Saturday, August 28, 2010

Who is Taylor Swift's ‘Mine’ Mystery Man?


Watch this short video clip for an answer for who is the mystery man who was an inspiration for “Mine”.

"Mine", a single by Taylor Swift, released on August 4, 2010, is the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now, and the eleventh single release of her career. The song was released two weeks ahead of the planned August 16 release due to its online leak.

In a live chat on July 20, 2010, Swift said, "It's a song that is about ... my tendency to run from love." Every relationship she has been in ‘has ended in goodbye, has ended in breakups,’ and that ‘Mine" is "sort of about finding the exception to that."

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It was nice to note that the country singer Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to build a new playground for kids in Tennessee at a place where she went to school. Swift has handed over the money to officials with the hope that they would use it to benefit those who have been struggling in the wake of the 2010 floods which swept through Hendersonville, Contactmusic reported.

But to set the record right her business manager has suggested the funds will go towards updating the Kids Kingdom play area, as well as the city's volleyball courts. According to reports, the old playground is expected to be torn down and rebuilt as a new facility in early 2011.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods divorced

Photo: Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods are divorced

World's top golfer Tiger Woods on Thursday admitted his own misdeeds wrecked his marriage and he wished his former wife Elin Nordegren ‘the best in everything,’ in every thing. They issued a joint statement too, without blaming each other but saying that they would be committed for the upbringing of their ‘wonderful’ kids.

"I wish her the best in everything," Woods told reporters in Paramus in New Jersey two days after their divorce, and added, "You know, it's a sad time in our lives. And we're looking forward in our lives and how we can help our kids the best way we possibly can. And that's the most important thing."

Woods said, "As far as my game and practicing, that's been secondary… We're trying to get our kids situation to our new living conditions and how that's going to be. That's where our focus is going to be right now".

Nordegren has also broken her nine-month silence about the scandal involving her husband and said that she never suspected her husband. "I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children," she told People magazine.

The scandal not only affected Tiger Woods, but the entire sports industry, especially golf-based ones, and his endorsers. The total losses are estimated in billions.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss Universe 2010: Forecasts Vs Results


This video dated May 09, 2010 shows forecasts by eduniverse2009 that had billed the following contestants as the Top 5 contestants of Miss Universe 2010:

1 PHILIPPINES - Maria Venus Raj

2 VENEZUELA - Marelisa Gibson

3 MEXICO - Jimena Navarrete

4 RUSSIA - Irina Antonenko

5 PUERTO RICO - Mariana Vicente

I consider this forecast by eduniverse2009 as a remarkable feat as four of the contestants have emerged in the final results; Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete has won the coveted Miss Universe crown and Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj has won the fourth Runner-up title. Miss Puerto Rico Mariana Vicente came in the Top 10, and Miss Russia Irina Antonenko was placed in the Top 15. What went terribly wrong was the case of Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson who was expected to win the Miss Universe Crown itself by several other polls. Any way, here follows the official results for the Top 5:

1 Mexico - Jimena Navarrete (Miss Universe 2010)

2 Australia - Jesinta Campbell (2nd Runner-up)

3 Jamaica - Yendi Phillipps (1st Runner-up)

4 Ukraine - Anna Poslavska (3rd Runner-up)

5 Philippines - Maria Venus Raj (4th Runner-up)

Venus Raj: From Dethroned Philippines Beauty Queen to Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up


She has been described as, "The dethroned beauty who got her crown back", by many commentators on beauty pageants, lifestyle, fashion, etc. Yes, there is no other way to describe this beauty with exceptional courage for her age, and she is the quintessential beauty with brains.

She has had the worst of humiliations from all who were supposed to support her, with the exception of a few well-meaning persons. Firstly, on March 29, 2010, Raj was dethroned from the title of Binibining Pilipinas Universe citing inconsistencies in her birth certificate by the organizers Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI) who replaced her with 2nd runner up Helen Nicolette Henson, who got the chance because the first runner-up Diane Elaine S. Necio was only 17 years old and did not meet the age specifications of Miss Universe Organization.

However, her Filipino supporters and fans ran online petitions, signature campaigns, Facebook fan groups, blogs, forums and sounded petitions to BPCI, forcing them to reinstall her crown on April 10, 2010. Among Raj's supporters were several beauty queen friends, notably 1982 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe and actress Maria Isabel Lopez and Miss International 1979, Mrs. World-Philippines 2005 and Supermodel Melanie Marquez.

Then there was the citizenship row, as it was required that Maria Venus Raj obtain a valid Philippine passport as proof of her true citizenship. However, on May 19, 2010, the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued her a Philippines passport, stating that she is ‘a Philippines citizen by virtue of the jus sanguinis principle’ (right of blood), which bestows upon a person the citizenship of his father or mother regardless of where the person was born.

It may be noted that Maria Venus Raj was born out of wedlock in Doha, Qatar, where her mother was working - she has Indian lineage. Upon separation of her parents, Raj was taken to Bato, Camarines Sur in Bicol Region, Philippines as an infant and was registered by an aunt as Philippine-born to Roman Catholic parents. It was her mother, a former tenant farmer and dressmaker who brought Maria Venus Raj up as a child. Raj lived in a nipa hut made of wood, bamboo and anahaw leaves with no electricity in the middle of a paddy field in rural Bato town for over twenty years. As the youngest of five children, Maria Venus Raj started joining local beauty pageants at 17 years old, and had to put up many hardships.

