to keep half an eye on them. The assailants are from time to time really members of the Afghan security forces, and sometimes militants imitating servicemen.

In America, at least 245 people were killed by severe Storm and Tornadoes

According to the US officials at least 245 people have been killed in south-eastern of America due to hurricane and storms.
In Alabama, the nastiest-punched state, 131 have killed in latest days including 15 died by a cyclone that destroy the city of Tuscaloosa. Casualties and prevalent destruction are also accounted in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia. A state of emergency has been announced in seven states, and national help funds are being sent to Alabama. Only in Alabama, almost one million people were without electricity on Thursday morning, as emergency workers and 2,000 soldiers scoured the debris for survivors.
Governor Robert Bentley has showed worries that the death score to rise as more dead bodies were discovered in the wreckage. We still have largest numbers of people that are misplace this morning, and we have all ground and air abilities that are up in those areas attempting to locate for those missing persons. Mr. Bentley said Alabama dwellers are familiar to cyclones and had taken safety measures, but in over peopled parts, it just makes it very hard to shift everyone out when a cyclones comes through that's a mile wide." The US National Weather Service has beginning reports of nearly 300 whirlwinds since the storm started on Friday, more than 150 on Wednesday alone. One meteorologist explained the hurricanes that destroyed Tuscaloosa as probably the "most horrible in Alabama's history". The city has population about 83,000 nationals, and to the University of Alabama - was struck by the massive whirlwind in the early evening on Wednesday. Tuscaloosa resident Anthony Foote told, everyone says it a hurricane noises like a train and I began to hear the train. I rushed and jumped into the tub and the house began quivering. Then glass started crushing."
According to the Associated Press, by sunset, the city was gloomy, with roads blocked, businesses unidentifiable, sirens sobbing off and on, and debris trashing the streets and roadways. The city's hospital said its crisis room had confessed about 100 people, but treated four times that number. We will carry on monitoring these brutal storms and standing ready to help the people of Alabama and all residents precious by these storms”
Mayor Walter Maddox told newsmen the city confronted "huge destruction on a range we have not observed in Tuscaloosa in relatively for a while", and said he likely the death toll to raise. The state emergency management agency, in Tennessee, tornadoes and following flooding on Wednesday died about 30 people.
President Barack Obama announced a state of emergency in Alabama, permitting federal establishment to assist manage disaster relief and to offer aid. Northern and middle areas of the state bore the brunt of the current hurricanes. About eleven people killed in Jefferson County, home to Birmingham, Alabama's biggest city.
Mr. Obama said he had directed to Governor Bentley and agreed his request for emergency help, including locate and rescue teams. He said, we will carryon to check these brutal hurricanes crosswise the country and stand ready to carry on assisting the people of Alabama and all nationals affected by these storms."
States of emergency were also announced in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma, following the current cyclones and storms. Mississippi reported 32 deaths on Tuesday and Wednesday including that of a police officer who secured his nine-year-old daughter from a falling tree while on a camping holiday. The girl escaped without injuries. Almost 11 people have been executed in Georgia, 14 in Tennessee and eight in Virginia. The latest cyclones system is predict to strike North and South Carolina before creating its way further north-east. Hurricanes have struck states crosswise the southern US for weeks, and another biggest storm system is predict to carry profound rain in future days.

Honda stays ahead of compact pack with 2012 Civic

Detroit, heed this warning.

Do not underestimate the 2012 Honda Civic.

It was the single most important vehicle shown at the New York International Auto Show this week.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus are spectacular compact cars partly because Chevy and Ford engineers benchmarked the Civic. For a decade, the Civic has been the best compact car around, and while others have gained ground, this Honda remains near the head of the class.

It is a nameplate that has been around a lot longer than any American compact car, and don't let anyone fool you: Honda Motor Co. has a lot riding on this little car.

Honda has not raised any eyebrows with many of its recently launched vehicles. The new Accord is dull. The Crosstour is confusing, and the current face of Honda's luxury brand Acura continues to bring the brand ridicule. If Honda had messed up the Civic, it would be time to get out a fork and turn the brand over.

But there was no mistake made with this new vehicle.

Now, as the new Civic arrives, it faces a much tougher climate. The Cruze, the Focus and the Hyundai Elantra have garnered well-earned praise from consumers and the automotive press, including myself.

Although the Civic is no longer alone, underestimating it would be a serious mistake.

Here's why:
Variety: The 2012 Civic offers almost every model variation. There are sedans, coupes, gas-electric hybrids (with lithium-ion batteries), a compressed natural gas model and even a performance Si model. New to this lineup is the Civic HF, which focuses on higher gas mileage.

This follows on the heels of other carmakers such as Chevrolet, Ford and Hyundai, which offer similarly branded vehicles. No other compact, however, comes in as many different variations as the Civic (the only model missing is a hatchback, which is a mistake).

