She's spent most of the winter splitting her time between chilly New York and Europe.So when she arrived in Australia on Thursday, Rita Ora couldn't wait to strip off.The West London singer, 22,showed off plenty of cleavage in a sheer low-cut black dress as she went shopping in Sydney.
Sheer thing: Rita Ora shows off a lot of cleavage in a low-cut dress in Sydney on Thursday
With her bleach blonde hair in plaits and her signature red lipstick on, it appeared Rita wasn't wearing a bra under her negligee-style dress.The star, who performed at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, looked far from jet-lagged as she bought a new pair on sunglasses and chatted on her mobile phone.Her change of outfit came after she arrived at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith Airport after her long-haul flight from Paris in a pair of cartoon slogan-print trousers and baseball shirt.
What's so funny? The West London singer looked in good spirits as she chatted on her mobile
Understandably, she wasn't in the mood to be photographed after spending the best part of a day on a plane and tried to hide behind her passport.Rita is in Australia to perform at the Future Music Festival this weekend.She's also planning lots of promotional activities, including an appearance on breakfast show Sunrise.
Shop till you drop: Despite her long-haul flight, Rita was excited to explore the city instead
Clearly excited at being Down Under, she tweeted: 'SYDNEY!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!! #futuremusicfestival
Going Down Under: Rita is performing at the Future Music Festival this weekend
.'We're off today where can we go Aussie bots! Give me a plan!! We're gona rock your festival this year we got a show for u! Here we go...
'Meanwhile, Rita denied reports she was drafted in to replace Rihanna on Fast And The Furious 6.
She told DigitalSpy: 'They needed a head girl [for] the girl drivers of London town. They asked me, "Would you mind being the leader of the pack in London?"'I was like, "Of course, I'd love to."'And I think it summed up a great year for me, life kind of changed last year, so I did feel like a cool little leader when I was playing that role."
Feeling jetlagged: Rita arrives at Sydney airport on Thursday morning
BFFs: Rita and model friend Cara Delevingne leaving the Etam Live show in Paris on Tuesday
- 2013/02/28(木) 15:08:12|
The PGA Tour has come out against the proposed ban of anchored putters from 2016 - but is not saying yet what it will do if the ban comes into force.The rule-making Royal and Ancient Club and United States Golf Association are in a period of consultation at the moment, but the US tour's announcement will probably give them real cause for thought, especially as the PGA of America are also against the move.Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said today: 'Our player advisory council looked at it twice. We had the USGA come in and make a presentation to a player meeting in San Diego and the USGA made a presentation to our board.
In the firing line: Keegan Bradley is one of the players who uses the controversial 'belly putter'
'We researched and looked at it and articulated our position at the end of last week to the USGA and shared that thinking also with the R&A.
'Essentially where the PGA Tour came down was that they did not think that banning anchoring was in the best interest of golf or the PGA Tour.'Finchem also stated that 13 of the 15 players on their advisory council were against the ban.
'I would note that the PGA of America came to the same conclusion after consultation with their membership. The Golf Course Owners Association came to the same conclusion as well,' Finchem said.
'I think the essential thread that went through the thinking of the players and our board of directors and others was that in the absence of data or any basis to conclude that there is a competitive advantage to be gained by using anchoring - and given the amount of time that anchoring has been in the game, that there was no over-riding reason to go down that road.
Not in our name: The PGA has come out against the proposed ban of anchored putters from 2016
'An awful lot of amateurs today use anchoring and a number of players on the PGA Tour who have grown up with a focus on perfecting the anchoring method, if you will, did so after the USGA on multiple occasions approved the method years ago.
'For us to join in supporting a ban we think as a direction is unfair to both groups of individuals.
'We have worked with the USGA over the last 20 years on a wide range of rules issues.
'I continue to hope that regardless of where this matter ends up that it gets there after a process that is good-natured, open and not contrary or divisive. That's certainly our intention.
Level playing field: Tim Finchem says the ban would be unfair to the scores of juniors who have grown up using the putter
'We hold the USGA in the highest regard as a key part of the game of golf. We don't attempt to denigrate that position in any way whatsoever.
'It's just on this issue we think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake.'Asked what happens if the ban happens, Finchem added: 'I don't know because we have, I think carefully and intentionally, avoided at this point getting into a discussion about that issue.
'We have not even begun that discussion.
'This is a very subjective area. Everybody has an opinion about it and we certainly respect everybody's opinion.
Anchor men: Fred Couples of the United States is another player who uses the belly putter
'The PGA of America has concluded that it will hurt the game with certain numbers of amateurs. We agree with that.
'One thing we know for sure on the professional side is the professional game globally is stronger than it's ever been today and that on the heels of having anchoring as part of it for the last 30 or 40 years.
'It certainly hasn't been a negative. You can't point to one negative impact of anchoring.
'Now some people might say I don't think you should anchor or I don't think you should do that or I don't think you should do that, but it hasn't translated into a negative thing for the sport.
'That's why we're having trouble with it.'In reaction to the news, former Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie warned the proposed ban could 'open up a whole new can of worms.'
'It's a very dangerous situation we are getting ourselves into and I do hope they can sort this out very, very quickly,' said Montgomerie on Sky Sports.
'I thought, as we all did, that the rules of golf were set by the R&A and the USGA. Tim Finchem has obviously thought otherwise. Whether the European Tour think that or not has to be debated too.'I think we should go with what the R&A and USGA feel. Whether the long putter should have been banned 20 years ago or not, it should be banned now.'We should abide by that. To now go against that and say 'my players aren't going to go by that' then what happens when you come to USGA events or the British Open?'Does that mean you have to use a different club?'He's said 'we abide by the rules of golf, but I think we are going to change this one'.'Does that mean other rules can change as well? We want to play as one under the same rules.'The R&A and USGA have served the game of golf for a long, long time and long may that continue.'
Warning: Former Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said the proposed ban could open the door for inconsistency between tournaments and further rule changes
- 2013/02/27(水) 16:18:32|
Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson has apparently reconciled with her ex-boyfriend, Dr Lionel Bissoon, after an arduous six-year custody battle over their nine-year-old son William, whom they brought to the U.S. from Cambodia in 2003.The former couple, who have both been fighting for the legal right to be his adopted parents, have finally been granted court approval, according to the New York Post.While the romantic status of their relationship is not clear, Ms Johnson and Dr Bissoon have apparently ended their embittered fight and are now amicably sharing responsibility for the child.
The pair tried to legally adopt William together after Ms Johnson - who was in the boy's home country of Cambodia to start a $10 million charity for its orphans - brought him to America as a toddler under a humanitarian visa.
Reunited? Libet Johnson and Dr Lionel Bissoon (pictured with William in happier times) have finally been granted the right to adopt their Cambodian son, and are now apparently reconciled
At that time, however, the U.S. had a moratorium on Cambodian adoptions.To circumvent this law, Ms Johnson's then-boyfriend, weight-loss guru Dr Bissoon, first claimed citizenship in Trinidad and Tobago and then tried to adopt the child in his native country, but both schemes fell through.
Then after the relationship ended in 2005, Ms Johnson sought and won sole adoption of William without informing her former flame, sparking a legal battle.
Ms Johnson initially blocked her ex from seeing William, but in 2007 it was revealed that she had failed to tell the judge that she and Dr Bissoon had previously tried to adopt the child together.She had also neglected to inform Judge Glen of her recent stint in rehab for alcohol.
The court then rescinded its decision, ruling that Dr Bissoon was, in fact, the child's legal adopted father, and Ms Johnson his primary caregiver.
After a series of back-and-forth appeals, The Post reports that Judge Kristin Booth Glen reached a new decision in July that allows them both legal rights to adopt the child.A co-parenting deal reached by the pair in 2011 states: 'The parties now wish to put the litigation between them over the past years behind them, to heal the wounds caused by that litigation.'The parenting agreement also declares that the couple will 'provide to William the security and other benefits that come with having two loving parents, and to parent William jointly from this time forward with a commitment to serving his best interests.'While it is unclear whether Ms Johnson and Dr Bissoon will resume a romantic relationship, DNAinfo reports that after the latest ruling, Ms Johnson and Dr Bissoon began negotiations 'much like that of two divorced parents... with both sharing, however uncomfortably at times, decision-making authority.'
