Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pro-Huntsman group jabs at Romney in new ad (AP)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. ? Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman on Friday urged New Hampshire voters to stand up to the status quo and reject Mitt Romney, while a group of his supporters prepared a new television ad calling Romney a chameleon willing to do anything to get elected.

The $300,000 ad campaign is expected to begin running across New Hampshire this weekend, according to an adviser for the organization known as Our Destiny PAC. The adviser was not authorized to comment publicly.

"Two serious candidates remain," a voice says in the ad, which flashes images of Huntsman, the former Utah governor, and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and front-runner in New Hampshire. "One willing to say anything, be anything. One who can actually do the job."

It continues: "One state can stop the chameleon. Vote Jon Huntsman."

Huntsman, who served as ambassador to China in the Obama administration, has not been anywhere near that pointed in his criticism of Romney. Speaking to employees at a Portsmouth software company Friday, he said Romney would be unlikely to change the "trust deficit" in Washington given that Romney has "half of Congress supporting him."

"Who's going to want to change anything when you've got the status quo supporting you?" Huntsman said. "You can have a candidate who's going to fight for change who is not going to be in the hip pocket of special interest groups, or you're going to have the status quo choice."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also wouldn't do anything to restore trust in Washington, Huntsman said.

"Speaker Gingrich is not the kind of person who is going to be able to deal effectively with the trust issue because you can't deal effectively with the trust issue if you are a fixture of Washington, D.C., and have been for 40 years."

Huntsman, who is skipping Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, is betting his candidacy on a strong finish in New Hampshire's Jan. 10 Republican primary, which is open to independents as well as registered Republicans.

Huntsman entered the presidential contest with great expectations earlier in the year. But national polling suggests he's still largely unknown to many Republican voters. He's also struggled to raise enough money to pay for his own television advertising campaigns. On Wednesday, he told The Associated Press he's likely to leave the race unless he finishes in the top three in New Hampshire.

Pam Hicks, one of the software company workers, said she was 100 percent adamant before meeting Huntsman that she would not vote for him. After the event, Hicks said she was reconsidering although she doesn't like his anti-abortion views or his opposition to gay marriage, which is legal in New Hampshire.

"We believe nobody has the right to tell us how to live our lives," she said.

Still, Hicks said she planned to do more research on Huntsman.

"He needs a more serious look," she said.

In perhaps further proof that Huntsman's efforts in New Hampshire are paying off, voter Cynthia Ouellette echoed Hicks' sentiments hours later in Canterbury, where Huntsman attracted about 150 people to a town hall meeting. Like Hicks, Ouellette said she was sure she wasn't going to vote for Huntsman ? until she met him in person.

She described losing her teaching job because of budget cuts and grilled Huntsman about how he would be different from former President George W. Bush.

"He's the only one I've been able to meet, and I was impressed by his honesty and openness," she said.

Our Destiny PAC has now spent roughly $1.9 million on New Hampshire advertising to help Huntsman. That's more than any other outside group or other campaign has spent in the state, according to numbers obtained by The Associated Press.


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Business Forum: Nuclear & Renewable Energy ? Poneman

The 2nd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Dec 5-7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia with the aim to be a high-level gathering of senior officials and business leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United States that explored opportunities for greater economic collaboration between the two nations as well as providing an unparalleled business networking environment.

The forum was sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) of Saudi Arabia and organized by the Committee for International Trade (CIT), the Saudi-US Trade Group (SUSTG) and the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC). For more information visit the special section on this topic:

Speaking at the panel titled ?Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Building Resources for the Future,? was Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy.


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Health Tip: Eat Right During Pregnancy (HealthDay)

(HealthDay News) -- When you're pregnant, eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for you and your baby.

The American Dietetic Association lists these key nutrients for pregnant women:

  • Folic acid, found in fortified breads and cereals, can help prevent spinal cord birth defects.
  • Iron, found in chicken, fish, red meat and green leafy veggies, helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy.
  • Calcium, found in dairy foods and calcium-fortified juices, aids in the development of baby's bones, teeth, nerves, muscles and heart.
  • Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and low-fat dairy foods are also part of a balanced diet.


