Friday, October 30, 2009

World's Biggest Animals

1: World's Biggest Dog
Say hello to this gargantuan specimen named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for World's Biggest Dog. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.With "paws the size of softballs", the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed's standard 200lb. limit. Hercules owner Mr. Flynn says that Hercules weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: "I fed him normal food and he just grew, and grew, and grew”.

2: World's Biggest Horse
Radar, a Belgian draught horse, is the World’s Tallest Living Horse. This huge horse, at 6ft 71/2in from hoof to shoulder, is from Mount Pleasant, Texas. At 2,400lb, he has a giant appetite to match, putting away 20 gallons of water a day and 18lb of grain.

3: World’s Biggest Cow
The Liaoning Provincial Agricultural Museum is appealing to the Guinness Book of Records to recognise a 900 kg (1984 pounds) pig which died on February 5 as the biggest pig ever. When the pig died it was 2.5 metres long, had a waistline of 2.23 metres and a tusk of 14.4 centimetres long. According to XU Changjin, a farmer of Wafangdian city, the pig was only 5 years old. He kept his pig in a good built sty and gave it quality food all its life.

5: World's Biggest Catfish
At 646LB this Mekong Giant Catfish is the largest freshwater fish in the world. With nearly nine feet long (2.7 meters) and as big as a grizzly bear, this huge catfish caught in northern Thailand may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. Although there are many claims and rumours about the world’s largest freshwater specimens, especially from misguided anglers. However, in the eyes of scientist's the Mekong Giant Catfish has taken pole position with the recorded capture of this huge 646LB specimen by local fishermen in 2005. Many anglers over look the fact that some larger fish that can be caught in the worlds rivers, such as Sturgeon, migrate between river and sea, and therefore not considered to be freshwater species in the true sense of the word.

6: World's Tallest Dog
Hercules might be the biggest dog in the world, but the tallest according to the Guinness World Records is Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane, who is 42.2 inches. The 170-pound Dane is more than 7 feet tall, taller than most NBA basketball players.

7: World's Biggest Cat
Jungle Island in Miami is home to a liger (a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger) named Hercules, the largest non-obese liger. The liger is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest cat on Earth, weighing in at 900 lbs.

8: World's Biggest Stingray ever caught
It took 90 minutes to land, 13 men to heave it out of the water... and weighed 55 stone when they finally got it to the scales. So it's little wonder that when Ian Welch first hooked the record stingray, it almost pulled him into the river. The angler, from Aldershot, Hampshire, was fishing in Thailand when he landed the ray, which is the biggest freshwater fish to be caught with a rod, with over 7ft long and wide, with a tail of 10ft.

9: World's Biggest Shark ever caught

More likely to eat than be eaten, this giant whale shark was caught off the coast of China by hardcore fishermen who managed to harness the ten-metre, eight-tonne whopper. Whale sharks are the world's largest living fish, it is estimated that they can reach an 18 metre length. They live in warm water along the coast and open seas and spend most of their time near the surface.

Health Insurance & Injury Update :-

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Of all types of injury, traumatic brain injuries are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. Each year more than 80,000 Americans survive a hospitalization for traumatic brain injury but are discharged with TBI-related disabilities. An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living today with a TBI-related disability. Twenty-two percent of people who have a TBI die from their injuries.

The majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by accidents, often leaving the injured in a financial crisis. The injured are sometimes unable to care from themselves or earn a living. It is estimated that persons suffering a severe traumatic brain injury may incur between 600,000.00 and 1.9 million dollars in long-term rehabilitative care. With this in mind, a qualified lawyer with extensive experience in handling traumatic brain injury cases should be hired as quickly as possible to seek the compensation you and your family need. Our lawyers have experience with cases involving both mild and severe brain injuries, including a $3.1M settlement, believed to be the largest settlement in the history of Mason County.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Shark pictures show amazing killing display

These shots capture the splendour and horror of a great white shark weighing two tons leaping 10ft from the water as it closes inevitably on its victim.
After reaching speeds of up to 35mph on its ascent from the depths, the shark uses serried ranks of razor-sharp teeth to tear into the seal.
The wildlife photographer Chris Fellows spends over half of each year waiting off the coast of South Africa to capture the sharks at their grisly work
These dramatic pictures, taken near Seal Island, in False Bay, are part of a decade-long campaign to promote positive awareness of great white sharks, which are classed as “endangered” largely due to being hunted by man.
On occasion the photography team used an artificial lure to attract the sharks before snapping them in action with the seals.
“The sharks feed on young seals when they are attempting to return to Seal Island after a few days out feeding,” Mr Fellows said. “The sharks will bite the seal, typically in half in the first go, and then come round and pick the other half up. It is all on the surface and it happens in a few minutes.”

Mr Fellows added: “When children see a shark eat a seal they feel sorry for the seal, but it’s like a lion catching a zebra – it’s a natural phenomenon.

Latest Forex Update :-

IMF To Visit Romania Oct 28-Nov 9 To Review Loan Package

International Monetary Fund Officials are scheduled to conduct their second review of a $17.1 billion Romanian loan package Oct. 28 through Nov. 9 in Bucharest, the Fund said Thursday.

"During this visit, the IMF mission will evaluate the country's recent economic performance and will discuss with authorities the economic objectives for the coming year, along with the policy measures and structural reforms needed to reach those objectives," Jeffrey Franks, the IMF's Romania mission chief said.

