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Subject: Lara Dutta sues magazine

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Date Posted: 04/ 3/05 7:40:01am

Lara Dutta sues magazine

Mumbai (PTI): Former Miss Universe and actor Lara Dutta has filed a suit in Bombay High Court against a magazine for allegedly using her photographs for the promotion of a forthcoming modelling contest.

Dutta claimed that the lifestyle and fashion magazine, Gladrags, was using her pictures without permission thereby violating copyright laws.

Gladrags contended that it had purchased Dutta’s photographs from a photographer who claimed he had the licence to use the photographs in any manner.

Janak Dwarkadas, counsel for the magazine, said Gladrags used the photographs only after the photographer gave in writing that the pictures could be used for publication.

The photographer has not been made a party to the suit, Dwarkadas added. “It is also learnt that there is some agreement between Dutta and the photographer. The said agreement was also not produced before the court,” he said.

Justice D.G. Karnik on Friday adjourned the matter for hearing on Tuesday and directed the magazine not to use the pictures till then.

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Subject: New Miss Guyana/Universe will be crowned tonight

Stabroek News
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Date Posted: 04/ 3/05 1:46:41am

Sunday, April 3rd 2005
The hour is at hand for delegates of the Miss Guyana Universe pageant. The 14 delegates will take to the stage at the National Cultural Centre tonight in a much-anticipated showdown that has been twice delayed.

Stabroek News profiles the last five candidates today.

Chelan Yhap: Her name may not be a household one yet, but Yhap has been the new poster pin-up girl on the local scene for several months and there is no stopping her. She is the most sought-after model on the local catwalk and with her magazine cover looks, it is not hard to see why. At age 19, she is already a professional dancer and model with hopes of being a diplomat someday. But, this beauty is not all glitz and glamour; she likes extreme sports and was once captain of the volleyball team at St Joseph High. An ardent debater, Yhap does animated drawings when she is not dancing, modelling or studying. Very modestly, she said she never thought there would have been so much hype about her being in the pageant and also being compared to veterans like Asha Pieters who is also in the running this year. For her, she led a normal life until she started dancing at age nine and when she met local designer, Derek Moore at 13 years. Since then she has been modelling and dancing to rave reviews. She described herself as open-minded and as a person who can adjust to change. In her first pageant, Miss Guyana World 2003 Chelan copped the fourth runner-up position. She is currently pursuing pre-law studies at the Critchlow Labour College.

Allison Isaacs: She can walk into a room and get people to look up because there is something about the way she steps. Her walks make a statement; it tells the world that Isaacs does not need a crown to step like a queen. This soft-spoken beauty from Den Amstel is a fresh face on the scene and could be among the top five. Though she moves with confidence, Isaacs admits she was initially scared when she got into the pageant. But over the past months she has found courage and is ready for the title clash. For her the challenge hits a little closer to home since her neighbour, Tatum Reis is also in the running. But it's all good and fun to compete with Reis, Isaacs said and if either of them should win she would be overjoyed. Two years ago, Isaacs who said she is big on family lost her mother to cancer. She said it was a difficult time and though she has found the strength to press on and do bold things the void is there. She said the pageant is one way of saying that she is learning to adjust.

Cassindra Alonzo: She just has to smile and it obvious that Alonzo is new to the limelight. There is an easy-going air about this beauty but that is just what makes her one to watch. It is her first pageant, but she comes with a package solid enough to upset the favourites. The 22-year-old Alonzo is a pharmacy assistant who hopes to be a medical practitioner in the near future. She is currently taking a pharmacy technician course. All her life, Alonzo said she has done boring stuff so she decided to make her first exciting step and enter the pageant. The shy beauty, who thought she might never enter a pageant because of her timidity found the Miss Guyana Universe pageant to be an eye-opener. She said it could be tough when it came to training and being disciplined with punctuality. She said the scholarship in medicine, which is up for grabs this year, was a big motivating factor for her entry in the pageant. Alonzo admitted that she is scared of criticism. She likes to cook and design clothes and other stuff in her free time.

Margaret Khanhailall: She is the beauty from Parika who dared to be different. For her, there is some feeling of responsibility since she is representing her area, but she is really there to have fun and compete. For several years, this 20-year-old says she has been dancing for the love of it. Her passion is chutney music. She also likes reading and modelling. Khanhailall says she is big on romance novels

and considers herself a hopeless romantic. This is her third pageant, but she sees this one as a greater stepping-stone for things to come. A middle child, she says it has become second nature for her to sit and observe and that is just what she has been doing since entering the pageant. But she is waiting to shine at the right moment and hopefully leave a lasting impression. She is studying computer science and has dreams of designing software programmes some day. She has only had one role model all her life; her mother who she says has never misguided her.

Nadia Shung: She entered the pageant with a mind set that there is always someone who is better than you. But for her, that does

not mean she cannot come out on top. The baby in her family, Shung said she always wanted to do something daring and the pageant just seemed like it. The challenge is what makes it exciting, she said and admitted that she is having a whole lot of fun. She said that if the crown is not hers, there is no reason for her to feel bad because the moment was what she wanted. Shung is a schoolteacher with the ambition of becoming a child psychiatrist one day. This beauty said she is a clean freak who likes everything around her to be clean at all times. When she has free time, she meditates. She said meditation gives a person a quiet calm and she is able to draw strength from it. If she does not mediate for a day she hardly looks forward to the next one.

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Subject: Wis. Wheelchair Pageant Winner Loses Crown

News Room 57
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Date Posted: 04/ 1/05 4:20:46pm

Entertainment News, Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin has been stripped of her title because pageant officials say she can stand — and point to a newspaper picture as proof.

Janeal Lee, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a scooter, was snapped by The Post-Crescent newspaper standing among her high school math students.

"I've been made to feel as if I can't represent the disabled citizens of Wisconsin because I'm not disabled enough," Lee said Thursday.

Lee, 30, of Appleton, had planned to go to the national pageant with her younger sister, who also has muscular dystrophy and won the competition in Minnesota.

Students at Kaukauna High School, where Lee teaches, raised $1,000 for her trip to the national pageant.

The move by the state pageant officials, led by coordinator Gina Hackel, is supported by the national board.

Candidates for the crown have to "mostly be seen in the public using their wheelchairs or scooters," said Judy Hoit, Ms. Wheelchair America's treasurer. "Otherwise you've got women who are in their wheelchairs all the time and they get offended if they see someone standing up. We can't have title holders out there walking when they're seen in the public."

Hackel said Lee should have been aware of the rules.

The crown now goes to first runner-up Michelle Kearney of Milwaukee, who will travel to New York in July for the national pageant.

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Subject: Local enters teen pageant

News in the community
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 3:49:40pm

Kami-Kaye Lancaster of Immokalee was recently selected to participate in Nationals' 2005 Miss Teen Ft. Myers pageant competition that will take place on April 9, 2005. Kami-Kaye learned of her acceptance into this year's competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Kami-Kaye submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by Patty Neidert, this year's Ft. Myers Pageant Coordinator.

Kami-Kaye will be competing, for her share of over $20,000.00 in scholarships, prizes, and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Kami-Kaye will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of three divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 10 and 19 competing in modeling routines which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Kami-Kaye will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's Ft. Myers judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Kami-Kaye were to win the title of Miss Teen Ft. Myers, she would represent Ft. Myers and the surrounding communities at the Cities Of America National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $60,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando.

There is no cost to Kami-Kaye for participating in the pageant competition. Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Kami-Kaye in participating in this year's competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Kami-Kaye to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year's Ft. Myers Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Kami-Kaye may contact her pageant coordinator, Patty Neidert at 1-800-569-2487.

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Subject: Redwood High senior competes for Miss Teen World title

By Julia Capasso, IJ correspondent
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 3:44:24pm

At an age when most teenage girls are worrying about biology tests and boyfriends, Redwod High senior Sasha Priva Hoffman is worrying about rising breast cancer rates and toxic chemicals used in cosmetics.
She's also thinking a lot about the Miss Teen World pageant, in which she will compete next week in Trinidad and Tobago.

"I'm one of those people who gets kind of confused when I have to sit around my house and do nothing," says Hoffman, the reigning Miss Teen India America 2004.

During a typical week, Hoffman attends school, volunteers at the Marin Cancer Project and Marin General Hospital, and takes dance classes, all while making appearances as Miss Teen United States and preparing for the international competition. Her mother, Raje Hoffman, describes her daughter as "very individualistic and self-motivated. She really wants to explore."

Sasha Hoffman, a 17-year-old Greenbrae resident, began competing in pageants at age 14.

At the Miss Teen World competition, which runs from Tuesday to April 11, Hoffman will compete in five phases of competition: swimsuit, evening gown, national costume, talent and interview. In the talent portion, Hoffman will showcase her knowledge of five dance styles, including Middle Eastern belly dancing, traditional Indian dance, hip-hop, salsa and samba.

"My mom is Indian, so from her side of the family there's a huge emphasis to be doing Indian dance," says Hoffman, a dancer since age 4. "And that came into the Middle Eastern belly dancing, which is along the same lines."

The platform for the Miss Teen World competition "actually aligns with mine," she says, "and I didn't even know that. A lot of it is STD (socially transmitted disease) and HIV awareness, and breast cancer awareness, which for me is huge because Marin County has a really high breast cancer rate."

Hoffman finds the time to balance her social life with her pageant commitments by combining the two. She often brings her friends to pageant-related appearances, which can be up to six times a month. "It keeps your social life going," she explains.

Longtime friend Shwepa Patel, also a senior at Redwood, has been impressed with Hoffman's myraid commitments.

"She puts all her time into her work and puts everything into it," Patel says.

Hoffman makes sure to spend some time just hanging out with friends and relies on her mother for support. On the trip to Trinidad, however, Hoffman will go solo.

"Everyone's helped me up till now and they've come to my local pageants and state pageants, so I've had support here. I think I'm OK to go alone (to Trinidad)."

Raje Hoffman, a nurse who came to America from India when she was 24, and her husband, Rick, a sales manager, beam with pride about Sasha's success in pageants and her academic and service achievements. "Sasha is extremely strong-willed," Raje Hoffman says. "If she wants something, she'll go after it."

Her mother attributes Sasha's driven personality to the values passed on from her family, most importantly a love for learning and strong family ties. "In life, the two most important things are knowledge and love," she says. "Love comes from family, and family is No. 1."

The Hoffmans instilled in Sasha a combination of Indian and American values - what Raje Hoffman calls "the best of the East and the West, emphasizing tenacity and individuality."

Says Patel, "She's really motivated to do everything, and she can stick up for what she believes in."

Despite the time she expends on pageant preparation, Hoffman remains actively involved in community service projects. As an intern at the Marin Cancer Project, Hoffman coordinates events and finds sponsors and auction items for fund-raisers. She has coordinated the City Walk for Hope and various HIV and AIDS campaigns.

Recently, she has helped launch Safe Cosmetics, a national campaign that aims to convince cosmetics companies to "change what they're putting in their ingredients; a lot of them are toxic and cause cancer," she explains.

Yesterday, Hoffman appeared in the state capitol with state Sen. Carol Migden and Assemblywoman Judy Chu, who introduced two bills they authored that would require disclosure of harmful chemicals by cosmetics manufacturers and prohibit the use of two chemicals that have been linked to asthma, birth defects and cancer.

"I think it's really important because so many teens today are using (these cosmetics)," Hoffman says.

Dealing with the stress of a hectic lifestyle is a lot easier now than it was in past years, she says. "(Applying to) college is out of the way," she says. "I'm just not stressing (over school). But I think I work well under pressure and I work well knowing that I'm really busy.

Miss Teen India America pageant director Jinder Chohan describes Hoffman as "very professional."

"At such a young age, she's been able to accomplish so much," Chohan says. "She comes across as somebody a lot older just because you can give her an assignment and she just takes control of it, whereas with some people you have to lead them the whole way. She's very ambitious."

Hoffman is not entirely consumed by all her present activities; she's thinking about a career, too. "I want to go into business," she says, "either venture capitalism and investment banking or managing my own fashion line."

A fashion enthusiast, Hoffman is an intern at Gucci in San Francisco, has served on the board at Brass Plum Nordstrom, the retail store's teen section. She's also appeared in an ad campaign for fashion designer Anand John.

As Hoffman prepares to attend college in the fall - she has applied to several Ivy League schools - she will most likely leave the pageant world behind. Whatever the outcome of the Miss Teen World competition, her mother's advice will linger: "Life is not about winning or losing; life is about living. This is a life experience."

.com. Click on "Delegates," then on Miss United States, to see her profile and platform. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring Hoffman in the Miss Teen World pageant can e-mail sasha_hoffman@yahoo.com. Julia Capasso is an editorial intern from San Marin High School of Novato.

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Subject: Ex-beauty queen sues porn Web sites

Samantha Murphy
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 3:26:21pm

Court TV
Thursday, March 31, 2005 Posted: 12:17 PM EST (1717 GMT)

(Court TV) -- A former West Virginia beauty queen has sued dozens of Web site operators for posting an Internet porn video falsely claiming to show her in a sex romp in the back of a Channel 13 news truck.

Allison Williams, who was named Miss West Virginia in 2003, filed the suit against 59 defendants -- in the United States, Australia, South Africa and The Netherlands -- who posted the phony sex video of the 23-year-old on their Web sites.

The Charles Town, W. Virginia, native discovered the video in August 2004 while performing an Internet search during her first week of law school.

According to Williams' spokeswoman Lavinia Mann Cummings, the star of the graphic video may be another Allison Williams -- but she is not the former pageant winner.

On some sites, the beauty queen's face appeared next to a video of an alleged reporter from Virginia, also named Allison Williams, who could not be reached for comment.

"These Web sites allege that the woman in the video is Miss West Virginia, but it's not," Cummings said. "Some sites even had her pageant picture next to the video."

Williams is seeking an undisclosed amount for reputation damage and emotional harm.

None of the Web site operators returned calls seeking comment.

Cummings also said that some Web site operators are ignoring Williams' lawsuit and are continuing to stream the video.

"Fortunately, some have already taken it down after she contacted them," Cummings said. "However, many people mocked her on blogs or in chat rooms."

Williams' legal team, led by Stephen LaCagnin, Andrew Wright and Woodrow Turner, contacted every site that posted the fake flick.

Wright said that none of the 59 defendants have responded to the lawsuit.

In October 2004, Williams' lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Web site called JuicyBucks.com. Although the site never responded, the lawsuit states, "Such defamatory materials were [later] altered such that the image of the plaintiff appeared to have brown eyes instead of her natural color, green."

However, JuicyBucks.com, along with many others sites, did not take down the video.

Several of the explicit sites not only profited from increased traffic, but some sites also required a $20 registration fee to see the end of the video.

One Web site boasts about getting 3 million hits in just one month and making a huge profit from Paris Hilton and Allison Williams sex tapes.

According to the lawsuit, Williams received a lot of attention after word of the video circulated.

"Ms. Williams began to receive a torrent of phone calls and e-mails from friends, family, acquaintances, classmates, and business associates as word spread about the existence of the sex tape," the suit claims.

"She is so hurt and outraged," Cummings said. "Her whole life has been turned upside down because of this. Law school is hard enough, but local and regional newspapers and radio stations have demoralized her."

"People stare at her at school and snicker behind her back," she said. "And it's so horrible because she had absolutely nothing to do with this."

Allison spent her year as Miss West Virginia doing charitable work and touring the state, speaking to others about broken homes and growing up as a child of divorced parents.

"She had such a good year. It's a shame she had to come back to this," Cummings said.

Cummings also said Williams dove into the pageant world to help earn extra money for law school.

"Allison started doing pageants because she came from a single-parent home and virtually had no money," Cummings said. "Her goal was just to get scholarships to help pay for schooling. She is a typical West Virginia average person. But she has been taken advantage of."

Williams, now in the middle of midterms, is hoping the lawsuit will help her get her life back -- and save her reputation.

"She is handling it really well, despite everything going on, and it's been so hard on her and her family," Cummings said. "She never believed something like this could happen. And if it could happen to her, it could really happen to anyone."

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Subject: Beauty is Skin Deep

Staff Reporter
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:17:22am

MUSCAT — International beauty events like Miss World and Miss Universe have brought into focus the desire to look beautiful from head to toe.
This in turn has spurred the cosmetic industry to cater to the market with advanced drugs and medicines, which make one look young and enhance appearances. But what about those who suffer from skin diseases like psoriasis, acne scars, atopic dermatitis, etc? Their only hope is a doctor who is armed with the latest medicines in dermatology.
Towards this end, Al Amal Medical and Health Care Centre, Al Khuwair, organised a seminar on ‘Recent developments in dermatology’ as part of its 10-year celebrations.
Dr Ram Malkani, consultant dermatologist from Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, India, spoke at this seminar attended by many doctors. In his opening remarks, he said atopic dermatitis, psoriasis; acne scars are some of the major skin problems that need to be tackled by dermatologists across the world.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease that affects the skin. It is also commonly referred to as eczema, a general term for several types of skin inflammation. The word ‘atopic’ means a genetic tendency to develop allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever and ‘dermatitis’ means inflammation of the skin.
In this condition, the skin becomes itchy. When the person scratches the skin it leads to redness, swelling, cracking and scaling.
Most often, eczema and asthma go hand in hand. That’s the reason why a doctor wants to know if the person is asthmatic when he/she comes with a complaint of inflammatory skin.
Dr Malkani says atopic dermatitis is prevalent everywhere but mainly in dry areas. Around 10 to 20 per cent of patients in Oman come to him with this problem. This includes children, he disclosed. Itching is the most common symptom of atopic dermatitis, rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
The latest medication that has been introduced for atopic dermatitis is a steroid-sparing drug known as tacrolimus in the form of an ointment.
The drug, also known as immuno-modulator, helps in controlling the inflammation and reduces immune system reactions when applied to the skin.
Psoriasis is another chronic skin disease that affects the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet in the form of patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup. In certain kinds of psoriasis, it also has a pimplish or burned appearance. The disease can cause intense itching and burning.
According to Dr Malkani, two new drugs, Etanercept and Inflximab, have been introduced which have showed promising results in the treatment of psoriasis.
A celebrity-style look without going under the surgeon’s knife has also come under the purview of the modern dermatologist.
Wrinkles, forehead lines, acne, crows feet, to name a few, have all become a pain in the appearance department for many people, forcing them to look out for some painless and easy way to look young.
Dr Malkani presented a few methods of beauty treatments like lasers, dermal fillers and botox injections, which he said are the new developments in the field of cosmetology and enhancement appearances. Botox is one of the easiest methods to stop the ageing process because the injection freezes a particular muscle of the face and prevents the wrinkle.
In dermal filling, fat taken from one part of the body is injected underneath the wrinkle or acne depression on the face. This will lift up the skin and smoothen the area.

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Subject: Bimbos brighter than boffins!:-

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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:15:04am

Bimbos brighter than boffins!:-
| March 31, 2005 1:17:18 PM IST

A Slovenian TV programme that tried to prove top models were brainless bimbos was scrapped after an ex-Miss Universe turned out to have a higher IQ than a nuclear physicist.

Iris Mulej, Miss Universe 2002, was found to have an IQ of 156 by scientists working for the programme makers.

She had to take a series of logic tests looking at spatial awareness, mathematical equations and problem solving ability.

The test result forced Slovenia TV, the state broadcaster, to cancel its programme involving the model who left school at 16 to pursue a modelling career.

"They couldn't really do a programme making fun of dumb models when she turned out to be smarter than anyone else on the programme," a spokesperson for the model was quoted by Ananova as saying.

"They are now wondering if they can do a different programme about the world's smartest model, and are trying to persuade Guinness to accept it as a record category," he added. (ANI)

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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:04:25am

Omarosa's on "Surreal Life."

March 30, 2005 -- THE weirdest show on TV just got weirder — next season "The Surreal Life" will house steroid slugger Jose Canseco and prickly personality Omarosa under the same roof.
Other motley members of the latest cast include mouthy Janice Dickinson (she's considered the world's first supermodel); hip-hop legend Sandi Denton (Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa); Bronson Pinchot (Balki from "Perfect Strangers," Serge from "Beverly Hills Cop"); model Caprice; and motorcross champ Cory Hart.

Word from the set is that after just a day of filming, Omarosa and Dickinson are already at each other's throats.

On the VH1 show, now heading into its fifth season, a group of unlikely celebrities spend a few weeks living together in a luxurious California mansion. Each day, they participate in various activities and challenges.

Past houseguests have included porn star Ron Jeremy, Charo, Erik Estrada, Da Brat, Joanie Laurer (wrestler Chyna), "Brady Bunch" alum Christopher Knight, Verne Troyer (Mini Me), Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen.

The latter two struck up a romance and managed to land their own spin-off last fall on VH1 called "Strange Love."

Troyer appeared on the current season and was caught by the show's cameras driving drunk around the series' mansion on his mini-scooter while naked. He later urinated on the floor and was helped into bed by Knight.

The show basically features fading celebrities who were once hot back in the day. Lately, however, it's been casting a wider net and managed to snag well-known stars who are somewhat in their prime.

Canseco, who stirred up Major League Baseball's current steroid scandal, has been in the news quite a bit lately and even testified two weeks ago about the scandal to a Congressional panel.

Omarosa, the confrontational former beauty-pageant consultant who was fired by Donald Trump on the first season of "The Apprentice," has managed to extend her 15 minutes of fame by appearing on various reality shows, including "Fear Factor."

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Subject: Mcweeney quiet on possible resignation

The Nassau Guardian Journalism Fellowship By Raymond Kongwa,Guardian Staff Reporter
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:00:33am

Senator to be present for today's proceedings

The city's rumour-mill churned feverishly this past week with speculation that Cyprianna Mcweeney - the socialite turned PLP Senator - was set to relinquish her seat in the Upper Chamber.

But the former Miss Bahamas beauty queen on Tuesday refused to deny or confirm the rumour, which has been reported in a bi-weekly tabloid and mid-market daily.

"I am not going to say anything on it at this time," said Mrs Mcweeney when contacted by The Nassau Guardian yesterday.

The Punch reported Monday that she was resigning to take a job in the Prime Minister's office as National Events Coordinator. In addition to being a former winner, Mrs Mcweeney is the former president of the Miss Bahamas Pageant Committee.

Sources informed The Nassau Guardian early last week that Mrs Mcweeney's resignation would come when the Senate met last Wednesday. But no announcement was made during the proceedings.

According to the Constitution, Senators resigning from the post are to present a formal letter of resignation to the Senate President. As of yesterday, President Sharon Wilson said Mrs Mcweeney had not submitted such a letter.

Mrs Mcweeney indicated she planned to be present at today's House meeting.

The Senator is the wife of former PLP Senator and Attorney General Sean Mcweeney and daughter of the late noted entertainer Freddie Munnings and his wife Winifred.

A PLP Senator's resignation would be the second in recent times, following last year's resignation of Abaco Senator Edison Key, an acrimonious and contentious affair.

A long-time PLP stalwart at the time and former Cabinet Minister in Sir Lynden Pindling's Cabinet, Mr Key relinquished his seat amid claims of Government corruption and lacklustre leadership.

Grand Bahama Social Activist Caleb Outten replaced Mr Key after the seat remained vacant for eight months.

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Subject: Beauty Pageant Called Homophobic

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
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Date Posted: 03/30/05 7:02:18am

(Portland, Oregon) Portland Mayor Tom Potter is under fire after rejecting a request for a letter of support for the Mrs Oregon pageant calling it anti-gay.

The beauty contest is the local part of the Mrs America Pageant which requires that contestants be married to men only. It also requires contestants to be "natural born" females.

Pageant organizers asked Potter for a letter to put in the pageant's program "acknowledging your support of the Mrs. Oregon America Program."

Potter refused, and issued a statement saying that Portland city policy requires it not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

The pageant's rule "fails to recognize the other loving relationships in our community," his statement said.

Libby Crawford, the Mrs Oregon executive director, said no lesbian has entered the contest but admitted that she rewrote the rules last year in the wake of Multnomah County's decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Some 2,000 same-sex couples married before a court ended the practice. (story) Portland is the county's largest city.

Oregon voters in November approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

"I didn't want to deal with my pageant becoming a stage," Crawford told the Oregonian newspaper.

"I've seen it happen in some pageants where someone's political agenda came out at a pageant. It can ruin your system."

The group that won the constitutional ban on gay marriage quickly entered the controversy on the side of the beauty pageant.

"In order to be a Mrs., you must be married to a Mr.," said Tim Nashif, spokesperson for the Defense of Marriage Coalition.

But Potter's stand won praise from the state's largest LGBT rights group.

"It's always refreshing when community leaders are willing to take a principled position on an issue of justice and fairness for everyone," spokesperson Rebekah Kassell told the Oregonian.

Potter, who has a lesbian daughter, has been a longtime supporter of LGBT issues.

Before becoming mayor Potter was Portland's police chief. In 1990 he marched in uniform in a Pride parade along side his daughter Katie, also a Portland officer.

In 1994 he was considered to head the Clinton administration's new federal community policing program. He later withdrew after Justice Department officials expressed concern about his support for gay issues.

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Subject: Queen of self-esteem

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Date Posted: 03/30/05 6:59:05am

Queen of self-esteem
Beauty-contest winner heads the state's chapter of a group that helps girls who are sick


Beauty pageants might seem out of the ordinary for an information-technology consultant who spends her days designing databases.

After all, Samira Fazel grew up in a Muslim home where wearing a bathing suit in public past a certain age just wasn't done.

Yet the newcomer to Richmond has had success in a world she never thought she'd enter. This month, she won the title of Miss Virginia All American. And it's her involvement in beauty pageants that has led her to devote her time and energy to helping sick children forget that they're sick.

"It deals with self-esteem," said Fazel, the head of the Virginia chapter of Queen for a Day, an organization that aims to boost the spirit and self-esteem of girls struggling with severe diseases.

"As a healthy child, I struggled with self-esteem issues. [The program also] recognizes kids for being so brave."

Fazel, 27, first heard about Queen for a Day while competing in pageants in North Carolina, where she was in graduate school. Chapters of the Florida-based organization host parties where the girls and their siblings are made a "queen for a day" with a manicure, a dash of makeup and a tiara donated by pageants' winners.

By addressing head-on issues of physical beauty, volunteers hope to help children better deal with damaged self-esteem, while allowing them to forget about their illness for a few hours.

Because a sick child can absorb so much of parents' time and attention, parties are open to siblings who can get some much-needed attention. Some chapters coordinate "Hero for a Day" activities that give boys a chance to spend time with police officers and firefighters.

In between commuting to Northern Virginia three to four days a week and getting settled in her new home -- she has lived in Richmond for a month -- Fazel is working with a number of area organizations to begin hosting Queen for a Day parties for area children, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.

"I think it's a great program. We're excited to be part of it," said Carolyn Palugod, volunteer director for the International Hospital for Children. The Richmond-based organization transports children and their families from the Caribbean and Central and South America to Richmond, where volunteer surgeons perform procedures free of charge.

Though Queen for a Day has its roots in the beauty-pageant world -- its founder competed as Miss Florida in the 2004 Miss America pageant and has been involved in competitions since she was a child -- Fazel did not spend her childhood dreaming of becoming a beauty queen.

Academics were foremost in her home, where her father was a university professor. When watching televised pageants as a child in Northern Virginia, she noticed the lack of ethnic diversity among the contestants, who were vying for college scholarships and other prizes.

"I was always very focused on academics," she said. "I thought, 'If I want a scholarship, I'm going to study, not put on makeup.'"

But her attention was piqued in 2003 while studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She competed in a pageant out of academic curiosity, with plans to eventually write a book about the experience.

She entered the Miss North Carolina USA contest because, at age 25, she was too old for some competitions. Rather than practicing walking in heels, Fazel prepared for the contest by researching pageants online.

At 5-foot-1, she did invest in a pair of 5-inch heels and took comfort in the pageant's lack of a talent component.

"I can't pull my laptop out on stage," she said with a laugh.

Though the world of beauty pageants was foreign to Fazel, community service and dealing with a sickness had become a part of her life.

Her parents grew up in Tanzania, a poor East African country, and imparted on their children the importance of remaining humble and helping others.

When her father was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, Fazel wound up meeting a number of children with cancer during hospital visits. Some of them displayed more confidence and courage than adults who were battling the disease, she said.

She recalled a time she was sitting alone at a cancer fundraiser having a "pity party," depressed because of her father's illness, and a little boy with cancer came and comforted her.

"I was like, 'Who am I to be . . . absorbed in myself,'" she said. "I felt like I wanted to give back to these kids."

Though she spends most of the workweek on the road as a consultant with Accenture, Fazel's cell phone keeps her connected with volunteers and partnering agencies.

Organizers hope to hold the first party in the Richmond area in June and have received an offer of more than 60 tiaras from the head of a Virginia beauty pageant.

Fazel, who plans to found her own nonprofit organization, said her experience in the corporate world and establishing a local Queen for a Day chapter is providing valuable training.

"My phone is my best friend," Fazel said, acknowledging that life has been hectic between moving to Richmond, traveling for work and trying to coordinate Queen for a Day activities.

"[I] never get bored."

Contact Dena Sloan at (804) 649-6860 or dsloan@timesdispatch.com

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Subject: Lebanon officially withdraws from...

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Date Posted: 03/29/05 4:34:51pm

As international attention has been focused on the pull out of Syrian military troops from Lebanon, another type of “withdrawal” has dramatically taken place involving a beautiful Lebanese rising star, politics and music…

Lebanon has withdrawn from the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, after refusing to show the Israeli entry on Lebanese TV channel Tele-Liban. The channel told the European Broadcasting Union that Lebanon's legislation made it nearly impossible to broadcast the Israeli performance. This puts in breach of contest rules, which state all countries taking part must show the entire event.

Lebanon was expected to take part for the first time in the contest this year.

According to the Eurovision’s official website, “Tele-Liban has confirmed to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) the withdrawal of Lebanon from the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 (ESC 2005) to be hosted in Kiev by NTU, the national Ukrainian broadcaster, on 19 and 21 May”.

Lebanon would have been represented by talented singer Aline Lahoud representing it in the semi-final in Kiev on May 19.

Eurovision's executive supervisor Svante Stockselius told Eurovision website ESC, "When we told them (Lebanon) they had to broadcast the entire program, they decided to withdraw from the contest."

"I feel particularly sorry for Aline Lahoud."

Aline Lahoud was born in 1981. She grew up in an artistic family. Her mother Salwa Katrib is a famous singer and her father Nahi Lahoud is a well-known producer. Her uncle Roméo Lahoud is one of the most famous musical directors and composers in the Arab world.

Tele-Liban will still have to pay the participation fee for the contest and faces a further fine for withdrawing. The channel had originally said it would take part in December 2004, meeting a deadline by which all countries had to confirm their participation.

