ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Schedule Released

The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 is the biggest cricket tournament scheduled to take place in South Africa on September-2009. It considered as mini world cup. The ICC Champions Trophy will be played by 8 Test teams which have been ’seeded’ and divided into two groups are A and B.

Group A – India, Pakistan, West Indies and Australia

Group B – South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England
Tue 22 (d/n) 1st Match, Group B – South Africa v Sri Lanka
Wed23(d/n) 2nd Match, Group A – Pakistan v West Indies
Thurs24 3rd Match, Group B – South Africa v New Zealand
Fri25(d/n) 4th Match, Group B – England v Sri Lanka
Sat26 5th Match, Group A – Australia v West Indies
Sat26(d/n) 6th Match, Group A – India v Pakistan
Sun27 7th Match, Group B – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Sun27(d/n) 8th Match, Group B – South Africa v England
Mon28(d/n) 9th Match, Group A – India v Australia
Tue29(d/n) 10th Match, Group B – England v New Zealand
Wed30 11th Match, Group A – Pakistan v Australia
Wed30(d/n) 2th Match, Group A – India v West Indies
Fri02(d/n) 1st Semi-Final – A1 v B2
Sat03(d/n) 2nd Semi-Final – B1 v A2
Mon 05 Final

Michael Jackson's Death Investigation Expands

The pressure keeps building on Dr. Conrad Murray, the former private physician to Michael Jackson at the time of his death.

After his Houston office and storage unit were searched, and law enforcement officials announced that they believe Murray administered the lethal dose of propofol to Jackson, his Las Vegas home was raided by Federal agents.

Murray's lawyer released a statement yesterday, according to a TMZ report. The statement reads: "We can verify that at approximately 8am, Officers from DEA, LAPD and various local agencies began executing a search warrant at Dr. Conrad Murray's Las Vegas home and office. The search warrant authorized investigators to look for medical records relating to Michael Jackson and all of his reported aliases. Dr Murray was present during the search of his home and assisted the officers. Investigators left Dr. Murray's home around 12 noon, seizing cell phones and a computer hard drive."

Reportedly, police may expand their investigation to include more than a dozen doctors who possibly employed fraudulent prescription practices in treating Michael Jackson. LAPD officials are gathering information and evidence on various doctors who may have helped Jackson procure excessive medication, TMZ reports.

The LA Times reports that officers are also seeking information on medical records for the 19 pseudonyms Jackson apparently used. The LAPD and FDA were authorized to seize prescriptions, files, billing information, tests results, electronic records and other material kept under aliases, including Omar Arnold, Paul Farance, Bryan Singleton, Jimmy Nicholas, Blanca Nicholas, Roselyn Muhammad, Faheem Muhammad, Frank Tyson, Fernand Diaz, Peter Madonie, Josephine Baker and Kai Chase. One reported alias listed in the warrant was Jackson's son Prince.

How Microsoft Started Work on Windows Vista

Microsoft began work on Windows Vista, known at the time by its codename Longhorn, in May 2001, five months before the release of Windows XP. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between Windows XP and Blackcomb, which was planned to be the company's next major operating system release. Gradually, "Longhorn" assimilated many of the important new features and technologies slated for Blackcomb, resulting in the release date being pushed back several times. Many of Microsoft's developers were also re-tasked to build updates to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to strengthen security. Faced with ongoing delays and concerns about feature creep, Microsoft announced on August 27, 2004 that it had revised its plans. The original Longhorn, based on the Windows XP source code, was scrapped, and Longhorn's development started anew, building on the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 codebase, and re-incorporating only the features that would be intended for an actual operating system release. Some previously announced features such as WinFS were dropped or postponed, and a new software development methodology called the Security Development Lifecycle was incorporated in an effort to address concerns with the security of the Windows codebase.

After Longhorn was named Windows Vista in July 2005, an unprecedented beta-test program was started, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies. In September of that year, Microsoft started releasing regular Community Technology Previews (CTP) to beta testers. The first of these was distributed at the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, and was subsequently released to beta testers and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers. The builds that followed incorporated most of the planned features for the final product, as well as a number of changes to the user interface, based largely on feedback from beta testers. Windows Vista was deemed feature-complete with the release of the "February CTP", released on February 22, 2006, and much of the remainder of work between that build and the final release of the product focused on stability, performance, application and driver compatibility, and documentation. Beta 2, released in late May, was the first build to be made available to the general public through Microsoft's Customer Preview Program. It was downloaded by over five million people. Two release candidates followed in September and October, both of which were made available to a large number of users.

While Microsoft had originally hoped to have the consumer versions of the operating system available worldwide in time for Christmas 2006, it was announced in March 2006 that the release date would be pushed back to January 2007, in order to give the company–and the hardware and software companies which Microsoft depends on for providing device drivers–additional time to prepare. Development of Windows Vista came to an end when Microsoft announced that it had been finalized on November 8, 2006. Windows Vista cost Microsoft 6 billion dollars to develop.

Twelth IAAF World Championships - Bombardier Transportation becomes National Supplier of Athletics berlin 2009

Bombardier Transportation, the global leader in rail technology, with its worldwide headquarters in Berlin, will become a National Supplier of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009.

