Archive | February, 2011

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Arkansas

At Sunday night around 11 p.m., a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Central Arkansas at about four miles northeast of Greenbrier and an aftershock of 18 minutes from the 11 p.m. earthquake also shook the city with 3.8 magnitude. Initially, four earthquakes are recorded.

Citizens of Arkansas together with Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi immediately reported to the U.S. Geological Survey website that quakes been felt around their cities.

The U.S.G.S. reported that three 3.0 magnitude or greater shake the city within 15 hours of each other.

Director of Faulkner County’s Office of Emergency Management, Shelia Maxwell, declared that there are no injuries recorded despite the number of earthquakes which Jessica Bradford, Greenbrier police dispatcher, also confirmed the information.

“We all got a pretty good shake, but no reports of damage at this time.” Maxwell said.

“I actually thought someone was in my house the shaking was so bad.” a resident of Haskell, Tammy Smith, said about the quake that hit them.

Those who felt the earthquake said that the shaking made the items in the shelf or pictures on the wall to fall apart. This shaking reached up to Saline County which also experienced the knocking off of the items on their walls.

The latest earthquake is the strongest that afflicts the area.

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British Man Convicted in Iraq For 20 Years

The 30-year old Danny Fitzsimons was put onto guilty in Iraqi court last Monday at the case of shooting a British and Australian contractors who both work with him; and an attempt to kill an Iraqi guard. The Iraqi court sent Fitzsimons to jail for 20 years, which is the first West man to be convicted in an Iraqi court.

Saying that he was “happy with the sentence,” when asked whether he thought of the trial is just, he then replied “No.”

The former security contractor of the England-base Rochdale, Fitzsimons eagerly admitted the shooting to the two other co-workers but added that it was a self-defense as the two killed are drunk and tried to kill him. He also appealed that he is under post-traumatic stress disorder.

In this regard, the head judge said that in putting on the sentence, Fitzsimons’ mental condition was took into consideration.

“Danny Fitzsimons, the court has found established evidence that you killed the two slain men and attempted to kill the third,” the head judge of the three-judge panel declared. “So the court issues its sentence according to … the Iraqi criminal code and sentences you to 20 years in prison,” the judge then said.

Meanwhile, the side of the sentenced has 30 days to appeal to the court which, Tariq Harb, an Iraqi lawyer of Danny, said that they will do.

“This is a very good sentence. I saved him from the gallows,” Harb also commented on the trial.

Danny faced the trial with his Iraqi lawyer and his family. He has a British lawyer, John Tripple, but was not able to make it to the hearing.

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Hall of Fame Duke Snider “The Duke of Flatbush” Died at 84

Known for his nicknames in the field as “The Silver Fox” and “The Duke of Flatbush”, Duke Snider died last Sunday at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, California of what his family call as natural causes.

The California-born athlete is a center fielder who is a left-handed batter. He played for Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947–62), New York Mets (1963), and San Francisco Giants (1964).

“Duke was a fine man, a terrific hitter and a great friend, even though he was a Dodger,” Willie Mays, Giants Hall of Fame, said. “Today, I feel that I have lost a dear friend… He was a hero to the fans in Brooklyn and a great Dodger.”

Having 23 home runs with 92 runs batted in of his own in 1949, which made the Dodgers into the World Series. From there, Snider raised his average to .244 to .292. Although in 1951, he lose his average to .277 and lose to the National League against New York Giants and Snider received too much critism and requested for a trade.

“I went to Walter O’Malley and told him I couldn’t take the pressure,” Snider then told a sports magazine. “I told him I’d just as soon be traded. I told him I figured I could do the Dodgers no good.”

He was granted the Hall of Fame in 1980.

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Oscars 2011: Winners Are As Expected?

It all started with the red carpet as the big stars enter the Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, ultimatum venue of their movies.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco were the tasked to do the emcee jobs with their glamor of youthful beauties. Although when it comes to the hosting, not so many are pleased with how they deliver.

“Anne, I must say you look so beautiful and so hip,” Franco complimented.

“Thank you, James,” Hathaway replied. “You look very appealing to a younger demographic, as well.”

The movies that are “front-runners” of the categories actually won the prizes which make the Academy Awards to be said as “predictable.”

The movie ‘The King’s Speech’ bagged 4 major awards including the best actor award for Colin Firth, the best picture, best director for Tom Hooper and the original screenplay.

Natalie Portman was also triumphant as she take home the best actress award for her movie ‘Black Swan’, while Christian Bale took the best supporting actor and Melissa Leo got the best supporting actress both for the movie ‘The Fighter.’

Veteran Kirk Douglas also made the crowd laugh as he jokingly announced the best supporting actress award.

Douglas commented one of the host, Hathaway, “Wow! Where were you when I was making movies?”

While he also joke with Franco about the actor’s movie 127 Hours. Douglas said: “You look much better out of the cave…”

Leo, who was then at the backstage, applauded Douglas’ jokes. She said, “He was doing us all this huge favour, because the longer he strung it out, the calmer I got to be.”

The movie ‘Inception’ also take home four awards which are all technical awards including visual effects, cinematography, sound editing and sound mixing.

Here are the list of the winners at the 83rd Oscar’s:

1. Best Picture: “The King’s Speech.”

2. Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech.”

3. Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan.”

4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter.”

5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter.”

6. Directing: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” Denmark.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network.”

9. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3.”

11. Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland.”

12. Cinematography: “Inception.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Inception.”

14. Sound Editing: “Inception.”

15. Original Score: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

16. Original Song: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman.

17. Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Inside Job.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “Strangers No More.”

20. Film Editing: “The Social Network.”

21. Makeup: “The Wolfman.”

22. Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “God of Love.”

24. Visual Effects: “Inception.”

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Jill Clayburgh Death Was Given a Tribute and Honored at Academy Awards

A lot of famous people who died last year were honored and given a tribute on the 2011 Academy Awards. Jill Clayburgh was one of those. Jill Clayburgh was an American actress who died of Leukemia November 5, 2010. She was 66.

She was given a tribute at Kodak Theater along with other famous people.

Jill Clayburgh movies were really great. She became a two-time Academy Award nominee.  Her roles in her movies An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over received Academy Award nominations.

The “In Memoriam” segment has been one of the most awaited segment of Academy Awards. This year’s portion is a little bit longer than the previous segments. (3 minutes). Now, it clocked around 5 minutes as said by academy director Bruce Davis.

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Britney Spears Announcement Revealed

A lot of people especially Britney’s fans have been curious about her announcement. A lot of speculations and guesses came out.

This announcement issue started during the Oscars 2011 commercials. Is Britney Spears pregnant? or Is she engaged again? or Is she having a new album?

Although some people find it more interesting because they assumed that it would be a big news for Britney Spears, Britney announcement is that she is to perform at Good Morning America (GMA). It will be a very special concert on March 29, Tuesday morning.

Britney Spears announced, “Good morning, America. I am excited to tell you on Tuesday morning, March 29, I will be performing for the first time ever in a special concert in San Francisco’s historic Castro District on ‘Good Morning America.”

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