Porn star escorts

Posted by britney on April 15th, 2014 — Posted in Escort Agencies

Overview.

Are you a lover of porn? If you are, you no doubt love the porn stars involved in all the action-packed porn films. What you don’t know however, is that some of this porn stars work for escort industries. What this simply means is that you can get your favourite porn star escorts. All you do is pay the agreed fee and you will get your fantasies fulfilled by the pornstar of your dreams. This being a new kind of trend has been met by mixed reactions. Nonetheless, it is a good source of part-time earnings for the porn star escorts. On another level, it gives the clients, who are diehard fans of the pornstars a chance to have a taste of what they have been seeing in screens.

Advantages of hiring a pornstar escort in London.

Informed choices: having watched many films done by a particular pornstar, clients know exactly what that escort pornstar can offer. Whether it is sex styles or bi, lesbian or straight categories the client knows beforehand. This saves a lot of time in describing what one needs. As soon as the client gives the name of the porn star escort, she will be at his service when she`s free.

All a client needs is a bit of patience; Yes, patience. Patience comes in for the pornstar escorts in London are not always available. They have many commitments and most times the escort service is a part-time venture. If a man wants a particular escort, he has to wait till the agency she works for says she is available.

Superb service: having been in the industry for long, porn star escorts offer the best of service. A porn star escort is the kind of woman that has sex on her to-do list from morning to evening. This helps such escorts grow immensely matters sex. She knows almost all the sex styles and is willing to use them to satisfy client wants.

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This leads to better fulfillment as compared to being served by amateur escorts in the London escort industry. Pornstars have also dealt with a range of men. They therefore know the weakness of certain kind of men. Better still, they might have devised ways of tackling such issues. All in all, why not look here customers stands to benefit anytime he hires a pornstar escorts  London.

Less or no awkwardness: every time a client meets an escort for sex, there is that unavoidable feeling of awkwardness. Remember, you are meeting for the first someone you have never met before. Much less, you reason for meeting is not the best you could come up with. Face it! It’s natural to have that guilty feeling. Nevertheless, pornstar escort are people you have probably seen on-screen and in action. The award part of it is left to the pornstar. Being a professional, she will no doubt handle the situation well. As for the client he no longer has to suffer from the awkwardness of the situation.

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Conclusion.

Though limited, pornstar escorts in London are actually a good idea. The good thing is that you can get one by just conducting a search online. You can even ask your escort service agency whether they offer search services. If not, feel free to do a bit of research and your results will be rewarding. One thing however remains, not all pornstars are escorts. This needs be taken seriously as asking some pornstars whether they are escorts could sound offensive. To avoid this, confirm whether your pornstar of interest offers escort services before asking escort agencies for her services.

Low-priced but high-class London escorts

Posted by britney on March 10th, 2014 — Posted in Escort Agencies

With an increase in escort agencies service providers, competition is high. The various agencies involved in the trade, offer different prices. Competition without doubt has brought down the prices for hiring the services of an escort. You can now find pocket friendly charges at various escort agencies. Even those that offer low prices don’t necessarily provide low-class escorts. They are equally competitive.

What basically determines the rates is what the agencies take from their escorts` earnings. A majority take a high percentage of what their girls earn. However, those that take less end up charging the customer much less. One such agency is GB London escorts that offers girls at a flat rate of £200 . This is just among the many (though few) cheap agencies.

Whether you are in London for a business trip, a family man that wants adventure or a lonely bachelor, you have the services of London escort agencies at hand. The girls are surprisingly well-informed and they keep a meaningful conversation going. You will without doubt love their company. Some time spent with the gorgeous women is mind-blowing and takes you to a whole new level.

Better still, paying less doesn’t mean that you won’t get enough attention. On the contrary, you get the escort girl to satisfy all your sexual fancies. Up until the recent past, men took their eighteen year old sons for a “ride” with escort girls. This served to discourage their sons against infidelity and might as well have sparked the rise in escort services demand. Though no longer practised, some argue this worked to some extent.

One of the most popular agency offering this low-priced London escorts. Read on to find out what they offer. At Your escort agency, they charge a flat-rate fee of only £80. As stated earlier, this doesn’t insinuate that the escort service is poor. On the contrary they have girls that will make your knees tremble. What’s more the girls know how to serve a client. They take you through a mind-blowing experience that you will never forget. You can make booking by visiting London’s official website or calling them. All the information you need about them you will find it online. After all for the middle class man , this is the most popular escort agency in London.

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You might be wondering, how does GB London escorts and your escort agency manage to offer cheap escort service? Well, then answer is simple. At GB London escorts they charge there escorts a small fee. This is unlike other escort agencies that charge lump sums from what their escort earn. This way the escorts go home satisfied and love what they do. On the other hand the agency doesn’t have to ask too much from the client. This leads to all parties involved getting the best deal. The client also specifies the kind of woman they want. One would expect that with cheap fees there are no freedoms. No! This is not the case, at Your escort agency you get to choose as precisely as possible the kind of girl you want.

You find this too true to believe but it’s a fact. The £80 fee charged even cater s for transport. Yes, you heard me right! You don’t have to dig into your pockets to cater for transport. This is so if you are seeking out call services. The escort will come to your specified place and you want have to spend even a penny on transport. Pay the £80 charge, sit back, relax and wait for the escort to come to your service. What else would anyone want? This is no doubt one cheap escort agency. An added advantage is that they do not compromise high quality for money. Pay less and you still get services high in quality as those offered elsewhere.

