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US First Lady Michelle Obama greets trick or treaters at the White House where a Halloween celebration was staged. The First couple welcomed more than 2,000 children from nearby schools to celebrate HalloweenThe First couple welcomed more than 2,000 children from Washington, Maryland and Virginia schools and their families to celebrate the event.

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Club Dread

image Broken Lizard is surrounded by limber, wanton women on a booze-soaked island resort owned by Coconut Pete, a rock star has-been. But the non-stop party takes a turn for the weird when dead bodies start turning up. Everyone begins to look suspicious. Could it be Sam, of the Fun Police brigade, who is quick-on-the- trigger with his tequila loaded super-soaker; Jenny, the over-sexed, fitness instructor; Juan, the flamboyant diving instructor with a secret third-world past; Putman, the bratty-British tennis coach/fanatic; Dave, the ecstasy-crazed, adopted nephew of Coconut Pete; or the burly masseuse blessed with a creepy touch--that can render anyone into instant Jell-O? Can the inhabitants of Pleasure Island unite, solve the mystery and restore happy hour to this tropical bacchanal?

In Pleasure Island, Costa Rica, a serial killer slashes the employees of the Coconut Beach Resort, a paradisiacal place for having sex and fun. He advises the staff to continue working, otherwise he would slaughter the guests also. In a environment of suspicious, and with the employees trapped in the island without communication, the number of deaths increases

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Daylight Savings Time 2009 Fall Back

On  Sunday morning the people woke up with lots  of confusion which was building up since the last 4 days,  with most of them worried because they forgot to set their clocks back.  Not a Problem .

Remember to set your clocks backwards before you go to bed the night before November 1.

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A couple of years ago Daylight Savings Time 2009 fall Back was switched from the last Sunday of Oct to the first Sunday of Nov. For the year 2009, that day falls on  Nov 1st, 2009.

Now the next time we switch the clocks is on  Mar 14 2010 the 2nd Sunday falls in March .

George Vernon Hudson in 1895 introduced the concept of Daylight Savings Time.
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JFGI Meaning

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What's JFGI? What does JFGI mean? What is the definition of JFGI? Is this a company name, an acronymn of some big company, health organization or some fans club? Well, not likely.

JFGI seems to mean "Just F*%king Google it". When you don't know the meaning of something and you simply ask without researching for it on the web first specifically google, you get this response- JFGI- Just f**king Google it. That's what JFGI seems to be. Unless there's someone who is using this acronymn for some other meanings.

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Komal Singh Airhostess

State-run Air India today suspended a pilot (Ranbir Arora) and a flight purser (Amit Khanna) who were involved in a midair scuffle on Saturday aboard an international flight from Sharjah to Delhi, and put off duty the co-pilot and air hostess, Komal Singh.

 

 

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kannada rajyotsava

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Every year November 1st is celebrated as Karnataka Rajyotsava in the Karnataka state of India. Kannada Rajyotsava marks the formation of the state of Karnataka as we know today. On this special day all the Kannadigas from the state come together as one and celebrate the day with great pomp and show.

The Rajothsava has an interesting story. In 1956, Mysore state, comprising most of the area of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore, was merged with the Kannada speaking areas of the Bombay and Madras presidencies, as also of the principality of Hyderabad, to create a unified Kannada-speaking subnational entity. The newly unified state initially retained the name “Mysore”, which was that of the erstwhile princely state which formed the core of the new entity, but people from North and Hyderabad region were against the name as it was closely associated with the erstwhile principality and the southern areas of the new state. In deference to this logic, the name of the state was changed to Karnataka on November 1, 1973. D. Devaraj Urs was the Chief Minister of the state when this landmark decision was taken. The name Karnataka was welcome by everyone in the new state and all accepted the new name.

The festival is an official state holday, and it’s literal English translation means “state festival”. Happy Karnataka Rajyotsava!

