Friday, February 15, 2013

METEOR STRIKES RUSSIA´S URALS REGION CAUSING MORE THAN 1,000 INJURIES AND PANIC



METEOR 1The NotiCOTO  Chelyabinsk, Russia  -A meteor approximately 15 meters wide and weighing about 7,000 tons fell on Friday in a populated area of the Urals region of Russia, which injured more than a thousand and caused panic among the population, only hours before the passage of another asteroid that was just 27,000 miles from Earth.
Authorities said that every day hundreds of fragments fall to earth, but since our planet is much more water than land, they pass  unnoticed
Astronomers use different terms to describe the cosmic objects of different sizes: When the rock is not wider than one meter (3.3 feet), is called a meteorite. But once it passes and reaches 1 meter to 10 meters high, the term "asteroid" applies. 
The difference in size of an Asteroid and a meteorite is like comparing a hurricane to a tornado. Cyclones are easier to detect and predict  than tornadoes and the same goes for asteroids and meteorites.

The attention of scientists was focused this friday on the asteroid  2012DA14, that passed just 27,000 miles from Earth, which  would have caused a much greater catastrophe.
"There were several dozen fairly large fragments (Meteor), of which many came to Earth," said Vladimir Puchkov, Minister for Emergency Situations of Russia, according to local agencies. Russian scientists have set up a laboratory in the area to study the remains of the meteorite that many called the "Fireball of Chelyabinsk" , as it is in that region of the Urals where the astral body fell.
ss-130215-meteor-russia-tease.photoblog600At first we thought it was a meteor shower, but that was denied by the Russian space agency, Roscomos , who confirmed that it was "a celestial body, a meteorite, which was moving at a speed of 30 kilometers per second at a low trajectory. "
The incident Chelyabinsk is the largest known cosmic impact since another explosion also took place in Russia a century ago, the Tunguska event of 1908  that also produced hundreds injured.
NASA estimates that the energy released by the impact Chelyabinsk amounted to 300 kilotons of TNT, suggesting that the explosion was more than 10 times more powerful than the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War.
NASA GOV
NASA put the width of the object of Chelyabinsk in 15 meters (50 feet), and its mass by 7,000 tons. Much of this mass was burned during atmospheric entry of the object at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour (18 kilometers per second). "The fireball was brighter than the sun," the space agency said in a statement
The meteorite or small asteroid fell about 80 kilometers from the city of Satka, head of the district of the same name, about 09.20 local time (20.03 GMT), but the blast hit several adjacent regions and even to neighboring Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.
"When many heard the deafening explosions, they  thought it was an earthquake. Children who skated at that time fell on ice due to the expansive wave, "said Alexandr Martents , Chelyabinsk city resident.
METEORITO4
According to the governor of Chelyabinsk (3.5 million population), about 1000 people were injured due to the fall of the meteorite fragments, while several thousand homes and buildings in that city were affected by the blast.
Authorities estimated at 100,000 square meters of glass from the windows that were blown up due to the explosions, which left hundreds of homes without protection in winter.
According to the Ministry of Health, at the time of this writing, two people were in critical condition and 22 others moderately serious because of various traumas, wounds and cuts, many of them caused by crystals.
"In the news, we heard to be careful of increased radiation levels, and it is advisable to stay indoors and close the windows," said a pharmacist in the town of Kopeisk.
However, Puchkov said that "there has not been an increase in radiation levels," which was supported by the Russian health chief, Gennady Onischenk. The official called on local people not to panic, saying that radiation levels are within the normal range and that affected populations have heat, light and water. 
"Nobody warned us about this phenomenon. I thought it was a gas explosion. And then when I went outside I saw in the sky a large red trail, "said the pharmacist, adding that  "people were afraid that they would not be let out for days on the street, so they got medicines. People bought bandages, hydrogen peroxidend and tranquilizers for victims and people  who are under stress. " 
METEORITO6Although experts say meteorite fragments are not radioactive, the Emergency Ministry has advised people to stay away if they find one near their homes.
When pieces of a meteor (or asteroid) survive the fiery fall through the atmosphere and hit the surface, the parts are called meteorites. 
Russian officials say a hole in the ice in Chebarkul Lake, near Chelyabinsk, marks a point where at least one meteorite made its mark.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

WHITNEY HOUSTON WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!

By Tony Franco





Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records,[ and her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any female solo artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994. Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its fourth ceremony in 1993. She also had the record for the most WMAs won in a single year, winning five awards at the 6th World Music Awards in 1994.

In May 2003, Houston placed at number three on VH1's list of "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era", behind Madonna and Janet Jackson. She was also ranked at number 116 on their list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time". In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 50th anniversary, ranking Houston at number nine.

Similarly, she was ranked as one of the "Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time" by VH1 in September 2010.
In November 2010, Billboard released its "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years" list and ranked Houston at number three whom not only went on to earn eight number one singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but also landed five number ones on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Inspired by several prominent soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11. After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. As of 2011, Houston has released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.