Fox Valley Academy Of Music Performance Holds Holiday Concert

Posted by britney on October 2nd, 2013 — Posted in Uncategorized

Music to their ears! Scores of instruments donated to three Bronx schools

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Unfortunately it doesnt feel new. Like FutureSex and the first 20/20 album, the songs on 2 of 2 are long, but they arent as entertaining or as cohesive as his first effort. Some tracks sound like leftovers from past recording sessions, and dare we say it actually drag on. The album starts on the wrong note with Gimme What I Dont Know (I Want) and the nine-minute True Blood, both up-tempo songs that lack that Timberlake-esque spark and swag. The lead single, the disco number Take Back the Night, might be good for mere mortal pop stars, but compared to Timberlakes own lofty standards, disappoints. A better choice would have been the Drake-assisted Cabaret, which is smooth and has an addictive hook. Not all of 2 of 2 should be dismissed: You Got It On is soft slow jam listen and youll feel like youre on a cloud. And the midtempo Drink You Away is the discs most adventurous offering. It doesnt sound like anything else on the album: Its guitar driven with a strong backbeat, with a raw quality that makes it a bit indescribable and exhilarating. The multitalented Timberlake, one of a few who could get away with releasing two albums in a year (were still mad at One Direction for trying that that), is releasing dense music when most Top 40 listeners have short attention spans. The album runs 74 minutes, and the average song is six minutes.

Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance Holds Holiday Concert

CDT, October 1, 2013 On Sunday, December 8th, at 1:00pm, the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance and director, Gina Detienne, will perform a concert of holiday songs and other classical favorites. Sunday’s concert performance will include holiday carols by the Youth Strings, and Vivaldis Sinfonia in C by the Academy Orchestra. In addition, a presentation of Once upon a December from the movie Anastasia will be performed by both orchestras. Admission to the concert is free. The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora. (Parking lot is behind the church on Garfield Ave.). Donations are accepted. The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance is the umbrella organization for the Fox Valley Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will be performing a Do-It-Yourself (sing-along) Messiah and other holiday music at a 3:00pm concert. Both concerts are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information on this and future events, visit the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance website at www.fvacademy.org, or call 630-476-9072.

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Scores of instruments donated to three Bronx schools After-school orchestra program saved at Bronx Green Middle School, Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. By Jennifer H. Cunningham / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 5:28 PM Christie M Farriella/for New York Daily News Students (from left) Ashley Morillo, Kailey Maria, Samantha Torres and Genesis Gonzalez show off the donated instruments. Related Stories Readers sound off on North Korea, political corruption and the Holocaust Strike up the band! Kind-hearted New Yorkers donated 126 musical instruments to three Bronx schools after the Daily News highlighted educators efforts to restore dormant music programs. That is just a wonderful number, said Charles Johnson, principal of Bronx Green Middle School, which will share the music makers with Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. We hope well get 126 kids interested. RELATED: BRONX SCHOOLS TO GET DONATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS The equipment includes accordions, a keyboard, a tuba, clarinets, saxophones, trombones and French horns and theyll help revive the schools after-school music program, which were hurt by a massive cut in arts education during the Bloomberg administration. Administrators at all three schools have set aside money to hire a music teacher for the after-school orchestra and students cant wait to tune up. Its very nice, said future drum player Kaylee Maria, 11, a sixth grader at Bronx Park Middle School. They are so generous with their instruments so kids can learn how to play music. All three schools still need string and percussion instruments. To donate, email BxParkEast@gmail.com or call (347) 654-7044. jcunningham@nydailynews.com

Vikings Get First Win, Steelers Don’t In Nfl’s London Showcase

Posted by britney on October 2nd, 2013 — Posted in Uncategorized

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“It makes your job a lot easier. Those guys made plays all night.” Not to be outdone, Peterson ran for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter. PHOTOS: The NFL goes international NFL titans Troy Polamalu (43) of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings met Sept. 29 as the NFL returned to London and Wembley Stadium. The Vikes outlasted the Steelers 34-27, thanks in large part to Peterson’s efforts. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports There were other types of titans overlooking the grounds outside Wembley. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota was designated the “home” team, and the Viking theme seemed to resonate with local fans. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Like the preceding games at Wembley, the Steelers-Vikings contest proved a tough ticket after quickly selling out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Naturally, cheerleaders were a big component of the fanfare. Matt Dunham, AP Hand over hearts for the Vikes cheerleaders. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Gene Simmons, best known as the bassist of rock group KISS, sang the American national anthem. Sang Tan, AP Vikings WR Greg Jennings celebrates a 70-yard TD catch from backup QB Matt Cassel. Matt Dunham, AP Jennings would haul in a 16-yard scoring strike from Cassel later in the day and got mobbed by his teammates as Minnesota’s lead was extended to 34-17. Matt Dunham, AP Cassel ended up with 248 yards and two TD passes in his first-ever start for the Vikes. Julian Finney, Getty Images Steelers rookie RB Le’Veon Bell made his NFL debut in the game and vaulted into the end zone for his first professional TD in the opening quarter. Bell hit paydirt again in the third quarter. Sang Tan, AP Peterson got loose himself, galloping 60 yards for the Vikings’ second touchdown before halftime. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson got loose himself, galloping 60 yards for the Vikings’ second touchdown before halftime. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota didn’t salt away the victory until DE Everson Griffen (97) strip-sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with 19 seconds remaining in regulation. Matt Dunham, AP Fullscreen The league has been featuring its product abroad for decades and is increasing the visibility of players overseas. Vikings Jared Allen (69) and Kevin Williams (93) and Pittsburgh’s Ramon Foster were among those who jetted over to the United Kingdom in July to serve as NFL ambassadors. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Big Ben poses in front of Big Ben. Yes, Roethlisberger did his share of offseason promotional work in London, including this shot in front of his namesake, to market the league. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Fullscreen The Jaguars and 49ers will meet in London on Oct. 27, marking the first time two games have been played there in the same season. The Jaguars will “host” a game in England each of the next four seasons as owner Shad Khan tries to expand the team’s international footprint. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Six-year-old Wembley Stadium has become the NFL’s primary European venue. It holds approximately 84,500 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Local fan flavor can also permeate the field. Streeter Lecka, Getty Images The NFL supplies mascots to the scene. Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP You’ll find them off the field. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP And where there are mascots, there are usually cheerleaders. USA TODAY Sports Lots and lots of them. Tom Shaw, Getty Images The Bucs cheerleaders performed better than their team in 2011. Elsa, Getty Images 49ers cheerleaders worked fan events during the week. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before rooting on the team Sunday. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009.

