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Lockdown in New York – Sandbags on the street, Subway shuts down for the first time ever

New York City today prepares to go into an unprecedented lockdown as Hurricane Irene roars its way northwards up the East Coast.

Although Irene’s strength waned last night and was downgraded to a category 1 hurricane,  experts warned that it could still wreak havoc when it hits New York because of storm surges pushing seawater ashore and heavy rainfall causing flooding. Public transport in the city will be completely shut down at midday, with the subway, buses and MTA trains all ceasing operations. The five main airports in New York will also be closed to arriving passenger flights from noon affecting hundreds of thousands of peoples’ journeys. NFL officials have also been forced to reschedule the popular New York Giants’ pre-season game against the Jets for Monday.

More than 2 million people across the Eastern Seaboard have been told to move to safer places,with hurricane warnings from North Carolina in the South all the way to Massachusetts in the North. It is the first hurricane warning issued for New York City in more than two decades.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation yesterday, urging Americans to ‘take the storm seriously’ and warning it is set to be ‘a historic hurricane’.

‘You need to listen to your state and local officials,’ he said. ‘If you’re in the way of this hurricane you should be preparing now. If you’re instructed to evacuate please do so.’


No Steve No Stock

Steve Jobs’s resignation as Apple chief executive has wiped billions of dollars off its stock market value as traders fret over the company’s long-term future without its visionary leader.

The news of Jobs’ departure came after the close of New York trading, but Apple shares fell 5% in after-hours trading on Wednesday night. Apple shares traded in Frankfurt dropped 4.5% in early trading on Thursday.

A 5% decline wipes more than $17bn (£10.3bn) off Apple’s stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just two weeks after it briefly became the world’s most valuable company.

Tim Cook: the man taking over from Steve Jobs at Apple

Steve Jobs’s decision to resign from the company and recommend Tim Cook, formerly its chief operating officer, as its chief executive thrusts him into the spotlight.

Cook, a small-town football fanatic turned chief executive of the world’s largest technology company, has long faced the question of whether he had the same remarkable vision as his predecessor.

He now must prove that his technology instincts are as sharp as when he joined Apple in 1998 after leaving the once-mighty Compaq, then the world’s top PC maker. At the time Apple was barely afloat.

But as far as i am concerned I can’t see Cook dressed in a black long-sleeved mock turtle-neck presenting the future apple products.


From London to Sydney… in a black cab

Three friends are driving 32,000 miles half-way round the world from London to Sydney – in a black cab.

Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell, both 23, and Johno Ellison, 27, have so far clocked up more than 17,000 miles since they set off from the capital on February 17.The mammoth journey has seen them drive through herds of sheep in Armenia and get stuck in a snow-covered ditch in Finland.

If the meter was turned on, the bill when a passenger reached the Australian city would be a staggering £70,000. The three explorers from Aston University are hoping to set a new record for the longest taxi trip and raise £20,000 for the Red Cross. Mr Ellison said that their specially adapted black cab, nicknamed Hannah, was strong and they were expecting to reach Sydney in one piece.

If you want to follow the guys – itsonthemeter.com


Animal Series – Morten Koldby

Danish artist Morten Koldby happens to capture the intense gaze of animals. A series of photographs immortalizing a gallery of wildlife photographs with high quality.

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Alexa Meade – Human Canvass

Artist Alexa Meade’s technique involves painting directly onto the physical subjects that she is referencing, rather than using a canvas. Once the paintings are complete, she then photographs both the subject she had painted onto and the background. The effect creates an optical illusion as the 3D effect of her scenes is compressed into a 2D plane.


Ignacio Torres – Stellar

Take one look at these multidimensional photos and you’ll think there’s magic afoot, but there’s a reasonable explanation for this. Artist/photographer Ignacio Torres used conventional digital SLR cameras and a bit of fairy dust to create a series of photos that give you a peek into the third dimension.


Couple’s zombie-themed shoot

California couple made sure the special moment as they announced their nuptials was completely unique- by arranging for a zombie to crash the photo shoot.

And when Juliana Park and Ben Lee posted their quirky horror themed engagement shoot online it became an overnight internet sensation.


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