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World Press Photo: winners

2011-12-06T10:30:49.646-08:00

On the morning of February 11, 2011, the international jury of the 54th World Press Photo Contest named a photo by South African photographer Jodi Bieber, World Press Photo of the Year 2010. The image is a portrait of Bibi Aisha, disfigured as punishment for fleeing her husband's house, taken in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over 5,691 photographers entered 108,059 images in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest and after the two-week judging period, 56 were named winners in nine categories. It is a prestigious contest and an honor to be named a winner. The following post shares 23 of those winning images. For more on the contest, including a time-lapse video of the jury room being set up, to hear the jury chairs discuss the images that were named winners, and to learn more about the competition, World Press Photo -- (23 photos total)Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, fled back to her family home from her husband's house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi's brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. After time in a women's refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the United States. World Press Photo of the Year 2010, Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine. Flood victims scramble for food as they battle the downwash from a Pakistan army helicopter during relief operations, Dadu, Pakistan, on September 13, 2010. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, in London, September 30. Second Prize, People in the News Single, Seamus Murphy, Ireland, VII Photo Agency. Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, Da Nang, Vietnam. Second Prize Contemporary Issues Single, Ed Kashi, USA, VII Photo Agency. Four Somali refugees en route to Yemen sleep in the desert after traveling all night on muddy roads and in pouring rain, Somaliland, on March 15, 2010. First Prize Contemporary Issues Stories, Ed Ou, Canada, Reportage by Getty Images. A man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, on September 23, 2010. First Prize Daily Life Single, Omar Feisal, Somalia, for Reuters. An overcrowded train approaches a station in Dhaka, November 16, 2010. Third Prize Daily Life Single, Andrew Biraj, Bangladesh, Reuters. An urban scene in Calcutta, India. First Prize Daily Life Stories, Martin Roemers, The Netherlands, Panos Pictures. Thomas Daley of Britain competes in the preliminary of the Men's 3m Springboard diving event during the Youth Olympics at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore, on August 22, 2010. First Prize Sport Stories, Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images. Netherlands' Demy de Zeeuw is kicked in the face by Uruguay's Martin Caceres during their World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, July 6, 2010. First Prize Sport Single, Mike Hutchings, South Africa, Reuters. Kirill Lewerski, a cadet on the Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern. Second Prize Portraits Single, Joost van den Broek, The Netherlands, de Volkskrant. Self-portraits for social networks. Second Prize Portraits Stories, Wolfram Hahn, Germany. Milan Fashion Week: Valeria Marini show. Second Prize Arts and Entertainment Single, Davide Monteleone, Italy, Contrasto for The New York Times Style Magazine. The Flying Cholitas, Bolivia: Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling), is one of the most popular sports in the country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last ten years become popular in the sport. Carmen Rosa and Yulia la Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, June 26, 2010. Second Prize Arts and Entertainment Stories, Daniele Tamagni, Italy. No[...]



Lighting up the night

2011-12-06T10:30:49.646-08:00

Berlin, Germany is hosting its "Festival of Lights" this week, until October 26th. Dozens of landmarks are lit up with lamps, projectors and lasers, accompanied by fireworks and other events. We humans light up the night for many reasons, practical, artistic - even reasons with more meaningful messages. Pictured below are night scenes from Berlin and around the world, illuminated in interesting ways. (21 photos total)The "Siegessaeule" (Victory Column) is illuminated during a rehearsal for the upcoming "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, Germany on October 13, 2008. Several landmarks of the German capital, including boulevards, squares, towers, historical and modern buildings will be illuminated from October 14 to 26.  The landmark Berlin Cathedral is colorfully illuminated on the opening evening of the annual "Festival of Lights" on late October 14, 2008.An ancient temple is lit up with candles at a Gala Dinner to celebrate the life of the opera singer Luciano Pavarotti as part of the Salute Petra event on October 11, 2008 in Petra, Jordan. Salute Petra is a three day event that takes place on the anniversary of Pavarotti's birthday, the 12th October. Due to hiss friendship with the Jordanian Royal Family, HRH Princess Haya of Jordan and the Government of Jordan have allowed the weekend to take place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra and will include a gala dinner and concert in the ancient city. A worker passes by a lighting installation on a wall near London Bridge during the evening rush-hour in the City of London, England on October 9, 2008.Spectators photograph powerful lights symbolizing Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan September 11, 2008 in New York City - the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. that brought down the World Trade Center. The moon shines behind Berlin's illuminated Fernsehturm (TV tower) during the "Festival of Lights" late Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. A tractor with lights illuminates a field of cabernet grapes during a night harvest at St. Supery Winery September 17, 2008 in St. Helena, California. Wineries in the Napa Valley are in the midst of harvesting their 2008 crop of grapes. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims circle the Kaaba inside and outside the Grand Mosque during the last week of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Sept. 28, 2008. Nearly three million Muslims attended to pray at the Grand Mosque in Macca and the Prophet Mosque in Medina. Berlin's famous Brandenburg Gate is lit up during the "Festival of Lights" Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. Mexican students with bandaged eyes take part in a "night walk" (caminata nocturna in Spanish) at the ecopark Alberto, in El Alberto, state of Hidalgo, Mexico on October 4, 2008. The night walk, advertised as an extreme sport, simulates a U.S. border crossing attempt at a park run by a community with a long-lasting history of carrying out real border journeys into the United States. The White House is illuminated in pink for breast cancer awareness, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in Washington, D.C.. The White House is one of over 200 landmarks worldwide lit up in pink this month as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The illuminated Fernsehturm in Berlin is pictured next to a sculpture during a light rehearsal for the upcoming "Festival of Lights" on October 13, 2008. Giant projections of iconic Japanese artwork illuminates bridges and monuments, projected from a boat navigating the Seine river in Paris, France on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. The images were shown to celebrate the 150th anniversary of French-Japanese relations.A police officer of the NYPD stands in front of a stone lion lit with pink lights before the DVD launch event for "Sex and the City: The Movie" in New York City on September 18, 2008. The Milad telecommunication tower, tallest tower in Iran, and the fourth tallest in the world, is seen during its inauguration ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Lights are seen projected on the walls of the Tower of David in Je[...]



