Percy Cummings ejaculates on TSA Agent during pat down

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Percy Cummings, a 47 year old gay interior designer, was arrested at San Francisco International Airport for ejaculating on a TSA office who was patting him for security check. The TSA full body scan detector was going off due to the multiple metal piercings on Cummings’ penis.

Percy Cummings ejaculates on TSA agent

Percy Cummings’ partner Sergio Armani says that the agent spent “an inordinate amount of time groping” the private parts of Cummings which was the reason for the arousal. The rules set forth by TSA express that anyone who ejaculates during a pat down is subject to being arrested.The interior designer was charged with sexual assault, even tough it would seem that his premature ejaculation was out of his control. At a time when the TSA is being deeply criticized by much of society, it can’t help their public image to send a innocent man to prison. Percy Cummings allegedly had history of previous sexual dysfunction, so it will be interesting to see what will be the charges that stick on Mr. Cummings.
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Analyst: Howard Stern-Sirius XM Contract Worth $400 Million

NEW YORK - Sirius XM and Howard Stern on Thursday morning didn't detail financial terms of their new five year relationship, but at least one analyst estimates it is worth $400 million over the term of the contract, compared to $500 million for his previous five-year contract.
Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett in a first reaction estimated that the deal is likely consistent with his expectations and consistent with the cash payments Stern has received in his first Sirius deal, but the shock jockey likely loses the stock portion of his compensation.
Wall Street analysts wondered though if Stern may work only three instead of four days a week given that he had expressed an interest in scaling back his time commitment.
"We have been modeling that Stern would remain, as part of flattish overall programming costs, whereby Stern continues to receive $80 million cash per year, consistent with his former deal expiring at year-end," Crockett said. "We had also assumed no stock, a step down from the $100 million, five-year stock component of the former deal."
Crockett told The Hollywood Reporter though that there may be other ways Stern may get added value from his new contract. He mentioned success-based compensation, such as in the form of bonus-type payments if the rollout of his programming on mobile devices hits certain targets, as a possibility. Or he may work less than under his previous deal. "There is tons of flexibility to structure this, but we just don't know for sure without disclosures," Crockett said.
The analyst said he assumes that the new Stern deal is costing Sirius less than the first one or the same amount at most because CFO David Frear guided Wall Street observers to expect an "overall modest long-term easing of programming costs" in a earlier this week. Crockett said he is maintaining his $1.65 price target on Sirius shares.
David Joyce, analyst at Miller Tabak, also said he is not sure how many days Stern will work. His most recent model calls for $60 million per year for three work days a week, but Stern may as well have decided to stay at four days for $80 million a year. Assuming unchanged cash earnings, hat would give Stern $300 million-$400 million.
Either way, Wall Street reacted positively to the news of the contract renewal, which observers argued will allow Sirius to maintain its recent subscriber momentum without overpaying. Plus, it gives the company the right to get Stern onto mobile devices. The stock was up 6.4% at $1.40 in early trading.
"This is a net positive for Sirius," said Joyce: "This talent retention should salvage Sirius' subscriber...[and financial] growth."
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AT&T Rated Worst Cellular Provider in U.S. by Consumer Reports

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ChattahBox U.S. News)—In a survey of 58,000 readers, Consumer Reports found that AT&T’s service ranked the lowest among American cellular carriers, and iPhone users were “by far, the least satisfied” with AT&T as their carrier, the Wall Street Journal reports. This news comes at an already unfortunate time for AT&T, with the carrier facing competition from other cellular companies who may end up also offering the iPhone, which AT&T currently carries exclusively.
AT&T spent $2 billion this year to correct weaknesses in its network following complaints of dropped calls and network quality. The company said in a statement that it takes the low Consumer Reports ranking seriously and will continue to look for ways to improve customers’ experiences, WSJ reports.
Consumer Reports ranked U.S. Cellular Corp. as the highest rated cellular company, despite the fact that the small company currently has only 6.1 million customers. Coming in second was Verizon, which has 93.2 million subscribers, WSJ reports.
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Jets Order New York Steakhouse to Remove 'Jets-Themed' Menu Items

For all the controversy the New York Jets have been involved with this season, you'd think they'd stop sweating the small stuff.
According to the New York Post, however, the Jets have ordered a local steakhouse to take off certain Jets-themed menu items were not authorized by the team.
Prime KO Japanese Steakhouse, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, was serving "green on green Jets salad" and a "Jets dragon roll" until team spokeswoman Jessica Ciccone called the restaurant and demanded the items be taken off the menu. Despite the fact that the head chef, Makoto Kameyama, is a huge fan, the Jets apparently care very strongly about protecting their brand.
Meanwhile, Kameyama, originally from Japan, continues to support his favorite team, and even added a Jets-themed latke to the menu for Hanukkah -- a potato pancake topped with basil, to be specific.
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December 7 1941: Famous Pearl Harbor Day Quotes

Want to teach your children about Pearl Harbor Day? It occurred on December 7 1941, when the Japanese bombed the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack that led to the U.S. entering World War II. Here’s a fun fact I learned from my dear college roommate, who is Japanese and was born on Dec : Their Pearl Harbor Day is not Dec 7 1941 but actually December 8, because of the difference in time zones.
Here are some Pearl Harbor Day quotes from famous people that you can share with your kids, including the most famous one of all from Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as one (from John Belushi) that you may want to save till they’re older:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy , the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. … As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. … With confidence in our armed forces,  with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“A gigantic fleet… has massed in Pearl Harbor. This fleet will be utterly crushed with one blow at the very beginning of hostilities…Heaven will bear witness to the righteousness of our struggle.”
– Rear-Admiral Ito, Chief of Staff of the Combined Fleet
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” John Belushi, “Animal House”
“As costly as it was in the lives of our men and women in uniform, in military assets, and in esteem and pride, Pearl Harbor was a watershed moment for America.” U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.)
Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.” — Michael Bay, movie director
“Today at Pearl Harbor, veterans are gathering to pay tribute to the young men they remember who never escaped the sunken ships. And over the years, some Pearl Harbor veterans have made a last request. They ask that their ashes be brought down and placed inside the USS Arizona. After the long lives given them, they wanted to rest besides the best men they ever knew. Such loyalty and love remain the greatest strength of the United States Navy.” – President George W. Bush, Pearl Harbor Day 2001
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Actress Amber Heard comes out as lesbian

Monday, December 6, 2010

Actress Amber Heard is out and proud. On Saturday, the pretty "Pineapple Express" star stepped out for the first time with her partner Tasya van Ree at the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) 25th Anniversary party.
In an interview with AfterEllen.com, Heard, 24, said "GLAAD is one of the many reasons that I, as a 24-year-old, can come out." Heard — Johnny Depp's onscreen love in the upcoming film "The Rum Diary" — explained why she came out:
"I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question 'Am I part of the problem?' And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality, you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that's what this is.
"Injustice can never be stood for. It always must be fought against and I just was sick of it being a problem," Heard said, adding, "I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you're inadvertently admitting it's wrong. I don't feel like I'm wrong."
She gushed about love Van Ree, a photographer and artist she's been seeing since 2008.
"She is beautiful," Heard said.  "I mean, you'd have to be crazy not to want to go out with her!"
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College Futt Bowl Schedule:2010-2011 season kicks off Dec. 18

