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JWoww's Nekkid Pics May Be Safe…But Is Her Nude Video?

he Jersey Shore star breathed a huge sigh of relief when a judge ruled that her ex-boyfriend Thomas Lippolis had no legal right to distribute nude pictures of her because he took them without her permission "while she was under the effects of pre-surgical and post-surgical anesthesia" last February.

Gaddafi defiant as state teeters

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, clings to power in the face of mass protests demanding his resignation, as parts of the country's state structure appear to be disintegrating around him.

radiation threatens Japan

Radiation from Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels, the government says. The warning comes after the plant was rocked by a third blast which appears to have damaged one of the reactors' containment vessels for the first time.

A new report by DigiTimes is claiming that the companies that manufacture and supply components to be used in the production of Apple’s next-generation iPhone and iPad devices are preparing for an October launch of both of these devices. The report cites sources throughout Apple’s supply chain and claims that Apple will be launching a single new iPhone model, which is expected as there was no new iPhone hardware previewed at the 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, alongside the iPad 3.

While the iPhone rumors are hardly new, the iPad 3 news is somewhat surprising and contradicts what many had previously reported about the next iPad, including a report made this week by a FBR Capital Markets analyst stating that prototype iPad 3 models wouldn’t even appear until 2012. Apple launched the iPad 2 just a few months ago, packing quite a few improvements but lacking an upgraded display which dismayed journalists and users alike. The DigiTimes report claims that the new iPad 3 will remedy the display issue, with a source quoted that “Apple is considering designing an even thinner and lighter tablet PC with its panel resolution increasing to 250dpi.”

Analysts expect that Apple will ship somewhere between six and seven million units of the next iPhone handset – call it the iPhone 5 – in the third quarter alone. Combined with the still strong-selling iPhone 4, iPhone shipments for the quarter could reach up to 25 million. While there are few analyst reports that include an iPad 3 release in their predictions, with a new iPad launching before the holidays Apple could see 2011 sales top 40 million for their wildly-selling tablet device.

The DigiTimes report went a step further to name some of the companies that will be supplying parts for Apple’s devices, including display manufacturers Wintek and TPK, battery suppliers Dynapack and Simplo, chassis supplier Catcher and camera supplier Largan Precision. As expected, the devices will be put together by Foxconn at their plants in China.

Improvements for the next iPhone are expected to be somewhat minor, with most rumors pointing to a processor upgrade to the iPad 2’s “A5” chip, an upgrade to the rear camera, and possibly a slightly larger screen. It’s also expected that Apple will separate the rear camera from the flash, to reduce “red eye” artifacts in photos.

None of these rumors have been confirmed or denied by Apple, who has been keeping a tight lid on its device development.

Nineteen years ago, Shaquille O'Neal was a rookie with the 1992 Orlando Magic. It may be difficult for the more recent NBA–watchers to believe that way back then Shaq weighed less than 300 pounds and was built more like David Robinson than like the Incredible Hulk.

The top pick in the draft, Shaq was incredibly quick off the floorboards, had excellent footwork, could run the court and had terrific defensive range. In his rookie season, Shaq averaged 13.9 rebounds and 3.28 blocks, which both turned out to be career highs. He scored on putbacks, baby hooks, spins that were both tight and powerful, and when he couldn’t turn into the middle he whirled baseline for a half-jumper/half-push shot that I always called his “jumpie.” He even had a lefty twister off a right-dribble and a drop-step.
Even more miraculous, his free-throw percentage was 59.2 percent — another peak that he never equaled.
What couldn’t he do as a rookie?

Except for his injury-wracked last four seasons, Shaq’s 1.9 assists constituted the low point of his passing career. He also led the league with 3.39 turnovers, another of his dubious personal records. But Shaq’s ineptitude in these two categories is certainly excusable as he (like most rookies) struggled to get the hang of the pro game.
By his sophomore year, Shaq was the NBA’s premier scorer and led the Magic into the Finals — where, even though he played Hakeem Olajuwon on even terms, they were swept by the Houston Rockets.
At this point, Shaq had already overtaken Patrick Ewing and David Robinson as the game’s most dominant post player, and was soon to pass the aging Olajuwon.

Still only 23 years old, it was utterly conceivable that Shaq could develop into the greatest center in the history of the NBA. But then he opted to abandon Orlando in July of 1996 and sign a free-agent contract with the Lakers. While in Los Angeles, lots of good things and lots of bad things happened to Shaq.