Big Spider Machine

2011-12-06T10:30:49.646-08:00

Today's entry is a collection shared by photographer Peter Carr, from an event in Liverpool, England last year. Said Peter: "As part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture year, the French group La Machine were commissioned to create a large piece of street theatre, on the scale of their earlier work, the Sultan's Elephant. Many were expecting to see something using the iconic Liverbirds, the symbol of the city but instead we got a spider. The total cost of the event was £1.8 million and caused some complaints about how the funds could better be used. It also attracted protests from arachnophobe groups about how it would terrify some people. Despite these complaints the event drew in over 200,000 people in the few days it was on and produced something wondrous that got everyone in the region talking." All photos and captions courtesy Peter Carr, who has agreed to answer questions in the comments below. (23 photos total)On Wednesday 3rd September 2008 Liverpool awoke to find a giant spider hanging from the side of a building. A team of scientists planned to move the spider to their research post setup by Albert Docks in the morning. Here, days later, the 50-foot tall "La Princesse" climbs back onto Concourse House and is dusted by magic snow sending her to sleep for the night.  Thursday and La Princesse is transported across the city to Albert Dock. Everyone is looking out their office windows and taking to the streets to see the spider. Minutes before a thunderstorm arrives in the city La Princesse arrives at Albert Dock. It took close to an hour to travel less than 10 minutes down the road. Traffic was redirected so the truck would be uniterrupted as it travelled across the city. Night time falls on day 2 and people get a close up view of La Princesse. She's so close you can almost touch her. Music is played to sooth the giant spider and hundreds of people gather to simply sit and see the awe inspiring spider. For the first time you get an idea of how she'll move and just how far out her legs will reach.La Princesse is heading towards the Birkenhead tunnel in the hope of making a break for it. Her feet almost crush me and my gear here. The spider weighs over 37 tonnes. La Princesse heads out onto the main road and is greeted by thousands of people. Its an incredible event and despite the weather, which soon turns to torrential rain, everyone is just stunned by the giant spider. Its like nothing the city has ever seen. By this point La Princesse is right behind me and the crowd is stunned by being this close to the spider. They don't move and the magic snow starts falling and the spider keeps coming. They're so wowed by it all. Later that day La Princesse wakes up again and she spots another way out. Nothing stops her and she heads out into the city. For the first time people really see the insanity behind La Machine. Its huge! La Princesse wakes up one morning, and isn't happy. She heads up the steps by the Echo Arena and is forced back by firecrackers. They scare her back down the steps where she is played soothing music and magical snow falls to send her back to sleep. Day turns to night and La Princesse is looking like something from a science fiction movie, complete with special effects. She is heading down this street back to the building where she was first found, to sleep. Day 4 and La Princesse heads off into the main city center. This is the view from Liverpool's Town Hall. Thousands of people gather, and La Princesse decides to squirt them all with jets of water. She is followed by musicians on cherry pickers. A close up of the operators of La Princesse. There are 13 in total riding on the spider, controlling her. Its an incredibly complex operation, with 50 hydraulic axes of movement, but looks so natural and easy to the outside observer. Over 50,000 people came to see La Machine on Saturday. More people lined Castle Street for this event than when the Beatles returned to Liverpo[...]



Outstanding Comic Art Pix

2011-12-06T10:30:49.646-08:00

Donald Southam Lawrence was born on November 17, 1928 in East Sheen, London. After Don decided to become a comic artist he bought a few western comics and redrew the pages.With these pages he visited a few publishers but received no offers of work. However, editor Edward (Ted) Holes of Amalgamated press referred Don to Mick Anglo of the Gower street Studio. Don then spent the next four years working for Mick Anglo on the super-hero strip, ‘Marvelman’. After a falling out with Anglo, Don returned to Ted Holmes who was astonished at the improvement in the quality of his artwork.[...]



News on Bristol Palin

2012-01-27T10:15:46.096-08:00

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News on Bristol Palin

2012-01-27T10:15:46.096-08:00

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Miss World 2011 Evening Gowns: The "Uh Oh's" & HOOCHIES!

