Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Don't scale down this holiday season. The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale not only measures your weight, fat mass, lean mass and body-mass index, but will then transmit that data to your an app on your smartphone and chart it out for you. Just what you need after a big meal. $159.00, Withings.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's not the size of the speakers that matters. The Jawbone Jambox portable wireless speaker delivers crystal clear sound with an output of up to 85 decibels, enough to fill the largest of New York apartments. 199.99, Jawbone.com

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's time to stop plugging your camera into your computer. The new Eye-Fi memory card has built in wi-fi capabilities that will tranfer photos and videos wirelessly straight from your digital camera straight to your smartphone, iPad or computer. $47.99 - $79.99, JR.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

See without being seen, that's the goal of the Spy Net Video Glasses, which can record up to 20 minutes of video with sound. Perfect for the budding young spy in all of us. $29.99, Target.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Make your Skype/GChat experience a pleasurable one with the comfortable Logitech Wireless Headset H800, which connects to all devices via bluetooth and features a built-in equalizer. $99.99, amazon.com.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

HIV trial is breakthrough during 2011

 	An Indonesian volunteer lights candles during a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day in Jakarta

An Indonesian volunteer lights candles during a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day in Jakarta

A landmark clinical trial that showed HIV drugs can be as effective as condoms in preventing transmission of the virus that causes AIDS was declared Science magazine's breakthrough of the year on Thursday.

Other top achievements of 2011 included a Japanese spacecraft's return to Earth with dust from an asteroid, progress toward a malaria vaccine and discoveries about modern humans' gene links to cavemen.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, has published in the journal Science magazine's December 23 issue of top 10 acheiments in the year 2011.


 

Missing 9-year-old Indiana girl found dead-Charged family friend for murder

The neighbor who was babysitting a 9-year-old Indiana girl when she went missing last week will be formally charged with murder Tuesday, a heartbreaking turn for the girl's relatives who considered him a family friend.

Authorities said Monday night that Aliahna Lemmon had been found dead and Mike Plumadore, who was watching Aliahna and her two sisters when she went missing Friday, was being held on a murder charge. He and Aliahna's family lived in the same mobile home park in Fort Wayne.

"He was a trusted family friend," Aliahna's step-grandfather, David Story, told The Associated Press late Monday, saying he was surprised by the arrest.

Plumadore, 39, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

He was arrested after being interviewed by police, Allen County sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said. Investigators said Aliahna's body was found in the northeastern Indiana county, but no details were released.

On Monday, FBI agents descended on the rundown mobile home park where Aliahna lived and was last seen. It's a known haven for registered sex offenders, though Plumadore is not on Indiana's registered sex offenders list. He has a criminal record in Florida and North Carolina that includes convictions for trespassing and assault.

No active search was done Sunday for Aliahna, though more than 100 emergency workers searched for her Saturday around the mobile home park. Tinkel said the same size search could not be sustained because of the Christmas holiday.

Aliahna's mother, Tarah Souders, told The Journal Gazette earlier Monday that her daughter had vision, hearing and emotional problems and suffered from attention deficit disorder. Aliahna and her sisters were staying with Plumadore because their mother had been sick with the flu and Aliahna's stepfather works at night and sleeps during the day.

Plumadore told the newspaper Sunday that he left the three girls in his mobile home about 6 a.m. Friday and went to a gas station about a mile away to buy a cigar. Authorities have said the store's surveillance video shows him there about that time.

"I had dead-bolted the door," he said. "When I got back, all the girls was here."

He said he smoked his cigar and went back to sleep, then woke up about 10 a.m. when Aliahna's mother called. After that call, he realized the door to the home was unlocked and that Aliahna was gone. He said Aliahna's 6-year-old sisters told him Aliahna had left with her mother.

Plumadore said it wasn't until he talked with Aliahna's mother about 8:30 p.m. that they realized she was missing and police were notified. Souders said the miscommunication caused the delay in determining that Aliahna had vanished.

"She's never wandered off," she said earlier Monday.

Elizabeth Watkins, who lives nearby, said residents are cautious and keep to themselves in part because of the number of sex offenders living in the mobile home park. According to a state website, 15 registered sex offenders live in the park that numbers about two dozen homes. Watkins and she didn't know Plumadore and was shocked when told of the girl's death.

"I'm numb, I'm totally numb. I don't know what to think," she said. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rihanna’s new video present's for her fans on Christmas

Rihanna had an early Christmas present for her fans - premiering the video for "You Da One" online Friday.

In the mostly black-and-white video, the 23-year-old year-old R&B star gyrates her way through the 3:28 song and manages to make bowler hats, evocative of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," sexy.

At one stage, Rihanna is stripped down to a flesh-colored bodysuit and is bathed in lighting that casts leopard spots on her seemingly-naked body. Fashionista magazine pointed out similarities with a spread fashion photogrpaher Sølve Sundsbø did for an issue of Numero in 2008. Rihanna recently settled out of court with another photographer, David LaChappelle, over charges his work was "borrowed" in her "S&M" video.

Most of her fans on the Internet though, couldn't get enough of their semi-naked idol, with many begging fellow fans to re-tweet the clip to keep it at the top of Twitter's trends.

The video for "You Da One" was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who also helmed the singer's "We Found Love" and S&M videos.

