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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pippa Middleton on the Rebound? Kate's Sis Spotted With Not One, but Two Mystery Men

Forget that reported lucrative party-planning book, what Pippa Middleton should really be giving the world tips on is how to get over a broken heart.
Because just one week after she and financier beau Alex Loudon called time on their relationship, she was spotted back out with her ex George Percy. And now, just one week after that, she's been spotted laughing it up with two new handsome faces.
So, are these pals simply platonic, or has she been getting a cheeky peek at their crown jewels?
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Victoria Beckham Wins Big at British Fashion Awards

 Victoria Beckham knows her stuff when it comes to fashion. Surprised? We didn't think so.
But it does give us great pleasure to share that the former Spice Girl has won her first award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards at London's Savoy Hotel tonight, beating out other big names like Tom Ford, Burberry and Stella McCartney for Best Designer Brand.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Air pollution from industry in the EU costs the UK up to €18bn a year

Air pollution from industry costs Britain £3.4bn-£9.5bn a year in health and environmental damage, according to the European environment agency (EEA). When CO2 costs are included, the figure rises to £9.5bn-£15.5bn– more than the government spends a year on the arts, environment, transport and security and intelligence combined.
In a first attempt to link financial costs to emissions from large power stations, refineries, waste plants and factories, the Copenhagen-based agency calculates that air pollution cost Europe £86.1bn-£145.5bn in 2009. It has used government figures and has arrived at the costs by factoring in population densities, health costs, building damage and crop losses from pollutants such as low-level ozone. By far the biggest single pollutant is CO2, one of the main climate change gases. Costs have been calculated by using the British government's "marginal abatement costs" – an estimate of what it expects it will cost to cut CO2 emissions in 2020.
Emissions from power plants made up the largest share of the damage costs, at £56.8bn-£96.4bn. Production processes cost £19.8bn-£24.1bn and manufacturing combustion £6.9bn-£18.1bn. Sectors excluded from the EEA analysis include transport, households and most farming activities. If these were included, the cost of pollution could more than double. Half of the total damage cost (between €51bn and €85bn) was caused by just 191 facilities.
Britain emerges as Europe's third biggest industrial polluter, behind Germany and Poland, which depends almost entirely on coal for power. Britain's largest and most costly polluter is Drax power station in Selby, North Yorkshire, which, says the EEA, emits 20.5m tonnes of CO2 annually and costs the economy more than €1bn a year. Drax emerges as Europe's fifth most polluting plant.
Britain has 16 of Europe's top 100 polluting plants, second only to Germany with 17. Longannet, Cottam, Ratcliffe-on-Soar and West Burton power stations together emit more than 30m tonnes of CO2 and other pollutants and cost the economy up to £2.3bn a year.
While there are stringent air pollution laws, governments have found it difficult to cut emissions in areas such as transport, and are mostly in breach of EU laws.
The report follows a plan announced in March by the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik, to make 2013 the "year of air". Potocnik says he wants stronger air quality laws across the EU but many member states are already failing to enforce current rules. The European commission has begun a comprehensive review of existing laws that could lead within a year to changes in the 2008 air quality directive.
"It's very clear we've been able to reduce emissions but that those emissions have not translated into ambient air quality," said Jacqueline McGlade, who heads the Copenhagen-based EEA.
The EEA's 2011 report on air quality, released this month, shows broad historical improvements, levels of nitrogen oxide, ozone and particulate matter have risen, fuelling concerns about overall air quality, especially in urban "hot spots".
Poor air quality has been shown in some studies to lead to nearly 500,000 deaths a year in the EU, while the EEA's upper estimates show anti-pollution measures could cut premature deaths to 230,000 in 2020.
Germany, with its large industrial facilities and large power plants, is the biggest polluter Europewide – resulting in a cost of €21.5bn – €33.8bn of the overall €100-€169bn bill. Five of the top 10 emitters are German.
The two biggest polluters, which are in Poland and Bulgaria, are followed by the largest German brown coal power plant, a 3,000 megawatt power plant in Jänschwalde, in the federal state of Brandenburg, which is owned by Vattenfall Europe. It was taken into operation in the 1980s, and modernised in the 1990s, but has been a target of environmentalists for years. This month activists from Greenpeace and Oxfam protested in front of the plant, claiming that brown coal is a "climate killer" and its mining should be stopped.
Vattenfall plans to open five new mines and to build a carbon capture and storage demonstration plant in Jänschwalde. The other four big Geman polluters are power plants owned by the German energy company RWE.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Elizabeth Olsen is featured in the December 2011 issue of Marie Claire.

