Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brett Barry Wife

Brett Barry Wife - The day after Eva Longoria filed for divorce, TMZ and other sources are naming the alleged other woman in her divorce case.

Longoria filed Wednesday and then spoke with TV gossip host Mario Lopez about her husband, NBA star Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

Lopez said Longoria found hundreds of text messages between Parker and the wife of a former teammate of Parker’s in San Antonio. He also said Longoria was “devastated.”

Hours later, former NBA star Rick Barry spoke with TMZ and said his son, Brett Barry, played for the Spurs for three years and he believed Brett’s estranged wife, Erin, was the person Longoria was concerned about.

Rick Barry said his daughter-in-law had already filed for divorce before Longoria’s news became public.

"[Brent] is going to be devastated. I can't even imagine him going through this ... the divorce was hard enough news,” he said.

Longoria also claims Parker cheated on her with second woman earlier in their marriage and that Parker was using Facebook to keep in touch with the woman.

Longoria filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court. She and Parker, the All-Star point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, were married July 7, 2007. They have no children together.

Brett Barry Wife

Allure Of The Sea

Allure Of The Sea - Royal Caribbean International, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) based in Miami, has recently completed its cruise fleet with one of the biggest cruise ships around the world. The cruise operator has reconfirmed the insignia of being the owner of the most impressive fleet in the industry. Allure of the Seas, a 16-deck cruise ship, began the initiation itinerary in Turku, Finland.

Allure crossed the Atlantic Ocean during a magnificent journey to reach home, but before the event, on November 13, Allure of the Seas met its sibling, Oasis of the Seas. According to Hernan Zini, captain of Allure of the Seas, the latest acquisition of Royal Caribbean International, Allure surpasses Oasis of the Seas with five centimeters in length, therefore the amplitude of Allure of the Seas is absolutely stunning (the cruise ship is 31 meters long, it has 16 decks, a gross tonnage of 225,000 and can host approximately 6400 passengers in 2700 staterooms and 2200 crew members). Nevertheless, the magnificence and the luxuriance of the ship feature a tremendous architectural style, developed by Wärtsilä, the longtime partner of Royal Caribbean.

The voguish cruise ship will start a ceremonial itinerary on Thursday. The voyage is also occasioned by the Reporters at Sea: Family Style contest, whose winners, the Wolf family, have been selected to get on board for an out of the ordinary trip. The contest is internationally held, therefore winners from Canada, Germany, Spain, or United Kingdom are expected to arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for one of the kind trip.

Allure Of The Sea

Censured Members Of Congress

Censured Members Of Congress - The House ethics committee recommended Thursday that 20-term Rep. Charles Rangel be censured by the House of Representatives for 11 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct, a punishment milder than expulsion from Congress but harsher than the reprimand many thought he would receive.

In a 9-1 vote, the panel also recommended that Rangel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the powerful, tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, pay back taxes dating to the early 1990s.
The committee's recommendation now goes to the full House, which is likely to consider the recommendation after the Thanksgiving holiday. Rangel could be the first member of the House to be censured in almost three decades.

Before tearfully placing himself on the mercy of the committee, Rangel insisted he did nothing deliberately wrong or for personal financial benefit.

"There has never been any corruption or personal gain in my actions, as the committee's chief counsel noted," Rangel said in a written statement. "Neither has there been any intent on my part to violate House rules. My actions may have been sloppy, or even stupid, but never corrupt."

Still, Rangel said, "There is no excuse for my acts of omission and failures to abide by the rules of Congress. I have made many mistakes that I will forever regret, and I apologize for them."

A special trial-like ethics subcommittee panel Tuesday found Rangel, 80, guilty of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets, improper use of several rent-controlled apartments in his Harlem district, questionable fundraising efforts for a City College of New York center that bears his name, and failing to pay taxes on his Dominican Republic property.

He argued that the panel denied him due process by not postponing the trial because he didn't have legal representation after his lawyers dropped him prior to the proceedings because of his inability to pay after already spending $2 million on his defense.

His postponement request refused, Rangel walked out of the trial Monday. Rangel's actions, and his explanations Thursday, didn't wash with Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., the ethics committee's ranking Republican.

Censured Members Of Congress

Georgia State Football

Georgia State Football - Georgia State football coach Bill Curry knew his team was in for a long night in Tuscaloosa.

In many ways, just being there was all that matters for the former Alabama head coach.

Curry was chosen to help start Georgia State's program, which took the field for the first time in September and came away with a win.

The prospects Thursday night were far bleaker for the Panthers, who currently trail the Tide 42-7 in the second quarter.

Curry, who went 26-10 during his three years as head coach of Alabama, has directed his team to a 6-4 record this season.

The most impressive showing may have actually come in a loss.

Georgia State pushed Jacksonville State, a team that beat Ole Miss, to overtime before falling just short.

It's certainly been a fantastic first season of existence for the Panthers' program.

