Elisabeth Weinstock uusi koti hänelle ja hänen

Ilmoitti eetos “häntä, ja kotiin”, sisustusarkkitehti-kääntyi-lisälaite suunnittelija Elisabeth Weinstock kumartavat hänen ensimmäinen myymälä West Hollywoodissa maanantaina. Vietettyjen vuosien jälkeen työskennellyt sisustus hankkeita, hääpuku Weinstock, joka laskee Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, ja Naomi Campbell keskuudessa fanit, haarautunut ulos ja muotoillut eksoottinen ihoa koruja laatikko. Se oli tämä, että sai hänet tarvikkeet biz ja avulla LA myymälän Maxfield, hän tajusi oli varsin markkinat hänen huippuluokan visio tyylikäs, hillitty laukut ja kassit. Hänen kokoelma, joka on tuotettu paikallisesti, on yksi, joka käsittelee modernin tarpeisiin esimerkiksi olemassa runsaasti tech lisävarusteita. Mutta on olemassa muutamia kitsch ja lahjaesineitä, too. “Rakastan luoda asioita, jotka ovat pois pahoinpideltiin polku-tamponi laatikko, kondomi laatikko, jopa dopp kitti kytkin”, suunnittelija sanoo.juhlamekot Hänen sisustus kokemusta pelata, Weinstock repurposed 1930 talon saavuttaa 1800 neliön jalka abode hänen harkittuja malleja.Uusi myymälä on jaettu kolmeen osaan: ensimmäinen on “mies luola”, jossa on Weinstock bestseller dopp sarjat (suosituin boa ja watersnake) ja kostuttimet sekä croc jalkapallo ja Anaconda nyrkkeilyhanskat-ihanteellinen kaveri, joka todella on kaikkea. “On asiakkaalle, joka on nälkäinen löytää jotain uutta, jotain erilaista, joka on tehty kuin arjen esine”, hän syistä.Enemmän naisellinen “budoaari” alue tarjoaa kohonnut ottaa kosmetiikka tapauksessa crossbody laukku, lompakko, ja kytkin on eri nahat. Lopuksi tulee kotiin, tai “olohuone”-osiossa, jossa ostajat voivat löytää mukautettuja sohvapöydät (joista yksi on esitetty viper), pinoaminen laatikot ja korut laatikot, joihin brändi on rakennettu. “Ilman kuulostaa liian klisee, se on nykyaikainen ja ärtyisä, mutta silti arkeen” Weinstock kertoo tilan. Ei klisee lainkaan itse asiassa, se jäljittelee hyvin henki keräämistä.

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If you can’t wait for the start of the high school sports season, you’re obviously not alone.

A survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations shows that more fans attend high school football and basketball games than college and pro basketball and football games combined.

Thaddeus Gibson, Tony Pike

During the 2009-10 school year, about 336 million fans attended high school regular-season and playoff games in football and girls and boys basketball. At the college and pro levels, there were 133 million spectators, according to the federation.

The federation surveyed high school athletic directors and multiplied the average regular-season attendance in each sport by the number of schools in each enrollment category — small, medium and large — that sponsor the sport. A similar method was used to determine overall attendance at postseason events conducted by NFHS-member state associations.

The federation also said that attendance in the top 16 participation sports was 510 million in 2009-10. The other sports were baseball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Basketball was the No. 1 spectator draw with about 170 million fans, followed by football with 166 million. Soccer ranked third at 24 million.

This was the first survey attempt by the federation to determine national attendance figures.

“This first-of-its-kind survey of attendance figures at the high school level is certainly a great sign that high school sports continue to be a big part of communities throughout our nation,” said Bob Gardner, the federation’s executive director.


South Tyneside Council ‘gets Twitter data’ in blog case

May 30th, 7:44

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South Tyneside Council says Twitter has released information after it acted in a US court to identify a Twitter user behind allegedly libellous statements.

The council went to court in California after three councillors and an official complained they were libelled in a blog called “Mr Monkey”.

Council spokesman Paul Robinson said information had been disclosed by Twitter to its lawyers.

This was “being analysed by technical experts”, he added.

‘Five Twitter accounts’

Is this a landmark moment for free speech online, with Twitter handing over confidential details of a user for the first time?

Probably not. Twitter – like other major American web firms – complies with US court orders and requests from law enforcement agencies.

We know, for instance, that the US government sought to obtain details from Twitter of people connected with Wikileaks.

That case is still under way, because the targets were notified by Twitter and chose to fight. The South Tyneside councillor decided not to go to court and details of his account were handed over.

But it seems unlikely that this was a first, for Twitter or the wider web. Google, for instance, issues an annual transparency report which reveals that in just six months last year, it received more than 4,000 requests for user data from US agencies and more than 1,300 from Britain.

So what are the implications for the Ryan Giggs case? Again, it’s not clear this makes a difference.

Whereas the South Tyneside case involved a defamation suit brought in a US court, the footballer’s lawyers are trying to get a UK court order imposed on a US company. Which is, as someone close to the case put it, a very complex business.

Independent South Shields councillor Ahmed Khan is suspected by some of being the author of the blog, which has made a series of unfounded allegations against council leaders.

