Kerstin Cook ist Miss Schweiz 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Kerstin Cook, Sabrina Guilloud

Die Nachfolgerin von Linda Fäh steht fest: Sie heisst Kerstin Cook und kommt aus Luzern. Die 21-Jährige hat sich im Miss-Schweiz-Finale gegen Sabrina Guilloud und Jennifer Hurschler durchgesetzt.

Es war Spannung pur, als die drei Finalistinnen nebeneinander auf der Bühne standen. Die exotische Jennifer Hurschler, von vielen im Vorfeld als Favoritin gehandelt, musste als Erste gehen. Und auch die lockenköpfige Sabrina Guilloud schaffte es nicht auf den Thron. Die Krone ging an Kerstin Cook, die selbst aus allen Wolken zu fallen schien, sich dann aber schnell fasste und vor Glück strahlte.
Kerstin Cook war Sarina Arnolds Favoritin

Die Jury war sich bezüglich der Wunschkandidatin offenbar nicht ganz einig. Doch schlussendlich seien alle zufrieden mit der Wahl von Kerstin Cook, erzählt Topmodel und Jury-Mitglied Sarina Arnold gegenüber glanz & gloria. Sie selbst sei total begeistert: «Kerstin Cook war von Anfang an meine Favoritin.» Ihre Natürlichkeit und ihre Ausstrahlung seien entscheidend gewesen. «Aber alle drei Finalistinnen gehörten zu meinen Favoritinnen.»
Jan Bühlmann kennt Kerstin Cook aus der Schule

Und was sagt der amtierende Mister Schweiz Jan Bühlmann zur neuen Miss? «Sie kommt aus Luzern, da muss ich wohl zufrieden sein», lacht der 23-Jährige. Die beiden kennen sich sogar: Sie haben in Luzern dieselbe Schule besucht und waren gemeinsam im Leichtathletik-Verein. «Aber wir kennen uns nur flüchtig», relativiert Jan Bühlmann. Er habe lediglich in Erinnerung, dass Kerstin immer sehr ehrgeizig und zielstrebig gewesen sei. «Vielleicht hat sie deshalb auch die Wahl gewonnen.»
Kerstin Cook modelt seit sie 15 ist

Der Samstagabend hat sich für Kerstin Cook gleich doppelt gelohnt: Sie erhielt nicht nur das begehrte Krönchen sondern auch den Titel der «Miss Fotogenique». Dieser wird von den Fotografen verliehen, die an der Misswahl beteiligt waren und zeichnet jene Kandidatin aus, die sich vor der Kamera am besten präsentierte.

Bei Cook erstaunt dies nicht: Sie modelt seit ihrem 15. Lebensjahr. Auf Befehl lächeln wird ihr also auch während des Missen- Jahres keine Probleme bereiten. Etwas schwieriger dürfte es eventuell mit ihrer Phobie werden: Cook, die nun ein Jahr lang von Menschen umringt sein wird, hasst «viele Menschen auf engem Raum».
Kerstin Cook: Liebe kommt vor der Karriere

Als ihre Liebsten bezeichnet sie – neben der Familie aus England – ihr Kaninchen und ihren Schatz Silvan Büchli. Seit drei Jahren ist Kerstin Cook mit dem Nachwuchsspieler des FC Luzern zusammen und offenbar sehr glücklich. Auf die Frage, ob sie sich für die Liebe oder für die Karriere entscheiden würde, wählte sie ohne zu zögern den Mann. Sofern sich die 21-jährige Luzernerin im kommenden Jahr doch noch lieber auf die Karriere konzentriert, dürfte sie in diesem Jahr über 400'000 Franken verdienen.

Alles über den «Miss Schweiz»-Abend sehen Sie hier.

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Miss España 2010

Miss España, Paula GuillóPaula Guilló, de 20 años, a quien comparan con la ex Miss Universo Dayana Mendoza, fue escogida entre 52 bellezas ibéricas.

Falta todavía un año para que se realice una nueva versión de Miss Universo y parece que varios países han querido madrugarle al evento, pues desde ya están escogiendo a sus representantes como ocurrió con España que acaba de coronar a Paula Guilló, de 20 años como su nueva reina.

La bella joven de seis pies de estatura, fue la ganadora entre un grupo de 52 concursantes que soñaban con quedarse con la corona para representar en el 2011 al país ibérico en el evento donde se elegirá a la sucesora de la mexicana Ximena Navarrete.

Me hacía ilusión desde pequeña ser reina pero este año decidí ser valiente y presentarme, y valió la pena”, comentó la nueva Miss España, a quien desde ya comparan físicamente con la ex Miss Universo Dayana Mendoza. “Espero que sea fructifero y que haya mucho trabajo. Ahora mismo estoy abierta a lo que venga”.

La ganadora, quien desde el principio fue una de las grandes favoritas gracias a su bello rostro y medidas perfectas, representó a Teruel, en el evento realizado en la ciudad de Toledo bajo la conducción del Mister España 2007 Luis Muñoz y la presentadora Vanesa Romero.

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Irma Nici, David Beckham's Mistress? Prostitute Tells All (PICTURE)

Irma Nici, David Beckham, Victoria BeckhamIrma Nici, a 26-year-old former prostitute, claims to have carried on a steamy affair with soccer superstar David Beckham, In Touch reports. The brunette beauty tells the magazine that Beckham agreed to pay her $10,000 for one night of passion.

After an hour of foreplay, Nici says the two had sex for 15 minutes. Nici claims the sex was "nothing freaky," and she rates Beckham's lovemaking as a 7.5 out of 10.

Scroll down for more from In Touch, including a picture of Nici, and check out the magazine's latest issue for even more details.

In a worldwide exclusive interview with In Touch, Irma Nici, a former high-class call girl, claims she's slept with the world's most famous soccer star, David Beckham, five times in 2007 and spills every dirty detail of their affair. "It was a high," Irma, 26, tells In Touch. "All of these women dream of being with him, and I got to hook up with him. It was very exciting."

Irma claims that after agreeing on a price of $10,000 to stay the night, the two spent the next hour engaged in steamy foreplay. Irma Nici says she then "whipped out" a condom and the two had sex for 15 minutes, but it was "nothing freaky," she remembers. "He was very gentle and kind." On a scale of 1 to 10, Irma rates David a 7½ as a lover. "He knew what he was doing." She also recalls that David used lotion from the hotel bathroom to pleasure himself. "It was perfumed, so it kind of burned him!"

During their initial sexual encounter, David even opened up about wife of 11 years, Victoria. Irma says that David told her he preferred Victoria's old curvier body. "He was saying that he liked her body more before," she says. David also revealed to Irma that he is "more of a butt man than a breast man."

For more of In Touch's exclusive cover story about Beckham's affair, pick up the latest copy of In Touch, on newsstands now.

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Taylor Swift To Replace Lindsay Lohan In One Night With You

Taylor Swift To Replace Lindsay Lohan In One Night With YouTaylor Swift is set to steal Lindsay Lohan’s thunder following the falling star’s descent into obscurity and drug abuse.

Lohan was set to star in the romantic comedy “One Night With You”, but due to her recent behavior and bad press, the producers of the movie have decided to speak to Swift about potentially filling in the role.

“One Night With You” is a romantic comedy about a fallen star who moves into reality television, in the form of a dating show.

The producers had actually talked to Taylor Swift’s agent a few months back about replacing Lindsay, but Taylor was in the middle of her tour,” a source said, according to WENN. “Now that Lindsay can’t conquer her troubles, they’re taking the offer back to Taylor.”

