Monday, April 17, 2006

Happiness lessons

Can you believe that British schools are actually offering happiness lessons.
"We have been focusing too much on academics and missing something far more important." said Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, in Crowthorne, Berkshire, west of London.
These classes are offered to students aged from 14 to 16. They will be given a lesson every week. The class teaches basic learning skills such as, managing relationships (if you are ever in one), physical and mental health, negative emoitons and how to achive you amibitions.
I personally think this is soooo cool. But i don't think that its going to work. Considering that happiness lies in ones soul. I mean there are classes on everthing today, like depression and what not. But no one can't actually solve the problems at ones house. all, anybody can do is give some comfort of the time being.
Happiness lies in your heart, and until your heart is not pure, i dont think you will be able to feel that happiness inside you.
To be happy, you need to feel happy, not just act happy.

The Top Five

The top five television shows, Movies and songs of the month noted by the billboard magazine.
Television
1. "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox.
2. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox.
3. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS.
4. "House," Fox.
5. "Deal Or No Deal" (Monday), NBC.
Movies
1. "Ice Age: The Meltdown," Fox.
2. "The Benchwarmers," Sony.
3. "Take the Lead," New Line.
4. "Inside Man," Universal.
5. "Lucky Number Slevin," MGM-Weinstein.
Songs
1. "Bad Day," Daniel Powter. Warner Bros.
2. "Temperature," Sean Paul. VP.
3. "What You Know," T.I. Grand Hustle.
4. "You're Beautiful," James Blunt. Custard. (Platinum)
5. "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige. Geffen. (Platinum)

Baby Battle

Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to have thier baby in South African and are also planning to give the baby a Namibian name.

Eminems Catastrophe

"You don't know where to begin when you lose somebody who's been such a big part of your life for so long. Proof and I were brothers," Eminem, who rapped alongside Proof in the group D12, said in the statement. "He pushed me to become who I am. Without Proof's guidance and encouragement, there would have been a Marshall Mathers, but probably not an Eminem and certainly never a Slim Shady.
"Right now, there's a lot of people focusing on the way he died. I want to remember the way he lived. Proof was funny, he was smart, he was charming. He inspired everyone around him. He can never, ever be replaced. He was, and always, will be, my best friend."
For those who don't know, a 32-year old Proof, real name Deshaun Holton, was shot in the head at 4:30 a.m. on April 10-06 near a bar on 8 mile road.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Deep Mud Slows Philippine Search Effort: An elementary school was swamped by a massive landslide that buried a town in Philippines and killed 1,800 people on Saturday Feb. 18, 2006.
Survivors and relatives of the missing had trouble even figuring out where houses once stood in the 100-acre stretch of mud.
"It's hard to find the houses now," said Eunerio Bagaipo, a 42-year-old farmer who lost two brothers, almost 20 nieces and nephews and a number of in-laws. "There is nothing now, just earth and mud."
Rescures tried to find surviors, but the search was complicated since the nearby mountain remained unstable, and that 750 troops, firefighters, and volunteers could get sucked down in the soft mud.

Crowds Line Up for $365 Million Powerball: What would happen if you won $365 million dollars? What would you do with it? Even thinking about having $1 million dollars makes me want to dance my feet off.
Well, that dream did come true for five people in Omaha, Neb..,
I figure somebody is going to win it, so it might as well be me," said Casey Symonds after buying $25 worth of tickets for himself and four co-workers Friday. The chances of winning the jackpot by matching all six numbers were 1 in 146.1 million.

Another Silver Lining for Cohen: Michelle Kwan was not in the olympics this year due to an injury. so in place of her, 21 year old, a two-time world and four-time US runner-up, Cohen claimed the national title this year. Although she could have won the gold metal if she had'nt fell on her opening triple and struggled in her second.
" It's bittersweet," Cohen said. "I tried hard. I have no regrets."I definitely didn't think I was going to get any medal when I finished. So it was a nice surprise.""Of course I was disappointed and in shock. But you've got to take what life gives you."No, I didn't cry. I don't usually cry unless I'm angry. I'm not angry, it's more of a letdown."It's one night, four minutes and a piece of metal. It's more about the journey over the four years, it's not a one-night journey."