The second single from "Talk That Talk," released last month, "You Da One" follows her hit "We Found Love," which has topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the past eight weeks. That put her ahead of reigning 2011 champ Adele, who topped the charts for seven weeks earlier in the year with "Rolling in the Deep 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nominations Announced for 18th Annual SAG Awards

 
 
SAG Awards Committee Vice Chair Daryl Anderson and SAG Foundation Board President and SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announce the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild awards Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

 LOS ANGELES — The Deep South drama “The Help” cleaned up with four nominations Wednesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among them honors for Viola DavisJessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

The adaptation of the best-selling novel also was nominated for best ensemble cast, along with the silent film “The Artist,” the wedding comedy “Bridesmaids,” the family drama “The Descendants” and the romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris.”

Davis is up for best actress and Spencer for supporting actress as black maids who agree to share stories of their tough lives with an aspiring white writer at the start of the civil-rights movement in 1960s Mississippi. Chastain also was nominated for supporting actress as Spencer’s lonely, needy new boss.

“The Artist” ran second with three nominations, including a best-actor honor for Jean Dujardin as a silent star falling from grace amid the advent of talking pictures and supporting actress for Berenice Bejo, who plays a rising sound-era movie star.

Along with Davis, best-actress contenders are Glenn Close as a woman disguising herself as a male butler in 19th-century Ireland in “Albert Nobbs”; Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”; Tilda Swinton as a grief-stricken woman coping with her son’s horrible deeds in “We Need to Talk About Kevin”; and Michelle Williams asMarilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Joining Dujardin in the best-actor category are Demian Bichir as a hard-working illegal immigrant father in “A Better Life”; George Clooney as a neglectful dad tending his two daughters in “The Descendants”; Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in “J. Edgar”; and Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane in “Moneyball.”

The SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 29.

The nominations are among the first major honors on the long road to the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. 

Holiday shoppers need to be wary of cyber fraudsters to avoid identity theft

 The holiday shopping season is prime time for cyber scammers to try to steal online consumers’ identities.

The holiday shopping season is prime time for cyber scammers to try to steal online consumers’ identities.

ITis the season for cyber scamsters to try to steal your identity.

Droves of shoppers are purchasing online this holiday season: The average consumer plans to do as much as 36% of his or her holiday shopping online, up from 32.7% last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

And a record number of shoppers are projected to purchase gifts from a mobile device during the holiday season — an estimated 17.8 million, according to BigResearch.

All that online traffic is bait for cyber fraudsters eager to do damage like stealing your credit card information and making unauthorized purchases.

While there is no 100% protection, there are things you can do to protect yourself.

“It is important, especially around this time of year, to remain vigilant and focused on cyber security and protection,” said Keith Gordon, security, fraud and enrollments executive at Bank of America.

We asked Gordon and consumer expert Andrea Woroch to share their tips for shopping securely online.

Don’t use the same login that you use for online banking with anything else. “Keep it unique,” Gordon said.

Don't opt to have websites remember your login/account information. This is especially important when it comes to a laptop or mobile device.

If the device is left somewhere or stolen, a fraudster can easily access your personal information.

For an extra layer of security, add a password to your mobile device in case it’s left somewhere or stolen.

Make sure your security software is up-to-date.

Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system is the best way to avoid viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Smartphones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.

For example, Trusteer, which is free from Bank of America, works alongside your anti-virus software and firewall in order to help prevent malware and fraudulent websites from stealing your online ID, passcode and other sensitive information.

The program also protects your browser communication while using the Bank of America online banking site to keep malware from tampering with your transactions.

New and existing Bank of America online banking customers receive McAfee Internet Security free for 12 months. 

Unemployment claims falls to 366,000

Fewer people are looking for unemployment benefits than they have in three years, according to a new report.

Fewer people are looking for unemployment benefits than they have in three years, according to a new report.

The good news on the economic front keeps on coming.

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits dropped to a three and half year low last week and factory activity in New York state hit a seven-month high in December, providing more evidence that the troubled economy is finally on the mend.

Investors cheered the rosy economic numbers sending the Dow up more than 120 points to 11,944.46 or 1% in early trading.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. That was the lowest level since May, 2008 and it came in lower than the 390,000 predicted by economists.

On top of that, the New York Federal Reserve said its Empire State general business conditions index hit its highest point since May, rising to 9.53 from 0.61 in December. The index was juiced by lots of new orders and a boost in hiring.

The positive economic reports come on the heels of the November unemployment rate dropping to a two and half year low of 8.6%.

Even so, the weak economic picture in Europe continues to cast ominous clouds on the U.S. economy.

The Federal Reserve noted the improvement in the jobs market, but said that unemployment remains high and Europe’s woes remain a risk for the U.S.

Another report from the Labor Department said producer prices rose slightly more than expected in November, while the year-on-year rate for prices excluding food and energy increased by the most in nearly two and half years. 

Wonder Woman checks breasts for cancer in Mozambique awareness campaign

 	Breast cancer awareness ads feature superheroes giving themselves breast exams. Wonder Woman is featured here.

 Breast cancer awareness ads feature superheroes giving themselves breast exams. Wonder Woman is featured here.

Breast cancer awareness ads feature superheroes giving themselves breast exams. She-Hulk is featured in this one.
 Breast cancer awareness ads feature superheroes giving themselves breast exams. She-Hulk is featured in this one.

Even superheroes need to check their breasts for cancer.

The African nation of Mozambique has launched a breast cancer awareness campaign that features some of the mightiest female superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Storm, She-Hulk and Catwoman, checking their breasts for lumps.

The artist Maisa Chaves drew the women of steel from the chin to the torso, alluding to the heroines’ uniforms to reveal their identity.