Sharon Christians, Vice President Communications & Public Affairs, said about the company’s support of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics: “Bombardier Transportation is connecting people, cities and countries across all borders – just as the international World Championships’ athletes will excite people around the world. As a globally operating company anchored in Berlin, we are particularly glad to be able to support this outstanding, international top event.”

Laurens Lipperheide, Marketing Director of the World Championships’ Organising Committee, expressed his appreciation about the partnership: “With Bombardier Transportation, we were able to attract another company with a strong commitment to Berlin as a partner for the world’s largest sports event in 2009. This partnership underlines the international significance of the World Championships in and for Berlin once more. Jointly we can demonstrate that Berlin is “the place to be” – not only for sports.”

Bombardier Transportation delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER* ECO4* technologies (* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries)– built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA - Superstar of International Fashion Design

OSCAR DE LA RENTA has been named as the recipient of this year's Superstar Award at The Fashion Group International's 26th annual Night of Stars.

The Dominican-born designer, who continues to show his ready-to-wear collections at New York Fashion Week, was named for his contribution to the industry over a lengthy career - as well as his current output.

"Oscar personifies the word 'superstar,'" Margaret Hayes, president of The Fashion Group International, told WWD. "While this award honours his lifetime achievements, it is also in recognition of the vitality and creativity clearly apparent in his current collections."

The award, which this year is themed "The Storytellers", will be presented to de la Renta at a star-studded gala at New York's Cipriani on October 22, emceed by Barneys's Simon Doonan.

Hottest Ocean Surface Temperature on June 2009 Forever

The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for June, breaking the previous high mark set in 2005, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Additionally, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for June was second-warmest on record. The global records began in 1880.

Global Climate Statistics

  • The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for June 2009 was the second warmest on record, behind 2005, 1.12 degrees F (0.62 degree C) above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees F (15.5 degrees C).
  • Separately, the global ocean surface temperature for June 2009 was the warmest on record, 1.06 degrees F (0.59 degree C) above the 20th century average of 61.5 degrees F (16.4 degrees C).
  • Each hemisphere broke its June record for warmest ocean surface temperature. In the Northern Hemisphere, the warm anomaly of 1.17 degrees F (0.65 degree C) surpassed the previous record of 1.12 degrees F (0.62 degree C), set in 2005. The Southern Hemisphere’s increase of 0.99 degree F (0.55 degree C) exceeded the old record of 0.92 degree F (0.51 degree C), set in 1998.
  • The global land surface temperature for June 2009 was 1.26 degrees F (0.70 degree C) above the 20th century average of 55.9 degrees F (13.3 degrees C), and ranked as the sixth-warmest June on record.

Notable Developments and Events

  • El NiƱo is back after six straight months of increased sea-surface temperature anomalies. June sea surface temperatures in the region were more than 0.9 degree F (0.5 degree C) above average.
  • Terrestrial warmth was most notable in Africa. Considerable warmth also occurred in Siberia and in the lands around the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Cooler-than-average land locations included the U.S. Northern Plains, the Canadian Prairie Provinces, and central Asia.
  • Arctic sea ice covered an average of 4.4 million square miles (11.5 million square kilometers) during June, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. This is 5.6 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent. By contrast, the 2007 record for the least Arctic sea ice extent was 5.5 percent below average. Antarctic sea ice extent in June was 3.9 percent above the 1979-2000 average.
  • Heavy rain fell over central Europe, triggering mudslides and floods. Thirteen fatalities were reported. According to reports, this was central Europe's worst natural disaster since the 2002 floods that claimed 17 lives and caused nearly $3 billion in damages.

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Bing - New Search Engine Introduced By Microsoft

Bing is a new search engine designed to do more than merely help you find information. Bing organizes search results and provides refinement tools that help you overcome information overload, get things done and quickly bring you to the point of using that information to make an informed decision.

The current state of Internet search leaves much to be desired. According to a Microsoft-commissioned survey by Harris Interactive Inc., half of attempted search queries fail to meet consumer needs, and nearly three-quarters of people consider search results too disorganized. Armed with this knowledge, we set out to create a new type of search experience with improvements in three key areas:

  • Delivering great search results and one-click access to relevant information
  • Creating a more organized search experience
  • Simplifying tasks and providing tools that enable insight about key decisions

Microsoft also found that 66 percent of consumers are more focused on using the Internet to get things done, rather than to simply find information. Therefore, with Bing we created much more than an Internet search engine. Instead, we created what is essentially an Internet decision engine that will help you navigate through the rampant excess of information and find the shortest distance to an informed decision.

Exercising Will Keep Your Brain and Memory Healthy

For several years, experts have advised people to exercise their brains to conflict the memory loss related with Alzheimer's disease and other disorders leading to cognitive decline. For example, they suggest computer games, playing cards or chess, doing cross-word puzzles, and simply maintaining active social interactions. And such brain exercises do seem to result in modest benefits.

