Nabil Jeffri Becomes F1’s Youngest Driver


Nabil Jeffri Becomes F1’s Youngest Driver – The teenage Malaysian Nabil Jeffri becomes the youngest test driver in Formula One history when he drove a Lotus T127 on a runway at the UK’s Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambrigeshire. He drove 1.5-kilometer straight line.

Jeffri said: “It was unbelievable. It’s super fast. You can’t even see a thing. The acceleration and the braking are very different.”

Less than a year ago, he caught the eye of Lotus Racing’s team boss, Tony Fernandes, while he was sitting behind the wheel of a go-kart back in Malaysia. At that time, he was looking for sponsorship to enter Formula BMW, which is a single seater racing class for juniors. Jeffri impressed Fernandes very much that he made him an offer on the spot.

The Lotus Racing’s team boss said “I can see that he has the right character, the right aptitude and the right intellectual level to go very far. e’s got a very good down-to-earth nature about himself. And I think humility is a key ingredient in dealing with success.”

Jeffri keeps his sights on securing a Formula One drive by the time he reaches 21. And at the age of 23, he’s positive that he can win the world title, the same age Lewis Hamilton was when he became Formula One’s youngest-ever world champion in 2008.

Jeffri is currently part of AirAsia ASEAN driver development program, which Fernandes set up to nurture young talent in Asia. Fernandes wants to use his involvementin the sport to give young people in Malaysia and Southeast Asia the confidence to believe that they can become world champions.

Obama Disapproves Quran Burning


Obama Disapproves Quran Burning – President Obama says plans of burning copies of Quran on the anniversary of 9/11 are a “recruitment bonanza” for al-Qaeda.

If the plan is pursued, the burning could endanger US service personnel serving in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The plan has already drawn widespread international condemnation.

In an interview with ABC television, Mr Obama said he hoped Mr Jones “understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans, that this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance”.”And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,” the president said.

“Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. “I hope he listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in,” the president said.

According to the pastor behind the threats, the burning of the Quran would be a way to stand up to terrorism. Terry Jones is a pastor who leads a congregation of 50 followers in the city of Gainesville, Florida.

The US officials cannot intervene as the church’s actions would likely be protected by the US constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech.

Jones said on Wednesday that he would not cancel the Quran burning, and that his plan was intended to draw attention to his belief that ‘something’s wrong.’ For him, it is possibly time to actually stand up and confront terrorism.

Quran Burning in Florida on September 11: Personalities Reacted

Quran Burning in Florida on September 11: Personalities Reacted – The planned day for the Quran burning by Pastor Terry Jones’ Dove World Outreach Center is getting near. As the Quran burning day gets near, various high profile personalities are condemning the said plan of Terry Jones and is asking for sobriety.

“As an act of patriotism, the media should not cover the burning,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also added that, “It’s regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan, and get the world’s attention.”

Even Terry Jone’s old pastor back in Germany is condemning the Quran burning day planned action. “”We are surprised and shocked at the extreme radicalism being displayed [by Terry Jones] right now on this issue,” said Stephan Baar of the Christian Community of Cologne and former pastor of Terry Jones. He stated the comment during an interview by the Associated Press.

This same church kicked out Terry Jones in 2008 because of Jones’ alleged mishandling of the funds of the congregation. Jones’ own daughter said of the allegations of his father during his stint as a member of the church in Cologne.

If the Quran burning day plan will push through, Terry Jones and his church, the Dove World Outreach Center will burn hundreds of copies of the holy book Quran on September 11. The event dubbed as “Burn a Koran Day” or “Quran Burning Day” will be held at their small place of worship in Gainesville, Fla.

Actress Angelina Jolie added her view earlier and also condemns the action of Dove World Outreach Center. “I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book,” Jolie said while visiting and helping flood victims in Pakistan.

Those who already expressed their condemnations of the “Burn A Quran Day” includes top commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus, the Vatican, Attorney General Eric Holder, presumed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Watch Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s comment on Terry Jones’ plan to burn the Quran.

