Friday, December 25, 2009

South African model Candice Swanepoel on ramp

Candice Swanepoel photos
Candice Swanepoel, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

Here is a brief biography of the promising young 21-year-old (born October 20, 1988) South African fashion model Candice Swanepoel.

Swanepoel was born in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. According to reports, when she was only 15 years old, she was spotted by the model scout Kevin Ellis at a flea market in Durban and it opened up a bright modeling career for her and by the age 16, Swanepoel became a popular model for many reputed brands.

Candice Swanepoel has been on fashion magazine covers such as Vogue (Greece, October 2005), Elle (Germany, June 2008) and Ocean Drive (USA, November 2009). She also has appeared in the advertisements of Diesel, Victoria's Secret, Guess, Versus Eyewear, Topshop and many others. Ready-to-wear Fashion Shows she has appeared in include Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger.

Candice Swanepoel is naturally endowed with the physical attributes of a beautiful fashion model that attracts designers and fashion houses, apart from her fans. Her height is 5 feet 9.5 inches (177 cm), with dark blonde hair, blue eyes and has body measurements 32-23-34 (EU: 82-58-86), US dress size 4 (EU: 34) and US shoes size 7 (EU: 37). Her main modeling agency is Ice Model Management, Cape Town, South Africa and she is also associated with such agencies as IMG Models, Elite Model Management (Barcelona), Viva Models (Paris), Munich Models, Select Model Management and others.

The ready-to-wear clothing and fashion accessories that Swanepoel modeled for include brands such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Trussardi, Rock & Republic, Pamella Roland, Baby Phat, Amuleti J, Zang Toi, Pin-Up Stars, Nanette Lepore, Marc Bouwer, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Miss Bikini.

Recently Swanepoel was spotted shooting for the new theme of swimwear with Victoria’s Secret models at the beach Saint Barthelemy, where at this time of the year the well-heeled and famous flock together after fleeing the frigid winter conditions elsewhere.

Saint Barthélemy (Saint-Barth or St. Barts), located about 250 km east of Puerto Rico, one of the four territories among the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean that comprise the French West Indies, has the reputation of being considered ‘the playground of the rich and famous’. It is known for its beautiful pristine beaches (21 beaches on the small island), is also the favorite location of high-end designers, fashion houses and photographers. The tropical climate and the natural beauty of St. Barts makes it a prime location for modeling photo shoots for swimwear publications such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and others.

Candice Swanepoel in bikini

South African bikini model Candice Swanepoel photo
Candice Swanepoel, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

Candice Swanepoel in bra

South African fashion model Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

Candice Swanepoel - portrait

South African model Candice Swanepoel photo
Candice Swanepoel, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

Candice Swanepoel by the beach

Model Candice Swanepoel in bikini by the beach
Candice Swanepoel, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Christmas Day, originally an annual Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, is celebrated on December 25, throughout the world. With the passage of time, Christmas celebration has become an occasion to celebrate and reaffirm the universal feelings of love, affection and the oneness of all the humanity in most countries. It is especially so in India and some other Asian and African countries, even in places where the Christian population is a minority.

There are people who think that this date is not known to be Jesus' actual birthday, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, a historical Roman festival, or the date of the northern hemisphere's winter solstice. There is one more reason to think so because of readjustments in Calendars in some systems like the Gregorian calendar, Julian calendar and others. But the generally accepted date of birth of Jesus is 25 December, and let us celebrate this date as the date on which the great messiah of love and affection blessed the mankind.

Christmas celebrations may vary in the manner in which it is celebrated around the world, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions. For example, Christmas is very popular in countries such as Japan and Korea, though the Christian population is very small in those countries, but they have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as sending gifts, colorful decorations with Christmas trees and other symbolic Christmas items and greeting one another with love and affection.

Christmas Day is a major festival and public holiday in most countries of the world, especially in some non-Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration, for instance Hong Kong. As exceptions, countries where Christmas is not a formal public holiday include China, (except Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Turkey and North Korea.

As I said, may be because of calendar conflicts, or as a matter of their beliefs, while most countries celebrate Christmas on December 25, some national churches, including those of Russia, Georgia, Egypt, Armenia, Ukraine, Macedonia and Serbia celebrate Xmas on January 7. This is because of their use of the traditional Julian calendar, under which December 25 falls on January 7.