2011-12-06T10:30:49.646-08:00

Bad...or Hoochie Bad???Miss Mongolia World 2011: Where do you think she will end up on my "Uh Oh!" List? Is she just Bad, or is she Hoochie Bad? Read on to find out...Continuing with my "Review" of the World Designer Evening Dresses that the Miss World 2011 contestants chose--or were chosen for them by their (sometimes) misguided pageant directors...In my last post, I discussed my "Best" list, so now, let's talk about the ladies who should have known better...I have a feeling those judges might have been quietly going "What was she thinking?" I would have. And please, lovely nations of these beautiful ladies: take no offense, I'm not critiquing the country just the choice of tacky dresses...Miss Costa Rica World 2011 Paola Chaverri: Oh huney. What 1987 Prom--in San Jose Costa Rica-- did you think you were going to? Mi amor. Querida Paola. There is no need for so many wired ruffles. She's gorgeous and statuesque (almost 6 foot!), and would have looked amazing in a LONG column gown with her hair slicked back in a classic elegant chignon. One good Style Note: the taupe/nude peep-toe heels are great!Miss Belize World 2011 Kadejah Tunn: God bless her! Miss Tunn is all 5'4" and she's tryin' amongst her fellow 6 foot competitors. She wants to be noticed. But in this dress, she'll be noticed for the wrong reasons. First of all, did some animal get to the side of her gown and take CHUNKS off her side? Just sayin'. And then it's like a cha-cha drag queen from the hips down! Now, I love me a Cha Cha Drag Queen (it's my alter ego!), but that may not be your best muse for the Miss World 2011 "Top Model/World Designer Fashion Show. And does the last cut out have a black mesh inset?! Yikes!Miss Austria 2011 Julia Hofer: No, no and NO! Please tell me this is not considered "evening gown red carpet material" in the lovely nation of Austria. I can find that in Santee Alley in Downtown LA. And those pick-up ruffles say Tacky Quinceañera in ANY language. She's so pretty , why oh why would she wear this?Miss Montenegro World 2011 Maja Maras: Let's start with the positive: it reminds me of a Rodarte dress--the draped gathered silhouette and unique embellishment. Now the not-so-good: The askew gathered draping and unusual embellishment! Is that aluminum foil twisted and knotted? Or Xmas garlands? It so did not need that. Without it, the dress would have been ten minutes away from being called "Grecian Goddess". Here, she's far from it.Miss Aruba World 2011 Gillain Berry: Part of me wants to grab Gillain, hold her and take her back into my NIKOLAKI studio and give her the dress she should be wearing (something about that oh-so-pretty face makes me want to befriend her). This white (flammable poly satin, I'm sure!) gown is A LOT: it is straight out of some 1980's "Dynasty" episode (or more like "The Colby's"). I wish I had been there at the "Miss World 2011 Top Model/World Designer" fashion show/presentation: I would have gotten my scissors and started cutting those ruffles away!Miss Cyprus World 2011 Orthodoxia Panagi: First of all: love her name--Orthodoxia!!! But, I do not love her gown so much. We all know the first rule of making dresses for women: DO NOT HIGHLIGHT, or make it look, as if she's got HUGE hips! This white poly (how do I know?, look at those rippling badly sewn seams) satin taffeta dress is just wrong. From the KRAZEE ruffled top to the side exposure to the cowl hip draped detail...This is a clear case of a designer who thought they were being "edgy" and told their client "just wear it!". Next time, say NO!The Hoochie Girls:Miss Gibraltar 2011 Michelle Petersen: Two years ago, Miss Gibraltar won the Miss World title so of course, people are thinking, could another lovely woman from the famous British overseas territory do it again. Maybe, but not in this gown. Let me get to the positive: She's beautiful and the gown fabrication--all-over gold metallic sequins--is q[...]



Miss Earth 2011 Contestant - MISS BRAZIL EARTH 2011 - Drielly Bennettone's Photos & Profile

2011-12-06T10:30:49.647-08:00

Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)source: (Thank you and credits toClubEarth:http://www.pinoyexchange.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



First Listen: Like Smoke - Amy Winehouse

2012-01-27T09:37:29.830-08:00

 A few days ago we told you about the upcoming posthumous album by late singer Amy Winehouse titled “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” .

 Now we bring to you the first unveiled song on the record, Like Smoke, recorded on 2008 and produced by Salaam Remi.

 The track features a collaboration with rapper Nas who was an artist deeply admired by Amy.

 Check out the full song below!

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Amy Acker Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.348-08:00

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Adrianne Curry Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.349-08:00

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Rosie Huntington Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.349-08:00

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Georgina Verbaan Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.349-08:00

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Giulia Siegel Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.349-08:00

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Sonali Bendre Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.350-08:00

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Doutzen Kroes Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.350-08:00

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Liu Yifei Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.354-08:00

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Ginnifer Goodwin Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.355-08:00

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Rosemarie DeWitt Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.355-08:00

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Dido Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.355-08:00