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lux perfect bride | Two Eliminations

Saturday's episode will see a boy going out of Star Plus' Perfect Bride. And in Sunday's episode a girl will go out of the show.
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Star Plus' Perfect Bride will see not only one but two eliminations happening this weekend.
According to our source, "Saturday's episode will see the Perfect Bride of the week Pooja Tandon choosing Rajbeer Singh and Yashdeep Nain to be the contestants in the danger zone. Ultimately, it was Rajbeer Singh who was caught in a controversy of having a live –in relationship with contestant Priyanka Sharma, as he turned out to be the unlucky one."
"Sunday's episode will see a surprise elimination, and Gurpreet Kaur, will be eliminated," add our source.
Tune into Star Plus' Perfect Bride this weekend to watch the double elimination.
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dance premier league wardrobe malfunction

Dance Premier League 31 October - Level 2 of Tournament Begins With Wardrobe Malfunction

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Western Yodhas continue to dominate the Level 1 of Dance Premier League though Central Surmas aren't much behind by scoring 64 runs in the match yesterday. Level 2 of Dance Premier League 31October will see a face off between Uttar Ke Puttar and Eastern Tigers.
Though Uttar ke Puttar won their first match but in marks tally are behind Eastern Tigers therefore this match will be tough call for both teams. Yesterday on Dance Premier League NRI team Desi Pardesi did a fantastic job but the judges were over critical towards them and it seemed that they were partial towards Central Surmas just because someone performed Indian Classical doesn't mean that it's a good performance. The couple dance of Desi Pardesi was much more eloquent and tough than Central Surmas.
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The first match of Level 2 has to begin with solid energy and do or die attitude both teams have a lot to prove but Eastern Tigers may have to face some humiliations due to Dance Premier League Wardrobe Malfunction when Binaisha Deshmukh's wig falls out during the performance. Will the over critical judges over look this wardrobe malfunction and give runs to Eastern Tigers?
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Oh! Calcutta

Oh! Calcutta! is an avant-garde theatrical revue, created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan. The show, consisting of sketches on sex-related topics, debuted Off-Broadway in 1969 and then in London in 1970. It ran in London for over 3,900 performances, and in New York initially for 1,314. Revivals enjoyed even longer runs, including a Broadway revival that ran for 5,959 performances, making the show the longest-running revue in Broadway history.

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The show sparked considerable controversy at the time, because it featured extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female. The title is taken from a painting by Clovis Trouille, itself a pun on "O quel cul t'as!" French for "What an arse you have!".

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AP Formation Day function live on DD

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The Hyderabad Doordarshan Kendra will telecast live the Andhra Pradesh Formation Day celebrations from N.T.R. Stadium at 8.30 a.m. on November 1. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah will take the salute at the police ceremonial parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Today Show Halloween Costumes”

The Today Show on NBC got into the Halloween spirit on their morning talk show and once again this year, it was a great showing by all of the on air celebrities.

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Matt Lauer was a handsome Humpty Dumpty and his co-host Meredith Vieira made a great wooden boy aka Pinocchio.  Ann Curry was Cinderella and Al Roker did the Gingerbread Man proud.

Other notables were Kathie Lee Gifford as The Big Bad Wolf, Hoda Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood and Amy Robac as Rapunzel.  Even Natalie Morales, currently off on maternity leave, appeared in costume with her young son and the new babe in her arms

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Kerala Piravi,Kerala piravi SMS

 

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Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy was born in Panama City, Florida and grew up mainly in Northwest Florida, with brief periods in England and Maryland, as a result of her parents’ divorce. Her career began when at the age of 16, when her mother enrolled her in a modeling school. Soon, she was modeling locally in Florida, as well as abroad in Japan and Paris. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1991, Murphy went to New York.

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She enrolled at University in Virginia, opting to model part time. Mario Testino shot her for French Vogue, Missoni, Et Vous, and Gucci. In 1994 she was hired for Prada and appeared in major magazines like Harpers Bazaar and Vogue. Anna Wintour had Steven Meisel shoot her for American Vogue in 1995 and he began to use her for campaigns like Dolce Gabbana, Max Mara, and Calvin Klein.

In 1998, she was named VH1/Vogue's "Model of the Year". Barry Levinson chose her for the role of "Dubbie" in his film Liberty Heights. In 1999, she was cited by Vogue as the "Model of the Millennium" and considered a muse by Calvin Klein, landing a contract for the perfume "Contradiction" with fellow Liberty Heights costar, Justin Chambers. She was offered roles in "Pearl Harbor" and many others to follow.

