Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
(Reuters) - A controversial false start rule that sent world record holder Usain Bolt crashing out of the world championships on Sunday drew immediate fire from world 100 metres silver medallist Walter Dix.
The defending champion was ejected from the 100 metres final after false-starting. Athletes who false start are immediately disqualified under a new rule introduced by the world governing body last year.
"That false start (rule) is killing us," Dix told reporters after finishing second to Jamaican Yohan Blake. "Hopefully it will change by London (2012 Olympics)."
Bolt did not make a protest after his obvious mistake, removing his vest and leaving the track.
"I was shocked," said Blake, one of the Olympic champion's Jamaican training partners. "I didn't expect that of him. I just had to keep my head and get it done for Jamaica."
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Condoleezza Rice has an admirer in fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.
Opposition fighters rooting through Qadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli found a bizarre photo album filled with pictures of the former secretary of state.
Rice and Qadhafi are no strangers — the two shared an intimate, late-night dinner together three years ago, as Qadhafi broke the Ramadan fast. “The strong scent of incense hung heavy in the air,” wrote The Washington Post in September 2008. “His [Qadhafi’s] face lit up when he saw Rice. … Gaddafi simply placed his right hand over his chest, a traditional and respectful welcome.”
In an interview with Al Jazeera in 2007, Qadhafi put his admiration for Rice in strange terms.
“I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders … Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
It must be noted that Qadhafi isn’t the only world leader with rumored affections for Rice. Canadian then-Foreign Minister Peter McKay was rumored to be one such leader when the two met for talks in 2006; former British Foreign Minister Jack Straw and former Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema have been subject to similar such rumors, says The New York Times.
It's always the quiet nerdy ones isn't it...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Earth Quake Hits East Coast! 5.8 earthquake in Virginia felt in Washington, New York City and North Carolina
WASHINGTON — Thousands of people were evacuating buildings across the Washington, D.C., area on Tuesday after a moderate earthquake miles away in Virginia that was also felt in the Northeast and as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were among the areas evacuated.
Centered 87 miles from the nation's capital, the quake was a magnitude 6.0, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
At the U.S. Capitol, light fixtures swung and the building shook for about 15 seconds while the tremor hit, NBC News reported. In New York City, NBC reported debris fell from the attorney general's office, causing a brief panic as people ran from the area.
Government buildings in the city, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. A mild tremor was even felt by NBC reporters with President Barack Obama during his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts. The earthquake’s epicenter was between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., the USGS reported. It was 3.7 miles deep.
What God...you couldn't wait until Congress was back in session???
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
|"...and the porn channel is right here..."|
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has sacked a pilot and a stewardess after photographs of them engaged in oral sex in a cockpit appeared online.
Chief Executive John Slosar said the unidentified couple were "no longer employees of the company," according to DPA news agency.
The existence of the photos was first reported in Chinese blogs a week ago, prompting the airline to launch an internal investigation.
Industry sources said they suspected the photos were a malicious stunt designed to hurt the company, but the company confirmed the images were authentic.
Slosar said the passenger jet was not in flight when the photos were taken.
|Lord knows United's flight attendants don't do this...|
"That's why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action."
The woman in the photograph was wearing a Cathay Pacific stewardess uniform, while the pilot's face was not shown, GlobalPost reported earlier.
Chinese media reported that the pair were a couple and the pilot claimed the pictures had been stolen from his personal computer and distributed online without his knowledge.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, are being held in Pueblo County, Colo., on bonds of $1.25 million each. The three made their first court appearance Thursday by video from jail, and none made any statement during the brief hearing.
They face charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer. The charges stem from allegations that they shot rounds from an AK-47 at four patrol cars during a chase Wednesday on Interstate 25 in Colorado. The chase ended when troopers deployed spike strips to puncture the tires of the trio's Subaru, and the vehicle rolled and crashed into a guardrail.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lee Dougherty ran from the crash and was shot in the leg by Walsenburg Police Chief James Chamblerlain after she pointed a "machine pistol" at him. The document says she later told police, "I deserved to get shot."
Sunday, August 7, 2011
We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process. We also believe that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration agreed to this week falls short of the amount that we believe is necessary to stabilize the general government debt burden by the middle of the decade.
Monday, August 1, 2011
A freelance photographer asked a young boy who was near the crime scene if he was scared by the violence in the neighborhood, and if he would “stay away from all these guns” when he grew up. The boy said, “No — I’m going to have me a gun!” (The exchange comes at the :38 mark of the above video.)
What the video doesn’t show you is the exchange that followed, in which the boy revealed that his plans to have a gun were because he wants to be a police officer. The reporter can be heard saying, “Oh, that’s okay then.” That portion of the video (which can be seen at the 1:00 mark, above) was edited out by WBBM, but was sent to The Maynard Institute, blurred slightly in an attempt to protect the identity of the young boy.
Shawnelle Richie, WBBM’s communications director, gave TVSpy a statement from the station via email:
We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made.