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NFL: "Elite" Quarterbacks

2012-01-27T09:55:27.314-08:00

“Elite” is a term that is thrown around way too often in the NFL. This past week John Clayton of ESPN called Joe Flacco an elite quarterback. Last season analysts were already calling Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman elite. This is the preverbal “rock bottom” of throwing around the word elite to any NFL quarterback that has a good season. Both Freeman and Flacco had great seasons last year, with Freeman throwing for 25 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. Flacco threw for 25 and 10 while leading the Ravens to the playoffs before losing in the divisional round. Through his career, Flacco has a 4-3 playoff record with a 60.7 completion percentage and 86.4 quarterback rating. Freeman, on the other hand, has never made it to the playoffs and boasts a 59.5 completion percentage and a 79.8 quarterback rating. To call these two elite at this stage in their careers is just wrong. Focusing on Flacco, he has without a doubt been the strongest quarterback the Ravens have had in their current history of having a dominant defense. Flacco does have a decent playoff record for a fourth year quarterback, but much of that can be attributed to the Ravens all-world defense. New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is said to be the weakest link on the Jets team. The Jets have a similar team structure to the Ravens; a team with a strong defense and emphasis on the running game. Through two and a half seasons, Sanchez has a 4-2 playoff record with a 72.9 quarterback rating and 54.7 completion percentage. Sanchez has thrown for less touchdowns and more interceptions than Flacco has, but the stats are not all that different. Factor in a difference 6% in completions and a 14 point difference in quarterback rating, the two players aren’t far off from each other. Using the same comparison as Flacco, Freeman has similar stats to Sanchez as well. Freeman and Sanchez both entered the league in 2009. With fewer games played, Freeman has thrown for three less interceptions and one more touchdown. Both players have 7,000 yards passing to their credit and a 6 yard average per attempt pass. Freeman has never led the Bucs to the playoffs, the closest being last season when they went 10-6 and missed the wild card by one game. The point of this is, if analysts are going to call guys like Flacco and Freeman elite, then using the same stats (playoffs, career qb rating, career passing stats), average quarterbacks like Sanchez and even Matt Cassel should be in the conversation as well. Which brings me to my point, none of those four players are elite. The purpose of the Sanchez comparisons were not to push that he is an elite quarterback. At this stage in his career, Sanchez is an average quarterback whose strongest skill is being a game manager. Looking at the stats and playoff records, guys like Freeman and Flacco cannot be called elite if they have similar resumes to game managers and decent quarterbacks like Sanchez and Cassel. In my eyes, being an “elite” quarterback puts you in the pantheon of NFL starters. They are the guys who when you see their team on the schedule, you cringe and think that they will beat you. Nobody looks at a game against the Ravens or Bucs and says, “Flacco/Freeman is going to beat us in that game”. The elite title should be reserved for quarterbacks who are the best players on their team, players who have been deep into the playoffs and remained the last man standing. Players who throughout their career have put up big numbers and big win totals. Not guys l[...]



Tabu Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.355-08:00

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Kareena Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.356-08:00

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Shahid Kapoor Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.356-08:00

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Song Hye-kyo Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.356-08:00

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Song Hye-kyo Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.356-08:00

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Yoon Eun Hye Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.357-08:00

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Sameera Reddy Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.357-08:00

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Paul Bettany Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.357-08:00

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Michelle Williams Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.357-08:00

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Mary-Kate Olsen Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.358-08:00

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Lee Hong Ki Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.358-08:00

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Kim Hee Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.374-08:00

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Kim Hee Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.375-08:00

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Kareena Kapoor Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.375-08:00

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Kate Bosworth Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.375-08:00

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Jeremy Irons Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.375-08:00

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Ian McKellen Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.375-08:00

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Hilary Swank Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.376-08:00

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Janet Jackson Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.376-08:00

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Jessica Alba Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.376-08:00

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Jason Statham Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.376-08:00

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Farzana Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.377-08:00

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Dolly Parton Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.377-08:00

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Facebook’s Overhaul Gives MOG a Rocket Ride

2011-12-06T10:30:49.647-08:00

Hey, guess what happens when your Web service gets access to Facebook’s 800 million users? Bingo! Your service gets a lot more users.We’ve seen and heard this story several times since Facebook’s most recent redesign, launched in September, which autoshares what users are reading, watching and hearing.So services that are hooked into Facebook’s new “ticker” are seeing an influx of traffic — the same way you’d get traffic if you put up lots and lots of signs on a highway used by a half billion people per day.Still, it continues to bear repeating, and it turns out that music subscription service MOG wants to share.Here’s the growth for monthly active users plugged into MOG via Facebook, plotted by Inside Network’s AppData Facebook tracking service. The Facebook redesign kicked in just about a month ago, and sure enough, so did MOG’s traffic. It’s now at 160,000 monthly users, up 4x:So that’s good, right? “This is the best distribution platform we’ve ever had,” says MOG CEO David Hyman.He projects that if these growth rates continue, his service will have racked up 2.1 million monthly users by the end of the year. For context, Spotify, Facebook’s first among equals when it comes to music service partners, is on an even faster tear, with much bigger numbers. It already has 7.1 million monthly active users via Facebook, up from 1.1 million pre-Facebook redesign.This is precisely what MOG was hoping would happen when it overhauled itself to offer free music to new users without requiring a credit card or any other commitment. (Competitor Rdio made a similar move, as did Spotify).What we don’t know is how many of them will stick around. It’s entirely possible that MOG’s graph could trend down again, like it did in mid-October.And what we really don’t know is how many of these new prospects will eventually start paying a monthly fee for access to features like mobile music. All of that free music costs MOG and its peers quite a bit, and they need to convert a minority of their users to make the model work.There’s also a flip side to the redesign story, where some big Web sites/services that had counted on Facebook for traffic saw it drop dramatically after the overhaul. This week I chatted with a publisher who saw Facebook referrals drop by more than a third after the redesign, due to changes in the way the service surfaces shared stories from users’ friends.That drop is similar to the effect some publishers noted after Google’s “Panda” overhaul. But the publisher I talked to this week says their sites at least were able to claw back much of that referral traffic by manually tweaking their sharing mechanisms.[...]



