Saturday, December 31, 2011

Federal judge blocks Calif. low-carbon fuels rule

(AP) ? A federal judge blocked California from enforcing its first-in-the-nation mandate for cleaner, low-carbon fuels on Thursday, saying the rules favor biofuels produced in the state.

The lawsuit challenging the state regulations, which were adopted as part of California's landmark 2006 global warming law, was filed in federal court last year by a coalition that includes the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association and the Consumer Energy Alliance.

Fresno-based U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O'Neill's written ruling Thursday said the low-carbon fuel rules violated the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by discriminating against crude oil and biofuels producers located outside California.

Out-of-state fuels producers hailed the decision as a win for California drivers.

"Today's decision ... struck down a misguided policy that would have resulted in even higher fuel costs for Californian consumers while increasing the cost of business throughout the state," Consumer Energy Alliance Executive Vice President Michael Whatley said.

The California Air Resources Board plans to ask the judge to stay the ruling, and appeal if necessary to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, spokesman Dave Clegern said.

The rule is "an evenhanded standard that encourages the use of cleaner low carbon fuels by regulating fuel-providers in California," Clegern said, adding that it "does not discriminate against any fuels on the basis of geography."

Beginning this year, the standard has required petroleum refiners, companies that blend fuel and distributors to gradually increase the cleanliness of the fuel they sell in California.

The board previously had said the low-carbon mandate will reduce California's dependence on petroleum by 20 percent and account for one-tenth of the state's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The regulation does not mandate specific alternative fuels. Rather, it assigns a so-called carbon-intensity score to various fuels. By 2020 all vehicles fuels, on average, must be 10 percent less carbon-intensive than gasoline is now.

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the California Dairy Campaign, the Renewable Fuels Associations and other groups filed a similar lawsuit in the same court in 2009. Their complaint said the regulation conflicted with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and would close California's borders to corn ethanol made in other states.

The fuel standard "discriminates against out-of-state and foreign crude oil while giving an economic advantage to in-state crude oil," O'Neil wrote Thursday.

The nonprofit legal organization Earthjustice, which was not party to the suit but works on climate-related issues, said the state's clean energy programs are consistent with federal law.

"California is leading the way on cleaner fuels and a cleaner power grid," Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen said. "It is not surprising that the oil industry is attacking these programs, but like previous attacks in the courts and at the ballot box, we expect this one ultimately to fail."


Associated Press writer Jason Dearen contributed to this report.

Associated Press writer Jason Dearen contributed to this report.

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Former NFL Player Chris Draft?s Wife Keasha Succumbs to Cancer

Atlanta Falcons former linebacker Chris Draft said ?I do? on November 27, 2011 to his soulmate, LaKeasha Monique Rutledge. On Tuesday, December 27, Mrs. Draft made her transition after a bout with cancer.

Draft made this post on his website, ?My wife, Keasha Monique Rutledge Draft passed away today at 12:04 pm. RIP Sweetie.?

The Atlanta-based Impact Church?s Pastor Olu Brown will officiate the ceremony which will be held Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 1 p.m. in South Carolina.

If you ever wanted to see what true love looks like. Check out the video and photos below.

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Dolan Automotive introduces $30000 school upgrade project | This ...


Continuing in its series of charitable outreach activities, Dolan Automotive Group announces the $30,000 School Upgrade Project, now through February 2012. Principals of all public K ? 12 schools in Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and Washoe Counties are invited to participate in the contest, which awards three schools with $10,000 each to fund projects benefitting students as a whole. This is the second school-related giveaway Dolan Automotive Group has hosted in recent months, in addition to major donations this holiday season to Toys for Tots and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and its ?Giving Thanks? promotion, which awarded a total of $6,000 to individuals for community service projects.

From January 4 through February 14, the project encourages principals in northern Nevada to submit a proposal explaining how students or schools would benefit from the donation on the ?School Upgrade? tab of the Group?s Facebook page, Project proposals then go through two rounds of voting by fans of the page and the top three vote-earners receive $10,000 each to fund the proposed school project. One elementary, one middle and one high school will be selected to receive funding.

?Education is very important to us and we?re grateful we can help support Nevada?s students along their way, may it be through new technology or new programs, we?re happy to help,? said Ryan Dolan, CEO of Dolan Automotive Group. ?We hope to see students and faculty come together to create innovative and useful proposals.?

All ?School Upgrade? submissions must be entered by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The first round of voting takes place Wednesday, Feb.15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 when the top four submissions in each category advance to round two. From the top four elementary, middle and high school entries, fans begin a second round of voting from Wednesday, Feb. 22 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 to select the three winning schools. Winners are announced Wednesday, Feb. 29 and checks awarded March 1 ? 2. Project proposals are at the discretion of the principal and only one proposal per school is accepted. Principals must be K-12 public school employees in Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey or Washoe County to enter.

