Friday, May 21, 2010

Cyclone Laila packing winds of 110 kilometres per hour closed in on the east coast of India on Thursday as tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes, fearing major storm damage.

Laila hit the state of Andhra Pradesh as heavy rain and strong gales battered the coast, state authorities said at least 30,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas. The armed forces were drafted in to help the evacuation efforts after Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, K. Rosaiah, called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request extra assistance.

The Indian Meteorological Department graded the cyclone as “severe”, and said it was due to hit land near the city of Machilipatnam after moving from its current position 100 kilometres (62 miles) off the coast in the Bay of Bengal.

The department’s latest warning said a “storm surge” of up to two metres above the regular tide was likely to inundate parts of Andhra Pradesh. It said large trees were likely to be uprooted, houses damaged and escape routes from the coast flooded. All fishermen were ordered to stay on shore due to “very rough” sea conditions, and the Asian Tribune said Reliance Industries had suspended crude oil and gas production in the Bay as a precaution.

The agency said 40,000 people had been evacuated from hundreds of coastal villages, while some air flights and train services were also affected. State disaster officials said that besides existing cyclone shelters, schools and community halls were serving as relief camps to evacuees.

Three people were killed when a shed collapsed during heavy winds in Andhra Pradesh, while a fisherman drowned in rough sea in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. Local unconfirmed reports put the total death toll at between 14 and 17.

India and Bangladesh are hit regularly by cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal, causing widespread damage to homes and fields. Last May, Cyclone Aila tore through southern Bangladesh killing 300 people and destroyed 4,000 kilometres of roads and river embankments, leading to major flooding.

By Jill Seader

If you’re hosting Easter this year, I’d like to share a few tips with you that have helped me keep my sanity when I have hosted this holiday.

1. Cook and bake as many dishes as you can in advance. I have an Easter baking recipe that I share with you below that is easy and can be done up to a week in advance. I highly recommend baking your Easter desserts the day before. It really helps me cut down on the stress on Easter day.

2. Organize your kitchen into baking/cooking stations the night before. I know this might sound crazy but I have found it helps me whenever I am making a holiday meal. I put out all of the ingredients for each Easter recipe that do not need to be refrigerated. I put the recipe out and put all of the ingredients that go into that recipe right next to it, along with any pans or measuring cups or spoons I may need for it. I also try to organize them from longest to shortest cooking time so that I know what to start with first.

3. Select the Easter recipes that you want to use a week in advance. This helps me make a grocery list of all the ingredients that I need. That way I can get to the grocery store and get everything that I need well in advance of the day itself.

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4. Use or borrow appliances to help make the job easier. I still remember the first Easter I hosted at my house. I must have spent at least half an hour slicing potatoes. If I had just asked to borrow a food processor with a slicer from a friend, it would have made that day so much easier. If you do not have the right appliance for the job or cannot borrow it, find a different recipe.

5. Enlist helpers! The friends and family who have come to your Easter feast are usually more than happy to help out with any small last minute things. My husband has become the official potato masher for all of the holiday gatherings we hold at our house! Those last 30 minutes before your meal is ready can sometimes get a bit crazy. It is okay to ask for help.

Bonus Easter Recipe: Chocolate Easter Nests

These have been a favorite Easter baking recipe of mine for as long as I can remember. I loved helping mom put jelly beans in these for the “eggs.”

1 box shredded wheat cereal (10-12 biscuits)

1 – 12 ounce package chocolate chips

3/4 cup peanut butter

Crush the biscuits so they are fairly fine. Melt the chocolate chips in bowl in the microwave until they are soft. Add the peanut butter to the melted chocolate. Mix together, put into a large bowl, and add the shredded wheat. Put mixture by tablespoon on a piece of waxed paper. Shape each into a nest. Chill until firmly set. Store in the refrigerator. When you are ready to set them out, put a few jelly beans in each nest. It is a cute, tasty Easter treat.

About the Author: Jill Seader is an avid baking enthusiast who loves to share baking stories. Visit her baking recipes website at

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Friday, March 9, 2007

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European Union leaders on the second day of their summit have agreed on measures to decrease emission of greenhouse gases and to start using more biological fuels. The governments of the 27 countries in Brussels endorsed 3 main binding targets:

  • to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by the year 2020 by 20% compared to the level of 1990
  • renewable energy should make up 20% of energy consumption by 2020
  • a 10% share for biofuels in the total consumption of fuels in E.U. transport.

This way, the E.U. wants to contribute in reaching the strategic goal of limiting the global average temperature increase to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The individual targets for countries will need to be established based on national starting points and potentials, according to the plan. The plans don’t mention an enforcement mechanism yet.

“We can say to the rest of the world, Europe is taking the lead. You should join us fighting climate change.”