The College Football Bowl schedule is set, as the slate will take off in two weeks at Albuquerque. Here is the full schedule for college football bowls for the 2010-2011 season:
Dec. 18
  • New Mexico Bowl: Brigham Young (6-6) vs. Texas-El Paso (6-6) at Albuquerque.
  • uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois (10-3) vs. Fresno State (8-4) at Boise, Idaho.
  • R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl: Ohio (8-4) vs. Troy (7-5) at New Orleans.
Dec. 21
  • Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Southern Mississippi (8-4) vs. Louisville (6-6) at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dec. 22
  • MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Utah (10-2) vs. Boise State (11-1) at Law Vegas.
Dec. 23
  • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy (8-3) vs. San Diego State (8-4) at San Diego.
Dec. 24
  • Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (10-3) vs. Tulsa (9-3) at Honolulu.
Dec. 26
  • Little Caesars Bowl: Florida International (6-6) vs. Toledo (8-4) at Detroit.
Dec. 27
  • AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Air Force (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (6-6) at Shreveport, La.
Dec. 28
  • Champs Sports Bowl: West Virginia (9-3) vs. North Carolina State (8-4) at Orlando, Fla.
  • Insight Bowl: Missouri (10-2) vs. Iowa (7-5) at Tempe, Ariz.
Dec. 29
  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: East Carolina (6-6) vs. Maryland (8-4) at Washington.
  • Texas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Baylor (7-5) at Houston.
  • Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) at San Antonio.
Dec. 30
  • Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Army (6-5) vs. Southern Methodist (7-6) at Dallas.
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5) at New York.
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6) at Nashville.
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6) at San Diego.
Dec. 31
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida (7-5) vs. Clemson (6-6) at Charlotte, N.C.
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl: Notre Dame (7-5) vs. Miami (Fla.) (7-5) at El Paso, Texas.
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia (6-6) vs. Central Florida (10-3) at Memphis.
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina (9-4) vs. Florida State (9-4) at Atlanta.
Jan. 1
  • TicketCity Bowl: Northwestern (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) at Dallas.
  • Outback Bowl: Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5) at Tampa, Fla.
  • Capital One Bowl: Alabama (9-3) vs. Michigan State (11-1) at Orlando, Fla.
  • Gator Bowl: Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Michigan (7-5) at Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin (11-1) vs. Texas Christian (12-0) at Pasadena, Calif.
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (11-2) at Glendale, Ariz.
Jan. 3
  • Discover Orange Bowl: Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2) at Miami.
Jan. 4
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ohio State (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-2) at New Orleans.
Jan. 6
  • Bowl: Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Miami (Ohio) at Mobile, Ala.
Jan. 7
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl: Louisiana State (10-2) vs. Texas A&M (9-3) at Arlington, Texas.
Jan. 8
  • BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh (7-5) vs. Kentucky (6-6) at Birmingham, Ala.
Jan. 9
  • Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada (12-1) vs. Boston College (7-5) at San Francisco.
Jan. 10
  • Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: Oregon (12-0) vs. Auburn (13-0) at Glendale, Ariz.
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St. Nicholas Day: Today is St. Nicholas Day!

On some days, we all revert to our childhoods, Saint Nicholas Day is the perfect time to do so.
Google even chose to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day by putting out some boots and hoping that Saint Nicholas will fill them with some treats. In Germany, their search engine displays a St. Nikolaus drawing that honors the German tradition. Along with Germany, there are many more countries around Europe that are celebrating today.
Saint Nicholas has been known to bring joy to children in many countries. Children prepare their boots, making sure they are cleaned and polished, to receive gifts from the saint.
The Saint is also celebrated in Italy, Turkey, Greece, Belgium, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Children who were good throughout the year can expect to find their boots filled with coins, oranges, sweets and other gifts. However, the naughty children will receive a rod in their boots, representative of punishment. The saint is kind and forgiving so they seldom get such a “blessing.”
Saint Nicholas is loosely the basis for the mythical holiday figure, Santa Claus, that is most familiar with Americans. The name Santa Claus is originally derived from a winter holiday figure Sinterklaas, celebrated in the Netherlands, Aruba, Belgium and Curacao. Sadly, the traditional meaning of the celebration of Saint Nicholas has been lost. Instead, the US representation of Santa Claus is becoming stronger and more popular.
Every country that celebrates Saint Nicholas has its own traditions and legends related to the saint. When Saint Nicholas Day approaches, the saint also announces the start of the winter holidays like Christmas and New Year, a tradition that most counties who celebrate Saint Nicholas acknowledge.
Fortunately, the saint is generous with everyone, which makes December the perfect time to contemplate the past and hopeful forigve in the future.
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2010 Bowl Matchups: College Football Bowl Schedule

The yearly tradition of College Football Bowl games  is nearly upon us. The schedule has been finalized and all of the matchups have been released. Starting on December 18th with the New Mexico Bowl and ending on January 10th with the Tostitos BCS Championship Bowl we are in for some great games. The 2010 Bowl Matchups and the full College Football Bowl schedule are now available so you can now plan who to watch.
There are 35 NCAAF bowl games that will be taking place over the course of 3 weeks. Some of the more popular bowl games include the Sugar Bowl, which will feature Arkansas vs. Ohio State, the Orange Bowl which will feature Stanford vs. Virginia Tech, and the Rose Bowl which will feature TCU vs. Wisconsin. The games will be taking place all over the country, including one game to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2010 Bowl matchups  and College Football Bowl schedule was released today after the past weekend of championship games finalized all of the teams participating.
The BCS Championship game is what teams compete all year long to try and be a part of. This year Auburn will face off against Oregon, in Miami Florida,  for the big title. Sponsored by Tostitos the payout for this game is $17 million. Look for the 2010 Bowl matchups and the College Football Bowl schedule to kick off in 12 days and go strong until January 10, 2011. 
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Cartoons of 80s

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Every generation has its own set of beloved cartoons that are later cherished as childhood gems. The impression that the cartoons of the 80s had on the minds of its fans is hard to find in any of the receding or preceding decade cartoon lovers.
The cartoons of the 80s were fun loving and had no traces of the evils found in the society.
Some of the most watched cartoons of the 80s were Smurfs, Gummi Bears, Gl Joe, He Man, Transformers, Mario Brothers, Rescue Rangers, Thundercats, Duck Tales, Voltron, , and BraveStarr.
Countless other cartoon characters including Scooby Doo ruled the 80s' animated industry.v
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Jenni Lyn Watson Dead: Steven Pieper Arrested

Saturday, November 27, 2010

There has been a break in the case of missing college student Jenni Lyn Watson today. The 20 year old student  has been missing since November 19th when she returned home to Syracuse for the Thanksgiving holiday. Today her body was found in Clay Central Park near her home. Jenni Lyn Watson’s ex-boyfriend Steven Pieper has been arrested and charged with second degree murder.