"When we talk about breast cancer, there's no women or superwomen. Everybody has to do the self-examination monthly. Fight with us against the enemy and, when in doubt, talk with your doctor,” the ad copy for the Associação da Luta Contra o Cancer reads.

Mozambique isn’t afraid to shock if it means that more women make appointments with their doctors.

Previous ads made it appear as though spiders and cockroaches were living under the skin of women’s breasts. 

New condom brand offers 95 different sizes; TheyFit allows consumers to measure to fit

A 2009 study by the Kinsey Institute and the University of Kentucky found that in an online survey of 436 men, nearly 45 percent reported problems with ill-fitting condoms.

 A 2009 study by the Kinsey Institute and the University of Kentucky found that in an online survey of 436 men, nearly 45 percent reported problems with ill-fitting condoms.

Launched this week, a custom-fitted condom dubbed TheyFit offers men a staggering range of 95 different condom sizes.

To get the right size, men measure their length and girth based on a downloadable "FitKit" chart, which also comes with a special measuring tape (which you can cut out after printing) to ensure the perfect prophylactic fit.

The UK-based company says it has spent more than 15 years of research and development to devise the range of sizes.

 A 2009 study by the Kinsey Institute and the University of Kentucky found that in an online survey of 436 men, nearly 45 percent reported problems with ill-fitting condoms, including breakage, slippage, and difficulty reaching orgasm for both their partner and for themselves.

Last year a London-based condom retail website Condomadvisor.com, also known as Vinico (the same company that helped introduce the spray-on condom in 2006), said that nearly 83 percent of all English men wear the wrong size condom.

TheyFit head Joe Nelson told The Sun in the UK: "We have custom-fit for clothes and shoes. Now we're applying it to something where great fit and comfort are even more critical to enjoyment."

A box of six colorless, odorless, and prelubricated TheyFit condoms can be bought at theyfit.co.uk for £6.99 ($10.80) for anyone residing in the EU. The website says it is working on gaining regulatory approval for sales in the US.

Another "made-to-measure" condom is My.Size condom, which offers seven different sizes ranging from 1.5 inches to over 2.7 inches in width.

The Condomadvisor.com survey interviewing 2,539 English men also found the "typical" penis length ranged from 3.5 inches to 8.7 inches with an average of 5.7 inches, "which means there is just is no standard size."

Condomadivisor.com also reported that a standard condom fits only 17.6 percent of men, leaving the rest of the guys wearing ill-fitting condoms that are "so tight they cut off circulation (and impede erections) or so large they're floppy and nonfunctional," according to the My.Size website. 

One in five women has been raped in the US -Report CDC

Feminist leaders and activists hold a protest in front of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Headquarters demanding that IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn be removed from his post in Washington, DC, on May 18 2011. Strauss-Kahn resigned his post via a letter sent from jail on May 18.    AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Feminist leaders and activists hold signs to protest sexual violence.

One in five American women will be raped in the course of her lifetime, according to a survey released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

The shocking detail was part of a comprehensive report on various types of sexual violence. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey is ongoing, CDC officials say, and data is being compiled through telephone surveys throughout the country.

The report highlights several other statistics that highlight the frequency of sexual violence in America, particularly violence that occurs in intimate relationships:

* One in four women has or will be a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

* One in six women will suffer a terrifying experience at the hands of an abuser or stalker.

*  One in six women has been the victim of a stalker, and the act of stalking often occurs via text messages, social networking sites or unwanted phone calls.

* 80% of rape victims were attacked before the age of 25.

* Men also experience violence in intimate relationships, though they are far less likely than women to report it.

* Roughly 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

* One in every 19 men claims to have been stalked to the point that they believed their lives were in danger.

* More than 25% of male rape victims were first assaulted when they were 10 years-old or younger.

Men and women who are victims of sexual and physical violence are likely to experience chronic pain, emotional distress and numerous ailments that are linked to traumatic experiences and the resulting stress.

“These forms of violence take the largest toll on women, who are more likely to report immediate impacts and long-term health problems caused by their victimization,” said Dr. Linda C. Degutis, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

“Much victimization begins early in life, but the consequences can last a lifetime.” 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down 'Law & Order

 	ows protesters shut down a filming of law and order at foley sq in manhattan

Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down filming of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' at Foley Square in Manhattan.

More than 100 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators stormed the set for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” across from the Manhattan State Supreme Courthouse, shutting down production of an OWS-themed episode.

"We made it so that they could not exploit us and that's awesome," said Tammy Schapiro, 29, of Brooklyn.

The protesters arrived around midnight at Foley Square and roamed around the park inspecting tents and signs built by the production company.

"This is not us," said Drew Hornbein, 24, of Brooklyn Heights. "We are not part of corporate TV America."

Some of the set signs read "End War on Workers" "Greed No" and "War Profiteers."

About 100 police officers lined the perimeter of the production, preventing protesters from getting too close.

"It's hysterical," Hornbein said. "Two weeks ago they kicked us out of Zuccotti Park. Now they have this set trying to pretend it’s us. It's odd."

After midnight, a police officer on a bullhorn announced that the film permit had been rescinded by the city, which drew cheers from the crowd.

Cops then threatened to arrest them if they did not leave the park. After a momentary standoff, police moved in and dispersed the crowd.

"This is bastardization going on. This is not the case of imitation is a form of flattery," said a man identified as Scooby 49. "This is insulting."

The production crew moved in and started dismantling the set. 

Washington State teen praised for saving school bus when driver dozed

A school bus travels down a highway.