Reportedly, Swift is not too interested in acting at the moment, as she has her upcoming album, ‘Speak Now’ being released in October, and has the usual touring and publicity events to go with an album launch. In the future however, Swift would like to do more acting roles.

It’s been so cool to be able to be a part of things that have been really fun, like being in ‘Valentine’s Day’ and getting to guest-star in ‘CSI,’” the singer told the music website. “I feel like I get to do these little mini-movies when I make music videos, so that kind of fulfills that little need or desire. But if I ever get time, I might like to [act again].”

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Jasmine Villegas On Justin Bieber

Jasmine Villegas, Justin Bieber

Jasmine Villegas On Justin Bieber – Although Jasmine Villegas and Justin Bieber were spotted kissing in the back seat of Justin’s car, it is not currently clear if the two of them are dating. Neither side has made a commitment, and Bieber has gone as far as to say that the two of them are “just having a good time,” which is the standard answer that Bieber gives when he is spotted with a young lady.

During a recent interview Villegas said that she really does not know anything about Bieber that his fans do not already know because he is very open about the person that he is with everyone, including his fans. It is good to know that his image is not one that has been crafted by the record labels. It is refreshing to see a star that is loved for being who they are, and not for who they are pretending to be.

BOP & TIGER BEAT Exclusive: Jasmine Villegas Spills on Justin Bieber!



Bieber has said that he does not have enough time to keep a girlfriend around. This is probably true, in between touring and appearing in movies and television shows there cannot be that much time for Justin to dedicate to a woman in his life. He seems to be comfortable exploring his options and Jasmine Villegas seems to be comfortable with it as well.

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Mizushima Hiro Quits the Entertainment Industry to Become a Writer

It is announced that actor Mizushima Hiro resigned from his entertainment agency KEN-ON on September 20th. "Comparing I prefer writing to being foreground." as reported by Mizushima. While he has been known that he likes "reading" on serveral TV programs, it's the first time he revealed his interests in writing.

In 2006, Mizushima played the main role in "Kamen Rider Kabuto" which won high popularity for him. It also became a hot topic when he married Ayaka, who was in the same entertainment agency, in Feburary 2009.

His hompage has been closed on September 21st. And he will start writing novels or so from now on. It is also quite a rare case for an artist to resign from the company while the movie he is starring is still on air.



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Sandra Mondaini passes away, aged 79

Sandra Mondaini, Raimondo Vianello Italian film actress and television host Sandra Mondaini passed away yesterday, aged 79. She was admitted in hospital and going through treatments for the past 10 days.

Ms Mondaini appeared as an actress in 30 films between 1953 and 2008.

She was born in Milan, Italy. At the age of six months she became famous due to her father, when he launched her as a baby model for a campaign against tuberculosis.

In 1962 she got married to actor Raimondo Vianello.

Together they hosted numerous shows on Italian television, including Tante scuse, Di nuovo tante scuse, Attenti a noi due, Sandra e Raimondo Show and Stasera niente di nuovo. Between 1988 and 2007 she starred in the renowned Italian sitcom, Casa Vianello.

For many children who grew up in the 1980s she will be forever remembered as Sbirulino the clown.

Her husband Raimondo died on April 15, aged 87.

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SC rejects deferment plea, Ayodhya verdict tomorrow

R Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, September 28
The Supreme Court today rejected the petition to defer the Allahabad High Court verdict in the 60-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit. Reports from Lucknow said that the high court bench, comprising Justices SU Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and DV Sharma, would now deliver the verdict at 3.30 pm on Thursday. Justice Sharma retires on October 1.

A three-member Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia today said that after considering the “detailed arguments” advanced by most of the parties to the dispute, it was of the view that the plea deserved to be rejected. However, the Bench — which included Justices Aftab Alam and KS Radhakrishnan — did not specify the reason for dismissing the petition filed by retired civil servant RC Tripathi.
‘Judiciary can’t be held hostage’

Senior counsel Soli Sorabji, appearing for one of the parties, said the “judicial system should not be held hostage” to apprehensions of law and order arising from the verdict going against any one of the communities involved in the dispute.

During the arguments that lasted a little over two hours today, Justice Alam found fault with RC Tripathi for not taking any initiative all these years for an across-the-table solution. “You are running against time because you woke up late. That is after 50 years,” Justice Aftab Alam said. “The question is why you were quiet for all these days. You had to strike a chord when the matter was in the High Court,” Justice Alam said.

Attorney-General GE Vahanvati said that the government did feel that the most preferred solution to the dispute was a settlement, but it had not taken place in the past 50 years. The government did not want the present uncertainty to continue, he said.

Barring RC Tripathi and Nirmohi Akhara, all parties to the dispute which argued in the court today were opposed to delaying the high court verdict.

The Lucknow Bench of the high court was to deliver its verdict on September 24 but an apex court Bench had stayed it on September 23, issuing notice to all parties to the dispute on RC Tripathi’s petition.

Refuting RC Tripathi’s allegations that the Centre had remained a mute spectator for years without being pro-active for finding a negotiated settlement, Vahanvati said a Constitution Bench of the SC had asked the government to act as a “statutory receiver” of the disputed land until the judicial verdict only to hand it over to the party that came out successful in the title suit.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for RC Tripathi, said that the Centre had conveniently forgotten Parliament’s commitment to constructing a temple as well as a mosque at the disputed site, measuring over 70 acres, besides setting up an inter-faith museum and a library. Countering Vahanvati’s contention that the verdict would end the uncertainty, he said the case was bound to come to the apex court in the form of an appeal.

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Bom Sabado virus attacks Orkut, posts auto scraps

Orkut, Bom SabadoJust few days after the social networking site Twitter attacked by virus which sent its followers to porn sites, another popular networking hub Orkut also affected by virus.

Orkut, which is very popular in India, has been hit by a worm
named 'Bom Sabado', which means 'Good Saturday' in Portuguese. Analysts told that the virus attacked the XSS (cross-site scripting) of the site. This virus posted scraps to the Orkut users with the text Bom Sabado and is sent to the users account by the name of the other friends account. Making it more severe the worm also adds affected users to new Orkut groups.


The security experts warned the users not to not log into their Orkut account until the problem gets solved. Users also asked not to click on any suspicious links.

Earlier on Sep 2010, the most popular social networking hub with more than 500 million users, Facebook, also faced networking glitches due to an outside technical problem. It was Facebook's most tragic outrage in its history.

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Makau and Kebede battle the rain to take World Marathon Majors race

Patrick Makau (Kenya) and Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) had to battle the elements before taking victory at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. They were rewarded with 25 points each in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series. Since both of them collected their first WMM points in their careers they have no significant impact on the current 2009-2010 series. This one will most likely be decided at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which takes place on 10th October. The ING New York City Marathon on 7th November will then be the final event of the 2009-2010 series.

So often in the past running conditions had been ideal at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. But Sunday appeared to be the opposite with steady and partly heavy rain, a slight wind and a cool starting temperature of 12° Celsius. In what were the worst conditions for more than 20 years during a real,- BERLIN-MARATHON Patrick Makau still achieved a remarkable time of 2:05:08, winning by just two seconds from his fellow-countryman Geoffrey Mutai. Ethiopia's Bazu Worku was third with 2:05:25. Mutai and Worku also collected their first WMM points (15 and 10 points). It was the first time that three runners
clocked sub 2:06 times in the history of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

In the women's race Aberu Kebede won in 2:23:58. She was exactly a minute ahead of fellow-Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele (2:24:58) while Japan's Tomo Morimoto took third (2:26:10). Kebede and Bekele are now in a joint fifth place in the 2009-2010 WMM series with 25 points, but leader Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) has already collected 60.

