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31Mar/12Off

NAACP dismisses ‘rumor fabricated by media’ of Sanford boycott

The NAACP's march and rally in Sanford today for Trayvon Martin. Photo credit: David Manning/Reuters

The NAACP preceded its march today for Trayvon Martin with a fascinating news conference in Sanford.

Ben Jealous, the NAACP’s president, was definite in knocking down what he described as “a rumor fabricated by the media.”

“There is no discussion of a boycott of Sanford. There is no discussion of a boycott of Seminole County,” Jealous said. Rather the NAACP was in Sanford “to pull this community together,” he said.

Jealous said that the Rev. Al Sharpton had never called for a boycott, and Sharpton shook his head in agreement. Jealous asked the media “to put to rest any rumor that there is any discussion about any boycott of this community.”

But the news conference illustrated how a message can get garbled, especially when two high-profile people are talking.

In response to a reporter’s question, Sharpton said he was not talking about a Sanford boycott but he was talking about “those businesses that are financing the campaign” on the stand your ground law.

Those comments seemed to fluster Jealous, who was determined to end the confusion. “But to be clear, this community is off the table,” Jealous said.

“It was never on the table,” Sharpton said. 

What about targeting businesses supporting stand your ground? ”There is no announcement on that being made about that at this time,” Jealous said. “If we come to that bridge, we’ll cross it when we come to it. We’re not on that bridge.” 

Sharpton stressed that there has been no violence in any marches for Trayvon, the 17-year-old who was shot to death by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Sharpton said the marchers’ lone aim was that “on probable cause, the killer should be arrested. We have not said what to charge him with. We are not trying him before trial. Those on the other side, they’re trying to acquit him.”  

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said that Trayvon “symbolized the crisis of injustice in our land.”

The rally drew extensive coverage on Central Florida News 13, and WFTV-Channel 9 put the story at the top of its noon newscast.

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30Mar/12Off

Bill Sheaffer leaving WFTV to run for judge

Bill Sheaffer has been known for his legal opinions and his suspenders.

WFTV-Channel 9 tonight bid farewell to legal analyst Bill Sheaffer, who announced he is running for circuit judge of Orange and Osceola counties. The primary is in August.

“What this means is because I’m actively campaigning, I’m not continuing with Channel 9,” Sheaffer said in an interview. “I don’t know if it’s the complete end of me being able to comment, but it is an end to my time with WFTV.”

Sheaffer logged four years with WFTV and became a familiar presence during the Casey Anthony coverage.

“We’re sorry to see you go,” anchor Martie Salt told Sheaffer on the 6 p.m. newscast.

“Your gift was helping us understand those complex legal issues,” anchor Bob Opsahl said. 

In recent days, Sheaffer has commented on the Trayvon Martin case.

“My experience with Channel 9 has been a plus for the campaign as it relates to name recognition,” Sheaffer said.

He raved about the journalists he worked with at the ABC affiliate. “It was just the most rich and rewarding experience,” he said.

But today wasn’t the exact end. Sheaffer will be featured in two editions of “Central Florida Spotlight,” which airs at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. This weekend, Sheaffer talks about the stand your ground law. The April 7 show will feature his interviews with lawyers in the Casey Anthony civil suit, Sheaffer said.

For his run for judge, Sheaffer has gained the backing of Richard Hornsby, a legal analyst for WESH-Channel 2. ”He has my support, which may surprise some,” Hornsby said. The two lawyers once had a contentious relationship.

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30Mar/12Off

VPS Vs Dedicated Servers

Web hosting comes in different packages. VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated Server Hosting make for the two major classifications. While VPS comprises of multiple virtual servers within a single server, where each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and can even be independently rebooted; dedicated servers offer a totally different experience, and hence is more suited to mid or large sized business entities, considering the amount of data that is handled. With dedicated servers in place, one enjoys a greater degree of security, functionality, availability, and flexibility. But all this comes at a price. So while the user of a dedicated server owns the entire actual server, the one using a VPS server own his own little domain of influence.