Tribeca Said to Buy London Mayfair Property for $211 Million

The site in the citys Mayfair district has nine stores, as well as offices and apartments with 53,000 square feet (4,925 square meters) of space opposite Selfridges department store on Oxford Street, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The sale will be the second-largest mixed-use property deal in Londons West End district this year, according to data compiled by broker H2SO Property Consultants. The buildings at 431-451 Oxford Street will be bought from Structadene Ltd., the London-based developer founded by entrepreneur David Pearl, according to the people. Tribeca, managed by Irish investor Aidan Brooks, invests in prime real estate and advises high-net-worth family offices in New York and London. Structadene and Tribeca declined to comment. The property is about 175 yards (160 meters) from the Bond Street high-speed Crossrail station thats due to open in 2018 and will connect the neighborhood to Heathrow Airport and the Canary Wharf financial district. Developers including Great Portland Estates Plc (GPOR) and Henderson Global Investors Ltd. have been buying sites near the stations, betting they will be more attractive to tenants when Crossrail trains start running. The property being bought by the venture is about half the length of Selfridges, Britains second-biggest department store after Harrods. To contact the reporter on this story Neil Callanan in London at ncallanan@bloomberg.net . To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net . More News:

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The scandal led Madrid-based IOSCO to study how Libor, which was rigged by British banks, including Barclays (BARC.L), and other money market benchmarks should be supervised and how they are set, to restore market confidence. Libor is the estimated interest rate set daily by leading London banks at which they would be charged when borrowing from other banks. The GOFO rate is the gold equivalent to Libor, at which dealers will lend gold on swap against U.S. dollars. “Going forward, the GOFO service has to conform to some principles, therefore we have to look at how the data is collected, how it’s recorded, who is administrating it,” LBMA Chairman David Gornall told Reuters in an interview. “And we could either charge member banks more money or if the market decides that they don’t need to spend more money on regulatory affairs (because) as they already pay someone to do that… then the GOFO might not exist.” Gornall added that the alternative for the LBMA would be to carry on with the Good Delivery List, the Responsible Gold Guidance on ethical gold production, refining and assaying, the annual conference, publishing the dedicated quarterly journal the Alchemist but not the regulatory side. The Good Delivery rules specify the physical characteristics of bars used in settlement in the wholesale London bullion market. PRICE ENVIRONMENT Gold prices have fallen by a fifth this year, hurt by speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to rein in its bullion-friendly quantitative easing (QE) policy, a major driver of the record-high prices seen in recent years. QE put pressure on long-term interest rates, keeping the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding gold at rock bottom, while stoking fears of rampant inflation in the years to come. Gold dropped $200 an ounce in two days in April in its sharpest slide in 30 years, and investors started to divest gold as a result, unwinding nearly 700 tonnes of ETF holdings so far, while central bank buying more than halved.

London Drugs Wins Canadian Stewardship Award

They work with their buyers and suppliers to improve their product stewardship responsibilities by communicating with customers in-store and online with a dedicated website , blogs , videos and social media.” London Drugs’ Administrator of Retail Operations, Maury McCausland, accepted the award from McKenney, on behalf of the thousands of London Drugs employees and customers that have helped make ‘What’s the Green Deal’ a stewardship success story. “Being recognized at the national level is a testament to the enthusiastic support of our employees and customers who continue to help London Drugs succeed with our innovative recycling and waste diversion efforts,” says McCausland. We are proud of the achievements of our employees and customers in reducing waste, but we realize the journey to sustainability is one that never ends. That’s why ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ is a question we will continue to ask ourselves, even as we endeavor to answer it.” London Drugs recently celebrated a milestone achievement across its western Canadian chain with the removal of a waste disposal bin at the St. Albert , Alberta store which has achieved a near 100 per cent waste diversion rate. The chain’s overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. Individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015. To see what products can be recycled through London Drugs, or to learn more about these eco-friendly services and products visit the website at www.greendeal.ca . About London Drugs Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 78 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com . London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business.

