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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Reached 300 posts






It is an long time since I reached 300 posts. Mostly personal and I update my personal blog quite often.
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One more change that I had introduced. I had added labels on the posts so that you can read only my personal posts. But one thing is to note that I have sponsored reviews but I cannot label them as it is an violation.



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Wing Tai doubles Q1 profit to S$61.8m






Higher contributions from two condominium projects in Singapore have helped Wing Tai to double its first quarter profit.
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For the three months to September, the property developer booked earnings of S$61.8 million, despite a 39 percent fall in revenue to S$100 million.

Wing Tai is planning to put several new residential projects in Singapore on the market in the next few months.

It says it will continue to position itself to ride on the positive sentiment in the Singapore property market and expand its business activities overseas.

Towards this goal, it signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a real estate project in Chengdu last month.

This will be the developer's first property project in China.



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Blackwater safe for now. WHAT DUH!






The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned.
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The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government.

"Once you give immunity, you can't take it away," said a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

State Department officials declined to confirm or deny that immunity had been granted. One official — who refused to be quoted by name_ said: "If, in fact, such a decision was made, it was done without any input or authorization from any senior State Department official in Washington."

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Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd and FBI spokesman Rich Kolko declined comment.

FBI agents were returning to Washington late Monday from Baghdad, where they have been trying to collect evidence in the Sept. 16 embassy convoy shooting without using statements from Blackwater employees who were given immunity.

Three senior law enforcement officials said all the Blackwater bodyguards involved — both in the vehicle convoy and in at least two helicopters above — were given the legal protection as investigators from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security sought to find out what happened. The bureau is an arm of the State Department.

The law enforcement and State Department officials agreed to speak only if they could remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the inquiry into the incident.

The investigative misstep comes in the wake of already-strained relations between the United States and Iraq, which is demanding the right to launch its own prosecution of the Blackwater bodyguards.

Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell declined comment about the U.S. investigation. Based in Moyock, N.C., Blackwater USA is the largest private security firm protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq.

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Blackwater CEO Erik Prince defends his troops

The company has said its Sept. 16 convoy was under attack before it opened fire in west Baghdad's Nisoor Square, killing 17 Iraqis. A follow-up investigation by the Iraqi government, however, concluded that Blackwater's men were unprovoked. No witnesses have been found to contradict that finding.

An initial incident report by U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, also indicated "no enemy activity involved" in the Sept. 16 incident. The report says Blackwater guards were traveling against the flow of traffic through a traffic circle when they "engaged five civilian vehicles with small arms fire" at a distance of 50 meters.

The FBI took over the case early this month, officials said, after prosecutors in the Justice Department's criminal division realized it could not bring charges against Blackwater guards based on their statements to the Diplomatic Security investigators.

Officials said the Blackwater bodyguards spoke only after receiving so-called "Garrity" protections, requiring that their statements only be used internally — and not for criminal prosecutions.

At that point, the Justice Department shifted the investigation to prosecutors in its national security division, sealing the guards' statements and attempting to build a case based on other evidence from a crime scene that was then already two weeks old.

The FBI has re-interviewed some of the Blackwater employees, and one official said Monday that at least several of them have refused to answer questions, citing their constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Any statements that the guards give to the FBI could be used to bring criminal charges.

A second official, however, said that not all the guards have cited their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — leaving open the possibility for future charges. The official declined to elaborate.

Prosecutors will have to prove that any evidence they use in bringing charges against Blackwater employees was uncovered without using the guards' statements to State Department investigators. They "have to show we got the information independently," one official said.

Garrity protections generally are given to police or other public law enforcement officers, and were extended to the Blackwater guards because they were working on behalf of the U.S. government, one official said. Experts said it's rare for them to be given to all or even most witnesses — particularly before a suspect is identified.

"You have to be careful," said Michael Horowitz, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan and senior Justice Department official. "You have to understand early on who your serious subjects are in the investigation, and avoid giving these people the protections."

It's not clear why the Diplomatic Security investigators agreed to give immunity to the bodyguards, or who authorized doing so.

Bureau of Diplomatic Security chief Richard Griffin last week announced his resignation, effective Thursday. Senior State Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said his departure was directly related to his oversight of Blackwater contractors.

Tyrrell, the Blackwater spokeswoman, said the company was alerted Oct. 2 that FBI would be taking over the investigation from the State Department. She declined further comment.

On Oct. 3, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the FBI had been called in to assist Diplomatic Security investigators. A day later, he said the FBI had taken over the probe.