Judge Glen acknowledges that a co-parenting adoption is in William's best interests.'Adoption will offer such a child numerous economic benefits, including the significant right of financial support from both of his parents,' her decision states.
- 2013/02/27(水) 11:11:13|
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- 2013/02/27(水) 11:08:46|
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- 2013/02/27(水) 11:06:05|
After two failed marriages and a baby on the way, she is hoping her current beau could be the one she spends the rest of her life with.And as she flaunts her rounded tummy in a new magazine photo shoot – which took place just days before she announced her first pregnancy – Kim Kardashian has admitted she and Kanye West have intentions to tie the knot.Appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan, the 32-year-old expectant mother flaunts her tiny baby bump as she dons a pair of high waist white briefs with a matching crop top and black cardigan.
Ample bust: Kim Kardashian shows off her cleavage in a plunging neckline mini dress inside the April edition of Cosmo magazineWith her ample cleavage and thighs out for all to see, the curvy star said in the interview about her latest love, who she has been friends with for almost a decade: ‘Sometimes you’re just not ready. A person could have it all, and you’re not ready for it all. ‘But this is where I probably always should have been…[marriage] is something I know that we both want in our future, but I don’t have this sense of urgency about it.
'I have this best friend who understands me and helps me through all my tough experiences, and vice versa, you know? It just feels like this is it for me.’
The reality TV star is shot in another ensemble wearing a champagne colour mini-dress with a plunging neck line to flaunt her bust which have reportedly increased from a size 36D to 36G.This time she opts to disguise her rounded tummy by cinching in her waist with a white tie.Her fringed hair is tousled as she poses provocatively with her arms behind her head.Expecting to welcome her child – rumoured to be a girl – in July, she spoke about her long-term desire to start a family.
Still flaunting her curves: Kim Kardashian shows off her small baby bump on the cover of April's Cosmopolitan, on newsstands Tuesday, March 5
‘I’ve always said that I wanted kids, but I don’t think I ever would have been ready until now.’But it took her some time to realise having a child doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the traditional way.On being judgmental when eldest sister Kourtney got pregnant in 2009, she confessed: ‘I was like, “You’re not married! How could you do this?” I was really firm and strict. But she was like, “Marriage isn’t what I want.” And later, I realised she had a better family life than I did.’Kim is currently still married to her NBA star ex Kris Humphries – who she announced she was divorcing after 72 days of being wed - and is likely to still be legally attached when she child is born.
Cutting back on work: On Monday she shared a picture of herself getting hair and make-up done on Instagram
While Kim doesn’t think it’s a wise idea to get hitched within a month of meeting someone like her younger sibling Khloe did with basketball player Lamar Odom, she is adamant that perfection in a relationship can be achieved with time.She continued: ‘I saw fast marriages like Khloe and Lamar’s and that was what seemed to work. [Now] I say give it a good six months before you commit. Feelings change, even if it seems so lustful.‘I used to think, Well, can you really have it all? The truth, the excitement, and the passion? Now I know you can.’
'This is it': She spoke about her relationship with rapper Kanye West
The ex: She is still married to estranged husband Kris HumphriesWith motherhood on the horizon, the business woman is planning on cutting down her schedule into more manageable chunks.Although she continues to attend events and put her brand out there, the Kardashian Kollection founder – who shared a snap of herself getting her hair and make-up done via Instagram on Monday – is only picking work she loves.She added: ‘2013 for me is about scaling back. I want to focus on the few projects that I'm super passionate about and not spread myself too thin.’
'Give it six months': She wouldn't tie the knot as quick as Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian did
- 2013/02/26(火) 15:43:13|
The new buzz word in the fashion industry today is “unisex”. No, it does not mean being “uniform” or “androgynous”. It is just a statement of fashion that is applicable to both women as well as men at the same time. A guy wearing a unisex accessory does not necessarily mean that he is compromising on his macho image, being metro sexual is no harm and not something to be embarrassed about. When it comes to sunglasses as an accessory, many of the eyeglasses manufacturers have released new ranges of sunglasses that are unisex in nature.
The summer of 2013 is welcomed with a host of unisex sunglasses
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As a fashion accessory, the unisex sunglasses are a perfect choice. It is a very successful trend for the summer of 2013 and doesn’t seem like it would fade away anytime soon. Who knows, we might just have another style following the footsteps of the aviator sunglasses, which never go out of style!
So do not delay any further, visit your nearest optician and try out some cool unisex sunglasses now!
- 2013/02/26(火) 15:40:36|
In the eyewear market, some designers focus on enhancing female and male contrast in eyeglasses design, resulting distinguishable masculine and feminine glasses. These glasses follow two separate runways. On the other hand, lots of UNI SEX Sunglasses
have still been around for decades and attract both men and women. Some optical stores even have exclusive unisex glasses sections.
Unisex sunglasses Generally speaking, sunglasses tend to appear more frequently in unisex styles in a comparison with regular prescription eyeglasses. While choosing regular Rx glasses, male and female customers usually take their own tastes into account. This is widely justified by optical shops’ practice of grouping men’s glasses and women’s glasses. Sunwear products usually do not have such a clear difference or gap. The sunwear industry has witnessed for long the heyday of unisex styles. Unisex sunglasses have largely mixed colorful designs traditionall better vision, safety features, or cosmetic reasons. Slightly different from the design of unisex sunglasses, unisex specialty eyewear focuses mainly on visual performance and safety assurance. Both male and female customers are in need of these two benefits. Making a unisex frame attractive is a plus. Some lasting trends In general, most unisex eyeglass styles are neutral and there are actually some styling trends. Plastic frames in oval and elongated rectangular shapes are popular in unisex eyeglasses. The second trend is rimless and semi-rimless lenses in oval shapes. Retro, small John Lennon styles are also attractive both to men and women. Progressive shapes such as modified rectangle, bowtie and butterfly are appealing unisex styles. Titanium and stainless steel frames in clean and simple styles are also favorable unisex choices.
- 2013/02/26(火) 15:37:42|
West Ham and English football paid tribute to iconic captain Bobby Moore on the 20th anniversary of his death, as the FA finally conceded regret over his treatment while he was alive. Hundreds of fans attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Moore's statue outside Upton Park, and the flag of St George was flown at half-mast for the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Moore, who led England to World Cup glory in 1966, was honoured 20 years to the day since he lost his battle with bowel cancer aged 51.
Celebration: Bobby Moore's daughter Roberta (fourth from left) with his grandchildren and West Ham owner David Gold and Martin Peters with shirt
Old friend: Peters walks past the statue as West Ham fans gather to pay tribute to their hero
Former club and international team-mate Martin Peters was joined by West Ham co-owner David Gold in setting down a claret and blue floral tribute in the design of Moore's No 6 shirt, as his daughter Roberta and granddaughters Poppy and Ava watched on. Another tribute depicting Moore's famous red England shirt was laid by his statue at Wembley in a ceremony attended by Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development and former Upton Park hero.
Big day: Gold and Peters lead out the crowd at Upton Park (left) before they laid down the wreath for Moore
The tributes will continue tonight during West Ham's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham. Prior to kick-off, a minute's applause will be held and fans will also be asked to display a special mosaic.
The No 6 who was No 1: Moore's England shirt hangs next to West Ham tributes at the Upton Park gates
Touching: Wreaths were laid for Moore below the statue outside the ground
Moore, who won 108 caps at the heart of England's defence, only received an OBE during his lifetime rather than a knighthood and was never given any sort of role within the FA.
Pride: Moore's daughter Roberta watches on with his grandchildren on the 20th anniversary of his death
David Bernstein, FA chairman, yesterday expressed sadness at the way Moore was not welcomed into the organisation.
'The FA has been criticised over its treatment of Bobby once he retired,' he said. 'It saddens me that this is the case and while I am not privy to exactly what happened, it is clear the organisation could have done more. 'If Bobby were alive today I am sure we would have asked him to be the chief ambassador for the FA in its 150th anniversary year.'
Gold praised fans who braved bitterly cold weather to attend the service.