Friday, December 18, 2009

True music knows no barriers

True music knows no barriers, no age groups or time frames. We come across many musicians, songs and style in our lives. Some of them become a craze for some time and simply fade away, never to be heard of again! But there are certain gifted singers, bands and songs that remain evergreen, fresh and smoothening every time we hear them. In a sense they are immortal, timeless creations by true geniuses. In this regard, I particularly like Led Zeppelin, the English rock band originally formed by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands that pioneered the genre, but still their style transcending any one genre.

While searching for music and musicians I came across the online store Rhino from where you can order music in vinyl, CDs, DVDs and digital versions without compromising on quality. They have special promotions and events that can be very useful for music lovers, payments can be made online, and you can opt for shipping the ordered items to your address or download to your computer.

Yet another band that stood the test of time and won the hearts and souls of music and dance lovers is New Order. Acclaimed by fans, critics and musicians as a highly influential force in the alternative rock and dance music scenes over the past decades, New Order combined post-punk and electronic dance, and became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980s.

They were called The Band, originally made up of Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko and Levon Helm, first coming together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group, The Hawks. They were simply irresistible and produced great music and won many accolades, including the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

People knowingly or unknowingly revolt when their lives become stereotyped into repeating what others used to do, and change the rules of society’s norms. About four decades ago, an unbelievably huge gathering of half a million people at Max Yasgur’s farm, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, revolutionized rock music and all other genres forever. If you want to relive those happening moments Woodstock CDs will help you experience it.

The Bee Gees enthralled music lovers for over four decades with their harmonic soft rock and almost ruled the disco music era. They had sales over 200 million making them one of the best selling music artists of all time. If you listen to Bee Gees CDs you will feel they were rightfully placed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The late 80s superband Traveling Wilburys used pseudonyms such as Nelson Wilbury (George Harrison), Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne), Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison), Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. (Tom Petty) and Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan). The band was accidentally created in 1988 when Harrison wanted his ‘brothers’ to help him record the B side of ‘This is Love’. The result was ‘Handle with Care’, surprisingly too good to be used as a ‘filler’. Inspired by this, they created 10 tracks in 10 days and released as Traveling Wilburys Volume 1. It reached triple-platinum and won a Grammy. It was followed by the intentionally mis-numbered Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 that went platinum. You can recapture their music magic in Traveling Wilburys CDs.

No, it is not the end of the list, I just mentioned a few, Rhino has everything that you want to listen if you are looking for quality music, of any genre, group or musician of any time. Check them out to see the wide range they have on offer!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino is Miss World 2009

Miss Kaiane Aldorino, an amateur dancer and human resources clerk at St Bernard's Hospital, who was crowned Miss Gibraltar 2009, was crowned Miss World 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where this year’s Miss World pageant was held. She was declared winner from among 111 contestants from across the world to bring her country the Miss World title for the first time. The first runner-up was Miss Mexico Perla Beltran Acosta, and the third place was granted to the host South Africa’s Tatum Keshvar.

The leggy brunette Aldorino is a resident of Gibraltar, a self-governing British overseas territory and an important base for the British Armed Forces and a Royal Navy base, located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula and Europe at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.

Born on 8 July 1986, Kaiane Aldorino is 1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in) tall with brown hair and brown eyes. A dancer since the age of 14, she has participated at the 2009 International Dance Organisation World Showdance Championships, in Riesa, Germany, where she represented Gibraltar in the Formation category as part of the Gibraltar National Dance Team and made history by being the first time Gibraltar passed the first round, in the Formation category.

Aldorino is the first contestant from Gibraltar to reach the beauty pageant's semifinals, after receiving the title of Miss World Beach Beauty. After Aldorino was crowned by Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia, Gibraltar burst into celebration. Chief Minister of Gibraltar Peter Caruana hailed her win as a ‘wonderful achievement for her and for Gibraltar’ and promised a ‘homecoming fit for a queen’.

The Miss World pageant, the oldest major international beauty pageant still being held annually, was started in the UK by Eric Morley in 1951, and since his death in 2000, his wife Julia Morley co-chairs the pageant. Along with Miss Universe and Miss Earth contests, it is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The Miss World spends a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes and, lives in London during her reign.