In 2001 Estee Lauder signed her to an exclusive contract. Her first advertising campaign for the brand’s “Defining Beauty” began appearing in 2002. She continues to appear in the advertisements today, recently posing for Estee Lauder’s new fragrance, Sensuous. She shot campaigns for Missoni, Versace and Tiffany & Co. In 2005 she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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Elvira Pictures

Elvira has recently talked about her first sexual experience, mentioning she needed stitches after losing her virginity to famous singer Tom Jones, because he was so well-endowed.
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Cassandra Peterson recalled her night of passion in Las Vegas, Nevada, when she needed medical help.

“It was a little hard to handle, shall we say.

“I ended up with a little tearing, a little bleeding and going to the hospital. I had to get stitches.”

Elvira, who has also dated Elvis Presley, as a teenage showgirl, regrets not losing her virginity to the King.

“I was so stupid for not sleeping with him”, but “Elvis was constantly surrounded by his entourage, and I was only 17, and I’m sure they knew it”, said the Mistress of the Dark.

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Indian Railway New Timetable 2009

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Timings of new trains including the non-stop Duranto express, extension of train services and new stoppages will find place in the new time table of Indian Railways which comes into effect from November one.

According to Northern Railway, departure timings of about 11 trains originating from the region, including the Nizamuddin-Secunderabad and New Delhi-Bilaspur Rajdhani expresses, will be revised from November one.

The new time table which was supposed to come into effect from July one was postponed to November in view of the late presentation of Railway budget this year.

A Northern Railway spokesperson said the new time table will be available in stalls from November onwards.

The timings of all 14 Duranto class of trains announced in the budget will figure in the time table along with the revisions carried out in passenger booking schemes.

Check New  Railway Timetable

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8,500 to run Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday

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Olympian Deriba Merga of Ethiopia would look to exploit his familiarity of the track to defend his title when over 8,500 people, including 266 foreign athletes, brave a chilly Sunday morning to run at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi.

The event which has grown in terms of participation as well as popularity in the last five years, is offering USD 210,000 as the prize money, with the men and women winners bagging USD 25,000 each.

Merga, who had clocked his personal best of 59.15 minutes at the 21.097 km race last year, would face stiff competition this time from last year's runner-up Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and reigning South African national champion Stephen Mokoko.

"I am looking to perform better this year. I would be running here for second time and I think, familiarity to the track would give me some advantages," said Merga, who won the Sunfeast World 10K event in Bangalore this year.

"I have trained well and am in form. The weather is also looking fine. So I am confident about doing well," he added.

Among women, holder Mergia Aselefech of Ethiopia exuded confident of defending her title but she will face tough competition from Kenyan long-distance runner Mary Keitany, who won the World Half Marathon Championship in England earlier this month.

"I am happy to be back in India, I love the people of the country. The weather is fine here and I am hoping for a good performance like last year," Mergia said.

The event also offers rich dividends for Indians with top finishers in both the men and women category receiving USD 4,000 each, while there are handsome rewards for the top-10 finishers also.

There would be 8,429 Indian participants, including 7,430 in men's category.

It would be mandatory for all the participants in the 'Half Marathon' category to wear a specially designed timing chip on their legs to generate authentic results.

To ensure the well being of the participants, six medical stations along the route and one base medical station would be set up to be manned by 120 doctors.

The Sunday morning is all set to watch a star-studded beginning of the race with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in attendance.

Besides, the two high-profile event ambassadors - Australian cricket great Allan Border and compatriot Olympics gold medallist Cathy Freeman - will also be present on the occasion.

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AIIMS Papers

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AIIMS stands for All India Institute of Medical Sciences. This institute was established as an autonomous body of national repute and importance by an Act of Parliament. This institute offers MBBS programme, the admission to which is made through the AIIMS entrance exam, held every year. The MBBS degree offered by the institute is recognized by all the universities of the country and abroad and the holders of the degree are entitled the same privileges as offered by other universities.
The courses offered are Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of duration 5 and half years. 

Examination Pattern:

The number of seats offered by the institute every year is 50, for admission to the MBBS course. A part of these seats is filled through the entrance test conducts by the institute.

The test is held in single stage. It is of three and a half hours duration and consists of 200 questions. The questions are all objective type and reason assertion type.

60 questions each are set in the paper from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Rest 20 questions are of General Knowledge type.

All the questions are of equal marks with negative marking for incorrect response.
There is negative marking for giving incorrect answers.