'They wanted to pay their respects to a man who we hold very dear at this club,' said Gold. 'This is our way of paying respect to an iconic footballer, who had personality, charm and modesty and is a legend.'
Silver lining: Moore poses with West Ham's FA Cup and Charity Shield trophies in 1964 (left) and lifts the World Cup at Wembley in 1966
Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed the statistical analysis so favoured by opposite number Sam Allardyce ahead of tonight's game.
'I don't believe in it,' he said. 'You always have to be very, very careful with statistics. It doesn't mean that we ignore them completely; we just don't use them to the extent that people might think.'
- 2013/02/25(月) 11:15:53|
She’s been in plaster since the beginning of the month after falling on a freshly polished floor.But Demi Lovato wasn’t going to let that get in the way of her having a good time.The 20-year-old was spotted hobbling out of the Three Six Zero and Roc Nation Brit Awards after-party on Wednesday evening, making her plaster look like a fashionable extra to her outfit.
Showing herself for the fighter that she is, the X Factor judge continued her fun-filled stay in London despite the fact she needs crutches to help her walk.Looking every inch the toast of young Hollywood the star looked great in a black skater-style skirt with a white shirt tucked in.Adding a funky feel to her ensemble she wore a large jewelled necklace around the collar of her shirt and bright red jacket over the top.
Lean on me: Demi Lovato was spotted leaving a Brits after-party on Wednesday evening with her foot still in a cast
Her dark brunette hair was piled on top of her head in an up-do and she accentuated her eyes with lashings of dark eye make-up.During her time in the UK Demi was spotted sitting front row at the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week. Embracing her inner rock chick she wore an over-sized large black leather jacket while she accessorised her corrective boot with studs to give it a punky edge.
Not going to stop her: The 20-year-old made her plaster look funky with studs on it as she used a black crutch
On Tuesday she took over the Vevo UK Twitter account to answer questions about a variety of topics.Speaking about her new album, she said: ‘We don't have a name for the album yet! but hopefully we will soon! It's [the new album] a better version of my albums from before!’The Camp Rock star also recently opened up about her role on X Factor USA after it was revealed that Britney Spears and L.A Reid were not returning.
Red coat: Demi wore a vibrant jacket over her white buttoned up shirt, with a high waisted skirt
Speaking to MTV News, she said: ‘It's hard ‘cause at the end of the day, I'm a musician. So, I could take the opportunity to tour, and, you know, I have to be a business woman and I have to like balance it out on both aspects.’She continued: ‘But, at the same time I had some much fun. And I would love to go back. It's just a matter of making things work, and you never know, I may do both; I may just pick one or the other.’While she managed to avoid questions about Niall Horan during her Vevo Twitter chat, she did open up about him during London Fashion Week.
Front row: Demi was seen at the Topshop Unique fashion show at the end of last week during LFW
Demi revealed: ‘All of the One Direction guys are great – but there is something a little special about him.‘Niall is really one of the most fun people to be around. It has obviously not been great hobbling around on a broken leg – but Niall can even make that funny. He can make light of the most serious situations – and every girl needs somebody like Niall in their life.‘I know when a text comes through from Niall there is a great chance it is going to actually make me laugh out loud.’
X Factor: Demi was a judge on the US version of the show last season but she is unsure if she will return again
- 2013/02/22(金) 16:16:43|
Thousands of British ski guides could end up losing their jobs after being banned from showing guests around the French slopes.A court in France has ruled that safety is compromised when tour operators provide holidaymakers with informal tours of the piste.
But a British ski company, which is to appeal the ruling, has said the court 'has taken the side of the locals and the protectionist agenda' of the French ski school, Ecole du Ski Francais.
In the past tens of thousands of British holidaymakers have enjoyed the experience each winter. They are shown around the resort and the best slopes and restaurants are pointed out.
A court in France has ruled that British ski hosts cannot show holidaymakers around the French slopes
The ski hosts did not take skiers on the most advanced runs and did not instruct.Monday’s ruling in Albertville is being seen by British firms as a test case that threatens the future of ski companies offering such a service. The court ruled that the practice breaks French law which cites that leaders of organised groups on the slopes must be qualified instructors.French authorities, together with the ESF national ski school, singled out a British operator in Les Trois Vallees, Le Ski, which provided the service free of charge, and took it to court.
The co-founder of Le Ski, Nick Morgan, has said he will appeal the ruling.'As we expected, the court in Albertville has taken the side of the locals and the protectionist agenda of the ESF. We will be appealing and the case now goes to a court in Chambery. The fight goes on and we will take this all the way,' he said.'We are determined to carry on and we are not prepared to see British ski hosting outlawed. By taking the British on in this way the French Authorities, and the ESF, have created a problem where there really wasn’t one.'
UK tour operators say they are bitterly disappointed by the decision to outlaw British tour operators
The dispute began when a ski host, employed by Le Ski, was stopped by police on the pistes in Meribel – a popular destination for British skiers, in Les Trois Vallees region.
The ski host was informed that his actions were illegal, and was told to report to the Courchevel police.The French ski instructors’ union joined the French police in pressing charges.Jean-Marc Simon, director of the ski instructors’ union, said at the time: 'This is purely about ski safety. We cannot have unqualified people taking groups of skiers around the mountain. We did not instigate this investigation, but as people responsible for mountain safety we must support the authorities.'
Other UK tour operators say they are bitterly disappointed by the decision.Crystal Ski, the UK’s largest ski tour operator, said: 'Crystal Ski is disappointed with the court ruling, however, we are pleased to hear that the tour operator has decided to appeal.’A statement from ESF read: 'ESF is committed to ensuring the safety of UK tourists using French resorts for wintersports.'ESF reiterates its commitment to supporting the UK ski industry and will work with UK tour operators in finding workable solutions for lawful guiding on the French ski slopes.'The current row is the latest in a long line of disputes between the French and British ski professionals. The French lost a long-running battle to prevent British-qualified ski instructors from teaching in their country in 2000.
- 2013/02/21(木) 15:20:16|
With her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles in attendance, Taylor Swift made sure she showed him exactly what he was missing by making a showstopping entrance at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old singer dazzled on the red carpet in a black Elie Saab gown, displaying two thigh-high sheer panels in the flowing floor-length skirt.
Taylor, who is nominated for the Best International Female Solo artist award, highlighted her trim waist with a gold waist belt with link detail.
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The beautiful gown had a slit from the neckline dipping down to the middle of her back and sheer panelling around the sides. The I Knew You Were Trouble singer had her dark brown locks in a straight and sleek style with her fringe framing her face, just above her eyes.
Dressed to impress: Taylor Swift wowed on the red carpet in an Elie Saab dress with two thigh high splits
Underneath her dramatic gown Taylor stepped out in a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels for the occasion.
A backstage insider said: 'No one wants anything awkward to happen. Taylor and Harry are definitely being kept well apart.''Taylor is near Robbie [Williams], Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons and James Corden in one area- Harry is down a different corridor with an extra-large room for himself and the other 1D lads.'
Making a dramatic entrance: The 23-year-old singer oozed confidence as she arrived onto the red carpet at the 02 arena
Not only did she opt for a simple but sophisticated look with her dress sense, Taylor also stuck to a subtle look with her make-up wearing heavy eyeliner, a golden glow on her cheeks and a natural lip.While Taylor made sure she was looking sensational, the prospect of her bumping into Harry is minimal, given the pair are being kept apart by Brit bosses.
Showing just enough flesh: The gown not only boasted thigh high splits but there was also a slit from the neckline that dipped down to the middle of her back
Nipped in: The I Knew You Were Trouble Singer showed off her trim shape with a gold waist belt with link detail
Early arrival: Taylor was one of the first guests onto the red carpet and avoided a confrontation with Harry Styles who arrived with his band much later
Snap happy: Taylor was more than happy to pose for snaps and sign autographs for fans waiting on the red carpetBosses also arranged for the pair, who are both performing at the bash, to rehearse on separate days.
Its not clear what song Taylor will chose to perform at the show but she openly mocked Styles at the Grammy Awards by speaking in a British accent during her performance of We Are Never Getting Back Together. She may well sing her break-up track or she could sing I Knew You Were Trouble, which is said to be about the One Direction star.