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Meanwhile, here is the comment by actress Angelina Jolie.

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Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users

Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users- Although it is not being used in all of Google’s sites worldwide, people are surprised to see the Google Logo today, September 7, 2010 on Google Homepage. Apparently, it once again an interactive Google Doodle just like the recent Google Doodles on Pacman and the most recent Buckyball featured on homepage of Google.

People are searching everywhere and trying to decode the Google Logo hidden message on Google’s homepage. Speculations have risen as to what could probably be the reason for the unique Google Logo today September 7 on Google homepage. Most people point it to the celebration of the the anniversary of Google this September. However, a Google spokesperson have already claimed that it has nothing to do with Google’s birthday saying: “Today’s doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be.”

We have posted an article before and many had confirmed that they have seen the Google Balls on Google homepage today, September 7. Most of the people who saw it were also surprised and said that they had fun with the latest Google Doodle Logo.

So what is the  hidden message behind Google’s logo today, September 7, 2010 if not for Google’s birthday celebration this September 2010? One possible reason is the eagerness of Google to push HTML5 and CSS3, and its Chrome browser. The Google Logo today September 7 is in fact, composed of pieces of a web page, each using a modern form of web coding called CSS3  or“Cascading Style Sheet” elements. Perhaps this is the reason why Google designed their logo on their homepage today.

Since this particular Google Logo is not present in all Google sites worldwide, here is a quick view on today’s Google logo as featured in Google Homepage below:

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Nazi Zombie in Call of Duty: Black Ops Adds Up Thrill

Call of Duty: Black Ops has been creating buzz lately as console gamers has been anticipating for its release on November 9, 2010. That would be 2 months from now. There were also evidences that the Nazi Zombie mode would be included in this version. This has been the mode that made Call of Duty: World at War more popular and exciting. Players in this mode needs to survive the endless waves of attacking Zombies. Along the way, the player can also buy weapons and has the option to repair nearby defenses to keep zombies out. There would be limitless levels which would mean, you will be encouraged to play endless as well.

Best Buy has listed a set of four “Zombie Maps”. This one indicates that the Zombie mode would be included in the up coming version. There are four maps in the Nazi Zombies game mode; the first, second, and fourth feature Nazi Zombies, but the third featured Imperial Japanese Zombies. However, it still unknown if these new maps that will be included in Call of Duty: Black Ops can either be on the disc or as a DLC code.

Having all these hints around, then players are really anticipating for its presence. The return of the game mode and the four maps were officially confirmed by Josh Olin on Twitter, Treyarch’s community manager.

America’s Got Talent Vote and Top 10 Performance

America’s Got Talent Vote and Top 10 Performance – The top 10 of America’s Got Talent Season 5 had made their last performance to impress the judges during an episode aired on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

The two-hour episode was full of the best performances ever of each of the ten contestants. Every one of them exerted all their effort since more than the judges they have to impress the American audience because this time there will be no Judge’s choice.

The two-hour special also featured a performance by Enrique Iglesias. The results of the America’s Got Talent vote will be revealed on Wednesday, September 8. The results show will feature performances from Sarah McLachlan and the cast of American Idiot. Also, it will determine who makes the top four spots in the finals.

Check out the video below featuring the performances of America’s Got Talent Season 5 Top Ten:

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So who is your bet?

1. The dance troupe, Studio One Young Beast Society;
2. The singing sisters, Christina and Ali;
3. Stunt Bike Rider, performed to Jason Derulo’s Riding Solo by Jeremy Van Schoonhoven;
4. Singer, Taylor Mathews;
5. Ballroom dancers Anna & Patryk;
6. Blacklight Performers, Fighting Gravity;
7. Singer Michael Grimm;
8. Magician/Illusionist Michael Grasso;
9. Opera singer Prince Poppycock; or
10. Opera singer Jackie Evancho.

To find out how to vote for the top ten of the America’s Got Talent CLICK HERE.