In August, Dolan Automotive Group began its first effort to help schools in northern Nevada with its $50,000 Class Project Giveaway. With more than 100 class projects submitted and more than 27,000 votes cast, Dolan Automotive Group awarded 20 schools in Carson, Lyon and Washoe Counties $2,500 each for projects ranging from technology upgrades to field trips and music programs.

?The success of last year?s $50,000 Class Project was a great reminder of why we invest in Nevada?s education,? added Dolan. ?We?re excited to see what the top three schools will do with the larger donation. And of course, we?ll be using the Facebook page again to continue to engage the northern Nevada community.?

For more information on Dolan Automotive Group, visit

Welcome to Dolan Automotive Group ? offering northern Nevada?s finest selection of new cars ? as well as the largest inventory of pre-owned vehicles in Reno, Sparks or Carson City. As one of the leading families of automotive dealerships in the state, Dolan Automotive Group has been family-owned and -operated for nearly four decades, consisting of Lexus of Reno, Reno Mazda Kia, Reno Scion and Reno Toyota, northern Nevada?s largest volume Toyota dealer.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Weather deserves medal for clean air during 2008 Olympics

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New research suggests that China's impressive feat of cutting Beijing's pollution up to 50 percent for the 2008 Summer Olympics had some help from Mother Nature. Rain just at the beginning and wind during the Olympics likely contributed about half of the effort needed to clean up the skies, scientists found. The results also suggest emission controls need to be more widely implemented than in 2008 if pollution levels are to be reduced permanently.

Reporting their findings December 12 in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, co-author atmospheric chemist Xiaohong Liu at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National laboratory said, "In addition to the emission controls, the weather was very important in reducing pollution. You can see the rain washing pollution out of the sky and wind transporting it away from the area."

Liu and colleague Chun Zhao at PNNL and at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing took advantage of the emission controls China put into play before and during the August Olympics to study the relative contributions of both planning and nature. Chinese officials restricted driving, temporarily halted pollution-producing manufacturing and power plants, and even relocated heavy polluting industries in preparation for the games.

To find out if the controls worked as well as people hoped, the researchers modeled the pollution and weather conditions in the area before, during and after the Olympics. They compared the model's results with measured amounts of pollution, which matched well.

Adding up the sources of pollution and the sinks that cleared it out, the team found that emission sources dropped up to a half in the week just before and during the Olympics. And while some pollution got washed out by rain or fell out of the sky, most of it got blown away by wind.

"They got very lucky. There were strong storms right before the Olympics," said Liu.

In addition to rain, wind also helped. Beijing is bordered on the south by urban areas and on the north by mountains, so wind blowing north would carry more pollution into the city. Examining the direction of the wind, the researchers saw that it generally blew south in the time period covering the Olympic period.

"The area we looked at is about 50 miles south. This suggests that emission controls need to be on a regional scale rather than just a local scale," said Liu.

The importance of regional controls meshes well with previous research on 2008 Olympics air quality that focused on nitrogen-based pollutants.

Next, the researchers will be examining the effect of pollution on other weather events and climate change in China. Pollutants are very small particles, and some suspect they might be causing fog to form rather than rain due to numerous pollution particles in China, Liu said.


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Miami Returning $83,000 In Shapiro Donations

CORAL GABLES, Fla. ? The University of Miami is giving back $83,000 it says it received "directly and indirectly" from Nevin Shapiro, the former Hurricanes booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect whose claims of giving athletes and recruits extra benefits for nearly a decade sparked an NCAA investigation.

Court records show the agreement between the school and bankruptcy trustee Joel Tabas was filed last week. Once the agreement becomes finalized, Miami would have 14 days to make payment to Tabas, who is overseeing the effort to recoup money that Shapiro's investors lost.

"The agreement was the result of a lengthy negotiation process and brings closure to the University's obligations in the bankruptcy case," Miami's general counsel office said in a statement, and Tabas affirmed that to be the case in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

The NCAA said in August that eight players would be suspended for either one, four or six games ? most got only one-game bans ? and that they and four others would have to pay back what they received from Shapiro, who claimed to give extra benefits to 72 players and football recruits during his time as a booster, along with contributions to the university's athletic department.

As a condition of the agreement, once it becomes final, the trustee "releases the University and the Athletes from any and all claims, counterclaims ... whether liability be direct or indirect." In short, that means the value of the gifts past and present players received from Shapiro will likely not be pursued by the trustee.

"This amount includes payment of $3,000 in penalties levied by the NCAA on 11 current student-athletes who received improper benefits from Mr. Shapiro," the university's statement said.

Shapiro said he gave athletes money, cars, yacht rides and other benefits from 2002 through 2010. He is serving a 20-year prison term for overseeing a $930 million Ponzi scheme, and involuntary bankruptcy proceedings to recover at least some of the money his investors lost were initiated in 2009. When he was sentenced, federal officials said his grocery-distribution scam led to investor losses of at least $80 million.

