Week Ending Nov. 21, 2010: A 10-Year-Old At #2

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Week Ending Nov. 21, 2010: A 10-Year-Old At #2

Posted Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:01am PST by Paul Grein in Chart Watch

Jackie Evancho, a 10-year old vocal prodigy who was the runner-up in September on America’s Got Talent, enters TheBillboard 200 at #2 with O Holy Night. Evancho is the youngest artist ever to land a top 10 album.Michael Jackson was 11 in 1970 when the Jackson 5 landed their first top 10 album. Zac Hansonwas 11 in 1997 when Hanson first scored. Stevie Wonder,LeAnn Rimes and Miley Cyrus were each 13 when they first reached the top 10 (counting Hannah Montana for Cyrus).

Evancho is a “classical crossover” artist in the style of CharlotteChurch and Hayley Westenra, who were 13 and 17, respectively, when they first cracked The Billboard 200.

O Holy Night is a four-song EP which consists of two Christmas standards (“O Holy Night” and “Silent Night”) and two classical crossover pieces. Evancho sang one of those pieces, “Pie Jesu,” on both America’s Got Talent andOprah. The singer, who lives with her family near Pittsburgh, has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Today Show and The View. (When I was 10, I had a paper route.)

Evancho first charted last summer with an (aptly-titled) album,Prelude To A Dream, which debuted and peaked at #121. The independently-released, digital-only album was thereafter pulled from the market on the theory that it didn’t reflect the singer’s current sound. Evancho’s new release is on Columbia Records.

(Amazingly, Evancho isn’t the only 10-year old who is making noise on this week’s charts. Willow, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pickett Smith, is riding high with her hit “Whip My Hair,” which reached #11 on the Hot 100 a few weeks ago. Bruce Springsteenand Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) sang a deadpan parody of the song last week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.)

O Holy Night debuts just behind Susan Boyle’s The Gift, which holds at #1 for the second week. This marks the first time that holiday collections have held down the top two spots on TheBillboard 200 since December 1957, when Bing Crosby‘s Merry Christmas and Elvis Presley‘s Elvis’ Christmas Album were #1 and #2.

Boyle was the runner-up in 2009 onBritain’s Got Talent, so both of this week’s top two albums are by artists who rose to fame on reality TV shows. Simon Cowell is credited with discovering both artists.

Boyle’s album sold 335,000 copies this week, a 5% increase over its first-week total of 318,000. The Gift is only the third album so far this year to top 300K in each of its first two weeks. It followsEminem‘s Recovery and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now. Far from posting increases in their second weeks, those albums experienced steep second-week declines (which is far more common). Recoverydropped 58% in sales in its second week. Sales of Speak Nowdropped by 69%.

Two factors led to Boyle’s strong second week. Her audience is older, and as such is less inclined to rush out and snap up an album in its first week of release. Also, The Gift is mostly a Christmas album. Its appeal will grow as we get closer to the holidays.

Rihanna’s Loud debuts at #3, giving us an all-female top three for the first time since January. As the year began, female solo artists held down the entire top five for two weeks running. Boyle was part of the action then, as she is now. Rihanna’s album sold 77,000 digital copies (out of 207K total), which puts it at #1 on the digital chart.

But the best news for Rihanna is on the Hot 100. “Only Girl (In The World)” will rise to #1 when that chart is officially released tomorrow. “Only Girl” is Rihanna’s fourth #1 hit on the Hot 100 so far this year, following “Rude Boy,”Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” (on which Rihanna is featured) and “What’s My Name?” (featuringDrake), which hit the top spot just two weeks ago. Rihanna is the first artist to amass four #1 hits in a calendar year since Usher scored in 2004.

“Only Girl (In The World)” hit #1 in the U.K. last week. It’s Rihanna’s third song to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., following “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z) and “Take A Bow.” Among female artists, only Madonna has had more transatlantic #1 hits (five).Whitney Houston is tied with Rihanna with three.

Two songs from Glee are listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs for the first time in the show’s history. Gwyneth Paltrow‘s cover of Cee Lo Green‘s “Forget You” debuts at #1, based on sales of 192K copies. The cast’s medley of Gene Kelly‘s1952 classic “Singin’ In The Rain” and Rihanna/Jay-Z’s 2007 smash “Umbrella” debuts at #7, based on sales of 140K copies. This is Glee’s first “mash-up” to make the top 10.