Miss World 2011 Top Presentations for Beauty with a Purpose

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The top 30 Presentations for Beauty with a Purpose finalists were announced today. Focusing on the humanitarian side of Miss World, Beauty with a Purpose aims to raise awareness and funds for charities around the world.
Top 30 Presentations for Beauty with a Purpose are (in no particular order): Barbados, Botswana, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Nepal, Scotland, South Africa, Spian, Tanzania, US Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Bahamas, Bonaire, England, India, Malta, Namibia, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Thailand.
Sitting down with the presentations finalists in the Miss World 2011 Beauty with a Purpose competition was truly heart warming as each contestant was eager to share their story and raise awareness for their charities and causes. Zimbabwe spoke about the importance of clean water and sanitation, stating, "Water and sanitation shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right." Zimbabwe has been working to raise awareness and educate rural areas on the importance of clean water and sanitation, and when asked why she was doing this, stated proudly, "Because I can." Ghana was also eager to share her story. Ghana has been working with under privileged children living in the streets of her country. She spoke about the importance of education and improving health conditions, especially in the slums, where children are going without homes, proper care and even food.
These are just a few examples of the amazing things the contestants of Miss World 2011 are doing through Beauty with a Purpose projects. We at Miss World are so proud of all the contestants. As chairwoman Julia Morley says, 'every beautiful woman must have a purpose.'
Pictured above are just 9 of the 30 awarded top presentation for Beauty with a Purpose. From left to right, Philippines, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Spain, Indonesia, Scotland, Ecuador, India and South Africa.
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The Bolshoi Theatre

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The world famous Bolshoi Theatre has just reopened after a $700 million restoration and let’s be honest, it looks beautiful.1 A combination photograph shows the facade of Moscow's Bolshoi theatre during restoration April 2, 2010 (top) and before the official reopening October 24, 2011. Russia's Bolshoi Theatre reopens on October 28, 2011 with a ceremony bearing many of the hallmarks of a state event after a more than six-year, $700-million renovation dogged by concerns over missing funds and accusations of corruption. 2 A combination photograph shows the dress circle in Moscow's Boklshoi theatre during restoration November 13, 2008 (top) and before the official reopening October 24, 2011. Russia's Bolshoi Theatre reopens on October 28, 2011 with a ceremony bearing many of the hallmarks of a state event after a more than six-year, $700-million renovation dogged by concerns over missing funds and accusations of corruption. 3 A combination photograph shows the foyer in Moscow's Bolshoi theatre during restoration on January 31, 2008 (top) and before the official reopening on October 24, 2011. Russia's Bolshoi Theatre reopens on October 28, 2011 with a ceremony bearing many of the hallmarks of a state event after a more than six-year, $700-million renovation dogged by concerns over missing funds and accusations of corruption.  4 A worker uses a buzz saw during construction works in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow January 31, 2008. Emergency work to shore up the crumbling walls of Russia's most famous performance hall has saved the Bolshoi Theatre from collapse but delayed its reopening until next year, officials said on Thursday.  5 A specialist works on the finishing of the ceiling of the main hall in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow March 1, 2011. After several years of closure for renovation the main stage of the world famous ballet theatre is preparing to open its doors to the public once again. 6 A security guard stands inside the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow July 22, 2011. After years of closure for renovation, the main stage of the world famous ballet theatre will open its doors to the public at the end of October.  7 Journalists observe the main hall at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow July 22, 2011. After years of closure for renovation, the main stage of the world famous ballet theatre will open its doors to the public at the end of October.  8 Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) visits the Bolshoi Theatre to mark its re-opening after years of reconstruction in Moscow September 20, 2011.  9 A view of the reconstructed Bolshoi Theatre on the eve of its reopening in central Moscow October 27, 2011. Russia's Bolshoi Theater re[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS COLOMBIA WORLD 2011 - Monica Restrepo's Photos & Profile

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Birth Name: Monica RestrepoBirth Date: (age 21)Birth Place: BogotáOccupation:Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s):Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:Monica is in her fifth semester of Art and Psychology at University. Her hobbies include: swimming, art, contemporary dance and painting. Her future career ambition is to be a curator of a museum. As a keen artist, Monica’s proudest moment was visiting the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifPHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official website & missosology.infosource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS NEW ZEALAND WORLD 2011 - Mianette Broekman's Photos & Profile/Biography

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Birth Name: Mianette BroekmanBirth Date: (age 22)Birth Place: AucklandOccupation:Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s): Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:Mianette has a bachelor degree in political studies and hopes to become an international lawyer. Her sporting interests include hockey and sprinting, and she enjoys keeping up to date with political affairs.PHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official websitesource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS ENGLAND WORLD 2011 - Alize Lily Mounter's Photos & Profile

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Birth Name: Alize Lily MounterBirth Date: (age 22)Birth Place: LondonOccupation:Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s): Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:Alize is at University studying Journalism which she hopes will lead to a career in the media. Alize describes herself as a kind, generous and down to earth person. Hobbies include: running, reading, writing and all types of dancing.PHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official websitesource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS MALAYSIA WORLD 2011 - Chloe Chen's Photos & Profile/Biography

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Birth Name: Chloe Chen
Birth Date: (age 21)
Birth Place: Kuala Lumpur
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Chloe gained a first class honours degree in Business Management and hopes to one day run her own successful business. Chloe can play the guitar and her favourite music is alternative rock. Having spent time on her grandparent’s farm growing up, Chloe loves nature and the great outdoors. She has a cat named Manx and a dog named Bianca.