The NCAA is expected to levy sanctions against Miami when its inquiry into the school's compliance practices concludes. Miami's football team did not make itself eligible for selection to a bowl game this season, a self-imposed penalty related to the NCAA investigation.

Previous court records show that Miami agreed in July 2010 ? more than a year before the full extent of Shapiro's claims were unveiled in a Yahoo Sports reports ? to repay $130,307 from debtors also involved in the bankruptcy proceedings.

According to the latest court documents, Tabas found "additional potential claims against the University and certain University prior and current athletes" after that settlement. The documents also show that the school and the trustee had some dispute about the new claims, but adds that the school believes resolving the matter is "in the best interests of all parties."

There is no known timetable for the completion of the NCAA inquiry.

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LA coroner says Heavy D died of natural causes (AP)

LOS ANGELES ? The Los Angeles coroner's office says Jamaican-born rapper Heavy D died of natural causes.

The self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip hop, who became one of rap's top hit makers with a combination of humor and positivity, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home on Nov. 8. The 44 year-old rapper, whose real name was Dwight Errington, died later at a hospital.

Coroner's office spokesman Craig Harvey said Tuesday that weight and a transcontinental jet flight were contributing factors.

The cause of death was pulmonary embolism and deep leg vein thrombosis. He also had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Heavy D became one of the genre's most integral stars in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His hit "The Overweight Lover's in the House" played up his hefty frame.


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Holiday rumors: Beyonce ready to give birth?

By Courtney Hazlett

One of the "gifts" we receive each holiday season is that of a slow news cycle. Which in turn, lets the rumor mill have its place in the spotlight (even more than usual). Today, we've got Beyonce maybe giving birth as we speak; Katy Perry and Russell Brand maybe checking out of Hotel Married Bliss; and Steven Tyler maybe thinking about checking in (again). Read on?for details.

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Is Beyonce on the brink of giving birth?

  • In a "world exclusive," website Media Takeout is reporting that not one but two overly chatty nurses at New York's St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital are saying that the staff is on "alert," and that Beyonce was checking in to give birth to her baby. According to the totally unconfirmed report, Beyonce would be giving birth in the same suite that Alicia Keys used to deliver her own baby. The reserved area has enough space, reportedly, to deliver three babies, and can host up to a dozen people overnight.
  • Katy Perry was photographed swimming in the Pacific Ocean off Kauai, without her wedding ring, while husband Russell Brand was snapped in his London-area hometown for the holidays. Obviously, this means they are on the brink of divorce. "They had a massive fight," according to an "insider" who spoke to Us Weekly. "'She was like, 'f--k you. I'm going to do my own thing.' Russell replied, 'Fine, f--k you too."?
  • Dude, looks like a fiance? If you equate sizable diamonds on the ring fingers of longtime girlfriends of rock stars as a betrothal, then it looks like Steven Tyler might have popped the question to Erin Brady, who he's been dating since 2006. TMZ has the photos, and also reports that the Tyler family isn't rushing to buy gifts. "She's been mean to the family," the website says.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

N-Control dismisses marketing consultant, discounts PS3 Avenger pre-orders

Keeping up with your gamer gossip? Then you're probably up to snuff on the recent Ocean Marketing / Penny-Arcade spat. We held our tongues as the drama unfolded -- no easy task, considering Engadget's name was dragged into the affair -- but now it seems like the internet soap-opera is reaching its conclusion.

Not the gossiping type? Here's a quick recap: When N-Control's latest Avenger add-on missed its November 8th street date, customers with pre-orders were left wanting. Some reached out for answers, hoping they could still get their PS3 Avenger before Christmas. All they got in reply, though, were some *ahem* choice words from N-Control's third party marketing contractor, Paul Christoforo -- a man who gained instant notoriety when his emails caught the attention of Penny-Arcade's Mike Krahulik. Krahulik took exception to Christoforo's insults, threatening tone and name-drop posturing (that's where we came in) and responded by publishing the marketing mishap on his comic's website.

Suffice to say, it hasn't ended well for Paul Christoforo -- N-Control has released a statement saying that he and his marketing operation have been "categorically dismissed," stressing that Christoforo owns no stake whatsoever N-Control. After ejecting the elephant from the room, N-Control went on to announce that all PS3 Avenger pre-orders would be given a $10 discount, and penned in a new ship date for January 15th. "I created the Avenger to make people happy," said inventor and company founder Dave Kotkin, who originally designed the controller for a student who had a physical disability, "I deeply regret that so many people have any negative feelings toward it as a result of what has happened." N-Control seems bent on moving on -- which is fine by us, so long as they keep their customers better informed. After all, it's not every day that such an awkward-looking gadget blows us out of the water. Read on for N-Control's full and apologetic press release.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Hunger Games" producers under fire for skirting music union (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES ( ? Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire and the Decemberists are contributing songs to "The Hunger Games" -- but the film's soundtrack isn't music to everyone's ears.