Green’s original version of “F*** You (Forget You)” vaults from #12 to #2. It sold 191K copies, putting it a little more than 1,000 copies behind Paltrow’s version. This pushes Green’s version over the 1 million mark in paid downloads. (For all this multi-media attention, Green’s album, The Lady Killer, drops from #9 to #39 in its second week on The Billboard 200.)

Paltrow is also featured on the Country Strong soundtrack, which was last week’s top-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released film. In 2000, she had a #1 hit on the adult contemporary chart in a duet with Huey Lewis. That’s more chart success than a lot of full-time music acts have had.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album enters TheBillboard 200 at #8. It’s the seventh Glee title to reach the top 10 in a little more than a year. (The tally includes four full-length albums and three EPs.) This is the lowest entry position for any Gleealbum or EP to date, but the album may well move up after the GleeChristmas episode airs.  Glee is the first series in television history to spawn more than five top 10 albums (during the run of the show).

The new album includes such holiday perennials as the Carpenters “Merry Christmas Darling,” Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” and Jerry Herman‘s“We Need A Little Christmas” fromMame.

Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is expected to debut at #1 next week, with sales in the 550K range.Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday is expected to bow at #2, with sales in the 400K range.

Eminem’s Recovery this week becomes the first album to sell 3 million copies in 2010. This is the earliest in the year that an album has topped 3 million in year-to-date sales since 2006, when the first High School Musicalalbum hit that plateau in the week ending Sept. 3. Josh Groban’sNoel was the only album to top the 3 million mark in 2007. It reached that plateau in the week ending Dec. 23. In 2008, no album reached 3 million. Taylor Swift’s Fearless was the first to top the 3 million mark in 2009. It rang the bell in the week ending Dec. 27. This is a little bit of good news for the beleaguered music industry.

Here’s the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. The Glee version of “Forget You” debuts at #1 (192K). Cee Lo Green’s original version of “F*** You (Forget You)” vaults from #12 to #2 (191K). Ke$ha‘s “We R Who We R” dips from #2 to #3 (189K). Katy Perry‘s “Firework” holds at #4 (175K). P!nk‘s “Raise Your Glass” holds at #5 (171K).Rihanna featuring Drake’s “What’s My Name?” holds at #6 (147K). The Glee version of “Singin’ In The Rain”/”Umbrella” debuts at #7 (140K). The Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)” drops from #3 to #8 (140K). Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” dips from #8 to #9 (131K). Far*East Movement featuringCataracs & Dev’s “Like A G6” drops from #7 to #10 (130K).

Three of the acts that debut in the top 10 on this week’s Billboard200 have reason to be both pleased and a little concerned. Kid Rock, who debuts at #5, opened at #1 with his last album. Rascal Flatts, which debuts at #6, bowed at #1 with its last four studio albums.Keith Urban, who debuts at #7, started in the top three with his last three studio albums. These lower debuts are largely a function of the logjam in the top 10. With so many superstars releasing albums at the same time, some acts are bound to lose ground in the chart wars.

The outlook is worse for Nelly, who debuts at #10 with sales of just 64K (compared to 140K or more for every other album in the top 10). Nelly opened in the top three with his last five studio albums. The slow start is not for want of a hit. Nelly’s current hit, “Just A Dream,” tops 2 million in paid downloads this week. It’s his first 2-million-seller.

Shameless Plug: The Beatleswere late to the digital “Revolution,” but they’re “Here, There and Everywhere” on the digital charts in the week after they finally allowed their music to be sold digitally. Forty seven Beatles songs enter the Hot Digital Songs chart this week, while 17 of the group’s albums enter the Top Digital Albums chart. I have all the details in a Chart Watch Extra. Here’s a link.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.

1. Susan BoyleThe Gift, 335,000. The album holds at #1 for the second week. It’s the first #1 album to post a sales increase in its second week atop the chart since Michael Buble‘s Crazy Love in October 2009.

2. Jackie EvanchoO Holy Night, 239,000. This new entry is the first top 10 album for the 10-year old singer. It’s also #2 on this week’s Christmas Albums chart.

