Pages

Advertisement

Yorkshire Terrier



The Yorkshire Terrier is feisty, alert, inquisitive, energetic, determined, brave, bossy, scrappy and boisterous. But he can also be very sweet. He can be described as a little dog with a big personality! He's one of the most popular breeds in the Unite States. He craves close physical contact and affection and will follow you around the home like a shadow. His prey-drive is high and he will chase any little creature that scurries by him. He gets along well with strangers but he can be aggressive with other dogs. He's very affectionate and loves to cuddle and sit on your lap.





The Yorkshire Terrier is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.

The Yorkshire Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!***






Looking for small cute dogs this year


I'm breed searching until December, looking for little cute dogs to add to my family so until then every little cutie i find i will add to my blog for my future referencing....
If you love dogs good for you if not.... well, you can read on, on my other many updates.

The naked truth about "Giving and Sharing"




                                         COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!!!......

             All i have learnt over the years of my existence, will be divided into Parts

Revolution signals new dawn for Egypt's women

A couple of days after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, 24-year-old Nawara Belal was driving in Cairo when she was verbally abused by an army officer. "I got out of my car, opened the door of his car and slapped him in the face," she said. "I realized he wouldn't do anything about it, and it gave me the power to do what I wanted to do to every harasser in my past. "I would never have been able to do that before the revolution."


Belal and many women like her, energized by the visible part they played in the protests that led to Mubarak's fall, feel they no longer have to suffer in silence the sexual harassment that has been part of their lives for so long.


A survey in 2008 by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights claimed that 98% of foreign women and 83% of Egyptian women in the country had been sexually harassed.


CBS reporter Lara Logan was attacked in Cairo's Tahrir Square after Mubarak stepped down, and other women reported incidents ranging from mild harassment to violent attacks. But many women now feel a change in this culture is possible. Nehad Abolkomsan, chair of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, said: "I believe sexual harassment in Egypt had a political reason. Political frustration was a big reason.


"I believe now it can be eliminated. It won't just be like pushing a button, we have to continue to work on it, but women will not be silent anymore." Doaa Abdelaal, a council member with the international solidarity movement Women Living Under Muslim Law, agreed that a more open society would lead to less harassment of women in the streets. "In an oppressive society, people oppress each other," she said. "It's a justification for everyone to be unjust. Under a more open society these things can be discussed, I think changes will happen."


Belal, a project coordinator for the feminist organization Nazra, said: "Under Mubarak, it was a police-led country and police had a heavy presence in our lives. "If you were sexually harassed, you wouldn't have much faith that if you went to the police they would support you." Although the attack on Logan might suggest otherwise, many women involved in the protests said they were struck by the lack of harassment.


Farida Makar, 24, an Egyptian student at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, traveled back home to take part in the protests. "The sexual harassment that happened on the streets was a sign that society was unwell," she said.


"In Tahrir Square during the protests, although there were a lot of young men and women crowded together, and you would assume women would be harassed -- generally they weren't. I don't know why that was, maybe because of all the hope and optimism."The wave of optimism is felt in many other areas of women's lives.


Five years ago, the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights closed its program helping young women get involved in local politics, because of lack of interest. Today, the organization says it is inundated with young women wanting to get involved in its campaigns. Women's groups feel their role in bringing about the revolution has given new momentum to their campaign for equality.


Abolkomsan said: "I am so happy and so proud about the role young women played in the revolution. "Before the revolution they were depressed and disappointed and felt there was no value in their participation. "Now we have hundreds of women coming to our organization wanting to get involved. They made a change by being in Tahrir Square and now they want to continue making a change."


Abdelaal, 35, said: "I was very happy to see all the generations of women's rights activists, poor, rich, middle class, all types of women, there every day and every night. "We have been doing everything we can to make ourselves visible, writing, talking, sending out information, because we didn't want it to be called an Islamist revolution.


"We needed to be seen in blue jeans and T-shirts as well as in veils and scarves."


Despite the optimism, women are conscious that they still have a long way to go. The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights led a petition signed by more than 60 organizations complaining that Egypt's new Constitutional Committee has no female members. "They say this is not the time to talk about women's rights, but when you are building a new society is exactly when you should talk about it," Abolkomsan said. "I want to see women active in every level of society.


"We need to continue lobbying for better participation of women, to show that it's not acceptable to ignore us." Abdelaal added: "We have walked a very long way and we are not going to stop now. We now have an open country where people have learned their rights and can protest peacefully.


"It's not going to be easy, it's going to be a difficult road, but I'm quite optimistic. There is now a new door open for women, and we are ready to use this opening."

UN Security Council slaps Libya with sanctions



The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Libya amid Moammar Gadhafi's escalating attacks on anti-government protesters.

The approved resolution includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and several of his key associates. It also refers the violent crackdown to the International Criminal Court.


"The text send a strong message that gross violations of basic human rights will not be tolerated and that those responsible for grave crimes will be held accountable. I hope the message is heard, and heeded, by the regime in Libya," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations who earlier voiced opposition to Gadhafi's government, said after the vote the resolution would provide moral support to the people resisting in Libya. He urged officers in the armed forces to renounce Gadhafi.


One point of contention revolved around language in the resolution that referred to adopting "all necessary measures to enable the return to Libya of humanitarian agencies and to secure the prompt and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need."


There was concern that the language could be interpreted as including military intervention. That section of the resolution was softened in the approved version to call on member states to work together to "facilitate and support" the return of humanitarian agencies. Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United Nations, described the pace of the resolution proceedings earlier in the day as "an earthquake."