"We, internally and in talking with the FBI, had been thinking about the idea of the FBI leading the investigation for a number of different reasons," McCormack told reporters during an Oct. 4 briefing.

Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered a series of measures to boost government oversight of the private guards who protect American diplomats in Iraq. They include increased monitoring and explicit rules on when and how they can use deadly force.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., wrote a letter to Rice on Monday expressing his dismay over the immunity offers. The presidential candidate, who has introduced Senate legislation that would make private security contractors in Iraq subject to federal law, asked Rice if she was aware of the offers before they were made; if the FBI and Justice Department were consulted; and if Rice agreed with the decision. Obama's spokeswoman said he intended to send the letter Tuesday.

Blackwater's contract with the State Department expires in May and there are questions whether it will remain as the primary contractor for diplomatic bodyguards. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said his Cabinet is drafting legislation that would force the State Department to replace Blackwater with another security company.

Congress also is expected to investigate the shootings, but a House watchdog committee said it has so far held off, based on a Justice Department request that lawmakers wait until the FBI concludes its inquiry.



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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

All right another brand new joke






All Right, in order to keep the morale of the people up, I found a brand new joke today. It is to keep people coming to my blog and to have some fun in the atmosphere when it is exams time. GTG now to study Bye

Are blind pilots flying?

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated waiting for the pilot to show up so they can get under way.

The pilot and copilot finally appear in the rear of the plane and begin walking up to the cockpit through the center aisle. Both appear to be blind; the pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle. The copilot is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with sunglasses.
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At first, the passengers do not react thinking that it must be some sort of practical joke. After a few minutes though, the engines start revving, and the airplane begins moving down the runway.

The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness. They start whispering among themselves and look desperately to the stewardesses for reassurance.

Yet, the plane starts accelerating rapidly, and people begin panicking. Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical.

When the plane has less than twenty feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once. At the very last moment, the plane lifts off and is airborne.

Up in the cockpit, the copilot breathes a sigh of relief and tells the pilot: "You know, one of these days the passengers aren't going to scream, and we aren't going to know when to take off!"



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Boeing Board Approves New $7 Billion Share Repurchase and Declares Dividend






The Boeing Company board of directors has approved a new repurchase plan for up to $7 billion of common stock and declared a regular quarterly dividend of 35 cents a share.

Boeing has bought approximately $8 billion of its stock since resuming repurchases during 2004. This new plan follows the $3 billion buy back that the board approved in August 2006. The company is nearing completion of the repurchases authorized under that plan.
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Boeong had been on the rise this few years and had beaten Airbus straight down. That is the way to do men Boeing. I would be a strong supporter of them. They make quality products. They also managed to make a comeback taking advantage of Airbus' failure in the A380



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Joke






Heard from 987 about a joke. Damn funny. One day, one ship was traveling in the sea and then they spotted one pirate ship. The captain asked his crew to pass him his red uniform. This crew asked him why he is wearing red. He reply that he did not want to demolise them if he gets injured. The crew got inspired by him and won the battle

Then the next day, they spotted 10 pirate ships. The captain asked his crew to pass him his brown uniform. You know what it means. GTG now. Good nights.



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Monday, 29 October 2007

Boeing Opens First F-15E Mission Training Center






Boeing has opened its first F-15E Mission Training Center (MTC) for the U.S. Air Force's 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The center will provide aircrews with high-fidelity, simulator-based training without the material and personnel costs associated with training on operational aircraft.

"The F-15E MTC provides a huge leap in technology and capability for our Air Force customer," said Tony Jones, vice president, Training Systems and Services, a division of IDS Support Systems. "Because of the added capabilities provided by the visual systems and other advanced features of the MTC, F-15E aircrews now will be able to experience more realistic scenarios to match today's demanding missions."

The training center provides two high-fidelity, dual-cockpit F-15E simulators with a 360-degree visual system, a robust synthetic environment as well as instructor/operator and brief/debrief stations. The simulators, enhanced with a head-tracked area-of-interest display visual system, can be operated individually or linked to provide two- or four-ship training within the MTC. They also can be linked locally with two medium-fidelity F-15E Manned Combat Stations to allow local four-ship training. After a few months of operation, the MTC will join the Air Force's Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) training network.

Boeing supports this training capability with several key products, including the Visual Integrated Display System, Manned Combat Stations and the Big Tac™ Combat Environment Server. Boeing also provides the key network elements to enable local networked and long-haul networked training. Lockheed Martin provides the instructor/operator station, the non-combatant natural environment system and electro optical/infrared imaging system along with the geographic databases. SAIC provides the brief/debrief station.

