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Kobe Bryant 2008 NBA MVP
2008-05-02 06:54:00
Kobe will finally get his NBA MVP this season and we don't have to wait for the official announcement. Kobe waited for so long and been a Laker all his entire career and this year he deserves to get that MVP.Night in and night out, Kobe gives his 100 percent even playing through pain and I found an article that explained it all -> http://www.sportshubla.com/2008 /03/08/the -mvp-race-its-kobe-over-king-james-and-he res-why/An excerpt:Charles Barkley has already said it so many times, you hear it in your sleep. And now Lebron has said it too. Kobe is the best player in the game. If you ask the 360 active NBA players who the best and most complete all-around player is, I don?t think it?s exaggerating to say at least 250 and possibly 300 would say Kobe, not including Ray Allen and Raja Bell, of course. And this is a pure guess, but I have a feeling that some of the Kobe dissenters just don?t like him because he?s such a cold-case killer on the court.
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Tornadoes hit Virginia
2008-04-29 04:29:00
SUFFOLK, Va. - Three tornadoes ripped through Virginia on Monday, with one hop-scotching across the southeastern part of the state and leaving behind a 25-mile trail of gutted homes, tossed cars and more than 200 injured residents.Residents of some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in this town outside Norfolk were forced to evacuate their homes, with buses taking them to nearby shelters. Police closed roads, steering people away from streets with downed power lines.Downed trees and power lines covered the streets in a section of the city. A vending machine was tilted on its side, leaning up against a pile of rubble that had been the general store in a small shopping district."It's just a bunch of broken power poles, telephone lines and sad faces," said Richard Allbright, who works for a tree removal service in Driver and had been out for hours trying to clear the roads.Gov. Timothy M. Kaine declared a state of emergency for the areas of southeastern Virginia struck by the twisters....
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Trapped in an Elevator for 41 hours!!!
2008-04-23 05:17:00
It started with a routine cigarette break for Nicholas White and ended with a 41 hour ordeal inside the elevator with no food or water and all alone.It was the longest cigarette break of Nicholas White's life or anyone for that matter.The 34-year-old New York production manager was working late one Friday night in October when he went outside for a smoke. He was returning to his office on the 39th floor when the elevator stopped abruptly between floors. White pressed the alarm, letting it ring and ring. But at 11 p.m. the building was deserted, and it would be nearly two days before White was rescued. He paced around the elevator like a bug trapped in a box, fighting claustrophobia every minute of his 41-hour ordeal, which was captured on a video surveillance camera. "After a certain amount of time I knew I was in big trouble," White told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview. He had no watch, no cell phone, no food or water. His only sustenance was a pack of Rolaids. "R...
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The Black Suede
2008-04-22 04:14:00
A video posted on the internet showing Philippine doctors laughing while removing an object from a patient may lead to charges against the surgeons and cost them their medical licenses, officials said Wednesday.The nearly 3-minute video of a noisy operating room shows doctors and nurses laughing, giggling and cheering. At one point, a hand appears with a cell phone camera taking a close-up picture of the surgery. As a doctor gingerly pulls out the 6-inch long canister from the male patient's rectum, someone shouts, "Baby out!" amid loud cheers.The doctor then removes the canister cap and sprays the contents toward the crowd of nurses and doctors viewing the procedure. The video has angered the unidentified patient who plans to press charges, his lawyer Guiller Ceniza said Wednesday.The government-run Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in the central city of Cebu, where the surgery took place, is conducting an investigation, a spokesman said Wednesday.Dr. Emmanuel Gines said more...
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Skyline thief caught by cyber squad
2008-04-15 06:11:00
I just joined beyond.ca when I noticed the Skyline stolen thread about a couple of young guys test drove it and never returned. I watched the whole thing unfold and how they caught the thief. The thread reached more than a million views in just 5 days, some kind of a record I guess.Anyways, I saw NY times published it in their website and here's what they had to say about it:EARLY on the afternoon of March 26, two young men visited Heritage Auto Sales, a specialty dealership in Calgary, Alberta. They asked to test-drive a dark gray 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a performance model made primarily for the Japanese market and rarely seen in North America.One of the men had been to the dealership a week earlier for a ride, but he and Mr. Ironside didn?t get far. The car, with an engine modified for extra horsepower, began to act up. When the man returned with a friend for another try, Mr. Ironside was juggling two customers, so he just handed them the keys, explaining that there was only e...
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Hamilton crashed in Bahrain
2008-04-04 17:00:00
Lewis Hamilton Practice 2 Bahrain Accident - For more of the funniest videos, click hereHamilton crashes heavily into the barrier as he loses control of his Mclaren on Friday's 2nd practice in Bahrain.