Lebanon would have been one of three newcomers to this year's contest, the other two being Bulgaria and Moldova. The final will be held on May 21, with a record 39 countries taking part overall.

The affair actually began several weeks ago after the official Lebanese website set up for the competition avoided any mention of Israel. Eventually, Lebanese broadcaster Tele-Liban found a creative solution by removing the names of all participating countries from the site. However, the EBU sought assurances that the upcoming contest would be broadcast in full, including the Israeli song.

Shiri Maimon, 24, will be representing Israel in the upcoming Eurovision, singing a song called "The Quiet that Remains”.

Tele-Liban was apparently unable to provide the assurances requested by the EBU and Lebanon subsequently withdrew from the popular music competition.

According to the ESC rules, all national broadcasters of the countries taking part in the Contest must broadcast the entire event, comprising two live televised shows – a Semi Final and a Final.

Lebanon's withdrawal of its Eurovision entry is not the first time that Israel has affected Arab countries' entries into various global contests.

A Miss Lebanon once dropped out of a Miss Universe pageant after she refused to be photographed with Miss Israel. In 1978, the Jordanian broadcaster showed pictures of flowers when the Israeli participants took to the stage, avoided any mention of Israel's win in the competition and announced second-place Belgium as the winner.

Tele-Liban's head, Ibrahim Khoury, confirmed the decision to pull out, telling The AP that Lebanon was unaware of the presence of an Israeli participant when it confirmed its entry in December.

"Lebanon is in a state of war with Israel. If the Israeli contestant wins, we would have to show the celebrations," Khoury said. He added that Lebanon would also be obliged to air the Israeli website on which viewers could vote for the Israeli participant. "I cannot do this," he said.

Khoury said the decision to withdraw was "painful," particularly as Lebanon was participating with a talented contestant.

Jad Rahbani, a Lebanese musician who composed the song Lahoud was to sing, said the withdrawal from Eurovision was "another blow" for Lebanon. Aline was to perform the song "Quand tout s'enfuit" (When everything escapes) for the upcoming contest.

"I'm very disappointed," Rahbani said.

In the late 1990s, Aline began her professional career as a singer and actress. Under the supervision of Mrs. Hélou and Mrs. Haddad, Aline studied singing and dramatic art. After graduating from school, she enrolled in St. Joseph University IESAV (Institut des Etudes Scéniques et Audio Visuelles). In 2002, she obtained a BA degree in Communication Arts with a major in Screenplay and Directing Studies.

Aline had participated in several plays as well. She was awarded the Special Award Trophy of the FIDOF (Fédération Internationale de l’Organisation des Festivals) during the Megahit Festival in Turkey in September 2004 as well as the ‘Murex d’Or’ trophy. Apart from singing, Aline Lahoud has directed several short films and studied modern ballet and jazz dance.

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Subject: Contestant doesn't have time for dating

By Kelly Kendall
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Date Posted: 03/29/05 3:15:35pm

March 27, 2005

Surprise! Kaitlyn Christopher, Miss Indiana USA, doesn't get asked out much.

Not that she's sitting around by the phone, anyway -- she's too busy prepping for the Miss USA pageant, to be held next month in Baltimore. Christopher, an IUPUI freshman, is taking this semester off from her veterinary studies to concentrate on all things pageant -- interview training, media training, fitness training, makeup lessons, even walking lessons.

At 18, the Kokomo native is the second-youngest contestant in this year's event, which is open to women ages 18-26 in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. But she's already a veteran, having competed in pageants since her freshman year of high school, including another national contest, Miss Galaxy.

Beauty contests make sense for Christopher, considering her dream: to become a supermodel. Barring that, she wants to run a nonprofit organization involved in animal rescue, which is also her platform for the Miss USA contest.

The Star caught up with her to get the skinny on pageant life:

Why do you do pageants?

When I started out, I was a very awkward, shy little girl. When I competed in pageants, I started to gain poise and confidence and speaking ability. Each time I competed I learned more about myself. I love the glamour and the style and the fashion.

So how accurate is "Miss Congeniality"?

There's some truth and there's some stuff that's totally exaggerated. . . . The one part I do remember is when they all get on the bus and start singing. And yes -- you all get on a bus and sit together, and here's 51 beautiful girls singing and sharing their stories.

Do you really become friends, or is it very catty and competitive?

There's definitely the girls you want to stay away from. But you also leave with great friends. Some girls have left with their new bridesmaids. There's always the very competitive girls who stay very focused and don't have any intention of making friends.

Do you have to diet like crazy?

A lot of girls are going through that. I come from a family that's naturally very thin. I work out an hour, three times a week.

When was the last time you had some chocolate?

Yesterday. I had some Reese's cups -- I've got a whole bag sitting in the pantry. I haven't really had to change my eating habits.

Beauty pageant TV viewership is on the decline. What about people who say pageants are out-of-date and just objectify women?

People just don't understand until they're really in it. They celebrate women, and their beauty and their talent and their accomplishments.

I think the most important thing is how much community service each and every girl puts into their state -- I'm volunteering about 10 hours a week. I don't think people realize how much good work for their communities people are doing.

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Subject: STRANGE. Found this on the Indiana message board. Thought Meemaw said she did not post on any other boards but the American Beauty.

Investigative Reporter #2 Finding out that you people are all directors and trainers using alias names.
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Date Posted: 03/29/05 1:46:37pm

Meemaw (user-v8o1e8a.dialup.mindspring.com/
To Stephanie, the new Miss Indiana USA 2004:

Congratulations, honey! I saw your pictures on another messageboard and I just wanted to come here and say I think you're lovely! Tashina has left some big shoes to fill (that sexy feather gown she wore was sensational!) but you will leave your own unique mark on Miss Indiana, and I hope it will be one that you can look back on with pride.

I have read some of the comments your detractors have made. And coming from someone who has championed the importance of free speech and *sharing* of opinions, I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I have my own opinion, and I wanted to pass it along to you.

Some of the comments on this board would make you think the devil himself jumped onstage and plopped that crown on your head. "She's a tattoo wearing waitress at Hooters!" For Pete's sake, you're serving burgers, not blowjobs! There is absolutely NO reason you should feel any shame in working at Hooters. It's not as if their own brats didn't just parade herself onstage wearing something skimpier than what the girls wear at Hooters! Hell, if I had a body like that you can bet your boots I'd be out there shaking my moneymaker for all it's worth!

And don't let the tattoos worry you one bit. Obviously, some people like them, some people don't. Personally, I don't, but does it really matter? Who CARES if anybody but you doesn't like your tattoos. They're yours, honey, and it's a positive freedom of expression on your part.

As I said earlier, I saw your pictures on another messageboard, and I thought they were sensational. I loved your gown, it was elegant and unique. You also have a gorgeous body and I think you present yourself extremely well. I already have you in my top 15, and I think you'll do extremely well at Miss USA. So go get em, honey, and don't let the dogs yappin' at her heels make you stop dead in your tracks.

And if you show up at MUSA wearing a hideous gown, don't take my bitchy comments to heart. Remember, its just an opinion!

Good luck, dear, and CONGRATULATIONS!

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Subject: Miss Kansas USA faces flurry of preparations for national pageant

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Date Posted: 03/28/05 4:03:17pm

World News, The opening days of spring have been a flurry of activity for Rachel Saunders.

The Kansas University junior has spent recent weeks trying on dresses, eating "rabbit food" and jogging upwards of five miles a day.

The goal: To be crowned Miss USA next month.

"I don't want to get there and have any regrets," Saunders said last week of her preparation. "You can only do this once, and I want to do this to the best of my ability."

Saunders, a Tonganoxie native, was crowned Miss Kansas USA in November. She left Friday for Baltimore, where the Miss USA pageant will be televised April 11.

"I don't know" what's going to happen there, Saunders said. "I really try not to think about it too much. I want to go there and experience everything that happens."

At least one supporter thinks Saunders -- a 5-foot-8-inch green-eyed brunette -- has a good chance to win it all.

"First of all, she's absolutely gorgeous," said Vickie Cackler, a former Tonganoxie High School teacher whose daughter, Danielle Boatright, was Miss Kansas in 1996 and placed as runner-up to that year's Miss USA.

"It sounds like a cliche, but she has an inner beauty, a natural refinement that goes into being Miss USA," said Cackler, who also owns the bridal shop where Saunders works. "I thought she could win the dadgum thing. She's got all the tools."

It was Cackler, in fact, who encouraged Saunders to start competing in pageants.

"Rachel's just a natural beauty," Cackler said. "Everything about her is natural."

So Saunders, now 21, entered the 2004 Miss Kansas pageant. She finished in the top six.

"This year, I wasn't going to do it again," she said. "I thought that was a great experience, and I need to focus on what I want to do."

She changed her mind, entered the pageant and won.

Since the crowning, Saunders has filled her closets with all the outfits she'll need for 18 days in Baltimore -- clothes for dinner, cocktail dresses and Easter apparel.

"The shopping I've been doing is insane," she said. "My closet has been every girl's dream for all the clothes I'll need for this."

That's been expensive, she said. And the physical training has been rigorous.

"Working out and working out again," Saunders said. "I've been running four to five times a week, at least five miles a day. I've been pushing myself as much as possible, because I don't want to get there unprepared. I don't want to be on TV and be the chubby girl."

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You must be very careful girls. Do not post on these boards below.
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Date Posted: 03/28/05 7:22:43am

The link below will take you to a site that displays all of the unofficial message boards below. BEWARE. These boards are moderated by the same group of people, with pre-lim and states directors overseeing them. No way possible could all so many message board moderators have found each other. Then they apparently ALL came together and created this site? NOT. Wise up girls. Some of these directors are sneaky snakes. Can be extremely dangerous to your pageant life if you post on any of their boards listed here.


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Subject: Conquering Cayman’s catwalk - Delisa Hernandez

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Date Posted: 03/27/05 7:14:10am

Delisa Hernandez may be only 5’ 2 but she is bucking
the trend on the catwalk

According to some fashion gurus the height requirements for a major fashion model are not absolute, and that’s all Delisa Hernandez needs to know. So, even in an industry where the majority of showstoppers are 5 feet 10 inches and above, Delisa concentrates on her love for the stage and the camera, the successes she has had, and continues to buck modelling trends – standing at a mere 5 feet and 2 inches tall.

Well known in the modelling circles in the Cayman Islands she has been on stage since Primary School.

“I remember my first show was a fundraiser at George Hicks and ever since then people began asking me to do shows,” Delisa explained.
Describing herself as being very comfortable on stage, Delisa feels that her love for acting and her involvement in plays reinforces her ability to wow her audience.

“Once I get past those few nervous moments before I hit the stage for the first time in each show, I am fine. For me, modelling is all about communicating with, and having a relationship with my audience and with other models I am working with on stage,” Delisa explained.

And if the real test of a model’s success on the catwalk is the number of crowns she has managed to secure, Delisa is without a doubt a real success already on the Cayman circuit, at only 20 years old.

During the year 2002 to 2003 Delisa won most of her awards including “Ideal Miss” in the Our Little Miss Competition. In the Overseas Our Little Miss Competition, Delisa won the titles “World’s Living Doll” and “World’s prettiest hair.” During that period she also got the Miss Hawaiian Tropics and Miss Model of the Universe 2003 crown as well as the World’s Best Portfolio award.

With parents who are supportive of her modelling goals and, a younger sister who is also involved in modelling while attending High School in the United States, Delisa has her sights set on modelling in one of the world’s most important centres - New York.

“I have family in New York who are willing to help me pursue my modelling goals,” explained Delisa.

She is already a busy girl as she is currently completing the last semester of a Business Administration course at the University College of the Cayman Islands while holding down a full-time job at Reliable Industries on North Sound Road.

When Delisa puts on her modelling hat though and hits the stage she is usually seen in her five-inch high heels and she has strong ideas about what she likes to model.

“I like modelling casual wear and evening wear most of all and heels go very nicely with those,” Delisa explained.

“I am very interested in a variety of modelling assignments, including commercials, and I intend to work very hard to go as far as possible in the field.

“Sometimes I have to go on a diet and cut back on my carbohydrates to keep my weight where I want it. Also, about five hours before a show I don’t eat anything. I want the designers to be pleased with the fit of the clothes and eating just before may make me a bit bloated.”

Delisa who has also been one of the models in the popular Jet Around Cayman event said, “I like all aspects of the stage, I even want to do movies.”

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Subject: Joelle Gabriel – the next Miss Universe?

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Date Posted: 03/24/05 5:34:01pm

Thursday, 24 March 2005

Presenter: Madeleine Randall and Aaron Kearney

Newcastle's Joelle Gabriel with Aaron and Madeleine

Could it be that Australia – even the Hunter – could produce back-to-back Miss Universe winners?

Aaron and Madeleine think there’s every chance after meeting Joelle Gabrielle, the Hunter model who has been invited to compete in the finals of Miss Australia.

The former Model For Life winner and radiation therapy student is in high demand as a model but insists she was not always beautiful.

“I have grown into my body,” she told Mad and Aaron.

Joelle admitted the modelling business had its share of nasty people but that she’d also met a number of friends and mentors in the industry.

She believes the Miss Universe contest might be her chance to achieve her lifelong goal of “representing Australia at something.”

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Subject: Former Miss Ireland launches search for Mayo’s beauties

Orla Hearns
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Date Posted: 03/24/05 4:57:15pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

When Irish girl, Rosanna Davison won the Miss World title in 2003, it signalled a new era for the beauty pageant in this country.
It was the first time an Irish girl had won the international title and the Miss Ireland event, which had come under new management that year, became an aspiration for countless young girls around the country.
People began to realise what a high profile event it was in the fashion and related industries and that it could afford participants with invaluable contacts and exposure.
This year Mayo's beauties are in with a chance to vie for stardom. Former Miss Ireland, Emir Holohan, has just launched the Miss Mayo event. It's the first time that the event has been run in this county in several years.
Emir is proud to be at the helm. Originally from Ballaghaderreen she proclaims herself to be a native of Mayo. While some Roscommon people might dispute that Emir confirmed her allegiance to the green and red in August 2003, when she married Ballina man, James Duffy. The couple are now based in Ballina with their two sons Joshua and Samuel.
Emir is thrilled to get the opportunity to promote Miss Mayo:
"When I got through to the Miss Ireland final I was representing Galway. There was no Miss Mayo entrant that year. It would have been nice to represent my own county.
"I have always wanted to run a contest like this; whether it's judging or taking part these competitions are great fun and the contestants always have a ball." Emir explained.
And Mayo has a strong track record in the pageant, with Emir taking the Irish title in 1999 and Glencorrib girl, Lynda Duffy wearing the crown in 2002 to name but two.
But launching Miss Mayo was not just about flying the Mayo flag for Emir. She has organised the whole thing as a fundraiser for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice and hopes the pageant will be generously supported by local businesses.
Emir wants to hear from as many beautiful 17-24 year old girls in Mayo or with Mayo connections as possible in the next few weeks. Contestants can enter themselves or businesses can sponsor an entrant.
Emir stresses that Miss Mayo is not all about looks: "The girl we are looking for should have a personality that shines through. The competition involves a preliminary judging process consisting of interviews to find out about their backgrounds and interests."
Modelling experience is not necessary for participants but it would be helpful if entrants have an interest in and a flare for it as the Miss Ireland event involves some modelling. Emir will help and advise contestants in this respect. The girl who is crowned Miss Mayo will go on to participate in the Miss Ireland Final later this year and a year long modelling contract with Assets modelling agency is just one of the amazing prizes that accompanies the title.
Today Emir is grateful to her mother, who entered her for the 1999 Miss Galway event having read a newspaper article.
"I got a letter in the post to say I had been selected for the Miss Galway event. I was absolutely mortified and I could not believe it when I won," Emir recalls. "I would not have had the confidence to enter myself but my mum was determined that I had what it took!"
She spent the next few weeks following a strict beauty regime in preparation for the Miss Ireland final in Dublin. Emir was crowned Miss Ireland and the following year proved one of the best of her life:
"I was studying in Dublin at the time. I took a year out and did a lot of work. I travelled abroad a lot, including a couple of trips to the United States on promotional jobs and a lot of charity work," she explains.
It was the charitable aspect of Emir's role that proved the most fulfilling of the Miss Ireland experience. That is why she is now delighted to take on the Miss Mayo franchise in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
So the search is on. Emir elaborates on the Miss Mayo criteria:
"The girl should feel she has the potential to be a model and to carry out all aspects of the Miss Ireland role. While this is a great platform for anyone who aspires to be a model you also become an ambassador for your country when you travel abroad so you need to be a confidant "people" person‚ and enjoy meeting new people all the time! You will come into contact with the fashion, media and tourism industries quite a bit and meet all types of celebrities it is a lot of fun and it is important to be yourself," Emir said.
The Miss Mayo final will be held in Crocketts on the Quay in Ballina on Friday, June 17th next. Entrants will be interviewed by a panel of high profile judges including previous title holder Lynda Duffy and model agency boss Mandy Maher . The winner will go straight into the Miss Ireland event and will be provided with everything she needs to prepare for that. Prizes on the night will include a designer gown from Cobou, clothing from Milan, shoes from Mc Guires, hair care and grooming by Martha Galvin and beauty by Helen Molloy all in Ballina.
Miss Ireland 2005 will go forward to participate in the Miss World pageant - a high profile and very glamorous competition.
"The Miss Ireland contestant will have the most fantastic time in the Miss World host country. It is a cliché thing to say but this really is a once in a life time experience. The competition is very glamorous but the majority of girls who enter are very down to earth," Emir remarked.
If you would like to sample some of that glamour and excitement be sure to book your tickets for the Miss Mayo final in Crocketts on the Quay in Ballina on Friday, June 17th next. All proceeds go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Admission is €10 and tickets are available from Emir. Tel: (087)9772918 / 096 76615
And if you would like to enter the Miss Mayo competition or know someone with the potential to hold that title fill in the accompanying entry form on this page. You must provide two colour photographs of the entrant - one full length and one head and shoulders along with the form. Entries should be sent to No. 5 Quignalecka, Sligo Rd, Ballina and the closing date for the event is Friday 20th May.

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Subject: Beauty and the beasts? Walworth is crowned Mr. CHS at annual pageant

By Brian Umbarger/ Correspondent
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Date Posted: 03/24/05 4:50:38pm

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Mr. CHS pageant contests, from left, Joe Constantine, Greg Khirallah and Ben Walworth get their groove on in the opening number of Friday night's pageant. Walworth won the title. (Staff photo by Holly Schmidt)

Dolled up in makeup and wearing long evening gowns, students at Chelmsford High School sang, danced, performed unique talents and answered tough questions Friday night all in an attempt to be crowned winner of the school's annual beauty pageant.

Any student could participate as long as they were a senior and, here is the catch, male.

The "Mr. CHS" pageant held at McCarthy Middle School's auditorium featured 19 enthusiastic performers in front of a sold out crowd of 600 plus students, parents, and teachers.

"This is the big event you have been waiting for," said CHS teacher Bev Tucker.

Tucker then introduced officers from DECA, the marketing club that sponsors the annual pageant.

DECA Treasurer Krista Kolley and Vice President Ryan Donaher then introduced while poking fun at this year's slate of teacher judges - Michlyn Queenan, Josh Blagg, Michael Marshall, Debora Haywood, Kathryn Sullivan, Maura Devaney, Andrew Ames and Scott Robillard.

Once the formalities ended, the contests streamed out on stage for the first judged event of the evening - a choreographed dance number. Some of the contests opted to wear white tuxedos, while others decided to don more traditional pageant wear including high heels, dresses and wigs.

Next, every contestant along with a female escort was introduced as they walked down the auditorium aisle to the music of their choice. After reaching the stage, they each added their own little twist to their introduction.

Some noteworthy introductions included Senior Class President James Richard walking in to the song "Hail To The Chief" accompanied by his date and two friends dressed as secret service agents.

Arguably one of the crowd's favorite introductions of the night was when Garett Valcourt's strolled in carrying his little sister on his shoulders.

During the next portion, the performers had a few quick minutes to show off their talents.

The first contestant, Michael Flowers dressed in a colorful French revolution noble costume danced an original routine along with seven female students.

Eric Zawada performed the next act when he sang Barry White's classic hit "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Baby." While wearing an afro wig and a fat suit, Zawada worked the crowd by pulling girls in the auditorium out of their seats and dancing with them. By the end of the song, he was dancing with more than a dozen girls.

Thomas Buckley made the crowd laugh when he "rocked out" on his guitar, and told the audience not to forget "their daily rock sandwich" and to "follow your heart in everything you do."

Later, William "Buzz" Busby wearing a traditional ballerina costume complete with a large tutu danced a ballet routine to classical and Irish music. The crowd giggled feverishly when the not so graceful dance was capped off with the "Hamster Song."

There were also multiple stand-up comedy bits during the night.

Scott Kurland made remarks up about his family life and, his self-described, weird relationship with his parents. He made the crowd giggle when he said the reason he was named Scott was because that is his parent's favorite brand of toilet paper.

The crowd's favorite stand up shtick, however, appeared to be Chris McClure's. He cracked the audience up about the bathrooms at Chelmsford High School, and the smoking students that inhabit them. A widespread belief held by the audience was that McClure, who was not chosen as one of the final five contestants, "was too funny not to be chosen. He definitely deserved to be up there at the end," said senior John Callahan.

The last performer of the talent portion of the contest was cowboy hat wearing Ben Walworth who sang Eric Clapton's "Layla." With a friend playing the guitar for him, Walworth waltzed up and down the aisles working the crowd.

Senior Robby Normandin said, "It was incredible how much his voice sounded like the real thing."

After the talent section, the contestants had a brief minute to impersonate a thing or person. Some exceptionally memorable ones were Matt Sousa's impersonation of his English teacher Mr. Bartos, Josh Wiebley's sprinkler system, Joe Constantine's bagpipes, and Greg Wellman's impersonation of a sack of potatoes.

Other contestants included Jesse Alling, Cody Balestrieri, Greg Khirallah, Peter Francis, Robbie Russo and Mike Sullivan.

After another dance number by the contestants and the Dance Team, the audience held their breath as the final five contestants were announced.

The judges decided that James Richard, William Busby, Ben Walworth, Tom Buckley, and Garett Valcourt were the strongest performers in all the events of the night.

The finalists were then asked to respond to the questions posed to them.

When asked what his most memorable high school experience was, Garett Valcourt responded, "...definitely this. We were all talking back stage about how much nobody cares if they win this. Everyone just came out to have a good time."

After the question section was over, the judges gathered to tally the votes. After a few minutes of deliberating, the emcees declared that James Richard came in third place, William Busby in second, and the 2005 Mr. CHS is Ben Walworth.

After being cheered on by the crowd, and repeatedly congratulated, Walworth with a big grin on his face said backstage, "I won it you know, but I really don't care that much. It's a really good feeling to win, but everyone put so much effort into this, that everyone deserved to win Mr. CHS."

Over hearing this, Eric Zawada jovially piped in, "This kid deserved it. He got out there and sang his heart out. I cried in joy when he was performing."

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Subject: TnT: The new Trinidad & Tobago will be announced tonight

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Date Posted: 03/23/05 5:20:32pm

The five delegates who competed at Trotters on Tuesday for the right to take Cheryl Ankrah's place as this country's representative for Miss Universe. From left: Lo Anna Laurie, Magdalene Walcott, Tanya Gomes, Jenna Marie Andre and Crystal Cunningham

Ankrah never had to work for anything, says Elias
Sateesh Maharaj

Wednesday, March 23rd 2005

LOCAL Miss Universe franchise holder Peter Elias has said that ousted Miss Universe representative Cheryl Ankrah never fully applied herself because she had had a relatively easy life and never had to work for anything.

Elias made the claim to reporters at Trotters, St Clair, after a mini-pageant to select a new representative for the Miss Universe pageant which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 30.

"In one of Cheryl Ankrah's correspondences to me, she said her life had been relatively easy. 'I've never had to work for anything. This is why I didn't apply myself," Elias disclosed.

Elias said he was told by the Miss Universe Organisation that this is the third replacement of country delegates this year, Aruba and Germany being the other two.

"This is not unfamiliar territory," he stressed. "Last year I think they said seven delegates were replaced. In Trinidad, it's the first time it's ever happened."

He added that the decision to fire Ankrah, though a difficult one, was done to maintain past levels of success by this country's delegates.

Elias said he was surprised that Ankrah had filed an injunction but always felt certain of his legal standing.

"It was an ugly ordeal. I felt very safe all along. I felt I was in good legal guidance. It took a month before we disqualified her. We didn't want to make any decision that was not legal. We were surprised that there was ever an injunction. "Based on the results of the day, it seems that they were crafty enough to create an injunction by not giving full evidence to the presiding judge, not showing necessary documents where she wrote to us apologising for wasting our time and promised to buckle up."

Elias said his intention was never to embarrass Ankrah or bring details of the disqualification to light.

"These are all things that we did not want to make public," he said. "At the end of the day, yes you did not fulfil your duties, but we don't want to embarrass. The epitome of what we do is celebrate women-not break them down."

The newly selected delegate will leave on May 7. Elias said the committee now had to raise almost $100,000 to pay the licence fee and air freight to go to Thailand.

Elias said he hoped to never have such an experience again but knew that most delegates did not like signing contracts.

"It's a very difficult bridge to gap which my lawyers will now have to help me (deal with). I look forward to a continued feature in this business (of) promoting young women. I look at the situation as a learning experience, not as a bitter one."

The new Miss Trinidad and Tobago Miss Universe delegate will be announced later today. Elias' parting words to Ankrah?

"I wish her the very best. God speed be with her."

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Subject: Miss Gem Scholarship Pageant seeks participants

Idaho, Boise
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Date Posted: 03/23/05 5:04:34pm

Any female residing in either Gem or Boise County, between the ages of 17 and 24 who is interested in participating in this year's Miss Gem County Scholarship Pageant, is encouraged to attend a meeting on Thursday, March 24, at 2:45 p.m. in the band room at Emmett High School, announced Pageant officials.

The meeting's purpose is to provide interested participants information about this year's pageant and to brainstorm possible fundraising activates. Anyone who is interested in participating in this year's Miss Gem County Scholarship Pageant who can not attend this meeting, contact Darcy Marsh at 365-1071 or Tammy Farnsworth at 365-9824.

The Miss Gem County Scholarship Pageant is a non-profit program that is dedicated to supporting education, encouraging community service, and providing young women with the opportunity to express their talents, intelligence and options in culture, community and politics.

The Miss Gem County Scholarship Pageant is a predecessor to the Miss Idaho and Miss America Pageants. Each of these pageants are designed to help further educational goals of their participants.

Individuals, businesses and civic groups interested in supporting this year's Miss Gem County Scholarship Pageant are encouraged to purchase advertising space in the Pageant's official program.

There is also an opportunity to sponsor any one of the individual scholarship awarded. The proceeds and donations will be used to support pageant expenses and to fund scholarships.

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Subject: Brooklyn Honors Local Winner Of Ms. Full-Figured USA Pageant

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Date Posted: 03/22/05 4:49:26pm

Brooklyn, which celebrates "beauty in all shapes and sizes," would recognize Andria Gazelle's victory in a ceremony at the Borough Hall rotunda on Tuesday, Borough President Marty Markowitz said in a press release.

Gazelle, a registered nurse and model in her 30s who is 5-foot-9 and size 18, was born in Brooklyn and lives in the Carroll Gardens section. She won her title in December and was first runner-up the year before.

The Ms. Full-Figured USA competition rewards the most beautiful and poised plus-size women in the country, organizers said. Dozens of women compete in two size categories, 14 to 20 and 22 to 36, for prizes including cash, modeling assignments, cosmetics, tiaras and television appearances.

Gazelle said Monday she has been doing runway, print and catalog modeling and has been featured in instructional videos.

The 2005 pageant was the 16th annual and was held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J.

Organizer Theresa Randolph, of JT Pageant Productions, said she plans a Ms. Full-Figured New York show in September. The winner of that will compete in the Ms. Full-Figured USA 2006 pageant in December

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Subject: Gwinnett Christian Pageant

The Weekly
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Date Posted: 03/22/05 4:43:28pm

Gwinnett Christian Pageant Announced
Unique pageant to be held April 30 in Duluth

SNELLVILLE, GA (Mar. 16) - Georgia Christian Pageants,
producers of the widely recognized Miss Atlanta Christian Pageant, has expanded its pageant system to include the debut of a Miss Gwinnett Christian Pageant.

The Miss Gwinnett Christian Pageant, which focuses on spiritual beauty
and community involvement, will be held on April 30, 2005 beginning at 11 a.m.
at Calvary Christian Fellowship in downtown Duluth. The pageant is open to
girls ages 5-24 who are members of a Christian church and live in the greater
metro Atlanta area.

As the state’s only Christian pageant system, the organization has
quickly gained a reputation as one of the most respected pageant systems in the
state, through the success of its flagship pageant, the Miss Atlanta Christian
Pageant (MAC). Under the leadership of Jackie Watson, founder and president of Georgia Christian Pageants, the organization has become known for its Christian service projects and for encouraging queens to use their crowns to make a difference in their community through charity work.

"Because our pageants are so unique and exciting, we continue to generate
a lot of interest from girls who are looking for a fun, family-friendly and
purpose-driven event to participate in," Watson said. "We are providing young
ladies with the opportunity to participate in a pageant that looks at more than
just external beauty. It values girls for what’s on the inside as well."

Contestant registration for the Miss Gwinnett Christian Pageant will be
accepted through April 1. For more information or to register as a contestant,
call Jackie Watson at 770-736-0227 or go to www.MissAtlantaChristian.com.

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Subject: It's no beauty pageant

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Date Posted: 03/21/05 5:32:44pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- They came into Williams Arena wearing green warm-ups, brushing the surprising snow from their jackets and out of their hair.

No one wore an evening gown. No one wore a tiara. No one wore a sash. There was no swimsuit competition.

But if you listen to Michigan State women's coach Joanne P. McCallie, Bert Parks should have been singing as the Spartans walked onto the court for Friday's practice. In McCallie's mind, the Spartans have been turned into a team of Miss Americas going into today's NCAA tournament game against Alcorn State.

All because Michigan State is seeded No. 1 in its region.

"It's superficial, it's for the media," McCallie said of the seeding. "It's a judging thing. They made us Miss America. The beauty pageant part of it is being judged, and that's OK. It's part of the process, but it doesn't translate into anything on the floor."

No, but it is a big step for a team that was seeded eighth or ninth in four of its previous five NCAA appearances, including each of the last two seasons.

"No, I don't feel like Miss America," Lindsay Bowen said, laughing. "Seedings don't mean anything. This doesn't feel any different than last year. It doesn't make anything easier. We have to treat every game the same. All of the 64 teams are tough teams, and you have to go out and beat them all."

