Friday, April 16, 2010

Experts: No end to volcano ash in sight

Weather experts predicted Friday that a volcanic ash causing chaos to air traffic across Europe would affect the region well into the weekend and possibly beyond as the dust cloud continued to spread.

Scientists said it was too soon to predict when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland would cease spewing ash, raising the prospect of thousands more grounded flights in coming days.

Prevailing westerly winds are expected to fan the massive plume of dust from an erupting volcano in Iceland further east and north, according to predictions from the London Ash Advisory Center.

By 07:00 GMT Saturday (7 p.m. ET) the cloud traveling at up to 9,000 meters (30,000 feet) is forecast to be covering parts of Russia, Poland, Finland and other East European countries while continuing to affect the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands.

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Norway PM runs country by iPad

When Norway's prime minister found himself stuck in New York as a volcanic cloud grounded flights to Europe, he fired up his new Apple iPad and did the job remotely.

In what could be a first for the new gadget, Jens Stoltenberg told CNN he used the iPad to manage the situation at home as Norway closed its airspace under threat from the ash.

A photograph of Stoltenberg using the device was posted on the Internet by Norwegian officials under the title "The prime minister is working at the airport.

"There are good means of communication, I have close contacts with my office all the times, and there are a lot of activities in Norway where we try to reduce the consequences of the volcano in Norway,"

"It's very normal for a PM to travel abroad so this is not different from the other travels, it's just lasts some days more than expected. We have the internet, the mobile phone.

"I also use an iPad, which is excellent."

Like many other travelers grounded by the volcanic ash cloud, Stoltenberg has sought alternative routes to reach home, catching a flight to Madrid, Spain before completing the journey overland.

"I am afraid we won't be back before Saturday because I think most of our travel is going to be by car because the most of the airports in the Northern part of Europe are now closed," he said.

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Hamilton quickest in Chinese GP practice

Former world champion Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets after Friday's practice session for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

The 25-year-old Briton -- who won in China on his way to taking the 2008 world title -- recorded a time of one minute 35.217 seconds, a quarter of a second quicker than the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton's McLaren teammate and current world champion Jenson Button was third with Michael Schumacher fourth for Mercedes.

The Red Bulls of Malaysia winner Sebastian Vettel and his teammate Mark Webber were fifth and sixth.

Despite his performance, Hamilton sounded a word of warning about his hopes of winning on Sunday.

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Inception - Trailer

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset. The film is scheduled to be released in both conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, 2010. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, along with Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.

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EPL: Manchester City vs Manchester United Live Stream

Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge could face Manchester United in the derby on Saturday at Eastlands. The defender has recovered from a hernia operation, which caused him to miss five matches. He is one of four players who are in line to return with Stephen Ireland (ankle) and Patrick Vieira (knee) on the mend from injuries while Pablo Zabaleta is free from suspension. Bridge has endured a troubled season off and on the pitch and only returned to action against Hull in February after missing 13 games because of a knee problem.

Roberto Mancini wants to show the world Manchester's finest at Eastlands - and that means Wayne Rooney being fit.

Manchester City vs Manchester United : Live Stream
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'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Finds its Orlando Bloom Replacement

When Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides added French up-and-comer Astrid Berges-Frisbey, I teased that she might become the next Keira Knightley to rise from the waves. Well, now it appears they may have found the world's next Orlando Bloom. According to an official press release from Walt Disney, On Stranger Tides has added the young English actor Sam Claflin to the cast.

Disney is still keeping the plot of Tides under wraps, but they revealed that Claflin will be playing a young missionary named Philip. Since the film is rumored to deal with the Fountain of Youth, I'm guessing it will venture into Spanish held territories, and that he may be a Catholic missionary.

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Paris Hilton Splits From Doug Reinhardt

Add Doug Reinhardt to the list of Paris Hilton’s growing list of exes. Reinhardt has officially become a member of the not-so-exclusive brotherhood—which includes the likes of Benji Madden, Nick Carter, and Paris Latsis, among many others—after Hilton’s reps confirmed that the hotel heiress has indeed broken up with the reality star and minor league baseball player a couple of weeks ago.

The source told People that Hilton and Reinhardt, who began dating in February last year, called it quits two weeks ago. Speculations that the couple separated came out weeks ago when the former love birds spent Easter away from each other. Hilton reportedly spent the Easter holiday with her family while Reinhardt went to Colorado.

The buzz became stronger this week when Hilton was seen partying at a Las Vegas club where Kim Kardashian’s ex Reggie Bush was also spotted. Some tabloids speculated that Hilton and Bush were hooking up. However, the “Simple Life” star quashed the rumor via Twitter by saying that “aside from being @ the same club, Reggie and I didn’t even say hi to each other. I was there with my sister and friends.”

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