In addition to getting a game against Alabama on the schedule to bring in revenue, Georgia State also landed on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.

Not bad for a school with a fledgling football team.

Georgia State Football

GOP Unemployment Extension

GOP Unemployment Extension - The House of Representatives failed to pass a 90-day extension of expiring unemployment benefits Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 258-154.

The measure, considered under suspension rules, required a two-thirds majority of 275 votes for passage. The $12.5 billion dollar package would have kept two million people from losing their unemployment checks in February.

House Democrats lamented the measure's failure, and blasted the GOP for voting against it. "This vote was a stark test of our priorities, and House Republicans are decidedly in the wrong place for middle-class families," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in a statement.

Republicans say the measure would have added to the budget deficit, and an extension that did not do so would have passed easily. "Just two weeks after the election, the Democratic Leadership is playing politics with people's unemployment benefits," said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Eleven Democrats voted against the measure. Of those, three are conservative Blue Dog Democrats who won their reelection bids by large margins. The remaining eight won't be back for the next Congress. Only one is retiring.

Many of the twenty-one Republicans who voted for the measure come from states facing unemployment figures above the national average such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Hoyer says that the House will vote again on an extension during the week of November 29th, after members return from Thanksgiving break.

GOP Unemployment Extension

Pilot Of F22 That Crashed In Alaska Is Missing

Pilot Of F22 That Crashed In Alaska Is Missing - Search and rescue teams have found the location of the U.S. Air Force F-22 that crashed in Alaska Tuesday, however the pilot remains missing

The F-22 lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday while on a training run out of the Elemendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage.

The crash site was located 100 miles north of Anchorage Wednesday, according to a USAF statement, however at the time of writing the pilot remains missing.

It’s believed that the pilot did eject from the F-22 prior to impact, however the area of the crash is in difficult, cold terrain making a search and rescue effort difficult.

The F-22 has had a troubled history, with the stealth aircraft suffering six Class A accidents, accidents that result in more than $1 million in damage, since entering service.

Pilot Of F22 That Crashed In Alaska Is Missing

F22 Crashed In Alaska

F22 Crashed In Alaska - It will likely be months before the Air Force identifies an exact cause for this week's crash of its most advanced stealth fighter, but one thing is certain: The loss will push the aircraft's already high accident rate even higher.

Even before Tuesday's crash in Alaska, the Air Force's stealthy fighter -- the F-22 Raptor -- had the highest accident rate of any fighter in that service branch's inventory. According to the latest statistics provided by the Air Force, which go through 2009, the F-22 since being fielded has suffered six Class A accidents -- accidents that result in more than $1 million in damage -- since entering the inventory.

The latest crash would be the seventh Class A accident.

More telling, however, is the rate for those mishaps. The F-22's five-year Class A mishap rate was six per 100,000 flying, based on a five-year average --higher than for any other fighter in the inventory. But that number is also somewhat misleading, since it is driven by the age of the fleet and the number of hours flown.

In the case of the F-22, which has only been in service since 2002, the number of hours flown was only about 70,000 total by the end of 2009, which limits the significance of a rate that is measured per 100,000 flying hours.

F22 Crashed In Alaska

GM Stock Price Rises

GM Stock Price Rises - General Motors(GM_) shares finished $1.19 above their IPO price Thursday, rising 3.6% to $34.19.

GM was delisted by the NYSE a year and a half ago after filing for bankruptcy protection. It retained its well-known ticker symbol of GM.

The shares hit an intraday high of $35.99.

GM CEO Dan Akerson rang the opening bell at the NYSE Thursday morning, except the sound wasn't a bell. Viewers heard the sound of a Chevrolet Camaro engine starting up instead.

During a morning interview with CNBC, Akerson noted that GM plans to produce more fuel-efficient cars. In fact, he is scheduled to make an announcement related to energy and environmental sustainability during a media conference call this afternoon.

GM Stock Price Rises

Silver Price Could Pass 500 Dollars

Silver Price Could Pass 500 Dollars - Silver is one of the most sought after precious metals on the planet and the supply is shrinking every day. Silver is used in a lot of electronic communication devices as a conductor and there are more and more of those being created every day. This has caused a shortage of Silver and has driven the price up, but its not anywhere near $500 dollars yet. $500 dollar silver would seem like gold. So what do you think could we see $500 dollar silver in the near future?

Some analysts think it may be a possibility as well as a lot of hedge funds who have been buying up large quantities for the precious metal for long term keeping. Perhaps its time to pick up some silver and diversify your portfolio with silver. Of course these predictions could just be a ploy by corupt wall street people to create a inflated demand for Silver so they can offload their stashes. There are reports the JP Morgan has been short selling silver lately which could mean the price will go down in the future. As always do your homework before buying any investment on a whim.