Syllabus:

There is a specified syllabus of the test but the general standard of the entrance exam is that of 12th standard and the syllabus of PCM followed by different boards of higher secondary education across the country. A general knowledge section is also there.

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guruji music

Well this is what I received regarding Guruji.com in the morning from a close and not-so-net-savvy friend of mine:

“Hi,
Heard the latest news? India has stopped googling for music and has started using the the No. 1 music search engine instead -www.guruji.com. It’s the only website where you can get all Indian music from 1932 to 2009.
Join the gang, stop googling for music. Search Music and Get Music MP3 downloads on Guruji.com. Try it, for music it clearly beats google and all other music sites hands down.
Good site to try it once for music.
Pass this mail to your friends as well.
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And I thought wow, wow, wow. Wait a minute. Is music still on the top of our minds? Or is it only the free stuff that we are interested in? Aren’t we all supposed to kill piracy and stop searching for illegal free music, bit torrent and p2p stuff?
Well whatever happened to integrity, Guruji too interestingly shows the same message quite prominently on their home page: “Thank you for making us No.1 in Music Search!, (As per independent third party research)”.
While the top destination site from Guruji does seem to be a Pakistani music site but as per data from Compete.com the traffic curve of Guruji has been on a decline since May, 2009.
Does anyone care to explain this? Who initiated this email fission? Sounds fishy, does it?
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cricket nirvana

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Match,R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

There are dozens of websites offering for live cricket, or cricket live websites, here are Five good sites to enjoy and watch cricket live. Watch Live Streaming of the 2nd match of the Compaq cup between India Vs New Zealand which will be played at Colombo on Sep 11 (14:30 local,
This is India’s 3rd one-day string in Sri Lanka over the last 13 months.Ind VS NZ unsuccessful to close the job when Sri Lanka were 69 for 5 in 25.3 overs,
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some of the links to get scores online
1. sify cricket - http://scores.sify.com/
2. cricket nirvana :

Live Cricket Score - Indian Cricket News Live on Cricket Nirvana

Get live cricket score on Cricket Nirvana. T20 teams, schedules and news. Indian cricket news, match updates, player profiles and columns by cricket

www.cricketnirvana.com
Cricket Nirvana is the leading cricke website for Live Cricket scores, Results of cricket matches, Analysis of matches and Score cards Cricket Nirvana:
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Blazing fast cricket scores at par with the live action, ball by ball commentary , highlights, graphics. Live chat with fans, cricket news, fan blogs,

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Get fastest cricket scores at par with the live action, ball by ball commentary, highlights, graphics.

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Ten Sports

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9th nco results

DOEACC is an autonomous body under Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India. Its Head Quarters at New Delhi. The DOEACC ‘O’ level course is a foundation (Junior programmer) level course, which provides the students insight into the operational and programming aspects of Computers. This course structure has been designed for the students who are beginners in Computer world. DOEACC conducts various level courses like ‘O’, ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’. It is based in New Delhi with a network of centers around the globe. Formerly, DOEACC Society was known as Regional Computer Center (RCC).

The DOEACC has declared the much waited the Examination result of ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level held in July 2009. The candidates who want to check their results of ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level visit on DOEACC official website.