Mr Khan, who denies being the author, said he was first contacted by Twitter in April about a subpoena lodged with the Californian court.

He said he was told he had 21 days to lodge a legal argument against the action, otherwise the details would be released.

The councillor said he was told by Twitter that the information included IP identities, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Mr Khan said the firm had also released 68 pages of other details, of which he said: “I can’t decipher most of it.”

He said he believed the council had been given the details of five Twitter accounts, two of which were his.

Mr Khan said: “I’m the kind of person who will tell you face-to-face what I think. I have no need to use an anonymous blog.”

Mr Khan admitted being a critic of some council policies, but described the situation as “Orwellian”.

He also also criticised the amount of money the council had spent on the case.

Mr Robinson denied press reports that the council’s court action had cost “hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

“We cannot confirm the cost of this legal action because it is ongoing, but it has so far cost less than £75,000,” he said.

‘Duty of care’

The Mr Monkey blog had made a number of accusations against the council’s Labour leader Iain Malcolm, as well as David Potts, the former Conservative leader who now serves as an Independent councillor, Labour councillor Anne Walsh, and Rick O’Farrell, the council’s head of enterprise and regeneration.

They are all named on papers delivered by the council’s lawyers to the Superior Court of California.

Media lawyer Mark Stephens says he is unaware of anyone from the UK taking action like this before

Mr Potts said: “This is a deeply tawdry, perverted and seedy little blog that has been in existence for quite a while.

“It’s no longer active, as I understand, but the information is still on the internet for all to see.

“This was a blog that didn’t just affect councillors; it also affected council officers.

“We have a duty of care, as any employer does whether public or private, to defend not only our commercial interests, but also the interests of our employees.

“That’s why we took the action, that’s why we’re pursuing it so aggressively, and I have no doubt that we will get there, and we will win.

“There have been many, many disgusting claims, which I won’t repeat in order to protect my family and friends – allegations of corruption, sexual deviancy, of drug use.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “This legal action was initiated by the council’s previous chief executive and has continued with the full support of the council’s current chief executive.

“The council has a duty of care to protect its employees and as this blog contains damaging claims about council officers, legal action is being taken to identify those responsible.”

He said he had no knowledge of councillors attending court hearings in the US.

A spokesman for Twitter said: “We cannot comment on any specific order or request.

“As noted in our law enforcement guidelines, it is our policy to notify our users before disclosure of account information.”


Media law experts suggest the case may prompt more UK citizens to take action in the US, where Twitter is based.

Lawyers challenged Twitter in the High Court in London to reveal the identities of its users who violated a super-injunction involving Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs.

MP John Hemming named the star in Parliament as the footballer who had used a super-injunction to hide an alleged affair, after Mr Giggs’s name had been widely aired on Twitter.

Media lawyer Mark Stephens, who represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said: “I am unaware of any other occasion where somebody from this country has actually gone to America and launched proceedings in a Californian court to force Twitter to release the identities of individuals.

“The implications are that people who have had their name released can actually now go to California and begin proceedings.

Councillor David PottsDavid Potts said there had been many “disgusting claims” made in the blog

“Local authorities cannot sue for libel and, if individual councillors have been defamed, they should take proceedings at their own cost.”

China’s yuan has hit a record high against the US dollar

China’s yuan has hit a record high against the US dollar after the US Treasury department said the Chinese currency was undervalued but not manipulated.

Yuan and dollar notes

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) fixed the yuan’s mid-point at 6.4856 against the US dollar on Monday.

China has been accused by the US and other developed economies of keeping the value of its currency artificially low to boost its exports.

China is the world’s biggest exporter.

The US and other major economies have said that China’s policy of keeping the value of its currency low gives an unfair advantage to its manufacturers.

There have also been concerns that China’s currency policies have also been responsible in part for big trade imbalances with its trading partners.

‘Negative connotation’

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They want to do it in a way that is sustainable and gradual. A way that gives Chinese exporters enough time to adjust. The Chinese economy has to be in a position to absorb the appreciating currency”

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There have been repeated calls in the US to label China a currency manipulator, given Beijing’s currency policies and reluctance to let the yuan trade freely.

China however has maintained that while it is willing to allow the yuan to appreciate, its pace has to be gradual.

It said that a sudden rise in the yuan will not only be detrimental to its export sector but will also have a negative impact on the overall economy.

In its report released on Friday, the US Treasury Department said that although China’s currency was undervalued, the country was not a currency manipulator.

Analysts say that while there has been considerable pressure within the US, it seems that the Treasury Department had taken on board China’s concerns about a sharp rise.

“Manipulation carries negative connotation. The intention is to mislead”, said Peter Esho, chief market analyst at City Index.

“They are acknowledging that their (China’s) intentions aren’t to mislead,” he added.

‘Insufficient’ progress

In an attempt to show its intent on letting the value of its currency rise, China loosened its peg to the US dollar in June 2010.

The yuan has gained more than 5% against the dollar since then.

However the US Treasury report said that the rise has not been up to their expectations. “Treasury’s view… is that the progress thus far is insufficient and that more progress is needed.”

