Monday, January 17, 2011

Dick Cheney Heart Transplant

Dick Cheney Heart Transplant - Dick Cheney has yet to decide whether or not to get a heart transplant. It can't be an easy decision. He has had a pump installed in his chest before but a decision will need to be made eventually on a new heart.

Although he has been ill, he has not lost his regular 'Dick Cheney' edge. When speaking with NBC news, he reiterated his view that Barack Obama will be a one term president.

Dick Cheney Heart Transplant

Nic Ramos Student Pays for Tuition in Dollar Bills

Nic Ramos Student Pays for Tuition in Dollar Bills - A Sacramento native paid his $14,000 tuition to the University of Colorado, Boulder in $1 bills.

Nic Ramos says he's trying to get people thinking about the increasing cost of an education. The $14,000 out-of-state tuition is for one semester at his university.

"It was quit a sight and they said that nobody had even payed in ones before," Ramos told KDVR in Colorado.

Ramos calling his mom, Kathleen Ramos, in Sacramento to tell her about his unusual way of paying his tuition.

Nic Ramos Student Pays for Tuition in Dollar Bills

"Little surprised that he would go to those lengths and then at the same time not surprised because Nic has always been different," said Kathleen Ramos.

What started out as a cool idea for Nic Ramos turned into something bigger: a way to put the cost of education on the table.

"Tuition has gone up so much and there are a lot of kids who don't have a family who can send them to school. There are a lot of children who have to pay for their own education, who have to take out loans," says Kathleen Ramos.

Nic Ramos Student Pays for Tuition in Dollar Bills

iPad 2 Rumors Keep Going

iPad 2 Rumors Keep Going - The next generation of the iPhone and iPad will sport a new version of Apple's A4 chip with a dual-core graphics processing unit that should enable even higher resolutions on these devices, as well as support for HD (1080p) video playback, AppleInsider reports citing sources familiar with the matter.

More precisely, the chip in question should be a dual-core SGX543 GPU from Imagination Technologies.

The rumor goes hand in hand with another rumor that claims the iPad 2 will have a much higher resolution screen than its predecessor, although the jury is still out on the exact number of pixels it'll have.

The SGX543 graphics chip will most probably be paired up with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, which should make the iPad 2 a very powerful machine, more than capable of playing HD video.

iPad 2 Rumors Keep Going

William and Kate Walking Tour

William and Kate Walking Tour - Not invited to Kate and William's wedding? Fear not. For a price, royalist romantics can follow in the happy couple's footsteps on a London walking tour.
Among the hundreds of British firms hoping for a boost in business because of April's royal wedding is Celebrity Planet, a London-based travel company offering a tour of sites with links to Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton.

The two-hour amble through a wealthy swath of London charts the highs and lows of the royal romance as breathlessly reported in the U.K.'s tireless tabloid media. One of the first stops is a branch of Jigsaw, the clothing chain where Middleton was working as a part-time accessories buyer in 2007 when William got cold feet and broke off their relationship.

"It was while she was working here that she got the dreaded call from Prince William saying he just wasn't that interested," said tour guide Hana Umezawa, 25. "She burst into tears in front of all her colleagues."

William and Kate Walking Tour

More insights are on hand down the road outside Mahiki, a nightclub favored by the young and wealthy, and by paparazzi hoping to see them behaving badly — and where tabloids reported Prince William racked up a bar bill of 11,000 pounds in a week after the break-up.

Fortunately for the British economy, by the end of 2007 the on-off romance that began when the couple were students at St. Andrew's University was on again.

The announcement of their engagement in November unleashed a flood of business opportunities. Mills and potteries from China to Stoke-on-Trent have produced vast volumes of plates, tea towels and other commemorative trinkets.

William and Kate Walking Tour

Goldman Cuts US Clients off Facebook

Goldman Cuts US Clients off Facebook - GOLDMAN Sachs will exclude US clients from a $US1.5 billion private share offer from Facebook because of "intense media attention".

In a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal, Goldman said the move came after officials at the New York securities firm “concluded the level of media attention might not be consistent with the proper completion of a US private placement under US law”."

Goldman began notifying clients of its decision regarding the social networking company on Sunday night in Asia, and clients in Europe and the US were being told overnight, according to people familiar with the situation.

Goldman Cuts US Clients off Facebook

In its statement, Goldman said the decision to limit the $1.5bn offering to “offshore” investors wasn't “required or requested by any other party”, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A Facebook spokesman said that Goldman “is in the best position to answer any questions”.