A quick-witted State of Washington teen is being hailed as a hero for jumping into action when his school bus driver dozed off on a busy highway.

Emmanuel Williams, 17, was on a bus with about 24 other students Monday when the 65-year-old driver started falling in and out of consciousness, missed an exit and swerved back into traffic, reports said.

Surveillance video of the wild ride shows that Emmanuel shouted, sprang up from his seat and raced three rows forward to rouse the driver before the bus careened into another vehicle or a freeway barrier.

"I'm looking at him the whole time because I don't know what's going on," the senior at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma said at a news conference Wednesday.

"I was looking at him, and his eyes would close, and when we would get to a turn, he would open them up and look both ways, start driving and then ... they would close more and more," he said.

When the bus merged onto Interstate 5, Emmanuel was wide-eyed and hyper alert, the surveillance video shows.

Immediately after the driver missed an exit, the teen made his move.

"As soon as I see his head go down, and I see the bus go back to the freeway, I hop up, get up to the bus (driver) as fast as I can," Emmanuel told local media, including KOMO 4.

The student later took a seat directly behind the driver and continued talking to him to make sure he remained alert, the video shows.

"If something would have happened, if I didn't get up, I know there would have been a big huge thing going on because he would have crashed," Emmanuel said.

Tacoma Public Schools said the driver had an impeccable record during his eight years chauffeuring students.

The driver was removed from the route Monday, given drug and alcohol tests and placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation, a schools spokesman told the Daily News.

"Any time the safety and security of our students is jeopardized, that's a serious incident, and we need to get to the bottom of this situation to make sure nothing like it happens again," spokesman Dan Voelpel told The News.

Voelpel heaped praise on the teenager for saving the day.

"Emmanuel said at his press conference that he might want to be a police officer in the future, and certainly they need to have such powers of observation," Voelpel said.

"Clearly we're grateful that Emmanuel was paying attention to the driver's condition and acted very quickly and decisively to wake up the driver before he crashed," he said. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FBI to change definition of ‘rape’ for the first time since 1929

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 04:  Demonstrators march on a Slutwalk on June 4, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow's first ever slut walk made its way through the town center streets in a bid to raise awareness about commonly-held attitudes towards rape and sexual assault.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The FBI’s definition of “rape” is about to get a long-awaited update, for the first time since 1929.
The revamped description will be broader, pleasing activists who say the current definition leads to the low-balling of sexual assault cases, and also discourages victims to come forward.
An agency panel voted on Tuesday to change the narrow definition that’s currently in use: “Carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”
The new definition, which will more closely match the ones that police departments around the country already use, will remove the word “forcible,” along with several other amendments.
Rape will now include sex attacks by relatives, and include non-traditional penetration.
According to the FBI’s website, the proposed new definition is “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
These changes are crucial, according to women’s rights advocates.
Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project, said the modifications will “better inform the public about the prevalence of serious sex crimes and will ultimately drive more resources to apprehend sex offenders,” according to the HuffingtonPost.com.
The modifications will also allow law enforcement agencies to better report the number of rape cases they encounter. As long as the current definition stands, accurately accounting for rapes is tricky.
“We prosecute by one criteria, but we report by another criteria,” said Steve Anderson, chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, to the New York Times. “The only people who have a true picture of what’s going on are the people in the sex-crimes unit.”
The agency’s decision comes after several women’s rights campaigns, including one by the “Rape is Rape” foundation, which bombarded the FBI with tens of thousands of emails, all urging to change rape’s definition.
“It’s a great victory,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation, which launched the campaign.
“This new definition will mean that, at long last, we will begin to see the full scope of this horrific violence, and that understanding will carry through to increased attention and resources for prevention and action.”
While the panel overwhelming accepted the recommendation, the new definition is still awaiting approval by FBI director Robert Mueller.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Olivia Munn talks about sex, poses topless in racy FHM photo shoot

 

Olivia Munn reveals a sexier side to herself in the January issue of FHM.

Olivia Munn doesn't shy away from showing off her enviable curves - let alone talk about what goes on behind closed doors - in the January issue of FHM.

"When it comes to sex, I think anyone's an idiot to say they're an expert on it. I mean, I have sex, but it's individual for each person," she says.

"You know, like, guys always have that one f---ing 'move', some stupid sh-t, like putting his thumb in your mouth," she adds. "And it's just like, "What are you doing? Who told you this was hot?"

One quality Munn finds attractive in someone of the opposite sex, however, is humor.

The actress and "Daily Show" alum, who was recently voted as one of the 113 funniest people in America, says she would "love" to date a comedian.

"Stand-up comedians are really smart, brilliant people," she explains. "To make someone genuinely laugh is a very hard task. If you have that ability, that means that you have empathy, you can feel things in life. And that's a very attractive quality in somebody. Those guys are smart."

Besides her undeniable good looks, Munn's obsession with video games is also an appealing trait to her many fans.

"I get so addicted to Videos games. I get really focused in on it and I cannot live the rest of my life," she tells the mag. "So If I get into any kind of first person shooter game, I'm done and you won't see me. I'll skip meetings and stuff to sit in and work on my video games." 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

With Christian Bale hanging up his cape, who will be the next Batman?

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Christian Bale, who helped revive the Batman franchise, says he will no longer star as the caped crusader.

The identity of The Caped Crusader may remain a mystery to the citizens of fictional Gotham, but fans of the Batman franchise are clamoring to find out who’ll don the iconic mask next.

