New Mandatory Standards for Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously this Wednesday in favor of a new set of proposed mandatory standards for cribs in an effort to ensure children are safe while they sleep.

According to Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum, between November 2007 and April of this year, there were 36 deaths associated with crib structural problems.

The new mandatory guidelines also came at the heels of Pottery Barn Kids’ recall of over 80,000 drop-side cribs that were found to have endangered kids by entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards.

In addition to banning the production and sale of drop-side cribs, the new rules will mandate better mattress support, sturdier hardware and better quality wood for crib construction.

Hazards in cribs were found to result from faulty hardware, dangerous gaps created from mattress support failures, and the poor-quality wood used in crib slats that can be broken easily. In one instance, a child’s head was trapped between the drop side and the crib mattress.

Earth Day 2010: How Google Celebrated Earth Day

Google Doodles are way of Google to commemorate different events by changing their official Google logo in Google homepage. Last April 22, Google celebrated this year’s Earth Day via Google Doodle. Earth Day is a yearly celebration to increase our environmental awareness and to make conscious efforts to save Earth and Mother Nature in general.

As today’s Earth Day celebration, we all need to participate in saving our planet Earth against further devastation by talking “green”. Global warming and climate change has been hunting us ever since we become agents of pollution in our environment causing extreme weather conditions.

For Google, Earth Day 2010 celebration is about solar cooking demonstrations, classes on composting and local food sourcing, distribution of reusable shopping bags and discussions on healthy cooking and eating. It also includes hosting a speaker from “The Nature Conservancy” and giving tours of Google’s on-site 1.6MW solar panel installation and the 400kW Bloom Energy fuel cells.

It is not too late for us to act now to save our planet Earth. We need to conserve water, energy, and take good care of our environment for the benefit of all human beings not only in our generation but also for other succeeding generations ahead of us.

This year, Earth Day 2010 will also coincide with the World People’s Conference on Climate Change, to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and with the International Year of Biodiversity. Let us join Google and the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day 2010.

Billy King: New Jersey Nets GM

Under new ownership, the New Jersey Nets want to forget about a sorry 2010 NBA season. They should do better than 12-70 this coming 2011 season. After a losing season in the NBA that was capped by a record worst start 0-18, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov named Billy King as their new General Manager. Prokhorov feels that he would be a great fit with new head coach Avery Johnson. Billy King replaces Rod Thorn, who after 10 years with the Nets is leaving his post on Friday. 

In a recent statement, Prokhorov said, “Most importantly, Billy is ambitious. He wants to win. This is what I felt when I met with him and why he will be a strong addition to the Nets organization.”

Although King never won an NBA championship during his tenure as vice president and eventually team president of the Philadelphia 76ers, he has guided the Sixers to playoff appearances from the 1999 to 2003 season. The closest the 76ers got to a championship trophy was when they reached the NBA finals in 2001 wherein they lost to the LA Lakers and its Kobe-Shaq duo.

King should be a welcome addition. However, the current Nets lineup is still far from championship caliber. Long term the prospect seems bright with their roster of talented young players, salary cap space and good draft decisions.

Reception Problems on the iPhone 4? Get a Piece of Duct Tape

Due to a problem in the iPhone 4’s call reception, Consumer Reports, a non-profit consumer group, has refused to recommend the iPhone 4. Instead, it has come up with a “gem of a solution” for those who still want to purchase the phone despite the inherent flaw – Duct Tape.

Yes, the most talked-about phone in the U.S. – Apple’s iPhone 4 – has a design flaw that is best fixed with a piece, a sliver to be exact, of duct tape according to Consumer Reports testing.

Consumer Reports found out that people, lefties especially, who hold the iPhone 4 in a way that covers up the antenna connector on the phone’s lower left side will experience poorer reception and possibly even dropped calls. This has prompted clamors for the phone’s recall.

When asked to comment, Apple said the formula to calculate signal strength was flawed, so the number of reception-indicating bars on the iPhone 4 does not correspond to the actual reception strength when in a call.

According to Apple, a simple software update will fix the problem.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Wed – If Their Kids Insist

In the past, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s united stand is that they will not get married until same-sex couples are granted the same rights.

Recently, it seems the wind is blowing in the other direction, or maybe parenthood just got to them already that they are willing to reconsider their position on the whole getting married bit.

In the midst of promotions for her newest spy flick, “Salt”, Angelina Jolie was again asked when she and long-time partner Pitt would tie the knot, and this time Jolie gave this interesting answer, “I think it would be hard to say ‘no’ to the kids. [But] They’re not asking. They are very aware nothing’s missing,”

So don’t hold your breathe just yet, no future wedding plans are in the works – not until their children tells them to do so.