The United Nations estimates that 1,000 people have been killed since the Libyan uprising began last week. Ban had urged the Security Council to come up with immediate actions against Gadhafi's regime. "In these circumstances, the loss of time means more loss of lives," Ban told the 15-member body Friday.


The session Saturday comes the day after Libyan Ambassador Mohamed Shalgam made an impassioned appeal to his United Nations counterparts. "I hope within hours, not days, that they can do something tangible," he said. Some, however, were skeptical of the sanctions and said they would not have teeth.


Fouad Ajami of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies told CNN that Gadhafi had survived sanctions once before, in the aftermath of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.


"The sanctions never worked," he said. "Anyone with money can break these sanctions."

Passenger didn't know she had measles, may have infected others

DENVER -- Passengers and employees who visited Concourse C at Denver International Airport this Tuesday may have been exposed to measles, state health officials said on Friday.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, a 27-year-old New Mexico woman unknowingly infected with measles arrived at Gate C39 at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and stayed in the area for two hours.

"This is not difficult to transmit, particularly in a concourse, in an airport," says Urgent Care physician Rafer Leach.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease which is easily spread through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. It can remain in the air for a couple hours Early symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes. “Usually, one to four days after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. A person with measles is contagious beginning four days before the rash appears,” the department said.

Health officials urge anyone who was working or traveling through Concourse C at DIA on Tuesday after 9 p.m. to monitor themselves for early symptoms from March 1 through March 12.

Measles develops seven to 18 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, contact your health care provider or local health department. The Centers for Disease Control is expected to notify everyone aboard the two flights, which includes around 200 people.

The unidentified woman had just returned had just returned from a trip overseas.

The last case of measles in a Colorado resident was in 2006. Before that, the state had one case in 2004 and two cases in 2000.

Words on Facebook cost Bourne firefighter his job


BOURNE, Mass. -- A firefighter's angry words on Facebook cost him his job and now he could be trying to get it back.

Veteran firefighter of 16 years, Richard Doherty was terminated by the town of Bourne after expletive laden insults posted on Facebook last summer.
In the posts he uses foul language and anti-gay slurs to slam Bourne police officers, his deputy fire chief and the town itself.


In his termination, Town Administrator Thomas Guarino stated: “Firefighter Doherty has disqualified himself from the ability to serve as a firefighter because he elected to post on the Internet a message that causes the public to question whether he can serve all of its citizens.”
“The town of Bourne wouldn’t tolerate that kind of mindset from employees. We send out a message that we want them to be professional and we support the town administrator,” said John Ford, Bourne Board of Selectmen.

No one answered at Doherty’s home address in Bourne Thursday night, though one of his rants mentioned that he had moved away from the town, which he used an expletive to describe.
“I don’t take anything personally. This is a job - we take it serious. We want to protect the reputation of the fire department - we’ve got an excellent fire department, and we want to protect the reputation of the town of Bourne,” said Ford.

The firefighters union said they’d appeal the decisions.

Spokesman Gil Taylor told 7NEWS “Mr. Doherty is not a racist, bigot, [anti-gay], nor anti-special needs as the town alleges. He has never provided substandard service or patient care to anyone regardless of his personal feelings.”
The union told 7NEWS that their appeal will center around the fact that they don’t believe the status updates on Facebook were for public consumption. They say the firefighter’s Facebook was setup to have restricted access for only his friend and family.

The 10 Best New Exercises for Women

Middle East protests: Country by country



Egypt

Protesters call for President Mubarak to step down The military has been running the country since President Hosni Mubarak, in power for three decades, resigned on 11 February following weeks of protests in the capital Cairo and other cities. The Armed Forces Supreme Council is meant to keep charge for a transition period of six months, or until new elections are held.


An estimated two million people gathered in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on 18 February to celebrate a week since Mr Mubarak's departure from office, but also as a show of strength to remind the military to keep their promise of a swift transition to democracy.


The Islamist and conservative Muslim Brotherhood would be expected to do well in any free and fair elections, but fears of a lurch towards Islamist rule is the main worry for Western powers and Israel. Much of the unrest was driven by poverty, rising prices, social exclusion, anger over corruption and personal enrichment among the political elite, as well as a demographic bulge of young people unable to find work.


The new authorities have arrested three ex-ministers for corruption including former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly and steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz. But the military government has said it will not tolerate any more strikes which disrupt the country's economy.

Tunisia


President Ben Ali fled after weeks of protests Protests have continued in Tunisia since President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's decision to step down in January. He fled the country following weeks of anti-government demonstrations and clashes between protesters and police.


The trigger for the protests was a desperate act by a young unemployed man on 17 December. Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself when officials in his town prevented him from selling vegetables on the streets of Sidi Bouzid without permission.


Mr Ben Ali is now in a coma at a Saudi hospital after suffering a stroke, reports say. Tunisia has formally requested his extradition, saying he is wanted for serious crimes including inciting killing.


Parliamentary Speaker Foued Mebazaa has been sworn in as interim president and has asked Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi, head of the government since 1999, to form a national unity government. The prime minister has also pledged to step down after elections in about six months' time.


Some analysts believe that Islamists have been organising in the country, pointing to a rally outside the interior ministry in Tunis on 18 February to demand the closure of a brothel.