Christian Bale, 37, recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the upcoming “Dark Knight Rises” film will be his last, and that his decision to pull the plug on “that Batman era” stemmed from a need to move beyond the comic-book action flicks and onto other projects.

“I wrapped a few days ago, so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off,” he said. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done.

“Everything’s finished. . . . That will be the end of that Batman era.”

But while the English actor moves on to other things — he is set to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set period drama “The Flowers of War” — a new Hollywood hunk will need to step in and take his place.

Here are a few potential industry heavyweights who just might be able to fill Bale’s rubber-clad shoes:

RYAN GOSLING

The of-the-moment sensitive guy (and unjustly snubbed for People’s Sexiest Man Alive title, according to fans who picketed outside the magazine’s office) can do no wrong. He loves his dog, George, stops fights in the middle of the East Village, and has a perpetual boyish smirk that does well both on and off the red carpet. Bulked up and suited up, he could make a smooth transition from super-cute to superhero.

CHRIS PINE

If nothing else, Pine has the intense gaze and jawline to pull off a brooding Bruce Wayne. And after his turn as Kirk in “Star Trek,” Pine has garnered the kind of clout in action films that will pardon him from career choices like “Just My Luck” opposite Lindsay Lohan.

HUGH DANCY

Claire Danes has a knack for darker, thoughtful roles, and her husband is no different. Dancy, who most recently starred in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” opposite new indie wunderkind Elizabeth Olsen, can shift between subtlety and straight-man almost seamlessly, and his natural charm will likely make for one dashing vigilante. 

Justin Bieber wears $1,650 Christmas ‘sweater’ on ‘Today’ show

 	Justin Bieber performs live on the ‘Today’ show's concert series.

Justin Bieber performs live on the ‘Today’ show's concert series.

Justin Bieber wore what looked like a hokey Christmas sweater during a live performance on Wednesday — but it wasn’t anything a grandma knitted.

The teen pop star crooned holiday ditties along with singing superstar Usher on the “Today” show in a $1,650 red and cream snowflake-patterned sweater coat by designer Junya Watanabe, reports the Huffington Post.

 The Fair Isle Varsity Jacket boasts wool and leather and jaunty brown buttons, according to Mr. Porter, a website that sells upscale men’s clothing.

“Blending the 1950s Americana of the varsity jacket with the tactile, heritage appeal of a Fair Isle knit, with a pleasingly modern result, this jacket is both a fashion statement and stylish enough to look good for years to come,” the site boasts. 

To boost male fertility, cut back on coffee, eat more fruit

A new study suggests men eat a diet high in fruit and grains and low in coffee, alcohol, and red meat.

A new study suggests men eat a diet high in fruit and grains and low in coffee, alcohol, and red meat.

To enhance male fertility during IVF treatments, a new study suggests men eat a diet high in fruit and grains and low in coffee, alcohol, and red meat.

The Brazilian study looked at 250 men undergoing a type of fertility treatment with their partners known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, an in vitro fertilization procedure in which a single sperm is injected into an egg.

Researchers discovered that men who drank alcohol and coffee and ate a poor diet were less likely to conceive. Being overweight also contributed to lower sperm concentration and motility, and smoking affected sperm motility.

"In contrast, eating more cereal grains was associated with improved sperm concentration and motility," writes American health publication Third Age on the study on Tuesday. "Fruit was linked to a speed and agility boost in sperm."

The study, from the Fertility-Assisted Fertilization Center in Sao Paolo, was published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility on November 11.

Another recent Harvard University study found that a diet of trans-fat laden junk food can render otherwise healthy young men infertile.

Foods that have previously been shown to boost men's fertility include eggs, salmon, natural yogurt, nuts, seeds, berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and asparagus. 

Exercise modifies the brain to help weight loss-study report

Young man running in countryside.

When exercise is added to a weight-loss diet, treatment of obesity is more successful than adjusting diet alone, according to a Harvard study.

Start exercising and your brain will want to help you lose weight.

A study examining the neuro-relationship between exercise and diet has found that in addition to fostering healthy eating habits, exercise also increases people’s sensitivity to signs of fullness and satiety and helps overcome food temptations.

According to a Harvard study published for the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, when exercise is added to a weight-loss diet, treatment of obesity is more successful than adjusting diet alone, said researcher Miguel Alonso Alonso.

Adding exercise to the program also helped weight loss subjects adhere to the diet for the long haul.

The study, based on data from epidemiological studies and announced November 23, found that one of the key factors in successful weight loss is a cognitive function known as inhibitory control, the ability to resist a strong inclination or temptation -- like overeating -- and do what is most appropriate or needed.

According to Alonso, living in an obesogenic environment -- an environment that promotes weight gain -- presents a constant barrage of stresses on these neuro-cognitive resources, leading to impaired judgement and facilitating impulses to overeat, he said.

Exercise, however, helps improve the brain’s executive functions and overcome these strains, he said.

Past studies have also shown that exercise -- in the form of table tennis -- helped children with developmental coordination disorder to improve their inhibitory control.

Meanwhile, according to fitness experts polled by WebMD.com, the most effective exercises for losing weight include walking, interval training, squats, lunges, push-ups, ab crunches and the bent-over row -- exercises that either target multiple muscle groups, are suitable for different fitness levels or help burn calories more effectively. 

WiFi may damage sperm quality: Study

Man lying on sofa, working on laptop computer.

Man lying on sofa, working on laptop computer.

WiFi technology may cause a major handicap for men hoping to build a family: sperm damage.