In demand: When she wasn't posing for photographer snaps Taylor was seen having her picture taken by fans on their phones
And it seems that Taylor avoided a possible confrontation on the red carpet by arriving early at the 02 arena ahead of the awards ceremony.
She knows she is looking good: Taylor kept her make-up simple with heavy eyeliner, a golden glow on her cheeks and natural lips
The former couple's short-lived romanced ended over New Year after the pair had an argument while holiday in the British Virgin Islands.
Photographers darling! Taylor was the centre of attention thanks to her sophisticated outfit
Suited and booted: Harry arrived with his One Direction band mates later after Taylor
- 2013/02/21(木) 11:25:14|
Men who eat fried foods more than once a week may increase their risk of prostate cancer by a third.New research suggests that junk food staples such as chips, fried chicken, battered fish and doughnuts may play a significant role in the formation of aggressive and life-threatening forms of the disease.
Although previous studies have suggested poor diet can affect a man's chances of getting prostate cancer, this is the first to indicate that deep-fried convenience foods in particular pose such a big danger.
Results published in the journal The Prostate found snacking on deep fried foods at least once a week appeared to increase the risk of cancer by between 30 and 37 per cent compared to men who claimed to eat them less than once a month.Nearly 40,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK and 10,000 men die from it - the equivalent of more than one an hour.
Eating deep-fried foods more than once a week poses a serious health risk for men
The risks increase with age, with men over 50 more likely to develop a tumour, and there is a strong genetic element to it.As with some other types of cancer, diet is thought to be a key factor in the development of the disease.
Last year, for example, a study found a diet rich in oily fish could slash a man's chances of dying from prostate cancer by up to 40 per cent, possibly because fish oil contains anti-cancer properties which slow the growth of malignant cells.
Previous studies have shown that eating foods cooked at a very high heat, such as grilled meats, could raise the risk of a tumour.
But given the level of consumption of deep fried take away foods in the UK, the latest findings suggest these are a much bigger threat to male health.
Large quantities of foods such as fried chicken have been linked with aggressive and life-threatening forms of cancer
The market for fast-foods and takeaways in the UK is thought to be worth over £9 billion and is growing at an average of five per cent a year.
Experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle analysed data from two studies involving a total of 1,549 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and another 1,492 men of similar age and profile who were in good health.All the participants, who were aged from 35 to 74, completed detailed questionnaires on their eating habits.
The researchers then made allowances for other factors that could influence the men's chances of getting prostate cancer, such as their weight, age, whether they had a family history of the disease and their racial background - as disease rates are higher among Afro-Caribbean communities.
They were then able to calculate the extent to which eating chips, chicken or doughnuts at least once a week affected cancer risk.
'This is the first study to look at the association between intake of deep-fried foods and risk of prostate cancer,' said Dr Janet Stanford, who led the research.
'The link appeared to be limited to the highest level of consumption - defined in our study as more than once a week.
'This suggests that regular consumption of deep-fried foods confers a particular risk for developing prostate cancer.'
The exact reason why favourites like chips and fried chicken might exacerbate cancer risk remains unclear.
One theory is that when cooking oil is heated to the kind of temperatures needed for deep frying, potentially carcinogenic compounds can form in the food.
One is called acrylamide, often found in chips or French fries. Others include two groups of chemicals called heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can form in meat cooked at high temperatures.
Deep-fried foods are also very high in potentially harmful compounds called advanced glycation endproducts.
These have been linked with causing inflammation and cancer-like degradation of cells in the body.
A chicken breast deep fried for 20 minutes contains nine times the amount of these materials as a chicken breast boiled for an hour.
Cancer Research UK said it was too early to say for certain if there is a link between deep fried foods and prostate cancer.
Oliver Childs, senior science communication officer, said: 'It's clear that a healthy diet high in fruit, vegetables and fibre and low in red meat and salt is better for overall health than one packed full of greasy fast food.
'But from this study alone, we can't be certain if there's a link between fried food and prostate cancer.'
Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Prostate Cancer UK said: 'Although this study does indicate a small association between eating deep fried food regularly and increased prostate cancer risk, the results relied on asking men to recall how often they had eaten these foods in the previous three to five years.'
- 2013/02/20(水) 16:04:41|
The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday admitted she was nervous about giving birth, as the Prime Minister stepped in to defend her against novelist Hilary Mantel’s ‘plastic princess’ attack.Kate, who is more than four months pregnant, revealed her baby bump for the first time at a public engagement when she visited a treatment centre run by the charity Action on Addiction.She spoke of her worries about the birth as she chatted to a group of women recovering from drink and drug addictions at Hope House in Clapham, South-West London.Scroll down for video and Hilary Mantel's speech
Flower girl: Kate stopped to chat to two youngsters who proudly presented her with flowers after her visit to Hope House todayWearing a patterned wrap dress by upmarket High Street label MaxMara, the 31-year-old duchess seemed proud of her gently swelling stomach, holding it protectively.Kate, who is patron of the charity, was asked about her pregnancy by recovering alcoholic, Lisa, as she sat at a table with women taking part in an art therapy class. The 34-year-old mother of three said: ‘I asked her if she was nervous about having a child and she said it would be unnatural if she wasn’t. It’s just human, isn’t it?’ Natalie, 28, a former drug addict and alcoholic, told the duchess about her own pregnancy.‘I told her I’m expecting a baby at about the same time as her [in July]. She was saying she had been unwell but she was feeling better now.’ It was Kate’s first official engagement since before Christmas, when she spent time in hospital with a severe form of morning sickness.
It was always bound to attract huge public interest, but even the duchess could not have predicted just how much the spotlight would have been upon her.
The Duchess of Cambridge made two youngsters happy when she accepted their bouquet of flowers after she visited a charity she supports
Hours earlier the Mail reported comments made by double Booker prize-winner Miss Mantel in a lecture at the British Museum in which she described the future Queen as a ‘machine-made’ princess, ‘designed by a committee’.
But where the author described her as a personality-free ‘shop window mannequin’ with a ‘plastic smile’, thousands of Britons leapt to her defence saying the Duchess is a warm, intelligent woman.Mantel, 60, compared Kate unfavourably to both Anne Boleyn – one of her historical heroines – and to Princess Diana, insisting both had more personality.She said Kate had gone from being a ‘jointed doll on which certain rags are hung’ to a woman whose ‘only point and purpose’ was to give birth. Mantel said Kate ‘appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished’.Now David Cameron, while on a trip to India, has waded into the row to support the pregnant Duchess.He said that Hilary Martel is 'a great writer' but described her comments on Kate as 'a hurtful thing to say', according to reports.He described the comments about the Duchess of Cambridge as 'completely misguided and completely wrong'.'You can tell a lot about someone from the questions they ask and she asks really good questions, the questions of someone who wants to learn. She is also an intelligent woman.'Having her as Patron of the charity draws attention to the cause of addiction as a whole, which is not always an easy subject.'She is doing an enormous amount to reduce the stigma of addiction and increase understanding of it.'Presenter Lauren Laverne came out in defence of the Duchess, Tweeting: 'I mean, I know she won that Booker and everything but if you can't say anything nice... #Mantel.And businessman Chris Smith wrote: '#Hilary #Mantel seems to be looking for a bit of cheap publicity by taking pop shots at those people the public love! #cheapstunt'.Eleanor Bennett wrote: 'That Hilary Mantel doesn't need to be such a boot towards Kate Middleton' while another user, David Ward, wrote: 'With friends like Hilary Mantel, who needs enemies'.
The Prime Minister told the BBC: 'What I've seen of Princess Kate at public events, at the Olympics and elsewhere is this is someone who's bright, who's engaging, who's a fantastic ambassador for Britain.'We should be proud of that, rather than make these rather misguided remarks.'The head of a charity supported by the Duchess of Cambridge has hit back at Hilary Mantel’s extraordinary attack on her, saying she is an 'intelligent' woman who is proving to be a huge asset to the causes she backs. Nick Barton, chief executive of Action on Addiction, said the Booker prize-winning author was entirely wrong to characterise the Duchess as a clothes horse whose only purpose was to give birth.Speaking ahead of a visit by the Duchess to Hope House, an addiction recovery centre for women in Clapham, south London, Mr Barton said: 'I can only speak of what I know, and having met the Duchess several times I find her to be engaging, natural and genuinely interested in the subject.