Miss World was started as the Festival Bikini Contest, originally planned as a one-off event, later became the annual Miss World pageant after the beginning of the Miss Universe pageant. In the 1980s, the pageant rearmed itself with the slogan ‘Beauty with a Purpose’, with added tests of intelligence and personality to the competition. However, the pageant did not receive much support in UK, and despite the global appeal the show was not broadcast on any major terrestrial British TV network for several years, until Channel 5 aired it in 1998.

The pageant had its first black African winner Agbani Darego (of Nigeria) in 2001. As part of its marketing strategy, Miss World came up with a ‘You Decide’ TV special during that edition, featuring the delegates behind the scenes and on the beach, and allowing viewers to either phone in or vote online for their favorites. It also sells its Talent, Beach Beauty and Sports events as television specials to broadcasters.

As it appears in Wikipedia, in 2002 the pageant was slated for choosing Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria to host its final. This choice was controversial, as a northern Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, was awaiting death by stoning for adultery under Sharia law there, but Miss World chose to use the publicity surrounding its presence to bring greater global awareness and action to Amina's plight.

In this century, Mexico has the best record as of 2009 with consecutive placements from 2004 to 2009: two Top Model winners (2004 and 2009), one Beach Beauty winner (2008), two first runner-ups (2005 and 2009), one second runner-up (2007), and three Continental Queens of Beauty (2005, 2007, and 2009).

The Miss World Organisation owns and manages the annual Miss World Finals and is franchised in over 100 countries, and is also credited with directly influencing a dramatic increase in tourism in the host countries, especially in Sanya, China, host of the Miss World finals from 2003 to 2005.

Miss World's national preliminaries are conducted by their franchise-holders. The annual world final is usually a month long event, with several preliminary galas, dinners, balls and activities, culminating in a globally telecast final show in which the contest is narrowed down to 15 to 20 contestants.

Since 2003 the pageant also has been featuring Fast Track events during the preliminary rounds. The winners of Fast Track events are automatically qualified to enter the final round. The main Fast Track events since 2003 include Beach Beauty (2003-present), Miss Talent (2003-present), Miss Sports (2003-present), Beauty With A Purpose (2005-present), and Top Model (2004, 2007-present).

The Miss World titleholders from 1999 to 2009 are: 2009 - Kaiane Aldorino (Gibraltar), 2008 - Ksenia Sukhinova (Russia), 2007 - Zhang Zilin (China), 2006 - Taťána Kuchařová (Czech Republic), 2005 - Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland), 2004 - María Julia Mantilla (Peru), 2003 - Rosanna Davison (Ireland), 2002 - Azra Akın (Turkey), 2001 - Agbani Darego (Nigeria), 2000 - Priyanka Chopra (India), 1999 - Yukta Mookhey (India).

As of 2009 an analysis of the best performances by countries show that India and Venezuela have won 5 titles each; UK 4; Iceland, Jamaica and Sweden 3 titles each; Argentina, Australia, Austria, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa and United States 2 titles each; and Bermuda, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey winning one title each.

Former Miss World (2000) and popular Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was one of the judges in the contest. The last time India won the title was in 2000 when Priyanka Chopra brought home the crown, and before her Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999) won the title for India. This year’s Indian entry Miss India Pooja Chopra, who got some of the loudest applause for bravely taking on the contest despite a broken ankle, could not win any title.

The Miss World pageant has been the target of many controversies since its inception. In 1970 feminist protesters threw flour bombs during the live event at London's Royal Albert Hall, momentarily scaring the host Bob Hope.

In 1973 Marjorie Wallace, the first American to win the title, was forced to relinquish the title in 104 days of her reign, as the pageant officials stated that Wallace ‘had failed to fulfill the basic requirements of the job.’ The responsibilities and duties, not the title, have been offered to the first runner-up and was turned down by Evangeline Pascual of the Philippines.

The 1974 winner Helen Morgan representing the UK was forced to resign four days later after it was discovered she was a single mother. In 1976, several countries went on a boycott, because the pageant included both a Caucasian and African representative for South Africa. In yet another shut-out for the nation for its apartheid policy, South Africa competed for the last time in 1977, before it was welcomed back in 1991 after the end of apartheid.

The 1980 winner Gabriella Brum of Germany resigned one day after winning, initially claiming that her boyfriend disapproved of it, but a few days later it emerged that she had been forced to resign after it was discovered that she posed naked for a magazine.