The case started about 8 days ago when shortly after her return home from school Jenni Lyn was reported missing.  It is believed by the investigators in this case that she was killed at her parents home and brought to a wooded area in Clay Town Park where her body was found today. Steven Pieper was the prime suspect from the start in the Jenni Lyn Watson disappearance and now murder. Steven Pieper appeared in court today and filed a plea of not guilty to the charge of second degree murder in the case of Jenni Lyn Watson.
The 2 had been dating on and off for about a year and a half when this past October Jenni Lyn decided to end the relationship for good. It appears as though Mr. Pieper did not agree with the break up and went after Miss Watson. Her remains have been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy on Sunday and Steven Pieper will remain in custody until his next court appearance on December 3rd. Jenni Lyn Watson was a promising young dancer who’s life has been taken to soon by her ex boyfriend Steven Pieper.
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Honor Roll: Southern Middle School

SIXTH GRADE: Elizabeth Abell, Georgia Campbell, Emily DeWitt, Darcy Drewyer, Katherine Gott, Arielle Hall, Alexander Hutchins, Heather Janney, Nolan Krautman, Amanda Lapsley, Sara Livingston, Bailey Lusby, Jonah Mackiewicz, Grace Magness, Noah McCowan, Kevin Merton, Stephanie Musser, Benjamin Newhouse, Kaitlin Norman, Sean Phelan, Lily Revell, Delaney Sancomb, Charlotte Schinner, Katelyn Segreti, Kadijatu Shaw, Zachary St Clair, Wyatt Vansant, Adair Watson, Cherith White, Jacob Wilson, Carly Wood and Samuel Youngmann.
SEVENTH GRADE: Heather Barry, Miranda Brandenburg, Jesse Campeotto, Savanna Cowan, Allie Cox, Sierra Criste, Sydney Davis, Jaclyn Etzel, Madeline Fitzgerald, Alexis Fowler, Kelly Garner, Meagan Griffith, Maggie Haley, Rebecca Hardesty, Morgan Hartsfield, Adrienne Hein, Jason Hieber, Morgan Hoffman, Alexandra Horton, Brandon Horvath, Callie Huck, Autumn Jackson, Jay Jones, Emilia Julian, Mary Kasprzyk, Dane Leoniak, Josephine Lyons, Maggie Maidl, Emily Marks, Allison Martin, Amanda Merton, Caroline Miller, Jessica Motz, Kaitlyn Nutwell, Jesslyn Perez, Matthew Phelan, Sarah Rothhaas, Katerina Russek, William Simmons, Ian Squires, Austin Starnes, Caylin Stevens, Jacquelyn Sunstrom, Alexandra Talbott, Robert Tromm, Gabriel Valdez, Dillon Waters, Sierra Weinkam and Afton Willson.
EIGHTH GRADE: Christopher Austell Jr., Jacob Boswell, Brooke Chapman, Morgan Collinson, Brendan Demas, Eleanor Dotson, Barron DuBois, Shanna Dunlap, Ariel Eleam, Anthony Fratino, Kailyn Gates, Rebecca Glaser, William Gordon, Demi Heider, Lauren Hoffman, Patrick Holt, Bryan Howl, Lauren Jackson, Zachary Kemp, Clare Kozycki, David Kramer, Colin Krautman, Hannah Larney, Anthony Lee II, Katherine Manders, Zachary McDonald, Thomas Miller IV, Domenic Nutile, Isabella Pierce, Emma Pleisse, Kelly Poe, Amy Privitera, Jayson Ramey, Bessy Rodriguez Diaz, Karoline Russek, Kayla Seymour, Joshua Smith, Julianna Smith, Troy Smith, Selena Spriggs, Patrick Stoehr, Greta Strauss, Hannah Tucker, Harleigh Tucker, Destiny Walls, Charles Youngmann and Kristin Zevely.
The following students made the honor roll for the first marking period:
SIXTH GRADE: Alyssa Abbott, Andrew Alton, Katelyn Alton, Austin Angermier, Collin Annadale, James Atwell, Nicholas Austell, James Baden Jr., Allison Bahen, Brandon Bailey, Brittany Bailey, George Barksdale III, Cole Barrett, William Bartee III, Joseph Beavers, Kathryn Bedard, Brianna Bell, Gina Bell, Nikolaus Bilzor, Timothy Bingley, Melinda Blansett, Alexis Bonincontri, Jordan Brady, Josiah Brought, Caitlin Brumley, Brandon Burch, Kathryn Burgee, Kalei Burgess, Haley Buttner, Dustin Carr, Madeline Case, Landon Castellano, Brandy Chapman, Demetrius Cheakalos, Madelyn Cihocki, Aaliyah Claggett, Ryann Clarke, Kiara Coates, Nolan Coleman, Ryland Collinson, Mason Conner, Charles Connors, Cole Contino, Shayla Cook, David Cooper, Jeremy Couvillion, Renee Cranford, Corinne Curtis, Michelle Cutler, Katelynn Dolin Adamson, Kevin Donithan, Carson Dove, Daniel Duffy, Benjamin Duvall, Chyna Eaton, Destiny Edwards, Nathan Flores, Jimmy Frost, John Gardiner, Jesse Gates, Kyle Germann, Logan Gibson, Anastasia Gingell, Timothy Glaser II, Brandy Gomes, Jeremy Grauel, Daryl Gregg III, Kason Hale, Thomas Hall, Christopher Hardesty Jr., Tabitha Harr, John Harrison, Randi Lee Hill, Jacob Hogan, Gloria Holland, Devin Horseman Guy, Taylor Inzer, Kyle Jackson, Jasmine Jameson, Breanna Johnson, Hunter Jordan, Cassandra Keenan, Jenna Kilchenstein, Ashley Kinstler, Nicholas Kinstler, Liam Kissinger, Leonard Klayman, Anastasia Krause, Andrew Ladd, Stephanie Lantz, Meredith Lawson, William Lawson, Matthew Lester, Hannah Litwiller, Nadia Livesay, Bianca Logan, Rudolf Lutz IV, Luke Madison, McGrath Malloy, Jaylen Martin, Onyae Martin, Eric McDowell, Shania Miles, Katrina Murphy Choi, Colin Nagle, Tyler Nation, Kyle Naughton, Zachary Neuland, Broden Northrop, James O'Brien, Rayne Parran, Jennifer Potter, Bethany Probst, DeMia Randall, Clare Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Sean Roediger, Alyssa Rose, Alejandro Rounceville, Ashley Sanders, Loren Sanders, Michaela Schneider, Madeline Schryer, Jesse Self, Hunter Sharpe, William Shartzer, John Shenton III, Lauren Shoemaker, Angela Silver, Meadow Skipper, Gregory Smith, Jamey Staley, Brittany Stock, Morgan Stueckler, Mia Suplee, McKenzie Sweet, Robert Taylor, Brandon Thomas, Micheal Tichnell, Veronica Tickel, Megan Tippett, Katherine Treff, Warren Tull, Tessa Tyler, Carl Vogel, Christopher Wallace, Courtney Watkins, Matthew Watson, David Watts, Jonathon Watts, Morgan Whitman, Abigail Wilkinson, Natalie Williams, Charles Winder, Melissa Witte, Caitlin Woods and Darren Young.
SEVENTH GRADE: Maggi Adey, Nevay Archuleta, Leonardo Astete, Kayla Aud, Samuel Baer, Molly Barkman, Brett Barksdale, Sarah Bayly, Dylan Behler, Gillian Black, Russell Blackwell Jr., Delaney Bly, Abigail Bolander, Angel Bouchelle, Haden Bowen, Sarah Brown, Jacob Brummitt, Jacob Buhaj, Rachel Busick, Brooke Campbell, Joseph Canter III, James Chasse Jr., Andrew Cheater, Roman Clark, Alyssa Collins, Dacey Collinson, Jacob Costa, Brett Creek, Christopher Curtin, Shannon Donnelly, Joseph Ennis, Alissa Ferranti, Darrell Foote Jr., Morgan Foster, Alexandra Fox, Zachary Gamblin, Alexis Gaskin, Joseph Gibson, Kayla Gigger, John Grauel Jr., Hunter Greenbaum, Seth Greenstreet, Sabrina Gross, Kendall Hamlin, Michael Harding, Meredith Harmison, Jonah Harris, Perri Hayes, Cassie Hobbs, Nicolas Hubley, Garrett Hunt, Amaree Hunter, Jodee' Inzer, Callie Isaacs, Trevor Jewell, Jayden Johnson, Jikaela Johnson, Marshall Johnson, Grace Jones, Victoria Jones, John KennedyMercer, Valerie Kilchenstein, Chloe Kissal, Christopher Knapp Jr., Kurt Kuegler, Emily Lamb, Brandi Latham, Casey Manifold, Ashlyn Mays, Connor McDermott, Jacob Mead, Alicia Meier, Demi Meiklejohn, Caleb Merkle, Kayla Mitchell, Caryn Money, Raeven Moore, Quinn Morrison, Presley Myers, Kaitlyn Myles, Benjamin Norfolk, Jarrett Northrop, Nicholas Orsini, Kaleb Owens, Shane Patterson, Maiya Porter, Ashley Price, Aliya Putman, Chrystal Randall, Jackson Reilly, Nicolas Renzi, Alexandra Rickett, Steffan Ricketts, Shane Ronan, David Silva III, Riven Sprinkle, Daniel Starnes, Nicolas Stelacone, Maximilian Strauss, Madeline Teske, Eric Thompson, Kamryn Tisdel, Christian Van Marken, Rebecca Vignola, Lacee Wagner, Shelbie Wells, Mark Westman and Jahkel Wilkerson.
EIGHTH GRADE: Alexandra Abell, Nicole Anastasi, Dylan Annan Brown, Madeleine Astete, Amber Baden, Andrew Barnett, Tyler Beck, Brian Boellner, Laura Boellner, Alyssa Bolin, Katlyn Boswell, Nicholas Boyd, Dyllan Brady, Marquis Briggs, Austin Broaddus, Danielle Brown, Timothy Brown, Timothy Bure Mann, Ryan Burke, Kassidy Butler, Alvaro Calleja, Elaina Cardoza, Brendan Carwile, Melyssa Cheung, Matthew Coleman, Benjamin Collinson Jr., Johnathan Daniels, Kelsey Day, Ethan Dee, Justis Dilts, Takeisha Dorsey, Kari Dunlap, William Faber, Kayla Fate, Jeffrey Ferguson Jr., Kaeshelle Ford, Joshua Fratta, DeShawn Freeland, Jaime Fuhrer, Tyler Fulcher, Dillon Galloway, Katy Galloway, Rachel Grimes, Rebecca Grimes, Jeremiah Hasz, Daniel Hedler, Thomas Hedler, Riley Heller, Alexis Hemmer, Mikayla Hennessey, Justin Hill, Tiffany Howes, Nathan Huber, Drecon Hudson, Andrea Hutchins, Christopher Hylton, Jordan Intile, Mark Johnston, Amber Kellett, Coltyn Kelly, Eric Kreutzberg, Brian Ladd, Matthew LaJoice, Ashley Largen, Nathan Leek, Shelby Lindsay, Courtney Little, Jordon Lund, Chad Lytle, Stephen MacKay, Darrell Marshall, Dominic Mattero, Shane McKenzie, Amanda Minner, Hassel Miranda Navejas, Christine Morales, Abigail Moscati, Roderick Neal Jr., Lillian Nugent, Ronaldo Otero, Leah Peake, Taylor Phipps, Cara Prada, Amber Pratt, Kristen Pulley, Allison Redington, Daniel Rey, Chelsea Richardson, Matthew Rinaldi, Kyle Robinson, Patrick Rodrigues Jr., Zachary Rullman, Whitney Ryan, Stephanie Scott, Rachel Sereboff, Chazz Sost, Kenzy Sost, Nadia Souada, Jeffrey Stiles Jr., Gabriel Taulbee, Jacqueline Tayman, Robert Thomas, Danielle Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Andrew Tickel, Sadi Toro, Julia Tucker, Travis Walk, Darnell Walls Jr., Ryan Wanner, Lauren Watson, James Weaverling Jr., Elisha Whitmer, Christopher Wiley, Chestera Williams, Brittany Wyvill, Linda Yackel and Danielle Yocum.
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Notre Dame football: Bowl picture only a little clearer

