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Makena, a two-year-old girl from Canada, puts her heart and soul into a beautiful rendition of the Adele’s first number one hit Someone Like You and caused a sensation on YouTube.
The track from Adele’s second album, 21, cemented her status as a superstar, and it looks set to do the same for her young fan.
Over 1,700,000 people have watched Makena singing along to the song since the video was uploaded by her mother Heather Fedorick two weeks ago.
One user from the Czech Republic wrote: “She is so cute, when I watch her singing, I think that life is beautiful.”
Another added: “I think 20 terrorists put down their weapons and bombs after watching this video.”
Makena, a two-year-old girl from Canada, puts her heart and soul into a beautiful rendition of the Adele's first number one hit Someone Like You and caused a sensation on YouTube
Makena shows an impressive grasp of the lyrics to the hit about the end of 23-year-old Adele’s relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend.
It is, however, doubtful that at this stage she fully understands the meaning of the heartbreaking song, whose chorus runs: “Never mind I’ll find/ Someone like you / I wish nothing but the best for you, too / Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said / Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”
In Makena’s hands, the soulful song takes on a different aspect, and the tragic words become charmingly funny sung in the toddler’s childish lisp.
Makena’s mother can be heard providing a little help when her daughter falters, but the toddler still shows skill beyond her years as she belts out the track.
With her talent for mumbling the words when she gets a little stuck, the blonde-haired toddler could compete with some of the biggest stars in the business.
Makena’s new fans will be hoping this is not the last we see of the brilliant young starlet.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks one hour ahead at 2:00 a.m. local time on Sunday for the daylight saving time, if you stay in the US!
Not every place makes the switch, though. Hawaii, Arizona outside the Navajo Indian territories, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas stay on standard time, which returns for the rest of us November 4, two days before election time.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks one hour ahead at 2:00 a.m. local time on Sunday for the daylight saving time, if you stay in the US
Emergency officials recommend you use the bi-annual occasion as a reminder to test your safety equipment.
For example, check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if necessary. For those that don’t have the detectors, now is the time to buy them.
R&B star Jason Derulo has narrowly avoided paralysis after falling directly on his head during a rehearsal for his world tour.
Jason Derulo, 22, was practicing a dance routine for his concert when the accident happened.
The singer landed badly and suffered an acute fracture to his vertebrae, miraculously avoiding paralysis.
Jason Derulo was rushed to a hospital in Pembroke Pines, Florida where he posted a photo of himself onto his Twitter page.
R&B star Jason Derulo has narrowly avoided paralysis after falling directly on his head during a rehearsal for his world tour
Doctors have ordered Jason Derulo to wear a neck brace for the next few months, meaning that he has had to cancel his world tour.
Jason Derulo told his Twitter followers: “I fractured my neck doing tumbling & acrobatics 4 tour!
“Always tryin 2 push boundaries 4 YOU!”
Perhaps in reference to his neck brace Jason Derulo then tweeted: “Like my new chain? ;)”
The singer later explained the injury to his fans on his Facebook page, saying: “My injury is called a <<Hang Man’s Break>> because it is the same bone that is broken when someone is hung!
“I am so blessed to still be here.
“95% of ppl [sic] with the same injury end up paralyzed or gone. Everything happens for a reason.
“Traumatic experiences can change you for the better.
“My outlook on life is so much clearer! Don’t forget what’s important.
“Life is short so do it today, tomorrow could be a day too late!”
Jason Derulo was preparing to kick off his Future History world tour, which was named after his album.
His world tour was supposed to begin in Glasgow on February 23.
Jason Derulo’s record label has issued a statement from him in the wake of the accident.
In the statement he says: “To all my fans who planned to come to the Future History world tour, the pain of letting you down cuts me way deeper than this injury I’ve sustained.
“My fans mean everything to me so I’m praying for a speedy recovery in order to perform for you in the near future.”
Jason Derulo has since been released from hospital.
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight box champion, died Monday night at 67 after a brief final fight with liver cancer.
The family issued a release confirming the boxer’s death.
Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow.
The boxer, who took on Muhammad Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s – including the epic “Thrilla in Manilla” – had been under home hospice care in his Philadelphia home after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life, a family friend said.
Until then, Joe Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September.
Boxing promoter Don King called Joe Frazier a giant among men.
Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early.
It was the left hook that dropped Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in the so-called “Fight of the Century”.
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight box champion, died Monday night at 67 after a brief final fight with liver cancer
Though he beat Muhammad Ali in that fight, Joe Frazier lost the final two and for many years was bitter about the role Ali forced him to play as his foil.