Morocco


Morocco has seen a spate of protests in recent weeks Thousands of Moroccans joined nationwide protests on 20 February to demand that King Mohammed hand over some of his powers to a newly elected government and make the justice system more independent.


The main opposition group has warned the "autocracy" will be swept away unless there are deep economic reforms. Morocco has been facing severe economic problems. It has announced an increase in state subsidies to try to counter commodity price rises.


Earlier this year, the country's reputation was damaged after Wikileaks revealed allegations corruption involving the royal family and the people close to King Mohammed. The king says the fight against poverty is a priority, earning him the name "guardian of the poor". Economic liberalisation has attracted foreign investment, and officials point to better basic services in shanty towns and rural areas.


But some non-government groups say little has changed, with poverty still widespread and unemployment remaining high. Morocco is dogged by strikes by both private and public. Morocco, like Egypt and Algeria, does allow limited freedom of expression and has so far been able to contain protests. Like Jordan it is a monarchy with strong support among sections of the public.

Algeria


The funeral of an anti-government protester Sporadic protests against the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have been continuing since early January.


Recent attempts to march through the capital Algiers were broken up by huge numbers of riot police. Protest groups united in their opposition to the government include small trade unions and minor political parties.


The trigger for the unrest appears to be mainly economic - in particular sharp increases in the price of food.
Mr Bouteflika has promised to lift the country's state of emergency - in place since 1992 - in the "near future". Algeria's government has considerable wealth from its oil and gas exports and is trying to tackle social and economic complaints with a huge public spending programme.

Libya

Pro-Gaddafi supporters out on the streets during a ceremony to mark a prophet's birth Protests against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's rule have left an unknown number of people dead and injured since 16 February.


Eastern Libya, including the second city, Benghazi, has fallen to anti-government rebels. Gaddafi loyalists still control the capital, Tripoli, and parts of the west.


In two TV addresses, Col Gaddafi blamed drugs and al-Qaeda for the uprising. On 22 February, he warned that anyone who played games with the country's unity would be executed, citing the way the Chinese suppressed protests in Tiananmen Square as an example. Government blocking of the internet and curbs on foreign media make it difficult to establish a full picture of the scale of the unrest.


Protests of any kind are prohibited in Libya but the latest unrest was triggered by the arrest of a lawyer who is an outspoken critic of the government. In power since 1969, Colonel Gaddafi is the longest-serving ruler in Africa and the Middle East, and also one of the most autocratic.


Jordan


Protesters in Jordan celebrate the success of protests in Egypt There were clashes in the capital Amman on 18 February when anti-government protesters were confronted by demonstrators loyal to King Abdullah.


Stones were thrown and eight people were injured in the scuffles, activists said. Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets over the past five weeks, demanding better employment prospects and cuts in foods and fuel costs.


In response, King Abdullah II sacked Prime Minister Samir Rifai over the slow pace of reform and appointed Marouf al-Bakhit, a former army general and ambassador to Israel. A new 26-member cabinet was sworn in on 10 February.


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small country with few natural resources, but it has played a pivotal role in the struggle for power in the Middle East. The death of King Hussein, who ruled for 46 years, left Jordan still struggling for economic and social survival, as well as regional peace

Syria


Calls for a "day of rage" to coincide with the fall of Egypt's President Hosnic Mubarak failed to materialise into a demonstration and so far the country has remained calm. President Bashar al-Assad has promised to push through political reforms after inheriting power from his father, Hafez, in 2000, after three decades of authoritarian rule.


The country remains under emergency law, in place since 1963.


Following the death of Hafez al-Assad, Syria underwent a degree of relaxation. Hundreds of political prisoners were released. But the granting of real political freedoms and a shake-up of the state-dominated economy have not materialised.

Saudi Arabia


One of the most devout and insular countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has emerged from being an underdeveloped desert kingdom to become one of the wealthiest nations in the region thanks to vast oil resources.


But its rulers face the delicate task of responding to pressure for reform while combating a growing problem of Islamist violence. It has always been in the ruling Al Saud family's interests to preserve stability in the region and to clamp down on radical Islamist elements. Opposition movements are banned within the country.


Regionally, the country is important with King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud regarded in the Arab world as a supporter of wider Arab interests. It was to Saudi Arabia that Tunisia's ousted leader, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, fled in January.

Bahrain


Shia protesters demand change The Sunni Muslim monarchy has offered talks to representatives of the country's disaffected Shia majority following days of unrest which saw the main square of the capital Manama occupied by protesters.


After using troops to clear the protesters from the Pearl Square on 17 February, in an operation which left four people dead, the government appears to have stepped back, allowing demonstrators to re-occupy it after initial resistance by police.


US President Barack Obama has appealed for restraint in Bahrain, which is strategically important to America. King Hamad has asked his eldest son, Crown Prince Salman, to start a "national dialogue" to end the unrest.


Senior members of the main Shia political group, Wefaq, have called for the government to resign. Other demands are believed to include the release of political prisoners and talks on a new constitution. Shia protesters complain of economic hardship, lack of political freedom and discrimination in jobs in favour of Sunnis.

Iran


Protests in the Iranian parliament against opposition to the government Long-simmering unrest over the disputed 2009 presidential election boiled up again on 14 February.


Thousands of people heeded calls by the two main opposition leaders to rally in the capital Tehran in solidarity with pro-democracy protests across the Middle East. Security forces cracked down on the protest and two people were killed and others injured.


Supporters of the government have been calling for the opposition leaders, Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, to be executed. Iran's complex and unusual political system combines elements of a modern Islamic theocracy with democracy.