Pricing: With so many different models, the Civic offers a price for just about anyone:
Civic DX sedan (5-speed manual): $15,805
Civic LX coupe (5-speed manual): $17,655
Civic LX sedan (5-speed auto): $18,655
Civic EX sedan with navigation (5-speed auto): $22,005
Civic Si coupe (6-speed manual): $22,205
Civic Si sedan (6-speed manual): $22,405
Civic Hybrid: $24,050
Civic natural gas: Price not released

All of this pricing is on par with much of the competition, which means Honda is certainly in the hunt for compact consumers.

Performance: While I have not driven the new Civic, I expect it to provide performance on par with all of the serious competition. The previous-generation Civic has a quiet, well-tuned ride, with enough power to speed along the highway and enough handling chops to zip through city traffic. This model introduces a new electric power-assist steering system (EPAS), the next-generation vehicle-stability control, improved aerodynamics and a stiffer body for improved handling. Tuning on the steering will be important as EPAS can sometimes create a numb feeling that leaves a driver disconnected from the road.

Additionally, the performance-oriented Si model features a new 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower. It's only four more ponies than the 2-liter engine, but tuners around the world can rejoice that their beloved Si now has peak horsepower over 200. (The Si also features a lower height, a limited-slip front, and 17-inch aluminum wheels that all could add to the driving experience.)

It's Honda's 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that will do most of the heavy-duty work for the brand, and even this engine has undergone a number of improvements to make it more efficient.
It produces 140 horsepower and provides gas mileage from 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for a DX sedan with a five-speed manual transmission to 41 mpg on the highway for the HF model.

One disappointment with the new Civic comes with the lack of a six-speed automatic transmission, though Honda says this five-speed is more refined and updated. Nearly every competitor has one now, as six-speeds have become the industry norm. It will be interesting to see whether that missing gear hinders its performance in any way.

Exterior styling: While many new compact cars offer extravagant styling, the new Civic does not look dramatically different than the previous generation. But don't mistake this car as simply a refreshed vehicle; it has been redesigned throughout. At first glance, there doesn't seem as dramatic a difference between generations.

Many of the exterior changes were devised to improve the Civic's aerodynamics. They include new mirrors, wipers pushed below the hood line and other changes you can't see at first glance, such as underbody aero panels.

This seems to be a closely followed plan by Honda, which only dramatically changes the Civic's styling every other generation. How much that will affect the Civic will be told over the next year.

Honda's conservative approach to styling follows the lines of the Cruze, whereas the Elantra and Focus are more dynamic.

The winner here is the consumer, who now has a clear choice between dramatic good compacts and more familiar small cars.

Interior styling: The Civic evolves its interior design from the previous generation, with a new two-tiered instrument panel and entertainment system, known as i-MID. Honda has nailed one of the most important parts of any new system by giving it a nonsensical name that starts with a standalone lowercase vowel — i or e — and a full-color screen to display all of the information.

More importantly, the Civic adds more volume inside, increased by 3.7 cubic feet. The previous-generation Civic was comfortable; this one should be even a little more so.

Civic's biggest selling point still reliability

So from the sounds of it, the new Civic is improved inside and out. Whether that adds up to this vehicle becoming the next benchmark will be decided by consumers.

The compact car segment has drastically changed the past 12 months, and everyone wants an edge over everyone else. The real edge for the Civic coming out of the gate is that it's a Honda, which to many consumers means it's as reliable as a late spring in Michigan.

That wasn't always the case for the Civic. Thirty-nine years ago, when the little Civic arrived, Honda had to issue a recall because rusting was so bad the cars were considered unsafe in accidents. Now, Civics are among the safest choices of any car picked.

The competition certainly has gotten stiffer, but to sneer at this Civic too early would be a serious miscalculation. No one should do that.


2012 Honda Civic Review: 2012 Honda Civic: Put to the test

April 27, 2011
By Denis Duquet

The Honda Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada for 13 years running, which is – you have to admit – no small feat in a very competitive environment. Needless to say, the task of updating this model wasn’t easy. When a car is as universally acclaimed as the Civic, the margin for error is relatively low. If you change the car too drastically, you’re going to disappoint a lot of people. Then again, if you don’t change it enough, the car will end up looking the same.

Honda unveiled new generation Civic concept cars at the Detroit Auto Show in January and the reactions were decidedly mixed. The main criticism was that its shape hadn’t changed enough, though this was influenced by the fact that this car was supposed to be introduced months earlier. The delay created an expectation that more significant changes had been made. Alas, this was not the case, and the production models unveiled last week are almost identical to the concept vehicles.

Actually, the approach is hard to criticize in a way. Indeed, a little like at Porsche, Honda chose to make a succession of refinements, improvements and technical revisions to already impressive performance and reliability features. And the same goes for the body, which is a very mild evolution of the 2011 version.