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Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS SINGAPORE WORLD 2011 - May Hsu's Photos & Profile

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Birth Name: May HsuBirth Date: (age 21)Birth Place: SingaporeOccupation:Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s): Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:May is currently completing a diploma in biomedical science. Her future ambition is to become a doctor and provide healthcare for the less privileged. Her hobbies include: reading sci-fi novels, netball, swimming and listening to music. May plays the piano, clarinet, tuba and the drums. Her personal motto is: ‘seek for the solution instead of the problem.’PHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official websitesource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



Miss Universe 2011 contestants

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Kanishtha Dhankar Miss India

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Name: Kanishtha DhankharAge: 22 yearsHeight: 5’ 9.5”Weight: 55kgsTitle and Awards: Kanishtha Dhankhar is crowned as Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2011, Pantaloons Femina Miss Body Beautiful, Femina Miss No Marks, Femina Miss Ramp Model, Veet Femina Miss Beautiful Legs, Femina Miss Water Baby.Vital statistics of Kanishtha Dhankhar (in inches): 32- 25- 36Kanishtha Dhankhar, Place of birth: MumbaiCity: MumbaiProfession: ModelRelationship Status: UnmarriedCollege: H.R. College[...]



Cate Blanchett Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.377-08:00

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Carla Bruni Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.378-08:00

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Isabeli Fontana Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.378-08:00

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Nayanthara Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.378-08:00

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Lucy Lawless Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.383-08:00

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Marilyn Monroe Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.384-08:00

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Liv Tyler Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.384-08:00

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Linda Evangelista Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.384-08:00

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Kristin Cavallari Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.385-08:00

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Christy Turlington Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.385-08:00

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Fan Bing Bing Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.385-08:00

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Emma Roberts Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.385-08:00

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Emmy Rossum Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.386-08:00

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Amitabh Bachchan Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.386-08:00

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Bhavana Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.386-08:00

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Arjun Rampal Wallpaper

2012-02-04T11:48:58.386-08:00

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Miss World 2011 Evening Gowns: The Best!

2011-12-06T10:30:49.651-08:00

A Worldly Gown-Fest!!Ole!: Miss Spain World 2011 Carla Garcia, Miss World 2011 Top Model/World Designer Presentation Show--one of my favorites in the evening gown "Top Model/World Designer" category. Score: 9.4The 61st edition of the Miss World Beauty Pageant is taking place right now in London. The final LIVE telecast will be this Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at Earls Court Two . It will be broadcast in the US on E! Entertainment LIVE on Sunday morning/afternoon (check your local cable listings) and PS: I can't wait!! I'll be makin' coffee and cooking a special "Miss World Omelet for the occasion! A total of 113 contestants from all over the world will be competing, that's the highest amount for an international beauty pageant this year. The other "biggie"-- Miss Universe--had only 89 countries and territories represented.Miss World 2011 Contestants pose in the London Eye Ferris wheel, London UKThe lovely ladies have been enjoying their time at the parties, Galas, and sightseeing throughout Great Britain. They've also been competing: part of the pageant includes something called the "Fast Track" Competitions where Finalists get placed if they do well in the "Beach Beauty", "Talent", "Sports" and "Top Model" competitions. Last week, the "Top Model" and "World Designer" presentations occurred which of course, is what I'm interested in. Thames Beauties: Miss World 2011 Contestants pose with Big Ben in the backgroundFor the "World Designer Award" competition, the contestants were asked to model creations by fashion designers from their native lands. It is sort of understood that they should be in evening gowns and not necessarily "Costumes" (just you wait for my "Oh NO!" posting). It's about giving a local designer their "crown" as Best Miss World Evening Gown Designer. So, without further ado: here are my "Nick Top Picks" for Best in Evening Gown. I will also do "Oh Huney, What Were You Thinking?/Miss World Hoochie Gown" and "Is That A Costume?" blog postings, so don't you worry...But now, let's talk about the Good Ones:Miss Hungary World 2011 Linda Szunai: Gorgeous! Subtle. Sublime. Elegant. Is it safe? Yes. But is it bea[...]



Comic Con NY

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Costumed attendees walk the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed attendees walk the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Participants attend New York Comic Con, the US East Coast's largest popular culture convention, in New York, October 13, 2011. Participants in New York Comic Con, the US East Coast's largest popular culture convention, attend in New York, October 13, 2011.Costumed Star Wars "Boba Fett" characters attend the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed attendees walk the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. A costumed attendee walks the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. A costumed "Mario" plays video games at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed attendees pose outside the Jacob K. Javits Center during the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)A costumed "Jack in the Box" and "Jack the Ripper" cross paths at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed characters attend the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.A costumed character attends the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed characters attend the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. An attendee poses as a life-size action figure at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Costumed attendees walk the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.A costumed attendee buys comic books at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. A costumed attendee buys a snack at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. A costumed attendee walks the floor of the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York,[...]