Fund officials will be joined by officials from the European Commission and the World Bank. The visit comes after a Romanian government collapse but before a new governing structure has been fully formed. Fund officials anticipate another review could be required once a new government is in place.

The Fund is looking for Romania to commit to a 2010 budget deficit of no more than 5.9% of gross domestic product as they consider releasing a second installment of funding for the country.

That installment would be about $2.25 billion. The Fund already has disbursed nearly $10 billion to Romania.

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Forex: GBP/USD tests 1.6600, back to 1.6575

The Sterling has continued with its advance against the Dollar from today's low at 1.6485, MA55 hourly chart, during the American session to test the 1.6600 level in the last minutes. Currently the pair is trading around 1.6575/85, 0.10% below today's opening price action.

The FastBrokers Research Team comments: “The Cable is dipping after breaking through our previous 3rd and 4th tier downtrend lines and the psychological 1.65 level. We mentioned before how a failure of both our 3rd and 4th tiers signals a probable retest of September highs and possibly the highly psychological 1.70 level. The Pound continues to find strength in the BoE’s decision to stray from its overtly dovish monetary policy in light of recent optimistic econ data.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amazing Pro Animal Photography

Health Update :-

High school teams raise breast cancer awareness :-

Seeing pink throughout October makes sisters Cara and Mary Kate Facchina feel fortunate.

More than most teenagers, the Mount de Sales tennis players understand the importance of the pink initiatives supported by many high school teams during breast cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the cause and emphasize the need for early detection.

Had it not been for early detection, their mother, Eileen Facchina, might not be coaching Cara and Mary Kate on the tennis court today.

Seven years ago, Eileen Facchina was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because her mother had died from the disease and her sister had had it, too, she was vigilant. Her cancer was caught early, when, she said, it was barely there. She had a double mastectomy and has been cancer-free since.

During October, many local teams participate in national breast cancer awareness initiatives such as the Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink for volleyball and Longstreth's Play 4 The Cure for field hockey. Some also run the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure.

Others, including the Facchinas' Mount de Sales team, raise money by selling pink wristbands or pink shoelaces. The Sailors began selling pink shoelaces several years ago, donating the money to Mercy Hospital to help fund transportation for radiation patients.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Talented Roosendaal Rats

Rats have been called many things, but… talented? That doesn’t happen very often, but these two rats aren’t ordinary either. Just like the surfing rats, they do cool tricks.

Trained by Dutch photographer Ellen van Deelen to hold different musical instruments and pose for the camera, the Roosendaal Rats are considered very talented by their owner. She confesses rats weren’t exactly her favorite creatures, but, after buying these two, she realized they are highly intelligent creatures.

They simply grab the instruments, hold them in a professional manner and aren’t camera shy at all. On the contrary, they listen to their trainer’s commands to the letter, during photo-shoots.

Now, Ellen aims even higher and wants to teach her furry pets to play the instruments and wants to turn the duo into a larger band.

Types of Personal Accident Insurance Policies
Under personal accident insurance, the policyholder, if injured, receives cash benefits every month, just like income, for as long as s/he is unable to work due to the accidental injuries. This income is non-taxable and does not exceed the policyholder’s after-tax earnings minus the state benefits s/he can claim. In case of death of the policyholder due to an accident, the family receives a specific lump-sum amount.

There are eight common types of personal accident insurance policies:

• Individual: This policy can be taken by any individual. The benefits usually enclose partners and children. Since several activities are excluded from this policy, it is not as useful for people who love adventurous sports, like mountaineering and rock climbing.
• Children: The purpose of this policy is to provide financial help to parents if they are unable to work or if they incur expenses as a result of an accident.
• Group: This policy is used by companies to cover employees for expenses related to accidents.
• Self-employed: Since self employed individuals are not eligible for employee benefits, they are worse off when injured in an accident.
• Team: Through a team accident insurance policy, organizers can seek cover for all the members of a sports team.
• Professional: This policy is specifically for self employed professionals, such as a sportsperson, actor, lawyer or doctor, who have special requirements.
• Over 50: This policy targets people over 50 years of age, as accidents can cause more grievous injuries to them.
• Travel accidents: This policy offers benefits in case the policyholder meets with an accident while traveling.

Friday, October 9, 2009

wonderful collection of avian imagery, simply magnificent

Types of Home Equity Loans
The home equity loan can be applied by filling the application form on the online and generally the approval time varies from loan to loan. Many borrowers get an instant approval as soon as they apply online. However, in some cases we will need additional information before we can arrive at a credit decision.

There are basically two types of home equity loans. A traditional home equity loan also called as second mortgage and a newer type is a home equity line of credit also abbreviated as HELOC.

The traditional home equity loan is a loan in which the bank/lender offers you a lump sum of money that must be paid back within a period of time. In this type of home equity loan the interest rate begins as soon as the bank/lender issues you the money.

While in the newer type that is the home equity line of credit the bank/lender will issue you a checkbook or the credit card to purchase, which then will accrue from the home equity. In this type of loan that is line of credit the interest rate begins only after you make the purchase actually. These allow you to borrow up to a certain amount for the life of the loan - a time limit set by the lender. The helloc gives you more flexibility than a fixed-rate home equity loan.

There is several ways for the repayment of an online home equity loans. The most common and popular way of repayment is to make regular payments towards your interest and principal. It is possible to remain in debt with a home equity loan, paying only the interest and not paying down the principal. The time period for the home equity online loan repayment is usually the shorter period than the first mortgages.
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