The news has reported that over the Atlantic, Hurricane Bill formed early Monday. The storm had maximum sustained winds near 75 mph that were expected to gain speed and top 110 mph. Hurricane Bill becomes the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season and is expected to become a major storm in the next few days. Hm… well.. I hope NOT!
Source: ABC News
Tha National Geographic website allows visitors to send their photos and participate the Photo of The Month. Here is the quote from the photographer and see the picture below
“My husband and I were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park-Canada when we stopped for a timed picture of the two of us. We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot! A once in a lifetime moment! We were laughing about this little guy for days!!”
This is so cool! I love it!
Source: National Geographic
It has been reported that large food companies in the US could run out of sugar. They said that there could be a severe shortage of sugar used in chocolate bars, breakfast cereal, cookies, chewing gum and thousands of other products. The companies warned they would hike consumer prices and lay off workers if the agriculture department did not allow them to import more tariff-free sugar.
So… what’s “Tariffs”?? According to Wiki, Tariffs were the largest source of federal revenue from the 1790s to the eve of World War I, until it was surpassed by income taxes. Since the revenue from the tariff was considered essential and easy to collect at the major ports, it was agreed that the nation should have a tariff for revenue purposes. In practice, it levied an average tax of about 20% of the value of some imported goods (imports that were not taxed were “free”).
This is the deal that I’m waiting for. Free 8×8 hard cover Photo book from Shutterfly. This offer ends August 26.
The Promo Code is SUMMERBOOK. Hurry up and get one!! If you don’t have an account, then sign up and get free 4×6 photo print as well.
According to the Yahoo’s article, here is the list of America’s best and worst airports 2009.
America’s Top Five Best Airports 2009
1. Salt Lake City (SLC)
2. Portland (PDX)
3. (Tie) Washington, D.C. (DCA)
3. (Tie) Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP)
5. (Tie) Los Angeles (LAX)
5. (Tie) San Diego (SAN)
5. (Tie) Tampa (TPA)
America’s Top Five Worst Airports 2009
1. Newark (EWR)
2. Chicago (ORD)
3. Miami (MIA)
4. (Tie) Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)
4. (Tie) New York (LGA)
4. (Tie) New York (JFK)
I heard that a few friends of mine complained about not being able to access to both social network like Facebook and Twitter. I didn’t accessed both sites at that time, so I didn’t know about it. But, later I found out that both websites were under the attack from a hacker.
Today news reported that this attack might be politically motivated. it was only Twitter that suffered a significant outage. Facebook and LiveJournal suffered slowdowns as a result of the attack, while Google users were not significantly impacted.
To read more details, click HERE
Source: PC WORLD
According to Wiki, A tax holiday is a temporary reduction or elimination of a tax. Governments usually create tax holidays as incentives for business investment.
Alabama tax free weekend will start this Friday and end at twelve midnight on Sunday August 9, 2009. Alabama will hold its fourth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.
The picture of bird above I got from Yahoo News page. A new bird species called the ‘Bare-faced Bulbul’, discovered in the Savannakhet province in central Laos, is seen in this December 5, 2008 handout photograph. An odd-looking bald songbird has been discovered in a rugged region of Laos, the first find of this kind in Asia for more than a century, said by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Scientists from the WCS and University of Melbourne, who found the bird, said this was the only example of a bald songbird in mainland Asia and the first new species of bulbul — a family of about 130 species — discovered in Asia in over 100 years.
The bird looks like Enzo, doesn’t it? HAHAHA
I ran across a cool and interesting story about a couple who has the same name (Kelly Hildebrandt) and is going to marry each other in this October.
They both found each other on Facebook. Kelly the girl started searching her own name on Facebook and found one who lived in Texas. She started the conversation by sending a quick Hi message to Kelly the guy. That’s when the connection has started.!
To continue to read the story, Click HERE