The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the highest power in the land. He appoints the head of the judiciary, military leaders, the head of radio and TV and Friday prayer leaders. He also confirms the election of Iran's president.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, elected in 2005, is a hardliner who has vowed to put down any protests


Yemen


Anger on the streets in Yemen At least five people were killed on 18 February during widespread anti-government demonstrations in Yemen.


Four people were killed in the southern port city of Aden by gunfire as police moved to disperse protesters, medical officials and witnesses said. In the city of Taiz, one person was killed and many injured when a grenade was thrown from a car at protesters.


And in the capital Sanaa, supporters and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed on the streets.
Yemen's president announced on 2 February that he would not seek another term in office, after three decades in power.


He also told parliament that he would not hand over power to his son, saying: "No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock."


Yemen is the Arab world's most impoverished nation, where nearly half of the population lives on less than $2 a day

Yemen: Protester killed in Aden on day six of unrest

At least one man has died during a sixth day of anti-government protests in Yemen, reports say.


The victim was reportedly hit when police fired shots into the air to try and break up around 500 protesters in the southern port of Aden. In the capital Sanaa several people were injured during clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters.


President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power for almost 32 years in Yemen, the poorest Arab nation.


The president has already said he will not seek another term in office or hand over power to his son. But - inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt - opponents continue to stage demonstrations. Twenty-one-year-old Mohammed Alwani became the first casualty of the protests in Yemen.


He was one of a number of people who were taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by police in Aden. Medics say he had been shot in the back and he died from his injuries. Angry protesters are reported to have set ablaze a municipal building and several cars in the port town.


Students vs loyalists


In Sanaa, hundreds of students heading for a protest near the presidential palace were attacked by several hundred supporters of the president, armed with batons, stones and daggers.
The students retaliated with stones and police intervened.


Pro-government supporters clashed with anti-government activists in the capital Sanaa "The thugs and supporters of the ruling party ... want to massacre" the students, the head of the university's student union, Radwan Masud, told AFP news agency.


"We'll keep protesting until the regime leaves," another student, Murad Mohammed, told Reuters news agency. "We have no future under current conditions."


At least 500 people who rallied overnight in the agro-industrial city of Taiz, south of Sanaa, vowed to camp out again on Wednesday night.

Tokyo, Japan playhouse architecture

                                                      Three level house relies on slides
                                                                       The design
                                                                       Playing area
                                                                     Courtyard
                                                                      Room for two

                                                          Sliding into the whole-way

Jessica Simpson Ready For Wedding


Jessica Simpson is ready for her wedding - she'll even skip the dress for something casual.



After photos surfaced this week of Jessica hitting the gym, some reports suggested the star was working out to lose weight before her wedding to former NFL player Eric Johnson - but Jessica says otherwise.

"Yes,I am working out,but why is that worth any sorta press?" Jessica Tweeted on Thursday. "I always take care of myself. Eric and I could get married right now in sweats!"

Jessica and Eric began dating in May 2010, and became engaged in November 2010. According to People, the couple hopes to wed by Christmas 2011.


"We're just going to enjoy the engagement, and we'll get married the moment we feel like it," she told the mag in December.

Beyonce under fire for blackface cover

Beyonce graces the March issue of L'Officiel Paris, but it's a controversial photo of the superstar inside the French fashion magazine that's getting the most attention.

In a statement, L'Officiel describes the Feli-inspired photo of Beyonce -- sporting blackface, tribal paint and a dress designed by her mom -- as a "return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened."

Not everyone is a fan of the editorial vision and tribute to Kuti; the image simultaneously inspires and provokes. Writes Jezebel's Dodai Stewart: "It's fun to play with fashion and makeup, and fashion has a history of provocation and pushing boundaries. But when you paint your face darker in order to look more 'African,' aren't you reducing an entire continent, full of different nations, tribes, cultures and histories, into one brown color?"

"It's one thing to feel moved by Fela Kuti, and quite another to treat blackness as a fashion accessory, like a pair of glittery heels you put on because it looks cool," Stewart adds.

Charing Ball, a writer at the Atlanta Post, blasts the fashion industry's recent obsession with blackface as an accepted form of racism passed off as art. "Blackface is not fashion forward or edgy and, in my opinion, it is just flat-out offensive," writes Ball, incriminating Beyonce in perpetuating the offense.

Blackface has been particularly trendy among European fashion titles; in October 2009, French Vogue featured a white model in blackface a year after the Italian edition of Vogue ran a much-hyped issue with all-black models as a response to the lack of diversity within the industry.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and other black stars have had their skin lightened on the cover of glossy women's mags and in advertisements; (see Beyonce's 2008 L'Oreal ad) compared with a real photo of the singer. See also: (Actress Gabby Sidibe's 2010 Elle magazine cover) wherein her dark skin appeared several tones lighter.

"The message we're getting from the fashionistas," Stewart writes, "is that it's bad to actually have dark skin, but totally cool to pretend you have it."

Beyonce will no doubt maintain a diplomatic stance on the photoshoot. But, for once -- for once! -- it would be refreshing to hear her speak her mind and have a stance on something beyond her music.

Hollywood’s Most Bankable: How the Kardashian Klan Made $65 Million


As a whole, the Kardashians raked in $65 million in 2010 due to their lucrative endorsement deals, three reality shows, public appearances and Kardashian-themed products, a source revealed to the Hollywood Reporter.