In a sense, the Spartans were a surprising No. 1 seed because they have never advanced beyond the second round, and the selection committee often takes past performances into consideration when handing out seeds. Furthermore, MSU got the No. 1 seed in the Kansas City Regional instead of Stanford, the top-ranked team in the nation.

That's why McCallie compared the seeding system to a beauty pageant.

"It really does make a nice comparison for the media," McCallie said. "It puts it in perspective; it puts things into a box. These kids have accomplished a lot when you consider our RPI and our strength of schedule."

The RPI -- or Ratings Percentage Index -- takes schedule strength into account as it ranks teams. Michigan State is No. 4 under that formula.

The Spartans tied for the Big Ten regular-season title and captured their first Big Ten tournament championship.

But the players didn't seem too impressed by their accomplishments when they spoke the day before their tournament opener.

"We're not satisfied," said point guard Kristen Haynie. "We've had a successful season, but this is March, this is the tournament. This is when it all counts."

A big concern for McCallie is the way her team will respond to a 12-day layoff after winning the Big Ten title. The Spartans had a nine-day layoff before their first Big Ten tournament game and had to go into overtime to beat Illinois in the quarterfinals.

"I think what helped us a little bit was, heading into the Big Ten tournament, we had a break," McCallie said. "So we've already had this occur once, and I think we have learned from that experience. I've just noticed we have had a lot better practices. We won the Big Ten so you think things were all rosy, but I was pulling my hair out with this team. I didn't think we were ready."

The Spartans were a missed Illinois shot away from being eliminated early in that tournament, which would have meant no No. 1 seed.

"We weren't focused at all," said forward Liz Shimek. "But we are now. There are only six games left in the season."

If the Spartans (28-3) play six games, it means they will be in the national championship game in Indianapolis. But first they must get past Alcorn State (21-8), champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

McCallie said she had two game tapes of the Lady Braves, and that was enough to determine strengths and weaknesses.

"They're a very nice team with great leadership," McCallie said. "They have four seniors. They're very athletic, and they try to get you out of position because they're very athletic. They're very aggressive, and you really have to focus in on that."

But, after all, Alcorn State is only a No. 16 seed, which won't win many beauty pageants.

"You have to have the mantra: Respect all, fear none," McCallie said. "Everybody wants to do well; everyone wants to extend their season."

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Subject: Judge to rule Monday in pageant row

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Date Posted: 03/19/05 2:41:35pm

Cheryl Ankrah

Justice Amrika Tiwary-Reddy will give a ruling on Monday that will set the wheels in motion to determine whether dethroned Miss Trinidad and Tobago/Universe contestant Cheryl Ankrah or another contestant will represent this country at the Miss Universe pageant on May 30.

Arguments were completed yesterday in the Port of Spain Chamber Court and Tiwary-Reddy said she will give her judgment at noon on Monday.

Ankrah's attorney Denyse Gouveia has asked the court to extend an injunction that prevents Elias and Associates from selecting a replacement queen for the Miss Universe pageant. This country has until April 1 to submit a name for the pageant to be held in Thailand.

The 26-year-old beauty queen was crowned Miss T&T/Universe last August but was stripped of her title on January 4 by the pageant company-Peter Elias and Associates.

She then sued for breach of contract and was granted an injunction preventing a replacement queen until the lawsuit is determined.

Elias and Associates is claiming that Ankrah was not prepared for the contest and did not attend walking and dance classes in preparation for it.

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Subject: ASEAN beauty pageant, minus swimsuits

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Date Posted: 03/19/05 2:38:24pm

The Miss ASEAN pageant will be the highlight of Saturday night for many television viewers, but some might be a little disappointed.

The Miss ASEAN pageant, which will begin at 10 p.m. and aired live by RCTI will have all the usual beauty pageant features -- minus the swimsuits.

"We won't have the finalists in bathing suits. But we are giving more weight in the intelligence and behavior of the finalists, rather than their beauty," said Marial Budilla, scriptwriter for the finals of 2005 Miss ASEAN pageant, told The Jakarta Post.

In this ASEAN beauty contest, intelligence will be given 40 percent weight, while beauty and behavior will each get 30 percent.

"What we want to do with this event is to identify Southeast Asia as a region. Similar to Europe, where people always say 'Oh, I'm going to Europe'," Budilla elucidated.

Businessman Rudy J. Pesik, chair of the steering committee, reiterated that Miss ASEAN would not include a swimsuit component because it was more to promote ASEAN tourism, trade and investment.

Unlike other international contests, this pageant will have the finalists in their traditional cultural costumes and special hand-painted gowns, which the organizers believe to be a great tourist attraction for each country.

The eight finalists will wear traditional costumes from their respective countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Brunei.

Two other ASEAN members -- Laos and Cambodia -- did not send a contestant. However, they will send judges, so there will be 10 judges from all of the ASEAN countries, ranging from ambassadors to businesspeople and journalists to fashion designers.

The event will be broadcast live for two hours to six television stations in six different countries across Southeast Asia -- Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei.

It will be hosted by Tantowi Yahya, Sarah Sechan and Jamie Yeo from Singapore, and supported by various singers, such as Delon (Indonesian Idol), Jaclyn Viictor (Malaysian Idol), the Moluccas, Astrid Salim and The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Addie M.S.

The winner will be awarded with a luxury, all-expense paid stay in Jakarta, minus a dip in the hotel pool.

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Subject: The Brazen Head to reopen

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Date Posted: 03/19/05 2:34:08pm

The Brazen Head to reopen

KIERAN Murray told the Limerick Post this week that two of the formerly four buildings that made up his Brazen Head entertainment complex, will reopen shortly "under the management of the Murray family”.

The Brazen Head was put into receivership last summer for four million euro. The Limerick Post revealed at the time that the Brazen Head had been operating for some time without a licence.

103 O’Connell Street, which housed The Sports Bar and Mustang Sally’s and 104 O’Connell Street, which housed An Siopa, were sold, he said, to Robert Butler for in excess of four million euro.

"They won’t be reopening as licensed premises but as offices and retail,” he said.

101 O’Connell Street which used to be Bently Barkers and the beer garden, plus the original Brazen Head bar at 102 O’Connell Street, remain in the family’s ownership.

He said that his brother, Frank, will be "reopening The Brazen Head at 102 shortly” and was planning to announce this by driving a limo with the words "Brazen Head reopening” emblazoned on the side, in Thursday’s St Patrick’s Day parade.

Mr Murray added that his wife, Louise, had applied for a liquor licence for Bentley Barkers but that the case had been adjourned.

As soon as they receive a new court date, and are awarded the licence, he said that Bentley Barker’s would reopen.

At present, it is being used as the offices for his beauty pageant, Miss Limerick Universe.

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Subject: UK’s beautiful Miss Earth hopeful

Local London
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Date Posted: 03/19/05 2:24:15pm

UK’s beautiful Miss Earth hopeful

GLAMOUR GIRLS: Some of the competitors pose for a quick photograph during the contest on Saturday (SOC5351)

THE future Miss Earth UK may have been found at the Prince Regent Hotel, in Woodford Bridge, on Saturday.

Rosanne Miller, 19, beat 18 other hopefuls to claim the crown in the Essex heat of the global competition.

More than 90 supporters attended the event where they enjoyed dinner and watched the competition between courses.

Guests were treated to a casual wear display, followed by the swimwear event, and the finale saw the contestants modelling evening wear.

Miss Earth managing director Ramon Sioponga was impressed by the elegance of winner Roseanne.

He said: "This competition will offer her better opportunities than any other beauty pageant."

This is the first time the UK will put forward a challenger for the Miss Earth title, which was won last year by Miss Brazil.

The winner will receive US $20 000 and spend a month in the Philippines learning about the Earth and environmental issues.

Most beauty competitions offer their winners modelling contracts as Miss Earth does, but the winner of this event will also be involved with ecological activities.

The UK finals will be held in London's Leicester Square in July.

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Subject: Curious to know if the smart mouthed Rocco ever put his biggo plans to work, or was this article just more smoke blowing?

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Date Posted: 03/17/05 1:27:14pm

Big plans might be in works for city

October 23, 2001
With his thick New York accent, he wowed members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club on Monday.
Rocco Castellano, 36, who lives in Covington, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, told Rotarians he wants to bring an Independent League baseball team, restaurants, a movie theater, and a hotel to Portsmouth.
Initially, Castellano came to Portsmouth on the tip of someone who told him the “best place to bring baseball is Portsmouth, Ohio.”
Castellano said he fell in love with Portsmouth when he first visited in the spring.
“After seeing this beautiful city, I’ve never seen a bigger opportunity in my whole life than Portsmouth, Ohio,” Castellano said. “You have everything that Cincinnati doesn’t have. You have so much more warmth. I was very much welcomed.”
An entreprenuer since he was 18 - he’s a personal trainer, has written a book, and is a chef - once Castellano arrived here he realized Portsmouth needed more than just a baseball team.
“When I came down here, I saw a wonderful opportunity for other things,” he said. “One major thing that I’ve seen is really there’s nothing to do here. It’s a wonderful city and I think people want to live here.”
Castellano said there’s nothing for the younger crowd - people between the age of 24-35 - in the way of entertainment or upscale eateries.
“I decided there’s going to need to be a movie theater here,” he said. “The number one attraction to revitalize a city is a movie theater.”
That will be his first project. Included in that he is looking at revitalizing Chillicothe Street and is negotiating the purchase of three buildings.
Saturday, Castellano is bringing a movie theater construction company and an architect to Portsmouth.
“You will know Monday where the movie theater is going to be. I would like it to be downtown,” he said.
After seeing Branch Rickey Field, where the Portsmouth Pirates will make their home, Castellano took inventory of what will be needed to renovate that facility.
He estimates between $150,000 and $175,000 will take care of putting on a roof, and making minor repairs.
Castellano said he has sponsors so it won’t cost the city anything.
He also said that when attracting people to a community, housing needs to be a priority.
“The university needs housing. People in general here need housing,” he said
He said his rule of thumb has always been “bring the people first and businesses will follow.”
Castellano, who praised Shawnee State University as “the best thing to happen to Portsmouth,” brought people from the Miss Ohio-USA Pageant there to show them the facilities.
While he recognized the assets of the university, he added there isn’t a hotel big enough to hold events.
“I’m hoping phase two is going to be a hotel,” he said.
Castellano, who plans to move here once his projects are completed, said those are the main things he’s trying to do here.
“I need your cooperation,” he said. “I need the community and the community needs itself. I’ve never seen anything build itself without the community behind it.”

Story created Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 9:54 AM.

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Subject: Michigan Chaos

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Date Posted: 03/17/05 12:14:53pm

Just in case you all wanted to know, the MICHIGAN director cancelled all of their preliminaries. That's right no more regional pageants.

It seems she's having problems, mutiny in the ranks. I understand she's had complains against her made to MUO.

I read junk all the time about MICHIGAN on this board & others. Sad. Too bad for contestants. It gets so expensive for us. Prelims are great.

I am probably a little late with this news, but hey, I'm not in Michigan.

If you guys really do have that many problems, keep writing MUO.

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Subject: Gloria Popelka finalist in Pageant

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Date Posted: 03/15/05 3:41:23pm

Gloria Popelka finalist in Pageant

Gloria Popelka, age 15, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss California Pageant to be held on August 28 at the Hyatt in Garden Grove. The pageant is held for girls ages 13 through 15.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland. Pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18, in five age groups.

Gloria’s activities include Santa Paula High School Theater Team, poetry, drawing, and dancing in the privacy of her own home. She also enjoys watching TV, movies, playing on her computer, playing her Game Boy Color, and she loves to read.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. The pageant program is based on in inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “all-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.

Anyone willing to sponsor Gloria can contact her mother, Tina Popelka, at 525-0322. Families interested in receiving information about the National American Miss program may visit www.namiss.com.

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Subject: 'Beauty economy' questioned at NPC session

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Date Posted: 03/14/05 12:49:27am

2005-03-14 08:54

The unfettered passion for beauty-centered activities in China was largely questioned by lawmakers attending the third annual session of the tenth National People's Congress (NPC) on Sunday, as it is considered likely to exert negative impacts on women's development.

The 2004 Miss Chinese winner Li Shiqi (M) is greeted by first runner-up Yang Jie and Yin Yue, who ranked third in Hong Kong November 6, 2004. The beauty pageant was hosted by PhoenixTV . [Xinhua]
"Government departments should wait no further to codify caution against rampant Miss contests being held across the country," said Li Yaping, a NPC deputy and chairwoman of central China's Henan Provincial Women's Federation, suggesting that policies be made to better regulate beauty pageants.

Miss contests had remained a taboo in China for treating women like "unliving items" until a string of international beauty contests entered and mushroomed in the country at the end of 2003.

With rainbow-colored bikini and enchanting figures of beautiful women from across the globe dotting the white-sand beach of Sanya, a seaside city in China's southernmost province of Hainan, the final contests of the widely-watched Miss World pageant being held in 2003 and 2004 have largely made the city known as an Asian paradise for holidayers.

It is predicted the number of tourists to the city this year would increase by 20 percent to more than 3.5 million, with the total tourism earnings growing by 26 percent to 3.7 billion yuan (446 million US dollars), largely attributable to the beauty contests.

The noticeable success of the Miss World pageant in Sanya not only attracted more similar international events to come but also spurred a considerable number of local beauty contests.

Together with the fanfare and marked economic gains of beauty pageants also came a subconscious craving for obtaining overnight fame and fortune by taking advantage of one's physical or gender strengths among the country's young women, particularly those with a sound education background.

In the regional contests of varied beauty pageants, at least half of the contestants are still in full-time education and it is just a "conservative estimate", said Gao Jie, project manager of Beautiful World Lit, a Hong Kong-based company in charge of the Miss World Contest in China, during a previous interview with Xinhua.

While commenting on a popular belief among university girl students in that good academic scores weigh much less than a good looking in securing a bright future, Li Yaping said it should cause great concerns among government departments, educators and parents. "It may nibble away the youngster's adherence to values such as hardworking and honesty," said the expert on protection of women's rights.

Idolizing physical beauty also lead to a surging demand for cosmetic surgery among Chinese women. In recent years, the sector has registered a double-digit growth with the annual production value hitting 168 billion yuan (20.5 billion US dollars) in 2003, largely attributable to women seeking to upgrade their appearances.

In a proposal submitted by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) to this year's session of CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) National Committee, the country's top advisory body, regulations are urged to prevent government departments from involving in any beauty contests and limit media report on such contests to a "reasonable" level.

According to the widely-heeded ACWF proposal, all unnecessary cosmetic surgery on underage people and on-campus beauty pageants should be banned. A floor age for taking part in beauty contests should be set as soon as possible.

Li Yinhe, a noted sociologist from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said administrative moves in this regard should be cautious and suggested more scope be given to the beauty industry itself to handle similar problems, as saying quoted by the locally-based Beijing Times newspaper.

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Subject: Miss Guyana Universe now set for April 3

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Date Posted: 03/13/05 3:29:26pm

Sunday, March 13th 2005

The current Miss Guyana-Universe, Miss Odessa Phillips

The Miss Guyana Universe 2005 pageant, which was twice postponed as a result of the floods, is now scheduled to take off on April 3 at the National Cultural Centre.

The new queen will then have just over seven weeks to prepare for the Miss Universe Pageant which is billed for May 30 in Bangkok, and this will include training, putting together a wardrobe and travelling to Thailand for the pageant.

Franchise holders in the various countries are expected to submit the names of the Miss Universe contestants by April to the Miss Universe committee.

Odinga Lumumba, franchise holder for the Miss Guyana Universe pageant, told Stabroek News on Tuesday that the pageant would definitely be held in April despite the many postponements.

According to Lumumba, the beauties will showcase their swimsuits on March 27, (Easter Sunday) at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground.

"We are looking at broadcasting and exposing the pageant in various communities which we think lack entertainment," said Lumumba.

Lumumba also said that the swimsuit competition is going to Blairmont so that interested persons would have a chance to see what the pageant is all about and to decide whether or not they want to compete the following year.

The delegates have already travelled to Bartica, Linden and Anna Regina.

Lumumba said the girls are still undergoing intense training with a private dance instructor and they are attending workout sessions at the Studio 2000 gym.

The delegates completed the live 'Question and Answer' segment of the pageant in the studio of NCN 11 in December last year.

Those vying for the crown are Bibi Azeez, Asha Pieters, Nadia Chung, Sonjie Marslowe, Emily Perreira, Mandy Charles, Miranda Todd, Alison Henry, Gillian Murray, Allison Isaacs, Wendy Walcott, Candacie Franklin, Tatum Reis, Margaret Khanhailall, Chelan Yhap, Keen Bowen, Ayanna Byron, Melesa Archer and Sharon Gilbert.

Slinger Francisco 'The Mighty Sparrow' from Trinidad is invited as a guest performer on pageant night.

Several scholarships are up for grabs along with other attractive prizes.

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Subject: BB beauty queen cracks

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Date Posted: 03/12/05 5:25:18pm

BB beauty queen cracks

A beauty queen pretending she couldn't speak German on the country's marathon version of Big Brother cracked after less than a day.

Miss Russia Anna, 19, would have been paid 1,000 euros for each day she hoodwinked her rivals into thinking she couldn't understand them.

But the stunning Miss Universe cracked after just 20 hours following a stream of abuse from her rivals.

One housemate said she looked like "bare brickwork" without her make-up on. Another contestant described her as "a real bimbo".

One of the men said: "I would give her a C in bed. She slept next to me and looked anything but sexy" before speculating on "who will get her into bed first."

The furious model, who's lived in Germany for 10 years, told her fellow contestants: "I understood every word of the mean things that you've said."

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Subject: Beauty queen testifies slain boyfriend `one of my best friends'

RUSS BYNUM Associated Press
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Date Posted: 03/12/05 3:44:27am

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Beauty queen Sharron Nicole Redmond told jurors Friday how her boyfriend of three years slapped her and cheated on her, yet she denied being in a jealous rage when she fatally shot him in 2003.

In fact, the former Miss Savannah said, "he was one of my best friends."

"I have never had one boyfriend who had not had some type of relationship with another woman, sexual or otherwise," Redmond testified. "So jealousy is not an issue."

Redmond, 23, is charged with murdering Shorter in a confrontation outside the home of another woman he was dating, four months after she was crowned Miss Savannah 2003. She has admitted firing the gun, but claims it was in self defense.

The petite beauty queen - who stands just 4-feet, 9-inches - spoke in confident, assured tones after taking the witness stand Friday, the fourth day of testimony in her trial. However, she sobbed and sniffled several times as she described her three-year relationship with Shorter, 25.

"I would not only classify Kevin as my boyfriend, but I would also say Kevin was one of my best friends," Redmond said her voice cracking but with no tears.

Redmond shot Shorter on Dec. 16, 2003, when he found her at the home of his second girlfriend, Rachel Hall, discussing their rival relationships. Hall testified Shorter became enraged and shouted angrily at Redmond, using sexual insults.

The beauty queen pulled a gun, which she says she kept because another man had been stalking her, from her car. But she didn't shoot until it appeared both Redmond and her boyfriend were leaving.

Redmond fired from the open window of her car, hitting Shorter in the right buttock as he stood in the door of his own vehicle. The bullet pierced his femoral artery, and he died from blood loss three days later.

Redmond did not testify about the shooting Friday. Superior Court Judge Michael L. Karpf recessed after she had talked for more than 90 minutes. Her testimony was to resume Monday.

Defense attorney Michael Schiavone told jurors earlier that Redmond intended the shot as a warning because she feared Shorter was reaching for a gun. The only firearm police found was Redmond's.

The opening of Redmond's testimony resembled an application for a beauty pageant as she read the text of a stack of academic honors and award certificates she had received from kindergarten through high school.

She described how she graduated from Atlanta's Spelman College in three years and the long hours she worked in 2003 during her first year teaching English, Spanish and literature at Savannah's Beach High School.

Redmond said she met Shorter at a nightclub in 2000 and began dating him after he won approval from her mother and two brothers. But nine months into their relationship, she said, his dark side surfaced.

Shorter would often slap her, Redmond testified, sometimes leaving bruises on her face. Once, she said, he smacked her so hard the impact flung her off the trunk of the car she was sitting upon.

Still, Redmond said, she accepted an engagement ring from Shorter on Sept. 27, 2003 - not knowing he had also given a ring to Hall. A month later, she called police after an argument in which she said Shorter grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the floor.

It was the only time, Redmond said, she ever called the police after Shorter struck her.

"I would get shoved, I would get slapped, I would get grabbed around the neck where I couldn't move," Redmond said. "I loved Kevin and I just started to accept that was part of his personality. I wanted to help him change."

Earlier Friday, a ballistics expert testified that the bullet Redmond fired ricocheted off her boyfriend's car before fatally wounding him, rebutting a prosecution witness.

Kelly Fite, a retired ballistics examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, was the first witness called by Redmond's attorneys as they opened their case Friday. He examined photos of a scratch in the side of Shorter's car and the bullet holes in the slain man's pants.

Prosecutors tried to debunk the defense's ricochet theory. GBI firearms examiner Chris Robinson testified previously that no auto paint was found on the killing bullet, and it showed no deformities from striking a hard surface.

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Subject: Dancing beauty queen

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Date Posted: 03/10/05 4:32:22pm

Beauty pageants are a big deal in parts of the South Pacific - so Sinahemana Hekau, 24, will be familiar to many when she dances at Pasifika. Ms Hekau, who works as a lawyer in Niue, became Miss South Pacific last October in front of an audience of 2000 in American Samoa. According to local media, among Miss Niue's winning attributes was "an intriguing Niuean action dance with reference to Cyclone Heta's devastation to her island" last year.

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Subject: Wendy backs Elias in 'beauty lawsuit'

Imran Ali Iali@trinidadexpress.com
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Date Posted: 03/10/05 3:50:41pm

Thursday, March 10th 2005

FORMER Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam is among the list of notable locals who have sided with local Miss Universe franchise holder Peter Elias as he defends the lawsuit brought against him by beauty queen Cheryl Ankrah.

Ankrah, who had been crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago last August and was to compete in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant, was stripped of the title last month by the pageant company, Peter Elias and Associates.

She subsequently sued for breach of contract, and an injunction preventing a replacement queen remains in effect until her lawsuit is determined.

The parties reappeared yesterday before Justice Amrika Tiwary-Reddy in the Port of Spain Chamber Court, and Ankrah's attorney, Denyse Gouveia, asked for an adjournment to allow Ankrah time to file another affidavit.

The judge granted the request and set the matter for trial on March 16 and 17.

The Express understands that Fitzwilliam, who copped the Miss Universe title in 1998, has filed an affidavit on behalf of Elias, who has himself filed an affidavit in the case.

Health promotional director Gerard Alfonso, who has served as personal trainer to Miss Trinidad and Tobago delegates and Guardian editor-in chief Dominic Kalipersad, who sat as chief judge of the panel which selected Ankrah, have also filed affidavits in support of Elias' case.

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Subject: A World Not Completely Without Sound

The Reporter (Gaborone) Morongwa Phala
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Date Posted: 03/10/05 3:36:51pm

Mahalapye-born, Albertina "Mmamane" Kanguatenge may be a little ungraceful in her dancing steps and without caution in the sounds she makes, as evident in her breathing rhythm.

Now and then she wheezes and makes muffled sounds, but unlike most people she does not pay attention to these conscious movements and rhythms.

Neither does her 23-year-old brother, Martin, who for the interview is Albertina's ears and Showbiz's voice. Interpreting for his sister seems to have become somewhat an odd job since she was chosen to represent Botswana at Miss Tourism World that was hosted by Zimbabwe on February 26.

To Albertina, just being able to participate was an achievement enough in itself for a teenager born with certain limitations. The 19-year-old has both speech and hearing impairment. She, however, admits that she can hear loud noise and feel some sound vibrations around her.

"With a hearing aid she can almost hear, or rather feel sound, completely. Normally she uses it when she is out and about," says her brother. When wearing a hearing aid she is able to respond to someone calling out for her attention, and she is also able to hear traffic to keep away from the danger of running into a car or being hit by one. But even with an aid, conversation can still be difficult to carry out without an interpreter to communicate in sign language.

Albertina is alive to conversation and if she wants to respond to an issue she grabs a pen and paper to write some of the answers to the questions posed by Showbiz. It then becomes clear that Martin is not able to understand everything that his sister says (in sign language).

"I can only understand some words, but not the difficult ones and I am not as fast as she is in the use of signs. Half the time she has to slow down for me to understand what she says," he explains.

After scribbling autobiography-book-style, she passes the piece of paper to Showbiz.

It reads, "Born in March 27, 1986. Read a lot of magazines and watch too much television. My favourite artists are Usher and Destiny's Child. Favourite destination: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Harare is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Favourite sport: swimming. My favourite meal is rice with chicken and salad.

Currently my vice is not exercising enough, but I am going to change that considering that my five-year plan is to become a professional model. That also means I must not gain weight. My ultimate dream is to go outside Botswana some day to try my luck in the United Kingdom (UK).

UK is my first option because during my earlier school going days, a lot of white people came to our school bearing gifts and they spent time with us. They seemed to be a lot nicer than a lot of people in our surroundings."

Though she appears to be like any average teenager, her life is nothing compared to that of others.

Her brother interjects, "She sees the world much more differently than you and I. People treat her differently than you and I and that has shaped a certain perspective for her about different people and their behaviour."

For instance, more often than not when she is around groups of people she feels that some of them do not like being around her because they feel uncomfortable.

Then she signs as her brother deciphers, "It was my first international pageant and I experienced things I never thought I ever would. Everything was new to me. It was basically tough, much more so because of the communication barrier. Nonetheless, I was happy about it even if I did not win. I feel like I achieved something."

During her stay in Harare for the pageant, even with the bevy of other international beauties she was still isolated because the other girls got more attention.

Millicent Shunda, director of Culture and Heritage Botswana Pageant Trust and chaperone to Miss Tourism Botswana 2005 at the pageant, told Showbiz that she did not receive a lot of media attention because the media did not give her the opportunity to communicate with them.

"As soon as they found out that she could not speak they moved on to the next beautiful girl," she says. To add to the communication problem, the interpreter that they had employed could not understand Albertina because of differences in the sign language.

"The interpreter's sign and mine were like an English speaking person trying to communicate with a French speaking one. I was really disappointed. We did not understand each other at any point." Her new best friend, Miss Tourism Kenya, Grace Marina speaks sign. She became an important part of communication during the pageant," Albertina says.

When Marina was not around she had to use her instincts to guess what was being communicated.

Her brother agrees that this almost badgered her confidence.

But to keep going she had to remember former beauty-queens such as the hearing-impaired and vocally-impaired Boitumelo Moanakwena once her senior at Ramotswa and Mpule Kwelagobe, both of whom achieved what was once thought impossible for them in the world of pageantry.

Currently, Albertina has completed three years of secondary education. She will soon begin studies in textile, a subject not of her first choice.

"I wanted to study computers, but government has not introduced that option for us yet in our education programme," she says.

In the meantime studying is the most important factor in her life.

Though she has had many suitors, she says that none have come close enough to being an actual boyfriend.

"She is a Christian and she takes it seriously. Other than our Muslim brother she is the only Christian in the family. My other two sisters and I, along with our parents, do not pursue any religion," says her brother. Albertina signs, "I have tried to encourage them to join the Christian faith, but they do not seem to want to. I am okay with that."

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Subject: Jelena Glisic, Miss Croatia Universe

News Room 57
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Date Posted: 03/ 9/05 10:18:55am

Jelena Glisic, 18, of Plaskog was crowned Miss Croatia Universe on March 6, 2005. The first runner-up was Branka Raskovic, and the second runner-up was Olga Crvelin.

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Subject: We have a winner...

Carolina Linares de Sierra
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Date Posted: 03/ 8/05 3:54:53pm

Irma Dimas, 18, of Sonsonate, a law student, has been crowned Miss El Salvador Universe. She made it through various elimination rounds during a five-month "reality-show"-based pageant format, and will go on to compete at Miss Universe.

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Subject: Queen pageants need volunteers

By Star Courier staff Kawanee, Illinois
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Date Posted: 03/ 8/05 3:43:13pm

If no one comes forward to serve as pageant directors, there will be no World Festival Queen pageant this year, the Hog Capital Festival Committee said Friday.

The committee announced this week that Candi Strandberg, director of the Junior Miss pageant, and World Festival Queen Pageant directors Jean Russell and Jennifer DeMay had resigned from their posts due to other commitments.

"The committee is stretched to the limit," said Jeff Finney and Robin Resch, co-chairs of the festival committee's executive board, "and unless someone steps forward to help, the event will have to be dropped from the schedule."

The committee's executive board discussed the positive aspects that the queens and their courts add to the Labor Day weekend festival but can see no alternative, Finney and Resch said.

The executive board agreed this week to publicize the situation and see if anyone in the community would express interest in directing the pageants.

Anyone interested can call festival committee member Kaye Finney at 540-9571, or any other executive board member, by the next regular festival committee meeting Tuesday.

Board members are Finney, Resch, Anne Murchison, Arlene McNaught, Lee Neuleib and Kaye Finney, vice chairpersons; Ruth Neuleib, treasurer; and Larry Flannery, secretary.

"If there appears to be no interest, it will be recommended to the full committee Tuesday that the pageants be dropped for this year," Finney and Resch said. "A majority vote by the full committee is the final authority on the matter."

The committee chairs said the issue must be decided this month because of deadlines for brochure printing and other time factors that involve advance planning and promotion

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Subject: Daisi Pollard Miss Jamaica International

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Date Posted: 03/ 7/05 12:26:51pm

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Daisi Pollard will compete as the first ever Miss Jamaica International in the Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant to be held in China, March 19.

Daisi Pollard
And in so doing, Jamaica will become the first Caribbean nation to be included in the competition, which includes the USA, Russia, the majority of the Asian continent and almost 509 other nations. The 36 year-old pageant is considered to be Southeast Asia's oldest and most respected.

Pollard's fight for the coveted crown is however not based solely on self-serving aspirations. Her motivation comes from an immense love and passion for Jamaica and "all of its beautiful people".

Christened Juel Daisi Pollard, she was born in New York City and raised between Jamaica and the US. She is of Jamaican and Israeli descent - quite a remarkable blend. Pollard has travelled the world, modelling in Miami, New York, Europe and South Africa. She has appeared in ads for the Gap and Old Navy and is also on her way to receiving her Master's in Business and E-Business.

In addition, she has a diverse educational background including theatrical, vocal and dance studies at the Julliard School and other performing arts schools in New York City.

With the recent achievement of being crowned Miss Jamaica International, Pollard has founded her own management company, Potential Management, with plans to set up performing arts camps in Jamaica "in order to help guide and influence more Caribbean youth to succeed in modelling, television and film".