Following her older twin sisters as she makes a name for herself in show business, Elizabeth Olsen is featured in the December 2011 issue of Marie Claire.
The "Martha Marcy May Marlene" actress donned a variety of Chanel ensembles for her photo shoot while also partaking in a short interview with the magazine.

Miss Olsen first spoke about her adamancy to make a name for herself on her own, saying, "I've always had a complex about being taken seriously. I never wanted anyone to think that I would use my family name to get me anywhere."
Also dishing on her looks, 22-year-old Elizabeth told, “I’m the curvy one of the family. It’s very clear that I’m the younger sister. My whole life they’ve been like women, while I’ve been trying to be a woman but still a kid.”
Olsen also spoke about how she and sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley celebrate the holidays, as she revealed, "“My sisters and I do most of the cooking because we love it. We jazz up the holidays with mashed cauliflower. It’s so delicious; it’s Mary-Kate’s signature.”
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Monday, November 21, 2011

2011 American Music Awards: The Winners is

Making for quite the star-studded spectacle, the 2011 American Music Awards took place at Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday night (November 20).
The annual musical showcase featured plenty of action, with the big winner of the ceremony being Taylor Swift - who picked up three trophies including Country Female Artist, Country Album and the grandest of all prizes Artist of the Year.
Other triumphant artists included Nicki Minaj with two trophies for Rap Hip Hop Artist and Rap Hip Hop Album for "Pink Friday" while Bruno Mars nabbed Pop/Rock Male honors and Hot Chelle Rae landed the title of Best New Artist.
The complete list of 2011 American Music Awards winners is as follows, with performance videos and pictures from the show found beneath this year's honorees.
Artist of The Year:
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Lil Wayne
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock Male:
Justin Bieber
WINNER: Bruno Mars
Pop/Rock Female:
WINNER: Katy Perry
Lady GaGa
Pop/Rock Group:
WINNER: Maroon 5
One Republic
Pop Rock Album:
WINNER: Adele- 21
Rihanna – Loud
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Country Male Artist:
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
WINNER: Blake Shelton
Country Female Artist:
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Country Band/Duo/Group:
Zac Brown Band
WINNER: Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry
Country Album:
Jason Aldean- 'My Kinda Party'
WINNER: Taylor Swift- 'Speak Now'
The Band Perry– 'The Band Perry'
Rap Hip Hop:
Lil Wayne
WINNER: Nicki Minaj
Kanye West
Rap Hip Hop Album:
Lil Wayne- ‘Carter 4'
The Throne-’Watch The Throne’
WINNER: Nicki Minaj- ‘Pink Friday’
Soul/R&B Male:
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Soul/R&B Female:
WINNER: Beyonce
Kelly Rowland
Soul/R&B Album:
Chris Brown ‘FAME’
WINNER: Rihanna -’Loud’
Beyonce ‘-4'
WINNER: Jennifer Lopez
Enrigue Iglesias
Contemporary Inspirational Artist:
WINNER: Casting Crowns
Third Day
Adult Contemporary Artist:
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
New Artist:
Wiz Khalifa
The Band Perry
Marsha Ambrosius
Foster The People
WINNER: Hot Chelle Rae
Thompson Square
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hayden Panettiere is romantically linked with Scotty McKnight of New York Jets NFL player, after her break up with Wladimir Klitschko.