The following athletes have collected WMM points at real,- BERLIN-MARATHON this Sunday (points counting for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 series):

Men:

1. Patrick Makau KEN 25 points 02:05:08
2. Geoffrey Mutai KEN 15 02:05:10
3. Bazu Worku ETH 10 02:05:25
4. Yemane Tsegay ETH 5 02:07:52
5. Eliud Kiptanui KEN 1 02:08:05

Women:

1. Aberu Kebede ETH 25 points 02:23:58
2. Bezunesh Bekele ETH 15 02:24:58
3. Tomo Morimoto JPN 10 02:26:10
4. Sabrina Mockenhaupt GER 5 02:26:21
5. Olena Burkovska UKR 1 02:28:31

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Mid-Autumn Festival Mid-Autumn moon cake and SMS

Way home, occasionally looking up, found that there was a little moon light stab eyes. A friend told me yesterday, because the present-day Beijing to clean and more than in the past, so often at night can see the stars and the moon, so he had intended to buy a telescope at home, watching the heavens. I encouraged him to buy a special high-level telescope looking at the stars, the addition of one asked him: "Beware of peeping neighbors sue you, this one; also carefully noted the police you thought you were in the window frame of terrorist weaponry! Recent a movie called: "wind", then back together with a 'tight' word, it is precisely the atmosphere around us today. "

Before and after Mid-Autumn Festival, received a lot of moon cake. Out of the box are especially beautiful, one level open, inside a small bread 4, its appearance is not Yang. Then think of the classic comic dialogue "scratch" the. Do not eat this thing for several years, and he looked like a little piece of good points, just had one, he climbs to fail, quickly drink, then gave up.

More moon cake box, is received and then transferred to someone else. Estimated or another given away after the others received. It also estimates that real people eat moon cake, very little. But you gave me, I sending him. Moving back and forth for some favor, to save the feast does not do dry.

In addition to outside of the Mid-Autumn moon cake is the large number of messages received. Absolute majority, and entirely without creativity is also empty of content. Simply to say hello to each other and remind each have their own Do not completely forgotten.

Annual festivals, New Year, will receive this message numerous articles. But often they like spam, but even after a large number of deleted.

There are 12 rare message is really very interesting series.

Mid-Autumn Festival this year, and gave them numerous messages, there are several very interesting indeed -

Such as this one: "overtime sweat of the poor, the rich play sweating; written materials, the poor, the rich reading material; due to poor personal money, public money is owed to the rich; sugar is poor , urine is rich; drinking degree view of the poor, the rich drink brand watch; married wife of the poor, including my grandmother is wealthy; arable land is poor, the sale of the land is rich; my wife To act as the secretary of the poor, but also serve as Secretary of the rich wife ... ... "

Although the content is no novelty, but better than the end of September reported that dozens more slogans, more people feel and memory.

There are also two text messages, The result is really very creative. A name is "Top Ten since the founding of Gold"; another name is "sex with an official with ten common and different." Only because of the content not suitable for children too, so not released here.

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Original outback adventurer Malcolm Douglas killed in Broome car crash

Malcolm Douglas

LEGENDARY Australian bushman and documentary maker Malcolm Douglas has been killed in a car crash on his Broome property.

WA Police have confirmed Douglas's vehicle crashed into a tree at the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park in Broome.

Police were called to the scene about 6:20am but have not yet confirmed when the crash happened.

Douglas, 69, was the original outback adventurer and made more than 50 documentaries, bringing Australia’s unique flora and fauna into the lounge rooms of Australia’s big cities.

For the past 25 years Douglas has been running the Broome Crocodile Park, the frontier town’s biggest tourist attraction, and was in the headlines earlier this year when a mentally ill man jumped the high fences and tried to ride one of Douglas’s biggest crocodiles. Miraculously, the man received only minor injuries.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, speaking in Broome this afternoon, said Douglas "was known by all Australians; his death will be a loss for all Australians".

Douglas began filming outback documentaries in the late 1960s and, along with the Leyland Brothers, was considered the pioneer of Australian adventure films, decades before the popular Steve Irwin arrived on the scene.

Later in life, Douglas was often overshadowed by the popularity of The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who garnered global popularity with his exuberant demeanour and fearless behaviour.

However Douglas was always seen as the man who set the mould for adventurers to come.

"What you see is what you get,'' he said in 2009.

"I'm not fake and I don't pre-plan takes, it's all real. There's no helicopter on standby if something goes wrong. In places like the Kimberley one mistake and you're dead.''

He was virtually an overnight success after his first wildlife show, Across The Top, was screened in 1976.

"I was filming Aboriginal people killing kangaroos and drinking the blood because there wasn't any water,'' he said.

"No one had seen anything like it and they loved it.''

Douglas was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and told he had 18 months to live.

But just as he overcame the merciless terrain of the Australian outback and its venomous snakes and volatile crocs, Douglas beat his predatory disease.

"It changes your attitude too,'' he told the ABC while battling his illness.

"You try and remain calmer. You try and appreciate life. You appreciate every day, you know? Because, from now on, I could have been dead, and I'm, you know ... I'm still kickin'.''

Douglas is survived by his wife Valerie and two adult children, Amanda and Lachlan.

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Hot Sex Video of Ariel Luna Maya and Ariel Cut Tari Probe going on

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Luna Maya, Cut Tari, Ariel Peterpan

Hot Sex Video of Ariel Luna Maya and Ariel Cut Tari Probe going on. Police now interrogating the three Indonesian celebrities about the truth of the fact.The Two explicit clips been circulated throughout the internet where its seen that Ariel Peterpan is doing Sex with his former girlfriend and TV Presenter Luna Maya and his Former Girlfriend Cut Tari.

Luna Maya is telling that she is not the person in the Video as in the Video shows that a butterfly Tattoo in the Left Thigh but she is not having that.In the other Hot Video its seen that Ariel Cut Tari doing Sex in a Hotel Room.The facts been under Probe that who leaked such kind of Videos.

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Composer Jaroslaw Kukulski dies aged 66

Jaroslaw Kukulski
Composer of some of the best loved pop songs in Poland, Jarosław Kukulski, has died at the age of sixty-six.

In the 1970s Kukulski, father of pop diva Natalia Kukulska, composed hit songs for his first wife Anna Jantar, including Najtrudniejszy pierwszy krok and Tyle slonca w calym miescie. After Jantar’s death in a plane crash thirty years ago, Kukulski wrote songs for his daughter Natalia and many other popular singers such as Krzysztof Krawczyk, Halina Frackowiak, Irena Jarocka, Eleni.

Jaroslaw Kukulski was born on 26 May 1944 in the western town of Wrzenia. He attended the Music Academy in Warsaw and played jazz in Dixieland jazz bands.

In 1968 Kukulski set up the Waganci band, the lead singer of which was Anna Jantar, his future wife. Later, he encouraged Jantar to start a solo career and composed songs for her. Kukulski also composed songs for his second wife, singer Monika Borys, with whom he had a son, Piotr Kukulski. The couple divorced in 2003.

He was a great artist and a great person – warm and amicable,” Maria Szablowska, a music journalist who knew Kukulski personally told Polish Radio.

Songs that he wrote 30-40 years ago are still alive,” says Szablowska and adds that many Polish singers owe their careers to him.

Kukulski suffered from an aortic aneurysm and underwent surgery in a clinic in Nuremberg in May 2010.