VPS has basically come into existence, with the recent resurgence of virtualization softwares and technologies for various architectures. Hence it more or less, embodies the advantages of both a dedicated as well as, a shared web hosting system. So in a nutshell it's more economical. In case of a VPS server, the physical server operates a hypervisor that has the task of creating, destroying and managing the resources of a "guest". The guest is basically a virtual machine created by the host, who allocates certain resources to it. The guest system may work as virtualized, paravirtualized or it could be a hybrid version of the two. While in a virtualized environment, the guest is provided with an emulated set of hardware and is unaware whether it's strictly physical; in a paravirtualized environment, the guest is aware of the presence of the hypervisor and is interfaced directly with the host.

The overall quality of service, however, is reflected by the use of dedicated server. This kind of servers tremendously reduce downtime or in other words remove any doubts about stability all together. As per the organization's need, dedicated hosting gives the privilege to write as well as run, programming scripts & install software, as per requirement.

With VPS, web hosting becomes more affordable as compared to dedicated type. Apart from this your data is equally safe and secure and your resources such as your disk space ram and CPU is not subjected to sharing. However you might be required to share your server with other users. As far as dedicated servers are concerned, a user of such a server has a ROOT/ADMINISTRATOR ACCESS and can even sell or share his resources to someone else, as per his discretion.

So if we were to sum it up, a dedicated server is only for a single client, who may or may not choose to share his resources. The user of a dedicated has ROOT/ADMINISTRATOR access, and such users are usually those with a high usage. While a VPS user is one who went for features similar to that of a dedicated type, but has a low usage. So more or less it's the kind of usage and requirement which would play a vital role in deciding which one to go for.

30Mar/12Off

‘American Idol’: Who was sent packing?

Jessica Sanchez performs on Wednesday's 'American Idol.' Photo credit: Michael Becker/Fox

Do the “American Idol” judges need to be strapped in their seats? They gave a standing ovation tonight to reigning champ Scotty McCreery, who was fine.

But a standing O? Really?

The judges gave five standing ovations during Wednesday’s show, which, to put it mildly, was excessive. It was also tiresomely self-congratulatory.

SPOILER ALERT: The ejection was the main deal tonight. The singers in jeopardy were Hollie Cavanagh, Heejun Han and Skylar Laine.

Heejun received the fewest votes, and reprised “A Song for You” from Wednesday’s show. His attempt to sing for his life was his best performance in the show, but the judges decided against using their one save this season to keep him around. Steven Tyler delivered the bad news.

The remaining eight singers perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox.

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29Mar/12Off

Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman’s father says son was threatened

George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin threatened and beat George Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s father said tonight in an exclusive interview on WOFL-Channel 35.

“Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of ‘you’re going to die now’ or ‘you’re going die tonight,’ ” Robert Zimmerman told WOFL’s Valerie Boey. “He continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did.”

Trayvon’s shooting last month has become a national controversy that raised questions about racial profiling and Florida’s stand your ground law. Trayvon’s supporters have said that Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman pursued the 17-year-old and have demanded that Zimmerman be arrested.

But Robert Zimmerman said his son lost sight of Trayvon and went looking for an address to give police. Trayvon later approached George Zimmerman, punched him in the nose, knocked him to the ground and started beating him, Robert Zimmerman told WOFL.

ABC News has aired footage of George Zimmerman being taken in for questioning on the night of the shooting. At one point, an officer checks the back of Zimmerman’s head for injuries.

WOFL anchor Bob Frier noted it was the first time someone from the Zimmerman family had given a TV interview about the tragedy in Sanford.

Robert Zimmerman decried what he saw as hate coming from President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP. “I just hope at one point everyone will go beyond the hate that they have,” Zimmerman’s father said.

Robert Zimmerman, a retired judge from Virginia, said his son was color-blind on the issue of race. Robert Zimmerman asked WOFL not to show his face because he has received thousands of death threats, Boey said.

WKMG-Channel 6 tonight offered an interview with a neighbor who described George Zimmerman as caring and concerned. “I would never guess that he was racist or violent in any way,” the woman said. “We’ve had many conversations about the constant break-ins … and he never, ever mentioned color in a negative way. Ever.”