The crux of their runaway success is family matriarch Kris Jenner, who explained to the mag, “My job was trying to take my kids’ 15 minutes and turn it into 30.”


Just how did she pull it off? Her youngest, Khloe Kardashian, believes it’s a natural talent for turning “water into wine” that made all the difference. “She knows how to take one small talent or ability and grow it into something huge,” she says.


With all those millions, the Kardashians seem to have every intention of expanding their brand. This year they plan to open a “celebrity destination store” at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. What’s more, their pictures will soon be printed on the casino’s room keys, bottled water and slot machines.


Rest assured, they didn’t take every offer that came their way on their road to fortune. Kris said “Hell to the no” to a sex toy company’s offer to produce a line of “vibrating panties, nipple rings and vibrators” inspired by Khloe and her 6′ 10″ husband Lamar Odom.

Do you think this is it? ummhhhh











Maxi Dresses

Matthew Williamson
Zebra-print silk-chiffon gown


Adam
Embellished modal-jersey maxi dress


Thomas Wylde
Peso printed silk-chiffon maxi dress


Roberto Cavalli
Embellished floral-print cotton gown



D&G
Animal-print silk-chiffon gown


 

Solange's new look: Long braids







Solange's braids, I am thinking along her lines, i suddenly have an interest in braiding now thanks to you. When that time comes, i will also post my pictures for you faith viewers.



Lala Vasquez: pumping gas



Lala looking too cute to be pumping gas. I looooveeee her look.

Justin Bieber Gets Rejected by Rihanna (Again!)



Poor Justin Bieber: He may be a box office success thanks to his new film, Never Say Never, but the young pop star still can’t land his crush Rihanna.

The 16-year-old pop star joked about getting shot down by Rihanna, 23, at the NBA All-Star game last weekend.

“I asked her out,” Justin says. “It didn’t go so well, since I’m not with her. I asked her out and she was basically like, ‘You’re too young’.”

Well, she does have a point! Rihanna is roughly six years older than the “Baby” hit-maker and any their hypothetical romance would raise eyebrows, to say the least. Besides, Rihanna has no trouble landing men: The “Rude Boy” songbird has recently been linked to Drake, Colin Farrel and Ryan Phillippe.

aww poor cutie... RiRi aims higher.

Beyonce Darkens skin for shoot




Beyonce allowed her skin to be darkened for the 90th anniversary issue of L’Officiel Magazine, in an African themed shoot celebrating Nigerian singer Fela Kuti

Charges initiated against Pope for crimes against humanity


TWO GERMAN lawyers have initiated charges against Pope Benedict XVI at the International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity.

Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel, based at Marktheidenfeld in the Pope’s home state of Bavaria, last week submitted a 16,500-word document to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague, Dr Luis Moreno Ocampo.

Their charges concern “three worldwide crimes which until now have not been denounced . . . (as) the traditional reverence toward ‘ecclesiastical authority’ has clouded the sense of right and wrong”.

They claim the Pope “is responsible for the preservation and leadership of a worldwide totalitarian regime of coercion which subjugates its members with terrifying and health-endangering threats”.

They allege he is also responsible for “the adherence to a fatal forbiddance of the use of condoms, even when the danger of HIV-Aids infection exists” and for “the establishment and maintenance of a worldwide system of cover-up of the sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and their preferential treatment, which aids and abets ever new crimes”.

They claim the Catholic Church “acquires its members through a compulsory act, namely, through the baptism of infants that do not yet have a will of their own”. This act was “irrevocable” and is buttressed by threats of excommunication and the fires of hell.

It was “a grave impairment of the personal freedom of development and of a person’s emotional and mental integrity”. The Pope was “responsible for its preservation and enforcement and, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of his Church, he was jointly responsible” with Pope John Paul II.

Catholics “threatened by HIV-AIDS . . . are faced with a terrible alternative: If they protect themselves with condoms during sexual intercourse, they become grave sinners; if they do not protect themselves out of fear of the punishment of sin threatened by the church, they become candidates for death.”

There was also “strong suspicion that Dr Joseph Ratzinger, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of his church and as Pope, has up to the present day systematically covered up the sexual abuse of children and youths and protected the perpetrators, thereby aiding and abetting further sexual violence toward young people”.

Wow!!..
What this world is coming to, the ICC is now being interprated otherwise, let religion remain as it is.

New Zealand Earthquake

Rescuers are toiling overnight in New Zealand to reach scores of trapped people after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which has claimed at least 65 lives. Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says more than 100 people are feared buried in collapsed buildings in the city.
The disaster struck at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) on Tuesday lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.
It is the South Island city's second tremor in six months, and the country's worst natural disaster in 80 years.



            

Time is of essence

The mayor has declared a state of emergency and ordered the city centre's evacuation.
On a cold and wet night, emergency teams have been toiling under floodlights to reach survivors, as relatives keep vigil outside.
Rescue teams with sniffer dogs have been fanning out across Christchurch.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said that 350 military personnel had been deployed to help with search and rescue efforts.
"The government is willing to throw everything it can in the rescue effort. Time is going to be of essence," Mr English said.
The government has accepted an offer of specialist help from Australia, whose rescuers are due to arrive in New Zealand shortly.
A series of aftershocks, some as big as magnitude 5, have rattled the stricken city of nearly 400,000 people.
Many power and telephone lines are knocked out, while burst water mains have deluged whole districts.
Up to 30 people were feared trapped inside the flattened Pyne Gould Guinness building, where screams have been heard from the ruins.