A team of Argentine scientists led by Conrado Avendano of the Nascentis Center for Reproductive Medicine in Cordoba found that placing drops of semen from healthy men under a laptop connected wirelessly to the Internet kills or maims the little swimmers.

The scientists reported their findings this month in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.

After four hours next to the WiFi-connected computer, 25% of the sperm had stopped moving and nine percent showed DNA damage.

By comparison, semen kept at the same temperature but away from the computer showed just a 14% drop in mobility and only 3% suffered DNA damage.

Semen placed under the computer without the WiFi connected did not experience significant levels of sperm damage, the study says.

Avendano blames the discrepancy on the electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless communication.

"Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the Internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality," Avendano and his team wrote in this month's article, Reuters reports.

The study is not the first to sound an alarm over the potential of mobile communications technology to undermine sperm health.

A Canadian study reported last year also found evidence indicating that wireless radiation caused DNA damage in sperm.

Computers also wreck havoc on semen just by being hot.

A 2004 American study found that placing a portable computer on the user's lap could boost scrotum temperature by nearly three degrees. Scientists have established that heat damages sperm. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What To Do If You're In An Accident

Drive long enough and the odds are pretty good that you'll be in an accident eventually. No matter how vigilant and aware of your surroundings you are, some other driver isn't and will create a situation where your vehicles collide. So what are you supposed to do after you've been in an accident? What do you need to do to protect yourself and to make sure that you and your vehicle are taken care of?

1) Be Safe

If the accident is minor and the cars are still working, move them out of the main flow of traffic. Every year you hear stories of fender benders that turn into something worse because another vehicle hits the stopped cars, so make sure to put out road flares and reflective warning signs, even if you are on the side of the road. Unless the cars are disabled there's no reason to not move them to a safer location to continue the process - this protects the cars and you.

2) Exchange Information

Get the other person's personal and insurance information. If the person that was driving wasn't the person that owned the vehicle be sure to find out the relationship between them (friend, family, etc) and get the owner's information as well. Be polite, and never admit fault, even if you believe it to be yours.

3) Document What Happened

Take down notes of your account of the incident while they are fresh in your mind. Take pictures of the vehicles, the damage, and where the accident happened if you can do so safely. If there were any witnesses to the accident be sure to get their information as well, as they can be helpful if there's a dispute over what happened.

3) File A Report

Depending on where you are, and their current priorities, the police may not be able to send an officer to the scene of your accident for a statement and to file a report. If that's the case, be sure to file one on your own with the police department as your insurance company may use it as a reference.

4) Call Your Insurer

Once you've returned home be sure to call your insurance company. They'll want the information you gathered from the other driver as well as information about the accident. This process will be easier if you know what coverage you have, so it doesn't hurt to look that up before making the call.

5) Don't Be Afraid to Get a Lawyer

You may not need a lawyer. If the accident is minor, insurance agrees to cover the damages, and there are no injuries, it's fair to assume everything will be taken care of and there's no need to involve lawyers. If, however, there are disputes about who is at fault, or if the accident was severe and there are injuries, especially lingering ones that will require extended care, it may be necessary to retain the services of a personal injury attorney. Remember that just because you contact an attorney doesn't mean you have to go to court, so there's no harm in at least reaching out to make sure you're protected and that you will be taken care of in the long term, not being brushed aside by the insurance company making a quick offer to settle. Call personal injury lawyer for consultation at 877 824 0343/866 943 0897/877 855 3715 

 

IRS Tax settlement - Perfect Tax Relief

Internal Revenue Services, or commonly known as IRS, is a tax collection agency that implements harsh actions and penalties on the people who turn out to be tax evaders. If you are in a condition that you have to deal with IRS, then you should consider some professional help. The help can be sought at Internet as there are many online tax help firms that help you solve your tax related problems. These agencies have highly qualified professionals that can solve your IRS tax problems. These individuals, apart from filling your income tax return, will also help by speaking on your behalf and negotiate with federal officials to increase your tax rebate.

If you are planning to deal with IRS on your own, then it can be very disturbing and difficult.

When you get to know that you have taxes that are overdue and you will not be able to repay them on time, then you might start accumulating late charges and other funds as penalties. It is very important to take control of unpaid taxes as these can get out of control very quickly.

If you are determined to work on your tax issues on your own, then you have to deal with IRS and work out on payment arrangements. It should be noted that IRS is an agency that is very strict with its policies and is very rigid to any change.

The most important thing that is required while dealing with IRS is honesty. You have to trustful and should not lie in any case. Any lie spoken, will be caught and you will put to adverse penalties. Honesty is the only policy that can help you go further and can help you plan an action through which you can pay back the money that you owe to IRS.

You should keep in mind that it is very difficult to reduce your tax debt on your own. You should use a tax debt relief specialist, as he will help you all along the process.

There are many complicated issues, which you may encounter while dealing with IRS and there are many paper filling that needs proper assistance.

So if you are looking for a professional attorney to work on your IRS related Tax debt relief, then these are some factors that should be kept in mind:

- The attorney that you are hiring should have years on experience and should be a specialist in the related field.

- If needed, you can take references from other lawyers to find the best-suited lawyer.

IRS tax debt relief is something that can be handled in many different ways. If you are dealing with your debt on your own, then it is very necessary to make proper preparations. But a professional help is always suggested. In case if you are in the middle of the discussion with IRS, then also you can hire an attorney as in such cases the IRS stops and reschedules the discussion.