Adhd Pill Faces High Hurdle In Europe As Stigma Persists

Posted by britney on October 2nd, 2013 — Posted in Uncategorized

Parents are loath to get their child labeled. Children are easy or difficult, thats the diagnosis in society. Slowing Growth Increasing the diagnosis would be lucrative for Shire, which had $1.8 billion in ADHD drug revenue last year. Vyvanse contributed $1 billion of that, surging 28 percent, and analysts predict the pills sales will reach $1.77 billion in 2016, according to the average estimate compiled by Bloomberg. Growth in Vyvanse prescriptions has been slowing this year, in part because the drug already won so many patients last year, Deutsche Bank AG analysts said last month. Shires stock has returned 33 percent this year including reinvested dividends, outpacing the 21 percent return for the Bloomberg Europe Pharmaceutical Index. The treatment, called Elvanse in Europe, became available this year in the U.K., Ireland, Denmark and Germany , and will reach the market in Spain, Finland , Sweden and Norway in early 2014 as the company reaches agreements with governments on pricing and reimbursement for the medicine. The next year to two years is going to be a significant educational effort on our part, Chief Executive Officer Flemming Ornskov said in an interview in May, referring to Vyvanse in the European market. The climate in Europe is a bit more negative. It will take us some time. Ritalin, Concerta Vyvanse, a once-a-day medicine, has an edge over other drugs because its long acting, releasing its active ingredient slowly into the bloodstream, according to Shire. Methylphenidate, the main ingredient in drugs sold by Novartis AG as Ritalin and Johnson & Johnson as Concerta, is the most commonly prescribed ADHD medicine in the region. Shires Adderall, Adderall XR and their generic equivalents — not approved in Europe — account for about 41 percent of U.S. prescriptions. Before gaining sales, Shire must first face the uphill battle of getting the disorder acknowledged and then diagnosed.

Windows Phone gains ground in Europe

Contrast that with the United States, which acted as a benign hegemon at the end of World War II embarking on the Marshall Plan; subsequently it was acclaimed as the leader of the free world and enjoyed the lasting allegiance of Europe. Current German attitudes are also in sharp contrast with the attitude prevailing at the time of German reunification. At that time Germany became the engine of European integration in order to achieve that goal. On the economic front the austerity policy advocated by Germany proved to be counterproductive. Every euro of reduction in the fiscal deficit caused more than a euro of reduction in GDP in other words the fiscal multiplier turned out to be more than one. The German public found that difficult to understand. The fiscal reforms introduced by the Schroeder government were successful; why should a policy that worked for Germany not work for Europe? The reason is that the Schroeder government operated in an inflationary environment and the current environment is deflationary. It took a long time for the European authorities to recognize this fact but eventually they did and they stopped imposing additional austerity measures. That relieved the downward pressure and allowed the Eurozone to hit bottom and the financial crisis to abate. The Eurozone is now in a mild rebound led by Germany but the heavily indebted countries are lagging behind. The divergence is largely due to their higher debt burden and the higher cost of money. Since these are recurrent, the divergence is bound to get wider with the passage of time.

GEORGE SOROS: Europe’s Nightmare Is Getting Worse, And Only Germany Can Make It Stop

September 30, 2013 10:55 AM PDT (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) As you might expect, new research out today shows that Android is Europe’s favorite smartphone OS by a wide mile. But Windows Phone is turning into a serious contender. According to figures out Monday from researchers Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, Android featured on just over 70 percent of smartphones sold in the three months up to August across Europe’s five biggest markets: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Equally unsurprisingly, iOS is in second position with 16 percent of the smartphone market in Europe — a year over year rise of around two percentage points for both operating systems. Windows Phone, meanwhile, continues to grow its share in the five countries, hitting 9.2 percent — around double its 5.1 percent share for the same period last year. The jump has been fueled by significant gains in the three major European markets: France, Germany, and Great Britain. In the latter, its share has risen from 4.5 percent a year ago to 12 percent today, while in Germany it’s grown from 3.8 percent to 8.8 percent — the first time it’s hit double-digit share in either country. In Germany, that puts Windows Phone only one percentage point behind iOS in market share. Related posts Apple revives in-store pickup for iPhone 5S “Windows Phone’s latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia’s expansion into the low- and midrange market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16- to 24-year-olds and 35- to 49-year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone,” Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said in a statement. And despite recent turbulence and a proposed $7.2 billion takeover by Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone’s main hardware champion, is growing its own market share across some of Europe’s biggest markets. (Nokia accounted for four in five of all Windows Phone device sales across the five markets.) For the three months to the end of August, Nokia bagged 7.8 percent of all smartphone sales, up from 6.9 percent a year ago, inching up on third-place Sony, whose share stands at 8.2 percent, a slight rise over a year ago.