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Miss Italy 2010 Francesca Testasecca (Pictures)

Francesca Testasecca, Miss Italy 2010

Francesca Testasecca is the Miss Italy 2010. She was crowned by the 75 year-old actress Sophia Lorenat the most traditional Italian beauty pageant held in Salsomaggiore on September 13th. Francesca Testasecca is 19 year old and is a professional model.

Francesca Testasecca, Miss Italy 2010

Francesca Testasecca, Miss Umbria, was born on the 1st of April 1991 in Foligno, where she lives. She 1.74 m tall and has black hair and green eyes. She has a technical school qualification and in the future would like to become a hostess, but also attend an acting course. She would also like to take part in a reality show. She usually reads romantic books and also likes writing. She is catholic, goes to mass and is not interested in politics. Her mother Marina is an employee and her father Claudio is a bus driver. She has a brother, Nicola, 24, and is engaged with Samuel, whom she has known since she was a child.

My mother was more excited than me when I was elected Miss Umbria, she couldn’t sleep all night””, she said before last night’s final. “Since then my life has completely changed”.

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Champions League Special: Who Are The Favourites After Matchday One?

Champions LeagueBarcelona have consolidated their position as Champions League favourites following their 5-1 demolition of Panathinaikos. The 2009 winners are unchanged @ 3.50.

Real Madrid and Chelsea also got their bids underway with wins against Ajax and Zilina respectively. Los Blancos have shifted from 5.50 to 6.0 and are joint second favourites with the Blues @ 6.0.

English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal had contrasting starts. Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils were held to a stalemate at home to Rangers while the 2006 finalists Arsenal romped to a 6-0 victory over Braga.

United are unchanged @ 9.0 with the Gunners shifting from 15.0 to a shorter 11.0 to be lifting the trophy in London next May.

Last season's finalists Inter haven't moved despite only drawing against FC Twente. The Nerazzurri are 15.0 to retain the trophy and you'll get odds of 13.0 on Bayern Munich repeating their success of 2001 a decade on.

The biggest movers are Milan, whose odds have been slashed from 34.0 to 19.0 after the signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho. Milan got their campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Auxerre.

Punters looking for an outsider may be considering Valencia, who hammered Bursaspor 4-0 in Turkey. Finalists in 2000 and 2001, the La Liga side are 51.0 (down from 67.0) to win the Champions League for the first time. They are an enticing 2.60 to win their group which includes Manchester United.

Meanwhile long shots Zilina have seen their odds doubled from 501.0 to 1001.0 after being dismantled by Chelsea.
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Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Eminem And Taylor Swift: This Week's VMA Deep Cuts

VMA 2010Everybody on the MTV News team is really looking forward to this weekend, as it represents a much-needed and well-deserved rest for the entire team, almost all of whom are recovering from last weekend's 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The VMAs show is the highlight of every year on the MTV News calendar, though in order to bring you all the best coverage and behind-the-scenes access, it takes a lot of work, sweat, shoe leather and skipped meals. So now that the show is behind us, we're going to put our feet up, get massages and have long brunches with our loved ones this weekend. And after that, our batteries will be recharged fully and we'll continue to knock the news out of the park on a daily basis.

So enjoy your weekend, because we really will be enjoying ours. And just in case you missed any of the awesome VMA coverage here on the MTV Newsroom Blog, check out all the highlights below.

» As we mentioned, the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards were this past weekend. We opened with our totally killer white carpet pre-show, where Lady Gaga started winning awards and Nicki Minaj melted faces.

» Then the VMA show followed, which opened with a stunning performance by Eminem and got bigger and more epic from there.

» Gaga was the big story, as she collected eight awards — including the Moonman for Video of the Year.

» Though her awards were plentiful, Gaga's biggest head-turning moment was when she wore an outfit made of meat to collect her final award. Everybody weighed in, from PETA and Ellen DeGeneres to style experts and the Chick-Fil-A cows.

» Of course, Gaga's meat dress threw some curve balls. (Or not.)

» It wasn't all Gaga, though. Kanye West grabbed the spotlight as well, dropping a new song called "Runaway" that is already an instant classic.

» Another big surprise? Rihanna, who jetted in from the set of "Battleship" to tear the house down with Eminem on "Love the Way You Lie."

» Taylor Swift also made some waves with a moody new song that may or may not have been about Kanye.

» In typically epic, rocking fashion, Linkin Park's performance was so massive that only an observatory could truly contain it.

» The rest of the best moments from the VMAs included appearances by Lindsay Lohan and Cher, as well as performances by Justin Bieber, Usher, B.o.B and Paramore.

» Not interested in the VMAs? Other stuff happened this week too. For example: We got to stop worrying about Joaquin Phoenix's mental health, as "I'm Still Here" director Casey Affleck admitted it was just performance art.

» Finally, don't pretend like you don't want Uncle Nino to be your Uncle Nino.
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Ines Sainz (PICTURES): NFL Players on Female Reporters in Locker Rooms

Ines Sainz

NEW YORK (CBS) Everyone has an opinion about the recent incident involving the way Mexican reporter Ines Sainz was treated in the New York Jets locker room Saturday.

PICTURES: Ines Sainz, Jets Reporter

Fox NFL analyst Brian Baldinger said Sainz was "asking for it," during a radio conversation, and Washington Redskin Clinton Portis put on an entertaining display when asked about comments he made during a radio interview, saying that when there are female reporters in a locker room, "I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman."

Now Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris and linebacker Lance Briggs are the latest to chime-in.

According to NBCChicago.com, Harris believes both members of the media and athletes should conduct themselves in a professional manner - gender aside. "Just do your job, that's it," he told NBCChicago.com. "It's the same as a man in the locker room to me."

However, Briggs thought otherwise. "I don't think women should be in the locker room," he said. "The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we're naked, we're walking around and we're bombarded by media," he told NBC Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, Briggs stands behind his comments.

The NFL launched an investigation into the incident after Sainz, a veteran reporter, claimed footballs were thrown in her direction by a Jets coach during a practice - seemingly deliberately - and players later called out to her in the team's locker room. She described the language used by players as "rude" and says she was "discomforted."

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson personally apologized for the team's behavior. The NFL also sent a memo to all 32 teams in the league Thursday reminding them of its equal access and conduct policy toward the media.

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Microsoft IE9: It's Just Plain Good!

Apologies in advance for the mixed metaphor: For many years, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been a sleeping giant that’s marched to its own drummer. Ever since Firefox appeared in 2004, Microsoft has struggled to figure out what IE should be in the new era of browser competition; it remains the world’s default browser, but it long ago lost the hearts and minds of nearly all of the serious browser users that I know.

At first, the company simply let 2001's IE6 calcify, as if it wasn’t certain that the world needed a major new version of Internet Explorer at all. Then it released IE7 and IE8–bland updates that felt like they existed in a parallel universe of their own rather than the one in which Firefox and Safari (and, for the last two years, Chrome) have been evolving rapidly and cribbing each others’ best new features.

And then there’s Internet Explorer 9, which is debuting in beta form today at a bash in San Francisco. (I’m attending the event, and Microsoft provided me with the beta a few days early.) It’s easily the best new version of Microsoft’s browser in…well, in this century: The last IE upgrade that was this pleasing was version 5, which shipped in 1999. In most respects that matter, IE9 finally catches up with the competition. In a few, it’s sprinted past them. It’s just plain good.