WKMG did not show the neighbor’s face, either.

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28Mar/12Off

Oprah Winfrey to visit ‘CBS This Morning’ on Monday

Oprah Winfrey visited India in January. Photo credit: Altaf Hussain/Reuters

Will Gayle King be able to get answers from best pal Oprah Winfrey that other reporters can’t?

We’ll find out Monday morning when Lady O visits King and “CBS This Morning.”

CBS News offered this preview: “In a candid conversation Winfrey will discuss everything from the latest developments at OWN, her Leadership Academy, and life after her daytime talk show. Winfrey is in New York for a live taping of her ‘Lifeclass’ series, which is in its second season on OWN.”

Inquiring minds do want to know more about the health of OWN.

It is Winfrey’s first visit to “CBS This Morning,” which airs at 7 a.m. weekdays on WKMG-Channel 6. Charlie Rose and Erica Hill anchor along with King.

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27Mar/12Off

New Blogs on the Block

Here at China Beat, of course, we spend a lot of time trolling the web for great commentary on China. If you follow us on Twitter (as over 3500 people do, which we really appreciate), you’ll get a daily rundown of the articles we find interesting. But in addition to tweeting individual story links, we wanted to call special attention to two new blogs and one reinvigorated podcast whose RSS feeds are worth grabbing:

The Economist recently launched a dedicated China section in its print magazine, the first time a country-specific section was added since 1942 (when the country under examination was the United States). To accompany the new section, the magazine has also set up Analects, a blog for its China correspondents. In addition to short posts on topics in the news (lately, the National People’s Congress and the increasingly convoluted Bo Xilai saga), Analects also ran a lengthy article by Gady Epstein on the history of Economist coverage of China, extending back to 1843. It’s a lively, enjoyable read in which Epstein carefully points out that China correspondents of the past got as much wrong as they did right (and vice versa).

• The other new China blog—very new, actually, as it just launched last Thursday—is Rectified.name, a group blog whose contributors include Jeremiah Jenne, Dave Lyons, Will Moss, Brendan O’Kane, and Chinese journalist YJ. Read an introduction to the site (and explanation of its name) here, then follow @rectifyname on Twitter. Notable posts so far include “The Game of Thrones Guide to the 2012 Transition” (Part I, Part II) and “I Apologize if Anyone Felt Killed,” on Mike Daisey’s non-apologetic apology to This American Life listeners.

• The Sinica Podcast, co-hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn, has been around since 2010 but has ramped things up lately, thus meriting its inclusion in this post. They now have a Sinica Twitter feed as well as a Facebook page to interact with listeners. Recent guests include a number of China Beatniks, such as Geremie Barmé, Jeff Wasserstrom, Paul French, and Rob Schmitz. As a bonus, each podcast ends with the hosts and guests offering reading (or viewing, or attending) recommendations—not always China-focused—that are always worth checking out.

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27Mar/12Off

Ben Bernanke tells ABC: ‘The world needs more nerds’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talks to ABC's Diane Sawyer. Photo credit: Martin H. Simon/ABC

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says it’s important not to be complacent about the improving economy.

“We have a long way to go, a lot of work to do, and we’re going to keep doing that,” he says in an interview to air tonight on “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer.” The program starts at 6:30 p.m. on WFTV-Channel 9.

It’s “far too early to declare victory” on economic recovery, Bernanke says, adding that he is most concerned about the long-term unemployed.

“Those people are obviously facing a lot of hardship,” he says, citing a figure that 40 percent of the jobless haven’t worked for more than six months.

Bernanke takes no offense that Time magazine, in naming him Person of the Year for 2009, described him as “the most powerful nerd on the planet.”

“I am very proud of my nerd-dom,” he tells Sawyer. “In fact, the world needs more nerds. Nerds, you know, create more jobs and advance science, and I hope make good economic policy, but that remains to be seen.”