New York Mayoral Hopeful Discusses Father’s Suicide

Posted by britney on October 2nd, 2013 — Posted in Uncategorized

New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio speaks after receiving the endorsement of former mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a press conference at City Hall in New York September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

2, 1985 A warehouse fire in Passaic, N.J., destroys most of the companys costumes, except for the current seasons productions, which were at the New York State Theater. Sept. 2, 1988 Conductor Christopher Keene selected to replace Sills as general director starting in March 1989. Keene had been music director from 1983-86. Sept. 13-Nov. 18, 1989 A strike by Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians forces cancellation of the remainder of the season, which began July 6. An agreement is announced the day before the season had been scheduled to end. April 15, 1993 Wilson resigns as chairman and is succeeded as co-chairmen by lawyer Irwin Schneiderman, the company president, and Lloyd Rigler, the vice chairman, who lives in Los Angeles. Feb. 9, 1994 Keene announces the company will return to separate fall and spring seasons starting with the 1994-95 season. Oct. 8, 1995 Keene dies. Jan.

New York boaters now have to take 8-hour safety course

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Coast Guard photo ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Starting May 2014, motor-boaters will have to complete an eight-hour boat safety course and get a certificate to operate on New York waterways. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the boat safety legislation into law on Friday. It will be phased in over several years, applying initially to anyone 18 or younger and eventually to all boaters. First-time violators could get a fine of $100 to $250. The new law was proposed in the aftermath of fatal boating accidents last year on Long Island and upstate. In the Long Island accident, three children drowned when a cabin cruiser capsized following a July 4th fireworks display. In the other accident, a father and two sons died on Oneida Lake when a boat’s driver was distracted by fireworks and hit a channel marker. Didn’t find what you were looking for? All content Copyright 2000 – 2013 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.

A pharaonic artefact is on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo September 30, 2013. An exhibition displaying recovered artefacts which were stolen from the museum by looters during the country

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:38pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio revealed on Monday that his father took his own life in 1979 after a long struggle with alcoholism and late-stage cancer. Speaking about a difficult personal situation weeks before the November 5 general election, de Blasio, who has a wide lead in the race to follow Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall, said he had learned “very powerful personal lessons” from his father’s demise but that it was “tough stuff to make sense of to this day.” De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, issued a statement about his father’s death to pre-empt a New York Post article about the suicide, which was published soon after. He gave a long interview to New York’s public radio station afterwards. “We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn’t expect it to be this way,” he said. “And there had been such sorrow around it.” De Blasio said he did not intend to discuss it further. “I think some things still need to be respected about families and I think it’s fair that I that I would answer these questions for one person and explain the situation for one person,” he said. “But after that I don’t have any intention to talk about it any more.” “This particular piece is just particularly painful and difficult and wasn’t something I felt real comfortable talking about,” he said. De Blasio is due to face Republican Joe Lhota, a former deputy under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Recent polls show that de Blasio is favored by about two-thirds of city voters. De Blasio’s father, Warren Wilhelm, volunteered to fight in World War Two and was at Okinawa, one of the war’s bloodiest episodes. De Blasio said he saw little of his father after his parents separated and described his father’s drunkenness as a “consistent reality.” Wilhelm, 61 and sick with late-stage cancer, shot himself in a Connecticut hotel in 1979.

Music Review: Justin Timberlake’s 2nd Album This Year Doesn’t Match His Previous Efforts

Posted by britney on October 2nd, 2013 — Posted in Uncategorized

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs YouTube to stage its own music awards show Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 12:01 a.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Guests will range from Lady Gaga to YouTube violin phenom Lindsey Stirling. Lady Gaga chats with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Bravo) Story Highlights The inaugural awards show will air live from New York on Nov. 3 – on YouTube, of course Jason Schwartzman will host Seven awards will be handed out based solely on online voting SHARE 246 CONNECT 152 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE If YouTube has proven anything over the past eight years, it’s that humans are big-time voyeurs. And one of the things we like to watch most is music. From a pre-teen Justin Bieber starting a revolution from his bathroom to Psy making the world realize we all love Korean hip-hop, YouTube has launched artists that a few decades ago might never have broken out of their own backyards. To celebrate that power, the mother of all video platforms announced Tuesday that it would throw its first-ever YouTube Music Awards show on Nov. 3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love.

A pharaonic artefact is on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo September 30, 2013. An exhibition displaying recovered artefacts which were stolen from the museum by looters during the country