Students missing

Trapped under her office desk, Anne Voss told a New Zealand TV station: "I rang my kids to say goodbye. It was absolutely horrible.
"My daughter was crying and I was crying because I honestly thought that was it. You know, you want to tell them you love them, don't you?"
She said she could hear other people alive in the building, and had called out to them.

The top 10 reasons to walk?

1. Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.


2. Walking strengthens your heart if you're male. In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.


3. Walking strengthens your heart if you're female. Women in the Nurse's Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.


4. Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!


5. Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.


6. Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression as measured with a standard depression questionnaire by 47%.


7. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Women who performed the equivalent of one hour and 15 minutes to two and a half hours per week of brisk walking had an 18% decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women. Many studies have shown that exercise can prevent colon cancer, and even if an individual person develops colon cancer, the benefits of exercise appear to continue both by increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.


8. Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.


9. Walking in short bouts improves fitness, too! A study of sedentary women showed that short bouts of brisk walking (three 10-minute walks per day) resulted in similar improvements in fitness and were at least as effective in decreasing body fatness as long bouts (one 30-minute walk per day).


10. Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Ghaddafi's speech: refuses to step down


In a speech to the nation today, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that he was "a leader of a revolution not a president who steps down, and revolution means a life long sacrifice that only ends in death."

"Libya will continue to lead Africa, Libya will lead the world. I am a Bedouin warrior who brought glory to Libyans," he added.

I don't know what the worlds take is on this issue, but this man will not go down without a fight, he has vowed to rule Libya until death and who knows? His son might takeover. This is something i would love to keep updated on.

Poster of the Month


The poor man's plastic surgery with life-long benefits the natural way.

Health benefits of Apples

I have been eating a whole load of apples lately, it was once my worst fruit ever but i have grown to appreciate them. So i decided to find out what health benefits they have, and here they are:



Bone Protection
French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.


Asthma Help
One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.


Alzheimer's Prevention
A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.


Lower Cholesterol
The pectin in apples lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.


Lung Cancer Prevention
According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.


Breast Cancer Prevention
A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.


Colon Cancer Prevention
One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.


Liver Cancer Prevention
Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.


Diabetes Management
The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body's need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.


Weight Loss*
A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.





Exam Week



Ummh this spectecular week has finally arrived. It's so amazing how time flies, and six weeks later we are christened by sleepless nights and uncountable yawns.


I wonder, who this person is who actively invented "exams" or even thought of this method of evalution, they must have never thought that their greatest of great grandchildren would be going through numerous unstable periods within one year.


Oh well, since it is unavoidable, it is the evidence i need to prove that I have spent all my life studying, from pre-school to high school and now Univerisity. Funny enough, it isn't over yet, still have my Masters to do and PhD in the later future. I believe we were born to crack our heads and suffer from a serious pearl concussion.


Once this week is over we have every reason imaginable to let loose and party the weekend away. But wait a minute, term papers are due soon and i have two presentations to prepare for. Ummmhhhh....
I guess I'll overdo my enjoyment this weekend and get thinking again next week.


And before I know it, finals will be knocking on my super-glued door, a semester will be over and i will forcefully have to welcome a new semester of the exact same experiences.


Ummhhhh, a summary of my thoughts after doing my first two mid-semester exams of the day.


All Hail to the invention of exams.....

Green Card Lottery Email Scam Alert

Recently, U.S. Embassy has seen a sharp increase in email-based “Green Card” scams. These emails claim that recipients have won a U.S. Green Card and instruct them to fill out forms and send money for a “processing fee,” usually directing payment to a Western Union account. Some of these emails look very realistic, and sadly, many Kenyans have been fooled into paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to these fraudsters.


These emails refer to a Green Card Lottery, known officially as the Diversity Visa lottery, which the U.S. holds each year. We want to alert that the US government never notifies winners of the Diversity Visa lottery by email.


Also, any email that does come from the US government will come from an email address that ends in “.gov”, such as nairobifraud@state.gov .These phony e-mails have originated from email addresses such as: dv.states.gov@usa.com, us.states.gov@usa.com, or usagreencard2010@aol.com . The fraudsters work hard to make their email addresses and documents look convincing.


The American Embassy urges you to simply delete such messages. Again, successful Diversity Visa lottery applicants will never be notified by e-mail. The following are additional tips to help you avoid being tricked:


 Those who won the 2011 Diversity Visa lottery have already received a paper letter informing them that they are eligible for an interview for a Diversity Visa. They can also check if they have won at www.dvlottery.state.gov until June 30, 2011.


 Those who entered the 2012 Diversity Visa lottery program will not receive any direct notification; they will be given a user name and password in order to check for themselves at www.dvlottery.state.gov on or after May 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.


 There is no charge to enter the Diversity Visa lottery. Any fees would be paid at the embassy on the day of the interview.


 E-mails originating from a U.S. federal agency will end with the domain name “gov”. In other words, the last three letters of the e-mail address should be “gov”, or it is a fraudulent message.


 If you did not already apply for the Diversity Visa lottery on-line, you cannot win.


 To learn more, please see the Federal Trade Commission Warning at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt001.shtm .


The only way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website (http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html) during the specified and limited-time registration period.

Nigerian 'fake doctors' charged in South Africa court

Six Nigerian men and one Zambian have appeared in court in South Africa on charges relating to impersonating doctors and endangering people's lives.