3. RihannaLoud, 207,000. This new entry is Rihanna’s fifth studio album in a row to make the top 10; her fourth in a row to make the top five. Five songs from the album are listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, topped by “What’s Your Name?” (featuring Drake), which holds at #6.

4. Josh Groban,Illuminations, 191,000. This new entry is Groban’s sixth top 10 album. Groban’s last album, Noel, debuted at #10 in 2007. His last non-holiday studio album,Awake, debuted at #2 in 2006.

5. Kid RockBorn Free, 189,000. This new entry is Kid’s sixth top 10 album. That’s his entire output since his 1999 breakthrough except for a 2006 live album.

6. Rascal FlattsNothing Like This, 165,000. This new entry is the country trio’s seventh straight top 10 album. It’s the band’s sixth #1 album on the country chart. “Why Wait” drops from #114 to #177 on Hot Digital Songs.

7. Keith UrbanGet Closer, 162,000. This new entry is Urban’s fourth top 10 album. “Put You In A Song” drops from #95 to #107 on Hot Digital Songs.

8. Various ArtistsGlee: The Music, The Christmas Album, 161,000. This new entry is the seventh Glee album or EP to crack the top 10. It’s also the week’s top soundtrack. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “O Holy Night” debuts at #116. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” bows at #179.

9. Taylor SwiftSpeak Now, 146,000. The former #1 album drops from #2 to #9 in its fourth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “Mine” drops from #42 to #56. “Back To December” drops from #51 to #74.

10. Nelly5.0, 63,000. This new entry is the rapper’s sixth top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. “Just A Dream” drops from #9 to #11. “Liv Tonight” (featuring Keri Hilson) debuts at #46.


Eight albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Kid Cudi‘s Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Rager drops from #3 to #21.Now 36 drops from #4 to #13, Bon Jovi‘s Bon Jovi Greatest Hits drops from #5 to #18, Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Partydrops from #6 to #12, Reba‘s All The Women I Am drops from #7 to #33,  Sugarland‘s The Incredible Machine drops from #8 to #15, Cee Lo Green’s The Lady Killer drops from #9 to #39 and Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being drops from #10 to #31.

A Day To Remember‘s What Separates Me From You opens at #11. This is the metal band’s first top 20 album…P!nk‘s Greatest Hits…So Far!! bows at #14.  This is P!nk’s fifth album to crack the top 20, though it failed to follow the other four into the top 10. Greatest hits albums simply don’t mean what they used to.

Bruce Springsteen‘s The Promise bows at #16. The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Storydebuts at #27. The former album includes 21 previously-unreleased songs that were recorded during the sessions that produced Springsteen’s 1978 albumDarkness At The Edge Of Town. The latter album is a three-CD, three-DVD box set. (If the sales for the two albums had been combined, Springsteen would have debuted at #10 this week, which would have upped his total of top 10 albums to 17.) Darkness, which reached #5 in July 1978, was Springsteen’s follow-up to his 1975 breakthrough album Born To Run. (That album also inspired a successful archival project, Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition, which hit #18 in November 2005.)

Contemporary Christian star Chris Tomlin is the only artist with two albums in this week’s top 20. His new album And If Our God Is For Us bows at #17, becoming his fourth consecutive top 20 album. His 2009 album Glory In The HighestChristmas Songs Of Worship dips from #19 to #20. The latter album is #1 on the Catalog chart for the second straight week. Tomlin has headed the Catalog chart for 11 weeks this year, more than any other artist.

Lee DeWyze‘s Live It Up bows at #19. This is the lowest entry for an album by an American Idolwinner. Last year, Kris Allenbecame the first Idol winner to fall short of the top 10 with his debut. (Kris Allen opened and peaked at #11.)  While DeWyze and Allen haven’t set off the sparks of suchIdol superstars as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, these diminished chart numbers are largely a reflection of the series being past its peak. It’s still a hit show, but it’s not the force it was. If Clarkson and Underwood had won the competition in the last two years, instead of in Seasons 1 and 4, would they have been able to overcome this Idol fatigue and still chart powerfully? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Norah JonesFeaturing Norah Jones bows at #29. This collection of duets is Jones’ first album to fall short of the top 10.