In the summit’s conclusions, the E.U. underlines its ambitions as a leading force in international climate protection. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the targets “ambitious and credible”.

Europe is prepared to even increase the objectives if other developed countries follow suit, and it invites other countries to come forward with their plans for the environment beyond 2012, when the Kyoto protocol ends. In June, Merkel plans to discuss the measures with the other members on the Group of Eight summit.

The proposal takes into account the sovereignty of individual countries to determine exactly which energy sources they use. More specifically, each member state should decide if they wish to use nuclear power or not. Some countries oppose the use of nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, and Germany is even in the process of dismantling its nuclear energy production. France on the other hand produces 70% of its electricity in nuclear power plants. [13% of France’s total energy consumption is nuclear.] The report also stresses the importance of nuclear safety in the discussion over nuclear energy.

The summit also asked the European Commission to come up with proposals to reduce energy consumption in lighting and offices by 2008 and 2009. The idea is to replace conventional light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives such as the energy saving light bulb.

Another energy-related topic in the conclusions is an agreement on increased security of energy supply. Through member state solidarity and a more interconnected and integrated market, eastern European countries hope to secure their energy supplies in case Russia would cut the supply.

During their two-days summit, the E.U. also discussed economic growth, employment, better regulations and international relations issues.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Two police officers are now on administrative leave after an incident in which they used pepper spray on protesters at U.S. University of California, Davis. The students were protesting in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and expressing support for University of California, Berkeley protesters who police used batons against on November 9.

The violence was unprovoked, disproportional and excessive

The incident was videoed and distributed on YouTube and social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter. The footage shows a police officer spraying numerous students sat alongside each other on the ground at close range while walking past them. The video also displays officers detaining students as members of the crowd repeatedly shout the words “shame on you”.

According to CBS News, ten individuals were arrested by police at the scene. Nine students that were sprayed were given medical treatment at the location; Two were hospitalised, but later released.

Linda P.B. Katehi, university chancellor, has accepted “full responsibility for the incident” and has launched an investigation. She described the use of such methods as “chilling”; the video displays, “sad and really very inappropriate” enforcement and the incident has prompted “many questions about how best to handle situations like this”.

Meanwhile, the Davis Faculty Association, representing academic staff, condemned the actions taken by the University of California, calling the actions of the police officers “unprovoked, disproportional and excessive”. The association statement requested the chancellor of the university resign for what they called a “gross failure of leadership”. Katehi has refused to resign, believing that she had not “violated the policies of the institution”. She also stated: “I have worked personally very hard to make the campus a safe campus for all.”

Charles J. Kelly, who used to work as a lieutenant for Baltimore Police Department, defended the actions of the police officers as-seen in the video, calling it to be “fairly standard police procedure”. Kelly explained that the use of pepper spray is preferable to physical force in such situations, as opposed to attempting to lift up protesters. “When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them,” explained Kelly. “Bodies don’t have handles on them.”

University of California, Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza also defended the officers’ actions, claiming “[t]he students had encircled the officers”. They “needed to exit” and “were looking to leave but were unable to get out”.

Submitted by: Lara Nudles

I admit, I did many diets, in most of them I was able to lose some weight.

In one of them I lost about 15 kegs within one month. Yes 15 kegs.

But also, I have to admit that I am no more able to do any tough diets!

Is it because of the age? Or is it because of life pressure around us ?

When I feel upset, stressed and angry I feel hungry!

Then immediately I will start thinking of food, something to eat, something to fill my stomach!

Many of you may agree with me that, after eating, most of the bad feelings will be removed from our shoulders or reduced to a very low level !

Diets are not easy process, especially the tough ones which force our bodies to lose a lot of weight in short period.

But because of our current life style, bad eating habits and the low food quality, our bodies can simply gain a lot of weight in a very short period!

I remember , last winter early morning , in a rainy day I saw my very old neighbor doing the jugging sport, I felt petty to him, so i opened my car window and offered to give him a left, but he waved his skinny hand away

asking me to leave him . I am not exaggerating, but believe me I was shocked for that determination and insisting!

After deep thinking of what I saw , I believe now : there are 4 Ways to get any diet keep going :

1. Know Your Weight Loss Goals.

Consider how much you need to lose before you decide how to do it?

2. Understand Your Weight Loss Personality.

Personality plays a role in our attitude towards food, know your tendencies and tailor your plan to conquer

the unproductive inclinations.

3. Double Up: Diet & Exercise.

Many people may ask which should come first, diet or exercise?

The simple answer: jump in and do both. Do the combination of diet and exercise.

4. Make a Firm Weight Loss Commitment.

To be successful, it helps to understand why you want to lose weight?

So before you begin a weight loss plan, ask yourself:

Am I ready to do this?

Is my motivation coming from within?