Under the F-15E MTC contract, Boeing will open two additional F-15E MTC sites in the near future, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., and at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. Mountain Home and Seymour Johnson each will receive a second F-15E MTC in 2008.

Boeing has delivered and currently operates five Air Force F-15C Mission Training Centers around the globe and is the prime contractor for the F-15E and F-16 Mission Training Center contracts. Boeing also is integrating the F-22 Raptor into the DMO training network.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.4 billion business with 72,000 employees worldwide.



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Found a new website






Found an new website that gives you tips on Adsense. It just published an new article about 10 things that you should not do when you apply for Google Adsense

Here is the link for their blog



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Oil Prices top $93






Oil prices hit a new trading high above $93 a barrel Monday before falling back, propelled by news that Mexico’s state oil company was suspending about a fifth of its oil production due to a storm.

The news that Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, was to stop as much as 600,000 barrels of daily crude production came amid political tensions in the Mideast, a weak U.S. dollar and a tight supply outlook that had already pushed crude oil to record prices.

The Pemex shut-in “is the one that has pushed prices above $93,” said Victor Shum, a Singapore-based energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz. “This is on top of what has already been simmering.”

Pemex announced Sunday that it had already suspended 200,000 barrels of daily production in the Gulf of Mexico because of bad weather and was planning to reduce by another 400,000. Pemex produces about 3.2 million barrels of crude oil a day, of which 2.7 million come from the Bay of Campeche in the southern Gulf.

In addition, Vienna’s PVM Oil Associates noted that “more bad weather could hit the region in the form of Tropical Storm Noel.”

Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose as much as $1.34 to $93.20 a barrel, a new intraday record, in early afternoon Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. By afternoon in Europe, it had slipped back to $92.26 a barrel.

That was still up 40 cents from Friday’s record close of $91.86 a barrel. The previous trading high was $92.22 a barrel, set Friday.

Oil futures have gained almost $8 a barrel, or 9 percent, since the U.S. Department of Energy reported last Wednesday a sharp drop in the country’s crude stocks.

“The strong price is due to supply concerns in general, on top of which we have the geopolitical news,” Shum said.

A rumbling of tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere last week already had traders worried about the disruption of oil exports.

A sharp escalation in fighting between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has brought Turkey to the brink of sending troops south across the border into Iraq, and the United States last week announced harsh penalties against Iran — the world’s fourth largest oil producer — in hopes of raising pressure on the world financial system to cut ties with Tehran.

Also, last Friday, gunmen in speedboats kidnapped six workers from an oil vessel off Nigeria’s coast, the second attack on an oil field there in a week. Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil exporter and the fifth-largest supplier of crude to the United States.

A weak dollar continues to be a factor in driving oil prices as well.

The dollar’s descent against major currencies has drawn investors to crude futures as a hedge against the weakening currency and made dollar-denominated oil futures less expensive to people dealing in other currencies, said David Moore, commodities strategist with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney.

Analysts note the price of oil is closing in on the inflation-adjusted highs hit in early 1980. Depending on the how the adjustment is calculated, $38 a barrel then would be worth $96 to $101 or more today.

In London, December Brent crude advanced 39 cents to $89.08 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange.

Heating oil and gasoline futures rose just over a penny to $2.445 a gallon and $2.2850 per gallon.

Natural gas futures gained nearly 11 cents to fetch $7.325 per 1,000 cubic feet.



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My first $200 earned from blogging is transferred to my bank account






Just checked my bank statement. The $200 that I first earned from blogging is successful deposited in my bank account.

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Verizon Reports Continued Success in 3Q 2007






Verizon Communications today reported another strong quarter of financial and operational results. Verizon Wireless continued its record of industry-leading profitability, Verizon Telecom reported accelerating sales of FiOS TV, and Verizon Business increased overall sales and sales of strategic services.

Verizon reported third-quarter 2007 earnings of 44 cents in fully diluted earnings per share (EPS). This compares with third-quarter 2006 earnings of 53 cents per share before income from discontinued operations that have since been sold or divested.

On an adjusted basis (non-GAAP), third-quarter 2007 earnings were 63 cents per share. This is a 14.5 percent increase, compared with 55 cents per share in the third quarter 2006 after excluding discontinued operations.

Adjusted earnings in the third quarter 2007 reflect 19 cents per share in special items: 16 cents per share for international taxes, 2 cents per share for costs related to a previously announced spin-off of access lines and 1 cent per share in merger integration costs. Adjusted earnings in the third quarter 2006 excluded 2 cents per share in special items for pension settlement charges, and merger integration and Verizon Center relocation costs.