Pregnanr: Residents 'fell in love' with the Duchess during her visit to Hope House residential centre as she showed off her baby bump for the first time
The Duchess made no attempt to disguise her gently swelling stomach, standing with her hands clasped under her bump
Kate visits the kitchens at Hope House residential centre. The Duchess, who is patron of the centre, spent over an hour talking to people at the Home
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the art therapy group as she visits the kitchens at Hope House
Glowing: The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her healthy complexion today after recovering from severe morning sickness
All smiles! The Duchess brushed off the furore to enjoy her visit meeting the residents and staff of the charity she supports
The Duchess visited the kitchen and chatted to chefs, before attending an art therapy class where she listened to residents' storiesTwitter user Shahid Miah wrote: '#HilaryMantel getting publicity 4 comments on Duchess of Cambridge. Yes, Duchess has 2 fake smile but everything else is surely genuine, no?'The London Review of Books attempted to clarify the comments made by Mantel about the Duchess of Cambridge, saying the author was actually criticising the media and their portrayal of the Royal family.
What Mantel really wrote is about how the media make the royals suffer.In her lecture's summary she said: 'I'm asking us to back off and not be brutes.'The Duchess, who is almost halfway through her pregnancy, carried out her first official engagement of the year this morning when she visited Hope House, a 22-bed residential facility for women from all over the country to get over addictions to drugs and alcohol.Action on Addiction is one of five charities of which the Duchess is patron, and she spent her time there speaking to women who are in recovery and congratulating those who are on the road back to sobriety.Her visit came after the lecture, where Mantel said the Duchess was quite unlike Anne Boleyn, who was ‘a power player, a clever and determined woman.’
Mantel contrasted her appearance to Prince William’s mother, Diana, ‘whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture’.Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, the acclaimed novels which detail the failure of Henry VIII’s wives to produce an heir, used a lecture to examine the prospects for the future queen consort.
The Duchess of Cambridge today visited one of her charities, Action on Addiction, as Hilary Mantel faced a huge backlash for her comments. Kate's pregnancy bump could just be seen as she entered the charity's HQ
Warm reception: After being slated as 'plastic' by Hilary Mantel, Kate received huge cheers when she arrived at Hope House in South London today
Mantel said that when she first saw Kate Middleton, she struck her as ‘a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.’ Prince William’s wife-to-be was as ‘painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character’.She added: ‘Presumably Kate was designed to breed in some manners.‘She looks like a nicely brought up young lady, with “please” and “thank you” part of her vocabulary.’ Mantel spoke of Kate’s appearance in her first official portrait since marrying William, painted by Paul Emsley, which was unveiled last month.She said: ‘Her eyes are dead and she wears the strained smile of a woman who really wants to tell the painter to bugger off.’Mantel went on to say that female Royals were ‘at the most basic... breeding stock, collections of organs.’ St James’s Palace last week criticised a magazine for printing pictures of Kate’s baby bump taken during a break on the Caribbean island of Mustique.And they were furious last year when pictures of her topless on holiday were printed in Italy – saying ‘a red line had been crossed.’But Mantel suggested Kate could have few complaints about private pictures of her being taken on holiday – observing: ‘The royal body exists to be looked at.’ ‘Some people find them endearing; some pity them for their precarious situation; everybody stares at them, and however airy the enclosure they inhabit, it’s still a cage.’ Mantel gave the London Review of Books lecture ‘Undressing Anne Boleyn’ at the British Museum on the February 4. The full version of her speech is to be published in the latest edition of the London Review of Books, out on February 21. The Duchess talks to children on Royal visit to Hope House in London
Prime Minister David Cameron said Mantel's comments were 'misguided'
The Duchess beamed at well wishers who cheered as she arrived, as thousands have criticised Mantel's lecture about her
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said Mantel’s comments were unfair.She said that although Diana had at first seemed ‘bland’, later ‘we learned about all the troubles of her marriage and her personality began to shine through. Kate might yet come into her own.’ She added that Kate’s duties meant she ‘can’t do anything that might reveal (her) personality.‘They have to be nice to everyone. They are probably stupefyingly bored but they can’t appear to be having anything other than a nice time.’ Kate returned to work today with the merest hint of a baby bump.Looked tanned after her recent holiday in Mustique, Kate braved a chill morning in London wearing only a grey patterned wrap dress by upmarket High Street range Max Mara.
The Duchess has had thousands come out in support of her after Hilary Mantel questioned her character
- 2013/02/20(水) 11:10:39|
After signing up for celebrity diving TV show Splash, both stars were certainly aware they would be flashing a fair bit of their enviable figures in a variety of bathing suits and diving attire.And famous participants Katherine Webb and Kendra Wilkinson were confidently showing off their curvaceous figures during practice for the show on Monday.
It was very much a case of battle of the bathing suit babes as the stars flashed the flesh in revealing swimming costumes.
Former Miss Alabama Katherine had the edge in the sexy stakes in her purple low cut monokini which featured side cut out panels and purple lacing. Kendra's black and gold suit showed off her famous Playboy curves but was a little more modest in comparison to her rival.The smiling Katherine seemed to be in good spirits as she showed off her new diving prowess by the pool.
Buxom: Miss Alabama Katherine Webb and reality show star Kendra Wilkinson show off their curves in revealing one pieces as they practice for diving show Splash in Los Angeles on Monday
Covering up: Kendra swiftly kept warm and covered her ample curves with a magenta robe
Pretty in purple: Katherine seemed in good spirits as she filmed for another day on the show
Getting ready to go: Katherine showed off her newfound skills in the pool on Monday
She left her brown hair loose around her shoulders, while Kendra tied her blonde locks up in her usual ponytail.
The blonde bombshell later changed to practice in a blue and black wet suit.
The former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner has been hard at work on ABC's upcoming diving series, Splash, in which 10 celebrities leap 10 metres into the pool.
Much more demure: Pouting Kendra later practised her dives wearing a blue and black wetsuit
The rear view: Katherine showed off her pert posterior as she stripped off her workout pants poolside
Ready to go: Miss Alabama 2012 showed off the figure which won her the contest as she stripped off her workout pants and headed to the pool
New celebrity Katherine recently spoke about why she signed up to the show.
'I thought it would be such a fun idea, crazy, to learn how to dive from a high dive,' she told Access Hollywood, although admits her training didn't initially go too smoothly.
'I think I face planted the other day,' she laughed. 'I was trying to flip off the dive and I ended up face planting and I come out of the water and I'm stinging all over. But hopefully nothing like that will ever happen again, so we'll see.'
Perky by the pool: Katherine confidently put her toned figure on display as she sat dripping wet on the edge of the pool
Meanwhile, Kendra looked a little calmer on Monday than her display last week when she appeared to be screaming and shouting at her personal diving trainer Greg Louganis.The beautiful blonde was irate and furious over something and clearly wanted to make her point clear.However, Greg remained calm and never lost his cool as Kendra let rip.
Water babies: Kendra and Katherine chill out in the water in a break from practice
Tips and advice: Katherine looked focussed in between dives, holding a purple towel to dry her wet body
Reality star: Katherine has gone from beauty queen to TV personality in the past few months
The gold medal winning Olympian simply sat back and took the tirade in his stride as an animated Kendra threw her arms out and gestured angrily.Kendra, who has admitted to being afraid of heights, has said that training for the show has encouraged her to get her son Hank Jr. into a swimming pool.The former playmate said: 'It's really inspired me to get [Hank Jr.] to go out and learn how to swim and jump in the pool, so that's what we're going to start doing now too!'