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Basic VoIP information
2008-04-01 15:10:00
Let me blog about basic information about VoIP and call it VoIP 101. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the transmission of voice traffic over IP-based networks. The Internet Protocol (IP) was originally designed for data networking. The success of IP in becoming a world standard for data networking has led to its adaption to voice networking. The Economics of VoIPVoIP has become popular largely because of the cost advantages to consumers over traditional telepone networks. Most Americans pay a flat monthly fee for local telephone calls and a per-minute charge for long-distance calls. VoIP calls can be placed across the Internet. Most Internet connections are charged using a flat monthly fee structure. Using the Internet connection for both data traffic and voice calls can allow consumers to get rid of one monthly payment. In addition, VoIP plans do not charge a per-minute fee for long distance. For International calling, the monetary savings to the consumer from switchin...
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Earth Hour 2008
2008-03-29 13:27:00
Participate and make a difference.On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour , an event created by the World Wildlife Fund. Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships?Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)?whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town. What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of id...
Jordan has had access to Force India
2008-03-27 09:24:00
Former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan has had the main entry road to Force India 's Silverstone factory blocked off in a dispute over access across land he owns.The Irish entrepreneur sold the team that is now Force India to Midland before the 2006 season but kept ownership of some of the surrounding land.Local sources said concrete blocks had been placed across the main access while Force India were in Malaysia for last weekend's second race of the season and employees were having to use another entrance.Jordan told Reuters on Wednesday that he had waited for two years for the factory owners to open talks about buying the rest of the land."I had to make a stand, they have to come and talk to me," he said. "I paid for the road and put it on my land.""I've got no problem with (Indian billionaire and Force India co-owner Vijay) Mallya," he added. "It's the people who are managing the business who don't want to talk."
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Jimmy Kimmel is F*cking Ben Affleck
2008-03-01 02:33:00
So hilarious!!! Just watch.It started when Sarah guested previously and showed Jimmy this -> Sarah and Matt
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Cheaper international calls
2008-02-27 10:31:00
What?s the cheapest way to call my family overseas on my cell phone?There are a couple of options here, including a new one that should be intriguing for frequent overseas callers. You?ve probably realized that calling overseas from a cell phone is a real drain on the wallet. For example, it costs $1.49 per minute to call Colombia on a Verizon Wireless cell phone. On AT&T, it?s $2.19. But if you?ve had the foresight to sign up for their international calling plans for $3.99 monthly, the cost is 20 cents or 17 cents a minute, respectively. That?s still expensive. You could get lower prices by getting a calling card, but beware of gotchas like connection fees, weekly fees and billing in five-minute chunks. Outright fraud is also rampant in the calling-card industry: A study released by the Hispanic Institute in December found that the average card only delivers 60 percent of the promised minutes. With that in mind, it?s worth looking at a new technology that you could call a ?high...
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Lindsay Lohan like it naked
2008-02-22 13:07:00
Lindsay Lohan is as popular as ever. The 21-year-old starlet and her fans overwhelmed New York magazine's Web site and readers complained of not being able to load its pages, which contained nude photos of Lohan posing as Marilyn Monroe. The photos resemble those taken of Monroe in her mid-30s. Lohan posed in a blond wig for the same photographer who shot the famous Monroe pictures. In the collection, Lohan sports translucent scarves, a veil, diamonds, dramatic eyeliner, freckles, and little else. Bert Stern shot the photos at the Hotel Bel-Air, the site of his 1962 photo session with Monroe. The location, props, and photographer may be the same, but Lohan's, uh, attributes aren't quite the same. Lohan's measurements weren't included in the captions, but she cuts more of a V-shaped figure, rather than Monroe's legendary full-figured hourglass shape. That didn't stop the photo spread, titled, "Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monr...
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$1 Billion house
2008-02-22 02:43:00
A $1 billion house?What would you do if your net worth were $22 billion? If you were Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani , you might build yourself the world's most expensive home. As designed by Chicago architecture firm Perkins + Will, the in-progress glass-tower is estimated at $1 billion and is known to feature, at the least, a health club, multiple "safe" rooms, 3 helipads, 168 parking spaces and require 600 servants to maintain, and physically, the structure stands at 27 stories, or 570 feet tall.Mukesh Ambani is forbes 14th richest man in the world and 2nd richest Indian.
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Bestbuy? I don't think so.