In a video posted on YouTube, American Federation of Musicians union President Ray Hair slams the producers and Lionsgate for recording the score in London instead of with musicians contracted to the American Federation of Musicians' union in the U.S. and Canada.

After the union learned Lionsgate had made preparations to record the movie's score in London, Hair says he contacted the company's music executives to protest -- but the production heads have refused to budge.

"There are decision-makers in the business who don't think professional musicians should be compensated fairly, under AFM terms and conditions that are the standard of the industry," Hair says in the video.

Saying "The Hunger Games" is receiving tax subsidies for filming in North Carolina, Hair says, "It's not right for a $2 billion company to go to Europe on taxpayer dollars and deprive ... AFM musicians of a decent living. An American movie with American actors and American crews, with a soundtrack that's uniquely American. ... It's just plain wrong."

Hair says the movie's actors, writers, stage crew and other workers are being paid fair wages, health care, pension contributions and royalty payments according to union standards. "But for the musicians? Zero, zilch, nada," he says.

Lionsgate announced Saturday that Swift's "Safe & Sound" will be the movie's lead song.

A Lionsgate spokesperson has not yet responded to TheWrap's requests for comment.


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Ethiopia jails two Swedish journalists for aiding rebels (Reuters)

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) ? An Ethiopian court sentenced two Swedish journalists Tuesday to 11 years in prison for helping and promoting the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group and entering the country illegally.

The accusations and last week's guilty verdicts have provoked anger in Sweden and suggestions in the media the case has taken on a political dimension.

Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July after they entered the Ogaden province from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region with ONLF fighters.

"The court has sentenced both defendants to 11 years. We have heard both cases ... and we believe this is an appropriate sentence," Judge Shemsu Sirgaga told the court.

Shemsu said the convictions warranted a sentence of up to 14 and a half years, but noted the freelance journalists' good behavior. The prosecution had asked for 18 and a half years.

"It wasn't an entirely unexpected sentence. It is regrettable in light of their journalistic assignment," Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Anders Jorle said. "The Swedish government's view is known, among other things through the prime minister's statement last week."

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said last week Sweden was seriously concerned about the judgment and the journalists should be freed as soon as possible.

The two Swedes had also been charged with terrorism but were acquitted in November on that count, as the court did not believe they were involved in carrying out any attacks. They did admit to crossing the border without a permit.

Schibbye and Persson looked at the judge without expression as the sentence was read out and then translated by their lawyer. No family members were present.

One of the journalists' lawyers said his clients were weighing the option of an appeal, but that for now there was no talk of pleading for clemency.

"We are only talking about the possibility of appealing for the time being, which follows judicial procedure," defense lawyer Sileshi Ketsela told Reuters.


Schibbye and Petersson's Swedish lawyer told Sweden's public broadcaster SVT that the pair were innocent reporters doing their job in a "closed area" and denounced the sentence as "completely unacceptable."

"This is judgment that represents a threat against foreign correspondents, against journalists who are trying to do their job," Thomas Olsson told the public channel in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

About a dozen protesters gathered outside Ethiopia's consulate in Stockholm, waving Swedish and Ethiopian flags and chanting "Free Martin Schibbye! Free Johan Persson! Free all political and journalist prisoners!"

"The government does not respect the rule of law that is made in parliament. This is our reality," said 30-year-old Nebiyu Desta Yiman, who is seeking political asylum in Sweden. "These two, and thousands of others, should be released."

Persson's father told Swedish news agency TT the government had promised to contact the Ethiopian government.

"We also expect the government to contact the European Union and the United States, since these (countries) have given their support to Johan and Martin," Kjell Persson said.

Sweden's prime minister has said Sweden was making high-level contact with the Ethiopian government in the matter.

This year, Ethiopia has detained more than 150 people, including reporters, in a crackdown the opposition says is designed to stifle moves toward more democracy. The government vehemently denies such accusations.

Diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Sweden have become increasingly strained in the last couple of years, analysts say.

Ethiopia's opposition leader Birtukan Mideska, who was convicted of treason after violence broke out following a presidential poll in 2005 and then pardoned, was jailed again n in 2008 after flying to Stockholm and publicly disputing Addis Ababa's version of the pardon.

Birtukan was released in 2010, four months after presidential elections, and is now in the United States.

"The authorities in Addis Ababa seemed to have been rankled with the perceived backing of Ethiopia's opposition by Stockholm," A Western diplomat, who declined to be named, said.

Sweden has also been critical of Ethiopia's human rights track record. Addis Ababa said in 2010 it planned to shut its mission in Stockholm as there was no significant development cooperation or trade ties between the two countries.

A spokesman for Ethiopia's justice ministry said claims the trial had been politicized were unfounded.

"How can there be a political motive when prosecutors provided evidence throughout the trial and the defendants themselves admitted to entering the country illegally with rebels?" spokesman Desalegn Deressa told Reuters.