During his initial three seasons in Hollywood, the Lakers didn’t come close to playing in the Finals — losing to Utah in the conference semis, getting swept by the Jazz in the conference finals, and then getting shut out by the Spurs in another conference semis.
Although his scoring heroics were limited by several nagging injuries, Shaq’s shot opportunities were also impacted by first the presence and then the emergence of Kobe Bryant. Neither Del Harris nor Kurt Rambis could devise game plans that could include and complement the respective talents of these two transcendent players.

Enter Phil Jackson in 1999, and the immediate establishment of a Lakers dynasty. Not that the road to Shaq’s first championship was a smooth one. Whereas he totally accepted, and committed himself to, Jackson’s triangle, Kobe thought the offense stifled his creativity.

At a midseason meeting, Shaq stood up in front of the team and said that Kobe’s selfishness was destroying their chance to win a title. Kobe’s response was to declare his affection for his teammates, to which he added blah, blah and blah.

While Kobe reluctantly reduced his one-on-five offensive forays, credit Shaq for repeatedly informing the media that the Lakers were Kobe’s team. Even so, the friction between Kobe and Shaq continued unabated to the point where Bryant actually challenged O’Neal to a fight. The best thing that Shaq ever did was to avoid the confrontation, thereby allowing Bryant to keep all of his body parts intact.

It was after the Lakers’ first championship that Shaq made a decision that had immediate rewards but proved to be a long-range disaster. Feeling that massive centers like Arvydas Sabonis and Luc Longley were pushing him around in the low post, Shaq felt that he needed to be heavier. In his equation, mass equaled power equaled total domination. He therefore instructed his personal chef to overload his meals with meat and potatoes and the pounds quickly began to accumulate.

Even though the Lakers three-peated, Shaq continued to expand. At one point, he weighed so much that only a cattle scale could make an accurate measurement — approximately 375 pounds. Unfortunately, at this stage (as well as later) in his career, Shaq’s optimal weight was about 315.

For sure, 350-pound lightweights could no longer move Shaq off his favorite spots in the low post, but the spring went out of his legs, smaller players began to beat him to rebounds and his defensive range shrank. He became a larger-than-life Superman and he had the tattoo to prove it.

Moreover, having to carry all that poundage up and down the floor, while also making the one-footed changes of direction that are necessary to performing at a championship level, inevitably broke Shaq’s body down. Major surgery to insert metal plates in a foot, routine muscle pulls and periodic back woes all conspired to diminish his games and minutes played.
At the same time, he had mastered the interior power game so he remained a peerless presence in the paint.
The Lakers were also-rans during Shaq’s last two seasons in L.A.
A trade to Miami and a championship-winning partnership with Dwyane Wade in 2006 constituted Shaq’s last hurrah. The last five years of Shaq’s tenuous tenure in the NBA (2006-07 to 2010-11) were blighted by a continuous series of ailments. Indeed, his swan song for the Celtics a few weeks ago in the Miami series was both sad and pathetic.

So, after 19 seasons, four rings and 12 All-Star Game appearances, how to sum up Shaq’s career?
As far as his status among the all-time great NBA centers, Shaq rates behind Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Both of these guys won more championships (11 for Russ and six for A-J), and they each were at the respective pinnacles of their games for far longer than was O’Neal.

While Shaq never equaled the individual statistics of Wilt Chamberlain (although he did win twice as many rings), there are extenuating circumstances. Double-teams were illegal in Wilt’s salad days, and outstanding 7-foot opponents were more scarce. Since His Eminence Tex Winter also slotted Shaq ahead of Wilt, there should be no righteous argument here.

As great as Shaq was, he also failed to reach his full potential. If Russell’s achievements will never be equaled, Shaq could easily have surpassed Abdul-Jabbar if only he had exhibited more self-control when he flashed his fork and knife.

A guesstimate is that in not having enough salad days, Shaq cheated himself out of at least two more championships. The Big Aristotle-Diesel-Whatever will also be remembered as the Big Glutton.


Jumat, 25 Maret 2011


radiation threatens Japan

Selasa, 15 Maret 2011

Radiation from Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels, the government says.

The warning comes after the plant was rocked by a third blast which appears to have damaged one of the reactors' containment vessels for the first time.
If it is breached, there are fears of more serious radioactive leaks.

Officials have extended the danger zone, warning residents within 30km (18 miles) to evacuate or stay indoors.
The crisis was sparked by a 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami on Friday.
'Don't go outside' On Tuesday morning, reactor 2 became the third to explode in four days at the Fukushima Daiichi plant - 250km (155 miles) north-east of Tokyo.

A fire also briefly broke out at the plant's reactor 4 on Tuesday and is believed to have led to radioactive leaks.
Reactor 4 had been shut down before the quake for maintenance but its nuclear fuel rods are still stored on the site.
Radiation levels in the Japanese capital were reported to be higher than normal, but officials said there were no health dangers.

