Saturday, August 3, 2013

Video Highlights: Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 Match 2013

Watch Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 Highlights in Good Quality of T20 Series 2013 Played on 2nd August, 2013. Watch Sri vs SA 1st T20 Match Cricket Highlights 2013. Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 Highlights 2013 in High Quality Online will be available after the Match.

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Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st T20I, Colombo - August 2, 2013
South Africa won the toss, and elected to bat first
South Africa: 115/6 (20.0 Ovs)
Sri Lanka: 103/9 (20.0 Ovs)
South Africa won by 12 runs
Man of the Match Jean-Paul Duminy


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Amanda Bynes Denied Request To Leave Psychiatric Hold

Bynes' request to leave her 5150 hold early was denied by a judge on Thursday, according to a new report.
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Surprising win brings hope to some California Republicans

A conservative activist believes California can once again be Republican if the GOP is careful to send the right message.

With a Republican's recent win in a Democrat and Hispanic county, Republicans in the Golden State feel a new hope that the party can once again secure California. Democrat runner Leticia Perez lost the Senate seat to Republican farmer Andy Vidak, who courted and won much of the Hispanic vote in California's central valley. Democrats have secured both houses of the state Legislature, but Republicans say the party's new lows are allowing the GOP to come back stronger than ever. Martha Flores-Gibson is a candidate for the Long Beach City Council.

Flores Gibson, Martha (R-CA)"I believe the GOP is on its rise up,? Flores-Gibson says. ?With the GOP, the only way it can go is up ??it can't go down because they have continually gotten hit on various issues."

She asserts that Republicans must re-coin the term "democracy" if they want to win the Hispanic vote.

"When you look at the Hispanic population ??let's look at the Hispanics in California ??they're very conservative in every area; however, they are really confused about democracy ? so the term is very confusing,? she explains. ?However, when you have them one small group at a time, or even one person at a time, you get their vote because they believe that if they work hard, they are going to get ahead."

The state's newly elected GOP Chairman Jim Brulte said it is possible for California to become Republican again. Republicans are depending on Brulte's experience to help them win seats and rebuild the party.


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Friday, August 2, 2013

Dot Earth Blog: Google?s Science Fellows Challenge the Company?s Fund-Raising for Senator Inhofe

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Scientists who were once invited to Google to discussion climate science communication now communication their anger about the company?s fund-raiser for Senator James Inhofe. ? ? ? ? ...


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Stocks open higher; S&P 500 cracks 1700-point barrier


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Stocks soared to fresh closing highs on Thursday, one day before the government releases critical jobs figures that could help determine whether the economy is healthy enough for the Federal Reserve to begin to slow down its stimulus package.

The rally, in which the S&P 500 went through the 1,700-point level for the first time, was sparked by a plethora of upbeat economic data ahead of the widely-watched jobs report set for Friday morning.

Analysts polled by Reuters expect to see a gain of 184,000 jobs in July, after a 195,000 uptick in the previous month.?

(Read more:?July jobs report key to Fed action)

"The jobs numbers have been decent as of late, but the problem is the quality of employment," said Lance Roberts, chief economist at StreetTalk Advisors. "There's also clearly a divergence between the stock market and real economy and that's because of the artificial stimulus from the Fed.

"The problem is that they're not seeing that stimulus being translated into the economy so the worry we should have is that we're inflating valuations and the issue of potentially blowing an asset bubble is very real."

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve?declined to signal when it would start tapering its bond-buying program, which has buoyed the markets. However, it did raise concerns about rising mortgage rates and flagged the risks of inflation falling too far below its target. In addition, the central bank slightly downgraded its outlook for economic growth.

But several reports on Thursday boosted the views of many analysts that the economy is getting healthier. Weekly jobless claims?dropped to a 5-1/2 year low, according to the Labor Department. And the number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms?declined modestly in July, with employers announcing 37,701 cuts last month, down 4.2 percent from June, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

In another positive sign, the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector accelerated in July to the?highest level since June 2011 as new orders surged, according to the Institute for Supply Management.?

The positive economic data have stimulated the stock markets recently. Major stock averages closed out their?best July since 2010 on Wednesday and so far this year, the Dow and S&P 500 have spiked more than 19 percent, while the Nasdaq has surged an impressive 21 percent.