2008-02-21 16:34:00
Don?t dismiss Raelyn Campbell as a crackpot. Not yet. Listen to her story, and then decide if she?s doing the right thing by asking Best Buy to compensate her to the tune of $54 million for a laptop that went missing when she took it in to Best Buy for repair under the store?s own extended warranty.Like many people, Campbell bought an extended warranty for her laptop when she bought it from Best Buy, and she took advantage of that when the power button broke off after a year. Best Buy accepted the machine for repair and said it would be ready in two to six weeks. But six weeks passed and the computer wasn?t ready. After three months of ruthlessly hounding the company, Best Buy finally admitted it couldn?t find the machine. Ultimately, Best Buy offered to pay her $900 for losing the machine? as a gift card. She countered that it had originally cost over $1,100, not to mention all her data that was now gone for good. She demanded $2,100, and Best Buy simply ignored her. At this point,...
GrandCentral invites for free
2008-02-21 06:58:00
I got 3 more GrandCentral invites left and I'm gonna give it to the first 3 people who reply on this post. Just give your email address and I'll send you the invite.All I ask is to come back on this blog and offer 3 invites also. I'm just returning the favor because I also asked for an invite and someone sent me an GrandCentral invitation email.
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Snacks to help you sleep at night
2008-02-20 10:33:00
Last week I featured here in my blog things/food to avoid to get a healthy sleep at night. This time let tell you what food/snacks to eat to help you sleep at night.Let me start with one of the best natural sedatives which is tryptophan, an amino acid component of many plant and animal proteins.Tryptophan is one of the ingredients necessary for the body to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter best known for creating feelings of calm, and for making you sleepy.However, the trick is to combine foods that have some tryptophan with ample carbohydrate. That?s because in order for insomnia-busting tryptophan to work, it has to make its way to the brain. Unfortunately, all amino acids compete for transport to the brain. When you add carbs, they cause the release of insulin, which takes the competing amino acids and incorporates them into muscle?but leaves tryptophan alone, so it can make its way to the brain, be converted to serotonin, and cause sleepiness. Serotonin-producing bedtime sn...
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Hotel Dirty Little Secrets
2008-02-20 02:34:00
When thought when you check in to those known hotel names, you will get top notch service? think again. Watch the clip and tell me if you ever gonna drink again from those hotel glasses.
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Why most workouts don't work
2008-02-19 09:21:00
Did you know the average health club exerciser quits after just six months for one of the following reasons: 1. Not Enough Time 2. Not Seeing ResultsSadly, most people become frustrated and quit exercising before they see any real results. But it's not surprising given the common mistakes many people make with their training programs. Are you making these workout mistakes?Common Reasons Your Work outs Don't Work All Quantity, No Quality Take a look around the gym (if you haven't quit going yet) and see how many people are really getting a quality workout. I'm always amazed by how many people are wandering aimlessly, walking leisurely on a treadmill while reading a book, lifting weights so light that not one hair moves out of place, or simply look bored. A lot of exercisers head to the gym out of habit, and as if on automatic pilot, put in some time and head back to workor home. If you are one of these people, ask yourself, "What do I want to get out of this?" If you w...
Bentley goes diesel power
2008-02-18 16:29:00
Given the enthusiastic response to its Audi R8 V12 TDI concept not to mention its diesel-powered dominance of prototype endurance racing in the Le Mans and American Le Mans series, it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that the Volkswagen Group is mulling over a diesel engine for its rarefied Bentley range.Similar to Rolls-Royce, which is also considering such an engine for its forthcoming RR4 model, the Bentley seems a wholly logical recipient for a low-revving, torque-rich diesel engine, now that now that advanced engine-management and emission-control systems have consigned the noisy, foul-smelling diesel to history.Although either VW's existing 5.0-liter V-10 TDI or Audi's under-development 6.0-liter V-12 TDI would seem a fine starting point, Bentley insists they're both too big to fit beneath the hood of the Continental Flying Spur (pictured above). We're skeptical about that, however, as the V-10 manages to fit just fine in the Flying Spur's corporate cousin, the VW Phae...
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China, Taiwan and HongKong cheap calling rates
2008-02-16 12:22:00
My favorite calling card company Onesuite.com recently dropped their rates for calling China , Taiwan and Hongkong for the whole month of February, in time for Chinese New year celebrations. Long distance rates are lowered from 2.2 cents per minute to 1.8 cents per minute to China and from 3 cents per minute to 1.9 cents per minute to Taiwan. Gone are the days where everyone talks hurriedly when talking on an overseas call. Competition from small and medium calling card companies like Onesuite makes consumer happy and big players trying to re asses their positions. Now everyone can enjoy calling their love ones with the reduced rates for as low as 1.8 cents per minute. Got to enjoy these low rates while it last and if anyone is interested and wants an additional 5% bonus on sign up amount and first recharge then sign up under here for Onesuite promo.