Designed by engineers
When Honda Canada introduced its new Civic, five engineers (none of whom had a hand in designing the car) were invited from Japan. Maybe my conclusions are way off, but I got the impression that the engineers were the ones who took the lead on the whole shebang. All the stylists had to do was follow their instructions, which undoubtedly explains why the front end of the sedan and the coupe are almost unchanged. However, you have to admit that the car was elegant to begin with. In fact, the main changes were made to the tail end, while the lights are completely new, helping you identify the new generation. But for many, this just isn’t enough...

The engineers dedicated a great deal of time to improving the car’s drag coefficient. This meant tilting the windshield significantly toward the back. Its aerodynamics are excellent, but since the base of the windshield is a lot lower than the edge of the hood, there’s at least 5 cm where leaves, debris, snow and ice will undoubtedly collect. Let’s hope that the front windshield wipers motors are robust. A minor detail, you say? Well, this car seems to lose points in the details. This junction between the hood and the windshield is a compromise that suggests they were trying to avoid a complete makeover of the entire front end. At least, that’s how I see it.

The sharp incline of the windshield does wonders for the Civic’s best-in-category drag coefficient, but because it’s so sharply angled, the front seats had to be pushed back so that no one would bump their head on the windshield. The result is a very deep dashboard. That in itself isn’t a flaw, since several other interesting cars are set up like this, but the fact that this dashboard is made of hard plastic with an unimpressive texture is less forgivable. On the other hand, the ergonomics are good, the optional navigation system display screen is excellent and the layout of the controls is simple and efficient. The driving position is also good.

The two-level dashboard offered on the previous generation has been revised. Wanting to offer more information, they decided to widen the upper section. It’s not very elegant, but thanks to a command button on the steering wheel, you can access a multitude of information. Up to this point, it’s practically fantastic. However, I don’t know if it was my driving position, my view or something else, but when I was driving in the middle of the day with the sun at its brightest, it was very difficult for me to see the indicator dials, odometer and other small information screens.

Good news, it’s now roomier, thanks mainly to the 75-mm increase in the vehicle’s width. In back, the occupants benefit from 40 mm more legroom, which is quite impressive considering that the wheelbase is 30 mm shorter while the overall length remains identical.

Improved mechanics
While the shape and the interior presentation leave us wanting, I must mention that the car’s mechanical components have been refined or even greatly improved, especially when it comes to safety and fuel consumption. The base version of this ninth generation Civic is powered by the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower. But a bunch of internal improvements help reduce fuel consumption by 12%. That’s noteworthy now that gas prices are on the rise. The engineers managed to reduce fuel consumption with the help of things like reduced-friction brakes, low-resistance tires and a lower-than-average drag coefficient for the category. A six-speed automatic transmission would have produced better results, but it still has a five-speed instead.

The Civic Hybrid is back, and its all-wheel drive has been updated and improved. For starters, it calls on lithium-ion batteries for more power and to reduce the vehicle’s weight. The electric motor’s power has been increased from 15 to 20 kW. What’s more, the CVT has been refined, as have the climate control system and the energy regeneration brakes, which allow Honda to promise fuel economy of 4.4 L/100 km in town and 4.2 L on the highway. However, Honda’s engineers remain faithful to the IMA system that consists of a small electric motor installed between the transmission and the combustion engine. Although this technology is a little less cutting-edge, its average fuel consumption is still impressive. But you’ll have to drive in fuel saving mode to derive its benefits.

On a sportier note, the sedan and the Si coupe are now powered by a 2.4-litre engine that produces 201 horses, four more than the previous version. The six-speed manual is the only transmission available. This model also features two other exclusives: front and rear deflectors and very nice alloy rims.

Still a good car
Despite the fact that some people are disappointed with how few changes were made to its appearance and by the decision to skimp on some of the materials in the passenger compartment, this car remains one of the most interesting to drive. Indeed, during the new Civic presentation, I had the chance to drive all of the models available. And while none of the test drives were exhaustive, at least I was able to take each of the configurations for a short spin. Overall, besides the underwhelming dashboard and the difficulty seeing some of the dials, it remains a good tourer and that can squeeze into traffic easily. On the highway, it has all the same qualities and all the same limitations as before. The engine is responsive and the handling is good, but the soundproofing leaves something to be desired. Note that the new steering wheel is elegant and the information management buttons are within reach and user-friendly.

As though it were asking buyers to forgive the Civic for its lack of dazzling changes, Honda cooked up a very competitive price range. Regardless of the model you choose, 2012 Civic buyers benefit from generous equipment and downward-adjusted pricing. According to Honda, discounts will range from $2,600 to $3,950, depending on the model. You have to admit that this will persuade many people to overlook certain shortcomings. Money talks, and Honda is making sure that buyers will listen. Sure, maybe the company cut costs awkwardly in some areas and the shape could have been refreshed a little more, but this car’s intrinsic value – its refined mechanics and pleasant ride – has been preserved.