Silver Price Could Pass 500 Dollars

Lockheed Will Close Eagan Plant

Lockheed Will Close Eagan Plant - Lockheed Martin said Thursday it will close its Eagan facility that employs about 1,000 by 2013. About 70 percent of the employees at the facility are engineers who work on communications systems used on military ships and aircraft, including P-3 surveillance planes.
The company said the layoffs will be partially offset by the transfer of about 650 jobs from Eagan to Owego, N.Y., San Diego, Calif.; and Manassas, Va. A company spokeswoman said Eagan employees will know by the end of the year whether their positions are being transferred or eliminated.

The closing, which will be phased in starting next year, will eliminate Lockheed's only corporate presence in the Twin Cities. The spokeswoman said the company plans to try to sell the 623,000-square-foot facility and its 50-acre site. The closing is a blow to Eagan, where Northwest Airlines also closed its former headquarters after it was acquired by Delta. Those offices are still vacant.

The Eagan plant has long been a huge source of pride for the state and was frequently visited by state and Congressional delegates and showcased in the media for various high profile contracts.

Lockheed said the moves are being done to trim costs and should save it about $150 million over the next 10 years.

Lockheed Will Close Eagan Plant

Unemployment Extension Fails In The House Of Representatives

Unemployment Extension Fails In The House Of Representatives - The House of Representatives on Thursday voted down a measure that would have reauthorized extended unemployment insurance for another three months, leaving no clear path forward to prevent the benefits from lapsing as scheduled on Nov. 30.

Without a reauthorization, the Labor Department estimates that two million long-term unemployed will prematurely stop receiving benefits before the end of the year.

"I think it's a sad moment," said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) after the vote. "It appalls me that the Republicans keep pitching and pitching and pitching the tax cuts for the rich and won't join in a bill to help people keep their homes and not have to live in their cars."

The bill was brought to the floor under a "suspension of the rules," meaning it required approval from two-thirds of the House. It failed 258 to 154, with mostly Democratic support. Twenty-one Republicans voted in favor and 11 Democrats voted nay.

Even if it had passed the House, it's unclear how it would get through the Senate, where Democrats will need at least three Republicans to switch sides. No GOP moderates have signaled a willingness to support an unemployment reauthorization that isn't "paid for" with spending cuts -- something Democrats have refused to do all year. In most recessions, the cost of federally-funded jobless aid is usually paid for with deficit spending.

It's likely there will be another effort in Congress to reauthorize the benefits before the Christmas break, though lawmakers will be off next week for Thanksgiving.

Unemployment Extension Fails In The House Of Representatives

Facebook Is The New Myspace

Facebook Is The New Myspace - While the battle may have been won some time ago, MySpace seems to be calling "uncle" in its competition with Facebook.

On Thursday, MySpace unveiled what the company is calling a "Mashup with Facebook." The mashup basically is a connection across the two sites that will enable users to port their likes and interests from their Facebook profiles and have that information populate the content on their MySpace pages. The feature is billed as allowing MySpace users to create a personalized stream of entertainment content.

The new feature begins rolling out worldwide today.

With these steps, MySpace is giving up on being a social network. While MySpace was an Internet pioneer, it was eclipsed by Facebook .

In mid-2009, online researcher ComScore reported that then-five-year-old Facebook attracted 70.278 million unique visitors in the U.S., just ahead of MySpace's total of 70.237 million. In April, MySpace had nearly 71 million unique visitors compared with Facebook's 67.481 million.

At the same time, Facebook had more than 307 million unique visitors worldwide, while MySpace attracted less than half of that total -- 123 million.

Facebook, the new kid on the block, had eclipsed MySpace both in the U.S. and globally.

Facebook Is The New Myspace

Onlive Microconsole

Onlive Microconsole - We had a chance to snag an early copy of the OnLive MicroConsole. The device basically brings the streaming video game service to living rooms. The one caveat is that you need a pretty fast Internet connection. It has to be at least 5MB per second download speed for it to work. Unfortunately, I don’t have a service that fast at home, so I turned to a few friends and asked them to try it out at work. (They have a ridiculously blazing fast Internet connection.) Here’s what they said:

“There’s no problem with the technology. It works as advertised. The only problem I see is when you move the camera around. There’s frame rate issues,” my housemate John said. “It doesn’t run as fast as it would locally.” He also mentioned that there’s an input lag. It was noticeable on NBA 2K11 despite the nice graphics.

Overall, they said they were impressed it worked because streaming video games is hard to do logistically. One of them said he wouldn’t play fighting games on there though. He said he didn’t have an issue with the input as much as the frame rate. He’s a guy who needs all his games to run at 60 frames per second.

As for other snafus, they took issues with the pricing. They said some games are more expensive than retail copies. More specifically, there are games on the service that cost $40 but could easily be found on Amazon at a better price. But what they really wished for was more PC-centric games. “What they need to do is get PC games like Civ 5 and bring it over,” one said. They need something other than console ports. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing that either. A game like The Sims 3 would work perfectly via OnLive.

Onlive Microconsole