"I am a true advocate of education, physical fitness and health. I have a passion for the Performing Arts and Literature. A great deal of my contributions go to exposing Jamaican culture in the mainstream media of film and television," says Pollard.
She got her first break in modelling at the age of 15.

But the young Pollard was such a tomboy that modelling had never crossed her mind. That was until her grandmother walked her into a New York agency and pushed her to actually give modelling a chance.
"It wasn't easy getting work and building my book, in the beginning, but I knew it would be worth it.

I never imagined that modelling would give me so many opportunities and take me so many places. I contribute my success to the fact that I look at modelling as a business and that perspective keeps me grounded," says Pollard.

Now you may recognise her from her appearances on networks like MTV, HBO, Playboy, E!, and the Fashion Network. And hopefully, before long, the first Jamaican queen of the Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant.

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Subject: Beauty Queen Back in Court

Trinidad Express
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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 3:41:47pm

Beauty queen Cheryl Ankrah is set to square off with local Miss Trinidad and Tobago/Universe franchise holder Peter Elias again this week, when a lawsuit in which she accuses Elias and Associates of beach of contract comes back up in court.

Hearing is set for Wednesday in the Port of Spain Civil Chamber Court before Justice David Myers, who, on February 19, granted an injunction against Peter Elias and Associates from choosing anyone to replace Ankrah until the case is decided.

The lawsuit had come up for a full hearing on February 23, but did not proceed because Elias and his pageant company, Peter Elias and Associates, had not filed any response to Ankrah's claims.

Justice Myers granted the adjournment to allow Elias and Associates to file an affidavit and also to allow time Ankrah to respond, if necessary.

The fall-out between Elias and twenty-six year-old Ankrah reached a head on February 6, when Elias announced that Ankrah, who had been crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago/Universe in August 2004, was stripped of her title.

Ankrah had been out of the country at the time, and Elias refused to say why the decision had been reached mere months before the pageant was scheduled to come off.

After failed attempts to reconcile their differences, Ankrah took her case to the High Court and obtained the injunction.

The court order was served on Elias shortly after it was obtained--one day before he had planned to hold a mini-pageant to select Ankrah's replacement.

The injunction prevents Peter Elias and Associates from taking away from Ankrah the title of Miss Trinidad and Tobago/Universe and from offering the right or entitlement to anyone else.

If this country is to compete in the pageant, scheduled for May 30 in Thailand, the name of the local contestant must be supplied to the US-based Miss Universe Organisation by April

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Subject: Georgia Beauty Queen Goes on Trial

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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 3:21:55pm

3/6/2005 11:22:25 AM
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A beauty queen shoots and kills her two-timing boyfriend in a confrontation outside the other woman's home -- it's a story of soap-opera drama with a key question unresolved.

Did Miss Savannah Sharron Nicole Redmond fire in a jealous rage or in self defense?

A jury will be asked to determine the answer. Jury selection is set to start Monday in the murder trial of Redmond, 23, who has admitted firing the shot that killed boyfriend Kevin Shorter on Dec. 16, 2003. Her attorney says Redmond pulled the gun because she was threatened.

Finding an impartial jury could prove impossible in this coastal Georgia city. Redmond's story lept from front pages of the Savannah Morning News to national news wires, Internet blogs, Web sites, and CNN's scrolling tickers.

"Because of all the media attention, we may not be able to get a jury picked," Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf warned at a hearing last week.

In that case, the trial would be postponed and moved to another city.

Before the shooting, 2003 had been a year of success for Redmond, who grew up in a middle-class neighborhood on Savannah's west side.

She had graduated summa cum laude from Spellman College, a historically black women's school in Atlanta, earning her degree in an impressive three years. She returned to Savannah to work as a high school teacher.

Redmond also finished runner-up in the 2003 Miss Savannah pageant. Winner Andrea Bailey passed the crown to Redmond in August after winning the Miss Georgia pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America pageant.

Four months later, Redmond was charged with murder, posting a $25,000 bond to stay out of jail. She faces an automatic life sentence, if convicted.

Shorter, 25, had returned to Savannah to pursue a career as a music producer, after playing football at the City College of San Francisco. He had dated Redmond since she was in high school and had given her an engagement ring.

But Shorter also had given a ring to Rachel Hall.

"We were supposed to get married in July this year," Hall, 24, testified at a preliminary hearing in February 2004.

Hall said Redmond learned in 2003 that she was also dating Shorter. On Dec. 16, Hall was at home when Shorter called with a warning.

"He just called to tell me not to open the door, because Nikki is coming over. He said she was gonna kill me, then him," Hall testified, using Redmond's nickname.

Hall said she didn't take the warning too seriously, noting Shorter had lied to her before. Soon after, Redmond pulled her car into the driveway and the two women began to talk on the porch.

Redmond introduced herself: "I'm Nikki, and you know about me and Kevin. It's time for you to know about us, we were dating."

Then Shorter arrived, furious at Redmond. Hall testified that Shorter shouted at Redmond: "I don't want to be with you. I'm with Rachel."

Hall testified that Redmond then returned to her car and pulled out a pistol, a .40-caliber semiautomatic, before saying, "What, nigger, what?" as she cocked the handgun and walked toward Shorter.

Redmond told police she only drew a gun after Shorter advanced to hit her. Hall denied that Shorter threatened anyone, but said she tried to stop Redmond from shooting.

"I put my arm over hers and said, `Nikki, don't lose your life over Kevin. He's not worth it,'" Hall said.

According to Hall, Redmond got into her car and began backing out of the driveway, while Shorter walked to his own car. Hall said she went back inside the house, then heard a gun shot.

Redmond fired from her car window and drove away. The bullet scraped Shorter's car, struck him in the right buttock and passed through his upper thigh, piercing his femoral artery.

"She said she didn't point it, aim it at him ... and she stated she didn't think she shot him," police Detective Frank Chisholm testified at the same hearing. "She stated that she shot the gun because she thought Mr. Shorter was reaching into the car for his gun."

Redmond told police Shorter kept a gun in his car. However, the only firearm that investigators found was Redmond's - miles from the shooting scene by the front steps of her cousin's house.

Shorter died three days after the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Ann Elmore and Redmond's defense attorney, Michael Schiavone, both have declined to comment on the case. A judge imposed a gag order on witnesses two weeks after the shooting.

Immediately after the shooting, Schiavone launched an aggressive and public defense of Redmond. He said she had a permit for the gun and carried it because another man, a convicted killer, had been stalking her.

Schiavone also said Redmond felt threatened by Shorter when he confronted her that night.

"She was placed in the position where he physically and aggressively came at her," Schiavone told The Associated Press on Dec. 18. "And she felt compelled to defend herself."

The Miss Savannah pageant never revoked Redmond's crown, at least not publicly. Citing negative publicity surrounding the shooting, organizers canceled the pageant last year.

This year, the pageant is advertising a new title - Miss First City, a reference to Savannah as Georgia's founding settlement. Organizers declined to discuss the change, but said they won't crown a Miss Savannah in 2005.

"No, we're not," said David Whidden, the pageant's co-director. "We are not having a Miss Savannah pageant this year."

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Subject: Pageant Winner Aims for the Greens

By Triveni Sheshadri
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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 5:20:51am

March 6, 2005

Molly Lindhart, Miss San Marcos

SAN MARCOS – For about seven years, Molly Lindhart has worked hard to excel in her sport.

"(Golf) is a game that takes years and years of practice to do well," said Lindhart, a senior at San Marcos High School.

The long hours on the driving range have paid off in other ways.

"I have learned to be patient, to focus and not let one mistake ruin the rest of my game," she said.

Inspired by her golfer dad, Lindhart began playing while she was in middle school. She has been part of her high school's golf team for four years and was named most valuable player for three.

Now Lindhart, 18, has bagged another title. She was chosen Miss San Marcos at a pageant Feb. 19.

"I am still in shock. It hasn't sunk in," she said.

When Lindhart entered the contest in January, she hoped to win. However, the goal soon faded into the background when she met her fellow contestants. The group spent time together volunteering in city events.

"We helped out at a workshop for young girls and we hung out at Old Town," said Lindhart. "Toward the end, it really didn't matter who got the crown."

Soft-spoken, Lindhart said the pageant was an exciting experience with its share of lighter moments.

"I was on stage with my hands full and my tiara fell off," she said. "I couldn't pick it up."

The contest was a confidence-builder.

"I had to get up and speak in front of a crowd of more than 200," Lindhart said.

The new Miss San Marcos wants to be an elementary teacher. She has lived in San Marcos since fifth grade, attending Alvin Dunn Elementary and San Marcos Middle School before high school.

In the fall, she plans to attend Saddleback College in Orange County and play on the golf team.

In her yearlong tenure as Miss San Marcos, Lindhart will be a part of the annual holiday parade, as well as events presented by the chamber of commerce and city.

Along with the Miss San Marcos title, Lindhart was also judged most photogenic. She shared the Miss Congeniality award with fellow contestant Olivia Jara-Ratajsczak.

Darlene Hinojosa won the award for best essay and Deborah Danover won the director's award for her hard work during pageant preparation. Jara-Ratajsczak and Juliana Rotta were chosen as princesses.

The island-themed event drew an audience of 250. Pride of Polynesia, a dance troupe, provided the entertainment. Judges were former title holders Christina Sproule, Sharanda Barbosa and Dannelle Corrigan.

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Subject: Waterford entries sought for Rose of Tralee contest

By David O’Mahony
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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 5:01:36am

Pictured at ‘Axis Mundi’ to celebrate their First Birthday Bash on Saturday night last were Lisa Kavanagh the newly crowned Waterford Rose who represented Faithlegg House Hotel and Kerrie McFadden, winner of “I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!” wife of Bryan McFadden, ex-Westlife. Lisa was crowned the Waterford Rose also on Saturday night at the Tower Hotel. Axis Mundi is no stranger to celebrities having had Manchester United’s John O’Shea and Yvonne Keating, Miss Ireland gracing their premises over the past highly successful year.

WATERFORD girls are invited to take part in one of Ireland’s most loved competitions, the Rose of Tralee. This will be the first time all 32 counties will have a chance to be represented at the festival.

Rose contestants are ambassadors for their local community. They give each county a chance to celebrate its heritage along with other Irish communities worldwide.

In fact, the festival itself tries to connect Irish people from across the globe, wherever they find themselves. All contestants must be Irish by birth or ancestry.

The Waterford winner will compete at a regional final at the Brandon Hotel in Tralee this June, along with the likes of Galway and Limerick. From this final, five girls will go forward to the televised event in August. The qualifying age is 18 to 27 years old, with the nomination fee just €100.

In previous years, it could have cost a lot more to nominate a Rose. The new fee makes the competition much more accessible. The contestants must never have been married or have any dependants. Also, they must not have competed in the event before.

The Rose of Tralee is not a typecast beauty contest. The winner is chosen more for her inner qualities, such as her charm, pride, independence, and genuine nature. Last year’s Waterford Rose, Lisa Kavanagh, will be on the selection committee for Waterford.

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Subject: Hunt is on for town's top beauty

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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 4:57:30am

Jayne-Louise Slater

Organisers are on the lookout for beautiful women to compete for the title of Miss Rugby 2005 next month.

The contest is at the Masonic Hall, in Elsee Road, Rugby, on Saturday April 2 and women aged between 17 and 24 can enter. The contest is open to anyone - participants do not have to be from Rugby.

Last year's winner, Jayne-Louise Slater, aged 23, who is a PE teacher at Harris CE School, in Rugby, and 43-year-old mum Diane are organising this year's competition.

Mrs Slater, who is head receptionist at Travel Inn in Rugby, said it was the first time the Miss Rugby contest had been organised locally.

She said it was usually organised nationally by the people behind the Miss England contest.

Mrs Slater said: "We want to bring as much majesty and prestige to the occasion as possible and we're looking forward to a really entertaining, enjoyable evening.

"It is a competition that carries a lot of weight and the winners can go on to compete in the national contest and in international competitions."

The winner will go forward to compete at the Miss England competition which will be held in Liverpool in August.

Entrants cannot be married or have children, because of travel commitments, or have a criminal record.

Organisers are looking for up to 25 participants.

During the contest they will have to complete three changes of costume, in a fashion-show style, and be interviewed on stage.

Judges include Katie Huett, owner of NV Her Boutique, in Regent Street, Rugby, and Martin Cole, owner of Klickers Hair Salon, also in Regent Street.

The winner will receive a modelling portfolio from top photographer Steve Wright, a hair makeover and colour at Klickers, and a goodie bag, including make-up and polish.

Hair makeovers and good-ie bags are also among the second and third prizes.

Miss Slater has gone on to star in an MTV Base video with P Diddy and Pink and won Miss Commonwealth England, following last year's Miss Rugby contest.

For an entry form call in to NV Her or Klickers or call Mrs Slater on 07967 818439.

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Subject: Miss Belize 2005 writes to Belize

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 4:28:20am

Andrea Elrington, 22, is representing Belize in the 2005 Miss Universe pageant to be held in Bangkok, Thailand The Miss Universe event brings together beautiful women, important personalities, artists, designers, investors, the media and thousands of tourists; all of whom eagerly take part in what is considered possibly the biggest pageant in the world, and witnessed by billions of people. Nations worldwide will witness the beauty of this country and all that Bangkok has to offer.
In a letter addressed to The San Pedro Sun, pageant consultant for Miss Elrington, Mrs. Margaret Johnson, stated, “We are aware and very proud of her [Miss. Elrington’s] accomplishments so far and should make one proud regardless of the outcome.”

The most gorgeous women from all over the world are vying for the title to be crowned Miss Universe. These ladies go through a grueling process in order to get ready for the big night that promises to be full of glitz, glamour and poise. Mrs. Johnson went on to explain the intense training and strenuous preparation Miss Elrington is going through and asked The San Pedro Sun to share this information with our readers, Miss Elrington’s beloved Belizean audience. During her training period Miss Elrington is expected to be in many fundraising events, two of which will take part in San Pedro Town. The events are tentatively to be held at Ramon’s Village Resort and Captain Morgan’s Retreat, and the public will be notified of the details in the near future.

Many people do not have the slightest idea what these ladies do everyday preparing for an international event as big as this. It is considered one of the biggest events broadcast on NBC’s television network, with over a billion viewers. The Miss Universe contest is not won just on looks; women who aspire to become contestants on Miss Universe must be intelligent, well mannered and cultured. Not only does Miss Elrington represent our country, but she is also making other countries aware of this beautiful Caribbean Jewel. Belize has always been an under dog in these pageants, but this year we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping that we are judged fairly and given a chance to be evaluated into further rounds.

Miss Andrea is of slim build, standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall. She is planning on enrolling into the University of Southern California to earn her Master’s in Communications. She is currently attending a university in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the newspaper chief editor on campus. Her favorite pastimes includes reading, traveling and listening to Latin and Jazz music.

You can catch the live broadcast of the pageant on NBC and Telemundo on May 31st, 2005 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The San Pedro Sun wishes Miss Andrea all the best of luck in her journey and we do not doubt that she will exemplify all that Belize is with all her pride and dignity.

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Subject: Seminar for Miss Tanzania agents

By Majuto Omary
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Date Posted: 03/ 6/05 4:20:19am

2005-03-06 11:00:20

Miss Tanzania beauty pageant organisers have organised one day seminar for agents who will stage this year’s contests at different levels.

The co-ordinator for the prestigious contest, Hashim Lundenga said yesterday that the seminar would be held today from 9 a.m.

Lundenga said the seminar would be used to equip the agents with the rules and regulations governing the competition.

The participating agents are MWM Entertainment who will stage Miss Morogoro, Up To Date Promotion (Kigoma), Gwasa Promotion (Tabora), Valentine Investment Promotion (Mtwara), Capital Promoters International (Kilimanjaro), Aunt Bora Salon (Singida), Step In Boutique (Southern Higland Zone) and New Mnyalukolo Arts and Promotions (Eastern Zone).

Others are Susi Promotion (Tanga), Hedep Enterprises (Dodoma), Asela Promotion (Shinyanga), Top Class (Mwanza) , Sky Promotion (Lindi), Fantastic Salon (Rukwa), Mac D Promotion (Coast Region), Serious Entertainment (Mbeya) and Ebony Entertainment (Iringa).

Sakis Band (Central), Crown Entertainment International (Northern), BMP Promotion (Temeke), Boy George Promotions (Kinondoni) and Dar Metropolitan (Ilala) have also been invited to attend the seminar.

There will also be organisers for Miss Tabata, Kigamboni, Dar Indian Ocean, Sinza, Ubungo, Ukonga, Mzizima, Dar City Centre, Kariakoo, Upanga, Chang’ombe, Kigamboni, Mtoni, Kurasini and Kimara.

The winner of this year’s Ocean Sandal Miss Tanzania beauty pageant will be awarded a fully furnished house, car worth not less than 5m/- and 2m/-. The winner would also be awarded 100,000/- a month, for eight months.

The first and second runners-up will be awarded 3m/- and 2m/- respectively. Fourth runner up will be awarded 1.5m/- and the fifth runner up will pocket 1m/-.

Other top 10 aspirants will each receive 300,000/- while the remaining contestants will walk away with a consolation prize of 250,000/- each. Miss Talent and Miss Photpgenic will each get 500,000/.

SOURCE: Sunday Observer

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No Fake Bake for me!
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Date Posted: 03/ 5/05 8:36:49am



The owners of the manufacturing company of this tanning lotion are the ORGANIZERS of MISS HAWAIIAN TROPIC INTERNATIONAL!!! SO IT'S A COMMERCIAL-ORIENTED BEAUTY PAGEANT!

I love the beach and I always use the HAWAIIAN TROPIC TANNING LOTION!
Could the organizers of the Philippine pageant of this MISS HAWAIIAN TROPIC INTERNATIONAL clarify these?

Is this Miss Hawaiian Tropic Int'l Pageant based in HAWAII (capital is Honolulu), a TROPICAL STATE of U.S.A., located in the Central Pacific Ocean, comprising the Hawaiian Islands?

Is it true that the producers of this int'l pageant rake in hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars (the HAWAIIAN TROPIC TANNING LOTION is a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY globally) from the enormous, worldwide sales of this tanning lotion?

And so they made the pageant international TO INTRODUCE AND PROMOTE THE PRODUCTION AND SALES OF THE TANNING LOTION GLOBALLY through the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Int'l Pageant?

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Subject: Exciting ‘firsts’ in the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant

FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo
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Date Posted: 03/ 5/05 7:29:50am

The Philippine Star 03/05/2005

The three new Bb. Pilipinas beauties (Universe, World and International) will be chosen in the usual glamour-and-glitter ceremonies at the Araneta Coliseum on March 19 (a Saturday), to be covered live by GMA 7.

As is Funfare’s "tradition," I’m putting out a special report by Funfare’s "beauty experts" Felix Manuel, Joey Cezeare, Gery Yumping and Francis Calubaquib who have drawn a list of the "firsts" in the pageant which is marking its 42nd anniversary this year.

The annual search is an ongoing project of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), a non-stock, non-profit organization with a humanitarian mission (raising funds for the less fortunate, etc.), founded by Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta.

On Tuesday, March 8, the official candidates of this year’s pageant will be presented to the press at the Oasis Floating Restaurant, located at the second floor of Gateway in Cubao, Quezon City, just across the Araneta Coliseum. Will one of the three major winners duplicate the record of their predecessors?

Here’s the "beauty experts’" special report:

The past editions of the pageants have produced international winners who include:

• Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz, 1969 Miss Universe

• Maria Margarita Roxas Moran, 1973 Miss Universe

• Aurora McKenny Pijuan, 1970 Miss International

• Mimilanie Laurel Marquez, 1979 Miss International

• Joanne Zapanta Santos, 1997 Miss Tourism International

• Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas, 2001 Miss Globe

• Michelle Cueva Reyes, 2001 Miss Tourism International and 2002 Miss Tourism World

• Kristin Reyes Alzar, 2002 Miss Tourism International-Ukraine Black Sea

• Noella May Buhion Evangelista, 2003 Queen of Tourism International

Here are some "firsts" in the history of the Bb. Pilipinas pageant:

• The first pageant was held in 1964 with just 15 delegates. Ma. Myrna Elizabeth Sese Panlilio won the first Bb. Pilipinas title.

• Elvira Gonzalez was the first to compete again. She was second runner-up in 1964 and fourth runner-up the following year. She is also the first Bb. Pilipinas alumnus to have a daughter (Charlene Gonzalez Bonnin) who competed and won the pageant.

• In 1965 Louise Vail Aurelio was the first Bb. Pilipinas winner to enter the semifinals of the Miss Universe pageant (Blesilda Candida Guia Epifania mueler Ocampo was the first Filipina to make it into the semifinals of the Miss Universe pageant in 1954).

• Louise’s first runner-up, Isabel Barnett Santos, became the first winner of the Ms Photogenic award in the pageant and also became the first Bb. Pilipinas runner-up to compete in an international pageant.

• The pageant is also the first to produce numerous award-winning actresses: Elizabeth Luciano Winsett (aka Liza Lorena), first runner- up in 1966; Pilar Delilah Veloso Pilapil (1967 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe); Gloria Diaz; Melanie Marquez; and Jessie Alice Selones Dixson (1986 Bb. Pilipinas-International).

• In 1968 the BPCI acquired the franchise of the Miss International pageant. A separate pageant was held to choose the country’s representative. Nenita Tuazon Ramos won and was given the title of Miss Philippines. She was also the first Bb. alumnus to enter the semi- finals of the Miss International pageant.

• It was in 1969 the pageant produced two winners. The winners of the Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Philippines titles would compete in the Miss Universe and Miss International pageants respectively.

• Nelia Sancho, Gloria Diaz’s runner-up, was handpicked in 1971 to compete in the Queen of the Pacific pageant; she won.

• In 1970 a separate pageant was held to choose the country’s representative to the Miss Young International pageant in Japan. Carmencita Hufano Avecilla became the first winner of the Miss Young Pilipinas title.

• 1970 was also the pageant’s first televised edition. The late Joey Lardizabal hosted it.

• It was in 1971 when three winners were first crowned: Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Philippines and Miss Young Pilipinas.Afew months after the pageant, a special title of Miss Charming Philippines was also given to first runner-up, Milagros Guttierez.

• 1971 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Vida Valentina Fernandez Doria was the first Filipina to win the Miss Photogenic title in any international pageant. Evelyn Camus, Miss Philippines, was the first Filipina to win runner-up honors in the Miss International pageant.

• In 1972 the titles were classified Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International. Both carried the name of the founding organization.

• 1972 Bb. Pilipinas-International Yolanda Adriatico Dominguez (second runner-up in the Miss International pageant) was the first ever Filipina winner in the national costume competition in any of the international beauty pageants.

• 1973 marked the first year Bb. Pilipinas sent a delegate to the Miss Maja Internacional pageant in Spain. First runner-up Nanette Macapagal Prodigalidad was our country’s bet.

• Maria Margarita Moran was the first Filipina ever to win both the Miss Photogenic and Miss Universe crown. She also became the first non-American Miss Universe winner to crown her successor in her native land.

• 1974 was the first year when four queens were crowned. (Bb. Universe, International, Maja and Young). Guada Sanchez Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winner became the first Filipina to compete in her homeland during the 1974 Miss Universe pageant. She also attended at the 1974 Miss USA pageant to promote the event.

• The 1975 edition of the pageant had the highest number of candidates at 53. Eventual Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Rosemarie Singson Brosas, an usherette during the 1974 Miss Universe pageant, arrived on the last day of screening straight from the airport. She won as Miss Photogenic and the first ever Best in Swimsuit award. She later finished fifth in the Miss Universe pageant making her the first Bb. product to land a runner-up position (Lalaine Bennett, Miss Philippines 1963, was the first Filipina to land in the final five of the Miss Universe pageant).

• In 1977 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, Anna Lorraine Tomas Kier, became the first Bb. to be crowned by a foreign Miss Universe winner, Rina Messinger of Israel.

• Pinky Alberto, on her own volition, withdrew during the 1977 Miss International pageant, making her the first Filipina to do so.

• A separate search for the Miss Young Philippines was held in 1981. The international pageant was held here and Joyce Ann Fellosas Burton won the pageant. She was technically dethroned because she did not meet the minimum age and citizenship requirements. She, however, was allowed to compete in the international pageant, finishing as one of the semi finalists and is still listed as the titleholder. She also became the first woman to win both the Miss Young and Bb. Pilipinas Universe (1985) titles.

• Josephine Relucio Bautista (Singh is her real surname), Bb. Pilipinas Maja 1981, was the first Filipina to win a Miss Friendship award. Aside from that, she also won two other awards in the pageant, Miss Popularity and Best national Costume; she was a semi finalist as well.

• Maria Isabel Pagunsan Lopez, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1982, is the first controversial Bb. winner. She enthralled the whole country with her liberal attitude and exotic charm. She became the queen of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines.Rosita Cornell Capuyon (real surname is Nakamura), Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1983 was the first Filipina to compete in the Mrs. World pageant.

• The first Bb. Pilipinas Tourism titleholder, Marie Avon Boyle Garcia, was proclaimed in 1987.

• 1988 marked the first year when the winners were crowned wearing their gowns instead of the traditional swimsuits.

• Ma Rita Apostol became the first and only winner of the Miss Flower Queen title in 1989.

• Lilia Eloisa Marfori Andanar, Bb. Pilipinas International 1989, was the first Filipina to win the Miss Friendship award in the Miss International pageant.

• Anjanette Palencia Abayari became the first woman to be stripped of her title for failing to meet residency and/or citizenship requirement. Ma. Lourdes Talam Gonzalez, originally Bb. Pilipinas Maja, replaced her.

• Sharmaine "Ruffa" Rama Guttierez was the first Bb. Pilipinas Elite Model Look titleholder. She was handpicked to represent the country. A year later, she competed and won the Bb.Pilipinas World crown. She was the only girl in pageant history to ever compete and at the same time crown her successor in a pageant. She was also the first Binibini to shine in the Miss World Pageant.

• The 1994 pageant was held in October 1993 in anticipation of the Miss Universe pageant. Ruffa already did her final walk even before competing in the Miss World pageant. She was, however, given recognition in the 1995 edition of the pageant.

• Charlene Mae Bonnin Gonzalez was the first Filipina to win the National Costume award in the Miss Universe Pageant.

• Aileen Marfori Damiles, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1996, was the first woman in the Miss Universe pageant to be voted as Miss Photogenic on the Internet. Bb.Pilipinas-World, Daisy Garcia Reyes, was the first Filipina winner of the Miss Personality award in the Miss World Pageant.

• Nina Ricci Caldo Alagao, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 holds the most number of special awards won in the pageant at seven.

• Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2002, Karen Loren Medrano Agustin holds the record of being the only Filipina to compete in four international pageants (Miss Universe, Miss Globe, World Coffee Queen and The International Models and Talent Managers Association fashion competition by John Robert Powers).

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Subject: Miss World Tourism President Flees Zimbabwe

The Times of Zambia (Ndola) Meluse Kapatamoyo
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Date Posted: 03/ 5/05 3:55:49am

March 4, 2005
Posted to the web March 4, 2005

AFTER a successful Miss Tourism World 2005 pageant in Zimbabwe, president of the tourism beauty event John Singh fled the country on Wednesday after Micheal Orji of Original Black Entertainment Television (OBETV) filed for an urgent application seeking an order to be paid US $200,000 by Singh.

High court Judge Justice Antoinette Guvava, who presided over the case, had issued out an order to have Singh appear in court at 19:00 on Wednesday and make an undertaking that he would pay OBETV before he flew out of the country.

But when Orji's lawyer Aston Musunga went to serve him the order in the company of high court deputy sherrif, Kunze Everton, he could not because the beauty pageant president was nowhere to be found.

Singh could not be located at his hotel although he had not checked out formally. However, the deputy sheriff served the papers on Singh's assistant Paul Gibson who claimed ignorance on Singh's whereabouts but said he had seen him five minutes earlier.

The group later drove to the airport upon learning that Singh was getting ready to leave the country.

But when they reached the airport, they where detained by the police who refused to allow them access to serve him the court order.

Orji, his lawyer and the sheriff had to watch helplessly as Singh was removed from the Air Zimbabwe plane to a British plane that took off minutes later.

Commenting on the incident Orji said he failed to understand how a policeman could overrule a court order.

"I am still in shock at the incident because I didn't think such things can happen anywhere in the world. We had him but they let him leave the country. Why ? I have no idea." said Orji.

He however added that the charges against him would be pursued in Britain and other countries where he had held pageants before.

"He owes us so much because he did not pay a cent for anything. We will pursue this in all countries that he intends to hold shows.

He has held pageants before in Thailand, China, Tanzania and Namibia, they will all be notified," he said.

He said the Miss Tourism World pageant last week signed a US $ 5 million with OBETV for next years pageant.

" We signed a deal with Singh for next years pageant, but with what has happened that deal will be terminated," he said.

OBETV did media consultancy for the Miss Tourism World Pageant and was supposed to be paid 10 per cent of the total licence fees.

According to the agreement between OBETV and Singh, a copy which was shown to the media, the latter undertook to pay 10 per cent of the total amount of fees charged and received from the host country.

The Zimbabwean government paid Singh US $2 million as licence fees for holding the Miss Tourism World 2005 in the country.

The pageant was screened to millions of viewers across the world courtesy of Zimbabwe Television, M-Net and England's OBETV.

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Subject: 7 questions for Maggie Cheung

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Date Posted: 03/ 4/05 4:41:01pm

Friday, March 4, 2005 Updated at 7:26 AM EST

Hong Kong film star in Toronto during the International Film Festival.
Friday, March 4, 2005 Updated at 7:26 AM EST

Actor, beauty, Asian film icon. Seventy-nine movies so far. Born Sept. 20, 1964, in Hong Kong; raised from age 8 in England. In 1983, began a modelling career after winning first runner-up in the Miss Hong Kong pageant.
Chances are, Maggie Cheung could have passed you on the sidewalk and you wouldn't have rubbernecked. Given to wearing simple black attire and pulled-back hair, Cheung doesn't even immediately trigger visions of her graceful warrior turn in the international box-office blockbuster Hero or any of the dozens of kung-fu films she has starred in since taking on the role of Jackie Chan's girlfriend in 1985's Police Story. Her stark, everyday style is more akin to the look of Emily, her character in the new film Clean, for which she won the best-actress prize at Cannes.

Written and directed by Cheung's now-ex-husband, Olivier Assayas, Clean is a British/Canadian/French co-production that opens with the heroin overdose of Emily's rock-star-has-been husband in a seedy motel room in Hamilton. With Nick Nolte playing her well-meaning father-in-law, we follow Cheung's punky drug addict as she struggles with a tenuous relationship with her son, in London and Paris, and speaking English, French and Cantonese. (In person, her faint British accent mingles with a dash of Hong Kong diction.) Clean is a quiet, poignant turn for Cheung, the kind of work that recently inspired The New York Times to ask, "Why Isn't Maggie Cheung a Hollywood star?"