Watch and learn: Katherine later took a seat to watch the action from the sidelines
Keeping it simple: Nicole Eggert showed off her recent weight loss in a black swimming costume
Break time: Actor Drake Bell stood back in a blue robe, while Kendra, Nicole Eggert and Keshia Knight Pulliam chilled out with their feet in the pool
The view from above: The ladies let their intense diving focus lapse momentarily
Bright colours: The celebrity contestants including Louie Anderson,Ndamukong Suh,Chuy Bravo,Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were reported to be filming a promo for the show and stood around in multi-coloured robesKendra and Katherine join fellow contestants former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, Nicole Eggert, and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam on the reality show premiering March 19.In fact, celebrities Nicole and Keshia joined Kendra for a chat at one point in the day with their legs dangling in the water while actor Drake Bell stood by in a blue robe. Former Baywatch star Nicole showed off her recent weight loss in a simple black bathing suit and she later joined her fellow contestants to film a promo for the show. Stars including comedian Louie Anderson
, American football star Ndamukong Suh
, Chelsea Lately sidekick Chuy Bravo and retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posed together in colourful robes.
Larking around: Katherine looks on as Chuy Bravo joked about with comic Louie Anderson
- 2013/02/19(火) 17:22:30|
Tomorrow marks the biggest change for almost a decade in the way that financial advice is given.
The aim is to make advisers more professional and banish commissions that could influence the recommendations they make. The changes apply for any dealings that advisers have with clients from tomorrow onwards.
Financial Mail explains what to expect.
Happy to pay: Tim Summers with adviser Barry Horner
What is happening? The Financial Services Authority is introducing new standards. It is implementing the Retail Distribution Review – an overhaul of the rules that govern how advisers can work with their clients.
Linda Woodall, head of investment intermediaries at the FSA, says: ‘This is a very big change for the industry. It is all about putting customers first.’
What financial areas do the new rules cover? Sales of, and advice on, most forms of investment. This includes pensions, unit trusts, Isas, venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes – and some types of life insurance that also have an investment element.
The review does not cover general insurance, mortgages or equity release – separate changes in mortgage advice and sales will be introduced in 2014. The changes apply when advice is given – when there is a personal recommendation made on what is right for you. Customers will still be able to buy products without advice through execution-only sales.
What is changing?Three main areas: how advisers are qualified, what counts as independent advice, and how you are charged by an adviser. Fees will be the most obvious change for consumers from day one, with all advisers now levying a fee for their services.
Why will advice suddenly cost me money? It has never been free, even though recent research by the regulator found almost half of people thought it was. Until now, advisers have been able to earn commission from the companies whose products they sell. This could be worth from three to seven or eight per cent of a lump-sum investment or up to the equivalent of two years’ premiums on monthly plans.
Commission meant that there was a clear incentive to sell new products and ‘churn’ policies, even when existing plans were effective. It also encouraged the sale of the highest commission-paying financial products, even though they might not be in the best interests of consumers.
Woodall says: ‘We’ve seen links between high levels of commission and mis-selling. ‘In the past, some advisers might have been tempted to recommend something that is not in the client’s best interest because of the commission. By moving away from commission, we remove that temptation.’
So how will I pay for advice?
There will be lots of options. You will agree the fee direct with the adviser, typically from a menu of charges. You could choose to pay a set rate (which might be anything from £100 an hour), a fixed fee for a project, a monthly retainer, or you might agree to pay a percentage of the money that you have invested through the adviser.
Charges: Almost one fifth of the fees you pay the typical independent adviser now go on regulation and compensation charges
You can choose to pay the adviser direct, or you can agree ‘adviser charging’, where your fee is deducted from money you pay to an insurance or investment company. Either way, the adviser’s client agreement must make it clear exactly how much the fee is and what service you can expect in return.
Barry Horner, who runs Paradigm Norton Financial Planning in Bristol, says: ‘We have been charging fees since we set up back in 2001. ‘From the very start, we felt it avoided any conflict of interest that you might get from taking commission.’
Clients such as Tim Summers, 39, agree. The commercial solicitor from Bristol has been comfortable paying fees for the advice he gets. ‘I don’t mind paying for something that is worth having,’ he says. ‘As a lay person, it might be hard to judge the quality of the technical advice you are getting. ‘But what you can do is judge a financial adviser by how they treat you, communicate with you and by their business standards. ‘All that I have seen gives me confidence in dealing with an adviser I can trust.’
Tim meets a Paradigm Norton adviser about every six months and among other things Horner and his colleagues have helped Tim accelerate his pension saving.
What about qualifications?The FSA has raised the bar for advisers. Everybody who wants to give advice must now be qualified to the national Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) level 4. This is equivalent to university degree level. Until now the minimum was QCF level 3. Advisers have been working over the past two years to bring themselves up to scratch. Many have chosen to go further, working towards level 6 qualifications in specialist financial areas or becoming Chartered Financial Planners.
There are also new rules on professional standards. Advisers must comply with a code of ethics and complete a minimum of 35 hours a year of ongoing training to keep up to date. The regulator will police all this and issue each adviser with an annual ‘statement of professional standing’. Without it, an adviser cannot work.
Carl Lamb, managing director of independent adviser Almary Green in Norwich, says: ‘Raising the standards is a really good thing and it has shaken the industry from root to branch.’
What is happening to independent advice?Only those who undertake a complete and full analysis of the whole range of products on the market that might possibly meet client needs will be able to call themselves independent. All other advisers will face restrictions. These might range from offering only one type of product from one company to a wide range of products from many different companies.Advisers who specialise in certain areas, such as pensions, may still source products from across all the companies in that sector. They will be called restricted whole of market advisers.
Woodall says: ‘It is important for consumers to be able to be clear about the nature of the service they are getting from an adviser. We identified these terms by asking consumers what made most sense to them.’
Is all this good for consumers? Karen Barrett, chief executive of online adviser search service Unbiased, says: ‘We should see adviser firms become more transparent on the cost of advice and more focused on what service they are offering.
‘We’re on the cusp of change and consumers are going to have to learn and adapt too. Maybe 12 or 24 months down the line it will feel normal to pay a financial professional for their time advising you, just as you would pay a dentist or solicitor.’
But others have raised concerns that many customers will not be able to afford fees, or will be unwilling to pay. A study by consultant Deloitte warned that as advisers moved upmarket up to five million people could be left without an adviser.
Hidden costs boost final bill
When you are writing out a cheque to pay for advice for the first time, don’t assume all the money is going to the person sitting across the table. The fee has to cover not just an adviser’s salary but the costs of running a business and a growing range of charges and fees for regulation and consumer protection.
Almost one fifth of the fees you pay the typical independent adviser now go on regulation and compensation charges. This includes annual fees to the Financial Services Authority. Part of this goes to cover the cost of running the Money Advice Service, which the Government has introduced to provide basic financial help for consumers but refuses to pay for from taxpayer resources.
They also have to fund the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which pays out when a firm that has badly advised a customer is no longer in business or able to fund its own claims.
Advisers will pay about £120 million towards this compensation scheme this financial year alone, with the prospect of an extra top-up levy still to come. Carl Lamb at financial adviser Almary Green says: ‘Regulatory cost is one of the key issues facing all advisers. The biggest concern is the rapid rise in the compensation levy which leaves companies who have no involvement in poor practice picking up the bill for the mess others leave behind.
‘At the moment, we’re trying not to pass all these costs on to customers and we are doing our best to absorb them in the business. But that cannot continue for ever.’
- 2013/02/18(月) 18:55:57|
Swiss watch brand Tissot V8 watch has always been and motorsport indissoluble bond, the first racing watch PR516 listed from 1965 to the late 1970s to become partner of the Formula One Team Lotus, and then for several years as MotoGP official designated time.
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- 2013/02/18(月) 18:52:33|
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- 2013/02/18(月) 18:47:13|
Agyness Deyn and Giovanni Ribisi aren't shy about sharing their passion for one another. The English cover girl was simply glowing during a romantic walk on the beach in Santa Barbara, California, with her actor husband on Saturday, when things got a little heated.
Agyness couldn't resist the magic of the moment and pulled Giovanni in for a long and lingering lip lock.
Agyness looked like she'd just stepped off a sailboat, for she wore a seafarer's black and white striped shirt along with black skinny jeans and a warm rust-coloured cardigan.The 29-year-old supermodel enjoyed the warm Southern California weather along the shore on Saturday and not just with her husband either - the couple also brought their little dog.Agyness had on black sneakers and red-striped socks that gave her outfit a tomboy quality.