“You can’t mention Ali without mentioning Joe Frazier,” said former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr.
“He beat Ali, don’t forget that.”
They fought three times, twice in the heart of New York City and once in the morning in a steamy arena in the Philippines.
They went 41 rounds together, with neither giving an inch and both giving it their all.
In their last fight in Manila in 1975, they traded punches with a fervor that seemed unimaginable among heavyweights.
Joe Frazier gave almost as good as he got for 14 rounds, then had to be held back by trainer Eddie Futch as he tried to go out for the final round, unable to see.
“Closest thing to dying that I know of,” Muhammad Ali said afterward.
Muhammad Ali was as merciless with Joe Frazier out of the ring as he was inside it. He called him a gorilla, and mocked him as an Uncle Tom.
But he respected him as a fighter, especially after Joe Frazier won a decision to defend his heavyweight title against the then-unbeaten Muhammad Ali in a fight that was so big Frank Sinatra was shooting pictures at ringside and both fighters earned an astonishing $2.5 million.
Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow
The night at the Garden 40 years ago remained fresh in Joe Frazier’s mind as he talked about his life, career and relationship with Muhammad Ali a few months before he died.
Joe Frazier told The Associated Press: ”I can’t go nowhere where it’s not mentioned. That was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life.”
Though slowed in his later years and his speech slurred by the toll of punches taken in the ring, Joe Frazier was still active on the autograph circuit in the months before he died.
In September he went to Las Vegas, where he signed autographs in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel-casino shortly before Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Victor Ortiz.
Joe Frazier was small for a heavyweight, weighing just 205 pounds when he won the title by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their 1970 fight at Madison Square Garden.
But he fought every minute of every round going forward behind a vicious left hook, and there were few fighters who could withstand his constant pressure.
His reign as heavyweight champion lasted only four fights – including the win over Muhammad Ali – before he ran into an even more fearsome slugger than himself.
George Foreman responded to Joe Frazier’s constant attack by dropping him three times in the first round and three more in the second before their 1973 fight in Jamaica was waved to a close and the world had a new heavyweight champion.
Two fights later, he met Muhammad Ali in a rematch of their first fight, only this time the outcome was different.
Muhammad Ali won a 12-round decision, and later that year stopped George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire.
There had to be a third fight, though, and what a fight it was. With Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight title at stake, the two met in Manila in a fight that will long be seared in boxing history.
Joe Frazier went after Muhammad Ali round after round, landing his left hook with regularity as he made Ali backpedal around the ring.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) Story
Benjamin Franklin was only kidding when he suggested 227 years ago that towns should employ church bells or cannon blasts to wake citizens at sunrise so they could take full advantage of sunlight.
More than two centuries later, daylight saving time is no longer just an amusing idea. Twice a year, we’re forced to adjust our sleep habits, synchronizing our biological and digital clocks to squeeze more sunlight into our waking hours.
Meanwhile, sleep researchers insist we should be cutting back on our waking hours if we really want to live long and prosper.
So here we are, caught somewhere between popping sleep aids and chugging Red Bull, not sure how to feel about our collective changing of the clocks.
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m.
David Prerau has devoted much of his life to chronicling the history and science of DST.
He served as a consultant to Congress in 2005 when it extended daylight saving time to save, and he also consulted on DST to the United Kingdom Parliament. David Prerau holds a PhD from M.I.T.
Although Benjamin Franklin certainly gets a historical nod for his amusing commentary about our waste of perfectly good sunlight, Prerau points to British early riser and golf fanatic William Willett as the godfather of daylight-saving time.
“He used to go for early morning horseback rides and wondered why nobody else was up enjoying this beautiful time of day,” David Prerau said.
William Willett detailed his time-wise idea in a pamphlet, “The Waste of Daylight,” and spent years lobbying Parliament in vain to adopt daylight-saving time – he died in 1915 before that would happen, David Prerau said.
Germany was right on time, however. Seeing merit in William Willett’s bright idea, Germans adopted it in 1916 to conserve energy and resources during World War I. That launched a daylight-saving domino effect in Europe.
Britain was finally shamed into adopting the policy three weeks after Germany.
Not to be left in the dark by our European counterparts, the U.S. officially adopted daylight-saving time during WW I, and again during World War II.
But it was not without controversy.