The album starts on the wrong note with Gimme What I Dont Know (I Want) and the nine-minute True Blood, both up-tempo songs that lack that Timberlake-esque spark and swag. The lead single, the disco number Take Back the Night, might be good for mere mortal pop stars, but compared to Timberlakes own lofty standards, disappoints. A better choice would have been the Drake-assisted Cabaret, which is smooth and has an addictive hook. Not all of 2 of 2 should be dismissed: You Got It On is soft slow jam listen and youll feel like youre on a cloud. And the midtempo Drink You Away is the discs most adventurous offering. It doesnt sound like anything else on the album: Its guitar driven with a strong backbeat, with a raw quality that makes it a bit indescribable and exhilarating. The multitalented Timberlake, one of a few who could get away with releasing two albums in a year (were still mad at One Direction for trying that that), is releasing dense music when most Top 40 listeners have short attention spans. The album runs 74 minutes, and the average song is six minutes. Thats not to say Timberlake shouldnt challenge listeners with his music he did it magically with the electro-pop flavor of FutureSex before dance music made its comeback, and 20/20 did not conform to radio standards either. But even for those people who can deal with more than 140 characters and three-minute songs that includes me 2 of 2 doesnt challenge enough, and we want and expect more from one of musics best all-around entertainers, especially when the original 20/20 Experience still has more so much more to offer. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu at http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Do I love what its turned into? No, not all the way. Its a little embarrassing when people outside of the genre ask what I sing and I say country. You automatically get a negative response, a cheese factor My favorite compliment ever is when someone says, I hate country music but I love your music. June 5: Nelly closes the CMT Awards Appearing alongside newcomers Florida Georgia Line, the rapper helped end the ceremony in the performance slot typically reserved for super-established country acts. Granted, Cruise was a truly massive hit, but country is a very tradition-minded genre, and it was surprising that Florida Georgia Line got to close the show much less close it with the pop remix of their song featuring a rapper. June 8: Lenny Kravtiz flicks off crowds at CMA Fest Nelly wasnt the only non-country star at the CMT Awards. Kravitz was there too, and a few days later the rocker appeared as a surprise guest at CMA Fest. But when the crowd proved uninterested in his non-country set (which ran longer than some scheduled performers), Kravitz got increasingly frustrated as he tried to win them over. In the end, he stomped off the stage, middle fingers raised in the air. The whole thing was rather painful to watch. Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly questioned CMA Fests intentions in hiring Kravitz in the first place: There is nothing discernible in his brand of music that makes it a natural fit for a country music festival. And the bewildered response of the crowd on Saturday night proved just that, especially during Lennys laborious set-ending rendition of 1989s Let Love Rule. In the end, it felt like a transparent attempt by our genre to gain a credibility it feels it is lacking. But why? Does country have a cool complex? Were happy to share some of its light and warmth with Lenny Kravitz and with whatever other pop, rock or rap artist who wants to come to the party, but, please, country music, dont feel as if you need a rock star in order to be cool. You already are. June 11: Naomi Judd slams CMT Awards, says they disrespected George Jones In a letter to The Tennessean, the veteran country star took CMT to task for its 26-second tribute to George Jones and for incorporating many non-country acts (like Nelly and Lenny Kravitz) into the CMT Awards.

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The band’s new Modern Vampires of the City contains enough smart, bouncy music that at least one song is sure to get “Horchata” out of everyone’s head. Yeah, it’s tempting to write these guys off as arrogant hacks that can happen when bands lose their “indie” cool and gain widespread popularity (or when the band members happen to all dress like arrogant hacks). But if you resist that temptation, this promises to be a tight and entertaining show. Tuesday, October 8, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921) Twin Forks Once upon a time, I bought a record by Dashboard Confessional. Then I grew up and became a real person, and I forgot all about them. Many moons later, Dashboard frontman Chris Carrabba formed a new band called Twin Forks (alongside members of the Narrative, Bad Books and Manchester Orchestra), and that group has re-emerged with a sound that’s a lot closer to Americana than to emo. Twin Forks focuses on old-fashioned foot-stomping, mandolin-picking music, and you know what? It’s actually pretty good. Carrabba’s voice is well-suited to spirited folk rock almost suspiciously so, given the chorus-sing-along craze driven by Mumford & Sons. Still, one thing is sure: Unlike most young alt-folk bands making similarly themed music, Twin Forks has the benefit of knowing what to do with its instruments. Thursday, October 3, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179) Papa If you ask the Internet, Papa is going to be the next big thing in indie music.

Who Killed The Halloween Horror Movies?

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SEE ALSO: Government shutdown begins as gridlocked Congress gives up 2. The Simpsons Movie (2007) Its expected that the Environmental Protection Agency would be crippled in a shutdown. Idled stewards of the environment might enjoy the feature film debut of TVs most enduring clan, in which Homer accidentally pollutes Springfields water supply, giving EPA regulators the opportunity to isolate the entire town in a giant dome. 3. The Right Stuff (1983) Failure to reach agreement on a funding bill would by some estimates put almost all of NASAs 18,000 employees out of work. Sidelined federal aerospace workers can relive their glory years with this epic adaptation of Tom Wolfes best-selling history of the U.S. space program. Its just a movie but so what? Under the Obama administration the U.S. space program is mostly history anyway. 4. Armageddon (1998) Alternatively, NASAs non-essentials can take vicarious pleasure in this Michael Bay blockbuster about a crew of NASA recruits who save the planet from annihilation by a Texas-sized asteroid headed our way.

Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: ‘I don’t talk about what I do with my vagina’

This time the ex-federal agent has to take down a madman revolutionary/arms dealer who wants to start a worldwide war. Director: Bill Condon Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney Plot: Wikileaks gets its film revelation with Cumberbatch portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Bruhl his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel (Bruhl) as they turn an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely contested organization. Director: Randall Miller Stars: Alan Rickman ,: Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint Plot: This feature film tells the three-chord true story of Hilly Kristal (Rickman), who opened a New York club for country, bluegrass and blues artists but instead, thanks to the bands that came through his doors such as Blondie and Talking Heads, became a godfather for the nascent punk-rock movement of the 1970s. Friday, Oct. 11 Director: Carlo Carlei Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis Plot: Shakespeare’s classic forbidden-love story comes to life in an adaptation by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes with True Grit standout Steinfeld getting hot and heavy with Booth. Friday, Oct. 11 ‘I Will Follow You into the Dark’ Director: Mark Edwin Robinson Stars: Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold, Leah Pipes Plot: A young woman (Barton) fights to find her beloved boyfriend (Eggold) who has been taken by paranormal forces. Friday, Oct. 11 Directors: Murray Wais, Steve Winter, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, Rob Bruce Plot: The adventurous life of extreme skiier Shane McConkey is explored in a documentary. Friday, Oct. 11 Mike Osborne, The Weinstein Company ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Anson Mount Plot: The 2006 horror flick finally getting a release stars Heard as a shy outsider invited to spend the weekend at a secluded ranch house targeted by a killer stalker.