Humiliated by BPCI’s dethroning her, Raj had contemplated legal action challenging their decision in a court of law, and Lawyer Francis Padua Papica, who sponsored Raj’s college education, and another counsel volunteered to defend her for free. Through Rafa Delfin, director of the website www.criticalbeauty.com, an appeal regarding Raj's case was sent to the Miss Universe Organization regarding the issue.

In a Philippines TV appearance, Raj said that a representative of the Miss Universe Organization spoke with her and they looked into her case. In the interview, she said, “My fight is now more than just chasing a dream. It is about clearing my soiled reputation. It is about standing up for people who are poor and born out of wedlock. It is a fight for acceptance.”

Though she finished fourth runner-up to Mexico's Ximena Navarrete in Miss Universe 2010, and became the first Filipina delegate to place in the semifinals after eleven years.

Most importantly, Raj holds the record as the first-ever dethroned Binibining Pilipinas to have successfully fought and regained the Binibining Pilipinas crown, and also to become at least the fourth runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete crowned Miss Universe 2010

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Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete has won the Miss Universe 2010 crown.

Here are the rest of the results:

1st Runner-up: Yendi Phillipps, Jamaica

2nd Runner-up: Jesinta Campbell, Australia

3rd Runner-up: Anna Poslavska, Ukraine

4th Runner-up: Venus Raj, Philippines

Top 10:

Albania - Angela Martini

Guatemala - Jessica Scheel

Ireland - Rozanna Purcell

Puerto Rico - Mariana Vicente

South Africa - Nicole Flint

Top 15

Belgium - Cilou Annys

Colombia - Natalia Navarro

Czech Republic - Jitka Válková

France - Malika Ménard

Russia - Irina Antonenko

All the Miss Universe 2010 Contestants

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2010 Miss Universe contestants for the Miss Universe pageant posing for photos in front of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Paula Shugart and Donald Trump meet Miss Universe 2010 contestants

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and Donald Trump

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and Donald Trump meet with the Miss Universe 2010 contestants at the Events Center in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, August 22, 2010 - ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

This is the Bay Resort and Casino in the Sin City, where the Miss Universe 2010 Pageant is being held (on August 23, 2010).

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119, with 3,309 rooms and total gaming space of 135,000 sq ft (12,500 squire meter), owned by MGM Resorts International, is a 43-story luxury hotel casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

The adjacent Mandalay Bay Convention Center has almost 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 sq m) of space and the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosts events including boxing, the UFC's MMA pay-per-views and concerts. It hosted the Latin Grammy Awards in 2007 and 2009 and will host it up until 2012.

The working title for the $950 million resort and casino was "Project Paradise", officially replaced with Mandalay Bay in 1998.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Will Rima Fakih win the Miss Universe crown?

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Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, performs in her swimsuit by Dar Be Dar Swimwear during the Presentation Show for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Source: Flickr/ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

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Rima Fakih: Publicity photo, June 2010.

Rima Fakih, born at Srifa, South Governorate (al-Janoub), Lebanon, moved to the United States with her family in her childhood. As a Muslim and an Arab, she is the first person of her nationality, ethnicity or religion to win Miss USA. In 2008 she traveled back to Lebanon to compete in the Miss Lebanon Emigrant pageant and was Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2008 2nd runner-up.

Prior to winning the Miss USA title she worked as a sales associate at the Detroit Medical Center, developing and recruiting in the Arab American community.

Fakih won the Miss Michigan USA pageant on September 19, 2009 at the McMorran Place Theater Port Huron. In May 2010 she represented Michigan at the Miss USA 2010 pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She won the Miss USA title on May 16, 2010, becoming the first Miss Michigan USA to win the national title since Kenya Moore in 1993.

After winning the Miss Michigan USA 2010 title in her hometown, the 24 year old beauty, it seems, she will settle for nothing less than the Miss Universe crown. Will she won’t she?

Marelisa Gibson, Venezuela

Marelisa Gibson, Miss Venezuela 2010

Marelisa Gibson, Miss Venezuela 2010, poses for the judges in her Dar Be Dar swimsuit and Nina Shoes during the 2010 Miss Universe Presentation Show at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010.Source: ho/Miss Universe Organization LP., LLLP

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Marelisa Gibson poses in her Dar Be Dar swimsuit during the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday Aug. 8, 2010.

Marelisa Gibson.- Miss Venezuela 2009

Marelisa Gibson: Poses for photo on July 4, 2010.

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This photo was taken on June 30, 2010.