I don’t expect admirers of other browsers to come home to IE en masse: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera are all pretty darn impressive these days, too, and all have features that IE9 still lacks. But some people who have instinctively avoided Microsoft browsers for years might well love this one. To riff on a George Michael song title, even power users should give IE9 a try and browse without prejudice.

Of course, only Windows power users need apply–unlike every other big-name browser, Internet Explorer doesn’t run on Macs. This time around, though, its Windows-centric approach is as much a pro as a con. Microsoft may have argued that its operating system and its browser were one and the same since the mid-1990s–controversially so–but this is the first time that they feel like a unified experience. IE9 has been built to run well on Windows and on PC hardware, and it shows.

Any IE9 verdict must be preliminary: This beta is, after all, a beta. Most of the sites I’ve tried in it work splendidly, but I did spot occasional rendering quirks. And the editing window in WordPress, the blogging tool behind Technologizer, doesn’t let me edit, which is why I’m writing this review of Internet Explorer in Chrome. Microsoft isn’t saying when it expects IE9 to go final, but it may be awhile–IE8 was in beta for a full year–so the company should have plenty of time to iron out bugs.

This isn’t IE9's first beta in the standard sense, though. In an unusual move, Microsoft has already released multiple IE9 Platform Previews: versions with early versions of the new rendering engine, but barely any user interface at all. The previews have let Web developers get familiar with IE’s new underpinnings, which add generous support for new HTML5 technologies and aim for much better compliance with Web standards than the notoriously idiosyncratic earlier editions of IE. They’ve also shown off the browser’s new hardware-accelerated graphics, which take full advantage of your PC’s graphics subsystem to render text, images, and animations as briskly as possible.

Microsoft’s IE9 Test Drive site is full of entertaining demos that let you compare the new engine to those of the competition, accelerated and otherwise. Not surprisingly, IE9 comes off well in all of them: It blazes through animation-rich HTML5 Web pages that unaccelerated browsers can barely run at all. (On the other hand, the beta of Firefox 4, which also incorporates accelerated graphics, fares nearly as well as IE in many of the tests.)

At the moment, Microsoft’s own canned demos reveal IE9's new technical chops better than nearly any non-test Web site does. In the real world, after all, use of HTML5 still isn’t widespread, and most graphics and animations have been designed for unaccelerated browsers. But as the Web gets richer, IE9 should be ready. And if Microsoft hadn’t brought the market’s dominant browser up to spec, major sites would have had far less incentive to create cool new features that utilize the latest technologies.



Another architectural improvement: If something in a tab crashes or just bogs the browser down, IE9 is designed to resist issues that impact other tabs or bring the browser down altogether. I’m good at making browsers choke–especially Chrome and Safari, lately–and IE9 does seem rather robust, especially for a beta. I’ve had glitches in specific tabs, but they haven’t seeped out into other ones or rendered the browser inoperative.

So much for back-end stuff; the big news in the beta is IE9's new front end. It’s a winner–not because it’s a radical improvement on the competition, but because it’s so similar to them. I agree with my colleague Jared Newman that a basic consistency among browser interfaces is a good thing. And IE9 ‘s minimalist new look will be comfortably familiar if you use the current version of any other major browser.

It looks most like Chrome, with an address bar that does double duty as a search field and a single menu on the right-hand side that packs all available options and settings. The Favorites bar and Status line are turned off by default, adding to the streamlined look. Microsoft has also shoved the tabs to the right of the address bar so they don’t eat up an entire row of real estate; In theory, that sounds cramped, but if you open tons of tabs, IE9 intelligently shrinks the address bar to free up space.

Like Firefox, IE9 has an oversized Back button, and in an odd aesthetic touch, both the Back and Forward buttons pick up their color from the Web page you’re viewing. (Site proprietors can even control their color.)



Browser search fields have felt like a redundant, vestigial appendage to me for a long time, so I’m glad to see that IE no longer has one. To perform a search, you just type your query rather than a URL into the address bar. The default results are from–this may shock you!–Bing. That’s fine as long as you have the option to switch the default to Google or another search engine. You do, but it’s a more convoluted process than it should be, involving installing an add-in. By contrast, Chrome asks you whether you want Google, Bing, or Yahoo during the installation process.

Like Windows 7, IE9 has been reworked to be less in-your-face and needy. Various alerts and warnings that would have forced you to stop what you were doing are no longer modal: You can respond to them immediately, at your leisure, or not at all. In a new touch, they appear in a box along the bottom of the browser window rather than its top. (Microsoft says that people feel more slowed down by topside dialogs than bottom ones even if the impact on performance is identical.)



Speaking of Windows 7, most of what’s unique about IE9's new interface involves slick integration with it. (The browser also works with Vista, but not XP.) If you grab a tab and drag it to the left or right side of the screen, for instance,Win 7's Aero Snap kicks in on the fly and tab becomes a new window that sticks to the edge of the desktop. Aero Snap works with other browsers, too, but with them, the same maneuver takes two distinct gestures: drag, pause, then drag to the edge.

More intriguingly, IE couples with the Windows 7 Taskbar to let Web apps work more like desktop apps. Drag a tab onto the Taskbar, and it gets pinned there, letting you can quickly launch the page it contains from there on out; its Taskbar icon will be the Web site’s Favicon rather than the IE icon, so you can identify the site at a glance.

Here’s a Win 7 Taskbar with Technologizer, eBay, and Gmail pinned to it:



Site proprietors can also set up Windows 7 Jump Lists: Taskbar menus that take you directly to a particular part of the site with one click. Here’s eBay’s Jump List:



IE9 Jump Lists will only matter if Web developers and Web users latch onto them, which isn’t a given. (One of IE8's alleged signature features, Web Slices, required similar acceptance by the outside world, and doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere.) But they’re a potentially useful blurring of the lines between app and Web app.

Unlike Chrome’s generally similar Application Shortcuts–which plop an icon for a particular Web site in Windows’ Start menu–sites that are pinned to the Taskbar appear in a standard IE9 window with all the trimmings, including the address bar and the ability to open new tabs. IE honcho Dean Hachamovitch told me that Microsoft originally gave pinned sites a featureless frame more like Chrome’s stripped-down version, but testers said they wanted a standard browser window. I would have voted for Microsoft’s first approach, and wish that there was an optional way to get it. (I’m also not sure why you can’t drag a tab onto the Start menu to pin it: It’s possible to put Web pages there, but you do so with a menu item rather than a gesture.)

With so much about IE9 that’s roughly comparable with other browsers if not better, what’s missing? Enthusiastic support for add-ons spring to mind: Unlike Mozilla, Google, and Apple, Microsoft is downplaying the whole idea of third-party extensions that permit major modifications of the browser’s look, feel, and functionality.

It’s not that IE9 isn’t malleable–there’s a whole site full of existing IE add-ons which Microsoft says should work fine with the beta. But when I asked about extensions, Hachamovitch responded mostly by pointing out how they can make browsers sluggish and unreliable. IE9 reinforces the point with a new feature that warns you about plug-ins that hog system resources and permits you to disable them.

All of IE’s competitors retain other features which are uniquely theirs, too. The Firefox 4 beta has Panorama (formerly known as Tab Candy); Chrome can sync almost everything about itself across multiple copies of the browser; Safari has the clutter-busting Reader view; Opera has Turbo Mode. And my favorite underdog browser, Flock, has a bunch of social features built in. If you can’t live without one of these items, you’ll probably choose to live without IE9.