By the end of WW I, city dwellers learned to love daylight saving, David Prerau said. But country folk, still in tune with nature’s clock, became disgruntled once they realized they’d actually have to rise before the sun if they were to get their goods on outbound trains that, under daylight saving, left town an hour earlier.
“Rural people bombarded Congress with requests to repeal daylight saving time,” David Prerau said.
Among them, New Hampshire Governor John H. Bartlett, who in 1920 went right to the top, urging President Woodrow Wilson by telegram to inform senators and congressmen “that New Hampshire demanded prompt action to remedy the injustice being done the rural communities through changes in railroad schedules to conform to daylight saving hours.”
John H. Bartlett didn’t know Woodrow Wilson was a big fan of daylight saving.
When Congress voted to repeal daylight-saving legislation, Woodrow Wilson vetoed it. And when Congress voted a second time to repeal it, Woodrow Wilson vetoed again.
“It was an interesting time in history,” David Prerau said.
“Because then Congress voted to override Wilson’s veto – that’s how contentious it was. If you look back in history, not many things are passed by overriding a presidential veto.“
In his 2005 book, “Seize the Daylight,” David Prerau includes all kinds of historical anecdotes about the chaos that ensued over the random nature of daylight saving until federal legislation finally standardized it in 1966.
One of his favorites is the one about the bus ride that spanned 35 miles and seven time zones between Ohio and West Virginia.
“It became nationally famous as a sort of curiosity. People rode the bus just to change their watches seven times,” he said.
David Prerau believes the upside of daylight-saving time isn’t economic; it’s the lifestyle benefit. People have more time to mingle and recreate.
“People don’t like driving in the dark, and daylight savings reduces traffic accidents. Crime is reduced also, because of that extra hour of daylight,” he said.
“Savings in electrical energy are only about 1%,” said David Prerau. “Which may sound low, but if you think of it as something you get for free, it’s a good side benefit.”
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect as of 2007, extending Daylight Savings in the U.S. by three to four weeks in the spring and one week in the fall. Since then, more studies are in the works to see if increased use of air conditioning may actually negate whatever savings were originally calculated, David Prerau said.
“There’s going to be more studies, and if they end up being negative, Congress may want to reconsider,” he said.
“But I doubt it. There’s the other problem, of having to reprogram computers and clocks. It was a big deal for companies last March. And having gone through that once, people may be reluctant to change back,” David Prerau said.
The 9/11 commemoration ceremony began exactly as it did on that fateful date 10 years ago.
Where the Twin Towers of World Trade Centre stood until 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. respectively on 11 September 2001, two giant waterfall pools features now cascaded following their official opening.
World Trade Centre memorial ceremony, September 11, 2011
The sound of water falling 30 ft to the reflective pools below echoed around the glass cladding of the replacement towers rising around Ground Zero, creating the illusion of hundreds of people chattering.
Each one coming there brought with them the memory of a father, wife, son – some in physical form like the woman who carried aloft a series of photographs of a man cut into shapes that spelled: “I love daddy”. Others wore T-shirts with printed photos of their loved ones, or held up placards showing a husband at his college graduation, a daughter smiling broadly, with the words: “Never forgotten”.
2,977 is the number of those who died in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania (not including the 19 hijackers). Almost half of those who died had children under 18.
It took 4 1/2 hours to read out in alphabetical order the names of the victims. Those with a surname starting with “A” alone took almost 10 minutes – all 108 of them.
9 /11 commemoration 2011: many relatives struggled to keep their composure, voices cracking, as they read out the name of their own loved-one
Many relatives struggled to keep their composure, voices cracking, as they read out the name of their own loved-one. Strangely, one of the calmest speakers was also one of the youngest: a 10-year-old boy took the stage and said, without a glitch: ” I wish I’d known you better, but I was nine months old when you died. Everybody says you were a great guy. I love you Dad.”
Gordon Aamoth was the first of the 2,977 to be proclaimed. His friends called him “Gordy”. He was a keen athlete and captain of his high-school football team, and on the day before he died, aged 32, he clinched the largest deal of his career as an investment banker. He came to the World Trade Centre that morning to announce his success.
9/11 commemoration ceremony 2011: a minute of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. to mark the instant the first plane went into the North Tower
The very last name was Igor Zukelman. He arrived in New York in 1992 from his native Ukraine and built a new life for himself in a financial company. Igor used to boast to friends that from his 97th floor office in the Twin Towers you could see the whole of New York City, and he became an US citizen just months before he died, aged 29. He left behind a son, then aged three.