10 Nice Costumes For Dog

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A pet owner checks the costume of her pet Chihuahua during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event entitled "Scaredy Cats and Dogs: Year 8" at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Manila on October 23, 2011.A dog as a dragon during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22, 2011 The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US.  A dog as a pin cushion the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22, 2011 The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY Tank the English Bullodog as the "Runaway Bride" attends the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22, 2011 The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US.Tank the English Bullodog as the "Runaway Bride" attends the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22, 2011 The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the US. COMMERCIAL IMAGE In this photograph taken by AP Images for PetSmart, "Lex Luther" dresses up as Superman during PetSmarts annual Howl-O-Ween costume party, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in New York. Eli the Chihuahua dressed as "the Naked Cowboy" poses before the start of the Times Square Dog Day Masquerade Contest in Times Square 21 October 2007. The event is to raise awareness for Animal Havens Adopt-a-Pet program. Eli the Chihuahua dressed as "the Naked Cowboy" poses before the start of the Times Square Dog Day Masquerade Contest in Times Square 21 October 2007. The event is to raise awareness for Animal Havens Adopt-a-Pet program. Rico Suave and Blossom, all decked out in their alien finery, prepare to compete in the 2011 UFO Festival Alien Pet Costume Contest Saturday morning, July 2, 2011 at the Roswell Convention Center in Roswell, New Mexico. A dog in costume during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22, 2011 The [...]



Lindsay Lohan sentenced to jail

2011-12-06T10:30:49.651-08:00

Lindsay Lohan arrives for her probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. Judge Stephanie Sautner revoked Lohan's probation on October 19 and will officially decide if Lohan violated the terms of her sentence after she was terminated from her court ordered community service at the Downtown Women's center for repeatedly failing to appear.Lindsay Lohan arrives for her probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.Lindsay Lohan arrives for her probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.Lindsay Lohan arrives for her probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives for a probation hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. A city prosecutor is advocating the starlet be sent back to jail for her latest violation of a court order. She remains on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case and a misdemeanor theft case.Lindsay Lohan arrives for her probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.Lindsay Lohan and Shawn Chapman Holley, her attorney, sit in court during Lohan's probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. Lohan was sentenced to 300 days in jail, starting November 9, for violating her probation but will only serve 30 days if she follows the conditions set out by Judge Sautner which include serving the remainder of her community service at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office and attending psychotherapy sessions.Actress Lindsay Lohan appears for a probation hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.Shawn Chapman Holley, Lohan's attorney, and Lindsay Lohan sit in court during Lohan's probation violation hearing at the Airport Courthouse on November 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Lohan was sentenced t[...]



Herman Cain denies harassment claims

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A third woman considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she deemed aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.The woman said he made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against Cain, who was then the head of the National Restaurant Association.The woman was located and approached by the AP as part of its investigation into harassment complaints against Cain that were disclosed in recent days and have thrown his presidential campaign into turmoil. She spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared losing her current job and the possibility of damage to her reputation.Cain's campaign denied anew that he'd done anything wrong, decried a "smear campaign" as he is riding high in opinion polls and accused rival Rick Perry's operation of being behind the original stories.Perry's campaign denied any involvement — and suggested the campaign of yet another candidate, Mitt Romney, might be a source. Romney's campaign said that wasn't true.Later, Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan called the Cain campaign's assertions against Perry "both reckless and false.""For a candidate and campaign that claim to be the victims of unfounded and unproven accusations, they are awfully quick to hurl unfounded accusations themselves. Contrary to the Cain campaign's false accusations, there is not one shred of evidence that any member of the Perry team had anything to do with the recent stories regarding Herman Cain -- because it isn't true," Sullivan said.The woman said she did not file a formal complaint against Cain because she began having fewer interactions with him. Later, she learned that a co-worker — one of the two women whose accusations have rocked Cain's [...]



Miss World 2011 updates - London Sightseeing

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Miss World 2011: London Sightseeing

A glimpse of London's best

The 113 Miss World contestants had a sightseeing tour throughout the city of London where they had the chance of observing the city highlights and most special places. Rehearsals will take place in the coming days prior the finals next Sunday.

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Miss World 2011 updates - Miss World Beauty with a Purpose 2011 Finalists

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Miss World Top Model 2011 Finalists

Bolivia, Brazil, England, Italy, Korea, Kazakhstan, Martinique, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saint Barthélemy, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

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Miss World Beauty with a Purpose 2011 Finalists

Ecuador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe

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Nick Verreos Hosts FIDM Scholarship Store "Fabric Party": The Recap!

2011-12-06T10:30:49.652-08:00

A FAB Fabric Sale, Lots of Signed Fashion Illustrations, Free Prizes, "Project Runway" Dishing and More...La Familia: Nick Verreos with FIDM Scholarship Store attendees, my "Twitter" Bestie Victor Padilla (holding his Season 2 Project Runway DVD!) and his mommy, the fabulously chic Olga, FIDM Scholarship Store "Fabric, Draping & Sketching Party"FIDM Scholarship Store, Downtown L.A. FIDM CampusLast Thursday I had the privilege of hosting a fun "Fabric Party" at the FIDM Scholarship Store (voted the "Best Boutique/Store in L.A." by the readers of Downtown News BTW!). The reason for the little daytime bash was the fact that EVERY fabric in the store was priced at only $2/yard (it's ALWAYS on sale at the FIDM Scholarship Store!).Sketching Table: Nick Verreos getting ready to sketch fashion illustrations for the shoppersAlso, besides the fact that I was hosting this event, I was there to assist shoppers on what fabrics to get, give you ideas for fashion design, and to of course, sign original fashion illustrations that I did right then and there!In addition, we had two FIDM Graduates from the Advanced Fashion Design Program--Angela Avanesyan and Paul Hernandez, presenting the "Art of Draping": each created a one-of-a-kind gown as guests watched (!) using fabric from the FIDM Scholarship Store. Angela, who was one of my students several years ago (very proud of her!) draped a beautiful one-shoulder flowing gown with original strapping using blue satin fabric, as seen above...And Paul (above)--shy little Paul (Not!), went "Miss Venezuela Fabulosa!" creating a plunging neckline gown featuring a hand-pleated top section and OVERSIZED gathered side "Puff's". In case you want to know how those stood up: "dotted" pattern paper! He used "Barbie Pink" poly satin--again from the FIDM Scholarship Store, of course.Also for this "Fabric Party" was Mark Griffin, a FIDM Interior Design graduate, and one of the talented FIDM interior design students[...]