Lovers smooch: Agyness Deyn shared a passionate kiss with her husband Giovanni Ribisi during a stroll on the beach in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSaturday
Happy anniversary! Agyness and Giovanni, who wed in a surprise ceremony on June 16, celebrated eight months of wedded bliss on Saturday
Sailor girl: Agyness wore a nautical theme outfit that included a black and white striped top and black sneakers along with an interesting rust-hued cardigan
Known for her short-cropped 'dos, Agyness is obviously letting her hair grow out.Her reddish-brown locks blew about her face in tantalising disarray. The aspiring actress was also celebrating eight months of wedded bliss on this day, which might explain the gleam in her eye.
So romantic: Agyness and Giovanni joined hands during their relaxing walk along the shore
Her 38-year-old hubsnad, who currently stars in the action flick Gangster Squad, was covered head to toe in a black sweat jacket, black jeans and black trainers with white laces.The couple married in a surprise ceremony in June and are obviously enjoying their newlywed status.'I don’t know. I suppose you meet someone and you’re just like… you know,' Agyness told the March issue ofInStyle.
So cute: Agyness managed to coax a smile out of her serious hubby
Dog day afternoon: Giovanni and Agyness enjoyed watching their little dog roam around the sand
Despite their mutual love for acting, the Clash of the Titans star said they have never rehearsed lines in front of the other.'No! That’s so funny. We don’t. He’s incredible. He’s my hero,' Agyness added.'No, but obviously, if I was like, a teacher, I’d come home and be like, "This kid at school… blah, blah, blah". So, obviously, we talk about our jobs.'The star left it at that, adding, 'We’re both like, really private people.'
Linked: Agyness and Giovanni were joined hand in hand
Don't let go: Agyness didn't seem to want let go of Giovanni's hand
Casual 'do: The English model is letting her hair grow out and sported a no fuss look during her afternoon walk'Obviously, if someone’s marrying someone, they’re bringing a lot of really good stuff... So...'
Lovebirds: The couple happily headed back to their room still arm in arm
- 2013/02/17(日) 17:16:21|
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Phil Mickelson won the Phoenix Open for the third time in his decorated career tonight.The four-time major winner completed a wire-to-wire success on 28 under - the second-lowest total ever in a 72-hole tournament on the PGA Tour.That was good enough to secure victory by four strokes from fellow American Brandt Snedeker, whose final-day 65 ensured Mickelson was never able to feel completely comfortable until the end.
The left-hander characteristically held his nerve, however, to secure a 41st PGA Tour title with a putt from inches away.Mickelson had the chance to break Mark Calcavecchia's tournament record with a long-range putt on the final green, but instead was happy to roll it close enough to complete a final-round 67.His victory also ensures Mickelson has now won a title for a record 10 consecutive years.
Three's a charm: Phil Mickelson has now won the Phoenix Open three times
- 2013/02/07(木) 13:52:15|
Hair extensions can add fullness and length to otherwise sad-looking locks, but the health hazards that accompany the popular Hollywood beauty treatment can far out-way the rewards.From blinding headaches, to patchy hair loss and sometimes permanent damage, doctors are now warning about the dangers of hair extensions, the must-have accessory of celebrities on the red carpet, and young women alike.
Neurologist, Dr. Orly Avitzur of Terrytown, N.Y., who is also the medical adviser for Consumer Reports, told ABC News: 'I think the risk of baldness, if you start to get hair loss, that's really my bottom line, then stop immediately.'
Hair extensions, where synthetic or real hair is attached onto a person's existing hair or scalp by weaving, gluing, sewing or clipping it on, first became popular with actresses, but the treatment has quickly moved on to the mainstream.Now thousands of young women are experiencing the dangerous side effects that come with trying to transform one's natural hair with longer and fuller hair pieces.Beauty queen Amanda Jones, 26, tried hair extensions for two Miss Virginia competitions.
Health hazards: Doctors are now warning about the permanent dangers of hair extensions, the must-have accessory of celebrities like Naomi Campbell (pictured), and young women alike
When she had the extensions glued to her own hair, she said she suffered no damaging side effects, but last year, she tried she tried a different method and had them sewn onto her own hair.'That was the most painful experience of my life,' Miss Jones said. 'I had them in for maybe three weeks. My scalp was red and bleeding. I lost a lot of hair.'However Sadie Whitlocks, 25, told MailOnline that a friend's experience with glued-in hair extensions was also a disaster.
'After three weeks my scalp was red and bleeding. I lost a lot of hair'
'She complained that they gave her headaches and after a while the synthetic locks got matted up. I had to cut them out leaving bald patches and they smelled really bad... they ended up like dreadlocks.'One 46-year-old New York social worker, who prefers not to be named, said she ran to the doctor with blinding headaches.After blood work and an MRI scan of the brain checked out as normal, there was no explanation for the sudden pounding in the patient's head.She was sent to Dr Avitzur, who explained: 'When I went to examine her and simply touched her scalp, she pulled away and winced when my fingertips touched her quite gently.'She had hundreds of these tightly braided hair braids. It was pretty clear to me that she did not need a work-up, but that she needed to remove her extensions.'A lot of us do crazy things for the sake of appearance,' he added.The procedure, costing anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand, can be successful, however it is important to make sure the stylist attaches the extensions using a method that is tailored to your specific hair type.If they're attached too tightly, or weigh too much, problems can develop quickly.The combination of weight and tension places strain on the wearer’s hair follicles, which are stretched to a point that the hair simply falls out. Known as Traction Alopecia, this can cause permanent damage to hair follicles and prevent hair regrowth.
Permanent damage: Known as Traction Alopecia, the weight and tension on the wearer's hair follicles can cause permanent damage and prevent hair regrowth
Chicago cosmetologist Grace Santiler-Nowik, the president of the Professional Beauty Association's Professional Council, explained: 'It's not something you tread into lightly. People want their hair thick and long, but they forget there's a whole upkeep portion of it they have to maintain.'Ms Santiler-Nowik emphasized that customers must return to the salon at regular intervals to have the extensions removed and replaced, and need to take a break from the hair pieces if they're causing damage to a person's hair.
Painful process: Hair extensions involves synthetic or real hair being attached by weaving, gluing, sewing or clipping it on to the scalp or existing hair which can have disastrous effects (as pictured on Britney Spears)
'I think it's important for people to get education, there's always a safe way to do things and a smart way to do things,' she said.
Even Jennifer Aniston, who first gave the extensions a go as her character Rachel in Friend's, is weary of the procedure.She told Harper's Bazaar: 'I decided to have a couple of extensions, never knowing you would end up with 400 things in your head that cause your hair to break off. Nothing destroys your hair faster than extensions.'
Before and after: Hair extensions can add fullness and length to otherwise sad-looking locks, but the health hazards that accompany the popular Hollywood beauty treatment can far out-way the rewards
- 2013/02/07(木) 10:40:10|
it is a trend that is huge in fashion at the moment. But Katharine McPhee modelled the cut-out look in halves as she promoted her hit TV series Smash on the Today show in New York on Tuesday. The 28-year-old actress slipped into a bizarre midriff-baring dress, which displayed just a snippet of her toned tummy.
The turquoise-patterned attire featured a small almost keyhole-style gap right in her mid section.Katharine was clearly feeling the sub-freezing temperatures in her ensemble, as she was also wearing both a wool blazer and a hooded parka over her dress.At some points the star was seen pulling her jackets closed to starve off the cold.
Peekaboo: Katharine McPhee slipped into a bizarre cut-out dress, which displayed just a snippet of her toned tummy as she promoted her hit TV series Smash in New York on Tuesday
Odd: The turquoise-patterned attire featured a small almost keyhole-style gap right in her mid section
The actress strutted around Manhattan in a pair of beige suede lace-up heels and accessorised with a cute purple clutch bag.She looked camera ready with her brunette locks perfectly coiffed and a flawless application of make-up. As she waltzed into a nearby office building, the friendly star stopped to sign autographs for her fans.