Jolie also admitted that aside from having discussed marriage with Pitt they also often ponder on the idea of having an even bigger family, saying they keep discussing future additions to their clan, almost “all the time”.

All I can say is, married or not, they make a very beautiful family for the simple reason that they choose to give kids up for adoption a loving home.

Is Lindsay Lohan Dead?

This is such a nasty rumor. Fortunately, that is all there is to it… a rumor.

It started when an online publication posted that the embattled Lohan had died due to an overdose of crack cocaine. Naturally, this sent the whole Internet community abuzz with searches on the veracity of this report. Even Twitter was besieged with questions trying to figure out if the rumor was indeed true.

Kim Kardashian might have made matters worse by joining in and tweeting, “Omg!! Is @lindsaylohan dead?! I keep hearing these rumors from my friends n stuff!! Is it true?!”

We all know that Kim and Lindsay share a common friend in Paris Hilton, so if Lindsay had indeed died, I think Kim Kardashian will be one of those who will know who to ask for confirmation… and my guess is she will not even have to go through Tweeter.  

Anyway, as of this writing, no one from Lindsay Lohan’s camp, or anyone with more than an ounce of credibility than the one claiming she has died, has confirmed the news.

This is most likely just another Hollywood hoax gone viral over the Internet, just like the past rumors about Tom Cruise or Sarah Jessica Parker having died unceremoniously.

Just another mean joke that got out of hand.

Mel Gibson Sought Therapy Over Relationship

Mel Gibson Sought Therapy Over Relationship – The troubled state of Mel Gibson’s relationship with his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva was not lost on him. A friend said that the actor realized how unhealthy the relationship was and recognized that they were in a bad place and he was getting his buttons pushed.

That is why earlier this year, Mel Gibson sought therapy because he wanted to figure out how to extricate himself from the unhealthy relationship peacefully and calmly.

Around March, the couple split peacefully and in May, the two signed a custody settlement for their 8-month-old daughter. Stephen Kolodny, Gibson’s lawyer, described the deal as very generous support payments. A joint custody and eventually 50/50 custody of their daughter, but the Russian singer claimed that payments have since withered.

Over the last few weeks, things have went off in a very public manner leading the couple to a locked bitter custody dispute. And now, the superstar is facing domestic allegations and the fallout from leaked audiotapes.

A friend says that Mel Gibson is still in therapy and he’s coping as well as can be expected.

Bret Michaels “I’m Not Engaged!”

Bret Michaels “I’m Not Engaged!”– This year has been rough for Bret Michaels and he isn’t ready to get married. A supermarket-tabloid report on 4th of July that there was an engagement between the rock star and Kristi Lynn Gibson, but Michaels put an end to any rumors of an impending marriage.

Gibson is his on-and-off-girlfriend for 16 years and mother of their two daughters. Michaels said during his promotion of his new CD “Custom Built” that they were not engaged yet and they consider themselves as a work in progress.

Michaels called the ring that Gibson wears as a promise ring like a friendship ring with benefits.

Manila (Philippines) Still in Darkness

Photo by Jerome Ascano/NPPA

Most of Metro Manila, Philippines was engulfed by darkness in the wee hours of Wednesday morning as Typhoon Basyang (International code name “Conson”) howled with strong winds that ripped across the country, killing at least 20 people as it brought the nation’s capital to a virtual standstill.

As of this writing less than 50% of Metro Manila’s electricity have been restored. Most of the communications system that were affected were still down as of Wednesday afternoon. Thus, even cellular phones were without signal and therefore, unusable.

The transport system also took a hit as the Metro Rail Transit was forced to shut down its operations due to the power outage. Meanwhile, aviation authorities scrambled to clear its incoming and outgoing flight backlog which was already filing up, even before electricity got cut off , after having to re-route or cancel flights due to the bad weather.

President Benigno Aquino expressed disappointment and sternly reprimanded the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country’s weather bureau, for not warning Metro Manila’s residents of the extent of damage Conson would bring once it hits the city.

PAGASA drew a lot of flak because it announced that typhoon Conson would only hit provinces to the north of Manila.

UFC Undisputed Game 2010 Demo Download Now Available!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been gaining so much popularity that so many people all over the world are into it.  Even those who are not really into martial arts physically themselves find this sport very interesting, entertaining and cool.

To those who are fans but don’t really have the guts to go all out on the ring and fight with another player then fret no more because the UFC Demo 2010 game has just been released.  Gamers and UFC fans all over the world are looking for the demo right now and searching for where they can find the UFC undisputed 2010 demo.  Since it looks kick-ass you can find links everywhere