Allied State is a full service tax firm that handles all types of Tax Litigation and Controversy matters. They offer professional tax negotiation services to candidates who wish to find a way to a tax settlement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For more information call : 888 654 1884/888 653 0957

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday shopping season - 7 tips to beat buyer's remorse

SENDER: "Dominguez, Robert"

It's easy to overspend when you’re caught up in the spirit of holiday shopping.

It’s even easier to do so without a budget in place, and come January, when the rent is due and credit card bills start piling up, you’ll be suffering from more than a hangover.

This can easily be avoided, though. Not only should you evaluate your finances and assign a strict budget for spending on gifts and seasonal extras, you should learn to avoid common purchase pitfalls that land many shoppers in holiday-buying remorse.

1) Tempting sales signs that lead to impulse buys

Just as important as a budget is knowing what you plan to buy every time you enter a store. This will keep you from overspending on unnecessary items.

Make a list and go over it twice before checking out, to avoid impulse buys. Don’t let sale signs tempt you into spending more than you planned.

2 )Overlooking return/exchange policies

When the shopping gets going, we forget to read return and exchange policies, which can lead to sticky situations and a waste of money.

While some stores extend their return-policy period, most require a gift receipt and may only allow in-store exchanges.

There are also retailers that charge a restocking fee, so it’s always important to read or ask a sales clerk about the return policies before making a purchase.

3) Falling for misleading markdowns

Some retailers have been known to inflate original prices of merchandise to make markdowns look like a better value. Do your homework and research prices of specific goods you plan to buy so you don’t get fooled by false discounts.

4) Missing coupons

Retailers release coupons throughout the holiday season. Be sure not to overlook added discounts, be they from circulars, social media and even your mobile device.

Download CouponSherpa’s free mobile coupon app to get in-store coupons on your phone so you never miss out.

5) Not pricing the competition

Retailers are in fierce competition mode, which means they’re fighting for sales and using various gimmicks to win you over.

Stores have beefed up price-matching policies and some, like Sears and Home Depot, not only guarantee to match the lower price at another store, they will give you an added 10% off.

Though this is great for saving money, you need to do your homework, otherwise you could end up overpaying for an item that’s cheaper next door.

6) Don’t assume discounts are applied

Many retailers hire seasonal sale clerks to help with the holiday shopping rush. Many may not be ready to take on the masses, and checkout mistakes can occur.

Always review your receipt to ensure discounts were applied so that you don’t overspend.

7) Filling up on cheap checkout-aisle extras

There’s a reason checkout aisles are stocked with cheap goods: It’s the retailer’s last chance to get you to spend more before leaving the store.

Those inexpensive items are much more tempting when priced under $10. During busy shopping days, many shoppers sift through the stash while waiting in long lines.

However, purchasing a few of such extras at every store is a quick way to rachet up your holiday bill. 

Black Friday looks to be a bigger deal than ever - Stores across the country will likely be packed with plenty more bargain hunters this year

It was a 4 a.m. rush hour for most Black Friday shoppers last year. Photo by AP

It was a 4 a.m. rush hour for most Black Friday shoppers last year.

Black Friday shoppers, get ready to sharpen those elbows.

Stores across the country will likely be packed with plenty more bargain hunters on this year’s big holiday-season buying weekend, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation.

With a growing number of major retailers planning to open earlier than ever on Black Friday — midnight on Nov. 25, which will mark the official start of the holiday shopping season — stores and malls will have up to 10% more frenzied consumers than last year jamming aisles and looking for great deals, the NRF said.

Up to 152 million people plan to shop the weekend after Thanksgiving, either at stores or online — about 14 million more than the 138 million who planned to do so in 2010.

“We are fully expecting Black Friday to be a very big day for shoppers this year,” said National Retail Federation spokeswoman Kathy Grannis .

“Typically in an economic downturn, shoppers look to this weekend to really make a dent in their holiday shopping lists because the deals are so good, and the midnight openings are a direct result of retailers responding to consumer demand,” Grannis said.

Several national chains with New York-area stores, including Best Buy, Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s, are letting customers in at midnight for the first time rather than the 4 or 5 a.m. Black Friday openings of the past.

Toys “R” Us and Wal-Mart are opening even earlier — 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, on Thanksgiving night.

The survey also found that shoppers are increasingly using social media sites to hunt for bargains. More than 17% will monitor retailers’ Facebook pages, while 11.3% will visit group-buying deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. 

Black Friday looks to be a bigger deal than ever - Stores across the country will likely be packed with plenty more bargain hunters this year

It was a 4 a.m. rush hour for most Black Friday shoppers last year. Photo by AP

It was a 4 a.m. rush hour for most Black Friday shoppers last year.

Black Friday shoppers, get ready to sharpen those elbows.

Stores across the country will likely be packed with plenty more bargain hunters on this year’s big holiday-season buying weekend, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation.

With a growing number of major retailers planning to open earlier than ever on Black Friday — midnight on Nov. 25, which will mark the official start of the holiday shopping season — stores and malls will have up to 10% more frenzied consumers than last year jamming aisles and looking for great deals, the NRF said.

Up to 152 million people plan to shop the weekend after Thanksgiving, either at stores or online — about 14 million more than the 138 million who planned to do so in 2010.

“We are fully expecting Black Friday to be a very big day for shoppers this year,” said National Retail Federation spokeswoman Kathy Grannis .

“Typically in an economic downturn, shoppers look to this weekend to really make a dent in their holiday shopping lists because the deals are so good, and the midnight openings are a direct result of retailers responding to consumer demand,” Grannis said.