Can I deal with occasional setbacks or lack of progress?

Can I focus on weight loss fully?

Be sure you’re committed to losing weight for yourself – not because someone else is pressuring you to do so.

Then, take things slowly, and you should be on the road to weight loss in no time.

Another question may will come to your mind :

Should I Consider Surgery?

Well , my advice if you are more than 100 pounds overweight,

you may want to ask your doctor this question.

Your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not surgery is a good idea or not.

But, if you haven’t tried to lose weight before, your doctor will more than likely suggest that you try and lose weight through other means.

If you are morbidly obese, or have tried several different diets,

you doctor may suggest one of the many surgeries that can help you lose weight

Back to the eternal question: The ultimate diet for fast, safe weight loss: Is it there?

Well,there is now a popular diet that is currently circulating around everywhere, called : the Abs Diet.

This diet will flatten your stomach in six weeks and help you stay lean for life.

It is not another fad diet but one you can live with for the rest of your life.

If anybody interested in more tips and information about Diets , then this free 20 pages e-book about diets and the ABS System shocking could be very useful.

Given that most people who go on fad diets give up after only a few measly weeks, this is a critical part of any diet that hopes to be successful.

About the Author: Lara Nudels , from UK, writing articles in the Arabic websites since 4 years. Mainly concentrating on educational articles . I started lately to write articles in English to sharper my skills. I am a main writer in


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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

United States General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I), and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, testified today before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services on the security and political conditions in Iraq.

In General Petraeus’ opening statement he said, “I recommended to my chain of command that we continue the drawdown of the surge combat forces and that, upon the withdrawal of the last surge brigade combat team in July, we undertake a 45-day period of consolidation and evaluation.”

General Petraeus further told the Senators that the security gains that have been made in Iraq are “fragile and reversible”. He said that Iran is supporting the insurgents.

Ambassador Crocker spoke about the recent fighting that took place in southern Iraq, centered around Basra. “Taken as a snapshot, with scenes of increasing violence, and masked gunmen in the streets, it is hard to see how this situation supports a narrative of progress in Iraq,” he said.

“There is still very much to be done to bring full government control to the streets of Basra and eliminate entrenched extremist, criminal, and militia groups. When viewed with a broader lens, the Iraqi decision to combat these groups in Basra has major significance,” said Crocker.

The ambassador also shed light on base negotiations between the US and Iraq. “The agreement will not establish permanent bases in Iraq, and we anticipate that it will expressly foreswear them,” Crocker said. “The agreement will not specify troop levels, and it will not tie the hands of the next administration.”

Committee chairperson Carl Levin, Michigan, criticized Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki, saying that the government of Iraq was at risk due to “incompetence and the excessively sectarian leadership.”

Senators John McCain, Arizona, the ranking member of the committee, and Hillary Clinton, New York, committee member, are expected to question Petraeus and Crocker. Barack Obama, Illinois, will get his chance when Petraeus and Crocker testify before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations later today at 2:30 p.m. EDT (UTC-5).

Together the three make up the remaining major party candidates in the 2008 United States presidential election.

The proceedings, which are open to the public, were interrupted by protestors on more than one occasion. “Bring them home!” yelled one of them as he was escorted out of the room.

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list and for an alphabetically arranged listing of schools.

Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Ohio
  • 3 Oklahoma
  • 4 Oregon
  • 5 Pennsylvania
  • 6 Rhode Island
  • 7 South Carolina
  • 8 South Dakota
  • 9 Tennessee
  • 10 Texas
  • 11 Utah
  • 12 Vermont
  • 13 Virginia
  • 14 Washington
  • 15 West Virginia
  • 16 Wisconsin
  • 17 Wyoming

Submitted by: Mike Lang

Look out! Youre about to be hit! THWACK! THWACK! Run! Run! THWACK! THWACK! These are the sounds you might hear at the exhilarating sport called paintball.

If you are looking for an exciting activity that will give you an adrenaline rush, then try paintball, the sport where you try to eliminate your opponent by hitting him with pellets of paint. Using guns powered by compressed gas, you shoot those pellets of paint (paintballs) at your opponents. When a player is hit by the paintball, he is eliminated from the game. Because the pellets are filled with paint, it is easy to tell who has been hit and is thus out of the game.

Imagine the adrenaline rush of chasing after another human being, your heart pounding as you dart your eyes back and forth, scanning the surroundings for other opponents. When you shoot your paintball game, THWACK! THWACK! your paintball splatters against your enemy, spattering paint all across his uniform. You took out a man!

Eliminating your opponents and evading being hit yourself makes this sport such a great competition. The most popular game of paintball is Capture the Flag. Two teams can play this game whose objective is to capture the flag at the opponents base and bring it back to your own. When a member of one team is hit, he is out of the game, but the rest of his team still plays. Whichever team can steal the others flag, through whatever strategy needed, and bring it back to their own home base wins.