Take That‘s Progress enters the U.K. chart at #1. The album sold nearly 520,000 copies during the week, according to the Official Charts Company. That’s the biggest one-week sales tally in the U.K. since Oasis Be Here Now, which sold 663,000 in its first week in August 1997. Progress is Take That’s sixth #1 album in the U.K.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part Onewas #1 at the box-office over the weekend. All seven movies in the series have opened at #1. The score by Alexandre Desplat enters The Billboard 200 at #74. It’s the week’s highest-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released film. All seven Potter soundtracks have made the top half of TheBillboard 200. This is the first Potter movie that Desplat has scored. John Williams did the honors on the first three. Patrick Doyle scored the fourth. Nicholas Hooper handled the last two.

Song Scorecard: Three songs top the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week: Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You (Forget You),”Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” and OneRepublic‘s “Secrets.”

Coming Attractions: Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday are expected to enter The Billboard200 in the top two slots next week. Also due: My Chemical Romance‘s Danger Days The True Lives Of The Fabulous KilljoysNe-Yo‘s Libra ScaleKe$ha’s Cannibal,Lloyd Banks H.F.M. 2 (Hunger For More 2), the Burlesquesoundtrack, Jay-Z’s The Hits Collection-Volume One, Alan Jackson’s 34 Number One Hits and Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remastered.

Be Thankful: What’s the best Thanksgiving song of all time? The list would certainly include William DeVaughn‘s 1974 hit “Be Thankful For What You Got.” The Rolling Stones also expressed the day’s sentiments perfectly in their 1969 classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (the next line: “But if you try sometimes you just might find/You get what you need).” I also likeAndrew Gold‘s 1978 hit “Thank You For Being A Friend,” which gained immortality when it was used as the theme song for The Golden Girls. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.


HiCan Futuristic Bed with Built in Screen

HiCan Futuristic Bed with Built in Screen

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 03:12 AM PST

HiCan Futuristic Bed with Built in Screen – This futuristic bed could be a perfect beds for all geeks. The HiCan bed was obviously made for the people who slept in race car beds in their childhood. The all-in-one bedroom entertainment center has so many awesome features that it’s hard to imagine you’d ever leave bed again with this at home. You can watch a Movie in this Hi Tech Futuristic Bed, and also playing your favorite video games. cool huh?

The HiCan has all those features that you’ve probably always wished for, but never dreamed anyone would actually put on a bed. If you’re lazing around on a weekend afternoon and feel like checking out a movie, you just pull down the projection screen at the end of the bed. Likewise, the integrated video game system is ready to go whenever you are, so you can smash some bad guys while your beloved snoozes away beside you.

Is the sun through the window a little too bright while you’re surfing the web from the built-in PC in your HiCan? Believe it or not, you can control your home’s blinds, full-house lighting and entertainment system from the bed’s controls.

Lights are included to help you read (if you’re into hard copies of things). And if you finally get tired of playing with all of the bells and whistles on this amazingly cool bed, you can pull down the built-in shades and block out the outside world. Getting some shut-eye has never been so exciting.

The company’s philosophy states that the very cool bed was conceived with the idea that we have so much going on in our modern lives that we should have a comforting place to retreat to. The HiCan could conceivably replace all of the furniture in a tiny apartment…provided that you can shell out the 42,000 Euro (about $62,000) for one.

Nokia E10 Concept – Rollout Display Phone

Nokia E10 Concept – Rollout Display Phone

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 12:57 AM PST

Nokia E10 Concept Phone – Nokia back with their newly phone concept. this Nokia E10 was come with a rollout display. this cool concept could be truly a new trends in cellphone design for the future. check out the picture ofNokia E10 Concept Phone below.

Usually gadgets with soft screen or scroll screen do not support touch control and one-hand control if the screen is very large. This inspired the designer to develop a portable gadget that would make the functions of a scroll screen simple and user-friendly on the go. Moreover, foldable phones are a niche that is new not only for users but for designers as well.