The absurdity of Notre Dame's bowl situation was underscored by the fact that both Boise State's upset loss to Nevada and a game between two hyphenated Louisiana schools on Saturday (UL-Monroe and UL-Lafayette) actually tinkered with their bowl picture.

Of course, the score that mattered most in the equation was the one the Irish were directly involved with - their rivalry renewal with USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum late Saturday night. Win, and the Irish were logically headed to the Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 28 in Orlando to play an ACC team.

Lose and a 6-6 ND team was faced with sifting through leftovers of conferences who couldn't fill their designated allotment - many of which were games that were bad fits for the Irish.
Now imagine the same scenario with an 8-4 or 9-3 Irish team. That could happen sometime in the remaining three years of this bowl cycle. Once the Irish play the Champs Sports chip, they cannot return there during the length of the contract, which runs through the 2013 season.

In other words, it's BCS or dumpster dive.

The leftover bowls most likely to have been in play for a 6-6 Irish team or with a Champ Sports snub when regular-season play ends next weekend:

  • The Texas Bowl, Dec. 29 at Houston vs. a Big 12 team.

  • The Sun Bowl, Dec. 31 at El Paso, Texas vs. an ACC team.

  • The Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 22 at Las Vegas against a Mountain West Conference team, most likely a Utah team the Irish already have played.

  • The BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 8 at Birmingham, Ala., against a Big East team.

  • The New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 18 in Albuquerque against a WAC team, and an option the Irish would surely turn down since their exams run through Dec. 17.

    A Houston upset against Texas Tech late Saturday night would close the door on the Texas Bowl. A Georgia win over Georgia Tech would do the same with the BBVA Compass option.

    Coaching numbers

    Brian Kelly on Saturday night became the 15th first-year Notre Dame head coach to walk the sidelines in the all-time series with USC.

    Coming into the game Irish first-year head coaches were 7-7 in their first meeting with USC. Lou Holtz was the last first-year head coach to upend the Trojans in the first meeting.

    Holtz's 1986 squad finished up the season with a come-from-behind 38-37 victory. The Irish trailed 37-20 with just under 12 minutes left in the contest.

    The other six coaches to knock off USC in their first matchup were Hugh Devore (1963), Joe Kuharich (1959), Terry Brennan (1954), Frank Leahy (1941), Elmer Layden (1934) and Knute Rockne (1926).

    Bad to first

    Looking for one of the best stories in college football this season? Take a gander at what's happening at Miami (Ohio).

    Once the Oxford, Ohio, campus was the home to the "Cradle of Coaches." Guys like Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Ara Parseghian are all part of the Miami tradition.

    Recently though, it's been a place where coaching careers went to die. Notre Dame grad and former Irish assistant coach Mike Haywood may be changing that trend.

    The second-year head coach turned a 1-11 debut into an 8-4 (7-1 MAC) encore that will be capped by an appearance in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday.

    "It's a great opportunity for our football team, when you look at where we were last year to where we are this year," Haywood told the Oxford Press.

    " ... I really do think we're playing some of the best football we've played since we've been at Miami. The players are buying into the system, trusting and believing in themselves, their teammates and their coaches. Our coaches have just done a tremendous job. Our guys have gotten better the entire year."

    A 23-3 win over Temple earlier this week, coupled with Kent State's upset of Ohio, allowed the RedHawks to earn the bid to the title game and likely a bowl berth.

    "I didn't think it would happen this quickly," Haywood said. " ... Behind closed doors our goal this season was to be a bowl-eligible football team and we've far exceeded that. We had a five-year plan and we're in year four already. Things are going in the right direction."

    Bad to ?