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27Mar/12Off

Reseller Hosting Services

Reseller web hosting refers to a kind of web hosting platform in which any registered user can host websites, of external parties, with the aid of personal drive capacity and the net bandwidth. The name reselling, therefore applies to the service. In more simple terms, the reseller host creates an account and buys host service and in turn, sells these, in return of a certain profit. A reseller can either rent a server from any host company or may resell the host services. The registration criterion is fulfilled through the opening of an account with a web host server or company. This technique is a good way to start a personal company. The prices and the plans that the resellers work with is decided solely by him or her.

Reseller hosting is easier than other web hosting platforms, in the sense that, it is less technical. The basic work of the reseller's is to communicate and interact with the customers but all technical and infrastructural problems are tackled by the data center manager and the server provider. The crux of the reseller web hosting is the ability to advertise and market a site or a product online. Though the returns are a bit slow, gradually the reseller hosting service business earns the profits, since hosting is a pre requisite to survive in the cyber age today.

There are a number of advantages of reseller web services. The cost involved in this host set up is lesser than other shared hosting services. The best part is the high rate of inventory that a reseller web host gets. The reseller web service makes it more flexible than other shared hosting forums. There is ample time to concentrate on other work, rather than remaining glued to the same host service. This flexibility automatically leads to better management of more websites and in turn, leads to a solid client base.

Despite all the points that work in favor of the reseller web hosting, there are certain drawbacks to this platform as well. Once an active reseller account is opened, there remains very little time to concentrate on other work. Client dissatisfaction and complaints are not very rare, rather they keep pouring in. Though there are technical assistants, the marketing part of the reseller hosting services needs to be tackled by the account owner. This causes a lot of stress at times. In case, the reseller host is just starting out, there is a huge risk of losing money. In order to please customers, there are chances which lead to loss of personal money. The account holders at times, get too bothered with customer problems. This causes loss of enthusiasm and leads to work dissatisfaction.

Therefore, before deciding on choosing the reseller web hosting service as a business option, it is suggested that one weighs all pros and cons. There is no set formula to help one choose the perfect reseller service. However, reputation on the web and the history of a certain company are the best ways to judge what is best. Proper research takes one a long way before setting up a serious enterprise with the reseller hosting services.

26Mar/12Off

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Katherine Jenkins, William Levy electrify

Cheryl Burke has helped William Levy dazzle quickly on 'Dancing With the Stars.' Photo credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

“He wants me to shake my naughty bits.”

The speaker was Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, who shook with sexy precision to please partner Mark Ballas. She also wowed the judges on “Dancing With the Stars,” who gave her high marks tonight. “The blond bombshell is unleashed,” Bruno Tonioli gushed.

Jenkins can do elegant, and she can do sultry, and she is a major addition to the ABC dance contest.

So, too, is Cuban-American actor William Levy, who is drop-dead handsome. He delivered a glamorous quickstep to end tonight’s show. The producers obviously understand the importance of making fans wait for Levy.

Neither Jenkins nor Levy is a household name, but each has invigorated ABC’s most popular series. The contest ejects its first celebrity at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and that almost  certainly will be tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who fumbled her jive. Though beautifully made up, she looked lost and heavy-footed on the dance.

The most-improved celebrity was football star Donald Driver, who executed a delightful quickstep.

Entertainment reporter Maria Menounos battled a rib injury to pull off a stylish, energetic quickstep. Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan displayed a fine technique on a quickstep that opened the show and won raves from judges.

The biggest decline in week two came from “Family Matters” favorite Jaleel White. He was wonderful last week; but his pleasant jive this week lacked pizazz.

As for the rest, Sherri Shepherd delivered an energetic jive that honored Tina Turner. Singer Gavin DeGraw turned biker dude and donned leather for his jive. Tonioli seemed more impressed by the leather than the dance steps.

Actor Jack Wagner’s jive was ragged but fun. Actress Melissa Gilbert showed improvement from week one on her quickstep, although she seems too tense to make it far in this contest.

The judges knocked Gladys Knight for poor posture on her quickstep. She took Len Goodman’s critique with grace. “I love Len,” she said.

The dancing this season is far above average. If a celebrity falters, as Navratilova did tonight, it will mean a quick exit.

Levy and Jenkins, though, are real finds that could go to the end. Well-shaken naughty bits are crucial in this game.

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