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lawyer says soldier shooting client was attacked (AP)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. ? The lawyer for the 19-year-old California man charged with the attempted murder of an Afghanistan war veteran said his client was under attack when gunfire rang out.

Ruben Ray Jurado was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and multiple sentencing enhancements for using a firearm in the shooting that critically wounded Christopher Sullivan, 22, a Purple Heart recipient. He's expected to be arraigned this week.

Sullivan was home for the holidays at a homecoming party when authorities say a fight began over football. When Sullivan moved to break it up, police say, gunfire broke out.

Defense attorney Michael J. Holmes said Tuesday that he wanted to talk to his client and the district attorney before commenting further on the case.

"It appears that he was being attacked and he was on the ground and was being kicked in the back, stomach, the head, and that is consistent with the injuries that I observed," Holmes said. "It is alleged at that point that Mr. Sullivan was shot."

Authorities said Jurado, who had played football with Sullivan in high school, began arguing with Sullivan's brother over football teams at the party Friday night and then punched him. Sullivan intervened and Jurado pulled a gun and fired multiple shots, hitting Sullivan in the neck, police said.

Sullivan remains in critical condition. His relatives say the gunfire shattered his spine and left him paralyzed from the neck down.

"He's opening his eyes more," his 20-year-old brother Brandon Sullivan told The Associated Press. "We're just waiting day by day."

Sullivan was wounded in a suicide bombing attack last year while serving with the military in Afghanistan. He suffered a cracked collarbone and brain damage in the attack and had been recovering in Kentucky, where he is stationed, before coming home for the holidays.

Sullivan was a wrestler and football player in high school in San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. He had nine months to go in the military and then planned to become a firefighter or police officer. He always liked to help people, his brother said.

"Say there was a person at school who never had friends or nothing ? Chris would be the person who would go up to him and try to be his friend. He didn't like people to feel alone," Brandon Sullivan said. "He always had a smile on his face."


Associated Press writer Kristin M. Hall in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Brother MFC-J625dw

The Brother MFC-J625dw ($130 street) has a good feature set for a low-priced multifunction printer (MFP). It?s geared primarily to business use but with some photo-centric features as well. It?s fast at business printing, with decent if unspectacular output quality. Though other alternatives, like the Brother MFC-J825dw ($150 street, 4 stars), offer additional features for slightly more money, the MFC-J625dw has a lot to offer a home office or micro office for its price.

The MFC-J625dw can print, copy, scan, and fax. It can fax either from a computer (PC Fax), or work as a standalone fax machine. It has media-card slots for SD and Memory Stick formats, and a port for a USB thumb drive or PictBridge-enabled camera. The 1.9-inch color touch screen with touch panel controls can be used for previewing photos as well as for navigating menus.

This MFP is compatible with the Brother iPrint&Scan app, which allows you to print or scan from an Apple, Android, or Windows 7 Phone mobile device on the same wireless network.

The MFC-J625dw, matte black with a glossy black, textured lid, is reasonably compact, measuring 7.1 by 15.9 by 14.9 inches (HWD) and weighing 19.8 pounds. Its 20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) lets you copy, scan, or fax multi-page documents unattended. It has a 100-sheet paper tray, a little scanty for home-office use, but it combines it with a 20-sheet tray for holding 4-by-6 photo paper.

The MFC-J625dw connects to a PC via a USB cable, or to a network via WiFi (802.11b/g/n), though it lacks an Ethernet port. I tested it over a USB connection using a computer running Windows Vista.

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Print Speed

The Brother MFC-J625dw printed out the latest version of our business applications suite (timed with QualityLogic?s hardware and software) at 4.3 effective pages per minute (ppm), edging the Brother MFC-J825dw, which averaged 4.0 ppm on the same tests. The Editors? Choice Epson Stylus NX625 ($149.99 direct, 4 stars) also printed out the suite at a 4-ppm clip.