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The stunning 21 year old beauty Marelisa Gibson may be looking for a hattrick after her Venezuelan predecessor Stefania Fernandez won the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant. She is 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) tall with brown eyes, brown hair, and is holding the titles Miss Miranda 2009 and Miss Venezuela 2009. She is a model and Gibson and studies Architecture at the Central University of Venezuela, in Caracas. Her hobbies include theater and photography. Will she win the crown?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MISS UNIVERSE 2010: Qory Sandioriva, Miss Indonesia 2010

Miss Indonesia 2010 Qory Sandioriva
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Wen Tang, Miss China 2010

Wen Tang, Miss China 2010, poses in her swimsuit

Miss Wen Tang, Miss China 2010, poses in her swimsuit during the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Miss China 2010 Tang Wen poses in her national costume

Miss China 2010 Tang Wen poses for photographers in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada August 16, 2010.

Miss China 2010 Tang Wen poses in evening gown

Tang Wen poses in evening gown.

Miss Brazil Debora Lyra

Miss Brazil Debora Lyra poses in her national costume

Miss Brazil Debora Lyra poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 16, 2010.

Miss Universe 2010 contest candidates on their way to the lemonade stand

Miss Universe 2010 contest candidates (from left to right) Sonia Cruz (Miss El Salvador), Linda Faeh (Miss Switzerland), Keshtjella Pepshi (Miss Kosovo), Angela Martini (Miss Albania) and Debora Lyra (Miss Brazil), pose on their way to the lemonade stand for raise money for the Nevada Cancer Institute on the outskirts of the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MISS UNIVERSE 2010 contestants Debora Lyra (Miss Brazil 2010) and others

Keshtjella Pepshi (Miss Kosovo 2010), Debora Lyra (Miss Brazil 2010) Angela Martini (Miss Albania 2010), Claudia Arce Lemaitre (Miss Bolivia 2010), and Sonia Cruz (Miss El Salvador 2010) on their way to the lemonade stand to raise money for the Nevada Cancer Institute outside the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra in evening gown

Debora Lyra, Miss Brazil 2010, in evening gown.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses in her swimsuit

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses in her swimsuit during the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul
Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul

Fonthip Watcharatrakul, Miss Thailand 2010, poses in her Dar Be Dar swimsuit.

Fonthip Watcharatrakul demonstrates how to walk runway

Fonthip Watcharatrakul, Miss Thailand 2010, demonstrates how to walk a runway during an employee rally at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition that will air live from Mandalay Bay on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses in evening gown
Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses in evening gown

Miss Thailand 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul poses for photographer in her choice of evening gown upon arriving to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will compete for the coveted Diamond Nexus Labs Crown, LIVE on NBC at 9:00 PM on August 23, 2010. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

The Official national costume of Miss Thailand 2010

Miss Thailand Fonthip Watcharatrakul in the official national costume of Miss Thailand 2010

Miss Great Britain 2010 Tara Vaitiere Hoyos

Miss Great Britain 2010 Tara Vaitiere Hoyos poses in her swimsuit
Tara Vaitiere Hoyos, Miss Great Britain 2010, has her make up done

Tara Vaitiere Hoyos, Miss Great Britain 2010, has her make up done by Kryolan make-up artist Emilie Guillermin during the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss Great Britain Tara Vaitiere Hoyos poses in her national costume

Miss Great Britain Tara Vaitiere Hoyos poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada August 16, 2010.

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Ushoshi Sengupta at Miss Universe 2010

Miss Universe 2010 National Costume

Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada August 16, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 pageant will take place in Las Vegas on August 23.

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Joori Kim, Miss Korea 2010, and Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, pose for photos after the official Miss Universe Dar Be Dar Swimwear photo outside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 12, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition that will air live on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, August 23, 2010. ho/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP

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Miss Universo 2010 en Las Vegas

A cameraman records the candidates (from left to right) Ushoshi Sengupta (Miss India), Mariana Paola Vicente (Miss Puerto Rico), Yendi Phillipps (Miss Jamaica), Hellen Dausa (Miss Tanzania) and Cilou Annys (Miss Belgium).

Miss Universo 2010 en Las Vegas

A guide talks with the candidates of the Miss Universe 2010 contest, from left to right, Ushoshi Sengupta (Miss India), Mariana Paola Vicente (Miss Puerto Rico), Yendi Phillipps (Miss Jamaica), Hellen Dausa (Miss Tanzania), and Cilou Annys (Miss Belgium) at the Secret Garden Siegfried and Roy, the Mirage Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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AN OLD BIKINI PHOTO: Ushoshi Sengupta poses during the swimwear round of the Sananda Tilottama 2008 beauty contest in Kolkata in India on June 9, 2008.

Rima Fakih competing for Miss Universe 2010

Miss Universe 2010 contestants Miss Bolivia 2010 Claudia Arce Lemaitre, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and Miss Venezuela 2010 Marelisa Gibson

Miss Bolivia 2010 Claudia Arce Lemaitre, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and Miss Venezuela 2010 Marelisa Gibson pose in their swimsuits during the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday August 8, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition will conclude with a live telecast on August 23, 2010.

Miss Universe 2010

Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, has her make up done by Kryolan Make-Up Artist Linda Rasstanie, as she starts the registration and fitting process in preparation for the Miss Universe 2010 Competition at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday Aug. 8, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition will conclude with a live telecast on Aug. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/DarrenDecker/Miss Universe Organization)

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Rima Fakih in evening gown