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Dacula Soccer

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Hebron Christian needed a kicker and head coach Brian Smith started asking who the school’s best soccer player was.
Everyone said the same thing.
Jordan Lowery.
It didn’t really occur to Smith that Jordan could be a girl’s name.
“Finally somebody said, ‘She’s a girl,’” Smith said.
“I said OK.”
After the Lions’ season-opening 26-20 loss to Temple included three missed field goals and a missed PAT, Smith knew an improvement was necessary. So he went recruiting.
“And she’s made us better,” said Smith, who took over a Hebron program in just its second season this year. “There’s no question.”
Lowery, a freshman at the small private school in Dacula, is 14 of 15 on PATs and has a 24-yard field goal to her credit as well. The Lions are 6-2 with two more games to play in their final non-region season.
“She’s great,” Smith said. “She’s a tough kid. She’s very athletic and just savvy about the way she carries herself and plays the game. Even on bad snaps, she’s been able to adjust and still kick them through.”
Lowery’s holder, junior quarterback Paul Stinespring, held himself accountable for her one missed PAT.
“He said, ‘I shouldn’t have tried to put it on the tee, I didn’t get it on the tee,’” Smith said. “He took the blame.
“I told her it was good she went ahead and missed one and got it out of the way.”
Lowery’s been perfect since and her success makes any accommodations a small price to pay.
The Lions don’t actually have locker rooms – the team dresses in the boys bathroom – so that’s not an issue and Lowery waits a bit before going into the away locker rooms during halftime at games.
Sometimes it’s a little more unusual than that.
“The game (three weeks ago) was the first time I’ve had to go ask cheerleaders for bobby pins,” Smith said with a laugh. “I’ve got daughters so I know some of this stuff. We had to have her hair braided pregame before and some of those things are a little different.
“What I’ve told her is I want to make sure you’re OK.”
Smith occasionally has to apologize for saying something to the team about hitting like a girl, but it doesn’t phase Lowery.
“She’s phenomenal,” Smith said.
“We haven’t had a problem yet.
“And I think it’s a testament to her, it’s a testament to our guys. They want her around because she makes us better.”
Which is not to say it wasn’t a little strange for Lowery or the other players at first.
Lowery used the word “weird” to describe what she thought when she was approached to play and the first day of practice.
“Because, I mean, I’m the only girl that’s been asked to play,” she said. “I kicked last year, not for the team, but just at halftime to play around. So people had been asking me to play.
“It was really weird, trying on the pads and everything the first day.”
Senior wide receiver and one of the team’s leaders, Will Treadwell, used the same word.
“At first it was kind of weird,” he said. “But it’s not weird at all. It’s actually pretty cool.”
Lowery said it only took a few days to get used to it.
“It isn’t bad now,” she said. “They actually, like, treat me as one of their teammates.”

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Sleepless in Seattle Cast

Sleepless in Seattle CastSleepless in Seattle 1993 American romantic comedy film and directed by Nora Ephron. Based on the story of Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan, Annie Reed.
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The film is inspired by the affair to remember songs and clips from the movie scene critical applications. A large gathering at the top of Empire State Building is a link to the meeting Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in Affair to Remember is not the case, because the Kerr character is hit by a car on the road.

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Gunbroker Down

After receiving for breast cancer charity auction of rare pink gun R-15 style rifles DPMS Panther Lite was given DPMS Panther Arms. After the charity to the ends October 25 so their website was down. I do not know how much money gunbroker, I did it for charity. And yet it is a false charity, or scamming people who sent money to the auction is over. I hope not, can cause a bad sign for on-line shopping, on-line auctions and other e-commerce.image


All funds from the auction will go to Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, which will be 23-25 October. GunBroker.com Family team will participate in the walk, which Susan G. Komen for the Cure benefits and National Philanthropic Trust.
I do not know is that the state or not, some readers can provide more information

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hammacher schlemmer digital photo converter

Hammacher Schlemmer Portable Digital Photo Converter which gives users the possibility to converts photographs into digital images with ease.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Portable Digital Photo Converter is available for only $62.99 at Amazon down from $120.00, and it comes packed with a 5-megapixel CMOS Sensor, FNO = 3.0 Lens, 4 Glass Elements, viewing angle at 54 degrees, fixed focus range, automatic exposure control, automatic color balance, 1800 DPI scan resolution, 10 bits per color channel data conversion, single pass scan method, and a white LED as a light source.image

 

Hammacher Schlemmer 74597 Digital Photo Converter is compatible with Windows XP and Vista (probably Windows 7 too considering the fact that “7 is Vista, only better”) and it features USB 2.0 interface.

The device measures 10.4″ x 6.7″ x 8.7″ while weighing 4.1 pounds. If you want the Hammacher Schlemmer 74597 Digital Photo Converter then you can buy it right here at Amazon.com for only $62.99.

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HT Summit: Saif, Kareena write ad code for themselves

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Kareena says she won't endorse food chains, and Saif says no to 'chaddis'.

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News report sparks condemnation (The Post and Courier)

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An unconfirmed Fox News report Friday that the Obama administration plans to move a handful of Guantanamo, Cuba, detainees to the Navy brig in Hanahan set off a firestorm of condemnations and confusion. It remains unclear whether the report was accurate.