I expect IE to get some of these features eventually, which brings up a significant point: Even though IE9 isn’t yet final, it’s not too early to begin wondering about the timetable for IE10. Google, after all, has been improving Chrome at a dizzying pace–the browser hit version 5 after just two years of existence. Mozilla, after a period of relative complacency, has been retooling Firefox nearly as quickly. If Internet Explorer 10 appears on the same leisurely schedule as previous IE updates, it might be final until 2013 or thereabouts, and Microsoft’s browser could find itself back in catch-up mode. If I were a Redmondian, I’d aim for further meaningful IE improvements before the end of 2011. (Internet Explorer 9.5 anyone?)

In other words, the arrival of this beta represents the beginning of IE’s reemergence rather than its conclusion. It’s an impressive beginning, though–and I’m really, really curious to hear what browser enthusiasts think about it.

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15 Things Every PC User Should Know

Whether you're a grizzled tech veteran or an uninitiated newbie, here are 15 essential facts and tricks that you ought to know.

Think you know tech? If you don't have a handle on every single one of these 15 tech facts, habits, and efficiency tricks, you're not living up to your potential.

1. Don't double-click everything. Windows 101: Double-clicking is how you open items in Windows. It's not how you open links in your Web browser, click buttons in dialog boxes, or do pretty much anything else--and if you reflexively double-click, you might accidentally zip right past something important or submit a form twice. If you don't need this reminder yourself, chances are you know someone who does.

2. Use slashes and backslashes in the appropriate situations. Let's get it straight: / is a slash (or forward slash, if you must), and \ is a backslash. Backslashes are conventionally used for Windows file paths (C:\Program Files\Whatever), while slashes are used for Internet addresses (http://www.pcworld.com/howto.html).

3. Record the exact error message. When your PC crashes, it'll usually try to tell you why it is doing so--albeit with a string of numbers and letters that you won't understand. Write the message down in its entirety (or take a screenshot, if possible) so you can later plug it into Google or give it to your tech support agent. If your PC didn't provide an error message, go to Action Center (in the Control Panel) and see if it shows up under 'View archived messages' or 'View problems to report'.

4. Bring deleted files back from the dead. When you delete a file from your PC or memory card, you're not wiping it off the actual hard drive. Instead, you're simply removing the index information that tells your PC where the file is, at which point the PC is free to treat the part of your disk that contain that file as empty space that it can write something else to. If you've accidentally deleted something, undelete utilities such as Recuva can help you find those files again as long as you haven't already written over that file with something new.

Dariks Boot and Nuke5. Wipe your hard drive before getting rid of it. Because your PC doesn't immediately get rid of the files you delete, you can't just reformat your hard drive before recycling or selling your old computer--because someone might be able to use an undelete app to recover your sensitive data. We have all kinds of tips for completely erasing an old drive, but the short version is: grab Darik's Boot and Nuke.

Java6. Uncheck the boxes before you install. Lots of helpful apps out there give you the option of installing search toolbars and other add-ons--and some of them are so pushy about being helpful that their installers are configured to install the uninvited extras unless you check a box saying you don't want them. Not only is each add-on another thing that your PC needs to load, but you have no idea what kind of data it could be sending out. They come bundled with the app because they make money for the app developer, not because they're particularly useful. So take a close look at what you're installing before you click Install--and in return, the installer won't change your search engine or install apps you don't need.

Disk Cleanup7. Beware of viruses living in Office docs. Experienced Microsoft Office users can take advantage of its built-in Visual Basic for Applications support to automate complex tasks with macros. However, malicious coders can use those same tools to design viruses that may interfere with your work and that of your colleagues. By default, Office is set to disable all macros and notify you when a doc you're reading contains them (to toggle this setting, in Word, select Word Options, Trust Center, Trust Center Settings, Macro Settings), so you should already be safe on this score.

8. Be skeptical of "cleaning" apps. Apps that make vague claims about improving your PC's performance and clearing out its clutter (Registry cleaners, I'm looking at you) will generally do more harm than good (if they do anything at all). To clean up your system, simply run Disk Cleanup (to reach it, select Start Menu, All programs, Accessories, System Tools); it comes with every Windows installation and it won't mess up your PC.

9. Uninstall your old apps. If you regularly download and install new apps from the Internet, you should get in the habit of pruning your collection every now and then. To do so, open the Programs and Features control panel, scroll through the list, and click Uninstall to ditch items you no longer want. You may need to take a trip into your C:/Program Files/ folder to hunt down a few additional unused apps. The less stuff you have on your PC, the less things are to go wrong.

10. Don't let a spilled drink ruin your laptop. If you keep your cool when a spill occurs, you may be able to prevent your data from disappearing and your motherboard from frying. Instead of panicking, quickly but methodically unplug the power cord and yank out the battery--don't wait for Windows to power off. Next, detach anything connected to the PC (network cables, USB devices) and pull out any readily removable components such as an optical drive. Tilt the laptop to try to drain the liquid in the direction that it spilled onto your PC, but be careful--you don't want to tilt the laptop in a direction that would allow the liquid to seep even deeper in. If you see liquid on the surface of the laptop, dab it off with a towel. At this point, unless you're comfortable disassembling your PC and cleaning it with electronics cleaner, you'll probably want to take it to a tech.

11. Turn down UAC. Both Windows 7 and Windows Vista include a security function called User Account Control, which dims the screen and flashes a dialog box whenever you install an app or change your system settings. Though this arrangement can be useful for catching sneaky apps that are trying to install or change things without your knowledge, it can also be annoying. If you use Vista, grab TweakUAC to make it less annoying without turning it off. If you use Windows 7, the default settings aren't too bad, but I recommend that you go into the User Accounts control panel, click User Account Control settings, and change the setting to the third notch down, so UAC will still warn you but it won't dim the screen.

12. Don't work in your admin account. Many PC users are accustomed to doing their everyday work while logged in to their PC's administrator account--especially in Windows XP. Doing so can save you the hassle of having to log in and out when you want to install apps or make changes, but it also leaves you much more vulnerable to viruses and malware--so don't do it.

Control Panel13. Keep your Control Panel in Icon View. The Control Panel's Categories view can be useful if you're intimidated by the many different options available, but it can also make finding what you're looking for more difficult (especially if you're following detailed instructions that refer to the control panels by name). Click Classic view on the left (in Vista) or choose Large Icons from the View by dropdown menu in the upper right (in Windows 7), and you'll have ready access to all of the control panels.

Notification Area14. Clear your system tray. Apps often park themselves in the system tray (the row of icons on the right side of your taskbar) and stay open without your realizing it. Take the time to clear it out occasionally. Open the Notification Area Icons control panel, and check the box on the bottom that says Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar to get a sense of how cluttered your system tray is; then right-click each one you don't need and choose Close. Your RAM will thank you.

15. Manage your power settings. If you're using a laptop, you'll want to know how to change your power settings so your PC doesn't waste battery when you need to conserve it, doesn't slow down when you need to go fast, and doesn't go to sleep at an inopportune moment. Open the Power Options control panel, and choose from among several presets containing different configurations for when you're plugged in and when you're mobile--or feel free to create your own. To access the advanced settings, click Change plan settings, Change advanced settings; there you'll find detailed options related to your battery, Wi-Fi radio, graphics card, and more.

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Google Instant Searches the Web As You Type

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Google Instant SearchGoogle has rekindle its love for speedy Web searches with Google Instant, a new version of the search engine that displays results as you type.

When typing a search query with Google Instant, results appear after the first letter is entered, and they update as the user types. Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search and user experience, said results are actually delivered "before you type," because Google Instant predicts and automatically completes search terms.

According to Google, a typical searcher spends nine seconds entering a query, and 15 seconds searching for answers. Google hopes to shave two to five seconds per search using Google Instant.