What makes it so special? First of its kind, the Nokia E10 phone features a bendable screen that works in two different modes, i.e. cellphone and tablet, thanks to the flexible, folding structure, to enhance the experience of the user. Now, users will be able to carry their tablet alongside the cellphone in their pocket. Locating three solar batteries, together with a lithium battery, at the rear, the futuristic cellphone ensures steady battery backup to support extended chatter and work sessions, while addressing the environmental concerns.

What’s in it for me? Employing a thin, flexible material, the screen rolls around onto a 6mm axis to save extra space and reduce the size, so you could carry it all the time with minimum fuss. When required, the Nokia E10 expands its screen to bigger dimensions (6.4 x 4.0 inch) to enjoy your favorite pictures, videos and movies in high-definition anywhere, anytime. While on the other hand, you can fold it up to make phone calls, send messages, emails, play games and do whatever you want like other normal mobile phones.

What’s next? The Nokia E10, together with Sony’s roll-up OLED display, has paved the way for a new line of gadgets that the users will be able to stretch, bend or morph into different shapes and sizes to meet their individual needs. Apart from the E10, Nokia is planning to incorporate nanotechnology in its high-end devices, such as the Nokia Morph, Concept to increase utility and reduce manufacturing costs in coming years.

Marriage is Becoming Obsolete … Or Is It ?

Marriage is Becoming Obsolete…Or Is It?

The media coverage over the last week would have one think that Americans are racing to trade in the clang of wedding bells for the sweet sound of independence… or at least cohabitation (“shacking-up”). A Pew Research studyreleased Thursday documented the continued decline of traditional marriage and a rise in cohabitation and remaining single. The study also found that when asked ,“Some people say that the present institution of marriage is becoming obsolete—do you agree or disagree?” about 39 percent of survey respondents agreed,  58 percent disagreed, and 4 percent did not know. This statistic garnered national attention. Writers and radio and television personalities asked experts and lay persons alike what this meant for the way Americans conceptualize themselves, their goals and values, and their intimate relationships.

I agree that the institution of marriage is undergoing a change in America but let’s back-up: are we are attributing too much significance to a single indicator? Almost 40 percent of Americans say that marriage is becoming obsolete but if we flip that figure 6 out of 10 Americans assert that it is not. Further, in a rush to embrace the narrative that marriage is obsolete or that marriage is swiftly becoming obsolete some commentators have ignored other figures within the study. For instance only 1 in four Americans said that they did not want to get married and 61 percent agreed that a child needs a home with both a father and a mother to grow up happily

How do we reconcile these drastically different responses? Even though the “marriage is becoming obsolete” question seemed targeted at marriage’s role in American society I cannot help but wonder if respondents considered the question on a personal level. For instance, when respondents thought about the institution’s place in their lives they discovered that, in the abstract, the act of marriage was not absolutely essential to their success or happiness. In that way marriage was “becoming obsolete.” Yet when it came to wanting to get married or the general importance of a two-parent household for children they felt that marriage had greater significance.

As the Pew researchers noted the finding needs to be interpreted with caution, certainly more caution than has been taken by the media thus far:

“For one thing, ‘becoming obsolete’ is not the same as ‘obsolete.’ When the World Values Survey posed a similar question in 2006 that used a more starkly worded formulation…just 13% of American respondents agreed. In addition, respondents who doubt the durability of marriage appear to include a mix of those who are comfortable with the change and those who are troubled by it.”

Above are figures from the World Values Survey 2005-2008, the study described in the quotation. Only 13.2 percent of Americans agreed with the statement “marriage is an out-dated institution.” Moreover, the U. S. is about 4 percentage points below the international average and over 25 percentage points below the world leader.

As American society has matured so has the institution of marriage. Since the inception of civil marriage married women have gained the right to own property independent of their husbands, anti-miscegenation laws have been ruled unconstitutional, marital rape was made a felony, and today more and more states are extending the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples. Perhaps marriage’s next transformation is a slow march toward obsolescence. However, the findings of the World Values Survey 2005-2008 coupled with other figures from the Pew study suggest we are not there yet. It is crucial that we have a public conversation about the changing definition and place of marriage. But as the statistical trends continue to shift we must consider all the dynamics of marriage – children, love, faith, finances, community, legal rights, legal responsibilities and others – and the implications they have for us individually and our society as a whole. Above all we must resist the tendency to let a single flashy stat take over the conversation, regardless of how great it plays for television and radio segments or how well it reads in the headlines.