The MFC-J625dw averaged 1:59 in printing 4-by-6 photos, tying the MFC-J825dw, while the NX625 averaged only 58 seconds per print.

Output Quality

The MFC-J625?s overall output quality was a touch below par compared with inkjet MFPs in its price range. Text quality was average, while graphics and photo quality were slightly sub-par. Text quality was fine for schoolwork or general business use, but not for documents with which you want to create a good impression, such as a resume, or if you have a need for very small fonts.

With graphics, the colors seemed undersaturated, giving the output a slightly pale or faded look. Other issues included dithering (solid areas appearing as fine dot patterns) and minor banding (a regular pattern of faint stripes).The output was suitable for schoolwork or general business use and even PowerPoint handouts, though I?d be hesitant to hand them to potential clients or others who I was trying to impress through their visual appearance.

Photo quality was a tad below par for an inkjet. For the most part, they weren?t quite up to what we?d expect from drugstore prints. Some colors seemed a bit off (for example, in a couple of illustrations flesh tones and other details showed too much red). Detail was generally good in darker areas, but in some cases there was substantial loss of detail in brighter areas.

Other Issues

Two nice touches are the 2-year warranty, and a relatively low claimed running, 3.8 cents per monochrome page and 10.7 cents per color page.

The Brother MFC-J625dw is a well-equipped home-office MFP available for a modest price; it also has some photo-centric features like the ability to print from memory cards and USB thumb drives. It?s fast, and has acceptable if not spectacular output. For $20 more, the Editors? Choice Brother MFC-J825dw offers similar speed and output quality, plus additional features like a larger (3-inch) LCD, Ethernet connectivity, and the ability to print on optical disks. If those aren?t important to you, the MFC-J625dw could well be your home-office MFP of choice.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Syria: Army Withdraws Tanks From Homs After Days Of Attacks

BEIRUT ? After days of punishing assaults, Syria's army began withdrawing tanks from the restive city of Homs on Tuesday just as a team of Arab League observers was on its way to the central city, according to activists and an Arab official.

Opposition activist Mohammed Saleh said the heavy bombardment of Homs stopped Tuesday morning and tanks were seen pulling out of the streets. Another Homs-based activist said he saw armored vehicles leaving early Tuesday on a highway leading to the city of Palmyra to the east. He asked that his name not be made public for fear of retribution.

For days, military forces had pounded Homs with artillery despite agreeing to an Arab League plan to stop the bloodshed. The Arab monitoring mission is meant to ensure the government complies with the deal to halt the nine-month crackdown on dissent.

Opponents of President Bashar Assad, however, doubt that the Arab League can budge the autocratic leader at the head of one of the Middle East's most repressive regimes.

Syria's top opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun called Sunday for the League to bring the U.N. Security Council into the effort. The U.N. says more than 5,000 people have been killed since March in the political violence.

In Cairo, an official at the Arab League's operations room said the Sudanese head of the mission to Syria, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, was leading a team of at least 12 observers on their way to Homs Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, gave no further details.

Homs, Syria's third largest city, has a population of 800,000 and is at the epicenter of the revolt against Assad, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the capital, Damascus. Many Syrians refer to Homs as the "Capital of the Revolution."

On Monday, security forces killed at least 42 people, most of them in Homs.

"Today is calm, unlike pervious days," Saleh said on Tuesday. "The shelling went on for days, but yesterday was terrible."

The Arab League plan agreed to by Assad last week requires the government to remove its security forces and heavy weapons from city streets, start talks with opposition leaders and allow human rights workers and journalists into the country. Before Tuesday's redeployment of at least some tanks, there had been no sign that Assad was implementing any of the terms, much less letting up on his brutal crackdown.

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Obamas spending low-key Christmas Eve in Hawaii (AP)

HONOLULU ? President Barack Obama and his family are easing into vacation mode, spending a low-key Christmas Eve out of the spotlight.

The president spent his first morning in Hawaii at a multimillion-dollar vacation home his family rents in the Kailua Beach area, near Honolulu. He skipped his standard early morning gym workout, and headed to the golf course later Saturday.