(Additional reporting by Mia Shanley and Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by David Clarke)


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Planned Spy Campus Divides Bethesda Community



BETHESDA, MD (WUSA) --- Residents of wealthy neighborhoods with spectacular views of the C and O Canal and the Potomac River here are divided over plans by the government to build what it is calling an intelligence community campus on the 40 acre site of the old National Geospatial Intelligence Agency just off MacArthur Blvd. The campus would provide office space to about three thousand employees of various intelligence agencies

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, known as the government mapping agency, has moved its headquarters to Ft. Belvoir in Virginia, taking business away from shops in Bethesda.

"We've seen a drop in business because the defense mapping agency, they've slowly taken their employees away...We have been thinking the last couple of years, how is this going to impact our business?" said Amy Schmonsees, owner of the Wild Bird Center in a nearby shopping mall.

"We were excited to hear about three thousand jobs coming in. The quicker the better," she said.

But some neighbors are worried what the change will mean to their quality of life, and worry about the environmental impact of the adjacent and sensitive C and O Canal National Historic Park.

"There are significant environmental issues about clearing several acres of trees (that) will effect the the watershed and the national park area," said neighbor Laird Patterson.

Some neighbors are particularly worried about a proposed six story parking garage that would require the destruction of trees and would change the vistas both from and of the Potomac River.

"We, of course, don't want all the trees taken down. We live in the neighborhood. We want them to be respectful of that, for sure," said Schmonsees of the Wild Bird Center.

There are other issues as well.

"I think there are multiple impacts. The first is that there are tremendous traffic issues because they are proposing a 44 percent increase, at least, in the traffic," said Patterson in a 9News Now interview on Monday evening.

A planning review is scheduled for February.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Union Mission feeds hungry

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Henry Barthe said the blessing before his fellow volunteers started serving a full-course Christmas meal at Union Mission?s Grace House shelter to those in need on Sunday. Barthe, who moved to Savannah from Pittsburgh after retiring in 1992, said he volunteered because he wanted to help others. ?But for the grace of God, you and I could be sitting out there,? he said. Volunteers Cheryl Hunt and Kayla Huggins then began passing out trays of food, donated by Gulfstream, to a line of homeless and unemployed. Huggins said she was not able to visit her family, who live out of state, so she decided to lend a hand. Joining them in the kitchen were Boston residents Paul and Wendy Feldman, who decided to help out by washing dishes and doling out desserts during their five-day vacation in Savannah. Someone had told them about the dinner at Temple Mickve Israel on Friday night. ?We wanted to give back to the community,? Paul Feldman said. Anthony Mouzon, who said he has been homeless for about 12 years, was one of the first to sit down with a tray of turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pecan pie. ?I always come on Thanksgiving and Christmas,? Mouzon said. Many of those eating had their attention on the flat-screen television mounted high on the wall that was showing the Miami-Dallas basketball game. Tony Wiggins, 53, was rooting for the Mavericks because he lived in Dallas for about six years ? where his wife and three adult ...


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Established just a week ago, the 1,000-ping (approx. 3,300m2) Museum of Chinese Characters in downtown Greater Tainan is currently showing the exhibition The Creation and Memory of Chinese Characters. Though Chinese characters might seem natural enough to Chinese-speaking people, the exhibition is aimed at revitalizing their passion for Chinese characters so that they will not only have a communicative function. Using modern ideas, multimedia technology and installation art, the exhibition gives people a chance to rediscover the art of Chinese characters, which with their history spanning thousands of years remain inspiring today.

Aesthetician Chiang Hsun once said, ?Writing Chinese characters is the truest ritual when I want to spend time with myself.? Chinese characters have been passed down through the generations for thousands of years. Created based on the six principles of character formation ? pictographic representation, ideographic representation, ideographic compounding, phono-semantic compounding, metaphorical extension and phonetic loan ? they are filled with aesthetic beauty and continue to amaze people by their versatility. Visitors go beyond their normal role and are made a part of this exhibition through an interactive multimedia experience. After all, characters are a form of communication between people; therefore, interaction is one of the museum?s key missions.

Founded by Nan-Ying Culture and Education Foundation President Lee Chuan-chiao, the museum has a dozen exhibition areas. One of the areas is the high-ceilinged ?Time Theater,? which uses a traditional Chinese architectural concept called ?round heaven, square earth? to manifest the roundness of flowing Chinese characters and the stability and balance of their squareness. Exhibits on different themes ranging from history to the future are spread out over the museum?s different exhibition areas. Exhibitors include Ultra Combos, Wang Hsin-yi, Huang Ya-ling + Titow, Saito + Ishizawa, Code Garden, Tsai Yu, Wang Yen-chung, OVO and Pong Lam.


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Lin Ping-hung, the foundation?s executive director, said in a telephone interview with the Taipei Times last Tuesday that incorporating art, creative groups and technology has given the museum a multifunctionality that allows it to be used by art and literary circles in the hope of consolidating emerging creative forces in southern Taiwan. In line with the headline on the museum?s Web site, ?A character is cherished even deeper once you understand it,? the museum will be holding hands-on workshops and lectures to give visitors an in-depth understanding of Chinese characters. The exhibition will run through the end of February next year.