They were also accused of corruption, fraud and indecent assault. The men are alleged to have been running at least six private practices. The suspects did not enter a plea.

CSI Africa, a private investigation firm, says the medical profession is one of the most targeted by fraudsters in South Africa. According to its research, fake qualifications run at between 15% and 18% across various professions in the country.

'Syndicate'

The men appeared in the Middleburg Magistrates court in Mpumalanga province along with two qualified Nigerian doctors who are alleged to have allowed their medical numbers to be used to register more practices. The case was postponed until 23 February.

McIntosh Polela, a spokesman for South Africa's special Hawks police investigation unit, said the suspects would remain in police custody until then. The Hawks were investigating reports that the six men were linked to a syndicate operating across South Africa, he said.

South Africa's Board of Health Care Funders (BHCF) has said it is concerned that thousands of people may have been misdiagnosed by the suspects. The medical lobby group said it had launched a separate investigation into reports that up to 17 other people have been posing as doctors have been treating patients in government and private hospitals.

Libya unrest: Scores killed in Benghazi 'massacre'

More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured.

The most bloody attacks were reported over the weekend, when a funeral procession is said to have come under machine-gun and heavy weapons fire.
One doctor, saying that fresh gunfire had broken out, told the BBC that what had happened was "a real massacre".

Human Rights Watch says at least 173 people have been killed in Libya since demonstrations began on Wednesday. Benghazi, the country's second city, has been a leading focus of protests against Col Muammar Gaddafi's rule.
Libya is one of several countries in the region to have seen pro-democracy campaigns since the fall of long-time Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January. Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was forced from power on 11 February.

The current unrest in Libya is the most serious challenge to Col Gaddafi in his four decades in power.

Knife In Man's Head Removed After 4 Years



BEIJING — Surgeons in southern China successfully removed a rusty, 4-inch (10-centimeter) knife from the skull of a man who said it had been stuck in there for four years, the hospital said Friday.
Li Fuyan, 30, had been suffering from severe headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties but never knew the cause of his discomfort, said the senior official at the Yuxi City People's Hospital in Yunnan Province.
Li told doctors he had been stabbed in the lower right jaw by a robber four years ago and the blade broke off inside his head without anyone realizing it, said the director of the hospital's Communist Party committee's office who would only give his surname, He.
Surgeons worked cautiously to remove the badly-corroded blade without shattering it, He said. The hospital's website also reported the successful surgery.
The case, which one of the doctors described as a "miracle," has been widely covered by the Chinese media and discussed on the Internet.
"We checked his mouth, but no wound or scar has been found. It is very strange as to how the blade got into his head," Xu Wen, deputy director of the hospital's stomatology department, told state broadcaster CCTV.
CCTV showed footage of the rusted knife and interviewed Li, who said: "As time passed, I used injections to kill the pain in my head and ears. It has been four years already."
Dr. Eugene Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at New York's Montefiore Medical Center, said X-ray images of the man's head posted on the hospital's website show the knife sitting behind the man's throat, having missed the carotid artery and other key structures.

Celebrity Whitening: Did you know?

                                                Beyonce whitens her skin with O'real 

                                         Apparently, Rihanna does it too


Lil Kim

*Sammy Sosa: has been the most extreme

How skin-whitening all started

History of Skin Whitening
Asian, African, Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures cherish fairness stemming back to ancient Japan and China. Whiter skin was a noble status for beauty and social rank.
Japanese Geishas painted their skin white for their graceful profession as entertainers.The Chinese ground pearls from seashells and swallowed them to lighten their skin.
And during the Achaemenid dynasty in Persia (now Iran), farmers used hydroquinone lightening creams to offset the tanning they get from baking under the sun. Pale skin fashion reigned among men and women.
In 1901, the Lions of Women used whitening Cuticura Soap and Ointment. Skin whitening soaps, 500 years ago, were marketed as "Antiseptic Soaps" with toxic mercury and hydroquinone in them.
Lemon and dandelion have been used in skin whitening recipes, and toxic arsenic and mercury were rampant in creams as they bleached the skin of innocent users.


It Got Ugly.
The 1950s recorded casualties from using skin whitening soaps with mercury, carboxylic acid and phenol-hydroquinone. Despite the ban, this soap emerged as the Intra-Africa national brand. It is believed that for the past 50 years, over US$100 billion worth was sold in the African continent alone!
In 2002, the first recorded case of mercury poisoning from the use of skin lightening cream was a 34-yr old Chinese woman. In 2005, almost a dozen bleaching skin products with mercury made in the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and China were apprehended by the US FDA.
Some of these were Miss Key Crema Blanqueadora, Santa cream, and Dermaline skin cream.
On another note, in some nations like Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Brazil and India, bleaching skin has created an enormous societal pressure where chances of being hired for a job was better if lighter-skinned.
It started to become a controversial topic, and stirred issues of racial supremacy, self-identity, on top of the dangers of bleaching skin.


But it was a big market.
Since the 1990s, skin whitening soaps, lotions, creams and pills sales has increased exponentially especially in Asia, because of the growth of the middle class population. It’s worth $432 million in India and $7 billion in China. It grew bigger as endorsed by the celebrities looked up as beauty icons, became a household trend.
While the tanning fashion came into the picture for white westerners, the other side of the world preferred skin whitening.