Hayden Panettiere is romantically linked with Scotty McKnight of New York Jets NFL player, after her break up with Wladimir Klitschko.
The ‘Scream 4’ star Hayden Panettiere is reportedly dating New York Jets NFL player Scotty McKnight. She also appeared with Mark Sanchez, the quarterback of the same team and was seemed that, they were dating.
Now, she is been linked with Scotty McKnight, who is childhood friend of Sanchez. Hayden and Sanchez were spotted together outside an In-N-Out Burger in Laguna Hills, California on May 30. The couple looked very happy and close to each other. However, they were linked up mistakenly.
Hayden said that, she is a huge fan of New York Jets and became the friend of Mark Sanchez and his friends. She also added that, she was a girl, who has lot of guy friends, as she is in to sports and they have a lot of common things. Scotty McKnight was drafted in 2011 NFL draft in the seventh round. Earlier, he represented the University of Colorado.
Hayden was dating Wladimir Klitschko since long time and the couple called off their relationship and split in the last month. She said that, the couple has split for the best for the both, but they have love and respect for each other and will be close friends. Wladimir said that, he respects Hayden a lot as a friend and person and believes that, they will remain friends even after their split.
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Shakira the Columbian singer has been honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday.

Shakira the Columbian singer has been honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday.
The Grammy Award winner Shakira has become the first ever Columbian to be honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. She got her name on the famous sidewalk, after she was presented with 2,454th star that is located in front of the W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. She now gets officially immortalized with a Star of Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The ‘Waka Waka’ singer was joined by her mother Nidia Ripoll, Eric Garcetti the City Councilman and hundreds of her screaming fans. On being honored, she said that, this is incredible and would like to thank everyone. The 34-year-old blonde entertainer during her speech added that, she would like to share the honor with her fans of the United States, who have listened, understood and supported her music all the time. She also dedicated her star to Hispanics in the States, whom she has described as a community that works and dreams every day, in making the country better.
The ‘Whenever, Wherever’ singer recalled that, she came to the Hollywood boulevard at her age of seven as a tourist. She also gushed that, her mother told her at that time that, she would have her name on this place one day and added that, if someone at that time have heard the conversation would have thought her as insane. After honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Shakira joins the Latinos like Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias. She got the honor a day before, she was awarded with 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year at the 12th Annual Tribute Gala at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Let’s congratulate Shakira on being honored with Star of Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton have got a baby nursery for them, in their new home of Kensington Palace of Princess Margaret

Prince William and Kate Middleton have got a baby nursery for them, in their new home of Kensington Palace of Princess Margaret.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning to move into Princess Margaret’s former apartment Kensington Palace, in order to make it their home, after the Queen has personally enabled them to live in it. However, the apartment needs renovation, which would cost around £1 million. The lavish apartment is a four-storey, 20-room apartment with a walled in garden, staff quarters and most importantly the baby nursery.
However, the couple would not be able to move into the palace until mid-2013, as it will be under renovations with redecorations, plumbing, electric rewiring and removal of asbestos. The home has not been occupied, since the death of Queen’s sister Princess Margaret in the year 2002. The lavish apartment includes a drawing room, dining room, garden room of Princess Margaret. The availability of the baby nursery might get the importance to the present reports that, Kate Middleton might be pregnant.
The reason behind the pregnancy speculations whirling around is that, the Duchess has softly refused to taste the peanut paste during the visit to a UNICEF aid depot in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. She did it because, the doctors generally recommend the pregnant women to avoid the peanuts and the peanut products, in order to be away from the allergies during their first stage of pregnancy. Do you think, the baby nursery at new home of Prince William and Kate Middleton indicates about the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge?
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Lady Gaga News :Halloween Edition

Welcome back to The Week in Gaga, written for those who like to keep up with the latest Gaga news, but hate wading through the hundreds of fluff stories written about her each week. The Week in Gaga brings you the most relevant and interesting Gaga news of the week, broken down into concise recaps. This week we're doing things a bit differently in honor of Halloween. Check out this week's Halloween-related Gaga news.
The smash hit "Gagaween," a Halloween-themed parody of Lady Gaga's wildest looks, is rapidly approaching 1 million views after only two weeks with a behind-the-scenes video set to be released soon. I managed to nab a brief interview with Hilly and Hanna Hindi, the comedy duo behind "Gagaween," which can be viewed here.
"Bloody Mary," another spooky and stylish Gaga-inspired YouTube video, continues to enjoy massive success. It has recently surpassed 2 million views and is on track to reach 2.5 million by the end of the week.
Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone are expected to be among the most popular Halloween costumes this year. has provided its readers with some humorous ideas for several musician-inspired Halloween Costumes including Gaga.
Gaga spent her Halloween weekend in India, performing after India's first Formula 1 Grand Prix. Gaga sang and danced to a stable of her hits, and even performed "Marry the Night" for the first time live. In addition to performing, Gaga also used her time in India to meet with fans and visit orphanages in and around New Delhi. Official footage of the concert is scheduled for release in early November.
Mother Monster has given all of her little monsters a very special Halloween surprise by releasing "Marry the Night" to radio this morning. You can support "Marry the Night" by purchasing a copy on itunes.
That's it for this week's edition of The Week in Gaga. Stay safe and have a happy Gagaween!
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Kim Kardashian has dared to speak the d-word (divorce)?

In today’s society, the news and social media landscape has been plagued with violence, endless discussion over a struggling economy and the protests in support of the 99% and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Let us take a break from this for more of the mind-numbing and puerile anecdotes of Kim Kardashian’s life.
As though it is a surprise to anyone, Kim Kardashian has dared to speak the d-word (divorce).
After a $20 million wedding in Montecito, California this past summer, Kardashian has decided that NBA player Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets is not the one for her.
Kardashian and Humphries began dating in October of last year and though it is perplexing they have for the most part dominated the gossip scene.
Apparently, there is sadness among fans of Kardashian and the NBA player as a couple. In that same respect, the very same people who are saddened by the split claim not to be surprised by it.
So… Why the sadness?
If people saw this coming, then what is there to be sad about? There are as many people out there who knew that this wouldn’t last as there are in the 99% category. Are they sad for Humphries? They can’t possibly be sad for Kardashian, there are plenty of other profitable relationships and potential marriages for her to run through, she’s still young and has her looks.
That’s right, the word profitable was used. Although the wedding had that $20 million price tag, neither Humphries nor Kardashian footed a dime for any of it and they made $17.9 million from the nuptials. The items included in the cost of this massive and massively ridiculous wedding were three $20,000 Vera Wang gowns, $400,000 worth of Perrier Jouet champagne which were given to guests for free, $10,000 wedding invitations from Lehr & Black and $750,000 in catering for 500 guests at the reception.
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Conrad Murray's Fate Is Now in Jury's Hands

A prosecutor Thursday asked jurors to convict Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter for conducting what he called "an obscene experiment" that killed Michael Jackson.

During closing arguments in the nearly six-week trial, Deputy Los Angeles District Attorney David Walgren said that Murray was not so much a doctor to Jackson as an employee. As such, Murray provided a service: administering the dangerous anesthetic propofol all night, every night, in Jackson's bedroom.

Walgren says that when the medical misadventure went awry on June 25, 2009 and Jackson stopped breathing, Murray delayed calling 911 so he could cover up the crime scene. Then, says the prosecutor, Murray withheld the fact that propofol was even involved from paramedics and emergency room doctors.

"Conrad Murray chose not to call 911 because he had other things on his mind – protecting Conrad Murray," Walgren told the seven men and five women on the jury. "He knew of his guilt and he was intentionally giving false and misleading statements."

It was an intense climax to the long-anticipated trial, and dozens of Jackson fans from around the world lined the courthouse hallway Thursday.

Inside Judge Michael Pastor's courtroom, Jackson's mother, Katherine and sister La Toya dabbed away tears as Walgren recalled the emotional impact of Jackson's death on the pop star's three children, who had been looking forward to seeing their father perform a 50-concert extravaganza in London.