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Wives in ads, kids on the bus as GOP voting nears (AP)

CONCORD, N.H. ? Mitt Romney's wife gushes about his silly side and devotion to their five sons and 16 grandchildren. Rick Santorum's college-age daughter opines online about missing the campus coffee shop and chats with friends about their Friday night plans. Jon Huntsman's daughters generate much-needed buzz for him with a joint Twitter account and online videos, including at least one that went viral.

Days away from voting in the Republican presidential race, the path to the nomination is quickly becoming a crowded family affair with spouses and offspring pitching in and doing far more than just smiling from the sidelines.

Ann Romney, Anita Perry and Callista Gingrich are starring in new TV ads for the husbands they've loyally campaigned for. Romney extols her husband's character and says "to me that makes a huge difference" in a candidate. Perry tells the "old-fashioned American story" of how she and her husband were high school sweethearts who had to wait until he was done flying airplanes around the world for the Air Force before they could marry. Callista Gingrich wishes the nation a Merry Christmas "from our family to yours" in Gingrich's new holiday-themed TV ad.

Candidate kids, including those born to Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, are helping, too, acting as surrogates, strategists and, in some cases, sounding boards for parents competing for the right to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

Such involvement can be a huge asset to the presidential hopefuls, typically in highlighting a politician's softer side.

But the relatives are hardly polished public speakers who agree with everything their loved one says or does, and their slip-ups, potential conflicts and backgrounds can have consequences for the candidates.


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23Dec2011:- India: Valid passport essential for aspiring pilgrims

Indian Muslims planning to perform pilgrimage next year should be aware that, with immediate effect, it is essential that they hold a valid passport. Anyone without a valid passport should apply for a passport without delay.
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Inacurate: Santa didn't come to my place this year. I wonder if he got lost trying to rely on Siri in Canada, not realizing it doesn't work up there?

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China makes record purchase as eurozone puts assets up for sale

China's? $3.5 billion investment in Portugal power producer is its largest yet in Europe, and signals willingness to buy assets even as it balks at purchasing bonds from indebted eurozone countries.

China?s Three Gorges Corp. has bought a 21 percent share in Portugal?s largest power producer from the country?s debt-burdened government, in a clear sign that Beijing may help bail out cash-strapped European nations, but only if it gets something worthwhile in return.

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The Chinese government has responded coolly to pleas that it use some of its $3.2 trillion in foreign reserves to buy bonds from struggling governments in Greece, Italy, and Spain. But officials here have said they are interested in picking up European assets.

This week?s $3.5 billion deal by Three Gorges, which operates the world's largest hydroelectric project, is? the largest-ever Chinese investment in Europe. It comes only weeks after Trade Minister Chen Deming told Chinese businessmen that ?some European countries are facing a debt crisis and hope to convert their assets into cash and would like foreign capital to acquire their enterprises. We will be watching closely and pushing forward progress.?

The Portuguese government had been forced to sell off its share in Energias de Portugal as part of a ?78 billion bailout package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Lisbon is also selling a 40 percent share in its national power grid operator, and another state-owned Chinese company, China State Grid Corp., is bidding for it.

?The European economy needs blood, but not in the form of a transfusion asking for us to buy their bonds,? said Wang Yiming, a senior economic policymaker, at a meeting in Brussels last month. ?We need to create new blood by promoting investment.?

Not always welcome

Such investment is not always welcome. Last month the Icelandic government nixed a $200 million plan by a Chinese businessman to buy 115 square miles of land to build a tourist resort.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying lashed out earlier this month at such reticence, saying she hoped that ?our economic activities are not interpreted from a political perspective and are not imbued with political interests.?

Beijing is encouraging its state-owned enterprises, many of which are flush with cash, to seek opportunities abroad, and Europe is a promising destination.

Britain, for example, is seeking foreign investors to fund the lion?s share of a $310 billion plan to upgrade the nation?s roads, railways, utilities, and Internet systems, and is looking to China, among others.

?We are looking for short-term projects to invest in almost immediately, and that could mean next year,? Qi Yue, an executive at CITIC Construction Co., told the official China Daily on his way to the first meeting of the UK-China Infrastructure Taskforce last week.

Chinese corporations are growing increasingly adventurous in Europe. The Shanghai-based automobile manufacturer Geely bought Volvo in 2010, and earlier this year the China National Chemical Corp. paid $2.2 billion for Elkem, the Norwegian manufacturer of key components in solar panels.

Still, China?s total non-financial investment in European Union member states is still tiny ? around $15 billion according to a recent report by the Rhodium Group, a consultancy in New York, which is only 0.2 percent of all the foreign investment in Europe.


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Ryan Church hit two home runs on Easter Sunday in 2006.