There are details in Clean, such as Emily's first meal after emerging from a prison term for drug possession, in which she voraciously devours a diner meal. It rang true as the action of a recovering addict. How did you find the mannerisms that would make Emily believable?

Olivier and I have friends who have had this problem. They are what they are. They're not the junkies you see in films. One day one of them will be spaced out and smelling slightly bad. Then a few days later, you see him shaved and smelling better and you know he hasn't taken it for a few days. I didn't do any more research for the part. I've seen it and the data is in there. I just had to find the file and open it.


Nick Nolte has been very open about his own history with addiction. Did he offer you any insight about drugs?

He did it in a very subtle way. He didn't say, "Oh I know what this is, let me tell you." It was never like that. But during a scene, he would suddenly say, "I know that. That's happened to me." And I would listen. It all helped. And he'd give me confidence. He'd tell me, "Maggie, that's good."

The audience has to wait until near the end of the film for what is perhaps Emily's biggest emotional outburst, which happens when her life seems to be back on track. Why the wait?

For me, it was, "At last, whoever is up there is finally giving me something good." It's her first realization that she can do it. All along she is trying and she thinks she can, but she never confirms it. She's never had any achievements in her life up to this point. It's almost like the end of Kill Bill when Uma Thurman was holding her teddy bear and crying "thank you, thank you."

Throughout the film, we're just not convinced she'll succeed. Was it emotionally intense for you to keep her on the edge like that?

Yes and that's the way it is for all junkies. Each day is a new day, a new struggle. And there's Emily's son, too. He gives her a reason to be strong. In the film, there is a shot of a letter she writes asking for help from [the musician and actor] Tricky. They wrote a dummy for the shoot. I said, "This is all fake. This isn't what Emily would say." I [wrote another] myself and Olivier was happy with it. There were little mistakes, and a "p.s. I found a job." It was a quick moment in the film. We don't really see it, but I wrote, "this child is important to me because it's my only link to sanity. Without this link I don't think I can go on."

How does a film like Clean fit into your career thus far?

Since Hero, the next movie was Clean. I used to do a lot, up to nine or 10 films a year. In 1994, I stopped for two years. Then I made three films back to back. Since then, I do one every two years. Because I do so little, they become more. People will remember them more because it's not every month that you see a film with the same actor -- it gets very boring. Nicole Kidman is so great as an actress, but I think she's doing too much. I'm bored with her [movie] posters. Up to Moulin Rouge, her choices were brilliant. Then there was Cold Mountain and they've all become one for me. I want to avoid that.

The Chinese people see you as one of their own. There was a pointed question at a press conference about Emily not being particularly Chinese. Olivier Assayas has said that he wanted to write a film for you in which you were not an archetypal Chinese woman in a Western film. Still, do you feel people look to you to represent them?

Cannes was a good example. When I went back to Hong Kong, you could feel everybody was proud that this Hong Kong local has done that. But I also felt their regret that Clean is not a Hong Kong film. And that struck me: "Wow, it makes a difference for you guys." For me it doesn't, because I'm just doing my job. Whether it's Hero or In the Mood for Love. I have no personal problem with doing a nude scene in a film; however I can't do it because it would go to my country, and the people are not going to accept that. I have to respect that. Even though we can say the European or North American market is bigger, no, for me, I want Hong Kong to be my main market. They want to own me and I want to own them. It's out of willingness.

Was it surreal for you to have Hero open in Canada right around the same time as Clean was appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Since Cannes in May, I didn't control any of it. It just fell into place. It's my 15 minutes, as Andy Warhol would say. Also without these last few months [up to her birthday in September], turning 40 might have made me think I'm going toward the end of my career. But it's a great end to my 30s. It gives me nice hope for the future. I can go further in my 40s. Once you have that in mind you make different decisions. It gives me a lot of confidence to explore more of what I want to do. I need a break. Clean is perfect for the self-cleansing technique. Throw it all away and start again. And it worked. This kind of film is a risk. A lot of audiences will feel there's no story. In Asia, they'd find it boring. But we're not looking at the story; it's the approach of this person. These kinds of films don't work everywhere. I just have to choose. And once in a while, put a Hero in there.

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Subject: Anisha Hislop is Miss CUC

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Date Posted: 03/ 3/05 4:43:18pm

Friday, March 4th 2005

Anisha Hislop bested seven other regional beauties to become Miss Caribbean Union College 2005 at the inaugural scholarship pageant held at the Maracas, St Joseph venue last Sunday.

Although plagued by technical difficulties, Anisha Hislop of Tobago bested seven other regional beauties to become Miss Caribbean Union College 2005 at the inaugural scholarship pageant held at the Maracas, St Joseph venue last Sunday.

The 17-year-old emerged an early crowd favourite when she first appeared in a half and half costume which represented the old time Tobago wedding. Chants of "To-ba-go, To-ba-go!" resonated throughout the CUC auditorium as the petite girl won the hearts of supporters of other delegates.

As Hislop prepared for the talent segment of the evening, the microphone malfunctioned. Cries of "Sabotage!" punctuated the loud murmur which followed. It took almost ten minutes for proper audio to be restored.

The wait was worthwhile. Hislop sang sweetly and played the pan in a performance that resulted in a standing ovation from the packed auditorium.

It was a night, as organisers put it, when the emphasis was not on physical beauty but on beauty in speech, modesty and attitude. The Tobago teen's closest competition came from Venezuelan representative Jenny Barrios. Her raucous supporters chanted for her every move and word. That would later earn her the prize of having the most supportive club. Though they waved the red, white and black, the Trini Posse somehow lost the shouting match to our Spanish speaking neighbours. Participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago each had their own groups of well wishers.

Delegates spoke highly of their countries and each boasted of their homeland's attributes. No swimsuits here, but the girls appeared in cultural attire and evening gowns. Miss Trinidad, Tonia Robinson, chose to highlight the fight against rising kidnappings in this country. Her performance drew little attention until she incorporated the National Anthem as an ending note. The audience rose and sang it with her. Each representative seemed to own certain segments. Just as Hislop commanded the talent round, Miss St Vincent, Maeron Stephen glided with confidence across the stage in the evening wear category. Her stunning white and patterned gown seemed to glow as brilliantly as her confident smile.

The question and answer class phased many. Some patrons thought that Hislop's, "What is the importance of the church within the cultural context of the Caribbean," was a tad on the tricky side.

The biggest hiccup of the night came, however, when it was time for the judges to tally their scores. The deliberation process lasted close to an hour much to the frustration of the crowd.

Finally, the results.

Miss St Vincent was declared People's Choice.

Martinique's Katia Caroujel was named Miss Congeniality. Delegates were required to research a paper on Caribbean Women in Leadership. This academic leg was won by Miss Venezuela. Miss Tobago won best cultural dress and best talented.

Best evening wear was awarded to Miss St Vincent.

Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique and St Lucia were announced as runners up.

Second Runner Up, Miss St Vincent. First Runner Up, Miss Venezuela.

As supporters left the College, many were full of opinions as to why their representative did not win. No one, however, could fault the judging panel-led by former Miss Universe Janelle Commissiong-Chow - in their declaration of the winner.

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Subject: Stage set for Miss Tanzania seminar

By Majuto Omary
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Date Posted: 03/ 3/05 4:22:53pm

2005-03-03 06:16:27

Miss Tanzania Organising Committee has organised a one-day seminar for the agents who will stage this year’s beauty contests at different levels.

Committee Co-ordinator of Miss Tanzania Hashim Lundenga said yesterday that the seminar would be held at TCC Chang’ombe, Temeke, on Sunday from 9am.

He said that the seminar would be used to equip the agents with the rules and regulations governing the competition.

They are MWM Entertainment who will stage Miss Morogoro, Up To Date Promotion (Kigoma), Gwasa Promotion (Tabora), Valentine Investment Promotion (Mtwara), Capital Promoters International (Kilimanjaro), Aunt Bora Salon (Singida), Step In Boutique (Southern Higland Zone) and New Mnyalukolo Arts and Promotions (Eastern Zone).

Others are Susi Promotion (Tanga), Hedep Enterprises (Dodoma), Asela Promotion (Shinyanga), Top Class (Mwanza), Sky Promotion (Lindi), Fantastic Salon (Rukwa), Mac D Promotion (Coast Region), Serious Entertainment (Mbeya) and Ebony Entertainment ( Iringa).

Sakis Band (Central), Crown Entertainment International (Northern), BMP Promotion (Temeke), Boy George Promotions (Kinondoni) and Dar Metropolitan (Ilala) are also invited.

There will be also organisers of Miss Tabata, Kigamboni, Dar Indian Ocean, Sinza, Ubungo, Ukonga, Mzizima, Dar City Centre, Kariakoo, Upanga, Chang’ombe, Kigamboni, Mtoni, Kurasini and Kimara.

The winner of this year’s Ocean Sandal Miss Tanzania beauty pageant will be awarded a fully furnished house, car worth not less than 5m/- and 2m/-. The winner would also be awarded 100,000/- per month, for eight months.

The first and second runners-up will be awarded 3m/- and 2m/- respectively. Fourth winner will be awarded 1.5m/- and fifth winner will pocket 1m/-.

Other top 10 aspirants will receive 300,000/- each while the remaining contestants will walk away with a consolation prize of 250,000/- each. Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic will get receive 500,000/-each.

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Subject: Miss Tourism Gobbles Billions

Valentine Maponga And John Mokwetsi
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Date Posted: 03/ 1/05 10:48:19am

THE cash-strapped government has forked out billions in taxpayers' money to fund the Miss Tourism World 2005 pageant in a bid to revive the tourism industry and its battered international image, The Standard can reveal.

The government took over the running of the pageant from Zimsun, after the hospitality group failed to raise US$2 million (more than Z$12 billion) for the licence.

Out of the US$2 million, the organisers Miss Tourism World fronted by London-based John Singh, said they would use US$100 000 to pay the five winners.

Apart from paying for the licence, the government also forked out billions of dollars for accommodation, food and travel fares around the country, as the contestants visited holiday resorts.

The loss-making Air Zimbabwe spent over $530 million flying all the 93 contestants from London into the country and another $180 million ferrying them around the country. It will also fly them back to London.

There are more than 200 people staying at the Sheraton, including contestants, organisers, government officials and the foreign journalists whose expenses are being paid by the government.

A room commands $650 000 during the week and $700 000 over the weekend, costing the government more than $130 million every day and totalling about $1 billion for the six days the contestants and officials have been booked at the hotel.

During their stay in Zimbabwe, the models, organizers and journalists were treated to lunch and dinner at the plush Victoria Falls Hotel and Boma restaurant at government expense. It costs $200 000 a plate at each of the resort places.

Apart from that, the models, accompanied by a police escort, also toured the Eastern Highlands, Great Zimbabwe and Kariba resort areas. The government also hired United Tourism Company (UTC) buses for the tours. An official at UTC said it costs about $22 million to hire a 44-seater vehicle from Harare to Kariba.

Sources said government also forked out foreign currency to pay for the South African state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the event is broadcast to other countries.

"Tonnes of equipment were flown in from South Africa in a hired cargo airplane. The plane will come back tomorrow to collect the equipment," said a source at Air Zimbabwe.

The equipment includes Plasma screens, lights, cranes and dolly. There were also other companies that were hired to design the stage and graphics, for set designing, and choreography. A South African company called Globecast reportedly provided the satellite transmission.

The hired equipment and personnel will be paid in foreign currency.

While the government spends billions of dollars trying to spruce up its image, the country's education and health sectors have collapsed due to lack of funding.

However, addressing journalists in Victoria Falls a fortnight ago, Millicent Mombeshora, government spokesperson for the event, defended the use of taxpayer's money saying the country would benefit.

"This is what we call the harvest theory, whereby the government uses the taxpayer's money as seed. The taxpayer will in the long run harvest the results. Many tourists will visit the country bringing the much-needed foreign currency," she said.

George Charamba, the Secretary for Information and Publicity on Friday said government took over the event because a poor show would have reflected badly on Zimbabwe.

He confirmed that government was paying for transport, medical aid facilities, communication equipment, accommodation and other related bills for the contestants and the organisers.

"It is the role of the government to market this country and that is why we had to chip in. Sometimes it's necessary to spend money for a good cause and we are expecting positive results from this event," Charamba said.

Zimsun chief executive officer, Shingi Munyeza, said his company had not lost out since a better Zimbabwe would mean a lot of business.

"If tourists don't come it means we would be out of business. We never lost out because we are looking at the long-term gains and this event is not meant to be a one-day wonder," Munyeza said.

In 2003, the government paid $60 million for a licence for hosting the 2002 Miss Malaika pageant claiming that the event would bring in thousands of tourists and revive the country's ailing tourism sector.

Political interference once again reared its ugly head at the Miss Tourism World 2005 Finals beauty pageant held in Harare last night after China demanded that Zimbabwean authorities expel Miss Tibet, Tashi Yangchen, from the contest.

Insiders revealed that at one stage, the pageant was in danger of being cancelled after some contestants threatened to pull out of the competition in solidarity with Yangchen.

China is one of the countries that were reportedly interested in hosting the Miss Tourism World finals and its actions could also be partly as a result of sour grapes.

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Subject: Zeta Tau Alpha raises money for breast cancer in BMOC competition

By Alysha Daytner Assistant Campus Editor
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Date Posted: 02/28/05 11:20:04am

Big Man On Campus is Zeta Tau Alpha sorority's annual fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and is a series of events throughout the week including penny wars, T-shirt sales and a male beauty pageant.

The pageant portion of the competition was Friday evening and brought about 1,200 screaming students to Elliott Hall of Music, cheering for their favorites of the 21 contestants. The 21 men from various fraternities showed their skills in the talent and interview question portions of the program as the crowd waved banners, banged on pots and pans and started chants, creating an infective energy throughout the evening.

The winner of the talent portion was Justin Dommer, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and member of Phi Gamma Delta. Dommer's talent was a martial arts demonstration.

The overall winner was George Hwang of Alpha Tau Omega. Hwang is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and performed a choreographed hip-hop dance for the talent portion. He thanks all of the contestants and especially Zeta Tau Alpha for all of their efforts toward the fund-raiser.

The goal of the fund-raiser was $20,000, said Megan Burke, a junior in the School of Civil Engineering and co-chair of this year's BMOC. They raised more than $32,000.

"We completely surpassed the goal. Everyone totally surprised us with their participation," Burke said.

Dan Mayer wanted to start a tradition.

Mayer, a sophomore in the School of Management and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, hoped to be crowned Big Man On Campus, as Kappa Sigma Ryan Labis was the year before.

This is his story.

Monday: Informal Dinner

Mayer's week began with meeting the other BMOC contestants and his Delta Delta Delta sorority coaches at Zeta Tau Alpha's informal dinner. After the dinner, he began to prepare for his talent, singing Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."

"I have this affinity for liking stupid songs and singing along with them," said Mayer, whose nickname is Porkchop.

His band, in search of a piano to practice on, ended up practicing at Delta Delta Delta, wooing members of the sorority in the process.

Tuesday: Sheet Signs

Mayer's week started to get crazy with BMOC events. After class he and other members of Kappa Sigma made a sheet sign to hang on their house, another portion of the BMOC competition. The sign was up by the 5 p.m. deadline, and then Mayer was off to the dress rehearsal to learn the contestants' opening number.

Wednesday: Penny Wars

A phone call got Mayer running around his house, as well as his sorority sponsor's house, to collect money for the penny wars in Stewart Center.

"I got an early call that another house dumped all of their silver change in our bucket," he said. "It was all in good fun."

Later in the evening, Mayer, his five-person band and 11 singers practiced at Delta Delta Delta.

"We were probably there every night until 10. We spent more time at Tri-Delts than we did at our house for the week."

Thursday: Boiler Market

After class, Mayer and his fraternity brothers went to Boiler Market to purchase Boiler Pops in his name, earning points for Kappa Sigma in the competition.

"I actually borrowed a car and was shuttling girls back and forth from Tri-Delts to Boiler Market because they wanted to help," he said.

That evening Mayer mingled at a crowded Boiler Market where Greek men and women packed the restaurant supporting their contestants.

Friday: Pageant

Mayer went to lunch with friends to practice the interview questions when he began to feel the intensity of the competition.

"We turned around for one second and someone had stolen my questions," Mayer said.

That afternoon, Kappa Sigma opened its windows to blast Meatloaf while Mayer practiced riding on the mini-motorcycle he rode during part of his talent.

The hard work earned Mayer and Kappa Sigma second place in this year's BMOC. And while he would have loved to win, Mayer said, "I couldn't have wished it for another house. (Alpha Tau Omega) came out and represented. I have nothing but respect."
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Subject: CATWALK Queen Naomi Campbell has blamed her violent outbursts on taking too much cocaine.

THOMAS WHITAKER Showbiz Reporter
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Date Posted: 02/25/05 1:41:33pm

The super model claims the Class A drug is the reason she is so fiery and hot headed.

The Croydon-born beauty said: “It’s a very nasty drug. Your little charm goes. The little glow in your face goes.

“You become short-tempered. You know?”

Naomi, 34, told US TV show Prime Time Live that the side effects of the drug terrified her.

She went on: “What is very scary about cocaine is that you start to feel too confident and indispensable, although none of us is indispensable.”

Naomi’s comments come just months after she battled to keep her addiction a secret.

She won £3,500 after a newspaper printed photos of her leaving a Narcotic Anonymous meeting.

Naomi was branded a hypocrite because she told chat show king Michael Parkinson how she got hooked on drink and drugs.

Naomi has a legendary temper and has been sued by a number of staff in the past.

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Subject: Dare to dream Former Miss Teen USA speaks about goals to area students

ERIN SNELGROVE,esnelgrove@newsreview.info
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Date Posted: 02/25/05 1:00:04pm

February 23, 2005

Tami Farrell likes to think big.

During the next five years, the native Oregonian wants to act in a feature film and a television pilot. She wants to own two restaurants, have her own record label, attend cooking school and learn how to be a master chef.

These dreams may sound ambitious to some, but Farrell, who was named Miss Teen USA 2003, is already well on her way. Farrell spoke to about 10 Douglas County middle schools Tuesday and today about the importance of goal setting. Her appearance was a part of the Celebration of Literacy program, which concludes this weekend.

"When I tripped, I laughed at myself," Farrell said about competing for the crown. "I was who I was."

Farrell, 20, grew up in Phoenix, near Medford. A self-proclaimed tomboy, she vied for the Miss Teen Oregon title over the span of her high school career.

The first time she participated, Farrell said, she felt like Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality." She was nervous and klutzy in front of the judges. Much the same happened the next year, so that by the time she was a senior, she decided the pageant scene wasn't for her.

But her family and friends convinced her not to give up. This time around, Farrell said, she just had fun. Despite getting into a car accident on the way to the Miss Teen Oregon Pageant, staining her dress and arriving with platinum blond hair because of a bad dye job, she stayed true to herself.

The judges liked it, and she won as a result. The same happened when she later took the coveted Miss Teen USA title.

"I had fun at the pageant," Farrell said. "I won Miss Congeniality and Miss Teen USA."

Reading, Farrell said, is a big part of her daily life. Now attending acting school in Los Angeles, Farrell said she spends a good chunk of her evenings readings scripts for films and television series. It's a talent, she said, that is needed in any career -- even for professional athletes.

"You need to know how to read contracts," she said to a John C. Fremont seventh-grader who wants to become a basketball player. "I want to know who's getting my money, because they get a percentage of what I do."

Farrell also spoke about the importance of overcoming challenges during her presentation. For her, this includes a heart ailment that prevents her from participating in sports. She could feel sorry for herself, she said, but she knows there are a lot of people out there whose health problems are much more serious. Instead, she chooses to be happy.

This philosophy made a strong impression on Olivia Redmond, a Fremont seventh-grader. She said she was impressed by Farrell, and that she too has aspirations of becoming an actress. The most important thing she learned from Farrell's speech, Redmond said, is to never let anything get in the way of one's dreams.

"I learned that you need to believe in yourself," she said. "Don't believe that others are better than you."

Maxine Durst of Roseburg holds this same conviction. A member of Altrusa International, Durst helped coordinate the Celebration of Literacy events this year. She said she's excited with the response she's had from students during the past week, and she believes Farrell's message is an important one for people to hear.

More than anything, she said, she wants students to know that reading is key to achieving success.

"I think that if they dream big enough and work toward that dream, they can succeed at anything they want," she said.

* You can reach reporter Erin Snelgrove at 957-4208 or by e-mail at esnelgrove@newsreview.info.

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Date Posted: 02/25/05 12:44:36pm

Portrait of a contender
Brewster woman, named Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts, sets her sights on a bigger competition

WEST BREWSTER - From a wheelchair, everyday life takes on a different perspective.
Stairs and doors that aren't automatic don't faze able-bodied people.

A 1990 car accident left Laurel Labdon of Brewster a quadriplegic.
(Staff photo by KEVIN MINGORA)

They become obstacles for Laurel Labdon.

Personal care is another challenge. The 34-year-old West Brewster woman can't get out of bed in the morning, dress herself or comb her hair without help.

Then there are the attitudes.

"People tend to think of a disability as always tragic and that they couldn't live like that," Labdon says.

Despite the inconveniences, Labdon, a quadriplegic, puts a positive face on living with a disability.

"I'm the same person I always was," she says, "only I can't walk."

A car accident on July 22, 1990, a week before her 20th birthday, left her paralyzed from the neck down.

Home from college for the summer, Labdon was driving to her waitress job when a storm kicked up. She swerved to miss a fallen branch on a road a mile from her house. The car hydroplaned and Labdon was knocked unconscious. Doctors didn't expect her to survive her injuries: a broken neck and fractured skull.

Labdon was hospitalized for almost a year.

Over the years she regained full sensation in her body and movement in her arms, but the accident changed her life plan. After college she had hoped to join the Peace Corps, then work as a deck hand on a charter boat.

"I wanted to travel and save the world," she says with a smile.

What it is: Ms. Wheelchair America program, created in 1972

Winner's duties: Travel, visit advocacy groups, make public appearances, promote awareness of "architectural and attitudinal barriers"

Information: Write Ms. Wheelchair America, 8610 Glenfield Way, Louisville, KY 40241; call 1-877-MSWHEEL (679-4335); e-mail mswheelchairmass@yahoo.com; Web www.mswheelchairamerica.org.

Labdon had to revise those plans. Yet she hasn't let her physical limitations get in the way of leading a productive life. She has a close circle of friends, dates and enjoys traveling. She's also found meaningful work as an advocate for others with disabilities.

People often tell her she's inspirational, Labdon says, but she's not looking for credit for dealing with a catastrophic injury.

"If I was given a choice, I'd choose not to be a quadriplegic," she says. "But I choose to do valuable things. When life doesn't give you a choice, you have to figure out a new way of doing things and deal with it the best you can."

Besides, her disability has given her experiences and insights she never would have realized, she says.

Like being named Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2005 last month. It was Labdon's outlook that impressed the judges.

"Her special message is that women utilizing wheelchairs have many talents and abilities that are not always recognized," wrote Pat O'Bryant, executive director of Ms. Wheelchair America.

The nonprofit program was started in 1972 by Dr. Philip K. Wood, a Columbus, Ohio physician, to increase public awareness of the achievements and talents as well as the needs of mobility-impaired individuals.

Unlike other pageants, Ms. Wheelchair America "is not a beauty contest," says Denise Di Noto, secretary for the competition. Instead, contestants are judged on their platform speeches, communication skills, accomplishments and self-perception. The title will go to the contestant who can be the best spokesperson for more than 54 million disabled Americans, Di Noto says.

Labdon will compete against contestants from 33 states at the national pageant July 19-24 in Albany.

"I've never been in any kind of pageant," says the impeccably dressed, stunning looking woman who thinks the experience will be empowering. She also looks forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with other contestants from across the country.

Since Massachusetts does not have a state pageant, Labdon applied to become an independent delegate. After meeting the requirements, including a personal interview before the judges, she was accepted by the executive board. Her job involves traveling the state speaking on behalf of the disabled and establishing a Massachusetts pageant.

She is seeking sponsors, both companies and individuals, to lend their financial support.

"We're very excited about having a Massachusetts pageant," Di Noto says. "Our goal is to have a spokesperson in every state" to improve the quality of life for disabled individuals and help breakdown physical and attitudinal barriers.

As Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts, Labdon hopes she'll have greater clout in influencing social change and public policy. Her special concern is the hot-button issue of stem cell research.

"I'd like to use the controversy," she says, "to foster a greater understanding of it."

Her other mission is to dispel popular misconceptions.

"The stereotype is pervasive that if you are disabled you are sick," she says. "Expectations for people with disabilities tend to be lower."

Labdon's vivacious personality and experience fit the bill for her new role. She has worked for the Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled (CORD) and formed her own consulting and advocacy business for disabled individuals and their families last August. She also volunteered as a teacher's aide and counselor's aide at a local elementary school.

Labdon returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder three and a half years after her accident to complete her degree in political science. As the only undergraduate in a wheelchair, she paved the way for making the campus wheelchair accessible.

"If you are disabled you have to be an advocate for yourself every day," she says.

Labdon lives with her parents and has a personal care attendant.

"I've been blessed with amazing family and friends and the support I need to get through this," she says happily.

The greatest challenge she faces as a quadriplegic is asking for help and being dependent on others.

"I need help to get out of bed in the morning and get ready for the day. After that I'm pretty independent," says Labdon. "I want to be treated as a smart, capable woman who unfortunately needs some accommodations and special care."

It has taken her years to overcome one emotional hurdle: getting behind the wheel again. Labdon wants to drive to attain more independence and has bought a van that will be modified with electronic hand controls.

But even with all the technology and helpful aids, Labdon looks toward the future with hope tempered with realism.

"I would love if they find a cure for spinal cord injury," she says. "But it's not a goal to live hoping for that. As long as I can do something that keeps me fulfilled, I'm happy."

(Published: February 24, 2005)

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Subject: Mia Rahaman pleads guilty to importing controlled substance

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Date Posted: 02/25/05 12:30:02pm

Friday, February 25th 2005

Mia Rahaman

Nearly two years after she was held in Canada in a cocaine bust, former local beauty queen, Mia Rahaman has pleaded guilty to the charge of importing a controlled substance and sentenced to two years house arrest.

The Guyanese admitted to the crime on February 18 in a Canadian federal court and had her passport and travel documents seized, according to reports yesterday out of Canada. She is not allowed to travel and was ordered to do 240 hours of community service as well as seek employment.

The court further ordered that Rahaman, a first offender, must first seek permission from the authorities before leaving home.

House arrest means that Rahaman will have to remain indoors unless she has a valid reason for leaving. Whether she goes shopping or to work, Canadian authorities will monitor her activities at all times.

It was on May 21, 2003 when Rahaman was detained at the Pearson International Airport outside of Toronto with 7.5 kilogrammes of the controlled substance which was believed to have been cocaine, in the false bottom and sides of her suitcase and smaller amounts in three jars of various cosmetics. Canadian Customs had placed the street value of the drug at cdn$1 million.

She had posted cdn$5,000 (around 700,000) bail and cdn$20,000 surety several days later, and was placed in the custody of the person who put up surety.

At age 22, Rahaman was crowned Miss Guyana/ Universe 2002 and went on to represent Guyana at the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico that same year.

According to the Toronto Sun, the sentence outraged the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who wanted her sent to prison.

Rahaman, the report pointed out, managed to obtain about two dozen adjournments that dragged out her court proceedings for almost two years.

"We wanted something to deter young people from smuggling drugs," Const. Arlene Flynn of the RCMP said.

Immigration officials said they'll try to revoke Rahaman's landed immigrant status in Canada. She can be deported to Guyana and not allowed to return due to the conviction.

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Subject: Ocean Sandal makes history in Miss Tanzania

By Majuto Omary
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Date Posted: 02/24/05 9:07:02am

2005-02-23 23:35:48

The winner of this year’s Ocean Sandal Miss Tanzania beauty pageant will be awarded a fully furnished house, car worth not less than 5m/- and 2m/-.

The Marketing of Ocean Sandal, Mustapha Gaddar, said at the launching of Miss Tanzania 2005 in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the winner would also be awarded 100,000/- per month, for eight months.

He said first and second runners-up would be awarded 3m/- and 2m/-, respectively. Fourth winner would be awarded 1.5m/- and fifth winner would pocket 1m/-.

Other top 10 aspirants would receive 300,000/- each while the remaining contestants would walk away with a consolation prize 250,000/- each.

Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic would be awarded 500,000/ each, Gaddar said.

Gaddar said that due to importance of the event, his firm had decided to increase prizes for the winners to make the event be the most prestegious in the country.

The Member of Parliament (Ukonga Contistuency), Dr Makongoro Mahanga, was the guest of honour at the launching ceremony.

Miss Tanzania co-ordinator Hashim Lundenga congratulated Ocean Sandals and called for other companies to follow the footsteps of the sandal making company, adding that this year’s event would be more appealing and attractive compared to the last events.

“These prizes will make beautiful girls turn up for the competition,” Lundenga said.
This is the third time for Ocean Sandal to sponsor the Miss Tanzania beauty contest.

They sponsored the event in 2003 and 2004. Faraja Kotta is the reigning Ocean Sandal Miss Tanzania.

SOURCE: Guardian

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Subject: Gloves off on the message boards

By Paavo Rautio
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Date Posted: 02/23/05 11:30:24am

Many books and scientific studies have been written on the potential and the influence of the Internet. Often the role of the Net is understood as being a means of offering billions of pages from which we can glean information. Information that we can use later in the real world.
The reality, however, is somewhat different. For example, message boards on the Net have morphed into human interfaces. The users do not merely look for information from them, but also build something, a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts - human opinions and knowledge. They network into a virtual community.

One manifestation of the power of this interfacing is the so-called "flash mob" phenomenon. In the flash mob world, people decide upon common actions or operations at a predetermined moment.
This could, for instance, be a situation where a group is rounded up on the Net and they all arrive at the steps of Parliament at a pre-arranged time, drop their pants and moon the MPs, and then disperse again.

Using the same basic principles, virtual super-calculators are being developed. Many will have heard of one of these, the SETI@home project, which is part of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence "out there".
In the SETI experiment, thousands of home PCs utilise their down-time - when the screensaver would be on - chewing on small slices of datafiles that have been collected from the monitoring of radio waves from outer space. In this way an entity is put together that can number-crunch even more effectively than the supercomputers.