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She credits James Cameron casting her inAvatarfor helping her reset her course. It was really cool of Jim to grab my hand when nobody believed in me, she says. They thought I was going to be this loser, this party animal, and he just grabbed my hand and pulled me in. Cameron says he wasnt worried about her reputation: I dont care about any of that stuff as long as it doesnt come to my set. I wrote this character [inAvatar] with her in mind, and I was really over the moon when she jumped on board. And I dont know anybody who came out of the shoot without an abiding affection for who she is as a person. The character of Trudy has this amazing integrity, and thats who Michelle is. I mean, Im kind of kicking myself today that I killed her off. Machete Killsdirector Robert Rodriguez had the foresight to bring her back for his sequel and was actually pleased to see shed tinkered with his script. She just comes in and says, Here, I want to saythis. Then I read it, and Im like, Yes, please. Shes just a blast. Everyone wants to edit on her scenes because there are so many great takes and great lines. The actress says she gets grief for not making more movies with Latin filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez: Most Latin directors dont understand female empowerment at all. Culturally theyre in the archaic caveman days. That said, shed love to create a Latina superhero. She should be, like, a South American Amazon princess, she says.

Russia Says Assad Could Talk To Moderate Rebels

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As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia’s shadow looms

The recent diplomacy that averted a U.S. strike on Syria underscored the extent to which Moscows steadfast support for its last remaining Arab ally has helped reassert Russias role. Russian President Vladimir Putin has emerged as the world leader with the single biggest influence over the outcome of a raging war that is threatening the stability of the wider region, winning concessions from both President Bashar al- U.S. commander says he is wary of Kim Jong Un Craig Whitlock Outgoing general, who led U.S. troops in S. Korea, says Kim is clearly in charge, despite his youth. In twist on growth plan, Japan PM commits to tax hike Chico Harlan Shinzo Abe says Japan will go ahead with a sales tax planned for April but pair it with new stimulus spending. Craig Whitlock Defense secretary: Lawyers are reviewing which civilian employees can be deemed essential. Less conspicuously, Russia has been nurturing new alliances and reviving old friendships further afield, reaching out to countries long regarded as being within the American sphere of influence in ways that echo the superpower rivalries of the Cold War era. Those countries include Egypt and Iraq, traditional Arab heavyweights that have been exploring closer ties with Moscow at a time when the Obama administration has signaled a reluctance to become too deeply embroiled in the regions turmoil. In his address to the United Nations last week , Obama stressed that he does not regard the Middle East or the conflict in Syria as an arena of competition with Washingtons bygone foe. This is not a zero-sum endeavor. We are no longer in a Cold War. Theres no Great Game to be won, Obama said, referring to an earlier period of big-power rivalry in which the British Empire and Russias czars vied for influence across Central Asia. Whether Russia is equally determined not to compete with the United States in the strategically vital region is in question, however, Arab analysts say.

“I do not rule out that the armed opposition, if it does not stand for extremist or terrorist views, could very well be represented,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. “By the way, this is something that President Assad has said as well.” World powers agreed last month to schedule the first direct negotiations between Assad’s regime and the rebels in Geneva in mid-November. The so-called Geneva 2 talks follow a failed round of negotiations between world powers over the crisis in the same city in June 2012. Russia has backed Assad’s government throughout the 30-month conflict and is the chief architect of a Syrian chemical weapons disarmament plan that was backed by the United Nations Security Council following the August 21 nerve agent attack near Damascus. This year’s Geneva meeting has been repeatedly delayed because of disagreements between Moscow and the West about who should be party to the talks. Lavrov stressed that it was up to Western and Arab governments to make sure that representatives of the armed opposition agreed to attend the Geneva meeting despite growing differences among their ranks. But he questioned whether the West could manage to do this by November. “Until recently, we expected our Western partners, who committed themselves to bring the opposition to the conference, that they would be able to do this fairly quickly,” Lavrov said. “But they did not manage to do it quickly. I do not know if they will manage to do it by the middle of November.”

Russia doubts mid-November date for Syria peace talks

In the near-term, Europe needs help in addressing crime countries such as Moldova lie on important trafficking routes toward the EU. In the Caucasus, territorial disputes such as that between Armenia and Azerbaijan could hurt Europe’s energy aims and pull it into conflict with Russia. “The fundamental interest in the eastern partnership is to have a zone of stability to the east of the European Union and not be faced with state failure … in which case there could be spillover into the EU,’ said Michael Leigh, a senior adviser with the General Marshall Fund in Brussels. PAY THE PRICE But for all its planning, Europe also knows retribution, in the shape of an energy squeeze, is likely from Russia. Moscow, which has a long-standing disagreement with Ukraine over gas, has said it will raise Ukraine’s gas prices and officials do not rule out it doing the same for the EU, which gets nearly 40 percent of its gas from Russia. Moscow has in the past, during disputes with Ukraine, cut off the flow to EU member states, several of which are entirely dependent on Russia’s supplies, and could do so again. “We would not be surprised if they play the gas card, it’s among the factors we are taking into account,” said the EU official involved in the Ukraine negotiations. But the EU’s calculation also is that Russia, which relies on Europe for revenue from its gas, will not impose restrictive measures for very long. Knowing the immediate retaliatory impact of the association agreement will be felt first in Ukraine, where living standards are well below the EU average, Brussels is ready to take steps to support the country. These include allowing the free-trade benefits to kick in immediately rather than Kiev having to wait until all 28 EU members have ratified the agreement. For Ukraine, with its economy based on steel, chemicals and agricultural products, free trade with a bloc of 500 million European consumers and businesses is a huge boon. But while the association agreement will bring extensive trade benefits and in time a deal on visas, Ukraine is seen as too different in too many respects to join the list of countries in line to join the European Union any time soon. In that respect, Ukraine faces years in a twilight zone.