Church was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 14th round of the 2000 amateur draft out of the University of Nevada, Reno. After four season in the Indians system, he was sent to the Montreal Expos along with Maicer Izturis in return for lefty Scott Stewart after the 2003 season. He had alsway hit well in the Indians system: with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2000, he hit .298 with 16 doubles and 10 homers in 73 games. In 2001 for Columbus and Kinston, he hit .278 with 30 doubles and 22 homers in 125 games. In 2002, for Kinston and AA Akron, he hit .307 in 124 games, with 29 doubles and 22 homers. In 2003, he hit .261 in 99 games for Akron, with 17 doubles and 13 homers. Moving to the Expos' organization he had another big year in his first season at the AAA level for the Edmonton Trappers. In 98 games, he hit .343, with 29 doubles, 8 triples and 17 homers, with 74 runs scored and 78 RBI before earning his first call-up to "the Show".

Ryan was one of the last players to make his major league debut for the Expos, late in the 2004 season. In spite of going 3 for 4 in his first start in left field on August 22nd, he only hit .175 in 30 games that first year. The Expos became the Washington Nationals the following year and Church played regularly for them over their first three seasons in D.C., with batting averages of .287, .276 and .272. His home run total improved from 1 to 9 to 10 to 15 over his first 4 seasons. In 2008, he was traded to the New York Mets along with catcher Brian Schneider for Lastings Milledge. He was having his best season that year as the Mets' regular right fielder, hitting .307 with 10 homers and 37 RBI in 57 games, when he had to go on the disabled list with a concussion in early July. He came back in late August, but finished at .276 with 12 homers in 90 games.

Church was back with the Mets in 2009 and having another good season when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Jeff Francoeur on July 10th; he was hitting .280 in 67 games at the time of the trade, then went .260 for the Braves. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010, where he was a teammate of Lastings Milledge, the player he had been traded for two years earlier, but he hit only .182 in 69 games as a pinch-hitter and back-up outfielder. At the trading deadline, the struggling Pirates sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with a couple of other unproductive veterans - Bobby Crosby and D.J. Carrasco - in return for C Chris Snyder and Pedro Ciriaco. None of the players involved in the deal did much afterwards. Church for his part hit .265 in only 49 at-bats the rest of the year. He became a free agent again after the season but failed to find another team.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

93% 50/50

"It takes a pair to beat the odds"Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. REVIEWThe film focuses on Adam, a Seattle-based NPR staffer whose comfortable life is turned upside down when he learns he has malignant tumors along his spine. With little empathy, the oncologist tells him he has a 50/50 chance of survival. Buoyed by his boisterous best friend Kyle, Adam tries to remain optimistic despite his overbearing mother Diane, who wants to move in with him right away despite acting as a caretaker for his father, an Alzheimer's victim. Remaining disturbingly distant is Adam's artist girlfriend Rachael who promises to stand by him and nurse him back to health. However, as he goes through his chemotherapy, her commitment to him unravels. The movie addresses the bitter irony of how those one would expect support Adam without condition are the ones who are the most likely to fail. At the same time, he grows closer to two fellow cancer patients, as well as Katherine, the awkward young therapist played by Anna Kendrick.The acting is effective without excess. As a last-minute replacement for James McAvoy, Joe Gordon-Levitt gives a nice, self-effacing performance as Adam that feels right for the passivity needed for the role. Playing a version of his real self since he is Reiser's best buddy and the one who encouraged him to write the script, Seth Rogen provides manic, shaggy-dog energy to Kyle as a direct counterpoint to Adam and then surprises by deepening his character as the story progresses. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Rachael as a more subtle version of the malevolent character she played in The Help, but she may be in danger of stereotyping herself in like-minded roles. Kendrick also plays a variation of a previous role as the ambitious careerist in Up in the Air, but she does a better job of transcending her character's youthful exuberance this time. Easily stealing her few scenes, Anjelica Huston brings back her much-missed ferocity to Diane. Unlike most, this is a most worthwhile "cancer" movie.

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Road to the London Olympics: national diving championships in Victoria this week

Sitting in the bleachers of the dive tank at Saanich Commonwealth Place, Riley McCormick looks up at the rest of the competition.

The springboards and platforms are packed with divers from across Canada taking turns in preparation for the Winter National diving championships underway until Sunday (Dec.18).

Some dives evoke claps ? though with divers hitting the water every five seconds it?s hard to know which one to watch.

?As big as this event is, you don?t want to peak yet. This is still just the stepping stone,? McCormick said.

?At the same time, you can?t take it too lightly.?

The goal this weekend is for McCormick to finish in the top two on the 10-metre platform, thereby qualifying to represent Canada at the Diving World Cup in London, England this February.

?That?s where you want to hit your best.?

Not only is the World Cup a test event for the London Olympics in July, competing there would put McCormick on track for his second appearance at the Olympic games, having finished 16th in Beijing 2008.

The 20-year-old is on leave from Arizona State University where he competed the past two seasons, finishing second in the NCAA on the 10m in his rookie year and winning the PAC 10 conference on the 10m in both years.