Automatic Postal Machine Concept Design

Automatic Postal Machine Concept Design

Posted: 20 Nov 2010 02:00 AM PST

Automatic Postal Machine Concept Design – This Standalone Kiosk concept made by Michael Oechsle, Max Pamieta and Nik Greig, from Monash University could be a unique design idea to replace an old post box in a street. this APM provides a basic service such as stamp dispensing, and label printing.

Giving a new face to the traditional postal service, they have created a standalone kiosk for theAustralian Postal Service to replace existing post boxes on suburban streets. Hailed as “Automatic Postal Machine” (APM), the new postal booth provides basic services such as stamp dispensing, label printing and weighing of parcels to make the postal process a bit more fast and simple for common users. Featuring an ergonomic design, the APM also includes an outdoor touchscreen to display and select necessary postal options such as type of mail, postal address and so on.

Accepting all standard parcels up to 300 x 250 x 200 mm and 15 kg, the hi-tech postbox demands users to pay for the necessary stamps and labels they require. Made in thick polarized polycarbonate plastic to check vandalism, the new post box integrates a protective cover to shield the user from harsh UV rays, rain, hail and wind while availing the services. The APM houses parcels and letters at its base like traditional postboxes.

Here’s another Picture of this Automatic Postal Machine Concept Design



Bromo Mountain Latest News

The PMI Comand Post at Bromo

Following the Warning status of Mount Bromo in East Java, PMI Probolinggo expressed readiness to establish command post in the slopes of Mount Bromo, on Thursday noon tomorrow (25/11). According to the plan, PMI will establish the command post with a distance of 5-7 km from the summit of Mount Bromo.

“The team from PMI Probolinggo has been coordinating with the PMI East Java Province. Agreed, Thursday noon tomorrow (25/11), PMI is ready to establish command posts at Bromo, a distance of 5 to 7 km from the summit of Mount Bromo,” said Chief Executive of the PMI Headquarter Probolinggo Suryadi, on the way to the slopes of Bromo to direct surveys of the PMI command post location, Wednesday afternoon (24/11).

He added, 30 Satgana personnel (Satuan Penanggulangan Bencana/Disaster Management Unit) from PMI Probolinggo have been in alert status and ready to be mobilized at any time if the condition of Mount Bromo gets worse.

Suryadi reported, “Mount Bromo today released volcanic ash. Residents here seem to be familiar with the culture of Mount Bromo that sometimes becomes active. But they acknowledge the current conditions are prominent. ”

Recent news reported by PMI Probolinggo Crisis Center, local government has issued an announcement that the area, a distance of up to 3 km from the top of Bromo must be sterilized and become a disaster prone area. Lautan Pasir, savanna desert, the “Teletubbies” hill and Penajakan 1 now has been a restricted area for tourists and residents. It is feared, toxic sulfur gases from Mount Bromo would endanger visitors and local people. *

For further information, please contact: Head of Disaster Management Division, PMI NHQ, Arifin Muh. Hadi, Mobile. 0811943952,  Arna, Head of Disaster Management Unit PMI East Java Province, Mobile. 0811317455, Suryadi, Chief Executive PMI Probolinggo Mobile. 08124910788.

The status of Mount Bromo increased so beware.

ProbolinggoIndonesia | Nov 23, 2010
The status of Mount Bromo increased so beware.

Indonesia's Mount Bromo volcano spew smoke next to Mount Semeru volcano as seen from Penanjakan mountain outside Pasuruan
Hot clouds burst from the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, yesterday. Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) The Ministry of Energy set to be alert status of Mount Bromo (level IV) and ask for the 3 km emptied.
A visitor walks as Indonesia's Mount Bromo volcano spew smoke next to Mount Semeru volcano as seen from Penanjakan mountain outside Pasuruan
Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) The Ministry of Energy yesterday raised the alert status of Mount Bromo (level IV). Improving the status of volcanic Mount Bromo to be alert (level IV) shall be determined since Tuesday (23/11) at 15:40 pm.