Russia seeks to fill vacuum in the Middle East

“Until recently we hoped our Western partners, who undertook to bring the opposition to the conference, could do it quite quickly, but they were unable to do it quickly, and I don’t know whether they will be able to do so by mid-November,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. A pledge by the Syrian government to abandon chemical arms has increased prospects for the peace conference, proposed by Russia and the United States in May, to go ahead. U.N. Security Council powers hope it can be held in mid-November. Lavrov said it must be organized soon since “radicals and jihadists are strengthening their positions” in Syria. “The task is to not lose any more time, and to bring to the negotiating table with the government those opposition groups that … think not about creating a caliphate in Syria or just seizing power and using it at their will, but about the fate of their country,” Lavrov said after meeting Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Lavrov also called into question the thoroughness of a U.N. chemical weapons mission after suggesting that it had not examined a site outside of Aleppo where Russia and the Syrian government say rebel forces likely used chemical weapons. “The commission recently returned (to Syria) and already announced that it finished its work and is returning to New York,” said Lavrov. “As far as I understand, they examined several more places where there are claims chemical weapons were used near Damascus. And as before, the commission did not travel to the outskirts of Aleppo, where a serious incident of the use of chemical weapons occurred on March 19.” Syrian rebels blame Assad’s government for that attack. Russian experts visited the location earlier this year and took samples of material from the site that were later analyzed at a Russian laboratory certified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Russia’s U.N. envoy said previously.

London’s Hot Indian Restaurant Serves Up Cool Cocktails

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Tribeca Said to Buy London Mayfair Property for $211 Million

What the Stars Mean: **** Incomparable food, service, ambience *** First-class of its kind. ** Good, reliable. * Fair. (No stars) Poor. Sound-Level Chart (in decibels): 65-70: Office noise. 70-75: Starbucks. 75-80: London street. 80-85: Alarm clock at closest range. 85-90: Passing bus. 85-95: Tube train. (Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants awards.

The Bucs are 0-3 and have lost eight of their last nine games. Mikes our starting quarterback from this point forward, Schiano saidRevis uncle Sean Gilbert, a former NFL defensive lineman, has written a 23,000-word e-book The $29 Million Tip, in which he discusses the issues he has with the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011. He ends the book with a campaign speech to lead the union, I want to announce my candidacy to be the next Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, a position currently held by DeMaurice Smith, whose term expires in 2015. Smith has made no indication he wants to give up the job. RG3S SLIDE Robert Griffin III is off to a rough start with the Redskins at 0-3, and now hes having trouble executing a slide to keep himself safe. He lost a fumble last week sliding headfirst, when QBs should be sliding feet first. What to do? RG3 has proposed that Bryce Harper give him a hand on how to handle his feet. I mean, if Bryce wants to do that, Im definitely up for that, Griffin said. Bryce, we can do that if you want to, buddy. Maybe the Harper-Griffin tutorial will go better than when Rex Ryan brought in Joe Girardi to teach rookie Mark Sanchez how to slide in 2009. A few days later in Toronto, Sanchez dove head first and hurt his knee, forcing him to miss a gameBy the way, huge things were expected of the Redskins this season, and because Daniel Snyder is the owner, you have to figure Mike Shanahans job security is a little shaky. Shanahan is in the fourth year of a five-year $35 million deal. At the end of the season, Snyder will either extend his deal or fire him.

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The site in the citys Mayfair district has nine stores, as well as offices and apartments with 53,000 square feet (4,925 square meters) of space opposite Selfridges department store on Oxford Street, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The sale will be the second-largest mixed-use property deal in Londons West End district this year, according to data compiled by broker H2SO Property Consultants. The buildings at 431-451 Oxford Street will be bought from Structadene Ltd., the London-based developer founded by entrepreneur David Pearl, according to the people. Tribeca, managed by Irish investor Aidan Brooks, invests in prime real estate and advises high-net-worth family offices in New York and London. Structadene and Tribeca declined to comment. The property is about 175 yards (160 meters) from the Bond Street high-speed Crossrail station thats due to open in 2018 and will connect the neighborhood to Heathrow Airport and the Canary Wharf financial district. Developers including Great Portland Estates Plc (GPOR) and Henderson Global Investors Ltd. have been buying sites near the stations, betting they will be more attractive to tenants when Crossrail trains start running. The property being bought by the venture is about half the length of Selfridges, Britains second-biggest department store after Harrods. To contact the reporter on this story Neil Callanan in London at ncallanan@bloomberg.net . To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net . More News: