Friday, May 30, 2008

Crane Collapsed, Killed One

A construction crane collapsed today, Friday on New York's Upper East Side, smashing into a 23-story apartment building before crashing onto the street below. One person died in the collapse shortly after 8 a.m. EDT (1 p.m. British time), the New York City Fire Department said.

It was the second deadly crane accident in 2½ months in the city, which is undergoing a building boom. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the latest collapse was "unacceptable," and the city would investigate.

Witnesses said the cab and the arm of the crane crashed more than 20 stories to the ground, smashing the penthouse on a building across the street and gouging chunks out of balconies all the way to the ground.

"It sounded like a large metal structure slowly falling on itself, sounded like a prolonged car accident," said iReport contributor Daniel Miranda, who lives a block away. "Construction workers were peering over the edge. Some of them were crying out in grief."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chris Cagle and Jennifer Tant Both Arrested For Domestic Assault

Chris Cagle and his girlfriend has been arrested for domestic assault in Nashville after police said they had indulge into a drunken fight. Chris Cagle is a known country music singer and Jennifer Tant is his domestic partner.

Corrections officials say Cagle and his girlfriend, Jennifer Tant, have been jailed on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. A police affidavit says both were intoxicated and an argument turned physical early Wednesday.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Department says there is a mandatory 12-hour stay in jail before Cagle and Tant can post $1,500 bonds.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Dog House For Your Pet

We all know that a dog house is an important product for any family that has a pooch. However, not all homes for doggies are created equally. Why not invest in something extra special for your pet? There are plenty of innovative designs on the market today or you can even have a dog house custom made to suit your specific tastes.

The custom doghouse is not really a new concept. People have been building their own homes for pets for years now. However, there have never been such wonderfully made structures or innovative designs as there are now. Why put together something out of scrap wood when you can have a luxurious dog house built to your specifications.

This approach is ideal for the homeowner that takes pride in his property. You can have a custom built dog house created to replicate your own home. This is a wonderful approach for letting your pet know that he is really one of the family members. The matching homes serve as a lovely reminder.

Maybe you want something a little different. Some designers offer fantastic duplexes that have turned the concept of the dog house on its scruffy little ear. People who own multiple dogs don’t have to worry that they are showing favoritism. The duplexes are great choices for homes that have more than one canine.

If you live in an area that has a changing climate or any extreme temperatures, you can rest assure that your pooch will be warm and comfy if you choose a well made and well insulated dog house. There are plenty top-of-the-line products available that offer a comfortable home for your pet no matter what the conditions are outdoors.

You really want to look for a well insulated unit that offers some kind of flooring in the dog house. The additional investment is well worth the comfortable benefits for your pet. Flooring is typically made of a durable material like vinyl and your pooch will love you for your thoughtfulness.

And when it comes to materials for the outer structure of the dog house, you have a lot of choices to consider. My particular favorite is the cedar dog houses that are quite stunning. However, there are plenty of other styles, designs and materials to consider as well.

Never before have we had so many options in this kind of product. Today’s dog house is a thing of pride, just as our precious furry companions are.

Different Dog Beds For Your Pet

Canines are known as man’s best friend and there is no better way to show appreciation for your best pal than through giving him food and shelter. Many pet owners like to show more than appreciation for their beloved animals. A nice, comfy dog bed is the perfect choice for pet owners who want to really adopt their dogs as part of the family.

The wonderful thing about these products is that they come in a wide array of styles, sizes and designs. You can find a lovely dog bed that suits just about any interior design scheme while still providing all of the comfort that your dear pet deserves. If you can’t find a dog bed that suits your d├ęcor then one can be custom made just for your pet.

Many pet owners find an ordinary dog bed to be quite sufficient but others like something a little more luxurious for their best friends. A luxury designer dog bed is not beyond your grasp. There are plenty of options available that are so very stunning that they will take your breath away.

Why settle for the same old designs that stick out like sore thumbs in your home. Bring your special pet into the limelight by choosing an unusual sofa dog bed. Yes, there are a plethora of lovely dog beds that are designed to look just like real living room furniture. What better way to integrate your pet into the home by adding his very own luxurious dog bed into your living space?

A well made dog bed will last a very long time so this product is a sound investment for your family pet. You won’t have to worry about replacing a product of outstanding quality and design. The ideal dog bed should be made of the finest materials available and it should be as comfortable as it is attractive.

There are some specifics to look for when you shop for a dog bed. There should be a sturdy foam base that has a removable inner mat. Another nice feature is a removable cover that can be washed and dried in your own washing machine and dryer units. Quick, convenient clean-up is a wonderful option that is well worth the money.

Whether you are looking for a dog bed or a pet sofa, you are certain to find something that suits your style as well as your pet’s needs. Your pet will thank you for it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Downloading Google Earth

If you have never done a Google Earth download, you have to try it. The other day, I invited over one of my friends to help me download Google Earth. I was amazed by how easy it was. I have never been able to download music without a lot of trouble. I am kind of technologically illiterate. Nevertheless, they make the Google Earth download as simple as they can. It is free, and there are sites all over the world that will help you download it. Even if you can't connect to one of them, you will definitely be able to connect to another one.

When I first heard about Google Earth download, I thought it was just a novelty thing. I have always loved maps, and I wanted to look at it, but I figured that there would be just too much information for it to be useful. As a matter of fact, Google Earth downloads are extremely useful. Don't get me wrong, you can get by with Google maps or MapQuest if all you want is directions. You don't really need such a complicated program, and it does take a good bit of hard drive space. Nevertheless, it is worth it. You can see satellite maps of anything in any of place in the world. You can zoom out all the way to space, or zoom in to within a few hundred feet. And that is just the beginning.