    Fellow former Charlie Weis assistant, Rob Ianello, landed in the MAC one year after Haywood.

    He can only hope for a similar script.

    Ianello's Akron Zips (1-11, 1-7) almost lived up to their nickname, but upended Buffalo in their regular-season finale on Friday, 22-14. Buffalo is coached by former Brian Kelly right-hand man, Jeff Quinn.

    Even with the late victory, which meant the Football Bowl Subdivision would be devoid of any winless teams this season. Akron recorded a school-record for losses. The previous mark was held by Gerry Faust, who went 1-10 in his final season (1994).

    Good to mediocre

    After recording a 12-0 regular season under Kelly and almost getting a chance to play for the national title, Cincinnati clinched bowl-ineligibility Saturday with its seventh loss of the season, 38-17, to Connecticut on Saturday.

  • Squibs

  • Notre Dame came into Saturday night's game with USC with a higher national ranking in three of the four major defensive categories (pass-efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense).

    The last time the Irish were better in even one defensive category heading into the USC game was 2002. The last time they held an upper hand in more than one was 2000.

  • Irish junior wide receiver Michael Floyd's touchdown catch with 2:39 left in the first half was the 26th of his career, leaving him one shy of Jeff Samardzija's school record.

  • Notre Dame won the coin toss Saturday night, but changed its strategy. Kelly elected to defer instead of taking the ball first. The Irish had received the football in each of their first 11 games.

  • Game captains were Floyd and safety Harrison Smith. It was Floyd's team-leading fifth selection. Smith has been a captain four times, second-most on the team.

  • Backup safety Dan McCarthy, who has battled injuries for most of the season, did not make the travel roster.

  • Notre Dame ended up playing 10 bowl-eligible teams this season. The only two that didn't earn that distinction was Purdue, because of its record (4-8), and USC, because of probation.

    No team in the FBS played more bowl-eligible teams this season.

  • By halftime Notre Dame's defense had extended its streak without allowing an offensive touchdown to 13 straight quarters.

  • Notre Dame's 16-play scoring drive in the first half was its longest since a 19-play drive against UCLA in 2006.
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    aturday Night: SNL not live tonight as Kanye, host Cranston repeat

    Saturday Night Live is understandably taking the night off, as SNL drops into a repeat tonight of the episode from earlier this season starring host Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle) and musical guest Kanye West (who would surely declare this to be the greatest SNL repeat of all time). There’s been a mild amount of rumbling so far this season, as factual or not, it feels like SNL has been a repeat as often as it’s been live since the current season began on NBC. But this being Thanksgiving week, it feels like we can give the Saturday Night Live cast and crew a break this time around, even if they’re once again not “Live” as their name proclaims.
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    Walmart Cyber Monday Sales 2010. Free iPod,iPhone,Xbox 360 Deals

    The Walmart Cyber Monday sales are going to last six days with a Cyber Week of savings and holiday deals online. Cyber Monday is a top Google trend and Walmart is always one of the retailers that gets serious attention from consumers.
    Walmart’s Cyber Week sale will include discounts on electronics, toys, video games, home furnishings and more online at Walmart.com beginning on Sunday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 3. Although there will be extreme discounts from retailers such as Walmart, the best deals are often not at massive chain stores. You can get the best deals on popular products by completing a few surveys. If you participate in these marketing companies surveys you can end up with FREE gifts including, iPods, iPhones, televisions, Xbox 360, and more. You may have to spend 20 minutes completing a few survey offers but it will yield savings much greater than any Cyber Monday sale.
    The choice is yours. Below you will find what is on sale at Walmart CYber Monday Sales and after that, the real offers for free electronics.
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    Randy Shannon's firing was inevitable

    Miami’s loss to South Florida on Saturday didn’t get Randy Shannon fired -- four years of mediocrity did.

    The embarrassing 23-20 loss to the Bulls of the Big East was just one more glaring blemish the UM administration couldn’t ignore -- especially on a day when rival Florida State was basking in the glory of beating up on Florida and celebrating a trip to the ACC championship game in Jimbo Fisher’s first season.

    Steve Mitchell/US PresswireRandy Shannon finished with a mediocre 28-22 record in four seasons as Miami's head coach.
    Miami’s speed gets a lot of attention, the problem is how they've used it -- the Canes have gone nowhere fast.

    In four seasons under Shannon, Miami failed to win the Coastal Division, has yet to win a bowl game, and is 3-4 against BCS opponents from the state of Florida. Meanwhile, it took one season under Fisher for the Seminoles to earn the title of state champs. It was only a matter of time before Shannon was held accountable at a program whose standard is five national titles.

    None of Shannon’s 28 wins were all that memorable. Some of his 22 losses, though, were hard to forget.

    Once again, Virginia handed the Canes one of their most embarrassing losses of the season. In 2007, it was the 48-0 loss in the final game at the Orange Bowl. This year, it was a 24-19 loss in Charlottesville to a team that had yet to win a conference game. There was also the 31-7 collapse last year at Virginia Tech.

    The highlight of Shannon’s coaching career at Miami just might have been this year’s win over Butch Davis -- the first time he was able to beat Miami’s former coach since both took over their respective programs. Maybe it was the win over then-ranked No. 8 Oklahoma last year, but it wasn’t the same Oklahoma team without Sam Bradford.

    The bottom line is that none of those 28 wins amounted to anything in the postseason. And Miami fans have grown tired of it. Week after week this season, somebody takes a snapshot of an empty Sun Life Stadium and it makes its way around Twitter. It’s been embarrassing to the program and the ACC, but it’s not like Shannon has given the fan base much to cheer about.

    This failure, though, doesn’t fall squarely on Shannon’s shoulders. It also falls on the administration who hired him, and it’s up to athletic director Kirby Hocutt and university president Donna Shalala to get it right this time.

    It wasn’t a complete disaster.

    Shannon changed the perception of the program. He instilled discipline, and leads all active BCS coaches with a 977 lifetime APR average. Those things count, but fans want to see Miami leading the BCS standings more. Shannon was given a contract extension prior to this season with the expectation that a championship of some form would be won either this year or next. The expectation was that he had the talent to do it and had finally found some stability at the coordinator position.

    Instead, nothing changed. The loss to South Florida only magnified that.

    Everything from Shannon's ability to lead to his ability to coach has been questioned during his tenure. Miami's administration just decided to answer sooner than later.
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    Kyle Brotzman Misses as Nevada Defeats Boise State

    LAS VEGAS (LALATE) – Kyle Brotzman’s two missed kicks resulted in Nevada ending Boise State’s hopes this season. Kyle Brotzman missed not one but two critical kicks, within minutes of each other, setting up a Nevada victory in overtime. With two seconds left in regulation, Brotzman missed a 26-yard field goal. Then in overtime, he missed a 29 yard kick. Anthony Martinez responded by giving Nevada the game winning 34-yard kick. Final score, Nevada defeats Boise State 34-31.
    Brotzman’s blunders ended Boise State’s 24-game winning streak. They also destroyed the team’s hopes for a national title.
    Boise coach Chris Petersen’s was still in shock when approached by news after the game. He said his team missed many critical plays, not just two kicks. “One play can win a game but one play can’t lose it.” Boise State’s hopes for a third BCS bowl since 2006 are destroyed, and Nevada achieved the biggest upset of the week in college football.