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Edison Chen scandal reached Hollywood
2008-02-16 05:43:00
Edison Chen, a popular singer, actor and TV host in Asia, was hoping American audiences would discover him when Christopher Nolan?s newest installment in the Batman series, ?The Dark Knight? is released in the United States sometime later this year. Instead, Americans are getting their first taste of this young Hong Kong actor via one of the largest sex scandals to hit the Hong Kong/Chinese film scene in recent memory. The scandal, now known as the ?Edison Chen Incident,? exploded when digital photographs showing Chen apparently performing sexual acts with other Hong Kong celebrities, Bobo Chan and Gillian Chung, turned up on prominent Hong Kong Internet bulletin boards systems (BBS) and celebrity blogs. The episode not only raises important questions about privacy and censorship, it is arguably the former British colony?s biggest scandal in years and has secured a place on newspaper front pages every day since it broke a couple of weeks ago. Laptop repair gone wrongIn the days afte...
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11 tips in effective blog writing
2008-02-16 05:40:00
Here are 11 tips in effective blog writing I gathered from the net. Make your opinion knownLink like crazyWrite less250 Words is enoughMake Headlines snappyWrite with passionInclude Bullet point listsEdit your postMake your posts easy to scanBe consistent with your styleLitter the post with keywords 1. Make your opinion knownPeople like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think, crazy as it sounds they want to know what you think. Tell them exactly what you think using the least amount of words possible.2. Link like crazy.Support your post with links to other web pages that are contextual to your post. 3. Write LessGive the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words. Time is finite and people are infinitely busy. Blast your knowledge into the reader at the speed of sound. 4. 250 is enoughA long post is easier to forget and harder to get into. A short post is the opposite. 5. Make Headlines ...
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6 dead in another campus shooting in Northern Illinois
2008-02-15 05:55:00
DEKALB, Ill. - A former student dressed in black walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opened fire on a packed science class Thursday, killing five students, wounding 16 and setting off a panicked stampede before committing suicide. Police say they have no motive for the rapid-fire assault, carried out by the gunman who fired indiscriminately into the crowd with a shotgun and two handguns as students dove to the floor and ran toward the exit. At least two of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition. ?I kept thinking, ?Oh God, he?s going to shoot me. Oh God, I?m dead. I?m dead. I?m dead,?? said Desiree Smith, a senior journalism major who dropped to the floor near the back of the auditorium. ?People were crawling on each other, trampling each other,? she said. ?As I got near the door, I got up and I started running.? University President John Peters said four students died at the scene, including the gunman, and the other two died at a...
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Cheap ways to call long distance
2008-02-14 16:07:00
Well because of the nature of my job, making long distance and international calls are quite norm for me for many years now. I exclusively use phone cards to save but lately the quality is getting from bad to worse. I found a couple of good ones with nice rates and better quality but the minutes randomly disappear for no reason at all so I thought of making a complaint but theres a problem...there is no support number. A close friend of mine told me about the phone card she's using and referred me (we both got bonus minutes for the referral) to Onesuite. I signed up using Paypal (you can also use Mastercard or Visa) and bought $20 ($10, $15, $20, $30 are available too) of credits and in minutes I was connected to my friend in India. Rates are very good in all countries and some (about 2 dozens or so) have their own access numbers, meaning you can use your account while...say in India, China or U.K. Onesuite is rich in features like Zipdial where you don't need to type in your PIN...
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Yahoo rejects Microsoft's offer
2008-02-14 16:00:00
Yahoo Inc.'s rejection of Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid left investors guessing the next move in a tense mating dance that may hatch a more imposing challenger to Google Inc. or disintegrate into a bruising brawl. The rebuff, formally announced early Monday, wasn't a surprise because Yahoo had leaked its intention over the weekend. As expected, Yahoo's board unanimously decided to spurn Microsoft after concluding the offer -- originally worth $44.6 billion or $31 per share -- "substantially undervalues" one of the Internet's prized franchises. The cash-and stock deal is now valued at about $40 billion, or $28.91 per share because of a drop in Microsoft's market value. But Yahoo didn't raise antitrust concerns about the proposed deal and included language that seemed to invite a higher offer from Microsoft, the world's largest software maker. "The board of directors is continually evaluating all of its strategic options in the context of the rapidly evolving indu...