?The NCAA was pretty hectic coming out of high school. Practices were twice a day plus a full course load, and we competed almost every weekend.?

And when the NCAA season ends, the international season begins.

?It?s easy to burnout,? he said.

Which is why McCormick told his school he?d be taking this year off to campaign for the Olympics back when they recruited him from Claremont three years ago.

McCormick is among several senior members of Saanich?s Boardworks diving club competing this weekend, including Fraser McKean (Auburn University) and Shane Miskiel (Ohio State), as well as Rachel Kemp, last year?s 10m silver medalist at the summer nationals.


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Baseball Odds - Cincinnati Reds Make a Big Move Getting Latos

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A lot of things are setting up for the Cincinnati Reds to be very successful against the Baseball odds in 2012. The St. Louis Cardinals lost Albert Pujols, the Brewers could lose Prince Fielder and now the Reds have traded for an excellent starting pitcher in Mat Latos. ...


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Video: One family comes through for another

We'll focus on?efforts to help veterans find?jobs and deal with health and family problems. "One of the great blessings in my life has been the exposure I've received to the military?active duty, in the field and veterans,"?says Brian Williams. "They are America?s genuine heroes, and it's a privilege to use our platforms at NBC News to honor all that they have done."


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

FSMdotCOM: Vocal: Use iPhone 4S? Siri Dictation To Control Your Mac [video]

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New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductors

ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2011) ? Creating semiconductor structures for high-end optoelectronic devices just got easier, thanks to University of Illinois researchers.

The team developed a method to chemically etch patterned arrays in the semiconductor gallium arsenide, used in solar cells, lasers, light emitting diodes (LEDs), field effect transistors (FETs), capacitors and sensors. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Xiuling Li, the researchers describe their technique in the journal Nano Letters.

A semiconductor's physical properties can vary depending on its structure, so semiconductor wafers are etched into structures that tune their electrical and optical properties and connectivity before they are assembled into chips.

Semiconductors are commonly etched with two techniques: "Wet" etching uses a chemical solution to erode the semiconductor in all directions, while "dry" etching uses a directed beam of ions to bombard the surface, carving out a directed pattern. Such patterns are required for high-aspect-ratio nanostructures, or tiny shapes that have a large ratio of height to width. High-aspect-ratio structures are essential to many high-end optoelectronic device applications.

While silicon is the most ubiquitous material in semiconductor devices, materials in the III-V (pronounced three-five) group are more efficient in optoelectronic applications, such as solar cells or lasers.

Unfortunately, these materials can be difficult to dry etch, as the high-energy ion blasts damage the semiconductor's surface. III-V semiconductors are especially susceptible to damage.

To address this problem, Li and her group turned to metal-assisted chemical etching (MacEtch), a wet-etching approach they had previously developed for silicon. Unlike other wet methods, MacEtch works in one direction, from the top down. It is faster and less expensive than many dry etch techniques, according to Li. Her group revisited the MacEtch technique, optimizing the chemical solution and reaction conditions for the III-V semiconductor gallium arsenide (GaAs).

The process has two steps. First, a thin film of metal is patterned on the GaAs surface. Then, the semiconductor with the metal pattern is immersed in the MacEtch chemical solution. The metal catalyzes the reaction so that only the areas touching metal are etched away, and high-aspect-ratio structures are formed as the metal sinks into the wafer. When the etching is done, the metal can be cleaned from the surface without damaging it.

"It is a big deal to be able to etch GaAs this way," Li said. "The realization of high-aspect-ratio III-V nanostructure arrays by wet etching can potentially transform the fabrication of semiconductor lasers where surface grating is currently fabricated by dry etching, which is expensive and causes surface damage."

To create metal film patterns on the GaAs surface, Li's team used a patterning technique pioneered by John Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair and a professor of materials science and engineering at the U. of I. Their research teams joined forces to optimize the method, called soft lithography, for chemical compatibility while protecting the GaAs surface. Soft lithography is applied to the whole semiconductor wafer, as opposed to small segments, creating patterns over large areas -- without expensive optical equipment.

"The combination of soft lithography and MacEtch make the perfect combination to produce large-area, high-aspect-ratio III-V nanostructures in a low-cost fashion," said Li, who is affiliated with the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the U. of I.

Next, the researchers hope to further optimize conditions for GaAs etching and establish parameters for MacEtch of other III-V semiconductors. Then, they hope to demonstrate device fabrication, including distributed Bragg reflector lasers and photonic crystals.

"MacEtch is a universal method as long as the right condition for deferential etching with and without metal can be found," Li said.

The Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation supported this work.

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  1. Matt DeJarld, Jae Cheol Shin, Winston Chern, Debashis Chanda, Karthik Balasundaram, John A. Rogers, Xiuling Li. Formation of High Aspect Ratio GaAs Nanostructures with Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching. Nano Letters, 2011; 11 (12): 5259 DOI: 10.1021/nl202708d

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