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    Boise State Football: Boise State vs Nevada Football Scores

    The scores of Boise State vs Nevada football 2010 game are updated. Kyle Brotzman, Big 12 Championship Game and Boise State football have been trending on internet.
    Final Score: Nevada Wolf Pack, 34 and Boise State, 31
    First Quarter Status:
    Boise State has scored three points in the first quarter, but Nevada could not score even single point.
    Second Quarter Status:
    Boise State has maintained the same form in the second quarter too and scored 21 points, but Nevada cored only seven points.In the first half, Boise State has dominated in two quarters and got 17 lead against Nevada.
    Third Quarter Status:
    Boise State did not perform well as that of first half and faced tough competition from Nevada. In the third quarter, Nevada has improved their performance and scored seven points, but Boise State could not score even single point.
    Fourth Quarter Status:
    Nevada has maintained the same form in the fourth quarter too and scored ten points whereas Boise State scored seven points.
    By the end of the fourth quarter, both Boise State and Nevada have scored 31 points each.
    In the overtime, Nevada reinstated well and scored three points, but Boise State could not score even single point.
    Boise State Football and Nevada Football
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    Black Saturday Sales: Walmart and Best Buy Deals

    Black Saturday is here and we are now bringing you the deals that we feel are best from Walmart and Best Buy. Let’s look at Walmart first, they have a 24 page ad that is packed full of offers some of which include mobile phones, cameras, televisions and much more.
    So page 14 sees a double page spread of mobile phones, some of which include an LG Vortex for the Verizon network, this comes in at less than a single dollar, although it has some competition for that dollar from the Pantech Crux again for the Verizon network, this is also priced at less than $1. You can view many mobile phone deals on page 14-15 of the advertisement.
    Page 16 has more great offers. This time on laptops, you can pick up an HP17.3” DV7 Laptop for $578, or if you are looking for a girls Netbook there is a pink HP Mini 210 Netbook for £318. On the same page there was another item that I certainly liked the look of the item is priced at $89 and is a Garmin Nuvi 295W 3.5 portable GPS.
    Pages 18-19 have lots of different televisions, the amount of technology and gadgets in here for such a small price is simply astounding. To view the whole lot go to Walmat’s ad by clicking here.
    Best Buy also has some terrific deals on items such as the Flip Video – UltraHD Camcorder in either white or silver, you only get to see the price when you add it to your cart. If it’s a computer that you are after from Best Buy then they have them in abundance, for example a new Sony Vaio with inter Pentium processor, 3GB of RAM 15.5” screen and a 320GB Hard Drive for just $399.99. Quite honestly some of the deals you will not believe until you see them for yourself. So head on over to Best Buy by clicking here.
    Are any of these fantastic deals for you? Let us know what you have got so far and what you need in the comments below.
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    Walmart, Best Buy Cyber Monday 2010 Deals and Ads: Best deals are still available

    Black Friday 2010 is gone now. Those who are still looking for good deals should still be able to grab few on Cyber Monday 2010. Cyber Monday is expected to be the record breaking this year. Retailer like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Amazon are participating with hot Cyber Monday Deals.
    WalmartThe largest consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy, is expected to offer number products including GPS Navigation devices, HDTV Models, Game Consoles, Video Games and Laptops. Best Buy is set start of offer Cyber Monday 2010 Deals from Sunday which is actually a day before actual online shopping event.
    Walmart is step ahead in the case of Cyber Monday 2010. Instead of one day deals, the retail giant will offer sweet Cyber Monday deals throughout the week. Walmart calls it  “Cyber Week”.
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    MSU Herp Club hosts event educating students about reptiles, amphibians

    Pythons, frogs and turtles crawled and slithered around their enclosures at an MSU Herp Club educational event Wednesday in the Natural Science Building.
    Students and community members had the opportunity to interact with animals, including a ball python.
    Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. The MSU Herp Club
    studies herpetology and organizes outreach events, such as Wednesday’s “How
    to Train Your Bearded Dragon,” which was held to inform people about owning the animals as pets and the conservation of species.
    Often people are afraid of these types of animals, especially snakes, because they do not know much about them, MSU Herp Club President and zoology junior Emily Gertiser said.
    “I know a lot of people are very fearful of snakes and lizards,” Gertiser said. “It’s just a harmless animal that’s just trying to live its life. They don’t have the intention to harm.”
    People do not always view these kinds of animals negatively, but do not feel comfortable around them either, MSU Herp Club adviser and herpetology specialist Jim Harding said.
    “A lot of people are not so much antagonistic,” Harding said. “(They’re) just nervous. They want to know if (the amphibian or reptile) is going to hurt them.”
    Educating people about how to care for these animals as pets was another purpose of the event, Harding said.
    “We want them to know the proper way to care for them and maintain them,” Harding said.
    “I think it’s a good service we can do.”
    Fisheries and wildlife junior Nate Spala attended the event to gain ideas for a new pet. He said he was glad to see other people interested in herpetology.
    “I used to catch snakes when I was little and keep them,” Spala said. “It’s a great way to get hands on experience (holding the animals).”
    Animals including dart frogs, a spiny-tailed lizard and African tortoises were at the event.
    Some of the reptiles and amphibians were pets of the MSU Herp Club’s members. Preuss Pets, 1127 N. Cedar St., and the Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., both in Lansing, also brought animals to the event.
    Some club members held their pets and allowed attendees to do the same.
    Later, Chris Gertiser, a zookeeper at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Mich., spoke about his work experiences and a typical day in his life.
    Earlier, he held a black-headed monitor, a type of lizard, on a leash and talked with attendees. Gertiser said he hoped people would appreciate zookeeping more after he spoke with them about it.

    “A lot of people think we cuddle with baby animals all day long,” Gertiser said. “(But) there’s a lot of poop to clean everyday.”
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    Friday, November 26, 2010

    1. Advertising fundamentally introduces the new product to the public though radio,television,films,newspapers,handbills,posters.
    2. Advertising can be a service to the customer.
    3. It is much harder to do this whis with T.V.or radio advertisements.
    4. Some advertisement are not very useful to the customer.
    5. Advertising expenses become the part of the totle cost of the product.
    6. Advertising has many advantages in modern age.
       The word advertising is acombination of two Latin words:(i) Ad means towards and (ii) Verto means turn.The word(ADVERTO) means to
    turn the attention towards the product. Advertising is the main weapon of the seller for introducing the goods and himself inthe market.
    With advertising we can sell products which never sold before.Advertising in business is as oil in machinery.
       Advertising fundamentally introduces the new posters etc.Advertising creates the regular demand of product.Sale of product increases.
    The existing market share increases and new markets are created.It also reduces the unemployment as advertising agencies hire the services
    of experts producing the advertising material.The employment in media is possible with the help of advertising.
       Advertising can be a service to the customer.This is true when advertisement gives reliable information about the good advertised.Such
    information is needed if the customer is to make a sensible choice when he buys. It is useful in this sense that it lets him
    know of the kinds of goods in the shops.Printed advertisents do this best.
       It is much harder to do this with T.V.or radio advertisements.The advertising educates the consumers.The buyers seek sufficient knowledge
    of the different products before making buying decisions.
       Some advertisements are not very useful to the customer.Instead of helping him to satisfy his real needs,they set out to create a need.
    These advertisements are cleverly done.The people who produce them understand our weakness.They set out to make us believe that what they
    advertise will make us cleverer,prettier,more handsome,if only we use them.This kind of advertising is very well done on T.V.or onthe
    cinema screen.Other forms of advertising can also be used.
       Advertising expenses become the part of the total cost of the product The consumer is bound to bear the burden of advertisement charges.
    Advertising can lead to monopoly power in a particular product.A big manufacturer can eliminate small producer of the same product from the
    market through heavy advertisement.
       Advertising has mang advantages in modern age.It augments the consuming power of men.It gives us incentive and motivate for a better
    standard of living.It sets up before a man the goal of a better home,better clothing,better food for himself and his family.The success
    and expansion of business in modern age depends largely on advertisements.In short,progress promotes advertising and advertising promotes progress.