Several national chains with New York-area stores, including Best Buy, Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s, are letting customers in at midnight for the first time rather than the 4 or 5 a.m. Black Friday openings of the past.

Toys “R” Us and Wal-Mart are opening even earlier — 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, on Thanksgiving night.

The survey also found that shoppers are increasingly using social media sites to hunt for bargains. More than 17% will monitor retailers’ Facebook pages, while 11.3% will visit group-buying deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. 

Erectile dysfunction risk seen in men who take several medications

The more medications a man took, the more likely he was to experience erectile dysfunction, according to a recent study.

The more medications a man took, the more likely he was to experience erectile dysfunction, according to a recent study.

Erectile dysfunction may not just be a fact of aging — it may have to do with how many medications you’re taking.

The more medications a man took, the more likely he was to experience erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the British Journal of Urology.

In fact, taking multiple medications put a man at higher risk of ED than old age.

Some medications, including beta blockers, anti-depressants and other anxiety medications have already been shown to cause sexual side effects.

A study of men from Southern California took prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications into account when asking them about their erectile dysfunction.

Researchers discovered that the more medications a man took, the more severe his ED was likely to be.

About 30% of men taking 10 or more medications had severe ED, compared with just 6.9% of patients who took two or fewer medications.

“We don’t recognize how much these medications do effect subtle changes in ED,” Dr. Andrew Kramer, a urologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, told MSNBC. “And even slight changes in erectile function can have an impact on a man’s sexual activity.

“It doesn’t take much for a guy to notice ED.”

Researchers are recommending that doctors talk to their patients about how many medications they’re taking before handing out prescriptions for Viagra. 

Sexually transmitted diseases seen among bisexual and gay black men is raising high

While syphilis rates fell 1.6% from 2009 to 2010, the rate among young black men rose 134% since 2006, according to the recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While syphilis rates fell 1.6% from 2009 to 2010, the rate among young black men rose 134% since 2006, according to the recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 19 million people that were diagnosed this year with a sexually transmitted disease, one population has been hit the hardest — young, gay and bisexual black men.

While syphilis rates fell 1.6% from 2009 to 2010, the rate among young black men rose 134% since 2006, according to the recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HIV infections are also spiking within this population.

St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker told CBS News KMOX that of the 400 new cases of gonorrhea and 126 new cases of chlamydia she’s been seeing, 90% are African-Americans between the ages of 15 and 24.

Walker believes online meetups are a serious culprit.

“You don’t have to spend a week in a bar to find somebody you’re comfortable with,” she said, “People are doing it online and they’re doing it faster.”

Across all populations, the rate of chlamydia has steadily increased to 1.3 million cases in 2010.

Researchers believe the rise is due to better screening and more patients being propertly diagnosed.

Blacks and Hispanics are more affected by STDs than whites. This is likely due to social and economic factors — such as low income and lack of access to health care.

Half of sexually transmitted diseases are being spread among the young, according to the CDC.

Young people represent 25% of sexually active people in the U.S. but account for nearly half of new STD cases.

Treating sexually transmitted diseases costs the U.S. $17 billion annually. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New York tops best bars list; The complete list of the World's 50 Best Bars

Cocktail

Drinks International gives cocktail kudos to the Clover Club, PDT, the Pegu Club and other first class NYC watering holes.

New York is dominating the world’s bar scene.

Drinks International, based out of the UK, has publishedits version of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, with the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

From secretive speakeasies that require walking through phone booths, wardrobes and hidden, unmarked doors, editors and bar professionals around the world selected their picks for the best bars around the world.

While New York and London dominate the top 10 list, watering holes from 16 countries are represented along the way, including bars from France, Spain, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

About 100 of the world's top bar professionals contributed to the list which was released last week, including the Playboy Club's Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire's David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno. Votes were received from every continent.

Here are the top 50 bars in the world, according to a panel of 100 bar professionals and Drinks International:

1. PDT, New York

2. Connaught, London

3. Artesian, London

4. Death & Co, New York

5. Milk & Honey, London

6. American Bar at the Savoy, London

7. 69 Colebrooke Row, London

8. Drink, Boston 

9. Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

10. Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia

11. Pegu Club, New York

12. Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

13. Eau De Vie, Sydney

14. Bramble, Edinburgh

15. Employees Only, New York

16. La Capilla Bar, Mexico

17. Merchant Hotel, Belfast

18. Nightjar, London

19. Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco

20. Buddha Bar, Paris

21. Skyview Bar, Dubai

22. The Varnish, Los Angeles

23. Tippling Club, Singapore

24. Milk & Honey, New York

25. 878 Bar, Buenos Aires

26. Der Raum, Melbourne

27. Callooh Callay, London

28. Clover Club, New York

29. Door74, Amsterdam

30. Tommy’s, San Francisco

31. Floridita, Havana

32. City Space, Moscow

33. Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ

34. High Five Bar, Tokyo

35. Le Lion, Hamburg

36. LAB, London

37. Boadas, Barcelona

38. Dutch Kills, New York

39. Worship St Whistling Shop, London

40. BarAgricole, San Francisco

41. Papa Doble">Papa Doble, Montpellier

42. Quo Vadis, London

43. Lounge Bohemia, London

44. Mayahuel, New York

45. Mutis, Barcelona

46. Ruby, Copenhagen

47. Rules, London

48. Hemingway Bar, Paris

49. Zuma, Dubai

50. Star Bar, Tokyo

 

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