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Things to avoid to sleep soundly at night
2008-02-13 07:45:00
Can?t imagine why the sleep gods had it in for you? Think about what you ate the night before. Any of the following?much less a combo platter?can leave your body on uneasy street for hours. 1. Spicy Foods Garlic, chilies, cayenne, and other intense spices are yummy going down but can keep you up with heartburn or indigestion. Avoid MSG too, as it can trigger dreams that are a bit too vivid. At some point or another, it happens to everyone: You can?t sleep. When you finally drop off, the alarm buzzes a microsecond later. Then you can?t get up. And then it gets worse: When you finally drag yourself out of bed, you look like you-know-what. 2. A Big Dinner An overtaxed digestive system takes hours to settle down and there?s nothing restful about that. When sleep?s critical, make lunch your largest meal and enjoy a light 500-calorie dinner early in the evening. 3. Raucous Veggies Eat those good-for-you-but-gassy foods?beans, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts?in the middle of the da...
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A million miles on a truck!
2008-02-13 02:46:00
After the Volvo and Saab, now it was Frank Oresnik's trusty Chevy Silverado pickup truck ? he calls it "the old girl" ? passed the 1 million-mile mark with a camera crew filming the event and a public-radio audience listening in. "I can't tell you how much fun it was," he said. "It was really humbling, all this interest." Recent news stories told how Oresnik had just 1,200 miles to go before reaching the milestone in the 1991 Chevrolet Silverado that he bought with 41,000 miles on it in 1996 and used in his business, distributing seafood and steaks in the upper Midwest. At the time, he was getting his latest oil change ? the kind of regular maintenance he credits with helping to keep the truck going so long. He said he's had the truck's oil changed more than 300 times. It's had so many changes that the oil pan drain plug had to be rethreaded several times, he said, and "you never hear of that." He passed the million-mile mark Friday in southeastern Wisconsin while on his way ba...
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2008 WRC Calendar
2008-02-12 09:09:00
Here's the official schedule for 2008 . Mexico is back for another year and Turkey is getting an event in '08. 2008 FIA World Rally Championship Calendar 24 - 27 January - 76th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo8 - 10 February - Uddeholm Swedish Rally28 Feb - 2 - March Rally Mexico27 - 30 March - Rally Argentina24 - 27 April - Jordan Rally WRC16 - 18 May - Rallye d'Italia-Sardegna29 May - 1 June - BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally13 - 15 June - Rally of Turkey31 July - 3 August - Neste Oil Rally Finland15 - 17 August - ADAC Rallye Deutschland28 - 31 August - Rally New Zealand2 - 5 October - Rallye de Espaņa10 - 12 October - Rallye de France - Tour de Corse24 - 26 October - Rally Japan28 - 30 November - Wales Rally GB
Shaq can't take the Heat goes to Sun
2008-02-11 11:24:00
Phoenix Suns became Shaq uille O'neal 4th NBA team after Orlando, Los Angeles and Miami. Shaq Daddy was traded by Miami. In the trade the Suns would receive O'Neal and the Heat would receive All-Star forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks. Last week it was Pau Gasol to the Lakers team and almost everyone says it was brilliant move by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. In a mistaken attempt to try and stay ahead of the Lakers, Kerr traded away all-star forward Shawn Marion for broken-down Shaquille O?Neal. The Big Diesel is out of gas, has several flats and is leaking oil at an alarming rate. The slow O?Neal just doesn?t fit in the Suns? high-octane, uptempo offense. Shaq doesn't fit offensively with the Suns. He can't run anymore. He can't shoot. He still was groaning about his touches in Miami, and you think he's going to accept life as the fourth, maybe fifth, option at times? There's little evidence to suggest Shaq simply will embrace the role of defensive stopper t...
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Force India rolls out its first F1 car
2008-02-08 08:07:00
Force India , India's entry in the 2008 Formula One World Championship, unveiled its car and team colours for the upcoming season, which begins in Melbourne on March 16.Calling it a "red letter day in the history of Indian motorsport", Force India owner and liquor baron Vijay Mallya unveiled the new car and the team's three drivers dressed in the team colours of white, tungsten, gold and red at a ceremony at the historic Gateway of India in South Mumbai.The car, called VJM01, is expected to have its first run during the next test session of the team to be held in Barcelona from February 25 to 27.The team, formerly the Spyker, had earlier expressed reservations on the car's aerodynamics ahead of the upcoming season.However, Mallya said a tie-up with aviation majors EADS and Airbus Industrie, through his airline Kingfisher, had aided them in the development of this technical aspect."It is time to say confidently that Force India Formula One will make steady progress moving forward."...
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