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Patriots pitch shutout on muddy Rossview field

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Just like the old postal service motto about not being stopped by sleet or rain or anything else, Henry County High School senior Lennies McFerren ran the Henry County High School football team to a 20-0 victory on a swampy field at Rossview High School in Clarksville Friday night.
McFerren scored three touchdowns while running for 175 yards on 31 carries in a game that more closely resembled mud wresting rather than football. Henry County finishes the regular season with a 9-1 record and secured the District 10-AAA championship outright.
The win over the Hawks was hard for the Patriots to celebrate because of a first-half injury to senior receiver/safety Skylar Haley. Haley broke a leg while playing defense and left the field by ambulance.
Henry County will be at home in the first round of the playoffs next Friday. The TSSAA will begin announcing the playoff brackets for the six classifications at 7 this morning.
To see the Patriots' playoff prospects, check this page later today or Sunday if the rainy weather prevented all the necessary games being played on Friday. Look for photographs and more details on the Patriots' win at Rossview in Monday's Post-Intelligencer.

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Google puts songs a click away in search

The Hindu : Sci-Tech / Internet : Google puts songs a click away in search
A new music feature rolled out by Google Inc. will bring its U.S. searchers one click away from listening to a full-length song.

The simple design brings up to four songs to the top of search results. Once one is clicked on, the song will play on pop-up players from MySpace or Lala. The search results are also accompanied by album art and links to music sites Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody.

Internet users can search by artist name, album or song title and can even access a song by typing in part of its lyrics.

The clutter-free box pushes down other search results, such as the artists’ home page and fan sites, and reduces what Google Inc. calls “time to result,” in this case meaning how much clicking one has to do to hear a song.

“Within that mission of trying to make music search easier is to keep it simple,” said R.J. Pittman, Google’s director of product management. “Exercising great restraint in the design of this is what’s going to maximise its adoption.”

Recording companies are supportive of the move to put legitimate sources of music at the forefront.

“This is about extending reach,” said Courtney Holt, president of MySpace Music, the social network’s joint venture with recording companies.

It marks a big coup for News Corp.’s MySpace, which spent $20 million this month to buy music recommendation engine iLike. ILike had been working on the project with Google for months, according to co-founder Ali Partovi.

After clicking on a song, a MySpace music player will pop-up roughly half the time to play it in full at least once, with an option to buy song downloads from Amazon.com Inc. or Apple Inc.’s iTunes.

Users who try to listen to the same song again may get only shorter previews, though the full-length songs along with videos, tour dates, and ticketing and other band information remain available by clicking through to the MySpace or iLike websites.

Lala, whose player powers the other half of song plays, also offers a way to purchase a song download from its collection of more than 7 million songs after offering one free listen.

The Palo Alto-based start-up, in which Warner Music Group Corp. invested $20 million, benefits by being exposed to the millions of people who conduct music-related searches on Google every day.

Lala also offers songs that can be played forever online for 10 cents each and is preparing to launch an iPhone app that enables users to listen to those songs on the go.

“If you think about music discovery today, the vast majority begins with a Google search,” said Lala co-founder Bill Nguyen. “This is going to be the shortest path from interest in music to the ability to play it.”

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Top Ten Tips For Resume Writing

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By Cathy Baniewicz

1. Start with a clearly stated job objective or background summary. An objective works best when you can be specific as to the type of position you are looking for. If you are flexible and can consider several types of positions, the background summary may be the best way to highlight your skills and abilities.

Examples:

Objective: Position as a Controller utilizing successful accounting and managerial experience.

Background Summary: Experienced manager with excellent team abilities and strong leadership skills. Enthusiastic, highly motivated and can be counted on to get the job done.Excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to all levels within an organization.

(Note: If you have your resume on your computer, you can change the objective and/or background summary to fit a particular position.)

2. A good resume sets forth your accomplishments. It should not be a list of job duties. Employers want to know what can do for them and how you have contributed in your previous positions. Begin each statement with an action verb and provided quantifiable information whenever possible:

Examples:

Increased sales by ___% each quarter for the past two years.

Developed a ___________program resulting in savings of $__________.

Served as team leader on a project which resulted in cost savings of $________.

Designed and implemented a performance appraisal program for six locations.

3. It is not necessary to list every job you have ever had. Employers are most concerned about what you’ve done recently and not what you did fifteen years ago. Listing many years of work experience could be a liability in competing with younger workers.

4. Do not list hobbies or outside interests unless they have a direct correlation to the skills and abilities an employer is seeking.