The power of networking was also seen when the victims, the missing, and the found from the Indian Ocean tsunami were promptly listed on the Net. No official organisation could match the efficiency of the ad hoc groups armed with a notepad and a modem.*

More rough-cast examples of the strength of the networks can be had from the field of consumer protection.
A car repair shop accidentally let one of its clients see that the note "Customer is a dickhead" had been flagged next to his name and details in the firm's customer database. When the customer in question commented on this on an Internet newsgroup, the other members of the group became aroused, and the name of the repair shop became synonymous with poor service.
Right now, users of one popular message board are continuing the debate prompted by a weekly investigative journalism programme [MOT] shown on the Finnish Broadcasting Company's TV1. The programme was about the problems of used cars brought from Germany - a popular issue these days, as the tax breaks make it quite attractive.
A dealer who sold such an imported car in Finland and kept quiet about its [many] faults has already been outed and branded.
More than 160,000 views have been recorded of the discussion thread that pointed out the dealers in question were a bunch of swindlers. This is bound to have an impact on future sales.

The power of the Net differs in certain respects from the power of the more traditional media. In the online world, anyone can present their experiences - real or unreal - of "a bunch of swindlers".
The credibility of the writer depends largely on his or her ability to put fingers fluently to keyboard. There is no golden rule that urges writers to veracity as exists in the world of journalism.
On the net, the kid gloves come off. Companies offering poor service or shoddy goods are bluntly named and shamed, and the adjectives are colourful, to say the least.

Message boards and newsgroups differ from traditional media channels in another way, in that newspapers and electronic media can be called to account and ordered to publish corrections or provide space for responses.
But how do you intervene over the fact that the wired community kicks, punches, and brands on a daily basis?
A newspaper goes into the recycling bins to be pulped, and a news bulletin is largely forgotten in a couple of minutes. But on the Net the discussion goes on and on, if the theme is sufficiently interesting.
On open-access message boards, ones that do not require registration before posts can be added, a few activists can keep the debate nicely wound up and build a national movement, even using an array of pseudonyms.

The individual, too, can feel the hammer-blows of the merciless Net community.
Consider the recent example of the beauty pageant contestant who was exposed for having posed for racy pictures.
Precious few people had actually seen the images in the small-circulation men's nudie mag. However, after the scandal broke, links to hastily-assembled sites carrying the pictures appeared almost immediately in posts on the Internet message boards.
For instance, on the popular Suomi24.fi discussion portal the doings and attributes of the Miss Finland candidate have been goggled at by upwards of 200,000 users.
Provincial newspapers would be proud to boast of such circulation figures.

At its best, the Net uses the discussion groups to organise the Netizen community on its own terms. At their most trivial, message boards simply rehash familiar topics, and at their worst they are strewn with slander and abuse written by the pathologically illiterate.
For the sake of the freedom that is at the heart of the Internet phenomenon, we cannot pick and choose one of these manifestations.

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Subject: Mallya`s models walk the ramp before takeoff

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Date Posted: 02/22/05 12:15:43pm

Mumbai February 22, 2005

Pageant grind for 80 Kingfisher Airlines airhostesses.
When liquor baron Vijay Mallya called the airhostesses for his Kingfisher Airlines “flying models”, he was being literal. The airline, which is planning to taxi onto Indian tarmacs on May 7, has sent its 80 airhostesses for a training regime that is similar to that held for beauty pageants.

The airline has roped in the Mumbai-based Mickey Mehta, the fitness and spiritual guru, Sabira Merchant (also Mumbai-based) for voice training, Asha Hariharan, who runs a beauty salon in the city, for haircare, and fashion stylist Prasad Bidappa from Bangalore.

Delhi designer Manoviraj Khosla has been selected to design the airhostess’ bright red and white uniforms. The low-cost carrier has also employed the services of designers like Ritu Beri, Rohit Bal and Malini Ramani to design the interiors of every Kingfisher plane, which will be called Funliners.

Mehta has put the girls on a three-week fitness regimen. They will be focusing on body sculpting (read: exercising), nutrition and diet, body language, meditation and etiquette, among other things.

Every airhostess has been given a diet chart that lists what she can and cannot eat. Says Mehta: “This is the first corporate initiative by an aviation company to invest in grooming flight personnel and it is a wise one. This will ensure the staff is well turned out and always ahead of the competition.”

Ajit Bhagchandani, general manager, in-flight services, at Kingfisher Airlines, told Business Standard: “The training is the implementation of our chairman’s mission. We do not want our in-flight personnel to be just good looking. They must have a style and look that is distinct.”

The airline is sparing no expense on this exercise, though Bhagchandani declines to divulge exactly how much it is spending.

According to Bhagchandani, Kingfisher Airlines has sent its airhostesses and crew for training, keeping in mind the fierce competition in the skies.

Some 27 per cent more passengers took to the skies in India during the last financial year, but more airline companies have leaped in, too. Nearly all of them have the same kinds of planes and what will make one airline stand out from the rest is the quality of service.

Kingfisher Airlines is also training its personnel in safety and security. Its in-house team comprises former employees of international airways like Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. The company has also sanctioned a huge sum to procure security equipment.

The motto at Kingfisher is to be the airline that offers the best service in the country. Naresh Goyal better be prepared for some competition.

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Subject: Baby for Ali

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Date Posted: 02/22/05 12:06:43pm

Swimsuit model Ali Hall, a former Miss Resaca Beach and former cover girl, is expecting her first child in September 2005. She and husband Guy Mocek live outside Atlanta.

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Subject: Beauty Queen Heads To Prison

Mary Tan reports.
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Date Posted: 02/22/05 11:35:38am

Beauty Queen Heads To Prison

Dee Henderson, a mom, a wife and a former beauty queen will begin serving her sentence for Social Security fraud at a prison in Illinois. She's started an online petition drive in hopes of serving her time closer to home

Feb 21, 2005 10:00 pm US/Central
(WCCO) A beauty pageant winner, a mother and future prison inmate. All describe former Mrs. Minnesota International Dee Henderson.

Monday, she boarded a plane for Illinois, where she will begin serving a 46-month sentence for Social Security fraud.

Dee Henderson and her husband wanted to tell their side of the story.

“Why did you decide to apply for Social Security Benefits?” asked WCCO-TV’s Mary Tan.

“Actually, it wasn’t my choice,” Henderson replied. “I wish I never had.”

Henderson said she has experienced chronic pain since a 1995 car accident. At first, she got $3,100 a month through her own disability policy.

“I received a phone call from my case worker, who told me part of my obligation under that policy is that I was required to file for Social Security disability, and not only apply, I had to take it all the way through the appeals process,” Henderson said.

Henderson applied for Social Security twice.

“She would call me and check to see, ‘Have you filled out the application, where’s it at, what’s the status?’” Henderson said.

Twice, Henderson was turned down by Social Security. Then, an administrative law judge decided Henderson was entitled to Social Security. She initially received $2,198 each month, which was bumped up to $2,251 in December 1999.

“He said, she’s not disabled, but she’s unable to keep a fulltime job because of her chronic illness,” said Ken Henderson, Dee Henderson’s husband.

“It would be likely I would miss one day of work a week, because of the unpredictability, because of the pain and therefore, I was unemployable,” Dee Henderson said.

“Can you describe the pain for us? Tan asked Dee Henderson.

“If you’ve never had a migraine headache, you have no idea what it’s like being inside my head … the women that have migraines can understand what I’m saying, but the other ailments, it’s hard to describe that to people,” Dee Henderson said.

Despite those ailments, muscle ache, fatigue, chronic neck and back pain, Dee Henderson stayed involved in pageants. In 1999, she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota International.

That same year, Dee Henderson went on vacation with her family. An insurance investigator also went, and secretly shot video of Dee Henderson running down stairs, carrying bulky luggage and diving in the ocean.

“What I was actually doing was more like snorkeling … I never put tanks on my back, for that exact reason, that I can’t carry the weight on my back,” Dee Henderson said.

The insurance company’s video later became a part of a federal case against Dee Henderson.

“We have to eliminate fraud and abuse,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger. “This was a case of fraud and abuse.”

Other evidence included an e-mail where Dee Henderson compared herself to the Energizer Bunny, saying, “I will keep going and going and going and going.”

Prosecutors portrayed Dee Henderson as a busy beauty queen on the go, making 225 public appearances in 1999 alone. After her reign as Mrs. Minnesota International ended, she directed three beauty pageants and ran her own business.

In contrast, Dee Henderson’s reports to Social Security described difficulty with personal grooming, sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, squatting, climbing, bending, lifting, reaching and using her hands.

“She presented a picture of herself that was deceptive and untrue … she went into a hearing, put her hand up, swore to tell the truth and lied,” Heffelfinger said.

Last August, a federal court found Dee Henderson guilty of nine felonies. Her sentence is nearly four years in prison, which was increased because the judge said she had lied repeatedly, and because the payments, unstopped, would have topped $700,000.

“They thought I should be in a wheelchair, with a cane, in bed everyday,” Dee Henderson said.

Dee Henderson calls her health problems a hidden disability.

“When the jury was looking at Dee, she looks fine,” Ken Henderson said. “In fact, I think she looks better than fine and I think it’s hard for people to look inside and see your pain when the outside looks so good.”

Dee Henderson said prosecutors offered her a deal before the trial: plead guilty to one criminal count and face a lighter sentence. Dee Henderson turned down the offer.

“We were told by our advisors, attorneys, Social Security experts, physical therapists, physicians, ‘She’s disabled,’ and not to be concerned. We followed that advice,” Ken Henderson said.

“Yeah, I could have gone the easy way out, but I can’t live with admitting something I didn’t do,” Dee Henderson said.

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Subject: Dayanara Torres Miss Universe 1993 on Univision tv show "Don Francisco Presenta"

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Subject: Miss Tibet expelled from Miss Tourism World due to Chinese pressure

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Date Posted: 02/19/05 4:34:04pm

Miss Tibet expelled from Miss Tourism World due to Chinese pressure
Mcleod Ganj,
February 20 2005

Miss Tibet Tashi Yangchen has been expelled from Miss Tourism World pageant due to Chinese pressure.

Beijing instructed the Chinese embassy in Harare to object to the inclusion of Miss Tibet in the Miss Tourism World pageant, the pageant's organizers explained in a phone call to the Director of the Miss Tibet pageant.

The organisers of the Miss Tourism World finally ousted Tashi Yangchen from the pageant on the 16th of this month.

Tashi landed at Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 13th and took part in some of the events. The finale of the pageant is scheduled on the 26th. About 90 countries are participating in the pageant

Taiwan is represented in the pageant as Chinese Taipei. It was earlier shown as a separate country but due to Chinese objection it also had to be represented under the current title.

Hong Kong is also represented as another representative of China, at the behest of China.

Miss Tourism World is a British production chaired by John Singh.

Tashi is currently in London enroute to India.

Are you a fan of Tashi Yangchen?
Her email address: misstibet04@yahoo.co.in

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Subject: Congrats to Lynnette. We hope your future is forever healthy and happy!


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Date Posted: 02/19/05 11:15:26am

Benjamin Gibbs photographs Lynnettes special day.

Lynnette Cole has earned numerous titles, including Miss Tennessee Teen World, Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Miss Teen All American, Miss Tennessee USA, and Miss USA. On Feb. 19, 2005, she will acquire the title of Mrs., when she weds Michael P. O'Nan, a Lexington, Ky., native. They will reside in Franklin, Tenn., where she runs a beauty boutique, La Rue Beauty, and is executive director of the Miss Southern Tennessee and Southern Tennessee Teen pageants. PNB photographer Benjamin Gibbs will photograph the wedding.

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Subject: Westwood senior to partake in Junior Miss competition

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Date Posted: 02/18/05 4:08:40pm

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Westwood High School senior Cecelia Pope is competing in the Junior Miss Competition this month. - Staff photo by Jeff Gahres

Cecilie Pope wants to be the state's Junior Miss for 2005, and she has extra incentive to do just that: She wants to bring the title back to town for the second year in a row.

The Westwood High senior hopes to receive the crown from Meghan Joyce, the Westwood High graduate who is the reigning Massachusetts Junior Miss.

Candidates will gather at Franklin on Feb. 19, for rehearsal and week-long activities, and will be judged in five categories -- interview, scholastics, fitness, talent and self expression.

"I think this is the coolest thing to do," said Pope. "It's not just a pageant."

Pope said she likes this pageant because it is more than a beauty contest and offers college scholarship. Of all the categories, Pope said she likes the talent and fitness categories.

"I like to perform," said Pope, with a twinkle in her eyes. "It's better than just writing essays."

Pope said she is looking forward to spending time with the other candidates and rehearsing for the program and the visit to the State House. For the fitness category, the talents will be learn a dance routine, which will include push-ups and sit-ups, she added.

"It'll be very tiring, but it'll be fun," said Pope, a former gymnast.

Pope said she will be wearing a "black Spanish-looking dress" while performing "Csardas" by Monti on the violin.

Parents and staff are excited for Pope.

"This will be fun," said mother Carolyn. "She's really looking forward to it. She likes to dress up in ball gowns."

Carolyn said she likes this program as it looks at a candidate's academic achievement. Her daughter is a member of the National Honors, National Arts and National Spanish societies, said the proud parent.

"She is a talented young women," said Guidance Counselor Maryanne Bowe and wishes Pope luck at the event.

Bowe was also the counselor for Meghan Joyce, the reigning state Junior Miss.

"They are just self-motivated individuals who seek out opportunities and challenges," said Bowe.

Joyce, Massachusetts Junior Miss 2004, was one of top five finalists in last year's national title contest. She is currently studying English at Harvard University and is looking forward to participating in the event and transferring the crown to the new Massachusetts representative.

"I am sad it's over," said Joyce. "But it was fun."

Joyce said she will continue to volunteer within her community and help coordinate future state programs.

Though Joyce has not met Pope, her tip to the contestant is, "Have fun and make friends. Don't take the competition too seriously."

Massachusetts Junior Miss is an official preliminary for the America's Junior Miss annual national finals program. The Massachusetts representative will be crowned on Feb. 26 at the Horace Mann Auditorium in Franklin, and will travel to Mobile, Ala., to complete with 49 state winners for the title of America's Junior Miss 2005.

Parna Sarkar-Basu can be reached at psarkar@cnc.com or 781-433-8355.

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Subject: Presenting 2005 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess

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Date Posted: 02/16/05 5:31:37pm

Top Queen contestants in the 2005 Miss LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival Queen Contest were, from left: second runner-up Lizzy Nobles, 2004 Queen Ashley Rose, 2005 Queen Amanda Pittman, first runner-up Amber Williams.
If you missed this year's Swamp Cabbage Queen Pageant contest, you can start kicking yourself now! Promise yourself that you won't let THAT happen ever again! Life is just too short not to take every advantage of being thoroughly entertained, enthralled and captivated.

This year's winners were: Queen Amanda Pittman, first runner-up Amber Williams, second runner-up Lizzy Nobles; Most Talented Amanda Pittman Miss Congeniality Lizzy Nobles, Most Photogenic Brittany Stewart. Princess - Rhonda Burton, first runner-up Miesha Pharis, second runner-up Mallory Allen, Most Talented was a tie between Miesha Pharis and Rhonda Burton; Most Photogenic Nicaela Marroquin, Most Ticket Sales Kaleigh Woodward, Most Patron Sales Kaleigh Woodward.

Talent winners

Miesha Pharis really got the crowd clapping to her "Devil Went Down to Georgia" high spirited, energetic clogging routine. Rhonda Burton was a stunning beauty dancing to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" in her up-beat, on point ballet number. Amanda Pittman impressed everyone as she sang and danced to a musical theater selection from the Broadway hit Chicago entitled "I Can't Do it Alone."

The Jaycees have sponsored the event for the last 39 years. The pageant staff surprised Mrs. Cindy Howard Miller and selected her as the honorary queen on the anniversary of her being chosen first runner-up in 1967. She has spent many countless hours devoted to the pageant over the years.

The entertainment produced by the contestants past and present wowed everyone in the audience. The opening song and dance number from the Broadway musical Chicago, "All that Jazz," was a most spectacular way to start the 2005 Swamp Cabbage Pageant. 2004 reigning Queen Ashley Rose sang a soulful country song, "With a Broken Wing." She also sang a comical number from Little Orphan Annie, and was joined on stage by her four-year old niece, who added just the right touch for the song. 2004 Princess, Kourtenay Kelting and her mother, Kandis, sang a poignant duet entitled, "There You'll Be," Gifted Elesa Zimmerly did a great job filling in with wonderful vocals.

For tradition the 2005 Pioneer Family, the Ballards, Grand Marshall Martha Raye Humphries and Cattleman of the Year, Billy Joe Tyndall were honored and presented to the audience as special guests.

If you ever wondered about the youth of LaBelle, the pageant is good place to find out. Poise, intelligence, determination and the talent of these lovely young ladies was obvious to all - not to mention their beauty. Each young lady had her own special beauty and charm. The choice of costumes to go along with their speeches showed off their personality. Their chosen speech was taken from any of the multitude of Broadway shows. Each unique evening gown selected by the "lovelies" seemed to be made especially with each one in mind.

Being what these contests are all about, there can be only one top winner. However, hopefully each young lady will take away a sense of accomplishment and the respect of their family and peers for all the hours of hard work that was put in to create such an enchanted evening. Well done!

2002 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Volunteer Pageant Director Cathryn Miller did a fabulous job putting on a delightful event. She had plenty of assistance from her staff, including but not limited to: Brittany Kinney, Tiffany Taylor, Cindy Miller, JerriLynn Merritt, Melinda Orlinski, Donna Hodges, Daniel Rodriguez, Sherri Bennett, Mona and Nancy Tanner.

Once again Ken Pickles as the masterful Master of Ceremonies managed to keep the pageant running smoothly. He graciously requested more than once that the audience stay seated while the contestants were performing. Unfortunately, several people were just plain rude and didn't feel his pleas were meant for them. The live circling bat flying near the ceiling of the LHS Auditorium had nothing to do with people moving about. Just an unintended interesting touch!

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Subject: Silver Springs teen receives crown at gala

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Silver Springs teen receives crown at gala

February 13, 2005

Leah Rose Robinson is congratulated by Warly and Nora Pizarro after receiving her crown at the Carson Nugget on Saturday for Miss Filipino American Association of Carson City. BRAD HORN Nevada Appeal

Leah Rose Robinson, 17, of Silver Springs, was crowned Miss Filipino American Association of Carson City and walked away with the $300 prize in a lively contest held in the Carson Nugget ballroom Saturday night.

After watching the seven contestants compete in a three-tiered contest ending with a question and answer session, the five judges were faced with the task of determining a winner among the beautiful, wide-smiling group of over-achievers.

Robinson, who graduated from high school when she was just 16-years-old, is a student at Truckee Meadows Community College.

How did she do it?

"I worked my butt off!" she laughed in a pre-contest interview.

Though this was the first pageant the teenager has ever entered, she didn't show any overt signs of nervousness - until her name was called and her number was announced as the winner.

"I was surprised!" said the arts and science major, still blinking away the disbelief in her eyes. "I was so nervous - I thought there was no way I would win," she enthused.

Dressed in a stunning pearl-white evening gown with matching gloves, Robinson was crowned by former Carson City mayor, Ray Masayko, a proud, long-time supporter of the Filipino Association, according to Oscar Canonigo, emcee of the gala.

While beauty pageants are synonymous with backstage hair-pulling, toothy cat-fights and fried-eyed stage moms with little conception of reality, the Miss Filipino American Association of Carson City pageant was more like a relaxing celebration - a pleasant wedding of both holiday and reunion. The contest was empowering to the girls involved.

"The prize isn't cheapened by some lame old bathing suit contest," said Ruben Madella, keeping his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.

It was a chance to enjoy the beauty in the young faces that, Father Donbon Deleon said in his convocation, "reflected the beauty of God."

Many of the 500 strong Filipino community came out well-dressed and ready to enjoy generous helpings of food, drink and dancing.

The first Miss Filipino American Association of Carson City, Robinson is now setting her sights on the Miss Nevada contest and the $15,000 in grants that go to the winner. From there, it could be on to Miss USA.

n Contact reporter Peter Thompson at pthompson@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1215.

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Subject: Sparks fly over Miss Zimbabwe (UK) contest

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Last updated: 12/15/2004 21:10:55
THE Miss Zimbabwe UK beauty contest was thrown into disarray this week with claims that winners of last weekend's contest at the Croydon Hotel in London were not Zimbabwean.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Second princess Nonhlanhla Mpofu, Miss Zimbabwe winner Hilda Mate-Kole and the first princess Angel Nxumao (Picture by Alan Mufunde)

THE contestant many in the hall thought would win the contest (Picture by Alan Mufunde)

To compound an already volatile situation, a company trading as Miss Zimbabwe UK which has conducted the beauty contest for the past nine years has threatened to sue the ZimExpo UK organisers who hosted the pageant on the sidelines of the ZimExpo Business Exhibition.

Hilda Mate-Kole, a 22-year-old Business and IT student born in Ghana to a Zimbabwean dad and a Ghanaian mum won the contest, sparking a volley of protests from other contestants who also questioned the quality of judging.

"I get the feeling it was pre-arranged," one of the contestants told New Zimbabwe.com. "They cannot say it's a Miss Zimbabwe contest and then go on to recruit foreigners who go on to win under dubious circumstances."

It got worse as it emerged that the first princess also has foreign links. Angel Nxumayo, 17, hails from Mpumalanga Province in South Africa and can hardly be called a Zimbabwean.

She told New Zimbabwe.com: "My mum is Zimbabwean and my dad is South African."

New Zimbabwe.com deliberately delayed naming the winners of the contest while weighing the legal implications.

Marcus Mariko who has organised the Miss Zimbabwe UK contest for nine years said: "I feel sorry for the contestants because they have been used by someone wanting to make a quick buck from gate takings while giving them crap prizes. They were robbed."

He added: "The issue is with my legal team and the organisers will be dealt with."

As if the crisis couldn't get any worse, he announced that he was still forging ahead with his original plans to have a Miss Zimbabwe UK contest on New Year's Eve at London's Custon House Hotel.

Written questions have been submitted to the Zim Expo 2004 organisers who have yet to respond

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Subject: 60 beauty queens in Zimbabwe for world pageant

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Date Posted: 02/13/05 3:11:41pm

MISS Zimbabwe Oslie Muringayi

Last updated: 02/13/2005 11:32:27
MORE than 60 beauty queens from around the world arrived in Zimbabwe on Sunday for the Miss Tourism World pageant to be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls on February 26.

The models bring to 100 the total number of beauty queens that are in the southern African country for the grand occasion, which is being held in Africa for the first time in 20 years.

Head of media planning for the Miss Tourism World, Michael Orji,said that 11 more contestants were being expected.

He said 21 of the models who arrived on Sunday would proceed to Victoria Falls while the rest would remain in the capital.

President of the pageant, John Singh, said the event would provide Zimbabwe with the opportunity to showcase its tourism potential to the world.

"The face of the Zimbabwean tourism has changed today as the touch down of these girls is an eloquent testimony to the fact that Zimbabwe is indeed a safe tourist and investment destination," Singh said.

Orji said most contestants from Europe were very excited about coming to Africa and Zimbabwe in particular.

Zimbabwe's tourism industry has since hailed the move, describing it as positive development that would enable the country to market its unparalleled tourism potential to the world.

Tourism is the third largest growing sector in Zimbabwe after agriculture and mining and is fast emerging as one of the country's significant foreign currency earners.

This is despite the negative publicity that the country continues to get from its traditional source markets, which are the United States, Britain, Germany and other European countries.

Last year, Zimbabwe received 1.27 million tourists and netted in 152.3 million US dollars from the arrivals - Xinhuanet

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Subject: The Miss CUC Scholarship Pageant

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Date Posted: 02/13/05 2:02:25am

Antigua: Aleesha-Leslie Henry Guyana: Lynnita George Martinique: Katia Caroujel St Lucia: Sadia Moore St Vincent: Maeron Stephen Tobago: Anisha Hislop Trinidad: Tonia Robinson Venezuela: Jenny Barrios

Here's an oxymoron: a Seventh Day Adventist beauty pageant. Well, to be fair, this is not your swimsuit-segment-boob-job kind of shindig.

"It's about internal beauty," Del Charles of the Caribbean Union College's public relations department predictably said. The pageant is also about community spirit, cultural awareness and the eight finalists' personal and professional development. So while the delegates won't be required to pose poolside in a two-piece or have their measurements printed in the paper, they are expected to be ambassadors for their countries, school and faith. Each girl will perform. Their evening gowns must be modest. And they are all working on their national costumes and Caribbean Women in History speeches for the final night. It's tuition money, not a tiara, that's at stake in this pageant.

The Miss CUC Scholarship Pageant, scheduled for February 27, is just one of the activities slated for the inauguration celebrations of Dr Trevor Gardner, the college's 25th president. But for most students at the Maracas Valley SDA-run school, the Sunday evening show will be the highlight.

The event was the brainchild of the College's Drama Missionary Acting Group (Drama MAG). According to group director Bertrand Moses, the members of Drama MAG thought they could produce a pageant that would roll many of their own functions into a different format.

"What the group does is try to reach out to the community and use our talents to glorify God," Moses said. "The delegates are doing the same." And with a student community comprising more than 35 nationalities, the pageant and its participants also serve to underline the cultural diversity that's part of campus life. Moses explained that each of the college's national clubs was asked to elect a delegate. The chosen ones were then screened and the long list was whittled away to eight different and dynamic young women.

First, Miss Antigua. Aleesha-Leslie Henry is an associate degree student of office technology. The aspiring entrepreneur explained that she chose to attend CUC because of the fusion of academics and spiritual grounding that it offers.

"The education here is solid," she said. "The college is affiliated with Andrews University in the USA. And the spiritual background is also important to me. I appreciate that the lecturers also act as counsellors to us."

Miss Guyana, Lynnita George, is pursuing a degree in elementary education.

"So many children slip through the cracks because our approach to education doesn't take their learning style or individuality into account," she said. "I believe in discovery learning-helping children to grasp concepts through exploration."

Katia Caroujel, Miss Martinique, is one of the few female students of theology at the college. Caroujel said that committing her life to the service of God wasn't a difficult decision.

"I believe this is what God wants me to do," she said. "And my focus will be on youth ministry. I think the church often bombards young people, telling them don't do this and don't do that without explaining the reasoning to them." Sharing the truth with young people is one story. Becoming a female pastor is another. Currently, the SDA church does not ordain female pastors. Caroujel thinks that the issue is more social than religious.

"When society accepts it, the conference will follow," she said. "I think by the time I'm ready to start there won't be that problem."

Miss St Lucia's career ambition is infused by her personal experience. Sadia Moore, a behavioural sciences major, explained that she would like to specialise in social work with particular emphasis on delinquent youth, women and children.

"I never had the perfect relationship with my father and my home was never a place I looked forward to going," she revealed. "My field of study helps me to put my past into perspective and it will also help me understand what motivates people and how I can help them."

Maeron Stephen represents St Vincent. Ultimately she'd like to be an attorney and columnist. For now, however, she is pursuing a major in English and a minor in communication studies. Stephen reconciles the realms of law and writing like this: "I see things from a different perspective and I like to convince people that I'm right," she said with a confident smile.

Trinidad and Tobago are being represented separately in the pageant. Miss Tobago is Anisha Hislop. She has coupled her behavioural sciences major with a minor in biology and hopes to become a child psychologist. Hislop admitted that life in Trinidad is an adjustment even for her. "Things are more laid-back in Tobago," she said. "Everything here is hectic."

Miss Trinidad is Tonia Robinson, a behavioural sciences major and business administration minor. Robinson would like to become a psychologist and hopes to infuse a measure of spirituality into her practice.

"I will not impose my beliefs on my clients," she said, "but I do believe that we should not neglect our spiritual selves. That's fundamental to wholeness and well-being."

Jenny Barrios is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. The Venezuelan has two passions--sport and science. She enjoys swimming, badminton and hiking, and envisages a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Barrios is currently ahead of her fellow competitors on the online poll at the college's website, cuc.edu.tt.

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Subject: We wish Lynnette a happy and healthy future

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Lynnette Cole has earned numerous titles, including Miss Tennessee Teen World, Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Miss Teen All American, Miss Tennessee USA, and Miss USA. On Feb. 19, 2005, she will acquire the title of Mrs., when she weds Michael P. O'Nan, a Lexington, Ky., native. They will reside in Franklin, Tenn., where she runs a beauty boutique, La Rue Beauty, and is executive director of the Miss Southern Tennessee and Southern Tennessee Teen pageants.
Lynnette Cole: Beauty queen reigns on at La’ Rue Beauty

Read more about Lynnette...

By Hollie Shulick
Staff Writer

When Lynnette Cole was little, her sisters used to gang up and put makeup on her. In the process, they created something of a beauty monster. " I wanted to look like Whitney Houston, " she says, laughing.

It’s a good thing she didn’t follow in that vein. Today, Lynnette is the owner of La’ Rue Beauty, a shop for grown-up girls who still like to play with makeup. And as Miss Tennessee USA 2000 who went on to win Miss USA the same year, she has the pedigree to know what she’s talking about.

" I love being a woman. I just think it is so refreshing, " she says. " I think we are luckier than men. That’s just the one thing I’ve learned. "

And now that the temperature has definitely dropped, Lynnette has a few suggestions for keeping your skin in fighting form. " The good thing about winter, and this is why I love winter, is that we can put on what I call the ‘full face.’ " For her, that means the works: foundation, powder, eyes, lips and cheeks. " In the winter you can be more playful and fun, " she says. " You can create things with your eyes. You can try some bold colors and some cool colors that work on your eyes, whereas in the summer it’s more about the lips and cheeks. "

But above all, skin needs extra hydration in the dry months, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

As spring approaches (yes, it will be here eventually), Lynnette anticipates keeping makeup simple to go with that perfectly hydrated face. " The focus is going to be on the skin and making sure it looks radiant, " she says. " Cream blush. Definitely. "

Of course, every woman has one item she can’t leave the house without making sure it’s tucked safely in their bag. I’m a lip gloss girl myself, but what are Lynnette’s must-never-be-without items? " Definitely moisturizer, and my lip gloss and my blush. I have to have the blush. "

Lynnette carries hard-to-find beauty lines like Julie Hewitt out of Los Angeles, of which she is the exclusive retailer. " It’s not something you can pick up anywhere, " she says of the makeup she carries, all of which she uses herself. " These lines are very good. "

But look for more than makeup at La’ Rue. Lynnette wants to make it the ultimate estrogen store. Lingerie is a new entry, and pajamas are on their way. " Ultimately, this is a girly girl’s shop, " she says. " I want to bring in things that make women feel good, like lingerie and pajamas. And not just lingerie for those ‘special nights,’ because we want to look pretty all the time. We want to look pretty under our clothes. "

Men are also welcome, especially if they’re shopping for their girlfriends. Regular clients can leave a " wish list " with Lynnette, and she will then guide the men in their lives to the right choices.

Lynnette also does makeup application for any age, especially preteens who are just learning that less is more. " Makeup is made to bring out your best features. That’s what we like to do. "

And now that her shop is ticking right along, what’s next for Lynnette? A new house and a new husband, both of which should be hers next month. My bet? She’ll look great on the big day.