The goggle Earth download lets you actually interact with the map. It isn't just a program, it is a community. Once you get a Google Earth download, you have many choices about what information to display. You can look at local businesses, monuments, government and civic sites, or the comments of people who know about them. Anyone who wants to can put locations on the Google Earth map. Then anyone who gets a Google Earth download can access them from any place in the world.

You can explore sites of local interests in cities you've never been to, read about the killings in Darfur or global climate change, or even post your observations. People even link up their web cams to the Google Earth download.That means you can look at a particular city, zoom into a particular intersection, and then click on a button that will call up a web cam there. It really is amazing what technology can do nowadays. It is almost the stuff of science fiction, right before our eyes.

DecipheringThe Cause Of Global Warming

Global warming is a problem that is need to be address immediately. Although the effects of global warming are nowadays felt everywhere, there is still some uncertainty about the cause. Don't get me wrong – many of the main culprits are well understood. Burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, increasing methane production through breeding too many cattle – all of these contribute to global climate change. Nonetheless, the verdict is still not in asked to what is the main cause and how much of a role each factor plays.

Whatever the cause of global warming, it is about time to do something about it. The problem is that there are so many problems that individual actions can seem ineffective. There are a lot of small things you can do to counteract the causes of global warming. You can cut down on your consumption, turn off the lights when you leave your room, turn down the heat, weatherproof your house better, and drive less. Still, there is considerable debate about whether we can do enough as individuals. How much do these small changes really add up to?

Nowadays, more and more people believe that we have to address the cause of global warming as a culture and as a world. Our global environment affects all of us, and together we have to make the decision to act in a way that will safeguard it for future generations. More and more people are joining political action groups, organizing with other activists to help defeat environmental climate change. It is not too late to do something about it, but it is getting to that crucial hour. If we don't all work together to fight the causes of global warming, who knows how things will look a decade down the line.

There are many different things you can do in your community to battle the cause of global warming. You can organize for better community recycling programs, better public transportation, and incentives to encourage businesses and consumers to use more environmentally friendly practices. Writing letters on your own can do a little bit, but organizing with other people to express a coherent political platform can do much more. It is the best way, in fact, to really get your voice heard by local, state, and national politicians. If you show them that the cause of global warming is of concern to you, they will listen and they will do something about it. Together, we can all do something to avert the coming environmental catastrophe.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gossip Actor Chace Crawfor Rumored To Be Gay

The TV series Gossip Girl enjoys a lot of teenage audience because of the beautiful cast and story line. And also because of hunk Chace Crawford who plays the role of Nate. He's the love interest of Selena and Blair, the two main characters of the series. However, rumors had been circulating that he's gay. But Chase says that the rumors are part of being young and famous. He's right I think.

The 'Gossip Girl' actor is fine with them, and even thinks they're a badge of honor in Hollywood. As he said in the June issue of GQ magazine. "Hey, if there’s a gay rumor, you know you’ve made it."

He was hooked with singer Carrie Underwood months ago but they have decided to split.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Parvati Wins Survivor Micronesia - Fans Vs Favorite

It was Parvati Shallow whose been declared the winner of “Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favourites.” Her prize was a cool $1 million. Parvati had participated in “Survivor: Cook Islands”, 3 seasons ago and she finished 6th.

This was her second time around. Her experience has taught her well and she won.
The other contestant, Amanda Kimmel, had 3 votes from a jury of previous castoffs. Parvati managed to bag 5 votes and thus she won.

Parvati became Survivor’s 16th millionaire.
Parvati worked as a charity organizer. Running in the Survivor series was a far cry from her job. Jeff Probst, the show’s host, removed the ballot box and took it to New York because he wanted to keep the winner a secret. The winner was only announced towards the very end of the show.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Burma's Death Toll Reaches 22,000

The very strong cyclone that hit into Burma's low-lying Irrawaddy delta triggered a massive wave killed at least 22,500 people and left 41,000 others missing, officials said today. Cyclone Nargis tore through the country’s heartland and largest city, Yangon, early Saturday. It has a speed of 120 mph winds battering the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma.

The first assistance from overseas arrived Tuesday from neighboring Thailand. Relief efforts have been difficult, in large part because the storm destroyed roads and communications outlets.

Nyan Win told Yangon-based diplomats, in a private meeting, that he expected the worst in the storm-ravaged Irrawaddy delta, according to Asian diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.

Watch this special report on Burma and Cyclone Nargis by BBC.

The vicious storm caused blackouts in the country’s largest city, Yangon, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Rural buildings were swept away because most are built with thatch, bamboo and other flimsy materials. Many storm victims sought refuge at Buddhist monasteries while others lined up yesterday to buy candles, which had doubled in price, and water since the lack of electricity-driven pumps had left most households dry.

“The government misled people. They could have warned us about the severity of the coming cyclone so we could be better prepared,” said Thin Thin, a grocery store owner.

The radio station broadcasting from the country’s capital, Naypyitaw, said 3,939 people had been killed. Another 2,879 people were unaccounted for in a single town, Bogalay, in the country’s low-lying Irrawaddy River delta area.

“This is probably the most devastating natural disaster in Southeast Asia since the tsunami,” said Laura Blank, spokeswoman for World Vision. The 2004 tsunami killed around 230,000 people in 12 Indian Ocean nations. She also state that World Vision teams are assessing the damage and stressed the most important need was clean water. Myanmar’s ruling junta, which has spurned the international community for decades, appealed for aid on Monday.