Oscars 2010 Winners: The Hurt Locker defeated the Blue Aliens of Pandora

As we all know, The Hurt Locker dominated the 82nd Academy Awards. This is really unexpected because first of all, only a few movie buffs watched The Hurt Locker. Another reason is that Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, and last but not the list, everybody loves Avatar.

Just like Slumdog Millionaire last year, everybody is eyeing for Slumdog Millionaire and a lot expected that it will win and be proclaimed as the best film, and it was the Best Film in the 2009 Oscars.

But this year, the expectation of many didn’t come true. Someone out there is better than the movie Avatar and that is The Hurt Locker.

So that’s it. Congratulations to The Hurt Locker for defeating the Blue Aliens of Pandora.

Check this post out for the official list of winners of the 82nd Academy Awards.

43-Year-Old Woman Charged With Seducing Teen via PS Home

This is undeniably an interesting news about how a 43-year-old woman seduced a teenager through PS3’s Playstation Home

This was discovered when the 14-year-old teen suddenly disappeared. Her mother went looking for him and she was absolutely worried about what happened to her son. When he finally returned home, things got even weirder. That’s because he came back with 43-year-old Annamay Alexander, who claimed to be there to discuss the possibility of the boy marrying her daughter.

Smelling strange things afoot, the boy’s mom went digging through his cell phone, and unearthed a few texts from this alleged matchmaker, saying totally normal things like: “My body is yours to do whatever you want with,” and “I love you and we are going to get married.” Nevermind, of course, that she was already married with children.

So how did this cougar manage to grab hold of her pubescent prey? Apparently, the incongruous couple met on the virtual world of Sony Home, where they each created digital characters of themselves.

The police confiscated the teen’s PlayStation, and discovered a photo of Alexander in her undies. The son later acknowledged that Annamay had indeed come to visit him for some playful sexy activity.

Canadian figure skaters impressed the Vancouver audience

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir surged to the Olympic ice dancing lead as world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin’s controversial Aboriginal-themed original dance failed to impress in Vancouver.

A dramatic Spanish Flamenco allowed Virtue and Moir to overtake the Russians who had been leading after the compulsory dance, with the three-time Canadian champions scoring 68.41 points for the programme and 111.15 overall.

The Canadians opened up a 2.60-point advantage on US champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who moved into second with their crowd-pleasing Bollywood-themed Indian Dance.

The Americans scored 67.08 for the original dance and 108.55 overall

The Russians toned down their controversial costumes which had offended Australian Aboriginal elders during the European championships.

They lightened their dark bodysuits, cut back on some of the white swirls, although they stuck with their red loin cloths and threw in a few more eucalyptus-style leaves.

But it didn’t go down well enough with the judges.

Domnina and Shabalin scored just 62.84 leaving them with an overall 106.60 and putting them 4.55 points behind the leaders in third position going into Monday’s free dance final.

Russia look set to leave Vancouver without a figure skating title for the first time in 40 years with Domnina and Shabalin having a large gap to make up going into the final round of three.

Teams from Russia or the former Soviet Union have won all but two of the Olympic ice dancing titles since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1976.

Private firms concerned about tax regime

About 66% of UK firms believe that the current UK tax regime fails to support and encourage enterprise.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Enterprising UK 2009 survey, just a fifth of private companies believe the government genuinely takes the concerns of the business sector into account.

The most common concern was over the simplicity and stability of the UK’s tax system, with 25 per cent of executives calling for a reduction in uncertainty and the rate of change.

This figure was up from eight per cent of respondents in 2006 and 17 per cent in 2007.

Mary Monfries, head of UK private business at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said firms are calling for a stable, certain tax environment in which to conduct their business successfully.

She added: “Reducing tax rates would be a challenge in the current economic climate, but a reduction in the rate of change and uncertainty should be easier to deliver.

“Private businesses are not looking for a crutch from government – an overwhelming majority are taking active steps to help themselves in managing through the recession. However, they do want a more effective voice.”

Last week, Deloitte reported that many firms are set to overhaul their balance sheet practises in light of the recession.

Envoys of Tibet’s Dalai Lama in new China talks

Discussions broke down in acrimony in 2008, with Beijing saying that no progress had been made.
One of the Dalai Lama’s representatives said he thought the resumption of talks may signal a change in approach from China.

A statement on the website of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, said the five-person group would return to India at the beginning of February.’

News of the resumption of talks was released by the exiled Tibetan leadership, based in Dharamsala in India.

Chinese President Hu Jintao told those at the meeting that China would maintain efforts to prevent “penetration and sabotage” by supporters of Tibetan independence.

World’s tallest building opens in Middle East

The world’s tallest building has been opened in a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be 828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.

Known as the Burj Dubai during construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai’s oil-rich neighbour, Abu Dhabi. Last month, Abu Dhabi gave Dubai a handout of $10bn (£6.13bn) to help it pay off its debts.

Construction of the Burj Dubai began in 2004, at the height of an economic boom. Clad in 28,000 glass panels, the tower has 160 floors and more than 500,000 sq m of space for offices and flats.

The tower also lays claim to the highest occupied floor, the tallest service lift, and the world’s highest observation deck – on the 124th floor.

The world’s highest mosque and swimming pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors.