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Subject: Sloan Bailey resigns as Miss Nevada USA 2005

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Date Posted: 02/11/05 3:50:25pm

The Miss Nevada USA organization has announced that Sloan Bailey has resigned as Miss Nevada USA 2005. She has been replaced by Shivonn Geeb, who was first runner-up at the state pageant. No official reason was given.

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Subject: American Beauty Board

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Date Posted: 02/10/05 7:21:12am

Lets break these facts down:::::::
All the girls that have had their pictures taken by Sam Tang are being over exposed and over-rated by Miko Espejo (AKA Sam) and all of the young ladies who had their pictures done by a better photographer is being dissed. So what do you think? Think maybe the American Beauty board is being run by SAM? oops, I meant Kirel Marcelle the boards moderator. Another fact is that they love to delete the posts that do not agree with them.

These message boards were started by that whole Michigan gang to play mind games with everyone by intimidation.

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Subject: Chaguanas queen yet to receive cash, trophy

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Date Posted: 02/10/05 2:56:10am

Thursday, February 10th 2005

Chaguanas Mayor, Surujrattan Rambachan, has called for a detailed report on all payments made by the Chaguanas Carnival Committee for the city's 2003 Carnival celebrations.

Some $40,000 was allocated to the committee last year to award prizes to all winners of competitions during for 2003 Carnival activities which were hosted by the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, the Express learned.

Rambachan called for the report after a story in Monday's Express in which Delicia Patterson, who placed first in the 2003 Chaguanas Carnival Queen Show, complained that two years after the event, she had not yet received her prize of $1,500 and a trophy.

Rene Bailey, who placed second in the competition, received her prize. Third place winner, Sophia Smart is expected to collect her prize later this month, it was learned.

Patterson told the Express that since the competition, no one had contacted her about the prizes. "I called twice and I did not get a favourable response so I just did not bother to call again," she said.

Rambachan said that money had been allocated for the expenses incurred during the 2003 Carnival celebrations. "The money was allocated and prizes were supposed to be delivered to the winners. I have asked for a detailed report on the expenses and payments," he said.

Last week, chairman of the committee, Naidu Powder, said they had no funds and were unable to pay the winners. Without giving a date, he promised that the prize money would be paid soon. "I cannot say when they would get the prizes, but as soon as the committee receives funds they would be able to collect their prizes," he said.

Attempts to contact Powder yesterday, were futile. Numerous calls to his cellphone went unanswered and he was said to be out of office.

A disappointed Patterson has said that she has not entered another beauty pageant because of the experience. "I entered the competition hoping to win one of the advertised prizes, but the only thing I have to prove that I won the competition is a sash and newspaper clippings," she said.

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Subject: Elon freshman crowned Ms. South Central Ohio

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Date Posted: 02/ 9/05 5:16:02pm

Have you ever wondered if the movie "Miss Congeniality" actually represents real beauty pageants? Nanciann Strosnider assures us that they are very similar.

Nanciann Strosnider, 19, was crowned Ms.South Central Ohio and will attend the Ms. Ohio

competition in June.

Freshman Nanciann Strosnider was crowned Ms. South Central Ohio and will be attending the Ms. Ohio competition in June.

She competed in a swimsuit, formal wear, talent and a twelve minute interview round. As Strosnider's talent she sang "I am Changing" from the musical "Dreamgirls." The Ms. South Central Ohio crown came as a surprise. "I was just doing it for practice," Strosnider said. She said that she competes in pageants for fun and experience and is excited to move on to the statewide pageant.

Pageants are a way of life for the 19-year-old Amelia, Ohio, native. Strosnider has been participating in pageants since she was 11-months-old. Both her parents have also been involved with pageants. Her mother previously competed in the Miss Kentucky USA competition and her father judges and also works as an announcer for pageant events.

"It was a hobby,” Strosnider said. “We would go to pageants one weekend a month." Besides winning a spot in the Ms. Ohio pageant, Strosnider also took home a $1,000 scholarship and an official Miss America crown.

All contestants must hold a platform to raise awareness of an issue they feel is important to their region. Strosnider will spend her reign promoting the preservation of the fine arts programs in public schools. This is a subject held close to her heart being a musical theater major. “I chose the fine arts departments because I am so passionate about it,” Strosnider said. “ I love it so much that it is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Stosnider’s local school district’s fine arts program has cutback on their programs. “They are only offering a couple music or visual art classes because the fine arts are so expensive,” Strosnider said. "Instruments, sheet music, electric equipment, painting supplies, classroom space and the salary of the teachers is what is so draining to a school's budget.” She hopes school districts will be able to raise money and obtain grants to help support the arts.

Contact Leigh Ann Vanscoy at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.

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Subject: Jen tames the dragon of fame and fortune

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Date Posted: 02/ 9/05 4:43:16pm

February 9, 2005

POISED on a dragon and dressed in a barely-there silver bikini with a buffed male model next to her, hundreds of thousands of sweaty spectators cheered on globe-trotting Jennifer Hawkins in Brazil yesterday.

Last week Australia's Miss Universe was in New York – the week before that she was home in Australia.

Yesterday she donned the colourful outfit and paraded down the streets of Rio on one of dozens of floats in Brazil's annual Mardi Gras Carnival, along with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

In seven months Hawkins has criss-crossed the globe, touring 11 countries to attend everything from HIV summits to fashion shows.

Hawkins is juggling her Miss Universe commitments with a new hosting role on Channel 7's The Great Outdoors.

She made her debut on Monday night and has already shot segments in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

A spokeswoman for Channel 7 said Hawkins had been slotting in shoots for the show around her schedule.

"We are trying to go along wherever possible," she said.

"Viewers will see her on Monday for a Valentines Day story. She'll be ice skating in Central Park in New York and reporting from the back of a horse and carriage."

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Subject: NEWS FLASH!

Here's the scoop...
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Date Posted: 02/ 8/05 4:11:28pm

Does everyone want to know why that any time you try to post on the AB board and it's not all glorious praize and sunshine about Michigan, the director or titleholder, it get's deleted?

Britt Harrison, a prelim director for the Michigan director, is a moderator for that board. THAT's RIGHT! She deletes anything the state director doesn't like. THIS IS A FACT!

That's why that board is bash free of the Proctors...even though they're horribly dishonest. THEY ARE GUILTY of trashing their own girl, other state directors, and titleholders.

The Proctors trashed California so bad all the time, because they wanted the state for themselves. Look out, the Clarks of Texas are next, when they're ready to move. Sweet to your face, aresenic behind your back.

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Subject: Struggle for pageant crown continues Competing companies appear in Superior Court

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Date Posted: 02/ 8/05 2:59:30pm

Photo by Beau Yarbrough - Marisol Villagomez, an 18-year-old Hesperia High School student, was crowned Miss Hesperia Achievement by Lynzee Merritt, the former Miss Hesperia. Villagomez also was chosen as Most Photogenic by the judges. The Miss Hesperia Achievement Pageant took place a week ago at Hook Junior High School in Victorville.

There are two different Hesperia women bearing the title of Miss Hesperia. There are two girls with the title Teen Miss Hesperia, two girls with the title Young Miss Hesperia. Two full sets of pageant queens, in fact.

The legal battle between the two competing pageants each claiming to crown the real Miss Hesperia, Miss Victorville and Miss Apple Valley had its first day in court last month, but the case is far from settled.

On the Wednesday before the Empire Pageants’ January 29 achievement pageant in Victorville, Empire Pageants and competing pageant company Star Power Productions both appeared in San Bernardino Superior Court in Victorville for a ruling on injunction and restraining order motions filed by Star Power head Michaelene Thrush.

Thrush’s motions were both turned down, clearing the way for Empire’s pageant to continue.

Thrush will continue to challenge Empire Pageants’ claim to the titles, however.

“Oh, yeah, definitely,” Thrush said last week. She acquired the Fictitious Business Names for the Miss Hesperia, Miss Victorville and Miss Apple Valley titles in April 2004, after Empire Pageants founder Jones “Jeep” Malone failed to renew them.

Thrush claims the FBNs give her company the sole right to use the names. Malone claims that the five years his company held pageants in the High Desert using those names gives him the right.
The case should be decided, when the two sides are headed to court for an appearance in front of a jury.

“We need it to be proved that I have the names,” Thrush said. In an attempt to further bolster her claim, she recently filed with the U.S. Patent Office. “I know what his papers say that they’re claiming.”

Malone could not be reached for comment by press time.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at beau@hesperiastar.com or 956-7108

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Date Posted: 02/ 7/05 5:32:06pm

Be the next: Teen, Miss, Mrs. Florida International 2005!

Visit us at : www.mrsflorida.us

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Subject: Sylvia Owori Bows Out

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Date Posted: 02/ 5/05 2:20:33pm

February 4, 2005
She came, we saw and wondered. Now the question is-did she really conquer? When Sylvia Owori announced late last week that she was giving up organising the annual Miss Uganda pageant, it marked the end of something really remarkable. Or was it?

Sylvia Owori
Managing Director

"It really was a remarkable last four years for us," Miss Uganda Ltd's Public Relations Manager and herself a former Miss Uganda, Jessica Kyeyune, said.

"It might be difficult for someone, who was not part of it to really appreciate it, but what Sylvia has done for Miss Uganda pageant is something of a milestone. We had a great team and essentially brought beauty pageants out of the back streets and made them one of Uganda's biggest social activities.

Unlike in the past, there were no misunderstanding amongst the organisers and definitely no money squabbles. Now it's over and we all have to move on. Sylvia definitely changed the face of fashion beauty in Uganda."

She has come a long way. When she showed up in Kampala in 1997 and invited the press to a luncheon, nobody knew who Sylvia Owori was. She organised the Red Rat concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval that got washed out by the rain. Then she opened up a shop on Wilson Road, and got Eva Mbabazi, dressed in all kinds of slinky wear, to stand outside it.

That was when the crowds started coming and taking notice.

In 1999, she showed up at the Rock Gardens with Eva Mbabazi in tow, wearing nothing, but a fishnet dress, and caught the attention of the country. Who is she, everybody wanted to know. Some girl out of London, it was said.

That same year she met with Face of Africa chief scout Jan Malan and as a result got invited to design for that modeling contest the following year. The finals were in Cape Town, South Africa and she was there.

On her return, she teamed up with a very young and slender fashion-school graduate named Santa and soon launched the Ziper Modeling Agency.

Owori had been to several international fashion shows all over Europe and the United States and tried to bring that glitz and glamour to Kampala.

"I've been there and wanted Uganda to share with me what the best in high society can be," she said at one time. "Why can't we have what New York, London or Paris has? What does it take?"

In 2001 she decided to organise the Miss Uganda contest. The story is told how she went to meet the board of directors of MTN dressed in torn, though fashionable jeans and a skimpy top. How did she convince a bunch of stuffy executives, all dressed in sober suits, to put so much money in her effort?

"People think Sylvia is all hype, short skirts and skimpy clothes, but she is a very hard-nosed businesswoman and has some very good persuasive skills," a confidant said.

"She is very focused and has a very strong drive. If she sets her mind on doing or getting something, she will do it whatever it takes. She never gives up."

According to that person, who did not want to be named (many of the people that worked with her were unavailable for comment), that drive and focus was one of the reasons the Miss Uganda pageant has been a success the last four years.

Miss Uganda Ltd was essentially a partnership of three, according to Kyeyune, Miss Uganda 1990. While she dealt with the girls and general administration, Mukasa Nseera dealt with the production. Sylvia dealt with the financial side and general operations.

General operations included making sure the stage was built the right way, and the lights were adequate, or firing anybody, who did not shape up. In the last two pageants, she also designed all the clothes the contestants wore on stage. She also designed the gown the winner wore at the Miss World competition.

But it was getting the corporate world involved that was Owori's major coup. Before she took over the Miss Uganda pageant in 2001, it had not been held for over three years. With a tradition of money squabbles and all kinds of scandals, nobody wanted to touch it.

"Sylvia convinced the corporate world this was something they wanted to be involved in," Kyeyune said.

"Of course, we had to make sure it was worth it. 2001 was a sort of dry run after that, it got easier. The fact that she had Pir Munk-Nielsen for a fiancée did not hurt, either."

MTN Uganda and Uganda Breweries were the original main sponsors, with Sudhir and Jyostna Ruperelia also participating.

Uganda Breweries withdrew after two years and Nile Breweries joined in. After MTN also withdrew, Nile Breweries became the major sponsor. Along the way, Total and Fair & Lovely also came aboard.

The finals at the Speke Resort Munyonyo were always the high point of the year and became the climax of Uganda's social calendar.

It also generated several copycat events, but somehow these never quite got the same shine. Cash problems, unpaid performers and general mayhem reigned, again.

So, with Sylvia and the Miss Uganda Ltd team gone, shall we go back to that kind of thing?

"What we showed, mainly, is that it can be done and properly," Kyeyune said. "We may not be involved in the organisation, but we shall always be around to give help or advice. I'll tell you, it is a difficult thing to actually let it go.

We shall all miss it very much, even Sylvia herself."

While we knew Owori because of Miss Uganda, many overlooked the fact she was a fashion designer of some repute. According to her friends, the reception she received at last year's Kenya Fashion Week was the turning point.

"She really raised some dust at the Kenya Fashion Week," one said.

"There she was, with her designs on the front pages of three of the biggest newspapers in the region.

Then she got invited to participate in the Cape Town Fashion Week, Africa's biggest and we knew the writing was on the wall for Miss Uganda. There was no way she was going to find the time for it."

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Subject: Carnival Queen


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Date Posted: 02/ 5/05 3:07:53am

Deborah Nandah parades in her costume "Pride of The Nation: We Pan," from the band Ah Feeling It, to capture the Carnival Queen title at Skinner Park ,San Fernando, on Wednesday night. And South King of the Band Photos: TREVOR HACKETT

AFTER playing Queen of the Bands for 15 years, Deborah Nandah never thought she would capture a title. Maybe that's why, when her name was announced winner of the San Fernando Queen of Carnival 2005 she just stood in shock.

"I just stand up and stared. I was in shock. It was only when they kept calling me on stage, then it really sunk in, that I had won the title," said an excited Nandah yesterday.

At the show dubbed the South Dimarche Gras at Skinner Park, San Fernando, Brian London retained the South Calypso Monarch title which he won last year. He sang his popular "Tsunami" and "We Shall Overcome".

The South King of the Bands title, for the second year running, went to Leroy Preito. He won with his creation "Magazany-The Bizarre Buffon King of all Clowns". This is his fifth title since he began playing with Fireworks Promotion in 1999.

Nandah had played mas almost all her life and began playing queen 15 years ago. First she played with Miguel Marchan's band, then Leslie Bobb, then with Neville Hinds in Port of Spain for three years. For the next ten years, she stuck with the San Fernando band of Owen Hinds, a relative of Neville's.

Nandah of Duncan Village, San Fernando, said: "Now that I have tasted winning, I look forward to capturing more titles."

Her winning costume "Pride of The Nation: We Pan", from the band Ah Feeling It, was designed by Howill Pooran, and decorated by Crystal Gordan and Nandah herself. The beautiful red, white and black costume was a tribute to pan personalities who through their hard work over the years, made the pan the national instrument.

Nandah, is among six south queens competing for the national Carnival Queen title, the final of which takes place in Port of Spain on Sunday.

Describing his win as thrilling, Preito promises "good competition" for competitors for the national title come Sunday at the Dimanche Gras.

QUEEN Category:

1st - Deborah Nandah - Pride of the Nation "We Pan".

2nd - Rosemarie Kuru- Jagessar - "Zanaru - Lady of the Plains".

3rd - Peola Marchan - "Shamrock Surprises".

KINGS category:

1st - Leroy Preito - "Magazany - The Bizarre Buffon King of all Clowns".

2nd - Owen Hinds Jr - "Beauty and Splendour".

3rd - Lionell Jagessar Jr - "Za-Rahula - Keeper of the Treshold".


1st - Brian London - with "Tsunami" and " We shall Overcome."

2nd - Rondell Donawa

3rd - Marsha Charles.

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Subject: Ms. Golden America Inc. Launches Beauty Pageant for Baby-Boomers

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Date Posted: 02/ 5/05 3:03:22am

Ms. Golden America Inc. Launches Beauty Pageant for Baby-Boomers
New pageant will introduce women 50 and over to the modeling and pageant industry.

Naples, FL (PRWEB) February 4, 2005 -- Focusing on the beauty and accomplishments of women baby boomers, Ms. Golden America Inc., based in Naples, Florida, has developed a pageant much like the “Miss” pageants that have been popular for decades. Ms. Golden America features women age fifty and above and, unlike its younger counterparts, there is no swimsuit competition. Women participating in the pageant may be married, single, divorced or widowed.

The event is the brainchild of Kathleen LeSage, a former beauty queen who has worked as a marketing executive for companies that market to the over-fifty consumer, including Marriott Senior Living Services and Stone Street Financial.

“I actually came up with the idea one day about eight years ago as I was looking through stock photos of women in their 50’s and 60’s for a brochure I was creating,” Ms. LeSage states. “Having a background in modeling and pageants, I realized what an incredible opportunity there was for women of this age in the modeling and pageant industry. I opened Ms. Golden America Inc. in 2003 and have been working on this event for two years. By the year 2010 there will be more people over the age of 50 than under it, so the opportunities are endless for the winner of Ms. Golden America.”

The pageant will take place in Fort Myers, Florida at the Harborside Event Center on October 29, 2005. “I am excited to have the pageant in Fort Myers…it’s the perfect location with its beautiful weather, excellent lodging and airport facilities. In addition, Southwest Florida is a magnet for the over-fifty crowd. One out of every 1,000 Americans will own property in Fort Myers or Naples by the end of 2005,” states Ms. LeSage.

Contestants will compete in five areas of competition including tennis wear, commercial appeal, written essay and the traditional evening gown and on-stage question-and-answer session. Requirements for eligibility include United States residency, being at least 50 years of age by October 29, 2005 and of course, being a female.

Ms. Golden America is now accepting applications for pageant contestants. Entry information may be obtained by calling 1-800-545-9507 or by visiting their website at www.msgoldenamerica.com.

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Subject: Miss Congeniality Deluxe Edition

Warner Home Video
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Date Posted: 02/ 5/05 2:54:03am

Miss Congeniality Deluxe Edition

From: Warner Home Video

"Wildly entertaining! Sandra Bullock is relentlessly funny and infinitely charming!" - Mark S. Allen, UPN-TV

Unpolished. Unkempt. Unleashed. Undercover.

Miss Congeniality

Deluxe Edition DVD

Debuts March 15 from Warner Home Video

Hit Comedy Arrives Packed with Extras including Additional Scenes, Two Documentaries, Sandra Bullock Commentary and an

Exclusive Sneak Peek at Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Burbank, Calif., January 5, 2005 –Miss Congeniality – the $207 million worldwide box-office hit starring Sandra Bullock debuts March 15 in a Deluxe Edition DVD from Warner Home Video (WHV). This charming comedy will be available for $24.98 SRP.

The Miss Congeniality Deluxe Edition DVD is loaded with extra features including sneak peek footage of the highly anticipated sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, three additional scenes, two commentaries, two documentaries, a Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Beauty Queen quiz hosted by William Shatner and more. The DVD also includes a bonus instant movie ticket for up to $12 off the admission to Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. In addition, a Miss Congeniality Gift Set will include the Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous CD Soundtrack. The Gift Set will be priced at $39.92 SRP.

A leading actress whose unique style of physical comedy has been compared to that of comedy legend Lucille Ball, Sandra Bullock has consistently scored with critics and audiences alike for her performances in such films as the blockbuster Speed, as well as While You Were Sleeping, Murder by Numbers, 28 Days and the box office smash Two Weeks Notice. Sandra Bullock earned her second Golden Globe nomination for her role in Miss Congeniality as bumbling FBI agent turned beauty pageant contestant Gracie Hart.

The film also features an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American), Benjamin Bratt (Catwoman, Traffic), William Shatner ("Star Trek") and Candice Bergen (Sweet Home Alabama, "Murphy Brown").


When a terrorist threatens to bomb the Miss United States pageant, the FBI rushes to find a female agent to go undercover as a contestant. Unfortunately, Gracie Hart (Bullock) is the only female agent who can "look the part" despite her complete lack of refinement and femininity. Gracie prides herself in being "just one of the boys" and is horrified at the idea of becoming a girly girl. To assist her with the emergency assignment, the bureau enlists the help of Victor Melling (Caine), an obsessive and pompous pageant consultant, to transform Gracie from "Dirty Harriet" to a glamorous beauty queen. Transformation complete, Gracie must get comfortable with the mercilessly driven and perfectly coifed contestants, infiltrate the pageant and thwart the terrorists.

DVD Special Features

Sneak Peak at Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Do You Have What it Takes to be a Beauty Queen? Quiz hosted by William Shatner
Three Missing Scenes
Two Documentaries
Preparing for the Pageant
The Pageant
Two Commentaries:
Sandra Bullock and Co-screenwriter Marc Lawrence
Director Donald Petrie
Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English, French & Spanish
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous CD Soundtrack Songlist

Estero – "Wikked Lil' Grrrls"
Natasha Bedingfield - "I'm A Bomb"
P!nk - "Trouble"
Spiderbait – "Black Betty"
Paul Anka - ("You're) Having My Baby"
Carl Carlton - "She's A Bad Mama Jama"
Ohio Players - "Fire"
Thelma Houston - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
The Staple Sisters – "I'll Take You There"
Ike and Tina Turner – "Proud Mary"
Patti LaBelle - "New Attitude"
Liza Minelli – "Cabaret (Live)"

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Subject: Drag queen pleads guilty in silicone pumping death in Georgia

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Date Posted: 02/ 5/05 2:48:10am

Drag queen pleads guilty in silicone pumping death in Georgia

Associated Press
Posted February 4 2005, 10:47 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. -- A transvestite who pumped industrial silicone into other men to give them feminine features pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man who suffered complications.

Stephen Thomas, 31, will serve five years in prison and the remaining 10 years of his sentence on probation under the plea he entered in court Monday.

Prosecutors decided a plea of felony involuntary manslaughter was appropriate because those involved were willing participants and there was no intent to kill, Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards said Friday.

The death of Andre Geter in December 2003 threw a spotlight on ``pumping,'' a thriving underground practice among men living as women, particularly those who compete in beauty pageants and perform in drag shows.

While medical-grade silicone is sealed to prevent leaks and is sterile, the industrial version is not and can cause infections. The silicone sealer that Thomas used on Geter is available in hardware stores.

Geter, 23, of Montgomery, Ala., suffered convulsions and fell unconscious after receiving injections in the hips and buttocks during a ``pumping party'' in Albany. He died of blood poisoning a month later.

Three other people await trial on conspiracy charges.

Edwards said the three men provided rides to the pumping parties and handed Thomas instruments during the procedures. In return, Thomas, who charged $300 to $400 for the injections, gave them free injections, the prosecutor said.

Experts say the silicone is often mixed with paraffin, oil, even peanut butter.

But in Geter's case, it was probably mixed with baby oil, based on how it smelled to others who received the injections, said James Paulk, an investigator with the Dougherty County District Attorney's Office.

There was so much silicone in Geter's body that when incisions were made during the autopsy, a clear, brownish liquid flowed out, Paulk said.

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Subject: Beauty queen's arrest shocks Puerto Rico

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Date Posted: 02/ 4/05 5:09:12pm

Beauty queen's arrest shocks Puerto Rico

The host of a variety show on Univision is accused of shoplifting at Islands of Adventure.

By Henry Pierson Curtis
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted February 3 2005

The months-old shoplifting case against a former Miss Puerto Rico became international news this week after she was booked into the Orange County Jail.

Brenda Robles' mug shot ran on the front pages of two of Puerto Rico's largest daily newspapers Tuesday, a day after her booking in Orlando. Television quickly spread the news across Latin America about how Robles, a host of Univision TV's Que Suerte! variety show, was charged last summer with stealing toys, trinkets and T-shirts from a store at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure.

Robles, 29, has been suspended from the show, one of the island's most popular programs every Sunday, as a result of her arrest, the show's production company said Wednesday.

"This is stunning," said Lucy Romero, 56, standing Wednesday evening in Old San Juan's Plaza Colon. "She had everything, including a natural beauty. The island is just shocked."

Rumors of the pending arrest spread in Puerto Rico when a tabloid-style TV program, Channel 4's SuperXclusivo, ran a story about the case in Orlando against an unnamed celebrity.

Everything came together Wednesday when Robles' photo appeared on the front page of Primera Hora, Romero said.

Scandal has kept step with the beauty queen's career ever since she lost her Miss Puerto Rico crown in 1994 by showing up pregnant for the Miss Universe contest.

Universal Studios would not comment on the arrest, which occurred shortly before midnight July 27 inside one of the theme park's stores.

Arrests at theme parks are so common that they rarely draw public attention. But Robles essentially guaranteed hers would draw attention when she skipped a court date in September and prosecutors issued a nationwide warrant for her arrest.

According to Orlando police records, Universal's private security force watched as Robles, her three young children and their nanny, Lorelei Rodriguez, 19, pushed a baby carriage through the Trading Company.

"Robles approached a display where she removed one blue tank top valued at $19.95 and a pair of shorts valued at $25.95," a report stated. "Rodriguez then concealed the tank top and shorts along with numerous other items, utilizing a Spider Man towel."

A security guard stopped the group. Beneath the towel, the guard found merchandise valued at $837, the report stated.

Robles and Rodriguez could not be reached for comment.

Vanessa Vazquez Yuret and Ray Quintanilla of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com

or 407-420-5257.

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Subject: Dealer drives Miss New York mad

By Eugene Driscoll
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Date Posted: 02/ 4/05 4:36:46pm

Christina Ellington
Anybody out there have an extra car lying around? A beauty queen needs new wheels.
Christina Ellington, a 2000 graduate of Danbury High School, was crowned Miss New York in June. She qualified for the pageant because she lived in New York City while attending New York University, where she studied musical theater at the exclusive Tisch School of the Arts.

In addition to winning a $10,000 scholarship from the pageant, Ellington won a car.

Actually, she won the right to use a car for a year, donated by a generous auto dealer in Watertown, N.Y., where the Miss New York pageant is held.

Now don't get her wrong.

She is very happy with her 2004 Dodge Stratus. She didn't even want to name the dealership that donated it because she was afraid of making them look bad.

"I didn't want anything fancy — just something that could get me to the appearances," Ellington said.

However, the car came with strings attached. Those strings are preventing Miss New York from spreading her message about education reform (her Miss New York platform).

She can't take the car into New York City.

She can't take the car out of state.

In fact, the car isn't for personal use at all.

The thing is, being Miss New York is a full-time gig. Ellington doesn't have a car of her own. She has constant personal appearances and occasional store appearances. She even appeared in "The Wiz" at Danbury High School.

"If you're Miss New York, you're really too busy to be doing anything else," she said.

Apparently the folks at the auto dealership, a business about 30 minutes from the Canadian border, don't like the looks of New York City.

"I think they are afraid of it being stolen or things happening to the car," Ellington said.

And apparently beauty queens aren't always the strongest drivers. "Unfortunately, we had some issues last year when Miss New York had a couple of accidents," she said.

Calls to Dealmaker Dodge, the upstate New York car dealer that donated the car, weren't returned by deadline.

Ellington pays for gas, oil changes and other maintenance. She's under the dealership's insurance policy.

But because Ellington went to school in Manhattan for four years, she's made it a point to appear at city schools. However, she can't drive her car into the five boroughs. Neither could the previous four Miss New Yorks, who were all from New York City.

When heading into the city for a Miss New York appearance, Ellington drives to Metro-North train stations in Brewster and White Plains, N.Y.

Then she has to find a way from Grand Central Station to wherever she's heading.

"It can be very difficult for me to get on trains and lug luggage around," she said. "You have to take a bus or a cab or something out to the school and then head all the way back."

Meanwhile, her parents live in Danbury. Technically, she's not supposed to drive the car to see them, but doing so hasn't presented any problems.

"We're only about five miles over the border," she said. "They've been pretty lenient about that."

Ellington is searching for another car dealer that would be willing to let her use a car until June, when her reign ends.

"I've had a wonderful year and I want to do even more," she said.

To learn more about Christina Ellington, log onto www.christina-ellington.com.

Contact Eugene Driscoll

at edriscoll@newstimes.com

or at (203) 731-3348.

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Subject: Ms. Bikini Super Series

Stage Door Productions
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Date Posted: 01/31/05 5:33:01pm

During the 2005 season, the Fitness Universe Pageant, Model Universe and Ms. Bikini Universe will assist those affected by the tsunami disaster by donating 10% of all contestant membership and all promoter event license fees. The donations will be allocated equally to local charities in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand who's citizens are most severely affected by the tragedy.

In this New Year, let us count our blessings and help those in need in their time of need!

Ms. Bikini Super Series

The popularity of the Ms. Bikini America takes on a whole new dimension this season with the addition of the Super Series. DUB - The Original Automotive Lifestyles Magazine will host Ms. Bikini Super Series in conjunction with their car show tour. Sponsored by Pepsi, BFGoodrich, Boost Mobile, Rockstar Games, BUD Light and Budweiser, each of the 11 events will entertain thousands of people and the beautiful bikini ladies will be part of the automotive television, internet and magazine promotions. Because of a the busy Super Series schedule, each event will be limited to 50 contestants. Entry forms will be available January 17.

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Subject: Woman Beats Out 12 Men For 'Sexiest Plumber' Title

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Date Posted: 01/30/05 3:14:07am

Woman Beats Out 12 Men For 'Sexiest Plumber' Title
Lori Sardinha-Costa Is Massachusetts Native

'Sexiest Plumber' Lori Sardinha-Costa

January 12, 2005

FALL RIVER, Mass. -- A Massachusetts native has been crowned the nation's new princess of plumbing.

Lori Sardinha-Costa of Fall River defeated 12 men to take the title of "Sexiest Plumber," an honor recognized in New York City Monday.

Sardinha-Costa was back on her home turf Tuesday, reliving some of the competition, including telling the judges that she wants to make the world a better place.

"Whenever I go over to houses, I want to fix what's wrong. I want to save the world," she said.

Sardinha-Costa is the daughter, sister, and niece of plumbers. When other girls were playing Chutes and Ladders as children, she was playing pipes and wrenches, she said.

"Every little girl thinks of winning a beauty contest, but I never thought I'd win a beauty pageant like this," she said.

Sardinha-Costa said she's already getting calls from men asking her to come over to fix a clogged pipe. But before you clog the pipes, Boeri said, think of this -- she's still an apprentice and works with her father.

The contest was held by one of the nation's leading toilet makers, American Standard.