On Thursday, the?Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked to close 128 points higher and set a fresh all-time high of 15,650.69, lifted by Bank of America and P&G. ExxonMobil was among the few Dow components in the red.

The?S&P 500 and the?Nasdaq both put on 1 percent, with the S&P 500 piercing the 1700 barrier to close at 1706.87. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, slid below 13.

All key S&P sectors closed in positive territory, led by financials and industrials.

"The rising asset prices will help instill confidence and that will breed more confidence," said Matthew Kaufler, portfolio manager of the Clover Value Fund at Federated.?

"However, we've had a great run in the market and at some point there will be a correction in the near point?still, my sense would be that there's enough momentum that we'll end the year up a few percentage points higher than where we currently are."

(Read more:Short the S&P atall-time highs? Absolutely!)

Asian stocks rallied after China's official PMI (purchasing manager's index) data showed the country's manufacturing sector continued to expand in July, defying forecasts of a contraction. But the picture was mixed, with a private gauge of factory activity by HSBC showing an 11-month low of 47.7 in July. Japan's Nikkei rallied to a one-month peak on the news, the Shanghai Composite hit a one-week high and South Korea's Kospi touched a seven-week high.

"Official PMI is more skewed to larger companies, and the HSBC figure reflects the smaller companies and that is where you get this divergence," said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC.

(Read more: Will China PMI mark the end of negative data surprises?)

In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its main interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.5 percent, and reiterated that rates would remain at present or lower levels for an extended period of time.

"Labor market conditions remain weak. Looking ahead to the remainder of the year and 2014, euro area growth should benefit from a gradual recovery in global demand," said ECB president Mario Draghi in a press conference following the announcement. "Our monetary policy stance remains accommodative for as long as necessary. We have unanimously confirmed the forward guidance we gave last time."

Euro zone manufacturing activity grew for the first time in two years in July, with the purchasing manager's index (PMI) climbing to 50.3 in July. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion.

And the Bank of England left its interest rates unchanged at 0.5 percent, as expected, under its new governor, Mark Carney.

(Read more:July jobs report key to Fed action)

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Man Repays $500,000 in Insurance Money With 4 Tons of Quarters

When Roger Herrin learned that a court had ordered him to repay $500,000 he had received in insurance payments for the death of his son, he decided to protest the order in an unusual way: he paid approximately a third of the money back in quarters, which, altogether, weighed nearly four tons.

Herrin's 15-year-old son, Michael, was killed in a car accident in 2001. Because Michael was the only one of the four passengers in the car who died, Herrin received the bulk of the $800,000 settlement from the car's insurance. Herrin also received $1.65 million in other insurance payments as a result of his son's death.

The other crash victims and their families contested the ruling, and a legal battle continued between the families until an appellate court ordered Herrin to refund his share to increase the other families' take

"They can have all the money in the world, and I'd take my son back,? Herrin told WSIL. ?To support, my deceased son and ex-wife, I have to fight it to the very end, and this is the final end.?

The 7,500 pounds of quarters were packed in 50 pound, transparent bags, and transported from the Federal Reserve in St. Louis to the law offices of the attorneys representing the other families on a flatbed truck and in an armored truck. Naturally, the attorneys receiving the quarters weren't pleased.

"We've been on pins and needles because we had a lot of cash suddenly laying around [and] it was publicized," Mark Prince, an attorney for the car's driver and her son, said. "We don't have safes or vaults, and we lock our front door. Advance notice would have been nice, because we could have made arrangements to have it delivered to the bank."

Not that Herrin regrets the inconvenience he caused. "I really wanted to do it in pennies,? he told NBC News.

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Facebook Enables Embedding Of Public Posts To Seduce Newsmakers, Starts Rollout With Five Websites

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 12.02.57 PM[1]Let newsmakers embed your content and they'll look to you for material, likely publish more to you, and you'll have more content to advertise against. That's why Facebook today launches embedding for posts with a "public" privacy setting, a strategy pioneered by Twitter in 2010 and recently copied by Instagram. Embedding is slated for a full roll out, but for now you can get preview on five sites.


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