Ann Powers  of  Los Angeles Times  referred to the singer as a "National Treasure"

Houston was commonly known as"The Voice", in reference to her exceptional vocal talent.
According to  The New York Times ,"Houston's vocal style has had a significant impact on the music industry" and had "revitalized the tradition of gospel-soul-pop."
The magazine  Rolling Stone , in his biography, said Houston "defined the image of a female soul icon."

BIOGRAPHY


At age eleven, she began singing  in the Child Gospel Choir at "New Hope" Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Later she accompanied her mother to concerts.  After appearing on the 1978 album of her mother,  Think It Over , she began to do background voices to  big name artists such as Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson, and Lou Rawls. 
At age 16, he was offered to be the lead voice in the single from the band of  Michael Zager, "Life's a Party" in 1978 .
In the early eighties, she began appearing as a model in several magazines including Seventeen, Glamour and Cosmopolitan (even in some covers). In 1982, she made ​​her first recording as a singer with the whole Jazz-Funk  material in the song titled "Memories" and was included on the group's album  One Down .

1983-1991: THE EARLY YEARS OF MUSICAL CAREER


Houston signed a recording contract with  Arista Records  in 1983, shortly after the company's founder, Clive Davis , listened to her performance at the New York club Mikell's with her ​​mother.  Immediately the process of making her  first album was launched . In 1984, she had her first commercial success with "Hold Me" , a duet with  Teddy Pendergrass  (which was included in the album of the singer, Love Language  and then on their first album). The single, reached # 50 on the pop charts in the U.S. and the top 5 in the charts of R & B. 



Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits ("Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know", "Greatest Love of All", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"). Houston is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Album") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album. 


Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone's best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney(1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[7] Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.

This is our tribute to Whitney Houston, sharing this video and dedicating thoughts to a great singer that will be missed and remembered forever!
Houston's first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, "I Will Always Love You", became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period.[7] The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.



DEATH OF A STAR

Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, the night before the Grammys, which she planned to attend. Toxicology reports showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease. 

On February 11, 2012 she got off the Train of Life where one day we will all follow her footsteps....She shared her music, her voice, her triumphs and battles in life...What will your legacy be to the world as you get off the train of life someday?


On August 17, 2012, Sparkle her last acting film was released 6 months after her death. 




Sparkle is a 2012 American musical film directed by Salim Akil and produced by Stage 6 Films, It was released on August 17, 2012 by TriStar Pictures. Inspired by The Supremes, Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which centered on three singing teenage sisters from Harlem who form a girl group in the late 1950s. The remake takes place in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s during the Motown era.

The film stars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann, and Omari Hardwick. Sparkle features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield as well as new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly. This film is the debut of R&B/pop singer and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as an actress. Sparkle also marks Whitney Houston's fifth and final feature film role before her death on February 11, 2012, three months after filming ended. The film is dedicated to her memory (Wikipedia).





  • Teresa Cook Clark This is such a beautiful picture and even more beautiful is the person and soul that done this or posted it. Thank you


  • Mecjohn Botchway RIP Whitney. U will be remembered by your funs


  • Ann Poole A beautiful woman, loving mother and the best pop artist in the world. You will be greatly missed now and forever. R.I.P. Whitney.


  • Ana Maria Luna

    Ya le estas cantando al Señor, Gracias por haber compartido con nosotros tu hermosa voz.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

55th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINEES FOR TODAY´S CEREMONY AT NOKIA THEATRE L.A.LIVE



1. RECORD OF THE YEAR

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

We Are Young

Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Ken Lewis, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

Thinkin Bout You

Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean & Shea Taylor, producers; Jeff Ellis, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
Label: Def Jam

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Taylor Swift
Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert & John Hanes, engineer/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Label: Big Machine Records

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

El Camino

The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Label: Nonesuch

Some Nights

Fun.
Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Rich Costey, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Ken Lewis, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Babel

Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Glassnote

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Pharrell & Shea Taylor, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Ken Oriole, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Label: Def Jam

Blunderbuss

Jack White
Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Third Man/Columbia Records

IN LOVING MEMORY THEY WILL BE REMEMBER FOR THEIR MUSICAL LEGACY 

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

THE A TEAM

Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Track from: +
Label: Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Adorn

Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic

Call Me Maybe

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
Label: RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music

We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. FeaturingJanelle Monáe)
Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

Sexy And I Know It

LMFAO
Track from: Sorry For Party Rocking
Label: will.i.am/Interscope/Cherrytree Records

Payphone

Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
Track from: Overexposed
Label: A & M/Octone

7. BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

24/7

Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
Label: Concord Jazz

Impressions

Chris Botti
Label: Columbia

Four Hands & A Heart Volume One

Larry Carlton
Label: 335 Records, Inc.

Live At The Blue Note Tokyo

Dave Koz
Label: Just Koz Entertainment

Rumbadoodle

Arun Shenoy
Label: Arun Shenoy Music Publishing

8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

STRONGER
Kelly Clarkson
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings LLC

Ceremonials

Florence & The Machine
Label: Universal Republic

Some Nights

Fun.
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Overexposed

Maroon 5
Label: A&M/Octone

The Truth About Love

Pink
Label: RCA Records

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