In 1996, wide spread protests took place in Bangalore, India, over the hosting of the beauty contest. The swimsuit shootings were moved to Seychelles, and heavy security was placed. Despite the chaos, the pageant's live telecast went on smoothly. But Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd (ABCL), the main sponsor of the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant lost millions as a result of the protests and shifting of venues to save the pageant from being stalled.

Just days after her 1998 crowning, Israel's Linor Abargil revealed that she had been raped only two months before the pageant. The man accused of raping her was later convicted.

Miss World 2099 Kaiane Aldorino

Kaiane Aldorino photo
A nova Miss Mundo, originally uploaded by Alberto 2009.

Miss Kaiane Aldorino, representing Gibraltar, was crowned Miss World 2009, as she emerged winner out of 111 beauties from as many countries from around the world.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Actress Namitha in the pool

Namitha photo
namitha26, originally uploaded by nam.kaps.

The Kollywood film makers seem to make the best of the bulky opportunities to milk out the cream out of every film the curvaceous Punjabi girl is doing down south. Talent or no talent, the icon of millions of fans has the ability to make a losing film into a moneymaker at the box office. Her successful performances in Tamil movies has gained for her a sound, but heavy footing in the Telugu film industry too.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Understanding Tiger Woods, the golfer

US Sailors watch Tiger Woods hit a few golf balls during a demonstration in the hanger bay of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier war ship USS George Washington in the Arabian Gulf on March 3, 2004. Woods accompanied by Elin Nordegren, PGA player Mark O'Meara, and caddies Steve Williams and Greg Rita visited the Norfolk based carrier in the Arabian Gulf before participating in the European PGA Tour's Dubai Desert Classic. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) were deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of operation in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom.

While gossip tabloids and the rest of the media are busy making big banner headlines on the US golfer Tiger Woods’ alleged linkups with high profile hookers who claim that he had shelled out sums like $60000 to cat around them, some reports suggested that the Woods may have left their plush Florida mansion. There were even speculations that Woods and his family were considering moving to Sweden where wife Elin Nordegren had recently purchased a mansion.

Meanwhile there were reports from London that Woods’ mother wants him to “face his demons” if he wants to steer clear off the current crisis. The Mirror reported quoting a source, “She fears for his mental and physical health and wants him to know she is here”. In the meanwhile, there are reports that lawyers of Woods have obtained a court injunction in the UK preventing certain information purportedly about him being published, granted by a judge at the High Court in London.

Also, according to reports, American golfer John Daly has hit out at his fellow professional golfers who have refused to support Tiger Woods during his current personal crisis. “I wish them (the Woods family) the best. I’m not too happy with what some players have said. Golf needs him. Tiger is the reason we’re playing for so much money.”

Meanwhile there were concerns appearing in the media about the woes of PGA that the scandal may cost it millions of dollars, as Woods’ alleged extra-marital affairs plus front page headlines bearing ‘steamy text messages are likely to compound both his and PGA’s problems’. At the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday he was neither present nor there was a single commercial featuring Woods whose endorsements are major part of his estimated US$ 130 million earnings this year. Similarly, reports on Dec 9 said PepsiCo’s Gatorade drink, Tiger Focus, was cancelled.

However, it was nice to read that on Dec 12 Woods broke silence and said that he would take an indefinite break from the sport and apologized to his friends and family. “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask for forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage, but I want to do my best to try”, a statement published on Tiger Woods’ website said.

Seemingly, his silence and the ensuing scandal -- after he crashed his car yards away from his own home in Florida, hitting a fire hydrant and after that a tree -- threatened to tarnish the most lucrative brand in sports history. It was a public relations disaster serving only to feed gossip columns and websites, barely a day passing without a new alleged mistress emerging in his private life.

The scandal also threatened his sponsorship contacts running into several millions of dollars, as he is estimated to earn about US$ 100 million a year, woods being credited with the status of a rare sports personality to have crossed US$ 1 billion in career earnings. While his sponsors, reportedly were deeply concerned, his agents and advisors too were silent, possibly because the elusive Tiger was out-of-bounds. Having already won 14 international golf majors out of 71 professional titles, the world No 1 had ambitions to overtake the world record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.

Instead of silence that bred more and more juicy stories concerning his involvement with no less than a dozen women, Woods should have gone on the lines of what John Daly said, “If I were him I’d go to Oprah, I would get on her show, tell the truth and it doesn’t matter what the media say anymore.”