Double the warmth: Katharine was clearly feeling the sub-freezing temperatures in her ensemble, as she was also wearing both a wool blazer and a hooded parka over her dress
Covering up: At some points the star was seen pulling her jackets closed to starve off the cold
Katharine has been on the promotional trail, drumming up publicity for season two of Smash, in which she plays the character of Karen Cartwright.The night before she appeared on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show alongside Russell Brand. During their appearance the shameless ladies man bounced the married actress on his lap.The 37-year-old comic looked like he was having a great time as he rocked back and forth on his chair to the astonishment of the chat show host.
Camera ready: Katharine had her brunette locks perfectly coiffed and a flawless application of make-up
Friendly star: As she waltzed into a nearby office building, the star stopped to sign autographs for her fans
Sit down: Katharine was appearing on NBC News' "Today" show
Quick change: The actress later changed into a sparkly dress as she posed with Today's Savannah Guthrie
Katharine did not seem to mind too much however, and was seen giggling as they larked around in front of the studio audience.The brunette beauty, who is happily married to spouse Nick Cokas, took the fun in her stride and even posted a picture of it on her Twitter account, writing: 'Just a little preview of what's to come tonight.'She added: 'That was soooo much fun Late Nigh Jimmy! And a little crazy too. Thank you for having me!'
Another change: Katharine wore a floral dress when she later appeared on the Live With Kelly and Michael Show
Shameless: Cheeky Russell Brand bounced married Katharine on his lap on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday
- 2013/02/06(水) 16:38:11|
A sailor who claims John Travolta sexually assaulted him on a cruise ship has dismissed his lawsuit. The decision comes as cruise ship worker Fabian Zanzi realised that the legal battle was going to cost him in the regions of thousands. Previously Zanzi had won a fight to have his case heard in court, but according to Radaronline, the actor had a motion pending before the court.
If it were granted, Zanzi would be forced to fork out $75,000 for a bond if the legal proceedings were to go ahead.'My client and our firm are very pleased that Mr. Zanzi has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit,' Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer told RadarOnline.com.The new legal proceedings come after it was revealed on Monday that Zanzi had succeeded in having his case heard in court.
Dismissed: A sexual assault lawsuit against John Travolta by a cruise ship worker has been dismissed
The Saturday Night Fever star's legal team had tried to prevent it being heard on the grounds his ticket included an agreement to settle all disputes between a passenger and the cruise line in arbitration.However, a federal judge dismissed the motion, saying there was no evidence Zanzi was bound by the arbitration agreement between Travolta and Royal Caribbean International.According to TMZ, that meant the legal fight could go to trial unless a settlement is reached.This is common in cases where one side wants to avoid a public trial, and this decision effectively drives up the price of any potential out of court agreement.
Travolta's attorney Singer previously filed court documents requesting the lawsuit by former Royal Caribbean employee Zanzi be dismissed and that he be forced to pay for legal fees.
The accuser: Former Royal Caribbean employee Fabian Zanzi went public with his accusations last May
In the papers the Get Shorty favourite admitted to being on the 2009 cruise, but denied all claims of misconduct.As Mail Online previously reported, Zanzi made his shocking claims in May, alleging the incident occurred when he worked as a room service operator for Royal Caribbean International in 2009 and made a delivery to the actor's stateroom.
He was among a steady stream of men to step forward last year with accusations against the star including three masseurs and a gym employee.Zanzi claimed Travolta favourite asked for a neck massage, and that when he reached over to comply the 58-year-old actor dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis.
The Chilean-born worker, who was suing for unspecified damages, says he resisted, and then Travolta offered him $12k to keep silent.
It emerged Zanzi never mentioned many of the details when he went to cruise ship management to complain, and claimed they refused to allow him to write any details regarding nudity or sexual contact.And Mr Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer drew attention to this in a strongly worded statement.He said: 'This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims. It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
'The lawsuit’s ridiculous claims are completely contradicted by what Mr. Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his own violations of company policy.
'In his handwritten report three years ago, the only physical contact he claimed occurred was allegedly touching my client’s neck.
'The inappropriate conduct he alleges in his lawsuit is absent from his written report he submitted at the time. That glaring omission speaks volumes.
'Also calling his credibility into question is his dubious allegation that his employer supposedly restrained him in a room on the cruise ship for five days, yet after that supposedly occurred, Mr. Zanzi continued to work for Royal Caribbean for years, on multiple ships.
Brushing off the allegations: Travolta and wife Kelly Preston put on a brave face on the red carpet in Los Angeles last June
'Now, after waiting three years, and after getting paid to tell his story to the media, Mr. Zanzi has filed this absurd lawsuit.
'We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court.'Mr Singer was referring to an employee discipline form where it is stated Zanzi admitted to superiors at Royal Caribbean International he rubbed the Look Who's Talking star's neck, but turned down his request that he return later.
- 2013/02/06(水) 11:19:26|
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- 2013/02/06(水) 11:06:09|
Shares in Britain’s leading
banks fell on Monday night after Chancellor George Osborne threatened to
break up any that fail to reform, amid fresh scandals and rows over
had a strong run in 2012, largely thanks to the initiatives taken by
Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank supremo, to shore up the single
currency. But Osborne’s pledge to ‘electrify’ the ring-fence separating
banks’ casino activities from their high street savings and loans
operations could have serious consequences – particularly for RBS and
Barclays, which have sizeable investment banking arms.Lloyds is more focused on consumer and business banking while HSBC’s operations cover a wide international spread.
Osborne’s move sparked an
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embarrassing public difference of opinion between Anthony Browne, chief
executive of the British Bankers’ Association, and one of the
association’s most prominent members, Lloyds Banking Group, down 0.98p
to 50.66p. Lloyds’ chief Antonio Horta-Osorio,
who is still considering whether to sacrifice his bonus, told MPs on
Monday that he had not been informed by the BBA of its planned attack
on the Osborne reforms. The lobby group said the Chancellor’s clampdown
would hurt banks’ ability to raise capital. Lloyds is not badly exposed to the
Libor scandal but may have to increase the amount it has earmarked for
mis-selling interest rate swaps from £90million to more than £200million.Royal Bank of Scotland, where shares
lost 11.9p to 328.6p, is expecting to announce penalties of around
£500million over Libor-rate rigging shortly, possibly as soon as
tomorrow. Osborne has ordered the state-backed bank to pay the fine out
of its bonus pool for investment bankers so taxpayers do not suffer from
its misdeeds. The pool, however, is unlikely to be big enough to cover
the whole penalty. RBS is reducing the size of its
casino banking operation and is expected to announce the resignation of
the division’s chief, John Hourican, in the wake of the Libor scandal,
despite the fact he was not appointed until 2009, after most of the
misdeeds were done.Barclays, whose shares dropped 8.5p
to 291.5p, is embroiled in an investigation over whether it lent money
to Qatari investors who backed a 2008 capital-raising without disclosing
it.Antony Jenkins, the new Barclays
boss, has agreed to give up his bonus, as has RBS’s Stephen Hester.
HSBC, down 13.5p to 706.1p, has not disclosed whether chief executive
Stuart Gulliver will give up his bonus as atonement for the
money-laundering scandal that hit the bank last year.
- 2013/02/05(火) 16:29:47|
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- 2013/02/05(火) 16:27:21|
"It's a revolution," said Stanislas de Quercize, president and chief executive officer of Van Cleef & Arpels. "Women are interested in watches like never before."
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Patek Philippe created a perpetual calendar wristwatch for women, Zenith introduced tourbillons - one of horology's most sophisticated movements - and Tag Tiffany Rings has reported strong business with its chronographs for women.
"We should adapt better to women and not the other way around," said Jean-Claude Biver, ceo of Hublot, which this year is introducing a smaller sized Big Bang directed at women. "[Women] have their requirements, taste and representation of what a watch should be."
De Quercize of Van Cleef & Arpels said, "Women today want mechanical complications, but they want complications that are made for them."
Van Cleef last year introduced so-called poetic Tiffany Sets on wristwatches, which include the likes of a rotating sun and moon, as a way to give a feminine twist to intricate mechanics.
"The watch industry has been very macho and has mostly considered women as an afterthought," de Quercize said. "Women won't tolerate that approach anymore."
- 2013/02/05(火) 16:19:40|