Google Instant SearchesGoogle claims that Instant won't considerably slow down Internet connections, because the amount of data delivered for search terms is relatively small, and because the system only sends parts of the page that change when more typing alters a search result. For connections that are already slow, Google Instant automatically turns off, and users can also shut off the service through their user preferences or by clicking the drop down box to the right of the search bar.

Google Instant is rolling out today in the United States, and works in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 and Safari. More information is available at Google's Website, where users can try the service and set it as their home page. Users in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Russia will get Google Instant over the next week.

Mobile access to Google Instant is planned, but not available now.

Here is a video that demonstrates the ABC's of Google Instant



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X Factor contestants come to blows onstage

Sunday, 5 September 2010

X Factor, Abbey Johnston, Lisa ParkerThe raw emotions in talent show TV programs have reached new heights, with two teen contestants on the UK's The X Factor coming to blows on stage.

Aspiring singers Abbey Johnston and Lisa Parker were at first in a chirpy mood when they bounded onto the stage to sing a duet.

But before they even began to perform Shayne Ward's That's My Goal, one of them stormed off stage to a chorus of boos.

Nor did things improve after a shaky singing performance.

"At the end of the day, we don’t care what you guys say, we just came up here," Lisa, 17, told the audience.

Judge Simon Cowell admonished the pair as having the "worst attitude" of any contestant to appear on the show.

And when guest judge Natalie Imbruglia offered some gentle criticism, Lisa hit back: "who are you, may I ask?"

At this point a clearly fed-up Abbey stormed off stage again, but not before making a parting shot at her singing partner, striking Lisa in the face with a swinging fist.

A spokesman for the X Factor said the contestants were separated backstage.

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FPÖ-Spiel für UN-Chef "inakzeptabel"

Moschee Baba
"Moschee-Baba": Nicht mehr im Netz

Das Anti-Minarett-Spiel sorgt weiter für Aufregung - zuletzt auch im Ausland. Nachdem bereits zahlreiche internationale Medien über das umstrittene Spiel der steirischen FPÖ berichteten, äußerte sich nun auch UN-Generalsekretär Ban Ki-Moon anlässlich seines Österreich-Besuchs zu dem Thema. In einem Interview mit der Tageszeitung Die Presse nannte er das Spiel "total inakzeptabel. Das ist islamophob." Die UNO arbeite sehr hart für ein besseres Verständnis zwischen den Religionen und die Vereinten Nationen versuchen, der jungen Generation beizubringen, andere Religionen und Kulturen so zu schätzen wie ihren eigenen Glauben.

Zuvor sagte Ban, dass er über das Spiel bereits einen Bericht in der Zeitung gelesen hat. Das ist wenig überraschend, da zahlreiche internationale Zeitungen, Magazine und Fernsehsender bereits über das Spiel, bei dem der Spieler Minarette und Muezzins abschießen soll, berichtet haben. Die FPÖ jedoch betont, dass in dem Spiel, bei dem man mit einem Stoppschild auf Minarette zielte, nicht geschossen werde.

Immunität

Indessen ist das Spiel am Freitagnachmittag von der Homepage der Freiheitlichen Partei entfernt werden. Die Grazer Justiz beeilte sich mit der einstweiligen Verfügung. Knapp 214.000 Zugriffe waren bis dahin erfolgt. Spitzenkandidat Gerhard Kurzmann bestätigte den Erhalt des Beschlusses am Freitagnachmittag. Man werde volle Rechtsmittel einlegen, zumal man nicht mit dieser Entscheidung der Justiz übereinstimme. Das Hauptziel des Spiels, eine Diskussion zu initiieren und der Bevölkerung die Möglichkeit zu geben, per Abstimmung Einfluss zu nehmen, sei jedenfalls erreicht worden, so Kurzmann.

Parallel dazu wurde am Donnerstag die "Auslieferung" von Kurzmann beantragt. Gegen ihn und andere wird wegen des Verdachts der Verhetzung sowie der Herabwürdigung religiöser Lehren ermittelt. Das Parlament muss nun entscheiden, ob Kurzmanns Immunität als Nationalrats-Abgeordneter aufgehoben wird.

Parteichef Heinz-Christian Strache hatte sich vom "Moschee-Baba"-Spiel distanziert. Er hätte Kurzmann nicht zu einem solchen Wahlkampf geraten, sagte Strache. "Ich bin aber nicht sein Kindermädchen. Ich kann den Ländern nur Hilfe anbieten, viele nehmen das auch an." Ihm sei das Spiel für den Wien-Wahlkampf angeboten worden; er habe abgelehnt.

Strache distanziert sich

Parteichef Heinz-Christian Strache hatte sich vom "Moschee-Baba"-Spiel distanziert. Er hätte Kurzmann nicht zu einem solchen Wahlkampf geraten, sagte Strache. "Ich bin aber nicht sein Kindermädchen. Ich kann den Ländern nur Hilfe anbieten, viele nehmen das auch an." Ihm sei das Spiel für den Wien-Wahlkampf angeboten worden; er habe abgelehnt.

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Hurricane Earl Becomes Tropical Storm Earl – Path Moves Towards Nova Scotia, Canada

UK Today News: Hurricane Earl Becomes Tropical Storm Earl – Path Moves Towards Nova Scotia, Canada

Hurricane Earl Now A Tropical Storm – The dreaded Hurricane Earl, which threatened the eastern coast of USA over the past few days, has reportedly turned into a Tropical Storm and is making it’s way towards the East of Canada. The National Hurricane Center
said that Tropical Storm Earl is quite close to Nova Scotia, New England, and is currently around 40 miles south from Cape Sable.

Earl Hurricane

Reports state that in anticipation of Earl, a hurricane warning is in place in the areas stretching from Port Maitland, right up to Point Tupper. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and portions of New Brunswick. (CNN)

The tropical storm is currently moving with wind speeds of 70 mph, and there is likelihood of lots of rain. New reports state that areas in Nantucket, Massachusetts, have received 3 to 6 inches of rain as a result of Earl.

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New iPod Touch 4G Release Date Is Next Week

The new iPod Touch received an official release date, which will start shipping next week and pre-orders are accepted right away. The new iPod Touch 4G will come equipped with the iPhone 4′s Retina Display, Apple A4 core, a 3-axis giroscope, Game Center, FaceTime. The best thing in the new iPod Touch has a frontal camera included and FaceTime installed, which means that its users can create video conferences. Another great thing about the Apple’s ’device without phone’ is that it has a rear camera which provides support for HD video.

Apple released info about the pricing of all the iPod’s Touch 4G models. See below the prices of all iPod Touch models :

  • iPod Touch 4G with 8GB of storage space is available at a price of $229
  • iPod Touch 4G with 32GB of storage space is available at a price of $299
  • ipod Touch 4G with 64GB of storage space is available at a price of $399
Only these 3 models will be released by Apple, this means that the 16GB and the 128GB editions of iPod Touch 4G were left out and we need to wait for the next generation of iPod Touch to be released with a larger storage space.

iPod, Apple Logo

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer shows us how to Wager ( Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal )

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer shows us how to Wager ( Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal )


During yesterday’s “Multiplayer Reveal“, Treyarch has detailed, for the first time, the multiplayer side of their upcoming entry in the Call of Duty franchise, and even showed to those attending a Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer.

During the press event, Treyarch has talked about what’s new and improved in the Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer:

First, there is a mode called Combat Training specially designed for those who don’t play online. In Combat Training players will square off against bots. This mode will also have a progression system, different from the online mode.