Lot of small observational studies had suggested that physical activity can also help maintaining memory power and reduce the threat of cognitive decline. Reports in 2006 on two large prospective studies supported the benefits of exercise on cognitive function. Participants on those studies were 65 years of age or older and free of cognitive impairment, and they were followed for an average of about 6 years. One study of 1,740 men and women from Seattle found that the risk of dementia was 38 percent lower in those who exercised 3 or more times a week compared to those who exercised fewer than 3 times a week. The authors concluded that their results “suggest that regular exercise is associated with a delay in onset of dementia and Alzheimer disease.”

The second study of 3,375 men and women found that participants who were in the group with the highest expenditure of physical activity had a 50 percent lower likelihood of developing dementia than those with the lowest level of physical activity.

Similarly, an article in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association described the results of a randomized trial of aerobic exercise in 138 Australian subjects older than age 50. On their entry, the participants did not have objective evidence of dementia. When assessed after 18 months for signs of Alzheimer disease and cognitive decline, subjects who had been assigned to the exercise group showed a modest improvement in cognition compared to non-exercisers.

None of these or other studies have shown that physical exercise has a truly dramatic effect on preservation of mental function. Nonetheless, the results suggest that healthier aging and prevention or delay in the development of dementia may be added to the many other benefits of regular exercise.

Obama's Confidential Meet with Presidential Historians

It was a private interlude in Barack Obama's prime-time presidency. But the dinner he recently hosted at the White House for nine of America's most distinguished historians and scholars provided rare insight into Obama's intellectual curiosity, how he views his job, and, most important, his belief that he has a remarkable opportunity to bring transformational change to America.

For more than two hours on June 30, over lamb chops, salad, coffee, and dessert, the new president quizzed his guests on a wide range of topics in what was described as a sort of "history book club, with the president as the inquisitor." Those attending were Michael Beschloss, H. W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack, and Garry Wills. Collectively, they represent one of the most stellar collections of presidential expertise ever assembled at the White House. Others at the gathering included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

After the session, undisclosed until now, Dallek observed that Obama "understands the dimensions of the challenge. He isn't bogged down in details. He sees the larger picture, and he sees the opportunity to do big things," such as revamp the economy, overhaul the healthcare system, achieve more energy independence, and facilitate a permanent peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama also recognizes that "this is a major moment in the country's history," adds Dallek, author of acclaimed books on John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt, and other iconic figures.

The get-together with the historians was the latest effort by Obama to break out of what he calls the White House "bubble"—the rigidly controlled, isolated existence that presidents often endure inside the White House gates.

An Obama spokesman familiar with the dinner says, "Throughout the campaign, the president sought ideas from people who were not in his immediate circle," a process that he is continuing. "This kind of opportunity gives him the chance to get opinions, ideas, and perspectives he would not ordinarily get from the people he works with every day," the spokesman said, adding: "He certainly continues to reach out to people of all walks of life."

Some of Obama's predecessors also made intense efforts to stay connected to the intellectual world. Among them were Woodrow Wilson, the former president of Princeton University; Franklin Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; and Kennedy. However, other presidents were less impressed with academe. Johnson, for example, didn't trust the scholarly community, partly because so many professors and their students had turned against the Vietnam War and LBJ's leadership. Ronald Reagan, whose philosophy was fully formed when he reached the White House, didn't feel the need for Obama-style "salons."

But Obama, a former teacher of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, clearly wants to remain immersed in the world of ideas. The dinner began with drinks with the historians, and then they all adjourned to a dining room where they sat at an oblong table, with the president at the center.

Obama asked each of his guests to talk about the presidents he or she had studied, with the goal of providing insights into the problems that Obama faces today. At one point, Obama volunteered that he finds it a special challenge to carve out enough free time to think, and he spends the three hours between 9 p.m. and midnight ruminating and reading.

There were moments where Obama was told some things he might not have liked to hear, such as the difficulty of waging war while at the same trying to implement an ambitious domestic agenda. One historian said Johnson's Great Society programs got sidetracked by the Vietnam War, and another noted that Wilson's progressive agenda was diverted by World War I.

The historians also talked about the difficulty that past presidents had in reforming healthcare, including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. But Obama made it clear that overhauling healthcare remains one of his top priorities.

Through it all, Obama showed himself to be a good listener—reserved and deliberative, thoughtful and congenial. He later told aides that he would like to host the historians again, along with others from outside government. It's the kind of break from the bubble, aides say, that he wants to make into a habit.

Michael Jackson - King of Pop going to be awarded on July 24, 2009 in Austria

Michael Jackson died on June 25 aged 50 after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. After his death, he is going to be honored with a special musical praise event in Austria by the World Awards Association, the organization said on July 15, 2009.

Jermaine Jackson brother of Michael Jackson would be present at the organization’s foremost Save the World Awards to recognize persons working towards a "sustainable and live able future for our planet" to be held on July 24 at the Nuclear Power Plant Zwentendorf in Austria, it said in a statement. "The objective of the Save the World Awards are similar to those Michael Jackson has strongly advocated throughout his life: peace, tolerance and saving our fragile Earth," it said.

"This memorable evening will not only pay tribute to Michael’s many social and humanitarian engagements, but also to his incredible musical legacy as well," the statement said, adding that the event would include performances of some of the star's biggest hits.

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