Examples:

The following could raise a red flag with an employer: Hobbies; skydiving, racing – employer may consider you an insurance risk

However, if you a volunteer for a hospice program and you are applying to a social service agency, this could be a plus.

5. There is nothing magic about a one-page resume. In fact, if you have been in the workforce for any length of time, it would be impossible to communicate everything you have to offer in one page. Try not to go beyond two pages or your resume might not get read.

6. DO NOT FALSIFY your work history or education. More employers than ever are doing background checks and you will not get hired if you are found to be dishonest. The employer can terminate you at anytime if they find out your application and/or resume was false.

7. Use a quality bond paper, white, cream or grey. Don’t get cute or fancy with bold colors or graphics unless you are applying for a position in the arts. Do not include a picture!

8. Do not overuse bolding, underlining or mix fonts. Make sure your resume is easy to read and has lots of white space. Check and double check for spelling and typos. Using spell check is not full proof. For example, if you use the word their when you really meant there, spell check would not pick this up as the word is not misspelled. Have two or three people proof your resume. After you’ve been working on it awhile, you can easily miss something.

9. Make sure your contact information at the top of your resume is current. If you are using your cell phone, be sure your voice mail message is professional! You will definitely turn a recruiter off if your voice mail is offensive. When job hunting, do not have little children on your voice mail.

10. Seek professional help if you do not have good writing skills. It is well worth the cost as you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

One final piece of advice! When sending out your resume, you increase your chances of getting an interview if your cover letter specifically addresses how your background and skills match what the company is looking for. Do not use a one-size-fits-all cover letter. It will be obvious to the recruiter. Do your research and find out something about the company. You will truly stand out if you do this as most people don’t take the time to go that extra step.

Good luck and happy job hunting!

Cathy Baniewicz has over 30 years experience in human resources. Her career began at Beatrice Foods Co., where she progressed to Assistant Director of Affirmative Action and Corporate Personnel Manager. Prior to joining EffortlessHR, Cathy was Assistant Director of Human Resources at Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. (Budweiser). Cathy has her B.A. degree from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, and MBA from George Williams College, Aurora, Illinois. Cathy obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in December of 2004.

EffortlessHR is an online Human Resources Program for small businesses. This program will guide you through the maze of human resource laws and issues. You will have access to your employee information anytime, anyplace. Federal and State laws, personnel forms, “How To” guides, posters and reports are at your fingertips.

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Halloween Parade NYC 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31:  Parade goers make thei...

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The 36th Annual New York Village Halloween Parade provides train station details to all NYC residents arriving for the excitement Saturday.

 

The Village Halloween Parade began 35 years ago, started by a Ralph Lee, a Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer in 1973. The following year, it was expanded as a theatrical event of sorts, with the intention of creating a mile-long line of masked performers, puppeteers, and musicians on the streets. People noticed and wanted to join in, and the parade grew. Today, over 2,000,000 people attend.

The Parade includes “Hundreds of Puppets, 42 Bands of different types of music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of Other New Yorkers inn Costumes of their own creation in this new brand of Carnivale!

To this day, the parade features hundreds of incredible puppets, operated by dozens of volunteers.

The New York Village Halloween Parade starts at 7 p.m. But if you want to be in the parade, you need to get there 30 minutes before. It runs until 11 pm. The location is Greenwich Village, on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street & above Canal right across from HERE Arts Center, theHalloween Parade’s Theatrical Home in NYC.

Those that live near NYC but cannot attend the parade can watch it from the comfort of their own home at NYI News from 8-9:30 p.m. Hopefully, those of us outside of NYC will be able to view clips of the parade on national news.

Organizers remind attendees “The Parade takes until 8:15 to move out. Join the Parade at the beginning and approach the Line-up only from the South and the East. Streets West of 6th are closed by the Police.”

If you are arriving by train, here are your train station details:

Take These Trains To These Stations

Halloween Parade NYC 2009

A
West 4 Street

C, E
West 4 Street, Spring Street

B, D
West 4 Street,
Broadway/Lafayette St.

F
23 St, 14 St, West 4 St.
B’way/Lafayette St.