For the first time, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were united at Ground Zero – Bush having declined an earlier invitation to appear here after the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Barack Obama read from Psalm 46 – “God is our refuge and strength” – after a minute’s silence was held at 8:46 a.m. to mark the instant the first plane went into the North Tower. The president was standing just in front of the spot where the tower used to stretch far up into the sky.
9/11 commemoration ceremony 2011: President Barack Obama read from Psalm 46 - God is our refuge and strength
In his oration, George W. Bush turned to Abraham Lincoln for inspiration, reading a letter his predecessor sent to a mother of five sons who died in the Civil War. “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming,” Lincoln wrote.
Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama spoke from behind bullet-proof glass screens. That was a sharp reminder that the wound to America’s sense of security that was inflicted 10 years ago has yet to heal.
Away from Ground Zero, smaller gatherings marked aspects of the 9/11 tragedy in their own personal ways. Further uptown, at a fire station on 48th Street, firefighters and bereaved families remembered the firefighters of Engine 54, Ladder 4. Every member who reported for duty that day died, 15 in all.
Among those at the ceremony yesterday was retired fire chief Joe Nardone, commander on 9/11. He said it was a day for remembering “broken hearts and unspeakable horrors”.
In a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where president Barack Obama travelled from Ground Zero to lay a wreath, thousands of people marked a moment of silence at 10:03 a.m., the moment United flight 93 flew into the ground after 40 passengers and crew lost their battle to seize control of the plane from the hijackers.
Sorrow filled the speeches in Shanksville but also celebration, at times marked with jingoism, for the “extraordinary heroism” of the 40 passengers and crew who prevented the hijackers going on to attack the Capitol in Washington.
Jason Cassidy, a metalworker, came from Baltimore because he felt it was important to honour the dead. But he was frustrated at the tone of some of the speeches, which he felt cast the resistance of the passengers and crew to the hijackers as a justification for a wider war.
“We don’t forget that day because we’re still living it. It’s not just history, it’s now. Out of that day, a lot of people have died. Thousands more Americans. Thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
“There are not enough people asking the question whether our response to what happened here has made it more not less likely we’ll be attacked again.”
Countless overweight men and women have starved themselves for a short period until they quickly lost the fight for weight loss.
The truth is that you can shed some weight simply as a result of eating less calories. However, very many people will explain to you that is a challenge to do as well as maintain. There will most certainly be too many difficult behavior changes regarding eating considerably less, or even half-starving your self. Positive along with healthy lifestyle and eating improvements will be much simpler to accomplish with a different approach. The basic policy is to do a reduced amount over time and little by little make the desired shift.
Weight Loss Target
Excessive caloric intake causes weight gain in nearly everyone. A small minority cannot put on pounds irrespective of how much they eat. Nevertheless you have to be aware that your body needs calories to work at a good level. You can get by with a bare minumum daily caloric intake, but the likelihood is very good that you would feel exhausted, sluggish, hungry and miserable. Consequently the initial step would be to begin decreasing foods that are not helping your weight difficulty. You’ll find it much easier to lessen, initially, than attempt to completely eliminate them.
Naturally you should make a parallel effort to begin with eating healthier foods on a daily basis to achieve and maintain weight loss.
Yet again, you do not need to make a significant change here, or even a total lifestyle makeover. For people who have tried implementing total change and were unsuccessful, then this may be an agreeable strategy for you. Effortlessly begin by making modest changes, and then keeping them on a daily basis for a period of time. As soon as you feel comfortable with that magnitude of change, then you can make another modification in your daily diet. On top of that, you may consider introducing some kind of physical exercise to your weekly routine.
It becomes very beneficial if you take a look at the quality of calories and fats you take in each day. Empty calories are most likely the worst, and a good illustration of that are all kinds of sugar. Then, one needs fat in your diet, but it is the sort of fat that makes a significant difference. Ready-made foods and fast foods are great examples of the incorrect kinds of fats for you. When you notice that you are eating these fattening foods far too much, then slowly begin reducing them. The key point here is to make some form of positive change that will assist you.
Weight Loss - Eat Healthy Vegetables
It’s essential to make these small changes an integral part of your new behaviors and routines. This is going to of course take time, but that is the trade-off any time you make smaller modifications. On the other hand, this method will certainly work for some people who cannot make drastic changes. Just don’t forget that you need to keep striving forward and cutting out increasingly more fattening foods. You certainly will, at some point, make a reasonable change so you begin to see greater success. There isn’t anything more inspiring than results in any endeavor. This works for weight loss too.