Looking at the lives of some of the greatest celebrities in the sports world, there were alleged scandals surrounding many of the greats like Magic Johnson, Maradona, Shane Warne, Boris Becker and many more -- scandals linking them to women or unacceptable habits that the society tends to look down upon. All these go to show that celebrities, including sportspersons, too are vulnerable human beings and, as the fans and the sponsors expect, are not Gods. They too come across situations when they are overcome by temptations that are a part and parcel of celebrity lives. However, this is in no way to justify what Woods may have done in his personal life.

But the real life is far more complicated, unpredictable, and some of the most outstanding top achievers had private lives that don’t go well with the public concept of celebrity status. Arguably, there may not be even one celebrity who did not break the rules of societal morality and not indulged in immoral acts. However, like everyone else, they are responsible for breaking the norms of morality and have to pay the price, and Tiger Woods is no exception. But does it have to do anything with his ability as a sportsman? Essentially he became famous because of his outstanding skills as a golfer, not for other reasons. And perhaps, if Woods were just another person, without the celebrity aura surrounding him, this scandal would not have even found even a one-line mention in the media, even if he actually had out-of-marriage affairs with dozens of women a month. And none of the women who claim to have affairs with him would have come out so openly, if he was just another person.

So, let us look at what Tiger Woods contributed to the world as a sportsman, rather than waste several tons of newsprint on his personal life, and use millions of webpages on it.

Undoubtedly, Woods, who has become an international sporting icon since winning his first major in 1997 at the age of 21, has exceptional skills that are rare on sports fields, and one of the genuine sports greats to have walked the earth, having achieved the perfection he has exhibited on the golf courses across the world. It is his mastery of golf that made him an icon and a poster boy to millions. The present scandal in no way makes him a lesser golfer, though he has announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from golf. In the course of time, possibly, he may be forgiven for what he has confessed to, but it will be a great loss to sports if his active sporting years are wasted because of a scandal.

Also, let us not forget that Woods gave new meaning to golf that has now many millions of more fans than before Woods emerged on the golf courses! And the tabloids and other media that thrived on his personal life stories and sensational revelations from women might have earned more sales and advertising money than Woods and PGA loses!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Is Asin pairing up with Vijay again?

There are news reports that the beautiful and talented Kerala actress Asin is again to pair with the South Indian poster boy Ilayathalapathi Vijay on the silver screen in a yet-to-be-named Tamil movie. This is the third time the pair will come together after their successful films Sivakasi (2005) and Pokkiri (2007). Is it a comeback? Tired of Bollywood? Whatever it is, she is expected to lap up the chance with producer Aascar Ravichandran, whose film ‘Dasavathaaram’ opposite Kamal Haasan that elevated her further up as a star and found her a place in Bollywood where she successfully performed and created a huge fan-following.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF

The picture above from Paris Hilton’s photo shoot in Dubai might have been shot during her visit to the emirate in connection with her reality show, Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF, the fourth installment of My New BFF franchise, a TV show from Dubai where she searches for her new best female friend in the Middle East, as she has never visited Dubai before. The original author of this photo named only Hilton and the names or identities of other persons in the photo are unknown.

The international distributor Lions Gate that had an interest in Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF during its recent Los Angeles screening was reportedly to be involved in distribution after production is complete and it was expected it would also be aired in the US, probably on MTV. But it has not been aired yet.

As per reports, shooting for Hilton’s TV show began on 17 June 2009 and continued for seventeen days. During these days she desired to find her new BFF from a group of twenty female contestants, ten Arab citizens of Dubai and the rest of other nationalities who has been living in Dubai. The show with 10 episodes and 20 contestants had elimination rounds and Paris was to retain some ‘Talk To You Soon’ friends out of the eliminated contestants that Paris wants to keep in touch with, not as Best Friends but as ‘Just Friends’.

As it was Paris Hilton first visit to Dubai. So a part of the show was for her initial reaction to her first trip to UAE. The last episode concluded with a shoot in Los Angeles, USA. The first episode kicked off with a social event in a club in Dubai, ‘The BED Lounge’, and the tickets to attend the event were sold.