    Thursday, November 25, 2010

      Time changes rapidly and constantly.Change is around us,about us, within us and without us. Time has changed and updated the
    traditional approaches.The latest techniques and and methodologies have been introduced to meet the challenges of new century.Tentury.
    and methodologies havev been introducced to meet the challenges of new century.Technological advancement has shattered social and geographical
    boundaries of the world.It has brought tremendous transformation in the fields ofcommerce and trade.Business is no more a native phenomenon.
    International trade is knocking at the doors of every country and every one has to answer its call.
      The wonderful advancement in Information technology has readlly made this world a global village.No one can think of daily
    business without it.It has become the need of every individual.It represents the efficiency of a nation.It is a perfect example of national
    development. In developing countries like Pakistan, the importance of information technology was not understood initially.But now Government
    has taken some steps forward to adopt information technology as amode of conducting its operations.
      Different institutions are established to meet the increasing demand of the students.These educational institutions are preparing the right
    professionals who can plan and execute important technology is a vast field. It is not the name of only one technology. It consists of Information
    system,Internet technology, hardwares and softwares of computers.In our country only imported machinery and technology are used.Our nation needs
    operational as well as technological skills.We should be independent in this field.We have become smart operators but technological
    skills are far away from us.Our technicians work for foreign companies as they have no other option.
      computer has revolutionized the modes of thinking and reasoning today.No other media can provide us information as speedily as a computer can
    through internet service Computer software and hardware industries are at peak.Internet facilities have enabled us to have the worldwide information
    at our desk.Electronic mail(e-mail) is the swiftest and cheapest way of communication. We can send and receive messages within seconds all around the
    world.Through information technology we have reduced our distances Formouter space and heavenly bodies.Similarly information from the depths of the
    oceans is obtained regarding the availability of oil, minerals ,precious stones, vegetables rocks and sea life.The world of information has taken
    us to the metaphysical world.In the field of medicine, computers can diagnose the disease even before its occurrence.In education,information technology
    has contributed a lot. It has made every information accessible for a common man wherever he lives.Information technology has not only eased up our lives
    but also changed our trends.We have accepted its power but we should not lose our power over it.It is nothing without human skills.We should keep our
    doors open to welcome information technology but should not let it create huge gaps between human beings.


      Technical education means education in the use of kinds of machines and techniques of industry.This education can be easily
    distinguished from general education.General education promotes character through the education of life.But technical education
    teacher us about the parts or components of machines and the ways of working and repairing them.It also teaches us about the
    production and use of spare parts.
      It is perhaps,for no valid reasons that men of science feel low in the presence of men of learning.There is general feeling that
    this type of education is of the highest importance.
      The prosperity of a country depends on its ability to trade with other countries and export the maximum quantity of its products.
    Internal competition is going on a large scale and every country is trying to outdo the other is commerce and exchange.Pakistan is
    is rich in raw material but is badly lacking in technical skill required to turn that raw material to finished products.The
    country,which aims at wealth and prosperity, should possess a large number of trained technicians.
      This is an industrial age.Most complicated machinery is installed to cater for the needs of modern society.In order to become
    useful members of the society,we have to learn some art.Agriclture is no longer the main profession that earnthe livelihood for
    the mass population of the world.Pakistan is not sufficiently advanced in technical education.In all the progressive countries
    of the world,great importance is attached to technical education.America,Russia, and the United Kingdom are first-rate powers
    of the world.Why?It is because they are technically and scientifically more advanced than other countries.
      Government is taking interest and agricultural and agricultural and engineeringvschools and colleges are being established here
    and there.But mere government efforts won,t do in this field, people themselves should also exert to create greater facilities for
    technical education.Manual labour should not be looked down upon.People should realize the dignity of labour.
      In the end it must be said that general education is as much essential as technical education.One should not be encouraged at the
    cost of the other.If one teaches us how to earn our living, the other teaches us how to live.Education must prepare men not not only
    to earn their livelihood but also to be good citizens and to be gentle.Our enthusiasm for technical education must not lag behind.It
    is our pressing need to become more civlized human being.


    1. banks have a vital role to play in the economic growth growth of a country.
    2. Banks produce a congenial environment for healthy economic progress.
    3. Banks make essential arrangement for international trade.
    4. Banks also provide many services to their customers.
    5. Banks help in foreign trade through collection of bills.
    6. Banks are responsible to provide capital for different sectors.
       Commercial banks determines the economic stability of a country.They fulfill financial needs of the various sectors.In fact,capital
    is the basis of commerce and industry.A wwell-established banking system provides funds to all economic sectors including smallbusinessmen,
    industrialists, contractors, farmers,cultivators,importers, exporters and traders.The banks act as middleman to make commercial transactions
     possible witout any delay.
       AT present hundreds of branches are providing banking servic to people of the contry.In addition to collecting deposits and making
    advances,manks offer a widening range of services to their customers.Undertaking stock exchange transaction on behalf of their customers is
    another activity of the commercial banks.They forward the orders of their customers to stock exchange brokers who try to earn a profit for
    the stock owners.
       The commercial banks also provide necessary help to the traders busy in international trade.They help the customers doing export and
    impor trade.Banks also collect and negotiate foreign bills which are the most important instruments of payment their customers.The
    documentary credit is surely a better method of payment.Such operations are extremely important for the customers involved in foreign
    trading.Banks provide the facility of purchase and sale of foreign currencies on the spot.
        In any country,capital is considered the backbone of economy.Shorof capital means underdevelopment.Commercial banks provide sufficient
    amount pf capital to the various sectors of the economy.Banks move small savings throughout the country.the utility of capital.As a result
    they provide an increase in national output, employment and per capita income. 
        In recent past,information technology brought a tremendous revolution in the world.It was quit natural that Banks would take advantage
    from the latest facilities provided through computers.Banks established their network through computers and linked up all the branches
    with one another.They started providing the facility of on-line banking.Moreover the customers are being provided the AATM facility.Now
    utility bills can be paid through a mechanism provided by banks.Now it has become quite convenient for the customers to benefit themselves
    form the latest technology. 


    1. By labour we generally mean work done by hands.
    2. There is nothing shameful in becoming a skill-worker.
    3. In Islam all human beings are equal.Islam does not allow distinction on the basis of profession.
    4. In Islam honest work of all kinds is worth respecting.
    5.We should give equal status to the labour class in the society.
         By labour we generally mean work done by hands.Unfortunately,this word is used in a negative sense.There is nothing shameful in it.
    People having narrow mind refer the word labour to professions adopted by carpenters,masons and their assistants.They also associate them
    with lower middle class of society.As a matter of fact these professions are benefactors of society.They play a vital role for peace and
    prosperity of our life.For example ,mason builds a house to shelter us ,a tailor sews clothes to cover our body and a farmer tills the
    soil to feed us.
         We should not ignore that no office peon is employed in any office of the advanced countries because in those countries every
    office worker feels no shame in doing the peon work himself.We are Muslims and unfortunately we feel it below our dignity.
         If we read the history of nations like japan,china,Germany etc,we shall leam that their economic development is based on attaching
    dignity to manual work.On the other hand our pakistan engineer will feel it below his dignity to join two wires and will say that
    it is the work of his subordinate mechanic.
         In Islam all human beings are equal.Islam does not allow distinction on the basis of profession.The Holy Prophet(peace be upon him)
    used to work with his own hands. He carried bricks for the construction of mosque and did not feel ashamed in mending his outworn
    shoes.In Islam honest work of all kinds is worth respecting.Even a sweeper deserves respect. In Islam work is worship.
         We have misuse the concept of labour and this is the major cause of backwardness in our country.If we want to improve our economic
    condition,we should give equal status to the labour class in the society.