Ferrari happy for Michael Schumacher to join rivals

michael_schumacherFerrari have insisted they will not prevent Michael Schumacher making a Formula One return with another team.

The seven-time world champion has been a consultant for Ferrari since retiring in 2006 and said recently he would continue for another three years.

But the 40-year-old has been linked with a move to Mercedes and Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said Schumacher’s role was “not binding”.

He added: “If he takes another road our agreement will no longer be valid.”

Schumacher was on the brink of a racing return with Ferrari in August to deputise for the injured Felipe Massa.

Those plans were abandoned following medical checks on a neck injury Schumacher suffered in a motorcycle accident earlier this year that caused him pain during testing.

Itinerary For a Trans-Siberian Rail Trip


Green fields and beyond photo by: rreichle
Green fields and beyond photo by: rreichlet

Taking stock of your travel itinerary and route planning is an ideal way to prepare for your first Trans-Siberian train tour. The estimated time to finish the entire tour totally depends on your starting point. At www.TheTransSiberianTravelCompany.com, you can choose from three train routes.


  •             Mongolia to Beijing (Trans-Mongolian)
  •            Moscow to Beijing (Trans Manchurian)
  •              Moscow to Vladivostok (Trans-Siberian)




Most people choose this route not only because they want to explore Mongolia’s colourful culture but because of the opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty of the land. Among the three routes, the Trans-Mongolian is the shortest. Here’s what to expect.


  •              Ekaterinburg – This city is your first stop from Moscow. Whether it is autumn or summer, this Siberian city offers beautiful tourist spots such as the Ural Geology Museum, Church Upon the Blood, Romanov Death Site, Europe Asia Border, Military Museum, Ural Mineralogical Museum, and Shirokorechenskoye Kladbishche Cemetery.
  •              Irkutsk – Halfway after the first stop is Irkutsk, a city often dubbed as the Paris of Siberia. Known as the cultural capital of this region, Irkutsk is the ultimate destination if you want to see Lake Baikal. This city has beautiful wooden architecture, marvellous churches, and museums.
  •             Ulan Ude – The city of Ulan Ude may look like an Asian country because of its strategic location between Russia and China. Aside from the biggest Lenin head, Ulan Ude has beautiful Buddhist monasteries like Ivolginsky Datsan and Rimpocge Bagsha. Tourists particularly love the rolling countryside in Ulan Ude.
  •              Ulaanbaatar – As Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar is a booming metropolis where major skyscrapers rule the skies. Summer is the best time to explore this city. Every July, the city holds Naadam festivals where you can witness archery competitions, horseracing, and wrestling. Some of the most interesting places in Ulaanbaatar are Bogd Khan Museum, Sukhbaatar Square, Natural History Museum, and Gandan Monastery.
  •              Beijing – What make Beijing as a major tourist attraction are its historical sites. The city’s major architectural and cultural sites remain almost untouched through the years. Here, you will have a chance to explore the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace.


Avoid Having A Daunting Experience

Planning a railway tour across two continents can be a daunting experience. If you want to simplify your travel preparation, consider getting tour assistance from a Trans-Siberian train tour company. You should not put together a Siberian railway tour all by yourself. Gather relevant information at Trans Siberian Travel Company for your guidance and convenience.




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Political science graduates are in demand

For all the excitement and interest surrounding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, Political science graduates are finding that their field of study is still very relevant in the 21st century. In fact, political science degrees are currently very popular among university students in the United States.

The unstoppable trend of globalization is one of the reasons behind the rising interest in political science. STEM degrees are in vogue due to the rapid advance of technology; political science, on the other hand, is a mainstay that is gaining relevance due to the global village concept.

Record numbers in enrollments of students in political science masters programs highlight the importance of this field of study. These are students who recognize that the world we live in is far from static. The course our lives will take is ultimately determined by policies, which are shaped by those who are versed in political science.

There is a common misconception about political science students being overtly idealistic in their choice of major. This is not the case; in fact, these students tend to be realists who wish to learn how the world really works from an academic point of view. Granted, many of these students want to change the world, but they realize that they must be able to navigate the intricacies of how policies are enacted and their global impact.

Political science students have a clear advantage in the sense that their curriculum programs are likely to predominantly feature online instruction. Such is the case of the George Washington University and its Graduate School of Political Management. This dynamic program emphasizes the fact that governance and policy-making are activities that mostly take place online; therefore, adjusting traditional learning with Internet technology becomes an important goal.

Students are mostly attracted to political science because they know that their careers will enjoy versatility. Public officials are not the only professionals who graduate from political science programs. Consultants, economists, foreign service officers, international relations experts, policy analysts, professors, and many other jobs are often made available to those with political science degrees.

In the end, political science majors enjoy a greater range of career opportunities when compared to many of their peers.

11 dead, more than 70 injured in Davao City night market explosion

Davao City, Philippines. 11 are confirmed dead and around 70 are injured in Roxas Night Market explosive, Davao City, according to President Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, today, September 2, 2016 around 10 in the evening. The victims were rushed to the Brokenshire Hospital, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Limso Hospital, and Davao Doctors Hospital.

Davao City Authorities are now conducting post-blast investigation.

Sources: bryanveloso.com and sunstar.com.ph.