Let us all brace ourselves on September 8 as America’s Got Talent vote is revealed and the top four are chosen.

Google Doodle September 7 on Google Homepage Today: What Does It Tell?

Google Logo September 7 2010 on Google Homepage Today: What Does This Google Doodle Mean? – For some they have seen a Google Logo which seems to be some kind of balls.  The balls disintegrates and then re-arranges to form the Google logo.  However, some saw only the normal Google Logo,  so what is the Google Doodle for September 7, 2010?

The new Google Doodle had been seen by some of our readers and even contributors.  We are not sure however what it is because not everyone has the chance to see the Google Doodle.

The said Google Doodle is said to allow you to chase after DHTML balls which regroups to write the word Google. Google had celebrated it’s anniversary last September 4, 2010 and Google was first publicly launched on September 7.

Some observers say that the Google Logo for September 7 might be symbolizing a celebration or an upcoming big event from the number one search engine in the planet.

In any case those who have seen it definitely had a fun way to kill time and play with the small balls. Interactive Google Doodle like this adds fun in browsing Google and makes people stay on Google’s main page for a longer period of time.

Have you seen the Google Logo for September 7 2010? Share us what you saw and how you reacted.

Venus Williams Defeats Francesca Schiavone At US Open 2010

Venus Williams seems to be the last person distracted by her flambuoyant tennis outfit. Venus defeated Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (5), 6-4, despite nine double faults. So much hype was built around her flashy tennis dresses but third seeded Venus just let her game take over to advance to the semifinals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

The last time Venus played in a US Open semifinal match was in 2007. She has won seven Grand Slams that include the 2000 and 2001 US Open titles. It has been eight years since she last played in a title match at Flushing Meadows.

Her recent win was not an easy one against the reigning French Open champ but she has proven that there is more to Venus Williams than her “distracting” tennis outfits.

Venus is the only American player left in the Grand Slam tourney. Fellow American Sam Querrey lost a five set match to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in men’s tennis earlier.

Tiger Woods To Play In US Ryder Cup Team

Tiger Woods has been just a shell of himself since news on his extramarital affairs went public. It has obviously affected his game that he has not won any major this year. Things may change after his divorce settlement. He has started hitting the ball well again although his putting needs more consistency.

The wold number one Woods did not qualify to the US Ryder Cup team but he has shown improvements lately that team captain Corey Pavin decided to give Woods one of four wild card picks to the team. The United States team is scheduled to defend the Ryder Cup early next month in Wales. 

Others who made it to the wild card are Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler and and Zach Johnson. The eight qualifiers are world number two Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton, Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan.

Woods is looking forward to his 6th appearance at the Ryder Cup this October. He has so far won 10 of his 25 matches, lost 13 and halved two matches.

Jackson Kids Attending “Normal” School

The two elder kids of Michael Jackson have come out into the real world, so to speak. Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 13 and 12 years old respectively, have ended their home-schooling and started to attend “normal” classes at Buckley School where their late father Michael also went to school.

Attending regular school was said to have been Prince Michael’s idea, luckily their grandmother and legal guardian, Katherine, approved. Buckley School graduates include Paris Hilton (Hmmm… should Buckley really be proud she is even included in the list?), Kim Kardashian, Natalie Cole and Matthew Perry. The tuition fee for the Jackson kids is said to be nearly $30,000.

Family attorney Brian Oxman said both kids have adapted so well that he predicted the bodyguards, who wait outside their classrooms and follow them around the campus, would be gone in a matter of weeks. He also denied reports that the other Buckley students were instructed never to ask Jackson’s children about their family.

I really hope, for their own sake, that these two Jackson kids flourish in the normalcy they are now enjoying. I can imagine how being born into Michael Jackson’s “world” is “confusing” enough, to say the least, so it was a good thing Katherine Jackson agreed to the idea of sending them to regular school. Maybe she has learned her lesson from how “weird” Michael turned out to be after having been deprived of a normal life as a kid.