N, R
23 St, 14.Union Sq,
8 St, Prince St

1, 9
Christopher Street

2, 3
14 Street

4, 5
14 Street/Union Square

6
23 St, 14 St/Union Sq,
Astor Place

PATH
9th St, 14th St, 23rd St

24 Hour NYC Travel Information is 718-330-1234

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Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein Sirius XM Lists Top 101 “Halloween Horror Score Chop Down”- We Are Granted, it’s not terrifying, but terrifying isn’t exactly what they were going for on this list when they decided to include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. And, if you’re going to include JAWS then you have to, at least, consider the score for Young Frankenstein

Downtown & a Movie, the weekly feature at Discovery Green will be playing Young Frankenstein tonight in honor of Halloween. This Mel Brooks film features Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle. Your kids probably won’t know who any of those people Young Frankenstein

Young FrankensteinThe peasants love it: Mel Brooks defends his musical creation .Young Frankenstein.

I must have been just five or six when I first saw the movie [James Whale's 1931 classic, "Frankenstein"], and it left an indelible impression on me,” Brooks recalled during a recent chat. “I still remember that it was summertime, and after I got home I told my mother to close the window to the fire escape in our fifth floor apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was convinced that Frankenstein’s monster was going to climb up and eat me. And I knew, even at that age, that you couldn’t reason with a creature like that, or sit down and ask him ‘What do you need?’ It was hot, and my mother said we needed the air. And she reassured me that the monster would have to come all the way from Transylvania, and that he probably didn’t have the money for a boat. Plus, she said even if he got to New York he wouldn’t be able to climb up to the fifth floor.

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Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

On this Halloween festival there could have been no better television show to celebrate the occasion that the Ghost Adventure on Travel Channel. The Ghost Adventure guys go to long abandoned houses, churches, factories and similar places to hunt down ghosts.I am sure they and other similar shows will shut shops if they ever come in contact with a Ghost. The drama is enacted because there aint no ghosts around. But till they appear really or take over our screens, the drama must continue.

Ghost Adventures
is a one-hour weekly American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel.

trans allegheny lunatic asylumThe program features ghost hunters Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin, who investigate places that are reported to be haunted. The show is based on a 2006 documentary film.

The Sci-Fi Channel presented 4Reel Productions’ Ghost Adventures: The Documentary Film in 2006. The documentary centers on Bagans, Groff, and Goodwin’s investigation into alleged paranormal activity in Virginia City, Nevada.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum:
The first thing that strikes most visitors to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is its massive size. Constructed between 1858 and 1881, the main structure is 1,296 feet long, consists of 4 floors, 9 acres of floor space, 921 windows and 906 doors. The asylum is considered the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America and the second-largest in the world after the Kremlin.

Located in central West Virginia, the asylum appears to be nestled in the great green Appalachian Mountains, its imposing facade just across the West Fork River serving as the backdrop for the small town of Weston.

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Ghost Adventures Live | travel channel

w:Weston State Hospital in w:Weston, West Virginia

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Security was tight at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Friday, where Ghost Adventures kicked off its first seven-hour live event. The excitement was high both inside, where the Ghost Adventures crew looked for paranormal proof, and outside, where the believers could not wait to see what they found.

Curious on-lookers started gathering at the hospital while preparations were still being finalized. The thrill of the Halloween Eve show began Thursday night for the crew, right after rehearsal.

“The guys got on a live chat …and we had record numbers of people show up with minimal promotion for the chat,” said Travel Channel Executive Producer Charlie Parsons, “But we blew away the records on our live chats, and I think that’s a good harbringer for tonight.”

Fans of the show of the hospital were easily as excited for Zak, Nick, and Aaron to search for ghosts.

“Every chance I get I try to come down and help out with anything that’s going on, try to volunteer,” said Dawn Ferrebee, who drove in from Salem. “Plus, I love the Ghost Adventures.”

“Listen, honest to God, we watch these guys every week when they’re on,” said Chuck Rogan from Lumberport. “They’re fantastic.”

A few brought their own proof the hospital is haunted.

“It looks to be like two male doctors in a window a long time ago,” explained Kay Beane, who took the pictures.

Fans got a surprise when the crew came to get advice on where they should look.

“The tunnels,” said Beane. “They have places down there where they used to chain the patients.”

“I found that I’ve heard a lot of stories from the from the 4th floor,” claimed Ferrebee. “I hear it’s pretty active.”

Ghost Adventures Live runs until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. If you would like to see what is going on inside the hospital, click on the link below.

Related Links:
- Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures Live

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