So, Can Bleaching Skin Be Safe?
We cannot blame the modern society for criticizing skin whitening. What transpired in history is not easy to forget, and the quest for whiter beauty is still misinterpreted for racial alteration and disapproved for health hazards.
Therefore, we hope the same but open-minded modern culture also sees a major transformation in the way skin whitening is being applied nowadays – as a corrective measure for hyperpigmentation and dark spots. After all, who wants dark acne scars or dark underarms?
The beauty industry needs a makeover. The good news is, there are skin whiteners without the dangers of hydroquinone, mercury or steroid. Whitening, lightening, or bleaching skin or dark spots can NOW be safe. Gone are the days for mercury-based products, though there are a few scrupulous sellers who are selfish for the money.
Still, a majority desires lighter skin because of their background and tradition. They feel better that way. It’s their culture, and not to imitate another race’s color.

Jennifer Hudson's new slim body

ALL IN SEVEN MONTHS!!!!!.......
Ummhhh......

10 Facts About Jennifer Hudson's Weight Loss as Revealed on 'Oprah'

1. She did it for herself, on a quest to be in a happy place after the tragic loss she experienced.

2. The first week of the Weight Watchers program, she wouldn't listen to her program leader and even gained weight.

3. The process was set in motion after her aha moment. Trainers, surgery, nor personal chefs are behind her success (proving anyone can do it, not just the wealthy).

4. She was content with her "before," and never sought to lose weight because she didn't know how to eat.

5. She works out faithfully, doing simple activities she enjoys (basketball, jumping rope, etc).

6. The treadmill is her favorite piece of equipment, because it makes her feel free.

7. She's now a size 6 and doesn't want to be size 4 or 2 ... she's fine where she is.

8. She did away with extreme dieting practices, because "no one can live like that for the rest of their lives."

9. She's lost 80 pounds total (revealed to the chagrin of her program leader, who didn't want to promote focusing on pounds).

10. She now gets attention that she's not used to — and steals the spotlight from her wrestler husband.





Who will the Ugandans vote for today?

Main Opposition leader Kizza Besigye 


                        Current President Yoweri Museveni wants to run  for 4th term



Uganda's presidential and parliamentary elections are set to begin today. Authorities say they will come down hard on any violence or protests that might occur as people go to the polls.

Long-serving President Yoweri Museveni is expected to win a fourth term in office, despite a fierce challenge from third-time rival and former ally Kizza Besigye.

Museveni is respected for his shepherding of the economy, for stabilizing a once chaotic country and for intervening in regional hotspots such as Somalia.

But support has fallen at home over the last decade and relations with the West have frayed over moves, including scrapping terms limits for presidents, that critics say signal the 67-year-old wants to be president-for-life.

By Ugandan standards, this has been a largely calm campaign, but the electoral commission says the government is not taking any chances.

The commission also identified 21 external organizations to help ensure the vote is carried out without disruption from trouble makers.

The threat of violence has come largely from 54-year-old Besigye who raised the stakes in the election battle in the coffee-growing country of 32 million people by saying if the opposition loses, it will be because of a rigged vote.

Uganda's Police Inspector General says any sign of civil unrest will be dealt with severely.

The talk of violence weakened Uganda's currency and Uganda's investment authority says business decisions are being delayed because of the poll.

Mubarak refused to talk to Obama



Mubarak feels "humiliated and embittered at Obama's most recent statement about the need for him to resign immediately", so he rejected the call.

The report adds that the former president is residing at his palace in Sharm el-Sheikh and maintaining a similar lifestyle, though he has hired additional guards.
Israel has also approved the entry of two Egyptian army battalions into the southernmost Sinai city in order to help guard the palace.

Mubarak's health is deteriorating rapidly, the report says, and has been since he was forced to leave his Cairo residence. Saudi King Abdullah has offered him asylum in his country, but the former leader refused, saying he would like to die on Egyptian land.

In addition, Mubarak continues to employ the aides who worked under him during his term as president, the report says, adding that the military has apparently "decided to grant Mubarak an honorable resignation" as no one has threatened him with charges of unlawful activity, though other officials have been accused of corruption.

An unethical photographer: Kevin Carter


" PULITZER PRIZE " winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine.


The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.

Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

A perspective on this 2nd blast in Dar es salaam.

This is the second time such a dilemma has taken place in the city of Dar es salaam, looking back to the Mbagala Army Blasts of 2009.
This is meant to be a wake call for the Tanzanian government and military to avoid such embarrassing situations on our own national security.
Seriously?
What has Tanzania come to?
Such situations like these can be intelligently avoided, let alone, all these messages we are receiving through all networks are indeed helpful. But this means of help that could have been avoided in the first place. Why couldn't you have used this methodology to immediately warn residents on what was to come? Sensitization is the key to such a case.
No one deserved to be killed, wounded, displaced, or separated from their families while seeking refuge. All these are sealed violations of human rights and must be taken seriously by all the authorities concerned.
Mr. President, your humanitarian intervention is requested, to not only find out the cause this second time incident, nor in the case of negligence in these military camps but the justice that should be done to the death's and disturbances caused on the people of Tanzania.


With that said I want to ask a couple of questions:
1. Should we keep our eyes opened for a third incident?
2. Will we get justice?
3. How is the government working on this issue?
4. Don't you think this is an embarrassment to the rest of the world, that we do not know how to handle our
   own equipment?
5. What will happen when a real war dawns on Tanzania? Do you think our citizens will feel safe?
6. We the citizens have the right to know what REALLY transpired, will we get all the facts? or stones will
    be left unturned?
7. Will preventive measures be taken this time round?