Care Packages will contain new weapons including the Death Machine (a mini-gun) and the Grim Reaper (a grenade launcher).

Kill-streak rewards will include: Mortar Team, Napalm Strike, the Radio Controlled Car, Gunship and SAM Turret.

Call of Duty: Black Ops will also have a new currency system, based on COD Points. The points are earned as you play and can be spent on contracts or gambled in Call of Duty: Black Ops Wager matches. The contracts are, in fact, specialized challenges splitted up in categories like Mercenaries, Operations and Specialist. We can expect each challenge category to have a particular type of gameplay and achievements. Of course there will be a bigger reward for more difficult contracts.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Wager Matches are 4 brand new free-for-all based game-modes that are separate from normal online progression. In the Wager matches players can take their hard earned Currency Points (CP) and gamble it against other players. The thing players will gamble on is that they’ll be in the Top 3 when the match is over. So basically, at the end of a game, only the Top 3 players will cash in on the bet while everyone else losses their wager.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Wager game modes are :
  • One in the Chamber – Every players spawns with a pistol, one bullet and three lives. If you kill another player you get to take their bullet. If you fire and miss, you’ll only have the melee attack at your disposal.
  • Sticks and Stones – In this game-mode the players are equipped with a Crossbow, a Ballistic Knife and a Tomahawk. If you kill another player with the Tomahawk, you’ll bankrupt that player.
  • Gun Game – This Wager game-mode will hand players a progressive series of weapons, based on kills. You start up with a pistol and, with every kill, you progress to the next weapon. The player that gets to the last weapon will win the game but, if somehow you get knifed you’ll be set back one tier.
  • Sharp Shooter – In this 4th Wager mode every player will start with the same randomly selected weapon. After a fixed amount of time everyone will be switched to another randomly selected weapon. In Sharp Shooter, with each kill you’ll earn a perk and eventually a scoring multiplier.
Check out the Call of Duty: Black Ops gameplay trailer that details the Wager game-mode:


Another aspect on which Treyarch touched during the Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal event is the customization. Everything can be customized, from the Player Emblems (via the Emblem Editor) through the weapon’s color, decals and the targeting reticule. It’s Create-a-Class 2.0 at its best.

Interestingly, nothing has come up about the Call of Duty: Black Ops Beta that many thought it will be released today. I guess those Call of Duty: Black Ops Beta Ads were NOT official after all.

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

We are also waiting on an official word about the Call of Duty Zombie Mode that was almost confirmed by Best Buy Canada.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops release date is November 9th. The game will be released for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.

You can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops from GameStop (PC – $59.99, PS3 – $59.99, Xbox 360 – $59.99, Wii – $49.99), Amazon (PC – $59.99, PS3 – $59.99, Xbox 360 – $59.99, Wii – $49.99) or Amazon.uk (PC – £34.91, PS3 – £44.91, Xbox 360 – £44.91, Wii – £34.99).

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition contains, along with 4 extra co-op maps, a limited edition Collector’s Medal with display case, an exclusive Black Ops Xbox Live/PSN avatar, a special edition Steel Book case and the Call of Duty: Black Ops retail disk. You can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition from Gamestop for $79.99 (PS3, Xbox 360), from Amazon for $79.99 (PS3, Xbox 360) or Amazon.uk for £64.99 (PS3, Xbox 360).

Activision has announced that a Call of Duty: Prestige Edition will also be available. This edition comes with a Video Surveillance Vehicle like the one that was shown in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Trailer. The Prestige Edition costs $149.99 at Gamestop (PS3, Xbox 360) and Amazon (PS3, Xbox 360).

Stay tuned as more details will surely surface soon, regarding the Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer.

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Google Translate New Face!

Google Translate

If you are a Google Translate user, you may have seen that, starting from yesterday, the provided service is a lot easier to use.

From what we’ve seen, this service is translating instantly. This means that, while you are typing, you get the translation for each word instantly, without having to press any other button. Though, you still have to select what languages would you like to use.

Google implemented some large lists of words, therefore, the chances of not getting what you need, will decrease seriously. In fact, 98% of the Internet users can get the proper translation, because Google has a large vocabulary for about 51 languages.

Also, they have implemented a new feature called text-to-speech. This will allow users to hear actually what they are translating.

And, according to Awaneesh Verma, Product Manager for this service, Google will update monthly the database, in order to satisfy its user needs.

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Football: LSU escapes North Carolina, 30-24

ATLANTA — A day after losing 13 players — including six starters — because of NCAA violations, the Tar Heels ran out of gas on the last play of the game against the LSU Tigers, losing 30-24 on Saturday night in the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

After LSU scurried out to an early 30-10 halftime lead, North Carolina stormed back with two late touchdowns and then recovered an onside kick to make things interesting.

The Tiger defense clamped down and sealed the game, not once, but twice.

True freshman cornerback Tyrann Mathieu blindsided quarterback T.J. Yates on fourth down to force a fumble with less than two minutes left, but junior running back Steven Ridley coughed up the football to keep the Tar Heels’ heartbeat at a murmur.

North Carolina marched down the field to the LSU 6-yard line, but Yates threw an incomplete pass to tight end Zack Pianalto as time expired to give LSU the victory.

LSU capitalized on a rusty Tar Heel offense to start the game, which was without star wide receiver Greg Little, by forcing two early turnovers.

Ironically, the Tar Heels outgained the Tigers and had two fewer turnovers. But the two turnovers, one by running back Johnny White and one by Yates, set the tone for the next three and a half quarters.

The Tar Heel defense only allowed a 6-yard touchdown reception by sophomore wide receiver Russell Shepard off the two turnovers in the first quarter, but unraveled in the second quarter by allowing 23 unanswered points.

Following Shepard’s touchdown catch, North Carolina answered early in the second quarter when Yates dumped a pass off to fullback Devon Ramsey for a 9-yard score to tie the score at 7-7.

On the Tar Heels’ ensuing possession, Yates connected with receiver Jheranie Boyd on a 75-yard pass play, which set up a 20-yard field goal by Connor Barth.

Shepard struck again with his second score of the night on a 50-yard rushing touchdown to put the Tigers back on top, 14-10.

The Tiger defense came up big by forcing a safety when center Jonathan Cooper wildly snapped the ball over Yates and out of the end zone.

After an 87-yard punt return touchdown by junior cornerback Patrick Peterson gave LSU a 23-10 lead, quarterback Jordan Jefferson added to that margin with a 51-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Rueben Randle.

LSU was held in check for the entire second half as the Tar Heels mounted a comeback.

North Carolina ended its scoring drought early in the fourth quarter as Yates and Boyd hooked up again on a 97-yard bomb. The pass play was the longest play from scrimmage in Tar Heel history.

A 14-yard touchdown reception by Erik Highsmith brought North Carolina within six with less than three minutes to play.

The Tigers return to the road next Saturday to start SEC play against Vanderbilt.



Game Notes

The 30 points LSU scored in the first half is the most scored since the 35 points put up in the 2008 Chik-Fil-A Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Peterson set a school record with 244 return yards in the first half. Nick Turner of Mississippi State holds the SEC record with 267 return yards, a feat he accomplished in 2003 against Tennessee.

Junior guard Will Blackwell broke his foot, according to Miles. Miles also added "he will be back," but set no timetable for Blackwell's return.

Shepard’s two touchdowns doubled his previous career total of two. He entered tonight’s game with a pair of rushing touchdowns from last season.

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Contact Sean Isabella at sisabella@lsureveille.com

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