In a televised address, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: "There is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out."

He added that the last remaining people within the existing 20km (12 mile) exclusion zone around the plant must leave.

Those living between 20km and 30km were also at risk and should not leave their homes.
"Now we are talking about levels that can impact human health," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
He told residents: "Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight.

"Don't turn on ventilators. Please hang your laundry indoors."
Radiation levels around Fukushima for one hour's exposure rose to eight times the legal limit for exposure in one year, said the plant's operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).

The radiation reading at 0831 local time (2331 GMT) climbed to 8,217 microsieverts an hour from 1,941 about 40 minutes earlier, Tepco said. The annual legal limit is 1,000 microsieverts.

Shares on the Tokyo stock exchange plummeted 14% before recovering slightly. The leading Nikkei index ended the day 10.55% lower. It had already fallen by 7% on the previous day.

On Monday, a hydrogen blast at the Fukushima plant's reactor 3 was felt 40km (25 miles) away. It followed a blast at reactor 1 on Saturday.

All explosions have followed cooling system breakdowns. Engineers are trying to prevent meltdowns by flooding the chambers of the nuclear reactors with seawater.

Japan's nuclear safety agency said it suspects Tuesday's blast may have damaged the vessel that holds reactor 2.

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Tokyo says that would make it a more serious incident than the previous explosions, which were thought just to have damaged the buildings that housed the reactors.

Meanwhile, five days after the tsunami triggered by the earthquake, the relief operation is continuing.
The latest official death toll stands at about 2,400 - but some estimates suggest at least 10,000 may have been killed.

Thousands are still unaccounted for - including hundreds of tourists - while many remote towns and villages have not been reached.

More than 500,000 people have been made homeless.

The government has deployed 100,000 troops to lead the aid effort.

The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to warn against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and north-eastern Japan. British nationals and friends and relatives of those in Japan can contact the Foreign Office on +44(0) 20 7008 0000.    

Libya protests: The Gaddafi family tree

Sabtu, 26 Februari 2011

A look at the roles and relationships of the Libyan leader's closest family, amid ongoing protests and violence across the country.

The UN Security Council is gathering in New York to consider action against Muammar Gaddafi's government in Libya.
A draft resolution before it calls for an arms embargo, a travel ban and an asset freeze in response to its attempts to put down an uprising.
There is also a proposal to refer Colonel Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
The UN estimates more than 1,000 people have died in the 10-day-old revolt.
The draft resolution before the Security Council is backed by Britain, France, Germany and the US.
The US has already imposed sanctions against Libya.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday freezing the assets of Col Gaddafi, members of his family and senior officials. The president also said he was also seizing Libyan state property in the US, to prevent it being misappropriated by Tripoli.

Much of Libya, especially the east, is now controlled by anti-Gaddafi forces but the Libyan leader still holds most of Tripoli, which is home to two million of the country's 6.5 million population.
Friday saw reports of anti-government demonstrators in several areas of the city coming under fire from government troops and pro-Gaddafi militiamen. At the same time, Libyan state TV showed Col Gaddafi speaking from Tripoli's old city ramparts.
"We shall destroy any aggression with popular will," he said. "With the armed people, when necessary we will open the weapons depots. So that all the Libyan people, all the Libyan tribes can be armed. Libya will become a red flame, a burning coal."
Later, Col Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said the number of deaths had been exaggerated, though he confirmed the Libyan air force had bombed four ammunition depots. He reiterated his father's statements, blaming Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network for the uprising.
The Associated Press (AP) news agency says it has been told Col Gaddafi's government is arming civilian supporters to set up checkpoints in Tripoli and quash dissent. Residents who spoke to AP by phone on Saturday reported trucks of pro-Gaddafi civilians patrolling the streets.

Thousands of foreign nationals from the UK, the US, European and Asian countries have been fleeing the violence.
However, hundreds of foreign workers are in remote and possibly vulnerable locations, with no way of getting to airports or coastal areas.
The BBC's Jim Muir, on Libya's western border with Tunisia, says several thousand Egyptian migrant workers are stranded there, with no obvious way of getting them home.
The Tunisian army and voluntary organisations are doing what they can to help, but most of the travellers are spending the cold night out in the open, huddling in blankets they carry with them, with no sanitary or other facilities.

( BBC )

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a veteran at escaping charges of corruption and infidelity. But even his Teflon charm wasn't enough to fight off allegations that he paid a 17-year-old Moroccan girl named "Ruby Heartbreaker" (real name Karima el-Mahroug) for sex. The 74-year-old billionaire has called the accusations "groundless" and will be in court this April.