It wasn't immediately clear from Goldman's statement exactly what led executives to limit the Facebook deal to non-US investors. The company remained tight-lipped about the offering despite the frenzy unleashed when the deal surfaced two weeks ago. Prospective investors were repeatedly told by Goldman not to publicly disclose details about the private offering.

Private placements like the Facebook deal are subject to strict SEC guidelines, and Goldman's overnight statement suggested that executives grew concerned that huge interest in the offering could expose the securities firm to regulatory vulnerability.

Goldman Cuts US Clients off Facebook

Jim Thorpe Released from Prison Taxes

Jim Thorpe Released from Prison Taxes - Jim Thorpe was released from prison today. Jim Thorpe’s release follows a prison term for failure to pay income taxes.

Jim Thorpe was given an early release after been sentenced to one year in prison. Thorpe pleaded guilty for failure to pay $1.6 million in taxes from 2002 to 2004 in September 2009. On January 2010 he was given a one year sentence. Thorpe had been held at Federal Prison Camp located on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 2000, he joined the 50-and-older tour. In February 2010, he was suspended from the Champions Tour, sentenced to one year in prison, two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.

He was ranked 7th all time on the senior tour as of 2010, earning $13 million. His last tournament win was the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2007. He will now have to pay $2 million to the IRS plus interest and penalties.

Jim Thorpe Released from Prison Taxes

14 Lions Killed Tehran Zoo

14 Lions Killed Tehran Zoo - An Iranian state-owned newspaper says authorities at the Tehran zoo have killed 14 lions that had been diagnosed with an infectious bacterial disease.

The Jam-e Jam daily reported Monday that the lions were suffering from glanders, which is most commonly found in horses, donkeys, mules as well as other domesticated animals. It can spread from infected animals to humans.

Veterinarian Houman Moloukpour told the newspaper that mismanagement at the zoo most likely contributed to the lions getting sick. The paper did not say when the lions were killed.
Glanders is rare in the Western world, but is still endemic in parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

14 Lions Killed Tehran Zoo

The Golden Globes Most Awkward Moments

The Golden Globes Most Awkward Moments - Even the most carefully planned award shows have their clumsy moments, and this year's Golden Globes telecast on NBC was no different. Here's a rundown of the unexpected moments that made viewers laugh or wince during last night's show.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have been divorced for more than five years now. But because the tabloids keep the divorce aftermath and Pitt's relationship with his next partner, Angelina Jolie, so front-and-center in the popular imagination, it was still interesting when Aniston's presenting duties forced her to utter the name of her ex's movie, "Inglourious Basterds." But Aniston did so gracefully and without flinching.

One would assume Julia Roberts is used to being the most famous person in the room. But when presenting the award for best motion picture drama, she exclaimed that her seat next to Paul McCartney, which the cameras had been cutting back to all evening, was causing her friends to go crazy. She said she was receiving "more text messages than I've ever gotten in my life!"

Harrison Ford might have just been nervous -- he's an actor and not a professional TV presenter, after all -- but his oddly slow and slightly loopy delivery during his presentation of best motion picture drama nominee "Up in the Air" made it seem like the actor had a bad case of stage fright.

The Golden Globes Most Awkward Moments

Similarly, poor Felicity Huffman flubbed her lines again and again during her presentation duties, but was so self-aware and apologetic about it that she came off as even more endearing for not getting them exactly right.

When "Mad Men" was awarded the Golden Globe for best TV drama, heartthrob Jon Hamm somehow managed to arrive on the stage far in advance of his coworkers. His look of panicked confusion as he looked desperately around for them was very un-Don Draper-like and more like his goofier guest-starring role on "30 Rock."

The Golden Globes Most Awkward Moments

Turbotax Mobile App Smartphone

Turbotax Mobile App Smartphone - TurboTax has made filing your taxes on a smartphone possible. TurboTax released a mobile app for filing taxes on smartphones, making the app available for free download. For consumers looking
to file a 1040EZ to prepare their federal and state income taxes, now they can do it straight from their phone. It almost sounds too good to be true, and it is a leap in technology use that simply boggles the mind.

The new TurboTax app is called SnapTax, and we downloaded it to an Apple iPhone to have a look at what it could do. The SnapTax app is available in the Apple Store, and is very simple to install at no cost. The trick, though, is that if you end up wanting to submit your taxes through this phone version, it will cost $14.99. That's not too bad when it comes down to it, especially if it means users won't have to worry about sending in forms anymore.

Turbotax Mobile App Smartphone

Maybe one of the biggest advantages to using the TurboTax SnapTax is that you don't have to do most of the work. The application works by simply taking a photograph of your W-2 and then answering a few simple questions about yourself. The application then populates all of the boxes on your tax form, and prepares it for your review. You can then check it over to make sure everything looks correct, and if you don't like the process, you don't have to pay the fee for filing.