Many analysts are of the view that China is trying to make sure that the appreciation in its currency has the minimum impact on its economy.

“They want to do it in a way that is sustainable and gradual,” said Mr Esho.

“A way that gives Chinese exporters enough time to adjust. The Chinese economy has to be in a position to absorb the appreciating currency”, he added.

Mr Esho also said that since China is so reliant on its export sector “the government will not let exporters suffer, just to appease foreign concerns.”

Balancing act

China’s currency policy has not only created problems with its trading partners. It has also contributed to domestic problems.

Inflation in China has been rising sharply as the costs of oil, food and other essential commodities continue to spike.

Consumer prices rose by 5.3% in April compared with the same month a year ago.

Analysts say that while China has to take care of the interests of its export sector, it has also got to keep in mind that a lower valued currency makes imports more expensive and adds to inflation.

“I think really it’s a balancing act. If the currency is undervalued you’re going to have inflationary pressure on your economy,” said Mr Esho.

“That will eventually be a hindrance to growth and that’s China’s biggest worry,” he added.

Astronauts complete final shuttle space-walk at ISS

The last space-walk in the 30-year history of the US shuttle programme has been completed at the International Space Station.

Astronauts Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff’s seven-and-a-half-hour walk completed Nasa’s part in constructing the ISS.

The astronauts will return to Earth in a few days on space shuttle Endeavour’s last voyage.

One final shuttle is scheduled for July to bring supplies to the ISS.

The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Washington says the ISS is now the size of a football field and can house six full-time residents who spend their time conducting scientific experiments and research conditions for possible longer missions, such as travelling to Mars.

Astronaut Chamitoff said before ending the 164th and last shuttle space-walk: “Twelve years of building and 15 countries and now it’s the Parthenon in the sky and hopefully the doorstep to our future. So congratulations everybody on assembly complete.”

As he attached the final 50ft (15m) boom, he said: “Amazing. Boy, this is a big space station.”

Endeavour is scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday.

It will then be prepared for public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Russia still plans to carry out space-walks at the ISS, adding at least one more chamber to the structure. Those in the station will also carry out walks as necessary.

Russia will also ferry astronauts to the ISS.

Breaking News on Social Media

May 6, 2011
Osama bin Laden (Courtesy The Associated Press)

Osama bin Laden (Courtesy The Associated Press)

Breaking News on Social Media

Social networking is apparently becoming the preferred way to break news.

Soon after President Barack Obama told the world that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden, the Newseum asked on its Facebook page:

“How did you hear the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed?”

Of the 140 responses, social media had a slight edge over people who heard the news through other means.

  • 36 percent from Facebook and Twitter
  • 31 percent from television/radio
  • 17 percent from text messages/cellphones
  • 15 percent from others

The comments were just as varied.

  • “Twitter. All over Twitter. Way before elsewhere.”
  • “I was surprised to see a friend’s post on Facebook.”
  • “News alert to cellphone about 4 a.m.”
  • “In my car, listening to WTOP all-news radio.”

A man in Abbottabad, Pakistan, unknowingly told the world about the clandestine raid on bin Laden’s compound through a tweet. Rumors of his death were also spread on Twitter.

The al-Qaida leader’s death, and the rapid way the news was spread, will be one of many news events featured in the Newseum’s newest interactive gallery — the HP New Media Gallery — which opens in 2012.

The HP New Media Gallery will show how technology has drastically changed the collection and dissemination of news. Included will be touch-screen walls that will allow visitors to see the news in real time and interact with newsfeeds.

New York Lounge Presents FASHION

The Time Out New York Lounge will present the finale of Fashion Forward, New York’s only fashion design competition / AIDS benefit – Wednesday May 25th (at 11PM) at New World Stages. A fabulous runway show of emerging NYC designers presenting their looks and competing against each other, followed by concert performances by night life favorites has been a great success. All designs are auctioned off at the end of each night with proceeds going to DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), along with the proceeds from the door.

Hosting the finale will be nightlife cabaret star Marti Cummings. Broadway favorites Nicholas Rodriguez (the title role of Tarzan on Broadway, “One Life to Live,” Sex & the City 2, The Toxic Avenger) and Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, La Cage aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, Sex & the City 2, “Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods,” LOGO’s “New Now Next Awards”) will perform.

The Ultimat After-Party, sponsored by Ultimat Vodka, takes place after every show at the Time Out New York Lounge from 12:30am – 3am. Fashion Forward began Wednesday, May 4th. There is a $5 cover charge which will also be donated to DIFFA. The Time Out New York Lounge is located at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).

A winner has been determined each week by audience votes and the finale on May 25th will feature multiple looks from each week’s winner. Prizes will include a solo Runway Show at New World Stages, cash and more! Hosted by Valentine, along with celebrity guests and live entertainment, this is sure to be the hottest new fashion event of the year! Design contestants are allowed to spend no more than $20 per look and must use previously owned materials. For more information or to sign up for the competition please visit http://www.bestredbottomshoes.com

The Time Out New York Lounge also features HAPPY HOUR Monday through Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm: your second drink is free! There are Drink Specials every night as well!! There’s never a cover or minimum!