There was a press conference in which the Dubai BFF cast attended. Because of cultural and lifestyle differences in Dubai and the UK and USA, the Dubai version of Hilton’s show “would have to be compatible with cultural sensitivities as Hilton is known for her wild partying,” Dubai TV executive Ziad Batal said. Michael Hirschhorn, co-founder of Ish Entertainment further explained that the Dubai production won't be as racy as the US or UK versions. For example, alcoholic drinks, swearing, immodest conversation or risqué clothing would be restricted. Also, the TV production had to receive many approvals, including the blessings of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In the meanwhile, ironically, a lawsuit was filed in Crawford County Court, USA, in June 2009 against the producers of the show by an American woman Lisa Miceli who felt the show, including Hilton and Ish Entertainment, had attempted a "hostile takeover" of her life, including attempts to interfere with her alleged relationship with Sheik Ahmed Bin Saeed Bin Al Maktoum, whom she claimed she plans to marry. It is speculated that the airing of Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF has been stopped due to this suit, though it has been dismissed by Senior Judge Fred Anthony who signed an order dismissing Lisa Miceli's suit against Viacom and MTV.

According to news reports, Miceli claimed in the suit that she told representatives of Viacom, MTV and Ish Entertainment to prohibit Hilton from doing activities "that have anything to do with marrying into the culture of Dubai." She said she also asked that Hilton be prohibited from any "stalking and harassment of Lisa Miceli and her intended marriage partner."

In a September 1 order, as Miceli did not substantiate her claims, the Crawford County Court Senior Judge Fred Anthony observed that she had the right to amend her complaint and gave her 20 days to do so. But Miceli missed the deadline, and the judge signed the order dismissing her suit and the order was filed in Crawford County Court the next day.

Paris Hilton with Neuro Sonic on a yacht in Cannes

The international celebrity and hotel heiress Paris Hilton is photographed with a Neuro Sonic at the Neuro party on the Yacht in Cannes recently. The ever-partying Paris is quite an attraction in parties and promotions of clubs and crowds are attracted to such venues as magnets attract and cling iron filings, just for her charismatic presence. She makes millions just for appearances in promotional events and endorsements and her sponsors earn many multiples of what is being paid to her.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clear Wireless Internet Deals

Internet connectivity sometimes can drive you mad with no connection being possible to the World Wide Web, very low upload and download speeds, interruptions and losing connections even after getting connected. The problem can be quite upsetting especially when you have to connect to the internet for any urgent work. I have experienced it all till I found out how easy Internet accessibility can be with the next-generation 4G WiMAX technology.

If you are currently connected to Internet using cable or other systems, even if you do not face much problems, you have to experience being connected using Clear Wireless Internet 4G to know the difference. Though I was using a cable connection and DSL modem earlier, because of connectivity and speed problems I switched over to clear wireless Internet services.

They have really faster speeds, various deals and plans for homes, wireless Internet, and both, allowing you to go online from wherever you are. No need to say, it is four times faster than 3G with download speeds averaging between 3 to 6 Mbps. Clear Wireless Internet is ideal for live videos, downloading music or movies, video chats and other purposes.

Before getting my Clear Wireless Internet connection, as I said, I faced many problems in getting connected and even I paid more for my internet usage. But I found that Clear has many packages to suit the requirements of all users. Great deals are going on right now if you sign up as a new customer. In fact they offer better services and great prices compared to Mobile and Home Internet provided by most other Internet Service Providers.

Clear Broadband Internet enables you for video chats and lets your kids play games online even when you are in your car, or when you are in the park, or any other place for that matter. Their packages include Home Internet, VoIP packages and more. You get more advantages than fixed line, mobile or 3G, all combined into one, if you go for the latest technology offered by the satellite internet.

Bar Rafaeli in sexy bikini

Bar Rafaeli bikini photo
Bar Rafaeli, originally uploaded by laura_cupcak3.

After breaking up six months ago from Leonardo DiCaprio, the Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her ex-boyfriend DiCaprio were spotted together at a Bahamas resort according to a New York Post report which was told by a source, "They stayed in their own villa. They were shacked up together all weekend." After the public breakup with DiCaprio in the last few months, Bar Refaeli was seen with Israeli millionaire Tedi Sagi, the Brazilian polo player Ricardo Mansur and Oded Kobo, the son of Israeli tycoon Bebo Kobo. Also DiCaprio recently has been photographed with actress Kate Bosworth and Lindsay Lohan.