    DeLay convicted of money laundering

    Convicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, died in the House of Representatives, the architect of the Texas Republican power in Congress on Wednesday of conspiracy, illegal corporate contributions to combat the most important state legislative candidates in 2002.
    The jury found in Austin this delay is guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Can be punished for the first time, ranging from five years to life in prison, but the former congressman from the Houston suburb of Sugar Land will get a test.
    Delay will remain free until his sentencing on December 20
    "This case is a message to the people of Texas what they want - and expect - honesty and ethics of officials," said Attorney General of the Travis County Rosemary Lehmberg. "Everyone should keep the law."
    A description of the reporter in the courtroom as Mr. DeLay, who surprised the verdict, which came after 19 hours of deliberations.
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    Happy Thanksgiving — Our Thanksgiving Message

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Well, friends, tomorrow’s the big day. Thanksgiving. It’s my very favorite holiday and I think it’s because Thanksgiving has somehow managed to maintain its integrity in an age when most special days are commercialized to the point of caricature. Uniquely unadulterated, Thanksgiving has never kowtowed to Hallmark executives or any other entity for that matter.
    Nope. With Thanksgiving, what you see is what you get. Simply a day dedicated to giving thanks for our many blessings. Big things. Little things. Important things. Silly things. In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, we thought we’d get the ball rolling by telling you, our readers, some of the things for which we’re thankful.

    Margaret Wheeler Johnson, editor extraordinaire: After a scare a friend’s family is going through, I’m thankful for health. I feel so lucky that even though I’m 28 and spend Thanksgiving a thousand miles from my parents, I’m as close to them as ever — see you at Christmas, Mom and Dad! I’m grateful to know the post-turkey coma is all in my mind—thanks, Heather. And I’m so thankful for the community I’ve found at Babble and Strollerderby.
    Joe, our social media guru: I’m thankful that both my grandmas are still celebrating Thanksgiving with their families in the year 2010. I’m thankful that three Thanksgiving football games are being televised in New York this year. I’m thankful that my dad will have a deluxe wine list, and that I’ll take home enough leftovers to eat for several weeks.
    Danielle: I am grateful for the day-in and day-out safety of my husband while he volunteers his time to keep the public safe. I am thankful for my children for teaching me to live life to the fullset. I am thankful for our surprise baby #3 who has already changed our lives in so many ways. I am thankful for my parents and family for being such a large and amazing support system.
    Sierra Black: I’m grateful for the sunshine, the clean water, the fertile earth and the wind. I’m grateful for all the many hands that work to bring every meal to my table, from the migrant farm workers picking vegetables in California to my kids setting the table. I’m thankful for my healthy, happy, whole family , and for the time we have all together at Thanksgiving.
    Paula Bernstein: I’m thankful for my health, my beautiful family and for the fact that I get to do what I love for a living! I’m also thankful that I live in a country where I am free to express my (wildly unpopular) opinions. Most of all, I’m thankful that I didn’t burn down the house while baking my Thanksgiving Pies.
    Sandy Maple: I am thankful for the love, support and continued good health of my extended family. I am thankful for my husband, who puts up with my extended family without complaining (much). I am thankful for my sweet little dog and my grumpy little cat. Most of all, I am thankful for my children, who fill me up with love and light. I am truly blessed.
    And me?: I’m thankful for my beautiful wife, with whom I’m madly in love. I’m thankful for my children who fill my world with light. (I promise that I wasn’t copying Sandy when I jotted down my thankful-list!) I’m thankful that Caroline and I will be blessed with yet another child next summer. I’m thankful that I get to contribute regularly to a website as wonderful as Babble/Strollerderby alongside some very bright, talented and kind people. AND, I’m very thankful for each and every one of the Strollerderby’s readers — even those (perhaps, particularly those) who disagree with me. (Special shout-out to Linda, the original one!)
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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    Thanksgiving Greetings From Senator Rockefeller

    U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller issued the following Thanksgiving message on Wednesday:

    There are so many reasons I am proud to be a West Virginian, and why I am thankful every day to represent our state in the United States Senate.  During this Thanksgiving week, I give special thanks for our sense of community and commitment to one another – for West Virginia’s hard workers, giving neighbors, and honest, good-hearted people.

    West Virginians are some of the strongest, most resourceful individuals in the nation, and our greatest work is done when we come together to help each other in times of trouble or share in times of joy.

    West Virginians work long hours – in the small businesses and mom-and-pop stores serving our communities, in the Veterans clinics and medical centers caring for our vets, in our mines – keeping the lights on in America, and in our classrooms training our state’s next generation.  I am so thankful for every one of our workers and all that they do – as social workers and caregivers, first responders, engineers and community leaders. Their spirit, optimism, and unending hard work keep our state strong.

    We know that it is especially hard to celebrate holidays in a tough economy. We must keep working to get the economy moving in a way that creates jobs, restores home values, and protects retirement.  For those out of work or underpaid this holiday season – it is frustrating and hard – but we also know that West Virginians help each other through tough times.  I am thankful for everyone who has contributed time or other resources toward making sure that each of our neighbors has a meal on the table.  Holidays – in good times and bad – renew our spirits and remind us of the importance of family and community and faith.

    As we join hands in prayer with friends and family and sit at the dinner table during this special time of thanks, it is my wish that not just during this holiday, but every day, we can work together to reach the greater good. I know that our resilience and constant efforts will help to create a brighter future for West Virginia and our nation.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.  May God bless you and your loved ones, our great state and the United States of America.
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    Some of Our Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes for Thanksgiving

    Sweet potato casserole is as essential to Thanksgiving as the turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Of course there are many things you can do with sweet potatoes: make a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows (or without), bake a sweet potato pie, or try a sweet potato souffle. Sweet potato recipes are endless and we’ve certainly shared a lot of them over the past week here on Family Kitchen. In case you missed any, here are some of our favorite sweet potato recipes…

    Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
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    “I never liked sweet potatoes until my mother-in-law introduced me to easy baked sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes I had at her home were the first fresh sweet potatoes I ever had, and I instantly fell in love.” -Angie McGowan, Eclectic Recipes
    Southern Comfort Sweet Potato Casserole
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    “There are so many amazing Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes to choose from for Thanksgiving Dinner. I am presenting four options for you to choose from based on your preferences: Southern Comfort, Bourbon, Pineapple and Streusel…” -Jennifer Savor The Thyme
    A No-Measuring Sweet Potato Casserole
    sweet potato casserole“Some home cooks don’t like to measure because they don’t need to. Others don’t like to because they don’t know that they need to. I don’t like to measure because I’m moving fast!” –Angie McGowan
    Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
    sweet potato casserole“Are you looking for an alternative to traditional sweet potato casserole? These marshmallow and pecan topped sweet potatoes are sure to impress your holiday guests.” -Angie McGowan
    Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows for a Sweet Potato Upgrade
    marshmallows “Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows is not exactly the height of haute cuisine. My combination? Roasted sweet potatoes, butter, a touch of cream, cinnamon, maple syrup, orange zest and, the piece de resistance, homemade cinnamon marshmallows.” -Stacie, OneHungryMama
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