Gov't Report Finds Fewer ID Theft Victims: An estimated 3.6 million U.S. households are victims of identity theft. The more frequent victims of identiy theft are people from ages of 18 to 24, and those with income of at least $ 75000. When being cautious about identity theft, look for Unauthorized use of a credit card, use of an existing account such as a cell phone or bank account or even a misuse of someone's personal information to open a new account or get a loan.

Carroll Reunited With Family in Boston: The 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor reporter was held as a hostage in Iraq for 82 days. She was back with her parents and a twin sister in U.S. on April 02, 2006.
"I finally feel like I am alive again. I feel so good," Carroll said. "To be able to step outside anytime, to feel the sun directly on your face — to see the whole sky. These are luxuries that we just don't appreciate every day."

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gov't Report Finds Fewer ID Theft Victims

WASHINGTON - An estimated 3.6 million U.S. households — or about three out of every 100 — reported being victims of identity theft, according to a government study that counted misuse of someone else's cell phone, credit card or personal information.
The figures released Sunday by the Justice Department differ from findings of a previous Federal Trade Commission study that estimated 9.3 million victims of the crime for the same period.
The department said the most frequent victims of identity theft were households headed by people age 18 to 24; those in urban or suburban areas; and those with incomes of at least $75,000.
The study was based on interviews with members of 42,000 randomly selected households over the last half of 2004, said Katrina Baum, a statistician with the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The bureau defined identity theft in three ways:
_Unauthorized use of a credit card.
_Unauthorized use of an existing account such as a cell phone or bank account.
_Misuse of someone's personal information to open a new account, get a loan or commit some other crime.
Of the 3.6 million victimized households, the study said:
_An estimated 1.7 million discovered unauthorized use of credit cards during the six-month period. That is about 48 percent of households reporting identity theft crimes and 1.5 percent of all U.S. households.
_About 900,000 households experienced theft from other types of existing accounts, such as a cell phone account, bank account or debit-checking account. That is about a quarter of households with thefts and 0.8 percent of all U.S. households.
_Roughly 540,000 households said someone had misused personal information of someone in the home to open new accounts, get loans or commit other crimes. That was 15 percent of households reporting identify theft and 0.5 percent of all U.S. households.
The last category, and the rarest, is the one the financial services industry more often defines as identity theft.
"I think it's important to mentally distinguish between transactional fraud ... (like) the unauthorized use of a credit card, and identity theft, which involves the misuse of information to establish new accounts," said Anne Wallace, executive director of the Identity Theft Assistance Corporation. The industry-funded group helps victims resolve fraud problems for free.
An earlier report by the Federal Trade Commission estimated about 10.1 million people experienced identity theft in 2003 and 9.3 million in 2004. The Justice Department said the different results may be due to differences in the methods used to collect the data, the period of time considered and counting methods.
The department's study included questions on identity theft in a larger survey covering burglaries or other crimes a household may experiences. Some 6 percent of victimized households reported more than one episode of identity theft in the six-month period, and in those cases the survey only asked about the most recent incident.
The department estimated the loss to households due to identity theft at $3.2 billion. That total included money that may have been reimbursed by others, such as credit card companies or insurers.

Carroll Reunited With Family in Boston

BOSTON - Journalist Jill Carroll was back on U.S. soil Sunday, tearfully embracing her parents and twin sister after 82 days as a hostage in
Iraq' that she said gave her a deep appreciation for the myriad simple joys of freedom.

"I finally feel like I am alive again. I feel so good," Carroll said. "To be able to step outside anytime, to feel the sun directly on your face — to see the whole sky. These are luxuries that we just don't appreciate every day."
The 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor reporter arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport just after noon, and was quickly driven away in a police-escorted limousine to the newspaper's headquarters.
She didn't step out into public view, but reports on the Monitor's Web site, along with photos, showed a joyful and tearful reunion with her parents and twin sister.