And what better prize for a plumber than a trip for two to the most famous bowl of all -- the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Subject: Owori quits Miss Uganda

Kalungi Kabuye
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Date Posted: 01/29/05 11:55:28am

After four years, 16 regional finals and seeing hundreds of girls craving to be the next Miss Uganda, Sylvia Owori has finally called it quits.

In a statement issued late yesterday, Owori said it was time for somebody else to take over.

“It has been a long and painful decision for me to take, but I think I have done enough.
“We have set new standards in beauty pageants, raised millions of shillings for charity and given awareness and credibility to future pageants.

“I have accomplished all I can with Miss Uganda. It is time a new generation of organisers came in to take it to a new level. A fresh injection of energy and enthusiasm is needed to maintain the momentum it has gained,” she said.

Owori took over organising the Miss Uganda pageant in 2001. Under her organisation, four girls have attended the Miss World pageant. Vicky Nabunya in 2001), Dr. Rehma Nakuya in 2002, Aysha Nassanga 2003, and Barbara Kimbugwe 2004.
The pageant has variously been sponsored by MTN Uganda, Uganda Breweries, Nile Breweries, Sudhir and Jyostna Ruparelia and Fair & Lovely, among others.

Last year’s main sponsors, Nile Breweries, under their flagship brand Club Pilsener, said they fully understood and honoured Owori’s decision.

“She told us about it, and we understand her reasons for pulling out,” Eddie Mugulusi said.

“It has been great working with her and we would like to keep working with Miss Uganda but we cannot commit until we see who the next organiser will be,” Mugulusi added.

There has been no word about any prospective organisers. Owori still holds the valid Miss Uganda license issued by Miss World.

Whoever wishes to organise Miss Uganda 2005 will have to apply to the Miss World organisation, which will then approach Owori for confirmation.

Published on: Saturday, 29th January, 2005

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Subject: American Beauty Board

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Date Posted: 01/28/05 8:30:30am

I gotta tell you, I asked the moderators from the American Beauty Board a few questions about Michigan, told them I was from Wisconsin,and I was BANNED from posting on their board, BANNED from even viewing. Archives deleted too.

Which, doesn't really work completely, you have to have the know how, as to how to get around it.

I had a simple and fair question, it was deleted and I was banned.

GO FIGURE! Crooked as it can be there. Michigan based, Michigan moderated, Michigan ran.

That sparked me to write MUO about the fishiness.

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Subject: Halle Berry

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Date Posted: 01/28/05 1:16:56am

A woman whose combination of talent, tenacity, and beauty has made her one of Hollywood's busiest actors, Halle Berry has enjoyed a level of success that has come from years of hard work and her share of career pitfalls.

Berry's interest in show business came courtesy of her participation in a number of beauty pageants throughout her teens, including the 1986 Miss U.S.A. Pageant. A native of Cleveland, OH, where she was born to an African-American father and white mother on August 14, 1968, Berry was raised by her mother, a psychiatric nurse, following her parents' divorce. At the age of 17, she appeared in the spotlight for the first time as the winner of the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, and subsequently became a model. Berry won her first professional acting gig on the TV series Living Dolls, and then appeared on Knots Landing before winning her first big-screen role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. It was on the set of the film that she first earned her reputation for her full commitment to acting, reportedly refusing to bathe for weeks in preparation for her portrayal of a crack addict.

Following her film debut, Berry was cast opposite Eddie Murphy in Boomerang (1992) as the comedian's love interest; not only did she hold her own against Murphy, but the same year she did acclaimed work in the title role of the Alex Haley miniseries Queen, playing a young woman struggling against the brutal conditions of slavery.

After a comedic turn as sultry secretary Sharon Stone in the 1994 live-action version of The Flintsones, Berry returned to more serious fare with her role in the adoption drama Losing Isaiah (1995). Starring opposite Jessica Lange as a former crack addict battling to win custody of her child, who as a baby was adopted by an affluent white couple, Berry earned a mixed reception from critics, some of whom noted that her scenes with Lange highlighted Berry's own shortcomings.

However, critical opinion of the actress' work was overwhelmingly favorable in 1998, when she starred as a street smart young woman who comes to the aid of a bumbling politician in Warren Beatty's Bullworth. The following year, Berry won even greater acclaim -- and an Emmy and Golden Globe -- for her turn as tragic screen siren Dorothy Dandridge in the made-for-cable Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Unfortunately, any acclaim Berry enjoyed was overshadowed by her widely publicized brush with the law in February of 2000, when she allegedly ran a red light, slammed into another car, and then left the scene of the accident. The actress, who suffered a gash to her forehead (the driver of the other car sustained a broken wrist), was booked in a misdemeanor court in early April of that year.

Fortunately for Berry, her subsequent onscreen work removed the spotlight from her legal troubles; that same year, she starred as Storm in Bryan Singer's hugely successful adaptation of The X-Men. Working alongside a cast that included Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, and Anna Paquin, Berry was hailed for her work as the first African-American comic book heroine on the screen. Acclaim was not quite as forthcoming for her work opposite John Travolta in Dominic Sena's cheesy thriller Swordfish, which touted itself as the first movie to feature Berry baring her breasts. Unfortunately, it didn't allow for equal exploitation of the talents that Berry possessed above her collarbone.

Berry again bared more than her character's inner turmoil in Monster's Ball (2001), a romantic drama directed by Marc Forster that starred the actress as a woman who becomes involved with a racist ex-cop (Billy Bob Thornton) who oversaw the prison execution of her husband (Sean Combs). Berry earned wide critical praise for her work in the film, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Actress. And though she may have lost out to Sissy Spacek in the Golden Globes, her night at the Oscars found Berry the favored performer as took home a statue for Best Actress. A momentous footnote in Academy Award history, Berry's win marked the first time an African American had been bestowed that particular honor. ~ Rebecca Flint, All Movie Guide

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Subject: Keeping abreast of the competition

Steve Roman
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Date Posted: 01/27/05 4:27:25pm


TALLINN - It’s encouraging to see how Tallinn is developing into one of Europe’s capitals of culture. With increasing regularity the city plays host to internationally renowned symphony orchestras as well as the elite of the world’s opera stages. Soon, however, the city will be playing host to a rather different affair.

That’s right, it’s time once again for Miss Estonian Boob, the annual competition that has become – believe it or not – widely regarded as a staple event for Tallinn’s high society. What might well make some Western eyes balk is here regarded by many as a pinnacle of sophistication

The event, which takes place at the Parlament nightclub on Feb. 3, is essentially a beauty pageant. As the name suggests though, this particular pageant emphasizes one specific aspect of the female anatomy.

“It’s a breast beauty contest but this doesn’t mean that size matters,” explained Auris Ratsep of Secret Service, the promotion agency behind the event.

The show centers on 10 finalists, preselected by a 20-strong panel of judges mostly from the fashion and modeling industries.

As befits this type of arts gathering, aficionados in attendance will also be treated to the Wonderbra Underwear Show, organized by one of the event’s main sponsors. In this part of the show the finalists will parade the latest creations of Wonderbra.

The purpose of this, we must assume, is to give audience members a chance to ponder over the wonders of this appearance-altering bra technology. Presumably many people in the audience will be taking notes.

The Real Men Show will offer some, well, alternative entertainment and will give the men in the audience the opportunity to refill their glasses while the women take their turn to ogle the on-stage antics. It’s almost worth going just to see what exactly constitutes a “real” man.

But all of this is, of course, just a diversion until the so-called superfinal, for which there will be no bras or any other tops worn. For some reason no sponsor could be found for this part of the show, which is quite an achievement in the sponsor-crazy world of the Baltics

In any case, this is where the show gets down to the bare essentials. Taking it as a given that each one of the finalists wants world peace, the judges let each finalist launch into a two- or three- minute topless dance performance of her own choosing as a means of ascertaining the quality of her breasts.

At the awards ceremony, whoever receives the most points from the judges will receive 10,000 kroons (640 euros) in cash, tax-free. One of the other sponsors, the SL Ohtuleht daily, will be handing out its own prize, the winner of which will be determined by a readers’ survey in the run-up to the show.

Finally the night closes with the Soho Medical Show, which will no doubt be educational as well as entertaining. Tickets for the event cost 100 kroons, and are available at Piletilevi outlets and Statoil stations.

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Subject: How can a woman be an ITEM?

Srabanti Chakrabarti
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Date Posted: 01/13/05 2:16:17am

Design: Uday Kuckian

From being a dusky eyed model in a Bengali magazine to the Gladrags Supermodel of the Year to an item bomb, it has been a long journey for Koena Mitra. Two years, innumerable ramp walks, ad campaigns, music videos and a couple of films later, Koena has made her mark in Bollywood.
And it has a lot to do with her steaming dance numbers in Road and Musafir.

"I always wanted to become an actress. I had planned the initial part of my career very well. I knew that if you win a beauty pageant, half of your job is done -- the media attention, the confidence, the platform… That's why I participated in the Gladrags Supermodel contest. I was fortunate to win it and get a one-year contract with Maureen Wadia," Koena explains. "And you cannot become a Bollywood star without staying in Mumbai. But it is not easy to suddenly pack your bags and relocate to Mumbai. The Gladrags crown helped me settle down in Mumbai."

Post the Gladrags contest, Koena appeared in music videos like Stereo Nation's Ishq and Jassi's Channo and commercials like Maruti Alto, ACP Whiskey and Clinic All Clear.

It was in one of these ads that Ram Gopal Varma noticed Koena and approached her for the item number in Road.
"The song Khullam khulla was a turning point in my career," she says. "No one refuses an offer from Ram Gopal Varma. Neither did I. But unfortunately, I was branded as an item girl.

"I have serious objection to being called an 'item girl.' How can a woman be an 'item'!" Koena exclaims. "The word should be removed from the dictionary. Madhuri Dixit was a graceful dancer. Do you call her an item?"

But, post-Road, most of the offers Koena received were item numbers like Aisa jadoo dala re (from Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee), the title song in Karan Johar's production Kaal and a song from Ketan Mehta's The Rising.

"I did not want to be typecast. So I took a sabbatical from films and returned to modeling. In fact, I thought that if I did not get any good film offers, I would quit films." The Bong Babe even considered marriage!
And that's when she landed Sanjay Gupta's Musafir.

I was very excited after Sanjay read out the script. Though the film was a hero-oriented action-packed movie, I realised that my role was important. Earlier Sanjay had offered Plan to me, but I declined since there was no potential in that role."
And Koena relaunched herself in Bollywood.

She admits that the film did not win much critical acclaim, "But it was successful in creating a 'buzz' in Bollywood. The Saki re song has already become a rage. So if you ask me, Musafir has done what it should have for a newcomer like me."

But things may not have turned out the way they did.
"I was offered the lead role in Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret -- a film she was planning on a bar girl's life. There were numerous auditions and screen tests for the film and finally, I was selected. The entire process took more than six months. Finally, Pooja asked me to sign a contract, which would prohibit me from doing other films simultaneously.

"I refused to sign, so Pooja asked me to carry on with my plans and told me she would get back to me. I learnt later that Mallika Sherawat had been signed for the role. I respect Pooja immensely as a filmmaker, but since I had come so close to her during the screen tests, I had expected at least a phone call from her."

But Koena has no regrets about Cabaret. "The shooting has not even started yet, Musafir has released and now, I am awaiting the release of my second film, Insan on January 14."

I play Ajay Devgan's wife in Insan -- a simple, modern housewife. It is not a glamorous role. Apart from a love song, I don't have any song and dance sequences," she says.
"Rajkumar Santoshi offered me this role. I was so surprised that I asked him why he offered me this role!"

Santoshi explained that a good director has to be a good visualiser as well and he felt Bengali women look best in sarees. Since this role demanded that look, Koena was an automatic choice.

The dusky actress adds she would like to do Bengali films as well. "I am waiting for the right script," she says. "But if Reenadi (Aparna Sen) offers me a role in her film, I will do it without even reading the script. She is a very sensible filmmaker."

Koena seems to have a busy year ahead. "In February, I will start shooting for David Dhawan's Shaadi No 1. It is a comedy and very different from the other films I have done. It is devoid of sex and skin! In April, I will shoot for a film with Nagarjuna."

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Subject: Smile Your Way to Fame

Bertha Kang'ong'oi
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Date Posted: 01/10/05 2:39:49pm

The Nation (Nairobi)

January 8, 2005
Posted to the web January 7, 2005

Bertha Kang'ong'oi

Unlike in the past, when models were paid a pittance for their efforts, today, the profession has became a major avenue to fame and fortune.

As a result, many youngsters, especially in urban centres, are determined to venture into modelling, even though local beauty pageants seem to have lost their lustre and glory due to poor organisation and a proliferation of such events.

The behind-the-scenes-wars have only compounded the problem, giving the pageants a bad image and the unflattering tag, 'the ugly business of beauty'.

However, the latest pageant in town, known as "The Smile of Africa", promises to change all these negative perceptions of the profession.

"We have done all we can to move away from what has become synonymous with pageants", says Ms Nancy Wettstein, the Principal of Pivot Point Kenya, the organiser of the event and holder of the Miss Universe Kenya pageant.

"Instead of organising heats in six to eight towns only, our team of talent scouts will scour the countryside and towns for participants," she explains.

"We have selected Kenyan scouts from diverse fields including the film modelling, theatre and fashion industries", adds Wettstein.

The selections, which begins on January 17, will be conducted in four stages. Stage one will be the regional auditions featuring no less than 90 participants. At the second stage, the number of participants will be thinned down to 36. This will be followed by the semi-finals, and the finals, scheduled for April 8.

Those selected will be representative of their region in terms of dress, language and culture. They must also have a good grasp of the cultural ways of their people. Fluency in one's mother tongue will be an added advantage.

"We are not only going for beauty and brains but also for a natural looking girl with authentic African features", says Wettstein.

Since the winner of the Smile of Africa will represent Kenya in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant, however, "She must meet the laid down Miss Universe international standards," says Nancy.

This means contests, who must be aged between 18 and 27 years, will have a minimum of secondary education, a charming, pleasant personality and stand at least 5ft 9" tall. Further, they should have good skin, hair and teeth, be resident in Kenya and with a heart for charity and a mature public speaker. However, they should not be ex-beauty queens.

"But every contestant must have a winning smile," says Wettstein.

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The first set of auditions will be held in Kisumu ( Sunset Hotel), Kisii (Zonic Hotel), Nandi Hills (Kunjo Guest House), Kakamega (Golf Hotel) and Eldoret (Sirikwa Hotel) from January 17 to January 22.

Nation media group is the official media sponsor of the event.

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Subject: A Dream Model: Nicole Kidman

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Date Posted: 01/ 7/05 1:09:38pm

A dream model for any fashion designer and photographer this model-turned-actress in one of the most established and powerful stars in Hollywood. Years ago it seemed that she would be continuously overshadowed by her famous ex-husband Tom Cruise, but her stunning performances have proved her an actress in her own right. Like most Hollywood stars of today, Nicole`s career launched with modeling.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nicole was 4 years old when her family moved to Australia, where Nicole and her younger sister was raised under strict rules.

Hard as it is to believe, Nicole felt extremely awkward and out of place while growing up. As a child her figure was not proportionate, and she stood at a lanky height compared to her classmates. Her pale complexion did not make matters any better for young Nicole.

Nicole made her acting debut in 1983, in the Australian film Bush Christmas. She made quite a lasting impression on her fellow Australians, who still watch the film on television every December.

By the time she dropped out of high school to pursue a full-time acting career and tend to her mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, Nicole had already become a star Down Under. She soon became recognized across the globe in the United States, when she appeared in the 1989 thriller, Dead Calm.

Finally growing into her figure and becoming the red headed beauty we know today, Nicole next appeared in the film Days of Thunder, which would mold her life in more ways than one. In the racecar flick, she stole co-star Tom Cruise's heart both on and off screen. The couple were married after a brief courtship in 1990, and remained happily married for 10 years.

Nicole and Tom starred as husband and wife (not too much of a stretch) in the psychosexual drama Eyes Wide Shut, classic director Stanley Kubrick's final film. The much anticipated film drew mixed reviews, despite the fact that it took most of 1997 to film.

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Subject: Miss Unity International

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Date Posted: 01/ 6/05 11:21:55pm

On The Road to the debut of the Miss Unity International Pageant in New York City, June 2005.

We are looking for contestants for the Miss Unity International USA Pageant October 14 -17, 2004 Norfolk, VA. This is an At-Large pageant,young ladies from across the United States represent your hometown, city or county.(no state titles until 2006. The winner of this pageant goes on to represent the United States at the 2005 Miss Unity International along with delegates from around the world.

Miss Teen Unity - October 14 - 17, 2004 contestants between the ages of 15 and 18, in high school(if a high school grad and 19, they must enter the Miss)

Mr. Unity International - 18 - 35 years, married or single and from any country, must be model type.

Mrs. Unity International, Married and between the ages of 18 and 45. Congratulations to Dr. Effie Horning, Mrs. Unity International 2004


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Subject: Britney ready to unveil sexual effects for Bollywood with Ash, Rani and Preity

Pam Bhandari, Special Correspondent
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Date Posted: 01/ 5/05 5:26:10pm

Britney Spears
Priety Zinta
Ash Rai
Rani Mukherjee

January 05, 2005

Britney finally may be ready for Bollywood. An Indian expatriate group planning to enter the Bollywood movie market with big forex money and big bang plans to create a starter movie with Britney, Ash, Preity and Rani.

Britney will be in the centerpiece with others learning to create the Hollywood style sexual effects from her.

The movie has an interesting story based on some Internet sites. An international singer visits India for mega concerts. In Mumbai someone steals her belongings and passport. The three Indian girls in rescue the international beauty. SRK and Hrithik who live next door gets a crush on the beauty. A love parallelogram happens. Britney moves back to New York. Later when Ash comes for Miss Universe in NY she realizes that she was really in love with Britney. The movie continues with passion and romance of Rani, Preity and SRK.

The final scenes are in NY where Ash and Britney finds each other.

The movie is still at the planning stage but when given the proper shape, it will be box office killer.

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Subject: The Miss Dog Beauty Pageant

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Date Posted: 12/23/04 3:09:45am

They say every dog has its day, but these pretty pooches are actually getting their very own night. Thursday just happens to be that night as some stunning females from every state in the union strut their fluff in "The First Annual Miss Dog Beauty Pageant" on FOX.

Judging by the rehearsals, there could be some hairy moments when these four-legged beauty queens go paw-to-paw for coveted titles like "Miss Congeniality," "Most Photogenic," and "Most Talented."

Executive producer Eric Schotz says the fur could really fly in the evening wear competition. But don’t expect any bikinis. He says, "We went swimsuit and it started getting a little funky because the waxing just go out of hand."

Come the end of the night, one of these gorgeous creatures will be crowned "Miss Dog 2004"

And with Seinfeld star John O'Hurley and foxy "Good Day Live" star Jillian Barberie serving as emcees, this pageant promises to be a real howl.

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Subject: Looky Looky here

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Date Posted: 12/17/04 10:48:41am

Re: HA HA - you people crack me up! I agree her dress was very pretty - it was not Pro-Am. (NT) -- It was not a Claires., 15:18:11 11/12/03 Wed (user-33qs0sf.dialup.mindspring.com/

Isn't this interesting? Meemaw makes remarks and does not put her name down. IP address gives her away. You directors and trainers are sick puppies and should be banned from ever being involved in any pageant again.

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Subject: Another bit of amusement for you to see. Debbrahs has the same IP as Meemaw. Puzzle pieces are all coming together.

Cheating, Conspiring, Coniving Crooks you all are!
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Date Posted: 12/17/04 10:38:31am

Subject: Photo Shoot and Gown Showing!!

Date Posted: 07:40:41 10/07/03 Tue

Photo Shoot and Gown Showing!!

At Debbrah's in Paducah, KY

Oct. 11 &12...great headshots for program books!

Call 270-442-2365 or e-mail for appointment

Hope to see you our IN friends this weekend!!

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Subject: Top 15 Not Michigan

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Date Posted: 12/17/04 5:53:50am

Whether or not you like Michigan, you have to look at some simple facts about her possibilities at Miss USA.

The odds are seriously stacked against her for a few different reasons.

First, look who'll she be standing next to in the line up while competing for the finals, Minnesota and Maryland. Those states out shine Michigan year after year.

Secondly, we've all been disappointed with what Michigan actually looks, versus her pictures. With the exception of '03. She actually looked far better.

Coaching. Michigan has no powerhouse team line up of people who know.

Sorry Wolverines, again, you won't make Top 15.

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Subject: Looks like the moderator of the Indiana message board has had it with the sick people that are in charge of running some of these pageants.

Sonya Lieberman - Southfield, MI
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Date Posted: 12/13/04 3:00:36pm

I can tell by all the ip addresses that there is quite a bit of a power struggle over what states buy gowns from what sellers. You can see that Vicky of Evening Extrodinare is pushing her dresses down girls throats through Shannon Clark. Shannon pushes the dresses because she gets a huge "finders fee" for each dress sold. Shannon also trains girls. This being a huge form of intimidation to the girls she trains. Of course the girls want to win so they buy their gowns from the trunk show Shannon provides for Vicky.
They do everything Shannon tells them to do. They spend money on pictures and gowns and all the other services Shannon gets kick backs from hoping that will bring them closer to the crown. (Shannon will not do business or send business to anyone not willing to split the profits with her)

Deborah on the other hand seems p. o'ed because Vicky is shoving her business connections and all the girls that purchased from her and not Deborah down her throat. Vicky has a daughter that was a title holder and still maintains connections with the system and makes sure mommy gets the biz. That is why they are splashing it everywhere that Shandi, the new Miss USA bought her dress from Vicky. Vicky thinks that no one knows she has been posting on all these other boards using alias names. So of course between Vicky and Shannon , they are having a good ole time posting and bashing Deborah and any girls that bought gowns from her.
Deborah knowing this is pissed off and started to bash back. I found that Vicky has family that run a directorship in a few states. Pretty convienient huh? That is how this whole pageant stuff works. You gotta be on the inside. What that means is, you have to be one with these people. Sell your soul. Submit to them 100% It really is a vicious business. Far too much politics involved to even begin to explain it all. This system is poisoned and will take one hec of a flushing to even begin to get it back on track. USA has lost its integrity. It is what happens when "new money" takes over. Trump may be loaded but he has not got the bloodline of a true aristocrat. His big mouth and flamboyant behavior gives his true heritage away. People with old money have class and feel no need to be in your face. They don't care what anyone thinks of them. Trump on the other hand has a real ego problem. Has to keep making sure we don't forget who he is.
Takes over USA and turns it into Hustler overnight. Another sure sign of someone who has no class in his veins. Class being a trait one is born with. Sorry Trump. No amount of your money is gonna buy you class. You just don't have it and never will.
My suggestion to any young ladies who want to compete in USA pageants: Nice girls need not apply
He will have your clothes off in the first 30 minutes with a camera there to take lasting memories of the event.
Save your time, money and self respect for a pageant that does not have so many strings (ropes) attached. You will be far better off in the long run.

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Subject: Sunday Lunch with ... Miss Teen USA

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Date Posted: 12/13/04 11:54:33am

May 23, 2004

'I'm totally not like what you would assume'

Tami Farrell is, along with her entourage of chaperones, waiting in the lobby of the Chicago Hilton and Towers when I arrive. Farrell, 19, the reigning Miss Teen USA, has her tiara and sash with her. Because a photographer will also be joining us, she has to wear them for the interview, though they don't quite go with her black leather jacket. Oh, and one more thing, an entourage member whispers, we can't take pictures of her eating. Pageant rules.

"That's ridiculous," Farrell says quietly and then adds, in a faux-Southern accent that is the universal signature of beauty queens everywhere, "I don't eat."

A single table has been set for us in the middle of the Hilton's grand ballroom. The idea, since Farrell is in town promoting the Buzz Free Prom campaign, which encourages teens to sign a pledge promising not to use alcohol or other drugs at their proms, was to set up the ballroom as if for a prom. Somehow, though, the single table, surrounded by all that elegant emptiness, looks bizarre rather than festive. And the inherent awkwardness of talking to someone who has an entourage -- and wears a crown -- isn't making our conversation seem any more natural.

"I'm totally not like what you would assume," she says, which is pretty much what I'd assumed any self-respecting teen beauty queen would say.

Growing up, she says, "I didn't do a lot of pageants. I have two brothers and, so, growing up, I was a huge tomboy."

So this was your first pageant, I say.

"This was actually my third time [in Miss Teen Oregon]," she says.

But, she quickly clarifies, this was not because she was absolutely determined to win. Or not determined in some kind of angry, un-Christian sort of way.

"Obviously," she says, "I wanted to win. But that wasn't my goal. My goal was just to have fun. I just kept praying to God for me to shine. I just wanted to shine for Him and be an example of Him."

Farrell won her state pageant -- God could not be reached for comment on whether this was, in fact, part of His divine plan -- in November of her senior year at Phoenix High School in southern Oregon. The national pageant wasn't until August. So her parents wanted her to make her post-graduation plans without counting on becoming Miss Teen USA. But Farrell didn't go for it.

"God just kept telling me the whole time, 'Just trust me, be patient with me,'" she says, "which was so hard for my parents to understand. Because my parents are religious people, but I guess when you have a daughter who's getting ready to graduate, you get anxious."

Winning got Farrell a lot of cool stuff: the tiara, of course, as well as a $10,000 appearance wardrobe, a spot at the New York School for Film and Television and a year of rent-free living in a New York apartment she shares with Miss USA and Miss Universe. (The three pageants are all produced by the Miss Universe Organization, which is a partnership between Donald Trump and NBC.)

"There's not that much time that we're all together," Farrell says of her beauty queen roommates. "Amelia [Vega, Miss Universe] travels so much."

But Farrell and Susie Castillo, who was, until a few weeks ago, Miss USA, were great friends. Farrell is just getting to know her new roommate, the recently crowned Shandi Finnessey.

"We go shopping together," she says, "and we TiVo things a lot so we can watch TV together."

The whole thing sounds a lot like dorm life, except that everyone is beautiful and classes are optional and money is no object. A cleaning service comes to straighten up the place once a week. Groceries are paid for by their open accounts at two local stores. A stylist comes by to bring them outfits to wear to events like movie premieres and promotional appearances.

And if it weren't already sounding like a reality-show version of "Charlie's Angels," there's a fax machine in the middle of the apartment that regularly spits out their daily schedules.

Farrell, who says she just loves having one of those rare days when she can stay home, do her laundry and bake some brownies, is the most domestic of the three.

"Amelia doesn't know how to cook at all," she says, sounding almost amazed. "Or clean."

As down-to-earth as she sounds, Farrell seems blissfully unaware that most 19-year-old women who come to New York to break into acting don't live in digs like hers.

"People think that because I'm Miss Teen USA, I've had this easy life and I've had everything handed to me," she says. "Some kids don't take me seriously because of that."

In fact, she says, she deserves to be taken seriously. At least as seriously as Miss America.

"There's kind of a stereotype on Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe," she says. "People think it's a beauty pageant just based on beauty.... With Miss America, they think, OK, that's a scholarship pageant."

Besides, Farrell says, she did get a scholarship out of the deal. She's taking acting, improv and voice classes. When she's not out of town making an appearance.

Picking at her cold salad plate and taking big sips of the water she's mixed with Vitamin C powder, Farrell says cheerfully that she sometimes feels like she spends as much time in the air as on the ground. So she doesn't have a lot of time for the things that might preoccupy a more typical 19-year-old.

"I have a 'friend' back home," she says, making those little finger quote marks as she describes a "sort of" romantic relationship that has, thus far, consisted of two dates: one in Seattle and one at the guy's house, watching a movie after his basketball game.

Her lifestyle -- and the crown -- can be a little off-putting for other teenagers, when she does things like visit high schools to urge kids not to drink on prom night.

"High school kids," she says, "they sometimes have their minds set, like why should I have to listen to her."

But Farrell says she usually gets through to her audiences because she's such a regular teen herself.

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Subject: Shannon Grace Clark Humanitarium Award

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Date Posted: 12/13/04 11:49:44am

Was I in the bathroom when they announced the winner? Who won the award? Would like to know. Thanks

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Harrison Productions
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Date Posted: 12/12/04 3:44:26pm

Click on the picture to take you to the site.

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Subject: Playing it forward.....

Renee' Gully
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Date Posted: 12/10/04 12:37:35pm


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Subject: 2005 Miss/Teen/Mrs. Houston US Galaxy Pageant

Premiere Promotions
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Date Posted: 12/ 9/04 5:27:12am

We are accepting applications for the 2005 Miss/Teen/Mrs. Houston U.S. Galaxy Pageant. The event will be held at the Renaissance Houston Hotel Sunday, May 22, 2005. The contest is open to single and married females, ages 13-40. Please visit our web site www.premierepromotions.net and click on pagents or contact our office 713-699-9858.

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Subject: The new Miss Paraguay 2004

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Date Posted: 12/ 3/04 5:37:42am

Miss Paraguay, Tania Domaniczky was crowned Reina
Sudamericana 2004 last night in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The 20 year-old Social Communication student is 5'9" tall and will be representing Paraguay in the upcoming Miss World Pageant in China, for which she is slated to leave next week. The First Runner-Up was Miss Colombia, Mónica Jaramillo, while the Second Runner-Up was Miss Bolivia, Nuvia Montenegro. The Third Runner-Up was Miss Brazil, Catarina Guerra and The Fourth Runner-Up was Miss Peru, Lucía Alva. Miss Paraguay also took the Best Costume title, while Miss Brazil was named Miss Amity. Miss Costa Rica won the Miss Elegance award while Miss Venezuela was named Miss Cyber Press by Global Beauties.

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Subject: Address and numbers to Universe Org.

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Date Posted: 12/ 2/04 12:31:51am

Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions, is an international company that advances and supports today’s women... both as individuals who participate in the competitions to advance their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.
The Miss Universe Organization
1370 Avenue of the Americas, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-373-4999
Email: MissUPR@missuniverse.com
The Miss Universe Organization Production Offices
4121 Radford Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-505-6600
Fax: 818-505-6606

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Subject: You Michigan people need to get it right!

Donna H.
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Date Posted: 12/ 1/04 5:53:14pm

All I have read on these message boards are how crooked the Michigan directors are. I can't believe that a group of protesters have not banned together to get a new director for your state. It is bothersome to other state winners knowing they have to go up against a state that has so many complaints and conflicts of interest involved in their decision to pick the winner each year. We have legit questions as to where does the deceit end? Nationals? How far will Michigan people go to win at Miss Universe? I realize other states have simular issues, but what I can't understand is why they are allowed to continue. This would not be the first time I have heard so much negative regarding Michigan, but instead of making the wrongs-right, it seems they get greedier each year and get pleasure out of making fools out of the rest of the delegates. Very much saddened by this. Hope you Michigan people can get it right for the rest of the states.

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