"Paris … screamed, 'Daddy!' as she broke down in tears. Prince had a shocked look on his face and was crying," Walgren said. "This what Conrad Murray did not just to Michael Jackson, but to his children."

Defense: This Isn't Reality TV

But lead Murray defense attorney Ed Chernoff countered that the prosecution built a criminal case with no real evidence of a crime, and then tried to make the circumstances seem egregious, because the victim was a huge celebrity. He said there was ample evidence that Jackson gave himself extra doses of propofol and "a load of" the sedative lorazepam.

"They're asking you to convict Conrad Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," Chernoff said. "We've been dancing around it for two years. If it were anybody [other] than Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?"

He also accused the prosecution of playing on the jury's sympathies by unnecessarily identifying Jackson's children and discussing their reactions. He also said they demonized Murray by forcing his attractive, young mistress to testify needlessly about how the propofol was shipped to her Santa Monica apartment.

"There's no perfect villain and no perfect victim," Chernoff said. "I want you to take this case away from Michael Jackson. Let's put it in a psych hospital, into a hospital where a patient breaks into a cabinet; into a family situation where somebody overdoses. But if you're going to hold Dr. Murray responsible, don't do it because it's Michael Jackson."

"This isn't reality TV, this is reality, and the decisions you make will affect real human beings and the people who love them."
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Kristen Stewart's Breaking Dawn Sex Scene: Why It Was Reshot

Kristen Stewart has said herself that shooting the sex scene for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 with Robert Pattinson didn't feel like "a scene within a Twilight film" – and now, the anticipated movie's director explains why.

"[There are MPAA] guidelines on thrusting intercourse," Bill Condon told Celebuzz of the original scene shot for the PG-13 film. "[Kristen] got very into it."

Not only is the Twilight series teen-intended, but the scene itself, "was so much more about romance than it was about hot-and-heavy action," Condon told – so, taking out the part that would give it an 'R' rating "was a very kind of simple adjustment to make."

The Summit series's big three – Robert Pattinson, 25, Taylor Lautner, 19, and Stewart, 21 – spent Thursday morning in Hollywood, where they were honored at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with a hand and footprint ceremony.

Accompanied by everyone's parents, along with Stephenie Meyer and Jimmy Kimmel, the trio signed autographs, posed for personal pictures and greeted their screaming fans. But not before sticking their hands and feet into wet, black cement.

"This is so crazy for us," Stewart told the crowd. "I've been so enamored by this business, Hollywood. I think this is the coolest thing I've done in my life. I've grown up thinking that. I just love this business. This is insane that I'm doing this."

Calling the whole experience "ridiculous and amazing," Pattinson thanked the fans, acknowledging them for "driving this franchise forward."
READ MORE - Kristen Stewart's Breaking Dawn Sex Scene: Why It Was Reshot

Kim Kardashian Divorcing Kris Humphries?????

It was a whirlwind romance for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, and the attention certainly hasn't subsided since the reality star filed for divorce from her husband of 72 days.

While Kardashian, 31, headed to Australia for a long planned commitment, Humphries fled L.A. as well, heading for for the familiar territory of Minnesota, where he grew up and much of his family resides.

"He's getting through it day by day," says a source. "It's a tough situation."

While off the court during the NBA lockout, Humphries, 26, is staying focused on fitness and headed back to a local Minnesota gym Thursday, "for the first time," notes the source.

And as for all the backlash?

"It's not an easy position for anyone," says the source. "He's a gentleman and wants to make things right – the ring and any gift he gave her was out of love and he doesn't expect them back."

"He has made concerted efforts to try and return the gifts to their guests. They're figuring it all out."

Meanwhile, Kardashian is departing Australia shortly, canceling the Melbourne leg of her trip.

"She just couldn't handle it," a source tells PEOPLE. "This was in no way an easy thing for Kim to do and it's not easy on her now."
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