Improving the status of Mount Bromo occurred twice in one day. A day before, at 08.00 pm, PVMBG set the alert status (level III). PVMBG noted, since Tuesday (23/11) at 3:00 pm, continuous tremor earthquake with the maximum amplitude of 10-15 mm and is constantly increasing until around 6:15 pm.

Visually, since Monday (22/11) until yesterday, looks a blast of white smoke from the crater to the conditions of moderate to dense, high pressure is strong with gusts reaching 250 meters from the crater lip heading north. These conditions increased sharply in the afternoon, which began at 15:40 pm. Based on the report PVMBG, at 15:40 pm, an earthquake tremor recorded continuously with maximum amplitude of 30 mm.

Head PVMBG Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Surono states, determination of status of Mount Bromo increase is based on the evaluation activities of the last few hours. “Yes, it has been an increase since this morning and this afternoon,” said Surono.

PVMBG also have set up disaster-prone areas (KRB) for Mount Bromo 3 kilometers away and closing of the caldera. With the increase in this status, Surono request within a radius of 3 km there can be no one else in the caldera of Mount Bromo kegiatan.Karena no residents, nothing needs to be evacuated. “There is no need to evacuate, only caldera currently closed to all activities and tourists should not go up to Bromo,” said Surono.

Similar disclosed Postal Chief Monitor Mount Bromo in Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo, Moch Shafi. According to him, PVMBG has increased the alert status of Mount Bromo to be alert. Therefore, the Shafi asked that people not approach the crater of the volcano. “Residents and visitors are encouraged not approach the crater of Mount Bromo.Karena bursts of smoke and volcanic ash can jeopardize safety,” he said. Head of Central Administration Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) Suwarto said on Tuesday (23/11) morning, he seen the smoke thick dark grayish white.

“The smoke that leads to the southwest and the seas sand.According to  cover part of this condition, we have expanded from the previous closing climbing area radius of 1 km to 3 km from the summit,” he explained. 3 km radius of the maximum limit established by the Center visit this TNBTS Pasuruan District covers an area in the region and Penanjakan Singklek Simpang, Probolinggo regency Cemoro Lawang in the region, and region bantengan Lumajang in the region. “In the afternoon at about 16:00 pm reported their status back increased to sighted and visually seen a burst of volcanic ash accompanied by splashes of red like fire, “he said.

He was not sure until when closing this tourist area because it is still waiting PVMBG.Untuk monitoring of people living around Mount Bromo, Suwarto admitted there has been no appeal to evacuate because of the mountain peak is located very far away from residential areas. Observers volcanology of Mount Bromo Ahmad Subkhan say, volcanic earthquakes had increased since 8 November 2010.

Increasing this earthquake occurred in the form of volcanic earthquakes and volcanic earthquake in shallow and his condition continued to improve in a fluctuating every day.



World’s Highest Resolution Images – London 80 Gigapixel Pictures

World’s Highest Resolution Images – London 80 Gigapixel Pictures

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 02:50 AM PST

London 80 Gigapixel pictures taken by Jeffrey Martin are know claimed as the World’s Highest Resolution Images. A newly published 360-degree image of London takes the crown as the largest, highest-resolution panoramic photo in the world. The image of London has a total resolution of 80 gigapixels, or 80 billion pixels.

It is so detailed that the photographers even had to censor one image which they described as ‘naughty’ – but they have not told users where the image was found or what it was, Previous attempts at world record gigapixels include a 26-gigapixel image of Paris, a 70-gigapixel image of Budapest, a 26-gigapixel image of Dresden, and Martin’s previous record holder from 2009, an 18-gigapixel spherical image of Prague.

The World’s largest and highest resolution panoramic image is detailed enough to allow the onlookers to zoom right into clock face of Westminster to read the time almost 1.5 miles away, or to reveal the life inside buildings or see the people on the streets.

Clicked by photographer Jeffrey martin this image that reveals the highest resolution image of any city ever, was taken over a span of three days from top of the Center point building and is a result of a unification of 7886 individual photos stitched together on a Fujitsu CELSIUS computer. If the photographer wished to print this image at normal photographic resolution, it would measure 115 feet long and 56 feet high. Jump down for a few more images.

This detailed photo that users can even zoom in on the clock face at Westminster to read the time almost 1.5 miles away

Via : Dailymail.co.uk