First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, got into the Christmas spirit by helping track Santa for NORAD. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been telling anxious children about Santa's whereabouts every year since 1955.

The White House said Mrs. Obama answered several calls from children around the country who wanted to know how close Santa was to their homes.

The Obamas are expected to spend Christmas Eve at home with friends and family.

The president's annual December trip to the state where he was born and mostly raised almost didn't happen. He had planned to arrive in Hawaii on Dec. 17, but delayed his departure while Congress worked its way through a stalemate over extending payroll tax cuts.

A deal was finalized Friday morning. Hours later, the president boarded Air Force One for Hawaii to meet his wife and daughters, who traveled ahead of him.

Obama's first order of business when he arrived was taking his wife out to dinner. The couple joined a few friends at Morimoto restaurant, one of their favorite dining spots on the island of Oahu.

The president has no public events planned in Hawaii. A small group of advisers accompanied him to brief him on domestic and international developments.

The Obamas are expected to return to Washington shortly after New Year's Day.


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Chopper trip and golf in hill fest

Kalimpong, Dec. 25: The Kalimpong leg of the tea and tourism festival will kick off from tomorrow with ?helicopter-hop?, rickshaw rides and a golf competition, events that are not being held in any other hill town hosting the winter extravaganza.

The main venue for the four-day fest will be the Mela Grounds where cultural programmes and musical soirees will be held on all four days.

The Kalimpong leg will begin with a rally that will snake through the main roads of the town before assembling at the Mela Grounds.

To lend an extra flavour to the festival, cultural groups from Assam and Odisha will perform on the first day along with an army band that will march along the streets.

Tourists can also enjoy ?helicopter-hop? where one can buy a ticket and go around town for almost 30 minutes in a chopper.

The helicopter will take off from the playground of Dr Graham?s Homes and drop the visitors at the same spot after the trip.

The organisers said the ticket prices have not been decided yet.

Visitors can also take a rickshaw ride from Thanadara to Jeevan Jyoti, a distance of about 1km.

?Rickshaws may be common in the plains but it is a novelty in the hills. We are hiring four rickshaws from Siliguri for the event,? said Tshering Topgay, the secretary of the organising committee.

For those who are not too enthusiastic about taking a rickshaw or a chopper ride, the fest also has to offer a flower show at Janmukti Park near Damber Chowk. The flower show will be open on all four days of the festival.

Those who love golf can get themselves registered and participate in a tournament that will be held at the picturesque Durpin course that belongs to the army.

The tea and tourism festival started in Darjeeling on December 20 and several cultural programmes were organised for the visitors. Mirik and Kurseong will also hold the fest that will end on January 5.

Sourabhee Debbarma and Kapil Thapa, the winner and the first runner-up of Indian Idol IV, will perform at the Mela Ground on the last day of the Kalimpong leg.

?Apart from the two, local singers and bands will also perform on all four days of the fest,? said Topgay.

The organisers are hopeful that the festival will draw a huge crowd. Hotels have registered almost hundred per cent bookings on all four days of the fest. ?All the 10 rooms in our hotel are booked till December 29. It is tourist season once more,? said Sarat Rai, the manager of Tribeni Lodge at Thanadara.


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Blake Griffin Dunks Against Warriors (VIDEO)

Prize acquisition Chris Paul scored 20 points and nine assists while Blake Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds as the L.A. Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 105-86.

Monta Ellis, who was probably happy to be making news for balling instead of texting graphic photos of a Warriors employee, had 15 points and eight assists for G.S.

It was not a spectacular opener for CP3 and Blake, but at least they won, unlike the other L.A. team, the Lakers, who were undone by Derrick Rose's game winner.

The Clippers are expected to be a playoff contender for the first time in an eternity, and here's a big reason why. Watch a nice highlight of Griffin throwing it down:

With the lockout finally over, the best pro basketball league/reality show on the planet is now underway. In case you missed it, check out THG's 2011-12 NBA Preview!


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

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