Refaeli was earlier linked to Baywatch actor David Charvet and Uri El-Natan before her relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, after a meeting with him at a Las Vegas party in November 2005. Their relationship ended in June 2009.

The Israeli model and actress Refaeli, born on June 4, 1985, is the cover model of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She began a modeling career when she was barely eight months old appearing in commercials.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Burj Dubai, symbol of overabundance and now downfall

Burj Dubai , the tallest building in the world
Burj Dubai, originally uploaded by Joi.

Burj Dubai, the skyscraper being constructed in Dubai, UAE, is claimed to be the tallest man-made structure ever built with a height of 818 meters (2,684 ft) and as announced earlier is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy on 4 January 2010, but in view of the financial turmoil in Dubai and crash of real estate market to an all-time low, is likely to be quite late when completion will be over. The building is at the First Interchange along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district, constructed as per the designs of architect Adrian Smith, the main builders being Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec. The projected original cost for the Burj Dubai is about US$4.1 billion. Now it seems, with the financial crunch that has hit the Dubai business and the Government of Dubai, coupled with the crash of stock market to an all time low of 6%, the costs are likely to change drastically. Dubai, though built on oil revenues, now accounts for only 6% of its revenue from oil and depends on tourism, real estate development and other sectors of industry for its income.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Demi Moore on Dec 2009 W magazine

Is this photo AIRBRUSHED to make the 47-year old Demi Moore look like the much younger Polish model Anja Rubik, or is Rubik's image is superimposed with Moore's image from the neckline, as some critics claim? However, Moore strongly denies the allegations, and she has posted the original photo on Twitter. Similarly, "W" magazine's spokesperson too asserted that the photo is original.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brooke Burke wallpaper #3

Brooke Burke
Brooke-Burke-112, originally uploaded by Forbidden Candy.

Brooke Burke wallpaper #2

Brooke Burke
Brooke-Burke-85, originally uploaded by HardAss2009.

Brooke Burke wallpaper

Brooke Burke
brooke-burke-1024x768-23109, originally uploaded by aunsen.

Kristin Kreuk wallpaper

Kristin Kreuk wallpaper
Kristin Kreuk, originally uploaded by Speedy Gonzalez2012.

TV personality Brooke Burke

Brooke Burke bikini photo
Brooke Burke, originally uploaded by Speedy Gonzalez2012.

The American celebrity Brooke Burke, born on September 8, 1971, is a TV personality, fashion model and dancer. She is best known for hosting “Wild On!” a popular travel series on the “E! Entertainment Television” channel (1999 - 2002) and Rock Star (CBS summer reality show that is an American Idol-like series of 2005 - 2006). For the series “Wild On!” she traveled the world widely to profile the most popular travel and tourism destinations. She (with Derek Hough as her partner) is also famous for winning Dancing with the Stars (Season 7). Burke also starred in the TV show “The Weakest Link”.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Burke attended both Sahuaro High School and Palo Verde High School in Tucson, and then studied broadcast journalism at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Burke was instrumental in promoting infomercials like a Swiss ball video home fitness workout, “Gunnar Peterson's Core Secrets”. Brooke Burke appeared in the video series “20 Minute Full Body Workout”. Burke also hosted NBC pre-show for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Tiki Barber and Nancy O'Dell in 2009.

Burke has two daughters from her marriage (2001) with Garth Fisher, a plastic surgeon of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, though they eventually filed for divorce which was finalized in 2006. It was followed by her announced engagement, on August 21, 2006, to actor and singer David Charvet. This relationship has two children together for them, a daughter and a son.

Burke gave her voice and face for Rachel Teller in Electronic Arts' video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. Brooke Burke also asks the questions in the video game Trivial Pursuit Unhinged. Also she has starred as a playable character in Burger King’s PocketBike Racer and in Big Bumpin.

Burke, in the beginning, had worked as a model for Venus Swimwear and Frederick's of Hollywood. She also had the opportunities to appear in magazines like Maxim, Stuff and FHM. She was listed as one of Blender's hottest women of film and TV for the year 2007. On the business front, Burke’s company Baboosh Baby, started in 2007, offers wraps for pregnant women.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Before and After - Valerie

Valerie, 28 years, is a very happy Lucille Roberts member. Here is the extract of what is appended to the post. While growing up, Valerie was just a bit bigger than her friends, but never has ever been labeled "the fat one". She picked up a few pounds throughout college but after graduation she noticed her cloths do not fit and her face was getting rounder to become "the fat girl" in her social circles. She decided to join a gym and chose Lucille Roberts for its women's only membership. Within a year, she had lost 45 pounds and dropped down to size 4 jeans. Now, about a year and a half after being a size 14/16, She maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. In fact a great change for Valerie and perhaps every fat or obese woman may be looking for a change like this.