Pan American Games 2011

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The 16th Pan American Games wrapped up with closing ceremonies this past weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico. Over 6,000 athletes from 42 nations in the Western Hemisphere competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals in many of the same events that will be seen during the Olympic Games next summer in London. Athletes were also vying for Olympic qualifying berths in many of the events. The 2015 edition of the games will be held in Toronto. --  (35 photos total)Cuban Jose Alberto Sanchez (left) battle other runners in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase race.  Ariel Hsing of the United States serves during her women's singles quarter-final table tennis match. Hsing took home the bronze. Cuban Yaritza Abel (top) celebrates after defeating Mexican Karina Acosta in the women's Judo 63 kilogram final fight. In all, Cuba won 58 gold medals, second to the United States' 92. Jose Alberto Vargas of Mexico competes in the men's trampoline qualification round at the Pan American Games. Henry Linton Quesada of Costa Rica competes in the men's high jump final at Telmex Athletics Stadium in Guadalajara. Donald Thomas of the Bahamas won the event. Argentinean taekwon-do fighter Sebastian Crismanich (right) grapples with Venezuelan Carlos Vasquez in the under 80 kilogram final. Crismanich won the gold. Maurren Maggi of Brazil celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's long jump. Mexico's Giovanni Lanaro makes an attempt at 5.60 meters (about 18 feet, 4 inches) during the men's pole vault final. Lanaro missed, taking the bronze medal. Lazaro Borges of Cuba took the gold and Jeremy Scott of the United States the silver. Mexico's Lorenzo Real tries to block a US shot during their semifinal match in Guadalajara. Mexico won the match before losing the gold-medal round to Puerto Rico. Paula Pequeno from Brazil spikes the ball during a women's volleyball match against Cuba at the Pan[...]



Adorable Animals Pics That Amaze You

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Humanity has always shared an inherent connection with animals. Whether you love dogs, cats, birds or a different animal, most people identify with and admire at least one species of cute animal, and many of us keep at least one as a pet. In this post, we’ll look at 27 adorably cute and brilliant photographs of wild animals, captured by incredibly talented photographers[...]



The Day's Best Cool Pix

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Fall foliage is seen at Hanging Rock State Park near Danbury, N.C., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.Migrating cranes fly during the sunset near Straussfurt, central Germany, on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.Engineer Thomas Dwyer stands with the new Bionic Exoskeleton as members of the public walk by during its launch at the Excel centre on October 21, 2011 in London, England. The bionic device developed by Ekso Bionics is a wearable, battery-powered, robotic exoskeleton, designed to aid wheelchair users and those who have suffered from spinal chord injuries to stand and walk.A Thai man bathes on the street after becoming homeless when his home flooded October 21, 2011 in Pathumthani on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of factories closed in the central Thai province of Ayutthaya and Nonthaburi as the waters come closer to threaten Bangkok as well. Around 320 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years with damages running as high as $6 billion which could increase of the floods swamp Bangkok. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***Colombia team performs during the team free routine of the synchronized swimming finals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.Jessica Varnish of Great Britain leads team mate Victoria Pendleton on the first lap of the Women's Team Sprint during the 2011 Track Cycling European Championships at Omnisport Apeldoorn on October 21, 2011 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.Yamileska Yantin of Puerto Rico dives for the ball during the Bronze Medal game against the USA at the Beach Volleyball Stadium on October 21, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.A girl listens at the closed west door of St Paul's Cathedral on October 21, 2011 in London, En[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS VIETNAM WORLD 2011 - Victoria Phạm Thuý Vy's Photos & Profile/Biography

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Birth Name: Victoria Phạm Thuý VyBirth Date: (age 21)Birth Place: CaliforniaOccupation:Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s): Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:Victoria is currently studying business administration at university. Hobbies include: arts and crafts, travelling, theatre, tennis, swimming and baking. In her spare time, she designs homemade birthday cards for her friends and family.PHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official websitesource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



Miss World 2011 Contestant - MISS CHINA PR WORLD 2011 - Liu Chen's Photos & Profile/Biography

2011-12-06T10:30:49.653-08:00

Birth Name: Liu ChenBirth Date: (age 25)Birth Place:Occupation:Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)Measurements:Hair color: Eye color: Title(s):Major Competition(s): Miss World 2011BIOGRAPHY:Chen has a University degree in music and aspires to become a famous musician or music teacher. Chen sings, dances, plays the piano, paints, runs and swims. She describes herself as a girl full with love and a talent for art.PHOTO GALLERYSpecial thanks to Wikipedia & www.pinoyexchange.com/ & Miss World official websitesource: (Thank you and credits tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/http://ocean-blu.blogspot.com/and all sources for the information and pictures)[...]



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