Successful Transformation

"Our third-quarter results show that we have hit our stride as a leading wireless, broadband and enterprise company," said Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. "In recent years, we have transformed our business model and revenue base. Our results throughout 2007, and especially in the third quarter, show that our strategy has been successful. We expect to build on these results in the fourth quarter and beyond."

Strong Consolidated Results

Verizon's total operating revenues grew 5.8 percent to $23.8 billion, compared with the third quarter 2006. Operating revenues grew 6.0 percent on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP). Verizon's total operating expenses increased 3.4 percent to $19.6 billion, compared with the third quarter 2006. Operating expenses increased 3.5 percent on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP).

On a reported basis, Verizon's operating income grew 19.0 percent to $4.2 billion, compared with the third quarter 2006. On an adjusted basis, operating income grew 18.5 percent to $4.3 billion.

Operating income margin rose to 17.7 percent, compared with 15.7 percent in the third quarter 2006. On an adjusted basis, Verizon's operating income margin rose to 18.1 percent, compared with 16.2 percent in the third quarter 2006.

Cash flows from continuing operations totaled $18.0 billion through the first nine months of 2007. This represents 5.0 percent growth over the same period last year.

Dividends, Repurchase Program Reflect Confidence

Reflecting confidence in Verizon's business model and continued strong cash flows, Verizon's Board of Directors announced during the third quarter that it had increased the company's quarterly dividend 6.2 percent, beginning with the Nov. 1 dividend.

Verizon also repurchased nearly $800 million of its shares in the quarter, for a total of $1.7 billion in the last nine months. Verizon is increasing the 2007 target for its share repurchase program to $2.5 billion, up $500 million from the original target.

Wireless Continues to Lead Industry

Verizon Wireless extended its record of strong, industry-leading performance. It continues to be the largest domestic wireless company in total revenues, data revenues and retail customers.

In the third quarter:

* Nearly all of the 1.8 million retail net customer additions (including acquisitions and adjustments) were post-paid customers.
* Total customers (retail and wholesale) increased to 63.7 million. The company added 1.6 million total net customers after approximately 115,000 net reductions to the company's wholesale base.
* Verizon Wireless continued its industry-leading customer loyalty, with 1.21 percent retail churn. Churn among retail post-paid customers at 0.96 percent was substantially lower.
* Revenues totaled $11.3 billion, up 14.4 percent. Service revenues were $9.7 billion, up 15.1 percent, driven by customer growth and demand for data services.
* ARPU levels (average monthly revenue per customer) were the company's highest ever: $52.17 retail service ARPU, up 1.9 percent year over year; $10.59 retail data ARPU, up 42.9 percent.
* Wireless operating income margin was 27.1 percent, the company's second highest. EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP) was 44.7 percent.


Wireline Reports Strong Growth in FiOS, Strategic Services

Verizon's Wireline business, which includes Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business, reported continued strong growth in customers of FiOS fiber-optic services and sales of strategic services to enterprise customers.

In the third quarter:

* Verizon added a net of 202,000 new FiOS TV customers. The company has 717,000 FiOS TV customers in total, with approximately 600,000 added within the past 12 months. Including satellite TV customers served in partnership with DIRECTV (a net of 85,000 added this quarter), Verizon has more than 1.5 million video customers.
* Verizon added a net of 285,000 new broadband connections (DSL and FiOS Internet connections combined). Broadband connections totaled 8.0 million, an increase of 21.3 percent compared with the third quarter 2006. The company added a net of 229,000 FiOS Internet connections this quarter, for a total of 1.3 million.
* ARPU in legacy Verizon wireline markets (which excludes former MCI consumer markets) increased 10.8 percent to $58.79, compared with last year's third quarter. This increase was due to strong demand for broadband and TV services.
* Wireline operating income margin rose to 9.4 percent, compared with 8.8 percent in last year's third quarter.
* Verizon Business had revenues of $5.3 billion, or growth of 2.2 percent compared with last year's third quarter on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP). This is Verizon Business' fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year, pro-forma revenue growth (non-GAAP, calculated as if Verizon and MCI had merged on Jan. 1, 2005).
* Strong sales of key strategic services -- such as IP (Internet protocol), managed services, Ethernet and optical ring services -- continued to drive Verizon Business' growth. These services generated $1.4 billion in revenue, up 28.6 percent from last year's third quarter.



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