Obesity can be overcome helped by diet, being careful about what food to eat, and proper exercise. Some people also use weight loss programs offered by professional organizations or weight loss experts. In severe cases, medicines and treatments can be useful and in extremely severe cases, weight-loss surgery can be done.

Obesity usually occurs because of over-eating and lack of enough exercise. Obesity is a condition that can shorten your life by affect you mentally and physically. Obesity often has its roots in childhood, as obesity in children is growing at a frighteningly fast rate in developed and developing countries. There are more obese children now than ever before, at any periods in history, in almost all countries. Parents let their carelessness with their own diets spill over into their children’s lives and make their lives a curse when they grow up.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mallika Sherawat bikini pics

Mallika Sherawat in red bra

Mallika Sherawat photo
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Mallika Sherawat at AFI 2009

Indian actress Mallika Sherawat attends the red carpet for the screening of "The Road" at AFI Fest 2009 in Hollywood, CA, USA.

Mallika Sherawat to act in Hollywood film on Barack Obama

Mallika Sherawat, making waves in the US after getting a residence permit arranged by Jackie Chan and bagging the lead role in Jennifer Lynch's film Hissss, is to act in a film based on Barack Obama, tentatively titled “Love, Barack”, by Doug McHenry. Sherawat’s role is that of the fictional character Aretha Gupta, inspired by the life and story of Kamala Harris, the District Attorney of San Francisco, who was cited by the New York Times to be among the seventeen most likely women candidates to be elected the first female President of the United States. Kamala is the daughter of Dr. Shyamala Gopalan (a Tamil Indian mother from Chennai) and Donald Harris (a Jamaican American father Stanford University economics professor).

Mallika Sherawat’s Tweet on Twitter reads, "Kamala is a great inspiration and to play a part inspired by her is an actress's dream. I will B 'shadowing' Harris to research my new movie. It's an amazing role. I'm working hard at. I'm ready…”

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kourtney Kardashian in swimsuit

Khloe and Kourtney at Miami's South Beach

Kourtney Kardashian at the beach #2

Kourtney Kardashian at the beach

Khloe Kardashian at Miami South Beach

Christian Serratos at 2009 MTV movie awards

Christian Serratos in LaROK Princess Dress photographed at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

Christian Serratos: SAVE THE SEALS

actress Christian Serratos photo
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The TWILIGHT star CHRISTIAN SERRATOS who poses for SAVE THE SEALS campaign of PETA has now appeared nude for PETA's latest anti-fur campaign. The stunning brunette, who is a strict vegetarian leans against a lucky tree, baring all, in the new campaign. Christian who wants to stop the slaughtering animals for their fur is shown with the the legendary PETA slogan 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' in the ad. Search Flickr for her latest PETA ad photo.

Rihanna - Woman Of The Year 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Freida Pinto love-struck with Dev Patel

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel
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Pictured: Dev Patal and Freida Pinto at the 34th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards.

Freida Pinto is reportedly so love-struck with her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel that she could not even take her eyes off him while she was at the Britannia Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The 25-year-old actress was surrounded by a host of admirers, but she batted them away only to focus her attention on Patel, New York Post reported, adding, "She only had eyes for Dev. They look like they are totally in love". According to sources, Freida turned away many hopeful suitors to be with her 6-year junior beau Dev Patel.

Danny Boyle, the director of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was also present at the event. He said, "I'm delighted for them, they seem to be real soul mates... and I'm sure more than that." He was surprised to know that the onscreen couple was also dating in real life, as he had no inkling of an impending romance between them despite working together for months while shooting for the Academy Award winning film.

According to reports, Pinto has completed her work for the film “Miral”, a Franco-Israeli production directed by Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel. Pinto has also been cast in “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”, a 2010 film written and directed by Woody Allen, and which co-stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts. According to The Daily Telegraph, Pinto is currently the highest paid actress in Bollywood.