Although Capture the Flag is the most popular game, there are many others paintball enthusiasts can play, too. One simple version is just a basic game of Elimination: in this game, once a player is hit, he is eliminated. The last player left standing is thus the winner. You arent trying to work as a team to protect one another or steal your opponents flag. You are just fighting to stay alive.

As with any sport, the game does have some hazards. After all, you are running and shooting – shooting pellets out of a gun propelled by compressed air. When the pellets hit you, they do sting, but dont typically cause real injury. If the hit is at close range, you might be bruised; therefore, masks are typically worn to protect the face and eyes.

However, all in all, the game is less dangerous than many other sports.

Since the sport began in the late 1970s, it has become very popular. Most research shows that well over 5 million people play in the United States alone. In fact, there are organized competitions with regional tournaments all around the nation. Paintball leagues and professional games are also becoming more popular.

However, the sport is still most widely enjoyed at the recreational level by amateurs just looking for a few hours of fun. Men make up the majority of players, but women are increasingly finding the thrill of the game as tempting as men.

If you want to feel an adrenaline rush like not other, then try a game of paintball.

About the Author: Mike regularly writes for, they carry such paintball equipment as the

Invert Mini Paintball Gun

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See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list and for an alphabetically arranged listing of schools.

Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Alabama
  • 3 Alaska
  • 4 Arizona
  • 5 Arkansas
  • 6 California
  • 7 Colorado
  • 8 Connecticut
  • 9 Delaware
  • 10 District of Columbia
  • 11 Florida
  • 12 Georgia
  • 13 Hawaii
  • 14 Idaho
  • 15 Illinois
  • 16 Indiana
  • 17 Iowa
  • 18 Kansas
  • 19 Kentucky

Using a Corporate Limousine Service in New York for Efficient Business Travel


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Undoubtedly one of the busiest cities in the world, with bustling airport terminals to match, New York is a hub for international tourists, residents and commuters alike. The city never sleeps and is alive day and night offering all kinds of attractions and business opportunities. Getting around in this modern metropolis can sometimes be a real headache with traffic jams, accidents and stop lights all hindering transport between your destinations.

1. Reliable New York Airport Transportation 24/7

Whether you’re flying from JFK, La Guardia or any other New York airport, you want to be sure that you get to your gate in plenty of time. Traveling to a national or international destination for business can always present problems, so we aim to make your New York airport transportation as relaxing as possible- allowing you to focus on what’s important. We can pick you up from any destination in NY or Long Island, and you can rest assured our chauffeurs know the best route to get you there on time.

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2. A Door-to-Door Service

While public transport is one of the cheaper options, an NYC black car service or limousine service like ours will ensure that your transport is stress-free at all times. You will be greeted by a personal chauffeur who will load and unload your luggage at the destination points, plus you can leave the comfort of your home or workplace and be at the departure lobby in next to no time. Don’t take the risk of using public transport which will drop you many blocks from your desired location, leaving you to walk with your luggage. What’s more, if you call for a cab at the last minute, there may not even be one available for you.

3. Booking and Billing Convenience

Often it can be hit and miss when trying to get to your workplace or airport destination when you call a cab or opt for public transport. You don’t know how much it will cost in advance, and the service you receive compared to a corporate limousine service will always be lacking. With us, you can book your travel days or weeks in advance, plus you can pass the billing note on to your company’s financial department rather than paying yourself for transportation and waiting to be reimbursed down the line. This is an ideal choice for busy business travelers who expect their New York airport transportation to run like clockwork.

4. The Quality of the Transportation

When opting for an Uber or local taxi, there is no guarantee that you will be getting in a vehicle that is fully maintained, has been cleaned or that the driver meets your standards. In contrast, when you choose an NYC black car service for your New York airport transportation, you can be sure that whichever vehicle you choose from the fleet will have been duly taken care of. You are also safe in the knowledge that your driver has been checked and vetted, and has years of experience under their belt. When you use Delux, you won’t find any nasty smells, ripped seats or general unpleasantness often associated with local cabs.

5. Wide Choice of Vehicles

Unlike some NYC black car services, Delux allows you to choose which vehicle you would like to ride in ahead of time. We have a wide range to choose from to suit your needs, whether you’re traveling solo or with a group of colleagues. Traveling on the subway or a bus can be a tense experience, crammed in with hundreds of other people, but our vehicles allow you to sit back and relax, use your computer with power points and WiFi in selected models, or simply take in the scenery.

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More than forty years of providing top level, reliable and affordable ground transportation, has established Delux Transportation Services as a leader in the Greater New York area. We are able to service you with a wide range of transportation services.

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