Turbotax Mobile App Smartphone

Utah Snowman Record

Utah Snowman Record - A Salt Lake City company and a local orgnanization that helps teens is aiming to build 1,000 snowmen in one hour.

It will be a world record attempt in a category that doesn't exist yet. But Cameron Stewart, a spokesman for CLEARLINK, a Salt Lake City based marketing firm, says they will be building the snowmen according to Guiness rules: four feet tall, three distinct segments, carrot noses and two eyes. Stewart says they will use Oreo cookies for that - with or without the cream filling.

Utah Snowman Record

While the attempt is to make 1,000 - no matter how many they make - the attempt will benefit the organization Youth Making A Difference or YMAD. Stewart says CLEARLINK will donate $2 for every snowman made.

YMAD's Greg Davis says that teens involved in the program, their friends and their families will be on hand to help in the snowman making event. And he says the public is welcome to join in as well. The attempt will take place at Mountain Dell Golf Course up I-80 this Saturday (15th). People will gather at noon and began the one hour building marathon at 12:30 PM.

Utah Snowman Record

"Randi Zuckerberg" Golden Globes Red Carpet

"Randi Zuckerberg" Golden Globes Red Carpet - Unusually, Randi Zuckerberg, head of consumer marketing at Facebook, also took to the red carpet to talk about which films were most popular on the social networking site.

But the man of the hour is Colin Firth, up for Best Actor for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech. He said:

“I had a vague idea, like most English people of my generation, most of the other characters of that era loom much larger. We all know about Churchill wherever we are in the world, really. There are convincing villains like Hitler and Mussolini. This was a character who had been in the shadows. I knew he had a stammer and that he didn't want to be King. That’s all I knew.

“My sister is a voice coach or therapist. She works with voice and your identity and how they need to be brought together in order to be able to speak effectively and so she was incredibly useful to me.

"Randi Zuckerberg" Golden Globes Red Carpet

Aaron Sorkin Wins Golden Globe

Aaron Sorkin Wins Golden Globe - Aaron Sorkin bagged the best screenplay - motion picture award for writing “The Social Network” at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.Directed by David Fincher, the blockbuster is about the founding of the social networking website Facebook and its resulting lawsuits.

Aaron Sorkin Wins Golden Globe

Most Common Job Interview Questions

Most Common Job Interview Questions - Every interview is different depending on the interviewer, the interviewee and the industry the position is in. But there are some common questions asked in most interviews.

Here are a few that may be asked.

Why did you leave your last position?

Why have you been out of work?

What can you bring to this position?

What makes your qualifications/attributes unique?

Do you have any questions about the company?

Most Common Job Interview Questions

Job Interview Body Language

Job Interview Body Language - Body language is very important in day to day life. Our body language says more than we can with words. This is why it is important to display the proper body language when in a job interview.

What you want your body language to say is I am confident, competent and the best person for the job. How do you do this? A firm handshake is a good start. There's no need to crush the interviewers hand. Simply make it firm.

Eye contact is also important. Always make eye contact when you are talking or listening.

Do not fidget. Sit up straight in your seat and keep your hands still. This can be hard considering most people are quite nervous when they are in a interview but it will help you win the position.

Job Interview Body Language

Top 10 Muscle Cars, Top 10 List

Top 10 Muscle Cars, Top 10 List - There have been many muscle cars vying for top spot over the years. Here is a list of the top 10.

Buick GS

Pontiac GTO

Chevrolet Camaro

Dodge Challenger

Acura TL

Volvo S60

Pontiac Firebird

Plymouth Duster

Ford Mustang 350 GT

Shelby Cobra

Top 10 Muscle Cars, Top 10 List

2011 Car Insurance Trends

2011 Car Insurance Trends - The new year will ring in notable cash and time savings for drivers with car insurance policies, according to Insurance.com. “Like many businesses, insurance companies are feeling the sting of a bad economy. To try and hold on to customers, insurers are offering new products and incentives. Drivers who take advantage of these new programs can save time and cut their insurance costs,” says Chris Kissell, senior managing editor for Insurance.com.

Auto insurance markets in many areas of the country are soft because of the economy. As companies chase fewer customers, premiums are likely to remain low or stable, experts say.

2011 Car Insurance Trends

Pay-as-you-drive insurance policies should become more widespread in 2011. These policies can lead to big savings for people who drive relatively few miles during the year.

Car insurance companies are rewarding consumers who remain claim-free with goodies such as premium refunds, accident forgiveness and diminishing deductibles.

2011 Car Insurance Trends